Last Second Event News

I’m sending out an extra newsletter this month as I have an event coming up this weekend I wasn’t expecting. I had contacted folks at the Crown Pointe Academy about their Craft Fair. They were booked up, though hoping to get a local author but hadn’t found one. The organizer took my email and said she’d reach out if anyone had to back out at the last minute. And low and behold someone did. So I will have one more event to do this year with a chance to talk with potential readers and sell a few more books. This has been my best holiday selling season; ever! A heartfelt thanks to everyone who has stopped by and purchased my books.

The Crown Pointe Academy Craft Fair is being held on December 14th & 15th from 10AM-5PM both days. Admission is free for this event run by the PTA as a fundraiser for this local charter school. There will be crafts, pictures with Santa and door prizes. Stop on out if you’re in the area.

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Lots more sign-ups at the various events I’ve done this past month. Welcome to all of you. I hope you enjoy the newsletter. Everyone who registers for my newsletter I offer a free eBook version of Tracking A Shadow. If you signed up and didn’t receive the email from me with this offer, be sure to email me and I’ll get it sent to you right away. Sometimes the communication gets missed in the bevy of emails we all receive and other times it might get caught in your spam filter. You can always add this email address to your email application allowed list, so it doesn’t get discarded.

If you’ve missed a past newsletter you can always find them on my website, where all past issues are stored. I normally only send out once a month, though like this month I can occasionally send a second email when I have news to share. And rest assured I never share or sell your email address to anyone!

I will toss in a plug of my holiday-themed novella, The Case of the Invisible Souls. This book was my biggest seller at the events I’ve done this year, as I sell the paperback for $5, which gives users an inexpensive book to get a taste of PI Jarvis Mann. Here is the synopsis of the book:

With Christmas a few weeks away
Happy these last few months had been quiet
Private Detective Jarvis Mann decides to take on an interesting case
A homeless veteran knocks on his door with a story
Several of his homeless companions have been bribed
Then taxied away never to return.

Taking pause to the man’s story at first
Jarvis digs deeper learning of plans to clear out the homeless
When the man is attacked, and seriously injured
Jarvis goes undercover
Learning more about life on the streets than he ever knew
Becoming one of the Invisible Souls in search of an answer.

Invisible Souls eBookThe Case of the Invisible Souls previously reached Number 1 on the Amazon Bestseller list for Mystery Novella’s, with the story available in eBook, paperback and via Kindle Unlimited. Or you can buy it directly from me. And those who purchase the paperback, you get a bonus short story in the back, The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card. The story that started it all for PI Jarvis Mann. Here are a couple of 5-Star reviews of Invisible Souls.

I love the fact that this author brings to light the plight of our forgotten hero’s that gave for us only to be forgotten and cast aside like garbage. It brings to mind that instead of sticking your nose in the air and thinking that the homeless brought it on themselves that there may be more to the story than meets the eye – Charleann Davis

Wasn’t sure what to expect with this being a shorter book than Mr Weir has been producing, but wow shouldn’t of had doubt as this book packed an eye-opener punch I didn’t see coming. This book sheds light on homelessness and soldiers struggles when they return home from war. Definitely, recommend for all those who need a reality check – Soph

Another plug for Mann in the Crossfire, which has been nominated as Best Indie Book of 2019 via Amy Shannon’s review blog. If you feel it’s worthy you can vote for the latest Jarvis Mann PI novel here. Voting concludes December 15th.

Thanks for indulging me with a second newsletter this month. I wish everyone a safe and peaceful holiday, with all your family and friends. And be sure to find a book with a wonderful story to snuggle up to by the fireplace.

R Weir

The Holidays Have Arrived

We made it through Thanksgiving weekend though it wasn’t a completely happy time for us. Our dog of over 10 years, Emma, had to make the transition across the Rainbow Bridge. It was something we knew was coming but was heartbreaking to go through. She was a rescue we found after losing our previous lab and was the most wonderful, loyal pet. She loved the outdoors, especially playing in water and snow, her lab and husky mix blood always driving her to the very end. She will be missed greatly by our whole family, her collar and ashes sitting on a shelf with our other loved ones who’ve passed on.

With Emma’s passing, we’ve added a new rescue, another beautiful lab named Abby. We found her from an old workmate who was fostering her, the previous owners unable or willing to continue to house her. This is where I get on my soapbox and implore people who really desire to have pets, and are willing to care for them through thick and thin,  to look at shelters and people fostering pets, and find rescues in need of homes. Stay away from puppy farms and breeders, for there are thousands of loving animals already out there needing homes, many of which are euthanized because they are unwanted. And get your dogs and cats fixed, for we don’t need more homeless and unloved animals in the world.

With the holidays, we got our daughter Dakota home for a whole week. It didn’t look like it was going to happen, as a powerful winter storm was bearing down on Colorado and Wyoming, where she is going to college. Fortunately, the University of Wyoming took notice of the storm and canceled classes Thanksgiving week, so she could drive home on Monday before the storm hit. Which was a good thing, for it was the heaviest snow we’ve had in three years, with a foot or more blanketing the region and extremely cold air hitting both states, causing many road closures. And it allowed us to get a family portrait together, which included our newest family member, Abby. A picture for our yearly Christmas Card.

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For the holidays, books make a great gift. Hardcovers and paperbacks are easy to wrap and can provide entertainment and stimulation for the mind. Whether it be for children or adults of all ages. Find them a great book to read, drawing them into the author’s world of imagination. This goes not only for my books but for all the other authors putting out great material, especially those Indie writers who do it because they love it and not for the money they make, which generally doesn’t pay the bills.

For those fans who love snarky, tough private eyes, have them check out my Jarvis Mann PI series. All the books have reached bestseller status on Amazon, with a couple reaching #1. Not to mention The Front Range Butcher receiving the Gold Medal from Readers’ Favorite, for the best Mystery-Psychological Thriller of 2019. All the books are available in eBook, Paperback and on Kindle Unlimited. Here are all the titles, listed in order of release:

The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card

Tracking A Shadow

Twice As Fatal

Blood Brothers

Dead Man Code

The Case of the Invisible Souls

The Front Range Butcher

Mann in the Crossfire

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A reminder that the first short story in the series, The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card is now available in audio format. It can be found on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. And includes a preview of the first two chapters of the follow-up novel, Tracking A Shadow.

Last month I asked for people to email about why they enjoy audiobooks, for a chance at a free version of Bubble Gum. I received several great responses, one of which I will share with you.

