Friday, March 21, 2014

Blue 52 by Elaine Cantrell: Guest Post with Excerpt

 




Guest Post  From Hank Lovinggood, the Hero of Blue 52

I’ve been busy tonight. Ever since I went to my room I’ve been writing letters to my family. If I never come back I want them to know how much I love them. I don’t plan to die; I plan to win, but nobody wins all the time. My father won at everything he ever tried to do-except for that one time when he lost. That one time cost him everything, including his life. Everyone who met him and my mother loved them so why would he have suspected treachery and deceit so close to the Oval Office?

Not that he didn’t know the character of the man who stood only a heartbeat away from the most powerful office in the world. He did know, but just as I did, he underestimated the man’s viciousness. Dad never had a chance to even the score, but I intend to do it for him, and in the process I’ll clear my mother’s name. She didn’t kill my father. She loved him.  

I know that the odds are stacked against us, but Kathryn is confident enough for both of us, and I believe in her, in her work. She’s the greatest physicist in the world, and her work proves it. I’d challenge the devil in hell to keep her safe, but she’s coming with me, and I can’t deny that it’s her right.

I might have been born into what amounts to American royalty, but I’ve had bloody specters shadowing me long enough. I’m sick of cemeteries, quiet rooms, and grief. If we make it through this alive, I’m done with mourning. I have Kathryn now, and I just don’t have time to live in sorrow. I plan to live every day to the fullest, to love her and our children, to do all the things I’ve always wanted to do and didn’t. I want to live as though time is the most precious commodity I have. And it is. Even a lifetime with Kathryn won’t be enough, but it’s all I have, and I don’t intend to waste it.

So, we go tomorrow morning. I’ve never been prouder of my family than I am at this moment because if Kathryn and I fail, they’ll finish it for us. One way or another, he’s finished. I’m going to see Kathryn now. Why waste time that we could be together? Oh. In the event that we don’t come back, be sure my grandfather finds these letters, okay? God willing, I’ll buy you a drink when I get back. 

 

Blue 52

by Elaine Cantrell

 

BLURB:

 

"First Lady Kills President Lovinggood"

December 29, 2018
 

Thirty years later Hank Lovinggood embarks on a quest to prove his mother's innocence and punish the killers who took his family from him. Together Hank and lovely physicist Kathryn Sinclair confront an implacable, twisted, merciless enemy who'll do whatever it takes to hide the truth forever.
 


 

 

 

EXCERPT
 

Barnes caught sight of the gun when the president’s coat swung open. “Sir, you promised us you’d stop carrying a gun,” he reproached.  

“Well, I don’t remember saying such a thing, but if I did, I didn’t mean it.”  

Hank bit his lip to hold back laughter when he saw Barnes’s jaw clench.  

“Mr. President, I know you like the FBI, but …”  

“I’m in a hurry. I’ll be fine.”  

Barnes wrung his hands. “At least let me drive you. If you have to shoot somebody, you’ll have both hands free.” 

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University.  She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators, Romance Writers of America, and EPIC authors.  Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest.  When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments. 

 

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GIVEAWAY

 

Elaine will be awarding a free ecopy of Return Engagement to a randomly drawn commenter at every stop and a Grand prize of a $50 gift certificate for Amazon or B&N to one commenter during this tour and the Review Tour. A randomly drawn host will be awarded a copy of both Return Engagement and Blue 52. If the winning host reviewed Blue 52, they'll get a copy of The Enchanted instead.

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14 comments:

Elaine Cantrell said...

Laurie, thank you so much for hosting Blue 52 today. I appreciate it so much.

Elaine Cantrell said...

Readers, would you deliberately walk into a situation where you knew you could lose your life? If so, when?

Elise-Maria Barton said...

I enjoyed today's post very much. Thanks for sharing.

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Elaine Cantrell said...

Thank you, Elise Maria. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Rita said...

I have enjoyed the tour. The book sounds like a great read.

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salena said...

Blue 52 looks like a great read, I've added it to my TBR list. Cool cover! Thanks so much for sharing & Happy Reading! :)
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salena said...

Elaine, the answer to your question, Yes, but the only way I would walk into a situation where I could lose my life would be if I was trying to save my children or grandchildren! :) Thanks for sharing. I'm curious how would you answer that question? :)

Angie D said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

Catherine Lee said...

I guess it would depend upon the situation. I'm a very calm, rational person with a crisis counseling background. I'm good at quickly sizing up a situation. If I thought that I could potentially diffuse a volatile situation, even if it was risky, I would have to try.

Elaine Cantrell said...

Salena, if anyone mess with my kids or grandchildren, all bets are off! I'd walk into danger and be grateful for the chance to do it. Otherwise, well I'm kind of a chicken. I think this must be a mom thing.

Thanks to all of you for your comments

168d7130-34d4-11e2-91ad-000bcdcb5194 said...

I don't know. I'm pretty protective of my family, but I'm also extremely chicken!

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Elaine Cantrell said...

Oh, I'm a big chicken too, Vitajex, but I can do what has to be done, and I bet you can too.

Kimberly Mayberry said...

Elaine, I have done that on several occasions and probably will do it many more times in my life-time. I am the type of person that cannot standby why someone is being abused or hurt. I try to defuse the situation until real help arrives, but I will not hesitate to use force if it comes down to my own protection, the protection of my family and friends, or a child in need.

Elena said...

thank you for the giveaway!