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Happy fall, everyone!

Temperatures are dropping, people are venturing out of their homes to walk the greenbelt in the beautiful mornings, and we get to wear sleeves again!

While I’m still working on “Bleeder,” book #3 in the “Behind the Mic” crime fiction mystery series, I’m excited about starting a new book and a new series in a similar genre.

“Raw Image” is the first in the “Behind the Lens Mysteries” about a hardened, freelance television reporter/photographer, TJ Banks, who thrives on the adrenaline of big crime news stories and traumatic accidents for national network news. She’ll do just about anything to get the shot, even if it means skirting the law.

TJ also uncovers a Deep Web cyber network of child and women sex traffickers and risks her life to go undercover to expose the abhorrent perpetrators.

TJ considers the gritty crime world a constant challenge, and relishes the travel, with a lover in every port. But after 15 years, TJ is growing weary of the constant barrage of negativity. In a male-dominated field, and without a Plan B, she struggles to determine what is to come next for her life, both professionally and personally.

I’m going to the Kauai Writers Conference in Kauai, Hawaii in November, and in addition to taking a master class with mystery writer Anne Perry, I’ll be pitching this new book.

As some of you know, I have also written a number of theatrical stage shows, and will perform as “Trilby the Musicologist” in my “Holiday Music through the Decades” at the Herberger Lunchtime Theater in December. I’ll be on stage with my friend Cyndee Chaffee, as “Mrs. Claus,” and a young piano player/singer, Houston Nelson, who plays, “Al the Piano Playing Elf.” Tickets go on sale in early November, so grab some friends and get into the spirit of the holidays with this fun show. https://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/holiday-music-through-the-decades-lunch-time-theater/

Meanwhile, in another artistic venture, my polymer clay jewelry is back at Tempe Center for the Arts. After closing our beloved “Art on Boston” contemporary art gallery in downtown Chandler, I used to wrangle artists and artwork there for about five years. They invited me to return, and with the better economy, people are buying handmade again. https://www.friendsoftca.org/, www.FagenDesigns.com.

Drop me a line at Laurie@ReadLaurieFagen.com if you want to chat about writing, art, theatre or whatever.

Bleeder, the third book in the “Behind the Mic Mysteries,” is 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.

You can see the film short videos on my website www.HonuProductions.com. Thanks to my talented musician and editor son, Devon Hancock (www.DevonJHancock.com) for all his help.

Meanwhile, I now have two audio books for “Fade Out” and “Dead Air,” both available on Audible and Amazon. My son, audio production engineer Devon J. Hancock, handled all the editing and mastering duties, as well as adding sound effects and original music.

If you like crime fiction mysteries, check out the novella “Deadly Misfire,” by Short on Time Books (www.ShortOnTimeBooks.com), which is available on Amazon. 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. Info: https://tinyurl.com/BuyDeadlyMisfire.

“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.

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Dead Air cover by Tad Smith of The Design Idea

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 my audio books, 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.

You can hear a recent interview on Golden State Media Concepts, about my books, my background and many other subjects, including my latest novella called “Deadly Misfire,” one of seven stories in a multi-author series called “Tawnee Mountain Mysteries.” Check out the podcast and blog cast at https://t.co/9WfsjTFBYw

For more details about my other novels, check out the “Novels” page above.

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Equalizer cover by Tad Smith of The Design Idea

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Fade Out cover by Tad Smith of The Design Idea

There’s additional information about my writing  on my Amazon Author Page at amazon.com/author/lauriefagenI would greatly appreciate a short review there, as my publisher says “it’s all about the algorithms” on Amazon.

Make sure to sign up for my monthly newsletter so you stay informed about my speaking engagements, contests, and other details. Visit the “contact page” to sign up.

“Fade Out” and “Dead Air” are available at Chandler public librariesSibley’s West Gifts, Chandler; Dog-Eared Pages, Phoenix; Peregrine Book Company, Prescott Center for the Arts Gallery and Prescott Library, Prescott

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