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Saturday, 18 July 2015

The Saturday Showcase featuring J. David Core with FIVE SECRETS ~ A Lupa Schwartz Mystery

Welcome to another Edition of


J. David Core
A Lupa Schwartz Mystery
Book Blurb
After surviving a vicious attack, magazine reporter Cattleya Hoskin learns that her ex-boyfriend, Ulric, has gone missing having left only a coded message the police cannot decipher. Digging deeper, she learns that he'd been working with the man who got her injured on the last story she covered, Pittsburgh PI Lupa Schwartz. The two men had been trying to covertly unravel a centuries-old scheme, but the conspirators found him out and drove Ulric underground. To complicate matters, a mystery woman arrives with a tale of peril linking her to the same nefarious plot.

In order to protect this client and Ulric, Cattleya and Schwartz delve into the mysteries of sacred geometry and a genetic line that traces back to Charlemagne and beyond. Now the pair must work together to expose an ancient secret before being thwarted by the agents of a shadow government which has been secretly operating since Mesopotamia.

If they succeed, they just might topple an empire. If they fail, there may be no place for them in the New World Order -- or anywhere else.

This book is not on sale yet, but the first in series can be found at these links:

Paperback version on 


Author Bio

With a profound interest in religion, liberal politics and humor, Dave began writing in High School and has not given up on it since. His first professional writing jobs came while attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh when he was hired to create political cartoons for The Pitt News & to write humor pieces for Smile Magazine. Dave has worked in the newspaper industry as a photographer, in the online publishing industry as a weekly contributor to Streetmail.com, and was a contributing writer to the Buzz On series of informational books and to the Western online anthology, Elbow Creek.

Dave’s science fiction novel, Synthetic Blood and Mixed Emotions, is available from writewordsinc.com.

Dave currently resides in his childhood home in Toronto, OH with his beautiful girlfriend and his teenage daughter. He enjoys participating in local community events & visiting with his two adult children and his grandkids.

Author Links:
Website, tinyurl.com/lupalanding


Twitter, @gamutman  https://twitter.com/gamutman 

Book Trailer – if you have one https://youtu.be/stYHoaEbaPE

Podcast, podcast.thrillsandmystery.com

Publish date:  July 18, 2015                                       Publisher: The Gamut
Book Excerpt:

“The God I realized I believe in is hidden for a very different reason,” I said from my hospital bed. I’d been recovering from a stab wound for several weeks. It was touch and go for a while. The knife had nicked my spleen and lacerated my liver. I’d gotten a secondary infection after surgery, and my fever had spiked several times; but I was recovering nicely now, and Mia had come to visit from the house that she and I shared with her boss who was my  - well, I don’t know what I’d call him. Lupa Schwartz was not my boss, and he wasn’t exactly my friend after the way he’d used me as bait to lure a murderer. But I needed to stay where I was in order to chronicle his cases for the magazine I worked for.

I had come to Pittsburgh almost a year before in an attempt to simply score an interview with the man who, working as an independent contractor, had successfully resolved more unsolved murders in the tri-state area than any two official police investigators combined. However, what began as a hoped-for interview had snowballed into a living arrangement and a working partnership between Lupa Schwartz and myself.

Mia pulled her fingers like a comb through my hair as she spoke in comforting tones. “What reason is that?” she asked genuinely curious. Mia was a Catholic, the same as our other roommate, Beverly Seanesy, Schwartz’s housekeeper. Well, maybe not the same as Beverly. Beverly’s Catholicism was the devout variety that did rosaries and went to confession. Mia’s was the nominal variety that wore a crucifix and only spoke about sex in whispers, but who nonetheless actually had sex, although probably with the crucifix still on. All of which was in stark contrast to the man of the house, who was a vocal and outspoken atheist; the kind that fundamentalists called “militant” despite his never having actually declared his intention to shoot anybody for their refusal to denounce faith.

