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Unless someone wants what’s hidden behind the walls and is willing to kill for it

Sunday, May 20th, 2018
Jolie
and Scoobie High School Misadventures
Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #0.5
by
Elaine Orr
Genre:
Cozy Mystery
 
When
Jolie Gentil’s parents leave her with Aunt Madge for her junior
year so they can ‘work things out’ in their marriage, she’s
angry. She knows no one at Ocean Alley High School. Some kids snub
her, but she makes friends with the irreverent Scoobie. He’s quirky
and fun, but he’s skipped school and smoked pot in the past, so
people avoid him. Jolie learns how to shoot a squirt gun from under
the boardwalk and tries not to flunk geometry. She also learns that
the family she babysits for has a secret, one that puts Jolie in
danger. You’ve met Jolie and Scoobie as crime-solving adults. Check
out their high school friendship. Same humor, different challenges.
Plus a couple of hints about why Jolie wants to get to the bottom of
murders when she’s all grown up.
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Appraisal
For Murder
Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #1
 
Jolie
Gentil moves to Great Aunt Madge’s Jersey shore B&B, taking her
cat Jazz, and joining Madge’s pair of prune-eating dogs. It’s not a
retreat from her embezzling ex-husband, just a smart change. Jolie
rekindles friendships, dodges a low-level wise guy, and tries to
figure out her new life. She hasn’t seen her high school classmates
in ten years, and they weren’t all buds. Why care if a couple of them
are murder suspects? Because finding a dead body when you’re
appraising a house grabs your attention.
Jolie
balances fear of a smart-mouth wise guy with a belief that her
friends are innocent. Her murder suspects include one accused’s
ex-wife and beneficiaries of the dead woman’s will. Jolie keeps
searching, but will someone’s plans leave her alive to find the
truth?
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Rekindling
Motives
Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #2
 
When
Jolie Gentil gets tapped for some appraisal work at her tenth high
school reunion she does not expect to find the skeleton of Richard
Tillotson in an antique attic wardrobe in the vacant house. He
vanished just after his sister married his business partner in 1929.
Jolie sees a link to the Tillotson-Fisher family’s Prohibition era
business and works with friends Scoobie and Ramona to gather clues
from old photo albums and ledgers. The albums lead to Mary Doris
Milner, Richard’s girlfriend, who has fond memories of him and is
certain of who murdered him. But, she couldn’t prove it then and he’s
long dead, too.
The
present day murder of Mary Doris tells Jolie and Scoobie they are on
the right track. Did the secret she kept all these years finally kill
her, and will solving Mary Doris’ murder lead to a culprit in a
decades-old crime? Between running the food pantry at Christmas and
escaping a burning building, Jolie wants to figure out who the modern
killer is before someone else gets hurt.
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When
the Carny Comes To Town

Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #3
 
 
Though
she never liked the idea of sitting on the plank above the dunk tank
for the food pantry’s carnival fundraiser, Jolie never dreamed what
Scoobie saw that day would leave him battling for his life. Scoobie’s
ex-con mother shows up and there’s a murder to add to the mix. Soon
Jolie is doing more than appraising real estate. Even that is
complicated by home burglars. She grudgingly seeks help from her
nemesis, reporter George Winters, and tries to stay ahead of a
kidnapper and murderer so she can take charge of her world again. Can
she keep her friends safe? Will Scoobie recover enough to plan
another silly fundraiser?
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Any
Port in a Storm
Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #4
 
Jolie
Gentil and friends are putting the finishing touches on the Talk Like
a Pirate Day fundraiser for the food pantry and trying to figure out
who’s breaking into some of the houses Jolie appraises. When she
realizes a new face in town is leading high school kids into trouble,
Jolie’s mad and lets him know it. Hayden offers to help her mind her
own business, and people at the fundraiser hear her give him what
for. A hurricane’s on the way, and when a corpse turn up under the
pirate ship the next day, Jolie’s looking like a suspect.
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Trouble
on the Doorstep

Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #5
 
From
Hurricane Sandy to Cozy Corner B&B repairs to Aunt Madge’s
wedding in three weeks. If Jolie can handle that surely she can deal
with a sobbing woman who shows up at midnight playing a scary message
on her phone. Pooki is frantic about her husband’s whereabouts and is
definitely ditzy. A shady deal for storm repairs at the Ocean Alley
Senior Complex seems to be at the root of Steve Oliver’s hit-and-run
death and missing business partner, Pooki’s husband, Eric. When
Eric ends up dead at the B&B, Jolie digs for clues as she burns
muffins and appraises houses. Can Jolie find the murderer and expose
fraudulent repair bids – without getting hurt?
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Behind
the Walls

Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #6
 
Finalist
for Chanticleer 2014 Mystery and Mayhem Award. It’s fun to buy a
house. Unless someone wants what’s hidden behind the walls and is
willing to kill for it. Jolie is pursued by a purse thief and a
burglar, but the guy she’s most worried about is the one who left
an elderly auctioneer dead on her porch swing. Suspects abound, but
they aren’t all going to live to tell their story.
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Vague
Images

Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #7
 
Bad
enough that Jolie ends up in the emergency room because she avoided a
deer. Worse to find a dead woman in the hospital restroom. In between
appraising houses and feeding her pet skunk, Jolie’s on the lookout
for a runaway teenager and whoever planted the dead woman in her
path. Thanks to best bud Scoobie, she’s also planning a crazy
fundraiser for the food pantry. Just when Jolie’s ready to leave
the murder investigation to the police, she gets a surprise—and
it’s not a good one. Will her need to know see her hurt—or worse?
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Ground
to a Halt

Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #8
 
When
Jolie Gentil goes to buy a cup of coffee, she finds Java Jolt empty.
A bigger surprise is seeing proprietor Joe Regan later, badly
injured. A potential killer thinks Jolie has something he was hiding.
Jolie needs to figure out who’s telling the truth and how far the
thugs will go to find what they want. Only solving the puzzle will
keep Jolie safe, protect a vulnerable Iraqi War vet, and make sure
she stays alive. But if Jolie keeps searching, her budding romance
with Scoobie may grind to a halt.
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Holidays
in Ocean Alley

Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #9
 
Aunt
Madge’s brief stay in assisted living (don’t stand on a stool to
hang garland) would be uneventful, except for the body that falls
into her apartment along with a Christmas wreath. After years of
telling Jolie not to be a busybody, Aunt Madge turns to Jolie’s
boyfriend Scoobie to help find clues. Told from Madge and Scoobie’s
points of view, with help from some feisty seniors.
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The
Unexpected Resolution
Jolie
Gentil Cozy Mysteries #10
 
A
midnight wedding, Army veterans who face repercussions of two
different wars, and a very startling wedding guest. A 9-1-1 call
during the wedding changes everything. Jolie has to help Scoobie
figure out what he wants to know, and determine who seems to want
someone in his family dead. Book 10 in the Jolie Gentil cozy mystery
series brings together the close-knit group of friends and zany Ocean
Alley townspeople for a very special event – and a murder.
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Elaine
L. Orr is the Amazon bestselling author of the ten-book Jolie Gentil
cozy mystery series, which is set at the Jersey shore. “Behind
the Walls” was a finalist for the 2014 Chanticleer Mystery and
Mayhem Awards. First in her River’s Edge mystery series was “From
Newsprint to Footprints,” followed by “Demise of a Devious
Neighbor.” Iowa nice meets murder. “Tip a Hat to Murder”
is set in rural Illinois, and is the first of the Logland mystery
series.

 

 

Elaine
also writes plays and novellas, including the one-act, “Common
Ground,” published in 2015. Her novella, “Biding Time,”
was one of five finalists in the National Press Club’s first fiction
contest, in 1993. “Falling into Place” is a novella about
family strength as a World War II veteran rises to the toughest
occasion.

 

 

Elaine
conducts presentations on electronic publishing and other
writing-related topics. Nonfiction includes “Words to Write By:
Getting Your Thoughts on Paper” and “Writing in Retirement:
Putting New Year’s Resolutions to Work.” She also authors online
classes about writing and publishing.

 

 

A
member of Sisters in Crime, Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved to
the Midwest in 1994. Elaine graduated from the University of Dayton
with a BA in Political Science and from the American University with
an MA in Government. She worked for GAO and the National Academy of
Public Administration for many year, and for two Iowa members of the
U.S. House of Representatives — one Republican and one
Democrat.

 

 

Elaine
did some journalism course work at the University of Maryland and has
taken fiction courses from The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, the
University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and Georgetown
University’s Continuing Education Program. She is a regular attendee
at the Magna Cum Murder in Indianapolis and the Book Bums Workshop in
West Liberty, Iowa.

 

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How does a LDS German family survive in Nazi Berlin?

Monday, October 5th, 2015

 

Lisel Spann has dreamed only of wonderful things in her future. Living with her father, sister, and brother in a cramped apartment in Berlin, the small family shares what seems to be an unbreakable spirit of love and security. However, with the rise of the Nazi party and approaching dark clouds of war, any kind of future grows increasingly uncertain. Knowing little of hate and destruction, Lisel is ill prepared as the storms of battle erupt in full fury and loved ones are taken from her as her beautiful city is reduced to rubble.

