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It’s time to play10 for 10! Introducing MAX EASTERN, who is not one of the “Paps.”

Hey there!  Happy Spring. Sorry about that hour I stole. I’ll give it back in the fall. What’s up? Here in Georgia I’ve been reading and writing a lot and cursing the weather. SIGH.
Recently, we were sitting around having a family game night when my daughter looked at my husband and said, “You have cop face, Dad.” This  led to an interesting discussion of the term and why she’d so easily tagged my husband with it. By the way, no one disagreed. We had a good laugh remembering all of the occasions when his entrance had brought a certain quiet to a room- mostly bars, but still.

So when I was interviewing the Kindle Scout award-winning debut novelist, Max Eastern, I knew exactly what he meant when he said, “Walking around the streets of Manhattan, I’ve had over one hundred celebrity sightings: actors, musicians, even political figures. On a few occasions I may have unavoidably made eye contact, and the look of horror on their faces convinced me that, if worse ever came to worse, I might have a future as a paparazzo.”

And then, he sent this author photo. And I totally understood. His debut novel,  THE GODS WHO WALK AMONG US is a chronicle of that imaginary experience.


Max Eastern is a New York City lawyer and former researcher at newsstand magazines. “The Gods Who Walk Among Us,” which won a contract on Kindle Scout, is his debut novel. He’s never been to a single fiction conference. Could this be the year?

Welcome Max! Are you ready to play 10 for 10?
It’s easy, just answer all ten questions in 10 words or less. Yep. That’s it. Extra points for snarkiness. Here we go!

             THE AUTHOR GAME: 10 for 10

  1. Have you ever cried while writing a scene? What was it?
    Every time I write “The End.” 
  2. What are you reading this week?
    Laura by Vera Caspary 
  3. It’s a typical day of writing for you. What does that look like?
    After midnight. Only light emanating from the computer screen.
  4. Your book needs a cheerleader from your past. Who is it and how do they help you?
    My wife: past, present and future 
  5. An author in your genre is too sick to write anymore. Their publisher calls upon you to fill in. Who’s the author and what’s the title of the book you’ll write?
    Frederick Forsyth. The Ambidextrous Assassin.
  1. A famous NYC deli is naming a sandwich after you, what is it called and what’s in it?
    The Civilized Bite. Steak, melted gruyere, jalapenos, rye toast.
  1. You get to own an exotic pet. What is it and where do you keep it?
     Hummingbird. Outside, but with feeders full of nectar.
  2. You have to choose between your story reaching success as either a book or a film, but not both. Which do you choose and why?
    Book. More control. Once you write it, it’s always yours.
  3. Everyone has a bucket list. What’s on yours?
    To eat blowfish sashimi (fugu). And survive.
  4. Go to your current WIP. Turn to page 10. Write the ten words that appear on line 10.
      “…opened his eyes, saw the hatchet buried in the tree.”

 

Best wishes on your book birthday week, Max. Thank you for playing! Now I’m going to buy some gruyere, and jalapenos. (Skipping the fugu.)Hope to see you at a conference this year! Bring your wife in a cheerleading outfit and I’ll look for you in the bar. I’ll have the camera ready. 🙂

Readers, you can follow along on this debut novelist’s journey by friending Max on Facebook, following his Twitter feed or hop over to his website and learn more about THE GODS WHO WALK AMONG US.

Run over HERE and buy Max’s book today. Please remember to leave a review after reading.

Adam Azoulay scrapes out a meager existence as a paparazzo in New York. One night he shoots video of an African president-for-life spending half his country’s GNP on jewelry for his mistress. The next day a non-profit charity run by a rich kid hires him to track down a reclusive human-rights icon who might’ve been in the video. When Adam discovers the icon has an ugly past, he learns that the world of human rights is one of secrets and even murder. The deeper he gets, the more he must be stopped.

 

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Linda would love to hear from you. Even if she’s busy writing or reading, she always checks for comments.

Grab your copy of Grand Theft Cargo, Book One of the Cargo Series and drop her a line.

Early praise for Grand Theft Cargo:

Sparse, gutsy writing pulled me into the world of truckers in Linda Sands’ Grand Theft Cargo. Attention to detail, clever dialogue, memorable characters and a riveting plot kept me right there on the edge of the cab seat. This is one ride you won’t want to miss!   Susan Crawford – Author of The Pocket Wife & The Other Widow 

Linda Sands knows how to tell one hell of a story. Grand Theft Cargo is replete with clever dialogue and colorful characters, and a plot that speeds along like a Freightliner. Strap yourself in before you start to read this one.
Baron R. Birtcher, Award-winning author of Rain Dogs and South California Purples 

Published Feb 27, 2017 in paperback and e-book. Available everywhere.

The books of Linda Sands, 2016 Georgia Author of the Year, 2015 Kindle Scout Winner, 2016 Silver Falchion Judges’ Choice Award for Neo-Noir, 2016 Silver Falchion Judges’ Choice Award for Best P.I.

“Clever, sexy, witty, and shot glasses full of fun, 3 Women Walk Into a Bar is no joke — and with one of the freshest and most exciting new voices in crime fiction, Linda Sands is an author to watch.”

~Douglas Corleone, author of Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Equation

Showing up AKA Appearances

This was my view from the courtroom seat at The Milton Literary Festival. My book club is AWESOME!

then we got to share our books with other book club readers and some of us got to play dress up.

 

This month,  The Sisters in Crime had a birthday party celebrating 30 years of Murder, Mystery and Mayhem.

Our Boston sister, Hank Phillipi Ryan flew out to celebrate!  We all had a blast.

I convinced Diana to read Not Waving, Drowning.

Doesn’t she look intrigued?

 

Just a few more weeks, and I’ll have another book for your shelves. Yep! GRAND THEFT CARGO is coming February 27th!

