Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A little Mystery in Life

Morning Fans! I have a busy day today. So no muss and fuss. Here's a quick list and FYI, new author spotlight and giveaway! Check it out Jennifer Martinez

A Body in the Backyard (A Myrtle Clover Mystery)
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It’s just an ordinary day for octogenarian sleuth Myrtle Clover—until her yardman discovers a dead body planted in her backyard. This death isn’t cut and dried—the victim was bashed in the head with one of Myrtle’s garden gnomes.

Myrtle’s friend Miles recognizes the body and identifies him as Charles Clayborne… reluctantly admitting he’s a cousin. Charles wasn’t the sort of relative you bragged about—he was a garden variety sleaze, which is very likely why he ended up murdered. As Myrtle starts digging up dirt to nip the killings in the bud, someone’s focused on scaring her off the case. Myrtle vows to find the murderer…before she’s pushing up daisies, herself.

Maui Widow Waltz (Islands of Aloha Mystery Series)
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Even ‘death do us part’ couldn’t halt her march down the aisle…
Cash-strapped Maui wedding planner Pali Moon can’t believe her luck when a prospective bride flashing a five-carat dazzler pops into her shop, “Let’s Get Maui’d,” to request a glitzy beachside wedding. But then Pali learns the lavish wedding must take place on Valentine’s Day—only nine days away. Oh, and one other little hitch—the groom’s been missing at sea for more than a week. But no worries, the bride assures Pali, with or without the groom the wedding will take place. She’s struck a deal with the groom’s best friend to be the proxy groom, if necessary. Two days before the nuptials, a male corpse floats ashore on a South Maui beach. Looks like the groom’s finally shown up. So now what’s it gonna be—a wedding…or a funeral?

The Punishing Game (A Frank Boff Mystery)
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On the Dark Side, things aren’t always what they appear to be.

That’s the way it looks to private eye Frank Boff when his friend, boxer Danny Cullen, gets caught in the middle of a drive-by shooting between two Brooklyn street gangs, the Bloods and the Jamaican Posse. A bullet grazes Cullen’s head as he hurls himself to the ground with his trainer, Ryan McAlary. A second trainer, Nino Biaggi, isn’t so lucky. He takes three to the head and is dead before he hits concrete.

The cops say Cullen and the two trainers were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. But when Boff hears about it, he isn’t buying it. No way. No how. He thinks the drive-by was staged, that Cullen was the target of a well-planned assassination attempt.

So Boff hops a plane from his home in Vegas and flies to New York, where Cullen is in training for a big fight at the famed Madison Square Garden. The private eye launches an investigation into the shooting, and when he turns up evidence that the drive-by was indeed faked, an angry Cullen once again joins forces with Boff.

Their investigation will take them into a dangerous shadow world where powerful people are playing a game of high-stakes poker in order to pull off a multi-million dollar scam. When Boff is nearly gunned down in another assassination attempt, he and Cullen are now dead set on not only stopping the scam but punishing the people involved in a way that’s more just than justice.

Promise You Won't Tell?
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“I think something might have happened to me Saturday night. Something bad.”
Private Investigator Dani Ripper’s client list is nuttier than the Looney Tunes conga line, but she diligently solves one crazy case after another, waiting for a game-changer. 

Enter Riley Freeman, 17-year-old honor student.
Saturday afternoon Riley quietly placed a little strawberry sticker on her private area and pretended it was a tattoo. She didn’t tell anyone about it. That night she went to a slumber party that featured drinking and boys. Riley fell asleep, woke up the next day with no reason to think anything happened…

…Until Monday, at school, when a classmate called her Strawberry.
Coincidence or crime? Dani agrees to investigate. And the roller coaster ride begins.

A Cold Day for Murder (Kate Shugak #1)
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Somewhere in the hinterlands of Alaska, among the millions of sprawling acres that comprise “The Park,” a young National Park Ranger has gone missing. When the detective sent after him also vanishes, the Anchorage DA’s department must turn to their reluctant former investigator, Kate Shugak. Shugak knows The Park because she’s of The Park, an Aleut who left her home village of Niniltna to pursue education, a career, and the righting of wrongs. Kate’s search for the missing men will take her from self-imposed exile back to a life she’d left behind, and face-to-face with people and problems she'd hoped never to confront again. 

