Barbara Blake is a bright, young, attractive, and ambitious defense attorney. Alejandro Soto, an inmate already serving two life sentences for the brutal murder of a drug dealer and the man’s mother, is on trial for a third murder, one he did not commit but that could well result in the Death Penalty. When Blake and Soto meet in the San Cristobal, California courtroom, they begin a 120-day journey that will invariably alter both of their lives.…
Ronald L. Ruiz’s new novel, Life Long, has received a starred review from Kirkus. Congratulations, Ron!
Ruiz is a strikingly good writer, and his chapter detailing Ray’s “break”—and the terrifying, evil voices in his head—is a sojourn in hell; readers will understand why Ray is in a panic to get his prescription refilled and why the voices terrify him. Obstacles multiply endlessly, and the descriptions of Ray’s long days and nights on the bus, and of the dreary and dehumanizing bus terminals, will likely make many readers deeply grateful for their better circumstances. Ruiz proves to be a very sharp social critic, and no detail gets past him in this richly imagined book. A highly recommended novel that appeals to both the heart and the head.
Ray Lopez is on the run with a duffel bag full of cash. Both drug dealers and the police are after him. But Ray is not a criminal. His last brush with the law was over traffic tickets. Recently released from the hospital with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, he is haunted by voices, auditory hallucinations, that frighten him and cause him to question his every move.…
Jay Amberg and Ronald L Ruiz are going on tour! The Bone Box tour, hosted by Partners in Crime, is 1–30 November. Jesusita runs 2–20 November, hosted by iRead. Click the respective covers for tour stop schedules. We hope you come along for new reviews, interviews and guest posts by these prolific Amika authors!
Two hundred and fifty Smashwords authors will be featured this week at Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Bouchercon, now in its 46th year, is the world’s largest mystery convention. It’s expected to draw 1,500 readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction.
Included in the conference registration bags will be a Smashwords thumb drive. On that drive will be 430 ebooks from 250 Smashwords authors. The drive features breakout indies, New York Times bestsellers, USA Today bestsellers, hybrid authors that publish both indie and traditionally, and future breakout authors.