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Rafael Jones is just starting out as a private investigator after working as a detective for police forces in Buffalo and New York, NY, when...

Saturday, July 1, 2023

Sneak Peek Saturday - Cover Reveal for "Forever Chosen"

Long time, no post! Sorry about that everyone, but life got in the way a lot recently. And to be honest, there's a still a lot going on, however there has also been a lot happening on the creative front. And part of that was the cover of the next installment of the "Forever Detective Series"...


That's right folks. Rafael Jones, everyone's favorite detective turned vampire, is dealing with a brand-new case. And it's one that he is racing against time to solve! Check it out:

Once, Rafael Jones was just another guy back from the war, starting up his own business. But because that business was a detective agency, he took a case that brought him face-to-face with a pair of monsters. 

Those monsters chose him to join their ranks and made him a vampire. But Rafael struggled against their 'gift', and drove them from New York. Since then, he has continued to seek a cure, while holding onto his humanity, and his business, in spite of his new 'condition'. 

But now those who turned him are back, and it seems like a new nightmare is about to be unleashed on a particular part of the city's population. 

Rasputin, a vampire with religious mania, has turned his attention to those he acknowledges as God’s first Chosen People… the Jews. And now Rafael has to race against time and find out exactly what Rasputin has planned for them, and stop his evil machinations, before the body count begins to stack up once again. 


MORE DETAILS COMING SOON...so stay tuned.


Saturday, March 25, 2023

Sound Sample Saturday – Forever Festive Chapter 14 and Other Book Covers...

 Sometimes you get a sneak peek at the next book cover, but every once in a while, it gets a sneak peek at you...


I thought you might enjoy this little peek at the cover for "Forever Chosen" the next installment of the Forever Detective Series. In "Forever Chosen" will bring back a number of familiar faces, both friends and foes, as well as a couple of new faces (unless you've been reading "W. I. T. C. H. Hunters Forever" which is also available in both e-book and paperback formats).

When it comes to book covers, I work closely with Allan to come up with the images, going so far as to actually doing some of the artwork in the final product along with him. Allan often turns to me to ask what kind of subject matter I want to see used in the image. I've like to aim for covers with a bit of a 'vintage feel'. Specifically, I want a cover that has a bit of a nostalgic feel to it. One that takes you back to the days of the old pulp magazines that once covered the walls of a newspaper stand. And between the two of us, I like to think we achieve that effect. I hope you agree and enjoy the images that we come up with.

I also insist that any image that goes on the cover, is a scene or a mix of events that actually happen in the story itself. Or as in the case of "Forever Festive" an image that captures the spirit of the story within the book. Currently, Allan is working on the cover of "Forever Chosen" (as displayed at the top of this entry) and once he has it finished, he'll be putting the rest of the book into the correct format for publishing. In the meantime, we'll be preparing a book trailer for you, at which time he'll start to work on the audio version of the book. So stay tuned to this blog for more news and giveaways coming soon...

In the meantime, I have another audio chapter from "Forever Festive" for you to enjoy.


Sadly, this is where Sound Sample Saturday ends for this particular book. But if you're eager to hear how things turn out for Rafael and Clara, simply click on the appropriate link for the device you enjoy listening to audiobooks on below:

E-BOOK, PAPERBACK, AUDIOBOOK LINKS:

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09KCC5HZV

AmazonUK Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09KCC5HZV

AmazonCA Link: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09KCC5HZV

AmazonAU Link: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B09KCC5HZV

Smashwords Links: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1112190

E-BOOK (only) LINKS:

Barnes and Noble Link: Forever Festive by Helen Krummenacker | NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com)

Kobo Link: Forever Festive eBook by Helen Krummenacker – 9781005778637 | Rakuten Kobo United States

Apple Books Link: https://books.apple.com/us/book/forever-festive/id1592528404

AUDIO (only) LINKS:

Audible Link: https://www.audible.com/pd/Forever-Festive-Audiobook/B09PX5RZ6D?asin=B09PX5RZ6D

Itunes: https://books.apple.com/us/audiobook/forever-festive-the-forever-detective-book-4-unabridged/id1603919051







Friday, February 10, 2023

Sound Sample Saturday – Forever Festive Chapters 12 and 13

Once more we bring you more audio chapters from “Forever Festive”. This time we're giving you two somewhat lengthy installments namely Chapters 12 and 13.

Chapter 12: "Persephone and Snow"
                

    Chapter 13: "Can't See the Forest for the Trees"




NEXT TIME:
 Chapter 14 and an update from the author about the next book in the series.

