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White Rogue Blog Tour - White Rogue by David R. Fett, Stephen Langford, and Connie Malcolm

Author: Dr. David R. Fett, Stephen Langford, and Connie Malcolm
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: Spy Thriller
Presented by: Pump Up Your Book

Synopsis from Dr. David R. Fett

Cold War era biological experiments are resurrected and after Boston experiences a seemingly inexplicable bio-terrorist attack, the Center for Disease Control’s Dr. Davie Richards and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Paula Mushari once again join forces to uncover who is behind it. An obscure reference to a Dresden project found amid crash site evidence marks them both for execution. Paula and Dave are forced to leave Boston in the middle of the night and head to Washington, D.C.,where they soon find that anyone they contact also becomes the target of assassins. When the daughter of the CDC’s director is taken hostage, Dave and Paula come face to face with an evil that forces them to question the very nature of duty and service to country. With the help of one man, they learn the true meaning of dark operatives while they desperately try to stop another bio-attack from happening.

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First Chapter Excerpt

There was a chill in the morning air.  A marine layer had moved into the Bay Area of San Francisco, creating a soft mist off in the distance as Anna looked up the street.  Anna Wheat was late to her job at one of the downtown branches of Bank of America.  She so wanted to be on time that she wished she could just jog the rest of the way, but her three-inch heels made that idea more comical than practical.  She had been a teller for the last two years and had been in line for a promotion, but like most things in the last few days, it had stalled.  Anna knew it wasn’t just her bosses were who preoccupied.  It seemed as though everyone in the country was distracted with the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Coworkers chatted about the evening news instead of last weekend’s football games.  Married friends told her of their concerns for their kids. And she too felt on edge from the constant news bulletins that came across the radio and filled the morning and evening TV news reports.  Anna just wanted to concentrate on her work, start her new job, and be preoccupied with something positive.
She knew the bank’s human resources division in Los Angeles was waiting for the paperwork to expedite the change in her employee status from Grade 1 to Grade 3.  Anna had done an amazing job that she jumped a pay grade, something that barely had been achieved in the bank’s history and even more rarely by a woman.  The bank’s manager, John Kiley, often cited Annie’s accomplishments to other employees, saying that hard work made anything possible and they should all reach for the stars.  He was fascinated with the NASA astronauts, and the Space Race with the Soviet Union inspired his language.  He would remind any employee that would listen that Americans didn’t like settling for anything, and setting goals was the surest way to focus a nation’s, or a company’s, energies.  President John F. Kennedy had set a goal for the country back in 1961, he would remind his staffers, and soon after, on May 5th, Alan Shepherd became the first American in space.  The Soviets beat us there, but we were catching up, Mr. Kiley would say.
Mr. Kiley’s cheerleading and holding up Anna’s promotion as an example didn’t go over well with other employees, especially other women.  Anna was very young, attractive, and ambitious.  And while she liked the attention she earned for her work, she hated the unpleasant glances from the other young tellers and the ashen-haired head teller with the droopy eyelids.  Some of the young women would whisper despairingly behind her back, lewd suggestions on how she had moved up the corporate ladder. Anna tried to ignore them and do her job.  She wasn’t going to let them have the satisfaction of knowing they upset her.  
That morning, as she walked along the street, Anna passed a newsstand that featured papers emblazoned with warnings about the Cuban Missile Crisis.  There was a palpable fear in the fear in the city and across the country that the missiles placed in Cuba by the Soviet Union and now aimed at the United States would lead to nuclear war, if not by intent, by some accident or miscommunication. Anna’s sister in Virginia was so panicked about it that she packed up her kids and drove across the country to Monterrey, California, in order to live with their mother and father until the crisis ended. Anna’s personality was the opposite of her sister’s. In fact, it was her cool demeanor that made her a perfect fit for the banking world. She always managed to stay calm no matter how upset a customer was.
She passed a TV store as she headed up to California: one of San Francisco’s steeply inclined streets. The brisk morning walks kept her quite fit, but this morning, she didn’t seem to have the same vigor she usually had.  It had been difficult to get out of bed, and she had to skip breakfast because she was running late.  No food, no coffee—that was the problem, Anna thought. She really wanted to push past the fatigue and be on time for work.  She believed punctuality was important, especially if she wanted the men she worked with to take her seriously.
Anna was determined to be the first woman to become bank manager at her branch. She wasn’t like all her high school friends, who also were working, but whose long-term goals were marriage, a house, and kids.  She wanted those things too, but she knew she wanted something more.
Anna looked in at an appliance store window as she passed by, and all the TV screens displayed news coverage of President Kennedy in a press conference. The president looked tired and unusually grim. She had been a Richard Nixon supporter and felt he would have been better at handling such a dangerous confrontation with the Soviet Union. Anna continued walking, reached the top of the street, and had to stop to catch her breath. That’s unusual, she thought, and then noticed her hands trembling. She remembered there was a donut shop near the bank, and she planned to stop in there and get a coffee and something to eat.
She stopped again.  There was something more ominous going on than low blood sugar.  She wiped her forehead. Her breathing was rapid and shallow. She was perspiring. She tried to catch her breath but started coughing up thick, bloody mucous. A passerby showed concern. She held up her hand to signal that she was fine.
Anna straightened up and made her way another half a block to her Bank of America branch.  She reached for the door, but severe vertigo prevented her from grasping the handle. Her legs became wobbly, and she fell in a heap in the doorway.
Mr. Kiley came running out to her. “Anna. Anna. Can you hear me?”
She didn’t answer.
Mr. Kiley asked the other employees who had gathered around to stay with Anna as he rushed back into the bank to phone for an ambulance. Anna just lay on the sidewalk, semiconscious, vision blurred.


