Hamlet’s Slippery World by P.M. Carlson – guest blog and giveaway

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HAMLET’S SLIPPERY WORLD

It was a small off-off-Broadway theatre, with a dedicated company of actors, a tiny budget, an audience of less than a hundred people. Yet when the lights went down and the palace guard cried “Who’s there?” I was plunged not only into the show in front of me, but also back in time as this new presentation raised echoes of the many previous HAMLETs I’ve seen.

Most especially, this show awakened memories of a long-ago production in my student days at Cornell University.

I was finishing a degree in experimental psychology, and raising two little boys, but I was married to an actor/director/professor so I remained close to the theatre where I’d worked for years. That Cornell production was the keystone of a festival devoted to HAMLET. Most of the shows I’d worked on had all-student casts, but for this special production, Cornell had hired professional actors for the major roles in the great tragedy.

So the rehearsals felt different. Student actors were a little jealous that they weren’t even considered for the best roles, yet awed to be working next to professionals, people who actually earned money acting. And the professionals were intrigued by the often talented but green students rehearsing beside them, like younger versions of themselves. Younger versions who didn’t yet know how much hard work and sacrifice would be required, who didn’t yet know how little money would actually be earned, who didn’t yet know that actors–– except for the tiny percentage who are stars–– often live in squalid conditions of near-poverty as they trudge to audition after audition. These backstage dynamics fascinated me as a psychology student too.

A few years later, living in Indiana far from Cornell, I decided to write a mystery. I already knew I wanted my detective, Maggie Ryan, to be a working mother of small children, like me. But unlike me, she was going to solve crimes. I soon realized I’d better figure out how she became a woman who would take precious time and energy from her family and her job to chase murderers.

So the series began in Maggie’s college years in the late ‘60’s. Maybe a bit homesick, I put her into a familiar situation: a tech crew at an upstate New York university theatre production. A production of–– why not HAMLET?

It was a casual decision, I thought. I knew and loved the play, I was sure many readers would too, and I’d been close to the Cornell production with its interesting psychological dynamics backstage.

But looking back, I think my subconscious had a few other reasons for choosing HAMLET, reasons that resonate through the whole series.

Shakespeare’s play is set at a time of war and threatened invasion. Whether Danish, Elizabethan, or Vietnam-era American, this background affects people. Claudius, suddenly and insecurely the king, struggles to make his government look stable, to block possible invasions of his realm. Prince Hamlet measures himself against the warrior ideal of masculinity, Fortinbras embodies it.

The play is also set in a family in crisis. Hamlet’s beloved father has just died, his beloved mother has, in his eyes, betrayed his father by her quick remarriage. Claudius attempts to win over the grieving, hostile prince. Gertrude is torn between the needs of her son and her husband. Family attachments, love, memories, betrayals, and.even the supernatural world get involved. The ghost of Hamlet’s father claims he was murdered by Claudius and demands that Hamlet live up to his moral duty, revenge.

The plot unrolls as Hamlet tries to discover what’s true in his slippery world. Did the ghost speak truth? Will Claudius reveal his guilt if he sees the murder reenacted? Will Hamlet’s feigned madness fool Claudius? If his father’s death was murder, can he avenge it? Can he, like Fortinbras, live up to society’s warrior ideal?

It’s true that HAMLET is so rich and complex that it can be interpreted and played in many different valid, truthful ways. It’s also true that many good stories share a number of themes with Shakespeare’s great play–– including most mysteries. We mystery writers chronicle slippery worlds like Hamlet’s, where little is known and our detectives, spurred on by a sense of justice as strong as Hamlet’s ghost, seek to discover if murders have been committed, and who did them, and who’s hiding crimes, and why.

So it’s not surprising that, as the actors in my novel focused on bringing the characters in Shakespeare’s play to life, similar concerns crept into the mystery I was writing, Its world became slippery too. One of my heroes was enacting the play’s villain–– was something similar happening in the cast or crew? Were there secret love affairs?. Was the death a murder, or not? If so, could the players help solve it? The story in AUDITION FOR MURDER reflected more themes in HAMLET than I’d consciously realized when I chose it.

