The Dociles by Valerie Puri

The Dociles by Valerie Puri

Walls are meant to keep the monsters out…

Deep in the forest there is a wall where no wall should be. Behind it live the people of the Commune, the last remnant of human kind.

Jennie Caraway has lived behind the wall her entire life, certain that it protects her and her brother from the lemerons, ravenous undead monsters whose only desire is to kill – and feed.

Jennie’s peaceful existence is shattered when she uncovers a secret organization whose purpose threatens to destroy not only Jennie, but her entire world. The Order has a deadly mission, and they will stop at nothing to see it completed.

Jennie and those closest to her must expose the evil truth before they are killed – or worse.

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Valerie Puri has always had a lifelong interest in all forms of artistic expression. She has tried her hand at many things, yet she always found her way back to reading and writing. With inspiration everywhere, she finally put pen to paper (or rather, fingers to keyboard) with the intent of publishing her stories.

Writing has always come naturally to Valerie, and for a time she even worked as a technical writer. She continues to hone her skills by having at least one writing project in the works at any given time. Her true passion lies in the freedom that comes with writing the stories that pour from her imagination and real life inspiration.

Valerie believes that the experiences we have in life are just stories waiting to be written.

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  1. Who is your favorite author? 
    Ken Follett. He has an incredible way of telling his stories. You feel as though are living through the events in his novels alongside his characters.


  1. Who is your favorite character in your books so far and why?

My favorite character in The Dociles is Marlene. She has been around a long time and seen things those around her couldn’t possibly fathom. Her stubbornness is only matched by her strength. She’s done some terrible things in her past, but has tried to make up for it as best she can. There is still a lot to tell about her, but I don’t want to give anything away.


  1. Fiction writing is a creative endeavor and assuming you have experienced “writer’s block,” do you have ways of getting your creative juices flowing again?

The dreaded writer’s block. Everyone experiences it, and I have from time to time. It can be frustrating when the words just won’t flow and you feel stuck. To help overcome this is to go for a walk, watch a movie, or just do something to give myself a mental break. Sometimes it even helps me to work on another story for a while. I still get to enjoy my creative outlet of writing and make progress on another story.


  1. Are any of your characters or stories based on actual events or real people? If not, how do you come up with your story lines?

The Dociles is completely fictional. The inspiration came from a very vivid dream I had. The more I thought about it, the more I realized this story idea would not go away and I had to do something with it. After incubating in my mind for years, I finally decided I needed to write this tale.


  1. What technology do you use for writing?

I previously wrote in Microsoft Word, but I recently switched to Scrivener. I am really enjoying the added features and organization Scrivener provides.


  1. What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

Wake up, have coffee, go to work, come home, play with the little one, have dinner, settle in for bed and write. On the weekends I can get more writing in between fun activities and play time.


  1. What d’you want to be when you grow up? Was being an author your first love?

I always dreaded this question when I was younger. Teachers would always ask what you want to be when you grow up. Some of my peers had it all figured out before they were even double digits in age.

I’m still figuring out what I want to be when I grow up, but I’ve learned I can be anything I want. I’ve changed careers from a software developer to a project manager and I couldn’t be happier. Through it all, I can write consistently and I enjoy doing it.


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INCOGNOLIO by Michael Sussman and Interview

INCOGNOLIO by Michael Sussman

Bewildered but lovable author, Muldoon, is trapped in the dreamlike narrative of his own surrealistic novel. Beginning with just a title—Incognolio—he enters a bizarre fictional realm that plunges him into an identity crisis of anguishing proportions. Is he writing a story in which his stillborn twin sister has come to life, or is he the one who died at birth and it’s his sister who’s writing the novel? Guided only by the whims and dictates of his subconscious mind, Muldoon must unravel the mystery of Incognolio and write his way to freedom or succumb to madness.


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Abandoned by a cackle of laughing hyenas, Michael Sussman endured the drudgery and hardships of a Moldavian orphanage until fleeing with a traveling circus at the age of twelve. A promising career as a trapeze artist was cut short by a concussion that rendered him lame and mute. Sussman wandered the world, getting by on such odd jobs as pet-food tester, cheese sculptor, human scarecrow, and professional mourner while teaching himself the art of fiction. He now lives in Tahiti with Gauguin, an African Grey parrot.

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  • Can you tell us about your new release?

I call Incognolio a psychological thriller, however it also contains elements of mystery, science fiction, and fantasy. More importantly, it’s a page-turner!

When a strange title for a novel hijacks his mind, Muldoon traverses identities, planes of reality, and the dark recesses of his psyche in an effort to grasp the enigmatic Incognolio. Is he writing a story in which his stillborn twin sister has come to life, or is he the one who died at birth and it’s his sister who’s writing the novel? Guided only by the whims and dictates of his subconscious mind, Muldoon must finally face his demons and write his way to freedom or succumb to madness.

