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Friday, 18 December 2015

Imajin Books Christmas Event has Arrived!!!


25 Days of Christmas 
with my publisher, Imajin Books,
is on NOW!


All paperback's are on SALE until Dec. 31st!

All eBook's are on SALE Dec. 24th - Jan. 4th!





Monday, 30 November 2015

REVENGE OF THE SEA!!!

Today I have the amazing author, Jesse Giles Christiansen, of the riveting 
Captain Shelby Trilogy on my blog!! 
REVENGE OF THE SEA is his new book, and I have to tell you I cannot wait to read this one, as the two previous books were phenomenal and kept me up into the wee hours until I finished them. 
I know this new book will not disappoint!!

Praise for Revenge of the Sea!

From the first page to the last, this final novel in the Captain Shelby Trilogy gave me goosebumps and I didn’t want to put it down. Full of wisdom, poetry, romance and adventure, Revenge of the Sea is a voyage every mystery lover is looking to undertake.” –Lynn Alexander, author of Man Done Gone and editor of the Atlanta Review 

“A chilling dive into environmental horror and the seductive power of evil. There’s an ocean of talent here.” —Scott Nicholson, bestselling author of Afterburn 

Revenge of the Sea is a richly imaginative tale for the seafaring mystery lover—suspenseful and swirling with mystical phenomena in a sublimely creepy atmosphere.” —EM Kaplan, award-winning author of Dim Sum, Dead Some 

“For me Christiansen’s writing is reminiscent of A Song of Stone by Iain Banks. Sentences read like sheer poetry and the plot pulls you along. It’s a wonderfully dark tale, oceanic with a hint of the demonic too.” —Shani Struthers, author of The Haunting of Highdown Hall 



TEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT AUTHOR 
JESSE GILES CHRISTIANSEN

1. When I was four years old, I was hit by a Mack truck and was in a coma for 72 hours. The doctor said if I survived, I would have brain damage or become a writer.

2. I actually did not write a novel until I was twenty-six years old, which was written on an actual typewriter. The novel was JOURNEY INTO THE MYSTIC, which my ex-wife destroyed and I had to re-write.

3. I cannot stand soup or stew or anything remotely similar because I was raised on Crock Pot foods that our well-meaning, hard-working mother would leave cooking all day long.

4. When I was seven years old, while driving through the Canadian countryside, I saw a U.F.O.

5. When I was only a few years old, I was accidentally trapped in a car during a very hot summer day. To this date, I have claustrophobia and cannot go into steam rooms or saunas.

6. I have aerophobia to the point that I cannot go onto a roof that doesn’t have railings. Also, while I can fly in airplanes, it is usually quite an ordeal.

7. I have a White Siamese cat named Cleo who is so intelligent, she has over twenty different meows, plays hide-and-seek, and will stare at you for hours.

8. My first career choice was a singer, but I could never get comfortable on stage.

9. Morgan, the main female character from the novels PELICAN BAY and REVENGE OF THE SEA, is based on a real ex-girlfriend who was as bad in real life. She has not read any of my novels.

10. I am a master at chess but had to stop playing because it became an addiction.





Beware of what the tide may bring… 

Ethan Hodges is deeply unsettled when thousands of decomposed starfish inexplicably wash up along the shore of Pelican Bay. As the ominous sea epidemic spreads to other marine life, he continues to see a suspicious-looking man loitering on the beach. 

To solve the mystery, Ethan seeks help from longtime friend, Sheriff Dansby, and Reagan Langsley, a beautiful marine biologist from Lighthouse Point. Spurred by curiosity and jealousy, Ethan’s estranged wife, Morgan, joins them in the investigation. 

When the elusive outsider is finally arrested, an enigmatic relationship develops between Ethan and the man. With cautious prodding, Ethan learns that the fate of the world appears to rest in the hands of the tall stranger named…Mr. DM. 





