Friday, December 14, 2012

Three Christmas Treats

A book is one of the best gifts you can give someone for Christmas. Here are three mystery novels that take place at Christmastime to add to your shopping list. Oh, and don't forget to include your own name!

The story takes place the week before Christmas when the stress of the holidays is enough to frazzle anyone’s nerves. Tensions increase when a friend begs Muriel to team up with a sexy private investigator to find a missing woman. Forced to deal with an embezzler, kidnapper, and femme fatale is bad enough, but add Muriel’s zany yet loveable family to the mix and their desire to win the coveted D-DAY (Death Defying Act of the Year) Award that’s presented on Christmas Eve, and the situation can only get worse.
Frank, Incense and Muriel is recipient of the prestigious 2011 Holt Medallion Award of Merit.

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Anne K. Albert

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A romantic Christmas vacation for…five? This wasn’t exactly what Jessie and Wilson had in mind when they planned their trip to the tropics. But when Jessie’s delightfully spry mother, Wilson’s surfer dude son, and Jessie’s rabidly hyperactive New York agent decide to tag along the fun begins. What kind of trouble can these three oddest of odd balls possibly get into? Take a guess.

Cindy Blackburn 
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Collies and people in peril cast a shadow over Christmas in Foxglove Corners. It’s December in Foxglove Corners, and the snow is falling. On Sunset Lake, Jennet Ferguson sees a skater fall through the thin ice and calls for help. But there’s no girl and no body. Meanwhile, in the nearby town of Lakeville, a collie stands accused of murdering her mistress. As she plans a Christmas celebration and a New Year’s Eve wedding, Jennet discovers that she must first solve the mysteries of the phantom skater and the killer dog.

Dorothy Bodoin 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The End of the Mystery We Write Blog Tour

Yesterday was the last day of the Mystery We Write blog tour. I had a great time and I hope you did too. I'd like to thank the fourteen authors who invited me to their blogs and I'd like to thank the many people who left comments on my blog and the blogs I visited. I'd also like to thank Anne K. Albert for organizing the tour. She did a fantastic job!

As promised, today is the day I announce the name of the person who won a signed copy of Unfinished Business. I put the names of everyone who left a comment on the various blogs where I was featured in a hat (actually it was a Tupperware bowl) and the name I pulled out was J.R. Lindermuth. John, I'll be contacting you via email to get your mailing address. Congratulations!

Participating in a blog tour is a lot of work but this tour was well worth every minute I spent writing posts, responding to comments and leaving comments of my own. I'm sorry to see it end.

In the past fifteen days, you've met some wonderful authors and read about their books. I hope you will order the novels that you were most interested in reading. And, remember, Christmas is just around the corner and there's no better gift than a book. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

"Death of a Perfect Man" by M.M. Gornell

Glad to be visiting your blog today, Patricia. You’ve asked me to write about one of my characters. I usually feel the closest to my latest protagonist and fictional “friends” (all my books are standalones), but Mitch Malone, Wendy Gager’s protagonist already grilled my dear Margot Madison-Cross from Lies of Convenience on her blog. And Marilyn Meredith asked me to interview one of my characters, and I chose Neil Knight, a supporting character from Reticence of Ravens that I’ve become quite fond of.
In thinking further about my characters, I realized I often slight intrepid Jada Beaudine, the heroine in Death of a Perfect Man, my second novel. So, I’m putting Jada in the spotlight for this blog. Here’s a short synopsis of her adventure:
Jada Beaudine has lost her husband Terry in a tragic and mysterious boating accident--and she badly needs a change. She leaves her home in Puget Sound to get away from the horror, the memories, and the relentless glare of publicity that surrounded her husband’s death.
Alone, she drives south and by the second evening finds herself taking a wrong turn in the stark Mojave high desert of interior Southern California. While mesmerized by the bigger-than-life beauty of a desert sunset, she nearly runs out of gas in the middle of nowhere. Amid mounting apprehension, she manages to find the odd “Red Rock Inn & CafĂ©,” a lost, creepy old resort from some other place and time--where, Irina, a strange emerald-eyed woman materializes and convinces her to stay the night.
She’ll check out early in the morning and be on her way, right?
But by morning, events unravel quickly and Jada finds herself pulled straight into the scene of a bizarre murder. As she reluctantly tries to make sense of this murder, it’s soon followed by yet another. And all the while, Jada is being followed by people with varied, surprising, and even sinister agendas of their own.
Yes, she may have a knack for solving murders—as psychic Irina seems to know—but in this off-kilter scenario, Jada has her own powerful hunch that the next victim will be her. And every time she tries to leave this otherworldly place, she finds that somehow she can’t…
A side note—Jada is a potter, the first victim is a potter, and I also dabble. I wrote this novel while moving from Washington State and house-hunting in Southern California. We (husband and two dogs) were on the road a lot, and a particular collection of structures on a particular stretch of Highway 395/I-14 kept catching my eye—actually called out quite strongly to me—and Death of a Perfect Man and Jada Beaudine were born.

To your question, is my character a composite of people I know? Gosh, I sure hope not. If feels to me like people-reality does go into my brain, but what comes out in my stories—I think and hope—is unconnected bits-and-pieces of reality melded into “something” unique. For better or worse, the characters that appear are the result of some kind of “fictional chemistry experiment.” I can’t point to one character that I can identify as a particular person I’ve met or known—including myself.

Thanks so much, Patricia, it’s been great visiting with you today. Especially since this is the last day of our tour, and I’m sort of melancholy about that; so I’m glad I’m saying goodbye with you, a past tour-friend!
Madeline (M.M.) Gornell has four published mystery novels—PSWA awarding winning Uncle Si’s Secret (2008); Death of a Perfect Man (2009); Eric Hoffer Fiction finalist and Honorary Mention winner, the da Vinci Eye finalist, and Montaigne Medalist finalist Reticence of Ravens (2011); and PSWA award winner and Hollywood Book Festival Honorary Mention Lies of Convenience (2012). Both Reticence of Ravens and Lies of Convenience are Route 66 mysteries. 
Madeline is also a potter with a fondness for stoneware and reduction firing. She lives with her husband and assorted canines in the Mojave Desert in a town on internationally revered Route 66.

Madeline’s books are available at, Barnes &, and Smashwords, in paper and e-book formats. You can visit her online at her website , or her BLOG or email her directly at

Buster, Dobie, and Mugs (the latest) are each drawing a name from comments for free copies of Lies of Convenience (or a M.M. Gornell title of your choosing) 
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