What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez (RIP)

LA Times Festival Of Books

I won’t be signing this year at the Festival of Books in Los Angeles. I’m spending the weekend editing my next mystery novel, NEXT OF KIN (the sequel to STRANGER). If you’ve never been to the Festival of Books, I’d suggest you check it out. It’s free and perfect for every age group. Should be a beautiful day in LA and I hope all those making it out enjoy their time. I will be there next year signing NEXT OF KIN and the rest of my novels. In the meantime, you can check out my photos from past Festivals.

Check out my Facebook album:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.114215095278591.10455.103627293004038&type=3

See you next year!

Bosch - Pleasantly Surprised

I’ve never been a real fan of books turned into movies or television shows. I’ve been disappointed too many times. If one of my favorite books or series gets picked up by Hollywood, I get excited at first. Then the realization hits. The actors are never what I pictured in my head (i.e. Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher or Matthew McConaughey as Micky Haller). Stories are changed or back stories sliced or worse, endings are revamped (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). I’m not saying I didn’t like these movies. After all, the stories and characters are some of my favorites. It’s just not what I had pictured in my head and can be a bit of a letdown.

That was until BOSCH. I was skeptical at first. After all Michael Connelly’s books have been made into movies before with some disappointment (Blood Work, The Lincoln Lawyer). And Harry Bosch is one of the best characters in the mystery genre today. As the pilot was being produced by Amazon, I could see the series going either way. With Amazon producing, who knows what kind of budget or changes could be made. Yet Michael Connelly was directly involved along the way focusing the look and feel.

So I was hopeful when I watched the pilot episode (available for free on Amazon.com). I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I was thrilled with their choice of Titus Welliver as Bosch and the supporting characters. The setting and cinematography was perfect and the storyline was gripping. I was so impressed that I actually purchased Amazon Prime so I can watch the rest of the season.

If you’re a fan of Michael Connelly, I think you will enjoy the series. Let me know what you think…

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He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt…
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures; one must, without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful
Vincent van Gogh

Greatest Mystery of Our Time?

With the disappearance of flight MH370, experts are scratching their heads. As we stretch into day 11 of the missing Boeing 777 with no clear answers, conspiracy theories are running wild. Was it a high jacking? Was it an accident? Is the plane safely landed or at the bottom of the Indian Ocean? Was it aliens? We are still no closer to answering the mystery and I’m starting to wonder if the mystery will ever be solved.

There have been other mysteries never solved. Who was Jack the Ripper? Is there a Lock Ness Monster? And what about Big Foot? What happened to the Zodiac Killer?  Who killed the Black Dahlia? Why was Stonehedge created? Will anyone crack the Kryptos code? Where is Jimmy Hoffa? Who was DB Cooper and what happened to the money? There are hopes that someday these mysteries will be solved, but the likelihood gets smaller as time marches on.

The families of those on board Malaysia flight 370 are waiting for answers. Hopefully this mystery will be solved in the coming days as the search continues in 11 countries.

Or will Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 become the greatest mystery of our time?

Image Credit: IBTimes.com

A thousand things to be written had I time: had I power. A very little writing uses up my capacity for writing.
A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf
A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
Imaginary Homelands by Salman Rushdie

Serial Killer Stalking Virginia

Nancy Dunning, a real estate agent and wife of then-Sheriff James Dunning, was shot and killed in her Alexandria home in 2004. For several years, her husband was a suspect in his wife’s death, and had not been ruled out as a suspect at the time of his death in 2012.

Last November, Ronald Kirby, a city transportation planner was killed in broad daylight in his Alexandria home. He was shot after presenting himself at the front door.

Last month a man approached the Alexandria home of music teacher, Ruthanne Lodato. When she opened the door she was shot and killed. The man also wounded her caretaker.

All three killings took place around noon and within a two mile radius of each other.

Police have now linked these three killings through forensic investigation. Bullet fragments have been compared in all three cases and found to be similar. With this third victim, police are now investigating whether there is a serial killer in the area. At this time, only the gun has been linked to all three killings, but the timing and location suggests a serial killer. No common motive has been found.

Police say they are looking for an older, white male with gray hair and a full beard. Police have released a sketch of the suspect in Lodato’s murder and are asking for the public’s help. The FBI is also assisting officers field leads.

Book Trailer for CHASING DEMONS by Melissa M. Garcia.

Created by Haley Kamola

For more information on CHASING DEMONS visit www.melissamgarcia.com

Kirkus Review of CHASING DEMONS

As his past comes back, peeling away the layers of protection he’s constructed to restart his life, investigative reporter Luc Actar becomes ensnared in a web of consequences stemming from malpractice within the mental health system of Los Angeles.

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Luc returns for his second starring role in Garcia’s (Falling Angels, 2006, etc.) latest page-turner. Born into poverty and raised by an abusive, alcoholic father, Luc learned early on how to fend for himself on the streets of LA. After several run-ins with the law and a career as a car thief, he blossomed into a star journalist for Crime Reporter,with a specialty in uncovering police corruption in Southern California. Now, he’s living with Mattie Hardwin, ex-wife of his best friend, in her Malibu home, he drives a Porsche of questionable provenance and has determinedly been putting his past behind him. But when the police come to tell him that his estranged father has died, Luc becomes inexorably drawn into the investigation of mental health records stolen by the elder Actar, and he soon finds himself in the center of a string of murders that threaten everyone and everything that’s important to him. Garcia is a skillful novelist, and she makes good use of Luc’s first-person narrative to plumb the depths of the fears and self-deprecation that lie beneath his combative, trouble-prone exterior. Readers get only glimpses into the character development of the large supporting cast—even Mattie, the pivotal motivator in Luc’s life, is a bit of a cipher—but this is Luc’s story, after all, and readers will find themselves hoping he can skirt the edges of what seems like an inevitable decline into an abyss of self-destruction. Some interesting plot twists liven up the story, and the appearance of Chris Actar, a young teenager who may or may not be Luc’s half brother, adds even more complexity to a man still trying to define himself.

An engaging sequel that will leave readers hoping Luc returns yet again.

Kirkus Reviews

ISBN:978-1480258112
Page count:256pp
Publisher:CreateSpace
Program:Kirkus Indie
Review Posted Online:June 3rd, 2013
Kirkus Reviews Issue:Aug. 1st, 2013
CHASING DEMONS by Melissa M. Garcia.
For more information visit the author website at www.melissamgarcia.com
Born in La Mirada, California, Melissa M. Garcia has lived most of her life in the sometimes gritty, but always entertaining landscape that is Southern California. She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a degree in English/Literature. Garcia is the author of the Luc Actar crime series (including Falling Angels and Chasing Demons) and the Death Valley Mystery series (Stranger: A Death Valley Mystery). She has also published an e-book collection, Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair.
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