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 The eight-year-old boy had vanished from the car and—as if by slick, sick magic—had been replaced by a note on the steering wheel: “You don’t love him.”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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The Girl in the Morgue available for Preorder

I have been keeping this project under wraps, but now I am in a position to announce my first cowriting project, The Girl in the Morgue. This is the fourth book in D. D. VanDyke’s California Corwin P. I. Mystery Series.

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.

The Girl in the Morgue is available for pre-order now.

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

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 Gone Again

I am publishing Making Her Mark later this week. Read a free preview here and sign up for the Goodreads Giveaway for chance to win a paperback copy.

I also finished the first draft of a new project yesterday. It’s a new kind of project for me, but I can’t tell you about it yet!

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 Gone Again by James Grippando, a legal thriller in which Jack Swyteck is trying to save a death row inmate from his imminent date with the electric chair. Dylan Reeves was convicted of killing a seventeen-year-old girl, but the mother of the victim doesn’t belief she is dead. I recognized almost immediately that RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder) was going to play a big part in this book, which means that so far, I have anticipated all of the twists. But I am still enjoying it!

“No, you don’t understand. Sasha isn’t dead.”

Jack did a double take. “What?”

“My daughter is alive.”

“Where is she?”

“I don’t know. But Sashi is alive. I know she’s alive. And I need you people to help me prove it, before they execute this man for killing her.”

James Grippando, Gone Again

Sashi Burgette vanished three years ago on her way to school. The night after the teenager’s disappearance, ex-con Dylan Reeves was stopped for drunk driving.

An article of Sashi’s clothing was found in his truck, and a police videotape of his drunken explanation under interrogation sealed his fate at trial. Now, just days from Reeves’s execution, Sashi’s mother visits Jack Swyteck, doing pro bono work at the Freedom Institute, and delivers shocking news: “Sashi called me.”

The police dismiss the call as a cruel hoax. The State Attorney refuses to consider the new evidence, insisting the case is closed. An innocent man may be executed and time is running out—unless his lawyers can locate Sashi.

A man of principle who believes in justice, Jack jumps into the investigation. But nothing is what it appears to be. Not the victim. Not her alleged killer. And definitely not Sashi’s parents. As their gut-wrenching and hopelessly conflicting version of events unfolds in a Miami courtroom, it becomes clear there is something even more difficult to find than a long-missing girl . . .

The truth.

World eBooks Week on Smashwords!

Are you looking for great deals on eBooks? This week is World eBooks Week, and Smashwords has lots of books 25-100% off! Including mine, of course. Find them here. Click on a book and look in the upper right-hand corner to find the sale price and coupon code.

Smashwords offers books in multiple formats — Kindle, ePub, pdf, etc.

Excerpt from Dan Brown’s Inferno

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

Have you read Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code or Angels and Demons? I’m currently reading Inferno, and it’s just as much code-breaking fun as his other books, these ones based around Dante’s Inferno and the art and literature surrounding it.

For Langdon, it felt as if a vital weapon had been extracted from his arsenal. I have no memory. Eidetic since childhood, Langdon’s memory was the intellectual asset he relied on most. For a man accustomed to recalling every intricate detail of what he saw around him, functioning without his memory felt like attempting to land a plan in the dark with no radar.

Dan Brown, Inferno

 

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. Embarking on a harrowing journey, they must unravel a series of codes, which are the work of a brilliant scientist whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written, Dante Alighieri’s The Inferno.

Excerpt from Red Mist

It’s been a busy week since my last Teaser Tuesday. I finished the first draft of the second book in my new cozy mystery series. And I have started in on my new cowriting project in a female PI series.

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

It is still Mystery Thriller Week, and I’m also participating in the Booksweeps Contemporary Thriller contest (enter to get 50 books and a Kindle fire!) so here is a teaser from Red Mist, by Patricia Cornwell, part of the Kay Scarpetta series. I’ve read a few other books from the series. They are filled with complex relationships and interesting twists and turns:

“I see. When I think I can make a difference, I should never trust it.” I used a pair of surgical scissors to cut the shells of boiled jumbo prawns. “When I decide that taking a risk might produce useful information and help bring about justice, it’s really my feeling guilty.”

Patricia Cornwell, Red Mist

 

On her quest to find out exactly what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months before, Scarpetta drives to the Georgia Prison for Women to meet a convicted sex offender and the mother of a vicious and diabolically brilliant killer. Against the advice of her FBI criminal intelligence agent husband, Benton Wesley, Scarpetta is determined to hear this woman out.  

Scarpetta has both personal and professional reasons to learn more about a string of grisly killings: the murder of a Savannah family years earlier, a young woman on death row, and then other inexplicable deaths that begin to occur at a breathtaking pace. Driven by inner forces, Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding’s death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale. 

And she is the only one who can stop it.

It’s Mystery Thriller Week! Excerpt from Missing Child

Mystery Thriller Week

It’s Mystery Thriller Week! I am one of more than 200 authors participating in this mega-event. I have several books participating. There are blog posts, interviews, Facebook events, and of course contests. Click the badge to have a look and join the fun.

And if you’re looking for a great deal on mysteries/thrillers, check out my Enemy of Light collection, four full novels for one low price!

St. Valentine’s Day

And of course, today is Valentine’s Day! I’ve gathered a bunch of books featuring strong friendships rather than the usual insta-love theme that is so popular these days.

Read your fill of great friendships here.

Teaser Tuesday

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

Since it is Mystery Thriller Week, my teaser is from a kidnap thriller I read recently, Missing Child by Patricia MacDonald. An interesting read with lots of tension and a number of twists that will leave you wondering:

She bent down to examine the damage, and saw something dark and shiny on the imploded bumper. She reached down to touch it, and her fingers came up wet and sticky. Caitlin held up her hand and stared at it. There was no mistaking the substance on her fingers.

Patricia MacDonald, Missing Child

Heart-pounding domestic suspense from an internationally-bestselling author – One morning Caitlin Eckhart receives a phone call that changes her life forever – her much-loved six-year-old stepson Geordie has disappeared from school. It soon becomes clear that someone must have deliberately taken him. Distraught, Caitlin and her husband, Noah, make an anguished public appeal for his return. But Caitlin has a secret from her past that is about to catch up with her, and as Geordie’s continued absence brings her relationship with Noah to breaking point, she stands to lose everything that she loves.