Excerpt from Hide Your Fear

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

I’m in the middle of an intriguing mystery/thriller right now. Hide Your Fear by Kevin O’Brien. I have an idea of how all of the clues fit together and who the culprit is, but I’m not quite sure yet! It’s not quite your usual serial killer thriller.

“I’ve got a ride,” Aaron said, sitting down on a bench to put on his sneakers. “My aunt lives close by, and she’s picking me up.” That was a lie. To get to the meet, Aaron had ridden his bike to the downtown stop in Mount Vernon and loaded it on the rack at the front of the public bus. Then after thirty minutes, he got off in Everett and furiously pedaled to the high school.

Kevin O’Brien, Hide Your Fear

THE ONLY WAY
A home provides more than comfort and shelter. It stores memories . . . and hides secrets. Divorcée Caitlin Stoller and her children recently moved into a charming old Tudor-style house in the coastal town of Echo, Washington. The place was a bargain, but as weeks pass, Caitlin starts receiving messages—first friendly, then unsettling, hinting at the property’s dark past . . .

YOU’LL STAY ALIVE
Caitlin’s teenage daughter, Lindsay, isn’t fitting in at school. To make matters worse, there are stories about local high school students who’ve disappeared without a trace—all star athletes, like Lindsay. Then there are the rumors that their new home is cursed. Caitlin doesn’t want to believe the whispers, but something strange is going on. Personal items go missing, and there are too many accidents . . .

IS IF HE NEVER FINDS YOU
The Watcher knows how to get inside the Stollers’ home—and inside their heads. The rumors are true . . . but the full horror is even worse. There’s no escaping the nightmare that started here long ago, and no place to hide from a killer who knows exactly how this story will end…

 

Thristery Free Thriller and Mystery eBooks

Looking for a few new thrillers/mysteries? Head on over to Thristery for some Instafreebies to add to your ebook reader. Pick up In the Tick of Time, and much more!

 

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.

Get it now!

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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Mystery/Thriller Instafreebies

Looking for a Mystery, Thriller and Suspense giveaway?

Hope on over to David F. Berens’ Instafreebie giveaway. You’ll find some amazing samples, short stories, novellas, and full-length novels to download for free. 

Excerpt from Hell’s Corner

I haven’t had a chance to make a separate post about it yet, but if you like thrillers, take a second to have a look at this Instafreebie promo.  A great collection of free reads for you, including In the Tick of Time.

My Camp Nanowrimo book is coming along, currently sitting at 75,000 words. I should be done it by this time next week. Though I’m thinking it might end up a bit longer than the projected 100,000 words.

Keep your eyes open at the end of this week for the release of She Wore Mourning, book one in the Zachary Goldman Mysteries series!

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

I just started this one today. Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci is Book 5 of the Camel Club series, bringing back the highly-skilled Oliver Stone, on a new mission to save the United States and its president.

The pain might become even more intense. The communication he’d received an hour after returning home had been explicit. They would come for him at midnight. No debate was allowed, no negotiation suffered through, no chance of any compromise. The party of the other end of the equation always dictated the terms.

David Balducci, Hell’s Corner

John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he’s fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes.

Then Stone’s mission changes drastically before it even begins. It’s the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister. As he watches the prime minister’s motorcade leave the White House that evening, a bomb is detonated in Lafayette Park, an apparent terrorist attack against both leaders. It’s in the chaotic aftermath that Stone takes on a new, more urgent assignment: find those responsible for the bombing.

British MI-6 agent Mary Chapman becomes Stone’s partner in the search for the unknown attackers. But their opponents are elusive, capable, and increasingly lethal; worst of all, it seems that the park bombing may just have been the opening salvo in their plan. With nowhere else to turn, Stone enlists the help of the only people he knows he can trust: the Camel Club. Yet that may be a big mistake.

 

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!

Excerpt from The Gods of Guilt

Some fun promos going on now, be sure to check out offers in the sidebar. 

Oh, and if you have tried to access my offer for a free copy of Diversion or another of my website-only offers in the last few weeks and were unable to because you got an error, it’s fixed now! Give it another try!

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 Gods of Guilt, book six in Michael Connelly’s Mickey Haller series. Mickey Haller is also known as “The Lincoln Lawyer.” Michael Connelly always satisfies with lots of tension, action, and legal twists and turns, and this one is no exception.

I was left sitting on the floor, surveying the damage. I had blood on my mouth and teeth and down the crisp white shirt I was wearing. My tie was on the floor under the defense table. It was the clip-on I wear on days I visit clients in holdings cells and don’t want to get pulled through the bars.

Michael Connelly, The Gods of Guilt

Mickey Haller gets the text, “Call me ASAP – 187,” and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game.

