Posts Tagged ‘murder’

Storm Ketchum Adventures in North Carolina’s Outer Banks

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Port
Starbird
Storm
Ketchum Adventures Book 1
by
Garrett Dennis
Genre:
Mystery, Historical Adventure
 
Mystery,
History, and Adventure in the Outer Banks!
~
WHERE IS PORT STARBIRD? ~
Find
out in this quirky tale set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
In
this quirky low-key murder mystery/adventure, Storm Ketchum, a
damaged emigre to the coastal town of Avon on North Carolina’s Outer
Banks, likes to mind his own business and isn’t any kind of detective
– until he’s forced to become one by extraordinary circumstances. On
the verge of losing his modest waterfront home to an unscrupulous
developer, Ketch stumbles onto the scene of a crime that might expose
the perpetrator of an unsolved murder and enable him to save not only
his own home, but also the similarly threatened bohemian boatyard
community he’s inexorably drawn into. And in case Plan A fails, he’s
hard at work on a Plan B that’s both laudable and pitiable. Together
with his loyal dog, a salty charter boat captain, the sketchy
denizens of the boatyard, and an alluring scuba diving instructor who
may or may not have a hidden agenda, Ketch struggles to make sense of
his new reality, while trying to save some of the things that really
matter along the way.
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Port
of Refuge
Storm
Ketchum Adventures Book 2
 
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WITCHERY & MAYHEM IN THE OUTER BANKS ~
Welcome
to PORT OF REFUGE – another light and quirky island mystery steeped
in Outer Banks culture, from the author who took you to PORT
STARBIRD.
Storm
Ketchum, a damaged emigre to Hatteras Island on North Carolina’s
Outer Banks, generally prefers to stay close to home and mind his own
business – but he unexpectedly finds himself entangled with a
cult-like coven of modern-day Roanoke Island witches when a relative
of his paramour meets an untimely end on church property. Is the High
Priestess of the Croatoan Covenant Church really in contact with the
departed spirits of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island? Are the
members of her church really from both this world and the next? Or is
she just a con artist preying on gullible Wiccan acolytes – and is
she a killer? A desire to provide closure for the family drives Ketch
to once again call on his amateur sleuthing skills to conjure up
answers to these and other questions, in the process risking the
physical and spiritual well-being of both himself and the one he
loves.
Join
Ketch, his loyal dog Jack, and his Kinnakeet Boatyard friends as they
embark on a bewitching new adventure in the picturesque Outer Banks,
where intrigue continues to cast its spell on them all.
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The
Port Fee
Storm
Ketchum Adventure Book 3
 
“ENGAGING
AND QUIRKY MYSTERY, HISTORY, AND ADVENTURE!”
Underwater,
everybody can hear you scream, but they can’t tell where you are…
Ketch
is at it again in the magical Outer Banks of North Carolina, in this
new adventure from the author of PORT STARBIRD and PORT OF REFUGE.
It’s
a picture-perfect summer afternoon on a pristine beach near a ghost
seaport on an uninhabited island. What could go wrong? But things do,
when two bodies wash ashore and Ketch stumbles upon clues that lead
to the sunken treasure of an old-time buccaneer off Portsmouth
Island. Ketch isn’t the only one who has an interest in the treasure,
and it exposes both him and his adversaries to unexpected obligations
and consequences. It seems everyone has to pay the port fee…
Good
guys and bad guys, boating and diving, a dash of romance, and a
mysterious otherworldly presence all come together in THE PORT FEE,
Ketch’s most challenging adventure to date.
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Garrett
lives in upstate New York, where he and his wife serve as
housekeeping staff for two rather spoiled dogs. He has graduate
degrees in biology and computer science. After a career that ranged
from testing experimental drugs (legal ones, and not on himself!) to
developing computer operating system software, he decided to retire
from the real world and try his hand at writing fiction. Garrett
lived in coastal North Carolina for a while some years back, and the
current focus of his writing is a place that’s very special to him,
the Outer Banks region of North Carolina, which he still visits as
often as possible. There are now three books in his Storm Ketchum
Adventures series of quirky Outer Banks suspense novels, plus two
short Storm Ketchum Tales. 
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A hell spawn possessing powerful magic…

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
Detecting
Magic with Dick Hunter:
The
Mort des Hommes Files
by
A. Jarrell Hayes
Genre:
Paranormal Crime Mystery
 
What
begins as a routine missing person case for Seattle’s best private
investigator, Dick Hunter, turns into a personal vendetta against a
cruel murderer. The murderer, Mort des Hommes, happens to be a hell
spawn possessing powerful magic.
In
order to solve the case and avenge a death, Dick Hunter has to take a
crash course in magic from the angelic Amie, and gather magical
animal familiars in order to battle and defeat Mort des Hommes.
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Detecting
Magic with Dick Hunter:

