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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for DERRICK by Russell. The horror, suspense, thriller, mys...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for DERRICK by Russell. The horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, LGBT story is available now.

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Russell will be awarding $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

by Russell


GENRE: Horror, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, LGBT



In Hyde Park, a movie theater erupts in flames on a bitterly cold November evening.

It seems like a job for the fire department, but under Captain Creighton’s direct orders, Detective Gavin Nolan and his partner, Derrick Williamson, must investigate. Arriving on the chaotic scene, they find multiple fatalities —but one of the victims is most peculiar…

Gavin soon discovers that this fire wasn’t the first of its kind. The arsonist has set ablaze other buildings around Chicago, and more female victims left in the same gruesome state have been discovered.

Gavin and Derrick determine that the arsonist is not an arsonist at all—but a sinister serial killer with an agenda.

Juggling the unexpected events in his personal life, Gavin digs into the locations of the explosions. At the same time, Derrick probes into the victims’ lives, searching for any possible connection.

However, when the next explosion occurs, the killer leaves behind a significant object, and Derrick becomes noticeably reserved. Gavin soon uncovers an enigmatic link, one that points to Derrick’s military past. A time that his partner had wished to forget. Yet, to catch the vicious maniac, Derrick must tell Gavin everything.

In a suspenseful, gripping ride to the end, it is up to Gavin to rescue his partner from the clutches of a killer. But will he make it in time?

WARNING: This book contains graphic scenes, explicit language, and violent sexual situations.



“Look at that.” Derrick pointed over to the front rows. 
At the fifth and fourth rows in the dead center, several more CSI members were photographing two burnt corpses. The explosion blew back the bodies into a crumpled position on the chairs.
Hopefully they had a quick death. Gavin stayed silent.
Moving on, they reached the exit door near the front of the theater. Another warning from Delanie informed them of the rubble and potential structural damage in the next section. Briefly looking back, Gavin heard the crackling of radios, like eerie ghostly crickets fluttering in the distance. In the opposite direction, three firemen were still containing some smoldering chairs.
“Shit,” Derrick muttered, tapping Gavin’s shoulder. He nodded up.
The once ornate ceiling now had entire sections missing. Squinting slightly, Gavin could see the dark night sky.
Once they passed the doorway, a series of portable lights cascaded over the area. Gavin was unable to decipher the debris, the contents of which were haphazardly pushed away from the clear epicenter near the opposite end of the room. Up above, about a third of the ceiling had disintegrated, leaving a huge hole. The cold wind invaded the space, dissipating the soot scent slightly. More CSI team members shifted diligently, gathering debris in clear evidence bags and marking each spot with photographs and red markers. Near the apparent epicenter of the blast, several firemen were discussing the area, pointing at spots.
“Have to get back to my captain,” the young fireman said. “Need anything else, just let me know.”
“Thanks,” Gavin replied.
“Where the fuck do we begin?” Derrick grumbled.
“You can begin by bringing back that hottie,” Susan said behind them.
Gavin turned to find the doctor kneeling near a shriveled, burnt corpse. Her scalpel gingerly poked and prodded the body’s seared skull.
“Isn’t he too young for you?” Derrick returned with a snarky grin.
Gavin stated, “I didn’t see your van.”
“Came through the back.” She looked up at him and then at Derrick. She added, “As long he’s eighteen-plus, no laws broken, baby.”
Shaking his head, Derrick snickered. One of the CSI team, an annoyed-looking woman whose gray hair probably came directly from her stressful job, shot him a glance.
Standing up and ripping off her plastic gloves, Susan said, “No offense, love you guys, but what the hell are you doing here?”
“Creighton’s orders,” Derrick answered first. His midnight eyes darted over the scene.


AUTHOR Interview:

THANK YOU for Having Me!

