Magic, Murder, & Meryl…Meow!

I’m sure you’re curious about the title of this post, but I assure you, my friends, all will be explained in good time.

My guest who stopped by today is known to me by Suzy, but as the incredibly talented author she is, you may recognize her by her professional name, Susan Lynn Solomon.

Susan Lynn sounds like a very put together and grown up name.

Well, I’m Susan Lynn Solomon now, although until I was twelve I thought my name was Susanlynncomehere!—that’s what my mother and my teachers called me.

I was turnaroundpjandbequiet, so I can totally sympathize!

We’ve gotten to know one another through our mutual publisher, and I love having this forum to get to know more about my fellow Solstice authors. So Susan, let’s talk about your new book! What is it called?

The book is titled “The Magic of Murder”, which should give the reader a hint as to what they’ll find between the covers,

Well, it’s a clever title for sure! I conjure up a delivery of divination and death! Needless to say, I’m intrigued. Is it  published?

Solstice Publishing, as you know, has published the Magic of Murder, and it’s presently available on Amazon for pre-order in the Kindle version, and will be “officially” released as both an eBook and in hard copy on October 29—two days before Halloween—which the perfect time for a narrator who’s just learned she’s direct descendent of a woman hanged as a witch in Salem.

What!? Talk about your double double, toil and trouble! (sorry, couldn’t resist!) No, really I love it. Just when you think you know your family tree, a long-lost limb cracks, and all the wicked truth comes out. A Halloween release for a spooky Halloween title-Well played Susan, well played.

Thanks Raegyn!

You’re welcome. Okay, enough with the punnies, let’s give your readers a little bite of what to expect.

When his partner is discovered in a frozen alley with eight bullets in his chest, Niagara Falls Police Detective Roger Frey swears vengeance. But Detective Chief Woodward has forbidden him or anyone else on the detective squad to work the case. Emlyn Goode knows Roger will disobey his boss, which will cost him his job and his freedom. Because she cares for him more than she’ll admit, she needs to stop him. Desperate, she can think of but one way.

Emlyn recently learned she’s a direct descendent of a woman hanged as a witch in 1692. She has a book filled with arcane recipes and chants passed down through her family. Possessed of, or perhaps by a vivid imagination, she intends to use these to solve Jimmy’s murder before Roger takes revenge on the killer. But she’s new to this “witch thing,” and needs help from her friend Rebecca Nurse, whose ancestor also took a short drop from a Salem tree. Also in the mix is a rather hefty albino cat (Elvira detests being called fat). Rebecca’s not much better at deciphering the ancient directions, and while the women and the cat stumble over spell after spell, the number possible killers grows. They’d better quickly come up with a workable spell: when Chief Woodward’s wife is shot and a bottle bomb bursts through Emlyn’s window, it becomes clear she’s next on the killer’s list.

This sounds amazing Susan! So I had the toil and trouble right. I’m considering myself a rock star if that reference is actually used in the book! (Disclaimer: I don’t know, I’m going to read the book like everyone else!) By the way, readers, the blog title makes sense now right? Love the name Elvira!

What inspired you for this book? Do you have an old Aunt Sabrina or Samantha in your family, cause that would be awesome!

Actually, the story grew from three things that occurred at the same time. The online journal “Imitation Fruit”, which has published a number of my short stories, called for a story about an animal and it’s human. While working on the second or third draft of the story I had a conversation with Gary Earl Ross, and Edgar Award winning mystery writer and the moderator of my writers group. I told Gary of my passion for the mystery genre. He asked why I hadn’t written one. “I’d be glad to,” I said, “but no matter how I try, I can’t seem to create a mysterious and twisted plot.” Without missing a beat, Gary dared me to try (damn!—the man knows me too well. I can’t ignore a dare). At the same time, my Cousin Robin, to whom “The Magic of Murder” is dedicated, was going through a difficult period. Because she’s also a mystery fan, to lift her spirits I promised to write a murder mystery for her—two chapters a week, that I would read to her each Sunday. I kept that promise, and in less than three months the first draft was finished. Of course, the last chapter tells who did it and why, so I made her wait an extra week before I read that to her. What? Robin’s more my younger sister than a cousin, and it’s a big sister’s job to torture her younger sibling. It’s in the job description—you can look it up.

