#BabyLove: My Social Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh

#BabyLove Book Cover#BabyLove: My Social Life is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Corine Dehghanpisheh.
Synopsis: “Click.” “Tap.” Tag and Post. An adored baby tells a modern tale about life in today’s digital world. #BabyLove: My Social Life highlights the social phenomena of sharing daily activities using technology and social networks.
“#BabyLove: My Social Life, is a clever and entertaining look at raising children in the age of social media… The author’s story flows beautifully, and her illustrations are brightly colored, cheerful and humorous… Dehghanpisheh’s wry and subtle humor is evident throughout this story that will entertain adults as well as the children they share the book with. #BabyLove: My Social Life is highly recommended for tech-savvy parents and their babies.” – Reviewed by Readers’ Favorite
#BabyLove offers a hipster view of contemporary parenting. Beneath the story of technological trendiness, however, lies a more enduring portrait of nurture and joy.” – Reviewed by Foreword Clarion Reviews
#BabyLove was published in July 2015 and is available for sale on Amazon.



Corine DehghanpishehAbout the Author:
Corine Dehghanpisheh is a children’s book author and illustrator. Her inspirations for writing and illustrating come from everyday life.
She was a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient and a Next Generation Indie Author Finalist for her debut children’s book Can We Play Again?, which was published in March 2012. Her inspiration for this book came from her work as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NYC.
Corine published her second children’s book, Buddy’s Dream, in November 2013, and her third children’s book, #BabyLove: My Social Life, in July 2015.
When Corine is not busy being creative, she is most likely having fun taking pictures of her family. Corine lives in Manhattan, NY with her husband and new baby.
Readers can connect with Corine on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
To learn more, go to BooksByCorineD.com
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Chickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy-Willow Trees and Two-And-A-Half

Chickadees, Bumblebeez, Pussy-Willow Trees and Two-And-A-HalfChickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy-Willow Trees and Two-And-A-Half, by Jeffrey M. Politsky, is a vibrantly illustrated adventure book meant to inspire children to follow their urges to explore and to appreciate diversity. It is recommended for ages 4-9.
“Kids who still have their parents read to them really like the book, as do kids who are independent readers,” says Dr. Politsky. “The reviews of parents and children who have read the book are very favorable: adults really like the message and the children just love the story. I hope many more children will get to read it.”
The book starts off when “One day a little brown monkey with dazzling olive green eyes, a friendly smile, and a long curly tail asked his father if there was more to the life than just hanging around with other monkeys and eating bananas.” Before long he meets a lovely grey cat and a majestic blue pelican each on their own quests. Together, they explore a foreign island and when their journey takes them into a private swath of land, they befriend a local dog who takes them further than they ever imagined.
Chickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy-Willow Trees and Two-And-A-Half emphasizes several significant values, which help us subsist and ultimately thrive: learning through independent exploration, the need for friendship, the importance of respect and tolerance for other cultures, languages, and lifestyle diversity, along with a healthy understanding of the powers of mother nature.
About the Author:
Dr. Jeffrey Politsky grew up in Toronto, Canada. He obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Toronto and his medical degree at the University of Western Ontario before moving to Vancouver for his residency training in Neurology. He moved to Boston in the late 1990’s to complete his epilepsy fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and has lived in the United States ever since. Today, Dr. and Mrs. Politsky live in New Jersey with their two children and two giant schnauzers. While he has written numerous articles and chapters related to the neurologic sciences, Chickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy-Willow Trees and Two-And-A-Half is Dr. Politsky’s first serious non-academic venture.
Dr. Politsky began writing Chickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy-Willow Trees and Two-And-A-Half on Formantera, one of the Balearic Islands in the western Mediterranean Sea off of the east coast of Spain.
“As I began pondering what makes free-form travel so interesting, I decided to try and create a story that would be appealing to youngsters. All of my back-packing adventures, like so many other travelers, had common themes: selecting a location, landing in a foreign place and feeling very foreign, attempting to understand the culture and fit in, survival, discovery, problem solving, raw happiness. I incorporated several of my own experiences in the text,” says Dr. Politsky. “I decided to weave into the story the linguistic nuances that my grandfather used when he would joke with my brother and me when we were youngsters – in essence we would ask him a question and he would answer using neologisms and in a manner that made absolutely no sense at all and then start laughing in a jolly fashion, quite amused with himself. I cherish my memory of my grandfather. His good nature and terminology stuck, much of it is incorporated in the book. In fact, some of his favorite expressions make up the book’s title.”
Dr. Politsky’s grandfather died in 1989 of complications related to multi-infarct dementia.
Tony Santiago illustrated the book with Dr. Politsky’s children and grandfather individually represented in the characters.
In 2011, Dr. Politsky’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is fine now; but the process was quite an ordeal. Anyone who has been through this or a similar experience understands this. Dr. Politsky sees and treats patients every day with epilepsy and related neurologic & medical conditions – in many cases illnesses appear like an unexpected storm and can turn people’s lives upside down and inside out like a tornado. By the end of 2012, Kim had been diagnosed, treated, and had achieved full physical recovery.
Fifty percent of the proceeds of the sale of each book will be donated equally to research programs dedicated to the study of dementia and memory dysfunction, and to the study of breast cancer.
To purchase a copy of the book, go to http://jumpservicesllc.com/projects.html
Readers can connect with Dr. Politsky on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.
For more information, to request a review copy, or to set up an interview or appearance by Dr. Politsky, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at info@bookpublicityservices.com or 805.807.9027.

