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Excerpt from The Third Gate

In case you missed it, I released She Wore Mourning on Friday. One reader emailed me to say, “WOW WOW!! It’s like all my favorite old detective shows brought up to the 21st century… you know, like Perry Mason, Jim Rockford and on and on!” I hope you will like the first of the Zachary Goldman Mysteries too!

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

I am currently reading The Third Gate  by Lincoln Child, a novel in the Jeremy Logan series.

An enigmalogist, a doctor of transmortality studies, and a treasure seeker join forces in Egypt to uncover one of the earth’s greatest mysteries… need I say more? Buckle up for a good adventure, this one has been fun so far!

Against the advice of the assisting doctors I continued heroic measures.” He leaned forward. “And, Jeremy—she pulled through. I finally revived her, fourteen minutes after all brain function had ceased.”

Lincoln Child, The Third Gate

Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god- king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all—Narmer’s crown—might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer’s is the elusive “double” crown of the two Egypts, supposedly pos­sessed of awesome powers.

The dig itself is located in one of the most forbidding places on earth—the Sudd, a nearly  impassable swamp in north­ern Sudan. Amid the nightmarish, disorienting tangle of mud and dead vegetation, a series of harrowing and inexpli­cable occurrences are causing people on the expedition to fear a centuries- old curse. With a monumental discovery in reach, Professor Jeremy Logan is brought onto the project to investigate. What he finds will raise new questions . . . and alarm.

It’s here! She Wore Mourning and other new releases

Book 1 of the new Zachary Goldman Mysteries, She Wore Mourning, is out! (Be sure to scroll down for more new releases!)

Private Investigator Zachary Goldman’s life isn’t all roses, but he tries to put his own shattered life behind him to investigate the death of five-year-old Declan Bond.

Declan’s death has been ruled an accident, but his grandmother thinks there is more to it. She fears Declan’s mother will not be able to find peace until Zachary can give them an answer once and for all. But as Zachary digs into the circumstances surrounding Declan’s death, he finds that all is not as it seems, and somebody doesn’t want him to find the truth.

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Praise for She Wore Mourning

—A really good piece of detective fiction with some novel and original features which keep the reader guessing until the last few pages.

—I love the way the investigation plays out…very interesting.  That is done very well. It held my interest. I very much wanted to find out the outcome…

—Very well written. [Zachary] is flawed with a capital F … In spite of his problems, he is a very sympathetic character and doggedly pursues the truth.

—[She Wore Mourning] made for a pleasant read while presenting an interesting story.

Praise for P.D. Workman

“Every single one of [P.D. Workman’s] books has spoken to me in ways no one or almost anything else has. And I have found strength in the books I’ve read.”

“The way that P.D. Workman writes just flows amazingly and allows the reader to get really invested in a book.”

“This is one author I certainly will be looking out for, I can’t recommend it enough. A fantastic book.”

And more new releases!

When I Wake Up, by Jessica Jarlvi

When Anna, a much-loved teacher and mother of two, is left savagely beaten and in a coma, a police investigation is launched. News of the attack sends shock waves through her family and their small Swedish community. Anna seems to have had no enemies, so who wanted her dead?

As loved-ones wait anxiously by her bedside, her husband Erik is determined to get to the bottom of the attack, and soon begins uncovering his wife’s secret life, and a small town riven with desire, betrayal and jealousy.

Thief of the Night Guild (Queen of Thieves Book 2) by [Peloquin, Andy]
Thief of the Night Guild, by Andy Peloquin

“I am Ilanna, Journeyman of House Hawk. I do the impossible.”

A cunning thief of unrivaled ingenuity, Ilanna is determined to secure her freedom. Nothing will prevent her escape from the Night Guild’s callous cruelty, not even the most powerful man in Praamis, Duke Phonnis.

Commanding a crew of pickpockets, bounty hunters, poisoners, and assassins, Ilanna schemes to disgrace the Duke. She must survive blackmail, a bloodthirsty rival syndicate, and enemies within her own House to claim her spoils: vengeance for the deaths of her friends and gold to buy independence.

But all Ilanna’s skill may not suffice to protect the one person who matters most: her son.

Book 1, Child of the Night Guild, is currently available for $0.99.

The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn

Two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

Haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth…no matter where it leads.

Ocean Blue (A Troy Bodean Adventure Book 2) by [Berens, David F.]Ocean Blue, by David Berens

Troy Bodean just wants to get away. He thought the Southernmost point in the United States – Key West – was far enough away… but that’s when it all went sideways or rather… down.