Hang on…Googling younger sibling torture. Yep, right there, bold as bats! What a nice cousinly thing to do; the reading part that is, well the torture part too I guess.

So, I love words (obviously), but lately have been surrounding myself with phrases, quotes or quips that sum it up for me at times. Do you have a favorite ‘go to’ line?

The line I’ve lived by for too many years, is

“Creative solutions to problems that don’t exist”.

It’s on the bio page of my website, and I have it on my calling card. It’s not on my business card, though—my boss sputtered when I tried to have my card read, Susan Solomon, Esq., Creative solutions… For a moment I thought his face might burst into flames.

Well, if he had burst into flames, that would have been 1) smelly 2) messy, but 3) ultimately funny! Surely, he’d have to see the humor there! No? Oh well, his loss.

Ok, now time for me to be a busy-body. What is one thing people may not know about you that you can share?

That I can share? I’m glad you phrased it that way. All right. As you’ll see in my bio, for a number of years I was a Contributing Editor for the quarterly art magazine, SunStorm Fine Arts. Along with articles about classic artists, the magazine featured a number of contemporary painters. As press-time neared, I would be given a photos of an artist’s work and a brief biography, and told to write anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 words about the artist and his work. From this experience, I learned to be creative on demand—a skill which has served me well. A number of my short stories were written based a call for a specific type of story or specific characters. This is what happened when two weeks after I signed with Solstice Publishing, they put out a call for short supernatural stories for a Halloween anthology. In a week and a half I wrote “Captive Soul”, which appears in Volume 1 of “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep”.

Oooh, that reminds me too, to get my copy. I was waiting til my rainbow-striped butterflied wing unicorn nite lite came in. Hey, don’t judge. I know some of those writers, and I’m preparing to be very scared. Sorry Susan, please continue…

Of course, not every article for SunStorm was easily written. One day I was handed slides of paintings by a modern artist who’s exhibition was about to open in a local gallery. In a moment, you’ll understand why I won’t mention his name. When I looked at the pictures, I realized my children had created more sophisticated work with their kindergarten finger paints. When I tried to refuse to write the article, the Managing Editor insisted I had to—and then he required me to say nice things about the artist’s work. Grumbling, I did. But I refused to put my byline on the article. So, when it was sent to the Managing Editor, the article was written by Ben Dover. I might have gotten away with this if I’d used the name Benjamin Dover, but at the moment I was having a bit of a snit.

I’m sorry, I don’t get it. Gotten away with……..Oh. Oh! Ben Dover. SusanLynnSolomonyou cheekygirl! (Knew there was a reason I liked you!)

So, as a fan of all things film, T.V., and currently Tom Hiddleston, if Hollywood cast your book into a movie, who would you see as your ‘dream’ cast, and for ‘Witch’ characters? (Yes, I did that)

Well played Raegyn, well played.

Thank you Susan.

I can see Leah Remini as Emlyn Goode. In “King of Queens” she displayed the smartness and sassiness I imagine for my narrator.

For Police Detective Roger Frey, I would love to see Jake Gyllenhaal. He has the strong face and penetrating eyes that would win Emlyn’s heart.

Not just Emlyn’s heart! Come on, have you SEEN Jake Gyllenhaal!?

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For Rebecca? That’s a difficult one. Do you have Meryl Streep’s phone number—she can play any role.

Dang it, just got a new phone, and I had the contacts saved on the phone and not in the cloud, and the water bottle was in my purse, which I thought the lid was……Yeah, no. Don’t have Meryl’s number, but damn-it if she couldn’t play any role. Hell, she could probably play ME in a movie!

