"A Candle Loses Nothing By Lighting Another Candle" - Father James Keller

Thursday, March 31, 2011

My Review of “As Lie the Dead” by Kelly Meding

Review - “As Lie the Dead(Dreg City: Book 2)” by Kelly Meding:
“As the silence drew out, the tension became a tangible thing, wrapping cold, icy fingers around my heart and squeezing tight.” Not only is this an excellent example of Ms. Meding’s ability to show you exactly how her first-person heroine was feeling, it is a perfect description of how I felt in a quiet room reading this edge-of-your-seat novel.
I was captured by this story—from the vibrant collage on the front cover with the menacing, winged creature, to the vast detailed depictions of each action sequence, to the way the narrative kept me teetering always just on the edge of a suspenseful confusion, to her complicated world of varied paranormal creatures constantly with changing alliances.
This world was so complicated, so diverse, as was each of the characters that it lent itself well to the genre. The tension built because of the amazing way it all played out. The triangle of sexual tension Meding creates between the first person female narrator, Evangeline and her two, constant heroes was fraught with emotional depth, vast back stories and intricate circumstances.
The book was a recipe for paranormal suspense. The surprises never stopped coming as if making a pact with the devil was not enough. If the author used one, I would love to see the storyboard for this one. Simply put, read it. And, although not absolutely necessary, I was blown away by it enough to feel confident in recommending reading “Three Days Dead” first. Just buy them both at one time and save yourself the trip.

Product Description From Amazon Buy Page:

Evangeline Stone, a rogue bounty hunter, never asked for a world divided between darkness and light . . .

. . . or the power to die and live again in someone else’s borrowed body. After a murder plot meant to take her out leaves an entire race of shapeshifters nearly extinct, Evy is gnawed by guilt. So when one of the few survivors of the slaughter enlists her aid, she feels duty-bound to help—even though protecting a frail, pregnant shifter is the last thing Evy needs, especially with the world going to hell around her.

Amid weres, Halfies, gremlins, vamps—and increasingly outgunned humans—a war for supremacy is brewing. With shifters demanding justice, her superiors desperate to control her, and an assassin on her trail, Evy discovers a horrifying conspiracy. And she may be the only person in the world who can stop it—unless, of course, her own side gets her first.

About the Author

            A native of the Delaware seashore, Kelly Meding briefly attempted life in the bustle of the Northern Virginia/DC Metro area, before retreating back to the relative quiet of the Eastern Shore.  She lives in a small town near the beach, with a neurotic cat who occasionally meows at ghosts.  Kelly received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication in 2002 and she hasn't used it since, preferring instead to wile away her non-writing hours on the sales floor of a national retail chain.  After discovering Freddy Krueger at a very young age, Kelly began a lifelong obsession with horror, science fiction, and fantasy, on which she blames her interest in vampires, psychic powers, superheroes, and all things paranormal.  When not writing, she can be found crafting jewelry, enjoying a good cup of coffee, or scouring the Internet for gossip on her favorite television shows. 

Reviewed by Kiki Howell for Suspense Magazine

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Author HD Hatcher on Book Trailers

I am a big fan of book trailers. The sole purpose of a book trailer is to draw attention to your work. I have seen book trailers that range in length from just under two minutes, to a book trailer that was an agonizing five or six minutes.

When it comes to book trailers, less is better.

As crass as this may sound, you want to cram as much information about your work into as compact time space as possible that will keep someone’s attention.

I can not express this enough: The music is the most important part of your trailer. If you think that the words flashing frame by frame are what are going to keep a potential reader’s attention, you are sadly mistaken. The music is what will keep the attention of any potential reader.

Think about it, it’s the song that gets stuck in someone’s head; not a synopsis or singular word. Choose the score to your trailer carefully. Think about the readers you are trying to attract. What kind of music will they like: Classical, Pop, Jazz, Country, Rap? 

For A Cold Dark Place, I was able to find a song that seemed to fit perfectly. I heard the song, Place I Found by the Glass Plastics and fell in love with it the first time I heard it. The music is haunting and Trevor Lissauer’s voice is enduring enough to apply to the theme of the book. 

When I heard the song, Place I Found, I knew that this is the song that I wanted. The first thing that I did was to search high and low for Trevor Lissauer’s contact information to ask for permission to use his song. He was kind enough to reply to me and allow me to use it royalty free. You should always ask for permission. Without it, you are stealing the copyright of the artist, which is just wrong on so many levels.

