Lead me into Danger, by Daniella Bernett

LEAD ME INTO DANGER CoverAuthor Daniella Bernett joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her debut novel, the first in her Emmeline Kirby and Gregory Longdon mystery series, LEAD ME INTO DANGER.

Show Notes

Daniella shares the backstory of the two protagonists her new series, Emmeline Kirby, a journalist, and jewel thief Gregory Longdon. The two are opposites, but they work together well as a unique sleuthing team.

LEAD ME INTO DANGER takes place in Venice and London and the settings are beautifully described. Daniella has traveled to both cities extensively and spent a good deal of time in and around the settings she chose.

The book combines elements of mystery and romantic suspense. We discuss the need for a romantic mystery category in the bookstores.

Daniella has published two books of poetry with a focus on romance and nature, which also influence her mysteries. We discuss the differences between writing fiction and poetry and the need for precisely chosen words in both.

We discuss the advice and support she received from her local chapter of Mystery Writers of America as well as from other writers, including some extremely accomplished authors.

Daniella shares the current status of the series, which has two more books under contract and she is currently at work on the forth book in the series.

From the Publisher:

Daniella Bernett, LEAD ME INTO DANGER authorA journalist, a jewel thief, and a Russian spy…when their paths cross, it’s murder.

Journalist Emmeline Kirby hasn’t laid eyes on her former lover Gregory Longdon, a jewel thief, in two years. But she literally tumbles into his arms, after she witnesses two men attempt to murder her friend and fellow journalist, Charles Latimer, in Venice.

When Charles is ultimately killed, Emmeline is determined to bring his murderer to justice. But as she and Gregory delve deeper, they become ensnared in a hunt for a Russian spy in the British Foreign Office, who has his sights set on keeping his identity a secret at all costs—as Charles found out too late.

Links

Purchase LEAD ME INTO DANGER at Amazon

Author’s Website www.daniellabernett.com

The Mysterious Bookshop in Manhattan website (for signed copies)

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Give Us This Day, by Tom Avitabile

514E1oHq5CLBestselling author Tom Avitabile joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, the first in his Brooke Burrell thriller series, GIVE US THIS DAY.

Show Notes

Today, December 9th is a special day for Tom and GIVE US THIS DAY. The book is a Nook Daily Find at Barnes & Noble and is being offered at a steep discount throughout the day. The rest of Tom’s books are discounted at B&N today as well.

Tom shares the history of Brooke Burrell, the protagonist in his latest book. She’s made supporting appearances in previous books of his, but this is her first time in a primary role.  GIVE US THIS DAY is the first in the Brooke Burrell Thriller series.

We discuss the storyline for the book, which includes terrorists, Wall Street hedge funds, and a highly plausible plot.

Tom discusses the scary process of writing from the perspective of a female in GIVE US THIS DAY.

Tom has relationships with experts in a number of different fields that help him to tell the most accurate story possible.

The Interview transcript: Give us This Day, by Tom Avitabile

Stephen: Welcome back to CrimeFiction.fm where we bring the authors of today’s best books directly to you. I’m your host Stephen Campbell and I’m here with Tom Avitabile, the author of the seriously high-octane new thriller Give Us This Day, which was released in late October. Tom, welcome.

avitabile-headshot-2Tom: It’s great to be here.

Stephen: It is the perfect day for you and I to be having this conversation because you’ve got something special going on today so let’s lead things off by talking about that and then we’ll get into the character and the book and everything about this.

Tom: Well, it is a special day. Today, by coincidence we are the NOOK Daily Find on Barnesandnoble.com. And what that means is today, only for today (December 9th), a limited time only as they say, the book Give Us This Day, my fifth novel, will be available for the unheard of low, low price of $1.99. That’s today only during the NOOK Daily Find. It’s actually been selected by Barnes and Noble as a book to feature today and I’d like to just reach out to everyone and say, the last time this happened I became a number one best-seller. So, if anybody’s listening out there and at any point during they’re listening or after they listen to the show, they can go click on it and download my book. And who knows, I could come back on your show in a couple of months and say, “We hit number one!”

