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DC Gary Goodhew searches for the link between an old woman’s terminal illness, a brutal murder, and a series of suicides in Cambridge.
Joey McCarthy is stabbed to death in a parking lot in a random act of violence. Shortly afterward, Charlotte Stone’s terminally ill mother dies and then, within weeks, two of her teenage friends commit suicide. With her home life disintegrating and both her father and brother racing toward self-destruction, Charlotte realizes that her own personal nightmare is just beginning.
When Gary Goodhew, a loveable, warm-hearted detective, finds the body of another suicide victim, he is forced to recall some deeply buried memories of an investigation that had a profound effect on him-memories that lead him to Charlotte Stone. Working together, they begin to wonder whether all these tragedies are somehow linked. And if they are, who will be the next victim?
Alison Bruce was born in Surrey but moved to Cambridge in 1998. She is the author of three other Gary Goodhew books, Cambridge Blue, The Siren, and The Calling. She is married with two children.
I know what you are thinking, yes of course we need social media and you would be right. No matter if we are a blogger, reader, author, publisher or agent we all need some type of social media. Yes, it can be tiring or addicting depending on how you want to look at it. There are going to be some we like more than others and some we just down right don’t want to use. I won’t go into all of the ones listed above but a few that I like to use.
Twitter is good for starting conversations and getting to know your readers or authors. The draw back, you only have 140 characters but with the use of hashtags and tiny urls it can be worth it. There are some sites like Hootsuite that you can schedule your tweets so you don’t have to spend so much time on them. You do need to be careful, you do not want to spam your followers with always saying buy my book etc etc.
Facebook is a good for sharing cover reveals, getting a signed contract from a publisher, sharing your authors to new readers, starting street teams or a special group for yourself. You can schedule posts on your page just like on Twitter so you don’t have to spend so much time on it. There are a lot more things you can do on Facebook such as parties and groups like mentioned before.
Pinterest is a good way to get your covers out to new readers. Easy to pin your covers and people can come by and re-pin it to their boards. A great way for new readers to find you and they can make a whole board just to your books. A win win. It is easy to use once you get into it.
Some people don’t want to use social media but now a days it is relevant to get the word out about your books or authors to get noticed.
A Method to Madness is on sale from the 7-14 for Kindle for .99 cents.
It’s January 1943 and things are slow for Sam Flanagan, Detroit private detective. He’s about to call it a day and return to the woman he shares a home with; his eighty two year old grandmother, when in walks Chicago socialite Phyllis Killburn. She’s the daughter of the late tire tycoon, Alden Whitaker, and she’s got troubles. It seems her husband may be stepping out on her with another woman and he’s keeping a big secret as to his involvement with the military. She wants to know what’s going on and she’s willing to pay big bucks for the information. Sam travels to the Windy City and looks up his longtime friend, Harry Blevins, journalist for the Chicago Tribune. With Harry’s assistance, and with the inadvertent ramblings of his grandmother, will Sam be able to put all the pieces together to solve what is happening within the walls of the Whitaker Estate to stop a murder plot? The deeper Sam digs into the case, he uncovers more twists. Does Sam find a method to this madness?
Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, Detroit’s hotspot for jazz—it’s there that Sam runs into his childhood friend, Johnny Delbeck, and Johnny’s got a problem. A little over three months ago, Johnny and his wife, Grace, took in her niece. Myrna Lou Stevic had been nothing but trouble for her mother, Grace’s sister, and her step father. Grace thinks she can turn the girl’s behavior around by getting her into a new school and getting her involved in the church youth group. One Monday in April, the seventeen year old was sitting on the porch of the Delbeck’s Dearborn home one minute, and in the next, she was gone. Did she just walk away on her own—something she’s done in the past—or did something more sinister occur? This is what Johnny hires Sam to find out. Five days before Easter 1943, Sam tries to ensure her presence for the holiday. But when he starts asking questions, the picture others paint of this girl isn’t pretty, and it’s obvious there are few who really like her. The Detroit private detective wants to solve Johnny’s problem—and he wants the ending to be a good one. Can he find the girl and return her to the home in Dearborn, safe and sound?
She waltzed into his office on a hot Saturday in July. She wanted Sam to exonerate her husband of the charge of murder. But the murders occurred over nineteen years ago…and that wasn’t the worst of it! It happens that her husband was Carlo ‘the Confessor’ Andolucci, the once notorious Purple Gang member. Sam knew this name all too well…Carlo Andolucci had brought devastation to the Flanagan family. There was no way he’d take on this case to help this woman…or would he? Once he discusses the matter with others, he begins to hear a side of Andolucci he didn’t know. Had Sam held on to a belief that was wrong all these years? Only by rethinking his decision to take on this case will answer that.
Coming out soon….
