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  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Twilight Times Books; First edition (October 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005W629E2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,462 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Aaron Paul Lazar wasn't always a mystery writer. It wasn't until eight members of his family and friends died within five years that the urge to write became overwhelming. "When my father died, I lost it. I needed an outlet, and writing provided the kind of solace I couldn't find elsewhere."

Lazar created the Gus LeGarde mystery series, with the founding novel, DOUBLE FORTÉ (2004), a chilling winter mystery set in the Genesee Valley of upstate New York. Like Lazar's father, protagonist Gus LeGarde is a classical music professor. Gus, a grandfather, gardener, chef, and nature lover, plays Chopin etudes to feed his soul and thinks of himself as a "Renaissance man caught in the 21st century." This book has since be rereleased in 2012 as an "author's preferred edition," via Twilight Times Books.

The creation of the series lent Lazar the comfort he sought, yet in the process, a new passion was unleashed. Obsessed with his parallel universe, he now lives, breathes, and dreams about his characters, and has written ten LeGarde mysteries in eight years. (UPSTAGED - 2005; TREMOLO: CRY OF THE LOON - 2007 Twilight Times Books; MAZURKA - 2009 Twilight Times Books, FIRESONG - 2011, DON'T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU - 2013, VIRTUOSO - 2014, with more to come.) The author has just completed his twenty-first novel.

One day while rototilling his gardens, Lazar unearthed a green cat's eye marble, which prompted the new paranormal mystery series featuring Sam Moore, retired country doctor and passionate gardener. The green marble, a powerful talisman, connects all three of the books in the series, whisking Sam back in time to uncover his brother's dreadful fate fifty years earlier. (HEALEY'S CAVE, 2010; TERROR COMES KNOCKING, 2011; FOR KEEPS, 2012) Lazar intends to continue both series.

Lazar's books feature breathless chase scenes, nasty villains, and taut suspense, but are also intensely human stories, replete with kids, dogs, horses, food, romance, and humor. The author calls them, "country mysteries," although reviewers have dubbed them "literary mysteries."

"It seems as though every image ever impressed upon my brain finds its way into my work. Whether it's the light dancing through stained-glass windows in a Parisian chapel, curly slate-green lichen covering a boulder at the edge of a pond in Maine, or hoarfrost dangling from a cherry tree branch in mid-winter, these images burrow into my memory cells. In time they bubble back, persistently itching, until they are poured out on the page."

In 2009, Kodak gave him up for grabs, and during the year off before he landed in his coveted new job with KB America, he had time to explore and reconnect with his environment. Little did he know that several trips to the Adirondack Mountains would reawaken his passion for that part of the country. Two new books were written in that time frame, starting yet another mystery series, Tall Pines Mysteries. The first two combooks in the series, FOR THE BIRDS - 2011 and ESSENTIALLY YOURS - 2012 have been winning literary awards. Keep an eye out for SANCTUARY (2014), and MURDER ON THE SACANDAGA (2015), coming via Twilight Times Books.

In between all the novels, Lazar found time to issue three writing guides based on his many years of writing advice blogs, entitled WRITE LIKE THE WIND, volumes 1-3. These are available in eBook and audio book.

In his twenty-first book, Lazar has jumped genre. THE SEACREST - OCT 2013 -, a love story, is poised to capture hearts across the globe.

The author lives on a ridge overlooking the Genesee Valley in upstate New York with his wife, mother-in-law, two dogs, and cat. He finds grandfathering one of the most precious and important times of life, and spends as much time as possible with Julian, Gordon, and Isabella.

Lazar maintains several websites and blogs, was the Gather Saturday Writing Essential host for three years, writes his monthly "Seedlings" columns for the Voice in the Dark literary journal and the Future Mystery Anthology Magazine. He has been published in Absolute Write as well as The Great Mystery and Suspense Magazine. See excerpts and reviews here:

www.lazarbooks.com
www.murderby4.blogspot.com
www.aplazar.gather.com
www.aaronlazar.blogspot.com

Contact him at aaron.lazar@yahoo.com.

Twilight Times Books by multi-award winning author, Aaron Lazar:

LEGARDE MYSTERIES
DOUBLE FORTÉ (print, eBook, audio book)
UPSTAGED (print, eBook, audio book)
TREMOLO: CRY OF THE LOON (print, eBook, audio book)
MAZURKA (print, eBook, audio book)
FIRESONG (print, eBook, audio book)
DON'T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU (print, eBook, audio book)
VIRTUOSO (~2014)

MOORE MYSTERIES
HEALEY'S CAVE (print, eBook, audio book)
TERROR COMES KNOCKING (print, eBook, audio book)
FOR KEEPS (print, eBook, audio book)

TALL PINES MYSTERIES
FOR THE BIRDS (print, eBook, audio book)
ESSENTIALLY YOURS (print, eBook, audio book)
SANCTUARY (2014)
MURDER ON THE SACANDAGA (~2014)

STANDALONES
THE SEACREST (coming fall of 2013)

WRITING ADVICE:

WRITE LIKE THE WIND, volumes 1, 2, 3 (ebooks and audio books)

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. An award-winning, bestselling Kindle author of three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming Twilight Times Books releases, SANCTUARY (2014), and VIRTUOSO (2014).


