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Belinda by Mark Zvonkovic - Book Tour + Giveaway

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Join us for this tour from Sep 26 to Oct  21, 2022!
Book Details:

Book Title:  Belinda (The Raymond Hatcher Stories/Book Three) by Mark Zvonkovic
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  276 pages
Genre: Literary / Legal Thriller 
Publisher:  Dos Perro Press 
Release date:  June 2022
Content Rating:  PG13+M because it involves mature themes, occasional mild profanities, non-explicit sex scenes and mild violence.

"You will keep turning pages not just for the pleasure of his writing, but because you simply have to know what happens next." — Mark Pryor, author of Die Around Sundown and the Hugo Marston series

Belinda is a thrilling novel with gripping layers of legal and corporate intrigue, but it’s Zvonkovic’s character work and timely themes that propel the narrative to new heights. Part romance, part legal drama, Zvonkovic blends genres and defies expectations with each turn of the page, ultimately creating an emotional exploration of justice, purpose, and legacy.” — James Wade, Spur Award-winning author of River, Sing Out

“Fans of characters such as Tom Clancy’s John Clark, as well as other readers who are interested in the techno-thriller genre, should find Belinda to be a thoroughly captivating and satisfying read.” — David Loux, Author of Chateaux Laux   

“A spy thriller meets legal fiction meets romance novel.” — Kirkus Reviews

Book Description:

Set in the conference rooms of a white-shoe Houston law firm and the stunning coastline of Baja California, Belinda is the story of a woman’s bravery and resourcefulness at the end of her brilliant career. Her decision to fight her firm’s men in suits who demand her retirement is called into question when a man once her lover appears after a long unexplained absence.

Against a backdrop of romance and legal drama, the novel explores questions about love, the law, and the anxious precipice of life change. Is it ever too late to be swept away by romance? Can true justice ever be attained when the law’s practitioners are corrupt? And when your work is what defines you, what’s left after retirement?

During a week of surprises and abstruse events, Belinda sees the once presumed greatness of her life flicker as she forces the moment for her decision to a crisis. 
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Book Details:

Book Title:  A Lion in the Grass (The Raymond Hatcher Stories/Book One) by Mark Zvonkovic
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  333 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction 
Publisher:  Dos Perro Press 
Release date:  August 2020
Content Rating:  PG13+M: The book has mature themes associated with wartime violence and not-explicit sex scenes.

Book Description:

Set over the course of six decades, A Lion in the Grass documents the despair and hope of a spy who suffers the murder of friends and enjoys the success of mentoring protégés.

The story is told through alternative viewpoints of Raymond, his protégés, and the French villain. The novel digs deeply into questions of love, self-doubt and hatred, all foisted upon Raymond during a career from which, he discovers, it is impossible to retire.

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Narrows (The Raymond Hatcher Stories/Book Two) by Mark Zvonkovic
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  306 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller 
Publisher:  Dos Perro Press 
Release date:  November 2020
Content Rating:  PG13: The book has a couple of non-explicit sex scenes and very mild violence.

Book Description:

A harrowing extraction of members of a religious cult goes awry.

Junior high teacher Larry Brown teams up with experienced extractor nicknamed Black Lightning to rescue his cousin from a cult. But the mission is complicated by Larry’s unfaithful girlfriend and the drowning of another cult member in the Charles River. And then Larry’s cousin isn’t as willing as Larry hoped. These events work together on a day in a family vacation home on Cape Cod to turn Larry’s world upside down.

Spanning a ten-day period, The Narrows chronicles the personal and social challenges that took place during the cultural transformation of the 1970s.
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Guest Post

Belinda in Baja California

My third novel, Belinda, takes place in part near Rosarito Beach in Baja California, where I have lived now for almost seven years. The area doesn’t have any big resorts, like one finds in other Mexican vacation destinations. But it does have weekend vacationers from nearby American states, who somewhat disturb the tranquility of the beach town setting and create tensions with the expats who have homes there. Airbnb is a dirty word to many residents. It was this tension, this counterpoint to the adjacent Pacific Ocean, that attracted me to locating a portion of my novel there. The novel’s protagonist, Belinda Larkin, reunited with an old lover, Jay Jackson, at a condominium community just south of Rosarito Beach after a two year hiatus. He’d left her without explanation and hadn’t contacted her while he was away, which as one can imagine she’d not taken well. Invited by him to “the west coast” for their reunion, she was surprised to find herself driven to Mexico rather than La Jolla, and the unsettling foreignness of Mexico was a suitable backdrop for the tension between her and Jay as he continued to evade explanations of where he’d been for two years.

Developing a complex character in fiction is a tricky business. An axiom followed by many writers is “write what you know.” This can be difficult if a protagonist is involved in a profession or circumstance in which the writer has no real-world experience, like a spy or an astronaut. But Belinda Larkin is a law firm partner, as was I for forty years, so I had a lot of material to start with. And to create the setting in the novel for her to interact with others I also went with what I know. I lived in Texas for a great number of years and I have now lived for seven years in Baja California. I have even on many occasions made the drive from Baja to Austin, along which the character Jay Jackson is abducted in the novel.

