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Title: The Case No One Foretold (Mark Julian, Vampire P.I. #5)
Author: L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella
Publisher: Ai Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Genre: Crime Fiction, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal
Two men engage in an altercation in a movie lobby. Later one of the men turns up dead in a New York City alley. But this is no ordinary murder. The deceased is a sex demon and his fellow combatant was the werewolf, Jean-Claude Roué, fiancé of Mark’s shape-shifter secretary. Now the werewolf is accused of his murder and faces a trial by before a supernatural tribunal. If Jean-Claude is convicted for causing this death it will mean his execution. This time however, Mark Julian is away on a personal investigation in Kenya so Tortego, the crafty vampire chief, goes to an unusual source to secure help. Using his powers as head of New York City’s supernatural community he appoints Mark’s human partner, Detective Vincent Pasquale, to be one of the three judges for Jean-Claude’s trial. Now Vinnie must not only fight to clear his friend, Jean-Claude, he must deal with his supernatural co-jurists: the werewolf Viola Lupa and the sex demon Dale Carter. Both of his companion judges are on record as sworn enemies of “any mixed supernatural mating.” Throw in a shifty shape shifter named Andelan Clarke, Ja-ne the original Oracle of Delphi and, a sexy TV newsman from the island of Guernsey who appears to be more interested in bedding Vinnie than nailing a story and it truly becomes “The Case No One Foretold!”
Hey, Kid, This is Not Your Book
Thank you Prism Book Alliance for asking me to write a guest post. In the age of the Internet and, with the demise of the bookstore, blogs like this are the lifeblood of independent authors. So a large shout-out to you for what you do here.
My name is L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella and I write the Mark Julian Vampire PI mystery series. I hope you will check my books out. I think that qualifies as a shameless advertisement, huh? ☺.
So my guest post today is about how a secondary character in my first book almost took over the series from its “official” hero, Mark Julian. First some background: I grew up reading pulp fiction especially those books about hard-nosed detectives. In movies I never get tired of seeing “The Maltese Falcon” or “The Big Sleep”. When I began writing my first book I had the main character pretty much set out in my mind. Mark Julian, the tough as nails private dick who works in the city that never sleeps. Naturally my private eye needed a wise talking secretary and thus was born:
Jaime Tremaine: Mark’s wisecracking, shape shifting sex demon secretary.
She has two passions: clothes from the nineteen forties and her werewolf fiancé.
Now you might wonder what is up with her clothing choice. The simple answer is that, when I visualized my secretary the images about secretaries came from the pulp novels I’d devoured as a child. I just did not see her in any other attire. One day, probably in another book, I will delve further into explaining her fashion choice. For now lets leave it with that explanation.
In book one’s first draft my initial thoughts never strayed beyond making her a minor character at best. As I wrote, however, that concept soon changed or rather she changed my mind. I found that I liked her. In my follow-up book revisions, she took on a greater role in this first story. Later reader mail indicated she was someone they enjoyed too.
By book two, Jaime unexpectedly became an unintended major player in the series. She was out solving crimes with her boss in this one. Unlike the traditional pulp secretary, she did not stay at her desk taking notes and answering phones. I found I enjoyed her hijinks in this story. Soon half the fan mail for book two was complimenting me on her increased involvement. By then I realized that I had a problem. This series was not supposed to be about her. In fact I knew that if I shifted the emphasis to her, any future books would be less interesting. Don’t get me wrong. I still loved her but I knew she really could not carry the mystery plotline. My solution was to pull back on her and bring Mark into dead center. Once I did that, the stories quickly flowed. Jaime stayed in the picture but took her rightful place as “second banana”.
Writing a book is fun. You populate it with interesting characters, or hope too, but in the end I found that there is a danger when you forget “who is who” in your literary zoo. ☺
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About the Author
L.G.Fabbo-Gonnella is a resident of NYC. He has often said Manhattan is the underlying unspoken character in many of his books. “I guess its a love affair that I have with her,” he once said. “I could live here forever and yet still find magical things about her that I never knew existed.
When not seeking out interesting new locales for his books he can be found dinning with friends and enjoying all the city he adores has to offer.
Though he has not yet met the supernatural denizens of NYC, he does hope too one day. And yes, there is a “letter Lounge” albeit under a different name.
He can be reached at L.G.Fabbo.Gonnella@gmail.co
More in the Mark Julian, Vampire P.I. Series
While each individual mystery can be read as a stand along, there are storylines that continue from one book to another, so we recommend you use the series in order:
Book One – The Case of the Choirboy killer
Book Two – The Case of the Strega’s Touch
Book Three – The Case of the Heavenly Host
Book Four – The Case of the Vampire Hunter
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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