I love audiobooks. They are great in your car. They are great when your eyes are burning and you’re getting old and your eyesight seems to get worse by the day. And for me personally, it would be great because I am having to move into a nursing home this weekend and will no longer have any money to purchase ebooks and audiobooks . In fact my bank account has been closed, my retirement check has been transferred to the home, and I will now get the big sum of $38 dollars a month to use for whatever the home doesn’t provide – Sharon

Thanks to Sharon for sending me her email. I was sorry to hear about her situation and was happy to provide her a free audiobook. I hope it somehow gave her an hour or two of joy listening to my story.

Mann in the Crossfire has been getting additional press, as it was featured as one of the top books of 2019 written by Colorado Authors in the Colorado Country Life Magazine. You can find the review here, along with many other wonderful books released this year by Colorado Authors. All of which would make great gifts.

And Mann in the Crossfire has been nominated as Best Indie Book of 2019 via Amy Shannon’s review blog. You can vote for the latest Jarvis Mann PI novel here. Voting concludes December 15th.

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My last book sales event of the year is this Saturday (12/7). This will be my first time at the Holiday Bazaar at Riverdale Regional Park in Brighton Colorado. Be sure to stop on by, for those hard to find holiday gifts, with 275 booths to choose from.

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Another month of Prolific Works eBook giveaways, including some great books for you to download for free.

Live Out Loud features 34 free books you can access via this link which expires today (12/5).

Scene of the Crime currently features 20 books you can access via this link beginning December 17th and runs until the 31st.

New Traditions with currently 10 books which you can access via this link beginning December 19th and runs until January 2nd.

I will conclude this newsletter, by wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday. Along with a joyous and prosperous New Year. I will have news in 2020 of a new book, with a sneak preview of the first chapter to wet your appetite in a future newsletter. Thanks again for reading and sharing this newsletter. Peace to you all!!

R Weir

 

 

First Audio Book is Here!!

Winter rolled in early with a vengeance this week, after an Indian Summer day on Saturday that saw a temp of 75 degrees. Now we have snow piling up, with a foot or more expected and freezing temps in the single digits, with wind chills below zero. Though we normally have wild swings like this in the fall, this was even more drastic than normal. From the picture below, you can see our snow dog Emma enjoying (I think!) the cold and snow. The type of weather our lab/husky mix was built for.

I’ve had many requests through the years to release a Jarvis Mann PI audiobook. Time and money have been the issues with producing one, as audiobooks can be quite expensive to create. But there were too many people who said they didn’t have time to read my stories, but enjoyed listening to audiobooks, especially when driving in their car. And audiobooks have become a huge business, with reports in 2018 of nearly 1 billion in sales, with year over year growth of 25%. With those numbers, I could no longer ignore that side of the book business. This leads me to announce that, The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card is now available in audio format, on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. Narrated by Joel Froomkin through Audio Flow Productions, my first in the series has brought to vivid life. As a bonus you get a preview of the first novel in the series, Tracking A Shadow. If sales are good, then more books in the series will be released.

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For those interested in listening to the audiobook of The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card, I will giveaway a promo code for a free version. You just have to email me and tell me what is it you like about audiobooks and tell me a favorite book you’ve listened to. From those responses, I’ll choose a winner and send them a free promo code they can use to buy the book. What do you have to lose? Email me today!!

I’ve received one review of the audiobook since it’s release. Here is a portion of the 4-Star review:

It was a short piece, but it was well developed if a tad cheesy at times. I liked Jarvis from the get-go and I do hope his temporary teenage sidekick, Dennis, appears in more of the books. Jarvis was so funny trying to get Dennis to laugh at his jokes while Dennis didn’t even catch most of them. In summary, it was a solid start and I look forward to more of the series. Mystery fans who like old-style detective novels or TV shows are the target – Sophia

This month I will conclude my review of book covers, with the latest in the Jarvis Mann PI series, Mann in the Crossfire. In this book Jarvis splits time in Denver and Southern California, working two cases. In the main case, he investigates the death of a long-time associate, Rocky. This was Jarvis’ most dangerous investigation to date, with death knocking on his door constantly. For the cover my daughter put a simple idea of hers together after I shared with her the plot.

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Because the case involved the use of illegal guns, is why the design contained rifles. But with all the gun shootings going on at the time, I felt it would be best not to have these powerful rifles on the cover. I then sent this basic idea to Mia my cover designer and she came up with this:

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I liked this cover, but it was a little too busy for me. I had her remove the bullets, the spoon, pills, the blood and a couple of the bullet holes. Though some of this we added to the back page of the paperback cover. After this refinement I decided on this:

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I loved this cover as it piques the interest of the reader wondering what is going to happen to Jarvis. As the first line goes in the synopsis: Is this the end for PI Jarvis Mann? The only way you’ll find out for certain, is to buy the book!!

Mann in the Crossfire was released on March 25, 2019, to excellent reviews. The book is available on Amazon in eBook, paperback and via Kindle Unlimited. Here are a couple of 5-Star reviews:

Thank you for the ending I hoped for. Lots of twists and turns. Lots of tension – Wilma Kilpatrick

Author Weir continues to create bad for Jarvis to take care of and readers get the best gritty storylines. #8 and Jarvis Mann still has what it takes to capture and hold interest.
This series is a must read! – Bettyboop

I have more events coming up in November, starting with the Colorado Country Christmas Show at the Denver Merchandise Mart on November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. My books will be displayed along with several other authors from the Colorado Author’s League, who’ll be occupying booths 612, 614, and 616. I will be in the booth on two shifts, on the 1st from 12PM-4PM and on the 3rd from 10AM-12PM. Be sure to stop on by the booth as there will be lots of great books covering all genres available to purchase. Tickets for this event are $15 but I’ve included a $2 discount coupon below you can use. And the ticket is good for all three days, with over 450 different exhibits to see at this huge holiday event in Denver.

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On Saturday November 2nd I will also be at the Smoky Hill High School 36th Annual Craft Fair from 9AM-3PM. This was a huge event last year for me. I’m looking forward to being there again and talking with potential readers and those who’ve already purchased my books. Along with me, will be over 200 other vendors for you to peruse to find those perfect holiday gifts.

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Then finally on November 9th and 10th I will be at the Nativity of our Lord Church Craft Fair in Broomfield. This event runs from 8:30AM-4:30PM on the 9th and from 8:30AM-2PM on the 10th. This will be my first time at the event, which is being held close to where our new home is. This will give me a chance to talk with many in my neighborhood and expose them to my books.