The
Demonic Dozen 
 
Detective
Dick Hunter is back!
Dick
and comrades defeated Wicked Jinn Mort des Hommes in a climatic
battle at the Gates of Hades. Though stopped of his ultimate goal of
world domination, Mort was able to release twelve demons into the
world–and Dick Hunter blames himself.
To
put an end to the demonic threat, Dick Hunter and Amie–a former
Pleasant Jinn and Dick’s current lover–accompany an old friend,
Pleasant Jinn Guy, across the country on a demon hunting spree. More
action, adventure and wisecracks await in the next installment in the
genre-bending, fourth-wall-breaking Detecting Magic with Dick Hunter
series.
**Releases
March 7th, 2017!**
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Person.
Storyteller. Work-in-progress. A. Jarrell Hayes began writing at a
young age; his first books being handwritten and illustrated stories
similar to the Choose Your Own Adventure titles he loved. In 2004 he
published his first two “official” books, Heart and Soul of
a Thinker (poetry) and Crowning of the Good King (fantasy). Since
then, he has written seven poetry collections, four fantasy novels,
three short story collections and a handful of chapbooks. His work
has appeared in over 20 publications, online and in print. His visual
art has been on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and the
Eubie Blake Jazz and Cultural Center in Baltimore. He began
publishing poetry under the name A. J. Hayes in 2013. A list of his
published works is available here.
In
2013 he founded a small publishing press called Hidden Clearing
Books, LLC (now closed). He has judged contests for the
aforementioned press and for the Maryland Writer’s Association. He is
a freelance editor and book consultant (hire him here).

 

 

He
currently lives in Maryland. He invites you to subscribe to his free
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FBI agent Kramer and Shadow

Friday, February 24th, 2017
The
Pits
Kramer
and Shadow Book 1
by
Greg Smith
Genre:
Crime Mystery, Action, Thriller
 
THE
PITS, a contemporary crime novel, tells the story of Captain Kramer,
USMC, a compassionate, intelligent man, who rescues a pup from the
scene of a car bombing while on deployment to Afghanistan. The pup is
named Shadow, and accompanies Kramer back to Oceanside, California.
They commit themselves to a campaign which has them fighting for
their lives during an FBI operation to bring down a crime boss based
in Florida.
 
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You
Can Run
Kramer
and Shadow Book 2
 
Captain
Kramer, USMC, and his faithful four-footer partner, Sgt. Shadow,
USMC, both survive their first operation assisting the FBI in
bringing down the empire of a major crime boss in America. But more
is in store for the two Marines in yet another FBI operation to tie
up loose ends from the previous op. This time the action is more
intense and proves too costly for the Marines. 
 
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Lex
Talionis

(An Eye For an Eye)
Kramer
and Shadow Book 3
A
woman out for revenge. America took her husband. America will pay
10,000 fold!

 

Only
Kramer and his Anatolian Shepherd, Shadow, stand in her way. But
will they be enough to stop her?
 
 
 
 
 
 
The
advent of retirement opened a whole new world to me and now that it
has come to pass, I am turning my artistic bent from graphic design
and illustration to that of writing.
To
date I have published three books, KILLING SOFTLY (an erotic mystery
thriller), and begun an action crime series centered on two
characters, Captain Kramer, USMC and his Anatolian Shepherd dog, Sgt.
Shadow, USMC. Book One of the series is THE PITS, Book Two is YOU CAN
RUN, and at the time of this bibliography rewrite, I am working on
Book Three, LEX TALIONIS.

 

The
Kramer and Shadow series is an action, adventure, crime thriller
series that encompasses the world and has our two Marines fighting
hard against organized crime at many levels – but always involving
do-or-die confrontations.

 

My
hope is to establish a fan base for my writing so that my readers can
have an active role in helping me grow and develop as an author in
the years to come. I invite you to join me in this adventure.
 