Flying a seaplane for his brother’s tourist ferry to Fort Jefferson, he spotted the thing in the water. Dreams of shipwrecks, treasure, and fame filled his head, until everyone started trying to kill him – including Hurricane Daniel!

In a race against time and all the shadowy forces hoping to steal his find, Troy Bodean is at it again in Ocean Blue. Find out what comes up from the deep and if Troy will live to enjoy the bounty.

Savage, by S.L. Scott

Welcome to the mysterious world of the rich and the damned in this gritty, modern day fairy tale. Two star-crossed lovers will either find their destiny or meet their fate in a world where demons come in the form of familiar faces and pawns aren’t just players, but deadly.

The moment I laid eyes on her, I knew she would pay the price for my sins. I wasn’t much older than she was, but old enough to know better. Old enough to know she would be good for me and I was bad for her. But I pursued her anyway. Back then I had hope that maybe she could change my future.

Missing, by Ann Jones (free on subscription)

Victim? Runaway? Or Criminal?

Detective Lyn Kramer is busy training Jud Hughes, a new detective on the force, when Gary Farnsworth shows up to report his wife missing. As the interview progresses, Lyn realizes the missing woman is none other than her own twin sister, Melissa. Lyn and Melissa have not seen each other since their parents died twenty-five years ago, when the girls were split up to live with two sets of warring grandparents.

Everything We Left Behind, by Kerry Lonsdale

Two months before his wedding, financial executive James Donato chased his trade-laundering brother Phil to Mexico, only to be lost at sea and presumed dead. Six and a half years later, he emerges from a dissociative fugue state to find he’s been living in Oaxaca as artist Carlos Dominguez, widower and father of two sons, with his sister-in-law Natalya Hayes, a retired professional surfer, helping to keep his life afloat. But his fiancée, Aimee Tierney, the love of his life, has moved on. She’s married and has a child of her own.

The Amazon and the Beast, by Hati Bell

Kellsey Callahan has everything an Amazon could wish for – kick-ass brothers, a rock chicks crew, and a pet Kraken. Everything except her childhood crush Leroy Leandros. He wouldn’t even touch her when she jumped into his bed, naked, as a surprise, eight years ago.

Cursed by a goddess, Leroy turns into a savage beast three days a year. Having murdered countless people, he ended his rampage only when he locked himself in a cage. His raging beast was prepared for anything: except for a captivating Amazon.

When during a game of Truth or Dare Kellsey’s challenged to steal a kiss from Leroy, she decides to shoot him with Cupid’s arrow. It’s just a cute little arrow. What could possibly go wrong?

Seven Stones to Stand or Fall, Diana Gabaldon

A collection of seven short stories set in the Outlander universe, never before published together, including two original stories.

This riveting, romantic collection includes: “Besieged” (original novella), “Survival” (original novella), “Virgins,” “The Space Between,” “Lord John and the Plague of Zombies,” “A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows” and “The Custom of the Army.”

Portal Jumpers II: House of Midas, by Chloe Garner

Portal Jumper Cassie never came home. Troy doesn’t recognize the program that he’s devoted his life to, and now his best friend is missing, presumed dead. They had her memorial months ago. He’s adrift, trying to figure out what his life is supposed to be like, until a change at work forces him to come to grips with the real problems with the portal program. He can’t go back to the way things were, but can he find a way to build a future that he’s interested in living in?

Book 1, Portal Jumpers is available for $0.99

The Dragon’s Treasure, A Seven Kingdoms Tale 1, S.E. Smith

Carly Tate’s trip to Yachats State Park takes an unexpected turn when she is caught in a sudden storm. Seeking shelter, she stumbles through a magical doorway into a cavern filled with treasure! Yet, as incredible as the piles of glittering gold and jewels are, her gaze is transfixed by the slumbering form of a magnificent dragon.

Carly’s appearance begins a series of events that will not only change Drago’s life, but will affect all of the Seven Kingdoms. Can a centuries old dragon protect his most valuable treasure, or will the evil that destroyed his race take Carly from him as well?

Assassins of the Dead 1: Dark Blade, by Avril Sabine

Meikah’s family are templars, as far from necromancers as it’s possible to be. When she learns that not only can she see the dead, but also wield magic, she fears what the future holds. She doesn’t want to become a necromancer, or a dark blade, but there seems to be few choices now available to her. It doesn’t help that people have begun to treat her like she’s an evil necromancer and rumours have started. Nor does she believe Kellan when he says she belongs with the Assassins Of The Dead. They seem to be a mismatched group that include nobles, an assassin, a sorcerer, a shapeshifter and a vampire. Not at all like templars. And if she was to join them, the rumours will never end and her family might actually disown her.

