Friday, October 20, 2017

Joe Hefferon - An Author Interview at the HBS Author's Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on Author Joe Hefferon. He is the award-winning author of The Last Meridian. Joe is a retired law enforcement officer who writes Crime and Mystery novels and short stories.

Author: Joe Hefferon

Author Genre: Crime, Mystery, Nonfiction

Website: Joe Hefferon
Author's Blog: Joe Hefferon Blog
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Author Description:
Joseph Hefferon retired from law enforcement after twenty-five years in the city of Newark, NJ and now writes full-time. Scattergun is the first of a series. His novel, The Last Meridian, was released in May, 2017


SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author

Congratulations on your book: The Last Meridian. Let’s start with what’s next. Rumor has it that you have another book on the horizon called Countdown to Osaka. Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease?

Thank you. Yes, Countdown to Osaka is scheduled for release on December 4th. It's a much more faster paced work than my last novel. I consider it my homage to Elmore Leonard, one of my favorite authors in the genre. A tease? Action, snappy dialogue, sword play, shootouts, one very tough woman and a touch of noir. It's the story of a young woman named Koi, a Japanese yakuza enforcer who wants to leave the life. Before her bosses grant her wish, she must complete a near-impossible task; hunt the notorious French gunrunner, Le Sauvage, get the information he has to a huge cache of gold in Osaka and then kill him. All this as the life of her precious mother ticks away.

You have a good following on twitter. How important have your social media relationships been? How did you build your following in your niche? Do you see a carry over to your writing success?

It's difficult to judge if my activity on Twitter translates into sales or just more activity on Twitter. The key is to connect with readers. Writers, publishers editors and others in the industry are good retweeters, exposing your name and work to hundreds of thousands, so it helps. Much of my following I developed after several years of writing profiles of interesting, successful women for About.com. I've stayed connected with many of the women I interviewed and continue to be inspired by them. Developing a following of readers in my runway is a work in progress.

You do book signings, interviews and personal appearances. When and where is the next place where your readers can see you? Where can they keep up with your personal contacts online?

I haven't done any events but I will this time around. Stay tuned for details.

You have great covers. They carry a theme and your brand with them. How does your book cover creation process work? Do you hand over the basic theme or do you have more of a hands-on approach? Do you get your readers involved in its development?

I use a terrific graphic artist, Jeroen ten Berge. He does more than just book covers. Jeroen is in demand across an array of design channels. He gets the marketing and branding aspects of art and he's helping me develop a brand in my cover designs. I provide him with a manuscript and synopsis and then I just leave him be. I do not involve readers in the development; I leave that to professionals. My publisher is good about giving us the freedom we need to create great covers.

You have written several novellas. Can you tell us if they had an impact on the sales of your novels? Are shorty’s one of your styles of writing or are they created to give readers a sample of your work? Do you feel short reads are a product of our email and smart phone age?

The short works have not had much impact on the novels. I agree that the internet has shortened the attention span of readers in terms of news and features but readers of fiction don't seem to be affected by the quick-read culture. I do, however, lament the demise of long-form interviews and reads like those in the Paris Review. I like the concept of giving more space to allow ideas to percolate on the page.

What writer support groups do you belong to? Do they help with the writing, marketing and the publishing process?

I fly solo. I write late at night when the world goes to sleep. If I lived in a city like Austin or Savannah, I could see myself spending time in a downtown bar slingin' ideas with writers who are much better than I am, so I can improve the quality of my writing. I try not to get caught up in too many 'writerly' things just for the sake of doing them.

What has been your experience in giving your books away free? Have you been involved in any other type of giveaways and how did that work out? What was your main goal in doing this? Did you run into any obstacles?

I've given some away to book bloggers and for the most part they are an appreciative bunch. They usually deliver what they say they will although I've had a few who took the book and never returned my emails again. It's all good. I appreciate the feedback and you never know which review will touch the person who recommends your book to an influencer who can turbo-charge a career. I was timid about doing any promotions for The Last Meridian but I'll certainly participate this time around.

What is your primary genre? What has been your best marketing approach to this group?

