Seumas Gallacher – Reading Recommendation Revisited

Seumas Gallacher was first featured on Reading Recommendations in April 2014, and has been a true friend to the site … and to me!, ever since! Seumas not only reblogs his fellow authors’ promotions, but reads and reviews their books, has invited them to write guest blog posts, and has been a great pal to all of us ever since we first “met” online. I’m very pleased now to present Seumas Gallacher to you again on Reading Recommendations Revisited, because I have since read all his books and consider him to be a top-notch author who has the keen ability to tell a gripping tale. I highly recommend everything Seumas has written. Besides all that, he wears a kilt!

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RRR: Since your first promotion on RR, what have you been doing?
SG: The fourth Jack Calder crime thriller, Killer City, was launched a couple of months ago, and its place in the Work-In-Progress slot has been taken over by the fifth in the series, Deadly Impasse. IMG_0954 copy 2

However, since last time m’Lady Susan allowed me space on her Reading Recommendations pages, the most significant development for my writing has been the arrival of the partnership with a publisher . . . yes, gasp!, a real live publishing house. The excellent partnership of Laurence and Stephanie Patterson of Crooked Cat Publishing, based in Edinburgh, have taken my work aboard. All previous three self-published titles have been re-launched under their imprint. Among several positive additions they bring to my scribbling efforts is the assignment of a professional editor, the superb, eagle-eyed Maureen Vincent-Northam.

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RRR: What else have you been doing, outside of the writing?
SG: I suppose, the achievement of continued breathing is always to be applauded and welcomed. Apart from that, continued association with a marvelous band of kindred writing spirits in the Bahrain Writers Circle has been a source of great sharing pleasure.

Continued regular travel between Bahrain and Abu Dhabi in pursuit of my ‘day job’ of running my Management Advisory Services business adds more colour to my months.

RRR: Is there one marketing tip or trick you discovered while promoting your own books that worked particularly well and that you’d like to share with other authors?
SG: Not so much a tip or trick, more a truism for me is the constant attention to the social network activity which I highly recommend to the modern scribe – being ‘present’ in an engaged manner with the various constituents, such as readers, other writers, editors, and the publishing world at large.

RRR: Please recommend three other authors whose work you have “discovered” or rediscovered this past year whom every reader should consider reading.
SG: As part of my ‘paying it back’ and ‘paying it forward’ I regularly download books from other authors, particularly newbies, and if their content warrants a four-star or five-star-rated review, I publish those on Amazon . . . lower ratings than that, I do not publicly announce these, as I do not feel I have the right to diminish the efforts of any author, and rather would attempt to contact them directly with my opinion and an offer of suggestions for improvements. In the course of doing all of this, I encounter some excellent work. Among these, I highly recommend:

Carol Hedges—her Victorian crime novels are a delight to read. A mixture of dark deeds in the fog-swirled street of London with an uncanny wit make her a must-read author.

Alex Shaw—his insights on the background of the Ukrainian/Russian political intrigues are married cleverly with special agents’ involvement.

Ailsa Abraham—not my usual reading genre, but I was captivated from the start by the mystical nuances of Black Shamans and warrior monks in the yin and yang of seemingly opposing, mystical, spiritual and ‘religious’ provenances.

Thank you, Seumas!

Geoff Le Pard – an update on a new book

Geoff Le Pard was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in Feb. 2015. He’s back to tell us of a new novel he’s recently published.

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My Father and Other Liars
by Geoff Le Pard
Genre:
Fiction, Suspense/Thriller

When British freelancer Maurice Oldham finds his father, having thought him dead for decades, all he wants to do is exact some sort of revenge. He follows him to a ProLife conference his father is covering in San Francisco with the aim of finding out more about his father’s life. But his initial anger is already fading when Maurice finds himself sharing a lift with American geneticist Lori-Ann Beaumont who is escaping from a pack of journalists, one of whom is Maurice’s father. Maurice does Lori-Ann a small favour but does not expect to see her again.

Six months on, and Lori-Ann is on Maurice’s doorstep, bruised, penniless and desperate to find her boyfriend, Peterson, who has gone missing in England. Gradually Maurice is drawn into Lori-Ann’s orbit. He soon realises nothing is as it seems with Lori-Ann and the questions begin to mount.

Why is she chasing Peterson? Why has her father, Pastor of the Church of Science and Development sent people to bring her home? What is behind the Federal Agency which is investigating Lori-Ann’s workplace in connection with its use of human embryos? What happened in Nicaragua a quarter of a century ago that is echoing down the years and causing Lori-Ann and her father such anxiety?

