Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

Okay, this isn't the first time I've strayed off topic, and it probably won't be the last. I'd like to ask two questions of you and hope to get a good response.

The first question is, do you make New Year's resolutions?

Personally, I stopped a long time ago, as I always seemed to break them within the first two months of the year. I'm considering making one or two this year though. One would be to stop procrastinating so much and buckle down and get my second book finished.

The second question is, do you keep them or break them?

I  hope everyone has a very Happy New Year, and remember, if you're going to drink, don't drive.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Book Signing

For those of you who live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I will be doing a book signing on January 7th at the Fox & Hound on NE Green Oaks in Arlington from noon until 4 P.M. I will have a limited number of copies available, so if you haven't purchased the paperback yet, now is the time to order. Signed copies at the signing are going to be $12.95. (Pre-purchase price: $10.95.)

Mark your calendar.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Now in Paperback on Amazon and CreateSpace

I want to announce that Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel is now in print! It is now available on Amazon and CreateSpace eStore.
I will also be holding a book launch party/signing next month. I will post more as the details get ironed out.


Amazon - http://tinyurl.com/7x76w2z

CreateSpace - https://www.createspace.com/3623078

Get your copy today! Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wishing Everyone A Merry Christmas




A very Merry Christmas to you and yours. May this Christmas season bring you joy and good cheer.

Feliz Navidad.
Veselé vánoce.
Joyeux Noël.
Frohe Weihnachten.
Vidám karácsony.
Buon Natale.
Wesołych Świąt.
Craciun fericit!
Веселое рождество

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Versatile Blogger Award


I'd like to thank Sandy Wolters, author of Maggie Mae, Justice for Emily and A Brother's Love, for awarding this site the Versatile Blogger Award. I'm supposed to pass it on to five other blogs, which is going to be tough to narrow down, as there are so many great ones out there. I'm also supposed to share 7 things about myself. Okay, here goes:

1. I am a cat person. (Yes, I like dogs too. I just prefer cats because they are more independent.)
2. I love big sour pickles.
3. My idea of roughing it is going without room service.
4. My favorite comedian is Ron White. (Tater Salad)
5. I believe Elvis is alive and well and living in Pahrump.
6. I don't actually believe that last one.
7. I hate beef liver.


Now for the really hard part, the blog nominations. I nominate the following:

Patti Roberts:
http://paradox-theangelsarehere.blogspot.com/

Everett Powers
http://everettpowers.blogspot.com/

Todd Moody
http://the-verge-trm.blogspot.com/

Carolyn Arnold
http://sassy3421.blogspot.com/

Janice Hardy
http://blog.janicehardy.com/

Again, thanks to Sandy Wolters for this award.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Reviews

Okay. I'm not one to beg, and I certainly don't toot my own horn, ask anyone who knows me. That said, I would like to ask those of you that have read my book to please post a review on Amazon, or on whichever site you purchased my book. I know I've given away tons of free copies, so those who have received copies, I would also ask you do the same. It doesn't matter whether you loved it or hated it, as I expect only honest reviews. All reviews will be very much appreciated.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

5 Star Books

I just received the coveted first position in the Mystery genre category on 5 Star Books!


http://5starsbook.com/Mystery.php

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Five Star Review for Storm Rising

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Police Thriller, December 7, 2011
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel (Kindle Edition)
I was first attracted to this book by the title, which I loved.
Storm Rising revolves around Kelli Storm, the strong female protagonist, as she tries to balance her complicated personal life with a life and death crisis in her career. She proved a strong lead, yet very human. I felt like I really got to know her.
The story grabbed my attention at the start and never let go. While my schedule required reading this book in several sittings, I could easily have read it in one.
I was glad to discover that Storm Rising is the first of a series. I'll definitely be back for more! -RDM

Just in time for Christmas - Storm Rising now only .99 cents!

I just reduced Storm Rising back to .99 cents on Smashwords and Amazon, though Amazon may take a day before reflecting the new price. So now there is no reason not to download it for your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other eReader. Plus it makes a great Christmas gift! (It won't drain your bank account.)

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/61707

Download your copy today!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Book trailer for Storm Warning - A Kelli Storm Novel

Finally figured out how to do this, and made a book trailer for Storm Warning. I tried to post it here, but Blogspot kept having issues with the file, so it's posted on YouTube.

http://youtu.be/H4VyGTh30m8

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Storm Rising coming to Amazon Paperback (POD)

I've begun the process to bring Storm Rising to life in paperback on Amazon, for those that still prefer the feel and smell of a real book. (I know I do.) It will be Publish on Demand, and of course I will order a few personal copies to give away.

I will announce here and on Twitter when it becomes available. I have completed the formatting phase, and have contacted my cover artist so he can start working on that end of things. Unfortunately, it will take a lot longer than the e-Book cover.

Keep checking back. I'm hoping to have it ready before Christmas.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Guest on Celebrating Authors - The Independent Voice

Watch for me this Thursday, (yes, I know that's turkey day), on Celebrating Authors by Carolyn Arnold.

http://celebratingauthors.blogspot.com/
 
Spread the word!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sneak Peek - Storm Warning - A Kelli Storm Novel

   The news wasn’t good. According to Agent Larsen, when the Federales arrived at the compound they had recovered six bodies and the place was deserted. What scared her the most was that Garcia’s body had not been recovered.
   She flipped though the file, scanning the photos of the blast scene, and stopped at the one showing Garcia’s car. She shook her head as she stared at the black and white. How in the hell did that son of a bitch survive? Then a thought struck her. Renato had broken cover just before detonating the final blast, the one under Garcia’s car. That has to be it. Renato gave the bastard time to bail out the other side.
   Kelli closed the file and shivered. While she didn’t know Renato well, she was certain he hadn’t been in with Garcia. He had lost everything thanks to Garcia. She took her cell out and punched in Dan Davis’ number. It had been Dan that hooked her and Kevin up with Renato on their trip to Mexico City. It took four rings before he answered.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Free Copy of Storm Rising

I have to date, only one follower that has asked for the free copy of Storm Rising. If you would like to download your free copy, send me a DM on Twitter and I will give you the free download code for Smashwords.com.

I have the code active until Tuesday, 22 November. If you have not downloaded it by then, and would still like to get a copy, contact me.

Thanks again for following. Stay tuned for a new Indie Author in the Spotlight tomorrow.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Congratulations to the 100th Follower!

Congratulations to Montgomery, the 100th follower of my blog. You have won a free copy of my e-book, Storm Rising, as well as a free copy of my upcoming book, Storm Warning. Please contact me on Twitter via DM with your e-mail and I will provide you with a code to download your copy from Smashwords.

As for the other 99 loyal followers, if you have not already purchased my e-book, please do the same and contact me by DM on Twitter for your code.

