Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Introducing Darcia Helle

“The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it.” - Author Unknown

Through Virtual Book Tours, I have met many talented authors. Today I am pleased to introduce one of these authors to you, Darcia Helle.

Darcía says she writes because, "My head gets cluttered with characters that demand their story be written."

Darcía is a fiction author of mystery/suspense. She currently has four books, published Enemies and Playmates, Hit List, No Justice and Beyond Salvation, and is at work on number five. Darcía also writes a monthly nonfiction, crime-related newsletter called Guilty As Charged. The newsletter covers a wide range of topics, from the history of burning at the stake to modern-day serial killers.

Words are Darcía's addiction. She will read just about anything: novels, biographies, history, sociology, ingredient labels...

Darcía grew up in Massachusetts but has lived in the Tampa Bay area of Florida since 2002. She is married and has two sons. An animal lover, Darcía has two very spoiled dogs and two equally spoiled cats.

Darcía's website is her own creation. There you will find excerpts from her books, newsletters, monthly contests, blog, and a few pages of things to make you smile.

Her book, No Justice, addresses the question, “How far would you go to right a wrong?”

For Michael Sykora, killing started as blind rage. Then it became something he's good at. To most of those who know him, Michael is a software designer, a smart but average guy with a workaholic nature. To a chosen few, Michael is a part-time hit man whose specialty is eliminating hard-core criminals.

Michael has managed to keep his two personas separate. Until now. When Nicki, a close friend, gets into trouble, Michael steps in to help. Having lost his fiancé to a brutal crime, Michael will do whatever necessary to keep from losing another woman in his life.

At one time or another, don't we all wish we could do the things our Justice system cannot or will not? What would it take to push you over the edge?

Here are a couple of excerpts from the reviews for No Justice on Amazon:

The characters in this book are believable, the scenes are easy to visualize, and the quest for justice is one that has tempted all of us who have been wronged. I highly recommend this book to everyone who has been a fan of John D. McDonald, Robert Crais, Robert B. Parker, or Evan Hunter. I am waiting patiently for Darcia Helle's sequel to No Justice. – Joe Prentis

I love it when a book begins with an intriguing first line - one that immediately captures my attention and draws me in through the need to know more. No Justice does that. I instantly wanted to sit for the rest of the day just reading it. – Martha Jette

To find out more about Darcia or to buy her books, visit her web page , blog, Amazon author page or Books On Amazon.

Feel free to leave your comments or questions for Darcia.

If you have a few extra minutes drop by Heidi M. Thomas, where I’m talking about writing in another genre and I’m also looking for reference book recommendations.

I hope you’ll have an opportunity to stop by and visit some of the other interesting and talented VBT authors, also. You’ll find the complete list at VB, Writers on the Move. If you leave a comment on this month’s mystery site, you’ll have the opportunity to win a prize.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tags: Darcia Helle, Virtual book tour, VBT, No Justice, Heidi Thomas,


L. Diane Wolfe said...

Darcia, I write for the same reason!

Helen Ginger said...

Sounds interesting. The premise reminds me of the cable TV show, Dexter. I've only seen a few episodes of it, but really liked it. Makes me think I'd probably like this.

Straight From Hel

The Old Silly said...

Sounds like a writer after my own heart! Loved the feature post.

Marvin D Wilson

Joanne said...

It's always interesting when the premise takes that "what-if" question and runs with it. Sounds like a very good read!

Darcía Helle said...

Thank you, Jane, for the great post! And thanks to everyone for your comments and support!

Karen Walker said...

Sounds really good. Love the premise. Thanks, Jane, and good luck, Darcia.

Debra Eckerling said...

Love this:

"Darcía says she writes because, "My head gets cluttered with characters that demand their story be written.""

Is there really any other reason to write? :)

Thanks for sharing!


Nancy Famolari said...

No Justice sounds like a great read. Excellent post!

Vivian Zabel said...

Thanks for introducing Darcia to us.

Darcia, as Diane stated, I, too, write for the same reason. My characters are insisting I finish my WIP, and new characters are yelling, "Hurry. It's our time."


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Interesting interview, Jane and Darcia! I love that you write so many different kinds of things. Your newsletter sounds interesting, too!

Mystery Writing is Murder

Devon Ellington said...

Great piece. It sounds like a very interesting book -- I'll be sure to check it out. Many thanks for bringing her work to my attention.

And, Darcia, that's one of the reasons I write, too -- characters start telling me their stories and the inside of my head gets very crowded.

Stephen Tremp said...

“How far would you go to right a wrong?” - I love this question. I've incorporated a utilitarianism theme meaning characters will do things that are unethical and illegal if it means stopping the bad guys to save the greater good.

Stephen Tremp

cassandrajade said...

Thanks for the introduction and some excellent words about writing.

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Darcia, your book sounds intriguing, as does your newsletter.

I love the question No Justice poses.

Great post,


kerrycharacters said...

As a human rights lawyer specializing in Africa I have witnessed the blurring of what is right and wrong on many occasions. I even wrote about it "Accessory or Accomplice", and am inspired by writers who examine these issues. Human nature is a great leveler.

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