Publisher: Three Clover Press (May, 2015) C
ategory: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Tour Date: May/June, 2015
Available in: Print & ebook, 325 Pages
From the award winning author of 'My Splendid Concubine' and 'Running With the Enemy' comes 'The Redemption of Don Juan Casanova'!
Don Juan Casanova wants to discover what it’s like to be loved by only one woman. His problem is that he was raised by his grandparents to become a Lothario, who loves and then leaves women for the next conquest, and as he approaches 40, he is facing a crisis. His grandfather and then younger brother have been viciously murdered, and Don is the prime suspect. As he struggles to stay out of jail and end his life of serial seductions and find one woman to love, he’s discovering it isn’t easy to kick an old habit, and his mother isn’t helping by quoting scripture every chance she gets in an attempt to change her son’s lifestyle of sin for one of piety.
Praise for 'Running With the Enemy' by Lloyd Lofthouse:
Runner Up in General Fiction: 2013 Beach Book Festival Honorable Mentions in General Fiction: 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival 2013 San Francisco Book Festival 2013 Hollywood Book Festival 2013 New York Book Festival "Obviously drawn from the author's first-hand experiences as a Marine serving in Vietnam, Running with the Enemy is a rough but occasionally heartfelt war story. ... The book is sometimes too obviously drawn from his experience. But ultimately that's a small complaint about a book that, on the whole, is quite good and has a lot to say about the nature of the conflict ." - 21st Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards commentary from an anonymous judge
"This book grabbed hold of me. It has left me knowing just how horrific conditions were for those who fought in Vietnam, and I applaud those who survived."-Lisa Binion, The News In Books
“I found Running with the Enemy captivating and well worth reading and enjoyed such a different type of historical novel from Mr. Lofthouse than his previous. Since Mr. Lofthouse is a former Marine and Vietnam veteran, I am sure he drew from some of his personal experiences and I shudder to think of some of these experiences.”- M. Denise C.
“Running With the Enemy is a gut-wrenching page-turner at once a historical rendering of the Vietnam-American war, a suspense-thriller involving the framing of an innocent man forced to go on the run, and a passionate love story. As an historical novel, it renders an intricate tapestry of the era, the geography, and the several cultures in confrontation at that time. As a suspense-thriller it grips on page one and keeps your heart racing page after page with hardly a paragraph of relief. As a war story, it depicts war as the bloody, hell that it is–a place in which the mettle of the honorable is tested and honed in the same landscape where sociopaths thrive and reach the heights of power and influence. As a love story, it portrays the way a bond between two hearts can transcend race, religion, politics, national identity and family loyalty, defying all convention, tradition, prejudice and law to claim their right to have each other. The characters are all deftly drawn and believable and if they exist beyond a page or two they will leave their mark on the reader who has come to care about them whether it is to love them, admire them, hate them or simply be amused by them. I can wholeheartedly recommend Running With the Enemy as a story that rewards the time and effort invested. Its impact will linger long after the last page is turned.”-Joystory
Praise for 'My Splendid Concubine':
Finalist in Fiction & Literature: Historical Fiction: The National "Best Books 2010" Awards, December 2010 Honorable Mentions in General Fiction: 2012 San Francisco Book Festival 2012 New York Book Festival 2012 London Book Festival 2013 DIY Book Festival “My Splendid Concubine is packed cover to cover with intriguing characters and plot, a must read for historical fiction fans and a fine addition to any collection on the genre.” Midwest Book Review
“Lloyd Lofthouse believes Hart was motivated to destroy his papers not out of shame but out of privacy: ‘What he had with Ayaou was something special he wanted to keep to himself. I don’t think he would approve of My Splendid Concubine … but we live in a different age than Victorian England. I feel that this love story deserves to be told.’ ”- Anneli Rufus , East Bay Express
“Historical fiction potboiler, yes. But where the `Concubine’ saga truly shines is its thought-provoking passages on relationships, attitudes and cultural differences.”-Tom Carter, author of China: Portrait of a People
“Told in descriptive detail and such beauty of the Chinese culture that I did not want it the story to end. A very well written and impeccably researched story that I highly recommend to the historical fiction fan. A lot of history but not written like a history book. This book does have a lot of sexual content in it but told in a very tasteful way. I really enjoyed this book.”- Kathleen Kelly, Celtic Lady
