Cover reveal: Two new books coming over the next three weeks



I’ve told you about Echoes, my new Lei Crime Kindle World mystery featuring FBI Special Agent Vanessa Storm. This full-length novel appears on May 12, and I think it’s my best mystery, yet.

But two weeks before then, one week from today, on Thursday, April 27, a new Sydney Rye Kindle World adventure launches, too: The Three-Way, featuring your favourite, scruffiest, most irresistible and stubbornly independent secret agent, Van Freeman, along with his mysterious, ingenious partner, Earl LeBrun—the characters I introduced in Jet: Stealth, and featured again in The Wife Line.

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In The Three-Way, Van and LeBrun take on Daesh, also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.  Van, as usual, gets himself in way over his head. How he gets out has delighted beta readers so far.

Characters from the Sydney Rye universe created by Emily Kimelman include the smooth businessman and all-round enigma, Robert Maxim, as well as the Kurdish woman warrior from The Girl with the Gun, Mujada Taib.

Here’s a short sample

Chapter 2: Meet Van Freeman

Van swallowed the last of his espresso when he heard a voice that exuded confidence bordering on condescension. “Well, if it isn’t Van Freeman.” 

Deep, assured, relaxed. Van twisted toward the back of the café, nearly falling out of his chair. A tall man who looked to be in his late fifties sat in a chair against the wall. He leaned back, one ankle on the other knee, a hand on his raised thigh and his other holding an espresso cup. He had short brown hair, cut expensively, with silver at the temples. He wore dark travelling pants, a khaki-colored shirt and a light grey blazer that appeared to be poured onto him. 

Who is this guy? He wasn’t sitting there when I sat down. How did he get in without my noticing? Van thought. 

“Heyyy,” he said, smiling broadly. “Wow. It must be … How long since we’ve seen each other? And what brings you … Here, of all places?” He felt a tingle as the short hairs on the back of his neck stood up. He controlled his breathing and kept smiling. Without moving his eyes from the strange man, he scanned the room with his peripheral vision, looking for other threats, possible allies of the strange man and fastest escape route.  

“Relax, kid,” the stranger said, gesturing toward the chair across the table from him. “You’ve never met me, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with your memory.” 

Van moved so the table was between them. “Then how do you know my name?” 

“You stand out, especially here: a six-foot surfer dude with blond hair past his shoulders, and no beard. You’re hard to miss.” 

“That doesn’t explain how you know who I am.” 

“I read the report that Sydney Rye wrote.” 

Van’s chest tightened. He breathed out slowly. “Sydney wrote a report about me?” 

I have several people to thank for helping me get this book out so fast: my wife, Roxanne, for putting up with long silences as I wrote this furiously over a month; my elder son, Evan, for inspiring the character of Van and polishing his dialogue so it seems more realistic for a Millennial; Roger Eschbacher, Gary Henry and Joy Lorton for advice, insight, editing and proofreading; and Emily Kimelman for inviting me to the Sydney Rye Kindle World, and for creating the characters of Sydney, her dog, Blue, Bobby Maxim and Mujada Taib.

If you’re willing to leave a review on the Amazon page on release day, email me at contact@writtenword.ca and I’ll send you an advance review copy.

 

 

A new #LeiCrimeKW cover reveal: Dead Man Lying



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This is it! The latest Vanessa Storm mystery, part of the whole #LeiCrimeKW Kindle World, will be on the Amazon e-shelves by June 27.

The cover is another masterpiece by David C. Cassidy, my favourite book cover designer. Check out his website, DavidCCassidy.com.

About Dead Man Lying

Vanessa Storm is back — the FBI agent who always knows when you’re lying.

Maui is rain forest, black sand beaches and a laid-back lifestyle. The perfect retirement location for a folk singer.

But when that folk singer ends up dead, it’s up to Maui Detective Lei Texeira and FBI Special Agent Vanessa Storm to untangle the web of lies woven by the dead man’s family and friends before the body count escalates any higher.

Get it on Amazon starting June 27.

