Review: AIN’T NOBODY NOBODY by Heather Harper Ellett {giveaway}

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NOBODY
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HEATHER HARPER ELLETT
Genre: Murder Mystery / Southern Noir / Dark Humor
Publisher: Polis Books
Date of Publication: September 24, 2019
Number of Pages: 336
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Named a Best Debut of Fall/Winter 2019 by Library Journal, Ain’t Nobody Nobody is the story of a disgraced East Texas sheriff, his dead best friend’s surly teenage daughter, and a naive ranch hand who find unlikely redemption in a murdered hog hunter on a fence. 
 
Part Breaking Bad and part Faulkner, this tragi-comic mystery is perfect for readers who enjoy dark humor (think Fargo) and like their crime fiction with a literary flare. 
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Twisty. Witty. Darkly Humorous.

This debut from Texas native, Heather Harper Ellett, sets itself apart from other Southern Noir with its deeply developed characters and authentic setting.  Ellett has created a vivid story chock full of the scenery and problems of the everyday lives of folks living in rural East Texas. Throw in a dead body, and we’ve got ourselves a twisted tale of “Whodunnit?”.
Ellett’s writing is incredible.  She is skilled at bringing her characters to life on the page, and they drive the story.  The setting evokes a true feeling of living in the small, turbulent town where Dr. Pepper is still king, and feral hogs nearly outnumber the residents.
I highly recommend this book to fans of other Southern Noir greats, such as McCarthy and Burke.

 

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Born and raised in East Texas, Heather Harper Ellett is a graduate of SMU and a therapist in private practice. She lives in Dallas with her husband and son.

 
 

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Review: WILDFLOWER WEDDING (The Sisters, Texas Book 8) by Becki Willis

 

 WILDFLOWER WEDDING:

WITH A KILLER RECEPTION

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Becki Willis

Genre: Cozy Mystery / Romance / Women Sleuths
Publisher: Clear Creek Publishing
Date of Publication:  June 1, 2019
Number of Pages: 284

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It’s the most anticipated wedding of the year in The Sisters, when Madison Reynolds and Brash deCordova finally tie the knot!

Wedding preparations are underway, but the aisle to the altar gets rockier by the minute.


Their support is humbling, but the community’s enthusiasm soon threatens to hijack the wedding. Squeeze in a suspicious death during a Texas Independence Day celebration, the needy new widow Madison befriends, and an unscrupulous politician trying to unseat Brash as chief of police, and the path seems littered with obstacles. 

Madison will move mountains, however, to marry the man of her dreams. All they really need is each other, their children by their side, and a preacher to make it official. In an effort to please everyone, the couple opts for a private ceremony followed by a public celebration. It’s the perfect Wildflower Wedding, but who knew it would end in a killer reception?


Cantankerous Nigel Barrett hired In a Pinch Professional Services to find his estranged family, but it takes more than a home DNA test to locate his next of kin. Madison suspects he was searching for an heir, but when the wealthy rancher is killed at their reception, she’ll settle for finding someone to attend his funeral.

From the author of Forgotten Boxes, Plain Roots, and the Spirits of Texas Cozy Mysteries, enjoy book eight of the award-winning reader favorite The Sisters, Texas Series. 

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Becki Willis takes us on a wild ride in this eighth installment of her Mystery series, THE SISTERS, TEXAS.  And true to the heart of this series, there are colorful, dynamic characters, small town drama, and lots to warm you from the inside out. 
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WILDFLOWER WEDDING begins with Madison planning her wedding to her long-time crush, Chief of Police Brash de Corodova.  But as is Maddy’s nature, she just can’t stay out of trouble too long.  While attempting to help an elderly client locate his long-lost family, she encounters one danger after another.  Then when her client drops dead at their wedding reception after gifting the couple very generously, the whole town grows suspicious of the newlyweds.   Maddy goes on a mission to find the person responsible and clear her new husband’s good name.  As usual, trouble finds her.  And unraveling the mystery nearly costs her everything.
The characters from the town appear in each of the stories, adding so much flavor to the Texas setting and small town charm.  The twists and turns of the story keep the reader on their toes, trying to guess what’s next. Willis tells a great story, peeling off the outer layers of the mystery while savoring the romance and relationships between the people of The Sisters. The setting plays such an integral part of the story, thickening the plot and moving it along because of its nature.
Prior to reading this installment, I had only read one other of the books in the series. Although, each book could be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading the rest of the series to get the true flavor of The Sister, Texas and its inhabitants.  Such a fun story, and I’m definitely going to go back to the beginning of the series to read them all.
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Becki Willis, best known for her popular The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series and Forgotten Boxes, always dreamed of being an author. In November of ’13, that dream became a reality.
Since that time, she has published numerous books, won first place honors for Best Mystery Series, Best Suspense Fiction, Best Women’s Detective Fiction, and Best Audio Book, won the 2018 RONE Award for Paranormal Fiction, and has introduced her imaginary friends to readers around the world.
An avid history buff, Becki likes to poke around in old places and learn about the past. Other addictions include reading, writing, junking, unraveling a good mystery, and coffee. She loves to travel but believes coming home to her family and her Texas ranch is the best part of any trip. Becki is a member of the Association of Texas Authors, Writer’s League of Texas, Sisters in Crime, the National Association of Professional Women, and the Brazos Writers organization. She attended Texas A&M University and majored in Journalism.
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Guest Post from Kristin George: Rejection is a Four-Letter Word

