For Book Clubs, Bookstores, and Librarians
If you are part of a book club, bookstore, or library group, I would be delighted to make an author visit, either in person (if you’re in Chicagoland) or remotely via Skype or Zoom. I particularly like Zoom these days — the resolution is sharper, and I can see the group to whom I’m talking. Zoom, like Skype, is free, btw, but the choice is up to you.
In fact, I conducted a virtual signing and a workshop for a library in Seward, Alaska last spring! (Distance truly doesn’t matter any more, does it?) Here’s a one minute video clip from the event. We were talking about my writing process, and someone asked me whether I outline.
As you know, I have over fifteen novels published. If you’re not familiar with all my work, following are some of the titles that have been chosen by book clubs in the past. Of course, I’m happy to focus on ANY of my books, novellas, or even short stories. Consider the following just some ideas.
War,Spies, and Bobby Sox
Public Libraries Online just published a review of WS&B that says in part:
“Any of these stories could have been a stand-alone novel; there was great character development, as the reader could sympathize with the characters, while the prose was descriptive, and the story was filled with action…I found this to be both an entertaining and a thought-provoking read…The author’s passion for the topic also shines throughout the book. If you’re interested in WWII fiction, give this book a try.”
THANK YOU SO MUCH, PLO! I AM “THRILLED.” Librarians: Just to remind you, WS&B is available in print, ebook, and audiobook at Ingram, Brodart, Amazon, & Overdrive
It consists of three novellas, all set on the home front during the war. All three feature women who are fighting and coping with the war in ways you may not have imagined. Released March 1, 2017, reviews have been wonderful! You can find out more about the book here.
After a 10 year absence, Chicago video producer Ellie Foreman is back! And soon entangled in a web of espionage, drones, hackers, and spies, all of which threaten those closest to her. I had a great time writing this thriller, and I hope you have a great time reading and recommending it to your customers and patrons. If you’re in a Book Club, we could discuss some of the issues raised in Jump Cut in an “almost-sorta-really-close-in-person” fashion, ie. Skype. Jump Cut was released March 1, 2016, and it won a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly:
“Exceptional… As Hellman’s convincing, conflicted characters face impossible choices, the tension is real and memorable.”
Read more about the book here.
Former cop-turned-PI Georgia Davis takes on what could be her most personal case yet in Hellmann’s thrilling fourth installment in her Chicago based series. Georgia always thought she was an only child until she receives a bloodstained note revealing that she has a half-sister Savannah, who’s not only in trouble but is pregnant. With little to go on, Georgia soon discovers that Savannah, who’s almost sixteen and is called Vanna, is caught up in Chicago’s underground human trafficking ring, which provides whoever’s willing to pay with everything from organs to babies, not to mention girls for sex. Few people are willing to talk to Georgia about the details of the operation, but the wily PI soon learns that a former foe could be an asset in bringing her sister home safely.
Honors and Accolades:
Finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense.
Finalist for the 2015 Shamus Award, Best PI Indie Novel.
Finalist in the Chicago Writers Association — Fiction Category
Shortlisted for the Kindle Book Review Awards: Mystery/Thriller category
Finalist in the Fiction: Mystery/Suspense — 2015 USA Best Book Awards
I’m thrilled about those honors, but if you’re still not convinced, you can find out more here.
A few more things
My previous 2012 thriller, A Bitter Veil, which takes place in revolutionary Iran, is part of my “Revolution Trilogy,” along with Havana Lost and Set the Night on Fire). All three have been warmly received by book groups.
Cuba and Iran: One hour Power Point Presentations
Based on the enormous amount of research required for these novels, I have created power point presentations about Iran AND my trip to Cuba. I’m happy to present one or both to your library patrons or book clubs, either in person or via Skype. Below are a few excerpts.
Crime writing workshops
In addition, I have developed a full day crime writing workshop which I call the “Anatomy of Crime Fiction” for aspiring writers. If you’re interested, you can find out more about them right here. If your library can’t do a full day, I’m willing to chop up the workshops and conduct just one or two sections of the agenda, which are called, of course, “Body Parts.”
Just for Fun
If you work in a library, you might be interested in a novella I co-wrote with David J. Walker. It’s a cozy mystery, and, of course, we murder the library director. It’s widely available here as well as B&N, iBooks, and Kobo.
If I can answer any questions about any of the above, feel free to email me. Thanks for reading this far.
Download the Discussion Questions in PDF