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Gina Fava’s THE SCULPTOR “Chisel A Review & Plaster it Everywhere” Contest

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“Chisel A Review and Plaster it Everywhere” Contest

To Enter:
1) After reading THE SCULPTOR, post a review on Amazon, Barnes & NobleGoodreads, your blog or website, AND/OR everywhere others can read it.

2) Use the contest entry form on my CONTACT page at my website, http://www.GinaFava.com/Contact, to include your name, email address, AND the link(s) to the blog or review website where you posted your review. It will better your chances of winning if you post on several sites.

This contest is worldwide and rolls out on May 21, 2014 and runs until midnight on November 7, 2014. On November 8, 2014 three winners will be chosen.

Prizes:
1st Place: $40 Barnes & Noble gift card + $10 Cold Stone Creamery gift card
2d Place: $30 Charming Charlie gift card
3d Place: $25 iTunes gift card

In addition, the winner of the Most Thoughtful Review will be acknowledged in my next book.

And, the person who wins the Funniest Review will be a named character in a future book.

Good luck, everyone! And, thank you for posting a review of THE SCULPTOR! It’s greatly appreciated.

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Gina Fava’s thriller, THE RACE,

check out www.GinaFava.com.

 

Gina Fava’s THE SCULPTOR is Available Now!

The plaster has been chiseled away, 

and now all is revealed…

Gina Fava’s latest suspense thriller, THE SCULPTOR, has arrived!

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DOES ART IMITATE LIFE, OR DOES LIFE IMITATE ART…

WHEN IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY?

 

Book Synopsis:

Rome’s serial killer has a way with the ladies…first he wines and dines them, then he carves and plasters them ― alive. Preying on the brilliant, voluptuous grad students of Rome’s universities, the Sculptor excises and molds their finest features for his personal gallery of adulation. The Sculptor, Italy’s most notorious serial killer since the Monster of Florence, has confounded Rome’s police force. Their slew of suspects is growing as fast as their list of victims.

Mara Silvestri is a saucy female grad student seeking to shed her past. When she discovers that the Sculptor is stalking her in a twisted game of cat and mouse, she becomes wary of her relationships with fellow students, art professors, her business mentor, and Jesse, a sexy lothario and mysterious colleague. Barely thwarting the Sculptor’s attacks in Rome, Venice, Tuscany, and the Swiss Alps, Mara uncovers the family secrets in her past that draw him to her. Can Mara turn the tables on the Sculptor before he finally claims her as his prized masterpiece?

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Book Details

Genre: Suspense Thriller
Published by: Steepo Press
Publication Date: May 21, 2014
Number of Pages: 450 print pages

Purchase Link:    

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  The Reviews are in! And here’s what they’re saying about

Gina Fava’s THE SCULPTOR: 

From the opening attack high in the Italian Alps to the final chilling twist in the dark streets of Rome, Gina Fava’s new novel, The Sculptor, carries the reader on a harrowing journey of nonstop action, with vivid settings, sympathetic characters, and a serial killer to die for. Highly recommended.”

 ―Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Monster of Florence.

 

“In The Sculptor, Fava has chiseled another fast-paced thriller featuring beautifully rendered European settings. I loved courageous heroine Mara Silvestri, and the rich cast of suspects kept me guessing right up until the hold-your-breath climax. An excellent read!”

―Steve Ulfelder, Edgar-nominated author of Wolverine Bros. Freight & Storage

 

“After thrilling us with her action-packed debut novel, The Race, Gina Fava takes a slightly lateral move to an intimate, suspenseful, at times creepy but always gripping, mystery tale in The Sculptor.  Just when I thought that I figured out the bad guy, Fava threw me a curve, and then another, until I reached the shocking, satisfying conclusion.”

―J. H. Bográn, author of Firefall and Treasure Hunt

 

“Evil stalks the streets of Rome. A serial killer searches for his next victim amidst the ancient ruins and modern wonders. A smart, resilient, resourceful young woman crosses his path. How smart? How resilient and resourceful? Find out in The Sculptor, a page-turning, spine-tingling heart-stopper that will keep you up all night. And when dawn comes and you turn the last page, you will agree that Gina Fava is one of the rising young stars of the thriller genre.”

 William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Back Bay and The Lincoln Letter

 

A unique front-to-back thrill ride worthy of our primal senses. Deliver[s] a robust thriller for lovers of the genre.”

―Rob Watts, author of The Crooked Road Through Cedar Grove series

 

 GinaFavaPhoto_MGina Fava is a Buffalo, New York native and lives with her family in New England. The Sculptor, her second novel, is the first in her Mara Silvestri mystery series. She is also the author of The Race: A HELL Ranger Thriller. A University at Buffalo graduate, she also holds a law degree, and has studied art history and counter-terrorism in Rome. Stricken with wanderlust, she travels far and wide to research new characters and new places to murder them. Visit www.GinaFava.com.

Review of Steve Ulfelder’s WOLVERINE BROS. FREIGHT & STORAGE: A Conway Sax Mystery

What does it take to transform an average Joe into a bad ass dick (sleuth, that is)? Pure grit and hard core determination. Just ask critically acclaimed, Edgar-nominated author Steve Ulfelder, whose gutsy yet affable hero, Conway Sax is back, with a vengeance.

