Roll out the red carpet!
Bring out the champagne!
It’s time to enter the Hall of Fame!
It’s only the third of January and already we have cause for celebration! Yes, it’s a double launch day over at Sapphire Star Publishing today. Give it up for my brother-and-sister-in-publishing, Gary Kassay and Amy Gregory, who are both launching their second books today. Over to you guys!
Gary Kassay presents:
Murder by Prophecy!
First I want to thank one of my fellow authors from Sapphire Star Publishing, Nicky Wells, for inviting me to say a few words on the release of the second book in the Duke Becker Series. It and the first book are available on Amazon.com paperback and Kindle, Amazon.co.uk paperback and Kindle, Barnes & Noble.com and in many other places.
My first book was titled Murder in Silence and it follows a specialized group of Detectives that work out of Special Investigation Homicide for the NYPD. The unit is headed by Inspector Duke Becker, a man who doesn’t wear a rumpled trench coat, suck on a lollipop or is wealthy and doing the job for kicks. Becker is a cop, plain and simple who catches killers…no matter what it takes.
In his squad is an eclectic group of detectives, all who have a specialty that helps Becker in solving high-profile, unusual murders that occur in the City of New York.
Murder in Silence has Becker and his squad facing a killer who is targeting police officers. The police officers appear to have nothing in common, didn’t serve together and did not know each other either on or off the job. There are no witnesses or clues to the brutal murders except for two clues that don’t seem to make any sense. The victims are killed by having their throats torn open but…the wounds are surgically clean and the part of the throat torn out is never recovered. The second mysterious clue is that saliva from the canine family has been discovered in the wounds, and the saliva is from different animals. Becker and his squad must discover not only who the killer is but the motive behind the killings.
The second book in the series is titled Murder by Prophecy and is a story about revenge that will spark feelings in anyone with a heart.
A man is falsely imprisoned and while in prison, his wife, son and daughter are brutally killed by a crazed addict. But the addict is not the true culprit. If not for a certain group of men, more concerned with making a buck instead of basic human rights, this man would not have gone to prison and his family would not have died.
The Chief of the NYPD receives poems…prophecies of death and calls in Becker and his squad to unravel the mystery. Becker knows there is more to the story than the Chief is revealing. He must work the homicides, the deaths of prominent men, killed in brutal and different ways without the Chief’s help and still keeping his job.
Becker has an outstanding record for solving homicides but it just may be that this time he will be outwitted. The race is on to discover who the Prophet is, why he is killing men in so many brutal ways and who is next on the Prophet’s list.
The Ex-Cop-turned-Crime-Writer: about Gary Kassay
Gary Kassay, author of the Duke Becker Series, is a former member of the NYPD Transit K-9 Unit. Besides a career as a Police Officer, he has been the owner of a commercial photo company, an X-ray tech for humans and animals, and a TSA employee. He now resides in Casper, Wyoming with his wife Raella, three dogs, and one black cat.
When Gary is not working on the next installment of his Duke Becker series, he enjoys spending quiet times with his wife, writing the Duke Becker series, reading, and when there isn’t snow on the ground, a good round of golf.
You can follow Gary on Twitter and on Facebook, visit his website or blog. Gary also has an author page at Sapphire Star Publishing and a Murder in Silence fan page on Facebook.
Crime written by an ex cop: the epitome of ‘write what you know’! Do you have any questions for Gary? Let’s hear them…
Racing to Love ~ Jesse’s Soul:
The fabulous Amy Gregory continues her story…
Jesse Frost lived the life most men would kill for. Fast bikes, fame, money, and looks. He hadn’t thought much about those things throughout his career. He was just an easy-going guy from Texas who always worked hard for everything he got in life. He’d been the shy guy in school, so when the prom queen found him years later, he thought he had finally made it. Her mirage, however, left him empty and certain there was no one that wanted him just for the man inside.
Emery Kincaid has a last name that is revered in their world. A woman in a man’s world and succeeding, Irish through and through, she has the temper and sass to boot and a reputation that precedes her. She has remained strong because she’s had no other choice. The pain she masks runs deep and hiding it is the only way she can survive.
