Friday, July 11, 2014

New Release -- Family is Murder


I'm excited to announce the release of Family is Murder, the 5th episode in the McKinley Mysteries.

Here's the overview:

The search for a maid results in a mess.
When a woman shows up and claims to be Sara’s birth mother, it pits Sara and Sean against each other. Sara opens her heart and wants to believe the woman, but Sean is suspicious of her true identity and motive. After all, there are billions at stake. But when the woman goes missing and a dead body turns up, they both start to question the truth.
Led by Sara’s intuition, they pursue all possible leads and soon realize they may have welcomed a killer into their home.

You can download it in print, or in eBook from the following retailers:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

New Release: Distorted Loyalty by @StacySEaton


Emergency room Doctor Rachel Wilde and Detective Grant Murphy meet by chance and it takes only one glance and a simple gentle touch to ignite their senses. 

When Grant’s wife is in a tragic accident, Rachel goes above and beyond the call of duty to save her life. It is the moment she faces Grant again that their lives begin to spin out of control and they realize the lives of their loved ones were deeply intertwined. 

The distorted loyalties of the ones they lost will drive a wedge between them and it will take another death, a last will and a look beyond the grave to find the path they must follow.

Buy on Amazon

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New Release: Politics is Murder


There has been a leak and Politics is Murder was released ahead of schedule. You can now download the full story from your favorite eRetailer for only $1.99! 

Politics is Murder is the fourth installment in the McKinley Mysteries! The novellas in this series makes for the perfect summer read and are also available in paperback. 

Here's the overview:

For Sean and Sara, a local television interview turns into a high-profile investigation. The host's niece has gone missing, but the girl isn't just anyone, she's the daughter of Albany's mayor.

Not knowing whether she's run away, been kidnapped—or worse—murdered, Sean and Sara set out to get the answers. It will have them using all the resources at their disposal. 

Here are the links where you can find Politics is Murder:

Amazon US - http://ow.ly/xBUiO 
Amazon UK - http://ow.ly/xBUU0 
Barnes & Noble - http://ow.ly/xBUoI 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New Release Spotlight: Money is Murder

You can download Money is Murder, the 3rd installment in this series, from your preferred retailer for only $1.99! The novella is available from Amazon, Barnes & NobleiTunes, and Kobo

Here's the overview for Money is Murder:

Old Man Quinn left Sean more than his billions—he left him a murder to solve. 

Inside the chest given to him from the executor of Quinn's Will, Sean finds a key and implicit instructions that the contents are for his eyes only. After Sean discovers where the key fits, he finds another letter—Quinn wants a closed case reopened, and Sean is shocked to learn who the victim was. 

As Sean and his wife, Sara, uncover clues, it leads them from the back rooms of Quinn's corporation to the streets of New York City, but they will stop at nothing to get to the truth. 

Note: The McKinley Mystery Series ventures outside of the typical crime genre, lending itself to the cozy variety with no foul language or graphic violence. The series combines romance, mystery, humor, and adventure for a light-hearted, easy read. 

Excerpt from Money is Murder:

He found Sara sitting at the kitchen table, playing with the clasp on the chest he had been given from the executor of Quinn’s Will. Between their quick wedding and then honeymoon in Cancun, he had all but forgotten about its existence.

“What’s in here anyway?” she asked.

“Good question.” He slipped into the chair beside her, took the key from the table and twisted it in the lock. “Guess we’ll find out.”

“Oh, this is exciting.” Sara maneuvered herself, curling her legs beneath her to provide more of a vantage point.

Sean pulled the chest closer and peered inside. “Doesn’t look like anything much.” He took out a sealed envelope marked For Sean McKinley’s eyes only.

“Interesting.” He flipped it over, hesitating to open it until he felt the object inside. “It feels like another key.”

“Open it. I’m dying here.” Sara was smiling and perched on the edge of her chair.

Sean ran his finger under the seal and pulled out a tri-folded letter. Inside of it was a skeleton key. The handwritten note read:
For when you are ready, Douglas Quinn.

Sara grabbed the key from Sean’s hand. Her eyes were large, the flecks of green and gold, electric. 

“We have to find out where this goes. Is that all the note said? There’s nothing else in the chest?”

Sean stared at the base of it, wishing it to produce something more, possibly a clue as to where this key went. “Nothing. Why would he leave me a key without telling me what it was for?”

Sara kept it in one hand, and lifted her coffee for a sip. “He didn’t want anyone to stumble across it. He knew you could figure it out.”