About the author
Biography Judith G. White holds a degree in secondary education with a major in history from Western Michigan University. She currently works part time at The Henry Ford, America’s Greatest History Attraction, where her life has been enriched by meeting dignitaries, entertainment personalities and leaders in business and industry. She’s traveled throughout the lower forty eight states and toured Great Britain. History, reading, playing word and trivia games and, of course, writing, is what she likes best. She makes her home in a southern suburb of Detroit along with her husband, Jim; two children, Brandon and Erin; and two dogs, Sadie and Orie. Beginning with reading Nancy Drew at an early age, Judith loves the mystery genre and hopes her detective, Sam Flanagan, will be just as endearing to the public.
Have you heard of Musa Publishing? Let me tell you about them you will be as surprised as I am.
Musa Publishing started on 2011 with four digital publishing professionals. They have made the dream a reality. Now that the reality is here, Musa has become the home to debut YA novelists and NYT/USA Today bestselling authors, award-winning books and literary chapbooks, the latest in speculative fiction to the lost treasures of an American science fiction pioneer—and all at reasonable, affordable prices. So whether you’re an author, looking for a home for your latest book, or a reader, looking for the best digital fiction without paying an arm and a leg for it, Musa has something for you.
And finally, Musa is committed to not only publishing new talent, but giving our writers, interns, and staff the knowledge and information they need to successfully negotiate the industry. We teach our authors how to promote themselves online and offline, giving them skills that every author from the Big Six to the tiniest micro-press needs in order to sell their books. We have created a master class program, where authors, agents, and other industry professionals teach everything from ‘how to write a proper query’ to ‘how to spot a scam agent or publisher’. With the tremendous sense of community already built among the Musa authors and staff, writers find that they aren’t negotiating the book industry all alone, but as a member of a tight-knit Musa family who stand at their sides, promoting and encouraging and congratulating them the entire way.
We currently have twelve imprints and one more on the way. Some genres are YA, YA-GBLT, Romance, Historical, Horror, Mystery/Suspense, and Paranormal, Speculative fiction, Erotic romance and much more. We have something for all readers. We offer specials and you can find more about those on our website. A few imprints have their own blog as well.
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*~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~*~
Christina Mercer is an award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults. She took Writer’s Best in Show at the 2012 SCBWI CA North/Central Regional Conference, was a Semi-Finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakout Novel Award Contest, and won Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards. She holds a degree in Accounting from California State University at Sacramento and a Certificate in Herbal Studies from Clayton College of Natural Health. Christina resides in Northern California enjoying life with her husband, two sons, four dogs, and about 100,000 honeybees
Arrow of the Mist series
Jeff’s novel, Frontiers, released in May of 2014, is the second novel in the Cybersp@ce Series. Jeff is currently working on a screenplay for his first novel in the series, Cybersp@ce.
CYBERSP@CE is a fast-paced, sci-fi espionage story, with ingredients of international intrigue, artificial intelligence, action, suspense, and romance. Set mostly in the Nevada desert, Cybersp@ce includes cyber warfare between nation states, the fantastic virtual world of an alien computer, and the hunt for one of the world’s greatest spies.
From inside their home located outside the small town of Corona, New Mexico in 1947, a young boy and his parents, while watching a freak lightning storm, hear a loud crash, after young Henry Summers witnesses an alien spacecraft falling from the sky.
Many years later, Nick Reynolds is appointed as the head of a Cyber Command taskforce established to deal with the increasing cyber warfare threat from China. Soon afterwards a new, disturbing type of cyber attack emerges, just as Nick learns that an imminent massive Chinese cyber attack against the United States infrastructure might be imminent. When the evidence suggests that the threat is real and that the attack will kill millions of people, Nick discovers that his team will not have enough time or the technical resources to stop the incredibly advanced attack when it comes.
Nick soon learns of another top-secret project, however, one which might offer a way to stop the attack and spare the lives of hundreds of millions of people.
Dr. Henry Summers works with his scientist daughter, Kate, inside Area 51 at Groom Lake, Nevada. After years of trying to reverse-engineer an alien spacecraft, the team has a breakthrough when they discover how to interface with an alien ship’s computer, by using a cybernetic helmet to enter a fantastic, virtual world.
Now Available (May 2014)
FRONTIERS: BOOK TWO IN THE CYBERS@CE SERIES
*A Dream to Unite Humanity…*
Scientists discover the technology to successfully construct Earth’s first interstellar spacecraft, code named Frontier. Hank Reynolds, a gifted and courageous test pilot for the United States Air Force, is assigned to test
pilot humanity’s first interstellar spacecraft on a historic flight to Alpha Centauri. Under the command of the fledgling Earth Space Alliance the spacecraft will carry human beings to the stars, and beyond.
*A Plot to see it Fail*
Someone doesn’t want to see this happen and will stop at nothing to see it fail–including murder… When Frontier is sabotaged, it leaves Hank stranded and alone to die in the Alpha Centauri system. With their dreams
crumbling around them, will they be able to discover who is behind the plot to steal the alien technology, and to murder those closest to it?
