Monday, March 25, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: J.C. EATON




ABOUT THE BOOK


There’s a lot of noir surrounding this rare pinot.

As the vineyards in Seneca Lake, New York, prepare for the seasonal “Deck the Halls Around the Lake” festivities, someone is determined to keep pinot noir off the wine list. Hijacked trucks and sabotaged ingredients have made it a hard-to-acquire vintage for the six local wineries—including Norrie Ellington’s Two Witches Winery.

The case of the stolen and spoiled wines gets stranger when Arnold Mowen, owner of the company distributing the wine, is found dead, the apparent victim of a hunting accident. As Norrie tries to find the connections between the pinot’s problems and Arnold’s death, she uncovers a conspiracy among many locals whose hatred for the wine distributor was bottled up for far too long . . .


Book Details:

Title: Pinot Red or Dead?

Author: J.C. Eaton

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Series: The Wine Trail Mysteries, book 3


Publisher: Kensington Lyrical Underground (March 2019)


Print length: 206 pages









IFs ANDs OR WHATs INTERVIEW WITH J.C. EATON


Ifs


Q: If you could live in any time period which would it be?
A: Ann and Jim – Right here. Right now. We cannot live without hot and cold running water, HVAC, or our TV!
Ann – Ancient Rome in 79 A.D. but nowhere near Mt. Vesuvius.
Jim – Turn of the twentieth century on the French Riviera.

Q: If you could step back into a moment or day in time, where would you go?
A: Ann – 1964 in Kingston, New York, when folksinger Phil Ochs, who shared a taxi with her, invited her to join him in Woodstock and meet his friend, Bob Dylan. She refused. Of course, she was only fourteen! Jim – Back to Spain in 1986. Best time ever!

Q: If you could be anything besides a writer, what would it be?
A: Ann – museum curator for antiquities.
Jim- cowboy.

Q: If you had to do community service (or already do volunteer work), what would you choose?
A: Ann and Jim – We’ve both volunteered at animal shelters and continue to help rescue pets in need of homes.

Q: If you could choose a fictional town to live in what would it be and from what book?
A: Ann – anywhere in the Cotswolds from Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity series.
Jim – Salmon Cove, Maine, Lee Hollis’s Death of a Lobster Lover.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would it be?
A: Ann – Salamanca, Spain where they have the best paella in the world.
Jim – The French Riviera, but only if he had a fancy convertible. 




Ands


Q: 5 favorite possessions:
A: Ann – old Russian samovar, rock collection, Latin club t-shirt that’s one step away from disintegrating, Euro pillow, ancient computer.
Jim – old Boston sweatshirt, old Ren-fest sweatshirt (Hmm, seems we’ve got a theme), rock collection, TV remote, special frying pan.

Q: 5 things you need in order to write: 
A: Ann – absolute quiet, computer, chocolate, Coke, dictionary.
Jim – pad and pencil, decent pens, comfortable recliner, comfortable sweatshirt and sweatpants.

Q: 5 things you never want to run out of:
A: Ann and Jim – toilet paper, computer paper, water, chocolate, Tylenol.

Q: 5 favorite places you’ve been:
A: Ann – Russia, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Peru.
Jim – France, Spain, Mexico, Russia,  Puerto Rico.

Q: 5 favorite things to do:
A: Ann – write, swim, hike, eat, talk.
Jim – sleep, write, exercise, walk the dog, go to ball games.

Q: 5 things that drive you crazy:
A: Ann and Jim – Arizona drivers, being put on HOLD,  grocery shopping, doing taxes, cleaning the litter box after you’ve just cleaned it.

Whats

Q: What’s your all-time favorite movie?
A: Ann and Jim – The Court Jester with Danny Kaye. We love it!

Q: What’s your all-time favorite city?
A: Ann and Jim – Ottawa.

Q: What’s your favorite meal?
A: Ann – Wonton soup, NY style egg rolls, spare ribs.
Jim – spaghetti and meat sauce. 

Q: What’s your favorite dessert?
A: Ann – Chocolate mousse, Jim – banana split.

Q: What’s your favorite beverage?
A: Ann – Coke.
Jim – Earl Grey tea.

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream?
A: Ann – Chocolate chip.
Jim – chocolate-chocolate

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when there’s nothing to do?
A: Ann and Jim – READ!!!

Q: What’s your favorite candy bar?
A: Ann – Hershey’s.
Jim – Milky Way.

Q: What’s your favorite movie snack?
A: Ann  and Jim – popcorn.

Q: What’s your favorite social media site? Would you rather tweet or post on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest . . .?
A: Ann and Jim –We’d rather post on Facebook.

Q: What’s one thing you never leave the house without?
A: Ann and Jim – our keys!

Q: What is the wallpaper on your computer’s desktop?
A: Ann – our cat.
Jim – the default blank screen. 


Q: What movie genre do you prefer: drama, comedy, action, adventure, thriller, or horror?
A: Ann and Jim – all of the above.

