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Read Chapter Two of My Next Murder Mystery Novella

Read Chapter Two of My Next Murder Mystery Novella

After publishing the last blog post where I shared the first chapter of The Candidate, I felt a little mean. So, I decided to share the next chapter in the murder mystery novella, with you. As you might have guessed, the candidate is the first novella in a new series called the “Rookie Reporter Mysteries”, featuring James Lalonde.

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Read Chapter Two of My Next Murder Mystery Novella

Read Chapter One of My Next Murder Mystery Novella

After publishing the last blog post where I shared the opening scene of The Candidate, I felt a little mean. So, I decided to share the next chapter in the murder mystery novella, with you. As you might have guessed, the candidate is the first novella in a new series called the “Rookie Reporter Mysteries”, featuring James Lalonde.

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TBN006, The Book Buying Tag

TBN006, The Book Buying Tag

As you can tell by the super spoiler-y title of this video, I’ll be doing the Book Buying Tag created by Megan Olivier. Click the link on my blog to watch the original version of the tag on YouTube. Even though this is quite an old tag that was created back in 2013, I loved it so much that I clearly couldn’t resist filming it. And, there was one question that I struggled to answer. But, that’s was of no surprise to me.

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Writing Distractions, A Book Cover Reveal, and Getting Vaccinated | BTS Writing Vlog 021

Writing Distractions, A Book Cover Reveal, and Getting Vaccinated | BTS Writing Vlog 021

On Tuesday, I started the writing vlog off strong by setting a goal to reach the midpoint of the novella by the end of the week. Well, as you know, this is me setting a goal, and I got distracted by a few other important bright, shiny and new distractions. However, despite all of the distractions, I did make some progress, and as you’re aware, some progress is better than no progress.

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TBN005, A Giant Crime, Mystery, and Thriller Book Haul

TBN005, A Giant Crime, Mystery, and Thriller Book Haul

As you can guess by the spoiler-y title I’m going to discuss the crime, mystery, and thriller books that I purchased over the last six months of 2019. Yes, some of these books have been sitting in a pile on the floor in my office for eighteen months. What can I say? I’m a chronic procrastinator.

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TBN002, What’s On My TBR List | Thriller Novels I Want to Read

TBN002, What’s On My TBR List | Thriller Novels I Want to Read

During August, I decided to devote much of my time to preparing my debut crime thriller novel, Missing for publication. So that meant, revising my fourth draft and preparing the manuscript for editing. At present, I’m eight books behind schedule. In the spirit of reading and getting back on track in this episode of the Thriller Novel Nerd Podcast, I’m going to share with you exactly what’s on my TBR list.

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Hello!

 

I’m Amelia. I write under the pen name A. D. Hay and I’m the author of Missing, the first book in James Lalonde Thriller series. I’m the host of the Book Nerd Podcast. Right now, I’m editing my soon to be published mystery novel which is tentatively titled, Book Two. When I’m not writing or hosting my podcast, I love to travel around Europe with my husband Roland, drink tea, and eat pizza.

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A Body is on the Lawn, and a Killer is on the Loose

 

When Will Thatcher, doesn’t show up for work, James Lalonde is forced to attend an afternoon tea with Alistair Carmichael in his place. The lovely autumn afternoon tea comes to an abrupt end when a body turns up on the lawn of the Carmichael Estate with strange markings on his neck.

 

But, something is missing, a priceless painting is off the wall. However, it’s no ordinary painting, it’s a Van Gogh purchased in an auction a few months ago. After discovering fresh tracks, most likely left by the murderer James realises the murder is still in the estate.

 

Can James figure out who the thief and murderer are before he or Alistair is next?

 

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A killer is on the loose, Excalibur is missing, and his career is on the line…

 

James, the chief editor of a small newspaper, returns home to discover that his girlfriend, Valentine has unexpectedly left. Later that morning, he fails to reallocate her story. To avoid blank space in the paper, James decides to write the story on the local museum’s latest acquisition, Excalibur. But, there’s one thing he didn’t count on… Excalibur is Missing, and his girlfriend has been kidnapped.