 

The blog titled RISE: How a House Built a Family, or OMG THIS CHICK IS AMAZING

There are buttons in my car that I have no idea why they are there or what they do. I’ve driven this car for over three years. Lately, I’ve begun to think I should know more about the buttons- more about EVERYTHING. Perhaps I’m shorting myself some amazing aspect of driving, maybe the button is attached to a pair of massage hands, or it will cook my dinner and serve it up piping hot. More likely, it will turn off some safe driving element and I’ll crash and die.

Sometimes, you just leave well enough alone. You don’t press the button. You don’t ask why it’s there. You simply continue bumbling on blissfully ignorant.

Not this woman. Meet today’s guest author. Cara Brookins.

Cara Brookins is the author of Rise: How a House Built a Family, a memoir about escaping domestic violence with her four children and building a 3,500 square foot home from the ground up with their own hands.  She is also a keynote speaker, hosts Raise My Roof, a weekly podcast with Macmillan, and is a fiction writer with seven published novels.

Yes, she really is that pretty and perky and sweet in real life. I’ve bumped into Cara at a few writers conferences and finally got the balls to ask her to come over and play 10 for 10.  Just so happened the dates coincided wonderfully with the release of her memoir. Which I pre-ordered as soon as she gave me her card. And then, I read the small print. What? You taught yourself how to build a house? From YouTube?  And here I was using video tutorials to learn how to apply fake eyelashes and bake the perfect quiche. Yeah. I suck. But enough about me.

 

 

Okay, now that we know you can handle a hammer and nails, and saw, and level and…  let’s see if you can count to ten.

 

                       Take the Author Challenge: Answer 10 Questions in 10 Words

  1. Have you ever cried while writing a scene? What was it?
    Scenes that meet a 30th rewrite earn a tear bath.
  2. What are you reading this week?
    Shakespeare! Sigh. Okay, actually Small Great Things: Picoult. (And Twitter)
  3. It’s a typical day of writing for you. What does that look like?
    What, it’s 2:00 a.m? Double coffee shots in four hours!
  4. Your book needs a cheerleader from your past. Who is it and how do they help you?
    My 1st grade teacher dipped the blade in poison.
  5. An author in your genre is too sick to write anymore. Their publisher calls upon you to fill in. Who’s the author and what’s the title of the book you’ll write?
    Elizabeth Gilbert: Eat Cake, Pray for More, Love Your Hips.
  1. A famous NYC deli is naming a sandwich after you, what is it called and what’s in it?
    The Optimist: Almond poppy seed cake hidden in lettuce wrap.
  1. You get to own an exotic pet. What is it and where do you keep it?
    A tiny monkey in a miniature house made of books.
  2. You have to choose between your story reaching success as either a book or a film, but not both. Which do you choose and why?
    A book ages slowly and translates with more grace.
  3. Everyone has a bucket list. What’s on yours?
    My empty passport wants a visit to Italy and France.
  4. Go to your current WIP. Turn to page 10. Write the ten words that appear on line 10.
    …we smelled like old seafood drizzled with an orange sauce.

 

OH! I love the idea of a little monkey in a house of books. Please, please write that story. 🙂 and yum, I’ll take one Optimist wrap to go!

 

Everyone!  Get yourself to BARNES AND NOBLE and buy this book, or stay in your jammies and order it right here:

RISE.

After escaping an abusive marriage, Cara Brookins had four children to provide for and no one to turn to but herself. In desperate need of a home but without the means to buy one, she did something incredible. Equipped only with YouTube instructional videos, a small bank loan, and a mile-wide stubborn streak, Cara built her own house from the foundation up with a work crew made up of her four children.

It would be the hardest thing she had ever done. With no experience nailing together anything bigger than a bookshelf, she and her kids poured concrete, framed the walls and laid bricks for their two story, five bedroom house. She had convinced herself that if they could build a house, they could rebuild their broken family.

Be sure to check out the photos of Cara and her family posted on her blog while building the house.

Follow along on Cara’s continued journey via Facebook or Twitter, where she posts some amazingly encouraging tweets. All day long. 🙂

Wait there’s more. Cara hosts an amazing podcast called Raise My Roof.

This is a podcast where I talk to ordinary people who ran into a tough time but used it as fuel to build a bigger life. After I wrote Rise, my memoir about escaping a dangerous marriage with my four kids and building a house from the ground up with our own hands, I realized the story wasn’t over. I just kept meeting people with incredible stories, and there’s no way I could keep them all to myself. So I spent weeks interviewing experts, activists, authors, and even my own kids about what they’ve overcome and how. Now I’m ready to help you lift the roof off your dreams with Raise My Roof!

It’s easy, informative, uplifting and FREE. You can begin listening to her podcasts RIGHT HERE.

Cara, Thanks for playing 10 for 10. I’m sure RISE is going to fly off the shelves So happy for you. See you on the page- and at the next conference! I’ll be in the bar trying to figure out which button pours the calorie-free wine.

Best,
Linda

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Every month new authors are featured on Linda’s blog. If you’re a writer or have a suggestion for an author to interview, please reply in the comments or drop us a line on the Keep in Touch page.

You can also subscribe to the blog here.

We are happy to announce Linda’s newest book, GRAND THEFT CARGO, the first book in the Cargo series featuring tenacious trucker, Jojo Boudreaux will debut in MARCH 2017.

In the meantime, you can enjoy her other books right here:

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The books of Linda Sands, 2016 Georgia Author of the Year, 2015 Kindle Scout Winner, 2016 Silver Falchion Judges’ Choice Award for Neo-Noir, 2016 Silver Falchion Judges’ Choice Award for Best P.I.

“Clever, sexy, witty, and shot glasses full of fun, 3 Women Walk Into a Bar is no joke — and with one of the freshest and most exciting new voices in crime fiction, Linda Sands is an author to watch.”

