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IVY MORRIS MYSTERIES – HOEDOWN SHOWDOWN by Misty Simon, new release!!

Misty Simon

Ivy Morris Mysteries – Hoedown Showdown

By

Misty Simon

With the Tasty Tomato Tournament just days away, the small town of Martha’s Point is all abuzz. This is the first year without a sure winner, and the competition is fierce to gain the judges’ approval, even before the tournament starts.

But when Ivy finds one of those judges dead in a shed across the street, things go from bad to worse. All she wanted was seven glorious, kid-free days of messing around with her husband. Instead, she’s going to be tracking down a killer, staying out of the way of a pickle-obsessed farmer, and dodging the new cop who seems out for her blood.

Rating: Spicy

Excerpt

“Myrt,” I said patiently, as if talking to a small child. “First of all, this wasn’t the tomato crusher. It was Judge McIntyre.”

I didn’t even get to the next part since she started wailing. “Oh, my stars! I’m never going to win the Tasty Tomato Tournament now! It’s the fiftieth anniversary, and I wanted at least one chance before I die! And now I will never win this! I’ll be a dead woman long before I can ever show my face again in the tournament! And this was supposed to be my year!”

Not only was that a lot of exclamation points, but she also dragged the last word out until it sounded like a cat dying. I tried to calm her down by settling my hand on her shoulder. She shook me off while dropping her cane at her feet. With a ton of creaks and cracks, she knelt down beside him and started babbling about how sorry she was.

“I don’t think you should touch him.” I said this while definitely keeping my distance. I did not want to touch him more than I already had. To be honest, it had been some time since I was involved in anything more than feeding and playing with my kids or running my store and being a wife. Occasionally I would help Ben with a case or two in his work as a private investigator, but it was more paperwork than anything else. I did not want to even know what had happened to the judge, much less who had done it. Ben was not going to be pleased. At all.

“I’m so sorry, Mr. McIntyre,” Myrt said with her face close to his, her hand patting his chest. There was a crinkling noise, but she was still talking. “So very sorry. When Irma died last year in her sleep after winning her forty-ninth straight tournament, I thought I finally had a chance, and now I hit you, and I’m so very, very sorry, and I can’t believe I mistook you for a burglar.” She twisted her hands together like she was wringing out a dishtowel. And she was going to draw blood if she continued biting her lip in between babbling some more.

I had few choices right now. I have to admit here that I had no desire whatsoever to call the police. I didn’t want to be involved in things. I had plans this week. This was not going to keep me from swinging from the freaking chandelier if I could.

Of course, I could go across the street and call from the house, or have Ben call and then remove myself from the situation altogether. But that would be completely unfair to Mrs. Crandall.

I couldn’t help myself. I let out a scream that would have brought down an opera house, something between frustration and fright because, at that moment, something furry ran against my leg before shooting into the bushes.

In the end, the decision of what to do was taken out of my hands because the police came tearing up in the one marked car in town, screeching to a halt at the curb. A man in uniform was out of the car before I could blink again. And I’m glad I didn’t blink because I would have missed the way he jumped from the car and then did a forward roll across the front lawn as if he was in some crazy-assed shootout.

 

You can find me on the web at:

Website: http://www.mistysimon.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/misty.simon.18Misty Simon

Twitter: @MistySimon

Buy Link: http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/4892-hoedown-showdown.html

Author bio: Misty Simon loves a good story and decided one day that she would try her hand at it. Eventually she got it right. There’s nothing better in the world than making someone laugh, and she hopes everyone at least snickers in the right places when reading her books. She lives with her husband, daughter and three insane dogs in Central Pennsylvania where she is hard at work on her next novel or three. She loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at misty@mistysimon.com

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Guest Post– “Writing Mystery” by JoAnne Myers author MURDER MOST FOUL

Hello Sarah, it is great to be back. I will be awarding two lucky people who comment each a paperback or PDF of their choice. The choices are: Murder Most Foul, Wicked Intentions, Twisted Love, The Crime of the Century, Flagitious, Loves, Myths, and Monsters, or Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between.                                           

Writing Mystery

 

Before writing a word, take some time to jot down key story points. As you’re writing, the story will want to take on a life of its own. Having a handy reference of key points will help keep your story on track and you from pulling your hair out. A list of key points is also helpful when outlining the story plot. You may very well find that the story begins to unfold as you’re writing down the key points. If this happens…let it! Write down any ideas or details that come to you, they’ll come in handy later.

Some key points to consider are; what is the mystery? This is the underlying theme to the entire story so be as in-depth as possible (has there been a murder or a theft or a kidnapping? If so, how and where was it committed?).
Hunt for the culprit. Every good story has at least one antagonist, but what steps must the hero or heroine take to find him/her? How will the villain evade the hero? How is the mystery solved? In mystery writing there are a lot of twists and turns. Write down your initial thoughts for plot twists, red herrings to throw the readers off the trail of the true villain, and of course the final stages of how the good guy will prevail…or does he? You need to decide whether or not the hero or the villain wins in the end. Many hero’s die trying to solve their case. Many are involved in physical altercations with other characters. You must decide how many altercations, the number of characters involved, and what weapons if any are used. It is not a good idea to only engage your characters with fist fighting. Throw in some knives, chains, falling from windows, or my favorite, a poisoning, and other nasty assaults.

