Hi Cheryl , 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.
My son is a surfer, in Southern California, and is dad of a 5 yr old (and a 3 yr old). Do your thrillers involve surfing? I'm sure he'd like to read them if so. Me, I'm more of a cosy reader and writer.
What a great name you have! My best writer friend Judy Leigh Peters is a 20 year breast cancer survivor. She's not here because she doesn't write mysteries or crime stories, but you may want to visit her MySpace.
Here is my favorite book... the one I would take to a desert island. It is by Henri J.W. Nouwen: http://www.amazon.com/Reaching-Out-Henri-Estate-Nouwen/dp/0006280862/ref=sr_1_10/102-0199495-2248947?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188283798&sr=1-10
Hey! 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?
Cheryl: thanks so much. Fell in love with SF each time I was there. First time I hitchhiked alone all the way from the east side of Toronto.
Second time I was there as a crime reporter and got to hang out with the SFPD Homicide Inspectors, who helped me when I really needed it. So yeah, my heart's there, in the Hall of Justice.
I live near SF, so lemme know if you need any local info. As to film stuff - I might suggest talking to some film extras? They pretty much know their way around film sets, but aren't quite as busy as "stars" so are generally willing to share any info they have. It’s been a while since I did any film work, but I’m sure there are message boards or forums for film extras.
And, yes, I did extra and film work for a few years, so that’s how I got the little tidbits I’ve put in my books. :)
I sure hope so....he's just c'est bon! Read an excerpt of my book at www.beatitudesineworleans.blogspot.com. Just heard that the final book will be i the mail in a week and then ready in September ...those New Orleans libraries will be rebuilt one book at a time, one brick at a time, one reader at a time...
Keep up with the writing...I worked in healthcare and understand the horror of lack of care- good subject for a murder mystery.
My book, The Beatitudes, Book I in The New Orleans Trilogy, will be out in the fall and I am donating all royalties directly to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation. My blogsite www.beatitudesinneworleans.blogspot.com has excerpts, recipes, and news, and you can see the many prominent authors supporting me, such as Alafair Burke, Julie Smith, Ken Bruen, and many others. Hope you let me be your friend. Lyn Lejeune.
Best kind of protagonist, in my opinion. You're a nurse at the local medical center and have just started to notice there is a lot of cancer among children. While tending a particularly heartbreaking case, you catch a handsome, mysterious stranger--speaking broken English--trying to film the child. Furious, you turn him out of the room. He stalks you and you find out he's a Russian filmmaker and is making a extremely terrifying documentary about the devastations of environmental pollution. (Your town, you discover, has been a secret toxic dump for a chemical company.)
The two of you fall desperately in love--then he mysteriously disappears. You jet off to Paris, then Moscow, trying to find him. You fall into the hands of the Russian Mafia...Big chase scene through the dark streets of Moscow. Finis.
That's how we do it. At least, that's how I do it. Life CAN change--in an instant. And not just in novels.
You won't be bugging me, not in the least. Keep in touch. I'd like that. That's why I'm here--to talk to other writers and readers. And I'm really enjoying it, too!
I've never been to Hawaii but your island is where my son and his wife went on their honeymoon. They fell in love with it. I'll take you up on that surfing lesson, too, if I ever make it over there. I used to play tennis and water ski to beat the band but age is catching up with me. However, I will go surfing, if you'll get me on and give me a push like your five-year-old. : )
Hi Cheryl--it's nice to meet you! I'm glad you enjoyed Head to Head. Dark Places, the second Claire Morgan book, is hitting book stores as we speak! It looks like you're doing pretty good--what a great cover! I wrote about 20 romances before I switched genres to mystery/thrillers. Most of my romances were bestsellers but it was really hard to make the switch, after being pigeon-holed as a romance writer. My novels still have a strong romance element, but the emphasis is on the investigation and how the serial killer evolved. I'm building from the ground up at the moment, but I am having a ball! I do love all this creepy stuff! Wish I was in Hawaii with you! Do you really surf?
I hear you about the money - I think part of the reason I don't go back to trying to write novels is because even on our small South African budgets, chances are I'd make more as a TV writer than I would as a novelist...still, there's more to it all than money, right? Like, say, living on an island...
thanks for your comments..... I thought these groups were pretty much the same but they aren't...this one doesn't allow any promotion of any kind and the other two do....so I just have to remember which one I'm on if I'm going to do any promoting.... I'm not finding my website doing much of anything in selling copies so not sure if my site isn't done right or what I need to do to it... but it needs something.. Shirley www.shirleydicks.net