Posts Tagged ‘mysteries’

What happened the night she disappeared?

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
Gone
by S.H. Love
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Rory Richards is self-absorbed and suicidal.
Over the last year, he has lost his job, has attempted suicide multiple
times, and has gotten his relationship to the point where it is
heading for divorce. Fed up with everything, Rory has accepted his fate.
When he wakes up from a failed suicide attempt, he learns that his wife,
Maggie, has disappeared without a trace. Her car is found abandoned
on the highway, miles away from home. Her purse and her cell phone
are discovered in the trunk. There is no sign of Maggie.
All Rory can remember about the previous night is that the two had the
fight of a lifetime. The dispute causes him to storm out of the house
and steal prescription pills from his neighbors in an attempt to
overdose.
After that, everything is a blur.
Maggie’s sudden disappearance becomes a mystery.
Was she kidnapped? Did she disappear on purpose?
To avoid coming across as insensitive, Rory plays the part of loving
husband and attempts to find his wife. He gives an emotional plea on
television, reaches out to the Missing Persons Network, and even
hires a private investigator to gather information.
All of these actions are to show police that he is actively searching.
Deep down, though, he just doesn’t care anymore. But, does Rory’s
lack of affection mean that he is responsible for Maggie’s

disappearance? Or will he serve as the unlikely hero who finds her?
What happened the night she disappeared?
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Feel that dream in your gut every time you sit down to write. You got this!

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Christine Clemetson, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

 

I was born in a small beach town in New Jersey where I spent most of my time fishing, crabbing and reading books. Now, I live just a little north of where I grew up. New Jersey has the most beautiful change of seasons and I can’t be very far from the ocean!

Where do you receive your inspiration or ideas for your books?

 

Ideas seem to come from everywhere. Most of the time, I’ll see something and start asking the “what if” questions. Sometimes, my ideas come from dreams too! Usually when this happens, a small part of my dream will linger in the morning and eventually form into an idea.

 

Why did you choose to self-publish? Or go with the publisher you are with?

 

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG), a fabulous group for supporting writers, was accepting entries for a new short story anthology with the premise of a ticking clock. I was so intrigued that I wrote a story called Center Lane. Through the anthology, I met the publisher Dancing Lemur Press.

 

How often do you write?

 

I work as a Technical Writer full time, so I write toward a word count goal each morning. If I don’t meet the goal, I’ll go back into the story at night to finish.  Some days the story is waiting for me and other days the muse takes longer to arrive,  and I have to work harder to get the words down!

 

What is the name of your book?

 

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, which contains 11 mysteries by 11 authors. If you love mysteries, you’ll love this anthology!

What genre is it?

 

Mystery

 

Tell us about some of your future projects?

 

I’m plotting  a new thriller where I still need to determine the setting. I find the setting plays the same role as a character in the book, and it should reflect the story goals.  This requires a lot of planning and possibly travel – which I love!

 

What are some of your favorite books?

 

There are too many to possibly name. Some of my favorite contemporary authors include Karin Slaughter, Lisa Unger and Rick Mofina.

 

If you could co-write a book with another author, who would it be?

 

I would love to co-write a book with Stephen King. I think it would be fun to plot a thriller or horror book and explore the different characters with him.

 

Do you have any advice for others who dream of being an author?

 

Keep writing and reading as much as you can. Join a writer’s group and attend workshops. Keep learning. And above all, don’t give up! Feel that dream in your gut every time you sit down to write. You got this!

 

Where can we find your book?

 

http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/mysteryparanormalhorror

https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38227821-tick-tock

 

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it’s an adult crime piece set in the great Chicago fire, in the 19th century.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
  1. Lee McKenzie, where were you born?

 

I was born in California. If I’d been born in the 90’s I would have been called a Valley Girl because my hometown was in one of the largest agricultural areas in the state, Modesto. Fortunately, I wasn’t born in the 90’s (or unfortunately because then I’d be much younger). I lived in a lot of other places, and then returned to my home state where I still live. When we came back to the states, we had the choice between living near the Pacific or living in the mountains with the trees. We chose the trees and drive to the beach.

Give me a brief Bio of you.

 

I write in two categories of fiction. I write contemporary/realistic young adult-crossover stories ( Double Negative, Sudden Secrets, Princess of Las Pulgas and Sliding on the Edge). My middle grade fiction include adventure/fantasies Alligators Overhead, Great Time Lock Disaster, Some Very Messy Medieval Magic (Spring 2018) and Sign of the Green Dragon. I have a lot of magazine articles and stories out and about, and I have several short stories in anthologies. Short stories are a great break from writing novels, so that’s why I jump in to write them once in a while.

 

When I’m not forcing a story into submission, I’m traveling. Give me a ticket and I’m off…anywhere. It doesn’t matter. However, no matter how much I’m excited to see other places, my heart’s here in the USA. With all its faults and chaos, I’ve always called this place home. My background is in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication, so I suppose that’s one of the reasons for my love of seeing other parts of the world. That and I have a lot of family and friends in different places.

