Saturday, June 29, 2013

New Trailer for Strike Back Season 3

Telemystery Prime Time Crime: Mystery and Suspense on Television

Cinemax's original series Strike Back returns on August 9th with its third season premiere, and the pay cable network has just released a trailer for the season (embedded, below).

Based on characters created by thriller writer Chris Ryan, the series stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton as Section 20 counterterrorism operatives Sergeant Michael Stonebridge and ex–Delta Force Damian Scott, who this season find themselves spanning the globe, from Columbia to Lebanon and on to Europe.

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A Conversation with Josh Shoemake, Author of the Willie Lee Mysteries

Omnimystery News: Author Interview with Josh Shoemake
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We are delighted to welcome novelist Josh Shoemake to Omnimystery News today.

Josh introduces a most unusual detective in his first book, Planet Willie (Opium Books; June 2013 trade paperback and ebook formats), and we recently had a chance to chat with him about it and his series character.

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Omnimystery News: Planet Willie is the first in a new series. Tell us a little bit about the central character and what direction you think the series will take.

Josh Shoemake
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Josh Shoemake: This is my first Willie Lee novel, but I imagine he's a character I'll want to come back to. It's a first person novel — Willie's telling his own story — and I just fell in love with his voice. He's funny, irreverent, and takes the sort of risks we all imagine we'd like to take. I like being Willie, and I don't imagine he'll develop significantly over time — he's just Willie. When you look at series — on the page or on the television — change is finite, I think. You assume an arc with change, and the story eventually must come to an end. Iconic characters, however, like Marlowe, or Willie, can just keep on going forever.

OMN: From the synopsis it doesn't seem like Planet Willie neatly fits into any single genre. As the author, how do you categorize the book?

JS: The genre is comic angel cowboy detective. What? That's not a genre. I had no idea … Really I don't think Willie fits into a genre at all, and that's his disadvantage and his advantage. People who love purely "hard-boiled" or "angel" stories may be disappointed, because he's more of a smorgasbord, but those who love good literary fiction bordering on the experimental, with a healthy dose of humor, will hopefully love Planet Willie.

OMN: Tell us something about the book that isn't mentioned in the synopsis.

JS: Willie's fond of inventing dance moves of his own. I'm talking about the Inadvisable Moonlanding. I'm referring to the Extravagant Chipmunk. And then of course ultimately the Great White Wildebeast, a combination of acrobatics and crowd roar and maybe too many bourbons that will never be repeated again except maybe in more intimate groups of two or three.

OMN: Is Willie Lee based in part on anyone you know?

JS: Absolutely not, though I'd like to think I share Willie's determination to live life to the fullest, a mission that becomes particularly important when you're a detective for the Paradise Police Department — and dead — and only get occasional chances at life back on earth.

OMN: Is the setting of the book, Paradise, a real place?

JS: I try to give a general sense of the place, and I've been to all of the places I describe, but since the book is a comedy, I think settings can be sketched rather than photographed.

OMN: Describe your writing environment.

JS: At my computer anywhere, everywhere I can disconnect from the world around me and get inside my own head. When the computer itself becomes a distraction, I'll take a notebook out to a café and write that way. Again, the change in routine is important.

OMN: Where might we find you when you're not writing?

JS: I'm interested in a lot, and have brief or extended flings with all sorts of hobbies, which probably comes through in Willie's eclectic tastes and interests.

OMN: What is the best advice you've received as an author?

JS: This is an impossible question to answer, since every author's analysis of what works is constantly evolving, but in a sense, I guess that would be my advice: set a rigid routine to help you get words on the page as often as possible, then adopt a new routine when the first routine becomes a routine.

OMN: Complete this sentence: "I am a writer, and so …"

JS: I am a writer, and so I am a mystery to myself.

OMN: How did you come up with the title Planet Willie? And what can you tell us about the book cover?

JS: The publisher worked with a great designer on the cover to get that explosive, comic book look. Then a writer friend gave me great advice for the title. Originally the title was Fallen Willie, a play on "fallen angel" that I thought was funny. But this writer friend repeated some advice he'd gotten from the advertising man and art collector Charles Saatchi: a title should never have a negative in it. "Fallen" was negative — and nothing about Willie's negative — so we went with Planet Willie.