(Meryl, if you’re reading this, I love you. You could totally play me. Call me, or Susan Lynn Solomon)

Please continue Susan…

Thank you. For Elvira, the albino cat, I would want Morris the Cat. Of course they’d have to dye him white, but the attitude…

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Call him, he’s available. (maybe he has Meryl’s number)

Do you listen to music while you write?

When I write I’m alone in a silent room. No distractions. Were the music playing, the song would fill my mind, and leave no room for visualizing the scene I want to write.

Ok, I’ve gotta know Susan, do you dance?

As to dancing…well, let’s just say I can move my upper body rather lithely. As to my feet and legs—when other girls were learning to dance, I was a musician. Standing before a stationary microphone with a guitar strapped around me, made it impossible to dance. So, I suppose the answer to this question is no. I was always playing the music, and had no opportunity to dance to it.

Well, that just tells me you simply haven’t danced enough! We’ll work on that. This just popped in my head. Comment if you know the artist!

Raven hair and ruby lips
Sparks fly from her finger tips
Echoed voices in the night
She’s a restless spirit on an endless flight
 Woo hoo, witchy woman
See how high she flies
Woo hoo, witchy woman
She got the moon in her eyes

So finding theme appropriate lyrics is a thing with me. Pray tell Susan, what is your guilty pleasure? (Why am I grinning wickedly when I ask that!)

I mentioned my love of the mystery genre. I fell in love with it when at the age of eleven my mother handed me Agatha Christie’s Peril at End House. Through the years I’ve devoured almost everything Dame Agatha wrote, as well as tales of other quirky investigators. Recently I purchased the complete DVD set of Miss Marple mysteries. Over the course of a Saturday and Sunday, still in my nightie with very large bowls of popcorn at my elbow (the kind with extra butter, to which I added powdered nacho cheese and butter spray—I have a knack for adjusting the healthiest of foods so they go immediately from the plate to my heart) I watched every single episode. And I did that again the following weekend. For a mystery nerd like me, that was heaven.

Next time, call me. We’ll be in our jammies, and I’ll bring the molten-lava fudge cake and the Twizzlers. Well, I suppose Susan, I should work back around to the Magic of Murder. Where can people find this as well as your other books?

The Magic of Murder, my only recently published book, can be found at the Solstice Publishing website and at Amazon. Two books I wrote almost twenty years ago—one the text for the artwork of the marvelous artist, Jose Royo, and the other, “Exploring the Paper Trail”, written at the request of the LGBT community, are also on Amazon (though both are on sale as used books).

Several of my short stories can be found on the internet. Links to “Witches Gumbo” and “The Memory Tree”—as well as a link to the Solstice anthology, “Now I lay Me Down To Sleep” are on my website. Others, such as “Sabbath”, which was nominated for 2013 Best of the Net, “Kaddish”, and “Ginger Man”, can be found by Googling Susan Lynn Solomon and the story title.

I am so glad you came by Susan. Thank you! This was a lot of fun. I wish you much success with The Magic of Murder, and I do hope you’ll stop by again. I have a feeling, we could find some wild, weird & wicked trouble to brew up in the wink of a cat’s eye. (yep, went there again).

The Magic of Murder by Susan Lynn Solomon. Released October 29, by Solstice Publishing.

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Getting Crazy with Diana Rubino

Some of my fellow Solstice Publishing authors I’ve been able to come to know over time, and some, like Diana Rubino here are wonderful new acquaintances.

LibraryHeadShotDiana Rubino- Just look at that smile! (and the size of that book!)

Let’s talk to her shall we, and get to know more about Diana and her book,  Still Crazy .

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Hello Diana! It is so nice to finally meet you and have you drop by. I want to tease first with a bit about what we can expect from Still Crazy, then we can really chat.

About STILL CRAZY…

Can an obsession continue from beyond the grave?

Obsessed with ex-girlfriend Alyssa Tyler, convinced they’re destined for each other, Clay Lynch stalks, pesters and torments her… he creeps up to her bedroom window, he follows her onto planes, he wrecks her wedding by abducting her. His arrest and prison sentence assure her he’s finally out of her life… until his remains are found in the Arizona desert. On the anniversary of the day they met, she receives a haunting text message. Is he now stalking her from beyond the grave?

