On assignment for SAILING Magazine to bareboat charter in the Spanish Virgin Islands. Stories and photos to follow. July 2017. Planning stops in Culebra, Vieques, and some of the smaller islands in the archipelago. #sailingtoCulebra #SpanishVirginIslandscharter
I'm lucky to have such talented friends. Mark Garfinkel, an award-winning Boston Herald photographer, managed to capture the drama around the illuminated cross atop Orient Heights in East Boston during a recent storm.
The soaring cross is a familiar sight to commuters and anyone flying into Boston. It's also the focus of a major scene in Deadly Fare, my Boston-based serial killer thriller that's topping the charts among crime fiction books on Amazon.
Thanks Mark, for such a perfect picture. www.pictureboston.com
If you're about to read Deadly Fare, get ready for some thrilling action scenes with the Orient Heights cross as a backdrop. (Can't tell you more than that!)
The autographed copies were mailed by U.S. Postal Service yesterday to the two winners of the Goodreads drawing in which 1,204 readers entered.
I'm smilng because 1,204 readers entered the one-week-only international Goodreads Giveaway for my serial killer thriller Deadly Fare.
The drawing by the Goodreads staff was held at midnight after the giveaway was closed to entries.
The two winners are Connor Bedell of Bay City, MI, and Rachel Finchum of Murfreesboro, TN. Each will receive an autographed copy of the Amazon bestseller. Congratulations!
I hope you enjoy reading Deadly Fare.
FREE to Kindle Unlimited members or $3.99 on Amazon.
The latest issue of SAILING Magazine has my story about six sailors rescued off Bermuda after their boat sank in the Bermuda Triangle.
It all happened before dawn during the Antigua to Bermuda Race. Plenty of drama. And some lessons learned.
#SailboatsinksinBermudaTriangle #SailingMagazinestory #DavidLisciosailingrescue
Starting today (July 5), for one week only, Deadly Fare will be part of an international Goodreads Giveaway.
Two winners of the drawing will receive an autographed copy of the Amazon bestselling serial killer thriller.
I happily posted news yesterday about being interviewed by blogger and author Mary Ellen Quire, who chose me and my serial killer thriller Deadly Fare as subjects of her monthly Discover New Authors online feature.
BUT... the link went back to my FB page instead of to Mary Ellen's website, which is where the interview actually appeared. So I'm trying again. If you'd like to read her interview, and maybe learn a bit about how Deadly Fare came about, click here:
So psyched to wake up this morning and see my interview by blogger Mary Ellen Quire posted on Facebook. She picked me and Deadly Fare as her July entry for her Discover New Authors feature. https://www.facebook.com/authordavidliscio/
Save the date because this giveaway will run for ONE WEEK ONLY!
I’ll be posting where and when you can enter the international drawing for two autographed copies.
If you haven’t heard about this Boston-based serial killer thriller, here are a few insights:
---Released in October, Deadly Fare quickly reached Amazon’s Top-100 List of crime fiction books and later made its way to the Top Ten among all Noir, Organized Crime and Serial Killer books.
---It was added to Crime Fiction Lover’s popular Ten to Taste List.
---Acclaimed authors including Anita Waller and Drew Yanno gave it five stars, as did UK-based reviewer Susan Hampson at Books from Dusk Till Dawn.
---Deadly Fare is currently ranked 4.7 of five stars on Amazon and 4.5 on Goodreads.
---In May, it appeared next to Dennis Lehane’s “Live By Night” on Amazon’s Bestseller List and alongside three of award-winning author Angela Marson’s crime fiction books.
---The blog BookAdrenaline.com selected it as its Pick of the Day.
---Criminally Good, a blog favored by crime fiction fans worldwide, interviewed me about writing Deadly Fare.
Deadly Fare is FREE to Kindle Unlimited members and only $2.99 on Amazon ebooks.
See more about Deadly Fare on my website: https://www.davidliscio.com/deadly-fare/
#DeadlyFare #SerialKiller #Noir #BostonCrime #BostonAuthor #OrganizedCrime
I'm back home on the coast of Massachusetts after six days at sea, sailing with five friends from Bermuda to Boston's North Shore aboard a 44-foot sailboat.