Every great story has well rounded characters. We read fiction because we want to be entertained and develop a connection with the characters. Outlining items such as personality traits, physical features, and quirks can help bring your characters to life; a speech impediment, or limp, or a nervous twitch.

For the Protagonist, decide the name, age, where does he/she live, does he/she have a family or pets, what is their driving goal for taking on this particular case? Is the hero a police officer, a person sworn to honesty, pride, and valor. Or is the good guy a private detective being paid to find a certain someone. Or your main character could be a parent or sibling searching for a missing loved one.

For the Antagonist, decide the name, age, where does he/she live, is there an underlying reason for being the antagonist? Perhaps this person is a career criminal. On the other hand, maybe he/she is a good person that suffered an unjust and turned to crime out of bitterness and despair.

Then you have your support characters, who are the color of the story. They provide depth to the story whether good or bad. A support character could be as simple as a loud mouth hot dog vendor standing on a street corner or as in-depth as the villain’s partner in crime. In writing a mystery story, support characters can take on a life of their own with the reader, so make them interesting. Just because they are labeled support characters does not mean they are any less important than the main characters.

Next is the location of the story. When and where is the story set? These two key elements are what bring your story to life. Mystery story writing is a broad genre and could be set in any time period and in any place. When working with actual locations it is a good idea to do research on the location first. Readers want to feel as though they are there with the characters, so being able to accurately describe a location is vital. Time periods are no exception. If the story is set in 1940’s New Orleans, the reader will want to see their surroundings, not just be told the story is taking place in a speakeasy or church. Be descriptive!

A mystery story is not a story without a solid well thought out plot. Some things to consider when developing the story plot: What is the driving force of the mystery? To solve a murder, or rescue a kidnap victim? What does the villain do to thwart the hero? Does the villain get his goons on the hero? Is the hero being set up by the villain and now he is being hunted by police. What other obstacles get in the way of solving the mystery?

One of the most important elements of writing a mystery story is suspense. Giving away too much too soon will bore the reader. It is best if the suspense is sprinkled throughout the story; bring the mystery to light within the first few chapters, then as the story progresses add a clue here and there without revealing the outcome until the final chapter. Do not be afraid to add a “red herring” or false clue, within the stories context. Readers love nothing better than to think they have everything figured out only to find in the end they were mistaken the entire time.

The final few chapters of the story should hold the climax of the conflict and resolution between the hero and villain, including how all of the clues scattered throughout the story cumulatively solves the mystery. A good conclusion gives the reader a sense of closure in finding out how the hero solved the mystery. Remember that not all mysteries have to be completely solved or have a “happy” ending. If you are writing a series of stories, the villain may get away at the end of story #1 with the hero using clues from story #1 to track down the villain in story #2. In mystery story writing, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

 

Author News: Murder Most Foul is being transformed into a screenplay so that I may offer it to production companies for a film project. Wish me luck.

Murder Most Foul cover

 

Blurb for “Murder Most Foul” – a detective/mystery

 

When two dismembered torsos wash up on the banks of the local river in the small industrial town of Pleasant Valley, residents are horrified. Between contradicting statements, police ineptitude, lust, lies, manipulation, incest, the motorcycle gang The Devil’s Disciples, crooked cops, and a botched crime scene, everyone becomes a suspect.

The young beautiful Jackie Reeves, a registered nurse, believes the killer is a man from her past. She contacts the dangerously handsome FBI Agent Walker Harmon. An arrest is made, but Harmon and Jackie believe an innocent man is being railroaded by local cops. How far will these lover’s go to solve this heinous crime before anymore killings. Determined to find the truth, Agent Harmon and Jackie are forced to run a gauntlet of deep trouble and turmoil, which marks them for death.

 

Excerpt:

Unbeknown to the killer, his actions set off a chain of events that turned Pleasant Valley upside down, terrified some into moving elsewhere, and left everyone asking, “Why?”

Someone not living in the county, but also disturbed by the carnage was F.B.I Special Agent Walker Harmon, from Columbus. The type person capable of committing such savagery weighed heavily on the mind of the thirty-four year old bachelor who promptly contacted Sheriff Brown.

“It is imperative we meet and discuss my suspicions of Terry Jenkins,” Harmon urged.

“What the hell is goin’ on? What could you guys from Columbus have to say about Terry Jenkins?” Sheriff Brown asked angrily.

“Sheriff, I received a copy of the psychological profile performed by a State University Criminologist concerning the murders. The profile exactly matches Terry Jenkins.”

