Welcome, new subscribers and thanks to all my loyal readers who have stayed the course since Double Forte'
was released way back in in 2004. I value each and every one of you and
thank you from the bottom of my heart for continuing to read, share my
books with friends and family, and stay in touch. I sincerely hope you
have managed to stay safe in this challenging time.
Before I dive into my usual "newsy" update, I want to mention a special deal.
you ever wanted to try audiobooks? During the quarantine lots of folks
have had more time at home. Audiobooks provide an amazing source of
entertainment that you can enjoy while doing other tasks like household
chores, gardening, and of course driving. And heck, right now some
wholesome mysteries (or wild sensual adventures, lol) are much more
appealing than the troubles we're all facing in real life.
do my part, I'm offering my audiobooks for FREE (usually $20-30 each!).
Audiobooks have never been a big income producer, but this opportunity
is a win-win for all. It will help me immensely if you download as many
as you can and post a little review if you enjoyed them.
in a while, some of the books run out of codes. Just try the next book
if that happens. Feel free to go in and get all 28 books if you want.
They'll stay in your library forever, so go ahead and get them all and
then listen at your leisure over the years to come. Enjoy and tell your
Listen here for a sample from Under the Ice. (click on "sample" under the cover)
here we are in August, when I had originally thought all this Covid19
stuff would have been resolved. Boy, was I naive. Looks like we're in
for the long haul here. Dale and I are still isolating at home, except
for trying to catch up on all our doctors, dentist, and eye
appointments. It was kind of scary going into these places at first, but
I must say most of them have been exemplary in keeping their
places clean. And I'm fortunate that my "day job" still lets me work at
home . I'm grateful for that. Two of my daughters, however, are on the
front line in nursing and mental health care, and we appreciate any
prayers to keep them safe.
little grandsons and I are really enjoying our pool (nothing fancy but
it cools you off!) The garden has been thriving in spite of the hottest
July since 1921! It was also the wettest July in many years, lol, so
you'd think we had some kind of rain forest here, right? No, the rain
came in single days, with parching weeks in between. A very odd time.
But my tomatoes are coming in really fast now and we've
been giving away baskets of zucchini and cucumbers for a month now. If I
could just get that little rabbit to go find another garden... he's
eaten so many of my bean plants, I had to replant four times. We've
finally foiled him with a spray of soap and peppermint oil. ;o)
My 13th Gus LeGarde Mystery, The Return,
is coming along and just reached 50,000 words, probably about 75% done.
Gus and Sig are in some really hot water now, and need to devote more
time to my morning writing to get him out of trouble! I find myself too
tempted to roam the gardens, pick veggies, and go for a quick swim these
days before I start the day job. But it's all good and the images,
and tastes of that garden produce usually ends up in a Gus book in the
end, anyway. You know I love sharing this stuff, virtually and with my
take care and continue to be safe. I want to hear from you if you have
the time, so let me know how you're doing when you can.
you haven't yet "met" Quinn and Marcella Hollister in the Tall Pines
Mystery series, here's your chance to read book 1 for $1.99. ;o) This is a
fresh, fun, and quirky mystery set in the beautiful Adirondacks Park.
It's a nice change from reality right now. ;o)
Marcella Hollister’s prize parakeet gets zapped by a wayward power line
in a swimming pool with her mother, the ensuing psychic link helps
Marcella chase her mother’s kidnappers through the Adirondack Mountains,
where she unearths a fifty-year-old secret about her dear father with
shocking links to a hidden treasure. (Book 1 of 4)
the spirit of giving during this trying time, I'm providing copies of all my audiobooks for free. Stop by and
snag a free code. A few of the titles have run
out of codes (Betrayal and The Liar's Gallery) but keep trying, there
are plenty to take advantage of. Happy listening and I hope this provides a bit of comfort and a few thrills during our continued stay-at-home time.
Hello, writers and readers! Can you believe it's already October? The summer just flew by, didn't it?We had a wonderful season here in Western NY. Plenty of good "swimming" days and one of the best growing seasons ever. I fed seven different families with my tomatoes and cukes this summer! The weather has been phenomenal, perfect for morning walks, where I snapped this photo of Jerulsalem Artichokes and wild purple asters. I'm working on my twenty-ninth book, book 13 in the LeGarde Mystery series. But it's going slowly. Sometimes I feel discouraged, but when I reach out to my author friends, things get better fast. ;o) One of the best ways to feel connected with other writers is to share in the process of creation and to finish the cycle by reviewing your friends' work. Some of my closest writer pals and I swap chapters as we write them. We catch errors and provide feedback to each other as the stories develop. It's incredibly rewarding with well-chosen writing partners. I also belong to a group of wonderful authors who swap books and post honest reviews for each other. Fortunately, each of the members was carefully selected by our leader and so far I've really enjoyed each title. I thought I'd share some of these books and reviews with you today. Sound good?
