Almost Mortal receives three awards at the Chanticleer International Book Awards

Almost Mortal receives three awards at the Chanticleer International Book Awards, April 1, 2017. Grand Prize for Paranormal Fiction, First place in Mystery Category for Legal Thrillers, and First place in Fantasy Category for Magic.


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Almost Mortal is still holding strong

Chris Leibig’s novel Almost Mortal is still holding strong on Amazon Best Sellers in three separate categories (having hit as the Number One legal thriller for three days last week). It has now holding in the top 25 in the categories of Legal Thrillers, Supernatural fiction, and Paranormal fiction. Almost Mortal is also nominated in three separate categories for Best Book of 2016 at the Chanticleer International Book Awards – Awards Ceremony this Saturday, April 1 at 8 pm in Bellingham, Washington. Paranormal Short List, Fantasy Short List, Mystery Short List.

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Next Up: Appearing October 1 at Browse About Books – Come Join Us!

browseabout700_0I’ll be signing copies of Almost Mortal on Saturday, October 1, from 3 until 5 PM. at Browse About Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. You can visit this link for more info: http://www.browseaboutbooks.com/event/chris-leibig-almost-mortal

Author-Chris-Leibig-in-FairfaxAbout Almost Mortal

Emerging criminal defense attorney Sam Young has always known he had a gift. Or a curse. Minor psychic abilities, he sometimes thinks. Sam is hired by an attractive young nun, Camille Paradisi, to help discover the identity of a serial killer before her Pastor is exposed for not having turned in the man after a confession – thereby allowing another murder to occur. While Sam’s psychic abilities seemingly enhance as he investigates the case, he quickly learns that the enigmatic Camille is not telling him everything.

Camille asks Sam to read sections of an old journal anonymously mailed to the Church which she tells him she believes may have been authored by the killer/confessor. The journal purports to tell the life story of a man with mind control and other special powers who claims to be a descendant of the fallen angels cast of out heaven by God.

Sam ponders its relation to the case while using his legal and investigative skills to establish the identity of the killer. As he learns more about the murders, the mystery author, and Camille, Sam begins to realize the so called “Rosslyn Ripper” case may have implications beyond his imagination – including about his own past.

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On the Book Signing Trail with Chris

Here are a few scenes from the Charlottesville Barnes & Noble book signing on September 17th. Next up Rehobeth Beach on October 1!

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Cool to see one’s name and book cover when you walk into Barnes & Noble – Thank you, Charlottesville!

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Meet Almost Mortal’s official youngest fan!

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Okay, so maybe mom will read it, too…

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Book fans are the BEST fans… Ask any reader!

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Back in the signing seat. It’s a great place for an author to be, I can tell you…

Also, enjoy this article recently posted… And I look forward to seeing you at my next stop!

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On the Road Again…

Author-Chris-Leibig-in-FairfaxIt’s been an exciting few months and still on the road signing Almost Mortal! This photo is from the signing on August 13 at the beautiful Barnes & Noble in Fairfax, VA.

Next up, come on out and say hi at the Barnes & Noble in Manassas, VA. It’s on Surrey Road at  Westgate Plaza. The signing takes place Saturday August 27, 2016 1:00 PM.

Says B&N, “Join us as we host local author Chris Leibig for a book signing of his novel Almost Mortal. Chris has written a novel that is “both realistic and unpredictable” (Robert Dugoni). He will be at this location from 1:00 to 3:00PM on Saturday, August 27. Stop by and pick up your signed copy…”

Look forward to seeing you there!

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On the Road with Chris Leibig and Almost Mortal!

Almos-Mortal-booksigning-Potomac-YardsAlmost Mortal enjoyed two more successful signings in past couple weeks. The first took place at the Potomac Yards Barnes & Noble (see the full album of images HERE).

Chris-Leibig-Signing-at-William-Mary-collegeThen, on Independence Day weekend it was onto the College of William and Mary on July 3 in Williamsburg, VA (see full album of images HERE).

More to signings to come, including Charlottesville, Richmond Chesterfield County, Fairfax and the Eastern Shore…

Catch a Performance!

Meanwhile, this weekend, DC Playwright Jeff Reiser’s performance, Free Range, begins at the DC Fringe Festival! Chris Leibig, co-producer of the performance, would like to encourage everyone to check out this funny satire. Says Chris, “It has real actors and everything!”

