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At 10:09am on August 12, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Maryann, 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 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.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

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!"

Book Synopsis:

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.
At 5:13am on September 1, 2008, robert walker said…
Hola Maryann --
just stopped in to update you. I am offering up a free downloadable on my DEAD ON at www.robertwalkerbooks, a new site. And on Crimespree here I've just posted a new blog entitled "Yes, but is it Publishable?"

Take care and have a great weekend,
At 11:45pm on June 11, 2008, realmum said…
Hi Maryann,
Thankyou for your kind welcome. Sorry for the delay in response. I had homework from my writing course, that I needed to get finished by tonight, so it was all work and no play. Actually the homework was quite fun so I shouldn't say that really : ) I was peeking at your list of authors and noticed a few I like as well, Harlan Coban, Lee Child espec I wanted to ask you the title of the Luisa Buehler novel or novels you have read. I have read one of hers and really enjoyed it but can't remember the title.
Happy Scribing to you : )
At 1:58am on June 11, 2008, Austin S. Camacho said…
Hi, Maryann! Thanks for the add. It's always nice to have a bookseller among my friends. I'll have to find you next year when I'm in the area for Love is Murder.
At 11:02am on June 10, 2008, Paul Greenberg said…
Thanks Maryann! 96 degrees here today and Rocky was one hot dog!
At 3:46pm on May 5, 2008, K.R. Lewis said…
Hi Maryann:

Sorry for the delay in responding, but I was out of town on a hunting trip for 4 days and just got back this evening. Amazon would be your best bet I think for "Little Blue Whales" or Powell's. That's great that you're writing a Portland based mystery. The book I am currently writing, "The Sparrow's Blade," takes place about fifty percent in the Portland - Salem area, and the rest on the southern Orgeon coast...the original setting of LBW.
At 1:36pm on May 1, 2008, Doug M. Cummings said…
Hey Maryann,
If you grew up in the 'burbs, I hope you'll check out every Secret Crime!
At 7:08am on April 1, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi Maryann
Congratulations on your new situation. I made a similar decision a couple of months ago, and I couldn't be happier. Money can never buy more time to write. Good luck with your endeavors.
At 6:09am on January 26, 2008, len howlett said…
Hello Maryann,

Thanks for adding me as a friend. I have just concluded a seemingly endless stint selecting and qualifying for high deductible, exorbitant health insurance. I can now get back to writing and things more important than the lottery over my state of health and odds on the likelihood of my need of repair in the coming year. It'll be good to think about something else after these last several days of endless phone calls and interviews. I mention this because I got your email announcement and read your page and it reminded me that there was life on the other side of the misnomer we refer to as grown up stuff.
At 6:01am on January 26, 2008, Scarlett Dean said…
Thanks for invite! You're name is sooo familiar to me. We must have met at a conference. I see you like some of the same authors I do.
Will you be attending Love Is Murder next Fri-Sun?
At 7:27am on January 16, 2008, robert walker said…
Hello Maryann -- is everyone here enjoying the Sarah Conner chronicles much as I am? Say thanks for adding me as your criemspace friend. Enjoyed exploring your site here. Anyone wishiing to see my 3 steps to writing a great short story, check out my crimespace blog -- also anyoone know of any anthologies being put together in crime fiction right now?
Rob Walker
City of the Absent
At 2:59am on January 13, 2008, Douglas Quinn said…
Douglas Quinn
Author, Editor, Book Reviewer

12 January 2008

Dear Family/Fans/Friends/Readers

Please join me in the first week of my Virtual Book Tour. Beginning tomorrow, Sunday, January 13th, writer Brenda Kay Wynn will publish an interview with Douglas Quinn on her webblog site at (click on the following or cut and paste into your browser)

You are invited to go to Brenda’s site, read the interview and comment and/or ask questions. I am looking forward to responding to your comments and queries.

The interview will be posted throughout the four week tour. Weeks two, three and four will have different articles hosted by and posted at other webblog sites. Would love to interact with you along the way.

In addition, each time during the four week tour you leave a comment and/or ask a question your name will be placed into a drawing for a Free Signed Copy of Blue Heron Marsh.. Hope to see you all there.

Douglas Quinn

P.S. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your own email address list. The more people who participate, the happier I will be.
At 3:29am on December 28, 2007, Hank Phillippi Ryan said…
How wonderful!
Thank you so much for the kind words.
And because this is my first full day on Crimespace, might as well make it fun. Maryann--go to my website and click contact--tell me your address and I'll send you my first book, Prime
Time, as a thanks-for-inviting-me holiday gift!
At 9:30am on December 14, 2007, Rose Mercer said…
Hi there, thank you for the invitation. Good luck with your writing and Season's Greetings to you and yours.
At 8:33pm on December 4, 2007, Allan E. Ansorge said…
Pardon the interuption but I have a question. Were you at Love Is Murder last year?
At 9:19am on November 22, 2007, Eric Stone said…
Maryann, thanks so much. It's very gratifying when people not only like my books, but for the reasons that I hope they'll like them.
I hope all's well with you.
Best, Eric
At 7:28am on September 30, 2007, Lyn LeJeune said…
Hi Maryann - Lyn LeJeune here. Still so thankful for your help and reading my book. I've so quite I few as my amazon rankings show, but I don't look too often. I'll know for sure at the end of the quater. So I picked up the latest Dexter book and it's good, although a bit predictable. I'm moving on later to something else while I get ready for my book fair in St. Pete. Went to the Friends of the Library Book sale and picked up a huge box of books....many obscura - for thirty bucks>
warm regards....Lyn
At 5:21am on September 25, 2007, Patricia Foulk said…
I've enjoyed Helen's later novels as well, especially The Salzberg Connection. I've visited that part of Austria and enjoyed the travelogue as well as the usual excellent plot and pacing.
At 3:21am on September 25, 2007, Patricia Foulk said…
Thanks for welcoming me aboard. I see you like Helen MacInness, and we have similar taste in films. Ah, Judy and Gene - For Me and My Gal. (Sigh).

At 7:46am on September 20, 2007, Sarah Wisseman said…
Hi, Mary Ann--I'm doing a book signing at Wind Water and Light Gallery in downtown Champaign (10 East Main St.) on Thursday, Sept. 27, 6-9 pm. Stop by if you can. WWL is a great place to find birthday presents, all kinds of art, and other books.

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