GIVEAWAY AND Q&A WITH KENNETH J. KERR,AUTHOR OF: LIFE OF A DOUBLE AGENT…..

WELCOME TO MBA&M!

KENNETH J. KERR

SPY THRILLER, AUTHOR OF….

~LIFE OF A DOUBLE AGENT~

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MBA&M: First, let me say, Welcome to MBA&M. Now, please tell our readers a little about yourself?

KJK: First, thank you for inviting me to participate on your blog. I am retired after a successful career in international business. I traveled a lot internationally and lived overseas in Hong Kong and Japan for almost a decade. After retiring, I decided to join the Peace Corps and spent a year in Russia as a PC volunteer. That was one of the most interesting experiences of my life. Unfortunately, after one year of a planned two year assignment in Russia, several volunteers, including me, were denied a visa for our second year and had to leave Russia. After many years of retirement, I decided to see if I could write a novel, and “Life of a Double Agent” is the result of that decision.

I live on Hilton Head Island, SC with my wife, Kryl, and our yellow lab, Etta. We have a lovely daughter, Kathryn, who lives and works in Washington D.C.

I love to sail, play golf, and before I began my book project was an avid duplicate bridge player.


MBA&M: What do you think the allure of writing a spy thriller is to readers today?

KJK: I think James Bond and Jason Bourne and Jack Ryan and Mitch Rapp have created a glamorous, exciting image of spies and many men, and possibly women, fantasize about being a spy. The success of spy thriller movies and books shows there is a large audience for spy thrillers today.

 
MBA&M: What was your inspiration to write “Life of a Double Agent“?

KJK: My time in Russia as a Peace Corps volunteer and the subsequent denial of a visa to stay in the country were the basic inspiration for “Life of a Double Agent”. I combined that inspiration with the idea of a normal businessman also working for the CIA, and added the double agent twist of having his CIA role being a mole working for China’s Ministry of State Security. Maybe it is a little complicated but I thought it might make an interesting read.


MBA&M: What was the most challenging thing or most difficult scene to write in “Life of a Double Agent“?

KJK: The most challenging thing was to weave the businessman activities together with the CIA role and the MSS duties in a smooth flowing story.


MBA&M: In “Life of a Double Agent”, you chose the world of spies, international business and intrigue, why this topic and why Russia as a setting?

KJK: I think it helps when writing a novel to write about something you know. I had lived in Russia as a Peace Corps volunteer so it was easy to fictionalize a story about a PC volunteer living in Russia, who in addition to his volunteer activities also has a CIA mission. The same is true of other parts of the book. I chose to use locations where I had some personal knowledge, and some business experiences that were similar to my own business experiences. The challenge was to weave the familiar places and experiences together with spy activities and intrigue in a way that it all sounds real and believable.

 
MBA&M: What is your favorite genre to read?

KJK: I enjoy spy thrillers, detective/police stories, medical mysteries, and lawyer stories. Authors like Tom Clancey, Vince Flynn, Jonathan Kellerman, Patricia Cornwell, John Grisham, Robert Ludlum to name a few.


MBA&M: Which character in “Life of a Double Agent” do you feel is most like your own character and why?

KJK: Clearly the main character, Jim Hunt, is most like me. His public persona is that of a businessman which is the same as my public persona. He uses his intellect and his negotiating skills in all his activities, whether it is negotiating a business deal or negotiating with kidnappers or negotiating with people in the spy business.


MBA&M: If you could walk into a book, which book, and why?

KJK: I would choose to be the character Jack Ryan in any of Tom Clancey’s early novels where Jack was the lead character. Why? He led an exciting life and saved the world several times. Who wouldn’t want to be Jack Ryan, especially when you know the outcome of the book.


MBA&M: Okay, now if you could have an author write a  book about you, which author would you chose to write your story, and would your story be fact or fiction?

KJK: First, definitely I would want the story to be fiction. I had a fantastic business career and accomplished many things that make me very proud. I had an additional great experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in the middle of Siberia, Russia for a year. But my life story is not unique enough to be a best seller. So my conclusion is the story should be fiction. I would choose John Grisham to write a book about me, because he is a great author, develops characters well, and has a huge following for his books.

 
MBA&M: Now, last but not least. Let’s play a word game,shall we?
Say whatever comes to mind, within reason of course…


Fact or fiction?   Fiction is more fun, done well it feels like fact.
Intrigue or Romance?
  Intrigue, but there is nothing wrong with romantic intrigue, or is it intriguing romance?
Past or Present?
  Present, the past is gone. It is good to learn from the past, but you can’t go back so learn from it and live in the present.
Adventure or Politics?
  Adventure, fact or fiction, adventures can be filled with excitement and intrigue. Politics, unfortunately, have become dirty, negative, and frustrating to those of us who want politicians to find solutions to problems. Continually spending money we don’t have is not a solution to a problem, it is just another problem.


MBA&M: Who is your favorite author of all time, not trying to put you on the spot or anything?

