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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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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.

Visit http://www.amazon.com/Stranger-Death-Valley-Mystery-ebook/dp/B008U9SWFIimage

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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Featured Mystery Authors Suggest Titles

Barnes & Noble asked some of the most popular Mystery Authors what titles they would suggest to new readers in the genre. Here are their suggestions. How many have you read?

Click the links for full list of suggested novels.

Michael Connelly - Suggests novels spanning from Robert Crais to Harper Lee

Robert Crais - Suggests novels from mystery superstar Michael Connelly and legend Raymond Chandler

Sue Grafton - Suggests novels from spanning from John le Carre to James M. Cain

Lisa Scottoline - Suggests novels from thriller writer David Baldacci to mystery superstar Sandra Brown.

What would you suggest to a new mystery reader?

Edgar Award Nominees - Best Paperback Original

Each Spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre in honor of Edgar Allan Poe. On April 26, the winners will be announced in New York City. Below are the nominees for Best Paperback Original:

  • The Company Men by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • The Faces of Angels by Lucretia Grindle
  • The Dog Sox by Russell Hill
  • Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley
  • Vienna Twilight by Frank Tallis

Edgar Award Nominees - Best First Novel

Each Spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre in honor of Edgar Allan Poe. On April 26, the winners will be announced in New York City. Below are the nominees for Best First Novel by an American Author:

  • Red on Red by Edward Conlon
  • Last to Fold by David Duffy
  • All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen
  • Bent Road by Lori Ray
  • Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder

Final Week for Savings at Authors Den

This is the final week to purchase discount copies of my novels at Authors Den.. Head over to my Author’s Den site and pick up a personally autographed copy of FALLING ANGELS or STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY at crazy prices. A signed paperback of Falling Angels is only $1.99 and a signed paperback of Stranger is only $3.05 (plus shipping and handling).

Sale ends 12/31/2011.

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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.

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ABOUT STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY:

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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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

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween, everyone. To celebrate the pagan holiday, I’ve included some of my favorite scary mysteries…My Halloween Jack-O-Lantern

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Pet Cemetery by Stephen King

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

The Shining by Stephen King

Suffer The Children by John Saul

The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Have a Safe and Fun Halloween (and save me some candy).

 

Upcoming Mystery & Thriller Novels

Looking for a good mystery novel for Halloween, or just a thriller to get you through the cold winter? I’m keeping an eye on some upcoming novels for you. Peruse the selection below and purchase at your local bookstore or download on your e-reader of choice. Know of any I should add?

Bonnie by Iris Johansen - The latest in the Eve Duncan series is due out on 10/18.

Already Gone by John Rector - The author’s third novel is due out on 10/25.  

11/22/63 by Stephen King - The much awaited new novel by the King of the Thriller is due out 11/8.

V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton - The latest in the Kinsey Millhone Mystery series is due out 11/14.

The Drop by Michael Connelly - The latest in the Harry Bosch series is due out 11/28.

Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell - The latest in the Scarpetta series is due out 12/6.

77 Shadow Street: A Novel by Dean Koontz - is due on 12/27.

Happy Reading!

Also now available at smashwords.com (the ebook headquarters):
FALLING ANGELS is now only $.99.
STRANGER is only $1.50. Use Promo Code #MJ53X at checkout. Valid until 10/31.

Summer Reading

Well, summer is just about over. What did you read this summer? I tend to read only fiction in the warmer months. Here is a list of the books on my reading list this past summer:

  • A Cold Heart by Jonathan Kellerman
  • The Reversal by Michael Connelly
  • California Girl by T Jefferson Parker
  • Hollywood Station by Joseph Wambaugh
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • The Sentry by Robert Crais
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

I truly enjoyed The Sentry the most. And was plesantly surprised by how much I enjoyed The Woman in White. Now time to put together a list for this Fall.

Let me know what you read this summer. What was your favorite? What novels are you looking forward to reading this fall? Any suggestions to put on my list?

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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