Thrown together and forced to be in each other’s space day in and day out, sparks start to fly—from chemistry and the brakes she tries desperately to throw on. Without a doubt, Jesse thinks he’s found her, but the girl that stole his heart has a stubborn streak a country mile wide.
What Jesse doesn’t know could break his heart. Hiding her true feelings for him is the only way for Emery to protect him and in turn—herself. She barely made it out the first time. If she let Jesse in and he walked away…well, that’s a risk her heart can’t take.
“By expertly weaving the lives of all her “boys” into the story, the end will
leave you smiling through your tears. Racing To Love ~ Jesse’s Soul puts Amy
Gregory in the number one spot on the podium!” ~Katie Mettner
Racing to Love ~ Jesse’s Soul is available in Amazon.co.uk Kindle and paperback, Amazon.com Kindle and paperback, Barnes & Noble and many other places. Rock on!
Awesome! I love a great romance and I can’t wait to get tucked into this second part of Jesse’s story!
About Amy Gregory…
Amy Gregory leads an incredibly active lifestyle in Kansas City with her husband and their three fantastic kids who keep them running in three very different directions. When she’s not rushing her oldest daughter to tumbling, her youngest daughter to music lessons, or sitting track-side watching her son practice motocross, she’s taking the few minutes in between to scribble the next pages in her Racing to Love series. When asked, “When do you have time to write?” Amy Gregory giggles. “In bits and pieces,” she says.
Amy is known for her snarky, off the cuff sense of humor, which you’ll find shining through in the characters she’s created. I’ve spent my whole life trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, and now I’ve finally found it. – Amy Gregory
Find out more about Amy on her blog, or on her Sapphire Star Publishing author page. Amy is also on Goodreads and you can find her on Twitter and Facebook.
These books sound so good! I can’t wait to pick up copies of both. 🙂 Congratulations, pub siblings!
Whooop! Thanks for joining the party and like you, I can’t wait to get reading. 🙂 XX Thanks for visiting!
Thanks for the support sweetie! I hope your writing is going awesome!
Happy publication day to you both!
Question for Gary : I was lucky enough to visit NY last year and fell in love with the city. Do you have contacts with the NYPD to help you keep up to date with police procedure and changes etc?
Question for Amy : I know at one point you were working on two books at a time (have no idea how you manage that), just wondered how many hours a day, roughly, you dedicate to writing or do you snatch time here and there?
Happy new year!
I am still juggling multiple books at a time lol. But I’m sort of crazy so eh! LOL. I actually am able to write full time, most days. I still have a few things with our company I have to do, but I’ve been very lucky to have a husband that wants this little journey to succeed and has been very supportive of it, my time and of me in general. I will tell you, the promo for me is what I fight with and struggle to balance with the actual writing! If you hear of a magic answer, let me know!!!
Magic answers, Ha! I think we all need the Harry Potter magic time doubling up kind of clock! Hope you’re having a great day, Amy!!! X
Happy New Year, Sue! Thanks for visiting and joining in the launch day fun. I don’t know how Amy does it, TBH. At this point, I’m not writing at all and barely keeping my head above water and here she is, launching, writing, promoting and looking after others. What a star!! XX
Nicky- Thank you sooooooooooo much my sweet friend! You’re such a dear and I’m so glad you’ve come into my life. I’m very lucky! You’re a ball of energy and I wish I could catch some of it!!! You’re an amazing writer, I love Sophie and I’m very grateful to be on this ride with you! Here’s to an amazing 2013, millions of words written and a great time doing it! xxoo Love you sweetie!
Mwah!!! That’s a totally mutual thing: love you too, and here’s to an amazing 2013!! Happy launch day AGAIN and hope it’s going fabulously well. XXX
Two great new books and wishing both Gary and Amy all the best! The SSP team is amazing and very special – great books that won’t disappoint and a fab contrast. What a great start to the year for you both. Lxx
Thank you so much Linn, you’re a sweetheart!!!! I wish the best for all my friends in 2013, but a special wish for those trying to make it in this crazy industry! xxoo
Fabulous indeed! Thanks for visiting and joining in the festivities. It’s a great way to start the year!! 🙂 x
Thanks again for letting me say a few words Nicky. I am sure Murder by Prophecy will be a big hit thanks to you and all the amazing people at Sapphire Star Publishing!