Cover Design Award

I’m very happy to tell you that Rena Hoberman of Coverquill has won an award for her beautiful artwork on The Runaway Train! The cover perfectly captures the mystery and urgency experienced by Mouse in the story, and the blue tones bring a real sense of cold. I’m very proud of Rena, and am thrilled that her work has been recognized for the award.

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From thebookdesigner.com: “A dynamic cover that has runaway appeal. Atmospheric and active, all elements are brought to bear to communicate the energy, intensity, the paranoia of the story.”

If you want to know more about Rena, be sure to check out Coverquill’s website.

 

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Review Glitch On Amazon

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Strange things are afoot at Amazon.  I woke up this morning to 39 brand new reviews for The Runaway Train.  Excited, I poured myself a cup of coffee and began to read them.  That’s when I noticed something rather strange about the reviews.  The titles of them were a dead giveaway that something was up.  With titles like ‘A lovely wax heater’ and ‘Love that it has a temperature control dial’ filling the page, I panicked.

Did someone hack into my reviews?

The Runaway Train is supposed to have 33 reviews – NOT 72 reviews.  Curious, I hit up KBoards for a little advice:

Hey guys,

Woke up this morning to find that my book, The Runaway Train, accumulated 39 reviews over night.  After reading the new reviews, I discovered they’re for the wrong product entirely.  Checked my sales on KDP, and everything seems normal.  I fired off an email to support, and am hoping Amazon won’t remove the book.  Has this happened to anyone else on here before?

Oh, the new reviews seem to be for some sort of hot wax product.  Very strange.   😮

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Turns out that I’m not the only one this has happened to recently.  Other authors are experiencing the same sort of ‘glitch’ that is combining product reviews, but it seems like Amazon is correcting the issue when notified.  Speculation ensued about the Amazon strike in Italy and Germany, but one poster on KBoards suggested that it was a glitch combining paperbacks with random products.

With this in mind, I decided to check the paperback page for The Runaway Train.  The page itself is quite messed up.  The book description has vanished, and the page states that the author of the book is Lantique.  When I clicked on the Lantique giphy2‘author name’ it directed me to an amazon page featuring a hot wax product for sale.  I’ve tried emailing Amazon, but haven’t heard a response yet.  I’ve also attempted to call them on the phone, but they aren’t open on the weekends.

So, if any of you decide to download The Runaway Train within the next couple of days, please rest assured that the reviews are not representative of the book itself.  They are not fake reviews, it has nothing to do with me at all, it’s simply a glitch on Amazon.

With this in mind, I’ve decided to have a little fun at the glitch’s expense.  One example would be this tweet https://twitter.com/emberian/status/934529660062437376  Nothing like a hair raising mystery before a wax!

Nanowrimo Time

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I’ve got a book going during National Novel Writing Month! Thirty days to complete a book is a very short amount of time, but it’s not impossible. There are plenty of writers out there in the program, and a several have recommended that I give it a shot. So, this is the first time for me and it’s pretty exciting. Want to know what I’m writing for my thirty days? Sure you do.
It’s a new novel following detective Kathryn Lincoln. The story is brand new, so it has little to do with The Runaway Train. Hopefully, I can hammer out the first draft by the end of the month!
Click HERE for more information about NanoWrimo.

My New Book Launches (Download For Free)

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Actually, it was published as a short story back in 2014. The truth is that I planned on releasing a sequel picking up directly after the events of the original. Instead, I’ve decided to expand the short story into a single novel. The original piece is still mostly intact, but has been reworked and edited.
If this is the first time you are reading about Kathryn Lincoln or Selena Marrenger, then I hope you will enjoy the new tale. If you’ve read the original story already, there’s a lot more here to sink your teeth into. The journey has been long, but in the end, I feel it’s become a more satisfying read.
Those of you who have downloaded the previous version of the book on Amazon Kindle will have to download the new version directly from this site.  For some reason, Amazon will not push updated files to Kindle readers, even though the tale has undergone a major transformation in length.  Don’t worry, though.  I’ve got you covered with a direct download link from google.

 

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What happened to Vanessa Finch?

The only thing Detective Kathryn Lincoln has to go on is a name. When another child vanishes into the creeping fog around a bus station, Kathryn and her partner, Selena Marrenger, embark on a mission to find the truth behind the disappearances. What they uncover is a hidden secret far more sinister than they could have imagined.

