Wednesday, July 18, 2018

#MysteryExchange #spotlight -- have you ever had a daydream that ends up in a book? Let's ask #mystery writer Cathy Perkins @cperkinswrites

Please welcome Cathy Perkins, talented author and her book, In It For the Money!



Where do authors get their ideas? Someone told me they think an author’s brain is a scary place! We do constantly ask, “What if…?”

Sometimes a daydream offers a story start, but ideas and inspiration can show up in the strangest places. My husband and I were hiking along the Snake River in a game management area called Big Flats (which happens to feature in So About The Money, the first book in the Holly Price Mystery series). We had to push through some tangled foliage at the shoreline. Being a mystery writer whose mind really can go strange places, I glanced over my shoulder and said, “Wouldn't this be a great place to find a body?”
That germ of an idea kept growing. Why would the heroine be at Big Flats to stumble over the body? How did the body end up beside the river in the first place?
The idea for In It For The Money, (Book 4 in the series) came while I was chatting with a friend’s nephew at a party. He was all excited about designing some bizarre machine called a Rockcrawler. I had no clue what he was talking about, but I picked up on his passion. And my writer’s brain went, Hmmm… Rockcrawlers… That’s different.
Let me explain Rockcrawling—or rather, here’s how Holly described the sport to her friend, Laurie Gordon, after Holly dragged Laurie to the opening day events:
"Two guys were sitting on their back porch, drinking." Holly raised her wine glass and Laurie clicked the rim. "One polished off his beer, belched, and popped open another can. He pointed at the vacant lot next door and said, 'Betcha I can drive my truck over those rocks.'"
"You're lying." Laurie narrowed her eyes. 
"Swear to God." Holly raised her right hand. "And since God takes care of idiots and drunks, the first one made it over—alive—and his friend and all their friends had to try. And their friends..." She waved at the scene before them. 
In It For The Money just released! After several “related world” stories, it was fun to climb back into Holly’s head. What a crowded place—rockcrawlers, drug rumors and relationship woes compound an already hectic work schedule. (Guess I better get busy on Book 3 and see what happens next.)

IN IT FOR THE MONEY
Holly Price traded professional goals for personal plans when she agreed to leave her high-flying position with the Seattle Mergers and Acquisition team and take over the family accounting practice. Reunited with JC Dimitrak, her former fiancé, she’s already questioning whether she’s ready to flip her condo for marriage and a house in the ‘burbs. 
When her cousin Tate needs investors for his innovative car suspension, Holly works her business matchmaking skills and connects him with a client. The Rockcrawler showcasing the new part crashes at its debut event, however, and the driver dies. Framed for the sabotage, Tate turns to Holly when the local cops—including JC—are ready to haul him to jail. Holly soon finds her cousin and client embroiled in multiple criminal schemes. She’s drawn into the investigation, a position that threatens her life, her family and her already shaky relationship with JC.

Links


Nook:            http://bit.ly/Nook_InItForTheMoney

Kobo:            http://bit.ly/Kobo_InItForTheMoney


Thanks for letting me visit today!

An award-winning author of financial mysteries, Cathy Perkins writes twisting dark suspense and light amateur sleuth stories. A contributing editor for International Thriller Writers' The Big Thrill, she also coordinated the prestigious Daphne du Maurier contest.

When not writing, she does battle with the beavers over the pond height or heads out on another travel adventure. She lives in Washington with her husband, children, several dogs and the resident deer herd.



Sign up for her newsletter on her website (https://cperkinswrites.com ) or follow her on BookBub (https://www.bookbub.com/profile/cathy-perkins )for new release announcements.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

#MysteryExchange #Spotlight on In It for the Money by Cathy Perkins @cperkinswrites #Mystery series book 4


Please welcome awesome author, Cathy Perkins who will answer the BIG QUESTION: Where do authors get their ideas? Someone told me they think an author’s brain is a scary place! We do constantly ask, “What if…?” 