Get Jesse's REVENGE OF THE SEA here:  Amazon

Check out Jesse's launch party on Facebook tomorrow from 11:30 - 3:30 EST. 
Win prizes, and meet authors. 

Author Bio:


#1 bestselling author in sea adventures, Jesse Giles Christiansen is an American author whose page-turning
fiction weaves the real with the surreal, while also speaking to the human condition. He was hailed by New York Times bestselling author, William R. Forstchen, as "leaving readers so tantalized by the story lines, they think the events actually happened—a demonstration of skill surely to launch this author into the big leagues."

Jesse was born in Miami, FL, playing on beaches as a boy, the sky bronzing him forever and the sea turning his heart lyrical. After spending a summer in Alaska before graduating from Florida State University with a degree in literature and philosophy, he wrote his first novel, Journey into the Mystic.

He feels he is haunted by Hemingway's ghost, not just by the poster in his writing studio that stares at him, saying, "What else you got?" but also by having a café called Hemingway's in the small European city where he writes. Finally, Hemingway became his neighbor on Amazon when his novel, Pelican Bay, outsold Old Man and the Sea.
He currently lives in Lüneburg, Germany, with his wife and their precocious White Siamese cat.
To learn more about this author, visit him at www.jessegileschristiansen.com.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Today I have bestselling author, Alison Bruce on my blog giving you a glimpse of her new release...


Deadly Season

An Imajin Qwickies™ Mystery/Crime Novella  
A Carmedy & Garrett Mini-Mystery #1

 By Alison Bruce

Imajin Books

November 20th, 2015




Last month Kate Garrett was a Police Detective. Now she’s a Pet P.I.?

Kate recently inherited half her father’s private investigation company and a partner who is as irritating as he is attractive. Kate has been avoiding Jake Carmedy for years, but now her life might depend on him.

Kate and Jake are on the hunt for a serial cat killer who has mysterious connections to her father’s last police case. Kate’s father had been forced to retire when he was shot investigating a domestic disturbance. Is the shooter back for revenge? And is Kate or Jake next?


Available at:





Author bio:

Alison Bruce has had many careers and writing has always been one of them. Copywriter, editor and graphic designer since 1992, Alison has also been a comic store manager, small press publisher, webmaster and arithmetically challenged bookkeeper. She is the author of mystery, romantic suspense and historical western romance novels. Three of her novels have been finalists for genre awards.

http://www.alisonbruce.ca  (author and business website)

https://www.facebook.com/alisonbruce.books  (author page)

https://www.facebook.com/alison.e.bruce  (personal)

http://alisonebruce.blogspot.ca  (author blog)

https://twitter.com/alisonebruce  

http://www.pinterest.com/alisonebruce

 Alison Bruce is also a regular contributor to:

·      Cowboy Kisses: http://cowboykisses.blogspot.com




Excerpt:

December 16

      Violent death was never pleasant. The cold hadn’t diminished the smell of blood, piss and stool—or if it had, I didn’t want to think about it.
A dart, the kind animal control officers use in their rifles, was sticking into the ribs. Instead of delivering a tranquillizer, its payload was poison. The feathery stabilizer at the end was red and green. Very seasonal.
     “Do we know what the poison is, Chief?”
     “Looks like cyanide. Samples were taken from the last victim. I’ll let you know when the latest batch have been processed and compared.”
     Igor Thorsen, Chief of Detectives and my godfather, bent down and offered me his hand. I let him pull me out of the crouch I had been sustaining for several minutes while I examined the body. I didn’t need the help, but it was a warm gesture on a cold night.
     “I could use your help on this, Kathleen. People are getting nervous but I can hardly free up a detective for a serial cat-killer. I can authorize support services for a week and the East Hills               Neighbourhood Group will pay your fees.”
     I stripped off my gloves and ran my fingers through my hair, pushing back the auburn strands that had blown into my face. Time for a cut. Or maybe not. I didn’t have to keep up the uniform code for keeping hair short or worn up.
     I looked up at the Chief. Way up. And I’m not short. Or particularly tall.
     I nodded.
    My name is Kate Garrett. Up until recently, I had been a rookie detective in the violent crimes unit.      The chief was my boss. Almost one month ago my father, the Joe Garrett of Garrett Investigations, was killed in a pedestrian-vehicle incident. Now I was the Garrett of Carmedy and Garrett Investigations.
    Last month I was a homicide detective. Now I was a pet P.I.?