~Douglas Corleone, author of Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Equation
 
I hate to use the hackneyed phrase “refreshingly original,” but boy howdy, does it fit the bill here! A hard-nosed (and hard-other-things, apparently, based on his past as a stripper) detective investigates the death of three young women, none of whom are precisely what they seem. Linda Sands has written a wickedly witty and viciously vindictive story whose only flaw is its comparative lack of alliteration. Puns and irony abound, however, so I’ll let that slide. The remarkable thing is that she gets so much into her main character’s voice that you’d bet your bottom dollar the book was written by a man. She absolutely nails the lovable light misogyny that is ever-present in the genre, while lightly lampooning it as well. I mean, this woman has some major cajones – in a very female way. But this is definitely not a book for girly-girls. They can go read Twilight, and let the rest of us have a blast with Linda Sands.

 

Do your resolutions include fantasy adventures? Well, they do now.

It’s a new year and another chance to knock back some resolutions…or abandon them for good and make your own way in the world.

I think I’ll take this guy’s advice

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Although I will admit that I’ve recently adopted a new two-fold approach when buying and reading books. I no longer hold myself to a “type” or “genre” that I prefer, and I no longer feel obligated to finish the book.

Whew. That’s a load off my shoulders… and onto the bookshelf.

How about you? Do you feel the same way? Isn’t it time to stop making yourself feel guilty for not finishing a book, or forcing yourself to read “the big book” everyone is talking about?

Let’s bring back the joy of reading, the great escape without leaving your house.

 

Let’s start with this week’s guest, author Violet Chastain.

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Violet is a 25 year old novelist from a small farm in West Virginia. She is the mother of two wonderful kids and the wife of a man with the patience of a saint. She can often be found with her nose in a book, and if that’s not the case she is likely plotting one of her own.

Welcome to the page, Violet.

Are you ready to play the Wednesday game and let readers know a little more about you?

 

 Take the Author Challenge: Answer 10 Questions in 10 Words

1. Have you ever cried while writing a scene? What was it?
– Not yet, but I anticipate it in the future.
2. What are you reading this week?
-Storm Born by Richelle Mead
3. It’s a typical day of writing for you. What does that look like? 
-A lot of coffee, and a lot of daydreaming.
4. Your book needs a cheerleader from your past. Who is it and how do they help you?
-My high school English teacher always made me feel heard.
5. An author in your genre is too sick to write anymore. Their publisher calls upon you to fill in. Who’s the author and what’s the title of the book you’ll write?

– Dream would be, JK Rowling, Harry Potter Prequel: Marauders

6. A famous NYC deli is naming a sandwich after you, what is it called and what’s in it?

Violet‘s Gooey Grilled Cheese- Basic bread and assorted cheeses

7. You get to own an exotic pet. What is it and where do you keep it?
-A wolf, and it goes with me everywhere!
8. You have to choose between your story reaching success as either a book or a film, but not both. Which do you choose and why?
-Book, because everyone can interpret it in their own way.
9. Everyone has a bucket list. What’s on yours?
-A ton of traveling, I want to see the world!
10. Go to your current WIP. Turn to page 10. Write the ten words that appear on line 10.
 -“So what are the rest of us supposed to do?” Griffin asked.

 

Follow Violet on Facebook and Twitter (@violetcbooks), and be sure to grab your free copy (with KINDLE UNLIMITED) of her book, OUT OF THE MOUNTAIN today.

“A prophecy, a war spanning three generations, a family torn apart from within; all of it leading straight to a girl who wears her heart on her sleeve and carries a dagger in her boot. Join Vivienne as she discovers life and love, outside of the mountain.”

It sounds as fantastic as having a wolf for a pet!

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 Out of the Mountain is a paranormal romance with a fantasy adventure twist.

Best of luck with your book, Violet. I’ll be looking for the next one.

Thanks for playing 10 for 10. See you on the page.

Best,
Linda

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Every month new authors are featured on Linda’s blog. If you’re a writer or have a suggestion for an author to interview, please reply in the comments or drop us a line on the Keep in Touch page.

You can also subscribe to the blog here.

We are happy to announce Linda’s newest book, GRAND THEFT CARGO, the first book in the Cargo series featuring tenacious trucker, Jojo Boudreaux will debut in MARCH 2017.

In the meantime, you can enjoy her other books right here:

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The books of Linda Sands, 2016 Georgia Author of the Year, 2015 Kindle Scout Winner, 2016 Silver Falchion Judges’ Choice Award for Neo-Noir, 2016 Silver Falchion Judges’ Choice Award for Best P.I.

“Clever, sexy, witty, and shot glasses full of fun, 3 Women Walk Into a Bar is no joke — and with one of the freshest and most exciting new voices in crime fiction, Linda Sands is an author to watch.”

~Douglas Corleone, author of Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Equation
 
I hate to use the hackneyed phrase “refreshingly original,” but boy howdy, does it fit the bill here! A hard-nosed (and hard-other-things, apparently, based on his past as a stripper) detective investigates the death of three young women, none of whom are precisely what they seem. Linda Sands has written a wickedly witty and viciously vindictive story whose only flaw is its comparative lack of alliteration. Puns and irony abound, however, so I’ll let that slide. The remarkable thing is that she gets so much into her main character’s voice that you’d bet your bottom dollar the book was written by a man. She absolutely nails the lovable light misogyny that is ever-present in the genre, while lightly lampooning it as well. I mean, this woman has some major cajones – in a very female way. But this is definitely not a book for girly-girls. They can go read Twilight, and let the rest of us have a blast with Linda Sands.

Cris Serruya: Kafka, Keats, Tigers and Trust

As we wrap up a year of enormous surprises, I give you this sentiment.

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We chose what to focus on every moment of our lives. Let your outlook be positive and a smile your armor.

 

On that note, welcome the last featured author of 2016, Cristiane Serruya.

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Cris Serruya is a writer, a lawyer, a reader; a woman, a mother, and a wife. Not necessarily in this order. Or in any order… I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with my six-foot-six husband, two teenage daughters, and Loki, my Shetland sheepdog. In 2012, after twenty-two years of practicing law, I decided to give writing a go. And—amazingly—it was just the piece that was missing in the puzzle of my life. I love to hear from readers so fell free to stalk me online and those who want to receive my very, very sporadic emails about new releases and promotions can sign-up on my website. Oh, yes, all my ebooks are on KindleUnlimited where you can read them all for free.

