Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Bends Book Tour and Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card, Print Book and eBooks!

The Bends
Kane Montgomery #1
by Bart Hopkins
Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Marathon is a quiet little Texas town, and it’s getting quieter. 

Kids are vanishing, disappearing like tumbleweeds in the desert wind. 

Somebody—or something—is taking them. 

Action. Adventure. Romance. Suspense. The Bends is a supernatural thriller rollercoaster ride! 

Recommended for Fans of Blake Crouch, Stephen King, J.A. Konrath, and Dean Koontz
**99 cents from 9/26-10/2 **

An Excerpt from The Bends

“Sheriff, look at this,” Deputy Tom Slidell called out. He reached down and checked the body for a pulse. It was purely force of habit -- no life could possibly remain in the bloated corpse in front of him.

“Rattlers, Tom?”

“Yeah, Sheriff … looks like she stumbled on a whole nest of ‘em.”

“Hmm.” Sheriff Bigsby eyed her body -- puncture marks riddled the exposed flesh. He’d seen plenty of snakebites in his time -- it was Southwest Texas after all -- but this was the most vicious attack in his memory. “Sons-of-bitches were really ornery with her,” he remarked, pushing his mustache down thoughtfully with his thumb and forefinger. Tom knew that meant he was deep in thought and stood patiently at his side.

The two of them wandered over to the truck in a comfortable silence. They’d been working with each other for a couple of decades, and Sheriff Bigsby had been friends with Tom’s father. They were, in their way, like an old married couple. An old married couple with matching mustaches and uniforms.

“That’s a mess,” Tom said, looking inside the cab. Internal organs were splashed around the dashboard and seat like an abstract mural.

“Yep,” Bigsby replied.

“Hmph,” Tom grunted. “Don’t smell too nice, either.”

“Nope,” Bigsby agreed.

They stood together, each man lost in thought. The sheriff stroked his mustache again.

“That’s the third one this year,” Tom remarked.


“Same area, too,” Tom added. “Maybe there’s a connection.”

Sheriff Bigsby raised an eyebrow and looked sideways at Tom. He’d been thinking the same thing. “Two times could have been a coincidence…”

“But three--”

“Three doesn’t smell right,” the sheriff finished for him. He squatted down and pulled a telescoping rod from his shirt pocket. Extending it, he poked around the inside of the truck. A flicker caught his eye. He reached in further, leaning the edge of his hand against the doorframe for support. Pushing from side to side, he was able to wiggle the object over without touching it.”

“GPS,” Tom said.


“Hmph,” Tom grunted.

While they watched, the screen flickered to life … then turned off again.

“Never trusted them things,” Tom said.

“Me either,” Bigsby agreed. He brushed his fingers across his mustache again and thought about the three accidents they’d had along that part of Big Bend. He looked at the GPS. Then he looked at the truck again. For a second, he wondered if … maybe…

“Oh, hell…” He shook the thought out of his head. “Let’s get our guys out here and get this stuff collected up for the next of kin. After the forensics guys get done with it.” He squinted and looked at the GPS -- felt drawn to it -- sort of wanted to touch it.

“You got it, boss.” He radioed in the sheriff’s request to the dispatcher, who arranged everything.

The sheriff shook his head yet again. “Let’s get back to the SUV, Tom. We’ll wait for the forensics boys there.”

Bart Hopkins is originally from Galveston, Texas, but has lived all over the world during his 22 years in the Air Force. 

He was born in the middle of the 1970s, owned an Atari, and loves 80s music. He can use a card catalog like nobody's business. 

Now, Bart likes to travel, enjoys pretending he's a photographer, and shares as much time as possible with his beautiful wife and three awesome children. They own a Westie Yorkie named Lulu ... or maybe Lulu owns them. 

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  1. I think this book sounds very interesting.

  2. This book sounds eerie and fascinating. He's a new Author for me so I'm looking forward to reading The Bends.
    Carol L
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  3. A love a good thriller its one of my favorite genres to read. This story sounds like a great roller coaster read.

  4. The book sound like it is really good. I love supernatural thrillers.

  5. I enjoy suspense and thrillers. This one sounds interesting.

  6. The book sounds exciting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. This looks like a wonderful book, thank you!

  8. This looks like a great story. I look forward to reading this.

  9. The book sounds intriguing. Thanks for the opportunity to win

  10. from the excerpt the book does seem enjoyable. i wonder if any of the author's real life experiences inspired anything in this book

  11. What kind of books do you read?

  12. Hello! I mostly read thrillers, I write at home, and I have a few friends and family that read the drafts. Many thanks for all the "thank you"s up above!

  13. This sounds like a good, thrilling read.

  14. How many hours a day do you write?

  15. I think the book sounds great and I would love to read it

  16. It soundslike its going to be good, I guess I will read it to see.

  17. I like books like these. I enjoyed the excerpt.

  18. This book sounds like a great read!

  19. I'm looking forward to reading this book.

  20. I want to read the book. It sounds very interesting.


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