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#Author #Interview Michael Bernhart- Psychological #Thriller Series The Max Brown Novels

Description. How Existentialism Almost Killed Me: Kierkegaard Was Right is the fourth and final novel in a series that tracks the life of Max Brown as he grudgingly matures. Provisionally dubbed a philosophical thriller, this novel finds Max Brown and his wife Sally staring down middle-age and an empty nest. In an ill-advised attempt to restore meaning to their lives, they allow themselves to be herded into a trivial assignment as CIA contractors. This morphs into a real and dangerous assignment taking on remnants of the Khmers Rouges in Cambodia and Thailand who are producing and selling counterfeit drugs. The battle is waged on elephant back, in a Thai brothel, in Cambodian minefields, and in the strongholds of the KR in western Cambodia.

The author ran a healthcare program in Cambodia; one of the challenges was fake drugs. A positive consequence of this experience: the context and problem are faithfully portrayed.

The series. The novels track the life of a man who earnestly wants to avoid trouble but whose behavior, or circumstances, repeatedly drops him into it. He becomes a smartass as a defense against a pretentious name, Maxwell Smythe Brown IV; this trait – which he doesn’t seem able to shed – keeps him in hot water. But there’s also depth: an enduring obsession with the paradox of a benevolent creator presiding over a universe chock full of wickedness.

The series has two running themes. The first is the above-mentioned life-stage progression; each novel finds Max dealing with a new set of issues common to men his age. The second running theme is the nature of evil, and, conversely, God. A different face of evil is examined in each novel. In the fourth it’s the Khmers Rouges, and they can do evil like no one else.

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Author website: http://www.houghpublishing.com.

 

Interview

What genre do you write?

The (pretentious?) label I’ve co-opted is philosophical thriller. These are not the first novels to mix philosophy with chase scenes, but a conscious effort is made to weave larger questions into the narrative and structure of the books.

Who or what was your inspiration for writing?

Like many others, I started writing as an outlet when I was in an unhappy situation. Also like others, the product that one generates under those circumstances projects deep bitterness. It takes a lot of reworking to convert that raw material into something a reader is willing to spend time with. Yes, authenticity is a wonderful thing in literature, but do you really want to immerse yourself in 400+ pages of thinly disguised self-pity?

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I have a vintage airplane (Mooney 20E) that I use to bore holes in the sky. A magical machine. It brought me through severe thunderstorms just yesterday to a safe landing. In fact, I think I’ll take a break from these questions and go up to the airport and give that venerable bird a hug.

Who are your favorite authors and why?

John le Carré, Garrison Keillor, and Bill Bryson used to be my favorite authors. Bryson for his easy and infectious humor, coupled with wonderful nuggets of information; Keillor for his insights and beautifully crafted (and clever) short pieces; and le Carré for his meticulous research and gripping structure. I say they used to be my favorites. Now I get depressed when I read them; how do they do it?

Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.

I am a considerate, creative, and indefatigable lover.

 

Your Writing Process

What excites you about writing?

I like to lie. I’m too old to enter law school and become a lawyer and too thin-skinned for politics; the only other profession left open to a congenital liar is writing.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I advance the plot during the evening when I’ve had a few. In the cold, harsh, sober light of day I clean it up.

Then I rewrite ad nauseum, especially after publication. An unheralded revolution in publishing is the potential for the self-published indie to improve a novel forever. Thanks to the permissive policies of CreateSpace, Nook, etc. an author can revise and re-upload infinitely. If the author’s paying attention to constructive feedback, he or she can steadily work toward a decent book. The traditional publishers, in contrast, are stuck with the original version until the last Remainders table has been cleared.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Hell yes. Scram, vamoose, get! The industry is choking on an excess of books. Three thousand new novels every day. I don’t need any more competitors.

Is there any other genre you have considered writing in?

Romance. I find it cloying to the point of nauseating. Could I do that? No, but the challenge is intriguing.

Most people envision an author’s life as being really glamorous.

Most people are wrong.

What would you like readers to know about you, the writer?

I am a considerate, creative, and indefatigable lover.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“Stay away from that woman, Mike. She’s trouble.” Advice that went unheeded.

 

Your Books

 

What story haven’t you written yet but would like to? A NY Times bestseller. Is there anything holding you back from writing it? A shortage of talent.

What kind of research do you do for your books?