And check out the other Lei Crime Kindle World titles:

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Warrior Dog by Emily Kimelman

A Snake in Paradise by Eden Baylee

A Snake in Paradise by Eden Baylee

Paradise Down by D.B. NcNicol

Paradise Down by D.B. NcNicol

Money Makes It Deadlier by Julie C. Gilbert

Money Makes It Deadlier by Julie C. Gilbert

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Palm Trees & Snowflakes by Scott Bury

Torn Roots by Scott Bury

Torn Roots by Scott Bury

Cover reveal: The Wife Line



A Sydney Rye Kindle World book featuring Van and LeBrun.

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The Sydney Rye Kindle World launches March 17 with 12 crackling tales from 7 bestselling authors—including my latest Van and LeBrun novella, The Wife Line.

What are Kindle Worlds?

SRKWlaunchimageKindle Worlds is an Amazon initiative that allows authors to publish stories set in another author’s fictional universe. The Sydney Rye Kindle World is based on the characters and situations created by bestselling author Emily Kimelman.

The Sydney Rye series of vigilante mysteries feature a strong female lead and her rescue dog, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, a dash of sex and don’t mind a little salty language. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery with tons of action that will keep you reading late into the night!

The Wife Line

Sydney Rye thought it would be an easy assignment: trail Nigel Willem, a software company executive because his boss suspects he’s up to something with mysterious trips across Europe. Sydney thinks he’s just a boring businessman. 

Then Willem is poisoned in his own home. Van, a mysterious young man with long, scruffy blond hair brings Sydney the dead man’s laptop, saying he knows who ordered the murder. The laptop reveals why Willem travelled: he was expediting human trafficking.

As Sydney follows Willem’s trail eastward, she finds more proof about Willem’s underworld contacts in pornography, people smuggling, drugs and murder. But the presence of the unpredictable, aggravating and irresistible Van may be more of an obstacle than a help.

It all launches on March 17 along with these six other exciting titles:WalkSoftlyCover

Walk Softly, Danger: A Reed Ferguson and Sydney Rye Mystery by Renée Pawlish

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Rough Road, by Toby Neal (creator of the Lei Crime series and inspiration of the Lei Crime Kindle World)RoughRoadCover

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The Catalyst, by DelSheree GladdenCatalystCover

Fatal Interest, by Julie C. GilbertFatalInterestCover

Come back to the blog through the week to read excerpts from each one of these titles.

Cover reveal: Under the Nazi Heel



It’s here! The cover from the unparalleled graphic designer David C. Cassidy for the follow-up to the memoir in novel form, Army of Worn Soles.

Under the Nazi Heel is the story of my father-in-law, Maurice Bury, fighting  against the German occupation of Ukraine from 1942 to 1944, as a member of the Ukrainian underground resistance.

Under the Nazi Heel will be available on Amazon this month.

In the meantime, check out Army of Worn Soles, the story of Maurice facing the greatest military invasion in history, Operation Barbarossa, when Nazi Germany invaded the USSR in 1941.

 

New cover: Dark Clouds



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I have updated Dark Clouds, Part 1: The Mandrake Ruse, complete with a new cover. I’m excited about it. I have to thank Quebec graphic designer Daniel Dufour for invaluable advice on typography and colours.

Original cover - Dark CloudsThe original cover wasn’t bad. I took the photograph in Venice, and while it’s a good image of dark clouds, when cropped and blown up to an image usable as a cover, the resolution was too low. Dots and artefacts were visible.

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In designing a new cover for my latest story, Palm Trees & Snowflakes (a Lei Crime short story), I bought some credits from a stock photo agency, and I had a few left over. So I found a really good image and reformatted the cover of Dark Clouds.

I also took the opportunity to revise the text itself. I took to heart a review that claimed there were some grammatical errors. I didn’t find any actual grammatical errors, but there were some typographical issues.

It’s interesting—I don’t think I’m the only writer who cringes over some of the sentences I wrote after a few years. I found some awkward or confusing passages in Dark Clouds, and fixed them. I then went on to fix up the second part of Dark Clouds: What Made Me Love You?, along with a new cover for it, too.

So let me know what you think. And if you want to buy a new copy, you can find it on:

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Cover reveal! Palm Trees & Snowflakes—a new Lei Crime mystery



I did it! I wrote a 10,000-word mystery story for the Lei Crime Kindle World in four days at the beginning of December. Since then, I’ve re-written it, shaved it down by 1,000 words, gotten it reviewed, changed it again, got it edited and got a fantastic cover image by the matchless David C. Cassidy. So without further ado, here it is:

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Palm Trees & Snowflakes

Snowflake has a whole new meaning in Hawaii. The new designer drug being trafficked through Oahu gives users the perfect high—and slowly kills them.

