Thursday, October 29, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Jungleland (White Hawk Aviation Stories #2) by M.T. Bass

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Jungleland by M.T. Bass. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Jungleland
Series: White Hawk Aviation Stories #2
Author: M.T. Bass
Publisher: Electron Alley Publishing
Publication Date: October 22nd 2020
Print Length: 221 pages
Genre: Adventure Fiction
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There are only two types of aircraft: fighters and targets.” ~Doyle ‘Wahoo’ Nicholson, USMC 

Sweating it out in the former Belgian Congo as a civil war mercenary, with Sparks turning wrenches on his T-6 Texan, Hawk splits his time flying combat missions and, back on the ground, sparring with Ella, an attractive young missionary doctor, in the sequel to My Brother’s Keeper.

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EXCERPT:
I slid back the canopy. The woman wriggled out from around the mechanic’s blocking move and headed towards me.

Sparks shrugged his shoulders at my hand motion query. He folded his arms over his chest to watch the show.

The woman didn’t even walk around the wing but stooped to cut underneath to take a more direct line towards me. She disappeared under the leading edge and appeared at the aileron, then followed the trailing edge back to the fuselage, looking for the handhold to get herself up on the wing.

I turned in the cockpit and watched her step up onto the wing and climb the incline up to me. I started to slide myself up to get out, getting my butt up on the back of the seat, but she got to me and blocked my way out. 

“Just who do you think you are, mister?” she barked with the authoritative voice of a medical professional at the very top of the heap. I had heard that tone in my brother’s voice more than a few times.

I just pulled off my helmet but left my mirrored Ray-Bans on. From safely behind the lenses, I carefully surveyed her gorgeously animated face—even in anger, her lips wrinkled in a bit of a smile as if this was half-show, half-genuine indignation. Her red hair was neatly pulled back in a ponytail, showing a freckled, fair complexion that had not yet been weathered and tanned by the sun, so she was new in country. Most of us outsiders knew each other well, but I didn’t recognize who this was. I had heard about a new doctor at the mission, though never imagined it might have been female.

“You’re not from around here, are you?” I asked.

“What?”

“I mean originally—not born and raised.”

She scowled and punched my arm with her fist…hard.

“Ow!” I guessed she had at least one brother.

“Was that you—of course it was. Who else would it have been.”

I unscrewed the plugs from my ears, and the volume level on her voice got louder. Over her shoulder, I saw Sparks shake his head and smile.

“Listen, mister—”

“Whoa, whoa, whoa there,” I finally interrupted, holding up my hand, palm out like a cop stopping traffic. 

She stopped talking and stared hard at me. She punched my arm again…
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
M.T. Bass is a scribbler of fiction who holds fast to the notion that while victors may get to write history, novelists get to write/right reality. He lives, writes, flies and makes music in Mudcat Falls, USA.

Born in Athens, Ohio, M.T. Bass grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, majoring in English and Philosophy, then worked in the private sector (where they expect “results”) mainly in the Aerospace & Defense manufacturing market. During those years, Bass continued to write fiction. He is the author of eight novels: My Brother’s Keeper, Crossroads, In the Black, Somethin’ for Nothin’, Murder by Munchausen, The Darknet (Murder by Munchausen Mystery #2), The Invisible Mind (Murder by Munchausen Mystery #3) and Article 15. His writing spans various genres, including Mystery, Adventure, Romance, Black Comedy and Techno Thrillers. A Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor, airplanes and pilots are featured in many of his stories. Bass currently lives on the shores of Lake Erie near Lorain, Ohio.

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GUEST POST:
- What song do you believe could be the theme song to your book? Why?

I did not write this book with the idea of having a specific theme song, but it definitely traces its title from Bruce Springsteen’s “Jungleland.”

And I guess the themes of the novel do fit together with the lyrics—in a metaphorical way. At their roots, the story and song are both romances:

The rat pulls into town, rolls up his pants
Together they take a stab at romance


It’s clear when Hawk meets Dr. Mickleson in chapter one, there is at least some attraction for her on his side:

“I guess she told you, doncha know,” Sparks said when I came up beside him. He smiled an evil, knowing grin.

“You know, I think I feel a fever coming on.” I put the back of my hand to my forehead.

“Maybe you should have that looked at.”

“Hmmm. Maybe you’re right.” We watched Ella get swallowed up by the jungle.

