Kurt Kamm – Author Interview: The Lizard’s Tale

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Author Interview

What group did you hang out with in high school? I went to boarding school in Lake Placid, N.Y. “Hanging out” wasn’t on the list of activities. We studied, played sports, worked on the school grounds on Saturday, and went to chapel on Sunday. No drugs, no bullying, just a lot of learning. All that got me into Brown, so I can’t complain.

What are you passionate about these days? I am passionate about physical and mental exercise. As you get older both are incredibly important. I ride my bike every other day for 3 hours, maintain a heartrate of between 140 – 150 bpm, and burn around 1,400 – 1,600 calories. I make sure that I work at my writing for a couple of hours every day, and try to read for 1 – 2 hours as well. Also, when I wake up every day, I make sure I am on the right side of the dirt and am then am thankful that I live in America.

If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently? I didn’t start out to be an author, and I have an MBA and a JD. If I had planned to be a writer as my first career, I would get an MFA and try to plug myself into the established writing community and understand how to sign with an agent and be published by a major house. As an alternative, I would figure out a way to use social media to promote myself in a big way. I misjudged how important social media can be in establishing a presence (look at Donald Trump). If I were starting over, today, I might create some crazy, offbeat image of myself, and promote, promote, promote. Oh yeah, I would also write something.

E-book or print? And why? I started writing only 10 years ago, and my first book came out only in paperback. Since then, every subsequent book has sold fewer paperbacks and more e-books. My last book sold 15 e-books for every paperback. I really question the expense, effort, and waste of resources to produce a hard copy of a book. E-books are easier to buy and read and I think people are much more likely to buy them. The only negative is that the behemoth, Amazon, controls the e-book market, you have to play by their rules, and that isn’t wonderful.

What is your favorite scene in this book? My favorite scene is when Jorge (the Mexican orphan) and Felix (the drug smuggler) confront each other on the deserted dock on the backside of Catalina Island. Jorge is protecting the lizard and Felix has come to take it away. I won’t ruin the scene by relating what happens, but it is unexpected. The interesting thing is that I myself had no preconceived idea of what would happen. As I wrote and described their confrontation, there was only one logical, spontaneous outcome. I think the readers will enjoy it.

My second favorite scene is the last paragraph in Alejandro’s chapter, where he arrives in Sinaloa, having driven all the way from Guatemala with his “cargo.” This scene I did imagine in advance. My readers are always caught completely by surprise at this scene.

 

mediakit_bookcover_thelizardstaleThe Lizard’s Tale

by Kurt Kamm

 

GENRE:  Mystery/Crime Thriller

 

 

 

Blurb:

Kurt Kamm has written a novel that’s a literary crime novel, with a strong thread of non-fiction running through it. The Lizard’s Tale is a tale of crime—with an a wide-ranging cast of characters. When the DEA goes up against the Sinaloa Cartel, an orphan and an endangered lizard are caught in the conflict. The action moves from Guatemala to Mexico to Catalina Island off the coast of California. Alejandro, a middle class Guatemalan, wants his share, and makes a deal with the cartel. Now he’s risking his life to deliver the goods. El Dedo, a brilliant financier, is the Sinaloa Cartel’s banker. He worries about what to do with the billions of dollars collecting dust in his underground vault. Ryan, a DEA Special Agent, needs to make a high profile case to get a promotion. Is the big yacht headed for California carrying a Mexican drug shipment? Kate, a wildlife officer on Catalina Island, smells smoke. When she heads out in the middle of the night to investigate a fire, she makes an astonishing discovery. Jorge, an orphan from the streets of Mexico, is abandoned in the United States. Will he find his way back home and track down his mother’s killer?

 

Excerpt:

Dedo was one of the few outsiders at the top of the cartel hierarchy. He came from a different background than most of the drug lords, who had grown up in poor towns in the Sierra Madres where people suffered a hard existence living in hovels made of cinderblocks. Dedo had no poverty to escape. He grew up in Mexico City and lived a blessed childhood. His father owned a small Mexican chemical business that grew large when it began to supply the Cartels with the ingredients used to make methamphetamine. His mother was Swiss, and had worked for a chemical company in Basle when she met his father. Dedo inherited his intellect and business sense from his father. His grey eyes came from his mother.

When his father brought him to the State of Sinaloa for the first time, Dedo stood in the dust and blasting heat and felt the moisture evaporating from his skin. “Those mountain highlands,” his father had told him, pointing off into the distance, “are ideal for growing poppies. All they need is sunlight and moisture.” Then he turned and pointed in the direction of the Pacific Ocean, and continued, “And out in those valleys between the mountains and the coast, the climate is perfect for growing marijuana.” Finally, his father looked at Dedo and told him, “Fortunately for us, sunshine and water don’t produce methamphetamine. For that, they need chemicals—a lot of chemicals—and that’s why we’re here.”

 

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Malibu, California resident Kurt Kamm has written a series of firefighter mystery novels, which have won several literary awards. His newest novel, The Lizard’s Tale, provides a unique look inside the activities of the Mexican drug cartels and the men dedicated to stopping them.

Kurt has used his contact with CalFire, Los Angeles County and Ventura County Fire Departments, as well as the ATF and DEA to write fact-based (“faction”) novels. He has attended classes at El Camino Fire Academy and trained in wildland firefighting, arson investigation and hazardous materials response. He has also attended the ATF and DEA Citizen’s Academies. After graduating from the DEA Citizen’s Academy in 2014, he began work on The Lizard’s Tale.

