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Ryan Jo Summers’ It Happened at the Park

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Title: It Happened at the Park
Genre: Romantic comedy novella
Publisher: Melange Books
 
Blurb:

Practical city planner, Cassidy Grant, just inherited her sister’s beloved dogs. Excepts she’s a career girl more into heels and matching accessories. She’s not a dog mom. Worse, she is required to take the furry darlings to the dog park.
 
Jilted at the alter, Ethan Sheppard finally got a dog. And he loves their bonding trips to the dog park. He’s also the secret cartoonist whose drawings poke fun at the city leadership that might hurt the mayor’s chances at reelection.

After Cassidy and Ethan meet, she asks for his help to manage the pups, and along the way, he learns she will be fired if she can’t identify the cartoonist to her boss. But telling her will cost his job.

 

 
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Bio:

 

Ryan Jo Summers is a North Carolina writer who pens romances with a twist. They may contain any number of elements: Christian, humor, mystery, paranormal, sweet, shape-shifting, or time travel. Her dad is a songwriter and his aunt wrote poetry so writing must be in the family genes.
She makes her home in a century-old mountain cottage, with a menagerie of adopted pets. In her spare time, she likes to gather with family and friends, paint ceramics or canvas, potter in the yard, bird-watching, or read, play chess, Mahjongg or work word-find puzzles. She might take her dog and head deep into the forests and rivers near her home to plot the next big scene or story. Like her dad’s aunt, she writes poetry as a means to cope with life’s pains.
She collects lighthouses, shells, driftwood, and anything to remind her of the shore.
 
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Posted by on July 6, 2017 in Spotlight On

 

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How Much Dialogue is Too Much? By Joanne Guidoccio

How Much Dialogue is Too Much?

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When I first heard the expression, “You can go blind listening to that story,” I took a second look at the prose in question and agreed with the comment. The long stretches of unbroken dialogue were tiresome and cut off all senses with the exception of hearing.

And then I revisited my own writing.

I love dialogue and often fear that I overuse it.

While dialogue serves many important functions, it is only one element of fiction. Weaving in action and narrative helps balance the scenes and engage the reader. Dialogue definitely has its place, but it shouldn’t take over the story.
How much dialogue is too much?

At a local meet-up, one author suggested that thirty percent of the novel should be dialogue. Elsewhere, I read that the percentage should be closer to fifty.
I don’t think there is a magic number out there. Instead, I try to keep in mind that characters who talk too much can be just as annoying as real people who dominate conversations.

As an experiment, I selected an excerpt from my recent release, Too Many Women in the Room, and removed the descriptive and narrative elements.

Dialogue-Only Version (146 Words)
“Thanks for coming,” Luke said and turned toward the female officer. “Detective Irina Banicki will be sitting in. Sounds like quite a shindig last night. Do you want to tell me about it?”

“It was our rehearsal dinner for the opening of—”

“Rehearsal dinner? You mean like for a wedding?”

“Not quite. David and Susan had planned to test-drive some of Xenia’s signature dishes and reveal our new venture to everyone.”

“So, you were a silent partner in this venture until Michael Taylor spilled the beans. That must have upset your plans…made you angry…”

“I felt a surge of anger at both David and Michael, but it passed. We were there to celebrate the opening, not spar over pettiness.”

“I think it was more than—”

“Why did you keep your involvement a secret?” Irina asked. “Were you afraid or embarrassed to tell your friends?”

Here’s the Actual Excerpt (436 Words)
“Thanks for coming,” Luke said and turned toward the female officer. “Detective Irina Banicki will be sitting in.”

Irina Banicki. I racked my brain but couldn’t recall the name. Was she new to the department? I hadn’t seen her at the Christmas party. I would have remembered the tall, willowy brunette with razor-sharp cheekbones. Late thirties. Maybe early forties. Young and on the upward spiral.

She inclined her head. I nodded but said nothing. There was no need to engage in conversation and allow myself to be distracted. Instead, I turned and focused on Luke.

Frowning, he rustled through the loose pages filled with scattered handwriting. After locating the right page, he cleared his throat and made eye contact. “Sounds like quite a shindig last night. Do you want to tell me about it?”

