Love and Danger Books

Thirty authors of clean crime fiction and inspirational fiction are offering books on sale from now until November 26! If you like danger and love and crime fiction without vulgar language and erotica, here you go. Grab these while you can.

As always, reviews are deeply appreciated by authors, especially those of us who are not yet bestsellers.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The book I’m offering for $1.99 (instead of the usual $5.99) is South of Justice, the first book in my Compass Crimes Series.

After her husband’s arrest, a woman searches for the truth. Her heart says he’s her happily-ever-after. Evidence says he’s a killer.



50 Author Crime Fiction Giveaway

crime series books

Fifty authors of crime fiction have united to give away the first book in their series. You are invited to download all of them or select the ones you like.

Why give away books?

The concept is similar to the one used by drug dealers–give away the first sample and the addict will come back for more. Admit it, you are a reading addict. You’d rather dive into a book than watch television. Readers enjoy using their imaginations.

Readers have to bring something to the reading experience. Readers enjoy seeing the world through new perspectives. Readers thrive on vicariously living dangerously and exploring strange new places.

Welcome to the worlds of 50 crime authors. Let us entertain you.

Please let us know what you think of our creations by posting reviews on social media, Amazon,, BookBub, and wherever else you tell others about what you’ve read.

You will be added to our fan newsletters, to be notified of future giveaways and new releases and you may unsubscribe at any time.

From all of us who labor to bring you exciting stories, thank you!

North of the Killing Hand is the prequel, the first book by story chronology in the Compass Crimes, my crime fiction series. This is my contribution to the giveaway.

Each book features a woman whose life has been overtuned by a crime and the story is what she does to get justice. If you like crime without gore, try this book.

3 Websites that Giveaway Books

Avid readers can easily spend a fortune on print books, Ebooks, and audio books. So what’s a reader to do?

In the publishing industry there’s an open secret that authors need reviews. Even the big name authors of bestsellers count on reviews to sell books.

As a reader, you benefit from this need. Some of these methods and sources simply give books in trade for a review on certain social media or retail sites online. For the serious reviewer, you can earn money in addition to getting advance copies of books by bestselling authors and up-and-coming authors, but first you have to build up a reputation as a reader-reviewer. Here are three sources of FREE books given in the hope and expectation that you will review what you read.


To become a reviewer on, it helps to have a review blog. If you have a long list of reviews you’ve posted on or another book retailer site, then be sure to note this when you sign up. They seek readers who can write coherent reviews that can be used in marketing soon-to-be released books.

Librarians, English teachers, booksellers, educators, journalists, bloggers, and others who recommend books to readers are ideal reviewers for NetGalley.

When you sign up, you choose which genres you prefer to read. You are notified when new titles pop up in your favorite genres and then you select the books you want to read.

Publishers make digital review copies and audio books available for the NetGalley community to discover, request, read, and review.

NetGalley sends out digital or audio books to reader/reviewers with a date when they’d like to have a review back. They also suggest the kind of information they want in the review, like theme and pacing, but no spoilers.

While this site doesn’t pay reviewers, the quality and volume of books available to review is impressive. Free Ebooks and audio books in trade for honest reviews make this a win-win for publishers and reviewers. And who knows? One of your reviews could end up in an advertisement or quoted in the front of a book! Some of my reviews have appeared in the marketing copy of books and as an author, I have used quotes from NetGalley reader-reviewers in my books.


If you live in Cambridge Massachusetts, they are hiring! For those outside Massachusetts, the BookBub community sends notices about free and deeply discounted books by publishers and notable indie authors and small presses.

You can get advance notice of books by genre and by particular authors you enjoy. For example, here’s my author page:

It shows my books, books I’ve reviewed, and authors I follow because I’m an avid reader.

Click here to see how it works: SHOW ME.

You can post reviews on the BookBub site and connect with other reviewers and authors about what they’re reading. This site is very influential in promoting books through their ads which reach thousands of readers by email.

Their popular blog includes “best of” lists and interviews with authors.


This site is like Facebook for readers. You can join online book clubs and reading groups, trade recommendations, vote on “best of genre” books, and post reviews. The real fun is their giveaways of print, audio, and Ebooks. The giveaway is managed lottery-style, so if John Grisham is giving away 10 copies of his new book, there could be hundreds of people putting their names in for them.

For example: From September 5 to 19, Kristin Hannah is gave away 100 print copies of The Four Winds which is being released in February 2021.

It is much easier to get copies of books by new and emerging authors in every genre than the big-name authors.

The print books aren’t as popular this year because of COVID-19, but hopes are the print giveaways will resume.

