“Blood Runs Cold” is now available #NewRelease @angelakaysbooks

Hello, fellow authors and readers! I wanted to give a shout out and announce the release of my second novel, Blood Runs Cold. This is the next book in the investigations of Lieutenant DeLong series. I’m so excited that it has been released and I hope you enjoy it!

Blood Runs Cold is available in paperback at Barnesandnoble.com, as well as Amazon.com. You may also purchase the Kindle edition. Better yet, if you are subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, you can read it for free!

Speaking of free, I wanted to give ten readers the chance to read and review a pdf version of Blood Runs Cold. I’m sorry to say that a .mobi format is unavailable at this time. However, you can still read the pdf just like the .mobi version. I’m also looking for five readers/reviewers to take on The Murder of Manny Grimes. If you’d like both, feel free to request it. Both novels are standalones, so if you only want to read the newest, then that’s OK! Just feel out the contact form below and I’ll send you a copy. Act fast, as I am only looking for a certain number of readers at this time.

Both novels are mysteries (I suppose that’s a given) and they both contain a tad bit of the supernatural and a tad bit of the mention of Christianity. There are no sex and no foul language.

Blood Runs Cold

A young woman has been murdered at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion and Lieutenant Jim DeLong realizes at first sight this case will be the most difficult one of his career. DeLong is immediately swept into the memories of his childhood and dark secrets he’s longed to forget.

The victim is his sister-in-law, and old thoughts he’s fought to delete will be resurrected whether DeLong likes it or not. He and his brother have been estranged by unhappy times in their youth. With no clear motive, DeLong questions his ability to remain objective.

 

The Murder of Manny Grimes

When three young boys stumble into Lieutenant Jim DeLong’s life one night during a winter storm, they claim they’ve seen a dead body by the swing sets of the Columbia County Elementary School. After he investigates, DeLong sees no evidence, not even a body.

But were the boys telling the truth?

With the help of his oldest friend and mentor, former Naval investigator Russ Calhoun, DeLong sets out to find whether Manny Grimes is alive or dead. The further away he gets to the bottom of the mystery, the closer he comes to realize that his own life is falling apart.

Delving deeper into the murder of Manny Grimes, Lieutenant DeLong begins to unravel, losing his sense of control, falling into old temptations he spent years to overcome.

Will he be able to move past his own demons and untangle the web of lies before it’s too late?

Character Interview: Lieutenant Jim DeLong

I’ve seen authors choosing one of their characters to interview. After checking out some character interviews, I decided to join in on the fun and do one for my protagonist, Lieutenant Jim DeLong. Some of you know that he was the lead investigator in my debut novel, The Murder of Manny Grimes. Well, Lieutenant DeLong will return within the next few weeks in the follow-up novel, Blood Runs Cold. The upcoming case will be the most difficult of his career, filled with tension and suspense. Will he be able to pull through? Or will DeLong fall even further down the darkness of his soul? Well, you’ll have to pick up Blood Runs Cold once it’s out to find out! In the meantime, enjoy my sit-down with Lieutenant Jim DeLong.

This interview takes place before the events of The Murder of Manny Grimes.

  • What do you do?

I’m a lieutenant at the Columbia County Sheriff’s office in Augusta, GA. I usually push paperwork but I find that boring. I like being out in the field. I do that every chance I get.

  • What impression do you make on people when they first meet you?

I can’t really say. I mean, I don’t usually ask. When it’s about work, I’m there to do my job. I’m dedicated to my work. Sometimes obsessively. When I first meet people, I get right to business. Other than that, I don’t make much small talk.

  • What about afterward?

(Chuckles) I’d say it depends on the person. Some say I have anger issues. I’ve had others say I’m down-to-earth.

  • So, are you bi-polar?

(Laughs) No. I guess you can say I just feel things a little more than I should.

  • I see. Tell me about your family.

Well, I’ve been married for seven years. My wife’s name is Samantha. We met when we were in college. We have a six-year-old daughter, Bella. She’s great. (Laughs) But she certainly can be a bit of a handful.