Book Publicity Services is Hiring!

Book Publicity ServicesAt Book Publicity Services, we carry out strategic public relations campaigns to promote authors. We have successfully promoted a variety of genres, both fiction and nonfiction, traditionally and self-published. Our public relations services include social media promotion, coordinating book reviews, distributing press releases, securing exposure in a variety of media outlets (TV, radio, websites, magazines, newspapers), and setting up speaking engagements.
We are currently looking for two part-time interns to work out of our office in Irvine.
• Research, maintain, and actively develop media contact lists and databases
• Research, maintain, and actively develop book reviewer contact lists and databases
• Write press releases, pitches, and other promotional materials
• Work closely with a Publicist to develop campaign strategies, positioning of a title, and effective pitch angles
• Manage social media accounts
• Write blog posts
• Research speaking engagement opportunities for our clients at their local libraries, bookstores, book clubs, book festivals, etc
• Create advertising materials
• Upload books to NetGalley and manage book review requests
• Coordinate book reviews
• Monitor Google Alerts
• Additional projects as assigned
• Must have a real interest in PR, Marketing, Writing, or Publishing and want to pursue a career in the field
• A broad understanding of the digital media space, including bloggers and social media outreach
• Must have excellent writing and communication skills
• Strong social media skills
• Ability to multi-task and manage time effectively
• Ability to work independently
• Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail
• Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel; knowledge of Cision a plus
• Basic computer and internet research skills
The internship position is 12-20 hours a week to start. Work days and times are flexible. Must work in office. We are located at 15615 Alton Parkway, Suite 450, Irvine, CA. The pay is $10/hour to start, and we provide biweekly paychecks. Room for growth.
This entry-level position is a great way to gain meaningful experience in the PR industry. It is the perfect position for students looking to get their foot in the door in the public relations industry, build their resume, gain career experience, and get college internship credit. We are more than willing to fill out internship paperwork, and write letters of recommendation when needed.
If you feel you meet the qualifications above, and are detail-oriented, organized and professional, we invite you to apply. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Kelsey McBride at BookPublicityServices@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Craved by Lola Smirnova

Craved by Lola SmirnovaCraved, by Lola Smirnova, is the highly anticipated sequel to Twisted. It was published in August 2015 and is available for sale on Amazon. Genres: New Adult / Suspense


Having been to hell and back, the eager sisters from Ukraine – Natalia, Lena and Julia – decide to retire from selling sex and walk the straight and narrow path back home. But when an old friend calls them with an opportunity to make buckets of ‘easy’ money in South Africa, they find it impossible to refuse.
Return to the nightlife of the entertainment business brings along all the old familiar temptations – alcohol, drugs, and prostitution.
Can the girls resist their vices and stay together? Or will this industry destroy their sanity and their family?
Inspired by real life events, Craved is a fascinating story of addiction, survival and the art of making a living in the sex trade.