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Another month of Prolific Works giveaways to share. Here is the list, all including the free eBook of my short story, The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card.

Feels Like Fall has 35 books and runs until November 7th. See the list of books here.

Cabin in the Woods has 41 books and runs until November 5th. Find all the books here.

October Action, Crime and Thriller Giveaway has 41 books and runs until October 31st, so act quickly. Click this link for a list of books to choose from.

Crimes and Thrillers have 15 books to check out and runs until November 5th. Click this link.

Sweet November YA Reads Giveaway has 24 books and starts November 1st and runs until November 15th. Click this link for your book options.

I’ll wrap up this month with another plug to check out all the books in the Jarvis Mann PI series. Books make a wonderful and surprising gift for the holiday season. If you have an avid reader family member or friend, who loves hardboiled, tough and snarky private eyes, then check out my books. They are all available in eBook or paperback on Amazon. If you’re interested in a signed paperback, reach out to me via email and I can work with you on getting the book(s) mailed in time for the holidays.

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Thanks again and enjoy the rest of your week! Happy reading to all!!

R Weir

 

 

 

The Move is Done!!

I’m back!! Did you miss me? 🙂

I’m happy to announce that we are all moved into our new home. Most of the boxes are unpacked and the house is organized. Kim and I are thrilled with the house and the neighborhood. And best of all we sold our old abode for the asking price we wanted, in two days. Now it’s a matter of getting back to my writing which I’m working towards now that I’ve got my office setup and functional, as you see by the picture below.

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This past weekend we visited our daughter up in Laramie for Parent’s Weekend. She is enjoying her new apartment and adjusting to life as a sophomore at the University Of Wyoming. Her second year is a little tougher, with more classes to challenge her as she works towards her Computer Engineering degree. We enjoyed breakfast she made on Saturday morning at her kitchen dining room table and went to the Wyoming football game which the Pokes won 53-17. All in all a fun weekend with our soon to be twenty-year-old.

In my previous newsletters, I’ve been discussing each of my book covers, with this month being one of my favorites for the novel The Front Range Butcher. As I’ve mentioned previously writing this book was a challenge mentally, with all the research I did relating to serial killers. For the cover I had a general idea of what I wanted, providing my cover designer Mia a short summary of the storyline, with the feel of a newspaper type of headline being what I envisioned. Here is what she sent me to start with:

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Though the black and white feel was not bad, I wasn’t sure it would stand out in this bright color world we live in, especially on the web. I then came up with the idea of putting a picture of the Denver Front Range skyline, with the photo cut down the middle by a scalpel. This led to the final cover which you see here:

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The Front Range Butcher was released on March 27th, 2018 on Amazon in eBook, paperback and available via Kindle Unlimited. The positive reviews came in quickly, to this date averaging 4.8 stars on Amazon, and 4.75 on Goodreads. Here are two of the most recent 5-Star reviews:

This was my first read from this author and it what a wild ride it was! I dont think I can give this book a review that will do it justice and without giving spoilers. This is one of those kind of books that you will have to read for yourself to get what I am talking about. I see me reading more from R. Weir. I think I’m in love with Jarvis Mann!! – La Gina

Dark, gritty, twisty psychological suspense with multifaceted characters to grab your mind and hold it captive. This is a must-read read for nail-biting suspense fans. – KBRC NetG

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To add to the excitement about The Front Range Butcher, it recently won a prestigious award from Readers’ Favorite, winning the Gold Medal for best FICTION – THRILLER – PSYCHOLOGICAL book of 2019. This is a wonderful honor, with Readers’ Favorite holding a large awards ceremony in November in Miami. Though I’d love to go, the cost right now for the trip is too high for us to absorb, after our recent home purchase. But they mailed me my Gold Medal, which you can see below, which I will display proudly in my office. It really is quite an honor that I will enjoy for some time.

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With all the moving I still was busy in August, especially with the three day Comic-Con in Colorado Springs. Though I didn’t sell as many books as I’d have hoped, it still was fun being there, talking with everyone attending and seeing all the great costumes people wore. I’ve included a couple of samples, and there are more on my website via this link.

I have numerous events coming up, starting in October with the Eastridge Rec Center Craft Fair in Highlands Ranch on October 12th & 13th from 9AM to 5PM both days. And then I’ll be at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton on October 19th from 9AM-5PM. You can always find the latest events I’m attending in the side panel of my newsletter or on my website via this link.

This month I have many more Prolific Works free eBook giveaways to share, all including my short story, The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card. Here is a quick list of all 8 of them with links included. Just click on the title of the giveaway. I’m sure you’ll find some great books to add to your eReader.

Teenage Dream which runs until Oct 10th with 44 YA and children’s books.

Finding Yourself which runs until Oct 14th with 11 YA books.

Elementary which runs until Oct 14th with 12 mystery books.

Don’t Go In Alone which runs until Oct 8th with 44 mystery books.

Thrillers, Mysteries, and Suspense that Keep the Pages Turning… which runs until Oct 14th with 29 mystery/thriller books.

The Usual Suspects which runs until Oct 14th with 26 mystery/thriller books.

Fall’s First in Series Mystery Books which runs until Oct 15th with 33 mystery books.

Discover New Mystery which runs until Dec 31st with 48 mystery books.

This will wrap up my newsletter for this month. I should be back to releasing monthly newsletters going forward, with an occasional extra one when something exciting is happening. Be sure to check out all of my books via Amazon or on my website. Any new readers who sign-up for my newsletter will receive an email with an offer of a free eBook version of my novel, Tracking A Shadow. So be sure to share it with all your friends.

Thanks again for reading. I hope fall is filled with beautiful colors and happy thoughts. Take Care!!

R Weir

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raven Awards Voting

In between packing and doing the first of three closings for our new home, I typed up a quick newsletter to plug my book Mann in the Crossfire, to solicit votes for the Raven Book Awards. Crossfire is a finalist for Best Mystery/Suspense book of 2019. If you’ve read and enjoyed the lastest Jarvis Mann PI adventure, then please click this link and place your vote for it. While you’re there you can check out the other categories and vote for any other books you may have read this past year. If you recall last years release, The Front Range Butcher, was a Raven Book Award runner-up in the same category. And Mann in the Crossfire carries over one of the major storylines from Butcher as Jarvis tracks down the killer of his associate Rocky. It’s an exciting story with lots of mystery, suspense, and action, as you’ll read in the synopsis below.