Fury of a Phoenix, by Shannon Mayer

In the middle of Wyoming–away from the abnormals of the world–I thought I was free and clear. I started a new life. Found a love I’d never known in a husband, and a son who was my everything.  And in a blinding instant, that life was stolen from me.

The rage of a grieving mother is an ugly beast. More so when she has the skills and killer instinct to back up the wrath and the knowledge that an accident was anything but.  Once more, I will pick up my guns. This time to hunt those who took my husband’s and son’s lives.

Rosie’s Rangers 3: Treachery, by Avril Sabine

In a world where the law is often more corrupt than those breaking it, sometimes you have to take justice into your own hands.

Asa’s cousin, Mila Bloodstriker, turns up on Rosie’s doorstep seeking help. Asa’s father is missing. One blood shaman in a country that would hang them on sight is a bad idea. Two could risk all their lives. There are very few clues and what little they learn indicates they might already be too late. But how can Rosie refuse to help Asa find his father? No matter the danger she faces.

Use of Force, by Brad Thor

As a storm rages across the Mediterranean Sea, a terrifying distress call is made to the Italian Coast Guard. Days later, a body washes ashore.

Identified as a high value terrorism suspect (who had disappeared three years prior), his name sends panic through the Central Intelligence Agency.

In a race against time, the CIA taps an unorthodox source to get answers: Navy SEAL turned covert counterterrorism operative, Scot Harvath.

The Definition of Insanity: Coping with a Child’s Mental Illness, by Rhonda J. Robinson

“His hands and feet were shackled. He was too young to drink or serve his country and barely old enough to drive, yet he was being charged as an adult for armed robbery. If convicted, he faced 3 years to life. “How did we get here? Where did I go wrong?” A mother screams as her son is hauled away.

Crime affects everyone involved. It’s a heart breaking and shocking ordeal to have a child propelled into the snare of the prison system. It can be a devastating and challenging experience for parents. Their emotions can come in waves or, God forbid all at once. They often question their parenting skills and suffer with guilt, anger, shame, as well as the feeling of isolation. Although their children committed a crime, one thing is for sure, it does not stop their unconditional love from flowing through those prison doors.

Trial by Magic, by Linsey Hall

You know that saying, to hell in a hand basket? That’s where my life is headed. Three days ago, the Vampire Court learned about my forbidden FireSoul magic. It’s basically a death sentence. Except they’ve made me a deal. I have to pass a series of trials, designed to test my magic and my loyalty. If I survive, I become an ally of the Court, which would be awesome.

Problem is, the trials are as deadly as a hungry hellhound and I can’t trust my partner, the sexy hybrid-vampire Ares. Worse, there’s a new magic inside me that’s eating me alive. It won’t stop until I learn to control it, but that’s a tall order given everything else that’s on my plate. Between the trials and a recent theft at my shop, Ancient Magic, I’m up to my ears in magical problems.

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Excerpt from Every Last Lie

Don’t miss the Smashwords Summer Sale, I’ve got lots of books on sale for your summer reading!

Camp Nano is well on it’s way; I am 45,000 words into what will be the third book in the Tattooed Teardrops series.

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

This has been an interesting book so far! Every Last Lie, by Mary Kubica, begins with a husband’s fairly routine death in a car accident, tragically taking place only days after the birth of the couple’s second child. While the wife believes that everything in their lives was fine, things gradually start to unravel as she discovers one secret after another, while keeping a few of her own as well.

A number of grammatical errors have grated on me—the editor seems to have been asleep at the switch for this one—it has been an interesting book so far and I am enjoying it.

I nearly correct her for the erroneous cliche, but then realize it doesn’t matter. Nothing matters anymore now that Nick is dead. Maisie’s eyes are hopeful, her smile wide.

Mary Kubica, Every Last Lie

Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon.

Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit.

Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara’s investigation and Nick’s last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date—one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.

Excerpt from Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

A couple of my Birthday/Canada Day/Independence Day freebies are still available, be sure to check them out!

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

I abandoned one book earlier this week, one of those highly-acclaimed literary works that sadly turned out to be poorly written as well as self-indulgent filth. Don’t need to waste my time on that stuff. The next book that I picked up was Adrian McKinty’s Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel, and it is a wonderful police procedural full of literary allusions and dry, tongue-in-cheek humour. I’m sure I probably miss half the jokes in it, but the ones I catch really make me smile. I had a hard time choosing between this one and on referencing Chekhov’s Gun.

So, for the second week in a row, I bring you an Irish detective murder mystery.

