Amazon Giveaway for All The Hidden Sins

Yesterday, All the Hidden Sins released. It’s the second book in the Jake Carrington Series. If you want to try your luck to win a copy follow the link to Amazon and enter the giveaway. Here’s the link:

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And the blurb:
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When it comes to crime, homicide detective Jake Carrington plays for high stakes . . .

Assigned a missing persons case, Lieutenant Jake Carrington investigates a local Mob boss. The trail goes cold, but the Mafioso isn’t taking any chances, and soon the heat turns up from another quarter. Turns out there’s more than one dangerous suspect . . .

Kyra Russell is drop-dead gorgeous and Jake is only human. But despite their mutual attraction, Jake’s suspicion deepens when he learns about her gambling problem—an addiction that cost her both husband and son. Even more disturbing is Kyra’s day job. She runs a crematorium—and it’s tied to the Mob. Now Jake will have to navigate a firestorm of treachery to get to the truth . . .

Previously published as Burn in Hell

Don’t forget about the first book in the series if you missed it. All the Deadly Lies
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Here’s the blurb:

Homicide detective Jake Carrington takes murder personally…

The victim was bludgeoned, stripped, and left for dead. Shanna Wagner deserves justice—and there’s no better cop than Lieutenant Jake Carrington to find her killer. The brutality of the crime reminds Jake of his sister’s murder seventeen years ago, and the remorseless man responsible, now up for parole.

Then another woman is killed—and Jake goes dangerously close to the edge. He’ll have to face his personal demons and focus his formidable skills if he hopes to stop a vicious murderer from striking again—and hold on to his career, and his life . . .

A Jake Carrington Thriller

Previously published as If I Fail

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Cover Reveal for ALL THE HIDDEN SINS

Release date: July 31, 2018

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Today is a great day because I get to share with you the cover for All the Hidden Sins.
My readers and fans are the best and because you are, you’ll be the first to see the cover for All the Hidden Sins. Thank you for all your support.
Do you love it as much as I do?
All of you have supported Jake Carrington and my journey from small press, to self-pubbed, and now traditionally published with Kensington Publishing Corp.
Jake and his gang along with me hope to entertain you for years to come. If you’re interested in preordering the book I’ve posted the buy links below.
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I’m excited to show you the cover for All the Hidden Sins, the second book in the Jake Carrington thriller series. I love it and hope you do too. There’ll be a giveaway contest on Goodreads. Look for my ads in BookBud to.

If you want to read the first book All the Deadly Lies, you can grab your copy here:

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NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Lowery Joins Me Today

Please give a warm welcome to New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Lowery, who has joined me today.

Jennifer Lowery Author pic copyHello peeps, Jennifer here to rock your military romance socks off! My new release, Worth the Risk, Book #2 in my Wolff Securities Series, is available now for pre-order—Woot! It will release March 20th so get your orders in now! If you haven’t read the first two books, no worries, these are standalone as well as part of a series—although I do hope you’ll read them all 😉 The Wolff brothers are a tight-lipped bunch but I managed to get them talking long enough to write their books, lol, so the more support the better!


A friend and author asked me why the hero of this book had me falling in love with him. A great question and one I am happy to answer here for all of you. Kell Wolff, the hero of Worth the Risk, was one of the most forth-coming Wolff brothers, even if he didn’t say much, lol. I knew from day one he was running—literally—from his past and the woman who tore his heart out. He was a fun mix of thrill-seeker and loyal, the one you wanted watching your six. He had kind of a warped sense of humor his brothers don’t care for, but Kell gets a kick out of needling them. He was kind of dark, but not in a tall, dark and brooding way. More, haunted. And I’m a sucker for the strong, silent types. He did manage to surprise me at the end of the book—sorry, no spoilers here—and I was so touched I fell for him all over again. I enjoyed watching Kell come to life and I hope you do, too!


If you’d like to read Kell’s story, click on this link: Amazon

If you would like to read the first two books, Maximum Risk and Not Without Risk please go to my website HERE for purchase links.

P.S. The first book in the series, Maximum Risk, is on sale for .99 cents for a limited time!



He’s a risk-taker…

Private security specialist, Kell Wolff, lives life on the edge. Falling for CIA agent, Shea Morrissey, fit his risk-taking lifestyle. Until she walked away without as much as a goodbye. Now, four years later she’s in trouble and needs his help, but the thought of seeing her again risks having his heart ripped out of his chest a second time. But Shea’s agenda coincides with his own so he can’t say no.

She’s the biggest risk of all…

Shea Morrissey has gone off the grid in pursuit of the man responsible for the death of her sister. Determined to take Ramil Diakameli down, she’s given up everything. Including the man she loved. Now, she’s in danger, her mission in jeopardy and the only person she can trust to help her is the man she walked away from. In order to survive, she and Kell must fight side by side and put their past to rest so they can work together.




Copyright ©2018 by Jennifer Lowery


     Suddenly more gunshots rang out. Men started falling around them. Kell pulled his K-Bar out of the chest of one man and let him crumple to the ground. Their saviors in robes and sandals advanced on them, bleeding and battered, but alive.

He turned to see more villagers behind them. They looked terrified, shocked.

