Deco Dames, Demon Rum and Death (Jazz Age Mystery Series)

 

Welcome to Defining Ways, Ellen Mansoor Collier.

  • Your book covers are a beautiful example of Art Deco. What made you interested in the 1920? Thank you! I couldn’t decide between illustrated Deco covers or covers with vintage photos/images so I did both—and it’s made my life very complicated, lol.  Between journalism jobs, I worked for two interior designers/ antique dealers and loved the sleek style of Art Deco: the fashions, furniture, cars, purses, accessories, architecture. As I learned more about the era, I realized how important it was socially for women, giving them liberation and opportunity. When women gained the right to vote, they felt free to work, go to college, drive, create. My grandmother earned a college degree and became a teacher, like my mother, who taught high school World History.
  • Are you from Galveston? I ask because my grandparents lived there for a year or two in the 1920s. How cool! How’d they end up in Galveston?  I grew up in Houston and Galveston was the go-to place for summer vacations, beach parties, honeymoons. In high school, a group of us ate at Gaido’s famed seafood restaurant on the Seawall (mentioned in DECO DAMES) before a formal dance—the drive then only took an hour, while today it can take at least two in traffic.
  • How many books are in your series? 5 total—DECO DAMES will be my last in the series, unless Amazon or Netflix come calling!
  • Is rum the base for your favorite drinks? What is your favorite 1920s drink?  I’m not a big drinker, but I’d like to sample a few! I do enjoy pina coladas—aren’t they made with rum? As a Texan, I’m partial to margaritas, particularly mango or raspberry.
  • How old are the male characters in your books and why?  My male protagonists, Sammy, Agent Burton, Nathan and the cub reporters, tend to be young, early to late 20s, the gangsters are in their 20s-30s, but the older reporters/ editors/gangsters are in their 50s.  I wanted to show the contrast of the young, naive, impulsive and inexperienced men between the older, jaded and not always wiser males (Mack, the senior journalist/some gang leaders).
  • How old are the female protagonists in your books and why? My female protagonists, Jazz and Amanda, tend to be young, early 20s, but Aunt Eva is roughly mid-30s and Jazz’s boss, Mrs. Harper is in her 50s. Jazz Cross, my heroine, and the younger women are at the stage where they’re rebelling against the status quo and trying to find their place in society.
  • Can you share some of the things that impacted you most in your research of the era?   Despite their new-found freedoms, many women remained stuck in the Victorian era (Aunt Eva), depending on men to give them support and status. Sadly, lots of men refused to accept the changing times and insisted women should become or remain homemakers and not find jobs outside of the home.
  • Best wishes for the greatest success with all your books.  Many thanks for featuring my Jazz Age series and all the great questions! Ellen
About the Book 
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Decodame Press (December 28, 2018)
When young Galveston Gazette society reporter Jazz Cross hears rumors of grave robbers at the Broadway Cemetery, she and photographer Nathan Blaine investigate, hoping to land a scoop. The newshawks witness meetings held by clandestine gangs and enlist the help of her beau, Prohibition Agent James Burton, who attempts to catch the elusive culprits red-handed.
Meanwhile, the supernatural craze takes Galveston by storm, and Jazz is assigned to profile the society set’s favorite fortune teller, Madame Farushka. Sightings of a ghost bride haunting the Hotel Galvez intrigue Jazz, who sets up a Ouija board reading and séance with the spiritualist. Did the bride-to-be drown herself—or was she murdered?
Luckily, Sammy Cook, her black-sheep half-brother, has escaped the Downtown Gang and now acts as the maître d’ for the Hollywood Dinner Club, owned by rival Beach Gang leaders. During a booze bust, the Downtown Gang’s mob boss, Johnny Jack Nounes, is caught and Jazz worries: will Sammy be forced to testify against his former boss? Worse, when a mystery man turns up dead, Sammy is framed for murder and Jazz must solve both murders and help clear Sammy’s name.
As the turf war between rival gangs rages on, Jazz relies on her wits and moxie to rescue her brother and her friends before the Downtown Gang exacts its revenge.
 
Ellen Mansoor Collier is a Houston-based freelance magazine writer/editor whose articles and essays have been published in several national magazines, including: FAMILY CIRCLE, MODERN BRIDE, GLAMOUR, BIOGRAPHY, COSMO, PLAYGIRL, etc. Several of her short stories have appeared in WOMAN’S WORLD. She’s profiled a variety of people, from CEOs and celebrities (including Suze Orman), to charity founders (Nancy Brinker et al) and do-gooders. A flapper at heart, she’s the owner of DECODAME, specializing in Deco to retro vintage items. (www.deco-dame.com)
 
Formerly she’s worked as a magazine editor, and in advertising and public relations (plus endured a hectic semester as a substitute teacher). She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Magazine Journalism, where she enjoyed frou-frou cocktails and lots of lattes. When she’s not concocting stories, she enjoys traveling, shopping at flea markets, listening to instrumental jazz, reading cozy mysteries (of course) and taking walks with her husband Gary and hyper Chow mixes (Coco and Champagne).