About Lloyd Lofthouse:
Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, who worked as a maître d’ in a 15 million dollar nightclub for a few years. He also taught English literature in the public schools for most of 30 years where he explored Romeo and Juliet with thousands of high school students. A romantic at heart, in his award winning novels, he tests true love in difficult situations and the challenges of keeping that love alive. My Splendid Concubine, his first novel, is an epic love story that teaches acceptance and respect for other people and their cultures. Running with the Enemy, his second novel, is a love story that will either cost the characters their lives or will complete each other’s hearts. The Redemption of Don Juan Casanova, his third novel, is the story of a man raised in a world of sin and seduction, who craves the love of one woman but fears, because of his infamous reputation as a libertine, that he’ll never find a woman to love who will trust him to be faithful. Lloyd Lofthouse lives with his family in California’s San Francisco Bay area.
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Meet Lloyd Lofthouse
Tell us your latest news?
My latest news arrived as an early morning e-mail that let me know my third book, a memoir, Crazy is Normal: a classroom exposé, had earned its fifth literary award, an honourable mention at the 2015 Los Angeles Book Festival.
Can you tell us a little bit about your latest work?
Don, the main character, is looking for a meaningful and lasting relationship and attempting to escape his life as the resident lothario of his wealthy and powerful family’s infamous west coast palace of a night club, the Aphrodisiac Academe.
He thinks he finds that woman in Lexi, one of the singers who appears regularly at the club, but then there is the mysterious Gabriella from France, in addition to one of Don’s most trusted friends, Mandy, who he loves and protects as if she were his sister. But, when his grandfather Jonah and then his younger brother Dion are both murdered, he becomes the prime suspect, and that puts obstacles in his path to finding the lasting love he is searching for.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Don Juan Casanova fears that he won’t be able to settle down with one woman to love for the rest of his life, because his grandparents raised him to be a lothario, a seducer of women, and this has been his lifestyle for most of his life.
Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?
If we count the setting as a character, then yes, because the main setting in The Redemption of Don Juan Casanova comes from the Red Onion restaurant and nightclub where I worked as a maître d in the early 1980s.
Don, the character in the title, and his close friend Ben, are compilations of friends I’ve known. In fact, Don’s grandfather Jonah was created—sort of—from an old friend I’ve known for almost 40 years (not the same name though). In addition, Ricky, Don’s older brother is modelled after my older brother whose name was Richard. He has been gone for more than 15 years, and I called him DiDi in real life.
What actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character?
He would have to be Johnny Depp.
Where do your ideas come from?
the life I have lived and a wild imagination
Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself? Where did you get the inspiration for your cover?
Yes, I designed this cover myself and the inspiration came from all those long nights so many years ago when I was working the front desk at the Red Onion restaurant and nightclub as its maître d, and the many nights I danced in the club after my shift ended about midnight. I remember looking through the mostly glass wall that separated the lobby of the restaurant from the night club and watching the dancers in front of the stage bobbing like wild pagans as the live entertainment played music that shook the walls and vibrated the floor beneath my feet.
Ok, now some fun questions….
White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?
Dark Chocolate and my favourite is Theo Organic Fair Trade Orange 70% Dark Chocolate
What is your favourite colour?
Winter or Summer?
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
What are three things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
a pocket knife and pepper spray
Are you a technology buff (i.e have every electronic gadget known to man)?
Sort of but I don’t have every electronic gadget known to man.
What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and enjoyed?
Continuum seasons 1, 2 and 3, but on my list of favourites, this TV show ranks 3rd behind Games of Thrones for 2nd place and Elementary for 1st.
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