Did you miss me?…

Okay…it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here (or done anything “authory” lately). Life, as it often does, took a few little twists and turns just about the time The Rose File was going live and I decided it was best to take a break for a bit. I can’t really complain about what’s been going on. I got a promotion at my “day job” in the fall and things got a bit hectic as a result. It’s a good thing I really do love my job otherwise the long days would have been unbearable!!

At any rate, I’ve settled into the new routine and now I can hear my muses calling to me again. I’m going to continue work on Reilly & Fisk books three and four in the coming weeks. Also, my eleven year old, super awesome nephew has proposed a joint venture so I may be trying my hand at a children’s book and I’m going to start a personal writing project (stay tuned for details).

Well…here we go again! Expect this blog to get active again as well as my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ejrycer) and my Twitter account (@EJRycer) and enjoy the ride!!

Blog Hop!!

Hello and welcome to my blog hop post!

I first want to introduce you to Joey Paul…she is the author who invited me to participate in this event.

Here is some information about Joey:

Joey is 32, disabled, an indie author and part time student in her last year towards an honours degree in Health and Social Care. She loves to write and is at the moment working on her eleventh and twelfth books, as well as preparing her seventh book for publication. She started writing when she was medically retired from her job at the age of 19. Her first book was released in 2005 and after a brief time away, her second one was released in 2011. In addition to writing books, she also enjoys reading them and can often be found resting in bed with a good book, a cat and an ukulele.

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Now for a little bit about me! 🙂

1 – What are you working on?

I’m currently working on the second book in my Reilly and Fisk Series. The book is called The Rose File and features Boston Homicide Detectives Jess Reilly and Greg Fisk. Together, along with Officer Freedman and Detective Perkins, they have to hunt down a twisted serial killer who is terrorizing the city.

2 – How does your work differ from others in its genre?

That’s a difficult question to answer because I try not to compare myself to other authors. I just write from my heart and mind and try to create characters that are believable to the reader. I don’t think that, but itself, necessarily sets me apart from other authors but I would like to think that my stories and the spin I put on the “cop drama” genre makes my books stand out from others that are out there.

3 – Why do I write what I do?

I’m an engineer by training and a puzzle solver at heart so I feel like mysteries are a fun way to utilize those skills. I also find human nature and the human psyche both fascinating and terrifying. The stories I write explore the deeper and darker aspects of humanity.

4 – How does your writing process work?

The funny thing about the way I write is that I don’t really think in a linear fashion. You would think that to write a mystery, you would need to start at the beginning and just move through until the end. However, I tend to jump around writing scenes out of sequence and then going back through to weave them together like a quilt.

To finish up this post, I would like to pass the baton to two very talented authors…

Becki Brannen

Becki Brannen was born and raised in the South. She is married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two daughters and a poodle, Sophie. Becki is the author of four ‘chick lit’ with a Christian lit books, including the Breathlessseries and the spinoff novella, Peregrine. She is currently working on Stronger, the story of Hayley Cross, a woman overcoming abuse by deciding she’s not going down without a fight.

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Michelle Rabe

A lifelong California girl, Michelle Rabe tried the Hollywood thing but decided she preferred an author’s den to the actor’s trailer. She now lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her unhelpful author cat. If you can’t find her in a cemetery with her camera you can find her online at: www.michellerabe.com. Her debut novel ‘Cast in Blood’ is available on Amazon and Createspace.

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Review: Between the Devil and the Darkness by Lindy Spencer

I have had the pleasure of meeting and becoming friends with Lindy Spencer. She is a very talented author and a fantastically encouraging colleague! I read her first book The Boomerang Effect and loved it! (See my previous blog post of my review https://ejrycer.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/book-review-the-boomerang-effect-by-lindy-spencer/)

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Lindy’s second book, Between the Devil and the Darkness certainly lived up to the high standard set by her debut novel. Here is my review of Between the Devil and the Darkness:

If you’re a fan of Stephen King, Alfred Hitchcock, The Twilight Zone, or anything else that makes you want to sleep with the lights on, Between the Devil and the Darkness is a MUST read! Lindy Spencer does an amazing job of weaving a compilation of tales that range from the bizarre to the downright creepy. Each story has a unique theme and storyline that keeps the book interesting and fast paced. This is another 5-star effort from a very talented author!!

I highly recommend you check out Lindy and both of her amazing books!!  Check out my post featuring Lindy here: https://ejrycer.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/feature-lindy-spencer-author/

Introducing…The Soft Spoken Man. A Teaser from The Rose File.

Okay, everyone, I am upping the anti on the “Creepiness Factor” of the killer in The Rose File. There is much more to come from “The Soft Spoken Man”, but this is the (unedited) scene where he first makes an appearance…

He awoke in a groggy haze. His head was spinning and his stomach was churning.

Where am I, he thought to himself. When did I fall asleep?

