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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.

Author Bio

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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Author Interview In The Line of Duty

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Have you been writing for a long time?

I started writing as a teenager as a way to vent my emotions and express myself creatively. I even thought that it would amazing to write a full-length book.

But life brought a lot of change for me. I met the love of my life, got married, and moved across the province. During this time writing was set aside as I focused on my new role as a wife and found full-time employment. It wasn’t until 2006—and after a thirteen-year hiatus from writing—that I was reunited with my passion. Since June of that year, rarely a day has gone by that I haven’t been writing, reading, editing or doing something related to publishing.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

I was working for a larger company but they were in the middle of reorganizing things. This meant that my job would be moved to the Toronto area and I would be looking for work. But I wasn’t the only one facing this predicament. There were others in my department and a woman who worked as the receptionist who were also coming into work every day wondering if today would be the day we’d be given our walking papers.

Needless to say, we weren’t very motivated. One day about four in the afternoon, the receptionist—who I also had lunch with most days and became friends with—emailed me and said “tell me a story.” I fired back a few paragraphs from the top of my head.

At the time, I didn’t even really give it any thought: I just responded instinctually. Well, she loved what I had wrote and requested more. So I fired back a few more paragraphs. She came back and told me that I had to finish what I started. And that’s just what I did. About one year later, I had completed writing my first full-length novel.

That day in June 2016 changed the course of my life. It reunited me with my passion and my purpose.

Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?

In the Line of Duty is part of a series, but it’s also designed to work as a stand-alone.

Why did you choose this genre?

I love everything about mysteries and police procedurals. I enjoyed watching crime dramas and reading in the genre.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Keep writing. No matter what. Focus on why you do it—to feed your passion, to entertain others, or whatever else that may be. Put blinders on when it comes to other authors in the sense that you don’t compare yourself to them. No good ever comes from comparing yourself to others. Better to look at your own successes and celebrate the hurdles you have personally overcome.

About the Book

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Author: Carolyn Arnold

Genre: Mystery

He devoted his life to seeking justice. But would she get any for him?

 It was an ordinary day for police officer Barry Weir. It was the end of shift, he was tired, and he just wanted to get home to his wife and kids. But someone had other plans for him—shooting him down and forcing him to make the ultimate sacrifice.

 When news of Weir’s murder reaches the precinct, it leaves Detective Madison Knight and every cop in the Stiles PD itching for revenge. It cuts Madison’s boyfriend, colleague, and Weir’s childhood friend, Troy Matthews, deepest of all, driving him away from everyone he loves, just when they need one another the most.

With evidence pointing to a gang-related drive-by, Madison and her team investigate the town’s seedy underbelly in search of justice for their fallen brother. But the deeper they dig, the more convoluted the case becomes. Now they need to figure out if this was a random shooting as part of a gang initiation, a straight-up hate crime, or a targeted kill. But with the Stiles PD under attack, they have to do it fast…before more people pay with their lives.

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Author Bio

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling 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.

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Author Interview Cold-Blooded

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1) Have you been writing for a long time?
 
I’ve been writing since I was eleven years old so almost 30 years. I used to write poems and short stories but as I got older, the novel became my true passion. I like a good, long story.

2) What inspired you to start a writing career?
 
Well, I had always written stories and books. It took me until I was nearly thirty to produce something I felt other people might actually enjoy reading. Once I had that, I decided it was time to start pursuing publication. Six years later what would become my first published novel, Finding Claire Fletcher was published. Being able to share my stories with readers has been a truly amazing experience, and the response people have had to my books has been so incredible. It just keeps inspiring me to tell more stories.

3) Is this book a stand alone or part of a series?
 
Cold-Blooded is technically the sequel to my third novel, Hold Still. However, it can be read as a stand-alone. The mystery that is at the heart of this book has absolutely nothing to do with any of my other books so you can read this one without reading Hold Still and it would be perfectly fine.

4) Why did you choose this genre?
 
It sort of chose me. I always wanted to take a stab at literary fiction. Then two of my family members were murdered, and I began reading true crime books. Reading about other families going through what we were going through helped me feel less alone. After a time, it became too difficult to read those books knowing that the people I was reading about were real, so I started reading crime fiction. It offered the same consolation and escape but I knew that the people I read about had not actually suffered because they were not real. Then that became the thing that I wanted to write because that’s where I was the most comfortable.

5) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
 
Write, write, write, write, write and write. And did I mention that you should write? Then, after that, you should write some more. And when you’ve finished, write some more. Then write after that. That is the number one thing I would say. Write everything and anything. Write as much as you can. Every spare minute. Write everywhere. If you’re lucky enough to have a writing space, that’s awesome but also keep a notebook on you wherever you go and write in it every chance you get. You’ll never get better if you don’t keep writing, keep practicing. Get it out. Get used to getting it out and fixing it later. That’s how it works. Vomit up all the stuff in your head onto the blank page without thought and then later, you can rearrange it into something worth reading. The most important thing is to put words on the page. My second biggest piece of advice would be to find other writers who will be willing to help you and get some honest critiques from them. Take their advice. Edit. Revise. Get better. You need eyes on your work before it goes out into the world.

About the Book

Cold_Blooded_Ebook_FinalTitle: Cold-Blooded

Author: Lisa Regan

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Fourteen years ago, high school track star Sydney Adams was gunned down in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. The investigation yielded useless clues, and the case went cold. But homicide detective Augustus Knox never gave up on finding Sydney’s killer. Now, retired from the police force and with only months to live, he enlists the help of private investigator Jocelyn Rush to clear the case once and for all.

Armed with little more than a theory as to who murdered Sydney, Jocelyn tries to lure a killer into the open. But unraveling the mystery means facing off against a cunning psychopath whose ruthlessness knows no bounds. When more bodies start to pile up, Jocelyn has to decide just how far she’s willing to go to catch a cold-blooded killer.

Author Bio

LisaReganAuthorPhotoRegSizeLisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime/suspense novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine and was runner up in Best Novel in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards for 2013. Her second novel, Aberration won Best Twist in the 2014 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent Book Awards. Her third novel, Hold Still was released by Thomas & Mercer in 2014 and has been translated into German. She is at work on her fifth novel. Find out more at www.lisaregan.com.

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Author Interview Counterfeit Conspiracies

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1) Have you been writing for a long time?

I’ve been writing full-time fifteen years, but until three years ago I focused on nonfiction because that avenue of writing is easier to gain regular paychecks more quickly. My goal, however, was always to create my own fiction series. The Bodies of Art Mysteries are my “running away from home” writing, as I get to put my characters in all my favorite places, and get to brainstorm wonderful locations and research favorite art masterpieces as part of my day’s work. And get my characters in and out of a lot of trouble.

2) What inspired you to start a writing career?

I don’t think you choose writing—writing chooses you. I was always an eclectic reader, finishing more than 200 books each year. But I always scribbled stories and scenes of my own. I didn’t try to write full-time until my daughter was in school. Then, between freelance nonfiction work and my creative fiction, my writing really took shape and a career.

3) Is this book a stand alone or part of a series?

Counterfeit Conspiracies is the first book in the Bodies of Art Mysteries. The second book in the series, Marked Masters, is also available and published by Henery Press. The third book, Abstract Aliases, comes out this fall.

4) Why did you choose mystery as a genre?

It’s my favorite genre to read, so naturally it was the best fit when I began working on stories of my own. I’ve always been a voracious reader, so mysteries aren’t the only thing I read, but they are the only genre I write.

5) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Read, read, read. And read contemporary works. While I’ve always enjoyed reading books from other decades, earlier styles aren’t necessarily as marketable as the styles of titles from the mid-1990s and on. Reading what is selling now will make a new author’s work more likely to be accepted by readers and a Publisher.

About the Book

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Author: Ritter Ames

Genre: Mystery / Suspense

Laurel Beacham may have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but she has long since lost it digging herself out of trouble. Her father gambled and womanized his way through the family fortune before skiing off an Alp, leaving her with more tarnish than trust fund. Quick wits and connections have gained her a reputation as one of the world’s premier art recovery experts. The police may catch the thief, but she reclaims the missing masterpieces.

The latest assignment, however, may be her undoing. Using every ounce of luck and larceny she possesses, Laurel must locate a priceless art icon and rescue a co-worker (and ex-lover) from a master criminal, all the while matching wits with a charming new nemesis. Unfortunately, he seems to know where the bodies are buried—and she prefers hers isn’t next.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESRitter Ames is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Organized Mysteries series and the Bodies of Art Mysteries series. When she’s not writing or brainstorming new mysteries Ritter is usually trying to get her favorite yellow lab to stay out of the pond, or keep her grouchy black cat from trying to give the dog away on Freecycle. Ritter would love to live on a boat and write from far flung locations around the globe, but the dog would constantly have to be fished from the water, and her husband and cat would just complain endlessly about the dog’s smell, so staying on land seems to be the only good option to keep her sanity and not get sidetracked from writing.