For Maurice and Lori-Ann the answers lie somewhere in their fathers’ respective pasts. Finding those answers will take Lori-Ann and Maurice from England via America to Nicaragua; in so doing they will have to confront some uncomfortable truths about their fathers and learn some surprising things about themselves.

This book explores the interrelationship between science and religion; it digs into the ethics of using embryos in genetic research; it debates the way society treats the adult orphan. But mostly it is about fathers and their impact on their children. And a thriller!

Where Geoff’s book may be purchased:
Amazon

J.P. McLean – Reading Recommendation Revisited

J.P. McLean was first featured on Reading Recommendations in January, 2014 after she had published the third book in The Gift Legacy trilogy. Since she has now just published the fourth book, making this a full-blown series, I decided it was time to invite J.P. back to update us on what she’s been doing in the past year-and-a-half. Besides, this is a woman who writes in a space with a view that rivals my own on Bequia! She must be an inspired writer!

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I’ve been hunched over a quill in a dusty corner of my hovel, scratching away for untold hours in the dark, deprived of all sustenance, devoid of human touch …

Ah! Just kidding – I LOVE this writing gig and I’m happy to report that The Gift Legacy is growing. Penance, the fourth book in the series is now out, and I’m grateful, Susan, for this opportunity to shout it to the heavens, or through Reading Recommendations, which is kind of the same thing.

Penance eBook Cover 2500x1563 Though the writing will always be my favourite part of this process, the research for these books is never dull. Research for Penance included a visit to Vancouver General Hospital to investigate the morgue; a private tour of UBC’s Cecil Green Park House, which was built in 1912; a lesson at Cliffhanger’s Indoor Climbing facility; and learning more than I cared to know about dangerous drugs like MDMA. To top it off, I was invited on an exhilarating sailing trip around False Creek and English Bay. In fact, Penance’s cover shot is from a photo I took that day as we sailed under the Granville Street Bridge. Viona Halim is the talented graphic designer who produced all the covers in the series.

Outside of writing and research, I’ve taken on the chairperson role for our local writers’ group. We’re quite fortunate that our small island is home to The Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival. Each year, the festival provides an opportunity for local writers to share their work in front of an appreciative audience. If you’ve ever performed in public, you’ll know how panic-inducing that experience can be. This writers group was originally formed to provide an opportunity for writers to practice reading their work but it’s grown beyond those roots and is now both a safe place for writers to perform, and also to get feedback on the work they share. Being a part of that growth has been rewarding. (Fred Stenson is one of the guest authors at this year’s Festival! Fred was previously featured on Reading Recommendations.)

RRR: Is there one marketing tip or trick you discovered while promoting your own books that worked particularly well and that you’d like to share with other authors?

J.P.: I have two. The first falls into the “do as I say, not as I do” category. If a fellow author is kind enough to post a review of your book, and you use that review in your promo material, don’t forget to reference their book. Not only does it add some weight to the review, but it gives them a shout-out and an opportunity for some cross promotion. I fell asleep at the wheel recently and overlooked this easy marketing tip, but I plan to rectify it at the next opportunity.

The second is just a small tip, but if you’re using Create Space to publish a print copy of your book on Amazon, you have to select Expanded Distribution to get your books on Canada’s Amazon site, Amazon.ca.

RRR: Please recommend three other authors whose work you have “discovered” or rediscovered this past year.

J.P.: I’ve come across some fabulous writers since my last posting here on Reading Recommendations—some of them I discovered through this very blog.

Seumas Gallagher, for example, first caught my attention right here! So when a friend recommended him, I knew I had to buy his book. I was impressed enough to write a review. If you like fast-paced thrillers with an international flare, you’ll enjoy Seumas Gallagher’s Jack Calder series (The Violin Man’s Legacy, Vengeance Wears Black, and Savage Payback)

If Canadiana is more your thing, check out Elinor Florence’s A Bird’s Eye View. Her depiction of a Prairie girl being pulled into WWII is as fascinating as it is heart-wrenching.

And if you like a little comedy with your thriller, you’ll get a kick out of Tim Baker‘s Living the Dream. You’ll be amazed at how wonderfully uncomplicated your own life will seem in comparison to Kurt, the novel’s protagonist. Tim Baker is another author I first learned about through Reading Recommendations. I haven’t read his more recent work, but it’s on my Kindle!

