Hopping from here to there

I’m participating in the World Blog Hop this week with several other writer friends. Thanks to Tanya Stowe, a fellow writer with Pelican Books, for asking me to play along. Please take a moment and check out her blog and books…you won’t be disappointed!

Tanya is an author of Christian Fiction with an unexpected edge. She fills her stories with the unusual…gifts of the spirit and miracles, mysteries and exotic travel, even an angel or two. No matter where Tanya takes you…on a journey to the Old West or to contemporary adventures in foreign lands…be prepared for the extraordinary. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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And now a little about my writing and the process…I am the author of the best-selling True Crime book, Unholy Covenant (Addicus Books, 2000), and an award-winning fiction author. My debut novel, The Rising (Pelican Book Group, 2013), won the 2013 Grace Award for Excellence in Faith Based Fiction. It is also short-listed for an INSPY award. My private eye novel, Wink of an Eye, won the 2013 St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America Best 1st PI Novel competition. It will be released through Minotaur Books, Nov. 18, 2014. I am honored to be represented by Michelle Johnson at Inklings Literary Agency.

Currently, I’m working on a new mystery called NoBody’s Baby, about a small town newspaper owner involved in a murder investigation. I hope to have it finished by the end of summer. I think one element that sets my work apart from others is the way I use description. I try and make it become part of the story rather than an information dump. I also feel setting should be a secondary character. Having a character see a handmade sign reading Jesus Saves along a dirt road says much about the area the story is taking place in. I enjoy writing mysteries because I enjoy peeling back the layers until everything is exposed and the ultimate truth is revealed. To me, a mystery doesn’t have to have a murder or some other heinous crime to be considered a true mystery. Life itself is a mystery so there’s so much more to it than how the detective is going to find the killer. When I start a new novel, I know the beginning and end. I’ll do a rough outline to fill in the middle to help me get from point A to point B. I’m not one of those writers who crank out 5000 words a day, or five pages, or some other number. More power to them. I just can’t do it. I may go two or three days without writing anything at all, but when I sit down at the computer, what I do write is carefully thought out. I struggle over every word. Although it takes me longer to complete the first draft than perhaps other writers, when that first draft is complete, it doesn’t need nearly as much revising as if I had just thrown it out there. I guess it’s an either/or situation.

So that’s how I do it. Next Monday, June 30, you’ll be able to find out how three of my writing friends work their own brand of magic. Check out their links below:

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Scott Silverii:  Chief of Police Scott Silverii, PhD passionately lives a positive life. With over 24 years in policing, he has the experience and vision to believe there is always an opportunity to help people. Scott’s passion flourished while growing up in a close-knit community within south Louisiana’s heart of Cajun Country.

Scott’s life is seasoned by the Mardi Gras, hurricanes, humidity, and crawfish boils. This gumbo of experience serves up a unique perspective in his writing – but don’t let the smile fool you. Chief Silverii spent 16 of his 24 years working in policing’s special operations groups (SOG) with thousands of undercover narcotics and SWAT missions. He’s bought dope, banged down doors, and busted bad guys.

He’s new to the world of fiction writing, but entered with guns a blazing with his most recent project – A Cajun Murder Mystery Series. This episodic adventure takes readers behind the badge and along the bayous of south Louisiana. As Chief Silverii likes to say – Laissez les bons temps rouler – Until somebody gets killed of course.

Chief Silverii is also available and appreciates the opportunities to work with authors looking for honest and authentic information on police procedural and cop character / culture questions. You can contact him at his website noted above.

Lynette Hall Hampton aka Agnes Alexander:  Lynette has never considered herself a Christian fiction writer, but instead a Christian who writes fiction. Under the name Lynette Hall Hampton she has published 16 novels – mystery, romance, romantic suspense and inspirational. Though she still writes a variety of genres, in 2011 she decided to concentrate on writing what she most likes to read, Western Historical Romance. She chose to write these novels under her pen name, Agnes (her grandmother’s name on her mother’s side) Alexander (her grandfather’s name on her father’s side). In 2012, her first western, “Fiona’s Journey” was published. Since then she’s had six more published and has two under contract to come out in 2014. Me

A life-long resident of her home state of North Carolina, she counts traveling as one of her passions. She has visited 48 of the 50 States and says Alaska and Hawaii are on her bucket list. Of course, she loves to read, but tries to limit herself to one or two books a week. Besides traveling and reading, Agnes enjoys jewelry making, watching old movies and spending time with her family, especially her two grandchildren.

 

 

 

Nicky LaMarco:  Nicky LaMarco is a freelance writer who’s written for a variety of magazines, newsletters and websites. She specializes in writing articles, blogs, books, and essays. Nicky lives in Maine with her husband and two kids. headshot

Imagine Romancing the Stone meets Pirates of the Caribbean. Throw in a little bit of Raiders of the Lost Ark for spice and you’ll have a pretty apt description of The Pandora Box. It is a to-the-bone, rip-roaring adventure full of humor, romance, and a little suspense along the way.

