Tuesday, January 22, 2019

FEATURED CHARACTER: PATY JAGER'S GABRIEL HAWKE




ABOUT THE BOOK


The ancient Indian art of tracking is his greatest strength…

And also his biggest weakness.

Fish and Wildlife State Trooper Gabriel Hawke believes he’s chasing poachers.

However, he comes upon a wildlife biologist standing over a body that is wearing a wolf tracking collar.

He uses master tracker skills taught to him by his Nez Perce grandfather to follow clues on the mountain. Paper trails and the whisper of rumors in the rural community where he works, draws Hawke to a conclusion that he finds bitter.

Arresting his brother-in-law ended his marriage, could solving this murder ruin a friendship?



Book Details

Title: Murder of Ravens

Author: Paty Jager

Genre: Mystery

Series: Gabriel Hawke book 1

Publisher: Windtree Press (January 20, 2019)

Print length: 302 pages

On toru with: Great Escapes Book Tours








CHARACTER POST BY PATY JAGER'S GABRIEL HAWKE


I don’t even like to write up my police reports, so writing up this blog post is going to be a stretch for me. My name is Hawke. Fish and Wildlife State Trooper Gabriel Hawke to be exact. But I prefer to be called Hawke.

I’m proud of my Nez Perce and Cayuse heritage, but just as proud to have lived through my years on the reservation and now help conserve the land and animals of an area that was once my ancestors’ summer and winter homes.

I was married once. I was young and naïve to believe a woman could understand there are times my job comes before anything else. I’m sure there are few officers who have to arrest their brother-in-laws, but when he was caught with drugs, it was my duty to arrest him. The next day my wife was gone and a week later I received divorce papers. That taught me my job means more to me than a woman.

My job in Wallowa County is always interesting. Being a Fish and Wildlife State Trooper in this county means I not only do my Fish and Wildlife duties, checking hunting and fishing tags and violations, I also work as a State Trooper, giving traffic violations, drug busts, marital disputes, breaking up fights, you name it, anything a law enforcement officer does, we do along with the game side of things. And we do all of this in 5200 square miles. Mostly unpaved roads.

Because I’m single, I get to spend the most time up in the Wallowa Whitman Wilderness. Just me, my horse, Jack, my mule, Horse, and my dog, Dog. You’ll discover, I’m not much for names. I also have a young horse named Boy.

I live in a two room apartment over an indoor riding arena. I rent the room and a paddock for my horses from a couple in their sixties. The Trembleys are good people. Darlene gives riding lessons and stables horses while Herb takes care of their hundred acre farm.  The only problem with renting from them is they believe it is their duty to know everything about me and what I’m doing. But they are a great source for rumors in the county, which helps me when I’m solving crimes.

That’s the basics of who I am and where I come from. If you want to learn more, you’ll have to read about the situations my author puts me in to see how I respond. The first book releasing this month is Murder of Ravens. In this book, I discover a man in the mountains who has been strangled with a wolf tracking collar. Book 2, Mouse Trail Ends, releasing February 20th, I have to track a young girl who is running from the man who killed her parents. Book 3, Rattlesnake Brother, releasing March 20th, I believe the District Attorney has murdered a man.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Paty Jager
is an award-winning author of 35 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her Shandra Higheagle mystery series has been a runner-up in the RONE Award Mystery category, and a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: SHELLY FROME




ABOUT THE BOOK 



At the outset, Miranda Davis has nothing much going for her. The tourists are long gone by October in the quaint Carolina town of Black Mountain, her realty business is at a standstill, and her weekend stint managing the local tavern offers little to pull her out of the doldrums. When prominent church lady Cloris Raintree offers a stipend to look into the whereabouts of a missing girl hiker on the Q.T, Miranda, along with her partner Harry (an unemployed features writer) agree.

But then it all backfires. A burly figure shambles down a mountain slope with a semi-conscious girl draped over his shoulder. Miranda’s attempts to uncover Cloris Raintree’s true motives become near impossible as she puts up one smokescreen after another, including a slip of the tongue regarding an incident in Havana. The local police keep stonewalling and Harry is of little help.

Tarot cards left on Cloris’ doorstep and arcane prompts on her e-mail only exacerbate the situation. Growing more desperate over the captive girl’s fate, Miranda comes across a link to a cold case of arson and murder. With the advent of the dark of the moon, she is summoned to “Tower Time” as this twisty tale continues to run its course.