Note: Please contact me within the next three days. I will leave the code live for 5 days, after that, if you have not downloaded your copy, please contact me. You are all on the honor system and will trust that you keep the code to yourself and not share with friends and family.

My interview on Thrillers R Us by Doug Dorow

Check out my latest guest author interview on Thrillers R Us by Doug Dorow:

http://www.thrillersrus.com/2011/11/author-interview-ken-hoss.html


Thanks, Doug.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

92 Followers

Up to 92, only 8 to go. One thing I noticed, Blogspot didn't put the newest followers pictures at the top. With that many followers, it's hard to tell. So, I will need #100 to leave a comment when they join so I will know who it is. As for the other 99, remember, you're on the honor system. If you have not purchased my book, Storm Rising, you will get a free e-copy. The 100th follower will also receive a free copy of Storm Warning when it is published. (Suggested Retail - $3.99)

Keep checking back!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day - A Day of Honor

Remember our veterans today and honor them. These brave men and women who put their lives in harms way to protect our freedoms, and never asked for anything in return.



Thursday, November 10, 2011

Semper Fi - Marine Corps Celebrates 236 Years

The U.S.Marine Corps is 236 years old today, and tomorrow is Vetran's Day. We owe so much to the men and women who are serving, have served, and especially those who have given their lives for this country. Remember to honor them, not only today and tomorrow, but throughout the year.

To all my Marine Corps friends, Semper Fi!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Free e-Book Give-away to the 100th follower

As of today, this blog has 89 followers. I want to thank each and every one of  you for following, you are all great!

Now, not to be greedy, but I would like to hit 100 followers in the next 30 days or less. (Okay, so I'm a little greedy.) The 100th follower will receive a free copy of my ebook, Storm Rising, and *drumroll*, a free copy of Storm Warning when it's published! (Sometime in the Spring of 2012.)

As for the first 89 loyal followers, and those who join before #100, don't worry. If you haven't already purchased my book, you can contact me on Twitter and I will send you a free copy also.* (You're on the Honor System.)

*Specify the ereader format

Saturday, November 5, 2011

More from San Antonio

Went out today and walked around. After last night's party, I'm surprised I could even get out of bed. (Can you say hangover?) It's after 4 now and I'm finally coming alive after having a big breakfast and a great buger at Pat O'Briens for lunch.

So, I have some pictures to share, mostly of the Alamo. I'm heading back out after this post and hope to get some more pics before it gets too dark. Plus the wind has come up and it's clouding over, though I don't think there is any rain in the forecast. (I hope.)

The Alamo

Cannon from the Garrison

A Letter from the Alamo

Another view of the Mission

San Antonio Riverwal (small section)


Waxy O'Conners Irish Pub
(Yes, the Guiness is mine)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

San Antone Bound (For non-Texans, that's San Antonio)

Decided I needed to get out of town for a few days, so I'll be heading to San Antonio for the weekend. Took a day of vacation and I'll be heading out tomorrow morning. I could  have flown and been there in about an hour, but I decided to drive it, see the Hill Country. Granted, it will take me about 5 hours to get there, but there's no rush.

San Antonio is full of history, and of course, it's the site of the famous battle for Texas Independence, the Alamo.

Here is a little history:

The war began in October of 1835 with the Battle of Gonzales. Early victories at La Bahia and San Antonio were soon met with crushing defeat a few months later. The war ended with the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836.

On February 23rd, 1836, the Mexican Army arrived at San Antonio, suprising the Texas garrison, who had to scramble for supplies from the nearby villiage. 1,500 Mexican troops encamped at San Antonio de Béxar as the first step in a campaign to re-take Texas. For the next 12 days the two armies engaged in several skirmishes with minimal casualties. Aware that his garrison could not withstand an attack by such a large force, Travis wrote multiple letters pleading for more men and supplies, but fewer than 100 reinforcements arrived.

In the early morning hours of March 6, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. After repulsing two attacks, Texians were unable to fend off a third attack. As Mexican soldiers scaled the walls, most of the Texian soldiers withdrew into interior buildings. Defenders unable to reach these points were slain by the Mexican cavalry as they attempted to escape.

Between five and seven Texians may have surrendered; if so, they were quickly executed. Most eyewitness accounts reported between 182 and 257 Texians dead, while most historians of the Alamo agree that 400–600 Mexicans were killed or wounded.

In 19th-century Texas, the Alamo complex gradually became known as a battle site rather than a former mission. The Texas Legislature purchased the land and buildings in the early part of the 20th century and designated the Alamo chapel as an official Texas State Shrine.

I will still be posting this weekend, between the bar hopping and sightseeing. Stay tuned as I will post pictures of The Alamo and other interesting sites in San Antonio.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Another Teaser - Storm Warning

   The agent that took over for Farnsworth, Gregory Larsen was a lot younger than Kelli had expected. She had envisioned a grizzled veteran agent when talking on the phone, which he was not. She fought the urge to stare when he met her in the lobby.
   “You must be Detective Storm,” Larsen said with a wide smile. “Always good to see New York’s finest.”
   He pushed his hand at her and she shook it. “Thank you, Agent Larsen. To be honest, your predecessor wasn’t so welcoming.”
   Larsen tilted his head back and let out a small laugh. “Yeah, I’ve heard that about Farnsworth.” He looked to his right, then left, and leaned in at Kelli. “Everyone who worked with him said he was a real dick,” he whispered in a conspiratorial tone.
   Kelli fought back a laugh and looked up at him. “You said on the phone you had something for me.”
   He nodded. “Sure, let’s go up to my office. I think you’re going to want to be sitting down when you hear what I’ve got,” he said and turned toward the elevators.
   Kelli reached out and grabbed his shoulder. “Is it that bad?” She asked and felt a chill run down her spine.
   Larsen turned and frowned. “It may be worse than you think.”

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo

Today begins National Novel Writing Month, or for those in the know, NaNoWriMo. Unfortunately I won't be participating again this year. I had planned on doing it this year, even had the beginnings of a story plotted. However, I find myself in the situation, as many do, where there are not enough hours in the day. Between marketing my first novel, and working on the second, I'm feeling just a little overwhelmed. For those of you that do intend to participate, bravo and good luck.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Guest Bloggers

If you would be interested in being a guest blogger on my site, PM me on Twitter and let me know. (@kennhoss) I am looking for other bloggers, writers, and authors to blog about writing, publishing, seminars or anything else. (Subject to approval and noting vulgar.) I do have someone lined up to tell us about her experience at the upcoming Backspace Writers Conference in NYC. (Nov. 3rd & 4th) It should be interesting, so keep checking back.