When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger.

Excerpt from Wilde Lake

Be sure to check out my promos in the sidebar (or if you’re reading on a narrow screen device, at the bottom)!

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

I finished Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman just a couple of hours ago. Things have been pretty busy around here lately and I haven’t been able to do a lot of reading, so it took me a little while to get through. My feelings about Wilde Lake are mixed. To begin with, all of the threads of narrative seem random and confusing. I wondered a few times whether to plow on ahead. Though it has some tantalizing ‘legal thriller’ passages, it seemed to be mostly a wandering literary memoir with no particular end point in mind.

Obviously, I did keep going, and all of those messy threads do eventually get tied together in some surprising revelations. If you’re looking for a ‘typical’ legal thriller, you won’t find it here, but if you’re willing to spend some time following all of the rabbit trails, Wilde Lake may be the next read for your pile. Keep in mind there is some PG-13+ action and language.

Keep in mind there is some PG-13+ action and language. My teaser for today:

I wish I could tell you that we mourned the boy who died, but we did not. He was the one with murder in his heart and, sure enough, death found him that night. Funny how that works.

Laura Lippman, Wilde Lake

Luisa “Lu” Brant is the newly elected state’s attorney representing suburban Maryland—including the famous planned community of Columbia, created to be a utopia of racial and economic equality. Prosecuting a controversial case involving a disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death, the fiercely ambitious Lu is determined to avoid the traps that have destroyed other competitive, successful women. She’s going to play it smart to win this case—and win big—cementing her political future.

But her intensive preparation for trial unexpectedly dredges up painful recollections of another crime—the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man’s life. Only eighteen, AJ was cleared by a grand jury. Justice was done. Or was it? Did the events of 1980 happen as she remembers them? She was only a child then. What details didn’t she know?

As she plunges deeper into the past, Lu is forced to face a troubling reality. The legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, does not have all the answers. But what happens when she realizes that, for the first time, she doesn’t want to know the whole truth?

Excerpt from I Found You

 

Be sure to check out my deals for Goodreads Mystery & Thriller week!

Campnanowrimo is done, and I finished the first draft of the third book in my new cozy mystery series, and am on to my next project!

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 Lisa Jewell’s I Found You. It is a complex weaving of three different storylines related to a man who shows up on the beach with retrograde amnesia. Unlike The Girl from the Sea and several other popular tales, he hasn’t washed in from the sea, but he does get soaked in the rain. Since this man has amnesia, the reader is left wondering what role he plays in the two other storylines. Who is he and what has he been up to? I Found You has a number of interesting characters; I don’t know if any of them feature in Lisa Jewell’s other books; they have very complex backstories that leave me wanting to know more.

“Where did you come from?”

He turns and looks at her. His eyes are wide and fearful. “I have no idea.”

Lisa Jewell, I Found You

In a windswept British seaside town, single mom Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside.

Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed.

Twenty-three years earlier, Gray and Kirsty are teenagers on a summer holiday with their parents. Their annual trip to the quaint seaside town is passing by uneventfully, until an enigmatic young man starts paying extra attention to Kirsty. Something about him makes Gray uncomfortable—and it’s not just that he’s playing the role of protective older brother.

 

 

 

Are you ready for Mystery Thriller Week?

This week is Mystery and Thriller Week over on Goodreads! Lots of authors are participating to make it thrilling! Here are the ways you can participate.

Head on over to Goodreads.com to see what’s going on.

Follow #mysteryweek on social media.

My deals:

I have a couple of deals going on:

In the Tick of Time is on for $0.99

Matt Malloy, infectious diseases expert for the DOH vector-borne disease division, knew there was something wrong with the Buffalo Head infection cluster as soon as it hit his desk. But knowing it instinctively and proving it were two completely different things, especially when his boss and coworkers already suspected that, battling sleep deprivation, he’d already gone around the bend.

Matt knew that solving the mysteries of the Buffalo Head cluster was a matter of life and death. He just didn’t know that it could be a matter of his life and death.

Looking Over Your Shoulder is free!

Things were going well for Abe.  Despite all of his past struggles with mental illness, he was happily married, had three wonderful children, a nice home, and a fantastic consulting business that satisfied his creativity and brought in a good income.

But you can never get too comfortable.  When Abe becomes a prime suspect in a jewel heist – one of the largest successful jewel heists in history – his schizophrenia becomes unmanageable and everything begins to spiral out of control.  Abe’s own investigation into the heist has the jewel thieves hot on his tail… but are they really, or is he just losing the battle against his inner demons?

Your deals!

Authors, do you have a good deal on for Mystery and Thriller Week? A blog post? A cross promotion? Link to it in the comments section below! Readers, check them out!