Frontier, Earth’s first starship built on alien tech, is on it’s maiden voyage to Alpha Centauri. Someone wants him to fail, someone wants him dead.
Frontiers: Book Two in the Cybersp@ce Series
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeEEMYd4Cow
Below is a little about the FRONTIERS, along with some interesting plot elements from the book, and some corresponding facts, which I hope your readers will find interesting!
FRONTIERS: BOOK TWO IN THE CYBERS@CE SERIES
*A Dream to Unite Humanity…*
Scientists discover the technology to successfully construct Earth’s first interstellar spacecraft, code named Frontier. Hank Reynolds, a gifted and courageous test pilot for the United States Air Force, is assigned to test pilot humanity’s first interstellar spacecraft on a historic flight to Alpha Centauri. Under the command of the fledgling Earth Space Alliance the spacecraft will carry human beings to the stars, and beyond.
*A Plot to see it Fail*
Someone doesn’t want to see this happen and will stop at nothing to see it fail–including murder… When Frontier is sabotaged, it leaves Hank stranded and alone to die in the Alpha Centauri system. With their dreams crumbling around them, will they be able to discover who is behind the plot to steal the alien technology, and to murder those closest to it?
Some Plot Elements & Facts Related to Frontiers:
• In Frontiers, scientists build humanity’s first spacecraft capable of interstellar flight, which a craft that can travel faster than the speed of light
o Fact: While Einstein’s theory of relativity suggested Faster than Light travel (FTL) is not possible, many theories have been put forth as to how we might get around this galactic speed limit. Just think warp drive or wormholes.
• In Frontiers, the development of the interstellar spacecraft also results in the creation of an alternative energy source, helping to stave off a rapidly dwindling world supply of crude oil.
o Fact: HSBC estimates the world will run out of crude oil with 40-50 years.
• In Frontiers, several principal characters discuss how critical it is that the advanced technology be unveiled carefully and methodically to the world, or else the world could suffer catastrophic consequences.
o Fact: The Drake Equation, as it has become known, which was first presented by Drake in 1961, is a probabilistic argument used to estimate the number of active, communicative extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy. Drake’s equation takes into account that a number of such civilizations will end up destroying themselves with their own technology.
• In Frontiers, a public announcement confirming the existence of sentient alien life causes quite a stir among some segments of the world’s population.
o Fact: Studies like one by Paolo Musso, a member of the SETI Permanent Study Group of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences studies, and others, see no conflict between Christianity and the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence.
Thank you so much for allowing me to discuss Frontiers with your readers!
Available in 2014
The Universe. For the first time in human history humanity now has the technology to leave Earth and traverse the galaxy. The Earth Space Alliance has decided to select a world suitable to human colonization, and attempt to settle the first planet outside of the Sol system, which has been the cradle of human civilization since the dawn of creation.
When Nicole Reynolds is selected to lead the search for a new world, and to establish Earth’s first interstellar colony there, she soon discovers the challenge to be far greater than she’d ever imagined. After an extremely rare resource is discovered on the new world, she must risk everything, including her life, to establish a foothold for humanity on a strange, alien planet.
Jeff W. Horton
• New Beginnings
• Cybersp@ce (1/1/2013)
• The Way of Nacor: Tales of Eden (9/1/2012)
• The Last Prophet (2011)
• The Dark Age- Survivors of the Pulse (2011)
• The Great Collapse-Survivors of the Pulse (2010)
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Jeff Horton was born in North Dakota, the youngest son of a career Air Force master sergeant. A voracious reader growing up, he read the Bible, and stories by many popular authors including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien.
Jeff Horton is an author of Christian Fiction, writing within several different genres, including science-fiction, fantasy, and apocalyptic thrillers.
His first novel, THE GREAT COLLAPSE: SURVIVORS OF THE PULSE, a story about the coming of the pulse and the end of civilization, was published in 2010. THE DARK AGE-SURVIVORS OF THE PULSE, the sequel to The Great Collapse, was published in 2011, as was THE LAST PROPHET, a fictitious story about the life of John March, one of the witnesses sent by God to warn humanity about the Antichrist, and the End of Days. Released on September 1, 2012, THE WAY OF NACOR: TALES OF EDEN is a children’s tale about four children, Rachel, Michael, Jesse, and Eli, who find themselves lost and stranded on a strange alien planet, struggling to find a way home. Jeff Horton’s fifth novel, entitled CYBERSP@CE, is a techno-thriller, in which the world is brought to the brink of nuclear war after a string of deadly cyber warfare attacks against the United States. CYBERSP@CE, published in 2013, is the first book in the CYBERSP@CE SERIES. The other two novels in the series, FRONTIER: BOOK TWO IN THE CYBERSP@CE SERIES and NEW BEGINNINGS, are expected to be available in 2014.
When he’s not penning his next novel, he enjoys reading, going to church, and spending time with his family. Jeff Horton is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network.
For more information visit www.hortonlibrary.com or his blog at www.anovelsperspective.blogspot.com.