But it was Shea who he ran to. Blood covered her from head to toe. Or so it seemed to his addled brain. He couldn’t think straight. Could barely stand. Something was wrong with his legs.

He watched Shea crumple to the ground and reached out to catch her. He did, but his strength had sapped away and he dropped to his knees, Shea in his arms. He stared down at her white face, willing her to open her eyes. But, she didn’t.

Terrified he’d lost her he pulled her to his chest and toppled over as everything went black around him.


Author Bio:

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Lowery is a romantic at heart. She believes that happily ever after is only the beginning of her stories. And the road to that happy ending is paved with action, adventure, and romance.

She debuted her first book in 2012 which made her dreams of being a writer come true, followed with her SEAL Team Alpha series and loves her job as much today as she did then. She is delighted to bring you stories from the heart and hopes you enjoy reading them as much as she did writing them.


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Follow the Book Tour for All the Deadly Lies for a chance to Win an Amazon Gift Card

Follow the Book Tour for All the Deadly Lies for a chance to Win an Amazon Gift Card see below.

From March 9th to April 9th you’ll have several chances to win. Today go to the link below to enter. I’ve also posted the complete list. You can enter every day at every site. Good luck!

Book Tour

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Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

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Read an excerpt from All the Deadly Lies
Chapter 1

“Sergeant, in my office, please.” Captain Shamus McGuire stood at attention in his doorway, all six-feet-four inches of him. His steel-gray hair cut to military precision focused one’s attention on his matching gray eyes.
Homicide Sergeant Jake Carrington of the Wilkesbury Police Department looked across his joined desk to his partner, and lifelong friend Louie Romanelli and shrugged. Louie threw him a questioning look as he adjusted his tie and started to rise from his chair.
“Just Jake, Louie,” the captain said as he turned into his office.
Jake picked up their latest case file to update the captain and walked in to join McGuire.
“Take a seat, Jake.” The captain pointed to one of the two institutional-gray ones in front of his desk. He took off his glasses and massaged his forehead.
Though Jake preferred to stand, he took the less beat-up seat on the right. The room was a monument to the man, all spit and polish. Sparse furnishing with a few awards and medals hung on the walls. Paperwork in precise piles, a picture of his family, the standard computer and phone were all he had on his desk. McGuire’s appearance and stance spoke of his military background and warned his cops he took no crap from them. It wasn’t like him to stall but that’s exactly what he was doing at the moment.
McGuire turned his smoky eyes on him. Jake went on alert. Something was up, something big.
“Captain?” Instincts had Jake bracing for what came next.
“Spaulding’s coming up for parole again. And this time he’s requesting a DNA test before he comes before the board.” Jake’s stomach curdled. McGuire continued, “He’s also requesting the DNA samples from your sister’s crime scene be tested against his sample.”
“What bullshit, Shamus.”
Jake jumped up, roamed the office. His mouth went dry. Deep down he was afraid the old samples somehow wouldn’t match and would set Eva’s killer free. This new development would split his attention. What could Spaulding gain from this maneuver? To catch a killer, you had to get inside his head. Did Spaulding assume the system would release him if he got a new trial?
He looked out the window and studied the downtown area as he ran every scenario through his mind. This was his town, though imperfect as it was. He and Eva had been born here of immigrant parents. Its one hundred thousand residents depended on him and those who had come before him to protect it.
Outside of his tour of military duty overseas he didn’t venture far from it, a good city, though down on its luck since all the manufacturing jobs went overseas. Wilkesbury recently had the distinguished honor to be named one of the top five saddest rust belt cities. And it’s the one that was farthest south of the belt. In its glory days, nothing could touch
Wilkesbury. Most of the crime in the city came from the twenty percent of the Wilkesburians living under the national poverty level. The city had its mix of people, businesses, homeless, shoppers, and kids. More kids claimed the downtown area since UConn had put a branch right across the street from the station. Today some of the kids wore shorts to celebrate the hot weather. Last week it was in the forties. Today the temperatures hit the seventies. New England, you gotta love it, he thought.
Clearing his mind, he focused on The Palace Marquee. Next month Johnny Mathis would be here for two days. He thought it a monument to the citizens of Wilkesbury when private citizens and businesses raised the money to save the Palace. It had been closed for eighteen years. The last performer had been Tony Bennett in 1987. Bennett had opened the newly restored theater in 2004 and it was still going strong. Jake loved the old theater. It brought back good memories from his childhood. The grand old theater done in the tradition of the Met was a step back in time. Since it had been refurbished it drew some big-name performers and plays. It’s about time we got something decent in the downtown area, he thought. Murders were down in recent years but overall crime continued. Eva’s death was the
reason he became a cop instead of going on to play pro ball after college.
Turning from the window, he walked back to stand in front of Shamus’s desk. “I’m sorry, I didn’t hear the last part,” Jake said.
“The sperm gathered at the time of the autopsy was preserved, and with new technology he has the right to ask for the testing.”
“When will it happen? I want to be there through the whole process from collection to testing to make sure there aren’t any switch-ups.” What a way to start a Monday.
“It hasn’t been granted yet. His lawyer is working on the request,” McGuire stated.
“When will it happen?” Jake rubbed his temples where a headache was forming.
“The board acts in their own time. I’d say toward the end of the month. I’m behind you, as is the entire department, Jake, to make sure Eva gets justice.”
Jake paced the room. Seventeen years and it seemed like yesterday.
“When they took him out after the trial, Spaulding whispered to me he’d done it and enjoyed every moment of it,” Jake said. It was a moment in time he would never forget.
There were nights after the trial he dreamed up ways of killing Spaulding, making him suffer as much, if not more, than Eva had. Even today, when his moral code screamed there was no justification for taking a life, he understood deep down in his soul that, if given the chance, he’d remove George Spaulding from the face of this Earth and not look back. Captain McGuire’s voice floated back into his head. Jake felt shame standing in front of Shamus with thoughts of murder in his head. If he did kill, what would separate him from the ones he hunted every day of his life?
“As a cop, you and I both understand the evidence is what convicts, along with a smart prosecutor. Spaulding’s lawyer has petitioned the court. Even if the DNA isn’t a match, it wouldn’t get him an immediate release. There was other evidence putting him at the crime scene. And there was an eyewitness who saw him push Eva into his car. All it will get him is a new trial. If I remember this right, all of the evidence pointed to him. Have faith, Jake.”
“Faith? Is that what I should tell Eva? Oh wait. I can’t. Because she’s dead!”
The captain ignored his outburst. “If he goes to trial I promise we’ll reopen the case and work it along with our current files. But, you can’t touch the file when we do.”
“That’s bullshit.”
“No, it’s not. If we want the chain of evidence to remain pure you can’t touch it. I’ll respect and appoint whoever you want to work it,” McGuire said.
“It can’t be him either.” McGuire held up his hands before Jake could interrupt him. “He’s too close to you.”
“What’s not to say any of the men in my department aren’t too close to me?”
“Whoever you pick will have a state trooper working with him.”
“You don’t trust your own men?” Aggrieved, Jake threw up his hands.
“Do you want answers?”
“Shamus, I already got my answer. I’ve no doubt Spaulding is guilty,” Jake said.
“Then this is the best way to handle it. When we catch the killer, it will ensure a conviction,” Shamus said.
Jake pushed a hand through his hair. The air thinned, cutting off his next breath. “I need to get out of here.”
He rushed from McGuire’s office. At his desk Jake grabbed his car keys and ignored Louie’s questions. He didn’t trust himself to speak. The pit of his stomach burned. What if the DNA didn’t match Spaulding’s?
Damn, he wanted to punch something. No, not something. He wanted to punch out Spaulding.
I swear if they release him—I’ll—I’ll kill him.
“Jake, wait up.” Louie Romanelli followed him out of the bullpen.
“Not now.” Jake kept walking.
Louie caught up to him and grabbed his arm as he would a suspect and twirled him around. If he wanted to, Jake could’ve decked him. They were evenly matched in height and weight. Instead, he stood rigid. “Talk to me,” Louie said.
“Give me a couple of hours to pull myself together. We’ll meet at my house later if you can. In the meantime, work the Wagner case. I’d hate not to give the Wagners the answers they need.” He didn’t bother to mention the case was similar to Eva’s that, he too needed the closure.
“Tell me what’s wrong. Did McGuire fire you?” Louie’s olive complexion whitened as he asked the question. His dark eyes searched Jake’s face for an answer.
Leave it to Louie. For the first time in over a half hour, he laughed. “No, I’m not fired. Spaulding’s up for parole again and has requested new testing.”
He stared down his friend as Louie processed the information. If it wasn’t for Louie and his family during the weeks and months that followed Eva’s death, he wouldn’t be standing here today.
How different we are, Jake thought. Louie, married for seventeen years to his grade-school sweetheart, now had three kids. He, on the other hand, liked being single. Side by side, though they matched each other in height, his skin tone paled next to Louie’s dark Italian coloring.
“Go back to work. I’ll talk to you later.”
Jake walked away with his head down and his mind spinning out in every direction. No matter what Shamus said, he owed it to Eva to find the answers.
It’s my fault she died.