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Rejection. It’s a four-letter word in the writing industry. Yet every blossoming writer has to go through it. I remember the first rejection letter I received. It was for my novel that was published early last year. It went something along the lines of: “Your book was not suitable for our company because of its genre. If you ever write a romance, we’d be happy to take a look at it.”

Romance, I thought. Gag. I’m a murder mystery writer, not a romance writer. Crime thrillers are my choice of reading material, TV shows, and of course, what I love to write. You write what you know. And I do not know romance.

Yet I instinctually knew that the rejection letter was a polite way of saying, “Sorry, we’re not interested.” The company had already read my three-chapter proposal so they clearly knew the genre of my submission.

Many writers just want publishers to be honest with them, tell them what their piece was lacking. There’s nothing more frustrating than to be told, “It’s just not for us” without being told why! How can you improve if you’re never given that constructive criticism necessary to foster marketable and successful writing? What’s even worse is the publishers who don’t even give you the courtesy of properly notifying you of your rejection. Or what I love, publishers who reject you a year after you sent in a submission. I once had a publishing company who rejected me two and a half years later, nearly a year and a half after the book I proposed was published!

It’s funny how your first rejection letter frames your future submissions. Some writers give up. Some writers use rejection as a motivation and a driver. Some writers take the constructive criticism and use it to foster success. And some break down and become defensive or angry. Because after all, that is their work. The work they slaved over for weeks, months, even years!

I fell into the category of writers who gave up for about a year and then used it as fuel to come back even stronger, with even more force, determined to not let rejection stop me.

Truth be told, there are probably several would be authors that were never discovered because they couldn’t recover from their first, second, or even twentieth rejection letter.

Yet as a writer, I’ve learned to develop a reptilian-like skin that was unbreakable, to not let rejection break me down. Because if you let it, it will destroy you and grow in you like an invasive plant killing a farmer’s crops. Nobody likes to be told their writing isn’t good enough. Many feel like they are being told that they are not good enough. But that’s simply not the case. Your writing may not be right for that particular company, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good—great even. Honestly, it is that publishing company’s loss when they turn down a promising piece of writing that is bound to be picked up elsewhere. I’m sure those who rejected J.K. Rowling are regretting that decision to this day.

When you face rejection, the worst thing you can do is to quit, to give up without putting in a fair fight. Successful writers have one thing in common: they never gave up. They kept sending in their proposals. They kept hustling and selling books out of the trunk of their car (this is actually how John Grisham began selling his first book). They hound publishing company after publishing company until one finally says yes.

And from experience, that first yes is worth all of the exhausting nights spent writing until four am, all of the rejection letters, all of the tears, all of the frustration. It’s all worth it. Because when you get that yes, it means someone believes in you, someone is willing to give you a chance, someone thinks your writing could be successful. And if you continue to fight, you may just become the next J.K Rolling or the next John Grisham. Who knows what path you are giving up and missing out on if you let that rejection letter defeat you.

So the next time you receive a rejection letter, think of it as an opportunity to improve your writing, to improve your marketing skills, to polish your manuscript. Don’t think of it as rejection, but think of it as reinvigoration, renewed strength to keep going, this time even harder. Don’t ever stop trying. Because the second you give up, that rejection letter won. Don’t let that four-letter word define you. Let it renew that passion in you, that passion that pushed you to start writing in the first place, and allow that fervor to propel you into success.