Book Details:


Title: The Secluded Village Murders

Author: Shelly Frome

Genre: Cozy mystery

Publisher: Boutique of Quality Books (September 1, 2018)

Print length: 332 pages











INTERVIEW WITH SHELLY FROME


Shelly, what’s the story behind the title of your book?
The pixilated antagonist of this story is fixated on the moon as he sets out to play games with his unsuspecting victim until the time is right according to the Zodiac when “the sins of the past finally come due.”

Where’s home for you?
My adopted home is Black Mountain, North Carolina even though I spent over 35 years as a professor of dramatic arts at the University of Connecticut and grew up in Miami, Florida. 



What do you love about where you live?
Being nestled in the Blue Ridge among colorful, encouraging people far from the mad constant competitive ambiance of New York, in a small town where no one judges you gives you a wondrous sense of refuge and rejuvenation.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned?

I’ve discovered that everything is relative and anyone trying to place a frame around any aspect of life in one way or another is missing out on wonders and possibilities.

What is the most daring thing you've done?

Taking off for New York in the hopes of becoming an actor with absolutely no idea where I was going to stay, how I was going to going to go about it or what I’d find in the late fifties.

What is the stupidest thing you've ever done?
Bought used cars that looked cool that soon felt apart on me.

What’s one thing that you wish you knew as a teenager that you know now?
The realities of getting involved with the opposite sex and what it takes to create a home and a family.

What’s one thing you wish your younger writer self knew?
The vast difference between writing a viable play and writing a novel in terms of a reader’s expectations and experiences.

What makes you bored?
Routines, small talk and anything that’s safe and predictable. 

What choices in life would you like to have a redo on?

Putting up with relatives and so-called elders who sensed my vulnerability and took advantage of my fear of authority figures.

What do you love about writing?
The element of surprise lurking around the corner. In a sense, discovering things you didn’t know that you knew all along.

What’s the hardest thing about being a writer?

The huge gap between your experience creating and polishing your work and the plethora of responses from readers stating things you had no idea were lurking behind the cover.

What’s the easiest thing about being a writer?

Taking your time, going with your own schedule, following the energy wherever it takes you.


What’s something you never want to run out of?
A compelling creative project.

Words that describe you:
Antic, dreamy, an incurable storyteller, caught somewhere between being and intra and extra-vert.

What’s something you wish you could do?
Take off and cruise the tropics and intriguing parts of Europe

Something you like to do:

Interview fascinating people.



Something you wish you’d never done:
Worked in the produce department of the A&P.

People you consider heroes:
Creative people who have followed their bliss no matter what. Activists who have gone out there no matter what the odds and gathered together to right great wrongs.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He is also a features writer for Gannett Media. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff, and Murder Run.  Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. Moon Games and The Secluded Village Murders are his latest foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: J.C. EATON





ABOUT THE BOOK

Bowled over . . .

Sophie “Phee” Kimball is getting dragged into the drama again at her mom’s Arizona retirement community. A new board member wants to get rid of two golf courses and replace them with eco-friendly parks, and some of the residents are pretty teed off about it. On top of that, her mother’s book club friend Myrna is being pushed out of the bocce league. These seniors are serious about winning, and Myrna’s dragging them down. She’s so bad at bocce, in fact, that when a community mem.ber’s dead body is discovered while Myrna’s practicing for a tournament, she assumes it was one of her own errant balls that killed the woman.

But before Myrna can be tossed off the bocce court and into criminal court, the police find an arrow in the victim’s neck. It looks like this was no accident—and Phee and her investigator boyfriend Marshall will have to team up to bounce a killer into the slammer . . .


Book Details:


Title: Botched 4 Murder

Author: J.C. Eaton (Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp)

Genre: Cozy mystery
Series: Sophie Kimball Mystery, book 4

Publisher: Kensington (December 2018)

Print length: 283 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours









INTERVIEW WITH J.C. EATON


Things you need in order to write:
Jim: Paper and pen.
Ann: Computer, absolute quiet room, chocolate.
Things that hamper your writing:
Jim: Misplacing my reading glasses.
Ann: Noise, Dog needing to go outside the minute I sit down to write, cats bellowing for food whenever I’m at the computer. 


Things you love about writing:
Jim: The freedom to let my mind wander.
Ann: Setting my own schedule.
Things you hate about writing:
Jim and Ann: Editing.


