Alexandra will be at the Washington Academy of Science on 12 Dec, 6-9 PM to discuss Science is Murder and her book!
|Book Signing in Battle Creek,Mich.||7-Dec-11||Battle Creek Country Club|
|News Center, Easton MD||10-Dec-11||218 N Washington St Easton MD|
|Miles River Yacht Club||13-Dec-11||24750 Yacht Club Rd St Michaels MD|
|chesapeake Trading Co||17-Dec-11||102 D Talbot St St Michaels MD|
|Quarterly ad in Checkpoints||1-Jan-12||Ads each quarter|
|Bolling AFB, Maryland||6-8 Jan 2012||I-295 at Washington Highlands|
|Andrews AFB, Maryland||13-15 Jan 2012||I-495 Maryland near Clinton, MD|
|Ft Belvoir, VA||20-22 Jan 2012||US-1 near Mt Vernon VA|
|Book Signing in Washington DC||29-Jan-12||Wash DC|
|Shore Life Article||1-Feb-12||East Coast distribution|
|JB Ft Meyer – Henderson Hall, VA||4-6 Feb 2012||US-50 Arlington VA|
|Ft Meade MD||10-12 Feb 12||Wash-BW Pkwy, near Columbia MD|
|Joint Base Langley-Eustis VA||24-26 Feb 12||61 Spaatz Dr, Langley AFB VA|
|Norfolk Naval Base VA||9-10 Mar 12||Norfolk, VA|
|Book Signing in Washington DC||18-Mar-12||Reston, VA|
|Barnes and Noble||30-Mar-12||Norfolk, VA|
|Barnes and Noble||31-Mar-12||Chesapeake, VA|
|Barnes and Noble||1-Apr-12||Newport News, VA|
|University of Richmond||5-Apr-12||Weinstein Hall, UR|
|Barnes and Noble||7-Apr-12||Richmond VA|
|Book Club visit||11-Apr-12||St Michaels|
|Barnes and Noble||21-Apr-12||5775 Beckley Road Battle Creek, MI|
|interview 14 radio stations nationwide||7-May-12||730AM-1230PM|
|One More Page Books||10-May-12||220 N. Westmoreland Arlington, VA 22213|
|interview NPR 2BoomerBabes||12-May-12||Salisbury Univ Delmarva Public radio|
|interview 11 radio stations nationwide||14-May-12||730AM-1230PM|
|Gaithersburg Book Festival||19-May-12||Gaithersburg City Hall grounds 506 S. Frederick Ave Gaithersburg, MD 20877|
|The Fairfax||24-May-12||The Fairfax 9140 Belvoir Woods Pkwy Ft Belvoir, VA 22060|
|Office Plus||12-Jun-12||1997 Annapolis Exchange Pkwy Ste 300 Annapolis, MD|
|B&N Ann Arbor||23-Jun-12||Huron Village
3235 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
|B&N Grand Rapids||30-Jun-12||Woodland Mall 3195 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512|
|Barnes and Noble Lansing||14-Jul-12||Lansing Mall Lansing, MI|
|B&N Kalamazoo||28-Jul-12||Kalamazoo, MI|
|B&N Bethesda||18-Aug-12||Bethesda, MD|
|Fort Bragg NC||24-Aug-12||Fayetteville, NC|
|Seymour Johnson AFB NC||25-Aug-12||Goldsboro, NC|
|Camp Lejune Marine Exped Force NC||30-Aug-12||Onslow NC|
|B&N Burlington, NC||1-Sep-12||Burlington, NC|
|B&N Cary, NC||2-Sep-12||Cary, NC|
|B&N Alexandria||8-Sep-12||Alexandria, VA|
|Spy Museum||15-Sep-12||Washington, DC|
|Fairfax Fall for the Book festival||29-Sep-12||George Mason University, 4400 University Drive Fairfax, VA 22030|
|Baltimore book festival||30-Sep-12||Mt Vernon Place 600 North Charles St Baltimore, MD 21201|
|B&N Leominster MA||13-Oct-12||541 D Lincoln Street Worcester, MA 01605|
|B&N Peabody, MA||14-Oct-12||210 Andover St. Peabody, MA 01960|
|Harvard Coop||16-Oct-12||1400 Mass Ave, Cambridge MA|
|Hanscom AFB exchange||17-18 Oct 12||100 Elgin St. Bldg. 1709 B Hanscom AFB MA|
|B&N Walpole MA||19-Oct-12||82 Providence Highway Walpole, MA 02032|
|B&N Hingham, MA||20-Oct-12||96 Derby Street #300 Hingham, MA 02043|
|B&N Milbury, MA||21-Oct-12||70 Worcester-Providence Turnpike Millbury, MA 01527|
|B&N Fairfax VA||3-Nov-12||12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive Nordstrom Rack Fair Lakes Promenade, Fairfax, VA 22033|
|B&N Manassas VA||4-Nov-12||8117 Sudley Road Manassas, VA 20109|
|B&N Roanoak, Va||9-Nov-12||4802 Valley View Boulevard Northwest Roanoke, VA|
|B&N Roanoak, Va||10-Nov-12||Tanglewood Mall 4478 Electric Rd SW Roanoke, VA 24018|
|B&N Falls Church||18-Nov-12||6260 Seven Corners Center Falls Church, VA|
|B&N Baltimore Power Plant||24-Nov-12||601 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
|B&N Rockville MD||25-Nov-12||12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852|
|B&N Tyson’s Corner||1-Dec-12||7851L Tysons Corner Center McLean, VA 22102|
|B&N Chestefield||7-Dec-12||11500 Midlothian Tnpk Space 440 Richmond, VA 23235|
|B&N Midlothian||9-Dec-12||4600 Commonwealth Centre Parkway Midlothian, VA|
|Academy of Science||12-Dec-12||1200 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005|
|News Center, Easton MD||14-Dec-12||218 N Washington St Easton MD|
|B&N Tyson’s Corner||14-Dec-12||7851L Tysons Corner Center McLean, VA 22102|
|Spy Museum||15-Dec-12||800 F Street NW Washington, DC 20004|
|B&N Rockville MD||18-Dec-12||12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852|
|Southern Exposure Herb Farm “Spies and Ties Dinner”||14-Apr-13||11269 N Drive North Battle Creek, MI 49014|
From USA Book News, a very nice note and review , the following from the site:
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Right Guard takes us on a suspense-filled journey through the world of intelligence and defense in the 1970′s. Though set in 1978, The Right Guard resembles the present political and economic climate of the United States, giving the reader a sense that such a scenario is very conceivable.
