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Auhor Q&A ft @andres_mann | The Tess Series Book Tour and $25 Amazon GC #Giveaway | #Adventure #Romance

The Tess Series by Andres Mann is on virtual book tour. The adventure romance stops at Readeropolis with an author intervi...




The Tess Series by Andres Mann is on virtual book tour.

The adventure romance stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $25 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).





What inspired you to write your books?
I write due to a desire to share my life experiences. I traveled a lot and met amazing people. I borrowed their personas to create my characters.

What can we expect from you in the future?
More of the same.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
Tess is modeled after my late wife, possessing her temperament, brilliance, and flaws.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in The Tess Series ?
Most of the characters show up in all books.
The heroine, Morgan Theresa Turner, called Tess by her friends, is an Army brat and a military helicopter pilot. In the fifth book, Tess and her colleagues become fighter pilots and play adversaries against the U. S. Airforce in war games. Tess is also a talented classical pianist and obsessive about doing positive things to save the world. She is relentless in pursuit of her goals and helping people grow to their fullest potential. She is sometimes unrealistic but is not discouraged by impossible tasks. Her view is that anything worth doing must be done to perfection, an attitude that she imposes of the Valkyries, who sometimes resent it. On the other hand, they know that high standards help them be the best they can be.
Tess’s husband, Jake Vickers, is also a pilot and an ex-CIA agent with an eidetic memory. Together they own a military services company called Strategic Resource Development (SRD), which provides military consultation, weapons testing, and aircraft training for pilots of developing nations. Tess, Jake, and their Team have an impeccable reputation for working in the best interest of their clients.
Aara Vickers is Tess’s adopted daughter. She just graduated from Julliard and is working to become a concert pianist. She gets involved in the Team’s adventures.

SRD's staff includes people from several countries. They have outstanding work records and significant military experience.

Carmen Cabrera, a pilot who flew combat helicopters with Tess during the Iraq war, is Tess's best friend and a top manager of the company. She is petite but fierce as only a person who grew in the Los Angeles ghettos could be.
Nicola Orsini, Carmen's husband, is a tall Northern Italian, golden-haired and handsome. He is a pilot, an expert in European weapons systems, and Jake's best friend. Moreover, he is an accomplished linguist, a useful skill since the company operates in various countries around the world.
Claudine Bisson, the head of SRD in Paris, is a French fighter pilot. She is often in New York for regular meetings. Like Tess, she is gorgeous, fierce, relentless, and unlike Tess, had a wicked sense of humor and can charm the pants off anyone. Perpetually in search of the perfect man, so far, she failed to find one. Her conquests are legions, but in her mind, all the guys she meets turn out to be self-absorbed, lazy, and wimps. She causes trouble because she wants Jake.
Vaughn Wentworth is Claudine’s husband of convenience. He is a renowned classical music conductor and unfortunately in love with Tess.
Galina Kutuzova, a Russian helicopter pilot and database expert, lives with Alexander Ivanovich Tukhachevsky, Alex Tuck, for short, who is a Russian weapons specialist. Both were Olympic athletes and look the part. Nicknamed Thor and Brünnhilde by the staff, they are formidable physical specimens. Tall, blonde, muscled, and sporting chiseled faces, they fit the image of Nordic Gods.
Ifeyinwa Idigbe Ukume, whom the Team calls Alice, is a Nigerian detective that worked with the Team in the past to fight Nigerian prostitution in Europe. When she is in town, she takes part in team activities.
Yasmin Badawi is a Syrian archaeologist that the Team rescued from ISIS, the terrorist group. She was abused and traumatized, but she recovered with the help of her friends and has become a valued member of the Team. She is determined to take revenge on her captors and is highly motivated to learn military skills.

Giuliana Malatesta in an Italian pilot and member of the Team. She harbors a secret hatred for one of the villains.

Eva Bar-Lev, ex Mossad Agent, military pilot, is the new General Manager of SRD’s Paris office.
Peter Brusilov is a retired Russian colonel, and legendary fighter pilot who teaches the Valkyries.
George Kimmel is a military intelligence professional who works closely with Jake. He lives with Yasmin.
Joe Slezak is SRD's Information Technology Manager and works with Galina. Of light build, wearing a Van Dyke beard, he is a computer genius. He tries to maintain a long-range relationship with his fiancée Trudi, an Argentine opera singer that travels all over the world. Joe is usually in a bad mood whenever she isn’t around.
Last but not least, John Powers is a weapons specialist. He can handle every lethal device in the arsenal, and trains personnel on how to use the hardware.
The five key women, dubbed "Valkyries

" by the rest of the company, form the core of skilled operatives, agents, and pilots engaged in aircraft and weapons training services for third-world countries. Occasionally, they get involved in actual combat, lately against ISIS in Syria, and Boko Haram in Nigeria. They also fought in Mexico, where the Valkyries and the men of SRD decimated a convoy of Mexican traffickers to liberate hundreds of women slated for prostitution in the U. S.