And if you can’t wait until then, just click on the appropriate link for the device you enjoy listening to audiobooks on below to continue the adventure:

E-BOOK, PAPERBACK, AUDIOBOOK LINKS:

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09KCC5HZV

AmazonUK Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09KCC5HZV

AmazonCA Link: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09KCC5HZV

AmazonAU Link: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B09KCC5HZV

Smashwords Links: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1112190

E-BOOK (only) LINKS:

Barnes and Noble Link: Forever Festive by Helen Krummenacker | NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com)

Kobo Link: Forever Festive eBook by Helen Krummenacker – 9781005778637 | Rakuten Kobo United States

Apple Books Link: https://books.apple.com/us/book/forever-festive/id1592528404

AUDIO (only) LINKS:

Audible Link: https://www.audible.com/pd/Forever-Festive-Audiobook/B09PX5RZ6D?asin=B09PX5RZ6D

Itunes: https://books.apple.com/us/audiobook/forever-festive-the-forever-detective-book-4-unabridged/id1603919051

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Sound Sample Saturday - Forever Festive Chapters 10 and 11

As promised, this week we're bringing you more audio chapters from "Forever Festive". Now originally, I planned on three chapters, but just these two are over half an hour long, so we're saving Chapter 12 and 13 for next weekend. After that it may be time to give you all some updates on what's happening with the next book in the series and beyond.

But for now, please enjoy "To the Victor" and "Sol Invictus"

Chapter 10 "To the Victor"

Note: Since Allan is so good at voices, I often cast characters based on who he can do. In this case, I based the character of Victor Finn, on Abe Vigoda who many will remember as the lovable but grumpy "Sgt. Fish" from TV's series "Barney Miller". Some faces and voices are just too good to pass up sometimes.



Chapter 11 "Sol Invictus"




NEXT TIME: Chapter 12 “Persephone and Snow”, and Chapter 13 “Can't See the Forest For the Trees”


Saturday, January 21, 2023

Sound Sample Saturday: Forever Festive Chapters 7, 8, and 9

Today we’re giving you another three-for, after a bit of a break due to: holidays, an awesome review about "Forever's Too Long" from Kirkus Reviews, and threats of flooding (we're in Santa Cruz, California so we nearly had to evacuate more than once) are all finally over. So please sit back and enjoy a little more refresher of "Forever Festive" audiobook chapters (namely 7 and 8), along with chapter 9 which was never released on this blog before.


Chapter 7 "Where the Magic Happens"


Chapter 8 "Home Cooking"

Chapter 9 "Canvassing the Building"





NEXT TIME: Chapter 10 “To the Victor”, Chapter 11 “Sol Invictus”, and Chapter 12 “Persephone and Snow”

And if you can’t wait until then, just click on the appropriate link for the device you enjoy listening to audiobooks on below to continue the adventure:

E-BOOK, PAPERBACK, AUDIOBOOK LINKS:






E-BOOK (only) LINKS:




AUDIO (only) LINKS:



Monday, January 2, 2023

A Kirkus Review of "Forever's Too Long"


"A tense, thrilling paranormal adventure with a striking cast."

A supernatural crime novel set in the 1940s focuses on a private detective.

This series opener begins in 1947. The narrator of the story, Rafael Jones, has set up shop as a private investigator in New York City. Rafael has an extensive background in law enforcement (both civilian and military), and he is eager to strike out on his own. No sooner has he put the sign up for Harmony Investigations than he is approached by a British woman named Clara Thomas. Clara has been sent to persuade Rafael to work for Interpol. She is a sharp woman, with a degree in mathematics from Oxford, who knows how to handle herself in a fight. She can also fly a plane. Rafael doesn’t need that much convincing, and he soon learns that working with Clara will be fun. It isn’t long before the two become more than mere colleagues. The duo starts working on a case involving stolen Russian art and other valuables. To complicate matters, a number of bodies seem to be connected to the thefts. Rafael must also cater to an old acquaintance: a wealthy playboy, inventor, and industrialist named Eugene Marshall, who lives and works in the Empire State Building. Eugene is concerned with the recent resignation of two of his employees who have joined a cult known as the Order of Repentance. When Rafael investigates the organization, he runs into much more trouble than he bargained for. Thanks to the infamous Rasputin, Rafael winds up meeting a vampire.

As Krummenacker’s engaging caper unfolds, readers are kept in a regular state of suspense. While it may initially seem as though Clara and Rafael will embark on a quirky investigation together, things take a turn when the Order of Repentance enters the picture. A tale supposedly about a missing FabergĂ© egg and some flustered shop owners eventually begins heading down an invitingly dark, supernatural avenue. Even a cool customer like Rafael couldn’t have planned for the hurdles he faces. But certain aspects of the story complicate matters without rewarding the audience. For instance, readers are assured that during World War II, Rafael repeatedly requested to be assigned to combat duty. The only reason he was forced to work in a military police capacity was due to his law enforcement background. This is not a particularly exciting or captivating part of his character when bigger problems are just emerging. In addition, the dialogue sometimes relies on such stock phrases as “Where are you going?” and “You’re amazing.” Nevertheless, the tale develops quickly, with the entire story coming in under 200 pages. Not much time is wasted once the main events get going and Rafael and Clara try to stop the bad guys. And even after the gripping novel has concluded, there proves to be plenty of intriguing material left for the sequel.