Whoa! Diana, this sounds really properly scary! There have been many movies, and even T.V. shows about predatory stalking. It’s unfortunately a frightening real world problem.  I hope it’s ok to ask, but what gave you the idea for this concept?

A very possessive boyfriend I had in college, and a gay friend I became very close to. But I added codependency to the story, to give it another dimension.

I’m sorry you had an experience like that. I sense within Still Crazy, there is action, fear, danger, and hopefully a safe resolution.

As writers, we usually have that one thing, whether it’s a person, place, thing, song or word that inspires us to write, to create, and then share our creations with the world. I’ve been seeing a lot of quotes lately. Do you have a favorite or inspirational quote Diana?

“I am still learning.” -Michelangelo

See, this is why I love asking that question. I love that. What is the point if we’re not willing to still learn? Mine is currently, “Live, Laugh, Love”

We’ve only just met, but I like being a bit nosey sometimes, so here it goes. What is one thing people may NOT know about you Diana that you can share?

It took me 18 years to get my first book publishing contract, in 1999.

Now, THAT is crazy! (pun intended). It goes to show though, that great things happen when we least expect it.

I’m ready now to have some fun, and I hope you don’t mind these next questions! If Hollywood cast your book into a movie, who would you see as your ‘dream’ cast of, and for which characters?

For some reason I see Greg Kinnear as the stalker boyfriend but I’d have to look around a lot more for someone to play the heroine.

I ask because I’m a bit of a cinephile, and love movies made (well) from books. I love Mr. Kinnear. I think he could pull off crazy, stalker, creep-guy Clay! That’s a great creep name by the way, Clay Lynch!

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Looking a little creepy there Greg!

Some people have a routine they enjoy with a hobby or pastime. For me, I listen to music. Do you listen to music while you write Diana?  Sidebar: So, I’m also a dancing maniac (should revise that as we’re talking about crazies!), but I like to ask my guests also, do you dance?

I need silence to write; music is too distracting. But I love to dance!

Yes, that’s what I was waiting for! ‘We can dance if we want to!’ (if you know the song, sing along!)

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Dancing stick man is fun, but also a little weird. Completely appropriate I think.

As you’ll come to learn Diana, I am a sophisticated goofball. I’m a card-carrying nerd of many things, so have to know from you, what is your guilty pleasure? (something you are passionate, or a nerd about)?

Watching shows I grew up with: The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Flintstones, I Love Lucy, Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched…and I watch The Price is Right while having breakfast.

That is quality TV entertainment! I have all the jingles for these shows in my head now! Thanks Diana for that!

Greeeeeeeeeeeeen Acres, is the place to be.
Faaaaaaaaaaaaarm livin’ is the life for me.
Land spreadin’ out so far and wide
Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.

Enough of me singing (I do apologize. How are your ears!), here is what Diana says about Diana!

My passion for history and travel has taken me to every locale of my books, and short stories, set in Medieval and Renaissance England, Egypt, the Mediterranean, colonial Virginia, New England, and New York. My urban fantasy romance, FAKIN’ IT, won a Top Pick award from Romantic Times. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, the Richard III Society and the Aaron Burr Association. I live on Cape Cod with my husband Chris. In my spare time, I bicycle, golf, play my piano and devour books of any genre.

In 1989, I took a detour from my usual genre and wrote a thriller about a stalking ex. It was set in the present, then, but over the years I updated and revised it many times.

Now that we know the premise of the story, let’s take a peek at an excerpt from STILL CRAZY:

She brought her car in for servicing the next morning, parking in his lot next to a red and white taxi. Her mechanic called her a little after two. “Your car is ready, Alyssa. Hey, do you know you have a GPS tracking device attached underneath it?”

“What?” She shook her head, baffled. “I have a GPS in the dashboard, but not under the car.”

