Diamonds Are Forever by Jeannette de Beauvoir

We’re all attracted to things that sparkle. From the moment we’re born, our eyes follow shiny objects. And because everyone likes them, precious stones and gems have acquired a substantial monetary value.

 

And therein, naturally, lies crime.

 

In the nursery rhyme, the “little star” twinkles “like a diamond in the sky,” but diamonds are no little stars: they’re big and bright and can be very, very dangerous. Blood diamonds cost countless people their lives and limbs. Diamonds are stolen and imitated, fought over and killed for, and still every February we buy them, give them, and receive them as delicate, beautiful expressions of love.

 

One of my novels, Deadly Jewels, deals with a diamond theft during World War Two that has repercussions in the present day, its unfinished business echoing up through the years. And you might think that it was easier to steal diamonds back then, but you’d be wrong: unlike other crimes, which seem to be more and more blocked by technological advances in loss prevention and law enforcement, it seems that jewel thieves are alive and well and very much at it.

 

One of the things that we say about murder is that we only know about the failures—a successful murderer being, of course, one who is never caught because murder is never suspected. The same cannot be said for heists: we know only too well when and where they occur, and sometimes even by whom.

 

And I have to say that the recent history of heists isn’t without some humor.

 

Take the so-called Pink Panther gang, some very serious thieves from Eastern Europe who earned their nickname following the 1993 theft of a £500,000 diamond in central London—they hid the stone in a jar of face cream, a move learned from watching The Return of the Pink Panther. That’s right: Inspector Clouseau taught them. They’ve been enormously successful and are responsible for what are considered some of the most glamorous heists ever.

 

A science museum isn’t the first place you’d think of as a backdrop to a diamond heist, but in 2002 that happened in the Netherlands during an exhibition called The Diamond: From Rough Stone to Gem. Thieves got away with $12 million in diamonds and jewelry after smashing a window to get in (they weren’t picked up on video and none of the guards saw or heard anything) and accessing six of 28 alarmed cabinets in the main jewelry room before escaping. That one still has a lot of people scratching their heads.

 

In 2013, thieves netted $136 million in diamonds belonging to an Israeli guest at the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes—the same hotel that was the setting for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 jewelry heist film To Catch a Thief.

 

I could go on and on—really, I could—but you get the point. There’s something about diamonds that brings out the James Bond or Marilyn Monroe in all of us. And the mystery not only of their attraction but of the lengths to which people will go to steal them is one of endless fascination—for this mystery writer, anyway!

 

Award-winning author Jeannette de Beauvoir writes mystery and historical fiction that’s been translated into 12 languages. A Booksense Book-of-the-Year finalist, she’s a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the National Writers Union.

All her novels are firmly rooted in a sense of place, and her delight is to find characters true to the spaces in which they live. She herself lives and writes in a cottage in Provincetown, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and loves the collection of people who assemble at a place like land’s end. Find out more—and read her blog—at jeannettedebeauvoir.com.  She doesn’t own any diamonds.

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Steps to Courage by Sandra Stiles

Trina Lacy knew all about survival. Since her accident, she has been determined never to feel like a victim, but live life as a survivor. Her classmate, Mark Jacobs did not think he deserved to be a survivor. Plagued by guilt for his role in his parent’s death, he felt life was not so great. Trina’s ex-boyfriend Lucas James felt guilty for the accident he caused that left his former girlfriend scarred. When Trina proposes a fundraiser to be held at Windows on the World for their community service project Lucas and Mark jump at the chance to help. Each of them has their own reasons. Once in the Towers, they decide to divide and conquer. They had not expected someone to fly planes into the Towers. They never expected to face escaping the burning towers with all the odds stacked against them. Now the fears they have been carrying with them must be dealt with as they take steps to get out. The question is, will they survive the events of 9/11?

 

I have been remiss in working with Sandra for such a long time, and never knowing she’d written this! It’s never too late to buy a good book!

Who Keeps Changing the Rules? by Gayle Leeson

“I” before “e” except after “c”…but then “science.”

“If you want to make big money in the publishing world, you must have an agent.” But then…Amanda Hocking, and E. L. James, and J. A. Konrath.

“You need to be blogging/podcasting/utilizing Pinterest/mastering Facebook and Twitter/putting out a new book every month.”

I keep trying all the things all the experts tell us writers we need to be doing. But I’m on to something that I think might just work. It’s called “writing” and “having fun doing it.” Now don’t get me wrong—I fully understand the importance of marketing. In fact, I’m currently taking Mark Dawson’s course, “Ads for Authors.”

But a lot of the extraneous stuff was bogging me down and making me feel overwhelmed. I think it was Brendon Burchard who said that one of the biggest mistakes we make in the mornings is picking up our phones first thing. When we check social media, we’re starting our day with comparisons. When we check our email, we’re starting the day off with the demands of other people. Start your day the way you want to start it—not in a way that will make you feel you have to answer to someone else (even if it’s just a demand to Check Out This Wonderful Sale Or You’ll Miss Out!) or feel inferior to someone else.

