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Free e-book Today Only

In case you missed it–today is the LAST DAY to download Dead Bishops Don’t Lie for FREE.

I was at the launch at Chapters over the weekend, and there was quite a crowd gathered around Andre–it was wonderful to see the support and interest in his work! The thriller has gotten a lot of press and excellent reviews. Go get it while you can! 

 

FREE KINDLE THRILLER : André K. Baby, former Crown prosecutor and international business lawyer is offering his thriller “Dead Bishops Don’t Lie” FREE on Tuesday October 23rd and Wednesday October 24th. Based on historical facts, “Dead Bishops Don’t Lie” takes you to the dark side of Vatican politics, where an explosive, secret pact must remain buried forever. Before this truth is revealed, The Church will do everything to suppress it. Read it before they do!!

The reviews:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to any aficionado of smart thrillers. L.D. Douglas

The plot is a marvelous story that kept me engaged and caring about what happens next.

Peter K.

  The intrigue is layered and well done.

Deacon Pete  |

 

“…What makes Baby’s writing so strong and believable is that, as a former 

prosecutor, he insists on testing every link in the chain of evidence… I made the mistake of cracking open the book on a Friday evening. I finished it Sunday at the expense of a briefcase full of work I’d brought home…”—
Jim Duff, Editor, The Hudson Gazette

 

For more information, see his website at http://www.andrekbaby.com/

 

 

 

 


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E-book giveaway on Kindle Select

Get the thriller Dead Bishops Don’t Lie, by André K. Baby FREE on Amazon Kindle Select Giveaway TODAY October 9th, tomorrow Oct 10th, and October 23 & 24.

Based on historical events, “Dead Bishops Don’t Lie” draws the reader to the dark side of Vatican politics, where unbridled ambition leads to treachery, revenge and murder.
In early May 2005, the gruesome murders of two archbishops , one in Switzerland, the other in Italy, trigger a worldwide shockwave of indignation and outrage .
Baffled by these ostensibly related crimes and fearing more assassinations, the Swiss and Italian police call Interpol for help. Thierry Dulac, a caustic investigator with an enviable track record, gets the nod.
Dulac’s search for the killers takes him from the hushed corridors of the Vatican and the quiet luxury of a British Marchioness’s château, to the dank prison cells of Moscow’s infamous Lubyanka prison. Struggling through personal trauma and finally piercing the Vatican Curia’s notorious Code of Silence, Dulac uncovers an astounding, unlikely conspiracy of dirty money, blackmail and state-backed terrorism. He’s just realized the enormity of what he’s discovered when a hit-man strafes the windshield of his Renault…
The reviews: “… A lightning-paced thriller. I can’t wait to read the sequel…” Norbert Spehner.
“. The book’s pages will burn your fingers…” Richard Migneault.

Lawyer and author André K. Baby has mined the wealth of his rich legal experience as a Crown prosecutor and international business lawyer, to forge the plot and characters of his religious thriller, “Dead Bishops Don’t Lie”.
Its stand-alone sequel, “The Jewish Pope”, will be launched in early 2013.

 

 


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Dead Bishops Don’t Lie

Did the title get your attention?

It certainly did mine!

The e-book, written by André K. Baby, is available at Amazon.

Directly from the blurb:

Based in part on real events, André K. Baby’s well-researched “Dead Bishops Don’t Lie” draws the reader to the dark side of Vatican politics, where jealousy and unbridled ambition can lead to treachery, and murder.
Within the space of a week, two Archbishops are found crucified, one in Switzerland, the other in Italy. Baffled by these ostensibly related crimes and fearing more assassinations, the Swiss and Italian police call Interpol for help. Thierry Dulac, a caustic investigator with an enviable track record, gets the nod.
Follow inspector Thierry Dulac’s search for the killers, from the hushed corridors of the Vatican and the quiet luxury of a British Marchioness’s château, to the dank prison cells of Moscow’s infamous Lubyanka prison. Struggling through personal trauma, Dulac uncovers an astounding, unlikely conspiracy of dirty money, blackmail and state-backed terrorism. He’s just realized the enormity of what he’s discovered when a hit-man strafes the windshield of his Renault…
The reviews: “… A lightning-paced thriller. I can’t wait to read the sequel…” Norbert Spehner.
“Mind-blowing. The book’s pages will burn your fingers…” Richard Migneault.

André K. Baby is a Montreal-born lawyer and author. He’s mined the wealth of his rich legal experience first as a Crown prosecutor and later as an international business lawyer, to help forge the plot and characters of his first thriller, “Dead Bishops Don’t Lie”.
Its stand-alone sequel, “The Jewish Pope”, will be launched this summer.

André is a member of my critique group and he was a guest here last year when his first novel was published in french. He’ll be back soon to talk about this novel, so stay tuned!


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André K. Baby talks about his novel.

Today André K Baby will be talking to us about his debut thriller, La Danse des Éveques. His is the first of three guests on this blog. Next week Cathryn Grant will be speaking, followed by Teresa Frohock.

André K. Baby is a Montreal-born lawyer and writer. After early beginnings in criminal law as a Crown prosecutor, he switched to corporate and commercial law, eventually becoming General Counsel to a Swiss multinational. He has mined the wealth of his varied legal background to forge the intrigues and characters of his first thriller, “Dead Bishops Don’t Lie.” The French version, “La Danse Des Éveques,” was published and launched in the fall of 2010 at the Salon du Livre de Montréal by Les Éditions Marcel Broquet.  André is currently writing the stand alone sequel, “The Jewish Pope”. When not writing, André enjoys reading, sailing and playing classical piano. He and his wife Louise live in Pointe Claire, Quebec.

Welcome André!

