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Initial post: Apr 14, 2008 6:40:02 PM PDT
To all of us out there who are trying to get our books out in front of the public, using Amazon as one of those vehicles to get us there, I wanted to start this discussion.

So any of you out there who have written a book that would like to give links to your website or tell a little bit about your work, do it here. It seems some people dont like to have us plug our books on their discussion - which I can understand. So, do it here and make them and us happy.

I'll start. My first book is Death by Diamonds and it is listed here on Amazon, with an "Inside the Book" feature if you want to read it. The second book in my series will be out in May and is entitled "The Ruby Robberies."

W.C. Hartline

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2008 2:26:36 PM PDT
I guess I will shamelessly contribute to this thread.
Taraaaa!
Nothing like a good spy story, right?
I will shamelessly say, the great reviews KINGMAKER by Alexey Braguine is getting, are an accurate description of this thriller. Only one of the reviews was written by a friend. The lady bought the book out of pity for a debut author. Hehe, she didn't know what she was getting into.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2008 3:37:13 PM PDT
J. K. Barnes says:
THE ADVENTURES OF MOM is the story of a loud-mouthed, PTA pariah, stay-at-home mom who, after a string of questionable career choices, sets her sites on becoming a mystery novelist. Looking for fodder for her first New York Times bestselling novel, she takes a part-time receptionist position in a private detective agency. Her over-zealous nature, fueled by a deep-seated need to prove herself, lands the heroine in the middle of several hilarious situations and one serious mystery which ironically, never quite makes it to paper. The novel is rounded out by a whacky cast of supporting characters including Natalie's senior citizen mother whose determination to develop a hit TV series leads to such classic titles as Which One is the Real Cripple? and Celebrity Prostate Exams. The setting of the novel is Denver, Colorado, present time.

J. Kaspar Barnes is a mother and former stand-up comedian. Her website is Jkasparbarnes.com

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2008 4:28:46 PM PDT
foxglove says:
Authors,
Thank you so much.
I will frequent this site frequently with pad and pen in hand and check you all out. But thank you ,thank you, thank you for not interrupting the discussions

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 12:12:23 AM PDT
New books says:
Shameless is my second name! But I'm the author of the Belinda Lawrence Mystery Series, CAPABLE OF MURDER, THE EMBROIDERED CORPSE, BLOODY HAM. I'm based in Melbourne, Australia and my working life has been in film production. My books from BeWrite Books, are available from AMAZON and my website gives reviews, extracts and video trailers of the books. My favourite review quote is,
"Mr. Kavanagh managed to do what one of my favorite authors, M C Beaton, does so well, incorporate humor within the confines of a credible mystery."
Mary Lynn is the author of "Dear Cari."
My thanks to W.C.Hartline for starting this sensible thread!
Brian Kavanagh

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 3:50:05 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 29, 2008 3:53:31 AM PDT
I'm Dave Diotalevi, author of MIRACLE MYX. It's already got a starred review from Booklist, and people are talking (in a GOOD way! LOL!) about Myx Amens, the quirkiest original character you'll never forget. Here's a little what it's all about:

How far would you go to create a miracle? Two near-death encounters have left Myx Amens with an exteme case of synesthesia and a chronic bout of absolute sleeplessness.

He fills his endless hours by uncovering the intimate secrets of all those who interest him--or those who dare to use him. A 250-year-old puzzle box holds the secret of Miracle, Massachusetts' shocking origin--and the motive for a recent series of grisly murders.

Follow Myx for an unblinking forty-two hours as he pits his synesthetic brain against a past genius, his final follower, and a killer who rips tattoos from victims after neatly shooting them. Myx bets the last of his innocence against betrayal, seduction, and his third (and probably final) death.

Stop by to watch the book trailer:
http://DaveWritesBooks.com

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 5:13:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 29, 2008 5:23:11 AM PDT
AJ Barnett says:
Congratulations for starting this thread.

I'd like to add my contributions with my novel WITHOUT REPROACH see my web http://www.anthonyjamesbarnett.co.uk

I wrote it as a mystery, but it seems to have been taken over by the 'steamy-novel' brigade. I'm not bothered which category it falls into. I just want people out there to know that it's there and available.
The novel concerns Jenny, who has inherited a villa in Spain from an artist she's never heard of, never met and is not related to.... yet finds a nude painting of herself in the entrance.

