Sunday, August 18, 2013


New post on Laurence O'Bryan - No 1 Best-Selling Conspiracy Thriller Author

Emerging Writers Guest Post #58 – Deadly Pleasures – Mary Firmin
by Laurence O'Bryan

                                                  MARY FIRMIN

I was born in Oldham, Lancashire, and now live in Rancho Mirage, California, a Desert Community they call the Playground of Presidents. My journey has been a long and rocky one, but brimming with life experience. One day, my friend Kathleen and I decided we wanted to go on the Johnny Carson Show. Since we had no other apparent talent we were determined to become writers. We selected a class at UCLA, HOW TO WRITE THE BESTSELLER; perfect for a couple of amateurs, right?

A mere twenty years later, after many many classes, I wrote Deadly Pleasures. The idea came from a story I heard about four men who hired a prostitute to service their appetites. They installed her in a plush apartment, shared the expenses and Voila! At first, I was going to create a murder mystery around this idea, but then I asked myself, why not use four women? It would be certainly be more interesting and forbidden. So here it is!

                                               DEADLY PLEASURES

Disgusted with their cheating men, Megan Riley and her three friends hire a time-share lover. They choose hunky stripper, Michael Harrington, unaware he is a suspect in a series of grisly murders. Enter hot, handsome Detective Matt Donovan--and Megan falls madly in love. Donovan and his partner are investigating the gruesome killings of several young prostitutes the press are calling The Bondage Murders. In her effort to protect her friends, Megan attempts her own investigation.

She ends up in some pretty outrageous situations that cause Matt Donovan to regard her as a suspect, even as he realizes he has feelings for her. During their search for the Bondage Murder, the detectives embark on a wild ride through L.A.'s private sex clubs, lewd bondage parlors, and the fabulous homes and yachts of the wealthy members of the Bayside Yacht Club. Finally, it takes them to the rugged and breathtaking coastline of Catalina Island for the terrifying finale. But who will be the next to die? The intrepid Megan Riley, Real Estate Agent to the rich; Alex Grant who married her tycoon husband for his money; Rachel Feinman, pining in a loveless marriage with her screenwriter husband; or poor, pathetic Kathleen who was recently divorced by smarmy television newsman, Gino Rosario?

But, who is the Bondage Murderer? And who will escape the harrowing ride and the shocking, death defying ending on the high seas?

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Welcome to the guest post slot Mary. Deadly Pleasures has a great premise. I wish you well with your writing. I hope you finally get that slot on prime time!

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Sunday, August 11, 2013


Laurence O’Bryan

This book is a continuation of the Istanbul Puzzle which I absolutely loved and could not put down. The transition is seamless and Mr. O’Bryan’s main character, Sean Ryan, remains a well drafted hero. I love the author’s intense descriptions of all the Holy Places. Unlike Istanbul, I have visited Jerusalem, and I know the atmosphere in this city is unlike any other in the world. Mr. O’Bryan has captured the very essence of this Holy City, where the tangled web of Religious Beliefs literally thickens the air.  When Max Kaiser, archeologist and rival associate of Ryan’s, is found murdered; and Dr. Susan Hunter, who was translating an ancient Manuscript, disappears, Sean goes on the hunt. This long lost Manuscript could change the world as we know it, and he is determined to uncover its mysteries. If you love the rip-roaring thrill of Indiana Jones, and the scientific exploration of ancient cultures, you will love this book. Dan Brown has some serious competition from this brilliant Irish author, Laurence O’Bryan, whose writing is impeccable.  As you read, you find yourself absorbing complicated facts and theories, almost by osmosis, as if you yourself were a seasoned scientist. This is a gift belonging to few writers and I salute you Mr. O’Bryan. I have already ordered my copy of The Manhattan Puzzle, due out in October, and I cannot wait for it to arrive. You who have not read either The Istanbul Puzzle or The Jerusalem Puzzle have some happy hours ahead of you. Both of these books are a must read. And then, there's The Manhattan Puzzle!
Mary Firmin, author Deadly Pleasures.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Deadly Pleasures' Five Star Reviews.

Review of Deadly Pleasures From Kirkus Reviews: "Firmin’s first novel is a first-rate murder mystery." "A swiftly paced tale of lust, seduction, duplicity and horror, Firmin’s debut easily keeps the pages turning."

From Clarion Reviews: "Firmin writes more like a seasoned storyteller than a debut novelist, making good use of her personal experience as a yacht club member and author of a California society column to create sympathetic nuanced portraits of the wealthy who frequent such clubs while simultaneously poking fun at their eccentricities. All of the characters have good points and foibles, complex back stories, and reasons to keep readers rooting for them. Megan’s charm and pluck, insecurities, money troubles, and battle to stay alcohol-free make her an appealing, well-rounded protagonist. The action in the story comes fast and furious, alternating between sexy and lethal, sometimes straddling both extremes at once. Although the graphic descriptions of bondage torture may make some squirm, these detailed depictions of the seedy side of the bondage lifestyle make the gruesome murders all the more chilling." Jill Allen, Clarion Reviews From Blueink

Reviews: "Sex and the City meets James Patterson in this tale of friendship that's peppered with enough thriller action to make Deadly Pleasures a solid guilty pleasure." - Blue Ink Reviews