Excerpt from Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I had heard a lot of good things about Neil Gaiman’s books; I knew they were hugely popular. But I had never read any of his work before. So when I saw Neverwhere, I decided to pick it up and give it a go. It is a slow start, and I just about gave up on it before things started to get interesting, but I was sure it had to pick up, and it did! What can I compare Neverwhere to? Tim Burton meets Inkheart and Monty Python? That might about cover it! Here is my teaser:

He’s a little bit dodgy in the same way that rats are a little bit covered in fur.

Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere

Neverwhere is the story of Richard Mayhew, a young London businessman with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he discovers a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her—an act of kindness that plunges him into a world he never dreamed existed.

Slipping through the cracks of reality, Richard lands in the Neverwhere—a London of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth. The Neverwhere is home to Door, the mysterious girl Richard helped in the London Above. Door, a noblewoman whose family has been murdered, is on a quest to find the agent that slaughtered her family and thwart the destruction of this underworld kingdom. If Richard is ever to return to his former life, he must join the journey to save Door’s world—and find a way to survive.

Excerpt from Finders Keepers

I am finished my Camp Nano project with the first draft of the third book of my upcoming cozy mystery series. Here’s a little sneak peak:

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

My current read is Finders Keepers by Belinda Bauer (there are, as it happens, a number of other books entitled Finders Keepers, so make sure you’re looking at the right one. A rash of kidnappings baffle the townspeople, media, and police. Multiple viewpoints converge to bring you closer to the kidnapper’s identity, and then you’re left wondering how the police are going to catch him. All of the right ingredients for a good thriller! Here is my teaser:

Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Jonas knew the stages of grief by now. He knew them backwards. He could juggle them like plates. It didn’t mean he knew how they felt.

Belinda Bauer, Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers is a spine-tingling, edge-of-your-seat thriller about an alarming spree of kidnappings in the southwest of England. The eight-year-old boy had vanished from the car and—as if by slick, sick magic—had been replaced by a note on the steering wheel: “You don’t love him.” At the height of summer a dark shadow falls across Exmoor, as children begin to disappear, with each disappearance marked only by a terse, accusatory note. There are no explanations, no ransom demands, and no hope. Policeman Jonas Holly (a character returning from Bauer’s first two novels) faces a precarious journey into the warped mind of the kidnapper if he’s to stand any chance of catching him. But—still reeling from a personal tragedy—is Jonas really up to the task? There are some who would say that, when it comes to being the first line of defense, Jonas Holly may be the last man to trust.

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Excerpt from Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Things are really hopping around here for Easter! I have two sales on, with The Life of Our Lord, by Charles Dickens and Enemy of Light, a collection of four or my suspense books, both on for $0.99 for a limited time, as well as a contest to win 16 ebooks about new beginnings.  Stock up now!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

It has been a couple of years since I read Veronica Roth’s Divergent, and I have finally gotten around to reading the rest of the series, Insurgent and Allegiant. Today’s quote is from Allegiant, the last book in the trilogy. I have just started it recently, and I’m interested to see where the plot is going to go. Things are just beginning to get interesting…

I didn’t know that idiocy caused people to just start spontaneously bleeding from the nose.

Veronica Roth, Allegiant

What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

It’s a Kindle Surprise for Easter

Those of you who are in the US may not know what “Kinder Surprise” is, since it is not allowed to be brought into the country. It is a German product (kinder means children,) a hollow chocolate egg containing a plastic egg with a toy to assemble inside it.

But, since you are not allowed to have a Kinder Surprise this Easter, the bunny has instead brought you a Kindle Surprise!

Enemy of Light is a mystery/suspense ebook collection on sale for just $0.99 for the Easter season. After that, the price is going to go up, so get it while you can.

Enemy of Light contains these four books:

Looking Over Your Shoulder

Pursued by the Past

In the Tick of Time

Loose the Dogs

 

Excerpt from Command Authority

It’s April, and that means I’ve started work on a new book. I am working on book three in my new cozy mystery series. 10,000 words and counting!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I’ve just started on another Tom Clancy/Mark Greaney book in the Jack Ryan series, Command Authority. Like all Jack Ryans, it is raw, fast paced, with a complex political background and lots of historical interest. And of course, if you are familiar with the series, the characters are as familiar as family members. As a warning, I do think this one has a few more f-bomb in it than previous books…

I might not see the iceberg in our path, but when those in charge are looking for the … lifeboat, I’m smart enough to pay attention.