Easiest thing about being a writer:Jim and Ann: Being our own boss!
Hardest thing about being a writer:

Jim and Ann: Juggling our time.

Things you love about where you live:
Jim: The weather.
Ann: Swimming all year long.
Things that make you want to move:
Jim and Ann: Monsoon season in Arizona.

Things you never want to run out of:
Jim: Toilet paper.
Ann: Chocolate.
Things you wish you’d never bought:
Jim: A food dehydrator.
Ann: Wrinkle cream
.

Favorite foods:
Jim: Pizza.
Ann: New York Style Chinese food and calamari.
Things that make you want to throw up: 
Jim: IRS forms and chopped liver.
Ann: Pet messes and asparagus.

Favorite music or song:
Jim: The Band, The Grateful Dead, jazz.
Ann: The Band, The Grateful Dead, showtunes, and Italian Opera.
Music that makes  your ears bleed:
Jim and Ann: Elevator Music, Punk Rock.

Favorite beverage:
Jim: Orange Juice.
Ann: Coke.

Something that gives you a pickle face:
Jim: Garlic bologna.
Ann: Honey.

Favorite smell:
Jim: Spaghetti Sauce.
Ann: Petunias.
Something that makes you hold your nose:
Jim and Ann: The cat litter box.

Something you’re really good at:
Jim: Construction, home repairs, cooking.

Something you’re really bad at:
Ann: Home repairs, cooking
.

Last best thing you ate:
Jim: Deep dish pizza in Chicago.
Ann: New York Style Egg Rolls.

Last thing you regret eating:
Jim: Calamari.
Ann: Peanut Butter.

Things you’d walk a mile for:
Jim: A home-cooked Italian meal.
Ann: Shrimp in lobster sauce
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room:
Jim: Spiders.
Ann: Scorpions.

Favorite places you’ve been:
Jim and Ann: Moscow, Ottawa, Toronto, London, The Caribbean.

Places you never want to go to again:
Jim and Ann: Upstate New York in the dead of winter.

Things that make you happy:
Jim and Ann: Good friends, good books, our pets.
Things that drive you crazy:
Jim and Ann: Grouchy people, last minute deadlines.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done:
Jim and Ann: Hiking back trails in Mexico.
Something you chickened out from doing:
Jim and Ann: Hiking back trails in Mexico again!



ABOUT THE AUTHORS

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. 


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Monday, January 14, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: JOE ALBANESE




ABOUT THE BOOK



These poems leave no doubt in our minds that the poet is a great artist and poet by birth. The poet's mastery of words is remarkable and incomparable. All these poems reveal the concrete and artistic expression of the poet's various moods and emotions.


Book Details:

Title: Cocktails with a Dead Man

Author: Joe Albanese

Genre: Poetry Collection

Publisher: Cyberwit.net (Jan 15, 2019)

Print length: 106 pages












LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH JOE ALBANESE


A few of your favorite things: My family. Awww…nothing?
Things you need to throw out: Not throw out, but last week I donated a bunch of books. I got rid of half, but had to hold on to a lot. I need to donate them too.

Things you need in order to write: Time.
Things that hamper your writing: Unwanted noise.

Things you love about writing: You start with nothing, then create an entire world. There are no rules. Well there are, but most of them can be broken.
Things you hate about writing: Once you hit that spot where you have no idea where to go, the work stops. There’s no progress, not even a little. You hope you can claw out of it, and most of the time you do, but you’re never really sure you will.

Easiest thing about being a writer: I make my own hours, so I can get out of social situations by saying I need to do work. It’s a lie, I never work.
Hardest thing about being a writer: No guarantees, but I guess it’s that way with most jobs. Just different.

Things you love about where you live: I get every season. Sometimes too much of a season, but it’s easier to appreciate the nicer days. I live in a small enough town, with Philadelphia only twenty minutes away. So I get a little of both worlds.
Things that make you want to move: Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing to do around here. There actually always is, but I never want to do any of it, so it’s not like that would change if I moved. I convince myself things would be different.

Things you never want to run out of: Love. Awww… still nothing?
Things you wish you’d never bought: DVDs. That technology got outdated fast. I don’t even think I own a DVD player, but I own a ton of DVDs.

Words that describe you: Well my psychiatrist says I’m—wait, what?
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: Needy. Insecure. Paranoid. Obsessive.

Favorite foods: I’m in the middle of a stomach bug and spent the first half of today vomiting, so no food sounds good right now.
Things that make you want to throw up: I’d say my own writing, but I don’t think my publishers would appreciate me insulting the work they invested in.

