Archive | October 2016

Give Them Their Flowers Now (#RRBC)

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Many, many, many (many) years ago, there was a gospel song that I loved by the Rev. James Cleveland that said “Give me my flowers… right now. If you feel like I deserve anything, don’t wait ’til I’m dead and gone.  If I’ve been nice to you or done something to make you happy along the way, then give me my few  lil’ flowers now, so I can see the beauty that they bring.”

This song came to mind after I received an email this morning from one of my dear friends and fellow member of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB.  Since this message was sent to me privately, I will not disclose who this member is, but because it was so beautiful and touched my heart so tremendously, I feel that I would be selfish to keep it all to myself.  (I have removed the name and other…

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Author Interview With Lisanne Harrington

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Today I’m glad to present Lisanne Harrington, whose book is called MOONSPELL,  Book 1 of the Wolf Creek Mysteries.  I’ve attached my review at the end of this feature.

Hello Lisanne, and welcome to my blog.

Thanks so much. Happy to be here.

Please tell my readers, how did you come to writing?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. But I got serious about it after I left the corporate world back in 2006, took every online class I could find and really sharpened my skills and expanded my writing toolbox.

How do you come up with your stories?

They just come to me. It’s sort of like watching a movie in my mind. The characters start talking to me, sometimes months before they’re ready to actually tell me their story. With Moonspell, James and Beth struggled to be heard over each other, always vying for my attention. Finally, they worked it out and started telling me the Wolf Creek story. All I did was transcribe what they said.

Is there a message in your novels you would like your readers to grasp?

It’s important to be true to yourself. You are worthy. You are not alone. We all go through the same things. No matter what anyone else thinks, don’t be afraid to just be who you are.

You have created great characters. Which one is your favorite?

James is pretty cool, but I’d have to say Beth is my favorite. (Just don’t tell HIM that! J )

How much of your books are realistic? Are the experiences based on someone you know or events in your life?

Except for the whole werewolf thing, I think MOONSPELL is very realistic. Unfortunately, there are predators out there who murder for sport. And I think many adults tend to forget that kids are people too, with their own thoughts and opinions that shouldn’t be discounted simply because of their age.

I had a Logic and Deductive Reasoning teacher in college who murdered his wife and her lover (how’s that for logic!), but I’ve been fortunate enough not to have known anyone who was murdered. I did have a best friend as a child who died, although from natural causes and not at the hands of a monster.

I have had teachers like Mrs. Sommes, so battle-weary and time-worn that they seem to be counting down the days to retirement. They are the teachers kids can’t bond with or respect, and as a result, rarely learn from.

I was discounted as a child by many adults who didn’t want to hear my opinions (of which I had many, I’m proud to say).

Who would you cast to play the characters in a movie?

Ooh, that’s a good question. Let’s see… I actually had to do some research on this, but I think I’ve decided on Preston Bailey for James and Francesca Capaldi for Beth. Sheriff Brazelton could be played by Idris Elba, and Corin Nemec would make a great Riggs. Mark Wahlberg as Robbie Manarro and Lauren Graham as Annette Manarro. Laura San Giacomo would be a perfect Aunt Judy.

Are you like any of the characters (and how so)?

Beth is a lot like I was at her age: opinionated, confident, and a little too smart for her britches…

Were the plot and subplots completely planned from the start or did they change during the process, and if so, how?

Just about everything beyond the basic plot changed as I wrote. Even the killer changed two or three times! The characters seemed to delight in telling me different versions of the events and it took some time to sort everything out.

What is your main reason for writing?

Might as well ask why I breathe.

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

The best is creating a story that delights my readers. The worst is that so much of my time is spent locked away from my family and friends as I create those stories. The best and worst at the same time is that I suffer from a touch of social anxiety, so it’s really hard for me to get out there and meet people, have signings and readings and just generally mix it up with people. Once I’m there, though, I usually enjoy it. But being an introvert as well, I need time alone after these events to recharge.

Please share a little of your current work in progress or ideas for your next novel.

I just sent Moon Watch, the second Wolf Creek mystery, in to my publisher.  It’s two years after Moonspell, and James is struggling with who he is, much like many sixteen-year-olds. Beth and her mom have moved away, and James is on his own until he meets Shaniqua and her friend Watts. They band together against the Beautiful People who target them throughout the school year. Then the Beautiful People begin to disappear, and James wonders if it could possibly be happening again…

How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?