Baja California offered an excellent milieu for the development of Lyn’s character. Lyn was an older woman partner at a big law firm. She would soon be subjected to mandatory retirement and upon her arrival in Mexico her subconscious was percolating with an anxiety of how her life would change when she no longer had her law practice. In the novel, she watched a group of pelicans flying in formation over the ocean one morning. She asked herself what their purpose was. Were they doing it just because they could? And then she realized that in her law practice everything had a purpose, and so did her life. What would she do without purpose? A few days later Lyn had a combative phone call with a misogynistic New York lawyer and it occurred to her that after retirement she would no longer have to deal with men like him, the men in suits that she’d had to tolerate during her entire career. She walked by a tide pool and wondered what was below its shiny surface, realizing that she would soon have more time to spend with her curiosity.

As the days went by, the friction between Jay and Lyn ebbed. In the novel, this is illustrated by the people and places they visited: the stunning views from the coastal highway to Ensenada, a woman vintner in the Guadalupe Valley, the proprietor of a horse ranch near Cantamar, and the owner of an upscale pizza bistro. All places offered contrasts to Lyn’s life back in Houston, where much of the rest of the novel is set. But her time in Mexico ended ominously when the tension between expats and rude vacationing partygoers erupts, almost ending in fisticuffs between them and Jay. The world wasn’t so far away after all, and Lyn was going back to face it.

In real life, not in my fictional world, I find more peace in Baja than fretfulness. The Mexican people are for the most part neutral to the awkward disquiet that periodically emerges when loud, disrespectful tourists show up. They have to be, as their livelihoods are for the most part dependent upon both expats and tourists. And, as Belinda depicts, the Mexican people are big hearted and full of life, something displayed in the sparkling eyes of Juliana, the woman who pumps gas at the local Chevron and is meticulous about cleaning my windshield. They are much more tolerant than people across the border to the north. In my novel, the beauty and the people of Baja California offered a perfect contrast for the misogyny and unethical behavior that Lyn was to encounter when she returned to Texas.


Meet the Author:
Photo Credit: Rebecca Westerveld

Mark Zvonkovic is a writer who lives in Rosarito Beach, Baja California Mexico with his wife Nancy and their two dogs. Finn and Cooper. He has written three novels, and he also writes book reviews and essays that appear in online publications. Before retiring to Mexico, Mark practiced law for thirty-five years at three multinational law firms in Houston, Texas and New York City. He attended college at Southern Methodist University and Boston University, and his law degree is from SMU School of Law. Mark grew up as an oil company brat and lived in Latin America, Texas and New York.

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Tour Schedule:
Sep 26 – The Mystery Review Crew – book series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 26 – Novels Alive – book review of A LION IN THE GRASS / giveaway
Sep 26 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review of A LION IN THE GRASS / guest post / giveaway
Sep 26 - My Reading Getaway – book review of A LION IN THE GRASS / giveaway
Sep 27 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of A LION IN THE GRASS / giveaway
Sep 27 - The Obsessed Reader – book series spotlight / giveaway
Sep 28 – fundinmental – book series spotlight / giveaway
Sep 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 29 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review of THE NARROWS / giveaway
Sep 29 Splashes of Joy  - book review of A LION IN THE GRASS / giveaway
Sep 30 – Faith and Books – audiobook review of BELINDA / giveaway
Sep 30 - Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of BELINDA / giveaway
Sep 30 Splashes of Joy  - book review of THE NARROWS / giveaway
Oct 3 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of A LION IN THE GRASS / giveaway
Oct 4 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of THE NARROWS / giveaway
Oct 4 - Leanne bookstagram – book review of A LION IN THE GRASS
Oct 5 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of BELINDA / giveaway
Oct 5 - Leanne bookstagram – book review of THE NARROWS
Oct 6 – Cover Lover Book Review – book series spotlight / giveaway
Oct 6 - Leanne bookstagram – book review of BELINDA
Oct 7 – Novels Alive – book review of THE NARROWS / giveaway
Oct 7 - Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of A LION IN THE GRASS / giveaway
Oct 11 Splashes of Joy  - book review of BELINDA / giveaway
Oct 11 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of THE NARROWS / giveaway
Oct 11 - Literary Flits – book review of A LION IN THE GRASS / giveaway
Oct 11 - Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 11 - Olio by Marilyn – book review of A LION IN THE GRASS / giveaway
Oct 12 – My Reading Getaway – book review of THE NARROWS / giveaway
Oct 12 - Literary Flits – book review of THE NARROWS / giveaway
Oct 12 - Olio by Marilyn – book review of THE NARROWS / giveaway
Oct 13 - Olio by Marilyn – book review of BELINDA / giveaway
Oct 14 – Novels Alive – audiobook review of BELINDA / giveaway
Oct 14 - Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of THE NARROWS / giveaway
Oct 17 – Books and Zebras – book review of A LION IN THE GRASS
Oct 17 – Literary Flits – book review of BELINDA / giveaway
Oct 18 – @onecreativeartist – book review of A LION IN THE GRASS
Oct 18 - Books and Zebras – book review of THE NARROWS
Oct 19 - Book Corner News and Reviews - book review of A LION IN THE GRASS / giveaway
Oct 19 – Books and Zebras – book review of BELINDA
Oct 20 - Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of BELINDA / giveaway
Oct 20 – @onecreativeartist – book review of THE NARROWS
Oct 20 - Book Corner News and Reviews - book review of THE NARROWS / giveaway
Oct 21 - Book Corner News and Reviews - book review of BELINDA / giveaway
Oct 21 - @onecreativeartist – book review of BELINDA
Oct 21 - Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of BELINDA / giveaway
Oct 21 - My Reading Getaway – book review of BELINDA / author interview / giveaway
Oct 21 - Books for Books – book series spotlight
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