Eight years ago, the nonsense word incognolio popped into my mind. It sounded like a story title. For four years, every idea I tried went nowhere. Then it occurred to me to proceed without any plan at all. I wrote the first draft without thinking or censoring, starting simply with a protagonist who writes a novel based only upon a title.

Over the course of several years, with the help of freelance editors, I reworked the material into a much more coherent and accessible form, although I think it retains much of the intensity and outlandishness of the original draft. The result is a novel that’s both funny and disturbing, delving into themes and situations that I could never have predicted.

  • If you wouldn’t be a writer, what you would be?

I have worked for many years as a clinical psychologist, which informs my writing. In addition to writing, I am also a musician, painter, and devoted karaoke performer.

  • When did you begin writing?

Starting around the sixth grade, I began writing short stories. In my late teens and early twenties, I filled a couple dozen blank journaling books with my writings and drawings.

  • Do you have any advice for unpublished authors?

The main thing is to keep writing: the more you write, the better you get. Most published novelists have at least two or three manuscripts that never saw the light of day. It is imperative to receive lots of feedback on your writing, whether it’s from a critique partner, writer’s groups, or paid freelance editors.

  • What’s the hardest part of writing a book?

In writing Incognolio, the hardest part was committing myself to radical openness: accepting whatever emerged from the depths of my psyche. At first, this was exhilarating, freeing up my imagination. But over time, the process took on a darker cast as I was compelled to explore disturbing themes and parts of myself that I typically repress.

  • What inspired you to write, you took any ideas from other books, movies etc?

Regarding the structure of Incognolio, my two main models were Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Lewis Carroll’s Adventures of Alice in Wonderland.

Regarding the style and content of the novel, my greatest influences included Italo Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges, Vladimir Nabokov, Paul Auster, Haruki Murakami, Kurt Vonnegut, Kelly Link, Tom Robbins, Aimee Bender, George Saunders, and Christopher Moore.

I found inspiration in these authors’ creativity, originality, inventiveness, black humor, absurdity, profundity, emotional honesty, fearlessness, and how they consistently break the mold.

  • What are your favorite books and authors?

Some of my favorite authors include Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Kafka, Poe, Steinbeck, Salinger, Borges, Nabokov, Virginia Woolf, Harper Lee, Tom Robbins, Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Italo Calvino, Paul Auster, David Foster Wallace, Haruki Murakami, Ann Patchett, Christopher Moore, Kelly Link, Steven Millhauser, George Saunders, and Aimee Bender.

The books I love the most include The Shrinking of Treehorn, Charlotte’s Web, The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot, Lolita, Nine Short Stories by J.D. Salinger, East of Eden, To Kill a Mockingbird, Song of Solomon, Italo Calvino’s t zero, Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy, Bel Canto, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and George Saunder’s CivilWarLand in Bad Decline.

  • Where can readers find your books?

Incognolio is widely available online as a paperback. The eBook is currently available exclusively at Amazon.

  • If you could visit any place in the world or a place created by a book, where would you visit?

The Garden of Eden.

  • What projects are you currently working on right now? Would you mind sharing them with us? 

I’m working on a sequel to my children’s picture book—Duckworth, the Difficult Child—which will be published in 2019 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. I am also writing a comic sci-fi Middle Grade novel.


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The Last April by Belinda Kroll

Spontaneous, fifteen-year-old Gretchen vows to help heal the nation from the recently ended Civil War. On the morning of President Lincoln’s death, Gretchen finds an amnesiac Confederate in her garden and believes this is her chance for civic goodwill.

But reconciliation is not as simple as Gretchen assumed. When her mother returns from the market with news that a Confederate murdered the president, Gretchen wonders if she caught the killer. Tensions between her aunt and mother rise as Gretchen nurses her Confederate prisoner, revealing secrets from their past that make Gretchen question everything she knows about loyalty, honor, and trust.

The Last April is an entertaining, thoughtful novella of Ohio after the Civil War, meant to encourage readers to reflect on themes of fear and hope in uncertain political times.

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Belinda Kroll is the author of Victorian fiction for kids and teens. She grew up in a home where reading was encouraged and Jeopardy! was on every weeknight. Both activities fostered her love of history. Some of her titles include Catching the Rose, Haunting Miss Trentwood, short story Haunting Miss Trentwood: The Seance, and contemporary short story Mad Maxine. She lives in Central Ohio with her husband and two step-dogs. Go Bucks!

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State a random fact about yourself that would surprise your readers.

I teach swing dancing for the local social swing dancing club, SwingColumbus. I’ve competed with the dance troupe and socially with dance partners. I started swing dancing to strengthen my back after an injury in undergrad, and kind of never stopped.

