Wednesday, October 17, 2018

FEATURED AUTHOR: CYNTHIA KUHN




ABOUT THE BOOK


English professor Lila Maclean knew drama would be involved when she agreed to consult on Stonedale University’s production of Puzzled: The Musical.

But she didn’t expect to find herself cast into such chaos: the incomprehensible play is a disaster, the crumbling theater appears to be haunted, and, before long, murder takes center stage.

The show must go on—yet as they speed toward opening night, it becomes clear that other members of the company may be targeted as well. Lila searches for answers while contending with a tenacious historical society, an eccentric playwright, an unsettling psychic, an enigmatic apparition, and a paranormal search squad. 


With all of this in play, will she be able to identify who killed her colleague...or will it soon be curtains for Lila too?


 Book Details:

Title: The Spirit in Question 

Author: Cynthia Kuhn
Genre: Cozy mystery, amateur sleuth, humorous mystery,
Series: Lila Maclean Academic Mystery, book 3
Publisher: Henery Press (October 2, 2018)
Print length: 252 pages
On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours







LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH CYNTHIA KUHN


Things you love about where you live: Blue skies, sunshine, wonderful people.
Things that make you want to move: Lack of shoreline, high altitude, crazy lightning.

Favorite foods: Salad, popcorn, red licorice.
Things that make you want to throw up: Mushrooms.

Favorite beverage: Skinny caramel latte. 

Something that gives you a pickle face: Whiskey.

Favorite smell: Vanilla .

Something that makes you hold your nose: Locker rooms
.

Something you wish you could do: Be a librarian.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: Trigonometry.

Best thing you’ve ever done: Marry my high school sweetheart and have children>

Biggest mistake: Wait so long to have children.

Things you’d walk a mile for: People I like, books.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: Bullies, yelling at sports.

Things to say to an author: “I enjoyed your book” or “I just wrote a review.”

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: “You did it wrong.”

Favorite places you’ve been: Jamaica, Toronto, San Francisco, Disney, any beach
.
Places you never want to go to again: Junior high school.

Favorite books (or genre): Academic mysteries, traditional mysteries, humorous mysteries.

Books you would ban: I would never ban a book.

Things that make you happy: Family and friends, great conversation, humor/laughter.

Things that drive you crazy: Rudeness, condescension, unnecessarily long meetings.

Things you always put in your books: Bookmarks and love. 

Things you never put in your books: Cheese slices.


OTHER BOOKS BY CYNTHIA KUHN

The Semester of Our Discontent (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #1)
The Art of Vanishing (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #2)




ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series: The Semester of Our Discontent, an Agatha Award recipient for Best First Novel; The Art of Vanishing, a Lefty Award nominee for Best Humorous Mystery; and The Spirit in Question. Her work has also appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Literary Mama, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama PhD, and other publications. She teaches in Denver and serves as president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado.

Connect with Cynthia:
Website  |  Blog  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads  |

Buy the book:
Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  IndieBound  |  Book Bub








Monday, October 15, 2018

FEATURED AUTHOR: TAMARA VEITCH & RENE DEFAZIO




ABOUT THE BOOK

When the world collapses from a Golden Age into one of chaos and strife, mankind’s salvation lies in the hands of eternal Emissaries― guardians chosen to protect the secrets of a sacred, ancient civilization and to guide humanity back to enlightenment even as its darkest hour approaches.
A timeless tale of love reborn through the ages.

Marcus and Theron are two lovers bound by an eternal and unshakable bond. As a series of catastrophic events nearly destroys their world, the two along with a chosen few become Emissaries destined, over the course of 13,000 years and through many reincarnations, to lead humanity into an era of peace and prosperity as foretold by the Elders of their race. But the forces of evil have taken possession of one man, Helghul, who relentlessly pursues Marcus and Theron through time, determined to destroy them and ruin all hope for salvation. The Emissary tracks Marcus’s epic adventure across centuries of human civilization to present day, where envoys of darkness gather threatening to bury the life-giving secrets of Atitala forever.

Good and evil come to blows and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

“For every soul there is a theme, a path that must be followed, lessons that must be learned...”
Veitch and DeFazio’s award-winning debut novel deftly blends elements of a fantasy- adventure with historical fiction to create an unforgettable, fateful tale of eternal love, undying devotion, betrayal, suffering and the hope that binds us all.


Book Details:


Title: The Emissary

Author: Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio

Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romantic Fiction


Series: The One Great Year Series, Book 1

Publisher and publish date: Waterside Press October 9, 2018

Print length: 216 pages







INTERVIEW WITH RENE DEFAZIO & TAMARA VEITCH


Q: Tell us about your series. Is this book a standalone, or do readers need to read the series in order?
A:
The One Great Year Series begins with Book 1, The Emissary, which opens on a Golden Age world where Marcus and Theron are two lovers bound by an eternal and unshakable bond. As a series of catastrophic events nearly destroys their world, the two – along with a chosen few – become Emissaries destined, over the course of 13,000 years and through many reincarnations, to lead humanity into an era of peace and prosperity as foretold by the Elders of their race. But the forces of evil have taken possession of one man, Helghul, who relentlessly pursues Marcus and Theron through time, determined to destroy them and ruin all hope for salvation. The Emissary tracks Marcus’s epic adventure across centuries of human civilization, to present day, where envoys of darkness gather threatening to bury the life-giving secrets of Atitala forever.
The Emissary  blends elements of a fantasy-adventure with historical fiction and covers three vastly different periods in history.
Readers don’t have to read our books in order because we are careful to include all the background readers need as they join the series, but as Book I, The Emissary closes, there are many more stories yet to be shared including lifetimes in ancient Greece with Plato and Socrates, Genghis Khan’s Mongolia, and World War II German occupied France. We are releasing Book II The Emerald Tablet, rapid fire in February 2019, so that readers can jump right into the series without a long wait.

Q: What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned?
A:
"I alone know that I know nothing . . . " was attributed to Socrates more than 2000 years ago. In our research, and in life, we have learned to never judge others, because we cannot know their thoughts, experiences, capabilities and limitations. It is only the weakness of the ego that judges without compassion. Life is a series of lessons and the more patient and empathetic we can be with others and ourselves, the better the world will be.