Kurt has built an avid fan base among first responders and other readers. A graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School, Kurt was previously a financial executive and semi-professional bicycle racer. He was also Chairman of the UCLA/Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Foundation for several years.

 

Visit his author website at www.kurtkamm.com

 

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Kurt Kamm   LITERARY AWARDS

TUNNEL VISIONS  (MCM Publishing 2014)

2014 USA Best Book Award -Fiction: General – Finalist

 

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL  (MCM Publishing  2013)

Best Novel 2013 – Public Safety Writers Association

Winner of the 2012 Hackney Literary Award for best novel of the year ($5,000 PRIZE)

Reader’s Favorite 2013 – Finalist – Urban Fiction

The 2012 Dana Award – Finalist

Eric Hoffer Award – Finalist (2014)

Excerpt published in Birmingham Arts Journal  http://www.birminghamartsjournal.com/pdf/baj10-2.pdf

 

ONE FOOT IN THE BLACK  (MCM Publishing  2012)

The 2012 USA Best Book Awards – Fiction: General  – Finalist

The 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards – Fiction: General  – Finalist

Excerpt published in Felons, Flames and Ambulance Rides: Stories About America’s Public Safety Heroes

 

CODE BLOOD  (MCM Publishing 2011)

Writer’s Type –  First Chapter Competition.  January 2011- First Place

2012 International Book Awards –  Fiction: Cross Genre Category –  First Place

National Indie Excellence Book Awards – Faction (fiction based on fact) –  Winner of the 2012 Award

The 2012 USA Best Book Awards –  Fiction: Horror  –  Winner

LuckyCinda Publishing Contest 2013  First Place – Thriller

Reader’s Favorite  2013– Finalist – Horror Fiction

Knoxville Writer’s Guild –  2011 Novella or Novel Excerpt – 2nd Place

 

RED FLAG WARNING  Aberdeen Bay 2010

The Infinite Writer– Mystery 2010 – First Place

The Written Art Awards –  Mystery/Thriller 2010 – First Place

Royal Dragonfly – Mystery Category 2011 – First  Place

 

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Blood Shackles (Rebel Vampires Volume 2)

by Rosemary A. Johns

GENRE: Urban Fantasy Paranormal Romance

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WELCOME TO THE BLOOD CLUB

Light is a Rocker Blood Lifer with a talent for remembering things. He’s meant to be the predator. It’s been that way since Victorian times. But not now. Not since someone hunted him. Enslaved him. Ripped out his fangs. Who are these ruthless humans? Who’s their violent leader? And who betrayed the secret of the Blood Lifer world?

WHERE THE PREDATORS

London, Primrose Hill. Grayse is the commanding but alluring slaver’s daughter. The enemy. She buys Light, like he’s a pair of designer shoes. So why does Light feel so drawn to her? Especially when his family is still in chains. Will he risk everything – even his new love – to save them?

BECOME THE PREY

Does a chilling conspiracy lie behind it all? A stunning revelation leads Light to an inconceivable truth. If he can face his worst terrors, he can save his family and his whole species from slavery.

Maybe he can even save himself.

 

The third book in the series, BLOOD RENEGADES, will be out Spring 2017

 

Excerpt:

‘Cold?’

‘Yeah, it is rather parky, darlin’.’

You gaped at me, as if you’d been expecting me to speak some strange Blood Lifer tongue and not the Queen’s English. Like you hadn’t assumed I’d sound…human. Then you gathered yourself together. ‘Here,’ you led the way to a sheltered trio of arches. ‘Better?’

‘Almost like I wasn’t starkers.’

You gave a tight smile.

I leant against a column, as I had a gander back at the silhouette of the great house, its steep terrace, the wood encircling it beyond and the drive sweeping down to it, between the dark sentinels of oaks.

In some screwed up world, this was the worst Jane Austen scene ever.

Well, maybe not ever…

You were giving me these quick, surreptitious looks. ‘This is, like, fried.’

I shrugged. After the year I’d had, this new twist to my existence had some dead stiff competition in the fried department.

You edged closer. ‘You don’t have to look so scared; I’m not gonna scoop ya.’

I raised my eyebrow. ‘Good to know.’

That flummoxed you.

You ran your fingers nervously through your ash blonde hair, which hung in a bob to your shoulders. I had the sudden thought of how soft it’d feel on my lips…and then wanted to scrub my brains out.

I haven’t long been alone – utterly, truly alone – since my first death. Since I lost the only person, who mattered to me in this brutish world, I feel too easily.

Us Blood Lifers do that; every emotion is amplified.

‘I didn’t want…one of those broken things. Though you’ve gotta be soft making trouble for daddy. He’s the one, who’s insisting I buy one of you. He’s eager for me to learn about the business now I’m back. It’s not like I want…’ Embarrassed, you looked away.

‘Don’t worry, I wouldn’t want me either.’

‘Naw, it’s just…I’ve never even looked after a dog before.’

‘Lucky I’m not a mutt then.’

 

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ROSEMARY A JOHNS is a traditionally published author of short stories under the name R. A. Johns. She is the author of Blood Dragons the compelling first instalment of the Rebel Vampires series.

Rosemary A Johns wrote her first fantasy novel at the age of ten, when she discovered the weird worlds inside her head were more exciting than double swimming. Since then she’s studied history at Oxford University, run a theatre company (her critically acclaimed plays have been described as “uncomfortable, unsettling and uneasily true to life”), and worked with disability charities.