Do you keep track or write reviews for books you read?

Yes! I have a special journal where I keep track of every book I’ve read since 2006, I think. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it’s basically a themed bullet journal of sorts. I write down the title, author, and format (print book or eBook) when I start reading. Then I have a collection of symbols I draw on that row to let my future self know whether I quit or finished the book, and whether I loved, liked, felt meh about, disliked, or hated it.

I used to write reviews in my blog about why a writer in particular would want to read the book, as I strongly feel everything we read in turn informs our writing, but once my production timeline picked up, I fell out of the habit.

Who is your favorite character in your new release?

In The Last April, my favorite character is Tante Klegg. She’s pragmatic and knows who she is. She doesn’t let anyone take advantage of her, yet she lets others make their own mistakes in order to learn from them. She’s so much fun.

Did you know the title before you started writing?

Nope, the title was the last thing I decided for the book, and it was a very angst-ridden decision. In a final panic because my cover artist needed a title, I asked my teacher-friend whether she would be willing to let me poll her 5th grade classroom. We asked the students which title was the “best” and why, and what they thought the book would be about. Halfway through the poll, the title “The Last April” came to mind, and it was clearly the winner.

How did you come up with your premise for your books?

I was shocked to discover that my hometown, Columbus, Ohio, had the largest Confederate cemetery outside of the Confederacy. As much as we learned about the Civil War in school (it’s the majority of our history lessons in Ohio since, as President Lincoln said, “Ohio helped win the war”), I didn’t learn about Camp Chase until I was an adult. It was fascinating to think that at the beginning of the war, Confederate officers walked Columbus streets freely… but midway, the climate changed.  The era is so interesting to me, because it changed so much about our national identity. It was the Civil War that changed the perception from a federation of states, to a nation. In this current political climate, I felt compelled to write about another time in our history where we citizens were deeply divided… and we managed to make it through.

Which genres do you prefer to read?

Young adult historical fiction. I think it’s because I grew up watching PBS, so I’m just conditioned to seek edutainment to fill my free time. I want to be entertained and escape the everyday, but I better learn something along the way!

How important do you find the communication between you and your readers? Do you reply to their messages or read their reviews?

I really do read everything. I have many projects that I juggle, so sometimes it takes me a couple days to respond, but I really do read every comment on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and I do my darndest to respond to everything, even if it’s just to like it!

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

Honestly, any place with a balcony to people-watch, good tea, and a spot to put up my feet while reading a book.

Are you working on any other projects except writing, right now?

I make custom and pre-drawn bullet journals for writers in my Etsy shop, Bright Bird Press. While I’ve been on Etsy since 2012, I didn’t do much with my shop and only recently revamped the entire store concept to focus on journals and other materials for writers. It’s cathartic to draw out these minimalist and functional layouts, knowing that I’m helping another writer somewhere in the world organize their writing projects!


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Special Ed Mom Survival Guide: How to prevail in the special education process and discover life-long strategies for you and your child by Bonnie Landau

“Your son’s brain function is severely abnormal. I would recommend you begin saving for his group home care as an adult.”

Any mom would be crushed by this dire pessimistic prediction, but Bonnie did not let this UCLA neuropsychologist’s edict determine her son’s fate. Combining relentless determination with research, learning and in-depth discussions with professionals, Bonnie found ways to help him progress from ‘severely abnormal’ to honor roll student.

In the Special Ed Mom Survival Guide, Bonnie leads you through the vital steps necessary to survive as a Special Ed Mom. From learning how to manage the emotional overwhelm, to figuring out how to get the school to say yes, Bonnie presents a roadmap that leads you through this confusing obstacle course. Sharing tried and true methods, Bonnie teaches you to find your own inner compass so you can gain the ability and confidence to make decisions that bring results for your child. Based on personal and professional experience, Bonnie will help you to:

  • Create the Right Mindset
  • Take Care of Yourself
  • Take Care of Your Child
  • Understand the Special Ed Process
  • Take Charge of the Special Ed Process

“If only I had had a guide to help me navigate all the challenges,” Bonnie says. “Then I could have focused more on my child and less on learning how to get help.” Every Special Ed Mom needs this guide to help make the journey easier!

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Bonnie has spent the better part of 25 years as a graphic designer and artist. Always a lover of psychology and the forces that influence behavior, it was a natural transition for her to begin working to resolve her oldest son’s special education challenges. When he was six, a neuropsychologist said he was beyond help, and to plan for his group home care as an adult. Bonnie could not accept that nothing could be done, and she set on a path to find solutions to help her son. He is now an honor student and destined to live a typical life.

