Monday, July 16, 2012

Deadly Eyes by Michael Meyer Guest Post

Title: Deadly Eyes
Author: Michael Meyer
Publisher: Self/Amazon Kindle
Length: 225 Pages
Genres: Mystery/Thrillers/Suspense (Non-Romance)

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“DEADLY EYES” is a semifinalist for The Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books of 2012!!

James Cuffy, better known as Cuff, is living in paradise with his girlfriend, on the small Caribbean island of St. Croix, where the sky is as blue as Cuff's eyes, the ocean as pretty as Rosie's cheeks, where the gentle lapping of the waves is a lullaby, and the swaying of the palm trees is a dance. The sandy beaches are as white as sugar, and the horizon is a world away. St. Croix indeed is paradise, the perfect place for living, laughing, and loving.

But the sandy beaches and the turquoise sea can provide no cover from the deadly eyes of the unknown stalker pursuing Cuff. Murder leads to murder as he attempts to untangle the terrible web in which he has suddenly become entangled.

The twists and turns are relentless, the roads of the fast action leading in all directions, but time is running out, and Cuff, his faithful Rosie at his side, knows it.

These were not naked eyes, for the distance between these eyes and the beach bar at Cathy’s Fancy was too great for the naked eye to discern who was who. No, these eyes had planned meticulously. The eyes were glued to a pair of terribly expensive and unbelievably powerful Swarovski Optik binoculars. The balcony on which they now worked, taking in the scene before them, was the perfect place to see but not be seen. The powerful binoculars saw to that.

The distance, the palm trees, and the rays of the sun all helped. The position had been hand picked, after careful consideration. Every angle had been considered, and, one by one, they had all been discarded for one reason or another until this very spot, the perfect place to observe while not being observed, had been selected. 

Yes, the eyes had seen it all. The eyes had seen precisely what they had hoped to see. They were like a master puppeteer.  They planned, controlled, and observed, but from a safe distance. They did not miss a trick.
The eyes. The deadly eyes of St. Croix.

About the Author:
I have resided in and have visited many places in the world, all of which have contributed in some way to my own published writing. I have literally traveled throughout the world, on numerous occasions. I have lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, on the island of St. Croix, where DEADLY EYES is set. I gained the wanderlust to see the world, to experience other cultures, at an early age, and this desire has never left me. If anything, it has only gained in intensity as I have aged. I try to travel internationally at least once a year. In the interim, I spend lots of time traveling around both my home state of California and other nearby states.

I spent my early years in the small town of Lone Pine, California, the home of almost every western movie, in addition to a wide variety of other genres, made in the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. In fact, Hollywood still films parts of big-time movies there today. My dad, the town’s lifeguard at the time, personally knew John Wayne, Lloyd Bridges, and Lee Marvin, all of whom came to the town’s pool, the Memorial Plunge, at times to cool off after a hectic day of working in the sun. I was even an extra in a movie filmed there in 1957, MONOLITH MONSTERS, a B-cult favorite even today. I was ten years old at the time. Even though I resided in a small town hours from the big city, I was exposed to the excitement of action and heroes at a formative age, and, thus, my interest in writing novels of suspense such as DEADLY EYES was born.

As a recent retiree from a forty-year career as a professor of writing, I now live in Southern California wine country with my wife, Kitty, and our two other cats. 

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Guest Post by the Author:

I am most creative in the morning, right after breakfast. I have always been a morning person. Very often I will be lying in bed and a sudden bit of inspiration will hit me, and I jump up and run to my study, where I quickly jot down a few notes to myself as to what I will incorporate into my Work in Progress, and which, by the way, I did for my newest book, DEADLY EYES, which is set in the midst of the beautiful island Caribbean island of St. Croix, where I was an English professor for four years at the University of the Virgin Islands.
            My real inspiration, though, that really gets my creative juices flowing, is when I take my morning walk, right before breakfast. As I walk along in silence, exercising my heart and body, my mind is at full speed ahead, always focused of that day’s writing, ideas swirling around my brain like flies at a picnic. I sometimes find my pace picking up as I hurry home to jot down that morning’s ideas. Sometimes I even skip breakfast and get right on the computer. On those days, I am on a roll. I am unstoppable. I write furiously, often not stopping until I hear my wife say that it is time for lunch, or even for dinner. On those days, I have no idea where time has gone. It is as if I have just recently sat down to write.
            DEADLY EYES, my haunting Caribbean mystery, came about this way. My doctor, at my last checkup, asked me what I would be doing with myself now that I am retired. When I told him that I would travel, he nodded his head. When I told him that I would read a lot, he nodded his head. But when I told him that I would be writing, he waved his finger in my face and told me to write, write, and write since it was so healthy for my mental faculties, much more so even than reading, so I took my doctor’s advice. I exercise my body as I exercise my brain, the best of both worlds.


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