I’ve realized that writing a book every three months is as good as I’m going to do. And I’m all right with that. I have the good fortune to be able to write full time, and I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I read an article recently where a young man said he could only remember having dinners with his mother on Thanksgiving and Christmas because she was writing all the time. I thought that was really sad. I’d rather have my family than an NYT bestseller. Of course, my family and an NYT bestseller would be the elephant’s eyebrows, as my character Maxine “Max” Englebright would say.

I have fun with Max, and I enjoy my other characters too. I’m finding that if I stop worrying so much about meeting a certain quota of books published per year or how the other writers on Facebook are doing and concentrate on the story in front of me, I’m a much happier and productive writer.

 

Gayle Leeson’s latest release is DESIGNS ON MURDER: A GHOSTLY FASHIONISTA MYSTERY. Read an excerpt at http://www.ghostlyfashionista.com or visit Gayle online at http://www.gayleleeson.com .

 

New book: Forged Lines By J.T.Bishop

 

ISBN-10: 1732553114

ISBN-13: 978-1732553118

Eudoran Press LLC

Paperback: 358 pages

April 14, 2019

Series: Red-Line: The Fletcher Family Saga (Book 4)

Genre: Paranormal Suspense

 

 

Also available in ebook format

 

 

Confronted by their enemies, they’ll fight for all they hold dear.

Caught unaware, the Ramsey and Fletcher families face their greatest challenge. After a violent attempt on their lives, they must combat the forces that want them dead.

As loved ones are separated and family members threatened, they’ll do whatever it takes to protect the ones they love. The further they go, the more dangerous it becomes, until the very forces required to protect them may no longer be enough.

Despite betrayals and setbacks, they’ll fight to the end, but survival is never a guarantee. Their fate will be defined by their ability to trust their destiny. But destiny may not be enough when everything they love could be lost forever.

 

Forged Lines is the fourth book in J.T. Bishop’s Red-Line trilogy sister series, The Fletcher Family Saga. If you love unrelenting action, fast-paced suspense, heart-rending romance, and unexpected twists, then grab your copy of Forged Lines today.

 

If you haven’t read any J.T. Bishop books yet, you must. She’s a brilliant up-and-coming author. Her writing is vivid and captivating, her immersive story well-plotted, and her characters relatable and unique. – NY Literary Magazine review of Curse Breaker

 

Born and raised in Dallas, TX, J. T. Bishop began writing in 2012. Inspired by a video that theorized the meaning of the end of the Mayan calendar, J. T. began the Red-Line trilogy. The video surmised that the earth was the central hub of activity for extraterrestrials thousands of years ago. J.T. didn’t know whether that was true or not, but it did spawn an idea. What if those extraterrestrials were still here? Two years and a lot of work later, the first three Red-Line books were complete, but she’s not done. The Red-Line saga develops as she continues to write new books.

People Don’t Buy Your Book because it’s Good by PJ Nunn

Have you ever really thought about that? They might buy it because they’ve heard it’s good. But what does that really mean?

I’ve been a book publicist for more than twenty years and have literally represented thousands of titles over the years. Some are out of print, some won the biggest awards and most fall somewhere in between. Still, I learned a long time ago that I don’t have to read a book to be able to sell it, contrary to popular belief. Why not? Because people don’t buy books based on what they find inside the book. We think if the author has talent and the book is good, it will sell. But seriously – why do we buy books?

We might buy a book because –

  • It’s by an author we know
  • We like the cover
  • We like the title
  • Somebody told us we’d like it
  • We liked its prequel
  • It’s on sale
  • We read a review that was positive
  • We like the topic
  • We like police drama, or serial killers, or beach romance or whatever
  • Another author we like gave it a blurb

The point is – the only way we’d know the book was good would be if we’d already read the book. Few people buy books they’ve already read. So it’s really important for us as authors to understand this and make sure that we are providing our potential readers with as many reasons to buy our book as we can.

How do we do that? Make sure the book description on the cover, on Amazon, Goodreads, our promo material and wherever else is text that really communicates not just facts but atmosphere of the story. Does it tell too much? Does it make you want to read more?

Don’t tell people how good it is, show them. Sometimes an excerpt or short scene is a better salesperson than a description. Use your text wisely.

If you’re making good use of social media pages and blog space, keep your voice true. For instance, I have two books out right now and they are from two different series. One is humorous and kind of campy. It’s written in first person and the protagonist has a sharp, sarcastic wit. The other is more serious, a little more hardboiled and the protagonist is a psychologist so there’s more thought taking place. If I’m promoting Private Spies, I’ll probably write in first person and keep the voice light and hopefully funny. If readers respond to that voice, they’ll like the book. But if they like that voice and pick up Angel Killer instead, it’s so different it may not appeal to them at all.