Moonspell is my first published book, so I definitely have a lot to learn about this. So far, I take a few hours a day to market and have hired a publicist to help me, and spend the rest of my time working on Moon Shadows, the third and final book in the series.

What do you do when you don’t write?

I love to watch reruns of Gilmore Girls (can’t WAIT for the movies) and Eureka, horror movies like Sharknado and Fido, cooking/baking competition shows like Worst Cooks in America and Halloween Wars, and Investigation Discovery crime shows. I also spend a lot of time playing with my Miniature Pinscher and favorite clown, Fiona.

Who are your editors and how do you quality control your books?

I’m a bit of a perfectionist and write and revise many drafts. Moonspell took thirteen drafts and Moon Watch six. Plus I have an ace beta reader who can find even the smallest error or inconsistency. And of course, Faith and Shannon, my editors, keep me on track as well.

What is your advice to new writers?

Never give up.  **holds thumb and index finger up, about a half inch apart**  I was this close to quitting when I found my publisher. Took me ten years, but it was important to me that I go with a smaller, boutique publisher with whom I could form a real, meaningful relationship.

I really wanted to be published and couldn’t really see myself doing anything else but writing. You have to be true to yourself, write what you want to write and go for it.

Also, don’t believe the old adage that tells you to “write what you know.” That’s what research is for! If we only wrote what we knew, how boring would that be? For us and our readers.

Who are your favorite authors and what is your favorite book?

I have several “favorite” authors: Alex Kava, Jodi Piccoult, Bentley Little, Stephen King, Joe Hill, Andrew Klavan, Lisa Scottoline. I could go on. My bookcases are jammed with different writers. As for my favorite book, I could never pick just one, but there are a few I read over and over: Needful Things by Stephen King, NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, and the whole Maggie O’Dell series by Alex Kava.

The one book that holds special meaning for me is Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. When I was a little kid, I had to bring big brown paper shopping bags on Troll Book Day because I always ordered more books than I could carry. Finally, my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Carmona, got tired of watching me lug a dozen or so books home every month, gave me her copy of Robinson Crusoe and told me to expand my horizons. It was the first “adult” book I read, and I never looked back! Thank you, Mrs. Carmona.

What books or authors have influenced you the most? Is there a writer that you consider a mentor? Do you have a favorite?

I think Stephen King has influenced me a lot with how he portrays his characters. They seem like they could be your neighbors and friends. I hope my characters feel as realistic. I learned a lot from his book On Writing, and refer to it often.

As for a mentor, that would be the fabulous Bonnie Hearn Hill. She was one of my first writing teachers as an adult, and her teaching has been invaluable to me. Her students call her tough-but-fair critiques “getting filleted.” She truly wants her students to succeed and takes pride in them when they do. She has encouraged me and cheered each of my accomplishments since the beginning. I owe her a lot.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?

I don’t read many eBooks. Having worn glasses since I was seven coupled with the fact that I spend so much time writing on the computer that when I read, I like to give my eyes a break from the screen. Besides, there’s nothing quite like the feel and smell of a real book, is there? What am I reading? Well, I’m just finishing up with Library of Lost Souls by Ransom Riggs. Re-reading the series in anticipation of the movie of the first book in the series, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Next up will be either The Fireman by Joe Hill (hardback), or Picture Perfect by Jodi Piccoult (paperback), depending on my mood.

What makes you laugh?

I laugh at Fiona, my little Miniature Pinscher, every day. Frankly, I don’t know what I’d do without her.

What (not who) would you like to take to a lonely island?

That’s easy. Fiona, a case of lined paper and pens, unlimited Diet Dr. Pepper, and my library. Oh, and sunscreen. My Irish skin burns just thinking about the sun…

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

The Stephen King family, Kathrine Hepburn, and Idris Elba.

What would your friends say are your best and your oddest quality?

I’m very loyal to those I care about, and hopefully, they’d say that was my best quality (!). As for my oddest, like I mentioned earlier, I have a bit of social anxiety and depression, and I’m also an introvert, and I think that’s hard for a lot of people to understand.

Tell us about your other books?

There are two more books in the Wolf Creek Mystery series, but I also have a stand-alone adult mystery coming out soon called Murder in the Family. When Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Dana S. Sinclair’s mother is murdered twenty years after her father’s murder, she can’t just sit back and let others investigate, even if it means losing her beloved job. When a packet of photographs of Dana as a child shows up on her doorstep, her whole world is thrown into chaos, and she begins to question her very existence. Has her dead father returned from the grave to murder her mother and drive Dana crazy?

