Monday, May 8, 2017

Book Spotlight: Son of a Gun by Justin St. Germain


In the tradition of Tobias Wolff, James Ellroy, and Mary Karr, a stunning memoir of a mother-son relationship that is also the searing, unflinching account of a murder and its aftermath

Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001. Debbie St. Germain’s death, apparently at the hands of her fifth husband, is a passing curiosity. “A real-life old West murder mystery,” the local TV announcers intone, while barroom gossips snicker cruelly. But for her twenty-year-old son, Justin St. Germain, the tragedy marks the line that separates his world into before and after.

Distancing himself from the legendary town of his childhood, Justin makes another life a world away in San Francisco and achieves all the surface successes that would have filled his mother with pride. Yet years later he’s still sleeping with a loaded rifle under his bed. Ultimately, he is pulled back to the desert landscape of his childhood on a search to make sense of the unfathomable. What made his mother, a onetime army paratrooper, the type of woman who would stand up to any man except the men she was in love with? What led her to move from place to place, man to man, job to job, until finally she found herself in a desperate and deteriorating situation, living on an isolated patch of desert with an unstable ex-cop?

Justin’s journey takes him back to the ghost town of Wyatt Earp, to the trailers he and Debbie shared, to the string of stepfathers who were a constant, sometimes threatening presence in his life, to a harsh world on the margins full of men and women all struggling to define what family means. He decides to confront people from his past and delve into the police records in an attempt to make sense of his mother’s life and death. All the while he tries to be the type of man she would have wanted him to be.

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (March 5, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0812980743
ISBN-13: 978-0812980745

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Interview with Bruce Forciea, Author of ALAN 2


Bruce Forciea is known for taking complex scientific concepts and making them easy to understand through engaging stories and simple explanations. He is an Amazon Best Selling Author and author of several books on healing and biology, along with science fiction thriller novels. His fiction writing draws on a diverse and eclectic background that includes touring and performing with a professional show, designing digital circuits, treating thousands of patients, and teaching. His stories include complex plots with unexpected twists and turns, quirky characters, and a reality very similar to our own. Dr. Forciea lives in Wisconsin and loves writing during the solitude of the long Northern winters. 

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Did you like science fiction growing up?

Yes, I grew up watching Saturday afternoon science fiction movies, the Twilight Zone and Outer Limits as well as reading a lot of science fiction books.

What is the first story in that genre you wrote, whether it is published or unpublished?

I wrote a short story about 15 years ago about the last days of Earth before the Sun dies. I later rewrote it and changed the plot to include 2 scientists who race to escape the dying Earth.

I ended up self-publishing it along with a collection of short stories in a free ebook, Anomalies of Reality, which is available on my website.

What is your favorite part of writing in this genre?


I love the pure escapism aspect of writing science fiction. There is something truly magical about creating a reality in which things you can only dream about exist.

Is there an author in this genre you most admire?

I learn something from everything I've read, some good, some not so good, so I don't have an all-time favorite. I did enjoy the stories of Michael Crichton however, but then I now enjoy some of the newer technothillers from the likes of Neil Stephenson and Ernest Cline.

What is up next for you?

I am researching a book in which a young adult female discovers she has the ability to heal others in the wake of an upcoming apocalypse. Right now, I'm researching locations and genetic engineering.

Do you have anything to add?

Just a big thank you for this interview and my readers. I sincerely hope they enjoy my stories.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Guest Blogger: F.M. Meredith, Author of Unresolved (Rocky Bluff P.D.)


Rocky Bluff P.D. is underpaid and understaffed and when two dead bodies turn up, the department is stretched to the limit. The mayor is the first body discovered, the second an older woman whose death is caused in a bizarre manner. Because no one liked the mayor, including his estranged wife and the members of the city council, the suspects are many, but each one has an alibi.