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The Azrael Initiative and the ISIS, in Syria

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
The
Azrael Initiative
Kayla
Falk Series Book 1
by
K Hanson
Genre:
Action Thriller
 
Best
friends Kayla Falk, an engineering student, and Olivia Bellamy, who
is studying nursing, are nearing the end of their college career when
terrorists attack their university. Through a combination of
cleverness, bravery, and luck, the two manage to foil the deadly
plot. A mysterious man from the United States government, Mr.
Hightower, sees their potential and attempts to recruit Kayla and
Olivia for a program to take on ISIS. They initially refuse, but
another terrorist attack that strikes close to home pushes them to
change their minds and join the Azrael Initiative.
After
several months of hard training, the two women are dropped into
Al-Raqqah, the capital of ISIS, in Syria. Once there, they must blend
in with the locals as they strike from the shadows to kill ISIS
leaders, destroy their facilities, and free captives. As Americans
deep within enemy territory, they know that they will be killed if
discovered. As women, they also know that they would suffer before
death. Walking the line between vengeance and justice strains their
relationship. As they work to resolve their differences, the symphony
of brutality around them ultimately pushes them closer together and
forges them into the warriors that they were meant to become.
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Hanson is a new author and is currently working on launching his
debut novel, The Azrael Initiative, which features two young women
being thrown into the fight against ISIS. He is also working on Storm
Raven, the first book in a new fantasy series.
K
lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he works as a software
developer. In his spare time, when he isn’t writing, he enjoys
reading, working out, playing video games, and spending time with his
wonderful girlfriend, Bobbi.
Some
of his favorite authors are Tom Clancy, George R. R. Martin, and
Sarah Maas.
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“Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.” Standing Bear

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

My Review:

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Matowak Woman who Cries by Joylene Nowell Butler is a murder mystery that will keep you glued to its pages with a good plot and inviting deliverance. It moves nicely to get to the twist at the end.

A very important retired lawyer and diplomat is killed in his house after breakfast, and his wife is the main suspect.

There is a lot of racism going on in this book, related to the Native American characters and those who think white people are better than they are. The policeman in charge of the crime is a Native American and one of his suspects is his white boss’ native American woman that lives with him.

As in all good murder mysteries, this book has secrets, twists, abuse, a gun and a body. I enjoyed the theme and the characters, what I didn’t like at all was the unnecessary swear words. They seemed to be used at random and did not necessarily feel natural to the conversation. I knocked one point off the rating for making me listen to them. I recommend it to adults who like murder mysteries and don’t mind swearing in their reading.

Those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer

Monday, August 29th, 2016

 

Synopsis:
Orphaned at an early age, now twenty-four- year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare.

Red roses, a reminder of her parent’s; killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not only is he vying for her heart, but also her Life.

Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments shadowed by the blood-colored bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighboring police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police catch the illusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?

Interview:

  1. Describe yourself in 50 words or less. Wife, author, equestrian, dedicated, kind, loving, loyal, and fun.
  2. What do you love most in the world? I love my husband. He’s my rock and my best friend. He’s my dream come true.
  3. What do you fear most? Spiders. Yuck, they are creepy and scary. And there is a chapter in Bleeding Hearts with those same creepy crawlies in it.
  4. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it? My largest unfulfilled dream is traveling the world. I’ve always wanted to visit several countries and I’m saving my pennies to do just that one day.
  5. What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done? The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do was writing this book. It takes a lot of dedication to finish writing and work to publish a book.
  6. Now that we’ve gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it’s yours. What’s your story?

Happily Ever After

I remembered opening my eyes for the first time that morning. The sun shined bright through the curtains and coffee filled the spacious room. It was my wedding day. After years of promises and plans, the day was here. I pushed the comforter off my legs and stood from my hotel bed; I was really getting married. My mom and sisters rushed into the room, calling out congratulations with wide smiles and busy hands. They bustled around me, pulling me in all directions, waiting to get ready for my day.

Shortly after we all dressed and ate breakfast, we made our way to the salon for hair and makeup. The day had not flown by like I thought it would. Everything was scheduled and timed perfectly. The only thing I needed left to do was put my dress on and walk down the aisle with my dad. Hours later, pictures with my bridesmaids were done, I stood in the back room waiting for the ceremony to start.

As the music cued and everyone else walked down the aisle, it was my turn. I didn’t anticipate the nerves I felt. I knew exactly who I was marrying. Kyle was my best friend, my confidant, my other half. He was my everything. There was no reason to be nervous, but I was. My father took my arm and led me down the aisle. My eyes never left my husband to be. He was handsome. All the nerves I had been experiencing had disappeared. We were joining our lives and becoming one for eternity. I couldn’t have been happier.

 

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A fast-paced, roller coaster ride is free…

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Promise Me is free until tomorrow. Get your copy now.

 

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Promise Me has it all. It’s a romantic thriller with plenty of dramatic moments. Fast-paced and addictive. It is a must-read for those enjoy full-flavored story-telling.

It poses a question: What would you do if the life of the one you love hangs in the balance, and only you could save her?

Thomas ‘Easy’ Steel is an EOD with the New York State Police’s Bomb Disposal Unit. An anonymous caller had demanded that he disarms a bomb strapped to a woman’s chest. When he arrives at the scene, he discovers that the woman is his wife, Bianca.

