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BOOK SPOTLIGHT A Fine Year for Murder By Lauren Carr

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After months of marital bliss, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are still discovering and adjusting to their life together. Settled in their new home, everything appears to be perfect … except in the middle of the night when, in darkest shadows of her subconscious, a deep secret from Jessica’s past creeps to the surface to make her strike out at Murphy.

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When investigative journalist Dallas Walker tells the couple about her latest case, known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, they realize Jessica may have witnessed the murder of a family living near a winery owned by distant relatives she was visiting and suppressed the memory.

Determined to uncover the truth and find justice for the murder victims, Jessica and Murphy return to the scene of the crime with Dallas Walker, a spunky bull-headed Texan. Can this family reunion bring closure for a community touched by tragedy or will this prickly get-together bring an end to the Thorny Rose couple?

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

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

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Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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A Conversation with Author Lauren Carr: Interview Number Three

By Lauren Carr

 

  1. Lauren, in your latest murder mystery series, The Thorny Rose Mysteries, you introduce your readers to a new detective team, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton, USN, and Jessica Faraday, heiress and daughter of multi-millionaire Mac Faraday, the protagonist of one of your other hit series, the Mac Faraday Mysteries. These newly wed characters have some notable differences from each other. What inspired you to pair these two characters?

LC: Actually, it was their differences that inspired me. While working on the plotline for Three Days to Forever, I knew that it was now time for readers to meet Mac Faraday’s grown children, Jessica and Tristan. The whole plotline revolved around Mac and Archie’s huge wedding. There was no way they weren’t going to be there.

Joshua Thornton, from the Lovers in Crime, was also in the mix—which brought in Murphy, who I had introduced to readers in A Small Case of Murder, my very first book. So, Murphy’s character was already established.

When a character is fully developed, they take on a life of their own. Murphy and Jessica really just happened.

 

  1. But they are so very different from each other. Murphy is a pescetarian (vegetarian who eats fish). Jessica eats pancakes for breakfast and steak for dinner and drinks wine and champagne.

LC: Which makes it more fun, doesn’t it? When you think about the most successful couples you know—I mean successful as in long happy marriages—they are actually different from each other. My husband and I have been married for going on twenty-seven years. We are as different as night and day. Sure, we annoy each other, but we also complement each other. If it wasn’t for him rooster-pecking me, nothing would get done. If it wasn’t for me, he wouldn’t have any friends. We have had some hilarious fights because of those differences.

That is what makes Murphy and Jessica fun. Murphy is a Naval Academy graduate. He is disciplined because he was trained to be and he must be in order to succeed in his job as a special operative for the military—working directly for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Jessica has the freedom of wealth. She is a clothes horse who has a closet designated just for her hundreds of pairs of shoes. She is not as disciplined as Murphy, which will be good for him. He needs someone who he can kick back and relax with.

But don’t think they are all hugs and kisses. In A Fine Year for Murder, they have now been married for ten months. In a couple of scenes, the stress of the case leads them to get into some fights in which they drag in their real feelings about their in-laws, which is quite humorous.

 

  1. I was going to ask about that. In A Fine Year for Murder, Jessica and Murphy go to southern Virginia to investigate the brutal murder of a family because they believe Jessica may have witnessed the murder as a child. What type of role do you have planned for Jessica in future Thorny Rose Mysteries? Is she going to be a MacMillan and Wife type character, playing the devoted wife who gets into trouble, or will she have a more active role in the investigations?

LC: Jessica Faraday will be going to medical school, Georgetown University, to study psychiatry. Her specialty will be forensics psychiatry. Her character already shows a talent for analyzing people rather quickly. As the series progresses and she learns more, Jessica will be a very strong asset in profiling suspects and offering expertise that Murphy doesn’t have—possibly to the point that she will be officially brought into cases.

Jessica and Murphy are a team—they are partners. I don’t want the Thorny Rose mysteries to end up being a series where Murphy goes after the bad guys while Jessica worries about him. So I knew as soon as I had finished writing Kill and Run that the next Thorny Rose mystery had to be Jessica’s story.

