Valley Of Time Blog Tour






Valley of Time
The Greatest Journey Ever Taken
A Mal Thomas Mystery Novel (Book #2)
By Jeremy D. Holden


If you could go back to a pivotal moment and change your fate, would you?



“Jeremy D. Holden has done it again with Valley of Time! His gifted writing style and humorous protagonist, Mal Thomas, take us on a time-bending journey in an epic story of adventure and love.”

— A.J. Tata, national best-selling author of Besieged




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In October 2016, author Jeremy D. Holden introduced readers to one of contemporary fiction’s most charismatic new protagonists with Sea of Doubt: The Greatest Story Ever Sold – A Mal Thomas Mystery. An
“oddly believable […], swift, unusually entertaining journey through present-day public relations” (Kirkus Reviews), Sea of Doubt followed Mal and his team of mad men and women as they embarked upon an
extraordinary assignment – promoting the alleged second coming of the Messiah at the behest of a powerful and mysterious industrialist – and brought to bookshelves a laugh-out- loud funny, eerily timely story about the media, alternative facts, and modern society’s endless obsession with fame.




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On November 5, 2017 – not incidentally the day our clocks “fall back” per Daylight Savings Time! – Holden continues Mal Thomas’s adventures with the release of Valley of Time: The Greatest Journey Ever Taken [Clean Publishing], the second book in the ‘Mal Thomas Mystery’ series.


A sequel that also works as a standalone novel, Valley of Time sees Mal approached by another enigmatic billionaire with an incredible proposition: Huw Hudson – think Richard Branson meets Elon Musk
plus a dash of Howard Hughes – wants to position his company, Space Rider, as the leader in commercial space tourism.


Of course, there’s a twist: Hudson has evidence of an alleged UFO encounter, which he thinks could damage his business plans, and needs Mal and his team to investigate and manage the breaking news story.


Mal discovers a deeper purpose at work as he crisscrosses Sao Carlos, Miami, London, and Dubai in furtherance of Hudson’s audacious ambition while being forced to keep an unbelievable secret from the FBI, and even his closest friends. A page-turning thriller that follows the launch of a massive global PR campaign to promote one of the most seismic events in human history, Valley of Time ultimately corners Mal into confronting his deepest fears – and takes readers on a journey that will challenge the very core of our beliefs about space and time.


“Valley of Time provides a window into the modern world of digital and social media-driven mass persuasion,” states Holden, who is himself an award-winning advertising executive who has counseled some of the world’s most recognizable names and brands.


“It also poses some crucial questions,” he continues. “What if you could go back to a pivotal moment in time that shaped your life? Would you try to alter your fate? And what if the conspiracy theorists aren’t actually nutty at all – what if they’re right?”


Fast-paced, full of wit and humor, and sure to delight fans of authors like Carl Hiassen and Nick Hornby, Valley of Time: The Greatest Journey Ever Taken is a truly original novel from one of contemporary fiction’s most thrilling new voices – and will be available for purchase in mass-market paperback and e-book editions wherever books are sold as of November 5, 2017.






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About the Author:

Jeremy D. Holden is the author of the Mal Thomas Mystery Series, which to date includes the critically acclaimed novels Sea of Doubt (2016) and Valley of Time (2017) – with a third release planned for 2018. An award-winning creative professional and accomplished author, Jeremy has earned many of the advertising industry’s top honors, including the prestigious “Gold Effie” (the Golden Globe of the ad world). His first book, Second That Emotion: How Decisions, Trends, and Movements Are Shaped [Prometheus Books, 2012], explores how movements are created in the political, cultural, and commercial realms, and received attention from national media outlets, including Fast Company, The Huffington Post, CNN, and NPR.


A UK native, Jeremy currently lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina where he is President and Chief Strategy Officer of Clean, an award-winning integrated branding agency. He also teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the School of Media and Journalism. A popular speaker and facilitator, Jeremy has run workshops with fellow authors Malcolm Gladwell and Professor Dan


Find Jeremy D. Holden on Twitter, LinkedIn, Goodreads and at

Valley of Time: The Greatest Journey Ever Taken [Clean Publishing, ISBN 978-0- 9978970-1- 2] will be available in mass-market paperback ($10.95 USD) and e-book ($3.99 USD) editions wherever books are sold as of November 5, 2017.

