Thursday, September 30, 2010

Giveaway ~ Dirty Rotten Tendrils by Kate Collins (5 copies)

Dirty Rotten Tendrils: A Flower Shop MysteryDirty Rotten Tendrils: A Flower Shop Mystery 
Author ~ Kate Collins
Publisher ~ Signet
Publication Date ~ October 5, 2010

 When high-powered lawyer Ken "the Lip" Lipinski is found dead from a suspicious overdose, florist and amateur sleuth Abby Knight finds it hard to swallow that his opposing counsel-and her old boss-is the murderer.

 Kate Collins writes this great cozy mystery series featuring the awesome Abby Knight. Her latest book Dirty Rotten Tendrils comes out on Tueday. (My review should be posted this weekend)  In honor of her husband, who died early this morning, and in support of Kate, I will be giving away 5 copies of her book.  I hope that you'll help me in supporting Kate and her family by entering this contest.

GIVEAWAY  Rules for entering:

  • This contest is open to residents of USA residents only!
  • Please complete the form below - do not leave information in the comments - it will not count.
  • The contest will end on October 15, 2010 at 11:59PM EST; 5 winners will be selected and contacted thereafter.
  • Once the winner is contacted, they will have 48 hours to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen (make sure to check your spam filters!).
  • Book will be shipped directly from Amazon.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Check out this giveaway on Meg Waite Clayton's Blog

This giveaway is being held HERE (not at Lori's Reading Corner)  

To celebrate the paperback release of Allison Hoover Bartlett’s The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession, I’m having a copy sent to one lucky winner! Enter to win this Indie Next selection, Barnes & Noble Discover pick, and Library Journal “best books of the year” – a book “not only about a collection of crimes, but about people’s intimate and complex and sometimes dangerous relationship to books” – by leaving a comment about any book you obsessively love on this post on the main 1st Books blog. Better yet: link to this giveaway on your own blog and paste your post link into your comment to win two copies if your name is drawn: one for yourself, and one to giveaway on your blog.
    Please note: To win, posts must be on the main blog post, not on Goodreads, SheWrites, Redroom, or other places the blog appears.
I’ll draw a winner at noon Pacific time Tuesday, October 5 – the paperback publication date! – Meg

While walking the dog the other day, I ran into an old friend, someone whose kids had gone to preschool with my own. When I told her that my book was about to be published, she said she remembers when I first started talking about wanting to write. It was at the playground, while we parents sat by the edge of the sandbox, hungry for conversation with fellow adults. She told me she remembers this because she’d heard it from a lot of parents back then—that they’d wanted to write or go to law school or start some other career—but that nobody else had. Why I did remains something of a mystery to me. What I know is that it had nothing to do with having had more confidence or talent than those who did not pursue their dreams; it was simply that writing gave me joy and I wanted to do it more than anything else.
I had been an English lit major in college and while I loved reading, I loved writing critical papers even more. I remember composing one in particular, on one of my favorite poems at the time, Alexander Pope’s “Essay on Criticism,” (ironic, I know), which I wrote late into the night in iambic pentameter, mimicking the form of the essay. It was probably dreadful, but I had a great time doing it, and my professor seemed to have appreciated the effort. One of the hazards of being a lit major, though, was that I was so awestruck by the greats, I didn’t want to even attempt to write in a serious way.

I did always write for work, though—ad copy, proposals, newsletters, marketing brochures—and found it somewhat satisfying. But somewhat wasn’t enough. Later, when I became one of those parents sitting on the edge of the sandbox, I decided to take the plunge and begin writing. I remember how it came about. I had taken a year off work after my daughter was born and was thinking about the next step in my life. My 4-year old son came home from preschool one day and announced that he and his classmates had learned about hobbies, and that the teacher had asked them if their parents had any. I asked him what his answer was. “I told her Daddy plays the guitar,” he said. “What about me?” I asked. “You go to garage sales,” he said. That was it. Time to start writing.

(To be honest, it’s true that I go to garage sales, for the same reason I go to flea markets: I’m always in search of interesting objects, preferably with stories behind them, a pastime that helped me understand the book collectors I met while writing The Man Who Loved Books Too Much. But going to garage sales as my main interest? No way.)

I enrolled in a couple of creative writing classes at UC Berkeley Extension, and found that writing filled a hole in my life that was left by my quitting dancing at the age of 16. That was the last time I had been dedicated to a creative pursuit that was terribly demanding, painful at times, but ultimately gratifying, even joyful. Studying ballet seriously (6 – 7 days a week) turned out to be good training for writing, which is also terribly demanding, painful at times, but ultimately gratifying, and in the best moments, even joyful.

