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Author Showcase – Sandra Nikolai (Dark Deeds: Megan Scott/Michael Elliott Mystery, Book 4)

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“Where evil lurks, no one is safe.”

The suspicious fire that destroyed the shed exposes a surprise corpse—not what ghostwriter Megan Scott and investigative reporter Michael Elliott expected when they reserved a cabin at their friends’ lakeside resort in rural Ontario.

Fear overshadows their visit like a looming storm. Their friends are receiving anonymous threatening letters. An elderly resident is reported missing. Locals are wary. They aren’t used to outsiders snooping around town, asking questions.

When Michael makes a connection to a cold case, evidence points to an ex-convict looking for revenge. He’s had reconstructive surgery. He could be anyone.

Terror blankets the town as the body count mounts. The killer is playing dangerous mind games with everyone—especially with Megan. If she doesn’t find him first, she could well become his next victim.

 

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Excerpt from Dark Deeds by Sandra Nikolai

 

Madame Ora stood five feet tall and wore a red polka dot wrap dress that resembled something I’d once seen in a 1940s movie. Her wispy white hair stood on end and looked as if it had gone through dozens of perms. She beckoned me into a tiny room at the rear. A thick curtain separated it from the rest of the shop. Without a word, she motioned for me to sit down at a round café table and took a seat opposite me.

“Please do not ask me any questions until I have completed my reading.” Her voice was thick with a foreign accent—maybe Polish. She closed her eyes and mumbled words I couldn’t understand, then opened her eyes. “Please show me your hands.”

I extended both hands as requested.

Madame Ora peered at my palms, squinting as if she were trying to decipher coded messages. “My dear, you have suffered a deep loss, but things will change for the better.”

It was a pretty general statement.

“Your loss had to do with a man—a man who shared a deep bond with you.”

My late husband. Good guess.

“This man died suddenly and tragically.”

Okay, this was getting creepy.

“You have since moved on. Another man has entered your life. He is a very brave man.”

I swallowed hard.

Madame Ora continued. “On this particular journey, you are in grave danger, but you are surrounded by protection.”

Grave danger? Protection?

She looked up at me, her eyes staring at the space above my head. “The white feather will protect you. Keep it with you at all times.”

Goose bumps rose along my arms. While she closed her eyes and mumbled the same incoherent words as before, I reached into my handbag and rubbed the tiny white feather between my thumb and forefinger. It seemed beyond coincidental.

Madame Ora opened her eyes. “You may now ask me two questions.”

My practical side told me the simple white feather in my handbag would never protect me from any kind of danger. Regardless, the fact she had mentioned it intrigued me. “Can you be more specific about the grave danger you mentioned?”

She closed her eyes. “You are involved in matters concerning death. I see three dead spirits around you—spirits that have met with unexpected death. Take caution. Not everyone is to be trusted.” She opened her eyes. “Next question.”

Was she kidding? A dozen questions had popped into my head.

I thought of Michael. “Will the man in my life be safe too?”

“He has tempted fate many times and succeeded.”

“What you mean?”

Madame Ora pushed back her chair and rose. “I’m sorry, I have already answered your two questions.”

 

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BOOK ONE: FALSE IMPRESSIONS

BOOK TWO: FATAL WHISPERS

(Short Story): TIMELY ESCAPE

BOOK THREE: ICY SILENCE

 

 

Sandra Nikolai is the author of the Megan Scott/Michael Elliott Mystery series. In addition to her novels, Sandra has published a string of short crime stories, garnering awards along the way.

Sandra held jobs in sales, finance, and high tech before leaving the corporate world to pursue a career in writing. She likes to think that plotting a whodunit reveals the lighter—yet more mysterious—side of her persona.

Visit Sandra’s website and sign up to receive her latest book news. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraNikolai or connect with her on Goodreads or Facebook .

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Author Showcase – Kat Martin (Into the Firestorm: BOSS, Inc.)

