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Guest Post and Blog Tour for Rhino Charge, A Kenya Kanga Mystery by Victoria Tait

Guest Post – Rhino’s in Kenya

Rhino once roamed the African continent in their thousands.  They comprised two species, the black rhino and larger white rhino, with genetically distinct northern and southern subspecies.

White and Black Rhino

Both species are actually steel grey in colour.  The first difference between them is their size.  A white rhino female weighs about 1,700kg and the male about 2,300 kg, compared with a black rhino which ranges between 800 kg and 1,400 kg.

The other notable difference between them is their upper lip. The black rhino has a hooked lip while the white rhino has a square lip. This is linked to their eating habits.  Whereas white rhino like to graze on grass, the black rhino prefer to browse and their hooked lip helps them munch on leaves from trees and bushes.  The white rhino also have a longer skull, a less defined forehead and a more obvious shoulder hump.

Black Rhino Population

During the 1960s, Kenya was home to an estimated 20,000 black rhino but humans pushed the species to the brink of extinction and their numbers were slashed to under 300.  One of the worst years was 2013 when 59 rhinos were killed by poachers.  Through conservation, the species is recovering and Kenya is now home to over 600 black rhinos.  But they remain critically endangered.

Kenya is a pioneer of the sanctuary approach to rhino conservation, placing them in fenced-off areas under the close watch of armed rangers equipped with thermal imaging cameras and drones.

Leading the way is Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, and its western neighbour, Borana Conservancy, which removed the fence separating the two properties in 2014, to form 93,000 acres of prime black rhino habitat.

In 2019 Lewa-Borana were delighted by the birth of another calf, taking their black rhino population to 100.  They also have a significant white rhino population of 94.  Part of their success has been Lewa’s bloodhound tracking dogs who follow the scent of poachers after an incident.  This has led to arrests and acts as a huge deterrent.  Readers can find out more about these dogs, and Lewa and Borana conservancies, in book 4 of the Kenya Kanga Mysteries, Jackal & Hide.

White Rhino Population

The southern white rhino is listed as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  The subspecies was on the brink of extinction at the end of the nineteenth century with less than 25 animals solely in South Africa.  However, through successful collective conservation efforts, the population is now thriving with over 20,000 animals in eastern and southern Africa.  White rhino can be found across Kenya including Lewa-Borana, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Solio Ranch.

Solio is one of my favourite places to spot Rhino as they are visible from the road which runs alongside the private ranch.  Solio has also been instrumental in breeding black and white rhino.

The northern white rhino is a far more tragic story.  Just two females remain in the world. They are Najin and Fatu who live under constant protection from poachers in Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy, in Laikipa.  Sudan, the last remaining male, died on March 19th 2018, effectively rendering the entire subspecies extinct.

Sudan and Ringo at Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Sudan and Ringo at Ol Pejeta Conservancy

I saw Sudan and met his tiny friend Ringo, an abandoned southern white rhino calf, at Ol Pejeta.  Unfortunately Ringo also died, in July 2016.  Ol Pejeta conservancy wrote on their website,

‘During his short life, Ringo inspired hundreds of people all over the world with his playful antics and irresistible charm.  In simply being himself, he helped to raise awareness about the plight of rhinos in Africa…. Ringo achieved global fame in a very short space of time.  He was named after the musician and animal rights activist Ringo Starr, who was personally involved with supporting the rhino.”

It is gratifying to witness the increase in both the black rhino and southern white rhino populations.  Whilst dreams of a natural resurgence of northern white rhino died with Sudan, experts are hopeful that in vitro fertilisation, and southern white rhino surrogates, may be a way to reintroduce the northern white rhino so that we can once again see them roaming the plains of Laikipia.

Rhino Charge (A Kenya Kanga Mystery)
by Victoria Tait

About Rhino Charge

Rhino Charge (A Kenya Kanga Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Kanga Press (February 5, 2021)
Number of Pages: ~290
Digital ASIN: B08PV45HYJ
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A treacherous race to stop an extinction. A mysterious death linked to the past. Can a silver-haired sleuth track down the clues in time to save a life?

‘Mama Rose’ Hardie has always fought to conserve Kenya’s precious wildlife. Officiating at an off-road fundraising race in the iconic Maasai Mara, she’s shocked when a vehicle crash claims the life of a friend. And worse still, this was no accident…

When another friend is accused of plotting a deadly sabotage, the clever amateur sleuth vows to clear his name. But with motives between teams reaching deep into an unfortunate past, the determined woman must work fast to track down the wily killer. .

Can Rose catch the culprit before more lives are endangered?

Rhino Charge is the thrilling third tale in the Kenya Kanga cozy mystery series. If you like sharp heroines, suspenseful reveals, and iconic African settings, then you’ll love Victoria Tait’s breathtaking story.

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About Victoria Tait

Victoria Tait is the author of the enchanting Kenya Kanga Mystery series. She’s drawn on her 8 years of experience living in rural Kenya, with her family, to write vivid and evocative descriptions. Her readers feel the heat, taste the dryness, and smell the dust of Africa. Her elderly amateur sleuth, “Mama Rose” Hardie is Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple reincarnated and living in Kenya.

Like all good military wives, Victoria follows the beat of the drum and has recently moved to war-scarred Sarajevo in Bosnia. She has two fast growing teenage boys. She enjoys horse riding and mountain biking but is apprehensive about learning to ski. Victoria is looking forward to the sun, sand, and seafood of neighbouring Croatia when the world returns to normal.