The Pandora Box by Lilly Maytree should come with a warning: Reading in bed could ThePandoraBox_h11241_300result in serious sleep deprivation.

If it were a movie, you’d pause it before running to the kitchen to grab that snack. “Edge of your seat adventure” describes it well.

Buried treasure, Nazi war criminals, an old yacht named Pandora, a typhoon, and a ruggedly handsome Captain are just some of the ingredients Maytree uses to bring The Pandora Box to life.

The story is filled with colorful characters like protagonist Dee Parker, a journalist with a knack for trouble, and Pandora’s Captain, Wayne Hawkins (Hawk). When Dee and Hawk both lay claim to the Pandora, their worlds clash on land and at sea. Along with their two friends, Dee and Hawk set out on a high seas adventure in search of a buried treasure. Dee and Hawk’s mutual distrust threatens the voyage at nearly every wave while their mutual attraction begins to grow.

Maytree’s The Pandora Box takes on a somewhat serious subject for Christians with the “what if” scenario when Dee, a Christian, stands to gain millions in the hidden treasure. What will she do with the money? She keeps telling herself she’ll put it all to good use. But will she? Would she, like many others faced with sudden wealth, be tempted to casually forget God and everything they believe in? Maytree expertly guides Dee through temptations in a believable manner, making her more human than squeaky clean.

The Pandora Box is a good, fun read. Just don’t try and read it in bed.

Blurb … 

While investigating mysterious happenings at a state mental hospital, journalist D.J. Parker learns the location of a famous cache of diamonds that were stolen during World War II. What she doesn’t know is — the federal government has been following the case for years. With an old journal to lead the way, she sets out aboard a yacht that once carried the infamous Herman Goering. A thrilling treasure hunt that could prove to be the adventure of a lifetime.

That is, if the captain and his partner don’t turn out to be crooks. If the FBI officers are really working for the FBI. And if the horrendous secret Dee uncovered during the investigation has absolutely no connection to the famous jewels. But how long can a secret remain a secret? And more importantly, how can a person really tell who is trustworthy, and who is not?

Excerpt …

How will you get me out,” I asked my editor, “after I once get in?” ~ Nellie Bly

It was visiting day in the psychiatric hospital. Dee Parker sat at her usual table in the lounge, next to a foot-wide floor to ceiling window that allowed only a narrow view to the outside lawn. No need to attract any undue attention. It was not an opening window and there was no way of escape. There was that word again. Kept popping up every time she turned around. Honestly, if people could read each other’s minds, they’d all be staring at her right now.

Better get a grip. This was the day. The real deal.

Today, she was going to help Nelson Peterson escape from Wyngate State Hospital. Of course, that was not part of her original assignment, and her editor would probably hit the roof when he found out. But she would deal with that after she got Peterson safely out of here. For weeks now, she only had to come as far as this visitor’s lounge to talk with the old gentleman. Just the thought of having to live here was enough to give her nightmares. But it would soon be over.

Dee felt again for the sprig of miniature roses she had tucked into the band of her straw hat (the smell of roses was supposed to have a calming effect on people) and forced herself not to look around so much. There were too many people here who were getting used to her weekly visits and might engage in conversation if they caught her eye. Today, of all days, she did not want to stand out or be remembered. Except this afternoon, there was something troubling in the atmosphere. She could sense it…

The Pandora Box book trailer

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Adventure novelist Lilly Maytree

Who is Lilly Maytree? Lilly Maytree is an inspirational adventure novelist who takes her adventuring very seriously. At this very moment, she is aboard her sailboat, the Glory B, traveling north to Alaska, looking for gold, and divine appointments. Maybe even a place called Summer’s Island, where she could… oh, but that’s another story. To see how all of this started, you can visit with her at lillymaytree.com To find out where Lilly is now, you can go to: lillysarmchairtravelers.blogspot.com. She loves hearing from readers!

To purchase your copy of The Pandora Box, click here: Purchase here

 

Review for The Rising

The RisingThe Rising by Lynn Chandler-Willis is a novel that wakes you at night, gets under your skin, and holds you captive until the end. A mystery like no other, the voices ring as true and intimate as any I’ve read lately. It’s the kind of mystery I want to read: gripping with flawed characters who pull at your heart, a storyline as unpredictable as it is engaging, the settings so authentic, you’d swear you were there. As this story unfolded, I rooted for Ellie from the beginning. By the end, I nearly cheered out loud. A real winner, this is Willis at her best.”