While writing, that joy springs from discovery, which for me is what it’s all about. Some writers of fiction are surprised to find out that we non-fiction writers don’t always know what we’re writing about when we set out to tell a story. In fact, even when I think I know what I’m about to write, I often find I’m wrong, and the path leads in a wholly unexpected direction. I may know the facts of a story, but in the process of putting it into words and thinking deeply about it, I discover the meaning of a person’s actions, connections between ideas, subtleties in the details. I find the heart of what I’m writing.

In those classes at UC Extension, I met a few like-minded women and joined a writing group. (This group’s members have changed a little over the years, but it was the core of the group I still meet with bi-weekly, North 24th.) A few months later, I started writing pieces for neighborhood newspapers, then worked my way up to national newspapers and magazines. After years of this, I wanted to find a story rich and complex enough for a book. At the time, I was drawn to the arts and sciences, ideas and discoveries, but a friend gave me a wise piece of advice: whatever you do, find interesting characters.

One day, while visiting a friend, he showed me a book he’d come across. It was a Renaissance-era German botanical medicine book, a resource akin to today’s Merck Manual. It was heavy and beautiful, with hand-painted illustrations and brass clasps to secure it shut. I’d never seen anything like it. There was a note with the book, and the circumstances described in it were fishy enough to make me wonder if the book was stolen. For the rest of the day, I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so the next morning, determined to find out where this book was from and whom it belonged to, I looked online, typing “stolen rare books.” For a writer always on the lookout for a good story, it was like opening a treasure chest. While I didn’t find any information about the German book, I did find countless stories of theft. I also learned that rare book theft has been rampant for centuries and that, as luck would have it, the most prolific thief in recent times—and one who stole not for profit, but for a love of the books—happened to be from the Bay Area, where I lived. I set out to find him, and the rest of the story lies in the pages of The Man Who Loved Books Too Much. – Allison

Postscript: When I finished writing this, I realized it makes the journey from non-writer to published author sound so smooth, almost effortless. This is as far from truth as you can get. Many times I have wanted to quit. Often, while struggling with a piece, I’ve started writing an essay for myself entitled “Why Write?” I’ve never finished this essay. What keeps me going are two observations a wonderful writing teacher, Jane Anne Staw, told me whenever I hit a low point: 1) writing is an act of faith; and 2) good things happen to those who keep writing. I repeat these truths to myself when the going gets tough, and it always does.

Holy Cow -- GO ME :)

Yes I'm about to toot my own for just one second :)

Mister X  A page-turner to the nail-biting end, the fifth Frank Quinn investigation (after 2009's Urge to Kill) will leave readers breathless...
Misleading clues and dramatic suspense will keep readers pondering the intricacies of this twisty, creepy whodunit long after the last page is turned.
--- Publishers Weekly

      With a great twist, John Lutz is at his best with his thrilling police procedural... Fans will relish this fast-paced electrifying thriller.
---Harriet Klausner

    John Lutz is a masterful storyteller who has written a tense, action packed novel filled with so many twists and turns you'll think you are on an amusement park ride. MISTER X is a superb suspense novel that will have you reading well into the night, keeping the lights burning bright, constantly checking to make sure all the doors and windows are locked tight.
--- Lori's Reading Corner

 Click HERE to read my full review.

The Literary Life, Penguin Radio Show

Literary Inspiration

In this episode of The Literary Life, from Penguin, we're going to explore what's at the heart of all good writing and reading: inspiration. Where it comes from, the different ways writers find it in themselves, and how editors help turn that inspiration into books that we wan to read and cherish.

We'll hear from Sigrid Nunez, whose provocative new novel, Salvation City, explores what happens when the world as we know it falls apart. Joe Pernice, critically-acclaimed musician and author of the funny and touching novel It Feels So Good When I Stop, tells us how songwriting and prose use inspiration in very different ways. We'll also speak to the editor of the international bestseller The Help about discovering and working with Kathryn Stockett, the author of one of the most successful debut novels of the decade.

Lastly, journalist and author Virginia Ironside, author of the upcoming book You're Old, I'm Old…Get Over It! joins us to rant about writers using the present tense in our latest installation of The Writer's Rant.

