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Spotlight & $25 GC Giveaway: Racing the Dream by M.T. Bass

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Book Description of Racing the Dream


“If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.” ~Mario Andretti


Strap down the 5-point harness in the cockpit of a Formula 1 air racing plane and join Hawk as he chases victory! First on their amateur make-shift course over Antelope Acres, then on the re-emerging pylon racing circuit in the early 1960s. And finally, as Hawk battles 7 other top-level pilots at the very first National Air Racing Championship event in Reno!


Abandoning the cloth and his African mission, Father Bob returns to his slide rule to design Hawk’s racer. Sparks, his loyal yet surly mechanic, built it and wrenching both on the engine—as well as on Hawk—keeps them at the front of the pack. Home again in Los Angeles from behind the stick of a T-6 Texan as a mercenary in the Congo civil war, air racing is a new aviation adventure for Hawk. Ride along as he tangles with fellow pilots in “uncooperative formation flying” at two-hundred miles per hour a mere fifty feet off the ground!


And then one day cruising home to Van Nuys airport, Hawk spies Allison, a beach-blonde surfer girl, insanely wing walking on the top wing of a Stearman PT-17 bi-plane. He quickly sets his sights on her.


Fly low…Fly fast…and Turn Left…



Read an Excerpt of Racing the Dream


Racing the Dream book coverChapter 2 — The Wing Walker


“Hey, Scotty…” She climbed down out of the cockpit, hopped off the wing, and walked our way. “Who’s your friend?”


“Him? Oh, just Hawk. He’s got a green Goodyear racer over in the D hangars.”


“Yeah. I’ve seen it.” Allison came over. I’m only five-eight which put me in a fighter pilot’s slot, so her dark emerald eyes met me eyeball-to-eyeball. She held out her hand. “I’m Allison. Nice to meet you.”


“Pleasure’s all mine,” I said, taking her hand, trying hard not to crack a lecherous smile. I looked over at her plane. “This is a nice-looking ride. Really clean, too.”


“Have to keep up appearances for the crowds,” she said.


“Yeah, Scotty was telling me. So, who does the wing walking? You or Doug?”


She gave me a coy smile. “That would be me. No one wants to see my stupid brother risking life and limb, now, would they?”


“You know what they say about skydivers: fools jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. And here you are climbing out on the wing without a chute.”


“It’s a living.”


“I was telling Scotty, I haven’t been in one of these since primary training.”


She looked me up one side and down the other. “You don’t look so old.”


“Ouch!” Scotty shook his head and covered his eyes.“That’s got to burn a bit.”


“What a maroon.” I glared at him. “I’ve got a few hours on the engine, but I’m nowhere near TBO.”


“I mean—” Allison sputtered. “I—ah…”


“Come on, he’s ancient.” Scotty grabbed my shoulder and squeezed. “Damn near an aviation fossil. How many Fokker’s did you shoot down in the War—World War One, that is?”


She hung her head and blushed a bit. “Hey, I’m sorry.”


“No worries. Just take me for a ride sometime,” I said.


“Sure.” Allison looked up and smiled. “I’d like that.”


“Good. Let’s get your plane back in the hangar.”


Scotty and I went back and grabbed the tail to push it inside.


“You dog, you,” Scotty muttered at me.


“More like a cat,” I said, “with nine lives.”




Interview with Author M.T. Bass


What inspired you to come up with the idea for your book?

In a series about aviation adventures, air racing definitely tops the list of book ideas. After the Cleveland Air Races were canceled in 1950, the sport waned in the fifties until there were no races at all from 1960 to 1963, so this was the perfect time to get Hawk involved in the revival of Formula 1 pylon racing leading up to the start of the National Championship Air Races in 1964.


Do you have a favorite scene? If so, what was it?

Of course, as a pilot myself all of the racing scenes are great, but my favorite chapter is “The Albatross Hotel” where Hawk and Allison go on their first official dinner date and get to know one another.  The Albatross was infamous in Hollywood for clandestine romantic trysts. Clueless Hawk gets tricked into making a reservation there by his buddy, Al McGuire, and Allison catches him on it. It was fun to write.


Is there a character you’d trade places with? If so, why?

Of course, Hawk. He’s a pilot, fabulously wealthy, and (spoiler alert) he gets the girl, too.


When you’re not writing, what are you up to?

I am a Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor. Beyond that, I ride my motorcycle, play a little golf, perform occasionally as a singer/guitarist, and sit out back with Lola, consuming her fine cooking and staring at Lake Erie.


What other books have you written? Do you have a favorite book (out of the ones you’ve written)?

Racing the Dream is my eleventh novel and it is definitely my second favorite of all my books.  But at the top of the list is Somethin’ for Nothin’, about two Ohio State dropouts who head to the Great White North to get rich working on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, but get sucked into a Treasure of the Sierra Madre-type mis-adventure.  I think the story has one of the best endings of all my books.


Print or e-books–do you have a preference?

Definitely print books…but the ugly truth is that I read eBooks almost exclusively anymore. I can carry my whole library on my iPad mini without breaking my back.



About Author M.T. Bass


M.T. Bass is a scribbler of fiction who holds fast to the notion that while victors may get to write history, novelists get to write/right reality. He lives, writes, flies and makes music in Mudcat Falls, USA.

Born in Athens, Ohio, M.T. Bass grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, majoring in English and Philosophy, then worked in the private sector (where they expect “results”) mainly in the Aerospace & Defense manufacturing market. He is the author of twelve novels, two novellas, and a book of verse. His writing spans various genres, including Mystery, Adventure, Romance, Black Comedy and TechnoThrillers. A Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor, airplanes and pilots are featured in many of his stories. Bass currently lives on the shores of Lake Erie near Lorain, Ohio.


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Stories by M.T. Bass

White Hawk Aviation Adventure Stories

My Brother’s Keeper


Racing the Dream


Murder by Munchausen Sci-Fi Thriller Series

Murder by Munchausen

The Darknet

The Invisible Mind

Motherless Children

Murder by Munchausen Trilogy: Books 1-3


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Somethin’ for Nothin’

In the Black





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