Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#GiveAway - The Adventures of Grant Scotland by Dan McClure

  
The Adventures of Grant Scotland
by Dan McClure

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Q&A with Dan McClure:

Q: What would we find under your bed?
A: thriving colony of dust bunnies and the very next thing I’m going to spend two hours looking for.

Q: What was the scariest moment of your life?
A: Losing control of my car during a snowstorm and spinning across three lanes of busy highway traffic. I still have no idea how I didn’t die or even get hit. No one else got into an accident because of it either. It was so improbable that I remain doubtful to this day that I actually survived. If this is Heaven then I’m a little let down, but if it’s the other place than I’m pleasantly surprised.

Q: Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
A: I do! I’m not really a music person and couldn’t rattle off a list of bands or types of music, but I have a Pandora station that I’ve been grooming for the past couple of years and it helps get the writing juices flowing. If pressed, I guess I would call it mostly 90’s and 00’s pop/rock/alt.

Q: What is something you'd like to accomplish in your writing career next year?
A: Release book five of the Grant Scotland series and set up a booth at a fantasy/sci-fi convention to promote it.

Q: How long did it take you to write this book?
A: About a year. Most of the writing was done in six months, but the revision process for Greedy Villain was much longer than previous books in the series.

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BLURBS:

Spy for a Dead Empire (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book One)

AELFA, THE GRAND CAPITAL of the once mighty Aelfan Empire, has fallen. Barbarian war parties and nomadic tribes harass the retreating and broken legions that once overawed them. All that stands against them now is the city of Zyren, the last bastion of Aelfan rule.

Acting as a spy for Zyren is Grant Scotland, a man leading a double life because his own had been taken away from him by the very people he serves. An unwilling recruit into the business of clandestine missions and deceit, he searches for anything real to cling to as the world around him devolves into insanity. And when an old friend shows up asking him to help save his family by delivering a mysterious book to a shadowy figure, Grant's two lives collide and he is thrust into an even stranger world than he had known; one where ancient magic is wielded by deadly players who compete against one another for a prize greater than simply the rotting carcass of a dead empire.


Spy for a Troubled King (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Two)

AMONG THE ASHES of the mighty Aelfan Empire, the House of Gregyan seeks to forge a new kingdom—one where both Huthan and Aelfan alike can prosper. But old prejudices and ancient traditions and an exiled enemy threaten the peace. Caught between compassion for his home and allegiance to his fallen empire, Grant Scotland finds himself trapped in the turbulent machinations of enemies and friends. As he works to uncover mysteries about his father’s treachery and confront new threats to his future, he moves perilously close to revealing his identity and losing everything.



Spy for a Wayward Daughter (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Three)

AS THE GREGYANS MARCH TO WAR and his handler takes a trip to Zyren, Grant Scotland, spy errant of the Aelfan Empire, gets ready to pursue a lead on finding a man who might be able to tell him the truth about his father's treason. Old friends, new enemies and hidden dangers soon confront him on his quest, but when he enters the dark world of another family's intrigue, he finds that not even the frontiers of the Aelfan Empire are far enough away to escape the dangers of fortune and fate.

 The Unlikely Spy (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Volume One)

The Adventures of Grant Scotland series is an entertaining mix of fantasy, mystery and espionage featuring a hero whose many faults provide almost as much challenge to him as the formidable obstacles he must face as he attempts to impose sanity upon a world rapidly descending into chaos. Collected in this volume are the first three books in the series: Spy for a Dead Empire, Spy for a Troubled King and Spy for a Wayward Daughter.


Spy for a Greedy Villain (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Four)

RACIAL TENSIONS IN AELFA simmer and threaten to boil over when the harbormaster is found dead and the Huthan oppressors threaten to crack down in the Lower Docks. As Grant Scotland finds more questions than answers in the journals of Berthul Magnussen about his father’s treachery, he is drawn into a murder investigation, a kidnapping plot and the nefarious machinations of the city’s biggest crime lord—Mr. Quinn. In order to stop Quinn’s plans and save the city from being thrown into open revolt, Grant prepares to take his biggest gamble yet.

GENRE:  Fantasy

Buy Link: 
Amazon – See below for sale dates on the books

KINDLE COUNTDOWN SALE DATES:
Spy for a Greedy Villain (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Four):
Kindle Countdown Deal
1/4 - 1/7 @ $0.99
1/7 - 1/11 @ $1.99 

Spy for a Dead Empire (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book One):
Kindle Countdown Deal
1/11 - 1/14 @ $0.99
1/14 - 1/18 @ $1.99
  
Spy for a Troubled King (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Two):
Kindle Countdown Deal
1/18 - 1/21 @ $0.99
1/21 - 1/25 @ $1.99
  
Spy for a Wayward Daughter (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Three):
Kindle Countdown Deal
1/25 - 1/28 @ $0.99
1/28 - 2/1 @ $1.99

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EXCERPT:
  
Spy for a Wayward Daughter (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Three)

Her cool gray blue eyes studied me and I might have sucked in my gut, but I couldn't be sure. I was too busy trying to remember how to form complete sentences.

"Good afternoon . . . Uh, I'm afraid you have me at a disadvantage," I finally managed to say.

"Marissa. Marissa Magnussen. Berthul is my husband." Her voice matched her dress: smooth and inviting.

"Pleasure to meet you, Mrs. Magnussen."

"Please, call me Marissa. Won't you sit down?" She gestured at a nearby divan and I dutifully sat on it. "Would you like a drink?"

"I suppose I would. Yes."

"I think Bertie has some Macforth Glyn here," she said as she pushed away from the desk and walked across the room to a sideboard and began fixing drinks. The drink cabinet was on the opposite side of the room from where I was sitting and I was treated to a nice view of Marissa's backside. The dress was backless, but Marissa's body certainly wasn't. I spent so much time contemplating how the curves that met at the base of her spine warranted closer inspection that she had to ask me twice if whiskey was acceptable. I think I answered yes, but I'm not sure in what language.

A smile briefly played across her lips as she brought the drinks over, handed me one and then sat next to me on the sofa. When she crossed her legs, I began to feel tense, but not in an altogether unpleasant way.

"So . . . Is Mr. Magnussen here?" My voice didn't quaver at all. I was becoming a man at last.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Writing stories infused with the smoky charisma of classic film noir mixed with the pulse-pounding excitement of adventure fantasy and the cagey class of suspenseful espionage, Dan McClure brought the best parts of all of our most cherished pulp together and added his own signature brand of wit. He currently lives, writes and works in and around beautiful and historic Arlington, Massachusetts.

I can be reached at dmcclure17@hotmail.com

Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DMcClure17

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13 comments:

  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win:)

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  2. Thanks for featuring my books and good luck to everyone in the giveaway!

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  3. This sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  4. These sound like fantastic books! Thanks for hosting.

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  5. I tend to prefer that music era myself!

    --Trix

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  6. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. This looks like a fun read. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  7. I really loved the excerpt, thank you for sharing!

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  8. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Looking forward to checking out this book!

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  9. I really enjoyed the Q and A. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

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