Friday, August 5, 2022

Semper Fi Brothers: A Hero's Dangerous Journey for Redemption by A.C. Turner - Book Tour + Giveaway

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Book Details:

Book TitleSemper Fi Brothers: A Hero's Dangerous Journey for Redemption by A.C. Turner
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  150 pages
GenreLiterary Fiction / Military Action Fiction
Publisher:  Write My Wrongs LLC
Release date:  March 16, 2022
Content RatingPG-13 (some f-words, violence, non-explicit sex scenes)  
Book Description:

Yarmuck, Syria is under attack. ISIS goons under the command of ruthless Commander Abu, have infiltrated the village and are determined to purge it of its Yazidi heritage... by any means necessary.

Meanwhile, half a world away in California, tormented Shamus "Gunny" O'Malley-retired Marine and Vietnam Vet who's done nothing but drink his way through civilian life as a TV personality and bar owner-learns his young Yazidi bartender, Quassam, fears for the lives of the family left behind in Yarmuck.

When Quassam, "Q" to his friends, announces his plan to save his mother and sister from the ISIS goons, Gunny's hapless best friend (and best customer), Buzz, decides he's going to aid young Q on his journey, and does everything he can to convince Gunny to come along for the ride.

With time running out and ISIS tightening its grip, Gunny has a decision to make. As the son of a white father and black mother, O'Malley knows from his time in the Marines that race can never break the bonds between semper fi brothers. Will he stay brash and boozy in sunny California, or will he take a leap of faith and journey to hellish, war-torn Syria to help his brothers and slay his-and Yarmuck's-demons?

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Guest Post

How I did my Research for “SEMPER FI BROTHERS”

By AC Turner

 My research on the Yazidi people and I.S.I.S concentrated on why the group called I.S.I.S. hated these peaceful people so much. It turned out that they believed that the Yazidis had bastardized Islam and to them - it gave them permission from Allah to bomb and destroy their villages and to enslave, torture and rape their people.

 My best resource in my research came from my daughter Leanna, a U.S. Army intelligence officer. After finishing a tour in Afghanistan, they sent her to Iraq to debrief fleeing Yazidi refugees from Syria. She had been trained in Arabic by the Army so this was right up her alley. She could not tell me everything she found out, but what she did was enough to put a chill down my spine.

Fun fact: For nearly ten years, I had worked in television as a Location Manager. As a matter of fact, I worked on a show called The Yellow Rose and an actor named Sam Elliot was the star of the show. It was he who I originally based the Gunny O'Malley character on. But Sam became too old and I thought it would be kind of neat to make Gunny half African American and half Irish. Plus I had coached football at mostly Black High Schools throughout Los Angeles  and I wanted to give my players a positive Black hero that is not some kind of Marvel character, but like a real person with real flaws who fails  but never gives up.

Meet the Author:

A. C. Turner's writing career began in the 1980s with a focus on screenplays. In that time, and with the help of his agent, Anne Getty, he was able to option two of them, Shoplift and Hercules Down and Out, to major film companies. Unfortunately, neither went into production, but that didn't stop the Los Angeles Times from featuring him on the front page of their Sunday edition on up-and-coming writers in Los Angeles. He then moved on to write two plays, Chickenscratch and Down and Out in Sioux Falls, which were produced at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles. He achieved all of this while raising three kids and coaching high school and junior college football, predominantly in inner-city Los Angeles. After taking twenty years off from writing, he got the itch back in his mid-fifties. He wrote Semper Fi Brothers as a screenplay and entered it in Final Draft's screenwriting contest, where it placed third out of nine thousand. The story was inspired by the military exploits of his career-soldier dad and his three overseas tours in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam as well as his Army daughter's four tours, including one in Afghanistan. The script was given to a large production company again, which was exciting at first, but when Covid-19 hit and the script found itself on the back burner, he decided to run with it and turn it into a novel, feeling the story was too inspirational not to be told.

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Tour Schedule:
July 18 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 19 – Books for Books – book spotlight
July 20 – Rockin' Book Reviews - book review / guest post / giveaway
July 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
July 25 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
July 26 – Stephanie Jane - book review / giveaway
July 27 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
July 29 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 1 – Books are a Blessing – book review / giveaway
Aug 2 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 5 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

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