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Friday 21 August 2015

☀☄ Unholy Bargain [1] - Travis Hallden Holt

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for Unholy Bargain, a supernatural thriller, partially based on real events, by (, Double Dragon eBooks, 226 pages).

PREVIEW: Read the first three chapters with Amazon Look Inside.

Check out the video "Unholy Bargain: a conversation with the author" (Filmed by Authors Unveiled), the book's synopsis and excerpt below, as well as our Q&A with author Travis Holt.

Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀), interviews (ℚ) and reviews (✍).

Video | Synopsis | Teaser | Author Q&A | About the Author | Tour Stops


An assassin is at work—one of the best in the trade. His body turned to dust long ago, but his spirit roams the Earth freely, undetectable to the five senses. He stalks his victims waiting for just the right opportunity. Then, in quick succession, he possesses a human host and strikes down his quarry. For a century and a half he has served this way.

Deputy Sheriff Nate Barrington is riding the crest of a new relationship. Kaitlyn Spencer is beautiful, altruistic, enlightened—everything he's not. She teaches classes in New Age philosophy at her growing school. Nate doesn't share her spirituality, but the physical passion hasn't subsided enough for him to care.

Nate's nirvana quickly unravels when Kaitlyn's life is threatened on two separate occasions. With no apparent motive or any evidence suggesting collusion, the police are stumped. Even more troubling to Nate, Kaitlyn is eventually convinced she is the target of unseen forces.

A hardheaded pragmatist, Nate isn't prone to believe that spirits can possess people. As far as he's concerned, Kaitlyn's claims of perpetrators possessed by a spirit assassin are on par with comic book stories and have nothing to do with reality, and her esoteric, New Age mumbo jumbo begins to drive a wedge into their relationship. And why Kaitlyn? What secret is she hiding?

Even with the sheriff's resources at Nate's disposal, the odds for Kaitlyn's survival are not in her favor. The true enemy is virtually invisible, and Nate's conventional police tactics have no effect on the spirit world. Strikes come from anytime, anywhere, and from random, unwittingly manipulated people. Behind it all is a deal the assassin had made with the devil: send Kaitlyn Spencer to an early grave in exchange for a fresh start. For that, the assassin will stop at nothing to uphold his end of an Unholy Bargain.

Teaser: Excerpt

Chapter One

The Journeyman watched her move through a stream of people: innocent children, respectable and chaste women, God-fearing men. People she didn't deserve to be among. Her reprehensibly revealing skirt stabbed his sense of decency. The thin fabric clung to her figure and rode well above the knees.

She stopped in the street and greeted another woman. Perhaps someone she knew. She fawned over the woman's child, traced her hand over his crown, said things he couldn't hear. Soon they hugged, parted, and again she worked her way through the crowd.

The Floridian sun hovered high above the palms keeping their shadows tucked away. People were dressed for the July heat. Men in colorful short-sleeve shirts, knee-length cargo shorts and sandals, some in khaki trousers and loafers. There were women in sundresses, frilly blouses, or Capri pants. Informal, yet within moral taste. Few, like her, dressed provocatively, aimed to entice the opposite sex. He swore her nipples were visible through her white muslin blouse. Already a man wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt succumbed to her temptation, and redirected his aimless stroll to follow in her tow. He saw other men, good men albeit weak, sink their gazes to her backside when they thought she wasn't looking.

She may not see their eyes, but she knew. She wasn't stupid. Nothing about her was done without conscious design.

She threaded past the kiosks and outdoor cafes and finally entered the coffeehouse, where she would buy an organic Rooibos tea with a dash of cinnamon and mint. The man in white watched her through the window. Sweat formed a sheen on his face. He shifted his weight from one leg to the other and back again.

The proprietor came around the counter and spoke animatedly, tossing his hands about, nodding his head, then offered a quick embrace. When she opened her pocketbook, he waived her off with a laugh and a smile. At first she protested, rather weakly the Journeyman thought, but then graciously accepted the tea with another hug. She meandered about the cafe conversing with other patrons, casting about her vile sensuality with no hint of shame, touching a shoulder here and there.

If she hadn't reminded the Journeyman of the witch-the smile, the allure, the influence, the destruction-he wouldn't have cared. She'd be just another sinner racing to the gates of Hell. But like the witch, this woman taught magic and heresies, and corrupted vulnerable people searching for their way. It was as though the witch had returned to cast another shadow over his existence. Palm fronds rustled in a fresh breeze and the sun disappeared behind the clouds. Rain was in the air. The man in white checked his watch and left. The Journeyman abruptly turned and quickened his step toward the chapel. By habit he silently recited scripture. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth for the sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (James 1:14-15)

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About the Author

Travis Hallden Holt is a former U.S. Navy surface warfare officer and veteran of the Persian Gulf War. He's worked the past twenty-two years in the corrections side of law enforcement, first in the prison system, then in the streets as a probation officer. He spent three years supervising felons in a south Atlanta neighborhood ranked the ninth most dangerous neighborhood in America, where one in every twelve residents becomes a victim of crime each year.

For years, his interests were in weaponry (both small arms and large scale), warfare tactics, hand-to-hand combat, criminal justice and unsolved crimes. But life has a way of molding perspectives, and Travis came to realize the physical world known to the five senses didn't have all the answers. It scratched the surface at best. Accordingly, Travis's interests shifted to supernatural phenomenon, spirituality, the mysteries of life, the invisible world beyond our five senses and the forces that lie therein. He's still a peace officer, but one who has mingled with psychics, mystics, mediums, energy healers, shamans, gurus, artists and denizens of the "underground."

Travis is the author of Unholy Bargain, a supernatural thriller published by Blood Moon Publishing. He resides in Atlanta, GA.

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Tour Stops

Follow Unholy Bargain's tour at:

August 3rd: I Heart Reading
August 3rd: Indy Book Fairy ☀
August 5th: Dannie Speaks ☀
August 6th: Author C.A. Milson’s Blog ☀
August 8th: I’m an Eclectic Reader ☀
August 10th: Compelling Beasts Blog ℚ
August 12th: The Single Librarian ☀
August 15th: Undercover Book Reviews ☀
August 17th: Mythical Books ✍
August 19th: Cassidy Crimson’s Blog ☀
August 21st: BooksChatter ☀ℚ
August 23rd: The Book Daily ☀
August 26th: Dannie Speaks ✍
August 28th: Books are Forever
August 31st: Ogitchida Kwe’s Book Blog ✍
September 3rd: SolaFide Publishing Blog ☀ℚ
September 6th: I Heart Reading ✍
September 8th: Bookaholic Ramblings ☀
September 11th: Editor Charlene’s Blog ☀
September 14th: Literary Musings
September 15th: Books and Tales ☀
September 18th: Bedazzled Reading ✍
September 22nd: Book About ℚ
September 25th: Hollow Readers ☀
September 28th: Majanka’s Blog ℚ
October 1st: Bookish Madness ☀
October 3rd: A Fold in the Spine ✍

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