Mystery Novelist Susan Finlay Releases Second in the Outsiders Series

Hello again! In November, I had the privilege of having mystery author Susan Finlay on Den’s Den to tell us about “In the Shadows, the first in her new “Outsiders” mystery series. Today, I want to let you know that Susan has released the second in the series, a novel called “Where Secrets Reside.” Here’s a recap of “In the Shadows” and a synopsis of the hot-off-the presses “Where Secrets Reside.”

In the Shadows
There is a stranger amongst the residents of the cave-riddled village of Reynier, France. Suspicious, they believe there’s only one reason Maurelle Dupre would be lurking in their small village—she’s a gypsy, a thief. But a former Chicago detective turned mystery author, Dave Martin, who happens to be visiting his French grandmother, isn’t so sure about the beautiful stranger when happenstance causes them to meet. He wonders why she seems so frightened and distrustful. He knows he shouldn’t get involved. The last time he trusted a woman in distress, the consequences resulted in the loss of his detective’s shield and his wife. But, as always, the detective in him can’t seem to leave well enough alone.

However, what Dave couldn’t know is how persuading Maurelle to reveal herself will ultimately unveil something far worse than mere theft.

“In the Shadows” is a story of trust, belonging, and murder.

Where Secrets Reside
In Reynier, France, a sleepy hillside village peppered with ancient picturesque troglodyte cave dwellings, the locals value their privacy and their quiet life. Few tourists know it exits, which suits the locals just fine.

Where Secrets Reside

Where Secrets Reside


One day, after a torrential storm, a townswoman happens across a terrified soaked toddler sitting alone in the woods. She brings the toddler into town, but no one recognizes the child. Suspecting the child’s parents—rare tourists perhaps—must be lost or in trouble nearby, the locals organize a search party to find them. Their search leads instead to the discovery of a murder victim, another stranger, in one of the caves. As the investigation gets underway, the situation heats up. The residents of this once peaceful close-knit village find themselves terrorized by a possible serial killer. Facing their own mortality, they wonder whether the killer is an outsider, or one of their own? And who will be the next victim?

Captain Pascal Goddard of the local Gendarmerie has his hands full; he must solve the biggest murder case the region has ever seen. The residents will not let him rest until he uncovers the killer’s identity, putting a stop to the killing so a frantic village can return to normal. But as the list of suspects grows, some begin to worry that past history will paint them as guilty even if they are not; at least not of murder.

Sample or purchase “In the Shadows.”

Sample or purchase “Where Secrets Reside.”

Visit Susan’s blog here.

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Reality TV Blasts Off From Planet Earth With A Quentin Tarantino Perspective

Northern Virginia, April 3, 2014 – The cameras are on and the gloves are off in this battle of the sexes in space. Space Games (Kristell Ink) is a powerful new take on our society’s addiction to the Internet, games, and our obsession with celebrities and fame. Author Dean Lombardo presents this raw, hard-hitting and totally engaging topic in a style compared to filmmakers Quentin Tarantino, Oliver Stone and Robert Rodriguez.

Say hello to Robin and Joe, contestants in 2034’s “Space Games,” a new, high-stakes reality TV show set aboard a next-generation space station, ISS 2. Overcome by the physical and psychological strains of ‘space,’ the two contestants quickly abandon the show’s sanctioned events to engage in a lawless game of kill-or-be-killed as millions watch helplessly from Earth. With the station orbiting 220 miles above Earth, rescue by shuttle two days away, the reality show rapidly de-evolves into a horrifying study of primal man versus woman, squaring off in a deadly, live spectacle.
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It’s the first novel to tackle the idea of a reality TV show/TV game show in space, namely, aboard a cramped, claustrophobic space station. As with the filmmakers mentioned above, some scenes of graphic violence are not for the faint of heart.

Born in Norwalk, CT in 1968, and now residing in northern Virginia, Dean Lombardo has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a natural curiosity about the universe and the many things in it. His first novel, Vespa, was published in 2007.

Lombardo also works as a writer and editor in information technology. Previously, he served as an editor and reporter for several newspapers and magazines in New York and Connecticut. Besides writing and traveling, Lombardo enjoys hiking, and reading suspenseful novels and mainstream scientific journals such as Discover and National Geographic. He and his wife, Karen, have two children and a dog.

For more, please visit the website: http://www.deanlombardo.com

Space Games
Kristell Ink
Available in digital and print editions everywhere online including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, Tower Books, Chapters/Indigo
ISBN-13: 978-1909845152

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TIP SHEET

Mary Fan, author of Artificial Absolutes: “A sleekly modern rendition of pulp sci-fi, Space Games is fast-paced, straightforward read that leaves you wanting to know what happens next.”

Brian Bandell, New York Journal of Books: “Like any good reality show, Space Games leaves us wondering what the contestants would do next and how they could possibly top the last bone-breaking outburst of brutality. The ending goes to a pretty dark place—the worst nightmare for any TV producer, except Zimmer.”

Amazon and Barnes & Noble readers:

Amanda P. Jones: “Fun, fast paced read!…A real page turner….a look at the battle of men vs women… what greed will make people do, emotional introspective, plus tons of great scientific facts! A great read for sci-fi fans & those who may typically shy away from a sci-fi book. Just read it!”

D. E. Howell: “Hard hitting culture shock.”

Jasmine: Brutally honest. But awesome. …the focus is on human nature…(never fear, sci-fi fans, there’s still plenty of geeky details for you to enjoy). The lines really do get blurred here and though you might think you know pretty clearly who you’re going to root for in the beginning, you might be surprised at who you end up siding with at the end… if you side with anyone at all…. pick up Space Games, it’ll definitely take you on a wild ride you’re not soon to forget.”

Carine Engelbrecht: “reality television hits outer space with a big bang….The larger-than-life Hollywood approach came across as very authentic, which concentrated the hidden punch of satire and social commentary. I appreciated the technical attention to detail, which made some of the realities of living on a space station come to life. The underlying opportunities presented by this unusual environment were expertly utilized to amp up the drama in the story. While gender can be a touchy subject, the presentation remained balanced and thought-provoking.”