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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for VENGEANCE OF GRIMBALD by Richard Hacker. The fantasy thriller is available now from Del Sol Press.

Richard Hacker will be awarding a $25 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 here.

Vengeance of Grimbald
by Richard Hacker


GENRE:   Fantasy Thriller



Addison and Jules, members of the League, a secret alchemist society of Inkers who protect the time continuum, believe they defeated their enemy, Cuthbert Grimwald, known to them as Kairos. When he resurfaces filled with vengeance, intent on destroying the League, and acquiring the Alchimeia, a book of such power the League has hidden it for millennia, Grimwald leaves a path of destruction across centuries. As he quests for absolute control of reality, Addison and Jules pursue him through time and death in a desperate struggle to save the world from his vengeance.



The concussive force of the explosion scrambled the pod’s nav system, her pod, wobbling, flipping and twirling out of control. Jules fought to override the navigation controls, but the G-forces whipped her around viscously, her vision narrowing until she finally lost consciousness altogether.


With a start, she took in a deep breath, the ocean moving swiftly toward her. She reached for a manual control, something like a gaming control she once to use in a life that seemed so very far away. She pulled back on the stick, the water still rushing toward her.

“Come on. Come on, dammit.”

Without warning, the pod leveled out.

“Thank god.” Her heart pounded, but she took in another deep breath, grateful to survive. The moment didn’t last.

Like being caught in a Tilt-a-Whirl, the pod spun around as if top heavy, then crashed into the ocean like a stone skipping across a pond. Once, twice, three times, then hitting hard enough to submerge completely under the water. For a moment, disoriented, Jules sat frozen in place. Then survival instincts set in, holding fear back long enough to find a way out, a lever, a release button, something. She knew the pod was in motion, but she wasn’t sure in which direction–floating to the surface and light and life, or sinking to the bottom and darkness and death.

A sudden burst of morning light confirmed the former, the pod bobbing in the ocean. She scanned the surface. Addison. Come on, Addison. Where are you? But she couldn’t find another pod bobbing in the water. Meili had given her life to get them to Tokelau. Against her will she let the possibility enter her mind that Addison may have died as well. Rising and falling with the swells, Jules held her face in her hands and wept.


AUTHOR Interview:

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? VENGEANCE OF GRIMBALD is speculative fiction—a cross of sci-fi, thriller, and historical fiction. Readers of those various genres will gravitate toward this story. The science fiction reader will find alternative presents with new tFantasy Thriller echnologies, as well as the use of alchemy, not as magic, but as an early form of chemistry, albeit with a fantastical element. Readers of historical fiction will enjoy the journeys these characters make into the past—Moscow in the early 60’s, 15th century London, the 16th century ‘Thunderclap’ in Delft, a 16th naval battle off the coast of England, the battle of Agincourt, the world of 14th century Mongal warlord Tamerlane, and post WWII Maylasia among others. And thriller readers will appreciate the pacing of the story and some epic scenes such as an alternate world high-speed assault vehicle, a Drachenfeuer or Dragon Fire, armed with an auto-cannon, chasing Addison and Jules, who are riding fuel cell powered motorcycles, down the Transfāgārān Highway in the Carpathian mountains of Romania. But for all the science fiction, history, and thrills of the novel, I think readers will find the characters, their ability to adapt and change, to persist in the face of darkness, especially compelling.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series? The title for the series, The Alchimeia, comes from the object the antagonist, Kairos, seeks and that the League wants to protect. The book holds the secret alchemy to manipulating time and space. And so whoever holds that knowledge has ultimate power. The title of the second book in the series, VENGEANCE OF GRIMBALD comes from the driving force of the plot. In the first book, DIE BACK, Addison and the League sought to stop Kairos, not knowing his true identity. In the second book, the League learns what the reader knows from Book 1—Kairos is Cuthbert Grimbald, an associate of the founder of the League, living in 15th century London. Grimbald had been thwarted in Book 1, but he comes back with a vengeance.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image? The primary image, the skull over a British flag, is public domain image that communicates the goal of Grimbald, which is to destroy reality as we know it and replace it with something in his own image. Grimbald is British and the origin of the League (the group charged with protecting the time continuum) also has British origins. The skull also connects to a significant section of the book focused on the Mongal warlord, Tamerlane, who had a habit of building towers with the skulls of his enemies. And finally, the pivotal scene late in the story occurs in Cromwell’s England. So the image has many ties to the story, characters, and plotline. As for the overall design, Del Sol Press did the design work. I think they created a pretty compelling cover.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
I’d go with my co-protagonist Jules. She is simply kick ass. And unlike Addison, who has lots of baggage, Jules has a clarity and a strength about her. She also goes through many changes, dying and then reappearing in an alternate timeline. The challenge of writing the character in several disparate worlds while maintaining a thread of continuity has been fun. Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series. There are quite a few fun facts, and readers will discover them as they take the journey with Addison and Jules. Here are a couple. During the course of writing this book, I learned that the late 14th, early 15th century Mongal warlord, Tamerlane, loved to play chess, so much so, that he created his own version with twice the number of pieces on a board of a hundred and ten squares. And the motorcycles Addison and Jules ride in the Romania scene are based on an actual BMW concept bike. Take a look. What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book? The strangest thing I had to research ever was methods for killing people with musical instruments. But that was for a different series and a different genre. In the course of researching the historical elements of this book, I occasionally came across something new and often bizarre. For example, in the late 50’s and into the 60’s, the United States military had developed a tactical nuclear weapon for use in the field, call an M-28 Davey Crocket. It was designed to fire small yield nuclear weapons on the tactical battlefield. Imagine two armies in the field shooting nuclear weapons as each other! Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? I’m not sure any of them are unique. I’d say I’m pretty eclectic. Among the activities I’m especially passionate about these days are cooking, singing in a vocal jazz ensemble, and, recently, I took up urban sketching, which has been a blast.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
My books are available at You can also follow me on Facebook at and my blog at

