Murder in the Heart of It All

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Murder in the Heart of It All is scheduled for release in May 2017 from North Star Press. It will be available as a paperback and an ebook.

Someone is angry in Hogan, Ohio.

Residents of the small town are plagued by vicious, anonymous letters. The personalized notes land in mailboxes with devastating effect, revealing secrets and deeds better left unknown. Whoever the sender is, they know the town and the people who live there.

Reporter Tim Abernathy is assigned to the story and tasked with finding out who is sending the letters and why. The letter writer doesn’t want to be found, however, and will kill to keep his secret.

A cat and mouse game ensues between reporter and letter writer as the violence escalates, shocking the residents of Hogan. Can Tim discover who is terrorizing the town before becoming the next victim?

Milky Way Repo

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Starship repo agents against a cult and the mob…

In the 25th century, Nathan Teller is the owner of Milky Way Repossessions, a company that tracks down and repossesses starships. Obsessed with his ex-wife and drowning in debt, Nathan has no choice but to accept a job offer to deliver the ransom when her starship is hijacked by a group of zealots.

Milky Way Repo is available in paperback and as an ebook from Kindle, Kobo and Nook.

Milky Way Repo is published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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Comicon Announcement!

Big news! This July 7th & 8th at the Youngstown Comicon I will have copies of Bad Rock Beat Down available! If you picked up Milky Way Repo and enjoyed it, this will be your opportunity to grab the 2nd book in the series!

From the description:

At the edge of explored space, in the Epsilon Eridani system, lies the failed settlement of Bad Rock. The closest thing passing for excitement that’s occurred recently is a starliner on a cruise crashing nearby.

Unfortunately, the salvage company responsible for the clean up hasn’t kept current on their vessel’s payments, which means Nathan Teller and the crew from Milky Way Repossessions are soon on their way to grab the salvage ship. Once they arrive at Bad Rock, they encounter a young entrepreneur just trying to make ends meet and a settlement under the thumb of the dreaded Syndicate.

What will Nathan do when he’s made a lucrative offer to join the nefarious organization? Will he solve his own financial problems by accepting and selling out or take a stand and risk the lives of the people he loves and everything he owns?

The Milky Way Repo series is science fiction, but it’s inspired by the Mahoning Valley. When I set out to write this series, I included elements of the place I love, warts and all. Nathan Teller runs Milky Way Repossessions, a small business on the verge of bankruptcy. He knows he will succeed, if he can only keep his ship flying and his crew paid. He’s directly inspire by the hard working people I know in the Valley who want to live life on their own terms by doing their own thing. This universe is full of hard working people beset by an economy out of their control, a corrupt government that functions poorly, and an organized crime syndicate that always has their hand out to get their cut.

I’ll have both books in the series at the Youngstown Comicon and anyone grabbing both will get a special deal. I look forward to seeing you there.

 

Another Review for Murder in the Heart of It All

From Author Anthony Avina’s Blog:

“I absolutely loved this book. To me it felt like a commentary on the anonymous nature of those who the world has deemed “online trolls”. In a sense, it showcased the overwhelming harshness these individuals faced that made them this way, while also showcasing the painful ramifications these hurtful comments or in this case, “letters”, have on those receiving it.

The story itself was well developed, and the characters themselves were incredibly engaging. It was refreshing to see a change in the typical “journalist” character. Normally in stories involving journalists they are eager to get the story by any means necessary, often hurting the people involved in that story. However Tim was a thoughtful, kind hearted individual who worked not for his own gain, but for the good of his community. The story also showed how easy it is for people to go to such violent extremes, and how fear of discovery can turn a harmless troll into a violent madman.”

Read more here

Upcoming Appearances

After the winter that seemed like it would never end, it’s finally event season. I can’t wait to load up the car and get out on the road. I’ll be signing at a couple upcoming events; The Youngstown Comic Con and the West PA Book Festival.

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The Youngstown Comic Con is July 7th and 8th at the Covelli Centre. This is a fun show and I had a great time last year. At this year’s show I’ll have copies of the small town crime novel Murder in the Heart of It AllMilky Way Repo  and its newly released sequel Bad Rock Beat Down.