I confess to being a Raymond Chandler wannabe. I like the old movies, the iconic characters, femme fatales and noir themes. I tried my hand at it with The Last Meridian to mixed reviews. I had a lot of fun writing Countdown to Osaka so I think I'll stay with the action/crime theme for a bit. We all like to think there's a literary novel in us but I know I'm late to the game and professionally, I'm not ready for that. I may never be. I'm working on a hardboiled drama set here in New Jersey based on real events.

How do you manage your plots, characters and timelines to keep your stories going? Do you use any software to keep track of your books?

I don't use software. The books start as a conversation, either between two characters or something introspective. It begins with dialogue and a place, then I begin to work on who that person is and how/why they ended up there. Where do they need to be? I develop their intention and let it go. I plan out a chapter or two ahead but I'm not one for outlining. If I were organized I'd be an accountant.

What is your method of getting reviews for your novels? Do you seek professional reviews, use social media or do you rely on your reading audience to supply them?

I've gotten some nice reviews from book blogger sites so I'll continue to work with them. I haven't really used professional sites. I'll assume you mean outfits such as Kirkus. I'll continue to work to broaden my platform and connections through all outlets available to me. I've recently discovered Instagram. I primarily post images that fit the theme of my current book so you saw a lot of 60's Hollywood imagery for my last book and lately I've posted images depicting Japanese culture, the French, crime etc.



Author's Book List
The Last Meridian
The Last Meridian – crossing it was her only choice.

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Summer 2017 – Best Crime Fiction

A telegram sets off a chain of events that destroys five lives, throwing Hollywood insider Nina Ferrer’s life into turmoil. The infant boy she gave up for adoption in Chicago sixteen years earlier has been arrested for murder. A plea from the boy’s adoptive mother pushes her to act, but Nina has a big problem—she never told her husband about the boy.

Nina must come to terms with her guilt, while accepting the reality of her fragile life and her cheating husband, who’s embroiled in another deadly plot. As her life unravels, the boy’s fate grows ominous. Set against the backdrop of the Hollywood heyday of the early 1960s, the quick-witted, smart-talking Nina, a designer for the well-heeled of Los Angeles, hires a private detective to uncover the facts about what happened back in Chicago, and save her boy. Maybe... just maybe... he can save her, too.

Or perhaps Nina will have to save herself, the most frightening prospect of all. To do that, she must cross The Last Meridian, the place beyond which life as she knows it will no longer exist.


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Alice - Book II Texas Trilogy
Detective Lieutenant Chucho Zarate picks up the molecules of a decaying corpse drifting on the midnight air of Christmas Eve. No one in the small church notices, but his nose never lies; he knows some poor bastard has met a violent demise.

What he doesn't know is this murder will unlock an internal gate holding back a spree killer, soon to be set loose upon Southeast Texas.

As the bodies pile up and the frustration mounts, the governor orders in the Texas Rangers to end the madness, and Captain Lamar McNelly, the synesthetic lawman, leads the team.

Together, McNelly and Zarate find themselves in a race to catch a phantom, with the next victim just a happenstance away.


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Scattergun - A Reckoning in Two Acts
Scattergun is the first short work in a series examining the dark side of the human condition, set in the aberrant world of a synaesthetic Texas ranger, Lamar McNelly.

Book One: Riding shotgun in the mind of a wandering killer, stalking the plains of the rural west, until a violent confrontation in a Colorado rail yard pits the cerebral McNelly against the mammalian brain of an outlaw.


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Tori de Clare - An Author Interview at the HBS Author's Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on Author Tori de Clare. She is the author of The Midnight Saga series.

Author: Tori de Clare

Author Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Website: Tori de Clare
Twitter: @toride_de
E-Mail: torideclare@outlook.com
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Author Description:
Tori de Clare, born 1970, grew up in Greater Manchester. Having taught piano for 25 years in between being a full-time stay-at-home mum of four, she began writing six years ago. Her debut novel, Either Side of Midnight - the first book of a series - was intended for young adults, but has been widely accepted by an adult readership. She now lives in East Yorkshire, England, and continues to teach music and write books and finds time for little else beyond family.

Daughter of two pianists, it was hardly a surprise that music became Tori's career. Cursed fate!