In Honolulu, where the palm trees are strung with lights for the holidays, FBI Special Agents Vanessa Storm and Ken Yamada have their hands full trying to stop this deadly flow. Faulty intel brings the agents into a deadly firefight, which yields even more puzzles.

How do the drug lords change their smuggling routes and methods with every single shipment? Vanessa’s handsome, charming, and untrustworthy ex-boyfriend might have the answer.

Many debts of thanks

Thanks to:

  • Toby Neal, for inviting me to participate in the Lei Crime Kindle World in the first place
  • Julie C. Gilbert, fellow Lei Crime author, for inspiring me to write a Christmas-themed Lei Crime world by announcing her own, Christmas Makes it Chaos
  • Julie Gilbert, again, and Toby Neal (again) and Autumn Birt for excellent feedback to a beta-read
  • Joy Lorton for fast turnaround and excellent proofreading that caught some very embarrassing typos
  • and David C. Cassidy for such an outstanding cover.

Palm Trees & Snowflakes launches December 21 with eight other new Lei Crime titles. Watch for it on Amazon.  LeiCrimeChristmasLaunchBadge

Cover reveal: I Had a Farm in Ireland



By Sigrun Buckley

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Sigrun Buckley has revealed the cover of her new memoir. I Once Had a Farm in Ireland tells the story of how a couple from Germany ended up on a farm in Ireland in the early 1990s, and all the work they had to do to transform themselves from professionals to farmers. And I’m proud to be associated with this book as editor.

From the acknowledgements:

I’m grateful to my marvelous editor, Scott Bury, who also straightened out my collection of anecdotes as they cascaded from my memories and helped me bring them into a storyline.

About the book

A wheelbarrow, a cable drum, gardening tools and  a pickaxe are unusual items on a wedding registry. They’re what Mac and Siggy, a German professional couple, need to fulfil their dream of organic gardening. But Siggy doesn’t know that Mac is harbouring secret dreams of full scale farming and emigrating to seek a healthier and simpler life in an unspoiled country: Ireland.

After two babies and the Chernobyl meltdown in 1987, they are scared enough to make big changes. They buy a farm in Tipperary and give up their jobs, friends and home to raise their children in an unpolluted environment.

More than just fleeing the nuclear threats, they want to blaze a new path to wholesome, sustainable living. A period of intense learning follows: how to raise chickens, pluck geese, breed cattle and sheep, and how to grow all kinds of vegetables.

I Once Had a Farm in Ireland is a modern woman’s journey from a sophisticated, hectic urban life in western Germany seemingly back in time to a lifestyle that may be rustic, so different but just as complex as a modern European professional’s. It’s the story of a woman who sacrifices her own dreams for the sake of her family until she discovers her own path.

Detailed descriptions of gardening and farming activities, combines with recipes make I Once Had a Farm in Ireland a useful “hot to” book for grew-minded consumers and environmentally conscious readers who are toying with the idea of producing their own food.

About the author

A former English teacher, Siggy Buckley’s other books include a series of travelogues, Secrets to Successful Home Swapping and Next Time Lucky: How to Find Your Mr. Right. She has also written a number of short stories, including “There is No Going Back,” the story of German refugees  exiled from land conquered by the USSR at the end of World War Two.

She now lives in Florida and is a member of the National League of American Pen Women.

Visit her website, Siggy’s Omnibus.

 

iAi cover reveal: The Dark by David C. Cassidy



The multi-talented author David C. Cassidy has completed his third book. He’s releasing The Dark, a very creepy, scary and riveting tale on December 15. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon right now. 

What’s it about?

It knows what you want. It knows what you need.

In denial over his father’s death in a horrific accident, Kelan Lisk has grown fearful and withdrawn. For this meek and bullied child, a burning desire to tame a deadly sledding hill consumes him, drawing him inside a wondrous place where anything is possible … including his father. But as this strange new realm spills into this one, twisting an innocent boy into an agent of evil, the world is forever changed, devoured by an even greater evil—the Dark.

