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Book Review The Sanctity of Sloth

Title: The Sanctity of Sloth

Author: Greta Boris

Genre: Suspense, Mystery

Series: The Seven Deadly Sins

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There’s one thing more dangerous than testifying to a crime—staying silent.

Locked in the ruins of a California Mission, Abby Travers watches helplessly as a girl dies outside her window. As she struggles between her moral obligation to come forward as a witness, and her commitment to a Medieval religious practice that requires her to retreat from the world, the situation spins out of control.
Abby’s hesitation starts a series of catastrophes. She finds herself at the center of a deadly cover up where every minute counts and indecision could be fatal. She questions all her beliefs and everyone she knows becomes suspect. To save herself and those she loves, she must break free from her self-imposed prisons of stone and fear.
The Sanctity of Sloth is a taut, psychological thriller that answers the question: What happens when a good woman does nothing? Fans of Paula Hawkins and A.J. Finn will enjoy this third book in Greta Boris’s Seven Deadly Sins Series.
I’m a huge fan of mysteries that have somewhat different premises: not your typical, run-down-the-mill ‘someone was murdered and a lonely detective haunted by the past has to solve it’. And I did get that here, from “The Sanctity of Sloth”. The premise is unique: Abby Travers is lonely and haunted by the past, but she’s not a detective, she’s a regular person. And Abby struggles with her moral obligations and her commitments, and her choices has disastrous consequences. The other spins an excellent tale, with clever writing and an insightful way of creating characters that are quirky yet realistic. I felt sorry for Abby, I felt along with Abby, and even more importantly, I felt a connection with her; and it’s a great feat when an author can pull that off.
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Book Excerpt The Sanctity of Sloth

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The person, if it was a person—it could have been a large dog, she hadnʹt gotten a good look—lay unmoving where theyʹd left it. Her heart thudded in her chest. What should she do?

     Abby couldnʹt leave her cell. Not without help. Her father had wanted to give her an escape hatch, but sheʹd said no. The experience had to be as realistic as possible.If she could come and go whenever she wanted, it would defeat the whole purpose. But sheʹd never imagined something like this would happen.

     Guilt and anxiety itched like a hair shirt. What on earth had possessed her to take six weeks off work to lock herself in these four walls? She hadn’t anticipated this feeling of helplessness. She’d only thought about the peace solitude can bring and her publishing goals, of course. She pushed herself off the stones, walked five steps to the other end of her enclosure, pivoted, and took five steps back. Repeat. Repeat.

 

About the Book

Title: The Sanctity of Sloth

Author: Greta Boris

Genre: Suspense, Mystery

Series: The Seven Deadly Sins

There’s one thing more dangerous than testifying to a crime—staying silent.
Locked in the ruins of a California Mission, Abby Travers watches helplessly as a girl dies outside her window. As she struggles between her moral obligation to come forward as a witness, and her commitment to a Medieval religious practice that requires her to retreat from the world, the situation spins out of control.
Abby’s hesitation starts a series of catastrophes. She finds herself at the center of a deadly cover up where every minute counts and indecision could be fatal. She questions all her beliefs and everyone she knows becomes suspect. To save herself and those she loves, she must break free from her self-imposed prisons of stone and fear.
The Sanctity of Sloth is a taut, psychological thriller that answers the question: What happens when a good woman does nothing? Fans of Paula Hawkins and A.J. Finn will enjoy this third book in Greta Boris’s Seven Deadly Sins Series.

 

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Greta Boris was raised in Greenwich Village, New York by an opera singing, piano playing, voice coach and a magazine publisher. Her original life plan was to be a famous Broadway actor, singer, and dancer, but when she moved to Laguna Beach, California, she changed her plans due to the commute. Today she writes to inspire, entertain, motivate, and so she can afford nice wine.

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Release Blitz Massage & Murder

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“Don’t make me arrest you, Autumn.” His voice low and almost growling.

I scoff. “For what?”

“The list is growing, but right now you’re the last person to see the victim alive. You’re our primary suspect. You have means, motive and opportunity.”

 

 

He’s really making a case against me. The room is spinning or am I spinning? I can’t tell. This can’t be happening. I feel sick. Sure, I hate April…hated her. Envisioned killing her multiple times, but I would never do it. I’m not a killer. I’m a healer. Surely, Travis knows that. Then again maybe he doesn’t.

 

 

Everyone in town has a motive to kill April, but who actually did? It’s the million-dollar question, one I have to prove before Travis decides to pin the murder on me.

