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Have you gotten a copy of FINDER! yet? It’s a humorous mystery, one of my favorite books and…there’s a dog in the story!
“I need a good idea on how to kill someone,” Carol Reston said.
David stood panting inside the front door, his face the color of slate. She could smell his acrid sweat clear across the room. Chauncy crouched at his side huffing and drooling, his large pink tongue lolling out the side of his mouth.
Terror shot through Carol. She knew that rattlesnakes were active in the brown hills around their house. One bite could kill Chauncy. And at forty-two, David was entering heart attack country. “David, honey, are you all right?”
His head bobbed up and down and he struggled for breath.
“A body. In the hills. Woman. Dead.”
“Yeah, that’s pretty good. I can work with that. Okay, you win.”
“This isn’t about your book, Carol! It’s real!” He bent over, resting his hands on his knees, sucking in air, trying to catch his breath.
“9-1-1. Call 9-1-1. I found a woman’s body up in the hills.” A glaze of moisture filled his eyes. “She didn’t have a face, Carol. The woman didn’t have a face.”
Blurb: All her life, Carol Reston has wanted to be a published author. When her husband finds a dead body in the neighborhood, and Carol discovers several women have gone missing in town, she finally has something to write about. With the help of her thrice-divorced, martini-drinking, Jaguar-driving, world-traveling Aunt Sissy Montgomery, Carol locates all the women and discovers the identity of the body. In the end, Carol has a book contract, Chauncy has a new playmate, David has his dream job and Sissy has found a new calling. She’s a Finder.
I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve been very remiss in updating my blog! Why? We’re having a spectacular summer on the southern Oregon coast and I’d rather be outside then writing! We’ve been taking the dogs on long walks, hauling them to the sand dunes for fun runs and go to the beach almost every Sunday. Dukie my 120 lb. mostly Lab rescue dog has been going with me on visits with Furry Friends, a local pet therapy group. Dukie LOVES all the attention and really enjoys are time a the hospital, assisted living places and memory care homes.
However, August is upon us and soon the leaves will be turning, the winds will cease (YES!!!), the rains will come (BOOO) and live will settle down once more. I will be teaching a class at SWOCC (Southwestern Oregon Community College) on How to Write and Publish an E-book. Check the catalog for detail or come back here and I’ll post them.
It’s never to early to plan, so mark your calendars now. I’ll be leading a Fiction Writing Workshop at next year’s Poet’s Roundup in Port Orford. If you’ve never gone you’re missing out on a lot of fun. There will be a wine and cheese party on Friday to get to know everyone, Saturday there will be readings all day long – both poetry and prose and then Sunday, I’ll be leading the workshop from 1 – 5. The cost is a mere $10.00 so it’s very affordable. In addition to my lecturing, I’m asking everyone to bring the first five pages of their short story or novel. I think it will be a fun afternoon and hope everyone will come away with a few new ideas. Mark your calendar now. Sunday, March 30, 2014 from 1-5.
Never fear – I WILL remind everyone!
Off to check out the new cheese factory in Bandon after lunch. It’s just TOO nice a day to be inside.
Looking for something fun to read? Check out my latest novel, NOT FOR SALE. The novel takes place in the fictional town of Oyster Bay on the Southern Oregon Coast but it sure LOOKS a lot like Coos Bay! Available at: www.MuseItUp.com and www.amazon.com
Well, as you know….or maybe not, I’ve been writing and publishing for many years. Novels number 10 Not for Sale, and 11, Deadly Deception came out this year. I teach writing classes at the local college, volunteer at the library bookstore, volunteer at the hospital and my BIG mostly Lab, Duke, is a pet therapy dog with Furry Friends. With all that going on in my life, one would think I had no more time. WRONG. Last week I shot my second commercial of the year! It sure was a fun experience and I hope to do more in the future. Here are the links;
Enjoy – and let me know if you think I’m ready for Hollywood!
Don’t forget to check out ALL of my novels and novellas at: www.amazon.com
When I’m not writing, I have a variety of volunteer jobs. The one I like best of all, is when I take my big 110 lb. mostly Lab rescue dog, Duke for a visit with Furry Friends. He gets excited the minute I put on my vest…and his. He knows he’s going to meet new people, get lots of pats, give lots of doggy kisses and have a wonderful time.
We go on three or four visits a month and always have fun.
Help me welcome author Kim Cresswell! Her debut mystery, Reflection, is one of those books you can’t put down. Here’s Kim!
Here’s a blurb for Reflection:
Florida investigative reporter, Whitney Steel, has lived in the shadow of her legendary father long enough. To prove herself she needs to find the “Big” story.
She found it. Now it may kill her.
After receiving a lead pointing to the world’s first cloned human, now a small child, Whitney vows to unravel the truth. However, sifting through the facts proves to have dangerous results, including death threats and murder.