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If you haven’t read Mann in the Crossfire yet, then check it out on Amazon. It’s available in eBook, Paperback and on Kindle Unlimited. Here are a few of the wonderful reviews the book has received:

Mann in the Crossfire is everything you want to read when it comes to Jarvis Mann. With every book of this series, things just keep getting better and better. I was completely sucked into the world of mystery, and as always, I felt I was tagging right along with Jarvis throughout the entire book – Brandi Reeves-Pearson (Saints and Sinners Books)

Mann in the Crossfire . . . is a book that excites the senses and challenges assumptions about law and order. At times nasty, at times endearing, this book will not let down readers in search of adventure into the underworld, a place where normalcy stands on its head and danger lurks around every corner – Shelby

The story flows smoothly to culminate in an explosive climax that also ties up all the loose ends. It is recommended for fans of mystery, action and sleuth tales – Debjani Ghosh with Readers Favorite

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I will quickly go over some new Prolific Works giveaways that started this month. The first is August Mysteries featuring 38 free books you can check out. Go to this link and download new reading material for your eReader or computer. Hurry as this giveaway ends August 15th.

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The next two are books fall in the Y/A category, though some of the books are great reads for adults as well, including my short story The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card. The first is Children and Teen Stories featuring 21 books you can check out via this link, good until August 31st.

And then finally Childrens Teen Adventures features 11 books for you to check out until September 6th. Find the books via this link.

Local Authors Showcase

Another quick reminder I will be in Castle Rock, Colorado this Saturday (8/17) for the Local Author Showcase from 2PM to 4PM along with several other local authors.  And I will be in Colorado Springs from August 23rd to August 25th for the Colorado Springs Comic Con. More information on the Comic Con can be found here. If you live in either of those areas stop in and say hello.

That’s all for this quick newsletter, as I need to get back to packing. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their week.

R Weir

 

 

 

Life Changes

For the last 22 years, life has been for the most part stable and simple. Kim and I were married in a small ceremony and moved into our house the next day. A home we’ve been living in ever since. One we’ve raised a daughter in, who is in college, soon to begin her sophomore year. It’s been a wonderful home and neighborhood to live in.

Within the last couple of months, Kim has been searching for a new job, one which not only pays better but takes advantage of her skill set. She was able to find that position, one she believes she can grow into, which wasn’t happening where she was working. That job, though still in the Denver metro area, was further northwest in the city. A drive on good days which takes about 45 minutes, but one on those horrible traffic days, which is frequent around here, can be up to 90 minutes. Not wanting to deal with the traffic, we have decided to move closer to her new job. This means gathering 22 years worth of stuff, paring down what to take and not take with us, while getting our current home ready to sell, along with finding a new place to live. I’m relieved and thrilled to say we’ve found that house, a picture of the front below, with plans to move towards the end of August. And have our current home under contract with a buyer.

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What this means is I’ve had little time to work on my latest writing project. This novel with new characters, the genre Suspense/Thriller, is roughly halfway written with the plan to get back to it once our move, getting settled, closing on our previous house and getting our daughter off to college is completed. A long laundry list of tasks we need to accomplish over the next month. All of this will affect future newsletters. I will continue to send them, but content might be shorter than normal and only cover upcoming events, of which I have many. And my look back on my cover designs, the next one for The Front Range Butcher, will also be pushed back for a month or so. But I’ll let everyone know our progress as we deal with this life change, though one we are excited about.

I have two events coming up in August I’m looking forward to. The first is the Local Authors Showcase at the Castle Rock Library in Castle Rock Colorado. This event includes 15 authors, including myself. A chance to meet interested readers and tell them all about the literary works created and sell a few copies. The event is Saturday August 17th and starts at 2 PM. Here is a list of everyone attending and a little about them and their books.

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D.L. Blade – The Dark Awakening: The Chosen Coven Book 1. Paranormal Romance. East Greenwich may be a small town, but it is riddled with secrets. Mercy knows this more than most – she still suffers from the scars. Unbeknownst to her; the past is weaving its dark web, waiting to strike. Upon a startling car accident, Mercy is shocked to find that her enigmatic mystery man, Caleb, is real – and she belongs to him. He reveals that Mercy’s family is strongly linked to an ancient coven; the roots slowly dragging her back to Salem again.

Angie Felts – Prognosis Hope. Memoir/Lessons. In a world where human disconnection is so prevalent, Prognosis HOPE restores humanity to healthcare and brings hope back to both caregivers and care-seekers. Patients don’t always get the care they deserve and it’s time for both caregivers and care-seekers to stand up and demand that change. Before becoming a registered nurse, Angie Felts was hit by a drunk driver. She sustained a traumatic brain injury that put her life on hold for nearly twenty years and provides a unique perspective on the dehumanization present in healthcare today. Prognosis HOPE uses a four-step method that is simple and easy to implement, puts patients back in the driver’s seat and enables medical professionals to return to their true callings as healers by celebrating human connection instead of getting bogged down by a diagnosis or complicated care plan.

Diane DiCarlo – And God Shows Up. Memoir/Lessons. The story starts in D.C. when Mike and Diane meet and continues over the next ten years as they go through life together. The author recounts her personal journey and examines the surprise and wonder of seeing God in the ordinary experiences of life.

S. Lynn Helton and illustrator Vickie K. Write – Bye-Bye Magpie. Children’s Picture Book. A group of neighborhood kids gather to play together. Throughout the day, they meet some of the native creatures that live nearby and share their neighborhood. Haiku-style verse and appealing, original illustrations introduce children to native animals common in the western United States.

Rhonda Bolich-Lampo – God Winks and Miracles Happen: A Story of Love, Faith and Hope. Memoir/Lessons. When Rhonda’s husband Steve was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma, a life-threatening brain tumor, their lives turned upside down. Suddenly facing brain surgery, they had to re-evaluate every aspect of their lives and re-establish priorities. Who would have guessed that things would go seriously wrong and Steve would end up in a coma with only a two percent chance of survival? Rhonda shares her story of caring and advocating for her husband while doing battle with the health care system. Using this experience, Rhonda offers insight into how to protect all your assets: financially, legally, and health-wise.

Cara Brzezicki – Jazzie Beans Saves the Planet. Children’s Picture Book. Go on a journey with a spunky little dog named Jazzie Beans as she travels from her home in Colorado down south. On her journey she meets many different animals with trash problems. She teaches them about plastic pollution and how to recycle.

