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The Hangman Cover & Release Date & Latest Newsletter

Cover of Mary Burton's THE HANGMAN

I’m excited to share the final art and the confirmed release date (4/25/17) for The Hangman, Book 3 of my The Forgotten Files novels. I hope you like the cover as much as I do.  The Hangman is Virginia State Police Agent Juila Vargas and Richmond Homicide Detective Tobias Novak’s story of their pursuit of a long dormant, twisted serial killer with ties to Julia’s past.  More about the book, including an excerpt and pre-order links can be found here.

Also, my latest newsletter just came out and includes a giveaway and updates on current discounts on some of my titles. If you missed it, you can grab it online.  You may also want to join my email list below for future news and the occasional Killer Recipe.

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I’m Going to Disney World

Promo banner for RWA conference 2017I’m going to Disney World! The famed resort is the site of the Romance Writers of America’s 2017 conference. I just finished getting all the details confirmed. This year the four day event is in Orlando at Walt Disney World’s Dolphin Resort. As always, it will include RWA’s annual fundraiser, the Readers for Life Literacy Autographing, which features hundreds of romance novelists.The signing is open to the public, so I’m already looking forward to meeting new readers and reuniting with many of those I’ve met along the way. if you’re able to be there, please do drop by and say hello.  It’s Saturday, July 29, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Dolphin Resort’s Pacific Hall.

Senseless & Merciless “Bundled” & on Sale for $2.99 Plus Other Bargains

Happy 2017! I hope it’s been good to you so far.  I’m excited to share some bargains on digital editions of several of my titles. Right now (1-11-17) two of my Alexandria titles, SENSELESS and MERCILESS are available from Amazon/Kindle as a “bundle” that includes both for $2.99. Digital editions of my Morgan Family novels are currently $1.99 – $3.99 at Amazon, Nook/B&N, Blio, Books-a-Million, iBooks and Kobo. They are I’LL NEVER LET YOU GO ($1.99), VULNERABLE ($2.99), COVER YOUR EYES ($3.99) and BE AFRAID ($3.99).

Meanwhile, the Kindle editions of my The Forgotten Files novels THE SHARK and THE DOLLMAKER are each $4.99.  You can also still grab them via Kindle Unlimited.

Wishing you happy reading whatever your weather this time of year.  Here at home, I’m anticipating turning up the heat a bit and snuggling in with a new book and a cup of tea.

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The Shark on Sale at Amazon

FOR EVERY CRIME, THERE MUST BE JUSTICE

The Shark is 50% off at Amazon in digital through the end of December and almost that much (46% off) in print — currently $7.06.  It’s the first of my The Forgotten Files novels and is set in my home state, Virginia. There’s still time to add it to your holiday list.

Here’s a bit about the story—

A grisly murder . . .  a teenage runaway . . . recurring dreams of men playing cards . . . the unsolved case of a serial killer nicknamed the Shark who murdered girls as part of a sadistic poker game . . . only one survived . . . and now the Shark intends to even the score.

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You’re Not Safe E-edition Now $1.99

You’re Not SafeThe cover of Mary Burton's novel You're Not Safe is currently $1.99 at Amazon/Kindle, B&N/Nook, iBooks and Kobo. One of my three Texas Ranger novels, it’s set in the Texas Hill Country and is Ranger Tec Bragg and vineyard owner Greer Templeton’s story.

 

Here’s a bit from the book cover describing the story.

The broken body hanging from a tree . . . the frozen figure huddled in a meat locker. . . only at second glance does the truth become apparent. What seems like suicide is far more sinister, and the terror is only beginning.

 

Read an excerpt.

 

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Pub Day Party Just Before Dark Excerpt—The Dollmaker

Virginia State Police Agent Dakota Sharp confronts The Dollmaker’s handiwork for the first time—

The cover of Mary Burton's book The DollmakerA tall, lean woman in her early thirties approached him. She was dressed in jeans, a loose T-shirt, leather jacket, and booted heels. Ink-black hair skimmed her jaw, a delicate cross on a chain hung around her neck, and a detective’s shield was clipped to her belt. Her lips were fixed into a grim line.

He recognized her. She was new to the Richmond division of the Virginia State Police, having transferred in from the Tidewater area.

Sharp pulled his badge from his breast pocket, held it up for her to see, and attached it to his belt. “Agent Dakota Sharp.

She extended her hand. “Agent Julia Vargas. Thanks for coming so quickly.” Her handshake was firm, her gaze direct.

“What do you have?”

Agent Vargas rubbed the back of her neck as she glanced back toward the body. “I received a call from the local deputy because this scene is so odd. One look and I knew I needed a second set of eyes.”

“Male or female?”

“Body of a young female. I’ve seen a lot of heinous acts, but this one takes the cake.”

“What’s different about her?”

She shook her head. “You’re going to have to see it for yourself.”

“Okay.” He tugged a set of black latex gloves from his pocket and slid them on over his hands. “Lead the way.” She turned toward the yellow tape, raising it to allow him to pass first. A ring of officers and forensic technicians parted as he approached.

For a moment, he simply stared at the scene. His brain didn’t quite process what he saw until he brushed away the shock and refocused.

Leaning against the tree was the body of a woman, dressed like a doll. White billowy dress, knee socks, shiny patent-leather shoes. However, it was her face and eyes that took his breath away. Her eyes were tacked open, revealing unnaturally large pupils staring sightlessly at him. Her face was painted white, cheeks tinted a blush red, with eyebrows arched in a thin line. The hair, twisted into twin braids, was a wig.

His gut clenched. When he spoke, his voice sounded ragged, rough.

“It’s paint?”

“No, it’s not paint,” Agent Vargas said. “It’s ink. All tattoos.”

Copyright 2016 © Mary Burton

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