#ReleaseBlitz “A Kind and Savage Place” by Richard Helms


Historical Mystery


Date Published: 03-01-2022


Publisher: New Arc Books / Level Best Books

It’s 1954. The place is Prosperity, North Carolina, a small farming community in Bliss County. Three teenagers, the 1953 championship-winning offensive backfield for Prosperity High, are unwilling participants in a horrific event that results in a young man’s death.

One of the friends harbors a tragic secret that could have prevented the crime. Divulging it would ruin his life, so he stays quiet, fully aware he will carry a stain of guilt for the rest of his life.

The three buddies go their separate ways for almost a decade, before another tragedy brings them back to Prosperity in 1968. Now in their thirties, it is a time of civil and racial unrest in America.

They discover the man who committed murder back in ’54 is now the mayor, and rules the town with an autocratic iron fist. He’s backed by his own private force of sheriff’s deputies and forcibly intimidates and silences any malcontents.

Worse, now he’s set his sights on Congress.

A Kind and Savage Place spans half a century from 1942 to 1989 and examines the dramatic racial and societal turmoil of that period through the microcosmic lens of a flyspeck North Carolina agricultural community.




About the Author

Richard Helms is a retired college professor and forensic psychologist. He has been nominated eight times for the SMFS Derringer Award, winning it twice; seven times for the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award, with a win in 2021; twice for the ITW Thriller Award, with one win; four times for the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award with one win: and once for the Mystery Readers International Macavity Award. He is a frequent contributor to Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, along with other periodicals and short story anthologies. His story “See Humble and Die” was included in Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt’s Best American Mystery Stories 2020. A Kind and Savage Place is his twenty-second novel. Mr. Helms is a former member of the Board of Directors of Mystery Writers of America, and the former president of the Southeast Regional Chapter of MWA. When not writing, Mr. Helms enjoys travel, gourmet cooking, simracing, rooting for his beloved Carolina Tar Heels and Carolina Panthers, and playing with his grandsons. Richard Helms and his wife Elaine live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Contact Links





Purchase Link



a Rafflecopter giveaway

RABT Book Tours & PR


#ReleaseBlitz “A Hope For Us” by L Summers


A Hope For Us by L Summers

Release date: 1st March

Cover Designer: Danielle Dickson Vixens Designs

Standalone second chance love story with a suspenseful twist

#AHopeForUs #LSummers #Romance #Suspense #NewRelease #Kindle #BareNakedWords


They thought their love was strong enough to last forever,
But one letter was all it took to break them…

A letter for me.
Excuses from him.
My broken heart left behind.

Ben was the love of my life, my best friend,
my whole world.
We had our entire future all planned out and I couldn’t wait.
We were going to have the perfect life together.

But then something changed.
He left me.
Leaving me to pick up the pieces of my shattered heart and get on with my life without him, I was determined to make my dreams come true alone.

A letter for her.
Excuses from me.
Two broken hearts shattered.

She thought we had it all.
But all it took was one letter from me to bring all our plans crashing down.
I walked away and left her all alone.

Whilst my career is taking off on the other side of the world, I can’t help but think, did she make her dreams come true without me?

One day, I hope to explain everything to her.
One day, I hope to make her mine once more.
One day, I pray there will be a hope for us.

Meet the Author

L Summers is a wife and mother to 3 crazy kids and one fur baby. Hailing from Oxford in the UK, she loves learning about local history. Layla has worked with children for over 15 years and is also an avid baker and cake decorator. Her love of reading stems from a very early age, but the amazing E L James kicked off her obsession with Contemporary Romance with the release of the Fifty Shades Trilogy. Having this love of romance is what has inspired her to create her own stories about love and friendship. She loves to frequent romance book signings as a reader, with her dream being to attend one day as an author.


Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.co.uk/~/e/B09S41BTMW