“Oh, I see. This is the world’s worst thesaurus anyway. Not only is it terrible, it’s terrible,” he said and began to chuckle with such suppressed mirth that I thought he was going to do himself a mischief.”

Adrian McKinty, Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

Belfast 1988: A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave.

Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.

 

The Girl in the Morgue now live!

The Girl in the Morgue, the fourth book in D. D. VanDyke’s California Corwin P. I. Mystery Series is now live on Amazon and other online book sites.

Thirty-something ex-cop-turned-P.I. Cal Corwin faces her most puzzling murder case yet. When a friend of a friend dies in suspicious circumstances, the police believe it’s open-and-shut. As Cal digs deeper to get to the bottom of the mystery, she finds herself a target for those who want the truth to stay dead and buried.

The Girl in the Morgue is the fourth novel in the Cal Corwin series of hard-boiled neo-noir mystery-thrillers.

You can also get the rest of the series here. Book 1 is free!

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Excerpt from The Secret Place

I have a special deal coming up, so be sure to check back here later in the week! You don’t want to miss it.

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

I am just about through The Secret Place by Tana French, Book 5 of Dublin Murder Squad. It’s a good cold case murder mystery with lots of twisty secrets, personalities, and fun tongue-in-cheek descriptions. I haven’t read any of the others in the series, but I probably will in the future!

Be warned that this one does have a liberal helping of profanity.

“What’s an exfoliator?” Becca wants to know. …

“It sounds like a weapon of mass destruction,” Julia says. “And they’re the droid exfoliation army, just following orders. We will exfoliate.”

Tana French, The Secret Place

In this “dizzyingly addictive”* novel, Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to join Dublin’s Murder Squad when sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey arrives in his office with a photo of a popular boy whose body was found at a girls’ boarding school a year earlier. The photo had been posted at “The Secret Place,” the school’s anonymous gossip board, and the caption says “I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM.” Stephen joins with Detective Antoinette Conway to reopen the case—beneath the watchful eye of Holly’s father, fellow detective Frank Mackey. With the clues leading back to Holly’s close-knit group of friends, to their rival clique, and to the tangle of relationships that bound them all to the murdered boy, the private underworld of teenage girls turns out to be more mysterious and more dangerous than the detectives imagined.

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Excerpt from Bowled Over

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

I am currently reading Bowled Over, a cozy mystery by Victoria Hamilton. Protagonist Jaymie Leighton, a collector of vintage kitchenware and cookbooks finds herself entangled in a murder investigation—in fact, one of the prime suspects. So, of course, she’s poking her nose into everyone else’s business and stirring up trouble.

Jamie covertly examined Kathy’s face. It looked like she’d had a shock: she was drained of color, and was still staring at the tiny screen of the cell phone. It was useless to try to sort things out with her former friend while Kathy was so distracted.

Victoria Hamilton, Bowled Over

Vintage kitchenware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton has been estranged from her high school best friend Kathy Cooper since they were teenagers, but she never knew what turned Kathy against her. After fireworks at a Fourth of July picnic, Jaymie discovers the body of her former friend in the park. On the ground nearby is Jaymie’s own Depression-era glass bowl, broken in two.

With her fingerprints all over the bowl and a troubled history with the victim, Jaymie suddenly finds herself at the top of the list of suspects. Did the killer intend to frame her for the murder? If so, she is ready to mix it up, because solving crimes is vintage Jaymie Leighton…

Read a book for Father’s Day!

Don’t have a card or a gift for your dad or significant other for Father’s Day this year? It’s not too late to get an ebook! Kindle books can be read on your phone, tablet, ereader, or in your web browser. They can be gifted instantly to your dad’s email account. And there are a ton of great books out there!

Here are my books that I think hold the most appeal for men:

Looking Over Your Shoulder is currently free. The Girl in the Morgue is available only on preorder. I have a new detective series coming soon, so keep your eyes out for it.

Here are some awesome books that Amazon recommends for dads!

And if you’re a dad looking for a way to spend the day with your kids, why not set aside a few minutes for reading? Whether it is a few minutes before bed for a bedtime story, a daily or weekly Skype session, or audiobooks in the car, there are lots of opportunities to share the wonder of books with your children.

What are the best books to read with your kids? Well, the ones they’ll listen to, for starters. Here is Amazon’s list of children’s bestsellers.

It can be hard to find books for older boys other than the ubiquitous Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. What do you do once you have moved past those books or have a boy who wants something a bit older or more realistic? Some of my books with teen boy protagonists are:

(Deviation and Mito are currently free.)

So fill your shelf with some books for Dad, or some books to read with Dad!