Thursday, October 15, 2020

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Wired by the F.B.I. by Glenn Painter


Welcome to the NBtM virtual book tour for Wired by the F.B.I. by Glenn Painter. This book tour is hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a guest post. There's also a tour wide giveaway for a $100 or a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Good luck!
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Title: Wired by the F.B.I.
Author: Glenn Painter
Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers
Publication Date: August 22nd 2019
Print Length: 331 pages
Genres: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery
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Christian Romano lives his life as a con-artist, burglar, drug dealer, and a ladies' man, using his good looks to con wealthy women out of jewels and money. When he is arrested and jailed in one of the most violent jails in the U.S. (Cook County in Chicago), a steamy affair begins with a nympho female jail guard. When he loses control of the romance, Christian must end the affair by reporting her to Internal Affairs. It turns out that she is already under suspicion for supplying drugs to various gang members inside the jail. He has to decide if he is "rogue" enough to help set her up for arrest. Meanwhile, the FBI wants to recruit Christian to gather information against a sadist ex-cop, Scott Mason, who has been arrested for murder. The risk? Christian must wear a wire and testify. The reward? Witness protection for Christian and his girlfriend and a modification of his prison sentence. Will Christian risk his life for a chance at freedom? Will the female sheriff "get even" with him? Or will his life end at the hands of the jail's drug lords or a lunatic former cop?

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BOOK TRAILER:
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EXCERPT:
Something’s wrong, my intuition told me, as I stepped out of the stairwell and into the chaotic frenzy of the main hallway running under Division One of the Cook County jail.

Sergeant Ricky Walsh opened the heavy, rusted steel door leading to the death trap—that is A-B stairwell—then turned to me. “Romano, take the stairs down four flights to the bottom, I will meet you there.”

There are four sets of stairs that lead to the main boulevard on the first floor. They are legendary for the infamous men who have been butchered there, the bloodstained walls are a testament to the violence that is the norm in this building. As I begin my descent down the narrow and poorly lit stairwell, the thought hits me: At least half a dozen men have been stabbed in this exact place. The words taunt me as I step slowly down the stairs so that Walsh will have time to beat me to the first floor in the old, decrepit elevator.

When I finally make it down, I breathe a sigh of relief. But it is not Walsh waiting at the huge, steel door I am to exit. Instead of the old mick—who looked and walked like a bulldog with his perfectly groomed hair and mustache—it was one of the lackey guards. They would often hang out on the main floor waiting to proposition some poor woman coming to visit her man. I open the door and step through quickly, not wanting to arouse suspicion. But my heart hangs in my throat.

During my trip down the stairwell, the heavy steel recorder slid down my pant leg, stopping on top of my right foot. The ACE bandage, meant to hold it in place, was also dangling and ready to pop out for everyone to see. Panic set in as my mind processed a million thoughts, but I couldn’t break my stride.

It was common knowledge that this is where inmates often came out stabbing when sent to attack a guard by one of the gang bosses. Looking past the guard, I saw Sergeant Walsh bearing down on us as fast as his stubby legs would carry him.

“Hey Walsh,” I said, “the food poisoning is getting worse, I’m gonna puke all over this guy.”ng around to see what was going on. These guards tolerated zero bull, especially from a smart-ass like me.

I decided that it was quicker and easier to shove the recorder under the waistband of my jail pants and pray it would stay. After splashing water on my face, I poked my head out.

Walsh fell right in line with my cover. “We’re going to the hospital, come with me!” he bellowed.

I exited the closet, pushing the recorder into my torso as we walked past another guard. We traveled down the long hallway. Once we were far enough out of earshot, Walsh found an unoccupied attorney visiting room. As he opened the door, I scurried to the far corner.

“The hallway is clear!” Walsh yelled.

I pulled the recorder from my waistband and looked at it with disdain. Then I wrapped it tight with the ACE bandage. Although the long recording wires had to be reconnected and it only took a few moments, it felt like forever.

Then it hit me: I’m wearing a wire against one of the most violent hitmen Chicago has ever known, and this prick had been a Chicago cop. He probably knows every person who works in this jail. Getting whacked in a place like this costs less than a carton of cigarettes. What the hell have I gotten myself into? But there was no backing out, and I still had to get back to my tier.

Walsh looked at me, his brow furrowed. He quietly asked, “You alright, kid?”

“I better be. I signed a deal with the devil, and it’s time to pay up.”

I drew in a deep breath as we headed to the hospital, so we could sign in and make it look legit.

How did my life get to this point? I wondered as I followed Walsh. Growing up in Chicago, I was exposed to police corruption, murder, drugs, gangsters, and sex, oh yes, lots and lots of sex.

I had no clue of what awaited me, but my unsavory legacy was about to go down in history like crap down a toilet.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Glenn Painter is single and lives in Central Florida. He became interested in writing at an early age but did not make it his career until 2014 when he published his first book, Beyond the Sentence.

Glenn has written this story from the notes by the man who actually lived it. However, extensive research was also require in order to make the story factual.

Glenn has also founded a company, ‘Prisoner Civil Right Services.’ He is an advocate for incarcerated individuals who have had their rights violated. He is in constant contact with these individuals, their families and the council. Most of his stories are inspired by ‘factual events’ that have happened to these individuals. This makes his stories both fiction and non-fiction.

Glenn says that writing is very challenging, and you must love the trials and tribulations that come with it. He believes that patience, perseverance and determination are required essentials to see a book through to being published. The journey is just as important as the destination.

