Welcome to the BLOOD/CRIMSON Blog Tour! @OverbeckRandy @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org

Meet Randy:

Dr. Randy Overbeck is a veteran educator who has served children as a teacher and school leader. For more than three decades, his educational experiences have included responsibilities ranging from coach and yearbook advisor to principal and superintendent and he’s lived the roles of many of the characters in his stories. An accomplished writer, he has been published in trade journals, professional texts and newspapers as well as in fiction, with his third published novel. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Dr. Overbeck is an active member of the literary community, contributing to a writers’ critique group, serving as a mentor to emerging writers and participating in writing conferences such as Sleuthfest, Killer Nashville and the Midwest Writers Workshop. When he’s not writing or researching his next exciting novel or sharing his presentation “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” he’s spending time with his incredible family of wife, three children (and their spouses) and seven wonderful grandchildren.

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Nonfiction is about reality; fiction is about truth.”

Bestselling mystery author, S. J. Rozan, shared these words at a writing conference a few years ago, and this insight struck me. As an author, I argue that one important purpose of memorable fiction is to share the truths about life, love and sometimes even death.

I’m not naïve. I realize readers don’t choose a mystery or a thriller or even a romance because they are searching for insight or revelation. James Patterson is not a bestselling author because of his philosophical outlook on life.

Fiction lovers are not browsing bookshelves in bookstores—okay, checking out Amazon or BookBub listings during the pandemic—because they are searching for the meaning of life. They want to be entertained, to be scared to death, to be drawn in and forget their world, or maybe to fall in love inside the pages of their newest discovery.

But I also believe authors have an important responsibility. First, we need to assemble the essential ingredients to capture readers’ attention—a plausible story line (mostly), credible characters, a setting readers can enjoy, and most important, a compelling narrative. But I also believe if we, as authors, are fortunate enough to command our readers’ attention for hours of their precious time, they should come away with more than just solving the mystery, seeing the bad guy captured or even making their heart race. Fiction should convey a truth, sometimes even a truth that can’t be conveyed via nonfiction—at least not as well.

That’s why, when I wrote each of the ghost stories/mysteries in my Haunted Shores Mysteries series, I attended to the truth part of my novel as diligently as the ghost or mystery part.

For my new release, CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY, the second in the series, I placed my fictional murder at the center of an even greater, very real-world problem. As readers navigate through the mystery and try to solve the whodunit, they also come face to face with the disturbing reality of human trafficking, as the murder and the trafficking become intertwined in the narrative.

On this issue, a few details may illustrate why I felt compelled to center my tale in the ugly world of sex slavery, prostitution, and human trafficking.

  • Officials estimate somewhere near 4.5 million people are caught in the web of human trafficking worldwide.  While most of those sex trafficked in the U. S. come from other countries—principally Eastern Europe, Central America, and the Far East—a great many girls, teens and even younger, from the U.S.  go missing and end up in the sex trade.
  • Based on the best estimates, one out of five female runaways in the U.S. ends up being trafficked, upward from 3000 to 5000 a year or a new teen trapped every 100 minutes!
  • As recent news reports have revealed, manipulation and abuse of trafficked girls is not limited to low level pimps. Notables such as Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein, Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, and even Prince Phillip of England have been implicated in human trafficking scandals. 
  • Experts believe an astounding one million children are victims of sex trafficking worldwide.
  • Taken together, there are more people trapped in human trafficking today than at any time in history.

Her is a link to a brief article with some astonishing—and depressing statistics:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2019/07/29/12-trafficking-statistics-enormity-global-sex-trade/1755192001/

My hope is that when readers finish CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY,  besides encountering a new, engaging mystery, exploring an interesting and unusual resort location, indulging their romantic impulses, and perhaps even straying a bit into the spirit world, they have a better grasp of the “truth” I’m trying to capture…and maybe a better understanding of the world around them and themselves.

To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the authors’ tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HEREThanks for supporting this author and his work!

