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At 10:03am on August 12, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Russ, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 1:51am on January 6, 2008, Patricia Harrington said…
Russ, saw your posts about your favorite mystery authors. Good stuff, and I agree. I think Pronzini is listed with some kind of contact number in the MWA Member Directory (didn't look, but think so). Maybe the national office would forward a message, where it isn't spam. Your Crosshairs sound very good and the setting and protagonist definitely interesting!

All best wishes,

Pat Harrington
At 9:10am on January 5, 2008, Russ Heitz said…
Thanks, Darren, hope you enjoy the excerpt. And Best Wishes for '08 to you, too!
At 8:44am on January 5, 2008, Darren Laws said…
Hi Russ, On my way to your site now to have a read. Looks like you are picking up lots of nice reviews. It's always great to get good feedback. Wishing you great success for 2008!
At 3:17am on January 5, 2008, Tony Black said…
Nice to meet you Russ
Thanks for your wishes for PAYING FOR IT...I hope it sells zillions too, but will settle for the billions. A-hem. Good luck with CROSSHAIRS...sounds the business.
At 1:19am on December 24, 2007, Todd Robinson said…
Thanks Russ. Back atcha.
At 10:58am on December 23, 2007, JackBludis said…

You're absolutely right. Write anything and it helps develop your style, your voice, plotting--all of it. Even good work is crap to somebody. And crap is golden to others. Good luck with your series.

(I see by your info that you're only seven years older than I am.)

At 12:30pm on November 22, 2007, Eric Eckert said…
Hi, Russ: I accidentally hit "block user" instead of accepting your invite. It was a simple mistake, so please don't take offense. I've sent an invite your way.
At 2:16pm on September 15, 2007, D K Gaston said…
Hi Russ, I wanted to stop by and say hello. Congrats on such a great review for Crosshairs, I will add it to my TBR list.
At 10:15am on September 14, 2007, Rick Mofina said…
Russ thanks for the kind words. Noce to have you aboard.
At 12:56pm on September 13, 2007, Russ Heitz said…
I used to do press releases all the time when I worked for local government. Good practice. The practice now helps me write some promotional PRs for myself, promoting my suspense novel CROSSHAIRS.
At 12:50pm on September 13, 2007, James Roberts said…
I appreciate your comments. My writing is largely limited to press releases and an occassional letter but I'm working on a couple of short projects and a longer one. My "Roberts-isms" have grown by a couple.
At 10:41am on September 13, 2007, Russ Heitz said…
Welcome, LAS!
I checked your website. Love the cover of your book! Very eye-catching! And you've got some great reviews! Pleased to have you in the circle!
At 9:51am on September 13, 2007, L. A. Starks said…
Russ, Thanks for the add. LAS
At 9:24am on September 12, 2007, carole gill said…
thank you very much Russ. I misunderstood. You made me feel a lot better. Forgive me for blowing up. I was wrong, and you are a big man to have replied to me as you did. sorry. I guess i was stressed. xxxx
At 4:31am on September 12, 2007, Russ Heitz said…
Dear Carol,
No offense intended. I merely meant the book is not meant for beginning writers. It is for people who have had some experience with professional writing and would like to know how an insider like Maass sees the Big Business side of the publishing industry. I apologize if I offended you. I am assuming that everyone in CrimeSpace, including you, are professional writers and therefore the book might be helpful to all of us in understanding what we are up against in dealing with the publishing industry.

At 3:12am on September 9, 2007, Dave Zeltserman said…
Russ, thanks for the invitation and best of luck with Crosshairs.--Dave
At 6:27am on September 8, 2007, Russ Heitz said…
Hi Maryann,
Welcome! Yeah, we saw the Colts & Saints. Peyton was fantastic! As usual! Wish we had a QB like that on "our" team, the hapless TB Bucs. Maybe this year we'll see some improvement? -- The best, quickest, and cheapest way to get CROSSHAIRS is through Amazon. com. There are a couple of reviews there, too. Hope you enjoy it. I know what you mean about reading. I've got 5 must-read books piled right now. No, make that six. (sigh!)
At 5:39am on September 8, 2007, Maryann Mercer said…
Happy to have you invite me. And I'm heading out to see if I can find Crosshairs! At the rate I've been going, I'll be reading instead of writing until Christmas. And did you catch the Saints/COlts game last night?
At 9:59pm on September 7, 2007, Russ Heitz said…
Thanks Kim,
I'd be honored to have you do a review. Yeah, we thought about moving back up north, too, when the homeowners insurance, taxes, and everything else started going through the roof here. But I'm not sure these old sun-baked bones would respond very well to cold weather again. I loved hiking through the snow when I was younger but .....
Great talking with you!

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