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Sample Sunday: the new Torn Roots

Meet FBI Special Agent Vanessa Storm, protagonist of the new novel, Torn Roots. The first Hawaiian Storm mystery, it comes out September 29. Pre-order it now and save.  Torn Roots: A Hawaiian Storm is now available for prehttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H72W3BD-order at a special price from Amazon. Chapter 11: Warning Thursday, 1:00 p.m. At the Hana Police Station, […]

Excerpt: The new Torn Roots

On Saturday, September 29, the first book in the new Hawaiian Storm series will launch. Some readers might remember a book titled Torn Roots. A version was published three years ago by Amazon in a program that has since been cancelled. I’ve revised and expanded it, with some new characters. I’d like you to meet Sophia […]

Cover reveal: The new, expanded Torn Roots

There’s a Hawaiian Storm coming. You can see the dark clouds overhead, hear the wind slashing through the trees and feel the spray from the waves smashing against the shore. That’s right, Vanessa Storm is coming back on September 29 in the new, revised and expanded Torn Roots. Some of you may remember the title […]

(Almost) live blogging from the Ottawa Authors' Market

This was intended to be a live blog from the Authors’ Market in front of the ByWard Market in Ottawa. But I found the limits of my iPad and wi-fi. Yesterday was my fifth live book selling and signing event so far this summer.  And as you can see in the picture, I had something […]

Run and Hide by Alan McDermott

An independent book review Alan McDermott knows how to push all the right buttons for the action-thriller reader. The author of the fantastically successful Tom Gray series has crossed the Atlantic for his new series focused on the new character of Eva Driscoll: brilliant, beautiful and highly effective special operative for the CIA who’s been […]

The Devil of Light by Gae-Lynn Woods

With the cancellation of the Kindle Worlds program, many authors are working hard to revise and republish their Kindle World novellas and stories themselves.  I’m one of them, and I’m making good progress on my new four-book Hawaiian Storm series. This weekend, enjoy this taste of the first: the new Torn Roots. Chapter 5: Chase Wednesday, 5:30 […]

Sunday sample: the new Torn Roots

With the end of the Kindle Worlds program, I am revising all seven of my Kindle World titles. First up is the first KW title, Torn Roots: A Hawaiian Storm, featuring FBI Special Agent Vanessa Storm in Hawaii. Get a taste of what’s coming up. Chapter 1: Special Agent Thursday, 4:55 a.m. Vanessa groped in […]

Farewell, Kindle Worlds

This is the Farewell Tour for my Kindle World novels and novellas, and for the many other talented and skillful writers who have contributed to them. In another three days, Amazon says, they will disappear from the virtual shelves in the U.S. (They were never available on the Amazon sites outside the U.S.A.) In other […]

Live blogging from the Ottawa ByWard Market Authors' Market

It’s a blustery day here at the corner of William and George streets. Not ideal conditions for selling books outdoors. Gusts whip open the covers of books, scatter bookmarks and postcards, and forget about putting up a poster. Even the notebook I put out for people to enter their names in a draw for a […]

A Canada Day Sunday sample: How a great Canadian came back home

Happy Canada Day, readers! As our country’s 151st birthday falls on Sampleday—I mean, Sunday—this year, here’s a sample from a story about a great Canadian returning home after a decade, and a world war being away. This excerpt from Walking Out of War (Book 3 of the Eastern Front Trilogy) describes Maurice Bury’s first attempt […]