Chapter 1
‘Harder!’ he screams in desperation. ‘Harder!’
But his voice breaks down, strangled and hoarse. His eyes are wide open in an all-out pre-orgasmic rapture. His red face is wrinkled and strained. His perfect pink designer shirt is now rumpled and covered with sweat stains. A few little white and pink buttons are missing – they are probably somewhere on the floor together with my dress and G-string. His shiny-to-a-fault patent leathers point at the ceiling, their heels digging convulsively into the floor. He covers my cramped hands with his, to strengthen my grip, making the pulsating veins on his neck swell even more. Then he utters a wild growl and shuts his eyes. His body goes limp under my thighs.
Oh crap. Why does it always have to be me?
His face looks deathly pale against the red velvet couch. His lifeless body is still. It seems he is not breathing. I roll my eyes, wiping the sweat off my forehead.
Shit! I hope I haven’t killed him for real…
I jump off the couch, grab his shirt, and start shaking him. The visions flash through my mind. The handcuffs tighten around mywrists, the red and blue flashes light my regretful face in the blackness of the night as the officer pushes me down into a police car, the Agent Evelyn Salt expression on my face mirrored in the one-way glass of the interrogation room…
Have I been watching too many action films? Instead of picturing myself as Angelina, I should be thinking about what to do with the weirdo… or rather with his body… Shit! Shit! Shit!
‘Hmm…’ he wheezes, his eyes still closed. I let go of his shirt and exhale.
‘Hey…’ Obviously, I don’t remember his name.
‘Hey… wake up.’
He frowns, still faint. ‘Mom… Don’t do it… Mom, please – let’s not do it…’
I open my mouth to reason, then stop short, take a deep breath and slap him instead. He opens his eyes. ‘Are you okay?’ I say, loud and slow. ‘Shall we have a break and get a drink, or…’
‘No! Please don’t stop, Julia.’ He clings to my shoulders. His face winces. ‘I’m good. I’m good. Don’t stop.’


About the Author:
Lola Smirnova is an author from Ukraine. Her novels are inspired by real-life events. They are meant for the open-minded readers who are not afraid of a little blood, sweat, and semen.
Lola’s debut novel Twisted was released in 2014. The book placed as Honorable Mention in the General Fiction Category of The 2014 London Book Festival’s Annual Competition.
Lola released Craved, the highly anticipated sequel to Twisted, in August 2015.
Lola has fascinating stories to share about the experiences of women in the global sex industry. Her thrilling tales will surely shock and surprise you, with both the storyline and literary value.
Lola lives in South Africa, and is currently working on the third book in her trilogy. To learn more, go to http://lolasmirnova.com/
For more information, to request a review copy, or to set up an interview or appearance by Lola Smirnova, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at info@bookpublicityservices.com or 805.807.9027.

Sarah M. Johnson Announces the Upcoming Release of Her Inspirational Christian Memoir

Life is Beautiful bookMinneapolis, MN (August 5, 2015) – Sarah M. Johnson announced today that her inspirational Christian memoir Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God will be released on August 25, 2015, published by Morgan James Faith. She also announced that there will be a Book Launch Party on August 21, 2015 at FIVE Event Center in Minneapolis. Sarah will be signing books from 6-8PM. Books will be available for purchase, and there will be cocktails and appetizers. The event is open to the public and there is no admission charge.
There are moments in life where everything changes in the blink of an eye. For Sarah that moment was a plane crash during a mission’s trip in Guatemala. There were fourteen passengers on the small Cessna Caravan when the engine blew. Of the fourteen, eleven didn’t make it. Sarah and her mother were among the survivors. Her father and brother were not.
In such a situation, the gratefulness to be alive is accompanied by an ocean of grief. Life is Beautiful tells Sarah’s journey of trauma, loss, acceptance, and growth. The book discusses Sarah’s own personal struggles to deal will the death of her father and brother, as well as her mother’s extreme physical and emotional injuries; and it doesn’t stop there. Sarah also delves into her past issues with alcohol use and depression, her father’s previous drug abuse, and how God led both of them to turn their lives around.
Life is Beautiful is a unique and inspiring story of self-discovery, God’s will and love for His people, and the joy and beauty of life. Christians will be touched by Sarah’s raw and personal explorations of the adversity she faced and the strength God gives to overcome.
Sarah’s story connects with readers as they deal with their own struggles, whether substance abuse, mental illness, or grief and loss. Life is Beautiful motivates readers to seek the same transformative power Sarah found and create the changes necessary for a life of love and happiness.
Life is Beautiful is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. To learn more, go to http://lifeisbeautifulbook.com/
For further information, to request a review copy, or to set up an interview or appearance by Sarah M. Johnson, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at info@bookpublicityservices.com or 805.807.9027.

Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA Announces Multi-Author Event

July 28, 2015 (Athens, GA)
– Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA announced today that tJ. Frank James, Robert Emmett, Jacinta Howard, and Gary Hobbshey will be hosting a multi-author event on Friday, August 28, 2015. Authors J. Frank James, Robert Emmett, Jacinta Howard, and Gary Hobbs will each be reading a sample of their work from 6:30 – 7:30PM. After, they will be available to meet and greet, as well as sign copies of their books. The event is open to the public and there is no admission charge.
J. Frank James writes crime thriller novels that are gripping and suspenseful. In 2013, he began publishing The Lou Malloy Crime Series, which is expected to span 20 books. The series follows Lou Malloy, a hardened criminal who did 15 years in prison for the theft of $15 million, and his partner Hilary Kelly, a private investigator. The titles include The Run Begins, Dead Money Run, Only Two Cats, Blue Cat in Paradise, Rainbow Games, Two Birds To Kill, Last Flamingo, and Finders, Keepers. To learn more, go to JFrankJamesBooks.com
Robert Emmett will be reading from his memoir Three Quick Steps: An Inspiring Account of Struggle and Recovery. At 9 years old, Robert contracted polio. Three Quick Steps is Robert’s story of overcoming the odds, staying inspired, and triumphing over adversity and most of all making things happen. Told with warmth, grace, and unflinching resolve, Emmett’s remarkable memoir captures how three quick steps can lead to huge strides. To learn more, go to 3QuickSteps.net.
Jacinta Howard writes new adult and contemporary romance. Since 2014, she’s released three novels, including the well-received Love Always Series, which includes the titles Better Than OkayMore Than Always and Less Than Forever. She also released the USA TODAY Must-Read Romance, Happiness in Jersey. To learn more, go to JacintaHoward.net.
Gary Hobbs is the author of Access to Capital. Access to Capital is set in the 1980s as government policy is driving the consolidation of banks, the southwest economy is collapsing from declining oil prices, and the roles for women are changing. The novel offers an intense look at love, money, and values. One of the first reviewers stated “If you lived through this time in the financial industry or even if you didn’t, this book will reach out and pull you in as a real page-turner.”
Each author will have copies of their books available for sale at the event.Avid Bookshop
Avid Bookshop is located at 493 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601. For more information, go to AvidBookshop.com
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The Journeyman (The Commons, Book 1) by Michael Alan Peck

The Commons Book CoverMichael Alan Peck won the Illinois Library Association’s 2015 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Contest for his contemporary fantasy novel The Journeyman (The Commons Series, Book 1). The Journeyman is recommended for fans of fantasy and magical realism, both teens and adults. It was published in June 2014 and is available for sale on Amazon.
In The Journeyman, three unlikely heroes board a doomed bus. Destination: the afterlife. Their mission: to save forever. But first they have to save themselves.


“Paul Reid died in the snow at seventeen. The day of his death, he told a lie—and for the rest of his life, he wondered if that was what killed him.”
And so begins the battle for the afterlife, known as The Commons. It’s been taken over by a corporate raider who uses the energy of its souls to maintain his brutal control. The result is an imaginary landscape of a broken America—stuck in time and overrun by the heroes, monsters, dreams, and nightmares of the imprisoned dead.
Three people board a bus to nowhere: a New York street kid, an Iraq War veteran, and her five-year-old special-needs son. After a horrific accident, they are the last, best hope for The Commons to free itself. Along for the ride are a shotgun-toting goth girl, a six-foot-six mummy, a mute Shaolin monk with anger-management issues, and the only guide left to lead them.
Three Journeys: separate but joined. One mission: to save forever.
But first they have to save themselves.


