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Rachel is a new friend of mine, but is becoming a fast friend.  She has a wicked sense of humour and really great writing style, which I am somewhat envious of.  Her first book ‘White Gold’ is doing amazing things.  The only problem is not she’s not quite Australian, even though she now lives out here.

Oh well, we all have our little faults.  Anyway….  Here’s the wonderful Rachel Amphlett:

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I have only met Trent recently through a mutual friend of Martin Reaves.  Martin has done an interview with me and mentioned Trent Zelazny.  So I did a little investigating and found this Trent Zelazny, only to be amazed by what I found.

Trent is son of Roger Zelazny.  For me this was a bit of a big deal, as I enjoyed the Amber Chronicles.  What was more amazing, to me, was the sheer fact that Trent had lived through the loss of his girlfriend, which Trent will talk about more later.

I sent Trent my standard questions, but with the proviso that I could ask him some tougher questions (of which you will see later).  trent was very open about his past and did not knock back any of my questions, answering them overnight.

I will add to this before I let Trent have a go.  There are some great authors out there talking about Trent and how good he is.  To drop just two names here – Neil Gaiman and Joe R. Lansdale.

A little warning as well.  This post is over 3,500 words long, but more than worth the effort.

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Dead on Ice

A Lovers in Crime Mystery

Lauren Carr
Acorn Book Services
      Acorn Book Services

Pub Date                Sep 1 2012

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  • ISBN9780985726737
  • Price13.99
  • CurrencyUSD
  • EditionPaperback

Description

              Dead on Ice is the first installment of Lauren Carr’s new series (Lovers in Crime). It features Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton and his new love, Pennsylvania State Police homicide detective Cameron Gates.In this Loves in Crime Mystery, spunky Pennsylvania State Homicide Detective Cameron Gates is tasked with solving the murder of Cherry Pickens, a legendary star of pornographic films, when body turns up in an abandoned freezer. The case has a personal connection to Cameron’s lover, Joshua Thornton, because the freezer was found in his cousin’s basement. It doesn’t take long for their investigation to reveal that the risqu� star’s roots were buried in their rural Ohio Valley community, something that Cherry had kept off her show business bio. She should have kept her hometown off her road map, too-because when this starlet came running home from the mob, it proved to be a fatal homecoming.In her new series, Lauren Car teams up her first literary detective with a new and exciting partner. Homicide Detective Cameron Gates has a spunky personality that’s a perfect complement to Joshua Thornton’s logical and responsible nature.

The Same Lie Twice

Ron Goulart
MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
      MysteriousPress.com/Open Road

Pub Date                Sep 25 2012

ISBN9781453277102

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A copywriter’s wife has vanished, and only John Easy is slick enough to save her Jim Benning makes $25,000 a year writing drivel for the admen at the Arbogast & Joseph Agency, and his wife thinks he’s worth a whole lot less. Joanna is a model: nervous, beautiful, and prone to meltdowns. In a last-ditch attempt to save their marriage, she agrees to a few sessions with a psychiatrist in San Ignacio—a quack whose psychobabble is more sinister than it appears. But when Joanna disappears, Jim’s only hope is John Easy, the hippest P.I. in Hollywood. Jim gives John a matchbook found in his wife’s purse for a club called Maybe—a swinger’s hideout where morality is not in style—and John plunges into the seedy side of sunny San Ignacio, where the copywriter’s wife led an entirely different sort of existence. To save Joanna from her shadow self, John Easy will have to swing harder than ever before.

A. M. Dean is a bit of a mystery.  Whilst his book has been published in over a dozen languages, his name has been kept secret.  I have only found out that A. was male through the ‘About The Author’ part of his website.  Throughout our discussions, I got the distinct impression that it was to remain thay way until it was meant to come out.  A riddle within a riddle I suppose.

This is a bit of an exclusive as A. does not do web interviews but, as his email stated, he was in a good mood.  Thank you A. for that.  So, find below my exclusive interview with a writer that has taken the world by storm.

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Ken McKea is the pseudonym of Brad Strickland.