About Dr. David R. Fett, Stephen Langford, and Connie Malcolm

DR. DAVID FETT, a board certified ophthalmologist, received his BS and Masters from MIT before earning his MD from Dartmouth Medical School. He now runs a private practice in Los Angeles and serves as an assistant clinical professor at UCLA School of Medicine. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Randi, and their four children.


STEPHEN LANGFORD is a veteran writer/producer of over 150 hours of primetime television. He has also ventured into screenwriting and fiction. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Sandy, and their two daughters.


CONNIE MALCOLM is a recovering journalist who worked on The Globe and Mail in Toronto. She has worked previously on ten books of nonfiction authored by her husband, Andrew. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and the youngest of their three sons.


White Rogue Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 4
Book Featured at Examiner
Tuesday, November 5
First Chapter Reveal at Pump Up Your Book
Wednesday, November 6
Book Featured at The Writer’s Life
Friday, November 8
Book Featured at Beyond the Books
Monday, November 11
Book Review & First Chapter Reveal at Miki’s Hope
Tuesday, November 12
Book Featured at Beth’s Book Reviews
Wednesday, November 13
Thursday, November 14
Interview at The Book Connection
Friday, November 15
Book Review & Guest Blogging at Vic’s Media Room
Monday, November 18
First Chapter Reveal at Fallen Over Book Reviews
Tuesday, November 19
First Chapter Reveal at The Reading Cat
Wednesday, November 20
Book Featured at Moonlight Lace & Mayhem
Thursday, November 21
Interview at Review From Here
Monday, November 25
Book Featured at As the Pages Turn
Tuesday, November 26
Character Guest Post at Raven Reviews
Book Featured at Naturally Kim B
Wednesday, November 27
First Chapter Reveal & Character Guest Post at Lori’s Reading Corner
Friday, November 29
Guest Blogging at Carol’s Notebook
Monday, December 2
Interview at The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, December 3
Book Featured at Icefairy’s Treasure Chest
Wednesday, December 4
Book Featured at Tales of a Book Addict
Thursday, December 5
Book Featured at Queen of All She Reads
Monday, December 9
Book Featured at Hanging Off the Wire
Tuesday, December 10
Wednesday, December 11
Book Featured at Book Marketing Buzz
Thursday, December 12
Character Guest Post, Interview & First Chapter Reveal at Crystal’s Many Reviews
Monday, December 16
Book Spotlight at The Dark Phantom
Tuesday, December 17
Interview & First Chapter Reveal at Deal Sharing Aunt
Thursday, December 19
First Chapter Reveal at Every Free Chance
Friday, December 20
First Chapter Reveal at Literal Exposure
Friday, December 27
Book Featured at Bibliotica
Tuesday, January 7
Guest Blogging at Crazy Four Books
Book Spotlight at Offbeat Vagabond
Wednesday, January 8
Interviewed LIVE at A Book and a Chat (6:30 p.m. eastern, call ins welcome!)
Thursday, January 9
Book Featured at Literarily Speaking
Friday, January 10
Interviewed at The Dark Phantom
Tuesday, January 14
Book Review & Character Guest Post at Martha’s Bookshelf
Wednesday, January 15
Book Featured at Plug Your Book!
Thursday, January 16
Tuesday, January 21
Book Featured at SheWrites
Wednesday, January 22
Interview at BlogHer
Thursday, January 23
Book Review at Cheryl’s Book Nook
Friday, January 24
Book Featured at The Book Rack
Monday, January 27
Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Character Guest Post at My Devotional Thoughts
Tuesday, January 28
Book Review & Character Guest Post at My Reading Table
Wednesday, January 29
Book Review at Between the Pages
Thursday, January 30
Book Review at Create With Joy
Friday, January 31
Book Review at Celtic Lady Reviews
White Rogue Tour Highlights at PUYB Virtual Book Club


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