Hello to all 1,400 of my newest friends! I hope everyone enjoyed the Instafreebies. There are more on the way, exclusively for you.
I’m in Provincetown for the first time, staying in a time share with my husband Frank and enjoying this amazing place. I’m also hard at work on two (that’s right, two!) novels I expect to have out in the coming months: Murder at the Paisley Parrot: A Marshall James Novel, and Black Cat White Paws: A Maggie Dahl Mystery. Each book is very different from the other. Murder at the Paisley Parrot tells the story of Marshall James, now 58 and living in New York City, as he decides to reveal a series of murders he was involved in back in Hollywood, circa 1983. He was a young bartender then, caught between a serial killer, the mob, and a homicide detective named Mac he falls in love with. What could go wrong?
Many thanks to Lee Lynch for allowing me to share her monthly Amazon Trail column. – Mark
By Lee Lynch
In North America, the total eclipse of the sun starts here. It’s Woodstock for everyone. Local and state governments are doing their best to avert chaos. Everyone in law enforcement and emergency services will be either on duty or on standby, many sleeping where they’re stationed because it’s projected that traffic will be at or near a standstill. The national park up the road, which might normally see 400 to 500 visitors at a time, is expecting 2,000 to 5,000 all at once. They’ll be limiting the number of vehicles allowed in to protect the fragile natural treasure and its wildlife.
The National Guard will be deployed.
I knew Jean Ryan’s ‘Strange Company’ nature essay collection was special when I first read it. Published under my MadeMark Publishing imprint, each essay is a look at the human condition, through a loving, meticulous look at the natural world we live in.