Books featured in this episode ~ 

Salvation CityIt Feels So Good When I StopThe HelpYou're Old, I'm Old . . . Get Used to It!: Twenty Reasons Why Growing Old Is Great 

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Guest Post & Giveaway ~ Clare O'Donohue

When I was writing The Lover’s Knot, my first book, I wondered what it would be like to walk into a bookstore and see it on a shelf, among all the other “real” books. I imagined it would be pretty cool, which as it turned out, it was. I also fantasized about cashing some big advance check (still fantasizing about that actually) and signing copies of my books for friends and fans. What I never really thought about, strange as this may seem, was that people would read what I wrote. I know that sounds odd, but writing novels is such a solitary affair. When I write, the only audience I really think about is myself. I want to laugh, and cry, and get mad, and follow the clues, and feel really satisfied when I get to the last page. I forget that when people buy my book, they’re looking for the same things. I forget that people will buy my book.

And then I’ll get an email, or a posting on Facebook, and suddenly it’s real to me that my characters aren’t just mine anymore. People are reading them, and liking them, or even occasionally not liking them. And telling me all about it. While I’m certainly not overwhelmed with emails, I do get surprised every day when I check and sure enough, someone has written me. It’s so exciting. More exciting than seeing a book on a shelf, and (I’m just guessing here) more exciting than cashing a big advance check. 

There was a day when I had no motivation to write, and a woman in Nebraska told me how she read one of my books while waiting for news on a biopsy and got so engrossed in the story that she forgot to worry. (Everything turned out fine.) Another day I felt lonely and disconnected from actual people, having spent so much time with my fictional friends, and I got the funniest email from a woman in Georgia who had actually read passages from The Lover’s Knot to her boyfriend to explain why she was breaking up with him.
I still laugh when I think about the woman I met at a book signing in Houston who didn’t like the fact that Nell, my main character, broke into someone’s house in my second novel, A Drunkard’s Path. She told me that, “Nell would never do something like that.” I tried to explain that I might know Nell better than anyone, but she didn’t agree! She wanted my assurance that Nell would never break into a house again, which I gave her. So far I’ve kept that promise, but as I tried to explain to that woman, I really can’t control what Nell does or doesn’t do. 

Of all the things I’m grateful for about being a novelist – chief among them the fact that I don’t have to use an alarm clock anymore – my favorite thing turned out to be something I never even thought about when I was writing my first book. It’s been getting to know so many really nice people who reach out to say hello and share a moment of their day with me. It’s made me aware of how important even small connections are, that a compliment is never wasted, and that creating fictional friends can lead to making real ones. And it’s shown me that I don’t know Nell anywhere near as well as a woman in Houston.

About the author ~

I was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of four children. My parents, John and Sabina O’Donohue, were both born in Ireland (Mom in County Mayo and Dad in County Clare – hence my name). They met in London, moved to the US, and settled on Chicago’s South Side, where I was raised. 

I always knew I wanted to be a writer and in fact wrote my first novel (okay, it was 60 pages) when I was 15. It was a mystery.  After college I worked as a newspaper reporter and writing teacher before moving to LA and getting my first job in television. That was on the HGTV show, Simply Quilts. I had already been quilting for about five years, which was why the producer hired me, but I really got an education in quilting from that show. Not only is host Alex Anderson an amazing quilter but every day of taping we had several of the most talented quilters offering their ideas and advice.

I worked on the show for four seasons, eventually becoming the Supervising Producer but I’ve written and produced for a lot of other shows as well.  In the last ten years, I’ve worked on shows for The History Channel, truTV, Food Network and others. My work has taken me all across the US and abroad and I’ve met a diverse group of people – from CEO’s to prison inmates, Malaysian orphans to famous athletes. 

But all along I thought about writing a novel. I still loved mysteries and I combined that with quilting and came up with The Lover’s Knot, the first in the Someday Quilts series. Now I’ve added A Drunkard’s Path and soon The Double Cross. I have ideas for many more mysteries so hopefully I’ll stay busy, and you’ll keep reading, for years to come. 

I hope you enjoy them.

Her latest book ~ 

The Double Cross: A Someday Quilts Mystery 

A knotty new Nell Fitzgerald mystery in the series that's beguiling cozy fans and quilters alike.

Nell Fitzgerald and the Someday Quilts ladies are asked to lead a quilting workshop at a new bed and breakfast in upstate New York. However, the retreat quickly takes an unexpected dark turn. When a body is found in the woods, and one of their own is the chief suspect, the ladies must rely on their craftiest thinking as they embark on their most personal case yet.

With smart, sassy Nell leading the charge to clear her friend's name and find the real murderer, The Double Cross is sure to confirm Clare O'Donohue as a master of the mystery genre.