Sometimes a daydream offers a story start, but ideas and inspiration can show up in the strangest places. My husband and I were hiking along the Snake River in a game management area called Big Flats (which happens to feature in So About The Money, the first book in the Holly Price Mystery series). We had to push through some tangled foliage at the shoreline. Being a mystery writer whose mind really can go strange places, I glanced over my shoulder and said, “Wouldn't this be a great place to find a body?”

That germ of an idea kept growing. Why would the heroine be at Big Flats to stumble over the body? How did the body end up beside the river in the first place?

The idea for In It For The Money, (Book 4 in the series) came while I was chatting with a friend’s nephew at a party. He was all excited about designing some bizarre machine called a Rockcrawler. I had no clue what he was talking about, but I picked up on his passion. And my writer’s brain went, Hmmm… Rockcrawlers… That’s different.

Let me explain Rockcrawling—or rather, here’s how Holly described the sport to her friend, Laurie Gordon, after Holly dragged Laurie to the opening day events: 

"Two guys were sitting on their back porch, drinking." Holly raised her wine glass and Laurie clicked the rim. "One polished off his beer, belched, and popped open another can. He pointed at the vacant lot next door and said, 'Betcha I can drive my truck over those rocks.'"

"You're lying." Laurie narrowed her eyes.

"Swear to God." Holly raised her right hand. "And since God takes care of idiots and drunks, the first one made it over—alive—and his friend and all their friends had to try. And their friends..." She waved at the scene before them.




In It For The Money just released! After several “related world” stories, it was fun to climb back into Holly’s head. What a crowded place—rockcrawlers, drug rumors and relationship woes compound an already hectic work schedule. (Guess I better get busy on Book 3 and see what happens next.)

IN IT FOR THE MONEY

Holly Price traded professional goals for personal plans when she agreed to leave her high-flying position with the Seattle Mergers and Acquisition team and take over the family accounting practice. Reunited with JC Dimitrak, her former fiancé, she’s already questioning whether she’s ready to flip her condo for marriage and a house in the ‘burbs.

When her cousin Tate needs investors for his innovative car suspension, Holly works her business matchmaking skills and connects him with a client. The Rockcrawler showcasing the new part crashes at its debut event, however, and the driver dies. Framed for the sabotage, Tate turns to Holly when the local cops—including JC—are ready to haul him to jail. Holly soon finds her cousin and client embroiled in multiple criminal schemes. She’s drawn into the investigation, a position that threatens her life, her family and her already shaky relationship with JC.


Links


Nook:            http://bit.ly/Nook_InItForTheMoney

Kobo:            http://bit.ly/Kobo_InItForTheMoney



Thank you for visiting today. Meet Cathy Perkins!




An award-winning author of financial mysteries, Cathy Perkins writes twisting dark suspense and light amateur sleuth stories. A contributing editor for International Thriller Writers' The Big Thrill, she also coordinated the prestigious Daphne du Maurier contest.

When not writing, she does battle with the beavers over the pond height or heads out on another travel adventure. She lives in Washington with her husband, children, several dogs and the resident deer herd.



Sign up for her newsletter on her website (https://cperkinswrites.com ) or follow her on BookBub (https://www.bookbub.com/profile/cathy-perkins )for new release announcements.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Spotlight on A Drakenfall Christmas by Geralyn Corcillo @geralyncorcillo #ContemporaryRomance #free from July 14 - 18 on Amazon #Excerpt

Today I have my spotlight on bestselling author Geralyn Corcillo and her book, 
 A Drakenfall Christmas. With 55 reviews on Amazon, I picked one word that stood out-- Magical. A Drakenfall Christmas takes you into the life and staff and guests of a small English resort. There's Mark and Maisy's romance and three other blossoming relationships. You'll giggle, gasp, and swoon. 



Universal Amazon Link: getBook.at/DrakenfallXmas

Blurb:

Celebrate Christmas in July by getting this 55K novel FREE today! Mark and Maisy, ahem, that is, Lord and Lady Shiley, get ready to celebrate their first Christmas together at Drakenfall, their renowned estate-turned-resort in the heart of the Cotswolds. The energetic and very un-aristocratic couple find themselves conspiring in guest shenanigans and getting tangled up in staff kerfuffles as they try to make the holidays warm and bright for everyone.

