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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

BLOG TOUR, INTERVIEW, & GIVEAWAY: The Blood Thief By Jon Messenger

Blood Thief of Whitten Hall
A Magic and Machinery Novel, Book 2
By Jon Messenger
Release Date: August 25th, 2015
Genre: Adult, Steampunk, Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Mystery
Tour Dates: September 7th - 18th
This is a Crimson Tree Publishing Title
In a world of science, magic is an abomination, but not the vile creation Royal Inquisitor Simon Whitlock once believed it to be. Accompanied by his apothecary companion, Luthor Strong, and Matilda Hawke, a werewolf, they return to the capital of Callifax, eager to convalesce after their last adventure.
Their peace is short-lived, however, as they are quickly sent on another mission. It seems the iron mines of Whitten Hall have ceased their production, no longer sending its ore to the crown. The Ministry of Trade has sent inquiries, but its representatives have all fled from the train ride to the distal outpost. It seems a vampire stalks the trains in and out of Whitten Hall, a vampire that will reveal the secret of the iron mine and the darkness that resides within.
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Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

A: My name is Jon Messenger, a writer by night and Soldier by day.  I’m like a really lame

superhero, with my entire power set being my inability to properly spell “ridiculous” without the

use of spellcheck.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

A: Because of my military background, I fell in love with running.  However, after running a few

marathons, I realized that just running for miles at a time was boring, so I dove into the world of

adventure racing.  Now I run Ragnar Relays and Tough Mudders.

Do you have a day job as well?

A: I’ve been a US Army officer for the past 13 years.

What was your favourite book as a child?

A: I grew up a fantasy geek, so the first books I remember reading and loving were the

Dragonlance novels.

When was that point in your life that you realized that being an author was no longer going to be 

just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?

A: Being an author is, sadly, still just a dream.  However, I can see the light at the end of the

tunnel.  After I retire from the military, I’ll become a full-time writer.  Luckily I’ll have a retirement

check, since writing doesn’t really pay the bills.  The truth is, though, that it was never meant to.  I

just love storytelling.

What book do you wish you had written?

A: Anything by Stephen King.  I’m fascinated by his ability to scare me even though I know I’m

just reading a book.  With a TV show or movie, I expect it.  There’s not supposed to be as much

suspended disbelief when you’re watching a movie; you’re supposed to feel integrated into the

show.  With a book, you still have the feel of the pages in your hands.  You know that everything

you’re seeing is in your head.  And yet I remember reading It when I was younger (and home

alone).  I was at a disturbingly gruesome part when the phone rang beside me.  It scared me so

bad I screamed and threw the book halfway across the room.  I’d love to be able to invoke that in

my readers.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: Retired and fat, drinking a margarita at 10 in the morning, and daydreaming about finishing my

next book.

When did you start writing and when did you finish your first book?

A: I started writing in college, working on a novel called Eyes in the Nuthouse.  I thought it was

great until I went back and reread it a few years later and realized I might not be a very good

writer.  I didn’t try again for nearly 5 years, until I was deployed to Iraq.  I was on a 15-month

deployment and started writing.  By the time I came home, I had finished the Brink of Distinction

scifi trilogy.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

A: I write whatever strikes my fancy at the time.  I’ve written scifi, NA paranormal, steampunk, and

recently started working on a superhero series.  I write because I love storytelling, so I don’t feel

locked into a specific genre.  I know that’s hard from a reader point of view, since it’s not a

guarantee you’ll enjoy the next book I write if it’s outside your preferred genre, but it makes me


Where do you get your ideas?

A: I drink a lot.  Truthfully, I find inspiration all over.  Sometimes it’s from watching TV; sometimes

it’s from reading a story and thinking, “If I had written this, it would have ended far differently.”

Sometimes, like for the Magic & Machinery series, it’s a completely unique concept that was

spawned from my love of reading different genres.

Jon Messenger (Born in London, England) serves as an United States Army Major in the Medical Service Corps. Since graduating from the University of Southern California in 2002, writing  Fiction has remained his passion, a passion that has continued through multiple combat and humanitarian deployments.

~Select Other Books By Jon Messenger~
You can get your copy of Wolves of the Northern Rift -A Magic and Machinery Novel, Book 1 on Amazon for FREE!

World Aflame Series 
Brink of Distinction Series

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