Something unique for an Ebook launch?

When authors take the traditional publishing road one of the things that readers can usually look forward to are book signings. So what about Ebook launches? After all there are no brick and mortar stores where the book can found and actual book tours become even rarer.

So how does an author provide something a little extra special to his/her readers?

This author is going to try something that perhaps is unique or perhaps has been done before but not well known. This author’s new release, Darkest Vow, which drops as a featured Ebook release on June 11th will also come with an opportunity to have a personalized autographed copy of the novel’s cover sent them electronically.

So how’s this going to work?

The offer is for the first 100 readers who contact me with a private message on my Facebook page after the book launch on June 11th. For the readers contacting me please send me the following information:

  1. Your name for personalization (optional)
  2. The opening line of Chapter 10

And that’s it. For the lucky 100 I will send a personalized and autographed copy of the Ebook cover back to you electronically. If the promotion is successful I just may be persuaded to run another promotion just like this!

So get ready to grab your copy of Darkest Vow tomorrow on June 11th from your favorite Ebook retailer – Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Google Play, and Smashwords.

Happy reading all! And remember this hardboiled detective saga featuring Joseph Riley will make an excellent Father’s Day gift!


Noirs and their Starlets

What’s a Noir without its leading lady? That breathtaking starlet that not only captivates but polarizes the audience. Her good looks are only accessories to her charms. Her cunning wit has the ability win over anyone in the story including the hero. Both on screen and in the texts of the literary masterpieces that the films sprung from these women of intrigue glide into our lives but never fully leave. 

In The Maltese Falcon Miss O’Shaughnessy is a smooth operator that comes out of nowhere. She captures Sam Spade’s mind and heart leaving Spade in an often uncomfortable position of either defending her or turning her in. Even though she was guilty of duplicity with Cairo and the Fat Man she still managed to capture the hearts of the audience as well. 

In The Big Sleep Mrs.Vivian Rutledge redefines the ability to capture the audience and the hero. The way she plays with Marlowe is a work of art. Throughout the whole story the reader has to keep guessing just what this lady is all about. Is she really interested in finding her missing husband? Is she only interested in saving her sister Carmen? Or is she really hooked up with the hustler Eddie Mars? Often times throughout the story even Marlowe has to second guess himself on those questions.

And that’s how the story goes folks. The women of Noir are always essential to the story. The curves they throw the lead male character give the plot the opportunity to shake out and redefine itself. They put the mystery into the story for without them there often would not even be a mystery to solve. Their attraction can cause upheaval for the male detective working their cases and their involvement dances in and out of the gritty shadows that come to life from the corners of the spotlight. 

In Darkest Vow the mold is not broken but rather is brought to life once more with the introduction of Alexis Santorum. This lady is Detective Joseph Riley’s Vivian Rutledge. Beautifully intoxicating with the flawless skin of an angel and softly curled hair she is the picture of the 1940s American glamor sweetheart. She comes to life from the silhouette cast upon the frosted glass window of Riley’s office door. From the time she walks into his office declaring the want of his assistance in tracking down her kidnapped husband all the way through the twists and turns of the plot she is nothing short of a complicated enigma. As Riley works the case he finds out about the seedier side of her past and just how she got tangled up with her husband. 

Alexis Santorum is married to a philanderer and playboy known as William Santorum. He is the forward face of the Santorum clan, a well known crime family. He leads the family business in racketeering, gambling, and the escort trade. That is until his disappearance. With tear stained cheeks Alexis implores Riley to help her solve the mystery of the kidnapping. The ransom note she provides our hero appears straight forward but there is a twist in the next step of the case that causes Riley to stumble. When he regains his composure he is unsure of just how much to trust the innocence of his client. 

Alexis plays to Riley’s emotions beautifully. At any one moment she can be the damsel in distress while at others she can appear totally lucid and totally in charge. She teases Riley with flirtatious affection. She is well versed at keeping her intentions close to her vest and can protect her truest interests with ease. Her passion and conviction are hard attributes to overlook. She is a master of speech and the monologue she delivers to Riley in his apartment would make any man feel guilty over doubting her or wanting to see harm come her way. 

In the end Riley will have to unearth her deepest secret in order to discover what lurks behind the veil of her darkest vow. Can Riley survive without a scratch or will he be caught in the crossfire? Is Alexis the victim or the culprit? You will have to read the book to find out. It is my hope that Alexis Santorum will become as timeless as the inspirations that provided the basis for her character.

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New things are happening!

…exciting days too. First and foremost the cover artwork for my upcoming novel, Darkest Vow, arrived and I must say I am very, very pleased. A wonderful lady, Karen Ronan, designed the artwork. She’s the owner of and I must say she is a top talent. Check out the awesome cover below. The work captures the era of the book brilliantly.

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Secondly my new Facebook page is up. Jump on over and give the page a like. A handy little link is in my widget column to the left but can also be found by directly going here.

Lastly.. and the big new… Darkest Vow is being targeted for a mid to late June release. Perfect for a Father’s Day gift (hint, hint). I am looking for early reviewers so if you want to lend some assistance message me here or on Facebook or Twitter.

Exciting days indeed.

Noir, Noir. Where did all the Noir go?

If you are like me you just may enjoy a powerful and gripping vintage black and white movie from the golden age of Hollywood. Especially on a cold and rainy day when it’s all dreary outside the comfort of the black and white film transports you back in time to when not only did life seem simpler but more glamorous as well. I was looking at a post just yesterday picturing Bogart with his beautiful wife Lauren Bacall and the Rat Pack Leader himself, Frank Sinatra. That image inspired me to write this blog post since it made me want to toss in a DVD of The Big Sleep or The Maltese Falcon. Those classic films are some of my favorites.

Tucked away in so many of those films were tales of hardboiled detectives entrenched in some noir saga of one variety or another. I’m not talking about the super-sleuths that are pure geniuses and can ascertain the root cause of the crime by examining a single follicle of hair. No, while those detectives are awesome in their prowess I am referring to the more down to earth and real detective. The average Joe, so to speak. And speaking of Joe he is the main character from my upcoming novel Darkest Vow.

Detective Joseph Riley is the quintessential hardboiled 1940’s detective. A man who possesses no magic powers of deduction but has a reputation for getting the job done. He’s a man who who feels passionate about his case and often passionate about his clients too, female of course. Joseph Riley comes to life within the pages of my novel and with him the golden age of the ’40’s will ensconce the reader. The beauty of the noir is the darkness woven within the words of the story and for Riley that darkness, the darkest vow of his client, is the what he must discover.

This blog is merely a teaser for the story as I will release more details later in the coming weeks as the final editing of the story is completed. In the meantime think back to those old black and white films. Go ahead and conjure up that image of Bogie in a fedora and trench coat. Picture that guy with all his grit barreling headstrong to solve the case. Travel back in time to when the hero of the story had to rely on brains, wit, and sometimes a little bit of brawn instead of high speed Internet, cell phones, GPS trackers, and miraculous computer software that doesn’t exist in real life . Truly a simpler time.

If you too love these old noir stories I would love to hear from you. Leave some comments and let’s chat.