Q: What’s your all-time favorite place you’ve visited?
A: Avila, Spain.

Q: What’s your latest recommendation for:
A: Food:  Shrimp in garlic sauce.
Music: The Band, Rolling Stones.
Movie: The Court Jester, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Dirty Dozen.
Book: Rosemary Simpson’s What the Dead Leave Behind.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


J.C. Eaton is the pen name for wife and husband authors Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp.

Ann I. Goldfarb

New York native Ann I. Goldfarb spent most of her life in education, first as a classroom teacher and later as a middle school principal and professional staff developer. Writing as J. C. Eaton, along with her husband, James Clapp, they have authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington), The Wine Trail Mysteries (Kensington Lyrical Underground), and The Marcie Rayner Mysteries (Camel). In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name.
  
James E. Clapp
When James E. Clapp retired as the tasting room manager for a large upstate New York winery, he never imagined he’d be co-authoring cozy mysteries with his wife, Ann I. Goldfarb. Non-fiction in the form of informational brochures and workshop materials treating the winery industry were his forte along with an extensive background and experience in construction that started with his service in the U.S. Navy and included vocational school classroom teaching.

Connect with the authors:
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Buy the book:
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Saturday, March 23, 2019

GUEST POST BY KAYA QUINSEY




ABOUT THE BOOK


Valentine in Venice

Valentine Wells returns to Venice. After having visited ten years earlier when she was just sixteen years old, it was where she had impulsively met Lorenzo Dipachio. Her first kiss. Her first love.

Now twenty-six, Valentine is a successful wedding photographer in Chicago. Still impulsive, Valentine is recently divorced after being married for about a minute in Las Vegas. And she doesn't miss the irony of being a divorced wedding photographer. Also dealing with her mother's recent diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's, Valentine's father convinces her that she needs a break.

Now that she is back in Venice, Valentine wants to prove to herself that she's no longer the impulsive, daring girl who got married (and quickly divorced) in Vegas to a man she barely knew. Now, she is living by a new set of rules: planned, cautious, and carefully executed.
But her plan is challenged when she falls (literally) into the path of her first love, Lorenzo. And with Valentine's Day around the corner, will Valentine be able to keep herself from making another big mistake?

A Coastal Christmas

Author Kaya Quinsey returns with her trademark blend of romance and adventure, in this page turning story about a love to remember and a Christmas never to forget.


Successful broadcaster Jessica Beaton has it all: the perfect New York City apartment, high-flying career, and handsome boyfriend. And with Christmas around the corner, she has her sights set on one thing. A ring.


But Jessica is humiliated when her co-host and boyfriend, Brett Fanshaw, almost proposes to her on-air before backing out, leaving her dumped and embarrassed on national television. In the midst of her heartbreak, Jessica leaves to go home to Pebble Shores for the holidays for the first time in years.

While retreating at her family's seaside cottage to evaluate her life, Jessica finds herself butting heads with Dean Adams, the mayor of Pebble Shores, who isn't thrilled to have the media spotlight shed on their small town. Jessica couldn't imagine anyone being more of a Grinch.
Over the Christmas season, Jessica finds herself more enamored with life in Pebble Shores, the community spirit, and to her own surprise, Dean Adams. Can a small-town mayor and big-city broadcaster have the romance that Jessica always dreamed of?

Paris Mends Broken Hearts

Gwendoline Delacroix finds herself fleeing Paris in a desperate attempt to escape the memories that haunt her in her French countryside chateau. Following the aftermath of WWII, she had become a widower and desperately missing her husband, Jean. Although her loyal and quirky staff do their best to keep her afloat, Gwendoline eventually takes charge and in a quick turn of events, finds herself at the Hotel de la Belle Paix - the hotel run by her brother and sister-in-law in the Latin Quarter in Paris.

Over the summer, Gwendoline finds work at an animal sanctuary run by an eccentric aristocrat. With new friends, an elderly cat, and a glass of wine in hand, Gwendoline proves to herself and everyone else that there is life after lost love.


Entertaining? Of course! Joyful? Undoubtedly. Champagne? Bien sur! In Paris, nothing is predictable, and everything is extraordinary.


Book Details:


Title: Love, Amour, Amore: A Collection of Three Love Stories From Around The World

Author: Kaya Quinsey

Genre: Sweet Romance, Anthology

Publisher: Books To Go Now, (February 5 2019)

Print length: 154 pages







GUEST POST BY KAYA QUINSEY



It should come as no surprise that my books are heavy on the romance. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a hopeless romantic. So when my publishers at Books To Go Now suggested an anthology of my three sweet romance novellas (Valentine in Venice, A Coastal Christmas, and Paris Mends Broken Hearts) be published in time for Valentine’s Day, of course I said yes! It resulted in Love, Amour, Amore: A Collection of Three Love Stories From Around the World. And it certainly doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to read about love.

