Randy’s five favourite characters

Here is another blog by my hubby, Randy!

P.D. Workman has written many books, and each time I think she can’t surprise me, she does. The characters she has brought to life stir emotions in me that I didn’t know I had.

Pam has the incredible talent of bringing her characters to life. She reels us in because they are believable. She has me forgetting that the book is fiction. As an author, she has the uncanny ability to scare you with a story because it could easily be true. Trust me; I watch her at times doing so much research; she catches me once in a while staring at her with admiration. I admire her ability to write. She is a very talented author who is only going to get better.

So, it is very hard for me to pick out my top five characters from Pam’s books. There is a huge assortment of characters to chose from. But I will take a shot at this. Here goes.

Abe – Looking Over Your Shoulder

The reason I love Abe is he reminds me of myself. When I was growing up, I often thought people were out to get me and often questioned their motives for being nice. Abe is a believable person with the real personality. I love the way Pam portrayed him. She is dead on with his character.

Looking Over Your Shoulder

Nadie – Questing for a Dream

Nadie is a typical teenager who thinks she knows everything. After facing a tragedy, she goes out to confront the world. She faces her demons to find meaning in her life. As a parent, you want to choke her, then hug her for dear life. She is a lovable hateable (I know it has to be a word) character. She is a believable character who will tug at your heartstrings.

Questing for a Dream

Gabriel – Mito, Medical Kidnap Files

Gabriel is man’s man. He is there for the people who can’t speak. His determination to fight for those who can’t speak. He trusts no one; he has the determination I wish I had. In a way, he represents the rebel in all of us. I find myself pulling for him throughout all the series.

Mito

Bobby – By-Pass, Breaking the Pattern Series

Bobby is a teenager who pretty much lost in the system. Has never found a place where he has fit in. He still has that will to be happy. To find his niche somewhere, anywhere he can be happy. Against all the odds, he still finds enough love in his heart to trust one more time. You will find yourself pulling hoping maybe this time he will find the right home.

By-Pass

Kelli – Making Her Mark

A compelling teenager who is not completely satisfied with who she is. Somehow, she feels her mother is hiding something. She has never been one to settle. She will not rest until she finds the truth. You will love her desire to be loved. You will be heartbroken for how hard it is for her to find. A real life character who everyone can relate to.

Making Her Mark

 

Excerpt from Grave Peril

Did you pick up a copy of She Wore Mourning? If so, I hope you are enjoying it! Let me know what you think.

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

I just finished Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, Book 3) by Jim Butcher. A very fun read about a smart aleck Wizard fighting evil forces trying to take over the city. Something is stirring up trouble, and he needs to figure out what it is before it destroys him and his friends.

The sign on the door reads, simply, Harry Dresden, Wizard. Just inside the door is a table, covered with pamphlets with titles like: Magic and You, and Why Witches Don’t Sink Any Faster Than Anyone Else—a Wizard’s Perspective. I wrote most of them. I think it’s important for we practitioners of the Art to keep up a good public image. Anything to avoid another Inquisition.

Jim Butcher, Grave Peril

Harry Dresden’s faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory, when you’re the only professional wizard in the Chicago area phone book.

But in all Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: the spirit world’s gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble—and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone—or something—is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself…

 

She Wore Mourning Freebie Weekend

It’s time for more freebies! She Wore Mourning is free at the Kindle store this weekend.

She Wore Mourning

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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I also have a paperback giveaway running on She Wore Mourning over at Goodreads, be sure to check it out for a chance to win your copy!

More Freebies

Here are some more freebies for the weekend! Be sure to check that they are on free before clicking buy. Not all of them will be free on Friday.

Hunting Delilah, by Anne Baines

Delilah makes her own way in a crooked world.

Desperate for money after a heist goes south, Delilah breaks into a rich man’s home. But instead of cash and jewels, she discovers a severed head and a serial killer. When the killer threatens her chronically-ill daughter and her childhood sweetheart, Delilah must turn the hunter into the hunted in a dangerous game only one of them will survive.