Tom Clancy & Mark Greaney, Command Authority

Decades ago, as a young CIA analyst, President Jack Ryan Sr. was sent out to investigate the death of an operative—only to uncover the existence of a KGB assassin codenamed Zenith. He was never able to find the killer…

In the present, a new strongman has emerged in the ever-chaotic Russian republic—the enigmatic President Valeri Volodon. But the foundations of his personal empire are built on a bloody secret from his past. And none who know of it have lived to tell. For he has set a plot in motion—a plot to return Russia to its former glory.

But when a family friend of Ryan’s is poisoned by a radioactive agent, the trail leads to Russia. And Jack Ryan Jr.—aided by his compatriots John Clark and the covert warriors of the secretive Campus—must delve into an international conflict thirty years in the making, and finish what his father started.

With President Ryan fighting the political battle of his life, and his son fighting a silent war against a ruthless foe, global conflict becomes imminent—and the possibility of survival may soon be lost for all…

Excerpt from The Beautiful Mystery

Making Her Mark was released recently. Have a look at it, and some other great new releases too.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I have posted about the Inspector Gamache series before. It’s fun reading well-written mysteries that are based in Canada and around Canadian Culture. Louise Penny does not disappoint with The Beautiful Mystery, a murder mystery set in a fictional monastery in the wilds of Quebec.

A throat cleared.

In the great silence it sounded like a bomb. And to the abbot’s ears it sounded like what it was.

A challenge.

Louise Penny, The Beautiful Mystery

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery’s massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. One of the brothers, in this life of prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.

Free YA Books – A World of YA Fiction

Questing for a Dream and 29 other Young Adult novels are currently available as an Instafreebie download through Megan Crewe’s A World of YA Fiction promo.

About Questing for a Dream

Nadie is a bright but rebellious teen growing up Manitoba Cree. Living in abject poverty, she tries to help care for the younger children in the band. Devastated by the drowning death of her little cousin and unable to overcome her grief, Nadie leaves the band.

How can she find her own place in a foreign world where she is abused and discriminated against, and for the first time in her life, completely alone?

Praise for Questing for a Dream

“Brilliant masterpiece”

“Easily one of the most thought-provoking and compelling reads of the year, Ms. Workman has written a masterful contemporary account of one native teen’s journey from home and the possibilities for hope even for those drowning in poverty, prejudice, and addiction … A must-read tale for any book lover!”

“P.D. Workman’s skilled narrative of Nadie and her poignant journey to wholeness is a thoughtful exposé of shattered dreams and tragic youth sure to resonate with every reader.”

“An inspiring book which can encourage the reader to face the challenges in life’s journey and to accept the lessons that come as a result.”

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“I enjoyed this from the bottom of my heart.”

“My hat goes off to P.D. Workman for bringing such an amazing story to the market with emotional detail and intriguing characters. I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone.”

“The author’s writing was so good. At first I thought this book would be a difficult read since I don’t normally read books with cultural substance but the way it was written in an engaging way made the experience enjoyable for me.”

“What I found absorbing, what caught me up unaware was the power of this writer to translate Native American experience without once falling into any subtle sense of stereotyping.”

“An absorbing and satisfyingly complex tale.”

“This excellent and realistically wrought story will bring you to tears.”

“It was a GREAT read! I could hardly put it down. Very insightful. Will definitely read more of PD Workman’s books.”

Making Her Mark and other weekend freebies

Making Her Mark is free on Kindle March 24-26.

You don’t need a Kindle to read it. Kindle Apps are available for most phones and platforms, or you can use the Kindle Cloud Reader in your browser.

I have also gathered together a variety of other freebies that you might enjoy!

Click to download Making Her Mark, or read on for more details. 

Secrets and lies.

When everything changed, Kelli thought she would be happy. But nothing really changed.

Kelli’s life has never been easy. She’s always faced her problems head on. She’s strong and savvy and in charge of herself. All of that is about to change.