A common thread that runs through my books is a love of food. In Valentine in Venice, on more than one occasion I go into detail about the delicious food Italy has to offer. The same thing goes for Paris Mends Broken Hearts (kouign amann’s are to die for) and A Coastal Christmas (who doesn’t love gingerbread and cinnamon sprinkled into their coffee?)

I love cooking – in fact, you can find a few recipes tucked away in the back of each of my novellas to date. I’m going to share one of my personal favorites today (it’s also a favorite of my fiancés), which I hope you can enjoy with a good book in hand.

Oatmeal-Cherry Tarte


This is an easy, healthy recipe that can be enjoyed with a cup of coffee for breakfast, or as a delicious (and healthy) dessert at the end of the week. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 cup of whole-wheat flour
½ cup of rolled oats
½ cup of brown sugar
2 teaspoons of baking powder
¾ cup of whole milk
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
a sprinkle of cinnamon
1 cup of frozen (or de-pitted fresh) cherries

Directions

1.    In a bowl, mix together flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, milk, olive oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt.

2.    Pour into a greased baking dish.

3.    Top with cherries.

4.    Bake at 375 ° for 30 to 40 minutes (or until golden brown).

5.    Enjoy!


Check out my Love it Or Leave it Interview with Kaya from January 2019!




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kaya Quinsey is the author of Paris Mends Broken HeartsValentine in VeniceA Coastal Christmas, and most recently, Love, Amour, Amore: A Collection of Three Love Stories From Around The World. Her work has sold in seven countries. She holds her undergraduate and master’s degree in psychology. Kaya’s passion for culture, travel, and psychology blend for a reading style that is fun, full of surprises, and easy to read. A romantic at heart, Kaya’s writing offers a contemporary twist to traditional love stories. Through her stories, she hopes to inspire readers to fiercely chase their dreams.

Connect with Kaya:
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Buy the book:
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Thursday, March 21, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: MARY E. CALVERT





ABOUT THE BOOK: THE HEALER OF GUILDENWOOD



Margaret Ann Shepherd just wants to be a normal high school senior and not be seen as the least bit weird. But nothing extraordinary ever happens to anyone who is not a little odd . . .

When Margaret Ann wakes one morning acting as though she’s just stepped out of the Middle Ages, everyone starts to doubt her sanity. But what really happened on the night in question? Placed in therapy to get to the bottom of her eccentricities, memories emerge of another body, another world, another life lived over the course of one night. 

In The Soultrekker Chronicles Book I, The Healer of Guildenwood, Margaret Ann struggles to make a new life with a new name, Arwyn, in a world where elves, mortals, and dwarves live beneath a shadow of tyranny, groaning for redemption. Arwyn must carefully navigate her abilities in combat and the art of healing, which she learns from a mysterious old hermit who seems to know more about her than he willingly admits. And when she accidentally attracts the attention of a brutal dictator, Draigon, her new world becomes even more dangerous. Is she truly an elf, revered by some, feared and hated by the powers that be, or do her passionate tendencies hint at a mortal nature?

Elf or mortal, her soul was borrowed for a purpose she can scarcely imagine. Arwyn will either fall into despair over her lost life . . . or discover that which she was born to be.






Book Details:


Title: The Healer of Guildenwood 

Author: Mary E. Calvert


Genre: Fantasy, YA


Series: The Soultrekker Chronicles, book 1  


Publisher: Westbow Press (October 2016)


Print length: 288 pages












ABOUT THE BOOK: THE SECRET OF THE HOLD



In book two of The Soultrekker Chronicles, Margaret Ann Shepherd, still under hypnosis with therapist Dr. Susan Renfroe, continues recounting memories of the night she lived an entire other life as the elven maiden, Arwyn, in the beautiful but troubled land of Bensor.

A perilous journey smuggling fugitive dwarves leads Arwyn to the enchanting realm of the elves, where a lukewarm reception by the elven lord, Valdir Velconium, a man plagued with secrets from his past, makes her wonder if she will ever find the place she truly belongs. Yet an unexpected meeting with an intriguing stranger challenges her resolve to aid the Alliance in its upcoming rebellion against the dictator, Draigon, forcing her to choose between two men who seek to win her heart. It is a choice between love and duty that could ultimately destroy Arwyn when Draigon springs a trap of his own.

Or, it could force Arwyn to do the unthinkable.







Book Details:


Title: The Secret of the Hold 

Author: Mary E. Calvert


Genre: Fantasy, YA


Series: The Soultrekker Chronicles, book 2


Publisher: Veritana Press, (January, 2019)


Print length: 390 pages






   




LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH MARY E. CALVERT


A few of your favorite things: Christmas lights, waterfalls, photo albums.
Things you need to throw out: My box collection. A good box is hard to throw out.


Things you need in order to write: A shower (in which to collect my thoughts).
Things that hamper your writing: Three teenage boys, a husband, two dogs, and a slight case of ADD
.

Things you love about writing: Figuring out another piece to the puzzle, whether it’s a word, a paragraph or an entire scene, and seeing it come together to create a beautiful picture that enhances the overall story and moves it forward.
Things you hate about writing: Coming up with unusual names of fantasy places and characters.