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Guest Post and Blog Tour for Crime Scene Connection by Deena Alexander

Evolution of My Writing Process

By Deena Alexander

One of the first interview questions I ever answered as a writer was, “Are you a plotter or a panster?” To which I adamantly declared I was, and would always be, a panster. Well, like most things in life, you can never be too sure what’s going to change. My first novel came in at a whopping 100,000 words. When it was published, it had been ruthlessly—and sometimes tearfully—cut to 54,000.

When I first started writing, I would sit at my computer each night and write whatever came to mind. Usually, what came to mind led to a satisfying conclusion—often with only a few minor tweaks to the storyline. Then one day, I painted my hero into a corner I couldn’t find a way out of. I eventually did, but I was never quite satisfied with the outcome.

When I started my next book, I was careful to outline the progress of the story and the ending so I wouldn’t have the same problem. That worked out so well, I started plotting everything. I plotted the number of words in each chapter, whose head each scene would come from, how many words would be in each scene. I made sure each point-of-view character got an equal amount of time. Needless to say, too much of a good thing hindered the writing process, and I ended up with a major case of writer’s block.

Now I’ve found a nice balance between the two. I plot the major parts of the story. I don’t plot the ending. I never decide how a book is going to end or who the killer is until the entire story has been written and gone through several rounds of edits. Once the rest of the story is in good shape and ready to go out for submission, I write the ending. I love being surprised when I find out what happens.

Crime Scene Connection (Love Inspired Suspense)
by Deena Alexander

About Crime Scene Connection


Crime Scene Connection (Love Inspired Suspense)
Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense (January 12, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
ISBN-10: 1335404996
ISBN-13: 978-1335404992
Digital Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense (January 1, 2021)
ASIN: B089RLTK6L

Her writing was fiction, until a killer made the danger very real…

A serial killer’s imitating crime scenes from Addison Keller’s bestselling novel, determined to make her the final victim. But with former police officer Jace Montana and his dog at her side, Addison might just be able to unmask the murderer. With time running out as the killer closes in, she must confront her past and unravel long-buried secrets…and hope they can all escape with their lives.

About Deena Alexander

Deena grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island, where she met and married her high school sweetheart. She recently relocated to Florida with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and four dogs. Now she enjoys long walks in nature all year long, despite the occasional alligator or snake she sometimes encounters. Deena’s love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night, and she now works full time as a writer and a freelance editor.

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Guest Post, Blog Tour, and Giveaway for The Secret on Rum Runner’s Lane, A Book Magic Mini Mystery, by Melissa Bourbon

I love animals. We have had quite a few cats and dogs over the years. Naming our sweet pets is sometimes so tough, but it’s always fun. We’ve had cats named Angel, Socrates, Leroy, Scout, and Pablo. Growing up, we had kitties named Tommy, Tuppence, Garr, and Moonbeam.

We’re also dog lovers. Growing up, we had Rupert. Then my husband and I had Sydney, Iris, Trinity, Jazzy, and now we have Bean, a sweet black rescue pug. He was the last dog surrendered by a back yard breeder, was crated the whole time, and is a bit damaged, but so, so loved by us. He’s been with us for 6 1/2 years. Dobby is our other pup. He’s about 2 1/2 years old and is a chug (a chihuahua/bean mix). He’s a character and we adore him!

I always put animals in my books. For me, it makes them complete. In my Magical Dressmaking mystery series, there are goats, which add a bit of comic relief. They are fun!

In my Bread Shop mysteries, Ivy has a pug named Agatha, modeled after Bean.

And in the Book Magic mysteries, Pippin rescues a dog, and Cassie gets to meet Hattie Juniper Pickle’s cat.

Naming these two animals was an important task. I asked my readers for help naming the Vizsla. They were amazing! There were so many great ideas. Ultimately, I landed on Sailor. If you read Murder in Devil’s Cove, you’ll understand why that’s a great name for her.In The Secret on Rum Runner’s Lane, a Book Magic Mini Mystery, Hattie’s cat became Cucumber…because her last name is Pickle, and Cucumber is exactly the type of name Hattie would pick for her cat. Once you meet Hattie, you’ll understand!

I’d love to hear your pet names, and if you like pets in the books you read.

Happy Holidays, everyone, and happy reading!

xxx
Melissa


The Secret on Rum Runner’s Lane: A Book Magic Mini Mystery
by Melissa Bourbon

About The Secret on
Rum Runner’s Lane


The Secret on Rum Runner’s Lane: A Book Magic Mini Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Mini Mystery #1
Publisher: Lake House Press (November 10, 2020)
Print length: 104 pages
ASIN: B08LDSY5DD

The Lane women are bibliomancers, but Cassie sees her divination not as a gift, but as a curse–one from which she desperately wants to escape. It turns out, though, that running from her fate isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. When a woman goes missing, and a neighbor turns up dead, Cassie turns to the books she’s always avoided to help her find the truth.

About Melissa Bourbon

Melissa Bourbon is the national bestselling author of nineteen mystery books, including the brand new collaborative Book Magic mysteries, the Lola Cruz Mysteries, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and the Bread Shop Mysteries, written as Winnie Archer. She is a former middle school English teacher who gave up the classroom in order to live in her imagination full time. Melissa, a California native who has lived in Texas and Colorado, now calls the southeast home. She hikes, practices yoga, cooks, and is slowly but surely discovering all the great restaurants in the Carolinas. Since four of her five amazing kids are living their lives, scattered throughout the country, her dogs, Bean, the pug, Dobby, the chug, and Jasper, a cattle dog/lab keep her company while she writes. Melissa lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos, and their youngest son. She is beyond fortunate to be living the life of her dreams.

