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Brotherhood in Death teasers

Less than a week until you have the chance to read the first of the 2016 In Deaths — Brotherhood in Death.


First, a brief summary:

When Brotherhood opens, Mr. Mira just learned his cousin Edward arranged a secret meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. He heads to the house to confront Edward about it, and gets a blunt object to the back of the head.

When Eve arrives on the scene, he reports the instant before the attack, he’d seen Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody, but when he came to, Mr. Mira found himself alone in the house. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze.

As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. He also made some very close friends behind closed and locked doors.  As the case builds Eve shines a light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, one part of a brotherhood of equally powerful men with secrets to keep.

Now for a few gentle teasers.  I won’t spoil the case, I won’t give away big details.  These are just a few tidbits to look for as the case unfolds.

I’ll add one teaser each day between January 27-30 so bookmark the thread and check in when you can.

January 27
A two-fer:  within a few pages we learn Roarke exercised some restraint in the house design AND a suggested addendum to the Homicide credo.

January 28
A second two-fer:  Peabody has a much better locker room experience in Brotherhood than she did in Treachery.  Oh, and Whitney relays his wife’s interesting opinions on a matter close to the case.

January 29
Eve shares her theories about dolls.  Peabody may be scarred for life.
Oh, and remember Roarke’s reaction to coming upon Will Banner? A couple tables are turned this go round.

January 30
Dolls show up again. This time more people are scarred.
Eve and Peabody show off more than detective skills on scene.

That’s it, guys.  The book will be yours soon enough.

Stars of Fortune discussion thread

stars largeThis is the place to discuss Stars of Fortune, Book 1 of  The Guardians Trilogy.  Please note that spoilers will abound.

I knew the basics of this book from conversations with Nora, but even knowing those basics, the way the story unfolded, the way secrets were revealed kept me reading faster and faster until it was done.

Please share your thoughts about the book or about this new group of six we meet or their particular talents.  My personal countdown until book 2 is already underway.  Laura


Wonderment in Death description/discussion

ddtrh coverI usually let everyone else chime in about books but last weekend I had a chance to read “Wonderment in Death” — the In Death novella in Down the Rabbit Hole — and in my opinion it’s a particular standout among the 11 novellas under JD’s belt.

The official description for the anthology?

You’re late for a very important date…
Enter a wonderland of mesmerizing tales. It’s a place that’s neither here nor there, where things are never quite as they seem. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s whimsical masterpiece, ranging from the impossible to the mad to the curiouser, these stories will have you absolutely off your head. 

Don’t be afraid to follow them…

Since it’s short and efficient (and marvelous) storytelling there actually isn’t a real teaser to give that won’t potentially spoil the “Wonderment in Death” story.  So I’ll set this page up for the discussion now.

It’s in stores on September 29.






Stars of Fortune — cover and synopsis

Stars of Fortune coverIt’s never too early to plan, is it?  So mark your calendar for November 3, 2015 (in the US and Canada) for the start of The Guardians Trilogy.  I’ve only been able to bug bits and pieces of the whole out of the creator, but it sounds like we’re going to have a fabulous time meeting the Guardians.

Synopsis below.




To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces…

Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where five others have been lured to seek the fire star. Sasha recognizes them, because she has drawn them: a magician, an archaeologist, a wanderer, a fighter, a loner.

All on a quest.

All with secrets.

Sasha is the one who holds them together—the seer. And in the magician, Bran Killian, she sees a man of immense power and compassion. As Sasha struggles with her rare ability, Bran is there to support her, challenge her, and believe in her.
But Sasha and Bran are just two of the six. And they all must all work together as a team to find the fire star in a cradle of land beneath the sea. Over their every attempt at trust, unity, and love, a dark threat looms. And it seeks to corrupt everything that stands in its way of possessing the stars……

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Cousins O’Dwyer news

Please remember this is the announcement of the project and early, early days yet.  We’ll keep everyone in the loop as the process moves along.