Easiest thing about being a writer: The commute
.
Hardest thing about being a writer:
Book marketing.

Things you love about where you live: Being unable to go two miles in any direction without running into a body of water.
Things that make you want to move: Wanting to live in a house that is actually on a body of water.

Things you never want to run out of: Chocolate, toilet paper.
Things you wish you’d never bought: All of those Donny and Marie Osmond albums from back in the 70s.


Words that describe you: Weird, Quirky, Friendly, Optimistic.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: Quiet, Technically-challenged.

Favorite foods: Crab legs, steak, fried chicken, sautéed mushrooms, chocolate.
Things that make you want to throw up: Baked beans.

Favorite music or song: Anything Josh Groban, Old Sting and the Police, Contemporary Christian.
Music that make your ears bleed: Rap.

Favorite beverage: Coffee with flavored creamer.
Something that gives you a pickle face: Lemonade.

Favorite smell: Anything that reminds me of Christmas.

Something that makes you hold your nose: My son’s socks.

Something you’re really good at: Scrapbooking, Interior design/decorating
.
Something you’re really bad at: Technology
.

Something you wish you could do: Play the violin.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: Play the violin because, trust me, it’s not something you would ever want to hear me do.

Something you like to do: Travel, snow ski, water ski, scrapbook.

Something you wish you’d never done: The last dive on a trip to the British Virgin Islands in 2001, when I ended up with the bends and had to be airlifted to Puerto Rico for treatment in a hyperbaric chamber. Not a great way to end a vacation.



Last best thing you ate: Filet mignon

Last thing you regret eating: That same filet mignon, which sat in my stomach the following night like a brick .

Things you’d walk a mile for: A photo op.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: A room full of cobras, pit vipers, scorpions and black widow spiders (duh!).

Things you always put in your books: Symbolism
.
Things you never put in your books: Anything considered “R” rated.

Things to say to an author: “I LOVED your book!,” “I just wrote you a review on Amazon,” “When is your next book coming out?”

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: “I’ll be sure to write you a review on Amazon” (and then never do).

Favorite places you’ve been: Italy, Santorini, Greece, The Lake District of England, Disney World
.
Places you never want to go to again: Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Favorite books: Anything set in reality but with an element of fantasy, like the Outlander Series.

Books you would ban: Harlequin romances.

People you’d like to invite to dinner: Chip and Joanna Gaines
.
People you’d cancel dinner on: Most politicians.

Favorite things to do: Scrapbooking, decorating, traveling with my family
.
Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: Scrubbing the bathroom, ironing.

Things that make you happy: Traveling with my family.
Things that drive you crazy: Wasting an hour or two getting sucked into social media or the news.

Proudest moment: Getting my first book published and people telling me they loved it!
Most embarrassing moment: Singing along to “Happy Birthday” and then realizing it was to ME it was being sung!


Biggest lie you’ve ever told: I was raised by apes in Africa.
A lie you wish you’d told: I’m sorry, but I’m busy this weekend. I have to go visit my uncle in prison.

Best thing you’ve ever done: Married my husband
.
Biggest mistake: Going on that date with that person I should’ve lied to.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: Putting life on hold to go live in Europe for a year
.
Something you chickened out from doing: Marrying the guy to whom I should’ve lied to get out of the date with.

The last thing you did for the first time: Went on a book tour.
Something you’ll never do again: Eat “Kaestur Hakarl,” also known as “rotten shark” in Iceland 
.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Mary E. Calvert grew up in Virginia, the daughter of a Baptist minister.  Even as a youngster, she had a propensity for telling stories and quickly became recognized in school for her writing abilities. Reading The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings in middle school changed the focus of her story telling, and she found herself making up the tale of a young woman from this world who suddenly pops into a fantasy world of magic, mystery, elves, dwarves and wizards. When in high school, she realized this story had taken on a life of its own and started to put it onto paper, spending hours over three summers locked away in her room on her typewriter. By the time it was completed, Mary was ready to move on to other challenges, so she put her fantasy novel away in her closet where it collected dust for years.

Realizing it would be difficult to make a living as an author, Mary went on to study psychology at Furman University and then on to get a master’s degree in counseling at the University of Georgia. For thirteen years, she worked as a psychotherapist in a psychiatric hospital for adolescents in Atlanta, Georgia. Over those years, she learned quite a bit about the human psyche, something that would later have an important influence over the development of the characters in her books. It was in 1997 when the idea struck to re-write the story she had written as a teen, only with more twists and turns and from a more adult perspective. The decision was enough to breathe new life in Mary, who determined to finally realize her dream of becoming a published author, and she set to work on re-writing her fantasy novel.