“From looking at it, I’d say it possibly fits an antique desk, or a door in an old home.”

“We’ve got to go to his house, Sean. It’s got to be there.”

“Brilliant idea.”

“This has to lead to something great. He put it in a locked chest, for your eyes only, and then left it up to you to solve the puzzle.”

“I’d like to say my sleuthing skills were rusty—”

Sara smiled. “Doubt that, and you can’t. Cancun kept both of us sharp.”

“Let’s go, darling. No time like the present.”

She drained the rest of her coffee and got up. “Shower with me first?”

“You don’t ever have to phrase that one as a question.” Sean pulled her to him.

Want to read more? You can download from AmazonBarnes & NobleiTunes, and Kobo

Friday, April 18, 2014

Spotlight on Game of Fire by @jimhbs

Jonathon Stone battles his love for gambling and drinking and the ladies to help solve the mystery of the Game of Fire.

An explosion and fire rocks a Southern California mall and it is quickly determined it is arson. The timing of the incident is special because it interrupts the Tet New Year’s Festival and Parade in Little Saigon, an area just east of Long Beach.

Had the old wounds of Vietnam been opened again or was there a different game being played?

Enter veteran CIA Agent Jonathon Stone. Already in pursuit of the gun-running Minh family, he connects with a special FBI task force to assist in the investigation of the explosion and Minh quickly becomes their number one suspect.

Stone teams up with FBI Agent Jodi Shannon to pursue the people behind the arson fire. Jodi is a serious, no nonsense agent who leads the FBI Arson Task Force. While she fights to solve the mystery, she also fights Stone’s advances. As always, he tries to mix business with pleasure.


As the game takes its twists and turns, Stone’s assignment leads to a shootout in Las Vegas and a car chase down the coast of Southern California.

Game Of Fire is the third book in the Jonathon Stone Mystery Series.

Buy now on Amazon

Excerpt of Game of Fire: Chapter 1

The salty ocean air filled my nose as I jogged along the running path. It was a typical Sunday winter morning in the Long Beach area. The marine layer would last until noon or so and then break apart.

This was my morning routine now that my CIA assignment had changed to an on-call asset. Chasing terrorism had been my job for a while now. From day-to-day I never knew where in the world I was going to wind up.

I could see my most favorite coffee shop in the world, Essie’s, several hundred yards down the pathway to the green belt that separated the Pacific Ocean from an area called Belmont Shore. I had lived in the area for a couple of years now and since I could catch an op anywhere in the world, it was a good base location for me. The ocean, the mild weather and a gambling casino just five minutes away was my way of living.

I grabbed a newspaper at the door and headed to my usual table in the corner. A crowd of locals were intently watching TV and talking politics. It was funny. No matter where I went in the world, this scene was repeated. The scuttlebutt could become very heated at times.

Roxie, the morning waitress at Essie’s Coffee Shop, headed toward me with a steaming pot of coffee.

“Hi, Rox. I’ll have a bagel with cream cheese.”

Everybody called her Rox. I could never understand how you could shorten someone’s name when it was already short. Now I could understand people cutting my name from Jonathon to Jon.

She poured my coffee with a quick flick of the wrist. She was good at what she did.

“Coming right up. Toasted lightly, right?”

“You got it. How are the Lakers doing?” I asked, knowing they were leading the league.
Roxie’s answer always depended on the night before. If the Lakers won she was all smiles. If they lost, look out.

“Those bums lost in overtime. They should play that one tall rookie more.”

I started reading the front page. A large picture of a fire jumped out at me. Now I know why the television was turned loud this morning. I turned my attention to the TV in the front of the room. I watched the fire scene as the firemen sprayed the structure with large hoses. That looked bad.

I stood and walked closer to the TV. I knew the area of the fire. I recognized it from the large mall sign in the parking lot in front of the complex. We had closed a surveillance op there just five months ago.

I returned to my table and started reading the paper.

2/18/2007, Orange County Daily News
FIRE MARS TET FESTIVAL IN GARDEN GROVE

Last night at around ten o’clock, a fire broke out in the Le Hi Shopping Mall on Bolsa Ave. in Garden Grove and quickly went out of control, completely destroying the complex. Hours earlier the street in front of the Mall was filled with party-goers celebrating the Annual Tet Festival Parade. There were thousands of people along the parade route in the Little Saigon area during the day….

I got up and moved closer to the TV again. A fire chief was giving a briefing.