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Guest Post, Blog Tour, and Giveaway for Where There’s A Will, A Glass Dolphin Mystery by Judy Penz Sheluk

Creating a Fictional Town

Judy Penz Sheluk

When I started writing my Glass Dolphin cozy mystery series, I wanted to create a fictional town that readers could believe in, and to do that, it had to be modeled after a town I could relate to. Now, I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and I’ve lived within two hours of that city, mostly in small towns, for all of my adult life. Add to the mix that I’ve never been much of a traveler (I don’t count a week in the Bahamas or the occasional writers’ conference as being a “traveler”) and I couldn’t imagine setting my book in a fictional U.S. town. After all, just like the people in them, every small town I’ve lived in has had its own distinct personality.

And so, I set the Glass Dolphin mysteries in Lount’s Landing, a fictionalized version of Holland Landing, where I’d lived for twenty years. Instead of the Holland River, the Landing (yes, Holland Landing folks refer to it as “the Landing”), I’ve got the Dutch River. Instead of neighboring Newmarket, I’ve got Marketville (though I did borrow its Main Street of indie shops and restaurants for Lount’s Landing).

Why Lount’s Landing, you might ask, and the answer is simple. When I first moved to the town in 1990, one of my first stops was the Holland Landing Public Library. Outside, there was a historical plaque commemorating Samuel Lount, who’d been hanged for treason in 1838. Fascinated, I researched Lount’s story. His history, and his hanging, is an integral part of The Hanged Man’s Noose, book 1 in the series.

In book 2, A Hole in One, Glass Dolphin antiques shop owners Arabella Carpenter and Emily Garland decide to sponsor a hole in one contest at a charity golf tournament in hopes of promoting the store. Unfortunately, finding a dead body in the woods has a way of mucking things up, but the golf course, and the third hole where the body is discovered, is based on Silver Lakes Golf Course in…you guessed it…Holland Landing.

Where There’s A Will, book 3, wraps up the series with Emily getting married and house hunting, and Arabella and her ex-husband, Levon, hired to appraise the contents of an estate. Once again, the setting of Lount’s Landing is integral to the story.

One of the best compliments a reader can give me is to say, “I felt as if I were right there,” because that means I’ve been successful in creating a believable fictional town. And today, when most of us aren’t traveling, isn’t it fun to think you can visit a small town in Canada, where most people are good and those who aren’t eventually get their comeuppance.

Where There’s A Will: A Glass Dolphin Mystery
by Judy Penz Sheluk

About Where There’s A Will. . .


Where There’s A Will: A Glass Dolphin Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Superior Shores Press (November 10, 2020)
Paperback: 210 pages
ISBN-10: 1989495273
ISBN-13: 978-1989495278
Digital ASIN: B08KFLQ6KH

Emily Garland is getting married and looking for the perfect forever home. When the old, and some say haunted, Hadley house comes up for sale, she’s convinced it’s “the one.” The house is also perfect for reality TV star Miles Pemberton and his new series, House Haunters. Emily will fight for her dream home, but Pemberton’s pockets are deeper than Emily’s, and he’ll stretch the rules to get what he wants.

While Pemberton racks up enemies all around Lount’s Landing, Arabella Carpenter, Emily’s partner at the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, has been hired to appraise the contents of the estate, along with her ex-husband, Levon. Could the feuding beneficiaries decide there’s a conflict of interest? Could Pemberton?

Things get even more complicated when Arabella and Levon discover another will hidden inside the house, and with it, a decades-old secret. Can the property stay on the market? And if so, who will make the winning offer: Emily or Miles Pemberton?

About Judy Penz Sheluk

A former journalist and magazine editor, Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: the Glass Dolphin Mysteries and the Marketville Mysteries. Her short crime fiction appears in several collections, including The Best Laid Plans and Heartbreaks & Half-truths, which she also edited. Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she serves as Chair on the Board of Directors.

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Guest Post and Blog Tour for On Deadly Tides: A Penny Brannigan Mystery by Elizabeth J. Duncan

A Bit of Literary Library Love

Several of the characters in the Penny Brannigan mystery series are great readers. Amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan loves to curl up with a good mystery. Police procedures are good, but nothing too violent. In Slated for Death, when she couldn’t sleep, the local librarian offered her a nice, boring history of farming practices in the former USSR.

Mrs. Lloyd, a retired postmistress, loves The Lady magazine, and subscribes to it so she won’t miss an issue. And although she occasionally dips into Country Life, she doesn’t read books. Her lodger, Florence Semble, however, is an avid reader, but she chooses not to buy them, preferring to be a regular patron of the Llanelen public library.

Another patron of the local library is Bronwyn Evans, the rector’s wife. She likes Regency romances, and if the story includes a handsome young earl with a smart carriage, so much the better.

But beyond the local public library, two private libraries feature prominently in the Penny Brannigan mystery series. Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By (2013) is set in the beautiful tranquillity of Gladstone’s Library, in Hawarth, North Wales. Founded by four-time British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone in 1894, the library is the only prime ministerial library in Britain. It’s also a residential library, which means visitors can book a room and stay overnight, and it hosts conferences, which was the perfect reason for a group of my characters to gather.

In 2019’s Remembering the Dead, a pivotal scene takes place in the library of Ty Brith Hall, a Welsh country house.

She opened the door and stood aside to allow the others to enter the library. Three walls were lined with dark, built-in shelving filled with books, and the fourth wall, facing the door, was painted a soft, sophisticated shade of sage green with a hint of grey. It featured a fireplace with an ornately carved mantelpiece and surround situated between two large windows overlooking green fields dotted with grazing sheep.

