Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mitch Malone Mondays: J. H. Bográn's Robert Prescott

Mitch Malone here and it is time for another grilling of a "willing subject." Well this one may not be willing but let’s say I know a few of his secrets and he doesn't have a choice. This interview should get me my Pulitzer Prize for journalism. How many people can interview a hit man? Robert Prescott, you are the featured character in José Bográn's short story, THE ASSASSIN'S MISTRESS. From what my sources say, this is one fine story. Let's get right to the dirt. Can you tell us how you got involved in your profession?

RP: I acquired a set of skills in the SAS. After I left the military, I used those skills to procure a better income. It wasn’t hard, actually.

Now I hear there is a beautiful blond at the heart of this story? Women always get us men in trouble. Mine is with an ebony-haired vixen but I don't want to talk about her. Tell me about your femme fatale?

RP: Chantal is different from every other women I’ve met. She also happens to be married. In my line of work, I could “eliminate” that inconvenience rather easily.  Now the question is if I should.

So there is quite the beautiful babe in your life. She quite literally fell into your lap after you rescued her. Does that happen often in your line of work?

RP: Quite the opposite, in fact. I’m in the business of making sure targets fall all the way – to the bottom of a ravine if possible.

I thought killers preferred not to have long-term entanglements. Is that true?

RP: Very much so. I wasn’t looking for love, just a temporary companion. A one-night-stand as you Americans like to say. But, alas, Chantal caught me with my guard down.

How do you get your jobs? Have an ad in help wanted?

RP:  I have my contacts. I developed working relationships with important people. The kind of people you go to when you have a problem. 

I understand you are a scotch drinker. I'm a beer man myself. Do you need a drink before or after you do a job?

Always until after the job is done. Now, I’m tempted to have a drink depending on your next question.

Thanks for stopping by. I promise your secret is safe with me, but I'm not sure about my readers. They will want more information. To help feed their curiosity, Robert's story is available for a mere 99 cents on Amazon at this link: or to find out more about the author, check out his website at:

Author Bio: J. H. Bográn, born and raised in Honduras, is the son of a journalist. He ironically prefers to write fiction rather than fact. José's genre of choice is thrillers, but he likes to throw in a twist of romance into the mix. His works include novels in both English and Spanish, short stories, contributor to The Big Thrill magazine, screenwriter for Honduras domestic television and movie reviewer for La Prensa. He's a member of the International Thriller Writers and of writer's online community Backspace.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Special Mitch Malone Edition - F.M. Meredith's Gordon Butler

Welcome to a special edition of Mitch Malone Mondays, by yours truly, Mitch Malone. Today is special because one of my favorite authors is here and while a reporter can never have favorites or be bias, I do have a fond spot for Marilyn and was happy to do her a favor. I want to make it clear that my interview for today, Gordon Butler, will not get any special treatment. He will be subjected to the same hardboiled questions as any of my other interviews so let’s gets started. Gordon, thanks for joining me today. You are an officer with the Rocky Bluff Police Department. Tell me how long and how that came to be.

Gordon: I wanted to be a policeman since I was a little kid. I believe in doing everything by the book and I probably know the laws better than anyone in the department—something that the other guys make fun of at times. When I graduated from the L.A. Police Academy, Rocky Bluff P.D. had an opening, and I’ve been with them ever since. I had a horrible training officer, so bad that he actually stole my wife away from me, among other things. But that’s a whole other story.

You’ve had your share of problems over the last few years.  Might I say you tend to put your all into your job. Can you tell me about a couple of the funny incidents now you look back on them.

Gordon: I can assure you they didn’t seem funny at the time. I’ve wrecked a couple of new police cars, not my fault, of course, chased a suspect through poison oak and had a horrible reaction, another time I leapt over a wall when going after a suspect and fell and broke my leg. But the worst happened to me recently. My fellow cops thought it hilarious—me, not so much.

Marilyn Meredith, W.S. Gager and Madeline Gornell at last years Public Safety Writers Conference.
In my next book, I’m dating a woman who isn’t all she appears to be especially when she turns up dead when we are supposed to be on a date. You have fallen for an interesting woman. What is she like?

Gordon: Benay Weiss is a gorgeous redhead. I met her when I pulled her over for a traffic violation. I’d never seen anyone with such beautiful green eyes. Mesmerized me—though I still gave her a ticket.  When her best friend is found murdered, Benay is the prime suspect. No way would she have killed anyone, much less someone she cared about. I’m going to find out the truth and make sure everyone knows Benay is innocent.

