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The Body Market Named Notable Indie Read

Shelf Unbound Notable 100 BadgeGREAT News! Shelf Unbound has named The BODY MARKET as a “Notable 100” indie read for 2015! Leine’s in pretty fabulous company, so if you’re looking for an indie book vetted by an award-winning e-magazine, head on over to Shelf Unbound. The BODY MARKET’s listed on page 95.

From their website: “Shelf Unbound indie book review magazine features the best of small press and self-published books. Each issue reaches 125,000 avid readers in more than 70 countries. A 2015 Maggie Award WINNER for Best Digital-Only Magazine, Shelf Unbound is known for its in-depth interviews with authors ranging from unsung talents to Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as to what Publisher’s Weekly described as its rich design.”

Have a fantastic rest of your week–I know I will 🙂

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All The News That’s Fit to Print

Cover for CargoWell, it’s official– CARGO, Leine Basso #4, is available for pre-order! (link is to Amazon–other retailers coming soon.) Here’s the description:

Money—the universal merchant. Anyone can be bought, anyone can be sold.

Anyone.

Haunted by memories of an op gone bad, former assassin Leine Basso travels to Bangkok in search of a missing backpacker. With help from an old contact, she discovers the man responsible for the girl’s disappearance is connected to a violent Hong Kong triad and is the linchpin of an extensive trafficking network—both animal and human.

Making enemies isn’t new for Leine, but making one in the triad is—she soon finds herself a prisoner on board a cargo ship headed for sub-Saharan Africa. To ensure her survival and to continue her hunt for the missing girl, she must join forces with Derek, an ivory poacher who promises to help her.

For a price.

As her involvement intensifies, Leine delves deeper into a disturbing and treacherous criminal underworld where everything has a price.

Click here for an excerpt.

CARGO was pretty far outside my comfort zone (so what’s new, right?), but the perfect contact/information appeared each time I needed it–so often, in fact, that it became downright spooky. The book contains a scene that was one of the hardest I’ve ever written and deals with an issue I feel strongly about. I’ll do a post on that (and other interesting factoids I discovered) in the near future.

I’ve also been working with a designer over at Demented Doctor Design (fitting name, right?) to re-brand the Leine Basso series. Here are the new covers:

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I wanted a more cohesive feel as well as something instantly recognizable, and I think they nailed it. I absolutely love the model–she reminds me of Leine: cool and classy, and sexy in a slightly intimidating way… 🙂

Only thing, though. You know when you paint a room a different color and all of a sudden the furniture looks out of place? Yeah. When I embarked on changing the covers, I realized my website was looking a little tired and I did a complete overhaul. You can check it out here. It’s a work in progress, but you’ll get the idea. It is now mobile-friendly and I think easier to navigate. Using WordPress.org was a steep learning curve for me since I’d created the old site with Dreamweaver, but I’ve been able to figure out what I needed to, in no small part to the awesome tutorials at StudioPress.

audio book -the body marketSome GREAT news for all you diehard audiobook fans–the fabulous Kristi Alsip has agreed to continue on as the voice of Leine Basso, and will narrate both The Body Market and Cargo. Look for the new titles on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes in the near future.

One last thing. While completing the final edits for CARGO, I got the exciting news that THE BODY MARKET was chosen as a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. Whee! The medallion is a much-coveted indie award given out by a groupBRAG Medallion of international readers, and I’m pretty stoked. I’ll be doing an interview with one of their affiliates in August and I’m really looking forward to it.

Well, that’s it for now. In the coming weeks I’ll (hopefully) be back to posting more often. I hope y’all stay tuned! Happy summer 😀


A One Way Ticket to Dead Nominated for Readers’ Choice Award

Quick DVBerkom_AOneWayTicketToDead200update: I’m SUPER honored and excited to announce that Kate Jones #7, A ONE WAY TICKET TO DEAD, has been nominated by BigAl’s Books ‘n’ Pals in the thriller category for a Readers’ Choice Award!

Books & Pals Readers' Choice Nominee medallion

BigAl has been a major champion for indies, beginning with indie music back a few *cough* years ago. For Al, it was a natural progression to jump feet first into the independent publishing fray and get the word out about indie authors and small presses (see Al’s awesome interview here). As most of you know, there are very few “Indie Only” venues out there that truly support independent publishers and authors. BigAl’s review site, along with The Indie View, are two of the best. BigAl and his pals don’t charge for reviews, and they certainly don’t hold back on what they really think (although they’re nothing if not fair). Plus, they only review about 10% of submissions–you won’t be inundated by a gazillion non-vetted books.

So, instead of asking for your vote, I’m going to ask instead that you head on over to the site and check out the other fabulous books that have been nominated. Read the reviews, maybe even purchase a couple of the books for your reading pleasure. And yes, vote for the books you love and earn a couple of entries to win some swag. But most of all, I hope that you hang at BigAl’s for a while, check out the blog, join his mailing list to hear about authors you might never have found. It’s a great way to show your support for indie authors. (Voting ends March 28th)

Happy Vernal Equinox!

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Yucatan Dead nominated for Readers’ Choice Award

Seal of approval from Big Al's Book and PalsThis is very exciting…YUCATAN DEAD has been nominated in the thriller category for a Big Al’s Books and Pals Readers’ Choice Award! For those of you who don’t know Big Al, he and his Pals are professional book reviewers and heavy supporters of the indie publishing movement. Having YD nominated is quite an honor. If you want to get in on the fun, click on this link to Big Al’s blog and scroll down to the Rafflecopter form. Each entry will give you multiple chances to win an Amazon gift certificate and free books ‘n stuff.

If you liked YUCATAN DEAD, I’d love your support (here’s a link to Big Al’s review). There are some excellent books in each genre, so please check them out and consider voting for your favorites. Thanks, and GOOD LUCK 🙂


NOR Names Yucatan Dead a Top Pick

Link to NOR review for Yucatan DeadThis morning when I checked my email I found out that Night Owl Reviews named Yucatan Dead a Top Pick! Talk about a great way to start the weekend 😀 Thank you, Josie!

http://suspense.nightowlreviews.com/V5/Reviews/Josie-reviews-Yucatan-Dead-by-DV-Berkom


Bad Traffick Shortlisted for Best Romance

In the, “I Didn’t See This One Coming” category: I just found out BAD TRAFFICK has been shortlisted at Orangebeob hall of fame finalistrry Book Tours Hall of Fame for Best Romance! To say that I’m surprised would be an understatement 🙂  Apparently, the folks at Quality Reads UK Book Club chose Leine Basso and Santiago Jensen’s romance as one of their favorites of the year. You can vote for it here: http://orangeberrybooktours.com/expo/2013/07/31/hall-of-fame-best-romance/

OB doesn’t require a sign up or your email, just click the button and vote. Very cool. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone did it that way?

From the bottom of my little writer’s heart, THANK YOU for the support.

Bad TraffickWish me luck!


Bad Traffick a Semi-Finalist!

I just found out that Bad Traffick is a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review 2013 Book Awards! There are some pretty heavy hitters in the mystery/thriller category, so I’m just going to offer my, “I’m honored to have made it this far,” speech and call it good. It’s still pretty cool, though 🙂

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