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A horrific murder in a picturesque suburban neighborhood forever alters the destiny of the Banks family. When Craig Banks is found with a bloody knife weeping over his sister’s lifeless body, the eyewitness account from his brother Chad makes for an open-and-shut case. Sitting on death row for first-degree murder, Craig loses everything he loves: his fiancée, his friends, his law career, and any chance at a future. Even if he did manage to be released, he would never be treated the same. Despite the overwhelmingly incriminating evidence against him, Craig’s mother never misses a Sunday visit, and her faith in him allows him to continue his life, even if it is a life behind bars. When new revelations about the murder of Lizzie Banks surface, can forgiveness and unconditional love overcome the ultimate betrayal?

 

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Ever since Kristin George was young, she has harbored a passion and a love for reading and writing and that passion translated into her college studies and life pursuit. In just five short years, Kristin received both a BA and an MA in English with a concentration of Professional Writing and Rhetoric from George Mason University.

Since then, Kristin has had a murder mystery titled Bitter Disconnect published by eLectio Publishing, has published a children’s book entitled Ruger Tails, and has had nineteen articles published in various online magazines. She is currently a freelance writer and editor.

 

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Review: CINCO DE MURDER by Rebecca Adler {giveaway}

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CINCO DE MURDER

A Taste of Texas Mystery, #3

by

Rebecca Adler

Genre:  Texas Cozy Mystery

Date of Publication: April 3, 2018

Publisher: Berkley

Number of Pages: 304

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Tex-Mex waitress and part-time reporter Josie Callahan serves up more Lone Star justice in this spicy mystery from the author of The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole.

It’s fiesta time in Broken Boot, Texas, and tourists are pouring into town faster than free beer at a bull roping for the mouthwatering Cinco de Mayo festivities. Tex-Mex waitress Josie Callahan, her feisty abuela, and even her spunky Chihuahua Lenny are polishing their folklórico dances for Saturday’s big parade, while Uncle Eddie is adding his own spicy event to the fiesta menu: Broken Boot’s First Annual Charity Chili Cook-off.

But Uncle Eddie’s hopes of impressing the town council go up in smoke when cantankerous chili cook Lucky Straw is found dead in his tent. And when Josie’s beloved uncle is accused of fatal negligence, she, Lenny, and the steadfast Detective Lightfoot must uncover who ended the ambitious chilihead’s life — before another cook kicks the bucket.

 

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“I enjoyed every minute of this high fa looting Texas escapade. The authentic Texas sayings had me rolling on the floor. I’m a Texan and boy did I relate to the towns and chili cook-off so well.” –Texas Book-aholic

“I enjoy the Texas flair and touch while all the food talk just makes me hungry. If you enjoy a good cozy mystery that features an adorable dog and a culinary touch then this is the book/series for you.”~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

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Josephina Callahan is back in this third installment of Berkley Prime Crime’s Taste of Texas Mysteries, by Rebecca Adler.  Preparation is underway for the small West Texas town of Broken Boot’s first ever International Chili Association sponsored Chili Cook-Off.  Josie’s Uncle Eddie is in charge of organizing the event, and he’s determined to impress his new colleagues on the town council. But things don’t go as planned as Josie discovers one of the contestants murdered in his tent the morning of the event.  She teams up again with Detective Quinton Lightfoot to try to get to the bottom of the crime and gets in over her head with her faithful long-haired Chihuahua companion, Lenny. Twists and turns complete this fun read with a satisfying and heartwarming ending.

I love a good cozy mystery, and this one fit the bill.  Josie is a honest likable character, and her sidekick, Lenny makes the story fun.  I enjoyed the complex relationship she has with her grandmother, Senora Mari, and their love and loyalty to family.  Josie’s curiosity keeps her knee-deep in the middle of the unfolding mystery, and as Lightfoot allows her more and more access to the investigation, their relationship grows.  The ending took me by surprise, as a good mystery should, but wrapped everything up nicely. I have to add that reading this book made me incredibly hungry for Tex-Mex, and I was thrilled to see the family recipes included at the end of the story.  Bravo! Though this is part of a series, and I’m sure the reading experience could have been enhanced by reading the two previous books, I read this one as a standalone and it was great. If you love cozy mysteries and small town Texas, you’ll love this one too. Highly recommended.

 

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Rebecca Adler grew up on the sugar beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast. Drawn to the Big Apple by the sweet smell of wishful thinking, she studied acting on Broadway until a dark-eyed cowboy flung her over his saddle and hightailed it to the Southwest.

She’s currently content to pour her melodramatic tendencies into writing the Taste of Texas culinary mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime: Here Today, Gone Tamale; The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole; and Cinco de Murder. Set in far West Texas, her humorous stories are filled with delicious suspense and scrumptious Tex-Mex recipes. Her alter ego, Gina Lee Nelson, writes contemporary romance with a sweet, Southern-fried flavor.