She still wanted to date after the ticket? Did you take care of it later? Better not go in that direction judging by the look in your eyes. To change the subject, you have some interesting coworkers at Rocky Bluff Police Department and a little fraternization on the job between Officer Stacey Wilbur and Detective Doug Milligan. Can you give me the dirt on these two?

Gordon: You’re a bit behind times, Officer Stacey Wilbur is now Stacey Milligan. You can read all about the wedding that almost didn’t happen in Angel Lost. Now we have two Milligans on the Rocky Bluff P.D. which is a bit confusing at times. Because I was renting a room in Doug’s house before the wedding and couldn’t find another place to stay, Stacey’s parents offered me her old room at their house. It’s working out okay, but now that I’m seeing Benay, I’m going to be looking for my own place.

Okay, I didn’t mean to make you pull your gun. Can you put that away. Just was looking for some inside information. I am a reporter after all and haven’t had a good scoop in a while. Tell me about your latest case will you.

Gordon: (laughing) Very funny. Once I’ve proved Benay innocent I’ll let you know who is the guilty party. I don’t want to brag, but this latest book about the Rocky Bluff P.D. is really my book. Oh sure, you can read about some of the other folks on the department and what’s going on with their families, but I’m the true star in this one.

Thanks, Gordon, for stopping by today. To find out more about No Bells, check out Marilyn’s website at More about No Bells: Officer Gordon Butler has finally found the love he’s been seeking for a long time, but there’s one big problem, she’s the major suspect in a murder case.

F.M. Meredith, also known as Marilyn Meredith, is the author of over thirty published novels—and a few that will never see print. Her latest in the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series, from Oak Tree Press, is No Bells. Rocky Bluff P.D. is a fictional beach community between Ventura and Santa Barbara and F. M. once lived in a similar beach area. F. M. (Marilyn) is a member of EPIC, Four chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and serves as the program chair for the Public Safety Writers of America’s writing conference. She’s been an instructor at many writing conferences.

Marilyn's Contest: The person who comments on the most blogs on my tour will win three books in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series: No Sanctuary, An Axe to Grind, and Angel Lost. Be sure and leave your email too, so I can contact you.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Libraries are so cool!

This Saturday, I will be volunteering at my local libraries as part of the Sisters in Crime’s “Booksellers and Librarians Solve Mysteries Every Day.” I am so excited to help librarians. They are some of my favorite people. By volunteering, I can give back to a place that has given so much for me.

With the help of librarians, I've been to exotic places, solved murders and read about true love all within the covers of books. Books were my salvation in my teen years and feed something in me when young problems seem so hard and insurmountable.

The event, produced by Sisters in Crime, is designed to thank librarians and booksellers for 25 years of support of the mystery genre. Sisters in Crime was established with an organizational meeting held in New York City in the spring of 1987. Sisters in Crime is an international organization founded to support the professional development of women writing crime fiction.

I will work as a volunteer staffer at Jackson Carnegie and Meijer Library branches in Jackson on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. as part of a “Booksellers and Librarians Solve Mysteries Every Day” celebration.

I will be joining a select group of Sisters in Crime member authors from Livermore Falls, Maine, to Honolulu, Hawaii, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., local time. In addition, SinC’s more than 3,000 members worldwide are gearing up to go into libraries and bookstores on that day to personally thank the booksellers and librarians they find working behind the counters and in the stacks.

While at Carnegie branch on Michigan Avenue from 10 a.m. to noon, on April 21, Gager will be working in the mystery section. At the Meijer library from 1 to 3 p.m. on Airport Road doing a variety of tasks. Stop by and say hello or better yet, say thank you to a librarian.

Sisters in Crime is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary year. The organization is made up of more than 3,000 members and 48 chapters worldwide—authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians and others who love mysteries. Sisters in Crime is online at

Monday, April 2, 2012

Review: Tess Grant's TRAJECTORIES

Tess Grant has shot a silver bullet to success with TRAJECTORIES, the first in the Kitty Irish Trilogy. This young adult werewolf mystery will appeal to older readers much like Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Series crossed the ages however the werewolves don’t sparkle but smell and prey on individuals enjoying the national forest.

Kitty Irish’s last summer of high school isn’t the deal of her dreams. Her dad’s deployed overseas, her mom’s working full time and then some and she is in charge of her baby brother’s care. Add to that an up-and-down relationship with her best friend. When the town drunk befriends her over a bloody animal kill in the woods near her home, her life drops deeper into the “this sucks summer.”

The debut novel grabs you with the heroine’s angst about life and then the real world she gets dropped into when too many “closed-casket deaths” plague Oakmont, Michigan. Grant is a master at cliffhangers that turned a spring break read to savor into an all-night read. I can’t wait for the second in the series, “GATHERING SPEED.”