Posts Tagged ‘mystery’

RUNNING TARGET by Kari Lemor, Book Cover Reveal

Monday, March 27th, 2017

 

RUNNING TARGET by Kari Lemor
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Pub Date: 7/4/2017

Book Blurb:
An innocent in the crossfire . . . 

FBI agent Jack Holland broke every rule in the book falling for the girlfriend Angelo Cabrini, son of a New Jersey mob boss. But even if Callie Lansing’s relationship to Angelo was actually a cover and her heart was free, her relationship with Jack put both of their lives at risk. Nothing, though, could make Jack regret the liaison that led to the birth of their son, Jonathan.

After Angelo discovered Callie’s pregnancy, he went after Jack and wound up dead. Now Jack is on the run with a target on his back. The only thing keeping Callie and Jonathan safe is the mob boss’s belief that the baby is his grandchild. But if Victor Cabrini discovers the truth before Jack can put him behind bars, it could mean death for his sweet covert family. (more…)

The Truth Will Out

Friday, March 24th, 2017
The
Truth Will Out
by
Karen J Mossman
Genre:
Thriller, Suspense
 
Kelly
needs to escape from her abusive and controlling boyfriend, but she’s
terrified to leave. She’s then given a chance to start a fresh, but
is the cost for her freedom too high?
Sarah
is happy in her life. She has a dream job and a perfect roommate. But
when a brick is thrown through the window, followed by a letter
containing razor blades, her life starts to spin out of control.
Detective Ryan Andrews is on the case and the two quickly form a
close bond.
Will
Kelly pay that price for freedom? Can Sarah’s secret past be kept
from Ryan?
In
the end The Truth Will Out.
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Karen
J Mossman comes from a family of journalists with her grandfather and
uncle having been newspaper editors. Further back a 2x grandfather
wrote for his local paper and also published a book based on those
articles. Karen is the only one to go into fiction.
Two
of her novels are romantic suspense and one is a thriller. She also
has three themed short story collections.
Karen
is also an avid blogger and book reviewer, “It’s especially
important to me to have feedback from my readers, so please leave a
review when you have read one of my books.”
Karen
lives on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey off the North Wales coast
with her husband and elderly Yorkshire terrier. She has two grown up
children, who were both born on the same day, two years apart.
“I
enjoy writing in different genres and you can see some of my shorter
stories on my website.”
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The Eyewitness

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
The
Eyewitness
By
Nancy Weeks
Genre:
Mystery, Crime Thriller, Romance
 
