Hi Penny, 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.
KARMA - the screenplay came about after I had written a novel version and decided to challenge myself as I had always been interested in screenwriting. The screenplay is quite a bit different from the novel and I've learned a lot as I've gone through the rewriting process, and the Praxis fellowship is delivering even more insight. Currently, it's on the desk of a screenplay agent and also in the hands of a Canadian producer who's making some noise about wanting to buy it, but it's never a deal until it's a deal, and even then . . . .
Hiya, Penny! Nice to hear from you. Fatal Fixer-Upper (glad you like the title) was always intended as the first in a series. Actually, my publisher approached me, after we submitted something else to them, and asked if I'd be interested in writing a series about a renovator. Real estate and renovation is part of my background - the background of the real me, anyway, Jennie Bentley being a pseudonym - and I thought it might be fun. The books are set in Maine, actually, although I'm writing another series, one we're still trying to place, that's set in Nashville. Berkley is still considering that one, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good news in the new year! Have a happy 2008!
Thanks for the comment on my review of LIFEBLOOD. I've now purchased the first book to rean (on my own) because I liked the character so much... and the premise and setting are unique too. Jackie
At 12:00pm on September 23, 2007, D K Gaston said…
It's funny that you mentioned Poisoned Pen Press. I originally submitted Lost Hours to them and they were interested but strongly suggested to me that I change the suggest matter of the book. To do that, I would have had to rewrite the entire book, so I went with another publisher. But they are on my list for my next mystery. Thanks for the suggestion.
At 11:32pm on September 19, 2007, Pat Mullan said…
A bit tardy in getting back to you. Some answers/comments follow. You said:
"Hi Pat, I am so pleased to meet you."
We met at ThrillerFest in Phoenix. We shared a panel (21st Century Thrillers)
"With my 2nd and 3rd books (one contemporary, one historical, both mystery/thrillers) just out this month I'm sorta meeting myself coming and going, so I was a little slow to respond."
My best wishes for your new books ... may they roll off the shelves!
" I like the description of THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL. The "Machiavellian schemes" sound way too realistic these days."
Yes, I have a great agent so I'm hoping she'll find an
important home for this one
"I love Ireland and the Irish. Visited there some years ago. I hope the booming economy hasn't spoiled it."
Depends on your perspective. I think a little wealth doesn't hurt. Now people are immigrating here instead of us emigrating there.
"Do you know Warren Murphy, the Destroyer series author? You should. You even look a bit like him. "
No, I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Warren - yet. Hope to run into him at a conference soon.
"(Sorry to make the post so long, can you tell I'm part Irish?) "
Well, Penny, we're even! I've made my answer just as long. And, yes, it's an Irish affliction.
Hi Penny, sorry for taking so long to respond. Whiskey Creek Press is a small publishing company. I am happy with them. They have a very professional staff. Rachel Chavez sounds like an interesting character.
Hi Penny: Most of the mid-Missourians pronounce it MI zur UH; those of us on the western portion of the state give it an I and the end. Liberty is in Clay County (birthplace of Jesse James and home to the first bank robbery) just north of Kansas City, MO.
Looking forward to tipping one of your novels onto my to-be-read stack!
I'm just flabbergasted with some good news and I gotta brag about it. My lastest book, LIFEBLOOD, was featured in the Southwest Airline magazine, Spirit. Wowww! I sure never expected that. Here's the link to the online version:
LIMCON LOVES (yes, we're shouting) romantic suspense! We have RWA representation on our board and we're always looking to expand the number of romantic suspense authors and fans. Register now and make sure -- when you send your registration in -- that you remind us of what you've done and what you might like to do at LIMCON. We'll do our best. And make sure you bring those readers with you! Note there is a November 1st deadline if you want to be considered for a panel, so the wise author will get her Intrigue in gear and sign up.
I'm looking forward to all the running around the country like a crazy person on book tour. For some perverse reason, I enjoy that.
Nope, never an economic hitman - a publishing consultant. I put together a number of brochures and magazines and newsletters and reports for them. I left the economic contract killing to others.
Penny-- Thanks for your note. Although I work in advertising -- and love it -- I've never written about it. LADYKILLER is a serial killer story set in New York and the one I'm writing now is set in a small town in West Virginia -- a state I think I've never visited... ??? Hmmm. Can't wait to read you. Sounds great. Meredith
A parking garage certainly sounds like an interesting setting. It sounds as though we could compete for most/varied careers before ending up here.
And I have to learn to blow my own horn more (I've been waiting for a cover before updating my sites). Through a Glass, Deadly--yes, it's a cozy, set in Tucson, with a female glassblower, the Irish mob, and an Australian uncle. Lots of fun!
Hi Penny. For nine years I was based in Hong Kong, but working for regional publications. In any given month I was travelling at least two weeks and I worked in pretty much every country in Asia, other than Burma, Mongolia and Brunei. The last two years I was mostly living in Jakarta, Indonesia and doing publishing jobs for the World Bank that took me all over Indonesia.
Speaking of medical writers in L.A., did you know a woman named Linda Marsa? She was an old pal of mine who I think went into medical journalism here.
My books should be easier to find starting soon - paperback of the first one will be out toward the end of August and both a hardback and paperback of the new one will be out at the end of September.
Yes, Hard Shell is still alive and kicking. My present mystery, Two Wrongs, is still available through them. I've also got a romantic comedy, Girl of My Dreams, coming on in January, 2008 through them.
I'm in Arlington Heights actually, but Chicago is more recognizable. There are people from many countries on here.
Several people have encouraged me to publish my kid's books, but it seems like SO much time and effort involved for such a slim possiblility - especially in the children's lit markets. And I'm busy searching out, interviewing and writing 2-3 stories per week for a local newspaper. And I HAVE to get the book written for the third granddaughter before she gets much older! I have it plotted... it's just the time. Thanks for asking, though.