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NEXT OF KIN Update

Last night, my unconscious brain struggled to tell me that I the item I had ordered online on Monday was the wrong size. I woke from this dream and realized my unconscious brain was right! Of course, I couldn’t get back to sleep worrying about having to exchange the item. So as I sat in bed unable to sleep, my brain wandered to my novel-in-progress, NEXT OF KIN.

A few things have bothered me about the novel and I couldn’t fall in love with it yet. About to end my second round of re-writes, I knew I had to do something before sending it off to the editor. As I thought about the characters, I wondered what kept them up at night. When I got into Detective Will Stellar’s head as he tossed and turned at night, the answers came to me. I knew what I needed to do to fix my story, to clean up chapters that didn’t hold enough strength, and to solidify the theme.  

I’m hoping to have my re-writes done by the end of July, and off to my editor it goes. I’ll keep you all updated on the progress.

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About 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 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.

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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.

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.

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!

Book Trailer for CHASING DEMONS by Melissa M. Garcia.

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About CHASING DEMONS:

Journalist and ex-car thief, Luc Actar has finally decided to settle down. He’s traded in his life of crime for the life he’s always wanted. He’s moved in with his recently-divorced girlfriend, Mattie Hardwin in her large Malibu home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He’s back at work at the Crime Reporter investigating stories of corruption and abuse by the political and legal authorities of Los Angeles County.

When detectives arrive to inform Luc of the death of his father, Luc is hesitant to get involved. But once he discovers a powerful leader in the mental health industry is pulling the strings in his father’s investigation, Luc is determined to tear him down. As he chases the demons of his past, Luc unknowingly steps right into the crosshairs of a killer determined to keep his own life from falling apart.

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About Melissa M. Garcia:

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.

Melissa is a member of Sisters in Crime, a writing organization that promotes the professional development and advancement of women writing crime fiction. She is also the author of the online blog, “Musings from a Crime Writer.” Her novels are available in paperback and ebook formats.

She currently lives with her husband in Southern California and is at work on the next Death Valley Mystery.

Visit her official website at www.melissamgarcia.com for updates.

Luc Actar’s Thoughts on Gun Control

Luc Actar*:

“I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point American’s started depending on other people for everything. It was probably a slow process. First we gave companies the right to provide us with water and power so we didn’t have to get it ourselves. It was just easier that way. Probably sometime around the Great Depression, we started expecting the government to help us out when we were down on our luck. Now when we don’t have a job, we have someone to blame. I’m sure that sometimes it’s good to have others to rely on for help. But too many people use that as an excuse to not do what you should be doing.

“We created a police force to help protect us for the bad in the world. And now when our homes are broken into or we’re robbed on the street, we can blame the police for not protecting us. But should we really be expecting the police to do something we should be doing ourselves? Why have we so freely given up our right to protect ourselves to a group of people we don’t know? We don’t care about them, why should they care about us?

“If my house were to catch on fire, I wouldn’t sit and watch it burn and wait for the fire department to come help me. It’s MY house. I would pick up a hose and try to put the fire out. If someone wants to help, feel free. But it’s my house and thus my responsibility. If someone breaks into my house, I’m going to stop them. I’m not going to wait for the cops to get there. Where I grew up, no one would ever come.

“Maybe it’s because I don’t trust people in general. There are too many bad people out there, including myself. I want a gun to protect myself. There is no way I’d leave it to the cops. I know too many of those bad people also wear badges. To me, the worst possible outcome in the gun control debate is the only people who have guns is the cops and the criminals.

“But I’m not saying we shouldn’t do something to stop the senseless killings we’ve seen over the years. Owning a gun may be a right, but it’s also a privilege. Gun owners should treat it as such. Be respectful of the gun. Guns are extremely powerful. A gun can level the playing field for an eighty-year old woman and a nineteen year old gang banger. A gun can stop a crime, or it can start one.

“We need to remember the power a gun brings and protect it. Gun owners need to ensure their guns are always safe and have no possible way of falling into the wrong hands. Children, the mentally unstable, and criminals shouldn’t have such easy access to something so powerful. It’s our responsibility as Americans to ensure that doesn’t happen.”

* Luc Actar is the narrator and main character in Falling Angels and Chasing Demons, a crime series written by Melissa M. Garcia.

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Review Chasing Demons

Have you read Chasing Demons? If so, I’d love to hear what you thought. Leave a review on Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. Share what you thought of the characters, the story, the mystery or what you would like to see in the next one!

About Chasing Demons:

Journalist and ex-car thief, Luc Actar has finally decided to settle down. He’s traded in his life of crime for the life he’s always wanted. He’s moved in with his recently-divorced girlfriend, Mattie Hardwin in her large Malibu home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He’s back at work at the Crime Reporter investigating stories of corruption and abuse by the political and legal authorities of Los Angeles County.

When detectives arrive to inform Luc of the death of his father, Luc is hesitant to get involved. But once he discovers a powerful leader in the mental health industry is pulling the strings in his father’s investigation, Luc is determined to tear him down. As secrets are uncovered, the bodies begin to pile up. As he chases the demons of his past, Luc unknowingly steps right into the crosshairs of a killer determined to keep his own life from falling apart.

This is the second novel in the Luc Actar series.

STRANGER Book Club Questions

1. Stranger takes place in Death Valley in the middle of the hot summer. What is your opinion of Death Valley? Did your image of Death Valley change after reading the novel? What do the characters in the novel feel about it?

2. During his interview with a possible witness, Detective Will Stellar tells Alex Delgado she has issues with control. Discuss other instances in the novel where Alex displays a problem with controlling herself. Discuss the ways in which Alex tries to gain control in these situations.