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Please Welcome Author Sharon Wray to the Blog.

Blurb for Every Deep Desire (Book 1 in the Deadly Force Series)



He’s taking it all back
His honor, his freedom, and the woman he loves

Rafe Montfort was a decorated Green Beret, the best of the best, until a disastrous mission and an unforgivable betrayal destroyed his life. Now, this deadly soldier has returned to the sultry Georgia swamps to reunite with his brothers, and take back all he lost. But Juliet must never know the truth behind what he’s done…or the dangerous secret that threatens to take him from her forever.

It took Juliet Capel eight long years to put her life back together after her husband was taken from her. Now Rafe is back, determined to protect her at any cost, and it’s not just her heart that’s in danger. The swamps hold a secret long buried and far deadlier than either of them could have imagined…


  1. Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.

I love Rafe. And not just because of my cover! J I love Rafe because he’s made a ton of mistakes yet accepts responsibility for all of the pain he’s caused to the people he loves. (And he’s caused a lot!) I think the fact that his choices have caused him more suffering than anyone else in the story helps build reader empathy. He carries so much remorse and regret, he doesn’t seem to care that he was sent to a Russian prison for a year, and then transferred to Leavenworth where he sat in solitary for another nine months. He feels he deserves his punishment and is willing to take it – until it puts Juliet in danger.