Having been through the special ed system as a mom, and now as a advocate and counselor, she saw the need for support for the parents who carry this challenging burden. She has helped parents who struggle with districts who refused services, and she has coached parents in finding ways help their child succeed against the odds. Bonnie knows the fear a mother feels when her child’s future is uncertain, and that is why she chose to shift her life focus into educational consulting. She has a thriving practice as an  educational consultant and advocate for parents who find themselves struggling with the special education journey.

She is the author of Special Ed Mom Survival Guide: How to prevail in the special ed process while discovering life-long strategies for both you and your child. She is also the creator of Grounded for Life: 52 Exercises for Daily Grounding, and co-author of Same Journey, Different Paths: Stories of Auditory Processing Disorder. She has a masters in educational counseling and another in spiritual psychology. Her bachelors degree is in architecture. She lives in Ventura County, California with her husband, two boys and their two furry felines.

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How would you describe your book in 20 words or less without using the blurb? It is aimed at special needs mom who want ideas and encouragement for helping their child find success in school and in life.

Try to describe your book in one sentence. It is a reference book for every mom who wants to learn how to get the best support and solutions for her child and not be overwhelmed by the process.

If someone else wrote a blurb about your book what would it say? This determined mom turned advocated has created the ultimate resource for helping parents navigate the often-discouraging special education system. Filled with ideas for moral and emotional support for mom, as well as how to look outside the school for solutions, this is a timeless resource that every special needs mom will want on her bookshelf.

Tell us about your new release? This book is everything I learned when I had to fight the schools to get my son support. The primary message is that mom needs to step up and take charge because without her leadership, the schools are not going to do what is necessary to help her child be successful. Getting school support is just a start, but looking for solutions outside of school can often create permanent improvement. My son was 6 when a neuropsychologist told me he would need group home care as an adult. He is now 15, an honor student in high school, totally independent, gifted and destined to live a typical life. I want to help other moms learn how to navigate this system so their children can find the success they deserve.

What’s the hardest part of writing a book? Editing was very difficult for me. My mother, a psychologist and former editor of a psychological journal, did my editing. I thought it was so well structured, but she showed me that I would use too many words, and she would often take 5 words out and replace them with one. It was painful to discuss sentence after sentence, analyzing how it could be structured better.

Did you know the title before you started writing? Yes. The title was the first thing I thought of. The title is the only thing that never changed from start to finish.

What’s the hardest part of writing a book? Editing was very difficult for me. My mother, a psychologist and former editor of a psychological journal, did my editing. I thought it was so well structured, but she showed me that I would use too many words, and she would often take 5 words out and replace them with one. It was painful to discuss sentence after sentence, analyzing how it could be structured better.

Did you know the title before you started writing? Yes. The title was the first thing I thought of. The title is the only thing that never changed from start to finish.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? My latest obsession is Brene Brown, a social worker who has moved into research on shame and vulnerability. I think her books are insightful and can help us all understand how to be the best we can be despite the challenges life has thrown at us. She uses story telling to get her point across. I am currently reading her book Rising Strong, and I find it witty as well inspiring.

If you could write outside your genre what would that be? I have always had a dream of being a romance novelist. I have never attempted one, but I have read many a romance novel, and I have always thought it would be wicked to be known for writing steamy stories.

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Edger by David Beem


by David Beem

Meet Edger (Ed-jer), a twenty-six-year-old gadget retail dork destined to become the world’s first superhero!

His superpower: the ability to channel the Collective Unconscious, a psychic network connecting the living and the dead. In his arsenal are the skills of Bruce Lee, the strength of Samson, the wisdom of the ages…and the dancing chops of Michael Jackson—including that one twisty foot move, crotch grab, and fedora tilt.

But there’s a catch…

Like every psychic superpower to get administered through a hypodermic needle, this one comes with a prick. Someone seems to have misplaced the booster necessary for stabilizing his superpower. Without it, Edger has three days before his brain turns to pudding.

Join our Dork of Destiny as he overcomes the world’s greatest butt, two rival Cluck-n-Pray gangs, an evil cow, a Green Bay Defensive Tackle, rifle-toting assassins—and a pair of stoners who inadvertently create the world’s first supervillain after a wild night on Twitter!

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David Beem enjoys superhero movies, taekwondo, and flossing. He lives in Djibouti with his family and crippling self-doubt. Help actualize David’s inner confidence. Visit his website today, and buy all the stuff. Facebook Twitter

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Interview with Author David Beem

Try to describe your book in one sentence.

It’s a comedy about a computer nerd whose world is turned upside down by a sexy spy to become the world’s first superhero.

State a random fact about yourself that would surprise your readers.

         I’m hiding in your pantry right now, eating all your crackers.

If you wouldn’t be a writer, what you would be?

         Hitman. I’d totally kill it.

Do you read reviews written about your book?