Writing a standalone book is one thing. Writing a series is another. This week the third Jim Dallas adventure, Eden Feint, is due out on Amazon.com for Kindle. I have another ten gestating.

Eden Feint takes Dallas and his friend Sam Lyons to Davis County, a place “in the armpit of Florida,” where poverty and despair have hit hard. They’re working on a closed case: Adam Stowers has been convicted of having killed his wife Summer two years back.

Except Stowers’s lawyer is convinced that, for a change, he was defending an innocent client. So Dallas and Lyons are probing for anything that might help the convicted man.

What turns up is nasty and has roots going back many years. Dallas is tested in ways he’s never faced before.

So…what about a series? What makes it different?

Every story is about change. Every good series, I believe, is about the same thing. Except that over a progressive set of books, the character can grow and change more slowly and in very fundamental ways. Dallas in Eden Feint is the same man we met in Atlanta Bones, but he’s different, too. He’s just beginning to solve the mystery of Jim Dallas, and if I time it right, he should solve that right around Book 13 or so. And then…who knows?

Eden Feint will be published as a standalone book, but as an experiment, I’m also going to try offering the books in omnibus sets, three titles to a book, at a bargain price (less than a U.S. buck a book). Sure, I’m looking for sales, but in some ways I’m thinking of these as three-decker novels, with the cast changing from volume to volume but some characters and things remaining constant.

And some inner things changing.

Just for luck, my target date for publishing Eden Feint is October 27.

Happens to be my birthday.

So if you read and liked Atlanta Bones or Cuban Dagger or both, give this one a try. At the same time you’ll give me a writer’s most treasured birthday present:

A reader.

Title: Garment of Shadows
SubTitle: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Imprint: Bantam
Pub Date: September 04, 2012
ISBN: 9780553807998
Author: Laurie R. King
Category: FICTION – ADULT: Mystery, Detective, Suspense & Thrillers: Mystery & Detective

Marketing Copy:

Laurie R. King’s New York Timesbestselling novels of suspense featuring MaryRussell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, comprise one of today’s mostacclaimed mystery series. Now, in their newest and most thrilling adventure,the couple is separated by a shocking circumstance in a perilous part of the world, each racing against time to prevent an explosive catastrophe that could clothe them both in shrouds.

Ina strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldierspounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herselfstrangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase.  Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.

Meanwhile, Holmes is pulled by two old friends and a distant relation into the growing war between France, Spain, and the Rif Revolt led by Emir Abd el-Krim-who may be aRobin Hood or a power mad tribesman. The shadows of war are drawing over the ancient city of Fez, and Holmes badly wants the wisdom and courage of his wife,whom he’s learned, to his horror, has gone missing. As Holmes searches for her,and Russell searches for herself, each tries to crack deadly parallel puzzles before it’s too late for them, for Africa, and for the peace of Europe.

Withthe dazzling mix of period detail and contemporary pace that is her hallmark, Laurie R. King continues the stunningly suspenseful series that Lee Child called “the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today.”

LaurieR. King is the New York Times bestselling author of ten Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, and the acclaimed novels A Darker Place, Folly, Keeping Watch, and Touchstone.  She lives in Northern California where she is currently at work on her next novel.

My Review:

Let me start with this – I loved this book.  I had not read any of Laurie R King’s novels before this one, so I thought it was going to be just another Sherlock Holmes novel, but I was greatly mistaken.  The first 15% of this book centres on Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes’ wife as she tried to remember who and where she is.  I am not going to go into the story too far, as I think more than enough has been said by the marketing copy above.

I will say this though.  The author has an amazing style that just creates images in your head.  Mary is such a lively character that is the perfect buffer for Holmes.  I love the fact they refer to each other by surname.  The level of description brings this novel alive and I felt that I was wondering the streets with Mary at times.  The book builds to a very satifying ending.  I will be looking for more book by this author.

All in all, a brilliant book and I am happy to say my first five star rating.  Great work Laurie King.

My Rating:

5 fez out of 5.