Hi Gigi , 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 www.acircleofsouls.com 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.
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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."
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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.
Requested friendship just now. tempted to do so since you mention martin cruz smith, who's one of my favourites. James sallis also. But have you read Newton thornburg, or kem nunn? Maybe you would appreciate them.
Gigi, Greetings: Just to let you know that my New Orleans noir mystery, The
Beatitudes, has received 5 starred reviews! I am donating all royalties to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation to help rebuild the public libraries. I have posted Chapter I on my blog www.beatitudesinneworleans.blogspot.com. Please read and if you like it, help rebuild a library for NOLA. Thank you Lyn LeJeune
The short story is the first I've written since high school (a longer period of time than I'd like to admit) and I wrote it specifically for Dave Zeltserman's noir e-zine, Hardluck Stories (http://www.hardluckstories.com). I am overjoyed that it's been accepted for the upcoming issue (out in the beginning of September). The title is Convivium, and it takes place four years before the events of my novel. The experience was a lot of fun, so I'm working on another before settling down to a final edit of my second novel.
It's so great to meet you--someone else who combines a love of history with a love of noir! I'm putting together a list of orders for my next mystery book store visit, and Adirondack Noir is one of them. :)
Please let me know when the 1934 Virginia story comes out. Is it set in the impoverished parts of the state, or the more affluent section? Appalachia has been called the "Forgotten America", and in the Depression, it was (as was everything) even worse. I can't wait to read the story!
Wow! Very cool! I'll pick up a copy of Adirondack noir--I'd love to read your story! I've got a short story coming out soon myself (a prequel to my book) .
I completely sympathize about what era/culture to pluck for inspiration ... just within the Classics field there's the range of Bronze Age Greece to Late Antiquity. Beyond that, I've always been a Renaissance fanatic (a lot of research work on Elizabeth and Elizabethan England), the Middle Ages in Italy, France and England fascinate me, and I love the Neo-Classical and Regency periods as well.
My next series is set in 1939 San Francisco, as the '20s-50s is one of the most significant, interesting and accessible eras for me. Plus, I love the clothes. :)
Thanks for the chat, Gigi! I'll definitely look for the book!