A VINE IN THE BLOOD : Comments By Author Leighton Gage

A VINE IN THE BLOOD is available in bookstores, on Amazon, and at Barnes & Noble.  It is likely to be found in libraries as well.  It is the fifth book in the Mario Silva series and it is not necessary to read the books in order.

A Vine in the Blood

Once a year, each of us gets a chance to toot his/her own horn.
Normally, we do that when we launch a new book in the United States and Canada.
This time, I’m going to do it differently.This is the North American cover for A Vine in the Blood:

I love that cover, and I’m anxious to see it on the shelves of bookshops, but it won’t be launched in North America until the 27th of December.

This is the cover for the English-language Kindle version elsewhere in the world:

And it’s up for purchase, on Kindle, as of today, as long as you don’t live in the United States, Canada, the Philippines, the American possessions and a couple of other places.

In the UK, here’s the link to the Kindle store:

http://tinyurl.com/AVineInTheBloodUKlink


If you live anywhere else, I can’t give you a link, because the URLs vary from country-to-country.
I don’t know them all. But, even if I did, there wouldn’t be space to list them. They number over two hundred.

Which is how it’s possible to put books up on Kindle at different times, and in different places, without violating copyright arrangements with publishers.

I suppose you know that, if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download a free application from Amazon that enables you to read Kindle books on your computer or smart phone.

It’s not my preferred way of reading, and I suspect it isn’t yours, but it’s possible.

And it will save you eight months of waiting for the next installment of the adventures of Chief Inspector Silva.

Here’s the synopsis, extracted from the copy on the book’s jacket:

It is the eve of the FIFA World Cup, the globe’s premier sporting event. The host country is Brazil. A victory for the home team is inextricably linked to the skills of the country’s principal striker, Tico “The Artist” Santos, the greatest player in the history of the sport. All the politicians in Brasilia, from the President of the Republic on down, have their seats squared-away for the finale, when they hope to see Argentina, Brazil’s bitterest rival, humbled by the Brazilian eleven. But then, just three weeks before the first game, Juraci Santos, Tico’s mother, is kidnapped. The star is distraught. The public is appalled. The politicians are outraged. And the pressure is on Chief Inspector Mario Silva to get her back.

Suspects aren’t lacking. Among them, are a cabal of Argentineans, suspected of having spirited the lady away to put Tico off his game, the star’s gold-digging, top-model girlfriend, whom his mother dislikes and has been trying to get out of his life, his principal rival, who wants to play in the World Cup in Tico’s place, and the man whose leg Tico broke during a match, thereby destroying his career. In the end, Silva and his crew discover that the solution to the mystery is less complex – but entirely unexpected.


The book is no cozy, but it’s not very violent, either. And there’s humor from the wisecracking Arnaldo Nunes to break up the action.

Which is, otherwise, pretty non-stop.

Thanks, Dear Readers, for putting up with this blatant self-promotion.

Like I said, it’s only once a year for each of us.

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4 Responses to A VINE IN THE BLOOD : Comments By Author Leighton Gage

  1. Even if the author does say so himself, “Vine” is a delightfully entertaining excursion through Brazilian society in general and its futbol-crazed culture in particular, seen through the eyes of an honest but pragmatic cop you can really root for as he puts in nearly as much effort battling Brazil’s politicized law enforcement apparatus as he does battling criminals.

    And, in an age when fully adult, consensual, energetic promotion by publishers is so rare, self-promotion is a perfectly natural activity–as long as you don’t become obsessed. I hear that if you self-promote too frequently, your keyboard might develop warts and your monitor may go blind.

  2. Beth says:

    I don’t think that last sentence is true. As to the sentence before it, there are some authors who take to Facebook not understanding that the constant repetition of the name of their books is not going to get them readers.

    On the other hand, Leighton isn’t engaging in self-promotion. He is calling A VINE IN THE BLOOD to the attention of a
    self-selected group who read this blog everyday. Authors might benefit by their Facebook presence if they mentioned something particularly interesting about the settings they use or supplied an anecdote about how they and why they ceated a particular character. I took on the role of promoting authors I respect and books I have enjoyed reading because publishers have dropped the ball in that part of their jobs. It seems odd in that they make more money from sales than the authors do.

    I am more than ready to promote your next book.

  3. Beth, the intent of my final paragraph was satirical, in response to Leighton’s use of the term “self-promotion.” And it was aimed not at him, but at the kind of blatant self-promoters you described.
    I was teasing Leighton, who, because of his natural modesty, apologized several times in his post for doing what today’s book business dictates: let the audience know your novel is for sale, because publishers have become less and less and less willing to make what used to be the most basic of efforts to market the work.

  4. Beth says:

    My apologies for not responding in a more timely fashion. The cursor would suddenly freeze so nothing worked.

    I know you are being satirical about Leighton but some authors seem not to get that constantly mentioning the book suggests they don’t have much faith in their own work. there ia an author who has seven or eight books in his series. I have read them all and they are very good. He is, I think, a midlist author and enough people read him that the publisher keeps getting j=his book into print.

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