Hi Grace, 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.
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!"
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.
Grace-I'm so sorry. I just read your comment form August. If it's not too late I'd love to help with the Italian. I don't know how this system works. I usually get an email notcie that someone has left a comment/ I dind;t get one about your comment. Why don't you e-mail me directly at camcrespi.com. Ciao. I hope I'm still in time to help. Happy New Year. Camilla
Hi Grace and 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
For those with whom i've had more than token exchanges, I need to let you know that crimespace has become strangely warped as of late, at least as regarding getting messages to me. If frustrated and in need, try firstname.lastname@example.org instead. Thanks.
Grace, how goes the dead body business?
While in college, I worked as a chaufer for the Brophy family on top of the hill in La Jolla, CA. The family tree was from Utah, if I remember. Any relation?
If a author writes a novel in the forest, and nobody reads it, did it make a sound?
I'm newt, slithering from the shallow end of the gene pool, into the open ocean. Sharks are likely to eat me before the salt water kills me, but who wants a quiet life?
Evidently my last comment got folded into negative cyberspace. Here it is again. You should not be concerned about your body losing hair from radiation premortem. Normally this happens, but Harold McClintock, an employee of Westinghouse at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington, absorbed one hundred times the normal lethal dose of radiation during an accident involving the explosion of an ion exchange column for separating Americium. He survived, pointing out that some people have very robust immune systems, and polymerase repair mechanism for ionized DNA. McClintock did not lose his hair, either.
While we're discussing means of preserving corpses we shouldn't forget the preChristian European sport of offing your enemies and chucking them into peat bogs. There they have remained anaerobically for a couple of milennia. Tannic acid has helped keep them in very good shape, even soft tissues.
It's definitely Sicily, Agrigento, but which temple I can't remember. My new book, which will be out in May 2008, is set partly during WWII but most of it is in present time. "The Last Enemy" begins and ends in 2002, during Easter Week. I haven't read your book yet, but I am planning to, when we retire to Maine and its cold and lonely winters. Congratulations on your excellent reviews and the Dilys nomination. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. I just received my new novel back, by hand today from Soho. There are so many red marks I feel somewhat disgraced, but all are improvements. I seem to go from sprinkling too many dashes around (last book) to too many apostrophes (this book). I've pretty much decided to stick with commas, periods, and question marks from here on in, and the occasional semi-colon.
Hi Grace, another Soho writer here. Is that the Concordia Temple in Sicily in the photo? I have the same one on my site!
I will check out your current book; I hadn't know it was set in "my decade", the 1940s!
Blood Meridian, jarring and raw in action, unerringly, even insuperably lyric in language, even when the words themselves are desribing something that is horrific or unsettling. It's an experience that is still in digestion in one of my gizzards.
More suggestions for preservation. A 'reverse catalyst' Normal catabolism, or breakdown of living matter, accelerates after death. In chemistry, I've got a PhD, we speak of two needs: thermodynamics and kintetics. Thermodyamics simply says that one state or condition is more stable, or lower in energy than another. It is true, for example, that graphite is more thermodynamically stable under ambient conditions than diamond. But most married women have confidence that they will not awaken the next morning to find a graphite engagement ring. That part is due to kinetics, since the process -- which relates to the mechanism of how the atoms or molecules rearrange from one state to another -- is incomparbly slow at room temperature. This doesn't mean, as deBeers would have it, that diamonds are forever. Very hard they are, but like most hard materials they are brittle. They can crack along cleavage planes if you drop them on a sidewalk. Or they can, like very expensive charcoal, burn if you use pure oxygen at 850 degrees C. The trick for you, as regards decomposition is to find a reverse catalyst that takes decomposed matter back to its orginal form. Hormones are biological catalysts. But there is, aha, another method. Radioactive Cesium can be used to irradiate sluge, killing all its bacteria. Such sludge can often be used as fertilizer if it is in other ways inoffensive (no carcinogens, etc.) Much of decomposition is bacterial, and an irradiated body would have no living bacteria. It is true that NASA, in trying to produce a sterile capsule for testing the presence of life on Mars, has actually produced -- using high energy radiation = new species of bacteria which can endure radiation, as predicted by both Darwin and chaos theory. But it is a possible way to go. The problem them becomes avoiding or minimizinig, by selecting the kind of particles and energies thereof, the normal BEIR, or biological effects of ionizing radiation, which means that the shape of your corpse and dense tissue, like bone, would be the same, but the soft tissue's DNA would begin to unravel. Grist for the mill
Sure-send the Italian over. I'm away all next week in Washington. I may not be bale to get back to you until the follwing week. I could meet you on Tuesday the 21st- on Wednesday I go to the studio and Ghurday I leave again. If you're coming down to look at line edits does that mean Laura took the new manuscript? I hope so. Ciao Camilla