Cheers, 
Kat



Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Inspiration...Author, Debra Purdy Kong talks about DEAD MAN FLOATING

Today I have DEAD MAN FLOATING author, Debra Purdy Kong on my blog! I always love to hear how other authors come up with their plots, characters, and what inspired them to write their novels. I am delighted to have Debra tell us about her protagonist, Evan Dunstan in her new Imajin Qwickie, DEAD MAN FLOATING. 

Take it away Debra...


HOW EVAN DUNSTAN CAME TO BE

During my time as a campus security guard, I worked with many different types of people. Some employees used the job as a stepping stone to law enforcement and corrections careers. Others were trying to earn enough money to pay for post-secondary education. A few guards were retirees who wanted something to do, while others were single parents who’d been laid off from higher paying jobs and were desperate for work.

I met a host of new immigrants who were already qualified engineers or dentists in the countries they came from, but who required further education to practice in Canada. Aside from school and families, many guards had other interests such as aspiring musical or artistic careers. There were female guards of all ages, and some were climbing the managerial ladder with great success.

Needless to say, I had a lot of inspiration to draw on in creating protagonist Evan Dunstan for my first novella, Dead Man Floating. Evan is a complex composite of physical traits and quirks, socio-economic and educational backgrounds of  many different people I’ve encountered over the past twenty-five years. Once I nailed down Evan's appearance, background, lifestyle, and psychological makeup, I incorporated an extensive list of profile questions to give him depth. Regardless of story length, fully rounded characters are important. I need to know what drives Evan and what scares him most. I need to know his secrets, fears, longings, regrets, and accomplishments so that by the time I'm writing, he’s practically a real person to me.

Evan has only two things in common with former colleagues. One is his ambition to become an RCMP officer. The other is ubiquitous worry about being reprimanded for messing up, or simply being accused of messing up. Evan’s ambitious. He doesn’t want to make mistakes and he sure doesn’t want to be bypassed for promotions, at least until he leaves the security field with a stellar reference from his boss.

Not everything I know about Evan will surface in one novella. Readers will learn more in future installments. The fun part is that I’ll figure out more about Evan with every adventure. One of the most interesting things about working with a protagonist in a series is discovering aspects of his character that I can't begin to fathom right now. People are complex. So are great characters. There's always a new layer to peel back, something to discover. I can't wait to see how Evan evolves.

DEBRA’S BIO:                                                                    

Author of two mysteries featuring young Revenue Canada auditor Alex Bellamy, and four about transit security guard Casey Holland, Debra’s found plenty of inspiration from real life experiences. Dead Man Floating is her first novella. When she’s not writing, she’s working a day job at Simon Fraser University and substitute facilitating for the Creative Writing program with Port Moody Parks & Recreation. She’s been a member of Crime Writers of Canada for nearly twenty years. More information about Debra and her books can be found at www.debrapurdykong.com

EXCERPT FROM DEAD MAN FLOATING:
Propping the kickstand, Evan removed the small flashlight attached to his belt then stepped nearer the water. Oh shit! It was a hand! A freakin’ hand! And legs! He moved the flashlight up the body until he spotted the grey fringe circling a bald head that glowed like a moon. Evan shivered. Was the guy alive? He wouldn’t have to perform CPR, would he? That first-aid course last year didn’t go so well after he broke that manikin.

Or find her on Twitter @DebraPurdyKong


Kobo  https://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/dead-man-floating

Cheers, 
Kat