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Interview and Review DJ Park Author – The Mystery of the Weeping Friar

Interview and Review DJ Park Author - The Mystery of the Weeping Friar
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I just finished reading the novel The Mystery of the Weeping Friar, written by DJ Parks-a husband and wife team also know as Doug Parker and Jan Parker. I had the pleasure of interviewing the pleasant couple and write an honest review. All answers are in their own words.

About the Authors

Interview and Review DJ Park Author - The Mystery of the Weeping Friar

Copied from the back of the book –  Doug and Jan Parker (Writing under the pen name DJ Park) enjoy outdoor activities, cooking, and music. They live in southwest Colorado.

The Synopsis of The Mystery of the Weeping Friar

All is not as it appears in the art world of New Mexico – mystery surrounds the art dealers, the buyers and even the pieces of art themselves, especially the legendary religious figurine known as the Weeping Friar. In this sequel to GoneAwary Colorado Bureau of Investigation agent David Harroswen and his wife Althia “Tee” get swept up in the mysteries while visiting Tee’s sister. As more and more deadly chaos erupts Continue reading “Interview and Review DJ Park Author – The Mystery of the Weeping Friar”

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Interview – Antoinette Truglio Martin – Author of Hug Everyone You Know

Interview with Antoinette Truglio Martin - Author of - Hug Everyone You Know

For the past few weeks, I’ve enjoyed reading Hug Everyone You Know by Antoinette Truglio Martin and write an honest review.  I also had the pleasure of interviewing Martin and talk about her works. Nothing has been altered in her answers, everything is in her own words.

About the Author

Interview with Antoinette Truglio Martin - Author of - Hug Everyone You Know

(Copied from Martin’s author’s page) Antoinette Truglio Martin is a speech therapist and special education teacher by training but really wants to be a writer when she grows up. She has been collecting writing and fashioning stories forever. Over the years, Antoinette had been a regular columnist in local periodicals and had several essays featured in newsletters and literary reviews. Her children’s picture book, Famous Seaweed Soup was published in 1993 (Albert Whitman Co.) She proudly holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook/Southampton University (2016)  Continue reading “Interview – Antoinette Truglio Martin – Author of Hug Everyone You Know”

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New York Times Adult Fiction Best Sellers of 2017 – Part 2

 

The List part 2

As mentioned in last weeks post, there are thirty books on the New York Times Adult Fiction Best Seller List. This week I have posted the remaining fifteen that held the number one spot for one week or more.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

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A gripping psychological suspense thriller. A single mother is found dead at the bottom of a river. Earlier in the summer, a teenage girl was found dead in the same river. The daughter left behind is placed in the care of her aunt, who is now dragged back to the place she vowed she’d never return to.

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

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The thirty thousand Bodine Ranch in Montana has been home to four generations. Many years ago an aunt runs away, never to be heard from again until she suddenly reappears when a battered body is found in the snow. The Ranch finds itself caught up in family ties and twisted passion.

Camino Island by John Grisham

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A daring heist occurs at the vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Bruce Cable owns the popular bookstore on Camino Island in Florida but makes his real money as a prominent dealer in rare books. Few know he deals in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts. Soon there is trouble in Paradise.

House of Spies by Daniel Silva

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Gabriel Allon, the legendary spy, assassin, and art restorer, from Silva’s bestseller The Black Widow returns in this thrilling new novel. Allon is back and out for revenge, detern=mined to hunt down the worlds most dangerous terrorist, a shadowy ISIS mastermind known as Saladin.

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

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Renee Ballad works the night shift on the LAPD in Hollywood, beginning many investigations, but finishing few. When her shift ends, she hands the cases over to the morning shift. But two deaths cross her path, one of a prostitute and the other a waitress. She refuses to pass them over and juggles her night shifts with her days spent working the cases – putting her career and life on the line.

The Medical Examiner by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

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Women’s Murder Club mystery. Two bodies arrive at the morgue, one is still breathing. A woman entertains a man that is not her husband. A shooter blows the lover away and leaves the millionairess for dead. A thrilling suspenseful case for the women’s murder club.

Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber

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Shay Benson adores her youngest brother, Caden and would do anything for him. But when he owes some men money and the threatened him,  Shay crosses lines she should never have crossed, turning her life upside-down.

Lost and alone she wanders into a church and meets Drew. It’s the beginning of a new friendship, possibly more. But Caden returns to town, threatening to undo her new life.