KJK: This is a really hard one. I would like to give you my six favorite of all time, but I try to answer the question asked, not the question I wish were asked, so my answer is Tom Clancey. His research for his books is second to none and his story telling is truly amazing.


MBA&M: What can readers find you doing as your next grand adventure?

KJK: I wish I knew. I am totally focused currently on promoting and selling my first book, “Life of a Double Agent”. If I reach the conclusion that my first book is being well received and is somewhat commercially successful, I would like to write a second book. I have the idea in my head, but I have not yet put pen to paper or fingers on the keyboard of my computer.


MBA&M: Please tell our readers where they may connect with you and where they may purchase “Life as a Double Agent”?

I am on twitter at @kkerr19963

I have a facebook fan page, www.facebook.com/lifeofadoubleagent

I have a blog at http://kkerr19963.wordpress.com

I have a website, www.lifeofadoubleagent.com where you can learn about the book, contact me, and purchase a copy of the book in any of the three formats; hardcover, paperback, and all e-book formats.

You can also purchase a copy from amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com by simply searching for Life of a Double Agent.

 Thank you, Kenneth, for taking a moment of your time to spend with our readers today! We wish you all the best!

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About the author:

Kenneth J. Kerr is retired after a successful business career, which included extensive international travel, and living overseas in Hong Kong and Japan for almost a decade. He now lives on Hilton Head Island, SC with his wife, Kryl, and their yellow lab, Etta. They spend the summers at their cottage on Lake Charlevoix, Michigan. Their daughter, Kathryn, lives and works in Washington, D.C.

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Kerr coverI’m not a CIA agent, I just play one in my newest novel

Former Peace Corps volunteer releases new action spy thriller

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Follow the thrilling adventures of international CIA agent, Jim Hunt, as he is brought out of retirement to infiltrate the Russian secret city, K-26.

In Life of a Double Agent, by Kenneth J. Kerr, readers get a play-by-play look into the complexity of global conspiracy. This intense story of adventure and danger is enhanced by the interesting settings created from Kerr’s real-life global travel.

In his final mission, retired CIA agent Jim Hunt befriends the daughter of a senior Russian official working at a secret Russian city. He turns the official into a source of intelligence for the CIA. He puts himself in dangerous situations full of international intrigue to ensure the welfare of America.

“I wrote the book because many of my friends thought I was working for the CIA when I joined the Peace Corps and went to Russia,” Kerr says. “It gave me the idea to write a book about a normal business guy who in addition to his business job worked for the CIA.”

This realistic look inside the world of international intrigue and business will leave readers questioning to what extent the main character portrays the author’s own international business career.

For more information, visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Xlibris.

Life of a Double Agent

By Kenneth J. Kerr
ISBN: 978-1-4836-0168-7
Available in softcover, hardcover and e-text formats

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IN HONOR OF HER IMPERIAL HIGHNESS ANASTASIA ROMANOV 111TH BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!!

BIRTHDAY WISHES TO HER IMPERIAL HIGHNESS,ANASTASIA ROMANOV: from Sourcebooks,Inc. and My Book Addiction and More!

June 18th marks what would be the 111th birthday of Her Imperial Highness Anastasia Romanov.

The fate of Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov of Russia, the last of four daughters born to the Tsar Nikolas and his wife Alexandra.

After the tragic execution of the Russian Royal family in1918, officials were never able to recover the remains of Anastasia. Tales of her supposed escape from Russia have gripped thousands for decades, fueling speculation that a daughter of Russia’s last sovereign ruler survived the revolution that destroyed her immediate family.

IN A TIME OF RASPUTIN’S MAGIC AND ROMANOV MYSTERY, A YOUNG GIRL FINDS HERSELF AT THE HEART OF THE ROYAL FAMILY

She was an orphan, ushered into the royal palace on the prayers of her majestry. Yet, decades later, her time spent in the embrace of the Romanovs haunts her still. Is she responsible for those murderous events that changed everything?

If only she can find the heir, maybe she can put together the broken pieces of her own past-maybe she can hold on to the love she found. Bursting to life with the rich and glorious marvels of Imperial Russia, The Last Romanov is a magical tale of second chances and royal blood.

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GIVEAWAY AND VISIT WITH “THE LAST ROMANOV” AUTHOR, DORA LEVY MOSSANEN…

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DORA LEVY MOSSANEN!!

Good morning Dora and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!!

D.L.M: Thanks for inviting me.  I’m excited to spend some time with you.

MBA&M: Give our readers some insight into Dora Levy Mossanen?

D.L.M: I was born in Israel and moved to Iran when I was nine.  I was forced to leave Iran, when Mohammad Reza Shah abandoned the country and Ayatollah Khomeini returned and established the Islamic Republic.  I settled in California with my two young daughters, struggled to raise my kids and create a home in an entirely unfamiliar culture.  I eventually decided to go back to school, intending to become a journalist.  I had no idea that I’d become a writer one day.  At the encouragement of one of my professor’s, to whom I owe big time, I applied to the USC Masters program in creative writing.  My first novel, Harem, was my thesis for my masters. 