“Oh, yeah, you do. This is a tracking device. Somebody has a GPS and a dot will flash on the screen to show your exact location, as long as you’re within range. You want me to take it out?”

She instantly knew who this ‘somebody’ was. She felt as if a ton of bricks clobbered her square in the face.

When was Still Crazy published? It was published in April 2015. Congratulations, Diana on your new book. It sounds like it’s a book that makes people stand up and take notice of the world around us more. Where can we find it?

To purchase STILL CRAZY:

Amazon Paperback

Kindle

Solstice Publishing

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Awesome, be sure to check Still Crazy out. How do people contact you Diana?

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads

LinkedIn

GooglePlus

Amazon Author Page

My Website

My Blog

This has been a wonderful visit Diana! I’m glad you came by and shared your book with us. Please come back anytime!

Geeking out over Julie Anne Lindsey

Hey everyone, look who stopped into my world today? Oops, you can’t see her can you? Ok, author who I am a big fan of, will you please introduce yourself?

         Hi! I’m Julie Anne Lindsey

Yep, that’s right. Julie Anne Lindsey is here! In Raegyn’s World! I’m happily geeking out over here! (Collecting self to appear ultra cool & collected)

So Julie, what is the name of your book? My most recent release is A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder, book one in my new cozy mystery series, The Geek Girl Mysteries

 

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Awesome! Is it published, a WIP, or pending publishing? A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder released August 31st. I have a YA, Goddess, coming October 13th, so I have one of both right now.

A Geek and a Goddess! Yes! Can we talk about A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder? What is it about? This is from the back cover (those back cover writers are so much better at this than I am!) Wait, there are writers for those, now I learn this!

IT manager Mia Connors is up to her tortoiseshell glasses in technical drama when a glitch in the Horseshoe Falls email system disrupts security and sends errant messages to residents of the gated community. The snafu’s timing couldn’t be worse—Renaissance Faire season is in full swing and Mia’s family’s business relies on her presence.

Mia doesn’t have time to hunt down a computer hacker. Her best friend has disappeared, and she finds another of her friends murdered—in her office. When the hunky new head of Horseshoe Falls security identifies Mia as the prime suspect, her anxiety level registers on the Richter scale.

Eager to clear her name, Mia moves into action to locate her missing buddy and find out who killed their friend. But her quick tongue gets her into trouble with more than the new head of security. When Mia begins receiving threats, the killer makes it clear that he’s closer than she’d ever imagined.

This sounds like a lot of good geeky mayhem! Computer hacking, murder, and renaissance-check! What was the inspiration for this book?

My daughter. I get frustrated with geeky girls getting labeled as “wannabes” because they’re gamers or cosplayers or nerds. Why can’t a girl just be who she is? Also, geeky girls are too often portrayed as super dorky like the female smarties in Big Bang Theory (which I LOVE – but I’m just saying). Girls can be smart AND feminine AND like things like Comics and Renaissance Faires without having a unibrow and wearing orthopedic Mary Janes. When it comes down to it, geeky girls are just regular girls with interests that don’t fit someone else’s idea of cool. I made my geeky girl a kick ass hero.

Yes! (Jumping up & down fist-pumping the air). I’m a nerd myself and proud of it! Love that you gave the geek girl a voice!

What is one thing people may not know about you that you can share? Hmm. I kind of share everything, so I’m not sure how to answer this one. Oh! Okay, here’s a new development. I’ve contacted my kids’ elementary school to offer to come dressed at Alice in Wonderland in celebration of my favorite story’s 150th anniversary. I want to read the shorter, Golden Book, version to the classes and hostess a tea party with apple juice and tiny sandwiches. I’m hoping they let me come!

How fun! They HAVE to let you come! That is so original & educational. If you do, please post pictures!! OK, now for the fun questions! (Not that they weren’t before, but you know, let’s get to it!)

So Julie Anne, if Hollywood cast your book into a movie, who would you see as your ‘dream’ cast of, and for which characters?

