The Angela Hardwicke Mysteries Book 2
Date Published: Sept 2021
Publisher: Crazy 8 Press
In the cosmic realm of Eternity, there’s only one private eye to hire when your world gets turned inside out—Angela Hardwicke.
Darla Fyne, a college freshman and galaxy design savant, is suffering from a nervous breakdown—or is she the victim of an urban legend known as the Scarlet Raj?
As Hardwicke follows the intersecting worlds of art galleries, college dorms, and a semi-secret clan that patches up tears in the Universe, her investigation will either uncover a hoax gone wrong or a plot that could shift the balance of power across the entire realm. If only she can fight through her own paranoia to tell the difference.
In Russ Colchamiro’s new Sci-Fi mystery Fractured Lives, Angela Hardwicke is confronted by a PI’s worst nightmare—dark secrets from her past.
Q: What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Russ Colchamiro: Making the time to concentrate. I work a full-time day job and have two kids, a wife, a dog, and just regular life to manage. It forces me to be incredibly efficient with my time. When I sit down to write, it’s critical I have as many good sessions as possible because I have so many other responsibilities.
Q: What songs are most played on your Ipod?
RC: I have eclectic tastes. I’m a rock n’ roll man at heart, but I listen to all sorts of music. Rock, pop, jazz, blues, classical, rap, and some country. Right now I’m listening to Chris Daughtry’s new album, Dearly Beloved.
Q: Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
RC: I have 3-4 trusted beta readers. It’s taken me years to cull my list, but the readers I show my work to (most are other writers), all give me different kinds of feedback and, just as important, don’t let me get away with anything! They keep me honest, which is critical. Their input elevates everything I write.
Q: What book are you reading now?
RC: I’m currently reading The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. It’s a trippy mystery, a mix of Agatha Christie whodunnit, Groundhog Day, and Quantum Leap. So far so good.
Q: How did you start your writing career?
RC: I’ve been writing most of my life, but I’ve been on ‘book tour’ for about a dozen years, with no intention of slowing down.
RC: My new book is Fractured Lives, the second in my Angela Hardwicke scifi mystery series. Angela Hardwicke is an intergalactic, hardboiled private eye, in my mind a combination of Doctor Who, Blade Runner, and Philip Marlowe. Her home ‘turf’ is Eternity, the cosmic real responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of the Universe. Hardwicke takes cases at ground level—extortion, corporate espionage, unsolved murders, kidnappings, and the like—but also those involving shapeshifters, AIs, time travel, alternate dimensions, and other mind and time-bending scenarios. Hardwicke is in her mid-30s, and a single mother with a unique child. By the nature of the cases she takes, she often finds herself in dangerous situations that a run-of-the-mill PI wouldn’t know how to handle.
The first book in the series, Crackle and Fire, came out last years. And I’m currently writing the third book in the series, which will go on sale in the fall of 2022.
About the Author
Russ Colchamiro is author of the Sci-Fi mystery Crackle and Fire the first novel in his ongoing series featuring intergalactic private eye Angela Hardwicke. Russ is also the author of the rollicking time travel/space adventure, Crossline, the SF/F backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, is editor of the Sci-Fi mystery anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, and co-author of the noir anthology Murder in Montague Falls.
Russ has also contributed to several other anthologies, including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, Altered States of the Union, Agents of the Abyss, Camelot 13, TV Gods 2, They Keep Killing Glenn, Thrilling Adventure Yarns, Camelot 13, Footprints in the Stars, Devilish and Divine, Badass Moms, and Brave New Girls.
Russ is a member of the Mystery Writers Association and Crazy 8 Press, and hosts Russ’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster podcast, where he interviews best-selling and up-and-coming scifi, fantasy, crime, mystery, and horror authors.
For more on and Russ’s books and his podcast, you can visit www.russcolchamiro.com, and follow him on Facebook, as well as Twitter and Instagram @AuthorDudeRuss.
He lives in New Jersey with his wife, two ninjas, and black lab, Jinx.
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