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Ode to Cassini

Copyright 2017, Steven M. Moore

Disappearing under Saturn’s robe,

There goes the Cassini probe.

With mechanical courage it took flight

And began its journey into the night.

It nobly pursued the scientists’ quest;

Now it will receive a deserved rest,

Out there among the rings,

Dreaming as only machines can dream.

Cassini told scientists quite a story–all facts, of course, that need to be analyzed. Fiction is different. Storytelling and listening to great stories existed long before printed books; it’s what makes us human! Reading carries on that great human tradition. A reading public is an educated and vigilant public wary of false promises from haters, bigots, and demagogues. Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 describes the dangers. We should all champion reading and literacy.

I write mysteries, thrillers, and sci-fi. I know you have many reading choices these days, so I’d be honored if you choose some of my books to read.  To dip your toes into the water, please read on to see what I have to offer on this website.  If you have questions, drop me an email (use the contact page)–I love your questions and suggestions.  This site’s mostly about books, but there are other things.  And it’s all about entertaining you with good reading.

Authors Worth Remembering:

H. Rider Haggard (6/22/1856-5/14/1925). Often accused of perpetuating the racist stereotypes of British colonialism, Haggard’s adventure novels were precursors to today’s thrillers. She and its sequels remind me of The Da Vinci Code and similar stories; the Allan Quatermain series definitely influenced the Indiana Jones movies. Haggard’s first success was King Solomon’s Mines. He spent time abroad, most notably in South Africa, but returned to England for a law degree. Fortunately for the world of literature, he found writing novels more profitable than law—and probably more fun! He was a friend of Rudyard Kipling and became involved in agricultural reform. As a kid, I spent many entertaining hours reading his novels.

Introducing A. B. Carolan!

I’ve always wanted to be part of a collaboration like Preston and Child for thrillers and Niven and Pournelle for sci-fi. I’ve attempted it a few times; for various reasons, it didn’t work out.  Now I have teamed up with A. B.  He will be managing all our young adult books.  He’ll rewrite and reedit a second edition of The Secret Lab to start with and will write The Secret of the Urns, both sci-fi mysteries for young adults and adult readers who are young-at-heart.  The latter will be based on my short story “Marcello and Me” that appears in the collection Pasodobles in a Quantum Stringscape.

The A. B. makes sense when you consider his full name.  Alsandair Breandan Carolan is rumored to be a descendant of the great Irish harpist and songwriter Turlough O’Carolan. Whether true or not, he was a child who was stolen and raised by leprechauns. He now lives in Donegal where he communicates frequently with me, SOP for collaborators everywhere. We both favor Jameson whiskey, a mighty fine drink, but he often lapses into Gaelic (Leprechaunese?) when imbibing.

Look for A. B.’s young adult books The Secret Lab and The Secret of the Urns in 2018…and welcome him to the team!

My Bulletin Board (newsy items will often appear here):

Now:

Gaia and the Goliaths is now on sale at Smashwords. #7 in the “Detectives Chen and Castilblanco Series” has the theme of a conspiracy (the Goliaths) pitted against the environment (Gaia). The detectives are asked to solve the case of the murder of an environmental activist (named Gaia). Like many of their cases, it turns into something bigger and much more important. Get 50% off for this ebook until March 31; use the Smashwords coupon on checkout. Like all books in this series, this one can be read independently. (See the review below.) Enjoy!

Check out my guest post “Novels of Doom” on David W. Spell’s website The Scary Reviews. Consider it an introduction to my upcoming novel The Last Humans that will soon be published by Black Opal Press. David’s site is a great one for discussions about scary fiction, by the way.

Past events:

Look for the podcast interview with Carrick Publishing’s Donna Carrick.  Go to the iPhones store and find Donna’s podcast series Dead To Writes and choose S1, E3here’s the link. Donna begins with a reading of my short story “The Case of the Carriageless Horse” (Detective Castilblanco’s first homicide case), which appears in the anthology World Enough and Crime. In the interview, we discussed the state of publishing and my writing.

On January 26, 2018, I gave a talk on writing, the publishing business, and my most recent novel, Rembrandt’s Angel (see below), at the Montclair Women’s Club. Channel 34 recorded the talk; here’s the YouTube link.  Thanks to the ladies for inviting me, and thanks to TV34 and Rick Gearhart for making an excellent video ot he talk.  A good time was had by all.

Future events:

Holly Berry 2018 Craft show at the Upper Montclair Woman’s Club. On November 3 and 4, 2018, I will have a booth at this arts and crafts show where I will love chatting again with all visiting readers and writers. This is an annual event that allows people to purchase fine holiday gifts made by local vendors. Stop by and participate in the holiday cheer!

Book clubs and book signings? I’m game for events in northern New Jersey and am willing to participate with other local authors. Use my contact page to query me.

NEW books published in 2017:

The Chaos Chronicles Trilogy Collection: This new sci-fi bundle takes the reader from an Earth dominated by multinationals and policed by their mercenaries to colonizing another planet and the first encounter with ETs. And beyond, far into a future with space battles, ESP, AI, and more. This epic saga will provide hours of sci-fi entertainment in just one bargain ebook. Now available on Amazon and Smashwords and the latter’s distributors (Apple, B&N, Kobo, etc).