“Good morning. I am Eddie Lam, Garden Grove Fire Chief. I am here to report on the fire last night at the Le Hi Shopping Mall. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. It appears that something exploded or caught on fire which immediately hit the gas line and spread rapidly through the complex. Multiple fire departments responded, but there was little they could do, but contain the fire from spreading to surrounding structures and neighborhoods. We were lucky that the crowd from the parade had dispersed already.”

“Was anyone hurt?” one of the reporters asked.

Fire Chief Lam continued, “There was one casualty reported. The victim was a male, but at this time he has not been identified.”

“How many fire departments responded?” another reporter asked.

“Fire and police units from Garden Grove, Westminster, Huntington Beach and Long Beach responded to the three alarm fire. One final note. It is expected that the area will be cleared for tonight’s Chinese New Year parade. The Westminster Parade is scheduled to start at 6 PM today. I need to go. We will try to keep you updated as much as we can.”

The fire chief turned and disappeared into the crowd.

There was a video store in the mall that the Agency had been watching for over a year. Our group had been waiting for an international terrorist named Tay Minh to show up. We had shut down the surveillance when chatter had placed him living and operating in Hong Kong.

About the same time our CIA undercover operation in downtown Long Beach had been compromised and the staff was scattered to the wind. I had stayed in the area and become an at-large asset.

Since then I had caught a couple overnighters as we call them. It had been about six months since my last full assignment. That was okay with me, but I did miss the action. At least I got to do some gambling and continue my drinking and running around with my on-again, off-again girlfriend, Jill. She was a cocktail waitress at the Ocean Queen Casino which seemed to make things more complicated at times. She still bought my cover as a freelance writer, but she didn’t understand why I was always carrying a gun.
Several years ago, I was moved from Europe to the Long Beach area to a new CIA secret division called Domestic Operations-Terrorism. It was simply called DOT. It was created to handle terrorist threats inside the US that originated outside our borders.  

About James Moushon

Born in Illinois, James Moushon is a published writer in the electronic document field. Moushon is a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, IL.

He is the author of the Jonathon Stone Mystery Novels. He has published the 'Black Mountain Secrets' and recently released 'Game of Fire'.

Starting over 15 years ago, he helped lead the startup of the electronic forms industry in the creation, conversion and usage of electronic forms by supplying that industry with a continuing source of published literature, software products and training seminars.

In 2003, Moushon changed his focus to ebooks and their development.

He is currently wearing Three Hats. He is a mystery author, book industry blogger and a computer consultant. You can find his blogging at: HBS Author's Spotlight, the HBS Mystery Reader's Circle and the eBook Author's Corner.

He has spent the majority of his adult life developing computer systems and thinking about writing.

His website is: www.jamesmoushon.com

To contact him e-mail: james.moushon@gmail.com

Visit his blogs, as follows:
eBook Author's Corner blog: http://hbspublications.blogspot.com/
 HBS Mystery Reader's Circle: http://hbsreaderscircle.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Release: Vacation is Murder #mystery #romance

If you love your mystery with romance, you won't want to miss my new series--McKinley Mysteries. With the exception of the introductory short story, each installment is novella length, designed with the busy reader in mind. Today sees the official release date of VACATION IS MURDER, the 2nd installment.

If you haven't meet Sean and Sara yet, you might also want to pick up a copy of THE DAY JOB IS MURDER, for only 99 cents. 
Here’s the overview for VACATION IS MURDER (available now!):
There's only so much relaxation two former detectives can handle—even if they're on their honeymoon. With their recent fall into money, Sean and Sara McKinley should be living it up, enjoying the sun and beaches of Cancun. But heading into their third week they've had just about enough lying around.
When the husband of a couple they've befriended is kidnapped and held for ransom, it has the McKinleys putting their experience to use. As they set out in the unfamiliar landscape of paradise, the investigation will have them risking their lives to stop a killer.

VACATION IS MURDER is available for your e-Reader whether you buy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, or Kobo. It’s also available in print if you prefer to hold a real book in your hands.


P.S. Below are the links for where you'll find VACATION IS MURDER:



Amazon US - http://ow.ly/vPIiX 
Amazon UK - http://ow.ly/vPIm5 
Print - http://ow.ly/vPIkd 
Apple - http://ow.ly/vPIfc 
Barnes & Noble - http://ow.ly/vPHGg





Monday, April 7, 2014

Interview with USA Today Bestselling Author @Rebecca_Forster

Often, books hit the USA Today and New York Times Best-selling lists have been out for a number of years. Was that case in your experience? No, Keeping Counsel hit the USA Today bestseller list within the first month of its release.

