The Thrill Of It All

October 28, 2014

“Why do you write thrillers?”

I get that question at almost every author’s event I attend. And I have to admit, the question makes a lot of sense. My first published book was non-fiction—Lead Like Ike: Ten Business Strategies from the CEO of D-Day. I’m a regular contributor on FORBES.com, writing about leadership in history and business—and I do not indulge in fiction writing for Forbes. (Heaven forbid!)

So, why thrillers? Because I want to to write about the basic building blocks of life—obligation, honor, love, courage, and pleasure. And be entertaining as possible so no one suspects I’m writing about anything substantial.

SachemPondSunset2013-2

In other words, I want to be like Dick Francis, a bestselling author in the United States and Great Britain for fifty years. Francis was an RAF pilot in World War II who became a steeplechase jockey in the UK. He was the champion of 1953-54 and the Queen Mother’s personal jockey for four years. (All this way before he wrote thrillers.)

Francis’s racing career ended in 1957 when he was only 36 years old. One too many injuries finally finished him as a jockey but launched one of the most successful writing careers of the 20th century.

As the Houston Chronicle once said in a review of a Francis book: “He writes about the basic building blocks of life—obligation, honor, love, courage, and pleasure. Those discussions come disguised in adventure novels so gripping that they cry out to be read in one gulp—then quickly reread to savor the details skipped in the first gallop through the pages.”

That Chronicle review captures the reason I write thrillers. What writer wouldn’t want to discuss those basic building blocks? And do it so entertainingly that people were scared (while completely safe in their armchairs), amused, and touched in their hearts.


IT’S FALL FOLIAGE TIME.

September 26, 2014

FallFoliage3CoverFromGeoffLoftus

FORTUNATELY, VILLAINS, HEROES, SEX AND GROTESQUE MURDERS ALWAYS MAKE FOR GOOD READING.

Check out these e-book thrillers BY Geoff Loftus:

THE DARK SAINT | DOUBLE BLIND | ENGAGED TO KILL

All three books at AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE and SMASHWORDS (www.smashwords.com/profile/view/GeoffLoftus)

For more information and excerpts, go to http://www.geoffloftus.com/books.html


Beach-Reading Season Is Over, But . . . You Should Still Read

September 4, 2014

SummersOver3cover

LABOR DAY HAS COME . . . AND GONE. SUMMER’S OVER. BUT VILLAINS, HEROES, SEX AND GROTESQUE MURDERS ALWAYS MAKE FOR GOOD READING

Check out these e-book thrillers (excerpts below):

THE DARK SAINT

Amazon’s Kindle: (http://www.amazon.com/The-Dark-Saint-ebook/dp/B00CFODCNQ)

Barnes & Noble Nook: (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dark-saint-geoff-loftus/1115959711)

ENGAGED TO KILL

Amazon’s Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/Engaged-Kill-Geoff-Loftus-ebook/dp/B00A7GJ78S/)

Barnes & Noble Nook (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/engaged-to-kill-geoff-loftus/1114504375)

DOUBLE BLIND

Amazon’s Kindle: (http://www.amazon.com/Double-Blind-ebook/dp/B007YC9OIG)

Barnes & Noble Nook: (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/double-blind-geoff-loftus/1110381049)

ALL THREE BOOKS AT SMASHWORDS: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/GeoffLoftus

Excerpts can be found at: http://www.geoffloftus.com/books.html

 


IT’S ALMOST LABOR DAY. STILL TIME FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER READS

August 21, 2014

Crescent3Covers-LaborDay

Check out these e-book thrillers (excerpts below):

THE DARK SAINT


SUMMERTIME. AND THE READING IS EASY. AND FUN. AND LETHAL.

July 24, 2014

SummerReading3books

Check out these e-book thrillers (excerpts below) for great summer reading:

DOUBLE BLIND

Amazon’s Kindle

Barnes & Noble Nook

ENGAGED TO KILL

Amazon’s Kindle

Barnes & Noble Nook

THE DARK SAINT

Amazon’s Kindle

Barnes & Noble Nook

ALL THREE BOOKS AT SMASHWORDS

Excerpts can be found at: http://www.geoffloftus.com/books.html


SUMMERTIME. AND THE READING IS EASY. AND FUN.

July 17, 2014

Check out tThreeBooks-PerfectSummerReadinghese e-book thrillers (excerpts below) for great summer reading:

DOUBLE BLIND

Amazon’s Kindle: (http://www.amazon.com/Double-Blind-ebook/dp/B007YC9OIG)

Barnes & Noble Nook: (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/double-blind-geoff-loftus/1110381049)

ENGAGED TO KILL

Amazon’s Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/Engaged-Kill-Geoff-Loftus-ebook/dp/B00A7GJ78S/

Barnes & Noble Nook (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/engaged-to-kill-geoff-loftus/1114504375)

Amazon’s Kindle: (http://www.amazon.com/The-Dark-Saint-ebook/dp/B00CFODCNQ)

Barnes & Noble Nook: (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dark-saint-geoff-loftus/1115959711)

NOW – ALL THREE BOOKS AT SMASHWORDS:www.smashwords.com/profile/view/GeoffLoftus

EXCERPTS for all three books can be found at:http://www.geoffloftus.com/books.html


THE PERFECT BEACH READ: SURF. SAND. SUN. SEX. AND . . . MURDER.

July 3, 2014

THE DARK SAINT – $1.99 e-book filled with summer, sun, surf, sand, sex and . . . murder. An infamous serial killer terrorizes the small New England town of Block Island. Trying to stop the killer: the recovering-alcoholic police chief.

Amazon’s Kindle: (http://www.amazon.com/The-Dark-Saint-ebook/dp/B00CFODCNQ)

Barnes & Noble Nook: (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dark-saint-geoff-loftus/1115959711)

At SMASHWORDS:www.smashwords.com/profile/view/GeoffLoftus

An EXCERPT for this book can be found at: http://www.geoffloftus.com/books.html


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 129 other followers