When she’s nearly killed, but is saved by undercover FBI Special Agent, Blake Neely, he refuses to let her get in the way of his own objective–at least not right away.
Caught in a lethal game between a billionaire obsessed with genetic perfection, his hit man’s thirst for retribution, and a Colombian drug lord fresh out of prison determined to make Blake pay for his twin brother’s death over a decade ago…
Can they save an innocent child before it’s too late?
Faced with tough choices, with deadly consequences for many–Whitney soon realizes that sometimes a story becomes more than just a story.
Kim creates charters by interviewing them. Here’s one example:
It’s my pleasure to introduce as my guest, Nathan Shaw (the villain of Reflection).
Welcome! Let’s get started with the interview. What one word best describes you?
What are you passionate about these days?
Nathan: “What I have been passionate about most of my life. Genetics and cloning. I do not understand why people recoil at the idea of human copies—healthy manufactured humans.“
You were one of the first companies to clone animals almost thirty years ago. Would you consider cloning humans?
Nathan: “Of course if it was legal in this country. Hopefully, it will be one day.“
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Nathan: “I was Las Vegas Man of the Year six years running and made the cover of Time magazine, twice.“
You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you’d buy?
Nathan: (Glances at the wall clock) “Apparently, you haven’t done any background on me. If Miss Steel was conducting this interview, at least she would have done her homework first. I own ShawBioGen, a seventy-five billion dollar Biotech company. The last thing I need is money.”
Who should play you in a film?
Nathan: “John Malkovich. Brilliant actor. I heard he gave a stellar performance portraying serial killer, Jack Unterweger, on stage in Vienna.“
Who is your favorite author?
Nathan: “Elmore Leonard. I enjoy his realism writing style.“
Do you play any sports?
Nathan: “No, I run a couple miles daily to keep in shape.“
What would we find under your bed?
Nathan: (Glances at the clock again) “If you are going to continue with this silly line of questioning, we are done here.”
Ok, then…what is something you want people to know about you?
Nathan: That I have done a lot of good in my life. I’ve donated millions of dollars a year to food banks and homeless shelters around the country and will continue to do so. I’ve also put millions into healthcare and scientific research.“
Tell us about your greatest achievement.
Nathan: “There have been so many but I can’t discuss my greatest at this point. Instead I will say…developing medications that cure diseases and improve lives. In particular, genetic illnesses and recessive disorders that devastate families. Apparently, you didn’t read my company’s press kit. You really do remind me so much of the lovely, Miss Steel.”
What was the scariest moment of your life?
Nathan: “When my sister died of Menkes Syndrome, a dreadful disorder that affects copper levels in the body, leading to copper deficiency and extensive neuro-degeneration of the brain and eventual death. Like most children with Menkes, they die within the first decade of life, usually infancy, as Katherine did. She’s the reason I began my research work into genetic disorders.“
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
Nathan: “The first rule of business. Employees are replaceable.”
If you could apologize to someone in your past, what would you say?
Nathan: I don’t apologize. I have nothing to apologize for. I do, however, have a message for FBI agent, Blake Neely, and the lovely, Miss Steel.”
And what’s that?
Nathan: “Don’t get too comfortable…you are replaceable.”
That sounds like a threat.
Praise for REFLECTION
“Fast-paced…gripping…riveting!” -Bestselling True Crime Author, RJ Parker
“Five-star page-turner! A truly edge-of-your-seat, never-a-dull-moment read!” – Ellen Fritz at Books4Tomorrow
“Intense, gripping, and chilling romantic suspense…one of the most bad ass villains I have read. He gave me the heeby jeebies!” -Michel Reinhard, Goodreads Reader Review
“A fast paced thrill ride! A must read for anyone who enjoys romantic suspense…packed full of suspense and captivating characters.” -My Book Addiction and More!
Where to Buy
Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada. Trained as a legal assistant, Kim has been a story-teller all her life but took many detours including; working for a private investigator, running a graphic design business, and teaching computer classes at a local business school. After becoming disabled with Fibromyalgia and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, Kim returned to her first love, writing.
She has a few works in progress. Lethal Journey, a “short novel” thriller, will be released this summer. The sequel to her award-winning romantic suspense, Reflection, is slated for release later this year. Kim is also contributing two true crime stories for the upcoming True Crime Serial Killers Anthology available for purchase in November.
Web Site: www.kimcresswell.ca
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THE WAIT IS OVER!!! For those of you who do not have e-readers or don’t want them, my humorous mystery ROMAN CIRCUS is now out in paperback!!!!
“When Harmony Jane Jones loses her cat, her car, her job and her boyfriend, all within the space of a week, she does what any 20-something woman would do. She runs away and joins the circus.”