What’s Happening? Plus Four Seasons of Reno Hart, by Stephen Campbell

If you’re a regular listener to CrimeFiction.FM, you may have noticed that I’ve been missing from your podcast feed for the past several weeks. It turns out the show schedule I set for myself a year ago when I launched CrimeFiction.FM was just too ambitious.

The podcast launched in early April 2015, and in the first full year, I recorded, produced and released 110 episodes. Since I like to read the books before speaking with the authors, you can probably imagine the amount of time that took. Needless to say, my own work suffered, so I decided to take a break to focus on two projects that I’d been working on for far too long.

Four Seasons of Reno HartThe first is FOUR SEASONS OF RENO HART, a collection of short stories introducing Reno Hart, a Miami PI who’s working hard to rebuild her life after the loss of her husband. The second is RENO’S DEBT, a full-length novel featuring Reno.

FOUR SEASONS OF RENO HART

When I began planning RENO’S DEBT I had a particular character type in mind for my protagonist. I envisioned a female version of Archie Goodwin, doing the leg work for a great detective.

As I wrote the novel, Reno’s character began to morph into something much different. She was tough and smart, but she cared far more about people and her clients than I’d expected. By the end, she was nothing like the character I’d sketched out at the start of the novel.

I needed to get to know her better, so I put her into different situations to learn how she’d react. What would she do when faced with problems that weren’t hers to solve? How far would she go to help a friend? How would she react when confronted with a client very much like her old self?

Steve - AuthorBy the end, I’d grown to love Reno Hart. She’s a complex character trying to atone for the mistakes of her past while rebuilding a new life from the ground up. She cares deeply about the people she helps and she’s learning to deal with the various shades of gray that life presents to all of us.

You can get to know Reno by picking up FOUR SEASONS OF RENO HART, which tracks Reno through the year before the start of RENO’S DEBT, which will be released this summer.Purchase FOUR SEASONS OF RENO HART at Amazon.

If you enjoy spending time with Reno, I’d really appreciate a review at Amazon. It makes such a huge to sales. One last thing, if you’re active on social media, shares and tweets are also helpful in spreading the word.

Thanks for all of your support over the past year, it means the world to me!

Links:

Purchase RENO’S DEBT at Amazon

Stephen’s Author Website www.stephenrcampbell.com

Stephen on Social Media:  Facebook and Twitter

No Matter How Improbable, a Mystery by Angela Misri

No Matter How Improbable CoverAuthor Angela Misri joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the third in her wonderful Portia Adams mystery series, NO MATTER HOW IMPROBABLE.

Angela Misri Interview Notes

Angela shares the backstory for Portia Adams, the heroine of this series of mysteries, who moves to London after inheriting a townhouse at 221B Baker Street.

We discuss the reasons why Angela chose 1930s London as the setting for the series.  Angela is fascinated by the period between the great wars.

We discuss the ways in which readers find the books, some are hard-core fans of Sherlock Holmes, and others, younger readers, are being introduced to Holmes through the series.

We discuss Angela’s decision to use “casebooks” in the novels, as opposed to novel length stories. She chose the casebook idea because of the way the original Holmes stories were written and published.

We discuss Angela’s YouTube Channel, One Fictitious Moment youtube channel.

From the Publisher:

Angela MisriBe careful what you wish for

A certain amount of celebrity is inevitable when you’re Sherlock Holmes’s granddaughter, especially when you’re also a consulting detective. But for Portia Adams, it’s getting to be a little much. She decides to escape the rabid London press by chasing a case all the way to Italy.

When she gets back, it seems that the media frenzy has finally run its course — but now she’s got bigger things to worry about. Sherlock Holmes is missing, his apartment burned to the ground. Her boyfriend, Gavin Whitaker, is acting strangely and spending too much time with unsavory people. And as if that weren’t enough, her best friend Brian isn’t speaking to her.

Can Portia right all that has happened in her brief absence or will she lose someone she loves to the gray London streets?

Links

Angela Misri Author Website www.aportiaadamsadventure.com/ (with links to the entire series)

Angela’s One Fictitious Moment YouTube channel for writers

Angela Misri on Twitter.

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Muddy Mouth, a Mystery by C.A. Newsome

Muddy Mouth CoverAuthor and artist C.A. Newsome joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss the fifth book in her Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries, MUDDY MOUTH.

Show Notes

We discuss Lia Anderson, the protagonist in Carol’s series, and the group of friends she’s met through the dog park.

