Spotlight & Giveaway: Deep as the Ocean, by C.J. Baty

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Deep As the Ocean

The Pinkerton Man Series Book 4

by C.J. Baty

Genre: Historical Mystery LGBTQ Romance


What started as a vacation for Stiles Long, Michael O’Leary, and Lizzie Ferguson, soon turns to murder?

Aboard the ocean liner, the Mauretania, every luxury is at their fingertips. Sumptuous food, comfortable staterooms, dancing, card games, and anything else your first class heart can expire too. What the trio did not expect was a face from a past assignment to follow them on their cruise.

James Stark was the lowest of men. A blackmailer with a heart of ice. But who hated him enough to kill him? The list of suspects all circle around the same dining room table, including Stiles, Michael, and Lizzie.

They have less than two days before they dock in Liverpool to find the killer. If they don’t, he’ll walk off the boat Scott-free.

Nights of romance, declaring love, dancing in the ballroom, playing cards, a storm that nearly takes the life of one of our trio, and a murderer among them, all makes for an adventure on the deep sea.

This is the continuing adventures of the Pinkerton Man Series.

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Don’t miss the rest of the series!


The Pinkerton Man Series

The Pinkerton Man Series Book 1

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Murder in New York

The Pinkerton Man Series Book 2

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Aces Up

The Pinkerton Man Series Book 3

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C. J. Baty lives in southwest Ohio. Her heart however, lives in the mountains of Tennessee where she hopes to retire some day. The mountains have always provided her with inspiration and a soothing balm to the stresses of everyday life.

The dream of writing her own stories started in high school but was left on the back burner of life until her son introduced her to fan fiction and encouraged her to give it a try. She found that her passion for telling a story was still there and writing them down to share with others was much more thrilling than she had ever expected.

She has a loving and supportive family who doesn’t mind fixing their own meals when she is in the middle of a story. And a network of friends, who have encouraged and cheered her on in her quest of being an author.

One thing she has learned from life and she is often heard to say is: “You are never too old to follow your dream!”


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Book Blitz & Excerpt: The Shade of Santa Fe + Giveaway



Title: The Shade of Santa Fe
Author: Eva Pohler
Genre: Supernatural Mysteries
Cover Designer: Keri Knutson: Alchemy Covers and Design
Editor: Kathy Eccleston
Publication Date: Oct. 31st, 2021
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR


A haunting in Santa Fe will either reunite Ghost Healers, Inc. or disband the group forever.

When Ellen decides to buy a fixer-upper in an art community in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she’s reassured by the realtor that nothing evil has ever occurred there. What she doesn’t know is that the bridge near the back of the property is notoriously known in the town as Suicide Bridge. As she and her friends try to uncover why so many people have taken their lives there, they are shocked by what they find. Can the reunion of Ghost Healers, Inc. untether the troubling spirits near Ellen’s fixer-upper, or will their discoveries be too much for them this time?

Grab your copy to begin this ghostly adventure today! The books in this series can be read in any order.


Eva Pohler is a USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels in multiple genres, including mysteries, thrillers, and young adult paranormal romance based on Greek mythology. Her books have been described as “addictive” and “sure to thrill”–Kirkus Reviews.

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“Ready for our hike?” Tanya asked.

“Do pigs fly?” Sue said with a laugh.

“The sooner we do our hike, the sooner we can get on the road to Santa Fe,” Ellen pointed out. “Just think, in five hours, we could be shopping in the plaza.”

“Is that supposed to motivate me? That’s just what I’m looking forward to, more walking.”

“Oh, come on, Sue,” Tanya said. “This will be more of a stroll than a hike. I promise.”

Ellen and her friends put on their walking shoes and then took the trail beside their cabin into the canyon.

Ellen breathed in the cool, morning air. The beauty of the canyon elevated her mood. Some of the stone formations were thick and striated, while other rocks formed mounds of crushed granite. In the distance was a tall formation that reminded Ellen of the sphinx.

“Watch your step,” Tanya said from up front as she stepped over a large rock.

“This feels so good,” Ellen said from where she took up the rear. “I feel like we’re one with nature.”

“And nature is so majestic, isn’t it?” Tanya said. “Doesn’t that big rock look like the tower of a magical castle?”

“I thought it looked more like the sphinx,” Ellen said.

Sue shook her head. “You see a castle and Ellen sees a sphinx. What does it say about me that I see a penis?”

