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Blog Post #8

July 11, 2017

Hi everybody!

Home stretch for Emboozlement; that's where I am right now. That means I'm giving final notes to my interior designer. Seems silly, I know, but it's pretty dang exciting to be this close to launching the third book in my McCall & Company series. 

And being this close means it's time to reveal the Emboozlement cover. So...lights, camera, action...

I think the new covers look great together, all part of the same piece. What do you think?

Finally, here's one more impassioned plea for Super Readers...

It’s hard for an indie author to launch a new book in such a way that it makes a little noise, a little splash.  That includes me.  It’s hard, and I could really use your help to launchEmboozlement and to relaunch the series.  I’m looking for Super Readers, as they’re sometimes called.  Super Readers agree to receive the book from me in advance of its launch (and soft launch) and to leave a review on soft launch day.  

What’s a soft launch?

When the book officially launches on September 15, the price will be $3.99.  That’s the “hard launch.”  Everywhere I promote the launch, the date will be September 15, and the price will be $3.99.  However, Emboozlement will go live on September 12, and the price will be $0.99.  But the only people who will know about that will be you.  That’s a soft launch.

Here’s how being a Super Reader works with me:

1. You email me and tell me you want to be one of my Super Readers.  Awesome!  I’m so happy about that.  I really need you.  I’ll add you to the group.

2. Sometime in July, well before soft launch day, I’ll email you a final Kindle copy (or Nook or pdf) of McCall & Company: Emboozlement.  You’ve got the book way before anyone else can have it (excepting reviewers).

3. You have plenty of time to read it and to think about (or write) your quick review.  Just a few upbeat sentences help me a lot.

4. I’ll email you one week before the soft launch to gently remind you that there’s one week to go.

5. I’ll email you on soft launch day so you can post your review.

6. If you email me a copy of your posted review, I’ll send you my Hollywood romantic sex comedy, Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench, for free.

7. If you can spare the funds and also purchase the book for the soft launch price of $0.99 and forward me your receipt—so that your review says verified purchase, which also helps me a lot—I’ll send you my dark comic thriller, Let There Be Linda.  Again, for free.

That’’s one free book for reading Emboozlement and sending me a copy of your posted review.

And another free book, so that’s two free books, for leaving a review and buying the book for $.99.  That’s all there is to it.  If it wasn’t important to me, I would never ask.  But I can’t do it alone.  I need your help.  So I’m asking.

If you’ve already emailed me and signed up, that’s awesome.  Thank you.  If you’re on the fence, come on down.  You get the book way in advance.  You get a free book.  And I need you.

Email me.  I really do like hearing from you…

Rich

 


Blog Post #7

June 6, 2017

Hi everybody!

Spoiler Alert!  The new cover for McCall & Company: Swollen Identity, the second book in the series, is in this email!

The third book in the series, Emboozlement, has been edited and proofread and, along with Workman’s Complication and Swollen Identity, is with the interior formatter, Polgarus. This month I’ll be working with Polgarus on all three books, digital and print, and the goal is to be done by July 1.  Heady goal for sure, but I’m going for it.  After that Emboozlement goes out to reviewers and Super Readers (more on that in a minute) and the virtual tour starts in August.

Yep, I’m excited.

I can’t wait for you to read Emboozlement.  A brother of mine, Lee Lowrimore, one of the smartest, funniest people I know, said this about the book:

"I simply love the McCall & Company novels. Being an actor and director, her exploits at the D-Cup Theater leave me rolling in the aisles. And the House of Emotional Tics is a superb creation. The residents have become a family, and like many families, they mostly can't stand one another. Above all, Kate is a marvel, smart, funny, fallible, and incredibly dedicated. Once she latches on to something she's not about to let go. She is exactly the companion you want on these funny and thrilling rides. Emboozlement takes us to a high end sports bar in Manhattan, where Kate is trying to track down who is embezzling money from the oh-so-sexy ex-pitcher-turned-bar-owner who happens to have the hots for Kate. The twists and turns lead to a very satisfying conclusion. But Kate is still chasing the contract killer who shot her father. Now he's shooting the eyes out of lawyers. We want her to catch him anyway, and Kate comes very close in a thrilling chase through the New York subway. Where will we go next? I have no idea, but Rich Leder is mastering quite a difficult craft, funny crime novels. If you enjoyed Donald Westlake’s Dortmunder books, you’ll loveMcCall & Company.”