Talking ThrillerFest with Author LS Hawker

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Please Welcome Author L.S. Hawker



Lisa Storm Hawker




Lisa’s debut thriller, The Drowning Game, was a finalist in the 2016 ITW Thriller Awards in the Best First Novel category.  She writes in the thriller, suspense, and mystery genre. Her other books are: Body and BoneEnd of the RoadPlease learn more about Lisa by going to






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*Was this your first Thrillerfest?

No–last year was my first. I joined after I learned my debut novel THE DROWNING GAME was a finalist in the Best FIrst Novel category of the ITW Thriller Awards.

That’s awesome for a first book!

The Drowning Game

*Why did you attend and how has it helped you?

It was so exciting, fun, and educational last year (and I met and made instant friends with amazing published authors from all over the country) that I decided I would go every year I possibly could. Even though it is extremely expensive, if you can swing it, I highly recommend it. Think of it as an investment in your career.

Nice. I’m glad you had this opportunity. I’d like to go once in my lifetime. Bucketlist?


*What was some of your highlights?

Watching the literary and film critic Janet Maslin interview Lee Child. He is hilarious, down to earth, uber successful, and always gives the impression that any of us can have the kind of success he has. Also, mega-multi-million selling thriller novelist Lisa Scottoline came to one of my book signings and had me sign my third novel, END OF THE ROAD, for her. Mountain top experience!

Whoa. That’s great! 

Book signing

*Which authors did you meet or interact with?

Lisa Scottoline, of course, Allison Brennan, Laura McHugh, Alex Dolan, Carey Baldwin, Susan Furlong, Anthony Franze, E.Z. RInsky, Nancy Allen (who’s writing with James Patterson now)–all bestselling authors and wonderful friends. I also got to go to my publisher, HarperCollins, and hang out with my editor Chloe Moffett. I also had lunch with my old editor who’s now at Crooked Lane Books, Chelsey Emmelhainz.

Great. There’s so many talented writers that we don’t even know about. 

*Do you have any pictures?

YA Thrillers panel

YA thrillers panel

With Sheila Sobel

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Procrastination Panel


Lisa signing books!

me signing books

With Laura Mchugh

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Journey to publication panel.


Interview with Lee Child


Debut authors.


*Did you gain any sagely advice in the writing craft?

So much…the Craftfest portion of Thrillerfest is always invaluable. I live tweeted a lot of it on Twitter, which is always a lot of fun.

Themes that come up again and again are persistence. Don’t give up. Work on your craft. Listen to what editors and agents have to say.

Swezzeett!! I love it. 

Step into a scene and let it drip from your fingertips. –MJ Bush


*Do you recommend attending?



thank you

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In comparison to other commentary found on this blog, this can be classified as lighter fare. Nonetheless, the following may change one’s perspective on the traditional image of what constitutes the classic espionage candidate, derived from a steady diet of decades of James Bond films. Unlikely as it may seem, some of the public’s most beloved celebrities have been employed by CIA and large corporations as spies and counter-intelligence agents. Before one scoffs and snickers, consider the possibilities.

To agencies like CIA, celebrities have two distinct advantages over an agent coming off the training ‘farm’ in Langley. One, celebrities, particularly accomplished and veteran actors and actresses, have greater access and plausible deniability with regard to counter-intelligence activities. Two, because they are accomplished at their craft, transitioning to an assumed identity in the service of a counter-intelligence operation is a rather simple matter. Portraying tailored roles with accompanying disguises and assumed…

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Author Interview with Lyrical Pens

MTW author meets up with cj petterson and shares his new release and main character Mac McClellan.