Tori de Clare: 'My parents were good at two things, which they very kindly passed on: music and writing. I pursued both. My dad played the piano by ear and didn't need to read music; my mum was classically trained. Greedily, I quite fancied both talents, but followed my mum down the classical route. All this sounds very cultured, but the truth is I'm exceptionally down-to-earth and love nothing better than a good laugh. Un-funnily, my dad died when I was 18. In his spare time, he never had a book out of his hands and aspired to having a book published. Having never had the chance to realise his ambition, this book is dedicated to him and to my mum who taught me to play the piano.'

The final book in The Midnight Saga will be released in 2017. Watch this space . . .


SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author

Let’s start with what’s next. Rumor has it that you have another book on the horizon in The Midnight Saga. Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease?

Yes, I released Shadows to Ashes at the end of June. It had taken me 18 months to write and it felt like a very great relief to finally get it off my laptop and into readers’ hands. It wraps up The Midnight Saga and ties up all the loose ends. The Darkness Visible had ended on a cliff hanger, so fans of the saga were begging me for the next instalment. Writing it was a monumental task and I had not made things easy for myself. Fortunately, my hard work paid off and the finale has been very well received. The ratings are higher than anything I could have expected. The readers think it is the best of the three, which is exactly what I hoped and worked for. At the moment, I’m not even in the planning stages of my next book. I’m actually looking for a literary agent, which takes meticulous planning, research and work. And you can’t rush the process.

You have a good following on twitter. How important have your social media relationships been? How did you build your following in your niche? Do you see a carry over to your writing success?

Quite honestly, I’m not good with social media. If you’re not careful, it can sap all your time and not lead to many sales. Time is precious. You have to prioritise carefully. When I first published, I spent a lot more time on social media than I do now. That’s because I was ignorant. I’m not against social media, but eventually you do learn one very important lesson: if you want to make money by publishing books, you’d better write some books and publish them. Writing is difficult. It’s time-consuming and all-consuming. I’ve drastically cut down time spent on Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads and knuckled down to my art – writing. Distractions are deadly. I don’t attribute any writing success I’ve had to social media. Ultimately, it’s about writing good books which compete with the best books on the market in the genre – because you have to compete with them. My Twitter following has grown steadily and naturally over the last four years or so. I don’t ‘try’ to grow my following.

You have great covers. They carry a theme and your brand with them. How does your book cover creation process work? Do you hand over the basic theme or do you have more of a hands-on approach? Do you get your readers involved in its development

Thank you. I designed the covers myself, no reader involvement. Everything I do is a DIY job i.e. I trust no one to do anything for me. I’m not saying that this is for everyone or is a good idea, but I’m fairly confident about my ideas now. Originally, Either Side of Midnight had a different cover. I didn’t like it. I wrote my first book as a standalone, but it was successful enough that I decided to extend it into a trilogy. When The Darkness Visible was released, I changed the front cover of Either Side of Midnight and continued the ‘brand’ into the other two. My daughters are on the front covers. My best friend took the pictures. Either Side of Midnight is about a girl who is abducted and held in a deserted country cottage. I hope the image captures her sense of isolation. In book 2, she’s on her feet and the window is open. This is symbolic and hints at some possibilities and she’s looking out, unsure whether or not to venture. In book 3 we see her face on. The perspective now is from the outside looking in rather than the other way around. In this image, she looks a little like she’s behind bars. Prison scenes feature in book 3.

What writer support groups do you belong to? Do they help with the writing, marketing and the publishing process?

That’s a simple one. I don’t belong to any writer support groups and never have. I see writing as a solitary process best worked out through sweat and toil on my own. I’m speaking for myself, obviously. I don’t particularly want to get bogged down with the opinions of others regarding my story or my characters, nor do I have time to be side-tracked by their work. I would find that whole process very distracting and can’t imagine finding it therapeutic or helpful. Opinions are just that! They’re what people think. If five people are offering five different perspectives on MY work, I can’t imagine welcoming that. I have an instinct for what is working and not working while I’m writing. I’m brave enough to follow it, even if that means scrubbing out whole storylines. If I ever get an agent, I’m probably going to find the influence of another person difficult to adjust to. But at least I’ll know they’re highly skilled.

