Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Cover Reveal Tour & #Giveaway for Jump Cut by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Welcome to my stop on the Cover Reveal Tour, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for Jump Cut by Libby Fischer Hellman.  Please leave a comment or question for Libby to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway, where Libby will award a $50 Amazon/B&N GC to one (1) randomly chosen commenter, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You may follow all of the stops on the tour by clicking on the banner above.  The more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.

Jump Cut
By Libby Fischer Hellman
The Ellie Foreman Mysteries, Book 5

Publisher:  Poisoned Pen Press
Expected Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: eBook/Print
Length: 279Pages
ISBN: 978-1464205194

Pre-Order Links:  Amazon | Nook | B&N Print | iTunes | Kobo | Book Depository

About the Book:

Hired to produce a candy-floss profile of Chicago-based aviation giant, Delcroft, Ellie is dismayed when company VP Charlotte Hollander, the architect of a new anti-drone system, trashes the production and cancels the project. Ellie believes Hollander was spooked by shots of a specific man in the video footage. But when Ellie arranges to meet the man to find out why, he’s killed by a subway train. In the confusion, she finds a seemingly abandoned pack of cigarettes with a flash drive inside that belonged to the now dead man.

Ellie has the drive’s contents decrypted, but before long she discovers she’s under surveillance and thrown into the middle of a situation filled with drones, hacking, and Chinese spies that put her life and those she loves in mortal danger.


The sun winked off the frozen surface of Lake Michigan the next morning as I drove south to McCormick Place. During one of the most brutal Chicago winters in decades, the smudge of purple clouds tinged with pink and gold hinted that the fury of winter might—just might—have peaked. I parked in the overpriced lot, bought half a dozen cups of overpriced coffee, and carried them into the massive exhibit hall.

The crew was setting up lights and shades, and Mac was behind the camera framing shots. MacArthur J. Kendall III owns a production studio in Northbrook. He started out shooting sweet sixteens, bar mitzvahs, and weddings, but parlayed that into corporate videos. We’ve worked together for nearly twenty years, from the days of two-inch video, to one-inch, three-quarter, and now digital.

Mac’s name, salt-and-pepper hair, button-down shirts, and penny loafers scream WASP, but the nasty scar running down his left cheek saves him from total Episcopalian infamy. He tells people he was attacked by a Mexican drug lord and made me swear never to reveal it was from a car accident.

I went up to him. “What do you need me to do?”

“You have the shot list?”

I nodded and pulled it out of the canvas bag that doubles as my purse. We went over it. He gestured to the main area of the Delcroft booth, which featured a large projection screen with the company logo on both sides, and about twenty chairs arranged theater-style.

“What time’s the first presentation?”

Teresa Basso Gold, our client contact, had told us to be prepared for a series of short remarks by Delcroft executives touting the company’s latest innovations.

I checked my watch. Barely six thirty. “The doors don’t open until nine, and Teresa said not to expect anyone until ten. But you can get some establishing shots, if you want.”

“Sounds like a plan,” Mac said and strolled over to confer with the crew.

 AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Twelve novels and twenty short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few. *

With the addition of Jump Cut in 2016, her novels include the now five-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24;” the hard-boiled 4-volume Georgia Davis PI series, and three stand-alone historical thrillers that Libby calls her “Revolution Trilogy.” Her latest release, The Incidental Spy, is a historical novella set during the early years of the Manhattan Project at the U of Chicago. Her short stories have been published in a dozen anthologies, the Saturday Evening Post, and Ed Gorman’s “25 Criminally Good Short Stories” collection.

* She has been a finalist twice for the Anthony, twice for Foreword Magazines Book of the Year, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Daphne and has won the Lovey multiple times.

Google+: +libbyhellmann

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  1. If is doesn't give too much away, can you please tell me what Jump Cut means? Thank you.

  2. Ooh. This book looks exciting. It sounds like technology plays a big part in this book. Did it require a lot of research to write?

  3. Thank you for introducing me to a new author. This book sounds exciting.

  4. A must read for me. It's on my winter TBR list. That's all I do all winter.

  5. Thanks so much for hosting Jump Cut! Actually, Julie, the research wasn't that onerous... all I had to do was keep up the news.:) Well... not completely. I did do research, but I love getting lost in the weeds. I feel like a sponge, absorbing all sorts of new information. It's almost as satisfying as chocolate. Btw, if anyone wants a lengthier excerpt (chapters 1-4), you can find it here: Happy to answer any other questions... Misty, I hear you. I'm the same way. Reading or binge-watching... have you all seen A PLACE TO CALL HOME? It's fabulous.

  6. Jump Cut is a film and video editing term. You can see it on the news frequently. It's when someone is talking and then suddenly there's a tiny "jump" and he says something else. That means the speaker has been edited. In the old days, we covered that edit with a "cover shot" or what's sometimes called B-roll, but recently that doesn't happen any more. Being a former news editor, I kind of think it's lazy editing. But what do I know?

    Btw, I've had a couple of questions about this, so just to clarify: Even though the Amazon and Kobo prices say $4.99, I will lower them before Feb 29th so you'll only pay 99¢ if you pre-order now. If you check Nook and iBooks, you'll see the price is already 99¢ because they WONT honor a discount. Amazon and Kobo will. Hope that clears things up. Thanks again for hosting Jump Cut! Good luck on the Rafflecopter.

  7. This sounds like a great read!

  8. Great excerpt, sounds like a thrilling read, thanks for sharing!

  9. You're all very welcome. My pleasure. Good luck! And feel free to hang out with me around the net...

  10. This book looks perfect for me .Thanks for introducing me to this author

  11. Sounds so interesting. Thank you!