 

 Take the Author Challenge: Answer 10 Questions in 10 Words

  1. You’ve been contracted to write a book with the proviso that an event from your own life is the opening paragraph. Set the scene.
    The bullet hit the car, inches away from her head.
  2. What are you reading this week?
    Bird by bird, by Anne Lamott
  3. It’s fight or flight time and you’re at your favorite writing spot. What will you do?
    Fight! With sharpened pencils, a rubber, and a Moleskine!
  4. Your book needs a soundtrack. What’s the vibe? List a song or two. Go!
    Loss, lust, and love. Linkin’ Park, Evanescence, and David Guetta.
  5. An author in your genre is too sick to write anymore. Their publisher calls upon you to fill in. Who’s the author and what’s the title of the book you’ll write?
    Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter are both sick. Damned Dacian.
  6. A famous NYC deli is naming a sandwich after you, what is it called and what’s in it?
    Sweet Spice. Plain hamburger with Chilean peppers and Guava Ketchup.
  7. You get to own an exotic pet. What is it and where do you keep it?
    A white tiger. Inside my working space!
  8. I’m a Genie and I’m granting you three wishes. None of them can be about writing. What do you ask for?
    Only three? Well, then. Happiness, healthiness, richness! (Duh.)
  9. It’s time for Breakfast with Dead Authors. Who’s coming? (Poets, screen and songwriters included)
    Kafka, Ionesco, Orwell, Sartre, DeBeauvoir, Keats, and Drummond de Andrade.
  10. Go to your current WIP. Turn to page 10. Write the ten words that appear on line 10.
    Hannah watched the gliding movements, the light touch pushing and (…)

 

Yes, TIGERS! and Anne Lamott. We will be great friends, Cris.

Thank so much for stopping by to play 10 for 10. I’m popping over now to check out your Trust series. Hmm. Some beautiful covers, that’s for sure. LOL.

Happy NewYyear and best of luck with your books!

 

Trust Series 1-8  Available Only on Amazon 

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Ethan, an international steel tycoon, traumatized by sexual experiences in his youth, has never believed he would be able to love a woman—or be loved by one. Until he meets Sophia. Sophia, a wealthy Brazilian widow, fled her own country after a tragic incident. In London, with her 3 year-old daughter, she lives a lonely existence, torn between the love for a dead man, the angst of living with partial amnesia, and the fear of being discovered. But just after she begins a relationship with Ethan, she meets Alistair. Handsome and guilt-ridden, Alistair has no trouble finding women for one-night stands, who indulge him in his desire to physically punish them to abate his own tortured soul. A powerful banker from a traditional and noble Scottish family, he commands his business with a strong hand, and yet knows better than anyone that money truly cannot buy love or happiness. But it can buy distraction. After meeting Sophia, he will do anything to have her. If only once. In Europe, in the months after October 2009, their paths will cross and clash. Ethan, Sophia, and Alistair will need to overcome their pasts, fears, and pains and learn to see themselves through forgiving eyes. Or succumb to their misery. Eventually, wishes come true. So do nightmares.

Praise for TRUST Series
“Cristiane Serruya is a master of characterization. (…) The depth of these characters is incredible. The intensity of the relationships will have the reader eagerly turning the pages. This is a must read for fans of romance.” ~ Readers’ Favorite
“It is one of those series that keeps you glued until the end and then once it gets over, you wonder where your life is finally headed to!” ~ Criti…que…don’t criti…cize
“Just when you think you know what is going to happen next, a twist so crazy that you could have never imagined it is thrown your way. I loved this about this book.” ~ For the Luv of Sanity
“Fascinating story, it is very complex as it unfolds over time but well worth reading. (…) you can expect the unexpected.” ~ Musings from an Addicted Reader
“Cristiane Serruya created a book with all the elements I love: Two crazy possessive alpha males, a strong female character, drama, intensity, and most importantly (…), the most erotic and sexual moments, without going overboard.” ~ SBook Lover’s Reviews

 

Cris, it’s great to meet you- even if it’s just virtually!

 If you’re looking for some light reading, Cris and I both have chapters in this free book: KP Authors Cook Their Books Get your copy today and enjoy cooking recipes and cocktail recipes.

You can connect with Cris on Facebook and Twitter.
Thanks for stopping by. See you next year!
Best,
Linda

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Every month new authors are featured on Linda’s blog. If you’re a writer or have a suggestion for an author to interview, please reply in the comments or drop us a line on the Keep in Touch page.

You can also subscribe to the blog here.

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The books of Linda Sands, 2016 Georgia Author of the Year, 2015 Kindle Scout Winner, 2016 Silver Falchion Judges’ Choice Award for Neo-Noir, 2016 Silver Falchion Judges’ Choice Award for Best P.I.

“Clever, sexy, witty, and shot glasses full of fun, 3 Women Walk Into a Bar is no joke — and with one of the freshest and most exciting new voices in crime fiction, Linda Sands is an author to watch.”

~Douglas Corleone, author of Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Equation
 
I hate to use the hackneyed phrase “refreshingly original,” but boy howdy, does it fit the bill here! A hard-nosed (and hard-other-things, apparently, based on his past as a stripper) detective investigates the death of three young women, none of whom are precisely what they seem. Linda Sands has written a wickedly witty and viciously vindictive story whose only flaw is its comparative lack of alliteration. Puns and irony abound, however, so I’ll let that slide. The remarkable thing is that she gets so much into her main character’s voice that you’d bet your bottom dollar the book was written by a man. She absolutely nails the lovable light misogyny that is ever-present in the genre, while lightly lampooning it as well. I mean, this woman has some major cajones – in a very female way. But this is definitely not a book for girly-girls. They can go read Twilight, and let the rest of us have a blast with Linda Sands.

