Saturday, April 1, 2017

New release and a Q&A with the wonderul author Carmen Amato.

I've been a long time admirer of Carmen Amato's intelligently written novels. I'm delighted to have a Q&A with the successful novelist today as she celebrates the release of yet another Detective Emilia Cruz novel, Pacific Reaper. Pick up your copy today for the introductory price of only 99p/99c.

Take it away Carmen...

What genre do you write and what genre do you prefer to read?

Melanie, thank you so much for hosting me. I love talking to fellow mystery authors; I always learn something new.

I write romantic thrillers and the Detective Emilia Cruz police procedural series. When I’m not writing, I love reading mysteries. I think it started way back when, with Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series, but lately I’m drawn to series in more exotic places including Michael Stanley’s Inspector Kubu series in Botswana and Colin Cotterill’s Dr. Siri Paiboun series set in Laos. But I’ll drop everything for a new Jo Nesbo; in addition to great writing, Oslo is one of my favorite cities.

During your childhood who was your biggest influence?

I’m lucky enough to have grown up in New York living next to my maternal grandparents. My grandmother was the family matriarch and I loved spending time at her house. I have great memories of watching The A Team and Riptide with her. No doubt, this is what launched my love of the mystery and action//adventure genres.

Are you fortunate enough to write full-time?

Yes, I’m a full time writer. I thought that when that happened, I’d glide through life in a sparkling home, wearing dresses and pearls, having oodles of time to get my nails done and taking a yoga class every day.

Instead, the house is as cluttered as it ever was, the dog complains that he doesn’t get enough attention (an endless task), and I’m wearing jeans while yelling at my computer screen. I’ve become addicted to sticky notes, plotting how to kill hapless characters, and Starbucks’ Italiano blend.

I usually take an afternoon break at 3:00 pm when my local television station airs an episode of the BBC classic  As Time Goes By. The series is on an endless loop; as soon as Judy and Alistair get married we go back to episode 1. I can quote swaths of dialogue.

If Hollywood came knocking who would you want to play your main character?

Hollywood did come knocking, much to my mingled trepidation and excitement. Last year a major US network bought the option to produce a television series based on the Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series.

Emilia is the first female police detective in Acapulco, taking on Mexico’s drug cartels and culture of machismo, which also trying to have a personal life that includes Kurt Rucker, an American hotel manager.

I don’t know who might play the main character, but a strong Latina like Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Rodriguez, or America Ferrera could carry it off. Kurt is a tall, blonde, former US Marine, and triathlete. Any actors to suggest?

What one piece of advice have you found the most important in your writing career?

Ahhh, the infamous piece of advice every newbie author dreams will pave the writing road to success. Here’s how mine went:

FAMOUS AMERICAN AUTHOR: “But the novel is set in Mexico. All the characters are Mexican.”

ME: “That’s right. Lives of the people fighting the drug cartels. And Mexico’s class structure.”

FAMOUS AMERICAN AUTHOR: “New York will never touch it And a New York agent is the only kind worth having. New York agents are looking for the next Sex and the City. Glossy. High heels. New York.”

ME: “This is a romantic political thriller. Makes the real Mexico accessible to the American audience the way Martin Cruz Smith’s Arkady Renko series did for Russia.”

FAMOUS AMERICAN AUTHOR: *sniff* “New York won’t buy a book with all Mexican characters. And your main character is a maid. At least couldn’t you make her American? You know, a college girl from Pittsburgh named Susan or Tess who goes to Mexico on a cultural exchange program to work as a maid for a semester.”

This was about 5 years ago and the conversation was about potential agents for my first novel, the romantic thriller THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF MEXICO CITY.

I could have tossed off a barbed remark about how it would cost an American in Pittsburgh more to get to Mexico than they would earn as a maid in three months, but I was too busy being appalled.

This was a book about Mexico’s drug war, the people fighting it, and their chances of survival. It was also a Cinderella story taking on Mexico’s unspoken caste system. Sue and Tess were not part of that narrative.

I decided to ignore the FAMOUS AMERICAN AUTHOR. I published without an agent, and in the long run have found it much more important to know a good intellectual property rights attorney!

What are your plans for the coming year?

For starters, I’m leaving the house clutter where it is. My family doesn’t care and the dog hasn’t done anything constructive since we got him.

