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Beginnings

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June 21st, 2020 Posted 7:45 am

On Sunday we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. Today, how about a little taste of The Iggy Papers, the new short story that will come free with all preorders of Of Mutts and Men (the next Chet and Bernie, 7/7). Just upload your receipt at the link!

“Well lookie here,” said Nixon Panero, the best car repair dude in the whole Valley, reaching deep into the engine of the Porsche, not the old one that had gone off a cliff or the older one that got blown up, but the oldest – meaning our new one – with the cool martini glasses on the fenders, a beautiful touch added by Rui, Nixon’s paint guy who happened to be a real artist, trained by Andy Warhol, whoever he happened to be. Or possibly someone who’d met Andy in lock-up, if I had the story straight. Nixon was also our buddy, although he’d been a perp at one time, a perp we’d collared and sent up the river, collaring perps being what we do at the Little Detective Agency, me and Bernie. It’s called the Little Detective Agency because Bernie’s last name is Little. I myself get along very well without a last name. Call me Chet, pure and simple. The river, by the way, has no water in it.

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Fresh From The Oven

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June 17th, 2020 Posted 9:06 am

Here’s a little passage that got written yesterday:

“In silent movies note cards explain the tricky bits,” Bernie said, as we drove back into the Valley. “Where do we get our note cards?”

What’s worse than Bernie having a problem and me not being able to help? I couldn’t think of anything. For movies, you can try sitting on the remote, which boosts the sound amazingly, as I knew from experience, but other than that I had nothing to offer.

(This will appear in the Chet and Bernie novel after Of Mutts and Men. A rather long time to wait – but not for the latter! Of Mutts and Men comes out 7/7! And there’s a preorder offer where you get the new C&B short story, The Iggy Papers, for free. See link below.)

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Beginnings

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June 14th, 2020 Posted 8:28 am

On Sunday we do beginnings – taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams book including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. In the Chet and Bernie series, the Teitelbaum divorce case comes up from time to time – a nightmare that Chet, the narrator, can’t forget. For the actual case itself, please see Tail of Vengeance, an e-short story that starts like this:

“I think my boyfriend is cheating on me.”

We should have walked away at that very moment, me and Bernie, or better yet run, our tails between our legs. Not so easy in Bernie’s case, since, maybe like you, he’s stuck with living a tailless life, poor guy. Imagine that! Actually, I can’t. The good news is that I’ve got enough tail for two, a strong, bushy, pleasing-to-the-eye tail that even has a mind of its own. Sometimes it wags me! Or just about. I’m not so easy to wag, being a hundred-plus pounder, and strong for my size, Bernie says. And not just Bernie: ask some of the perps up at Northern State Correctional, although they may not have time for chitchat, what with being so busy breaking rocks in the hot sun. The point is we’ve taken down lots of perps here at the Little Detective Agency. Bernie’s last name is Little. I’m Chet, pure and simple.

(You can get The Iggy Papers, the latest Chet and Bernie e-short for free by preordering Of Mutts And Men.)

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The Iggy Papers

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June 11th, 2020 Posted 8:04 am

“Catch,” said Nixon, and he flipped the .45 round toward Bernie.

Bernie caught it real easy, the way he catches things, his big hand just folding around whatever it was. He gazed down at the round.

“Just a bitty thing, really,” Nixon said.

“But F equals MA,” said Bernie.

Wow! Whatever that was, I’d never heard anything like it. And neither had Nixon.

“Wow!” he said. “Can I use that?”

“How?” said Bernie.

“For repartee,” Nixon said. “We’re having repartee issues.”

Something – a very small and hard to describe something – changes in Bernie’s eyes when he’s having a kind of quiet fun. I saw it now. Fun can happen at any moment. That’s one of my core beliefs.

“Who’s we?” Bernie said.

“Me and my writing partner,” said Nixon. “We’re working on a screenplay.”

“Writing partner?”

“You wouldn’t know her. Started out as a customer. She’s got a contact in Hollywood. He told her we should act the scenes out ourselves, like a test drive. So we did and that’s when we found the repartee issues. Repartee’s like Goldilocks, Bernie. Gotta hit the sweet spot. But here’s the funny thing – turns out I like the acting part even more than the writing part! As though I’m a natural, Bernie. I hate to even say it out loud.”

– from The Iggy Papers – and there’s only one way to get it! (Link below)

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