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Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark Bierman's childhood consisted of chores, riding horses, snowmobile races across open fields, fishing trips to a local lake, and many other outdoor adventures. He was also an avid reader of both fiction and non. Transitioning towards adulthood also meant moving from the farm and into large urban areas that introduced this country boy to life in the big cities. After a short stint as a private investigator, he moved into the role of Correctional Officer, working at both Millhaven Institution and Kingston Penitentiary, until it closed.

64 thoughts on “Welcome to the BLOOD/CRIMSON Blog Tour! @OverbeckRandy @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org”

  1. Thanks for introducing Randy to us, Mark, and his book sounds like the perfect means to bring awareness to such an unthinkable crime. I’m happy to support him and will also add your book to my list. I just read about it. 🙂 I wish him all the best, as well.
    ~Lauren

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  2. You opened my eyes initially to the prevalence of human trafficking with your book, Mark. Once I see it, I cannot unsee it. Thank you for introducing Dr. Randy Overbeck to me. Thought-provoking words “Nonfiction is about reality; fiction is about truth.” A great point about the responsibility of authors.

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  3. Hi,
    I agree with the line, fiction should convey a truth that sometimes can’t be conveyed in non-fiction. I have a dear friend who works against trafficking and she writes poetry. Her poetry opens the eyes of so many who reads her work.
    Wishing you all the best and thank you Mark for hosting Randy.
    Shalom aleichem

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  4. It has been a pleasure to follow Randy during the blog tour and learn more about him. His overview of the scope of sex trafficking is eye-opening and disturbing. With the elements of paranormal and this subject, his books definitely intrigue me to read them. Thank you, Mark, for hosting the blog tour.

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  5. I agree wholeheartedly that authors have a responsibility to be aware of the message in their book and to mold that message carefully. It isn’t easy to write about tragic events like these, but it can bring so much needed awareness when done properly. Randy seems to have done the research necessary to do justice to the plight of these victims. I look forward to reading the book. Thanks for hosting, Mark. 🙂

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  6. Another eye-opening post Randy. I hope you have enjoyed your tour and I wish you all the best with sales of your books. Thanks for hosting Mark.

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  7. I love what Randy said about the author’s responsibilities. Those words really resonate with me. This has been a great tour and I’ve enjoyed it immensely. I look forward to reading “Crimson at Cape May!” Thanks for hosting, Mark!

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  8. Hi, Mark. I always enjoy your blog! Randy, I hope you are enjoying your tour as much as I am enjoying following it. Human trafficking is a much larger problem than most people realize. Bringing attention to it is a positive step in the fight for its elimination.

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    1. Awww . . . thanks Karen. I’m glad you enjoy my blog! You are so right about human trafficking . . . it’s also a much closer problem than we realize. Right in front of our eyes, in fact.

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  9. To think its happening as I read this is chilling and sad. If we can put a spotlight on this subject in fiction and make more people aware, it is an amazing opportunity. Great post, Randy. I have the first book on my TBR list and look forward to reading it.
    Thanks for hosting, Mark 🙂

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  10. Thank you for hosting Randy, Mark. And thank you, Randy, for tackling these ongoing problems in such a creative way! I just finished reading Blood on the Chesapeake, which highlighted another ongoing social issue, and I’m eager to read your new book. Inroads were made in the last four years in catching and prosecuting sex traffickers. Many children were found and rescued. I hope that will continue. Thank you.

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  11. Wonderful post Mark. And on Human trafficking, I was trained reference spotting such practices when I was in the Coast Guard (US) and was deployed abroad, but I think everyone should be aware of such a horrendous assault upon humanity and be trained to see it and report it. Thanks my friend for a great post and also for the great books you’ve featured.
    All the best,
    F.

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      1. I would certainly love to read it but I’ve basically no experience in the field, I went through a standard training given to all armed forces personnel when they are deployed to other countries especially third world countries. But I am interested in the issue. Thank you,
        F.

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  12. Thank you, Mark, for showcasing Randy’s work. He tackles a difficult, heartwrenching topic, and I wish him all the best. The world needs to wake up about this horror.

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    1. It was a pleasure finding out about Randy and introducing him to our writing community. Yes, the world does need to wake up about this heinous crime that takes place right under our noses. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Gwen.

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