Wishing you Happy Holidays with gift ideas and a special mid-month book intro. Meet Stephen Patterson!

Happy Holidays!

Hopefully by now you have the shopping done, the cookies baked and the office parties safely completed. So, sit back and relax. It’s time for wine and puzzles or perhaps beer and books? Maybe fireside lounging and football?
In case you’re like my husband and still searching for gifts, I bopped around the Internet and found some cool presents for readers that can be ordered and shipped without leaving the couch.
How about a banned book scarf or a literary rocks glass- or the best of both worlds- a flask inside a book! ( all from Uncommon Goods)

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or maybe a shirt from Human. I know a few people who could rock that!

 

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This one is definitely calling my name.

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What do you think? You could – of course- simply give books.  Books from your shelves with sweet handwritten notes on particularly moving pages, or brand new books with rave reviews, or books from friends who are just starting out and would love to start up a conversation with their new readers. Like my author friend Stephen Patterson and his new book, Rosetta.

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Stephen Patterson is a lifelong reader. He cut his teeth on Heinlein, Asimov, Le Guin, and Clark.
But that’s not all. He also invents imaginary people in his head. They do stuff. He also writes.
His first novel, Rosetta, is a dystopian, science fiction tale. Cyberpunk Space Opera, some say. Stranger comes to town, interacts with the locals. He kisses some, kills some, betrays some, and saves some.
You know, the usual stuff.
Steve is a trained Mathematician and a hardworking industrialist by day. He makes his home in Atlanta and enjoys the many activities of its vibrant science community.

Thanks for joining us, Stephen. Let’s get started!

Take the Author Challenge: Answer 10 Questions in 10 Words

  1. You’ve been contracted to write a book with the proviso that an event from your own life is the opening paragraph. Set the scene.
    It was a humid day for September even in Alabama.
  1. What are you reading this week?
    Your Life and Others, Cheatcode, and probably Vatic. Good stuff.
  1. It’s fight or flight time and you’re at your favorite writing spot. What will you do?
    He’d be bright in the infrared. He was on fire.
  1. Your book needs a soundtrack.  What’s the vibe? List a song or two. Go
    Black Dog, Back in Black, Seven Devils, Ride of the Valkyries.
  1. An author in your genre is too sick to write anymore. Their publisher calls upon you to fill in. Who’s the author and what’s the title of the book you’ll write?
    Richard Morgan, the next Takeshi Kovacs novel, called Pascal’s Wager.
  1. A famous NYC deli is naming a sandwich after you, what is it called and what’s in it?
    The Patterstrami: The Earl of Sandwiches, and that’s no baloney.
  1. You get to own an exotic pet. What is it and where do you keep it?
    It’s a bat. Keep it in the batcave . . . . of course.
  1. I’m a Genie and I’m granting you three wishes. None of them can be about writing. What do you ask for?
    Unlimited clean energy, Faster-than-light stardrive, Fat-free BBQ.
  1. It’s time for Breakfast with Dead Authors. Who’s coming? ( Poets, screen and song writers included)
    Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Robert Frost, Harper Lee, Anne Frank.
  1. Go to your current WIP. Turn to page 10. Write the ten words that appear on line 10.
    cloudless evening sky. They must’ve been oxygen breathers like us

 

Well, this is a first. You’ve mentioned books I’ve never heard of and some authors and songs too. Thanks for giving me another reason to bop around the Internet. 🙂 But first I’m going to click the link below and grab a copy of your debut novel.

Folks, you can too. Here’s the link to Buy Rosetta on Amazon.

Check out the description below.

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Our man Tony’s life has been one of long odds, hard knocks, and hard-earned expertise in lucrative fields of questionable ethics and legality. Still, he may have finally met his match when a simple misstep lands him in a boiling political landscape on a colony world, where the untold wealth of a few and the potential destruction of millions is ready to burst onto the galactic scene in the form of the language key to a long dead alien race. 
Can the resourceful and unflappable Tony apply his incomparable training and razor sharp wit to the most complicated challenge of his life and survive? More importantly, can he manage to rescue a few collateral victims (including a young slave girl and her mysterious pet angel) AND thwart the deadly, self-serving intentions of any number of thugs, tycoons, Policorps, and genetically augmented metahumans? Only time and a breakneck series of plot twists will tell. 

Thanks for playing, Stephen. best of luck with the new book and happy holidays!

You can connect with Stephen on Facebook RIGHT HERE.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a fantastic holiday!

 Linda

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“Clever, sexy, witty, and shot glasses full of fun, 3 Women Walk Into a Bar is no joke — and with one of the freshest and most exciting new voices in crime fiction, Linda Sands is an author to watch.”

~Douglas Corleone, author of Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Equation

History, legends and a hot-headed knight. Jessica Knauss brings you castles, stories and magic!

Happy holidays! It’s that time again.If you’re like me, you’re trying to find the perfect gifts for the people you love. Here’s an idea. Buy everyone a book! It’s like giving the gift of a vacation without ever leaving the house. You can send them on a historical adventure, introduce them to zany family members, offer them a peek inside the political fracas, or let them turn the pages of a spectacular romance.

But wait. What’s more special than giving a book? How about the gift of an award-winning book personalized by the author? 😉  Grab a copy of 3 Women Walk into a Bar today, just in time for the holiday.
Click the Buy Now button on the left side of THIS PAGE. Also available: Not Waving, Drowning and Simple Intent.

It’s not only 11 days until Christmas and Hannukah, it’s also Wednesday and you know what that means!
It’s time to play 10 for 10 with the author. Today, I’ve asked Jessica Knauss to play.

