It’s been many months since I’ve written, and I hope you all are doing well during this time. I’d like to tell you about my fourth book, Back of the Yard, publishing on June 3. The story begins during the Great Depression and ends in the late 1950s. The main character is a young woman who faces huge challenges in life, as many folks did during those times.
If you’ve read the previous Jack Bailey books, you will recognize some familiar names, but otherwise it’s a brand-new story.
The story gives voice to those struggling with emotional pain and shows how families can heal with love, courage, and promise. It tells of a neighborhood reflecting America’s cultural changes and how one’s childhood is forever present.
I’ll be writing again in a couple weeks to offer you a free sample of the book.
Meanwhile, please take care.
Best thoughts to you,
Set in the south Chicago neighborhood of Sinclair’s The Jungle, Betty O’Leary grows up during the Depression, struggling to scrape by in this harsh, foul-smelling, yet compassionate area. The youngest in her Irish Catholic family, Betty is overshadowed by her pretty older sister, and when tragedy threatens to shatter her world, Betty is sent away to stay
As grief and loss take its toll on family members, Betty eventually meets Phil, who offers hope for long-awaited happiness. But secrets begin to unravel, and depression gradually descends on Betty. Is a family history of asylums and madness the cause? And unlike her disturbed mother, will she ever find peace and fulfillment?
Greetings to all of you,
Once again, I hope you have been keeping safe and healthy in these uncertain times.
I'm happy to offer you a $.99 deal for A Letter from Munich on Kindle. This will run from today, June 11, through Saturday, June 13.
My thanks to all of you who have read the book already and posted a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Reviews mean so much, and I truly appreciate your time.
My next book will feature Jack Bailey's Aunt Betty as she grows up during the Depression era in south Chicago. It's taking more time than I'd like, but it's a worthwhile project.
I hope you enjoy your summer reading, and please stay safe.
My best to you,
“A Letter from Munich is touching, frightening, and revealing...”
“...thoroughly engrossing as Jack Bailey searches for meaning by way of memories...against the backdrop of the Third Reich and war from the perspective of ordinary German citizens like Ariana...”
—Midwest Book Review
“There are family skeletons and secrets. It is a powerful novel.”
—Amazon Reader Review
Greetings to each of you.
I hope you’re faring well under the current circumstances, and if you’re struggling, may things improve soon.
My bright spot is the release of my third book, A Letter from Munich. It’s special on a personal level because it honors some of my mother’s relatives who live in Germany, and several of them inspired characters in the book.
I hope you enjoy the book, and I would love a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. You can just copy/paste one review into each site.
Happy reading to you, and please stay safe and healthy.
“I read this book as a stand alone but am very interested in what will come next for Jack after his decisive moves during this book.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed this read. There was non-stop action and twists and turns aplenty.”
Greetings to everyone,
Once again, on St. Patrick’s Day, proud Irishman Jack Bailey is offering Blind Eye for free now through March 19. Just click for your free book on Kindle.
I’m also excited about my third Jack Bailey book, A Letter from Munich, releasing on April 9. Discover how Jack finds himself in Munich searching for a woman who wrote a wartime love letter to his soldier father in WWII. You can preorder your copy now, either on Kindle or print.
I hope you’re all well, and I’ll remind you again next month to be on the lookout for A Letter from Munich.
Meanwhile, take care, and happy reading!
“Lelvis has done it again: captured our attention and
“Liked all the characters. I think that's the mark of a
Greetings to everyone,
I hope you’re all well, and maybe the leaves are turning color wherever you are.
I'd like to tell you about our four-day special double promotion for my first two books. Today through Sunday, Bailey’s Law is free on Kindle, and Blind Eye is only $0.99.
If you haven’t met Jack Bailey yet, you’re sure to root for this hard-nosed detective, who is extra busy solving crimes both in Richmond, Texas and Chicago. Both can be read as stand-alone books, but check out the series while you have the chance!
Also, I’m happy to report that my third book, A Letter from Munich, is still set to release April 2020. Although historical fiction is a new genre for me, Jack is still a featured character. How does he end up in Munich as an ex-cop? Time will tell.
Here in Houston, we’re enjoying slightly cooler weather, which we always welcome.
Do take care and stay ingood health!
My best to you, and happy reading!
“This is the first time I’ve met Jack and I want to read more about him—complex and real without being cliche. Hard to do in this genre. Lelvis outdoes herself in this
fast-paced, gripping, page-turner of a novel.
You need to check this one out!”
