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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for ICE ON THE BAY by Dale E. Lehman and Kathleen Lehman, a mystery available now from Serpent Cliff.

Dale E. Lehman will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner.




Ice on the Bay

by Dale E. Lehman


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GENRE: Mystery


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BLURB:


The forecast: Record cold. The crimes: Colder still.

A saintly young veterinary technician disappears on Christmas Eve, leaving behind only a broken window and smears of blood on his clinic's back steps. Two years later, his disappearance remains a mystery. A home in an exclusive area burns to the ground, mirroring fires ignited the previous year by an arsonist who now sits in prison. Is the new fire a copycat, or has the wrong man been convicted? A criminal with a long list of enemies is shot dead, and not even his friends are sorry. While temperatures plummet, cold cases collide with new crimes, and somewhere a killer with blood as icy as the waters of the Chesapeake Bay watches and waits.


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EXCERPT:

Without bothering to thank Peller, Dibble ate half of his sandwich before asking, "What do you want?"

"Same as you. To know why your house was torched."

"Seems obvious to me. Sergeant Montufar said arsonists get their kicks from setting fires."

"Sometimes. Not always."

Dibble maintained focus on his food. Peller took a long pull on his soda and waited patiently for him to answer, but no answer was forthcoming, so he decided to shake things up a little. "You don't think it was random, Mr. Dibble."

Dibble looked up sharply.

"Tell me I'm wrong.”

"I . . . I don't know."

Peller settled his drink in the cup holder and gazed at the trees, stark in their winter slumber. "Sergeant Montufar told me a story. Last year, an arsonist torched three houses. We caught him and sent him to prison. A set of fingerprints lifted from a mailbox near the street gave him away. The investigator might not have thought to check for prints there, except one of the victims remembered receiving a juvenile sort of warning in her mailbox. At the time, she took it for a stupid teenage prank. Fortunately she remembered it, and told the investigator about it.”

Dibble, his mouth drawn into a tight line, looked out the windshield as though studying the woods, but Peller knew he was seeing a ghost from his past. "What's your point, Lieutenant?"

"Anything, even something that seems unconnected, even something that seems stupid, could be important. And to be perfectly frank, I think you know what it is. Why don't you tell me about it?"


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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:


Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
"Ice on the Bay" takes place during an unusually cold winter in Maryland. That winter was real. In 2014, the region experienced below normal temperatures over an unusually long period of time, resulting in extensive ice coverage on the Chesapeake Bay. One day when I was driving over the Francis Scott Key Bridge on my way to work, I saw the ice covering the water below. It was the first time in nearly 20 years here that I'd seen that. I thought "Ice on the Bay" would may a great title for a novel. Then I just had to find a story to fit it.

On a different subject, one of the key crimes in the novel is an arson. That was pulled from my previous Howard County Mystery, "True Death," in which a couple of arsons are mentioned. At that time, they were simply background crimes being worked by another detective. I had no plan for bringing them to the fore, but now they figure as backstory for one of the main crimes in "Ice on the Bay." Something similar happened before. In "The Fibonacci Murders," I had mentioned that Rick Peller's wife Sandra had died four years earlier in a traffic accident. I later realized I could use that as a springboard for further exploration of his character, and in "True Death" turned that traffic accident into an unsolved hit-and-run.

What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
Nothing too strange, really. I've looked up a few police-related details, some stuff about opioid medications, and information on firearms. (I always worry about who's looking over my shoulder and what they are thinking when I'm doing that!) I probably use the internet more for researching locations than anything else. I can't travel around a lot, so I use Google Earth to learn about many of the physical locations I use in my novels.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I'm an amateur astronomer and a bonsai artist in training. The latter means I've been trying to learn the art through my local bonsai club, although for the past few years I've had little time for it. I've worked astronomy into my novels in small ways. In "The Fibonacci Murders" the planet Venus has a small but important role. The subject of light pollution comes up in both "True Death" and, slightly more significantly, in "Ice on the Bay." I'm toying with introducing some bonsai into a future novel, possibly through a son of mathematician Tomio Kaneko, who played an important role in "The Fibonacci Murders" and has cameo roles in the other two novels.

