Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Book Blast and Giveaway: Polish Dragon P.I. (The Good Book) by Steve Zimcosky

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Polish Dragon P.I. (The Good Book) by Steve Zimcosky. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book. There's also the blast wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 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: The Good Book
Series: Polish Dragon P.I.
Author: Steve Zimcosky
Publication Date: August 24th 2021
Print Length: 223 pages
Genre: Mystery
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A bible mysteriously disappears from a Russian businessman’s home and it is said to have a secret hidden inside that would cause embarrassment to the Russian Orthodox Church. The Polish Dragon P. I. is called in, along with his new partner, to help find the bible. The problem is the bible is not supposed to exist and there is a secret organization, sworn to protect the church, also looking for the bible. They will stop at nothing to locate it and destroy it.

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EXCERPT:
It was during the split with Constantinople, in the 1400s, that a group of wealthy landowners and members of the royalty got together to form a group that would do anything to protect the ROC and keep it from being harmed. The men formed a set of bylaws and rules that had to be followed and pledge to protect the Church at all costs, even death. When word had gotten out that this group had formed, many men in other parishes wanted to join and do their part to protect the church. Many, as it turned out, became fanatics.

Gregor Babikov was the first leader of the Bureau although they hadn't had a name for the group at that point. Gregor was a devout Christian, who worshipped and prayed to the seven archangels. His wealth allowed him access to any bishop, with whom he wanted to meet and talk about Church policy and how it would best be served independently of Rome.

In the beginning, they protected the Church from marauders and thieves and then turned their wrath on anyone who spoke out against the Church. It got to the point where if you wanted to cause harm to someone, you could tell the group that they were the Devil's Helper and trying to destroy the Church. An accusation was all it took and the person would never be seen or heard from again. As they became well-known, the membership increased to all areas where there was an Orthodox church.

Their deeds became well known and the Church began to try and distance itself from the group. The bishops began to feel that people were afraid of the Church, or what could happen to them if someone falsely accused them. The Church leaders met with the leaders of the Bureau and it was decided that they would disband and no longer be associated with the Church. But Gregor had another idea; he was going to protect the Church at all costs and that is when he took the group underground. They would now become a secret society and do what was necessary to protect the Church.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steve Zimcosky is a multi-award winning and international selling author. He is the creator of the Polish Dragon P. I. series and was born in the Slavic Village area of Cleveland, Ohio where many of his stories take place. He has wanted to be an author since elementary school while reading books like White Fang and Call of the Wild by Jack London. He spends his retirement time writing short stories on a variety of subjects he hopes his readers will enjoy. Some of his favorite authors include Stephen King, James Clavell, Thomas B. Dewey and Vivien Chien.

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GIVEAWAY:
Steve Zimcosky will be awarding a $25 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 the responsibility for this giveaway.)

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83 comments:

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

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  2. Thank you Heather, for sharing my book on your blog. I really appreciate it.

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  3. Thank you for the excerpt - as a new author to me it introduced me to your writing.

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    1. I would love to know your thoughts about my writing.

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    2. I would love to know your thoughts about my writing.

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  4. I like the cover art. Did you work with an illustrator?

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    1. Yes, her name is Andrea Ivetic Vicai and she has been doing a lot of the artwork for me.

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  5. Sounds like a good mystery read. I am intrigued and looking forward to learning more about the secret organization

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    1. It was just a little over a month. Once I have the story in my head I can sit down and get it all out. Then I have my artist design the cover and send it to my editor.

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  7. congrats on the release this sounds interesting

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  8. Cover looks great! Excerpt sounds interesting.

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    1. Thank you. I have a fantastic artist I work with.

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  9. Sounds great, I love mysteries!

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  10. I like the cover, synopsis and excerpt, this sounds like an excellent read. Thank you for sharing your bio and book details and for offering a giveaway

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  11. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. So very intriguing. I must know more.

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  13. I hope that you find out more Paige and I would love to know what you think of the book

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  15. This book looks so cool! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving Zelda! And thank you for the comment!

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  16. Looks like a solid book, cheers on the release, best wishes!

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  17. Sounds like a good mystery book.

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  18. The Good Book in the series Polish Dragon P.I. by author Steve Zimcosky sounds like it would be a unique and fascinating read!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  19. David HollingsworthNovember 23, 2021 at 7:13 PM

    Congrats on the book!

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  20. Mystery - A favorite genre of mine.
    Great excerpt!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Thank you Barbara for checking it out the book here. I appreciate all of the kind words.

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  21. Sounds really good. I cant wait to read and see who find it first!

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  22. Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments!

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

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    1. You're quite welcome Diana, thanks for participating.

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  24. Where did you get the idea for this book ?

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    1. The idea kinda just popped into my head and I spent several days developing the story line.

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  25. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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    1. I'm glad you like the cover Deb, I have a wonderful artist who I work with.

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  26. I think that the cover of The Good Book in the series Polish Dragon P.I. by author Steve Zimcosky has an ominous and mysterious design.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Glad you liked the cover Nancy. I have a wonderful artist who does my covers for me.

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  27. Do you come from a Russian or polish background

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    1. My background is Polish/Slovak with maybe a tiny bit of Russian.

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

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  29. You're quite welcome. Thank you for participating.

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  30. Do you listen to music when you write?

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    1. No, I just sit down and write and if I get stuck I get up and walk around.

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  31. The Polish Dragon P.I. sounds like an intriguing book. Nice cover!

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  32. Very intriguing. I will see if my library has your books.

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  33. David HollingsworthNovember 25, 2021 at 1:21 AM

    Interesting premise for a book!

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  34. Polish Dragon P.I. (The Good Book) by Steve Zimcosky sounds like a book that would keep you up late reading!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  35. Not at all far fetched. I have read stories like this before.

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  36. sounds like a fun one

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  37. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  38. Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for this book contest.

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  39. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  40. There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.
    Jane Austen

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  41. What author do you most admire?

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  42. I admire Stephen King a lot. He is a prolific writer.

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  43. Have you ever backed anything on Kickstarter?

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    1. No, I have never backed anything on kickstarter.

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    1. I have just gotten hooked on Ed Mcbain, who writes mysteries about cops and P. I.s

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  45. Did you have a good Thanksgiving? Do you eat a traditional meal?

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    1. I had a great Thanksgiving and no, not always a traditional meal.

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  46. Do you prefer to have pumpkin pie or pecan pie for dessert?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. I prefer the pumpkin pie with a little whipped cream.

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  47. David HollingsworthNovember 26, 2021 at 8:26 PM

    How often do you write books?

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    1. I try to write at least three a year. My books are novellas and I can take my time to make sure they are the best I think they can be.

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