It shouldn’t be a big deal. After all, his nickname, Easy, had been bestowed upon him at bomb school because he’s so easy-going, even when disabling live bombs. This time, however, it’s different. He might not survive it.

And, what of the woman he loves with all his heart, to whom he promised eternity?

The author:

Jack O. Daniel is an alter-ego. He prefers to be an enigma. Someone who lives in the shadow, observing how people live and interact; sometimes participating but mostly he stays in the background.

Let’s just call him, the Chronicler

 

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The Librarian who Shoots a Gun

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

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Synopsis:
Audrey Scott is more upset for her jilted cousin than for the best man who supposedly disappeared and caused the cancellation of the wedding. That is, until the cops come around looking for him on suspicion of murder. When that very same best man, Foster McGuire, ends up bleeding in Audrey’s closet, she has no choice but to try and get him off the hook for a crime he didn’t commit.

Too bad there’s too many people, from an irritating homicide detective who’s way too attractive for Audrey’s own good, right to mob bosses, who don’t want to see Foster McGuire tell his story. Audrey is no detective. In fact, she’s a children’s librarian. However, there’s always room for some good old investigation work between story times, and she’s going to use the skills she knows to follow a trail that starts with murder and ends with betrayal, with a whole lot of guns in between.

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My Review:

The Librarian Shoots a Gun an Audrey Scott Mystery by Amber Gilchrist is an investigation tale full of surprises and some humor. You will find diverse and interesting characters throughout the story. The Librarian Shoots a Gun is a murder mystery that will provide you a few hours in a world full of conspiracy and real life. It is a clean, delightful mystery solved by a small but very intelligent woman.

Audrey is a Librarian in charge of the program for kids in her home town of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is more than thirty and not yet married. Her cousin is getting married and the family decides to introduce her to the best man. The problem starts when he disappears from earth and is being hunted by the police for murder. The wedding is off, and the investigating policemen thinks that she knows where the guy is hiding. Since she has never seen the guy, she gets put out by the policemen and their suggestions. When the best man enters her room in the middle of the night, Audrey defends her five foot body with all she has, and breaks his nose. It is after this incident that she realizes that the best man doesn’t have anyone else he knows in Tulsa, and that he really wants her to help him. She starts her own investigation to prove the best man innocence, and gets entangled with the mafia, dead people and crooked policemen, but the most dangerous part is when her heart decides to fall for the wrong man.

The Librarian Shoots a Gun is not a romance, so don’t expect a happy ending, but you will get all the mysteries resolved. It is great reading for even a Young Adult although it is meant as an adult mystery. You can’t go wrong with this story.

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Proposals and Poison is a deadly combination

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Rachelle is the award-winning author of ten books, including The Soldier’s Bride (A Kindle Scout Selection), Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, Veils and Vengeance, and Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology. Her novella, “Silver Cascade Secrets,” was included in the Rone Award–winning Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection.
Rachelle loves laughing with her husband while raising five children and dozens of chickens on a little farm in rural Idaho. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. 



Q&A With the Author:

1.  What inspired your book? My book was inspired
by several different real news events that I had heard and a healthy dose of my
own over-active imagination. And it’s inspired by the beautiful state of Idaho!

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A Manhattan Murder Mystery

Saturday, July 16th, 2016
July 16: DEATH UNSCRIPTED: A Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery by Author Marni Graff
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About the book:
“Trudy Genova has the best job a nurse could have: working as a medical consultant for a movie studio in Manhattan means no more uniforms, bedpans or white shoes. She’s working with a womanizing actor, teaching him to fake a heart attack, when he dies right in the middle of taping–but not before pointing his finger accusingly at Trudy. When detectives view Trudy as a suspect, she swings into action to clear her name, to the chagrin of NYPD detective Ned O’Malley. Soon the bodies mount up and Trudy realizes she’s put herself in jeopardy. Based on the author’s real work experience as a medical consultant, this is the book her mentor and friend, P D James, insisted she write.”
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My review:

Trudy is a nurse working as a medical consultant for a TV studio where different movies or drama pieces are filmed. She teaches the actors what to do when a medical emergency happens, the doctors how to act during the emergency, and the director what terminology should be used in such emergencies. She can also use her computer to fake the signals on the machines that are attached to an actor portraying a patient in the hospital. She loves her work until one of the actors drops dead during filming. This happened right after she gave him eyes drop to make him look like he was having a heart attack. The problem arises when she becomes the main suspect of poisoning him.

