Friday, August 28, 2020

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: The Man in the Black Fedora by Tom Johnson

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for The Man in the Black Fedora by Tom Johnson. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt for you as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content and exclusive excerpts. Enjoy!
Title: The Man in the Black Fedora
Author: Tom Johnson
Publication Date: September 26th 2019
Print Length: 162 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
In a city of mob rule and crime, death is cheap, and police have their hands tied. In this dark metropolis, a new paladin arises to fight against injustice. A man of education, dedicated to fighting evil with fire against fire, the man in the black fedora.

A breeze brought a gentle odor to his nostrils as he found the back of the shop, and he recognized it as the perfume worn by Sally. Jae knew she lived in the back of the shop, and he wanted to be near if anything happened.

Finding a window in back, he gently raised it and slipped into the room as light as a cat, then squatted on the floor in a corner like a statue of Buddha and willed himself invisible. Even his breathing could not be detected. The only life in the room was the sleeping woman in the bed just feet away, and she never knew a silent visitor watched over her.

Jae dozed lightly, but his mind was alert to the slightest noise. That noise came about 2:00 a.m., when the thin beam of a flashlight lit the prone figure of the woman sound asleep in the bed. The light was extinguished immediately, and then figures began climbing through the window. They weren’t as silent as Jae had been, but the sleeping woman had not wakened through their clumsy entrance. Five husky shadows stood revealed in the darkness as they approached the bed, then one found the light switch and flipped it on.

The sudden light wakened the woman, and she sat up, her hand going to her mouth in shock as she saw the tough hoods standing by her bed.

An arm went around her head; a huge fist covered her mouth, preventing the scream that had started.

“You’re going for a little ride, lady,” one of the men said. “A one-way trip. Knock her out, Slugger.”

A big man stepped forward and Scarlatti, for that’s who had ordered the knockout, waited for the blow to silence her.

It didn’t come.

Slugger suddenly felt his spine break as a foot shattered his back. The others stood dumbfounded, not comprehending what just happened to their fellow mobster. A black elbow slammed into another man’s temple and he dropped. Then a black form appeared behind the man holding Sally’s head, and a vicious fist dropped him unconscious at the side of the bed. Scarlatti and his lieutenant hadn’t pierced the mystery yet, but then a whirling figure in black swung another leg upward striking the lieutenant under the chin raising him a foot off the floor and dropping him near the wall.
Tom was a voracious reader from an early age, beginning with comic books at age seven and reading novels by age 10 or 11. He has never stopped reading for pleasure, though his interest in genres have often switched from SF to western, to hardboiled detectives, the classics, and back to science fiction again over the years. In his own writing, readers will often find something about his love of zoology, whether insects, reptiles, or saber-tooth cats. Tom had a stroke in March 2002. Now retired, he and his wife devote their time to keeping Tom’s books in print, as well as helping promote other writers.

They settled in Tom’s hometown of Seymour, Texas, home of the Whiteside Museum of Natural History, and the red-bed digs near the town where Permian fossils have been discovered for over a hundred years. A 250-million-year-old amphibian, the Seymouria was discovered in the red-beds and is named after Seymour. One of the main predators of the Permian was a large finback reptile called a Dimetrodon, and a statue is displayed outside the museum. Several of Tom’s books are on hand in the museum. With over 80 books in print that he has contributed to, Tom has slowed down now. He is still writing children’s stories while promoting his books still on the market. Plus, he still has hopes of one day seeing his short novel, Pangaea: Eden’s Planet, made into a film.

Note: The Man in the Black Fedora was released September 26, 2019. Tom passed away on November 5, 2019. The book will remain in print posthumously for the length of the contract.

Tom Johnson will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour.
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  1. Great looking cover! Thanks for sharing!

  2. How long did it take you to write your book?

  3. Thanks for the intro to Tom Johnson. I had never read about him until now. I saw all the great books he has written, and am so excited to start reading them.

  4. thanks this sounds like a thrilling book

  5. I like the cover. It has very nice artwork.

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  6. Hello! Thanks so much for sharing your book with us. Always fun reading about another book to enjoy.

  7. Thank you for the lovely showcasing of The Man in the Black Fedora. It was indeed a great book.

  8. How long was the writing process?

  9. The book sounds really good and I like the cover.

  10. This looks like a great read! Thank you

  11. Thanks for the opportunity to win! And thanks for sharing. Looks like Tom Johnson has written a lot of awesome books.

  12. The cover looks so good like a classic film art piece

  13. Love the artwork for this cover. Looking forward to reading.

  14. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

  15. I like the cover. It has such a retro vibe.