Verdict of the Week

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:

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.

See you there!



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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!


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


Meet Almost Mortal’s official youngest fan!


Okay, so maybe mom will read it, too…


Book fans are the BEST fans… Ask any reader!


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 for prices and showtimes at the Logan Fringe Arts Space, running five performances 7/8 through 7/23.




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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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