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GUEST POST:
Background of Wired by the F.B.I.
by Glenn Painter

This book is written as fiction, because we all know that the human memory cannot possibly recall any conversation ‘word for word’. Even though the writings were obtained from ‘unedited rants’ by the man who lived the experience, this version is better than the original.

There are certain people who may think they recognize themselves, or someone they know in the book and they may even try (just for kicks) to give me a hard time. They may get grumpy and steamed up over it. They need to remember that if I really wanted to be a jerk, I would have named them directly. So any jokes, references, or descriptions anyone might find offensive are only meant to be harmless and funny.

My book depicts ‘actual events’ which took place in Chicago in the late 90’s and can be verified by research. It covers the life of a ‘protagonist’ con man who is arrested for burglary and incarcerated in one of the most violent places in the United States, the ‘Cook County Jail’. While there, the FBI recruit’s him to ‘wear a wire’ in order to get more evidence against a ‘crooked cop’ who has been arrested for the murder of a Chicago businessman. In return for this ‘protagonist’s’ help, he is given a reduction in sentence and put into the ‘witness protection program.

That’s when the fun really begins! There are a lot of swear words, (and I apologize in advance to people of strong faith who might be offended) however, this is the way they talk in the ‘world of crime’. You will also read a ‘lot of sexual encounters’ which might also be offensive, but you will be educated in the way our justice system works, which can be both good and bad.

Trust me, you will not want to put this book down. You will want to know what is going to happen next in the life of this ‘protagonist’. This book will keep you turning the pages from beginning to end.
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GIVEAWAY:
One randomly chosen winner, via Rafflecopter, will win a $100 Amazon gift card, and another randomly chosen winner, via Rafflecopter, will win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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67 comments:

  1. Exiting book, good to learn about.

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    1. I am very glad that you like the the book so far, I know that you will love y to he entire book.

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  2. Good morning and thank you for the book description and giveaway. 

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  3. How long did it take you to write this?

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    1. Hi Debra,
      With all the research, which is very evident! It took me a year in a half.

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  4. This book sounds exciting and thrilling.

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  5. The cover says the book is based on a true story. Is any of the story enhanced for better reading enjoyment?

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    1. Hi Kim,
      It is based on true events, however, all the characters are composite characters but I curbed the corners quite a bit, giving each chapter much more flavor with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

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    2. Wow. Okay, next question...What do you find most rewarding in your (non-writing related) work?

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  6. I really enjoyed the excerpt and book trailer.

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  7. Love that it's based on a true story!

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  8. New author for me. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Sounds great, I like reading thrillers!

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  10. I like the cover. It has nice artwork.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  11. thanks for hosting, congrats on the release

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  12. Enjoyed reading the excerpt and reading about the background behind the book, sounds like a thrilling read! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. This sounds like an interesting and informative book.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  14. This sounds like a great read.

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  15. Book cover goes with the story line,and the book sounds interesting.

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  16. Sounds like a really interesting book!

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  17. The fact that you have written this book from notes that the man who lived it makes me very interested in reading your book.. on my TBR list for 2021....

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  18. Great blog post- love finding new (to me) authors

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  19. Great post, the book looks really interesting.

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  20. This sounds like a really good read. Intrigued with what is going to happen if he wears a wire or not and if he actually ever gets into witness protevction

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  21. I'm really excited to read this after reading about this one!

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  22. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. It sounds like a good book.

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  23. The main character in your book is the epitome of what NOT to do in real life if you don't wanna get raped in jail or murdered at a young age. haha

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  24. The excerpt and blurb are interesting. Will you be writing more books based on true fiction?

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  25. Looks great! Thank you for sharing!

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  26. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  27. After watching the trailer, know I would enjoy this read.
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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  28. The synopsis is captivating! A must read!

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  29. "Christian Romano lives his life as a con-artist, burglar, drug dealer, and a ladies' man, using his good looks to con wealthy women out of jewels and money."

    I think I've met this guy, lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. I like the cover. It sets the tone for the book.

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  31. "When he is arrested and jailed in one of the most violent jails in the U.S. (Cook County in Chicago), a steamy affair begins with a nympho female jail guard."

    A nympho female guard must be like a kid in a candy shop, lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. Glenn Painter is a new author to me, but I look forward to reading this. I always love meeting new authors. Thanks to this blog for the introduction.

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  33. The excerpt from the book sounds like a very intriguing story.

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  34. "When he loses control of the romance, Christian must end the affair by reporting her to Internal Affairs."

    I'll bet she was mad.

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  35. I am always interested in learning about new books that I might want to read.

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  36. "He has to decide if he is "rogue" enough to help set her up for arrest."

    Rogue or wrong?

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  37. Was there any part of the story that you couldn't believe was real?

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  38. "Meanwhile, the FBI wants to recruit Christian to gather information against a sadist ex-cop, Scott Mason, who has been arrested for murder."

    This guy must have a lot on his mind, lol.

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  39. I am always interested in learning about new books that I might want to read.

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  40. "The risk? Christian must wear a wire and testify. The reward? Witness protection for Christian and his girlfriend and a modification of his prison sentence."

    I'd love to be able to start over.

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  41. "Will the female sheriff "get even" with him? Or will his life end at the hands of the jail's drug lords or a lunatic former cop?"

    Sounds like an exciting read.

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  42. "Something’s wrong, my intuition told me, as I stepped out of the stairwell and into the chaotic frenzy of the main hallway running under Division One of the Cook County jail."

    I get those feelings of foreboding sometimes.

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