In fact, as I continued writing the Vietnam-era Maggie Ryan mysteries, I felt the spirit of HAMLET hovering over the whole series. Actor Nick O’Connor is a major character in most of the books, and like many actors, lines from plays–– especially Shakespeare’s–– run through his head as he observes the world. On a deeper level, the series is concerned with similar themes: the effects of war on combatants and non-combatants both, family dynamics, the importance and stresses of being good parents, the difficulty of finding the truth, the necessity of play and laughter and friends, the restrictions of society’s idealized roles, and a major question in all the novels: how should good people respond to evil?

Hamlet’s slippery world is a lot like ours.

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9781932325218-Perfect AUDITION FOR MURDER (Maggie Ryan 1967) Actors Nick and Lisette O’Connor need a change. They leave New York City for a semester as artists-in-residence at a college upstate, where they take on the roles of Claudius and Ophelia, two of the professional leads in a campus production of Hamlet. Threats and accidents begin to follow Lisette, and Nick worries it might be more than just petty jealousy. Maggie Ryan, a student running lights for the show, helps investigate a mystery steeped in the turmoil of 1967 America.

About the AuthorMEDIA KIT  PM Carlson PhotoP.M. Carlson taught psychology and statistics at Cornell University before deciding that mystery writing was more fun. She has published twelve mystery novels and over a dozen short stories. Her novels have been nominated for an Edgar Award, a Macavity Award, and twice for Anthony Awards. Two short stories were finalists for Agatha Awards. She edited the Mystery Writers Annual for Mystery Writers of America for several years, and served as president of Sisters in Crime.

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Silent Fear by Barbara Ebel – Book Blast and Giveaway

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3_25 MEDIA KIT Silent Fear a Medical Mystery eBookA devastating meningitis outbreak is sweeping nationwide at breakneck speed. Although not blamed, brain surgeon Dr. Danny Tilson’s recent surgeries happened just before his hospital patients and staff acquired the frightening malady.

Danny becomes the pivotal player of an investigation when the CDC, a neurologist, and an infectious disease specialist are summoned for their expertise. The root of the outbreak is an enigma, the sinister organism is a mystery, and the timeline of its victims is complicated.

Hang on for the ride as Dr. Danny straightens out his personal life while confronted with an epidemic of frightening proportions and consequences. The pandemic of the millennium has no cure in sight! And while Danny’s colleagues, patients and staff are falling dead around him, perhaps the most crucial question of all is – why has Danny been spared?

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Danny almost slammed the chart closed as anger rose up in him like an irritated bee. He smacked his right fist into his left palm. In all his years of training and practice, nothing compared to the spread of this disease. He wasn’t a history buff, but he was aware of previous epidemics sweeping the country and Europe, wiping out thousands, if not millions of people.

But these were the days of modern medicine. Something like this is absolutely not supposed to happen. His thoughts tumbled ahead – chances are he was overdue to get whatever was ailing all these patients. If that were the case, he couldn’t wait to see Sara and put their relationship on better terms. She took priority in his personal life. What if he succumbed into a coma like everyone else seemed to be doing? He had to say he was sorry and ask her forgiveness.

He walked to the farthest isolated room down the hallway. The air in the room seemed stale as Danny pulled up a chair alongside Bill, who now looked older than his real age. Danny smiled, grateful that Bill recognized him when he took Danny’s gloved hand in his own.

“This is the first time I haven’t seen you wearing a bow tie,” Danny mused.

With his other hand, Bill gathered copious secretions into a tissue. “They don’t easily clip onto hospital gowns.”

The words came slowly, like a snail crossing a street, but Danny felt grateful for the doc’s sense of humor. He traced back the tubing coming from Bill’s forearm to the small bag of antibiotics, the recent drug of choice to fight the unknown killer.

About the Author:Barbara Ebel is an anesthesiologist-turned author. She’ll give you an edgy view into the O.R. and deliver credible medicine in the background of her fiction, where plots and vivid characters get center stage. Even the ‘bug’ involved In Silent Fear is based on a rare, real organism.

‘Doctor Barbara’s’ Dr. Danny Tilson Novels take place in Tennessee; the first one is Operation Neurosurgeon, but both books can stand alone. Besides penning other adult books, she is also the author and illustrator of Chester the Chesapeake, a children’s picture book series about her therapy dog. She lives with her husband and pets in a TN protected wildlife corridor.

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Five Must Haves in Every Mystery Novel by Sandra de Helen – Giveaway

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FIVE MUST HAVES IN EVERY MYSTERY NOVEL
My genre is: Fiction, Mystery, Woman Sleuth, subgenre gay, lesbian. My series is Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson. Shirley is asexual, and Mary thought she was until the second book when she discovers her latent lesbianism. Both books have gay and lesbian characters. The second book features a woman who was raised as a boy.

