Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Year of the Tiger

Patricia Gligor

I recently discovered that I was born in one of the years designated as "The Year of the Tiger." I couldn't help but smile when I read that and here's why.

When my first book was accepted for publication, my mother asked me what pen name I was going to use. When I told her I intended to use my "real" name, she reminded me that Gligor is frequently  mispronounced and/or misspelled. "I think you should use a simpler name, one that readers will remember," she told me.

But I was adamant. However, as much as we all hate to admit that our mother is right, time has proven her point. My name has been mangled on more than one occasion and I cringe every time that happens. Still, I stand by my decision and I decided to end this year and to start the new year by setting the record straight.

My last name is Gligor. It's my maiden name, which I took back after my divorce several years ago. In Romania, where my paternal grandfather was born, our name was pronounced Glee-gore but in the Americanized version Gligor rhymes with tiger. (Now you know why I was smiling.)

I hope you'll stop in to visit with me in the months ahead. If you have a suggestion for a topic you'd like me to write about, please let me know. And, as always, I welcome and appreciate your comments.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

New Release: Murder the Tey Way

Professor Lexie Driscoll is discussing Josephine Tey's books at a Golden Age of Mystery book club meeting when her sister Gayle arrives, terrified for her life. She had witnessed her boyfriend's murder and fears the murderer is coming after her. The next morning a man's body is found lying in Lexie's backyard. Gayle takes off, and Lexie is worried that her sister may have murdered the man, believing he's been sent to kill her. Determined to learn the truth, Lexie investigates. She discovers the book club members have secrets and hidden vices that lead to more murders and unexpected revelations.

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Marilyn Levinson

A former Spanish teacher, Marilyn Levinson writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and books for kids. Murder the Tey Way is the second book in her Golden Age of Mystery Book Club Mysteries. Many readers have praised Murder a la Christie, the first book in the series. Untreed Reads has brought out new e-editions of her Twin Lakes mysteries: A Murderer Among Us, awarded a Suspense Magazine Best Indie, and Murder in the Air. Uncial Press e-publishes her ghost mystery, Giving Up the Ghost, and her romantic suspense, Dangerous Relations. All of Marilyn's mysteries take place on Long Island, where she lives. Her books for young readers include No Boys Allowed; Rufus and Magic Run Amok, which was awarded a Children's Choice; Getting Back to Normal, & And Don't Bring Jeremy.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mystery Author of the Month: Lucy Arlington

Join literary agent, Lila Wilkins, as she rides her yellow scooter through the enchanting hamlet of Inspiration Valley, North Carolina, where she spends her days discovering new writing talent and solving crimes…

PLAYED BY THE BOOK (Available for Pre-order Now! Release date: 2/3/2015)

The New York Times bestselling Novel Idea Mysteries make their return with Lila Wilkins, literary agent and “murder magnet,” planning a book signing garden party. But things aren’t coming up roses when she has to weed out a dangerous killer…

The owner of the Novel Idea Literary Agency is thrilled when former local boy and popular television show host Damian York returns to Inspiration Valley, North Carolina, to launch his new gardening book. But Lila is less than excited about the hubbub when she sees her mounting to-do list. Between planning York’s gala and sprucing up her yard for another event, she’s spread too thin—especially after she finds a skull buried in her flowerbeds.

As Lila’s macabre discovery leads to other secrets hidden in Inspiration Valley’s past, a member of the local garden club is found slumped over her prize roses—murdered. Now it’s up to Lila to dig through old mysteries and new clues to unearth a murderer before someone else is found pushing up daisies…

Lucy Arlington is the pen name of Susan Furlong.

Lucy Arlington was originally conceived by the writing team of Ellery Adams and Sylvia May. Together, they wrote the first three books in the New York Times bestselling Novel Idea series: Buried in a Book; Every Trick in the Book; and Books, Cooks, and Crooks. Susan has taken over the series with the fourth installment, Played by the Book.

For the past twenty years, Susan has worked as a translator, an academic writer and a ghost writer. Four years ago, she entered into fiction writing with the publication of her first short story. Since then, she has published two novels and several additional short stories, including numerous mysteries with Woman’s World Magazine. In addition to writing as Lucy Arlington, Susan is the author of the upcoming mystery series, The Georgia Peach Mysteries—a cozy mystery about an ex-humanitarian aid worker who returns to middle Georgia to help run her family peach farm. The first book in this series, Peaches and Scream, will release in July of 2015.

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