Available TODAY!

Other books by Clare ~ 
A Drunkard's Path: A Someday Quilts Mystery (Someday Quilts Mysteries (Plume Paperback))The Lover's Knot: A Someday Quilts Mystery

Find Clare on FACEBOOK
Visit her WEBSITE
Find her on GoodReads

Upcoming Tour Stops ~

Wednesday, Sept. 29th 7:00pm
Mystery One Bookstore
Milwaukee, WI

Tuesday, Oct 12st 7:00pm
Ankeny Quilt Guild
Ankeny, IA

Thursday, Oct 14-Saturday Oct 16
Friday, Oct. 15th, 11:30am - Panel Discussion: Deadly Silence, No Such Thing as Writer's Block
Boucheron Mystery Convention
San Francisco, CA

Thursday, Oct 21st 1:00pm
Mysteries to Die For
Thousand Oaks, CA

Thursday, Oct 21st 7:00pm
Mystery Bookstore
Los Angeles, CA

Wednesday, Nov 3-Thursday, Nov 4
Quilt Festival - Houston
Houston, TX
The Craftsman's Touch Booth (Booth #1210/1212 - 1311/1313)
Tuesday, Nov 9th 4:30pm
City Quilter
New York, NY

Thursday, Nov 11th 7:00pm
Colgate Bookstore
Hamilton, NY

Thanks to Penguin,  I will be giving away three (3) copies of this book!
GIVEAWAY  Rules for entering:

  • This contest is open to residents of USA residents only!
  • Please complete the form below - do not leave information in the comments - it will not count.
  • The contest will end on October 12, 2010 at 11:59PM EST; 3 winners will be selected and contacted thereafter.
  • Once the winner is contacted, they will have 48 hours to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen (make sure to check your spam filters!).
  • Book will be shipped directly from Penguin.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Show Me The Money MONDAY ~ Sept 26-Oct 1st.

About Show Me The $$$$ Monday ~

Welcome back to Show Me The $$$ Monday.  Each week I'll be giving away either a $10Amazon Gift Card (if you're a resident of the US) or a book worth up to $10 from the Book Depository (if you live outside of the US).  

The contest will run from Monday ~ Friday each week with the winner announced on Saturday.  Then the following Monday a new contest will start.

This isn't just about entering a contest for a chance to win. (Although of course who wouldn't want to win?) It's also a chance to get to know other bloggers out there.  Most of us have one "type" of blog that we typically visit all the time - book blogs, product review blogs, mommy type blogs, etc. This will be a way for us to all come together and take the chance to explore other types of blogs we may not have checked out before. Who knows - you might even find a new restaurant in your area to try, a way to make homemade baby food or a review for a book you've been dying to read. 

The RULES for entering are simple.

1.  Enter your blog in the Linky List below.
Put the name of your blog and what type of blog you have.  Ex ~ Lori's Book Blog (book reviews, contests).  Then the link to the home page of your blog. You don't have to list everything that your blog covers, just one or two items so that other bloggers will get a chance to know what you're about.  You don't need to post about this on your blog, but it would be a nice way of spreading the word.  

Visit other blogs on the list to find new sites and meet new friends.

The winner will be chosen by Whatever number the randomizer picks will be matched up to the number on the linky list and VIOLA - a winner is chosen :)  

It's as simple as that.  


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

Left NeglectedLeft Neglected
Author - Lisa Genova
Publisher - Gallery
Publication date - January 4, 2011

Sarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermom in Welmont, the affluent Boston suburb where she leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband Bob, faithful nanny, and three children—Lucy, Charlie, and nine-month-old Linus.

Between recruiting the best and brightest minds as the vice president of human resources at Berkley Consulting; shuttling the kids to soccer, day care, and piano lessons; convincing her son's teacher that he may not, in fact, have ADD; and making it home in time for dinner, it's a wonder this over-scheduled, over-achieving Harvard graduate has time to breathe.

A self-confessed balloon about to burst, Sarah miraculously manages every minute of her life like an air traffic controller. Until one fateful day, while driving to work and trying to make a phone call, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In the blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her jam-packed life come to a screeching halt.

A traumatic brain injury completely erases the left side of her world, and for once, Sarah relinquishes control to those around her, including her formerly absent mother. Without the ability to even floss her own teeth, she struggles to find answers about her past and her uncertain future.

