Virtual Book Tour: Guidance to Death by Daniel V. Meier, Jr. #blogtour #interview #giveaway #mystery #thriller #rabtbooktours @AuthorMeier @RABTBookTours - A Life Through Books

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Virtual Book Tour: Guidance to Death by Daniel V. Meier, Jr. #blogtour #interview #giveaway #mystery #thriller #rabtbooktours @AuthorMeier @RABTBookTours


Frank Adams Series, Book One


Murder/Mystery Thriller

Date Published: 05-16-2023

Publisher: BQB Publishing

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It was cold and rainy, with low visibility. A perfect morning for sabotage. The company jet carrying a Senior VP mysteriously crashes shortly after taking off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says it was an accident. The victim’s wife says it was murder. Frank Adams, an independent aviation accident investigator has been hired to find out. Mounting evidence and an additional murder convince Adams that there was indeed foul play.

As what seemed to be disparate events become increasingly linked, Frank reveals a crime of international dimensions. Accustomed to working independently, Frank is forced to call on the help of an old girlfriend as well as a retired DC cop. But unraveling the truth could cost him his life as well as the lives of his friends.



What is the hardest part of writing your books?


I find that getting started with a plan for the entire book is a challenge. I’d like to say that I write an outline and follow it throughout the book.  But I often don’t. I begin with an idea—stimulated by something in the human condition—and it develops from there. The outline exists, but usually, only in my head. And the characters develop on their own and reintroduce themselves repeatedly throughout the book.


What songs are most played on your Ipod?


Astrud Gilberto, Charlie Bird, Juliana Raye, Diana Krall



Do you have critique partners or beta readers?


Absolutely. I will give an early reader a copy of the second or third draft, expecting to write a major rewrite.



What book are you reading now?

The Spare by Prince Harry

Blood and Roses by Helen Castor

The Greatest Evil is War by Chris Hedges



How did you start your writing career?


I have always enjoyed writing and throughout my school years was encouraged to do so. My major at the University of North Carolina Wilmington was History which honed my writing style to be descriptive, but to the point. Some have called it journalistic. I started submitting my work in the college literary magazine and later I worked briefly as a journalist for The Washington Business Journal. In 1980, Leisure Books published a mystery/ thriller that I wrote under the ‘nom de plume’ Vince Daniels.

After I retired, many years later I wanted to get back to writing, so in a sense, THE DUNG BEETLES OF LIBERIA, A Novel Based on True Events is my first book (in a long while). In this case I wanted to tell the amazing stories of a pilot friend of mine that spent 7 years in Liberia, West Africa during the 1960’s. It was a wild time and Liberia was very prosperous. It was a pivotal time in Liberia’s history. So I interviewed my friend for over 30 hours and wove his tales into an historical novel. I felt it was a story that had to be told.

Since then, I have released 4 more books:

·         NO BIRDS SING HERE (March 2021) a Literary Satire,

·          BLOODROOT (August 2021) a Historical Fiction that tells the story of the lost Jamestown Settlement in the early 1600’s,

·          BLOOD BEFORE DAWN (December 2021) the sequel to THE DUNG BEETLES OF LIBERIA. addressing the coup d’état by Sergeant Doe. A very bloody affair.

·         And just this May, GUIDANCE TO DEATH (Book one of the Frank Adams Investigator Series)   



Tell us about your next release.


I’ve decided to return to the Murder Mystery genre, so I am writing Book 2 in the Frank Adams Investigator Series.   I have spent my whole life in aviation, one way or the other, and I enjoy writing about something I am thoroughly familiar with.

About the Author

A retired Aviation Safety Inspector for the FAA, Daniel V. Meier, Jr. has always had a passion for writing. During his college years, he studied History at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington (UNCW) and American Literature at The University of Maryland Graduate School.  In 1980 he published an Action/Thriller, Mendosa’s Treasure with Leisure Books under the pen name of Vince Daniels.

He worked briefly for the Washington Business Journal as a journalist and has been a contributing writer/editor for several aviation magazines. Guidance to Death is a return to a favorite genre of his, Action/Thriller/with the added intrigue of Murder/Mystery.

Other books by Dan are Blood Before Dawn, the sequel to the award-winning novel, The Dung Beetles of Liberia. Bloodroot, also an Historical novel is about the Jamestown settlement in the early 1600’s and No Birds Sing Here, is a work of Satirical Literary Fiction.

Dan and his wife live in Owings, Maryland, about twenty miles south of Annapolis and when he's not writing, they spend their summers sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.


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