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LYRICAL PENS Spotlights author E. Michael Helms Today!

cj Sez: Lyrical Pens’ guest today is Mystery Thriller Week author E. Michael Helms, who writes the popular Mac McClellan mystery series. The latest in the series from Coffeetown/Camel Press is the brand-new deadly spirits, which launched on Jan 15, 2017. (Congratulations, Michael.)

This busy author graciously stopped by for a few minutes and answered some questions for us. Let’s get right to it…

Lyrical Pens: Where did you get the inspiration for your Mac McClellan series?

hardy-boys-1E. Michael Helms: My previous books had all dealt with war, mostly drawn from my own experiences. It was draining and I knew I needed a change. I grew up reading and loving the Hardy Boys books, and had recently renewed my interest in mysteries. One day I thought: Why not try my hand at writing a mystery? It took off from there.

LP: What…

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Mystery Mondays: Damon L. Wakes on Planning Your Novel


It’s Monday again, and we’re here with Damon L. Wakes author of Ten Little Astronauts.

Planning Your Novel by Damon L. Wakes.

Personally, I don’t like to plan my books in too much detail. Knowing (at least in your head) how you get from beginning to end is essential, but for me summarising individual scenes seems excessive: I feel as though I might as well just write the scenes themselves.

What I find does help is to take a pack of record cards and note down all the major plot points, one per card. This makes for a really quick way to put together an outline of the story, and you’re free to add or remove cards as necessary, even while you’re working. There are other advantages to this sort of plan too, but I think those are best left for another post.

I first tried this approach when…

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How to write a mystery thriller in the style of Alfred Hitchcock by Tony Lee Moral


As the author of three books on Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense, including a ‘how to’ write a thriller, called Alfred Hitchcock’s Movie Making Masterclass, I was naturally inspired by his stories when writing my mystery thriller, Ghost Maven, about a teenage girl who falls in love with a ghost in Monterey Bay, California.








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My GRL – By John W. Howell

MTW author relaunched My Girl.

Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti

Today, it’s my pleasure to bring this re-launch of a great thriller to my readers. John W. Howell is a wonderful storyteller and I loved this trilogy! I highly recommend these books as great reads!

Announcing the re-launch of My GRL


The cover is new and the book edited once again to enhance the experience. What is really nice is the price has been cut for the introduction. You can buy the kindle version for a special introduction price of


Here’s the blurb.

John J. Cannon successful San Francisco lawyer takes a well-deserved leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. He is unaware that his newly purchased boat had already been targeted by a terrorist group. John’s first inkling of a problem is when he wakes up in the hospital where he learns he was found unconscious next to the dead body…

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Award and After Party for Mystery Thriller Week

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Last night I was up with so many of the authors, bloggers, fans, readers, experts and organizers of the Mystery Thriller Week.  After 4 months of planning, 11 days of reviews, guest posts, interview posting, and hosting live events, the week came to a close.

Did we learn a lot during this colossal event? Yes! We did!

  1. If you built it, they will come, bringing books, reviews, interviews, and laughter.
  2.  You can never laugh at your own mistakes enough.
  3. Authors and bloggers love a good party together.
  4. Guests look better in Armani, Oscar De La Renta, and other designers clothing.
  5. Champagne flows like champagne.
  6. You can never have enough trailers in a screening room.
  7. No one wants to the party to end.

The party began at 10:00 pm and the red carpet started filling up at about 9:30. There was crush at the auditorium door but everyone made it in safely…

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Historical Division: Marie Silk on Historical Fiction Writing: Life in America 100 Years Ago

Someone recently asked me, “What is ‘historical fiction’?”  I never realized it was a confusing phrase until I really thought about it and concluded that it sounds like an oxymoron.  Here, I will do my best to explain historical fiction and the process that goes into writing it.

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Why the beep do people like Fantasy? by a Fantasy Writer

What is something you hate? What is something you love?
The thing about opinions is that somebody always disagrees with you. There is somebody that loves what you hate and hates what you love.
What does this have to do with the Fantasy genre? You might have guessed by now. If you hate it, there’s somebody that likes it. If you like it, there’s somebody that absolutely despises it.

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