Anthony James Barnett

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 9:21:32 AM PDT
Ok then... I have two books. One children's book "A Dragon's Birth" which helps kids to think of others with the help of a magical Dragon. The second one is called "The Attic Above" it is a teen murder mystery about a house that gets moved to the US and rebuilt only a ghost comes with it. A boy in the house finds a magical amulet which connects him to the ghost. Now the boy has to find out how the ghost died and by who.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 9:55:23 AM PDT
I'll jump into the pool. My novel "Veil of Lies; A Medieval Noir", won't be out till November and I'm very excited about it. This is a unique take on medieval mystery, with a hard-boiled protagonist who is an ex-knight in a noir plot set in the middle ages. For more info, there are a few web sites to visit: JeriWesterson.com has the first chapter; jeriwesterson.typepad.com is my blog called "Getting Medieval" and has interesting interviews and articles on history and mystery; and CrispinGuest.com is my protagonist's blog in his own words. Check it out!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 4:28:54 PM PDT
Okay, I'm an in - thanks for the opportunity W.C.!

My debut novel, "Changing Lanes: An Automotive Mystery," is a whodunit, techno-thriller written from deep inside the Motor City's most vital industry.

Some review excerpts include:
"The ruthless world of corporate sabotage, the backstabbing and innuendos, are all part of this business, and Mr. Mobielle deftly plays all sides."

"Automotive insider Grant Mobielle artfully uses two decades of industry experience to craft a compelling mystery with a believable plot...

"Drawn into the intrigue, Greenlea (the recently retired protagonist) is in for a tumultuous ride as he races to discover the responsible party before anyone else is killed or the company is financially devastated."

So I hope you'll check it out and let me know what you think.
For convenience, here's a link to my profile and first blog (a spoof on traffic jams and some suggestions about what to do when stuck in one):
http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A1G2CWIPCGN7Q7

And of course my website.
www.emmapublications.com

Take good care fellow-shameless...
Grant

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 10:25:17 PM PDT
Great idea, W.C. I must admit I was guilty of posting on a discussion recently and I think this is a better forum. With that being said:

My name is Scott Loring Sanders and I'm the author of The Hanging Woods, which was released in March '08 by Houghton Mifflin. It is a dark and disturbing murder mystery that has so far received excellent reviews, including a starred review. Publisher's Weekly said, "The squeamish might want to stay away from this potent first novel...[it] stays suspenseful from start to finish." The Bulletin's starred review said, "Sanders handles...narration deftly, seeding it with clues...but masterfully camouflaging the story as an atmospheric period buddy tale... until the corruption becomes inescapably overt. Readers accustomed to literary morality setting like concrete from the get-go will find this bracingly unsettling."
It's being marketed as To Kill a Mockingbird meets Stand by Me, only much darker. For a full run-down, please check out my website: http://www.scottloringsanders.com
And please don't be concerned with the fact that the three boys in this book are fourteen years old. These are some seriously disturbed and bad young men who will most likely haunt you.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity at a little shameless self-promotion, but I have to get the word out. By the way, there is serious film interest as well. I hope you'll give it a shot. Thanks again, Scott

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2008 10:40:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 29, 2008 10:45:12 PM PDT
So many good stories...such little time to read them all--but I want to!

Great idea to have this forum for "us" (emerging authors). I will scan as many of your stories as possible on Amazon and read the reviews you have posted. And, if I think it is a well written review, I will click on "Yes this review was helpful." Why? Because, as many of you know, the more helpful votes you have under your reviews, the better. Amazon's "machine" will help you in invisible ways if their software feels your reviews are helpful and popular. Perhaps you can click "yes" on my novel's reviews too (if you feel they were).

Also, Emerging Authors, remember to add your book's title after your name. "John Smith says..." is not as interesting as "Peter M. Hemming, Author of Uncle Juan's Cabin," says..." See the difference? That way you can promote your book without having to mention it in your postings.

Also, (sorry this is getting windy) I am open to posting links to your books/web pages on my web page--www.growmedia.com (It tells you what to do there). I want that site to be a forum for Emerging Authors and of course a portal back to Amazon.

Someday the agents and the "bigs" may study that site and it could become like the NFL draft, only for authors! :-)

Thanks to WC for getting this started--GENIUS!!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2008 9:10:23 AM PDT
J. B. Santo says:
Thanks for the opportunity to be direct. I think I dislike horning in on other people's topics with promotion as much as they dislike it.

