Hi Jamie , 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.
Since you have a WIP, we'll look for you in Novelist's Boot Camp! And don't forget, the panel application (no guarantees) drop dead date is 1 November! Remember to remember that post it note to register!
Owning a restaurant has probably given you excellent food to eat as well as food for thought. Stuart Woods is one of my guilty pleasures, but I'm now trying to read *Iron Orchad* and not getting very far. Maybe I'm just a *Stone Barrington* fan, although I did like his earlier books.
Thanks for adding me. You and your husband own a restaurant? OMG! Next to writing romantic mysteries, cooking is my passion. I took up both late in life. During my first career in management in the telecommunications industry, somebody else cleaned my house and we ate mostly in restaurants. My how life has changed...
Ah Jamie: The pleasures of owning your own independent business! Up at 5 in the morning, buying groceries, looking over the menu, making sure everything is in place, dealing with vendors, checking the schedule (and re-checking the schedule), paying the vendors, paying the help, resolving a dozen crises and all that before NOON!! I love restauranteurs, but I know I could *never* do it!
Ever notice politicians always talk about small businesses, the family business. the family farm and have all these nods to working men and women who are out there in the trenches with their own small enterprises, and yet the policies -- and this runs from City Council to Congress -- they enact end up hurting these same small businesses while benefiting the mega conglomerates that pop up like malignant mushrooms to syphon off the good will and customers you've spent a generation building?
Gee, now look who's ranting!
Do you take suggestions on your next novel? If so, how about a restauranteur who solves crimes as she managers a stylish, popular and yet so friendly litte bistro. Possible titles: "Murder As A Side Dish"; "Homicide: Life on the Platter"; "Fatal Entree" and "Death Salad".
*****SERIOUS RANTING TO FOLLOW****
Talk about the blues. So I didn't make the Stiletto finals. Kinda bummed, but Sunday is my day off from the restaurant, and I planned to finish some jewelry orders I had pending, and then spent the rest of the day writing!
You know, jump back on the horse, hair of the dog...
One of the teenagers who works (let me rephrase, worked) for us decided not to show up for work. Oh, he knew he worked, but he decided to go to a local function instead. He'd known about it since Thursday, and didn't try to get his shift covered until 2pm on Sunday. Well, that late, no one was available, and he just didn't come to work. So alas, I didn't get to write. And now I'm just pissed off. It means I'll be working about 18 days in a row, without a day off.
On top of that, his dad called and bitched my husband out for calling the kid's cell phone to tell him he was supposed to be at work. The idiot said we are too hard on our teenagers. OH PULEEEEEZZZZZ!!
What about teaching your kid some responsibility. On days like this, I miss the corporate life.
Ahhhhh, now my breathing has returned to normal.
Bummer about not finaling. But you know, these things are always a crapshoot. Great books slip through all the time. And, it sounds like yours has had a major overhaul since then anyway. Let’s hope the new version is The One!
And I’m so glad you’re enjoying our Killer Fiction blog! When we started it I was so worried we’d spend weeks talking to the air with no responses. Lol! I’ve never had a blog before, so I admit, I’m really enjoying this.
Okay, I entered the Stiletto at the last minute, so they would have enough entries to fill the Chick Thrill categorie. The entry wasn't as polished as I'd like, and of course I didn't make the finalists. I'm bummed, but I'm looking forward to the feedback.
The funny thing (really not so funny), my computer crashed before I had backup up my ms, and I lost the original. I had a night of fitfull sleep because of the computer crash, and came up with a much better start. So the manuscript looks nothing like the one I sent to the contest.
Hey Jamie, great to meet you. So glad you enjoyed SPYING IN HIGH HEELS! That always means twice as much coming from another writer.
And I can’t wait to read about a Santa Cruz detective! That’s pretty much where I grew up, so I can totally see what a great setting for series that is. Best of luck in the Stiletto! Be sure to post how it goes. It’s my fav contest. Then again, I’m biased because it’s the one I originally wrote SPYING for, which has turned out to be a really good thing for me. :)
Enjoy your weekend!