And Juliet is his weakness. Nothing—not ex-Green Berets, a secretive army of assassins who date back to pagan Ireland, nor a brutal gun runner—will prevent Rafe from protecting his wife. Even if it means giving up his own life.

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Sharon Wray

  1. Tell us about your heroine. Give us one of her strengths and one of her

I also love Juliet. She’s a woman who’s suffered the pains of poverty, humiliation, and betrayal yet is still willing to fight for what she wants in life. And what she wants is to own her own landscape architecture business and to live life according to her own terms. She’s strong in character, smart, and sassy. She’s also willing to do hard things to protect those she loves.

But she comes by her weakness honestly: Juliet cannot rely on another person for anything. She is generous and kind and hardworking, but she refuses to accept help from others. She cannot risk trusting people with anything about her life—including her heart. And when Rafe returns, her character flaw throws them into a danger they’re not sure they’ll ever escape from.

  1. Please tell my readers a little bit about your series and book.


EVERY DEEP DESIRE is the first book in the Deadly Force romantic suspense series where ex-Green Berets and their smart, sexy heroines redeem Shakespeare’s greatest love stories.

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EVERY DEEP DESIRE is a romantic suspense retelling of Romeo and Juliet. In this sexy action-packed version, the lovers from feuding families must face a team of disgraced ex-Green Berets, a brutal arms dealer, and a secretive army of assassins.


But the heart of this book is the love story between Rafe Montfort and his wife Juliet Capel. A couple who grew up together, married young, and were torn apart by forces far more powerful than they could’ve ever imagined.


Juliet Capel is a heroine who survived great hardships after her husband left her and the last thing she wants to do is help her recently-returned ex-husband defeat his enemies. Despite the fact that Rafe has come back to her as an incredibly sexy, full-grown man, she’s afraid to risk her heart.

As she learns about the horror of Rafe’s life for the past eight years, her resolve wavers. What Juliet doesn’t realize is that even if she agrees to help him fight his devils, and they succeed, she could still lose him forever.

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  1. What inspired your latest book?

A few things inspired this series and this book. I’ve always been fascinated by Shakespeare’s love stories and have always wanted to rewrite the endings of his tragedies so everyone would get their HEA.

EVERY DEEP DESIRE is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Book 2, ONE DARK WISH, redeems Othello and Desdemona’s story. And Deadly Force Book 3 (aka DF3 for now—poor untitled DF3) is a “what-if” story of Hamlet and Ophelia’s doomed love story.

Other elements in this series come from the Fenian Cycle of Poetry, specifically the legend of Fionn Mac Cumhaill. Fionn was a mythic warrior in pagan Ireland who led a band of warriors, known as the Fianna, who were so brutal that the Roman legions turned around and left.

The stories of the Fianna include the fact that they speak only in verse from the Twelve Books of Irish Poetry, they train naked in the winter, and must each suffer through a gauntlet of 80 men, each holding two weapons. Some say Fionn and his Fianna army is the reason why Rome never invaded Ireland.

I took these old stories and wondered, “What if the Fianna was still real? A secret army that works for itself—with no allegiance to any country or government? What would that look like? Would they also speak in verse? Train naked? Suffer a gauntlet?” (the answer to all of these questions is yes!)

And so the Fianna army in the Deadly Force series was born – with Rafe being one of their warriors who tithed his life, until the end of his existence, to the Prince. The Prince being the current day leader of the Fianna – the current day Fionn Mac Cumhaill.

These books belong to Shakespeare and Fionn Mac Cumhaill!

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  1. How far do you plan ahead?

I plan some things out VERY far ahead. I know what happens to the heroine of book 4 (which isn’t written yet) in book 8. I know what secondary characters will make it to the end of the series, and which ones won’t. I even know who gets to marry the love of their life, and who will end up alone. Having this kind of power over an imaginary world is awesome!


  1. Do you have a view in your writing space? What does your space look like? 

I write on my iMac in a tiny corner of my kitchen, and my dog Donut sleeps next to me. My desk is pressed up against a glass door so I can look out into my garden. Right now, it’s winter and everything is dead and brown here in Virginia. But come spring, it will be filled with flowers and birds. I use the kitchen table behind me to lay out my plotting things—notebooks, posters, post-it notes, etc. At the end of the day, it all goes back into a small rolling cart I push into the mud room near the garage.

One day I’ll have a big office with bookshelves and a place to organize everything. But this works for now. And at least Donut and I can watch for birds and squirrels.

  1. Was your road to publication fraught with peril or a walk in the park?

It wasn’t a walk in the park, but I wasn’t eaten by alligators either. J I started writing and joined RWA in March 2004 and Sourcebooks published my first book in March 2018. Within those 14 years, I wrote ten manuscripts, finaled in the Golden Heart 8 times, and had hundreds of rejections.

Along the way, I continued learning and querying and reading and adapting until I finally had a manuscript that was ready to meet the world. For some it’s an easier journey, for others it’s harder. But the journey takes as long as it takes, and it’s different for each of us. The most important thing to remember is what Theodore Roosevelt said: “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

  1. Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?

You are never too old, too young, too anything to start reaching for your goals or making your dreams come true. If you want to do something—anything—go do it. And remember that done is better than perfect!