Soon afterward, Mary met her husband, dated, got married, had their first son, moved half-way across the country to Colorado, and then gave birth to their twins, all while grabbing tidbits of time here and there to write a page or two of her novel. In 2006, her masterpiece complete, she employed the services of an editor who informed her that no one would publish her book being the length it was and that it would be better as, say, a trilogy. But after receiving a succession of rejection letters from agents and publishers, Mary decided to take a break from writing to re-evaluate her story. Though discouraged, she was determined not to give up on her dream or the story she fully believed in. It was then that she decided to re-write all three books, telling the story in first-person point of view and deepening the message of the trilogy by weaving a spiritual element throughout.

In 2012, Mary and her husband, Rob, decided to take a break and move their family to Italy for a year of traveling, homeschooling, and immersing themselves in Italian culture. It was during this time, while living in a 300-year-old converted horse barn, that Mary went about the task of re-writing her books to reflect these changes. And she found that with the echo of her footsteps on cobblestone streets still ringing in her ears and the exhilaration of standing in a white-washed village clinging to a cliff above the Mediterranean still so fresh in her mind, it sent her writing to new heights. She returned to the states, ready to be published for real. The question now was “How?”

After another upheaval, which led her family to move from Colorado to the Midwest, Mary made the decision to self-publish her trilogy. Like most new authors who struggle with going it alone, Mary went with a “hybrid” publisher for her first book, The Healer of Guildenwood, Book One of the Soultrekker Chronicles, published in October, 2016. Having learned more about what to do and what not to do with the first book, and having been introduced to more seasoned authors who were able to walk her through the publishing process, Mary published the second book in her fantasy trilogy, , through KDP, Amazon’s self-publishing arm. She has just returned from her very first book tour and gets excited when she sees the growing number of positive, enthusiastic reviews for her books on Amazon. Mary looks forward to the release of the final book in the trilogy but also has a sequel to The Soultrekker Chronicles in mind, a story that follows the adventures of one of the trilogy’s characters upon coming to this world from the fantasy realm.


Connect with Mary:
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Buy the book:
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: LAUREN CARR




ABOUT THE BOOK


It all started with a chance encounter in the city with Blair, his late wife.



Chris Matheson and the Geezer Squad, working under the guise of a book club, dig into the events surrounding his late wife’s supposed death halfway around the globe. A state department employee shoots himself in the back three times. A CIA operative goes missing. A woman is targeted by an international assassin three years after being declared dead in a terrorist attack overseas. 



Nothing is as it seems.



In his most personal cold case, Chris fights to uncover why the state department told him that Blair, the mother of his children, had been killed when she was alive. What had she uncovered that has made her a target? Who terrified her so much that she had gone into hiding and why are they now after him?



Book Details:


Title: Winter Frost


Author: Lauren Carr


Genre: Mystery


Series: The Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries, book 2


Publisher: Acorn Book Services (January 28, 2019)


Print length: 290 pages






   

LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH LAUREN CARR


A few of your favorite things: Chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.
Things you need to throw out: Diet and exercise.


Things you need in order to write: A comfy chair and fully charged laptop.
Things that hamper your writing: Family members needing things.


Things you love about writing: Escape from the real world.
Things you hate about writing: Proofreading.

Easiest thing about being a writer: Writing
.
Hardest thing about being a writer:
Taking care of business.


Favorite beverage: Coffee with lots of sugar and mocha flavored cream.

Something that gives you a pickle face: Coffee without cream and sugar.

Something you’re really good at: Cooking. I’m a gourmet cook.

Something you’re really bad at: Cleaning up the kitchen after cooking a gourmet meal. (That’s the only reason I ditched the idea of becoming a caterer.)



Last best thing you ate: Chocolate marble cake with cream cheese frosting.

Last thing you regret eating: Chocolate marble cake with cream cheese frosting.

Things you always put in your books: Four-legged characters. I believe pets are as much a part of families as people. 

Things you never put in your books: Explicit sex and graphic violence just for the sake of sex and violence.

Things to say to an author: I love your books so much that I recommended them to my _____.

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: Attached to this email, you will find a spreadsheet of the grammatical mistakes in all your books.

Favorite places you’ve been: Cruise of the Caribbean.

Places you never want to go to again: New York City.

Favorite things to do: Horseback riding
.
Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: House Cleaning.

Most embarrassing moment: High School.

Proudest moment: Toss up between when my son won the county science fair, graduated high school, or got an article published in a national magazine.

Best thing you’ve ever done: Marry my husband
.
Biggest mistake: Put mustard on his cheeseburger a couple of weeks ago. (At least, that’s what he’s been telling me.)



BOOK TRAILER FOR WINTER FROST



CHECK OUT ICE (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery, book 1)

 





ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Thorny Rose, Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries—over twenty titles across four fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

Connect with Lauren:
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Buy the book:
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Sunday, March 17, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: LAURA CHILDS



ABOUT THE BOOK


Theodosia Browning serves tea and solves crimes in Charleston, a city steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

It is Sunday afternoon, and Theodosia and Drayton are catering a formal tea at a hot-air balloon rally. The view aloft is not only stunning, they are also surrounded by a dozen other colorful hot-air balloons. But as the sky turns gray and the clouds start to boil up, a strange object zooms out of nowhere. It is a drone, and it appears to be buzzing around the balloons, checking them out.