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Born and raised in Northern California, J. K. Knauss has wandered all over the United States, Spain, and England. She has worked as a librarian and a Spanish teacher and earned a PhD in medieval Spanish literature before entering the publishing world as an editor. She is recovering from the devastating loss of her beloved husband, Stanley, to cancer. Her acclaimed novella, Tree/House, Kindle Scout–winning paranormal adventure Awash in Talent, and short story collection, Unpredictable Worlds, are currently available. Her epic of medieval Spain, Seven Noble Knights, will be published by Bagwyn Books on Kindle tomorrow, December 15, 2016! A softcover edition will follow on January 16, 2017. Find out more about the Seven Noble Knights Grand Book Launch Blog Tour and Facebook party (win prizes!) at JessicaKnauss.com. Feel free to sign up for her mailing list for castles, stories, and magic.

 

How exciting! Best of luck with the launch tomorrow. Are you ready to play?

        Take the Author Challenge: Answer 10 Questions in 10 Words

  1. You’ve been contracted to write a book with the proviso that an event from your own life is the opening paragraph. Set the scene.
    I see my husband the first time in downtown Boston.(We took each other’s breath away. Come to think of it, nobody would believe our first meeting as fiction.)
  2. What are you reading this week?
    The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman—it doesn’t get better.
  3. It’s fight or flight time and you’re at your favorite writing spot. What will you do?
    Flight. I’ve proven I can write anywhere. Only resources matter.
  4. Your book needs a soundtrack.  What’s the vibe? List a song or two. Go!
    It’s hard to find music 1000 years old, but try:
    Musique Arabo-Andalouse by Atrium Musicae
    Músicas de la España mudéjar by Grupo Cinco Siglos
    Chant 1000—A Mass for the End of Time by Anonymous 4
    Practically anything by the incomparable Eduardo Paniagua and his amazing friends, especially Omar Metioui. Some of these are meditative, as you might expect, but others are delightfully danceable.
  5.  An author in your genre is too sick to write anymore. Their publisher calls upon you to fill in. Who’s the author and what’s the title of the book you’ll write?
    J.K. Rowling—The Verified History of Magic in Spain (See how I made it my genre?)
  6. A famous NYC deli is naming a sandwich after you. What is it called and what’s in it?
    Seven Noble Sandwiches: tiny bites evoke Spain and the novel: saffron chicken and rice; jamón ibérico; eggplant, peppers, and spices; chorizo with Manchego cheese; garlic pork loin; tortilla española; and a sweet roll with Nutella.
  7. You get to own an exotic pet. What is it and where do you keep it?
    A black rhinoceros on the open grounds at my castle.
  8. I’m a genie and I’m granting you three wishes. None of them can be about writing. What do you ask for?
    Save the rhinos, a castle in Spain, and good health.
  9. It’s time for Breakfast with Dead Authors. Who’s coming? (Poets, screen and songwriters included)
    Hildegard von Bingen
    Gonzalo de Berceo
    Alfonso X, el Sabio
    Miguel de Cervantes

    William Shakespeare
    Jane Austen
    Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda
    Clorinda Matto de Turner
    Benito Pérez Galdós
    Manuel Fernández y González
  10. Go to your current WIP. Turn to page 10. Write the ten words that appear on line 10.
    Better to accept any help than die cold and starving. —From the Seven Noble Knights sequel.

 

I would love it if you bought a castle. We could have writing retreats, and take turns riding the black rhino. LOL

Thanks for playing 10 for 10 today. The new book sounds fantastic! I’ll be sure to pick up my copy of

SEVEN NOBLE KNIGHTS  on launch day.

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Spain, 974. Gonzalo, a brave but hotheaded knight, unwittingly provokes tragedy at his uncle’s wedding to beautiful young noblewoman Lambra: the adored cousin of the bride dead, his teeth scattered across the riverbank. Coveting his family’s wealth and power, Lambra sends Gonzalo’s father into enemy territory to be beheaded, unleashing a revenge that devastates Castile for a generation.

A new hero, Mudarra, rises out of the ashes of Gonzalo’s once great family. Raised as a warrior in the opulence of Muslim Córdoba, Mudarra must make a grueling journey and change his religion, then chooses to take his jeweled sword to the throats of his family’s betrayers. But only when he strays from the path set for him does he find his true purpose in life.

Inspired by a lost medieval epic poem, Seven Noble Knights draws from history and legend to bring a brutal yet beautiful world to life in a gripping story of family, betrayal, and love.

“Let Seven Noble Knights welcome you to historical fiction! …it’s a rich saga populated with characters you will grow to love (and a few you will love to hate). The ancient empires of Spain are a beautiful backdrop to the struggles of humankind across all generations of all lands: romance, revenge, war, and adventure.”

—Pushcart Prize nominee Reneé Bibby, The Writers Studio

Buy a softcover here starting tomorrow!

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Please follow Jessica on Facebook and Twitter. Check out all of Jessica’s books OVER HERE.

 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a fantastic week!

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“Clever, sexy, witty, and shot glasses full of fun, 3 Women Walk Into a Bar is no joke — and with one of the freshest and most exciting new voices in crime fiction, Linda Sands is an author to watch.”

~Douglas Corleone, author of Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Equation

 

 

 

After all that happened this year, maybe it’s time to GO WEST, YOUNG MAN.

Happy Hump Day!

What a fitting phrase as we get over the hump of the wonderfully long, warm summer, the hump of the not so wonderfully long election and head into the humpiest of all: the holiday season. I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving. I’ve just checked the calendar to find that Hanukkah and Christmas are on the same day this year, making that the fourth time in one hundred years. I’m taking this as a good sign.

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving. I’ve just checked the calendar to find that Hanukkah and Christmas are on the same day this year, making this only the fourth time in one hundred years. I’m taking this as a good sign. Because, we could all use a good sign right now.

Like this guy, Monte Dutton. He’s a good sign- of funny prose, good music and all kinds of sports. What more could you ask for?

Monte has just released his fifth book- A WESTERN! Who doesn’t like cowboys, right?

Say hello.

 

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Monte Dutton, a resident of Clinton, South Carolina, and graduate of Furman University, is a whiz at anything that doesn’t make money. He supplements his modest income from five novels to date by writing free-lance stories about sports.

 

Thanks for coming by, Monte. Are you ready to play?