Oh, boy. I don’t even know. I can tell you the inspiration for Mia, my geeky heroine, was Felicia Day in Supernatural for personality and Zoe Deschanel in New Girl for appearance. Since I’m dreaming, let’s make Tom Hiddleston her BFF, Nate. I’m obsessed with Stephen Amell’s face, so he can be the hero, Jake Archer. Hey, that was fun!

You just said two very magical words. Tom Hiddleston. If you are a Hiddlestoner, that kind of makes us Hiddlesisters! (Just saying!) 😉

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Do you listen to music while you write? If yes, who inspires you? Sidebar: Do you dance?

No. I can’t. My brain gets split between lyrics and manuscript words and it hurts. I save music for housework, tread milling and waiting on my kids at carpool and practices.

I’m a dancing nerd! Hang with me long enough, I’ll get you dancing!

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What is your guilty pleasure? (something you are passionate, or a nerd about) I geek a bunch of TV shows HARD. (The Flash, Arrow, Daredevil, Castle, Teen Wolf, Outlander, The 100, The Originals, Vampire Diaries, Awkward, Supernatural, The Walking Dead, and now, Fear the Walking Dead…to name a few LOL!) I’m involved in so many ships and fandoms. It’s ridiculous. It kills me to wait a week in between so I know what will happen next. Those characters are very real to me, and I worry about them! Seriously. I do.

Yes! You are a proper nerd! (Another display of nerdy girl excitement!) I checked off all but Outlander (on my list though), and Walking Dead-not ready yet.

Julie Anne, where can people find your books? My books are all available anywhere digital books are sold. Some come with your monthly Harlequin book club delivery 😉

This has been so much fun! We learned that Geek Girls can kick ass, you can’t dance (for now) and you are a bonafide nerd! You have a fan in me! Thank you Julie Anne for stopping by today! (Please come back soon!)

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For those not familiar, (how is that possible?), here’s a bit……….

About Julie:

Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world.

Learn About Julie at:

Julieannelindsey.com

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Marie Lavender stops by to chat old flames and a new book!

When I first got signed with Solstice Publishing, and joined the author’s group, I had no idea what I was doing. Multi-genre and amazing writer, Marie Lavender offered to interview me (or actually one of my characters) on her site. It was the first time I really felt ‘out there’ in the public eye. I will always appreciate her support. Okay, enough of the mush, let’s get to talking to Marie.Hello there Marie, it’s so great having you here! What is the name of your newest book?   Second Chance Heart     Second Chance Heart - final cover

To tease you with her talent, here’s a blurb for Second Chance Heart

After a wild storm forces her to take shelter in a small town inn, Dana Nelson thinks that all she has to worry about is a brief stay before she heads back to the city. She gets far more than she bargained for…

The last thing she expects is to run into an old flame, and even worse, the man who broke her heart twelve years ago. She’s sure that the only thing remaining between them is a strong attraction for another.

She can’t be more wrong…

The more time she spends with Vince Reynolds, the more she begins to believe she can trust him again. But, can she put her faith in the one man who captivates her, body and soul, or are some wounds too deep to heal?

I’m a fan of second chances, especially those that involve the heart!

Is it published, a WIP, or pending publishing? Second Chance Heart comes out on October 19thRight in the midst of all the Halloween season. Perfect time to curl up with a good book.

So, what is Second Chance Heart about? The book is about our regrets and asking ourselves if forgiveness is possible.

What was the inspiration for this book? I guess the idea just came to me one day. I took the ‘running into your ex’ idea and the story just formed on its own. Wow, I can see where that can go extremely liberating, or very awkward. We’ll have to read it to know for sure!

Do you have a favorite ‘go to’ line or quote that inspires you? I have a couple. One is by Ray Bradbury: ​”You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” The other is related to romance. It’s a great quote by Ana Alas: “A true man does not need to romance a different girl every night; a true man romances the same girl for the rest of her life.” I find both to be quite inspirational in my writing.

Both are great quotes. One about not giving up your passion, and one that is the epitome of what we want in romance.