As Theodosia and Drayton watch, the drone, hovering like some angry, mechanized insect, deliberately crashes into the balloon next to them. An enormous, fiery explosion erupts, and everyone watches in horror as the balloon plummets to the earth, killing all three of its passengers.

Sirens scream, first responders arrive, and Theodosia is interviewed by the police. During the interview she learns that one of the downed occupants was Don Kingsley, the CEO of a local software company, SyncSoft. Not only do the police suspect Kingsley as the primary target, they learn that he possessed a rare Revolutionary War Union Jack flag that several people were rabidly bidding on.

Intrigued, Theodosia begins her own investigation. Was it the CEO’s soon-to-be ex-wife, who is restoring an enormous mansion at no expense? The CEO’s personal assistant, who also functioned as curator of his prized collection of Americana? Two rival antiques’ dealers known for dirty dealing? Or was the killer the fiancée of one of Theodosia’s dear friends, who turns out to be an employee—and whistle-blower—at SyncSoft?


Book Details:

Title: Broken Bone China

Author: Laura Childs

Genre: Cozy mystery

Series: A Tea Shop Mystery

Publisher: Berkley (March 5, 2019)

Print length: 336 pages





LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH LAURA CHILDS


Things you need in order to write: Diet Coke, a bit of chocolate, and lots of quiet.
Things that hamper your writing: E-mails and phone calls.

Favorite music: Beach Boys, Rolling Stones. I saw both groups in concert this past year. Have tickets, will travel!
Music that makes your ears bleed: Polka music. Really guys, just really.

Favorite beverage: Good French red wine.
Something that gives you a pickle face: Cheap white wine.

Something you’re really good at: Marketing. I have a knack for knowing exactly how to promote a product.
Something you’re really bad at: Anything mechanical. Even a mousetrap baffles me.

Last best thing you ate: Truffle pizza.
Last thing you regret eating: 99 cent taco. But not because it didn’t taste good.

Things you always put in your books: Dogs.
Things you never put in your books: S – E – X. My cozy mysteries are G-rated, good for girls to grandmas.

Things to say to an author: Hi, will you sign my book?
Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in the next book: Hi, when is your book coming out in paperback?

Favorite places you’ve been: Paris, London, Hong Kong, Bali.
Places you never want to go again: Beijing (because of the dangerous air quality!).

Favorite genre: Mysteries, thrillers, history, art history – basically all books.
Books you would ban: None. I don’t believe in banning books.

Things that make you happy:
Hearing from all my readers. They are my biggest inspiration to keep coming up with inventive and crazy new plots.
Things that drive you crazy: People who think I really don’t have to work at this.

Most embarrassing moment: Not getting picked for softball in 5th grade.
Proudest moment: Making the New York Times bestseller list – then doing it again and again.

Biggest lie you ever told: My agency partner and I were pitching an agricultural account and he told them my dad was a turkey farmer. I didn’t deny it. (Yes, we got the account)
A lie you wish you’d told: I wish I’d pitched Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live on my credibility as a comedy writer. (This was when I wrote some United Way public service spots that his cast recorded.)

Best thing you’ve ever done: Financed a dog training school for a good friend. (It’s still going gangbusters after 19 years!)
Biggest mistake: Should have bought more real estate.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: I started my own advertising agency when I was 29. All these older art directors and account guys warned me not to – they said it was too risky. At the end of my first year, I was earning twice what they were.
Something you chickened out from doing: Parachuting with my Uncle Bob to celebrate his 90th birthday.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Laura Childs is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbooking Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. Recently, Book Riot named her mysteries to their list of “25 of the All Time Best Cozy Mystery Series.” In her previous life Laura was CEO of her own marketing firm, authored several screenplays, and produced a reality TV show. She is married to Dr. Bob, a professor of Chinese art history, enjoys travel, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

GUEST POST WITH PAMELA FAGAN HUTCHINS



ABOUT THE BOOK


A hook-up turned lethal. A spurned, angry cowboy. Can rebel Maggie turn the tables before a killer adds her to the list of lost causes?

Washed-up alt-country rocker-turned-junker Maggie Killian is pulled to Wyoming by an irresistible force . . . former bull rider Hank Sibley, the man who broke her heart fifteen years before. When she unexpectedly meets his Sunday school-teaching girlfriend at a saloon, Maggie seeks liquor-fueled oblivion between the sheets of a younger man’s bed. But after her beloved vintage truck breaks down and leaves her stranded in the Cowboy State, she learns her hook-up died minutes after leaving their rendezvous. Suddenly surrounded by men with questionable motives, Maggie searches for the murderer while fighting the electricity between herself and her old beau, and her new penchant for local whiskey.