 

My family says I’m an exercise nut, and they’re probably right. Writing takes a lot of sedentary time, so I make sure to off-set that with hiking and yoga … a lot. Also I love to cook and to eat, so the only way i can do that and fit in my clothes is to move this body around with some vigor.

 

What is the name of your book?

 

Well, I have 7 books in print ( I mentioned them above), so I’m not sure which one to choose. That would be kind of like giving preferential treatment to one of my kids. However, I do have a new one coming out May 15 called Some Very Messy Medieval Magic (a middle grade fantasy published by Dancing Lemur Press), so I can tell you a bit about that one without showing favoritism. The other book (an anthology) that I have work in is Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime. My story is Heartless and it’s a bit a departure for me since it’s an adult crime piece set in Chicago in the 19th century. Actually, I set it during the great Chicago fire.

What genre is it?

 

Some Very Messy Medieval Magic is one of my middle grade fantasy/adventure stories, and Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is an anthology of mystery and crime.

 

Give us a short synopsis or snippet of your book.

 

Pete’s stuck in medieval England!

Pete and his friend Weasel thought they’d closed the Time Lock on their last time travel expedition. But a young page from medieval times, Peter of Bramwell, goes missing. His absence during a critical moment will forever alter history unless he’s found.

There’s only one solution – fledgling wizard Pete must take the pages place. Accompanied by Weasel and Fanon, Peter’s alligator familiar, they travel to 1173 England.

But what if the page remains lost – will Pete know what to do when the critical moment arrives? Toss in a grumpy Fanon, the earl’s curious niece, a talking horse, and the Circle of Stones and Pete realizes he’s in over his young wizard head yet again.

 

In the short story for Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, I dabbled in a bit of horror, setting my story, Heartless, in the strict Victorian period where even the word, leg, was considered improper in polite conversation. I also chose to set the story to coincide with the Great Chicago fire, so there’s an element of a race against time and the flames that consumed so much of that city back in 1871.

 

Tell us 3 fun facts about yourself?

 

#1 I like to hike. I take one whenever I can’t put words down that make sense or when someone tells me to.

#2 I iron my sheets. My mother once told me, I had a Princess and The Pea, attitude about my bed. I do. Smooth, white linen sheets make going to bed a treat…those and a book that I can’t wait to return to.

#3 Pickles are my go-to snack when I’m upset. Chocolate doesn’t do the trick. I save chocolate for when I’m happy.

 

How long have you been a writer or known that was something you wanted to do?

 

I’m not sure. Really. But I can tell you how long I’ve been writing fiction for publication. I sold my first book in 2009, so I must have started doing that in 2007 or 8. At least I had the idea for the book about that time, then the nerve to actually tell the story must have come right on the heels of inspiration. Using my trusty calculator (fingers and one toe) that makes it about eleven years. I’m still not sure it’s what I want to do. I just know writing fiction is something that I want to get better at doing before moving on to my next great adventure.

 

What else might pique the reader’s interest in your book?

Readers might like to see the trailer. It’s fun. I love those mini-movies. They make me crave popcorn. Here’s the link/embed code to the trailer for the adventures of Pete and Weasel.https://youtu.be/h59dYGrVQvs/ <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/h59dYGrVQvs” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe>

 

And if they like knights and medieval castles with moats and magic, the story has all of that.  I’ll be posting some great pictures of castles I visited last fall where the story took place. I even got to see King Ricard II’s private quarters, his personal toilet (a noble privilege) and some motes that I describe in the story. I’d only looked up all of that during the writing, but seeing them first-hand was great fun and I knew I’d written the descriptions accurately.

 

In Tick Tock: A Stick in Crime, the readers are going to find eleven very different, but riveting tales about crimes and mysteries and really dark hearts.
Where can we find your book? 

 

All of my work is here. http://cleemckenziebooks.com

 Some Very Messy Medieval Magic can be found here:

https://www.amazon.com/Some-Very-Messy-Medieval-Magic/dp/1939844460/ref=sr_1_1

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/some-very-messy-medieval-magic-c-lee-mckenzie/1127622061

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/766665

 TickTock: A Stitch in Time can be found here:

https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38227821-tick-tock

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime/id1341413711?mt=11

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Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime -The clock is ticking…

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Gwen Gardner, Welcome to my blog. Tell us how long have you been writing?

 

Since 2010. I’ve been an avid reader my whole life, but when it comes to writing, I’m a late bloomer. To me, there is definitely a correlation between the two, although I didn’t connect them until much later in life. But once the writing bug bit me, there was no turning back.

I know what you mean. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

 

I grew up a Navy brat and then married a gypsy, so travel runs in my veins. I love it! Although technically I’m a Southern California girl, I love the beach and the mountains with equal vigor. I love traveling through Europe, and I’m a complete anglophile. In fact, my story, A Stitch in Crime, takes place in the fictional village of Sabrina Shores in England. The architecture is older than you see here in the States, so you know that anything that old must hold secrets…and ghosts. I love telling their stories.

 

Secrets, Ghost…Wow. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?

