An Interrogation of Grant Scotland by Dan McClure – Guest Blog and Giveaway


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Interrogation #1023-1: Grant Scotland
Interviewer1: Your full name, for the record.
Grant Scotland: Scotland. Grant Scotland.
Interviewer1: Your nationality?
Grant Scotland: Aelfan. Well, Aelfan on my mother’s side. Huthan on my father’s, but don’t get excited. You boys wouldn’t know him.
Interviewer2: And why’s that?
Grant Scotland: He wasn’t a member of the Gregyan clan and besides that he’s dead.
Interviewer1: Your occupation?
Grant Scotland: Bookbinder and bookseller, though I don’t do much work as the former and even less as the latter.
Interviewer2: What’s that mean?
Grant Scotland: Sorry. Was I going too fast for you? I can speak a little slower if it’ll help.
Interviewer1: He means-
Interviewer2: You got a smart mouth.
Grant Scotland: Do I? I’m not so sure. It seems to get me in an awful lot of trouble.
Interviewer2: That’s just what-
Interviewer1: He means what else do you do to make ends meet, given that business is slow?
Grant Scotland: Whatever I can. But if it’ll make you boys feel better, I do some work for the constable down in the Docks.
Interviewer1: Samael? And what does he have you do?
Grant Scotland: Sometimes he asks my help to patrol if he’s short a man.
Interviewer1: And has he ever asked you to help investigate a murder case?
Grant Scotland: Yes.
Interviewer2: In your investigations, have you ever come across things like nightshade, hemlock or wolfsbane?
Grant Scotland: Well, my chosen poison is whiskey, although I don’t seem to have much luck with it.
Interviewer2: Who said anything about poison?
Grant Scotland: I don’t just sell books, I occasionally read them. You ought to try it sometime.
Interviewer2: That so? How about I [REDACTED]
Interviewer1: Gentlemen, please. This is merely an informal interview. Let’s just stick to the questions at hand. Now, Mr. Scotland. What can you tell me about a certain Urken named Cole Fehr?
Grant Scotland: You boys mind if I smoke?
Interviewer2: Yes.
Grant Scotland: Well, good for you. Filthy habit. Been meaning to give it up myself. I appreciate the opportunity to practice.
Interviewer1: Mr. Scotland?
Grant Scotland: Yes?
Interviewer1: Cole Fehr?
Grant Scotland: What about him?
Interviewer2: I got knuckles aching to meet your mouth.
Grant Scotland: Well, no need to play coy, buttercup. If you wanted to kiss me, why didn’t you just say so?
[SCUFFLING SOUNDS. SHOUTS. CRASH]
Interviewer1: That’s enough! [REDACTED] get out of here. I’ll finish the interview.
Interviewer2: I’ll be right outside. You let me know if he needs more of the same.
Grant Scotland: Thanks, but I think your friend can manage to give me a pat on the cheek, too. Don’t be jealous.
Interviewer2: Why you-
[SCUFFLING SOUNDS. SHOUTS. CRASH. DOOR SLAM]
Interviewer1: Mr. Scotland… I must apologize for my partner.
Grant Scotland: Me too. I can’t imagine being stuck with that guy.
Interviewer1: He can be… overzealous at times.
Grant Scotland: I don’t mind his enthusiasm. It’s his right cross that needs work.
Interviewer1: Yes. Well. Back to Mr. Fehr. Can you tell me how you first met him?
Grant Scotland: Well, let’s see…

 

 

Spy for a Dead Empire (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book One)

AELFA, THE GRAND CAPITAL of the once mighty Aelfan Empire, has fallen. Barbarian war parties and nomadic tribes harass the retreating and broken legions that once overawed them. All that stands against them now is the city of Zyren, the last bastion of Aelfan rule.

Acting as a spy for Zyren is Grant Scotland, a man leading a double life because his own had been taken away from him by the very people he serves. An unwilling recruit into the business of clandestine missions and deceit, he searches for anything real to cling to as the world around him devolves into insanity. And when an old friend shows up asking him to help save his family by delivering a mysterious book to a shadowy figure, Grant’s two lives collide and he is thrust into an even stranger world than he had known; one where ancient magic is wielded by deadly players who compete against one another for a prize greater than simply the rotting carcass of a dead empire.


