Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Poisoned Pawn by David Siegel Bernstein

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Poisoned Pawn by David Siegel Bernstein. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you and a guest post as well as the tour wide giveaway for your chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Poisoned Pawn
Author: David Siegel Bernstein
Publisher: Intrigue Publishing
Publication Date: February 1st 2020
Print Length: 276 pages
Genre: Mystery
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Caleb Jacobs is a man with a past. After serving on a failed dark ops assignment in Afghanistan, he leaves Marine Corps Intelligence to try to build a new life in Philadelphia as a homicide police detective.

Jacobs is happy, for a time, until he is assigned to solve the murder of Shannon Faraday. During the investigation, he is convinced the evidence points to him as the killer. He knows it is only a matter of time before other investigators see the same. He has no alibi and the clock is counting down.

Behind his partner’s back, Jacobs hires a private investigator named Lawrence Holmes. The PI is an irritation to the police, but he is unmistakably brilliant. And, many powerful people in the city owe him favors. Holmes is a bit odd. He insists on calling Jacobs Watson but claims to never have heard the name Sherlock. Jacobs can live with this kind of crazy as long as together they find the real killer.

They quickly link the murder to a series of seemingly unrelated crimes occurring throughout Philadelphia, and Jacobs becomes convinced the murder is related to the truth of what had happened during his time in Afghanistan. Old secrets have come back to haunt him.

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EXCERPT:
I felt like sh*t for having to hire a private investigator, especially one who was most likely insane. Still, I couldn’t deny that his type of crazy got results. Reluctantly I handed over an envelope to the man sitting on the sun-bleached bench.

He opened it. Satisfied with my offering, he slid it into his jacket. “Ah, Watson,” he said. “Good to see you again.”

I shook my head and dropped onto the bench next to him. “My name is Jacobs. Caleb Jacobs,” I said, hoping the reminder might stick this time.

He turned to me. “Did you say something?”

I sighed. “No, Holmes.”

If I wasn’t desperate for his help, I’d strangle him. Of course my superiors at the Philadelphia Homicide Unit wouldn’t appreciate that. But I wondered if a cop hiring a private investigator was any worse of a violation. I needed Lawrence Holmes for his connections and unique viewpoint, things my PHU colleagues couldn’t provide. He might not be the fictional character he played at, but he was a talented PI.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
To support his writing addiction and excessively extravagant lifestyle, David Siegel Bernstein, PhD, is a data scientist who consults as a forensic statistician. That sounds really boring until you realize that his clients include the US National Security Agency (NSA), the Secret Service, the FBI, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and a host of other acronymonious agencies who cultivate exciting and shadowy reputations. Alas, those reputations are mere facades that disguise the real reason these organizations exist, which is to keep him entertained and fed.

When David wants a break from this spellbinding work, he writes. His fiction credits encompass two novelettes and sixty shorts. His nonfiction has appeared in newsletters, popular blogs, academic journals and he is the author of the book Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction.

He lives within the shadow of Philadelphia with his wife, Michelle, two children, Seth and Gwendolyn, and a dog named Ringo Biggles Woofington.

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GUEST POST:
- What real life mystery has you perplexed the most?

The immediate mystery to me is how to tackle the question: what real life mystery has me most perplexed? I am searching my memory diligently for clues—I am a mystery author after all, so it should be easy. Only it isn’t. There is the idea of what is reality that I’ve always found fascinating. I mean come on, are you even real? I might have made you up. This is something I discuss in my book Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction.

That is way too much to delve into here, so I’ll start again.

I guess for me the most perplexing mystery is where do ideas come from? I get that question a lot and I never have a good answer, so don’t expect one from me now. As a writer what I do know is that the story you start out writing probably isn’t going to be the one you complete. Typically, your first idea (wherever it came from) is a springboard for your next one, and so on until eventually the characters tell you where they want to go. The idea for a car started out as a caveman’s idea for a wheel, which probably sparked from watching a rock roll.

So how did I first come up with the idea for Poisoned Pawn? I don’t know. I’m sure it can’t be found anywhere in the book.
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GIVEAWAY:
David Siegel Bernstein will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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34 comments:

  1. Great excerpt, sounds like a book I'll enjoy reading! :)

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  2. Sounds like a very interesting book.

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  3. Thank you for taking the time to share your terrific book with us. I enjoyed reading about it.

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  4. What authors do you enjoy reading?

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  5. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

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  6. Really great, I enjoyed learning about this, saw it on another site too.

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  7. thanks sounds like an interesting book

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  8. My grandson would enjoy this book.

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  9. A question for the author: When you were a child and adolescent, what authors, book series, and genres did you like to read?

    Nancy
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  10. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  11. I’m so impressed! Seriously! A PhDin science is remarkable!I Mine is in Social Work...trust me.there are theories that can bend bend and shape but...you have formulas and laws. Myl laws all derive from social policy. With science, you probably have laws that are straight forward. I didn’t go to college until I was 42..had my maw by98..and straight into PHD program. It can be done with the last three of six children at home.....and now you are an author as well...well besides journal publications.way to go...can’t wait to read!

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  12. The book sounds like a great read.

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  13. Sounds like an interesting read!

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  14. Thanks for the opportunity to win! I enjoyed the excerpt. I think it's fascinating that the author is a forensic consultant.

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  15. Looks like a great read! I can't wait to tuck into it.

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  16. Mystery is my favorite genre. This one looks good.

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  17. This sounds like a great book with excitement and mystery.

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  18. Intriguing!! Looking forward to reading more!!

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  19. This sounds like a great read. I love a good mystery

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  20. do you feel like you identify with a certain character more than the others?

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  21. Interesting cover! The storyline is intriguing and sounds like a good mystery. Best wishes to the author on the new release.

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  22. sounds like a fun one

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  23. Sounds like a good book, I like the cover.

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  24. Your credentials are impressive besides what you do as an author Rosanne rosans4comcast(dot)net

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  25. Sounds interesting, thanks for sharing !

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  26. My grandson would enjoy yjis book.

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  27. The book sounds really good and would like to read it!

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