Fans of TV’s Blue
Bloods will love this dynamic new suspense series.
Maryland
PD forensic scientist Emersyn D’Azzo has an explosive past with her
father’s younger, sexy partner, Detective Alec Pearce. Then an
ill-timed kiss destroys the thin line of trust between her and her
dad, just before tragedy strikes and someone guns down her father.
The
fatal bullet turns out to be tied to the ongoing spree of random
sniper kills across the state, but Emersyn knows this wasn’t a
random act of violence and is determined to find the killer.
To
do so, she’ll need to rely on help from Alec, whom she doesn’t
quite trust but just can’t resist. When they discover a connection
to a decades-old disappearance of a college student, their
investigation takes a deadly twist. Can they learn to trust each
other with their hearts to save their lives?  
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Ted
edged in closer. “You can take a few moments for one dance.” He
eyed Tessa. “You don’t mind if I borrow your sister, do you?”
But
I do.”
The
deep, masculine voice sent an arousing jolt right into Emersyn’s
core. And damn it to hell, her mouth went dry, making it impossible
to swallow. She fingered her straw then took a deep drink. This time
she welcomed the burning chill against her lungs. Detective Alec
Pearce had a knack for showing up at her worst moments. Why the hell
was he here?
Ted
moved away from her as if he’d been burned. “Alec, good to see
you.”
You
do know you’re hitting on my partner’s daughter, right, Ted?”
Just
asking her for a dance.”
Emersyn
glanced between the two; she actually preferred Ted’s company to
the man who seemed to go out of his way to make her crazy.
Alec
reached for her hand and set it in his palm. “Actually, she
promised this dance to me. They’re playing our song.”
The
muscles in her body tensed as her fingernails dug into his skin. “I
don’t—”
Music
is on, Em. Shall we?” His other hand went around her waist, and he
gave her a swift yank.
Jerkball,
let go,” she hissed in his ear.
His
grip tightened. “It’s just one dance. Play nice.”
Alec
escorted Emersyn to the small dance floor near the bandstand. Every
instinct in her wanted to slap his arrogant expression right into
next week, but that would make a scene. It was what half the bar
expected the instant he got within striking distance. They were all
waiting for her to let loose. But this was a new day, a new diploma,
new job, new Emersyn. Emotions in check.
My
name is Emersyn. I would think you would remember something so
simple.”
Alec’s
face lit with a grin as his arms brought her close and their bodies
began to move to the music. She shot a glare at Tessa, pleading for
her to do something. Instead, her sister, the traitor, took another
sip of Emersyn’s drink, lifted it in a toast, and rotated in her
seat.
A
chuckle came from deep in Alec’s throat. “Tessa likes me. You can
thank me now.”
I
can also knee you where the sun doesn’t shine.”
He
lifted her chin with his thumb. “Now that wasn’t nice. I
sacrificed a night with that blonde”—he nodded to a beautiful
woman sitting at the end of the bar—“just to keep Lecher Ted from
hitting on you … again.”
What
makes you think I needed rescuing?”
Oh
please, Tessa, make the creep go away. I’m ever so sweet and don’t
want to hurt the poor jerk’s feelings.”
She
yanked out of Alec’s hold, but he was ready and moved her back into
his arms without missing a beat.
Relax.
I’m teasing.”
You
are such an ass.”
His
lips brushed over her ear. “Enjoy our moment, Em.”
Impossible.
They had more layers of misunderstanding between them than her
mother’s chocolate cake, heated words that couldn’t be unheard
and arguments with no closure.
After
her father had mentioned at dinner that Alec was joining them for
dessert, she’d jumped at Tessa’s offer to buy her a drink at the
tavern. It was the perfect place to hide out. A lone wolf like Alec
wouldn’t be caught dead in the crowded, noisy bar. But here he was.
She’d run but not far enough.
I’m
sorry I missed your graduation ceremony, but I have a little
something for you,” he whispered.
You
didn’t need to do that.”
I’m
proud of you.”
The
words sounded so genuine. “Dad seems resigned to the idea of me at
least working alongside cops, if not as a cop.”
Joe
doesn’t want you anywhere near the job. But you found a way around
that. Instead of crawling in the gutter looking for the worst mankind
has to offer, you’re picking through what they left behind.”
She
halted in the middle of the dance floor. “You think that’s why I
became a forensic scientist?”
I
didn’t mean it like that.”
Then
what did you mean?”
The
music stopped, and they stood still, glaring at each other. Our
thing. “I can’t do this tonight,” she said, dropping her hand
to her sides. “Thanks.”
For?”
Saving
me from another go-around with Ted.”
Do
you want me to talk to him?”
I
can take care of myself.”
For
once, there was no comeback. Instead, he eased her against him and
tucked her hand over his heart. “Dance with me, Emersyn.”
That
sexy, got-to-have-you-now voice was back, and her other four senses
came out to play. Being close to Alec Pearce, taking in his spicy,
clean soap scent, feeling the strength of his arms around her wasn’t
an awful feeling. Confusing? Hell yes, but her body sure enjoyed it.
It’s just a dance, right?
She
lowered one hand to his hip and brought the other around his neck,
her cheek resting against his. Alec tightened his grip around her
waist as he spun them around the dance floor. The move put their
bodies in sync, and there was no mistaking the effect she had on him.
Her lips brushed against his skin, sending shock waves through her.
He
sucked in a breath and tilted his head. Their gazes held for what
seemed like an eternity. He was so damn gorgeous, his deep brown eyes
with a hint of gold, lush lashes, and a dusting of five-o’clock
shadow on his square jaw that she ached to feel rubbed against all
her soft places. As if he read her mind, his mouth caressed her
bottom lip. He waited, expecting her to pull back. Need took over,
and she lost her mind.
 
