FREE Mystery Novel Download, Anyone? 21st-25th of July

Afternoon my loves! Happy Thursday!

Just a short note to say one of my unsolved mystery novels, Till Death Do Us Part, is free from the 21st-25th of July. Please do leave a review or rating, if you download a copy from Amazon and give it a read.

I do hope where you are in the world you and your family are well. Summer is in full swing here in Europe for me, and I am loving it. The only not so great thing is the wildfires that have been happening due to the extreme heat, not something we see a lot of in this neck of the woods.

Me myself, I have taken what feels like a long and well needed pause, and gathered my thoughts and feelings. A lot has happened in 2021-2022. January, I went back to writing #4 of my unsolved mysteries, I got to around 45,000 words last week and decided to switch gears. Sometimes as a writer you have wonderful ideas, but when you write them it just does not feel like ‘this is the one’ to pen at that time. I reflected, it took me six months to knock out just 45,000 words that’s long, and slow for me! So, I knew in my heart I was forcing applying my time, focus, and passion in the wrong direction.

Between last Wednesday and today I conjured up five short story ideas in the crime, thriller, and mystery genre. Two I have finished writing and submitted for publishing and a few short story competitions, (don’t make that face), that’s really how it is sometimes.  You either have an abundance of words, or it trickles through like thick honey. The latter is not the best place to be in for most writers. I am much more motivated, focused, and have an abundance of words and stories to make people think, apply their own detective skills, and in some stories see a crime solved from a very unusual angle in the first story I wrote I called, In Another Life.

I hope to be in contact soon and be able to share something with you from the projects, until then you can dive into Till Death Do Us Part.  (Please do leave a review or rating if you read it.)

Have a wonderful end to your week

Click the cover for your free book or you can grab it here : https://bit.ly/UnsolvedMystery3

A convicted murderer confessed to the kidnapping of a depressed housewife, Mariya Crosby, twenty years ago. But in the present day, the evidence clears him of the crime. Detective Dominic Ruiz is under pressure to close in on the truth and fast. The problem, Ruiz has one confession, one witness, and one devoted husband with a different version of events that lead up to Mariya Crosby’s disappearance twenty years ago in Florida. The more Detective Ruiz follows up on the leads, the more things don’t add up. He has one of the biggest mysteries of his career to solve. A single question has lingered unanswered for twenty years, what really happened to Mariya Crosby the day she never made it home from work?

‘Sacrifices’ Just 99 Cents 15th -19th of October

Yep! 99 cents for this week only on Amazon, you can grab a copy of Sacrifices. Please leave a review!

Sacrifices is a riveting romantic story with historical and suspenseful elements set in the 1960s jazz scene and the present day.

Jane O’Sullivan, a sultry twenty-seven-year-old singer, starts a torrid, forbidden affair during the 1960s jazz scene in London. Working hard, she makes a name for herself. She’s a woman with dreams, hopes, and a burning desire to leave Europe behind and travel to New Orleans with her lover, Louis.

Louis Simpson, a charming twenty-nine-year-old musician from Jackson, Mississippi, is on tour with his band in London. Back home, the height of the civil rights movement plays out in the USA. Driven by ambition, a forbidden love, and a desire to turn his life around, he pushes forward, living his dream.

Once their paths cross, a twist of fate crushes Jane’s world, forcing her to make a life-changing decision that impacts both her and Louis. This historical love story spans across the Atlantic and roams through Europe with love, loss, and broken promises.

Twenty-five years later, when Jane and Louis’ paths cross on a Greek Island, will the helping hand of fate bring them together, or rip them apart, once more?

Grab your copy here on Amazon before the 19th of October: https://bit.ly/SacrificesHistoricalRomanticSuspense

New Release: The Barrister and the Letter of Marque @ToddMJohnson @Bethany_house @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours

#AD

As a barrister in 1818 London, William Snopes has witnessed firsthand the danger of only the wealthy having their voices heard, and he’s a strong advocate who defends the poorer classes against the powerful. That changes the day a struggling heiress, Lady Madeleine Jameson, arrives at his door.

In a last-ditch effort to save her faltering estate, Lady Jameson invested in a merchant brig, the Padget. The ship was granted a rare privilege by the king’s regent: a Letter of Marque authorizing the captain to seize the cargo of French traders operating illegally in the Indian Sea. Yet when the Padget returns to London, her crew is met by soldiers ready to take possession of their goods and arrest the captain for piracy. And the Letter–the sole proof his actions were legal–has mysteriously vanished.