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At Brodie Operations Security Service, Inc., following your instincts is company policy . . .

M. Cassidy—Luke Brodie had heard the name before, some novice bounty hunter working Seattle, catching tricky skips with more success than a newcomer should expect. But the dark curls, sparkly top, and impressive cleavage were not what Brodie had pictured.

Emma Cassidy is tough and smart and sexy as hell. She’s also popping up a step ahead of him every time he’s close to the capture he wants most . . . and there’s no room for learning on the trail of this monster.

Emma has idolized Luke Brodie, the bounty hunter who can bring anyone in. The big man in the soft shoes, with a face like a fallen angel and a reputation for breaking hearts. Watching him in action is intoxicating. But her fight with Rudy Vance is fiercely personal. If he gets too close, Brodie will find out just how ferocious she can be . . .

 

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~~ Excerpt From Into The Firestorm ~~

 

Sitting at the long, neon-lit bar in Rocker’s Karaoke Lounge, Luke Brodie sipped a cold Corona and eyed his quarry.  A bail skip named Skinner Digby leaned back in a chair at a round Formica-topped table a few feet away.

“You here for Skinner?”  Eddie Mullens, the bartender, a string bean of a guy with gold wire-rimmed glasses, followed Luke’s gaze to where Digby sat nursing a Jack and Coke.  Eddie knew everything that went on in this part of Seattle.  For a little cash once in a while, he kept Luke informed if anything interesting went down.

Luke took a sip of his beer.  “Digby skipped on a DUI.”

“Seems like small potatoes for you.”

Luke was a bounty hunter.  He went after FTAs, failures to appear, guys released on bail that didn’t show up in court.  He got twenty percent of whatever the bondsman had posted for their release and would have to forfeit if the fugitive wasn’t rearrested.  Luke specialized in the toughest and most profitable cases, bail skips whose bond sometimes ran into the millions.

“I need to ask Skinner some questions.”  That was the way it worked.  You went after the small fish to get your hands on the big ones.  “Figure I might as well make a few bucks while I’m at it.”

Luke took a swallow of beer and returned his attention to his quarry.  Digby had been flirting with a petite little brunette no more than five-foot-three in a tight black skirt and low-cut silver top who laughed at his dirty jokes.

Luke was getting irritated.  Skinner, with his bulldog face and beer belly, was no ladies’ man.  Luke wished the woman would just take the free drink he offered and move on.

Instead, she sidled a little closer and leaned down to whisper in his ear, giving him a bird’s eye view down the front of her sparkly top at some very impressive cleavage.  Skinner pulled out a chair, inviting her to join him.

Luke softly cursed.  If the woman was going to hang around, he was going to have to make his move.  He didn’t like putting a woman in the middle of a situation that might go bad, but he needed to talk to Digby.  The lady was giving him no choice.

He set the beer bottle down on the bar and came off the stool.  Luke couldn’t hear what the little brunette said, but Skinner snarled a curse and started up from his chair.

Luke couldn’t believe his eyes when the lady grabbed Digby by the nape of the neck and shoved his head down, slamming him hard onto top of the table.

Skinner groaned and his muscles went limp.  The brunette twisted one of Skinner’s arms up behind back, pulled a pair of handcuffs from the handbag on her shoulder, and shackled his wrist, did the same to the other one.  Looking even more stunned than Luke, Digby swayed, his legs wobbly, as the brunette hauled him to his feet.

Sonofabitch.  Luke turned to Eddie, who stood chuckling behind the bar.  “What the hell just happened?”

“She’s something, ain’t she?  Looks like the lady got to your bail skip first.”

“Who is she?”

“Name’s Cassidy.  She’s a bounty hunter.  Pretty amazing, huh?”

Luke was torn between annoyance and curiosity.  “That’s M. Cassidy?”

“Short for Emma.  The guys call her Em.”

