Paula Munier: Blind Search Tuesday, Nov 5 2019 

After the success of last year’s award-nominated debut, A Borrowing of Bones, Paula Munier returns with the duo of veteran Mercy Carr and her bomb-sniffing dog, Elvis, in Blind Search.

With a strong setting in the Green Mountains of Vermont, the fall season is rife with hunters when a nine-year old autistic boy is lost in the woods. Henry Jenkins likes to wander in the woods, but when he’s a witness to the murder of a young woman, his small confidence is shaken to the core, and he runs and hides.

Knowing a murderer mingles with the hunters and may be present at the home of Mercy’s friend, billionaire Daniel Feinberg, makes the investigation Mercy soon undertakes even more difficult, despite the presence and help of game warden Troy Warner and his search-and-rescue dog, Susie Bear. For there are more things going on in the woods than murder, including gun running and drugs.

There are also the inescapable feelings that run like an electric shock between Mercy and Troy, feelings she’s done her best to ignore.

When a blizzard strands everyone, Mercy and Troy need to protect Henry from the murderer while they track down the person responsible. And then a second death occurs.

Munier knows about dogs and the woods. Auntie M never stopped to think a bear’s front paw print would be roughly the same in length and width, while a hind print would be longer than it was wide. In the same way, she draws on an old Vermont folk song to calm Henry. These things add a multi-dimensional feel that makes the setting leap off the page.

But one of Auntie M’s favorite hallmarks are the asides Mercy makes that reveal her character: “As a matter of course, Mercy never trusted anyone who flipped their hair. There was no hair flipping in the army.” Another character has “…the resourcefulness of a Kardashian.” Mercy comes across as someone who’s capable, and while she’s seen what is evil in the world, she hasn’t lost her compassion and her caring spirit.

With its tight plot, realistic characters, definitive setting, and those wonderful dogs, there’s no wonder this one is Highly Recommended.

Thomas Burns: Stripper! in Audio Sunday, Nov 3 2019 

Please welcome Thomas Burns, to describe his experience using audio books:

An Indie Author Tackles Audiobooks

I am Thomas Burns, author of the Natalie McMasters Mysteries, and I’m an indie author. Natalie McMasters is a detective for the new millennium. As the series opens in Stripper!, Nattie is twenty, short and blonde (OK, it’s bleached!), way cute, and a pre-law student at State. She’s also straight, or at least she thinks so.

To put herself through school, she’s moonlighting as a private detective trainee at her uncle Amos Murdoch’s 3M Detective Agency, where the most exciting thing she does is sit in a car, staking out people who’ve claimed workers’ compensation to be sure they’re hurt as badly as they say. After she directly confronts a subject on a stakeout, Amos fires her for taking too many chances. Then she meets another student who bears an uncanny resemblance to her, and everything in her life changes. When her new best friend is brutally murdered and Amos is critically injured, Nattie immerses herself in the seamy world of web cams and strip clubs to hunt the killer.

Her investigation forces her to reassess many of the ideas that she’s lived by her whole life and do things she’s never considered before – strip on a stage, question her sexuality, and rediscover the meaning of love itself. Nattie eventually exposes a drug ring, police corruption, and an assassin-for-hire online. Then she stumbles upon the true face of evil, and her encounter does not leave her unscathed…

I’m 67, so after a year of querying potential agents for Stripper! with no results, I decided to take the leap of faith and publish it myself. In April 2018, the first Natalie McMasters novel, Stripper! was published on Amazon. As of this writing, two more novels, Revenge! and Trafficked!, have been released, and I’ve just finished writing the first draft of the fourth book, Venom! I’m sure there’s no way I could have had such a rapid production schedule if I had to deal with an agent and a publisher. The books have done well, with about 11,000 copies in circulation world-wide.

It’s been a bumpy ride. I started by publishing e-books and paperbacks on KDP, then took the series wide on Draft 2 Digital in various e-book formats. I’ve made some mistakes along the way, but I’ve learned a lot. A few months ago, I decided it was time to enter the audiobook market. Audiobooks are currently the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry. They’re available as downloads and some as CDs (sold separately), and the e-books can be played on multiple devices without losing your place. Some Audible books (Amazon) also have the whispersync feature, that lets you listen and read your book on Kindle, and updates either device as you switch back and forth.