Tanya scoffed. “You know what it says about you.”

“Don’t tell Tom,” Sue warned. “He’ll say my mind is in the gutter.”

“Isn’t it?” Ellen asked.

“Yes, but there’s no need for Tom to know that.”

The three friends chuckled. Ellen realized that if someone had overheard Sue, they might think she was a promiscuous woman who hid her extramarital interests from her husband, but her friends knew she just liked to make people laugh.

Tanya asked, “You think there’s any truth to what that psychic said about there being a shade in Santa Fe? What if there is? What if he confronts us?”

“Oh, Tanya,” Sue said, “you know as well as we do that there are ghosts everywhere. I’m sure there’s more than one shade in Santa Fe.”

“But why would the psychic warn us?” Tanya wanted to know.

“If anyone can handle a confrontation with a ghost, it’s us,” Sue said. “Don’t let fear get in your way of having a good time.”

Ellen heard a shriek as Tanya stopped short.

“Tanya? What are you screaming about?” Ellen asked from the rear.

“That wasn’t me,” Tanya said, backing up. “It was that tarantula. See it?”

On the trail two feet in front of Tanya, a hairy tarantula stood on its hind legs shrieking like a small child. The spider was as big as Ellen’s hand.

“Turn back” Sue said, as she pushed Ellen in the direction from which they’d come. “I’ve had enough of nature for one day.”

“So much for not letting fear get in the way of having a good time,” Ellen teased.

“I can handle just about anything but a hairy spider,” Sue said. “Especially one that screams.”

Spotlight & Author Interview: Dark Ride Deception, by Mark S. Bacon

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Dark Ride Deception
Nostalgia City Mysteries
by Mark S. Bacon

The entire $22 billion US theme park industry is about to be eclipsed by breathtaking new technology. The Perception Deception Effect will rocket Arizona’s Nostalgia City theme park decades ahead of the competition—and possibly alter the way we view what is real and what isn’t. But the secret technology is missing. And so is its scientist creator. Is he dead? On the run?

An FBI agent theorizes the People’s Republic of China is responsible for the disappearance. The Nostalgia City CEO, however, is convinced a rival theme park is behind the theft. He drafts ex-cop turned theme park cab driver Lyle Deming to fly to Florida to find the missing computer scientist and recover his secrets.

Does this have anything to do with the severed human finger Lyle finds in his cab?

Back at Nostalgia City, a sprawling re-creation of an entire small town from the 1970s, a movie company is shooting a Vietnam era crime story. It’s a welcome distraction from the tech theft until the film company announces its last-minute replacement star is Cory “Psycho” Sievers, fresh out of rehab and aching to exact revenge on Hollywood. When another actor is found dead, park executive Kate Sorensen, a 6’ 2 ½” former college basketball star, is persuaded to investigate.

Shrugging off jet lag, Florida humidity and chronic anxiety Lyle goes undercover using a parade of false identities—from attorney to maintenance worker—to snoop behind the scenes at other theme parks. Although he’s generally tech savvy, he’s flummoxed by Perception Deception science. He gets help from a Nostalgia City engineer who speaks the jargon, but Lyle must rein in his assistant’s enthusiasm for corporate espionage.

In the meantime, Kate confronts the mentally unstable actor. But she may be forced to give up the murder case—Lyle’s in trouble.

Kate and Lyle have little time to explore their relationship as both their investigations turn deadly, threatening them and the future of Nostalgia City.

**Even though this is the fourth book in the series, it can be read as a stand-a-lone**

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Lyle talked to himself as he headed to the park’s transport center. The evening’s sideshow of passengers crowded out
his brain’s frequent worry cycle. For that he was thankful. After a few minutes, he pulled into the taxicab wash facility.

Tomás, the friendly young guy who washed the cabs, opened the taxi’s back door and looked inside. “One of your
fares puke, huh?”

“It’s pretty foul. A woman was sick.” Lyle got out and set his hat on the front seat. He pushed his wavy brown hair
off his forehead and grabbed a plastic dustpan from a nearby rack. He opened the cab’s left rear door. In the enclosed carport, Lyle’s taxi smelled like a frat house bathroom after a freshman party. He scooped at some of the vomit with the dustpan but had to back out as his gag reflex threatened to kick in. Sensitivity had been one of his liabilities in his former profession.

