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Libby Fischer Hellmann's thread

libbyfh

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Thanks, Maine... I didn't know Book and Reader had those threads. I'll check them out at some point. For those of you who don't know me, I've been on a prior Book and Reader thread as well as the Insomniac Cafe when it was over at Amazon. For some reason, they continue to let me throw in my two cents.

I am a crime thriller author with 10 books and 20 short stories published, and #11 is done. Just about to start on #12. You can find out much more about me here: http://libbyhellmann.com.

Didn't want to intrude on the Tess Gerritsen thread, but I love her books and in fact, modeled my two series protagonists on Rizzoli and Isles. Do not like the TV series, however. It's just too superficial for me. I particularly like the way Maura has the "lead" in some books, while Jane does in others. I suspect it keeps Tess from getting bored.
 
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libbyfh

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Here's something different... don't know how many of you watch those lurid murder shows on Investigation Discovery, but "Blood Relative's" 2nd show this season is called "Murder Mansion" and re-caps the murder of a couple in Libertyville, IL, just up the road from me. Guess who's on the show? Yup. It's me... spouting a few sound bites about the family members before the murder. Should anyone be interested, you can find it here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3494698/

PS Thanks Kathy!
 

libbyfh

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Houston, we have a title. The next Georgia Davis thriller will be "Nobody's Child," out in late summer, 2014.
 

libbyfh

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With difficulty.

I started brainstorming with my writers' group a couple of weeks ago; didn't get anything great. Asked friends. Brainstormed again by myself. I was looking at words like "trap", "prey," "snare,".. .in fact, I went through ALL of Amazon's books with the word "trap" in the title (there were 79 pages) and STILL couldn't find anything.

Decided to do nothing for a while and was reading something (of course I can't remember what it was) and came across the expression. Rolled it around in my brain and decided I like it. It's not perfect, but it's closer to what I wanted to say. So.. I'm going with it. Was also considering "Nowhere Child" or "Nowhere Children" but they don't have the same rhythm.

It's strange.. with some books I know the title half-way through the book, or even before I start... that was the case with "Easy Innocence," and the Ellie book I'm just about to start, "Framed." Others elude me until well after I've finished writing.
 

janebbooks

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Here's something different... don't know how many of you watch those lurid murder shows on Investigation Discovery, but "Blood Relative's" 2nd show this season is called "Murder Mansion" and re-caps the murder of a couple in Libertyville, IL, just up the road from me. Guess who's on the show? Yup. It's me... spouting a few sound bites about the family members before the murder. Should anyone be interested, you can find it here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3494698/

Libby, I can't believe I can top you "spouting a few sound bites" but when I was living (and selling books) in my hometown in South Carolina .... I "starred" in a CITY CONFIDENTIAL (2000) which was a somewhat less lurid true life murder show on A& E. Here's the link http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0999928/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_16 and I'm listed in the CAST! My nephew called his mother...."Aunt Jane's on TV"...
and several of my clients at the CPA firm in Jacksonville (I retired and moved back to SC to live with my sister) called, too.

Somehow I never received any other offers for other TV appearances....
 

libbyfh

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amazing that we all get so excited about TV... it's gone in a minute, but a book as we all know lasts forever... (sigh).. celebrities, please line up on the left...
 

libbyfh

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I have e-ARCs (in 3 different formats) of Nobody's Child, my 4th Georgia Davis PI crime thriller. Have to warn you it's REALLY dark... think Karin Slaughter or Tess Gerritsen on steroids. If you're game, happy to send you an ARC. Would appreciate a review on Amazon, Goodreads and/or the venue of your choice. Let me know. It will be formally released in September, although Amazon will have it up August 15. Print. Audio. Ebook.
Here's the cover

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janebbooks

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Hi...Libby. I just made a comment on Kathy's review of your new Georgia Davis...NOBODY'S CHILD... at another place on "our" blog. (I love your post about finding the title). Take a look.

I just ordered ToxiCity...the Georgia Davis prequel and decided to read a few reviews. This is not a review but a comment on a review....by a little old lady named Tuli Reno who loves Chicago and found some proofing errors in her Kindle version of your tale. She also gives her SO grief by commenting on actors looks when watching movies....her review of CAMELOT with Richard Harris was hilarious. I may have to point out to her that Kindle editions don't go through a proofing person...it seems to be a common complaint. (The reviewers' note about the geographical error seemed legit..." Georgia traveling south from Fullerton to get to Diversey (which is north), and Halsted Street repeatedly spelled Halstead"...yet she gave your tale 4 stars.)

Meanwhile I'll read ToxiCity in paperback to see if your proofer really goofed on the punctuation errors...and if I can find the other five "errors".....I doubt it....

Tuli's comment about jtb1951's review of ToxiCity:

I was unable to finish the book because of all the mistakes in it (as well as poor [IMO] story elements), so I am not leaving a review, but would like to add to your comments about the mistakes. I don't think anyone proofed the book before uploading. Maybe some of the problems are in the digitizing process but others not.
Loc 820: "Georgia's is looking into it." Loc 710: "What s your name?" (No apostrophe.) The beginning of chapter 10: "Afterward services that evening Matt grabbed some coffee..." These are just examples. There were others similar to those.
In 21 instances of the word gonna in dialogue, 20 had a single beginning quotation mark (not an apostrophe) at the beginning of the word. One use of the word had a double quotation mark at the beginning. Of the seven instances of the word gotta, only one had the quotation mark. I wondered at the inconsistency but even more at the purpose of the quotation marks. Is this something new?
The victim was introduced with one name and then given a different name throughout the rest of the book. Yes, it was a variation, but something I noticed and wondered about right off.
I love Chicago and I really like police procedurals. That's why I picked up this book, after having read Michael Harvey and Sean Chercover. I managed to get through about a fourth of the book but I had problems caring about any of the characters, either way - good or bad. And there were too many characters introduced in the first couple of chapters for this old lady to keep up with. Some of the scene transitions were...well, without transitions, which left me occasionally confused.
Since I discussed proofreading, several of you who love this book will inevitably find mistakes in what I wrote above and proceed to chastise my hypocrisy. Since I am not asking you to pay for these comments, I don't feel bad. However, I have intentionally left five mistakes for you to find just to bring you joy.


No one, I think, has read this comment previously. At least, no one has "chastised" her "hypocrisy." Yet.
Jane
 
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janebbooks

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Hi...Libby. I just made a comment on Kathy's review of your new Georgia Davis...NOBODY'S CHILD... at another place on "our" blog. (I love your post about finding the title). Take a look.

I just ordered ToxiCity...the Georgia Davis prequel and decided to read a few reviews. This is not a review but a comment on a review....by a little old lady named Tuli Reno who loves Chicago and found some proofing errors in her Kindle version of your tale.....

LIBBY, I'M RUNNING INTO MORE REVIEWS ABOUT TYPOS ON KINDLE.....CAN'T AN AUTHOR DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS?
 

libbyfh

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LIBBY, I'M RUNNING INTO MORE REVIEWS ABOUT TYPOS ON KINDLE.....CAN'T AN AUTHOR DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS?

Jane, I've just republished all my self-published books, both print and ebook. So I hope all the problems have been fixed. Invariably, though, someone will find something -- I haven't found a perfect book yet.
 
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