Reviews on Amazon:

“Dean Koontz would be proud of this writer.”“Exceptional writing on a par with Stephen King.”“Readers are at the mercy of a masterful storyteller.”“Eloquent and eerie … this is how a story should be written.”

 
I’m thrilled about this book and doubly proud of it, because I’ve been a fan of David Cassidy (the author, photographer and designer, not the teen idol) since I discovered his first book, Velvet Rain, and saw several of his gorgeous cover designs. In fact, I asked David to design the covers of both One Shade of Red and Army of Work Soles.
 
The other reason I am so proud of The Dark is that I edited the manuscript. I’m very happy with the way that worked out.
 
So check it out. And if you want a scary, creepy and excellent book to read over the holidays, or if you want to give one as a present, then this is what you’re looking for.

Deadly Company – a spooky tale that reveals an author’s darker side



By Rosa Storm
What does choosing your own name say about you? What about when the chosen name is a mirror of the given name?
 
One of my favourite indie authors is Cinta Garcia de la Rosa, who wrote The Funny Adventures of LittleNani for children. She has a distinct voice and style, and a sense of humour that bubbles through the text. She’s not afraid to break through the “fourth wall,” engaging directly and very effectively with the audience. No matter what the subject, when you read Cinta, you see that she is enjoying the art of writing.
 
Now she has turned to a subject very different from children’s stories, under the name Rosa Storm. Does moving her second surname to the front signify that she is bringing some suppressed characteristic to the fore?
 
And Storm: storms can be dark times. Rosa Storm’s newest story, Deadly Company, is dark indeed. And very bloody. As Rosa Storm, Cinta Garcia may be letting someone dangerous out to play.
 
Deadly Company is based on the Spanish Galician (as opposed to the Polish Galician) legend of La Santa Campaña, the Holy Company also known as “the night ones.” The legends tells of a procession of dead spirits wearing hoods and carrying candles, led by a living person dressed in a hood and carrying a cross and a cauldron of holy water. Their appearance means someone nearby is close to death.
 
The person leading the procession can only be freed from this duty if he or she finds some other living person to take over.
 
Deadly Company follows a well-worn path in reinvigorating an old legend like this, involving teenagers, graveyards and spooky woods. But what sets this story apart are Storm’s vivid descriptions, her realistic characterization and that irrepressible sense of humour. This writer understands children and young people, and I cannot help but think she must have a vivacious presence in person. Yes, even though this is a spooky and gory story, there are laughs as she describes her characters’ motivations and reactions. Little details, like an errant tuna sandwich and the way the characters interrupt a story-teller—breaking the fourth wall within the story—bring the story to life.
 
Deadly Company reveals two very different sides of this writer’s personality. But most important, it’s a story that grabs your attention and doesn’t let go until the last word.
 
4* (a few minor editing errors)
 

DEADLY COMPANYBased on the Spanish legend of La Santa Compaña (The Holy Company), this story talks about the unknown and unexplainable things that go bump in the night. When a group of teenagers decide to spend some time in their hometown’s graveyard, they didn’t know they were going to learn about one of the darkest periods in the history of their town. The souls of the dead, hooded figures, and weird deaths combine in this chilling story of ancient legends and facts.

Visit Rosa Storm’s 


 

Army of Worn Soles: The cover reveal blog tour



Army of Worn Soles launches June 22 and it’s time to reveal the beautiful cover designed by David C. Cassidy.

 

David is creating a well-deserved reputation as a designer of wonderful book covers. Check out his website to see his excellent work.
 
Thanks, David!

I’m thrilled with David’s design, and I’ve asked a number of prominent bloggers to share it with the world. You’ll be able to see it on a different blog each day this week. 

 
Start with David’s blog on June 5. 
 
And thank you, too, Cinta.

Today, June 6, visit Cinta’s Corner and Indie Authors You Want to Read by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa.

Tomorrow, June 7, Rebekah Lyn will show off the cover on her Books blog.

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And on June 8, it will be on Raine Thomas‘s blogWrite as Raine.

Through the next several days, I’ll be updating this blog with links to other places where you can see the cover in its full glory. Keep checking in!

Rebekah Lyn