When the police zero in on Maggie despite a disturbing series of break-ins at her guest cabin, she realizes she’s got no one to rely on but herself. To keep herself happily in bars instead of behind them, she must stop the killer before the cops realize the man she really suspects is a jealous, angry Hank.
Live Wire is the first standalone book in a trilogy featuring sharp-tongued protagonist Maggie Killian from the addictive What Doesn’t Kill You romantic mystery series. If you like nerve-racking suspense, electric characters and relationships, and juicy plot twists, then you’ll love USA Today best seller Pamela Fagan Hutchins’ Silver Falchion award-winning series.


Book Details:


Title: Live Wire

Author: Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Genre: Romantic Mystery

Series: What Doesn’t Kill You

Publisher: SkipJack Publishing, (March 6, 2019)

Print length: 207 pages







GUEST POST BY PAMELA FAGAN HUTCHINS


A Day in the Life of Maggie Killian, Star of Live Wire in the What Doesn’t Kill You world of romantic mysteries



Pamela: We’re here today with Maggie Killian, alt-country rocker-turned-junker. And I have to say, she’s wearing the coolest rodeo belt buckle I have ever seen. I hear she got it from that super hot champion bull rider Hank Sibley. (silence) Okay . . . Anyway, Maggie is the star of several books in my What Doesn’t Kill You world. Most recently, USA Today bestseller Buckle Bunny and the follow-up, Shock Jock. Now she’s tearing it up in Live Wire, with two more novels to come, Sick Puppy and Dead Pile.

Maggie interjects: Great. Just what I was hoping for. More intrusive writing about me.

Pamela: Readers, in case you’ve never had the pleasure, talking to Maggie has been described as a little like cuddling a porcupine.

Maggie (smiling): Thank you.

Pamela: So, if Live Wire is made into a movie, who would play you?

Maggie: Hopefully no famous sell out.

Pamela: I think Emmy Rossum would be great.

Maggie:
She’s not as bad as most. I like Shameless.

Pamela: I’ve heard you have the cutest house, ever.

Maggie (nods): Well, yeah, she’s a sexy beast.

Pamela: Tell us about her.

Maggie: Honestly, she was a piece of shit when I got her. It was a package deal, another way for my record label to rip me off by trading it to me for rights to my music and royalties: the land and everything on it, which turned out to include a barn, a shop, a magenta vintage Ford pickup, and the falling-down house. For a long time, I basically camped in her. The junk really spoke to me, and I repurposed a lot of it into the refurbished shop and opened Flown the Coop. Next, I got the truck running and spent years restoring it. Finally, once the shop started making money, I brought the house back up to code. Then, over the years, I decorated it and remodeled it in line with its farmhouse roots with pieces I found or created myself. When my birth mother passed—which is when I learned of her existence—I inherited her art collection. She was a painter and gallery owner. So I’ve added pieces that were gifts to her, and also priceless paintings by her.

Pamela: Sounds wonderful. Do you have a favorite?

Maggie: Front Porch Pickin’. It’s a joyfully melancholy painting of a guitarist. And of course it’s a Gidget Becker original. I keep it in my bedroom.

Pamela: Do you have a favorite room?

Maggie: The house is tiny, so there’s no modern open concept flowy element to it. It’s tight and cozy. For that reason, I like the kitchen best. It’s like a hug, which is what cooking is all about. Warmth and comfort. The cabinets are all reclaimed wood, painted and pickled. I have a skirted butcher block island in the middle. And the appliances are gas and electric, but they’re throwback style. And I have a big porcelain farm sink.

Pamela: What do you like to cook in there?

Maggie: Slabs of meat. I’m a carnivore.

Pamela: No veggies?

Maggie: To the extent they enhance the meat. Otherwise it’s just a waste of room on my plate.

Pamela: Dessert?

Maggie: If someone brings it. Then I prefer chocolate. I’m more of an expert in the cocktail making department.

Pamela: Care to share a recipe for your favorite?

Maggie: Sure. It’s really a two-part recipe. The cocktail, and the morning after cure.

Pamela (eyes widen): This sounds dangerous.

Maggie: So they say. (hands papers to Pamela) Here you go.

Pamela: Thanks. Now, if you would, take us through the typical Maggie day before we go.

Maggie (shrugs): Consume the hangover cure I just gave you. Shop estate sales. Work on old junk. Sell shit to collectors, decorators, and city folks who want to pretend they live in the country. Eat a slab of meat. Drink cocktails. On a good day, test the bed frame with a friend with benefits. Drink more cocktails. Start over at noon the next day.

Pamela: Friend with benefits?

Maggie: A person to have sex with. I don’t do relationships.

Pamela: What about Hank Sibley from Buckle Bunny?

Maggie: Not up for discussion.

Pamela: Oh, come on. He was the love of your life, wasn’t he?

Maggie (chair scrapes back): Love is bullshit. I told you I wouldn’t talk about him. I’m outta here. (Door shuts behind her as she leaves.)

Pamela: And . . . that was Maggie, folks. Recipes are below. Imbibe at your own risk.