I had already mentioned in passing that Jessica had nightmares, which resulted in her striking out at Murphy in her sleep. In A Fine Year for Murder, we explore the source of those nightmares.

When investigative journalist Dallas Walker tells the couple about her latest case, known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, they realize that Jessica, as a child, may have witnessed the murder of a family living near a winery owned by distant relatives she had been visiting and suppressed the memory.

 

  1. What’s next in store for Jessica and Murphy?

LC: Sorry, but the next Thorny Rose Mystery is at least a year away. But you will get to visit with them again in Twofer Murder.

The working title for the next Thorny Rose Mystery is From Rags to Riches to Dead. In this mystery, Jessica’s best friend Amy receives news that her leech of a husband was killed in a freak accident at an expensive resort, where he had spent the last several days living it up. Amy, and Jessica are still trying to sort out this news when Dean walks in—alive and well. Upon investigation, they discover that a killer has been stealing the identity of deadbeat husbands who have been living off their rich wives, and then luring them to expensive resorts to murder them.

 

  1. Please tell us that you have not abandoned Mac Faraday and Gnarly.

LC: Oh, no! I will never abandon Mac Faraday. Gnarly won’t let me. Look for Twofer Murder this summer.

Twofer Murder will be a treat for mystery lovers because it will be two mysteries in one novel. This book will contain all of the characters from the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose mysteries. The guys go fishing and get embroiled in a murder mystery. Meanwhile, the ladies go off to a murder mystery writers conference and end up wrapped up in their own mystery when an up and coming mystery writer ends up dead! Can’t beat that! Two mysteries for the price of one!

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Claimed Book by Sarah O’Rourke

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Instalove! Fire Chief Aiden James often fell in lust, but not in love. That was — until the beautiful new librarian Carolina Mayfair showed up in his small town. The sparks flew and set them both aflame for one magical night, and the resulting inferno changed both of their lives forever.

Caro Mayfair was passionate, committed, and not looking for love at all. She just wanted to use her newly-minted college degree at the small library in the mountain town of Paradise. Little did she know that she was about to meet the man that would set her world on fire!

Erotica, romantica, and all sorts of other stuff!

28K-word standalone novella; can be read as standalone or part of the Passion in Paradise series.

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I rated this book 4 ****’s 

Laugh out loud and hotness into one

This book is a short read. It makes you laugh out loud and hotness into one. Laughing while being bothered in the secret but right places are a deadly combination. I enjoyed reading this short story. I loved that a fireman hunk is attracted to a librarian instantly. What a deadly attraction these two are. If you are looking for a short, sweet, emotional and hot book to read, Claimed is perfect.

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Aiden had known the second he laid his eyes on that spectacular hourglass figure of hers that he wanted her. Of course he had. A man would have to be dead not to want to spend time between those gorgeous thighs, worshiping at those fantastic breasts while he fucked into what he’d bet was the tightest pussy in creation. Yes, his cock had screamed ‘MINE!’ the moment his gaze settled on her fine little body. But the second she’d turned and he’d seen her exquisite face for the first time… yeah, he’d been done. He’d known that woman would hold him – heart, mind, body, and soul.

There’d been no question at all.

He was claiming sweet Carolina for his own.

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Between them, they have four children and twenty years of marriage…one to a retired super soldier and the other to egomaniac engineer. They hate empty chocolate wrappers and writer’s block, love to talk to readers…and oh, by the way, they write about strong, kick-ass women and hot alpha heroes!

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Burn Book by Helen Hardt

 

 


Burn (Steel Brothers Saga #5)
by Helen Hardt
Release Date: 14th February
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Jonah Steel is knee deep into trying to solve the mystery surrounding his family and his brother’s abduction, and the arrival of his best friend has complicated the situation…although not as much as his infatuation with his brother’s therapist, Dr. Melanie Carmichael. The quiet humility of the blond beauty has him enthralled, and he burns for her as he never has for any woman. 

Melanie Carmichael is intelligent and driven, yet filled with regret. She has fallen in love with gorgeous Jonah Steel, but fears she may never be able to tell him. The demons from her past have come for her…and she may not get out alive.