And another smartest person I know, Dorothy Rankin, said this about Emboozlement

"Rich Leder has given us another great ride with Kate McCall in Emboozlement. I love Kate and her band of very irregular “Irregulars,” especially Fu, who is laconic, wise, loyal and a complete pain in Kate’s butt. This time Kate enters the world of a sports bar and its owner, a charismatic ex-baseball player. Meanwhile, she’s dodging – and taking on – her father’s killer. There are plenty of laughs in this book, as well as a good mystery. The action is sometimes silly, often harrowing and always top notch. There’s a subway scene so tense and gripping that it deserves its own movie. Add Emboozlement to your reading list. You won’t regret it.”

So, yes, I can’t wait for you to read it…

In my last email, I revealed the new cover for Workman’s Complication.  Today, I’m going to reveal the new Swollen Identity cover.  Without further ado—except for trumpets and trombones—here’s the new cover:

I just love those red boxing gloves.  I hope you do too.  Let me know what you think of the new covers.  As always, I like hearing from you.

Which brings me back to the Super Reader part of the show…

It’s hard for an indie author to launch a new book in such a way that it makes a little noise, a little splash.  That includes me.  It’s hard, and I could really use your help to launchEmboozlement and to relaunch the series.  I’m looking for Super Readers, as they’re sometimes called.  Super Readers agree to receive the book from me in advance of its launch (and soft launch) and to leave a review on soft launch day.  What’s a soft launch?  When the book officially launches on September 15 (yes, I’ve pushed back one month), the price will be $2.99.  That’s the “hard launch.”  Everywhere I promote the launch, the date will be September 15, and the price will be $2.99.  However, Emboozlement will go live on September 12, and the price will be $0.99.  But the only people who will know about that will be you.  That’s a soft launch.

Here’s how being a Super Reader works with me:

1. You email me and tell me you want to be one of my Super Readers.  Awesome!  I’m so happy about that.  I really need you.  I’ll add you to the group.

2. Sometime in July, well before soft launch day, I’ll email you a final Kindle copy (or Nook or pdf) of McCall & Company: Emboozlement.  You’ve got the book way before anyone else (excepting reviewers) can have it.

3. You have a two months to read it and to think about (or write) your quick review.

4. I’ll email you one week before the soft launch to gently remind you that there’s one week to go.

5. I’ll email you on soft launch day so you can post your review.

6. If you email me a copy of your posted review, I’ll send you my Hollywood romantic sex comedy, Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench, for free.

7. If you can spare the funds and also purchase the book for the soft launch price of $0.99 and forward me the receipt—so that your review says verified purchase—I’ll also send you my dark comic thriller, Let There Be Linda.

That’’s one free book for reading Emboozlement and sending me a copy of your posted review.

And that’s two free books for leaving a review and buying the book for $.99.  That’s all there is to it.  If it wasn’t important to me, I would never ask.  But I can’t do it alone.  I need your help.  So I’m asking.

If you’ve already emailed me and signed up, that’s awesome.  Thank you.  If you’re on the fence, come on down.  You get the book way in advance.  You get a free book.  And I need you.

Email me.  I really do like hearing from you…

Rich


Blog Post #6

May 4, 2017

Hi everybody!

