Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter: FREE AUDIOBOOK SAMPLES!

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Happy Easter!
 
I wish you a blessed day and hope you get a bit of warmth and blooming flowers today. We've had some beautiful days this past week but it's gotten all cool and rainy again. Today dawned with heavy fog! I hope the Easter Bunny can find his way out there. ;o)
 
I haven't posted in a while 'cause I had surgery a few weeks ago, on April 3rd. It was to hopefully fix my reflux that was getting into my lungs and stopping me from doing pretty much anything, such as walking to the mailbox or carrying a laundry basket or especially planting or weeding. You should have seen the weeds last summer! It wasn't a fun experience, but the operations is in my past now and I'm getting a little bit better every day. 
 
The Asylum has just been released as an audiobook, and it you'd like to listen and review I will have a limited amount of special codes to share soon. It's recorded by the phenomenal Gwendolyn Druyor, who can create any voice type in the world. The way she represents Carmen and Rosita, my two Mexican American heroines, or Rocco, a warmhearted African American gentle giant, is simply outstanding. She really "gets" my writing and every nuance is just as I intended. 
 
I'll only be able to choose a few special listeners to do this, so let me know if you'd like to review. ;o) 
 
All of my books are available as audiobooks and if you haven't tried them yet, it's really easy and fun. You just download the Audible app on your phone and sign in. You can even use your Amazon account ID and password. Once you select a book, you can listen while you walk, drive (via Bluetooth), fall to sleep, or do household chores. I love audiobooks and listen constantly. ;o) The cool thing is you have them forever in your Audible library, to listen and re-listen whenever you wish. 
 
I'm often asked which of my books is my favorite. It's a hard question to answer. I enjoyed writing them all so much. The Seadog springs to mind first. I'm not sure if it's because I can uncover secrets on Cape Cod again, or because of the awesome dog, "Bubba," who my character, Scout, gets to adopt.  Then there's The Disappearance of Billy Moore, a green marble time travel novel steeped in nostalgia and mystery. Lady Blues: forget-me-not, is another favorite, where Gus is an integral part of saving a man's memory and reuniting him with his forbidden, lost love. And then there's Essentially Yours, with a case of the most delicious unrequited love supporting one of the wildest chase scenes through the Adirondack wilderness. But if I was forced to choose, I think I'd go back to Gus's childhood, in Don't Let the Wind Catch You, where young Gus befriends a hermit and the spirit of a Native American girl in the woods. Riding horses in the woods with young Siegfried and Elsbeth is the best. And the secrets Gus uncovers include some deep life lessons about tolerance and love. 
 
It's hard to choose. Almost like picking a favorite child, which is impossible!
 
I've decided to load up some audiobook samples for you to listen to at Soundcloud.com. Just click on the play button and see who is your favorite narrator of all. I'd love to hear what you think. ;o)
 
I've  included some books by fellow authors, below, for you to browse and enjoy. 
 
I hope you have a wonderful Easter Sunday and can enjoy family and friends today. 
 
Best wishes always,
 
Aaron Lazar
www.lazarbooks.com
 
 
 
Free audiobook excerpts (click on image for sound link)
 
 
The Asylum, narrated by Gwendolyn Druyor:
 
 
The Seadog, narrated by Gwendolyn Druyor:
 
 
The Disappearance of Billy Moore, narrated by George Kuch:
 
 
Lady Blues, narrated by David Kudler:
 
 
Don't Let the Wind Catch You, narrated by Erik Synnestvedt:
 

Don't Let the Wind Catch You

When young Gus LeGarde befriends a cranky old hermit in the woods who speaks to an Indian spirit, he wonders if the man is nuts. But when the ghostly Penni rattles tin cups, draws on dusty mirrors, and flips book pages, pestering him to find evidence to avenge her past, things change. 

What Gus doesn’t understand is why his mother hates Tully, until his relentless investigation uncovers a hint of scandal about Tully and Gus’s grandfather, Marlowe Wright. 