3. Ric Delgado often refers to other people by a nickname, such as calling Detective Stellar “Cowboy.” When referring to the computer store clerk, he explains he forgot the boy’s name. In another instance he calls his longtime partner, Detective Dade by the name of “Judas.” Why do you think Ric uses nicknames for the other characters?

4. Ric Delgado admits having doubts about what he would have done if Alex had called him instead of Detective Dade the night she shot Davey. Ric believes Detective Stellar will save his brother instead of arresting him when confronted with the truth. Do you think Ric’s opinion of Detective Stellar will change knowing Stellar arrested his brother instead of protect him?

5. Detective Dade and Ric Delgado have a tenuous relationship at the end of the novel. Do you think they will remain friends or will they throw away their past partnership and move on? Do you think Detective Dade will check up on the Delgados?

6. Will Stellar’s relationship with Erika is much like a roller coaster. Do you think their relationship will be able to move past her infidelity with his brother? Do you think they will ever come to an agreement regarding their future?

7. Do you think Alex and Ric grew closer together or further apart by the end of the novel? Do you think they will stay in Lake City?

8. What did you find to be most compelling about Stranger — the action scenes, the characters, the setting, the dialogue, or something else entirely? Why?

9. A red herring is defined as something that draws attention away from the central issue. In crime fiction, a red herring is often put there to fool or distract you. Were you fooled by anything in Stranger? Were you surprised by the killer’s identity?

10. Are you satisfied with how the book ends? Would you have preferred another ending? Where do you think the series will go from here?

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About STRANGER:

There is a dead body in room 110 of the Death Valley Motel, and the evidence points to murder. Managers Ric and Alex Delgado, siblings with police work in their blood, chose this small Death Valley city specifically because it appeared to be a quiet place in which Alex could heal from the violent traumas of her past. Now a killer has struck too close to Alex, opening old wounds and threatening her new life.

The situation gets more complicated when Detective Will Stellar trains his observant eye on the siblings and ascertains they have something to hide. Murder seems to follow Alex Delgado, and Detective Stellar is certain she is a dangerous woman. Racing against time and against each other, the Delgados and Detective Stellar risk their lives to uncover the truth, which is ever more complicated and dangerous than any of them have imagined.

FALLING ANGELS Book Club Questions

1.  What is your view of Luc Actar? What motivates him to find out more about Spencer’s disappearance?

2.  Discuss the other characters’ motivations for their actions, both the “villains” and “heroes” in the story, including Mattie Hardwin, Spencer Hardwin, Detective Ward, and John Carliss.

3.  What did you find to be most compelling about Falling Angels — the action scenes, the characters, the setting, the dialogue, or something else entirely?

4.  “A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry, but money answereth all things.” Discuss how food, alcohol, and money tie into the theme of salvation in Falling Angels.

5.  Luc explains that he was able to escape his life on the streets by stealing. He tells Detective Ward that crime still pays for some people. Do you believe this was Luc’s only way out?

6.  Luc and Mattie are from separate financial spectrums. Why do you think they became friends? What keeps them together?

7.  As a child Luc ignores Mattie’s hints at rebellion. Why do you think he refuses to see her as anything other than an angel?

8.  A red herring is defined as something that draws attention away from the central issue. In crime fiction, a red herring is often put there to fool or distract you. Were you fooled by anything in Falling Angels? Were you surprised by the killer’s identity?

9.  The novel contains many flashbacks to when Luc and Mattie are younger. Do you feel these flashbacks helped the story or help you better understand their personalities or did they hinder the flow of the mystery?

10.  Are you satisfied with how the book ends? Would you have preferred another ending? Do you think Luc and Mattie would be satisfied with a ‘happily-ever-after’ ending?

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About Falling Angels:

After a panicked call from his best friend, Mattie Hardwin, Luc Actar must return to Los Angeles and the life he fled three years earlier. Mattie’s husband, a prestigious lawyer named Spencer Hardwin, has mysteriously disappeared. Desperate for assistance, Luc enlists the help of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in his search to find Spencer, despite his better judgment. But he soon learns that the detectives have their own reasons for locating Spencer—the lawyer has become the prime suspect in a drug dealer’s brutal murder.

As he hunts for the man he thought he knew, Luc’s history with Mattie haunts his dreams and drives him to the depths of the misery he once escaped. Back on the streets of Los Angeles, Luc employs old friends and encounters childhood rivals to take on the sheriff’s department, while a slew of lawyers impede his every move to save those closest to him from an unknown killer.

FALLING ANGELS is the first in the Luc Actar crime series by Melissa M. Garcia.

Time is running out…

There are only 13 shopping days until Christmas. Worse than that..there are only 10 days until the Mayan calendar ends!

So, have you purchased Chasing Demons yet? There’s still time to get your copy and read it before the end of the world or to give it as a gift this holiday season.

Chasing Demons is available at:

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ABOUT CHASING DEMONS

Journalist and ex-car thief, Luc Actar has finally decided to settle down. He’s traded in his life of crime for the life he’s always wanted. He’s moved in with his recently-divorced girlfriend, Mattie Hardwin in her large Malibu home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He’s back at work at the Crime Reporter investigating stories of corruption and abuse by the political and legal authorities of Los Angeles County.

When detectives arrive to inform Luc of the death of his father, Luc is hesitant to get involved. But once he discovers a powerful leader in the mental health industry is pulling the strings in his father’s investigation, Luc is determined to tear him down. As he chases the demons of his past, Luc unknowingly steps right into the crosshairs of a killer determined to keep his own life from falling apart.

Preview Chasing Demons

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.
www.melissamgarcia.com

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