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!

My New Book Launches (Download For Free)

The Runaway Train ebook

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.

 

The Runaway Train

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?

The Runaway Train
–  Amazon Kindle|iBooks|Nook|

The paperback edition will be released next week!

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!

 

Discover The Truth Behind ‘The Sandman’ Killer

For the next three days, the Kindle Edition of
The Cold, Bending Light is on sale for .99 Cents!
That’s right, my bestselling book is currently cheaper than a cup of coffee!
Here’s what people are saying about the book…

“…one of those stories that grabs you by the throat and pulls you down into the depths. There is no letting go and this is one of t he best mysteries that I have ever read…a truly thrilling rollercoaster journey from start to finish.”
— Readers’ Favorite
“M.W. Griffith takes things to the next level in The Cold, Bending Light.”
– J.C. Hart, Editor
“This was a great cop story. The last couple chapters have more twists and turns than a woman’s braids and you won’t guess how it leaves off.”
– Kindle Customer
“Griffith again grips the reader around the throat and pulls them straight down into the story. From the first page to the last. He has a great sense of character. You start to see and know the characters and each is imperfect in its own way, making the story all the more real.”
– Nathan Goodman, Author of The 14th Protocol

The Cold, Bending Light – Reviewed!

Readers’ Favorite recently posted a review of my newest novel: The Cold, Bending Light.  I thought I’d post it here to share their thoughts.

Reviewed By Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite
Review Rating: 5 Stars

The Cold,ColdBendingLight_CoverFinal.indd Bending Light by MW Griffith is a gripping murder mystery. Young women are disappearing, their bodies found dumped, and tests reveal that they have been injected with lethal doses of a chemical that many states use in executions – just not the state of Tennessee. Special Agent Selena Marrenger is assigned to the case and, as she edges closer to the terrify
ing truth, she stumbles over something else, something much bigger and much more sinister than a serial killer. Selena is about to find out that not everything is as it seems and sometimes complete madness is the reality. What will Selena learn in her investigation and what could be worse than the serial killer they call The Sandman?

The Cold, Bending Light by MW Griffith is one of those stories that grabs you by the throat and pulls you down into the depths. There is no letting go and this is one of the most compelling murder mysteries that I have ever read. The action starts on page one and continues through the entire book, with plenty of twists and turns that lead us down dark alleys and, sometimes, to dead ends. But every twist, every turn, has its part to play in the overall story. There are lots of clues scattered about that make you think you’ve got it, you’ve worked it out. I guarantee you won’t until the very last and this is what keeps you reading. The character development is amazing, with very realistic and identifiable characters being revealed throughout the course of the story. I guarantee that this book will go down well with all readers who love the murder mystery and thriller genres, a truly thrilling rollercoaster journey from start to finish.

What Makes A Great Character?

Businessman-Thinking1What makes a great character?  Someone who you’ll follow all the way through a story, his/her journey to overcome whatever dangers have been presented?
A colleague suggested readers are not interested in imperfect leads anymore, that part of the fantasy is indulging in the concept that there exists a perfect character that’s not only highly attractive, but also holds extraordinary abilities.  Was there ever a time when books followed an imperfect main character?  Sure, I’ve read quite a few books where that’s just the case.  From an alcoholic private eye who’s dying of cancer and decides to take on one last case, to a humble Hobbit having a grand adventure thrust upon him.  These sorts of characters are becoming less known in the modern realm of fiction, however.
A strikingly handsome detective who always out smarts the villain is a much more satisfyingsuperherowithcape read to many people.  These characteristics do not make our heroes great, but super.  Ever watch CSI and marvel at the fact that a small team of super humans can solve incredibly intricate cases in forty-four minutes?
Not everything in the world is so cut and dry, and not every person is so, well, super.  Often enough, a well rounded character is going to be a better one, in my opinion; someone who has faults, who makes mistakes, because these are the things that make a character relatable.  Likable, even.  You want to see them struggle, as morbid as that sounds, because you want to root for them to succeed in the end.  To overcome not only the obstacle represented in the story, but their own personal demons, their own private remorse and uncertain thoughts making them wonder if they truly are up to the task.  These are some of the qualities and imperfections I like to discover in a lead character.  They make me enjoy the ride, and sympathize with their journey.