When Rosemary’s not falling in love with the rebels fighting their way onto the page, she heads the Oxford writing group Dreaming Spires

 

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Wild Side

by Jannine Gallant

GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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The Wilde brothers are addicted to the rush of adventure. But one of them is about to discover that it’s sink or swim, when passion and politics collide…

Whitewater rafting guide Sawyer Wilde has taken his share of inexperienced adventure seekers through the rapids of Idaho’s Salmon River, so his next group should pose no problems—even if it includes a presidential hopeful and his sexy, outspoken aide. After all, it’s just a campaign photo-op for the congressman. Until a series of minor mishaps takes a sinister turn…

Devin Lockhart has one job on the rafting trip: to make her boss look both presidential and relatable. And no matter how distractingly attractive their guide is, she plans to do it well. But as danger stalks them through every bend in the river, Devin must put her life—and the congressman’s—in Sawyer’s capable hands. Because surviving the trip is only the beginning of a deadly ride…

 

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Game of Vengeance

by Amanda K. Byrne

GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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An eye for an eye, blood for blood.

UCLA student Cass Turner was hoping to move on from the family business—but when the business is professional assassination, that’s easier said than done. And sleeping with the man she was supposed to kill only complicates things. Her relationship with Nick Kosta, a lieutenant in LA’s largest crime family, was supposed to be no-strings-attached fun. But if the two of them want to stay alive, they’ll have to keep each other close.

Nick’s traitorous cousin, Isaiah, is out for blood, so Cass can’t afford any distractions as they try to hunt him down. Yet she can’t help puzzling over Nick’s motives—does he really share her deepening feelings or does he just feel responsible for her? And if their relationship is for real, will they even have a future? Because with their enemies several steps ahead of them, one false move could bring disaster for everyone Cass holds dear…and in this game of cat and mouse, no one will leave unscathed.

 

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A grin flashed, and he squeezed the hand he still held. “I thought dogs were supposed to resemble their owners. Nothing uncoordinated about you.”

“Good thing, or I wouldn’t have made it across that ledge.” “Yeah, you would have. Anyway, we’ve arrived.”

They rounded a bend, and the vista opened up to majestic splendor. Below them, the Salmon River sliced through an evergreen bowl studded with patches of early fall color, bright nuggets in a sea of green.

Devin drew in a breath. “Beautiful.”

His gaze held steady on her face. “Without a doubt.” He motioned toward a low rock. “Want to sit for a while?”

“Sure.” She dropped down then slid over to make room for him. “Thanks for bringing me up here. The view is worth those few minutes of nail-biting.”

He leaned back, one elbow brushing hers. “I needed a little peace and quiet away from the group.”

“Funny, I was thinking the same thing earlier.”

“Until I busted in on your alone time?” He gave her a sheepish smile. “Sorry about that.”

“I’m not. You’re restful to be around. Not a lot  of  chatter.  No  drama. No whining.”

His grin sent a flutter through her chest before his expression sobered. “You’re the opposite of restful.”

She drew back. “I am?”

He nodded then ran a finger down the length of her arm. “When I’m around you, I spend most of my time thinking about only one thing.”

The heat in his eyes stole her breath. Her response was a mere whisper. “What do you think about?”

“This.”

 

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Jannine Gallant

Write what you know. Jannine Gallant has taken this advice to heart, creating characters from small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors. She grew up in a tiny Northern California town and currently lives in beautiful Lake Tahoe with her husband and two daughters. When she isn’t busy writing or being a full time mom, Jannine hikes or snowshoes in the woods around her home. Whether she’s writing contemporary, historical or romantic suspense, Jannine brings the beauty of nature to her stories

 

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When she’s not plotting ways to sneak her latest shoe purchase past her partner, Amanda Byrne writes sexy, snarky romance and urban fantasy. She likes her heroines smart and unafraid to make mistakes, and her heroes strong enough to take them on. Amanda lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and no, it really doesn’t rain that much.

 

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CALLING THE REAPER

by Jason Pere

Blurb:

The time of the Unity has ended. Now, the realm of man is stranded between Paradise and Purgatory. The Valkyrie and Reaper battle over the fate of all who pass from the land of the living and into the afterlife.

Eight mortal spirits from vastly different worlds tread the same, inevitable path toward their last, crucial decision. Within them all exists the defining conflict every man must face—to look upon the end of their life with glory and honor, or to give credence to their baser longings, calling the Reaper to their own demise.

In this rich, harrowing tale of pride, deceit, honor, vengeance, and redemption, each individual must battle their inner turmoil, facing the sacrifices they have made before their unavoidable end in the land of the living.

But their last day in life is also their first day of death amidst the terrors of the underworld. Lord Master Death wants them all…and the real battle has only just begun.

 

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Excerpt:

Aristo reached far within and blocked all the pain shooting through his being. I am Praetorian, my flesh does my bidding. Again, he commanded his eyes to open. When he finally managed to force them open, the agony consuming his head must have felt very much like staring straight into the blazes of the sun. He felt the tearing of skin as his world instantly turned from the darkest black to a moment of brightest white. His eyes watered heavily and he blinked, trying to clear away at least some of the dried blood which had sealed his eyes shut. For several moments, everything was a blur, but then he could distinguish colors and shapes again.