Q: Have you been in any natural disasters?
A:
Yes, and the experience has been used in our second novel! While in Lima, Peru in South America Rene was staying at a hotel and one morning while in the shower a slow rumble began to increase in volume. At first he thought it was a train traveling under the hotel. It was then he remembered the hotel was on a sheer cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Suddenly, the roar became deafening, and the toiletries began to fall off the glass shelves into the sink below them. He stepped out of the shower dripping wet, his mind in utter confusion. He opened the bathroom door and the bed was moving up and down rocking on its four legs across the room. He had never experienced an earthquake, and he panicked and ran around the apartment like Chicken Little, naked. He vaguely remembered learning that he should stand in a doorway, so he did until the earthquake subsided.  When it ended, he went to the window and the Peruvians were outside walking their dogs like nothing happen, business as usual. The concierge later said, “that was a big one!” Apparently it was a 7.6 on the Richter scale.

Q: Wow! What is the most daring thing you've done?
A:
Quitting our day jobs to write full time actually rates higher for us on the daring scale than either Rene’s world highest bungee in New Zealand, being charged by a twelve foot bull shark, one hundred feet down scuba diving six hours off the coast of Australia, or when we repelled 275 feet through waterfalls in Costa Rica. We both knew that The Emissary needed our undivided attention, and we have never looked back. So, for us, the most daring thing we have ever done was definitely the wisest decision of our lives.    


Q: What are your most cherished mementoes?
A:
Our most cherished mementoes are the albums of our travels around the world. We learn something new every time we travel. From year to year, the photos immortalize and catalogue all of our memories. We can see the changes that those experiences have brought in us and in our children. It is wonderful to reflect on moments and places that deeply affected us and to learn how small the world is and how generous and alike people truly are. Another treasured memento is the Ica stone that we were given while in Peru researching. These same stones are woven into the storyline of The Emissary, when Marcus is incarnated as Sartaña in Stone-at-Center.

Q: If you could only save one thing from your house, what would it be?
A:
Our dog! Socrates is the best writing buddy on the planet, and he takes turns encouraging each of us. Every writer should have a dog at their side over the long solitary hours. We rescued Socs a year and a half ago, and now we can’t imagine life without him.

Q: What’s one of your favorite quotes?
A:
There is a quote attributed to Albert Einstein that clearly outlines how we think: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle, The other is as though everything is.”  Even in the most difficult times we try to find lessons and gratitude and stay positive. That doesn’t mean never feeling anger, sadness or grief – those things are essentially human. For us it is a reminder to notice the wonder and beauty in the world around us.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would it be?
A:
We will always maintain a home base in the Vancouver area on the West Coast of Canada. We feel truly blessed to live in such a beautiful location, surrounded by amazing family and friends. As passionate travelers we plan to live as citizens of the world. Our goal is to long-stay in a number of places around the globe throughout the years. Our research for The Emissary took us to Peru and Bolivia, and we fell in love with the beauty and simplicity of Pisac, Peru. It is near beautiful Cusco and is only a few hours from Machu Picchu in the Sacred Valley. We can definitely see ourselves spending a few months a year there. We also love Europe and are looking forward to improving our French, Spanish and Italian. Books III and IV will also have us returning to Asia for research, so we might just find another gem location that sticks in our hearts. There is just so much to see. We truly believe that next to reading there is nothing that helps one grow like travel.

Q: What would you like people to say about you after you die?
A:
We would like to make a difference. We would like to have it said that we made the world a kinder, gentler place and that by fearlessly following our instincts and passions we were able to create novels that both entertained and inspired people. We would like to remembered for imagining beautiful possibilities and maybe even help people suffer less.

Q: How did you create the plot for this book?
A:
The original idea for The Emissary and The One Great Year Series was inspired by Graham Hancock’s book, Fingerprints of the Gods. Rene was backpacking around the world visiting ancient ruins in Egypt, England, Indonesia, and others. Hancock’s alternative view on history was a huge inspiration to him. Rene got the idea to place characters into a world based on that reality. He wrote a fifteen-page treatment in which the main character Marcus was reincarnated. Marcus had past life memory, but his soulmate Theron did not, and he pursued her throughout the ages. Many years later, Rene pitched the idea to his co-author Tamara. Tamara loved the history, romance, and fantasy and together we wrote The Emissary.

Q: Is your book based on real events?
A:
The Emissary and the entire series are based on a real theoretical phenomenon known as The Great Year Cycle. The Great Year Cycle has been documented in over 31 ancient cultures. As our series progresses and more stories unfold, real world events and familiar historical characters are introduced. It is original, historical fantasy fiction based on world history, philosophy and infinite imaginative possibilities. We like to say it’s a fiction story in a non-fiction world.

Q: One of your characters has just found out you’re about to kill him off. He/she decides to beat you to the punch. How would he kill you?
A:
Helghul, our antagonist, is the character most likely to demand brutal restitution for our plotting, but because The Emissary is a reincarnation tale, our key Adversary likes to keep his enemies alive where he can see them. Helghul knows we authors will kill him off, over and over again, so rather than murder us, and allowing us to be reborn to write his brutal death in endless more ways, he would imprison us, torture us cruelly just for amusement, and prevent us from writing him any more harm.

Q: Yikes! With what five real people would you most like to be stuck in a bookstore?
A:
We are two authors so we have two answers: For Tamara: I would love to be stuck with JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Stephen King, and my dad. I have literally studied the phrasing, dialogue, character development, and writing styles of these authors my whole life. They are my literary heroes, and I want to thank them.  My dad, Jim Veitch, is in that list because though he was a huge supporter of my writing he passed away when I was only sixteen. I would love to be able to hand him our books and say thank you!  #Gratitude  
For Rene: I would like to be stuck with Mark Twain because I could listen to his ramblings all day, Socrates because who wouldn’t want to spend time with the wisest man ever to walk the planet? Marlon Brando not only because he was well-read but also just to bask in that charisma, Albert Einstein so I could tell him the quantum world does exist, and maybe he would finally find the theory of everything. Don Rickles because after all that heavy conversation we would all need a good laugh! 