Comfortable-looking chairs and a sofa upholstered in a muted grey-coloured fabric positioned on a worn, patterned burgundy carpet invited visitors to sit and thumb through the selection of magazines on a coffee table or choose a book.

“Those are the original shelves,” Gwennie pointed out. “They were fitted when the house was built.”

One unit of floor-to- ceiling shelves was filled with old books with leather binding in brown, navy blue, and red, their titles printed in gold on the spines, but most of the books were newer—colourful hardbacks and paperbacks. The books looked read and the room looked formal and felt cozy at the same time, with just the right hint of old-book smell.

“What a beautiful room,” exclaimed Penny.

“It is that,” said Gwennie, “except when it’s time for spring cleaning and every book has to be taken down and dusted.”

Although a library, public or private, doesn’t figure in On Deadly Tides, the most recent title in the Penny Brannigan series, the reading theme is woven throughout the series and probably plays as much a role in my characters’ lives as it does in yours!


On Deadly Tides: A Penny Brannigan Mystery
by Elizabeth J. Duncan

About On Deadly Tides


On Deadly Tides: A Penny Brannigan Mystery
Cozy Mystery
11th in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (November 10, 2020)
237 pages
ISBN-10: 1643854682
ISBN-13: 978-1643854687
Kindle ASIN: B084V85BT8

With a picturesque black and white lighthouse, pebble beaches and stunning views of sea and mountains, the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales is the perfect place for an idyllic mid-summer painting holiday.

And watercolour artist, businesswoman, and amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan is enjoying the retreat enormously – until she discovers the body of a New Zealand journalist on a secluded beach just as the tide is going out, threatening to take the body with it.

The post mortem reveals the victim died from injuries “consistent with a fall from a great height,” and the death is ruled accidental. But Penny thinks there’s more to the story. Curious how the victim came to such an untimely end at this most inhospitable spot, she uncovers a link to a mysterious disappearance several years earlier.

And as her holiday romance with a wildlife photographer turns to love, she learns some truths about herself, too, that surprise her.

As the winds of change blow through Penny’s own life, she sets sail on a friendly tide for a future she never dreamed possible, in a beautiful place she never imagined.

About Elizabeth J. Duncan

A two-time winner of the Bloody Words (Bony Blithe) Award for Canada’s best light mystery, Elizabeth J. Duncan is the author of two series: the Penny Brannigan mysteries set in North Wales and Shakespeare in the Catskills featuring costume designer Charlotte Fairfax. A former journalist, public relations practioner, and college professor, Elizabeth is a faculty member of the Humber School for Writers. She divides her time between Toronto, Canada and Llandudno, North Wales.

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Guest Post by Brandon Leibowitz about Digital Marketing

What are the benefits of online digital marketing classes?

Over a decade or two, the Internet has touched almost all aspects of our life. It has also changed our buying habits. Businesses have also realized this change and are responding to development very positively. They have extensively started using digital platforms to sell their products. With so much development in the field, digital marketing has also emerged as a wonderful career option for the new generation. Many educational and training institutes have started offering digital marketing courses in multiple fields.

Online Digital Marketing Courses

Apart from traditional classes, many institutes have also started conducting these classes through online platforms like online SEO training classes, web content, brand management, mobile marketing classes, and so on. These classes offer many advantages over the traditional classes. Let us look at some of the benefits of online classes.

What are the Benefits of Online Digital Marketing Classes?

Affordable

One of the major benefits of digital classes is that they are more affordable than traditional programs. Many of the online classes charge less tuition fee. Moreover, even if they charge a similar tuition fee, you do not have to pay for the commutation charges. Besides, the course material is also available online so you do not need to pay for textbooks or course packages. Moreover, the new trend of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) offers many digital marketing classes for free.

Flexibility of Time

This is a big plus for online digital marketing classes. You can attend online classes at your preferred time. This allows you to study without disturbing your work schedule. As the course is available online, you also don’t need to spend your time visiting libraries. So, the flexibility of time allows you to balance your work and study schedules and also gives you enough time to fulfill your family commitments.

Better Career Prospects

As you can study while working, online classes allow you to upgrade your knowledge and qualification without losing your work experience. This allows you to grow in the organization you are already working with. Besides, it opens up many new career opportunities for you in other organizations. Completing a digital marketing course online also shows your eagerness to learn new subjects and leaves a good impression on prospective employers.

Improve your Computer Operating Skills

This is an indirect advantage of learning through online classes. Even attending online SEO classes allows students to learn basic and advanced computer skills. While you navigate through various learning methods, you become more proficient in operating computers and associated programs, applications, and packages.

Improves Participation

Many students hesitate to participate in traditional classes. With the online classes, they easily open up and take part in the discussions. Online classes also help in improving concentration as there is no disturbance during the classes as in the traditional classes.

Final Words

So, overall online digital marketing classes offer you many benefits over the traditional classes. They are more affordable compared to traditional courses. Besides, they also allow you to study while working. So, if you get a chance to attend online SEO classes, do not miss the opportunity as these classes can be very helpful in enhancing your career prospects.

Author Bio:  Brandon Leibowitz is the founder of SEO Optimizers, a Digital Marketing Agency in Los Angeles, California. He is also the founder of Bosmol.com, a social media news log. He has been involved with search engine optimization and internet marketing since 2007.
Posted in Cozy Series, Guest Post

Character Guest Post by Anastasia Pollack from The Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries by Lois Winston

On Being a Reluctant Amateur Sleuth

By Anastasia Pollack

It isn’t easy when an author hijacks your life for her own literary purposes. One day you’re minding your own business. The next thing you know, your husband drops dead in Las Vegas, leaving you up the wazoo in debt with a loan shark breathing down your neck, your communist mother-in-law as a permanent houseguest, and a dead body glued to your office chair. That’s what happened to me nine books and three novellas ago when author Lois Winston decided to forsake writing romance and began killing people for a living. My name is Anastasia Pollack, and thanks to Lois, I’m the very reluctant amateur sleuth of the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries.