A former president of North Texas Romance Writers, Rebecca is currently a member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America. When not writing, she spends a great deal of time on her other favorite pastime, directing high school theater.

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Review: THE WIDOW’S WATCHER by Eliza Maxwell {giveaway}

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THE WIDOW’S WATCHER

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ELIZA MAXWELL

Genre: Literary Fiction

Publisher: Lake Union Press

Date of Publication: March 29, 2018

Number of Pages: 286

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From Eliza Maxwell, the bestselling author of The Unremembered Girl, comes a gripping novel about the mysteries that haunt us and the twists of fate that can unravel them…

Living in the shadow of a decades-old crime that stole his children from him, reclusive Lars Jorgensen is an unlikely savior. But when a stranger walks onto the ice of a frozen Minnesota lake, her intentions are brutally clear, and the old man isn’t about to let her follow through.

Jenna Shaw didn’t ask for Lars’s help, nor does she want it. After he pulls her from the brink, however, Jenna finds her desire to give up challenged by their unlikely friendship. In Jenna, Lars recognizes his last chance for redemption. And in her quest to solve the mysteries of Lars’s past and bring him closure, Jenna may find the way out of her own darkness. 

But the truth that waits threatens to shatter it all. When secrets are surrendered and lies are laid bare, Jenna and Lars may find that accepting the past isn’t their greatest challenge. Can they afford the heartbreaking price of forgiveness?

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“A well-paced story of healing, forgiveness and tragedy, with enough unexpected twists to keep readers guessing.”

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Eliza Maxwell hits one out of the park with THE WIDOW’S WATCHER.

A tale of the bond formed when two lost souls find strength and redemption in one other.

 

Jenna Shaw has lost everything in one tragic moment.  Hopeless and defeated, she sets out across a frozen pond to meet the darkness.

Lars Jorgensen has spent half a lifetime in the shadows of an unsolved crime that took two of his children from him, and put his wife in a mental institution.  The curmudgeonly and reclusive Lars spots Jenna on the ice and stops her from ending her life, despite her determination to rid herself of guilt and grief.

Lars is undeterred by Jenna’s resentment for putting a halt to her plan, and the two form an unlikely friendship as she learns about his past and works to help solve the mystery of his missing children, all the while working through her own guilt and grief.

The twists and turns as Jenna begins to unfold the mystery of Lars Jorgensen’s missing children bring the story full circle and face to face with the truth, and learning forgiveness.  It is a roller coaster of emotions and satisfying tale of redemption.  Highly recommended to those who love a mystery with a lot of heart.

 

 

Eliza Maxwell lives in Texas with her ever-patient husband and two kids. She’s an artist and writer, an introvert and a British cop drama addict. She loves nothing more than to hear from readers.

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Interview: Shelton L. Williams, author of COVEY JENCKS

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COVEY JENCKS

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Shelton L. Williams

Genre: Mystery / Social Thriller

Publisher: Southern Owl Publications, LLC

Publication Date: February 10, 2018

Number of Pages: 229 pages

 

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Covey Jencks is a murder mystery with a social conscience. Set in West Texas with a cast of colorful and humorous characters, it follows a young lawyer from Washington, DC back to his hometown of Odessa, Texas. He wants and needs to solve a murder case from 1979 in 1993. The problem is that the Odessa Police Department has already found its man, and no one wants to re-visit the case of a black prostitute whose life was seemingly of no consequence to anyone. But Freddie Mae Johnson’s death matters to Covey and eventually he discovers an old flame, JayJay Qualls, who also knew and loved Freddie. Together they undertake an investigation that uncovers not only the truth about Freddie but also the secrets of Odessa’s south side, Mexican gangs, a Boston mobster, and the fallacy of unexamined assumptions. Finding out who killed Freddie is one thing, but preventing their own demise is quite another! 