On horseback, Gus and his friends ride through woods overlooking Conesus Lake to Tully’s abandoned house, reportedly still infected with the Genesee Valley Fever from the 1700s. Unafraid, they enter and find shocking evidence that could rewrite history. 

Can Gus convince his mother to forgive Tully? And will the proof he found free Penni’s spirit? Gus summons courage beyond his years in this poignant and powerful telling of the summer of 1965.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Bloomfield Family Fire Relief

Hello, friends.
 
I have never done this before, but my heart is breaking for these poor local families who lost everything in a terrible fire on the coldest night of the year so far. It reached minus 25-30 windchill that night and the fire started at midnight. The apartments are located directly beside a business that Dale and I do work for in our spare time/weekends - we weave antique chairs, a skill we learned many eons ago from my mother. So we know the gal who started this GoFundMe project and we trust her implicitly. Martha actually risked her neck to go into the wreckage to save the beautiful cat you'll see in the photo.

Anyway, this fire completely destroyed the building and the families lost everything. They have donations from the Red Cross, but no place to put them because they have no homes. See Martha's post in GoFundMe if you would like to help.

I promise not to post requests like this in the future - I just wanted to help if I could, and I know many of you wonderful readers and writers have great, big, huge hearts. ;o)

Best wishes always,

Aaron Paul Lazar
www.lazarbooks.com

https://www.gofundme.com/f/bloomfield-family-fire-relief
 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

New Book by Aaron Lazar - The Asylum

https://www.amazon.com/Asylum-Carmen-Garcia-Bittersweet-Hollow-ebook/dp/B07MXFCWLJ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548507944&sr=8-1&keywords=the+asylum%2C+lazar
 
Hi, folks.
 
How are you all doing? Surviving this crazy winter? Last weekend we had a huge snowstorm. It was only the third significant storm since November, but it dumped well over a foot of snow on us with tons of gigantic drifts. Before we got a path shoveled for them, my poor dogs had to pee on the back porch! See Balto, below, with the appalled expression on his face. 
 
Temps dropped to MINUS six on Monday, and a few days later, it rained all day in the forties! Crazy, huh? For those of you in the warmer climates, I hope you're enjoying your nice weather!
 
I can't believe January's almost gone. One more month for us of guaranteed cold and snow, then comes March, where we sometimes get nice little hints of spring. Or sometimes we get another monster snowstorm, lol. 
 
Our grill on the back porch always gets this tall mound of snow on it, and my four-year-old grandson Chris insists it's a snowman. So, of course, we go out and give him eyes, a carrot nose, a scarf (not easy on a grill!), and a hat. 
 
Although I'd love to go on and on about my grandchildren and how they've kept us in stitches during this cold weather, I should probably talk about books, huh?
 
After a very long wait, my 28th book, The Asylum, is now ready to order! This novella was first released last year as part of the limited edition USA Today Bestselling boxed set, Love Under Fire. The Asylum features Carmen Garcia, granddaughter to Rosita Garcia, who appeared in Devil's Spring, book 3 of the Bittersweet Hollow romantic suspense series. Set on the wintry coast of Maine, it's a fun read and will be available on March 1st, 2019. I've set the price at 99 cents, but it will go up to the usual $3.99 soon thereafter. ;o) Print and audiobooks to follow. Check out the cover and synopsis, below. 
 
 
Keep safe and warm!
 
All my best,
 
USA Today Bestselling Author Aaron Paul Lazar
www.lazarbooks.com

 
Carmen has a secret, and his name is Dr. Micah Worthy. 

Affairs aren’t permitted between staff members at St. Michael’s Asylum, but Carmen and her handsome young psychiatrist find a way to sneak in a kiss or two in empty storerooms when no one’s looking. It doesn’t take long for her suspicions to rise, however, as she gets to know some of the patients. Why are some kept locked in their rooms, doped to the gills? And where are the two-dozen patients whose names appear on the med lists, but whom she’s never met? Moreover, what’s so forbidden about the ancient passages snaking beneath the two-hundred-year old monastery? 