Q: What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received about your writing?
A:
The greatest compliment for us has been “this book changed my life.” It is a BIG one, and we don’t take it lightly! We have heard it many times now, and we know it’s true because the theme that is the basis for the story changed our lives, too. Most people are wondering what their purpose is, or why we are here. Through lovingly crafted fiction we contemplate and then illuminate the answer to that question. As Marcus is reincarnated over the ages, he struggles with the brutality and grief of everyday life, but he doesn’t lose hope, because he and the other Emissaries know that there is a thread of consciousness that binds us all. The Emissary reminds us that the illusion of separation between people is truly the root of all evil, and when we remember we are ever interconnected, we are changed, for the better. 

Q: What are you working on now?
A:
We are working on the audiobook for Book II, the Emerald Tablet, that will come out February 2019. We loved recording the audio for The Emissary because it allowed us to hear the story told as we had intended while writing. Rene is an experienced actor so he brought an incredible range and depth to the reading. It was rewarding to get the final audio files and hear how many character voices we had actually managed to record! 
We are also very busy writing Book III in the series, and we are excited that the story still feels so alive and interesting; we are taking it in yet another fascinating direction. In between our creative ventures, for the rest of fall and winter, we will be visiting our local bookstores and libraries to meet readers and engage with people in person. We will also spend a lot of time on social media connecting and answering questions. We have decided to do a video blog to chronicle The Emissary’s journey to becoming a bestseller, so along with our busy family life, we have our hands full!


ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Rene DeFazio was born and raised in Canada and currently resides in the Vancouver area with his wife and writing partner Tamara Veitch. Rene is an actor and producer with more than eleven film and television roles to his credit. A world traveler and lifelong adventurer, Rene has called upon his unusual and exciting experiences in co-creating The One Great Year novel series. His tireless research and first hand knowledge of exotic locations, customs, sights, and smells help to bring this epic story to life.

Tamara Veitch is a writer, mural artist, and mother of three. She grew up in Canada and attended Simon Fraser University, studying English, psychology, history and General Arts. Tamara has had a lifelong interest in spiritual wisdom and has carefully researched ancient teachings from many traditions to ensure historical accuracy throughout The One Great Year Series.

Tamara and Rene have completed Book I and II in The One Great Year Series and are currently working on Book III. To maintain a dynamic and authentic presentation of the ancient secrets at the core of their writing, they travel to exotic locations in search of esoteric knowledge and cultural insights that will inspire readers everywhere. In 2014, Veitch and DeFazio were each awarded Empowered Writers Award at the World International Peace Festival in Vancouver, Canada.

Connect with the authors:
Website  |  Blog  |  Facebook  |  Twitter 

Buy the book:
Amazon  |   Barnes & Noble  |   Indiebound


Saturday, October 13, 2018

FEATURED AUTHOR: HOLLY QUINN




ABOUT THE BOOK

For fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, the latest craft frenzy is Holly Quinn’s Handcrafted series debut. 



Sammy Kane just moved back to her hometown to run a craft store. But when the owner of a nearby yarn shop is murdered, Sammy will needle little help finding the killer.



When a heartbroken Samantha “Sammy” Kane returns to her hometown of Heartsford, Wisconsin for her best friend Kate’s funeral, she learns that Kate’s much-loved craft store is in danger of perishing with its owner. Confounding all her expectations of the life she would live, Sammy moves back home with her golden retriever and takes over Community Craft. A few doors down Main Street, fellow new arrival Ingrid Wilson has just opened the Yarn Barn, a real “purl” of a shop. But when Sammy strolls over to see if Ingrid could use a little help, she finds Ingrid’s dead body―with a green aluminum knitting needle lodged in her throat. 



Detective Liam Nash is thrown for a loop as every single citizen of Heartsford seems to have a theory about Ingrid’s murder. And nearly everyone in town seems to be a suspect. But the last time Sammy did any sleuthing was as a little moppet. And this is not fun and games. Sammy is eager to help the handsome Liam―who seems to be endlessly inventive in finding reasons to talk with her―and when Liam arrests affable woodworker Miles Danbury, Sammy puts everything on the line to help clear Miles. 



As the case comes dangerously close to unraveling, Sammy must stitch the clues together. But the killer has other plans―and if Sammy’s not careful, she may wind up in a perilous knot in A Crafter Knits a Clue, the first warm and woolly yarn of Holly Quinn’s new Handcrafted mysteries.


Book Details

Title: A Crafter Knits a Clue

Author: Holly Quinn

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Series: A Handcrafted Mystery, book 1

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (October 9, 2018)

Print length: 330 pages







INTERVIEW WITH HOLLY QUINN’S SAMMY KANE


Q: Sammy, how did you first meet Holly? 

A:
I was working in my craft shop that I’ve taken over after my best friend Kate died tragically. I was minding my own business, when she came in inquiring why I keep finding dead bodies.

Q: Why do you think that your life has ended up being in a book? 

A:
Because honestly? I think the universe knows I’m very curious and can dig into an investigation-even if it gets me into a heap of trouble. Plus, I drag my sister and my cousin into my shenanigans which leads to nothing but fun!

Q: Tell us about your favorite scene in the book. 

A:
“Come on now! That would be a DEAD giveaway,” she laughs!

Q: Did you have a hard time convincing Holly to write any particular scenes for you?

A:
It’s not as easy as it looks setting up a new series. Keeping pace and unfolding characters that will weave throughout the series amid an early murder makes it a challenge. There are definite bumps in the road. The pace definitely picks up as the story unfolds.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not being read somewhere? 

A
: Take my dog Bara for a long walk on a trail. Actually, I spend way too much time at the Sweet Tooth Bakery next-door gorging on Marilyn’s tantalizing treats. Or across the street drinking coffee at Liquid Joy. The owner Douglas pretty much has a permanent seat for me by the window.

Q: If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be? 

A:
I would make people understand my passion for finding the truth. I will go to great lengths to uncover it. I hope people don’t find fault with this and see me as annoying because I can be a pretty straight shooter too.