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Author, Retired Cop Rick Reed joins me today

Good morning. Today retire cop turned author Rick Reed joins me to answer a few questions.


Hello Rick,

What is your typical day like?

Up at 4:30a and go to a Starbucks to write. Write three hours or so, then back home to my office and write off and on for another six to eight hours. Every day. (Except for my wife’s birthday, Mother’s Day, our Anniversary, and Christmas.)

Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

I stop taking my medicine and…there they are. Not really. My past life gives me all the story material I will ever need. I rarely search for a story idea. That is both good and bad. PTSD—Post Traumatic Story Disorder.

What is your favorite dessert/food?


How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?

Depends on how they act. If they make me mad they become a victim. If they’re arrogant or rude they become a politician. If they don’t do anything, they become a Congressman.

Was your road to publication fraught with peril or a walk in the park?

I’m an ‘accidental author’. I caught a serial killer when I was a homicide detective and was contacted by a writer that had an offer from Kensington to write about this killer. We co-authored a true crime book called BLOOD TRAIL. That was my first foray into this business. I won’t write true crime again, but was lucky enough to be contacted by the publisher again to write two fiction books based on serial killers. This turned into a series and I’m now working on book #8. Book #6 was just published and book #7 is with the editors. The peril part for me is deadlines.

How far do you plan ahead?

I write a series so always be looking two or three books down the road. I’m currently working on a book due in July. I have all the research I need in my head for that one. But there is always a teaser (20 to 30 pages) of the next book included with the current book. It’s a challenge to continue a series with the same characters. My stories tend to take place in Evansville, Indiana with a population of 157K. I’ve killed almost half of them. Just kidding. I want to but they refuse to die. Whoops. The planning and research depends on the challenge the new story presents. I rely on other writers and friends to do some of my research. However, I’m preparing for book #9 and will have to spend a few weeks in a little town called Dugger, Indiana.

Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?

Yes. If you want to be a writer, write. Every day. Every weekend. Holidays. Even if you don’t have anything to say. Write something. You can always change it or cut it. If you don’t write it’s like not breathing. So don’t wait for an idea. Just start writing. It will tell itself.

What did you want to be when you were a child?  Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

I grew up in a bad neighborhood. I wanted to stay out of prison. So I wanted to not be a criminal. I became a cop instead. It was either that or become a priest and I liked girls too much. I had no thought of being a writer but I wanted to be an investigator. Now I want to be a writer. Writers are investigators that are allowed—encouraged even—to tell lies.

Do you or have you belonged to a writing organization?  Which one?  Have the helped you with your writing?  How?

I belong to Mystery Writers of America. At one point my contract with my publisher ended and there was no prospect on the horizon. The next day I had a bad accident and suffered a brain injury. MWA helped me through the dry spell, both monetarily and with encouragement that I could get my mojo back. I will always be thankful to them. As for writing groups, I’m somewhat of a loner. I belong to the SouthEast branch of MWA and enjoy the conversations, but I will always write what I want. Sometimes too many cooks really do spoil the broth.

Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.


THE SLOWEST DEATH is the 6th Jack Murphy Thriller. Jack Murphy and Liddell Blanchard are partners in the Homicide Squad of the Evansville Police Department. They become involved in this case when a policeman is found murdered, tortured, and posed in an abandoned house in a poor part of town. Sergeant Franco “Sonny” Caparelli was assigned to a Federal Drug Task Force. His death is thought to be drug related when tens of thousands of dollars are found in his discarded clothing. While Jack and Liddell are investigating Sonny’s death another victim is killed. This one a Superior Court Judge. The victims are killed in different manners, but in both cases an small ivory figurine of a monkey is found shoved down the victims throats. A man from Boston shows up to talk to Jack, asking for help in finding a friend of Sonny’s. He knows that Sonny, the Judge, and the friend he is looking for were originally from Boston. The Judge was a prosecutor, Sonny and the friend were detectives. The investigation takes on a new direction and drugs aren’t the only thing wrong with this picture.



Detective Jack Murphy can read a crime scene like a book. When the naked, brutalized corpse of a narcotics cop is found, it’s not the body that tells him a sick killer is on the loose, but the monkey figurine—of the “see no evil” kind—shoved down his throat. It’s a message, not a clue.


When a high-profile judge is set on fire. Another figurine left behind. Murphy has a guess what’s next. But it’s not what he expects. The torture-killer taking out Evansville’s defenders of law and order isn’t the only one with secrets. The victims might have a few, too . . .


Praise for Rick Reed and his novels
“A jaw-dropping thriller.”—Gregg Olsen
“Leaves you wondering whether you really did lock the doors before you went to bed.”—Mystery Scene 
“Put this on your must-read list.”—John Lutz
“The things Reed has seen as a police officer make for a great book.”
Suspense Magazine
“Rick Reed knows the dark side as only a real-life cop can, and his writing crackles with authenticity.” —Shane Gericke




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Rick Reed is the author of the Detective Jack Murphy thriller series consisting of six novels at this time. Three more novels will be released in 2018 and 2019. His most recent novel, THE SLOWEST DEATH, was released on February 6 of this year.

The fiction series smacks of reality because Sergeant Rick Reed (Ret.) was a member of the Evansville Police Department and Vanderburgh County Sheriff Department in Indiana for 30 years. During that time he served as an investigator for Circuit Court, Deputy Sheriff, motor patrol sergeant, hostage negotiator, handwriting expert, and lead investigator on numerous serial rapist, cold cases and homicides.

