Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Mystery Series set Las Vegas Meet Joan Peck and her Tarot Reading Heroine.

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Joan Peck has an ongoing mystery series set in Las Vegas with a Tarot Reading Heroine.
Welcome, Joan. Please tell us a bit about you.
I’ve always loved to read and growing up, my entire family used to make Sunday a relaxing, reading day. I got hooked on Nancy Drew and to this day, I think there is nothing better than a good mystery book.
I wrote spiritual books under the name of Joan S. Peck. Three of those books are about the 7 Major Chakras, the energy portals of our body, and one book is on addiction, written with my son, called “Prime Threat – Shattering the Power of Addiction. My son died of an overdose. I am so sorry to hear that. Losing a child is the worst thing I can imagine for a parent.
Then, last year in 2018, I put out the first two books of my Death Card mystery series under the name of J.S. Peck. Book 3 and Book 4 will be out this year in 2019.

After the death of her fiancĂ©, she vows to find his killer and make him pay the price. She goes undercover at the Purple Passion Lounge. Things aren’t as simple as they appear causing Rosie to take things into her own hands to save the day. Her silky dog, Sweet Pea, is her sidekick, and her grandmother’s spirit still pops into her life with advice or simple expressions of love—sometimes at the most ill-timed moments.

https://amzn.to/2L2imQC  Kindle e-book for Death on the Strip       
https://amzn.to/2Ld1JBQ  Print book for Death on the Strip

When did you decide to self-publish?
I have self-published all my books. Why? Two reasons. 1. I had no positive response from inquiry letters; 2. All my author friends said it was the better way of publishing. However, I had no idea about all the work involved in marketing, which happens whether you are published through a publishing house or self-publish.

 Did you hire an editor?
Although I’m an editor, I certainly did hire an editor. We all need extra eyes on what we write because our brain tries to accommodate us to make better sense by filling in things that are or aren’t there. Yes! So true.

How did you choose the cover?
I knew I wanted the first story and the rest of the series to feature the main character. I knew in my mind what she looked like and that she’d be holding the Death card from the Tarot. I knew for Book 1 I wanted the Las Vegas strip to be the background.

What is your favorite pastime, other than writing?
I love the movies! I’m wanting my books to be made into a TV series or a movie and have written them to be easily converted to a screenplay(s). 
Good for you! I love acting and I adore interpreting other writer's words. I took classes at the UCLA Writers Program, but so far I am a way better actor that scriptwriter.

How do you motivate yourself when inspiration takes a vacation?
I go on vacation too. So many times, just by walking around or running to the grocery store, an idea will come to you. By taking a break, you will return renewed in energy and ideas.

Do you have a recipe to share?
It’s a simple appetizer when you are stuck. Scoop out peanut butter into a small dish and put horseradish over it. Serve with crackers. It’s the best!
I have to try that.

What are your three additional books planned for the series?
Book 2 – Death at the Lake Came out in September. 2018
Book 3 – Death Returns comes out April. 2018
Book 4 – Death Waits will come out August 2019
Thank you, Joan for being here. If you would like to keep up with Joan's books, here is a link to her Amazon Page.
Happy reading, everyone.





Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Robyn Carr's The Best of Us is a Multi-Generational Delight #Giveway

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 2 comments


Robyn Carr's 4th novel in the Sullivan's Crossing series is the best one yet. The Best of Us twines three romances. - Dr. Leigh Culver and widower, Rob Shandon are mature adults. Rob's son, Finn, and his girlfriend, Maia, are high-school seniors, and (my personal favorite. Guess why?) Leigh's Aunt Helen and Sully are chronologically-gifted adults. The three romances kept me reading long past my bedtime. I love a story that's too good to put down. Robyn's work is like a banquet. So many flavors and different stories meld together into a feast for my heart.
AND I've scored a hardback copy to give to one lucky reader. (US only. Sorry)

Blurb: Dr. Leigh Culver loves practicing medicine in Timberlake, Colorado. It is a much-needed change of pace from her stressful life in Chicago. The only drawback is she misses her aunt Helen, the woman who raised her. But it’s time that Leigh has her independence, and she hopes the beauty of the Colorado wilderness will entice her aunt to visit often.