Now, as she wills herself to regain her independence and heal, Sarah must learn that her real destiny—her new, true life—may in fact lie far from the world of conference calls and spreadsheets. And that a happiness and peace greater than all the success in the world is close within reach, if only she slows down long enough to notice.

Reading now, review to come SOON :)

Driven To Ink by Karen Olson

Driven to Ink: A Tattoo Shop MysteryDriven to Ink: A Tattoo Shop Mystery
Author - Karen Olson
Publisher -Signet
Publication date - September 7, 2010

Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist and owner of Vegas's hottest tattoo shop, The Painted Lady. And in her spare time, she does some sleuthing. After discovering the corpse of a Dean Martin impersonator-sporting a spider web tattoo and a clip cord from a tattoo machine wrapped around his neck-Brett infiltrates That's Amore, a drive-through wedding chapel, as a bride-to-be looking for the mark of a murderer...

Review coming tomorrow

FTC Full Disclosure ~ The publisher sent me this book in the hopes I would review it.  

Show Me The Money MONDAY - WINNER


Larry G
I've sent Larry an email. He has 48 hrs to confirm that he received it or another winner will be chosen.  Make sure to check back tomorrow for the start of a new Show Me The Money Contest.

Giveaway ~ The Half Made World by Felix Gilman

The Half-Made WorldThe Half-Made World
Author ~ Felix Gilman
Publisher ~ Tor Books
Publication Date ~ October 12, 2010

A fantastical reimagining of the American West which draws its influence from steampunk, the American western tradition, and magical realism

The world is only half made. What exists has been carved out amidst a war between two rival factions: the Line, paving the world with industry and claiming its residents as slaves; and the Gun, a cult of terror and violence that cripples the population with fear. The only hope at stopping them has seemingly disappeared—the Red Republic that once battled the Gun and the Line, and almost won. Now they’re just a myth, a bedtime story parents tell their children, of hope.

To the west lies a vast, uncharted world, inhabited only by the legends of the immortal and powerful Hill People, who live at one with the earth and its elements. Liv Alverhyusen, a doctor of the new science of psychology, travels to the edge of the made world to a spiritually protected mental institution in order to study the minds of those broken by the Gun and the Line. In its rooms lies an old general of the Red Republic, a man whose shattered mind just may hold the secret to stopping the Gun and the Line. And either side will do anything to understand how.

Thanks to the PR By The Book,  I will be giving away two (2) copies of this book!

GIVEAWAY  Rules for entering:

  • This contest is open to residents of USA residents only!
  • Please complete the form below - do not leave information in the comments - it will not count.
  • The contest will end on October 10, 2010 at 11:59PM EST; 2 winners will be selected and contacted thereafter.
  • Once the winner is contacted, they will have 48 hours to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen (make sure to check your spam filters!).
  • Book will be shipped directly from PR By the Book.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Book Giveaway ~ Lucifer Code by Charles Brokaw

The Lucifer CodeThe Lucifer CodeThe Lucifer Code
Author ~ Charles Brokaw
Publisher ~ Forge Books
Publication date ~ August 31, 2010


A sacred brotherhood has sworn, generation after generation, to protect this terrifying truth from those who would use it to unleash doomsday upon mankind.

When the unthinkable happens, and the holy scroll is uncovered, the race is on to reveal the true meaning of the cryptic language. Only one man, Dr. Thomas Lourds, the world's foremost scholar of ancient languages, who we first met in the bestselling novel The Atlantis Code, can safely decipher this most deadly scripture.

Lourds soon becomes the bait in the most lethal manhunt -- knowing he must confront the true face of evil if the world is to be saved...

Thanks to the PR By The Book,  I will be giving away two (2) copies of this book!

GIVEAWAY  Rules for entering:

  • This contest is open to residents of USA residents only!
  • Please complete the form below - do not leave information in the comments - it will not count.
  • The contest will end on October 8, 2010 at 11:59PM EST; 2 winners will be selected and contacted thereafter.
  • Once the winner is contacted, they will have 48 hours to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen (make sure to check your spam filters!).
  • Book will be shipped directly from PR By the Book.

In the spirit of the Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on!  This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books!  It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!  So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start HOPPING through the list of blogs that are posted in the Linky at Crazy-For-Books!!

The Hop lasts Friday-Monday every week, so if you don't have time to Hop today, come back later and join the fun!  This is a weekly event!

Your blog should have content related to books, including, but not limited to book reviews.

This week's question comes from Elizabeth who blogs at Silver's Reviews.

