Ta to the Talented Sandi Wallace

My heartfelt thanks to Australia-based crime writer Sandi Wallace for her four-star review of The Connecticut Corpse Caper.  The first book in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series details the crazy antics at a haunted antebellum mansion that “launched” the P.I. careers of JJ, Rey, and Linda.

The Connecticut Corpse Caper is the first in the Triple Threat Mysteries and my first read of this author. It’s a fun twist on the traditional isolated country house whodunnit trope – the writer’s style is energetic and brims with quirky humour and description. There’s a posh mansion, tonnes of hidden passageways, a singing-talking ghost, and a cast of both likeable and unlikeable characters all required to stay a week to inherit a packet of money. When the body count rises, corpses disappear and unexpected parties make an entrance, it’s time for our amateur sleuths to get to work to solve the case. A very enjoyable cosy mystery. (Reviewed on March 11, 2020)

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WPSandi2Sandi’s love of crime stories and avid interest in policing enabled her to step into crime-writer shoes, with successful results!  She has won numerous prizes for her short crime fiction, including several Scarlet Stiletto Awards.  Her debut novel, Tell Me Why (the first in the Georgie Harvey and John Franklin series), won the Davitt Award Readers’ Choice.  Congrats Sandi!

Equally exciting is the fact that her fourth rural thriller, Black Cloud, will be released on July 22nd 2020 and her entire back-list will be republished (with more titles in the pipeline).  As an FYI, Black Cloud, Tell Me WhyDead Again and Into the Fog are currently available for at your favorite Amazon store.

At present, Sandi is working on a standalone psychological thriller—something for us readers to look forward to!

WPSandi1You can follow Sandi Wallace’s book news via her Facebook page (Sandi Wallace – Author), as well as Instagram, Pinterest, and her website.

Please connect with Sandi here:

https://www.instagram.com/sandiwallacecrime/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8431978.Sandi_Wallace

https://www.sandiwallace.com/.

Thank you Jay

A humble heartfelt thank you to James J. Cudney IVJay—who is featuring my post re caregiving on his blog, This is My Truth Now (https://thisismytruthnow.com/), on March 6th.

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JayAConsideration and Respect for the Elderly–CAREgiving will be in the “Tips & Advice” section, which not only features posts/articles about “General Life”, but “Products & Services” and “Readers & Authors”.

I’ve known Jay, a fellow [talented] blogger and writer—among other things—for quite some time now.  A personable fellow, he always proves supportive and helpful (and is definitely best-friend material).

I urge you to check out his blog and website, as well as his books; he’s written a number of them and they’ve all received fantastic reviews (as a mystery lover, I’m particularly fond of his Braxton Campus Mysteries).

Thanks again, my friend.

Review: With Her Fists by Henry Roi

Is it [exceptional] bad luck or being in the wrong place at the [dreadfully] wrong time?  Or a question of both?  One fateful day, Clarice Carter and her hubby, Ace, are conducting business as usual at their shop, Custom Ace, and the next they’re both in correctional facilities—for the long haul.  Who do they have to thank?  A couple of nasty, dirty cops with ties to The Teacher and a no-holds-barred cartel.

Speaking of holds, Clarice “Shocker the Fighter” Carter is a bantam-weight pugilist with numerous wins under her belt.  Being a skilled boxer comes in handy when you’re behind bars, living under conditions that go beyond trying.  But this gal’s strong and determined, and she’ll do what’s necessary to survive—and escape.

WPbookRoiABCWhen you have cellmates with names like Death Punch, Boogerilla and Tattoo Face, you know trouble can’t be far off.  With Her Fists, Henry Roi’s gritty and raw debut novel surges like a whitewater river.  The action is intense, and the details and descriptions are so thorough that you can effortlessly visualize settings and characters (some in all their scary, unsavory splendor).

The facts re boxing and tattooing create an additional layer of realness, and there’s humor, too, which helps alleviate the ugliness of correctional life (and death).

“So peanut butter and jelly with sweat pants and a side order of hand towelettes,” Eddy said.  “Thank you for choosing Fugitive King.  Please drive around to the window.”

“I want fries and a divorce with that,” Ace added.  “I’m citing ‘irreconcilable driving differences’.”

“He screamed like a girl,” Clarice informed them.  Eddy merely chuckled.  Bobby sounded like he was choking to death.

While they waited on delivery service from Fugitive King, Ace and Clarice walked down to the water.  Held hands and sat on the sand bar, fully exposed in all its smelly glory, low tide waters lapping gently against the small beach and bank connected to it.  An early morning fisherman motored his skiff out around the marsh islands a couple hundred yards in the distance, sea gulls hovering over him, man and boat silhouetted from the rising sun 93,000,000 miles behind him. 

Ace gripped her hand.  “Should I moon that guy?” he said.

Clarice looked at him, shocked, and gasped, “No!  What’s wrong with you?  Act your age, dude.”