Snapping at the Federal Agent, the sheriff said. “I also received that psychological profile and, in my opinion, it fits a lot of people in this hick town, most especially Vernon James. I have my men on the case, and we’re gettin’ closer to solvin’ this crime.”

“Sheriff Brown!” Harmon beseeched. “We must join forces. Can you divulge the caliber of the bullets killing the victims?”

“No, I can not!” he said. “That information is privileged to only case personnel. I will not divulge it to anyone, not even a big city detective like you.” He then abruptly hung up on the agent.

 

                                    Reviews for “Murder Most Foul”

 

  1. 5 ***** BTS Magazine-December 2013 Issue 17- Reviewer Marie Haney

Review: The author recreates the scenes with dramatic fashion, adding characters that are so realistic; it feels like you’re living the moment right along with them. She is a wonderful storyteller, paying attention to every intricate detail and leaving you hanging onto every word. If you’re a fan of crime thrillers, this book will definitely not disappoint!

  1. Goodreads author James gives “Murder Most Foul” 5***** on March 2013

Review: What can I say about this book? I absolutely loved it. It is one of those books that when you start it is very hard to put down. Everything is very descriptive and exciting it will always keep your interest peaked for more. Maybe the only way it could be better for me is reading it aloud to others around a campfire. It is a wonderfull read. Well done JoAnne Myers, well done.

  1. Goodreads author Emily Capeles gives “Murder Most Foul” 4 **** on June 2013

 

Author Bio:me and jasmine (2)

I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint.

When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill’s Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My original canvas paintings, can be found at: booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com

 

Other books by JoAnne:

“WICKED INTENTIONS” a paranormal/mystery anthology

“LOVES’, MYTHS’ AND MONSTERS’,” a fantasy anthology

“THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY,” a biography true-crime

“POEMS ABOUT LIFE, LOVE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN”

“TWISTED LOVE,” a true-crime anthology

“FLAGITIOUS,”  a crime/mystery anthology

 

Contact JoAnne:

Email: joannemyers@frontier.com

Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/joannemyers

Facebook Author Page: http://facebook.com/authorpage.joannemyers

Website: Books and Paintings by JoAnne

http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com

 

JoAnne’s Blogs:

Books and Paintings by JoAnne Blog: http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com/page29

Jo Anne’s Blog: http://joannemyers.blogspot.com/

JoAnne’s WordPress Blog:

http://joannemyerswordpressblog.wordpress.com/

Jo Anne’s Postings: https://joannemyers.wordpress.com/

 

Buy Links:

www.melange-books.com/authors/joannemyers/MMF.html

Lulu Paperback:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/joanne-myers/murder-most-foul/paperback/product-21183493.html

Barnes & Noble Paperback:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/murder-most-foul-joanne-myers/1102906264?ean=9781612357201

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Interview with Lynda J. Coker author of STORMEE WATERS

Welcome Lynda J. Coker…Let’s start with when did you start writing?

I started writing at the age of 55 after retiring from my secular job. Of course, with hindsight, I now realize that I should have been writing all along. Just think how many first drafts I could have finished in those wasted years.

 

What genre/genres do you write?

I write Contemporary Sweet Romance. While I love to read across many genres, my writing seems to have found a home in this corner of the publishing world.

 

If you are a pantser, how do you handle when you write into a corner?

I am a confirmed, certified, and devout pantser. And when I find myself in that dark and dusty corner, I usually just sit and pout while I devour a bowl of strawberry ice cream. The ice cream gives me the comfort I need as I mull over my dilemma. You know, of course, that’s it’s never my fault that I end up in that corner, it’s always those traitorous characters that foster rebellion at every turn of the plot.

 

What is your favorite part?

Dirk Savage is a steamroller kind of guy, and I love the way he gets under Stormee’s skin with the smallest look or gesture.  (I’ve included an excerpt in the media kit that would fit here, if you’d like to use it.)

 

Why are your hero and heroine perfect for each other?

They are polar opposites in personality. And while that will always present a problem initially, it’s those very different qualities that, when blended together, creates an unbreakable bond. Their strengths and weaknesses fit like gears, supporting and motivating the other.

 

For Fun…

What’s your favorite TV show or movie of all time?

I seldom watch TV, and my favorite movie of all time was Gone With The Wind. However, what I do enjoy is Asian Drams, especially K-Dramas. Talk about romance…they have it down to a fine art.

 

If you could chose a period in history to be born in, what would it be and why?

I love the present. No matter who we are, no matter the ethnic background or gender, opportunities abound around every corner, if we only have the ability to see them.

 

What was the most embarrassing thing your husband/boyfriend/partner/friend ever did to you in public?

I must have a pretty tame set of friends and a thoughtful husband because I can’t remember any of them ever embarrassing me.

 

What is the one place you have never visited but would love to?

I’ve always wanted to visit Austria and Australia. I think I have an obsession with A’s.

 

If you were stranded on a desert island and could chose any famous person (living or dead), who would you chose to be stranded with you and why?

