My Pet Peeves by Libby Fischer Hellmann – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. 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.

Some of My Pet Peeves
Writing pet peeves:

 Writers who repeat the same mistakes over and over

 Mistakes in grammar and punctuation (even though I know I am guilty of it myself)

 Misspellings… I am a pretty good speller so I suppose I’m a spelling snob.

 Reading a blurb about a book that says it’s the best thing since sliced bread then being disappointed in the story and/or writing.

In general

 People who are not courteous – the increasing lack of civility, courtesy, and good manners makes me very sad.

 Traffic (I used to tell my kids the ONLY time it was acceptable to curse was when you’re stuck in traffic)

 Narcissists – I think that speaks for itself.

MediaKit_BookCover_JumpCutChicago video producer, Ellie Foreman, has been absent from thriller author Libby Fischer Hellmann’s repertoire for almost a decade. Now she’s back…and soon entangled in a web of espionage, murder and suspicion that threatens to destroy what she holds most dear. 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 before they can talk. 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. Suspecting Delcroft and the ambitious Hollander are behind it, she’s unconvinced when Hollander tells her the dead man was a Chinese spy. Ellie and her boyfriend Luke try to find answers, but they don’t realize how far into the dangerous echelons of hidden power they have ventured. When Ellie’s daughter is kidnapped and Charlotte Hollander disappears, it becomes terrifyingly clear that Ellie is in way over her head, and more lives are on the line, including her own.

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:Libby 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. *

MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_JumpCutWith 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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  1. James Robert says:

    Good morning! I am appreciate of you giving us the opportunity to win this giveaway, thank you

  2. Nikolina says:

    Happy to be a part of this tour, thank you for sharing!

  3. Faye Gates says:

    I would like to thank this blog for introducing me to Libby and her work. I now have found an author who writes my kind of stories.

  4. Thank you for hosting

  5. If you could only look at one view for the rest of eternity, what or where would you like to be to see this view?

  6. Thanks, Faye.. glad you found me! And thanks for hosting me today, Long and Short… Mai: either the forest with a few swirls of mist running through the trees, or the sea at sunset. What about you?

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

  8. Betul E. says:

    I wanted to ask for your book pet peeves but looks like you already listed them! Here is another question:
    What are the most difficult scenes to write?

  9. Hi, I am always glad to meet new authors and I would like to ask if you have done anything really strange in the name of research.

  10. I agree with you about many of these!

  11. Natalie says:

    What is your favorite genre of books to read?

  12. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a great read.

  13. kim hansen says:

    Enjoy a good mystery.

  14. Victoria says:

    Great post, I loved reading your peeves! Haha.. I also hate misspelled words, mostly because we live a world of spell-check so there are no excuses 😀

  15. Becky Richardson says:

    What country would you like to visit (that you’ve never been to) if you could?

  16. momjane says:

    Sounds like a fun and fascinating mystery.

  17. Dawn Cantrell says:

    Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  18. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. Can’t wait to read it!

  19. Mary Rose Benipayo says:


  20. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?

  21. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  22. I have added this book to my TBR list and look forward to reading this book!

  23. Dario Z says:

    Sounds like a great read, hope I’ll have a chance to read it soon! thank you for sharing!

  24. Nikolina says:

    The book sounds very intriguing, looking forward to reading it!

  25. What is the name of your favorite restaurant?

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