In an uncharacteristic turn, unflappable house manager Glynis Ferry seems to be getting her duster ruffled every time she catches sight of Shaun Fletcher, the new head groom. Pippa Taylor, a whirling dervish of a domestic, works below stairs to make the magic of Drakenfall happen for everyone else. But will there ever be enough magic left over for her? There will if most worthy valet Kafi Diop has anything to say about it, as he tries to spin holiday enchantment every which way. But his clever plans always seem to go cataclysmically awry, even with Maisy helping out as his faithful sidekick.

​And what about Kafi's grandest of schemes, set to take flight at the Drakenfall Christmas Ball? He's depending on guest Jamie Tovell, who's depending on his secret crush Lea Sinclair. ​But​ even if everything goes off without a hitch, will the secret Maisy's been hiding from Mark all season pop up at the most inopportune moment to set everything asunder? It's a Drakenfall Christmas ... topsy-turvy and heart-warming, generously sprinkled with laughter and lavishly frosted with romance​!

Excerpt:

Just then, Maisy swept into the room like a gust of wind off the mountain. “Evening, everyone,” she trilled. “Sorry to be late.” With a dazzling smile, she slid into her chair at the dining table.
A very silent table. 
Everyone was staring at her. Maisy’s eyes grew wide and bright. “Someone just has to tell me. What did I miss?”
And Mark started laughing and he couldn’t help himself. Maisy was just so … Maisy. 
“Well, my dear,” he began, looking across the table with a twinkle in his eye. “Estate gossip has you running around playing footsie with our most worthy valet.”
“Kafi? Kafi Diop and I are having an illicit affair? Oh, how marvelous!” With a shimmy of her shoulders she picked up her wine glass. “Well, that calls for a toast, I think. To … to accommodating staff during the holiday season.”
Mrs. Stockleton’s mouth dropped open like that of a red-fin perch. “Well, I nev-”
But Mark cut her off in mid-sentence - albeit with undeniable grace. “To accommodating staff,” he echoed. “Cheers.”
“Cheers,” chimed in the guests, as everyone raised a glass. Everyone except, of course, for Mrs. Stockleton.
Maisy winked across the table at Mark, who just smiled back, looking as smitten as he had nine months ago when Maisy had first walked into the halls of Drakenfall.

Bio:

When she was a kid in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Geralyn Vivian Ruane Corcillo dreamed of one day becoming the superhero Dyna Girl. So, she did her best and grew up to constantly pick up litter and rescue animals. At home, she loves watching black & white movies, British mysteries, and the NY Giants. Corcillo lives in a drafty old house in Hollywood with her husband Ron, a guy who's even cooler than Kip Dynamite.

Visit Geralyn and even leave her a note at her website. Follow her on twitter and like her on facebook where you can comment and chat with Geralyn on her frequent posts ... She loves to connect with readers!

Website: geralyncorcillo.com
Twitter: @geralyncorcillo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/geralyncorcillothewriter/

Thursday, July 12, 2018

#OCCRWA author #giveaways from author Tracy Reed-- sweet #ContemporaryRomance-- Have you ordered your Mystery Box?


Welcome to awesome author, Tracy Reed. Take a look at what Tracy is giving away. Her  boxes are a curated selection of some of her favorite indulgences. Tracy has also included signed books and Tracy Reed SWAG. Plus one Hot Pink Box and one Baby Pink Box will contain a bonus...a gift certificate to THE PINK DUCHESS. This is the lingerie store featured in my books. How exciting is that...a chance to shop where Alex, Kyla, Fiona, Avery and Charlotte shop. Don't miss out. Order yours today.
Box one ships in August. 





Mystery Box


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Tracy Reed
Tracy's passion for beautiful fashion and beautiful men direct her vivid creative power towards not only novels, but short stories, poetry, and podcasts.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

#BookQW is DREAM. Read an excerpt from #Tirgearr #eroticromance and suspense One Night in Havana, on sale at $1.50 at smashwords in July.