Tell him how we planned it or how everything went south? The question was too open-ended. Was that part of his plan? Get me to tell everything and later sift through for any incriminating nuggets. “It was our rehearsal dinner for the opening of—”

“Rehearsal dinner? You mean like for a wedding?” Luke asked innocently enough, but I could hear the amusement in his tone.

A giggle escaped from Irina.

I forced myself to smile and make eye contact with Luke. “Not quite. David and Susan had planned to test-drive some of Xenia’s signature dishes and reveal our new venture to everyone.”

“So, you were a silent partner in this venture.” Luke alternated between raising and dropping his Magnum eyebrows while still maintaining eye contact. A talent he must have perfected in his younger days. “You were until Michael Taylor spilled the beans. That must have upset your plans…made you angry…”

Angry enough to kill? I’ve been told I wear my emotions and would make a terrible poker player. With my feelings about Michael, I must have shown thunderous anger and disapproval all evening. Intuitive Jean would have been able to read my face and then share her observations with Carlo. “I felt a surge of anger at both David and Michael, but it passed. We were there to celebrate the opening, not spar over pettiness.”

Luke’s eyes widened in surprise. “I think it was more than—”

My nostrils picked up a musky smell. Not too unpleasant but a bit overpowering. A woman’s scent, one I steered away from at the cosmetics counter. I turned and looked up into intense green eyes.

Irina had decided to become an active participant in the interrogation. “Why did you keep your involvement a secret? Were you afraid or embarrassed to tell your friends?”
I couldn’t resist putting on my math-teacher hat…
The dialogue-only version represents 33.4 percent of the actual excerpt.
Blurb
When Gilda Greco invites her closest friends to a VIP dinner, she plans to share David Korba’s signature dishes and launch their joint venture— Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ontario. Unknown to Gilda, David has also invited Michael Taylor, a lecherous photographer who has throughout the past three decades managed to annoy all the women in the room. One woman follows Michael to a deserted field for his midnight run and stabs him in the jugular.
Gilda’s life is awash with complications as she wrestles with a certain detective’s commitment issues and growing doubts about her risky investment in Xenia. Frustrated, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers decades-old secrets and resentments that have festered until they explode into untimely death. Can Gilda outwit a killer bent on killing again?
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Author’s Bio

In 2008, Joanne Guidoccio retired from a 31-year teaching career and launched a second act that tapped into her creative side. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.
Where to find Joanne…
Website: http://joanneguidoccio.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/joanneguidoccio
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjoanneguidoccio
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joanneguidoccio
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jguidoccio/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7277706.Joanne_Guidoccio

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Posted by on June 22, 2017 in Reflections

 

D.R. Grady’s The Trouble with Nerds

Today I’m spotlighting author D.R. Grady’s new release, The Trouble with Nerds.

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Q: How long have you been writing?

A: Ever since elementary school when I first learned the magic of putting words together to form sentences and then paragraphs, and finally, a story. I’ve been writing toward the goal of publication since 1998.

Q: Tell us about your road to publication.

A: I found an agent and after a time, she encouraged many of us on her list to self-publish. So I published two series, The Me Series which is contemporary romance with suspense elements and complete. The other, The Morrison Family series, is on-going and nerd-centric. J The Trouble with Nerds is book 11 of The Morrison Family Series.

Since then, I’ve been published by a small press in paranormal romance, The Dragon Chronicles series, and I have several more series at various stages (from still brewing to ready to sell) of development, so stay tuned…

Q: What advice would you give an aspiring author?

A: Keep writing!

Q: Tell us about your latest release.

The Trouble with Nerds is a story about two people who have known each other for much of their lives. He’s her best friend’s older brother. It’s time for them to admit to a mutual attraction…

Blurb:

Odd things keep happening to Dr. Sara Newton. She’s a soon-to-be-unemployed pediatrician with an alleged stalker, a hot cop on her heels breathing dire warnings, and way too much student debt.

It doesn’t help that the hot cop is Clay Morrison, her best friend’s older brother. The man has made her heart pound and her palms sweaty since puberty. The trouble is, he only interacts with her when he’s expounding on new security measures. He sees threats everywhere.

Clay Morrison is frustrated. He hates his new job, misses his Army Ranger days, loves his well-meaning, pushy family—and when did sweet Sara Newton grow up? She won’t admit she has a stalker, and she won’t keep out of his thoughts. He can only protect someone in denial for so long. No matter how attractive she is…

Clay and Sara are circling each other, trying to meet in the middle. Then a brand new threat sends them in a completely different direction.