 

 
 

 

The Immortals The Immortal Brotherhood Book 1 a Paranormal Fantasy by Alesha Escobar & H.M. Jones

The Immortals
The Immortal Brotherhood Book 1
by Alesha Escobar & H.M. Jones
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Raina Black steals treasures from warlords, spies on governments and
corporations, and sleeps like a baby at night. But after a
particularly rough job where she inexplicably wakes up in a tomb in
Cairo, things get weird.
First, Noah Mason, a man she swears she saw die, approaches her, claiming to
be a demon hunter. Then, Noah insists she must fulfill her family
legacy by helping him restore the Immortal Brotherhood…before all
hell breaks loose.
But Raina wants no part of it. Going up against dark supernatural forces
is above her pay grade. However, when the promise of a cure for her
terminally ill sister hangs in the balance, Raina decides that the
Immortal Brotherhood could solve her problems.
Between dodging bounty hunters, non-sparkly vampires, and Noah Mason’s
smoldering gaze, Raina has to use her skill and wit to pull off the
most dangerous job she’s ever taken on.
**Only .99 cents!!**
A Discovery of Faeries
The Immortal Brotherhood Book 2

When Noah Mason’s boss ventures into Faerieland and doesn’t return, he
figures he ought to get her back before apocalyptic chaos reigns.

Lady Arabella is the only person on earth who can open and shut doorways
to the mythical land of magic and terror, and if her power falls into
the wrong hands, everyone’s screwed.
But, he’s not going alone.
The raven-haired Raina Black with her powerful Seer Stone is by his side,
joined by Chinonso the Reaper and Thomas the Time Traveler.
Unfortunately, they all must tolerate Raina’s double-crossing
sister Trixie, as well. After her brush with dark magic, they
don’t trust her to be left alone, and her gift with sorcery may
come in handy.
In this second installment, the Immortal Brotherhood faces down
otherworldly creatures, trying not to bring on the wrath of the
Faerie Queen, while also outmaneuvering a secret society
seeking to possess powers never meant for men. Throw into the mix a
bloodthirsty serial killer with dangerous magic at his command, and
the Brotherhood has their work cut out for them.
**Only .99 cents!!**
Alesha Escobar writes fantasy to support her chocolate habit. She enjoys
reading everything from Tolkien and the Dresden Files, to the
Hellblazer comics and classic literature. She’s the author of the
bestselling Gray Tower Trilogy, an action-packed supernatural
thriller set in an alternate World War II. The trilogy hit the
bestsellers lists at Amazon (Top 60 in the entire Kindle store), as
well as iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble online, and Amazon UK.
Alesha is also the co-author of the bestselling Aria Knight Chronicles and
Immortal Brotherhood series.
Besides being a loving warrior mom to her six children, she enjoys crafts,
consuming more coffee than is necessary, and spending time with her
husband Luis, a 20-year art veteran for The Simpsons television show.
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Monsterland Monsterland Series Book 1 by Michael Okon

Genre: YA Horror
Welcome to Monsterland—the scariest place on Earth.
Wyatt Baldwin’s senior year is not going well. His parents divorce, then
his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his
new stepfather, Carter White, either. An ongoing debate with his best
friends Melvin and Howard Drucker over which monster is superior has
gotten stale. He’d much rather spend his days with beautiful and
popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high-school
quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn’t stand a chance.
But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend
the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where
guests can interact with vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by
werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.
With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions,
what could possibly go wrong?
Monsterland Reanimated
Monsterland Series Book 2
After Monsterland has imploded, the entire world is thrown into chaos.
World leadership is gone, economies have collapsed, and
communications are non-existent. Wyatt must go beyond the boundaries
of his small town to reestablish contact with the outside world, and
alert the government about a traitor-in-chief.
During his journey he discovers a new threat released
from the bowels of the defunct theme park.
When an army of relentless mummies, a life-sucking ooze called The Glob,
and a hybrid reanimated Behemoth rise from the depths of Monsterland,
who will survive?
“Another true gem of dark fantasy action/adventure by a master of the genre,
Michael Okon’s “Monsterland Reanimated” is unreservedly
recommended for community library Contemporary Fantasy Fiction
collections.” – Midwest Book Review
Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance.
Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.
Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

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A Life Singular A Life Singular Series Book 1 by Lorraine Pestell Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