The first novel in the popular Kate Shugak Series, A Cold Day for Murder established Dana Stabenow as a new voice in Alaskan mystery writing, and earned her an Edgar Award.

Wedding Bell Blues
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Weddings always bring out the worst in people. Or at least that's the way it seems to Jessica Jones as her younger sister's wedding day approaches. It's bad enough Jessie has to wear a bridesmaid dress that looks like it was designed by a color blind Harlequin. Then there's the best man who is all hands and no manners. Now add in a murder and Jessie's former lover -- former because she caught him doing the horizontal tango on their kitchen table with her also-former best friend. It really is almost more than a girl should be expected to handle. . . .

Foreclosed (The Mitzy Neuhaus Mysteries (Book 1))
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Mitzy Neuhaus is the top selling Realtor in Portland, but even her office is dead in this economy. Foreclosed is the word no homeowner wants to hear and Mitzy is determined to save the incredible mansion on her street from that fate. But with the homeowner desperate to keep Mitzy away from his property and Alonzo, the dangerously hot rival investor trying to snatch it out from under her, Mitzy knows she has to work fast, or the economy won't be the only thing dead...

*Christian Cozy Mystery*

Border Crossings: A Catherine James Thriller
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A tightly scripted thriller with an unusually well-developed main character.

When a college student vacationing in Cancun is abducted, her parents turn to a friend to help find her.  After spurning the sleazy advances of an older man in a nightclub in Cancun, spring-breaking college student Taylor Woodall is abducted at gunpoint outside her hotel, and her friend is shot. Her father immediately contacts his old friend Catherine James, a smart, resourceful attorney who has long dealt with sketchy characters south of the border. After running into a dead end with the local cops, James stumbles across a street kid who may have some pertinent information, but after the two are attacked in a crowded market, she realizes she's in over her head. She has no choice but to contact Matt, an old boyfriend who is currently working as a gun for hire, training anti-cartel soldiers deep in the jungle. Once Matt is on the scene, the pace of the investigation picks up, but, given his extreme methods, James is forced to confront some prickly moral issues if she's going to find out exactly what happened to Taylor. Although the novel follows thriller plot conventions fairly closely, when it comes to character development, Weems makes interesting choices. James' discomfort with Matt's methods is well-portrayed, as she tries her best to accept using extreme violence to achieve moral ends. The action scenes are well-wrought, and the prose flows clearly for the most part, occasionally hampered by the insertion of unnecessary detail. Overall, the book's strengths outweigh this minor weakness, and a parallel plot concerning a young Mexican girl lured into prostitution in the U.S. works well to underscore the themes of the primary plot, even if it doesn't seem to relate to it directly.

Along Came a Demon (Whisperings) (Whisperings Paranormal Mystery)
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I'm told the dead are all around us. I wouldn't know about that, I see only the violently slain. They can be victims of hit-and-run, innocents caught in a cross-fire, the murdered. They whisper to me and they never, ever, forget the face of their killer. I've learned to live with my uncanny ability, in fact I've made a career out of it.

The departed aren't the only supernaturals I see. No, they're not vampires or werewolves or fae - those things don't exist. We live side by side with what some call the Otherworldy. That's too much of a mouthful for me, I call them demons. If you saw them as I do, you'd know why.

Right now I'm trying to track down a missing six year-old boy whose mother was murdered. Or maybe she wasn't. To further complicate the case, Clarion PD gave me a partner I'd rather shoot than work with.
I can't tell them he's a demon.
They'd think I'm crazy.
I'm Tiff Banks. Welcome to my world.

All the Blue-Eyed Angels (Book 1, The Erin Solomon Mysteries)
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The truth will set her free... But is freedom worth the price? 

Investigative journalist Erin Solomon sets out to solve a mystery that's haunted her since childhood: a fatal fire at the Payson Church of Tomorrow, the isolated fundamentalist community where Erin lived with her father for the first ten years of her life. When what was presumed to be cult suicide turns out to be anything but, Erin returns to her hometown to find the truth behind the tragedy. Now, isolated on the Maine coast with an old flame and a handsome newcomer with his own dark past, Erin will risk everything to uncover the secrets of Payson Isle - secrets someone will kill to keep buried.