Excerpt:

She glanced at her watch when they stood to pull on their coats. “How have two hours passed?”

His lips quirked. “I enjoyed myself.”

“The service wasn’t slow.”

“No, but we didn’t hurry.”

“We didn’t.” There had been no need. “I enjoyed this evening. Despite it being Monday.”

He settled one large hand in the small of her back again. Standing in her personal space, as they exited the restaurant.

Her brain buzzed with questions. Had she actually relaxed in his presence that long? What had they talked about? What did she eat? Did he consider them a couple?

They strolled across the parking lot and stopped beside his vehicle. The massive SUV sheltered them as a nearby streetlight cast a glary glow across them and the vehicles on either side.

Sara glanced up at his face. Cast partly in shadow by the light and angle, it appeared even more intriguing.

“Why are you spending so much time on me?” Oh no, I didn’t just blurt that question, right?

“You’re in danger.”

Nothing else could have punctured her love haze as effectively.

“I see.” Weak, Sara.

He tilted her face to his with a forefinger under her chin. “And because I’ve been thinking about you for years.”

She gasped. “For years?”

“Sure. I first noticed you when you turned sixteen.”

“You were in the army by then.”

“It wasn’t until I’d been gone for a while that I recognized you were growing up.”

She hitched one shoulder. “Everyone does.”

“I wasn’t paying attention while still at home.” His voice remained guarded, as though there might be more details, but he didn’t intend to share them.

Wanting to know those details she placed a hand on his arm. At the same time, he wrapped both arms around her and hauled her against his hard body. His warmth and scent encompassed her, throwing any brain function into neutral.

Then his lips covered hers.

 

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About the Author

D.R. Grady lives with her husband near Hershey, PA. She adores chocolate, laughing, collecting bags, books, and shoes, and writing stories that resonate with others.

 

Where to Find Her:

Website: http://www.drgradybooks.com

Twitter: @drgradybooks  https://twitter.com/drgradybooks

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007HR0ULS

Facebook Page: D.R. Grady https://www.facebook.com/drgradybooks

Google+:  D.R. Gradybooks   https://plus.google.com/u/0/114138197846185543554/posts

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Spotlight On

 

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Spotlight On…S.C. Mitchell’s Between Venus & Mars!

Today I’m interviewing fellow Soul Mate Publishing author, S.C. Mitchell on his new release, Between Venus & Mars!

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Q: How long have you been writing?

A: I’ve been making up stories all my life. I started writing them down about 30 years ago.

Q: Tell us about your road to publication.

A: I started writing science fiction and fantasy as a hobby. It took me over 10 years to complete my first novel, and it was terrible. (Never published. Hidden away from the world for now. Around 2000 i started reading romance fiction and really gravitated toward the genre, adding romance elements to my writing. In 2010 I quit my full time job as an IT professional to pursue my passion to write romance. I know I still have a ways to go, but I feel like I’m starting to hit my stride.

Q: What advice would you give an aspiring author?

A: Write what you love. Follow your muse. Markets shift and change, and you can never write to them anyway.

Q: Tell us about your latest release.

A: Between Venus and Mars is part of the Soul Mate Tree Saga, a multi-author project from Soul Mate Publishing. I was thrilled to be asked to contribute to it. This story fits nicely into my Hearts in Orbit series. It’s a stand-alone story but with many settings and characters from the series. I consider it hearts in Orbit 2.5 because it fits nicely between HiO2: Pirates of the Dark Nebula, and my upcoming release later this year of HiO3: Captives of the Kratzen.

 

Once Upon a Galaxy . . .

 

Zana Starchild is on a mission to restore her tribe’s livestock and save herself from one more meal of kelp. Sure, it’s technically illegal to visit Old Earth, but to a rim rat like Zana, galactic laws are really just guidelines. Her wrecked starship just means she’ll need to use her backup plan to get off the abandoned world, an old Earth legend her uncle passed down to her.

Pulled from a relaxing shower, across the galaxy to Old Earth, Galactic Marshall Kyle Kepler finds himself naked and marooned with a quirky rim rat. Zana’s broken more laws than Kyle can count, and he plans to arrest her, just as soon as he can find transport off the planet and a pair of pants.