Another Rave Review - Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel

5.0 out of 5 stars First book in the Kelli Storm series, October 27, 2011
By 
Paul Rice (Herndon, VA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel (Kindle Edition)
Reading Storm Rising by Kenneth Hoss was like watching several entertaining episodes back-to-back of a television crime show set in New York City such as NYPD. There were conflicts and resolutions in all levels: between the local police and the Feds; between the local police and the criminals; within the protagonist herself, Kelli Storm; and among the characters immediately surrounding Kelli, such as her ex-husband, ex-boyfriend, and mother.
I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen next, so I finished the book in an afternoon. Just like a television series, not all conflicts were resolved. I look forward to the next book in the Kelli Storm series.

Monday, October 24, 2011

A Teaser from Storm Warning - A Kelli Storm Novel

   Roberto slowly raised his head, his eyes boring into Kelli. “Chingala pinche puta,” he hissed. “First you come around tellin’ me Raul got shanked in jail, now you got the cajones to ask about shit that ain’t your fuckin’ business.”
   Kelli didn’t waver. She focused her eyes on his. “Pendajo, it is my fucking business. Whoever ordered Raul killed is still out there. Shit Roberto, who knows, maybe you’re next on the hit list.”

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Sneak Peek - Exceprt from Storm Warning - A Kelli Storm Novel

Friday October 15th 10:18 A.M. Washington Heights
Jay Hood Wright Park -
South Pinehurst Avenue


   The word was already out on the street, so it didn’t take long to track down Hector’s gang. Fifty dollars and the promise of more was all her snitch Benny needed. She knew exactly where to look.
   As she pulled up into the dead end street, she could see several young men sitting along the wall facing the park. Cars were parked three wide in the narrow street and the wall was covered in multicolor layers of taggers paint. She parked, got out and walked around a panel van to the group of men. The guy she was looking for was sitting right in the middle.
   Angelo Diaz was a member of the Trinitario’s, a gang that had originally been formed in prison, and now was estimated to number in the thousands, all hardcore members.
   She drew in a deep breath, adjusted her jacket and walked toward the group. Angelo’s pullover featured a large number seven, signifying he was a Trinitario. He had the hood pulled back and was talking to one of the other gang members.
   “Angelo,” she called out as she got closer, “I need to ask you a few questions.”
   As she approached, the other gang members took off, heading in different directions. Angelo remained seated on the wall, a grin on his face. “Hola, chica. Lookin’ fine today,” he said and winked.
   Kelli flashed her badge, purposely exposing the Glock in its shoulder holster. “Thanks, Angelo, and I must say I love what you’ve done with your sweatshirt, number seven is really you,” she said, stepping up to the wall, her eyes focused on his.
   He jumped off the wall and turned to face her. “I know who you are, Detective,” he said, looking bored.     “What you want?”
    “Answers, Angelo. Information.”
   “I look like a snitch to you?” He hawked and spat a large gob on the street next to Kelli. It was just far enough away to make it look accidental. Next to her feet would have been an insult.
   “I could take you in, but if I wanted to do that, I wouldn’t have come alone.” She waved her right arm toward the street behind her.
   Angelo grinned. “Yeah, I can see you’re alone. So what you want, Detective?” he said, placing emphasis on the first part of the word.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

My interview on Griffin Hayes Blog

Griffin Hayes was nice enough to interview me for his blog, Publishing after the Apocalypse. Check it out here:

Another Stellar Review for Storm Rising!!!!

4.0 out of 5 stars A good cop book, October 21, 2011
By 
This review is from: Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel (Kindle Edition)
I'd like to say up front that I'm not a big fan of books with female protagonists. I've enjoyed a few over the years, and Kelli Storm is one I enjoyed reading about. She's depicted with what I feel is a realistic mix of feminine and cop-macho characteristics: she cries, swears, gets a lump in her throat, empties her clip at a bunch of bad guys...

Hoss's writing style is easy to read and the story follows Storm straight through, meaning it's easy to follow the action.

Give a serious look if you like cop books.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Review for Storm Rising on Amazon

4.0 out of 5 stars Storm Rising, October 20, 2011
By 
This review is from: Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel (Kindle Edition)
Kenneth Hoss's main character, Kelli Storm, is a great protagonist. I found myself loving her at times and despising her at others. Surprisingly, this made the book more enjoyable. A lot of thrillers/mysteries that I've read, I can't stand the main character (Lincoln & Child's Pendergast comes to mind). But with Kelli, she is so human and so driven that it is tough not to like her. This is a great debut novel and I really look forward to book #2.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Coming Attractions

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I will no longer be posting excerpts from my current novel, Storm Rising. I believe it has run the course, and any further postings would possibly give away the ending. But don't despair, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In coming weeks I intend to begin posting small portions of my current work in progress, Storm Warning.

I am also looking for new features to post, possibly branching out into other areas of writing and publishing. Time will tell, and when I find what I feel would be right for this blog, I will begin posting. In the meantime, I will still be featuring other authors in both the Spotlight and Interview pages.

Blog visitors for Sept. 19 thru Oct. 18

A fellow blogger and friend recently did this on his blog, and I found it interesting. Blogger tracks your stats for you, even down to the originating country. The stats below are from a one month period.


United States - 522
Ireland - 195
Canada -  52
United Kingdom - 34 
Germany -  15 
Brazil - 13 
Italy - 10 
Russia - 10 
United Arab Emirates -  7 
India - 6

Not really exotic, yet interesting still the same.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Latest Goodreads review of Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel

Matthew Young rated it 4 of 5 stars
Great character development in Kelli Storm. She is a very real character, complete with faults. I found it hard to like her at times, but I think this was intended in order to make her more believable. Anyway, a good book.
 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sample Sunday - Excerpt from Chapter Thirty Four of Storm Rising