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown

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Kerra Bailey, a TV journalist, seeks to interview Major Franklin Trapper to skyrocket her career. Known as a hero for leading a handful of survivors to safety after the bombing of a Dallas hotel twenty-five years ago.  Dropping out of the spotlight after a few appearances,  Kerra intends to seek his estranged son as a gateway to his father. But the interview goes catastrophically awry with unknown assailants targeting the major and Kerra.

“Y” is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

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Private investigator Kinsey Millhorn returns after four boys are sexually assaulted at an elite private school. The crime is filmed and not long after the tape goes missing and a fellow classmate is murdered. Years later, a copy of the tape arrives with a ransom demand. Kinsey is called to crack the case – and finds it to be the most disturbing case she has had to face.

Glass Houses by Louise Penny

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The latest in the Gamache books. A  mysterious figure arrives in Three Towns. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. Later the figure disappears and a body is found. A gripping mystery for Gamache to solve.

Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb – An Eve Dallas Novel

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Larinda Mars, a self-proclaimed professional reporter is stabbed in the brachial artery while in the ladies room of a chic nightclub in Manhattan. With a side business in Blackmail, where she seeks out the rich, finds their secrets and bleeds them dry. Someone has sought revenge on Larinda  Eva Dallas doesn’t like Larinda Mars, but she likes murder less. To solve the crime, Eva must discover what secrets Larinda revealed.

A column of Fire by Ken Follett

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Set in 1558, a tale that takes the reader deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, murder, and two lovers who discover they are on opposing sides of the religious conflicts dividing England. Their affair seems doomed and marriage impossible.

The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille

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U.S Army combat veteran Daniel “Mac” MacCormick is living the good life in Key West – owner of a charter fishing boat. Carlos, a hotshot Miami Lawyer, heavily involved with anti-Castro groups want to hire Mac for a ten-day fishing trip at the standard price. Mac suspects there’s more to this and turns him down. When the price goes up to twenty-million, Mac agrees to hear the details and learns there is sixty-million Amercian dollars hidden in Cuba that needs to be found before someone else finds it. If Mac takes the job, he’ll walk away rich or not at all.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King

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A father/son collaboration – a world without women. Something happens when women go to sleep. The become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze and go off to a better place. If they are disturbed or woken, they become violent. One woman “Eva Blade” is immune to the sleeping disease. Some want to kill her, others want to save her. What happens in an all-man world?

Origins by Dan Brown

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Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire, and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

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Law students, Mark, Todd and Zola find themselves caught up in the “Great Law School Scam.” Attending a for-profit law school where its graduates rarely pass the bar or get good jobs. They also learn the school is chain owned by New York Hedge-Fund who also happen to own a bank specializing in students loans. Leaving law school a few months before graduation, would be crazy, right? Well yes and no…

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly

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Harry Bosch returns as a volunteer for the San Fernando police Deptmanet, working cold cases. A murdered pharmacist leads Bosch into the dangerous world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse. Another old case comes back to haunt him when an-imprisoned killer states he was framed by Bosch. Having left the dept on bad terms his fellow former colleagues are not keen on defending him and Bosh must do it on his own. Two cases where Bosch learns there are two kinds of truths.

The Midnight Line by Lee Child

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A Jack Reacher Novel.  While strolling through a small town in Wisconsin, Reacher sees a graduation ring in the window of a porn shop and wonders why someone would give up a hard-earned trophy. Wanting to learn more he digs deeper and founds the woman who owned the ring. The deeper he digs the more he sees, that the ring is just a small link t something bigger.

Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich

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A Stephanie Plum book- Plum returns in book #24, facing more trouble. Simon Diggery, a professional grave robber, refuses to let Plum take him in unless she takes care of his snake. In another case, headless bodies are showing up all over town and to add to her troubles, Diseal is back in town, causing more problems for her.

The People Vs. Alex Cross

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Alex Cross, a well-respected detective, finds himself on the other side of the law. Fighting for his career and his freedom. Can he prove it was self-defense? Even though he has been suspended from the department, Cross can’t say no to his former partner, John Sampson, who brings him gruesome video tied to the disappearance of several young girls. Can Cross save himself and crack the case?

Darker by E L James

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Christian Grey is determined to win Anastasia Steele back by suppressing his darkest desires and loving her on her terms. But Ana’s scheming boos wants her all for himself. Caught in a web of desire and Christians demons from the past, will Slater be able to keep her?

Year One by Nora Roberts

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It began on New Year’s Eve. The sickness came on suddenly and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated. In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain. The end has come. The beginning comes next.

