Clarissa Johal: Guest Blogger Friday

Friday, July 6, 2012

Guest Blogger Friday

I would like to introduce you to KM Rockwood, fellow author with Musa Publishing and of the Jesse Damon crime novels.

Jesse Damon Crime Novels
KM Rockwood

Much of my life has been spent living and working with people who often don’t have a voice in our society. I have loved reading ever since I learned how (at the unfortunately late stage of 5th grade, when I got intensive tutoring to help deal with what would be today called a severe reading disability) but have been struck by how relatively few stories that deal with the common blue collar work world and the people who inhabit it, especially the ones who fall afoul of the criminal justice system and don’t have the resources, financial and personal, to cope with the consequences.
Of course, some exceptions come to mind—Les Miserables being an outstanding example—and some books, like the crime novels of late Barbara Seranella. I am also fascinated by the psychological suspense of Margaret Yorke, which explores the psyches of often lower class people or those caught up in shady, sometimes criminal, misfortunes.
One of my aims with the Jesse Damon series is to give that voice to someone who tries to persevere, dignity intact, in the face of daunting misfortune.

 The first Jesse Damon novel, Steeled for Murder, was released in April by Musa Publishing.

After nearly twenty years in prison on a murder conviction, Jesse Damon has been released, a home detention monitor strapped to his ankle. Determined to make it and mindful of his parole restrictions, he struggles with life outside prison. He finds a basement apartment, a job on the overnight shift at a steel fabrication plant and a few people who treat him like anybody else. Especially Kelly, a woman who works in the shipping department. He seems to be making it. Until Mitch, forklift driver on the shift, is found murdered in the warehouse. The investigating detective doesn’t want to look any further than Jesse to close the case. He’s not fussy about the methods he uses to gather evidence. If Jesse isn’t going down for this, he will have to be the one to figure out who killed Mitch and why.

The second, Fostering Death, in which Jesse goes to a funeral home to pay his last respects to his foster mother. He discovers she has been killed, and he is the chief suspect.  It is due in early August.

Jesse Damon has spent most of the last twenty years in prison on a murder conviction. Now paroled, he’s trying to beat the odds and stay out of prison with a pair of overactive cops watching him for mistakes. He’s got a one-room apartment, a job working the overnight shift at a factory, and some-times girlfriend Kelly. If he can just stay out of trouble, he may even be able to join the union.
But when he pays his last respects to Mrs. Coleman, his foster mother, he finds out that her death is being investigated as a homicide. And he’s the prime suspect.
Jesse’s life is getting complicated fast, what with a group of religious fanatics in saffron robes opening a tabernacle in the abandoned pizza parlor over his apartment, problems at work, and Kelly’s custody battle with her ex. It’s a lot to deal with while he tries to find out who really killed Mrs. Coleman and get the cops off his back.

In The Buried Biker, Jesse is suspected first of raping his sometimes-girlfriend Kelly. When that is proven false, he is arrested and jailed for the murder of the biker who was the rapist and is found dead. That one comes out just before Christmas. 

Send-off for a Snitch, in which a police informant is murdered. He has been trying to implicate Jesse in an attempt to save himself from going to prison. Jesse is the natural suspect.
The final book currently contracted in the series is Brothers in Crime, where Jesse’s older brothers, who were the ones who got him into so much trouble in the first place, twenty years ago, surface and try to get him involved in more nefarious schemes.

These e-books are available directly through Musa Publishing, on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other popular sources for e-books.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like an interesting premise for a story! You're right, you don't hear about stories like that very often, dealing with those sorts of people and situations. Good for you!

_ said...

Yep, I agree with dusty. These stories sound different and bring a different layer of society to the forefront. Congratulations on your release and good luck.
Emma Lane

Rhea Rhodan said...

The first one is already on my (long) TBR list. Such an interesting premise! I love anti-heroes. The next books in the series sound good, too.

KM Rockwood said...

Thank you so much for reading the blog post! This is a great place to share ideas and information.

A special thanks to my fellow Musa authors for the support and interest.