 

When an idea won’t go away, I’ll jot the idea down and revisit it a few times. If it still nags me, I’ll rough out an outline, to include the ending. If it still interests me, then I’ll write about it.

 

It makes sense. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

 

First and foremost, my husband. If not for him telling me it was okay to have dreams and chase after them, I doubt I would have ever pursued writing. Inspiration-wise, I admire J.K. Rowling with her fantastic world-building and storytelling ability. Her first Harry Potter book was turned down fifteen times! She didn’t give up. And surprisingly, Stephen King has inspired me. I don’t read horror, but his autobiographical book, On Writing, contains some very real lessons on the craft and the writing journey. He threw away his first draft of Carrie! Luckily his wife fetched it out of the bin. It helps to have someone who believes in you.

 

Hubbies, are awesome when they believe in you. What is the name of your book?

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is the name of the anthology to be published by Dancing Lemur Press on May 1, 2018. My story, A Stitch in Crime is the feature piece.

 

Sounds intriguing. Tell us more about it.

 

Perhaps a backcover blurb. A Stitch in Crime: Seasoned ghost whisperer Indigo Eady hoped for an easy haunting this time, but when she’s called out to the local Candy Cupboard, those hopes are dashed. A death spot appears where no one has recently died. She discovers that a child died in that very spot—sixty years ago. Why wait sixty years to return to the spot where you died?  It’s up to Indigo and her sidekick Franny to find out before it’s too late.

 

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime

The clock is ticking…

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda RenEe, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting…

 

Is there a book trailer for your book?

 

I would love Dancing Lemur Press to make a trailer, but as of yet, there isn’t one.

 

Do you have a favorite character, why?

 

I love the interaction between Indigo and Franny. It couldn’t be a story without both of them. Sweet and funny, Indigo Eady is a young woman just trying to get by in the world, but her ghost whispering abilities play havoc with her life. Normality would be a true luxury. Her ghostly sidekick, Franny, is a former Victorian madam of some repute. Her well-meaning but interfering ways adds to the chaos in Indigo’s life—especially when she insists on finding a man for Indigo.

 

That is awesome. What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

 

The world is so chaotic these days. All you have to do is turn on the TV or fire up the internet to get a massive dose of reality. For some, the everyday bombardment can be overwhelming. My lighthearted cozy mysteries will appeal to those people who want a break from the stress of real life. In my stories, there is no overt violence or sex. The bad guy is always caught and justice is always served. And of course, add a splash of mayhem, a dash of humor and a bit of pot stirring to make things more interesting, and the result is very satisfying!

 

I bet they are…. Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?

 

Every successful author’s advice I’ve read says to write, write, write. It’s true. There are no shortcuts to becoming a successful writer. You must write and study every craft book you can get your hands on. Success comes with practice. Forget how bad the first draft is. It’s through editing that your work begins to unfold properly.

 

What are this year’s goals?

 

I am in the process of editing another Indigo and Franny novel called, A Scandal in Boohemia, as well as a short story called, Lady Sings the Boos. I plan to publish them by the end of the year.

 

I can’t wait to read your work. Where can we find your book?

Amazon –

https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime

ITunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime/id1341413711?mt=11

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A severed head. A philandering husband. A skeleton in the basement…This was not the perfect wedding

Monday, April 30th, 2018
The
Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series is a collection of seven brand new
mysteries from seven award-winning and bestselling authors taking
place at the same final destination, the Tawnee Mountain
Resort. 

 

Each book in this
multi-author series is a standalone novella, and the series can be
read in any order.

 

 

 

Leona’s
Last Resort
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 1
by
Karen M. Bryson
Genre:
Mystery / Suspense
 
A
small-town mystery novella with a dash of romance and a few
ghosts.
When
Max Elliot invites Izzy Grant to a fancy Ivy League alumni reception
at the Tawnee Mountain Resort, the ghost hunters anticipate a
romantic weekend getaway at the premier ski and golf destination.
But when wealthy hotelier Leona Hutton is murdered, and her ghost
asks Izzy to find her killer, she and Max decide to
investigate.

Will
Izzy and Max solve the case before more alumni end up dead, or the
killer turns the tables and decides to hunt the ghost
hunters?

Leona’s
Last Resort is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a
collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and
bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the
Tawnee Mountain Resort.

Leona’s
Last Resort features ghost hunters, Izzy Grant and Max Elliot, from
the Izzy & Max Paranormal Mystery series.

Each
book in this multi-author series is a standalone novella, and the
series can be

read
in any order.
 
 
Dark
Side of the Mountain
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 2
by
R.J. Rosatte
 
Katie
Douglas thinks doing a mechanical inspection job at the Tawnee
Mountain Resort is going to be a working vacation. But that’s
before three young mountain bikers go missing while riding the trails
of the mountain and a ransom note is delivered.
Partnering
with a charming guest of the resort, novelist Casey Malone, Katie
soon discovers there is a twisting plot possibly involving the
missing men’s girlfriends and perhaps even the FBI.

