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November has quite a few bargain books for you to enjoy for my American, British, Australian & German friends.  Here they all are!!

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.

Just $1.99 at Amazon.com

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY: Zoë and Holli’s Vegas road trip goes wrong when they’re abducted. Zoë escapes leaving Holli behind. A year later and still tortured with guilt, Zoë latches on to a murder that eerily resembles her abduction. Her attempts to find justice for Holli brings her to the attention of the “Tally Man.” For him, she is not a survivor but simply the one that got away.

Just 99p at Amazon UK & $1.49 at Amazon Australia

RACHE IST BITTER: 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.

Just 2,99 Eur at Amazon DE

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Time pull back the sheet on the cover of my next book, SAVING GRACE.  I can’t say too much about the book other than it’s the follow-up to PAYING THE PIPER.  Scott Fleetwood and Tom Sheils are back.  The book will be in January.  You can preorder it already.

The story goes like this:

Former reporter Scott Fleetwood and his family are still recovering from the aftermath of tangling with the notorious kidnapper, the Piper, when another kidnapper grips the city. The Shepherd announces to the San Francisco Independent that he has snatched a young girl from a vacationing family. Other than money, he has only one other demand—he’ll only talk to Scott. The request brings in Special Agent Tom Sheils and his team to work the case and watch over Scott. The Shepherd promises the girl’s safety as long as Scott follows the rules of his game. Forced to trail the kidnapper’s twisting lead—and haunted by a previous victim he failed to save—Scott is desperate to keep the past from making a brutal comeback.

But just when Scott and Sheils think they’re winning and that it will all be over soon, the Shepherd ups the stakes. Scott begins to realize he’s a pawn in a scheme that runs deeper than greed…and colder than death.

I hope you’ll check it out.   🙂

 

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I’m happy to announce the release of LA PUTE, the French edition crime novelette, THE HOOKER.  It’s the first in the LES ACTES RÉPRÉHENSIBLES series of stories.  The storyline is as follows:

“Mark est heureux de célébrer la fin de son célibat avec un enterrement de vie de célibataire, son garçon d’honneur, Lance, ne l’est pas. Il insiste pour que Mark souligne l’événement en grandes pompes … en compagnie d’une prostituée. Le dernier baroud d’un célibataire avant qu’il ne soit condamné à une vie d’homme marié, mais tout prend une autre tournure quand la pute les escroque. Le monde de Mark s’effiloche et le côté sombre de sa personnalité, jusque-là insoupçonné, se manifeste.”

La série présente des histoires sans héros ou sans fins heureuses dans certains cas. Ces récits mettent en scène des personnages qui perdent de leur chemin et peuvent ne jamais le retrouver. Vous ne pourrez approuver leurs actions, mais peut-être pourrez-vous éprouver de la sympathie pour leurs âmes endommagées. Vous pourriez trouver ces histoires désagréables, c’est là le but recherché. Ne jugez pas. Personne n’est immunisé contre la perpétration d’un acte répréhensible.

L’idée à l’origine de la série ACTES RÉPRÉHENSIBLES a vu le jour suite à une situation dans laquelle je me trouve parfois quand des éditeurs croient que le ton ou le sujet d’une œuvre peut heurter la sensibilité des lecteurs. Un éditeur m’a déjà téléphoné pour me dire, «C’est un peu sinistre. Voulez-vous descendre d’un cran ?» Dans certains cas, je peux le faire, dans d’autres, non. On m’a demandé de laisser tomber quelques histoires de ma collection ASKING FOR TROUBLE à cause du ton employé. LA PUTE était une de ces histoires. Parfois, il vous faut aller là où l’histoire vous amène, dans toute sa gloire hideuse. Une histoire doit nous faire ressentir quelque chose — même si c’est de la répulsion ou de la désapprobation. Dans les mois et les années à venir, je planifie de vous offrir quelques nouvelles et histoires qui vous feront réagir. Je sais que ces histoires ne seront pas pour tout le monde, mais j’espère que certains d’entre vous m’accompagneront dans ces excursions à vau-l’eau, parce qu’en fin de compte, si cela peut arriver à d’autres, cela peut aussi nous arriver.

I hope you’ll give LA PUTE a try.

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Rache Ist Bitter, the German edition of Deceptive Practices, launches today!  The plot goes a little like this…

Über Nacht steht Olivias Leben plötzlich Kopf: Ihr Mann kam gewaltsam zu Tode und sie steht unter dringendem Tatverdacht. Sie wollte ihrem untreuen Ehemann nur einen Denkzettel verpassen lassen und hatte in ihrer Wut eine dubiose Firma beauftragt. Jetzt ist sie in einem Netz aus Erpressung und Mord gefangen.

Mit einem hartnäckigen Cop dicht auf den Fersen, bleibt Olivia nur eine Möglichkeit: Sie muss das Komplott aufdecken, wenn sie ihren Kopf rechtzeitig aus der Schlinge ziehen will. Oder ist es dafür schon zu spät?

This represents my fifth German book, so I’m very grateful to my editors and readers who’ve embraced the books.

I hope you’ll share the news with your German speaking friends…

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I can reveal the cover and the jacket copy for Rache Ist Bitter, the German edition of Deceptive Practices. The plot goes a little like this…

Über Nacht steht Olivias Leben plötzlich Kopf: Ihr Mann kam gewaltsam zu Tode und sie steht unter dringendem Tatverdacht. Sie wollte ihrem untreuen Ehemann nur einen Denkzettel verpassen lassen und hatte in ihrer Wut eine dubiose Firma beauftragt. Jetzt ist sie in einem Netz aus Erpressung und Mord gefangen.

Mit einem hartnäckigen Cop dicht auf den Fersen, bleibt Olivia nur eine Möglichkeit: Sie muss das Komplott aufdecken, wenn sie ihren Kopf rechtzeitig aus der Schlinge ziehen will. Oder ist es dafür schon zu spät?

The book launches august 15th. I hope you’ll share the news with your German speaking friends…

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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.

Just 99p at Amazon UK.

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!!

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playlist-barrygruff-1My 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 goldFreda Payne

7.       GamblerKenny Rogers

8.       Baby did a bad bad thingChris Issak

9.       ShakedownELO

10.   Fire– The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

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Wood-DeceptivePractices-21703-CV-FT-C3r5I 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.”

DECEPTIVE PRACTICES is the fourth and final book in the BAY AREA QUARTET. It’s a series based on location and DECEPTIVE PRACTICES is the East Bay installment.

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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.

 

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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.

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