 At some point Nora will share her thoughts.  As for me?  I think this is going to be a lot of fun.  ~Laura

Edited 1/13/15 at  9:30 pm:  My contact at Omnifilm saw the questions about where the show would air. Again, this is early in the process, but they definitely plan for the series to be broadcast in the US — they are in the beginning stages of determining which networks to partner with, so no news on that front yet.  They are also working diligently to bring the series to Canadian and UK (including Ireland) audiences… and perhaps other countries as well.  

Since the news was only announced this evening, I think we need to give them just a little more time to work out details.  ~Laura 

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Vancouver, BC, January 13, 2015 – Omnifilm Entertainment has secured the rights to bestselling author Nora Roberts’ latest trilogy from Berkley Books, The Cousins O’Dwyer. Lost Girl Executive Producer Emily Andras will write the television series adaptation, entitled “Blood Magick”, the title of the final book in the trilogy.

Blood Magick is a contemporary genre continuing series set in Ireland, featuring sorcerer cousins Iona, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer as they face off against the ancient evil of the dark sorcerer Cabhan.

The series begins as American-born Iona Sheehan arrives in Ireland, where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations – and where her destiny awaits. She tracks down her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer, and since family is family, they invite her into their home and soon she joins their mission to defeat Cabhan.

“We at Omnifilm Entertainment are delighted to be in business with Emily Andras, the very talented Executive Producer of Lost Girl, as she adapts Nora Roberts’ thrilling Blood Magick trilogy for television,” said Paulo de Oliveira, Omnifilm SVP Scripted Programming and Executive Producer.  “Nora Roberts is an author of unparalleled popularity, and we look forward to seeing her wonderful work realized for the screen.”

All three books in the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy – Dark Witch, Shadow Spell, and Blood Magick, – debuted at #1 in both paperback and e-book categories on the New York Times bestseller list. 

Nora Roberts is the bestselling author of more than 200 novels with more than 500 million copies of her books in print worldwide.  Every Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb title released in 2014 hit the New York Times bestseller list, keeping up a streak started in 1999.

“I’m very excited to bring Blood Magick to series television,” said Andras. “These characters are so passionate in their fight to protect their home and each other, it’s easy to be drawn into their dangerous quest. Set in Ireland’s enchanting County Mayo, the books detail a haunting and sensual world. With Nora’s stories guiding us, we look forward to bringing Branna, Connor and Iona to life for the millions of Nora Roberts fans throughout the world.”

The project is being structured as a Canada/Irish co-production and will be pitched in the coming weeks.

Nora Roberts is repped by UTA. Emily Andras is repped by the Alpern Group. Paulo de Oliveira (Outlander) and Brian Hamilton, Gabriela Schonbach and Michael Chechik of Omnifilm Entertainment will Executive Produce.  

About Omnifilm Entertainment Ltd.

Omnifilm Entertainment Ltd. is one of Canada’s leading independent television producers.  Since 1979 Omnifilm has produced hundreds of hours of award-winning programming including drama, comedy, factual and lifestyle series, documentaries and children’s programming.  Omnifilm’s recent scripted series include: Arctic Air on CBC, which garnered the highest premiere for a CBC 1-hour drama series in over a decade; and Primeval: New World on CTV/Space, SyFy Channel, Prosieben and UKTV; Defying Gravity (ABC, CTV-Space, Prosieben and BBC), the Gemini award-winning gang drama Dragon Boys (CBC) and long-running dramedy Robson Arms (CTV). One of Omnifilm’s earliest dramas The Odyssey was nominated for an Emmy and featured a young Ryan Reynolds. Omnifilm’s teen drama Edgemont discovered both Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and the Beast) and Grace Park (Hawaii 5-0).

Currently Omnifilm has three non-scripted series in production: Ice Pilots on History in Canada, National Geographic in the U.S. and 62 countries including France, Germany and UK; Jade City soon premiering on Discovery Canada, and Namaste, on Youtube, Amazon and iTunes worldwide.

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Omnifilm Entertainment is a vertically-integrated content company handling development, production and post-production, delivery, and distribution of their brands on both traditional television and digital/VOD platforms.

And here’s how the announcement looked on The Hollywood Reporter.