INTERVIEW: With Action-Adventure Author Edward M. Hochsmann Plus Giveaway!

Today, we welcome Action/Adventure author Edward Hochsmann to Novels Alive to find out a little more about this intrepid adventurer.

What group did you hang out with in high school?

The brainiacs, I’m afraid. I’m much cooler now though!

What are you passionate about these days?

My writing.  Honestly.

If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?

I would do more research into marketing and have a better strategy for investing in advertising. I spent way too much money on social media ads that were useless.

Ebook or print? And why?

If you have to choose, choose E-book, because that’s where the market for indie writers is. However, there is no reason not to do print on Amazon (free setup) or Ingramspark ($49 setup, free if you are with the Alliance of Independent Authors) if you don’t mind the effort of setting the book in the right format and style.

What is your favorite scene in this book?

Dagger QuestKauai’s nick-of-time rescue of Ben and Simmons

Caribbean Counterstrike—the hospital scene where Victoria awakens to find Ben revived from his coma.

Bravely and FaithfullyKauai’s rescue of the DIA team and escape from Ile Ste. Michel

About The Book

Cutter Kauai Sea Adventures: Books 1-3

Dagger Quest

An aging Coast Guard patrol boat is all that stands between the world and nuclear annihilation!

The world is on the brink of war, with NATO mobilizing to counter a Russian threat to Poland and Lithuania and leaders openly discussing war options. In the midst of the crisis, a Russian bomber collides with a U.S. fighter off Florida causing the accidental launch of a nuclear-tipped hypersonic missile.

A Coast Guard cutter on a routine patrol finds a drug-laden sailboat smashed and adrift north of the Florida Keys. The boat’s damage is from a near miss by the Russian missile which has not harmlessly flown deep into the Gulf of Mexico as initially thought, but crashed somewhere in the Keys.

The Coast Guard crew is in a race against a vicious and powerful international crime syndicate to find and recover the Russian nuke before its discovery can trigger a nuclear war.

Exploring the friendship and teamwork of a typical ship’s crew, in the face of unexpected and hazardous challenges, Dagger Quest provides a fast-paced, taut story – excellent fare for both sea adventure and military thriller fans.



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Caribbean Counterstrike

Mission: Five days to destroy the enemy in the Caribbean before a catastrophic weapon is unleashed—but all he can think about is the woman he left behind…

The deadliest nerve gas ever made has fallen into the hands of a murderous Caribbean drug cult. The criminal 252 Syndicate has the gas in a secret lab on an oil rig servicing ship, but the ship has been taken for ransom by the Salinas Cartel in a violent drug war. The U.S. can’t use airstrikes and calls on Coast Guard Officer Ben Wyporek to lead his crew through a risky covert raid on the Salinas cult’s fortified island base. He accepts the assignment, but remembers a previous lethal encounter with the 252s and struggles to say goodbye to the love of his life, Victoria Carpenter.

Ben and his crew aboard the stealth-equipped Cutter Kauai must sneak into the harbor and tow the ship away. But if Kauai is detected and defeated, death by gas or at the hands of vicious adversaries will follow. Now, every decision Ben makes will determine the fate of his entire crew—and the chances of reuniting with Victoria.

This second book of the series builds on the friendships and teamwork of Kauai’s crew, this time in the face of several challenging missions and one potentially lethal encounter. It is a worthy sequel to Dagger Quest that sea adventure and military thriller fans will enjoy.



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Bravely and Faithfully

A New Captain’s First Patrol Turns into a Fight for Their Lives

Young Coast Guard Lieutenant Haley Reardon has not even gotten her feet on the ground on her new patrol boat command when she finds herself and her crew supporting a dangerous covert mission. They must insert and retrieve a Defense Intelligence Agency operations team trying to seize a transnational criminal syndicate boss from a small Caribbean island controlled by a front company of the Chinese government and protected by a superior military force.

A honeymoon period would be lovely, but, as always, the world gets a vote.

Can Haley avoid leaving the DIA team to their fate, when attempting to rescue them could destroy her crew and boat and lead to war?

This third installment of the series conveys the humor, friendships, and teamwork of Kauai’s crew from the previous books, with a new series of exciting actions from search and rescue to combat. The crew and their new skipper must come together for the toughest mission they have ever faced.