Murder in the Family explores the way our familial relationships color our lives, how far we will go to uncover the truth and what happens when we find out that our entire life has been based on a lie.

How do you handle criticism of your work?

I hope with grace, dignity, and a little humor!

My Review

Moonspell: Book 1 of the Wolf Creek Mysteries 

by Lisanne Harrington  

First a blub from the author:

“The nightmare of Wolf Creek starts the night of the last full moon in the summer of 2013, and the close-knit little community will never be the same again. Someone—or something—is murdering the townspeople during each month’s full moon. Incredibly, no one connects the murders to the cycle of the moon. At least, not until fourteen-year-old James Manarro is confronted by his eleven-year-old cousin Beth Ann with her suspicions about the identity of the killer. A werewolf. At first, James just laughs it off, but with each vicious murder, he’s forced to admit that Beth may be right…and one, or both, of them might be its next victims.”

I was given an ‘advanced review copy’ to read, and so I can only comment on this copy. “Moonspell” was published under a small (indie) press and I hope they edited the errors in spelling, grammar, and format before publishing.

Harrington has written a great YA/Horror book, she has woven the story tight, and the flow is smooth and easy. I can easily see young adults and lovers of horror stories loving this narrative of murder, mystery, and more. That said, I truly think this book should only be read by those age 18 and older (I’m not a prude – but some scenes and use of cussing/swear words necessitates my feelings and thoughts in this regard. Descriptions of rotting fetuses, etc. are a huge turnoff).

Harrington easily describes her characters and the overall feel and flow makes for a steady to fast read. Her descriptions of characters and surroundings are so good that they almost garner a five star review. In so many ways this book truly should be in the Horror category. Harrington’s imagination clearly comes out in the narrative. I give a four star rating for this book. If Harrington can provide me with an updated fully revised and edited eBook, I will revise my rating as appropriate. 

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Author Bio:

After sixteen years as a paralegal, I staged a coup and left the straight-laced corporate world behind forever. Now I pander to my muse, a sarcastic little so-and-so who delights in getting the voices in my head to either all speak at once in a cacophony of noise or to remain completely silent. Only copious amounts of Diet Cherry Dr. Peppers and hamburgers will ensure their complicity in filling my head with stories of serial killers, werewolves, and the things that live under your bed.

I like scary clowns, coffee with flavored creamer, and French fries. Lots and lots of French fries.

I live in SoCal, in the small town fashioned after Moonspell’s Wolf Creek, with my Beloved husband, oldest daughter and persistently rowdy, always-has-to-have-the-last-word Miniature Pinscher, Fiona.

Links to Social Media

Amazon Author Page    Facebook Personal Page 

Twitter    Goodreads Author Page

https://www.goodreads.com/lisanne_harrington

Website  (in process)

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7 Tips on writing your first book #amwriting

Worth the time to read!

The Writing Chimp

Many people aspire to write a book, and mosthave no idea where to start. There are many ways to become a writer, but they all come down to one important activity…

Tip 1: Write stuff…

I am a great believer in not trying to eat the whole elephant. If you want to be a writer, and to write a book, you have to start by writing stuff. Unconstrained,nonsense, and whatever pops into your head. Try different genres and styles. Try forsomething short, and then tryforsomething long.

After about 20 years of doing this…just kidding! After doing this for a while, which will be different for every writer, you start to get the hang of writing, and something interesting starts to unfold…which is usually a story idea.

Tip 2: When you get a story idea…

Create: Verb. The act of banging your head on the desk until something interesting pops out.

Maybe you have spent a bit of time at Tip 1, playing about with ideas before…

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Shocking Finds: A Finder’s Keeper Novel by Tracey Clark

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I have finished reading, Shocking Finds: A Finder’s Keeper Novel by Tracey Clark, and I love this book!

First, the teaser found on Amazon:

An act of rebellion, Marin doesn’t think that running into the new store in town will hurt anything. Her aunt will never know… right? One car wreck later, her aunt is hospitalized, Marin is forced to spend her twenty-first birthday fighting for her life, and magic – the very thing her aunt has always sworn to be for fools – is real. And so is the irresistible Fae dedicated to Marin’s protection.

Kyland has searched Earth-side and all the other realms, looking for a missing Fae child. A child his Queen prophesied would be able to one day save the Fae people from the Danshue, as the evil Fae threat tries to overwhelm the entire Supernatural Community. A child that would know nothing of her blocked gifts, or her Fae heritage waiting to be claimed. A child that has grown into a curvy, delicious morsel he would love to taste.