For Anyone to See (An Olivia Hutchinson Mystery, Episode 1)
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My name is Olivia Hutchinson, but you can call me Hutch. I’m the owner of a fine establishment called For Anyone to See, which just happens to be an all male strip club. And if stories about strippers and murder and crime and sex make you squirmy, you should probably stop reading. Right now. I mean it. Just close up this book and go find something more wholesome to read.

But if you do decide to stick around, I think we’ll have a good time. Actually, our good time will have to wait until after I find out a few things:

1. Who stole my mother’s life savings and murdered one of my strippers. 
2. Why my former “friend-with-benefits” is following me around. 
3. Why one of my performers thinks it’s a good idea to change his stage name to “Lick-a-lot-a-puss.”

But once all those little mysteries are cleared up, I promise we are going to have a blast.

A Forgotten Sin
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A man identifies himself as Ross Denver and files a report of his missing wife and son to a police department where Detective Vaughn Parker starts investigation from a scratch but finds this case to be the most bewildering and strangest case he has ever investigated.He finds himself along with his partners in police department trapped in a never-ending mystery.Uneven turns and twists make this story a perfect blend of Mystery and Thriller.

Angel Eyes
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Angel Eyes is a tragedy played out as a hard-boiled detective mystery. A strange, unlikely friendship between a private detective and a homicidal madman propels the shamus into a dark, violent, back-alley world of ugly, dangerous men and beautiful, conniving women. He must find and destroy an elusive envelope or people will die--the same people who, in turn, would like to see him dead.. (Strong language. Graphic violence.)

The Variant Effect
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VARION was a popular medication that could cure anything from Anxiety and Depression to Schizophrenia and Zoophagia. Everybody took it back in the day, because there were no side effects... ...AT FIRST. By the time they learned about the Variant Effect it was too late.

The old building in a rundown part of Metro was a perfect place to find a body, but they wouldn't have dragged Joe Borland out of retirement if it still had its skin. It's been 20 years since Borland battled the Variant Effect, and 20 since he let his partner get skinned alive. Now both of them are ordered back into action to meet a terrifying new threat.

Superliminal (Dev Manny, Information Technology Private Investigator)
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After years of helping people who barely knew how to generate a 2048-bit encryption key, I should’ve been happy to get a client with a real problem. But when it starts with me being knocked unconscious and kidnapped, you understand if I’m grumpy. Still, a missing insane software designer is a magnet to my mental metal: I’m an Information Technology Private Investigator and I love a high-tech problem. My only worry is that unlike my usual cases, this one might just kill me.

Information Technology Private Investigator. The full title doesn’t fit well on a business card, and no one’s heard of the acronym. Even walking someone through the pronunciation tends to glaze them over.

But that’s me. That’s what I do. I investigate mysteries and problems, all of which revolve around information technology. Networks and computers, data and systems, gadgets and gizmos, tools and toys.

I’m not the best information technology private investigator. There are others better than me, others more experienced, others with better stories to tell.

But I haven’t met them yet.

Ground Zero (Eileen Reed mystery series)
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The Iron Curtain may have come down and the Cold war ended, but the military still keeps a high level of readiness in case a nuclear or other type of attack occurs. New hardware is always being tested, and simulated war games and exercises are always being performed.

A war game is being conducted at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. There is only one entrance and exit into the inner room with observers watching from outside the fish bowl. However, someone is murdered inside the room. No one but the eight individuals entered the room once the test started.

Civilian detective Eileen Reed knows one of the seven remaining participants committed the act. Her inquiries lead her to realize that three other questionable deaths had been written off as accidents. Unbeknownst to Eileen, a CIA analyst Lucy is investigating a series of killings related to the missile defense program and why her agency has failed to make this a top priority case. Soon the two women team up in an effort to uncover the truth, not yet realizing what failure will mean to this country.

