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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 😀

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Bad Traffick Free Today 3/8/13

Hey there,

Just wanted to let ya’ll know Bad Traffick is FREE for Kindle today on Amazon.com. If you haven’t yet, download your copy today! (And, if you’re so inclined, leave a review when you’ve read it :-))

And, if ebooks ain’t your thang, Amazon has put the print copy on sale (don’t know how long that’s gonna last) for $6.37 (normally $9.99)

I’m off to Portland for a Donald Maass writing workshop–have a fantastic weekend!

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Human Trafficking and the Superbowl

Clothespins holding US currency, representing money laundering

Here’s an article I came across on HuffPo about the extent of human trafficking at the Superbowl. It shouldn’t be surprising, but to many Americans it is. People don’t necessarily equate sex trafficking of young girls and boys with the largest sporting event in America, but it’s a HUGE problem. Here’s the post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/03/super-bowl-sex-trafficking_n_2607871.html

What about you? Did you realize how extensive sex trafficking is at events like the SB?


BAD TRAFFICK, Leine Basso Novel #2, is now live!

Book cover for Bad Traffick, the 2nd book in the Leine Basso Thriller Series

Book cover for Bad Traffick, the 2nd book in the Leine Basso Thriller Series

Finally, after several delays, BAD TRAFFICK, the 2nd book in the Leine Basso Thriller Series (after SERIAL DATE) is available on Amazon.com! (Soon to be available on B&N, iBookstore, KOBO, etc. )  Here’s the description:

Identified as a person of interest in three cold case murders, retired assassin Leine Basso is told to remain in Los Angeles until the investigation concludes. As a favor to Detective Santiago Jensen, she accepts a temporary position as a security specialist for A-list actor Miles Fournier, who believes he is the target of kidnappers. Leine finds she has her hands full trying to protect the head-strong celebrity.

Soon, a woman contacts Miles, claiming to be his long-lost sister. Having spent his childhood in the foster care system, Miles welcomes her into his home, happy to discover he has family. She confesses her twelve-year-old daughter, Mara, has been abducted by sex-traffickers and she’s desperate to get her back, hoping that Miles will use his considerable resources to find her.

Leine learns from a contact at a rescue organization that Mara escaped and is alone on the streets in the sprawling city of Los Angeles. The traffickers are determined to track her down and deliver her to the powerful client who purchased her for his twisted ends. Running out of time, Leine must find Mara before they do, or she will be lost forever.

Here’s what people are saying about BAD TRAFFICK:

“Written at a thrilling space, with well-drawn characters and a gripping plot, BAD TRAFFICK doesn’t disappoint! It’s well-worth staying up all night to reach the end. A perfect blend of emotion and suspense, Berkom takes the reader on a roller coaster of a ride. Whip fast action! Leine Basso is a woman to root for!!” – Award-winning Romantic Suspense author Mary Buckham

“An Intelligent Thriller Worthy of the Big Screen…” – Jen Blood, bestselling author of the Erin Solomon Mystery Series

Bad Traffick takes the Leine-Santiago pairing to new heights and adds a beautifully fleshed out story line full of real characters you are going to love. Buy Bad Traffick…” – Ruth M. Ross, reader and reviewer

BAD TRAFFICK deals with the pervasive issue of child sex-trafficking in the United States. I was inspired to write this book after watching a documentary shown at a local community college regarding the trafficking of children in the U.S. It’s not something that only happens “somewhere else” – children are forced into the sex trade every day, from California to Iowa to Alaska.

Some sobering statistics:

  • According to the U.S. State Department, more than two million people are trafficked worldwide every year. Eighty percent of these victims are exploited for sexual slavery; fifty percent are minors.
  • Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world with profits in excess of $32 billion, second only to the illegal drug trade. (U.S. State Department)
  • As many as 2.8 million children run away each year in the U.S. Within 48 hours, one-third of these children are lured or recruited into the underground world of prostitution and pornography. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
  • Experts estimate that 100,000-300,000 American children are at risk of becoming victims of commercial child prostitution; girls and boys as young as 11 are being victimized. (NCMEC)
  • Child pornography is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. Nationally, there has been a 2500% increase in arrests in 10 years. (FBIInnocence Lost Initiative)

There are several organizations that exist to fight human trafficking. Please, become informed and help where you can. No child should have to endure a life of slavery.

-DV


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