So, what are the five musts every story in my genre should have? In my opinion:

1. A murder. The victim must have several people in her or his life who would be willing to kill.

2. A complicated, but not confusing, plot. Red herrings should be employed, and actual clues dropped, along the way. The reader wants to solve the mystery, but not too soon.

3. Engaging protagonists. In my case, I have Shirley who is the detective, and Mary who is her sidekick and narrator. At least one of them should be a person the reader might like, and would want to learn more about.

4. Relevance to the reader. I want my stories to resonate with my readers. My audience is intelligent, interested, and interesting. They are a bit left of center in their politics, and are up on current events. They teach me about what they do and don’t want to hear from me.

5. A “B” story. Yes, readers want to know about the murder, its victim(s), and to follow the clues to the resolution. They also want more: character arc, transformation, maybe a love story. Notice I didn’t say sex. Lots of lesbian mysteries do contain sex, sometimes explicit. In The Illustrious Client you’ll encounter some love scenes, but I don’t do explicit. I include only those scenes I think are necessary for the story. I’m not trying to steal from the authors who write erotica, after all.

I like to include information about Portland because I live here. It’s a beautiful place with great people, the world’s largest bookstore (Powell’s), indie bookstores (Another Read Through, Broadway Books, In Other Words, and many more), so many good places to dine, including our thousands of food trucks, even a covered bridge in the city limits. I like to read about other places, other settings. In addition to US authors, I enjoy Val McDermid, Denise Mina, and Ian Rankin (Scotland), Ruth Rendell (England), Henning Mankell (Sweden), Donna Leon (Venice), and Colin Cotterell (Laos and Thailand). This is a small sampling of authors who write about places I’ve been or want to go to.

There are lots of writers here in Portland. I like to think of it as the US version of Ireland. Have you read Chelsea Cain, Lori L. Lake, Bill Cameron, Chuck Pahlniuk, Ursula LeGuin? There are book readings, poetry slams, writing workshops, every week. There is a coffeehouse on almost every corner, not all of them Starbucks. I’ve read a couple of times at the Rain or Shine Coffee House, which is walking distance from my chair. If you can’t come visit me, at least visit Portland in my books.

About the Author:3_19 AuthorPicSandra de Helen’s books as well as short stories are available at bookstores, libraries, and online. Her poetry and plays are published in several journals. Samples of her works are on her website SandradeHelen.com. Even though she says she isn’t a “joiner,” de Helen is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Oregon Writers Colony, the Golden Crown Literary Society, and International Centre for Women Playwrights. Like her at FaceBook.com/drmarywatson, follow her on Twitter @dehelen, and read her blog at RedCrested.com. She lives with her cat Stanton in Portland, Oregon where they both type.

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Illustrious Client Cover Only CompliantBook Two of the Shirley Combs and Dr. Mary Watson series, THE ILLUSTRIOUS CLIENT, shows us the private investigator and her sidekick sharing an office, and introduces their receptionist, Lix. They are hired to influence a young international pop star, Oceane Charles, to pry her away from her older, richer, player of a girlfriend. The cast is made up of people with various ethnicities and backgrounds, and of course the job soon includes solving a murder mystery. Along the way, Mary discovers her latent lesbianism. Set in Portland, Oregon on a superyacht, in a hospital VIP room, at Rose Festival, and other fun places.

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Conflict: the Toughest Opponent by Gaylon Greer – guest blog and giveaway

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Conflict: the Toughest Opponent
Every writer knows that story tension requires conflict. In every scene the focal character wants to accomplish something—something that relates somehow to the long-term story goal. Readers worry that the character might not succeed, or perhaps they worry that she will. The scene goal can be revealed in conversation between characters, it can be thought, or it can be implied by thoughts, speech and actions. But it must exist, or there will be no source of conflict and readers will have nothing to worry about; they will not feel a buildup of tension and will probably lay the book aside.

Besides a goal, the scene must have resistance, some reason why the goal might not be realized. The resistance might spring from conflict with the goals of another character, by the need to cope with natural obstacles, by conflict with laws, rules, or societal norms, or due to conflicts within the focal character.

