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December 8: Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015.

In most of these cases, that means I only have one book by them under my belt, but I’d read another… as soon as they publish it/ I have time.

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1. Elizabeth Bear. I read and loved Karen Memory, and I’d love to see some more of Bear’s characters.

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2. Aliette de Bodard. The House of Shattered Wings was an experience–angels in a whole different light. What else could that mind dream up?

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3. Owen Egerton. I bought two of his books at an event, and finally got around to reading them this year. A great example of dark humor.

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4. Una LaMarche. Don’t Fail Me Now is one of those books that flips a switch between sad and funny, and the characters felt real. I admire that skill.

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5. Kristy Logan. The…

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Come Say Hi! #MeetTheAuthor #DeBaryHall

If you’re in the area, come say hi! Would love to meet you!

The Write Stuff

Meet the Authors at DeBary Hall

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DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., will host a free “Meet the Authors” event from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.  Five Central Florida authors will discuss, sign and sell their works in the site’s 19th century hunting lodge.

Participating authors will include:

BILL BELLEVILLE: A Maryland native specializing in nature and conservation. He has written seven creative nonfiction books, including River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida’s St. Johns River and Losing it All to Sprawl. He also has contributed to nine national anthologies and authored more than1,000 articles and essays. Belleville has traveled overseas as a writer for the Discovery Channel and scripted documentaries for NPR and PBS.

ROGER FULTON: A naturalist and outdoor writer who has published several successful management books and a series of trail guides for Florida, New York and Vermont. His definitive publication,

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Beyond Secret Worlds – Aimee Easterling, and Others

Free Anthology! Check it out!

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Just wanted to reassure folks that this book is still showing up listed as free for me, and probably for most here in the U.S. It seems to be screwed up in some other countries, but if you are interested in it, please check it out. As of this morning, it’s still showing free. Yay! (Hope it soon shows up for everyone else, too!)

Here’s the Buy Link: Beyond Secret Worlds

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Excited to announce the release of Pedal

Check out my friend, Louis Lowy’s newest book. It’s currently on sale! Grab it while you can!

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I’m excited to announce the release of my 2nd novel, Pedal, which examines the life of 49-year-old elementary school music teacher, Joanne Brick, who is fired and struggles to reclaim her life back through bicycle racing.FRONT ONLY_lower res

This uplifting story tells how Joanne—who lives with her bossy older sister, and ailing mother—deals with unemployment, loneliness and loss of self-worth. Pedal is a contemporary family drama based around the theme of daring to change and how ordinary people deal with those changes. (Beyond the Book Store just did a wonderful review of Pedal.)

Great news for all who own a Kindle, Assent Publishing has reduced the e-book price for the next couple of days to only 99 cents! For more info and to purchase, here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/Pedal-Kindle

Thanks, and I’d be very grateful if you would share.

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 27 Faith Mortimer @FaithMortimer

#MysteryNovember Day 27 – Faith Mortimer

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The #MysteryNovember tour bus never slows down, so sometimes I can’t quite keep up with it. Today was one of those days, and I’m just now grabbing a moment to tell you that the featured author is Faith Mortimer. You can learn more about Faith and her books at the link below.  Please remember to share the link far and wide, so others may learn about her, as well. Thanks, and enjoy!

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 27 Faith Mortimer @FaithMortimer

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Another Road Trip!

See you soon!

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Good Morning, All!

Hope you each had a wonderful day yesterday, either celebrating Thanksgiving with your friends and families, or simply celebrating a beautiful Thursday in November! There is ALWAYS something to celebrate!

Today, I’ll be running around like a crazy person, getting ready for my trip to Charleston tomorrow. My daughter & family have just bought a new home, and moved in a week ago today, and I’m planning to do my Granny thing, keeping two-year old Kaelen busy while his parents continue the huge job of  unpacking and setting up house. It’s 5+ hour drive from here, but my payoff is this:

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Definitely worth the drive, wouldn’t you say? :)

I’ll be back Wednesday afternoon, so play amongst yourselves until then. I will have my tablet and, of course, my iPhone, with me, and I’ll do my best to check in with you guys each night. But I…

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 26 Jacqueline Jacques @jacqjacq70

#MysteryNovember Day 26 – Jacqueline Jacques

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Today is Day 26 of the #MysteryNovember tour, and our little blue bus is picking up author Jacqueline Jacques. To learn more about Jacqueline,  please click the link below. Don’t forget to share! Thanks, and Enjoy!

