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Coming up next!!

Coming up next!!

Coming up next is a new release, a dark crime thriller.

I have previously blogged about the new series I am going to publish somewhere next year, but I have another project on its way to publication. 

It will be a dark crime thriller that will bring you into the world of jewel dealers. The title (at least for the moment) is “The merchant of pearls.”

The idea comes from a document I have been watching about cursed jewels. The first thing that comes to our minds is the pharaoh’s curse, which inspired many horror and thriller novelists. 

Going a bit into details, there are many other more or less known items. For example, we can cite the ‘Hope Diamond,’ the Koh-i-Noor diamond, the Delhi purple sapphire, the Black Orlov, and many others. 

Each of these stones seems to have brought nothing else but disgraces to those who owned them. The question I tried to raise with this novel is: Is it just a marketing strategy, or there’s some foundation of truth?

To be honest, the answer isn’t essential. What is important is that whether because of magic or because of a well-planned marketing strategy, those items are highly desired by collectors.

People are ready to spend a fortune beyond the stone’s market price, but this is not the question of purchasing a beautiful product of nature; it’s challenging the fate and the possibility to own something with a remarkable history.

The price is often placed on the historical value or on the excitement. 

As I’m pre-editing it, I am considering the main character. For this reason, it came to my mind the famous quote of Jessica Rabbit:

My main character, Edward Sherwood, is the last heir of many generations of jewelers and goldsmith. Eldridge Sherwood started the business dealing with cursed stone back in 1802 when the Sherwoods Jeweler’s shop opened its proficient business. 

Edward, differently than Jessica Rabbit, is not a saint, and it’s not really just drawn that way. Nevertheless, like the yin and yang, there’s still something that can save him from damnation. That is represented by the catalyst character, his partner, Byron, a young man he met during his educational journey.

Another catalyst is one of the cooperators, Mikhail Orlov, a former henchman of a Russian mob family, now working as a fixer, owning a bodyguarding company. His story will make him reconsider his doings, but will it be enough to change his nature?

To this question, I am afraid I can’t give an answer, but I promise a story full of twists and turns, heartbreaking stories, gorgeous cityscapes, marvelous gems, and intriguing characters.

Besides working on the pre-editing, I’m also thinking about the cover, and I hope to show you something about it in the next weeks. As I know by experience, this is the most critical and challenging task of the whole process.

I do have a couple of ideas, and as usual, I will start with a few elements that will become the key to the picture. I will need to include a Russian cityscape, a reference to the pearl, or gemstones.

Since I haven’t yet started to draw it, I will have to leave the anticipations to another time. Stay tuned for the next release coming up!

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The Man from the Mist: A suspense thriller with noir shades

The Man from the Mist: A suspense thriller with noir shades

The Man from the Mist is the new crime mystery novel. It was released on the 24th of July.

Framed for murder by the law. Chased by criminal organizations. The key to solve the mystery and save his life could be the superheroes he likes to draw.

Newspaper editor Dave Stanford is convinced he’s invisible. Dull and shy, nobody notices him.

But at night, in his ratty apartment, Dave lives out his dream in his drawings, creating a world of superheroes, where he can belong.
A series of murders rock Dave’s neighborhood, targeting the criminals that lurk in the shadows.

The murderer is a mysterious avenger, a man who comes out of the mists of the night to protect terrorized victims.

A man described by witnesses as wearing a coat and a fedora hat. A man they believe is Dave Stanford.

Disturbing questions are raised when Dave finds an old suitcase in his wardrobe, containing his grandfather’s belongings, articles that are linked to the murders like a coat and a fedora hat.
Who’s trying to frame him? What secret is hidden in his past?

On the run from both the police and the local criminal gangs, will Dave uncover the truth of the mysterious avenger, or will he become another victim of the man from the mist?

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A new exciting release is coming soon.

A new exciting release is coming soon.

A new exciting release is coming soon!

As a matter of facts I’m three days from releasing my next novel and excitement is up to the stars.

‘The Man from the Mist’ is a suspense novel, blurring into the noir genre with psychological introspection.

It’s for me quite difficult to write something into a specific genre.

However, I’m sure you wont be disappointed by the story or the plot.

Here is the blurb to give you an idea of what is waiting for you between the pages.

Dave brightens his life drawing superheroes, until one day he’s mistaken for one. Is it coincidence or someone’s trying to frame him?

Newspaper editor Dave Stanford is convinced he’s invisible. Dull and shy, nobody notices him.

But at night, in his ratty apartment, Dave lives out his dream in his drawings, creating a world of superheroes, where he can belong.

A series of murders rock Dave’s neighborhood, targeting the criminals that lurk in the shadows.

The murderer is a mysterious avenger, a man who comes out of the mists of night to protect terrorized victims.

A man described by witnesses as wearing a coat and a fedora hat. A man they believe is Dave Stanford.

Disturbing questions are raised when Dave finds an old suitcase in his wardrobe, containing his grandfather’s belongings, articles that are linked to the murders like a coat and a fedora hat.

Who’s trying to frame him? What secret is hidden in his past?

On the run from both the police and the local criminal gangs, will Dave uncover the truth of the mysterious avenger, or will he become another victim of the man from the mist?

This is just a taste and in the following days I’m also going to release some snippets.

Follow me for news don’t miss this new exciting release.

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