And in the song:

The kids round here look just like shadows
Always quiet, holding hands
From the churches to the jails
Tonight all is silence in the world
As we take our stand
Down in jungleland


…are just like the kids there in the mission where Ella works, who are caught in the middle there too:

Even though I had to take it extra slow, since I had boxes of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies in the back, I got there around three, and kids swarmed around me like flies on a wildebeest. Chocolate didn’t really work too well in the heat so close to the equator, but licorice did, so I passed sticks out from a bag until they had all run off with their prizes.

Ella watched from the door to her clinic, but I studiously ignored her.

In Springsteen's words, a life and death struggle plays out:

Outside the street's on fire, in a real death waltz
Between what's flesh and what's fantasy
And then the poets down here, don't write nothing at all
They just stand back and let it all be


And the reality of civil war in Congo is harsh and brutal:

“And the mayor there, Bond…Bondess…Bondekwe or something. I don’t know, but they stripped him down completely naked and stood him up in front of a mad, mad crowd of rebels.”

I waited. “And?”

Eric shook his head.

“And?”

“And they carved his liver out—while he was still alive.”

I could feel my face squint in repulsion.

“Yes, while he was still alive.”

“Alive?”

“Then they cut it up while it was still hot and—and—and they ate it in front of him as he died.”

Casting its dark, dark shadow over romance:

And in the quick of the night
They reach for their moment
And try to make an honest stand
But they wind up wounded, not even dead


Tonight in Jungleland…

Jungleland by Bruce Springsteen on YouTube
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GIVEAWAY:
M.T. Bass will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day.
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73 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for both the book description and giveaway as well. I enjoy hearing about another good book.

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  2. Great excerpt, thank you for sharing it.

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    1. Hi Deborah --

      I think from start to finish I took about 9 or 10 months to get the novel done.

      This one went pretty quick for me.

      Thanks.

      ~Mudcat

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  4. I really like the excerpt. This book sounds great.

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  5. Hi Heather --

    Thanks for offering me space on your blog for Jungleland.

    The question was an interesting one and made me think about how it related back to the Springsteen song.

    Take care.

    ~Mudcat

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

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  7. Great excerpt, sounds like an exciting book to read, thanks for sharing it with me!

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  8. Really wonderful intro, nice tour!

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  9. Thanks so much for the great post. I love finding great books like this one.

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  10. Loved the excerpt, it sounds like a great read.

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  11. The cover is interesting. It sets the tone for the book.

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

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  13. Have not read a good action fiction book in a long time.. this looks like the one to re-start that for me....

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  14. I love a good action/adventure story and this sounds great. I haven't read My Brother’s Keeper yet so need to catch up

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  15. Your book certainly has an interesting setting!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  16. As a massive Springsteen fan the title jumped right out at me. I'm very interested in reading the story and getting a feel of how the story parallels in ways of the song. It also sounds very interesting without just relating it to the lyrics. I'm excited to read it, it's on my tbr pile now so I'll be getting to it.

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  17. Thank you for sharing the excerpt. It sounds exciting.

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  18. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  19. I really love the description. I'm excited to read this!

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  20. I liked the blurb and excerpt. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. I am a History Buff, so the the theme/Genre of this book would fascinate me.

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  22. Looks like a very interesting book.

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  23. I enjoyed reading the excerpt - what an exciting read.
    Thank you for sharing this review.

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  24. What is your favorite thing about the writing process?

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  25. What do you most enjoy about writing in this genre?

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  26. Read in your GR bio your favorite books of all time, I find it interesting the wide array plus how vastly different this is from those.

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  27. sounds so nice!

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  28. Sounds like an exciting read! The cover is captivating!

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  29. The cover of your book urges us to open the book up and read!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  30. Great cover!

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  31. I've never heard of the White Hawk Aviation Stories. They sound interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. "Sweating it out in the former Belgian Congo..."

    I didn't know there was a Belgian Congo.

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  33. I will be getting this book for my husband!

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  34. "a civil war mercenary..."

    I wonder if we had mercenaries in our civil war.

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  35. Love the cover. My husband would enjoy this read.

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  36. "with Sparks turning wrenches on his T-6 Texan, Hawk splits his time flying combat missions...

    Any guy named Hawk has to be badass, lol.

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  37. I had my husband read this & he cannot wait to read this book!!

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  38. "Hawk splits his time flying combat missions"

    He sounds busy, lol.

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  39. sounds like a fun one

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  40. Where is your favorite place to write for inspiration?

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  41. This is a book me and my husband could read together, he is soo picky!

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  42. Sounds good....love that my grandson is nicknamed Hawk too

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  43. I liked both the excerpt, and the book cover.

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  44. I would like to get this for my husband.

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  45. This book sounds really exciting!

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