Reed’s acclaimed book, Blood Trail, is the true account of one investigation that unearthed serial killer, Joseph Weldon Brown, who is serving two life-without-parole sentences for his string of crimes.

Reed is currently writing and teaching part time at a Community College. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their critter family, Lexie and Luthor.. You can reach him through his website at or through He is available for presentations through his publicist, at Kensington Books

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Author of the Acclaimed True Crime novel: BLOOD TRAIL


“Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.”

                      __Sir Isaac Newton

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Check out review of All the Deadly Lies

I’m excited to share’s review of All the Deadly Lies which releases on February 27th.

Click the link below to read it.

Criminal Element dot com review

Lanouette.All The Deadly Lies

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Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire author Kayelle Allen visits today

Marian, thank you for letting me share my book with your readers. I’m excited to be here!

I can’t wait to read your latest book, Kayelle.



Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

I wish I could give people a source where they could go and pick up ideas, but alas, I have no idea. I am struck with inspiration at the oddest moments, often when I’m somewhere that’s impossible to write anything down. I carry a pen and pad with me everywhere, make notes on my phone, and on trips, I carry a recording device so I can take verbal notes. I even keep writing material next to the bed for those moments where I think of something as I’m drifting off, or in a dream. I record ideas constantly. Most never make it to a story, but by having a large body of ideas to consider, there is always something I can use. I’m a hoarder of ideas.


What advice do you have for other authors wanting to self-publish?

Be prepared to work. If you don’t polish your story and get plenty of eyes on it, you will not make it in this business. You need input. You cannot see your own mistakes. They disappear into the haze while you’re reading. Edit. Edit. Edit. Write the best book you can and study the craft as you do. Always be learning.


Do you have critique partners?

Yes. I’ve been in critique groups since 2003. I facilitate a group of about half a dozen or so writers in the town where I live. They are vital to my success. I’ve published four books with this group being the first people who see them. I make meeting with them one of my highest priorities each week.


Was your road to publication fraught with peril or a walk in the park?

I was fortunate in meeting a fellow writer who loved my work. She mentored me in writing and introduced me to her publisher. I submitted the manuscript she suggested and it was accepted within two weeks. The rest of my books were the same way. I had rejections for short stories many years ago, but I’d submitted without understanding what they required. I view those as dumb mistakes. Currently, all my work is self-published. I prefer having complete control.


Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?

You can quit anytime you want, but if you do, you’ll never publish. If you want to produce a book, keep writing.



Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.

Pietas is an Ultra, a race of genetically enhanced creatures who were designed to serve mankind. Under his father’s leadership, their people broke free. That event is the only point upon which father and son agree. Their animosity toward one another is legendary and for good reason. I won’t spoil the story by explaining that here.

Pietas is a tower of honor. He keeps his word no matter what it costs and he does not lie. His biggest downfall is that he hates humans with a fiery passion and cannot be bothered to judge them by their individual merits. So of course, I put him in a situation where he had to rely on one to survive. Putting Pietas through his paces and teaching him what a racist he had been was a lot of work, but a great deal of fun as well. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as having your hero get his comeuppance.


Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.

I intended the first Bringer of Chaos book as a single novel. My hero had other ideas. I was informed by Pietas that he is immortal and therefore requires a great deal more than one book. Once I accepted that, he began to reveal his story. You’ve heard how characters can rewrite the story you have planned for them? Pietas is the king of that. I’ve recently published book two and I’m working on three.

In Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas (book 1) Pietas must do the one thing he detests. Trust a human. Let me put it this way — it’s a test between an immortal and a human to see if genetics outguns honor. Writing Pietas and Six as they grapple with hatred leading into friendship was so much work! It was also a blast. This book has angst but also humor.

In Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire (book 2) Pietas is marooned on a barren world and must find a way to free half a million of his people, trapped inside their cryostasis pods. Before he can release them, he’ll have to take back command from a ruthless enemy he’s fought for centuries. His brutal, merciless father. In this book, Pietas reunites with a beautiful telepathic warrior he’s loved for lifetimes, bonds with a sentient panther, and deals with betrayal from a source he never saw coming. A word about the panther… Tiklaus is ginormous and the alpha of a tribe of panthers. But when this big bad feline warrior thinks no one else is looking, it’s time for a belly rub and cuddles from Pietas. These books have no profanity or explicit content.

Suggested hashtags

#SciFi #Pietas #SpaceOpera #military



Where to find the Bringer of Chaos series:

Origin of Pietas

Forged in Fire

or the author’s website


Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She’s a US Navy veteran who’s been married so long she’s tenured. Twitter Facebook

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Today’s a day for reassessing my goals, not making them

Today, I’m reviewing my 2017, my five year and my ten year writing goal lists. I have to do this before I can make goals for 2018 and beyond.


I’m proud to say that I’ve accomplished 90% of my five year goal list, and 70% of my ten year one. I made these lists after hearing Kristan Higgins speak at the NEC Conference in 2011. Before than I wasn’t a list maker. But her speech was so encouraging, and she credited her success on following her goal lists (I have to say it was also because she is a very talented lady.) As we all know today Kristan is a New York Times best selling authors. So I found it prudent to follow her example. I keep these list above my computer for days when I get discouraged or distracted. It helps me focus on the end game.