Maggie’s Favorite Cocktail


One bottle Koltiska Liqueur
One cocktail glass

Pour two fingers. Sip. Keep sipping. When empty, pour four fingers. Take bigger sips. Repeat until everything feels peachy. For me, that’s when I quit thinking about that SOB Hank Sibley.

Maggie’s Hangover Cure


Sleep until noon. Drink a glass of water. Make and quickly consume Maggie’s Favorite Cocktail. Have someone whip you up some egg and chorizo breakfast tacos. Go back to bed. Second Maggie’s Favorite Cocktail optional.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pamela Fagan Hutchins is a USA Today best seller. She writes award-winning romantic mysteries from deep in the heart of Nowheresville, Texas and way up in the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming. She is passionate about long hikes with her hunky husband and pack of rescue dogs and riding her gigantic horses.

If you'd like Pamela to speak to your book club, women's club, class, or writers group, by Skype or in person, shoot her an e-mail. She's very likely to say yes.

You can connect with Pamela via e-mail (pamela@pamelafaganhutchins.com).

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: KATHLEEN VALENTI




ABOUT THE BOOK


In the shadow of a past fraught with danger and tainted by loss, former pharmaceutical researcher Maggie O’Malley is rebuilding her life, trading test tubes for pill bottles as she embarks on a new career at the corner drugstore. But as she spreads her wings, things begin to go terribly wrong. A customer falls ill in the store. Followed by another. And then more. The specter of poisoning arises, conjuring old grudges, past sins, buried secrets and new suspicions from which no one is immune. As Maggie and her best friend Constantine begin to investigate, they discover that some of the deadliest doses come from the most unexpected places.


Book Details:

Title: As Directed   

Author: Kathleen Valenti   

Genre: Mystery 

Series: A Maggie O'Malley Mystery, book 3

Publisher: Henery Press (March 12, 2019)

Print length: 282 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours








LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH KATHLEEN VALENTI


Things you need in order to write:
I need caffeine and quiet. In that order. I admire those who write with a gallon of water at hand, or those who have musical play lists for each scene. Me? I prefer a steaming cup of coffee and the sound of my fingers hitting the keyboard.
Things that hamper your writing: Interruptions are the writer’s bane—at least for this writer. Once I’m pulled out of the story, it’s difficult to find my way back in. 


Favorite foods: Licorice tops the list. (Black, of course. Any other color isn’t really licorice.) That’s followed by pizza, Doritos, and ice cream. (Yeah, I’m a real health nut!)
Things that make you want to throw up: I can’t stand lima beans. I’m told there are ways to prepare them that make them absolutely delicious. Let’s just say I’m a bit skeptical.

Favorite music: Despite my rather mild-mannered exterior, I’m a die-hard Led Zeppelin fan. Give me "Dyer Maker" or "Over the Hills and Far Away," and I’m happy.
Music that makes your ears bleed: I’m not a country-western fan. It’s just not my cup of tea. Or chicory.

Something you wish you could do: I wish I could sew! I envy my friends who can whip up beautiful creations with their sewing machines.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: I wish I’d never learned to use our semi-fancy coffeemaker. Why? Because it’s now my job to make the coffee!

Things you’d walk a mile for: I’d walk, run, hike—whatever—for a friend in need.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: I’m horrified by the very idea of public speaking and actually having to do so makes me want to run screaming from the room. I control myself, but it is tempting!

Things you always put in your books: My books always include humor and witty dialogue. 

Things you never put in your books: I don’t have sexy-time scenes in my books. I can’t read or write them!

Things to say to an author: “I couldn’t put your book down!”

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: “You’re an author? What a nice hobby.”

Favorite genre: Mystery, suspense and thriller top the list. 

Books you would ban: I’m not into book-banning, but I doubt romance or science fiction will make their way to the top of my TBR pile.

Things that make you happy: I love spending time with family and friends. 

Things that drive you crazy: People who refuse to use their turn signals drive me bonkers! (Although my own father counseled me against using them!)

Most embarrassing moment: En route to a band performance, I sat in a pile of M&Ms while wearing white pants. The result was…colorful. 

Proudest moment: Having a book nominated for an Agatha and Lefty award was my proudest moment.

Best thing you’ve ever done: Having children was the best thing I’ve ever done.
Biggest Mistake: My mistake list is pretty long, but not all that interesting. One recent, amusing mistake was failing to put the flour in the banana bread I was baking. Whoopsie!

Most daring thing you’ve ever done:
I took flying lessons until I realized that I didn’t really want to become a pilot.

Something you chickened out from doing: I refused to go night shipwreck scuba diving with my husband. Yeah, I don’t regret that decision.


OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

Protocol, book 1
39 Winks, book2


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Kathleen Valenti is the author of the Maggie O’Malley Mystery Series, which includes her Agatha- and Lefty-nominated debut novel, Protocol. When Kathleen isn’t writing page-turning mysteries that combine humor and suspense, she works as a nationally award-winning advertising copywriter. She lives in Oregon with her family where she pretends to enjoy running.

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