Hope you’re great!  Time for an update and a passioned plea…

The third book in the series, McCall & Company: Emboozlement, has been copyedited and is at the proofreader.  When that’s done, Kate and Fu and the crew go to the interior designer for final formatting.  The cover is done (more on that in a moment), and I’m still on schedule for a July virtual tour and a mid-August launch.  Am I excited?  You bet.  I have a blast writing these books because the characters are so fun to be around.  I can’t wait to get them in your hands.

As I mentioned last time (or maybe the time before that), the new cover designer I hooked up with did such an awesome job with Emboozlement, that I was compelled to redo the covers for Workman’s Complication and Swollen Identity too.  I discovered a cover model who represented, at least for me, the bright and fun and upbeat Kate McCall vibe better than the covers I had.  There were multiple images of this model available, and we used them for all the McCall & Company covers and all the McCall covers still to come.  

So what I’m going to do right now is called a “Cover Reveal.”  Writers do this all the time, reveal their new cover to the world.  But I want to share it with you first.  I hope you like it as much as I do.  So here goes…drumroll, please.  Ladies and gentlemen, the new cover for the first book in the series, McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication.

I’ll reveal the new cover for Swollen Identity next time.  And the new cover for Emboozlement after that.  Let me know what you think.  As always, I love hearing from you. 

Which brings me to the impassioned plea part of the program…

It’s hard for an indie author to launch a new book in such a way that it makes a little noise, a little splash.  That includes me.  It’s hard, and I could really use your help to launch Emboozlement and to relaunch the series.  I’m looking for Advance Readers, Super Readers as they’re sometimes called.  Super Readers agree to receive the book from me in advance of its launch (and soft launch) and to leave a review on soft launch day.  What’s a soft launch?  When the book officially launches on August 15, the price will be $2.99.  That’s the “hard launch.”  Everywhere I promote the launch, the date will be August 15, and the price will be $2.99.  However, Emboozlement will go live on August 12, and the price will be $0.99.  But the only people who will know about that will be you.  That’s a soft launch.

Here’s how being a Super Reader works with me:

1. You email me and tell me you want to be one of my Super Readers.  Awesome!  I’m so happy about that.  I really need you.  I’ll add you to the group.

2. One month before the soft launch day, I’ll email you a final Kindle copy (or Nook or pdf) of McCall & Company: Emboozlement.  You’ve got the book one month before anyone else (excepting reviewers) can have it.

3. You have a month to read it and to think about (or write) your quick review.

4. I’ll email you one week before the soft launch to gently remind you that there’s one week to go.

5. I’ll email you on soft launch day so you can post your review.

6. If you email me a copy of your posted review, I’ll send you my Hollywood romantic sex comedy, Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench, for free.

7. If you can spare the funds and also purchase the book for the soft launch price of $0.99 and email me the receipt—so that your review says verified purchase—I’ll also send you my dark comic thriller, Let There Be Linda.

That’’s one free book for reading Emboozlement and sending me a copy of your posted review

And that’s two free books for leaving a review and buying the book for $.99.  That’s all there is to it.  If it wasn’t important to me, I would never ask.  But I can’t do it alone.  I need your help.  So I’m asking.

I think you’re going to like Emboozlement.  There’s no way Kate can solve this one.  She might not even live to the end.  Unless Fu steps in…

Email me if you want to be a Super Reader.  I hope you do…

Thank you so much for reading my books.  Your support means everything to me.

Rich    

 

Blog Post #5

February 8, 2017 

Hi everybody!

I hope your year is off to a terrific start, with lots of good food, love, and laughter…and just enough work to make you appreciate the awesome, important life you’re living.

For me, I’m wearing my publisher hat right now, tweaking McCall & Company:Emboozlement into professional shape.  Those tweaks include hiring a new editor and a new cover designer. Change is hard, as you know.  But sometimes it’s just time.  I’ve done a ton of research, digging deep into editors and cover designers, and I’m nearly at the end of the journey. Within six weeks (he said hopefully), I’ll have an edited novel that will be ready for my Super Readers.  Are you one of my Super Readers?  You can be.  Email me any time, and we can talk about it.  Soon after that, I’ll share the first chapter with all of you.  And I’ll get your feedback on the cover too.  We’ll do that all right here in these eBlasts.