I do. Not only that, I obtain the names and addresses of all the trolls out there. So keep it up, Brenda!

Who is your favorite character in your new release?

Shmuel. Balding, early forties. Been stoned since his twenties (ostensibly to manage his hemorrhoids). He’s the getaway driver for the A-Team, and underest under achiever to ever under achieve.

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?

Shmuel. For I, too, am confused by adulthood and stuff. For I, too, am the getaway driver—only for me the getting away driving is usually for my wife at a Meijer.

What inspired you to write, you took any ideas from other books, movies etc?

Edger arose like the Sword of Justice at twilight from a placid lake…after binge-watching Chuck on Netflix. The queen and I were devastated to have arrived at the end. We wanted more. Determined, I went down, down, down to the magician’s quarters. We plotted, then pantsed it. Together, we stirred the cauldron: One part, Chuck, one part Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and one part superhero movies (for the magician’s daughter is smitten with superhero action movie Chrises). And lo, Edger was born.

Do you have an all-time favorite book?

         Good Omens.

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The last book you’ve read?

         Stick Dog Chases a Pizza.

Anything else you would like to add?

Yes. Eventually I realized, alas, that the main purpose of eating Pringles is to finish them…alone, broken, and friendless.

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Mirror Image by CJ Warrant

Las Vegas stripper, Jazz Connolly is wrongly accused of murder and finds out the killer may be her identical twin. With help from a Denver cop Mike Mitchell—the latest victim’s best friend and her accuser, Jazz uncovers facts about her past, a dark secret twisted with lies, and clues to the killer’s true identity.

When Mike finds Jazz on his doorstep, he can’t resist the temptation and helps her track down details of her past. As they uncover clues, he can’t ignore the potent chemistry between them. In this tangled web of chaos, their passion ignites, but can they learn to trust each other? While the body count grows, they will have to fight back, love hard, and survive in order to learn the truth and expose the real killer.

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CJ Warrant is a lover, a hater and sometimes a fighter for all she’s passionate about. She can’t exist without coffee, chocolate and a damn story brewing in her head. She was born an overseas Army brat, in a Korean Italian household but settled in the states at the ripe old age of five.

With a long career in the beauty industry, a wonderful marriage to a great man and three kids nearly all grown, her view of life is as such. Life is a journey; both good and bad, light and dark, but she takes it all in and learns from every experience life has to offer. She takes those crazy moments, stirs in the dark and brings her passion for words to life.

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Interview with author CJ Warrant

If someone else wrote a blurb about your book what would it say?
Las Vegas stripper, Jazz is the Mirror Image of a murderer, and finds out they might be twins. With help from a Denver cop, they discover the dark secret and truth about her past and the true identity of the killer

Tell me a little about yourself.
I’m half Korean and half Italian, born an army brat in Korea but family came to the US when I was five. I’m married and have three nearly grown children. I love writing romantic thrillers and I’m audiobook junkie as well as reading.

Who are your cheerleaders?
My family! They all support me, which I’m truly grateful especially on those day when I’m in my writing cave and dinner is still in the freezer.

What are your guilty pleasures?
Erotic Romance. I can’t help it! So sexy.

What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
The editing. It can be daunting, but in the end it’s worth delivering a good book.

Are you a plotter or a pantzer?
I started as a pantzer, but as I write more—especially with series, I seem to lean toward the plotter side.

Did you do any research before start or during of the writing of the books?
Most definitely. I need to get a good feel for my characters, their jobs, where they live—community and their families—if they have families. And since I write romantic suspense and thrillers, I need to make sure my villains’ issues have a bit of reality to their psychotic personalities.

Which genres do you prefer to read?
I love romantic suspense but lately I love reading paranormal romance and m/m romance.

How important do you find the communication between you and your readers? I find it very important to keep in touch with my readers, especially through social media, my newsletters and emails I receive. Do you reply to their messages or read their reviews? I do reply to some messages but not all. And I read all reviews, good and bad.

The last book you’ve read? True by Ella Frank( The Temptation series book 6) I so love the characters in this series. I love the way Ms. Frank turned them alive.

What is in the works for you next? I’m finished with my second novella, which is tied to duet series I have out. And I’m currently editing on two different book series, one is a romantic suspense and the other is a paranormal romance trilogy.

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A Painting to Die For Book 3 Jenna Scali Mystery Series by Joan C. Curtis

A Painting to Die For

Book 3 Jenna Scali Mystery Series

Jenna’s quiet weekend turns upside down when her house is ransacked and a body is found with her name and number in its possession. Meanwhile her long-lost cousins show up with stories about international art theft dating back to World War II.

While Jenna questions the motives of her dead father in his connection to stolen art, the police find a second body with Jenna’s name in its possession and she becomes the primary link in two murder inquiries. Sidestepping the police and dodging the mob, she and her best friend, Quentin, embark on their own investigation to save themselves and Jenna’s cousins from untimely deaths.