Happy reading and writing!
Aaron Paul Lazar USA Today Bestselling Author www.lazarbooks.com
of Fire by USA Today bestselling author, Casi McClean, is the first
book in the Deep State Mysteries series. Set in dazzling Washington DC,
this fast paced mystery is also part political thriller, part steamy
romance, and part paranormal.
I’m not going to rehash the plot,
because you can easily read about it in the book description or in the
many other reviews. I’d rather tell you what I enjoyed.
characters dominate the story, including the fiery protagonist, Emily
Rose, dynamic detective Ashton Frasier, Emily's murdered twin sister
Alyssa, who appears as a spirit, her amazing war veteran brother, Wyatt,
and the brave Pets for Vets dog, Duke.
As always, although it
wasn’t the primary theme in this story, I absolutely love the elements
of the wounded warrior and the dog who I’m hoping will become his best
companion in the next books in the series.
I also really
appreciated the deep sense of true patriotism shown by the author in her
analysis of what’s gone wrong in government, why we need to return to
our ideals as a nation, and how the “Deep State” has taken control of so
many aspects of our lives purely for power and money. Many of the
fundamental ideas discussed by the characters rang true to me and I
cheered them on as they tried to “drain the swamp” and expose the sleazy
While there is a great deal of political theorizing
and revelation going on, there are also many action-packed scenes that
move the plot forward. My favorite scene was the sting set up between
the heroes and the villain in a Washington park at night. The tension
was high, the action was well-depicted, and the environment was
beautifully described. I felt as if I were right beside Ash and Emily. I
could feel the cool March breeze on my face, smell the cherry blossoms,
and relate to the adrenaline shooting through the heroes’ veins.
who reads this first story in the series will want to continue to see
what ungodly secrets our new heroic team discovers about our government.
I, for one, will be cheering them on throughout the series!
Overdose (Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance Book 3)
Overdose is the third volume in the “Ash Suspense
Thrillers with a Dash of Romance” series. I’ve enjoyed all three books and must
say this one was just as good if not even a tad better than the others!
Ash is a young college girl to whom terrible things happen,
but she always comes through with guts and courage to survive, thrive, and get
even with the villains. In this edition, Ash becomes a victim of a very
powerful player, whose name I’ve withheld so as not to spoil the story for you!
The characters created by Ms. Poznansky are vivid and truly
enjoyable. I especially love the dialog and relationship between Ash and her
mother, otherwise known as “Ma.” We didn’t see much of Browny (her beloved dog)
in this episode, but I’m sure he’ll be back for more in the future. Love the
After surviving a harrowing ordeal in the last book, where
she barely survived a horrible attack and ensuing coma, Ash now suffers from
mysterious and frequent headaches with other bizarre symptoms. Buy the book and
discover the nefarious plot behind her symptoms that has far-reaching
I read both the eBook and listened to the new audiobook,
which I found extremely well done. The narrator was a pleasure to listen to.
I’ve always enjoyed Ms. Poznansky’s writing. It is smooth, lyrical,
and original. Well done!
Highly recommended by Aaron Paul Lazar.
Dark of the Moon (The DeathSpeaker Codex Book 9)
I’ve loved every one of the DeathSpeaker series, in spite of
the fact that I don’t normally read this genre. I’m usually an “it’s all mysteries”
kind of reader. But it’s the author I love, and her amazing ability to create
addictive characters whose worlds become so real you truly think you’re there
standing alongside Gideon Black and his family and friends.
In this book, Dark of the Moon, everything is
racheted up tenfold! The action, the wild and colorful environments, the
emotions…. Oh, the emotions! If you read the last heartbreaking edition, you’ll
know what I mean.
Gideon is suffering from a terrible, black-hole kind of
loss. His brother, Taeral, died in the last book to save Gideon’s life. This
crusty, grumpy, wonderful, and also lovable guy was a huge loss, and I was MAD
at Bateman for taking him away from us.
But in this book, well, let me say without spoiling things
that Bateman has a chance at redemption.