 

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I just love Covey Jencks and JayJay Qualls! They are a modern couple who remind me of Nick and Nora in West Texas. Characters, crimes, and social commentary leap off the page. Shelly can tell a story! Deborah Crombie, author of the award-winning mysteries of Gemma James/Duncan Kincaid

I loved the story, the writing, and the prospects for future Covey Jencks adventures, but what I love the most, as an African- American author and documenter of human experience, is the proof that this work presents of the inextricability of Black and White lives in America. Sharon T. Freeman, CEO of Gems of Wisdom Consulting, author of 24 books, and global development expert

A dead body and a miscarriage of justice? What is a West Texas boy to do? Well, Covey Jencks, an Odessa native who knows some secrets, spurns his job with a Washington, DC law firm, and heads back to his hometown to solve the crime. Prudence Mackintosh, Contributing Editor, Texas Monthly, author of Thundering Sneakers and more

“I have unfinished business in Odessa, by God, Texas.” And with that, we are off on a wild ride with Covey Jencks as he tries to find out who killed Freddie Mae Johnson, a black prostitute, when Covey was a junior in high school. If you like your detectives to be misfits who chafe at the social rules, idealists who try to find the order behind apparent chaos, attractors of a cast of characters as contradictory as the detective is, you will grab hold of Covey and hang on until the end of the ride. When you get there, you’ll know for sure that you’ve been somewhere. Carol Daeley, Professor Emerita of English, Austin College.

 

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Where did the name “Covey Jencks” come from?

The name Covey Jencks has been with me for over 30 years. The original unpublished version of the book that became Washed in the Blood had Covey as a minor character. That book but not that name went away. Covey’s personal history is an amalgam of my family history, some aspects of some of my favorite students’ careers, and pure fiction. The focus on Freddie Mae’s death, that is the death of an older, black, sometime prostitute, came to me during the troubles of 2016. The Black Lives Matter movement vs. Blue Lives Matter set group against group and politicized death. Curiously, none other than Joseph Stalin said that “a million deaths is a statistic, but one death is a tragedy.” I wanted to show how one life, no matter the person’s color, could affect many people and also reveal social assumptions and maybe biases. Who better to solve the crime than a black and white duo who defied stereotypes? JayJay is a unique woman, but her sassy personality is familiar to me. I have lived with her for over fifty years. Yeah, I am an old dude. 
You teach in a grad school and run a busy non-profit? How do you have time to write a book? 

I write between 5:00 and 8:00 AM when the writing monster takes hold of me. Fortunately, the monster stays in the closet for years.
Really? It seems like you are setting up a series of mystery books based on Covey and JayJay?

Yes, that is correct. the monster is still roaming loose.
You have not lived in Texas for almost 15 years and not in Odessa for 55 years? Why write about Odessa, Texas?

Have you ever been to Odessa? It is unique, and it has real-life characters almost too big to be believable in mere fiction. In addition, when I wrote Washed in the Blood, and a guy from Simon and Schuster told me that it was well written but of no interest to anyone outside Texas. That frosted my mug! Every book has to have a sense of place and neither Brooklyn, nor Moscow, nor London, nor any other place has a monopoly on good stories. Of course, Friday Night Lights proved that, too. I re-visited Odessa countless times in researching and promoting Washed in the Blood; I still have family and friends there; and you can take the boy out of Texas, but…
You teach political science but your books aren’t overly political. Why not?

I think the politics are there, but not in-your-face. Buckminister Fuller, creator of the Geodesic Dome, once told me that politics is like physics. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. It is better, he said, to make forces tangential rather than collide head on. I have never forgotten that.
Is that why there is so much humor in this book?

Perhaps, but then Covey and JayJay are inherently funny people. Covey had to learn how to navigate through bullies in middle school and high school and JayJay just tells it like it is; sometimes that comes out funny.
Are you trying to be trendy with so many gay and lesbian characters in your book?

Hardly, more like pay a penance. Growing up in the 50s, we were totally aware of LGBTQ folks. I was not particularly mean to them, but not until one of the most talented guys from my high school come out in the 70s (and later died of AIDS) did I stop to reflect on the systematic discrimination they faced. One of the characters in my book is still in the closet, and I hope I have conveyed how hard a life that is. It was a situation in which some folks chose death or imprisonment rather than public shame. 
So, you are crusader?

Nope, I simply like to tell stories. And I think I have a few more to tell.

 

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Shelton L. Williams (Shelly) is founder and president of the Osgood Center for International Studies in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and he taught for nearly 40 years at Austin College in Sherman, Texas.

He has served in the US Government on 4 occasions and he has written books and articles on nuclear proliferation. In 2004 he began a new career of writing books on crime and society. Those books are Washed in the Blood, Summer of 66, and now Covey Jencks. All firmly prove that he is still a Texan at heart.

