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Long Time No Blog…

So remember when I told y’all I was doing the whole “slow blog” thing? Yeah. Well, 6 months later…(that’s reeeeaaallly slooooow blogging, yes?) I’m going to try to get back into posting more. I really enjoy it, and would love to be able to do it more regularly…if I can only find the time (yeah, yeah, cry me a river, right? Hopefully some of you are still out there, or I’ll be shouting into the wind…but at least I’m shouting?)

Please don’t hold me to it, though. Life has a way of shtupping my best-laid plans. You can relate? Yeah.

Thought so.

I’ve been thinking about time a lot lately, probably because my octogenarian parents are here for the summer (literally here, as in they’re living in the mother-in-law apartment in the back yard…) and time seems to have compressed into that whole day-to-day, deal with the now and all the crazy that happens when you have a couple of generations sharing space.

I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Having said that, though, I must confess to yearning for a deserted beach with warm, white sand and turquoise blue water and nothing to do except read and sleep because there’s no service and my cell phone has essentially become a camera. Or a doorstop. Your choice.

So take a vacation, you say. We did. To Europe. In the name of research *cough*

Not to a quiet tropical locale with copious amounts of rum and sun, which, in retrospect may have been a wee bit easier on our so-not-twenty-anymore bodies… (I only took my phone this time–no laptop, no professional camera–to see if I could survive without them. I’d like to report that I only had one or two moments when I wished I had one or the other. It still amazes me.)

 

photo of London Book Fair 2018

The London Book Fair 2018. This is only part of the massive hall. I also was able to snag some time with Joanna Penn and Mark Dawson while we were there 🙂

 

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Gladiator foot armor. British Museum

 

Mosaic at the British Museum

Lion mosaic at the British Museum

 

Mark and I at Stonehenge. Early morning and punchy from not quite enough coffee…

 

Roman Baths

Roman Baths in Bath. Such an amazing place…

 

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle. Absolutely fell in love with that city.

 

Castle Trim

Castle Trim in Ireland. Picture perfect. No wonder they used it in Braveheart.

All kidding aside, our time my research trip to Europe was amazing. We saw too many museums, cathedrals, and castles, ate and drank too much, seriously walked way too much, met some fine people (I’m looking at you, Dawn and Barry…and you, too, Dave and Ivca), and had too much fun (wait–is that even possible?). But apparently when I plan a trip, I tend to plan for someone much younger than myself.

Oops.

(Yes, Mark and I are still on speaking terms…)

To top it off, as soon as we got back there was the book launch for Dark Return and all the myriad details attendant to that, including formatting (yes, I still do it myself. I know. I know), updating the back matter in the other books, sending out advance reader copies, emails to my readers’ list, all sorts of promotion, making sure I got some swag out the door, yada yada yada.  Then we flew to Arizona to pick up the folks in sweltering, furnace-like heat (so not comfortable when you’re used to the weather in the Pacific Northwet).

We just got back (after the flight from hell, but that’s another story) and now I’m in the middle of a big sale on one of my box sets. In between, we got Mom and Dad stocked up with all the necessities—wine, snacks, chocolate, wine, and soup—as well as help them get settled, which is understandably more difficult when you’re in your 80s. Oh, and I have a vegetable garden that needs massive help, tons of flowers and too many weeds, the lawn needs mowing, the outdoor chairs really need repainting, and you can’t see my house because the wisteria is taking over the front porch.

And my neighbors wonder why there are so many wine bottles in our recycling.

Anyhow, that’s my report for spring break. Crossing fingers everything settles down and I’ll be able to breathe and actually start posting again. How about you? How is your spring/fall shaping up? Is it just me or is time whooshing by faster than you can say “Holy crap?” 

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Winter is coming…

Okay, well, it’s pretty much already here where I live.  I almost biffed it on the ice today on my walk. But the sky is clear and the sun is gorgeous, so I’ll take it! 

Today I wanted to let y’all know about some special deals just in time for the holidays:

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First up, Michael over at Free Kindle Books and Tips is running a contest for signed paperbacks (the first Leine Basso thriller, SERIAL DATE, is included in the lineup) and a new Kindle Paperwhite.  There are some amazing reads by fabulous authors, including M.A. Comley and Debra Burroughs. Click here to enter. (contest ends Friday, 8 Dec.)

 

Next, 50 fast-paced, page-turning thrillers and a brand new eReader are up for grabs over at Booksweeps. (And you get free ebooks just for entering, so a great deal all the way around). An e-copy of the latest Leine Basso, THE LAST DECEPTION, is one of the prizes, so if you haven’t read it yet, get yourself on over there and enter the contest! (ends Sunday, 10 Dec.) Click here to enter.