What can we expect from you in the future?
The next Howard County Mystery is in progress. I've also completed a science fiction/humor novel called "Space Operatic," featuring an opera company trying to make it big on the fringes of the solar system but running afoul of corporate power struggles, espionage, insurrection, and a horde of savage mercenaries. (I mean, really, how hard can it possibly be to stage a production?) Finally, I'm working on a crime/humor novel featuring a husband and wife team of thieves hired to steal, of all things, a silver statuette of a pine marten, a European weasel. "Weasel Words," it's called, and I'm having more fun writing that one than just about anything else I've ever written.



What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
It's tough for a new writer to get noticed, and triply so for independent authors or authors published by a small press. Readers who enjoy our work can help greatly by taking a few minutes to write a review on Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, etc., and by spreading the word about our work to friends, family, and your social networks. You can also register on our author websites and sign up for our newsletters. I do an allegedly weekly newsletter, although I often don't get it out that frequently. In it, I update you on my recent blog posts and offer material that I don't post anywhere else.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
For readers: Give indie authors a try. I'll grant you that it's a mixed bag, but some of us—myself included—endeavor to read and give honest reviews of indie works, so you can use those as a guide to finding the best. Also, remember what I said above: leave honest reviews to help other readers and to promote those writers you like.

For writers (especially indie writers): Don't rush to publication. It takes practice to do anything well, and writing is no different. The first novel you write might not be worth publishing. That's okay. Learn from it and make your next effort better. Keep doing that until you write something truly publishable. Find honest beta readers to give you feedback before you publish. A writers' group can help with this. Friends and family can, too, if they are not afraid of hurting your feelings, but beware of glowing praise from those close to you. And most of all, have fun writing!

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Dale E. Lehman is a veteran software developer, amateur astronomer, and bonsai artist in training. He is the author of the Howard County Mysteries series (The Fibonacci Murders, True Death, and Ice on the Bay ). His writing has also appeared in Sky & Telescope and a couple of software development journals. With his wife Kathleen he owns and operates One Voice Press and Serpent Cliff. They have five children, five grandchildren, and two feisty cats. 


Author Links:
Author website and blog: https://www.DaleELehman.com


Book Links:


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15 comments:

  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour and I hope it is a fun one for you :)

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    1. Thank you once again. I hope you're enjoying the tour, too.

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  2. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the excerpt and giveaway. I appreciate the opportunity to win.

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  3. Good morning, everyone! Thank you for inviting me here today. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and answering any questions you might have, so fire away!

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  4. Oh, hey, I should also mention that today is a special day for us. Not only are we embarking on week 2 of our tour, it's also release day! "Ice on the Bay" is now shipping. The Kindle edition is available on Amazon, and print, Kindle, and epub editions are available from the publisher, Serpent Cliff (www.serpentcliff.com). I know everyone is hoping to win the raffle, and I wish you all the best, but alas there will only be one winner. We're getting great reviews for "Ice on the Bay" (see Goodreads.com for some of them), so we hope that even if you don't win you'll be interested in picking up a copy. To that end, we've arranged a discount on the print edition through Serpent Cliff. Use coupon code 2018ICE001 to get $3.00 off. Plus, Kathleen and I will sign every copy purchased with this coupon!

    And keep following the tour and asking questions. Thank you!

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  5. This book sounds like an awesome read.

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    1. You're quite welcome. I hope you enjoy the book as much!

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  7. Who is your favorite author of all time? Thanks for hosting. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. The top of my list is Ray Bradbury, who I regard as the greatest 20th century American writer. In the mystery genre, I also put Martha Grimes and Donald Westlake right up at the top.

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  8. Thank you for having me today. I enjoyed meeting and talking with everyone. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour. I'll also stop back here from time to time to answer any other questions that might be asked.

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  9. The "Ice on the Bay" tour has about come to an end. Best of luck to everyone on the raffle. Please visit me at my website, and if you can pick up a copy of "Ice on the Bay." (Links are above.) Thank you all for following along!

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