Making Memories with a New Novel – Memory Makers (Debbie De Louise)

Today, I’m pleased to feature Debbie De Louise and her new mystery novel Memory Makers (part of the Silver Dagger tour).

Twenty-five years ago, Lauren Phelps, age three, and her sister Patty, age five, were kidnapped from their Long Island backyard. Lauren was fortunate enough to escape her captor; Patty, sadly, was not.

Since then, Lauren has suffered from nightmares featuring the “Shadow Man”.  In an attempt to recall his face—and avenge her sister’s murder—Lauren, now a kidnapping investigator, enrolls in a clinical trial for a new memory drug.

At the California offices of Memory Makers, she receives injections of the company’s special serum and starts to experience flashbacks re repressed memories.  Occurring in tandem with the flashbacks: threats from an anonymous source that point back to that wretched childhood trauma.

As she recalls moments from her past, she confronts facts about her relationship with Patty and her parents that she’d not previously, consciously, acknowledged.  Patty had always been her parents’ favorite.  “Baby Doll” to her father, she’d always been the one who got to choose which game to play, book to read, or place to go.

In addition to suffering survivor’s guilt at her sister’s death, Lauren experiences jealousy from a hurtful, harrowing childhood she must come to terms with.  There’s more on Lauren’s laden plate than finding “Shadow Man” (possibly before he finds her).  It’s about finding truths . . . and herself.

A little about Debbie . . . besides being an award-winning author and reference librarian on Long Island, she’s an active member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters-in-Crime, and the Cat Writer’s Association (she has three lovely fuzzy felines).  Published novels include four books in the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series: A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Written in Stone, and Love on the Rocks.  There’s also a paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow, and a mystery thriller, Reason to Die.  And let’s not forget the psychological mystery, Sea Scope.  She has also published a romantic comedy novella and written articles and short stories for several anthologies of various genres.  Impressed?  I am.

Please visit Debbie at:

Website:  https://debbiedelouise.com / Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author / Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian / Bookbub:  https://www.bookbub.com/profile/debbie-de-louise / Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Debbie-De-Louise/e/B0144ZGXPW / Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise

A Plug for a Pal

James J. Cudney IV is a fellow blogger/writer I very much admire—not only for his writing talent, but for his personableness (yes, it’s a word, LOL) and support—but for his commitment to his craft.  He’s currently doing a blog tour for his latest book and I felt compelled to jump on the bandwagon and provide a plug.

His new offering is Hiding Cracked Glass and it is available for pre-sale soon and will be officially published early October 2020.  For those not in the know, it’s the sequel to the family drama Watching Glass Shatter.  I’m stealing a bit of the blurb from Goodreads (I hope you don’t mind, Jay):

The wealthy Glass family lost its patriarch, Benjamin Glass, sooner than expected. Benjamin’s widow, Olivia, and her 5 sons each react to his death in their own way while preparing for the reading of his will. Olivia receives a very unexpected confession from her late husband about one of their sons that could shatter the whole family.

Intrigued?  I certainly am.  The sequel sounds no less riveting . . .

An ominous blackmail letter appears at an inopportune moment. The recipient’s name is accidentally blurred out upon arrival. Which member of the Glass family is the ruthless missive meant for?  In the powerful sequel to Watching Glass Shatter, Olivia is the first to read the nasty threat and assumes it’s meant for her. When the mysterious letter falls into the wrong hands and is read aloud, it throws the entire Glass family into an inescapable trajectory of self-question.

I can’t wait!  If you haven’t read Watching Glass Shatter—or Father Figure or any of Jay’s Braxton Campus mysteries—I heartily recommend you do.  You won’t be disappointed.  Every book is a solid, absorbing read (the mysteries being lighter and quite entertaining).

WPJayABesides being an author and blogger, Jay’s also a reader and reviewer, genealogist and researcher, and thinker.   Can you spell p-r-o-l-i-f-i-c?

Please check him out at:

Website:  https://jamesjcudney.com

Blog:  https://thisismytruthnow.com

Amazon:  https://bit.ly/JJCIVBooks

Next Chapter:  https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/james-j-cudney

Interview with the Imaginative Jina S. Bazzar

Fellow writer and blogger, Jina S. Bazzar, is the imaginative author of the Roxanne Fosch series.

She’s also a mother, a baker, a chocolate fiend, a coffee enthusiast, and an occasional poet.  A wanderer in this vast world, she’s another body with a passion for the written word. There is no boundary she can’t or won’t cross, and no limit she can’t push.  As Jina avows, her mind “is my passport, my thoughts my mode of transportation”.

A little background: Jina was born and raised in a small quiet town in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she experienced a happy and fulfilling childhood.  And like most writers, her love of books began at a young age . . . but, unlike most authors, she never aspired to become one.

Thankfully, she did, however . . . so let’s learn a little more about Jina the writer.

How do you get your creativity to flow (mine’s a few blasts of caffeine, LOL)? What motivates you to keep writing? 

I need that caffeine to simply function on a daily basis, so I’m not going to count it. My imagination runs wild when I’m doing household chores, baking, listening to loud music, or even exercising. Basically, I need to be doing something. As for what motivates me, I guess it’s the same thing that makes me reach for a book – the need to put things behind and go elsewhere. It could be escapism, but it’s also the pleasure of imagining and exploring endless possibilities. And when I have that first draft, messy as it is, the sense I’ve accomplished something is great. I love patting myself on the back 😉

A common but significant question: what, or who, has inspired you the most as a writer?

I’m not really sure. I’ve read so many books, I’ve admired so many writers, I can’t say one or two have inspired me. To be honest, becoming a writer was a surprise, even to me. When I first began writing, I had absolutely no desire to let anyone read it, much less get published.