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One of My Favorite Characters in the Rocky Bluff P.D. Series

Cheryl asked me to tell about my favorite character in this series, but instead, I wanted to tell you about a fairly new character that I’m growing fond of, the new Chief of Police, Chandra Taylor.

Chandra, the second African American on the RBPD, came to Rocky Bluff from the San Francisco Police Department. She knew her chance of advancing beyond lieutenant were nil. Though the small beach town of Rocky Bluff certainly didn’t compare to San Francisco, it didn’t take long before Chandra began to enjoy her job, the police officers who worked under her and the community itself.

In A Crushing Death, Chandra’s life was threatened by a man she’d arrested in the past and Detective Milligan and his wife, Officer Stacey Milligan, not only protected her but became friends in the process.

When the mayor is murdered and the other members of the city council all become suspects, Chandra finds herself attracted to the man who has become the new mayor, Devon Duvall. Whether or not this attraction will develop, of course, depends upon Devon’s innocence.

It’s always fun for me as an author, when new and interesting characters become a part of the Rocky Bluff series. I hope that readers will enjoy this new twist as well.



F. M. Meredith lived for many years in a small beach community much like Rocky Bluff. She has many relatives and friends who are in law enforcement and share their experiences and expertise with her. She taught writing for Writers Digest Schools for 10 years, and was an instructor at the prestigious Maui Writers Retreat, and has taught at many writers’ conferences. Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and serves on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra. Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com and her blog at http://marilymeredith.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Interview with Darin Gibby, Author of Chasing Hindy (Giveaway)


In addition to a thriving career as a novelist, author Darin Gibby is also one of the country’s premiere patent attorneys and a partner at the prestigious firm of Kilpatrick Townsend (www.kilpatricktownsend.com). With over twenty years of experience in obtaining patents on hundreds of inventions from the latest drug delivery systems to life-saving cardiac equipment, he has built IP portfolios for numerous Fortune 500 companies. In addition to securing patents, Gibby helps clients enforce and license their patents around the world, and he has monetized patents on a range of products.

Darin’s first book, Why Has America Stopped Inventing?, explored the critical issue of America’s broken patent system.  His second book, The Vintage Club, tells the story of a group of the world’s wealthiest men who are chasing a legend about a wine that can make you live forever. His third book, Gil, is about a high school coach who discovers that he can pitch with deadly speed and is given an offer to play with the Rockies during a player’s strike. Gil soon discovers, however, that his unexpected gift is the result of a rare disease, and continuing to pitch may hasten his own death.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree, he is highly regarded in Denver’s legal and business community as a patent strategist, business manager, and community leader. He is also a sought-after speaker on IP issues at businesses, colleges and technology forums, where he demonstrates the value of patents using simple lessons from working on products such as Crocs shoes, Izzo golf straps and Trek bicycles.

An avid traveler and accomplished triathlete, Darin also enjoys back country fly-fishing trips and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. He lives in Denver with his wife, Robin, and their four children.


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Did you like thrillers when you were growing up?

I’m not sure I knew what a thriller was when growing up. My reading was primarily what my English teacher stuck in front of me. But I did love reading, and I had some great English teachers. I grew up loving American and British classics. I still enjoy breaking out Steinbeck or Hemmingway every now and then.

What was the first story in that genre that you wrote?

The first thriller I wrote was The Vintage Club. It’s a story about a group of the world’s wealthiest men who form a club that is centered around a legend about a wine that can make one live forever. Here’s link to the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8fyebbxwRY.

What is your favorite part of writing in this genre?

My favorite part of writing thrillers is thinking about an initial dilemma or challenge, and then how my character is going to overcome that obstacle. For example, in Chasing Hindy, the main character, Addy, thinks she’s landed her dream job when she leaves her law firm to join a startup that purports to have a technology to let cars run on water. As the story progresses, she discovers that things aren’t as they seem. In fact, she ends up being a pawn in a ruse to steal other technology and she must risk everything to prove her innocence while still trying to disclose the remarkable technology to the world.

