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Petrosky’s back. But so is his most vicious rival.

SavageIs. Here. And if the early reviews are any indication, it might be Petrosky’s more harrowing case yet. A killer he thought was long gone has returned with a brutal mission no one sees coming. “Dark, gut-wrenching, and unputdownable, Savage is a knock-the-wind-out-of-you thriller that will keep you reading to the final, unforgettable page.” 

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Petrosky’s back, and so is his most vicious rival: the man who killed his partner.  

Things are looking up for Detective Edward Petrosky. His grandkids are back in town, the girls next door are remarkably well-adjusted, and he’s solving homicides as quickly as ever. It doesn’t matter that he’s sneaking shots before morning briefings; whiskey or no, he’s still getting the job done. 

But his tenuous grasp on professionalism falters when he’s called to the scene of a kidnapping—the waitress from the diner he frequents has gone missing, the only server who knows he takes his coffee with a little liquor. And she’s due with her first baby any day. 

It isn’t long before they find her newborn child abandoned in a nearby cellar—does that mean the woman is already dead? And the infant isn’t even the most distressing piece of evidence. Petrosky cannot overlook the similarities to a past case he wishes he could forget, a brutal pattern of abductions that ended with a killer torturing young women to death in his basement. That same savage killed his partner, a man Petrosky had regarded as his son. 

But it’s not possible—years ago, Petrosky himself watched that maniac’s head explode in a shower of red mist. Could it be a copycat? The series of dead men found shrink-wrapped in their cars seems to suggest a serial killer patterned after the murder of his partner. But Petrosky can’t shake the feeling that there is more to the connection than they can see. Perhaps their current suspect knew the original killer—even psychos sometimes had accomplices. Or fall guys.

When one of his neighbors is kidnapped, a girl he sees as family, Petrosky’s suspicions are confirmed. Clues left at the scene lead them to the weapon used to slit his partner’s throat, one piece of the puzzle they’d never been able to locate. 

This isn’t just evidence. It’s a warning. 

It may be impossible, but it’s true: the man who killed his partner has returned, and he’s taking the people Petrosky loves one by one. Will Petrosky be able to locate a killer more cunning than any he’s ever encountered? Or will his fragile grasp on sanity finally snap?

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DID YOU MISS THE LAST RELEASE?

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Detective Petrosky is BACK!

BIG NEWS! 

Hopefully, you snagged the three-book boxed set in the last email; maybe you’ve even finished up Hidden and Redemption by now. I hope so, because the Ash Park series is finally back with Detective Petrosky at his finest! Two new additions to the series in the next few months, and you can preorder both TODAY!

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Where is the line between killer and hero?

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A kidnapped child. A detective on the edge. 
And a suicide that’s anything but.

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Got some catching up to do? Click HERE to learn more about the Ash Park series, and get started today! 

HILARITY

In honor of Recall, how about a memory joke?

A man went out to lunch one day and noticed an older fellow sitting on a park bench sobbing his eyes out. The man stopped and asked the elderly gentleman what was wrong.

“I have a 22-year-old wife at home,” the gentleman said. “She rubs my back every morning and then gets up and makes me pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, and freshly ground coffee.”

The younger man said, “Then why are you crying?”

The older man went on: “She makes me homemade soup for lunch and my favorite brownies, cleans the house and then watches sports TV with me for the rest of the afternoon.”

“Well, why are you crying?”

The older man, inconsolable, said, “For dinner, she makes me a gourmet meal with wine and my favorite dessert and then makes love with me until the wee hours.”

“Well, why in the world would you be crying?” the younger man spluttered.

The gentleman finally sniffed and said, “I can’t remember where I live!”


Drop me a line to tell me your favorite memory joke, even if it’s just some ridiculous thing you’ve done lately. After the forgotten box of fake roaches I told you about last month, it’s clear we’re all in the same boat. You might even make it into Recall‘s release day email! 

Happy reading!  
Meghan

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Love Ash Park? Three books for $.99!

ATTENTION ASH PARK MYSTERY LOVERS!

In the coming months, I’ll be adding TWO new Ash Park novels to my collection (preorder Recall and Imposter today)! But if you need to catch up, TODAY ONLY you can GET THE FIRST THREE BOOKS in the bestselling Ash Park series FOR ONLY $.99! That’s three books for less than a dollar. It’s insanity, but that’s what you pay me for. Snag the boxed set now, then read on for a money related joke in celebration of this sale! 

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HILARITY

Late one night a mugger wearing a ski mask jumped into the path of a well-dressed man and stuck a gun in his ribs. “Give me your money,” he demanded.
Indignant, the affluent man cried, “You can’t do this! I’m a US Congressman!”
“In that case,” replied the robber, “Give me MY money!”

I can’t wait to hear what you think about the Ash Park series (and watch for more on Recall and Imposter in the coming weeks)!
Happy reading!  
Meghan

Free stories, cash prizes, and more stuff you’ll love!