I could go on and on. Your own book (Susan M. Toy), for example, Island in the Clouds, Diana Stevan’s A Cry From the Deep, Therin Knite’s Echoes (on Reading Recommendations), Bill Engleson’s Like a Child To Home (on Reading Recommendations). The list is huge, and growing, thanks to you!

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And thanks once again, Susan, for having me on your blog, and for all you do for indie authors. Cheers!

Thanks, yourself, J.P. for being such a congenial guest on Reading Recommendations and for supporting the site and your fellow authors – not to mention my own writing! – loyally since we first “met” online. Just look at all those other RR authors you’re reading and recommending! I thank you on their behalf!

I recently received all of J.P.’s books, signed by the author, and began reading at the beginning, of course. Wow! is all I can say at this time! Great writing, compelling story and characters, and I can see this will be one terrific series! Thank you so much for writing, J.P.. This view of yours is definitely working well in inspiring you! smt

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Tim Baker – Reading Recommendation Revisited

Tim Baker was the second author featured on Reading Recommendations way back in November, 2013, and he’s been a terrific support of the site, and of me and my books – as well as being a great pal! – ever since. He also came back during the following year with updates on new books in August, 2014, and November, 2014. So when I decided to begin offering new promotions to authors I’d already featured, it was definite I had to begin with Tim! He even came up with the name for the series:
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Welcome back, Tim Baker!

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RRR: Since your first promotion on RR, what have you been doing?
TB: If memory serves the last thing I shared with your audience was the release of Path of a Bullet, A Collection of Short Stories Featuring Ike. Since then I have begun work on my next novel. It’s a book I began writing in 1988, but never finished. Rather than trying to finish the one I started, I am starting from scratch, keeping the overall concept and theme (Karma) and bringing the story into the 21st century. Full Circle will explore how our actions not only affect others, but how they also have a way of coming back to us.

It will be a slight departure from my usual work. I’m not sure if Ike will even appear or not, but rest assured Ike’s next adventure is ready to be written as soon as Full Circle is complete (No promises, but the next Ike book may even be out before Christmas, if I can finish Full Circle early enough).

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RRR: What else have you been doing, outside of writing?
TB: Between writing and marketing I don’t have too much time for mountain climbing and such, but I did do something recently that I was very happy to accomplish. While in high school I became a certified SCUBA diver. It was fun and easy, since I had lots of disposable income and plenty of free time. Back then I did some diving in Rhode Island, but nothing to rave about.

After college I found myself in the role of “single, working parent” so SCUBA was the first luxury to be cast aside. My gear was sold off for a ridiculously low price, and I figured it was “fun while it lasted.” At least I could always say I had done it.

This year, after the release of Eyewitness Blues, I decided to get back in the water. I found a dive instructor and explained my situation. He gave me a fast-track recertification course and I am happy to say I am, once again, a certified SCUBA diver. I can also say that diving off the coast of Florida is a far cry from diving in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island!!

RRR: Is there one marketing tip or trick you discovered while promoting your own books that worked particularly well and that you’d like to share with other authors?
TB: I wish I could say “Yes, do this, that and the other thing, and you’ll sell a million books.” But, since I am not writing this from the deck of my yacht, I obviously haven’t discovered the magic potion of marketing. My approach is to be relentless, and to keep trying different things. The way I see it is this … and I’ll probably write a blog post about this, so you’re hearing it here first!! Selling your books is like getting thrown off a boat in the middle of the ocean. Your only choice is to swim your ass off until you reach land, either that or sink and drown.

RRR: Please recommend three other authors whose work you have “discovered” or rediscovered this past year whom every reader should consider reading.
TB: The first name I want to put out there is Walker Newton. Walker passed away recently, but prior to his passing, he and I had begun to develop a friendship. He wrote stories in a similar vein as mine, based in St. Augustine. We exchanged books recently and I really love his work.

Second on the list would be my good friend Becky Pourchot. Becky began her career writing personal memoirs, then moved to YA Paranormal stories. Her new book, Open Souls, is an adult, paranormal thriller. I had the pleasure of being one of her beta-readers and I can honestly say that it’s a very enjoyable book.

Third – I would like to promote the Holy Trinity of Florida Crime Fiction – three authors whose work is near-and-dear to my heart not only because they all write stories set in Florida, but because they all share my offbeat style of storytelling. It’s no surprise that my work has been compared to all three of them since they are three of my four favorite authors. They are Tim Dorsey, Carl Hiassen and Randy Wayne White.