Praise for The Journeyman:
“The Journeyman is a fast-paced, action-packed fantasy adventure that’s as profound as it is profoundly entertaining. The multilayered plotline follows a central cast of characters as they forge their paths across a highly imaginative landscape pocked with ancient wisdoms, mindboggling puzzles, and sci-fi surprises that will keep you turning pages until the very end. Peck’s writing style is fluid, eloquent, and easy to read, yet highly structured and infused with insight, understanding, and knowledge that’s sure to leave readers pondering the basic questions at the foundation of this compelling novel, which is the first in a forthcoming series that promises to be well worth the read.” – Reviewed by Red City Review
“Combining metaphysics, fantasy, psychology, and mystery, The Journeyman will have something for everyone.” – Reviewed by Star at The Bibliophilic Book Blog 
“This novel combines the best of magical realism and quest genres. The characters are richly drawn and the plot is tight and suspenseful… I inhaled this book in two sittings, and can’t wait for future installments!” – Reviewed on Amazon
“In The Journeyman by Michael Alan Peck, it’s a land where, in the Beatles’ words, ‘nothing is real’ and where a talking mummy, a man with a slot-machine handle for an arm and a woman with zebra stripes and a tail are just ‘everyday people’… The Journeyman is a fantasy book, but it’s also a work of humor. Many of the strange creatures you’ll meet in the book may be frightening, but they’re also very entertaining.” – Reviewed on Readers Favorite


Excerpt from The Journeyman:
CHAPTER ONE – The All-Seeing Eyes
Paul Reid died in the snow at seventeen. The day of his death, he told a lie—and for the rest of his life, he wondered if that was what killed him.
“Don’t worry,” he said to Mike Hibbets, the only adult in New York City who’d ever cared about him. “I’m coming back.”
Pop Mike ran the New Beginnings group home, where Paul lived. He didn’t believe the lie. And Paul told himself that it didn’t matter.
“Does your face hurt?” The old man leaned on his desk in the New Beginnings main office.
Paul twisted his pewter ring, a habit that announced when something was bothering him. His face did hurt—especially his swollen eye.
As did the ribs he hadn’t been able to protect two days earlier, when he hit the ground, balled up, in a Hell’s Kitchen alley while four guys stomped him until they tired of it. He’d tried to shield his face, where damage might show forever. But he fared just as poorly at that as the afternoon sun cast a beat-down shadow show on a brick wall and a girl stood nearby and cried.
Paul had little to say, and no one worked a silence like Pop Mike. His nickname had once been “Father Mike” due to a talent for sniffing out guilt that rivaled any priest’s. He asked the New Beginnings kids to drop that name so potential donors wouldn’t confuse his shelter with a religious operation. There’s no God to lift us up—we rise or fall together, he taught them. So they compromised and shortened it.
“Five foster homes, three group homes, some street life in between,” Pop Mike said.
“So?” Paul couldn’t look him in the eye.
“So no one makes it through that without survival skills, which you have. And you’ve found a place here for four years, and now you’re just up and leaving.”
The desk was a relic of the building’s days as a school, a general hospital, and before that, a mental hospital. Its round wood edge was uneven and worn, as if the many kids trapped in this chair over the years had stared it away, varnish and all.
Paul shifted in the chair, his side one big ache. He hated hearing his life recited as if it were recorded and filed somewhere, which it was.
The winter wind forced its way through the gaps between the cockeyed window sash and its frame. A storm was due.
Outside, the fading daylight illuminated the wall of the adjacent building. A cartoon-ad peacock, its paint battling to hang onto the decaying brick, peddled a variety of Pavo fruit juices.
“New Beginnings matters to you.” Rumor was, Pop Mike could go weeks without blinking. “Look how you tried to save Gonzales.”
“I told him to run for help. He just ran.” Paul had practiced this conversation— how it would play out. Pop Mike wouldn’t mind that he was leaving. If he did, Paul wouldn’t sweat it.
Yet he was unable to face the man.
The painted peacock smiled despite its sentence of death-by-crumbling. Its tail, gathered in one fist, bent outward in offering. The feathers ended in a once-vibrant assortment of bottles spread above the Pavo slogan like leaves on a branch of a shade tree: “Wake up to the rainbow! Wake up to your life!”
Decades of sun and rain had rendered the flavors unidentifiable in the grime and washed-out hues. Paul could only guess at grape, apple, orange, and watermelon.
“You could apply for our Next Steps program—work your way to an equivalency credential.”
Paul didn’t bother to refuse that one again.
Pop Mike followed his gaze. “The all-seeing eyes.”
“The peacock. In some Asian faiths, it’s a symbol of mercy and empathy. In others, it’s the all-seeing eyes of the Almighty. What that one sees, of course, is a customer.”
“It’s time for me to go.” Paul touched his fingers to his eye, which flared in protest. “This is how New York chose to tell me.” He prodded the bruise to see if he could make it hurt more. He succeeded.
Pop Mike reached across the desk, took hold of Paul’s wrist, and gently pulled his hand away from his face. He didn’t let go until he was convinced Paul wouldn’t do it again. That was the only way he could keep Paul safe from himself.
“Please,” he said. “That’s the one word I have left. It won’t work, but I’m saying it. Please.”
Paul twisted his ring.
Pop Mike took in the beaten-up backpack at Paul’s feet, the military-surplus coat thrown over the back of the chair. “Where are you going?”
“Away. I’ll let you know when I get there.”
Wake up to your life, said the peacock.


