Two of my friends have their first novels coming out tomorrow. I thought I’d share them here for folks who may be interested. Neither is science fiction. One is a horror novel and the other is a mystery. Take a look and if one (or both) turn out to be your thing, go check them out.
Ink by Damien Walters Grintalis
Here is how Damien’s novel is described:
A tattoo can be a work of art…or a curse.
The fearsome griffin inked on Jason’s arm looks real enough to climb off and take flight. Jason thinks his new tattoo is perfect. Until he wakes up one night to find his arm temporarily ink free. Until he finds a brick wall where the tattoo shop should be.
As Jason’s world spins out of control, he comes to realize a truth as sharp as the griffin’s talons. The tattoo is alive, it’s hungry, and if Jason tries to kill it, he’ll die. The artist will remove it for a price, but he’s not interested in money or Jason’s soul. He wants something far worse…
Damien’s short fiction has appeared in a variety of places, including Daily Science Fiction and Electric Velocepede. You can find out more about Damien over on her website.
The Bubble Gum Thief by Jeff Miller
Fellow Arlington Writers Group-member Jeff Miller also has his debut novel coming out tomorrow through Thomas & Mercer. Booklist gave his novel a starred review:
An ominous warning—“This is my first crime. My next will be bigger“—is printed on a business card with a pilfered stick of bubble gum taped to the back. It is found at a convenience store, the first in a series of odd and increasingly serious crimes. Finally, after the same note is found at the scene of a bank robbery in Cincinnati, the case is brought to the attention of the FBI. Dagney Gray is a driven, anorexic FBI agent who needs to get healthy to do her job. She’s working the case while attending a class on terrorism taught by “the Professor,” a brilliant agent who has been pushed into a basement classroom due to office politics. Gray is starting to see a pattern in the case, but the Bureau is reluctant to take her seriously, and she is relegated to menial tasks. While the assistant FBI director puts thousands of agents on the front line, Gray, the Professor, and Gray’s newly appointed rookie partner, Victor, work the case on their own. There are lots of twists and turns here, and just when the case appears to be solved, it isn’t. A gripping plot and a terrific cast leave the reader hoping that this is the first of a series; these characters are too good for just one book. — Stacy Alesi
If you like mysteries, be sure to check this one out. You can find out more about Jeff over on his website.