Something’s off in the asylum, and when nothing seems to add up, Carmen and Micah unite to uncover the truth.

When staff members learn she’s on to them, the threats begin. Can Carmen report her findings before she ends up in the icy Atlantic?

Set on the rugged Maine coast in the dead of winter, The Asylum is an intriguing story of romance and danger, filled with characters you’ll love and breathless action that’ll keep you up way past your bedtime.

Order The Asylum Here

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Giving Thanks 2018


Hi, folks.
 
I hope you are all warm and safe. We had a FOOT of snow a week ago, in November! Usually we can't count on such substantial snowfall 'til January. It is beautiful, though. My daughter, Allison, took Chris out to play in the white stuff and they built the snowman he's been begging to make for the past month! I kept telling him we couldn't do it until we had "enough" snow. That morning, he asked, "Is it enough, Papa?" I laughed and said, "Absolutely!" It wasn't good packing snow, but they managed to make a little snowman anyway. ;o) And it sure makes for good reading weather, doesn't it?
 
How is your November going so far? Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? I'm so thankful for family and friends, and very thankful for you, my friends and readers! Below you'll find a bunch of specials that will save you money if you need some more food for your Kindle. ;o
 
Most of my family came on Thanksgiving and I cooked up a feast, as usual. How was your day? Did you host your family or visit at someone else's place? Either way, I hope it was enjoyable!
 
Here's wishing you a very happy holiday season.
 
Always,
 
Aaron
USA Today Bestselling Author
 

  
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I couldn't help but share this Thanksgiving photo from quite a few years ago. That's mischievous Gordie (now 15), Julian (now 16), and our little princess, Bella (now 10). 
 
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Once again, I want to thank our military personnel for all they do for our country. This boxed set is donating 50% of the profits to Pets for Vets, which will help house and train unwanted dogs and cats as well as help Vets in need. We are so thankful for our servicemen and women and for the great people at Pets for Vets!
 
After our long wait, Love Under Fire is finally available. I'm so thankful that we just learned it has became a USA Today BESTSELLER on November 18th, 2018. What a thrill!
 
Now you can read any or all of the 21 novels in the set, including my unpublished novel, The Asylum. If you haven't grabbed your copy yet, it's still 99 cents for a couple more days, then the price goes up to $4.99. ;o) 
 
If you have read The Asylum or any of the books in the set and liked them, would you consider posting a review on Amazon? We'd all be very grateful! Thank you!
 
On sale now for 99 cents on Amazon, FOR THE BIRDS, book 1 in the Tall Pines Mystery series, set in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. Have any of you been there before? It's so amazing - lakes, rivers, woods, mountains...six million acres! I'd love to know what you think of Marcella and Quinn... and of course, Ruby. ;o)
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No one could accuse Marcella Hollister’s family of being normal. Her gorgeous Native American husband, Quinn, has a compulsive cleaning problem—which works for her, since she gets a pass on housework. Her mother, who insists on being called Thelma, lives to irritate her husband. And then, there’s Ruby. Sometimes Marcella’s not sure who Quinn loves more…his wife, or his prize parakeet.

After Marcella’s beloved stepfather passes away, leaving a sizable inheritance, the family heads to the scenic Adirondacks for a much-needed vacation at the prestigious Adirondack National Bird Show. But things soon take a strange turn—a bizarre accident involving Thelma, Ruby, and an electrified hotel pool has Thelma asking for crackers and Ruby suddenly spouting Thelma’s favorite phrases.

Then Thelma is kidnapped—and Marcella learns that the inheritance her stepfather left may be connected to the largest unsolved bank heist in U.S. history.

