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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

This week’s mailbox arrival gave me the chance to catch up with Kelsey McBride, from Book Publicity Services. Working with Kelsey is always a joy and she finds some great books and excellent authors, with which to entice her regular contingent of bloggers!

The author of ‘Dead Money Run’, J. Frank James, has also written an excellent guest post, which will be published in a couple of weeks, so I hope that you will stop by and check out “Why Self-Publish?”

DEAD MONEY RUN – (Lou Malloy Crime Series Book 1)

Lou Malloy has just maxed out on a fifteen year prison sentence for the theft of $15 million and just before leaving prison he learns that his sister is brutally killed. As he is leaving prison, he’s told to keep his nose clean or he would soon be back. As far as Malloy is concerned all bets were off until he finds his sister’s killer. In the meantime, he has to fight off predators trying to get their hands on the money he stole and keep from being sent back to prison trying to protect those dear to him.
He catches a break when he meets up with Hilary Kelly, a private investigator with an agenda of her own, She has been hired by the insurance company that paid on the theft claim of the money stolen from the casino by Malloy. In the course of events, Malloy and Kelly become more than just friends and Kelly decides to throw in with Malloy. Together they work to uncover exactly what happened to Malloy’s sister and why.
Their search involves a vicious gang led by a vengeful old man and his crazy son who has his own problems keeping his hands off other women. To make matters worse, Malloy and Kelly’s search is complicated by the fact that Malloy’s sister was really a special agent with the Department of Home Land Security and she was working undercover when she was killed trying to locate the whereabouts of special plates to produce counterfeit currency that if the plates ended up in the wrong hands, whole banking systems of major foreign countries could collapse overnight.
As Malloy and Kelly race to find the killer of Malloy’s sister, they enlist the help of Crusher, a pro wrestler who served in the cell next to Malloy at the Atlanta Penitentiary. The decision is made for Malloy and company to hit the same casino again that Malloy robbed fifteen years ago by a special ops unit of the Department of Homeland Security. The plan is complicated by the fact that the ops unit is phony setup led by a former agent turned rouge who is backed by another vicious gang with international contacts intent on getting their hands on the missing money plates. Malloy decides to go through with the heist of the casino a second time, but on a different schedule than planned. If they don’t make it they have no way to return to the real world. They are in a make or break it race. Read as they race to the finish line and learn if this where the run ends or the run begins….
Photo Image Of Contemporary Author J. Frank JamesJ. Frank James is an author of crime thriller novels, with an undoubted passion for writing.
A graduate of the University of Florida School of Journalism and Advertising where he obtained a degree in Journalism and one in Advertising, Jim went on to attend law school, where he was a member of the law review, went on to pass the state bar and started his own law practice which specialized in complex litigation, thus affording him the knowledge and experience to ensure the credibility of his crime writing.
Together with his wife, Jim has also travelled extensively and has undoubtedly gained much of the  inspiration for his crime thriller novels and the character of Lou Malloy, from his travels.

Home for Jim and his wife, is Atlanta, with a second home on the coast of Georgia that they shuttle back and forth to, along with their 90 pound boxer who is named Jake. Six children and 13 grandchildren complete the family line-up, so, to say the least, life is never a dull moment.

Catch up with all the news at J. Frank James’s website
Follow J.Frank James on Twitter
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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • This doesn’t sound like my usual crime/mystery choice, but I believe it might be worth checking out more closely.

    I look forward to his guest post on self-publishing.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I am not sure which sub-genre of crime thriller this book fits into, perhaps none of them exactly! I am quite open to trying something new though and although there are already several books in the series, they have been written and published in very quick succession, so Jim is still a relatively new author on the scene.

      There have been so many guest posts by authors about self-publishing, that I was a bit worried about churning out identical thoughts and comments, with Jim’s post. I needn’t have worried however, as he came up with a unique and personal approach to the subject, which I am certain you will enjoy reading!

      Thanks for stopping by, I am pleased that you enjoyed reading the post, even if the book isn’t one for you 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      The guest post arrived in my in box a couple of days ago and I think it will be well worth the wait. Jim has such a great way with words, he knows exactly what he wants to say and manages to convey his thoughts with ease.

      I hope that you will find it interesting, even if the book is not to your taste. It wouldn’t do for us all to like the same thing, would it?

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on the post, I appreciate it 🙂

  • You are right Kelsey does come up with some great books.

    With regard to this one I’m in two minds. Like Kelly its definitely something I will take a closer look at.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Yes, Kelsey is certainly ‘switched on’ when it comes to her authors and always has the relevant information at her fingertips before she starts polling around for her promotional bloggers. It is always a great opportunity to discover new writing talent, which I might otherwise have passed over for some of the more tried and tested authors.

      The only thing I might comment on with regards to J. Frank James, is that perhaps he should be encouraged to shorten the length of his books premises a little on the mainstream sites. I like a synopsis to give enough of an insight into a book that I can make an informed decision as to whether or not it is a story I might enjoy, however Jim’s synopses on all his books, not just ‘Dead Money Run’, gives away just a bit too much in the way of spoilers for my liking!

      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment. I hope that all is well with you and Mr.T and that you had a good Easter weekend, with all the lovely sunshine 🙂

  • That takes place in my part of the country which always makes a book a little more interesting to me for some reason. I do like this genre and you’ve piqued my interest on this book.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I must admit that I am always more drawn to a story set in my own part of the country, or an author who has made their home in my part of the world and I am more likely to give the book a chance.

      We have only ever ventured into the far south of Georgia, when staying in Florida, but that’s a close enough connection to make ‘Dead Money Run’ an interesting story for me to try.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.

    • Thanks Mary Ann,

      ‘Dead Money Run’ certainly does offer up an intriguing and unique storyline and a great opportunity to discover if Lou Molloy is a character I want to get to know better.

      Thanks for stopping by this week, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I must admit that I am being more selective and choosy about which books I accept for review and that’s something I never thought I would find myself doing!

      I had no idea how many authors and publishers would approach me, so whilst I am always open to trying a new genre or culture of writing, I can afford to select only the storylines which really interest me … and there are plenty of those 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      It does sound as though Malloy and Kelly are going to be having a busy time, doesn’t it?

      The storyline is a bit outside of anything I generally read, as I am not a huge fan of ‘mob’ related crime. However the quirky connection between the thief and the Private Investigator sounds so unlikely and nothing short of a recipe for disaster, that it needs some checking out 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, you know I always appreciate it.

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