Thursday, November 24, 2011

Facebook Fan Page Turkey Trot


So you’ve heard of a blog hop? Well this is the first ever Fan Page Turkey Trot. You will get to discover some great new Facebook fan pages and win some prizes as well. Each fan page has to do with books and reading, and is linked to the other fan pages, so you will trot your way through Facebook stopping each time you find the turkey.

When you start your trot you will be directed to a fan page. Take a look around. Then go to the photo albums and click through until you spot the turkey. Once you find the turkey, you’ll know what to do next. Don’t worry if you get lost, you can come back here and get this link http://vmaarten.blogspot.com/2011/11/hop-tours-express.html which lists all the fanpages .

Some pages will give you an instant code for a free download of a book while others will enter you into a drawing.

Start here on Quickie Book Reviews!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Hint of Murder: The Anthology


If you haven’t read any of the A Hint of Murder stories, now is your chance to get all three at once. I’ve recently combined all the AHM stories into an anthology. You get 3 A Hint of Murder mysteries, + a bonus mystery, + sample chapters from other talented mystery and thriller writer. Check out a brief synopsis of each below to see what you will get.


A Hint of Murder: The Writer
Alicia Fairfield didn’t plan on being famous. Now a bestselling author with millions of fans, Alicia also has the attention of a killer. Someone has been recreating the murders from her books and the suspects are piling up; her mentally ill son, a disgruntled associate, and possibly even her loyal literary agent. The pressure of public recognition along with the guilt over these senseless killings could be enough to drive Alicia over the edge. Can she hold it together long enough to uncover a killer?
Story length 9,000 words

A Hint of Murder: The Doctor
Russell Morgan had it all; good looks, the perfect woman and a rewarding career as a well-respected physician. When the doctor’s patients start turning up dead, his world comes crashing down. Second in the "A Hint of Murder" series, this short story brings Detective John Lewis back in action to track down the killer.
Story length: 12,000 words

A Hint of Murder: The Bouncer
Bobby Crane was tired of being a bouncer and a glorified errand boy. He longed to be a professional singer and was just about to get his big break. Then Allen Schaffer is found murdered and Bobby’s car was spotted at the victim’s home. Third in the A Hint of Murder series, this story has detective John Lewis returning with a new partner to uncover a murderer.
Story length: 10,400 words

Also included is one bonus mystery entitled "Homeless" and excerpts from the novels of these mystery and thriller writers: Libby Fischer Hellmann, Valerie Maarten, Mel Comley, Sibel Hodge, Faith Mortimer, and Seb Kirby.


A Hint of Murder: The Anthology

Amazon US http://ow.ly/7xiI7

Amazon UK http://ow.ly/7xiKW

Barnes and Noble http://ow.ly/7yZWo




Monday, November 21, 2011

Mini Mystery Monday



Today starts a new biweekly feature on the blog. Every two weeks (or so) we’ll have Mini Mystery Monday. I’ll present a short paragraph for you to read and ponder what exactly is going on. Be the first to guess by posting below and you’ll win a free download of one of my books. You may also post questions in the comments section which I will respond to. Some of these mysteries will be originals by me or other guest writers, while others you may have heard years ago.

Let’s start with an easy one so you can get the hang of it.

A man walks into a bar, goes straight up to the bartender and orders a glass of water. The bartender takes out a gun and points it at the man. The man then says “thank you” and walks out of the bar.

Post your guesses or questions below. First correct answer will receive a free download of A Hint of Murder: The Writer from Smashwords. http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/81640

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Hint of Murder: The Bouncer



A Hint of Murder: The Bouncer 


Read the excerpt and comment below for a chance to win this ebook, gifted directly to your Kindle. 