The BookQW word is DREAM. The excerpt below, from One Night in Havana, is a short conversation with the hero, Carlos Montoya, and a friend, Alberto, who found him a part time job with the Cuban Port Authority. They are monitoring a suspicious cruise ship from New York. The heroine, Veronica Keane, resides on this ship while attending a conference for marine biologists. One Night in Havana is half price, $1.50, at Smashwords in July.

Alberto had glared at him. "Crims are dealing from the cruise ships. Your boat has—"

"A perfect location?" The next day, with military cameras and other equipment installed, Carlos started his surveillance job. Same drugs, different participants and ways of operation. Stuck on his cabin cruiser with no company was tough on the libido. Before leaving in the early hours of the morning, he connected his recording device to a landline provided by the port authority. At his house, he filed reports, uploaded photographs to support his narrative, showered, and then changed into his usual garb.

Most days he taught students studying abroad in English at the University of Havana. Cuban students interacted with American, South American, and European exchange students. Socializing made them seek a better life. New hopes and dreams threatened to divide their insular Cuban community. Now, during winter break, he attended the Oceanography Conference.

Every session had been a snore until he'd learned Veronica was pitted against him for the same grant. Stiff competition brightened the experience. The daughter of the late Cephalopodiatrist, Ronald Keane, didn't churn out an article a month for ten plus years without honing in on the power of eight. Octopuses changed shape and color at will, squirted ink, vanished through tiny cracks, and even tasted with their suckers. The predators reminded him of himself, but everything about Veronica put her in the guileless category.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

#MysteryExdhange #TheWildRosePress #RomanticSuspense-- spotlight on Arresting Mason, book 1 in Amber Daulton's Arresting Onyx Series @AmberDaulton1

Today I'm spotlighting talented author, Amber Daulton and her book, Arresting Mason!




Arresting Mason



Series: Arresting Onyx (book 1)

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: 80k

Heat Rating: 5 Flames



Blurb



Once you’re in a prison gang, you’re in it for life. That’s what Mason Harding thought until the boss accepted his resignation. After the State releases him on parole, a sexy divorcée behind the wheel of a car almost ends his life quicker than a shank. His chance encounter with Mia Eddison results in a night of passion, but her brother—his parole officer—catches them together and doesn’t approve.

Mia falls hard for the cocky ex-con, but not because of his chiseled body. She vows to break through his walls and discover his secrets, but never expects those secrets to threaten her life.

When members of an organized crime ring kidnap Mia to force Mason’s return to the gang, he goes up against an old friend to save the woman he loves. Will his sacrifice be enough or will everything fall apart in a blaze of gunfire?



Tagline




Their chance encounter resulted in a steamy affair, but will his former gang and a parole officer tear them apart?

 


Excerpt




“Which one is your car?” She glanced around the crowded parking lot. A few streetlights pushed back the darkness and shadows. The restaurant served customers until midnight on the weekends, but no one loitered in the lot, at least from what Mia could see.

“Don’t have one at the moment.” Mason hooked his thumbs in the belt loops of his jeans. “I took the bus. It stopped a few blocks from here.”

“Would you like a ride?” She pulled the car keys from her purse. “I feel a little ridiculous we met here tonight. I just wasn’t sure if you were some kind of freak.”

His eyebrow lifted, and he closed the distance between them as a tiger would zero in on its mate. A sexy, masculine smile curled his lips. “Have you made up your mind yet?”

“I’ll let you know in the morning.” Desire trickled down her spine. Mia nodded toward the passenger side of the car for him to hop in.

He confiscated her keys instead to unlock and open the driver’s side door for her like a gentleman. Then he leaned closer and nuzzled her temple with his nose.

Not sure if he planned to seduce her in the parking lot or if he merely wanted to tease her, Mia pressed her hand to his chest and tried to think straight. “You’re the first guy I’ve gone on a date with since my divorce. I haven’t slept with anyone since Evan.”

He tunneled his fingers through her wavy, chestnut-brown hair. “I haven’t dated anyone in a long time either. We’ll take it slow or fast, whatever you want, but I promise you one thing. After I’m done with you, you won’t even remember that bastard’s name.”