This question merits a lengthier reply. Thanks to the efficiency of internet search engines, an author can lard up a novel with excruciating detail in an effort to lend the work verisimilitude. You’ve seen it: the make and model of the gun the hero/perp/bystander is packing. Maybe some ballistics info is included. A note to those authors: it isn’t working.

Perhaps this is why we hear the repeated refrain, ‘Write what you know.’ I’ve had the good fortune to live and work in many parts of the world – some of them pretty dismal. That broad experience doesn’t ensure a readable novel, but it protects your work from the patent artificiality that undermines much of what we find on the shelves today.

 

Your Characters

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

Half and half. I wonder which half comes across as more credible? Reviewers are fond of noting that my characters are “over the top.” Almost no one of my circle of (dull) acquaintances is over the top. In fact, few of them are even likeable, a requirement for inclusion in a readable novel.

Is there a character from one of your books that resonates deeply with you?

Ronnie the redoubtable Scot in the fourth novel. Everyone likes him. I may have made an unwise decision re Ronnie.

 

Random Question

Do you have any final comments you would like to make?

The great lover bit. Did you catch that?

 

Other Fiction by Michael Bernhart

How I Made $3,200,000 from My Hobby

How Ornithology Saved My Life

How Speleology Restored My Sex Drive

How Existentialism Almost Killed Me: Kierkegaard Was Right

 

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“A Bloodstained Hammer” -A Criminal Thriller With A Unique ESL Benefit

d89fb85f000d4200c4058e120b356fc53dd883fbWritten by Alison Townsend MacNicol of 100 Mile House, British Columbia and Brian T. Seifrit of Fruitvale, British Columbia, the story is a fictionalized account of a true crime that occurred near Fruitvale in 1959. It explains work on a farm in the Kootenay District of British Columbia and describes the family life of the hog farmer, Kent Townsend, with his wife and three children. The farm does not provide enough revenue to support the family and the farmer has a regular job at a smelter in Trail B.C., about 15 miles from the farm.

In order to expand the operation and have help on the farm, Kent hires a 27-year-old laborer with experience on Alberta ranches. The hired hand, Alex Hudulak, is unpolished and not highly educated but seems to be a willing worker. He helps in the harvesting of the hogs, makes maintenance repairs on the farm and manages the increased number of hogs that Kent acquires for the next year.

The first half of the story relates to the routine life on the farm.

In the summer of 1959, the hired hand gets drunk and for many psychological reasons as outlined in the story, in a fit of rage, rapes and kills the farmer’s wife and daughter. He flees the scene but is captured very quickly. The rest of the story describes the impact that the crimes had on the farmer and his family and laments the seeming injustice in the case.

Although set over 50 years ago, the story has relevance today as the Federal Government tries to aid or compensate the families of victims of serious crimes. The use of the insanity defense in murder trials and the way in which murderers are rehabilitated in remarkably short order today provide a backdrop to the similar situation in the 1960’s.

(The Unique Benefit!) Free ESL Lesson Plans

The text is supported by free lesson plans that can be used by teachers and students who use the book as a means to teach and learn English. Due to the graphic nature of the crime and the sexual thoughts and actions of the hired hand, the story is more suited to Secondary School students and adults rather than middle school students. The vocabulary is easily understood by anyone with grade 7 reading skills and the lesson plans include questions and answers that explore and explain the meaning of the more difficult words.

Information about the Authors

Alison Townsend MacNicol is a daughter of the union of the hog farmer and his second wife. Alison works at a full-time job as Manager of a retail operation, is a housewife and mother and somehow finds the time to write intriguing stories.

Brian T. Seifrit is an accomplished author with six books previously published. He is a childhood friend of Alison’s who has helped her write this story, doing research on court documents and writing some chapters.

Brian hopes that the book brings attention to the fact that some killers get away with homicide using a faked insanity plea. The killings destroyed the faith and trust that the victims’ family had in the Canadian Justice system and terribly affected the lives of all surviving family members. He hopes that the book raises questions about the insanity defense and encourages more effective prosecution of capital trials. As opposed to being put into a federal prison for the act and atrocities he committed, the murderer spent several years as a worker in a benign hospital farm environment. The Townsend family suffered from the effect of the ordeal for the rest of their lives.