With fear and despair rising within, it is through her quiet, compassionate father that Lisel discovers faith and hope. Now, in a desperate journey to find her sister, Lisel and her neighbor flee Berlin and the advancing Russians for Frankfurt, a city under the protection of the Allies. But their flight to safety is filled with pain, hunger, and terror. However, with spiritual lessons and blessings from her father, the support of departed loved ones, and her tried but undying faith in a loving Heavenly Father, perhaps Lisel can emerge like the fireweed—rising strong and beautiful from scorched earth —transforming bitterness and despair into a charity that never faileth.

 

Terry, what makes you passionate about writing?

Telling a story that helps a reader think about a concept from a different perspective. Perhaps that perspective affirms her own beliefs about herself or her world or someone else’s world. Perhaps it doesn’t. Maybe she gains understanding and develops a clearer vision because she’s seeing it through the eyes of a character she’s never encountered before. What I love is helping someone turn over a few rocks and looking underneath.

Do you have a writing routine?

Some days I do but sometimes that doesn’t work out the way I’d like. Now, writers have to do so much more than write. There are promotional things, like blog interviews, websites and author pages to maintain and press releases. There are discussions with people in the industry and meetings to attend. Then, there is the market news to keep up with. If only it was just writing!

The routine I do try to maintain is built around what is going on in my family. Meals, dishes, laundry, school attendance and activities for the littlest kids. Plus, our daughter is a cancer patient and requires quite a lot of tending. It’s just hard sometimes to keep to a routine.

What is the title of your book?

Fireweed. With a subtitle of A Novel of World War II.

What genre does your book fall under?

Historical Women’s Fiction is the one I use most often to describe it. It is also a coming-of-age story of a teen-aged girl so it could be Young or New Adult. Or, maybe just General Fiction, if that exists anymore.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Fireweed is the story of an LDS German family trying to survive in Nazi Berlin during World War II.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I suppose any story that is set against a backdrop of war and concerns the challenges of being a woman in that place and that time.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I was doing research on the evacuation of American LDS missionaries from Nazi Germany at the time Germany invaded Poland during the first week of September of 1939. When I interviewed some of those evacuees, they had family members sitting in on the interviews and some of those family members were Germans who had lived in Germany during the course of WWII. Frequently, I asked a question the interviewee couldn’t answer from his/her memory. They’d excuse themselves to go into the next room to retrieve a journal or an album. While I was waiting, the German family members or friends would say, “Now, let me tell you what happened to me.” A writer never lets anything go to waste so I began taking another set of notes from the stories I heard. That led me to believe there was a story to be told about the LDS Germans living in Nazi Germany during the war.

Oh, the book Mine Angels Round About, which is the compilation of stories from the missionaries evacuated out of Nazi Germany will be available in the next few months. If you’re interested, watch for it at Amazon.

Great, thank you. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s not hard to find a story about World War II, told from a male soldier’s point of view and especially one from an American viewpoint. This story is told by, first, a teen-aged German girl, then by her maturing self as she sees her country and people destroyed and vanquished. It shows how she comes to the conclusion that the worst thing her countrymen ever did was to themselves through arrogance or ignorance. She also learns that hope endures, love endures, and family connections endure. Self endures.

Where can we find your book?

You can pre-order a print book through Amazon now for the release on October 5. I’m told a Kindle book will also be available soon. (I’m only the author and don’t get to hear these kinds of things. J)

http://www.amazon.com/Fireweed-Terry-Montague-ebook/dp/B013KWPB4O/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1440029624&sr=1-6&keywords=fireweed
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Danette Hansen talks about ghost and genealogy

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
Danette, tell us where you were born and where do you live now?
I was born in Alamosa, Colorado. I have an older sister and a younger brother so I guess that means I’m the middle child.
I now live in Wellsville, Utah with my husband and four children. I’ve never cared for snow, ever. When I left Colorado I said I never wanted to live in an area with heavy snow again. Well let’s just say, I’ve learned to Never Say Never. I do love living in Cache Valley––except when it snows.
No really, the area is beautiful and it’s a great place to raise a family.
:) What makes you passionate writing about genealogy?
That is a funny one for me, I don’t know much about genealogy unlike my mother who is a family history consultant. That is why my main character, Annaliese, is portrayed the way she is.
She is more into Plant Research instead of Family Research. Her mother (more…)