Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Case of the Flickering Star 
A Mark Julian Vampire PI Mystery #11 now out on Amazon












The Case of the Flickering Star

A Mark Julian Vampire PI Mystery #11 

In the early decades of Hollywood when, movies were still being referred to by some as The Flickers, no star had shone brighter on the silver screen than the luminously ethereal Amber Corrine Terry. In the supernatural world she was known as the Greek muse Thalia. Her romantic movies were always financial blockbusters and many a young man dreamt of making love to the ashen haired, wide-eyed beauty. By the mid 1920’s she was dubbed the Queen of Love. One of her biggest hits was the controversially notorious film, Nights in Babylon. In its cast was a young foreign actor named Marcus Caesarea making his first, and last, foray into films. Daring even by today’s standards, the movie shocked audiences and caused preachers to rail against the degeneracy of movies. Naturally it was also the biggest moneymaker of that decade. 

As the twenties came to a close and while still at the very height of her fame, Amber retired from the screen. Many assumed it was the talkies that forced her, like so many other silent film stars, to bow out of acting. Yet others felt there was more behind her retirement. When her silent movies were lost in a studio warehouse fire, all that was left of her artistic contributions were some grainy publicity still photos from a few of her films. 

Recently, her great granddaughter has launched her own successful movie career. The very image of her famous ancestor, young Amber is rapidly rising to the heights her namesake once held in Tinsel Town. But now something threatens the young ingénue. A message was sent to her claiming that a pristine and unedited copy of Nights Of Babylon has been discovered. Its finder has threatened Amber that they will show it to the world unless she makes certain payments. 

Amber knows that if that film if seen it will prove she has more than a mere resemblance to the original Amber. In desperation, she hires Mark Julian to find the film it for her. For Mark this is more than a job. Back in the day, as a favor to his lover and Amber, he too had appeared in that movie under the name Marcus Caesarea. If that film is publicly seen it will not only be Amber who has some tricky questions to answer concerning uncanny resemblances. He would also prefer that Vinnie and especially Vinnie’s mother and her friend did not view Mark’s rather revealing performance during a certain orgy segment of the film. The hunt is on for Mark but, with Jean-Claude and Jaime visiting Europe to celebrate their cousin Laurent’s crowning, and a deadly killer on the loose, he is forced to seek assistance from a delighted Viola Lupa. Together this odd couple soon discovers that some of the other Greek Muses may not be so eager that the pair succeeds. It’s a madcap adventure as Mark recalls how, during his early days in Hollywood, he was seduced not only by the thrill of acting in a movie, but also by a certain sexy male actor into clearly showing an his family jewels in that film. Will Mark be able to help the Greek muse Thalia keep her secret as well as his own?