Together Marin and Kyland will fight Fae assassins, overcome betrayals, and if they’re lucky … they will find the Danshue responsible for their plight. That’s if Marin doesn’t shock him to death with her erratic new gift, and her out of control emotions.

Review:

Although not my normal reading genre, I must say that Clark has truly written a wonderful entertaining Fantasy novel.  Clark pulled me into the fantasy world of her Fae/Earth realms and I was quickly reading the pages! There is enough supernatural to make this story a true fantasy novel without over doing it. I must say that Clark is highly talented.

We start with a young woman named Marin, who doesn’t know that she is a Fae Princess who wields supernatural powers of great immense. As the story unfolds we find out that her aunt is determined to keep Marin in check. As with all young adults, Marin is trying to figure out her place in the world, and then finding out she has powers that are remarkable to say the least. Another aspect that I loved is the love story between Marin and Kyland, a man Marin is destined to be with, and the love they share helps Marin throughout this lengthy book. I believe that not only young adults, but also all adults will find this a great read. This is truly a well-written book, and it was refreshing to read a book in which the grammar is perfect! I highly recommend this book! Five stars all the way!!

Author Interview of Robert Colton ~ Murder Most Convenient: A Mrs. Xavier Stayton Mystery

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Today I’m glad to present Robert Colton whose book “Murder Most Convenient: A Mrs. Xavier Stayton Mystery” I have just finished reading. I’ve attached my review at the end of this feature.

Hello Robert, and welcome to my blog.

“Thank you!”

Please tell my readers, how did you come to writing? 

“I am a story teller, writing comes as natural to me riding a bike, I have crashed a few times at both, but you just get up and keep going.

How did you come up with your stories?

 “Everyday situations inspire little ideas that grow and grow. Often, a random comment heard, or a funny observation will linger in my thoughts until it weaves itself into a story.”

Is there a message in your novels you would like your readers to grasp?

 “Presently, no. My books are pure entertainment. I suppose since they are all mysteries, one could say that my message is –there is no perfect murder!”

 You have created great characters. Which one is your favorite?

 “Right now, Mrs. Xavier Stayton is my favorite character. Living in the present, her mind set is where I am in life. We have both had our disadvantages and our losses, yet we are pleased with life, she and I share a glass that is half full.” 

 How much of your books are realistic? Are the experiences based on someone you know or events in your life?

 “Well, the laws of gravity apply to all my stories, so there is a start into realism! When it comes to writing a series of books featuring an amateur sleuth, you must first give your reader a wink and hope they are kind enough to suspend disbelief, after you accept that this sweet young widow finds herself embroiled in murder after murder, everything else is quite realistic. Mrs. Stayton shares a few similarities with my grandmother. They wear the same perfume, Mrs. Stayton’s brothers are named after my great-uncles’, little things like that. We all anticipate Alfred Hitchcock’s cameo when we watch his films, I believe that when my grandmother reads my Mrs. Stayton books, she is waiting to find some nod to her.”      

Who would you cast to play the characters in a movie?

“If I can escape the bonds of reality and pick actors from different eras, Joan Fontaine at age 24 would play Mrs. Xavier Stayton, Joanna Lumley, at 55, would play Mother Stayton, and Rachel Weisz, age 25, would play Lucy Wallace.”   

Are you like any of the characters (and how so)?

“I share some traits with Mrs. Stayton; I like a good mystery, I am adaptable, and observant, and have an active imagination. Most importantly, we are both resilient.”     

Were the plot and subplots completely planned from the start or did they change during the process, and if so, how?

“The beauty of writing mysteries is that all you need to start a story is a victim. Next, you need a killer and a motive. Once that is done, you have your basic frame work and you can wander a bit with your red herrings. I let my secondary characters grow as I write them, they need to be as real as the whodunit or they do little to deflect suspicion from the murderer. The secondary characters create the subplot, we have to give them a background so we can wonder why they might have had reason to commit murder most foul, too.” 

What is your main reason for writing?

“Perhaps I should make up a great answer, rather than admit –I don’t know. Writing makes me happy, I am inviting others to step into my imagination and see the story playing out in my head.”

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

“I have never given that any thought. I guess the best part of writing is the fun of crafting an entertaining story and bringing it altogether. The worst part of writing is that there is never enough time to write all the plots floating about my head.”