About the Author:Author Michael Peck
Michael Alan Peck tells tales big and small. Life’s magical, but it isn’t always enough for a good story. So he makes up the rest.
He’s made his living writing about TV, its celebrities, and its past. He’s also put food on the table reviewing restaurants and writing about travel.
He has a godawful memory, so he focuses on the written word. He likes to think that over time, he’s gotten better at it—the writing, not the remembering. He forgets important dates. He’s pretty good with movie lines. But after several years, he tends to tweak them. He prefers his versions over the real ones.
Funny goes a long way with him. Probably further than it should.
He grew up outside Philadelphia and has lived in New York, L.A., and San Francisco. His current home base is Chicago.
To learn more, go to MichaelAlanPeck.com.
Readers can connect with Michael on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
For further information, to request a review copy of The Journeyman, or to set up an interview or appearance by Michael Alan Peck, contact Kelsey McBride at info@bookpublicityservices.com or (805) 807-9027.


Eric Matheny Announces the Release of His Latest Legal Thriller ‘The Victim’

The Victim Cover
Eric Matheny is a criminal defense attorney who enjoys writing crime fiction, drawing from his experience working in the legal system. He has handled everything from DUI to murder.
Eric’s latest novel The Victim was released on August 13, 2015, published by Zharmae. The Victim is a tense, fast-paced, legal thriller/psychological suspense novel that centers around a young defense attorney whose horrifying misdeed from his college days comes back to haunt him.
In the spring of 2003 on a desolate stretch of Arizona highway, Anton Mackey’s life was changed forever.  A reckless decision to get behind the wheel when he was in no condition to drive spawned a moment that threatened to destroy everything the 21 year-old had spent his life working toward.  In an instant, Anton made a decision to save himself.  A decision that claimed the lives of two people.
Eleven years later, Anton is a rising star in the Miami criminal defense community.  He is married and has an infant daughter.  He is earning a good living and steadily building a name for himself as an aggressive advocate for the accused.  Anton shares an office with veteran defense attorney, Jack Savarese.  A mentor of sorts, Anton strives to model his practice – and career – after Jack’s.  A Miami criminal defense legend, Jack’s accomplishments in the courtroom are second to none.  However, Jack remains burdened by the conviction of Osvaldo Garcia, a mentally-ill client from ten years earlier found guilty and sentenced to life in prison for the death of a troubled teen.
When Daniella Avery, the beautiful wife of a man accused of a heinous act of domestic violence, comes into Anton’s office seeking his services, Anton thinks he’s landed a great case with a great fee.  But when he succumbs to temptation, he realizes that Daniella is a figure from his past.
Anton finds himself caught between the possibility of being exposed and the fact that his client – Daniella’s husband – may be an innocent pawn in the victim’s attempt to carry out her revenge against Anton.  As Anton struggles to balance defending his client while concealing the secret he has sought to forget, he uncovers the truth behind what really happened on that highway eleven years earlier.  The truth that may be connected to the conviction of Osvaldo Garcia.
Praise for The Victim:
“The Victim by Eric Matheny has a fast moving pace and a skillfully conceived plot with quite a few twists and turns… A page turner, this legal thriller has all the elements to hold reader interest from the first page to the last.” – Reviewed by ReadersFavorite.com
“An astounding legal thriller that is full of surprise, mystery and moral dilemma. Matheny may well be the next Scott Turow.” – Reviewed by BestThrillers.com
Chapter 1
March 16, 2003
Payson, Arizona
He thought he was dead.
