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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Petite Rose

Available now! New April release.

With her fiancè thousands of miles away serving his country in Korea, Maggie Perot suddenly finds herself in the worst predicament possible. With nowhere to turn, and no money to support herself, what is she going to do?

Author Ann Marie Jameson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up in Monroe, Louisiana. While she has lived in various area of the state over the years, she now she calls Hammond, Louisiana her home. She has a BA from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, and a Master’s from the University of New Orleans. She is a retired special education teacher and is married with three sons, one stepson, and eight grandchildren.

Ann Marie became an avid reader at the young age of nine and began writing poems and short stories in high school. Her first work to be published was a poem she wrote as a teenager as a tribute to her father. The poem was featured in her local newspaper for Father’s Day. The first book Ann Marie had published was a children’s book which was released in 2003.

After taking several years off from writing to care for her elderly parents, Ann Marie returned to writing but this time as a novelist. Her first novel, titled A Bed of Roses, was released in 2016. Spurred on by fan support, Ann Marie continued writing what she later titled her “Willow Rose Series.” The second book, Belle Rose, was released in 2017, and now, Petite Rose completes the series.

What They Are Saying About Petite Rose

  • Petite Rose is a captivating novel set in 1954 and modern day Natchitoches, Louisiana. The third book in a series, it stands on its own as a heart-stirring love story with a heart-wrenching family secret. An emotional and enjoyable read with engaging characters. —Lynette Vinet, Author of the Liberty Ladies Novels
  • Author Ann Marie Jameson has found an interesting way to have her readers feel they’re part of the Petite Rose family as she transports characters and readers alike back and forth between background and current day until the two unite. An enjoyable page-turning journey. —Kathryn J. Martin, CDA, BA, MA, Author, Inspirational Speaker and Humorist “Miz Maudie”
  • Family secrets, interrupted plans and surprise unveilings make Ann Marie Jameson’s Petite Rose a compelling read. Jameson’s cozy mystery, set in Louisiana’s Cajun country, alternates between past and present as recent discoveries lay the past bare

    Young Margaret Perot has fallen in love with Jack Bordelon and agreed to become his wife. History interrupts their plans when Jack is sent to Korea in 1954. The actions of the young couple form the basis for a mystery to be solved by their descendants in 2016. Through old correspondence and the testimony of elderly relatives, the children of Margaret and Jack work through the tangled past to solve a tragic puzzle. Can they find the answers before the witnesses pass on?

    Jameson brings a rich cast of characters into the story. As the third volume of her series set around the Perot and Bordelon families, Petite Rose brings the characters full circle, although the story stands alone quite nicely.

    Explore the steamy intrigue of south Louisiana with Ann Marie Jameson. You may decide to stay awhile in the welcoming neighborhood. —Mary Beth Magee, Award-winning author, speaker, workshop leader Cozy Christian fiction with a Southern accent and author of The (LOL)4 Mysteries, Devotions from the Road of Life series, Cypress Point Confidences.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Do you attend writing panels? Do you participate in them?




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Being a mystery writer, I belong to Sisters in Crime.  Our New England branch has a speakers bureau, and you must be a published author to belong to the bureau.  We give panels, mostly at libraries all over New England.  This is a nice way for midlist authors to meet readers, sell books and hone their speaking skills. 

We have a set a "canned" topics such as Mystery Making, We're Not Making This Up, The Modern Heroine, Pathways to Publication, Stealing From the Dead---Ideas and Where We Get Them, and Using What You Know to Write a Mystery.  We also do The Modern Historical and Death in Shorts (all about short stories).

Do you give talks about writing and your books?  Our audiences always find the writing process itself interesting and are interested in finding out about Pantser and Plotters.  I'm a bit of both.

Do you attend panels at libraries or at conferences?  Attend author talks?  It's a good way to get a sense of what writers actually do.

Plant butt in chair for starters.  That is rule #1 for all writers.  We  are a convivial bunch when not writing.  At writers' conferences, the bars are always full of talk as well as drink.

Hope to see you at a New England library talk soon.

JudyinBoston




Friday, April 12, 2019

Book Promotion for John Ross Boomer Lit Series

The third book in Michael Embry's John Ross Boomer Lit series, New Horizons, will be released May 1 by Wings ePress.

