BLOG TOUR: Remnants | #Crime #Mystery #Thriller #GuestPost @Carolyn_Arnold

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Why read the Brandon Fisher FBI series?

CAROLYN ARNOLD

If you find yourself intrigued by serial killers and fascinated by murder investigations, you probably love police procedurals. And if you also like getting inside the mind of a killer, exploring the dark and disturbing side of humanity, and you are an avid reader—or even if you only pick up a book a few times a year, actually!—you’ve met your match with my Brandon Fisher FBI series.

This serial-killer series isn’t like all the others out there in today’s entertainment world, though. When it came to writing this series, I wanted to do something unique, not only to make it stand out but to challenge myself and my readers. I wanted to dig deeper by tapping into the mindset of serial killers, and I wanted to do so with a rookie agent, not a veteran. Books in the mystery genre often depict a tough, seasoned detective or agent as the protagonist. I decided to flip that on its head and experience what it’s like to be a brand-new FBI agent.

In the first book in the series, Eleven, Brandon Fisher takes on his inaugural case with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit and learns that an investigation can get personal quickly. In fact, he even comes to fear for his life and that of his wife’s. Readers witness him being trained by his veteran boss, Supervisory Special Agent Jack Harper, and get a front-row seat to his dealing with the heinous murders and the emotions he must deal with as a rookie.

As the series progresses, Brandon becomes more experienced, and he finds that nothing much surprises him anymore.

“With each new case, I wondered how the next would top the last, but somehow they always came to us more gruesome and depraved than the previous.” – FBI Agent Brandon Fisher

The Brandon Fisher FBI series can be enjoyed in any order, as each book stands alone, or you can start from the beginning.

And now a little bit about Remnants

Remnants-350-high-book-coverAll that remains are whispers of the past…

When multiple body parts are recovered from the Little Ogeechee River in Savannah, Georgia, local law enforcement calls in FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team to investigate. But with the remains pointing to three separate victims, this isn’t proving to be an open-and-shut case.

With no quick means of identifying the victims, building a profile of this serial killer is proving more challenging than usual. How is the killer picking these victims? Why are their limbs being severed and bodies mutilated? And what is it about them that is triggering this killer to murder?

The questions compound as the body count continues to rise, and when a torso painted blue and missing its heart is found, the case takes an even darker turn. But this is only the beginning, and these new leads draw the FBI into a creepy psychological nightmare. One thing is clear, though: the killing isn’t going to stop until they figure it all out. And they are running out of time…

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Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 18 of Remnants…

TELEVISION WAS FOR THE WEAKMINDED, and he found the futility of sitcoms to be tedious and mind-numbing. His thoughts would always drift—as they often did anyway—to the freedom of the spirit, to being rid of the flesh that bound him to Earth. There was one program that held his attention, though, when he decided he felt like watching something, and that was the news. Events most people considered to be tragic, to be evidence of a world full of chaos, he rather enjoyed hearing about. The car bombs, the terrorist attacks, the murders—these things only proved how fleeting an earthly existence was and how the way one spent one’s time mattered.

When he wasn’t making sacrifices, he was usually thinking about them—either past offerings or those yet to come. There was a hunger that raged through him that made such sacrifices necessary, and the constant natter in his brain told him he was living his life with purpose and according to divine plan.

He went to the fridge, took out a bunch of grapes, and broke off a cluster. He put them into a bowl and then filled a glass with cold, filtered water. Sitting down in front of the television with the bowl of grapes on his lap and the glass of water on the side table, he was ready for the eleven o’clock news.

“Hey, honey.” His mother padded toward the sofa, wearing a robe over her pajamas and slippers on her feet.

He smiled at her, yet felt nothing for the woman who had given birth to him. And she knew how he viewed her, how he didn’t have the same feelings other sons had for their mothers, but she accepted him for who he was. She didn’t try to fix him when the rest of the world saw him as a freak.

He’d had no friends in school and was teased excessively for being different, but that was a small price to pay for being chosen. It had taken him awhile to fully realize his purpose, but once he had, there was no stopping him. He lived on a higher plane of existence than his human peers, one they couldn’t comprehend. He saw the entire spectrum from life to death and beyond.

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Carolyn-Arnold-Author-Photo-Hi-ResABOUT THE AUTHOR — Carolyn Arnold is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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A REVIEW FROM MY COMMUTE: The Dead Hour – Denise Mina #Crime #Mystery #Scotland

So what book will I be reviewing for you today?

The Dead Hour

Denise Mina

TheDeadHourPaddy Meehan returns in Denise Mina’s most powerful mystery yet, nominated for a 2007 Edgar Award.

When journalist Paddy Meehan investigates a domestic dispute, the well-dressed man who answers the door assures her the blonde in the shadows behind him is fine, and slips her money before he closes the door. In fact, the woman was tortured and left to die later that night, and Paddy has only days to uncover the truth before the newspaper learns of her bribe and the police close the case for reasons of their own. Only Paddy cares enough to pursue a dark and brutal story that could make her career-or kill her, in a novel that proves why Denise Mina is “some kind of magnificent” (Wall Street Journal).

So what are my thoughts on The Dead Hour?

I picked this one up after listening to Field of Blood and enjoying it so much. I was not disappointed. It’s the second in a trilogy and I plan on picking up the last installment on audiobook once I can find it. Read by the same actress who has become the voice of Paddy ‘Patricia’ Meehan in my mind, it’s just as fantastic as the first book.