Rembrandt’s Angel: To what extremes would you go to recover artwork stolen by Nazis?  Esther Brookstone, Scotland Yard inspector specializing in stolen art, and paramour Bastiann van Coevorden, an Interpol agent, match wits with a group of Neo-Nazis who intend to use the sale of stolen artworks to finance an insidious plot.  The case takes them around Europe to South America and back. (Penmore Press, May 2017.) The ebook version is now available on Amazon, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. A print version is also available on Amazon and B&N or at your favorite bookstore (if not, ask for it).

What the reviewers say…

“There are so many elements that set this book apart from the typical Dan Brownesque mystery/thriller. First of all, it is set in the near future, 2020s. At first I thought it was a typo and then realized it was deliberate. There are vague references to certain political and economic reforms in Europe, but the overall ambiance is not post-apocalyptic. The most unique feature about this novel is the female protagonist, Esther. If you are tired of female leads who look like sexy French art students or Playboy bunnies, Esther Brookstone is delightfully refreshing, as she defies cliches. A 60-something going on 35, a three time widow (rather suspicious) and still open to new romantic adventures, childless, feminine yet able to hold her ground in a male dominated profession, she is like a female version of James Bond. I am so grateful that Esther does not have a chip on her shoulder and doesn’t engage in long tirades about how hard it is to be an older female. Thank you, author, for sparing me the feminist rant.”–M. J. Neary in her Amazon review

“A deftly crafted and consistently riveting read from beginning to end. ‘Rembrandt’s Angel’ showcases author Steven Moore’s genuine flair for originality and his impressive mastery of the Mystery/Suspense genre. While unreservedly recommended for community library collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that ‘Rembrandt’s Angel’ is also available in digital book format.”–Midwest Book Review

“…a thrilling, globetrotting adventure that provides readers a glance into the world of art forgery, Neo-Nazi conspiracies and even links to ISIS. The duo of Brookstone and van Coevorden can be favorably compared with utmost respect to Agatha Christie’s classic characters, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. Esther is a strong, well-liked character with a saucy disposition, while Bastiann, though he plays costar and lover to Esther, is able to hold his own with regards to likability…”

“…Steven M. Moore’s novel should be read by fans of the mystery genre particularly because the author has a keen ability to weave a great storyline that is not only filled with suspense, but captures a reader’s attention. A few quotes stood out as quite descriptive and remained with this reader well after the book was completely read, for example, ‘In the ice cream shop of crime, there are many flavors’ and ‘A committee of clouds enjoyed a private meeting over the manor.’ …the character Esther Brookstone provides readers with an unusual female protagonist who is more than just a senior Scotland Yard Inspector. She is a memorable and tenacious dame who readers will undoubtedly enjoy throughout the novel and will look forward to reading any of her possible future exploits.”

“Rembrandt’s Angel is a complex thriller with several plots intertwined throughout the story. It is recommended for serious mystery fans who are looking for not only a challenging read, but also one that allows readers to become an armchair adventurist and detective, along with Brookstone and van Coevorden, spanning many different parts of the globe.”—Lynette Latzko, Feathered Quill Book Reviews

“If you lean toward mysteries that entertain as well as intrigue, this title is for you. …successfully couples history’s fascination with the still-missing master artworks that disappeared under the Third Reich with a pair of intercontinental sleuths who are more than a match for the cast of neo-Nazis they choose to tangle with. I say choose because 60-something Esther Brookstone of Scotland Yard and her somewhat younger partner and paramour Bastiann van Coevorden (Interpol) are clearly in command as they pursue a missing Rembrandt canvas across borders….”

“As the story unfolds, the pair maintain a delightful banter centered as much around their sex life as their pursuit of artworks and the crooks who would trade them for enough cash to finance a new and even more nefarious Nazi regime. Read it to find out which side triumphs and how they do it. Then join me in hoping there are more stories ahead starring this clever pair.”—Amazon Customer

Gaia and the Goliaths: Now available on Amazon (.mobi Kindle ebook format) and Smashwords (all ebook formats including .mobi Kindle) and the latter’s affiliates and lenders. An environmental activist is murdered after a peaceful protest.  NYPD homicide detectives Chen and Castilblanco take the case.  An American energy conglomerate and the Russians are suspects, but why? What damning evidence does the activist’s lover have that makes him an international target? Twists abound in this mystery/thriller, the newest addition to the “Detectives Chen and Castilblanco Series.” (Carrick Publishing, February 2017.)

What a reviewer says…

“I really enjoyed this book…I haven’t been reading as much mystery books as I would like. This book was a nice get-away from my usual romance. This book is about an environmental activist getting murdered on the streets of where she lives over information she wasn’t supposed to find. It turns out her boyfriend has evidence on an international conspiracy. I did like this book…. The beginning drew me in…. In the series, they are all standalone books….”—Haley Maddock, in her Amazon review

Please note that every book in this series is a complete and independent story–and is now available on both Amazon and Smashwords. There are no cliffhangers, and you can read them in any order! The first book in the series, The Midas Bomb, just received a new, glowing review on Amazon.

For other previous books, see the webpage “Books & Short Stories.”

In libris libertas!

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