Diana Curran – OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA. Novel. They were Best Friends 4-Ever back when all they needed was love, but Life Goes On and they drifted apart. Now these high school classmates are turning sixty and in need of second chances, and each other, more than ever. Margaret must find courage to leave her abusive husband; Linda struggles with addictions; Kathy put her romance on hold in order to reconnect with her alcoholic father; Susan’s search for authentic self threatens her humdrum world. Will a little help from friends be enough for them to begin again?

J.G. Matheny – The Princess in My Head. Children’s Picture Book. In a two-part (novel and screenplay), Renaissance Princess Aqualine the Wise and modern-day Princess Allison the Benevolent communicate magically through their dreams to influence each other’s worlds. Aqualine inks proclamations to her realm to inspire and lead, while Allison holds webcasts with her audience of neighborhood and school kids to help them be noble and better citizens. When they face problems, the princesses learn just how valuable this magical connection can be.

R. Weir – Mann in the Crossfire: A Jarvis Mann Hardboiled Detective. Novel. Is this the end for PI Jarvis Mann? A surprising murder of an associate sends Jarvis on a trip to San Diego to investigate. A trail of clues direct him to a gang member who wants him eliminated, while a local detective agency is hot on his tail with nefarious plans of their own. Battered and beaten, Jarvis battles to forge on, tracking the evidence directing him to a dangerous discovery. Desperate for backup, with nowhere else to turn, he enlists lethal foes to render essential aid. Will these illicit associations spell the end of his career and possibly his life?

Don Forst – What Could Go Wrong? Novel. On TV, architect Brett Stewart watches coverage of a minor earthquake which causes the sudden collapse of a ten-story building in Lisbon, a building he designed. This tragedy leads Brett and his engineers to face a trial of negligence in Lisbon. Brett’s daughter Lt. Detective Kate Stewart joins forces with CIA Agent Scott Martin to search for the truth. Along the way there are more dangerous secrets, and bodies. Can they find the truth without losing their humanity?

Stephanie Sikora – Simplified: A Real-Life Guide to Organizing Your Space and Saving You Sanity. How-To book. Like most moms, Stephanie Sikora felt like she was always just trying to keep up with the chaos of her home and life. When her daughter said, “Mommy, you never sit and play with me,” a light bulb came on. Stephanie was always so preoccupied picking up and doing what needed to be done each day, she never got around to living being present for the moments that mattered the most. Motivated by her toddler’s honesty, she immersed herself in creating a life that was simpler and didn’t leave her exhausted at the end of each day. Owner of Life Made Simple LLC, Stephanie turn chaos into calm by offering compassionate organizing solutions and systems for clients’ homes, businesses, and lives. In simplified. A Real-Life Guide to Organizing Your Space and Saving Your Sanity, Stephanie shares her fifteen years of experience and company’s trade secrets for the very first time.

Jodi Burnett – Run for The Hills: Book I in the Flint River Series. Novel. When a violent ex-patient threatens her life, equine therapist Joscelyn Turner, narrowly escapes to Montana. Seeking refuge and anonymity in a small town while Colorado police hunt down her stalker, Joscelyn plans to lie low and make a new start. But fate has other plans. Joscelyn finds herself caught between two brothers, Trent, the good-looking town charmer, and Cade, a handsome Marine veteran who is running from his own demons. She must choose one. But, just as she settles in to follow her heart, her past catches up with her. Will Joscelyn reveal what she knows in time to save those she’s come to love?

Kimberlee Gard – The Day the Punctuation Came to Town. Part of the Language is Fun! Series children’s picture book. There’s a new family in town: the Punctuations! When Exclamation Point, Question Mark, Period, and Comma join the letters at school, they form words like Wow! and Why? and Yes. But Comma isn’t sure where he belongs. He just seems to get in the way. Is he really important? Kids, parents, and teachers will enjoy this latest installment in the Language Is Fun series. First in the series was The Little i Who Lost His Dot which won the 2018 Colorado Book Award for Children’s Literature.

John Turley – The Hole Truth. Crime Thriller. Petroleum engineering professor Tony Zanatelli signs a summer-job contract to manage the drilling of a 20,000-foot-deep exploration well in the Gulf of Mexico. Energy-company MillPet owns the lease and the well and pays all the bills. After millions have been spent to drill into the deep seismic target, confidential geologic data will reveal to Tony and MillPet a hidden treasure of oil and gas, or that the well is a dry hole. Either way, professor Tony will go back to his soulmate wife and his academic life, and MillPet will continue to thrive. Well, maybe. Because the truth, the whole truth, about what resides deep in the hole is targeted by conspirators who will kill to prove neither life nor truth is bulletproof.

If you live in the area, stop by the library and support other local authors. It should be a fun time for all.

The next event should be a blast. I will be at the Colorado Springs Comic Con starting August 23rd thru the 25th. This long three-day event will get me exposure to over 17 thousand people, which is the number who attended last year, with hopes of even more this year. I will be in Artist’s Alley with a table talking to people and selling my books. And I will have extra goodies to giveaway for those stopping by. There’s a wonderful line-up of celebrities, artists and authors coming, including William Shatner, Brent Spiner and Robert Englund. Here is a link to the event to get all the details.

Another month and another round of Prolific Works eBook giveaways. The Kiss Kiss Bang – Crime & Mystery Giveaway features 13 free books to download. Access the giveaway via this link until August 10th, with my short story, The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card included.c4f115a0acf4b2a7902029467c7223f0

A reminder to check out all of my books in the Jarvis Mann PI series. There are 8 stories in all, including the latest highly acclaimed release, Mann in the Crossfire. All are available on Amazon in eBook, paperback and via Kindle Unlimited. You can go to my Amazon Author Page to see them all. Or you can purchase the paperback directly from me by reaching out via email. A way to get a signed copy of any of my books. Who knows one day it could be a collector’s item!!

I will wrap up this newsletter for now. Not sure when the next will come out, but I will try to have something sent around the first of September if we get moved in and settled. Thanks again for reading and sharing my works. Enjoy the heat of summer and read a good book on your outdoor deck!

R Weir

Deadwood and Dead Man Cover

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As we were driving back from Deadwood in our motorhome, doing our best to dodge the endless deer that enjoyed roaming the highways of South Dakota, my wife and I were talking about how much we have enjoyed the Wild Deadwood Reads Book Event. This was the third year we attended, working in a family vacation, as well as participating in as many of the author events as we could. From the Author-Reader Meet and Greet, the breakfast before the signing, to the signing event and the book excerpt reading at Wild Bill Bar; the weekend was wall to wall fun. Mix in the family adventures we went on, with my inlaws along for the trip, and we were rarely bored.  Below are a few pictures, including one of all of the authors participating. Next years event is already in the planning, though the dates are up in the air right now. If you’re an author or a reader, I suggest checking out this event. You’ll have a great time.