Don’t be afraid to contact the artist through whatever channel they have established. You just might be surprised.

Feel free to check out the book trailer to A Cold Dark Place here:

I want to thank you for having me. I hope that we can do this again soon!


About HD:

Author HD Hatcher is no newcomer on the literary scene. He is author of In the Heart of the Closet, a piece nominated for both the 2006 Stonewall Book Award and the 2005 Lambda Literary Award. He is an avid supporter of gay and lesbian causes, suicide prevention programs, as well as Animal Rights. Hatcher currently resides in the Grand Strand area of South Carolina, near his hometown of Conwaywith his Life Partner of ten years, Jerry.

A Cold Dark Place
One Too Many (a short)

About A Cold Dark Place:
On a chance meeting, (at a mutual friend's house) Luke finds the love of 
his life. Andy is what Luke has been longing for all of his adult years:  the perfect man. But, this perfect man is not only straight-he is married to a woman who is more devilish than Satan himself.

In a bittersweet journey that will change his life forever, Luke must reach deep inside and find the strength he never knew existed. A Cold Dark Place is the story of a man who must pick up the pieces of his broken heart after a lifetime of heartbreak and betrayal.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Kiki: What is your favorite genre to read in, and what is it about that genre that attracts you to it? If you like a specific mix of genres, please state that particular combination.

Marie-Nicole:  I love reading romantic suspense and mystery/suspense, although I find I don’t read as much mystery/suspense as I used to. If I’m reading a straight contemporary romance, my brain keeps inventing suspense elements for the story.

Kiki: What is your favorite author to read in that genre, and why? Also, please tell me a little about the best book by that author you have read.

Marie-Nicole:  Right now I’m on a B. J. Daniels kick. She’s a Harlequin Intrigue author and I love her stories set in Montana. I just finished the Winchester Ranch series, and I truly enjoyed each one of those six interconnected stories. The last one, WINCHESTER CHRISTMAS WEDDING, answered a lot of questions which were first asked in the first of the series, GUN-SHY BRIDE. 

Kiki: Do you have a Favorite Book of All Time? Of course, please tell us what about that book makes it your favorite.

Marie-Nicole: Favorite Book of All Time? I think it would have to be Anya Seton’s GREEN DARKNESS. It dealt with reincarnation and how the past lives of the hero and heroine affected their lives in modern times. I’ve always been fascinated with reincarnation and enjoy seeing it used in a fictional setting.

Kiki: What is the best book you read last month, and would you recommend it to a friend?

Marie-Nicole:  I’m not sure if it was in December or not, but the best book I’ve read in the last several months was Annie Solomon’s TWO LETHAL LIES. I recommend it to anyone who doesn’t have high blood pressure and/or a heart condition.  It is a total roller coaster ride.

Kiki: What are your reading habits like? For example, how many books do you read on average in a week, what format do you prefer to read in, what time of day do you read, and what setting is ideal for you to get lost in that book?

Marie-Nicole: I read a couple of books a week, or try to anyway. I have a Kindle and seldom pick up a paperback or hardback book. The time of day varies. I read while waiting in doctor waiting rooms (my mother is elderly and has many various appointments). I also read when doing laundry in my apartment building laundry room. Other than that I read at night in bed. My Sheltie would prefer I turn off the light instead of reading, so maybe in the future I’ll have to buy something that’s backlit just to humor her.

Kiki: If pressed, could you choose a favorite from the books you have written? Why is it your favorite?

Marie-Nicole:  If I have to pick a favorite, I guess it would have to be the first one I completed (second published), SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS. Because it was first and truly the book of my heart.

Kiki: How do you become inspired to write?

Marie-Nicole: Guilt because I’ve spend the last year trying to sell my house and have lost focus. I also moved to another state to help my elderly mother since she can’t drive anymore. Fear because I’ve lost a year of my writing life while I piddled with my current WIP. Fortunately I am settled and now am beginning to get back in the mode. Guilt and fear aren’t the best reasons for inspiration, but they’ll have to do for now.

Kiki: What part of the story do you think is your strength to write?

Marie-Nicole: That’s assuming I have a area of strength. Okay, that’s some author self-doubt creeping in here. I’m going to say dialogue because that’s what comes to me first. Yeah, I’m one of those dingbats who “hears” their characters’ voices.

Kiki: Please share with ABA readers something I did not think to ask you about.

Marie-Nicole:  I’m really enjoying small town life after living in Nashville, TN, for several decades. This is my hometown, and no matter what Thomas Wolfe wrote, you really can go home again.

