She was capable of finding a revolver. She was capable of pulling the trigger. She had access to the rooms. In the darkness of her brain where she couldn’t remember, she could have come down the stairs to his room, opened the door with a keycard, and shot this man in the head…She looked back at the door of room 110. She had no reason to kill this man, but she knew she would be the perfect suspect.

STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY by Melissa M. Garcia

A Story of Death, Family, and Second Chances.

Why I Support the Gun Violence Restraining Order

Mass shootings, especially those around schools have increased dramatically in this country as seen on our nightly news. Not covered by the media, there are also numerous suicides everyday leaving family and friends devastated. Many of these deaths are carried out by the hands of the mentally unstable.

Although I fully believe in the second amendment, something must be done to protect the victims of gun violence.image

Currently, there is no process in place to limit firearm access involving an individual in crisis while that person is in mental health therapy, substance abuse treatment, or anger management.

California has introduced a proposal to create a Gun Violence Restraining Order that would temporarily bar a mentally unstable person from buying and possessing firearms after family, partners, or friends call law enforcement.

The proposed law would create a system where family members or friends could call police to intervene with troubled loved ones. Law enforcement would be able to investigate the threats and ask a judge to issue an order prohibiting firearms purchases and possession.

This is one of the best options I have seen to prevent the mentally unstable access to firearms. This law would put the restrictions in the hands of family and friends instead of allowing a government entity to deny these rights on their own.

And there are checks and balances built into the law. The legislation would allow the person in question to a court hearing to overturn the order, if he/she felt the restraining order was wrongly applied.

I’m not happy that the law states, anyone can file the claim and I hope that is changed before the law is passed. I would also like to see a mental health professional involved in the process (as it stands now, this is not mentioned in the law). It’s not a perfect law, but it could be the best option we have.

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NEXT OF KIN Update

I have finished the first round of re-writes for my novel, NEXT OF KIN (the sequel to STRANGER). Current word count is at 61,000 words. A second round of rewrites will start this weekend in hopes to get this off to the editor by the end of summer.

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About NEXT OF KIN:

As Homicide Detective Will Stellar comes to grips with his brother’s recent incarceration, he’s called out to the murder of a childhood friend. His investigation leads him to uncover secrets that could take down the Lake City Police Department and forces him to walk a tightrope of politics and family responsibility.

Troubled by the stall tactics that has allowed criminals to live in the quiet desert city, a vigilante, dubbed the Coyote decides to take matters into his own hands. He leaves the mutilated bodies of two residents known for their violent behaviors towards women as a present to the city. As the city cheers on their new hero, the Coyote focuses on Detective Stellar’s inability to arrest his latest murder suspect.

Pushed against two opposing forces, Detective Stellar finds an unlikely ally in motel owner and convicted murderer, Alex Delgado. Stellar is determined to stop the Coyote by dangling an irresistible target…but there is more at stake than just Stellar’s badge.

Living well is an art that can be developed: a love of life and ability to take great pleasure from small offerings and assurance that the world owes you nothing and that every gift is exactly that, a gift.
 Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now by Maya Angelou (RIP)
Do NOT annoy the writer…

Do NOT annoy the writer…

When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness’ sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles ‘em.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Killer Mom

Last month, the remains of seven babies were found in a Pleasant Grove, Utah home. Megan Huntsman, a 39-year-old woman who had previously lived in the home has been arrested in connection with the case. Her estranged husband was cleaning out the garage, opened a suspicious bag and found the remains of the first infant.  

According to investigators, Huntsman gave birth to the infants and killed them over a ten year period. She has been charged in the death of six of the babies, the seventh an apparent stillborn is still being investigated. During interviews, Huntsman couldn’t recall how many babies she had killed, at one point stating there could be as many as eight or nine.image

On Monday, investigators discovered an iPad used to store Huntsman’s electronic diary. This diary should provide extremely useful information into Huntsman’s motive for killing her children. Prosecutors have filed first-degree murder charges against Huntsman and she is expected in court later this month.

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Coming Soon from Author Melissa M. Garcia…NEXT OF KIN

NEXT OF KIN

As Homicide Detective Will Stellar comes to grips with his brother’s recent incarceration, he’s called out to the murder of a childhood friend. His investigation leads him to uncover secrets that could take down the Lake City Police Department forcing him to walk a tightrope of politics and family responsibility.

Troubled by the stall tactics that has allowed criminals to live in the quiet desert city, a vigilante, dubbed the Coyote decides to take matters into his own hands. He leaves the mutilated bodies of two residents known for their violent behaviors towards women as a present to the city. As the city cheers on their new hero, the Coyote focuses on Detective Stellar’s inability to arrest his latest murder suspect.

Pushed against two opposing forces, Detective Stellar finds an unlikely ally in motel owner and convicted murderer, Alex Delgado. Stellar is determined to stop the Coyote at all costs, but there is more at stake than just Stellar’s badge when the Coyote finds a new irresistible target.

NEXT OF KIN, the second novel in the Death Valley Mystery series will be available this winter. Visit www.melissamgarcia.com in the coming months for updates.

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.

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See you next year!

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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