West PA Book Festival

Later that month, on July 21st, I’ll be at the West PA Book Festival at Brandy Springs Park in Mercer, PA on July 21, 2018 from 10:00 – 4:00. This looks like a great event and I look forward to being with so many other authors to celebrate reading.

 

A Character Interview!

If you’re interested in the Milky Way Repo universe but don’t know what it’s all about, you can get a taste with this short character interview featuring Cole Seger, the hired muscle on the Blue Moon Bandit.

Protective Services Officer: Hello, sir. Your name is Cole Seger?

Cole Seger: That’s correct. Could someone explain what I’m doing here?

Protective Services Officer: Just answer the questions, sir. Your current occupation is security officer aboard the repossession vessel Blue Moon Bandit for Milky Way Repo?

Cole Seger: That’s correct. You seem to know everything so why don’t I just go?

Protective Services Officer: You can leave in a bit. Right now we’re following up on a call we received from Protective Services Officers on Barrigan Three in the Alpha Centauri system. Your ship and crew were involved in the recovery of the cargo vessel Martha Tooey there, correct?

Cole Seger: That’s three right in a row!

Protective Services Officer: Perhaps you could be less sarcastic?

Cole Seger: …Perhaps

Protective Services Officer: Your status as an ex-Marshal doesn’t cut any ice with me, Mr. Seger. Now, the complaint we received said you assaulted one Mickey Flannigan during the recovery of the Martha Tooey. Is that correct?

Cole Seger: Could be. There were a couple of guys on that job who deserved to be assaulted.

Protective Services Officer: Mr. Flannigan asserts that he was performing maintenance work on the Martha Tooey while it was in the dock and that you collided with his pod during your departure. He further asserts that you failed to render aid after the collision. Is any of this true?

Cole Seger: Just the part where we rammed his pod with the freighter we were recovering, but he totally deserved it.

Protective Services Officer: Why did he deserve it?

Cole Seger: Because he’s a lowlife dirtbag and they always hate it when people get one over on them. Take a look at this.

Protective Services Officer: Let the record show the respondent is displaying a video on a mobi, a personal communications device.

Cole Seger: Who are you talking to?

Protective Services Officer: We’re only recording audio so I’m describing what’s happening.

Cole Seger: Okay, well check out this video I recorded during our departure with the Martha Tooey. You see this jerk in the workpod using a torch to melt the wheelhouse window? That’s Mickey Flannigan. At this point in the video, let the record show that this corrupt chucklehead is attempting to vent my captain and I into space.

Protective Services Officer: Yes, I can see that.

Cole Seger: Furthermore, let the record reflect that we gave this creep multiple chances to cease his actions but that he continued in his attempt to see if my captain and I could survive in a vacuum.

Protective Services Officer: Oh my…is that part of the window melting?

Cole Seger: Indeed it is. At this point we decided that leaving the vicinity was our best hope for survival so we applied thrust and knocked this mope for loop. He looks okay to me and since he’s bothering you I assume he recovered from his ill-advised attempt to prevent us from doing our job?

Protective Services Officer: I would assume so. Please accept my apologies for bothering you with this.

Cole Seger: No problem. I remember how much of a pain these mooks can be.

Protective Services Officer: Well, you’re free to go and we’ll take care of the complaint. Oh, one more thing?

Cole Seger:Yes?

Protective Services Officer: Can I get a copy of that video?

 

Another Hogan Mystery!

I’m working diligently on the next Hogan Mystery. Tim Abernathy and Amy Sashman will take on a cold case from Hogan’s small town past; the disappearance of Kelly Murray. Several years ago, the young woman failed to show up at a Labor Day barbecue and hasn’t been seen since. What secrets are hiding in her past that could have led to her vanishing?

While you’re waiting for me to finish up work on that, you can get the first book in the series, Murder in the Heart of It All, in ebook for Kindle at Amazon, Nook at Barnes and Noble or Google books. You can also get it in print from those retailers or at Leana’s Books and More in the Shenango Valley Mall, Liberty Comics or Books-a-Million in the Eastwood Mall.