Q: Tell the truth. What do you think of your fellow characters? 

A:
I love them, how could I not? We all have our foibles . . . My sister might be a little neurotic and my cousin is a gorgeous free-spirit, but the three of us SHE’s (and I do mean that literally) stick together. Our initials spell out S.H.E. S-Sammy, H-Heidi, and E-Ellie. I tease them sometimes about the SHE detective agency of our youth- they’re under the impression, I haven’t stopped playing . . .  ha-ha!

Q: Do have any secret aspirations that Holly doesn’t know about? 

A:
No, they unfold as she follows me around like a puppy-Ha!

Q: If you had a free day, what would you do?

A:
Go on a romantic date with Detective Liam Nash.
 


Q: What impression do you make on people when they first meet you? 

A:
Sometimes I can come off a little impulsive or high-spirited. I hope people know my heart is in the right place. I just want justice, you know? Especially for those I love and the town I love-Heartsford. People who know me, trust that I always have the best intentions even though I might not totally think before I speak.



Q: What's the worst thing that's happened in your life? 

A:
I lost my best friend Kate. I’ve taken over her store, but still working on living up to her legacy. She was so loved and cherished in this town. She created a sense of community kindness that I’m still aspiring to. I’m learning to love like she did. I’m learning to open my heart and love people without judgment and help when they need it. That was Kate. And I miss her.
 


Q: Do you have a BFF besides Kate?
A:
I also have a furry best friend, his name is Bara, and I couldn’t live without my golden retriever! 



Q: What are you most afraid of?

A:
Getting too close to people and then losing them.

Q: What’s the best trait your author has given you? 

A:
I have a heart for the truth and justice, and I’ll dig until I find it.

What’s the worst? 

I don’t think before I speak, sometimes people find that unlikable.



Q: What do you like best about your fellow character, Heidi?

A
: She’s beautiful inside and out. She has a huge nurturing heart which is why she’s a nurse at the local hospital. I hate when she wears her scrubs around town in public places after her shift. Doesn’t she realize she’s full of germs? Ick!

Q: What’s Holly’s worst habit? 

A
: She doesn’t live in the present moment. The only time she lives in the present moment is when she’s writing about me.


Q: What aspect of Holly’s writing style do you like best? 

A:
The fact that she doesn’t hide my voice. She tells exactly what’s in my head-even if sometimes it may come off inappropriate.

Q: If your story were a movie, who would play you?

A:
One of the actresses from Hallmark-definitely! Erin Krakow, Lacey Chabert (although they might be a little too sweet to play me). Maybe more Candace Cameron Bure, as she’s a little more confident and assertive on screen (but she’d have to dye her hair–I’m brunette with red highlights).

Q: Describe the town where you live. 

A:
Heartsford, Wisconsin is a fictitious town based off a real town–Hartford–along with characteristics taken from other Main Streets in small midwest towns. Heartsford is a pretty special place. Kate used to say, “Where the small-minded gossips might be big, but the people’s hearts are BIGGER in our little ole town of Heartsford.” Ha-ha! Marilyn owns the Sweet Tooth bakery, Douglas owns Liquid Joy, and we three S.H.E.’s hang out at the Corner Grill–a little more than we should. There is a river walk that snakes through the town and a local flower committee that keeps the grounds filled with seasonal beauty. It’s a great town, really. You should put it on your list of places to visit!

Q: What makes you stand out from any other characters in your genre? 

A:
Most likely that it’s not just me really . . . it’s us three SHE’s . . .

Q: Will you encourage Holly to write a sequel? 


A:
She’s already working on the 3rd . . . so YES, the sequel is coming, and a sneak peek behind the pages . . . the reader will learn what happened to Kate.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Holly Quinn is both an avid reader and crafter. Holly sells her artistic creations locally and dreamed of one day opening a gift shop to sell local artist's handiwork. Instead, she began writing about it and thus her journey of the Handcrafted Mystery series was born.

Connect with Holly:
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Buy the book:
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

FEATURED AUTHOR: PATRICIA HALE



ABOUT THE BOOK

When Ashley Lambert, a top student athlete, jumps eighteen stories to her death it's a clear-cut suicide, but why pushes her parents to hire the PI team of Griff Cole and Britt Callahan. When the investigation veers toward performance enhancing drugs and blackmail, coaches, students, even her parents come into question. But Britt’s getting sidetracked by their new neighbor. Rhea McKenzie has bruises on her arms and is mourning the disappearance of her one-year-old son. Griff tells Britt to stay out of the neighbors' business and focus on their case. But Britt is sure there's more than one case at hand. And when she sees Rhea in the shadows at the local day care, she’s knows her neighbor has a secret. An off-hand comment links the two cases, a so begins a chain of events that will destroy Ashley’s family and suck Britt into a life-threatening alliance. 





Book Details

Title: Scar Tissue

Author: Patricia Hale

Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Intrigue Publishing (September 1, 2018)

Print length: 194 pages


On tour with: Partners in Crime Book Tours










INTERVIEW WITH PATRICIA HALE


Q: Patricia, what’s the story behind the title of your book?
A:
The title, Scar Tissue, comes from Stephen King’s, Mr. Mercedes. In the book, he says, “That’s all history is, scar tissue.” All of my characters are damaged from the experiences they’ve had in their pasts. These “scars” they carry are at the root of their destructive behavior and lay the groundwork for the plot and outcome of the story. It seemed a fitting title.

Q: Tell us about your series. Is this book a standalone, or do readers need to read the series in order?
A:
All of the books in the Cole & Callahan series can be read as standalones. They contain the same characters, but each book is a different case. In the first book, The Church of the Holy Child, Cole and Callahan face a serial killer whose focus is the local women’s shelter and a priest who is hearing the killer’s confession, but must choose between his vows and women’s lives. In Durable Goods, Britt goes undercover inside a religious refuge to look for a missing teen. But things aren’t what they seemed and when she loses contact with Griff and is trafficked over the Canadian border, it’s up to her to find the girl and get out.

Q: Where’s home for you?
A:
I live in Standish, Maine, though I grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts. 



