Tues., May 2, time TBD: Laurie will be interviewed by Golden State Media Concepts Podcast Network for their Book Review Podcast in April for a show that will go live on Tuesday, May 3, time TBD. She will be talking about her books, including my novella “Deadly Misfire,” part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries at Tawnee Mountain Resort multi-author series. She’ll be giving away some goodies, so be listening on May 2 for a chance to win!
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Another great “Left Coast Crime,” this time in Reno. I spoke on a panel about “Plotlines Ripped from the Headlines” and many attendees said it was one of the best panels they heard. Hosted a banquet dinner table with Margaret Morse and Wendy Fallon and met some new readers and writers, sold some books and had a very good session.
April 15 is the release date for my novella manuscript called Deadly Misfire, one of seven stories in a multi-author series called “Tawnee Mountain Mysteries” by Short on Time Books (www.ShortOnTimeBooks.com). It’s the story of a mysterious man who stalks reporter Lisa Powers at a radio convention, and every day ramps up threats against her. She and her co-worker/boyfriend Dean Jeffries fear for her life as tensions build on the final night with an awards presentation for which Lisa is in the running with another reporter from New York, who coincidentally looks similar to Lisa. Pre-orders are now being taken at https://smile.amazon.com/Deadly-Misfire-Tawnee-Mountain-Mysteries/dp/1985663546/.
Editing is complete on another video book trailer for Dead Air, called “L.N. Pane, PI.” Arizona actor and real estate agent Debbie Jennings played the lead role of “L.N. Pane,” and she did a great job. Don “D.W. Thomas” Woodard’s voice is also heard in this 2-minute piece, which will begin running on this website, Facebook, Youtube as well as will be entered in various short film competitions this year.
Also enjoyed the Guitar House Literary Salon in Los Angeles recently! Talked about my books, then the group took parts and did live sound effects for the “Haunted Hallows” podcast from “Equalizer.” Great fun! See my Facebook page for the Facebook Live video.
Meanwhile, the audio book for Dead Air is complete, and is available on Audible and Amazon. It’s my second, and my son, audio production engineer Devon J. Hancock, handled all the editing and mastering duties, as well as adding sound effects and original music. The “L.N. Pane, P.I.” podcast story features the voices of Phoenix actors Julie Lee and Don “D.W. Thomas” Woodard.
I’m back writing Bleeder, the third book in the “Behind the Mic Mysteries,” which should be out late in 2018. It’s the continuing saga of intrepid radio reporter, Lisa Powers, who covers the trial of the cop shooter from the Dead Air book. The story will be a fictionalized version of an actual case I covered during my television crime reporting days, and will be “moved on a change of venue” to Prescott. I can include details about the lovely mountain town that is my second home. Lisa will also cover a domestic violence case, and the podcast is tentatively entitled “Art of the Steal,” about a crime in an art gallery.
I’m pleased to have been notified about a bronze award I have received from Readers’ Favorite Award Contest, for my debut crime fiction novel, “Fade Out.” It’s always nice to be recognized for your work.
Dead Air, book #2 in the “Behind the Mic Mysteries,” is now available in both e-book and print on Amazon at https://tinyurl.com/BuyDeadAir. In addition, the audio book for Fade Out is is also online at Amazon and Audible.
In Dead Air, our young radio crime reporter, Lisa Powers, covers one of the biggest stories to hit Chandler and the Valley: the shooting of two police officers by a suspect who flees into the cornfields for a week before he’s captured, but not without Lisa’s involvement.
The cold case Lisa works on is a 15-year-old sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl, who is now 19. The young victim has not had any closure all this time, and Lisa is determined to help her find the rapist.
Lisa’s “podcast,” which she writes for fun at night after covering gritty crime stories during the day, is a “film noir” style story of a 1940s private eye and a dame. Only L. N. Pane, P.I. is the dame and the gentleman seeks help finding out why someone is out to kill him.
There are other stories Lisa covers in “Dead Air,” and as well as a new potential love interest for our heroine.
I had a great time narrating the audio book, and my talented son, Devon Hancock, who is seriously into audio production, did all the editing, mastering, uploading, etc. The “podcast” portion of the book has the bonus of professional actors, original music and sound effects. It will not be your “normal” audio book! Devon also created original music for me, came up with good additional sound effects and I’m so proud of the great work he did.
My oldest brother, also a musician in Norway, created the “Murder in the Air Mystery Theatre” theme music, and it’s appropriately spooky and mysterious. Who knows, this “podcast,” written by my radio sleuth, Lisa Powers, might find its way onto the airways in real time!
For more details about my other novels, check out the “Novels” page above.
There’s additional information about my writing on my Amazon Author Page at amazon.com/author/lauriefagen. I would greatly appreciate a short review there, as my publisher says “it’s all about the algorithms” on Amazon.
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Fade Out is available at Chandler public libraries; Sibley’s West Gifts, Chandler; Dog-Eared Pages, Phoenix; Peregrine Book Company, Prescott Center for the Arts Gallery and Prescott Library, Prescott