Wolverine Bros. Freight & Storage: A Conway Sax Mystery

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Genre: Suspense Thriller
Published by: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Number of Pages: 320 print pages

Purchase Link:  

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Book Synopsis:  

“Conway Sax is a man on a mission—this time in Los Angeles, where he uses his race-driving experience in a desperate bid to rescue Kenny Spoon, a washed-up TV star who’s been kidnapped. It’s a favor for Kenny’s mother Eudora, Conway’s dear friend and a fellow member of the Barnburners, his tight-knit maverick AA group.

After hauling Kenny back to Massachusetts, Conway finds himself caught between Eudora and her two sons: Kenny, and Harmon, a cop who resents his talented, troubled half-brother. Each member of the Spoon family distrusts and even despises the others, it seems… and each has a past full of dark secrets that may explain why.

While Conway tries to learn why Kenny was kidnapped and protect him from further harm, a shocking murder devastates this complex, all-too-human family. Conway vows to find the killer and avenge the death, but each clue only points to more suspects.

Things get even more complicated when Conway, separated from his girlfriend Charlene, begins a passionate affair that can’t help but cloud his judgment. The more secrets he uncovers, the more danger he’s in as this masterfully written page-turner builds to a wrenching confrontation.” –Official Website of Steve Ulfelder

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My Review:

You’ll love this guy. The protagonist, Conway Sax, relies on his keen instincts, a healthy man card, and a zealous reliance on his own baggage to get him to the bottom of the mysteries that encroach on his life as a car mechanic. His lovable soft side, his resiliency in the face of whatever bad guys throw at him, and his enduring loyalty to his friends and his comrades in dependency (“Barnburners”) make him a true hero in my mind.

Ulfelder’s writing style is steady and approachable, reeling in the reader from the first page. His use of first-person perspective is vulnerable, acute, and engaging. Ulfelder taps into Sax’s recovery from dependency with affecting honesty and humor. He unfolds the mystery with gradual pace that feels real and justified.

Ulfelder also plunges a dip stick into some car racing jargon that’s smooth and slick. You’ll find yourself adding “bootlegger turn,” “tank slapper,” and “bump drafting” to your everyday vernacular. His secondary characters are spot on, full of enough vitality that you’d think they were idling in a Crown Vic outside your front window. The authentic journey through the winding roads of Central MA will have you dropping your Rs. The dialogue, as well as Sax’s inner monologue, is sincere, fresh, funny, and noteworthy (“Two times a year, I wish I had a gun.”)

If you’re a fan of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer novels, this Steve Ulfelder mystery is for you. It is fresh, raw pulp fiction that’s refined into a sweet and coarse concoction, and it’s sure to please.

My rating: 5 out of 5 FAVA beans.

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SteveUlfelder-e1363706586930-150x150Steve Ulfelder is the author of three mystery novels featuring unlikely hero Conway Sax: SHOTGUN LULLABY, THE WHOLE LIE, and PURGATORY CHASM. Steve left journalism to write novels and focus on Flatout Motorsports, a company he co-founded that builds, rents, sells and services race cars. Steve’s debut novel, PURGATORY CHASM, published by Minotaur Books in 2011, was nominated for the Edgar and Anthony Awards in the Best First Novel category, and was named Best First Mystery by RT Book Reviews. Steve is a proud member of Mystery Writers of America (serving as president of MWA’s New England chapter), Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. He holds a BA in Creative Writing from Ohio Wesleyan University, and lives with his family in Worcester County, Massachusetts. Learn more about Steve Ulfelder’s books at www.ulfelder.com.

 

 

Review of Michelle Hoover’s THE QUICKENING

In author Michelle Hoover’s debut novel, The Quickening, she explores “the polarization of the human soul in times of hardship and the instinctual drive for self-preservation by whatever means necessary.” 

The Quickening

Book Details
Genre: Historical Fiction
Published by: Other Press
Publication Date: June 2010
Number of Pages: 216 print pages

Purchase Link:  

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Book Synopsis:  

“Enidina Current and Mary Morrow live on neighboring farms in the flat, hard country of the upper Midwest during the early 1900s. Despite having little in common, Eddie and Mary need one another for survival and companionship. But as the Great Depression threatens, the delicate balance of their reliance on one another tips, pitting neighbor against neighbor, exposing the dark secrets they hide from one another, and triggering a series of disquieting events that threaten to unravel not only their friendship but their families as well.” –Official Website of Michelle Hoover

My Review:

Lyrical prose, superb description, and dialogue that rings true thrust this novel into a must-read for any book club.  Generally, the story is akin to Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, with its vivid characters and historical resonance.  Personal sacrifice, reliance, and the bonds of family are issues that are pulled taught like guitar strings. Its pace is slow at times, but its voice is pure, which helps pull the reader along to its resolution.

My only issue with this otherwise moving work is that it lacks a gratifying ending.  I felt that Hoover might have left off the last chapter, because the penultimate chapter is raw and edgy and deep, and the last is a poor attempt at a salve for a wound that won’t easily heal.