I have a murder mystery series set in the smallest, wildest, state in the country, Rhode Island and it features Hallie Ahern,a morally challenged, but likeable newspaper reporter protaganist who crosses the line to get on the front page. (Don't they all, you secretly want to ask)

Yesterday's Fatal, the second in the series was named a "Killer Book" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers's Association and one of the summer's best reads by NPR. (That's Northeat Public Radio.) The first, A Confidential Source got a rave review in the New York Times and was a Mystery Guild alternate selection. The third, Teaser, will be out from St. Martin's in December and deals with young girls and social networking (never a good combination)

All but Teaser are available on Amazon!
Thanks again for the great op for BSP!

Jan Brogan

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2008 4:54:45 PM PDT
Me too, me too--
My new mystery series features a new kind of amateur sleuth--forensic handwriting expert Claudia Rose. The first book, POISON PEN, was released this month under Penguin's Obsidian imprint. Publisher's Weekly gave it a starred review and called it "a dynamite debut." View the book trailer video on my site: www.claudiaroseseries.com, and a read sample chapter. The second in the series, WRITTEN IN BLOOD, will be out September 2.

Here's the blurb for Poison Pen:
Is it possible for someone to fake handwriting and make death look like suicide?
When powerful and ruthless Hollywood publicist Lindsey Alexander is found dead in her penthouse hot tub, Police are quick to call it a suicide. A nearby note says "It was fun while it lasted," but Lindsey's friend and partner says it's not her handwriting.
Handwriting expert Claudia Rose, who had experienced Lindsey's hatefulness first-hand, joins forces with LAPD detective Joel Jovanic and sparks fly.
A novel of psychological suspense by Sheila Lowe

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2008 5:49:24 PM PDT
Thank you, foxglove.

I really am glad that we have at least one person who is coming to check out the new books by new authors that are available.

W.C.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2008 5:51:42 PM PDT
Peter,

Well, I dont know about genius, but I thank you for the promotion to the Mensa organization, my parents would be so proud.

Hope all of you have a great time here.

W.C.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2008 5:55:54 PM PDT
I have another idea, but I'm not sure how well it well be received, but here goes anyway. I think it would be a good idea to help each other out. If each of us would buy at least one book, say per week, of authors who post here. We can help their sales and also provide feedback about the book on their site to help with protential sales to others.

It's just a thought and I would like to hear your opinions on the idea.

W.C.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2008 3:08:33 AM PDT
This is great found it by accident. Of course we should all do our bit to help each other and promote our books and we should not be ashamed to do it. I have four books RUN FOR HOME, BAD MOON RISING, LIVING ON A PRAYER and the latest EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE. They are thrillers with the same people turning up in each book. My website is www.theseahills.co.uk
Already reading this forum I have found books that I never would have found, so fantastic.
I am a british author and my name is Sheila Quigley.
Cheers everyone.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2008 2:16:29 PM PDT
Howdy, All!

I'm the author of SINGULARITY, the first book in the Sarah Armstrong mystery series, published by St. Martins Minotaur and debuting on June 24th. The book has already garnered high praise. Here's a sample:

"An impressive fiction debut for true crime author Casey (She Wanted It All, 2005), whose memorable heroine has brains, moxie, and heart. Happily for readers, this is the first in a series," wrote Allison Block for Booklist. (SINGULARITY was given a star, indicating it is "outstanding in its genre.")

"There's a new Ranger in town and she's profiler Sarah Armstrong...Let's hope she'll be around for a good long while...a harrowing debut," says C.J. Box, author of BLUE HEAVEN and BLOOD TRAIL

"SINGULARITY starts on a high note and never lets up. Kudos to Kathryn Casey for her creation of Sarah Armstrong, a complex and memorable character sure to appeal to all readers. SINGULARITY is a bright new star in the mystery genre," says Jessica Speart, author of UNSAFE HARBOR, RESTLESS WATER, AND BORDER PREY

"Speaking as a former cop, I'd work a case with Texas Ranger Sarah Armstrong any day. She's a smart and savvy investigator, definitely a force to be reckoned with. More importantly, Casey delivers a strong and chilling novel, proving that she can write fiction with the same compelling authority in which she pens true crime," Robin Burcell, author of COLD CASE, FATAL TRUTH and DEADLY LEGACY

The Plot:

The call comes in on a Friday afternoon, a bizarre double murder in Galveston, in a multimillion-dollar beach house. Local police hold the scene, moving nothing, until Texas Ranger Sarah Armstrong arrives. Even crime photos won't do these bloody murders justice. They're like nothing Armstrong has ever encountered as the Ranger's lone criminal profiler.

