Friday, February 8, 2019

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Smuggler by Nicholas Fillmore

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Smuggler by Nicholas Fillmore. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have a guest post about what Nicholas Fillmore's movie about his life what might called as well as an excerpt for you. There's also a tour wide giveaway at the bottom of this post. Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in the book tour here. Enjoy!
Title: Smuggler
Author: Nicholas Fillmore
Genre: Memoir, True Crime
When twenty-something post-grad Nick Fillmore discovers the zine he’s been recruited to edit is a front for drug profits, he begins a dangerous flirtation with an international heroin smuggling operation and in a matter of months finds himself on a fast ride he doesn’t know how to get off of.

After a bag goes missing in an airport transit lounge he is summoned to West Africa to take a voodoo oath with Nigerian mafia. Bound to drug boss Alhaji, he returns to Europe to put the job right, but in Chicago O’Hare customs agents “blitz” the plane and a courier is arrested.

Thus begins a harried yearlong effort to elude the Feds, prison and a looming existential dead end…. Smuggler relates the real events behind OITNB.

At the other end of the terminal was another set of steel doors—simple double doors leading right out to the street, daylight and fresh air strobing through each time someone exited; cabs lined up and waiting, freedom lingering out there.

I hoisted my bag over my shoulder, bypassing the baggage carousels where a cop was walking around with a dog, and headed towards the doors. A single Customs Agent was perched on a stool to the far right, reading a magazine. As I got about a third of the way there, he seemed to stir. I changed direction ever so slightly.

He roused himself. A small group was moving toward him from the right, but he seemed to ignore them.

I looked out the corner of my eyes for someone, anyone I could fall in behind, but everyone seemed blissfully out of reach—and I imagined this is what it must feel like to drown: to take one last desperate look at help swimming strongly away.

Then the agent sauntered ever so slowly out into the middle of the room. My heart raced. Then he looked up. I saw it coming, could feel it coming. Oblivious to the rest of the herd, he’d singled me out; and for a second I felt I might just swoon right there. Then some sort of instinct kicked in. I resigned myself to being questioned and headed right at him.

For some seconds he hung back as I did my best to play the part of the unassuming traveler.

“Where are you coming from, sir?” he asked, at an angle.

“Paris,” I said.

“Can I see your ticket?”

I handed him my ticket.

“How long were you in Paris?”

“A week.”

“What were you doing there?”


“What kind of business.”

“Magazine. Publishing.”

“What magazine?”

And here I faltered. Nun Civa Orcus. What the hell was that? My mind raced for all sorts of explanations. For a second I considered making something up. But that would only mean trouble. You tend to say stupid things when you veer from the script like that. Someone might ask your name, for instance, and under duress you might say Peter Rabbit or Dick Nixon, who the hell knew? Had he detected my hesitation? I had to speak.
About the Author:
Nicholas Fillmore attended the graduate writing program at University of New Hampshire. He was a finalist for the Juniper Prize in poetry and co-founded and published SQUiD magazine in Provincetown, MA. He is currently at work on Sins of Our Fathers, a family romance and works as a reporter and lecturer in English. He lives on windward Oahu with his wife, his daughter and three dogs.

Guest post:
A movie about my life might be titled A Small Town Lad. Despite my relentless pursuit of experience, I think at heart I’m still that naive kid gazing across a field. I never wanted anything but a feeling of holiness you get sitting in church or watching a sunset. If anything, it’s been the tendency of others to intrude upon my good nature that has occasioned feats of drinking, womanizing, crime. Temperamentally, I should have been an artist. But life pushed me onto another path; and in this second half of my life I have arrived at a take-no-prisoners attitude from which I want to rewrite everything, family history all the way down. I know that some people don’t like that. I don’t care. In the end there’s nothing left but what you said and did. So, you want to make a movie out of that? I’m writing the book now, called Sins of Our Fathers.

The "story of my life" aside, I’ve actually had some interest in Smuggler from a couple of filmmakers. In fact I’m kind of hopeful. What actor would I cast as me? I’m not quite up on Hollywood actors. I think a young Tim Roth could work. Somebody vulnerable, but with a capacity for cruelty.
Nicholas Fillmore will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. Be sure to leave a comment at a different blog stop each day to increase your chance of winning. You can find a list of participating blogs here. Good luck!
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  1. Thank you for sharing your book with us. I always look forward to finding out about another great read.

  2. I like the cover, thanks for the chance.

  3. Thank you for the excerpt, I enjoyed it.

  4. How long did it take you to write your book? Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  5. Sounds like a great read love the cover.

  6. Renee Collins (Google Account)February 8, 2019 at 6:37 PM

    Im very interested in reading t o

  7. I enjoyed reading the excerpt from your book. I like how you mixed suspense and inner turmoil with humor.

  8. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 
    slehan at juno dot com

  9. Cover good, the book sounds interesting.

  10. What author do you most admire?

  11. Oops, I guess I've been busy writing and didn't get back to some of your questions, Yes I write every day. I most admire Shakespeare, to name an obvious one, who manages to mis suspense, inner turmoil and humor quite well, as someone posted above. Thank you!

  12. Do you listen to music when you write?