MBA&M: What made you decide to write “THE LAST ROMANOV”?

D.L.M:  I was fascinated by the decadent era of the last Romanovs that ended up
imploding.  I wanted to discover how it was possible for such a powerful Imperial court with such unimaginable wealth to end up so tragically in a cellar in The House of Special Purpose.  The idea to write this book blossomed in 1991, when the burned, acid-drenched bones of the last Romanovs were discovered after seventy-three-years.  I began research and found every detail more intriguing than the other—Grigori Rasputin, the enigmatic wanderer, Alexei Nikolaevich, the hemophilic heir, Alexandra Feodorovna, the recluse Tsarina, who was disliked by the Russians and who believed in her husband’s “divine right to rule,” the indecisive Tsar Nicholas II, who was never comfortable in the role of the Tsar of all the Russias and who followed his wife’s advice to the detriment of the throne.  I could go on and on, but a paragraph or two won’t do justice to an era that changed the political landscape of the time and affected each and every one of us in different ways.  I hope I’ve succeeded to bring this to life in The Last Romanov.

MBA&M: What is some of your comfort foods?

D.L.M:  Ah!  Love this question.  Right now, as I’m typing, I’m sitting in my big comfortable chair, my legs propped up on an ottoman, laptop on lap while enjoying my number one comfort food.  Chocolate!  It’s melting in my mouth, sweet and creamy, coating my tongue, seeping into my brain, telling me all is well in the world.  Sometimes, when my mood needs an extra lift, I’d drive to my neighborhood bakery to enjoy a warm brioche straight out of the oven, slathered with butter and nutella.  And late in the evenings, when my stomach has long forgotten dinner and is growling for extra comfort, creamy almond butter straight out of the jar does the trick.  Calories be damn!

MBA&M: What where some challenges in writing “THE LAST ROMANOV “?

D.L.M:  There were many challenges along the way.  For one, it wasn’t easy to draw a coherent understanding of the constantly shifting political situation and series of revolutions that culminated in the fall of the Romanovs and rise of the Bolsheviks.  But my greatest challenge came, when I had developed empathy, even love toward my charges.  I am a Jewish writer; my father fought in the Israel War of Independence, my grandfather was a historian who wrote: The Comprehensive History of the Jews of Iran, yet here I was writing about the anti-Semite Romanovs.  But I’m also a novelist and am aware of the power of imagination to penetrate history.  So, I set to work.  I invited my own emissary, the Jewish artist, Avram Bensheimer, to the artists’ salon in Alexander Palace.  He became far more radical and vocal than I had expected.  A passionate spokesman for his people.  I can’t thank him enough.

MBA&M: Who was your favorite character in “THE LAST ROMANOV”? Why?

DLM:  My favorite character, I’d say, is the opal-eyed Darya.  I respect and admire her for her courage and tenacity.  Despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles she faced, she never gave up, did not lose hope or rest in her search for her beloved Alexei.  The Creator of Miniatures, among some other favorites, is also a much-loved character.  Her courage is very different from Darya’s.  The Creator of Miniatures is painfully shy and keeps her emotions locked, but the stunningly beautiful miniatures she crafts project her feelings better than any words or actions could.  

MBA&M: What do you believe is the appeal for this era/genre?

DLM: Decadence, power, love, magic, mysticism, wars and revolutions, a mad monk with great, mystical powers, and a tragic end that changed the political face of the world.  The life story of the Romanovs encompasses all that and more.  This adds up to a very appealing story indeed.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where THE LAST ROMANOV is available.

DLM:  The last Romanov will be in bookstores April 3 and also as an ebook.  Please visit my facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/doralevymossanenauthor  and ……. .

MBA&M: Do you have anything else to add?

DLM:  I’d love to ask my readers to visit me at www.doralevymossanen.com and feel free to get in touch and chat.  I love to hear from my readers.

MBA&M: Thank you for visiting us and our readers today!!

DLM: Thanks for inviting me and happy reading.

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THE LAST ROMANOV

DORA LEVY MOSSANEN

Paperback:368 pages

Publisher:Sourcebooks Landmark (April 3, 2012)

Language:English

ISBN-10:1402265948

ISBN-13: 978-1402265945

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: April 3, 2012

IN A TIME OF RASPUTIN’S MAGIC AND ROMANOV MYSTERY, A YOUNG GIRL FINDS HERSELF AT THE HEART OF THE ROYAL FAMILY

She was an orphan, ushered into the royal palace on the prayers of her majestry. Yet, decades later, her time spent in the embrace of the Romanovs haunts her still. Is she responsible for those murderous events that changed everything?

If only she can find the heir, maybe she can put together the broken pieces of her own past-maybe she can hold on to the love she found. Bursting to life with the rich and glorious marvels of Imperial Russia, The Last Romanov is a magical tale of second chances and royal blood.

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