What do you find most difficult about writing in this genre?


Developing a strong character is always the most difficult for me. It doesn’t matter how good of a plot authors come up with, if the readers can’t relate to the characters, the book is going to fall flat. I spend a lot of time just thinking what is going through a character’s head and what is her or his prime motivation.

When writing Chasing Hindy, I struggled with such a character for years, and, in fact, rewrote the book several times with other characters that just didn’t seem to work. What made the story finally click was my discovery of Addy—a patent attorney with a dream to change the world. I decided on a female character (who was also a patent attorney) for several reasons. Perhaps the main reason was that female patent attorneys are in short supply and I wanted to encourage women to enter the profession. So I created Addy to hopefully show what a difference one person can make, and through her experience more women would want to become patent attorneys.

Is there an author in this genre that you admire most?

John Grisham has always been my favorite author, although his writing has slipped a bit in recent years. When The Firm was first released, I was a first year law student. One of my friends came into class one morning carrying the book and said that I had to read it. I did in one day. Since then, I have read all of his books. In his day, he was certainly the best at what he did.

What is up next for you?

I am currently working on a piece of historical fiction based in the mid-18th century. I was just at the New Jersey Historical Society doing research. I’m going to tell about an important and fascinating part of American history that has somehow been overlooked.

Do you have anything to add?

As Stephen King is fond of saying, as long as you can wake up and write, life is going to be okay.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Book Spotlight: Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles


The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them in this revelatory volume in the epic trilogy set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi—Greg Iles’s epic tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present.

Shattered by grief and dreaming of vengeance, Penn Cage sees his family and his world collapsing around him. The woman he loves is gone, his principles have been irrevocably compromised, and his father, once a paragon of the community that Penn leads as mayor, is about to be tried for the murder of a former lover. Most terrifying of all, Dr. Cage seems bent on self-destruction. Despite Penn's experience as a prosecutor in major murder trials, his father has frozen him out of the trial preparations--preferring to risk dying in prison to revealing the truth of the crime to his son.

During forty years practicing medicine, Tom Cage made himself the most respected and beloved physician in Natchez, Mississippi. But this revered Southern figure has secrets known only to himself and a handful of others. Among them, Tom has a second son, the product of an 1960s affair with his devoted African American nurse, Viola Turner. It is Viola who has been murdered, and her bitter son--Penn's half-brother--who sets in motion the murder case against his father. The resulting investigation exhumes dangerous ghosts from Mississippi's violent past. In some way that Penn cannot fathom, Viola Turner was a nexus point between his father and the Double Eagles, a savage splinter cell of the KKK. More troubling still, the long-buried secrets shared by Dr. Cage and the former Klansmen may hold the key to the most devastating assassinations of the 1960s. The surviving Double Eagles will stop at nothing to keep their past crimes buried, and with the help of some of the most influential men in the state, they seek to ensure that Dr. Cage either takes the fall for them, or takes his secrets to an early grave.

Tom Cage's murder trial sets a terrible clock in motion, and unless Penn can pierce the veil of the past and exonerate his father, his family will be destroyed. Unable to trust anyone around him--not even his own mother--Penn joins forces with Serenity Butler, a famous young black author who has come to Natchez to write about his father's case. Together, Penn and Serenity--a former soldier--battle to crack the Double Eagles and discover the secret history of the Cage family and the South itself, a desperate move that risks the only thing they have left to gamble: their lives.

Mississippi Blood is the enthralling conclusion to a breathtaking trilogy seven years in the making--one that has kept readers on the edge of their seats. With piercing insight, narrative prowess, and a masterful ability to blend history and imagination, New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles illuminates the brutal history of the American South in a highly atmospheric and suspenseful novel that delivers the shocking resolution his fans have eagerly awaited.

Series: Penn Cage Novels (Book 6)
Hardcover: 704 pages
Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition/First Printing edition (March 21, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062311158
ISBN-13: 978-0062311153

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