Since turnabout is fair play, I decided to hijack this guest post she was supposed to write and give you my side of the story for a change. Believe me, I would have been perfectly happy to maintain my predictable suburban life. I had two great teenage sons and a job I loved as the crafts editor of a women’s magazine. Granted, it’s not easy raising teenagers, and editors at third-rate women’s magazines don’t make the big bucks, but life was comfortable.

Or so I thought. Lois had other ideas. You see, we characters don’t come with self-determination. We’re putty in our authors’ hands. Now, along with being a widow with debt that rivals the GNP of many Third World nations, I’m juggling a malevolent communist mother-in-law and Manifesto, her French bulldog (I ask you, who names a dog after a political treatise?)

You’d think that would be enough, right? Heck, no! Now, every time I turn around, Lois has me tripping over dead bodies! Does she think I’m New Jersey’s version of Jessica Fletcher? Apparently so.

At least Lois decided to write humorous cozy mysteries. In her prior writing life, she wrote some really gritty romantic suspense that would keep her readers sleeping with one eye open at night, thanks to the extremely evil villains she created. She wrote me into a genre of mystery where readers would protest if she penned plots similar to those of her romantic suspense books. I have it bad, but what she did to poor Emma Wadsworth in Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deception…All I can say is thank goodness cozy readers would revolt if she tried to pull that stuff on me!

And I’ll admit, she even has me laughing at times—when she doesn’t have me staring down a killer. You wouldn’t believe the cast of supporting characters Lois has given me. Along with my nasty communist mother-in-law and her dog, there’s my much-married mother, who claims descent from Russian nobility, and her haughty Persian cat, Catherine the Great. And lest I forget (not that he’d allow me to), there’s Ralph, the Shakespeare-quoting parrot. I inherited him from my great-aunt Penelope Periwinkle. We’re all crammed into my tiny mid-century suburban rancher. At least I don’t have to share my bedroom with either my mother or mother-in-law!

Over the course of the series, Lois has also introduced some new characters, one of whom has been driving me bonkers from the moment he entered my life. Ira Pollack, my husband’s previously unknown half-brother, showed up with his three spoiled kids in Revenge of the Crafty Corpse. That was bad enough, but in Drop Dead Ornaments, Lois has him moving from across the state to across town!

When I saw what Lois had planned for me at the start of the series, I staged a revolt, demanding that if she was going to give me so much grief, she had to give me a little light within all the gloom and doom. After all, she’s got me two steps away from living in a cardboard box on a street corner. And believe me, no matter how big a carton, that would be one crowded box! She finally gave in and created Zachary Barnes, the photojournalist who rents the apartment above my garage, and allowed us to develop a relationship.

But we’re talking Lois here. She couldn’t leave well enough alone, and right from the start she has me wondering if Zack is really just a photojournalist or if that profession is cover for a more covert one. Which brings us to A Sew Deadly Cruise, the latest Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery. Lois has finally gotten around to revealing some of Zack’s backstory in this book. And believe me, it’s not what I ever expected!

A Sew Deadly Cruise

An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery, Book 9

Life is looking up for magazine crafts editor Anastasia Pollack. Newly engaged, she and photojournalist fiancé Zack Barnes are on a winter cruise with her family, compliments of a Christmas gift from her half-brother-in-law. Son Alex’s girlfriend and her father have also joined them. Shortly after boarding the ship, Anastasia is approached by a man with an unusual interest in her engagement ring. When she tells Zack of her encounter, he suggests the man might be a jewel thief scouting for his next mark. But before Anastasia can point the man out to Zack, the would-be thief approaches him, revealing his true motivation. Long-buried secrets now threaten the well-being of everyone Anastasia holds dear. And that’s before the first dead body turns up.

Craft projects included.

Buy Links

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3fwHR7X

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-sew-deadly-cruise

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-sew-deadly-cruise-lois-winston/1137427499?ean=2940162697930

Apple iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/a-sew-deadly-cruise/id1526052822

Bio:

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is a former literary agent and an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/Anasleuth

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/722763.Lois_Winston

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lois-winston

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Guest Post and Blog Tour for Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco by Richie Narvaez

Going Back in Time to 1979: Researching the Disco Era

by Richie Narvaez

 I never thought I would write a historical mystery or a YA mystery. But the process of writing Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco (Pinãta Books, 2020) involved a fair bit of time travel. And a lot of in-seat dancing. I decided to set this book in 1979 because I was going to write about a 14-year-old protagonist. And the last time I had been 14 was in 1979.

But that meant a little sentimental journeying. I got out the old high school yearbook and found pages and pages of character suggestions. For the book, I scrambled names and personalities, I made an old friend the school principal, I made an old rival look like an idiot. This is what writing is all about! This was great!

But the thing that helped me most get back to that long-ago era and get into the right mood was music.

For most of the ’70s, I listened to the likes of John Denver, Harry Chapin, Janis Ian, and a lot of American Standards — because that’s what Pop liked and Pop had command of the radio. But as my sister and brother got older, they would bring home these disco albums to play (on our wonky record player in our rickety entertainment unit). At first, I balked at John Revolta and his three-piece suit and the chipmunk sound of the Bee-Gees. Jeez louise!