Her life is turned upside down when she discovers the secret that her mother has been hiding from her for years.

Kelli thinks this is her one chance at happiness. But is it?

Read a sample or click to download Making Her Mark.

Praise for Making Her Mark

“Another amazing read. The way [Workman] writes makes me feel like I’m living the story through the main character … I love [Workman’s] writing so much I build this relationship with the characters and it makes me think about them even outside of reading about them.”

And more freebies!

Shallow Graves, by Patrick Logan

Not all houses are made of brick and stone…Robert Watts is having the worst day of his entire life: first he’s laid off, then he finds out that his wife is having an affair… with his boss no less. And that’s only the beginning.

Robert Watts is having the worst day of his entire life: first he’s laid off, then he finds out that his wife is having an affair… with his boss no less. And that’s only the beginning.

Tied, by Lee Gabel (Instafreebie)

Two sisters: They each want a way out. They each have a plan…

Rejected by her older sister’s gang, Jess joins a rival gang and fights for her life on the streets of South Los Angeles.

Note: Please be aware that this novel contains strong language and gang violence.

Odessa Abducted Omnibus, Roger Hayden

The hunt for a kidnapper reveals a conspiracy unlike anything seen in the small town of Odessa, Texas. Notes left for investigators claim to be from the kidnapper, taunting them along the way and mentioning one former-detective by name, Miriam Sandoval. Miriam is then enlisted to help crack the case, but what she finds results in more troubling questions, including dead suspects who aren’t working alone.

Nag, Nag, Nag, by Kathy Steinemann (multiple vendors)

If you’re allergic to laughter, get your meds ready. Nag Nag Nag will exercise your laugh muscles. It might even make you wet your pants.

Megan and Emmett share many of the same quirks and problems as other married couples. The way they deal with them might take you aback.

Love for Scale, by Michaela Greene

Twenty-seven-year-old Rachel Stern is in a rut. Despite her mother’s best efforts, she is still single. At two-hundred and forty-two pounds, she still lives at home, the victim of a constantly-cooking Jewish mother whose force-feeding techniques have become legendary.

Sketches of Wakefield, by Philip Ross

Sketches of Wakefield is a book of digitally enhanced original photographs taken in and around the Wakefield district and edited to represent pencil sketches.

The Historic value of Wakefield is also available free!

The R.E.M. Effect, by J.M. Lanham

It’s 2021 and Paul Freeman just landed a job with Asteria Pharmaceuticals, a world leader in revolutionary drug development. Paul knows the company’s future is riding on the success of their latest product – a sleeping pill designed to interact with the human genome to deliver the perfect eight-hour sleep cycle.

Condemned by Fate, by V.L. McBeath (Instafreebie)

Rural England in 1839 shouldn’t be a place of conspiracy and betrayal. But when farm labourer Charles Jackson is imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit, he wants answers … and revenge.

From the fields of Staffordshire to the despair of a squalid prison cell, one thing is clear. Charles has enemies.

Deadly Lies, by Chris Patchell

As a teenager, Jill Shannon fell victim to her stepfather’s cruel abuse. Now as an adult, Jill’s made it – she has a successful career and a solid, if not static, marriage to Detective Alex Shannon. Together they live out what seems to be a perfect life in Seattle.

Excerpt from Michael Connelly’s The Drop

Did you miss the new release of Making Her Mark on St. Paddy’s Day? There are lots of other new releases that might excite you as well, so drop in for a look.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I am reading another Michael Connelly novel today, one of the Harry Bosch series, The Drop. The title is a clever double entendre (or triple). Bosch is investigating two cases, and I don’t know whether they are going to intersect or not. I am interested in seeing how it is all going to play out. As always, Michael Connelly keeps you on your toes!

“It came from a small smear of blood,” Shuler said. “It was found on her neck, right below the right ear. She had no wounds in that area. It was assumed that it had come from the killer, that he had been cut in the struggle or maybe was already bleeding. It was just a drop. A smear, really.”

James Connelly, The Drop

Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two.

DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab’s DNA cases currently in court.

Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving’s son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch’s longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation.

Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown in the city for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.