Social media has a very important role in marketing these days, but how did you extend your reach beyond that, or did you? I have a different 'list' story. My recent work has consistently been on the Amazon bestseller lists (legal thrillers, political thrillers, suspense, thrillers) for almost three years now, but my USA Today bestseller happened in 'the old' days. I was writing for Kensington Books and Sarah Galen was my editor.

If you could provide 5 integral steps that you took to reach best-seller status, what were they and can you elaborate on each step? I can't tell you five steps that got me to this list but I can tell you two: craft and marketing. I remember this book so well because my editor pushed me to write an ever better, ever more intense manuscript. She didn't just inspire me; she had the whip out. At the time, I am not sure I understood the full importance of her involvement. It would have been easy for her to say the second draft was good and pass it along. Instead, she kept at me until she knew it would be right. I should have asked 'right for what?' I didn't and no one was more surprised at the next step than I was. She created a marketing plan.

Remember, there was no social media back then so Sarah advertised Keeping Counsel in newspapers.  The book was also promoted to buyers. She sent me on a trip to meet distributors. It was featured prominently (and beautifully) in the catalogue. And then Sarah took the final, absolutely amazing step that propelled this book to bestseller status: she got creative with the cover and the distribution.

I walked into my local bookstore on release date and asked if they had Keeping Counsel. The salesperson pointed to the wall next to the register and there was my book: covering the entire wall, floor to ceiling! Not only that, but the cover had been produced in two different colors - light green and dark green. The gold embossing sparkled from a hundred books on that wall. It took my breath away.

I knew this was big. The well thought out marketing strategy and the insistence on creating a book that was equal to the exquisite graphics were testaments to what can happen when an editor has faith and an author is willing to go the extra mile for her.

Of the 5 steps listed above, if an author would apply even one which would you place the greatest value on? Craft. Above all I would advise every author to push themselves to improve with each book they write. I've written 28 books now and I learn something new with each one.

Last, but not least, I am a firm believer in the law of attraction. Did this play a role in your journey and if so, please tell us more about it.

I firmly believe that people come into your life for a reason. Not everyone is a person of importance in the grand scheme of things. Some simply pass a word as you wait in line or give you a smile on the street. These small courtesies can change a moment, even a day. Then there are the other people who enter your life with purpose and change it without you realizing it.

My husband is one of those people. We were the "When Harry met Sally" couple. A little oil and water, a little firecracker meets slow smolder. Yet, we married and have been joined at the hip for 37 years. For the first fourteen of those years, I was an advertising executive. My wardrobe consisted of sincere suits and brief cases; I traveled more than I was home. I started writing on a dare. I laughed in disbelief when my first book was published. My husband took me out to dinner to celebrate but he wasn't laughing, he was beaming. Somewhere along the way writing became my calling. I went from corporate to creative and received no resistance from him. I agonized over the difficulty of getting my work noticed. I worried about money since I had quit my career in the hopes of making a living writing. I promoted and wrote and cried and wondered what in the heck I was doing. I was not, after all, a writer. I just had some good luck with publishing my early books.

Then Keeping Counsel hit the USA Today bestseller list. I wanted to hear my husband say, "I can't believe it"; instead, he said, "no surprise".  I realized in that moment while I had changed as I pursued that elusive acceptance as an author, he had not. He constancy allowed me to take baby steps and then flight, his surety in my abilities made it possible for me to continue to push for - if not excellence - solid growth with each book. In his wisdom, he realized all the self-examination and tears were just expressions of someone feeling their way through unknown territory. And, in his kindness, when I that book hit a bestseller list, his pleasure at my success was selfless.

While we spoke of all the serendipitous things that came together to make Keeping Counsel a bestseller - a wonderful editor, booksellers who plucked it off the wall to give to customers, reviewers who gave it solid ratings, and readers who gave my work a shot - I realized what had really changed my life was not a list or the publication of a book but my husband's unwavering willingness to walk a road that was not one of his own choosing.

I wish every author the success of a bestselling book, but what I truly hope is that they will find that one person who believes in what they are doing. That's all any creative person needs to grow and succeed. That is what is life changing.

About Rebecca Forster by Rebecca...

I marketed a world-class spa when it was still called a gym and did business in China before there were western toilettes at the Great Wall. Then I wrote a book on a crazy dare and found my passion.

Now, I am a USA Today and Amazon best selling author with more than 26 books to my name - and if you ask me where all those words came from I'd be hard pressed to tell you. All I know is that I wake up with a story in my head and go to bed the same way.

website: rebeccaforster.com
Twitter:  @Rebecca_Forster
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