Selected by Indie Booksellers for the July 2010 Indie Next List and the Winter 2011 Reading Group List, The Quickening is an excellent debut novel.  Michelle Hoover is an accomplished author and teacher, born in Ames, Iowa, the granddaughter of four longtime farming families.  Her experience and polish shine through in this novel.

I’d recommend this novel to readers of historical fiction looking for a gritty transport into the Great Depression, for book clubs seeking a thought-provoking look at the human condition, and for writers that are hungry for a superb lesson in crafting tight, effective prose.

My Rating:  3 out of 5 FAVA beans.

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150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

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Click the above image to reach the Library of Congress website; read the full transcript (a mere 271 words) and discover loads of information about the Gettysburg Address delivered 150 years ago today on the Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, PA by Abraham Lincoln.  The address, in a document permanently displayed at the Library Congress, is also inscribed on the side of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Click the above photo to learn more about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America, and the famous orator who gave this speech, 150 years ago today.

THE RACE “Championship Reviewer” Contest

THE RACE “Championship Reviewer” Contest

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Well, racing season is in full swing, and I’m about halfway through my THE RACE book tour!  Readers and reviewers alike have been so kind and generous with their praise…and guess what?  I’d love to give something back.  

As my book tour continues, and while the racing season rolls on,

you’ll be happy to know that your positive feedback can lead to FREE STUFF!

Here’s the skinny:

1) After reading Gina Fava’s THE RACE: A HELL RANGER THRILLER, post a review on Amazon or Goodreads (preferably both) that’s at least 35 words long.

2) Contact me via email at ginafava1@gmail.com with the subject heading REVVED UP. I’ll enter your name in the drawing for every place that you posted a review. (The more places you post, the better your chances.)

3) Winners will be drawn on the day of the US Formula One race (see below,) and winners will be contacted via email for the snail mail address to which a prize may be sent.

This contest is worldwide and rolls out on July 14, 2013 (Day of the Honda Indy Toronto Race 2) and runs until midnight on November 16, 2013. On November 17, 2013 (Day of the Formula One US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas,) 4 winners will be chosen to stand atop the Reviewer Winners Platform.

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1st Place: $75 gift certificate to Amazon.com

2d Place: $45 gift certificate to Barnes&Noble.com

3d Place: $25 iTunes gift card

Constructor’s Cup: $25 Sunoco gift card

In addition, the winner of the Most Thoughtful Review will be chosen for the back cover of my next book.

And, the person who wins the Funniest Review will be a named character in a future book.

Plus, all of the winners will receive special mention on my website.

Good luck!

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Celebrate Italian Heritage Month & Immerse in Italian Culture

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RUSH to Buy Gina Fava’s THE RACE eBook at $5.99 This Weekend Only!

RUSH is a high-octane, biographical action film that hits theaters Friday, September 27.  All about the 1976 Formula One season and the rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, the film stars hot Aussie Chris Hemsworth (Avengers’ Thor) as Hunt.  Directed by acclaimed director, Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13), the film is sure to be an intense thrill-ride.  Just check out the movie trailer and you’l see what I mean.

I’m so excited for the opening of this real-life Formula 1 rivalry flick, that I’m slashing the eBook price of my novel, The Race: A HELL Ranger Thriller this weekend to celebrate the release of the film.

 

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The Race is an intense, action-packed suspense novel about a Formula 1 racing champion who must rescue his young son and save Rome from annihilation, with the help of his HELL Ranger pit crew, from an elusive international terrorist from his past.  Just check out the book trailer and you’ll see what I mean.

The “can’t put it down, page-turner” is ON SALE for $5.99 for a limited time, Friday 9/27, Saturday 9/28, & Sunday 9/29, so haul your eBook reader over to Amazon, Nook, Kobo, or Smashwords for a download bash this weekend!

 

Join me at the New England Authors Expo!

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Official Release of Gina Fava’s THE RACE Rolls Out with 2013 F1 Gran Premio D’Italia

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Gina Fava releases her debut suspense novel,

The Race: A HELL Ranger Thriller

at Jamie’s Fine Wine & Spirits,

on September 7, 2013, 3-5 pm.

the same weekend as Italy’s Grand Prix Formula 1 Race.

Friday and Saturday:  Watch the prelims, live on SPEED Channel, and determine your favorite for the race that rolls on Sunday at 8am, at the fastest F1 track, Monza!

Saturday:  Come down to the open house event at Jamie’s Fine Wine, Carver, MA location, on September 7, 3-5pm, where Gina Fava will sign copies of her brand new novel, THE RACE, neck and neck with wine and microbrew tastings, plus nibbles, and giveaways, all under one roof!  The event is open to the public (wine & brew tasting is limited to those 21+.)  

Every signed copy of THE RACE you buy at Jamie’s Carver between 3-5 pm on September 7 gives you a chance to WIN  your choice of :

A bucket of brew

OR

A basket of wine!

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Sunday:  Enjoy THE RACE!!  Who’s YOUR favorite team to win the Italian F1 Grand Prix?

Visit http://www.GINAFAVA.com for details.

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