The vivid descriptions of lands you could never imagine in
your whole life, the ACTION (oh my gosh, the action was incredible), the
nonstop suspense and the thrills were just out of this world. Well, much of it
did happen “out of this world,” but really, no pun intended. ;o)
Give yourself a treat and read what may become your very
favorite of all the great books in this series!
Revelations by Robert Sells
Revelations by Robert Sells captured me from page one. The
story is full of suspense and doesn’t let up for a minute. I’m normally a
“mysteries only” kind of reader, but I made an exception for this book as I’ve
enjoyed many of Sells’ previous titles, including Reap the Whirlwind, another
story that required incredible imagination. I found Revelations to be engrossing
and immensely entertaining.
Robert Sells has a
background teaching physics, and his knowledge is beautifully showcased in this
book. Not only is he a man of science, but he’s also one heck of a writer.
I loved his ability to put
together a story from multiple points of view set over the expanse of the
entire nation. His characters jumped off the page, used “true to life” genuine
dialog, and made you either root for them or jeer them as the story progressed.
Being invested in the characters is the most important element for this reader.
If you don’t care about them, you might as well stop reading!
You have to be a bit
impervious to gore in certain sections, because the nature of a fight against
alien insect-like creatures must, by needs, be brutal!
My favorite characters were
by far scientist Aster Worthington and the army Ranger Brock Adamson, who was
assigned to help protect her and beat the teeming hive of aliens living in the
giant Dome. Loved the oppositional personalities (at first) and the surprising
For the past year I've been trying to gloss over what was happening to me when I posted. After all, who wants to hear about a writer who's too sick to write??? Sure, I mentioned a bit about the strange form of esophageal reflux I had (LPRD) but I really didn't share the whole truth. Now that I've had surgery and am feeling pretty darned good again, I thought I'd "come clean."
So, it's a long and complicated story, but I'll try to spare you the gory details. After one year, eight very specialized "specialists," a gazillion tests that were absolutely not fun, and multiple appointments every week, I'm finally getting back to my old self. Since last May I could barely walk to the mailbox and back without getting horribly out of breath and coughing up a storm. I was even breathless when I bent over to tie my shoes! Ack! And I could barely get out to the garden to pick my beautiful tomatoes. My flower beds and veggie garden sported four foot high weeds...a nightmare for the gardener in me. They put me on oxygen at night and tried to figure out why my O2 dropped to 75 every time I did any little thing. On top of that, work cut me to half time due to business pressures, and we have been seriously struggling ever since.
Well, long story short, they found that although I have existing issues with scarring in the lungs, and I've always had big time asthma, the whole mess was exacerbated by tons of acid coming up from my stomach and going down into my lungs. So, I got fundoplication surgery ("toupet" variety, this is where they fix the esophagus/stomach interface to make the valve stronger) on April 3rd. I was back to work 3 weeks later, and now at 9 weeks later I'm so sore all over I can barely move, because I WEEDED my gardens for hours and hours every day this past weekend! Woo hoo! I know that's a weird thing to be happy about, but I was outside! I was in the sunlight and felt the fresh breeze on my skin! And guess what? In mid-May, I planted my garden full of tomatoes, kale, collards, squash, melons, cukes, beets, beans and more. ;o) Everything's doing great and we even had a few strawberries this week. The flower pix I'm inserting within here are all my morning walks through my flower beds - they have been the most lush I've ever seen this year. ;o)
I honestly thought my gardening and writing days were over, which I'm sure contributed to the deep depression. Thank goodness, that's over.
So, I guess you could say, I'm "back." And although last year I didn't have any energy or even care about writing much, now I've got the writing bug back and I'm planning the next Gus LeGarde mystery. I have ideas that are starting to gel, and some of them will be based a little bit on stuff that happened to me.
No, Gus and his family won't be getting sick. My gosh, I've had enough of that! But I think my Chopin-lovin' guy is going to fall in love with some rock music that might surprise you. I'm tempted to tell you all about it, shall I? I know this article is already too long by conventional standards, but here goes.