A junk heap of a starship, a magical tree, and a roving gang of mutant kangaroos are just the beginning of rollicking intergalactic journey filled with laughs, love, and adventure.

 

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Between-Venus-Mars-Soul-Mate-ebook/dp/B01N7OXSND/

When series collide: Between Venus and Mars is not only set the multi-dimensional worlds of the Soul Mate Tree legend, but also ties into my Hearts in Orbit series, a futuristic universe filled with starships, aliens, and new technologies. And, of course, romance. The Soul Mate Tree project offered me a great way to play with some new characters and further develop my universe, while partnering with some of the best authors in the business.

The Hearts in Orbit universe is a place where galactic marshals keep the peace in the cosmopolitan Core Worlds as well as the wild-west type rim world planets. While this book works as a standalone, and you don’t have to have read any of the others, I consider it Hearts in Orbit 2.5, fitting nicely between Pirates of the Dark Nebula and my soon-to-be-released Hearts in Orbit 3 novel Captives of the Kratzen.

Series Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016DF63JM/

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Hidden strengths, adventurous hearts.

S.C.Mitchell grew up an avid reader of comic books, science fiction and fantasy literature. He’s been writing stories for over thirty years. In 2010 he left his job as a computer desktop support specialist to pursue his passion for writing full time. He is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as the Wisconsin chapter.

As a writer of paranormal and sci-fi romance, fantasy, and science fiction, Steve crafts unique and wondrous worlds where his characters explore, romp, and fall in love. Whether traveling through dark, demon filled dimensions, the edge of wild space, or ancient mythological heavens, his heroes and heroines, guided by their adventurous hearts, discover hidden strengths on their pathway to enduring love.

 

You’ll find him at:

http://scmitchellauthor.com/

Blog: http://scmitchellauthor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSCMitchell

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorSMitchell

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007D0Z1MW

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Tag Line: An intergalactic adventure filled with laughs, love, and adventure.

Videos:

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Posted by on March 16, 2017 in Spotlight On

 

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Spotlight On…Ryan Jo Summer’s Beside Still Waters

Today I am interviewing fellow Soul Mate Publishing author, Ryan Jo Summers, about her latest release, Beside Still Waters!

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Q: How long have you been writing? 
A: I started when I was ten, taking a family situation and moving it to pen and paper, then colored pencils to illustrate it. At the time, it was a coping skill, now I see it as my first writing. A few poems followed. Then short stories. Finally novels in my mid teens. I did not get serious about becoming a writer until my early 20’s, and it still waxed and waned on life events like marriage, children, building a home and business and family. In the mid 2000’s, I found myself alone and turned to writing full time to fill the voids. It started paying off in short article publications and free lance work.
Q: Tell us about your road to publication.
A: It began in the mid to late 2000’s with magazine articles, devotionals, opinion and humor pieces. Still, I submitted short works and novels. One memoir took honorable mention in a national contest. No cash but a nice nod of acknowledgment. Finally, in 2012 I sold my first novel to Black Lyon Publishing. It was a contemporary/ paranormal/ mystery romance. That poured gasoline on the fire to write and publish more. I was starving to write and be a published author! In 2013 Soul Mate Publishing offered contracts for my second and third novels– a Christian time travel and a mystery romance respectively. Soul Mate then took a novella for their Christmas anthology in 2015 and released another two novels. I signed with Melange Books last year to release two novellas (one came out in Feb 2016) and a short story for their Food and Love anthology. It’s been a real roller coaster of a ride since 2012 but I am not complaining. Four years of living a dream come true!
Q: What advise would you give aspiring authors? 
A: Never give up! Learn your craft. Be honest. Submit only your best work when it’s ready, to the right places. Research before you submit. Keep writing something. If you block on your masterpiece, find something else to write short term. Writing is a never ending road of learning, working and keeping your eyes open to opportunities.
Q: Tell us about your latest release.
A:Beside Still Waters” is a Christian romance. While I like writing all sorts of romance–mystery, sweet, paranormal, and suspense– I must admit Christian and time travel are my two favorites. Both to read and write, actually.This book was inspired by a photo in a fashion catalogue. I work for a fashion company, and was leaving through a catalogue a few years ago. There was the model, a handsome young male, displaying corduroy pants. He sat in a high backed chair, soft light spilling over  him, as he pretended to read from a book. Literary classics were staged, piled around him. The scene stuck with me and started the seeds for “Beside Still Waters”.
Blurb:
Top Journalist and corporate climber, McKayla Buchanan, is sent to a remote California mountain camp for inner-city, at-risk teens. Accustomed to political corruption and high-society drama assignments, she is suddenly a fish out of water. At Camp In As Much, she meets eight hostile and distrustful teens, assorted volunteers and rescued horses—and Clay.
 
