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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Win This Book!

Thursdays Thoughts on Reading ‘N Writing

When you leave a comment on THIS post by midnight Sunday, January 29, 2012, you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of the book I review below.

Pattern of Wounds, A Roland March Mystery by J. Mark Bertrand.

J. Mark Bertrand has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. After one hurricane too many, he left Houston and relocated with his wife, Laurie, to the plans of South Dakota Find out more about Mark and the ROLAND MARCH series at 

From the book’s back cover

It’s Christmas in Houston, and homicide detective Roland March is on the hunt for a killer. A young woman’s brutal stabbing in an affluent neighborhood bears all the hallmarks of a serial murder. The only problem is that March sent the murderer to prison ten years ago. Is it a copycat—or did March convict the wrong man?

Alienated from his colleagues, and with a growing rift in his marriage, March receives a series of taunting messages from the killer. The bodies pile up, the pressure builds, and the violence reaches too close to home. Up against an unfathomable evil, March struggles against the clock to understand the hidden message in the pattern of wounds.

From Jo

After reading this fascinating book, I feel I would recognize Roland March if I met him on the sidewalk. Bertrand writes his characters with all their moles and also their goodness and his scene descriptions are vivid. Action flows without a lull. If you want a page-turner, this book is for you. If you enjoy the fast paced writing of James Patterson you’ll love this book. Can’t wait for the next novel in this series, there just has to be one, and you’ll know why when you read this great novel—at the book's end I kept looking for the next page. Now that’s a cliff hanger!

I thank Mark for giving me a copy of Pattern of Wounds, which one of you could win. Remember to leave a comment on THIS blog by midnight Sunday, January 29 to be eligible for the drawing of a copy of this book. You must be 18 years old and a resident of the U.S. to be eligible for this drawing. Neither I nor my family members are eligible to enter. Winner will be announced on my Monday blog. Remember to please leave your email address so that I can reach you should you win the book.

Till next time ... keep on smiling.


  1. Love a good mystery. Want to read this one.

  2. We enjoy mysteries. I can guarantee four readers in our family.

  3. i've not read any of mark's books. i'd love to find a new mystery author! my email is charactertherapist at hotmail dot com.

    the character therapist

  4. Thanks so much for the chance to win your book, Mark. Congrats on earning your MFA. A dream. :)



    1. Sharon, Mary, Jeannie, and Aly--thanks for your comments. This novel just "blew me away" and if you like mysteries I think you would enjoy this book.

      Sharon, I need your email address. If you should be the winner I'll need to contact you.

      Thanks to all of you for following my blog.