 

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A Murdered Judge. A Dark Secret Silenced.

 

Rookie reporter James Lalonde is bored. And, he isn’t a journalist. He’s an all-round dogs-body, to editor-in-chief, Rhys Kelly. But, his luck has finally changed. After eavesdropping in on the morning editorial meeting, James learns he has his first-ever story. There’s one catch. If the story gets too complicated, it will be taken away from him and given to another journalist with more experience. Sure it’s a boring interview with the soon to be sworn-in magistrate, Albert Harrington, but it finally gets him out of his six-month slump as an editorial research assistant.

The following day, James turns up to his interview with Albert to discover a trail of blood smeared through Albert’s house, an empty safe, the murder weapon on the floor, but no body. Detective Anwar Khan turns up to the crime scene, puts two and two together, and believes James murdered the controversial magistrate. Can James clear his name and write his first-ever story before his editor takes it away from him?

 

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What I’m Writing!

 

98%
Revised Draft

83,827 of 85,000 Words

 

Right now, I’m preparing Book Two in the James Lalonde series, for a final round of revisions. The next step is to send the story off to my editor. I aim to have this eBook published on all major ebook retailers by the end of May 2022. And, I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

Publishing Updates

 

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0 of 60,000 Words

I’ve decided to add an extra book between the second book and the start of the byline series, where James arrives in New York. Book Three will be set in a 24 hour period in London. This novel will be available in ebook on all major ebook retailers by the end of mid 2022. And, the paperback editions soon after. I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

 

100%
Revised Draft

112,960 of 99,000 Words

Book Four the James Lalonde series needs one final round of revisions before I can hand it off to my editor. This longer novel will be published on all major ebook retailers in late 2022. And, the paperback editions soon after. I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