  • (Laughs) Gotta love that kids keeps life interesting, huh?

Yeah, she certainly does.

  • How is your marriage?

Um, isn’t that a bit personal?

  • Yes. But I believe people like to know what makes Augusta’s finest tick.

Umm….well, we have our ups-and-downs. Just like any other marriage. We just do what we have to, right?

  • I suppose so. Do you think you turned out the way your parents wanted you to?

Does anyone?

  • I’m pretty sure some do. What makes you think you didn’t?

I didn’t say that I didn’t. Is this interview over, yet? I really need to get back to work.

  • You implied it. Lieutenant, is there a reason you don’t want to answer the question?

No, I just have a lot to do. Look, if you want an answer, let’s just say our past makes us who we are today. When things happen that’s out of your control, you deal with it the best way you know how.

  • “When things happen.” Did something happen to you? Something you couldn’t control?”

OK, you know what? This interview’s over now.

  • Wait. Let’s move on. Is that OK, Lieutenant?

Fine.

  • Who is your best friend? Tell me about him/her.

Russell Calhoun. We go way back. He used to work in the Navy. He retired as a criminal investigator. He’s a good guy. As good as they come. Russ has done a lot for me in the past. I don’t know where I’d be today without him.

  • You seem very close to him. What does he give/do for you that no one else can?

(Pause) I don’t know. I guess…a sense of peace.

  • I see. Are you happy with your life?

Happy? Sure. Maybe. I mean, I love my family. And my daughter means the world to me. I have friends. But…

  • But?

Well, I’m alive, aren’t I? I have troubles, just like the average guy. I’m working through them. Trying to find…

  • True happiness?

Yeah. I guess that’s accurate.

  • Thank you for your time, Lieutenant DeLong. I wish you the very best.

Right. Uh, you too.

 

Got comments? Place them below! Let’s get a chat going!

Lieutenant DeLong is featured in The Murder of Manny Grimes, available at B&N and Amazon in paperback and eBook. Blood Runs Cold is set for release soon! For more information or the link to order, click here.

“Blood Runs Cold” ~ From the Author of “The Murder of Manny Grimes”

I’ve recently submitted my second novel to my publisher at ThomasMax Publishing. With it being my second book, I’m both excited and extremely nervous! My debut, The Murder of Manny Grimes, was released last year, mid-September. I’ve spent seven years sweating over my manuscript, wondering if I’d ever get it published. Finally, it happened, and my “baby” is now available on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble for paperback/e-book. It has had some amazing reviews so far. I hope they keep on comin’!

Sometimes, you live with a group of characters for so long, they become a part of you.

A few readers asked me about a sequel, and I thought, “Why not?” Initially, I hadn’t planned on writing a sequel. However, I was curious as to how my protagonist, Lieutenant Jim DeLong would handle his job and home life. If you’ve read Manny Grimes, you already know that circumstances threatened DeLong’s very existence. Did he overcome his temptations? Well, if you haven’t read the book, I’m not telling! Shhhhh!

And now, Blood Runs Cold is born.

This next case DeLong will be involved with will be the most difficult of his career. It’s full of mystery, intrigue, new characters, as well as old. We’ll learn even more about DeLong–more than he wants us to know. But sometimes, secrets have a way of coming out! No one knows this like our beloved protagonist.

My publisher is working on preparing the book for publication. I don’t know the exact date it’ll be released. My hope is by the end of May or early June. You’ll be kept updated for sure! If you would like to pre-order a signed copy of Blood Runs Cold (or even The Murder of Manny Grimes), I will be selling them for $14–shipping included. If you’d like to order both, I’m offering them for $20! Again, shipping is included.

A New Case. An Old Memory.

A young woman has been murdered at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion and Lieutenant Jim DeLong realizes at first sight this case will be the most difficult one of his career. DeLong is immediately swept into the memories of his childhood and dark secrets he’s longed to forget. With no clear motive, DeLong questions his ability on whether he’s able to remain objective.

 
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Biography

Angela Kay

Equipped with a professional writing degree from Augusta State University, Angela Kay is a southern lady who spends her days and nights dreaming up new ways to solve dark murders of normal people.

