Friday, December 9, 2022

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: Thunder Road by Colin Holmes

Welcome to my stop on the book blog tour for Thunder Road by Colin Holmes. This blog tour was organized by Lone Star Book Blog Tours. On my stop, I am spotlighting the book. I also have a great interview with the author as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win an autographed hardback of the book. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: Thunder Road
Author: Colin Holmes
Publisher: CamCat Books
Publication Date: February 15th 2022
Print Length: 384 pages
Genre: Historical Suspense Noir
In this gamble, more than a few poker chips are at stake.

When an Army Air Force Major vanishes from his Top Secret job at the Fort Worth airbase in the summer of 1947, down-on-his-luck former Ranger Jefferson Sharp is hired to find him, because the Major owes a sizable gambling debt to a local mobster. The search takes Sharp from the hideaway poker rooms of Fort Worth's Thunder Road, to the barren ranch lands of New Mexico, to secret facilities under construction in the Nevada desert.

Lethal operatives and an opaque military bureaucracy stand in his way, but when he finds an otherworldly clue and learns President Truman is creating a new Central Intelligence Agency and splitting the Air Force from the Army, Sharp begins to connect dots. And those dots draw a straight line to a conspiracy aiming to cover up a secret that is out of this world⎯literally so.

[In this] intriguing debut . . . clear crisp prose . . . morphs from a western into a detective story with an overlay of conspiracy theories.Publishers Weekly

Sparkling 1940's dialogue, wry humor, an unpredictable yet coherent storyline, and a breezy style all his own, make Colin Holmes' somewhat spooky novel, Thunder Road, a winner. I'll be on the lookout for his next novel.—Rob Leininger, author of Killing Suki Flood and the Mortimer Angel "Gumshoe" series

This genre-defying and enormously entertaining romp is Mickey Spillane meets Whitley Strieber meets Woody Allen. I can’t remember when I’ve had so much plain old fun reading a book and just didn’t want it to end.—Historical Novel Society, Editor’s Choice

A carefully crafted and original suspense thriller of a read, Thunder Road by Colin Holmes is the stuff of which block-buster action/adventure movies are made. With many and unexpected plot twists and turns, Thunder Road is an inherently fascinating and entertaining novel . . .Midwest Book Review
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Before the pandemic, Colin Holmes toiled in a beige cubical as a mid-level marketing and advertising manager for an international electronics firm. A recovering advertising creative director, he spent far too long at ad agencies and freelancing as a hired gun in the war for capitalism.

As an adman, Holmes has written newspaper classifieds, TV commercials, radio spots, trade journal articles and tweets. His ads have sold cowboy boots and cheeseburgers, 72-ounce steaks, and hazardous waste site clean-up services. He’s encountered fascinating characters at every turn.

Now he writes novels, short stories and screenplays in an effort to stay out of the way and not drive his far too patient wife completely crazy. He is an honors graduate of the UCLA Writers Program, a former board member of the DFW Writers Workshop and serves on the steering committee of the DFW Writers Conference. He’s a fan of baseball, barbeque, fine automobiles and unpretentious scotch.

- What do your plans for future projects include?
I’m a big baseball fan and I have an idea for a baseball novel. It’s an itch I need to scratch and really more than just a good excuse to spend time at the ballpark, or go to spring training, or try and get on the press pass list for Rangers games. At least that’s what I keep telling my wife.

- Are there any persons you credit for being your inspiration for reading and/or writing?
That has to be my parents. We lived two blocks from the library and mom walked my brother and I down there every week. She’d come home with four or five novels to read before the next week’s trip. I grew up believing everyone read that much. My dad was a technical writer who read Chaucer for fun. They met on the editorial staff at their college newspaper. I was doomed to be a reader. Mom passed away before I was published, but dad pronounced Thunder Road as “all right.” I take that as high praise.

- What does your perfect writing spot look like? Is that what your ACTUAL writing spot looks like?
Several years ago we spent a week in a mountain cabin overlooking a pristine scene. I wrote every morning as the sun came up, just me on the deck with the laptop and a large cup of coffee. The day had yet to heat up, the birds sang, the light was golden and it was just generally amazing. I’d do that full time if I could.

But typically? I’ve got a recliner, a laptop and a ballgame on the TV. I’ve written hundreds of thousands of words, several movie screenplays and more than a few books there. It’s not the romantic view from the cabin, but I seem to be fairly productive there.

- What one or two pieces of advice would you offer any not-yet-published authors?
Don’t stop. Write the next story. And the next one. Hone your voice and learn the craft. Find a writing group where you can get good, honest and occasionally brutal feedback and learn from that. I’ve been a member of the DFW Writers Workshop and worked on the DFW Writers Conference for years. That village has taught me more about how to tell a story, develop a character, parse out exposition, use better language and be a better listener than anything I can imagine.
Win an autographed hardcover copy of Thunder Road by Colin Holmes - three winners, US only!
(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. The author, Colin Holmes, assumes all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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