Tag Archives: art detective mysteries

Celebrating W.D. Gagliani and Wolf’s Cut: Talk with “the Werewolf guy!”

You’re most likely strolling through Facebook in the evening if you’re spending the night at home and are 30 and over, right? Not to generalize, but c’mon, we all know most of us live inside Facebook. You might be posting your favorite book, cartoon, and chatting with friends in between watching a cool show or settling down for the evening?

We’ve got a fun VIRTUAL party you can drop by for as well to help congratulate and celebrate horror/suspense/crime noir author W. D. Gagliani and his release of Wolf’s Cut! Gagliani is a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Wolf’s Trap, the first book in the werewolf detective series of which Wolf’s Cut is number five.


Virtual Party on March 28, 9 to 11 p.m. EST
Place:  http://www.facebook.com/hookofabook
See details of party below, plus book and author information!


We’ll also have some books to giveaway that you can enter to win, courtesy of W. D. Gagliani himself! It will be a howling great time!!!

GIVEAWAYS~ 1) one print copy and one digital of Wolf’s Cut up for grabs to newsletter signer uppers (send Erin at hookofabook@hotmail.com your email you’d like to receive it at for a newsletter a few times a year).
2) two print copies of Wolf’s Cut, and one e-book version, available to attendees just to asking a question.
3) one digital copy of Wolf’s Cut (or choice in series) for the announced contest during the party.
4) one complete print and signed series to grand prize winner!!!

You must ask a question to enter into any of them. You can choose just one to enter (for instance if you have already purchased a copy of one of them) or you can choose to have your name thrown in for all 1-4.


The virtual party sponsored by Hook of a Book (www.facebook.com/HookofaBook) page takes place on the actual wall of the Facebook page (not on the invite wall if you have a FB invite) from 9-11 EST on Friday, March 28, 2014.

Attendees are able to ask W.D. any questions they want by PRE-ASKING (or asking during the party via an email submission) to hookofabook(at)hotmail(dot)com, which will then be posted by the moderator (Erin) to the Hook of a Book wall. Attendees can see questions answered and be able to comment.


Again, please pre-ask questions using email listed below or Erin will also take limited questions during the party which will go in a queue to be asked in order received. Email Erin at to hookofabook@hotmail.com (subject: Gagliani question). The night of the event you can also inbox message Erin Al-Mehairi on the Hook of a Book Facebook page (below) if you can’t email and it will go into the queue.

Please, NO attendees should post questions to the wall of the party just because it gets too confusing. If questions appear on the wall, Erin will put in to the queue and then re-post the question as a status. The author won’t answer those, but will wait for them to be re-posted and then answer. However, you can post to the wall to say congratulations and authors can comment on that too.

We’re giving away some books too!  Emailing a questions, and following any other terms noted, will secure you a giveaway entry. All that ask questions will have a chance to win! For the grand prize, you may need to also sign-up for his newsletter.

Questions are encouraged, but you don’t have to ask one.  You can just hang out and have conversation in the comments and enjoy your time!


Please remember that refreshing your browser is very important to see all questions and answers ongoing during the event. Also remember to be patient. The moderator, Erin, is constantly working in the background and will be taking your emails, inbox messages, posting questions, and monitoring the party all at once.

You can RSVP or see more about the event here:


You also have to “like” the Hook of a Book page here: www.facebook.com/HookofaBook

WolfsCut72lg-330resizeWolf’s Cut (Samhain Publishing), Synopsis~

The Nick Lupo Series Book Five.

Nick Lupo: A cop, a werewolf…and a target!

Homicide detective–and werewolf–Nick Lupo is hoping to finally have a chance to focus his attentions on the woman he loves, instead of the Wolfpaw mercenary werewolves who tried so hard to kill him. Lupo survived that battle–barely–and brought down Wolfpaw. But Wolfpaw was backed by a super secret group within the Pentagon whose sinister plan is already in motion. And a new enemy has set its sights on the local casino. Nick Lupo thought he was home free, but whenever he tries to get out, they drag him back in…

Wolf’s Cut is fourth novel following the Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel Wolf’s Trap, so it is the fifth in the savage series of horror/thrillers about the werewolf/cop. These “North Woods Noirs” are set mostly in the wilds of Northern Wisconsin, where werewolf legends abound and the moon paints the treetops silver. Warning: adult content. The next book in the series will arrive in 2015.

See more, including the other books in the series on his site:  http://www.wdgagliani.com/

Available now, purchase Wolf’s Cut here:



Barnes and Noble–


Samhain Horror–


Author W.D. Gagliani, Biography~

W.D. Authorpicgambit-210W.D. Gagliani is the author of the horror/crime thriller WOLF’S TRAP (Samhain Publishing), a past Bram Stoker Award nominee, as well as WOLF’S GAMBIT (47North), WOLF’S BLUFF (47North), WOLF’S EDGE (Samhain), and the upcoming WOLF’S CUT (Samhain). WOLF’S TRAP was reissued by Samhain Publishing in 2012. Gagliani is also the author of the hard-noir thriller SAVAGE NIGHTS (Tarkus Press), the collection SHADOWPLAYS, the novella THE GREAT BELZONI AND THE GAIT OF ANUBIS, and the holiday-themed short stories “The Christmas Wolf” and “The Christmas Zombie,” all available for the Kindle and other formats.

A collection of collaborations between David Benton and W.D. Gagliani, MYSTERIES & MAYHEM (Tarkus Press), is available for Kindle and all other formats. Five collaborative short stories are included, as well as one solo short story from each author, and several bonuses along with a guest short story.