 

Take the Author Challenge: Answer 10 Questions in 10 Words

  1. You’ve been contracted to write a book with the proviso that an event from your own life is the opening paragraph. Set the scene.
    The Daytona 500 press box. NASCAR star killed in crash.
  1. What are you reading this week?
    The Age of Daredevils, by Michael Clarkson.
  1. It’s fight or flight time and you’re at your favorite writing spot. What will you do?
    Slog on till end of chapter or reasonable stopping point.
  1. Your book needs a soundtrack.  What’s the vibe? List a song or two. Go!
    Irreverent. Kristofferson or Roger Miller. “The Pilgrim.” “Dang Me.”
  1. An author in your genre is too sick to write anymore. Their publisher calls upon you to fill in. Who’s the author and what’s the title of the book you’ll write?
    Larry McMurtry. The Last Twitter Feed.
  1. A famous NYC deli is naming a sandwich after you, what is it called and what’s in it?
    Smoked turkey. Duke’s mayo. Tomato. Toasted bagel. The Great Monte.
  1. You get to own an exotic pet. What is it and where do you keep it?
    A dolphin in a swimming pool. Lots of smart toys.
  1. I’m a Genie and I’m granting you three wishes. None of them can be about writing. What do you ask for?
    Greater musical ability. A family. Sufficient dough.
  1. It’s time for Breakfast with Dead Authors. Who’s coming? 
    Elmore Leonard. John Steinbeck. Graham Greene. Dick Francis. Eudora Welty.
  1. Go to your current WIP. Turn to page 10. Write the ten words that appear on line 10.
    “… the publisher, whom he was widely believed to be fucking.”

 

That was fun! Now I really want a turkey sandwich… and to read the next book. LOL

Follow along with Monte on his BLOG, friend him on FACEBOOK or follow his tweets — choose which version of Twitter Monte you like best:@montedutton, @hmdutton or  @wastedpilgrim

Grab your copy of Cowboys Come Home right HERE. and be sure to check out all of Monte’s books OVER HERE.

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Ennis Middlebrooks and Harry Byerly are warriors, and the time for fighting is past. They’re cowboys, and when they get back home to Texas, the time for cowboys is passing, too.
Monte Dutton’s fifth novel, Cowboys Come Home, begins on the island of Peleliu, where the two privates somehow manage to save themselves when cut off from their fellow Marines by the Japanese. Ennis and Harry come home to a hero’s welcome, but life gets complicated after that.
The Middlebrooks ranch, east of Janus, near the Oklahoma border, is rundown, and Ennis’s father is dying. Harry moves in, Mama Middlebrooks moves out, and Ennis takes a job as a deputy sheriff under a wise but aging lawman, Judson Lawson. His little sister, Becky, is wild beyond her years and takes an immediate shine to Harry, who is haunted by the war and prone to violence.
The closing of an Army base, Camp Ammons, is causing the town to die. The county loses nearly forty thousand infantry trainees and gains nearly sixty thousand acres. The ranchers it displaced are either long gone or too poor to purchase their land back. Men with political clout and money move in like vultures. Money buys influence and, with it, elections. Ennis Middlebrooks goes from sheriff in waiting to disgraced lawman.
He and his old Marine pal, Harry Byerly, decide to do something about it.

 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a fantastic week!

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“Clever, sexy, witty, and shot glasses full of fun, 3 Women Walk Into a Bar is no joke — and with one of the freshest and most exciting new voices in crime fiction, Linda Sands is an author to watch.”

~Douglas Corleone, author of Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Equation

John Shepphird straight from The Hills of Hollywood.

It’s November. NOVEMBER?? The month where half the world goes crazy. No, I’m not talking politics. I’m talking about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and NoShave November. I’m talking about way too many twenty-somethings out on the roads during fall college breaks. I’m talking folks falling into turkey-induced food comas,  and of course, the appearance of the dreaded Black Friday shoppers. Yes, this is a month to seek escape. Snuggle up in your coziest throw, pour a glass of wine and reach for a book.

The year might have gotten away from you, left you feeling a bit underwhelmed, but it’s okay. We’re going to get through this together. I fell behind on a helluva lot of crap this year. My to-do list looks like Santa’s DC-based naughty list. One thing I didn’t fall behind in was meeting cool authors and adding them to the friend circle.

Like this dude. He’s great. In New Orleans he showed me there are two Johns.  John Pre-cocktails and John Apres-cocktails. I like them both.!Granted the Apres- cocktail John made me laugh a wee bit more, and that is never a bad thing. So, here he is, this week’s author, Joh Shepphird. Let’s see if he follows the rules.

 

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John Shepphird is a Shamus Award-winning author and writer/director of TV movies. His novellas THE SHILL, KILL THE SHILL, and BEWARE THE SHILL complete a trilogy published by Down & Out Books. Find all the books here.

 

Are you ready?

Okay. Here we go.

Take the Author Challenge: Answer 10 Questions in 10 Words

  1. You’ve been contracted to write a book with the proviso that an event from your own life is the opening paragraph. Set the scene.
    B-movie producer’s office rooftop. Sun rising over Hollywood Hills.
  1. What are you reading this week?
    A Cold and Broken Hallelujah by Tyler Dilts.
  1. It’s fight or flight time and you’re at your favorite writing spot. What will you do?
    Fling my Monticello souvenir coffee coaster at the bad guy.
  1. Your book needs a soundtrack. What’s the vibe? List a song or two. Go!
    Peggy Lee’s FeverBanana Split for my Baby by Luis Prima.
  1. An author in your genre is too sick to write anymore. Their publisher calls upon you to fill in. Who’s the author and what’s the title of the book you’ll write?
    Wallace Stroby’s incredibly awesome Crissa Stone series.  Rimfire.  (But impossible because Wallace will outlive me for sure)
  1. A famous NYC deli is naming a sandwich after you, what is it called and what’s in it?
    Embrace the Cheese. Grilled cheese sandwich with onions & hot peppers on Shepherd’s bread.
  1. You get to own an exotic pet. What is it and where do you keep it?
    An actual buffalo on the ranch I’ll retire on someday.
  1. I’m a Genie and I’m granting you three wishes. None of them can be about writing. What do you ask for?
    A European style vacation schedule.  More time in the day.  No LA traffic.
  1. It’s time for Breakfast with Dead Authors. Who’s coming? ( Poets, screen and songwriters included)
    Donald Westlake, Jim Thompson, Waldo Salt, James M. Cain, Daphne du Maurier.
  1. Go to your current WIP. Turn to page 10. Write the ten words that appear on line 10.
    I put a GPS tracking device under the Prius.