He nearly wished that he had in fact been blinded; he would have at least been spared the image before him. Aristo had been wounded in battle before, but never like this. His body lay covered in a blanket of dried crimson. No one would have known that he bore the deep purple uniform of the Praetorian Legion had they even bothered to look at him. It was confounding that he had bled so profusely and could still draw breath, still feel the beat of his heart within his chest. A moment of warrior’s pride overtook him when he studied his twisted form and realized the excruciating pain was not unwarranted. Then he remembered.

Captured, he thought. I’ve been captured.

 

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Jason Pere is a born-and-raised New Englander. He always had a passion for the arts and creative storytelling. At the age of thirteen, Jason took up the craft of acting for film and theater. He pursued that interest for over a decade until refocusing his medium of expression into writing.

At first, Jason took a causal interest in writing, starting with poetry and journaling. Over time, he honed his direction and finally began writing larger works. In November of 2012, Jason self-published his first book, Modern Knighthood: Diary of a Warrior Poet.

Since then, Jason has continued writing on his own, mostly short stories and poetry. Calling the Reaper was his first experience committing to a full-length Fiction title.

In early 2015, Jason became affiliated with Collaborative Writing Challenge (CWC). Since then, he has joined many other writers on numerous collaborative projects. Jason is a regular contributor to CWC and is scheduled to have multiple pieces of his work appear in their publications throughout 2016.

You can find out more about Jason Pere’s involvement and publications in collaborative fiction at: http://www.collaborativewritingchallenge.com

To connect with Jason, check him out at: http://www.facebook.com/jason.pere.7

Jason also writes fanfiction for Team Covenant on their Blog of the Pheonixborn, dedicated to the new game by Plaid Hat Games, ‘Ashes’. Go to http://teamcovenant.com/ashesonline/ to read Jason’s flash fiction work.

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Author Interview

  1. Woohoo! You are a published author. Describe a strong character trait you possess, good or bad, and how it helped you become a published author. I’ve been a go-getter and pretty darn stubborn for most of my life. Possessing a strong stubborn streak has its drawbacks, but I’ve found that a healthy dose of go-getting and persistence are exactly what you have to possess if you want to make it in this business. Writing hundreds of pages all while maintaining a tight plotline aren’t for the faint of heart. Taking the next step and putting your work out there for thousands of people to read certainly isn’t easy either. The industry is constantly changing. Sometimes it’s really hard to keep up (or want to keep up), but when you remember why you do what you do, you find a way. There’s nothing like reading an email from a fan who got lost in the story you told.

2. Sometimes an author begins writing a story before they are aware of its genre. Did you choose your genre, or did it choose you? I would have to say Romantic Suspense chose me. I’ve always loved reading stories in the Romantic Suspense genre. They say you should write what you’re passionate about. There’s nothing quite as thrilling as weaving love and danger together in an amazing story. What’s more fun than that?

3. The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? I’m definitely a plotter. I’m a Type A, which means I have outlines of outlines. I can’t imagine telling a five hundred-page story without my trusty notes, calendars, and character sketches by my side. I have the utmost respect for those amazing storytellers who fly by the seat of their pants. I don’t know how they do it!

4. Fear 101: As writers it is our duty to make our characters face their fears. Have you ever included one of your own fears in a storyline? Not exactly but sometimes my research takes me to very uncomfortable places. I’m a little squeamish (okay, a lot!) so when I have to look at pictures of autopsies or crime scene photos, it’s tough. I ended up watching a documentary on the University of Tennessee’s body farm to help me tell Reed and Bella’s story more accurately. Let’s just say I spent a lot of time breathing into a bag and dropping my head between my legs. It was a pretty intense forty-five minutes, but it was so worth it. I learned so many fascinating things. Deceiving Bella is a better novel for it.

5. Fear 102: Yes, deadlines are terrifying. Have you conquered the juggling act between writing and the rest of your life? What do you do when it feels like the balls are dropping all around you? Ooh, this is a great question. I’ve been telling stories for six years now, and I still feel like I haven’t mastered the balancing act between family life and a demanding career. With each story I tell, I feel like I learn to juggle a little better, but I still have a long way to go. I think I’m becoming a better delegator of things I just can’t get to, but it’s certainly a work in progress. When I feel like I’m dropping the balls, I put my work up for a little while and try to fix what feels out of control. Then I get back to it.

6. Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? I think it depends on where we are in the book. If we’re talking about one of the suspenseful scenes, disaster is probably not far behind. I’d like to think I’m a tough cookie like all of my heroes and heroines, but if there’s blood or weapons involved, it’s more than likely not going to be pretty.

7. Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. I love to write in my living room after the family has left for work and school. I have a plush love seat that welcomes me every day. I snuggle in, put my feet up on the coffee table, and get to it. I can’t imagine writing anywhere else. One of my favorite comfort foods is a homemade granola/yogurt parfait with fruit. I typically eat one every morning for a snack.

8. Writing inspirations? I’m often inspired by the need to finish each story. I get so invested in my characters that I want to bring them through their trials and tribulations to their happily ever afters. Everyone deserves to be happy—even the fictitious people I’ve created in my mind.

9. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? Nora Roberts is my all time favorite author. I’ve always wanted to know how she comes up with storyline after storyline. Ms. Roberts has written well over 200 books. How amazing is that?

10. I’ve gone mad – why don’t you come with me? Some people just don’t understand us writers. Name a quirky, writer-thing you do that friends wish you didn’t. On occasion I break out a piece of paper and pencil in the middle of a conversation if an idea for my story comes to mind. When I’m most relaxed, my imagination totally takes over. I know it’s terribly rude, but if I don’t write it down immediately, I lose my thoughts. Luckily, this doesn’t happen too often, but it certainly happens more than it should.