Thank you, Tim!

Mike Martin – an update on a new novel

Mike Martin was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in November, 2013, and again in May, 2014. He’s back now to tell us about a new novel!

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A Twist of Fortune
by Mike Martin
Mystery/Crime

The small town of Grand Bank in southeast Newfoundland, at the very eastern tip of Canada is in crisis. Their largest employer and a link to the glorious past, the fish plant is closing. Sgt. Winston Windflower’s personal life is also in crisis since his longtime girlfriend, Sheila Hillier is leading a community protest to try and stop the closure. It may be too late for the fish plant, but is it too late for Windflower and Sheila?

If that isn’t enough, they are being buried in snow and an epidemic of prescription drug abuse that is creating major problems for people and the police who patrol the area. An accidental death on a snow-covered highway leads only to more questions and more problems for Sgt. Windflower and the RCMP to resolve.

A Twist of Fortune is the fourth book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series and it continues the adventures of Sgt. Windflower as he tries to solve crime and experience the joy and the sadness of life in a small Newfoundland community. Follow along as he feels the sometimes bitter taste of an east coast winter and the unique culinary delights of this part of the world. This story is like the weather in Newfoundland. It can twist and turn at any time.

The Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series is set in small fishing communities on the southeast coast of Newfoundland on the easternmost tip of Canada. They feature RCMP Sgt. Winston Windflower, a Cree from Northern Alberta who fights crime, solves murders and tries to have a good time doing it. There are now four books in the series: The Walker on the Cape, The Body on the T, Beneath the Surface and now A Twist of Fortune.

All of the books provide information and history about the local area that has been populated by fisherman from all over the world since the 1600s. They also highlight the culture, customs and food of Newfoundland which Windflower learns to love and enjoy as much as the locals. He also finds the love of his life and a place where he can feel at home.

The series has been compared to some British mysteries like Hamish MacBeth and A Touch of Frost. It has also been optioned for TV.

Where you may purchase Mike’s book:
Amazon
Amazon UK
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TyCobbsTeeth

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Society for Supper
(Fiction – Action/Adventure, Thriller)

Quick description: Wide spread drought has gripped the planet and devastated food supplies around the world. Riots have started breaking out as chaos is tearing away at the fabric of society. Ben Donnelly, a former special weapons and tactics officer with the Boston police force, is in the fight of his life, trying to protect his family from the storm of inhumanity.

Society for Supper follows the Donnellys in their struggle to survive in the aftermath of the global food shortage and ultimately the collapse of society. The life they know is ripped away. They learn all too quickly, how we are all part of a precariously balanced community and when the balance is lost – society is devoured by the chaos of desperation.

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Brief biography:
I live in Eastern Canada with my wife, two daughters and 3 year old Tibetan-Terrier, Cheeky-Monkey. During the day I manage a small team of IT forensic investigators and at night I love a good book. Something that keeps me turning pages and staying up way too late.

Links to buy TyCobbsTeeth book:
Website

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TyCobbsTeeth promo links:
Blog
Goodreads
Twitter
Amazon Author Page

What are you working on now?
I’ve just started working on a new project that I’m excited about. It follows a killer around in the first person. I don’t want to give too many details away – plus it’s still only a few storyboard cards.

TyCobbsTeeth reading recommendation:
Recently I’ve been devouring the Odd Thomas Series by Dean Koontz. I love his sense of humor and writing style.

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Oliver Chase

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Blind Marsh (sequel and last book to Marsh Island of The Hirebomber Series) – thriller/suspense, crime, mystery

Quick description: Phillip Pfeiffer is sent home from the Gulf War with a broken back and a bad taste in his mouth. His country all but forgot its promise and left him to die on the battlefield. Only luck or providence, and an iron will let a wandering band of nomads save him. Out of uniform, Phil opens a modest private investigation agency in downtown Phoenix. When a widow convinces him to secure a death certificate for a husband killed while boating in Mexico, people start dying. After the photos of a look-a-like husband appear in a celebrity magazine, Phil goes to Oregon. When, the celebrity suddenly dies in an aircraft accident, Phil is left to swim for his life, survive on a coral atoll, and face a murder charge that ends him in a Bahamian prison.