 

FREEBIES: Two of my novels, THE KATE JONES THRILLER SERIES, Vol. 1, and CARGO: A Leine Basso Thriller, are FREE! Kate’s only available on Amazon, but you can download the app and read it on just about any device (free through midnight tomorrow, 8 Dec.). CARGO is available wherever eBooks are sold, and will be free through next week. See links below:

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Click here for the Kate Jones Thriller Series, Vol. 1

Click here for Cargo: A Leine Basso Thriller (link goes to my website which lists all retailers)

 

And last but definitely not least, I’m honored to have THE BODY MARKET: A Leine Basso Thriller, included with 24 NYT, USAT, and Amazon bestsellers in a fantastic box set of 25 full-length thrillers, with 100% of royalties going to One America Appeal for hurricane relief. The charity was spearheaded by five former US presidents in response to the devastating hurricanes that ravaged Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands this fall, and 100% of all donations go straight to supporting these hard hit areas.

 

 

There’s something for everyone in the set; crime, espionage, sci-fi, post apocalyptic, you name it, we’ve got you covered. I downloaded my copy and believe me, you’re going to love what’s inside. It’s available on Amazon through the end of December for $9.99 USD before it disappears forever. It’s definitely a “great deal wrapped in a good deed,” since the books combined are worth over $100. Like one of the organizers, R.E. McDermott, explained, it’s like donating $10 and getting over $100 back. Click here to download.

That’s all I have for now. Good luck with the contests, enjoy the free eBooks, and a huge, heartfelt thank you to those who decide to donate to such a worthy cause. Here’s wishing everyone a happy, healthy, and wonderful holiday season. Thanks for being here!


November Giveaway

Hey guys,

My editor, Laurie Boris, and some other great authors are sponsoring a contest/giveaway of signed print copies (US and CA only). So click on over and enter to win!

 

Laurie Boris

Hi, everyone! I promised you a giveaway after the World Series and here it is. And I’ve brought friends!

Free Kindle Books and Tips (FKBT) is working with eNovel Authors at Work to put on a great giveaway of signed print editions (USA & Canada only, sorry) of the following books:

In addition to the books, two lucky winners will win a Fire HD10 tablet and a Kindle Paperwhite. Excellent e-thingies to read your books on.

The giveaway will run until November 27.

Go here to enter: http://fkbt.com/2017/11/13/time-big-november-giveaway/

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Win a Paperback Copy of The Last Deception

Hey there! HAPPY OCTOBER. Holy cow! How did THAT happen? It’s like I woke up and BAM–summer was over and it was fall. To make me feel better  celebrate, I’m running a paperback AND ebook giveaway of  The Last Deception.
If you live in the US, click on over to Goodreads for a chance to win 1 of 2 signed copies. If you live outside the US, leave your email address in the comments below, or send an email to dvb (at) dvberkom (dot) com to be entered to win an eBook copy.

Contests end October 7th. Winners will be contacted via email and announced October 10th here on the blog.

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Last Deception by D.V. Berkom

The Last Deception

by D.V. Berkom

Giveaway ends October 07, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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In other news, the Leine Basso Thriller Prequel, A Killing Truth, will be free on all platforms through October. AND Serial Date and Bad Traffick are both on sale for 30% off list price.
Happy fall!

 


Happy International Women’s Day

Hey there. Happy Wednesday 🙂  In honor of International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month I’ve decided to spotlight strong, independent women from history on the blog. As I was researching the latest Leine Basso thriller, I ran across the story of the woman I’ve chosen for the inaugural post: Lyudmila Pavlichenko.

pavlichenko_lmLyudmila Pavlichenko was a Ukrainian-born sniper active in the Red Army during WWII with 309 confirmed kills, including 36 enemy snipers (which means she probably killed far more Nazis than 309 since to confirm a kill it had to be witnessed by another person). In an era where women in the US and Soviet Union weren’t allowed to join the military and fight on the front lines, Pavlichenko blasted through the glass ceiling imposed by the Russian military by being an expert at what she did. Eventually, the Soviet Union not only allowed but actively trained 2,000 women to be snipers, 500 of whom survived the war. Pavlichenko wapav-stamps one of those survivors and often worked in the “no man’s land” between the front lines of her unit and the enemy’s.

She was a woman after my own heart. At the age of 14 when a neighbor boy boasted about how good of a shot he was, she took it upon herself to learn how to shoot better than he did. “I practiced, a lot,” she was quoted as saying. In 1937, she went on to attend college at Kiev University, intending to become a teacher.