Em Cassidy.  He knew the name, thought it was a man.  He watched the petite brunette–nine inches shorter than Digby’s six foot frame and no more than a hundred ten pounds–haul Skinner out the side door into the parking lot.  Luke reached for his beer, took a last swallow, tossed a little extra cash on the bar, and followed the lady outside.

It took him a minute to spot her beneath a lamp post at the edge of the parking lot.  He sauntered into the shadow of a car in a nearby space, got a real good look at her this time.

Late twenties, petite, but curvy in all the right places, thick dark hair that hung in heavy curls around her shoulders.

A bounty hunter.  That was a laugh.

The smile on his face slipped a little as he watched her handle Skinner.  She had the guy sitting cross-legged on the grass, hands cuffed behind him.  She was pressing him to answer her questions–exactly the same questions Luke wanted to ask.

“There’s a guy you know,” she said.  “His name is Felix Riggs.  He’s your supplier.  I want to know where to find him.”

Felix Riggs.  Same guy Luke was hunting.

Skinner just grunted.  “Yeah, right.  Like I’m gonna tell you anything.  You damned near knocked me out, you bitch.”

Emma lightly cuffed the back of Digby’s head, and Luke bit back a grin.

“You skipped on a drunk-driving charge,” the lady said, “third offense, Skinner.  They’re going to stick your butt in jail for at least a year.  Tell me what I want to know and I’ll let you go.”

She’d let him go?  Luke hadn’t expected that.  Now he was even more intrigued.

Digby sat quietly, considering his options.  “Take off the cuffs, then I’ll tell you what you want to know.”

“Not a chance.”

Digby shook his head.  “If Riggs finds out I told you, he’ll kill me.  He don’t like snitches.”

Frustrated, Emma nibbled her bottom lip.  It was plump and damp, and Luke felt a curl of heat he hadn’t expected.

“You want to walk or go to jail?” she asked, pushing, but not quite hard enough, only willing to go so far.

Luke glanced around.  If Digby didn’t spill in the next few minutes, there was a chance the cops would arrive.  Always somebody there to dial 911.

He stepped out of the shadows and Emma spun toward him, went into a wide-legged, self-defense stance.  He pointed to the bail enforcement badge clipped to his belt and she relaxed.

“I didn’t hear you walk up,” she said.

Luke ignored her, zeroed in on Skinner Digby, crouched down in front of him.  “The lady asked you nice and polite where to find Felix Riggs.  You know who I am?”

Skinner grunted.  “I know who you are.  You’re Brodie.”

“That’s right.  I’m going to ask you the same question just one time.  You don’t answer, you won’t have to worry about dealing with Riggs.  You’ll have to deal with me.”

Skinner swallowed.

“Now…where is Felix Riggs?”

Skinner ran his tongue over his lips.  There was a lump turning purple in the middle of his forehead.  “Riggs is…he’s out of town.  Won’t be back till Monday.”

“Where can I find him?”

Skinner gave a sigh.  “Hangs around The Polo Club.  There’s a bitch he’s got the hots for.”

“What’s her name?”

“Lila Purdue…like the college, you know?”

“Yeah, I do.”  Luke rose to his feet, turned to the lady standing a few feet away.  The moon was out.  She was prettier than he had first thought, with big doe eyes, fine features, and a firm little chin.  He was a boob man and from what he could tell, hers were prime grade A.

“Emma Cassidy,” she said by way of introduction.

“Luke Brodie.”  He glanced down at Skinner, who was grumbling beneath his breath, then looked back at Emma.  “Nice work,” he said.

“Thank you.”

Luke glanced across the parking lot.  “Here comes Skinner’s ride.  I’ll see you around.”  He started walking as a black and white patrol car rolled into the lot.  Interesting lady, he thought, ambling over to his battered old Bronco.  Pretty and feminine with a hot little body.

The very last person who should be running around trying to hunt down criminals.

Luke just shook his head.