Favorite music or song: I like like most music, but say ambient music to be different. I’ll say my favorite song, currently, is Njosnavelin by Sigur Ros. That will probably change as soon as I hear a different song.
Music that make your ears bleed: Not all, but most country and rap.

Favorite beverage: Well since my book title references alcohol, my favorite alcoholic beverage is a Tom Collins, though vodka and Red Bull gets me to my destination fastest.
Something that gives you a pickle face: No clue. Side note: don’t Google “pickle face.”

Favorite smell: A bag of fast food.
Something that makes you hold your nose: Oh, many, many foods.

Something you’re really good at: Interviews, am I right?
Something you’re really bad at: Liking myself.

Something you wish you could do: Be better at predicting lottery numbers.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: Procrastinate.

Something you like to do: Watch sports. Only pro teams. If they’re not getting paid millions of dollars, I don’t care.
Something you wish you’d never done: It would take less time to say the things I’m glad I’ve done.

Last best thing you ate: Sour fruit snacks.
Last thing you regret eating: Whatever made its way through my nasal passages when I vomited earlier.

Things you’d walk a mile for: Exercise.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: My reflection.

Things you always put in your books: A crumpled up bookmark in the wrong spot because my nephews insist on taking it out constantly and crushing it.
Things you never put in your books: I don’t dog-ear them anymore.

Things to say to an author: Where I can I buy your book, handsome?
Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: Have you written anything I would know?

Favorite places you’ve been: Disney is my go-to.
Places you never want to go to again: High school.

Favorite book: I usually say A Clockwork Orange. I feel the least bad about saying that one.
Books you would ban: Books better than mine. So most.

People you’d like to invite to dinner: Tom Hanks. Andrew W.K. They just seem like delightful people.
People you’d cancel dinner on: Insert politician you disagree with.

Favorite things to do: Sleep.
Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: Like most writers, writing.

Things that make you happy: Sleep.
Things that drive you crazy: When someone takes something out of the microwave before the timer goes off, so instead of the time, the display says two seconds.

Most embarrassing moment: Nice try.
Proudest moment: Yet to come.

Biggest lie you’ve ever told: I’m fine.
A lie you wish you’d told: I’m fine.

Best thing you’ve ever done: Be nice to people.
Biggest mistake: Be not nice to people.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: Looking in the mirror sometimes takes more guts than you’d think.
Something you chickened out from doing: Asking a girl out I like.

The last thing you did for the first time: Gotten a poetry book published!
Something you’ll never do again: Well, I hope I never throw up again.




OTHER BOOKS BY JOE ALBANESE


Caina

Smash and Grab

   




ABOUT THE AUTHOR 



Joe Albanese is a writer from South Jersey. His short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry can be found in publications across the U.S. and in ten other countries. Joe's novel, Caina, and his novella, Smash and Grab, were published in 2018. His poetry collection, Cocktails with a Dead Man, was published in 2019.


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Saturday, January 12, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: STEPHANIE BLACKMOORE




ABOUT THE BOOK


Professional wedding planner Mallory Shepard knows her job is challenging under any circumstances. But when the groom is your ex and someone invites murder, there may never be another tomorrow .  .  .

Mallory’s fine—really—handling the wedding arrangements for her ex, Keith. But his fiancée, Becca, has at the last minute decided to switch from a Japanese-cherry-blossom theme to a Gone with the Wind theme. She wants to honor her ailing grandmother, who owns an impressive collection of GWTW memorabilia—and who is fiercely at odds with the groom’s mother over the nuptial plans.

But among other complications, Becca gets into a fight with an old childhood rival over a replica Scarlett O’Hara wedding gown. She wins the dress—but soon becomes a murder suspect when the other woman is found dead in Becca’s swimming pool. And it’s up to Mallory to solve the mystery behind this unhappy occasion, before a different kind of civil war breaks out .  .  .



Book Details:


Title: Gown With the Wind

Author: Stephanie Blackmoore

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Kensington Books (December 18, 2018)

Print length: 336 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours










LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH STEPHANIE BLACKMOORE



A few of your favorite things:
My fluffy purple Sherpa robe, my electric kettle, and my trusty e-reader.
Things you need to throw out:
The voluminous collection of food storage containers threatening to overtake my cabinets. How do socks always manage to disappear, but Tupperware seems to multiply overnight?!


