Upcoming IMAGO Book Events

I am presently scheduling IMAGO book events for the coming new year of 2020. I you are interested in participating, send me an email. if you would like to have me read/speak/present at your local high school, university, bookstore, library, please email me at gkennethbelliveau@gmail.com

I will be at the following locations in 2020:


@ Capital University, Bexley, OH


18th @ Cedarville Community Library (6:30 – 7:30)


@ Bexley Public Library


Hey gang! I wanted to express my thanks for all of you who have followed the progress from writing/revising/contract/galleys/… and now Publication of IMAGO. Now that the book is at retailers everywhere, I wanted to mention a few helpful things you can do to share the exciting news.

First, get your own copy of the novel and share your experience on social media.

Secondly, when you do read it, be share to post a review on Amazon and Goodreads, etc… The review (something simple like: great read/ and click on stars) really helps sales because all websites use an algorithm that elevates the most reviewed books with other highly reviewed books.

Thirdly, start a reading group with friends. I would love to come and talk to you about the novel, and we can tip a glass, share some food and have a great time with your friends.

Fourthly, talk to your local high school, university, library, bookstore, and have the administrators/owners invite me to your city for a reading or Q&A or presentation, or all of the above. I am now in the process of booking events for the new year.

Bottom line, the more you can get involved passing the word around the country via social media and word of mouth, the more you help promote the book.

Thank you so much for participating in this process, and make sure you email me to get on my mailing list.


I’ll look forward to reading your posts about IMAGO!

Keep reading and writing!

Robert Crais Meets John Steinbeck: Derek Wade’s Murder in Marin County

Jack Brubaker, Private Investigator, finds himself in big trouble when he wakes up in a woods next to a decomposing body. And this is only the beginning of the funhouse as this complicated and well-plotted who-done-itunfolds. Derek Wade’s debut novel Murder in Marin Countyis a collision of Robert Crais meets John Steinbeck. This is no hyperbole either. The novel is filled with standard (albeit mostly unpredictable) detective tropes (the hardened police detective antagonist, the first person ironic narrator, gun fights and lots of misdirection); it’s all there in typical genre style. But that is only half of this novel. It’s the other half that makes Mr. Wade’s first novel so memorable. Almost immediately we are immersed in the beautiful, enigmatic Sausalito setting filled with quirky characters and small town marina life. This is where Mr. Wade excels. He is writing in the new Literary Genre style with comfortable, typical detective novel tropes but combining these with more literary techniques. Brubaker is psychologically complex and multi-layered – a gentler, kinder Sam Spade who knows his way around a sailboat as well as the dark alleys of drug dealers. His sidekick, the eccentric, ex-military Dolliver, is good with guns, but is a character pulled right out of Steinbeck’s Sweet Thursdayor Tortilla Flat. The setting, like the ocean that demands so much attention, is a character in itself. The author tells us he is a sailor, a world traveler, and Brubaker is one as well. Here’s where the novel really finds its footing. The sailing scenes, the marina and coastal life, the metaphors of water and land and finding ones place between – this is what makes for such satisfying reading. Murder in Marin Countywill satiate your detective novel fix, but will give you what all great stories do: an immersive experience with plot, characters, and setting that stays with you far longer than the last page. I’m looking forward to reading much more from Mr. Wade.

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