As promised, this week we’re bringing you more audio chapters from “Forever Festive”. Now originally, I planned on three chapters, but just these two are over half an hour long, so we’re saving Chapter 12 and 13 for next weekend. After that it may be time to give you all some updates on what’s happening with the next book in the series and beyond.
But for now, please enjoy “To the Victor” and “Sol Invictus”
Chapter 10 “To the Victor”
Note: Since Allan is so good at voices, I often cast characters based on who he can do. In this case, I based the character of Victor Finn, on Abe Vigoda who many will remember as the lovable but grumpy “Sgt. Fish” from TV’s series “Barney Miller”. Some faces and voices are just too good to pass up sometimes.
Chapter 11 “Sol Invictus”
NEXT TIME:Chapter 12 “Persephone and Snow”, andChapter 13 “Can’t See the Forest for the Trees”
And if you can’t wait until then, just click on the appropriate link for the device you enjoy listening to audiobooks on below to continue the adventure:
“A tense, thrilling paranormal adventure with a striking cast.”
A supernatural crime novel set in the 1940s focuses on a private detective.
This series opener begins in 1947. The narrator of the story, Rafael Jones, has set up shop as a private investigator in New York City. Rafael has an extensive background in law enforcement (both civilian and military), and he is eager to strike out on his own. No sooner has he put the sign up for Harmony Investigations than he is approached by a British woman named Clara Thomas. Clara has been sent to persuade Rafael to work for Interpol. She is a sharp woman, with a degree in mathematics from Oxford, who knows how to handle herself in a fight. She can also fly a plane. Rafael doesn’t need that much convincing, and he soon learns that working with Clara will be fun. It isn’t long before the two become more than mere colleagues. The duo starts working on a case involving stolen Russian art and other valuables. To complicate matters, a number of bodies seem to be connected to the thefts. Rafael must also cater to an old acquaintance: a wealthy playboy, inventor, and industrialist named Eugene Marshall, who lives and works in the Empire State Building. Eugene is concerned with the recent resignation of two of his employees who have joined a cult known as the Order of Repentance. When Rafael investigates the organization, he runs into much more trouble than he bargained for. Thanks to the infamous Rasputin, Rafael winds up meeting a vampire.
As Krummenacker’s engaging caper unfolds, readers are kept in a regular state of suspense. While it may initially seem as though Clara and Rafael will embark on a quirky investigation together, things take a turn when the Order of Repentance enters the picture. A tale supposedly about a missing Fabergé egg and some flustered shop owners eventually begins heading down an invitingly dark, supernatural avenue. Even a cool customer like Rafael couldn’t have planned for the hurdles he faces. But certain aspects of the story complicate matters without rewarding the audience. For instance, readers are assured that during World War II, Rafael repeatedly requested to be assigned to combat duty. The only reason he was forced to work in a military police capacity was due to his law enforcement background. This is not a particularly exciting or captivating part of his character when bigger problems are just emerging. In addition, the dialogue sometimes relies on such stock phrases as “Where are you going?” and “You’re amazing.” Nevertheless, the tale develops quickly, with the entire story coming in under 200 pages. Not much time is wasted once the main events get going and Rafael and Clara try to stop the bad guys. And even after the gripping novel has concluded, there proves to be plenty of intriguing material left for the sequel.
Okay everyone, the big day is drawing near and you still want to get a few more gifts but don’t know what to buy, or don’t want to go out into the stores which have already pulled down half of their displays and are lining up Spring stuff. What to do, what to do… how about giving someone a good book to read on their Kindle, Nook, or on their computer? It’s fast, easy, and you can have it delivered on Christmas Day and know it will arrive on time…
Didn’t know you could do this? Neither did I for the longest time. I only found out a couple of years ago when Allan and I released “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home”. We were rewarding some of our beta-readers with a free copy of the finished product in whatever form they wished (trade paperback, Kindle, PDF). Most requested a signed trade paperback, but a couple asked for the Kindle version.
So we headed over to Amazon, got into my account, and pulled up “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home”. Once there we discovered the “Give As A Gift” button and clicked it. From there we were taken to another screen which asked us to sign into our Amazon account, which we did. From there we were taken to a final screen
This screen asked only for the e-mail address of the recipient we were sending this book to AND what day we wanted it delivered. It was the option of a delivery date that really caught my eye. Now I had a way of getting a copy of one of my books into someone’s hands right on Christmas, their birthday, you name it.
Now some of you may have known about all this, but for those who didn’t you now have more options when it comes to shopping for gifts. I personally love the idea of having a book to place in someone’s ‘Cyber Stocking’.
So for anyone who didn’t know about this option, now you do. And the best part is you can do that kind of shopping right now. The e-book will not arrive before the date you set.
Of course, being an author I’m going to shamelessly promote my books by providing links below where all my books are listed and you can choose whichever one(s) you’d like to gift to the readers in your life.
Just in time for the Christmas season, a good old fashion ghost story is the theme of the second installment of the Forever Detective Series.
The year is 1947 and private investigator Rafael Jones has already learned the hard way that the supernatural is all too real. Having been turned into a vampire, he’s trying to continue his work as a detective, while attempting to adapt to and understand his condition.
Now he has a new case to deal with. A friend has asked him to prove a mansion he’s inherited is NOT haunted. Unfortunately, it is… and the ghost needs Rafael for help and justice.
Can our hero find answers and evidence a 20 year old cold case no one knew about? Can he find the Prohibition gangster who murdered the young flapper? These things are harder than you’d expect them to be with a view of the murder on replay. As Rafael finds out, the secrets of the supernatural are not known only to the good guys, and gangsters with access to magic are all the more dangerous.
Find out in “Forever Haunted” available NOW in Trade Paperback and Kindle:
And more is coming soon. Keep an eye out for the 2nd installment of the Forever Detective Series as Rafael takes on another case which will give him his first supernatural client where he tries to unravel a cold case from twenty years ago in…
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