Thursday, July 31, 2014

Discover the "Pat O'Malley Historical Mysteries" series!

Check out this fun historical mystery series from Jim Musgrave! The first book, "Forevermore," is just 99 cents today. Also, don't miss this post in which Jim Musgrave discusses Steam City Pirates (the fourth novel in the Pat O'Malley Series) and the future of electronic publishing.

Forevermore (Pat O'Malley Historical Mysteries Book 1), by Jim Musgrave

"Well done! Jim Musgrave's novel Forevermore is a fascinating look into the death of Edgar Allen Poe. The master of Gothic died under just as mysterious of circumstances as many of his famous tales. The records were lost and we are left with only questions about this bizarre figure of American fiction. Musgrave does a marvelous job of reconstructing as much as he could and then embellishes fact with his own fiction to unravel a "possible who done it" with grand style." -- Amazon reviewer

First Place in the 2013 CLUE Book Awards for Mysteries, Suspense and Thrillers. Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 2014.

What if Edgar Allan Poe did not die in Baltimore as a drunk in the gutter? What he were, instead, murdered?

In post Civil War New York City, Detective Pat O'Malley is living inside Poe's Cottage in the Bronx. O'Malley is haunted by Poe one night, and the detective finds a strange note. As a result, O'Malley decides to prove that Edgar Allan Poe did not die in Baltimore from an alcoholic binge but was, instead, murdered. O'Malley quickly becomes embroiled in a "cold case" that thrusts him into the lair of one of the most sinister and ruthless killers in 1865 New York City.

Jim Musgrave's "Forevermore" is a quick read in four acts that will keep your mind razor sharp trying to solve the mystery of Poe's murder. Pat O'Malley must first find out how to become intimate with females before he can discover the final clue in this puzzle of wits, murder and romance.

˃˃˃ Mini-Mystery in the Manner of Poe

"If any literary work is too long to be read at one sitting, we must be content to dispense with the immensely important effect derivable from unity of impression for, if two sittings be required, the affairs of the world interfere, and everything like totality is at once destroyed." Edgar Allan Poe

˃˃˃ Kindle Book Review (Carol Piner)

I adore Edgar Allan Poe and when I started "Forevermore" by Jim Musgrave I thought, "Oh no...another book about how bad Poe was." Was I in for a marvelous shock! The author, Jim Musgrave, envisioned a young man who admired Poe, even lived in his cottage, and wished to find out what Poe died of, why and who was responsible for the death of the dark poet.
Delving into Poe's life just before he died, Patrick O'Malley began his quest into Poe's death. The search for the truth led him to many famous writers such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who hated Poe. John Anderson, the owner of a tobacco shop, who violated a young woman who worked for him, is another. She was the famous "Mary" from one of Poe's novels. O'Malley was told Anderson paid Poe to write the tale to avoid suspicion regarding her death. Oddly enough, John Anderson lived in Sleepy Hollow made famous by the tale of the "Headless Horseman". Other famous names were sprinkled throughout this mystery. Literary references ran rampant and Musgrave was adept at making them fit into his tale.
You will also be introduced to the low life. McKenzie, who became a protector, was head of the Plug Uglies. I'll let you read the book to find out what that means. I also met a certain Madame who introduced O'Malley to heights he had never attained before. You will find Joshua Reynolds a person who could have been the subject of Poe's worst visions.
There is no generally accepted reason for Poe's death. Some said alcohol, some dementia and others believed diabetes. We know he died in Baltimore in the gutter, dressed like a bum. Mr. Musgrave weaved a wonderful tale and came up with a perfectly believable reason for not only how Poe died, but also why he died like a bum. He was killed. If you want to know by whom, you will have to read the book.

˃˃˃ Portland Book Review

Most historians uphold that literary legend Edgar Allan Poe died from complications to his crippling alcoholism. But private detective Pat O’Malley believes otherwise. He believes that Poe was actually a victim of murder. In Forevermore, O’Malley sets forth on a mission of danger and romance to uncover the truth behind the demise of his old friend and one of America’s most important authors.

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Meet the Author

Jim Musgrave (1946-) was born in Fall River, Massachusetts (home to Lizzie Borden). He worked for Caltech in Pasadena (home of the "Big Bang Theory") and continues to use his fascination with technology in his "Detective Pat O'Malley Steampunk Mystery" series. Jim was also a professor of English for 24 years, and he runs an editing business with his wife, Ellen, in San Diego. He has won many awards, including being a finalist in the Bram Stoker Awards and the Heekin Foundation Awards.

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Amethyst: A Chase Family Historical Romance (Jewel Trilogy Book 1), by Lauren Royal. (Still free?)