This is an indie mystery, in which the story takes place in the indie mystery world. Indie author Lucas Cross disappears from a mystery conference in Austin, Texas, the group of women who manage his career hire Lia to find the missing author.

Starving Artist Cookbook CoverWe discuss the nature of Lia’s unique diet and whether or not Carol shares that diet. Carol has written a free cookbook for Lia fans, called THE STARVING ARTIST COOKBOOK, which is available for download. The cookbook features recipes that are fast, healthy and inexpensive with an emphasis on raw foods.

Carol’s dog Chewy joins us for a few seconds at around the 12:25 mark of the interview. You’ll find pictures of Chewy on the CANewsome website

Carol describes the “several things” she combined to create the story line for Muddy Mouth.

We spend some time talking about the craft of writing and some of what Carol has learned about writing novels over the past few years.

From the Publisher:

Newsome-GypsyNorthside’s Fourth of July parade is famous, and this year the dog park gang is training their fur-babies to participate while Lia builds a float promoting local best-selling author Lucas Cross.

When Lucas disappears at a book convention, the entire world is watching. Then attacks occur against the ladies of Fiber and Snark, the cat-rescuing knitting club that manages his career. Lia is the only one they can trust to discover the truth while protecting their secrets.

It’s the dog park gang to the rescue. But can Lia maintain her deepening relationship with Peter when she’s hiding something so important from him?

Links

Purchase MUDDY MOUTH at Amazon

Carol’s Website www.canewsome.com

Carol on Facebook

The Story Grid Podcast with Shawn Coyne and Tim Grahl

Tammy Hoag website

Jump Cut, by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Jump Cut CoverAward Winning author Libby Fischer Hellmann joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the long anticipated 5th in her Ellie Foreman Mystery series, JUMP CUT.

Show Notes

We discuss Libby’s reasons for bringing Ellie Foreman back after a ten-year hiatus.

The Ellie Foreman series was written in first person, and Libby wanted to move away, so she started a second series, but Ellie was always in her mind, which made it easy to decide to bring her back in JUMP CUT.

As a video producer, Ellie has seen a great deal of change in technology since the last book. We discuss some of those changes, and how they impact Ellie.

We discuss some of the issues raised in JUMP CUT, which include post-Edward Snowden type surveillance, hackers, drones, ex-CIA contractors and other spies who operate in today’s world.

From the Publisher:

LibbyHellmannA-199x300Chicago video producer Ellie Foreman has been absent from thriller author Libby Fischer Hellmann’s repertoire for almost a decade. Now, in Jump Cut, she’s back…and is soon entangled in a web of espionage, murder, and suspicion that threatens to destroy what she holds most dear.

Hired to produce a candy-floss profile of Chicago-based aviation giant Delcroft, Ellie is dismayed when company VP Charlotte Hollander trashes the production and cancels the project. Ellie believes Hollander was spooked by shots of a specific man in the video footage. But when Ellie arranges to meet the man to find out why, he is killed by a subway train before they can talk. In the confusion, she finds a seemingly abandoned pack of cigarettes with a flash drive inside that belonged to the now-dead man.

Ellie gets the drive’s contents decrypted, but before long discovers she’s under surveillance. Suspecting Delcroft and the ambitious Hollander are behind it, she’s unconvinced when Hollander tells her the dead man was a Chinese spy. Ellie and her boyfriend, Luke, try to find answers, but they don’t realize how far they have ventured into the dangerous echelons of hidden power where more lives are on the line―including their own.

Links

Purchase JUMP CUT at Amazon

Author’s Website www.libbyhellmann.com

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The Nadia Wolf Series, by Nicolette Pierce

The Big Blind CoverAward-winning author Nicolette Pierce joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her Nadia Wolf romantic suspense series, which begins with THE BIG BLIND.

I began reading this series during a three-week podcasting break when I had the opportunity to catch up on some of my “non-show” reading. I’d downloaded THE BIG BLIND for free sometime last year and spotted it while going through the unread books on my Kindle, I thought I’d read the first few chapters to see if I was interested. Well, that was the start of a very enjoyable binge reading week where I read all four books in the Nadia Wolf series.

Interview Notes with Nicolette Pierce

We discuss the genesis of the idea for the series, which came from a fascination Nicolette’s husband had with watching tournament poker on television.

Nicolette shares the way she developed the different recurring characters and the world she built for the series.

We discuss the world of romantic suspense and Nicolette explains why she enjoys writing and reading the genre.