OMN: Did any specific authors influence how and/or what you write today?

JS: I was a high school English teacher and headmaster, so my sensibilities have definitely remained literary. I love a heavy, European novel, and though Willie is absolutely not heavy or European, I do take great care with individual sentences as those authors do, and the crime writers I love the most are those with a literary sensibility rather than a pure plot sensibility — Chandler, Hammett, Thompson. The southern voice of Thom Jones in some of his short stories was also an inspiration.

OMN: Do you have any favorite literary series characters?

JS: Philip Marlowe is without a doubt my favorite detective. I'd hire him just to hear those great one-liners. How effective he might be at his job would be irrelevant to me. He'd be well worth the money for his sentences alone.

OMN: What kind of feedback do you get from your readers?

JS: I most enjoy receiving extravagant praise from my readers. Outrageous criticism comes second (but a distant second).

OMN: Create a Top 5 list for us on any subject.

JS: Top 5 Willie Lee smiles you might want to try in appropriate situations, with proper training:

1. The Heartstopper
2. The Smorgasbord
3. The Diligent Schoolboy
4. The Mozzarella
5. The Billboard Jesus

OMN: What's next for you?

JS: I have another book coming out at the same time as Planet Willie: Tangier: A Literary Guide for Travellers. It's a history of all the edgy writers who lived in Tangier, Morocco, especially Paul Bowles and a surprising number of characters from the Beat generation.

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Josh Shoemake was born in Virginia and is based in Paris and Marrakesh, Morocco. He attended Columbia University, taught literature at The American School of Tangier, and was headmaster of The American School of Marrakesh. To learn more about Josh and his work, visit his website at JoshShoemake.com or find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Planet Willie by Josh Shoemake

Planet Willie
Josh Shoemake
A Willie Lee Mystery (1st in series)

Willie Lee is a highly unusual angel. Irreverent, hilarious, and politically incorrect to the extreme, he tends to make the most of his time on Planet Earth whenever he gets sent down as a detective in the Paradise Police Department, Lost Souls Division, to re-inhabit the body that was woefully lost to him when some misguided stranger put a bullet through the back of his pretty head, four years, eight months, and fifteen days ago.

Now Willie's on the trail of a beautiful art dealer named Fernanda Shore who may have stolen her father's prized painting and who's wandered far off the straight and narrow. Not that Willie's complaining. He's looking for any excuse to extend his investigation in any direction that enables him to prolong his time away from the boring clouds and back in his old body on earth. Which partially explains the belly dancers, the fine Western apparel, the Albanian terrorists, the cape, the bourbon, the nuns, and the cliffs of Acapulco.

Et cetera.

Because for Willie it's the et cetera that makes life worth living, as long and as hard as they'll let him. And in the meantime he might just figure out who shot him.

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Fiduciary Duty by Tim Michaels is Today's Third Featured Free MystereBook

Fiduciary Duty by Tim Michaels

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Fiduciary Duty by Tim Michaels as today's third free mystery ebook (A Suspense Thriller; Kindle format only).

This title was listed for free as of the date and time of this post, June 29, 2013 at 7:30 AM ET. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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Fiduciary Duty by Tim Michaels

Fiduciary Duty
Tim Michaels
A Suspense Thriller
Publisher: Tim Michaels

When everyman John Reynolds accepts a lucrative position at a Midwestern utility, he expects stability for his young family. But when his wife and son are suddenly killed at his office, he sets out for revenge against those responsible and soon finds himself in a game of cat and mouse with some of the most powerful people on the planet.

Hunted by law enforcement organizations around the world and crossing paths with a shadowy cartel on a dangerous mission of its own, Reynolds soon finds himself in the center of a deadly global conspiracy.

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Kitty Hawk and the Islandic Intrigue by Simon Jericho is Today's Second Featured Free MystereBook

Kitty Hawk and the Islandic Intrigue by Simon Jericho

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Kitty Hawk and the Islandic Intrigue by Simon Jericho as today's second free mystery ebook (A Kitty Hawk, Flying Detective Agency Mystery; Kindle format only).