Oh, God. She almost melted right then and there. “Fast. I want you, Mason.”

“Take me to your place and you can have me.”






Buy Links:




Barnes and Noble – https://bit.ly/2uOj90J






Official Book Trailer



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About the Author: 




Writing is the fruit of happiness.

Amber Daulton lives her life by that one belief even though she normally isn’t so Zen.

As a fan of contemporary, paranormal, and historical romance novels alike, she can’t get enough of feisty heroines and alpha heroes. Her mind is a wonderland of adventure, laughter, and awesome ways of kicking a guy when he’s down. She probably wouldn’t be too sane without her computer and notebooks. After all, what’s a girl to do when people are jabbering away in her head and it’s hard to shut them up? Write! Nothing else works.



Social Media Links:




Facebook Author Page – www.facebook.com/amber.daulton.author




Amazon Author Page  http://amzn.to/14JoZff 




Saturday, June 30, 2018

#MysteryExchange - The Murder That Inspired a Romantic #Mystery Novel, with @Kris_Bock


Today I have my spotlight on author Kris Bock!

 

Many writers are inspired by real events or people in their lives. This makes difficult situations a form of research. “This stinks, but maybe I can use it in a book!” I write romantic suspense for adults as Kris Bock and middle grade novels (for ages 9 to 12) as Chris Eboch. In most of these books, the connection to real-life experiences isn’t obvious. In my romantic suspense Whispers in the Dark, my heroine is an archaeology Masters student working at the fictional “Lost Valley” monument, which is closely based on Hovenweep National Monument, where I once spent a week camping. In Counterfeits, the heroine inherits a children’s art camp, which I based on a camp near Jemez Springs, New Mexico, where I’ve attended many writing retreats. Using real locations helps me bring the settings to life even if I did not, for example, fall into a ravine while fleeing from a bad guy.



But What We Found was inspired by helping to uncover a true case of murder.




Lest you think that makes me some kind of amateur detective, my involvement was purely accidental. Two friends and I were exploring the mountains, looking for some suitable gravel to try gold panning (because, why not?). We found a likely spot and were about to take a sample when the guys smelled something horrible. A glance in the right direction showed them a dead body hidden just out of sight of the path.



The next hour passed in a surreal blur. We'd left our phones in another vehicle, at the base of the mountain. Once we retrieved them, we still had to find a place with cell reception. We called 911, waited for the police, and led them to the body. Later that night we were interviewed by detectives.



By the following day, they had identified the body as a woman who had been missing. Her estranged ex-boyfriend was already a suspect in her disappearance, but without her body they'd have trouble prosecuting him. Seeing her picture on TV and learning about her family made the situation real in a new way. We wanted justice for someone we’d never met.



It’s All Research



As a writer, I knew I was getting rare first-hand experience into something powerful. I took pages of notes during that first week, even though I didn’t know how or when I might use them. I was fortunate to be with two men who talked openly about their experiences: the nightmares, the guilt over violence against women, the anxiety that came from now wondering what you might see in the bushes.



Three things struck me most strongly.



First, we all felt deeply invested in the case, even though we’d never met the woman in life and didn’t know anyone else involved. We followed the news stories, even though they made us anxious. When the murderer was finally sentenced … well, we weren't happy (the sentence of less than 20 years of less than 20 years was not, in our opinion, nearly long enough), but we were relieved that it was over.



Second, it affected every aspect of our lives for weeks. Even though the likelihood of finding another body, or even witnessing a different crime, was extremely slim, we were on high alert at all times. It was a struggle to put it behind us while still honoring the memory of the victim and holding on to what we had learned.



And finally, someone in law enforcement said that often people don’t report crime scenes like these. How could someone walk away from that? I started thinking about all the reasons someone might want to cover up their discovery, even if they had nothing to do with the crime. And that inspired What We Found.



Turning Truth into Fiction



Several years passed before I felt distant enough from the experience to fictionalize it, but I still had all those notes and memories to draw on. Some elements of What We Found, mainly the emotional ones, are taken directly from that experience. Most character and plot elements are fictional, although some are loosely inspired by the real events.