Marie-Nicole Ryan
Believe in the dream… Beware the danger.

Blurb from  LOVE ME IF YOU CAN
Nashville sizzles in the summer. No wonder Tess and Scott combust.

Nashville Homicide Detective Tess O’Malley has a lot to prove. She comes from a long line of police officers, including her father and older brothers. First she and her partner are taken off a high profile case and sidelined with a cold case instead. After reviewing the files, she’s certain her cold case is connected to the current one, and she sets out to prove it. Too bad it means locking horns with a handsome PI who could win her heart and derail her career.

Scott Holt is all business when it comes to running his family’s PI firm. When the lovely Detective O’Malley comes to question him about his possible involvement in her cold case, he has everything but business on his mind. Like locking lips with the fiery redhead.

5 Hearts
"This is a mature and complex love story much like real life with ups downs and in-betweens... I highly recommend this well-written romantic suspense, I know it's one I will definitely reread."
Reviewer: Theresa Joseph, The Romance Studio

4 Siren Stones
"Great pacing and mystery keeps the reader at the edge of their seat..."
Reviewer: Nikki, Siren Book Reviews

4 Hearts
"Love Me If You Can is a fast paced read that will keep your attention until the last page. It is the perfect book for both romance and mystery lovers."

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Guest Blog by Lisa Rusczyk

Hello and thank you for having me. I’m the author of Chasing the Dark, classified under “alternative” with my publisher, Passionate Writer Publishing, and a contributor to Unloved, a collection of shorts about bullying and suicide.

I’d like to talk about taking risks in writing. For me, there has to be something in every book I take a risk on. I may delete or rewrite, but that risk is always there. In Chasing the Dark, it was the writing style and drug use. I’d never written first person, present tense before, and through the book found out that I love it. In another book, a YA fantasy I wrote, there is a brutal killing and I wondered if it would be too much for the audience.

Books I enjoy reading take risks also. They challenge me to believe what I am reading as truth, and the good books pull it off. Especially scary books. They risk-takers keep me up at night scared or thinking about something I hadn’t thought of before.

I think the greatest rick-takers I’ve read are Kurt Vonnegut and Chuck Palahniuk. I drool over every sentence and passage in their books.  This is not Sunday afternoon, passing the time reading. This is word-play, mind-play and insane! I hope to someday write a book as exciting as these authors’ books.

This blog is for authors by authors, so I’d like to encourage readers to take a risk in your writing this week. Surprise yourself. You might love what happens..

Lisa Rusczyk

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Kiki: What is your favorite genre to read in, and what is it about that genre that attracts you to it? If you like a specific mix of genres, please state that particular combination.

Laina: It really depends on my mood. If I’m in a bad mood I romantic/comedy so I can cheer myself up through light banter about nonsense. I love mysteries because I enjoy a challenge. I grew up on Tom Clancy and John Jakes via my father and always enjoy what I learned from those books. As an only child books were my main source of entertainment.

Kiki: What is your favorite author to read in that genre, and why? Also, please tell me a little about the best book by that author you have read.

Laina: I enjoy Sophie Kinsella because her characters make me laugh. My favorite book of hers is Shopaholic.
 Patricia Cornwell for the more serious mysteries. She creates  great characters and a compelling story.

Kiki: Do you have a Favorite Book of All Time? Of course, please tell us what about that book makes it your favorite.

Laina: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. By far the BEST book ever.

Kiki: What is the best book you read last month, and would you recommend it to a friend?

Laina: You can heal your life by Louisa Hay. I am trying to be more grateful for what I do have rather than worry about what I don’t. This book is probably a little more on the metaphysical side than I would normal read but the foundational concepts make sense.

Kiki: What are your reading habits like? For example, how many books do you read on average in a week, what format do you prefer to read in, what time of day do you read, and what setting is ideal for you to get lost in that book?

Laina: I spend most of my disposable income on books and rarely go anywhere, even the grocery store, without buying one. I am a fast reader I can read a full-length novel in a few hours. I love to start my day reading and that is how I unwind at night. I can read anywhere but I love reading in bed at night.

Kiki: If pressed, could you choose a favorite from the books you have written? Why is it your favorite?

Laina: My first, Stilettos & Scoundrels, for the simple reason that is was my first. It by far isn’t my best (since is was my first) but I love it. It’s my ugly baby.

Kiki: How do you become inspired to write?

Laina: As I mentioned I was an only child and have always had an overactive imagination. Even as an adult I can sit and day dream and make up stories in my head.