When
their investigation is complicated by the discovery of bomb making
material in a cave on the mountain and the threat of an approaching
hurricane, Katie and Casey go into overdrive to find the missing men
and prevent what could be a devastating attack on an unknown
target.

As
Hurricane Patrick pays a rare visit to inland New Jersey, the story
reaches an explosive climax as they and the staff of Tawnee Mountain
Resort deal with both of these threats.

Dark
Side of the Mountain is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries
series, a collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven
award-winning and bestselling authors, taking place at the same final
destination, the Tawnee Mountain Resort. 

 
 
Deadly
Reception
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 3
by
Karen Randau
 
A
severed head. A philandering husband. A skeleton in the basement.
This was not the perfect wedding Rita Avery planned for her daughter
Zoe!
Rita
Avery and her detective husband Cliff arrive at New Jersey’s Tawnee
Mountain Resort prepared to greet Zoe’s wedding guests in just
three hours. Who would have expected to find a man’s torso in their
closet?

Things
explode into high gear when the victim’s head shows up at the golf
equipment shack. A good look at his social media makes Rita wonder if
a wife murdered her husband as revenge for infidelity. Or did a
secret admirer decide to liberate the wife from her scoundrel
husband? 

Worse,
is Zoe in life-threatening danger . . . again?

And
will Rita and Cliff escape the trap in which the murderer snares
them?

Murder
and a passel of twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Zoe’s wedding is the most exciting you’ll attend!

Deadly
Reception is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a
collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and
bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the
Tawnee Mountain Resort. 

Deadly
Reception features characters from Karen Randau’s Rim Country
Mysteries series. 

 
 
Deadly
Misfire
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 4
by
Laurie Fagen
 
KWLF-FM
crime reporter Lisa Powers’ boss sends her to a radio news
conference in New Jersey, in the dead of winter, and far away from
her beloved crime beat in Arizona. She goes to the Tawnee Mountain
Resort begrudgingly, afraid she’s going to miss a big story.
But
at the convention, where she is up for an excellence in reporting
award, an unknown stalker torments her for several days. When she
takes the stage to learn the winner, the stalker antes up the stakes
– with deadly force. 

Deadly
Misfire is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a
collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and
bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the
Tawnee Mountain Resort. 

Deadly
Misfire features characters from Laurie Fagen’s Behind the Mic
Mysteries series. 

 
 
Cassidy’s
Deadly Exit
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 5
by
Marla J. Hayes
Broadway
actress Cassidy Quinn finally wins a long coveted Tony award, but the
words in her acceptance speech stir up a new problem – a previously
low-key fan ramps up online rhetoric to the point where her usual
security categorizes this unidentified person as an avidly persistent
stalker.
Cassidy
takes control of her career and her safety, while doing her best not
to disappoint her most devoted fans – she travels to the Tawnee
Mountain Resort to attend her first fan convention, a small gathering
of her super fans. After all, what could happen to her when she’s
surrounded by devoted admirers, trusted employees, and the security
precautions of a resort that has hosted large scale political
gatherings without a single reported incident?

When
events at the gathering turn deadly, Cassidy must figure out who
among her fans and her staff wants to kill her, and her
career.

Cassidy’s
Deadly Exit is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a
collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and
bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the
Tawnee Mountain Resort.

 
 
Black
Diamond Graves
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 6
by
Wendy Fallon
 
Cali
May attends an Artists’ Retreat at Tawnee Mountain Ski and Golf
Resort in North Jersey. She’s appalled to see a figure fall from the
Black Diamond ski lift as she and the other attendees ride the lift
to a small lodge on the first day. She finds herself stranded at the
top of the mountain with several creative souls both dead and alive,
and must uncover a murderer before she too becomes a target.
 
 
The
Quinnipiac Disappearance
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 7
by
Lee Tidball
 
Down
in South Jersey, you got your Jersey Devil and the Pine Barrens.
Up here, we got E.T.s and Quinnipiac.”

So
says Alan Riddiak, NSA field agent Jake Farrister’s friend, as they
rent kayaks at Quinnipiac Reservoir, site of what locals say was the
most credible mass sighting of a UFO in human history, and just miles
from the swanky Tawnee Mountain Resort, where Alan’s boss, revered
Senator Grant Bilson of New Jersey, is on an August recess
retreat.

Ok…”
smirks Jake.

But
smirks turn to shock when two bizarre disappearances and an attempted
murder suck the rest out of the retreat, and Senator Bilson
commissions Jake to solve the mysteries.

Jake
finds nothing but frustration, though, until he finally concedes what
quirky new friend Nikki Hayes has told him all along; when it comes
to Quinnipiac, the only explanations are inexplicable, the only
believable witnesses are unbelievable, and in order to stop the
world-shattering plot at the heart of the mysteries, Jake must do
what he thought was unthinkable—and hope he’s not too late.

 
 
 
KAREN
M. BRYSON

writes romantic mystery and suspense stories. She is a winner of the
prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small
Publishing Industry as well as the RWA Lone Star Writing
Contest.

Karen
is also an award-winning/optioned screenwriter.

When
she’s not at her computer creating new stories, Karen enjoys spending
time with her husband and their bloodhounds.