“...detective drama featuring Jack Bailey, a grizzled Chicago (formerly Houston) detective with more than a few personal demons. Lelvis’ prose is wonderful, and her ability to capture Bailey’s male voice and
point-of-view, once again, impresses.”
Greetings to everyone,
I hope you’re all doing well during these warm June days.
For your summer reading, Blind Eye will be only $.99 on Kindle from today, Friday, June 28, through Sunday, June 30. It's a perfect weekend mystery to take to the beach, the lake, or just to read indoors.
I’m continuing to work on my third book featuring Jack Bailey. It’s basically finished, but I’ve been reworking some parts here and there. You may remember that the book begins in Munich as Jack and Sherk try and locate a missing woman. More on that later.
My best to you, and if you're in Texas like I am, try and stay cool!
“There were so many subtle clues that kept the reader pointed this way and that as you follow Jack and Sherk on the case. I thought the ending was a great payoff and a good surprise; I had not quite guessed.”
“Kept my interest throughout the book, characters were easy to like...ending was sudden, but thought-provoking.
A great read.”
“As in the first installment of the Bailey series, the past is always looming in this tale. The police detective’s PTSD both colors his interpretation of events and is affected
I hope everyone is having an enjoyable spring, although some of my relatives in the north experienced a recent snowfall! (My sister near Duluth was not happy.)
My third book, A Letter From Munich, has been in the final stages of the editing process, and is now finished.
The story features Jack Bailey as the male protagonist, but he is no longer a detective. He and his former partner and good friend, Sherk, find themselves in Munich hoping to unravel a family secret which came to light in...you guessed it...a long-lost letter.
I hope you'll enjoy this historical fiction, which shows a vibrant, modern Munich in contrast with life in nearby Dachau village during the Third Reich.
I'll say no more for now. I plan to include the first few pages in my summer newsletter.
My best wishes to all of you, and happy reading.
Book Club Ladies at Lunch
Greetings to everyone,
I hope this has been a good month for you. I'd like to tell you about a special price for Blind Eye (eBook version). It's only $0.99 from today, February 21 through Sunday, February 23.
If you haven't met Jack Bailey and his partner, Sherk, I think you'll enjoy their opposite natures and how they interact with “annoying respect.”
A few of you asked about a third Jack Bailey book, which I am working hard to draft by this spring. The story still features Jack, but in a different genre, regular fiction. The novel begins with Jack and Sherk in Munich trying to uncover a family secret. There is also a historical fiction aspect from a backstory set in 1930s and ’40s Germany.
I plan to have the first chapter or two ready to show you in the coming months.
Meanwhile, my best to you, and happy reading.
“The author does a very good job with this book. She manages to handle the whole scandal with the Church sensitively and fairly. I like the way she portrays Jack’s large Irish family as both loving and infuriating. This book is well-written and plotted...It reads quickly and almost seamlessly”
“This is the first time I've met Jack and I want to read more about him: complex and real without being cliche. Hard to do in this genre. Lelvis outdoes herself in this fact-paced, gripping, page-turner of a novel. You need to check this one out!”
Greetings to you all,
I’d like to wish all of you the very best for the holiday season and coming new year.
I'm hoping to complete my third Jack Bailey novel next year, but it is taking longer than I’d hoped.
If there’s someone on your gift list who likes mysteries, both Bailey’s Law and Blind Eye are available at a reduced price right now (print book format). Also, the audio version is available along with the Kindle versions.
Once again, I hope you have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday, and may 2019 be better than ever.
“Liked all the characters. I think that’s the mark of a good writer. I hope there’s more in this series.”
—E. Winslow, Amazon Review
“A fantastic read that draws you into Jack’s world and provides an urgency to find out what will happen next...I very much enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to anyone who loves murder mysteries and thrillers.”
Greetings to you all,
I hope you’re enjoying autumn weather wherever you are. In Houston, fall may finally be here, with cool, crisp mornings and lower humidity. Butternut squash soup time...yum! However, in other parts of the country, it may be full-on winter. Two weeks ago in Duluth, my sister awoke to a snow-covered yard. At least it looked pretty.
I’d like to tell you about a free offer for the
Blind Eye eBook. It runs for three days—today through Sunday, October 28. This is the perfect time of year to relax and read a good mystery!
Also, Blind Eye is now available on audiobook. You may take advantage of the free trial now. It ends around November 8. Hear a sample of the narrator reading in Jack’s voice by clicking right below the cover image after you click on the link.
My best wishes for your health and well-being in the coming weeks.