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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Poisoned Pawn by David Siegel Bernstein - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host David Siegel Bernstein and his new book, “Poisoned Pawn”!  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 $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with David and to increase your chances of winning!

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


Poisoned Pawn
by David Siegel Bernstein

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GENRE: Detective, Mystery

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BLURB:

Caleb Jacobs is a man with a past. After serving on a failed dark ops assignment in Afghanistan, he leaves Marine Corps Intelligence to try to build a new life in Philadelphia as a homicide police detective.

Jacobs is happy, for a time, until he is assigned to solve the murder of Shannon Faraday. During the investigation, he is convinced the evidence points to him as the killer. He knows it is only a matter of time before other investigators see the same. He has no alibi and the clock is counting down.

Behind his partner’s back, Jacobs hires a private investigator named Lawrence Holmes. The PI is an irritation to the police, but he is unmistakably brilliant. And, many powerful people in the city owe him favors. Holmes is a bit odd. He insists on calling Jacobs Watson but claims to never have heard the name Sherlock. Jacobs can live with this kind of crazy as long as together they find the real killer.

They quickly link the murder to a series of seemingly unrelated crimes occurring throughout Philadelphia, and Jacobs becomes convinced the murder is related to the truth of what had happened during his time in Afghanistan. Old secrets have come back to haunt him.

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EXCERPT ONE:

I felt like shit for having to hire a private investigator, especially one who was most likely insane. Still, I couldn’t deny that his type of crazy got results. Reluctantly I handed over an envelope to the man sitting on the sun-bleached bench.

He opened it. Satisfied with my offering, he slid it into his jacket. “Ah, Watson,” he said. “Good to see you again.”

I shook my head and dropped onto the bench next to him. “My name is Jacobs. Caleb Jacobs,” I said, hoping the reminder might stick this time.

He turned to me. “Did you say something?”

I sighed. “No, Holmes.”

If I wasn’t desperate for his help, I’d strangle him. Of course my superiors at the Philadelphia Homicide Unit wouldn’t appreciate that. But I wondered if a cop hiring a private investigator was any worse of a violation. I needed Lawrence Holmes for his connections and unique viewpoint, things my PHU colleagues couldn’t provide. He might not be the fictional character he played at, but he was a talented PI.

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GUEST POST:

Everyone loves a hero!  Tell us all about this genuine character and the inspiration behind their development.

Hello Fab Brunette! Thank you for inviting me this Fab blog. There are so many wild topics to talk about—such as craziest thing I’ve done in the name of research (I’m still looking for my shirt for that one) or favorite items office, but since I don’t want to take up too much space or bore anyone I’m going to jump in and talk about my main man and hero of my latest novel Poisoned Pawn, Caleb Jacobs.

He is a man with a dark past. After serving on a failed dark ops assignment in Afghanistan, he leaves Marine Corps Intelligence to try to build a new life in Philadelphia as a homicide police detective.

During an investigation, Jacobs becomes convinced the murder he is assigned to solve is related to the truth of what had happened during his time in Afghanistan. Old secrets have come back to haunt him.

In this novel, he is forced to partner up with a private investigator named Lawrence Holmes. The PI is an irritation to the police, but he is unmistakably brilliant. And, many powerful people in the city owe him favors. Holmes is a bit odd. He insists on calling Jacobs Watson but claims to never have heard the name Sherlock.

I based a of Jacobs on myself. Only I’ve never killed anyone. I’m not saying he does either. You need to read Poisoned Pawn to find out! I’m just saying there is a possibility. I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do (been training since I was a wee lad) and I’ve taught martial art classes at the university where I did my undergraduate work. This is the style of fighting Poisoned Pawn Jacobs uses in the fight scenes. I have also endowed him with a heaping of my skepticism and sarcasm.

Now since this novel is character driven, I’d be in a lot of trouble if I didn’t tell you who my favorite character is. Trust me she probably has an agent reading this blog right now. If you read Poisoned Pawn, you will agree. Her name is Margret Liang and I have to admit I’m a little afraid of her, so is Jacobs. She is sexy, deadly, and always in control. If I ever had a sinful thought about her, I wouldn’t be around to write the sequel.

Here is a little more about me. To go with my tough guy motif, I own a Toy Poodle named Ringo Biggles Woofington. See him in the picture? Is Mr. Woofington in Poisoned Pawn? I’m not telling. Read it and find out.

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AUTHOR BIO:


To support his writing addiction and excessively extravagant lifestyle, David Siegel Bernstein, PhD, is a data scientist who consults as a forensic statistician. That sounds really boring until you realize that his clients include the US National Security Agency (NSA), the Secret Service, the FBI, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and a host of other acronymonious agencies who cultivate exciting and shadowy reputations. Alas, those reputations are mere facades that disguise the real reason these organizations exist, which is to keep him entertained and fed.

When David wants a break from this spellbinding work, he writes. His fiction credits encompass two novelettes and sixty shorts. His nonfiction has appeared in newsletters, popular blogs, academic journals and he is the author of the book Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction.

He lives within the shadow of Philadelphia with his wife, Michelle, two children, Seth and Gwendolyn, and a dog named Ringo Biggles Woofington.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

David will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.



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13 comments:

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

    P.S. ~ Your furbaby, Ringo Biggles Woofington (also great name!!!) is super adorable!!! Thanks for including the pic :)

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  2. I encourage reading so having a family who loves to read I sure support.Thanks for sharing your terrific read with us.

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  3. Ally ~ it is great to be here! Ringo is on my lap typing: a;lsdxeo*^ (which means "hi" in English).

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  4. Looking forward to checking this one out!

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  5. Hi David, your book sounds amazing. May your book sales surpass your grandest imagination!!!!

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  6. I enjoy these types of reads, sounds good!

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    1. You the audience I target (not for murder, of course. That wouldn't make Jacobs happy.).

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