About the Book

Title: Massage & Murder

Author: Jenn Cowan

Genre: Cozy Mystery

 

I’m a Licensed Massage Therapist.

A professional.

A healer.

Not a killer.

 

When a client ends up dead on my massage table, I become the number one suspect.

I have Means.

Motive.

Opportunity.

But I didn’t kill her.

The clock is ticking, someone is stalking me, I have to find out who before I end up in jail or worse…dead.

 

 

Author Bio

Jenn Cowan is the author of several genres and pen names under Jenna Richert and J.R. Cowan. When she’s not writing you can find her in her massage office working on clients, cooking up a storm in her kitchen, singing and dancing with her hubby at a concert, cheering on the sidelines for her kiddos or cozied up by the fire reading a novel. She loves a good mystery and a happily ever after.

 

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Guest Post Power Struggle

 

Meet today’s guest, Carolyn Arnold.

She is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series and has written nearly thirty books. Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark, POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™. 

Today, she answers a few questions for us and gives us insight into her life and journey as a mystery author.

 

Have you ever been on a manhunt or at the scene where a dead body was found?

I took part in my local police department’s Citizen’s Academy. As part of this, I received an inside look at seventeen divisions over a ten-week period. As an added benefit, each student was afforded a ride-along. And mine… Well, I went on the perfect one for a crime writer.

My ride-along actually started out with a manhunt. I experienced the excitement of wanting to find the guy and found myself scrutinizing every male I spotted in the area just to make sure he wasn’t the one we were after. Unfortunately, the search moved to the downtown area from the eastern end of the city where the hunt had begun, and the sergeant signed off the investigation. By the end of my ride-along, about five hours later, the man still hadn’t been found.

After the sergeant left the investigation, he turned to me as he was driving and asked if I had ever seen a dead body. I told him I had at memorials and funerals and then asked why. I soon found out that our next stop involved one.

I figured I’d catch a glimpse of the deceased under a tarp or being wheeled away, but I got far more than that. I received a front-row seat to a death investigation. For hours, the sergeant and I were mere feet away from the body. I witnessed firsthand how it changed color over time, but I also found that I went into detective-mode. The forensic identification unit—essentially CSIs—was called in and arrived with collection kits. The team members gloved up, snapped photographs, took fingerprints from the deceased, and more.

The entire time that I was on scene, I noticed myself going into a detached state—the result of adrenaline. Later that evening, it began to sink in that I had spent hours with a dead body, and I was nauseated. As more time passed, I became weepy as it sank in that the deceased had been a husband, a father, a lover, a friend…a person. That night I dreamed about the man. It wasn’t a nightmare, but I was an officer trying to figure out what had happened to him.

I couldn’t imagine returning to the field the next day and having a similar experience or witnessing something even worse, like a violent murder scene or that of a fatal car accident.

 

What do members of law enforcement say about your books?

Many testimonials attest that I am pleasing readers in law enforcement. They love that my mysteries are accurate in that regard, and they view that alone as a sign of my respect for them.

Here are a few testimonials that I have received on Eleven (Brandon Fisher FBI series):

“I spent thirty-eight years with a major police department in Missouri, fifteen of which were in the homicide section. I also had numerous dealings with the FBI throughout my career, mostly bank robbery, interstate shipment thefts, and a few kidnappings. Eleven kept my interest piqued throughout… Loved it.”

Richard Bartram, Sergeant (retired), St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, St. Louis, MO

 

“I am a forty-year veteran of police work. All local, no Fed. Eleven was a great read. All the descriptors and nomenclature were spot on.”

–Joe Danna, Police Officer, Katy Independent School District Police Department, Katy, TX

 

“Very good! I worked as a police officer for eleven years and with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for twenty-two. I have also dealt with the FBI.”

–Richard Smith, Facilities Development Manager (retired), Federal Bureau of Prisons, Central Office, Washington, DC

 

“A great police procedural! … Full of twists and turns. The characters are well-developed and a mix of interesting personalities. … Holds your interest to the end!”

–Mark Davis, FBI Special Agent (retired), Washington, DC

 

What did you do before you became a bestselling author?

 

For a living, I worked in accounts receivable for a few different companies collecting from businesses. Yet, despite working full time, in 2006 I was reunited with writing. I wrote every chance I got—before work, on lunch breaks, after work, on the weekends. I became so focused on writing and the publishing world that hardly a day went by without them being a part of my life, and since the summer of 2014, I’ve been a full-time author.