 

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Bodyguards of L.A. County Series

by Cate Beauman

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Blurb:

Eleven Men Sworn To Protect. Eleven Women Who Change Everything.

The Close Protection Agents of Ethan Cooke Security are ready to risk it all for the safety of their clientele. What they don’t know is that they’re about to get more than they bargain for when they report for their latest assignments. Love and danger have a way of bringing people together in this dark, sexy, multi-award winning Romantic suspense series, the Bodyguards of L.A. County.

 

Author Bio and Links:

International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015, JUSTICE FOR ABBY was selected as the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while SAVING SOPHIE took the Silver Medal. SAVING SOPHIE was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and FALLING FOR SARAH received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Awards.

Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. Currently Cate is working on Deceiving Bella, the eleventh novel in her popular Bodyguards series.

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Heather M. Walker: The Otherling

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Heather M. Walker will be awarding a hand painted set of two wine glasses, painted to resemble stained glass and a ten card tarot reading (US/Canada only) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

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Author Interview

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book? I have always felt connected to the supernatural, the occult, the paranormal and the arcane. I first felt a stirring for it when I was six years old and was told my first scary ghost story. It started a passion in me to read and research as much as I could in these subjects, and to expand my knowledge as much as possible so that I could figure out my connection and affinity toward it.

2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a first born, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world? I am the second born, and the youngest in my family. Everyone else is a Capricorn, and I am an Aries, so I guess that right there put me at an odds and destined me to be the black sheep. I have always felt like an outsider to the world, and to my own family to an extent. This caused me to go deeper into myself to explore the realms of my inner world, my dreams and all the colors of my soul. I am deeply connected to my emotions, and to seeing the world in a way maybe others can’t see it. To notice the nuances of the wind, the sigh of the grass under my feet. I think that becoming a writer was a natural outcome of this.

3. Where is your favorite place to write? I have my own space in the house carved out just for myself and my writing. I am tucked away in a little niche in the living room, with all my crystals on my desk, my sage and sweet grass room sprays, my David Bowie collection (I am still in mourning) and all my writing tools. This place is mine, and I enjoy writing there.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains? I don’t think you have to kill your darlings. While I respect the man who said this deeply, and though he is one of my favorite writers, I don’t agree with everything he says. Every writer, every story is different. You can’t force your story and characters to do something that doesn’t follow the story line. If you get connected deeply enough to the story, and to the characters, they will let you know when what you’re writing is wrong. It just won’t flow. It will feel strangled and caustic. If you try to kill your darlings just for the sake of killing them, then its likely your story will fall apart. There is a magical moment when your story takes over, when the characters come alive and you just know where it has to go. If you don’t follow this, what your story wants, then writers block, or the strangulation of words ensues. I say if the story warrants a killing or a death, fantastic, go with it, but don’t do it just for the sake of this now famous saying.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? Ahh, that would be Clive Barker! I absolutely love his daring writing style, his ability to go to places that are forbidden to most, and to explore them without hesitation or apology. He is a brilliant writer, and has written some of my favorite books. I highly recommend Galilee and weave World, they are both fantastic, immersive reads.

I’m not sure I have one burning question for him though, but I would love to drink absinth with him and probe his mind on all manner of things, from the origins of life, to the origins of evil, and how he feels about his characters. I would like to know how he says goodbye to them after his novel is over, as I myself felt a sense of sadness when my novel was done.

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows. I don’t know if there is something no one knows. ((Scratches head)). I suppose this will have to do. I hope I don’t wake up to an angry mob holding lit torches in the morning. I don’t like Led Zeplin. There, I said it.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a back pack for company. What three items are in your survival pack? My Nook, some way to charge my Nook, and my glasses so I can see. I have to have something to read or I think I might just go mad.

8. If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be? To fly

9. Favorite snack? This changes depending on my mood. I love trail mix, dried peaches, fruits and of course, chocolate.

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?  Ok, here goes. Get ready to be shocked. I actually don’t drive at all, I never learned how, and somewhere along the way it just became unimportant. I can walk, I can take a taxi, I can take a bus. This has been a form of debate and contention with so many people in my life, and a reason to judge me and put me in a little box labeled “inferior.” I know driving is very useful, but I don’t feel it is something that must be known in order to live a life that is fulfilling.

As far as metaphorically, I don’t think any of us know for sure where we are going. We can make plans and we can prepare, but we have to have faith in ourselves and our higher power as far as how we will get there, or if we will get there.

 

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The Otherling

by Heather M. Walker

Genre:  Paranormal romance

Blurb:

In the deep south of Doltree, Georgia, not everything is what is seems. Long accustomed to life as an outcast, the beautiful and demure Annaleah Grace has learned to stand apart from the crowd with dignity. Being the daughter of a white witch and a white witch herself, living in a town of devout Christians, has earned her more than a few raised eyebrows.

When she meets the handsome, yet snarky, Professor Bainbridge with whom she will be teaching at the local University, everything in her life abruptly changes. Something about him seems intimately familiar to her in a way she can’t totally identify. Even though he’s brusque and intimidating, Annaleah is drawn by his otherworldly eyes and foreign mannerisms.

With the help of angels, both Holy and fallen, she discovers just how unique she truly is. Dreams become a meeting place between this reality and the next, and Professor Sebastian Bainbridge’s true identity is revealed.