This contemporary comedy is described as:

“Hypervigilant and overly permissive, simultaneously. If you’re upper middle class, is deviation from this prevailing parenting style even legal? Samantha seeks to show others the way. She pits her parenting philosophy against fear and judginess, and hilarity ensues.”

  • Playwright: Jeff Reiser
  • Director: Justine Hipsky and Jeff Reiser
  • Featuring: Justine Hipsky, Derek Hayes, Sherrita Wilkins, Chinwe Nwosu, Kristen Ruga, Sarah Maher, Bryanda Minix

You can visit the link at http://bit.ly/FreeRng for prices and showtimes at the Logan Fringe Arts Space, running five performances 7/8 through 7/23.

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The Verdict is In: Early Success for Almost Mortal!

Almost Mortal in Amazon's Top 100 Legal Thrillers!

Almost Mortal in Amazon’s Top 100 Legal Thrillers!

In less than three weeks on the street, I’m humbled and pleased to announce that Almost Mortal is already making tracks; today I broke into the coveted Amazon Top 100 for legal thrillers. Thanks for your support and with your ongoing kind reviews maybe next I’ll be announcing the top 10!

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Indie Next Gen Award

At the recent Book Expo America, the book was awarded the Indie Next Gen award.

Sadly, I wasn’t there to receive it, but instead sent my publisher, John Koehler of Koehler Books (read his cool coverage article here) and my publicist, Shari Stauch of Where Writers Win (read their cool coverage here!).

Publisher John Koehler steps to the stage to accept the Indie Book Award on my behalf!

Publisher John Koehler of Koehler Books steps to the stage to accept the Indie Book Award on my behalf! Wish I could’ve been there…

Author-Christopher-LeibigUpcoming Book Events

Also excited to share that I’ll be doing several book events in June and July, beginning with a signing at the Seven Corners Barnes & Noble in Falls Church, VA on June 18 from 2-4 p.m. Then it’s on to William & Mary Bookstore at William & Mary College in Williamsburg on July 3 (12-3 p.m.); Chesterfield Barnes & Noble July 9 (2-4 p.m.) and Bethany Beach Books on July 20 in Delaware (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.).

Stay tuned for more news on these and other signings both here on the website and at my Facebook page.

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Meanwhile, thanks to Northern Virginia magazine for their kind posting about Almost Mortal. You can read that HERE.

Featured Title, Too!

Also exciting (well for me it is), Almost Mortal is now listed as a featured title on the Koehler Books website.

Now a featured title on the Koehler Books website

Again, my sincerest thanks to all you readers and fans – Keep in touch and appreciate you sharing this with your reading friends, too!

Haven’t read Almost Mortal yet? Please order it HERE!

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Chris Leibig Joins Defense Attorney Lecture in Aarhus, Denmark

Christopher-Leibig-Speaks-in-DenmarkThe sixth in a series of international lectures by Alexandria Virginia  criminal defense attorneys, organizer Chris Leibig, along with Joni Robin, Cary Citronberg, Andrea Moseley and Ellen Shultz traveled to Aarhus, Denmark to hold a penal discussion with students and professors on April 13, 2016.

The group, most of whom are former public defenders whose practices focus on the defense of serious criminal cases in Virginia, spoke on the death penalty, police shootings, and Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Organizer Chris Leibig introduced the group and spoke about general trends in American criminal defense.

Joni Robin, a former pubic defender who now has her own law firm, spoke methods of execution in The US, including the electric chair and lethal injection – and Virgina’s attempt to cerate secret protocols for executions so the public cano0t learn exactly how death row inmates are being killed.

Andrea Moseley discussed police shootings and a recent suit she and her partner won against a Virginia police department.

Ellen Shultz, who is not a lawyer but an experienced investigator who works at the Federal Public Defenders Office in Alexandria, spoke about the investigation necessary to defend someone who faces a death sentence

Cary Citronberg compared Denmark’s recent public reaction against immigration into the country with Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies. Some in the crowd did not enjoy the comparison.
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“Denmark has a low rate of incarceration and its justice system, unlike the one in America, focuses first on rehabilitation. The result is they have less than half of the US recidivism rate,” Chris Leibig told a local reporter upon the group’s return.