Thus begins a whirlwind investigation into a string of murders that propels Armstrong across Texas, from a Fort Worth mansion to Texas' Rio Grande Valley, from a San Antonio barrio to the piney woods of the Big Thicket, and into the epicenter of Houston high society.

Still reeling from a loss that fractured her family, Sarah Armstrong soon finds her world spinning out of control and everything she holds dear threatened, even her very life.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2008 6:33:43 PM PDT
P. Collins says:
Okay, since I have not authored a book, I hope I am not intruding on YOUR discussion. I was intrigued by the title and had to know what was going on. A nice idea, and I helpful since (I hope this will be taken in the proper spirit) I hadn't heard of any of you. Now that I have, I shall sally forth and check out the books.
Glad you posted!
PKCollins

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2008 8:52:46 PM PDT
Hey PK Collins, It's definitely taken in the proper spirit. Most of us that have posted are first time authors it seems, so it's not surprising you haven't heard of us. We're all doing what we can so that someday you will have heard of us. I think W.C. started a good thing here. Take care and thanks for taking a look at our books. --Scott Loring Sanders, The Hanging Woods

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2008 9:23:15 AM PDT
Hey, I'm game, and thanks to W.C. for the forum:

My current SOME LIKE IT HOT-BUTTERED (Berkley Prime Crime) starts the Double Feature Mystery series, in which Elliot Freed comes into some money--including the alimony he gets from his ex-wife--and buys a one-screen movie theatre in central New Jersey. Elliot, a devoted fan of classic comedy, renames the place Comedy Tonight, and shows only funny movies, one classic, one contemporary each week.

In HOT-BUTTERED, his is dismayed when a patron expires (that's "dies") during a screening of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, and then appalled to find that the poor man was murdered--with poison sprinkled over his box of Comedy Tonight popcorn. Elliot takes such things personally, a decides to find out what happened, and why.

I don't like to brag (oh wait--yes, I do!), but HOT-BUTTERED was nominated for the Lefty Award for funniest mystery of 2007, and has been very well received. You might like to check it out.

The second in the series, IT HAPPENED ONE KNIFE, will appear in July. In this one, Elliot meets two of his comedy legends, the team of Lillis & Townes. And everything goes great--until one of them kills the other.

I'm also the author of the Aaron Tucker series (FOR WHOM THE MINIVAN ROLLS, A FAREWELL TO LEGS, AS DOG IS MY WITNESS). I hope you check them out. You might get a laugh or two out of them.

Jeff Cohen (www.jeffcohenbooks.com)

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2008 2:33:51 PM PDT
Wow, I don't know if I've seen a more diverse array of mystery novels put together so far. I love these ideas. My novel is a little off the beaten path from the standard mystery, it's called THE LOST KINGS, check it out...

Dis, the city of the dead, has a dark secret. Deep within the shadowy alleyways of the city's Victorian streets, Jack the Ripper continues to terrorize mankind after his death. Leo Meriden, an inspector in the last government of the afterlife, finds himself accused of kidnapping souls of the city, an indictment that carries with it a punishment far worse than death. Judge John McAllister alone knows of Leo's innocence, but time wears thin for both men as the city becomes driven to falling apart. McAllister is set on a path to find the real kidnapper, chasing him from the River Styx to the dark underworld of Dis, uncovering horrifying mysteries that have been buried for thousands of years. The Lost Kings is a story of despair, redemption, and destined sacrifice.

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Doug says:
Y'know, this is a great page where we can talk about ourselves and see what each of us is doing but are any other readers reading it? Like, people who aren't mystery writers? Let us know if you're out there readers!
In the meantime, I have a question. WC, how does your blog appear on your title page? Did you do that? Is that feature only available once the book is available?
Mine, Every Secret Crime (Five Star/Gale) will be out in June. The second Reno McCarthy novel, that is. Reno's a tough Chicago TV reporter tracking the killer of a teenager in the idyllic suburb of Falcon Ridge. I spent twenty-five years in the broadcasting business covering crime and a few years before that as a cop so. . .gosh, I almost said, "I know what I'm writing about." That sounds a tad arrogant, doesn't it? Everyone here "knows what they're writing about," right? Let's say when I write about Reno being shot at chasing people areound, or being punched in the nose, I've been there, too.
One last thought: do all of you know CrimeSpace? It's a great place for mystery/thriller writers (and readers) to hang out. If you're not already a member, come join me!
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