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During the event, there was a raffle for baskets and gifts provided by the authors, with all the proceeds to the tickets purchased for the raffle going to the Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota. Instead of a basket, I went a different route, providing a wooden train bird feeder built by my father-in-law, which was stuffed with three of my books, a Jarvis Mann t-shirt, some fedora shaped soaps and a bookmark my daughter made. It turned out being the top prize sought after, having the most raffle tickets placed in the drawing. The winner as you see below was Kiri, posing with model/actor Michael Wayne Foster, who announced all the winners. Thanks to her and everyone else at the event for participating, as we raised $1200 for the sanctuary.

From Deadwood we move onto the cover for Dead Man Code. The story of a murdered computer engineer led to a simple cover design I had in mind from the beginning. Being a computer tech myself, this book took some of my knowledge of the information sharing world we live in and turned it into a murder mystery. Complete with a fictional Silicon Valley tech company, Russian mobsters and Chinese government agents, facing off with my PI Jarvis Mann. My previous designer was out on maternity leave when it was time to create the cover. After an extensive search, I found a new graphic artist, who has been my cover designer ever since, as well as designing my rweir.net website. Mia with Happi Anarky took what I was looking for and created it with little effort. I wanted computer binary code in green, with a magnifying glass, a little blood, and a handgun. This was actually one of the simplest cover designs we did, with only a small tweak needed, as she nailed it. Here is the final cover:

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Dead Man Code was released October 18, 2016 to excellent reviews, many of them 5-Star:

I fell in love with Jarvis with the first book that I read and now I am anxious to get into his next adventures. I love that he will go to no ends to find out “who did it” and he covers all of his bases. Randy hit a grand slam with this! – Peggy Clayton

Jarvis is hired by a widow who suspects that her husband was murdered. Not wanting to step on any police toes, brings his to the attention of the Russian mob and Chinese government. This is a well written story which is filled with action, twists, and is a thrilling read – Wendy Livingstone

This is the fifth book in the Jarvis Mann Detective series and I firmly believe that each one keeps getting better. This book shows how an author takes an awesome main character, adds in plenty of thrills, danger, and enough suspense that you will find yourself lost in the book until the final word is read – Laura Furuta

Be sure to check out Dead Man Code on Amazon. It’s available as an eBook, in Paperback or on Kindle Unlimited. If you want a signed paperback, reach out to me directly and we can work out getting you a copy to add to your reading collection.

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This week I’m headed to Georgetown Colorado, for GeoCon. This is the third year of the event, held in this former silver mining camp, now a lively historical summer tourist center west of Denver. I will be selling my books, along with several other authors on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 28th, 29th, and 30th) at the Georgetown Heritage Center in the Northeast Classroom. Then Saturday evening I will be attending a Networking Dinner at Coopers on the Creek in Georgetown from 5:30 to 8:00PM. If you’re in the area be sure to stop by my table and say hello. I’ll be the author in the Jarvis Mann t-shirt!!

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One more new Prolific Works giveaway for you to check out this month.  Into the Woods Mystery & Crime Group Giveaway has 39 mystery/crime books free to download, including my short story, The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card. To check it out, use this link.

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After a busy month of June, my life will be quieter in July (maybe!), allowing me to get back to the next book I’m working on. I’m still keeping the details secret for now, but I’m excited about this new project, so be sure to keep reading future newsletters for more information I’ll be doling out.

That is all for this month. Next month I’ll have more news and talk about the cover design of The Front Range Butcher, and include a few covers that didn’t make the cut. If you enjoy my work be sure to share with other friends and family. If they sign-up for the newsletter I will send them a free eBook of Tracking A Shadow as a bonus. Thanks again and have a wonderful rest of your week!

R Weir

Souls Living on the Streets

After what we wish was a final blast of winter in late May here in Colorado, we are hoping spring sticks around for good, as the flowers and trees are blooming, though they took a beating from this last wet snowstorm. One of the wonderful flowers in our yard we enjoy is the Rocky Mountain Columbine, which was in full-color last week, as you can see by this picture. They are a hardy plant, so we hope they bounce back after getting squashed by four inches of damp snow.

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I’m going to jump ahead one book this month when reminiscing about books covers, as I have exciting news, which I will outline later. The cover for The Case of the Invisible Souls was one of the less challenging covers we designed. Souls was a holiday story about a homeless veteran coming to Jarvis for help about an issue with other homeless in the area disappearing for an unknown reason. I gave my daughter, Dakota a quick outline of my thoughts on the cover and she drew a basic idea which we sent off to my cover designer. Though it’s faint, hopefully you can make out what she drew:

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A simple basic drawing which my designer worked with. From this came a series of covers, two of which I decided against.

I liked both of these, making it a tough choice. But in the end I decided on this cover:

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The Christmas tree in the background and the homeless man lying at the foot of the steps made for the right image I wanted to convey. The Case of the Invisible Souls was released June 24th, 2017 to excellent reviews and eventually reached #1 on one of Amazon’s Bestseller lists. Here are a few of the 5-Star Reviews.

I love the fact that this author brings to light the plight of our forgotten hero’s that gave for us only to be forgotten and cast aside like garbage. It brings to mind that instead of sticking your nose in the air and thinking that the homeless brought it on themselves that there may be more to the story than meets the eye – Charleann Davis

Wasn’t sure what to expect with this being a shorter book than Mr. Weir has been producing, but wow shouldn’t of had doubt as this book packed an eye-opener punch I didn’t see coming. This book sheds light on homelessness and soldiers struggles when they return home from war. Definitely recommend for all those who need a reality check – Soph

This story is a powerful short story that you will fall in love with. The author’s writing style and attention to detail with Jarvis Mann makes this story what it is. The secondary characters are true to life and connectable. They help make the story flow together and it wouldn’t be the same without them. This story will pull you in from the first word until the very last. The journey that Jarvis will take you on, will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat. You won’t want to miss this journey with him! – Bobbi Jo Wagner

A little background on this book. I had just begun writing the story when I was in a motorcycle accident, which laid me up for several months. After the release of the previous book, Dead Man Code (the book I skipped and will talk about next month) I wanted to get something out quickly since I’d lost a fair amount of time recovering from my injuries. I rushed out Souls for release, as it had been 8 months between books. Though I was proud of the story, I went back earlier this year and did a rewrite. The story grew from 16k to 23k words in length, with two new chapters. I also ran it through my newest editor/proofreader, fixing some of the issues, while adding more depth to the story. This I believe improved the book greatly, making it a novella now, instead of a short story. If you have read the book in the past, I’d suggest reading it again as I feel it has improved, with even more emotion and action added to the plot. If you haven’t read it, I’d be thrilled if you add it to your reading list. The Case of the Invisible Souls is available on eBook, Kindle Unlimited and now for the first time in Paperback. With the paperback being only $6.99 on Amazon. Or a signed copy can be purchased directly from me for $5.00, plus shipping in the US. And I will have this book at all future events I attend. As a bonus, the paperback also includes the first Jarvis Mann short story, The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card also available in paperback for the first time. Both Amazon Bestselling #1 stories available for one low price, in a 100-page book.