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London, 1666

Amethyst Goldsmith makes dazzling jewelry, but her future isn’t nearly as bright as the pieces she creates. Though custom dictates she wed her father’s apprentice, her heart rebels against the match. In mere days Amy will be condemned to a stifling, loveless marriage, and she sees no way out—until the devastating fire of 1666 sweeps through London, and tragedy lands her in the arms of a dashing nobleman who knows a diamond in the rough when he sees it…

Colin Chase, the Earl of Greystone, has his future all figured out. He’s restoring his crumbling castle and estate to its former glory, and the key to its completion is his rich bride-to-be. But the Great Fire lays waste to his plans, saddling him with trouble—in the form of a lowly shopkeeper’s daughter with whom he’s most inconveniently falling in love...

348 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 349 reviews.

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Fallen Out: Jesse McDermitt Series, The Beginning, by Wayne Stinnett. (Still 0.99?)

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"Superb, non-stop action novel! Wayne Stinnett has done a superb job capturing the Marine Corp spirit, a new action figure (Jesse) with the appropriate amounts of sex, violence, action and patriotism. I have just completed reading all four novel, excellent reading." -- Amazon reviewer

When Jesse McDermitt retires from the Marine Corps, he has no idea what he will do for the rest of his life. At 37, his greatest skill is killing people from up to a mile away. He knows there aren’t many job opportunities in the civilian world for that. However, he knows the south Florida waters, is an experienced diver, loves to fish, and knows his way around a boat.

A waitress in a waterfront restaurant in north Key Largo gives him an idea and he runs with it. An old friend helps get him set up as a charter fishing and dive boat Captain and a new friend helps him buy just the right boat.

Danger lurks in the sleepy little town of Marathon, in the middle of the Florida Keys, as well as in the swamps of the Everglades. But danger doesn’t expect to run into a man like Jesse, who will not only respond swiftly, but with a vengeance unexpected.

153 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 51 reviews.

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Cash Chronicles: The Book o' Samson, by James L. Monticone. (Still 0.99?)

"Even though there is a lot of originality in this novel, which puts me in agreement with many of the other reviewers, I'll still go ahead and make the pigeonhole comparison of saying this is Steampunk meets X-Men. Ok, that out of the way, two important things come to mind about "Cash Chronicles" - one is that the author James L Monticone has every business writing westerns, and the other is that with the devices he's come up with the 19th century is the perfect time for this story. Bravo." -- Amazon reviewer

It's the 1880's, and the West is riddled with Mutations, some who wield powers beyond those of Regular folks, others with fearsome but crippling deformities. Samson Emmanuel "Sammy" Cash is a Mutation with a shady past. He can make rings of fire and shoot flaming bullets, and he's on the hunt for anyone who dares to persecute his people. Don't let the attitude fool you, though; he's a momma's boy at heart and he falls in love just a little too easily.

He's up against the forbidding Marshal Luther, who believes Mutants to be children of the Devil and will stop at nothing to eradicate them.

On his journey he experiences love and betrayal, and travels a mystical realm in his quest to save his people, and he learns as much about himself as he does about their origins.

206 pages, with a 5.0-star rating from 27 reviews.

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6 Minutes Wrestling With Life, by JohnA Passaro. (Still 0.99?)

"Pure inspiration! You do not have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy this book. You will laugh, you will cry, but most of all you will be inspired by the lengths this family went through in order to keep normalcy in their lives when faced with a life altering event." -- Amazon reviewer

A riveting, emotional story of one wrestling family's refusal to give up, to be able to endure tremendous emotional pain and to keep moving forward toward achieving their ultimate goal:

To care for and to cure their daughter Jessica, who as a normal 18 year old college student has suddenly been placed in a medically induced coma, and to continue to live and love life.

Without dying inside.

One, without the other is just unacceptable.

JohnA must fight to keep living in order to keep his daughter from dying.

In every loss there is a lesson that you need to learn, and one by one when you learn the lessons they will all come together to make you a man.

Twenty-six years ago, JohnA's goal and mission in life was to win a New York State Wrestling Championship.

He committed himself to a lifestyle, made the sacrifices, put in the time, starved himself and even shaved his head; he had the hunger, the desire and the determination.

But he came up short.

For many years it seemed like he did not get a fair exchange for his total dedication to the sport.

That the trade off of what he gave and what he got in return to the sport of wrestling was way out of whack.

Until he had extreme adversity in his life.

The reward that you seek, may not be the reward that you receive...

And slowly but surely, JohnA started to realize how much the sport of wrestling actually gave back to him.

Much more than he ever knew.

When life throws you to your back, you need to know how not to get pinned, to get off of your back and pick yourself up in order to win.

The sport of wrestling provided JohnA with a much greater reward than the one that he sought - To stand on a podium for a few seconds - It provided him with a way to live life.

A belief system that he would use to help him win his ultimate battle in his life - to save his daughter and continue to love life.

A champion is not someone who won his last match of the season, a champion is the person who gives his all in attempting to do so.

What would you do if you were faced with making a choice in life between caring for your child or living and loving life?

I hope you would do what JohnA did - and choose both.

243 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 85 reviews.

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