Karen
previously wrote contemporary romance under the pen names SAVANNAH
YOUNG, SIERRA AVALON, REN MONTERREY and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
DAKOTA MADISON.

 
 
 
 
R.J.
Rosatte

is a native of Prince Edward County, Ontario, his careers have
included being an infantry officer in the Canadian Army Reserves,
economics teacher at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, a
long-haul truck driver and businessman.

He
has travelled all forty-eight lower US states, eight Canadian
provinces, Italy, Mexico and most of the Caribbean. He currently
resides in Bayside, Quinte West, Ontario with his wife, Wendy, and
their Westie, Molly.
A
native of the southwestern U.S.,
Karen
Randau

has been writing and telling stories since elementary school. She
holds a degree in journalism/public relations from The University of
Texas at Austin and has enjoyed a long career in marketing
communications.
After
a short stint working in a psychiatric hospital, when she wrote three
self-help books, Karen joined an international relief and development
organization to use her skills to help people struggling with extreme
poverty. She has traveled to numerous developing countries,
witnessing famines, violence, and hopeful people working to overcome
a generational cycle of poverty.

She
loves to read and write fast-paced mysteries and thrillers,
especially those with intricate plots, lots of action, and
rollercoaster-like twists and turns.

 

 
Laurie
Fagen

is a “writer by habit” who has enjoyed writing for a
variety of mediums, including radio, commercial and cable television,
film, newspapers and magazines. 
Fagen,
a member of Sisters in Crime (SinC), is also is an artist and jazz
singer, and the former publisher of the SanTan Sun News, a community
newspaper in the Phoenix, AZ area.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marla
J. Hayes,
a
produced screenwriter and occasional actress, graduated with a Master
Screenwriter
Certificate from ScreenwritingU in
October 2017 — check out her film Biz credentials on imdb.com. Now
add novelist to her screenplay stories!
Her articles (and
photographs) have been published in American and Canadian magazines
and newspapers. She was a featured columnist in COLLECTIBLES CANADA
magazine for over 10 years. Short fiction pieces have appeared in
Canadian elementary school reading program textbooks and public
school libraries continue to carry her picture book, HOW A CAROUSEL
CAME TO NORTH BAY, published by Scholastic Canada.

Marla lives
in northeastern Ontario, Canada.

 
 
Wendy
Fallon
By
day I am a technical writer, and by night and on weekends I am
an artist and creative writer.  Having lived  in
Phoenix, AZ for 20+ years with my husband Tim, I found the urban
wilderness to be endlessly fascinating. Our home was tucked up
against South Mountain, the largest city park in the U.S. The canal
that ran across the base of the mountain provided inspiration
for painting, drawing, and writing with sitings of wild
coyotes, skittering fluffs of newborn quail, lizards, constant
change…and stories of life and death. In December 2017, we moved to
a beach in Florida, which is whole ‘nother story!
 

Lee
Tidball

is a represented, 3 times optioned screenwriter and author. His two
novels, WINDFORK SECRETS (middle-grade/YA historical fantasy) and
MALLED (dark teen/YA action/thriller based on his screenplay) have
both been Amazon Kindle Store Bestsellers at various times in their
respective categories. He currently writes from northern California
where he lives with the two loves of his life, his partner, Cyndie,
and his Giant OCR1 road bike. He enjoys movies, theater, history,
staying in shape, and traveling to scenic and/or historical
destinations around the world.
Prior
to becoming a full-time writer, Lee spent many years as a
middle-grades teacher in his adopted hometown of Modesto, California.
He’s also spent ten seasons coaching girls youth soccer, 22 seasons
coaching youth runners, founded a children’s community theater
company, directed nearly a dozen children’s theater productions, and
acted in numerous community and church theater productions over the
years. Much of the inspiration for his stories and characters
continues to come from the hundreds of students, athletes, and actors
he has served in these endeavors.


 
 
 
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Their Elvis-impersonating minister has been murder

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Til
Death Do Us Party
A
Liv and Di in Dixie Mystery #4
by
Vickie Fee
Genre:
Cozy Mystery
 
Las
Vegas knows how to party, and for once, event planner Liv McKay won’t
be entirely behind the scenes. The Dixie gang is in Sin City to
celebrate Mama and Earl’s rockin’ Elvis-themed wedding. And
between juggling the botched bachelorette party and a problem-plagued
soirée back home, Liv’s ready to double down on some fun. 

 

 

 

Mama
& Earl’s happily-ever-after seems like a sure thing, but all
bets (and nuptials) are off when they get to the Burning Love Wedding
Chapel. Their Elvis-impersonating minister has left the building . .
. permanently. And even worse, Liv’s cousin, Little Junior, is
suspected of his murder.

 

 

With
Mama’s happy ending on the table and Little Junior about to lose it
all, the stakes are higher than ever. Liv and her best friend, Di,
must hit the Strip to find the real killer before he finally plays
his ace…

 

 

High
energy, dead bodies and exposed lies. . . . A must read.”