Save Me: Prequel (The Angels of Paris Chronicles Book 4) by [Santos, Anna]Save Me, by Anna Santos

Young Camille’s dreams are shattered when she’s rejected by the ruthless and abusive Alpha of the Shadow Pack. Her only chance at survival is to arrive in Paris and pray that what her brother told her about the angels is true.

Chased and almost killed upon her arrival, she’s saved by the mythical creatures who protect the city. Plus, Fate gives her a new mate. The one she always dreamed about. But with a price

Always Watching, by Lynette Eason

When Wade’s bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap. Olivia’s skills are about to be tested to the limit as Wade’s stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door to threatening those closest to him. Olivia has the feeling that she’s next on the list. And to complicate things even further, she realizes that her heart may be in as much danger as her client.

City of Skies, by Farah Cook

When Nora is forced by the harsh and cruel Sovereign Republic to become a raider, her quest is to avoid getting killed when searching for the ancient Viking artifacts in the Forbidden Areas where she hopes to find her missing father. While training at the raider academy Nora meets Frederick – a fine member of the Republic who wants only to find the artifacts. But when he discovers the mystical map tattooed on her back – which is connected to the artifacts he keeps her secret safe and offers to help find her father. But can she trust him?

Rogue Wave, by Christopher Cartwright

The offer – $20 billion split between four leading scientists on alternative energies to purchase and then squash their research lines, which include the recent discovery of a powerful new energy source capable of replacing mankind’s reliance on fossil fuels.

There’s no doubt their discovery is worth ten times that much. But will any one of them live if they refuse?

Hungry, by Raven Oak

Your cat pukes, then cries. Is it just a hairball or is something really wrong?

A mad dash to the vet leads to a cat who meows when touched, but how is a veterinarian to know what’s wrong? Is it a blockage or just a terrified kitty? Even with training, sometimes even the experts don’t know. Or do they?

Living this thing called LIFE, by Dreal C

Mia Saint never thought her life would take turns that her mother has never prepared her for. Her school life was going great. Her friends was there for her whenever she needed too. Her sister was busy with her own life as a popular kid. One mistake was made that cost Mia her entire life.

Witnessing an incident that no child nor teen shall see. Being pushed from student to eye witness to victim. School life, love life, and her relationship with her sister and friends started to collide into one. Life changing decisions was made. Enemies was formed. Her life has just begun.

A Criminal Mind, by Julia Derek

Rose Nichols’s husband Mark is shot to death while walking the dog one night. When Rose learns what’s happened, she’s shocked but not sad. Mark used to beat her so much that she started drinking as a coping mechanism for their fractured marriage.

Detectives Cooper and White are put on the case. Cooper believes Rose is behind her husband’s death, while White suspects it was the privileged assistant general manager at the health club Mark managed.

Fallen Angel, by J.L. Meyers

Freedom comes at a price…

Struck from Heaven and the one he loves, Lucifer is banished to Earth to live as a mortal…but even without his wings, he’ll never be fully human. And he’ll never let go of his rage against the one who cast him out. When Lucifer discovers the power of his angelic blood, God’s precious humans in all their sins and freedom become the pawns in Lucifer’s unwavering revenge.

Once Taken, by Blake Pierce

Women are being murdered in upstate New York, their bodies found mysteriously hanging in chains. With the FBI called in, given the bizarre nature of the murders—and the lack of any clues—there is only one agent they can turn to: Special Agent Riley Paige.

Riley, reeling from her last case, is reluctant to take on a new one, since she is still convinced a former serial killer is out there, stalking her. She knows, though, that her ability to enter a serial killer’s mind and her obsessive nature is what will be needed to crack this case, and she just can’t refuse—even if it will push her over the edge.

Water, by Emory Gayle

Cora Reed is forced to face her phobia of water, coming face to face with the night her world was shattered and water filled her nightmares. But strangely, the scariest thing for her isn’t the thought of swimming, it’s Darrien. Not just because he’s determined to get her into the water, but because there is a connection to him that terrifies and excites her at the same time. But, Darrien is hiding something and Cora is determined to find out what. After watching it tear her family apart, Cora has sworn she would never fall in love. Will Darrien be the one to make her break that promise?