2017 Provided readers with a vast array of outstanding novels to choose from. These made it to number one. Which Have you read? I would love to know your thoughts on them.

 

New York Best Sellers Part 1

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New York Times Adult Fiction Best Sellers of 2017 – Part 1

New York Times Adult Fiction Best Sellers of 2017 - Part 1

 

Being #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List

For most authors and readers the most prestigious list for book sales is the New York Times Best Sellers, established in 1931. If your book makes it on the list, a vast array of opportunities will probably flock your way. Recognition will sure to follow along with possible movie deals, TV shows, interviews and new contracts. You will be able to splash New York Times Best Seller across your cover. Continue reading “New York Times Adult Fiction Best Sellers of 2017 – Part 1”

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Book Review – KILLER SMILE by Lisa Scottoline

 

book review killer smile by Lisa Scottoline

I’ve been a fan of Lisa Scottoline’s books for many years. This is book 9 of 11 in the Rosato & DiNunzio series. Like the other books in the series, I enjoyed Killer Smile immensely. A murder mystery thriller with history and some humor added to the mix.

About the Author

Copied from the author’s page of the book – Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling author and a former trial lawyer. She has won the highest prize in crime fiction, Continue reading “Book Review – KILLER SMILE by Lisa Scottoline”

A day in my Life

Finding myself stranded and unprepared

Finding myself stranded and unprepared

I’ll get around to doing it

How many times have we said this to ourselves? Things we know we should do, but constantly put it off.  I have lived on Frazier Mountain for over fifteen years. Our elevation is 5,000ft and in the past, we’ve had some pretty harsh winters. There were times when I was snowed in for days. My car, buried in five feet of snow. It’s during these times, I remind myself that I need to stock my car with emergency supplies, in case I find myself stranded.  Years later, I still haven’t done this and last week I wish I had. My fears became a reality when I actually found myself stranded and unprepared.

Finding myself stranded and unprepared

The weather was not a concern

That morning I had plans drive to Pine Mountain Club – another small mountain community, less than nine miles away. I had plans to help a friend get ready for the holidays. The skies were blue, there were no winds but it was rather chilly – fifty degrees. I dressed in jeans, a t-shirt, sweatshirt and leather knee-high dress boots with a low heel. The thought to bring a jacket crossed my mind but that’s as far as it went and I left without one.  There was speculation of a light dusting of snow by late afternoon and  I planned to be home before then. Continue reading “Finding myself stranded and unprepared”

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Interview with Dillon Shafer – Author of Blood Soaked Gemini

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of Reading Dillon Shafer’s debut novel “Blood Soaked Gemini”  write my own personal review and interview Dillon.

About the Author

Interview with Dillon Shafer - Author of Blood Soaked Gemini

 

(Copied from his author’s page on Amazon) A college student from Edmonton, Albert, Dillon made his first forays into professional writing by entering the “Writers Digest Writing Competition” in 2014. His debut novel “Blood Soaked Gemini” was published in 2016. Continue reading “Interview with Dillon Shafer – Author of Blood Soaked Gemini”

"Reckless Beginnings" Journey, A day in my Life

Drowning in editing – A much needed break – dealing with editing blues

Drowning in editing - A much-needed break - dealing with editing blues

My life for the past three months

If you’ve been following my blog, you’re probably aware that I received my book “Reckless Beginning” back from the editor in September. We are now in December and I honestly can’t believe I’ve been working diligently on my edits for three months. After my normal eight-hour day job, I’ve been spending the rest of my days going through the manuscript in dept. Continue reading “Drowning in editing – A much needed break – dealing with editing blues”

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All Time Favorite Classic Christmas Books for Children

All Time Favorite Classic Christmas Books for Children

  Sharing the joy of books at Christmas

My fondest memories of Christmas, are those reading Christmas books with my parents and many years later, reading the same books to my son and now today I read them to my grandsons. These timeless classics continue to be treasured by my family, generation after generation. Traditions of curling up with a cup of hot cocoa, a warm blanket and those close to our hearts, sharing the time together reading on Christmas Eve. For me, this is priceless. Continue reading “All Time Favorite Classic Christmas Books for Children”

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Facebook Groups for Authors, Writers and Readers

Facebook Groups for Authors, Writers and Readers

Why I have joined some groups for Authors, Writers, and readers

While I’m currently working on the editing stages of my debut novel “Reckless Beginnings”, I have been researching groups on Facebook that I may benefit from. With Facebook being the giant of social media platforms, there are plenty to choose from. Continue reading “Facebook Groups for Authors, Writers and Readers”