Thursday, September 15, 2011

Book Tour: When No One is Watching

Book Tour: When No One is Watching: by Joseph Hayes

Welcome to my stop on the tour, I am really excited to be participating! What a phenomenal book to read just before we embark on the political craziness that the Presidential Elections have become. This story is fictional, but is very believable and realistic, especially with all the insane stories about politicians that the news seems to always be plagued with. The politician in this story has an accident, but rather than deal with any consequences or potential political fallout from this, he chooses to frame someone that is supposed to be his friend to take the fall. The irony that the main character is a Chicago politician was not lost on me;)

I love how Mr. Hayes faces the issue of "The Greater Good" head on in this book. While this is an issue that politicians face frequently, really we all face it at some point, just on a smaller scale within our families and circles of friends. Everyone goes to some measure at some point to justify mistakes that they make, when ultimately the RIGHT thing to do is to own up to our mistakes and their consequences. Regardless of how big or small the mistake is, the act of denial is still the same.

As usual, I don't like spoiling anything in books, so I don't want to go into too much detail as to the events that  unfold and what their outcomes are. I have included the synopsis though so you can get a feel for the book, and decide if you'd like to purchase your own copy to read, and I hope you do! I included the link to the Kindle version of When No One is Watching, which is currently priced at a very affordable $8.95!

Synopsis: On the eve of announcing his run for Congress, a charismatic Chicago politician causes a deadly accident. Panicked, he frames his best friend, a good-hearted alcoholic, and flees the scene. As one man tries to pick up the pieces of his shattered life, the other embarks on a meteoric rise to political stardom. But when a dogged detective digs deeper into the case, the political superstar must decide just how far he is willing to go to keep his dark secret. Author Joseph combines page-turning suspense with a poignant tale of inspiration and redemption as he asks, is "the greater good" just a lie we tell ourselves to justify the sins we commit when no one is watching?

AUTHOR BIO: Joseph Hayes is a native of Chicago. He grew up in a family of eight children in the Beverly neighborhood on Chicago’s Far South Side, where the Irish-Catholic heritage and influence was strong and visible. Joe attended St. Barnabas Elementary School, Brother Rice High School and De Paul University before leaving Chicago to attend law school in California, at UC Berkeley. Since graduating from Berkeley, he has practiced law in Chicago, San Diego and Houston. Joe currently serves as chief ethics officer and assistant general counsel for a large, publicly held company based in Houston, Texas, and is widely recognized as one of the foremost experts in his field. In his professional capacity, he has written extensively about legal and ethical issues and frequently speaks about such issues be! fore employee and industry groups. When No One is Watching is his first work of fiction. His second novel, a legal thriller entitled Consequential Damages, is expected to be published soon.
Joe currently resides in The Woodlands, Texas, with his wife, Susan, and their three children, Amy, Sean and Erin.


Contests recognize outstanding independently published books

THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS. Joseph Hayes, author of the highly acclaimed When No One is Watching, has been named as a finalist in the category of Inspirational Fiction by the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Aspiring to be the “Sundance” for indie books, this is the nation’s largest nonprofit awards program for small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers and self-published authors.

Hayes was also recognized as a finalist in the category of New Fiction (First Book) by the National Indie Excellence Awards, which celebrates the “best of the best” in independent press.

In When No One is Watching, Hayes spins a tale involving ambition, corruption and scandal within Chicago political circles. Within the framework of this page-turning thriller is a compelling contemporary morality play dealing with ethics, personal responsibility and making a difference. It explores the rationalizations our political leaders often make – justifying their self-serving personal agendas in the name of promoting the “greater good.” It examines the notion that character and integrity are defined by how we behave when no one is watching, and the far-reaching consequences of the decisions we make when facing ethical dilemmas. It also explores the impact of guilt on the human mind and heart and searches for inspiration and heroism in unexpected places.

Joseph Hayes is a native of Beverly on the city’s South Side. He graduated from St. Barnabas elementary school, Brother Rice High School and De Paul University before attending law school at the University of California at Berkeley. Hayes is an attorney and currently serves as chief ethics officer for a Fortune 1000 Company based in Houston, Texas.

More information about the book can be found at

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***Disclosure: I received a complementary copy of this book to facilitate the review. No positive opinion was requested or required, all opinions expressed are solely mine and were not influenced in any way. No monetary compensation was exchanged.***

1 comment:

CMash said...

Phenomenal review and posting. Thank you.