Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Out of Hiding by John Feldman - Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway
by John Feldman
Charles Dampor was supposed to be a blessing, but instead turned out to be a curse. A family torn by deception and greed now saw Emily for what she was, and a co-worker with a vicious past of his own now has his own personal vendetta against her. If Emily doesn't open her eyes and see the doors she's unlocked, she'll find herself at the bottom of Lake Bermin...with Charles's ex-wife.
Maybe it was the push-up bra she’d worn in combination with her ultra-deep v-neck shirt. Or maybe it was her constant smile and flirtatious laugh. Maybe she’d batted her eyelashes just the right amount. Whatever it was, it worked. Because Charles invited her to have dinner with him. Not a weeknight date. Not an afternoon date or a group dinner or coffee. A Saturday night date.
“And what brought you to us?” Charles asks.
Us. He isn’t an arrogant man. He isn’t egocentric. He’d created his own empire, yes, but he doesn’t think he’s better than everyone else. Us, he said. Not me or my company. It’s hard to find people like this these days. A business owner out to dinner with a factory worker? Very atypical.
“I saw an ad online,” she responds.
“Oh,” Charles says with a smirk.
“Why?” Emily asks.
“I feel old,” he says. “I always placed my ads for employment in the newspaper. That was back before I had Mary.”
“I wouldn’t have found it if it was in the paper,” Emily jokes. “Good thing for Mary.”
“Good thing for Mary,” he laughs.
The laugh from the comment carries them into talk about work, about people at work. Charles tells her about some of the people who work upstairs, the management team. He tells her more about Mary, and about what Mary had to say about Emily when discussing their job opening with Charles after her round of interviews had commenced.
“All good things,” he jokes. “No worries.”
“I’d assume so,” she replies. “I got the job.”
They share a smile and after a brief pause, he says, “I’m glad.”
The drinks continue to come and conversation carries on. The topic of work remains, but only briefly. Emily points out the pissed-off old guy who works in Station A and Charles laughs.
“That’s just Herb,” he says. “He’s been here for a while. He’s a good worker.”
I asked John where he goes for inspiration. Here are the top five places:
Where are five places I go for inspiration?
Short answer: I wish I could bundle all five into one, and have that one place be somewhere easily accessible.
But that’s a pretty boring answer, isn’t it? So I’ll elaborate.
As a married man, father of two, and full-time worker of a job that makes me want to drive a nail through my skull, it’s tough for me to find an abundance of time to sit in silence and let the voices in my head escape. So my writing sessions usually only come in short bursts. With my schedule, there’s no such thing as hiking up to the top of a mountain to find creativity. Or going on a retreat to find writing time. Between changing diapers and picking the kids up from school, here are my five places for inspiration:
#5 The Car
There’s something about driving with the windows down and the music loud that makes me happy. And even though I write some pretty psychotic stuff, those times of blissful sunshine usually bring out the best in me.
#4 The Shower
Don’t we all do our best thinking in the shower? I once met a fellow writer who said she has washable markers—you know, the kind we give to our kids?—that she has with her in the shower. And when inspiration strikes? Well she just writes that down on the tiles.
#3 Lying in Bed Late at Night When I Don’t Feel like Moving
It always works that way, doesn’t it? Whenever you’re somewhere without a pen and paper or anything else to take notes, inspiration comes at you in a tidal wave.
#2 My Email/Newsletters
I feel like anyone in any field should read. The more you know in any field or line of work, the better you’ll be a what you do. So I follow many blogs and newsletters, and I spend about an hour each morning reading and retaining. (Side note: Elon Musk has this same ritual, and it seems to be working out just fine for him.)
#1 My Laptop
Can’t get any ideas out without the handy-dandy word processor, right? As has been said so many times before, the water doesn’t flow until you turn on the faucet. Well, start slamming away on that keyboard a
John Feldman was born and raised in southern New Jersey, but has since moved to Florida at the request (demand) of his beautiful wife. He has written several short stories and novels, including his newest release, OUT OF HIDING. He writes a lot, thinks a lot more, and is currently wondering why he’s writing this in the third person.
For more information, visit www.johnfeldman.com, or email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/John-Feldman/e/B00JG75SCI
John Feldman will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.