He wondered why she was interested in Felix Riggs.  Riggs wasn’t wanted, though he should be since he was a low-life scum.  Maybe he knew something about another bail skip she was hunting.  Luke hoped like hell Emma Cassidy wasn’t going to confront the guy.  He didn’t think she’d come out as unscathed as she had tonight.

None of your business, he told himself as he crossed the lot, slid in behind the wheel of his beat-up old Ford, and fired up the powerful V-8 engine.

The Bronco, the perfect, non-descript surveillance vehicle, had been completely rebuilt.  A powerful Ford Racing Aluminator XS 5.0 liter Coyote Engine–500 plus horses–idled like a predator under the hood.  The Bronco had a Cobra jet intake manifold and fully CNC ported aluminum heads.

Welded restraints had been fitted into the back to hold any prisoners he had to transport to jail.  Luke loved the Bronco.  Like driving a rocket disguised as a paper airplane.

He checked the rearview mirror, saw little Emma Cassidy hauling butt-ugly Skinner Digby over to the patrol car.  Why she would want to be a bounty hunter he couldn’t begin to guess.

He’d never understood women.

Clearly that hadn’t changed.

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Review of “Goslyn County”- A. M. McKnight

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A mostly black community with its roots in farming, Goslyn, Virginia lay just south of the State’s Capital. The once small, close-knit county had grown rapidly in the past two decades and boasted a population of just over fifty thousand. But the county’s crime stats had grown as well, and the latest offenses included several break-ins and rumors of a meth lab. Time had brought many changes, and many of the longtime folks of Goslyn no longer recognized their community and longed for days gone by. 
 
Goslyn PD Detective Olivia “Ollie” Winston loves her family and friends and shows it through her sense of humor. Just like her neighbors, she too worries about the recent events, and it’s her job to find out who’s behind the crime spree.

While investigating three burglaries, Olivia meets IRS Special Agent Maureen Jeffries who is pursuing a tax fraud suspect. Their cases are connected, and both soon discover they have much in common, personally and professionally.

 

Excerpt from Goslyn County:

“I think we’ve talked about everything except politics and sex,” Olivia said out of the blue.
Maureen blushed and was speechless.
“Sorry, Maureen. I don’t know where that came from.”
“Don’t worry about it. You just reminded me of Carol, my receptionist. She’s far more graphic though. Let’s make another date so we can talk about politics. Then…perhaps a third date for sex? I mean, to talk about it.”

 
 
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(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 

 

When you first pick up Goslyn County, you’ll note the cover isn’t flashy. There are no sexy women on the cover. Nothing that screams it’s a book focusing around the love that blooms between two lesbians.

What you see is a detective’s badge. 

Maybe A.M. McKnight’s intention was to let our imaginations conjure up how we think Olivia and Maureen would look or maybe she wanted the readers to buy the book because it was a crime story (first) with a love story attached.

All I can say is …thank goodness for book summaries because without it I wouldn’t know it had a same sex coupling in it. 

Those of us who look towards a cover first, seeking a lesbian story, I think they might pass on it, unbeknownst to its content. That’s why I always read the back cover. 

 

Moving on……

The first thing I loved about McKnight’s story, Goslyn County, was the countless strong women gracing the pages. Brains, beauty, brawn – her characters had it all and were respected members in their field of expertise and/or distinguished members of society. Take Ollie, she was a detective and taught math at the community college. Her mother, a retired teacher, was in Haiti helping to re-open schools devastated by Mother Nature. Lisa, her best friend, was a IT goddess and business owner. Gloria, Maureen’s sister, was also a business owner. I could go on but you get the idea. Smart, strong women — ideal role models for our youth. 

In regards to the cases being investigated by Ollie and Maureen, the plot of  the tax  fraud and subplot of car cloning had its moments were I was totally engrossed into the unfolding action and other times where I felt the story had gone stale.