Q: If you had an extra $100 a week to spend on yourself, what would you buy?
A:
I’d go to a Bikram yoga class. I do yoga DVDs at home every morning, but it would be fun to go to a Bikram class. Especially on a cold winter day.


Q: What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned?
A:
Don’t take critiques/reviews personally. They are not about you as a person. They are about your work. Use them as learning tools.

Q: What do you love about where you live?
A:
Being close to my children and grandchildren is the best part about where I live. I also have walking trails nearby to hike with my dogs and a lake within a mile for swimming and kayaking. I love New England’s changing seasons although I wouldn’t mind shorter winters. 



Q: Have you been in any natural disasters?
A:
We had a mini-burst go through our yard once. It’s a small tornado. It began with driving rain that came against the house sideways because the wind was so strong. I could hear the trees outside beginning to crack. It was extremely frightening because I couldn’t see outside at all due to the rain, so I had no way of knowing in what direction the trees were going to fall. I only heard the cracking and then a thunderous sound when they hit the ground. Three, huge pine trees came down in our yard. One across the car, one five feet from our front door and one across the front yard. The whole thing only lasted about 2-3 minutes, but it was very scary.

Q: Sounds like it! What’s one thing that you wish you knew as a teenager that you know now?
A:
I wish I had taken school more seriously, but I was more interested in the social scene than academics. I wish I’d understood the importance of an education and a career.

Q: What choices in life would you like to have a redo on?
A:
I would have finished college the first time around. I did go back and finish in my forties (MFA degree), but I wish I’d done the full four years right after high school. I would have completed my degree in zoology/wildlife management and been a researcher and writer on a specific species of animal.


Q: What makes you nervous?
A:
Doing promotional stuff for my books. I love sitting quietly and writing, but when it comes to public speaking or book signings or conference panels, I get very nervous. I’m an introvert.

Q: What makes you happy?
A:
Doing what I love, writing, being in the woods with my dogs and time with family.

Q: What makes you scared?
A:
Bears. I do a lot of trail hiking/walking alone with my dogs. I have bells on the dogs and I carry a taser. I’ve only run into a bear once and that was during an early morning (5 a.m.) walk in my neighborhood. The dogs started barking, and he left the trash behind and ran into the woods.  



Q: Yikes! What are your most cherished mementoes?
A:
I have three items that I cherish most. Each was handmade by one of my children. One is a clay bust that my daughter made in high school. One is a clay replica of my son’s hand and one is a cardboard house made by my other son in elementary school that says, “Pat Hayes Publishing” (my maiden name). These all have prominent places in my office.

Q: Would you rather be a lonely genius, or a sociable idiot?

A
: As an introvert, I’d be a lonely genius.

Q: What’s one of your favorite quotes?
A:
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” -Anton Chekov

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would it be?
A:
I’m pretty content in Maine. It has mountains, ocean, lakes, four seasons, and family. I’d love to travel the world, but Maine is home.

Q: What would you like people to say about you after you die?
A:
I would like to be remembered as kind, thoughtful and patient. Qualities I strive for, don’t always achieve, but try.

Q: What’s your favorite line from a book?

A:
I don’t know about a line. There are far too many to choose just one, but my favorite chapter from a book is the chapter on the Christmas pageant from the book, A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving. I’ve never laughed so hard while reading a book.  

Q: Are any of your characters inspired by real people?
A:
Not a complete character, but I’ve used quirks from people I know. A dear friend I used to work with smoked Honey Berry cigars and always (unsuccessfully) tried to hide it from her husband. I liked the idea and gave the same vice to Britt.

Q: Are you like any of your characters? 
A:
I suppose I have some of Britt’s characteristics. I’m impulsive like Britt and tend to act before I think things through. I’m impatient, not so much with others, but with myself. I need to do things fast.

Q: Who are your favorite authors?
A
: Stephen King, because of his writing style. I’m not a big sci-fi fan, but I read his other work. He speaks directly to the reader, straightforward, never pretentious. His writing flows so easily, I don’t even feel like I’m reading. Also Greg Iles, rich characters. Lionel Shriver, great intensity, great writing.



Q: What book are you currently reading and in what format?
A:
Velocity by Dean Koontz in paperback. I’m also reading MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror.  on my Kindle. My husband keeps laughing at me, but I’m obsessed with shark movies and want to read it before I see the movie The Meg.  Jaws is still one of my favorite movies.

Q: What’s one pet peeve you have when you read?
A:
When a writer isn’t credible. With the internet, research is quick and easy. I also stop reading a book if it’s too unbelievable. I don’t mean, sci-fi or fantasy, that’s the genre, but fiction that has a character acting in a way that isn’t believable in order to forward the plot.

Q: Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
A:
I have to write first thing in the morning. I go right to my computer when I wake up, stopping to brew coffee, of course. I work until early afternoon, by then my brain is slowing down. In good weather I like to sit outside, but most of the time I’m in my office at my desk. 

Q: What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received about your writing?

A:
A woman once told me that she’d borrowed my book from the library. She liked it so much that she went to the store and bought all three because she wanted to own them.  

Q: That is quite a compliment. What’s the worst thing someone has said about your writing? 

A:
I submitted a manuscript to an agent about fifteen years ago. She said the plot/story was excellent, but my writing wasn’t good enough. At the time, it hurt, and I stuck the manuscript in a box under my desk. But it’s always been in the back of my mind because I liked the story and the characters.   


Q: What are you working on now?
A:
I’ve decided it’s time to pull out the manuscript I took out of the box beneath my desk. I have much more experience now so I’m going to do a re-write and bring it back to life. Hopefully, I’ll have better luck this time around.

It’s the story of a tragic accident involving two families. The effects on their friendship, marriages and children are brought to light as they await the impending trial and cover up truths that promise irreparable damage.
 


OTHER BOOKS BY PATRICIA HALE

The Church of the Holy Child (Book #1 Cole & Callahan Series)
Durable Goods (Book #2 Cole & Callahan Series)
In the Shadow of Revenge (2013)





ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Patricia Hale lives in Standish, Maine with her husband. She is a graduate of the MFA program at Goddard College, a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and the NH Writers Project. When the computer is off, you can find Patricia on the sideline of her grandsons’ sporting events or hiking the trails near her home with her German shepherd and one very bossy Beagle.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

FEATURED CHARACTER: LAURA CHILD'S CARMELA BERTRAND




ABOUT THE BOOK

An exploding Mardi Gras float has got to be the strangest murder weapon scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand has ever encountered in this latest Scrapbooking Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author.