Death Unscripted a Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery by Author Marni Graff is good-paced murder mystery that will likely become your favorite. I enjoyed the twists, bodies, secrets and the light romance in this story. The characters are a great bunch of people, and the bad guys follow suit. You will find this murder mystery easy to read, yet you won’t guess who did it. What I didn’t like was the unnecessary swearing in it. There wasn’t much, but it certainly didn’t move the story or add to the telling–so why put them there?

 

 

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The author:

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The Neil Marshall Mystery

Monday, June 20th, 2016
 
 
Book 1
If Wishes Were Horses…
” Neil Marshall is a graduate student in the University of Houston’s creative writing program and a promising young poet. However, facing a financially and emotionally draining divorce has him worried about more than paying tuition. So to make ends meet, Neil moonlights as a chef for a high society caterer.  Just when Neil’s life seems bleakest, his oldest friend, racehorse breeder Jason Keys, is murdered. And Neil becomes the prime suspect.  To avenge his friend, clear his name, and rescue a missing championship thoroughbred, Neil infiltrates the dark underworld of horse theft and illegal breeding. Neil’s friends—his attractive writing teacher, his cooking colleagues, and a freckle-faced teenage horsewoman—offer their support. But their cheers quickly turn to gasps when Neil becomes the hunted.”

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A Whisper Of Rage
“Graduate student and part-time chef Neil Marshall only wants to go for an early morning run.  Instead he witnesses the near-fatal shooting of legendary Houston private eye C.J. McDaniels, and he fears the gunmen can identify them. Before long, Neil finds himself in the eye of a hurricane, his quiet academic life ripped apart as he rides a swath of violence that cuts across a mansion in River Oaks to an eerily silent suburban home, from a secret hospital room to the bed of a fascinating woman.  In Houston’s sultry summer heat a deep-rooted rage is building from a whisper to a roar.”
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Tim Hemlin is a graduate of the University
of New Hampshire, having studied with poets Charles Simic and Mekeel McBride.  He has published in poetry
journals, anthologies, and magazines–most notably in Ellery Queen.  Currently he has six published novels, two
short stories and is included in an anthology.
By day he is an educator; however after
teaching ELA for 22 years he decided to put his master’s degree to work and is
now a high school counselor.  In
addition, he is an avid marathoner, fly-fisherman, and outdoorsman.  He lives just outside Houston, Texas with his
wife Valerie, two dogs and a cantankerous cat.
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 The Interview 

Tell us about your writing – What genre do you prefer to write? 

I write a variety of genres, including mystery, young adult urban fantasy, and dystopian science fiction. What drives any genre for me is characterization. The newness of any world and the excitement of any plot will only be as good as the characters they are built around.

What books, stories, other publications that you’ve written are your personal favorites?

In the 1990’s Ballantine Books published my series of culinary mysteries set in Houston, Texas. The Neil Marshall series includes If Wishes Were Horses, A Whisper of Rage (nominated for a Shamus Award), People in Glass Houses, A Catered Christmas (the one I most enjoyed writing), and Dead Man’s Broth. These novels are loosely based on the ten years I worked as a chef for a high-end caterer. It was hard work and the hours were long but I was exposed to a side of society I’d probably not have otherwise seen. I have recently attained the rights of this series from Ballantine and I’m particularly excited that I’m reissuing the books, on the twentieth anniversary of the series initial publication, through La Nouvelle Atlantide out of New Orleans. In fact, revisiting the mysteries triggered some fond memories and inspired me to pen a new Neil Marshall short story, the first in roughly fifteen years.

It’s my passion for the environment that sparked me to write The Wastelanders, a dystopian-clifi published in both e-book and paperback by Reputation Books. I’m represented by Kimberley Cameron of Kimberley Cameron & Associates Literary Agency. By the way, having an agent and a publisher sounds good but I still do my own marketing and function as an indie.

Recently the Muse has kindly allowed me to tap into that creative magic and pen a young adult urban fantasy titled Son of a Kitchen Witch. This is a coming of age story with a good v. evil backdrop. I loved writing this book and I think it shows. It will be out later this summer. Last fall I wrote a related story titled The Darkest Night of the Year. It appeared in the Echoes of Winter anthology, edited by Laurie Starkey.

I have published shorter works, most notably a story in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

Anything new coming up?

I have also come out with a short story, Black Silence, where I introduce a new character, who will appear in the sequel to The Wastelanders. The sequel, which I’m currently working on, is titled Rise of the Time Witch.

What color would you wear if you had only one choice? 

Blue. Think of George Harrison in his denim shirt and blue jeans crossing Abby Road.

Describe your dream writing spot.