   After sunset, they headed back toward the Villa. Renato pulled the car off the main road and parked. The sun was now well below the horizon, and the moon was beginning to rise in the east.
   Kevin leaned forward. “What about guards? Does he have anyone patrolling that road?”
   Renato turned and shook his head. “I have never seen anyone on the road after dark, but it is possible. I have something that may prove useful in the trunk.”
   The three climbed out of the car, and moved to the rear of the car. Renato opened the trunk and pulled out a pair of night vision goggles. He handed the goggles to Kevin. “Give them a try.”
   Kevin took the goggles and put them on. “I don’t see anything. You sure these work?”
   Renato laughed. “You have to power them on. Here, let me,” he said, and flipped a switch on the side.       
   “There, now what do you see?”
   Startled by the sudden illumination, Kevin took a step back. “Wow! This is incredible. It’s like daylight out here. Does this thing have thermal?”
   “I am afraid they are not that sophisticated. However, they will show us anyone hiding in the shadows. Why don’t you take a look at the hill, see if there is anyone up there?”
   Kevin turned and scanned the hillside leading up to the Villa. After several minutes, he turned back and shook his head. “I didn’t see anyone, but that doesn’t mean anything. There could be a patrol, and they just weren’t in visual range.”
   “That is possible. May I see them?”
   Kevin removed the goggles and handed them to Renato. Renato set them back in the trunk, reached toward the back, pulled out a large metal case and set it on the ground. “We must be very careful with this,” he said, as he gently opened the case.
   Kelli and Kevin moved closer to get a look at the contents. When the contents were in view, Kelli gasped and took several steps back. “Is that what I think it is?”
   Renato turned his head and looked up at Kevin and Kelli. “Yes, it is C4, and there is enough here to blow Miguel Garcia and his bodyguards straight to hell.”
   Kelli looked at Renato, his jaw clenched tight. “No, Renato, even hell is too good for this son of a bitch.”
   Kevin knelt down next to the case, eyeing the contents. “So, what’s the plan?”
   “We will set the charges at three places along the road coming down from the Villa, five to six meters apart. Garcia is a creature of habit, and leaves the Villa at precisely nine o’clock in the morning.”
   Kelli stepped closer, eyeing the case. “And how do you know he’ll do that tomorrow morning?”



I am sorry to say that this will be the last "Sample" posted for Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel. All of the previous post will remain in the archives so you can go back and read them if you like. As soon as I am further into the second book I do intend to post teasers. If you would like to know how Kelli gets out of this, you can download a copy today for only .99 cents from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes(iBook Store), or Smashwords.com.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The End of Sample Sunday?

For those of you that have been following this blog for any length of time know, every Sunday I post an excerpt from my current novel, Storm Rising. Sad to say, but I believe this Sunday will be the last for Sample Sunday. At least for this book. As I get further into Storm Warning, the next book in the series, I may find myself posting Sneak Peeks, little teasers if you will, from that book.

If you are new to my blog, you can follow back in the archives to catch up on the chapter excerpts. Better yet, download your copy from Amazon, B&N, iBook, or Smashwords for just .99 cents. (Where can you find a better bargain for a 5 Star Crime fiction?)

Before I sign off, I just wanted to say "Thank you!" to all of my followers, and to all the people from around the world that have visited my humble blog.

Another Five Star Review for Storm Rising

5.0 out of 5 stars    Great read

Kelli Storm is a great character. There is just enough back story about her that you really understand where is coming from and why she reacts the way she does.

If you like fiction crime books this one will really draw you in. It begins well (no slow start like a lot of books) and ends with you wanting to know what happens next. Thank goodness Kenneth Hoss is promising a sequel. Great start to a promising new author.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sample Sunday - Excerpt from Chapter Thirty Three of Storm Rising

Wednesday September 30th, 7:02 A.M. - Mexico
Somewhere in the desert, southwest of Juarez



   The sun was just above the horizon as the three made their way back to the truck. As they drew closer, Angelo began waving, and abruptly stopped when he saw they were not alone.
   “Que esta pasando? What are you doing with him?” he shouted.
   Kelli approached him and placed a hand on his shoulder. “It’s okay, Angelo, we’re just going to question him. Entienden?
   Angelo nodded. “I understand. But it is dangerous to do this. You do not know these people. Son muy peligrosas.”
   “Yes, Angelo, we know they’re dangerous people, but we need to talk to him. We have to find out if Garcia is still alive. I need to know.”
   While Kelli attempted to calm Angelo, Kevin and Dan unceremoniously dumped their captive in the back of the truck. They walked back around to the front and waited for Kelli to get Angelo calmed down.
   She managed to get him to agree to drive them and their captive back to the border. Kelli and Kevin climbed into the cab with Angelo, while Dan watched their charge in the back.


Wednesday September 30th, 9:48 A.M. - El Paso, Texas
Somewhere in the desert west of El Paso


   When they crossed back into the U.S., Chris was waiting for them. He and Kevin got into a heated argument over their captive. Chris insisted they release the man and let him cross back into Mexico.
   Kevin was not going to let that happen. He pulled Chris to one side and made it clear to him that this was their one shot at getting new information on Garcia and his cartel.
   Chris finally agreed and drove them back to the shack. When they arrived, Dan and Kevin dragged the bound man into the shack and threw him on the floor.
   Kelli walked in, looked at the man, then at Dan. “Your Spanish is better than mine. Make him understand that we only want to know where Garcia is and what happened at that compound last night.”
   Dan nodded, squatted down next to the man, and pulled the gag from his mouth. “Queremos saber donde Garcia es ahora.
   The man shook his head. “No puedo decirles, me matarán.”
   Dan looked up at Kelli and shook his head. “He’s not going to talk. He’s afraid they’ll kill him if he does.”
   Kelli looked down at the man, then back to Dan. “You tell him if he doesn’t tell us, I’ll take him out and stake him down in that dry creek bed. And I’ll leave him there for the animals and insects.”
   Dan stared up at her and frowned. “Damn, I’ve never seen this side of you. When did you get so dark?”
   “When that son of a bitch killed my partner and tried to kill me. Now, tell him.”
   “You wouldn’t really do that, would you?”
   “If I don’t get the information I want, I just might. Now, are you going to tell him?”

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Looking for an Indie Author to Spotlight

If you are interested in being "Spotlighted", please contact me on Twitter @kennhoss via DM with your contact information. I've run out of victims, er, volunteers and I am looking to post a new Spotlight next Sunday.

Sample Sunday - Excerpt from Chapter Thirty Two of Storm Rising

Tuesday September 28th, 10:15 P.M. - Mexico
Somewhere in the desert, southwest of Juarez