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 26 Jacqueline Jacques @jacqjacq70

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 25 Mark Barry @GreenWizard62 #wwwblogs

#MysteryNovember Tour Day 25 – Mark Barry

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Hear that rumble? That’s the #MysteryNovember tour bus lumbering along, on its way to pick up featured author of the day, Mark Barry. To learn more about Mark and what he writes, check out the link below. You’ll be glad you did! And don’t forget to SHARE. Thanks & enjoy!

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 25 Mark Barry @GreenWizard62 #wwwblogs

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Mark Your Calendars, Florida Friends!

Visit DeBary Hall & Meet Florida Authors

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Don’t miss this! The decorations should be beautiful, and you’ll get a chance to meet several Florida authors (including moi!), who would be glad to discuss things ranging from Florida history to leucistic reptiles. We’ll all have books for sale, too,  and will be happy to sign them for you. Do some Christmas shopping that doesn’t involve the Mall. You’ll be glad you did! :)

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 24 CJ Browne #TuesdayBookBlog

#MysteryNovember Day 24 – CJ Browne

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It’s #MysteryNovember Day 24, and our trusty bus is stopping to pick up author CJ Browne. Learn more about  CJ and her books by clicking the link below, but don’t forget to spread the word far and wide.  It makes all the difference in the world! Thanks & enjoy!

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 24 CJ Browne #TuesdayBookBlog

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 23 Marni Graff @GraffMarni

#MysteryNovember Day 23 – Marni Graff

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Can’t believe how fast November is flying by. It’s already Day #23 of the #MysteryNovember tour, and our bus is stopping to pick up author Marni Graff. To learn more about Marni and her books, click on the link below. Just don’t forget to share, please, everywhere you can. Thanks, and enjoy!

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 23 Marni Graff @GraffMarni

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 22 – Nell Peters @paegon @AccentPress #SundayBlogShare

#MysteryNovember Day 22 – Nell Peters

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Day #22 of the #MysteryNovember tour is upon us, and the bus has picked up author Nell Peters. To learn more about Nell and her books, check the link below, and please remember to share. It’s what we do. ;) Enjoy!

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 22 – Nell Peters @paegon @AccentPress #SundayBlogShare

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 21 Sam Cheever @samcheever

#MysteryNovember Day 21 – Sam Cheever

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Here comes that #MysteryNovember tour bus, and today it’s stopping to pick up author Sam Cheever. Learn more about Sam and her work at the link below, and please don’t forget the part about sharing everywhere you can. We’ll do the same for you, when it’s y our turn. :) Enjoy!

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 21 Sam Cheever @samcheever

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 20 Geoffrey West @GeoffreyDWest #FREE download

#MysteryNovember Day 20- Geoffrey David West

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Happy Freya’s Day, Everyone! Today, the #MysteryNovember tour bus stops to pick up Geoffrey D. West. To learn more about Geoffrey and his books, click the link below. And . . . ready for it? . . . please remember to share far and wide, so others can meet writers new to them, as well. Thanks!

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 20 Geoffrey West @GeoffreyDWest #FREE download

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 19 – Alison Layland @AlisonLayland

#MysteryNovember Day 19 – Alison Layland. All caught up now. Will post one of these a day, through November 30. Hope you enjoy checking these writers out, and sharing with your peeps! :)

Rosie Amber

Welcome to Day 19 of #MysteryNovember

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Today our guest is Alison Layland and her book Someone Else’s Conflict

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‘The boy looks up and sees the foreigner’s rifle aimed at him. Why is this man here? This is not his conflict, it is not the boy’s… it is hell.

Jay has been home for a long time, but the ghosts of Yugoslavia are still with him as he busks his way round the country. Marilyn is fresh out of a controlling relationship and desperate to reassert her independence. The last thing she needs is to fall for an itinerant storyteller who has a strange relationship with the truth. And then the police call on her. When the past catches up with the present and stories become reality, Jay and Marilyn must decide who to believe and who to betray.

Alison Layland

Where is your home town?

The easy answer is Bradford, West…

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 18 Carol Hedges @caroljhedges #wwwblogs

#MysteryNovember Day 18 – Carol Hedges

Rosie Amber

Day 18 of the #MysteryNovember book tour, hop aboard the bus and enjoy the ride.

