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March 2016

Lots of exciting things are happening this year!

I’m thrilled and honored to announce that my debut YA mystery, CITY OF ANGELS, will be published with the acclaimed Polis Books in 2017. Here is the Publisher’s Weekly announcement:

Anthony and Macavity nominee Kristi Belcamino’s debut Young Adult novel CITY OF ANGELS, set in 1992 Los Angeles amidst the boiling tension of the Rodney King trial, about a destitute teenager named Nikki who ends up living above a punk rock bar, and must investigate the disappearance of a young girl who has either succumbed to the streets, or something far worse.

I’ve long admired Jason Pinter and his publishing company and am very excited to be part of the Polis Books family. I join talented authors, such as Alex Segura, Rob Hart, Bryon Quertermous, Patricia Abbott, Dave White, and Todd Robinson!

In other news, my novella-length true crime/memoir Letters From a Serial Killer comes out April 26th (read more about it here). This intense little book was written with Stephanie Kahalekulu, the woman who raised Xiana Fairchild. The man we write about kidnapped and killed Xiana.

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ART, BOOKS, & COFFEE review:

In this heart-wrenchingly honest, gripping, and at times disturbing look at the inner workings of a missing child case, Kristi Belcamino and Stephanie Kahalekulu pull back the curtain to what it is truly like to go through an experience that changes the lives of all those involved.

Since day one, I have loved the Gabriella Giovanni Mystery series written by Kristi Belcamino. The stories, the character interactions, and the grit that fills the pages are what makes them so engrossing. This is why, when I had the opportunity to read Letters from a Serial Killer, I jumped at the chance. I wanted to know the backstory.

In the pages of this book, you will be greeted with true evil, but you will also be shown the resilience, the strength, and the compassion that people can have. In all honesty, I was not ready for what I read. There was real darkness in these pages that, at times, made me want to step away. However, I found that as I kept reading, my obsession with the case almost paralleled Kristi’s journey. Through her thoughts and words, I was able to see why she wanted to desperately to find the truth for Xiana Fairchild and her family. Then, when I was able to read Stephanie Kahalekulu’s reactions to what was going on, I felt a whole new understanding for the case. As the woman who raised Xiana, she went through so many emotions. Now, I am not saying that I could ever understand exactly what she experienced. How could I? This was her journey. It was (and is) heartbreaking for the reader to see everything that Stephanie was faced with. Yet, there is also a level of respect. Respect for her strength and for her ability to have hope.

These two women were brought together because of a tragedy. For different reasons, they were pulled into the world of Curtis Dean Anderson. Because of this, they were able to write this book. A book that gives a voice to the victims of a serial killer. Even with the words Curtis Dean Anderson littering the prose, it is apparent that this book is not for him. It is for Xiana. It is for Stephanie. It is for Kristi. It is for all those who have been through something like this and come out the other side.

I applaud both of these women for writing their story as difficult as it may have been. Because with out them, I would have never known about Xiana. I only hope that now, Kristi and Stephanie can keep that box in the dark basement closed and that they are able to move forward, though I am sure they will never forget.

 

Amazing to see BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WEEP hanging out with the superstars!

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Can you tell I’m pretty excited about THIS? (Above)

 

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Can you tell I’m pretty excited about THIS? (Above)

Here is the link to the post!

 

 

A REVIEW!!!!

What a total trip. I still can’t believe there are people out there reading my book and I hope I never lose this excitement about it.

So far now, I’ve had my mind blown by these things:

*Stellar crime writers reading and liking Blessed are the Dead (thank you Owen Laukkanen, David Corbett, Alex Segura, Bruce DeSilva, and Alison Gaylin).

* A reader, a real, genuine reader, I’ve never met before loving Blessed are the Dead and reviewing it on Goodreads! (Thank you Alexis Tanner!)

*And now today, my first review by a book blogger. Thank you Jo Ann Hakola, aka the Book Faerie. Here’s what she said “This is a suspenseful story with lots of action.  It would make a great movie.. I’m already looking forward to the next book.”

I promised my mom I would try not swear online, so all I’ll say is: Holy smokes!

GIVEAWAYS GALORE

Today marks one month until the publication of BLESSED ARE THE DEAD!!

One month! As my kids would say, I’m nervacited!

To celebrate, having my very first book published, I have two giveaways planned, one long-term and ongoing, one short term.

1. For everyone who pre-orders my book before June 10th (release day), I will give them a free Gabriella Giovanni Recipe Book (ebook) that includes recipes for the dishes I mention in BLESSED ARE THE DEAD. All you need to do is send a screen shot or copy of the receipt to [email protected] with subject line RECIPE BOOK.

2. Everyone who signs up for my newsletter is automatically entered into a contest to win a super cool awesome prize EVERY month. I want to start off with a bang so I’m going BIG for the first FIVE months:

Here are the prizes!!!

(1) One lucky person will get a new, signed copy of KILL FEE!

(1) Free, brand spanking new KINDLE goes to another lucky winner

(1) lucky winner will nab this brand spanking new STRAND bookstore tote bag filled with books from the kick ass authors who gave BLESSED ARE THE DEAD a blurb. Owen was in town recently so his copy is signed.

(3) people will get Ghirardelli chocolate bundles because nothing says San Francisco (where BLESSED ARE THE DEAD is set) like Ghirardelli!

(1) DVD pack with the entire first season of True Detective

All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter and you are automatically entered to win. One winner will be chosen each month.