 

How do you know so much about what criminals think?

 

I can’t answer that without incriminating myself… Just kidding.

 

Everyone has what we call a “dark side.” In writing these books, I suppose you could say I tap into this side of my psyche. Whatever I can scheme up is possible, and I write that which scares and excites me.

 

When did you know that you had hit the big time with your books?

 

When I got to say good-bye to my day job! Even before I fully resigned, I had cut back a five-day a week job to four days, then to three. It got to the point, though, that I loathed going in for that many days, and I knew it was time to make the move and become a full-time author. That was in the summer of 2014. Since then, I incorporated my own publishing company in the summer of 2015, and, at the start of 2016, my husband joined me there full time.

 

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Title: Power Struggle

Author: Carolyn Arnold

Genre: Mystery

One hit man who’s back for revenge.

One detective who’s not going down without a fight.

It’s been ten months since Detective Madison Knight almost died at the hands of Russian Mafia hit man Constantine Romanov. She hasn’t seen hide nor hair of him since he escaped police custody and fled to Russia soon after his arrest, except now her latest murder investigation gives her reason to believe he’s back in town. Seeing as the victim is the man who killed her grandfather, her perspective may be a little skewed, but with the MO smacking of Constantine and the victim’s connections to the mob, she finds it hard to be objective. Still, she’s doing her best to consider all the evidence.

When she receives a threatening letter from Constantine, however, her suspicions are confirmed. And he’s made it abundantly clear that not only does he plan to finish what he started but he has her family and loved ones in the crosshairs, too. Madison vows to do whatever it takes to save them, but as the hours race by, the body count rises. And the stakes only get higher when Madison’s sister, Chelsea, goes missing.

Now, Madison’s only play is to take Chelsea’s disappearance for what it really means: Constantine is calling Madison out for one final showdown. And they won’t both survive…

 

 

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What to expect from the Detective Madison Knight series:

Murder. Investigation. The pursuit of justice. Do you love trying to figure out whodunit? How about investigating alongside police detectives from the crime scene to the forensics lab and everywhere in between? Do you love a strong female lead? Then I invite you to meet Detective Madison Knight as she solves murders with her male partner, utilizing good old-fashioned investigative work aided by modern technology.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Law & OrderCSIBlue BloodsRizzoli & IslesWomen’s Murder Club, and Hawaii Five-O.

Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning.

 

Author Bio

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

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Website – http://carolynarnold.net/

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And don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter for up-to-date information on release and special offers at http://carolynarnold.net/newsletters.

 

 

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Author Interview Framed

Have you been writing a long time?

No. I started working on my first novel about five years ago. I wish I had started sooner, but the thought of putting a whole novel together was very intimidating.

What inspired you to start a writing career?
A couple factors inspired my writing career. As a Christmas present for my daughter, I’d put onto paper a bedtime story I’d told her when she was a child. I quite enjoyed the process and started to believe I could write a longer version (this story eventually became my fourth novel ‘Dwelt – Guardian of the Realm’). Secondly, an operation had me couch-bound for three months and I thought if ever I’d have the time to try writing a novel that was it. ‘Monsters and Miracles’ a paranormal adventure for middle-grade readers came to life, based on an idea for a story I’d had twenty years earlier. That got me started on this path.

Is your book a stand alone?
No. It is the first in a series. I’m working on the second draft of book two and am half done the first draft of book three. The second Black Swann Investigation should come out sometime in 2018.

Why did you choose this genre?
My favorite books to read are murder mysteries. I’d had the Reggie Swann character floating around in the back of mind for a while, but I didn’t know what to do with her.  My previous book, ‘Ric-A-Dam-Doo’ was a thriller with bits of mystery thrown in to keep the protagonists on their toes. This gave me the confidence to tackle a murder mystery. It was challenging and at the same time a lot of fun to write.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Yes. First, you can do it. It just takes perseverance. It is best to set aside whatever amount of time you can spare on a daily basis, make it a routine and then write, write, write. Second, I recommend that you get the entire first draft finished before doing any major editing. Get the whole story on paper then go back and make the necessary changes. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner after you’ve rewritten and got your masterpiece ready, get a professional to edit it. This will make it so much better and can be a great learning experience.
I wish for you all to have the amazing experience of holding your first book in your hands. Good luck.

