Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Skeleton Run by John L. DeBoer


Twenty years ago, four teenage boys caused a tragic accident, but got away undiscovered. Ever since, they’ve guarded the secret that would’ve ruined their lives as they sought successful careers. Then a blackmailer makes contact, and they realize that, somehow, someone else knows. Now, everything that matters to them is at stake.

Las Vegas billionaire Wendell Logan has obsessed for years over becoming a political kingmaker, and he’s found the perfect candidate to put into the White House: Alan Granger, the governor of Pennsylvania. But Granger was one of those boys and has to confess his closet skeleton to his potential benefactor. Logan, though, has invested too much time and money into his Machiavellian scheme to be stopped now. His solution: make sure all who know the secret that would doom Granger’s presidential campaign can never reveal it.

It’s time to run.

About the Author:

After graduating from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, I did my surgical residency in the U.S. Army at Madigan Army Medical Center, Ft. Lewis, Washington. I then spent three years in the Medical Corps as a General Surgeon before leaving the Army for private practice. Thirty years later, I retired to begin a new career as a writer. I enjoy cooking, tennis, politics, films and film history, the wonders of the cosmos, and, of course, reading. Thrillers is one of my favorite genres, so thrillers are what I like to write. My wife and I (mainly Diane) raised two sons we’re proud of, who are pursuing careers having nothing to do with the medical field! After living in Pennsylvania for a number of years, Diane and I settled in North Carolina, where the winters are easy to take, and the only weather we get antsy about is the occasional hurricane.


Skeleton Run grabs you on the front page and won’t let you go until the very end, the action heating up steadily throughout the book. When four high school seniors are involved in a fatal accident, they leave a sick baby alive in the backseat until they can get to a pay phone in town. They have a car phone, but fear the authorities can track the call, ruining their future plans. They keep the secret as they pursue their careers, reaching quite comfortable levels of success; one even becoming Governor of Pennsylvania with an eye on the White House. Then a blackmailer pops up, and the governor’s backer decides to eliminate the threat of exposure by eliminating the secret. Now his friends have to run from a hit man.

Told in first person by Jim Dawson, who became a pediatrician as a result of his guilt over the accident, Skeleton Run is a fast-paced book with well-drawn characters and a twist at the end that even took me by surprise. Kudos, Dr. DeBoer! Absolutely, buy Skeleton Run!

Heat Rating:  PG-13
Length:  276 Pages
Print:  $11.99
Digital:  $5.99
Buy Links: 

You’ll notice we always include the publisher’s buy link. That’s because authors usually receive 40-50% of the net proceeds from the publisher. Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%. When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left. So, if a book costs $5.99 at E-Book and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.40-$2.99. If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $1.70-$2.10.

Download the file from the publisher onto your computer as you would any other file. I’ve created a folder for books on my computer, with subfolders by source (Marketing for Romance Writers, Net Galley, Authors who find me on Kindle lists, etc.). That way, if there’s a glitch with your Kindle, the books are on your computer. Some publishers send books in all digital formats. If my Kindle breaks and my kids buy me a Nook, I won’t have to replace all of my books. If you have a Kindle and your hubby has a Nook, you won’t have to buy separate copies, so buying directly from the publisher can save you money.

Moving the file from your computer to your e-reader is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive. Plug the larger USB end of your e-reader charging chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from the folder into which you’ve downloaded the book to Documents/Books directory on your e-reader. You can move the file by highlighting it and dragging it to the documents directory in you Kindle you want to move it to. Or right click on it, and then left click copy or move. Or hit Control/C for copy, Control/X for cut, and Control/V for paste.

Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.

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