Sunday, December 26, 2010

Did Santa Bring You An E-Reader For Christmas?

Good grief, a blatant commercial for my work.  Well, can you blame me?  I've been trying to find an audience for my not-so-famous names.  Before the Booktown Mysteries were published, there was The Jeff Resnick series and a few short stories that never made print.  They all found new life as e downloads.  And guess what?  The two Jeff novels are on sale at Smashwords right now -- 25% off as part of the Backlist eBooks Tis Still The Season Holiday sale.  (Click that link to find the coupon codes for lots of great books by traditionally published authors.)  The sale is in effect through January 1st.

One cavaet:  Except for We're So Sorry, Uncle Albert, these books/stories are NOT cozy mysteries.  The Resnick stories are psychological suspense with a paranormal undertone (he's a teensy bit psychic).  Short stories An Unconditional Love and Prisoner of Love are kinda/sorta romance.  But if you like the Booktown Mysteries, which are heavy on characterization, there's a chance you'll like all these stories, too.

Murder on the Mind
Jeff Resnick hardly knew his well-heeled half-brother. But after suffering a fractured skull in a vicious mugging, he reluctantly accepts the fact that he has a long and brutal recovery to face—and his closest of kin can provide him with the time and place to do it.

Now, Jeff is haunted by unexplained visions of a heinous crime—a banker, stalked, killed, and eviscerated like a ten-point buck. When Matt Sumner’s murder is discovered, a still-recovering Jeff realizes this was what he had seen. Jeff must not only convince himself of his new-found psychic ability, but also his skeptical brother Richard Alpert. Since Sumner was Richard’s banker, both brothers have a stake in finding out what happened. With Richard’s reluctant help, Jeff’s investigation leads him to Sumner’s belligerent family and hard-nosed business associates, none of whom want him snooping around.

When Jeff discovers a second victim, he knows he must relentlessly chase his quarry even if it means risking his brother’s life.
"This is a high-powered drama filled with interesting characters that add dimension to a tightly paced story with a good kick at the end." --Romantic Times
Smashwords      Coupon Code:  HQ64W

(Where's the 2nd Jeff Resnick book, Dead In Red?  Right now it's only available in hardcover from my web site.  But look for it as an e book in early 2011.)

Cheated by Death

In this third in the series, Jeff Resnick faces a new dilemma: someone is stalking his sister-in-law, Brenda, who fears that violence from pro-life supporters will escalate near the women’s clinic where she works. Or could the vandalism, threatening phone calls, and letters against her have come from her abusive ex-husband? Meanwhile, Jeff grapples with meeting his estranged father and the sister he never knew existed.

Praise for Dead In Red, 2nd in the Jeff Resnick psychological suspense series
“Bartlett’s hero is complicated and mesmerizing, making for a gripping and energizing mystery.” ~Booklist

“Bartlett has a deft touch and makes psychic abilities very real.” ~ Library Journal 

Smashwrords       Coupon Code: MU27U

Bah! Humbug
(Short Story)

It's Christmas Day, and Jeff and Maggie spend Christmas dinner with Maggie's family, who are not receptive to her new significant other. It'll be a Christmas to remember . . . but who wants to?

This short story takes place the day after the Jeff Resnick novel, Cheated By Death. 


Cold Case (Short Story)
Psychic Jeff Resnick has no expectations when investigating the disappearance of a four-year-old, until he confronts the mind responsible--a shattering experience for all involved.

"A compelling mystery that will grip you tightly and not let go--even after you've finished reading."
--Leann Sweeney, nationally best-selling author of the Yellow Rose and Cats In Trouble mysteries

L.L. Bartlett’s “Cold Case” tells the emotionally packed story of Jeff Resnick, a psychic, who is hired to solve the disappearance of a four-year-old boy. The conclusion to this story is bound to have you questioning those around you.  -- The Romance Readers Connection

Abused:  A Daugther's Story
(Short Story)

Emily Miller knew her life was about to change forever the day her mother said, "I'm pregnant." She'd hear those words again and again--and with every pregnancy Emily's father changed from bad to worse. For years the Miller family suffered through his rages. It took a terrible loss for the family to regroup, and all the love Emily can muster to save her siblings.

Lorraine Bartlett's powerful "Abused: A Daughter’s Story" grabs hold immediately and doesn't let go. This heart-tugger's hero, Emily, displays amazing resilience and strength. I know I'll remember this story for a long, long time.
  --Julie Hyzy, Barry- and Anthony-award winning author of the White House Chef Mysteries

Writing as Lorraine Bartlett
Short stories

We're So Sorry, Uncle Albert
The Nichols family is all in a tither when it's discovered their penny-pinching Uncle Albert is worth millions, and decide he has overstayed his worldly welcome. But can they bump off the old man and get away with it? 


Prisoner of Love

Rhonda Roberts went looking for love in all the wrong places, and found it through an ad in the personals section of her local newspaper. Family and friends think she's crazy when she becomes engaged to a convicted felon, and the lengths she'll go to see him set free.

We are all vulnerable in love, and Lorraine Bartlett's "What I Did For Love" touches on all the emotions we face when we open ourselves to others: heartbreak, need, loss, and hope. Read it, and you'll find yourself saying, "Yes--yes, I understand."  --Julie Hyzy, Barry- and Anthony-award winning author of the White House Chef Mysteries 


An Unconditional Love
A one-night stand changes Leslie Turner's life forever when she discovers she's pregnant. Keeping the child means losing her business. Even more devastating, the baby is born with a disfiguring birth defect. Her carefully planned life falls apart . . . until years later when she once again meets her baby's father. Can they ever be a family?


Thank you!