Hi Maggie, 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.
Gosh, I remember the handstitching a napkin too! Must have been compulsory for all us English kids. What a fascinating story. I can feel a thriller coming on... But I won't pinch your tale. That was during the cold war, of course.
Goodness Maggie, you are SO right! Thanks for the message and good luck with your work as well. I'll have to try and stay in touch with you. I'm sure you've got a lot of good wise words of advice!
Hi Maggie, I feel exhausted just reading your profile. All that mountain air and climbing! My husband and I like walking though. Hayling Island is very flat but we take the hovercraft across to the Isle of Wight to do some hill walking. My husband is also ex RAF. Your book title 'Emeralds In The Snow' reminded me of another book 'Blood Upon The Snow' by Hilda Lawrence set in Crestwood (USA) not sure where that is but lots of snow in it. It was first published in 1946 and is brilliantly atmospheric. Hilda Lawrence calls it, 'A novel with a little violence in it' and she says 'I keep away from police procedural because I hate research, and I keep away from the hard-boiled school because I don't know the lingo.' The result is well worth a read. My crime novels have been reviewed in America as 'entertaining British police procedurals with an appealing hero and complex plots!' I also notice that one of your favourite TV shows is Midsomer Murders, we live about fifty miles from where this is filmed and know the area well. It's an entertaining programme featuring very good actors.
I read somewhere that a cat is a cat is a cat and it does not matter the size. I don't think that it is possible to discourage cat things. School starts on the 25th of August, so I really only have the weekend. And then Fay hit, so I am entertaining myself at home. I will check out you website.
Hello, sorry it took so long to respond, summer semester just ended and I have a few days before. I love cats, my current friend is just about 2 and still is very energetic. i would love to read your book on cats and your novels.
Well, then that's another thing you have in common with Kaye. All she can get in the mountains where they live is dial-up. She does have an awesome website, though. It's listed on Episode #1 of the podcast on the NETDRAG home page.
Alas, I only have dial up since I live deep in a valley in the mountains. Audio comes in slow spurts so I don't even try any more. I'll check out your blog and look forward to your interview with Kaye Barley. Thanks! Maggie
Go to my blog on my CrimeSpace page and you will find Episode #1 of NETDRAG, my podcast. It's an interview with a good friend of mine from Boone, N.C. Kaye Barley! I guess it's small world here on CrimeSpace, huh? I am going to send Kaye your link.
By all means, drop the periods, especially if it's in keeping with your characters. The only reason I use them in my name is that without the periods, the letters often visually merge into a big U (LJ). The trend in fiction is toward clean, nonpunctuated text.
Thanks for the congrats on my Agatha nomination, Maggie! I have been to the bug museum in Co. Springs, but it was many, many years ago when my kids were small and we went on a school field trip. Maybe it's time for a repeat visit!