When the lull moments came about, McKnight would bring me back into the fold with their choice of date topics. And McKnight, if you are reading this, I will never be able to look at the Pillsbury Doughboy the same way again. (See page 147 for explanation) 

Since this is a book revolving around two women falling in love, I must discuss my thoughts at the pairing. I liked they didn’t rush into sex. They waited until they were in love. When they finally consummated their relationship, they didn’t rip each other’s clothes off. They weren’t consumed with a fiery passion where they were frantically pawing at each other, starved for physical content. Like their courtship, they took their time — exploring one another. For me, the slow loving was more sensual, more erotic, than most “must have you now” sex scenes most authors seem to write.

Well done, A.M. Knight!! 

 

Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

Score: ❤❤❤❤

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I’m a longtime Virginian and practice law as a first profession.  I decided to try my hand at writing after getting hooked on lesbian crime and romance novels. As a lover of fast crime action and black lesbian romance, I combined the two and wrote my first book, Goslyn County–self published. My future works include a short story romance and a second self-published novel–both based on the characters of Goslyn.

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Author Showcase/Interview and Review of “Rubble and the Wreckage” – Rodd Clark

Gabriel Church knows you can’t take a life without first understanding just how feeble life is, how tentative and weak it stands alone. If you desire murder, you hold a life in your hand. Whether you release it to grant life or grip tighter to end it, it is at your command and discretion. Gabriel is a serial killer with a story he wants told. Christian Maxwell studied abnormal psychology in college but chose instead to focus on a career in writing. His background comes in handy when he thinks of writing about a serial killer. He can’t think of anyone more qualified to write the story of Gabriel Lee Church, and do so in the murderer’s own words. It’s been done before, but never with a killer who has yet to be captured or convicted. There was never anything more than a gentleman’s understanding between the two men that Christian would record Gabriel’s life story. The killer did not ask for his complicity in any crimes, nor did he ever ask for his silence. Christian’s interest in the man, though, is fast becoming something more than academic. When the writer and his subject become unexpected friends and then lovers, the question remains: What is Gabriel’s endgame . . . and why does he want his story told?



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I was contacted by Rodd and asked to consider reviewing his M/M Romantic Thriller. So I read the synopsis of the book and immediately hopped over to Amazon to purchase myself a copy. Yes, even though he requested me to read/review the book and would supply me with a copy for an unbiased review, I decided this book was worth having in paperback. FYI: Paper books are my drug of choice. 

Besides the book summary, which drew me like a moth to a flame, I found the cover eye catching in a “gross but I can’t stop staring” sort of way. Comparison – People who can’t help but drive slowly by a wreck and gawk at emergency personnel working on the carnage, attempting to glimpse what is happening; mouth agape. 

Yup, that was me in a nutshell. 


Anywho…….

As a fan of Criminal Minds, I like to figure out what makes people tick. Why they do the things they do. Rodd gave brilliant insight into the mind of a serial killer and the person (man in this case) who fell in love with one. 


But along the journey, I found myself growing bored with the slow pace of the tale which I can only describe as a dry, written documentary. 


I must reiterate though, Rodd demonstrated remarkably well the lure a killer has over its prey. 


As for the ending….. not what I expected but not everything can be like you see on tv. HEA don’t always exist. 






