Posts Tagged: crime
Only one bargain book to report this month…and it’s only for my UK readers. Sorry the rest of the world.
PAYING THE PIPER: The Piper is the infamous child kidnapper. When the Piper selected crime reporter, Scott Fleetwood, to chronicle his latest kidnapping, Scott thought he had the world in his grasp, but he held nothing. Now, eight years later, the Piper’s back, with very specific targets in mind—Scott’s children. He can have them back as long as he can pay the ransom, but it’s a ransom not measured in dollars, but in blood.
I hope you’ll take advantage of this offer. If you’ve never read any of my books, this might be the perfect time to start. Piper always seems to be my readers’ gateway book. Enjoy!!
Categories: shelf life
My frustrated DJ is emerging and as I’ve done with my last few books, I’ve created a playlist for my heroine Olivia Shaw from DECEPTIVE PRACTICES. Olivia’s playlist is pretty dark as she’s a woman under the gun, not surprising considering her clear and present danger. This mix tape is the kind of thing Roy at Infidelity Limited would send her just to unsettle her that little bit more.
If you’ve read the book, these songs will make a lot of sense and if you haven’t, it should give you an inkling as to what to expect.
So here’s what’s on her playlist:
1. “Dangerous woman” – Ariana Grande
2. “Grounds for divorce” – Elbow
3. “How we operate” – Gomez
4. “Cheating” – John Newman
5. “Pound Of Flesh” – Regina Spektor.
6. “Band of gold” – Freda Payne
7. “Gambler” – Kenny Rogers
8. “Baby did a bad bad thing” – Chris Issak
9. “Shakedown” – ELO
10. “Fire” – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
I am happy to announce that my new thriller DECEPTIVE PRACTICES is here to deceive you because it is launch day!!!! The back jacket blurb goes a little like this:
“Do you have a cheating spouse? Has counseling failed? Want to get even with them? Then hire Infidelity Limited to teach them a lesson…
“Olivia Shaw grew up poor on the wrong side of the tracks, but with her thriving real estate practice and a solid marriage, her life finally feels stable . . . until she discovers her husband is cheating. Enraged, her sister offers a solution: Infidelity Limited, a firm that promises to rough up her husband and scare him straight.
“Overnight, Olivia’s life is upended as she, like all of Infidelity Limited’s clients, is drawn into a dark web of blackmail and murder. Now, Olivia is emerging as a prime suspect in her husband’s death. As a dogged detective closes in, she has only one option—take down Infidelity Limited before it’s too late.”
It’s available in paperback, as an eBook, on CD and as an audio download. I hope you like it and please, please, please, spread the word by sharing this post and annoying family, friends and strangers. Word of mouth is everything. World domination can’t happen without you!! So please join in and do you bit. 🙂
Thanks for listening.
DECEPTIVE PRACTICES comes out November 15. Not only is it a new book but it’s also the fourth and final installment of the Bay Area Quartet. The series wasn’t linked by character but by location. I wanted to explore my environment so I broke the Bay Area into four sections and put a book there. DECEPTIVE PRACTICES explores the East Bay (my neck of the woods). The other books in the series being PAYING THE PIPER (San Francisco), WE ALL FALL DOWN (Marin County) and TERMINATED (Alameda).
I hope you’ll check out DECEPTIVE PRACTICES and the other books in the series.
I’m happy and pleased to announce the release of the audio edition of THE FALL GUY. It’s available from the Audible and Apple stores worldwide. The storyline is:
“Todd Collins has failed in every job he’s ever undertaken, but that all changes when he backs his jalopy in a shiny, new Porsche belonging to a drug dealer. When the police stop the drug dealer for a broken taillight that Todd has caused and discover a cocaine shipment, a West Coast kingpin holds Todd responsible. On the run from organized crime, Todd discovers his true calling when he fights back.”
I hope you enjoy this second title from Dark Wood Books.
Categories: new book
My blog tour for THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY has concluded. So if you missed any of my stops along the way, here are the links to my cyber travels:
- A Night in the Life of Zoë Sutton (courtesy of Dru’s Book Musings)
- Understanding a Damaged Hero (courtesy of Criminal Minds)
- The Responsibility of Surviving (courtesy of Femmes Fateles)
- Making of a Monster (courtesy of Mystery Fanfare)
- I Thought I Was Fine (courtesy of Jungle Red Writers)
- Making a Bad Situation Worse (courtesy of The Kill Zone)
TOTGA also picked up a number of nice online reviews:
Please check out all the links and thanks to everyone who’ve helped make TOTGA the success it has been so far.
My final blog tour stop for THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY is at The Kill Zone. In Making a Bad Situation Worse, I talk about how I have to manufacture the worst possible scenarios and it’s all because my background. Enjoy!
My thanks goes to Clare Langley-Hawthorne and the other Kill Zone contributors for giving up column inches to me.
The essay looks at the villain of the book and he was created and the real life people who inspired him. I hope you’ll read the piece.
So THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY has been out for a month (two if you’re an Amazon Prime Member) and reader feedback has been coming in. Quite a lot of it actually. On Amazon.com, the book has racked up almost 2,000 reviews so far. This is understandable as TOTGA (as the cool kids aka my editor calls it) is by far my fastest and bestselling book so far. Phew! I may be in publishing for a little while longer.
But a lot more readers mean a lot more opinions. Luckily for me, people more often than not like TOTGA. Thank God for that. I was a little worried about reader feedback because there’d be a lot more people reading out of genre. More exposure is nice…as long as everyone is of the same opinion and a positive opinion at that. Well, it looks as if it is so.
Actually I’m quite pleased about TOTGA’s reception. People, by and large, got it. They embraced Zoë Sutton warts and all. I wasn’t sure readers would, considering she is someone suffering from PTSD, which makes her a little difficult to like or understand at times.
But with every book, I get feedback that I wasn’t quite expecting. So here are a few findings:
- Quite a few people want or think TOTGA is the first in a new series. I didn’t have any plans to make Zoë Sutton a series character but now you’ve got me thinking. At this point I don’t know how I would take Zoë forward and maintain the same level of danger.
- I’m surprised and amused by how many women have said they’re going to take fight classes after seeing what happened to Zoë. So be warned predatory men, the ladies are no pushover.
- I’m touched by the therapists and victims of violence/stalkers thought I got Zoë right. This was a tough book to write because I tried to interview a number of victim support groups and all of them declined to speak to me so I’m glad people feel I got it right.
- Some people have thought the violence is quite graphic and to be honest, most of the violence is off the page. It’s like Psycho, you see the knife but you don’t see anyone get stabbed. It’s your mind embellishes the rest.
- And speaking of embellishments, I’ve had a few emails describe scenes/events that never took place. It happens with every book. People always bring something to the story.
- People think the book is short but it’s longer than my last three and quite a bit longer than the average James Patterson. It’s a product of my writing style that it’s focused and pacey so it tends to feel brief.
When a book meets the public, it’s exciting and daunting because it’s an interpretive voyage of discovery…and the discovery will continue as the book continues to travel.