Helen Culver is an independent woman who lovingly raised her sister’s orphaned child. Now, with Leigh grown, it’s time for her to live life for herself. The retired teacher has become a successful mystery writer who loves to travel and intends to never experience winter again.

When Helen visits Leigh, she is surprised to find her niece still needs her, especially when it comes to sorting out her love life. But the biggest surprise comes when Leigh takes Helen out to Sullivan’s Crossing and Helen finds herself falling for the place and one special person. Helen and Leigh will each have to decide if they can open themselves up to love neither expected to find and seize the opportunity to live their best lives.

Every time Robyn tells a story I am drawn right in. While Leigh and Rob are the main focus, Maia and Finn's story covers rocky ground that no teenager should have to deal with. And Sully and Helen's relationship is great. I want that!
The eBook is 12.99 from any retailer which is steep for a lot of us. I am betting that your local library has an eCopy of The Best of Us and you can get on their waiting list.
If you would like to win a hardback copy and you live in the US, please enter below.
Happy Reading.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Dealing With Your Alligators.

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Jennifer Crusie has a wonderful post up this week. Please take a look.

Happiness is An Alligator

I've decided to take the advice offered in it. My to-do list is exploding.
I am trying to focus on one Alligator at a time.
Alligators I dealt with this week:
I have paid my bills, finished pages for my critique group, typed a story for my nine-year-old friend, Christopher, started Robyn Carr's current book which is on my blog next week, and signed a contract for a picture book, Sunday Cat. 
 My biggest current alligator is the newsletter I need to get out in three days because Time and Forever is Free January 11-13.  https://www.amazon.com/Time-and-Forever/dp/B00M78YV6M 
Free. Free. Freeee!(You can, if you wish, add the audiobook for 7.49)
After I tackle that, I will get back to the lovely agent who wants to see fifty pages of Irish Magic. Since I already signed a contract for it with Soul Mate Publishing, I would love to see if she would take a look at some of my current projects. 
Then I will write to all the lovely authors who expressed an interest on being on my blog.And revise my latest pages.
But first, I have tutoring tomorrow, plus babysitting and an audition for Jane the Virgin. Oh, let me be truthful, I have enough alligators lined up to fill my days through the middle of April.
So many of these alligators are wonderful, but looked at as a horde, they are overwhelming. So. New Year's Resolution: One alligator at a time. What alligator has your attention?

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy 2019

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 3 comments
Happy New Year, By the time this posts I will be on my way back to Los Angeles, driving home with son,Christopher and Grandson Walter. Daughter in law Melanie has to fly home to be at work on January 2nd.
 I started Christmas by flying to Michigan to visit son, Jim and granddaughter, Ella. On Christmas Day, Ella, Jim and I flew to Fort Worth to meet up with Christopher, Walter and Melanie. We have family here. Their dad, Barry Corbin and his lovely wife Jo found us an air BNB one block from their house. Their sister Shannon and her husband Mark have a gorgeous space that is a party venue in the next block. And on Saturday we had a wonderful Corbin family reunion,

I am still thinking about actually making some New Year's Resolutions - resolutions broken down into smaller manageable goals.
One of them is to read some of the many books stored on my Kindle app. I could start with The Thief Who Stole Midnight, A New Year's Eve Romp by Christiana Miller, 
What are your goals? Do you make resolutions?
My wish for all of us is that we journey through 2019 with joy, looking to to encounter good adventures along the way, 
For me, I know there will be beautiful sunsets, laughter, some great film and tv jobs, a new book out and another new book finished, I will be attending a writer's conference, California Dreamin', and spending time with my grandchildren. And I know there will be new dreams along the way.
Upcoming on the blog is Robyn Carr's The Best of Us, Caroline Mather's The Time Table  and Rhys Bowen's The Victory Garden. If you are an author or know an author, I have lots of space right now. Please email me at sueberger3@aol.com if you are interested in a spot. 
 Lets begin the year with a gift, You tell me your favoritr read from 2018 in a comment, and one of you will get a five dollar gift card, Happy 2019.