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Thursday, 20 October 2016

VBT & #GIVEAWAY - The Lizard's Tale by Kurt Kamm


Mystery/Crime Thriller



Kurt Kamm has written a novel that's a literary crime novel, with a strong thread of non-fiction running through it. The Lizard's Tale is a tale of crime—with an a wide-ranging cast of characters.

When the DEA goes up against the Sinaloa Cartel, an orphan and an endangered lizard are caught in the conflict. The action moves from Guatemala to Mexico to Catalina Island off the coast of California.

Alejandro, a middle class Guatemalan, wants his share, and makes a deal with the cartel. Now he’s risking his life to deliver the goods.

El Dedo, a brilliant financier, is the Sinaloa Cartel’s banker. He worries about what to do with the billions of dollars collecting dust in his underground vault.

Ryan, a DEA Special Agent, needs to make a high profile case to get a promotion. Is the big yacht headed for California carrying a Mexican drug shipment?

Kate, a wildlife officer on Catalina Island, smells smoke. When she heads out in the middle of the night to investigate a fire, she makes an astonishing discovery.

Jorge, an orphan from the streets of Mexico, is abandoned in the United States. Will he find his way back home and track down his mother’s killer?

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The General’s tank was near empty. Alejandro stopped and took down one of the red plastic gas containers. After he filled the tank, he extracted the second of the three bottles of beer from his cooler. “Bienvenido a Mexico,” he said aloud and held the bottle up in an imaginary toast. The beer was warm, but he enjoyed it anyway. He had overcome the harsh Guatemalan roads and crossed the border safely with his cargo. Now all he had to do was survive the trip through Mexico.

Ahead of him lay 2,500-kilometers on Mexico Highway 200, the main road along the Pacific Coast. The trip north would take Alejandro past Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlan before reaching Culiacán. The condition of the road itself had been the challenge in Guatemala, but that was not the big risk on the journey ahead. Highway 200 was a winding, two-lane paved road. The real danger was what Alejandro might encounter. He had been warned not to travel at night. Drunk drivers, livestock, pedestrians, and unlighted farm equipment were some of the lesser hazards. The real threat, day or night however, was robbery and hijacking, and he had read several reports of travelers coming upon roadblocks set by bandits armed with machetes and machine guns, decked out in bulletproof vests draped with hand grenades. Alejandro planned to keep moving and cover about 800 kilometers. By evening, he hoped to reach Acapulco.

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Can you describe your dream home?
I think I live in my dream home. We are on a hillside in Malibu overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The house is not extravagant, about 3,500 square feet, and has a deck around one full side. Big windows and high ceilings, a lot of light and cool ocean breezes. Outside, cactus and succulents everywhere, olive and orange trees, and birds, rabbits, deer, and even an occasional bobcat. At night, we can hear the surf crashing on the shore. The only thing I would alter is the upstairs bedroom floor. For some reason it is on an imperceptible angle, and the door swings shut.

If we were to come to your house for a meal, what would you give us to eat?
My wife is a spectacular cook, so the meal would be fresh and organic. Fish, vegetables, homemade cornbread and homemade butter pecan ice cream. All gluten free.

Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.
My first firefighter novel, One Foot in the Black, was very popular with wildland firefighters. One man wrote me and said that he never read anything but Christian faith books, but that he had made an exception and read my novel. I thought this was both touching and funny. The book is a coming of age novel and has some raw, R-rated scenes in it.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
I would like to go to Ulan Bator (Ulaanbaatar), the capital of Mongolia. I would spend a few days looking around, although the pollution is the worst in the world and the average low temperature is -41 degrees Fahrenheit. From there I would ride the Trans-Siberian Railway and write the great Russian epic novel of sadness, suffering and salvation.

Who designed the book cover for the book you are touring?
My publisher, MCM Publishing, designed the cover, using a picture of a beaded lizard sent to me from Guatemala. The problem was that when I saw the cover, it was very dark and not at all eye-catching. I put it up on Photoshop and started fiddling. Photoshop is impossible as far as I am concerned, I can hardly work it. Nonetheless, I just started changing colors, and all of a sudden, the current cover appeared. Everyone seems to love it.

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Malibu, California resident Kurt Kamm has written a series of firefighter mystery novels, which have won several literary awards. His newest novel, The Lizard’s Tale, provides a unique look inside the activities of the Mexican drug cartels and the men dedicated to stopping them.

Kurt has used his contact with CalFire, Los Angeles County and Ventura County Fire Departments, as well as the ATF and DEA to write fact-based (“faction”) novels. He has attended classes at El Camino Fire Academy and trained in wildland firefighting, arson investigation and hazardous materials response. He has also attended the ATF and DEA Citizen’s Academies. After graduating from the DEA Citizen’s Academy in 2014, he began work on The Lizard’s Tale.

Kurt has built an avid fan base among first responders and other readers. A graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School, Kurt was previously a financial executive and semi-professional bicycle racer. He was also Chairman of the UCLA/Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Foundation for several years.

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TUNNEL VISIONS  (MCM Publishing 2014)
2014 USA Best Book Award -Fiction: General – Finalist

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL  (MCM Publishing  2013)
Best Novel 2013 – Public Safety Writers Association
Winner of the 2012 Hackney Literary Award for best novel of the year ($5,000 PRIZE)
Reader's Favorite 2013 – Finalist – Urban Fiction
The 2012 Dana Award – Finalist
Eric Hoffer Award - Finalist (2014)
Excerpt published in Birmingham Arts Journal

ONE FOOT IN THE BLACK  (MCM Publishing  2012)
The 2012 USA Best Book Awards – Fiction: General  – Finalist
The 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards – Fiction: General  – Finalist
Excerpt published in Felons, Flames and Ambulance Rides: Stories About America's Public Safety Heroes

CODE BLOOD  (MCM Publishing 2011)
Writer’s Type -  First Chapter Competition.  January 2011- First Place
2012 International Book Awards -  Fiction: Cross Genre Category –  First Place
National Indie Excellence Book Awards – Faction (fiction based on fact) -  Winner of the 2012 Award
The 2012 USA Best Book Awards -  Fiction: Horror  -  Winner
LuckyCinda Publishing Contest 2013  First Place – Thriller
Reader's Favorite  2013– Finalist – Horror Fiction
Knoxville Writer’s Guild -  2011 Novella or Novel Excerpt – 2nd Place

RED FLAG WARNING  Aberdeen Bay 2010
The Infinite Writer– Mystery 2010 – First Place
The Written Art Awards -  Mystery/Thriller 2010 – First Place

Royal Dragonfly – Mystery Category 2011 – First  Place

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  1. What’s your best Christmas memory?

  2. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. Great post - I enjoyed reading it! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!