Steam hissed from the crumpled front end of the RV that had folded accordion-style against the guardrail. His face stung from the punch of the airbag. His lungs burned from that awful talcum powder that drifted through the cabin as the bag deflated. The chemical dust, suspended in the air, seemed to be frozen in time.
His nose was numb and swollen. He tasted blood trickling down the back of his throat like a cocaine drip. He peered through the cracked windshield, his eyes adjusting to the reddish glow of a desert sunrise. The crushed-in hood had jarred upward. The chassis was off balance. The whole vehicle wobbled as he shifted his weight in his seat.
Oh my God.
He cranked the door handle and heaved his shoulder into it to pop it off the jamb. He hopped down onto the highway. The winds were heavy and dry, rustling the sage and scrub oaks that dotted the rugged landscape along the Beeline Highway. A sliver of fiery light barely illuminated the peaks of the Mazatal Mountains, which rose and fell against the horizon. Giant saguaros stood like sentries.
The back half of a red two-door sedan lay beneath the shredded front tires of the RV. Flattened like an aluminum can. On impact the RV must have bucked forward, rolling up onto the rear bumper of the smaller car, coming to rest on its roof. The significant weight of the RV crushed the sedan into something you might see stacked in a junkyard.
The highway was quiet. Just the rush of hot wind crackling the delicate spines of the sagebrush. He got his bearings quickly, the initial shock of the crash having passed. A sobering experience. Literally. Half a handle of Jack Daniels coursing through his veins had been replaced by something stronger.
He saw long hair, a young female’s. How he could tell her age by the back of her head, he would never know. Maybe by its length and sheen—bright, yellow-blond. Slick with blood. Her forehead propped on the steering wheel. The driver-side window blown out. The windshield was a shattered web.
The man beside her—or boy, he was arguably young—was out cold, his body positioned in the passenger’s seat in a gimpy, off-kilter fashion. The passenger side had been thrust into the guardrail, which molded itself to the frame of the car. His head lolled against the door. Blood leaked from his ear and ran down his neck.
“Are you okay?” he screamed, although he knew he would get no reply. His voice resonated throughout the valley. “Hello?”
He braced himself against the ruined front end of the RV. He felt a surge of bile and whiskey come up in the back of his throat. He heaved forward but held it in. He was lightheaded.
Oh God, please let this be a dream. Oh God, please…this can’t be happening, this can’t be happening. This isn’t happening. This isn’t happening…
Author Eric MathenyAbout the Author:
Eric Matheny was born in Los Angeles, California, where he lived until he went away to college at Arizona State University. At ASU he was president of Theta Chi Fraternity. He graduated with a degree in political science and moved to Miami, Florida, to attend law school at St. Thomas University. During his third year of law school, he interned for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, where he worked as a prosecutor upon graduation. In 2009, he went into private practice as a criminal defense attorney. He is a solo practitioner representing clients in Miami-Dade County, Florida, and Broward County, Florida. He has handled everything from DUI to murder.
In his free time, Eric enjoys writing crime fiction, drawing from his experience working in the legal system. He published his debut novel Home in 2004, which centers around a successful drug dealer catering to the rich in Orange County. His second novel Lockdown, published in 2005, follows a law student trying to prove that an inmate serving a life sentence in one of California’s toughest prisons might actually be innocent. Eric’s latest novel The Victim, is a tense, fast-paced, legal thriller/psychological suspense novel that centers around a young defense attorney whose horrifying misdeed from his college days comes back to haunt him. It was published by Zharmae in August 2015 and is available for sale on Amazon.
Eric lives outside of Fort Lauderdale with his wife and two young sons.
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