In essence a love story, “A Life Singular” is a seven-part
contemporary fiction serial.
The books’ themes are triumph over mental illness, the choices we make
between right and wrong, and how one affects the other over the
relentless passage of time. Sales proceeds go to two Australian
non-profit organisations assisting young people with their education:
EdConnect Australia and The Smith Family.
Dealing with some of the more complex social justice issues of our age, the
universal theme of love and our fascination for celebrity spirit the
reader behind the scenes of a superstar family who are plunged into
grief, proving that there are always many sides to a story we see in
the media. The important events in our public lives are always
overshadowed by the backstory’s real truth.
A Life Singular
A Life Singular Series Book 1
by Lorraine Pestell
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

First in Epic 7-part Serial: Love and Loss, Celebrity and Secrets

The Endless Pursuit of Love and Wisdom

What do you do when you lose the one who gave your life meaning? You write
about it. You tell the world how amazing it is to love and be loved
by someone so special, what love helps you achieve and how it makes
you stronger.
Jeff Diamond had built a life of influence, adulation and wealth by making
the right choices for the right reasons. He lived by the law of
reciprocity, a lesson learned on the streets as a teenager with
nothing but an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Plagued by the
scars of a violent childhood, he created his vision and fought for
it. And once he no longer needed to fight for himself, he fought for others.
Yet when Jeff’s dream girl was taken from him and their children by the
ignorant act of a jealous misfit from his own home town, the
millionnaire realised just how far he had come. Why had he succeeded
when so many like him fail? It wasn’t complicated. The secret lay
in the endless pursuit of love and wisdom; life’s two magic
ingredients. Now Lynn was gone, he resolved to use his remaining days
to account for their life in a way that would inspire young people to
make his type of choice rather than García’s.
Then after their story was written, he would be free to go after her, to
begin the whole incredible journey over again. Everyone has a life
singular: one; unique; extraordinary.
A Life Found
A Life Singular Series Book 2
Writing an autobiography on behalf of someone else presented Jeff with an
interesting dilemma. Did he make assumptions about what Lynn would
have included, or should he restrict her contribution to direct
quotes from her letters and diaries? He had their kids to protect,
and her parents…
As he worked through the huge amount of material available in the press
about their life as it had taken shape, interlacing it with highly
personal stories, the widower crafted chapter after chapter of
memories, both happy and heartbreaking. If this was to be a true
account of their partnership, he owed it to the memory of his
beautiful best friend to cover so much more than what was already on
public record.
When it came to adding his own reminiscences of those early months, about
meeting someone he already knew intimately, Jeff had no difficulty in
recalling every single, vivid moment. Entire conversations came back
to him, sometimes word for word, rushing through his fingers and into
the computer.
Photographs prompted him too, as did the treasured possessions that surrounded
him, like the old leather jacket he had received on his twentieth
birthday. Lynn had left him shortly after that, just like she had
left him now. The pull of being together again was unrelenting, but
Jeff hung on to the dream that their life singular would one day
resume. Once their story had been told.
A Life Entwined
A Life Singular Series Book 3
Writing an autobiography on behalf of someone else presented Jeff with an
interesting dilemma. Did he make assumptions about what Lynn would
have included, or should he restrict her contribution to direct
quotes from her letters and diaries? He had their kids to protect,
and her parents.
Fame and fortune beckoned. Jeff Diamond was a success, whatever that
meant. Fans followed him everywhere, reporters and photographers hid
around every corner and journalists recorded his many indiscretions.
A whole different world to the downtrodden streets of Sydney’s
south-west, where vices were satisfied by using people to one’s
best advantage.
The star had more money than he could spend, his opinion suddenly
counted, and the opportunities to feed his ever-hungry mind were
plentiful. Yet the demons continued to torment him, no longer
protected by the guardian angel who had been spirited away as soon as
her family found out who Jeff Diamond was and where he had come from.
Suddenly the ambitious businessman and philanthropist found himself in the
fight of his life. He would win Lynn’s heart by showing her father
he was worthy, and by convincing his dream girl that they had
something worth fighting for. Would she risk throwing her privileged
lifestyle away for a man whose public persona depended on alcohol,
drugs and a string of pretty girls?
Jeff had nothing to lose. The trappings of his new life held little
significance until the soul-mates were reunited. This was where their
life singular really began. Up until this point, there had only been
playtime. Now they must step up and take responsibility. It was up to them.
A Life Lived
A Life Singular Series Book 4
So this was it! Lynn and Jeff, two celebrities driven to change the
world together, had grasped their life singular with both hands and
were not about to let go. They had the Midas touch, gifted through
the virtues of reciprocity and a deepening understanding of right
versus wrong.
The prospect of turning two into four, mirroring the black jetstone ring
that lived on the handsome man’s right hand, filled the couple with
excitement. Never in his wildest dreams had the no-good street kid
imagined himself as a father. His own had given him nothing. So much