   As Kelli, Kevin and Dan made their way toward their destination, they could hear the weapons fire taper off. By the time they came within sight of the buildings, it had ceased entirely. The three crouched low, using what cover they could find.
   Kelli scanned the scene and noted several bodies strewn across the compound. She looked over at Kevin and Dan. “I count six dead or wounded,” she said in a loud whisper. “But I can’t tell if they’re good guys or bad guys. And there’s no way to know how many more are up there.”
   Kevin moved next to her. “Look over to the right. There’s no light at that end. I think we can work our way around and get in closer.”
   Kelli nodded. “Yeah, that just might work. We’ll just go back out a little and then work our way up to that end. Good thinking, Kevin.” She turned on her heels and motioned Kevin and Dan to follow her.
   They walked out another fifty yards and began making their way to the far end of the compound. As they neared the buildings, Kelli motioned for the two men to drop, as she fell forward. She eased back toward the Kevin and Dan, staying on her belly. Kevin looked puzzled as she drew up next to him.
   “There’s someone standing just in the shadows of that building, facing west. If I hadn’t seen the cherry on his cigarette light up, we would have walked right into him.”
   Kevin lifted his head and looked in the direction of the building, then back to Kelli. “He doesn’t look like a Federale. You think maybe it’s one of Garcia’s men?”
   Kelli shook her head. “Shit, I don’t know. It could be. Then he could be from a rival cartel. Why don’t you go up there and ask him?” She sighed and rolled her eyes.
   Kevin pushed himself to his knees. “Well shit, why don’t I just do that?”
   Kelli reached out and pulled him down. “Are you fucking nuts? Shit, Kevin, I thought you would know sarcasm when you heard it. Now keep down.”
   Dan looked at them and shook his head. “Are you two through? If you keep it up, we’ll find out who that is sooner than we want. So what’s the plan?”
   Kelli scanned the area, looking for some way to get around the guard. When she spotted a rotting fence, she turned back to Kevin and Dan. “Okay, here’s what we need to do. Dan, how’s your Spanish?”
   Dan looked at her, narrowing his eyes. “Somehow I don’t think I’m going to like this.”
   “It’s our best shot. So, how’s your Spanish?”
   “A little rusty, but I can get by,” he said, his eyes still narrowed.
   “Good. You’ll need to distract this guy while Kevin and I make our way around behind him. Do you see that old fence? We’ll come up behind that. You keep the guard’s attention focused away from there.”
   “And just what the fuck am I supposed to say to this guy? “Hola, me llamo Dan. Noche agradable.” I mean, shit, Kelli.”
   “I don’t care what you say, just keep the bastard occupied. You just need to give us time to get in behind him, that’s all.”
   “Why do I have to be the decoy?”
   “You want me to do it? First, my Spanish is a hell of a lot rustier than yours is. Second, that guy would take one look at me and, well, I don’t want to think about it.”
   Dan shook his head. “No, I didn’t mean you. Why can’t Kevin do it?”
   “Because Kevin doesn’t speak Spanish, and he’s a lot better shot than you are. And don’t say it, I’ve seen both of you shoot.”

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sample Sunday - Excerpt from Chapter Thirty of Storm Rising

Friday September 25th, 4:48 P.M. Brooklyn, New York
90th Precinct



   Dan sounded surprised when she called. He didn’t want to talk on the phone and asked her to meet him at his old precinct. When she asked why there, his reply was vague. He simply said he had people there he trusted.
   She turned off Union onto Montrose, found a spot, and parked. As she was getting out, Dan walked up, pulled the door open, and surprised her.
   “I saw you pull up. We can’t really talk here. I just wanted to be in familiar surroundings. There’s a little diner back up Union, at the corner of Metropolitan, on the left. I’ll meet you there.” He smiled, closed her door and walked back around the front of the building.
   Kelli sat there for a few minutes, feeling confused. Why not just meet at the diner in the first place? She started the car, backed out and made the turn onto Union. Metropolitan was a good eight blocks, and it seemed to her that she was hitting every red light along the way.
   As she approached Metropolitan, she saw the diner on the left. It was a bright reflective building, with gleaming blue trim. She waited for traffic, crossed and parked. She stepped out onto the curb and waited. She didn’t have to wait long.
   She watched as Dan parked and got out. He was holding an oversized pocket folder close as he walked up to her.
   “What’s in the folder?” She felt obligated to ask, even though she already had an idea.
   “This is the sum of my work on Operation Remolino, or Maelstrom in English. If the DEA finds out that I have all this, my ass is as good a cooked.” He tilted his head to one side, his eyes narrowing.
   “Don’t look at me like that. I won’t say a word. Shit, they’d have my ass too. So, what have you got?”
   “Let’s get off the street. I know the guy who owns this place. He’ll let us use his office in the back, fewer prying eyes.”
   Kelli followed Dan inside and toward the back of the diner. He waved at a large, balding man in a white apron. The man motioned them into the kitchen, and led them to an office at the back. He pushed the office door open and stepped aside, allowing Kelli and Dan to pass.
   Once inside, Dan thanked the man, closed the door and walked around to the other side of a small metal desk. He plopped down in the office chair and tossed the folder on the desk.
   “So why do you want this info? You aren’t planning to do anything stupid, are you?” he said, eyeing her intently.
   “It all depends on your definition of stupid,” she countered.
   He looked at her and sighed. “Okay, I’ll give you what I’ve got, on one condition.”
   Kelli crossed her arms and tilted her head. “And what would that be?”
   Dan cleared his throat. “If you’re planning on going after this guy, I want in on it. I spent the better part of a year on that task force, watching them drag their asses. Shit, they could have taken the whole operation down six months ago.”
   “What the fuck were they waiting on? Shit, if they had done that, my partner would still be alive. Why’d they wait?”
   “Farnsworth didn’t think they had enough to get the whole cartel. Shit, I told him I got convictions on less when I was on the streets. The son of a bitch wanted to make sure he had a rock solid case. Hell, he was ready to sit on this for another year.”

Saturday, September 24, 2011

New Guest Author Interview

Okay, so it's been over a week since my last Guest Author interview was posted here. Well, here is what you have been waiting so patiently for, well, most of you any way. Click on the Guest Author Interview page and read about this weeks Guest Author, Patti Roberts.

For those interested, I still need "Indie Authors" to Spotlight. No new ones this week, so if you're interested, DM me on Twitter with your contact info.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My Apologies

Sorry people, it's been non-stop at work and getting worse. I meant to post up here on Monday, but never got around to it. I promise more entertainment this weekend and hope to have another Guest Author interview posted, as well as a new "Indie Author in the Spotlight". Volunteers welcome. Just leave a message here or DM me on Twitter.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New York City Trip

I will be leaving for New York City tomorrow morning, and I can't wait to get there. I'm going to try to post some things up here during my stay, though I can't promise. I can promise that after I return home I will definitely be posting pics and experiences here. You can also follow my #NYCTweets on Twitter @kennhoss.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Where to buy my book

I was planning on posting this in one of the "Gadgets", however it isn't working. So, I'm just going to post it here. For those of you that haven't read my book, you can download it in all e-book formats on Smashwords, or go to Amazon, B&N Nook, or Apple iBook. Below are three of the four places you can download from, I had to leave out Apple as I don't have iTunes on my PC.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Chalk Line - A Ben Gallagher Mystery by Paula LaRocque

I had the pleasure of meeting Paula LaRocque this past Saturday at a book signing in Arlington, TX. at Barnes & Nobel. Her first fiction novel, Chalk Line, is now available from Marion Street Press. She has a sample on her website at http://www.paulalarocque.com/. Visit Paula's website to find out more about this very talented author.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11 - Never Forget - Never Again