I had to laugh at this question. My first choice, of course, would be my husband since he takes such good care of me. But since he can’t be described as famous, I’ll have to choose Barbara Cartland. She was a wonderful and prolific writer that inspired my love for happy-ever-after romance. I’d like to spend hours in conversation with her, delve into her imagination, her sense of romance and sensuality that made reading her many books such a pleasure for me.

 

Quick Quiz…

Cake or Chips—Chips

 

Steak or Veggie Burger—Steak

 

Chocolates or Roses—Roses

 

Boxers or Briefs or Nothing at all—All three. They each have their own enticement

 

And since I write both, I have to know which you prefer… Vampires or Cowboys—Cowboys, definitely cowboys…after all, I’m a Texas girl!

 

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Stormee Waters

 By

Lynda J. Coker

 

Blurb:

Dirk Savage never fails to acquire what he wants until he encounters Stormee Waters and a backwash of trouble…

Stormee Waters knows about hard times. Needing to care for her aging grandmother and teenage brother, she moves to Houston, Texas and takes a writing job for a popular magazine. Her first assignment is to interview a successful business man for a series of articles entitled, Make My Man Texas-Sized. Her target, Dirk Savage, appears to have the right criteria. He’s adventurous with the air of a conqueror. Admired by his peers and coveted by beauty queens and debutantes, he’s just the type of man that Stormee needs to make her first article sizzle and sell. But can she handle the heat when she catches his attention?

Dirk Savage is used to acquiring what he wants, except in the illusive quest for the one woman who can fill his heart. The shock of discovering her in the naive young woman assigned to interview him sets his jaded emotions on high alert. Can he convince her that his pursuit is genuine?

Excerpt:

She came back to reality and placed the box on the foyer table, picked up her purse, and stepped through the door. The evening light cast a deep shadow across the man at her side, giving the illusion that he became one with the darkness, and something more she couldn’t define. When he escorted her to a sleek, black sports car of indefinable origin, something more took on solid proportions in her imagination. Every tingling cell in her body warned her against the power of his striking personality. That feeling barely registered before another followed. Dirk Savage didn’t play by anyone’s rules but his own. She nibbled her lower lip and stole a glance at him as he helped her to fasten the seat belt.

“Don’t look so dismayed. I’m not going to ravish you, at least, not before we’ve had our dinner.”

Still leaning over her, with nothing but a thought between their lips, his low chuckle reached to the very bottom of her toes. Embarrassed by his scrutiny, she turned her head.

Fifteen minutes passed. He’d made no small talk, and she welcomed the silence. They’d cleared the congested part of town and cruised through an exclusive residential area. Expensive homes perched along the river’s edge.

She’d been sure he was taking her to the trendy Stardust Restaurant until he drove through the gated entrance of one of the private residences.

He stopped the car under the home’s massive front portico and vacated the vehicle, coming around to open her door. As if a stone placed to seal the entrance, he stood in the open space.

Stormee’s breath stuck in her throat as a hand slipped under her chin and raised it for his inspection. He seized her gaze with his, exposing her to an unrelenting examination. Endless seconds passed as she endured the visual bondage. She could only imagine what her face resembled since the heat in her cheeks seemed to be spreading through her whole body.

Author Bio:

Lynda is an author of contemporary romance that lingers in a reader’s mind long after they’ve closed the book. She lives in Northeast Texas with her husband of fifty years. They enjoy traveling, trying new foods, spending time with family and friends, and doing community service work together. When she feels the need to take a break from writing, she enjoys creating fabric art.  She offers an open invitation to view both her writing and fabric art on her blog.

Blog:  http://betweenthelinesandmore.blogspot.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/lyndacoker

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

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/lyndacoker/

Buy Links: (Release – January 14th)

The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=6034

Amazon: (Available January 14th))

Stormee Waters Launch Giveaway Link:  http://betweenthelinesandmore.blogspot.com/p/stormee-waters-launch-giveaway.html

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Guest Post– “Family Dynamics, Romance and Mystery” by Mae Clair author of ECLIPSE LAKE

Family Dynamics, Romance and Mystery by Mae Clair

 

Thank you, Sara, for allowing me to take over your blog today! I’m delighted to be here and share my newest release, ECLIPSE LAKE.

I’ve always enjoyed writing books that play heavily on character relationships. That’s particularly true when it comes to family dynamics. In all the books I’ve written you’ll find a strong emphasis on a particular family tie, severed by conflict, eventually restored.  I like putting my characters through the wringer, tearing them apart, then paving the way for reconciliation.

Two items that blend well with that storyline are romance and mystery. In my latest, release, ECLIPSE LAKE, I introduce my readers to two brothers, Jonah and Dane, who have been estranged for fifteen years, living on separate coasts. That’s suited both of them fine until the younger brother, Dane, attempts to fulfill a vow made to his late wife. For the sake of his adopted son, he decides it’s time to make peace with Jonah.

