Monday, October 16, 2017

Author Luke Murphy Wild Card

  This time, it’s not a job. 

After proving his innocence as a murder suspect, taking down an assassin, and being an instrumental part in solving a high profile murder, Calvin Watters believes he can finally move on—until Ace Sanders’ prison escape catapults him into action.

This time, it’s personal! 

Something has always bothered Detective Dale Dayton about the arrest of Ace Sanders. Call it police intuition, but his inner ‘cop alarm’ keeps twitching. When Dale reopens the case, he’s introduced to new evidence that leads him into a political nightmare.

Who will play the Wild Card to survive? 

While Calvin tracks Sanders across continents and into unknown, unfriendly surroundings, Dale remains in Vegas to uncover the truth behind police corruption, prison escapes and hired assassins. But Calvin and Dale must be vigilant because there’s a deadly, new player in town.

Writing a sequel

So, I’ve written my first sequel, which was a new experience for me. WILD CARD is the second part of my debut novel, DEAD MAN’S HAND. I have no plans, no idea how many books I’ll write with these characters. I’ll just write, and see where the characters take me. Who knows?


There are definitely some benefits to writing a sequel. Characters For one, the main cast of characters are already formed. Readers are familiar with the main characters in the series, and there is no need for a lot of backstory to get readers caught up, or a lot of explicit detail to show character traits and physical appearances. Setting Since I already researched the setting of my first novel, I can save that time for novel #2, because I am already familiar with the city (Las Vegas) that I’ve chosen for the setting of my adventures.


Since I have book #1 under my belt, I’ve already formed a small fan base and readership who are earnestly awaiting my next novel. I won’t have to worry about reaching those readers, as they are returning customers, and will already be searching out my books.

CONS: Expectations 

Because DEAD MAN’S HAND garnered so much attention and success, now there is a level of expectation that comes with my next book. With so much praise and five-star reviews, readers have a high expectation of what they are looking for with a new Calvin Watters’ book.


I don’t have to tell you that it’s a lot faster to read a book than it is to write it. Readers are expecting another book as soon as they finish reading the previous one. It took me five years to write the sequel to DEAD MAN’S HAND (sandwiching another book in between), and once readers have finished WILD CARD, they will be expecting another Calvin Watters adventure. I might not have time to breathe.


There are only so many ideas/conflicts to write about, so coming up with new, fresh ideas for my characters with each new novel, can possess a bit of a challenge for a writer. With all that said, I really enjoyed writing WILD CARD, the sequel to DEAD MAN’S HAND, and I look forward to possibly writing more Calvin Watters’ adventures in the future.


Luke Murphy is the International bestselling author of Dead Man’s Hand (Imajin Books, 2012) and Kiss & Tell (Imajin Books, 2015). Murphy played six years of professional hockey before retiring in 2006. His sports column, “Overtime” (Pontiac Equity), was nominated for the 2007 Best Sports Page in Quebec and won the award in 2009. He has also worked as a radio journalist (CHIP-FM 101.7). Murphy lives in Shawville, QC with his wife, three daughters, and pug. He is a teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, and a Bachelor of Education (Magna Cum Laude). Wild Card, a sequel to Dead Man’s Hand, is Murphy’s third novel.

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Buy Dead Man's Hand Here

Buy Wild Card Here

Review Blurbs 

“All the danger, treachery, and action a thriller reader could wish for. Luke Murphy has the touch.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Order “Hold on for a wild ride that doesn’t end until the last page.” —Jordan Dane, bestselling author of the Sweet Justice series “Murder, sex, hackers…an elaborate criminal chess game: Luke Murphy delivers.” —Bryan Gruley, author of the Starvation Lake trilogy

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Want to play a little game? #followback #games #childrenofankhseries

Want to play a little game? 

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Keeps getting better! #childrenofankhseries

on April 4, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition

Want more #childrenofankhseries

on February 26, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Kim starts the ball rolling in Sweet Sleep when we are introduced to Clan Ankh, Kayn and Kevin. Readers grow to love everyone in the story and BAM, Kim throws in a twist. Enlightenment, we watch Kayn grow with her clan and learn to deal with the loss of Kevin and gain the strength needed to survive the test, the BAM again more twists. She keeps this momentum in Let There Be Dragons, now we see Kayn in a new, more dangerous role. Kim has a talent for building up the tension and creating a tone throughout the novel that makes readers want to stop time and just read. Once I got to the end I seriously wanted to scream because I didn't want it to end. Kim leaves her readers desperately craving more as Kayn craves energy and hot sauce.

This volume of the series also gives us a bit of a steamy scene between Kayn and Frost, as a scene that would put traditional romance novels to shame! As she builds the general tension between characters and action, she also builds the sexual tension between the two. While the characters are already well developed throughout the series thus far, Kim finds ways to develop them even more and adds new depth and meaning to them in each installment. I don't think I have read a series that had such complex and multi-layered characters. I cannot wait for more from Kim, I am excited to see what she has in store for Clan Ankh, and wonder if maybe there are other versions of the story in the works. How great would it be if we could have a series that focuses on Kevin, or even Clan Trinity? hint hint Kim!

Seriously, if you haven't read Sweet Sleep yet, do it. Begin the journey with the Children of Ankh, I promise you will not be disappointed. The series just keeps getting better. This would be a series I could definitely see as a movie franchise