Stephen: Yeah, absolutely. And I will link to the Barnes and Noble page in the show notes so if people are listening in their car they could just go to the show notes and find the link there as well.

Tom: Thanks a lot, it’s the greatest thing you could do for a kid from the Bronx. By the way my other books, The Eight Day, The Hammer of God, The God Particle, and The Devil’s Quota will also be there at $2.99. They’re doing a kind of across the board special on my entire library.

Stephen: It’s a great day to get the Tom Avitabile library. Yes it is. Let’s get started. We’re going to talk about the book, which I absolutely love by the way. I love a good thriller and this one just blew me away. But let’s get started by talking about your protagonist Brooke Burrell. She’s a fascinating character and I’m curious about how you developed her. (more…)

Midnight Lullaby, by Jen Blood

MidnightLullabyCoverBestselling and award-winning author Jen Blood joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, a prequel to her prequel to her Erin Solomon Pentalogy, MIDNIGHT LULLABY.

Show Notes

Jen shares the story of Erin Solomon and Daniel “Diggs” Diggins, the two primary characters her series.

We discuss the history of the series, which she calls the “Erin Solomon Pentology.” MIDNIGHT LULLABY is a prequel to the series, set 13 years prior to the beginning of the first book in the series, ALL THE BLUE-EYED ANGELS.

Jen is also a certified dog trainer and an editor specializing in plot-driven fiction, providing comprehensive content and copy editing, beta reading, developmental edits, and published novel evaluations for authors of mystery, thrillers, suspense, romance, science fiction, and fantasy. She does her editing work through her company, Adian Editing.

From the Publisher:

Jen Blood New Author PhotoLife, death, and the heart of darkness that lies between…

When a Sudanese refugee is killed in a bizarre ritual murder in Portland, Maine, reporter Daniel “Diggs” Diggins attempts to revive his flagging career by investigating the crime. The story becomes personal when a young African girl Diggs has befriended is targeted by the killer, and Diggs himself falls victim to a curse that brings to terrifying light the ghosts of his own past. Working with young protege Erin Solomon, soon the duo finds themselves immersed in a world of dark secrets, crooked politicians, and black magic.

Set during the summer of 2000, this standalone prequel to the bestselling Erin Solomon Pentalogy gives existing fans a front-row seat to those first tenuous days between Diggs and Solomon, as friendship evolves into something infinitely more complicated. And for newcomers to the series, Midnight Lullaby is the perfect introduction to the darkness and serpentine twists that mark every Diggs and Solomon mystery.With a list of not-so-sweet suspects, Dev’s in a race against the timer to solve the murder before someone else gets iced…

Links

Purchase MIDNIGHT LULLABY at Amazon

Author’s Website jenblood.net

Adian Editing website

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Faux Pas, by Shannon Esposito

Faux Pas CoverBestselling author Shannon Esposito joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the first in her Elle Presley cozy mystery series, FAUX PAS.

Show Notes

Shannon explains the release schedule for FAUX PAS, which released today in the United States. It’s the first in her Paws & Pose mystery series.

Shannon shares the story of her heroine, Elle Presley and her unique work life as a Doga (Doggie-yoga) instructor at the Pampered Pup Spa and Resort.

We discuss the storyline for the FAUX PAS, which centers around a botox related murder.

Shannon based Moon Key, the fictional setting for her book, on Fisher Island in Miami.

From the Publisher:

Shannon EspositoIntroducing ‘doggie-yoga’ instructor Elle Pressley, in the first Paws & Pose Mystery – featuring canine cuties, Florida sunshine, a sexy Irish PI . . . and murder most horrid

Doggie-yoga instructor Elle Pressley just wants to teach her classes at Moon Key’s Pampered Pet Spa & Resort in peace and save money to move out of her crazy mother’s house. But when her deceased childhood dog, Angel, shows up, she knows she’s about to be in danger. Sure enough, one of her clients winds up dead, and Elle is pulled head first into the investigation. For the prime suspect is Dr Ira Craft . . . the husband of Elle’s best friend, Hope.