Struggle against another person who is seemingly as powerful as the focal character is commonplace. The resulting conflict might be physical, or it might be emotional or psychological—a battle of wits or wills. Less common is a struggle against nature or a natural obstacle: a desert, a jungle, a flood, storm, draught, or whatever. Less common still, but often more compelling, is internal struggle; the character has wants or needs that are in direct opposition to each other. Psychologists identify three major psychological types of internal conflict that can be useful to writers.

Approach-approach conflict occurs when a character must choose between equally attractive but mutually exclusive options: he loves football more than life and has been offered an athletic scholarship, but he also loves music and has been accepted at Julliard; she can stay with the man she loves, who is firmly rooted in their home town, or she can accept the far-away position she has fought for tooth and nail.

Avoidance-avoidance conflict occurs when a character must choose between two equally unattractive options: accept a marriage proposal from an influential man who she does not love, or see her parents be forced into bankruptcy; fight an unjust war, or leave the country forever to avoid prison as a draft dodger.

Approach-avoidance conflict involves deciding to accept or reject something that has both attractive and unattractive traits: a prospective marriage partner seems perfect—except that she is of a different faith and he will have to convert; a scholarship to Stanford is the chance of a lifetime, but it is so far from everyone she loves.

Combining one or more of these psychological conflicts with resistance from another person or with custom or laws will put your character in the kind of deep dilemma that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and make them remember and talk about your book long after they have read and reread it. Look for ways to mix and layer the sources of conflict.

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About the Author: MEDIA KIT Author PhotoWorking with traveling carnivals and itinerant farm labor gangs during his teen and early adult years took Gaylon Greer up, down, and across the United States and introduced him to a plethora of colorful individuals who serve as models for his fictional characters. A return to school in pursuit of a high school diploma while serving in the Air Force led to three university degrees, including a Ph.D. in economics, and a stint as a university professor. After publishing several books on real estate and personal financial planning, as well as lecturing on these subjects to nationwide audiences, he shifted his energy to writing fiction. Gaylon lives near Austin, Texas.

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MEDIA KIT Book coverAccustomed to a life of privilege, Shelby Cervosier new finds herself running for her life. Accused of killing an American Immigration agent, Shelby has undertaken a mission on behalf of a secretive American espionage agency in exchange for a promise of legal amnesty and political asylum in America. Now, however, the agent who coerced her into accepting the assignment wants her dead to cover up the bungled mission. Two hit men compete for the bounty that has been placed on her head.

Shelby and her younger sister flee into America’s heartland in search of a safe haven. They find only fear and danger, however, when they are captured by one of the assassins, Hank.

Prepared to do whatever it takes to keep her sister safe, Shelby cooperates with her capturer. Deciding that his feelings for them are more important than bounty money, Hank takes the sisters under his wing and secrets then away to his hideout: a farm in a remote corner of Colorado. They become a part of his extended family; they have finally found sanctuary.

Their safe new world is shattered when the second hit man, a relentless psychopath, captures Shelby’s little sister and uses her to lure Shelby and her lover into a middle-of-the-night showdown on an isolated Rocky Mountain battleground.

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Discover Ten Things About Greg Strandberg – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Ten Things about Greg Strandberg

1. I have 28 books selling on Amazon right now, 8 novels, 3 novelettes, 1 box-set and 16 non-fiction books.

2. I lived in Shenzhen, China, for 5 years teaching English. Shenzhen is right across the border from Hong Kong.

3. In 2009 I took a train from Hong Kong to Beijing, up through Mongolia, and into Russia. I went across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railroad to Moscow and then St. Petersburg.

4. That same year I went to Pamplona, Spain, and took part in the Festival of San Fermin, or the Running of the Bulls. I got knocked down, blacked-out, and woke up on a stretcher as they put me in an ambulance. If you watch this YouTube video you can see me get run over about 1 minute in.

5. After getting to the hospital I had to have a bunch of stitches in my right ear and above my right eye. My white clothes were also ruined, so they gave me a paper shirt.

6. After getting out of the Pamplona Hospital I had to take a bus back to the center of the city to get my stuff. I felt a little silly in my paper shirt and ruined pants, but there were many people looking stranger than me.

7. I’m married to a Russian woman named Evgenyia and we have a 3-year old son named Paul. Last summer we moved from China to America.

8. I work as a writer full-time. Most of the time I do content marketing, but I also do a lot of ghostwriting as well, mainly sci-fi novels. The money from my own books helps pay the rent as well.