EXCERPT
For the first time in three years, Bobby Crane would not be standing at the door of the Lion’s Club; he’d be onstage. Instead of bouncing out of control partyers, he’d be entertaining them. Until that very moment, he was a nervous wreck preparing for his singing debut. Planning out just the right song for the night, including the inevitable encore number. Picking out what he would wear. Inviting the few special people in his life. Screw the rest of them. Bobby wouldn’t say a word to any of the doubters who mocked his dreams of becoming a huge singing sensation. He wouldn’t have to after tonight.
Bobby took a drink off his water bottle and set it down on the wooden stool next to him. Then, he blasted a squirt of throat spray in his mouth just as he read professional singers do before performances. A quick check of his pits, and all was well and going according to plan. Piece of cake, he thought to himself.
“Me, may, maw, mo, moo. Me, may, maw, mo, moo!” he sang. He was careful not to overdo the warm-up.
It was just about time so he moved up closer to the curtain to ready himself. He watched as Mike, the club manager, took the stage to announce him. Just as Bobby was about to step forward, he felt a gentle tap on his shoulder.
“Mr. Crane?” he heard a soft voice say.
To his surprise, Bobby turned to find two people standing right behind him. They definitely weren’t dressed for a club night, so they couldn’t be fans already.
“Yeah, that’s me. But I’m a little busy as you can see.” He gestured with his head out to the audience. He heard Mike talking about him on stage.
“Mr. Crane, I’m detective Lewis…with the Sheriff’s Department,” the man said. He was about as tall as Bobby, but didn’t have his girth.
Bobby sized him up out of habit.
“And this is detective Barnes.”
He turned toward the petite woman standing next to him. Bobby wondered how much ass that little thing could kick and figured his meat hooks could fit all the way around her waist and still touch.
“What’s going on?” Bobby asked.
Detective Barnes said, “Mr. Crane, do you know a Mr. Allen Shaffer?”
Bobby let that hang in the air for a moment while he focused his thoughts. “Uh, I know of him.” He glanced back over his shoulder cringing as he heard Mike say, “Okay, well just hang tight for a few minutes and Bobby will be right out.” Bobby shot Mike a desperate look and then he shrugged and turned back to the detectives.
“Were you at Mr. Shaffer’s residence this morning?”
Bobby felt his dream slipping away, and now had to make a quick decision. Police never ask about anyone unless it’s bad news, and if they were asking then they probably knew he was there. He was never convicted of anything, but still, he was no stranger to the cops. Lying would only make things worse. “I may have stopped by. Today’s been a busy day.”
“We’re going to need to ask you a few questions, Mr. Crane,” Detective Barnes said. “Could we please step out back for a few minutes?”
“Look ma’am, can this wait?” Bobby let out a sigh as he felt his once dry shirt moisten beneath his arms. “This was supposed to be my debut.”
“Detective is fine, and yeah, we heard,” Barnes said. Her smile was endearing but she quickly exchanged it with a serious expression. “Unfortunately it can’t. Allen Shaffer was found dead in his home this afternoon. So…we’re going to need to ask you a few questions…now.
All three hundred pounds of Bobby deflated and sank toward the floor. He stole one last glance at the stage and then followed the two detectives out the door.

***

Detective John Lewis drove his new partner back to the office to check in and go over the crime scene photos and video. The patrol deputies had arrived first at the Greenbrae residence of Allen Schaffer. They had the scene pretty well secured before Lewis and Barnes arrived, but they still ended up spending a couple of hours at the scene.
Now Lewis was trying to ignore the hunger pangs that pounded in his belly. He was supposed to meet Frank for a late dinner, but that possibility was looking grim. Getting assigned to work with April Barnes on this case was a disappointment, but Sergeant Wallace wouldn’t budge. Barnes was new and Wallace wanted the one person he could count on most to break her in. Staring at the open road ahead of him, he wondered how such a gentle little thing ended up as a Marin County Sheriff. And before he could stop himself, he was already asking her.
“I’m from a huge family,” Barnes said. Her elbow rested on the open window and she brushed away a piece of dirty blonde hair that flew across her face. “Not just brothers and sisters either; cousins, aunts, uncles. Our house was filled with people all the time. I was pretty close to being the youngest and got pushed around a lot.” She glanced over a few times as she spoke, but Lewis kept his eyes on the road. “I guess I sort of became a major advocate for fairness. I knew some day I’d be doing something that involved the law.”
Lewis couldn’t help but drift away from her story and back to the crime scene; his mind mentally scanning every inch of the living room that Schaffer was found lying in. He knew it was time to cut her story short, but couldn’t think of a polite segue. “So, April, what did you think about all that white at Schaffer’s?”
“If you don’t mind, I prefer Barnes.”
This time Lewis did look over, uneasiness filling the car. “Okaaay,” he said.
“Well, what do you call Detective Costas?” she asked.
“Frank.”
“Oh, well I still prefer Barnes if you don’t mind. It sounds more professional to the civilians.” Her tone was stoic. “And I’ll call you Lewis.”
“Great, cuz that’s what everyone calls me.” He flashed her a wry smile and then rubbed his hand across his thick brown hair. “So what about the house?” Lewis was referring to the unusually white decor of Allen Schaffer’s home. There was almost no color what so ever including the carpet, furniture and paint. It looked like Caesar’s Palace. John had noted upon arrival the contrasting, almost beautiful bright red blood splattered across the stark white carpet. The victim himself had been dressed all in white as well.


Leave a comment below and one winner will receive a free Kindle gift of A Hint of Murder: The Bouncer. 


A Hint of Murder: The Bouncer is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble 

Also available:

A Hint of Murder: The Writer (Amazon) http://t.co/CyolTp4 (Barnes and Noble) http://ow.ly/7r16O 

A Hint of Murder: The Doctor (Amazon) http://ow.ly/6DyWF (Barnes and Noble) http://ow.ly/6ILrM


A Hint of Murder: The Series on Amazon