From an article in the Smithsonian: “[Pavlichenko] was in Odessa when the war broke out and Romanians and Germans invaded. “They wouldn’t take girls in the army, so I had to resort to all kinds of tricks to get in,” Pavlichenko recalled, noting that officials tried to steer her toward becoming a nurse. To prove that she was as skilled with a rifle as she claimed, a Red Army unit held an impromptu audition at a hill they were defending, handing her a rifle and pointing her toward a pair of Romanians who were working with the Germans. “When I picked off the two, I was accepted,” Pavlichenko said, noting that she did not count the Romanians in her tally of kills “because they were test shots.”
Her first day on the battlefield, she was scared to death and couldn’t bring herself to shoot. A fellow soldier set up next to her to give her courage but was quickly killed by a German sniper. Again from the Smithsonian article: “Pavlichenko was shocked into action. “He was such a nice, happy boy,” she recalled. “And he was killed just next to me. After that, nothing could stop me.”
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Justice Robert Jackson, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Eleanor Roosevelt (Source: Library of Congress)

In 1942 she traveled to the US to drum up support for a second front and while there met and became friends with Eleanor Roosevelt. Reporters gave Pavlichenko a hard time about not wearing makeup and not dressing like a woman should, and to say she was shocked is probably an understatement. She had been awarded the highest honor in Soviet Russia, the Order of Lenin, among other commendations, for what she’d done in the war, and American reporters were concerned about how she looked. (Hasn’t changed much, has it?)

Intrigued by her story, I found a recent film (2015) on Amazon chronicling her life. The Battle for Sevastopol is in Russian and English with English subtitles.  The subtitles whoosh by pretty fast, so have your pause button handy, but the movie itself was cinematic and gut-wrenching and definitely one to watch if you’re into war movies based on a true story.

After being wounded in battle, Pavlichenko went on to train snipers until the war ended, and then returned to university to earn her Master’s degree in history. There were reports that she married a fellow soldier during the war, but that he was killed in the Battle for Sevastopol. There’s a scene in the movie that details this, although I found scant information out there about him.
Read more about Lyudmila Pavlichenko:

Also in honor of International Women’s Day, I’m participating in two promotions featuring strong female characters: from March 6-17th, the 1st Annual Women’s History Month Giveaway (all genres), and running March 8-15th, the Nasty Women Giveaway (the name says it all 🙂 All books are through #Instafreebie, so all you’ll need to do to download your free books is sign up for the newsletter for the author of whichever titles you choose. I guarantee you’ll find yourself some new authors to read 🙂
Enjoy! 

Giveaways!

Hey there!  I mentioned I’d be back with some giveaways today, so here’s 3 🙂  (Contests end Monday, December 12)

Giveaway #1:

Win a signed paperback copy of Vigilante Dead from Goodreads. (For some reason the widget isn’t resolving correctly on the blog, so you’re going to have to click on the link to go to the book’s page on Goodreads. You can enter the contest there. Goodreads will notify the winner.)cover for Vigilante Dead

Giveaway #2:

I’m also giving away the T-shirt pictured (size large) with the book cover on the back (see pics below). Just leave a comment with your email address and I’ll choose a random reader to win! (Must be in US or Canada to receive the book and T-shirt.)

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Logo on the front (you tend to get double takes wearing this 🙂

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Vigilante Dead’s fabulous book cover on the back

Giveaway #3:

So I get to include everybody with an internet connection, regardless of whether you live in the US or elsewhere, I’m also giving away winner’s choice of one of my back list titles in eBook or audio book format. (All of my books are available in audio except Vigilante Dead and A Killing Truth. Cargo  is currently in production and should be available in audio by the end of the month, so you can choose that, if you’d like.) I’ll announce the winners (with the exception of the Goodreads giveaway) on Tuesday, December 13.

Good luck, everybody!


Big Sale and Giveaway

LOW PRICE ALERT. Just wanted to let you all know I’m having a big sale this weekend of the Leine Basso crime thriller box set–I’m pretty much giving it away for $0.99. Yep. Three full-length thrillers for a buck. Am I crazy? Maybe 😀

Here’s the link* to my webpage with the details. (*Sorry, the sale is over. The set’s still a great deal, though 🙂 )

Cover for Leine Basso box set

AND, just to make you guys’s Saturday a little more special, here’s a link* to an Instafreebie giveaway (*updated–promotion no longer available) that fellow author and pal Ed Kovacs and I put together featuring some of the best thriller authors writing today. 9 authors, 11 books. But you gotta act now–this deal ain’t gonna last forever.

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Like I mentioned before, I’ll be taking part in the Indie Author Day celebrations at University Place library today–I hope you’ll join me either by dropping by, or if you’re not in the area, by visiting a participating library near you 🙂 It’s a great time to be indie! logo for Indie Author Day

Have a great weekend!

 


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