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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tom Abrahams' "Allegiance" borrows from TV career

Tom Abrahams' sophomore novel Allegiance


Tom Abrahams
Tom Abrahams
Should we preface Tom Abrahams' name with KTRK abc13 anchor or novelist? As he writes more books, maybe the latter.

As I alerted you in November, Abrahams is back with his sophomore book Allegiance which promises beer, redheads and politics. I like it already.

From the blurb: "Jackson Quick really should have known better. First, he trusted a Texas politician. Then he fell for a leggy, redheaded woman. And worst of all, he drank a beer that tasted funny. Now he’s running for his life, trying to piece together how he became the unwitting pawn in a corporate battle over something so small it takes a high-powered microscope to see it."

This go around, Abrahams is writing about things in his own life. The book, published by Post Hill Press, takes place in Houston, Austin and West Texas. Oh yeah, and the story might even take a little bit from his day job.

"There is a character in the new book who is a fictional Houston television journalist," Abrahams told "He's an amalgamation of people I've known throughout my 20 plus years in the business. I haven't ruled out writing a novel with a TV reporter as the protagonist, but it's not on the drawing board just yet."

Here's a suggestion...a TV consumer reporter with a white wig, blue glasses and loud suits that solves crimes on the side. His name - Zarvin Mindler. OK, maybe I call dibs on that one.

His first book, Sedition, received positive reviews with one even comparing Abrahams to Tom Clancy.

Abrahams told me last year that he put himself on a consistent writing schedule, writing about 600 to 1000 words a day before leaving for work.  That dedication has paid off as the TV anchorman is putting the finishing touches on his third book which continues the Allegiance story.

"I’ve already written the sequel, which is in the rewrite phase and I hope to have out late 2014," Abrahams said.

In the meantime, you can catch Abrahams in the flesh at a book signing happening 6:30pm, February 20th at Murder By The Book (2342 Bissonnet St. - Houston).

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