A cabin in the country with a bay window looking out over a verdant forest. In fact, one summer I wrote one of my mysteries in the mountains of Colorado in just this setting. Coffee and stories after an early morning trail run sounds like heaven to me.

If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? What food would you serve?

Bear, my renegade from The Wastelanders, and C. J. McDaniels from my mysteries. We would have oxtail soup and a few tall pints of Black Silence, a particularly potent dark beer brewed on the Houston Rim. Undoubtedly the beer would loosen their tongues so I could spend hours listening to these kindred spirits swap war stories–both literally and figuratively. I can already hear how C. J. would combat the political rule of the heavy-handed oligarchy called The Water Cartel, to which Bear’s response would be, “Marvelous.”

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A DEATH ALONG THE RIVER FLEET

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Susanna, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?

I started writing little stories when I was very young. My favorite assignment in elementary school was when we had to write stories using about twenty spelling words each time. I dreamed vaguely of being a published author, but in reality, it just seemed so far-fetched. Even when I started writing my first novel, I don’t think I really believed that I was writing a real book. It still just felt like an enjoyable hobby.

What makes you passionate about writing?

I love when an image pops in my head and I think, ‘I just have to use this in a story.’ I derive great enjoyment from the simple act of writing a story down—the very process has always fun for me. It is probably good that my time to write is so limited; when I finally have time to write, my fingers will fly, either at the keyboard or scratching along by pen. I think I spend so much time pondering my story when I’m not physically writing, that when I’m ready, I am ready. So that keeps writing from feeling like a chore.

What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published? Were you ever discouraged along the way? If so, how did you deal with it?

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Well, I wrote my first novel, A MURDER AT ROSAMUND’S GATE, as an enjoyable hobby over the course of ten years. I wrote under no pressure at all, a scene here, a scene there, but I knew nothing of how to actually structure a novel, let alone a mystery. Everything changed when my then two-year old son broke his leg, and I had to stay home with him. I was filled with renewed determination to complete my novel. So while I played trains with my left hand, I was writing in long-hand with my right, and I began to work in earnest. It was at that point that I shared this long-held secret with my husband. After his initial surprise, he was extremely encouraging and helped me find a few hours here and there to finish my dream. I don’t think I ever felt really discouraged during that time because I honestly thought that novel-writing was what other people did. When I finally starting querying, I did find that process discouraging, and I started working on another novel to keep me motivated. But that first book did sell and I ended up with a series, which I will always appreciate.

Wow that is so cool. How do you come up with your character’s names?

Mostly, I select names that come from the penny press of the period, or I follow the most common naming practices from the period, which was to use (more…)

Where Shadows Dwell no light can be seen

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

 

About the Book: 

For Lily Frost, love is a double edged sword. She craves it, she needs it, but the asking price for love may be her life.
After her mother’s apparent suicide, Lily receives a terrible warning: leave California or run the risk of death. Afraid for her life, she flees. Her only hope for safety lies with her father, a man who abandoned her when she was five. But while she searches for him, she discovers love and safety in the arms of James Prescott.
James is a man tormented by his mother’s unsolved murder. More than anything he wants to see her killer lifeless, lying in a shallow grave. When Lily enters his life, he realizes that he hasn’t been living. Lily shines for him, a light that finally pierces the darkness. For the first time in years, he feels hope. Their relationship blossoms and Lily discovers that she is worthy of love. However, she soon realizes that the safety she craves and the love she’s found may be short lived.
The past James carries and the life Lily left behind collide, throwing the couple into the path of the murderer. Secrets long buried come to surface and threaten to destroy everything. Will they face their demons together or will they let the past tear them apart?

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My Review: 5 stars

Where Shadows Dwell Book 1 by Author Juliannne Kelsch is a murder-mystery-romance with abuse. I enjoyed this story all the way to the end. It is a sweet romance that includes a mystery, many bodies, and two people who are trying to make it through life with their hearts and their bodies intact.

As fate would have it, they find each other under the most interesting circumstances. However, they both have to trust in each other before they can let their hearts be healed by the love from the other.

But what can you do when the twists keep making you break up? Read this book and find out.

The characters in this story are lovable, at least all the ones you should love; and hateful all the ones that should be hated. This entire story will keep you interested to the end, and leave you feeling warm and cozy.

This is a refreshingly clean book with violence, not to descriptive or gory. I would recommend it to adults and young adults alike. It will help you define rules that you should live your life by if you have common sense. It’s not preachy, but teaches good morals; a thing that should never be out of fashion. What a great job, read away.

I received a copy of the book from Loving The Book in exchange for an honest review.