What is one thing people may not know about you that you can share? I love to color my hair, mostly in shades of red, but I’m mustering up the courage to try something different, like purple. May I suggest a lovely hue of lavender (yes, I went there!) I bet it would look great on you!

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OK, now for the fun questions!

If Hollywood cast your book into a movie, who would you see as your ‘dream’ cast of, and for which characters? Wow, great question! For Second Chance Heart, I would choose the following. For Dana Nelson’s character, I might cast Deborah Ann Woll because of the flame red hair and those soulful blue eyes. For Vince Reynold’s character, I think I’d choose Taylor Kinney. For Dana’s parents, Maggie and Brandon, I might cast Julianne Moore and perhaps Tom Hanks.

Ok, that sounds like PERFECT casting! Good choices!

 Deborah Ann Woll  Taylor Kinney

Hollywood, are you listening?!

Do you listen to music while you write? If yes, who inspires you? Yes, I do listen to music sometimes while I’m writing. Pandora is my savior! I listen to OneRepublic, Owl City, Ellie Goulding, Christina Perri, Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillat, Paramore, Fireflight and so many more. Sidebar: Do you dance? Oh, no. I don’t have rhythm. But sometimes I just dance for fun, even though I know I’m not good. LOL!

Yes! That is what I want to hear. Dance like no one is watching! Great taste in music too!girl happy dance emoticonDance, Marie, dance!!

What is your guilty pleasure? (something you are passionate, or a nerd about) Besides books? Yeah, I actually have quite a library in my bedroom. I’m a bit of a book nerd. I’m also a fan of hot pink so if I can manage to find something in hot pink, it is so exciting!   

Hot pink, duly noted!   (dancing gal is wearing hot pink!)

Where can people find your books Marie? You can find them on Amazon, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble or Smashwords. Or, for a direct link, you can find my entire list of 22 books as well as their purchase links on my website at http://marielavender.com/about/my-books/

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Thank you Marie for stopping by. Here’s to hot pink, Hollywood, dancing and a Second Chance Heart!

Lavender Fields-The Video Trailer

Hello all!

I wanted to share the book teaser video here that I made with some great friends-Micki, Alle´ne, and Steve . We filmed just one day in Portland. Have to mention that I didn’t INTEND on being in the video! The actress we booked had a scheduling conflict, or whatnot, so in I went.

We had a lot of fun though, and I think it gives a good representation of what Lavender Fields depicts within it’s pages.

Enjoy!

Lavender Fields Book Trailer

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Author Spotlight- K.C. Sprayberry

When ghosts overrun the town, who you gonna call!

Incredibly talented and prolific author, K.C. Sprayberry that’s who!

I met K.C. through Solstice Publishing, as she is the EIC (Editor in Chief) for the Summer Solstice part of the house! K.C.’s newest book is called Ghosties-Trouble to the Max, and it looks like a lot of deadly ghoul fun! (yep, I went there!)

 