When I was in college for engineering (1973-81) I basically tuned out modern day music. I turned back to classical, started playing my Chopin waltzes and mazurkas again, and went nuts for opera, finding and falling in love with the best tenors and sopranos. It goes without saying, Pavarotti was my all time favorite. My wife and I had loved rock and blues and folk in the sixties and early seventies. We went to all the concerts. We saw Led Zep in 1969, as well as tons of other "new" British bands who performed in Boston in tiny little clubs. Oh, we just loved The Doors, Stones, Beatles, Jeff Beck, J.Geils, PP&M, Rod Stewart, Traffic, and so many more cool bands. But we thought it all ended there and that "nothing" in modern day (translate that to 1973 and beyond) rock would ever, ever touch the beauty of the bands we already loved.
Boy, were we wrong.
Dale and I saw Bohemian Rhapsody a month ago. We had known absolutely nothing about the band Queen. Nothing! Okay, so a few songs like "We Are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You" were familiar from television, etc. But we both were absolutely seriously and fundamentally moved by that film, and immediately watched the live concert, then bought the greatest hits album. Now I play these tunes EVERY SINGLE day on my way to work, and while I'm weeding outside, and while on the treadmill, etc. My wife is doing the same and blasts them from our apple TVs. We are so hooked And I'm just amazed at how incredible the musicianship is, including the beautiful ballads, complex harmonies, arpeggios that make my spirit soar, and of course, the driving beat. Wow. Now we discovered (yes, we were absolutely like aliens coming down to earth for the first time in this regard!) that there's another "greatest hits II" album and a ton of individual albums as well. Can't wait to explore them all.
Just imagine Gus tooling down the country roads with hard rock blasting out of his car windows. I can just see the looks on his students' faces as he pulls into the school parking lot. Heh heh.
What else will happen in this new book? What about Sig and Lily, who are pregnant with their first child? Now living in their new log cabin, Sig and Lily will have their baby (boy or girl? What's your guess?), Shelby will get into a lot more trouble than usual, and there will be a new creepy neighbor who buys the old Marggrander farm next to Gus. We have to have a villain, right? So stay tuned for more as I start writing this one soon. ;o)
Speaking of rock music, have you readSpirit Me Away?This LeGarde Mystery takes place in Boston in 1969 (when I lived there) and is full of hippies, music, and mysteries galore. Gus even gets chased by a peacock while trying to rescue Elsbeth. And yes, that also happened to me. LOL. I'll tell you about it some day.
Here's a bit about the story:
Boston, Massachusetts: It’s the summer of ’69—the parks are flooded with flower children and a hot new band called Led Zeppelin is set to appear at the Boston Tea Party. But for one newlywed couple just beginning their lives together, there will be no peace.
In the cradle of sex, drugs, and rock ’n roll, Gus and Elsbeth LeGarde are music students attending the New England Conservatory of Music, after a wedding kept secret from their families. When they discover a bruised and sobbing teenage girl on the Boston Commons who can’t remember who she is, or how she got there, the couple decides to “adopt” her to help uncover her identity.
But Gus and Elsbeth aren’t prepared to be plunged into a violent world of rape, abuse, and a ring of white slave traders who’ll stop at nothing to take back their property—or to acquire new flesh in the form of Gus’s beautiful young bride.
At times nostalgic, heart-stopping, and breathlessly dramatic,Spirit Me Awayis a thrilling romantic mystery set against the colorful backdrop of the sixties—with an unforgettable conclusion at the greatest rock festival of all time.
June 28, 1969
The girl slumped on a park bench clutching a battered old guitar case. Long copper curls tumbled forward in an untidy mass, nearly obscuring her eyes. She covered her face with her hands, and it was at that moment I noticed her shoulders shaking.
The poor thing was crying.
Concerned, I stepped closer to the balcony railing to get a better look, wondering what was wrong.
I’d just wandered out to our terrace after working for two solid hours on my music theory homework. I needed fresh air, because I didn’t think my brain could process any more post tonal theory, 12-tone series, octotonic scales, or especially the impossible analysis of Bartok's String Quartet Number 4, first movement. And although the scenes on the Boston Public Garden were usually quite lively, filled with hippies sitting cross-legged on the grass, mothers pushing strollers, and dogs chasing Frisbees, I hadn’t expected to see this poor creature sobbing on the park bench.
I called to Elsbeth, who’d been playing a salty Brazilian tango on our beat-up baby grand. “Honey? Can you come here for a minute?”
The expression in Elsbeth’s dark eyes swung from musical enchantment to mild curiosity. She pushed back from the piano and joined me on the balcony. “What is it?”
I pointed to the girl. “Over there.”
My wife peered across Beacon Street to the sidewalk bordering the park, where the girl sat on the bench, weeping harder now.
“Oh, the poor thing. Another lost flower child.”
