Nagler 5 ‘Dragony Rising’ accepted for publication

“We are excited to accept your latest work.”

The words any author wants to read.

So. THANK YOU Imzadi Publishing for accepting for publication the fifth Frank Nagler Mystery, Dragony Rising.

Look for details about the release date.

It’s been two years since book four, THE RED HAND, was released.

The series has won multiple awards.

Kirkus Reviews called Frank Nagler, “One of modern fiction’s expertly drawn detectives.”

What’s Dragony Rising about?

It was no mistake that the mining history of my fictional town, Ironton. N.J. was prominent.

In his own way, Detective Frank Nagler is a miner.

He has been mining his own heart and soul as he solves crimes.

In Dragony Rising, Nagler digs deep into his family’s history to gain insight into a shady organization that is threatening the city.

The connections he finds are deeply personal and shocking.

Who is the Dragony?

A clue:

“People think revolutions take place on the streets, are loud, violent things. Crowds with torches and bricks and flags threatening overthrow. That is theater.  Revolution are ideas, formed and refined in meetings like this, in meetings your ancestors held a century or more ago to take power back from the new folks who wanted it. Your ancestors stood up and said, no. No to the pollution of their lives. No to the slippery degradation of their beliefs. So they rose up and took back the purity of their lives.”

The leader held up one hand to silence the murmured approval. “Society and its creation, government, at times rot. Such is that time. But society is a pile of rocks strapped together with the dreams of believers like you all. It is time to seek out the dreams that have putrefied. Pull out the loose rock, weaken its hold on the faulty structure. Pull one and it leans, makes a hole; pull another and it shivers, another, and it falls. Find your rock, that weak crumbling rock, brothers and sisters, and pull.”

The Frank Nagler Mysteries are:

“The Swamps of Jersey”

“A Game Called Dead” was named a Runner-Up in the Shelf Unbound 2016 Best Indie Book contest.

“The Weight  of Living” was awarded First Place for mysteries  in the 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Award contest;

Named A Notable 100 Book, Shelf Unbound 2018 Indie Book Awards;

Named a Distinguished Favorite, 2018  Independent Press Awards.

Named a Distinguished Favorite in the 2018 Big NYC Book Contest.

Named a Finalist in the 2019 Book Excellence Awards.

Named A Gold Star Award winner in the 2020 Elite Choice Book Awards

Named a Book Award Winner in 2021 by Maincraft Media Fiction Book Awards

“The Red Hand” was named a Distinguished Favorite in the 2019 Big NYC Book Contest

Named Second Place winner for mysteries in the 2019 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards

Named a Notable 100 Book in the 2019 Shelf Unbound Indie Book Awards

Named a Distinguished Favorite  in the 2020 Independent Press Awards

A Nominee in the 2020 TopShelf Book Awards

Named A Gold Star Award winner in the 2020 Elite Choice Book Awards

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I am also thrilled and gratified to say that an audio version of my Frank Nagler Mystery, A GAME CALLED DEAD is in production. The work is expected to be completed by December.

Great thanks to Imzadi Publishing for arranging this reading. And thanks to Dane Peterson for taking on the project.

Dane previously created the audIo version of THE RED HAND, the fourth Frank Nagler Mystery.

And thanks to Lee Alan., who recorded the first book in the series, THE SWAMPS OF JERSEY

The link to the audiobook version  of THE RED HAND: The Red Hand: A Frank Nagler Mystery: The Frank Nagler Mysteries, Book 4 (Audible Audio Edition): Michael Stephen Daigle, Dane Petersen, Imzadi Publishing: Books

Link to the audiobook version  of THE SWAMPS OF JERSEY: The Swamps of Jersey (Audible Audio Edition): Michael Stephen Daigle, Lee Alan, Imzadi Publishing: Audible Books & Originals

About michaelstephendaigle

I have been writing most of my life. I am the author of the award-winning Frank Nagler Mystery series. "The Swamps of Jersey (2014); "A Game Called Dead" (2016) -- a Runner-Up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Indie Author Contest; and "The Weight of Living" (2017) -- First Place winner for Mysteries in the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Contest.
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