Friday, September 6, 2013

Mystery Picks of the Day - September 6, 2013

Today the HBS Mystery Reader’s Circle features our Mystery Novels Picks of the Day. These are some of the BEST DEALS from outstanding Mystery Authors for the Kindle at Amazon.

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Almost a Bride

Wyoming Wildflowers Book 1

Author: Patricia McLinn

Price: FREE

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Dave Currick was everything Matty Brennan wanted for as along as she could remember. Right up until he broke her heart six years ago. Now that she's returned to Wyoming for good, what she wants more than anything is to save her family's ranch. Even if that means swallowing her pride and asking Dave to marry her. Matty's up to something - Dave knows that much. Just as he knows that Matty needs help, so of course he'll provide it, just as he has all her life. Doing what's best for Matty is second nature. Even when it comes to marrying her in name only. Although he can't resist one hot-blooded kiss after the I-dos. Maybe - just maybe - his Matty will become more to him than Almost a Bride.

Author Genre: Romance, Women's Fiction,Mystery

Website: Patricia McLinn
Author's Blog: P. A. McLinn
Twitter: @PatriciaMcLinn
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Author Description:
I'm so proud my readers say my books blend "laughter and tears" with characters who "live and breathe." That's what ties together my romance and women's fiction books as Patricia McLinn and now a new mystery series starting with SIGN OFF as P.A. McLinn.

I hope you'll enjoy my 28 award-winning and best-selling romance and women's fiction books, along with the non-fiction title WORD WATCH: A Writer's Guide to the Slippery, Sneaky and Otherwise Tricky. (see below)

SIGN OFF, published in August 2012 under P.A. McLinn, opens the mystery series "Caught Dead in Wyoming." Elizabeth Margaret Danniher's high-flying TV news reporter career crash-lands in tiny KWMT in Sherman, Wyoming after she divorced her power network exec. As she tries to find her feet in a new place and new life, she is drawn in to the case of a murdered sheriff's deputy.

As for me, I had a great Midwestern childhood, though I did run away from home once - heading for Hollywood. Alas, Dairy Queen came before the train station, seriously depleting my capital. Otherwise I surely would have been the only Oscar-winning screenplay writer under ten.

Instead, I followed the normal education track: BA and MSJ from Northwestern. Then, not quite as normal (especially way back then), I became a sports writer. It's great training for writing - dialogue, character, motivation, conflict, goals. (All that went into my Winter Olympics book, THE GAMES.)

A Game of Proof

Author: Tim Vicary

Price: FREE

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A mother's worst nightmare - can her son be guilty of murder?

Sarah Newby, who left school at 15, and was living as a teenage single parent on an inner-city estate, has worked her way up to begin a career as a criminal barrister. But what should she do when her own son, Simon, is arrested and charged with a series of brutal rapes and murders?

Has Sarah, in her single-minded determination to create a career for herself, neglected her son so much that she no longer knows him? He has often lied to her in the past, so how can she trust him when he says he is innocent this time? And what should she do when she herself uncovers evidence that seems to suggest his guilt?

Author Genre: Crime and Historical Novels

Website: Tim Vicary
Author's Blog: Tim Vicary - Author
Twitter: @TimVicary
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Author Description:
Hi. My name's Tim Vicary and I'm an author and a university teacher at the Norwegian Study Centre at the University of York, England. I've written three crime/legal thrillers in 'The Trials of Sarah Newby' series, and I'm currently writing a fourth. I've also written four historical novels, two children's books, and about twenty graded readers for foreign learners of English in the Oxford Bookworms series, published by Oxford University Press, two of which, Titanic and The Everest Story, won awards from the Extensive Reading Foundation in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

My legal thriller, A Fatal Verdict, was awarded a B.R.A.G Medallion for an outstanding independently published book in 2012, and in 2013 Bold Counsel won the Awesome Indies Seal of Approval.

I live in the English countryside, near York. When I'm not writing I like horse-riding, cycling, and swimming.

The Wolf Gift

Author: Anne Rice

Price: $ 1.99

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A daring new departure from the inspired creator of The Vampire Chronicles (“unrelentingly erotic . . . unforgettable”—The Washington Post), Lives of the Mayfair Witches (“Anne Rice will live on through the ages of literature”—San Francisco Chronicle), and the angels of The Songs of the Seraphim (“remarkable”—Associated Press). A whole new world—modern, sleek, high-tech—and at its center, a story as old and compelling as history: the making of a werewolf, reimagined and reinvented as only Anne Rice, teller of mesmerizing tales, conjurer extraordinaire of other realms, could create.

The time is the present.

The place, the rugged coast of Northern California. A bluff high above the Pacific. A grand mansion full of beauty and tantalizing history set against a towering redwood forest.

Author Genre: Horror, Historical Fiction, Romance

Twitter: @AnneRiceAuthor
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Author Description:
Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in English and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Anne has spent more of her life in California than in New Orleans, but New Orleans is her true home and provides the back drop for many of her famous novels. The French Quarter provided the setting for her first novel, Interview with the Vampire. And her ante-bellum house in the Garden District was the fictional home of her imaginary Mayfair Witches.

She is the author of over 30 books, most recently the Toby O'Dare novels Of Love and Evil, and Angel Time; the memoir, Called Out of Darkness;and her two novels about Jesus, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt and Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana. (Anne regards Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana as her best novel.)

Anne publicly broke with organized religion in July of 2010 on moral grounds, affirming her faith in God, but refusing any longer to be called "Christian." The story attracted surprising media attention, with Rice's remarks being quoted in stories all over the world. Anne is very active on her FaceBook Fan Page and has over 820,000 followers. She answers questions every day on the page, and also posts on a variety of topics, including literature, film, music, politics, religion, and her own writings. She welcomes discussion there on numerous topics.