 

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KILLING IN C SHARP

A Gethsemane Brown Mystery, Volume 3 

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Alexia Gordon

 

Genre: Paranormal Mystery; Publisher: Henery Press

Date of Publication: March 6, 2018

Number of Pages: 288

 

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She saved Carraigfaire—but can she save her friends? Gethsemane Brown fought off an attack by a sleazy hotel developer who wanted to turn her Irish cottage into a tourist trap. Now she must face a vengeful ghost determined to exact revenge for her murder centuries ago. This ghost’s wrath spares no one—not

Gethsemane’s students, Inspector Niall O’Reilly, fellow teacher Frankie Grennan, or a group of ghost hunters descended on Dunmullach to capture proof ghosts exist. Proof Gethsemane has to quash to keep Eamon, her resident ghost and friend, from becoming an internet sensation. As if a spiteful specter wasn’t bad enough, a crooked music reviewer turns up dead in the opera house orchestra pit, a famous composer is arrested for the crime, and Gethsemane must team up with a notorious true-crime author to clear his name. If she doesn’t, friends will die, a ghost she cares about will never know peace, and she’ll star in a final act gruesome enough for any opera.

 

 

PRAISE FOR THE GETHSEMANE BROWN MYSTERY SERIES:

Book 1, Murder in G Major

Winner of the 2017 Lefty Award for Best Debut Novel

2016 Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel

Suspense magazine “Best of 2016” selection in Debut Novel category

Book 2, Death in D Minor

Runner-Up, 2017 Lone Star Bloggers’ Choice Awards, Best Mystery/Suspense

Short List, 2017 Lone Star Bloggers’ Choice Awards, Best Series

Book 3, Killing in C Sharp

Starred review, Publisher’s Weekly, January 29, 2018

 

 

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A writer since childhood, I put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. Medical career established, I returned to writing fiction. I completed SMU’s Writer’s Path program in Dallas, Texas. Henery Press published my first novel, Murder in G Major, book one of the Gethsemane Brown mysteries, in September 2016. Book two, Death in D Minor, released July 11, 2017. Book three, Killing in C Sharp, comes out March 6, 2018. Murder in G Major won the Lefty Award for Best Debut Novel, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best New Novel and was selected one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Debuts.

I listen to classical music, drink whiskey, and blog at Miss Demeanors, voted one of Writers’ Digest magazine’s 101 best websites for writers, and Femmes Fatales

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Review: THE SECRET ROOM by John Alexander {giveaway}

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THE SECRET ROOM
(Amber-Autumn Series, #4)

by
JOHN ALEXANDER
  Genre: Children’s Mystery / Chapter Book
Date of Publication: October 14, 2017
Number of Pages: 159

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Amber and Autumn, elementary school sisters, don’t seek out problems to solve, but they often find themselves engaged in uncovering truths, solving mysteries, and helping others in the process. Autumn’s natural curiosity, combined with her boldness, leads her to push for answers to anything she does not understand. Amber, her older sister, more cautious and easily spooked, prefers to let Autumn drive ahead to solve mysteries which come their way, but her keen skills of observation often lead to the resolutions they seek.

In The Secret Room, the girls, during their stay at a  B&B, discover a long-forgotten room in the attic and uncover its secrets. The story takes place at the House of Seasons, a bed-and-breakfast in historic Jefferson, Texas. Their quest to uncover secrets takes the girls on a journey through Jefferson history including a cemetery, a river boat tour, and even an evening ghost walk.




PRAISE FOR THE SECRET ROOM:
“Great book, really enjoyed reading.  I’d guess a target audience would be 7 to 13-year-olds. Thank you for allowing me the honor to preview your book.  I look forward to purchasing your published work.” — Joseph (Teen Beta reader)

The Secret Room is a fun read. Not only is it a mystery; it also contains some of the history of Jefferson, Texas, and the surrounding area, as well as pictures of some special places there. Children and adults will enjoy reading it, just as I did.  — Carol (Adult Beta Reader)

“Overall I thought it was a great book. I would be excited to read the next book in the series.” –Madeline (4th grade Beta Reader)

 “The whole time I liked the suspense and the mystery side of it.” – Beta Reader

“I relate more to Amber because she doesn’t like a situation without light and she doesn’t like doing scary things first. She sends her little sister in to do it first and I do that. Amber is the older sister and so am I.” – Beta Reader

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Wholesome Fun, for Middle Grade Girls or Boys, who love a good Mystery.

In a continuation of the Amber-Autumn chapter book series, we dive into the mysteries of historical East Texas through the narration of the youngest of the two siblings, Autumn.  The two curious young girls find adventure in solving the mysteries they encounter in Historic Jefferson and the Bed and Breakfast where they are staying.