Elle is determined to clear Ira’s name, for Hope’s sake, and she enlists the help of Irish private investigator Devon Burke. But someone is determined to stop Elle from uncovering the truth. And now that Devon’s involved, it’s not just Elle’s life that’s in danger: her heart is too . . .

Links

Purchase FAUX PAS at Amazon

Shannon’s Website www.murderinparadise.com

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Tom & Lucky and George & Cokey Flo, by C. Joseph Greaves

51WELEqCzALAward-winning author C. Joseph Greaves joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, Tom & Lucky (and George & Cokey Flo).

(Note: I recorded a YouTube video of how this podcast was produced.)

Show Notes

Chuck tells the story of how he came to have access to George Martin Levy’s original 1936 file for the case of The People vs. Charles “Lucky” Luciano.

We discuss the way Chuck was able to tell a compelling story even if many readers already know the ending.

We discuss Chuck’s recent book tour which he did to support the release of Tom & Lucky.  It included an event in Las Vegas at the Mob Museum.

We discuss the difference for Chuck in writing historical stand-alone novels, versus writing his Jack McTaggart mystery series.

Chuck owns and operates a small vineyard and he’ll be able to taste his own wine for the first time in 2016.

From the Publisher:

61rS0shlnWLThe year is 1936. Charles “Lucky” Luciano is the most powerful gangster in America. Thomas E. Dewey is an ambitious young prosecutor hired to bring him down, and Cokey Flo Brown–grifter, heroin addict, and sometimes prostitute–is the witness who claims she can do it. Only a wily defense attorney named George Morton Levy stands between Lucky and a life behind bars, between Dewey and the New York governor’s mansion.

As the Roaring Twenties give way to the austere reality of the Great Depression, four lives, each on its own incandescent trajectory, intersect in a New York courtroom, introducing America to the violent and darkly glamorous world of organized crime and leaving our culture, laws, and politics forever changed.

Based on a trove of newly discovered documents, Tom & Lucky (and George & Cokey Flo) tells the true story of a singular trial in American history: an epic clash between a crime-busting district attorney and an all-powerful mob boss who, in the crucible of a Manhattan courtroom, battle for the heart and soul of a dispirited nation. Blending elements of political thriller, courtroom drama, and hard-boiled pulp, author C. Joseph Greaves introduces readers to the likes of Al Capone, Dutch Schultz, Meyer Lansky, and Bugsy Siegel while taking readers behind the scenes of a corrupt criminal justice system in which sinners may be saints and heroes may prove to be the biggest villains of all.

Links

Tom & Lucky (and George & Cokey Flo) at Amazon

Author’s Website www.ChuckGreaves.com

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A Season for Killing Blondes, by Joanne Guidoccio

51JNlP76sXLAuthor Joanne Guidoccio joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new mystery, the first in her Gilda Greco series, A SEASON FOR KILLING BLONDES.

Show Notes

Joanne shares the storyline for her new cozy mystery, A SEASON FOR KILLING BLONDES.

The book features Gilda Greco, a 50-year-old lottery winner who is starting a career counseling business.

We discuss the importance of food in the book, despite the fact that Gilda is very clearly not a foodie.

Writing is a second career for Joanne, who spent much of her earlier life as a teacher. She loves the much less structured life offered by writing.

From the Publisher:

41vBaaXDfDL._UX250_Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the body of golden girl, Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside Gilda’s office. Gilda’s life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation. When three more dead blondes turn up, all brutally strangled and deposited near Gilda’s favorite haunts, she is pegged as a prime suspect for the murders.

Frustrated by Carlo’s chilly detective persona and the mean girl antics of Carrie Ann’s meddling relatives, Gilda decides to launch her own investigation. She discovers a gaggle of suspects, among them a yoga instructor in need of anger management training, a lecherous photographer, and fourteen ex-boyfriends.

As the puzzle pieces fall into place, shocking revelations emerge, forcing Gilda to confront the envy and deceit she has long overlooked.

Links

Purchase A SEASON FOR KILLING BLONDES at Amazon

Author’s Website www.joanneguidoccio.com/

Wild Rose Press website

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