Connecting “novel” with reality, Hamlet begins each of the first 38 chapters and chapter 72 with actual newspaper articles relating to the topics that are contained in the novel. A Senior Member of the Intelligence Community and former case officer said of The Right Guard, “This is the most realistic novel I have read about what it feels like to be in the field as a case officer.”
Over one million military weapons and equipment are missing from the U.S. military inventories across the country. Where are all the weapons? CIA operative, Eric Brent is used to flush out a secretive, “phantom” group hostile to a wildly spending, intrusive U.S. Administration that threatens to destroy the American economy and shrink individual freedoms.
Throughout The Right Guard, Hamlet takes you through the twists and turns of the secretive world of intelligence as the undercover assignment goes astray. Eric exposes a far-reaching and well-planned movement and an event that could alter the United States forever. Strained loyalties arise as the “phantom” group appeals to Eric and his superiors. Each question ends in surprise as personal and professional conflicts for Eric arise. He is forced to reach back into his high-ranking father’s Nazi Germany past.to solicit help.
The Right Guard is an exercise in gripping, fast-paced realism that keeps the reader focused through the eyes of those who live in the intelligence world. A Senior Military Officer at the Pentagon called it “.a profound book. One I won’t forget for a long while.” Alexandra Hamlet has successfully crossed into a male-dominated genre of action, reality, technical correctness, and suspense that historically has been led by the likes of Clancy, Ludlum, Deighton, Bamford, and LeCarre. With the addition of the romantic interest, often missing in books of this nature, The Right Guard is truly one of a kind.
Back to the Barnes and Nobles! Again, great Barnes and Nobles people who were gracious and helpful, as always. Want to make a special thanks to Susan at the Burlington store and LaDawn at the Alexandria store for their professionalism and sales assistance . Thanks to the Linda at the Cary store for your hard work with the speaking engagement. We were LaDawn’s first author signing in Alexandria. I know every author will find her presence in Alexandria warm and welcoming. We have found there are distinct “personalities” of store customer bases – and the store managers have been able to communicate to us how to best approach them.
After two months hiatus from visiting military bases, we were welcomed at Ft Bragg, NC; Seymour Johnson AFB, NC; and Camp Lejeune. Every time we visit a military base we are reminded just how special the people who protect this country are – their dedication, courtesy, and drive to excel in what they do. We hear some of the most inspirational and selfless stories from all kinds of American military people and their families. We are so honored to be with them again. The Exchange people are just fantastic. They continue to make us feel most welcome and assist us in every way. Thanks so much to all!!
Alexandra had signings at the Barnes and Noble stores in Ann Arbor (picture below), Grand Rapids, Lansing and Kalamazoo Michigan in July. As always, we have had great support and met a wonderful group of people. The B&N folks are just amazing in their attitude, assistance and hard work. Thanks so much to all of them and to the people in Michigan who bought The Right Guard. Would love to hear your critiques!!
Will visit the Spy Museum on the 15th of September. They have listed a review, attached. Please stop by and see me!!
An excerpt from the below review:
“The book reads like a film, the scenes rapidly progressing back and forth between the CIA and The Right Guard…. Days later I found my mind drifting back to the book after reading current political news. This one will stay with you.”
The Right Guard by Alexandra Hamlet
Part of: Reviews in Brief
Author: Scott Deitche — Published: Jul 22, 2012 at 3:04 pm
While researching the role of the Mafia in pre-Castro Cuba, I was surprised at one particular racket that was above the usual loansharking and gambling. For years the Mafia was involved with the theft of of weapons and supplies from National Guard depots and military bases. Though this was in the 1950s, the crimes continued, perpetrated by a variety of criminals from mobsters to gangbangers to domestic terrorists. There was a particularly noted streak of thefts in the mid- to late-’70s. Those ’70s crimes form the basis for the debut novel from Alexandra Hamlet, The Right Guard.
CIA agent Eric Brent is assigned to go undercover and find out who is behind a series of robberies from military bases. He uncovers a conspiracy that infiltrates the highest levels of government, a parallel army looking to take over the United States. Though set in 1978, the plot could easily be taking place now. The storyline echoes some of the more extreme conversations taking place now about the role of government and the direction of the country.
The story is a solid and somewhat unique political thriller. Even the ending is not what I expected. Hamlet has a varied background including as a defense anthropologist. She knows the ins and outs of defense operations. To that end, I would have liked to see more action, but it probably would not have fit the story as well. All in all, The Right Guard is a strong debut novel.
Results announced today of the 2012 International Book Awards. The Right Guard was entered in 4 categories…and it won three and was a finalist in the fourth. http://www.internationalbookawards.com/2012awardannouncement.html
Categories won are:
Best New Fiction
Best New E-Book: Fiction