Thursday, May 24, 2018

Old Gold Mountain by Bradley W. Wright


What are your 10 favorite books?
Ten favorite books! I love books so I can’t pass up an opportunity like this. In no particular order:
  1. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin
    LeGuin is one of my favorite writers. I could have chosen one of her other books. I love them all. This one is her masterwork though. I think the Earthsea books also add up to a masterwork if you put them all together. She blends amazing ideas and beautiful, economical prose into books like jewels. 
  2. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
    One of the greatest works of English literature. Melville’s writing is simultaneously beautiful, mysterious, and funny.
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    A perfect novel. I love the way Jane Austen limits her aesthetic problem and focuses on only what is needed to tell the story.
  4. Hamlet by Shakespeare
    I know, it’s a play. Still, it is one of the greatest--if not the greatest--works of literature. There is nothing in this work that doesn’t contribute. The plot moves along and never drags. The words are magnificent. The characters feel like real people. There are moments that sear themselves into your brain and stay there forever.
  5. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
    This book sweeps me up into the author’s weird brain like no other book I’ve read. The prose is revolutionary.
  6. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    Conrad is a master craftsman. Heart of Darkness is a truly disturbing book but it’s like the literary equivalent of Mozart’s Requiem Mass. I can’t stop reading because the writing is so beautiful.
  7. Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot
    I’ve read this book so many times. I used to carry a copy with me everywhere and dive in to a random page whenever I was bored. Whatever page you open to, you will find something deep that will stop you in your tracks and make you think.
  8. A Wild Sheep Chase/Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
    This is two books but they form a whole if you read them together. Like LeGuin, I love all of Murakami’s books but I chose these because I really relate to the main character and to his journey.
  9. Cruddy by Lynda Barry
    Lynda Barry is such a weirdo. So am I. I love this book because it feels incredibly honest. I still quote from it sometimes: “Always expect the unexpected. And, whenever possible, be the unexpected.”
Play it as it Lays by Joan Didion
This one tears me apart. It’s tough to read. But Didion captures the wreckage of a life and the dismal march toward redemption so perfectly that I am in awe of her ability.


Old Gold Mountain
by Bradley W. Wright

GENRE:   Mystery, Thriller


Justin Vincent is a San Francisco based artist who leads a secret double life as a cat burglar. He likes the freedom, money, and self-determination his unusual career provides but also increasingly feels that it is a life he fell into by accident. When a valuable painting is stolen from his lover Valerie, Justin agrees to use his underworld contacts and knowledge of the black market to help. The search leads him to an antiquities dealer who has fallen on hard times and a mysterious European middle man. With the help of his friend Ashna, a skilled hacker, and Gabrielle, owner of an art gallery in Nice, Justin gathers clues that lead him to a mysterious chateau in the South of France and a dangerous web of secrets and lies. To escape with his life and complete his objective, Justin’s skill, luck, and perseverance will be tested to their utmost limit.


“What happened to that painting you used to have above the bed?” I asked.

“Above the bed? I didn’t—” Val turned, stopped speaking, breath caught.

A moment later, she whirled, flipped on the light switch, jumped onto the bed, and placed her hands on the wall above the headboard. In the light, I noticed there was a picture hanger still nailed into the wall and a square of slightly brighter paint where the painting had hung. She ran her hands over the bare wall then turned to look at me. Her eyes were manic, her body tense. “Tell me this is some kind of joke, Justin.”

“No joke,” I replied. “Was it there when you left for the gallery?”

“Yes, I think so.” She stepped down off the bed and started frantically pacing the room, looking everywhere. “I’m sure it was.”

“Did you have cleaners scheduled today?”

“No. They come on Wednesdays.”

“Did you leave your balcony door open?”

She looked at me, suddenly focusing. “No. I never leave it open.”

“It was open when we came in. Was it locked?”

“Maybe not. I don’t know. I was in a hurry.”

“Let’s see if anything else is missing,” I said, turning toward the door.

Valerie grabbed my arm, pulling me around to face her. “I don’t care if anything else is missing.” She was on the brink of tears, a tight, almost hysterical, edge to her voice. She raised her hands, placed them over her ears, shaking her head back and forth. “I don’t care. That painting is the only thing I own that I care about, Justin.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I am a writer and educational technology professional. I lived in San Francisco for the past fifteen years but recently moved to Los Angeles with my wife and five year old son. My first book Old Gold Mountain is out now. Buy it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Also available through Apple iBooks, Google Play, and Indigo.

The book will be $0.99.


Bradley W. Wright will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC  to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Lisa Brown said...

I enjoyed getting to know your book and thanks for the chance to win :)

BW said...

Thanks for hosting!

James Robert said...

Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the book description, excerpt and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters and now my twin daughters who all love to read. We have found some amazing books for everyone. So, thank you!

Joseph Wallace said...

Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Congrats on the book tour. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Victoria Alexander said...

Great list, I enjoyed reading it.