As the haze cleared, he became more aware of his body and his surroundings. He was laying on his stomach on what felt like a bed of some kind with his arms over his head. He tried to pull them down so he could prop himself up and see his surroundings, but they were restrained somehow. His first reaction was to be confused, but when he lifted his head slightly and saw that his wrists were bound to a wrought iron headboard panic set in. The young man tried to struggle against the bindings but the nausea and dizziness reared up full force. In an attempt to keep himself from vomiting, he laid still and tried to get his breathing under control.

It felt like an eternity before he was fairly confident he wouldn’t be sick. He tentatively tried to move one of his legs and felt a pull of resistance against his ankle. Panic and nausea swept over his body again. The cold sweat that spread across his back brought on another startling revelation: he was naked.

His primal survival instincts kicked in and, nausea or not, he struggled like a wild animal to get free. He screamed as loud as he could hoping someone would hear him and come to free him. After several long minutes he lay still on the bed, breathing heavily. His muscles and throat were on fire from the efforts and the nausea he had felt had now settled into a thick, greasy knot in the pit of his stomach. For the first time since he was a little kid, he closed his eyes and wept.

The sound of footsteps somewhere behind him snapped him out of his private pity-party. He held his breath, not daring to hope that salvation was approaching. A door creaked open, brightening up the room for a brief moment before it creaked closed again.

“Now then, have we finished with our little tantrum?” The soft voice that spoke from behind him was vaguely familiar. “I’m sorry for the after effects of the drug, but it was a necessary evil, I suppose.”

He heard rustling behind him and to his left but he didn’t dare lift his head to see what was going on. The rustling was followed by the sound of metal being set on metal several times in a row, as though someone was laying out silverware on a metal tray. Panic was rolling through him and he fought hard to suppress the urge to struggle and scream again. Something inside him told him that it would be a wasted effort anyway.

“Okay now,” the voice spoke, “we’re all set to go, Teddy.”

“My name isn’t Teddy.” His voice came out in a hoarse whine that even surprised himself.

“Hush now, Teddy.” The voice was practically in his ear. “We’re going to have ever so much fun.”

He felt the light brush of fingers down his bare spine and the chill that surged through his body made him want to be sick.

 

Feature: Wendy Jay, Author

Now that Santa has retreated back to the North Pole, let’s take a little walk on the naughty side.

Okay Ladies (and Gentlemen…we don’t judge here) I would like to introduce you to Wendy Jay, erotica author extraordinaire. Her newest book, Files of a Sex Therapist Subject: Garret Connors, was just recently released. This book is the first in a series that will follow the case files of sex therapist Dr. Olivia Russo.

I’m the first person to admit that I don’t normally read books in the erotica genre. No offense to the hard-working authors who write erotica, it just normally isn’t my thing. However, I have been looking forward to the release of this book since Wendy told me about it. Not only does the series touch upon the often misunderstood world of alternative lifestyles, but it also dives into the psychology of those life styles. So whether you simply like erotica or you enjoy understanding human nature, this book is a must read!!

Let’s meet Mr. Connors, shall we?

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Dr. Olivia Russo is a successful sex therapist with clients from every walk of life. Her specialty is alternative lifestyles and modification; kink, fetish and especially BDSM. Her high-rise in Manhattan has a penthouse…with a very secret tenant. Club Leather and Lace. Entrance is by private invitation only…the owner…Mistress Olivia.

“Why the penthouse and not the basement? I don’t like the connotation that comes with an underground club. There is nothing seedy about Leather & Lace. It is where adults play…adult games.”

Read Files of a Sex Therapist…Subject Garrett Connors by Wendy Jay. Delve into this unusual doctor’s life. Meet Dr. Russo’s friends,love interest and patients. Garrett Connors; the first patient you’re introduced too has a dark, sexual side not to be denied; and he wants the good doctor for his own…and he will do anything to have her.

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Intrigued?? You should be…

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Files-Therapist-Subject-Garrett-Connors-ebook/dp/B00HBXKGLM/

Barnes & Noble Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/files-of-a-sex-therapist-subject-wendy-jay/1117902932?ean=9781304717269

Lulu.com ebook: http://www.lulu.com/shop/wendy-jay/files-of-a-sex-therapist-subject-garrett-connors/ebook/product-21357325.html;jsessionid=B1BC8FB250B351AAE2974D5B0C54D9B1

Lulu.com paperback: http://www.lulu.com/shop/wendy-jay/files-of-a-sex-therapist-subject-garrett-connors/paperback/product-21361463.html

Afraid to get hooked on Dr. Russo and her clients only to have a long, painful wait for the next book? Don’t be…Wendy Jay’s second book in the Files of a Sex Therapist series will be out soon.