Nancy
C. Weeks has loved happy-ever-after romances since her early teens.
While still in college, she met and married her hero. She spent the
next several years honeymooning and working overseas. Today, she
lives in suburban Maryland with her husband of more than thirty
years. With her two grown children out of the nest, she enjoys
spending her days writing suspenseful happily-ever-after adventures
outside on the deck as the local bird population keeps her company.
When she is not writing, Nancy loves to blog about fascinating
people, both real and fictional. The one quote that kept her dream
alive:
Many
of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were
to success when they gave up. ~Thomas Edison~
 
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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
 
~
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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Ancient pact between mankind, Heaven, and Hell has been broken

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Obsidian
Son
The
Nate Temple Chronicles Book 1
By
Shayne Silvers
Genre:
Supernatural Thriller
 
A
city that doesn’t believe in magic. Bloodthirsty weredragons. Good
thing this reckless playboy has superpowers…
It’s
been said that monsters cry when a good man goes to war. But they
should run screaming like little school girls when that man is
secretly a wizard, and maybe not necessarily good…
Nate
Temple’s all-consuming quest to avenge his parents is temporarily
put on hold when shape-shifting dragons invade St. Louis. And perhaps
cow-tipping the Minotaur for answers might not have been Nate’s
smartest opening move, because now every flavor of supernatural thug
from our childhood nightmares is gunning for him. Nate learns that
the only way to save his city from these creatures is to murder his
best friend…
Nate’s
choice will throw the world and his own conscience into cataclysmic
chaos: avenge his parents or become a murderer to save his city.
Because to do either, he’s going to have to show the world that
magic is very, very real, and that monsters are very, very hungry…
To survive, he might just need to take a page from the book, How to
Win Friends and Influence Monsters.
If
you like Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, or Patrick Rothfuss, you will
LOVE the first installment of The Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller
series.
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Blood
Debts
The
Nate Temple Chronicles Book 2
 
A
Wizard, an Angel, and a Horseman of the Apocalypse walk into a bar…
The
ancient pact between mankind, Heaven, and Hell has been broken. And
this upstart wizard’s quest for vengeance may have just kicked off
Armageddon. So, time for a drink… or maybe two.
Already
plagued with sinister night terrors that could qualify him as a
card-carrying psychopathic insomniac, Nate can barely even manage to
put his pants on in the morning, let alone pick teams for the
Apocalypse.
But
when he’s framed as a demon sympathizer, condemned by the Armies of
Heaven, and hunted down by both his allies and the Four Horsemen,
this wizard doesn’t think it can get any worse…
Then
they take away his magic. And a wizard without magic stands no chance
against the forces of Heaven and Hell…
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Grimm
The
Nate Temple Chronicles Book 3
 
The
Brothers Grimm – legendary supernatural assassins – have escaped
their prison, and their first day in St. Louis could be Nate Temple’s
last…
Sharing
a beer with Death – one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse –
really put a few things into perspective for this foul-mouthed,
billionaire wizard. Like finally strapping on the boots to propose to
his girlfriend.
But
assassination contracts have a way of putting wedding plans on hold.
Perhaps permanently. And with the entire wedding party on the
bloodthirsty Grimm’s hit-list, and his family fortune in jeopardy,
Nate realizes they can’t run and they can’t hide. So, time to do
magic and stuff…
But
with every flavor of supernatural thug teaming up to help the Grimms,
Nate realizes that friends have become enemies and enemies have
become friends, and he’s forced to cross lines that are better left
uncrossed.
When
magic, claws, and teeth dance to the song of war, the only thing left
to learn is who lives and who dies. And if Nate can live with the
consequences.
No
wonder a guy is terrified to propose…
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Silver
Tongue
The
Nate Temple Chronicles Book 4
 
My
resume is pretty full: I’ve cow-tipped the Minotaur, decimated a
gang of weredragons, sucker-punched an Angel, and eaten pancakes with
the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse…
I’ve
kidnapped one of the most powerful wizards on the planet, and
slaughtered the Brothers Grimm. I’m kind of a big deal.
But
I never thought I’d find myself at a crossroads, a pawn in a deadly
game that I hadn’t known existed, willing to sell my soul to save
the life of someone I loved… That’s when I learned true fear,
because the world I thought I knew was all just smoke and mirrors,
and I was just a puppy playing amongst wolves…
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Beast
Master
The
NateTemple Chronicles Book 5
 
What
do you do for Thanksgiving Dinner when your guests are Death, an
Angel, and a slew of other monsters? You have a nerf gun war, of
course… But the Queens of Fae want to crash his party. And the
Beast Master is abducting shifter children for a Monster Circus.

