KRON4 in the San Francisco Bay Area talks to me and Stephanie Kahalekulu about Letters From a Serial Killer.
Blessed are Those Who Weep was just nominated for a Barry Award for best original paperback. Here is more:
Here’s what Lisa Unger said about the book:
March 10, 2016
Lots of exciting things are happening this year!
I’m thrilled and honored to announce that my debut YA mystery, CITY OF ANGELS, will be published with the acclaimed Polis Books in 2017. Here is the Publisher’s Weekly announcement:
Anthony and Macavity nominee Kristi Belcamino’s debut Young Adult novel CITY OF ANGELS, set in 1992 Los Angeles amidst the boiling tension of the Rodney King trial, about a destitute teenager named Nikki who ends up living above a punk rock bar, and must investigate the disappearance of a young girl who has either succumbed to the streets, or something far worse.
I’ve long admired Jason Pinter and his publishing company and am very excited to be part of the Polis Books family. I join talented authors, such as Alex Segura, Rob Hart, Bryon Quertermous, Patricia Abbott, Dave White, and Todd Robinson!
In other news, my novella-length true crime/memoir Letters From a Serial Killer comes out April 26th (read more about it here). This intense little book was written with Stephanie Kahalekulu, the woman who raised Xiana Fairchild. The man we write about kidnapped and killed Xiana.
REVIEW from ART, BOOKS, & COFFEE
In this heart-wrenchingly honest, gripping, and at times disturbing look at the inner workings of a missing child case, Kristi Belcamino and Stephanie Kahalekulu pull back the curtain to what it is truly like to go through an experience that changes the lives of all those involved.
Since day one, I have loved the Gabriella Giovanni Mystery series written by Kristi Belcamino. The stories, the character interactions, and the grit that fills the pages are what makes them so engrossing. This is why, when I had the opportunity to read Letters from a Serial Killer, I jumped at the chance. I wanted to know the backstory.
In the pages of this book, you will be greeted with true evil, but you will also be shown the resilience, the strength, and the compassion that people can have. In all honesty, I was not ready for what I read. There was real darkness in these pages that, at times, made me want to step away. However, I found that as I kept reading, my obsession with the case almost paralleled Kristi’s journey. Through her thoughts and words, I was able to see why she wanted to desperately to find the truth for Xiana Fairchild and her family. Then, when I was able to read Stephanie Kahalekulu’s reactions to what was going on, I felt a whole new understanding for the case. As the woman who raised Xiana, she went through so many emotions. Now, I am not saying that I could ever understand exactly what she experienced. How could I? This was her journey. It was (and is) heartbreaking for the reader to see everything that Stephanie was faced with. Yet, there is also a level of respect. Respect for her strength and for her ability to have hope.
These two women were brought together because of a tragedy. For different reasons, they were pulled into the world of Curtis Dean Anderson. Because of this, they were able to write this book. A book that gives a voice to the victims of a serial killer. Even with the words Curtis Dean Anderson littering the prose, it is apparent that this book is not for him. It is for Xiana. It is for Stephanie. It is for Kristi. It is for all those who have been through something like this and come out the other side.
I applaud both of these women for writing their story as difficult as it may have been. Because with out them, I would have never known about Xiana. I only hope that now, Kristi and Stephanie can keep that box in the dark basement closed and that they are able to move forward, though I am sure they will never forget.
Can you tell I’m pretty excited about THIS?
What they are saying about
BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN (Sept 29, 2015)
“Kristi continues to amaze me with her latest foray into the mystery arena by crafting a nail-biting, adrenaline-rushing, and heart-pounding treatise that grabbed me immediately and never let go until that final moment of resolution. The fast-and frenzied pace, the non-stop action, the narrative, the emotional sense of being are all captured in the telling of this intensely riveting drama …” – Dru’s Book Musings
“Kristi Belcamino certainly knows how to grab reader’s attention. This not only refers to her ability to raise her name-recognition among the public due to the improvement she displays with each new book in the Gabriella Giovanni series, but also refers to her skill at forcing a reader to pay attention by writing kick-ass first chapters.” – BOLO Books
“BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN by Kristi Belcamino is a FANTASTIC read!!! We’re talking uber superb! It will make your teeth rattle, your face screw up into a little ball, and your mouth go dry as you hyperventilate from all the tension that’s locked into this tale … I gotta say that the writing is impeccable; we’re talking flawless.” – Perfect at Midnight Book Reviews
“WOW!!! This was a great book. I got to learn a lot about the past of Gabriella and her family. I will admit as an adult male at the age of 33, I cried a few times.” – Amazon reviewer
Click here to get a sneak peek of the first chapter of BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN
What people are saying about the Gabriella Giovanni books:
“… a crime novel so skillfully executed that it’s hard to believe it’s her debut … The plot is as suspenseful as they come. And the gritty prose, distinguished by short, muscular sentences, is truly first-rate.” —Bruce DeSilva, Edgar-award winning author of the Mulligan crime novels.
“Blessed are the Dead is a great read, Gabriella Giovanni is a one-of-a-kind character, and Kristi Belcamino is a writer to watch.”— David Corbett, award-winning author of DO THEY KNOW I’M RUNNING?
“Belcamino puts her experience on the crime beat to good use, creating the kind of villain who’ll lurk in your nightmares long after the book ends. Double-check your locks before you crack this one open!”— Owen Laukkanen, award-winning author of THE PROFESSIONALS
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