Please share a little of your current work in progress or ideas for your next novel?

“Right now I am working on Mrs. Stayton’s 8th Novella. “Murder Most Residential,” Mrs. X, as the press has dubbed her, has acquired a little place in a sleepy village, where nothing of much interest ever happens –until she comes along. The story is set on an old country estate that is being parceled off by the owner. We have a gardener and his daughter, a beekeeper and his wife, a helpful estate agent, and of course, a suspicious young woman renting the boathouse, as neighbors (and potential victims or murderers!”)  

How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?

“I am not sure that I do! The best advice that I have ever had was, keep writing more books. I have two series of mysteries, and I concentrate on marketing only the 1st book of each. If people enjoy the 1st book, then it has done my marketing for me, and they’ll go on to read the rest.”

What do you do when you don’t write?

“I am the Director of Operations for a large non-profit organization, this keeps me fairly busy. Otherwise, I am walking my greyhound or reading mystery novels.” 

Who are your editors and how do you quality control your books?

“Melissa Gray proofreads and edits my books, professionally, and two friends give them a read through as well, both for errors and continuity. As you can plainly see that without their help I am the king of run-on sentences. A friend of mine read an early manuscript of Pompeii: A Tale of Murder, and remarked to her husband, I think that Robert is afraid of periods.” 

How have you found the experience of self-publishing? What were your highs and lows?

“I have found self-publishing to be very empowering. I have learned a lot about marketing, working with freelance artists, and things that I would have never learned before. I don’t think I have low.” 

What is your advice to new indie writers?

“Don’t stop writing, foremost. And, do not rely on your friends to read your work and give you critical feedback. Have you ever told a close friend that their baby was ugly? Well, they aren’t going to tell you that your book needs help. Hire someone to objectively read you book. I hired an author coach to tell me what worked and what didn’t work with my 1st book, “Pompeii: A Tale of Murder in Ancient Rome.” Based on his feedback, I changed the pacing of the book and shifted around much of the action so that the book was a true mystery, rather than a story with a mystery.”

Who are your favorite authors and what is your favorite book?

“Robert Graves and Daphne du Maurier. du Maurier’s novel, Rebecca, is my favorite book.”  

What books or authors have influenced you the most? Is there a writer that you consider a mentor? Do you have a favorite?

“I have dissected the work of Agatha Christie and Steven Saylor, reading their books over and over to understand how a really good mystery is fashioned together. I love all of their books.”

“I read Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca at least twice a year, the book is simply perfect, and it reminds me time and time again how beautiful and engaging fiction can be.”   

What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?

“I am reading Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers. I am reading it in eBook format. Sayer’s work is marvelous stuff. Her Lord Peter Wimsey is like a crime solving Bertie Wooster.” 

Do you work with an outline or do you just write?

“I start with an outline. After coming up with the victim and murderer, I write out the various plot points that have to happen on 3×5 cards, this way I can move them around until everything fits. Most of Mrs. X’s stories end with the standard gathering of the players together in a parlor and pointing a finger at each person as to why they might have done the heinous deed. This type of ending requires perfect timing, so the clues have to be set just into place at the right time.  

What (not who) would you like to take to a lonely island?

“As long as I can figure out how they made electricity out of coconuts on Gilligan’s Island, I would bring my smartphone. I would be able to write books, read books, listen to audiobooks and keep up with kith and kin.”

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

“The English actor, Edward Petherbridge. His voice is amazing. I think he could make a grocery list sound like a piece of fantastic literature. I would bore him, and he would have little to eat as I asked him pointless question after question to keep him speaking. If you enjoy audiobooks, I suggest you listen to him narrating The Attenbury Emeralds by Jill Paton Walsh. He is a master of his craft.   

What would your friends say are your best and your oddest quality?

“I think it is the same answer, I am quirky. I am a little obsessive compulsive and when I like something, I really like it, and you are going to know about it.”   

Tell us about your other books please. 

“I have written 6 other books set in Ancient Rome. They are all mysteries involving poor Marcellus, a well to do lad accused of committing a crime he did not commit. He is watched over by his slave, who luckily has a bit more wit than he. Think Jeeves and Wooster in Ancient Rome.     

How do you handle criticism of your work?