9. I’m currently running for the Montana House of Representatives out of Missoula, Montana. If I win the June 3 primary race I’ll be unopposed in the general election, pretty much guaranteeing me a 2-year spot in the 100-member body.

10. I like blue.

About the Author:MEDIA KIT Greg Strandberg Greg Strandberg was born and raised in Helena, Montana. He graduated from the University of Montana in 2008 with a BA in History.

When the American economy began to collapse Greg quickly moved to China, where he became a slave for the English language industry. After five years of that nonsense he returned to Montana in June, 2013.

When not writing his blogs, novels, or web content for others, Greg enjoys reading, hiking, biking, and spending time with his wife and young son.

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MEDIA KIT  Tarot Card Killer - High ResolutionJim Sharpe is sick of life, sick of being a cop, and most of all sick of Hong Kong. He’s one of the few not on the take, yet he’s being charged with corruption. By the end of the week he’ll be kicked off the force – no matter what.

All that changes when a dead body’s found next to Victoria Harbour, a bloody Tarot card in its hand. Jim’s called onto the case, and what he discovers promises not just to upend his world, but the whole city as well.

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Knockout by Emma Calin – $0.99 book and giveaway

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A Mafia conspiracy. A female undercover cop. Her target: international sportsman and playboy Freddie La Salle.

Can she fake it? Can she nail the gangsters before her cover is blown? What happens when his charm kicks in, passion takes control and she falls for this charismatic suspect?

KNOCKOUT! The No 1 Kindle Bestseller from Emma Calin

Interpol cop, Anna Leyton, spirals down into a hopeless vortex of sexual and emotional turmoil as she fights to keep her professional cool. But who is deceiving who in this fast moving ride across continents? What motivates the art loving prize-bull of a lover Freddie La Salle?

An action-filled pulse-pounding adventure novel. A tense and erotic romantic affair. Can a relationship survive when it is founded on deceit? Can she prove her man is innocent? Can she escape with her life and her love?

The power of love and trust stands against greed and crime as conflicting forces grapple for that KNOCKOUT punch.

Authors note: This book is quite ‘strongly flavoured’ and features uninhibited, but straightforward steamy sexual scenes between consenting adults and true-to-life street language that would occur in high-stress situations.

About the Author:MEDIA KIT Emma Calin Novelist, philosopher, blogger, poet, would be master chef. A woman pedaling between Peckham & Pigalle, in search of passion & enduring romance.

Emma Calin writes romance novels and gritty short stories about love and survival in the 21st century. She has published a number digital and paperback books which are available from Amazon worldwide.

She blogs about her dual life in St-Savinien sur Charente in South West France and Romsey, a market town in England. She feels extremely lucky to be able to experience the world and life through these two, very different, lenses. She spends any time she can, when not writng, on her tandem exploring the countryside.

Emma also records and produces audio books and plays the trombone (although not at the same time).

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Novels, Short Stories and Novelettes by Emma Calin

Shannon’s Law ((Passion Patrol Series – hot cops, hot crime, hot romance)

Steamy police action romance- another in the Passion Patrol Series – available 28th February 2014

Knockout! (Passion Patrol Series)

A Mafia conspiracy. A female undercover cop. Her target: international sportsman and playboy Freddie La Salle. Can she fake it? Can she nail the gangsters before her cover is blown? What happens when his charm kicks in, passion takes control and she falls for this charismatic suspect?An action-filled pulse-pounding adventure novel. A tense and erotic romantic affair. Can a relationship survive when it is founded on deceit? Can she prove her man is innocent? Can she escape with her life and her love? Available in print and e-book formats.

The Love in a Hopeless Place Collection

An anthology of stories from the engine room of the human condition. Five stand-alone titles published over the last two years, from No. 1 bestselling short story writer, Emma Calin, combined in this great value ‘boxed-set’. Available in print and e-book formats.

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Two powerless beings are swept together in a transient struggle for survival. Could the human spirit transcend the brutality and indifference of their brief experience before they are once again swept helplessly apart? E-book only.

Escape to Love

A woman on the run from domestic violence with no one but her vulnerable autistic teenage child as a companion, lives in isolation and fear. While her hand to mouth scenarios are played out in the shadow of a threatening suspense, a story of crime and love unfolds around her. E-book only.

The Chosen

A woman, a man, a van and a plan. What do painting and decorating, Thai brides, self-help manuals and pay-day loans have in common? J.A. knows the answer. Follow his his quest for love and happiness in The Chosen. E-book only.