Nearly 700 miles of blue water separate the two points and if something goes wrong, you're on your own unless you happen to be sailing within rescue range of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Coast Guard rescue helicopters can reach out 300 miles and remain on scene for about 40 minutes until their fuel guage says it's time to head back to shore. That range covers nearly half the distance between Boston and Bermuda. Unfortunately, Bermuda has no air or sea rescue service, so if your boat sinks a few hundred miles from that remote island, chances are you'll spend days in a liferaft, hoping a passing ship will stop to help. There's also the possibility that nobody will find you. The Bermuda Triangle is known for swallowing up boats without a trace.
But that's what adventure travel is all about and why it pumps me up, gets my adrenaline flowing and my soul glowing. There's a risk factor that heightens your senses. It's about putting yourself out there.
So now it's time to write the Bermuda sailing story, edit the photos, and send them off to SAILING Magazine. www.sailingmagazine.net. In other words, I'm On Deadline.
But once that assignment is tucked away, it'll be on to the next: sailing a bareboat to Culebra and Vieques in the Spanish Virgin Islands. That adventure begins next month and I'm looking forward to it.
Such lovely vessels, both elegant and powerful. And what a contrast to yesterday's duel between the high-tech speedsters Oracle and Emirates Team New Zealand in the 35th America's Cup.
That competition continues a few days from now, but by then I'll be sailing home aboard Tioga, a 44-foot Alden sloop, with five friends from Nahant, MA. We'll be six days at sea and I'm hoping for a safe and fun passage.
On assignment here for SAILING Magazine.
First day of racing at the America's Cup in Bermuda left Americans a bit stunned as Emirates Team New Zealand won both events.
Lots of activity on the racecourse with zigagging media boats, VIP boats of all kinds, ferries, police vessels and a flotilla of boats filled with race management and team support crews. Helicopters flew so low over the course their rotor wash rippled the water, causing the America's Cup skippers to complain it was effecting the race.
Here on assignment for SAILING Magazine.
The America's Cup Village is the place to see the high-tech boats up close. Yesterday the Artemis Racing Team was making repairs to their Hull No. 1. Got to hear first-hand from the crew what it's like to go 50 knots with a wing sail.
Also got to take this ridiculous photo. Races on for today.
Flying Boston to Bermuda tomorrow morning. The goal on assignment for SAILING Magazine is to bring home some good pix of the races and a sense of what the America's Cup hype is all about. But we won't be flying home. We'll be sailing Philip Kersten's 44-foot sloop Tioga back to Boston. Looking forward to the bluewater adventure.
Packing my photo gear for Bermuda and the America's Cup on assignment for SAILING Magazine. Woohoo!
New Zealand vs. USA. High-tech foiling catamarans with carbon fiber hulls that literally fly across the water. And when the race is over, there's the six-day sail back to Boston aboard a friend's sloop. Looking forward to the adventure.
Here's an excerpt:
Homecomings are for queens, not soldiers
Emmett Decker had seen all he wanted of the Middle East’s high-tension cities, North Africa’s unforgiving deserts and the unpredictable banana republics of Central America. He was psyched to return to the simple life he had once known in the rugged hills of Pennsylvania, even if it meant spending hours each week mending his war wounds at the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Shot twice during firefights with Syrian soldiers and later hit with shrapnel during a clash with Iraq’s Revolutionary Guards, Decker had earned his pay as an Army Special Forces Ranger. He had parachuted into places where other soldiers dared not tread, called in artillery coordinates for high-value targets, lugged his long-barrel Barrett M107 sniper rifle on dozens of missions, came very close to dying on several occasions, and decided after many months in Sandland that the U.S. Central Command hadn’t a clue about what to do with Lebanon.
It always helps to have some real life experience when writing crime fiction. Thought I'd share some newspaper stories I wrote about the Japanese underworld -- aka Yakuza.
As a writer, I've always been fascinated by organized crime. So I jumped at the chance to go on a newspaper assignment in 1988 to the island of Saipan, where the Japanese mob was suspected of funneling heroin from Tokyo to San Francisco.
My series of articles was submitted by the editors for a Pulitzer Prize, and though we didn't win, my interest in the criminal underworld remained strong.
As of today, my serial-killer thriller Deadly Fare is on three Amazon bestseller lists, including Organized Crime. The book is a work of crime fiction and the Irish mobsters in Boston, Massachusetts play a key role in the story.
Here's a link: Amazon US……http://amzn.to/2iI5YHh
Award-winning investigative journalist Javier Valdez was gunned down over the weekend in Mexico. He had been reporting on Narcos, which is essentially unveiling the truth about rampant drug dealing, murder and government corruption. He made a lot of enemies.