One of the promotions is to provide readers an opportunity to purchase the first two books, Old Ways and New Days and Darkness Beyond the Light, at discounted ebook prices. 

Beginning Sunday, April 14, Old Ways and New Days can be downloaded for one week at the amazingly low price of 99 cents. Hard to believe, isn't it?

But wait! The following Sunday, April 21, Darkness Beyond the Light, will be available for the astonishingly low price of 99 cents for one week. Have you lifted yourself off the floor yet?


Silliness aside, Embry's novels have never been priced this low. As part of the promotion, it's a great way to introduce discriminating readers to the series—especially baby boomers. And maybe their children and grandchildren who are curious as to what makes the old folks tick. 

For those who aren't familiar with the series, it's about the trials and tribulations and the joys and jubilations of John Ross after his retirement as a sports editor of a Kentucky newspaper. 

It's a coming-of-old-age series that deals with family, friendships, health, and redefining one's purpose while moving into that final phase of life.    

As mentioned, New Horizons is the third book in the series. It's about a wild and wacky trip to Budapest, Hungary. Embry is currently working on the fourth installment and knows what the fifth book is going to address.

New Horizons, like Embry's other novels, will be available in electronic and print. More about that later.

Until the next time . . .

P.S. If you read the books, please leave a rating and/or review. It would be much appreciated. And do that for all authors!




Tuesday, April 09, 2019

What You Don't Know About My Novels

If somebody asked me, “What is it the one thing I do not know about your novels?”, the answer would be that my first three novels, Fires of Belenus, Cult of Camulos, and Swords of Artaius comprise a trilogy. Each is the story of a young man transforming from a naïve youngster into a ruthless warrior chief, whom when provoked, becomes a monster, given to fits of rage viewed as demonic possession by his peers. The story has been described as Mr. Hyde meets Cu Chulainn the Irish folk hero. Eoan, son of Athair is corrupted, by travails and personal loss that slowly transform him into a ruthless killer. The demonic episodes become more violent and harder to control until he fully evolves into the ruthless warrior, Artaius the Bear.  

Each story is an adventure that ramps up the severity of the ordeals Eoan must overcome. Initially, he must save a young woman he loves from being sacrificed to Belenus, the god of fire. In Cult of Camulos he is enslaved by Romans and must fight his way home to protect his family from Ualu the greatest warrior in Celtica. In Swords of Artaius his tribe is being overrun by an invasion of Cimbri Warriors and after losing all that is dear in his life, he transforms completely, losing all but a shred of his humanity and launches a merciless, one-man assault on the invaders. He struggles to find his way back to sanity with the comfort of Lughin, but the gods always demand a “price.”

Central to the conflict is his great sword Clach na Adhar, hence the series title “Sword Saga.” I admit it is a Mcguffin, a constant thread helping weave the plotlines together. Each novel stands alone, but I suggest you read them in order. 
Book I: Fires of Belenus, Book 2: Cult of Camulos, Book 3: Swords of Artaius
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Highway One

Now Available! New April release.

Laura Olsen, whose life is interrupted by a pending divorce, travels to northern California to housesit a bed and breakfast inn for an old college friend. From the beginning, she gets involved with the small village of Mendocino and the death of one of its residents. She finds herself in great danger.

The town sheriff, a handsome man of her age, tries to get her to stay out of the mystery, but Laura doesn’t heed his advice. She inadvertently discovers the identity of the murderer and runs for her life...

Author Joyce Johnson lives in a small village in California. A third generation Californian, she enjoys both the beauty and mystery associated with the sea and the unique mountains-to-ocean character of her state.

Sunday, April 07, 2019

An interview with Andrew R Williams


Andrew R. Williams
Where are you from?

I’m English, but the politically correct would say I’m British. I was born in Warrington, England, but I have moved around quite a bit. I spent my pre-teen years in Droylsden near Manchester. My father and grandfather had a small building contracting company and when they started developing a site in Frodsham (at the time a small Cheshire Village) my father decided to design his own house on part of the the site. Once the house was built, we moved to Frodsham and I spent most of my teenage years there.