Angela

A mystery tale of a late night taxi ride where the final passenger may not be all that she seems. E-book only.

Love in a Hopeless Place

A mature woman stumbles into a discovery of herself that she had never suspected. E-book only.

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Choose the Voice for Sydney Rye – Virtual tour and giveaway!

Choose the Voice of Sydney Rye

Sydney Rye is coming to Audio and we need your help picking the narrator!

Emily Kimelman’s “Sydney Rye” series features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don’t mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!

Haven’t read Sydney Rye yet? Download the first book, UNLEASHED, for free on Amazon, iTunes, B&N, or Kobo and see how she sounds in your head then vote for the best narrator!

Voting enters you to win all sorts of great prizes including Amazon gift cards, signed books, and the finished Audio book! Add to your chances of winning by joining Emily’s email list, liking her Facebook page, or telling your friends about the contest. The Rafflecopter is at the end of this post.

Here are your choices:

The code to listen to each artist is below along with their bio.

Emily Strong

Bio: Emily Strong is an actor, voiceover talent, and first time filmmaker. As a native of Michigan, she is a nature-lover at heart but has the mind of a city girl and moved to Chicago nearly three years ago because she wasn’t smart enough to go somewhere warmer. She takes full advantage of what the city has to offer by training at legendary places like The Second City and eating lots and lots of ethnic food (will travel all the way across the city to Pilsen for the best tacos!). Her love of reading was the catalyst for her adventurous spirit and the reason why she is always stoked to tell stories in their many different forms.

You can visit her at www.emilystrong.net

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Erin Jones

Bio: Erin has narrated over 500 audio books including “The Hunger Games” trilogy for The National Library Services/Library Of Congress, “A State Of Wonder,” The Garden Of The Beasts,” “Anna Karenina,” “Ferdinand The Bull, and “Madeline.”

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Sonja Field

Bio: Sonja has two loves: acting and reading. Narrating audiobooks is her absolute passion. She has logged over 600 hours recording textbooks with an organization called Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, and is currently in the process of recording a kids’ action-fantasy-adventure novel, a steamy and mysterious paranormal romance, and a non-fiction about writing. She loves nothing more than bringing vivid worlds and unique characters to life. When she’s not recording, Sonja can be found onstage, traipsing around Brooklyn, or entertaining children with a variety of dubious accents.

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Erica Newhouse


Bio: Erica Newhouse is a film, televesion and theater actor living in New York City. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

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More about UNLEASHED:

UNLEASHED is the first book in Emily Kimelman’s best selling Sydney Rye series of mysteries.

When the series begins Sydney Rye is named Joy Humbolt. She does not like people telling her what to do, so it comes as no surprise that she was just fired from her last job. When she buys Charlene Miller’s dog-walking business on Manhattan’s exclusive upper east side, it seems like the perfect fit: Quiet environment, minimal contact with people.

But then one of her clients turns up dead, and Charlene disappears. Rumors say Charlene was having an affair with the victim–and of course, everyone assumes Joy must know where she is. Joy begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity then out of anger when there is another murder and threats start to come her way.

When police detective Mulberry is assigned to the case, Joy finds a kindred spirit–cynical and none-too-fond of the human race. As they dig deep into the secrets of Manhattan’s elite, they not only get closer to the killer but also to a point of no return. One last murder sends Joy Humbolt hurtling over the edge. Her only chance of survival is to become Sydney Rye.

The Rest of The Sydney Rye Series:

DEATH IN THE DARK (A Sydney Rye Novella, #2)

INSATIABLE (A Sydney Rye Novel, #3)

STRINGS OF GLASS (A Sydney Rye Novel, #4)

THE DEVIL’S BREATH (A Sydney Rye Novel, #5) Coming April 2014

Emily Kimelman Biography

Emily Kimelman is the author of the best selling “Sydney Rye” series of mystery novels including UNLEASHED, DEATH IN THE DARK, INSATIABLE, STRINGS OF GLASS and the forthcoming THE DEVIL’S BREATH. Emily lives with her husband, Sean Gilvey, and their dog, Kinsey Millhone “Pup Detective”, on a trawler docked in the Hudson Valley during the summer. She spends her winters traveling to where ever the next Sydney Rye Novel takes place. Right now she is in Costa Rica working on Sydney Rye #6.