Thanksgiving
Dinner plans with Death, an Angel, a vampire, Achilles, and a slew of
other monsters are cut short because a Monster Circus has come to
town. And the Beast Master needs new Monsters for his show…

 

 

 

But
the Queens of Fae also want a little deep-fried wizard for the
holidays.

 

 

 

Oh, and Nate is losing that last finger-hold on his
sanity: hallucinating, and talking to creatures that no one else can
see. The ancient demon inside of him is getting stronger, fighting
for dominance, and only one of them can survive.

 

 

But when a
wizard curses Nate, extorting him to rescue a lethal Chimera child
from the Beast Master’s Circus, Nate’s only option is to partner
with his inner demon, risking his very soul. But his friends begin to
doubt and fear this new, darker Nate, taking matters into their own
hands – even when that means standing against him.

 

 

With
allies turned enemies, the Fae breathing down his neck, and a
dangerous child’s life on the line, Nate must call upon, bully, and
coerce new storybook legends and gods to save his traitorous friends
from becoming the Beast Master’s next victims…

 

 

Discover
what – if anything – Nate is willing to sacrifice to save the
friends who betrayed him…
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Shayne
is a man of mystery and power, whose power is exceeded only by his
mystery. In other words, a storyteller.
He
currently writes the Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller Series, which
features a foul-mouthed young wizard with a chip on his shoulder
attempting to protect St. Louis from the various nasties we all know
and fear from our childhood bedtime stories. Nate’s been known to
suckerpunch an Angel, cow-tip the Minotaur, and steal Death’s horse
in order to prove his point. His utter disregard for consequences and
self-preservation will have you laughing and cringing on the edge of
your seat.
Shayne
holds two high-ranking black belts, and enjoys conversing about
anything Marvel, Magical, or Mythological. You might find him writing
in a coffee shop near you, cackling madly into his computer screen
while pounding shots of espresso.
Join
my Readers’ Group for your free books and a pile of other goodies
when they become available.
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Burned By Kimberley Patterson

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Burned
By
Kimberley Patterson
Genre:
Suspense, Mystery
 
Pay
attention to the signs that are all around you,” Sarah’s mother
used to say. Sarah never listened until her world turned upside down
in the wake of her mother’s death. When sifting through the fiery
ashes, signs begin to appear, giving her the feeling that the
accident was less of an accident and more of foul play. While Sarah
struggles to understand the images haunting her dreams, she finds
herself losing a grip on reality.
Based
on true events, Sarah unravels the mystery surrounding her mother’s
death, and, in doing so, uncovers an internal darkness capable of
murder. 
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Horses
were one of my first loves, and writing soon followed. As a child, I
spent hours writing poems, and short stories (about horses). My
parents realized that I was horse-obsessed and decided to buy me one
after taking riding lessons for two years. I think they hoped that
all of the hard work, and hours spent mucking stalls would help me
give up this expensive hobby. They were wrong. Writing is still a
passion of mine, although now I primarily write fiction. My first
novel, Red Rock, was published in 2010, and big surprise, there are
horses in it. My second novel, The Three Month Plan was released
August 2013.
Other
Loves: My family, yoga, skincare and makeup, sushi, and raising money
for pediatric cancer. I have two rescue dogs and would have more if
there weren’t zoning restrictions. I’m always trying something
new, as I tend to get bored very easily. Thankfully, my love of
driving around with the gas light on fuels some excitement. I love
novels with happy endings, and am a hopeful romantic. My latest
obsession is browsing Netflix, and I can name all 50 states in
alphabetical order in under 30 seconds. Do I feel a wager coming on?
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The Dragons of Alsace Farm are loose… Dementia & Alzheimers

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Agnes, an 82-y-o French WWII survivor will teach Noah and Tayte the greatest lessons of their lives:

The strength of tested love.

The promise of new love.

The power of family love.

And the courage each requires.