Between your book writing, music, marketing, family and all the other things that can get in your way, how do you manage your time? Do you have a set schedule or do you sort of play it by ear?

I play it by ear. a) I’m not a person who enjoys rigid structure very much. I’m impulsive and intuitive, so strict schedules are not really my thing. And b) if someone in the family needs my time and/or attention – and they often do – I drop everything for them. Family comes first. It always has and will.

What has been your experience in giving your books away free? Have you been involved in any other type of giveaways and how did that work out? What was your main goal in doing this? Did you run into any obstacles?

Giving books away for free has worked incredibly well for me, but less so now than a few years ago. Because I’ve written a trilogy, I can only ever put book 1 – Either Side of Midnight on offer for free. The books must be read in order. This poses an obvious problem for me – offering the same book over and over. Four years ago when ESoM was new, it used to get thousands of downloads whenever it went free and this has led to almost 3,000 reviews for the book across Amazon and Goodreads. By any standards, this is a lot of reviews and the ratings are very good. But what really launched the book was when I applied to Bookbub and got accepted for a promotion. This was December 2015. ESoM had 66,000 downloads over 5 days, which catapulted it to #1 position in the free charts all over the world. I subsequently sold thousands of books. Since then, I’ve done two more Bookbub promotions and have had the same result – reached the top of the free charts, though the number of downloads was never quite so impressive as the first time. In short, giving my first book away has worked incredibly well for me. The trouble with being accepted with Bookbub is that you ideally need a good number of reviews first. Your book needs to be good quality or they won’t accept it. Too many authors never get a foot in the door with Bookbub. I’ve been well blessed.

Do you maintain a reader list? What are the methods you use to find your readers and create the list and the relationship? Do you use social media, forums, newsletters and/or support groups to build your list

My methods? My aim is to write good books and draw readers to me. When they contact me to talk about my books, I always respond immediately. I’m accessible through Facebook, email, Twitter and my website, but I’ve never managed to get my website off the ground. I’ve never found the time to learn how to operate it, so it sits (like my daughter on the front cover of my first book) alone and doesn’t quite know what to do with itself. I’ll get to it one day. I probably should be ashamed to admit that I have no mailing list. Readers contact me to chat about the books and I respond. I don’t consider I have time to keep up with a blog.

Living in England creates a unique selling and marketing situation. Where is your biggest audience? Does marketing online help in this situation

My biggest audience is in the States. It’s always in America where my books are downloaded the most. It’s on .com that I have the most reviews, by quite a large margin. As already stated, this is thanks to Bookbub. They’re AMAZING!!

What is your method of getting reviews for your novels? Do you seek professional reviews, use social media or do you rely on your reading audience to supply them

To get reviews, I use the same tried and tested method – I aim to write cracking books that people want to review. I don’t like to beg people, but there is a note right at the end of my books appealing to readers to review the books. A small percentage will bother to do that, especially if they realise you’re independently published, which they don’t always realise unless you say so. I’ve never ‘swapped’ reviews with other authors and have never bought reviews as some do. If the reviews aren’t genuine, they’re not worth anything. I’m an honest person. I’ve worked ceaselessly for every review I’ve got – by telling a good story. In the end, it’s the only solid way of getting reviews.

You are both an author and a music teacher. How do those blend together? Do you write songs and music? Does one give you a break from the other?

Yes, I suppose that one gives me a break from the other, but I don’t blend them together. I’ve taught piano for thirty years and have written some music, but not recently. Most of my lessons are with children, so I can only teach them in the evening after school. 90% of my teaching is between 4 and 6 in the evening, which leaves the daytime for writing, when I have time. Music-making is just storytelling in sound form. Pieces have a beginning, middle, climax, end. The parallels are startling really. Performing music requires immense discipline.

Every single note matters – the weight and placement of them. Writing words feels this way. When you’re performing music, you’re giving something deeply personal of yourself. It must be given with integrity, or it will sound flat and unconvincing. The aim is to reach the audience in a personal way. This is best done by connecting with them on an emotional level. You can feel the vibes coming from them and this makes each performance unique. The aim is to take them on a journey and give them an experience they won’t forget. To offer a new perspective. The transition from musician to writer felt almost seamless for me.