Friday, June 9, 2017

The new Mark Julian mystery
Coming out in July


                               The Case of the Flickering Star
                                  
A Mark Julian Vampire PI Mystery #11
In the early decades of Hollywood when, movies were still being referred to by some as The Flickers, no star had shone brighter on the silver screen than the luminously ethereal Amber Corrine Terry. In the supernatural world she was known as the Greek muse Thalia. Her romantic movies were always financial blockbusters and many a young man dreamt of making love to the ashen haired, wide-eyed beauty. By the mid 1920’s she was dubbed the Queen of Love. One of her biggest hits was the controversially notorious film, Nights in Babylon. In its cast was a young foreign actor named Marcus Caesarea making his first, and last, foray into films. Daring even by today’s standards, the movie shocked audiences and caused preachers to rail against the degeneracy of movies. Naturally it was also the biggest moneymaker of that decade.
As the twenties came to a close and while still at the very height of her fame, Amber retired from the screen. Many assumed it was the talkies that forced her, like so many other silent film stars, to bow out of acting. Yet others felt there was more behind her retirement. When her silent movies were lost in a studio warehouse fire, all that was left of her artistic contributions were some grainy publicity still photos from a few of her films.
Recently, her great granddaughter has launched her own successful movie career. The very image of her famous ancestor, young Amber is rapidly rising to the heights her namesake once held in Tinsel Town. But now something threatens the young ingénue. A message was sent to her claiming that a pristine and unedited copy of Nights Of Babylon has been discovered. Its finder has threatened Amber that they will show it to the world unless she makes certain payments.
Amber knows that if that film if seen it will prove she has more than a mere resemblance to the original Amber. In desperation, she hires Mark Julian to find the film it for her. For Mark this is more than a job. Back in the day, as a favor to his lover and Amber, he too had appeared in that movie under the name Marcus Caesarea. If that film is publicly seen it will not only be Amber who has some tricky questions to answer concerning uncanny resemblances. He would also prefer that Vinnie and especially Vinnie’s mother and her friend did not view Mark’s rather revealing performance during a certain orgy segment of the film. The hunt is on for Mark but, with Jean-Claude and Jaime visiting Europe to celebrate their cousin Laurent’s crowning, and a deadly killer on the loose, he is forced to seek assistance from a delighted Viola Lupa. Together this odd couple soon discovers that the other eight Greek Muses may not be so eager that the pair succeeds. It’s a madcap adventure as Mark recalls how, during his early days in Hollywood, he was seduced not only by the thrill of acting in a movie, but also by a certain sexy male actor into clearly showing an his family jewels in that film. Will Mark be able to help the Greek muse Thalia keep her secret as well as his own?



Thursday, January 26, 2017

One more review coming in...

This one is from
http://eyesonbooks.com/2017/01/26/blog-tour-max-brad-maisie-mystery-series-l-g-fabbo-gonnella/
Series Review
This mystery series is fun, quirky, thrilling, and unusual. I enjoyed getting to know Max, Brad, and Maisie and follow them through their adventures. If you like mysteries, you’ll definitely enjoy it too. But if you are looking for competent detectives, these are more the type that stumble onto things than any Sherlock Holmes types. An former burlesque star and two struggling Broadway authors don’t sound like the most capable PIs ever, but that isn’t going to stop them from trying!
Of course, accidentally fraternizing with a serial killer (this happens very early on in the first book, so not a major spoiler) happens to a lot of detectives. Have you seen Dexter? His sister didn’t know what he was, did she? Then again, Dexter was a little better at hiding it. I’d like to say they get to be the best detectives by book three and that no one ends up naked and tied up. But I don’t want to disappoint you 🙂
Regardless of their skill level (this at times reminded me of the Pink Panther series), or their hard to explain state of being (Maisie is a ghost), this is a mystery series you have to give a try. It will be different than what you are used to, and, if you are anything like me, you’ll smile at the early references to Mark Julian and his more supernatural, and far more skilled detective adventures. I really liked the universe sharing for these two series. As both have supernatural elements and happen in the same city, I like it that the author does not pretend the other one doesn’t exist.
In short, interesting twist on the unlikely detective! I love a more stumble-and-fall approach, especially since we can’t all be Miss Marple!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Another review of "Murder in the String of G"

Another review of "Murder in the String of G"
Review
This was a deliciously quirky book, which I enjoyed very much. Max and Brad are hapless actors who get parts in a play at a revamped theatre which retains more of its past than they bargained for.
Way back in the glory days of the theatre, Maisie, an outrageous burlesque star at the peak of her career falls down the stairs and breaks her neck. The official cause of death is a tragic accident, but we know there was a trip wire across the staircase, and Maisie isn’t about to give up the ghost until she find out who did it.
Meeting Maisie certainly shakes things up for Max and Brad, but not as much as Brad’s new girlfriend who’s a real killer.
I have to admit that my favourite character was Maisie. She’s a real ballsy lady who calls a spade a spade and develops an attachment to her boys that extends beyond the theatre. She’s responsible for some classic moments of comedy and drama and is about as well rounded as a ghost can be. I had great fun with her and am interested to see how she develops in later books. I loved her tendency to get up close and personal with Brad. I like a lady with a refined taste in backsides.
Max and Brad are also endearing characters although neither quite achieve the weight Maisie brings to the story. This is Maisie's moment and she makes the most of it.
I have to admit there were some editing issues that put me off a little and might be a problem to some readers. However, the general flow of the story was strong and helped to sweep me past the flaws.
The story was definitely meaty enough to keep me entertained throughout, with side shoots and two main storylines – Maisie’s past and Brad’s future (if he has one). The boys came across as good guys with a strong friendship and a lot of affection for each other which they’re not afraid to show.
Max, Brad and Daisy won’t be winning any international awards but if you’re looking for a good yarn, with a strong story, complex characters, plenty of action and a smidgeon of humour, this is your book.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The first review of the Max, Brad & Maisie mystery series