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About The Author

Edward Hochsmann is the pen name of a retired U. S. Coast Guard search and rescue and law enforcement professional. The veteran mariner, aviator, college professor, and defense analyst has added “author” to his list of experiences. Ed likes reading, police procedurals, contemporary music on the road, and classical music in the office. After a career traveling from Australia in the west to Italy and Germany in the east, Ed has settled into a quiet life in the Florida Panhandle to focus on writing (and not shoveling snow!)

Ed has two novels published right now (plus one launching in August 2022) in the Cutter Kauai Sea Adventures series about a Coast Guard patrol boat assigned to “special” missions. Dagger Quest takes place in the Florida Keys and involves an aging Coast Guard patrol boat dragooned into a search for a lost Russian nuclear weapon in a time of international crisis. The second, Caribbean Counterstrike, features the same patrol boat and crew, now with equipment and training upgrades, sent to recover a deadly nerve gas from a murderous Caribbean drug cartel. Bravely and Faithfully has Kauai, under a new captain supporting a covert raid on a Caribbean island held by the Chinese.

Ed’s second series, C6S: Patrol Force deals with a combined defense establishment and constabulary for a galactic economic empire called the Confederation of the Six Systems (C6S). Ed has published two novellas and a novel-length collection late last year.


Blog Tour Schedule

August 2: Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters
August 4: Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read
August 9: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
August 11: Independent Authors
August 16: Sandra’s Book Club
August 18: Fabulous and Brunette
August 23: The Avid Reader
August 25: Literary Gold
August 30: Sea’s Nod
September 1: All the Ups and Downs
September 6: FUONLYKNEW
September 8: Bibliomanaic Aza
September 13: fundinmental
September 15: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
September 20: Natural bri
September 22: Beyond Romance
September 27: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
September 29: Enchanting Reviews – review
October 4: Author C.A.Milson
October 6: The Faerie Review
October 11: Our Town Book Reviews
October 13: Iron Canuck Reviews & More
October 18: Novels Alive
October 20: Wake Up Your Wild Side
October 25: Dawn’s Reading Nook
October 27: Westveil Publishing
November 1: BooksChatter
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November 8: It’s Raining Books
November 10: Long and Short Reviews

Dayna Linton
Dayna Linton
Dayna is the owner of not only Novels Alive but of Day Agency, a full-service self-publishing agency for independent authors. She has been assisting independent authors to achieve their dreams of becoming published authors for over 15 years. From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors to the first-time author to every author in between. Dayna is a self-professed bibliophile. While dancing has always been her first love, reading came as a very, very close second, with gardening coming in as a close third. Dayna is also the divorced mom of four adult children and a very proud grandma. She is also a web designer, social media specialist, book blogger, and reviewer. She's a long-time Disney lover and a Utah Jazz, Utah Utes, and Dallas Cowboys fan. See Dayna's reviews here: Dayna's Reviews


  1. Hello, everybody, Ed Hochsmann here. I want to thank Ms. Linton and the crew of Novels Alive for offering the opportunity to appear on the blog. My series is about an aging Coast Guard patrol boat, USCG Cutter Kauai, and her crew, taken out of the normal cycle of operations and inserted into the world of covert missions, spies, and international crime.

    These books are character-driven, based on personal experience and knowledge, with the best qualities of the many wonderful people I met in the Coast Guard woven into the stories. I aim to put you in the story alongside the characters, experiencing the excitement, fear, humor, joy, and sadness of an elite team of maritime professionals as they face extraordinary challenges. I think you will enjoy the books and if you have any questions that could remove any doubt of that, please ask—I am at your service at

    I look forward to your comments and questions, and thank you and Novels Alive again for your consideration.

  2. Good morning, Ed, I hope that the day finds you well. I was curious after reading your bio again about all of the places that you have traveled and which country/continent/ocean was your favorite?

    • Thanks, Bea. If I had to pick a single country, it would be the UK – I have always enjoyed myself when I have visited London because of the history. Close second would be Australia, which doubles for the continent, not for the scenery (although all the animals are cool), but for the people, who are totally awesome.

  3. Great interview and excerpts, The Cutter Kauai Sea Adventures sounds like adventures that I will enjoy taking port in!

    Thanks for sharing them with me and have a terrific day!


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