“Who criticized my work?!  —Well, my first bad book review did nearly bring about the end of the world, but I have moved on. If the critique is respectful and objective, I try to learn from it. For instance, the first two Mrs. Stayton mysteries are introduced as manuscripts to be reviewed by agents. Within, I have little side notes directed to the reader. In the Mrs. Bradley Mysteries television series, Dame Diana Rigg breaks the fourth wall from time to time and speaks to the viewer. I love that, and wanted to do something similar. Well some people liked it, but others did not, so I left the little digressions out after the second book. However, I have stopped reading any reviews that are mean spirited or ugly. If someone doesn’t like my book, well then it simply wasn’t for them. Personally, I don’t care for Charles Dickens, but that doesn’t mean that his books are bad. I am a little amazed when someone gives me a scathing review, I am not sure how my warm hearted little cozy mystery can generate such furry. I feel that Amazon has empowered their customers to say whatever they feel, even when it isn’t objective. Luckily, most of my reviews are good, and every time I publish a new book, it starts selling the day it comes out –so, I think I am doing something right.

My Review: Murder Most Convenient: A Mrs. Xavier Stayton Mystery 

I have just finished reading “Murder Most Convenient: A Mrs. Xavier Stayton Mystery” by Robert Colton.

First a narrative Colton wrote on Amazon:

“It’s the Golden Age of Detective Novels, and Mrs. Xavier Stayton is convinced she can pen the best! Ripping fun at her late husband’s family estate turns to tragedy when murder most foul is committed. Once the inspector arrives, motives abound, and Mrs. Xavier finds herself the chief suspect. If she can avoid the gallows, the hopeful author may walk away with a manuscript that is the cat’s meow; if not, a dastardly killer has committed a perfect frame-up job. Journey with Mrs. Xavier Stayton and her loyal friend, Lucy, from the safety of Holland Park to the perils of Pearce Manor, where a sinister figure awaits them. 

What do the critics have to say?

“The best whodunit I’ve ever read.”
-Mrs. Viviane Stayton, the author’s mother-in-law.

“A true masterpiece in the field of mysteries.”
-Miss Lucy Wallace, close friend and assistant to the author.

“The woman is a hack. Every word is lie; I’m suing her.”
-Mrs. Joan Stayton, litigant.”

The story starts off with a young widow, Mrs. X., who thinks she is a good mystery writer. Although there is a real murder mystery involved, you will find yourself laughing in places. Colton has written a fast read and the story in itself in highly interesting in this lighthearted read.

This book needs a lot of editing due to grammar and spelling errors and as such I would normally give it four stars. However, Colton doesn’t address the need for a future editor so I can only give it three stars.  If Colton has this book edited in the future, then I will change my rating appropriately.

 

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Author Bio:

Robert Colton is a resident of Saint Louis, Missouri. A lover of all animals, he has been a vegetarian his entire adult lifetime. Robert has a retired greyhound who loves to be doted upon. Despite aspirations of being an international hitman, Robert has worked as the Director of Operations for a non-profit organization since 2002. In addition to writing more books, he does hope to one day conquer the world. Robert’s books are historical mysteries, those involving Marcellus and Tay in Ancient Pompeii take place during the reign of Nero. The Mrs. Xavier Stayton mysteries take place during the interwar period.     

Links to Social Media:

Amazon Author Page      Facebook Author Page    Facebook Personal Page  

YouTube Page Book Trailer     Goodreads Page     Website  

All Book Titles:

Pompeii: A Tale of Murder in Ancient Rome

Pompeii: A Conspiracy Among Friends

Pompeii: Hazard at Bay

Pompeii: Pluto’s Maze

Pompeii: Boudicca in the Arena

 

Murder Most Convenient

Murder Most Posh

Murder Most Egyptological

Murder Most Decorative

Murder Most Haunting

Murder Most Plagiaristic

Murder Most Cosmetic  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to my blog…

Scribblings of a Southern Belle

Hello, bloggers!!

I am pleased to welcome a very special guest today… RRBC’s “SPOTLIGHT” Author, A.M. Manay! This lady, Anne Margaret, is a super supportive member of our book club. She’s always eager to host others and shower them with support. She is so deserving of this hot seat and I do hope you’ll help me promote/support/celebrate this amazing author.

So, as always, please enjoy………


“The Mommy Novelist” by A.M. Manay

One of my primary roles in life is being mother to a 6-year-old boy.  Parenthood changes a person.  In my case, that parenthood was also particularly hard-won.  We adopted our son as a newborn after battling infertility.  I am especially grateful for my child and acutely conscious of my good fortune.  I suspect strongly that my mommyhood has influenced me both as a reader and as a writer, and it certainly served as the “push” to get me…

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