This isn’t an experience I would wish on anyone, but we’re glad we helped bring a crime to light and a murderer to justice. And it led to what I consider my most powerful and personal novel to date. After all, one benefit to being a writer is that the worst experiences are still valuable as research.



That’s the truth behind What We Found.






When Audra goes back to her small hometown after college, she simply wants to fit in, work hard, and protect her 12-year-old brother from their overbearing mother. Finding a dead body in the woods changes everything.



Her former crush, Jay, insists they don’t report the body. But the dead woman was murdered, and someone starts targeting Audra. She has to stand up for herself in order to stand up for the murder victim. It’s a risk, and so is reaching out to the mysterious young man who works with deadly birds of prey. But with danger all around, some risks are worth taking.



“Another action-packed suspense novel by Kris Bock, perhaps her best to-date. The author weaves an intriguing tale with appealing characters. Watching Audra, the main character, evolve into an emotionally-mature and independent young woman is gratifying.” Reader Ellen Rippel



This title stands alone and is not part of a series.



About this Excerpt:



Several years ago I met a man who raises falcons and hawks. I tagged along on hunts and visited his home to see newly hatched hawks and falcons. Raising falcons is an intense, time-consuming, and expensive hobby, but as an author, I could do the next best thing – I could write about it.



The falconry aspect helped me develop thematic elements of What We Found, added some unusual action, and provided readers with insight into an usual pastime. One reader wrote, “The falconry aspect was almost as intriguing as the unveiling of the murderer!”



In What We Found, Audra has a love interest, Kyle. (This is suspense with a dose of romance, after all.) Audra accompanies Kyle on a falcon hunt in a scene closely based on my experiences with a falconer. Ricky is her twelve-year-old brother.



Excerpt:



“Does it bother you?” he asked. “The thought of her killing a rabbit?”



 “No … not exactly.” I glanced ahead at the beautiful hawk. “I mean, I know she has to eat. And that’s how it happens in the wild. It’s only….”



 “You don’t want to see it.”



 “It’s not even that.” I glanced at the decaying cactus. Just a plant, nothing more. I took a deep breath. “I guess I’m a little sensitive to dead things right now.”



 He went still. I finally looked at him closely. That had been an awful thing to say. Maybe he’d forgotten, for a few minutes, about his sister. And I’d reminded him.



 “I know what you mean,” he whispered.



 “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have mentioned it.”



 “No, you should. Believe me, it’s better to talk about whatever’s bothering you.”



 “But she was your sister. You don’t want to think about her like that.”



 “Do you think I can ever forget?” He looked down, and I wondered if he was seeing her again – the way she’d been in life, or the way she’d ended up.



 I couldn’t look away from his face. “That part’s been hard,” I said. “I haven’t had anyone to talk to. I mean, there are people who will listen, but I don’t think I can tell them what it was like. I’m not sure I can explain. I’m not sure they want to know.” I thought of Ricky, his naïve enthusiasm about hunting a murderer. He didn’t understand. But I wasn’t sure I wanted him to. Let him be a kid for a little longer.



 “You can talk to me,” he said. “I know what it’s like.”



About the Author




Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance with outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. All ebooks are .99c to $3.99 or free with Kindle Unliminted.



The Mad Monk’s Treasure follows the hunt for a long-lost treasure in the New Mexico desert. In The Dead Man’s Treasure, estranged relatives compete to reach a buried treasure by following a series of complex clues. In The Skeleton Canyon Treasure, sparks fly when reader favorites Camie and Tiger help a mysterious man track down his missing uncle. Whispers in the Dark features archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town.



To learn more about her latest work, visit www.krisbock.com or her Amazon page. Sign up for Kris Bock’s newsletter for announcements of new books, sales, and more.












#MysteryExchange #spotlight -- have you ever had a daydream that ends up in a book? Let's ask #mystery writer Cathy Perkins @cperkinswrites

Please welcome Cathy Perkins, talented author and her book, In It For the Money! Where do authors get their ideas? Someone told me the...