But returning to his hometown—a sleepy community tucked on the banks of a resort lake—places him dead center in an unsolved missing person’s case.

Ellie Sullivan, a photojournalist on assignment in Eclipse Lake, finds herself falling for Dane despite the secrets he harbors. Why does he avoid talking about his past and what he does for a living? How is he involved in the disappearance of a local girl who went missing fifteen years before? Why does his brother treat him so coldly, and the town sheriff react with hostility at the mere sight of him?

At its heart, ECLIPSE LAKE is a mystery and a romance, but it’s also a book about healing and forgiveness. About family ties, overcoming obstacles, and believing in the better good.  I’m delighted to share it today.

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Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair

 

Elipse Lake

By

Mae Clair
Release Date: June 2014

 

Blurb:

Small towns hold the darkest secrets.

Fifteen years after leaving his criminal past and estranged brother behind, widower Dane Carlisle returns to his hometown on the banks of sleepy Eclipse Lake. Now, a successful businessman, he has kept his troubled past a secret from most everyone, including his seventeen-year-old son.

But memories in small towns are bitter and long.

Ellie Sullivan, a nature photographer for a national magazine, has a habit of ping-ponging across the map. Her latest assignment leads her to Eclipse Lake where she becomes caught up in the enmity between Dane, his brother Jonah, and a vengeful town sheriff. When freshly-discovered skeletal remains are linked to an unsolved murder and Dane’s past, Ellie is left questioning her growing attraction for a man who harbors long-buried secrets.

 

Excerpt:

Ellie stopped walking and turned to face him. “Why are you here?”Dane picked up a flat stone. With a flick of his wrist he sent it skimming across the lake. It danced effortlessly across the surface as if he’d done the same thing a thousand times before. “You know that skeleton they found?”

She nodded.

“I’ve got more skeletons than a graveyard. I can’t pick up and go to another place…to the next photo shoot.” He turned to face her. “Half of my life is here and half’s on the west coast. I have to make them fit together.”

The revelation reminded her of the family she’d left behind in Idaho, reawakening a familiar tug of homesickness. In an effort to find more comfortable ground, she changed topics. “You told me you’re from San Diego. I did a photo op there four years ago. What do you do for a living?”

“I get by.” He took her hand and started walking again.

She sent a speculative glance in his direction, recognizing evasiveness when she heard it. He was wearing a Rolex, and though dressed casually, clearly had expensive taste. Yet he’d booked an ordinary cabin rather than one of the exclusive chalets higher up the mountain.

She liked the feel of his fingers around hers, warm and firm. The contact sent a pleasant tingle up her arm. What the hell was wrong with her, getting caught up in his touch as if it were magic? As if she’d waited her whole life for that sensation. He had skeletons in his past, a brother who couldn’t stand the sight of him and a sheriff who wanted to run him out of town. Eccentric, or just plain trouble?

 

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About the Author:

mae clair

Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back.  Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars.

Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with mystery and romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.

Discover more about Mae on her website and blog at MaeClair.net 

Connect with Mae Clair at the following haunts:
Website and Blog  |  Twitter (@MaeClair1) |  Google+   |  Facebook Author Page  |  Amazon Author Page   |  Goodreads

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Interview with Stacy Juba author of TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY

I’d like to welcome Stacy Juba today.  Let’s start with what genre or genres do you write?

I write adult mystery/romantic suspense novels, romantic comedy/sweet romance, young adult novels and children’s books.

 

If you are a plotter, how do you handle when your characters decide they don’t like what you have plotted and do their own thing?

I am an extensive plotter and always refer to an outline when I’m writing. However, my characters do start doing their own thing from time to time. Sometimes I’ll shake my head and chuckle and say, “I can’t believe she just did that.” Then I will scribble the changes on the hard copy of my outline. If the changes become extensive, then I’ll update the outline on the computer and print out a fresh copy. 

 

Whatever became of your very first book?

My very first book, a young adult novel called Face-Off, is actually still available for purchase. I wrote this story, a young adult novel about twin hockey stars that battle off and on the ice, when I was in high school and I was thrilled to get a publishing contract soon afterwards. I recently brought out a new paperback edition, audiobook edition, and e-book edition. A few manuscripts that I wrote after that, however, are in a plastic bin in my closet and will be staying there!

 

What inspired you to write Twenty-Five Years Ago Today?

I once worked as a newspaper editorial assistant and one of my responsibilities was compiling the 25 Years Ago Today column from the microfilm. I decided to write a mystery about an editorial assistant who stumbles across a cold case while researching her column.

 

What can you tell us about Twenty-Five Years Ago Today that isn’t in the blurb or excerpt?

I’ve always liked Greek mythology and wanted to incorporate it as a subplot in the book. The murder victim, Diana Ferguson, did paintings of Greek mythology scenes and there could be a clue to her death in one of the paintings. Diana’s sister owns a used bookstore. Years ago, when I was about ten, I bought a Greek mythology book at a used bookstore very much like the bookstore in Twenty-Five Years Ago Today. I referred to that book of myths when I was deciding which stories would inspire Diana.        