Once I married Geraldine, for logistical reasons we moved to Rainhill, near St Helens. (For the geographically challenged that’s not far from Liverpool.) We have lived in Rainhill for more years than we care to remember. Historical Note: Rainhill is famous because of the 1829 Rainhill Rail Trials where rival locomotives were tested out on the partially completed Liverpool and Manchester railway. The Rainhill Trials are notable because they mark the start of the steam railway era. The trials are also notable because it had the first railway accident. William Huskisson, MP, attended the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. Huskisson stepped onto the railway line greet the Duke of Wellington. Unfortunately, the locomotive Rocket came up on on the parallel track. Huskisson was unable to get out of the engine's way in time and his left leg was crushed by it. After the accident, the badly injured Huskisson was taken by a train (driven by George Stephenson himself) to Eccles, where he died a few hours later. The monument where his remains are buried is the centrepiece of St James Cemetery, Liverpool. The local library has a railway coach parked behind it with an exhibition of the Trials.

When and why did you begin writing?

For me writing is a bit of a compulsion. It’s something you have to do. Some people want to ruin a good walk by chasing golf balls. I like to create. If I’m lucky people want to read what I have created.

The serious writing started when I decided to write Domestic Building Surveys. Published by Spon. As a surveyor I had read a number of technical books on surveying. As most of them only supplied an outline of home surveys, I wrote a book that gave more detail. I have been led to believe that several British Universities are recommending the book to their students. I think that’s a win! My next project was A Practical Guide to Alterations and Extensions also published by Spon which also had good reviews. With two books under my belt, I decided I wanted to write sci-fi.

What inspired you to write Arcadias Children: Samantha’s Revenge and the sequel Arcadia’s Children 2 : The Fyfield Plantation?

Once I had completed my two technical books I became infected by the writing bug. As indicated above, I particularly wanted to write Science Fiction. Arcadia’s Children: Samantha’s Revenge is not the sort of book written over night. It evolved over time. The sequel took less time because I had developed the framework of places and characters.



Which authors have influenced you?

In my childhood, W E Johns; in later life Dennis Wheatley, H G Wells and John Wyndham. Vladimir Peniakoff’s war time account Popski’s Private Army certainly had an influence. One of my characters has a shortened version of his name; I hope Vladimir’s relatives won’t be offended. Vlad Pen is one of the good guys who finds himself ensnared by the evil Samantha. Although cowboy novels aren’t my thing, I enjoyed reading True Grit by Charles Portis. I’m sure my reading must have influenced what I now write and must have helped me.

What are your current projects?

I am now working on Arcadia’s Children 3: Pushley Escapes. I am also working on a novel called JIM. At the same time, I am also trying to find a script writer / TV company who would be interested in adapting my novels. I have been told by a number of people that they would make good all-action movies/ TV series. If anyone out in there is interested, please get in touch. Email me at info@arcadiaschildren.com -- I am also working on a modern day novel called Jim’s Revenge

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

The simple answer is no because Science Fictions/Fantasy is in the mind, but I use the internet a great deal to look for places on Earth that I can adapt to create local colour. I let my fingers do the walking as Yellow Pages used to say... In Arcadia’s Children 2: The Fyfield Plantation, Awis Oasis was invented from an internet excursion I took into the Sahara Desert.

What was the hardest part of writing your sci-fi novels?


“In real life” I’m a surveyor and spend most of my time using technical English. Technical English is very precise and plodding by nature and it took some time for me shrug it off when in novel writing mode. I had to take “go faster pills” and make my novels all-action.

Who designed the covers?

I have chosen my book covers from the selection provided by SelfPubBookCovers.com and I will probably continue to use them for the foreseeable future because they have some very skilled cover designers working for them.

Do you see writing as a career?

The cover of one of my books says “In real life, Andrew R Williams is a Chartered Surveyor. When twilight falls, he starts writing.” I intend to write more novels if people want to read them but at the moment it is still a hobby.

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Tuesday, April 02, 2019

The Bodies of Star Farm

Available Now! New April publication.

Over the years, young women have been disappearing from Buckton, Wisconsin. On a cold October morning, skeletal remains are unearthed on the abandoned fields of Star Farm. With the previous owner, Rory Star, nowhere to be found, will Lieutenant John Grutner and his secretary, Gretchen Sands, ever solve this case?

HR Jones is a late bloomer when it comes to writing and continues to search for her literary voice. Now in the so-called twilight years, she’s busier than when she worked eight to five, five days a week.  HR is a wife, mother, and grandmother living a relatively quiet life in America’s upper midwest.