Tuesday, January 25, 2022

MEDICAL MYSTERY - Richard L Mabry, MD - One Free Book

Welcome back, Richard. What kind of files takes up the most space on your computer? I haven’t ever looked to see, although I have plenty of room still on my hard disk. Unlike some authors, I keep all my prior files on the books already written and published. These undoubtedly take up space, and I probably could get rid of them, but I keep them “just in case.” I guess that, if I needed the room, it would be safe to delete them.

I’m like you. I keep all my book files. Are you a stay-at-home kind of person, or do you like to be on the road a lot? Definitely a homebody. Before my retirement from medicine, I went all over the world lecturing and teaching, but since then I’ve let the world go by. Now I don’t even want to think about getting on an airplane.

James doesn’t like to fly either. The only place he joined me was when one of my books was a finalist in a contest, and we flew to Atlanta for the banquet. That was several years ago. Please share a Bible verse or passage that has had the most impact on your life. When I was asked to be chairman of deacons at a previous church, my initial reaction was to say “no.” Then I read these lines, which caused me to re-evaluate that request and all that followed: “…who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14 kjv). I have tried to apply this whatever the circumstances, and it has worked so far.

I love that scripture, too. Do you have a favorite Bible character? Who is it and why? Depends on the situation. Sometimes I identify with Esther, sometimes with Paul (who was often down but never out), sometimes with others. I recall what I’ve written in one of my prior books—if God didn’t use flawed people to accomplish His will, who would He use? This does away with my excuses in almost every case.

That is so true. What has been your favorite time in your life? And why? When I was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by my otolaryngology academy, my reaction was, “But I’m not through.” And I’m not. So, I guess my favorite time is now, because I don’t yet know what else is coming.

Do you have an ereader? If so, what kind do you use? I have a Kindle—one of the earliest models. My wife has a newer model, which she rarely uses. Mine is adequate for reading books that I’m due to give a comment about, but otherwise I prefer to feel the paper and turn the pages.

Do you read mostly print books or ebooks? As noted above, I prefer the print copies. (The exception, of course, is when I travel, but as I’ve said before, I’ve cut down on that to almost zero).

Do you like to read books in the genres you write, or do you read only other genres … and why? I read mainly in my own genre, and lately I’ve confined my reading to authors whom I trust. There are lots of new books published each year, and some of them are worth reading—but not all. I’ve reached the stage when I don’t always finish the book I’ve started reading.

Please tell us about the book we’re featuring today. I thought I was through writing. My wife, however, apparently did not. She made a few suggestions (as though we, as writers, need ideas), and I tried them without success. But the ER nurse who was so damaged by her prior near-marriage and the GP who had never moved on after the death of his first wife got under my skin, so I put them together in a book where everyone is suspected of causing a death that, at first, seems to be due to natural causes.

As usual, when your book arrives at our house, James takes it right away, and he takes a while to read a book, so I haven’t read it yet. Please give us a peek at the first page of the book.

The knuckle of the trigger finger was white with tension. The pistol was rock-steady and aimed at her chest. The person behind the gun smiled slightly. “Any final words?”

There was no way out. She wondered if she’d hear the gunshot that ended it all.

The cell phone in her pocket began vibrating, effectively breaking her concentration. Diane Macklin tried to ignore it, but it didn’t work. Nothing came.

She turned from the computer and pulled the instrument from her pocket. Maybe a way for her heroine to get out of the predicament would come to her while she talked.

There had been a call from her mother about twenty minutes ago, which Diane ignored. Maybe her mother was calling back now, and, like all her mother’s calls, it was probably of no importance. Well, perhaps this time it would be different, although she wasn’t confident that her mother would change.

When she looked at the caller ID, though, Diane and was surprised that this call was from her older sister. Unlike her mother, Patricia rarely called, and when she did it was because she needed something. Diane wondered what it was this time.

She pushed the button and tried to put a smile in her voice. “Patricia, what’s going on?”

“Mom has just been taken to the emergency room. You’d better hurry over to check on her.”

“What… Tell me...” But her sister had already ended the call.

*     *     *

The emergency room was a frightening place to most people, but a few found it as familiar as home…maybe more. Diane counted herself in the latter group. After all, she’d worked there as a nurse for several years. She knew that lives were lost here, but there were also many of them saved. To the patients and families, this was a matter of life and death. Usually, for the staff, it was business as usual. This time it was a bit different for her, though. This time, it was personal.

Where can readers find you on the internet? I blog at rmabry.blogspot.com twice a week. My Twitter handle is rmabry, and I’m on Facebook as rmabry, also.

Thank you, Richard, for sharing this new book with my blog readers and me. Tell your wife that I thank her for encouraging you to write another one. I hope James finishes the book soon, because I’m eager to read it, too.

Readers, here’s a link to the book.


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Gail H. said...

I have read the book and it’s a don’t miss read! Richard Mabry is an excellent storyteller and being a doctor himself makes his writing much more authentic.
Don’t enter me since I already have the book. Good luck to all!

traveler said...

This book sounds captivating and intriguing. What a treasure. Thanks. Anne in NM.

petite said...

What a fascinating novel which interests me greatly. This author's books are unforgettable. Pearl-NM.

Melissa M. said...

I've never read a book by this author, but it sounds interesting!

-Melissa from TN

Lourdes said...

So glad he's written another book, love all of his books.

Lourdes from Long Island, New York

Melanie Backus said...

Sounds like a must read!!!
Melanie Backus, TX

Linda Kish said...

I have only read one of Dr. Mabry's books before but I would love to read another one. Linda in SoCal
lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Caryl Kane said...

Dr. Mabry is an exceptional author!
Caryl K in TX

Lucy Reynolds said...

I enjoyed reading the interview. Thank you for sharing. Sounds very interesting. Blessings from WV.

Pam said...

Romantic Suspense is one of my favorite genres to read. Medical Mystery sounds like a gripping story. Would love to read!

Pam in OH

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Wow! This first page is amazing. Thanks for sharing with us!
Connie from Kentucky

Sharon Bryant said...

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Anne Rightler said...

I always look forward to reading Dr Mandy’s books! I’m from cold, snowy Michigan!!

rubynreba said...

I love these medical mysteries and so glad his wife talked him into another one!
Beth from IA