 

I rated this book 4 ****’s 

A continuation book from the The Steel Brothers Saga. I loved this book. It is sweet, emotional and gut wrenching book to read. There are scenes that are too emotional to read. It is suspense. I loved reading this extra ordinary love story of Jonah and Melanie. There are topics that are scary but an eye-opening especially when you have kids. Though this is a series, you can read it alone. It is easy to catch up from the previous series.


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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family. Helen loves to hear from readers.



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Surprised treats from the husband on Valentines Day

It is time of the month for me. I am grumpy an in pain because of the cramps. My husband greeted me a “Happy Valentines”. I told him I do not have a card for you. He said that is fine.

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He left and went to the grocery store while I am cleaning the house. He called me from the store if I need something. I said I am good and took a shower. He came home and was surprised to see this Valentines treats on top of the bookshelves.

My husband is not romantic but he is thoughtful. He brought me flowers, chocolates and a card. He also brought our daughter a teddy bear and card. I am glad that he always include our daughter especially if it is Valentines.

How was your Valentines Day. Hope you had fun with the love of your life.

Jasmine: Kings of Guardian Book 6 by Kris Michaels

Jasmine: Kings of Guardian Book 6
by Kris Michaels
Genre: Military Romance
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Book 6 in the series but all books can be read standalone

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Jasmine King loved her chosen profession, until assigned as personal security to Chad Nelson. The sex-fueled country superstar was either a stone cold killer or the target of a deranged psychopath. Regardless, the self-absorbed bad boy was now hers to protect, and she’d be damned if she’d fail—despite the singer’s best efforts to expand her job into a more personal one.
One minute Chad’s the reigning king of country music and in the next, an FBI murder suspect—two murders, actually. As if that’s not bad enough, he’s in the cross-hairs of someone who wants him dead. The distraction of his gorgeous bodyguard couldn’t have come at a worse time.  He’s got a front row seat to the destruction of his wildly successful and carefully constructed life.
When the race to get him to safety reveals pursuit by not only Chad’s enemies but worse, Guardian’s, positions are reversed as the country star reaches back to a military past and helps free Jasmine from a bloody confrontation.  Jasmine realizes Chad is much more than his surface appearance. Perhaps he’s what she’s needed all along.

I rated this book 5 *****’s

My favorite guardian

Jasmine not only a beautiful name but gorgeous guardian too. She is one bad-ass girl who can kick any man. She is not only feisty but dangerously gorgeous with all those skills that a guard have. Chad on the other hand is a famous country star. He is not only can sing right to your heart and soul but body that die for. When these two met, the chemistry is louder than the country fans. 

I loved reading this King Of Guardian Series. Jasmine is my favorite guardian. I enjoyed reading this book. It is not only suspense but the story is oh so good. It also very sweet but oh so funny as heck. It is also a very steamy but romantic book. If you love music especially country (though I am not a fan) and a girl who is strong, smart and dangerously gorgeous, Jasmine is hard to resist. This book is an amazing read.

It is a HEA book but if you missed the first King Of Guardian Series, why not check them out. They are all connected in this story too but would be easy if you read the other book from this very suspense and steamy series. Jasmine is hard to put it down.  

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Kris Michaels is the alter ego of a happily married wife and mother who loves to write erotic romance with a twist of military flavor. A chance meeting and immediate friendship with an established author propelled Kris into a world where her lifelong fantasy of publishing romance novels came true! Her vivid imagination and erotic fantasies evolved into the Kings of Guardian Series now under contract to be published with Troll River Publishing.

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When It Comes to His Kids, Vin Diesel admits he’s a CryBaby

One of the world’s biggest action stars, Vin Diesel, might be tough and ‘furious’ but Vin admitted he has a soft side and it’s his children.

This sexy dad of four loves nothing more than his kids. In a recent interview with PEOPLE, the 49-year-old Fast and Furious star revealed, “My pride in my kids is through the roof. Oh, my God, I’m proud of them all the time.”

Vin also openly shared that once you have kids, you wake up every day wanting to be able to parent. He always tries to make that his main focus and that’s really sweet! He’s unafraid to boast about his kids and say that his joy comes from them. His kids must be really proud of him.