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Brief biography:
Oliver Chase grew up on military bases throughout the U.S. enjoying convertibles, beaches, and drive-ins. With Herb, his best friend, he joined a college program for the Marines. A few years later with a Smith Corona in hand, Oliver landed in the same war and not far from the spot where Herb died. With thirty other young men, he flew day and night with the intent to come home alive. Several did not. A thousand missions later, the typewriter and he moved to the Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico where busy days and long nights healed the soul.

The years and venue changed, yet the writing never stopped. The Smith was traded for a Zenith, Mac, and a PC as The Hirebomber Crime SeriesMarsh Island and Blind Marsh were born.

Today, Ollie lives along the Gulf of Mexico with free roaming farm animals and friendly dogs. He flies a Grumman Tiger and swims to regenerate a fertile mind. Soon, he will put the finishing touches on Levant Mirage, a story about the world’s survival in the face of extremism. The first draft of The Joshua Tree, will complete next spring. A rising political star faces the temptation of power and the corruption success engenders.

Links to buy Oliver’s books:
Smashwords – eBook
Amazon – eBook and paperback

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Amazon – eBook and paperback

Oliver’s promo links:
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Website
Blog

What are you working on now?
Levant Mirage – Spring 2015
The Joshua Tree – Winter 2016

Oliver’s reading recommendation:
The Keys by Frank Wilem
A Dangerous Element by Gregory Lamb

Pete Buckley

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Colonel of Krasnoyarsk (adventure thriller)

Quick description: When Russian Agent Yuri Medev is dispatched to New York City from his Siberian base to track down an evil crime boss known only as Nikovich, a chance meeting with beautiful young dance student Juli Regan and the discovery of murdered FBI Agent Martin Eisel, begin a manhunt across four states that leads only to a new mystery and an unexpected alliance with Eisels’s former partner.

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Brief biography:
I’m Pete Buckley and I’m the UK based indie author of The Colonel of Krasnoyarsk which is my first novel. I am currently working on the next Yuri Medev adventure, provisionally titled The Kirov Conspiracy due for release early in 2015. Previously I wrote a couple of travel stories about various wonderful places such as New Zealand and the Swiss Alps. Aside from writing, travel has always been a big inspiration with hiking, biking and the outdoors taking up much of my time when I’m not looking after the kids.

Links to buy Pete’s book:
Amazon.com – eBook & paperback
Amazon UK – eBook & paperback
Smashwords – eBook
Barnes & Noble – Nook & paperback
Kobo – eBook

Pete’s promo links:
Website
Twitter
Amazon Author Central page

What are you working on now?
The Kirov Conspiracy which is Yuri’s next adventure

Pete’s reading recommendation:
The last book I read was The White Lioness by Henning Mankell – not current I know but I’ve always been a fan of Inspector Wallander.

Robert Chazz Chute – update on new publications

Robert Chazz Chute has previously been featured on Reading Recommendations in July 2014, and is back now to tell us about the completion of his Hitman Series with the omnibus edition of the trilogy, and an autobiographical crime novel.

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Hollywood Jesus, Rise of the Divine Assassin
Crime novel
Available to purchase on Amazon

“I found myself rooting for the guy with the gun and the Armani suit.” ~ Armand Rosmilia, Author of Dying Days

Get ready to watch The Divine Assassin blow up in Hollywood.
Jesus Diaz is not your ordinary hit man. His life is like a Guy Ritchie gangster movie, and now he’s found trouble in Hollywood. Come for the thriller twists and hardboiled surprises. Stay for the pop culture jokes.

When the hit man who talks to himself makes his play to save the damsel in distress, it’s Jesus who’s stressed out forever after. Hunted by the mob and the FBI, the funniest, unluckiest assassin teams up with a rising star to break up a sex slave ring. And by “break up,” he means shoot, stab and turn your enemy’s car into an elaborate trap (construction supplies by Home Depot.) The action is rough. Jesus is tougher, or at least he’d like to think so.

The Divine Assassin has left a trail of destruction from New York to Chicago, but his deadliest opponent yet is better at the game than Jesus. But the Cuban assassin has his gun, his wits and a treatise on Donny Osmond’s career highlights. You’re going to love Jesus.

Hollywood Jesus teaches, too. Motto: Thou shalt not get caught!
1. How to survive an explosion…maybe.
2. How to disarm someone without touching them and get the kids to bed on time, too.
3. Dating tips from the Divine Assassin AKA meeting women using the philosophy of Albert Camus.
4. Where to hide your gun when unexpected company drops in.
5. How to stock the perfect surveillance van and how to spot the one following you.

