Monday, June 26, 2017

On sale: The Seadog: a love story (Paines Creek Beach series)
Hi, folks!

This is just a quick heads up about a sale I have going on right now for The Seadog: a Paines Creek Beach love story.

This book can be read as a standalone and also is book #3 in the Paines Creek Beach series. Normally $2.99, it's discounted through 6-30-17 for only 99 cents!


Scout Vanderhorn lost her mother, home, and all hope of security. In a desperate bid to escape, she travels to a seaside mansion to find her father. Set on beautiful Cape Cod, The Seadog is a story of redemption, mysteries, and revelations—and above all, the incredible power of love.


Here are a few reviews to give you a feel for the story:

"Wow! I think this may be my favorite in the series and I've loved all three. The characters are beautifully portrayed in all their flawed glory. I think I fell in love with most of them at least a little bit. The story is suspenseful, intriguing and wonderfully romantic. Paines Creek Beach sounds like heaven on earth and Lazar has painted it so vividly with his words that I feel as though I've been staying with the McGraws in their lovely mansion by the sea. I hope there will be more books in this series."  - Jane Firebaugh

"Occasionally you read a book that just grabs you. The Seadog was this book. A woman arrives at the Seacrest to find her long-lost father. She discovers he is dead but finds her sister. One day on a walk she finds a man on the beach badly beaten laying beside his kayak. She takes him back to her cottage on the Seacrest property and nursed him back to health and falls in love with him at the same time. Can you say heart stopping romance? I definitely can! The author has created Scout and Jack as the main characters. There is a secret to be revealed and Scout’s nemesis Monty to be dealt with as well as Jack’s case of post traumatic stress disorder. All these factors make for wonderful storytelling and I give kudos to the author along with 5 stars for a poignant story."-  Karen Vaughan
Thanks for your loyal support!

Aaron Paul Lazar

Saturday, June 24, 2017

I want to share something really beautiful with you...

Hi, folks!

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Father's Day last Sunday. One of my three daughters, Allison, made me a scrumptious lunch of home made gyros. Yum...

My eldest daughter, Jenn, stopped by with granddaughter Bella (almost 9) who presented me with a special grandfather's card from her and her two sweet brothers. It really made my day.

Now, I didn't have very good luck, per se, this weekend, because my rototiller and lawn mower both died, but I'm wishing you all lots of luck in the eBook giveaway that's going on this week. See below for the link and details.

Most of you have downloaded or read mysteries, suspense, or love stories from me. But today I wanted to share something new with you that a friend has just released. It's a gorgeous collection of poetry by acclaimed writer Magdalena Ball, owner of the Compulsive Reader website. I have to admit, I don't read poetry often enough. You'll usually catch me reading or listening to a mystery. But this book, Unmaking Atoms, has grabbed me by the heartstrings, and I can't stop reading it. 

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Maggie's poems are deep and poignant, and they really make you think. I sensed great loss as I was savoring every piece, so skillfully did Maggie relay her emotions through her lovely tapestry of words. Here are just a few snippets to give you a feel for the collection.

From "Luminous Air"

The rain was full of ghosts
that night
the air luminous
with immortality

From "The Last Report of the Day"

I was a little girl then
all my unspoken need
pulsing like a lighthouse
your untranslatable language
transmitted through my pores
a scent you recognised.

You didn’t need to say anything
the battery of signals
that battered you
like we’ve all been battered
I felt those signals in my shoulders
hunched against a rising wind.

Atomic Mess(reprinted with permission)

When your last
fractured breath came
condensation of
a lifetime, I wasn’t ready
but you were

pulled in constricting circles
battened the hatches
bolted the door

I felt the cut at thirty thousand feet
watched the cord slacken
lost the sonic heartbeat
before I arrived

after that
there was more silence
than I knew existed

fearless, you slid
into the atomic mess
safe from a life that assaulted
you at every turn

in all this quiet
how will I hear that song
your breath exhaled into cold air
gypsy lullaby
on my lips

does inheritance
provide solace
now you’re no longer
here reminding me
to be brave?

Unmaking Atoms on Amazon


Last of all, I probably should tell you a little bit about my own books. I'm in the process of re-releasing and recovering my favorite of all my 26 books: Don't Let the Wind Catch You, a Gus LeGarde Mystery set in 1965. Here is a sneak preview of the new cover. Since this book takes place on horseback in the woods - sunny woods, foggy woods, stormy woods, ghostly woods, I thought the following cover art would be very appropriate! Isn't that an inviting trail? You can still check out the older version here on Amazon for a little while. ;o)

Next time I'll share my current plight of not knowing what to write next. It's a strange place for me to be in, but maybe you folks can help me with some ideas, eh?
Happy reading, and don't forget to take pleasure in the little things.

Aaron Paul Lazar

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Catching up with Kim Smith

Good day, Murderers...

Sorry, I have sort of been missing. As some of you know, my hubby has been sick and my time has not been my own. But he is home from the hospital and now I find I can do more of my old schedule. I am actually writing again! How did that happen? LOL

So, it's late spring and the weather has turned "mid-south" nasty as my character Dwayne Brown would say. It's been rainy and hot, and we even had a storm blow through last weekend that took a lot of trees and power lines with it. A lot of Memphians have been without power for days now. I think a power outage (of short duration!) is a perfect time to read. It's even fun to read under the covers, with a flashlight, like back in the day of my youth.