About the Book

Title: Framed – A Black Swann Investigation

Author: Wayne Kerr

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Toronto’s newest homicide detective, Reggie Swann, seemed to have it all: great career, handsome husband and plans to start a family, until she was framed for murder…

A cop has very few friends in prison.  After surviving ten brutal years behind bars, Reggie’s conviction is finally overturned thanks to her tenacious mother, a new forensic test and a very clever lawyer. She quickly discovers that getting her old life back won’t be as easy as she hoped. To many, she was still as the media had dubbed her: ‘Black Swann – murderer and cop-gone-bad’. The Toronto Police Department still considers her to be a suspect, Reggie’s husband has remarried and the real killer is still on the loose.

Before Reggie can return to Toronto and solve the crime that ruined her life, she reluctantly agrees to investigate a murder in her home town of Penticton, only to discover the two cases which are separated by ten years and five provinces might somehow be connected. Will anyone believe the wild theories of the disgraced detective?

The real murderer does. He framed her once, this time Reggie Swann must die!

 

 

Author Bio

Canadian author, Wayne Kerr, was born and raised in the small town of Biggar, Saskatchewan (New York is big, but this is Biggar).  He married his high school sweetheart, Marlene, thirty-nine years ago and has lived happily ever since.  They resided in the United States for the past twenty years, but recently returned to Canada and now call the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia home.  The writer honed his story-telling skills while keeping his five younger siblings and later his daughter entertained during long cold winters.  When not reading or writing thrillers, Wayne is probably hiking, biking or playing tennis.

For more information on the author and his books please visit: waynekerrnovels.com or follow him on twitter: @waynekerrnovels

 

 

 

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Promo Post Penchant for Vengeance

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Title: Penchant for Vengeance

Author: Robert Downs

Genre: Mystery

Charlottesville, Virginia, Police Detective Luke McGinty has a closet filled with demons, along with a few skeletons; a steady job, but no steady partner or girlfriend; and is still married to his wife Sallie, even though she’s been dead for three years. Then his detective work takes a turn for the worse when a body is discovered at the downtown mall. One dead body isn’t enough, though, and another one turns up. When ties to a cold murder case in another county present themselves, Luke realizes that, if he doesn’t tread carefully, he could end up short more than just a few answers…

 

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Robert Downs aspired to be a writer before he realized how difficult the writing process was. Fortunately, he’d already fallen in love with the craft, otherwise his stories might never have seen print. Originally from West Virginia, he has lived in Virginia, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and now resides in California. When he’s not writing, Downs can be found reviewing, blogging, or smiling. To find out more about his latest projects, or to reach out to him on the Internet, visit the author’s website: www.RobertDowns.net. PENCHANT FOR VENGEANCE is his fifth novel.

 

 

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Author Interview Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple

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Have you been writing for a long time? 

My, that makes me think back to the 1960s, more than 50 years ago. So, I guess it has been a pretty long time – long before Harry Potter, social media, and the proliferation of selfies and funny cat videos as a means to connect with others. Before I started school I used to write and illustrate stories, usually fairly humorous, but to get a bit serious here, the assassination of President Kennedy made a profound impression on me at the age of four and I used to write short stories about it – three or four sentences – and draw pictures of the late President. Then I would set up a little card table and chairs and read these “news” stories. I had trained my two-year-old sister to sit beside me as my co-anchor. At the end of my “broadcast” before doting adult family members, I would say “Good night, Chet,” and my sister would say “Good night, David.” We only had access to one television channel back in the day in southwestern Virginia, an NBC affiliate, where I later worked as the overnight editor/anchor. There probably never has been a more stunning news story than the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  He inspired so many to think beyond themselves, dream big, and do things worth writing about.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

Teachers encouraged me in elementary, junior high, high school, and college. At George Mason University, I was fortunate enough to take a creative writing class from best-selling author Richard Bausch, who noted I was a good writer in a book inscription to me. Cool guy. Later I joined the student newspaper staff, then became a professional journalist, writing for newspapers, radio, and television. At that point, my late mother began telling me I should think about writing a book someday. I said, “But what would I write about?” She said something would come to me. Little did she know, after she passed, I would end up writing a book about her dating life when I was told my biological father might not be who I thought he was and I found a bunch of suspicious old love letters, prompting a crazy paternity search and publication of my first novel, Who’s Your Daddy, Baby? That project temporarily distracted me from my Dystortions series. Now I’m having fun with Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple, released in October, and reviewing/finalizing manuscripts for the next two in the Dystortions series.