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The Lost Soul of the City was a great start to season 2. As you can expect, Nameless has amnesia about his identity and past while ensuring evil doesn’t go unpunished. Overall, season two was better than the first.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 The Lost Soul of the City was a great start to season 2. As you can expect, Nameless has amnesia about his identity and past while ensuring evil doesn’t go unpunished. Overall, season two was better than the first.
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In October Man, we see the world of Magical Policing is not limited to London. One of the interesting things about the book is discovering more about the history and scope of Aaronovitch's magical enforcement universe. To avoid rehashing the book description or spoiling the plot, I will say that the story follows Tobias Winter, who investigates an unusual death. He aims to get in and out, solve the crime then move. That's his policing dream. But, naturally, obstacles get in the way. Even though the story doesn't feature the loveable Peter Grant, it's still a great read.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 In October Man, we see the world of Magical Policing is not limited to London. One of the interesting things about the book is discovering more about the history and scope of Aaronovitch's magical enforcement universe. To avoid rehashing the book description or spoiling the plot, I will say that the story follows Tobias Winter, who investigates an unusual death. He aims to get in and out, solve the crime then move. That's his policing dream. But, naturally, obstacles get in the way. Even though the story doesn't feature the loveable Peter Grant, it's still a great read.
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I'm currently blaming Waterstones for breaking my physical book buying ban. 🤷🏻‍♀️
I'm currently blaming Waterstones for breaking my physical book buying ban. 🤷🏻‍♀️
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I sped through Lies Sleeping in a matter of days. Just like a lot of the other book I’ve read, I listened to the audiobook while reading the hardback edition. The one thing I love more than anything else is Peter Grant's narrative voice. I love his wit and perspective. On top of that, the audiobook is narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, a Ghanaian-British actor, and he does an excellent job not just with this book but the entire series. I highly recommend this series if you love urban fantasy and police procedurals. One last thing, this is one of those series that needs to be read in order. The books are not stand-alone books with a series. The plot arc spans the entire series, so the faceless man who now has a name and Lesley May feature in this novel, as well as Nightingale and Peter, and the other cast.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 I sped through Lies Sleeping in a matter of days. Just like a lot of the other book I’ve read, I listened to the audiobook while reading the hardback edition. The one thing I love more than anything else is Peter Grant's narrative voice. I love his wit and perspective. On top of that, the audiobook is narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, a Ghanaian-British actor, and he does an excellent job not just with this book but the entire series. I highly recommend this series if you love urban fantasy and police procedurals. One last thing, this is one of those series that needs to be read in order. The books are not stand-alone books with a series. The plot arc spans the entire series, so the faceless man who now has a name and Lesley May feature in this novel, as well as Nightingale and Peter, and the other cast.
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This second instalment in the Thursday Murder Club Series is full of twists and turns, and at times is a bit of a tear jerker. Also, you get to know a little more about the characters and their rich histories. Much like the first, it has lots of laugh out load moments but instead the story is a slow-burn instead of being action packed. I usually don't like to talk about endings but it was a bit far-fetched and over the top. But it was still enjoyable nonetheless. One more thing, I listened to the audiobook as I read the hardback, the audio is beautifully narrated by Lesley Manville.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 This second instalment in the Thursday Murder Club Series is full of twists and turns, and at times is a bit of a tear jerker. Also, you get to know a little more about the characters and their rich histories. Much like the first, it has lots of laugh out load moments but instead the story is a slow-burn instead of being action packed. I usually don't like to talk about endings but it was a bit far-fetched and over the top. But it was still enjoyable nonetheless. One more thing, I listened to the audiobook as I read the hardback, the audio is beautifully narrated by Lesley Manville.
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A bunch of loveable and quirky characters meet up every Thursday at a retirement village to solve crimes that occurred long ago. After discovering that a murder has taken place within the border community, they decide to investigate the crimes and solve the whodunnit. The story is filled with British humour and an understated charm. The story’s world is filled with numerous characters, but the team of amateur sleuths are the ones that stand out the most. However, it was the characters that ultimately had me turning the page.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 A bunch of loveable and quirky characters meet up every Thursday at a retirement village to solve crimes that occurred long ago. After discovering that a murder has taken place within the border community, they decide to investigate the crimes and solve the whodunnit. The story is filled with British humour and an understated charm. The story’s world is filled with numerous characters, but the team of amateur sleuths are the ones that stand out the most. However, it was the characters that ultimately had me turning the page.
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A humorous cozy mystery that had me laughing out loud on several occasions. A moment in the novel reminded me of a storyline from the Benidorm TV series, but I still enjoyed the book. It's super funny, but you need to be prepared to suspend disbelief.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 A humorous cozy mystery that had me laughing out loud on several occasions. A moment in the novel reminded me of a storyline from the Benidorm TV series, but I still enjoyed the book. It's super funny, but you need to be prepared to suspend disbelief.
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The opening to the twenty-second instalment of the Jack Reacher series was smart and funny but it evolved into something better. What grabbed my attention was the three strong and intelligent female characters. Tragically this isn’t something you always see in this genre. But back to the story. It opens in true Reacher style, Jack strolling through a small town. He stops after spotting a small West Point ring in a shop window and then sets out to reunite it with its owner. In the way of his mission are a series of twists and turns, which kept me turning the pages. The ending came as a surprise, but that's to be expected.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 The opening to the twenty-second instalment of the Jack Reacher series was smart and funny but it evolved into something better. What grabbed my attention was the three strong and intelligent female characters. Tragically this isn’t something you always see in this genre. But back to the story. It opens in true Reacher style, Jack strolling through a small town. He stops after spotting a small West Point ring in a shop window and then sets out to reunite it with its owner. In the way of his mission are a series of twists and turns, which kept me turning the pages. The ending came as a surprise, but that's to be expected.
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