The link to Brian’s website is: http://www.booksbybriant.com/

Information about the Publisher

Your ESL Story Publishers Ltd. is based at 11 Scott Island, Newboro Lake in Ontario. The company’s objective is to publish texts, novels and training materials for the booming English as a Second language (ESL) market. The publisher, William Jenkins, did a major part of the editing of “A Bloodstained Hammer”. The company has a website at https://yourstorypublishers.ca where copies of published books, computer software and free lesson plans can be ordered.

Reviewer Copy

A reviewer may obtain a copy of the book in PDF format. Contact Publisher@yourstorypublishers.ca.

Purchase the Book

The book can be purchased through the store at https://yourstorypublishers.ca. Copies of the free Lesson Plans can be downloaded there as well.

The book can also be ordered from CreateSpace at https://www.createspace.com/4131036 or from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1482524821/

The book is also available as an eBook through Smashwords who distributes to all major retailers.

Prices

The paperback version is priced at $15.99 and the eBook version is $5.99. The lesson plans are free.

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Interview: Danielle Uidam, Author of “The Malthus Conspiracy”

Book Cover7Description: “In 2011 the world population hit seven billion. Fourteen thousand babies are born every hour. By 2045 the population is predicted to hit nine billion. Can our planet cope?

In 1798 Economist Reverend Thomas Malthus thought not. His work ‘An Essay on the Principal of Population’ predicted that population growth would outpace our ability to obtain resources, resulting in a global epidemic of famine that would destroy society unless curbed.

Fast forward to 2012. College students Dean Adams and his best friend Felix Pye, unwittingly stumble across the greatest conspiracy in history, and by doing so sign a death warrant. They are forced to run as powerful, high society members of a 200 year old secret Malthusian League attempt to silence them.

The league will stop at nothing to continue its Malthusian cause. Their purpose? To curb population growth and ensure Malthus’ predictions for economic ruin do not come true.

With the aide of detective Isabella Mercena, Dean and Felix go head to head against the evil forces as they attempt to expose the league’s sinister plans to control population. Will they survive to tell the tale and tell it before the next wave of disaster is unleashed on mankind?”

Genre: General Fiction /  Conspiracy
ISBN: 9780987468901

INTERVIEW

What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?At the moment I am published as a Fiction writer, in the Thriller / Mystery catergory, although I would love to also branch out into the romance category, as I am a big ‘happily ever after’ type person.My debut Novel, The Malthus Conspiracy, also has some factual research, compiled together in the back of the book as an essay, further reading, and reference section.I wrote this type of novel, as I found the basic premise and topic fascinating. The book is based on a real theory formulated in 1798, by Robert Malthus, so I found it fascinating that his theory is still discussed today, and the topic of population growth and population control is still so heavily debated.

I also love reading Dan Brown and Clive Cussler, so my writing naturally developed into a similar story type.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?I have always loved reading books, and in 9th grade I had to write a short fiction piece for my English class. I absoutely loved the whole process, and ever since I have wanted to become a published author.What do you like to do when you’re not writing?I am an avid sports lover. I have played Soccer at a high level, and I am a swimming coach, I will pretty much play and watch pretty much any sport. I also love reading and doing puzzles.

Where do you hang out online? Website URL, author groups, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc?

I have just started a Twitter page @duidam, and I have set up a Facebook authors page: https://www.facebook.com/DanielleUidam and I have a blog at http://duidam.wordpress.com

What books are currently on your nightstand?

I am currently in the middle of reading a Clive Cussler novel Devil’s Gate

Do you remember the first novel you read?

Tough one, I used to read a lot when I was a kid, I even got a special library card, so I could borrow more books as I read through them so quickly, I loved reading Enid Blyton and The Hardy Boys. My first ‘adult’ novel I can remember is John Grisham’s The Street Lawyer

Is there anything unique about your upbringing that you’d like to share with readers? 

My upbringing was different to a so called ‘normal’ upbringing, I was an expatriate kid. I graduated from High School in Singapore, from the Singapore American School, and I have since lived in Shanghai for 5 years and I am currently living in the Netherlands. You can say I have the travelling bug. However, no matter where I go, I always know where home is, and I feel very lucky to be Australian.

What was the most uplifting moment you’ve experienced during your writing career?

When I first hit the publish button it was a pretty special moment, as was the first sale, and I always get uplifted by a positive review, everytime one comes through I think, ‘ok I can do this. I am a good writer, people do like my work’ as an Indie publisher it comes with a lot of doubt, you wonder if people will like your work, and it can be a hard slog sometimes, so when that reviw comes through, it makes all the hard hours worthwhile.