He has also written book reviews, articles, and interviews that have been published in places such as THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, CHIZINE, CEMETERY DANCE, HORRORWORLD, PAPERBACK PARADE, CINEMA RETRO, HELLNOTES, FLESH & BLOOD, BOOKPAGE, BOOKLOVERS, THE SCREAM FACTORY, HORROR MAGAZINE, SF CHRONICLE, BARE BONES, and others. Also published in the Writers Digest book ON WRITING HORROR (edited by Mort Castle), THEY BITE! (edited by Jonathan Maberry and David Kramer), and in the Edgar Award-nominated THRILLERS: THE 100 MUST READS (edited by Morrell & Wagner), published by Oceanside for the International Thriller Writers. In October 2011, THE WRITER magazine published his article on writing werewolf epics.

His interests include old and new progressive rock, synthesizers, weapons, history (and alternate history, secret history, and steampunk), military history, movies, book reviewing, and plain old reading and writing. He is an Active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and the International Thriller Writers (ITW). He lives and writes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.


W.D. Gagliani and Jack Ketchum

About Hook of Book Facebook Page~

Like the Hook of a Book Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HookofaBook! We post reviews and interviews from this site there, but it also gives us the opportunity to talk books with you more, feature upcoming covers and releases, post free or discounted books, discuss literature, and showcase books we have on list to review. We’ll talk about the book, publishing and writing industry. We’ll probably also talk grammar tips and ask lots of questions, as well as post interesting historical articles, art, photos, and other things we find intriguing.

Oh, for the Hook of a Book! Blog is an extension of Hook of a Book Services of Addison’s Compass Public Relations. We do book publicity, editing, proofreading, newsletter and blog articles, draft consulting, media relations, press releases and more.

Leave a comment

Filed under Book Announcements, Book Parties

The Bruges Tapestry Mixes History, Art Theft, and Secrets of the Church into Top-Notch Mystery

The Bruges TapestryI have been raving about many different books lately, I know. However, after picking up The Bruges Tapestry by P.A. Staes for a quick read over several blocks of time, I was immediately immersed, which is saying something because that doesn’t happen often for me at the beginning of the book (even if I end up loving it). I didn’t want to have to put it down. This book is top-notch, in my opinion, and it’s going to the top of my best-loved historical fiction pile!

I enjoyed the entire experience of the novel.  I loved the cover photography and design, as well as the font work inside the small cut pages which helped to set each period of time. The book flowed seamlessly between early 1500s Belgium and present day California, with completely well-developed and contrasting characters. Both engaging and dramatic, then witty and strong, this book really kept me turning pages.

The protagonist in the present day, Claire DeMaer, is a detective with the Newport Beach Art Theft Detail. A religious cynic, she’s a smart, sarcastic, independent woman who gets on the trail of a 500-year-old mystery pertaining to a Flemish tapestry. Juxtaposing, Staes gives us glimpses back in time to Beatrice, the daughter of the original weaver. That insight gives us knowledge into a secretive Roman Catholic Church and what they’ve hidden for so long.

This makes it not only a historical read, but a suspenseful mystery that I think is even better than anything Brad Meltzer decodes or Dan Brown can pen. I like Staes’ strong female lead, her gentle sub-protagonist, and her plot process.

I was amazed by the writing style of Staes so much; it was both cemented in perfect precision, but with a detail and description that read like poetry. Its flow was silky smooth and I felt very connected to the work. I would very highly recommend this book not only to lovers of historical fiction, but also those who like suspenseful thrillers, religious and/or art conspiracies, and good original mysteries.

I am now a huge fan of P.A. Staes and am looking forward to more in this series! The author states the The Bruges Tapestry is the first in the series of art theft detective Claire DeMaer.


Enter to win one (1) paperback copy of The Bruges Tapestry, open internationally!

Just leave a comment with your email below, or email it to me at hookofabook@hotmail.com,  or comment on the link on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HookofaBook).

Please enter by 11:59 p.m. EST on April 18, 2013. For an extra entry, follow my blog. For two extra entries more, “like” my Facebook page. Please let me know you did so to get entries.

The Bruges Tapestry, Synopsis~

The Bruges TapestryPublication Date: August 29, 2012
Paperback; 254p
ISBN-10: 1478155582

Following a 500-year-old mystery concerning a Flemish tapestry is routine work for Detective Claire DeMaer, since she’s employed by the Newport Beach Art Theft Detail. But, unlike past cases, this one involves arresting Paolo Campezzi, lover to her best friend Nora. Mr. Campezzi is a distant descendant of a Florentine Duke, who commissioned the tapestry in 1520 in Bruges, Belgium.

Claire finds that she must explore the true provenance of the tapestry, free Mr. Campezzi in order to re-establish her friendship with Nora and depend on the expertise of a textile expert she doesn’t know. All this must occur in 72 hours, before the Vatican takes the tapestry back.

But Claire isn’t the only one with the Vatican looking over her shoulder. Claire’s story intertwines with a 1520 diary by Beatrice van Hecke, the tapestry-weaver’s daughter. Only Claire can discover the secret that is woven in time.

P.A. Staes, Biography~

PA StaesP.A. Staes is the author of The Bruges Tapestry; the first of the Clare DeMaer series of historical mysteries. To lend veracity to The Bruges Tapestry Ms. Staes traveled to Stirling Castle in Scotland, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Cluny Museum and Gobelin Factory in Paris, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters to bring alive the rich and romantic world of tapestry. Ms. Staes lives in Southern California with her husband and two dogs.

For more information, please visit P.A. Staes’s WEBSITE and BLOG.

Plenty already posted for this tour! See reviews, interviews, and giveaways: http://hfvirtualbooktours.com/thebrugestapestryvirtualtour/
Twitter Hashtag: #BrugesTapestryVirtualTour

The Bruges Tapestry Tour Banner FINAL


Filed under Book Reviews