When you write reviews, do you write them as you are reading or wait until you have read the entire book?
My answer ~ I don't write my reviews until after I've finished the book. Usually a few days after. But what I do is make notes of all of the main characters with something about them that will trigger my memory when I go back to write the review.  Sometimes I will get a great line I want to put in the review, somewhere in the middle or what I think will be an amazing ending (usually while I'm in the shower or driving) and I'll grab a scrap piece of paper and write it down so that I don't forget it when it comes time to write my review.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New Book - Check it out ~ Cry Ohana by Rosemary & Larry Mild

Cry Ohana: Adventure and Suspense in HawaiiCry Ohana: Adventure and Suspense in Hawaii
Authors ~ Rosemary & Larry Mild
Publisher ~ Oceanview Publishing
Publication date ~ June 7, 2010

Hank Pualoa makes the worst mistake imaginable when he drives drunk and causes an accident that kills his beautiful wife and tears apart his Hawaiian family, ohana. Forced to leave his Hawaii homeland in shame, Hank leaves his two young children, daughter Leilani, and son Kekoa, with their grandmother.  The children thrive under their grandmother’s care—until 12-year-old Kekoa witnesses the murder of his uncle.

As the only witness to this gruesome crime, Kekoa is in grave danger. Stalked by the murderer who plots to kill him, Kekoa faces no choice but to flee the only home and family he has ever known.

Plunged into a hand-to-mouth existence on the streets of Chinatown, Kekoa is forced to grow up way too fast. As if surviving day-to-day weren’t hard enough, he faces an even bigger and deadlier challenge: outrunning the murderer who tracks his every move.

When he is hired as a baker’s assistant, Kekoa attempts to return to the home he once knew. But he’s too late:  his grandmother has passed away, and he has lost his sister—again—to a foster family.

As he struggles to outrun the killer’s repeated attempts on his life, Kekoa never loses sight of his desire to find Leilani and reclaim the family he has left. But danger is lurking at every turn—from a Filipino wedding to a Maui resort; from a festive Chinese New Year celebration to the bakery where he works.

With the help of a tough and tenacious investigator and a shadowy stranger, Kekoa manages to stay one step ahead of the murderer. But when the killer’s greedy and unscrupulous plans start to spiral out of control, he will ratchet up his efforts to ensure Kekoa’s silence once and for all.

Can Kekoa find a new beginning with the family he lost?  Or will the killer catch up to him first?

A high-action story of adventure and suspense, Cry Ohana is a mesmerizing tale about family, redemption, hope and justice. Brimming with local color and a setting to die for, Cry Ohana charms with its unforgettable cast of characters and lively, spirited plot.

About the authors ~ 

COAUTHORS Rosemary and Larry Mild write cozy mysteries, adventure/thrillers, short stories, articles, and essays. Their marriage has not only withstood the loss of their daughter Miriam, but the daily test of writing back to back in the same room. Rosemary is a career writer and editor. Larry is an electrical engineer turned writer.Both are members of Mystery Writers of America, Inc. and Sisters In Crime.The Milds divide their time between Severna Park, Maryland and Honolulu,Hawaii, where they have children and two granddaughters. Children, twograndsons and a granddaughter--as well as 15 grandhorses--draw them to South Carolina. 

Rosemary, a graduate of Smith College, is a former assistant editor of Harper's, a managing editor of Chemical Times &Trends, and an engineering writer at Westinghouse. She is the author of the much acclaimed Miriam's Gift: A Mother's Blessings--Then and Now. She has published articles in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Washington Parent, Washington Woman, Senior Highlights, Smith Alumnae Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is a member of the National Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Maryland Writers' Association. Rosemary and Larry Mild share one office. They write back to back five to six hours each day and so far they haven't killed each other. Weather permitting, in the late afternoon they walk on the Baltimore Annapolis Trail near their Severna Park home or the trails at Magic Island near their Honolulu home.

LARRY, a graduate of American University, designed and documented electronic equipment and systems for Honeywell, Alliant Techsystems, and Chesapeake Instrument Corporation. Earlier, he rode U.S. Naval ships as a global field engineer for RCA. Larry has written for and presented peer papers to government and professional organizations. He is a member of the Maryland Writers'Association and a former member of the Institute of Radio Engineers and the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers. He has also written an op-ed piece for the Baltimore Sun that was written into the Congressional Record by Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland.

 More books by Rosemary & Larry ~ 

Locks and Cream CheeseHot Grudge Sunday: A Paco & Molly MysteryBoston Scream PieMiriam's Gift: A Mother's Blessings-Then and Now

Visit Rosemary & Larry at their website
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