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For news and updates on Subject: Logan Reddick, find Wendy on Facebook…

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Also, don’t forget to check out Wendy’s other two-book series…

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Another Man’s Treasure

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Another-Mans-Treasure-Wendy-Jay-ebook/dp/B00DBGE8AI/ref=sr_1_10?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1389563672&sr=1-10&keywords=another+man%27s+treasure

Barnes & Noble Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/another-mans-treasure-wendy-jay/1115864472?ean=2940044604810

Lulu.com ebook: http://www.lulu.com/shop/wendy-jay/another-mans-treasure/ebook/product-21075131.html

Lulu.com paperback: http://www.lulu.com/shop/wendy-jay/another-mans-treasure/paperback/product-21080070.html

Undiscovered Treasure

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Undiscovered-Treasure-Book-Wendy-Jay-ebook/dp/B00EW38U76/ref=la_B00DBLGHGQ_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389563850&sr=1-2

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/undiscovered-treasure-wendy-jay/1116890467?ean=9781304376329

Lulu.com ebook: http://www.lulu.com/shop/wendy-jay/undiscovered-treasure-book2/ebook/product-21198897.html

Lulu.com paperback: http://www.lulu.com/shop/wendy-jay/undiscovered-treasure/paperback/product-21185620.html

 

Feature: Lindy Spencer, Author

From time to time, I would like to feature some of the other Independent Authors I’ve met in the year or so since I’ve entered the Indie Community. It’s my hope that I will help people to discover these talented and wonderful people!!

Without further delay, I would like to introduce you all to Lindy Spencer, Author!!

Lindy released her newest book, Between the Devil and the Darkness, on December 13th. Grab a comfy blanket and be prepared to sleep with the lights on after reading this creeptacular anthology of short stories. Here’s a little taste…

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Welcome, come in. Make yourself comfortable. I invite you to take a journey through these pages as they temporarily draw back the gauze veil that separates us from what crawls around in the dark of night, as well as that which brushes your sleeve as it passes by, unnoticed, on a crowded sidewalk in broad daylight.
Glimpse quickly, lest any one of the myriad of evils takes notice. Such happenstance could lead to, let’s say, unpleasantness? The tales within represent the tiniest fraction of the evils present all around us.  Before you go further, a warning: what once is known cannot be unknown.
It’s time. Come quickly, if you dare. Turn the page. Allow me to call your attention to what lies between the devil and the darkness.

 

Do you have chills yet?? How about a few spine-tingling teasers??

 

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Between the Devil and the Darkness by Lindy Spencer…get it before it gets you!!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Between-Devil-Darkness-Lindy-Spencer-ebook/dp/B00H9YKHOY/
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/between-the-devil-and-the-darkness-lindy-spencer/1117667230?ean=2940045489041
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/385709 

 

Can’t get enough of Lindy Spencer? Check out her debut novel, The Boomerang Effect (sequel coming soon)!!!

Amazon:   http://www.amazon.com/The-Boomerang-Effect-ebook/dp/B008MC1BV0/
Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-boomerang-effect-lindy-spencer/1112181586?ean=9781478209515
Smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/180083

 

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A Teaser from The Genesis File

The Genesis File is a short story I wrote for a Writer’s Digest contest last year. The contest limited the entry to 4,000 words, but, since I didn’t place in the contest, I’ve decided to revise and expand it. I’m planning on releasing it as an ebook short story (or novella if it’s long enough) around the same time I publish The Marked File, my first full-length novel.

My main character in The Marked File, Detective Jess Reilly, is the subject of The Genesis File. This is her Genesis, so to speak. The Genesis File tells the story of a series of events that occurred during Jess Reilly’s senior year of high school. These events ultimately lead her down the path to becoming a Boston Homicide Detective and are alluded to in The Marked File.

I have been working on the re-write of The Genesis File and would like to share with you a portion the new opening scene. I hope you enjoy it!

She was found in the snowy field by a couple of cross country skiers. There was no question she was dead. Her legs were spread obscenely and her skirt was rucked up around her waist. The blood staining the front of her blouse spoke of a painful death. Despite the remoteness of the location, her panties were stuffed in her mouth to stifle her screams. Maryanne Porter looked up at Detective Frank Galvin through terrified eyes. It was that look alone that told him more about her final moments of life than anything else at the crime scene.

He took a deep breath to steady himself. As a ‘small town’ cop, he wasn’t accustomed to getting called to such brutal crime scenes. Detective Galvin also knew this was going to get sticky since the victim was the wife of prominent businessman and Chamber of Commerce Member, Thomas Porter. He had reported Maryanne missing a couple of days ago, but state law prevented the police from doing much of anything for forty-eight hours. Mrs. Porter was an adult and, under the law, was allowed to take off without a trace for a couple of days if she wanted to. Detective Galvin had been honestly surprised when he didn’t get a call from the Mayor’s Office requesting they forgo the forty-eight hour wait period. He had been convinced someone as connected as Mr. Porter would have tried to call in a favor.