Blood and Bone by Don Hoesel – Blog Tour Interview & Giveaway


Blood and Bone

More Archaeological Adventures from Popular Suspense Writer Don Hoesel.

A decade after Serpent of Moses, Jack is married to Espy and back teaching at Evanston University. They have two sons, one of whom has cystic fibrosis. Despite this challenge, life is comfortable. But that all changes when the CIA, while combing through the papers of the late Gordon Reese, uncovers the secret of Elisha’s bones. Jack’s world is then turned upside down by an urgent call from his old friend Duckey, who’s been alerted to the CIA’s probing by one of his former contacts. Jack and his family escape from their home just ahead of the CIA, and he decides to do what he should have done long ago: recover the bones and destroy them. Except the bones aren’t where he left them.

So now Jack is in a race, for the last time, to find the bones. And he’s not the only one. Pitted against both the CIA and an organization that will kill to protect their secrets, Jack and Espy follow hard-to-decipher clues across the globe before arriving in the catacombs of Paris for a final showdown that will either save their family–or tear apart everything they hold dear forever.

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Author Don Hoesel

Don Hoesel is a Web site designer for a Medicare carrier in Nashville, TN. He has a BA in Mass Communication from Taylor University and has published short fiction in Relief Journal. He lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee, with his wife and two children. The Alarmists is his third novel.





What’s your favorite season/weather?

I love Fall.? A crisp October night is just about perfect.


How long do you generally let a story idea ‘marinate’ in your brain before you start the book?

There’s no one-size answer.? I’ve had some ideas floating around for years and I’m pretty confident that I’ll eventually turn one or two of them into books.? Other ideas come to me and I’m starting chapter one the next day.


What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Orange Sherbet


If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
That’s a hard question to answer because there are so many people I’d like to pick. ?I guess one of them might be Francis Bacon. ?I’ve always been fascinated by Bacon—how he spanned so many different disciplines. ?I’d love to spend 48 hours listening to him talk philosophy and literature.


When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

Alternately a doctor, an archaeologist and a writer.


Who are your favorite authors of all time?

This is such a hard question to answer because I love so many different writers.? But if I have to pick a handful, it would be Cormac McCarthy, Richard Russo and Larry Brown.


Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

More than any other character I’ve written, I share a lot of commonalities with Jack Hawthorne. ?And that’s not necessarily a good thing because Jack has a lot of vices and character flaws. ?But I think having all those flaws makes Jack accessible to readers.


What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?



What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Read.? A lot.? In my opinion, reading does more to help you understand the craft of writing than anything else you can do.


Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….

The Road by CormacMcCarthy


Favorite music?

My musical tastes are pretty eclectic.? Lately I’ve been gravitating toward Americana.


If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?



What inspired you to want to become a writer?

As I got older, it became increasingly clear that I had no other marketable skills.? So writing was all I had left.


What is your dream cast for your book?

For the three books featuring Jack Hawthorne, I’ve always had a picture of Paul Blackthorne in my mind.? And Espy’s always been Sofia Vergara.


What do you think of book trailers?
I’m not entirely sure what to think of them.? On one hand, I can see their value as another tool for getting someone interested in a book.? If they’re done well, if they’re visually appealing and have decent production values, I think they can work.? But, ultimately, I think it’s an odd thing to try to market a book using methods generally reserved for visual entertainment.? Some of the more ambitious book trailers are like short films and I think there’s a danger in conditioning someone to expect something the text can’t, in the end, provide.? Not that what a book provides isn’t better—it’s simply different.




This or That:


TV or Movies?

Hot or Cold?

Night owl, or early bird?

Night owl
Print or Ebook?

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Horror or Romance?

Action or Drama?

Pizza or Pasta?

Skittles or M&Ms?

Sweet or Salty?

Summer or Winter?

Harry Potter or Twilight?

Harry Potter
Gum or Breath Mints?

Shoes or Sandals?

Cats or Dog?

Apples or Oranges?

Facebook or Twitter?

Introvert or Extrovert?




Top Five Lists


Favorite Books


The Road – Cormac McCarthy

Joe – Larry Brown

Father and Son – Larry Brown

Nobody’s Fool – Richard Russo

The Risk Pool – Richard Russo


Movies you watch over and over again


Cinema Paradiso

My Dinner With Andre

The Princess Bride

The Big Lebowski

Office Space

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Ends 8/4/13

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  1. This looks intriguing. I’m putting it on my list.