SO, what are you reading, folks?

I am working on yet another Karen White novel entitled The Beach Trees. It is a lovely summer read and I am enjoying it a lot. I started reading a Daniel Silva book but stopped because I realized I had read it before! That's a bad thing when you have read so many books that you actually forget the ones that you read.

Well, I don't mean a bad thing, but more like a wonderment. Amazing, isn't it?

That's about all I have to get you all caught up this week, fans. If you want to know more about what's going on with me and mine, look me up on Facebook or at my blog over on - and I will do my best to get in here and bring you more writing tips and tricks soon.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Giveaway - Complimentary Mystery

Hi, folks!
Yesterday morning the sun defied the weatherman's prediction of gloom and rain and gave us a nearly perfect day. As I walked among the hills on the ridge west of Conesus Lake thinking up new scenes for the next book I'll write, I was transported by the fragrance of honeysuckle and Dame's Rocket floating on the breeze. It's hard to explain how delicate and intoxicating this scent is -- and how ethereal. You can't just walk up to a honeysuckle bush and inhale. No, you have to be upwind of many bushes clustered together to get the whole effect.

In honor of Memorial Day and the fallen soldiers who fought so bravely to keep us free, I've decided to give away my very first novel, Double Forté, book 1 in the 11 book LeGarde Mystery series. 

I wrote Double Forté when my father died. I needed some kind of solace, an escape, and a bit of cheap therapy, if you will. 

And it did help, for I based Gus on my father, who was a piano player, professor, passionate gardener (like me), and lover of the arts. Gus is grieving for the loss of his soul mate when the story opens, and plays Chopin etudes to help heal his pain. 

He has a strong moral compass, and when he's not cooking big feasts for his large family, you can often find him chasing bad guys. 

Double Forté is a satisfyingly riveting tale with an appealing hero, whose love of music and gourmet food is as fundamental as his courage.” - Laurel Wemett, Finger Lakes Magazine

Complimentary eBook:

-- a romantic mystery set in the Finger Lakes region --


About the story:

Gus LeGarde is mourning the loss of his wife Elsbeth, who leapt from the Letchworth Gorge cliffs four years ago. He plays endless Chopin etudes on his antique piano and lavishes love on his family and dog, but nothing buries the pain or answers the burning questions.

Why didn’t she say goodbye? What prompted her to jump? And how will he be able to live life without her?

Harold, Gus’s arrogant son-in-law, is caught in several love affairs, and begins to verbally abuse Freddie, Gus’s daughter. With a two-year-old grandson in the mix, Gus worries it’s escalating and warns Harold that he’ll be out of the house the next time he messes up.

When Harold’s law partner goes missing, a police search in the Gus’s woods reveals a shocking find. The mystery deepens, the plot twists and turns, and Gus’s innocent friend is set up to take the fall. In the deep cold of winter, threats erupt from the dark woods, spinning events out of hand, and Gus braces for the fight of his life.

*** Romantic country mysteries set in the Finger Lakes region ***


Get your free copy of Double Forté at any of these sites:

Happy reading and as always, be sure to take pleasure in the little things!

Aaron Paul Lazar

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Eden Rising by Andrew Cunningham; review by Aaron Lazar

Hi, folks.

On this very special Memorial Day weekend, I'd like to give thanks to every service man and woman who ever lost their lives fighting for our freedom. Let's also thank their families for consistently supporting their beloved men and women. And for those who are still serving -- God Bless!

In the following review, there are two heroes who end up fighting for their own lives much like soldiers do. Although it isn't a military story per se, it reminded me of the courage it takes to survive and protect those we love.

Please check out Mr. Cunningham's other titles as well, they are all wonderful reads!

Aaron Paul Lazar

I have to admit, I have never read a post-apocalyptic science fiction thriller before. But I have read other books by Andrew Cunningham and absolutely loved them, so I had to try book one in his Eden Rising trilogy.

I opened the book in an airport on a day of full travel, and I finished it two days later when flying home from my business trip. I couldn’t get this story out of my mind, and kept thinking about it constantly. I was almost angry when my flight was on time, because I needed to finish the story before I got home and life took over the way it does.

I was hooked on page one when Ben and Lila were sent into an ice cream freezer to do inventory by a jerky boss. When the “event” hit, they were the only ones who survived in their town and soon realized that they’d lost everyone they loved – parents, siblings, friends, teachers…they were all gone.

The amazing odyssey these kids went on made me constantly think, “How would I react in this situation?” “Could I survive like they did?” “Could I kill if I had to, to survive or protect an innocent life?” And it didn’t bother me that they grew up so fast. When life changes around you, I suspect that you would change, too. And these kids went through hell.

The author never lets you relax. There are frequent scenes where our heroes’ lives are threatened and when they are separated. I practically held my breath until they were reunited.

Well written, easy-to-read, and a great adventure, I highly recommend Eden Rising to anyone who loves great suspense, deeply developed characters, and to those who love to imagine the impossible, as the author has done so splendidly in this story.