Have You Forgotten - Darryl Worley

I hear people saying we don't need this war
But, I say there's some things worth fighting for
What about our freedom and this piece of ground
We didn't get to keep 'em by backing down
They say we don't realize the mess we're getting in
Before you start your preaching let me ask you this my friend

Have you forgotten how it felt that day?
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away
Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
We had neighbors still inside going thru a living hell
And you say we shouldn't worry 'bout bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

They took all the footage off my T.V.
Said it's too disturbing for you and me
It'll just breed anger that's what the experts say
If it was up to me I'd show it everyday
Some say this country's just out looking for a fight
Well, after 9/11 man I'd have to say that's right

Have you forgotten how it felt that day?
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away
Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
We had neighbors still inside going thru a living hell
And we vowed to get the one’s behind bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

I've been there with the soldiers
Who've gone away to war
And you can bet that they remember
Just what they're fighting for

Have you forgotten all the people killed?
Yeah, some went down like heroes in that Pennsylvania field
Have you forgotten about our Pentagon?
All the loved ones that we lost and those left to carry on
Don't you tell me not to worry about bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

Have you forgotten?
Have you forgotten?

Have you forgotten?


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Thursday, September 8, 2011

9/11/11 - Ten Years After



Do you remember where you were that terrible day ten years ago? I do, and I remember the aftermath. No, I wasn't at the WTC, hell, I wasn't even in NYC. I was thousands of miles away here in Texas. I remember watching as the first tower burned. I didn't see the first plane hit but recall people saying what a terrible accident it was. Then we all watched in horror as the second plane came around and crashed into the second tower. Then we knew it was no accident.

I was working out near D/FW Airport at the time and recall the days following the attacks. It was almost eerie not hearing the constant jet traffic that normally flew in and out of one of the busiest airports in the U.S. Even worse was when a lone fighter jet would scream overhead and scare the hell out of us. Eventually things went back to normal, or at least as normal as they could be after such a horrendous event.

So, where were you that day? What do you remember?

In honor of this upcoming anniversery, I will be posting the Indie Author in the Spotlight on Saturday instead, along with the Guest Author Interview.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sample Sunday - Excerpt from Chapter Twenty Nine of Storm Rising

Sunday September 20th, 10:00 A.M. Yonkers
Home of Kelli Storm


    Kelli sat at the kitchen table, sipping her coffee and mulling over the nights events. Last night was a bust. After convincing the two uniforms to leave, she went into the club. She counted fifteen customers, six dancers, two servers and the bartender. The two men she was looking for weren’t there.
    She sat at the bar nursing a club soda until Kevin showed up thirty minutes later. He wasn’t pleased that she went inside without him, and let her know it.
    She convinced him to give it another half hour and finally left in frustration. She knew they were there, most likely in some hidden back room. Without a warrant or exigent circumstances, her hands were tied.
    Kevin walked in and poured a cup of coffee. He sat down across from her and shook his head. “That was a pretty stupid stunt you pulled yesterday. What were you thinking? If those guys saw you in there…”
    “Yeah, I know. I just wanted to get a closer look, see if I recognized them.” She sighed and tilted her head back. “I’ve got a gut feeling that place is the center of the operation in the city. I know Santoro is linked to that club. He has to be working for the Colombian. I just need proof.”
    “Well, we can’t just bust in there without it. Was there anything linking the shooter you killed back to the club, or to Santoro?”
    “Not a fucking thing. I’m telling you, these guys are smart. The guy was a hired gun, and they probably paid him in cash, no paper trail. We ran him through the system and there was nothing tying him to Santoro, or any of the known cartels.”
    Kevin leaned forward, his brow furrowed. “What about Farnsworth? You think he’d be willing to help? He has to know something.”
    Kelli laughed. “Are you kidding? I’m the last person he’d want to help. Shit, Kevin. The guy blames me for his UC getting killed and being kicked off the task force.”
    “It was just a thought, shit. You got any ideas?”
    She shook her head and sighed. “Other than watching these guys, no. Unless…”
    “Unless what?”
    Kelli waved a hand at him and flipped her cell open. Thumbing through her phonebook, she smiled at one of the entries. “Yes, I’ve still got it.” She pressed the call button and waited. She looked at Kevin and he had a puzzled look on his face. “It’s Dan Davis. He works in Narcotics and he was on the JTF with Farnsworth.”

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Coming Attractions

Check back this Sunday for a new "Indie Author in the Spotlight", Dax M. Tucker, author of "The Leaf Catcher". This Saturday I will also be interviewing author Joe Crubaugh. Additionally on Saturday, you will have the opportunity to meet four of the MWSA 2011 Award Nominees. So be sure to check back this weekend for these and other post.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Excerpt from Chapter Twenty Eight of Storm Rising

   If the lieutenant found out what she was doing, he would have her badge. At least Kevin was onboard with it, though she would have done it without his okay.
   She wanted to find out more about this Columbian, and to do that she had to follow his crew, and this place seemed to be at the center of his world. She just had to wait. Eventually she would spot Santoro, or another one of the Columbian’s crew. Then it was just a matter of following them.
   She borrowed Kevin’s Expedition, since the shop still had her car. She didn’t want to get her mother’s Cadillac shot up, if things got messy. She just hoped things didn’t get messy. Well, Kevin needs to get a new car anyway. This thing is falling apart.
   From her position down the street, she could see anyone going into or leaving the club. So far, it was slow, with only about a half a dozen men going in, and two leaving. She didn’t recognize any of them.
   Her cell phone rang and she glanced at the caller ID. Crap, Kevin, you know I’m on a stakeout. She flipped it open. “What do you need, Kevin. I’m a little busy right now.” She could hear the sharp tone in her voice and quickly apologized. “I’m sorry, Kevin. It’s just been a long day out here. What is it?”
   “Well, I was calling to let you know I was coming down to meet you, but now I’m not so sure I want to.”
   “Kevin, I said I was sorry. Actually, having you here would make this easier. I never did like solo stakeouts.”
   “Yeah, neither do I. So, where are you exactly?”
   “Just up the street from Cheetahs. How are you going to get here anyway? I’ve got your car.”
   “I borrowed Mike’s car. He owes me a favor.”
   “Mike? The same Mike that was your best man? The one that took you out the night before our wedding and got you shit faced drunk?”
   Kevin laughed. “Yeah, that’s the guy. He still goes out on weekends and gets shit faced. That’s kind of why he owes me.”
   “You don’t still…”
   “Oh no, I don’t. I quit a long time ago.”
   “Okay. You know I had to ask. Now get your ass down here. Do you think you can grab us something to eat on the way? I’m starved.”
   “Sure, no problem. I’ll grab some burgers or something. That okay?”
   “Burgers, a side of beef, whatever, I don’t care. Just get something and bring it.” She hung up and set the phone down. Damnit, why do I do that? If I keep that shit up, he’s not going to stick around.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Storm Rising receives another 5 Star review

Review by: Christopher David Petersen on Aug. 21, 2011 : star star star star star
I rarely read crime novels, but this one drew me in. It was fast paced and lots of action... a real page turner. I think I may now be a genre convert - lol.