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Diamonds are a deadly thing

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Diamonds are a deadly thing by Rachelle J. Christiansen a wedding planner mystery #1

Author bio:

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Rachelle is a mother of five who writes mystery/ suspense, nonfiction, and women’s fiction. She solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She enjoys raising chickens and laughing with her husband. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. Rachelle is the award-winning author of ten books, including The Soldier’s Bride (a Kindle Scout Selection), Wrong Number, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know, and Christmas

Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology. Her novella, “Silver Cascade Secrets,” was included in the Rone Award– winning Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection. Join Rachelle’s VIP mailing list to learn more about upcoming books & get your free book at www.rachellechristensen.com

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My review: 5 stars

What an exciting thing can result from mixing a wedding planner and mysteries. In Diamond Rings are Deadly Things you will find a tale with interesting twists and some kisses. I like the pace of the story and enjoy the clean “who done it” feeling throughout the tale. The plot was simple, the delivery perfect and the romance warm. It provides a great combination for those who like murder mysteries and weddings. The ending will surprise you, even when you try to guess it.

Adri is starting her Wedding Planner business with her friend Lorea. All seems to be great as they have two very wealthy couples’ weddings that will give their new business the push they need to start on the right foot. That is until bridezila’s wedding dress is robbed from their store and now they face bankruptcy. Adri, without knowing it, gets stuck between a smugglers racket and a crazy stocker, without even mentioning her best friend’s killer.

Readers will be pleased with the tale and enjoy some free tips for party favors or decorations. All in all, Diamond Rings are Deadly Things is a wonderful story.

The link:

http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Rings-Are-Deadly-Things/dp/B00UAZ15Z4/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1459916759&sr=1-2-fkmr0&keywords=Diamonds+are+a+deadly+thing+by+Rachelle+J.+Christiansen

Window of death a paranormal or Mystery?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

My review: 5 stars

I enjoyed this exhilarating tale of CIA and FBI agents written by D. J. Effort. Window of Dead, has a large array of characters that fight for the good and some for the bad. It is a fast paced book with twist at every turn and some awesome main characters with special powers.

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Lucy James is a CIA agent and she is the best. However, she has had nightmares from age six months until now; twenty-nine years old. Finally, her friends, all agents, help her figure out what happened to her mother who was killed in her presence. That should heal her, but the problem is that all clues point to her father killing her mother. Besides that, she is plagued by people following her and trying to kill her at every turn. Terrorism is rampart, and coyotes bringing illegals into the USA along with drugs is too. What is she to do and in whom is she to confide?

This is a great tale for those who like spies, and all readers in general who want to escape everyday humdrums. This book is clean and I like it even more for that. I received a copy for an honest review.

The link:

http://www.amazon.com/Window-Death-Time-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01DOE9KTK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1459888370&sr=1-1&keywords=Window+of+death

Can we Imagine Justice?

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Today we Interview Ward A. R. Dill and his book Imagining Justice

Where was I born?

Providence Rhode Island

Where do I live now?

Northern New Jersey

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What makes me passionate about writing?

The process of writing is arduous and intense. Consequently, for me to begin, I have to be compelled by a passion building mix of topic, characters, and context. This mix comes from personal experience or some social justice issue. It is exciting writing conversations and writing scenes that surprise me.

How long did it take to write the first draft?

I spent a few years being confronted by news accounts of people being killed by police. (more…)

Ivy Meadows, actress or part-time private investigator?

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Cindy, how has your family background affected your writing, if it has?

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My dad got me hooked on mysteries. When I was in my teens, he handed me John D. McDonald’s The Deep Blue Goodbye and said, “Don’t tell your mother I let you read this.” How could I resist?

What gave you the nerve to attempt your first novel?

I had been a playwright for years, and had written several screenplays as well. When the character of Ivy Meadows, actress and part-time private investigator, popped into my head, I knew (more…)

Modern Murder Mystery. A Nora Tierney Series

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Nora Tierney Mysteries Series Audio Book Version by Author Marni Graff

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The Blue Virgin (A Nora Tierney Mystery, #1)

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Despite a planned move, the mysterious death of photographer Bryn Wallace keeps American writer Nora Tierney glued to Oxford in order to clear her close friend, artist Val Rogan, who has been wrongfully accused of Bryn’s murder. Or has she?

Nora quickly becomes embroiled in the murder investigation, much to the dismay of two men: Detective Inspector Declan Barnes, the senior on the case; and Simon Ramsey, the illustrator of Nora’s children’s book. Simon’s efforts to save Nora from herself become increasingly frantic as Nora is forced to push her way into Declan’s case, using her wits and her wiles to prove Val’s innocence.