With PACIFIC REAPER, the fifth book in the Detective Emilia Cruz series just out, I’m already outlining 43 MISSING, which will be next in the series. Three Emilia Cruz short stories are also in the works, all of which take place before the events in CLIFF DIVER, the first novel.

The audiobooks of the first 4 novels in the series will be released by Tantor Media in 2017. Johanna Parker, who was the voice talent for the Sookie Stackhouse series, will narrate.

I’m also editing the forthcoming nonfiction INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE BEST OF MEXICO and working on a fun memoir of my college days in Paris entitled GIRL MEETS PARIS.

Plus, I have the Mystery Ahead newsletter to keep me busy every month. Readership has been growing like crazy and I’m really committed to putting out a quality product. Every edition has something for both mystery readers and writers: writing protips, books reviews, author interviews, etc.

Thanks so much for hosting me. Readers are invited to join me at any of the links below:

Friday, March 17, 2017

New release in the Hero series only 99c/99p.

I'm delighted to announce that my publishers, Bloodhound Books have today released IN PLAIN SIGHT, the third book in the DI Hero Nelson series. It's on offer for a limited time for only 99c/99p on Amazon.
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Here's what to expect from this fast-paced thriller:

No one is safe... not even the police.

DI Hero Nelson is used to violent crime but this one is personal. When he's called to a crime scene he discovers the victims are two police officers one of whom is a good friend.
Determined to track down the killer, he’s dealt another blow as the body count continues to rise. To catch the killer before he strikes again, Hero calls upon the public for help. But when the criminal ups the ante by taking hostages, he soon regrets his actions.
Can Hero and the police catch the murderer before more innocent victims are hurt?  

Hero must apprehend a killer who is hiding in plain sight before the time runs out.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Win, win, win 20 audiobooks as a fab prize.

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Nov. 15-Nov. 21

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Audiobooks now available.

I'm delighted to tell you that five of my books are now available as audiobooks, the others will be narrated over the coming year, it's a lengthy process and one that I'm looking forward to being involved in. It's a wonderful experience to hear the character that you have created come to life, it can be a tad emotional too. Ahem... me cry, no, never. ;-)

The Justice series is being narrated by the amazing award winning narrator Anna Parker-Naples Anna's blog    You can purchase a copy of CRUEL JUSTICE from Amazon UK Here and Amazon US Here

SOLE INTENTION is narrated and produced by Inkwell Audio who have a selection of available narrators available. You can pick up a copy of Sole Intention from Amazon UK Here and Amazon US Here

FOREVER WATCHING YOU has also been produced and narrated by Inkwell Audio and can be purchased from Amazon US Here and Amazon UK Here

TORN APART - the first book in the Hero series has also been produced and narrated by the amazing Inkwell Audio is now available on Amazon UK Here and Amazon US Here

The DI Sally Parker series book one - WRONG PLACE has been produced and narrated by Tantor Media and can be purchased through Amazon US Here and Amazon UK Here

The DI Sally Parker series book two - NO HIDING PLACE has also been produced and narrated by Tantor Media and can be purchased from Amazon US Here and Amazon UK Here

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Giveaway - win 35 top THRILLERS.

Wow, have I got news for you. Click on the link at the bottom of the page for a chance to win 35 top thrillers. You'd be foolish not to, wouldn't you. ;-)

Win Up To 35 Crime/Thriller/Suspense Novels!

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Another anniversary reached.

Wow, it’s my 7th anniversary as an Indie author and what a way to celebrate; the release of Tragic Deception written my dear friend Linda Prather and also Amazon have chosen a collection of both of our books in a special promotion running throughout October. #PoweredByIndie

Since contemplating writing I have now penned 13 books in the Justice series, Prime Justice is being written at the moment. Plus, I’ve also written 24 novels and several novellas – a total of over 40 titles and sold in excess of a million and a quarter books. It’s been an exciting journey and I’ve made some fabulous friends along the way. But I could never have achieved these results without my loyal fans and their love of Lorne and the gang. So pat yourselves on the back if you’ve ever bought one of my books.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Tragic Deception now live only 99p/99c.

Well it's finally release day for TRAGIC DECEPTION, I hope you'll pick up your copy for only 99c/99p, the price will be going up in a few days, we can't keep selling at this price as we both have families to feed. :-)
Here's the link;
Plus for those of you who prefer the feel of a real book the paperback version is here:
Don't forget to read CLEVER DECEPTION first for important background information. It's also available for 99c/99p here.

As always, thank you for your support and a review is always lovely to receive.