 

What is your favorite part?

My favorite part is the climax, as a lot of readers don’t see that ending coming. I enjoy surprising people.

 

Now for Some Fun…

What’s your favorite TV show or movie of all time?

I’m a big fan of Once Upon a Time. My favorite all time movie is Return of the Jedi.

 

If you could chose a period in history to be born in, what would it be and why?

Definitely in the present with all of our technological advances. 

 

What was the most embarrassing thing your husband/boyfriend/partner/friend ever did to you in public?

He threw me in the ocean once!

 

What is the one place you have never visited but would love to?

I’d like to visit Venice. My husband and I visited Rome and Florence, but didn’t have time to see Venice.

 

If you were stranded on a desert island and could choose any famous person (living or dead), who would you chose to be stranded with you and why?

Hmm…I’m thinking it would be handy to be stranded with the president of the United States, as there will be a lot of search parties out there looking for us!  

 

Quick Quiz:

Cake or Chips – Cake

Steak or Veggie Burger – Steak

Chocolates or Roses – Chocolate

Boxers or Briefs or Nothing at all – Boxers

And since I write both, I have to know which you prefer… Vampires or Cowboys – Vampires

 

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 Twenty-Five Years Ago Today by Stacy Juba

Twenty-Five Years Ago Today

By

Stacy Juba

Blurb:

Twenty-Five Years Ago Today: Should we dig for the truth when Pandora’s Box is a coffin of buried secrets? For twenty-five years, Diana Ferguson’s killer has gotten away with murder. When rookie obit writer and newsroom editorial assistant Kris Langley investigates the cold case of the artistic young cocktail waitress who was obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology, not only does she fall in love with Diana’s sexy nephew, but she must also fight to stay off the obituary page herself.A unique blend of literary mystery, cozy mystery, and romantic suspense. Get in on the secret – join thousands of readers in discovering who killed Diana Ferguson.

 

Buy Links:

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Meet Stacy…

Stacy Juba loves to write stories about Characters at a Crossroads: individuals who are finding themselves and getting on the right life path after overcoming obstacles. Her goals are to entertain readers of all ages as well as inspire them. She has made numerous bestseller lists including GalleyCat’s Barnes & Noble Bestsellers and GalleyCat’s Mystery and Thriller Bestsellers. Stacy has written about reality TV contestants targeted by a killer, an obit writer investigating a cold case, teen psychics who control minds, twin high school hockey stars battling on the ice, and teddy bears learning to raise the U.S. flag. She has had a book ranked as #5 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. Browse her website http://www.stacyjuba.com for more information on her mystery, romance, and contemporary fiction books for adults, teens, and children, guest author features and resources on how to build your own “character,” and for her book/product reviews and advocacy relating to Type 1 Diabetes.

 

Author Links:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

 

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Interview with Margo Bond Collins author of FAIRY, TEXAS

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Welcome to my little corner of the interwebs, Margo… Tell us a little about yourself.

In my day job, I teach cMargoBondCollinsollege English courses online, though writing fiction is my first love. After living all over the country (New Orleans, L.A., New York, Atlanta), I have settled down in my native Texas with my husband, our daughter, and a pile of ridiculous pets.

When did you start writing?

I wrote my first fiction story when I was about ten.

What genre/genres do you write?

Paranormal mystery, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance.

Whatever became of your very first book?

It’s about to be published by World Weaver Press as Legally Undead.

What advice would you give to new authors?

The very best advice I ever got was just this: keep writing new things. Always have a work in progress. Finish writing a piece, do a quick edit, and submit it somewhere for publication. Then move on to the next project. Don’t wait to hear back—that way lies madness! If it’s rejected (and often it will be; that’s the nature of writing for publication), don’t let it get you down. Just send it out again and go back to your work in progress.

Do you have any other books? What do you have planned next?

Yes! My other published book is Waking Up Dead.  I have a book contracted with Entangled Publishing, due out this year. I’m also working on sequels to Waking Up Dead, Legally Undead, and Fairy, Texas.

What inspired you to write Fairy, Texas?

Many (most, really) of my ideas come to me while I’m driving. In this case, I was driving through rural Texas near where I grew up and passed the sign for the cut-off to the town Fairy, Texas. I must have driven by the sign hundreds of times in my life, but this time I started wondering what it would be like if the town were actually occupied by fairy-like creatures—not exactly European fairies, but a race that could intermingle with the humans of our own world.  The book developed from there!

Is Fairy, Texas part of a series? If so, tell us about it.

Yes! Fairy, Texas ends with all of the major points wrapped up, but there are some details left open—like how, exactly, Laney comes to be what she is. That’s where the second book, Flightless, picks up.

What is your favorite part? (If you’d like to share a little excerpt of that part, you may do so.)

