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Welcome to Readeropolis and the Kate Dawson Thrillers Book Tour and Giveaway. KDT is a mystery, crime thriller series by John L. Flynn.

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win the tour giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

AUTHOR QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS


What inspired you to write this book? I was inspired to write the Kate Dawson thrillers by the James Bond series.  I wanted to create a female version of James Bond, but rather than make her a spy, I made her a police detective.  I also wanted to see her character grow over the course of the books.  Most books in a series are afraid to let the characters be real and grow and mature.  That’s what interested me.  She will continue to mature and change jobs until she is chief of police.  Who knows?  Maybe I’ll ever let her retire, and she’ll become an ace detective in the old people’s home.

What can we expect from you in the future?  I hope to continue writing Kate Dawson thrillers.  I am anxious to let the character grow and mature.  I am also working on a biography of Angelique Pettyjohn…stripper, showgirl and Star Trek siren.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?  Kate Dawson’s next door neighbor Lenny is based on my best friend Len Provenzano.  I’ve known Lenny for 30 years, and he appears in the books exactly as he is in real life.  His “B” story is exactly as life evolved.  In fact, if you look hard enough, all of my characters are based on people I know.  Barry Glass, the police psychologist, is based on Barry Bass, a psychologist and college psychology teacher I knew at Towson University.  He and his wife Barbara are dear friends.  James Roberts, Kate’s gruff boss, is a combination of a friend who ran the Political Science department at Towson University and a former boss at Baltimore City Community College.  John/Jay Monroe is partially based on me; in fact, each of the Johns have an element of me.  Kate Dawson is a completely original character, but does have characteristics of Clarinda Harriss, a former English chair at Towson University, Rosanna Tufts, a talk-show host I dated briefly, and Wendy Bush, my second wife.

Where were you born/grew up at?  I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  I was raised by my grandparents.  Grandma was from Italy and Grandpa was from Norway.  They taught me to be a gentleman, and schooled me in olde world ways.  I read The Great Gatsby at an early age, and created my own “schedule of resolves,” including learning diction and speech, men’s fashion, known inventions, saving money.  I was determined to shake off my accent, and dress like a successful man at a very young age.  I never made the money that Gatsby did, but I had my heart set on success like his.


Intimate Bondage
Kate Dawson Thrillers Book #1
by John L. Flynn
Genre: Mystery, Crime Thriller

Someone has a fetish for murder.


Detective Kate Dawson is willing to go undercover to catch a serial killer. 



But this time, undercover may be exactly what the killer wants. 

A rich, politically connected CEO dies in his private dungeon on a foggy San Fran night--beaten and castrated by a mysterious sex worker he hired. Detective Kate Dawson and her partner are assigned the case. Their only lead is a provocative email from "Crystal Rose" and an IP address at the University of San Francisco. 

Before long, Kate's on the trail of a serial killer who uses the seedy underworld of porn shops, Internet sex sites, and S&M clubs to target victims. She knows the only way to catch the killer is to become part of that world. 

John Flynn is the Hugo-nominated author of multiple non-fiction titles including Cinematic Vampires: The Living Dead on Film and War of the Worlds: From Wells to Spielberg. 

In 1997, John switched gears from writing and literature to study psychology, and earned a degree as a clinical psychologist. Today, John lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and is a dean at Broward College. Intimate Bondage is his first published novel in the Kate Dawson series.




Architects of Armageddon
Kate Dawson Thrillers #2

Someone is hell-bent on world destruction…

Inspector Kate Dawson is called to investigate a mass murder; a call that will change her life, and possibly the whole world—forever.


Certain parents have been directed to put their children to death. They believe they are the Chosen Ones, destined by God to inherit the Earth. The charismatic leader of End Times Ministries, whose grand plan includes stoking the fires of Armageddon, has ordered parishioners to close ranks and prepare for a holy war.


Kate Dawson knows this is not God’s will, but that of a dangerous, diabolical mind that controls the lives of his people. “They plan to start a war!”


Nearly a million people live in the San Francisco Bay area,” Senator Santiago said.
That’s a lot of lives that would be lost, but nowhere near the hundreds of millions of lives lost in a global war, and the starvation, and sickness, and disease that follows.”
So, you’re saying, the Doomsday clock is ticking?” Kate asked, already sensing the answer.
It’s five minutes to midnight . . .”

Kate would have been the first one to confess that she didn’t know a whole lot about politics and religion—but she did know there was a group of fanatics out there who were determined to move the hands of the clock closer to midnight, and it was her duty to stop them.