Offset by the quiet university town where faculty and students mill about, minding their own business, Jenna is kidnapped and held at gunpoint while her double-crossing, lying cousins chase after the missing painting worth millions.


A Painting to Die For forms a web of deceit that leaves Jenna doubting everything she believes about her father and his Italian heritage.

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Dr. Joan Curtis is an award winning writer who has published 8 books and numerous stories.

The e-Murderer: Book 1 Jenna Scali mystery series won the GOLD in the Global eBook Awards for 2016 for Mystery.

The Clock Strikes Midnight has won three major awards. FINALIST in the prestigious Eric Hoffer Book Awards 2016, FIRST PLACE Royal Palm Literary Award for mainstream/literary 2015 and the Silver in the Global eBook Awards for 2015 for Fiction/Suspense

Murder on Moonshine Hill won the SILVER in the Global eBook Awards for 2017 Mystery and the BRONZE 2017 for Southern fiction Reader’s Favorite.

Interview –

Try to describe your book in one sentence.

A Painting to Die For forms a web of deceit that leaves Jenna doubting everything she believes about her father and his Italian heritage

Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world?

I would live in Italy. It’s one of my favorite places to visit. Over the last few years I’ve learned the language. I had hoped that Jenna and Quentin would make a trip to Italy in A Painting to Die For, but alas, they didn’t. That will have to happen in another book!

State a random fact about yourself that would surprise your readers.

I’m a very open person. Most of my readers know a lot about me after reading my books. One random, possibly unknown fact about me relates to my crazy Italian, father (who drives Jenna nuts in my latest release). He married my mom secretly—divorcing his first wife by putting an ad in the NY Times. He proceeded to pretend to still be married by going to special events and birthdays. He kept up the pretense for most of his life. No wonder he died of a heart attack in his fifties!

If you wouldn’t be a writer, what you would be?

If I wasn’t a writer, I’d love to be an actor. The thrill of creating different personalities is something I enjoy in writing and my guess is I’d enjoy on the stage. But, I’ll save that dream for another life.

Who is your favorite character in your new release?

My favorite character continues to be Quentin. He has such pizazz. He comes up with the coolest things to say. At some point I’m going to write a story from his point-of-view. That’s next on my agenda.

Are you a plotter or a pantzer?

I’m clearly a pantser writer. I tried to outline but characters appeared, story lines emerged, and the outline became superfluous. Writing as a pantser makes editing a nightmare, but I’d rather experience that nightmare than restrict myself to an outline. BTW, I did use outlines while writing the 4 nonfiction, business books I published. But, that’s a very different kind of writing. Fiction writing for me has to be free.

Did you do any research before start or during of the writing of the books?

I researched the life of Caravaggio before writing this book. I also researched the looting that happened during World War II in Italy and the current state of the Mafia in Italy.

What book is currently on your nightstand?

I’m reading Ann Patchett’s The Patron Saint of Liars. And, I’m loving it. I enjoyed Patchett’s Bel Canto. She writes character driven books with a lot of emotion. That’s the kind of book I like to read.

Where can your fans find you ?

Readers can find me at my website There they can order all my books and even download the first chapter from each of my books. They can also find me on most of the social media sites (Facebook, Twitter) and I have an Amazon Author page. I would love to interact with my readers. When they tweet me or post on Facebook, I always respond.

If I give you a time machine, what time period and in what place would you travel to?

I love the 19 Century period pieces on Masterpiece Theatre. So, perhaps going back to that period with all the neat clothes and servants would be fun, but I’d have to be wealthy. I don’t want to live in the slums of England in the 1800’s. That would be too dismal.

Are you reading or writing something else at the moment?

I’m working on a stand-alone suspense mystery now. It is full of different characters and is totally different from what I’ve already written. At first it was a detective mystery, but one of my Beta readers suggested I remove the detective’s point of view and write the book from the points of view of the main protagonists. That was a challenge I’m still struggling with.

