Monday, November 8, 2021

Book Blast and Giveaway: Enough to Make the Angels Weep by Ernesto Patino

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Enough to Make the Angels Weep by Ernesto Patino. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the blast wide giveaway for a chance to win a $30 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the book blast for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Enough to Make the Angels Weep
Author: Ernesto Patino
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication Date: September 18th 2021
Print Length: 218 pages
Genre: Mystery
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Hired to investigate the murder of an 84-year-old widow, P.I. Joe Coopersmith hits one dead end after another in his search for leads. With few clues and no suspects, he nearly gives up, until he uncovers a connection to a bizarre plot to kill the descendants of Irish soldiers who fought for Mexico during the Mexican-American War. Known as San Patricios, they belonged to the St. Patrick's Battalion, an elite Mexican unit composed mostly of Irish immigrants. When a well-preserved diary of an Irish soldier turns up, Coopersmith knows he's on the right track. He digs deeper into the plot, soon learning the identity of the man behind it and his warped motive for the cold-blooded murder of the elderly widow.

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EXCERPT:
The killer sat in his car near a desert road that led toward the mountains. He lit a cigarette and glanced at his watch. The man was late. He’d give him five more minutes and then…he spotted a white SUV speeding toward him. It slowed and pulled up alongside him. The driver, a slender man wearing jeans and a tan sport coat, got out. The killer did the same and they stepped away from their vehicles.

The slender man spoke first, as though to break the ice. “They thought you might need some help. That’s why I’m here. All they want you to do is take a break, lay low for a while.”

“I still got a few things to check out, but if that’s what they want…” He shrugged. “I’ll bring you up to date on everything and then—”

“That won’t be necessary. I think I know what I need to do.”

The killer nodded. “Okay, I know the rules. I’ll step aside and you can take it from here.” He studied him for a second. The man’s expressionless face made it difficult to read.

“They want me to give you this.” The man reached into the pocket of his coat, pulled out a thick envelope and handed it to him. “A bonus, just so there’s no hard feelings.” He forced a quick smile.

The killer took the envelope and shoved it into his back pants pocket. “Well, I guess that’s it, then.” He didn’t want to hang around any longer than he had to. “If they need me, they know where to find me.” He turned to walk to his car but didn’t get far. A bullet from the man’s gun knocked him to the ground. Instinctively, he reached for his own gun and returned fire, striking the man in the chest. He fired two more times. The man dropped to his knees.

Bleeding and barely conscious, the killer got up and staggered over to where the man lay dying. He shot him in the head, then collapsed near his body.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ernesto Patino has been a musician, soldier, schoolteacher, FBI agent and private investigator. He is a multi-genre author whose books range from Mysteries and Thrillers to Romance and Children’s books. His published works include In the Shadow of a Stranger, Web of Secrets, The Last of the Good Guys, and One Last Dance. He lives in Southern Arizona with his wife Pamela with whom he shares a passion for ethnic cuisines, classical music and foreign films.

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GIVEAWAY:
Ernesto Patino will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility for this giveaway.)

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65 comments:

  1. The title draws me in and makes me interested in this book. thank you and best of luck with the tour.

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  2. This sounds like a unique mystery. Definitely intrigued.

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  3. Thank you for hosting. I welcome questions and comments from readers.

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  4. this sounds like an exciting read

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  5. I love a good mystery and this looks like one. Good work.

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  6. Cover looks great! Excerpt sounds interesting.

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  7. This book sounds like a great read and it is going on top of my TBR list!

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  8. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  9. Sounds like a great book. I love mysteries!

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  10. Looks super neat, nice book to learn about.

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  11. Im super intrigued by this and seeing how in all your different careers you use that knowledge in your writing.

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  12. Sounds like a great book thank you for a chance to win

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  13. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. My advice is to find a good freelance editor early in your career. A good editor will help you tighten your writing. It will give you the edge that you need to land an agent or publisher.

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  14. I would enjoy reading this mystery!
    And what a unique cover.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  15. Enough to Make the Angels Weep by author Ernesto Patino sounds like an interesting and engaging read.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  16. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. I want to thank you and everyone who participated in my blog tour.

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  18. Sounds like a great mystery with lots of twists and turns!

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  19. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  20. I believe that the various and interesting careers held by Ernesto Patino probably greatly enrich his writing.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  21. Yes!! Mysteries are a favorite of mine!

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  22. David HollingsworthNovember 9, 2021 at 8:09 PM

    I'll be adding this to my list of must-read books.

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  23. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  25. Gosh Ernesto, you've certainly lead an interesting life!

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  26. This book sounds like it would be a fascinating read!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  27. If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.

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  28. I like the cover and excerpt. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. David HollingsworthNovember 10, 2021 at 9:30 PM

    What's your favorite thing about the decade you were born in?

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  30. I would so enjoy reading this book and I like the cover too. How long did it take to write it?

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  31. I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. –Benjamin Franklin

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  32. Where's your favourite place to be?

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  33. Sounds like an interesting read!

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  34. I love a good mystery especially when it is intertwined with history

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  35. sounds like a fun one

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  36. What's your favourite ethnic food, Ernesto?

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  37. What childens's books have you written?

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  38. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  39. David HollingsworthNovember 12, 2021 at 2:16 AM

    Do you enjoy Thanksgiving?

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  40. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.– Thomas A. Edison

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  41. What are some of your favorite ethnic cuisines?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  42. Love a good murder mystery ty

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  43. Sounds like a great mystery. Thanks for sharing!

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  44. What an interesting concept! Sounds like an excellent read!

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