Writing Dead By My Side was a labor of love. While it is interspersed with many laugh-out-loud moments and is filled with colorful characters, it is a story of loss and a homage to our heroes in blue. Over the course of researching this book, I had the great good fortune to meet and befriend a number of law enforcement officers. While Julia and Tony are figments of my imagination, the courage they display is a true depiction of these dedicated professionals who run toward danger while the rest of us run away.
About The Author:
I first embraced the world of make-believe as a little girl of seven, when my dolls were the characters for my stories. Of course, back then I didn't want to kill them.
As a teenager, I spent every spare moment at my local library. I devoured books. I read instead of doing homework, I read instead of doing chores, and I read instead of sleeping. It was about that time that I first put pen to paper. My tastes were very eclectic. I enjoyed romance and science fiction and mysteries. Think Nancy Drew dating the football hero at a high school on Mars!
My first serious foray into writing stemmed from my love of romance novels. I constantly told my husband that "I could write that." I guess he finally got tired of hearing me say it and told me to do it. I took up the challenge and wrote my first book: Only In My Dreams, a historical romance set in Mexico during the era of Maximilian. It took me ten years to write it. And that's not a typo. I loved writing romance novels and although I had an agent for a time, it was never quite the right fit for me. My daughters are trying to convince me to self-publish the book. I'm thinking about it.
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Book Description: Dead By My Side
Julia Reynolds is a homicide detective with beauty, brains, a smart mouth and a sharp investigative eye. She is the perfect foil for Tony Camarelli, who is handsome, tough, dedicated and thorough. Together they make a great team, trading banter, fighting crime, out to catch the bad guy. It all sounds like a normal day at the office for these two partners. Except for one little detail ... she's dead. Julia and Tony have worked together for twelve years. Their partnership is cut short the day that Julia is killed in the line of duty and Tony is left to pick up the pieces. When Julia's ghost comes back to haunt him, she wreaks havoc on his peace of mind, plays on his nerves and interrupts his love life. It soon becomes clear that she won't leave him alone until he agrees to partner up again. As she did in life, Julia helps Tony with the investigation, but this time she has a new and unique perspective from beyond the grave, and they will need it. The duo is about to face the most challenging case of their careers. A cunning serial killer, who doesn't fit any criminal profile, stalks the young women of Sacramento, daring the local authorities and the FBI to catch him. Hot on the trail of a sadistic monster, they must fight against time while trying to adjust to their new "living" arrangements.
Book Excerpt: Dead By My Side
Reviews: Dead By My Side
"Galloway's debut novel is fast paced, unique, intriguing, a great read for lovers of crime fiction. It's my kind of story so I'm in negotiation with her to write the screen play." - Ron Montana, Author/Screenwriter
"Dead By My Side is a real page turner. A sociopath is loose, but will he ever be stopped? The pace is fast. The characters are so well drawn that I felt that I really knew them. Tony, the dreamboat detective, and his lovely partner, Julia, now dead, but as alive as ever in his eyes only, work methodically as a team, and their continual banter is so lifelike, so creatively done. This is a book that has characters I really liked, people I found myself rooting for. If you enjoy a good mystery, then buy Dead By My Side. It has everything - and more - that a good murder mystery should. Take it from me: you will like this book." - Mike Meyer
" ... Honestly, I was not sure if this would be my cup of tea, but I wanted to give it a read since the premise is truly unique in a genre that often lacks uniqueness. The dialogue is really well-written, and moves the story along at a pace that mirrors the subject matter. The characters are really genuine and the pain of losing someone close is brought out well. You won't be disappointed with this!" - Adam Daehnke
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