This title was listed for free as of the date and time of this post, June 29, 2013 at 7:20 AM ET. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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Kitty Hawk and the Islandic Intrigue by Simon Jericho

Kitty Hawk and the Islandic Intrigue
Simon Jericho
A Kitty Hawk, Flying Detective Agency Mystery
Publisher: Simon Jericho

Following in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart, Kitty Hawk sets off on an epic flight around the world and arrives in Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik where she finds herself immersed in a beautiful alien world of volcanoes, Vikings, elves and trolls.

Before she knows it Kitty is plunged head first into an amazing adventure that sweeps her across a rugged landscape where humans and nature exist side-by-side in an uneasy truce and magical realms seem to lie just out of sight beneath the surface.

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What You See by Ann Mullen is Today's Featured Free MystereBook

What You See by Ann Mullen

MystereBooks is pleased to feature What You See by Ann Mullen as today's free mystery ebook (A Jesse Watson Mystery; Kindle format only).

This title was listed for free as of the date and time of this post, June 29, 2013 at 7:10 AM ET. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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What You See by Ann Mullen

What You See
Ann Mullen
A Jesse Watson Mystery
Publisher: Afton Ridge Publishing

At thirty-one, Jesse Watson had reached an impasse in her life. It was time for a change. Her job was unfulfilling and her love life was non-existent. Something had to give. Heeding her parents’ advice, she quit her job, gave up her apartment and moved with them to the mountains of Virginia. Her intentions were to find a job and eventually get a place of her own. All that changed the day she went to work for Billy Blackhawk, private eye and Cherokee Indian. Her secretarial skills could not prepare her for what she was about to encounter and her safe and secure life would never be the same.

While in search for a missing girl, a quiet, rural country life with its beautiful mountain scenery quickly becomes a place of danger, murder and mayhem. Jesse faces the wrath of a disturbed, dysfunctional family determined to save themselves at all cost, even to the point of turning on each other. Soon it becomes a race for time as Jesse realizes the life she saves might well be her own. What you see just may kill you.

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Today's Mystery and Suspense Update from Big Fish Games (130629)

Big Fish Games

Here is today's mystery and suspense update from Big Fish Games …

• The Daily Deal is Dark Heritage: Guardians of Hope, just $2.99 today only!

• The current Catch of the Week is Fabled Legends: The Dark Piper, just $2.99 through Sunday, June 30, 2013 only.

• Today's Special Deal — This weekend only, all games are 50% off! Use coupon code BIG for Collector's Edition games and FISH for Standard Edition games at check-out to save 50% off the retail price. Offer ends June 30th, 2013 at 11:59 PM PT.

Visit the Omnimystery Entertainment Network for more games of mystery and suspense!

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Dark Heritage: Guardians of Hope

Today's Daily Deal is Dark Heritage: Guardians of Hope

Professor Gordon Child was your favorite college professor and now he's summoned you, his star student, to the island of Cannon Rock. You arrive to find that Child has vanished and a madman has destroyed the island and murdered many of the residents! The few who are left think you're the only one who can save them … It's your destiny. But, uncovering the madman's true identity will challenge your skills and your assumptions. Solve mind-bending puzzles and search challenging hidden object scenes to help the islands move past their tragedy!

A sample version is available to download and play for free for one hour. You can purchase this game today only — Saturday, June 29, 2013 — for $2.99.

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Fabled Legends: The Dark Piper

The current Catch of the Week is Fabled Legends: The Dark Piper

The Dark Piper strikes! The fiend unleashes infested rodents into the town of Hamelin using the magical Pied Piper Flute. As the Fabled Inspector, you are summoned by the duke to investigate and stop this mysterious figure. Defeat the Dark Piper before he leaves a trail of destruction all across Europe!

A sample version is available to download and play for free for one hour. You can purchase this game at the special price of $2.99 through Sunday, June 30, 2013.