Things you need in order to write:
Coffee, my laptop, coffee, music, coffee, and a long, detailed outline.
Things that hamper your writing:
Trying to write scenes before they’re fully fleshed out in my head, running out of coffee, and working with not enough sleep.


Things you love about writing:
The chance to revisit memories, ponder what my characters want to do next, visit fictional places, and working with words.
Things you hate about writing:
Deadlines and uncertainty.


Things you love about where you live:
I love the cozy, small-town atmosphere of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. I adore seeing the Mississippi River almost daily, the friendly people, and the charming atmosphere.
Things that make you want to move:
Nothing!

Favorite foods:
Razzleberry pie, Mississippi roast, and asparagus.
Things that make you want to throw up:
Eggs. I didn’t realize until my son developed an egg allergy that I probably had one was well growing up.



Last best thing you ate:
A box of Godiva truffles from my aunt. Rich, decadent, and sinfully delicious. Yum!

Last thing you regret eating:
I should have regretted eating the truffles, but I enjoyed every last bite!

Things you always put in your books:
Cats, cookies, and coffee. 

Things you never put in your books:
Never say never. I find myself writing about topics and themes I never imagined I would!

Favorite places you’ve been:
Edinburgh, Scotland; Tallahassee, Florida; Prague, Czech Republic; and where I live now in Missouri. 

Places you never want to go to again:
I’ve pretty much enjoyed most places I’ve visited. I’m not keen, however, to fly as much as I used to. It used to seem glamorous and exiting. But it’s changed so much, and I’d much rather drive, even if it makes for a loooooong trip!

Favorite things to do:
Reading books to my son, cooking, visiting family and friends, and brewing beer (though I haven’t in a while).

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing:
Laundry!

Things that make you happy:
Going on walks in the woods with my husband and my son, a new book by a favorite author, trying out new recipes, and figuring out a knotty writing problem.

Things that drive you crazy:
Traffic and wet socks.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



A native Pittsburgher, Stephanie Blackmoore now lives in Missouri, with her husband, son and two spirited cats. She was an attorney in Pittsburgh and a librarian in Florida before becoming a writer. Stephanie is a fan of snow, pierogis, and everything black-and-yellow. She is hard at work on her next Wedding Planner mystery.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: SANDY GRANATO





ABOUT THE BOOK


Storm of the Soul is a thriller about a woman who relocates to the Bronx with her child to hide from her alcoholic abusive husband.


Debbie Cavagnino lives with her mother Rosa in the Bronx, New York City. Life is tough, but they get by. We follow her and various friends growing up through the years at school, college and the work place; their struggles, sorrows and joys, the schoolgirl crushes, and mainly unreliable boyfriends. Rosa early on divorced her violent and abusive husband; she is strong and has come to terms with it, but at a deep level, Debbie remains emotionally damaged, and is vulnerable, having lacked a proper father figure. Debbie meets Frank, seemingly a good man. He is certainly personable and romantic, and they soon marry, set up house and home and have a baby daughter, Stephanie. But Frank has a dark side; he is unfaithful and he has a drug habit. Debbie's dream life is shattered, but she remains loyal and concentrates on bringing up the little girl. Frank is murdered, apparently by a drug pusher, but what emerges is truly shocking . . .


Book Details: 


Title: Storm of the Soul


Author: Sandy Granato


Genre: Thriller


Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers, Ltd. (November 30, 2017)


Print length: 497 pages








LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT INTERVIEW WITH SANDY GRANATO


A few of your favorite things: Watching TV. Listening to music. Reading. Writing.
Things you need to throw out: My old shoes. My broken printer.


Things you need in order to write: A notebook. A cup of tea. A piece of cake. Chocolate.
Things that hamper your writing: Too much noise and not reading enough.


Things you love about writing: Writing gives me a sense of calmness. I sometimes feel like I’m being transported to a more peaceful place.
Things you hate about writing: I can’t think of any.

Easiest thing about being a writer: Working from home.

Hardest thing about being a writer:
Jealous people.


Things you love about where you live: Living in the country in Piedmont, Northern Italy is peaceful and it gives me creativity.
Things that make you want to move: Gossiping people.


Things you never want to run out of: Chocolate.
Things you wish you’d never bought: Stupid things in which I could have spent my money on better things.

Words that describe you: Kind. Sensitive.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: Anxious. High Strung. Suspicious.