Moved by the lady’s distress, intrigued by the Letter, and goaded by an opposing solicitor, Snopes takes the case. But as he delves deeper into the mystery, he learns that the forces arrayed against Lady Jameson, and now himself, are even more perilous than he’d imagined.

The Barrister and the Letter of Marque combines the intrigue of John Grisham, the vibrant world of Charles Dickens, and a mystery worthy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. . . . This richly historical and lively paced story has all the makings of a modern classic.”–JOCELYN GREEN, Christy Award-winning author of Shadows of the White City

“At once atmospheric and gripping, Johnson’s latest is a luminous and refreshing new offering in inspirational historical fiction.”–RACHEL MCMILLAN, author of The London Restoration and The Mozart Code

“A fascinating glimpse into a Regency London readers seldom see.”–ROSEANNA M. WHITE, bestselling author of Edwardian fiction

Author Bio
Todd M. Johnson has practised as an attorney for over 30 years, specializing as a trial lawyer. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two years as an adjunct professor of International Law and served as a US diplomat in Hong Kong. He lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and daughter. Visit his website at www.authortoddjohnson.com

Buy Links

Book Review: Child in a Time of Tribulation- 3 stars!

A free download I received thanks to Bookbub.

⭐⭐⭐
#100bookschallenge book #30
From the blurb, this short story comes across as an actual ‘crime or mystery’ story, not just a backstory, instead it’s a backstory on why a Detective does not want to return to a city to work on a case. This is where this short story fell short for me, it felt incomplete with just backstory, there’s no mystery to solve that readers see or experience. I felt misled by the blurb. However, the historical backstory was interesting as I happen to love historical fiction especially stories I’ve read in this part of the world, set during the Nigerian war.
Overall, this was an okay read, based on what it was. But I would have loved a more rounded story or to at least understand fully what the Detective’s assignment was. I would read more for the author as I love the idea of following a Detective actually solving a crime in Africa, but for this story three stars from me.

**BOOK ALERT** 99 Cents Download ‘ The Red Room’

Happy Sunday!

A short romance story I penned years back, The Red Room is also 99 cents to download on Amazon. Please leave a review if you dive into this one. Check out Amazon here: https://bit.ly/TheRedRoomRomance

Love and work does not mix, or does it?

Rita Lane lives a double life in her day job she’s a receptionist at the prestigious Park Hotel, in London. By night her adventures begin. As a woman in her thirties she is content with her single status.

Richard Clarkson a New York based guest at the Park Hotel has firmly closed the door to romance, after a rocky marriage. As soon as Rita checks Richard into the hotel as a guest the sparks and electricity between the two begin. After hours, the day before Valentine’s Day, their paths cross in an unexpected way.

Rita and Richard’s desire for each other is on maximum. Will they cross the line to become more than just friends? Does love and work mix?

The Red Room is a steamy stand-alone short story, set in London with diverse characters that will leave you wanting more. Each story in the Romance in The City series can be read in any order, as stand-alone stories.

**BOOK ALERT** 99 Cents Download ‘ Havana Heat’

Happy Sunday!

This little romantic suspense novella Havana Heat I penned years back is just 99 cents to download on Amazon. Please leave a review if you dive into this one. Check out Amazon here http://bit.ly/HavanaHeatRomanticSuspense

Overcoming the past is not easy, when the future seems just as scary…

Havana Heat is book one of the Romance Set in Paradise series of steamy, suspenseful, romantic stand-alone novella length stories, set in exotic locations around the world. Each story can be read in any order, as a stand-alone. Readers are transported to the paradise of Cuba’s capital Havana, following the romance and heat build between Spanish Detective Sebastian Garcia, and London born and bred wedding planner Melinda Jones.

Melinda’s path crosses with the handsome and charming Detective at Casa De Amour Hotel as a guest at her client’s exotic location wedding. Both characters are in search of a slice of paradise, away from their own troubled love life back home. Originally with different agendas, once their paths cross the romance and sizzle begins. After all hell breaks out at Casa De Amour Hotel, conflict builds over Sebastian’s past, both characters are faced with a decision to take a risk and see out their romance, or walk away. Forever asking themselves what could have been with their chances of love. Sebastian and Melinda both grow as individuals from their encounter in Havana, following a few bumps along the way they find the real meaning of love. Romance, thrills and excitement await in book one of this romance series set in paradise.