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Make Them Sorry, by Sam HawkenLife in Miami isn’t complicated for ex-army medic Camaro Espinoza: piloting charter fishing trips, fighting at the gym, drinking at the bar. Simple doesn’t mean stable, though, and two complicating factors — okay, people — are about to disrupt Camaro‘s relative peace. Faith Glazer, an accountant with no way to defend herself, begs Camaro‘s help to stop a stalker who follows her every move, while Ignacio Montellano, a detective on the homicide beat, wants to be her guardian angel and all too deftly finds ways to insert himself in her path.

When Faith‘s stalker takes his obsession to a new, frightening level, Camaro might find reason to appreciate Ignacio after all. The deeper they look, the more trouble they find: federal agents, money-launderers, crooked security contractors, and paramilitary killers. Every one of them with a reason to come after Faith, and to put Camaro down.

But Camaro — “the “female Jack Reacher” (The Toronto Star) — doesn’t flinch when violence comes her way. And she has a singular talent for making her enemies sorry they ever heard her name.

Be sure to get your copy of Make Them Sorry, the latest Camaro Espinoza thriller, available right now from your favorite bookseller. (link)


ADDENDUM:

If you’re looking to save a little on Amazon, you might see that a goodly number of sellers are offering the book for less than half price.  There’s a reason for this: they’re scammers (link).  They’ve taken advance copies — which are forbidden to be sold — and put them on sale, often as “remainders,” but many times as “new.”  They aren’t new copies from third-party sellers, they aren’t remainders and, perhaps more importantly, they do not earn me any royalties.  Ordering from those people puts money in their pockets illegitimately and takes money out of mine.  Depending on how you feel about such a thing, this might matter or it might not.

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Rachael StephenIn my copious spare time, I enjoy perusing writing books and writing videos.  There are a ton of them, and most revolve around how to game the Amazon system with cranked-out dross “written to market” by squeezing as many short-term dollars out of the time between start and inevitable burnout.  Some are by legitimately bestselling authors who clearly have no idea how to teach, no matter how well they might have done personally in the business.  Still others charge $99 for what amounts to a series of rambling talks on various subjects and consider that a “class.”

Then you have folks like Rachael Stephen (link).  If you’ve never heard of her, don’t be surprised, because I hadn’t either.  YouTube‘s algorithm has done a singularly good job of hiding her videos from me, but eventually one did turn up.  I enjoyed it, which led to others, and now I’m telling you about her.  That ought to give you some idea of how insightful I find her work.

Maybe Stephen‘s actual writing isn’t for you.  That’s fine.  Maybe you don’t want to pay for her to consult with you on your plot.  That’s fine, too.  But take some time to watch her videos (link) on plotting, scene- and character-construction and just writing life in general.  You’ll find her personable, informative and, best of all, full of practical advice.  For someone who doesn’t have an exceptionally large footprint in the industry, she knows her stuff, and I guarantee you’ll find something of utility if you watch long enough.

At risk of sounding like a fortysomething creeper, I’d love the chance to connect with Stephen and chat about her approach to writing, both as an author and as a bestower of sage wisdom.  Rachael, if you’re out there, drop me a line at talktosam[at]samhawken[dot]com and let’s have a tête-à-tête.  I don’t know how much I can lend you from my experience, but at least I can say thanks for entertaining and educating me.


ADDENDUM:

Since this was posted, Stephen has begun a Patreon campaign (link), which you can join for a single, solitary dollar.  Pretty good deal.

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The Night Charter, by Sam HawkenWhether you’ve already devoured everything about Camaro Espinoza (link) in anticipation of Make Them Sorry (link), or if you’re still trying to figure out if Camaro is right for you, there’s never been a better time to pick up a copy of The Night Charter (link), Camaro‘s first adventure.  Grab a copy for yourself, or maybe get one for a friend who has yet to meet Camaro.  Either way, $2.99 is an attractive price, and only available through today.  The Night Charter (link) was priced at $2.99 all month, but July has vanished with startling rapidity.

If you know anything about me from reading the material on this site, you know I don’t like to claim genius.  My writing might be better than average, but it’s not a revelation.  That said, I can declare with a reasonable degree of confidence that if you enjoy thrillers from the likes of Lee Child, you will get a kick out of Camaro.  So why not give me a shot?

Camaro Espinoza awoke before dawn.  She had fled New York City after the killing of five men exactly 364 days before.

Be sure to get your copy of Make Them Sorry, the latest Camaro Espinoza thriller, available for purchase at your favorite bookseller on August 7th. (link)

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