“That way we can find Him when we need Him,” I said answering her question about why I thought God was hidden. The question had come up as part of a discussion about why I had called things off with my most recent beau. I had been dating Schwartz’s friend, Ulric, a rabbi and a somewhat older man. Ulric was sweet and kind and handsome and charming; but he’d been too paternal; and I don’t think that was because of our age difference. I think that was just who Ulric was. Oddly, I’d seen Schwartz behave in much the same way with Beverly; and there was no secret that Beverly was madly in love with Schwartz.

“Well,” Mia said, “I hope you let him down gently.”

“I hope I did too,” I said. “I tried to.”

“Has he called you since the break up?” Mia asked still tugging at my shaggy mane. It had grown-in more than I normally liked in the weeks since I’d been bed-ridden.

“No,” I said, “I haven’t heard from him.”

“Does your doctor still plan to release you tomorrow?” Mia asked mercifully changing the subject.


The ride home from the hospital had been quiet and awkward. Schwartz knew that I was furious with him, but I had the feeling that there was something more to it. There was something I was not being told. He and I had worked more than a few cases by this time. I knew his body language cues. I’d made it a point to learn them. Not only were they an insight into his character – which I needed to understand so I could write about him; they were an insight into his thought processes – which I wanted to understand so I could help him in his investigations. My father had been a gumshoe. I was instinctively drawn to that life.

As we finally climbed to the top of Murray Avenue, I could see that there were several Pittsburgh police department cars parked on Hazelwood Avenue, and I knew that something was definitely going on. Schwartz pushed the button on his key-fob signaling the garage door to open, and as he pulled his Jensen into the drive that led to his private parking complex, I could see that standing outside one of the cruisers was Detective Trevor Johns. Something off was definitely going on.

By the time Schwartz had returned the keys to Mia, off-loaded my bags, and we had climbed the stairs out of the subterranean car park to enter the main hall of Schwartz’s large Victorian home; Trevor had already rang the doorbell, and Beverly was already welcoming him into the residence along with two uniformed cops and a skinny guy with a laptop.

“What’s going on?” I asked Schwartz as the door to the garage level shut behind me. He ignored me, and moved forward to greet Trevor, dropping my bags in the open foyer.

Beverly retrieved the discarded luggage. “We didn’t want to tell you while you were in hospital,” she said as Schwartz and Trevor entered the office, “but Ulric has gone missing.”

“Missing?” I said as I stormed past the uniform and entered the office before the door was fully closed. I stood slumped in the doorway, expecting to be rebuffed and told to leave.

“Ah,” Schwartz said from his place behind his desk, “Ms. Hoskin, please have a seat. You look uncomfortable.” He directed me to sit across from him in the far seat of the two that faced his desk.

“What’s this I hear about Ulric gone missing?” I demanded.

“Cattleya,” Trevor said as he took the seat beside mine, “relax. It’s only been a few days.”

“Is that why Mia was asking me so many questions about Ulric yesterday?”

“We’re still trying to piece together the whole picture,” Trevor said. “I asked her to find out if Ulric had been in contact with you.”

“Next time you want to grill me,” I said with a sarcastically curled lip and a wink, “do it yourself. Don’t be sending your girlfriend in to do your dirty work.” I sighed and shook my head, but sloughed it off. “You don’t think he hurt himself because of our breakup, do you?” I asked.


Author Interview:
Hi Dave and welcome to my blog
Firstly can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi, I’m Dave. I’m 52, devoutly irreligious, a happy Ohioan with a great affection for the towns of Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Seattle. In addition to my books, I host a podcast called The Thrills and Mystery Podcast where I read other writer’s short thriller stories. They can be any genre so long as they are suspenseful or thrilling.

What inspired you to start writing novels for your chosen genre?

I started out writing sci-fi shorts, but my father was always a fan of detective fiction: Chandler, Stout, Parker, McBain, Francis, the list goes on. One day I picked up a Rex Stout novel he had laying around, and it changed my world. The pacing, the characters, the syntax, the plotting; it was all so entertaining and absorbing. So I started writing mysteries to try to recapture a little of that world.
Are there any other genres you’ve written?