If you’ve read Emily’s work and liked it please contact her. She loves hearing from readers. You can reach Emily via email ejkimelman@gmail.com or on twitter @ejkimelman. Follow her on Instagram to see pictures from Emily’s latest adventures. Visit www.emilykimelman.com to learn more about Emily and the Sydney Rye series.

Links:

UNLEASHED

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Unleashed-Sydney-Rye-Novel-ebook/dp/B004XDWJ18

Goodreads

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11296999-unleashed

Kobo

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iTunes

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Launch Day and Giveaway: Shannon’s Law by Emma Calin

 

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the launch of Shannon’s Law, the second book in Emma Calin’s Passion Patrol Series. Emma will be awarding a Shannon’s Law Launch Day Swag Bag to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour and a $30 Amazon voucher will be awarded to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Also, a print copy of Shannon’s Law will be awarded to three (3) randomly drawn commenters and a digital copy of Shannon’s Law will be awarded to five (5) randomly drawn commenter during the tour. ALL ENTRANTS get emailed a digital cookery book of recipes (including photos!) for meals/food eaten in Shannon’s Law. The book is called ‘Cops Cuisine’. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops in today’s celebration.

Wild child inner city cop Shannon Aguerri walks a dangerous line between her methods and justice. When the bosses lose their nerve, after yet another maverick mission, she is transferred to green pastures to play out the role of a routine village cop. When she encounters signs of people and drug trafficking she homes in on serious millionaire criminals. As a loner she has attracted men but nothing has stuck. When she meets Spencer, the hunky and widowed Earl of Bloxington, there is an immediate rapport between them. Their social differences mean nothing to their passion and need. Already in the mix is an upper class female rival – who has long plotted her way into the Earl’s bed. The jealousy is an evil shade of green and the anger is a violent scarlet. Often inhibited by a sense of duty and honour, Spencer is slow to reveal his feelings. When Shannon confronts him with the need to choose between her word and that of her rival, he does not immediately support her. All the same, when they are forced together to carry out a desperate rescue mission their love is stronger than everything ranged against them.

Authors note: This book is quite ‘strongly flavoured’ and features uninhibited, but straightforward steamy sexual scenes between consenting adults and true-to-life street language that would occur in high-stress situations.

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About the Author

Novelist, philosopher, blogger, poet, would be master chef. A woman pedaling between Peckham and Pigalle, in search of passion and enduring romance.

Emma Calin writes romance novels and gritty short stories about love and survival in the 21st century. She has published a number digital and paperback books which are available from Amazon worldwide.

She blogs about her dual life in St-Savinien sur Charente in South West France and Romsey, a market town in England. She feels extremely lucky to be able to experience the world and life through these two, very different, lenses. She spends any time she can, when not writng, on her tandem exploring the countryside.

Emma also records and produces audio books and plays the trombone (although not at the same time).


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Novels, Short Stories and Novelettes by Emma Calin

Shannon’s Law ((Passion Patrol Series – hot cops, hot crime, hot romance)

Steamy police action romance- another in the Passion Patrol Series – available 28th February 2014

Knockout! (Passion Patrol Series)

A Mafia conspiracy. A female undercover cop. Her target: international sportsman and playboy Freddie La Salle. Can she fake it? Can she nail the gangsters before her cover is blown? What happens when his charm kicks in, passion takes control and she falls for this charismatic suspect?An action-filled pulse-pounding adventure novel. A tense and erotic romantic affair. Can a relationship survive when it is founded on deceit? Can she prove her man is innocent? Can she escape with her life and her love? Available in print and e-book formats.

The Love in a Hopeless Place Collection

An anthology of stories from the engine room of the human condition. Five stand-alone titles published over the last two years, from No. 1 bestselling short story writer, Emma Calin, combined in this great value ‘boxed-set’. Available in print and e-book formats.

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Two powerless beings are swept together in a transient struggle for survival. Could the human spirit transcend the brutality and indifference of their brief experience before they are once again swept helplessly apart? E-book only.

Escape to Love

A woman on the run from domestic violence with no one but her vulnerable autistic teenage child as a companion, lives in isolation and fear. While her hand to mouth scenarios are played out in the shadow of a threatening suspense, a story of crime and love unfolds around her. E-book only.

The Chosen

A woman, a man, a van and a plan. What do painting and decorating, Thai brides, self-help manuals and pay-day loans have in common? J.A. knows the answer. Follow his his quest for love and happiness in The Chosen. E-book only.

