Book launch today: Road Blocked

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A Reed Ferguson Mystery by Renée Pawlish

Launching May 10!

Road BlockedReed Ferguson returns in a gripping tale!

A dead body on a beach in Tahiti. A Medicare scam. A doctor who believes hired killers are after him. It’s all part of Denver private investigator Reed Ferguson’s latest case, where he matches wits with a dangerous adversary who will stop at nothing short of murder. Working with his wife Willie, and his quirky friends, Reed must unearth a killer before he becomes the next victim.

Road Blocked is a suspense-filled mystery, with a Bogie-wannabe detective, a dose of humor, and a clever homage to film noir. It’s available today from Amazon.

From the award-wining author of This Doesn’t Happen In The Movies.

 

 

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Focus Friday: Forgive No More

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The third James Blake thriller

By Seb Kirby

Prologue

Sera Monastery, Lhasa

Everyone knew him here as one of the most devout, one of the few who had risen to the rank of Ajahn. Devout because of the time he spent in meditation and prayer. He was honored they would think of him in this way within the monastery, given he was not Tibetan.

It was the center of his universe, the place he went back to in order to replenish his life, to regenerate his energy and regain what was lost when he went out there, into the wider world.

The last time he’d been out into that world he’d killed fifty men and not a few women without a thought. Because he served a higher goal. And because, when looked at from here, from the center of the universe, the deaths were not important. In the great flow of energy passing through this place and through him as he meditated and chanted, the lives of these people were as nothing. Could be nothing.

Still a slew of naked thoughts ran through his mind and threatened to disrupt the state of truth to which he was all the time aiming in these two hours alone in the monastery cell — why had he been concerned that the little girl would have to die? Why did he have to meet her? Why did she have to speak to him before the killings at Town Lake? He’d checked the lists of those who’d died. The little girl had been spared. But that was not the point. It was the simple fact that her innocence had touched him and he’d been made to care what would happen to her. It would not leave his thoughts. Try as he might to let these ideas go, they hung on, confronting him.

With time and mental effort, his mind focused once more on the flow of energy through him, the flow that gave him the glimpse of the divine.

He turned to face the door as a novice samanera came for instruction.

Strange, he thought, that he was so far away now from the world where they knew him by a different name.

Wolfgang Heller.

About Forgive No More

Dark secrets revealed in a thrilling climax

James Blake and his family can only be safe if the truth about the conspiracy threatening their lives is brought into the full light of day. Follow James in this intriguing thriller as the conspiracy widens and he must return to Italy to confront those seeking to destroy his family. Forces from around the world, from Washington and Tijuana to Munich and London, are ranged against him. As the mystery comes to a resounding climax, he discovers that dark secrets have survived down the centuries and are in the hands of those who threaten all those dear to him.

From international bestselling author Seb Kirby, Forgive No More continues the intriguing story of crime, corruption and conspiracy begun in Take No More and Regret No More. It is a must-read for fans of Harlan Coben, Daniel Silva and all who enjoy a thought provoking and exciting thriller.

Exclusively on Amazon.

About the author

Seb KirbySeb Kirby was literally raised with books – his grandfather ran a mobile library in Birmingham, UK and his parents inherited a random selection of the books. Once he discovered a trove of well-used titles from Zane Gray’s Riders of the Purple Sage, HG Wells’ The Invisible Man and Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities to more obscure stuff, he was hooked.

He’s been an avid reader ever since.

He is author of the James Blake thriller series, Take No More, Regret No More and Forgive No More, the science-fiction thriller, Double Bind, and the upcoming second installment of that series.

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June iPad Mini Giveaway + $$$ + Books !

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Win an iPad Mini, one of four $25 Amazon gift cards, or one of 20 free e-books by any BestsellingReads member.
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Reading with Renewed Eyes, by Scott Bury

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ScottAs I take out the tools and toys I stored away last fall and brush off the dust and accumulated grime of the winter, as I find things lost under the snow, as leaves begin to bud on the trees (I’m in Ottawa, so that doesn’t happen as early as for you in the tropical USA), I cannot help but look at the world with renewed vision. To see things I hadn’t noticed for months or more. To look more carefully at familiar things. To take in what I had taken for granted.

That includes my reading material. Over time, it’s easy to narrow our focus, to read the same kind of thing and to dismiss entire categories in favour of the familiar, the safe — the books that the commercial publishing industry tells us we’re supposed to like.

I began reading “new fiction” extensively a couple of years ago — about the time that I decided to publish my own book. And now I read with a refreshed view of literature.

 My focus on style

After many years as an editor (day job), it’s hard to read anything without questioning a writer’s choices in words and phrasing, or to think of different, better ways to organize a section, a chapter or a whole book.