Well, as I said, I’ve written sci-fi, and I still fable in it a little. I also have an idea for a horror story I want to write some day. I also write noir stories – which I realize are closely akin to mysteries, but there are differences.

Have you published any other novels, if so can you share the details?

The first novel I ever published was a sci-fi story I wrote in the late 80s. It sat on a shelf for years until one day I decided to shop it around to some online publishers in the late 90’s. The Internet was still young, and eBook publishing was a brand new idea at the time, but I decided to give it a go. Lo and behold, the second publisher I sent it to decided to run with it. It’s still available, but honestly it’s not very good. The plot is “What if everyone you know is a robot except for you, and their job is to study your reactions in advance of an invasion of the real Earth?” It’s a thriller heavily influenced by 1980’s sci-fi movies like Terminator and They Live.

Aside from that, I have written a graphic novel where the concept is “What if King Arthur was revived by the fairies of Avalon and walks the earth as a vampire?” I also have a non-fiction book written to help religious persons understand their atheist friends and relatives. And of course there are four other books in my mystery series, and a collection of noir stories which I am releasing in November.

Are you working on anything new right now?

I’m working on a collection of shorts featuring my mystery detective, and I have an idea for a three books series about several people who suddenly find themselves in a compound on an island with no idea how they got there or why. I describe it as Lost meets Resurrected, but it’s not really based on either.

What inspires you to write?

Sometimes dreams. The first novel in the mystery series I write came from a dream. I dreamt I was visiting a priest in his office when he excused himself leaving me alone. I found a compact on his desk and began unscrewing the lid. He rushed in shouting for me to drop it. He explained that it contains tainted holy oil he uses to anoint dying parishioners with during last rites. The oil is poisoned to help ease their suffering. I woke up and the Lupa Schwartz mysteries were born.

I also get ideas from other books or shows. I’ll imagine ahead how I think it’s going to turn out, and if I’m wrong, and if I think my ending was better, that’s a story idea.

Basically if a story pops into my head, I have to put it to paper.

Can you offer any advice to the fledgling authors, just starting out?

Everybody always says the best advice is to keep writing, but that doesn’t work for me. I write when I’m inspired, and I’ll write til a story is done, then I’ll walk away from it for months. Then when I go back, I can read it almost as a fan, and pick apart the weaknesses. So it’s taken me 13 or 14 years to finish five novels in my mystery series. In between I wrote other things and lost them, then rewrote them. So I guess I am always writing, but I’m not focused on finishing. So my advice is – write at your pace, not anyone else’s.

What is your all-time favourite novel?

Believe it or not, it’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. The characters are so vivid, and the story is so original and fun. Every time I read it, it feels like the first time.

Who is your all-time favourite author?

Kurt Vonnegut. He was so great at creating interesting and thoughtful worlds. His venues always seem both worldly and unworldly; like he’s actually visited these places, and yet you just know that no such place could actually exist with such people in it.

What are you reading at the moment & would you recommend it to us?

I don’t want to say. I often read other indies’ books to review, and sometimes I’ll take on a project because the description is attractive, only to find that the writing isn’t up to snuff. That’s the case with my current chore. To be fair, it’s cyber-punk – which is not normally a genre I’d choose, so fans of the genre may disagree with my assessment.

If you could Time Travel, what year would you visit and why?

2001 for obvious reasons. 9/11 would be very easy to prevent in hindsight. I’d love to relive that year – that decade for that matter – without the disaster looming in our memories. Imagine what a different world we’d have today.

If you could be any character in any novel, who would it be and why?

John Steinbeck in Travels with Charley. I know he was an actual person, but I suspect hat much of the story was exaggerated or made up from whole cloth. Either way, it was an interesting life he led for those months.

How do you come up with the Titles for your novels?

