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I’m thrilled to announce a new Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery, Death and Disappearance. It’s Fina’s fifth book, available now on Amazon.
Here’s a quick summary: While Denny battles demons of his own and Cookie and Clancy disappear, a pregnant Fina Fitzgibbons investigates the death of her friend’s husband and in doing so lands in the middle of a group of art and drug traffickers.
And here are few lines from one of the first scenes—Fina wakes up to a call from her favorite NYPD detective, Jane Templeton:
An insistent buzzing woke me. Slowly I lifted my head from the pillow and stared at the vibrating piece of metal on my nightstand. My cell. Jane Templeton’s name flashed across the screen. Hadn’t she heard of sleeping in? I sat up too quickly and felt sick, then pressed the speaker.
“Just a friendly wake-up call.” Her voice was so grating in the morning—come to that, anytime. Jane Templeton, NYPD Detective First Grade, my nemesis.
“Are you still in bed at this hour?”
“We’ve found a body in Brooklyn Bridge Park near the dog run. Not much blood. Killer knew how to handle a knife.”
You can read more about it here.
Death of a Brooklyn Landlord: A new Spinoff Series
A number of Fina’s fans thought Lorraine should have her own series. I agreed, and now Death of a Brooklyn Landlord, Lorraine McDuffy’s first book in a new mystery series is available for pre-order. The story begins with a telephone call in the middle of the night: Lorraine’s old flame has found a body in the back of his Brooklyn butcher shop. Here’s a blurb and excerpt. And here’s the link to order.
The Brooklyn Drop
I’m thrilled to announce the fourth book in the Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mystery series, The Brooklyn Drop. Here’s a summary and excerpt. You can order The Brooklyn Drop here and it will be delivered wirelessly to your kindle.
Mystery & Thriller Writers: Guest Posts and WIPs
Please contact me if you write mysteries or thrillers and are interested in doing an interview or guest post or even in revealing a slice of your work in progress. Shoot me a line, I’ll promote your work. Send your email to: gagasue @ gmail dot com. Include a brief bio, links to your sites and/or books on Amazon or Smashwords along with images of headshots and covers. I’ll be glad to promote your work.
How to Compile in Scrivener
Here’s the first in a three-part series exploring the relationship between Scrivener and Word and Smashwords—How to compile a Smashing Word Doc in Scrivener. I hope it simplifies compiling a Scrivener file into a Smashwords-friendly MS Word document. In the second part, I detail steps to ensure a smooth MS Word upload to Smashwords. And in the third and final part, I show you how I create a hyperlinked TOC in three easy steps. And I have a few posts on how to use the Compile command to create ebooks. One features the mobi version created on Scrivener for Windows, another using Scrivener on a Mac. And yet another talks about how I create an ePub from my Scrivener file.
Like many authors, I use Scrivener to create my books. This powerful word processor has increased my daily word count and helped me put together plot. But it’s taken me a while to learn some of its more powerful features, non-techie that I am, and some of what I’ve learned, I share on my blog. My latest post concerns color coding first drafts in Scrivener. And here’s one that explores Scrivener’s Toggle-Split editing function. The post is about splitting and merging scenes. Another is about the powerful name changer, Project Replace. I use it a lot because I’m always tweaking the names of characters and places. Another is this post on editing more than one scene at once, a handy function when you want to check details.
Brooklyn Series Now in Print
The Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mysteries are now in print. You can buy them on Amazon or from your favorite online bookseller. From Book 1: A Murder, A Kidnapping, & One Woman Who Never Gives Up . . . Twenty-two-year-old Fina Fitzgibbons stumbles upon a throttled woman in the heart of Brooklyn Heights and discovers that the dead woman’s four-year-old grandson is also missing. She begins a wild hunt for the strangler-kidnapper, Ralph. During the chase, she resists falling in love with her boyfriend, Denny, an NYPD patrol officer, steps on the toes of Detective First Grade Jane Templeton, and uncovers secrets about her own past. In the end, Ralph has a deadly surprise for Fina.
A List of Compound Words Here’s my list of compound words. Over 1600 of them. They’re from my style sheet, itself a compound word, but not written as one word, not even hyphenated. Crazy, our English language. And you wonder why I keep such a huge list of words, what with Merriam-Webster’s unabridged at my fingertips, online and ever updated. Who can figure …
Serafina lived in the late nineteenth century in Sicily, moved to Paris, and finally to Manhattan’s Lower East Side where she died in 1914. Or did she? Her descendant, Fina Fitzgibbons owns a cleaning establishment, Lucy’s She lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, Denny and her cat, Mr. Baggins. She’s also a private investigator, and that’s where her story begins.
What I’m Working On
I’m writing the second book in the Lorraine McDuffy mystery series. The working title is Death in Logan Square. Lorraine and Frank investigate the disappearance of a teen. And Fina is pregnant, but that doesn’t stop her investigating the brutal death of a friend’s brother whose body was found in a clump of trees near a Brooklyn dog run. The working title? Death on a Dog Run. Meanwhile, Brandy and her friends have taken up sleuthing in Brooklyn Twist, and Rosa’s prodding me to write Serafina’s fifth book. And if you’ve met Rosa, you know her jabs are not too gentle. She says there’s a strange smell coming from the fifth floor of their apartment building in Paris, the sixteenth arrondissement, to be exact. Serafina’s in Sicily mourning for her son and won’t return for a while so Rosa’s holding down the fort along with that French inspector, Alfonse Valois, so she needs me to get on with the fifth book.
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