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Confession, an Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd, Now at a Special Price

The Confession by Charles Todd

MystereBooks is pleased to feature The Confession by Charles Todd, now available at a special price, courtesy of the publisher, HarperCollins.

The ebook format of this title was priced at $2.99 from the listed vendors (below) as of the date and time of this post (06/28/2013 at 2:00 PM ET). Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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The Confession by Charles Todd

The Confession by Charles Todd
An Ian Rutledge Mystery (14th in series)
Publisher: HarperCollins

Declaring he needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses that he killed his cousin five years earlier during the Great War. When Inspector Ian Rutledge presses for details, the man evades his questions, revealing only that he hails from a village east of London. With little information and no body to open an official inquiry, Rutledge begins to look into the case on his own.

Less than two weeks later, the alleged killer's body is found floating in the Thames, a bullet in the back of his head. Searching for answers, Rutledge discovers that the dead man was not who he claimed to be. What was his real name — and who put a bullet in his head? Were the "confession" and his own death related? Or was there something else in the victim's past that led to his murder?

The inspector's only clue is a gold locket, found around the dead man's neck, that leads back to Essex and an insular village whose occupants will do anything to protect themselves from notoriety. For notoriety brings the curious, and with the curious come change and an unwelcome spotlight on a centuries-old act of evil that even now can damn them all.

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First Trailer for Action Thriller Escape Plan

Escape Plan (October 2013)

A new trailer has been released by Summit Entertainment for the action thriller Escape Plan (embedded, below). The film's tagline: "The most secure prison ever built. No one breaks out alone."

Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is the world's foremost authority on structural security. He's analyzed nearly every high security prison. After being framed by persons unknown, all of Breslin's ingenuity and expertise are about to be put to work in the most challenging test he's ever faced: escaping from a high-tech prison facility that's design is based on his own protocols.

We tend to enjoy movies such as this, which — if done well — typically have cleverly devised and intricately plotted schemes integrated into the screenplay. We're not real fans of either Stallone or his co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger, but that won't stop us from seeing it.

Directed by Mikael Håfström from an original screenplay by Miles Chapman and Jason Keller (credited as Arnell Jesko), Escape Plan opens in theaters October 18, 2013.

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Still Life, an Armand Gamache Mystery by Louise Penny, Now at a Special Price

Still Life by Louise Penny

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Still Life by Louise Penny, now available at a special price, courtesy of the publisher, Minotaur Books.

The ebook format of this title was priced at $2.99 from the listed vendors (below) as of the date and time of this post (06/28/2013 at 1:00 PM ET). Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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Still Life by Louise Penny

Still Life by Louise Penny
An Armand Gamache Mystery (1st in series)
Publisher: Minotaur Books

Winner of the 2006 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Winner of the 2006 CWA New Blood Dagger Award. Winner of the 2007 Anthony Award for Best First Novel.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods.

The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

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Red Velvet Cupcake Murder, a Hannah Swensen Mystery by Joanne Fluke, Now at a Special Price

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke, now available at a special price, courtesy of the publisher, Kensington.

The ebook format of this title was priced at $2.99 from the listed vendors (below) as of the date and time of this post (06/28/2013 at 12:30 PM ET). Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
A Hannah Swensen Mystery (16th in series)
Publisher: Kensington

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It's a hot summer evening in Lake Eden, Minnesota — and the Grand Opening of the refurbished Albion Hotel. Hannah Swensen's famous Red Velvet cupcakes are being served in the new Red Velvet lounge. The party starts off with a bang with the arrival of Doctor Bev, who left town in shame after she two-timed her fiance.

But the gossip comes to a screeching halt when another partygoer takes a dive off the hotel's rooftop garden. As the police investigate, the only one who isn't preoccupied with the case is Doctor Bev. She's too busy trying to stir things up with her old flame Norman, who's reunited with Hannah. Just as Hannah's patience with Bev runs thin, her rival is found dead at the bottom of Miller's Pond.

To everyone's shock, Hannah is now the target of a murder investigation — and she's feeling the heat in a way she never has before …

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New Poster for Thriller Prisoners

Prisoners (September 2013)

A new poster has been released by Warner Bros. for the abduction thriller Prisoners (right; click for larger image). A new trailer is supposed to be out as well, but the studio hasn't uploaded it yet to their YouTube website; as soon as they do, we'll have it for you.

Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His 6-year-old daughter and her young friend are missing, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, but a lack of evidence forces the only suspect's release. Knowing his child's life is at stake, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. The desperate father will do whatever it takes to find the girls, but in doing so, may lose himself, begging the question: When do you cross the line between seeking justice and becoming a vigilante?

Directed by Denis Villeneuve from an original screenplay by Aaron Guzikowki, Prisoners opens in theaters September 20, 2013.

Please Welcome Mystery Author Michael Bigham

Omnimystery News: Guest Post by Michael Bigham
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We are delighted to welcome mystery author Michael Bigham to Omnimystery News today, courtesy of Pump Up Your Book Promotion, which is coordinating his current book tour.

Michael's debut mystery is Harkness (Muskrat Press; October 2012 trade paperback and ebook formats) introducing Sheriff Matt Harkness and set in the early 1950s in the high desert region of Oregon.

We asked Michael to tell us a little more about Harkness and how he developed the characters for the time period and setting of the book.

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Michael Bigham
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What the heck is "voice"? If you've participated in writer's workshops, you've heard someone mention narrative voice. The first time someone discussed my voice in a story, I had no clue what they were talking about. When I got home, I opened up my well-thumbed copy of Janet Burroway's seminal text, Writing Fiction. Nothing there. Nada. Now that I've been around the block more than once in critique groups, I understand the meaning. They're talking about your style and tone as a writer. Perhaps a couple of examples from Dashiell Hammett will help:

 Spade's tinny alarm-clock said three-forty when he turned on the light in the suspended bowl again. He dropped his hat and overcoat on the bed and went into his kitchen, returning to the bedroom with a wineglass and a tall bottle of Bacardi. He poured a drink and drank it standing. He put bottle and glass on the table, sat on the side of the bed facing them, and rolled a cigarette. He had drunk his third glass of Bacardi and was lighting his fifth cigarette when the street-door-bell rang. The hands of the alarm-clock registered four-thirty. Spade sighed, rose from the bed, and went to the telephone-box beside his bathroom door. He pressed the button that released the street-door-lock. He muttered, "Damn her," and stood scowling at the black telephone-box, breathing irregularly while a dull flush grew in his cheeks.

Dashiell Hammet — The Maltese Falcon

Here the third person narrative is dark, heavy on description and sparse on dialog. Examine the word choice, Sam Spade's alarm clock is tinny, he mutters and stands scowling. The tone is heavy, somber. Spade is a solitary, almost tragic figure.

Hammet's portrayal of Nick Charles in The Thin Man is much lighter:

 You're so damned pig-headed," she complained. "Well, it's only five o'clock. Lie down till it's time to dress."
 I made myself comfortable on the living-room sofa. We had the afternoon papers sent up. Morelli, it seemed, had shot me-twice for one of the papers and three times for another-when I tried to arrest him for Julia Wolf's murder, and I was too near death to see anybody or to be moved to a hospital. There were pictures of Morelli and a thirteen-year-old one of me in a pretty funny-looking hat, taken, I remembered, when I was working on the Wall Street explosion. Most of the follow-up stories on the murder of Julia Wolf were rather vague. We were reading them when our little constant visitor, Dorothy Wynant, arrived.
 I could hear her at the door when Nora opened it: "They wouldn't send my name up, so I sneaked up. Please don't send me away. I can help you nurse Nick. I'll do anything. Please, Nora."
 Nora had a chance then to say: "Come on in."
 Dorothy came in. She goggled at me. "B-but the papers said you-"
 "Do I look like I'm dying? What's happened to you?" Her lower lip was swollen and cut near one corner, there was a bruise on one cheek-bane and two fingernail scratches down the other cheek, and her eyes were red and swollen.

Dashiell Hammet — The Thin Man

The tone here is much lighter, almost flip, the dialog is snappier and there is much more of it. Dorothy goggles and Nora describes Nick as "pig-headed" in an affectionate way.

