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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Redlined by Richard W. Wise - Book Tour + Giveaway



 

Join us for this tour from June 21 to July 2, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Redlined: A Novel of Boston by Richard W. Wise
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +),  (9 Hours 59 Minutes)
Genre: Thriller
Publisher:  Brunswick House Press
Release date:   May 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M. cursing throughout and violence (murder) 


 

Book Description:

The year is 1974. Boston's Jamaica Plain is a neighborhood under siege, a community skating along the razor's edge of decline. The banks have REDLINED Jamaica Plain, causing the housing market to crash, wiping out local homeowner's lifetime investments and opening the neighborhood to blockbusters and slumlords. Now, someone has begun systematically torching those abandoned buildings and the charred body of Sandy Morgan, a dedicated young neighborhood organizer, has been found among the ashes. Why? Who stands to gain?

Community organizer and Marine combat veteran, Jedidiah Flynt and Alex Jordan, his beautiful Harvard educated researcher together with a group of local property owners are determined to stop the redlining and and bring the arsonists responsible for Sandy Morgan's death to justice. Their search will lead them through a labyrinth of corrupt politicians, Asian gangsters and bent churchmen.

Two interwoven plots work their way through the narrative, one is absolutely true, the other never happened, but very well might have.

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Guest Post
The hardest (or best) part of researching historical fiction.
The part I enjoy the most about doing the research is discovering fascinating, obscure events where you get tiny hints and whiffs of something interesting, and you have to go searching for clues like Nicholas Cage in National Treasure. My favorite example is one I am currently working on for book 6 of my Road to the Breaking series.

I needed some kind of battle for my main characters to be involved in at a particular time in a specific area of western Virginia. And all I could find was a one-sentence reference to a “non-battle”, that read something like, “at the end of May, 1862, Stonewall Jackson came to within several hundred yards of Union lines at Harpers Ferry, and then called off the attack.” 

I thought, okay … maybe I can make something out of that … maybe my guys can help organize the defense enough to dissuade Jackson or something … But to be honest I wasn’t very excited about it. And then, a little while later while researching something else, I saw a reference that said, “Brigadier General Rufus Saxton was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in the defense of Harpers Ferry, late May 1862.”

Wait! What?! They don’t give out the CMOH for a “non-battle!” I immediately knew there had to be more to this story, so I started digging. And the more I dug the more I discovered this really was a BIG DEAL at the time, so much so that the President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was personally sending telegrams to General Saxton at Harpers Ferry. 

It turns out Stonewall Jackson had unexpectedly routed a larger Union force leaving only a small 500-man garrison at Harpers Ferry between his 20,000-man army, and the capital of the United States! What happens next is truly the stuff of Hollywood. Suffice to say, if Jackson had not decided to call off the attack when he did (after taking casualties), this would likely have been one of the most famous and important battles of the war, rather than an obscure event almost lost to history. Be sure to read Road to the Breaking Book 6 (Invasion) when it comes out fall of 2021, to find out what happened!    

  


 Meet the Author:

Richard Wise is the author of three books. His latest novel, REDLINED, A NOVEL OF BOSTON, was nominated for the National Book Award and the Benjamin Franklin Award in fiction. His first book: SECRETS OF THE GEM TRADE, THE CONNOISSEUR'S GUIDE TO PRECIOUS GEMSTONES was serialized in two magazines and became a critically acclaimed best seller. 

Wise has enjoyed a diverse career. He is a veteran of the U. S. Coast Guard. After receiving his B.A., teaching and doing graduate work at the University of Rhode Island, he spent most of the decade of the 70s as a professional community organizer, heading organizing projects in Massachusetts and Rhode island. In the late 1970s he left organizing to pursue other interests. He apprenticed as a goldsmith, studied gemology at the Gemological Institute of American and received his Graduate Gemologist diploma in 1985. He founded his retail company R. W. Wise, Goldsmiths, Inc. in the early 1980s and began traveling internationally, buying gems and writing about them in 1986. In 2012 he retired from business to pursue his writing. He lives with his wife and two cats in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Tour Schedule:

June 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review / giveaway
June 21 – wottaread – book spotlight / author interview
June 22 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight
June 23 – The Book Review Crew – audiobook review / giveaway
June 24 – Literary Flits - book spotlight / giveaway
June 25 – Books for Books – book spotlight
June 28 –Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews - audiobook review / giveaway
June 29 – Leels Loves Books – book review
June 30 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 1 – JB's Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 2 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review / author interview / giveaway
 

Enter the Giveaway:

 REDLINED (A Novel of Boston) Book Tour Giveaway

 


7 comments:

  1. i love bizarre and obscure research too!!!

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  2. Thank you for sharing the author's guest post and book details, this sounds like an excellent read

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  3. I like that it is about arsonists. Should be good drama. Thanks for the chance.

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  4. I think the research would be fun and interesting as well. Though takes a lot of time. Blessings Joy

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  5. My interest is piqued! Thanks for sharing this awesome book rec!

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