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“ACE CARROWAY AND THE BLOG MONSTER”
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In this fourth blog tour stop, we meet one of Ace’s five associates, the one that goes by the name nickname Gooper. Our normal interviewer, Mr. Bigg Faquir, has been arrested on charges of graft and corruption and is unavailable. I’ll have to ask the questions as a wide gentleman in a tweed coat arrives. He has massive shoulders and very little neck. His uncombed hair and mustache blaze a vivid red, but his pallid skin tones are fish belly white. His smile is friendly, but the chair groans under his weight.
GW: Hello, Gooper.
Gooper: Cheers, mate.
GW: What’s your full name?
Gooper: Me name’s Phileas Locknard, one o’ the Locknards of East London. Of which not a one of us is famous, exceptin’ p’raps Uncle Wobble, ‘oo is locally famous for ‘is appetite. ‘E can eat ‘alf ‘is weight in beef at a sittin’, ‘e can.
GW: Fascinating. How did you come to the nickname Gooper?
Gooper: Ow, that. Well, it was at uni. The rugby team called me Stinky for me interest in biology.
GW: Biology. Right.
Gooper: But there was a chemist on the team, so ‘e became Stinky, an’ I became Gooper, on account of microorganisms bein’ slimy, an’ amphibians bein’ slimy, ‘an most things biological bein’ slimy on the inside.
GW: It sounds a little insulting to me. Did you resist that name?
Gooper: Naw. Oi got lucky. Team captain was Oinker. We ‘ad a half-back named Dough-head an’ an ‘ooker name o’ Muddy. Short for muddy-pants, meanin’ ‘e couldn’t ‘old ‘is fudge.
GW: I’m not sure I understand. I think I’m a little lost in your accent. It’s quite thick.
Gooper: Too right, guv.
GW: How did you meet Ace Carroway?
Gooper: The Great War broke out an’ I joined the Regular Army. After a few skirmishes, Oi got sent ter Soissons. Met Tombstone there. ‘E’s an American bloke, an’ one o’ Ace’s crew. Bloody battle, Soissons. Tombstone an’ Oi got captured an’ sent to Camp 68, an’ from there to St. Vith, to the airplane factory. Ace rode in the truck wif us, from the prison to the factory.
GW: You were prisoners of war?
Gooper: Aye. But yew can read about all that in ACE CARROWAY AND THE GREAT WAR.
GW: True! So, when you retire, what do you think you’d want to do?
Gooper: Well, maybe Oi’d work at a zoological garden. Oi do love animals.
GW: I understand. Any other part time jobs you might like?
Gooper: P’raps a game warden of some kind. Protect the elephants or somesuch.
GW: Sounds noble.
Gooper: Plus, Oi could break th’ arms an’ legs of some poachers.
GW: The way you smack your fists together is intimidating, sir.
Gooper: Does that mean the arm-wrestling match is off?
GW: What? What arm-wrestling match?
Gooper: Ow, come on, guv! Give it a try. Oi’ll go easy on yeh.
GW: Ack! No!
Because the interview broke off ahead of schedule due to one of the parties fleeing the room, we’ll just run the quotes and the limerick.
On his ‘frenemy,’ Tombstone: “Tombstone? Blimey! Eject the underweight debauchee!”
On a job accomplished well: “Oi! Done! That’s that. Fastidious as a royal nanny.”
On German accents: “Pardon, guv’nor! It’s yer accent. Blinkin’ ’ard ter understand yeh!”
His opinion about not blowing up the fuel depot: “Conservatism? Bah! Can’t abide the stuff.”
On finally getting a bath: “Oi almost feel loike an ’omo sapiens again!”
On the biological sciences: “When I was small, me mum took me to a park. She could ’ardly get me ter leave. I was strokin’ the grass and watchin’ bugs crawl. I ’ave loved biological science ever since. That, an’ rugby.”
On life, with a rugby metaphor: “Them blokes are bein’ obtuse ’bout it, but they’re tryin’ ter cheer you on, Ace. Dive inter the ruck and slug it out!”
And a limerick:
Gooper is broad and hirsute
Biology’s his main pursuit
He’s rough in the ruck
He’s built like a truck
But he melts in the presence of ‘cute’
Join Ace Carroway and her motley gang of associates as they travel the world, solving mysteries and fighting crime.
In ACE CARROWAY and the GREAT WAR, sixteen-year-old Cecilia Carroway lies about her age and joins the war effort as a pilot. She earns her Ace nickname over France, but is forced down behind enemy lines. Escape plans are imperiled when Ace catches the attention of imperial minister Darko Dor.
Three years later, in ACE CARROWAY AROUND THE WORLD, Ace’s father dies in a hail of bullets in quiet Hyannis, Cape Cod. Lieutenant Drew Lucy is on the case, but it’s Ace Carroway at the top of his list of suspects.
In ACE CARROWAY and the HANDSOME DEVIL, Ace barely survives an assassination attempt at the hands of her old nemesis Darko Dor. Figuring the best defense is offense, she starts a detective agency in New York. Before the paint on the door dries, a new web of deception ensnares the rookie sleuths. Sudden romantic attention from a pair of handsome strangers is good, right?
The Adventures of Ace Carroway are available at many fine stores around the world.
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Wyoming native Guy Worthey traded spurs and lassos for telescopes and computers when he decided on astrophysics for a day job. Whenever he temporarily escapes the gravitational pull of stars and galaxies, he writes fiction. He lives in Washington state with his violinist wife Diane. He likes cats and dogs and plays keyboards and bass guitar. His favorite food is called creamed eggs on toast, but once in a while he heeds the siren song of chocolate.
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