 

RT
Book Reviews
,
4 Stars, on 
Death
Crashes the Party

 

 

A
wonderful cozy mystery.”

 

Suspense
Magazine 
on It’s
Your Party, Die If You Want To

 

 

Readers
should welcome this look at a very Southern lifestyle, complete with
appended party plans.”

 

Kirkus
Reviews 
on One
Fete in the Grave

 

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Vickie
Fee is a past president of the Malice in Memphis chapter of
Sisters in Crime and current member of the Wisconsin Sisters in
Crime. She has a degree in journalism and spent many years as a
newspaper reporter, covering small Southern towns populated with
colorful characters, much like those in the fictional town of Dixie.
She now lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with her husband, John.
She grew up in the South on a steady diet of Nancy Drew and iced tea,
and when she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading mysteries and
watching B movies from the 1930s and ‘40s.
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She can’t resist to help him, despite her better judgment

Monday, January 29th, 2018
Murder
in the Forbidden City
Qing Dynasty Mysteries
Book 1
by
Amanda Roberts
Genre: Historical
Mystery
216 pages
 
Peking,
1867

 

 

When
one of the Empress’s ladies-in-waiting is killed in the Forbidden
City, she orders Inspector Gong to find the killer. Unfortunately, as
a man, he is forbidden from entering the Inner Court. How is he
supposed to solve a murder when he cannot visit the scene of the
crime or talk to the women in the victim’s life? He won’t be able
to solve this crime alone.

 

 

The
widowed Lady Li is devastated when she finds out about the murder of
her sister-in-law, who was serving as the Empress’s
lady-in-waiting. She is determined to discover who killed her, even
if it means assisting the rude and obnoxious Inspector Gong and going
undercover in the Forbidden City.

 

 

Together,
will Lady Li and Inspector Gong be able to find the murderer before
he – or she – strikes again?

 

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Murder
in the British Quarter
Qing
Dynasty Mysteries Book 2
 
When
a young Chinese woman is murdered within the British Quarter of the
foreign legation, Inspector Gong is ordered by the Imperial Court to
solve the crime before the incident escalates into war between China
and the foreign powers. The only problem? Inspector Gong doesn’t
speak English. And he is hardly the type of man to be accepted by the
British elite living in Peking. 

 

 

Once
again, he must turn to the one woman who can help him. The woman he
can’t stop thinking about.

 

 

Lady
Li is trying to forget about Inspector Gong. He’s a danger to
herself, her position, and her children’s future. But when he comes
once again knocking on her door and asking for her assistance in
solving a case, she can’t resist, despite her better
judgment.

 

 

Lady
Li’s language and diplomatic abilities allow her to freely enter
the world of the Western visitors, but tensions between the
foreigners and local people are increasing by the hour.

 

 

Will
Lady Li and Inspector Gong be able to solve the crime without the
answer leading China to war?

 

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Amanda
Roberts is a writer and editor who has been living in China since
2010. Amanda has an MA in English from the University of Central
Missouri. She has been published in magazines, newspapers, and
anthologies around the world and she regularly contributes to
numerous blogs. Amanda can be found all over the Internet, but her
home is TwoAmericansinChina.com.

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Even Halos can be Crooked

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
Even
Halos Can Be Crooked
by
L.M. Schukraft
Genre:
Paranormal Romance Mystery
 
Even
Halos Can Be Crooked is the first book in a brand new series created
by L. M. Schukraft. This novel is an unconventional, contemporary
paranormal romance mystery. Combining fantasy with reality, L. M.
Schukraft takes the reader on an adventure as her main character,
Autumn, wakes up from a near death experience to discover Angels are
real. Devils and Demons do exist. And her halo is crooked!
Autumn
faces demons, scary Cerberus descendants bred in hell, Fallen Angels
and devils as she tries to straighten out her halo. The Heavens
themselves have tasked her with saving another Crooked Halos soul.
Autumn doesn’t have a clue how she’s supposed to do this and is
thankful for the help she has along the way.
Follow
Autumn on this fantastical battle for her soul….

 

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L.M. Schukraft is a long time writer, first time novelist, and passive
blogger.

 

Be sure to visit my blog or Facebook page often, since I will be
posting short stories related to The Crooked Halo stories as well as
news and information on upcoming releases.

 

I love dancing, almost anything mint flavored, and spending time with
my son. I follow the twin Gemini characteristics by being a contrast
of a home body and wanting to go out and have fun. Staying at home,
reading a book for hours is definitely something I look forward to
after a long day. Now, I’m trying to balance writing the next novel
and taking care of my son, along with everyday life basics.

 

I’m a picky reader. I’ve got a few authors I follow and read regularly.
At one point, I was reading 35 different book series. If you’re
looking for suggestions of great romances, paranormals, fantasies,
mysteries, or books that include all of those, I’m happy to share
recommendations. Plus, check out my novel!
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What could melt a Heart of Stone?