Angela Kay was one of 23 across the United States to win a 2009 playwright contest for her one-act entitled “Digging Deeper.” Because of this, she was able to spend a week in Atlanta at the Horizon Theater Company.

She lives in Augusta, Georgia with her crazy calico, Maggie.

 

Your Animal Side

I wrote this poem when I was 14 years old. I thought posting it today (Halloween) would be the perfect time to share. Happy Halloween! Hope you enjoy!

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Your Animal Side

I hear everyone has an animal side.
What is yours?
What is mine?
No one can really know for sure.
Could it be repulsive in the dark, silent night?
Save me from this frightening thought.
I saw a creature enter my room last night.
Could it be what I think?
This is not a story because I saw it.
As horrifying as it is, I believe I saw your animal side.
It’s not ordinary.
Do you want to know what it is?
I saw a big shadow on the wall.
The eyes were blood red in the mirror.
I saw gruesome fangs.
The creature howled at the round moon
And tore into my soft, clean flesh.
I fought back, teeth sharp and hungry
Our animal side has gotten the better of us.

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Don’t Fear

I used to have a lot of fear and worry when I was little, so I drummed up this poem at the top of my mind to remind myself that everything will be okay, no matter what happens. Hope you enjoy, and as always, let me know what you think!

Image result for FearDon’t Fear

Don’t be afraid to sleep at night
Don’t cry if the stars aren’t shining bright
Don’t fear that you won’t awake
Remember God won’t forsake

Don’t worry if you’re scared of death
Don’t stop to think you might not have another breath
Don’t hyperventilate if your tires become flat
Remember life is too short for that

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My Destiny

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While my main genre lies within mysteries when writing, my poetry generally are romance. Please feel free to leave your comments!

My Destiny

I never thought he would be mine
Until I saw the very first sign
That day he unlocked the key to my heart
Where it had been broken from the start

I heard when he first called my name
But his voice didn’t sound the same
When I caught him staring
His eyes, so full of caring

We talked openly into the night
With the stars shining bright
My destiny is here with me
At last I can clearly see

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The Mirror

Ready for another old poem of a child? Here it is! Hope you like! Comment and enjoy!

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The Mirror

The image in the mirror
Can be very calm
As you put your brush
In your palm

The image in the mirror
Can be very wild
As you search for
Your inner child

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Dark Secrets

I was probably in my preteens when I wrote this poem (and the poems that followed after!) No, it’s not the best, but I think it was pretty good for a child dreaming of becoming a writer. What do you think?

Image result for dark door picDark Secrets

Something’s floating in the hall

As dark as shadows on the wall

Everyone wonders what you’re hiding

But you can’t tell them why you’re sliding

 

You hide the secrets in your mind

You let it be unknown to mankind

All of your secrets are as deep

As the dreams when you sleep

 

They fall into a cave with a locked door

You never will take anyone on a tour

You will not give away any rain

Of dark secrets that echo in your brain.

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The 5 Wonders of Wisdom for Mystery Writing – Guest Blog Post by Angela Kay

My first guest blog on bestselling author Dan Alatorre’s page! I feel incredibly lucky to have been noticed by him that he actually wanted me on his blog! It’s an amazing feeling to be published, but even more amazing to be making friends with fellow authors. Thanks, Dan, for giving me this opportunity!

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Meet Angela Kay as she stands on the cusp of her first novel coming out, The Murder of Manny Grimes, and lays out the important elements in writing for one of the biggest genres out there.

Mystery.

I’m looking forward to writing a mystery one day, and I know a lot of you are, too, so let’s learn a little about it from our friend.

Here’s Angela. 

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I remember a few years ago, I met a writer at a conference. Her writing consists mainly of comedy through her fiction, nonfiction, and children books. After she and I got to chatting, I informed her that my genre of interest lies primarily in mysteries. She told me that she loved reading and watching mystery/thrillers, but she wished she knew how to write them. My thought was “surely someone who has perfected the craft of writing as she…

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