Your Books

Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?NervousHow many books have you written? Which is your favorite?I have just recently released my first Novel: The Malthus Conspiracy

What can we look forward to in the upcoming months?
My head is trying to work out a great sequel to The Malthus Conspiracy, I hope to release it by the end of this year. So stay tuned, or follow me on twitter for more info @duidamWhat story haven’t you written yet but would like to?  Is there anything holding you back from writing it?I have thought about potentially writing a non-fiction story about life as an expatriate. It can be a rocky but rewarding life.What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

For my novel The Malthus Conspiracy, I did a lot of research, most of which is included in the back of the book. The book, although fictional, is based on a real theory that Malthus created in 1798 in his essay ‘A Principle of Population’. The basic premise is that he predicted population growth would outstip our ability to get resources, and would result in huge global problems.

Throughout my research I was fascinated to learn that Malthus’ theories were so far reaching, that Charles Darwin even credited Malthus for his work. There were real leagues created after him, and he inspired a lot people and events. Check out the back of my book for more information!

Population growth is a massive issue and heavily debated around the world 14,000 babies are born every hour, so to put the major issues discussed into a fictional novel, may help to bring them more closely to the light.

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I outlined my entire book, although I must say during writing the outline did change quite a bit as I got hooked on a different direction.

Which of your stories would make a great movie?  Who’d play the lead roles?

Some of my reviews have actually stated that my book would make a great movie, it is fast paced and topical two things I think make a great action movie. I would love to see it turn into a movie! Characters… that is a hard one, maybe Tom Welling or Jared Padalecki as Dean and Jessica Alba as Isabella

Name one website you visit every single day.

I visit the Sydney Morning Herald every day, important to keep on top of the news!

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

c1fec952ce720ac1d188d4.L._V376450992_Danielle Uidam was born in Sydney, Australia in 1988. As child she was told to stop reading novels in class so instead she decided to write them.She graduated high school from the Singapore American School at the age of 16. She has a degree from the University of Newcastle Australia, and is a young entrepreneur running her own sports coaching company. As it is not a 9 to 5 career it allows her the time to write. She has lived in a number of countries including Australia, Singapore, China and the Netherlands.

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Interview: Michael Drakich, Latest Release “Lest The Dew Rust Them”

DSCF08011From the author: “No awards, no accolades, no writing degrees or diplomas, only a deep rooted love of reading and writing. You can find me at Goodreads.”

Lest The Dew Rust Them is a thriller released on February 23, 2013. Blurb: “Terrorism in America has a new game…decapitations!”

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Description: “Homeland Security Director Robert Grimmson faces the task of catching five men in New York City. They call themselves the Sword Masters with a single minded plan of terror through decapitations.

Barely has the task begun when a new arrival at JFK is a man importing thousands of swords! Alexander Suten-Mdjai is a trainer in the deadly art of swordsmanship and Robert cannot help but believe there is a connection between him and the Sword Masters.

As he goes about the task, each step in his search is made more difficult through the interference of politicians, the media and his own government. Robert’s examination constantly draws him back to Alexander who regales him with a tale of swordsmanship from his lineage featuring events of mankind’s bloody past and often oddly having a connection to the case before him.

With the clock ticking as New York collapses into a deep panic, he must catch the Sword Masters before it is too late!”

INTERVIEW

What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?

I consider myself a speculative fiction author as I write mostly science fiction and fantasy. My first two novels were exactly that. My first was a science fiction adventure entitled, Grave Is The Day. The second is an epic fantasy entitled, The Brotherhood Of Piaxia. Saying that, I have strayed just a little with my most recent release, a thriller entitled, Lest The Dew Rust Them. I’m currently working on two new novels, another science fiction entitled, The Infinite Within, and an epic fantasy entitled, Demon Stones.

As a youth, I grew up in the sixties and seventies when science fiction was entering its heyday. Authors like Isaac Isamov, Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke were filling the market with great reads. Fantasy was also making itself known. Already out there was J. R. Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings, but a number of new authors, Terry Brooks and Stephen R. Donaldson for example, were making an impact. Needless to say, their works had a profound impact on me and why I chose the genre’s that I did.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Strangely enough, it arose out of reading what I considered a horrible novel. I have a habit of visiting the large Chapters/Indigo bookstore at the major mall. They have a Starbuck’s right in-house. My usual modus operandi was to buy a large vanilla almond latte and peruse the mark down shelves for something to read. Often, the book I ended up buying was cheaper than the coffee, but I digress.