But then there was this song called “Supernature” by Cerrone. With its bizarre lyrics (telling a story similar to a dozen Animals Gone Wild movies from the ’70s) and insistent beat, it was like a 10-minute B-grade horror movie you could dance to. This appealed to my nerdy, sci fi- and horror-loving pre-adolescent mind. Then there was “Devil’s Gun,” by C. J. & Company, which had a neon green demon/alien on the cover. Hello, you’ve got my attention.

So, I learned to like disco quite a bit. But, really, I was too young to love it the way my sister and brother did. I never learned to do the Hustle, never went to Studio 54. Musical genres like Modern Rock and Freestyle were more a part of my formative years.

As I sat down to plan the book, I realized I hadn’t thought about disco in a long time. There was quite a bit of social history to uncover. Disco may have been maligned for its sameness and mindlessness, but there were clearly undertones of homophobia and prejudice in the malice directed toward it.

As to the music itself, I dove right in — by listening to music the way you do nowadays. I went to YouTube. Now, I don’t usually listen to music when I scribble, but my neighbor upstairs had been proving particularly lead-footed, so on went the headphones.

First I focused on what was popular, and I found I still wasn’t crazy about the Bee Gees. But then I rediscovered Donna Summer! That plaintive, sultry voice is mesmerizing. From there I listened to MFSB, Tavares, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, the Hues Corporation, France Joli, Earth, Wind, & Fire, and more. I even discovered I had a favorite disco song: “Native New Yorker,” by Odyssey, a melancholy slow-disco meditation on Big Apple dreaming.

There was so much to listen to. Every day, I’d go through playlists and find singers and bands I wanted to learn more about. You know the idea of a wikihole? It’s an Internet-age rabbit hole of discovery after discovery. I went down that path willfully, gleefully, rocking in my chair, if not rocking dancing shoes.

I think Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco came out all the better for it. I was able to get into the mood of the era. I was able to hear what my teen detective protagonist was hearing and imagine her reactions. And if I could do that, then I could take my readers’ hands and invite them on to the dance floor with me.

Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco
by Richie Narvaez

About Holly Hernandez and
the Death of Disco

Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco
Young Adult Cozy Mystery
Grade Level: 10 – 12
1st in Series
Publisher: Pinata Books (May 31, 2020)
Paperback: 248 pages
ISBN-10: 1558859020
ISBN-13: 978-1558859029
Digital Publisher: Arte Público Press (June 22, 2020)
Print Length: 255 pages
ASIN: B08BQRZLTC

Holly Hernandez, voted “Miss Bright of ’79” and valedictorian at her previous school, is excited to start fresh at Flatbush Technical High School, one of the most competitive public schools in New York City. She’ll be one of thousands; anonymous. But her dreams of a normal school life disappear when her mother, a homicide detective, has to investigate the murder of Mr. Friedman, the social studies teacher.

One of her classmates, Xander Herrera, quickly becomes the primary suspect. The tall, awkward boy is socially inept, but Holly doesn’t think he’s a murderer. She is intent on exonerating him—but he wants nothing to do with her. To Xander, Holly is the overly enthusiastic student who always sits in the front row and answers all the teachers’ questions—correctly. He hates perky people!

Eventually cleared of the crime, Xander is determined to find the killer before Holly. As they race to solve the case, their separate investigations lead to a slew of suspects, including another teacher seen arguing with Friedman and a mysterious person named Steve who met with him several times before his death. Could it have been a disgruntled student? Ultimately, a trophy for a disco-dancing contest leads the intrepid young detectives to the Mission Venus nightclub and a murderer intent on killing again!

About Richie Narvaez

Richie Narvaez is author of the award-winning collection Roachkiller and Other Stories and the gentrification thriller Hipster Death Rattle. His latest novel is the historical YA mystery Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco.

Author Links

Website – https://www.richienarvaez.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RichieNarvaezAuthor/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/richie_narvaez
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/rnz1000/
GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4530759.Richie_Narvaez

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Guest Post and Blog Tour for Hiding Cracked Glass by James J. Cudney

How do you Keep Track of Characters in Your Series?

What a great question! When Shalini and I decided to make this an open opportunity for bloggers to ask any questions they wanted, I knew it would be fun. Big thanks to Debbie for asking about character tracking… it’s definitely not easy. In my Braxton Campus Mysteries, of which there are 6 current books and 1 in draft mode, there are 137 characters. If you ask me any questions about them, I will know the answer off the top of my head. I am actually really good at keeping these details in my brain. I sometimes forget how to walk, pour a glass of water, or open a door knob, but I don’t forget my characters. Mostly, they feel so real to me, I picture them as though they are alive. Hopefully I’m not caught talking to them when wandering the street; that would be embarrassing.

In the combo of Watching Glass Shatter and Hiding Cracked Glass, there are ~50 characters. This series has been more complicated to keep track of because I wrote the first book in 2016/7 and outlined the second book at the end of 2019… with 2 1/2 years’ hiatus between. While I noodled ideas around in my head, I actually had to go back to my original outline to determine the key points I wanted to focus on in the sequel. I began with circles for each main character. Since these two books actually alternate chapters by character, everything had to be lined up. I did the exact same thing style-wise for the sequel, and each main character needed 2 or 3 supporting characters to pull off the story and the threat of ‘who wrote the letter and wants to hurt someone in the Glass family?’

In the Braxton Campus Mysteries, I keep an Excel spreadsheet and a Word document for tracking the details. Excel has names, parents, key relationships, ages, descriptions, whether they are a murderer, victim, suspect, or something else. I actually go a bit more detailed in terms of balancing the suspects, victims, and murderers so that it’s generally split across genders, ages, ethnicities, etc. I’ve intentionally tried to bring in at least two non-traditional characters so that I can help move books and the genre toward a more diverse cast. I also try not to stereotype nor make this too obvious. Names and descriptions must be strong but not overpowering so it appears fake.