Clay Michaels is the man who founded Camp In As Much and made it the success it is now. His hope for the highly recommended journalist is to come and write a feature to send seeds out to form other camps like his nationwide. He never considered the reporter would turn out to be a lovely woman, or for him to have such an attraction to her.
 
Between McKayla’s worldly experience and Clay’s strong faith, they form a partnership to help with the endless challenges of the kids. While McKayla’s assignment is supposed to be temporary, it isn’t long before she and Clay are each wishing it could last longer. A serious situation will force McKayla to decide if she can give up her worldly ways and place her faith in the same higher source that earthy and godly Clay does.
 
Excerpt:

“I’d say you’re there now. At least Heather and Amanda and Herb think so.”

He smiled, a warm, real smile that touched her heart. “Thank you. But I also want to be remembered as a man who gave love and forgiveness to everyone I met. That is what I am trying to show these kids, by being a good example. And suggesting they forgive their transgressors.”
She looked out the window for a moment. “Would you like to take a walk with me? To the labyrinth?”
“I’d love to.” Climbing out of the chair, he brought her up with him.
“All right,” she laughed, “Let’s go then, Captain Ahab.”
“Bligh,” he corrected, keeping her hand in his. “Bligh was commander on The Bounty. Ahab chased the whale in Moby Dick.
“Oh.” That sounded right. She needed to brush up on her literature.
Walking hand in hand through the darkness, following the path illuminated by the moon overheard, McKayla was keenly aware of so many things she never used to notice. The dewy grass beneath her feet, the scent of wildflowers and horses on the air, distant lapping of the lake, crickets chirping, and horses snorting. As they moved away from the house, the grass turned to thick moss. The cool, pine-scented wind whispered softly through the treetops, and night birds called. Overhead countless stars twinkled and sparkled, and the moon glow filtered through the tree branches.
In a word: Idyllic. In a feeling: Perfect. In a heartbeat: She was in love with the man beside her.
Standing on the mossy ground, hands still linked, bathed in moonlight, they stared at each other, hearts in their throats and on their sleeves.
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BIO:
Ryan Jo Summers is a North Carolina author who specializes in writing romances with a twist. Love stories blended with inspirational, paranormal, suspense or time travel–or several at once. She also writes non-fiction for regional periodicals. Ryan’s dad is a songwriter and his aunt wrote poetry so she claims she came by her writing skill honestly. Apparently it’s in the genes.
Her hobbies include bird-watching, houseplants (50 ish and growing), poetry and yard work. She loves to gather with friends, hike in the forest with her dog, paint ceramics and canvas and work on wiggly word find puzzles. She lives in a 1920 cottage with a menagerie of pets. Living in the mountains, she dreams of the shore and frequently uses the water as scenes for her stories.
LINKS:

WEBSITE: www.ryanjosummers.com

 BUY LINK:
Amazon buy link: http://amzn.to/2dvkUEe
 
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Posted by on December 15, 2016 in Spotlight On

 

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Spotlight On…Nancy Fraser’s Eye of the Pharaoh!

Today I’m spotlighting award-winning author Nancy Fraser about her exciting new novel, Eye of the Pharaoh!

 

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Title:     Eye of the Pharaoh

Genre: Time Travel/Paranormal Romance (Egyptian themed)

Heat Rating: 4 out of 5 (sensuality, fully-realized love scenes, NO coarse language)

Tag Line: Will an unexpected trip to 1920s Egypt be their downfall or, will an ancient guardian keep them safe?

Blurb:

 Publicist Teri Hunter has her hands full promoting Professor Joshua Cain and his new non-fiction book, The Pharaoh’s Mummy. She’s not convinced it’s even possible to turn this absent-minded, modern-day, Indiana Jones into a best-selling author.