Two things! I got a few emails last week about social media. While I am on a few platforms, they are not a reliable way to stay in touch. That’s why you should check out Bookbub! There’s even a giveaway for BookBub followers this week only. I often review books I love there (or you can opt only to get preorder or new release alerts). Speaking of books I love…I want to introduce you to Danny Smith, a retired LA homicide detective, and the author of the bestselling Dickie Floyd series. I started reading A Good Bunch of Men not long ago, and I was HOOKED. Venture beyond the yellow tape for an authentic view into the dark souls of killers, and the tormented minds of those who pursue them. And today, you can get “In the City of Crosses” FREE! Check it out below, and don’t miss today’s hilarity! 

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HILARITY

Today’s shenanigans come right from Danny Smith in the form of a true-crime story. From the man himself:

“I once pulled up on some kids necking behind a building, late at night. I tapped on the window and lit up the car with my light. The girl began scurrying to fix some undergarments that might have been loosened or removed. The boy rolled down the window.

“What are you doing, son?” I asked.

He shook his head. “Nothing.”

I told him, “Then you get out and hold the flashlight.” 

Gotta love a cop with a sense of humor (and you’ll adore his writing even more). 

Happy reading!  
Meghan

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Books for less than a buck…and the time I pranked myself.

If you’re an iBooks reader, you already know about the little snafu on The Flood‘s release day. Great news! The Flood is now available on all retailers. That’s what happens when you get a concussion after being attacked by a hammock. My apologies.

To make up for it, I want to introduce you to some amazing authors I’ve discovered in the last few months, and you can get both books today for less than a dollar total. Do NOT miss this (or the ridiculous prank I pulled on myself at the end of this email)! And if you have a few reads I should add to my list, reply to this email and let me know!

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HILARITY:
Let me set the stage: A few weeks ago, I ordered a hundred fake roaches, because you never know when you might need them. I don’t have any other good reason for this. My children were incredibly excited; they played with them, they hid them in shoes, they TORE THE BAG. Fine, no worries. I put the roaches away for safekeeping to use in future pranks. 

Fast forward to last week. I was packing up books to ship out after The Flood‘s release week giveaway. Signing the novels went fine, printing the labels, wrapping the books. Then it came time to add the bookmarks. I had forgotten my roach hiding place. I opened the box and screamed like my hair was on fire. The dog came running, barking and growling, fully ready to defend me from the plastic roaches in my lap. My children and their friends also came running, thinking I was being attacked by a goblin, or perhaps a feral raccoon. They found me holding a box of bookmarks. And hyperventilating. It was perhaps the most effective prank I’ve played in a month, and it was on ME.  

Stella has since calmed down. She found this a million times less hilarious than my children and their friends.

I honestly hope I have other forgotten prank supplies hidden around my office just so I can have more stories like this one. And if you want to support my prank habit, pick up The Flood after you order The Girls Across the Bay and Folie À Deux

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Happy reading!
Meghan

A FLOOD OF THRILLERS!

IT’S NEW RELEASE DAY!

If you like psychological thrillers that keep you turning pages, you’ll love The Flood. 

Seven people. A locked storm cellar. Inevitable starvation.

What could you do to survive? 

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Victoria Larson and her husband, Chad, are sitting on their rooftop, waiting for the end. For three days, they’ve watched their coastal Louisiana town turn into a lake, battered by an unprecedented series of hurricanes. With the levees obliterated, the waters rise higher and higher—the next storm is sure to swallow their house whole.

Just when all hope seems lost, a rescue boat emerges through the driving rain; a woman named Windy plucks them from their roof and motors them to a waterproof bunker—to safety. There, with a ragtag group of other evacuees, Victoria and Chad bed down and prepare to wait out the storms. 

But it isn’t long before Victoria notices a few things seem…off. The cement bunker has a door that locks from the outside. Many of the boxes of food don’t contain food at all. The bottles of water smell like rubbing alcohol. And everyone in the group has a secret; even Victoria’s own estranged husband seems to have known their captor prior to making the trek to the shelter. And some of her fellow evacuees are far too intent on defending the woman who locked them in this dungeon. Are they really storm victims like Victoria? Or are they accomplices in a sick game?

One thing is certain: none of them will survive if they can’t find something to eat. And if the stories the others tell about Windy are any indication, Victoria suspects their captor’s plans are far more evil than simply watching them die of malnourishment. 

The blade Windy gave her is proof enough of that.  

And it won’t be long until starvation devours the last of Victoria’s sanity.

HILARITY

I got so many amazing responses to last month’s email, but my favorite new joke came from Dave.

Noah finally reaches land after his epic journey on the ark. All the animals leave the ark and go their separate ways. The amphibians, however, turn back to enter the water. Frogs and water snakes slink back under the waves, the turtles clawing after them as fast as their little legs will carry them. At the water’s edge, the last turtle comes face to face with an octopus.

The turtle stops. “Wow! Some flood, eh?”

The octopus replies, “What flood?”

There’s a plot twist for you! Thanks for the laugh, Dave! 

I can’t wait to read your reviews of The Flood! In the meantime, feel free to pop over and join the release day shenanigans in my Facebook reader’s group

Enjoy!  
Meghan

Short Stories, Ask the Author, and Kindle Unlimited

What’s up, you beautiful people? The holidays kicked my butt and I’m still trying to pull myself back into the swing of things. But I’ve been busy. I’ve got book news. Short story updates. I’ve got some new newsletter additions. And this time, I have a joke direct from YOU. Man, I love you guys.

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