Now Marcella and Quinn must contend with an eccentric bird psychic, mysterious white vans, aggressive FBI agents, and a dangerous chase through the mountains as they rush to find her mother, with only Ruby’s newly acquired “Thelma-vision” to guide them. Can they uncover the secrets buried with her stepfather before it’s too late?
 
  • 2011 ForeWord Book Awards, FINALIST in Mystery
  • 2012 Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Top 10 Reads
 
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The first book in the 12 book LeGarde Mystery series is FREE. Check out this romantic wintry mystery on Amazon. 
 
After four lonely years, music professor Gus LeGarde is still reeling from the death of his wife Elsbeth. To deal with the loss, he plays endless Chopin etudes on his piano and lavishes love on his grandson and dog, but nothing lessens the pain.

Life spirals out of control when Gus heads for the snow-covered hills on an early morning skiing excursion to find a mute child shackled to a bedpost in a cabin. Gus rescues the child but the kidnapper, Baxter, escapes into the woods to stew in hot revenge.

Unexpectedly thrown together with Camille, a social worker who takes the child into her own home, Gus falls hard. The first woman who’s stirred his soul since his Elsbeth, Camille is polite enough toward him -- but her own dark secrets have her pulling away despite the mutual attraction.

When Gus’s little grandson goes missing, he fears the worse. Does Baxter have the little boy? Does he want to trade for the mute child? Gus braces for the fight of his life, struggling to protect Camille and his family before time runs out.
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“Double Forté is a satisfyingly riveting tale with an appealing hero, whose love of music and gourmet food is as fundamental as his courage.” Laurel Wemett, Finger Lakes Magazine

ForeWord Book of the Year Award FINALIST

 
 


 
 

Friday, September 07, 2018

Mystery Lovers Mega Sale! (Sept 7-9)

http://writeravamallory.wixsite.com/avamallory/mystery-lovers-mega-sale
Hi, folks!

Just a quick post today to let you know about this amazing weekend deal. Tons of books to choose from - all mysteries! All are free or 99 cents!

Hope you can take advantage of these amazing selections. ;o)

Two of my books are also included - Double Forte', book 1 in the LeGarde Mystery series (FREE) and Under the Ice, also in the same series (99 cents).

Enjoy!!

MYSTERY LOVERS MEGA SALE

 

Have a great weekend, all!

 

Aaron Paul Lazar

www.lazarbooks.com

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Get 21 amazing novels for 99 cents!!! What a deal!!!

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Under-Fire-Judith-Lucci-ebook/dp/B07GCTP7CJ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1535653982&sr=1-1&keywords=love+under+fire


Hello, fellow book lovers!

I'm sorry I've been a little distant this summer. I've been dealing with so many family issues, and also had to get a little surgery on my poor nose because of not wearing sunscreen as a child. Ugh! It was not fun, but it's healing up pretty well and I'm glad to say it's all behind me. So wear your sunscreen, folks!!!

Meanwhile, I'm honored to be part of LOVE UNDER FIRE, an amazing boxed set with 20 other authors. My offering is The Asylum, a brand new novella that's a spin off from Devil's Spring, book 3 in the Bittersweet Hollow series.

https://books2read.com/LoveUnderFire
You really ought to take a look, because each author is outstanding. I've been reading some of the excerpts today, and wow! These folks are really talented. ;o)

