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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a virtual book tour for Hand Over Fist by Michael Ross, a thriller available from Limitless Publishing.



Hand Over Fist
by Michael Ross

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GENRE: Thriller

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BLURB:


When an old friend disappears, Martin learns nothing is what it seems…

Martin Russell can barely face the future. With dismal life prospects and an estranged family, he is at the end of his rope. When an old friend, Hannah, elbows her way back into his life, Martin’s luck begins to turn around.

Hidden within the shadows of evil, there must be some good…

Ex-policeman Bobby Tanner lost everything one rage-filled night. Now he runs a reading group for alcoholics where he meets a young drug dealer, Zack, who disturbs him in a way that’s hard to define. Bobby soon discovers the teenager is in over his head and has been dealing with a despicable individual known as The Chemist.

The roots of evil run deeper than we imagine…

Martin’s lucky streak begins to unravel when Hannah suddenly goes missing, and he turns to a friend of a friend, Bobby, for help. Thrust into an underworld empire of corruption and half-truths, he learns his friend may not be who he thought she was.

In a shadowed world of deception, stalkers, and despicable drug dealers, Bobby and Martin must uncover the truth, and fast…

Several lives depend on it.


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EXCERPT:
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A large part of The Chemist’s wealth came from something that started out as a petty sideline but now provided an ever increasing income—money lending, loan sharking, pawn broking. It served a double purpose. Obviously it created wealth, but it also increased the footfall of deprived humanity passing through the front door of Shortcross Drive. This meant that when the police did a stop-and-search on visitors leaving The Chemist’s house, all they found were small amounts of cash in new white envelopes. Positive feedback within the local police force went up the line, and it was duly noted that local drug related problems were on the decline. Statistics made fine reading at County Hall and everyone was happy. No matter how much Mario increased the interest rates to his borrowers, people paid their debts. It was an undisputed fact. No matter how much financial difficulty The Chemist’s borrowers were in, they always found a way to pay up. If anybody at County Hall had bothered to correlate the figures, they could surely not have missed the numbers showing that criminal break-ins and burglaries within a twenty mile radius had increased even more markedly.

The largest amount Mario had ever lent to one person was £1,000. It went to a young local tearaway who was quite happy to agree to repay Mario the sum of £1,200 within three days. The young thug duly turned up on the Friday with the cash and a nice bottle of champagne to go with it. Next day, while Mario was sitting down with his copy of The Sun, he read that there had been a robbery at a Post Office in the Peak District, and that the Post Mistress was in a coma after being attacked with a sledge hammer. The paper stated that the thieves got away with over £6,000. Mario felt something akin to parental pride. Mario carried on lending monkeys and tons to his regulars until he received a phone call that came out of the blue. The request came as something of a shock, even to Mario’s fireproof ears.

“Hello, my name’s Jeremy. I’d rather not go into any more detail over the phone, but I was given your name by Eddie Parsons.”

Eddy Parsons, The Peak District thief.

The rather snooty voice continued, “I want to borrow ten-thousand pounds for ten days. I can pay you back the second of next month. Guaranteed.”





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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:


How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

Over time, the story has had four different titles, I settled on Hand Over Fist, when I was proof reading the manuscript, and the expression jumped out at me. It referred to how easily my main baddy made money in the drugs market. There are dozens of sayings in the English language involving the word 'hand'. The follow up novel, and the series, is entitled Out of Hand.



Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?

The publisher's in house team designed the cover. Personally, I truly dislike it, but I have bowed down to their professional experience and their desire to make the book a success.


Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

I love Bobby Tanner, because I see lot of myself in him. Life has dealt him some cruel blows, but he has never lost his integrity. He's a fighter and survivor and moves to centre stage in the follow up novel.



How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?

I have three major villains in the novel, but The Chemist is by far the most objectional, he's a slob, does nothing with his wealth and earns a living out of other people's misery. He has not one redeeming feature


If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
The cover!



Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

The character Xenon, who is the enforcer of the Chemist's underworld kingdom, is closely based on a real person. Even though he inhabits and governs this terrible underworld, all my readers seem to love him.


How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

http://www.michaelrosswriter.com


What can we expect from you in the future?

Three more books this year, next a feel good romance Chasing What's Already Gone out in July, Another short story anthology in September, and Out of Hand hopefully in November?


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Please pass on a good word for me, word of mouth is the best publicity in the world.




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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


It was a strange and twisting road that led to the publication of my first novel. From my humble beginnings, as an office clerk, to ownership of a multi-million dollar business I always maintained my love for literature.

Born and raised in Bristol, England. I spent most of my life in business, my companies turning over in the region of $500 million. The majority of that time marketing cars, eventually owning the largest Saab specialist in the world, before a bitter divorce forced me rethink my priorities. Particularly between 2003 and 2005 when I had to accept that I was no longer a millionaire but literally penniless. I avoided bankruptcy by the skin of my teeth and slowly rebuilt my life.

This led me to the life changing decision to leave the bustling city and move to live halfway up a mountain in the Welsh valleys. At the same time I started a part time six year English Literature course at Bristol University, and attended creative writing classes at Cardiff University. I left school at sixteen and this was my first taste of further education and an immense challenge.


I eventually adjusted my thinking to the academic life, and on 30 June 2015 had confirmation of my 2.1(Hons) degree from Bristol University. At the same time I also won the prestigious Hopkins Prize for my essay on Virginia Woolf and the unsaid within her text. Now the university courses are finished it will, with any luck, gives me plenty of extra time that I can devote to my fiction writing.

Thanks to the university experiences, my interest in English literature has flourished over recent years. Hopefully I have evolved as a writer from my earlier work in short stories (over ninety of them.) Although interestingly my first three novels have all been developed from a long forgotten short story.

Life is, once again, very good, and I live very happily halfway up a mountain, in the Welsh Valleys, with my wonderful partner Mari, and our rescue dog Wolfie.


Facebook: www.facebook.com/michaelross.writer


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12 comments:

  1. Hi Readeropolis
    Thank you for hosting today.
    Michael

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    1. It's my pleasure. Thank you for doing the interview.

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  2. Happy Hump Day and I appreciate the opportunity to win, thanks

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  3. Fascinating and complex excerpt.

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    1. Very much like the author (if only!)
      Thank you for the comment
      Michael

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  4. What are your other interests, outside of writing?

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    1. Much of my free time is taken up working with a charity that helps people deal with drug and alcohol addiction. It is challenging, but it keeps the muscles in my brain active.
      best wishes
      Michael

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  5. Great post, I enjoyed the interview! You said you'd change the cover, I'd like to know why? I really like it so I'm curious as to why you would want it to be changed :)

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    1. I think it's great for an American audience - but the cover is set in London, with the red bus and the gothic Tower Bridge, which is wrong for the book's setting. However I accept that my American publishers know what is best for their market I might change it for the UK paperback version of the book, but otherwise it stays as it is. I am pleased that you like it which goes to proving the publishers know better than me!
      best wishes
      Michael

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  6. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. Looking forward to checking out this book.

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