Murder on Air Force One
Kate Dawson Thrillers #3

Murder on Air Force One When Inspector Kate Dawson is called in the wee hours of the morning, little did she know what would be waiting for her on the tarmac of San Francisco International Airport. Air Force One has landed with a corpse in the lavatory—Madame President and the First Man were on board with a slew of reporters and other presidential personnel. It seems someone enjoyed kinky foreplay, like having their oxygen supply limited, a gasper. It just went too far…or did someone else take advantage and finish her off? International politics, conspiracies, affairs, cover-ups, and all involving the First Family…




COMING SOON!


Terror at G-20
Kate Dawson Thrillers #4

Terror at G-20 (Fall 2017) by John L. Flynn is the fourth book in The Kate Dawson Thrillers. Someone has a fetish for the Asian sex trade... From what begins as the simple murder of a sex worker, Inspector Kate Dawson follows the clues to human trafficking and ultimately the Asian sex trade. Then, as the date of the G-20 Summit in San Francisco draws closer, Dawson struggles to connect the lives of five Asian women, who have presumably disappeared in Chinatown, with that of a mad North Korean Generals master plan of bringing about economic chaos in the West and his nuclear submarine playing hide-and-go-seek with fishermen in the Bay. As world leaders and economists converge on the annual summit, Dawson must prevent terror from breaking out at the G-20.

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Dr. John L. Flynn is a three-time Hugo-nominated author, psychologist, and college dean. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. from Southern California University. He is a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America, and he has written sixteen books, many short stories, articles, reviews, and two screenplays. In 1977, he received the M. Carolyn Parker award for outstanding freelance writing, and has been a regular contributor and columnist to dozens of science fiction magazines, including Starlog, Not of This Earth, Sci-Fi Universe, Cinescape, Retrovision, Media History Digest, SFTV, SF Movieland, Monsterland, Enterprise, Nexxus, The Annapolis Review, and Collector's Corner. He sold his first book,Future Threads, in 1985. He has subsequently had ten other books published about film, including Cinematic Vampires (1992), Phantoms of the Opera (1993), The Films of Arnold Schwarzenegger (1993), Dissecting Aliens (1995), War of the Worlds: From Wells to Spielberg (2005), Future Prime: The Top Ten Science Fiction Films (2006) (with Bob Blackwood), 75 Years of Universal Monsters (2006), 50 Years of Hammer Horror (2006),101 Superheroes of the Silver Screen (2007), and 2001: Beyond the Infinite (2008). Brickhouse Books published Visions in Light and Shadow, a collection of John's short stories, in 2001, and Galactic Books published his first novel, The Jovian Dilemma, in 2006. His first screenplay, which is based on The Jovian Dilemma, was a finalist in the 2003 Screenplay Festival, and was optioned for a brief time by a New York-based production company. His most recent screenplay is the erotic thriller Intimate Bondage, which John has developed into the novel published by BelleBridge Books. He has since written two follow-up books in the Kate Dawson thriller series, including Architects of Armageddon, published by W & B Publishers in 2017.


From a very early age, John demonstrated a keen interest in movies and science fiction. He made his first single-reel films with a Super-8mm camera; of course, he also designed all the sets, made all the costumes, and wrote all the scripts. When he went to college at age 17, he studied writing and theater. John received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the University of South Florida and Ph.D. from Southern California University. In 1979, he directed his first stage play, Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," for the Patapsco Players. One year later, he not only directed but also designed the set and costumes for Stephen Sondheim's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" for a local community theater. His set and costume designs were singled out for recognition by the local media, and earned him notoriety as a theatrical designer. From 1980 to 1987, he honed his skills as a costume designer, and after winning numerous national and international competitions, he earned the title of Master Costumer.



In 1995, John switched gears to study psychology, and earned a degree as a clinical psychologist. His study, The Etiology of Sexual Addiction: Childhood Trauma as a Primary Determinant (1997), has broken new ground in the diagnosis and treatment of sexual addiction.

He returned to professional writing in 1992, and earned the first of his three Hugo Award nominations, ten years later, in 2002. The prestigious Hugo Award is the Science Fiction Achievement Award which is given for excellence in the field of science fiction writing and the arts. Dr. Flynn received two additional Hugo nominations in 2003 and 2004. His notoriety in the field of science fiction has provided John with many wonderful opportunities. He has appeared on television (including the Sci-Fi Channel and Russia's RTR Television), was featured in the documentary "Finding the Future" (2004), has spoken on the radio, and been a guest at national conferences. With fellow author and academic Bob Blackwood, he founded The Film Doctors in 2004. The Film Doctors are academics who promote science fiction films in mainstream popular culture. Their first collaboration produced Future Prime: The Top Ten Science Fiction Films" (2006). Today, Dr. Flynn makes his home in Lake Worth, Florida. He also labors to promote the work of new and emerging science fiction writers through L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future contest.




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