And speaking of just enough work, we’re retooling Laugh Riot Press, getting ready to reintroduce it as it was originally conceived: a fee-based marketing and promotion platform for authors, a virtual assistant company that helps writers manage many of the most time-consuming marketing tasks.  If you know a writer who could use a little professional promotion help, I hope you’ll direct them to Laugh Riot Press.  They market me and do a great job. 

Next week, I’ll announce a new contest (I like contests).  The winners will win a free, signed Emboozlement paperback when the book launches in May 2017.  Stay tuned…

In the meantime, you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. My links are below.

Thanks, gang.  I’ve told you before, but I can’t tell you enough: your support means everything to me.

Rich


Blog Post #4

January 12, 2017

Hi everybody,

Hope you’re having a fabulous week—reading something fun, eating something delicious, sitting close to someone you care about…

I had a big day yesterday because yesterday...I finished McCall & Company: Emboozlement.  The first draft of the third book of the McCall series is done!

Yes, there’s editing and proofreading and cover design and interior design and all the accompanying publishing work still to come…but, oh man, that book is done.

What can I say about book three?  Fu is phenomenal in this one.  Charlie, Al, and LaTanya are hilarious.  The Schmidt and Parker Players are at their hysterical best. Kate falls for a professional baseball player.  And the high-society assassin is back in the spotlight.  Oh yeah, and Logan is pissed off all over again.  Did I mention Kate gets hauled into jail?

When the first chapter is good to go, I’ll share it with you right here first because I am so deeply grateful for you support.  I’ll never be able to thank you enough for reading me.

And while we’re on the topic of reading someone, I’m delighted to introduce you to Keith Dixon, a terrific writer you should get to know.  Ladies and gentlemen, here’s Keith…

Keith Dixon was born in Yorkshire and grew up in the Midlands. He’s been writing since he was thirteen years old in a number of different genres: thriller, espionage, science fiction, literary. He’s the author of seven novels in the Sam Dyke Investigations series and two other non-crime works, as well as two collections of blog posts on the craft of writing. When he’s not writing he enjoys reading, learning the guitar, watching movies and binge-inhaling great TV series. He’s currently spending more time in France than is probably good for him.

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When Paul Storey comes home from London he’s escaping an event that ruined his professional life. Now he’s slowly making contact with people again … but the people he winds up meeting are lowlifes, thieves and conmen.

Exactly the kind of people he was trying to escape.

Worse, one of them is a con-woman who, for some reason, he can’t get out of his mind and who has a habit of manipulating men ...

When he gets involved in a scam to sell smuggled antiquities from Syria he realises he can’t escape being a professional either—and one with a specialised skill that makes him even more desirable to his new colleagues.

Finding a purpose in life while keeping his head connected to his shoulders keeps him busy, until a Syrian who wants the return of one of the stolen antiquities shows up ... and he's not inclined to take prisoners.

 

Blog Post #3

Decemeber 22, 2016

Happy New Year, everybody!  I want to take this opportunity to thank you again for all your support.  I love to write, and I’m thrilled to know you’re reading my books.  I’m sure I've told you before, but as the year winds down, I want to tell you again: your support means everything to me.

Finish Line Alert!  Just 25 pages to go in McCall & Company: Emboozlement.  I like this book a lot.  Kate and Fu are back at it big time.  I’ll let you know as 2017 begins where I am in my publishing process—editing, proofreading, interior design, cover design.  I’ll show you the cover first.  And I’m sure I’ll share a chapter here too.  There will no doubt be a contest at the beginning of the year.  What can I say?  I like contests.

