Book Promo: As the Crow Flies

True Crime with a Twist: Drug Smuggler’s Case Results in Unlikely Bond

Theirs was a friendship no one saw coming. Freddie Crow was an international drug smuggler; Ed Hudson was a law enforcement officer on the case. In the end, compassion trumped any past rivalry, and one man walked the other to death’s door.

As the Crow Flies: The Redemption of an International Drug Smuggler is the captivating true story of Freddie Crow told with compelling authenticity by the officer himself, Ed Hudson.

Freddie Crow grew up in a small town in northwest Florida and developed a taste for excitement at an early age. He learned to fly when he was only a teenager and parlayed that talent into a lucrative career, piloting planeloads of marijuana from Central America into North Florida. He had the highly sought-out ability to navigate a plane so low over the Gulf of Mexico that he could actually fly under the radar.

But while Crow busied himself flying in loads of contraband, a team of determined law enforcement officers along with a prosecutor worked diligently to build a case. Their perseverance paid off, and the walls around Crow crumbled. Facing a life sentence, he opted to cooperate with officials in exchange for a reduced sentence.

Fully understanding the harm he had done, Crow sought forgiveness from his friends, his family, his country and God. He found redemption, and he met the love of his life. Then the bottom dropped out.

As the Crow Flies is a real story about real people and how their choices impacted those around them. It’s a story about family. It’s a story about forgiveness. It’s a story about two people, once on opposing sides of the law, who came together and became friends — as if directed by God — just in time for a life sentence of a different kind.

Author Ed Hudson grew up in rural Northwest Florida, where he spent his youth working on farms, toting bricks and blocks, making mortar for his father’s masonry business and attending school. He later earned an associate of science degree in law enforcement and a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice administration. He worked with the Century Police Department and as a deputy at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department, where he patrolled the highways for nine years. In 1990, he transferred to the narcotics unit and became a special agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in 1993.

Hudson worked a variety of cases with his fellow FDLE agents along with agents from the DEA, ATF, U.S. Customs and Secret Service. He was promoted to Special Agent Supervisor in 2004 and remained in this position until retirement on October 1, 2014.

Today, Hudson spends his retirement gardening and fishing whenever possible. He enjoys time with his granddaughters, especially when fishing, and with friends if they’re going fishing.  He serves his community through the Walnut Hill Baptist Church and as a member of the Walnut Hill Ruritan Club, an organization that lends a hand to those in need. Then he goes fishing. As the Crow Flies is his first book.

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As the Crow Flies: The Redemption of an International Drug Smuggler
Publisher: Storehouse Media Group
Release Date: September 1, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-943106-55-4
ISBN: 978-1-943106-56-1
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Book Promo: Baseball Dads: A Love Story!

Baseball Dads: A Love Story!

by Matthew S. Hiley

Father. Husband. Coach. Golfer. Successful landscaping company owner.

Hero. Pothead. Vigilante. Murderer. Outlaw. Jedi.

Meet Dwayne Devero. He’s just like you and me, except he simply doesn’t give a s**t any more. He’s had enough. He’s done with people living life wrong. You’ll do it right, or he’ll bury you under the bases at the ballpark where he coaches. It’s just that simple.

Tired of poor decisions being made all around him, from the politics of player positions on his son’s little league baseball team to the philandering of his wife in his own bedroom, Dwayne decides that breaking is better than bending. What follows is a wild ride full of carnage and revenge, led by a man who will stop at absolutely nothing to bring honor back to his family, his community… and children’s baseball.

Baseball Dads is a pitch black comedy by author Matthew S. Hiley in which one man takes on the duty of bludgeoning honor back into a sometimes dishonorable world.

Baseball Dads… Sex, drugs, murder, and children’s baseball.

Author Biography

Matthew S. Hiley was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended Texas Christian University, and then Northwood University, where he met his wife. They have four children together, along with five dogs, six cats, and two lizards (he’s into the animal rescue thing).

After several years in the business world, Hiley decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In 2010 he published his first novel, Hubris Falls, which was met with much critical acclaim. Hubris Falls dealt, in very raw language, with the taboo realities in race, religion, and politics.

In 2011, tired of the sewer-cycle of politics and pop-culture the country had become submerged in, he published his second novel, The Candidates: Based on a True Country. This dark and absurd comedy took swipes at the hypocrisy and self-serving nature of those leading the country, as well as the fame-whores in reality television.

In 2014, the twisted comic mind of Matthew S. Hiley struck again. ‘Baseball Dads’ tells the story of Dwayne Devero, a man who just can’t take it anymore. Tired of poor decisions being made all around him, from the little league baseball field to his own bedroom, Dwayne decides that breaking is better than bending. What follows is a wild ride full of carnage and revenge, led by a man who will stop at nothing to bring honor back to his family… and baseball.

Throughout all of Hiley’s books, there is always a strong message to be found. Sure, you may have to wade through some harsh language, crazy sex, and a plethora of drugs to find it… But it’s there, and it might just slap you in the face when you’re least expecting it.

A terrible musician, a reprehensible fisherman, a less-than-mediocre golfer, and a talentless children’s baseball coach, Matthew S. Hiley has found his place in life as a writer whose voice is sharp, witty, and unafraid.