What was the most challenging part about writing this book? 

With three books now written in the Dystortions series, one of the more challenging aspects of the project is to keep facts and story lines consistent, even though each book can stand on its own as a separate novel. I’m setting the stage in Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple, creating characters and describing events that will be referenced in future novels, putting pieces of the puzzles together to make sure they make sense to new readers. So, it was imperative to take special care to track dates as I deliberately distorted events and tried to make the story realistic and account for the progress that might naturally occur. I developed a timeline so I would not get tripped up with the months or years and suddenly refer to something that had not yet happened in this book or a future book which wouldn’t fit in the sequence.

Why did you decide to write this book? 

Just before Christmas on December 23, 2002, it was the anniversary of my late mother’s death. My husband had open heart surgery that turned out to be more harrowing than expected, I was recovering from a miscarriage, my business was a shambles due to the recession, and I was deeply in debt, making mortgage payments for my townhouse with credit cards. I was distracting myself from my troubles by watching late-night comedy and listening to the Beatles’Magical Mystery Tourduring the commercials. After Paul McCartney’s “Your Mother Should Know,” which always makes me think of my mother, comes John Lennon’s “I am the Walrus,” with its trippy otherworldly swirl of crazy lyrics and juxtapositions. Then, back to late-night comedy, came a joke about a politician speaking in amusing malapropisms. I thought, wonder what it would be like to be someone else, in a different world where malapropisms rained, er, reigned, on a planet named Malaprop? So, with a few mal-appropriate thoughts in mind, I decided to escape down that rabbit hole, feverishly writing all the way. I hint at, but wildly exaggerate the situation and those feelings in Chapter 24, entitled “December 23, 2502,” but delve deeper into the rock ‘n’ roll music angle in my next novel in the series, Dystortions: Purple Haze. It’s a rock ‘n’ roll mystery in a parallel universe.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

Write, then edit, then edit about 10 more times before you ever show anyone anything you have written. Richard Bausch used to tell our class, “No one’s words are written in stone, be prepared to edit and be edited.” I would add, try to make it is as perfect as you can before you have a professional review it. Try to be as clear as possible in your writing and avoid mundane details and story lines. Make details and descriptions count. Bare your soul, but try to make your book as interesting as possible to others. Speaking of others, if you haven’t built up a social media network yet, you are way behind. With hundreds of thousands of books published every year, it’s tough to be noticed. Build up Facebook friends, maintain professional connections on LinkedIn, reach new people through Twitter, pin images on Pinterest, have fun with images on Instagram. There’s also SnapChat, Google+, Tumblr, Reddit, StumbleUpon, and probably several I’ve missed, with more to come. It’s all about connecting with the world. Network – you’ll come across valuable information and real-life characters to improve your story and help you market it later. Again, keep reading! As others have said, if you’re not reading, you’re probably not writing worth a damn. Learn from the masters.

About the Book

dystortions-eimage-coverTitle: Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple

Author: Lisa Pell

Genre: Scifi / Mystery

Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple is a tale of mystery, murder, and love in a parallel universe, with a bit of humor. Addy O’Malibul is a former journalist who is convicted of murder and imprisoned on a planet called Malaprop, strikingly similar to Earth, but with a few twists and many Dystortions in translations of data transmissions from a planet known as Hearth. Glitched up radio communications are bombarding Malaprop – a world where fearful national security analysts, politicians, and P.R. flacks re-write history and distort facts to recreate their reality in Hearth’s image. The Dystortions in those radio communications sometimes appear to twist words backwards and create opposite meanings, but maybe also reveal underlying truths.

There’s just enough good science and wacked-out myth-busting to make the story hauntingly credible – and enough saucy romance to keep things hot. It’s much warmer and more colorful than any shades of grey.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAABOUT LISA PELL: An award-winning former newspaper, radio, and television journalist, Pell has spent most of her career in the communications business. Her critically acclaimed first novel, Who’s Your Daddy, Baby? (Aberdeen Bay, 2012), was selected for a Virginia Federation of Press Women award. Born in North Carolina, Pell was raised in Virginia, is a graduate of George Mason University, and attended Harvard Business School. She has strong roots in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, and has lived in Tennessee and West Virginia, where she covered news stories in Kentucky and southern Ohio. Connoisseurs of well-told stories, rock ‘n’ roll music, impressionist art, golf, tennis, oysters, and fun people, Pell and her husband, the self-styled Agent Provocateur, JonRe Pell, live in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.

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