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First Almost Mortal Book Signing Event: It’s a Wrap!

Chris gets ready to address readers and talk about his newest release, Almost Mortal

Chris gets ready to address readers and talk about his newest release, Almost Mortal

Christopher Leibig’s first book signing event for Almost Mortal took place at Seven Corners in Falls Church, Virginia on June 18, 2016.

We’re pleased to report it was a great success, and Chris was invited by the store to a local authors forum in October. Stay tuned for details!

More events to come throughout Virginia; keep up with Chris’s appearance at his EVENTS page.

Almost Mortal has also been entered in two additional national contests – The National Book Awards and the Chanticleer Books Award. Finalists will be announced this fall…

UP NEXT: Join Chris tomorrow, June 24, 2016 at 7 p.m. for his Book Signing for Almost Mortal at the Barnes & Noble, Potomac Yards, Alexandria, VA!

Here’s a look at the first big book signing at Barnes & Noble!

Readers begin to gather to hear Christopher Leibig talk about his newest release, Almost Mortal

Readers begin to gather to hear Christopher Leibig talk about his newest release, Almost Mortal

Readers and fans at Barnes & Noble

Readers and fans at Barnes & Noble at Seven Corners in Falls Church, Virginia

After the talk, Chris stuck around to sign books for readers.

After the talk, Chris stuck around to sign books for readers.


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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!


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.

Almost-Mortal-in-NoVAIn the News

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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is in a hurry shows that the thing he wants is too good for him.

Which may have been the key to Lord Chesterfield’s game but even according to him

wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it; most people aim at it, all people fear it, and few love it unless in themselves.

Duh. In our game we wear our ideas like pocket watches meaning we keep ‘em hidden until somebody asks the time.

Just sayin’, I doubt Chesterfield ever dodged into a hen house prayin’ for the footfalls to disappear around the bend so he could scurry on off.

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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.
“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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Push for Emergency

SS-2009E-600x600Emergency, push for help says less than the big red button

with sides encased in metal, the

the whole contraption like the street signs warning no turn on red

when pedestrians present ‘cause they’re always kinda present

and who couldn’t use the help.

But when it’s all on camera you think twice even though you’re damn sure

nobody’s watching unless things head down shit creek.

I say push it but it’s too late ‘cause everything’s suddenly back to normal

and nobody ever really interrupts that shit.

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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

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Summer by the Well

harmony-1229893_640You gotta stop trying to reinvent the wheel

He obviously thought the comment had something to do with why I was in so much trouble but it only got me thinking about the summer the wheels came off my chuck wagon.

It was the summer when Sue Ann finally let loose on the lady from the peanut shop and there was no catching hold of what came oozing out after. Sue Ann had come alone and brought us beautiful music while oiling her strong wooden bow by the edge of the woods. She was our mystic craftsman and us all thinking it was the advent of a nice new time and not scene one of a scary two-scene bit.

Turned out Sue Ann was never an artist but an archer and I screamed liar liar as we all froze when the music stopped and my heart sank down and down like a stone that’ll never hit bottom. Strangest part now is that even though Sue Ann never was playin’ any music I’ve been hungry ever since. Kerplunk.


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Stroll-by-Christopher-LeibigDesiderata says many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness and I hope that’s true

because this shithole lacks a certain placidity and as far as loud and aggressive persons they’re all over the place and avoiding them brings us back to the loneliness question

which apparently triggers the fear and that’s nothing but a dog chasin’ its tail.

Like this old guy who was crossing the street who was a scabby kind of old and I know that wasn’t his fault but he still grossed me out

and then the guy said hello and he seemed happy despite it all

and I nodded and let him pass on by but I couldn’t help thinking how much I’d like to make him eat dirt

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You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view,” Atticus said to Scout back in 1960. And this is exactly what I was thinking about when Smitty tossed another empty over his shoulder into the backseat like he had no idea he would have to clean that shit up later.

You know when your mother’s cousin’s husband cheats on her with a bunch of whores and that’s all anyone can whisper about at family dinners and you realize it’s pretty much a big deal? Smitty cracked another beer and I thought about how dumb it was that he liked to keep the windows rolled up ‘cause it meant he needed to smoke less.

“Nah,” I said, but he was onto something new already and he usually didn’t wait around for answers to questions like that…

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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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