Her latest novel, The Wolves of Midwinter, a sequel to The Wolf Gift and part of a werewolf series set in Northern California in the present time, will be published on October 15, 2013. In these books --- The Wolf Gift Chronicles -- Anne returns to the classic monsters and themes of supernatural literature, similar to those she explored in her Vampire Chronicles, and tales of the Mayfair Witches. Her new "man wolf" hero, Reuben Golding, is a talented young man in his twenties who suddenly discovers himself in possession of werewolf powers that catapult him into the life of a comic book style super hero. How Reuben learns to control what he is, how he discovers others who possess the same mysterious "wolf gift," and how he learns to live with what he has become --- is the main focus of the series.

Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, was published in 1976 and has gone on to become one of the best-selling novels of all time. She continued her saga of the Vampire Lestat in a series of books, collectively known as The Vampire Chronicles, which have had both great mainstream and cult followings.

Interview with the Vampire was made into a motion picture in 1994, directed by Neil Jordan, and starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst and Antonio Banderas. Anne's novel, Feast of All Saints about the free people of color of ante-bellum New Orleans became a Showtime mini series in 2001 and is available now on dvd. The script for the mini series by John Wilder was a faithful adaptation of the novel.

Anne Rice is also the author of other novels, including The Witching Hour, Servant of the Bones, Merrick, Blackwood Farm, Blood Canticle, Violin, and Cry to Heaven. She lives in Palm Desert, California, but misses her home in New Orleans. She hopes to obtain a pied a terre in the French Quarter there some time in the near future.

Allegiance: a Border War Thriller

The Cruz Marquez Thrillers

Author: Derek Blass

Price: $ 2.99

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How far would you go to save your loved one? Would you abandon all allegiances? Would you break all the rules?

From Derek Blass, the bestselling author of the first Cruz Marquez thriller Enemy in Blue, comes the charged follow up installment.

"Hard prepared to have your gut wrenched and your heart broken, as there are no winners in this relentless border war." -Rachelle Ayala, Author of Michal's Window (5/5 stars)

"A fast-paced, action filled thriller." -B.Burton, (5/5 stars)

"Realistic, gritty, well done." -Shannon Mayer, Author of the Sundered series (5/5 stars)

Who do YOU pledge allegiance to?

After exposing one of the most notorious rings of police corruption in history, lawyer Cruz Marquez planned on starting a new life south of the border. That plan unraveled when an extremist group of Minutemen captured and tortured him and his wife.

The Minutemen aren't his only problem. Cruz will have to navigate the waters with Mexico's most powerful drug cartel, Los Punos, to escape the grips of the Minutemen. But, will he just find himself indebted to an even worse master?

Find out as Cruz is forced to spell out his allegiance. To his country, to his freedom, or to cold, hard vengeance. Will Cruz pledge allegiance to do right, or will he do anything to serve up revenge?

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Author's Blog: DerekBlass - Tips and Advice for Indie Authors!
Twitter: @DerekBlass
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Author Description:
Derek is an author and trial attorney in Denver, Colorado. He has first and second chaired trials ranging from medical malpractice with surgeons to the detention of alleged illegal immigrants.

Derek graduated from Duke University and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He majored in English and Economics at Duke. In Colorado, Derek has served as the co-Chair of Mayor Hickenlooper's Denver Latino Commission, and was recently selected to serve as a co-Chair of the Denver Chapter of the Colorado Latino Forum. Derek was named as a Colorado Superlawyer "Rising Star" in 2010 and 2011, and was awarded the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association's 2010 award for most Outstanding Young Hispanic Lawyer. He is married to his wife Meranda, and has two uncontrollably terrible dogs (and one good one that isn't really his). Visit his website at Check out his blog on writing at Friend him on Facebook.

Follow him on Twitter (@DerekBlass). You can also email him at Derek writes thrillers with a heavy dose of action. He is currently working on his next novel.

Free Fall

Author: Brad Thor

Price: FREE

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The free e-story prelude to Hidden Order, Brad Thor's next pulse-pounding Scot Harvath thriller.

A free Simon & Schuster e-story. Simon & Schuster has a great story for every reader.

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Literature & Fiction

Website: Brad Thor
Twitter: @BradThor
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Author Description:
UPDATE: In advance of my new thriller, HIDDEN ORDER (July 9, 2013), I have just published a free, action-packed prelude story entitled, FREE FALL (available now).

Also, in January I kicked off an exciting challenge: The Ultimate Reader Experience. I have invited readers old and new to start or re-start my Scot Harvath series together; reading one book per month in order.

And to make it even more interesting, I have personally revisited each book to bring you enhanced content that will enrich your reading experience, give you a behind-the-scenes look at each novel, and broaden your understanding of what makes Scot Harvath and the other characters tick, as well as why I do what I do.

Over the next twelve months, you will get to know some of the experts who help with my novels, more about the real life facts I base my "Faction" on and, if we're lucky, even a few insider interviews with the man I call the "real Scot Harvath."

You will see events, places, gadgets, tactical and cultural references that relate to each book, which will help you visualize being a part of the action.

I will feature a host of fun bonus information, giveaways, and lots of new questions for the Book Club Guide - all for your reading and discussion pleasure. Every step of the way, including the launch of my new thriller, HIDDEN ORDER (July 9 2013), I'll be right there with you, sharing my own personal insights.

You won't want to miss a month, or even a moment of what we have planned - including our newsletter, which will bring you exciting exclusive content each month.

So, make your New Year's resolution to read a Brad Thor novel each month, and enjoy a year full of Thrills, Threats, and Thor.

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