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Today our guest is Carol Hedges and her book Death and Dominion.

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When Detectives Stride & Cully are called in to investigate a fatal case of arsenic poisoning, they quickly realise that there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. Despite their best efforts, secrets and lies will dog the investigation and frustrate their efforts. It will take all the skill and ingenuity of two of Scotland Yard’s finest to get to the truth of the matter.
 
Meanwhile London is playing host to two enigmatic strangers: 
Darkly handsome Mark Hawksley has come to enrich himself at the expense of the gullible and greedy by selling fake shares in a bogus diamond mine company. 
Beautiful Belinda Kite has come to find excitement and adventure, and maybe bag herself the prize of a…

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 17 – William Savage @penandpension

#MysteryNovember Day 17 – William Savage

Rosie Amber

Join us for the #MysteryNovember Book Tour.

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Our guest today is William Savage and his book An Unlamented Death

An Unlamented Death

When Dr. Adam Bascom trips over a body in Gressington churchyard, he never imagines it will change the whole direction of his life. As a recently-qualified physician trying to establish a practice in a small market town in north Norfolk, Adam should be devoting all his energy to his business. But it soon becomes clear that the authorities are intent on making sure the death is accepted as an accident and refuse any deeper investigation. Adam’s curiosity and sense of justice cannot accept this. He knows there are many unanswered questions about the death, but he has no standing that would allow him to become involved formally. Instead, he uses friends, old and new, unexpected contacts and even his own mother to help him get to the truth. Set against the…

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 16 @MarciaMeara

#MysteryNovember Day 16 – Marcia Meara (yep, that’s me!) :)

Rosie Amber

Welcome to Day 16 of the #MysteryNovember Book tour.

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Today our guest is Marcia Meara and her book Swamp Ghosts.

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Wildlife photographer Gunnar Wolfe looked like the kind of guy every man wanted to be and every woman just plain wanted, and the St. Johns River of central Florida drew him like a magnet. EcoTour boat owner Maggie Devlin knew all the river’s secrets, including the deadliest ones found in the swamps. But neither Maggie nor Gunn was prepared for the danger that would come after them on two legs.

On a quest to make history photographing the rarest birds of them all, Gunnar hires the fiery, no-nonsense Maggie to canoe him into the most remote wetland areas in the state. He was unprepared for how much he would enjoy both the trips and Maggie’s company. He soon realizes he wants more than she’s prepared…

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 15 John Privilege @BeardyJohn #SundayBlogShare

#MysteryNovember Day 15 – John Privilege

Rosie Amber

Welcome to Day 15 of the #MysteryNovember book tour.

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Today our guest is John Privilege and his book The American Policeman

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After everything, there is peace. The Collective took London away from the gangs that terrorised the city after the plague and the slow terror of the Breakdown. The blood on the streets has dried. There is food, water and good housing. Everyone has work. But the meek have not inherited the earth. On a bitterly cold night a woman is brutalised and murdered, shattering the fragile calm of the city. The investigation of London’s first murder in two years falls to Inspector Timothy Conlan and the District team of the New Metropolitan Police. Tim ‘Con’ Conlan serenely navigates the harsh new London. He is dedicated, conscientious and smiling. Around him society is broken. People are traumatised, fearful and wracked with guilt. Now the dark, empty spaces…

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 14 Evelyn Cullet @EvelynCullet

#MysteryNovember Day 14 – Evelyn Cullet

Rosie Amber

It’s Day 14 of #MysteryNovember hop on board the bus and enjoy the ride.

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Our guest today is Evelyn Cullet and her book Masterpiece of Murder.

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Heartbroken American art student, Charlotte Ross, is so intent on locating her errant fiancé that she submits someone else’s painting as her own in order to gain access to a Master art class being held in the resort city of Bariloche, Argentina—the place her lost love was last seen. When the painting gets her accepted into the class given by a world-famous artist and womanizer, being a novice makes keeping up with the others nearly impossible as she struggles to fake her way though, while trying to win back the man she loves.

But her fiancé has his own reason for being in Bariloche. He’s after a stolen art masterpiece. After he talks her into helping him, Charlotte’s life suddenly gets…

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 13 – Dena Haggerty @denaehaggerty

#MysteryNovember Day 13 – Dena Haggerty

Rosie Amber

Hop on board the Mystery Tour bus and enjoy the ride.