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Still laughing at your sandwich. EMBRACE THE CHEESE! AKA “movies on that channel.” 🙂

Thanks for playing. You were fun! Are you drinking?

Follow John on FACEBOOK and be sure to pick up one of his books in the SHILL series for holiday gift giving.

 Here’s the first one.

THE SHILL (first in trilogy) is available for FREE on AMAZON

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“[THE SHILL is] a fast-paced heist story filled with colorful characters and interesting plot twists.” — S.W. Lauden, author of Crosswise 

Check out the trailer for The Shill 

Here’s the whole trilogy.

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Thanks for stopping by. Have a fantastic week!

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“Clever, sexy, witty, and shot glasses full of fun, 3 Women Walk Into a Bar is no joke — and with one of the freshest and most exciting new voices in crime fiction, Linda Sands is an author to watch.”

~Douglas Corleone, author of Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Equation

It’s a new month. We have new questions. And a new face to welcome. Say hello to Eric Beetner!

I’ve heard this guy read a handful of times at Bouchercon events. I’ve never heard the same passage twice, nor have I ever been disappointed. That says a lot. Beetner has a way with words, and the delivery’s not half bad, either.

But don’t listen to me. this week, you have a chance to hear it straight from the mouth of Eric.

But first, wish him a happy book birthday. LEADFOOT launched yesterday, and it’s already on my Kindle.
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

 

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Eric Beetner is author of more than a dozen novels including Rumrunners, The Devil Doesn’t Want Me, Dig Two Graves, Run For The Money, and The Year I Died Seven Times. He lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Noir At The Bar.

 

   Take the Author Challenge: Answer 10 Questions in 10 Words

 

1.      You’ve been contracted to write a book with the proviso that an event from your own life is the opening paragraph. Set the scene.
A child is born near death. Few think he’ll survive.

2.      What are you reading this week?
My Damage by Keith Morris.

3.      It’s fight or flight time and you’re at your favorite writing spot. What will you do?
Fight! Using my antique ceremonial dagger from India.

4.      Your book needs a soundtrack.  What’s the vibe? List a song or two. Go!
Leadfoot is set in 1971, Hendrix and The Who feature prominently.

5.      An author in your genre is too sick to write anymore. Their publisher calls upon you to fill in. Who’s the author and what’s the title of the book you’ll write?
Max Allan Collins and I’ll write Quarry In Hollywood

6.      A famous NYC deli is naming a sandwich after you, what is it called and what’s in it?
The EB – Chicken, bacon, mayo, coleslaw, fried egg, crusty roll

7.      You get to own an exotic pet. What is it and where do you keep it?
A sloth. In my backyard.

8.      I’m a Genie and I’m granting you three wishes. None of them can be about writing. What do you ask for?
More hours per day. A Ferrari. Happiness for my kids.

9.      It’s time for Breakfast with Dead Authors. Who’s coming? ( Poets, screen and songwriters included)
Charles Williams, Jim Thompson, William P McGivern

10.   Go to your current WIP. Turn to page 10. Write the ten words that appear on line 10.
Owen did his best to put aside the fear and distrust

 

Thanks for playing, Eric. I had to go find an old interview to solve the mystery of question #1. I am impressed.  I may not have had the same start in life, but our wish list is strangely similar. 🙂

Looking forward to reading Leadfoot over the holidays. Best of luck with it.

 

 

You can follow along on Facebook as Eric installs sloths in his backyard. Send him heckling Tweets here while he’s on stage at Noir at the Bar. Tell him I sent you.

Be a good reader and check out all of Eric’s books. Be a better reader and post a review on Amazon so Eric will continue to write books.

His newest book, out Nov. 1, is Leadfoot. Buy your copy here. 

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The McGraws are back for more madness and mayhem in this prequel to Rumrunners.

It’s 1971, and outlaw driver Calvin McGraw is grooming his 19-year-old son Webb to uphold the family name. Drugs, money, people—the McGraws drive anything and everything.

When a delivery goes wrong, Calvin steps knee deep in a turf war between his employer, the Stanleys, and a rival Midwestern crime syndicate, but his week gets a whole lot worse when Webb—on his first solo job—loses the cargo.

 

Advance Praise for Leadfoot:

“Characters display unexpected but plausible depths, and Beetner effectively balances action scenes with quieter moments. Readers, especially fans of the TV series Fargo, will want to seek out his other work.”
Publishers Weekly

“No padding here, no bouts of introspection. Just good writing and straight ahead storytelling at a relentless pace.”
Booklist

“Beetner has taken the bootlegger genre and distilled it down past the landscapes, and idiom, into the pure white lightning that stories about guns and booze deserve. He made it fun as hell. He populates Leadfoot with characters as rich and lively as any Elmore Leonard novel, and when Beetner punches the gas, you can almost see the McGraw’s middle fingers flying as they invite us all along for the ride.”
Brian Panowich, author of Like Lions and Bull Mountain

“Eric Beetner is already miles ahead of the competition, but in Leadfoot he’s found yet another gear.”
Allan Guthrie, author of Slammer

 

 

 

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“Clever, sexy, witty, and shot glasses full of fun, 3 Women Walk Into a Bar is no joke — and with one of the freshest and most exciting new voices in crime fiction, Linda Sands is an author to watch.”

~Douglas Corleone, author of Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Equation

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