 Dr. Cain’s PhDs in archaeology and art history have prepared him for almost anything on the lecture circuit and among ancient ruins. He’s just not sure about a book tour…or the sexy publicist sent to monitor his every professional move.

 When an odd request falls in their laps while in New Orleans, Josh and Teri find themselves transported to 1920’s Egypt where they must resolve an ancient curse in order to be sent home. Will the dangers facing them hinder their success and threaten their very lives? Or will help from an ancient guardian keep them on-track and safe?

 

Excerpt:

 Wake up. Kick ass. Repeat.

Teri Hunter mouthed the motivational phrase she’d chosen for her personal mantra as she stepped across the threshold into the dark and musty storeroom.

A dim light shone from a glass-enclosed workroom in the far corner. Taking a tentative step forward, she faltered when the floorboards creaked beneath her feet. Something fast and furry brushed against her ankle. A shiver ran down her back, yet she fought the urge to retreat.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

This was obviously today’s obstacle. Were it not for her professional commitments and intricately organized schedule, she’d have no doubt bolted for the door and returned to the safety and illumination of the main building.

 ‘Sorry, but the storage area doesn’t have overhead lighting. Preservation of the antiquities. You understand.’ The dean’s words echoed in her head. To make matters worse, what little outside light there was had become nearly non-existent due to an impending thunderstorm.

Drawing a deep breath, she took a second step and then a third, winding her way past a half-dozen crates, some open, some not. To her left she heard a rustling of paper; to her right the distinct sound of footsteps.

Her apprehension grew, the hair on her forearms stood at attention. She’d barely made it halfway across the room before bumping into something large and solid. Reaching out, she laid her hand against the oversized object. Slowly, she raised her head and came face to face with the painted mask of an Egyptian noble. The chipped finish gave the death mask a deranged look.

“You come here often, big boy?”

EYE OF THE PHARAOH is Available Now! 

 

Fun Fact: The idea for Eye of the Pharaoh came about following a trip to the Field Museum in Chicago. For the longest time afterward, I couldn’t get the images of ancient Egypt out of my head. Then, out of the blue, I received a gift from a relative who had passed…a gorgeous necklace fashioned like an Egyptian collar. The late relative had no way of knowing about my recent fascination with Egypt so I took it as a sign. There was obviously a story inside me begging to come out.

About the Author:

Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for four publishers. She has published twenty-two books in both full-length and novella format. Nancy will release her 25th book in early 2017. She is currently working on her next Rock and Roll novella and two other equally exciting projects.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: www.nancyfraser.ca

Blog: http://nancyfraser.ca/wordpress/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nfraserauthor @nfraserauthor

Facebook: http://facebook.com/nancyfraserauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7206382.Nancy_Fraser

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004AOL61Y

 

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Spotlight On…Joanne Guidoccio’s A Season for Killing Blondes!

Today I’m interviewing author Joanne Guidoccio about her exciting book, A Season for Killing Blondes!

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Q: How long have you been writing?

A: During my high school years, I dabbled in poetry and dreamed of writing the great Canadian novel. As graduation approached, I considered more practical career choices and obtained degrees in mathematics and education. Teaching was a good fit, but after thirty-one years, I was ready for a change.

In 2008, I put pen to paper and revisited my writing dream. I watched with delight as my articles and book reviews started appearing in newspapers, magazines, and online. Buoyed by this success, I took on the challenge of writing novels.

Q: Tell us about your road to publication.

A: I had written the first draft of the cozy mystery during my “cancer” year (2004/2005) and then filed it away. An integral part of my therapy, writing that novel helped me survive and thrive during the most challenging season of my life. It was now time to edit and polish the manuscript.

While querying, I wrote the first draft of Between Land and Sea (a paranormal romance about a middle-aged ex-mermaid) in three months and then spent a year editing and polishing. I was thrilled when Senior Editor Debby Gilbert of Soul Mate Publishing offered me a contract in 2013.

A year later, Editor Johanna Melaragno of The Wild Rose Press picked up A Season for Killing Blondes, Book 1 of the Gilda Greco Mystery Series. The novel was released in June 2015.

In August 2015, Soul Mate Publishing released The Coming of Arabella, the second book in the Mediterranean trilogy.

Too Many Women in the Room, Book 2 of the Gilda Greco Mystery Series, will be released by the Wild Rose Press in the spring of 2017.