Favorite foods: Chocolate. Mashed Potatoes. Sweet Potatoes. Carrots. 
Things that make you want to throw up: The smell of vomit.

Favorite music: My God! I have so many. Just to name a few:
                                               1. Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics.
                                               2. Frozen- Madonna
                                               3. Imagine – John Lennon
                                               4. AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
                                               5. Beatles – A Day In The Life
                                               6. U2 – One
Music that make your ears bleed: Country music and opera.

Favorite beverage: Coca Cola. Tea with honey and lemon. Hot chocolate
.
Something that gives you a pickle face: Facials.

Favorite smell: Roses and freshly cut grass.
Something that makes you hold your nose: Farts.

Something you’re really good at: Writing.

Something you’re really bad at: Bowling.

Something you like to do: Go on vacations.

Something you wish you’d never done: Being kind to people who hurt me profoundly.

Last best thing you ate: Walnuts.

Last thing you regret eating: Too much bread and too much sugar.

Things you’d walk a mile for: The man of my dreams.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: Zombies,  witches, and vampires.

Things you always put in your books: Some adverbs. (Despite Stephen King being against them.)

Things you never put in your books: Redundancy and incorrect grammar.

Favorite places you’ve been: New York, Texas, Milan. 

Places you never want to go to again: Philadelphia.

Favorite books:
1. It – Stephen King
2. A Time To Kill – John Grisham
3. 1984 – George Orwell
4. 11th Hour – Jams Patterson
5. The Pillars Of The Earth – Ken Follett
6. Echo Burning – Lee Child
7. The Wizard Of Oz –  L. Frank Baum
8. The Shining – Stephen King
9. The Client – John Grisham
Books you would ban: I don’t know any.

People you’d like to invite to dinner: Stephen King, Jon Bon Jovi, Bono.
People you’d cancel dinner on: Those who hate me.

Favorite things to do: Watch TV. Listening to music. Relaxing.

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: Dusting the house and ironing.

Things that make you happy: Love. My mother. My animals (I have two dogs, two birds, and a turtle.) Writing.

Things that drive you crazy: Tension. Nagging people. Evil people.

Proudest moment: Having my book published.
Most embarrassing moment: Leaving a public restroom with half my behind showing.

Biggest lie you’ve ever told: My age (Which is nobody’s business!)

A lie you wish you’d told: I don’t know.

Best thing you’ve ever done: Moving to Italy from New York. 

Biggest mistake: Not being very happy when it counted the most.










ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Sandy Granato was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. She grew up in the Bronx, where she also attended school. In 1960 her mother migrated from Piedmont, Italy to New York to study fashion design. Sandy's mother worked as a patternmaker at New York City's garment district. Sandy's parents divorced when she was four. It's nine years now that she's been living in Italy. She and her mother relocated there to be closer to the family. Sandy is bilingual. (Italian-English). However, English is her mother language. She started writing Storm of the Soul eight years ago. She's currently working on the final draft of her third book and has already started her fourth one.




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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: KAYA QUINSEY




ABOUT THE BOOK


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?



Book Details:


Title: Valentine in Venice


Author: Kaya Quinsey


Genre: Sweet Romance Novella


Publisher: Books To Go Now (January 04, 2019)










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Things you need in order to write: My laptop and a power chord.
Things that hamper your writing: Getting distracted by the antics of my cat, Pumpkin.



Easiest thing about being a writer: Coming up with new plot lines and ideas.
Hardest thing about being a writer: Actually putting those ideas onto the page.

Favorite foods: Fresh raspberries and chocolate croissants. And oysters!
Things that make you want to throw up: Nothing comes to mind! I’m really not a picky eater.

Favorite song: Lately, I’ve been listening to ‘Into the Mystic’ by Van Morrison on repeat.
Music that make your ears bleed: Muzak.

Favorite beverage: Grapefruit Perrier, coconut water, coffee, and champagne! All on their own, of course.

Something that gives you a pickle face: If these drinks were blended together.

Favorite smell: Vanilla, the ocean, and campfires.

Something that makes you hold your nose: When the pancakes get burnt.

Something you’re really good at: Daydreaming.

Something you’re really bad at: Keeping a poker face.


Things you always put in your books: Love and positive relationships.

Things you never put in your books: A tragic ending. 





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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 


Kaya Quinsey holds her undergraduate and master’s degree in psychology. The author of three books, her work has sold in seven countries. 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. She hopes to inspire readers through her stories to fiercely chase their dreams.





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