Blog Tour: The Jinx by Ernest Lancaster
By Ernest Lancaster
Series: Memphis M.O. Book 1
Fiery Seas Publishing
July 24, 2018
Suspense / Action
Disaster strikes and innocents die as police sniper Rick Munro is plagued by a first-call jinx. As his career takes off, he must overcome his rookie mistakes, and keep his team members safe.
When Munro returns to TACT as a newly promoted lieutenant, the jinx torments him still. He must contend with team members’ rival agendas around every turn. Munro finds himself in a battle he can’t escape as corruption and death unfold around him.
Who can he trust? Will Munro break the streak or will it destroy everything he believes in?
2o questions with: Ernest Lancaster
1. What do you love most about writing?
The opportunity to vent the simmering stew of feelings, ideas, fantasies, nightmares and the hobgoblins of my subconscious.
2. What is your favorite movie?
Zardoz, the 1970’s sci-fi cult classic. It features Sean Connery in a big red diaper with Charlotte Rampling and Sara Kestelman, often scantily clad. It is thoughtful, brutal and sexy.
3. What’s one thing you’ve always wished for?
Self-driving cars, preferably ones that fly.
4. What mythical creature do you wish actually existed?
Superman. We need him. Cops are too human.
5. What is one place you’ve always wanted to go to?
Yosemite National Park, Oregon, Washington and Alaska are on my bucket list.
6. If you could go back in time, what year would you go back to?
1776. What a fascinating era. But a difficult time. I’d want to come back.
7. What’s your favorite thing to do during the summer?
Barbecuing on my backyard grill, while jamming with Jimmy Buffett on the stereo. He probably doesn’t realize it, but he’s a great cook!
8. What one thing do you really want but can’t afford?
Many things are out of my reach, but I don’t dwell on them; I’m thankful for my many blessings.
9. What job would you absolutely be terrible at?
Any desk job. I love being outdoors. I don’t consider writing a job; it’s a labor of love and I’m my own boss.
10. What are you absolutely determined to do?
Get published. I’m almost there, but it’s been a long quest.
11. Would you rather live for a week in the past or the future?
Doesn’t matter as long as there is no war, hunger or pestilence knocking at the door.
12. What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?
Peanut butter and mayonnaise make delicious sandwiches. Add pickles and you’ve reached Nirvana.
13. Does fate exist? If so, do we have free will?
We try. Instead of over-questioning it, I’m thankful for my life.
14. Could you survive in the wilderness for a month?
Yes. Rough seas once marooned Ernest Hemingway and pals at the Dry Tortugas. They had to fish to survive for five days, and Hemingway said it was one of the best times of his life.
15. What’s the funniest word in the English language?
16. What is your biggest pet peeve?
I can get flustered with the best of them over life’s little aggravations, but basically I’m pretty mellow and try to roll with the punches.
17. If you were challenged to a duel, what weapons would you choose?
Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun with pistol grip, loaded with rifled deer slugs. It can bring down elephants, and with a little practice can be fired accurately from the hip.
18. If someone narrated your life, who would you want to narrate it?
Elvis. Thank ya’, thank ya’ very much.
19. What song is stuck in your head today?
200 Years Old by Frank Zappa.
20. If you could change your name, what would you choose?
About the Author:
Ernest Lancaster retired from the Memphis Police Department as a captain after serving as a cop for thirty-three years.
In the early seventies Lancaster spent two years walking a night beat in downtown Memphis, when The Peabody and Beale Street lay boarded up and crumbling and the center city became a dystopian ghost town after dark. He patrolled in ward cars, trooped for three days through a sea of pilgrims to Elvis’s funeral, edited the Memphis Police Association’s newspaper and acted as the association’s vice-president. For twenty-six years he held positions on the TACT Squad.
Lancaster now resides with his wife and Yorkie in the Smoky Mountains, where they love to hike and camp.