less than nothing, in fact.
Should Jeff settle that score? Was it worth disturbing the paradise they had
planned, where their well-established careers showed no sign of
slowing down and their hard work yielded so much for so many?
Surfacing past wrongs and holding people to account for setting them
right were part and parcel of letting go, his dream girl had
insisted. And who was he to argue? She had been right all along.
As the book’s extraordinary chapters continued to document the
achievements of their life singular, the solitary author cried and
smiled in equal measure through the arrival of a small boy with
blond, curly hair and the sultry gipsy girl who could see inside his
soul from the moment she was born. Lynn had given him two new friends
who must now be steered through their young lives, learning their own
lessons about the endless pursuit of love and wisdom.
A Life Tested
A Life Singular Series Book 5
The world was an enormous place; full of good and evil, beauty and
ugliness, wonder and despair. Sometimes all seemed lost, returning
from the latest round of negotiations and attempting to balance the
surreal career of a chart-topping musician with the demands of an
advocate for those discarded by mainstream society. With every
problem the Diamonds worked to solve, a new one would be right around
the corner.
All was not lost, however. Unity and liberty, the
twin spirits living in two perfect beings waiting for him at home,
were all Jeff needed to spur him on. They would one day inherit the
world which he and his beautiful best friend were intent on changing
for the better, along with the millions of others who wrote to the
couple every day, seeking ever more of their energy, time and money.
The tired author kept reverting to the theme of
reciprocity. We should never take more than we give. If only they
could convince enough people of their byword… It was right that the
struggle should never end. What would he do if it did? There was no
room for self-satisfied fat cats in their life singular. What sort of
example might that set for those who must follow?
Lynn had departed, the children were growing stronger now, and the widower
heard the clock ticking night after night after night. Still with so
many amazing experiences to recount, the lost boy knew his dream girl
couldn’t wait forever. He was grateful for this opportunity to set
the record straight, but gratitude could only take him so far.
A Life Loved
A Life Singular Series Book 6
Lynn Dyson and Jeff Diamond had become the celebrity couple with the Midas
touch. With their son showing every sign of fulfilling his sporting
destiny and a teenaged daughter who was already driven to right the
world’s wrongs, they were showered with accolades and adoration
from every corner of the globe.
How had this nobody from the
wrong side of the tracks got so lucky? With his dream girl by his
side every step of the way, the superstar’s multi-faceted career
knew no bounds. Politicians clamoured for photo-opportunities, the
press hung on his every word and the success of their business empire
funnelled millions of dollars into worthy causes.
No wonder they had been an assassination target! Jeff’s autobiography
foretold this omen with twenty-twenty hindsight, his open wounds
smarting with each obvious opulent and outspoken occasion. “The
higher you climb, the harder you fall.” This tedious cliché rang
true for the father as he captured his teenagers’ many exploits for
posterity. He and Lynn had dared to scale enormous heights, paying
the ultimate price far too soon.
Had it all been worth it?
The book held these secrets, painstakingly transcribed by a man who
couldn’t wait to find out what was to come. Whether taken from his
lover’s journals, the children’s memories or the cataclysm of
poetry pouring from his lonely heart, the months leading up to his
next challenge had legitimised every decision the forever couple had
ever made.
He only hoped the same good fortune would hold true in the next lifetime.
A Life After
A Life Singular Series Book 7
“Their Handbook For Life Was Complete. Not A Cast-Iron Guarantee, But
A Good Start For Anyone Looking For Answers. The Rest Was Up To
Its Readers To Make Their Own Life Singular. Jeff Diamond
Sealed The Envelope On His Manuscript, Content That He Had Fully
Accounted For The Life That Had Brought Him To Where He Was Today.
Alone.
Lynn Would Be Pleased With The Way Their Autobiography Had Turned Out,
Complete With A Carefully Selected Set Of Photographs And Proof-Read
From Cover To Cover By Their Gorgeous Daughter.
It was now time to finish things off properly, and that began by
acknowledging the mate who had stood by Jeff for almost thirty
years. Gerry Blake had been his squash partner, his manager,
his drinking buddy and his best man through the whole incredible
journey, in so many ways his alter-ego. He was now getting
married for the first time at forty-seven years old, no doubt spooked
by what had happened to his old friend.
The thankful billionnaire and the ghost living inside his heart were
determined to give Gerry and his new wife the very best send-off,
before continuing on their own quest for reunion. Would they
find a way to be together again? And how would the kids know to
keep telling their singular story?
Book 7 in the series is twinned with “Le Roi se meurt (The
King is Dead)”
by Eugène Ionesco.
Available December 2019.”
Lorraine Pestell was born in London and has had a successful IT career in the
UK, US, Europe, Singapore, and more recently Australia. Lorraine is a
life-long sufferer of Clinical Depression and Post-traumatic Stress
Disorder. She began using writing as therapy, attempting to find her
place in the world. “A Life Singular” soon developed into
an epic family saga, with the first book published in 2013. She
currently resides in Central Victoria with her rescued Belgian
Shepherd, Nikki.
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Love, Lies, and Azure Eyes by Janis Thornton