In the Word documents, I cut/paste all detailed descriptions and a summary of the person’s role in each book. I need to know that I don’t mess something up… I’ll confess two things though… two changes I actually made between the first and second book. I swapped the birth order of Kellan’s siblings while writing the second book. The first was with beta readers and during launch week, when I went back and updated the final format. The other is to change the details on Kellan’s grandfather’s death (before the books started) because I wanted to leave a bit of mystery around it. There might be a plot in the future that focuses on what happened to Nana D’s late husband!

When I draft the outline for each new book, I start out with ‘where did all the major characters end up’ in the last book. I’m famous for my cliffhangers, so I also have to focus on closing those loose ends. It’s a lot of work, and I have to think about journeys in between books; everything needs to be documented in my main tracking sheet, especially birthdays and facts that sometimes mean very little but could be problematic if I say Kellan’s brother graduated from college in a year that wouldn’t line up to his proper age… or I said a certain skin tone that is different between books — that shows the writer isn’t thinking about consistency, which is important to me. Mistakes happen, totally understandable… but it’s critical to think of both short and long term before committing to a character action or description.

Quite honestly, in the last Braxton book, I backed myself into a corner with the ending… and now, although I have the plot worked out and who will die… I am thinking about how I could change it without causing any disconnects. Why did this happen, you ask? Because us writers can be highly creative, and sometimes a new brainstorm pops up and you can’t help but want to find a way to incorporate it. So… the big question is:

At the end of Hiding Cracked Glass, did I leave room for a third book in a trilogy? Or will it end at just the two? And just like all my Braxton books… yep… you guessed it… I’m ending this guest post with the cliffhanger. I might’ve left room for a third Perceptions of Glass book… and you’ll just have to wait to find out in the coming years!!!

At the end of Hiding Cracked Glass, did I leave room for a third book in a trilogy? Or will it end at just the two? And just like all my Braxton books… yep… you guessed it… I’m ending this guest post with the cliffhanger. I might’ve left room for a third Perceptions of Glass book… and you’ll just have to wait to find out in the coming years!!!

Thanks for sharing that wonderful guest post, James. Here are the details for your blog tour, author bio, and social media links.

ABOUT THE BOOK

An ominous blackmail letter appears at an inopportune moment. The recipient’s name is accidentally blurred out upon arrival. Which member of the Glass family is the ruthless missive meant for?

In the powerful sequel to Watching Glass Shatter, Olivia is the first to read the nasty threat and assumes it’s meant for her. When the mysterious letter falls into the wrong hands and is read aloud, it throws the entire Glass family into an inescapable trajectory of self-question. Across the span of eight hours, Olivia and her sons contemplate whether to confess their hidden secrets or find a way to bury them forever. Some failed to learn an important lesson last time. Will they determine how to save themselves before it’s too late?

Each chapter’s focus alternates between the various family members and introduces several new and familiar faces with a vested interest in the outcome. As each hour ticks by, the remaining siblings and their mother gradually reveal what’s happened to them in the preceding months, and when the blackmailer makes an appearance at Olivia’s birthday party, the truth brilliantly comes to light.

Although everyone seemed to embrace the healing process at the end of Watching Glass Shatter, there were hidden cracks in the Glass family that couldn’t be mended. Their lives are about to shatter into pieces once again, but this time, the stakes are even higher. Someone wants to teach them a permanent lesson and refuses to stop until success is achieved.  

HIDING CRACKED GLASS BY JAMES J. CUDNEY

Series Name: Perceptions of Glass

Book #1 Name: Watching Glass Shatter

Book #2 Name: Hiding Cracked Glass (cover reveal for this one)

Publication for Book #2:

Next Chapter, October 8th, 2020

Amazon Link:

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54399989-hiding-cracked-glass

About The Author

James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College, an historic but small liberal arts school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with a degree in English literature and minors in Education, Business and Spanish. After college, I accepted a technical writing position for a telecommunications company during Y2K and spent the last ~20 years building a career in technology & business operations in the retail, sports, media and entertainment industries. Throughout those years, I wrote some short stories, poems and various beginnings to the “Great American Novel,” but I was so focused on my career in technology and business that writing became a hobby. In 2016, I refocused some of my energies toward reinvigorating a second career in reading, writing and publishing.

Websites & Blog

Website: https://jamesjcudney.com/

Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com

Amazon: http://bit.ly/JJCIVBooks

Next Chapter Pub: https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/james-j-cudney

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/james-j-cudney

Social Media

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamescudney4

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

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

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

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jamescudney4/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamescudney4/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/jamescudney4

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamescudney4

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Guest Post Interview and Blog Tour for the Dana Mulder Suspense Series by N. Gray

Why I Can’t Stop Reading

Guest Post by N. Gray

What inspired you to write this book?

I write in 3 genres; Urban fantasy, Horror and Thriller. I’d started a series in each except for Thriller and after researching I got the idea to write four books.

What can we expect from you in the future?

More in each genre. I like to alternate between the three genres to keep me from getting bored

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?

Not yet. I’m currently working on those.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Deadly Pattern?

Dana Mulder was an analyst for the FBI but after her encounter with Travis, she became a Private Investigator where she didn’t need danger pay. She’s clever but also afraid after her attack even though she comes across as brave. But as much as she knows she shouldn’t be doing some things; she always gets herself into trouble.

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?