JN: You wrote your thriller, La Danse des Éveques originally in English.  Why?

AKB: Actually, it’s easier for me to write the thriller genre in English. I think it’s due to the fact that my imagination has been fueled by the likes of Graham Greene, Lawrence Durrell, Sidney Sheldon, Ken Follett and others. Although the French have great mystery and police procedural writers such as Simenon and Levy, there are less really good French authors in the thriller genre.

JN: Were you concerned that the translation might not be as good as the original?

AKB: I must admit at first I was a bit apprehensive.  But when I read the end result I was really excited.  With the help of Hélene Larue’s excellent editing, I feel La Danse Des Éveques is as good as if not better than the original.

JN: How did Dance come to be translated and published in French if it was originally written in English?

AKB: Preparation and Perseverance. When I sent out queries to agents for my English manuscript and my inevitable pile of rejections grew to unflattering heights, I became extremely frustrated. Self-confidence eventually reached an all time low. Did I really need this sort of existence? Was I becoming masochistic? Was this what writing was all about? A lot of pain and no gain? After a period of serious introspection, I decided to keep writing for myself, for the fun of seeing the end product improve as I rewrote, and rewrote and rewrote some more. Then one day at a party, I met a Quebec French publisher, who was kind enough to take a look at my English manuscript and to suggest changes. I incorporated his recommendations and kept sending out queries to agents. Still no takers. About three months later, that French publisher phoned me one fine morning and said that he wanted to publish my novel. After getting off the floor and back into my chair, I heard him continue: “There’s one condition. You’ll have to get it translated it into French.” That’s how  “La Danse des Éveques” eventually got published before the original,” Dead Bishops Don’t Lie”.

JN: Three months after the launch of La Danse des Éveques, how are sales going?

AKB: Better than expected. The first print run is almost sold out. Since publishers (including mine) don’t like to spend money on advertising, we have to rely mainly on word-of-mouth. I’m amazed at how effective that is.

JN: How is your publisher marketing?

AKB: I’ve found it to be a sensitive issue with the publisher. The margins in the publishing business are so small that publishers are unwilling to spend on advertising. Yet it’s a catch 22: don’t advertise and the author remains unknown, and sales don’t grow. Yet so far, I’ve been lucky.

JN: What are you working on now?

AKB: I’m currently reworking the ending of my second thriller,  “The Jewish Pope”. After that, I’ll be integrating my line editor’s (my wife Louise’s) many comments.

JN: When and why did you begin writing?

AKB: I began writing a few sailing related articles many years ago, for local publications. I have also written a few law related articles during my career as a corporate lawyer. I began thinking about writing “The Novel” about five years ago. Coincidentally, I broke my leg around that time, so I remained more or less immobilized for three months. I found that lying on the living room couch was a good position to enhance the creative process. I still use it now.

JN: Any advice for writers?

AKB: Having only one published book to my credit, I am loath to give advice to others.  More seasoned authors than I have written about the many, sometimes daunting issues that face writers on the road to publication. I found that these authors each had variations on a main theme, which included however two recurring ideas: preparation and perseverance. When those two qualities were present, writers usually got published.  I think each writer must find his or her way. My path was arduous, a bit circuitous but in the end, the result was and continues to be extremely fulfilling. Plus I’ve met some great people along the way and made new friends.

JN: Are there plans to publish La Danse Des Éveques in English?

AKB: I’ve recently received good news from my publisher, Marcel Broquet: a Canadian Anglophone publisher has requested the English version “Dead Bishops Don’t Lie” and will be taking a look at it. Also, I ‘m awaiting news from an agent whom Broquet met in Ottawa recently.

Thank you, André, for sharing your experience with us. We wish you continued success, and look forward to Dead Bishop’s Don’t Lie, and The Jewish Pope.

Visit André’s website to learn more about him and his novel, La Danse des Éveques.

André would love to answer any comments or questions you have for him.


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Shout it out!

These past months have been busy for many writers around me.

One of the members of my writer’s group, Andre K. Baby, released his first novel: La Danse des Eveques.

His is a very unique entry into the publishing world – his book originally written in English was picked up by a French Quebec publisher who loved it, translated it, and voila! Any francophone readers should pick up this wonderful book full of thrill, and mystery – a page turner!

One of my first blogging friends, Cathryn Grant, self published her debut novel, The Demise of the Soccer Moms.

This multi-dimensional book covers so many aspects of motherhood. While witnessing three mothers attempting to keep their children safe and sheltered, we see how their own life experiences colours how they perceive their children’s. Not only full of suspense and intrigue, this novel will leave you questioning not only your parenting skills, but the way you see others around you.

Another blogging friend since day one will be releasing her debut novel this summer: Miserere: An Autumn Tale, by Teresa Frohock. Congratulations Teresa! We look forward to reading it!

Linda Cassidy Lewis, who was I think the second person to ever leave a comment on my blog, is self-publishing her debut novel this year! Follow her process over at her blog Out of My Mind. Linda has poured much of herself into this novel, and I cannot wait to read it!

Stephanie Beman, has self-published her novel, My Lorde Hades, and is in the process of publishing another. A blogging friend and mother of young children, she writes fantasy and romance – go check her out!! Her novel will be one of the next ones I read.

Laura Best’s debut novel Bitter, Sweet, is a wonderful YA book that as an adult I loved. It looks at the hearth of a family. I read it last Christmas, but it’s never too late to shout it out.  I thoroughly enjoyed it. You can read all about it on her blog.

There’s something special about reading a novel written by a friend, real or virtual, and in discovering new writers. In this post, Linda talked about the need for writers to support each other. She received a fantastic response to this call, and here’s my howl back ;)

Are there any debut authors, traditional and Indie, you want to shout out?

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