*****

Spy for a Troubled King (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Two)

AMONG THE ASHES of the mighty Aelfan Empire, the House of Gregyan seeks to forge a new kingdom—one where both Huthan and Aelfan alike can prosper. But old prejudices and ancient traditions and an exiled enemy threaten the peace. Caught between compassion for his home and allegiance to his fallen empire, Grant Scotland finds himself trapped in the turbulent machinations of enemies and friends. As he works to uncover mysteries about his father’s treachery and confront new threats to his future, he moves perilously close to revealing his identity and losing everything.


*****

Spy for a Wayward Daughter (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Three)

AS THE GREGYANS MARCH TO WAR and his handler takes a trip to Zyren, Grant Scotland, spy errant of the Aelfan Empire, gets ready to pursue a lead on finding a man who might be able to tell him the truth about his father’s treason. Old friends, new enemies and hidden dangers soon confront him on his quest, but when he enters the dark world of another family’s intrigue, he finds that not even the frontiers of the Aelfan Empire are far enough away to escape the dangers of fortune and fate.


*****

Spy for a Greedy Villain (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Four)

RACIAL TENSIONS IN AELFA simmer and threaten to boil over when the harbormaster is found dead and the Huthan oppressors threaten to crack down in the Lower Docks. As Grant Scotland finds more questions than answers in the journals of Berthul Magnussen about his father’s treachery, he is drawn into a murder investigation, a kidnapping plot and the nefarious machinations of the city’s biggest crime lord—Mr. Quinn. In order to stop Quinn’s plans and save the city from being thrown into open revolt, Grant prepares to take his biggest gamble yet.

Enjoy an excerpt from Spy for a Greedy Villain (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Four):

I gave him a brief recap of my espionage activities over the past few months, which included reports on the growth and temperament of the One God followers, the coming and going of any Huthan notables and the operations of Doogan and Quinn. At last I followed up with a summary of the harbormaster investigation and finished with the discovery of a ghost in the Lower Docks.

“There’s no such things as ghosts, Scotland.”

“I know, but I haven’t worked up a better nickname for him yet.”

“I’m sure you’ll think of something. I have every confidence in your ability to accomplish inane tasks of trivial importance.”

“Everybody has to be good at something.”

“And while your limited mental capabilities will no doubt be severely taxed in that endeavor, I’ll do some checking into what could make a man entirely concealed in plain sight.”

“You mean invisible. You can just say invisible.”

“Were I interested in being as lacking in attention to details as you, I could use the word invisible, but luckily for the both of us I am not. Complete invisibility is impossible. Not even the greatest Aelfan wizards were ever able to accomplish such a feat. But, there are several ways a man can remain unnoticed. Take me for instance. For the eleventh time in a row you failed to spot me before I spotted you.”

“How am I not surprised you’ve been keeping score? At any rate, he didn’t sneak up on me, I’m telling you I looked right through him.”

“Except his boots. Unless in addition to invisibility you also believe in the existence of a sentient pair of boots?”

About the Author:

Writing stories infused with the smoky charisma of classic film noir mixed with the pulse-pounding excitement of adventure fantasy and the cagey class of suspenseful espionage, Dan McClure brought the best parts of all of our most cherished pulp together and added his own signature brand of wit. He currently lives, writes and works in and around beautiful and historic Arlington, Massachusetts.


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Comments

  1. It’s been a great tour!

  2. Thanks for featuring my books and good luck to everyone in the giveaway!

  3. Rita Wray says:

    I have enjoyed the tour, thank you.

  4. Victoria says:

    I have greatly enjoyed following the tour for The Adventures of Grant Scotland and I’m looking forward to reading all of the books in the series. Thanks for sharing all of the excerpts along the way 🙂

  5. Emily Endrizzi says:

    These sound like fantastic books. I’ve had a great time following this tour. Best wishes to Mr. McClure.

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