I love the moment that Laney sees Roger Bartlef for the first time:

Fairy High could have fit into one wing of my old school. The three-story, red brick building looked like it had been around for at least a century—it actually had carvings over two of the doorways that read “Men’s Entrance” and “Women’s Entrance.” I was glad to see that none of the kids paid any attention to those instructions.

“Counselor’s office,” I muttered to myself. At least I wasn’t starting in the middle of a term—though given the fact that there were fewer than 500 students in the entire high school, I didn’t think I was going to be able to go unnoticed, even in the general bustle of the first day back from summer vacation.

I walked through the door marked “Men’s Entrance,” just be contrary, and faced a long hallway lined with heavy wooden doors. The spaces in between the doors were filled with lockers and marble staircases with ornate hand-rails flanked each end of the long hallway. Students poured in behind me, calling out greetings to each other and jostling me off to the side while I tried to get my bearings. None of the doors obviously led to a main office; I was going to have to walk the entire length of the hallway. And people were already starting to stare and whisper.

God. I hated being the new kid.

I took a deep breath and stepped forward. I made it halfway down the hall without seeing anything informative—all the doors had numbers over them and many of them had name plaques, but neither of those things did me any good since I didn’t know the name or office number for the counselor. I was almost getting desperate enough to ask Kayla, but of course she was nowhere to be seen.

I turned back from scanning the halls for her and caught sight of the first adult I’d seen—and almost screamed. As it was, I gasped loudly enough for a guy walking past me to do a double take. The man standing in the open doorway was tall, over six feet, and way skinny—so emaciated that it looked like you ought to be able to see his ribs through his shirt, if his shirt didn’t hang so loosely on him. He had white hair that stuck out in tufts, thin lips, a sharp nose, and pale blue eyes that narrowed as he watched the kids walk past—and all the kids gave him a wide berth without even seeming to notice that they did so. He stood in an empty circle while students streamed around him in the crowded hallway.

But none of that was what made me almost scream.

For a moment, just as I’d turned toward him, I could have sworn that I’d seen the shadow of two huge, black, leathery wings stretched out behind him.

Now for some fun…

What’s your favorite TV show or movie of all time? 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

If you could chose a period in history to be born in, what would it be and why?

I’ve never been all that interested in living in the past—no deodorant, no good razors, no antibiotics? No thank you! But if I had to choose, it would probably be Regency England, as long as I got to be a member of the nobility . . .

What was the most embarrassing thing your husband/boyfriend/partner/friend ever did to you in public?

Many years of teaching beat the shame out of me long ago—nothing gets you past being easily embarrassed more thoroughly than getting up to speak in front of people every day! So although I’m sure my husband has done embarrassing things, I probably never noticed . . .

What is the one place you have never visited but would love to?

China. I would love to see the Great Wall in person.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could chose any famous person (living or dead), who would you chose to be stranded with you and why?

Are there any famous people with amazing survival skills? If so, I want that one! Robinson Crusoe, maybe? (Does a literary character count?)

A Quick Quiz…

Cake or Chips

Cake.

Steak or Veggie Burger

Chocolates or Roses

Both, please!

Boxers or Briefs or Nothing at all

And since I write both, I have to know which you prefer… Vampires or Cowboys

I write both, too, so I’d be hard-pressed to pick!

ME TOO!!!

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Fairy, Texas

By

Margo Bond Collins

 

Blurb:

Fairy, Texas. A small town like any other.

Laney Harris didn’t want to live there. When her mother remarried and moved them to a town where a date meant hanging out at the Sonic, Laney figured that “boring” would have a whole new meaning. A new stepsister who despised her and a high school where she was the only topic of gossip were bad enough. But when she met the school counselor (and his terminal bad breath), she grew suspicious. Especially since he had wings that only she could see. And then there were Josh and Mason, two gorgeous glimmering-eyed classmates whose interest in her might not be for the reasons she hoped. Not to mention that dead guy she nearly tripped over in gym class.

She was right. Boring took on an entirely new dimension in Fairy, Texas.

 

Excerpt:

“Okay, girls,” Coach Spencer yelled above the chatter around me. “We’re going to get warmed up for this year with a little run around the outer track.” She gestured toward a field off to the right of the building. I could see a dirt track wending its way along the edge, disappearing into a copse of stubby trees and scrub brush at the far end. “Four laps,” Spencer added. A general groan went up, and I was glad that the discussion at lunch had distracted me from eating too much. Late August in Texas is hot.

“Well?” the coach said. “Get going!”

We started off at a trot toward the field, many of the girls around me still complaining. For a moment, I considered hanging back with the crowd, but Andrew had told me that Spencer coached the girls’ track team. I wanted to impress her. So I stretched my legs out as I hit the track and settled in to a long stride, my breathing still easy.

The afternoon sun beat down on my head. I watched the small grove grow closer, anxious for some shade. By the time I hit the bend in the track that led into the thicket, I was yards ahead of the rest of the runners—so when I rounded the curve and tripped over the body, I was all alone.

