Jump Cut by Libby Fischer Hellmann – Cover Reveal and Giveaway

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This post is part of a book blast to reveal the cover for Libby Fischer Hellmann”s newest release Jump Cut. Libby will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


Hired to produce a candyfloss profile of Chicago-based aviation giant, Delcroft, Ellie is dismayed when company VP Charlotte Hollander, the architect of a new anti-drone system for Delcroft, trashes the production and cancels the project. Ellie believes Hollander was spooked by shots of a specific man in the video footage. But when Ellie arranges to meet the man to find out why, he’s killed by a subway train.In the confusion, she finds a seemingly abandoned pack of cigarettes with a flash drive inside that belonged to the now dead man.

Ellie has the drive’s contents decrypted, but before long she discovers she’s under surveillance and thrown into the middle of a situation filled with drones, hacking, and Chinese spies that put her life and those she loves in mortal danger.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Before my gangstah-rap neighbor emptied his AK-47 into his buddy, the most exciting thing to happen in our village was the opening of a new grocery store. The store hired a pianist who played Beatles tunes, no doubt to persuade shoppers to part with their money more easily. My neighbor, rapper King Bling, was helping his fans part with their money too, but the shooting ended all that. Once he made bail, he moved and hasn’t been heard from since.

And so it goes in my little corner of the North Shore, about twenty miles from downtown Chicago. There are benefits. The King, as he’s known to his disciples, gave our cops something to do besides ticket speeders. And the new grocery store gave me the chance to buy prepared dinners so I could dispense with cooking.

Both of which come in handy when I’m producing a video, as was the case now. We didn’t finish the shoot until seven. I raced up the expressway toward home, dropped into the store, and was eyeballing a turkey pot roast—the only one left—when my cell trilled. I fished it out of my bag.

“Mom, where did you get the shoes?” I heard chatter and giggles in the background.

“What shoes, Rachel?”

“The ones you gave Jackie.” My daughter, Rachel, had successfully, if unbelievably, graduated from college and lived in an apartment in Wrigleyville. Jackie was her roommate. “Everybody thinks they’re awesome.”

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_JumpCutLibby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Twelve novels and twenty short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few. *

With the addition of Jump Cut in 2016, her novels include the now five-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24;” the hard-boiled 4-volume Georgia Davis PI series, and three stand-alone historical thrillers that Libby calls her “Revolution Trilogy.” Her latest release, The Incidental Spy, is a historical novella set during the early years of the Manhattan Project at the U of Chicago. Her short stories have been published in a dozen anthologies, the Saturday Evening Post, and Ed Gorman’s “25 Criminally Good Short Stories” collection.

* She has been a finalist twice for the Anthony, twice for Foreword Magazines Book of the Year, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Daphne and has won the Lovey multiple times.

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Buy The Incidental Spy (Sept. 2015) at Amazon

Pre-order Jump Cut (March 2016) at Amazon.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Ooh, this book sounds good!

  3. What does candyfloss profile mean?

  4. Thanks so much for hosting Jump Cut! You can read a lengthier excerpt here: http://libbyhellmann.com/my-books/jump-cut. Happy to answer questions, btw..

    Anne: It means a sugary kind of video that makes the company look good.

  5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

  6. Sounds like a smart and gritty read, something I’m ready for at the moment. Thanks.

  7. Writers’ Block is always around the corner. I’ve learned when I have it that I’ve probably done something that doesn’t work, which is why I can’t go forward. In those cases, i usually stop writing and do something completely different, like make the beds, go to the grocery store, binge watch my favorite show. Often the problem surfaces by itself, and I’m able to plow on. If it doesn’t, I ask another writer to take a look. Hope that answers your question.

    Btw, I’ve had a couple of questions about this, so just to clarify: Even though the Amazon and Kobo prices say $4.99, I will lower them before Feb 29th so you’ll only pay 99¢ if you pre-order now. If you check Nook and iBooks, you’ll see the price is already 99¢ because they WONT honor a discount. Amazon and Kobo will. Hope that clears things up. Thanks again for hosting Jump Cut! Good luck on the Rafflecopter.

  8. Rita Wray says:

    I enjoyed the excerpt.

  9. Eva Millien says:

    Jump Cut sounds like a great book and I like the cover, thanks for sharing and good luck!

  10. Tara Woods says:

    Interesting synopsis and excerpt. I haven’t read a mystery in a long time. Thanks for the post.

  11. Libby Hellmann says:

    Thanks again for having me!

  12. I’m looking forward to also reading your Revolution Trilogy. Thank you for sharing the information.

  13. Good luck with the release!

  14. I really enjoyed the excerpt! Sounds very interesting !

  15. awesome cover! Congratulations!

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