The actor, known to have a tough persona on cam, confessed that he can get easily get teary-eyed when it comes to his children. Furthermore, Vin said, “My kids move me to tears all the time. My daughter Similce said to me a couple of weeks ago, ‘Daddy, I know what song should play at every funeral.’ I said, ‘What is it?’ And she said, ‘See You Again.’ That was not fair.”

Seeing someone with a rock-like image such as Vin Diesel gleefully talking about his love for his kids is something that we all love. He’s definitely on the right track when it comes to parenting his kids.

The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall Book by Shannon Kirk

Book Description:

What if you could choose your heaven now? Go on a celestial shopping trip of sorts? Thirty-five-year-old Vivienne does just that, as she lies dying in the ICU; a fatal walk into the path of a truck. In her final week of life, Vivienne treks through the Heavens of a priest, a best friend, a homeless child, and a lover who never was. Vivienne’s guardian angel, Noah, who may just be her soul mate, escorts her through selections of Heavens and through the confusion Vivienne experiences as she flounders between a doubt of life and the certainty of death. Although her visits to varied afterlives provide peace and beauty, choosing proves not so easy: Vivienne’s love for her young son and her earthly father pull her from her colorful journey—and from her divine love of Noah.

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The nature of love, the variety and magic of life, unending hope, and the importance of saying goodbye are central to this uplifting tale.

I rated this book 4 ****’s

What would heaven looks like 
 
This book is very extra ordinary indeed. It is mesmerizing to read, powerful and unbelievable. I know that I ask myself what would heaven looks like. This story is somewhat answer my question.  
 
What a beautiful love story. One of a kind that I ever read. Now I know that true love always remain after death though this book is fictional. True love never dies because in heaven it will continue and never end this time. 

As a worker in a nursing home and saw many old residents dying, I wonder if this is what they see when their body will leave the earth. There is no pain, sorrow but happiness. What a very sweet and tragic read too. One of the sweetest book I read and loved it.  If you are looking for an inspiration book, this book is beyond that.  

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Shannon Kirk is the awarding-winning author of the international bestselling Method 15/33 (psychological thriller–bestseller in Colombia and Spain, will be lead title in Italy, 2017) and Heavens (Literary Fiction). Method 15/33 has received multiple accolades: 2015 Foreword Review Book of the Year (Suspense); Winner of 2015 National Indie Excellence Award, Best Suspense; 2015 USA Best Book Finalist; School Library Journal’s Best Adult Books for Teens (2015); and Finalist in 2013 William Faulkner William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition (when a Novella). Method 15/33 is optioned for a major motion film and has sold to nineteen foreign rights.

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When not writing, she is a practicing lawyer, residing on Massachusett’s Cape Ann with her husband and son and two cat writing accomplices, Marvin Marquez (in honor of Gabriel Garcia Marquez) and Stewie Poe (Edgar Allen Poe).

Shannon enjoys writing in several genres: literary fiction, psychological thriller, young adult, and poetry. She has been honored three times by the William Faulkner William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. ​

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What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you?

There have been so many funny things in my life, so I’m sure I can’t identify the funniest. The one I’m thinking of today was a day my mother and I were Christmas shopping. As we were walking through the parking lot to our car, a driver backed up into us, because he wasn’t watching one bit for pedestrians. My mother slammed her hand on his trunk, as we curled our bodies to brace for the impact. He jammed on the brakes, thank God. We quickly jogged out of the way and I shouted back at the driver, “Nice car!”  My mother started howling with laughter, because A. In this situation, a normal reaction would be to swear, right? Not comment on the person’s car. And B. I said it mockingly, but the truth was, it was a brand new luxury vehicle, black, shiny, beautiful. My reaction made no sense. Even I don’t know why I said it.

My mother and I laughed so hard we had to sit on the tar in the parking lot to catch our breaths. To this day, whenever some driver does something wrong to us, we shout, “NICE CAR!”

I guess it’s an inside joke.

The scariest?

I can’t discuss it. Let’s just say I shrink in fear of ceiling fans.