When her dreams begin to be more than dreams and she wakes up with Georgia red clay she walked through during a nightmare still wet on her feet, Annaleah knows something intense and powerful is going on, and that somehow, Professor Bainbridge is part of it. She is determined to embrace the profound destiny that awaits her and the Professor, even if that means taking up a sword to fight the Devil himself.

 

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Excerpt:

Sebastian caught Annaleah neatly in his arms, and encircled her in his wings, holding her so close she felt she could melt right into him and together they would burn as one being. Tears came to her then, spilling down her cheeks and falling onto her breasts, a silver light coming from them as they fell. Sebastian opened his wings then and placed a finger under her chin, tilting her head up to look into his mirror eyes. As she saw herself in them, glowing and alive and beautiful, it felt so very right. Sebastian wiped the tears from her eyes, slowly, gently and with great care. His eyes never left hers as he bent his head down, until right before the moment when he caught her lips with his, and everything in the world ceased to exist but their kiss. In that sacred, glorious moment, as their lips pressed together, she was pierced to her heart with all-consuming adoration, and from behind her she felt a great motion, as if she had moved something with a great weight on her back. Confused, and a bit shocked, she broke the kiss, turning to see what was happening behind her.

Sebastian laughed despite her apparent confusion and said, “Oh Annaleah my darling, did you forget?”

Feeling a bit betrayed by his laughter when he could plainly see her distress, Annaleah asked, “Did I forget what?”

At this Sebastian outstretched his magnificent wings to their full height and length, blocking out the sky and the moon hanging therein.

“Your wings Annaleah; you forgot you had wings.”

 

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Heather was born into a military family, and has lived everywhere from Mountain Home, Idaho, to a small town in England called Bloxham. She eventually settled down In LaGrange, Georgia with her partner of 15 years, Billy, her 7 year old daughter Makaylah, and her 4 indoor cats. She considers herself first and foremost, a mother. She enjoys being a writer, a jeweler, a glass artist, a painter, and avid crafter. It has been her life long dream to publish a book, and she has lovingly worked on “The Otherling” in its various stages for almost 3 years. Heather loves to read, mostly horror, fantasy and occult books. She studies angelology, mysticism, Wicca, psychology and the human mind. Her writing goal is to create a book that comes to life in her reader’s hands and minds, and places them there in the middle of the story. It is her deepest wish that “The Otherling”, as well as her other written works, will accomplished this, and make a home in the hearts of all those who read her words.

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeatherMWalker6

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011566055965

Blog: http://heathershappyhaven.com/

 

Link to buy on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Otherling-Heather-M-Walker-ebook/dp/B01DEC2670

 

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Nancy Fraser on Tour: Bewitched

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Nancy Fraser will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC, a second prize of a $5 gift card and a third prize of a digital copy of a novella titled Only Yours to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

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Bewitched

by Nancy Fraser

 

Genre: Vintage (1960s) Historical

Blurb:

Chicago, Fall 1964 Allison Stiles is the epitome of responsibility. Guardian to her two rambunctious younger brothers, she also runs a home daycare. While she doesn’t have time for a vacation, she really needs a diversion. Enter Eric Thomas, her new neighbor. Tall, dark and handsome and just what she needs to get her mind off her responsibilities, even if only for a short time. Moving into the house he inherited from his uncle was not part of Eric Thomas’ plan. Yet, starting a new business ties up a good portion of his capital, so he forgoes the fancy downtown apartment for the quaint Rogers Park neighborhood. Now if he could just get his mind off his sexy neighbor and back on the business at hand.

 

Excerpt:

Allison Stiles gathered up a book by her favorite romance author in one hand and a cup of tea in the other, then crossed the padded alphabet flooring and stepped out onto the enclosed front porch of her Rogers Park home. The neighborhood was old but well kept, the people warm and inviting. The shouts of children playing in the street drew her attention for a brief moment.

She wrapped a thin shawl around her shoulders and settled comfortably into the double-wide porch swing, set her teacup on the nearby window ledge, and opened her book to the first page. Given the week she’d had, she welcomed this chance to unwind, to do nothing but kick back and relax.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do with these two. They’re headed for juvenile hall, I tell you that.”

Principal Garner’s harsh rebuke swirled around inside her head like the colors from a child’s kaleidoscope, forcing her to set aside the book in favor of a sip of calming, herbal tea. As much as she hated to admit it, the man was right. Benny and Phillip were a handful and quickly getting on the edge of her very last nerve.

“We’re sorry, Sis.” Benny’s apology filled her thoughts.

“We didn’t mean to do anything bad. Honest.” Phillip’s younger, softer voice tugged on her heartstrings.

Her brothers’ penchant for trouble and the subsequent call to the principal’s office was just the icing on the cake. She’d spent the entire week wiping runny noses and disinfecting child after child in an effort to keep this first round of seasonal flu from infecting her and everyone around her. She needed more than a cup of tea and a great read. She desperately needed a vacation. Unfortunately, her obligations didn’t allow much down time.

At the very least she needed a distraction of some sort.

The loud slam of a car door and a man’s muttered curse pulled her from this latest bout of self-pity and to the closest window. With the tips of her fingers, she slid the hand-made paper skeleton aside and stared out across her toy-strewn yard.

