My inmate son is reading a Tom Stone thriller story

He grew up in the foster care system, moving from house to house while his sister came to my wife and I at five weeks of age. M was the oldest of five or more children and was born into a violent family. We didn’t meet him until he was 11 years old and living at a group home facility between Pasadena and Los Angeles. It took a couple of years to gain his trust and see him open up when he came to our house for a visit.

CoverWhen I first started writing what became Book 1 Tom Stone: A Nitty Gritty Christmas, I thought of him. M helped shape the character of Andrew in my mind and I appreciate my co-author Lon letting the boy in the story flourish.

He’s now 30 years old and is in a county jail–again, for a parole violation–and voluntarily extended his sentence so he could get some help and have housing available for when he’s released again.

He had been asking for a copy of our Tom Stone stories and I finally remembered to send one. He called me today and had read the first chapter and was telling other guys in his block about the story–with the opening around Christmas time and Detective Tom Stone meeting Andrew, noticing the frenetic way the boy handled himself.

As we talk about social justice and racism in this country, one of the elements that frequently gets left out of the discussion is the importance of family in a child’s life. Sadly, foster care is a path to prison unless dedicated families step in. Det. Tom Stone does that and continues the relationship with Andrew in Book 2 Sweltering Summer Nights and Book 3 Day of the Dead.

We’re writing a short story and will release it soon where Stone also goes hiking into a canyon with Andrew, his detective partner Jake and Jake’s son.

M is excited about finishing the book and it helps pass his time. It also gives him a window on life choices and can alleviate the loneliness and boredom that can be tough.

Perhaps the Tom Stone stories can inspire him to write since he does have a creative talent that I’ve seen expressed. I’ll be interested to know what he thinks of the story.

Tom Stone: A Nitty Gritty Christmas is available on Amazon, Kobo and iTunes.

Here’s an excerpt where Stone is visiting Andrew and his counselor Luke at the group after the Christmas party.

EXCERPT

Stone felt too self-conscious to play like Luke but he moved the dog around on the floor near Andrew. “Do you like dogs, Andrew?”

The boy waited and looked from Stone to Luke and then nodded. “They can be nice.” His face changed and he spoke in an ominous tone. “And they can snarl and bite.” Andrew grabbed the dog and growled in a low voice.

“Do they growl when they’re scared or angry, Andrew?” asked Luke.

Andrew let go of the dog, didn’t say anything for a few moments, and then spoke up. “Dogs run away from home.” Life seemed to vanish from his eyes after he spoke.

 

 

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Last weekend: 3 Crime Books, $3 Bucks

For August 18 and 19, grab Kindle versions of our 3 Tom Stone books for only $1 each or … let’s do the math together … remember, Lon and I are creative types … $3!!! 

We know you don’t buy on price alone — you want quality, so below we’re sharing positive reviews that have just rolled in.

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From a review on Goodreads for Book 3 Tom Stone: Day of the Dead

The characters are believable ( and I loved his portrayal of Tom Stone, a cop who is divorced but without all the drama you often find in crime books) and the situations are easy to see in your head as you read them. I felt as though a movie was playing and all I had to do was watch!
I would recommend this book to all who enjoy crime fiction.

From a reviewer, Ginger Book Geek.wordpress.com on Tom Stone: Day of the Dead

As I took such a shine to Detective Stone, I just had to read on and on to find out what fate had in store for Stone and if he managed to solve the case.  The more I got into the story, the more I read and the quicker the pages turned. 

From a review for Book 2 Tom Stone: Sweltering Summer Nights (right here on our site)

I like that the story was realistic, bringing about the relevant drug issues and social inequalities that come with it. … I echo Tom Stone’s concern of his daughter having anything to do with drugs. I can relate much there. As a parent myself that is one of my greatest fears – that my daughter will be introduced to drugs. I like that he is very human in that aspect.

From a review on Book 1 Tom Stone: Nitty Gritty Christmas 

I really liked the character of Tom Stone, a veteran LAPD Detective. Flawed but real, he’s trying to learn how to balance life and a career fighting the seedier side of life. With his faith, Tom’s partner Jake Starke, is better balanced, but less driven. Together they make a good team.

The books are also available in paperback.

And, guess what? We’re writing a 4th — a short story — what happens when Jake Sharpe and Tom Stone take their boys hiking? Plenty.

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Check Amazon U.K. for those who live in the land of British mysteries and crime dramas!

Kindle sale on crime and thriller fiction

Meet Detective Tom Stone and other characters in this fast-paced crime fiction series during our Kindle sale and discounted paperbacks.

Book 3 Tom Stone: Day of the Dead has just launched so here’s your chance to scoop up a few titles for a low price and get to know Los Angeles’ newest detective.

“All 3 books have a very good rhythm to them. I found myself sucked in and wanting to read.”

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Tom Stone’s care for his family and society, values he inherited from his grandfather, a detective in Buffalo, NY, compels him to action.

In the first three books, Tom Stone is pulled into the chase of a wanna-be drug lord, Anthony Angelino, who fights the mob in pursuit of riches.

A crime story that involves little-known neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

Book 1 Tom Stone: A 
Nitty Gritty Christmas

kicks off the chase when Stone and his partner Jake Sharpe check out a window that’s been shot in a quiet neighborhood.

“There were enough twists and captivating character development that it keeps you interested and involved to the end to find out exactly how the story plays out.”

Only 99 cents on Kindle.

Can Angelino escape the mob’s clutches?

Book 2 Tom Stone: Sweltering Summer Nights

Angelino sees a legal medical marijuana dispensary as the means to his wealthy end, but Stone questions what’s really being traded and the mob wants a piece of the action.

“The plot and characters are all tightly woven and the story progresses quickly, with a lot of action. Anthony is an oddly appealing anti-hero. Again, Los Angeles is a character.”

Free on Kindle Aug 1 and 2.

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Crime fiction overview of the Tom Stone stories

Peek at this overview of the first three Tom Stone stories that Don Simkovich did for CCN Sunrise in LA County’s San Gabriel Valley.  And click our e-newsletter link below the video to get a free preview of Tom Stone: Day of the Dead Chapter One.

The interview is about six minutes and highlights the many different elements that create the storyline, running from Nitty Gritty Christmas and Sweltering Summer Nights to Tom Stone: Day of the Dead.

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