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Coloring Novels (TM) by Emilyann Girdner

Beauty and the Beast: Coloring Novel Edition

Beauty and the Beast is a treasured fairy tale passed down through generations that explores the love story of a beautiful young girl captured in the enchanted castle of a frightening beast. Now, Beauty and the Beast has been creatively reimagined in this delightful Coloring NovelsTM edition which includes 56 colorable designs as well as featured art by author and artist, Emilyann Girdner. This is a short story length publication.
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Sense and Sensibility: Coloring Novel Edition

Perfect for fans of romantic classics like Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey, Sense and Sensibility (a Jane Austen novel) tells the tale of the lovely Dashwood sisters. They face difficult times after their father passes away and must each find a suitable husband if they are to be accepted in society. This special Coloring NovelsTM edition features vintage 1800s inspired pattern designs as well as adapted digital artwork by Emilyann Girdner.
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Coloring Novel Edition

Inspired by Greek mythology, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows the adventures of young Athenian lovers, a group of actors, the Duke and Duchess of Athens, Theseus and Hippolyta, and the fairies who inhabit nearby moonlit woods. This classic tale is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare written around 1594 to 1596. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works and is widely performed across the world. This Coloring NovelsTM edition is the public domain version and has 40 imaginative colorable illustrations including featured artwork by author and artist, Emilyann Girdner. This is a novella length publication. Buy on B&N/Amazon



The Labyrinth Wall: Coloring Novel Edition

The fantasy charm of Eragon meets the gritty flare of The Hunger Games in the Amazon Best-Selling Obsidian Series books which offer a surprising and fresh magical labyrinth adventure. Imagine a labyrinth world from the perspective of its native people… Araina’s lonely teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man with supernatural powers emerge through a rippling wall into the dark and deadly labyrinth she calls home. Araina must solve many mysteries surrounding the newcomer and the labyrinth she thought she knew so well. And, as a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s creators have unleashed a series of attacks against the labyrinth inhabitants. She must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to survive.
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Novels have been refused the love of artistic interactivity and brilliant colors for far too long. Not anymore…
Coloring novels were dreamed up by author and artist, Emilyann Girdner. She launched Coloring Novels™ because she wanted to bring the joy of reading novels and coloring together. Reading is an inspiring experience, so you are invited to color the provided pictures, draw your own art, and jot down your ideas as you enjoy this adventure. For more coloring and reading enjoyment, collect all classic stories available by Coloring Novels™.

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Markers and some gel pens may bleed through pages.
Attempting to color the paperback edition covers may cause smearing and is not recommended.

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Emilyann Girdner is the creator of Coloring Novels™ (a new novel format) and author of Amazon Best-Seller, Dante Rossetti Award Finalist, and Reader’s Favorite 5 Star rated young adult fantasy novel, The Labyrinth Wall.

Emilyann discovered at a young age that reading imaginative books gave living an extra flavor. She has loved stories ever since. She has appeared at events with organizations such as Barnes & Noble stores, Wizard World Comic Con, Supercon, AltCon, and MegaCon Fan Days. KCFV 89.5, City Surfing Orlando,, and Tallahassee Magazine are some of the media outlets that have mentioned Emilyann. Emilyann tries to love God and others in all she does.

She believes that imagination sparks beauty in the soul. Emilyann’s writing and art have appeared via many publications, some of which include Sound & Communications Magazine, The TV Shield, Center for Work Life, Easter Seals Florida, and Discover more of her writing and art at

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The Vengeful Thief (Stolen Hearts)

Peter Slade never thought he’d be coming home. But after his family is put in danger because of his past misdeeds, he has to reconcile with the son he abandoned years ago .

But his son has been in good hands. Liv Morgan has never been the nurturing type, but when hard times forced her to move in with her best friend and her orphaned nephew, she found herself being the adoptive mother to a troublemaker with a heart of gold.

Liv has no idea what trouble really is. When Slade rolls back in town and is ready to reconcile with his son, Liv finds herself walking the thin line between the estranged father and son. And as she’s more and more drawn to Slade, she realizes that if things go wrong, it will be more than just her heart breaking.

But Slade came back for a reason. His family is in danger. Liv might think that keeping him away will protect her heart, but he wants her body safe too and to do that, he’s going to have to stay close. Liv is about to learn that revenge has never been this sexy…

Mallory Crowe is the award winning author of the Fractured Farrells series, the Bad Boys of the Underworld series and many other novels. She grew up surrounded by rescue dogs and escaping into romance books whenever possible. After trying to do the “adult” thing by getting an accounting degree and CPA license, she decided to try her hand at writing and never looked back.
An avid traveler, reader, and Netflix addict, Mallory currently lives in Michigan, with her neurotic but laid back dog.

Interview With Mallory Crowe

  1. Describe your book in one sentence.

Take one bad ass criminal for hire, one utterly normal small town veterinary student, the criminal empire that destroyed his life and add in the child that binds them together and you get prime recipe for revenge.

2. What’s your current guilty pleasure?

My current guilty pleasure is all of the Halloween baking shows (Halloween Wars; Halloween Baking Championship…) I usually can’t watch cooking shows because I get so hungry when I watch them, but I love Halloween so much that I make an exception! I don’t even have cable. I bought all the seasons on Amazon, so now I can watch them every year.