 

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Welcome to ❧Defining Ways❧  Annie Sinclair.

Q: Have you previously encountered more than one ghost, or earthbound spirit, in your life?

A: Before my dead classmates, Shelayne Goodnight and Johnny Lange, materialized in front of my eyes and scared the spit out of me, I had never encountered a ghost. I think that’s because prior to them sneaking up on me, no dead person had ever deemed me their ticket out of purgatory.

When you read “Love, Lies, and Azure Eyes” you will see why the ghosts of my former school chums tasked me with digging up the truth behind their deaths. Once I did, they were finally able to sever the ties binding them to earth and move into the light.

We’ve all heard the saying, “Life isn’t fair,” but after my stint as a reluctant “ghost whisperer,” I can tell you death isn’t fair either. I’m proud I could help Shelayne and Johnny cross over, but I sure hope they closed the door behind them. Securely. I do not want them — or any other troubled spirits — to pop in on me like that ever again!

Q: Your hometown Logan Point, Indiana, is described as small, so how many people live there?

A: That’s a good question, and I’m glad you asked. At the start of “Love, Lies, and Azure Eyes,” Logan Point’s population was 5,106. But by the Epilogue, that number had changed to 5,107. Isn’t that nice? Logan Point is growing!

Q: Do people live and work in Logan Point or do people commute?

A: Fifty years ago, very few Logan Point residents had to commute to metropolitan areas for work. Prior to that, the town enjoyed a robust manufacturing base and a vibrant Main Street. But after the advent of super highways and big-box stores, Logan Point’s self-sufficiency all but vanished, breadwinners were forced to earn their paychecks elsewhere, and Logan Point became a bedroom community. These days, however, Logan Point’s welcoming, small-town ambiance is attracting newcomers, who are moving in, while natives like me are coming home. Thanks to our combined resources, Logan Point is reinventing itself as a desirable destination, and my hometown is booming again.

 

Q: Did you travel to the past to reach a future, or did the past beckon you to return?

A: That’s another excellent question. Prior to my last trip home, I would only return to Logan Point if I absolutely had to. I felt like I’d outgrown my sleepy, little hometown the day I left for college. I never missed it. But then, something changed when two things brought me home: 1. A major writing assignment that I hoped would revive my dying career; and 2. A cryptic message from Dad — “I need you home so I can discuss some bidness with you.” … Less than two weeks later, the writing assignment led me to Mr. Right, and my dad’s “bidness” led to our long-overdue reconciliation. So it was the past that brought me home, and the promise of the future is keeping me there.

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: A girl has to watch her weight, you know. So I stay away from my most favorite dish in the whole world — white cake with buttercream icing. With sprinkles. OMG! Just typing those words has made my mouth water, my heart race, and my stomach growl. Ummm … excuse me while I run out to White’s Market and Bakery. Be back in 20 minutes. I’ll bring you one, too.

Q: Do you miss the West Coast, or could the Midwest charm you back into residing there?

A: Indeed, the Midwest is charming, but it wasn’t what brought me back. I will always miss the West Coast, but Logan Point is where my heart is.

Q: Anything else we should know?

A: Yes … I want you and your readers to know that I’m enormously grateful for this opportunity to tell you a bit about how I helped the ghost of Johnny Lange prove he wasn’t the one who killed our classmate, Shelayne Goodnight, 25 years before; and how he turned the tables and taught me to trust again and open my heart to love. THANK YOU!