I must share some exciting news with all of you!
My new book, DERRICK, just won in 2018 New Apple Literary Awards Contest as Official Selection in Psychological Suspense. I am completely surprised and humbled by the honor!
Also to add, GAVIN (Part 1 of The Gavin Nolan Trilogy) won 2017 New Apple Literary Summer E-book Awards as Official Selection in Horror.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
First and foremost, GAVIN and now DERRICK—parts 1 and 2 of The Gavin Nolan Trilogy--is for a mature audience and not for anyone under 18. I have graphic depicted violence, explore and develop strong sexual situations and include rather explicative language.
While on the surface, my book may come across as the typical detective story, however the reader will discover the hidden layers and nuances of reality with a sociological perspective. In addition, you will discover that the relationships and interactions of the characters transcend extremely relatable, real-world moments. In other words, if you like a dark, intense, graphic story with an edge, you will absolutely love my books.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
For DERRICK, I had couple of ideas swirling in my head about the cover. To me, the cover should get a sense, or rather invoke overall feeling, of the book. Even something eye catching. That’s what would grab me. Thus, the cover is a burning building at night time. In essence, it captures my antagonist’s malicious intentions, which staggering increase as the story move forwards.
Tim Barbaret of Dissect Designs helped to produce the terrific cover.

If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
Honestly, I wish I actually jumped out my main character from time to time. In GAVIN (Part 1), I initially wrote the book my protagonist, Gavin Nolan, perspective, much like a first person point of view. As I wrote DERRICK, staying in Gavin’s mind set was challenging because I wanted to encapsulate Derrick’s story as well. But I found a way to include his voice without sabotaging the POV. Now as I edit QUINN (final part) I still struggle leaving Gavin’s mind, however I’m all in at this point…so beware! Ha!

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series.
It takes place throughout Chicago City and suburbs. I lived in Chicago for nearly two decades and loved it. I consider it to be my pseudo-hometown.

What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
To be frank, I had to learn how to construct bombs…hope Big Brother wasn’t remotely tapping into my laptop. (Nervously biting nails…)

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I was classically trained as a Chef. For over two decades, I ran various sized kitchens with up to 25 employees. Due to the long hours and stress of corporate world, I transitioned my career from cooking for the masses to teaching Culinary Arts for a new set of hungry young chefs. In my spare time, I love cooking various kinds of meals for my family.
Also, I am what you call an amateur athlete. I am a bodybuilder, do CrossFit and train for both triathlons and marathons. I’m always active.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
By all means, visit my website:
Also visit me on Twitter @Russell_Writer. I like to tweet about other authors books, things in general and whatever else I feel…
Plus I’m on Instragram @Russell_Writer. I post whatever I feel like: Lately, a lot of fitness motivational items, but I do post other things.

What can we expect from you in the future?
Currently, I am editing the final part of The Gavin Nolan Trilogy: QUINN. It will be definitely the end of the series…and maybe answer all the questions. Or not…we’ll see.  QUINN should be out next spring 2020.
Taking a breather from Gavin’s mind, I wrote another piece called The Eradication Initiative. This is about a group of strangers being hunted down, collected and brought back to a facility to be experimented on. But for what malevolent purpose? Hmm, you’ll just have to wait until Late 2020.
In my ‘downtime’ from editing QUINN, I am also writing a new untitled piece--a ghost story set in Up-State New York. I’ve only been writing snippets here and there because I’m been scaring myself…even during full daylight!
After that, I’m toying around another trilogy involving immortality. No, no, no, it’s not another overdone vampire series! I’ve been always interested in Ancient Civilizations and Cultures…and I’m seeing a beginning.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Please, please, please write review! I say this not for myself but for other authors as well. A review goes a long way! (Also, telling other people is a fantastic plus.)

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
As a chef, I learned one hard lesson, which I used to elevate myself--Listen to criticism. While you may not necessarily agree with the person’s opinions. If it is a consistent problem, then you have to fix it. I would not have improved my cooking skills and menu development without my customers’ (sometimes brutally honest) comments.
When I trained under an Old School Chef, he once said: “You are only as good as your last meal.” As a writer, I take that to heart.  

That’s about it, thanks for spending some time with me and hope you get to check out DERRICK. As a caveat, I would recommend for you to read GAVIN before tackling DERRICK.

Read to Escape!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Russell has been writing for the majority of his life. Slipping into alternative universes allows him to enjoy the process of creativity from the novel’s conception to its final draft. Currently, he lives in South Texas with his wife, two kids and several cats.

DERRICK is a 2018 Winner in the New Apple Literary Awards, receiving Official Selection in Psychological Suspense.




Russell will be awarding $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Thank you for taking the time to share your terrific book with us. I enjoyed reading about it.

  2. How did you come up with the characters names in the book?

  3. How many hours a day do you spend writing?


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