Hi Shirley, 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.
I'd actually thought about making it a fiction book, but its strength lies in the true stories Billy tells about his time inside where he meets many men who have been wrongly imprisoned for murder, some of whom were famously pardoned, although a pardon and compensation doesn't even begin to heal the scars left by a wrongful conviction for such a crime. I will finish his book one day soon, if only for his sake.
You sound like a a strong and interesting woman. I have a story along the same lines, although the injustice isn't personal. For the past few years, in between writing my usual fiction, I've been writing a true life about a man, Billy, who came to me with a story about how he served 25 years in jail for a murder I'm pretty sure he didn't commit. I did a lot of research before I began to write his story, which is both horrific and fascinating. So far, the book isn't finished. Main reason being that I make my living as a crime fiction writer. True crime is difficult to sell unless it's a high profile crime. I expect I'll get it finished some time soon and hopefully published, if only for Billy's sake. Sadly the US doesn't have a monopoly on criminal injustice. Good Luck.
Thanks for the information regarding the video. Let me know if you think it helps your book sales. I'll certainly mention your name if I contact him.
FYI. I changed some of the font on my website to white so that it's easier to read:)
Thanks for checking out my website and book, White Tombs. The trailer for your book is very powerful!! What happened to your son was a real tragedy. Was his story profiled on 60 Minutes. I seem to recall seeing it. One of my blogs dealt with prosecutorial misconduct. It is so difficult to believe that it can and does happen so often. Can you tell me who created the video for you and approximately how much it cost? Thanks and stay in touch.
Thanks Shirley for friending me. I'm quickly approaching 50, in July. Do I qualify???
Also, I worked as a corrections officer in both MI and NC and can tell you first hand, medical care sucks in the prison system, or what they call medical care. An inmate in the unit I was working in nearly died because staff thought he was "well enough". When I came on shift and saw his condition I bugged the Sgt. and Lt. for hours until they finally transported him to a medical facility. When he returned he thanked me, as he was just hours away from death. This was not the only instance. So I can relate to your story.
Thank you for the friend invite. I remember reading about your son's tragic case. I recently started a crime blog at http://christophervalen.com/blog where I discuss the social, political and economic impacts of crime and injustice. My first entry dealt with the Innocence Project and Timothy Masters, who was wrongly convicted of murder and recently released in Colorado.
Yes, I agree, promotion is hard. I've been lucky with my first two books as I wrote them to make funds for the charity, I have had a lot of support from my manager and another member of staff when I've gone out to speak at various places.
I don't know how I'll be when I go it alone though!
I'm sorry to hear about your son. I'm sure he'll be with you in spirit and you'll draw strength from that.