Author's Book List
Shadows to Ashes - The Midnight Saga Book 3
WHAT IF THE BEGINNING COULD ALSO MEAN THE END?

When a peaceful island in the Indian Ocean isn’t far enough away to escape danger, where do you go? With your wedding in ruins and your fiancĂ© arrested, what do you do? It was supposed to be a new beginning, but it ended before it began. Naomi Hamilton knows why. Knows who’s responsible. Knows what he wants. The king, guarded by his faithful defence. One man who’ll stop at nothing. One girl who’s tired of hiding. Because maybe running isn’t the answer. So maybe there’s only one way to put an end to the game. To face it. Play it. Head to head.


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The Darkness Visible - The Midnight Saga Book 2
WHAT IF YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING?

Home safely after abduction and attempted murder, Naomi Hamilton’s worst nightmare should be over. But what if things are not all they appear to be? What if abduction and attempted murder was only the beginning? Naomi finds herself in a tangled web from which there is no real escape or freedom. When everything feels dark, she turns to the one person who’s saved her life and given her a future – the one person she can trust. Trust feels risky and dangerous. Threat is a constant presence. And one wrong move could cost her everything.


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Either Side of Midnight - The Midnight Saga Book 1
WHAT IF THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE TURNED INTO YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE?

When nineteen-year-old Naomi Stone is snatched from her husband at knifepoint on the night of their wedding and taken to a deserted cemetery, she knows her life is finished. Drugged and disorientated, she loses consciousness as she lies in an open grave with a gun to her head. But the following day, she mysteriously awakes to find herself unharmed and secured to a bed. She's in a beautiful bedroom in a secluded cottage in open countryside. Only one person knows she’s there – the man in the balaclava who’s holding her, feeding her, revealing nothing. Naomi senses the unfolding of a plan. She should be on honeymoon in the Caribbean. Instead, she’s trapped with an emotionless psycho with no hope of escape . . . And his voice is chillingly familiar.

Who is he? What does he want? What's happened to her husband? Where is she? Will anyone find her before it's too late?


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Friday, October 13, 2017

Marla Madison – The Way She Lied is featured at the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

The Showcase is a special feature of the Author's Spotlight. It is designed to highlight Spotlight author's NEW releases and their soon to be released novels.

The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES Marla Madison's New Book: The Way She Lied.

Author Marla Madison is the bestselling author of the Detective Kendall Halsrud series and the TJ Peacock & Lisa Rayburn Mysteries.








The Way She Lied

TJ Peacock and Lisa Rayburn mysteries Book 4


Author: Marla Madison


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When psychologist Lisa Rayburn is offered the chance to evaluate the psychiatric release of Roman Guerrero—a man who confessed to slaughtering eleven people nearly a decade earlier—she's both tempted and wary. The ramifications of any decision regarding the man’s release might just outweigh the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with such a fascinating—and mysterious—subject.

Was Guerrero the one responsible for what happened the night eleven people died in a Milwaukee restaurant? Nobody really knows, but the community is in an uproar over the possibility of a mass murderer being released into their midst.

While Lisa interviews Guerrero and struggles to stay objective, her friends—private investigator TJ Peacock and crime reporter/blogger Bart Kosik—push Lisa to join them in investigating the ten-year-old mystery of the Guerrero murders.

Hampered by patient confidentiality, Lisa can only listen to her friend’s theories of the case. But it isn't until their lives, as well as hers, are at stake that Lisa finally realizes she has to make a decision.

Question is: is she too late?

Excerpt from The Way She Lied

Chapter 1

Within the torrential rain, visibility was down to a few yards. Lisa Rayburn guided her car off the highway to a cemetery entrance and followed the small dirt drive into a landscape of headstones, their reflection eerie in the strobe-like flashes of lightning. She turned the car around and parked off to one side, facing the road. Not many vehicles were passing by in the midst of a storm reported to have tornado conditions.