(un)DEAD (Detective Saussure Mysteries)
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Saussure is a Private Detective with a reputation for never leaving a job unfinished. A man named Lord Hurlingthon contacts him, requesting his abilities to solve a deeply personal mystery: Hugh Hurlingthon is two hundred and thirteen years old and can't die. 
Or so he claims.
Saussure will have to discover if this man is telling the truth, and if so, why he can't cease to exist. Along the course of this investigation, Richard Saussure will question his beliefs while attempting to come to terms with his own past.

Grave Situation
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Halifax cop Allan Stanton is a troubled homicide detective who has lost everything, including his family and his sense of justice. When he finally decides to leave the force and start over, he's assigned a string of murders that all bear the signs of a serial killer collecting trophies. As Stanton unravels each grisly crime scene, the mounting evidence points uncomfortably close to him, forcing him to confront a past he'd rather forget--and a dangerous future when the killer targets Stanton himself.

The Killing Vision
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When the tortured body of a missing fourteen-year-old girl washes up on the river’s edge during a Fourth of July fireworks display in the town of Cedar Hill, police detective Mike Halloran has only two clues – her body has been kept frozen for several weeks, and she’s been violated in unspeakable ways. And Halloran isn’t the only man searching for answers; Joel Roberts is obsessed with the crime and he has an uncanny psychic ability. While struggling to understand his gift, he wonders if he can use it in some way to help solve the murder. But as Joel gets deeper into his own investigation, he starts to suspect the killer may be closer than he first thought, and that he himself might be in danger. But even as the shock of this crime is still fresh, another young girl goes missing, and both men realize Cedar Hill is harboring a serial killer. And somehow they’ve got to stop him before he strikes again.

Name and Number: Based On a True Prison Story
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Art student Nick Wood risks selling a few Ecstasy tablets at a party to impress friends and ends up with a two year prison sentence.

Nick hopes to spend his sentence in an open prison, the type he's read about in the papers. The ones often referred to as 'holiday camps'. Instead, his worst nightmare comes true.

Locked up in HMP Blackthorpe, a prison known for its medieval-like squalor and brutal violence, Nick lives at the mercy of the drug barons and in fear of the lifers. Constantly stalked by danger he has to find a way to survive in the prison rife with heroin.

To earn protection money he turns to the one thing he's good at - art. But can selling pictures to visitors be enough to keep the mob at bay? Or will he be made an example of by the hard men and suffer the worst type of prison punishment?

The Killing Game
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The game of Killing is a deadly game...

What would you do when you help pull off the crime of the century, only to be drug back into the life when old ghosts return to ask for one last job to help keep the truth from coming to light? That's what The Killing Game is about, a Mob hit man, Bronson(Bronk) Trellisane, who was the mythical grassy knoll gunman during the JFK assassination, forced to take the job as a way to keep his family safe from a Mob rival, Sonny Bonasera. Now, in his barber shop, he gets a phone call that chills him to the bone. It's from a rogue CIA agent that only went by the name of Martinson. He compells Trellisane to do one last job, or his son, in a California lock up for heisting cars, will be killed. The job: help kidnap a Federal witness who's headed to Washington to testify in front of the House and Senate Select Commttee on Assassinations. However, Bronk has his own ideas and this starts a hide and seek game across the country with an unexpected twist at the end. After all, it's all about surviving...The Killing Game!

The Hammer
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The Killer. The Cop. The Girlfriend. The Hammer.
Homicide Detective John Hansen battles the horrors that people so callously inflict on one another, as well as his own crumbling sanity. Into his maddening isolation comes Redd, an ER doctor, who sees past John's demons and gives him the hope he desperately needs.
There is a murderer in the city, bent on sanctifying and cleansing the sinners he is surrounded by. Preying on prostitutes, the heights of his depravity evolve into something beyond a means to salvation.
A sledgehammer wielding assassin reverberates through the hollow, souless streets, bringing vengeance to those incapable of finding retribution for themselves.
Can John stop them and save his sanity in the process? Or will he be lost in the vortex of his own madness?