What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m currently working on the third book in the Alchimeia series—untitled at this point. And I’ve got another project I’ve worked on and off over several years, a humorous science fiction story along the lines of Tom Holt’s novels, called THE BIFURCATION OF DUNGSTEN CREASE. Hopefully, Book 3 of the Alchimeia will be out in 2021.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful? First, thanks for reading the book! Please write a review on Amazon. Those actually make a great deal of difference. And finally, spreading the world through your social media and in your everyday life. Your personal recommendation can be a powerful way introduce others to my work. I think all of us tend to give a book a chance if it’s been recommended by someone we know.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published? For the writers out there… Be persistent. When you’re writing a novel, edit, edit, edit. When you’re looking for an agent, pitch, pitch, pitch. When you’re marketing your book, sell, sell, sell. And of course, the nature of the beast is you have to do all of those things at the same time! Be open to critique. Early on, I think it’s difficult for authors to hear critique because it feels so personal. I’ve just poured my heart onto the page and you’re telling me my protagonist is one-dimensional? Don’t take critique personally. Take a step back from it and see what truth there is for you. Continually hone your craft by going to conferences and workshops, working with other writers Write, write, write. Write what you love to write Write what jazzes you. I think it leads to better writing and it’s a lot more fun. Is there anything else you’d like to say?" Thanks for hosting me on your blog and thanks to your readers for joining in on this interview. If I’ve piqued your interest, you can pick up a copy of VENGEANCE OF GRIMBALD at Amazon—it does work as a standalone read. However, feel free to pick up the first book in the series, DIE BACK to step into this story from the beginning. And please be in touch. You can find me at


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Richard Hacker, lives and writes in Seattle, Washington after living many years in Austin, Texas. In addition to the science fiction/fantasy novels of The Alchimeía Series, his crime novels ride the thin line between fact and fiction in Texas. Along the way, his writing has been recognized by the Writer’s League of Texas and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. As a judge in literary contests shuch as PNWA and ChicLit, and as a freelance development editor, he enjoys the opportunity to work with other writers. In addition, he is the Sci-Fi/Fantasy editor for the Del Sol Review. DIE BACK was his first novel in the Alchimeia series.

Del Sol Press books by Richard Hacker are available at Amazon

The Alchimeía Series



Other books by Richard Hacker: 

Nick Sibelius Crime Series


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  1. Sounds like a wonderful read. Stay safe and healthy everyone!

    1. Thanks for dropping by. Hope you enjoy the read.

  2. I love the author's advice about editing! Nothing drives me crazier than a poorly edited book!

  3. It sounds like a great read, with good strong characters.

  4. Replies
    1. I'll pass that on to my editor, Jodi. He'll love hearing that.

  5. Thanks to Readeropolis for hosting me today. Much appreciated!

  6. Thanks for sharing your book with us. I think we all enjoy hearing about new books we previously didn't know about. Also, thank you for the giveaway.

  7. I like the cover. It has awesome graphics.

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  8. Sounds really great! Very interesting interview,too!

  9. I love a good fantasy thriller. Thanks for your works.

  10. Sounds like a good read!
    Thank you for sharing!

  11. I Love a fantasy thriller. Thanks for your good works.

  12. Have you used your friends or family in books that you've wrote?

  13. Sounds like a good book! Thank you for the giveaway!

  14. Alchemy? Time travel? Sounds good to me!

  15. Sounds like a book I would really enjoy reading .I like the cover too.

  16. I love a good fantasy thriller. Thanks for your good works.

  17. I am excited to read this, I love a good thriller.

  18. Great post! Thanks so much for the chances to win.

  19. It sounds like a very interesting read.

  20. This sounds like it's going to be a good read!

  21. This book looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing!


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