Spade is dark, almost primal, he drinks rum straight, but Nick and Nora Charles, are urban sophisticates, martini drinkers. Same author, but the voice of each passage is different. We see that voice is tone, pacing and word selection, but it is more than that. It's the opinion you as an author hold about your character, the setting and the plot.

Your voice must fit your character. In my novel, Harkness: A High Desert Mystery, I wanted to present my protagonist as a hard man of the west, stoic to others, but with inner conflicts.

 The almost-new Ford police car spun down Grimes Flat Road, straight between two section lines, at a hundred and thirty miles per, siren wailing, coyotes and mama Herefords leaping away across pasture and field, and me and Tony smoking cigarettes and tipping back a bottle of Four Roses, laughing and whooping like high school boys out for their first drunk. The sense of danger set my stomach to quivering like I'd never gone fast before.
 Telephone poles flipped by in a blur. The road was dark, dangerous, and with no white line to help guide the way. "There's a sharp corner up here," I warned. Tony told me he knew, but the yellow forty-five mph sign jumped up at us much too fast. The Ford squealed into the corner, the car's backend broke free, and I worried that Kate might not have believed me when I told her I loved her. Then Tony fought the wheel, and we were around the corner and off again, and I hoped that she hadn't believed me because I wasn't sure of what I wanted myself. Why hadn't she waited for me after the war? Hell, I was just hanging out in San Francisco for a while, only a year or two, then she up and married the Judge.

I try to achieve the western focus with language selection, "coyotes and mama Herefords leaping away across pasture and field." Matthew Harkness' self doubt is illuminated by his private thoughts. "I worried that Kate might not have believed me when I told her I loved her. Then Tony fought the wheel, and we were around the corner and off again, and I hoped that she hadn't believed me because I wasn't sure of what I wanted myself."

If you're writing a novel with multiple points of view (POV), vary your voice with each narrator. If you don't, then your reader won't accept the voice as genuine. In my novel in progress, Thunderhead, I experiment with another point of view character, Donnie Bradshaw; a young man that Harkness has taken under his wing:

 Pines transitioned into junipers as Donnie descended down to the Crooked River. Fields were lush and green with the first cutting of alfalfa. Along the road, the sagebrush held its spring colors, the new growth bright green contrasting against the old. Donnie loved this time of year, the desert recovering from the browns of winter. Soon the alfalfa would dry to gold and the sage would fade to olive gray.
 The Model A putted along the gravel road up the Niles Sawyer's ranch, but Donnie enjoyed the slow pace. A black Plymouth business coupe, slid around a corner up ahead. Fools didn't know how to drive on gravel roads.
 Shadows lengthened as afternoon stretched. A coyote loped through a potato field. She must have pups, Donnie thought, to be out before the sun went down.

Donnie's perception is fresh and open. The landscape is the same, but his view of it is less cynical than that of Harkness. Different POV characters require you to shift your thinking about them. They will perceive the world differently, not only their vision, but with taste, smell and hearing. Their thoughts will be unique. You need to put yourself in their heads and vary the tone, pacing and word selection and authorial distance. Your opinion of them will be different and that should be evident to your readers through your voice.

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Raised in the mill town of Prineville in Central Oregon beneath blue skies and rimrocks, Michael Bigham attended the University of Oregon and during his collegiate summers, fought range fires on the Oregon high desert for the Bureau of Land Management. He worked as a police officer with the Port of Portland and after leaving police work, obtained an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Vermont College. Michael lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter.

To learn more about Michael and his book, visit his website at MichaelBigham.com. You can also find him on Twitter and Goodreads.

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Harkness by Michael Bigham

Harkness
Michael Bigham
A High Desert Mystery

Harkness isn't your typical Western sheriff. Cowboy boots make his arches ache, he's got a serious case of horse-phobia, and his faithful companion, Addison, is a wiener dog. It's 1952 in the Oregon High Desert, and until now, the worst crime Harkness has had to contend with is two cowboys playing quickdraw in an alley behind a bar. His easygoing life explodes when a star-crossed teenage couple disappears, sparking an investigation that threatens to expose the slimy underbelly the lurks beneath his small town, Barnesville.