It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend Ava. Carmela’s ex-husband Shamus rides by the duo on his float at the head of the parade, when suddenly the revelry turns to disaster. Shamus’ float crashes and explodes, and although Shamus escapes unhurt, a member of his krewe is killed.

Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the krewe-member’s death, but as they dig deeper it starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder . . . and Shamus seems less like a victim and more like a suspect.





Book Details

Title: Glitter Bomb

Author: Laura Childs
 and Terrie Farley Moran
Genre: Cozy mystery

Series: A Scrapbooking Mystery, book 15

Publisher: Berkley (October 2, 2018)

Print length: 320 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours









CHARACTER GUEST POST WITH LAURA CHILD’S CARMELA BERTRAND


Hi Everyone. My name is Carmela Bertrand. I am the proud owner of the Memory Mine Scrapbooking shop on Governor Nicholls Street in the heart of French Quarter of New Orleans. My BFF Ava Gruiex owns the Juju Voodoo shop a few blocks away. We may be busy entrepreneurs but we still manage to have an exciting social life because New Orleans is always crackling with the vitality of a town filled with social events small and large, all contributing to keeping us a tightly woven community.

Naturally Mardi Gras is our most majestic celebration, a continuous party with entertainment, friends, beads and the most amazing food.

As annoying as my ex-husband, Shamus Meecham, can be, he does know how to party. Shamus told me that his krewe had built the most spectacular float for the Pluvius Parade. Ava and I were not going to miss a chance to see that so we found a primo spot to view all the excitement. We were dancing around, catching beads in mid-air, cheering our heads off, and raising our geaux cups to all the costumed marchers as they went by.

Right behind a marching band, the golden float rolled down the block. I said to Ave, “This is it. The float Shamus bragged about. I can’t wait to see it up close.”

 I loved the gold glitter swirling all around the float and the energy of the krewe members throwing gold beads into the crowd of onlookers was contagious.  Everyone was having the time of their lives until BOOM! The float exploded right in front of our eyes! Krewe members were thrown up in the air and landed smack on the ground. A ton of gold glitter erupted from the float. In a couple of seconds glitter was covering everything and everybody. I shook my head, wondering if I would ever get the tiny flakes out of my hair. After the total shock wore off, all the krewe members began to stand unsteadily and dust themselves off. All but one. I saw Shamus lean over a body that was perfectly still and begin brushing away the pounds of glitter on the man’s face. The man never moved.

Wailing sirens were rapidly approaching and that could only mean one thing. My fiancé, handsome and debonair Detective Edgar Babcock, was about to find me at yet another very public death. That was the last thing I needed. But there I was when he pulled up. Within a few minutes he discovered that Shamus was there as well. Let’s just say, Babcock gets agitated anytime Shamus is around. And he is mega annoyed at my being anywhere near one of his murder cases. So this was a double whammy.

Of course I had to promise Babcock that I would go home and stay away from “snooping” as he called it.

But once it was confirmed that there was a bomb on the float and then people started to look at Shamus as a definite suspect, well, on behalf of Boo and Poobah, the loveable dogs that Shamus and I still share, what else could I do but “snoop”?

I hope you will come and hang out with me, Ava and, of course Babcock, in Glitter Bomb.




ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:
The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Connect with Laura:
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Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead, followed by Caught Read-Handed, and Read to Death, released in July of this year.  The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

FEATURED AUTHOR & EDITOR: JEFF LAFERNEY




Looking for a good book? Looking for a good editor? Today's post tells you about both with a reblog of one of Jeff's posts from his blog, The Red Pen and a description of Jeff's five books.


ABOUT THE BLOG


The Red Pen was meant to help writers use mechanics better. After teaching English for 30 years, perhaps Jeff is “knowledgeable” enough to be taken seriously. However, the blog has taken on a personality of its own and often there's no need to take this forum too seriously. Laugh at times, but remember, Jeff also wants to pass along tidbits of knowledge. Writing is fun work; reading, on the other hand, can be fun learning. Read at your own peril, but if you learn a thing or two, enjoy the experience.




GUEST BLOG BY JEFF LAFERNEY



The So-manieth Time I Used That Word


There are almost 989,000 words in Webster’s dictionary. My current novel is approximately 72,000 words long. If I used every word in the language equally, I could write almost fourteen similarly lengthed books before I had to repeat a word. Yet in my current work, I used the word just 300 times. I used the word just more than I used the word said (only 271 times). I used the word pulled almost 100 times. (I didn’t use the word lengthed ever because Word says it’s not a word, yet I’ve used it twice already in this blog because I’m a crazy word-nut). I was just thinking that if I just used the word just just a few fewer times, my plot would stay just the same but my writing would be just that little bit better—that little bit that might just win me over a few more readers. Seriously. And why does my character have to pull a gun or a knife out and pull out his wallet and pull his motorcycle off the highway and pull into the driveway and pull an arrow from a quiver and pull a picture from his pocket and pull on a rope and pull a weapon back for a second swing and pull on a chain and pull the Staff of Moses from a rock? There are other words than just and pull. Webster has a stockpile of almost a million words from which to choose. Word has a handy-dandy thesaurus. (Handy-dandy isn’t in it, but it should be). There is a “Find” feature on Word also, which can be used to remind us that we’re using a word too much. And there is also such a thing as a pronoun to use as a replacement word. I used the word stop 58 times. I should stop using it so much. I should try a synonym.