From  https://scatteredthoughtsandroguewords.com
Series Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
murder-in-the-string-of-g-2Author L. G. Fabbo-Gonnella spins the classic noir murder mystery for modern times in the Max, Brad and Maisie series.  Max and Brad are two young (early 20s), struggling actors trying to break onto Broadway who work in a local pub to pay the bills.  When signing up to audition for a role in a new play at a renovated theater, they encounter the ghost of Maisie, a burlesque dancer who was murdered in 1959.  This begins an unusual friendship between the three as go about trying to emulate Hercule Poirot and Topper at the same time. 
Brad is a straight male of Italian heritage who fancies himself a ladies man with a thing for voluptuous women.  Max often complains that he thinks with the head in his pants instead of the one on his shoulders, which can get him into trouble.   
Max is a gay male who is searching for something meaningful.  Having moved to New York from Kansas, he finds a friend in Brad and they decide to room together.  He knows that they should not get involved in trying to solve these mysteries, but as Ethel always seemed to go along with Lucy, he backs his friend whole-heartedly.  He just hopes that they don’t get killed in the process.
Maisie doesn’t have that problem as she’s already dead.  Previously tied to the theater where she was killed, she know moves around with “her boys” as they try to solve the mysteries that they encounter.  While she was a burlesque performer, she is still a lady.  She laments the decline of civility in the modern world but finds a hobby in watching wrestling on television.
In Murder in the String of G, the trio set about to prove that Maisie was in fact murdered and whom committed the crime.  In Murder in the Square Circle, Maisie insists that she and her boys investigate when her favorite wrestler is charged with the murder of his rival in the ring.  In Murder in Noir, the boys finally have parts in an upcoming Broadway play (bit parts, but you have to start somewhere).  The boys find blackmail notes tossed on the floor and decide to investigate further. 
To say that these three are not Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot would be an understatement.  While they have good instincts as to what paths to follow, it seems they always stumble unto the proper solution to the mysteries.  Add to that the fact that Brad somehow seems to find himself naked and tied or handcuffed to a bed and you see that they should not be in the private investigating business.  If you are nostalgic for classic mysteries, give this series a try.  I will state that the books could use a more thorough editing but was not a major problem. 
Dustin Kime does a good job with the covers of the three books.  For String of G, the ghost of Maisie is superimposed on the backdrop of the Cassandra Theater where she was murdered.  For Square Circle, a young wrestler is on the cover.  And for Noir, the lead actor for the boys’ play is featured in a classic noir pose.

Heads up on an interview with me:)

The interview is scheduled to go live Thursday January 19 at 0600 EST.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Blog tour announcement with schedule for the "max, Brad & Maisie" mystery series. :)

Just a reminder, the blog tour for my, "Max, Brad & Maisie" mystery series begins today. You can see the blog schedule below. There are plot synopsis's, excerpts, prizes & reviews too; go check it out. 
:)
Date Blog Name

17-Jan Wicked Faerie' s Tales and Reviews
Drops of Ink
18-Jan Prism Book Alliance
19-Jan Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
20-Jan The Purple Rose Tea House
A.O. Chika Book Blog
21-Jan Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
It’s Raining Men
22-Jan Alina Popescu, Writer
23-Jan Attention Is Arbitrary
Dawn's Reading Nook
24-Jan Angel Feathers
25-Jan MM Book Escape
The Kimi-chan Experience
26-Jan EOB's Next Favorite Reads
27-Jan Divine Magazine
28-Jan Love Bytes
Carol Pedroso – Author
29-Jan Louise Lyons
30-Jan Alpha Book Club