 

Q: What advice would you give an aspiring author?

 A: Experiment until you find your own unique voice and a warm, supportive environment where your words can flow freely. Sign up for creative writing courses—online or offline—that expose you to short stories, children’s and adult writing, creative nonfiction, and poetry. And, most important of all, enjoy the journey.

 

Q: Tell us about your latest release.

A: On the cusp of my fiftieth birthday, I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer and forced to take a leave of absence. While undergoing chemotherapy, I searched for light and entertaining novels that would provide a healthy diversion. I was grateful for the bags of books dropped off by friends but couldn’t get into any of the storylines. I found the spiritual books too intense and the comedic books unsatisfying.

Instead, I gravitated toward cozies, those delightful murder mysteries that include a bloodless crime and contain little violence, sex, or coarse language. I was familiar with Agatha Christie’s novels and pleasantly surprised to discover more authors in the genre, among them Susan Wittig Albert, MC Beaton, Mary Jane Maffini, and Denise Swanson. I read voraciously, often finishing a cozy in one or two sittings.

Toward the end of treatments, I decided to experiment with the genre and considered the following scenario: What if a woman wins a major lottery, returns to her hometown, and then finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation involving four blondes? Can she prove her innocence and solve this case before it’s too late?

Blurb

Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the dead body of golden girl Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside her office. Gilda’s life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation.

When three more dead blondes turn up all brutally strangled and deposited near Gilda’s favorite haunts, she is pegged as a prime suspect for the murders. Frustrated by Carlo’s chilly detective persona and the mean girl antics of Carrie Ann’s meddling relatives, Gilda decides to launch her own investigation. She discovers a gaggle of suspects, among them a yoga instructor in need of anger management training, a lecherous photographer, and fourteen ex-boyfriends. As the puzzle pieces fall into place, shocking revelations emerge, forcing Gilda to confront the envy and deceit she has long overlooked.

Trailer

https://youtu.be/QURgFbybQVw

Excerpt

Carlo had removed his suit jacket and rolled up the sleeves of his light blue dress shirt. His tie lay on the desk. The rumpled look suited him to a tee. And his large black-rimmed glasses accentuated those unforgettable blue eyes. Bluer than blue. Sky blue. Cornflower blue. Robin’s egg blue. Years ago, Adele Martino and I had come up with thirty-seven descriptions of Carlo Fantin’s eyes when Mrs. Gillespie assigned one of her Monday morning English composition exercises. As I tried to recall the other thirty-three, I realized that Carlo was speaking to me.

“…he’ll be taking notes as well.”

Darn! Another officer in the room, and I had missed his name and more importantly, his title. Was he a detective or a constable? I’m sure Sofia would know. In the meantime, I better stop daydreaming and start listening. I nodded in the direction of the beefy officer. Dark hair. Dark eyes. Expertly trimmed moustache. A big bear of a man who reminded me of Magnum P.I.

Carlo cleared his throat. He was ready to get down to business. Police business. “It appears that Carrie Ann was your first client. You haven’t opened this office for business yet. How did that happen?”

My heart raced as I spoke. “After Sofia and my mother left…I’m not certain about the time…um…I…I heard a knock at the front window. I looked up and saw Carrie Ann. Hadn’t seen her in ages.” I paused and then added, “Still wearing the same pageboy hair style and that blonde color—”

Carlo waved his hand. “Stick to the facts, please.”

I felt myself reddening as those piercing blue eyes bored right through me. “Oh, sorry. Um, I let Carrie Ann in.”

“And?” Carlo said when I hesitated.

I shrugged. “We just talked for a while, then, uh…” I closed my eyes and tried to recall the conversation. But nothing concrete came to mind, only Carrie Ann’s infectious laugh and bubbly compliments about the decorating scheme. When I opened my eyes, the other officer offered me a water bottle. I thanked him and gulped down half the contents.

“You scheduled her for a session tomorrow morning,” Carlo said as he held up my appointment book. “Carrie Ann is…was considered one of the best interior designers in town. Why would she need counseling from you?” His dark brows drew together in a suspicious frown. “Were you planning to tell her to give it up?”

 

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Where to find Joanne…

Website: http://joanneguidoccio.com/

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Posted by on September 22, 2016 in Spotlight On