Friday, February 17th, 2017
Heart
of Stone
by
Rob Buckman
Genre:
SciFi, Action
Mike
Grainger had enough of killing and death, and all he wanted now was
to be left alone in peace and to forget the past, finding a quiet
place, high in the Rocky Mountains where he could live his life.
Maybe now he could put the ghost that haunted him to rest. Here,
death and destruction were forces of nature, something he understood,
and respected, yet even as he watched a storms moving across the
mountains another storm swept towards him, one that had nothing to do
with the weather.
To
Roland Hawkins’, his world revolved around money and power, and
gaining a fortune that nothing could destroy. To him, disposing of
people who stood in his way meant nothing. He felt no remorse when he
ordered people killed to fulfill his ambition. Now he wanted an
insignificant section of land high in the Rockies, and to consummate
his latest business deal he’d arranged the death of the previous
owner. To his consternation, the land slipped from his grasp before
his agents could obtain it, and due to poor judgment and timing the
land was purchased by another. In fury, he ordered the property be
obtained by any means necessary, thinking his power and money would
protect him from anything. Nowhere in his calculation did he consider
the new owner, Mike Grainger, thinking him nothing more than some
local hick to be disposed of as quickly as possible. Bribery,
extortion, and murder were tools to Roland Hawkins and used to
justify his ambition. Mike Grainger used death and destruction as a
tool to keep what was his. To him, life and death were meaningless,
his own included. It would have all been so easy if Kat Ballard
hadn’t stepped into the picture. She gave him a reason to live, to
care, and pushed the stakes even higher. Now, it was not just a
question of fighting a pack of hired killers on their trail, but
staying one jump ahead of them. He now had to consider someone else’s
life, as well as trying to discover why Roland Hawkins wanted his
land so badly.
Together
they fought the mountain, the mercenaries, the elements, and each
other in a wild death hunt over and under the mountains, finding love
and losing it. Now he was mad. Roland Hawkins would pay a high price
for his ambition: his life. The hunted would now become the hunter.
No quarter asked, or given.
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He
Who Dares: Book One
The
Gray Chronicals 1
by
Rob Buckman
For
Mike Gray, his life was a series of mysteries and unanswered
question. Even the man who raised him, his paternal grandfather, was
a question mark. Beyond the love, understanding, and nurturing lay
the unanswered question of why a disgraced ex-Royal Naval Admiral
would pulled himself out of a bottle and take upon himself to bring a
one year old child home as raise him as his own. The question of why
his family, the Tregallion clan, refused to come to his aid went
unanswered. Even so, between them they build a life for themselves
until the fateful day he died. After that, Mike fled across the
stars, swearing he would never again take the responsibility for
another person’s death. Fate and destiny had other ideas, plunging
him into one situation after the other where he had to take command,
and decide the fate of others. With war on the horizon, and the
future of the free stars hanging in the balance, Mike reluctantly
accepted his destiny, and the part he must play. For better or worse,
he would find the answered to his question, and make those
responsible pay a terrible price.
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He
Who Dares: Book Two
The
Gray Chronicals 2
For
Mike Gray, his life continues to be series of mysteries and
unanswered question. Even the man who raised him, his paternal
grandfather, was a question mark. Beyond the love, understanding, and
nurturing lay the unanswered question of why a disgraced ex-Royal
Naval Admiral would pulled himself out of a bottle and take upon
himself to bring a child home as raise him as his own. The death of
his one grandfather still haunts him, and even after confronting the
head of the Tregallion clan, so many question remained unanswered.
Mike battled his way across the stars, looking for answered, swearing
to protect the lives of the men and woman under his command and just
do his duty. Fate and destiny had other ideas, plunging him into one
situation after the other where he had to take command, and decide
the fate of others. With war on the horizon, and the future of the
free stars hanging in the balance, Mike reluctantly accepted his
destiny, and the part he must play. For better or worse, he would
find the answered to his question, and make those responsible pay a
terrible price.
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He
Who Dares: Book Three
The
Gray Chronicles 3
For
Mike Gray, his life continues to be series of mysteries and
unanswered question. Even the man who raised him, his paternal
grandfather, was a question mark. Beyond the love, understanding, and
nurturing lay the unanswered question of why a disgraced ex-Royal
Naval Admiral would pulled himself out of a bottle and take upon
himself to bring a child home as raise him as his own. The death of
his grandfather still haunts him, and even after confronting the head
of the Tregallion clan, Max Tregallion, so many question remained
unanswered. Still looking for answers, Mike battled his way across
the stars now that the Sirriens have declared war, and prepares to
take the fight to the enemy. In a covert war in new ships and
untested crew, all the while swearing to protect the lives of the men
and woman under his command and just do his duty. Fate and destiny
had other plans, plunging him and the woman he loves into one
desparate situation after the other, and the future of the free stars
hanging in the balance, Mike reluctantly accepted his destiny, and
the part he must play.
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The
Prize
Book
1
To
everyone in the Empire military, all human’s were stark raving mad,
and no matter how hard they tried, or how many they killed, the crazy
human’s wouldn’t stop fighting. What the Emperor, Director Markoff,
and the Empire military should have remembered the old adage. …never
trust a human, and especially Richard Penn.
 