He just smirked.  Stood and offered her his hand.  Clarice took it and gained her feet.  He bowed and kissed her fingers.

Then they turned around and exposed their glowing rear-ends to the fisherman.

With Her Fists receives a 4.5 rating (the editor in me has to deduct ½ point because of typos and inconsistencies like italics usage).

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The author, Henry Roi, was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and finds inspiration in its places and people.  As a GED tutor and fitness instructor, and advocate of adult education in all forms, he works one-on-one as well as on-line.  Personal interests, not surprisingly, include: tattoo art, prison reform, and auto mechanics.

This talented writer also focuses on promoting indie writers by arranging reviews, delivering media campaigns, and running blog tours.

You can find Henry on Twitter and Facebook @HenryRoiPR.

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High-Five for a Free Book

Today marks the fifth and last day to get a free copy of Debbie De Louise’s exciting five-star mystery Sea Scope.

This riveting tale revolves around Sarah, still mourning her brother’s death and lamenting the break-up of her marriage.  She decides an escape is in order—and Sea Scope, a childhood home, is the perfect retreat.  Twenty years previous, she and Glen, her brother, had come across a dead body by a lighthouse.  Back then, Sarah couldn’t comprehend why her parents had left Sea Scope so quickly … nor why her father took his life a year later.  Upon return to Sea Scope, she deals with staggering memories and messages.  Strange clues written in crayon are left by someone claiming to be her brother . . . and numerous dazing facts are revealed about that strange summer so many years past.

The universal link to the book is: mybook.to/SeaScope.

You can also find it on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PPW1D41/

Please feel free to check Debbie out at these sites (I’m sure she’d love to have you visit):

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2bIHdaQ

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/debbie-de-louise

Website/Blog/Newsletter Sign-Up: https://debbiedelouise.com

♥ Happy Holidays everyone! ♥

Day Four – One More

Today marks the fourth day to get a free copy of Debbie De Louise’s five-star mystery Sea Scope.  (You have until the 25th to partake!)

 This riveting tale revolves around Sarah, who is still mourns her brother’s passing and laments the break-up of her marriage.  She determines to get away—and Sea Scope, a childhood home, serves as the perfect setting.  Two decades previous, she and Glen, her brother, had come across a dead body by a lighthouse.  Back then, Sarah hadn’t understood why her parents had left Sea Scope so quickly … nor why her father commit suicide a year later.  Upon return to Sea Scope, she deals with tragic and trying memories and messages.  Odd clues, written in crayon, are provided by someone claiming to be her brother while several grim facts are revealed about that strange summer so many years past.

If you’re not sold yet, this “enticing” excerpt should do the trick!

The Sea Scope that spread itself across the page as I sketched was huge with several verandas and two floors wrapping around a house that commanded a lovely view of the sea. I recalled the sea gulls circling close to the top floor as Glen and I ran around playing hide and seek. As children with vivid imaginations, my brother and I also liked to concoct ghost stories and mysteries about the inn. Glen would scare me with talk of a murder upstairs in the Violet Room, the one I occupied next to his, that featured purple wallpaper and a purple crocheted blanket over its brass bed. He predicted that one of the guests would be smoking, even though all the guest rooms were non-smoking, and a fire would start and burn the place down. In yet another scenario, some robbers would break in and steal all the statues (there were a number of beautiful pieces of sculpture that graced both floors). Glen also imagined a time tunnel or a secret door behind the kitchen’s pantry, but I laughed. My younger brother was too imaginative for his own good. How I missed him.

The universal link to the book:

mybook.to/SeaScope

You can also find it on Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PPW1D41/

Day Three – It’s Free!

It’s the third day to get a free copy of Debbie De Louise’s five-star mystery Sea Scope.  If you haven’t partaken of this great offer, please do before it’s over; you have until the 25th.  (What a great holiday present.)

Sarah, still over her brother’s passing and lamenting the break-up of her marriage, determines to get away.  Sea Scope, a childhood home, beckons.  Two decades previous, she and Glen, her brother, had come across a dead body by a lighthouse.  Back then, Sarah had never comprehended why her parents had left Sea Scope so quickly … nor why her father commit suicide a year later.  Upon return to Sea Scope, she must face memories and messages, and deal with bizarre clues written in crayon from someone claiming to be her brother.  Several ghastly facts come to the forefront about that strange summer so many years past.  How will she deal with them?

Do get your free copy of Sea Scope—you’ll enjoy the enthralling ride of this dark, gripping tale.

The universal link to the book is:

mybook.to/SeaScope

You can also find it on Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PPW1D41/

Ho-Ho-Ho . . . Free-Free-Free

Day 2 of another freebie – Debbie De Louise’s five-star mystery Sea Scope . . . is f-r-e-e through December 25th.  (What a wonderful little stocking stuffer, n’est-ce pas?)