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Score: ❤❤❤




1. Welcome, Rodd Clark.  For
those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the
readers a little about yourself?
How did you get your start in the writing business?                                                                                                                      
(RC) I
started writing when I was a young boy. 
I remember writing my first book by 16, titled ‘Non-existence Plus’ it
was riddled with errors and never saw the published light.  But it was a labor of love
none-the-less.  I became published quite
recently, feeling that need to mark one more item off my bucket list.  It was a M/M mystery Titled “Short Ride to Hell” and since I really
connected with my main character the next two books of his story quickly
followed suit.  I found a few publishers
interested in the series but being committed and with contracts already signed
I decided to write another book out of my usual genre and found myself enjoying
the character of Gabriel Church.  So I
submitted the new book to another publisher and when the book began to take off
I decided to do a series dedicated to him and his unique story.  I have issues with letting go of my
characters sometimes.  Not that it
bothers me, as long as readers feel the same way.
      2.  All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please
tell us how you         handle it. 
(RC) Interesting
question, I tell myself that writer’s block is just that point when your
characters are simply fighting to jump beyond the page and breath.  But it is difficult maintaining a schedule of
writing every day when you must also commit to the promotional aspects of
publishing and marketing.  If I encounter
a block I know this is life just telling me that I need to work that area during
the break.
3. Contrary to what some people
envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not
for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing,
how to do you spend your time?
                                         
(RC) To be
honest there is a serious absence of glitz and glam in my life.  I spend a lot of my time with animals.  And I have a menagerie of pets to occupy any
free time, which is a rarity.  My dogs
and cats are a source of both joy as well as troublesome pains in the ass.  But as a child I saw myself being a writer
and being surrounded by animals, so at least this much came true.  But even as I write these words, I have cats
and dogs that are looking at me with sour scowls which tell me it’s nearly
feeding time once again.
 4. I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you
write? If so, what are their thoughts?