What a great little book.  I enjoyed following the story of these two siblings through their adventures in the historic town.  In similar fashion to the great MG mystery series, the two inquisitive girls find one mystery after the next, keeping the reader’s attention going from one page to the next.  The photos added to the book add a perfect touch to give the reader a feel for the setting and mood in the story.  Quite fascinating to the adult reader, I can only imagine more so to the child reader.  Although it is book four in the series, it reads well as a stand-alone.

Highly recommended for your middle grade/upper elementary readers.  Mysteries always keep the reluctant reader turning those pages.

John writes chapter books that appeal to elementary school children to capture their imagination and help them discover the love of reading early in life. John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife and his King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Charlie Brown.
John spent his childhood in a small town in east Texas. He attended college at the University of Texas earning a BS in Physics and a BA in Math (minor in Computer Science). His years in the high-tech industry, most of it on the “bleeding edge,” allowed him to develop new technology with software.
John had the privilege of co-authoring two editions of CallManager Fundamentals. The two books sold over 23,000 copies, exceeding the publisher’s goal of 8,000. Having discovered his love for writing while still working in high tech, he began writing fiction in his spare time and published The Enclave, a mystery / suspense novel, in 2010.
After leaving high-tech in 2014, he now spends full time pursuing his writing passion. He loves writing books that help children discover early in life that reading is a fun adventure. He recently released illustrated editions of the first three books in the Amber-Autumn mystery series: Christmas Garden Illustrated, Grandfather’s Blessing Illustrated, and Golden Campout Illustrated. The Secret Room is the fourth book in the series.
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Special Feature: BOMBSHELL by Pamela Fagan Hutchins {giveaway}

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BOMBSHELL
(What Doesn’t Kill You, #9)
An Ava Romantic Mystery

by
PAMELA FAGAN HUTCHINS
  Genre: Romantic Mystery / R-Rated
Date of Publication: July 11, 2017
Number of Pages: 236

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Temp worker by day, lounge singer by night, single mom Ava is having a hard time breaking up with her long-distance boyfriend and making it without the support of her parents on the island of St. Marcos. Things improve dramatically when she lands a too-good-to-be-true job at a virtual currency exchange, where she meets a seriously sexy man, and goes to work for a boss so incredible he sponsors her on a trip to New York to record a demo. But when Ava stumbles across the raped and murdered body of a young woman, she recognizes her from a shared trauma back in their school days. Ava is devastated and throws herself into avenging the girl’s death. From that moment on, it’s one bombshell after another, going off closer and closer to Ava and the people she cares about most.
PRAISE FOR BOMBSHELL:
“Just when I think I couldn’t love another Pamela Fagan Hutchins novel more, along comes Ava. She’s smart and sassy, with a story full of juicy plot twists. I enjoyed Bombshell from cover to cover!” — Marcy McKay, author of Pennies from Burger Heaven
“To finally get a whole book of Ava’s beautiful voice and attitude was so much fun. And then to see that her outer armor was mixed with the very real insecurities and struggles that we can all relate to was magical. She personifies bombshell in every sense of word and I can’t wait to have her voice in my head again in Stunner.” — Tara Scheyer, Grammy-nominated musician, Long-Distance Sisters Book Club
“Entertaining, complex, and thought-provoking.” — Ginger Copeland, power reader

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Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes overly long e-mails, award-winning and best-selling romantic mysteries, and hilarious nonfiction from deep in the heart of Nowheresville, Texas and way up in the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming.
Her What Doesn’t Kill You romantic mystery series is Janet Evanovich meets Sandra Brown and a smidge of Alice Hoffman’s practical magic, featuring a revolving lineup of interrelated female amateur sleuths. She is passionate about great writing and smart authorpreneurship as well as long hikes with her hunky husband and pack of rescue dogs, riding her gigantic horses, experimenting with her Keurig, and traveling in the Bookmobile.
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2017 WINNER Silver Falchion Award, Best Mystery

2016 WINNER USA Best Book Award, Cross Genre Fiction
2015 WINNER USA Best Book Award, Cross Genre Fiction
2014 USA Best Book Award Finalist, Cross Genre Fiction
2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-finalist, Romance
2013 USA Best Book Award Finalist, Business: Publishing
2012 Winner of the Houston Writers Guild Ghost Story Contest
2012 WINNER USA Best Book Award, Parenting: Divorce
2011 Winner of the Houston Writers Guild Novel Contest, Mainstream
2010 Winner of the Writers League of Texas Manuscript Contest, Romance
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Interview: Alexia Gordon, author of DEATH IN D MINOR {giveaway}