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The Divine Assassin’s Playbook, Omnibus Edition
Crime novel
Available to purchase on Amazon

“Wickedly real and violently funny,” ~ Claude Bouchard, author of Vigilante
“A quick-moving plot with lots of surprises and a clear-eyed examination of addiction.” ~ Mark Victor Young, author of Risk
From New York to Chicago to Hollywood, these are three funny, hardboiled crime novels, rough and tough, twisted and twisty.

The Divine Assassin, Jesus Diaz, wants out of the mob. He needs money to escape and to pay for peaceful, picket fence dreams. And, of course, he wants the perfect woman to love. When the hit man who talks to himself makes his play to save the damsel in distress, he always falls out of the frying pan and into the napalm. The action is rough. Jesus is tougher, or at least he’d like to think so.
The funny, luckless Cuban hit man will get you rooting for Bad because he’s up against Evil. Come for the thrills and surprises. Stay for the pop culture jokes. You’re going to love Jesus, or hate to love him.
The Hit Man Series is fun, funny and violent. Unlike any hardboiled crime series, you’ll laugh and cringe from one minute to the next.

Three full-length novels for one low price.
• In Bigger Than Jesus, Mr. Diaz may get ground up in the gears of The Machine, New York’s Spanish mob.
• In Higher Than Jesus, the little Cuban assassin is brokering an arms deal gone bad while chasing a glamazon through Chicago.
• In Hollywood Jesus, the Divine Assassin blows up in LA and meets his deadliest opponent yet.

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Intense Violence, Bizarre Themes, The Autobiographical Crime Novel
Crime novel
Available to purchase on Amazon

“Brilliantly placing himself as the lead character in the story, you never quite know what events actually occurred and which are fictional. I am continually baffled by the sheer amount of talent in Chazz’s world building and wordplay. He is a true master of his craft.” ~ Alex Kimmell, author of The Key to Everything

A quest, a giant, a little person, an evil twin, a crone and worst of all, the torment of inner demons! Settle in. You won’t know what to believe.

After a decade away from his home in Brooklyn and running from big mistakes, Chazz returns to find his father’s mind in chaos. His ailing dad isn’t the man he was. As family secrets are revealed, Chazz discovers he never knew his father at all. Sometimes when you find yourself, you wish you had stayed lost.

Your down and out anti-hero doesn’t have an FBI criminal profiler on his case. Chazz works up his own profile as his life spirals down and out of control. The quest is for diamonds, forgiveness and love. Be warned, Chazz won’t even get two out of three. He’s just trying to elude death long enough to settle for one of those dreams.

For you, Dear Reader…
• Writers and readers alike will love a struggling writer’s take on the writing life as he bumbles his way forward (and back to ’90s New York.)
• Regular readers of Chute’s work will find extra fun in the Easter eggs sprinkled from his other books (and if you’re new to Chazz, don’t worry, you won’t notice.).
• At the end of the book is a secret link and password so readers get a little more behind-the-scenes view of what’s real and what is not in Intense Violence, Bizarre Themes.

Please note that I have read three of the four books listed above, two as a beta-reader, and I highly recommend Robert’s writing and these books in particular!

Janice Spina – update on a new novel

Janice Spina was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in May, 2014, and is back now to tell us about her first novel for adult readers!

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Hunting Mariah
by J.E. Spina

An insane killer, obsessed with blood and death, seeks revenge with those he perceives wronged him. He is now on the loose. His next victim may be Mariah. During his rampages he writes macabre poems for his victims.

Mariah has lost her memory. Will she remember what has transpired in her past? Can Mariah escape the deadly killer’s grasp? Will she finally be safe? Will the killer be apprehended?

J.E. Spina’s novel has been a long time coming. She started it over twenty years ago but put it on the back burner until this year when she decided it was time to get it ready for publication. J.E. Spina is the author of five children’s books, one of which received the Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards. She writes her children’s books under Janice Spina.

J.E. Spina has written three other novels – a spiritual/mystery, historical/drama, and a YA fantasy which she hopes to edit and publish over the next two years. In between she will continue to publish more children’s books under Janice Spina. Besides being an author, Janice is also a copy editor, blogger, avid reader, book reviewer and supporter of fellow authors.

Janice’s website
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Where you may purchase Janice’s books:
Createspace – print
Amazon – eBook