Angela

A mystery tale of a late night taxi ride where the final passenger may not be all that she seems. E-book only.

Love in a Hopeless Place

A mature woman stumbles into a discovery of herself that she had never suspected. E-book only.

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Release Day Spotlight and Giveaway: The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

RELEASE DAY SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY: THE CHASE by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CHASE!

 

THE CHASE by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Bantam – Random House
On sale: February 25, 2014
978-0-345-54308-0
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Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, New York Times bestselling authors of The Heist, return in this action-packed, exciting adventure featuring master con artist Nicolas Fox and die-hard FBI agent Kate O’Hare. And this time around, things go from hot to nuclear when government secrets are on the line.

Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they’ll go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted—and untouchable—criminals.

Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar—and against the clock—to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove’s elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate’s dad.

A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it’ll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty’s priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O’Hare.

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ABOUT JANET EVANOVICH

2_25 Janet Evanovich_PhotoJanet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

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ABOUT LEE GOLDBERG

2_25 Lee Goldberg_PhotoLee Goldberg is a screenwriter, TV producer, and the author of several books, including King City, The Walk, and the bestselling Monk series of mysteries. He has earned two Edgar Award nominations and was the 2012 recipient of the Poirot Award from Malice Domestic.

 

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Elements of a Successful Mystery by Alan Brenham

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. One randomly drawn commenter will win a $50 Amazon gift card. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Elements of a Successful Mystery
The basic structure of a mystery is introducing the problem and the characters, someone working to solve or fix the problem, and someone solving it.

The first element in a successful mystery is the characters. They are the ones the story is all about – the ones who have to solve or fix the problem and the ones who caused the problem. Sufficient detail about each character must be provided so the reader can “see” the person. Effective characterization turns each character into a 3-dimensional “person” the reader can visualize and relate to.
Every story has a main character or protagonist- the hero or heroine – who is typically the one who will solve or fix the problem. The antagonist, or villain, will be the character who makes solving the problem near impossible for the protagonist. He or she should possess at least equal attributes (maybe more) as the protagonist. He or she may try to throw the hero/heroine off track.

The next element is the setting, or the location where the action takes place, such as, a neighborhood, the inside of a building, or onboard a ship or plane. The physical surroundings and even the weather should be described in sufficient detail so the reader “feels” he/she is right there and connected to the place where the action is occurring.

A third element is the plotline or story on which the entire book is based. It must have a clear beginning, middle and end. It’s basically a problem or puzzle that has to be solved with missing pieces and sometimes a secret to build suspense. Clues, some real and some false, will be sprinkled through the story so the reader can follow along with the protagonist and try to figure out who did it or why. It’s important that the story flows logically so the reader won’t be confused about events as they unfold.

The final element is the solution. It’s here that the protagonist prevails over his nemesis. He/she finds the missing puzzle piece or clue that brings the story to a head. It is very important that the solution be believable to the reader.

About the Author: MEDIA KIT Author PhotoAlan Brenham is the pseudonym of Alan Behr, an American author and attorney. He served as a law enforcement officer before earning a law degree. He worked first as a prosecutor then defense attorney for the next twenty-six years. His travels took him to several European and Middle Eastern countries, Alaska and almost every island in the Caribbean. While contracted to US military forces, he resided in Berlin, Germany for a few years. Alan and his wife, Lillian, currently live in the Austin, Texas area. He has authored two crime fiction books, Price of Justice and Cornered, and is working on a third titled Rampage.

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MEDIA KIT -Final Cover Image (169x253) (169x253)His focus is on solving the murders—until the unthinkable happens…

Recently widowed, Austin Police Detective Jason Scarsdale works to solve the murders of two pedophiles, while trying to be both mother and father to his five-year-old daughter. During his investigation, Scarsdale is forced to navigate between the crosshairs of two police commanders out to get him. Drawn to Austin Police Crime Analyst, Dani Mueller, who has also suffered tragedy, Scarsdale fights both his attraction and his suspicions that something just isn’t right…

She is hiding a secret, one that could not only cost her a job—it could end her life…

Dani hides a deadly past. After her daughter was brutally murdered, Dani exacted her revenge then changed her name and fled to Austin. But if her secret ever gets out, she knows there is no place she can hide from the murderer’s vicious family.

Pulled into a web of malice and deceit, Scarsdale and Dani discover the value of breaking the rules. Then just when they thought things couldn’t get worse…they do.

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