Pamela King Cable, Author of Southern Fried Women, Televenge, and The Sanctum

 

Thursday’s Child chases the whole…

A big welcome to author Clare Revell! Clare’s latest novel, Thursday’s Child, (Pelican Book Group) released Friday, July 5th and with the recent tragedy involving the nineteen firefighters in Arizona, her book couldn’t be more timely.

From Clare: Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. From soldiers to sailors to firefighters and police officers. From pastors to teachers to fathers.

And now, from her Monday’s Child series comes the latest installment— Thursday’s Child.

Monday’s Child must hide for protection,

Tuesday’s Child tenders direction

Wednesday’s Child grieves for his soul

Thursday’s Child chases the whole

Friday’s Child is a man obsessed

Saturday’s Child might be possessed

And Sunday’s Child on life’s seas is tossed

Awaiting the Lifeboat that rescues the lost.

Meet Jared Harkin. Firefighter. Husband. Father. A man with a deeply troubled personal life, yet still puts his life on the line every day to save others.    Clarecover

Thursday’s Child chases the whole…

Broken…with bits missing. That’s how Niamh (pronounced Neeve), senior prosecutor for the CPS, feels when she wakes in a hospital severely injured with no knowledge of what happened–for the past ten years. A tall man in a firefighters uniform claims he’s her husband. While he’s everything she’s ever dreamed of in a man and more, she doesn’t know him. And if he was so important why can’t she remember? Was there something so terrible, so painful in her marriage, her mind has suppressed it?

First on the scene at a horrific accident, Jared Harkin is devastated to find his wife one of the injured. He’s already lost a child, can he live through this? Niamh survives the crash, but awakens with ten years missing and no memories of their life together. Determined to help her remember the past and their love, he sets about wooing her all over again. But are some things best forgotten?

As Niamh struggles to remember, the investigation into the accident reveals foul play. Did her recent caseload have anything to do with the attempt on her life? Or was it someone closer to her? As bit and pieces of memory return, the attacker strikes again. Can she piece together the whole of her past before it’s too late?

An exert from Thursday’s Child…

Jared shouldered the gear. “Don’t mention it.” He headed towards the smashed vehicles, the oil and petrol from shattered engines and tanks, mixing with the rain water. Other firefighters started running out hose having considered the high risk of fire. He could hear them talking and equipment buzzing, the normal sounds of a shout mixing with what he knew he had to do.

He got closer to the red car. The woman lay slumped over the steering wheel, black hair stained red with blood. He looked at Steve. “Did you bring the trauma care kit?”

“No.”

“Go get it. That way we can start treating her until the paramedics arrive.”

Steve nodded and ran back to the fire engine. Jared smiled and then moved closer to the car. Though the teeming rain he could make out the start of the number plate in the tangled wreckage. ROO. The rest of the plate was torn off.

It’s the same as Niamh’s. Don’t be silly. There are probably a thousand red cars that start ROO, if not more than that.

He got closer and suddenly the Station Manager, Brad Peters was there, blocking his path. “Jared…”

Jared looked at him. The look on the Guv’s face said it all. Oh, God, no, please… “Guv?”

“I’m sorry. It’s Niamh.”

Nausea and sheer panic filled him. Dropping the equipment to the ground, Jared moved as if in fire or lime. Everything slowed down, voices and sounds echoing. He shook off the arm that held him, his whole being determined to get to her, his eyes fixed on the wreck. Somewhere in that tortured and twisted hunk of metal was his wife.

“N-n-n-i-i-a-a-m-m-h-h-h.”

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To purchase Thursday’s Child, go to: http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/thursdays-child

To celebrate the release of Thursday’s Child, we’re giving away two print copies and two e-book copies! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment. All names will go into a hat and the winners drawn randomly on July 12th. Good luck!

About Clare Revell:

Clare lives in a small town in England with her husband, whom she married in 1992, and her three children. Writing from an early childhood and encouraged by her teachers, she graduated clarepicfrom rewriting fairy stories through fanfiction to using her own original characters and enjoys writing an eclectic mix of romance, crime fiction and children’s stories. When she’s not writing, reading, sewing or keeping house or doing the many piles of laundry her children manage to make, she’s working part time in the breakfast club at one of the local schools. She has been a Christian for more than half her life. She goes to Carey Baptist where she is one of three registrars.

 

 

She can be found at: http://www.revell124.plus.com/clarerevell/  https://www.facebook.com/ClareRevellAuthorhttps://twitter.com/ClareRevell

Other titles by Clare Revell: Season For Miracles, Saving Christmas, Cassie’s Wedding Dress, Time’s Arrow, Kisses From Heaven, After The Fire, An Aussie Christmas Angel, Monday’s Child, Tuesday’s Child, Wednesday’s Child, and Thursday’s Child.