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Happy New Year - Free Autographed Book Offer

To celebrate the start of 2014, I am offering a free autographed copy of STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY to all my followers. If you would like a personally signed paperback copy mailed to you, please send your name and address to author_melissa_garcia@yahoo.com.

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Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

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STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY on Sale

Amazon has the Kindle version of Stranger: A Death Valley Mystery on sale for only $0.99. If you haven’t read it, download it today.

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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.

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Coming Soon…CHASING DEMONS

Yes, the sequel to FALLING ANGELS is on it’s way. I’ve promised you all and I swear it’s close. But it’s like my child. I watched it grow up from just a small baby of an idea and now it’s blossomed into a full-length crime novel. I want to share CHASING DEMONS with all of you, but I’m nervous. Is it ready to be out in the world? It recently left for about two months and spent some time with my editor, but it’s back for one last review and I’m hesitant to let it out of my sight again. But alas, I know I must let it go. So, as it leaves me today to get formatted for publishing, I will tease you with the summary. 

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 Reporterinvestigating 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 take 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.

About MELISSA M. GARCIA

Born in La Mirada, California, Melissa M. Garcia (@MelissaM_Garcia) has lived most of her life in the sometimes gritty, always entertaining, and ever-changing landscape that is Southern California. She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a degree in English/Literature. Melissa 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). Melissa recently released an e-book collection, Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair. Melissa is also the author of the online blog, “Musings from a Crime Writer.” Her novels are available in paperback and e-book formats. She currently lives with her husband in Southern California and is at work on the next Death Valley Mystery.

Author Signing - LA Times Festival of Books

I had a wonderful time meeting fellow writers and readers at the LA Times Festival of Books on Saturday. USC was a great host to the event and the weather was perfect for browsing through the numerous booths. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Sisters in Crime Booth and to my new fans that purchased my books. It was nice to meet you and I hope to see you next year when I have a new book for you to read.

For those that couldn’t make it, be sure to put it on your calendar for next year. It’s a great event for all ages and it’s FREE to attend. I’ve also posted some photos of me signing at the event on my Flickr page so check it out.

See you next year!

Upcoming Author Signing

Crime Author, Melissa M. Garcia will be signing her novels, FALLING ANGELS and STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday, April 21.

Melissa will be at the Sisters in Crime Booth #373 from 10:00am to Noon on Saturday at the USC Campus in Los Angeles. Both novels will be on sale during that time only.

The Festival is free all weekend  with numerous writing sessions, entertainment stages, and exciting booths to visit. Parking is only $10. A great event for all ages!

The annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be held at the University of Southern California. Click here for map.

For more information on the the Festival visit http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Alex Delgado remembered every day she had been in prison. She could recall every minute of the ten years, two months, and seven days she had spent behind bars. There were days, early on, when she would have encouraged the black outs. There were nights she would have loved to erase from her mind.
STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY by Melissa M. Garcia

Coming Soon…Short Story Collection by Author Melissa M. Garcia

A collection of short stories written by mystery and crime author Melissa M. Garcia will be published in e-book only this Spring. The collection is entitled: FAITH DEPARTED: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In FAITH DEPARTED, a man struggles over a moral dilemma. A dying man requests the help of a seasoned detective to solve the mystery of his brother’s death in THE OTHER SON.  In THE POND, a young girl channels her evil side to ward off trespassers to her quiet seclusion.  A man running late desperately struggles with the world for a cup of coffee in COFFEE BREAK. In CROSS TO BEAR, a priest tries to comfort a mysterious visitor.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Born in La Mirada, California, Melissa M. Garcia has lived almost her entire life in the sometimes gritty, always entertaining, and ever-changing landscape that is Southern California. She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a degree in English/Literature. She published her first crime novel, FALLING ANGELS, in 2006. Her second novel, STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY was published in 2010. Her novels are available in paperback and ebook formats. She currently lives with her husband in Southern California and is at work on her next novel, CHASING DEMONS, the sequel to Falling Angels due out in 2012.

All About “STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY” by Melissa M. Garcia

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Born in La Mirada, California, Melissa M. Garcia has lived almost her entire life in the sometimes gritty, always entertaining, and ever-changing landscape that is Southern California. She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a degree in English/Literature. She published her first mystery novel, FALLING ANGELS, in 2006. Her second novel, STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY was published in 2010. Melissa is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and supports the Crime Lab Project. Her novels are available in paperback and ebook formats. She currently lives with her husband in Southern California and is at work on her next novel, CHASING DEMONS, the sequel to FALLING ANGELS due out in 2012.www.melissamgarcia.com


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All About “FALLING ANGELS” by Melissa M. Garcia

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Born in La Mirada, California, Melissa M. Garcia has lived almost her entire life in the sometimes gritty, always entertaining, and ever-changing landscape that is Southern California. She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a degree in English/Literature. She published her first mystery novel, FALLING ANGELS, in 2006. Her second novel, STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY was published in 2010. Melissa is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and supports the Crime Lab Project. Her novels are available in paperback and ebook formats. She currently lives with her husband in Southern California and is at work on her next novel, CHASING DEMONS, the sequel to FALLING ANGELS due out in 2012.