So I found a writer you're going to want to meet and a book she wrote you might like to read.  And then I found another writer.  It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Patricia Loofbourrow and Ray Cullis!

Be healthy, be happy, read a lot, laugh all the time, and surround yourself with the people you love and the people who love you back.

Email me any time.  I like talking to you…

Rich

Patricia Loofbourrow was born in southern California and currently lives in Oklahoma. Learning to read at the age of three, she grew up on Heinlein, Bradbury, and Asimov, and found at an early age that she loved science.

Earning a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry from Cal Poly Pomona then an MD from Rush University, Dr. Loofbourrow practiced family medicine for ten years before changing careers in 2000 due to disability to become a stay at home mother to her three small children. After leaving medicine, Patricia Loofbourrow ran one of the first “ask a doctor” patient education websites from 2000-2004.

Patty began writing poetry in her teen years. She wrote her first novel during the 2005 National Novel Writing Month, going on to write ten novels, four novellas, and well over 100 short stories, mostly speculative fiction. She has been a long-time member of the Forward Motion Forums, and was the founder of Fifty Word Fiction on DeviantArt. She has also worked as a freelance non-fiction writer and editor since 2000, and currently has an educational website on home edible landscaping.

A job gone wrong. A blackmailed friend. A city in turmoil. An obsession leading down a sinister path.

NO ONE IS AS THEY SEEM ...

The Queen of Diamonds brings you the second action-packed chapter of the Red Dog Conspiracy.

While the villain Frank Pagliacci is defeated, all is not well in Bridges. Tensions rise between the Families, who accuse each other of spying while Red Dog attacks escalate. Aristocratic jewel merchant Anastasia Dame Louis, styling herself "The Queen of Diamonds," hires private eye Jacqueline Spadros to collect from her debtors so she can leave the city.

But Jacqui can't leave David Bryce's kidnapping and the murders of her teenage informants unpunished. Convinced the madman "Black Jack" Diamond was behind the crimes, she pursues ways to prove it. The scoundrel and his crew, however, seem to be one step ahead: the terrifying man in white is seen lurking outside David's home, forged letters appear across the city, and merchants in the Spadros quadrant report threats from a man who fits his description.

Jack's sister Gardena Diamond then asks Jacqui for help: someone is attempting to blackmail her. It is then that Jacqui learns Rachel Diamond's curious secret - and the truth behind her terrible condition.

When witnesses who can identify the kidnappers begin dying and evidence emerges that Jacqui's mother is next on the list, Jacqui is forced to make a dreadful choice.

Someone will surely die. Will it be Jacqui, or her mother?

Note: this is chapter 2 of a 13-part serial novel, the Red Dog Conspiracy. While it's not mandatory to have read chapter 1 (The Jacq of Spades), it's highly recommended that you do so before venturing forth.

 


Blog Post # 1

December 22, 2016

Hi everybody!  I hope you’re all fabulous and ready for whatever holiday floats your boat. Christmas?  Have a merry. Hanukkah? Have a happy.  Kwanzaa?  Festivus?  It’s all good news if you’re with your friends and family.  A little eggnog never hurt anybody.  Here on the North Carolina coast, my kids are coming home from far afield, and that always makes me joyful.  My twin boys were 24 years old yesterday, and my daughter is 21. Can someone please tell me how the heck that happens?  I was just pushing them on the swing, for Pete’s sake.

You might have noticed a different header at the top of this email.  Yep, from this point forward everything comes directly from me.  After two full years, Laugh Riot Press, my publishing-marketing-promotion company, is ready to spread its wings and take flight without me, so I have created my very own writer website— www.richleder.com.  Am I excited?  Oh yeah!  When LRP and I were one and the same, I had to focus on writers more than readers, including my wonderful readers…you.  But that was yesterday.  From now on, every email you get from me will be about reading something fabulous or meeting a new writer or finding a good book or sharing a terrific recipe, oh my God, I love to eat, or anything that I think would make your life—and your reading life—more amazing.  If I’ve got a cool new contest, you’re in.  A free book, here it is.  All things reading from now on.  Oh my God, I love to read!  Don’t you?