Since 2011 I’ve tweaked and crossed off items on both list as I completed them. It amazes me what I’v accomplished in that time period. So today, I’m reviewing my 2017 items and either knocking off items or transferring them to 2018.

2017 List (and I get to knockoff  some items on my 5 and 10 year ones. Win, Win.)

I love the cover for Jake’s first book with Kensington. What do  you think?

Lanouette.All The Deadly Lies

Book contract with Traditional publisher. Done, in February 2017 I signed a four book deal with Kensington for my Jake Carrington Thriller Series. The first one All the Deadly Lies releases on February 27th. If you’re interested, here is the preorder link:

Ebook All the Deadly Lies

Paperback Edition All the Deadly Lies

Increase social media presence: Done

Write fourth book in Jake Carrington Thriller Series: I’ve got the outline done and several chapters, but have been busy editing the first three books for Kensington, I’ve  had no time to write but will make time in 2018. Will be first thing on my 2018 list. Book is due May 1, 2018.

Complete mystery holiday romance novel: This one was put aside to meet my contract obligations. Will be the fourth item on my 2018 list.

2018 List

Turn in final proof of All the Hidden Sins (release date July 31, 2018) by January 3, 2018. Turned in on 12/31/17. Done

Complete and turn in fourth book All the Dirty Secrets to Kensington by May 1st deadline. This one needs to get to my personal editor no later than April 1, 2018, preferably by March 15, 2018.

Copy and Content edits from Kensington for third book All the Pretty Brides (release date December 18, 2018.)

Marketing: Shot for USA Today’s bestselling list.

Promote All the Deadly Lies Winter 2018

By February 15, 2018 produce first newsletter.

Promote All the Hidden Sins Spring and Summer 2018

Promote All the Pretty Brides Fall and Winter 2018

Become more active on Goodreads, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

Edits: Kensington on All the Dirty Secrets (late 2018)

Complete 1st draft of mystery romance novel. Set aside.


In between all this there’s a life to be lived and enjoyed. There are many more items on this list both professionally and personally, but I’m reserving them for another post.


I hope you all have a Happy, Properous, and Healthy New Year!


Marian Lanouette

PS if you’d like an early copy of All the Deadly Lies, sign up at Netgalley as a reviewer and grab your copy now. Here’s the link:

Netgalley Sign up for All the Deadly Lies



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Devon Ellington-International Playwright, Author, and Teacher

Today I’m honored to host Playwright, Author, and Teacher, Devon Ellington. Not only have her plays have been international produced, she teaches her craft around the globe as well as creating memorable characters in her series.

I’ve used Devon’s Series Bible: Creation and Maintenance since I first decided Jake Carrington was going to be a series. Her book has helped me organize Jake and friends for the series to runs smoothly. And I recommend them if you’re creating a series.


Devon’s talking about juggling multi series and how the bible works for her. Welcome Devon.


Series Juggling Act


I am in a uniquely blessed-and-stressed period of time right now. Three of my books release in a four-month period. Three books, two names, three different series.


Three books. Three different series. Three distinct voices.


Granted, two of them are re-releases of books to which I got back my rights. PLAYING THE ANGLES, the first Coventina Circle novel, and TRACKING MEDUSA, the first Gwen Finnegan mystery, released several years ago, with different publishers, one of which we decided to part ways, the other who closed its doors.

All three are contracted to release first digitally, and, about eight or nine months after the digital release, to have a small traditional print run (not a POD).


All three books are examples of writing the book I wanted to read and couldn’t find. All three series are managed with detailed and evolving Series Bibles. (In fact, I teach a course on the Series Bible, and one of my Topic Workbooks is dedicated to just that).


I ended up in this multi-series boat thanks to a series of meetings with my advisors earlier this year. I felt the need to recalibrate the vision for my overall writing career. What did I want to write? How did I want it to reach readers? What, of  the material I have, and what’s in the hopper, works in more traditional outlets, and what makes more sense in unique outlets?  The industry is changing, rapidly. I can either make the most of those changes, and make choices that serve the work well, or I can try to force myself into other people’s boxes and be miserable.


Playing The Angles Cover MedPLAYING THE ANGLES, under its original title and byline, had sold decently but not brilliantly. However, as soon as it went out of print, the demand for it went up.  I kept getting emails asking where they could buy it; they wanted more copies for their friends. You have no idea how often my interior monologue consisted of, “You couldn’t have asked this when it was still in print?”


I wrote the book I wanted to read, especially in terms of setting it backstage on a Broadway show. I spent the bulk of my professional life in the theatre, including Broadway, and it enrages me when books are set backstage, but use the same old tired clichés, don’t understand the deeply rooted traditions and superstitions, and don’t celebrate the creativity, closeness, hard work, exhaustion, exhilaration, and fierce loyalty that’s part of every production I’ve ever worked on.  Plus, add in witchcraft, politics, theatre ghosts, and the Secret Service, and you’ve got quite the paranormal romantic suspense soup!