For those who already own the ebook version of Souls, once again I can’t get Amazon to push out the new version automatically, for they say the changes were minor, which has been a source of frustration for me. Plus they don’t make requesting the new version easy for my readers. To get the new version you must go through these steps:

Go to this web address:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/digital/fiona/manage
In the Search Your Content Field, Type in the book title
Under Actions for the book click the button to reveal options
On Deliver To click Others
Click the drop-down on selected Devices and check the box of all the Kindle devices you want to update
Note there is a limit of 5 at one time you can check
Then click Deliver. You should shortly get the updated version on your Kindle device or app

The way you can tell you have the newest version is the title of the book now says, The Case of the Invisible Souls, A Jarvis Mann Detective Novella. There are also 12 chapters now instead of 10. If you have any issues getting the new version don’t hesitate to reach out to me and I’ll do my best to assist.

In June I have a big author signing I will be attending. The Wild Deadwood Reads event will have over 50 authors and is being held in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel. This will be the third year I’ve attended, and I’m looking forward to seeing many of my author friends and meeting voracious readers looking for new books. If you’re in the area join us for the author book sale and signing on June 8th from 10AM-3PM. Cost for readers is free. There are lots of other events over the three days, so be sure to check them out via the Wild Deadwood Reads website via this link.

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If you have a few minutes check out an article I wrote during the research and writing of The Front Range Butcher. Getting into the Head of a Serial Killer covers the humorous and serious emotions I went through when developing my psychological thriller. It was published on the San Fransisco Book Review website, which you can check out via this link.

No new Prolific Words giveaways this month, but one is still running until the end of the year. Discover New Mystery Series has 50 books in all, including The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card. Check it out via this link.

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Another plug for the latest book in the Jarvis Mann PI series, Mann in the Crossfire. Here are a couple of wonderful new reviews recently posted:

The book was freaking amazing. This book will definitely keep you at the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next. The twist and turns in this book just wow. I would love to read a follow up story after the dust settles for Mr. Mann and his his crew – Adrianne L Adams

Mann in the Crossfire . . . is a book that excites the senses and challenges assumptions about law and order. At times nasty, at times endearing, this book will not let down readers in search of adventure into the underworld, a place where normalcy stands on its head and danger lurks around every corner – Surfs Up Writers’ Bookshelves

Enjoy this latest Jarvis Mann PI adventure. Available on Amazon, in ebook, Kindle Unlimited, or in paperback. Or it can be purchased directly from me. Just contact me via my email address and we can work out the details.

This will wrap up my newsletter for this month. Be sure to stop by my website to find my books, and lists of my events. If you read one of my books, please leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads, as it helps out the book when it comes to rankings, especially on Amazon. I hope everyone enjoys the warmer days ahead and have a wonderful rest of your week.

R Weir

 

 

 

 

The Love/Hate Relationship of Brothers

April 10th was National Siblings Day here in the US. Anyone with a sibling knows of the complicated bond you can have. To say it can be a love/hate relationship in many cases can’t be overstated. This was the basis of my book Blood Brothers, as Jarvis goes back to his hometown to help his brother Flynn out of a serious jam, one he doesn’t want his help with in the beginning. While writing the book I had a clear vision of what I wanted for the cover, desiring to capture the range of emotions born from this sibling rivalry. During the process, we had several designs, a few of which didn’t make the cut. Here are two of them:

These covers didn’t jump out at me, the faces older than I wanted. They appeared to me to be twenty-something men. And the way that they were looking at each other didn’t work as well. I wanted a happy picture of two boys, with another element added to break the happiness feel. From there we got these cover proofs:

The picture of the boys I liked, they were the right age. But each of these covers had an element I didn’t like. The first picture I didn’t care for the font used on the author name. And the placement of the word Brothers didn’t work. The second picture, again I didn’t like the picture frame and the bullet hole many didn’t like as well for an odd reason, which I won’t detail here. The third picture, again the bullet hole and the fonts didn’t work, not popping out from the page. From here I decided to take elements from all three, which got me to the final cover.

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Here is where I was truly satisfied. The picture of a happy time of two brothers, with the glass cracked, suggesting a rift in the relationship. The handgun lying next to it, smoke rising as if it had been shot, implying the danger both would encounter. The imagery was spot on for what I wanted to convey about the book and the story told. Blood Brothers was released December 29, 2015, to excellent reviews. Jarvis going back home to help his brother, and the backstory of Jarvis growing up, providing answers of how he became the man he was. Pick it up on Amazon, either in eBook, Paperback or read it on Kindle Unlimited. Here are a couple of those 5-Star reviews:

In this book you truly see the difference in Mr Weir’s writing from when he started. Although I enjoyed all the other books, this one had me on the edge of my seat. I love seeing writers develop and hone their skills.
Like the others you won’t be able to guess all the twists and turns. You will be cursing Jarvis though – Soph

I just love all of the Jarvis Mann books that I have read and that includes this one. At times I find myself gripping the arm of the chair while I am reading as I don’t want anything to happen to the main character. He really walks into your life and you would love to have him as a good friend as he would always have your back. R. Weir hit this one out of the park! – Peggy C

With last months release of Mann in the Crossfire, more fabulous reviews continue to come in which I will share:

I love the Jarvis Mann series because they are full of suspense, danger, mystery, action and adventure. Mr. Weir does a great job of creating a world of mystery that makes you feel like you are dropped right in the middle of the suspense and action. He also writes characters that are realistic – Shelly

Mann heads to San Diego on an investigation, and he faces more collective danger than he ever has before at the hands of a seedy criminal element. When he’s beaten down, is he truly out? This is a must read to see if Jarvis Mann can survive this ultimate challenge against a collective criminal evil. This is another 5-star suspenseful nail-biter from R.Weir – K-BRC

During these periods of recuperation, Jarvis’ existential angst is front and center. If I was a detective, his meaning of life ponderings should have clued me into what was coming, but I completely shocked by the surprising, albeit apropos, ending! I am looking forward to how this twist will affect Jarvis’s future and what author R. Weir has in store for his readers – Julie with A Book Junkie Reviews

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Mann in the Crossfire, the 8th in the Jarvis Mann Detective series is now available on Amazon, in either eBook, Paperback or via Kindle Unlimited. Be sure to pick it up today to add to your hardboiled book collection.

