It has been raining for five straight days now and the river is swollen, threatening to spill over the banks and inundate this small southern Ohio city. It’s late autumn and this is what happens every fall. On the river. Rain, rising tides, flooded homes and people stranded on rooftops watching cars and animals floating down the river. People ask why don’t they just move? The answer is because this is their home.
It’s late, 3:00 a.m., and the waters of the Ohio are racing toward the Mississippi, the Blood Moon riding low in the sky now, watching the whole scene like a curious silver eye, casting its light on the waters and illuminating the flotsam that is beginning to jam the river and force it onto the shore. The people who were standing on its banks earlier in the evening have gone to sleep, hoping for a better day tomorrow, which means, of course, that the rain will stop.
What they aren’t seeing now is a body, or should I say, parts of a body, washed against a pile of tree branches, bouncing like a rubber doll, one arm flopping as the waves from the torrent strike it. The other arm missing. Skin peeled back on the trunk. Her face, or what’s left of it, is swollen and grotesque, the soft light of the moon unable to alter the fact that her body is decaying, the night breeze unable to hide the stench of rotting flesh. Her clothes are torn from the punishing waters, and her eyes, only holes now, stare into the night sky, as if anxious to release the secret of what had happened.
Cooper and Louise's love affair seems to be at a new level. Read about them in book two, mid-March release date....
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PJ Boox in Ft Myers - Thanks, Patti, for placing Cooper's Moon on your shelves - Stop in and see what she offers
Thanks to Patti Jefferson, owner of PJ Boox... Her own special and cozy indie bookstore at 13550 Reflections Parkway, behind Jason's Deli. Bring your coffee (there's a French bakery next door) and browse her great selection of some new and indie authors.
Patti also wrote An Author's Practical Guide to Daily Marketing. This book can help authors learn how to do their own promotions, something that is necessary for your successful book sales and publicity.
Come on in and get your copy of the first in my series... Cooper's Moon.
Blood Moon Rising and A Cold Copper Moon should be out 2018 and 2019.
We are thrilled to announce that Blood Moon Rising, the second book in the trilogy, will be out by mid/end of March. Finally found an amazing artist whose specialty is gorgeous covers and special interiors. Can hardley wait!!!
January, 2019 Sanibel Island book sales locations~ Gene's Books, MacIntosh Books, Jerry's, Bailey's all have signed copy of local author's book, Cooper's Moon. Blood Moon Rising will be out in mid-March. Stay tuned!
A man walked into a bar... Oops....wrong joke. A man (me) walked into a thrift shop (my favorite place to find worn Levi's), and the salesperson said: "I know you! You write mysteries!" Wow! This was my second personal recognition in a week. (Of course, I blushed and smiled to myself... Okay, tell me more... I'm ready.)
Then, my wife just stared at me and said, "Dude! Get a life. She probably thinks you're Stephen King!"
Anyone have any writer jokes? Bring em' on!
WHEN BOOK TWO, BLOOD MOON RISING, IS RELEASED IN MID MARCH, 2019, WE WILL HAVE A KINDLE VERSION GIVE AWAY OF COOPER'S MOON SO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT READ BOOK ONE, WILL BE READY TO BEGIN MY NEXT COOPER MYSTERY.
I am signing Cooper's Moon at Murder on the Beach Bookstore on Delray Beach, Fl.
Time: Saturday, June 23, 1-3
Hope to see you there!
Food: cake (celebrating my birthday), sandwiches, wine and soda.
If you have Kindle unlimited, you can read it for free.
Also: If you buy the print version you will receive a free Kindle version as well. Not bad, eh?
Cooper's Moon is now available (on request) at your local library. All you have to do, if the book is not in the library's collection, is to request that they purchase it. Thanks!
Penn State University Library
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Blood Moon Rising, Cooper's second in his trilogy, will be out at the end of March, maybe sooner! It's even better than the first ~ Cooper gets closer and closer to solving the mystery of his son's disappearance.
One review from Jack Driscoll, award winning author of Lucky Man, Lucky Woman
"The novel is so richly cinematic that I read it while simultaneously imagining each of the chapters and scenes playing out on the silver screen... the suspense high-tension from beginning to end."
"Lovers of the genre will find much to keep them engrossed. The author successfully raises tension with gripping descriptions and emotional dialogue,"
A VERY SPECIAL BOOKSTORE ON THE BOARDWALK OF REHOBOTH MD....
A new book signings is set for August 10th~
Check out "August Events" at WWW.Browseabout Books
(I know, I know, it looks like it is misspelled, but trust me, it's not....
STOP IN AND MEET THE AUTHOR~ RICHARD CONRATH
Rehoboth Beach, MD
Friday, August 10th
9-11 AM (Give the kids breakfast and then mosey on over to the bookstore)
Book talk, signing,
and a special program for the kiddos in the children's section of Browseabout Books
ENJOY THE PROGRAM THAT MORNING:
DO YOU KNOW THE FAMOUS CHILDREN BOOKS GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE AND GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE BOOK? THERE ARE LOTS AND LOTS OF THEM ~ THERE WILL BE A PROGRAM FOR THE KIDS AS THE ADULTS STROLL THE BOOKSTORE RIGHT ON THE BEACH BOARDWALK