Publisher News: February 2020

2020 Publisher News: February Monthly Recap


February was a really busy month! We started the first of our “monthly themes” and most of our posts revolved around either that or books in general:) February’ Theme: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Articles:     What are…

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A Cry of Shadows by Max Overton


Australian Professor Ian Delaney is single-minded in his determination to prove his theory that one can discover the moment that the life force leaves the body. After succumbing to the temptation to kill a girl…

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A Vince Torelli Mystery Boxed Set

A Vince Torelli Mystery Series by John Schembra


A former soldier who becomes a San Francisco police homicide investigator after the war, Vince Torelli is dedicated, intelligent and highly principled–all skills that serve him well given the difficult, almost impossible murder investigations he’s…

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A Vince Torelli Mystery, Book 1: Retribution by John Schembra


A former soldier who becomes a San Francisco police homicide investigator after the war, Vince Torelli is dedicated, intelligent and highly principled–all skills that serve him well given the difficult, almost impossible murder investigations he’s…

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A Vince Torelli Mystery, Book 2: Diplomatic Immunity by John Schembra


A former soldier who becomes a San Francisco police homicide investigator after the war, Vince Torelli is dedicated, intelligent and highly principled–all skills that serve him well given the difficult, almost impossible murder investigations he’s…

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A Vince Torelli Mystery, Book 3: Blood Debt by John Schembra


A former soldier who becomes a San Francisco police homicide investigator after the war, Vince Torelli is dedicated, intelligent and highly principled–all skills that serve him well given the difficult, almost impossible murder investigations he’s…

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A Vince Torelli Mystery, Book 4: The List by John Schembra


A former soldier who becomes a San Francisco police homicide investigator after the war, Vince Torelli is dedicated, intelligent and highly principled–all skills that serve him well given the difficult, almost impossible murder investigations he’s…

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And the Lucky Winner Is… by Cathan Shoniker


  When the winner of the worldwide beauty contest to find the new face of “California Girl” is found murdered, the number one suspect is her predecessor. Beautiful Jordan Comstock, both renowned and beloved, was…

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Ariana Overton


Born in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, Ariana became the family gypsy, travelling the United States, meeting new people and finding new places. As a reporter for the Suburban Journals newspapers in Illinois,…

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Article: Police Mystery Thrillers: Getting it Right! By John Schembra


Are you writing police mysteries thrillers? Want to get it right? I do, too, though I may have an advantage, having been a police officer for 30 years. Although the home setting for my books…

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Article: What are Mystery, Thriller and Suspense Genres? by Sandy Cummins


Mystery:   The whole point of the story is the big reveal of the bad guy at the end. There must be enough information in the story pointing to the real villain that when they…

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Article: What is a “cozy” Mystery? By Christine DeSmet


The “cozy” mystery features an amateur sleuth who is usually a woman. The sleuth is likeable, smart and earnest, and they go about life with a good sense of humor. She’s rarely a detective or…

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Karen Wiesner, Featured Author

Author Interview: Karen Wiesner: Our first Featured Author (2014: August)


  This month we start with massively prolific author, Karen Wiesner. With over 100 books published she is no novice at her craft, in fact she has even written books ABOUT writing (one of which…

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Bitter Tree by Frank Altobelli


Eleanor couldn’t have guessed influence the handsome, idealistic archaeologist, Rene, would have on her. She gave him her heart…yet kept her secrets. Hidden beneath desert sands and cleverly written as an intriguing story in the…

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Circles of Deception by Frances Evlin


Who is making the crop circles? The enormous geometric designs have appeared in fields around the world for over thirty years. Novelist Risa McKensie plans to write about the fantastic works of art. When her…

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Dan Donoghue


Dan Donoghue grew up in country Queensland, receiving his primary education in small one-teacher schools and completing his secondary education at boarding school in Cairns. He went on to gain a Bachelor of Education degree…

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Dead by the Sea by Dan Donoghue


When a brutal murder occurs on the beach where he’s staying, Jim Groggan’s bored enough to start checking things out for himself. He even agrees to drive a police officer down along the beach to…

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Dead Certain by Forrest Barriger


Burke Thomas is a free-wheeling private investigator of valuables from long past and a part-time treasure hunter. Conned into kidnapping a young woman, Burke discovers that the client who hired him is dead before he…

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Denim Blues Series Boxed Set

Denim Blues Mysteries by Karen Wiesner


Featuring Den and Sylvia, Orlando and Keeya, and Tyler and Erin. Briar’s Point is a whimsical little town with its fair share of colorful characters, crime, and a Cupid suffering from the denim blues… See…

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Denim Blues Mysteries, Book 1: Retired and on the Rocks by Karen Wiesner


Featuring Den and Sylvia, Orlando and Keeya, and Tyler and Erin. Briar’s Point is a whimsical little town with its fair share of colorful characters, crime, and a Cupid suffering from the denim blues… See…

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