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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.

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.

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!

Please note your information will NOT be sold or given out to anyone. Offer expires 1/31/14.

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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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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.

STRANGER: A Death Valley Mystery - on Sale!

For a limited time, Amazon.com has the Kindle version of STRANGER for only $2.99. What a great deal!

If you prefer a paperback, you can order an autographed copy of STRANGER for only $7.00 (includes shipping!) at AuthorsDen.com. The novel will be autographed and shipped directly to you. Just in time for the holidays.

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.

Preview Stranger

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. 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

Have you read STRANGER?

The e-book, STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY by Melissa M. Garcia is currently on sale for only .99 this summer at smashwords.com, iTunes store, and the Sony Reader Store.

Just read some of the reviews so far:

Sometimes the road to ruin is often paved with good intentions. That is the motto of most of the characters in Stranger: A Death Valley Mystery. The good intentions of Police Detective Will Stellar leads him down a path he will never recover from, and the good intentions of sibling Ric and Alex Delgado makes their quiet life more frantic. Stranger, the second novel by Melissa M. Garcia, starts off with a dead body in a motel, and the book twist and turns until it is full of more red herrings than a Seattle fish market. Garcia uses a unique blend of movement and dialogue from each person in the book and gives everyone a personality, a soul, and a hint of life.That realness helps in making almost anyone a killer, and it left me guessing until the very end.

Another intriguing device used by Garcia is the use of the “whydoit?” Many times, a crime novel cares more about the mysterious “who” and the killer’s identity. In Stranger, we get a refreshing new outlook on how important the motive is to a crime. Any two-bit hood with a gun can be a killer, because murder is an effect. The book wants you to care about the cause, and the importance of each character. With the skill of a painter, Garcia creates beautiful and soulful players for her play. At the end, I was as conflicted about the real killer as was Detective Stellar. Another thing that worked was the theme and how each person was dealing with the same problem in different ways. Everyone had a similar conflict of family over duty. This is a mystery novel done right and is as enjoyable as a cool drink on those hot desert nights.

*Originally published for San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review*


Every mystery has its dark secrets, but the best ones reveal them with a kind of perverse, teasing finesse. And author Melissa M. Garcia does so deftly in Stranger, her second mystery.

Ex-con Alex Delgado and her brother Ric have fled Los Angeles for a new start in the small, gritty town of Lake City, Nevada, safely removed from the disturbing memories and unhealed wounds of their past. Their sanctuary is the Death Valley Motel, the dog-eared roadside motel they run together, comfortable in their anonymity at the edge of civilization.

So when an aging ex-L.A. gang-banger’s corpse is found on the bloody floor of Room 110 at their hard-luck desert motel, a fresh dead guy is the last thing the Delgados need. And their anxiety proves to be caused by something deeper and darker than expensive carpet cleaning and bad press.

They’re not alone. Soon it appears that everyone in Lake City is hiding something – even the squared-away detective who catches the case. And in the closed room of a small town, everybody is a suspect – including the Delgados, whose entangled pasts prove to be both a curse and a blessing.

This sinister mix of secrets, longing and murder underlies Garcia’s tightly crafted story. You can taste the dust and feel the prickle of desert heat as a nicely tangled plot propels you deeper into the case.

Stranger evokes some of the best elements of Rick Riordan’s popular Tres Navarre mystery series before he abandoned crime writing for young-adult mythologizing. Garcia has delivered well-developed characters, strong dialogue and a scrupulously plotted yarn that propels the reader forward without too many distracting detours. The plentiful plot twists are never befuddling and readers are likely to keep guessing right up to the last page.

*Originally published for Blue Ink Reviews*

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Strangerby Melissa M. Garcia is the fictional story of Ric and Alex Delgado, a brother and sister duo who manage a motel in “the middle of nowhere.” Escaping their former lives they settle where there is likely to be no trouble, but a dead body interrupts their new quiet life. A stranger’s death is just the type of crime that never happens in this small town, and everyone has a theory.

Detective Stellar and his team of officers work to solve the murder while Alex and Ric have their own ideas. Crossing paths with each other, additional lives are put in jeopardy.

Strangeris a good book. I really enjoyed reading it. The murder isn’t too intense. There aren’t too many characters. There isn’t too much intrigue with twists and turns. However, the characters are well-crafted and likable. Alex is a tough, damaged young woman, but she’s smart, and I found myself rooting for her even as a suspect. Ric is the protective older brother, and as is often true in real life, they both underestimate each other. Detective Stellar plays a pivotal role as the small town police officer whose personal life interferes with the investigation.

The plot contained in “Stranger” is enough to keep the reader guessing until the end. I wanted to read to the end, and I cared about the characters. I hope Ms. Garcia will continue to write as her stories are engaging and entertaining.

*Originally published for Reader Views*

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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.

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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