I re-read the manuscript, still felt it had good stuff in it, and sat down to, first of all, name the series, and then plan out the seven books in the series.  I’ve got Writer’s Rough outlines of all seven books, and we’ve set a release schedule. Let me just add that I love my editor, who trains me out of my bad habits, and doesn’t complain when I keep coming up with new ones.


The Series Bible for PLAYING THE ANGLES was vital to writing those outlines and planning the series. I kept going back to it for character, location, and professional details. The series bible will be updated as each book in the series is finalized for release. Even though, in this paranormal romantic suspense series, a different pair of protagonists is central, and each book stands alone, the protagonists of one book are supporting characters in the others, and those relationships evolve over the course of the series. Also, in the final book, one of the supporting characters, Hartley Crain, who gets the short end of the stick in all the other books, poor guy, finally gets his well-deserved HEA. No, that’s not a spoiler. Believe me, by the end of the series, he’s earned it!


PLAYING THE ANGLES released in October 2017. The second book, THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY, releases in May 2018. It features Bonnie, a supporting character who enters near the end of ANGLES, and Rupert, a descendant of original New Amsterdam settlers, who owns a bookshop in Greenwich Village. It’s set against the old spirits of New York/New Amsterdam. The third book, RELIC AND REQUIEM, features Amanda (Morag’s coven sister and best friend in ANGLES) and Phineas Regan, one of the detectives in ANGLES, and is set in a small, private NYC museum with a haunted Victorian Cabinet of Curiosities. That will release in October of 2018. Small traditional print runs (not PODs) should release about 8-10 months after the digital releases.


Savasana at Sea Cover Choice 1SAVASANA AT SEA (which just released under the Ava Dunne name) was also a case of writing the book I wanted to read.  I’m tired of books making fun of yoga practitioners. I worked in the office of a cruise line in San Francisco in the mid-1980s and have always liked the locked-room aspect of murder on a cruise ship. I wanted a LARGE, diverse, international ensemble (which is realistic for a cruise ship).  I wanted this series to be lighter, have more humor, and more romantic elements, which meant it fit the Ava Dunne name. I wanted to use some elements of a cozy mystery, but also chose places to break the formula.


There were huge changes in the nine drafts it took to make the book the best it can be. Some of them even happened in the ninth draft! The biggest was switching (in draft four or so) from third person to first person. Sophie’s voice kept coming to me in first person. Trying to force it into third took a lot of air out of the piece.


Of course, changing POV is more than changing pronouns.  It means major revisions, because the perspective on details changes.


I have thumbnails of the first six books (at which point we’ll reassess and decide whether or not to continue with the series), and am almost finished with the Writer’s Rough of the second and third book.  Again, the Series Bible was vital in tracking details. The alliances will shift in this series, as it does when a lot of people with different ethnicities, religions, and other values are forced together in a finite space.  How those alliances shift are vital to the plots of the individual books and to the overall series arcs. I couldn’t do it without a detailed Series Bible.


SAVASANA AT SEA released in November 2017, with a cruise line route from New York-Bahamas. The second book in the series, DAVY JONES DHARMA, features wreck diving a sunken pirate ship off the coast of Bermuda, and releases in November 2018.


TRACKING MEDUSA, the first Gwen Finnegan mystery, was going gangbusters until the publisher shut its doors.  That book, a paranormal archaeological mystery, again is a book I wanted to read. It explores the older woman-younger man relationship against the backdrop of the paranormal mystery. It’s also set in some of my favorite places in the world, including New York and Edinburgh.


There are four Gwen Finnegan mysteries planned. The first three are a trilogy of the Gwen-Justin relationship, and the fourth goes back to events that are discussed and are the catalyst to TRACKING MEDUSA.


TRACKING MEDUSA releases in January 2018. The second book, THE BALTHAZAAR TREASURE (also about a sunken pirate ship) off the Bahamas, releases in January 2018. But there’s also a between-the-books novella, MYTH & INTERPRETATION, that will release in July 2017.


It was the Series Bible that made me realize I needed to cut the first third I’d written for THE BALTHAZAAR TREASURE because it was important to the series but didn’t drive that actual novel.  So that material is going to be in MYTH & INTEPRETATION.


What’s great about using the Series Bible is that I tend to plant seeds for that grow in future books in the early books of a series. So not only do I keep track of things like hair color, eye color, room decor, how a character likes her coffee, but I can choose which seeds grow into which arcs in which books.  It helps me keep the long-term arcs tracked while making sure each book satisfies the reader in the short term.


I have several stand-alones that are being prepped for more traditional outlets. The Series Bibles make it possible for me to switch between projects and still stay on track.






Coventina Circle Website




Nautical Namaste Website



Gwen Finnegan Mysteries Website



The Series Bible: Creation and Maintenance


Full media kits available upon request.


Devon Ellington publishes under half a dozen names in fiction and nonfiction, and is an internationally-produced playwright and radio writer. She writes the urban fantasy Jain Lazarus Adventures for Solstice Publishing, the Coventina Circle paranormal romantic suspense, the Gwen Finnegan paranormal archaeological mysteries, and, as Ava Dunne, the Nautical Namaste yoga/cruise line mysteries. She also writes digital shorts, in series and stand-alones, plays, radio plays, articles, and marketing writing for companies all over the world. Her blog on the writing life is Ink in My Coffee: and her main website it

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