Thursday, December 1, 2011

Blood on the Pen Blog Tour - Guest Post

Blood on the Pen by David W. Huffstetler

Christmas in Texas?  Not if Eddie Carter has anything to say about it, unless your gift list includes a knife blade into your spleen. Eddie hasn’t been in the holiday spirit since receiving that most recent rejection letter from Thornton Creative Properties, and literary agents are dropping like ornaments from a falling tree.  Jack Harden, the big, strapping Texas Ranger, who lost his wife to a drunk driver last year, can’t decide who he wants to kill, himself or the man who killed Jenny.  The only things that keep him going are his job and trying to find Eddie Carter.  And, he can’t seem to shake that pesky reporter, that young woman, Elsie Rodriguez.

Oh, Elsie is cute enough, and she’s smart, but Jack doesn’t need someone to shadow him everywhere he goes, or does he? Can she pull him from the edge of sanity before he slips over? Eddie would like nothing better than to send them both home in a box, wrapped with a bow. But, the odd couple of Harden and Rodriguez has its own ideas about that.  They set out in a desperate chase across Texas from Austin to the Hill Country to the caves of Sonora. Eddie watches and moves, a shotgun blast here and a smashed car there.  The hands that wrote prose turn to murder, and there doesn’t seem to be a way to stop them.

The inspiration for Blood on the Pen came from the shared experience of many aspiring writers, who having their work rejected day after day, year after year. Eddie Carter takes goes to the extreme and starts killing literary agents.  Of course, that isn’t the right answer – really. But, then most writers are not sociopaths. Hmm? Then again . . .

David W. Huffstetler

Blood on the Pen 
Author: David Huffstetler  
Price: $5.95
Amazon ASIN: B0041G6JC2
BN ID: 2940012599278
Release: August 2010
Purchase from:
Amazon/B&N/Wild Child Publishing

Book Summary

Jack Harden is a modern-day Texas Ranger haunted by his wife's death a year ago.

But when a murderer strikes, he is called into duty. Now he must battle the urge to kill the drunk driver responsible for her death and the hunger to kill himself as he hunts for a serial killer who wants him dead.

Elsie Rodriguez is assigned to report on the murders for her newspaper and ordered to stay with Jack Harden. He's old school, tough, and doesn't want her there, but, despite his gruff manner, the big Ranger triggers something inside her. Something more than just her Latin temper.

Can she pull him back from the edge of sanity? Or will death win again? 

David Huffstetler's Bio:

Educated in Dallas, North Carolina, David Huffstetler holds degrees in Engineering and Business Administration. He has worked in the area of human relations and spent fourteen years weaving through the maze of politics, including participating in a Federal Law suit as Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Commission, with a sitting governor over issues of separation of powers. David has served on Boards of Directors for numerous professional organizations including Crime Stoppers, SC Workers’ Compensation Educational Association, SC Safety Council, the SC Fire Academy, and the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Workers’ Compensation. He has advised governors and legislators on matters of public policy and legislation. His wealth of experience is broad and brings deep insight to his writing.

David’s work as a senior manager with a major industrial concern took him to international venues and exposures that helped feed his urge to write Disposable People, a dramatic expose of the working conditions and politics that engulf undocumented workers. Disposable People is a top-ten “Suggested Book” at Tufts University in Boston, MA.

He turned the frustrations and rejection that plagues thousands of yet-to-be-published authors into the heralded mystery/thriller Blood on the Pen, with a serial killer disposing of literary agents. David, an avid history buff, led him to write Dead in Utah, the story of Joe Hill, the controversial musician and union organizer accused of a double murder in 1914.

His books receive praise from mystery readers across the globe.

As an editor, David edited a treatise on the South Carolina workers’ compensation laws, as well as, Shannon Faulkner’s novel Fire and Ice. Shannon was the first female cadet at the Citadel. She received national publicity for her federal lawsuit and was a guest on Good Morning America.

As an editor, public speaker, and seasoned professional, David has appeared on television and radio, and has lectured on the East Coast, California, Canada and Mexico.

David currently lives in Lexington, South Carolina with his wife, Trudy.

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  1. Theresa, thanks for hosting David for a guest post and for coming up with such an intriguing topic. How does a serial killer spend the holidays? It was a treat reading David's response.

  2. Oh my goodness - a book about someone killing off literary agents! That is just a kick. It's a book that I am pretty sure a ton of writers and authors would love to read, including me! Thanks for this post.

  3. Thanks, Patricia. I hope you like it.

    David H.

  4. It is a fantastic book, not that I'm biased at all. (g) Fast-paced, entertaining, and edge-of-your-seat describes this book to a tee. Again, being the publisher and editor doesn't make me biased at all. ;)

    Marci Baun
    Wild Child Publishing



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