After the series had concluded, Nicolette found she still wasn’t done and began a new series based four of the supporting characters in the Nadia series. Two of those have already been published, one is set to publish soon, and a fourth is in the planning stage.

From the Publisher:

cache_4211330672Series includes: The Big Blind, High Stakes, Cashing Out, and Squeeze Play.

Nadia Wolf had one wish, and it wasn’t for the latest designer purse, fashion-forward clothing, or even a handsome man to marry . . . although, that would be acceptable too. Her wish was to win the World Poker Tournament and collect the one million dollar prize, beating the arrogant men who made her professional poker career a daily challenge.

The odds were stacked against her when sexy poker celebrity Caleb Usher sat down at her table. As they pin their battles against each other, a steamy side wager drew them both in and gave them an even greater reason to fight for the championship. It only took one hand to make tournament history and leave them both hot under the collar. But before they could settle their spicy wager, the million dollar prize disappeared in front of an audience. Not one witness could explain what happened or where the money disappeared.

Nadia Wolfe SeriesGreyson Miller CEO of the Lost City Casino had a mystery to solve. Not only did a thief steal the million dollars from under his watchful eyes, but a secret swelled so large it threatened the very core of the casino. In a twist of fate, Nadia teams up with Greyson in an attempt to find the missing prize and to solve the perilous mystery that plagued the Lost City Casino. With Greyson’s overwhelming allure, Nadia has to keep both her head in the game and her hands to herself.

Will she be able to unravel the mystery and find the lost prize money while keeping both Greyson and Caleb at bay? Can she fend off her fanatical self-appointed poker manager Frankie Garza before he flushes her career down the toilet in offbeat attempts to make her famous? With Caleb, Greyson, and Frankie all claiming a stake, Nadia’s career, her life, and her heart will never be the same.

Begin the adventure today.

Links

Purchase the Nadia Wolf series at Amazon

Website for author Nicolette Pierce www.nicolettepierce.com/

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Where it Hurts, by Reed Farrel Coleman

Where it Hurts CoverNew York Times bestselling author Reed Farrel Coleman joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, the first in his Gus Murphy series, WHERE IT HURTS.

Show Notes for Reed Farrel Coleman Interview

Reed shares the story behind WHERE IT HURTS and how a real-life scandal provided an inspiration for the story while he was creating the character of Gus Murphy for the new series.

Reed enjoys taking the conceits and tropes of private eye fiction and turning them on their ear, which is exactly what he’s done with the character of Gus Murphy.

We discuss the character of Tommy Delcamino, who spends little time “on screen” in WHERE IT HURTS, but plays a pivotal role in the story.  “I don’t believe in minor characters in my stories,” was Reed’s response when I asked him about Tommy.

Reed has two other series characters that he’s created, as well as taking over the Jesse Stone franchise from the estate of the legendary Robert Parker. We discuss each series.

There is an audiobook version of WHERE IT HURTS available for free with a Trial of the Audible.com service.

From the Publisher:

Reed Farrel ColemanGus Murphy thought he had the world all figured out. A retired Suffolk County cop, Gus had everything a man could want: a great marriage, two kids, a nice house, and the rest of his life ahead of him. But when tragedy strikes, his life is thrown into complete disarray. In the course of a single deadly moment, his family is blown apart and he is transformed from a man who believes he understands everything into a man who understands nothing.

Divorced and working as a courtesy van driver for the run-down hotel in which he has a room, Gus has settled into a mindless, soulless routine that barely keeps his grief at arm’s length. But Gus’s comfortable waking trance comes to an end when ex-con Tommy Delcamino asks him for help. Four months earlier, Tommy’s son T.J.’s battered body was discovered in a wooded lot, yet the Suffolk County PD doesn’t seem interested in pursuing the killers. In desperation, Tommy seeks out the only cop he ever trusted—Gus Murphy.

Gus reluctantly agrees to see what he can uncover. As he begins to sweep away the layers of dust that have collected over the case during the intervening months, Gus finds that Tommy was telling the truth. It seems that everyone involved with the late T.J Delcamino—from his best friend, to a gang enforcer, to a mafia capo, and even the police—has something to hide, and all are willing to go to extreme lengths to keep it hidden. It’s a dangerous favor Gus has taken on as he claws his way back to take a place among the living, while searching through the sewers for a killer.

Links

Purchase WHERE IT HURTS at Amazon

Download the audiobook from Audible

Reed Farrel Coleman Author Website www.reedcoleman.com

 

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