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Upticks

No, not a new kind of blood-sucking pest! Rather, I’ve noticed a recent uptick in sales of the Carina Quintana Murder Mystery series novels, even the earliest ones.

Which got me thinking. Laura or I would read a novel by an author we hadn’t experienced before, liked it, and gone back and read all of his/her novels from the beginning of the series. Happiness often resulted.

You can probably guess what I’m going to say next, but I’m going to say it anyway!

If you haven’t already read it, get yourself a copy of the latest Carina book, Havana Homicide, in ebook or paperback form from Amazon. If you enjoy it, then go back to the beginning and read the rest.

Maybe there’ll be a swarm of upticks!

*Carina Quintana Murder Mysteries

 Late Boomer

 Roomer Has It

 White Tie & Tales

 Dead On a Rival

Loose Canon

 All the Rage

 Money Side Up

 Havana Homicide

Happy reading!

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Paperbacks, Paperbacks, Paperbacks!

Yes, it’s been a little while since my last post and, yes, I’m still working on the next Carina Quintana Murder Mystery; BUT, I’ve been thinking about the last one a lot. It’s called Havana Homicide and it may be my personal fave, and not just for the exotic locales–especially Cuba, both pre-Castro and modern day Cuba, but the breadth of the story.  In fact, it may be why I’ve found myself going a bit slower on the book that’s in process now–I’d like the next one to be even better.

Getting back to the title of this blog post, though, thinking about Havana Homicide also reminded me that it’s available in paperback from Amazon, as well as in e-book form from Amazon and other booksellers.  So if you’ve been hesitating because you’re just not an e-book person, now’s the time to go for the paperback.

For sci-fi fans my sole effort in that arena, Dark Fire; Yesterday’s Tears--about which I’m also very partial!–is available in paperback, too, from Amazon, as is Laura’s (Laura Garcia is her pen name) wonderful The Six Wives of Jenny the 8th.

So, what are you waiting? The weekend’s here!\

Enjoy!

 

 

Best Beaches

No, I haven’t written a new book called Best Beaches!

Rather, I’m referring to an article in yesterday’s Miami Herald about the best beaches, saying that Florida has eight of the best in the U.S., including (of course!) South Beach. But the article goes on the state that Cuba has several beaches ranked above any of those here in Florida.

That reminded me that much of the action in Havana Homicide, the latest Carina Quintana Murder Mystery, takes place on or near some of those Cuban beaches, including some harrowing moments of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, also known as the Invasión de Playa Girón.  One of the central characters of the book is Carina’s grandfather, Eloy Quintana, who ran a casino in Havana before the Revolution and took part in the invasion–and spends time in a Cuban jail as a result. Apart from the invasion, both pre-Castro and modern day Cuba figure prominently in the book.

So, this weekend might be a good time to pick up and read a copy of Havana Homicide, which is available for your iPad at the iBooks store or as an ebook or paperback from Amazon.

 

Paperbacks, paperbacks, paperbacks!

Great news for those of you “allergic” to e-books;  Havana Homicide, the latest in the Carina Quintana Murder Mysteries series, is now available from Amazon as a paperback! And no worries–if you haven’t yet read the first seven books in the series you won’t have any problem diving into number eight. It might even make you want to go back and read any earlier stories you missed!

As a refresher, Havana Homicide can be (and is on the book’s back cover!) described as follows:

Havana Homicide is the eighth installment in the Carina Quintana Murder Mysteries series, conjured by Kirkus Award-winning author David M Benson. Something as prosaic as a police chiefs convention brings Carina to Havana but she’s got way stronger Cuban connections than that. Her grandparents emigrated from Cuba just before Castro’s revolution, bringing Carina’s Cuban-born father to the the United States. And her family history, particularly that of her tough guy grandfather, who ran a casino in Havana for the mob before the revolution and who died before she was born, is woven into the plot. Murder abounds; it is, after all, a Carina Quintana Murder Mystery! Here, though, the killer does not seem to care how much evidence he leaves behind. Catch me if you can seems to be his mantra, or his dare. But the manner in which present day killings in Florida intersect with much earlier crimes in Havana drives the twists and turns of the complex story. And Carina is not the only present day figure with descendants that influence current events, nor, it turns out, is she the only one with connections to her grandfather. Carina’s wife Alice is along for the ride, of course, as is Carina’s team of Fort Lauderdale PD detectives. But for Havana Homicide the devil is in the antagonists, including a Steve Jobs-like fellow with more than a little fascinating history of his own and a Cuban secret policeman with a long memory and a few of his own surprises.

And for you stalwart paperback fans, don’t forget that Laura’s debut novel–the amazing The Six Wives of Jenny the 8th–is also available from Amazon as a paperback. And remember, the author is Laura Garcia, her maiden name!

Happy reading!

 

 

An Easy-To-Keep New Year’s Resolution!

I hear that the most common New Year’s resolution is to exercise more in the new year. Laudable, but (for most, apparently) difficult to keep.

I have a better idea.

Read a novel written by one of your friends!

Cheaper than a gym membership and more rewarding, such a resolution might even stake you for the rest of the year since there are eight Carina Quintana Murder Mysteries* and Laura (Garcia)’s amazing The Six Wives of Jenny the 8th.

There’s even a secondary resolution lurking here; for those who don’t already, resolve to take up e-books. I love the feel of a real paper book but have gone over to the dark side on this one, in part because I can increase the print size when reading a book on my iPad but haven’t yet figured out how to do that with a real book! There’s also having multiple books on one device, but I digress.

For those of you who just have to have paper, you can still keep this resolution. The Six Wives of Jenny the 8th is also available in paperback, as is my lone sci-fi thriller Dark Fire: Yesterday’s Tears.

So forget that gym membership (sadly, you’ll probably be reading the contract’s small print about cancelling by March anyway!) and let your fingers do the walking over to Amazon or the Apple iBook Store and kick off 2018 by reading a few novels written by a friend!

Happy New Year!

 

*Carina Quintana Murder Mysteries

 Late Boomer

 Roomer Has It

 White Tie & Tales

 Dead On a Rival

Loose Canon

 All the Rage

 Money Side Up

 Havana Homicide

 

Thanksgiving Reading

I know, it’s difficult to believe that Thanksgiving is already here, but here it comes!

Whether your plans are to travel or stay put this holiday, I’ll bet you’re going to have some quality time to catch up on your reading, perhaps on that plane ride or while relaxing by the fireplace, or the swimming pool. Or maybe while that big bird is roasting!

It should come as absolutely no surprise that I heartily recommend Laura’s debut novel, The Six Wives of Jenny the 8th, which is available from Amazon as a paperback or e-book, or as an e-book from the Apple ibooks store.

If you’ve already read the fabulous Jenny, perhaps my latest Carina Quintana Murder Mystery, Havana Homicide, can improve your holiday. Or maybe you’ll even have time to begin at the beginning of the eight-book Carina series, starting with Late Boomer, and go from there!

And for you hard core sci-fi fans, there’s Dark Fire: Yesterday’s Tears, which is also available in paperback form.

In any case, happy reading! And have a terrific holiday!

 

“Jenny’s” in the Apple Store!

For those of you that like to read e-books on your iPad, good news! Laura’s novel The Six Wives of Jenny the 8th, is now available from the iBook store.

For traditionalists, it is (as I mentioned earlier) also available on Amazon both for Kindle and as a paperback.

Happy reading!