(RC) I rarely
admit to being a writer.  Although I have
friends who know how I spend my days, I imagine few could actually name a title
for one of my books.  This shows how much
they are interested in me and not what I do in my secret world in front of a
computer screen.  And I guess I kinda
enjoy that. I am proud to acknowledge my successes, but for a writer who hangs
with mostly non-readers, I can always be assured they know I am nothing
special, just one of the guys hanging in the gang.  But between you and me, it is fun when I run
across another writer and we find ourselves slipping from the crowd to talk
about things like writer’s block and marketing ideas, or conversing on where
our next adventures might take us and what people we might develop as our
guides.
5. Will you share with us your all
time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top
ten.
    (RC) Naturally I have favorites and enjoy the greats like John le
Carre’, Stephen King, Ken Follett, J. R. R. Tolkien and countless others.  But recently I think I enjoy discovering new
faces.  The ones I know to be cresting
the horizon of the literary illuminati very soon.  For me it’s like unearthing some half-buried trinket
left discarded in the sand then pulling it out only to find out how it shines
and offers great value for many to appreciate. The recent authors whom I’ve
found are in the ranks of writers like Allen Renfro, Lee Thomas, Erin O’Quinn,
Marshall Thornton, Dorien Grey and William Kowalski.  Though all are from different genres, they
all bring something special to the table and I’m utterly amazed at the talented
people working in the field these days. 
I am forever grateful to join their league and I try very hard to
emulate them in any way possible.
6. If you could choose one book to
go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom
would you love see casted in the parts?
(RC) I
would love to see “Rubble and the
Wreckage
” hit the silver screen, and I could easily imagine the New Zealand
actor Antony Starr playing the lead role of Gabriel Church.  He is best known for his Cinemax series Banshee, as I hope your audience may be
familiar with.  I can say with a shy,
coquettish grin that I think he is the epitome of the character of Church.  He is both dashing and rough (and in all the
right areas).  He represents the raw
masculinity in that character I envisioned, and I have to confess to infusing
his beautiful image inside my skull whenever I am writing about Gabriel in a
book or an interview such as this one.  I
think he could easily portray the duality and show both the sensually flawed
nature as well as the morally twisted leanings of a serial killer in love.  It is these traits which made him such an
inspiration to this humble writer.
7. Would you care to tell us what
you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just
whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
(RC) I am
working the edits for book two in the Gabriel Church Tales at the moment.  Readers have expressed an interest in seeing
more on the two main characters and the relationship Church has with his pseudo
lover, Christian Maxwell.  I was pleased
to continue the story because as I have stated, letting go is sometimes a
challenge for me.  The book is titled “Behold a Pale Rider” and takes a deeper
study into the men picking up shortly after the conclusion of Rubble and the
Wreckage.  I am also attempting to work
the third book in the series but trying to force myself into closing the
chapter on these characters.  Though this
prospect saddens me more than it rightly should.
8. Where can we find your stories
and is there a particular reading order?
(RC) I
have recently pulled my Brantley Colton Mysteries series from their original
publishers and should be moving them to a new house for a re-release very soon.  All books should be available at most online
vendors, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, KOBO, Google Play I Books, Oyster….  Hopefully they will be in brick and mortar
stores one day real soon.  If readers are
interested in M/M mysteries with a dark edge then I might begin with “Short Ride to Hell”, where we first are
introduced to Brantley Colton and his unusual circumstance.  He moves into book two in “A Cache of Killers” and ends in “No Place for the Wicked”.  I should be releasing them with my current
publisher soon.  I tried to write each
book as a stand-alone novel, but reading them in that sequence works best.  For the Gabriel Church Tales, book one
published by Driven Press and begins in “Rubble
and the Wreckage
” and travels into “Behold
a Pale Rider
”, as I stated with the same publishers Driven Press.  Hopefully by next year readers will see the
conclusion of Church’s tales in what is tentatively titled “Dominion- at the brink of sadness”.  Yes, that title has some ominous overtones,
and I hope offers some insight to the resolutions. But one can never be too
certain.  Because you can’t judge a book
by its cover or its title alone, am I right? 
9. Would you please share how your
present and future fans can contact you?
(RC) Well
I suppose since we live in a world of social media I have to include some of
the sites where you can find me. I am always eager to speak to fans and other
writers, so reach out and say hello, I will always respond and thank you for
your visit.
10. Before we conclude this
enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The
stage is all yours.
(RC) I
appreciate the soapbox time, truly I do. 
And since asked I’d like to remind readers how much their individual
reviews mean to authors professionally.
 If the book stirred some emotional
twinge you hadn’t expected or made you reconsider a previously held viewpoint, then
it’s important that you stop and offer a note in the review sections, as on
GoodReads or Amazon or Kobo.  Even the
briefest of notes, good or bad, allows the author to know they made an impact.  And I value the less than stellar reviews as
much as great ones, fortunately I have fewer than I expected.  They allow me to see what fans want more of,
albeit more erotically charged situations or better characters they can relate
too. My writing has been considered dark and at times disturbing, but I myself
enjoy seeing what the reader has gathered from the work and I’ve made some good
friends along the way during the process as readers reached out to privately on
social media and email comments.  I would
like to build a fan base, as all authors do, and it starts with someone making
a connection and showing they first read the book.  So enjoy then stop by and offer your comments
and suggestions.  They mean a great deal
to the writer, I kid you not.
  

Wrap-up
     Ladies and Gents, I hope you enjoyed my interview with Rodd Clark. If
you have any questions or comments for Rodd, by
all means, leave him a message below. Thank you in advance for your visit! 

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Review of “12th of Never” – James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

Lindsay Boxer’s beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career.


A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she’s ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he’s convinced is real. Lindsay doesn’t believe him, but then a shooting is called in—and it fits the professor’s description to the last detail.


Lindsay doesn’t have much time to stop a terrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing when Lindsay is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life.


Review ~ 
As a parent, my heart broke for Boxer and Joe. There’s no worse feeling than having a sick child and knowing you can’t kiss away their pain. 


Don’t be surprised to find yourself tearing up. In all honesty, I did. 


Besides Julie’s medical ordeal, there were several cases being worked on. And, HOLY CRAP, I didn’t see one ending the way it did. Someone we know, someone trusted by major characters, will turn out to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Based on the ending chapter, this nutcase will be the focal point in book thirteen. 




Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤

Purchase Links ~ 
Amazon – Hardcover / Kindle  / Print
Barnes and Noble – Hardcover / Ebook / Audio

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