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Themes of novels by M. Ferguson Powers reflect the author’s varied interests, including preservation of the natural world and its creatures;
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In the second book of the Remington Mansion Mystery series, time travelers Josie Matthews and David Remington visit 1936 Hollywood to fight Nazi influence in Los Angeles.
When Josie Matthews accidentally traveled back to a house party in 1929, little did she know she was changing history for the worse. It was only after returning to modern-day Oregon that she realized she had inadvertently prolonged World War II. She and her husband, David Remington, must now go back to correct history, being careful not to change anything again.
In 1936 they reunite with friends, including actor Kurt Franklin whose new German girlfriend may be a Nazi spy. As Hollywood studios court the German film market and local communists clash with the Los Angeles chapter of the Hitler Youth, associates of Josie and David are killed by the Tinseltown Murderer — and all signs point to the fact it’s someone they know. Josie and David have to fix history without becoming the Tinseltown Murderer’s next victims.
Set in a fascinating period of real-life Los Angeles, THE TINSELTOWN MURDERER is a fictional story of crime, friendship and the perfect martini, during Hollywood’s golden age.
All six wonderfully wry and witty Bay Area adventures of Jake Samson and Rosie Vicente in one handy box set—PLUS A BONUS BOOK!
“Singer has a good ear for dialogue among the witless …” –San Francisco Bay Guardian
NICE JEWISH COP TURNS PI…
Ex-Chicago-cop (now unlicensed PI) Jake Samson is living the life of “an urban gentleman farmer” in laid-back Oakland, California, occasionally “handling discreet matters” to keep his cats, Tigris and Euphrates, in kitty treats.
His lesbian BFF, Rosie the carpenter, and her justice-dispensing two-by-four are the perfect complements to his relaxed casual style – no room for macho posturing with this crew! Readers will love their easy, breezy relationship, and wish they had a friend like either one of them.
WHO WILL LIKE Jake and Rosie: Fans of Parnell Hall’s Stanley Hastings series, Tony Dunbar’s Tubby Dubonnet series, Bill Pronzini’s “Nameless” Detective series, Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone series, Susan Dunlap’s Jill Smith series, Julie Smith’s Rebecca Schwartz series … and vintage TV series like COLUMBO, THE ROCKFORD FILES, HARRY O, MAGNUM, and HAWAII FIVE-O. Also LGBT fans!
TORCH SONG’s post-apocalyptic kick-ass heroine will particularly appeal to LGBT readers, young adults, and people of all ages who never met a dystopian thriller they didn’t love.
When an acquaintance is the primary suspect in his wife’s murder, Jake and Rosie go inside a radical right wing activist group to which the wife is connected. An assortment of Berkeley kooks and interesting plot twists keep things hopping till the very end.
Jake’s buddy and quasi-boss calls in a favor when his nephew is accused of murder. It’s up to Jake and Rosie to find the real killer, and they’ve got a number of suspects: the victim’s fellow executives at a questionable correspondence school, his divided and bitter family, and his quirky Marin County neighbors–a truly odd assortment of California woods dwellers.
An ark in the middle of suburban Oakland is interesting but not strange by California standards. Even one built by peaceful cultists preparing for the coming flood. Until sometime private eye Jake Samson is hired to find Noah, their leader, who has disappeared with a lovely devotee and a quarter million in cash. The cult suspects foul play, but the police aren’t convinced.
SPIT IN THE OCEAN
The North Coast Sperm Bank in tiny Wheeler, California has been knocked over, and the perp’s tossed its assets in the ocean, leaving a religious-nut note of explanation. Just a prank, says Wheeler law enforcement. But the bank hires Jake Samson and his ever-sharp Watson, Rosie Vicente to find out who made the unauthorized withdrawal. As a storm brutalizes Wheeler, a bank employee slips in the mud and falls to her death.