“I’ll clean it out with this,” said the attendant, now wearing a mask and wielding the wand of a wet-dry vac. Standing at the back door, he shoved the nozzle under the front seat and worked toward the rear. The noise of the muck being slurped up sounded little different from when it was deposited. After a moment, Tomás leaned back out of the car.

“I see why this person threw up,” he said. “Look what she ate.”

Lyle glanced inside the car. On the floor, amid a slurry of bile and partially digested food, he saw a human finger.

Author Interview:

1. What inspired you to write this book?

Writing theme park mysteries was inspired by actually working at a theme park!

Early in my career I worked for Knott’s Berry Farm, the theme park just down the freeway from Disneyland.  Although I spent most of my time in an office writing ads and commercials, I occasionally worked in the park for special events. I got a behind-the-scenes view of a theme park during the day and at night.  From that time on, I thought a theme park would be a great locale for a murder mystery.

So I invented Nostalgia City theme park as the setting for my mystery novels.

  1. What, if anything, did you learn writing the book?

I spent many hours researching criminal cases involving corporate espionage and talking to corporate security experts. Criminal activity impacts companies and corporations in many ways. I learned much about what companies do to protect their facilities and their industry secrets. In Dark Ride Deception I include some of the secrets of protecting secrets.

  1. What surprised you the most in writing it?

Writing a 83,000-word novel requires days, weeks, months of virtual isolation staring at a computer screen and pounding the keys.  It calls for research, editing and concentration.  This is what I’ve done for all my mysteries, but this time the isolation was compounded by a pandemic quarantine and creating Dark Ride Deception, got me through it.

  1. If it’s not a spoiler, what does the title mean?

A dark ride is theme park jargon for an indoor attraction, like Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean. A dark ride can be in a boat, car, train or other transportation.

My story involves a software engineer who creates the ultimate dark ride technology called the Perception Deception Effect.  It’s so advanced it could alter people’s sense of what is real and what isn’t.  But before the mind-bending tech could be developed into a ride, it’s stolen. And the engineer disappears, too.

  1. Were any of the characters inspired by real people? If so, do they know?

I have two protagonists.  Kate is a combination of two people, one is my younger daughter who was a basketball star in college.  The other is someone I used to work with and from whom I learned a lot about dealing with people.  Lyle, the other main character, has a little bit of me and a little of several other characters in real life and fiction. Only my daughter knows she’s part of the book.

  1. Do you consider the book to have a lesson or moral?

Many of the renown detectives of fiction, Marlowe, Spade, Archer, Holmes and others had a moral code. My ex-cop detective, Lyle Deming, has a code, a way of determining right from wrong, and you see it at work here and there. The book, however, is not about teaching readers lessons. It’s more about sorting through clues and following Lyle and Kate through their adventures.

  1. What is your favorite part of the book?

Some of my favorite parts are chapters 1, 3, 17, 32, 34, 36, 37, 46. Great numbers, right?  These chapters include good examples of the suspense, clues and humor throughout the book.

  1. Which character was most challenging to create? Why?

Since several of the characters are continuing ones from the series, I’d say the most challenging new person for this book was movie star Cory Sievers.  His background is a mixture of Hollywood success and, lets say, disappointments. His fame means he’s recognized by everyone who sees him and that might not be an advantage.

  1. What are your immediate future plans?

I’m planning the next Nostalgia City mystery which will include a little noir-ish style. In the meantime, I’m working on crime short stories.

About the Author:

Mark S. Bacon began his career as a Southern California newspaper police reporter, one of his crime stories becoming key evidence in a murder case that spanned decades.

He is the author of the Nostalgia City mystery series that began with Death in Nostalgia City.  The first book introduced ex-cop turned cab driver Lyle Deming and PR executive Kate Sorensen, a 6’2½”  former college basketball star.  Death in Nostalgia City was recommended for book clubs by the American Library Association. His second mystery, Desert Kill Switch, earned the top fiction award in the 2018 Great Southwest Book Festival and was a Top Shelf Magazine Indie Award nominee.

After working for two newspapers, Bacon moved to advertising and marketing.  He wrote nonfiction business books including Do-It-Yourself Direct Marketing, printed in four languages and three editions and named best business book of the year by the Library Journal.  His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, San Antonio Express News, Orange County Register, Denver Post, and many other publications.  Most recently he was a correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle.

He earned an MA in mass media from UNLV and a BA in journalism from Fresno State.  He gets many of his ideas when he’s walking his dog.

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