Do you have any writing idiosyncrasies? If so, what? 

Not really. I’m the kind of writer who lets the story be guided by instinct. I don’t pause to correct mistakes or plug in holes (though if I decide something in the plot should change, I leave a note between parentheses on the current page). Once my muse slows, I might go back a chapter or two and try to kick start the lazy beast. It usually works, but if not, I get to tidy up some plots. When I’m done with several drafts, and the story is more or less smooth, I like to go back to the beginning and turn on my screen reader to automatic. It’s amazing how many things you can catch just by the way the story flows.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world—real or otherwise—for a year while writing your next book, where would that be and why?

Somewhere where it’s quiet, the weather is moderate, and nothing requires my attention. If you know where that is, let me know!

What do you believe is most important to a story: dynamic characters, intriguing or exciting plot turns and twists, superior dialogue, or spectacular locations/backgrounds?

I think a great book needs all the above. But if I were to choose, I’d say great characters and a great plot are crucial.

Do you have a preferred genre to read and write?

Fantasy is my favorite, and so far, all my published works lie in that area.

Which of your Roxanne Fosch covers do you like best?

They’re all variations of the same cover, with different fonts and coloring, so it’s hard to choose.

On a similar note, which of your Roxanne Fosch books is your favorite?

Heir of Ashes took longer to write, and I can honestly say I have entire scenes memorized – that’s how many times I read it. Heir of Doom has all the scenes and actions I wanted to write for Heir of Ashes but that wouldn’t make sense as a first book. And Heir of Fury has the romance, the friendship, and all the truths. I’d say we have a tie.

What about your favorite character in the series?

I’m assuming the main character doesn’t count? I’d say Diggy, Vicky and Zantry are my favorites. They all have a special place in my heart.

Please share how you came to write this series; where did your inspiration came from?

Heir of Ashes began as a pastime project, something I felt compelled to do when I was in a reading slump. No book I picked was the right one, so I decided to create the right one for myself. It was clunky, full of holes, bad grammar and typos and flat dialogue. When I picked it up to read, the plot held me, and I began making changes and fixing mistakes. By the time I was on the sixth or seventh draft, the story sounded good, but it was still clunky. The first chapter I wrote for Heir of Ashes is now the third, while the third was the first. The last few chapters didn’t exist either, as well as some chapters in the middle. It took years for the story to resemble a book. I’d pick it up, fix a chapter, a scene, or add something new to the story, then put it away for months. And then, one day, I picked it up and found that the story was better than some of the books I read. And that’s when I decided I was going to get it published. I actually believed all I needed was send my query off and the publisher would be dying to publish my book. And when I discovered publishers didn’t accept unsolicited manuscripts, I only shrugged and looked for the most famous literary agency (because you try the best first, right?) and queried exactly one agent. When that didn’t work, I queried another, then ten or fifteen more. Sadly, they all rejected my brilliant work, so I put it aside. It took me a few months before I pushed up my sleeves and decided I’d do it myself, and here I am.

What would you like others to know about Jina the writer . . . and Jina the person?

Hmmm. The writer in me is actually outgoing and enjoys interacting, while Jina the person is an introvert who’d rather stay isolated (I’m fairing pretty good with the pandemic, by the way). We’re both persistent. In my day to day, if there’s something I want, I’ll keep at it until I get it done. The writer in me is the same, I’ll keep pecking until I get the writing done. In my day to day, I’m a multi-tasker, able to stay attentive and observant while doing other things (I.e., keep an ear out for the mischief the kids are causing while talking, listening to music and so on); but the writer tends to shut everything down when working on a book. My thoughts are never linear, meaning there’s usually a bunch of things going on in my head at the same time. The writer is the same, able to listen to multiple voices at the same time, pick up conversations and follow it down the line, discarding it if it clashes with something in the plot, all while typing. Because of that, if I stop or get interrupted, I tend to completely forget my thoughts.

And that made me sound completely insane, I know 😉

Disclaimer: If I’m crazy, it’s because my kids drive me crazy and I’ve memorized the directions without their help, and not because of the voices!

WPJinaUseIf you haven’t read any of Jina’s books, I highly recommend them.  They’re “fantastically” fantastic—taking you to another realm for that much-wanted, much-needed escape.

https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/jina-s-bazzar

https://www.amazon.com/Jina-S.-Bazzar/e/B07B2989VT%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Unabashed Shameless Promotion . . . for Me and My Pal

Yes, another post related to shameless promotion—but it’s not all about me today.  While an interview re yours truly appeared on Julia Sutton’s blog recently (see link below), I’m actually posting about Julia, a lovely woman who has graciously interviewed a number of authors.

WPjulias2AJulia, for those not familiar with her, hails from Wolverhampton in central England, and is an author of contemporary romance and picture books for kids.  She’s penned The School of Dreams series: Book 1 – The School of Dreams, Book 2 – Visions of the Heart, Book 3 – Student Affairs.  Book 4 is in progress.

On a personal note, Julia is happily married with two children and is the proud owner of a Border Collie and two chinchillas.  An avid reader, she also enjoys drawing, cooking, walking, watching films, and drinking lots of tea.  Interests also include animal welfare, looking after the environment, and being kind to people.  How awesome is that?

I’m sure she’d love you to visit.  Please connect with her at:

Facebook Author Page:  www.facebook.com/booksbyjulia1972

Twitter:  Julia Sutton Books @booksbyjulia72

Instagram:  Julia Sutton Books

WordPress:  juliasuttonauthorblog.wordpress.com

. . . And, if you’re interested in seeing my interview, please go to:

https://juliasuttonauthorblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/24/author-interview-with-tyler-collins

 

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)

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
https://www.amazon.com/…/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml…

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/