On the side, the women play chamber music as "The Valkyries Ensemble," a group created by Jake to help pay for a human trafficking project that took a year out of their lives. The women perform concerts several times a year, the net profits going to various non-government organizations that worked to prevent the exploitation of women.

The pet dogs are characters in their own right. Tess has a beloved pet, Maggie, a gorgeous Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. When Tess went looking for a dog, she fell in love with a spectacularly beautiful Blenheim puppy. She wanted to get another one to keep Maggie company, but Jake insisted on equal rights. He always wanted an English Bulldog, and when he saw a fawn and white puppy shaped like a solidly packed billiard ball and weighing twice as much, he picked him up and decided that the dog was for him. Actually, it was the pup that did the selecting by giving Jake a slobbery lick on the face, making the acquisition inevitable. Thus, the couple sports what neighbors and colleagues call ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ Sebastian, Jake’s English bulldog, also known as Tubby, Fathead, and various other names, all suggesting an absence of mental acuity, loves dropping his jowly face on Jake’s shoes when he works with his computer.
The first villain is Iraqi General Amir al Saadi. Amir developed an obsession with Tess when he first captured her during the Iraq war. Kejal, a Kurdish woman who was Amir’s slave, helped Tess escape. Later, Tess returned to face Amir to fulfill a promise she made to Kejal, who died helping her. She soon learns that Amir is not entirely a brute, but a highly educated and charming, complicated individual. He persuades Tess to spend a month in Europe with him and his sister Fadime, a sensuous and ruthless socialite. In return, he promises to give Tess what she wants, custody of Kejal’s child Aara. Spending time in glamorous places with Amir and Fadime, Tess experiences life with the Jet set. Amir puts on the charm, hoping that Tess will stay with him. They have a brief interlude, but Amir deceives Tess, who is not the forgiving type. She goes back to the Army and manages to reconcile with Jake. Shortly thereafter, they marry. Amir doesn’t give up, and he keeps pursuing Tess obsessively, unaware that she now has something that he wants above all. The confrontation turns ugly, and after a no holds barred struggle, tragedy strikes both of them.
The second villain is Laurent Belcour, a Frenchman who is the head of the International Development Organization (IDO). He had to resign his position when Tess forced him to defend himself against charges of using prostitutes for his organized sex parties, the least of his transgressions, which include sex trafficking of minors. He and his associates manage to escape conviction, but the damage was done. Not only he lost his prestigious position, but his reputation was sullied. The unfortunate event does not keep him from continuing to indulge in sexual adventures and engaging in human trafficking. He also plots revenge against Tess and her colleagues. Belcour's checkered past did not affect his standing as an astute financial strategist. He rapidly builds a consulting practice advising controversial dictators. He is good at creating strategies that, in most cases, produced results. He advises Kim Jung-un, the leader of North Korea and Russia’s President Putin.

Where did you come up with the names in the stories?
I am fascinated with foreign names and did a lot of research to choose names for the characters.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I start writing with only the kernel of a story, and as I go, I let the characters develop and make their own story. It is thrilling to spontaneously create stories and adventures that I hadn’t thought of before.

How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
I chose “Tess Awakening” to portray a career-obsessed strong woman who grows into a remarkable character with the help of friends and lovers.

Who designed your book covers?
A Russian artist in Russia did a remarkable job and was working for peanuts. I did not want to take advantage of him, so I had to counsel him on adjusting the price for such artwork.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I am a perfectionist and don’t release a book until I am satisfied.

Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned everything a non-specialist can know about Russian jet fighters and tactics.

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Tess is beautiful, talented, classy, and complicated. I would love to see Diane Kruger play her.

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
My books are for everyone. They contain and unusual combination of sensuality, classical music, military equipment, war, and characters who are passionate about what they do. The villains are fascinating characters in their own right. They are charming, talented, passionate, resourceful, and problematic. They are formidable, ambitious, manipulative, and lack a moral compass.

Tess Awakening: The Complete Story 
The Tess Series Book 1 
by Andres Mann 
Genre: Adventure Romance 


Tess Awakening - The Complete Story combines two previously published novels: Tess Awakening and Tess Valkyrie. Since the second novel is a sequel, the combination provides the full story of Tess’s confrontations with the fascinating villain Amir.

Tess and Amir continue to square off in an epic struggle to define their destinies. Aided by Jake, Tess’s friend and co-pilot Carmen and their colleagues, Tess must overcome Amir's vicious attacks motivated by his continuing obsession with her. They repeatedly clash in a succession of encounters taking place in Baghdad, Amman, Istanbul, Sorrento and New York. Tess's friend Carmen finally meets her soul mate in Nicola, who helps her overcome the traumas of her youth and becomes a valuable member of their team. The two women respond to their challenges by drawing on their skills as fierce warriors, battling Amir, who not only hurt Tess but plans to take over the Iraqi government. Their struggle leads to a series of violent and bloody battles in the air and on the ground. A heartbreaking loss at the end is redeemed by a final poignant resolution. 




