Friday, July 11, 2014

Name Before the Masses Tour & Giveaway for Angel's Betrayal by H.A. Somerled

Welcome to my stop on the Name Before the Masses Tour, presented by Goddess FishPromotions, for Angel’s Betrayal by H.A. Somerled.  Please leave a comment or question for S.A. to let her know you stopped by, as she will be awarding a digital copy of her book to a randomly chosen commenter during the tour.  Please include your email address with your comment.  You can follow the rest of her tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.  My review for both books in this series will post later today. 

Cinnamon and Synonyms by H.A. Somerled

          I’ve been through many training programs, two of the most recent being culinary school and a literary program. Food and writing, doesn’t sound like a good combination, unless you plan on being a food critic or cooking magazine writer.  I however was just following my passions.  I left the Navy to become a chef.  I took a sabbatical from cooking to learn how to write.

          One is crafting dishes from ingredients to feed one’s body, the other is crafting words to develop stories to feed one’s soul. Both are creative, both can be transcendent, and both can cause the creator anguish and exhilaration.

          Cooking and writing have been passions of mine since I was young.  I’ve always enjoyed a good story, and tried to emulate some of the books I’ve read over the years: Along Came a Spider, The Vampire Lestat, The Stranger.  Cooking came to me through 4-H and was enforced through cable cooking shows like Great Chefs, Yan Can Cook, and The Frugal Gourmet.

          Learning the craft, for both skills, is an ongoing process.  Sure, I learned the basics, got a firm grasp of the English language, learned how to chiffonnade basil and other precise knife cuts.  However, the more I write, the more I cook, the more I read, I realize how little I know.

          Then there are the critics. People don’t like the subject, the texture, the length, the amount served. It’s too bland, too spicy, boring, over done, cliche, trite, and just plain weird. They don’t understand how much of my heart went into the dish/chapter, how much I tried different ingredients, phrases, techniques, and scenes. But it only takes one, one person, to absolutely love it.  They will rave about it, tell everyone what a great experience they had, tout your attributes and defend your reputation.  Those are the people I aim to please. I take their suggestions and modify to their tastes, they are the ones I can trust to give me the best advice and in turn I give them my best work.

Angel’s Betrayal
By H.A. Somerled
Angel Hacker Series, Book 2

Publisher:  Books To Go Now
Release Date: March 12, 2014
Genre: Suspense/Espionage
Length: 111 Pages
ISBN:  978-1-31074-399-3


About the book:

It's summertime and insects are not the only things flying in the London skies.

Oliver and Danny Murray return in this explosive second-in-the-series novel.

When two CIA agents appear in Oliver Murray's office, he knows nothing good could come from it.  An American drone has gone missing and the agents believe that one of their own may have taken it.  The agent in question is Sara Parsons, also known as Fallen Angel.

Maintaining her innocence, Angel tries to find the real culprit, but when one of the agents sent to apprehend her turns up dead in her flat, Oliver has a hard time believing her.  With the help from his brother, Danny, Oliver betrays his own instincts and decides to help Angel find the true murderer and drone thief.


 When he arrived in the alley, he saw the twisted mass of metal on the ground. From above, embers and puffs of insulation fluttered down like a soft, charcoal snow. He looked up to Angel’s flat and his heart dropped when he saw the burned-out windows as fire continued to consume it. How could she have escaped that? As Danny gaped at the ruins, his eyes filled with tears. She’s gone!

Additional Excerpt

 “You mentioned at our last meeting,” he picked up his notes and read. “’She walks on the edge of the law.’ Do you still believe this?”
 “It’s not what I believe, it’s the truth,” Oliver huffed. “Only now, I’m not sure what to believe. She makes me forget who I am.”


H. A. Somerled lives in the Missoula, Montana area. After an uneventful tour in the U.S. Navy, she followed her passions and enrolled in Culinary School. She graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art and has also completed a writing course from the Long Ridge Writer's Group.

She has two dogs, a puggle named Fritter and a pug named Flapjack.  She considers herself lucky to be single and claims she's half the age she really is.


Don't forget to leave a comment or question for S.A. to let her know you stopped by, as she will be awarding a digital copy of her book to a randomly chosen commenter during the tour.  Please include your email address with your comment.  You can follow the rest of her tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.