There in front of her, his arms filled with boxes, minus the one he’d dropped on the ground, stood the most handsome man she’d ever seen. A real-life Adonis, complete with dark, wavy hair and broad shoulders. When he turned toward the porch, she was gifted with an unencumbered view of his narrow hips and taut backside, both of which were encased in a pair of impossibly tight jeans.

She swallowed back the lump in her throat and licked her suddenly-dry lips. As distractions go…this one was darned-near perfect.

 

mediakit_authorphoto_bewitchedAuthor Bio and Links:

Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for four publishers. She has published twenty-two books in both full-length and novella format. Nancy will release her 25th book in early 2017. She is currently working on a Valentine’s Day novella, her next Rock and Roll novella, and a story about a racy Scot titled “Kilty Pleasures”.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

 

Media:

Website: www.nancyfraser.ca

Blog: http://nancyfraser.ca/wordpress/

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Sara R. Turnquist: The General’s Wife

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Sara R. Turnquist will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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The General’s Wife

by Sara R. Turnquist

Genre: Historical Romance

Blurb:

“Go home!” Ismene is speechless as she reads those words written in blood on the walls of her new home. The young, raven-haired Grecian beauty had traveled all the way from her homeland to marry the Pharaoh’s top general. But she never expected this. The hatred of the Alexandrian mob for their Greek rulers is right in front of her. It is the first of many threats she will receive. Things are escalating out of control. Damaged crops and horses turned loose at night are one thing. But when Ismene receives a death threat, it becomes clear that there is a spy within her own household. She would turn to her husband to deal with this issue, except he left for battle by order of the Pharaoh. Not knowing whom to trust, she fears for her safety as well as the entire ruling class of Egypt.

 

Excerpt:

“Can you please take this blindfold off?” Ismene loved surprises, but couldn’t stand the waiting. Alistair had risen early to prepare a special breakfast for them and served her in bed. Then he had told her that he had something special planned for them today—a special place for them to visit.

“Not yet,” Alistair said as he gripped her waist. Their chariot went over a bump which caused him to pull her to him even more tightly. She smiled at the feel of his secure embrace; even after this short time it still caused butterflies in her stomach.

She felt the chariot continue to move down the smooth path with a little rocking here and there as the wheels found imperfections in the road.

“We’re almost there, I promise,” he assured her. His voice was close to her ear and it gave her warm chills. She thought of the feel of those lips on her neck. There wasn’t much time to daydream, though, because, true to his word, it wasn’t much longer before she felt him slow the horses and still the chariot.

“Ready for your surprise?” he asked.

“Yes!” She feigned exasperation.

Only then did he reach up, untie her blindfold, and let it fall. “The great Library of Alexandria.”

 

Author Interview:

Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who? I’ve not really wanted to be someone else. I’ve always strived to be content with who I am and work on myself when I feel that discontentment working its way in. Now, I do sometimes wish I lived in a different time period. Many intrigue me. But I don’t know that I would truly be able to give up the modern conveniences I’ve come to enjoy. Such as air conditioning.

What did you do on your last birthday? My husband surprised me with a small family party…and my favorite cake, of course. I enjoy my family and spending time with them – my parents and my sister and her family.

What part of the writing process do you dread? The middle part…I’m a “pantser”, meaning I “write by the seat of my pants”. I don’t generally do much plotting or outlining beforehand. So, I’ll have the story started and I’m developing the plot, but there in the “middle” it can be wearying to try to maintain the momentum and reach that strong climax.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I do have writer’s block from time to time. I sit down and write anyway. I strongly believe that you have to get the “pump primed” to get the “water flowing”. Once you start writing, really anything, the inspiration will hit you at some point and you can then pick up where you left off. Writer’s prompts are great for overcoming writer’s block. Or writing a “throw away” scene for your characters.

Tell us about your latest release. This is a story about a young woman, Ismene, who is moved from her home in Athens, Greece, to Alexandria, Egypt, to fulfill an arranged marriage to Pharaoh’s highest general. The characters are fictional, with the exception of Pharaoh Ptolemy II and his queen. The story is set during the time after Alexander the Great has conquered most of the known world and died, leaving Egypt controlled by Greek rulers. Ismene has left behind everything she knows, including her first love, to face a stranger for a husband and a place full of foreign things and people. To top it off, it seems that someone does not appreciate her presence in Egypt and will go to great lengths to force her out. Mixed feelings about her new husband and about her new life compound the situation.

 

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Sara is originally from middle TN. After a short stint in Memphis, where she earned a degree in Biology and began a career as both a Zoo Educator and a Sleep Technician, she then followed a dream to work for a large zoo in Orlando, FL as an Educator. Once she and her husband started their family, they moved back to Tennessee. Sara and her husband now enjoy a full life with their three beautiful and very active children. Sara enjoys many creative outlets – singing, piano, drawing, drama, and organizing anything. And even though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara’s great love of the written word continued to draw her to write. She has always been an avid reader and, for many years, has been what she terms a “closet writer”. Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write Historical Fiction. Sara has made several trips overseas to the Czech Republic. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Sara is also a member of the ACFW.

 

How to reach me:

Website/URL: saraturnquist.com

Twitter: @sarat1701

Facebook: Sara R. Turnquist, Author – www.facebook.com/authorsararturnquist

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/saravturnquist/

 

Buy Links:

Amazon:

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Barnes & Noble:

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Vicki Batman on Tour: Temporarily Insane

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Vicki Batman will be awarding a $75 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

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Temporarily Insane

by Vicki Batman

Genre: romantic comedy mystery

Blurb:

No man. Bad job. And Murder. Hattie Cooks is still searching for her dream job and one might be available…in the Big Apple, far from friends, family, and Allan Wellborn, the man who still makes her heart race. In the meantime, she finds temporary employment at an accounting firm where two auditor friends turn up dead.