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DEATH IN D MINOR

by
ALEXIA GORDON
  Genre: Paranormal Mystery / African American Sleuth
Publisher: Henery Press
Date of Publication: July 11, 2017
Number of Pages: 236
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Gethsemane Brown, African-American musician and expatriate to an Irish village, solved a string of murders and got used to living with a snarky ghost. She can rest easy now. Right? Wrong. The ghost has disappeared, her landlord’s about to sell to a developer, and her brother-in-law’s come to visit. She scrambles to call her spectral roomie back from beyond and find a way to save the cottage from destruction. But real estate takes a backseat when her brother-in-law is accused of stealing a valuable antique. Gethsemane strikes a deal with an investigator to go undercover at a charity ball and snoop for evidence of a forgery/theft ring in exchange for the woman’s help clearing him. At the party, she accidentally conjures the ghost of an eighteenth-century sea captain, then ends up the prime suspect in the party host’s murder. She races to untangle a web of phony art and stolen antiques to exonerate herself, then the killer targets her. Will she bring a murderer to justice, or will her encore investigation become her swan song?


PRAISE FOR DEATH IN D MINOR:
Gethsemane Brown is everything an amateur sleuth should be: smart, sassy, talented, and witty even when her back is against the wall. In her latest adventure, she’s surrounded by a delightful cast, some of whom readers will remember from Gordon’s award-winning debut and all of whom they won’t forget. Gordon writes characters we want resurrected.
n  Cate Holahan, author of The Widower’s
Wife and Lies She Told
Erstwhile ghost conjurer and gifted concert violinist Gethsemane Brown returns in this thoroughly enjoyable follow-up to last year’s Murder in G Major. Facing eviction from the historic seaside cottage she calls home, Gethsemane must clear her brother-in-law’s name – as well as her own – when a priceless artifact goes missing and the wealthy dowager to whom it belonged is “helped” over a high balcony railing.  With the help of a spectral sea captain she accidentally summoned, Gethsemane tries to unravel the mystery as the murderer places her squarely in the crosshairs.
n  Daniel J. Hale, Agatha Award-winning author

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Is there one subject you’d never write about as an author?

There’s no subject that I’d never write about. I wouldn’t write anything that I wouldn’t want to read but I don’t consider any subject taboo. However, there is one subject difficult for me to write about: medicine. As a practicing physician, I struggle to detach myself from what I do enough to write about it without going on a rant. I’ve become less emotional about medicine now that I’ve given up the clinical world for the administrative, so maybe it’s time to try again.

What do you want your tombstone to say?

Either “Hey, hey, hey, goodbye” or “Consider me gone.” Or one of those flowery eighteenth/nineteenth century epitaphs that seem to go on for a page-and-a-half and tell your entire life story.

Is there any persons you credit for being your inspiration for reading and/or writing?

My parents. Some of my earliest memories are of Mom reading in the car on the way home after picking me up from daycare (Dad drove. He did not read while he drove.), of the stacks of library books she brought home on a regular basis, and of her sitting with a cup of tea and a book while Sunday dinner roasted in the oven. She reads all the time. Dad would schlep me to whatever obscure writer’s conference or seminar I signed up for, even after I got my driver’s license. (I hated driving into DC; Dad chauffeured me without complaint.) My parents let me have a library card as soon as I reached the library’s minimum age, they gave me books as gifts, and their bookshelves are crammed fuller than mine.

The late Nancy Willard, award-winning children’s book writer. I had the privilege of taking her writing classes when I was a Vassar undergrad. She was one of the first people not related to me to take my writing seriously and make me think I could do this “for real.”

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

There are about a gazillion places I want to visit. One is Portugal. It seems romantic and mysterious.

What book do you wish you could have written?

Crime and Punishment. People treat it as this iconic work of literary fiction but it’s actually a pretty good crime novel. I want to write a literary crime novel.

What do you like to read in your free time?

Mysteries, of course. Also science fiction and creative nonfiction about science and disasters.

Do you have mantra for writing and/or life?

Writing: Stop making excuses and do it.

Life: Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. (Yeah, I’m a bit of a cynic.)


A writer since childhood, I put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. Medical career established, I returned to writing fiction. I completed SMU’s Writer’s Path program in Dallas, Texas. Henery Press published my first novel, Murder in G Major, book one of the Gethsemane Brown mysteries, in September 2016. Book two, Death in D Minor, releases July 11, 2017.
Murder in G Major won the Lefty Award for Best Debut Novel, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best New Novel, and was selected one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Debuts. I listen to classical music, drink whiskey, and blog at www.missdemeanors.com, voted one of Writers’ Digest magazine’s 101 best websites for writers, and featured on Femmes Fatales.            
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