E-BOOK, PAPERBACK, AUDIOBOOK LINKS:

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RSGKTDF

AmazonUK Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07RSGKTDF

AmazonCA Link: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07RSGKTDF

AmazonAU Link: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07RSGKTDF

Smashwords Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/938589


E-BOOK (only) LINKS:

Barnes and Noble Link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forevers-too-long-helen-krummenacker/1131555250?ean=2940163217083

Kobo Link: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/forever-s-too-long

Apple Books Link: https://books.apple.com/us/book/forevers-too-long/id1463293739


AUDIO (only) LINKS:

Audible Link: https://www.audible.com/pd/Forevers-Too-Long-Audiobook/B08B2QFJMC?asin=B08B2QFJMC

Itunes: https://books.apple.com/us/audiobook/forevers-too-long-the-forever-detective-book-1-unabridged/id1518693545


Saturday, December 24, 2022

A Special Christmas Present to You All

We're interrupting the "Forever Festive" audios to bring you another audio that is from my latest release "W. I. T. C. H. Hunters Forever". As most of you already know, that book is a collection of short stories about the team of special people who work for Sir Lynne Fox. His W. I. T. C. H. Hunters have been mentioned in several of Rafael's stories and you actually got to meet a few of them already such as Sir Lynne himself, Clara, and Medium Brown.

However, one story in the collection is a Christmas story focusing on Sir Lynne and his family, as they investigate the legendary Krampus. And as we are in the midst of the holiday season, I asked my husband/voice narrator Allan to do an audio version of that story, after he recently did an unabridged reading/presentation of Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol", complete with imagery, over on YouTube. After seeing and hearing the results, I asked him to do the same with my "Krampus Lessons" story. And he just finished it today on Christmas Eve. 

So please sit back and enjoy our little holiday presentation and have a very Merry Christmas!



PS: The audios for "Forever Festive" will resume early next week.



Saturday, December 17, 2022

Sound Sample Holiday Edition - Forever Festive Chapters 4, 5 and 6

Today we're giving you a three-for (is that even a word? Well, it is now!) So please sit back and refresh yourselves with these and we WILL get you further in the book, and in a few days we'll bring you not only chapters 7 and 8 (which is where we left off) but 9 AND 10! So stay tuned.

And remember the e-book versions of all the books in this series are only $2.99 until December 26th.  

Also, let us know if we should put the audio books on discount, too! There are so many people who don't have much chance to sit down and read but love a good story while they are doing other things.


Chapter 4 - "Background Details"




 
Chapter 5 - "Heavenly Guidance"


Chapter 6 - "Winding Ways"


COMING THIS TUESDAY: Chapter 7 "Where the Magic Happens", Chapter 8 "Home Cooking", Chapter 9 "Canvassing the Building", and Chapter 10 "To the Victor"

And if you can't wait until then, just click on the appropriate link for the device you enjoy listening to audiobooks on below to continue the adventure:


E-BOOK (only) LINKS:

Monday, December 12, 2022

Sound Sample Holiday Edition - Forever Festive Chapters 2 and 3

Since we are doing reposts of chapters, we're giving you two today, to catch up where we left off and bring you some new chapters quicker. So please sit back and refresh yourselves with these and we WILL get you further in the book sooner, because we'll be posting another 2 before the end of this week.  Hopefully, by next week we will be caught up enough to start the new chapters and get you further into the rest of the story.

And remember the e-book versions of all the books in this series are only $2.99 until December 26th.  

Also, let us know if we should put the audio books on discount, too! There are so many people who don't have much chance to sit down and read but love a good story while they are doing something repetitive. 


Chapter  2 - "Appropriate Decor"

 

Chapter  3 - "Parental Warning"


COMING IN A FEW DAYS: Chapter 4 "BACKGROUND DETAILS" and Chapter 5 "HEAVENLY GUIDANCE"

Friday, December 9, 2022

Sound Sample Holiday Edition - Forever Festive Chapter 1

I know these are reposts of chapters, but due to health issues, we didn't share as much of the audios as we intended last year. Hopefully, we can refresh you and get further into the book. Also, this is a chance to tell you the e-book versions are only $2.99 until December 26th, for all the books. I'd really like this sale to bring in some people who may have been  interested, but putting it off. Let us know if we should put the audio books on discount, too! There are so many people who don't have much chance to sit down and read but love a good story while they are doing something repetitive. 



Chapter 1 - "Harold T Angel"


NEXT TIME (In a few days): Chapter 2 "APPROPRIATE DECOR"

And if you can't wait until then, just click on the appropriate link for the device you enjoy listening to audiobooks on below to continue the adventure:


 Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09KCC5HZV

AmazonUK Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09KCC5HZV

AmazonCA Link: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09KCC5HZV

AmazonAU Link: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B09KCC5HZV

Smashwords Links: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1112190

Barnes and Noble Link: Forever Festive by Helen Krummenacker | eBook | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com)

Kobo Link: Forever Festive eBook by Helen Krummenacker - EPUB | Rakuten Kobo United States

Apple Books Link: https://books.apple.com/us/book/forever-festive/id1592528404

FULL AUDIOBOOK LINKS:

Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/Forever-Festive-Audiobook/B09PX5RZ6D?asin=B09PX5RZ6D

Amazon US, UK, CA, AU: *You can use the same links as above for these sites*

Itunes: https://books.apple.com/us/audiobook/forevers-too-long-the-forever-detective-book-1-unabridged/id1518693545