In need of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor with dementia.

Despite all Agnes has lost, she still has much to teach Noah. But the pair’s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnes’s estranged granddaughter, arrives to claim a woman whose circumstances and abilities are far different from those of the grandmother she once knew.
Items hidden in Agnes’s attic raise painful questions about Tayte’s dead parents, steeling Tayte’s determination to save Agnes, even if it requires her to betray the very woman she came to save, and the secret her proud grandmother has guarded for seventy years.
The issue strains the fragile trust between Tayte and Noah, who now realizes Tayte is fighting her own secrets, her own dragons. Weighed down by past guilt and failures, he feels ill-equipped to help either woman, until he remembers Agnes’s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the teacher, helping Tayte heal—for Agnes’s sake, and for his.

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Laurie (L.C.) Lewis was born and raised in rural Maryland where she and her husband still reside. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a lover of sappy movies. The Dragons of Alsace Farm, her eighth published novel, was inspired by a loved one’s struggle with dementia. Her women’s fiction novels include Unspoken (2004) and Awakening Avery (2010), written as Laurie Lewis. Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

She is currently completing a political suspense novel planned for a late spring 2017 release, and in March 2017 she will release a romance novel for Gelato Book’s “Destination Billionaire’s Series.” She loves to hear from readers, and she can be contacted at any of these locations.
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The author provides us with excellent reading, especially if you know or care for a person with dementia. I have one, and many things in this book match what I have seen and done. Still, I was surprised at the insights on how to deal with people with this problem, or how to make them more responsive to your needs. I learned a few things in the pages of this book that I found interesting and it is a great read. The story of forgiveness of oneself is viewed in this story and helps readers find strength beyond their own.
Tate is a lovely woman that doesn’t know what she wants until she re-unites with her grandmother. Her mother had told her, years before, that her grandmother was dead. Agnes is the only person who has made her feel normal and Tate wants to reconnect with her.
Noah, on the other hand, has many ghosts of his own and has finally come to see his uncle, who caused him great sorrow when he was ten years younger. He left home and never looked back. Now he is back and finds his uncle almost on the door of death itself.
Agnes has a farm that needs great care, as much as she and the animal’s do. She forgets things and she loves the new guy who helps her on the farm. Noah see Agnes up close and identifies himself with her. He figures out ways to help her return to the present and be active in her everyday life.
All is well until Noah meets Tate and a collision course is drawn between them and Agnes.
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Drowned Sorrow a Suspense, Thriller, and Mystery

Monday, November 7th, 2016

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Drowned Sorrow
by Vanessa Morgan
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery

Megan Blackwood has just lost her son in an accident. Now she has come to Moonlight Creek with her teenage daughter, Jenna, hoping that a change of scenery might help to put their lives back together. But something odd is happening in Moonlight Creek. When rain falls over the village, its inhabitants commit grisly murders, leaving the village deserted again with the first rays of sunshine. Beneath the lake’s surface, something watches… and waits… Waits to reveal a tragic past drowned in mystery and fear. One that doesn’t bode well for visitors. By the time Megan realizes that her daughter’s life is in danger, it may already be too late.
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Doorway To Murder, A Time-Travel Mystery

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

 

Secrets lurk in a small New York town and betrayal is just around the corner. The morning after the worst blizzard of 1934, Detective Steven Blackwell takes on a highly charged murder case. The investigation starts badly: one clue, lots of lies and alibis. To make things worse, Steven is seeing visions of a woman in his house.

One night, she speaks. Her name is Olivia Watson and she lives in 2014. She believes time has folded over in the house they share. As their relationship deepens, Steven’s investigation intensifies. Soon he can no longer trust anyone in his own time. Can Olivia help crack the case—and catch a killer?
Reviews:
The past collides with the present in DOORWAY TO MURDER, an exciting new mystery by debut author Carol Pouliot.