WHERE CAN I PURCHASE:

Amazon.com: Paperback, For Kindle

Barnes&Noble: Paperback or For Nook

Apple ibookstore

Smashwords: For download to any device

Last Week to Take Advantage of Special Offer

For a limited time, download my latest novel, STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY  for only $1.50 at Smashwords.com. Go to http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/90494 and use special Promo Code MJ53X at checkout. Spread the word. The offer is only valid until 10/31/11.

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.

For more information on Author Melissa M. Garcia, visit the official Web Site www.melissamgarcia.com

Happy October - National Book Month is Here!

October is National Book Month. Time to pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read all year. Visit your local library, purchase a best seller from your local bookstore, support your favorite authors by downloading their latest on your e-reader.

What will you be reading this month? Let me know. If you have no clue what to read this month, I’ve included a few lists of hot books below to help you select the title best for you:

Fiction Best Sellers (per the New York Times):

 1.      THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett. A young white woman and two black maids in 1960s Mississippi

2.      LETHAL, by Sandra Brown. A woman, her daughter and a man accused of murder evade the authorities as they search for her dead husband’s secrets.

3.      THE MILL RIVER RECLUSE, by Darcie Chan. Only one man knows an abused widow, which revealed will change many lives in her small Vermont town.

4.      HEAT RISES, by Richard Castle. An N.Y.P.D. homicide detective uncovers a conspiracy that reaches the department’s highest levels.

5.      SON OF STONE, by Stuart Woods. The New York lawyer Stone Barrington gets to know his teenage son and proposes to the boy’s mother.

6.      THE ABBEY, by Chris Culver. Against orders, a former homicide detective begins an investigation into his niece’s murder.

7.      LISTEN TO YOUR HEART, by Fern Michaels. Strange things begin happening to a lonely New Orleans caterer after she meets a wealthy, and irritatingly attractive, Cajun playboy.

8.      KILL ME IF YOU CAN, by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. When a young man finds a bag of diamonds, he gets the attention of the Ghost, a major assassin, and a rival assassin who wants the Ghost gone forever.

9.      THE NIGHT CIRCUS, by Erin Morgenstern. Two young rivals at a magical circus become collaborators as they fall in love.

10.  NEW YORK TO DALLAS, by J. D. Robb. An escaped child molester pursues Lt. Eve Dallas; by Nora Roberts, writing pseudonymously.

11.  REAMDE, by Neal Stephenson. A virus invades a multiplayer online role-playing game and sets off a violent struggle.

12.  THE BLACK ICE, by Michael Connelly. The Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch investigates the scandalous death of a narcotics officer.

13.  SARAH’S KEY, by Tatiana de Rosnay. A contemporary American journalist investigates what happened to a little girl during the roundup of Jews in Paris in 1942.

14.   1105 YAKIMA STREET, by Debbie Macomber. Bruce Peyton’s pregnant wife has left him, and he’s not the only one in town with problems; the 11th book in the Cedar Cove series.

15.   BLIND FAITH, by CJ Lyons. A woman finds no closure after a man is executed for the murder of her husband and son.

Non Fiction Best Sellers (per the New York Times):

1.      HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. A boy’s encounter with Jesus and the angels.

2.      THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca SklootA woman’s cancer cells were cultured without her permission in 1951.

3.      MONEYBALL, by Michael Lewis. How the Oakland Athletics built a successful team despite one of the smallest payrolls in baseball.

4.      CLEOPATRA, by Stacy Schiff. Reimagining the Egyptian queen who, even in her own day, was misrepresented.

5.      OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell. Why some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent.

6.      THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls. The author recalls her bizarre childhood.

7.      THE BOY WHO CAME BACK FROM HEAVEN, by Kevin Malarkey and Alex Malarkey. A boy who awoke from a coma two months after a car accident had an incredible story to share.

8.      CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG, by Chelsea Handler. More humorous personal essays from the comedian.

9.        EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON, by S.C. Gwynne. The story of Quanah Parker, the last chief of the Comanches.

10.   UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS, by Jennifer S. Holland. Forty-seven remarkable stories from the animal kingdom.

Top Free Kindle Books:

1.The Girl in the Lighthouse (Arrington) by Roxane Tepfer Sanford

2.Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist

3.Sold to the Highest Bidder by Donna Alward

4.Grid Detective by Amazon

5.While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin

6.Prairie Rose (A Town Called Hope) by  Catherine Palmer

7.Lady in the Mist (The Midwives) by Laurie Alice Eakes

8.The Brotherhood (Precinct 11) by Jerry B. Jenkins

9.Pirate Stash by Amazon

10.Liquid Smoke (Noah Braddock) by Jeff Shelby

Books from Melissa M. Garcia

1. Falling Angels.This action-packed crime novel pits one man against the strength  of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to save the ones he loves from an unknown killer. Car-thief, Luc Actar survived Hell once before, but this time around, his survival depends on saving the angels falling around him.

2. Stranger. The death of a stranger in room 110 of the Death Valley Motel is more than an inconvenience for new owner Alex Delgado. Alex and her brother Ric chose this small desert city because it appeared to be a quiet place for Alex to heal from the violent traumas of her past. But a local detective is determined to uncover the Delgado’s secret and force all three into a deadly collision course.

Special E-Book Offer

For a limited time, download my latest novel, STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY at Smashwords.com for only $1.50! That’s less than a cup of coffee.

Use special Promo Code MJ53X at checkout.

Spread the word.

The offer is only valid until 10/31/11.

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.

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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