Ritter tries to blog regularly at http://ritterames.com/ and subscribe there to get the latest news about upcoming releases, and inside scoops on her characters and series. She uses her Pinterest boards at http://www.pinterest.com/ritterames/ to capture great places and ideas she wants to use in both series. Follow her blog and boards to learn more about Ritter and her upcoming books. You can find her Facebook author page at https://www.facebook.com/RitterAmesBooks and Follow her on Twitter @RitterAmes.

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Release Blitz Counterfeit Conspiracies

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COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES coverIITitle: Counterfeit Conspiracies

Author: Ritter Ames

Genre: Mystery / Suspense

Laurel Beacham may have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but she has long since lost it digging herself out of trouble. Her father gambled and womanized his way through the family fortune before skiing off an Alp, leaving her with more tarnish than trust fund. Quick wits and connections have gained her a reputation as one of the world’s premier art recovery experts. The police may catch the thief, but she reclaims the missing masterpieces.

The latest assignment, however, may be her undoing. Using every ounce of luck and larceny she possesses, Laurel must locate a priceless art icon and rescue a co-worker (and ex-lover) from a master criminal, all the while matching wits with a charming new nemesis. Unfortunately, he seems to know where the bodies are buried—and she prefers hers isn’t next.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESRitter Ames is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Organized Mysteries series and the Bodies of Art Mysteries series. When she’s not writing or brainstorming new mysteries Ritter is usually trying to get her favorite yellow lab to stay out of the pond, or keep her grouchy black cat from trying to give the dog away on Freecycle. Ritter would love to live on a boat and write from far flung locations around the globe, but the dog would constantly have to be fished from the water, and her husband and cat would just complain endlessly about the dog’s smell, so staying on land seems to be the only good option to keep her sanity and not get sidetracked from writing.

Ritter tries to blog regularly at http://ritterames.com/ and subscribe there to get the latest news about upcoming releases, and inside scoops on her characters and series. She uses her Pinterest boards at http://www.pinterest.com/ritterames/ to capture great places and ideas she wants to use in both series. Follow her blog and boards to learn more about Ritter and her upcoming books. You can find her Facebook author page at https://www.facebook.com/RitterAmesBooks and Follow her on Twitter @RitterAmes.

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Release Day Party Never Meant to Be

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Author: Yarro Rai

Genre: Romantic Mystery

Stella is journalist searching for a breakthrough story her wish is granted when she comes across two diaries written by two lovers (johnny and Esther). Stella is excited because Esther is the young Ceo and owner of several companies after her parents tragic death. But to her surprise she finds that she is a childhood friend of johnny who is just an orphan street hustler. The diary entry tells that how they met as a child and again as an adult leading to the romantic spark.

The things get complicated when Stella starts receiving phone calls offering her big amount for either destroying the diary or to hand it over. But as she turns pages she finds their story intriguing with secrets they have never told to each other. the phone calls and offer starts to rise as well as life losing threats but what she can’t understand is that why someone would pay so much money just to have their story.

Is it just a story or there is a hidden message in it like a cipher. The only way is to read both the diaries but the race to the last page is a long one.

Author Bio

Yarro rai the youngest whack of his family who suffers from dysgraphia (writing and spelling disorder). Started writing from early age taking out his anger but what started out as a medium to channel his anger later turned into an inspiring hobby. Writing raw and dark poems he published his first work on 2013 it was a collection of twelve heart provoking poems. continuing his passion he published his second book Dark Romeo taking his series of dark poetry further.

After poetry series his first fiction ‘Never meant to be’ is set to release in November 2015. And when he is not writing he likes to test his character on his friends and on stranger to record their reaction. Likes photography and staring at the night sky.

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Promo Post Tales

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Tales_CoverTitle: Tales

Author: Charles Todd

Genre: Mystery & Detective

TALES is a collection of Bess Crawford and Ian Rutledge short stories published together for the first time from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd.  Now published together for the first time: Charles Todd’s beloved short stories-”The Kidnapping,” “The Girl on the Beach,” “Cold Comfort,” and “The Maharani’s Pearls”-about intrepid Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge and dutiful battlefield nurse Bess Crawford.   The vibrant tales transport readers from the homefront in Great Britain where the ominous clouds of war were ever-present during World War I to the bomb riddled the frontlines as soldiers desperately sought to gain ground again Germany with Lieutenant Ian Rutledge and finally to the exotic, dangerous India of Bess Crawford’s youth. Together they create an extraordinary glimpse into the treasured worlds of some of mystery’s most cherished characters.

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Charles Todd author photoCharles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother-and-son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina.

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