I loved the main character's tough, no nonesense personality and her perseverance to overcome every obstacle (which there are many!). The story moved along very well and was obviously well researched by the author. As I said earlier, I don't normaly read crime novels, but I'm sure this one ranks up there with the best. It was THAT good!

I highly recommend it to others.

Sample Sunday - Excerpt from Chapter Twenty Six of Storm Rising

   She exited onto McLean and got into the left turn lane, waiting for the light. Glancing in her rearview, she noticed a black SUV a few cars back. It was a black SUV that pulled in behind Bill and Sherry and shot up their car. The light changed and Kelli made her turn.
   She watched the SUV make the turn and speed up, moving into the right lane and passing the other cars. Kelli saw that the light ahead was ready to change, and sped up. The SUV picked up speed and ran the red, causing two other cars to collide.
   Kelli was forced to slow down by the traffic ahead, and the SUV pulled in behind her. Her heart began to race, and so did her mind. There were too many people on the streets, and she knew if there was gunfire, innocent civilians could get hurt.
   She made a quick right and sped up. The SUV followed, squealing its tires as it made the turn. Kelli raced past the houses, sounding her horn as she approached intersections. She knew exactly where to lead them, Tibbetts Brook Park. She knew that it would be closing soon, and that would minimize possible casualties.
   Kelli checked her rearview and could see the SUV closing. She glanced at the speedometer and saw she was already pushing fifty. She slowed, made a sharp right and punched the accelerator. She could hear the SUV make the turn a few seconds later. She thought about calling Kevin, but her cell phone was in her purse.
   Her destination was still several blocks away, and the driver of the SUV was pushing it. She saw her next turn coming up and took it, tires screeching on the pavement. Glancing in her side mirror, she could see the SUV skid into the turn. She pushed the gas pedal to the floor, knowing that her next turn would be coming up soon.
   The SUV was closing again, and she knew she couldn’t let the driver catch up. She saw her turn ahead and pushed her car to its limits. She slowed, made a left and punched it again.
   She passed the High School track and the road began to curve, forcing her to slow. The SUV closed and rammed her from behind. The car lurched forward, and she fought for control. There were still houses around, and Kelli knew she had to make it to the park.
   She pressed her foot on the accelerator and the car leapt forward, leaving the SUV behind. She crossed Midland Avenue and entered the park. The road took a sharp curve to the right and she took it wide, maintaining her speed.
   The SUV closed again, and Kelli decided it was time to put an end to the chase. She slammed on the brake and spun the wheel to the right, spinning the car sideways and coming to a stop in the middle of the road. She jumped out and drew her Glock.
   The SUV screeched to a stop and three men jumped out, one with an AK-47, the other two with handguns. Kelli took cover behind the car, her Glock aimed at the three men. “NYPD, drop your weapons.”   
   The men advanced and began firing. Kelli dropped to the ground while bullets pelted her car, and glass showered her.
   After several minutes, the shooting stopped and she moved to the rear of the car. She looked to see where the men were, and could see they had moved closer. They were changing out clips and watching the front of the car.
   She knew this was her only chance. She stood up, her Glock ready, and fired on the men. Caught by surprise, the men fumbled for their weapons. Kelli hit the man closest twice in the chest and he went down.
   The other two brought their weapons up and swung around to face her. She hit the next man in the right shoulder, causing him to drop his weapon and fall to the ground. The third man began firing, and she took cover.
   She kept low and moved to the front of the car. The man was firing wild, spraying her car from front to back. She waited until he stopped and was about to make her move, when she heard someone shouting in Spanish. She peeked over the hood and saw the third man helping his wounded friend off the ground.
   They made their way back to the SUV and climbed in. The SUV backed up and turned around. She watched as it sped off, leaving her and the dead man behind. She stood up and sighed, brushing the glass out of her hair.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

And yet another 5 Star Review for Storm Rising!!!!!

Review by: Gail M Baugniet on Aug. 18, 2011 : star star star star star
The lead character in author Kenneth Hoss’s action-packed suspense novel, Storm Rising, is a no nonsense protagonist who takes a back seat to no one.

Detective Kelli Storm fights her own battles, whether she is on a stake-out with a rookie partner or in the heat of a showdown with male counterparts trailing in her wake. She doesn’t do patience well, especially when her snitch is late with information about a high ranking drug member who is also a murder suspect.

When the bad guys make things personal for her, a fellow detective discourages her from responding. But Storm lives up to her name and turns the tables until she is back in control. Now, with emotions high, the action is kicked up another notch. The story unfolds in Mr. Hoss’s descriptive voice, moving between New York’s Bronx, Yonkers, and Brooklyn before following the trail of drug dealers south.

Kelli Storm’s complicated personal life is at odds with her career, where her performance suggests she has nothing to lose. How she maintains her equilibrium in both areas of her life is the essence of this story.

New Feature Coming this Weekend

I am proud to announce that I will have the honor of featuring the nominees for this years MWSA award. (That is the Military Writers Society of America) I will be creating a seperate page and intend to feature the writers that contact me on that page. I will be featuring Mystery and Thriller authors, so be sure to check back later.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Check out my interview on Rai29BookReadNReview today

Check out my guest interview on Rai29BookReadNReview - http://tiny.cc/3da1m
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One lucky person will get a free copy of STORM RISING - A KELLI STORM NOVEL to be given away next month.

Sunday Sample -Excerpt from Chapter Twenty Five of Storm Rising

   The Escalade reached the end of the block before Kelli pulled out. It turned right onto Audubon and she accelerated. She reached the corner in time to see the Escalade make another right.
   The lieutenant was still on the line, shouting in her ear. “Storm, what are you doing? We can pick up Carlos later.”
   “I can’t do that, boss. I need to see what he’s doing. He may be on to us and…”
   “Damnit, Storm. Okay, just stay back and follow him. You call me when you get to wherever it is he’s going.”
   As she made the right, she saw the Escalade make a left. She caught up and watched Carlos merge onto Harlem River Drive and head south.
   The lieutenant was still shouting in her ear. “Yes sir, as soon as I know where he’s going, I’ll call.” She flipped the phone shut and concentrated on Carlos.
   She kept her distance and followed Carlos down FDR Drive and through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. While she didn’t know his exact destination, she had a good idea that he was heading for Coney Island.
   Carlos exited and made a right. She was three cars back, and the light turned as she reached the corner. The Escalade moved farther away while she waited for the cross traffic to pass.
   She caught a break in traffic and wheeled out onto Cropsey. She couldn’t see the Escalade and sped up, weaving in and out of traffic. She finally spotted him and slowed down. The Escalade pulled into the left turn lane at Neptune and she pulled in five cars back.
   She followed the car as it made a left onto West 16th and stayed back. The Escalade pulled up on the left in front of a building with a large roll up door. Carlos and the other men climbed out. Kelli found a spot, pulled over half a block down, and watched.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Kindlegraph

I just found out about this today. You can get an "autographed" copy of STORM RISING - A KELLI STORM NOVEL, if you purchased it from Amazon. Once I receive the request, I will "sign" it. Great way to get an autographed copy of any e-book on Kindle.

