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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Blog Tour Guest Post - Scarecrow on the Marsh by Don Weeks



Scarecrow on the Marsh: A Cape Cod Thriller
Author: Don Weeks
Publisher: All Things That Matter
Pages: 192
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Book Description:
When the mutilated body of renowned cosmetic surgeon Randall Landry turns up at a secluded bayside marsh in the town of Sandwich, Police Chief Thom Burrough's life is turned upside down. While investigating the murder, he and Barnstable County coroner Abby Rhodes will uncover a plot more sinister than anything they could have imagined. On the outskirts of Chatham, a group of terrorists has assembled to unleash destruction on Cape Cod.

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Interesting Facts About Don Weeks

--Don grew up before the advent of television and listened to classic radio programs as a boy. Among his favorites were Dick Tracy and The Shadow. This later inspired him to pursue a career in radio.

--One of Don’s earliest aspirations was to become a comic book artist. He was drawing his own comics by the age of seven and selling his work to classmates.

--Don was able to cash in on his artistic talent working as a graphic designer for a local NBC television affiliate.

--Don was offered various jobs in other cities multiple times over the course of his career in media. At one point, he was approached by representatives from the Walt Disney Company. He always felt connected to his home in Schenectady, New York and chose not to uproot his family.

--During the first two decades of his radio career, Don wrote, produced and performed his own comedy routines with recurring characters he created himself. He used over a hundred different voices over the years.

--Don’s morning radio show consistently maintained a top five rating in the competitive Capital District market of New York State. There are nearly 60 stations within broadcasting range of the Capital Region.

--The rough draft of Scarecrow on the Marsh was entirely hand-written. Don described himself as “old school” and liked the feel of the words flowing “out of his pen onto the page.”

--In some of the descriptive passages of Scarecrow on the Marsh, Don sought to emanate the style of renowned science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. Don’s favorite book was Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine, which he claimed to have read a dozen times.

--Cape Cod, where the novel is set, was Don’s favorite vacation getaway. One of his lifelong dreams was to purchase a summer home there.

--Don died before he could produce a final draft of Scarecrow on the Marsh. Before he passed, his son Jonathan promised to complete the project and find a publisher.

--Don’s novel was shopped around to more than thirty publishers. Jonathan considered uploading the book directly to Kindle before he received multiple contract offers.

--Jonathan has pledged all of his author royalties to the WGY Christmas Wish Campaign, which is sponsored by the radio station his father worked at for thirty years. The Christmas Wish benefits a variety of charitable causes in upstate New York with an emphasis on sick or underprivileged children.


About the Author
For over thirty years, Don Weeks was among the most popular radio personalities in the Capital District region of New York State. He received a Marconi Award for radio excellence in 2005 and was inducted into to the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame four years later. He had just completed a rough draft of Scarecrow on the Marsh when he died of Merkle Cell Cancer in March of 2015. Author royalties from this project will be donated to the WGY Christmas Wish Campaign, which benefits a variety of charitable causes. Weeks worked tirelessly over the years to help raise money for the campaign.

Jonathan Weeks has published several books on the topic of baseball--four non-fiction projects and one novel. His latest work, a mystery-thriller entitled Scarecrow on the Marsh, is a posthumous collaboration with his father--former radio icon Don Weeks, who passed away in 2015. Weeks finished the book in fulfillment of a promise he made to his father before he died.

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