All of the titles in my mystery series are two short words, two to four syllables total. They are easily remembered that way, and they have a punch. The short stories in the series are one word titles to distinguish them from the novels.

When working on your current novel, were there any moments when you thought:- OMG what am I doing?

Oh, heck yes. In fact, I put off writing it for six years. It’s very complicated involving an elaborate conspiracy theory involving the placement of the world’s tall observation towers; such as the CN Tower, the Space Needle, The Oriental Pearl Tower, etc. It’s broken down into three acts and has the main character deciphering coded messages, going off grid for months, and infiltrating a shadow government of the NWO. I had to research sacred geography, cartography, and even some world history. The scope is bigger than anything I’ve ever written before, but in the end I think I pulled it off.
What is your preferred method of writing:-  The plot pre-planned from day one, or just go with the flow and see what happens next?

I’m a plotter. I want to know my ending and my beginning and most of my middle before I start.

Are there any tips or tricks you use to get to know your characters?

All of my characters are an amalgam of people I actually know. None is based wholly on one person, but there are cherry-picked qualities in each one that helps me keep the characters true to human behaviour.
Do you like to write while listening to music and if so, does your book have particular playlist you’d like to share?

I tend to listen to blues music or silence when I’m writing. Usually silence.

If you were stranded on a distant planet:-  which of your characters would you like to be marooned with and why?

Not Lupa Schwartz, that’s for sure. He’s too much of a pedant.

Which type of book do you prefer to read?

           a. ebook

            b. paperback

            c. hardback

I don’t really like hardbacks. eBooks and paperbacks both have their pros and cons. I’d probably go with paperbacks, but if you ask me another day I might say eBooks.
Do you have any input in the Cover design of your novel?

So far, since I’m self-, I’ve done all my own covers. Eventually I’d like to have them professionally redone. The cover for my sci-fi eBook was done in house by my publisher from an idea I suggested, but I really don’t like what they came up with. Especially the fonts.
What is the best thing about writing for you?

The control. That was easy. Next question.
Apart from writing, do you have any other hobbies?

I like hiking, cooking, graphic design – I actually went to art school and intended to be a graphic designer but wound up doing portrait photography for thirteen years. Now I hate cameras. I miss film.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Big time night owl.

What’s your least favourite part of the writing process?

I genuinely enjoy it all.

How long does it typically take you to write a novel?

I wrote the second novel – actually re-write it after losing the first draft in a catastrophic computer failure – as part of NaNoWriMo in 30 days. Other books have taken months.

How many hours a day do you dedicate to your writing?

I don’t do it that way. When I’m motivated, I start and I quit when I feel done.
If you didn’t write, what would you do instead to fill the creative void?

Stand-up comedy. In fact, I’ve done open mic several times and was a member of an improve troupe for a short while.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I’ve always wanted to see Ireland. I’d love to set a mystery novel in a quaint Irish village, but I don’t feel qualified because I’ve never been.

Who would be your dream cast if your novel was made into a movie?

Oh, I love this question.

Lupa Schwartz would be played by Adam Sandler or Jake Gyllenhaal. When I started writing it thirteen years ago, I would have said Jeff Goldblum or Harrison Ford.

Cattleya Hoskin would played by be Mila Kunis, but she’d have to be willing to change her hair color to auburn. Lauren Holly would have been perfect when I started the series.

Amy Sedaris for Beverly Seanesy.

Megan Fox would play Mia Giovani.

And police detective Trevor Johns could be played by any of a number of actors. Robert Downey springs to mind, though he may be a little old. Oliver Hudson maybe.

If you had a choice, which would be your preference: Your books serialised, a la Vampire Diaries style or made into movies, a la Twilight style?

How about a Netflix or HBO limited run like True Detective or House of Cards?

What is the one book you can’t live without?

Whichever one I’m writing at the moment.


Many thanks to Dave for joining us today with his latest novel, and I'll be back next week with more fabulous authors and novels just for you!




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