Monday, September 26, 2016

Virtual Tour & #Giveaway for No Known Address by Jo A. Hiestand

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Tour, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for No Known Address by Jo A. Hiestand.  Please leave a comment or question for Jo to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You may follow all of the stops on the tour by clicking on the banner above, the more stops you visit the better your odds of winning. My review is posted here.  Good Luck!

No Known Address
By Jo A. Hiestand
The McLaren Mysteries, Book 6

Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Release Date: October 7, 2016
Genre: British Mystery
Length: 258 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-5092-1020-6
ASIN: B01L5S1S10

About the book:

Luke Barber went missing from his village, leaving no clue to his whereabouts or why he left. Now, three years later, Luke’s father hopes ex-cop Michael McLaren can find a trace of Luke, alive or dead.

As McLaren pokes through the case details, he wonders if the pressure of succeeding in tennis or music, or his upcoming marriage, was too much for the lad and he simply ran away. And McLaren’s suspicion may be correct, for he soon is assaulted and left for dead—a hint that he’s upset someone connected with this case.

McLaren unearths the lies and false identity shoved at him, and uncovers what became of Luke, a discovery aided by idolatrous love and an ancient stone man.


The impact of the assault knocked the breath from his lungs, and he fell to the ground without time to brace himself. He slammed into the asphalt as his attacker grabbed his legs. McLaren shook his head, determined to remain conscious, yet the pain from his ribs washed over him. He could see nothing but the dark figure, hear nothing but the scrape of his feet as he fought to right himself, and the labored breathing of his opponent.

As his assailant reached for McLaren’s arms, McLaren seized the man’s wrist and pivoted the hand backward. A satisfying ‘crack’ shot into the night, followed by a yelp. The man released his grip of McLaren’s forearm and rolled over, taking McLaren with him. McLaren felt the man’s chest on top of him, felt the firm muscles and the warm breath against his face. Determined to gain the advantage, McLaren pulled up his strength from somewhere within him and rolled to his side while pushing the man off. McLaren grabbed the car door handle and pulled himself to his feet. But his assailant regained his balance quicker, and he lurched at McLaren. In the darkness he misjudged the distance; he recoiled off the side of the car and staggered around to its rear, his hand groping the slick metal surface for support.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Books, Girl Scouts and music filled Jo A. Hiestand’s childhood.  She discovered the magic of words and the worlds they create: mysteries, English medieval history, the natural world.  She explored the joys of the outdoors through Girl Scout camping trips and summers as a canoeing instructor and camp counselor.  Brought up on classical, big band and baroque music, she was groomed as a concert pianist until forsaking the piano for the harpsichord.  She also plays a Martin guitar and has sung in a semi-professional folkgroup in the US and as a soloist in England.

This mixture formed the foundation for her writing.  A true Anglophile, Jo wanted to create a mystery series that featured a British police detective who left the Force over an injustice and now investigates cold cases on his own.  The result is the McLaren Mysteries, featuring ex-police detective Michael McLaren.

Jo’s insistence for accuracy -- from police methods and location layout to the general “feel” of the area -- has driven her innumerable times to Derbyshire.  These explorations and conferences with police friends provide the detail filling the books.

In 1999 Jo returned to Webster University to major in English.  She graduated in 2001 with a BA degree and departmental honors.

She has employed her love of writing, board games and music in other ways by co-inventing a mystery-solving game, P.I.R.A.T.E.S., which uses maps, graphics, song lyrics, and other clues to lead the players to the lost treasure.

Jo founded the Greater St. Louis Chapter of Sisters in Crime, serving as its first president. Besides her love of mysteries and early music, she also enjoys photography, reading, crewel embroidery, and her backyard wildlife.

Her cat, Tennyson, shares her St. Louis-area home.


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

    1. Hi, Lisa -- glad you stopped by! Good luck on the raffle!

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    1. Hi,Becky -- I love the cover, too, thanks. The artist really captures the sense of abandonment and mystery, I think.

  3. Thanks so much for hosting my book review today.

  4. Enjoyed the excerpt and love the cover.

    1. Kim, thanks so much. I think it's the best of all the McLaren mystery covers -- so atmospheric. I'm glad you like the excerpt. Hope you entered the raffle drawing!

  5. Thanks for sharing, I'm looking forward to checking this one out :)

  6. Such a fabulous cover. Just checked out all of your books and love all of the covers. They sound thrilling and definitely my kind of stories. Hope your tour is a smashing success:)

    1. Hi, Laura -- Thank you. I love the cover, too. The same artist has done all five books and each one gets better, IMHO. Thanks for logging on, and good luck in the raffle drawing!

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    1. Morning! I'm re-reading "The Reckoning" by Charles Nicholl (the theory that Christopher Marlowe didn't die in a "tavern brawl" but was actually murdered), and I'm reading "Airs Above the Ground" by Mary Stewart. Not a lot of time for reading when I'm writing, but I do it in the evening. And you?

  8. I really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

    1. Thank you, Nikolina. I hope the review is posted soon -- there was a delay in getting it up. So keep watching this site if you're interested in what "Queen" thinks of the book! ;-)

  9. Shared on G+ to help spread the word, have a great day!

    1. You're so kind -- thanks muchly! ;-)

    2. You're most welcome! I love helping authors however I can! <3