3. Did you always had in mind to be a writer or it just happened?
For a long time of my life, writing wasn’t on my radar. I’ve always suffered from a bit of a pessimistic mind. I simply assumed I wouldn’t be a good writer. However once I had gone the “adult” path of getting married, getting a house, and getting a full time job at an accounting firm, I finally allowed myself to dream. And after I started writing. I could never stop. It’s my passion and my dream and now it’s my life in the best way possible. And the most important lesson this taught me is that if you don’t try, you can never succeed.


4.Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I haven’t always wanted to be a writer. This was never originally part of my life plan! However I have been an avid reader for a very long time. There was one year of elementary school where I would spend my resses sitting alone and reading my mother’s collection of thrillers (if you can’t tell, I wasn’t always the most popular kid). My middle school English teacher said I was the only person she had to yell at for reading in her class. Around this time, my imagination started to run wild. I started to create my own stories. Some were original and some were improvements on TV shows that frustrated me (I’m looking at you, ANGEL…).


5. Which scenes were the hardest to write?
Love scenes are some of my most difficult scenes to write (Even though they’re some of my favorite to read). Because it’s not just paint by numbers for me. The characters really need to feel that heat and I have to try my best to channel it through the keyboards. Not only do all the body parts need to be in the right place, but the emotions need to be there too. So it’s like a puzzle that needs to go together. Over and over again. Until they reach completion 😉


6. Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
I see myself in every single one of my heroes and heroines. Liv in this case is sometimes stupidly loyal where Josh (the 10yo son of Slade who she has helped raise for the past 10 years) is concerned. And Slade is kind of reckless and adrenaline searching. No comment on that one 😛


7. How did you come up with your premise for your books?
I come up with inspiration from music, television and movies. The Stolen Hearts series was inspired by the show Leverage. I really love the idea of bad people doing good things and the interactions between these sorts of “bad” people.


8.What book is currently on your nightstand?
Kind of funny… My nightstand right now is a bookcase! So there are a few hundred books there! The newest however is a Christen Feehan, Elizabeth Hoyt and Jayne Ann Krentz, because I simply can’t pick a genre. (And my Kindle is just too packed at any given moment for me to even get into).


9. Do you prefer Twitter or Facebook?
I love Facebook! I think I can connect with my readers better there. And I can connect via my group AND my profile which gives people the best way possible to reach me and hear all my upcoming news (And see all my cute dog pictures obviously)


10. What’s your favorite vacation spot?
My favorite vacation ever was an Alaskan cruise. But I’ve recently gone through a divorce and I’m trying to devote the next few years to myself. I want to go to all the crazy places I’ve never been (Europe, Mediterranean, Bahamas). Because you can’t really have a favorite vacation spot until you visit them all, right???


11. Are you working on any other projects except writing, right now?
I’m actually working on the next Stolen Hearts book! This one is called “The Cunning Thief”. It’s really fun to write because the hero is a bit of a compulsive liar and I’ve enjoyed playing around with the reader knowing the truth even when Tristan doesn’t. And of course lying is usually an asset when it comes to being a thief, but not when it comes to love!


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The Workings of Energy in the Human Energy Field

The happenings in your life are not erratic, whimsical occurrences. They are external expressions of the content of your energy field.

Before there is matter, there is energy. Your thoughts, beliefs, history and soul attributes exist as energy in your energy field. They create the reality that you know. When you change the content of your energy field, you change your life.

The Workings of Energy shows you how energy operates in your energy field and offers tools to successfully work with energy. When you have this crucial knowledge, you have power; you can consciously work with energy to create your life.


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Zorica Gojkovic, Ph.D., is a professional psychic consulting with people all over the world. By reading energy in their aura, she helps clients heal core issues, realize their soul potential and experience ever-greater joy, love and peace.

She received her Ph.D. in English. Her dissertation is about evolution of consciousness, mysticism and physics as they relate to the novel. Giving psychic readings has significantly expanded this original research.

By reading energy in their aura, she helps clients heal core issues, realize their soul potential and experience ever-greater joy, love and peace.

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Interview with Zorica

1.How would you describe your book in one sentence?

The book explains how you create your reality.

2. When did you begin writing?

I had the most extraordinary experience when I was first was learning to write. That pencil in my hand – a feeling unlike any other. I will never forget it. And it is the same now when in the morning I pick up my pen to write in my journal – my entire world changes instantly for the better, the magical.

3. How long have you been writing?

Literally, from the moment I could write. When I very, very young I wanted to keep a journal, but didn’t know how. My thinking was if you wrote about your life, you’d be always writing, so I was puzzled as to how to do it. Of course I figured it out as I got older. I have journals of almost every single day of my life since I was 14.

4. Aside from writing, what do you enjoy doing on your spare time?

What else? Reading, of course! I also enjoy hiking and salsa dancing, and strangely I take pleasure in waxing my car, when I’m in the mood.


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