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Sample Sunday - excerpt from Chapter Twenty Two

Tuesday September 1st 7:45 A.M., Washington Heights
33rd Precinct Detective Unit


   Kelli woke up well before the alarm started blaring and got ready for work. She spent the night tossing and turning, unable to sleep, and having Kevin sleeping down the hall didn’t help. She managed to shower and dress without waking him, and left a note on the kitchen table.
   The lieutenant was surprised to see her when he walked in at seven-thirty. He walked past her and into his office, only to emerge a few minutes later. “I didn’t expect to see you back today. I thought maybe you’d want to take a few more days, spend some time at the hospital with your partner.”
   Kelli looked up and sighed. “Yeah, well I was planning on going over to see him later today. Can we talk in your office?”
   He nodded. “Sure. But can it wait until after I hand out assignments?”
   “Sure, it can wait.”
   He turned and walked back to his office, picked up a clipboard and reentered the squad room. He read off a couple of bulletins, and then handed out the assignments. When he finished, he motioned for Kelli.
   She stood and followed him into the small office and shut the door. “I had a talk with Farnsworth yesterday afternoon. I showed him evidence that his CS, Carlos, was involved in the break-in at my house yesterday morning.”
   “What kind of evidence?”
   “There were no full prints, but they did recover several partials. There wasn’t enough to place Carlos at the scene, but there were two other sets that matched Santoro and a second man. Only it turns out the second man is an undercover DEA agent.”
   The lieutenant leaned back in his chair and crossed his arms. “Farnsworth has an undercover agent in with these guys, and he didn’t bother to tell us? What the fuck? How long has the guy been on the inside?”
   “He said the guy has been working it for two years now, and he’s in pretty deep. I guess he had to go along with it to keep his cover.”
   “If this son of a bitch knew Carlos was about to hit a member of my squad, he should have found a way to warn us. What’s Farnsworth doing about it?”
   “He told me to give him a couple of days. He’s going to meet his guy and debrief him. As soon as he does that, he’s supposed to call me.”
   The lieutenant shook his head. “Fucking Feds. They play these games, endanger lives, and act like it’s no big deal. Let me know as soon as Farnsworth contacts you, and what he plans to do.”
   She nodded. “You got it, boss.” She turned, opened the door and turned back to the lieutenant. “I’m going to get this bastard, one way or another. That’s a promise.”

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Watch for a new Indie Author in the Spotlight tomorrow

This week I will be featuring Dale Phillips and his latest book. Be sure to drop by this Sunday and check it out.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Another 5 Star Review for Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel on GoodReads

Sara Parkes rated it 5 of 5 stars
A really good book. I struggled to get into it initially (Not entirely sure why) but after 50 pages or so I got into it and found I couldn't put it down! Kelli Storm is a fascinating character, I actually think she would be fun enough and interesting enough to keep my interest even if the story wasn't that good but, she is coupled with not only a fantastic storyline too but really good writing.

Highly recommended.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Latest Review for Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel on Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars A great thriller for everyone., August 1, 2011

Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel (Kindle Edition)
I enjoyed reading Storm Rising. I really got into the character Kelly Storm who is sort of a loose cannon on the police force. She doesn't follow rules and has a gritty edge. She is like a dirty Harry, but a female detective. The story weaves current events into the past. Muchl of the drama takes place while she is wrestling with how to take care of her mother who has alzheimer’s. She is driven to find her father's murderer. She also is enlisting the help of her ex, who is also a cop. Someone is out to kill Kelly and anyone associated closely to her. This sets up a string of murders, kidnappings and intense drama which will keep you turning pages and wanting more. Looking forward to the sequel and Kelly Storm adventures. Great debut thriller from a new writer who writes from the hip and doesn't hold anything back.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sample Sunday - From Chapter Twenty of Storm Rising

Sunday August 30th, 4:55P.M. Yonkers
Home of Kelli Storm


   Kevin’s beat up Expedition was sitting out front when Kelli pulled into her driveway. She wasn’t surprised to see it. In fact, she had hoped he would be there. He was already walking to her car as she got out.
   She put her arms around him and kissed him. He half-heartedly kissed her back, and she could see by the look on his face that something was wrong. “What is it, Kevin, what’s wrong?”
   He frowned as he took her arm. “Let’s go inside,” he said, leading her toward the front door.
   “No, tell me now”, she said, pulling away from him, a feeling of panic rising.
   “It’s not what you think. Your mother is fine. It’s something else. Now, let’s go inside and we can talk.”
   Her panic subsided a little and she nodded. “Okay, we’ll talk inside.”
   She headed for the front door, with Kevin at her side. When they were inside, she turned to Kevin. Before she could speak, he took her arm and guided her into the living room. “I think you’d better sit down,” he said, frowning.
   She felt the panic rising again and sat down on the sofa. Kevin sat next to her and took her hand. She looked into his eyes and could see the pain they held. “Kevin, tell me what’s going on.”
   He lowered his head, avoiding her gaze. “They tried to reach you on your cell, and when they couldn’t, they called me. Kelli, your partner’s been shot.”
   Her hands flew to her face as she cried out. “Oh my God! Is he okay? Where is he?”
   “He’s at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. Your lieutenant said they had him in surgery and it’d be a couple of hours before there was any news. Kelli, he wasn’t alone. His wife was with him.”
   “No,” she said, shaking her head. “Tell me she’s okay.” She looked at Kevin, and felt the hot tears streaming down her cheeks. She could see it in his eyes. He didn’t have to say anything.
   He lowered his head and sighed. “I wish I could tell you that she’s fine, but I don’t know. She’s in surgery too, and your lieutenant hasn’t heard anything. The bastards didn’t care about anyone else. They just wanted to make sure they got your partner.”
   Now she felt the anger welling up inside, her face growing hotter. “It’s one thing to come after me, I can understand that. Taking my mother was a big mistake too, but this is too much. What about his son?”