Some seven years ago I picked up a novel that was part of a very successful epic fantasy series. It is always my habit to read in its entirety any book I purchase. This one was a task. I found it abysmal. No sooner had I finished the book when what to my surprise, they had made a television serial out of the series. I was flabbergasted.  If what I considered a very bad novel could have such success, then anybody could do it. I sat down at my computer to prove it. On Monday, February 20, 2006, at 5:23:53 PM, I began my writing career.

Over the next ten months I kicked out my first novel. Feeling like a proud papa I showed it to family and friends. The lukewarm reception it received was enough to tell me the truth. It was crap. But in the meantime, what had happened was I had been bitten by the bug. I wanted to be a writer. I dedicated most of my spare time to joining a number of online workshops and honed the craft. The results are the novels I am producing today. I’m proud to say they are being well received and getting glowing reviews.

Do you remember the first novel you read?

Amazingly, the answer is yes. I want to qualify it as not including children’s books such as the wondrous works by Dr. Seuss. I was ten years old and in the school library I chose Moby Dick by Herman Melville as my first reading project. I remember my teacher, Mrs. Bickerton, advising against it as being too difficult for a youth of my age. I set out to prove her wrong.

Your Writing Process

What excites you about writing?

Without a doubt, it’s the entire creation thing. You start with an idea and over the next several months you expand it into something formidable – a complete novel. If you know Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, then you can appreciate how the pinnacle, Self-Actualization, is achieved through writing. It is a most rewarding experience.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Be prepared for the long haul. Writing is a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t take short cuts. They all end up in dead alleys. Don’t get discouraged. There are many roadblocks you will have to circumvent. I like to think of the character, Captain Peter Quincy Taggart, from the movie Galaxy Quest and his famous quote, “Never give up! Never Surrender!”

How long does it take you to finish a book from start to submission?

I don’t think you can pinpoint a specific amount of time. Different novels are different lengths and I usually only write about fifteen thousand words a month. I still do have a full time job as other than a writer. Using my current release, Lest The Dew Rust Them, as an example, including the editing process, it’s about eight or nine months.

Do you prefer writing series books over non series or does it matter?

There is a trend in speculative fiction for writers to write series. They are all bent on producing the next best trilogy, or quadrology or octology or whateverology they can produce. As a reader, I find it most frustrating to read a novel and discover it’s the first part of a series where the rest of the books have yet to be written or released. I’ve decided to make my novels stand alone. Saying that, my current work in progress, Demon Stones, is set in the same world as The Brotherhood Of Piaxia, but one would not have had to read both. The links between the two are small.

What would you like readers to know about you the writer?

My style. My editor describes me as an easy style. Simply put, it flows. I think one of the most distinctive things about it is my practice of never using dialogue tags. Instead, when necessary, I use actions to identify speakers. It gives the reader a visual as to what is occurring during the dialogue.  Filling up a novel with a number of – he said – she said – is disconcerting to the reader. And don’t even get me going on descriptive dialogue tags! If you are unable to portray the way a character says something without having to use words like mumbled, whispered, screamed, and taunted, or whatever, you need to hone your craft. It disturbs me to see their use becoming more prevalent in writing today. It’s the lazy way out.

Your Books

When a new book comes out, are you nervous about how readers will react to it?

When I released the first novel, absolutely. I’m only human in looking for acceptance. In the early days of learning the craft of being a writer I suffered my share of indignity from those critting my work. It was, at first, a hard pill to swallow. My apologies for the cliché but I think it is the most appropriate term I can use. Now, I’m no longer so concerned. I have faith in my work as a result of the good acceptance of my earlier novels. With success comes confidence and with confidence comes the strength to write even better.

What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

This is an important issue to me when writing. I have always recognized the order in the title, science fiction. “Science” is the first word. I want my science fiction to have some measure of believability. I am an avid watcher of the science channel, the NASA channel, and the history channels. They are a great source of ideas and information. Programs such as “Through The Wormhole” are filled with mind bending concepts.

Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?