While she waited out the storm, she switched off her headlights and found a radio station playing soft jazz. In the next lightning display, she noticed a large garbage bag lying alongside the fence on the side facing the main road, and she wondered how people could be so thoughtless as to toss out their garbage rather than take time to dispose of it. She and Eric had taken time more than once that season to pick up the detritus thrown from passing cars to the side of the highway surrounding his property.

Eric would be waiting for her, along with their guests, who were gathered at the house to celebrate the launching of a friend’s novel. They would have to wait even longer—the storm showed no sign of diminishing.

Her heart soared with the music’s next crescendo then came to a sudden halt. She’d never seen a bag of refuse move—not the way the huge, black-plastic glob in front of the cemetery was moving. She flicked her headlights on for a better look. A bag can’t move, she told herself. But something inside of it was definitely shifting. Had someone thrown out newborn kittens? Or puppies? It wouldn’t be the first time.

Lisa unlocked the glove compartment and took out the small revolver she kept there since being awarded a concealed-carry permit. She tucked the gun in her pocket and pulled up the hood of her raincoat then left the security of her car. By the time she reached the large bag, it was still. Maybe what she thought she’d seen was only an illusion brought on by a streak of lightning.

The top of the bag had a yellow drawstring that hadn’t been knotted, merely cinched. Lisa bent down and slowly eased it open.

The dinner guests were gathered in the garage around a huge, egg-shaped Weber grill that had been rescued from the patio when the rain began. The warm October night had been perfect for outdoor grilling, and Eric Schindler had the steaks seasoned and ready to go.

“I think I’m going to go ahead and put them on. Lisa should be here any minute.”

“Dunno about that,” TJ said. “Are you sure she left Madison? Think they had a tornado warnin’ out that way.”

“She’s not one to let that stop her, but I’ll try her again.” Eric held his phone and pressed a button. “Another ‘All circuits are busy’ message.”

“We don’t need to eat yet. As long as the bar’s open, we can wait for her.” TJ gestured to the table next to the grill. “There’s enough snacks here to hold us for the rest of the week.”

“Wait. I think I’m getting a call.” Eric opened his phone. “Lisa, Lisa?” He repeated her name a few more times and then closed the phone. “Okay, now I’m worried. She’s trying to get through but can’t.”

“That don’t mean nothin’,” TJ said. “She’s probably just letting us know she’s gonna be late.”

There were no kittens or puppies jumping out of the bag when Lisa loosened the plastic ties. She edged back the opening. The body of a child lay inside, tossed to the side of the road like yesterday’s table scraps. It looked like a boy. Was he even alive? He must have been a minute ago when she’d seen the bag move. The child was tiny and couldn’t have been much more than three years old. She uncovered his face and saw that he appeared to have been badly beaten. She felt his throat. He had a pulse—thready, but there.

She shielded her phone from the bucketing rain and dialed 911. It took nearly a minute before she heard the operator. Lisa described where she was and told her she’d found a child who was badly hurt and barely alive. “He needs medical attention immediately!”

“I’ll get someone there as soon as possible, but a tornado touched down in that area, so it could be a while.”

Lisa insisted that the child needed help right away, and then she realized she was speaking to dead air—she’d lost the connection. Before she could think of what to do next—she was struggling with whether to go to the car for a blanket or take the risk of moving the boy to the car—she felt a touch on her arm.

“Mama?”

Oh God. He thought she was his mother. She took his hand. “It’ll be okay. I’m going to get you help.”

He whimpered and turned in the bag.

“I’m going to get you a blanket,” she said. “I’ll be right back.”

“No!” He clung to her arm. At least he was able to talk. That was a good sign. Lisa opened her phone again and tried Eric. She heard him answer, but the line quickly went dead. Her second try went through. “Eric, I have to talk fast before I lose you again. I need a medevac. Not for me—for a child. Pull whatever strings you have to, but please, get one here. I’m at the cemetery west of our house. This child’s life depends on it.”

Eric closed the phone when the service dropped the connection again. He’d heard enough. Putting off the questions of his guests, he stepped into the house and dialed his friend Rick Kelleher, who was the chief administrator of an area hospital. Rick promised Eric he’d try to get a Medivac to the cemetery, and if that wasn’t possible, he’d call him right back.