I used is 318 times—and I wrote the book in the past tense. Plus, there’s no action in is. I used was 974 times. One out of every 74 words was was. There is no action in was either, yet my novel is an action/adventure. It’s full of action!! Just think how much more action there could have been if I would have stopped for a minute and pulled out my repertoire of action verbs. Numerous times I used the same word more than once in the same sentence. “He just pulled to a stop and pulled out his cell-phone just as the ring tone stopped.” (That icky sentence wasn’t in my current work in progress—I should never be taken too seriously). How about saying this? “He skidded into a parking space and yanked his cell phone from his pocket as the ring tone concluded.” Or how about…“He eased his motorcycle to a rest along the side of the road but was unable to slip out his cell phone before its tone terminated”?  Or how about…“The vehicle crashed and rolled down the expressway, air bags deploying, window glass shattering, seat and steering wheel pinning his body as his cell phone’s blaring ring tone ceased its musical notification”?

And let me ask this. Why do we as writers feel that when we finally get that rough draft done that our book needs to be published before the next full moon? Shouldn’t we take more pride in our work? Shouldn’t we let people read it who aren’t afraid to offend us or tell us the truth or give us suggestions? Shouldn’t we be willing to go through it all and make plot adjustments, add better clues, make a better ending, word our sentences better, and stop with all the repetition…and stop with all the repetition? I have a “beta reader” who’s a brave lady. She tells me when I need improvement. For the word pulled she wrote—and I quote—“You have a love affair with this word.” For just, she simply put “delete” over and over and over. She typed, “You’re overusing the word some….I should start counting.” I counted them—all 118 of them. One time she noted, “This is the so-manieth time you’ve used this word.” So-manieth isn’t in Webster’s either, but she made her point. (Zombie-like isn’t in the dictionary either, but I fear I’m creating little zombie-like readers if I don’t rush to make a useful point soon).

Anyway, so now that I’m done with a productive round of content editing, I’m sending the manuscript to seven or eight readers with these instructions. “If you have questions, ask them. If you think a thought, write a comment. If you have a suggestion, tell it to me. If you find a mistake, note it. And if you feel the need to compliment me, that’s okay too.” In the meantime, I keep reading it. There’s always room for improvement. I want my book out as badly as the next person, but I want it to be something I’m proud of, not simply something I finished before moving on to the next project. Please read this closely, my fellow writers: The next step after finishing the rough draft is NOT choosing a cover. You see, choosing a great cover will motivate people to pick up the book and give it a try, but what’s inside the covers will motivate people to share, recommend, gift, and talk about your book—and read your next one.


Don’t 
just write your book and publish it. Take some time to repair it and improve it. Pull out your red pen to do the work of a serious writer. Stop being in such a hurry. You might begin to feel somewhat zombie-like during the revision process, making changes for the so-manieth time, but by using the handy-dandy tools and people at your disposal, you (or I) might actually produce a work of art in which we can be proud.




*Reblogged with permission from Jeff LaFerney from the blog The Red Pen


BOOKS BY JEFF LAFERNEY


Loving The Rain, Clay & Thomas #1

Clay Thomas has mind-control powers—powers he has learned are best to be kept secret and unused—except the secrets are harming the family relationships he values most. Then Jack Harding, a cold-hearted criminal and rival from Clay’s past, enters the picture. Because their sons are on the same basketball team, their paths intersect once again, and Jack is determined to exact revenge for past humiliations he blames on Clay. There are seemingly no ends to his diabolical plans: manipulation, humiliation, kidnapping, and even murder. When Clay realizes that his athletic son, Tanner, has the same parapsychological abilities, he pursues answers, and the father and son team sets out together to undo consequences from Clay’s past and to put an end to Harding’s plans. As his enemy closes in and Clay and Tanner’s powers seem to grow, Clay is forced to choose between protecting his secrets and protecting those he loves most.

Skeleton Key, Clay & Thomas #2 

Clay Thomas and his son, Tanner, have mind powers. Tanner is a happy-go-lucky college athlete. Clay is struggling to find purpose and meaning in his life until he meets Erika Payne. When he learns that Erika's husband, Adrian, disappeared seven years before in a tragic train crash and that her son has struggled with personal problems ever since, he decides to use his abilities to help her. With the aid of his son, the small-town police chief, and the despicable ghost of Adrian Payne, Clay seeks to find answers that will bring closure and peace to Adrian's family. When Clay discovers the ghost's buried body, foul play is confirmed, but once the investigation begins, more questions arise than answers. Parapsychology, the supernatural, science, and human elements seem to clash as key characters become suspects, yet the ghost himself and the medical examiner don't seem to agree that there was a murder. While Adrian's horrible secrets are uncovered, so are the secrets of several suspects, all of whom believe in their own guilt. Lives are turned upside down as the father and son team expose the truth. 

Bullet Proof, Clay & Thomas #3 

Father and son team, Clay and Tanner Thomas, have already used their parapsychological abilities to solve crimes, but never before to keep themselves out of trouble. After a devastating injury to his father, Clay Thomas is abandoned by two people closest to him while being pursued by the local police chief for crimes he didn't commit. While they investigate to discover the actual culprit perpetrating a series of local robberies, the spirited ghost of Bosley Pemberton appears, seeking their help to solve his eleven-year-old murder. With unexpected assistance from a rank-smelling midget, a bad-tempered giant, a gossipy curator, and a rule-bending coroner, Clay and Tanner incorporate their unique mind-control abilities to dig up dirt on Bosley as well as the numerous suspects who had motive and opportunity to put him to death. The plot unwinds, exposing the mystery about the real thief and putting an unexpected spin on broken relationships that need mending. 
After spending three years in jail and others completely alone, twenty-four-year-old Cole Flint discovers an amazing ability—he can time-travel and teleport. He’s a jumper. So what should the motorcycle-riding, cage-fighting tough guy do? He should protect an innocent eighteen-year-old girl who happens to be in possession of the Staff of Moses. Following the direction of a trio of angels who are determined to shake things up in the Middle East, Cole pairs up with Hannah Carpenter and her pet grizzly while he also tries to change his past and learn the mystery of his birth. Curiously, the King of Jordan knows all about Hannah, and he’s determined to gain possession of the staff. He’ll do anything to possess its power, but is it possible that he’s no more than a pawn, manipulated in time along with Cole and Hannah? Jumper is a mysterious roller coaster of action and a time-traveling adventure that will keep readers guessing right to the very last page. 
In 1939, a sole Jewish smuggler immigrates to America to preserve a heritage Hitler hoped to erase. In 1944, two spies enter the United States on a mission to track down one man and a treasure of missing Spanish gold. In 2014, the immigrant’s son, his mind deteriorating from dementia, disappears, but not before he leaves his grandson clues, thrusting him into a mystery seventy-five years in the making. Blake Nolan and his girlfriend set out to unravel clues that could not only set secrets from history right again but also lead to two priceless treasures. With his grandfather’s life in the balance and suspects hot on Blake’s trail, will what was lost be found in time? 
 




ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jeff LaFerney was a full-time language arts teacher in Davison, Michigan, for 30 years. After coaching basketball for most of his career, he decided to write books instead and took on his new hobby. Now he spends his free time reading, writing, and editing books. He and his beautiful wife have two young adult children. His Clay and Tanner Thomas series focuses on a father and son team who use parapsychological abilities to solve mysteries. Jumper is a time-travel science fiction adventure. His latest, Lost and Found, is a unique mystery/treasure hunt with ties to World War II history. He has a blog called The Red Pen where he usually infuses humor to share about himself or to give inspiration or writing tips. 



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Friday, October 5, 2018

FEATURED CHARACTER: MOLLIE COX BRYAN'S CORA CHEVALIER




ABOUT THE BOOK


All of Cora Chevalier’s dreams are coming true. Since moving to Indigo Gap, North Carolina, the busy crafting maven has been blessed with a great boyfriend, a lovely home, and a booming craft retreat business. But on the eve of her first Crafty Mom’s Escape Weekend, tragedy strikes again in Indigo Gap. This time, it’s curtains for Stan Herald, the disagreeable director of the local theater group, who’s murdered on the opening night of their new production. Worse, Cora’s friend Zee is accused of the crime.
 


Cora is determined to prove her friend’s innocence, but Zee’s mysterious past is making that difficult. And with a list of suspects longer than a double spool of satin cording, getting a bead on the real culprit won’t be easy. With her friends Jane and Ruby at her side, Cora must string together the clues and solve Stan’s murder before the killer gives an encore performance.

Includes crafting tips!


Book Details:


Title: Assault and Beadery

Author’s name: Mollie Cox Bryan

Genre: Cozy Mystery


Series: Cora Crafts Mysteries, book 4

Publisher: Kensington, (September 25, 2018)


Print length: 320 pages

On tour with:  Great Escapes Book Tours





INTERVIEW WITH MOLLIE COX BRYAN’S CORA CHEVALIER


Q: How did you first meet Mollie? 

A:
She was working on a scrapbooking mystery series, and I wanted to be included. She thought about it, but my voice was so strong she thought my own book would be better—and that idea grew into a series.

Q: Why do you think that your life has ended up being in a book?
A: 
I guess there aren’t too many women’s shelter counselors who end up opening a craft retreat. I think that’s the unique thing about me.

Q: Tell us about your favorite scene in the book.
A: 
Looking back, my favorite scene is when the crafters at the retreat have had too much to drink by mistake. It’s funny now, but then I wasn’t too thrilled.

Q: Did you have a hard time convincing Mollie to write any particular scenes for you?

A: No. She’s in charge, much to my dismay.

Q: What do you like to do when you are not being read somewhere? 

A: There’s so much to do in between craft retreats and planning and preparing for them. Plus I have a popular blog that I keep up with, along with a number of my own craft projects.  I love spending time with my cat Luna and my boyfriend Adrian.

Q: Do have any secret aspirations that Mollie doesn’t know about?
A: 
I’d love to be able to sing. But I can’t carry a tune in a bucket.

Q: What impression do you make on people when they first meet you?
A: I think people often mistake my niceness for being a pushover. But I always pick and choose my battles. I’m stronger than most people know and, to tell you the truth, I found that I’m stronger than I’ve even realized. Okay, yes, so I’ve passed out a few times when I’ve run into dead bodies. But who wouldn’t?




Q: Tell us about your best friend. 

A: Jane was my best friend growing up in Pittsburgh—somehow we lost track of one another after college. I was a counselor in a women’s center, and she was a single mother needing help—she walked in the door one day, and we’ve not lost track of each other since. Now, she’s my business  partner. She’s an award-winning potter and a wonderful mother to London. 



Q: What are you most afraid of? 

A: I’m most afraid of dying without making a difference in this world. Okay, some people think I already have. But I want to continue helping people as much as I can. Crafting helps people in so many ways. I know that may seem strange to people. I mean, it’s not saving the world, but it is making a small difference to some—one craft, one woman at a time. 




Q: How do you feel about your life right now?
A: I’ve realized a dream by opening the craft retreat. I’d like to be able to pay back my investors soon. I’m also very happy in my relationship with Adrian right now. I’ve not had a boyfriend in a long time—a side effect of working in a women’s shelter. So, I’m please with everything right now. I just hope I don’t have to deal with anymore murders!

Q: Tell us about the town where you live.
A: 
I live in Indigo Gap, North Carolina.  Many of the streets are named after blue variations. Azure. Cobalt.  Many of the businesses also use blue in their names. Blue Dawg Diner. Blue Lily Cafe. The Blue Note Bed and Breakfast. We are proud of our history, but sometimes the blue is a bit too much for some of us.

Q: Reminds me of A Blue Million Books! What makes you stand out from any other characters in your genre? 

A: I’ve seen a lot working as a counselor, and it’s affected me greatly. So I look at life and relationships with a bit of suspicion. I like to think it’s made me more sensitive to the plight of abuse victims of both genders. I can usually spot them a mile away. I stand for victims everywhere, always fighting for the underdog.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mollie Cox Bryan writes cozy mysteries with edge and romances with slow, sweet burn. The first book in her Cora Crafts Mystery series, Death Among the Doilies, was a "Fresh Fiction Not to Miss” selection and was a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. The second book, No Charm Intended, was named a “Summer 2017 Top 10 Beach Read” by Woman's World. She also wrote the Agatha-award nominated Cumberland Creek Mysteries. She makes her home at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, where she works as an executive and marketing assistant and writes in the early morning hours.


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