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Today our guest is Dena Haggerty and her book Love in the Time of Murder.

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Synopsis:

In Love in the Time of Murder, the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives face their toughest case yet. Delilah, or Dee as she wishes everyone would just call her already, is the granddaughter of one of the knitting detectives and her life is in a bit of a shambles. She finally manages to pry herself away from her husband’s clutches, move out on her own, and start her own business. But then her estranged husband is murdered and she’s the number one suspect. The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives aren’t about to let one of their own get sent to the slammer and jump at the chance to search for the true killer. As if Dee doesn’t have enough problems, the knitting detectives decide that…

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 12 – Simon Cornish @unforgivingmuse

#MysteryNovember Day 12 – Simon Cornish

Rosie Amber

Climb on board the Mystery Tour bus and enjoy the ride.

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Today our guest is Simon Cornish and his book Rosetta.

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Book Blurb:

Damaged, enigmatic and beautiful, Rosetta could prove to be the key to unlocking a three-thousand-year-old mystery that would shake modern science to its roots.
With the unexpected death of his old university professor, Graham Chandlers travels to Exeter for the funeral. He is surprised to learn the professor had a daughter, Rosetta. He is even more surprised when she performs a strange ritual at the funeral service. A ritual delivered in an ancient language that only a handful of paleolinguists, Graham included, would have a hope of understanding.
Already intrigued by Rosetta, he is drawn in further when he is left the professor’s journals. Journals that hint at a cover up concerning the professor’s last dig and a mystery for which Rosetta holds the key. But the…

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 11 – Chris Birdy @CHRISBIRDY1

#MysteryNovember Day 11 – Chris Birdy

Rosie Amber

Hop on board the Mystery Tour bus and enjoy the ride.

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Today our guest is Chris Birdy and her book Girl in the Red Pajamas

Girl In The Red Pajamas

The Girl in Red Pajamas begins when two lesbians have a smack down in a Boston restaurant. After one is found dead stuffed in the back of the other’s SUV, their families line up and point fingers. Tensions mount as relatives question religious beliefs, and the police gather evidence to build a case against the survivor. Bogie McGruder becomes deeply involved in the investigation because one woman is his sister and the other, his old girlfriend. This third book in the Pajamas Trilogy brings the series to a glorious end.

Chris Birdy

Where is your home town? 

I live outside Boston, Massachusetts.  I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a steel town that depended on industry for survival.

What do you like about writing in the…

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 10 – Georgia Rose @GeorgiaRoseBook #TuesdayBookBlog

#MysteryNovember Day 10 – Georgia Rose

Rosie Amber

It’s Day 10 of the #MysteryNovember book tour, hop aboard and enjoy the ride.

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Today our guest is Georgia Rose and her book Before The Dawn.

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…he moved closer and slowly ran the point of his blade along my jaw line as he spoke softly, intimately, to me. 

“So, you are Trent’s woman. Now that is very…appealing.” I glared back at him silently.’

There are testing times ahead for Grayson and Trent as trouble threatens Melton Manor. When an attack is made against those on the estate, Grayson gets caught in the middle finding herself and those around her in terrible danger. Terrified when she thinks tragedy has struck again she fights to protect those she now views as family and, suffering bloodshed and pain, confronts her fears – both brought by the enemy and by the one she loves.

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Where is your home town?

Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire – although…

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 9 – Gerald Darnell @darnellgerald

#MysteryNovember Day 9 – Gerald Darnell

Rosie Amber

Hop on board the Mystery tour bus and enjoy the ride.

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Today our guest is Gerald Darnell and his book The Illegals.

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‘The Illegals’

Crime DOES pay – especially crime that has the support of our legal system.

Carson’s investigative work for Attorney Jack Logan runs smack into the path of the largest law firm in West Tennessee. Trying to stay out of their path only succeeds in putting Carson in the crosshairs of lawyers who want him out of the way.

Power struggles, infidelity, organized crime and eventually murder all appear to be somehow linked to this powerful law firm – McCabe, McCabe, Clark and Lewis.

This is a story of the small versus the large in a little West Tennessee community that has no idea of the crime and corruption that lay underneath their quiet daily lives.

Join Carson as he takes on the fight of his career…

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