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Author Q&A ft Jonathan Dunne | THE BLACK HAND Book Tour and $20 Amazon/BN GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Promotions Presents #Crime #Mystery

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for THE BLACK HAND by Jonathan Dunne and it stops at Reader...


Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for THE BLACK HAND by Jonathan Dunne and it stops at Readeropolis with an author interview. The crime mystery is available now from Tirgearr Publishing.

Jonathan Dunne will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the your banner below.






The Black Hand
by Jonathan Dunne


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GENRE:   Crime/Mystery


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BLURB:

In the aftermath of Ireland’s most deadly gang war, Dublin’s ruling family has scattered to the wind.

Into the void steps a criminal genius known only as The Black Hand. His organisation’s powerful grip is ruthless, bloody and barbaric.

With Europe’s biggest crime in play, The Devil needs a distraction. And The Black Hand needs Jacob Boylan to return to Irish shores. He will stop at nothing to provoke Dublin’s most lethal criminal out of hiding.

But has the wily genius misstepped? As all eyes are on Jacob, the Dublin exile carefully plans a gangland wipeout, for he is nobody’s pawn.


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EXCERPT:


Essex had the unique capability of keeping London at bay. Many of London’s middle classes wanted a respite from the hustle of their working lives, and Essex with its sprawling coastline and quaint villages was the perfect retreat. The train station at Basildon added to the attraction for London’s blue-collar workers. Over seventy percent of Essex was rural, which suited Jacob. He disappeared into respectability and showed no appetite to leave anytime soon.Jacob Boylan was thirty-seven years old. He was a little less than six feet tall, with dirty blond hair, and dark green eyes. He had a small scar on his chin, just above a deep purple birthmark. His knuckles were badly callused, and his hands were criss-crossed with ugly scars. Jacob retained a good bulk of his weight and carried it in the right proportions.

He’d arrived in Essex two years ago after a hasty robbery. It was a period of overdue sobriety. There were no supports, no interventions, and no friends who plucked him from the gutter. He’d simply reached a decision. The pain was no longer numbed with alcohol, so he decided to cope without it. If he was to suffer, he would do so in relative comfort.
For close to two years, Jacob had begged on the streets and survived on the generosity of soup kitchens. Intermittently, he encountered volunteers who patrolled the pavements with a hot meal and a warm smile.

It had been five years since Jacob had lost his daughter in a gun attack in Dublin. An attack that was meant for him. They missed. But they didn’t. Jacob fell away as the world crumbled under his feet. Revenge had been exacted, but the hole in his heart was too big to fill. Jacob drank himself into oblivion. After four suicide attempts, he could no longer cope with the pain in his wife’s eyes. He left Dublin and embraced the despair of London’s destitute.

Jack Daniels had a way of numbing the pain. The Tennessee whiskey erased the images that haunted him. But, of late, his daughter had begun to invade his dreams. He could see and touch the blood-matted blonde hair. Hannah was stern. He felt her hand on his cheek and wanted to die. Living was too hard. And they spoke.

I need to be with you.

Not yet.

Stay with me, he begged.

Always, she replied. Give me Daddy back…monster!

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AUTHOR Interview:


Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?


My audience and readers are basically smart, beautiful, intelligent, wealthy and celebs…so if you see someone reading my book…their basically awesome! Give them a big hug and tell them well done.


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

I’m a big Nick Cave fan. His theme song from Peaky Blinders, Red Right Hand, sparked the theme for this novel. Listen to the song. You’ll understand…


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

The wonderful Cora Graphics. The cover is the protagonist; the blue catches captures the colour of Dublin and the background is the Dublin’s north inner city, where most of the story takes place. Cora Graphics don’t mess around.


Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

My favourite character is the Black Hand. I can’t tell you why, because I’d give away their identity.


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

Harry Nolan. He’s Dublin’s overlord and a complete snake. You’ll really hate him. It was really hard not to kill him after the first chapter…but he warrants a quick demise.

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

I throw down a challenge to anyone who can identify the Black Hand before the end. So far, no winners…


What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?

The Godfather, Gangster and The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow.


What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

Metals. Mainly the metals incorporated into the construction of safes.


Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

All of my talents and hobbies are unique. Seriously, I’m a huge MMA fan and have done journalism on this area. Have a Black Belt in Taekwondo and a purple in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I’m basically indestructible. Like all the Avengers rolled into one.


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

https://www.facebook.com/dublinauthor/

You can also find radios interviews and review and new releases here.


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

Word of mouth and Reviews. They are so vital. If you like it…please tell people about it.


Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Stay optimistic. It only takes one yes. This journey can break your heart but its important to place one foot in front of the other, and do it consistently. I’ve had more rejections than hot dinners, its part of the game. If you have a love of the craft, that will sustain you.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Jonathan Dunne is a native of Dublin's north inner city. The Black Hand is his second novel in the crime genre. The Takeover - his first crime novel went on to wide acclaim and regularly featured in Amazon's bestseller lists.

He is also an avid MMA journalist who has penned articles for some of Ireland's biggest publications. He holds a Degree from the Dublin Institute of Technology and is a strong advocate of lifelong learning and education. After returning to complete his leaving certificate as an adult in Jonathan has went on to have four novels published.



The book is on sale for $0.99.


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GIVEAWAY:

Jonathan Dunne will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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14 comments

  1. Do you share your story with any family members and friends during the writing process?

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing a book description and giveaway also. Sounds great!

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  3. The book sounds very intense and interesting. I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  4. Hi Bernie,

    I keep my cards close to my chest. One slip of the tongue on any type of social media and it's game over...I've also a large family which greatly increases chances of the ending getting out:)

    Jonathan

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  5. Great cover and excerpt, thanks for sharing :)

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  6. How did you come up with the title for the book?

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  7. I haven't read a book set in Ireland before. It sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. You had me at Ireland, war, mystery, suspense! I need to read this!

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  9. Jacob Boylan sounds like my kind of guy. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. Were any other books an inspiration for your current book?

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  11. What is the best book that you have read in 2019 so far?

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