I haven’t really ever found a problem with my muse. Whenever I sit to write I am able to roll out the prose without having to wait for my muse to kick in. As to deadlines, I like to think of an entertaining quote from the author, Douglas Adams. “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

Your Characters

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

I believe characters are everything. As a writer it is imperative to get the reader to emote with your characters. Failure to get this connection is certain doom for your novel. They must love them, hate them, and want to be them. Understanding this concept is what drives how a character is portrayed. I visualize how I want the character to be perceived then drive the makeup of that character in the direction needed. I would be lying in saying that is the be all and end all of their makeup. In some, I insert certain attitudes to resemble my own. Call it a weakness.

Is it hard coming up with names for your characters?

Normally, no, but in Lest The Dew Rust Them, it was a challenge. The diversity of the cultural backgrounds required a lot of research in selecting names. All I can say is “Thank God” for Google.

Which of your stories would make a great movie?  Who’d play the lead roles?

I believe they all would. I have even had reviewers comment so. Rather than address all three I would like to keep my focus on the new release, Lest The Dew Rust Them. The three central characters are Homeland Security Director Robert Grimmson to be played by Tom Hanks, lead terrorist David Crombie by Leonardo DiCaprio and enigmatic sword trainer played by Johnny Depp.

Is there a character from one of your books that resonates deeply with you?

Not a character, but a name. Early in my writing career I wrote a short story entitled, The Intrepid Explorer. The main character was named Bartholomew Higginbottom. Since then I have reinvented this character in a number of ways to appear in my novels – sometimes as a cameo, sometimes a major character. Each reincarnation is unique. It’s just a little quirk of mine.

Other works by the author:

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New From Toni Leland: “Double Exposure” a Kovak & Quaid Equestrian Mystery!

You’ll be up late, and in good company, with this exciting new page-turner from Toni Leland!”

  • Title: Double Exposure ~ a Kovak & Quaid equestrian mystery
  • Author: Toni Leland
  • Publisher:  Equine Graphics Publishing Group
  • Genre: Contemporary Mystery, Equine Fiction
  • Length: 300 pages
  • Release Date: October 29, 2012
  • Website: http://www.tonileland.com/p_cur_double.shtml
  • Where to Buy: Amazon

 

Description: A champion show jumper is replaced by a look-alike, but the switch isn’t discovered for months.

Comfortable in the safe world of equine photography, ex-cop Kim Kovak thinks she has finally moved past the terror of a routine patrol that changed her life forever. Then a simple photo shoot catapults her into the middle of a cunning and dangerous ring of horse thieves. Old habits die hard and Kim goes after the truth with a vengeance.

Private investigator Garrett Quaid is determined to expose whoever is organizing a series of thefts where ringers are used and big insurance claims are paid. A quiet loner, Quaid doesn’t welcome the meddling of one pushy photographer who always seems to be one jump ahead of him.

Together, and often at odds, Kovak and Quaid try to out-sleuth each other and, in the process, learn the chilling truth about the crimes.

Author Profile

Toni Leland has written both fiction & non-fiction for over 20 years. She is the author of six equestrian novels, a paranormal romance, two juvenile chapter books, and a young adult novel; some of her short stories have appeared in Arabella Romance Magazine, True Story, Bylines Writer’s Calendar, From the Heart anthologies, and Horse Tales for the Soul.

As a freelancer, Toni writes feature articles for Grit magazine, Over the Back Fence and Ohio magazine, Country Living, and Romance Writers Report (trade publication for RWA) and has written monthly articles for international gardening site, Dave’s Garden. As a spokesman for the Ohio State University Master Gardener program in Muskingum County, Leland produced the monthly newsletter, Connections and wrote a biweekly newspaper column on gardening.

Toni lives and writes in Clinton, Connecticut. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Inc., Sisters in Crime New England, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association.

Visit Toni at http://www.tonileland.com and follow her writing blog at http://manuscriptmusings.blogspot.com.

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My review of another novel by Leland: “Deadly Heritage

Description: Somebody is stalking horse breeder Kellie Sutton, and the one person who can protect her is the man whose heart she broke 15 years ago. A series of vicious attacks on Kellie s champion Quarter Horses brings devastation to her ranch and former sweetheart Ed Campbell back into her life, only this time as the new local sheriff. Mystery surrounds the wounds inflicted on the animals, then a sharp-eyed veterinarian confirms that someone is out to destroy Kellie and everything she loves.

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