Category Archives: Suspense

Out now: Book 4 in the London Carter Mystery Series

I’m happy to announce the release of my latest novel, BULLET DROP, which is the 4th book in the London Carter Mystery Series. While I usually have a “no write” policy on vacations, my wife allowed me to get a little writing done on our anniversary cruise and it enabled me to finish sooner than expected. So, thanks to her for putting up with a few hours of writing, as well as for reading the first draft and pointing out things that needed to be fleshed out or omitted. She is extremely supportive of my writing and I would not be able to accomplish as much as I do without her. I also want to thank Shelly Ourso for reading (or, rather, devouring) the first draft and offering her feedback. She is always such a big help. And I can’t say enough about Christine Savoie and how much I love the covers she creates for my books. I’m so glad she found me!

Well folks, here’s the description of BULLET DROP, along with the cover art and a link to the eBook on Amazon (it will be on sale for $2.99 right out the gate and will remain there for several weeks):

While Dawn Luke travels to her hometown of Arkansas to tend to her sick mother, London Carter is called upon to investigate the murder of a young teenager whose body is found stuffed under the exit ramp of an overpass. It was apparent to London that the murderer wanted to make sure the kid was dead, but the motive for the killing was far from obvious.

Summoning the assistance of Detective Rachael Bowler, the two are finally able to locate the actual crime scene and that leads them to the identity of their young victim. But instead of providing answers, the identification leads to more questions. Could a secret involving the young man lead them to the killer, or will it only muddy the waters and interfere with their investigation?

Whatever the case, this is one killer no one should take for granted–not even a cop as skilled and gritty as London Carter.

Bullet Drop Cover

So, what’s next for me? After I finish this blog post, I’ll get “write” to work on the opening chapter of the 5th London Carter Novel, which is titled ELEVATION, with the hopes of finishing it by September/October. I’ll be taking two breaks during the writing of this novel, but will be “writing faster” when not on the breaks, as a few of you have advised me to start doing. :-)

For those interested, the first break will be from July 5 through July 10, when we’ll be bringing my daughter to the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont for a weekend-long biology class. The second will be from July 28 through August 6, which will be our family vacation in the Smoky Mountains. We’ll be renting a cabin through Mountain Laurel Chalets (as we always do) and will be staying on Ski Mountain Road in Gatlinburg. If any of you will be in that area during the same time frame, give me a holler and I’ll keep an eye out for you. It would be nice to meet and personally thank those of you who read my books and follow my writing career.

Before signing off, I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to all of the people who lost loved ones, or were injured, or had property destroyed during the wildfires in the Smoky Mountains late last year. I go there every year and, while I was saddened to learn that four of the chalets I’ve rented over the years were lost in the fire, it was downright heartbreaking to hear of all the lives lost and the injuries sustained. My best to the people of that area as they rebuild and try to move past the pain and loss.

bjb

Clint Wolf Mystery Trilogy: Boxed Set

I have recently combined the three full-length Clint Wolf novels into a boxed set and priced it at $7.98, so you get three books for the price of two. That’s over 245,000 words and nearly 800 pages of mystery, suspense and romance combined into one tight electronic package. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited or Prime member, you read for FREE.

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Here’s what you’ll find inside the boxed set:

BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Embattled former detective Clint Wolf is the newly appointed police chief for Mechant Loup, a small swampy town in southeast Louisiana. Usually a quiet town, the tranquility of the place is shattered when a human arm is found in the jowls of an alligator. Once it’s determined the arm belongs to a reputable business owner, the race is on to find the man and figure out what happened to him. Little does Clint know that solving the case could unearth a plot so evil it would go down as the worst event in Louisiana history . . . and he might not live to see it.