With its fresh premise covering two eras that crackle off the page, Carol Pouliot introduces compelling characters to lead her series forward. Add a sharply written mystery with clever plot twists, and you have all the elements that make DOORWAY TO MURDER an accomplished debut.
Marni Graff, award-winning author, The Nora Tierney series and Death Unscripted

Mystery. Romance. Time-travel adventure. DOORWAY TO MURDER is the total package. Carol Pouliot interweaves the past and present as easily as I turned the pages. I highly recommend this fun read.
Betsy Bitner, award-winning humor columnist, Times Union (Albany, NY)

There’s nothing I like more than a time-travel tale, but how much better to get a crisp, fair-play police procedural, too. The atmosphere grabbed me. The ending surprised me. I’m already looking forward to Steven and Olivia’s next adventure.
Catriona McPherson, multi-award-winning author of the Edgar-shortlisted The Day She Died
Steven and Olivia make a great couple of crime busters in this era-jumping romance and hard-boiled police procedural. Join them. You’ll be glad you did!
Steve Axelrod, author of the Henry Kennis Nantucket mysteries

 

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Hi! I’m Carol Pouliot. (French
pronunciation

the “t” is silent.)            

I’ve always loved books and learning. I can
still picture the library my family went to when I was little. I remember my
excitement picking out books. Now, the bookshelves lining the walls of my house
are stuffed to over-flowing
mysteries, political thrillers,
time-travel, ancient Egypt, French literature, biographies of British kings and
queens, and favorites from my childhood. I guess it was inevitable I’d want to
write.
I fell in love with France and all things
French at age 11. Throughout high school, I dreamed of getting my passport,
packing my suitcase, and going to Paris. I graduated from SUNY Oswego with a BA
in French and Spanish and got my MA in French at Stony Brook University. Then,
I headed to France for my first teaching job.
After returning home to upstate New York, I
taught French and Spanish for over 30 years. I also started my own business
an agency that provided translations in over 24 languages.
I’ve always felt very much a part of the
world and at home everywhere I’ve ever been
5
continents so far. I did volunteer work for a couple of international
organizations. I loved getting to know people from all over the world. A friend
from Kenya taught me some Swahili; a woman from Japan showed me how to make her
mother’s favorite chicken recipe; a friend from Panama taught me to salsa. All
these wonderful experiences have enriched my life beyond measure.

I currently live on several acres of woods in
the lake-effect zone. This means I
get about 10 feet of snow every year thanks to the strong winds off Lake
Ontario. I enjoy seeing the deer, chipmunks, and foxes. I also love watching
the birds at my kitchen-window feeders
over 25 different kinds at the latest count.   

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“All writers must have cats, especially if they write fantasy or speculative fiction.” Do you have a stand on this one? 

I like cats but I can’t own one because I’ll take off on the spur of the moment and pets need to be cared for. I live in the country and enjoy seeing the deer, chipmunks, and foxes around my house. I absolutely love watching the birds at my kitchen window feeders. So far, I’ve counted over 25 different kinds!

 

What organizations do you recommend for those wanting to become writers? Any advice you’d like to share about writing?

The best thing I ever did was joining Sisters in Crime, a professional crime writer’s organization. The networking, advice, guidance, and support of my fellow SinC members has been priceless.

 

What inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always enjoyed telling stories. When I finally sat down to write that first Victoria magazine article−which had been knocking around in my head for years−a feeling of profound contentment and satisfaction washed over me. I was immediately hooked. I wrote a second memoir, which appeared in the Victoria Christmas issue. At that point I decided to go for it and write a novel. I’m currently working on the next book in the Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mystery series. I’m loving every minute of it!!

 

Any special appearances or events coming up that you want to mention?

I hope people will check out my website www.carolpouliot.com to see some of the events that I have planned. I would love to meet you!!

 

If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

One of my heroes is Hatshepsut, who was the only female pharaoh in Egypt’s history. She took the throne in 1473 B.C. I would love to be able to talk with her.

 

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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.

The Unmistakable Scent of Gardenias and the spirits that would rather remain undisturbed

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Denise is a Southern girl who has lived in Louisiana all her life, and yes, she has a drawl. She has a wonderful husband and two incredible children, who not only endure her writing moods, but also encourage her to indulge her writing passion. Besides writing romantic suspense, she enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking.

Accounting is a skill she has learned to earn a little money to support her writing habit. She wrote her first story when she was a teen, seventeen handwritten pages on school-ruled paper and an obvious rip-off of the last romance novel she had read. She’s been writing off and on ever since, and with more than a few full-length manuscripts already completed, she has no desire to slow down.