I’m a panster and I write on the edge of my seat, so I come up with my characters on the go. I have a broad outline of what I want but the detail happens when I sit behind my pc and type.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

How Dana grows and becomes the woman she was always meant to be.

Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?

Dana is one for justice and serving the law, but every once in a while, she bends her rules to get the bad guy behind bars.

Travis on the other hand takes justice into his own hands and kills people he thinks are bad, and not necessarily are.

How did you come up with the title of your first novel?

I was looking for something analytical because Dana was an analyst, and Travis kills in patterns—to him, even though it’s not as clear to others.

Who designed your book covers?

My hubby. I can do it to a point. Then he takes over and makes them better.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No, I love my books and they’re all professionally edited.

Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

That it’s hard to write thrillers. The novella was relatively quick, but the three books took time. Thriller stories progress slowly which is hard for me to write—I have a short attention span and if I get bored I’m afraid my readers will too–so I prefer to write fast-paced stories.

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Ooh, tough one, I hadn’t considered anyone yet. Perhaps Mila Kunis, she looks small and fragile but when pushed she will fight back.

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

My thriller series are quick reads yet are satisfying and a thrilling ride.

How did you come up with name of this book?

I guess I came up with the plot and title at the same time. I can’t explain it, they just come to me.

What is your favorite part of this book and why?

When we learn more about Travis –I think I’ve created a likeable killer.

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

I would spend it with Travis and ask him questions about his childhood and what really happened. (hint, you learn more about him in the 3rd book)

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

My imagination, but it’s also a combination of research into serial killers.

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

They hijack the story; I never know where it’s going to go until I sit down and write it.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.

Dana is in all of us, we don’t like bad things happening to those we love and are always up for the challenge. And, we love solving mysteries, putting one bad guy away after the other.

Have you written any other books that are not published?

Yes, I’ve written a few that I need to go back and edit and perhaps publish once I’m done with the thriller series.

If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?

For Dana’s books, a rose scented candle. For Travis’s novella, sandalwood.

What did you edit out of this book?

For the first book (Deadly Pattern) nothing, I made a few tweaks here and there but it’s the original story. Now the second book (Devil Mountain) is a different story, I rewrote about twenty-thousand words; I didn’t like where the story was going and didn’t think the readers would appreciate it. I love the way it turned out now. And at the time of writing this, I’m about eighty percent through Chasing Evil, and it’s getting pretty exciting.

Is there a writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?

Stephen King and Patricia Cornwell. I’ve read almost all of their books. I enjoy their writing style and how they keep coming up with new stories.

Fun Facts/Behind the Scenes/Did You Know?’-type tidbits about the author, the book or the writing process of the book.

I’m ambidextrous. As I write one book, I’m always thinking of the next book to write. I’m a shy introvert (unless you’ve known me for like fifteen years, only then do I come out of my shell). I love hearing that readers have enjoyed my books—it really makes me glad.

Deadly
Pattern
The
Dana Mulder Suspense Series Book 1
by
N Gray
Genre:
Thriller, Suspense

Deadly Patterns
reveal disturbing truths. 

My name is Dana, I’m
a private investigator and hired to find a missing woman.
Thinking it would be a straightforward case like all my others,
instead, I’m thrust into a web of kidnappings, deceit, and murder.

The investigation
leads me to a prominent doctor who abducts his patients after their
surgery, but all the evidence is circumstantial. With the help of my
detective brother and his partner, we discover more bodies and link
cold cases where we establish a similar MO.

During the
investigation, the man who left me for dead is back and wants more.

Can I solve the
mystery before we find another body, and before I become the target
of a savage maniac intent on making me his?

A fast-paced
suspense thriller with unforgettable characters and spine-chilling
suspense, DEADLY PATTERN is book #1 in a gripping new series
that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

**Only
.99 cents!!**

Goodreads
* Amazon

 

Devil
Mountain

The
Dana Mulder Suspense Series Book 2

 

Devil Mountain
reveals hidden secrets, suspicion, and murder.

I’m asked to
assist in the search for Johnny’s sister only to discover
she’s dead and her two daughters are missing. To make matters
worse, I unearth the remains of someone connected to the
man hunting me down.

Can I solve the
murder before Travis strikes again, or will he finally get what he
wants?

A fast-paced
suspense thriller with unforgettable characters and spine-chilling
suspense, DEVIL MOUNTAIN is book #2 in a gripping new series
that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

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Chasing
Evil

The
Dana Mulder Suspense Series Book 3

 

Travis is bent on
keeping me as his trophy, but the tables have turned and I’m hunting
him.

Travis is still
after me. His cat and mouse game will never end until one of us is
dead. All I know is it’s time to take my life back.

Which of us will
survive?

A fast-paced
suspense thriller with unforgettable characters and spine-chilling
suspense, CHASING EVIL is book #3 in a gripping new series
that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

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N Gray is a South
African author living in Cape Town. During the day, she is a
spreadsheet wizard, creating dashboards, and tables with trending
analysis in search of any anomalies. (Yes, she still has a day
job). At night, she types on her curved keyboard creating
fictional characters that some may love, and others you want to kill
yourself. And for fun, she goes to the beach with her daughter
and hubby, or take the fur babies for a walk.

She writes in
multiple genres; her first three books are collections of short
stories ranging from light horror to paranormal and a thriller.

In 2019, she
released her first full-length novel, Ulysses Exposed, centering
around Blaire Thorne, an assassin with amnesia who hunts and kills
the monsters in Sterling Meadow.

In 2020, she
joined other USA Today Bestselling authors to produce the
Notorious Minds Boxset. Her contribution, Nightcrawler, is
exclusive to this boxset and is the prequel to her Dana Mulder
thriller series.

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