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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Derrick by Russell - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Russell and his new book, “Derrick”!  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 a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Russell and to increase your chances of winning!

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

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.



Alarmed, the woman’s eyes opened. Her nerves twitched slightly, as if an electric shock rattled her body.

Instantly, an eerie darkness consumed her, and an unusual stillness blanketed her surroundings.

Where am I? the woman wondered.

With her instinctual medical training, she began immediately diagnosing her own condition: blurry vision, raspy breath, citrus acidic taste at the back of her throat, and weak muscles. The signs were a tell-all. She had been drugged. Most likely either clonazepam or estazolam.

As her thick braids fell in front of her eyes, she realized that her body was hanging in midair. Above her, a rope bound her hands. The burning strain in her deltoids ached deep into her lower back.

The air was unusually frigid. Her entire body was trembling. She looked down and realized she was completely naked.

Who took off my clothes? she thought, her mind racing with a fresh wave of panic.

All she could remember was getting home from a run in the cold rain of a late November day that had chilled her to the core. Since the presentation of her dissertation was only days away, she relieved the building stress with those exhilarating runs. They were especially liberating knowing that she had to head back to the university lab. Entering the darkened house, she had sworn she’d left the light on. She recalled a quick shadow slipping just behind her in her peripheral vision. She’d felt a sudden blow to head, had fallen against the wooden banister—

What day is it? The presentation was on Saturday. Did she miss it? A sense of dread engulfed her, then fear. All the seemingly endless months and years of planning her project, all the meetings with that arrogant, dimwitted professor, all those countless hours in the lab…it would all be for nothing. Most importantly, all the sacrifices she’d made with her family, spending so much time away from her daughter—and well, her husband too— would be just a waste.



Who Inspired Your Love for Books?

Really who doesn’t enjoy reading a great book and be utterly swept away?

My appetite for reading can be rather ferocious, and I can digest between two to three books a week. To me, reading and writing certainly go hand in hand. Reading different genres of books cultivates and allows me to admire the power of a good story and imagination. Discovering new authors and tearing into their books is an absolutely exhilarating feeling. Naturally, they inspire me to create, think and produce more of my own work.

In my youth though, I had not been such an avid reader, and reading was quite a challenge. However, I kept at it and persisted until I was no longer academically behind. While I read the required English literature (The Scarlet Letter, The Old Man and The Sea, and so on), I had appreciated how the classic authors described the scene, while bringing out the story from the characters and dialogue in order to convey important powerful meanings.  When I began reading the likes of Peter Straub, Clive Barker and Anne Rice, I discovered the nuance of contemporary/modern writing in the graphic, yet cryptic details, strong sexual situations and of course explicit language. I couldn’t get enough! Soon, my life took a series of different paths: Unfortunately, reading sat on the back burner. For over two decades, I was an Executive Chef, created various dishes and ran kitchens with various staff levels. Eventually, the demand of the job wore down me. Perhaps, the long hours in the restaurant industry highly distracted me. As my career became less exciting, the love for reading circumvented back, and then I devoured books once again. About ten years ago, I decided to get my Master’s degree. Thus, the discipline of reading dense, critical-thinking materials redefined how I absorbed books.

What does all this have to do with writing?  You ask. In midst of my hectic life, I always wrote things: Short descriptions here and there, some stories or just thoughts. In my early phase of writing, I did complete writing a novel—all handwritten, yikes! Was it great writing? The Great Classic? Will it be published? Absolutely not! Knowing I could produce a complete work from beginning to end fueled my desire to write more. As a result, I wrote another piece: The Tale of Old Man Fischer. Being a chef and too much confidence, I just decided to publish it—without anybody really reading it. Call me a gambler! So many lessons I had learned (i.e. editors are BFFs, marketing, social reach, etc.). No one in my family even knew I was writing: They were completely flabbergasted! Despite this, I keep on writing. While in Graduate School, between the dry dense books, endless papers and grinding out my thesis, I wrote my next novel, GAVIN, as a mental break. After graduating, I wrote DERRICK. Over the last several years, I have written several other pieces which are coming down the pike. In fact, as we ‘speak’, I’m editing the final part, QUINN. I attempt to create books which allow the reader to slip into another reality. Because of my inner love for Shakespeare, my work is truly like an onion: As you slice it down the middle, you see the many layers of juicy flesh. My works are very much like that…so please pick up one of my books and enjoy the ride.

Always Read to Escape!



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.







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  1. Russell ~ Welcome! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

  2. What writers inspired your style? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  3. Do you think you will you will write a sequel to the book? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  4. What book would you like to see a sequel to? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com