 The riveting story revolves around a woman named Sarah who, still grieving over her brother’s passing—and lamenting the break-up of her marriage—decides she needs a break, an escape.  She returns to Sea Scope, a childhood home.  Two decades ago, she and Glen, her brother, had discovered a dead body by a lighthouse.  At that time, she’d never comprehended why her parents had left Sea Scope so quickly … nor why her father commit suicide a year later.  Upon return to Sea Scope, she has to confront memories, messages, and bizarre clues written in crayon from someone claiming to be Glen.  Sarah must face terrible, daunting facts about that strange summer now so many years past.  Will Sarah survive unscathed . . . ?

Sea Scope is FREE from December 21 through December 25.  The universal link to the book is:

mybook.to/SeaScope

You can also find it on Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PPW1D41/

Get a Grip . . . on a Gripping Psychological Mystery

Today marks the first post featuring Debbie De Louise’s five-star mystery Sea Scope . . . which happens to be f-r-e-e starting today, Dec 21st, through the 25th.

Before providing details about her latest book, let me introduce you to my fellow writer.  DDL is an award-winning author, as well as a public-library librarian on Long Island, where she also resides.  In addition to a hubby and daughter, she has three kitties (hugs to my fellow cat lover).

Published novels include:

Cloudy Rainbowa paranormal romance   /   the Cobble Cove Mystery series, featuring A Stone’s ThrowBetween a Rock and a Hard PlaceWritten in Stone, and Love on the Rocks   /   When Jack Trumps Ace, a romantic comedy novella   /   articles and short stories for several anthologies (various genres)   /   Reason to Die and Sea Scope, standalones.

Let’s focus on her latest: the dark and absorbing Sea Scope.  Here’s a brief tantalizing teaser . . .

Book illustrator Sarah Collins needs an escape (don’t we all?).  Grieving over her brother’s passing and lamenting the break-up of her marriage, she returns to Sea Scope, a childhood home in lovely South Carolina.  Twenty years previous, Sarah and Glen, her brother, had discovered a dead body by a lighthouse.  Back then, she’d never been able to fathom why her parents had departed Sea Scope so quickly, nor why her father took his own life a year later.  Upon return, she must confront memories, messages . . . and odd clues written in crayon from someone claiming to be Glen.  The past and present collide like vehicles on an ice-covered freeway, and Sarah has no option but to tackle ghastly facts head-on about that bizarre summer two decades past.  How will she cope?

Intrigued?  I should hope so.  Sea Scope is FREE from December 21 through December 25.  The universal link to the book is: mybook.to/SeaScope.

You can also find it on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PPW1D41/

I’m sure Debbie would love it if you chose to connect with her.  Please do so via:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2bIHdaQ

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/debbie-de-louise

Website/Blog/Newsletter Sign-Up: https://debbiedelouise.com

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Gratitude Continued (coz you can never give enough)

Given Vincent (Vince) Lowry featured my interview this past week on E-Authors Resources, I felt compelled to respond in kind.

Vince’s awesome site has an abundance of valuable information for writers including author interviews, cover artists and animated covers, editors and illustrators.

Not only will he promote you and your book—per an interview—but he’ll post the cover and links.  Moreover, if you have a skill relevant to the site, you’re invited to post your name and contact info, with links.

As an FYI, his Goodreads group has over 30K members (wish I did, LOL).

Now, something that you may not know, as it’s not necessarily evident on the site—Vince is an author, too!  He’s written #LucysLetter (his fourth book), Surfing the Seconds, Dreams Reign Supreme, and Constellation Chronicle.

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I highly recommend you check out E-Authors Resources.  Whether you’re an aspiring author or a published one, there’s definitely something of value to be found.

https://eauthorresource.wordpress.com/

A Mid-Week Rah-Rah: Sandra J. Jackson & Me

An advance thank you to fellow author and blogger Sandra J. Jackson, who will feature yours truly on her blog November 9th.  How exciting is that?  (For me, very!)

In kind, I’d like to provide the same for this talented five-star writer.

Sandra’s debut novel Promised Soul—a tale of love that “transcends time and place”—was initially released in 2015.  Since then, she’s published short stories and sports articles, and has a couple more books under her belt: Playing in the Rain and Catching Butterflies.  Currently, she’s editing Books 2 and 3 of the Escape Series, her first trilogy.

Her impressive, visually attractive site showcases reviews and interviews, news and events, as well as her books and related [very nice] merchandise.  If you click on the “More” tab, you won’t be able to enter as you need to be a member; this has me quite curious.  <LOL>

Sandra’s creativity extends beyond telling stories and writing.  As a Graphic Design graduate, she also draws and paints.  Born in Montreal Quebec, she’s lived in rural Ontario with her husband and children for a number of years. WPSandraJJackson

Please check her out at:

https://www.amazon.com/Sandra-J.-Jackson

www.sandrajjackson.com