Q&A With the Author:

1.  Describe yourself in 50 words or less.
I’ve lived in Louisiana all her life, and
yes, I have a drawl. I’m an accountant two days a week, and a writer every single
moment of my life. With so many story ideas crowding my mind, I have no desire
to mute the voices in my head.
2. What do you love most in the world?
I love my family more than anything. Without their encouragement, I would have never dared to pursue my dreams. They are my heart and soul.
3. What do you fear most?
I’ve never been afraid of dying, but I am
afraid of not living long enough to do everything I want to do before I die.

 

 

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Content with the direction her life takes…

The temptation to earn a sweet payday and collect enough money to start her own interior design business is too much opportunity for Sophia Cannon to ignore, but working for her new client, Les Wakefield, is like working for a creepy stalker. He seems to be everywhere she goes.

Until trouble walks around the corner and into her life again…

Dylan Hunter almost turns down the Wakefield Manor restoration job until Les Wakefield tells him Sophia is the interior designer hired to oversee furnishing the old plantation house. Sophia has been the ghost in his life since the day she left him, haunting his heart with her memory every day and every night.

Stirring up more than just the spirits of the dead…

Sophia and Dylan fight with each other until a much bigger threat puts both their lives in danger. Discovering that generations of Wakefields have restored the plantation only to disappear months after moving in to the manor house stirs up spirits that would rather remain undisturbed.

Can love survive the long nights at Wakefield Manor with the unmistakable scent of gardenias hanging so heavily in the air?

 

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Snippet:
The dirt track wound through a stand of
centuries-old oak trees hung with draping wisps of gray-blue-green Spanish
moss. Like dark sentinels with drawn swords, the trees arched their limbs over
the newlyweds as they drove deeper and deeper into the heart of the plantation.
On a humid, south Louisiana evening, the moisture-heavy air rushed through the open windows and expanded in the interior of the car. A trail of sweat rolled down Celia Wakefield’s backbone. She
shivered as the first glimpse of the house came into view, and the meal she’d
consumed miles up the road rumbled in the lower regions of her stomach. Despite
the heat, chill bumps prickled on her forearms. An inexplicable reaction, really.
She glanced at her husband Les out of the corner of her eye and cringed. An intense tightness defined his jaw line, which meant he was in one of his dark moods.
His fingers curled around the steering wheel. “There’s no telling what condition the main house will be in when we get there.”
He had warned her of its disrepair repeatedly since the day he first told her that he’d inherited the old Wakefield Plantation. It was as if he was apologizing in advance for the state of their first home. She had, of course, wanted something newer, but beggars couldn’t be choosers. She was lucky Les Wakefield had found her appealing enough to overlook her past.
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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 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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“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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Flash Bangs: A sparkling array of hundred-word short stories One Hundred Varieties To Amuse & Inspire

Friday, June 10th, 2016

With a short story in each page of this book, you will find many that you will like. Flash stories are very short tales and this ones are 100 word each. To be able to do this stories you need to be very good. Many authors will never write short stories because they can make them work. It takes a talented person to get them right. The author did a great job in this book. The writing is easy and you feel like you have accomplished a lot of reading in a short time.

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In this potpourri of tales you will find from Si-Fi in one page to a contemporary in the next. Mystery in the right and murder in the left.  Magic in the front YA tale in the back. All guided to be enjoy and a kid to an adult and includes all genres within. With all this fantasy in the mix you will be well entertain you, or you can have a new tale every day for one hundred days. Either way it is a great idea full of fun and imagination. Although necessary in this type of stories, the title gives you an insightful part of the tale.  It is family friendly book that you will be able to share with your younger kids. It teaches in a very succinct form about family values, all kind of addictions, mature conservation, relationships, and life. Overall under supervision of an adult this great collection could be share by the whole family. I would say this is a great work for book clubs and the library.

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Murder and More by Gerald W. Darnell

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

My review

Murder and More is a good detective story with lots of mystery and twists to keep you guessing through each page to the end. The characters are well developed and complicated which adds to the mystery. There are plenty of dead people without gore, beautiful women and the traitors as is to be expected in a good mystery.

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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…)