The first in a series of Nora Tierney mysteries based in the UK, The Blue Virgin is a compelling story of love and intrigue. Nothing, Nora learns, is what it seems, and even the most innocent of choices can lead to murder and revenge. Set in the ancient city of golden spires, the setting lends itself to mystery, as any Inspector Morse fan will agree. The novel is written in classic English style, complete with a cast of characters and chapter epigraphs that add to its literary feel.

The Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Virgin-Nora-Tierney-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00A94DDFG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1456247989&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Blue+Virgin%2C+A+Nora+Tierney+Mystery%2C+%231

The Green Remains (A Nora Tierney Mystery, #2)

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Nora Tierney is living at Ramsey Lodge in England’s glorious Lake District, anticipating two life-changing events: the publication of her first children’s book and the birth of her first child. Choosing a name for her son and checking proof pages with her illustrator, Simon Ramsey, fill her days–until a morning stroll along the shore of UK’s largest lake, Windermere, leads her to discover the corpse of the heir to Clarendon Hall.

When Simon is implicated in the death, Nora dives headfirst into the murder investigation to discover the real killer. As the body count rises, Nora and her unborn child will face risks and perils she could never anticipate in this second in a series of Nora Tierney mysteries.

My review:

The Green Remains an interesting murder tale with great British accent. It make the readers feel there with Nora seeing and smelling the sites. I enjoy the laid back way that this murder mystery developed. The characters are well develop and you will find it hard to stay away from the book. The lady who does the reading has a nice voice and was pleasant to my ears.

Nora is pregnant and staying in England’s glorious Lake District,. While there she found a body at the shore and Ian the detective in charge of the case is acting like she knows more that she does and has her friend Simon who is in love with her as one of the main suspected. To make things worse Simon’s sister Kate is engage to the Ian the detective.

All an all, this is good story and I give it five stars.

The link: 

http://www.amazon.com/Green-Remains-Nora-Tierney-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00AACZXQY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1456248065&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Green+Remains%2C+A+Nora+Tierney+Mystery%2C+%232

The Scarlet Wench (Nora Tierney Mysteries, #3)

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In the third Nora Tierney Mystery set in England, American writer Nora awaits the arrival of a traveling theatre troupe who will stage Noel Coward’s play Blithe Spirit at Ramsey Lodge in the Lake District. With her son six months old, Nora must juggle parenting with helping her illustrator and friend Simon Ramsey run the lodge. She’s also hoping to further her relationship with the only lodge guest not in the cast: Detective Inspector Declan Barnes, ostensibly there for a hiking trip. When a series of pranks and accidents escalate to murder during a flood that traps everyone, Nora realizes her child is in jeopardy and determines to help Declan unmask a killer.

My review:

5 stars

I h ad the chance to listen to the third book of Nora Tierney Mystery series. Once again, I was transported to England and the pretty sites there. The novel is written in the classic English style which I enjoy a lot and I actually understood it all. Usually when I watch a British comedy, I only understand half of it, but I was able to follow along just fine. I found myself forgetting to do other things just to see what clue Nora is going to find next. The cast of characters is diverse and interesting. I like the different personalities and the quirks of each of them. It does have insinuations of sex, but nothing racy.
Ramsey Lodge is the host to a troupe of traveling stage performers. The bunch of actors and actresses are a weird bunch and seem to not get along at all. When pranks start happening, everyone blames someone else and Nora’s detective hat goes on. When one of the actresses is found murdered during a dark stormy night, her friend Declan has to abandon his vacation at the lodge and take statements from all the people that spent the night there.
I like the slower pace of the story because it gives the reader more time to savor the drama and have a chance to immerse themselves in the mystery.

The link:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=The+Scarlet+Wench%2C+Nora+Tierney+Mysteries%2C+%233

Will she become the next victim?

Thursday, December 31st, 2015
Jennie Hansen, how long have you been writing? 

I’ve been writing since I was seven years old when my first little article was published in a farm magazine.

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Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and have lived in many Idaho and Montana communities.  My husband and I currently live near Salt Lake City, in Utah.

How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?  

I don’t know.  I just write when an idea is persistent.

Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

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Offside, A Murder Mystery

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
  

 In 2006, amid the great real estate bubble, Rick Hermannik, an adult referee of youth soccer, is found murdered in a ritzy Los Angeles suburb, his whistle left in an unnatural place. Suspicion
quickly falls upon volunteer coach Diego Diaz, a one-time gang member whose hot Latino rant over an offside call pops up on YouTube. The media eagerly pursue the delicious story line of out-of-control soccer parents. Case closed–until the boyfriend of Diaz’s grown daughter, Hector Rivera, a former high school soccer star but now a college dropout in a dead-end job, tries to figure out the truth, and himself.

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