The strangest?

The strangest thing to happen to me is recounted in The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall. The scene where ten-year-old Lachlan takes Vivienne to the botanical garden to make her step away from a damaging routine, basically giving her a “church” in nature, that happened to me. I still consider this event so strange and unexplainable, that a ten-year-old would have the spiritual and psychological wherewithal to bring an adult to a botanical garden, that he himself had never been to, to “cure” her, this is never going to leave my mind. And, as in the book, my real-life Lachlan later became a priest.

What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

Walk away from something I loved with my whole soul, but could not have. Requires commitment every single day and will until the day I die.

Any hobbies?

I collect seaglass and make sculptures with them. Here’s a picture of one. This one is called Love Letters on Rocky Neck.

 

 

 

 

Westobou Gold Book By Hawk MacKinney

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The Indian Queen would risk torture and worse to keep her secrets from these barbarians in suits of metal and their search for cities of gold. They never found the gold. Empires rose; empires fell, the centuries passed. Legend became fireside myths, but no treasure was ever found. Yet, among the grey-green drapes of wisteria and wild jasmine along the misty shrouded lowlands of bayous and marshes of the Westo River, the folktales persist.

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In the lazed creep of a near-tropical dawn lit the pungent Turkish coffee permeates Moccasin Hollow. Beyond the kitchen door Lucky, Craige Ingram’s German shepherd gnaws a favorite bone. Looted burial mounds seem a world away until plundered mounds on Moccasin Hollow land brings amateur archaeologist PI Craige Ingram into the cross-hairs of kidnapping. Stealthy hideaways are concealed in old colonial brick-lined river grottoes beneath the big house of Ardochy plantation. Sex-tape underage blackmail and thrill killings on federal land spur a medical examiner’s preliminary postmortem to more than a hired cleaner’s quickie cover-up passed off as drug deals gone sour. Greed tangles a witch’s pigswill of illicit affairs and murder-to-hide-murder. Shady investigators and shadier politics stir an unexpected concoction that threatens the lives of those at Moccasin Hollow in a spiteful plot against ex-SEAL Craige Ingram and the woman he loves.

I rated this book 5 *****’s 

I am blown away with this book 
 
The story started so slow for me. I told myself that I will keep reading until I am on that chapter where my mind will blown me away. I was not wrong and it did. 
 
I never see it coming until the last page. It was epic. I so loved Craige and his smartness to solve the crime. I so loved his dog as well. 

Suspense is my second favorite genre aside from contemporary romance. The twist always keep me jumpy on the couches while reading.  This book has the everything you are looking for a suspense book. Though some scenes of the book is too brutal for me. It made me sick to my stomach but it also add to the story. There is always a mole and I never expect that to happen. It is so good. 
 
This book is so good. My very first time to read the author’s book. I enjoyed his writings. I am looking forward to read more of his books.

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Internationally acclaimed author and public speaker, Hawk MacKinney began writing mysteries for his school newspapers. He served in the US Navy Reserve for over 20 years, and was a tenured faculty member at several state medical facilities, teaching postgraduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem, Israel. Since retiring Hawk has authored several novels that have received national and international recognition. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel, was nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award. The Cairns of Sainctuarie, his science fiction series, includes The Bleikovat Event and The Missing Planets, with a third book in the works. Hawk’s latest project focuses on The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Book 1 in the series, Hidden Chamber of Death, was released early 2016.

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Author interview

What advice would you give budding writers?

Not advice so much as examples set by colleagues and professionals I respect/trust. If you enjoy writing…don’t talk about it…WRITE! No matter the so-called genre; a writer is one who sits alone in a secluded room (read that as “comfortable environment”), wastes a lot of paper, and doesn’t know if outside it’s sunshine or moonlight. A writer either makes up tales or writes about facts, changing the names of the guilty to protect the innocent. Whatever it’s called—fiction or nonfiction, payback or creative inspiration, IT’s fun. Don’t quit AND save everything. The world is full of people who say “no”, but as long as you don’t say no to the person in the mirror, you’re fine. One other caveat that way too many stumble on. So you’ve written a whatever with a cover and it has been published. Don’t sit on the front steps and count the cars going by expecting the world to rush to your doorstep wanting to buy your book. This is when the real work of marketing begins. Work only with those you trust, whose word is their bond and they do what they promise.

Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack?

With no bilge-water sludge coffee after 9:30a…hot tea and a seldom no-salt cracker which tastes like cardboard. Favorite snacks are loaded with sugar and pork fat or sizzlin’ hot, deep-fried fatback…deep-fried anything. Beckoning flavors that I haven’t nibbled in more than 10 years. Dietary habits and indiscretions of the past catching up with me, BUT I do miss those wonderful-smellin’ “Southron” flavors.

In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper?

Pencil and paper, keyboard and monitor, notepad and airport…they’re words for tools. It’s like a creative talent…musical instrument, piano, tumbling numbers-values-equations in a physicist’s thoughts…it’s not our talents/gifts, it’s what we do with them that matter. First drafts are hand-scribbled hardcopy on whatever is at hand. Editing…for Westobou Gold took more than 10-15 manuscript edits/rewrites…that’s where the computer tool comes in handy. If a writer isn’t careful with his time, computers can be seductive time-wasters, but they are a nice tool.

How long have you been writing?

Since those evenings my grandmother or mother sat on the porch swing or front stoop; spun tales of stars while we counted lightnin’ bugs and listened to great greasy steel and iron of railroad freights and passenger trains thundering through the valley, whistlin’ their clang of toots and longer steaming streamers.

Have you ever been to the many places you use in your settings?

South Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, California are just a few of the states of the lower 48, Scotland, England, Israel…vacationed/lived in most all of them. The historical romance is set primarily in SC and GA; those settings still exist…most folks thereabouts know nothing of the secrets/skullduggery lurking in police reports…that’s a ditto for Westobou Gold.

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

I have no idea. I keep a notepad handy a.m., p.m., bedtime, the middle of a Nighthorse Technicolor dream…out of the blue…the name of a character…a setting, like Ardochy in Westobou Gold…a plot line. When it hits, it hits, and I can hardly wait to put it together.

Are your characters based on/inspired from real people?

All of them…people-watching can be an addictive habit…sometimes embarrassing, but it yields a wonder of detail. Animals in a glut of zoos; in airports, restaurants, malls or shopping centers, rest stops, freeway drivers with their “smart” phones, driving with their feet. Anywhere one can observe Pavlovian behavior that often has to be cleaned up before painting murder and mayhem with words because reality is often unexpected WAY beyond sordid X-rated.

What is the last great book you’ve read?

Boots on the Ground. Nonfiction, gruff gritty sweaty tears, sordid, sad success of some of our finest special forces. We ALL owe them for putting gut-deep fear into the sordid madness of terrorists using religions to grab power, as well as having to deal with the hog pen stink of cover-ups by the higher-ups…military and civilian.

 

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Full descriptive videos of each title released in The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series and sci-fi The Cairns of Sainctuarie Series are on the website above with direct video links below.

Hidden Chamber of Death: https://youtu.be/LClbrwyQGhM

Bleikovat Event: https://youtu.be/-m-H8pfoh-A

Missing Planets: https://youtu.be/tLOOHlQ3IYs

Moccasin Trace: https://youtu.be/OvV8gqls688

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The coolest electric guitar that you can buy

Would it be romantic to listen the sweetest electric guitars while you are reading like the top fretlight guitar at M F? I am not sure if I could concentrate reading the book if I heard a music playing though. As a bookworm myself at the same time a music lover, I need silence when I am reading or else it will bother me and cannot concentrate what chapters I am reading.

I do not mind listening to any music excepts when I am reading or vacuuming. Those are two activities that music is not allowed.

How to keep your musical instrument safe

I know that my little girl is so tiny and carrying a big musical instrument. It blows my mind because her baritone case is so heavy and still she carries it with her. It would be safer for her if it has a strap so she can carry it comfortably. Unfortunately, it is not available for that kind of musical instrument that she is playing to her school. I am so glad that she is having the time of her life playing the baritone.

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