When I read good writing, fiction or non-fiction by a talented author, I find it a treat. I find I’m reading genres and categories that I never would have five years ago. Romance? Me? Police thrillers? Erotica? Steampunk? Urban paranormal?

I immediately recognize the signs of an inexperienced writer — or worse, text that has not seen an editor. Here are some of the things that bug me in fiction:

          A surplus of sentences that begin with an “as” phrase:

o   As they entered the two-storey living room, Brenda and Tomas heard a sound they had never heard before.

          Too many sentences that open with a dependent clause:

o   Blowing his wife a kiss, Alan opened his car door for the last time. Pretending to catch it, Vonda managed to hide her scowl. Turning quickly, she stepped into the house and closed the door just in time to avoid the explosion.

          Passive sentences:

o   The victim was sitting in the driver’s seat, the side of his head blown apart by what must have been a large-calibre bullet.

          Needless detail (I have to admit, I’m guilty of adding this in my own work, occasionally):

o   Jesse stepped down the hall and stopped in front of room 616. She reached up to knock, but hesitated. Holding her breath, she lowered her hand to the knob. Her eyebrows drew closer together, and she unconsciously held her breath as her palm wrapped around the faceted glass. She twisted, softly at first, then harder, but was still shocked when the knob turned and the door swung silently away from her, revealing a dark room.

 Inexperienced writers often try to cram way too much into their first paragraph, like this one, where the author is trying to evoke a futuristic world, describe his characters’ jobs and their relationships all at once (details changed to protect the feelings of the author):

“Bergstein’s stomach clenched. Without Glide, Henri was just too much of an asshole to bear. Henri ran his fingers along his orange belt, which happened to match his suit. Bergstein had never trusted men who wore color-coordinated outfits, one more reason to hate the plump bastard.”

 This kind of writing is not restricted to independent or self-published authors. It fills books that bear colophons and logos from any of the thousand-headed beasts that the commercial publishing conglomerates have grown into.

For example, unnecessary detail made the monster bestsellers of a few years ago —The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels — so thick. I cannot think of any reason other than product placement for the details about the heroine’s laptop computer, her Ikea furniture, nor Billy’s Pan Pizza.

The current blockbuster, Fifty Shades of Grey, is replete with the kind of writing that gets mortal writers (like me) slapped by self-appointed writing coaches and seminar leaders. Consider this gem from the beginning:

She hands me a security pass that has “visitor” very firmly stamped on the front. I can’t help my smirk. Surely it’s obvious that I’m just visiting. I don’t fit in here at all. Nothing changes. I inwardly sigh. Thanking her, I walk over tothe bank of elevators and past the two security men who are both far more smartly dressed than I am in their well-cut black suits.

 You try that at your next writing workshop. I can hear the leader shrieking now (as I sigh inwardly): “Adverbs! Adverbs modifying more adverbs! Sighing inwardly? You could pop an eardrum doing that! And what do you mean by a well-cut suit, exactly?”

 Fresh authors, fresh writing

Today, I’m reading with refreshed eyes, with a renewed appreciation for craft, skill, passion and the willingness of a writer — an artist — to try new ways to express ideas, feelings and experiences.

Here’s one I especially like: Scott Morgan. 

Two years ago Victor carried a gray plastic Star Trek lunchbox, and that was cool. Bill Wharton carried a red one with a Michael Jackson sticker on it, and it was acceptable.

Kyle Stigman never carried a box. As far back as anyone could remember, he had brought his lunches in brown paper bags. He drew pictures on them with a black Sharpie. New ones every day. People noticed, but two years ago, it was OK to be noticed.

          “Brown Paper Bags,” in Stories my Evil Twin Made Up

Or this from fellow Best Selling Reads author Rachel Thompson:

She’s unsure how it started, moving from found to lost. One day she watches birds fly on apathetic wings, the next he stands behind her—his hands inside her heart.

He damages her new home, where she now lays her head, the place where guilt and lust meet.

          “Caged,” in Broken Pieces. 

 New expressions. Close observation of details, of feelings and experiences that we can identify with, and that are a hell of a lot more meaningful than pan pizza or well-cut suits. I love that stuff.

I find that in new fiction. As long as the writer knows the craft of writing and writes with his or her own voice, his or her own vision, I’ll enjoy it.

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Scott Bury is a journalist and editor based in Ottawa, Canada. He is the author of The Bones of the Earth and One Shade of Red.

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March Kindle Fire Giveaway ~ Congratulations Elisa Giocosa !

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March Giveaway landed on the 26th!

 

Our Grand Prize winner of the Kindle Fire is

Elisa Giocosa!

For Second and Third Place

Tiffany Drew and Lisa Wolf

each won a $25 Amazon Gift Card

 

Thanks to all of you for your participation!

Maybe the April Rafflecopter will land in your neighborhood!

Look for our April Giveaway Soon!

 

 

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