As suspects begin to pile up, Selena is forced to leave the case for the FBI. Alone, and desperate for answers, can Kathryn find who’s responsible before it’s too late?

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The paperback edition will be released next week!

Missing In Murfreesboro

missingpersonflyerThursday, March 30 was the last time anyone saw Riverdale High School freshman Devin Bond. Bond’s mother, Heather, was asleep when the sixteen year old left his home on Armor Place in Rutherford County, and his father was at work at the time. Devin’s younger brother, aged nine, informed their mother that Devin had stuffed pillows and towels underneath a blanket in order to give the impression that he was sleeping.
According to Heather, Devin took along a drawstring backpack with a red and gray North Face jacket, a gray and white Nike hoodie, and khaki pants. In an interview, she claimed that the young man was upset following a recent breakup, but stated that his prolonged absence is completely out of character.
“I’m concerned he thinks he’s in trouble and maybe that’s why he’s still out there, but I don’t want him to be scared or afraid he’s in trouble. I just want him to come home,” Heather told the Daily News Journal. “He left on foot when he left the house. Where he went, we don’t know…It’s just not like him. He’s a good kid. He doesn’t do stuff like this. He hangs out with a couple of friends sometimes. He plays video games. He’s usually a homebody.”
This case hasn’t garnered the media attention it deserves, largely because at the time of Devin Bond’s disappearance, Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins were top headlines. Devin’s cellphone last pinged in the Barfield area of Murfreesboro. Local searches, in conjunction with law enforcement, haven’t turned up any evidence.
An Amber Alert was never issued, because authorities do not believe Devin has been abducted. Without a description of a vehicle, or witnesses claiming an apparent abduction, not issuing an Amber Alert is completely normal according to governmental guidelines, found here: Amber Alert Guidelines
I live near the Barfield area of Murfreesboro where the Bond’s family live. The lack of media attention is astounding. Word of mouth isn’t even keeping the case alive. The only way Devin’s story is staying on some people’s minds is from the missing posters taped up in the windows of local businesses. Without confirmed sightings, or physical evidence, Devin’s case is freezing over.
Someone knows what happened to this young man. People don’t simply vanish without a trace. Devin has to eat. He has to sleep. Staying positive keeps hope alive. I don’t think that he walked into the woods and committed suicide. LE has stated that they believe he planned to run away from home.
The days turn to weeks, the weeks into months, and still there is no sign of Devin.  If you have any information, please call the sheriff’s office at 615-898-7770.
Want to help spread the word?  Share this post, or the flyer, on social media.  This case needs the attention.  Devin needs to be found.

Mystery and Thriller Summer Sale

Catch up on some great Mysteries and Thrillers this summer with this huge summer event!  This deal includes the first book in my Montana Marrenger Mysteries, The Truth About Alex.  It’s only a two day event, fill up your kindle with as many titles as you can!

 

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View From Above

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The Radio Flyer was a spacecraft
My brother would pull me along through the stars
While I soared through asteroid fields
Exploring a thousand worlds

If a Radio Flyer can be a space craft
Why can’t we go back to the way things were
When our lives were far ahead of us
And nobody worried about the best way
To settle down

In a machine driven society
That mass-produces
Predetermined lifestyles marching
To the beat of a time clock
Grating against the surface of complacency

If a Radio Flyer can be a spacecraft
Imagine what galaxies could be explored
Now that we’re older with all the years behind us
And have a much better view.

All material © M.W. Griffith 2016.
Reproduction of material on this website in any way without permission is prohibited.

Just Writer Things

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What happens to books when we aren’t reading them?  Do the characters lives go on without us?  Does the hero slip away into the nearest tavern to soak away his responsibility in a foaming mug?  Does the damsel in distress decide to make the best of her situation until the cover opens once more?  Does the princess remain locked in the tower, or asleep, and does the little mermaid cast herself against the rocks in desperation?  Maybe everyone falls back into place like Buzz and Woody when the reader returns.  Or maybe, just maybe, the story shifts into a completely different direction from the last time anyone opened it.

Mystery Weekend

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There are over 50 Mystery and Thriller books on sale this weekend, including my latest book The Cold, Bending Light!!

If you’re like me and gobble up Mysteries, get ready for a real treat!  Click the image above and enjoy!