“Yeah.” A pang of empathy banged through me, which was always a bad sign. It meant I’d probably do something I’d regret.
Regardless, I couldn’t help but wonder what had happened to the girl, who looked to be about our age, maybe eighteen or twenty. She wore typical hippie garb, like most of our Bean Town flower children, with patched bellbottom jeans, sandals, a tie-dyed tee shirt, and a suede vest with beaded fringe.
I slid my arm around Elsbeth’s waist, watching the street below bustling with activity. Groups of vibrant young hippies, flowing with beads, long hair, and whorls of colorful fabric, tripped and laughed, floating across the park to gather and play music.
Fat pigeons gathered and cooed at the girl’s feet, as if in tune with her sorrow. Their green metallic feathers winked in the sunlight.
Strains of the Doors’ “Break on Through” wafted from someone’s transistor radio. Taxis, cars, and buses engorged with passengers trundled past, honking and billowing black smoke. Throngs of businessmen hurried through the park, dressed in neatly pressed suits and crisp white shirts, ignoring the forlorn figure on the bench.
No one stopped.
No one gave her a second glance.
I turned to my wife. “We can’t leave her there.”
“I know.” She grabbed my hand, pulling me toward the door. “Come on.”
Remember theLove Under Fireboxed set, with 21 books? It was only available for a short time, and we told you we'd give half of our profits to Pets for Vets. I promised the pictures when they were available.;o)
We were honored when Kathryn Knight, one of our authors, presented this wonderful organization with $1,725.00 in their Maine chapter. Two of the other authors in the set just presented our other donation...another check for $1,725.00 to Pets For Vets, Washington, D.C. Chapter! Thank you to everyone who helped raise this money, and if you'd like to learn more about the set and support the authors involved, you can read morehere.
Following are a few deals from author friends. Enjoy!
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Have you ever wondered what could happen if you didn't
totally wipe your hard drive before getting rid of your old computer? Or what
could happen if any of the blank checks sent by credit cards fell into the
I live in a close-knit community in Cambridge, Mass. Most of us
know Joe, our long-time mail deliverer, and he knows us. So when Joe was
instructed to forward a certain household's mail to an address in a neighboring
town, he knew that the family hadn't moved. He alerted the police who
discovered a ring of con artists who were diverting people's mail in order to
steal their identities and checks.
While this scam was coming to light, I was busy trying to
figure out how to get rid of my old computer.Some computer stores and charities advertise that they'll remove your
personal information before recycling your old equipment, but what if one of
their employees is less than honest?
These two ideas came together to suggest a plot for my third
book in the Iris Reid mystery series, DOPPELGANGER. A family of grifters uses Iris
Reid's stolen identity to commit a crime. While stripping Iris' data off of her
old computer, Rosica Bakalov, notices her own striking resemblance to this new
“mark”. She becomes fascinated with Iris and starts to stalk her. Meanwhile,
Iris, out on bail, is desperate to pick up her doppellgänger's trail before her
case goes to trial.
Kirkus reviews says: “The plot becomes more unnerving as it progresses, and an
impressive twist leads to a lengthy final act featuring Rosica
(the Doppelgänger) at her most ferocious...Cory’s concise prose
establishes a consistent pace that never wavers, and even her descriptions of
architecture are exhilarating. An engagingly nerve-wracking tale with
gradually escalating suspense.”
I'd love to know how YOU get rid of your old computers,
and also, what you think of DOPPELGANGER.
By the way, my husband smashed my hard drive with a
hammer before I took my last computer to be recycled. I wasn't taking any
and DOPPELGANGER are all available here:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075V2LWNX/
Susan Cory lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her architect husband and bossy rescue dog, Chloe. Like her sleuth, she is a residential architect practicing out of a turreted office. Also, like Iris Reid, she has a brown belt in karate.
Susan grew up in New Jersey devouring mysteries and loved seeing order restored by ingenious sleuths. But the visual arts were her medium of expression. As an Art major at Dartmouth, she imagined that designing buildings was just a larger-scaled version of creating sculpture. Susan soon discovered the many differences. At graduate school at Harvard's G.S.D., she found a setting—insecurities and egos riding a runaway train of Design Obsession—just ripe for murder. Conundrum, Facade and Doppelgänger are odes to her profession and all the deviously clever practitioners within it. She's hard at work on Book 4 in the series in which Iris Reid will continue to uncover the architecture of evil in her world.