Personally I like both, but different moods are for different times. Do you have some ideas to share about what provokes you to buy a book?

New title: Behavioral Genes – Why we do what we do…by Dr. James Baird

Have you ever caught yourself saying the same phrase or making the same movements over and over? Or have you noticed something in a relative that reminds you of someone else, but can’t quite put your finger on it? Worse, do you find yourself repeating unwanted behaviors without thinking about it until after? Dr. James Baird’s new book might shed some light for you!

 

We humans behave in mysterious ways. We fight for seemingly no reason, eat too much, make our selves and others unhappy, and behave in all sorts of self-defeating ways. Why do we do what we do? And how can we change our behavior for the better? James D. Baird, author of the bestselling Happiness Genes, has researched the answers to these questions. In Behavioral Genes, he brings state-of-the-art science to our fingertips, giving us the knowledge to transform our lives for the better.

The root cause of our mysterious behaviors is that 30-50% of what we do is driven by genes inherited from our prehistoric ancestors. But we needn’t be trapped by those genes or those behaviors! The new science of epigenetics proves that genes are not necessarily destiny. These exciting new discoveries are already being used by medical organizations, and Dr. Baird shows us how we can use them in everyday life.

Behavioral Genes offers specific ways to move beyond your ancient “caveman mind” and actually change your biology. It examines the sources of stress, aggression, conflict, overeating, hurt feelings, mistaken perceptions, and unhappiness. It brings understanding to core behaviors such as personality, happiness, relationships, love, and differences between the sexes. Drawing on the proven therapies of meditation, mindfulness, cognitive therapy, and epigenetic behavioral therapy, Behavioral Genes maps out a positive new way to increase well-being.

 

James D. Baird, Ph.D. has more than forty years of experience as a successful inventor and graduate engineer. A pioneer in the new science of ultrasonics, Baird has earned several patents and as a successful entrepreneur founded Dynasonics, Inc. a design and manufacturing company of ultrasonic sensors and computers.

His inventor background instilled in him a persistent curiosity about how things work, translating from mechanisms to life. His passion for understanding the bioengineering that makes us human combined with his religious and spiritual beliefs has led him to research the subject of happiness for more than 20 years, and in the process, earned him a Ph.D. in Natural Health.

As a natural health advocate with an inventor’s curiosity, he was intrigued by the paradox that “diets don’t work.” In an effort to uncover the reasons and provide an answer, he wrote his third book, The Mindful Meals Diet (iUniverse 2007), which explained how genetic factors are the basis of unhealthy eating habits that lead people to become overweight. His program incorporated self-hypnosis and mind/body strategies to develop healthy eating habits (www.mindfulmealsdiet.com).

From his research of genetics in diet evolved the understanding that humans have a spiritual nature and that faith is genetic. This confirmed his belief that the expression of spirituality is genetically motivated and results in natural happiness. Results from researching genetic behavior and the new science of epigenetics inspired Baird to write the HAPPINESS GENES.

Intrigued by people’s behaviors, Baird used his 20 years of researching in behavioral genetics to write BEHAVIORAL GENES- why we do what we do and how to change. This book describes the genetic roots of our most common behaviors providing understanding of why we do what we do. While other books note that the genetic heritability component of behaviors is unchangeable, Baird shows that genes aren’t destiny. Using evidence that epigenetic modalities, such as: meditation, mindfulness, and cognitive therapy can modify behaviors, practical therapies are described in the last chapter of the book.

New title: Shadow Pact by Tally Adams

ISBN-10: 1612542859

ISBN-13: 978-1612542850

Brown Books Publishing Group

Mass Market Paperback: 328 pages

February 12, 2019, $7.99

Language: English

Series: Immortal Romance (Book 1)

 

Emily was on a desperate quest to locate her missing sister. She was determined to follow the trail, no matter where it led. But nothing could have prepared her to stumble into a werewolf den under the full moon. Certain she was doomed to die by the pack, she finds her salvation in the most unlikely place; the Executioner himself. But he’s far more than he seems, and quickly becomes the only thing standing between her and being someone’s next meal. His hungry gray eyes and determination to keep her safe at all costs are the only protection she has. Together, they must navigate the courts in the immortal world and stand against a bloodthirsty queen, a power-hungry king, and a coming war to save not only themselves but the entire world of mortal and immortal alike.

 

 

Tally Adams lives in Texas with her husband and four children (and one big, fat English bulldog). She’s been writing all her life, realizing at a young age the characters just swirl around maddeningly in her head if she doesn’t put them on paper. She began participating in adult writing competitions before she even hit her teens. Years later, she worked as a nurse and continued to write. Finally, she decided to move forward into the world of publication and share her imaginary friends with the world.

 

Website URL: https://www.tallyadams.com/

Blog URL: https://www.tallyadams.com/blog

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tallyadams618

 

Buy link for Shadow Pact:

https://amzn.to/2WkCX8h