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.
After a scorching summer in Texas, I'm happy fall is here. I've been busy writing the third Jack Bailey novel, which finds him in Germany pursuing a family mystery. I won't say anything more at this time; too early!
In the meantime, Blind Eye and Bailey's Law are available for you. Meet Jack if you haven't already.
Have a good month, and happy reading.
Greetings to you all,
I hope you're enjoying a good summer with pleasant weather. Those of us in Texas are coping as best we can with the high temperatures.
Good news! The price for Blind Eye eBooks has dropped to only $3.99 on Kindle. Be sure to discover how Jack Bailey seeks justice for the most vulnerable.
Earlier in June Gary and I were in Chicago for the annual Printer's Row Literary Festival, where I signed copies of Blind Eye at the Black Rose Writing table. It was fun meeting people who were familiar with Bridgeport, a part of Chicago where the novel takes place.
We stayed on a few days to revisit museums and other sites, not to mention indulging in deep dish pizza and the biggest Bavarian pretzel I've ever seen.
I wish all of you the best in the coming weeks, and happy reading!
It's been an exciting couple of months with the release of Blind Eye and all the activities that go along with it.
Shortly after the eBook version came out, I hosted a launch/signing party at Murder By The Book bookstore in Houston. Luckily, the date fell on Indie Bookstore Day, which is celebrated nation-wide.
We had a good showing, including several long-time friends, so it was a special evening getting caught up and signing books over a glass of wine. The event was my first real bookstore engagement, so it was a fun learning experience.
Then the following week, Blind Eye won runner-up in Best Mystery/Detective Maxy Awards, which was wonderful.
To celebrate, and just in time for summer reading, Blind Eye (eBook version) is only $0.99 Thursday, May 17 through Sunday, May 20.
Now it’s time to get back to work on my third Jack Bailey book, and in the meantime, I hope everyone enjoys meeting Jack back in Chicago in Blind Eye!
“A great weekend read—perfect to take to the beach
or on the plane to your vacation destination.”
The ultimate betrayal. What would you do?
I’m happy to say I've finished the draft of my next Jack Bailey novel, slated for release this spring. I signed once again with Bailey’s Law publisher, Black Rose Writing, for a target release date of next April.
Jack is back with a new case to solve. There is a serial killer on the loose in Chicago,
and this sinister suspect always leaves the calling card of a Bible verse with the bodies.
Jack and his partner, Sherk, soon figure out a motive, but who could it be?
In Jack’s opinion, sometimes justice needs a nudge in the arm.
You may have read several excerpts of the book in my previous newsletters. If you're not receiving my newsletter, just drop me a note. I promise it won’t clutter up your mailbox. It’s only sent every other month!
As always, I welcome any other comments you may have. Hope to hear from you!
Best to you,
Blind Eye is coming, have you read Bailey's Law?
Just in time for your summer reading, find out how Detective Jack Bailey deals with his own PTSD while trying to solve a murder of revenge or perhaps justice.
Sign up now for a free, signed copy of Bailey's Law in this giveaway sponsored by Black Rose Writing author, Greg Hickey.
The contest features 11 books and runs until June 5. Good luck, and enjoy your summer.
It seems like everyone is in a book club of some kind—online or meeting with other readers in homes and other venues.
A while ago, I wanted to join a book club, but didn’t know of any, so I asked my good friend to help me organize a group. As a former English teacher, I taught with friends who love to read, so we corralled them to come on board. I also invited several neighbors and ladies from my small daytime choir.
A local indie bookstore offers a discount for book club members, so we needed an official name for their files. Thus, we are known as Books, Brunch, and Beyond. (Apologies to that store, Bed…well, you know). We meet the last Friday of the month in the morning and take turns hosting the group. The hostess provides coffee and cake or whatever treat we choose. After coffee, we discuss the selected book, and around noon head out for lunch at a restaurant in the hostess’s area.
Our members have come and gone over the years; currently there are nine active ladies and five are charter members. Needless to say, our club evolved into more than just a book group. We’ve become friends—sharing life’s peaks and valleys. Several have lost husbands and battled illnesses. We share travels, kids, grandkids, and more, all while having fulfilling social time.
We’ve been active for 12 years since our first meeting at my house in January of 2005. We select from a variety of books and genres: fiction, nonfiction, and classic, books with positive reviews and articles from various sources.
We’ve been introduced to books we never would’ve read on our own. Have all our books been a success? No! There have been some duds, but most have been worthwhile, enjoyable, and oftentimes educational.
I must add, these ladies have been so supportive in my writing process—from my first my dabbling in writing groups to the day my first novel, Bailey’s Law was published. It's great to have cheerleaders! Great books and better friends...Can you tell how blessed I am?
If you’d enjoy a book club, I say, start one. If I can, anyone can!
PS. If anyone is interested in our book selections, please message me on my Contact page.
My dad’s pithy sayings, jokes, puns, etc. were by and large, cringe-worthy. I’m sure this little ditty is familiar to those of us growing up in a certain era (I won’t get specific).
You’re a poet
You didn’t know it
But your feet show it
I know, I know.
A few years ago I took a break from writing short stories and beginnings of novels to writing poetry. My poems are all free verse; no rhyme, rhythm, but a few poetic devices thrown in here and there. In other words, no Emily Dickinson.
I decided to write and compile a book of poems; user-friendly poems that people could understand without a PhD in English literature and poetry. A local graphics company printed the books, and I used them as gifts for family and friends.
The Car Ride was written to honor our dog, Ian, a beautiful Sheltie who passed away about eight years ago. I know many of you can relate to these words.
The Car Ride
Days creep by, denial
No longer an option.
The dreaded car ride
A sorrowful ride indeed.
Silence fills the car
Words lie buried, not needed.
People driving here and there
Unaffected by our grief,
Thank you my friend for never-
Ending devotion. In seasons of
Darkness we were a team --
Two against the world.
My thoughts float across the sea to
Your land of origin — I see
You bounding o’er the Highland fields,
Past grazing sheep in the meadow
You frolic over heather-dotted hillsides,
Ever young, ever joyful as I stroke
Your tan and sable coat of silk, and
Whisper, ‘fare thee well my bonnie prince,
so soft shall ye sleep.’