Jake’s never been a big fan of politics, but Rosie invites him to a posh California fundraiser for an energetic gubernatorial candidate of the liberal underdog Vivo party, and Jake can’t resist. It’s all fun and political games until the candidate’s aide finds her boss in her backyard, hanging naked from an acacia tree. The police rule the death a suicide, but Jake and the aide suspect foul play, and she hires Jake to find the culprit. He finds campaign shenanigans, affairs, a possible German mafia connection, and more danger than our hero could possibly have imagined.
Laid-back, unlicensed PI Jake Samson is understandably nervous about infiltrating a local Marin County neo-Nazi group called the Aryan Command.
by Marlene M. Bell
In my first book, STOLEN OBSESSION, I set out to write a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants romance. What I ended up writing were unlikeable characters in a work of women’s fiction—with five different sub plots. My developmental editor easily caught my errors and recommended that I pick one main plot and work a single story per novel. With all of the sub-plot ideas, I gravitated to a longer series with my main character, Annalisse Drury.
The unpleasant experience of tearing my original story apart convinced me to outline each book first so I’d have a roadmap to travel. The way I work each book now is to write scenes/chapters on 3×5 cards, then keep an adjoining notebook with the smaller details, chapter by chapter, filling in the foreshadowing as I go. In addition to the cards and journal, I also create a folder with character sheets for each person in my book. Their likes, dislikes, personality quirks, attributes, descriptions, etc. In that way, I can refer to this cheat sheet for future books and keep my characters from veering off in the wrong direction or mixing up their personalities.
When I read interesting passages in books, I also make small notes. The way in which authors drop backstory and use their senses to move the story forward interest me the most. I keep that special notebook on the coffee table for new story ideas as they come to me, or from scenes in movies. Sometimes scenes come to me in my dreams!
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Horrific plane crash, murderous deception, and a deadly chase in the alligator-infested Florida Everglades!
On the afternoon of May 11, 1996, ValuJet 592 plunged into the Florida Everglades. There were no survivors. But something came through the crash unscathed: a small box with huge implications for humankind. And the one man unlucky enough to discover its whereabouts disappeared without a trace.
Now, 20 years later, the mystery of Flight 592 hits close to home for Del Honeycutt and bestselling mystery author Sabrina Spencer. A shocking revelation launches them into the middle of a dark conspiracy, and locating the box becomes a matter of life or death. They are not alone in the hunt for the mysterious parcel and very quickly learn that others will stop at nothing to find it and will eliminate anyone who stands in their way.
With killers hot on their trail, Del and Sabrina must navigate dangers lurking both above and below the swamp waters of the Everglades in order to find the box … and to survive
“The balcony door blew shut startling the young woman as she zipped up her black silk cocktail dress. Strong winds signaled oncoming storms. Tall and slender, Sterling Barrington, was getting ready for a date with Congressman Trevor Reese. She slipped on red leather heels and clicked across the dark wood floor, reopening the door. Lightning illuminated the skies. The enemy of power lines. Across from her apartment building, twilight settled over the glistening headstones of Arlington Cemetery. She heard Taps being played at the Iwo Jima Memorial nearby.
Sterling never tired of these sights and sounds. It reminded her that she wasn’t alone in tragically losing a loved one. A young boy’s smile flashed through her mind. She smoothed her long red hair and wiped tears away from her blue eyes.
While touching up her makeup, Sterling recalled how disappointing her trip to Baltimore had been. She wanted Harry Brown to have all the answers about electromagnetic fields (also known as EMFs), their tie to cancer, and the denial of said tie by the electric industry. Her industry.
She needed the truth.”
Jana Laird Phillips is a native Texan, who has lived and worked in Dallas, Washington DC and Houston. She is a BBA graduate of Baylor University with a double major in Marketing and Journalism. Ms. Phillips worked in the Energy Industry for several years, and has numerous articles published in Energy trade journals. She is currently the publisher/owner of an online magazine, www.houstonhipandhaute.com
Genre: Traditional Mystery
Published by: Sellem Books
Publication Date: December 2, 2019
Number of Pages: 247
Series: The Charlie McClung Mysteries Book 6
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