Kiki: What part of the story do you think is your strength to write?

Laina: The beginning. I am always excited at the start to meet and get to know the characters. Then they can start to annoy me when they don’t do what I want them to do.

Kiki: Please share with ABA readers something I did not think to ask you about.

Laina: I believe that everyone has a story to tell. They may express it in different ways but we all need to be open to listening, That is how we will learn and grow.

Laina Turner
Being fabulous is a skill

Chiczofrenia – crazy is an art form – released January 2011.
Chiczofrenic is the term for the woman who is purposeful and intentional in how crazy her life may be. The goal with this book is to recognize many women drive themselves crazy, intentionally, by trying to be all they can. I firmly believe we can have it all. A great relationship, being a great mom, keeping a good house (if that’s important to you), being a career woman, following your dreams, working out, eating right, and many more. Women seem to have the knack for how to manage it all and not go crazy. Women seem to always take on more and more…and are successful at it.

Purchase at www.lainaturner.com/store or Amazon

Short Excerpt:
We all know there’s crazy and there’s holy crap crazy. While we may all have our holy crap crazy moments, hopefully, most of us average out to moderately crazy. I like the phrase crazy is an art form because to me it’s about embracing individuality even if it’s outside the norm and others might think it’s nuts. Like everything else in life, you need to excel at your individuality. You need to feel confident. Look at women like Madonna and Cher. They’ve led colorful lives because they didn’t conform to “normal” by others’ definition. They embrace who they truly are, their “normal.” It has pissed people off or made others question their values or morality, but who cares? Cher and Madonna have the right to be how they want without others judging them. And so do we

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Author Nora Weston Reviews “The Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley

REVIEW: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

“And as men believe, so their world goes. And so the worlds which once were one are drifting apart.”

It is not the celebrated retelling of Arthurian legend, or the fact The Mists of Avalon is told from a female perspective that captivated me while reading this book, but rather the marvelous mystical atmosphere found within the many, and I do mean many pages of this novel. From the first page, Morgaine...a Druid devoted to the Old Religion of the Goddess on the misty Isle of Avalon, sets the tone with beautiful prose that although intentions from those involved were for love of home and country...to preserve the old ways, tragedy became unavoidable as the world of the Druids clashed with the new world of Christianity.

The Arthurian legend is a tale spun to tangle the reader in intrigue, lust, betrayal...life and death, as the rise and fall of Camelot is told through Marion Zimmer Bradley’s vision. Morgaine became my favorite character, strong and wise enough to try and understand why her beloved Avalon was changing, and through her eyes and unique voice, empathy from this reader certainly manifested. Vivid descriptions of the earthbound splendor in Avalon combined with personal dilemmas of might and honor, easily pulled me into that fantasy realm and sustained my interest throughout the book. While I immersed myself with the troubles of Morgaine, Viviane...and Irgraine, I couldn’t help but to wonder what it would be like to see the end of life as I knew it. Not only is that a terrible thought, but Igraine’s fate, that of being mother to both Morgaine and Arthur...ensured the plot would thicken with disaster.

Although this impressive fantasy adventure is one of my favorites, I was disappointed with Gwenhwyfar’s portrayal, so I rushed through scenes where she was involved. That’s a shame, because Gwenhwyfar is usually a character who interests me a great deal. In addition, one more round of editing could have cut some filler moments, and that might have attracted even more readers.

Even so, I’d highly recommend this book for anyone longing to travel back in time where duty was the order of the day, and magic floated within The Mists of Avalon.

Book Blurb: This is the tragic tale of the rise and fall of Camelot - but seen through the eyes of Camelot's women: the devout Gwenhwyfar, Arthur's Queen; Viviane, High priestess of Avalon and the Lady of the Lake; above all, Morgaine, possessor of the sight, the wise, the wise-woman fated to bring ruin on them all.
Publisher: Del Rey

Reviewed By:
Nora Weston
Guardian 2632: A dangerous love...a dangerous life. Some men have all the luck.

Nora Weston’s fiction and poetry slips in-between and all around science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her publishing credits include the anthologies Mind Mutations, Cyber Pulp’s Halloween 3.0, and Dark Pleasures. Other venues in print and online include; The Hacker’s Source, The Dream People, and Hoboeye. Recently, Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, Worlds Within–Worlds Beyond, Trapeze Magazine, and Four and Twenty published her work. Melange Books has accepted The Twelfth Paladin. Nora has had the pleasure of reaching people through the airwaves on radio stations throughout the US, and episodes can be downloaded from Blog Talk Radio’s show Not Picture Perfect.