 

For
Penn, the hated and despised human killer, the choice was simple, go
on a suicide mission to a forbidden planet, or another human city
with over a million men, woman and children would die. To make the
mission even more interesting, Director Markoff send along seventeen
cold eyed killer as his escort who’d rather see him dead than breath.
Seventeen cold eyed killer, an inexperience Captain who couldn’t find
his butt in the dark with a flashlight and a map, and one human
female, Sub Major Ellis. A beautiful, gray eyed, cold hearted bitch
in cast iron panties. She hated and despised Penn more than all the
others put together, and held the other end of his electronic leash.  


 

 

So
all he had to do was crash land on a forbidden planet you couldn’t
escape from, lead the motley team through a hundred miles of
trackless jungle full of death traps, unimaginable monsters, and
alien troops, to a mountain size pyramid shaped building.  


 

 

Surviving
the crash landing was one thing, surviving forty eight hours with
seventeen killer another, getting to the building and finding the
Prize would be a miracle, so how could he refuse such an offer.
Getting to the building was easy compared to what they faced inside.
Here, he had to face the most dangerous monster of all to collect a
prize he didn’t want, and maybe lose the prize he truly wanted.

 

 
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The
Prize
Book
2- Retribution
For
Penn, the hated and despised human killer with bright, yellow, tigers
eyes, the choice was simple, go on a suicide mission to a forbidden
planet, or another human city with over a million men, woman and
children would die. Director Markoff send seventeen cold eyed killer
as his escort who’d rather see him dead than breath. So after crash
land on a forbidden planet you couldn’t escape from and leading a
band of killer through hundreds of miles of trackless jungle full of
death traps, unimaginable monsters, and alien troops. Reaching the
mountain size pyramid shaped building was a walk in the park compared
to what waited inside. Here, he had to face the most dangerous
monster of all to collect the prize he truly wanted. But even after
winning the prize, there was no rest. Now he had to put planet earth
back together, build an army, navy and air force, and get ready to
take the war to Director Markoff and Emperor Cytec. Just when he
thought he had a handle on thing, everything went sideways and he had
to fight and kill again to win the one prize he valued above all
others, a beautiful, gray eyed wildcat, by the name of Alexandra
Ellis.
Echo
of Tomorrow
The
Drake Chronicles Book 1
For
General Scott Drake the attack on four American cities by religious
fanatic using nuclear weapons destroyed not only US cities, but his
life as he knew it. They say that vengeance is a dish best served
cold, but to the men and woman who went with him over the border to
deliver that vengeance, it was dish served hot, and out of the barrel
of a gun and cannon, and from the air. Yet in victory came defeat as
he found three hundred years later in the world he woke up in. One
far different from the one he’d left behind when he went into cold
sleep. Now he had to find a place in this strange new world, one
without the means to wage war against an alien race raping the planet
of its young people. First, he had to build an army, navy and air
force from scratch while fending off attacks from the aliens and the
secret government that wanted to put him and his men back into cold
sleep or the grave.

 
 
Echo
of Tomorrow
The
Drake Chronicles Book 2
For
General Scott Drake the attack on four American cities by religious
fanatic using nuclear weapons destroyed his life as he knew it. Yet
in victory came defeat as he found three hundred years later in the
world he woke up in. One far different from the one he’d left behind
when he went into cold sleep. Now he and his men and women had to
find a place in this strange new world, one without the means to wage
war against an alien race raping the planet of its young people.
First, he had to build an army, navy and air force from scratch while
fending off attacks from the aliens and the secret government that
wanted to put him and his men back into cold sleep or the grave. Now
it was a race against time as they struggled to build a fleet while
fighting saboteurs with one hand and a religious fanatic on the
other. Now it was a question of if man could retain his place at the
top of the food chain, or be reduced to the status of sheep.

 
 
I

am a 65 year old retired mechanical engineer, ex-soldier, ex-sailor,
have mined and prospected for gold in the Amazon jungle in places no
white man has ever been, and generally tried to be a ‘jack of all
trades’ and turn my hand to many things. This came in handy when I
started to write, as I could draw on many different experiences, both
positive and negative to build my stories and characters. To me,
writing is similar to another activity that men do alone… no, not
that, I meant fishing (lol), in that it gives your mind a chance to
wander down strange pathways, and try to answer the question ‘What
if?’. Like many self published authors did before me, I posted my
stories before I had the means, or readership to edit or proofread
the stories, for which you have my apologies, and have attempted to
correct that oversight.  Like any good author, I try to write an
entertaining story of interest to a particular group of reader, i.e.
Sci-fi fans, and not to win an English essay contest, composition
award, or a spelling bee. With luck I have achieved that end, and beg
your indulgence, and hope you will overlook any irritating errors you
still may come across while reading and not let them detract from the
your overall enjoyment of the storytelling.
At
the moment I am working on Book Three of both ‘Echo of Tomorrow’
and ‘He Who Dares’.  During my ‘spare’ time I’m also
working on several short stories and plotting out sequels to a couple
of my other short stories.
Member of Sci-Fi Writers of
America
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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…)