Harkness has always been the keeper of secrets in the town. Now, to solve the crime, he must decide which secrets to expose. One secret involves Judge Barnes, the county's most powerful man. Unfortunately, Harkness has a secret of his own: he's in love with the judge's wife. How much is Harkness willing to risk to catch a murderer?

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Wink by Eric Trant is Today's Second Featured Free MystereBook

Wink by Eric Trant

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Wink by Eric Trant as today's second free mystery ebook (A Suspense Thriller; Kindle format only).

This title was listed for free as of the date and time of this post, June 28, 2013 at 7:20 AM ET. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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Wink by Eric Trant

Wink
Eric Trant
A Suspense Thriller
Publisher: WiDo Publishing

Set in a rural Gulf Coast town, Marty Jameson finds refuge in the attic from his mother’s abusive rages. But only during the day. At night the attic holds terrors even beyond what he witnesses in his home. With a family made up of a psychotic mother, a drug-dealing father and a comatose older brother withering away in the spare bedroom, Marty feels trapped.

Next door, wheel-chair bound Sadie Marsh obsessively watches Marty’s comings and goings from her bedroom window, despite her mother’s warning about the evil in that house. Evil which appears to Sadie as huge black-winged creatures.

Marty, emotionally torn by the violence and dysfunction in his family, is drawn to Sadie and her kindly mother. But if he is to save his new friend from the supernatural horror threatening them all, Marty must transform himself from victim to hero. And to do so, he must first confront what lurks hidden in the shadows of his attic.

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The Aegis Solution by John David Krygelski is Today's Featured Free MystereBook

The Aegis Solution by John David Krygelski

MystereBooks is pleased to feature The Aegis Solution by John David Krygelski as today's free mystery ebook (A Suspense Thriller; Kindle format only).

This title was listed for free as of the date and time of this post, June 28, 2013 at 7:10 AM ET. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

For a summary of all of today's featured titles, plus any that may have appeared before and are repeat freebies, visit our Free MystereBooks page. This page is updated daily, typically by 8 AM ET.

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The Aegis Solution by John David Krygelski

The Aegis Solution
John David Krygelski
A Suspense Thriller
Publisher: Starsys Publishing

After the only child of the President — his teenaged daughter, Neve — commits suicide in a violent and senseless act, President Walker proposes an institution where people who have lost all hope may enter. Motivated by his grief and compassion, Aegis, intended to be a civilized alternative to suicide, is built and opened. There are only two rules in Aegis: no communication is allowed between the outside world and those who enter, and once individuals go in … they can never leave.

Twelve years pass and what began as a noble social experiment has turned into a hideous nightmare, fraught with controversy and public outrage. In response, Elias Charon is selected by the new President to be the first to enter Aegis and be allowed to leave. Ostensibly sent in to investigate the claims of abuse, a darker and heinous personal motive arises.

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Wild Horses by D'Ann Lindun is Today's Kindle Romantic Suspense Daily Deal

The Kindle Daily Deal

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Wild Horses by D'Ann Lindun as today's Amazon Kindle Romantic Suspense Daily Deal.

The deal price of $0.99 is valid only for today, Friday, June 28, 2013.

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Wild Horses by D'Ann Lindun

Wild Horses
D'Ann Lindun
A Novel of Romantic Suspense
Crimson Romance

Her family ranch outside of Payson, Arizona, is the last place Castaña Castillo thought she'd ever see again. But when her mustang activist brother goes missing, Castaña returns home to lead the search. Years of bad blood between local law enforcement and the Castillo men lead Castaña to believe the local cops won't put out much effort to locate her brother. Especially since they think he murdered two federal wildlife agents.

Disgraced FBI agent Jake Breton needs to bring in Martin Castillo to redeem himself and resurrect his career. Falling in love with someone related to the suspect is the last thing he can afford to do. The last time he followed his heart, and not his head, it nearly cost him his life.

Danger, adventure, and death push Jake and Castaña together. Will they learn to trust each other and leave their pasts behind?

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