AWARDS:

Double Forté
* 2012 ForeWord BOTYA, Mystery, FINALIST

Tremolo: cry of the loon -
* 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards: Grand Prize Short List
* 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards: Honorable Mention, Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction
* 2011 Global eBook Award Finalist in Historical Fiction Contemporary
* 2011 Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award - 2nd place Mystery
* 2008 Yolanda Renée's Top Ten Books
* 2008 MYSHELF Top Ten Reads

For the Birds
* 2011 ForeWord Book Awards, FINALIST in Mystery
* 2012 Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Top 10 Reads

Essentially Yours
* 2013 EPIC Book Awards, FINALIST in Suspense
* 2013 Eric Hoffer Da Vinci Eye Award Finalist

Healey's Cave
* 2012 EPIC Book Awards WINNER Best Paranormal
* 2011 Eric Hoffer Book Award, WINNER Best Book in Commercial Fiction
* 2011 Finalist for Allbooks Review Editor's Choice
* 2011 Winner of Carolyn Howard Johnson's 9th Annual Noble (not Noble!) Prize for Literature
* 2011 Finalists for Global EBook Awards

Terror Comes Knocking
* 2013 Global Ebook Awards, Paranormal - Bronze

For Keeps
* 2013 Semi Finalist in Kindle Book Review Book Awards, Mystery Category

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darby Karchut on November 1, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
For the Birds, by Aaron Paul Lazar, is a wild ride of a paranormal mystery. The plot twists and turns and keeps you on your toes. The characters, especially Marcella and Quinn, are well-written and they have a great chemistry between them.

I have to say I am not a fan of mysteries. Nor do I care for female protagonists and first person narrative. But Lazar crafted such a great story, I couldn't put it down. I finished it in just a few days. It's that good. Really.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a clever, well-written mystery with quirky paranormal elements. A great holiday gift!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joan H. Young on March 19, 2014
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This book goes in a completely different direction from Lazar's other mysteries in the Gus LeGarde or Sam Moore series. For one thing, it's written from a woman's point of view. Marcella and her husband Quinn are a bit zany to begin with, but then a strange and (as it turns out) hilarious event involving the prizewinning parakeet and Marcella's mother guides them through the rest of the story, which could otherwise be rather dark. This book is not for those who want every detail to be "realistic." This is for those days when you want to pretend that totally off the wall things can happen and you just want to laugh your way through the difficulties of life. All the characters are quirky and one can imagine many more stories in this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gabriela Scholter on March 11, 2014
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For someone who does not usually like mysteries, I find myself reading more and more of Aaron Paul Lazar's stories. Why? Because he has some profound insights into what it means to be a genuine human being, and these insights can be found like gemstones everywhere in his books.
This story is a case in point: we are introduced to a wide variety of characters, many of whom are superficially less than attractive, but whom we get to know as genuine - and all of this is incorporated into a lively story of deceit, obsession and redemption. I loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen H. Vaughan on September 16, 2014
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FOR THE BIRDS AARON PAUL LAZAR
In the first book of the TALL PINES MYSTERIES we meet Quinn, Marcella, Thelma and Ruby. They are en route to a bird show at a swanky hotel. Right off the bat there is trouble when Marcella’s mother Thelma is injured and then kidnapped by some criminals looking for old loot from a heist. How are the Hollisters involved? Read and find out as this mystery unfolds. Family secrets are revealed as well so buckle up and enjoy the captivating read.
Like Mr. Lazars other series, GUS LEGARDE AND SAM MOORE. TALL PINES does not disappoint. I found the characters to be real and have a genuine love for each other and even though Thelma drives Marcella crazy it’s easy to see her love for her mom when she is in trouble. Ruby the parakeet is a riot and a great source of comic relief. I give this one five stars and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By speak4languages on June 19, 2012
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I love reading paranormal mysteries. For the Birds, by Aaron Paul Lazar will take you on a wild ride down the mystery wonderland. Wow! The plot, twists and turns will definitely keep you guessing until the very end.

The two main characters Marcella and Quinn will enchant you with their chemistry. The author does a great job of bringing to light who they are. The following description helped me visualize who Quinn is:

"My beautiful husband had reminded me of an Indian brave on the cusp of a great adventure. This was mostly thanks to his Seneca mother, who bequeathed her dark skin and strong Native American features to her only son. His clear turquoise eyes had darted with purpose--and they were the only part of his appearance that came courtesy of his long dead English playwright father."

The number one reason why I like reading Lazar is because he has a unique ability to write well-rounded and enjoyable books that appeal to my emotions. His descriptions help the reader feel and experience the action. Here are a few examples:

"The van chugged along the shoulder like a tortoise mired in molasses."
"The venom in his voice snapped me out of my dazed state."
"I watched and listened with my heart whomping like a helicopter's rotor."

Aaron Paul Lazar is one author that will not disappoint the reader. His unique style will draw you in from the beginning. I started reading For the Birds, while vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, and declined to go on a whale tour so I can finish the novel. If you are like me and love to read a well-written paranormal mystery, I highly recommend For the Birds.

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Aaron Paul Lazar * Adirondack mountains * mystery * paranormal
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Taylor on February 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
In the world of literature nowadays, there is a vast array of competition, with new books arriving in stores every day. It's virtually impossible to keep up. Among the authors, there are your one hit wonders, who publish one bestseller and then disappear off the map. There are also authors who do well with their first two or three books and then just seem to lose their touch or become repetitive. Then you have Aaron Paul Lazar, who time and time again digs down deep in his pool of resources and comes out with a compelling winner every time, and he has done it again with For the Birds.

When I write a book review, especially for a mystery novel, I try not to simply re-hash the plot because I don't want to spoil the experience for the reader. Instead, I dive right in to how the book made me feel and what affect the author had on me in the telling of his tale. When I read For the Birds, my feelings and emotions bubbled to the surface right from page one. I clicked with the characters immediately and found myself relating to their lives, relationships and problems, and I was ready and willing to embark on their journey with them. I wasn't observing them from afar or shaking my head in disbelief at their fictional circumstances. I was right there with them, experiencing the same things and feeling all of their emotions. This is because Lazar is a magician with words, and he can accomplish in a two sentence description what others take a whole page to do. His descriptions are like a beautiful picture unfolding under an artist's brush.
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