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Libby Fischer Hellmann

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After a 10 year hiatus, Chicago video producer Ellie Foreman is back, and soon entangled in a web of espionage, hackers, file encryption, and Chinese spies. A thriller about spies in the post-Snowden era, JUMP CUT will be released March 1, 2016 in print by Poisoned Pen Press and in ebook by The Red Herrings Press.

Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Eleven novels and twenty short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery writing community and has even won a few.

Libby began her career as an assistant film editor for NBC News

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Libby Fischer Hellmann Having written. The process of writing is the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. I hate it. But I LOVE having written. It's amazing to hold a…moreHaving written. The process of writing is the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. I hate it. But I LOVE having written. It's amazing to hold a novel in your hands and think that YOU wrote it! (less)
Libby Fischer Hellmann Hi, Miss M. It will be out September 20. (The publisher delayed the release, unfortunately-- because of illness ). It will be in print on Amazon at…moreHi, Miss M. It will be out September 20. (The publisher delayed the release, unfortunately-- because of illness ). It will be in print on Amazon at this link:

However it will go up on pre-order next month. The ebook will be on a website called

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description: For the first time in 10 years, Chicago video producer Ellie Foreman is back on March 1, producing a video for a giant aviation company in the Loop. But she is soon entangled in a web of espionage, drones, computer hackers, and Chinese spies, all of which threaten those she holds most dear. See the cover in a formal reveal right here!

And if you add it to your TBR list and send me an email (through my website), you may win a signed copy a few weeks before Release Day!

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“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
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Libby Just finished the 2nd draft of the 4th Georgia Davis book. It's tentatively called "Comeback." Waiting for a bit to make more revisions. Meanwhile, enjoying Left Coast Crime in Monterey. What a great feel this conference has!

message 13: by Libby (last edited Feb 02, 2014 07:36PM)

Libby If anyone is interested in a free copy of "Your Sweet Man," my contribution to the Chicago Blues anthology (and one of my favorite short stories), be sure to go to where you can sign up for my email list and get the story. Of course, you'll also get updates from me occasionally... but I promise not to inundate you.

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Nadine Thank you for accepting me as your friend.

Alexandra Aldrich Hi Libby, Please consider reading my new memoir The Astor Orphan. It has been described as "gothic." Thanks, Alexandra

message 10: by Libby

Libby My pleasure, Norene...

Norene Moskalski Thank you for adding me as your friend, Libby.

message 8: by Zoë

Zoë Sharp Hi Libby

Thanks for Friending me here. Great to catch up with you. Loved the Odds & Ends blog, btw!

Mickey Wyte Thanks for for adding me as your friend.

Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend

message 5: by Libby

Libby I think I saw you're doing one too, aren't you? I'll come to yours if you come to mine.... :)

Deborah Ledford Hey Libby--it was great seeing you at your Poisoned Pen appearance. I'm looking forward to your Virtual Tour event with Shindig April 17th.
Deborah J Ledford

message 3: by Rick

Rick Reed Thanks for adding me as a friend, Libby. I'll see you at Thrillerfest.

message 2: by Kris

Kris Neri Good to connect with you here, Libby! Happy holidays.


Kris Neri
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Gerald Griffin Libby, thank you for accepting me as a friend. Hope your holiday season was a pleasant one. Though the holidays have passed, may I ask you for a belated Christmas gift: would you please visit my website,, and sign my Guest Book. It would be a special gift to see you there!


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