Loose Ends, by D.D. VanDyke

When a young girl is kidnapped, street-smart but damaged San Francisco ex-cop California “Cal” Corwin is engaged to find and rescue her before murder raises the stakes. As a straightforward case takes unexpected twists, Cal must quell a growing fear that an anguished mother may never see her child again. With a shadowy crime lord lurking behind every unexpected clue, Cal struggles to tie up loose ends before evil claims its next victim.

Raining Men and Corpses, by Anne R. Tan

When it rains, it pours … and this amateur sleuth may be in over her head.

Graduate student Raina Sun is trying to keep her head above water as the bills roll in when her dashing college adviser cons her out of several months of rent. Her quest to retrieve the money sets in motion a streak of even worse luck.

First, she stumbles on her advisor’s dead body and becomes a suspect in his murder. Next, the only man she’s ever loved reappears as the lead detective to the case. Raina’s having trouble interpreting his signals–does he want to reignite their passion, or just stay close to his prime suspect?

Dead Wrong, by Leighann Dobbs

Morgan and Fiona Blackmoore enjoy their simple life in the sleepy ocean-side town of Noquitt Maine where they offer herbal remedies and crystal healing for locals and tourists alike.

…Until Morgan is accused of killing the town shrew, Prudence Littlefield.

Suddenly the girls find themselves scrambling to find the real killer while they battle a crooked Sheriff, planted evidence, and a long list of suspects that all had a reason to want Prudence dead.

Blood Red Rose, by Ginny Clyde

The town of Ballorna and the surviving Guardians think it is a miracle to have Lenara Gerrickson back home safely after disappearing for days.

As for her, she cannot stop thinking about the mysterious hunter who saved her life in the forests of Hijkarden. Another New Moon approaches and it is time to make the monthly trip to the dark, formidable forests of Maldorfina, but her injuries barely allow her to wield a sword. Christopher, her mysterious saviour reappears to save her from certain death but this time; she does not allow him to disappear easily.

Enigma of Life, by Shandi Boyer (steamy)

Isaac Holt is the very definition of an enigma. Mysterious, dangerous, alluring and knee clankingly gorgeous. After a chance meeting, I was falling at his feet, literally. His magnetizing allure has the ability to electrify my senses with the simple touch of his fingertip. But no matter how much my body craves Isaac’s touch, I can’t have him. Morally and ethically, he is off limits. He is the enemy. My rational thinking head logically understands this, but my lust-driven heart needs a little more convincing.

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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.

Review of Endless Change

A review by my hubby of Endless Change, originally posted on Flamestr’s Thoughts. Thank you, sweetie!

How far would a teenager go to keep a girl?  How much would he do to impress a girl?  Parker is a shy, typically awkward guy who has never attracted a girl. He is just in his own little world; he does not dare to leave his own little circle.

Enter Dakota, a secretive bad girl. Every teenage boy’s dream-come-true. In a choice between a forbidden fruit or a boring fruit, a teenage boy will reach the forbidden fruit every time. The more Parker asks, the more Dakota hides.  The more Dakota resists, the more she strings him in for the kill.

Dakota is a girl who refuses to give away anything about herself. Nothing in life is free, right? But how expensive will it get for Parker? How much is he willing to pay? No matter what barriers Parker’s mother puts up, he continues to find ways around them.  What is a mother to do? Can anyone save Parker from himself?  Parker is not thinking with his head. He becomes very valuable to Dakota. She is willing to entice, and Parker is more than willing to partake.

P.D. Workman draws you in to see how easy it is to brainwash a young man who has never had any attention before. How far will a teenage boy go? When comes to matters of the heart, there is no barrier.

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.

Don’t miss the Smashwords Summer Sale!

It’s the Smashwords Summer Sale (or Winter Sale, if you are in the southern hemisphere)! I have a ton of books participating in this sale, so be sure to check it out! Here is a breakdown of what I have on offer. Click on a book title at Smashwords to get the sale price.

25% Off

50% Off

$0.99

Free

 

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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.

 

And even more freebies

If you haven’t already sated your need for free books on yesterday’s post, here is a huge Instafreebie promo for Independence Day!

Get In the Tick of Time and a hundred other book downloads and spend your summer reading for free. What could be better?

 

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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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