Wet Work (A Greg Kelton Short Story)
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In a world of slippery justice and bankrupt morals, Greg Kelton is an anachronism; a vigilante-for-hire who would be far more at home in the Old West than modern day Southern California. Despite his proclivity for operating outside and even above the law, Kelton is a brutally honest man who only takes on jobs that are in line with his strict moral code, often to the detriment of his own pocketbook.

When Kelton is presented with an opportunity to eliminate a hardened killer who's made a deal with the feds to stay out of prison, he jumps at it. But the mysterious stranger pulling the strings may just have an ulterior motive in mind.

Wet Work is a vignette introducing the character of Greg Kelton and a kick-start to the full-length Kelton novel, Blood Money. It is designed to enrich and enhance Blood Money but can be read as a stand alone story. It is approximately 7500 words. (35 pages)

The List
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If you could choose one movie star... who would it be?
Luke agrees to his manipulative girlfriend's suggestion of creating a list of celebrities they can have no strings sex with. Unfortunately, Luke's girlfriend, Isabella has no problem seducing megastars, and Luke isn't exactly what most girls would call a catch. 
Is Luke willing to risk losing everything he has worked for in order to achieve his goal and seduce the Bond girl of his dreams?
Or will love save the day?
David J Baron's first novel is a hilarious, high-octane rollercoaster ride of 'what if' with a real twist. If you like romance, bromance, comedy and James Bond, you'll love - The List.

Bargain Books

Where's My Son? (Det. Jason Strong #1 (CLEAN SUSPENSE))
What would you do if your son went missing? How far would you go to get him back?

Michael Barton comes home to find his infant son gone. There is no trace of the kidnappers, and the police have no leads. Michael is driven by a promise and he won't stop.

Detective Jason Strong led the task force to find Michael's son and has become his friend. But as Michael's darkness grows, Jason fears he may be the only one who can stop him.

It is a race against time, as the detective tries to stop the events that will change everyone, before it's too late.

Down & Dirty: A McCray Crime Collection
This collection includes the prequel short story, Gauntlet to the full length novel, All Hallow's EveThe one night it is BAD to be good.
The prequel short story, Anatomy to the Harbinger thrillers
The prequel short story, Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary to the Nursery Rhyme Murder series
The prequel short story, Devious to the Darc murder mysteries

Got Thrills? A Boxed Set (A McCray Collection)
The boxed set is comprised of over 120,000 words of some of Carolyn's bestselling works: 
Ambush: A 30 Pieces of Silver prequel short story
Anatomy: A Plain Jane prequel short story
Hacked: An Encrypted prequel short story
Gauntlet: An All Hallow's Eve prequel short story
Devious: A 9th Circle prequel short story
MoonRush the action packed thriller set in the near future - full length novel
Along with a bonus short story...
Caught - The bombastic short story prequel to the second cycle of the Betrayed series!

Mount Diablo Murder Maybe
It's 1989 and Ellen Savage, lead investigator, Homicide, Contra Costa County Coroner's Office, is satisfied with her career and proud of her progress. She is an attractive, thirty-two year old, very single woman. She is content in her rut. 
Out of the blue, her placid life is turned upside down when she is re-assigned from the Coroner's Office to the Felony Investigation Office. Claiming short-handedness, the County District Attorney, Patrick James, assigns Ellen to lead the investigation into the bizarre, occult looking murder of a young woman found dead at the top of Mount Diablo. Overwhelmed, flattered, excited about the assignment, Ellen dismisses the big question: why me? diving into the investigation head first. 
Along with the assignment comes another unexpected development, a possible love interest. Just like her career, Ellen's lack of romance has suited her fine for a number of years. When Steve Gray is assigned to assist her in the investigation, that too changes. Steve is handsome, unassuming, easygoing and very taken with Ellen. Ellen is caught between her professionalism and an ever growing warm response to Steve's obvious infatuation. It has been a long, long time.

Just as soon as the investigation gets off the ground, it is stymied by the D.A., Patrick James. He seems to regret his initial decision, attacking Ellen's investigative competence until she is nearly defeated and even nearer to throwing in the towel. But with a courage she didn't know she had, and the support of her loyal team, she continues, standing up to James and following the evidence where it leads, even when it leads her places she dreads to go.

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