Janis Thornton Contact Info:

Website:  http://www.janis-thornton.com

Blog:  http://www.janis-thornton.com/blog

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/janisthorntonauthor

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Janis-Thornton/e/B00E5UTSFY/

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About the Book

Love, Lies, and Azure Eyes
Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Soul Mate Publishing, LLC (June 12, 2019)
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Elated by Annie’s response, Johnny caved to his impulse and pressed his mouth to her sweet lips, sparking a surge of electricity that ricocheted through his entire body, and for one glorious moment swept him up in a wave of emotion that meteorically whisked him to the edge of the universe, past swirling spirals of brightly burning stars — white dwarfs, red giants, entire galaxies. Caught in the rapture, he shed his cocoon of darkness and experienced the light — the wonderful, warm, life-affirming light. He reveled in it, felt alive. He almost believed he was. Almost.
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West Coast journalist Annie Sinclair’s career, not to mention her love life, has been on the skids far too long, when she returns to Logan Point, her small, Indiana hometown. She’s back to make amends with her elderly father, and to delve into the 25-year-old, unsolved murder of her high school classmate for a writing gig with a national tabloid.
Annie’s plans soon go awry, and her mettle is tested — first when her father warns her against digging into the past; and again, when she meets the Logan Point Ledger’s handsome, but exasperating, new editor; and again still, when she reconnects with her first love, who clearly wants to rekindle what once was.
But Annie’s most arduous test appears in the form of the earthbound spirit of a boy she once knew — the boy with the azure eyes accused of the murder she is looking into. He needs her to prove his innocence, so he can break the ties that bind him to the darkness. In exchange, he will set Annie free to realize that the love she yearns for is just within her reach … if only she will open her heart.
About the Author
Janis Thornton is the author of a true crime/oral history/memoir, Too Good a Girl, as well as two cozy mysteries,Dust Bunnies & Dead Bodies and Dead Air & Double Dares. She also 

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is the author of two local history books and contributor to Undeniably Indiana. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Authors Guild, and the Indianapolis Writers Center. She lives in her Indiana hometown in the same house where she grew up.
 
Author LinksWebsite: www.janis-thornton.com
Twitter: @JanisThornton
Purchase Link  Amazon
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Love, Lies, and Azure Eyes by Janis Thornton CHARACTER INTERVIEW

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About the Book

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Soul Mate Publishing, LLC (June 12, 2019)
Print Length: 267 pages
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Elated by Annie’s response, Johnny caved to his impulse and pressed his mouth to her sweet lips, sparking a surge of electricity that ricocheted through his entire body, and for one glorious moment swept him up in a wave of emotion that meteorically whisked him to the edge of the universe, past swirling spirals of brightly burning stars — white dwarfs, red giants, entire galaxies. Caught in the rapture, he shed his cocoon of darkness and experienced the light — the wonderful, warm, life-affirming light. He reveled in it, felt alive. He almost believed he was. Almost.

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West Coast journalist Annie Sinclair’s career, not to mention her love life, has been on the skids far too long, when she returns to Logan Point, her small, Indiana hometown. She’s back to make amends with her elderly father, and to delve into the 25-year-old, unsolved murder of her high school classmate for a writing gig with a national tabloid.

Annie’s plans soon go awry, and her mettle is tested — first when her father warns her against digging into the past; and again, when she meets the Logan Point Ledger’s handsome, but exasperating, new editor; and again still, when she reconnects with her first love, who clearly wants to rekindle what once was.

But Annie’s most arduous test appears in the form of the earthbound spirit of a boy she once knew — the boy with the azure eyes accused of the murder she is looking into. He needs her to prove his innocence, so he can break the ties that bind him to the darkness. In exchange, he will set Annie free to realize that the love she yearns for is just within her reach … if only she will open her heart.

About the Author

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Janis Thornton is the author of a true crime/oral history/memoir, Too Good a Girl, as well as two cozy mysteries,Dust Bunnies & Dead Bodies and Dead Air & Double Dares. She also is the author of two local history books and contributor to Undeniably Indiana. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Authors Guild, and the Indianapolis Writers Center. She lives in her Indiana hometown in the same house where she grew up.

Author Links

Website: www.janis-thornton.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janisthorntonauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JanisThornton
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6482161.Janis_Thornton

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The Breach: Devon The Guardian Series Book One by C M Bethell

The Breach: Devon
The Guardian Series Book One
by C M Bethell
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Light Paranormal
A suspenseful narrative of good and evil wrapped in parallel worlds
with a unique love story, strong friendships, and glimpses of family
ties with twists and turns…is the bonding legend of the Anam Cara real?
“Devon Conchobar, a Celtic Guardian of Odin, a parallel world to Earth,
carries a dark secret which now confronts him as he endeavors, with
the help of his Guardian brothers, to prevent another portal breach
that could destroy everything and everyone he loves, including strong
willed Keira Cathbadh, with whom he experiences what could be the
legendary bonding of the Anam Cara. Was it real, or his imagination?
Keira Cathbadh, lost her mother and father the majority of her Clan, in a
portal breach on Odin. Devastated, she became the defacto leader of a
small band of survivors, guiding them to a new life on Earth. Her
determination to keep them safe and record their historical library
leads her to an unexpected encounter with the one man who can help
her face a new enemy and possibly open her heart. But will Keira be
able to forgive Devon’s secret? Or resist the bond of the Anam Cara?
C. M. Bethell is an avid traveler and voracious reader of multiple
genres with interests in Celtic myths, shapeshifters, vampires,
parallel worlds, Guardians and immortals. Her current series is based
on Anam Cara lore with a touch of romantic suspense and a little
paranormal thrown into the mix. Bethell enters a new journey as a
writer and invites you to come – Enter My World…

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Monsterland Monsterland Series Book 1 by Michael Okon

 

Monsterland
Monsterland Series Book 1
by Michael Okon
Genre: YA Horror

Welcome to Monsterland—the scariest place on Earth.