About the Author:
Born and
raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years
traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling
in Northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty
years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and
coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a
multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Some of
her short stories have appeared in anthologies, others in magazines. Three of
her books (Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama’s Advice) are Amazon bestsellers. Her other books are: Take Chances,
Where U @, The Wrong One
, Pony Dreams, Evil Eyes, Inits, Canoples
Investigations Tackles Space Pirates, The Call Chronicles 1: The Griswold Gang,
The Curse of Grungy Gulley, Paradox Lost: Their Path, Canoples Investigations
Versus Spacers Rule and Starlight. Additionally, she has shorts available on
Amazon: Grace, Secret From the Flames, Family Curse … Times Two, Right Wrong
Nothing In Between, and The Ghost Catcher.
Blurb:
Ghosts are popping up all over Landry. The town is being
overrun and no one knows why—least of all Hailey Hatmaker and her Ghosties
crew. Only none of these ghosts are talking. They’re terrified of something
that only Hailey and her team can figure out. Something which could prove
disastrous for them all.
Excerpt:
It felt so good to discover ghostly action in Landry once
again. The Ghosties had just finished a dry spell like no other we had ever
seen. We’d
just gone through five months
with nary a ghost to bother us. No goo oozing out of heating vents, or papers
flying out of hands to plaster
against the
ceiling.
The call this morning had me, the fantastic, fabulous
Hailey Hatmaker, gathering my group together lickety-split. We met up on the
run, and raced all the way over to Bank of Landry. Once there, we had almost
danced with glee at what greeted us. That was an hour ago. This particular
ghost was proving far more difficult to exterminate than we had anticipated.
We could have got harsh long ago. I grinned. I sure don’t want this to end any time soon.
I’m having fun again.
“You won’t stick around. No ghost has ever ignored me.”
I planted my pink and white beret more firmly on my head
and darted forward. When I put on white jeans and a peppermint pink t-shirt
this morning, I never expected an emergency call.
Nope, I wasn’t a cop, a firefighter, or even a paramedic. I
had my thirteenth birthday just before Halloween and started dealing with
ghosts nine years ago. Me and my fellow Ghosties had helped Landry, Georgia
deal with weird hauntings, and this one proved we had a lot mor
e ghostbusting to do in the future.
“Banks don’t give out free samples,” I yelled. “Tell me who
you are, and what you want.”
That should have worked, except for one little thing. The
wispy man behind the counter wearing a baggy black coat, vest, and pants with a
white shirt ignored me. With a frantic expression and a bobble of his checkered
bow tie as he swallowed, he tossed more money in the air. It was the worst
thing to do when the Ghosties carried weapons that brought instant obedience
from the other ghosts we had encountered.
I signaled the other Ghosties over. They gathered in a
circle, two on each side of me.
“Did you get the dirt?” I asked.
“The manager said he worked here in 1912,” Annie Knott
said. “He went bonkers after the Titanic sank.”
She tucked one side of her chin length, light red hair
behind an ear after delivering the current info in a clipped voice. Her green
eyes darted from side to side when the ghost cackled.
“Did he do this when it happened?” Freddie Conders asked.
“Of course,” she replied. “I’m pretty sure that he won’t
quit because we asked nice. Lemon juice and salt?”
“No other way to handle it.” I pulled out a spritzer from a
fanny pack. “Sly, Freddie, take the left. Annie, you’re in the middle. Tink and
I will handle the right. Don’t miss.”
Sylvia ‘Sly’ Cherboom broke into giggles while Tinker
‘Tink’ Kacklin groaned. None of the others ever lost a chance to remind him
about the day he doused one of our sworn enemies. He still claimed that it was
an accident.
Like the rest of us wouldn’t have loved to cover Suzie in
lemon juice and salt. Tink
really needs to
explain
that better than he has.
“Places,” I said.
Tink held up a salt sprayer, a baby bottle with the tip of
the nipple sliced off. I stood beside him with a spritzer filled to the brim
with lemon juice. Annie faced our target. She had a weapon in each hand since
she was such a great shot. Sly and Freddie hauled out their containers and
skidded to their position.
“One last chance,” I said to the spook. “Leave. Don’t come
back.”
The ghost tossed a bundle of hundreds into the air. The
Ghosties fired. Our target sizzled and howled before vanishing.
  
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LAVENDER FIELDS RELEASE DAY!!

When I decided that this was to be a novel for others to one day read, it was a far off dream at best.

Well, it is no longer a dream! My debut novel has been released! I’m so proud to present to you….

Lavender Fields
Book One of the
Eternal Journey Series

Connor and Greye meet under distressing circumstances, but neither can dismiss the immediate, powerful attraction for one another.

Greye is a high level executive by day and an aspiring writer whenever she gets the time. Her imagination allows her to create worlds of incredible magic, heroes and romance. For now, she doesn’t want or need the real thing, until she meets him.

Connor loves many things; his Mustang, his furry best friend, and his job as a middle school English teacher. He is perfectly content with his bachelor status, and being the cool, favorite uncle. He wants for nothing, until he meets her.

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