When I decided to issue the McMasters Mysteries on audio, starting with Stripper!, I chose Audible Books to do it, because I had such good results from KDP on Amazon. ACX (https://www.acx.com/) is Audible’s publishing platform, allowing you to sell your book on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. After you register on the site, you open your title for auditions. Narrators, also known as producers, can review available titles and contact the author. However, I found it much more effective to survey potential producers myself and invite the ones I liked to submit an audition. You can narrow the list of over 100,000 producers by gender, voice style, accent and other parameters.

There are three ways to pay your producer: straight royalty share, royalty share plus a one-time payment, or straight payment. Payment is determined according to the finished length of the audiobook (not how long the producer takes to produce it), which ACX estimates for you according to the word count. A royalty share agreement lasts for seven years, during which time the author and the producer split a 40% royalty. Many of the more established producers, some of whom who are also professional voice actors, prefer either royalty share plus or straight payment. If you do a royalty share, you also must commit to sell the audiobook on ACX only. The royalty percentage is 25% if you elect a straight payment deal, and the author keeps all of it. For a royalty share deal, I contacted over a hundred potential producers and got about ten replies.

The audio version of Stripper! is scheduled for release on Nov. 4, 2019. The narrator is Lisa Ware, of Voices from lsware. Lisa is a very talented narrator—she captures Nattie’s voice perfectly, as well as those of the other diverse characters in Stripper! I’m sure you’ll her work enjoyable. Look for it on the Amazon page for Stripper! (https://www.amazon.com/Stripper-Natalie-McMasters-Thomas-Burns-ebook-dp-B07C87Y2FH/dp/B07C87Y2FH/ref=mt_kindle?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid= )

Author bio
Thomas A. Burns, Jr. is the author of the Natalie McMasters Mysteries. He was born and grew up in New Jersey, attended Xavier High School in Manhattan, earned B.S degrees in Zoology and Microbiology at Michigan State University and a M.S. in Microbiology at North Carolina State University. He currently resides in Wendell, North Carolina. As a kid, Tom started reading mysteries with the Hardy Boys, Ken Holt and Rick Brant, and graduated to the classic stories by authors such as A. Conan Doyle, Dorothy Sayers, John Dickson Carr, Erle Stanley Gardner and Rex Stout, to name a few. Tom has written fiction as a hobby all of his life, starting with Man from U.N.C.L.E. stories in marble-backed copybooks in grade school. He built a career as a technical, science and medical writer and editor for nearly thirty years in industry and government. Now that he’s truly on his own as a novelist, he’s excited to publish his own mystery series, as well as to contribute stories about his second most favorite detective to the MX Books of New Sherlock Holmes Stories.

Chad Zunker: An Equal Justice Friday, Nov 1 2019 

Chad Zunker’s An Equal Justice introduces lawyer David Adams in a legal thriller that addresses the homeless population while whipping up a dense plot of corporate greed, power, and violence.

Adams had a tough childhood, including living in the family car for a while with his mother and older sister. Through hard work he’s triumphed to become a Stanford graduate who’s just taken his first job with a prestigious law firm in Austin. His dream is in reach.

Leaving poverty quickly behind, in a matter of days he owns a high-rise condo and a pricey car, as well as a glossy girlfriend to match his new unbelievable salary. He also has the pressure of billable hours, working almost around the clock to prove himself to the partner who’s taken a shine to him.

Then the unexpected suicide of a colleague, coupled with a brush with Austin’s homeless community, leads him to feel a connection to the lost souls who have formed a camp where they support each other.

As some of Adams’ assumptions are proven false, a trail of blackmail leads to murder, and an innocent young man is arrested. Adams knows he must choose between these two disparate worlds while he decides if wealth is more important than justice.

As the danger rises, so does Adams determination, with the pace quickening to a pounding resolution. Adams knows Austin and brings its many sides to life. He also knows how to add plot twists so that just as the reader thinks they know what’s going on, they’re proved wrong. A page-turning read with a protagonist Auntie M will gladly follow on his next adventure.

Zunker writes the Sam Callahan thriller series (The Tracker, Shadow Shepherd, Hunt the Lion) but the inspiration for the David Admams series comes from his own work with Austin’s homeless community. You can check his website to learn more about his volunteer work at Community First! Village, a 51-acre planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and support to the chronically homeless: <a href="http://www.chadzunker.com/bennys-village/&quot;.

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