Wyatt Baldwin’s senior year is not going well. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. An ongoing debate with his best friends Melvin and Howard Drucker over which monster is superior has gotten stale. He’d much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn’t stand a chance.

But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can interact with vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

Monsterland Reanimated
Monsterland Series Book 2

After Monsterland has imploded, the entire world is thrown into chaos. World leadership is gone, economies have collapsed, and communications are non-existent. Wyatt must go beyond the boundaries of his small town to reestablish contact with the outside world, and alert the government about a traitor-in-chief. 

During his journey he discovers a new threat released from the bowels of the defunct theme park.

When an army of relentless mummies, a life-sucking ooze called The Glob, and a hybrid reanimated Behemoth rise from the depths of Monsterland, who will survive?

“Another true gem of dark fantasy action/adventure by a master of the genre, Michael Okon’s “Monsterland Reanimated” is unreservedly recommended for community library Contemporary Fantasy Fictio

 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW; MJ O’Neill author of The Corpse Wore Stilettos

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About the Author

As the owner of a boutique chocolate factory in Atlanta, MJ O’Neill loves to write lighthearted, romantic mysteries with a sweet twist. She has a degree in business communications from North Carolina State University. When she’s not spinning a sweet yarn or creating delicious confections, she spends time with her husband, their kids, a hyperactive cocker spaniel named Devo (after the band), a princess tabby cat named Twilight (before the book stole her name) and a collection of stray fish. The whole gang can be found tooling around the back roads of the South in their RV where MJ uses the downtime to hatch her next sweet plot.

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 1)  SHOES? Are they a passion? I Love how you use the stilettos in in tittle and graphics. Please tell us about your first favorite pair of shoes as a kid.

A few years ago I wouldn’t have said that I was a “shoe” person. Then we went to move and I realized that 5 large packed boxes of nothing but shoes probably meant that I should be in Shoes Anonymous. Hi, my name is MJ and I am a shoe-a-holic. But my taste don’t run quite as extravagant as Kat’s. I’m an equal opportunity shoe hoarder and have never really met a pair of shoes that I didn’t like. I appreciate the practicality of hiking boots (that should also be allowed to be stylish) and now that I live in Hotlanta I own more pairs of sandals than is probably healthy for my pocket book.

Looking back, I have to say that my obsession started young. My first pair of coveted shoes were my black and white Mary Janes. We weren’t well off growing up and a new pair of shoes was a treat, so when my Grandma, who I didn’t see often, showed up for holiday with a pair of shiny new Mary Janes in tow, I was smitten.

2) What steered you to cozies? I am a huge Miss Marple fan, are you?

Oh my goodness, I love a good puzzle! I’m a severe dyslexic. Growing up, reading was extremely difficult. I fought it every step of the way. Until I stumbled onto Trixie Belden. Then I was in heaven and couldn’t get enough. As an adult, cozies were a good follow-on. I read voraciously now in all genres, but cozies usually have a nice mix of fun, family, mayhem, mystery and a real sense of place. It’s world building in a different way and I love to be immersed. Steamy romances are also a guilty pleasure.

3) Coffee, Tea or stronger when writing?

Haha. It depends on the phase, right? Tea for first ideation, coffee for deadlines, and whisky for editor edits. Seriously, though, (because coffee is serious business), I own a chocolate café. I make and consume an unhealthy amount of mochas. White chocolate for writers block, dark chocolate when I’m on a roll…

I recently participated in CozyMysteryMay Drink of choice was day 26 and I put together this collage of my drinking vice

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4) Are you a plotter or a pantser?

As a certified project manager (or a PiMP as my daughter says) I don’t understand pantsers. I know they are out there in the world. I have met many of them and they are all fine people except for the need not to plot. My character Kat definitely gets that from me – there should be outline and task lists and special notebooks where it can all be color coded and stored. My story boards are more like art.

Although, I will say, I’m a loose plotter. I think you have to be in mysteries in order to lay the ground work for clues.

5) Do you have a special writing corner?