It didn’t take long for everyone else to catch up, but it seemed like an eternity as I scrambled back, crab-like. It took a moment for my brain to translate the messages my eyes were sending it—the images coalesced slowly, like one of those magic pictures with the 3D images inside.

He had been stretched out spread-eagle across the trail, head and feet half-concealed in the brush on either side. Blood pooled around him, sticky and half-dried at the edges. His shirt had been ripped open and a slash opened him from his throat to his stomach.

As the other girls rounded the bend, I realized that the high, keening noise in the background was the sound of my own screaming. As soon as I realized it, I stopped, but several of my classmates picked up where I left off.

My hands and knees were coated with blood where I had landed; my skin was tacky with it. I crawled over to the nearest bush and vomited.

Coach Spencer shoved her way through the girls and stuttered to a stop, her hand to her mouth. “Oh, God,” she said. “It’s Cody Murphy.”

Buy Fairy, Texas:

E-Book:

Amazon (Kindle)

Paperback:

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Meet Margo…

Margo Bond Collins is the author of a number of novels, including Waking Up Dead, Fairy, Texas, and Legally Undead (forthcoming in 2014). She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters.

Connect with Margo

Amazon Author Page  |  Email  |  Website  |  Twitter  |  Google+  |  Goodreads Author Page  |  Facebook Author Page  |  Facebook Novel Page  |  Tumblr  |  Pinterest  |  Manic Readers |  Be sure to add Fairy, Texas to your Goodreads bookshelves

 

 

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Writing Paranormal guest post by JoAnne Myers author of WICKED INTENTIONS, a paranormal anthology

JoAnne Myers, Wicked Intentions, Paranormal Fiction, Anthology

 

WRITING PARANORMAL

When it comes to fiction writing, almost anything goes. That is why I love writing paranormal and fantasy stories. The author can go completely over the edge and make something unbelievable seem believable. When it comes to ghost stories, I get a lot of my inspiration from real life experiences. Not necessarily my own either. I watch television programs that partake of the supernatural and paranormal flare. Programs from ordinary people who claim they experienced either an afterlife experience, or a haunting.

Some of my stories from my upcoming release “Wicked Intentions” is based on actual hauntings. Some stories I read about in the newspaper, and others I watched on true life experience programs. So the next time you get “writer’s block” try switching on the television. You might find something to jolt your inspiration.

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Wicked Intentions

a Paranormal/Mystery Anthology 

by

JoAnne Myers

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BLOOD TIES– word count 15, 902

After the mysterious disappearance of twenty-six year old wife and mother Lisa Smalley, her twin, Audra Roper, begins having dark and disturbing visions of Lisa’s disappearance. Trying to survive while looking for Lisa, Audra’s life becomes a roller coaster of risks, heartbreak, and intrigue.

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THE HAUNTING OF BARB MARIE– word count 9,845

Even as a child, Barb Marie saw dead people. This took an unhealthy toil on her throughout her childhood and young adulthood.

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SUMMER WIND-word count 13,039

When twenty-nine year old Ginger discovers the old mansion Summer Wind, she is mysteriously drawn to it. Immediately, the haunting’s have a negative and profound effect on the family.

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THE TRUTH BEHIND THE LIES-laying the Norfolk ghost to rest-word count 23,421

Solving the brutal murder of American born Ruthie Geil becomes a gauntlet of attacks and more murders for Federal Police Inspector Ian Christian. Between the victims family, ex-lovers, and ghostly occurrences on Norfolk Island, the killer is closer than anyone realizes.

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THE LEGEND OF LAKE MANOR-word count 8,297

For the young psychic Cassandra Lopez, coming to the infamous and haunted mansion Lake Manor, was more like a mission.

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THE APARTMENT-word count 5,188

When young newlyweds Bill and Gayle move into their new apartment, their lives are plagued with sightings of evil ghosts that threaten their marriage and lives.

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DARK VISIONS-word count 5,170

When Carrie Reynold’s starts having nightmares on her twenty-sixth birthday, she believes her “dark visions” can solve the twenty year disappearance of her father.

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Meet JoAnne…

I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having JoAnne Myers, authorseveral novels under my belt, I canvas paint.

When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dogs Jasmine and Scooter, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of Coffee Time Romance, International Women’s Writing Guild, Paranormal Romance Guild, the National Writers Association, Savvy Authors, the Hocking Hill’s Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams.

My books along with my original canvas paintings, can be found at:  http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com/

Other books by JoAnne:

Murder Most Foul-a detective/mystery

The Crime of the Century-a biography true crime

Poems About Live, Love, and Everything in Between

Upcoming Releases:

Loves, Myths, and Monsters-a fantasy anthology available in April

Twisted Love-a biography true crime anthology available in May

Flagitious-a detective/mystery novella anthology

 

Wicked Intentions A paranormal/mystery anthology can be found at:

Melange Books | Lulu |  Amazon

Author Links:

Website  | Blog |  Facebook  |  Twitter  | Email

 

 

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