Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Thoughts on the Diversion Series: Manipulation

Some may not know that my Diversion series is based on actual crimes committed in the pharmaceutical industry, and as such they contain an awful lot of factual information that I hope blended in with the storyline.

That said, I'd like to point out a particular event in Manipulation, the fourth book in the series, and the scene where Lucky and Bo storm the pharma manufacturing facility.
While writing the book, I attended a Writer's Police Academy, where cops, firefighters, lawyers, forensics personnel and other professionals taught classes and held demonstrations so that writers can get things right. Yes, I now know how to blow doors off hinges, and the teacher from the forensics session helped me describe the body found in the drug tunnel. Oh, the emails I have on file. I'm expecting someone to show up at my door and question my internet searches any day now.
Anyway, after a session on entering and clearing the apartment of a suspect, we had some free time and our subject matter expert (a S.W.A.T officer) asked if we had any questions. There were only a few, so I asked if he could talk me through the scene. We physically went from door to door, covering the injured member of our team. How great is that for a clear visual? I didn't only imagine where Lucky might stand and how he'd hold his gun, I got to experience it for myself. How cool is that?

The entire Diversion series is available at Amazon in ebook, paperback, and audio format, as well as KU.

Lucky Lucklighter has a new life. His old life wants him back.

He traded trafficking for taking down criminals with the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau, and a drug-lord lover for a man on the right side of the law. Bo Schollenberger found the way past the thorny defenses of Lucky’s heart, and made Mr. I-Get-Along-Fine-Alone think about his and his closets, stevia in the sugar bowl, and a picket fence—with a good lock on the gate.

Now Bo is missing, and a voice long silenced asks, “Did you miss me?” Lucky must deal with a devil from his past to get Bo back.

And if Bo isn’t willing to come? A drug ring needs its back broken before flooding the US with a designer high, seductive and undetectable. But there’s a fine line between good and evil, and a truckload of temptation urging Lucky to cross.

Get your copy of Manipulation at Amazon.

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