Detective Allan Wellborn dropped Hattie for Blonde Bimbo who, coincidentally, is employed at NLB where fishy things are taking place. When Allan interviews Hattie, he must determine why all signs point to her as a suspect.

Can Hattie discover why Allan dumped her and who is murdering auditors before death strikes again?

 

Excerpt:

“We need to cover the ground rules.”

“Ground rules?” His brow vee-ed. “Is this normal?”

“Absolutely.” I nodded. “The ground rules are: No kissing. No hugging. No whispering lovey-dovey stuff in my ear. No nothing. Understand?”

“I understand, but I thought people in love do this.”

“Let’s set the record straight right now—we are not in love. And here’s another rule: don’t speak to anyone.”

“Don’t talk to anyone—why not?”

Noticing the bizarre look on his face, I relented. “Okay, you can talk. Just say one sentence.”

“Is this a weird family thing?”

“Nope. It’s a Hattie-who-is-being-nice thing.”

 

MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_TemporarilyInsaneAuthor Bio and Links:

Award-winning author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, a romantic comedy mystery to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Cat fancier. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??

Find Author at:

Website: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1ipdLkv

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VickiBatman/

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vickibatman/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4814608.Vicki_Batman/

Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman

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Email: vlmbatman@hotmail.com

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Robert E. Dunn and Mary SanGiovanni: A Living Grave / Chills

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The authors will be awarding digital copies of both books on tour to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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A Living Grave

by Robert Dunn

GENRE: Mystery

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The first in a gritty new series featuring sheriff’s detective Katrina Williams, as she investigates moonshine, murder, and the ghosts of her own past…

BODY OF PROOF

Katrina Williams left the Army ten years ago disillusioned and damaged. Now a sheriff’s detective at home in the Missouri Ozarks, Katrina is living her life one case at a time—between mandated therapy sessions—until she learns that she’s a suspect in a military investigation with ties to her painful past.

The disappearance of a local girl is far from the routine distraction, however. Brutally murdered, the girl’s corpse is found by a bottlegger whose information leads Katrina into a tangled web of teenagers, moonshiners, motorcycle clubs, and a fellow veteran battling illness and his own personal demons. Unraveling each thread will take time Katrina might not have as the Army investigator turns his searchlight on the devastating incident that ended her military career. Now Katrina will need to dig deep for the truth—before she’s found buried…

 

Excerpt:

A Living Grave

“I know your Uncle Orson,” he said. “Been fishing with him more times than I can remember.”

I crouched to be close to the ground and kept poking around the body with my stick, then sketching things in the pad. Clare’s talk was actually soothing to hear. Normal, even though he was doing it to keep his mind off of something not normal in his life at all.

“Your daddy too. Way back when.”

I think I nodded, reacting more to the sound than his words. Tossing my stick aside, I stood, then circled the body. Each time I stopped I added to my sketches. I had to force myself to look into the face. Into where the face had been. I sketched. Then I looked away. I sketched her hair. Then I looked away.

“There are monsters in the woods,” Clare said, his back still to me. I was listening then. “It used to be a joke. When I was a kid, people talked about Momo, the Missouri monster. It was like a local Bigfoot. But the real monsters are people, aren’t they?”

I didn’t answer him.

“Perverts.” He spit the word out. “Monsters that do that to children. There isn’t hate big enough for them nor a hell deep enough. This will rile some people up. He lives in one of those piece-of-crap mobile homes in that big development off of F Highway. You know, over by the McKenna farm.”

“Who does?” I had stopped writing and was paying very close attention to Mr. Bolin at that point.

 

robert-dunnAUTHOR Bio and Links:

Robert Dunn is the author of the novels The Red Highway, The Dead Ground, and Behind the Darkness. He can be found online at robertdunnauthor.blogspot.com or on Twitter at @WritingDead.

Author Links:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WritingDead

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Chills

By Mary SanGiovanni

GENRE: Horror

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“True Detective” meets H.P. Lovecraft in this chilling novel of murder, mystery, and slow-mounting dread from acclaimed author Mary SanGiovanni . . .

It begins with a freak snowstorm in May. Hit hardest is the rural town of Colby, Connecticut. Schools and businesses are closed, powerlines are down, and police detective Jack Glazier has found a body in the snow. It appears to be the victim of a bizarre ritual murder. It won’t be the last. As the snow piles up, so do the sacrifices. Cut off from the rest of the world, Glazier teams up with an occult crime specialist to uncover a secret society hiding in their midst.

The gods they worship are unthinkable. The powers they summon are unstoppable. And the things they will do to the good people of Colby are utterly, horribly unspeakable…

 

mary-sangiovanniAUTHOR Bio and Links:

Mary SanGiovanni is the author of the Bram Stoker nominated novel The Hollower, its sequels Found You and The Triumvirate, Thrall, and Chaos, as well as the novellas For Emmy, Possessing Amy, and The Fading Place, as well as numerous short stories. She has been writing fiction for over a decade, has a masters in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University, and is a member of The Authors Guild, Penn Writers, and International Thriller Writers. Her website is marysangiovanni.com.

 

Author Links:

Website: http://www.marysangiovanni.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mary-SanGiovanni-225037604189147/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/marysangiovanni

 

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