Yes! And someday I hope get to actually write there. J Many days chapters get done while I’m waiting for chocolate to dry, so my laptop is set up on a counter at our chocolate shop. But my writing corners at home are both very lovely. One is on the screen porch and the other is a cozy corner in our bedroom that just for me that has a lovely yellow credenza.

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6) Do you write every day?

Yes and no. My life essentially has two seasons – Writing season and Chocolate Season. Chocolate season runs from about October through Mother’s Day. Not much writing happens then. Writing season is when no one wants chocolate. When I’m trying to complete a book, I try to write every day. I’ve learned it’s the best way for me to stay in the heads of my characters. When the two collide, like for my last set of edits, it can be a bit challenging to juggle it all.

7) Anything else you want to share with our visitors?

I’m in the process of completing the second installment in Kat’s adventure and am on the hunt for what this Sharp Dressed Corpse should include. If anyone has read the first book, I’d love to hear your ideas for what my next corpse is wearing. So far I’ve had nominations for the Corpse Wore a Tattoo, the Corpse Wore Armani, the Corpse Wore a Bow Tie and the Corpse Wore a Trench Coat. All fun options, but would love to hear from you!

Author Links

Website – www.mjoneillauthor.com

Twitter –@melindajONeill

Instagram – instagram#mjoneillauthor

Facebook – mj.oneill.52

Purchase Link – Amazon

 

 

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About the Book

The Corpse Wore Stilettos
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Red Adept Publishing, LLC (April 30, 2019)
Print Length: 246 pages
ASIN: B07Q6VZ4V9

SHE WORE A DONNA KARAN MARKED FOR REPOSSESSION

Since Kat Waters’s father took a trip to the slammer on what she’s sure are trumped-up racketeering charges, life’s been tough. All their assets are frozen, and she’s down to the last few pairs of Jimmy Choos she can swap for rent. To keep her family out of the homeless shelter, the former socialite took a job at the local morgue—a job she’s about to lose when the body of a murder victim goes missing on her watch.

HE WORE A CAPTIVATING SMILE

While Kat’s processing the latest victim in the prostitute serial killings, ex-Special Forces soldier Burns McPhee strolls in with an air of confidence, expecting access to the Jane Doe. While Burns tries to flirt his way into examining the latest victim, whom he thinks is connected to the death of his best friend, someone else steals the body right out from under them.

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Dodging questions from the cops and kidnapping attempts from a body-snatching psycho, Kat and Burns forge a deal. He’ll clear her name and keep her safe if she gets him information on her peculiar coworkers, one of whom he’s certain is involved with the body heist. But digging up secrets can lead to a lower life expectancy. The unlikely team will need all their talents not to end up as the morgue’s next clients while they hunt for a murderer, the missing corpse, and a pair of diamond-studded stilettos.

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EDGER by DAVID BEEM

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David Beem enjoys superhero movies, taekwondo, and flossing. He lives in Djibouti with his family and crippling self-doubt. To help actualize David’s inner confidence, peruse his website and buy all the stuff.

 

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ON AMAZON

Meet Edger (Ed-jer), a twenty-six-year-old gadget retail dork destined to become the world’s first superhero!

His superpower: the ability to channel the Collective Unconscious, a psychic network connecting the living and the dead. In his arsenal are the skills of Bruce Lee, the strength of Samson, the wisdom of the ages…and the dancing chops of Michael Jackson—including that one twisty foot move, crotch grab, and fedora tilt.

But there’s a catch…

Like every psychic superpower to get administered through a hypodermic needle, this one comes with a prick. Someone seems to have misplaced the booster necessary for stabilizing his superpower. Without it, Edger has three days before his brain turns to pudding.

Join our Dork of Destiny as he overcomes the world’s greatest butt, two rival Cluck-n-Pray gangs, an evil cow, a Green Bay Defensive Tackle, rifle-toting assassins—and a pair of stoners who inadvertently create the world’s first supervillain after a wild night on Twitter!

 
 


Our dork of destiny rides again!


Edger is falling for Mary, his bodyguard, kick-ass spy, and cover wife. But she’s so hopelessly out of his league, it’s clear someone’s going to get hurt. Less clear? That someone may be the Prime Minister of Australia!

When Mary confesses her desire to kill the world leader whose assassination Edger’s supposed to prevent, Edger’s superpowers pick the worst time to stop working. Without a fully functional psychic superhero, their team of spies can no longer order him to probe Mary’s mind for ill intent. The stage is set for a confrontation that threatens to strip a defenseless Edger of his loyal protector just when he needs her most.

Return to the Collective Unconscious, this time with Listerine-chugging stoners, Hollyweirdos, commie-alien-kung fu robots, one space gorilla-unicorn, and an exceedingly lovesick Vladimir Putin.