The group, in various combinations, has previously been to Scotland, Ireland, Jamaica, Trinidad and the Bahamas for similar programs. They have been invited to a school in Berlin and Geneva this fall.

Read more about attorney Christopher Leibig and his upcoming release, Almost Mortal, HERE!

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Almost Mortal is Almost Here! View the Book Trailer…

Almost-Mortal-by-Christopher-LeibigSoon to Be Released: Almost Mortal

Emerging criminal defense attorney Sam Young has always known he had a gift. Or a curse. He thinks of them as just minor psychic abilities. When Sam is hired by an attractive young nun named Camille Paradisi, he must discover the identity of a serial killer. Otherwise Camille’s Pastor will be exposed for not having turned in the man after a confession—thereby allowing another murder to occur. While Sam’s psychic abilities increase as he investigates the case, he quickly learns that the enigmatic Camille is not revealing the complete truth.

Camille shares an old journal anonymously mailed to the Church, which she believes may have been authored by the killer/confessor. The journal purports to tell the life story of a man with mind control and other special powers who claims to be a descendant of the fallen angels cast of out Heaven by God. As he learns more about the murders, the mystery author, and Camille, Sam begins to realize the so called “Rosslyn Ripper” case may have implications beyond his imagination—including his own past.

Published by Koehler Books and distributed by Ingram, Almost Mortal will release in both soft cover (978-1-63393-179-4, $15.95) and ebook (978-1-63393-180-0, $4.99) in May, 2016. Advanced reader copies in pdf format are available now.Early-Praise-Almost-Mortal

For press inquiries, email shari@writerswin.com.

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Almost Mortal: Countdown to Launch Sequence!

Almost-Mortal-by-Christopher-LeibigLess than sixty days from the release of Almost Mortal and now knee-deep in final edits from my publisher, Koehler Books.

Many thanks to authors, reviewers and others who have taken the time to read Almost Mortal and to share your thoughts. – Chris

“The verdict is in – Attorney Christopher Leibig offers a legal thriller for the ages. Realistic yet unpredictable, with a clever metaphysical twist, Almost Mortal is a thrilling roller coaster ride!” – Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author of My Sister’s Grave

“A poised protagonist leads this serpentine but engaging legal tale.”Kirkus Reviews

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Words With Power

words-with-powerLast night I was at a dinner in Charlottesville, Virginia for the criminal law section of the bar association. These things are usually kind of fun. Drinks and dinner with random legal personages who often turn out to be pretty interesting.

Last night’s event was more interesting than usual. I was seated next to a woman who was a lawyer, a political consultant, and who also turned out to be an award-winning Charlottesville poet. A great conversation ensued and left eager to read her work the following morning.

So I did! And, reading some of her work online this morning got me thinking about writing. People like her, with actual, serious talent for word-wrangling, make small, daily things large and memorable. They make you remember to pay attention. Words have power, real power.

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Pleased to Meet You…

almostmortal-800As I prepare for the launch of Almost Mortal this May, life has been a flurry of interviews and reviews; speaking with publishers and printers and designers and videographers.

It’s an exciting time for any author and very enjoyable when we get to see some fruits of our labor, especially while we’re still anxiously awaiting the book’s release!

So here are a few early articles and interviews I’d like to share, and I’ll keep you posted on more as they become available, either here or on our Press page.

Thanks for stopping by!

Chris

Interview with Christopher Leibig, Author of Almost Mortal:

A fun Q&A with the folks at Small Friendly planet, where I answer questions about the book, the publishing process, and on being a defense attorney.

Almost Mortal Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews

Happy with the review from Kirkus, who sums up the review (link above) with this: “A poised protagonist leads this serpentine but engaging legal tale.”

Author Interview of Almost Mortal by Christopher Leibig

Fun interview here and a spoiler alert when asked about what readers can expect in the future: “Hopefully a sequel to Almost Mortal. Also have another novel, finished years ago, that I will try to launch if Almost Mortal does well…”

Almost Mortal Reviewed by Authors Reading

Kind words at this review that include: “Leibig has done a masterful job… you will sit down with Almost Mortal and not want to put it down. Leibig has a very nice and easy way with his writing that will keep you captivated.”

If you’re a recognized reviewer and would like to arrange for a digital ARC of Almost Mortal, please provide your info with your comment below or email shari@writerswin.com to arrange a copy.

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