Friday, July 13, 2018

Windsong & Requiem - Of a Great Deep by Chad R. Hunter - Book Tour + Giveaway


Windsong & Requiem - Of a Great Deep
by Chad Hunter

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GENRE:   Pirate fantasy, Mature

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BLURB:

The year is 1716. The world is in the Golden Age of Piracy and fabled ships sail the seven seas. 
One such vessel is the Requiem, captained by the young but wise, brave but dubious Nabopolassar 
“Bo” Travis. Alongside his first mate Ghassan, quartermaster Winter Burke and navigator Glover, 
Travis seeks treasure, female company and good drink. The Requiem’s legendary adventures are 
filled with tales of monsters and myths - all of which are true. Now, someone or something is sailing
the seas in search for a treasure chest – a chest that holds unknown riches which only promise to 
change the world forever. Captain Travis, his crew and a beautiful young map reader must brave the 
dark and the deep to find the treasure. Will the Requiem find the X on the spot before the infamous 
Captain George “Bloody-Face” Fiddick does? Will Travis uncover the secret behind the cursed black 
ship which changed his young life forever? And will the treasure chest truly be full of riches or does 
something far more insidious lie in wait? Ready your flintlock. Sharpen your sword. 
The Requiem awaits.


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EXCERPT

Lights flickered.  The wind would regularly wheeze its way in enough to play with the
candles that kept the hidden lair bright enough for reading, for planning and mainly enough to keep 
George Fiddick's men from walking off cliffs and cavernous drops.

George Fiddick or George "Bloody Face" Fiddick as he had come to be known, sat on a
chair that was long since stolen from some ship long since raided and sunk.  The tomes and
books, art and items that filled the room in heaps here and there were also all pieced
together from adventures on the seas long ago.  No particular details rang clear in Fiddick's
mind.  Everything seemed to lump together.  And that was life now for the aging man more
so than the exactness of details remembered in his younger days.   

A mountain of a man, Fiddick filled the whole chair as he leaned back into it.  The wood and
upholstery of the pirate's throne groaned under his size.  His brown coat and dark pants
matched the massive beard that covered his chin.  The hair on his face was still smooth and
wavy and mostly dark, unlike the thinning and graying hair atop his head.  Of all the colors
that comprised Fiddick, most focused on the red that regularly gushed from his nose.  It
darkened on the handkerchief in his bear-claw hand.  It was not battle wounds and swords
slicked in crimson that had earned him his moniker.  "Bloody Face" was pejorative and it
stuck.  Now Fiddick let it be what it was - a terrifying legend to all who sailed.  When
captains and crews, privateers or navy saw the Crimson Lady, it was unmistakable.  The
mighty ship ruled seas and oceans with her black flags each with a red insignia shaped of a  
Great Deep woman.

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Guest Post

What would a typical day consist of if the author were a pirate in the 1700s?

Well, if I were a pirate in the 1700s, I would hope a day would go like this –
I wake up with the rising sun.  I’ve been captain of the Trident for over three years. 
She’s a good-sized ship, a bit bigger than a frigate and nearly at forty guns and one hundred souls 
under me.  Her masts creak and the sails billow a bit, even at the half.
Being born on the Western coast of Africa, I have no love of slavers.   
And now that I’m a pirate, I have plenty of an affinity for gold.
The seagulls are cawing in the distance and the water dances with dawn.   
My first mate who is coming off of his night watch advises me of any issues.   
There are none and we are close to our prey – a slave ship that is also carrying a healthy amount 
of gold. 
We set sail for an intercept course.
Our cook works wonders with the hard tack he has stored below.  Most importantly, he makes sure we get plenty of fruit every time we dock at port.  Would do us no good to come down with scurvy and be losing our fingernails and overall health.  Our quartermaster takes good care of the men and the spirits; almost as good a care as he takes of our weapons.   
A pirate is only as good as his blade when the ship is boarded.
It’s times like these that I remember why I became a pirate, why I rejected the Letters of Marquee 
a few empires have offered me in secret.  It’s the freedom.  
The wind whips at the sails and I see the things under the sea swimming and I see the things in the 
air flying without permission or apology.  This is where a mortal soul such as mine should be – 
free and of his own accord.
There she is – a cargo ship or Guineamen as they’ve come to be called.  
 Most likely it is a French boat but who it belongs to does not matter.  It has souls to be freed and a chest of worthwhile Spanish gold aboard. 
The Trident pulls in close enough.  We’ll appear as a passing craft until it is too late.  Then our gun ports open and our colors hoist.  They’ll see the skull with ol’ Neptune’s sticker running through it to know who they now deal with.   
If the ship’s captain has any sense, he’ll surrender.  My men love a good fight and so do I.   
If this fool wants to cross swords, so much the better.
Before our battle, there’s the warm taste of salt in the air.   
It’ll be hot soon enough and the air will be full of gunpowder.  Smoke.
And death.
Could be we lose this day.  Could be we win.  I will know only my self as the compass for my direction.  My destiny is mine and mine alone.  We may win today.  We may win tomorrow.  Or perhaps I will find my end at the end of a rope 
or maybe I will stare ol’ Davy Jones in the eyes after my ship is sunk.
Slim chance there be that I’ll live to be an old man. 
Watch the Official Of a Great Deep book trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFlIjQNHMZ4


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Good stuff is coming! Thanks to all of you!

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Chad Hunter was born in East Chicago, Indiana. Raised by a single mother in the city's 
Harbor section, he is the youngest of four. Growing up in the Midwest and a proudly self-proclaimed 
"Region Rat," Hunter has written and published several books and novels. 
He has written for magazines and newspapers throughout North America and has been published 
in several languages. His writings have been called sophisticated yet humorous, sharp witted and 
unrelenting.
 
Most often, Hunter's writings have been considered so wide and diverse that they span 
a scale that would include multiple writers with multiple forms.  In addition to being a published author 
and journalist, Hunter is also a professional speaker.  Having presented to high schools, colleges and 
various other audiences, his talks and discussions center around the positive impact of literary and 
creative presences in one’s life.  A large portion of Hunter’s focus is on the uncanny strength of human
connectedness which is emphasized via the lens of writing and creativity.
 

Working in genres including dark fantasy, memoirs, science-fiction and anecdotal collections, 
Hunter weaves tales of monsters, heroes, zombies, wedding planning, technology, pirates and even 
black parakeets.  With over ten books under his belt, If anything binds his varied styles, it is Hunter's 
theme of the human condition, humor and family closeness - all to the backdrop of romantic love, 
vibrant remembrance and even monsters themselves.


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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION
Chad Hunter will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner 
via rafflecopter during the tour.




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12 comments:

  1. I appreciate getting to read about another great book since I have so many big readers in my family. Thank you and also I appreciate the giveaway and opportunity to win.

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  2. I enjoyed getting to know your book and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  3. I have enjoyed the tour. The book sounds great.

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  4. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. What inspired you to become a writer? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. Hi Joseph, I guess I've always been a storyteller at heart!

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  5. I've enjoyed following the tour and can't wait to read this one. Thanks for sharing.

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