Tess: The Abomination of Human Trafficking 
The Tess Series Book 2 


A powerful exploration of global human trafficking
After rescuing a child prostitute in Cambodia, Tess persuades Jake, Carmen, Nicola and the Team to tackle human trafficking worldwide. Sponsored by the United Nations, she creates a team of Valkyries, six remarkable women that alongside the men of the Team embark on a Herculean effort to rescue victims and pursue traffickers, starting with a degenerate financier that controls a multinational sex enterprise. The team then takes direct action by unleashing their military skills in battles against powerful slavers, Boko Haram in Nigeria and the Mexican cartels. The action turns to combating child trafficking, rescuing captured women abused by the terrorist group ISIS, probing Nigerian prostitution in Europe and Russia, and confronting the appalling sex trade in Mexico, Afghanistan and in the U.S. In a whirlwind series of actions, the story transitions from Phnom Penh to New York, Houston, Miami, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Buenos Aires, and Las Vegas. The deeper the Team gets involved, the more challenging their task becomes. With all cards stacked against them, Tess and Jake must find a way to address the fundamental causes of human trafficking and attempt to formulate a solution to intractable problems. 




Tess: Day of Reckoning 
The Tess Series Book 3 


In this epic adventure, Tess and Jake continue to fight terrorists and try to address the overwhelming refugee crisis in Europe. When ISIS terrorists acquire two North Korean nuclear bombs, Tess and the team must change priorities to prevent a worldwide calamity. The stakes are high — the potential obliteration of European cities and possibly the destruction of Israel. The CIA asks Tess and Jake to use their special talents to find the weapons, forcing Tess to deal with her nemesis, the dissolute Laurent Belcour who is still obsessed with her but may know where the bombs are hidden. Personal complications arise when Tess meets a captivating symphony conductor who persuades her to play a piano concert in Moscow and introduces her to the Russian President. Their musical collaboration leads to temptation and turmoil, affecting Tess’s relationship with Jake, who has challenges of his own in fending off the stunning and talented Claudine Bisson. Spanning the globe, the frantic search for the missing weapons takes them to Bulgaria, Ukraine, the South China Sea, Syria, Israel, Tehran and Moscow. Racing against the clock, Tess’s team must pursue every lead no matter how tenuous and fight a host of enemies in a desperate attempt to ward off nuclear Armageddon. 




Tess: Clash of Civilizations 
The Tess Series Book 4 


Tess and Jake have fought bitter battles against ISIS and Boko Haram Islamic terrorists, but now they have an unusual dilemma. Their adopted daughter Aara received a huge inheritance from Tess’s nemesis, the deceased Amir al-Saadi. The fortune comes with an unsettling condition: Aara must marry into a Muslim family within one year. This forces Tess and Jake to overcome their prejudices and assess whether such a condition is acceptable. 




Tess: The Flight of the Valkyries 
The Tess Series Book 5 


In a story of high passion and conflict, Claudine Bisson returns to the Valkyries team. She persuades Tess and her colleagues to provide adversary services to the Air Force, a plan that requires learning how to fly jet fighters. The Team acquires surplus aircraft and hires a team of Russian specialists led by the abrasive Colonel Peter Brusilov, a hard taskmaster. Laurent Belcour, the notorious villain, is back and continues to create obstacles. Claudine further complicates things because she has an ulterior motive: to get Jake back by undermining Tess. While the team struggles to prepare for the upcoming operation, they must deal with the destructive collision between Claudine and Tess, leading to unpredictable consequences.

This is an illustrated version of the book. Why? I thought that by providing pictures of the many aircraft in the story would help the reader better understand the scope of the challenges faced by Tess and her friends. Once I started searching for appropriate images, I couldn’t resist adding pictures of venues, people and other material that might be of interest. The choice of illustrations is entirely arbitrary. 





Andres Mann was an Army Officer and a business executive. He graduated with degrees in Political Science and International Relations and published three management books and various business articles.

The Tess adventure novels are based on real contemporary events and explore the challenges posed by international political developments and the issues that professional women face in today's world. The setting of the stories starts with the second Gulf War in Iraq and continues up to the current era.

Andy had the good fortune to meet remarkable people from all over the world, most of them good, others not so much. Some were extraordinarily talented, able to perform well in multiple endeavors. The novels are based on the actions of real people he observed dealing with challenging situations. He believes that it is interesting to understand multi-faceted personalities that are fascinating and sometimes evil, making it difficult to make quick judgments about right and wrong.

Action, intrigue, deceit, obsession, sensuality, the use of wealth to achieve one's goals, the struggle between good and evil are a constant theme. 




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2 comments

  1. I think the covers look great. Sounds like my kind of read

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  2. I like the covers, they are well done.

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