When you sign up for Goodreads, you can easily search for books you’ve already read and give them some stars and even review them if you want to. Frankly, I use it to keep track of what I’ve read so I don’t buy the same book in a series that I’ve already read. *sigh* Yes, I’ve done that more often than I want to admit.

In Goodreads, you have a newsy feed that shows the books liked, read, and reviewed by people you “friend” and authors you “follow.”

This site doesn’t pay for reviews, so the real draw is that the reviews come from readers of all walks of life.

Here’s one of my reviews: Nutshell by Ian McEwan.

This site also has a reading challenge in which you state how many books you plan to read in the year and it tracks your progress.

I use all three sites. Each one has its own style and community. All offer free books and BookBub also sends notices about discounted books as well. 

And one more source of free books is Once you have an Amazon account, download the Kindle app for free to your smart phone, tablet, and computer. Go to and search for “free classic kindle books” and choose any or all of the 40,000 books listed. Try it and be amazed. You don’t have to spend a fortune to be well-read. Children’s classics are among this list as well.

I was an avid reader long before becoming a published author. Free books? I’m all in! 

Happy reading!


2020 Kindle Book Awards

Kindle Book Awards 2020

West of Famous is a finalist in the 2020 Kindle Book Awards. This third book in the Compass Crimes series features Martina Ramos, an Oxford grad student who takes a part-time job over break as a body double for a pop star–and gets kidnapped.

Congratulations to the other semi-finalists in the horror/suspense category:

The Eidola Project by Robert Herold
Cane Field Revival by Joann Bassett
The Diary of a Serial Killer’s Daughter by L.A. Detwiler
Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent by Jennifer Anne Gordon
Fire, Pain, and Ruin by Konn Lavery
Canny Danny by Gerhard Dennis
Soul Shift by Calinda B.
The Trapper by Ellie Douglas
Prime Time by Matt Drabble
Gate of Torment by V.C. Marello
Seminar by Jay Klages
West of Famous by Joni M. Fisher
Scream for the Camera by Colleen Connally
The Holding by Daniel Greene
The Boy in the Barn by Ciana Stone
Sometimes We Ran 4 Survival by Stephen Drivick
The Deadly Match by Kishan Paul
Raven’s Glen by Nancy E. Polin
Memoir from Hell by Stephen Ross
The Witch of Gray’s Point by JP Barnett

To see the complete list of semi-finalists in all categories, go to:

The Compass Crimes Series

Women in Thrillers

Twenty-one authors of thrillers that feature heroines are sharing a giveaway. If you like thrillers, suspense, and crime fiction with strong women in them, then click on the link below to download the ones you want. One? All 21? It’s up to you.

Why do authors give away books? To help readers find them. To get reviews, yes, even a negative review, because new authors don’t have the name recognition of the giants in the genre.

So check out the list and maybe you’ll find your next new favorite author. One last beach read for the summer, one last thrill…

My book South of Justice is part of this giveaway because, like my other books, it features a strong heroine. I write about strong women on purpose. To learn why I feature strong women, check out my blog on it:

The Story Behind the Strong Heroine.

Free Christian Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller Books

BookFunnel Christian giveaway

Eleven best-sellling authors have teamed up to celebrate summer with giveaways of books! Why would authors giveaway books?

I’m glad you asked. The answer is three-fold.


Authors want readers to discover their work and giveaways encourage readers to read books by authors they might not have heard of yet. The theory is similar to what drug dealers use–the first one’s free. Once a reader is hooked by the fresh voice, memorable characters, and stunning storytelling, the reader will buy other works by that author. Remember the last time you found a book you loved so much you bought everything you could find by that author?

Reading addiction is real.


Authors giveaway books to get reviews. Sure, authors can pay for reviews, but genuine, heart-felt reviews are the best advertising. It’s also called word-of-mouth advertising. Your friends and family know how much you love reading, so they look to you when they want to know what’s worth reading.

Your review on Amazon, Goodreads, BookBub, or other sites help more readers discover new voices in fiction. Goodreads is like Facebook, but for book lovers.

Your social media post naming an author and title of a book helps your friends and family discover new voices in fiction. Posting the cover image is always a plus!


Authors giveaway books is to build their newsletter outreach. If you like the book, you will be notified when the next book by this author comes out. Some authors ask readers to help with choosing cover art or naming characters. You can unsubscribe to a newsletter at any time. Newsletters are also used to announce other giveaways and ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) which are given to reviewer/bloggers and select fans.

So, if you’ve been searching for mysteries, suspense, and thrillers without vulgar language or erotica–download one or all of the books offered by these Christian authors.

Click on the link below for more information and to select your downloads:


Free Christian Mystery, Suspense, and Thrillers


The following book trailer is about the book I’m giving away. Hope you enjoy it!


North of the Killing Hand