BUT NOT FORGIVEN

When a woman is found dead on her doorsteps—shot through the heart with an arrow—Clint Wolf and Susan Wilson go to work trying to track down the sadistic killer. On the very next day, a second victim is murdered in his driveway (killed in the same manner) and it’s now a race against time to uncover the motive behind the killings and identify the murderer. What they know so far is that he’s a skilled archer preying on human targets, and they have no clue where he’ll strike next.

As though the case itself isn’t complicated enough, the district attorney has launched a grand jury investigation into Susan’s actions during a shooting that saved Clint’s life. No one knows exactly why the DA is gunning for Susan, but one thing is crystal clear . . . it’s personal.

BUT NOT FORSAKEN

No one knows why the district attorney is gunning for Susan Wilson, but Clint Wolf is determined to find out—even if it’ll get him in trouble. While he works to clear Susan’s name, his crusade is sidelined when a bar manager is murdered during an apparent armed robbery. The method of operation is eerily similar to those used by the ruthless gang who killed his family, and Clint might soon have to face down the demons from his past to solve the mystery.

Will Clint walk that fine line between good and evil, or will he abandon his principles to settle an old score? Whatever choice he makes, one thing is certain . . . it’ll come at a hefty price.

And, of course, many thanks to every reader out there who has read my books. Whether you liked it or not, I appreciate that you took the time to read it.

 

HOLLOW CRIB, a mystery/suspense, is now available!

I’ve waited ten long years to be able to make this announcement, so I’m not going to waste time . . . the first novel I ever wrote, which is a mystery titled HOLLOW CRIB, is now available through Five Star Publishing! For those of you still drawn to the new-book-smell and who just have to feel the pages of a print book flipping through your fingers, HOLLOW CRIB is available in hardcover format (click here to purchase hardcover). For those of you who prefer your books trapped in an e-reader, where you can store millions of books in one nice little package, HOLLOW CRIB is also available as a Kindle download (click here to purchase e-book).

Before I share the blurb, I need to give my wife, Amanda, a ton of credit for helping me realize my dream of being a traditionally published author. After submitting HOLLOW CRIB to nearly a hundred agents and having been turned down by everyone who cared to reply, I’d shelved it and worked on other books. Amanda read it one day and loved it. She encouraged me to dig it out of the deep recesses of my computer, dust it off, and submit it directly to a publisher. As I often do when she comes up with a bright idea, I listened to her. The rest, as they say is history.

I also have to extend my sincerest appreciation to Deni Dietz for evaluating my book and recommending it to Five Star, Gordon  Aalborg for editing it to perfection, and Tiffany Schofield for always being there when I needed something and for helping bring this project to fruition.

HollowCribFrontHere’s the blurb:

It’s November in southeast Louisiana and the only thing Detective Brandon Berger wants is to keep his anniversary promise to his wife. As luck would have it, a mysterious death derails his plans. He begins to investigate the case along with his partner, Dawn Luke, and the trail leads them to the Magnolia Faith Church and its controlling pastor, Father Isaac Stewart. Suspecting the pastor has knowledge about the suspicious death, but unable to prove anything because of the tight-lipped parishioners, the case turns cold.

Further north, William Chandler takes his wife, Claire, and their infant daughter, Gracie, on a camping trip to the Skybald National Forest. The last time he was there? Twenty-two years earlier when he watched his father die in a violent accident. He’s returning to quietly sort through some personal demons, but when they arrive and find a peculiar stranger talking to his Pit Bull about blowing things up, he questions the logic behind returning to the scene of his youthful tragedy. After a series of strange events, William finds himself arrested for murder. He swears he’s innocent, but the evidence against him is so damning, even Claire thinks he’s guilty. The Magnolia Faith Church might be the key to helping William prove his innocence, but making the 251-mile connection could be deadly.

I want to publicly thank everyone who has already purchased copies of my previously published books and those who will purchase this book. I’d love to be able to thank each of you personally, so feel free to contact me at bjbourg[@]bjbourg[.]com and let me know what you think (good, bad, or terrible) about this book or any of my other books.

Best to all!

bjb