The story took off after the conclusion of Field of Blood and Paddy’s got a new position at the paper that allows her to follow and report on the crimes that occur overnight. The Dead Hour was filled with alternate moments of terror and dark humour that made it an easy listen and an engaging tale. I definitely recommend this one as well.

Rating: 5 out of 5

A REVIEW FROM MY COMMUTE: Field of Blood – Denise Mina #Crime #Mystery #Scotland

So in keeping with my promise to get these reviews out to the world at large, I’m back with another installment of A Review from my Commute. Today I’ll be sharing with you my thoughts on:

Field of Blood

Denise Mina

Here’s the synopsis so that you’ve got a little context…

FieldofBloodA sensational murder provides the young journalist Paddy Meehan with her big professional break when she realizes that she has a personal connection to one of the suspects. Launching her own investigation, Paddy uncovers lines of deception that go deep into the past – and that could spell even more horrible crimes in the future if she doesn’t get the story right.

So what are my thoughts on Field of Blood?

Delightful and devilish.

I believe that about sums it up! I’m a huge sucker for crime drama and this one delivered from a wholly different perspective. The book itself is set in Scotland and the actress who read the story was Scottish so if the idea of an accent turns you off, don’t consider listening to this one – read it instead.

The plot itself was full of twists and turns, along with characters that were interesting and multidimensional. It also gave a glimpse into the cultural landscape of Scotland in the 1970s which felt like a character in and of itself. I loved every minute of it. Oh and I just discovered that it was adapted to a television series by the BBC so I’m definitely going to search it out.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Nine Questions with… William Butler

Today I’m joined by fellow author and friend William Butler. Welcome William, introduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you.

My name is William Butler. I am the author of The House of Balestrom series, the crime trilogy Bang and Time of the Season. I am currently working on my next novel entitled Nine to Dine. I write mystery/suspense novels with dramatic and crazy twists. If I can fool you with my writing and still tell a great story then I am satisfied. I’ve been writing since I can remember and loved telling my stories to an audience.

What is your writing process?

I outline all my novels. Write down major plot points and then minor ones. Then I write.

Very organized – I have to admit that for the most part I’m the complete opposite. I’ve tried to plan and then the story develops in another direction once it starts growing on paper. Tell us, is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into?

I may try my hand at sci-fi. We will see. I have an idea for something apocalyptic.

Oohh Apocalyptic!! One of my personal favourites!! I’ll need updates on that one for sure!! What are the 5 books that have influenced you the most, and why?

Misery by Stephen King- This was the first book of his I read. Loved it. Love the King.

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious – Um all I can say is wow. Drama. Murder. Sex. It’s a great book!

Valley of The Dolls by Jacqueline Susann – What can I say this is a guilty pleasure. Scandalous at the time it came out. Still stirs the pot if you ask me.

Choke by Chuck Palahniuk– You can’t go wrong with this guy! Hilarious situations with crazy characters.

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell– I do not know about you but this is an epic novel. It’s a big book with everything in it.

Great choices!! If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters?

Natalie Portman would play Sara from my House of Balestrom series.

So William, what is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?

Be thankful I made it to that point and then check it over and over again to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating.

Speaking of hallucinations… Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing?

Music and Meditation

Hmm, not the expose I was looking for… What do you do when you’re not writing William?

I think about writing. I can’t seem to escape it.

Time for the fun stuff! Please share with us the first nine lines of your current work-in-progress.

From NINE TO DINE:

A gloom settled over Bellview Manor for some years. A gloom embraced by a dark history. One that, to this day, still lingered like an old wound. Its history forever enveloping its occupants with a dark grip.

Bellview Manor stood strong. Unlike most manors in the area, it was an impenetrable fortress tucked away into a mountainside. With walls that stretched seventeen feet high. Nothing human was capable of entering or leaving its stronghold without a struggle. The manor itself was pieced together from old stone brought down from the mountain that dominated its skyline.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions William. If you’re looking to connect with William you can find him on his website, on Facebook, on Twitter at @Will34us.

Interested in partaking in some of William’s works? Take a gander at The House of Balestrom and Bang. Don’t forget that clicking on the covers will take you directly to Amazon!

A tragic death. Two sisters…one who marries for love…the other marries into THE HOUSE OF BALESTROM. When Susan’s husband, Victor Balestrom, dies in a mysterious and tragic accident, Susan is suspected of murdering him. With the Balestrom family, manipulated by Camille Balestrom, pointing fingers. Susan calls on her sister, Sara and her husband David to come to the private island owned by the Balestrom family to be by her side during this tragic moment in her life. But Sara and David’s visit become twisted and manipulated by someone in the family, who not only want Susan to pay for her crimes, but want revenge as well. Will Sara discover who is behind everything before it is too late? Who is the mysterious man roaming the island grounds–the man who terrorizes Sara at every turn? Secrets are abound and will be revealed all the way to its tragic end.

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Tim Jones had everything planned out. He was going to tell his wife, Shelley, that he still loved her. He didn’t care if she cheated on him with his best friend, Frank. He wanted Shelley back and was ready to move on. That was until someone shot him…

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Don’t forget to join me next week when my guest will be Kealan Patrick Burke.