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Friday, April 6, 2018

Empty Promises by James M. Jackson - Book Tour - Guest Post - Download First Four Chapters FREE!! - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host James M. Jackson and his new book, “Empty Promises”!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win the chance to name a character who will appear in his upcoming book, “False Bottom,” (Seamus McCree #6)!!  Also, come back daily to interact with James and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Empty Promises
by James M. Jackson


GENRE: Mystery/Suspense/Domestic Thriller



If you love the suspense and plot twists of domestic thrillers, this page-turner will be for you. Seamus McCree’s first solo bodyguard assignment goes from bad to worse. His client disappears. His granddog finds a buried human bone. Police find a fresh human body.

His client is to testify in a Chicago money laundering trial. He’s paranoid that with a price on his head, if the police know where he’s staying, the information will leak. Seamus promised his business partner and lover, Abigail Hancock, that he’d keep the witness safe at the McCree family camp located deep in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan’s woods.

Abigail is furious at his incompetence and their relationship flounders. Even his often-helpful son, Paddy, must put family safety ahead of helping his father. Seamus risks his own safety and freedom to turn amateur sleuth in hopes he can solve the crimes, fulfill his promise of protection, and win back Abigail. Wit and grit are on his side, but the clock is ticking . . . and the hit man is on his way.



Had Owen returned my call? Had Abigail found anything? Any word from Bartelle after Owen ratted me out? My phone claimed it had no voice or text messages. Sometimes the signal is so weak the phone doesn’t receive messages, so I brought the remainder of my drink to the deck, where the signal was strongest, and dialed voicemail. The sun-heated decking was uncomfortable on my bare feet. I shifted weight from foot to foot to minimize the discomfort and keyed in my password.

You have no messages at this time.

Back inside, I booted up the computer and checked email. Nothing relevant and no help for my situation.

I had a long, positive history with Sheriff Lon Bartelle. Was it strong enough for him to cut me some slack over my initially lying to him? Surely, the best way to tell him of my malfeasance was face-to-face. Like a man mounting the scaffold for his hanging, I forced leaden legs to return me to the deck. My call to Bartelle brought the information that he was in the office but not available to come to the phone.

I put Atty on a lead to do her business and then shut her in the house. “Sorry girl, I need to leave you home for this one. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.”

She trotted to the living room and, without a glance back, crawled onto the couch, where she didn’t belong. She pawed the throw pillow resting against one arm, knocking it flat, and stretched out, snuggling into the back of the couch and resting her head on the flattened pillow. Her eyes met mine and she grinned, as if to say, “What? I’m just following orders.”



10 Reasons Why You Should (or Shouldn’t) Read My Book

Once upon a time I had the mistaken idea that everyone should read my books. That’s foolish, of course. Just as I don’t enjoy horror stories, no matter how well written, the only people who should read my books are people who like reading the kind of books I write. So what, you ask, kind of book is Empty Promises?

If you like page-turners with plots that twist and turn, Empty Promises is your kind of book.

If you like hot romance on the page – not so much.

If you like suspense and thriller novels, Empty Promises will suit your fancy.

If you prefer cozy mysteries with food and crafts on the side – this is not that.

If you like complex characters with strengths and weaknesses, Empty Promises has them.

If you like your heroes to take names and pound the bad guys to dust, this may not be for you. Seamus prefers to use brain over brawn, although he’ll use force when he must.

If you enjoy amateur sleuth stories set in real locations, Seamus turns amateur sleuth and Empty Promises is set in the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

If dragons or zombies or other magical/mystical creatures are your preference, the closest this book comes is a granddaughter who likes fairies and stuffed animals.

If you want a knee-slapping hoot – I don’t write them.
But if you enjoy a bit of wry humor, touching scenes with the grandkid and her dog, Empty Promises has them, too.

The best way to know if you’ll enjoy a book is to read an excerpt. To check out Empty Promises, you can download and read the first four chapters of Empty Promises (or if you prefer reading a series from the beginning, here are the first four chapters of Ant Farm (Seamus McCree #1).



James M. Jackson authors the Seamus McCree series consisting of five novels and one novella. Jim splits his time between the deep woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Georgia’s Lowcountry. He claims the moves between locations are weather-related, but others suggest they may have more to do with not overstaying his welcome. He is the past president of the 700+ member Guppy Chapter of Sisters in Crime. You can find information about Jim and his books at http://jamesmjackson.com. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and/or Amazon.







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James will be awarding the chance to name a character who will appear in False Bottom (Seamus McCree #6) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.


  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Thanks for sponsoring me on today's stop of the Empty Promises Virtual Book Tour. -- and Lisa -- you were a night owl last night and got here first!

  3. Any chance of you paying a visit to the UK e.g. The Theakstons Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate? Just selfishly wondering so I get chance to get my books signed. Although I'm sure you'd love it too......

    1. Ah Kay, wouldn't that be wonderful? Alas, we have no immediate plans for getting the UK. We did visit your far-flung empire this winter, spending time in the Falkand Islands and South Georgia Island before reaching Antarctica. If you haven't been, you can see some of my pictures on Facebook. This link works for me; don't know if it will work in the UK https://www.facebook.com/james.m.jackson.author/media_set?set=a.10209317249527663.1073741855.1815675302&type=3

    2. The link worked and your photographs were fantastic. I've been laid low this week with a chest infection so apologies for the late response. As a Shackleton, Antarctica has always held a certain attraction! I'm still trying to find the link to 'Great Uncle Ernie' as I like to call him, who is buried on South Georgia.