Lisa wasn’t all that far from the house, but driving conditions were still terrible. As much as Eric wanted to go to her, he’d have to trust that a Medivac would be available and would get to Lisa and the child in time.



Author: Marla Madison

Author Genre: Suspense, Mystery & Thrillers

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Author Description: Marla Madison is the author of two suspense series. She's Not There is her debut suspense novel and is the first book of the TJ Peacock and Lisa Rayburn series.TRESPASS, is the second and Marla's next novel will be the third of that series.

Relative Malice, her second book begins the Detective Kendall Halsrud series. Iced Malice, is the second book of that series.

Marla is a retired Federal Mediator who works as an Arbitrator. She lives on Prairie Lake in Northwestern Wisconsin with her significant other, Terry, a beloved shelter dog, Skygge, and Poncho, an opinionated feline from the same shelter.

Also an avid reader of suspense, some of Marla's favorite authors are Tana French, Lisa Gardner, Jeffrey Deaver, Jonathan Kellerman, James Patterson, Tess Gerritson, and Tami Hoag.

When not reading or writing, Marla enjoys hanging out with other area authors, playing duplicate bridge, golfing, and going on long walks with her dog.



Author's Book List
Promise of Malice - The Detective Kendall Halsrud Series Book 3
When Kendall becomes a date rape victim, the incident triggers a series of events that send her life into a dangerous freefall. Still struggling with the remains of her relationship with ex-lover Adam Nashlund, Kendall is temporarily suspended from her job, and she joins Nash, who has been hired to locate a man’s missing wife.

A rape-homicide in the area leads Kendall to investigate the case of a rapist who leaves his victims tattooed with a strange symbol. Kendall’s neighbor, Brynn Zellman, card reader and reformed computer hacker, identifies the tattoo as a Reiki symbol and helps Kendall unearth the truth as both cases become intertwined.


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Iced Malice - Detective Kendall Halsrud Series Book 2
Detective Kendall Halsrud returns in Iced Malice, another stay-up-all-night thriller by the author of Relative Malice.

In the midst of the worst winter in Eau Claire, Wisconsin since 1890, Detective Kendall Halsrud is investigating a case involving two murdered teenagers. Kendall and her partner soon realize the teens’ murders appear eerily similar to the FiancĂ© Murder case from twelve years ago when three couples disappeared from the area. Their bodies were never found, and the case remains unsolved.

Kendall asks herself if the faceless killer has returned, or does someone else have his own reason for killing couples?

With her personal life also in chaos, Kendall immerses herself in her work. When another woman disappears, Kendall has more questions than answers. Does the killer have an accomplice? And can she find them before they target the next young couple?


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Relative Malice - The Detective Kendall Halsrud Series Book 1
When four family members are found dead after a home invasion, Detective Kendall Halsrud takes charge of the case. In the murder house, she discovers an empty crib with blood drops next to it on the wood floor. The family: a father, mother, teenage daughter, and young son have been fatally shot . . . but where is baby Philly?

The desperate search to find the child derails when a man is arrested for murdering the family and claims to have killed the baby. Suspecting he had an accomplice, Kendall isn’t convinced. Refusing to give up on finding the child, Kendall persists in unearthing the family’s secrets. With the help of a hacker turned spurious fortune-teller and a former cop hired by the missing baby’s uncle, she discovers a furtive pedophile ring is planning on buying and sharing a baby. Can she stop them while there's time to save Philly?


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She's Not There
Women are missing . . .

Is the rising number of abused women who've gone missing a statistical anomaly? Or is a serial killer targeting this vulnerable group of women? When the Milwaukee Police Department refuses to investigate because no bodies have been discovered, Lisa Rayburn, the clinical psychologist who discovers the anomaly, is drawn into an investigation to discover the cause after one of her own clients goes missing. She finds herself forming an unlikely alliance with a former policewoman turned security consultant, TJ Peacock, and the husbands of two of the missing women who may themselves be murderers.

When TJ is attacked, and a woman looking remarkably like Lisa is found murdered, they know . . . someone is willing to kill to protect his secret.

Can they reveal the killer before he gets to them?


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