Carmen has a secret, and his name is Dr. Micah Worthy.   Affairs aren’t permitted between staff members at St. Michael’s Asylum, but Carmen and her handsome young psychiatrist find a way to sneak in a kiss or two in empty storerooms when no one’s looking. It doesn’t take long for her suspicions to rise, however, as she gets to know some of the patients. Why are some kept locked in their rooms, doped to the gills? And where are the two-dozen patients whose names appear on the med lists, but whom she’s never met? Moreover, what’s so forbidden about the ancient passages snaking beneath the two-hundred-year old monastery?   Something’s off in the asylum, and when nothing seems to add up, Carmen and Micah unite to uncover the truth.   When staff members learn she’s on to them, the threats begin. Can Carmen report her findings before she ends up in the icy Atlantic?  Set on the rugged Maine coast in the dead of winter, The Asylum is an intriguing story of romance and danger, filled with characters you’ll love and breathless action that’ll keep you up way past your bedtime. You can pre-order this amazing 21 boxed set today on Amazon. Romantic suspense at its best - what a deal! Help us raise money for PETS FOR VETS. ;o) It'll go "live" on November 13th, but is only available for a very limited time before it's whisked off the market.

Here's a blurb from The Asylum, featuring Rosita, Rocco, and Carmen Garcia, Rosita's daughter.

Carmen has a secret, and his name is Dr. Micah Worthy.

Affairs aren’t permitted between staff members at St. Michael’s Asylum, but Carmen and her handsome young psychiatrist find a way to sneak in a kiss or two in empty storerooms when no one’s looking. 


It doesn’t take long for her suspicions to rise, however, as she gets to know some of the patients. Why are some kept locked in their rooms, doped to the gills? And where are the two-dozen patients whose names appear on the med lists, but whom she’s never met? Moreover, what’s so forbidden about the ancient passages snaking beneath the two-hundred-year old monastery?

Something’s off in the asylum, and when nothing seems to add up, Carmen and Micah unite to uncover the truth.

When staff members learn she’s on to them, the threats begin. Can Carmen report her findings before she ends up in the icy Atlantic?

Set on the rugged Maine coast in the dead of winter, The Asylum is an intriguing story of romance and danger, filled with characters you’ll love and breathless action that’ll keep you up way past your bedtime.

Carmen has a secret, and his name is Dr. Micah Worthy.   Affairs aren’t permitted between staff members at St. Michael’s Asylum, but Carmen and her handsome young psychiatrist find a way to sneak in a kiss or two in empty storerooms when no one’s looking. It doesn’t take long for her suspicions to rise, however, as she gets to know some of the patients. Why are some kept locked in their rooms, doped to the gills? And where are the two-dozen patients whose names appear on the med lists, but whom she’s never met? Moreover, what’s so forbidden about the ancient passages snaking beneath the two-hundred-year old monastery?   Something’s off in the asylum, and when nothing seems to add up, Carmen and Micah unite to uncover the truth.   When staff members learn she’s on to them, the threats begin. Can Carmen report her findings before she ends up in the icy Atlantic?  Set on the rugged Maine coast in the dead of winter, The Asylum is an intriguing story of romance and danger, filled with characters you’ll love and breathless action that’ll keep you up way past your bedtime.

Here’s a rundown of the titles:

Kathryn Knight - The Haunting of Hillwood Farm
Stephanie Queen - Ace Under Fire
Casi McLean - Reign Of Fire
Valerie J. Clarizio – The Code Enforcer
Chris Patchell - Deception Bay
Aaron Paul Lazar - The Asylum: a Carmen Garcia romantic suspense novel
Alyssa Richards - Chasing Secrets
K.M. Hodge - Summer of ‘78
Pamela Fagan Hutchins - Buckle Bunny
Judith Lucci – RUN for your life
Stephany Tullis – Blue Lady’s MISSION UNDER FIRE
Fiona Quinn – Cold Red
Anna Celeste Burke – Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire
Margaret A. Daly- Monsters in my Closet
Linda Watkins - The Witches of Storm Island, Book I: The Turning
Tamara Ferguson - Two Hearts Under Fire
Suzanne Jenkins - Running with Horses
Inge-Lise Goss – Diamonds and Lies
S.R. Mallery – Tender Enemies
Jinx Schwartz - Baja Get Away
Uvi Poznansky - Virtually Lace

Have a great rest of August!!

Happy reading,

Aaron Paul Lazar
www.lazarbooks.com