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NEWEST TONY HARRINGTON THRILLER NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDERS!
"It began with a simple coin toss, which led to a mystery,
"A well-plotted mystery involving old coins and older grudges."
"5 stars! Well-written from start to finish, with a convincing plot and characters who spring from the page... I found myself racing through it."
"What a great adventure. A clever plot with a series of unexpected twists and turns!"
Director of Photography, Pixar Studios
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Word is back from the publishers - The Sophocles Rule will be printed and in my hands in early February. If you pre-order, I promise your signed copy(ies) will be shipped immediately after I receive my stock. In short, you should have yours on or about February 12, depending on where you live. Thank you for your patience, interest, and support!
If you prefer to support your local bookstore, I'm all for it! All bookstores and online sellers will have copies available on March 3.
"But wait!" you say. "I need a Christmas gift this year!
Here's how "Tony" and I can help. We can provide a letter addressed to the person who will receive the gift later. You can use the letter like a gift certificate, putting it in a stocking, Christmas card, or gift bag. The letter will be written by "Tony" and personalized to the recipient. It will be on Orney Town Crier stationery. Interested? Here's what you do:
1. Preorder the copy of the book you will be giving away.
2. Send me an email at email@example.com telling me you've completed a preorder you want to use as a gift.
3. Provide your name (the same as on the preorder so I can connect them), the name of the person who will receive the gift, and instructions on where to send the book and the letter, i.e. to you or directly to the person. Remember to use full names and addresses with zip codes. Also let me know if there are any special words or instructions you want, related to the inscription inside the book.
Performing Murder On Sale!
"Irresistable!" - Maxwell Schaeffer, WHO Radio
"Rated 'E' for Entertaining" - U.S. Review of Books
"Compelling. Captivates on many different levels." - Midwest Book Reviews
"Loved it! A good murder mystery with great characters, suspense, danger, romance, and a touch of humor." - Reedsy.com
Join Tony and his colleagues and friends on their latest adventure, as a Hollywood movie studio brings a cast and crew to Orney, Iowa to film on location. It turns out they bring secrets, and death, as well -- and the greatest peril Tony has ever faced.
The Third Side of Murder
Winner of Two Honors from the 2021 Incipere Awards!
Click the "Novels" tab in the menu to learn more, see some early reviews, and read some of my personal thoughts about it. Also, the first two chapters are there for you to read - for free!
Second Novel wins third citation!
Now on sale! 30% off!
I'm honored to note my second novel, Cry from an Unknown Grave, was selected as the Best Fiction of the Year in the category of Social Issues, by the Top Shelf Book Awards. This novel also was named a Finalist for Best Crime/Mystery Book in the Eric Hofer Awards; and won a Finalist Award from the Book Excellence Awards based in Toronto, Canada.
Buy a signed hardcover copy now for $20.95 (cover price = $29.95)
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Burying the Lede
Want to join me for a discussion of murder, mystery, writing
and other topics? Check out the upcoming events in the "Speaking/Calendar" section (see menu).
Need a Speaker for Your Next Event?
Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
30+ years of experience speaking to groups of all types and sizes.
Available to speak on a variety of topics, including:
To schedule, contact me at: email@example.com
Comments from those who have heard past presentations:
"Joseph LeValley visited the Mason City Public Library to share his writing experiences as well as interesting behind the scenes details about his books. His remarks were captivating, entertaining, and informative. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the presentation, and they were pleased to have an opportunity to ask questions."
-- Jet Kofoot - Head of Adult Services & Archives
"LeValley was an engaging speaker who did a great job walking through his writing and publishing processes! He came across as friendly, personable, and humorous. Our audience loved him, and he did an excellent job at piquing interest in his books while not spoiling anything significant."
-- Attendee at Charles City Public Library, Charles City, Iowa
"Joseph LeValley was a delight to have here at the James Kennedy Public Library. He is a great storyteller and our patrons enjoyed hearing how he went from journalist to writer. They also loved the behind-the-scenes peak into the life of a writer, how the process works, and hearing where his inspiration comes from. We would recommend him to anyone interested in hosting him!"
--The James Kennedy Public Library staff, Dyersville, Iowa
"(We) thoroughly enjoyed Mr. LeValley’s (Zoom) presentation about his journey to becoming an author, with his award-winning book, “Burying the Lede”. Even early in the morning, Joe was the perfect mix of story-telling and laughs. Members commented long after his presentation on how much they enjoyed it. The group looks forward to hosting him a second time ... "
-- The Affinity Breakfast Club, a local business networking group committed to building long-lasting connections in greater Des Moines, Iowa
"We thoroughly enjoyed having Joseph LeValley do a book talk at Ericson Library in Boone, Iowa. He is a fascinating person, and kept our patrons engaged by sharing not only his story of writing, but his life experiences as well. I would encourage other Libraries to book him!"
-- The Ericson Library staff
Hire "Tony" to Write for You
Need a unique gift? Want a personal memento created by the author just for you? You can hire "Tony" to write a news article about, or for, you or whomever you choose. If you know a fan of the book, he or she may enjoy getting a personalized news article or letter from "Tony Harrington," written on Orney (Iowa) Town Crier stationery. If interested, email: firstname.lastname@example.org