This Saturday (April 27th) at 2PM I will be at the recently renovated Highlands Ranch Library for the Local Author Showcase, with 13 other local authors in the upstairs event hall. Each author gets 5 minutes to introduce themselves and talk about their book. Afterward, we will be selling our books for anyone interested in purchasing copies. Light refreshments will also be provided. This will be a wonderful time to meet new voracious readers and expose them to our work. If you’re in the area stop by and join the festivities.

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I was able to squeeze in an extra event on April 12th & 13th, one my wife found online. This one was the Copperleaf Craft Fair in Centennial Colorado. It was a smaller event, but well attended, especially on Friday night when they were serving free food, wine and beer. I got to talk to lots of people, sell some books and get a few sign-ups. If you’re new to the newsletter, welcome. You can always read all my other newsletters via the blog tab on my website or go directly to it via this link.

There are more Prolific Works giveaways this month. The first was the Thrillers & Mystery Giveaway, with 51 total books including The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card. All free to download here thru April 30th.

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Next is Mysterious Crimes, with 49 books free to download. This giveaway runs until May 12th and can be found via this link.

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And finally the Discover New Mystery Series! giveaway was extended, this one now running until December 31st. You’ll find 50 free books in all, which you can download via this link.

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I will wrap up my newsletter this month, with a final plug. Be sure to check out the new release, Mann in the Crossfire, as well as all the other books in the Jarvis Mann Detective series. You can find them here on Amazon or you email me and we can work out sending the books directly to you. Have a wonderful rest of your week. Turn off the TV and find a great book to read.

R Weir

The Release of Mann in the Crossfire

Spring is here, with warm temperatures sprouting the buds on the trees and flowers in our yard. I know for many in the Midwest, the sudden warm-up came too quickly, causing the massive amount of snow they’ve received this last couple of months to melt, leading to horrible flooding. Being an Iowa native, I know flooding has become an all too common occurrence. I hope everyone recovers quickly and can enjoy the warmer weather without having a river running down their street or through their farmland.

With spring came Spring Break for my daughter, as she spent the last week at home with us. As you see by the picture below she joined me and my wife in Highlands Ranch for the Spring Bazaar at the Recreation Center in Eastridge on Saturday, helping with selling books, which I will talk about later in the newsletter. She made some cute bookmarks we were selling for the event, which were popular with the book buyers. She headed back on Sunday to begin the last two months of her first year in college, with summer plans around the corner.

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It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a year since The Front Range Butcher was released. And the scintillating follow-up, Mann in the Crossfire is finally available to download onto your Kindle’s and read. It has been a long journey to get this 8th book in the Jarvis Mann PI series finished. Mostly because it’s a lengthy plot, tying up several story-lines that have built up through the years. Looking back when I started Tracking A Shadow, I never envisioned having eight books written in 5 years. Nor the journey I would take this tough, snarky, private eye on. It’s been a long, at times challenging but still satisfying adventure. Though it may not be the end for Jarvis, I will be putting him to rest for now, as I’ve started writing a new book, with new characters, which might also turn into a series, details of which I will slowly reveal in time. For now, I hope you enjoy this new book, as well as the others in the series, as much as I did envisioning this hard-boiled noir world Jarvis lived in.

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More reviews are in for Mann in the Crossfire, and so far they have all been fabulous. I’ve included a few below to check out:

This was another excellent Mann story. Each of these books we learn to love Jarvis a little more. He’s tough, real, and brave as he swims the waters of gangs and criminals. This story was an action-packed, edge of your seat read. I loved it. I have been honored to read the whole Jarvis Mann P.I. series. And each book is better than the last. This one was packed with danger, conspiracies, and action around every corner. It was a truly awesome story.  P.S. For fans of this series…The ending was amazing!!! – Stormi with Boundless Book Reviews

An on-the-edge of your seat read, a definite page-turner, until the very end – Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews

This book is action packed, suspense filled, lots of intrigue and had a couple of moments that I thought Jarvis wasn’t going to make it out alive. There was even an “OMG” shout out loud from me when someone got shot that was just unbelievable to me. I was totally invested in this book. Totally awesome book! – Tina Todd Shobe

Pre-order pricing is over, the eBook now back to the regular price of $5.99. You can pick up the eBook or Paperback on Amazon. And if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited be sure to add it to your reading list, for Mann in the Crossfire is available, as are all the other books in the series via the Amazon book subscription service, other than The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card.

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As I mentioned, I was at the Spring Bazaar last Saturday, a busy 8-hour event where I got to meet some new readers, along with a few old friends who stopped by. For those of you who signed up for the newsletter, welcome!! You should have received an email about getting your free eBook. If you don’t see the email check your spam folder. And you can email me directly via this email address and I’ll make arrangement to get the book sent to you. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to talk and buy books. It was an enjoyable day.

One new Prolific works giveaway has begun, with The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card featured along with 38 other books you can download for free. The Thrillers & Mystery Giveaway has 38 books to check out via this link, the giveaway running thru April 8th.

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One of the thrilling aspects of being an author is being recognized for your work. I recently received a cool Poison Cup trophy from the Crime Masters of America in recognition for my Jarvis Mann PI series. Thanks to them for shipping it to me, as it’s sitting in my home office where I write as a reminder to keep plugging away.

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A final plug to pick up a copy of my latest book, Mann in the Crossfire. And if you haven’t read all the books in the series, be sure to check them out via my Amazon Author Page or on my website. If you’re a fan of Mystery, Detective, Suspense and Thriller books, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I will be back again next month continuing my cover design series, this time going over the process in creating Blood Brothers. And I’ll have more news about the new book and author events coming this summer. Thanks again and be sure to curl up with a good book to brighten your day!

R Weir