And speaking of that, I’m about 30 pages from finishing the third book in my McCall & Company series.  It’s called Emboozlement.  Embezzlement in a bar.  Most of you started with me by reading the first book, Workman’s Complication.  Lots of you went on to read the second book, Swollen Identity too.  If you only read Juggler or Linda, you might want to tryMcCall & Company as well.  It’s set in New York City, and it’s got some great characters, and it’s pretty funny and a rocking good mystery too.  I can’t thank you enough for reading my books.  But I can bring back Kate and Fu and the Schmidt and Parker Players and the House of Emotional Tics in another hilarious romp through mystery land.  I have no idea how they’re getting out of this one…and I’m only 30 pages from the end!

I’ll reveal the cover here—I’ve just started the process with renowned indie cover guru and all-around self-publishing superman Derek Murphy, who did the first two covers—share a chapter or two before the book launches, definitely do a giveaway contest, and…oh man, try to have some fun with y’all.  I hope you’ll stay with me.

So, this week, I’ve found a writer, David Callinan, and he’s got a good book you should definitely check out.  Read all about him below.

Okay, that’s it.  As always, email me any time.  I’ll email you back.  Your support means everything to me…

Rich

David Callinan is Anglo-Irish, born into a family from Limerick in the west of Ireland who grew up in the UK. After graduating from art school he did a host of jobs from telegraphist to salesman before discovering music and becoming a busker. He rediscovered Irish music and formed The Spalpeens playing all over the UK, Europe and Ireland.

In his early teens he appeared in films such as The Lion In Winter and Sinful Davey and scores of television advertisements.

Later, he formed Urban Clearway, touring and performing with artists such as Elton John, Billy Connolly and Rod Stewart.

He co-wrote a Celtic rock opera for the Edinburgh Festival. 'Pucka-Ri' starred Pierce Brosnan and became one of the hits of the Fringe, before transferring to the Arts Theatre in London. 

Latterly, an earlier spacey, folk-rock album, Freedom's Lament, recorded by Callinan-Flynn, has emerged as a highly sought after title on the Internet and new wave Irish chanteur Sean Tyrrell has recorded a number of his songs on recent albums.

He moved into journalism and PR working with major multinational clients such as Union Carbide, TI Group and Brooke Bond Foods as a director in various agencies and running his own consultancies.

He began to write seriously, producing a string of screenplays and novels, the first of which,Fortress Manhattan was published by Gollancz (Orion) and the 10 Minute Miracle by HarperCollins.

The year's most explosive crime thriller: Former US government assassin and Hong Kong Police enforcer Mike Delaney joins an esoteric monastic brotherhood to discover his spiritual self until he falls in love and marries.
Then his journalist wife is ritually murdered by a contract serial killer known as 'The Priest' – because she was close to uncovering a global plot known as 'The Renaissance Project'. 'The Priest' is part of the conspiracy, a transvestite who abducts, violates and murders scores of young women. He leaves no trace, no DNA not even a drop of sweat.
Delaney will never stop until he tracks down 'The Priest' and infiltrates the labyrinthine 'Renaissance Project' – the world's most exclusive 'club' whose members are the global super rich and powerful who seek immortality at any price and at all costs.
Delaney's former partner, wheelchair-bound Bob Messenger, has created confess-confess.com – a global crime busting website where ordinary people fight back against scams, crime and injustice, each with their own code name. Delaney is known as 'The Monk'.
Delaney has sworn never to kill again but to seek peace and spiritual fulfilment. But fate and the loss of the woman he loved drive him to use his consummate investigative and physical skills to track down her killer and the organisation that ordered her execution. When it comes to it and he finally confronts 'The Priest', will he keep his vow or execute terminal revenge?