Guardian 2632 Blurb:

Zane Grayson, the most accomplished executive director Guardian TMF has ever seen, is breaking the law…his law against time surfing. Zane has the supreme power, in 2632, to decide which paradoxes in time need altered, or deleted, but he’s frustrated. Something, or someone, is missing from his life.

Time surfing in illegal time zones is the rush Zane can’t live without. As addictive as the Martian dust called kilred, time surfing becomes Zane’s obsession. And knowing full well if caught by the Elite Guardians, he’ll suffer an unwelcome death by Time Mercs, Zane still dives deep into trouble. Soon, he discovers a mission in 2035 left him trapped in a timehole. This timehole places him in Pittsburgh, PA in 1998, instead of home. In Pittsburgh, Zane strolls into a coffee shop to see the bewitching Julia Emerson. From that point on, his life spirals out of control as he fights to protect what he loves most.

It’s possible Zane’s future is no longer in 2632...but actually in 1998. Slip through time with Zane Grayson as Guardian 2632 reveals what he will sacrifice to save a life.

CONTEST: Introduce yourself by leaving a comment, and you’ll have a chance to win a PDF copy of Guardian 2632! The winner will be randomly chosen.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

I’m Turning 40 This Week and Giving Away Books!

 Simply email me this week of March 6th -12th  at howell(dot)kiki(at)gmail(dot)com with Happy 40th in the Subject line. You get your choice of one of three stories in PDF eBook format – a heat level for everyone: The Sorcerer’s Songs (sweet), A Modern Day Witch Hunt (erotic), or Rituals (erotic/mild BDSM).  Please list in the body of the email the title you would like.  Information about each title is listed below.

The Sorcerer’s Songs 

If I knew then, what I know now
I’d like to think I’d choose a different way to go
But, my mistakes have paved the way
Down this dark and lonely, dead-end road

Poised on a stool in a corner of yet another bar, in front of a crowd of maybe fifty, the harmonies he played reached out to those around him. The rhythms in his head stirred his heart. For a man of magic, a sorcerer with powers he had never asked for, his musical talents were sung spells.  They were his weapon of defense against loneliness, bringing people to him like a siren’s song.  Yet, for the most part, he let his music haunt the deeper needs of those who listened—letting musical phrasings stir wants unnamed or purposely forgotten. Although he felt but a living and breathing jukebox, these strangers who came to see him play were the only lives he could touch. He reached out to them with his songs.

That is until one night one of Adam’s songs lures him back toward his hometown, and he calls out for Stacey, the one he was forced to leave behind all those years ago. Only this time she wants answers as to why he left, and maybe a bit of revenge for the heart he destroyed. 

I wrote The Sorcerer’s Songs using my husband's song lyrics to create the plot.
If you would like to hear snippets of the songs, watch the book trailer video on YouTube or go to BroadJam to listen to the song that inspired the book, The Road along with two other songs featured in the book.

"The Sorcerer’s Songs is a tender paranormal romance I thoroughly enjoyed.  It is a tale of magic, first love, heartbreak, forgiveness and redemption.  Adams frustration over his present life and regret over his past was palatable to this reader. Adam’s life …was poignantly rendered by Ms. Howell ...  Life is full of magical moments.  In the magic of the melody of Ms. Howell’s story it is believable.  Her (Stacey) quick realization that her love for the boy flames still, kept me racing to read this story’s ending.  Ms. Howell’s novella…sang to me.  It will to you too." ~Justine at eBook Addict Reviews

Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal (Sorcerer), Sensual Romance
Adult Content Warnings: While this is a sweet romance, it is still intended for those over 18 years of age.

A Modern Day Witch Hunt

Blurb: Kamillia is an author of paranormal romances living in an upscale suburb of ClevelandOhio. Accused of being an actual witch herself by an ambitious group of businessmen with a dark agenda, she is surprised to find a man who resembles one of her fictional, alpha male heroes at her door offering her protection.

Luca is an immortal Watcher from the River of Light. Sent to Earth to help Kamillia, whose true heritage has yet to be revealed to her, Luca is caught off guard by the fighting spirit of the woman and the way his human body betrays him in her presence.

When research for her next novel requires Kamillia to travel to Italy, she and Luca are forced to join together despite numerous obstacles to overcome the evil of many centuries blocking a portal there. Only then, can she return to the problems awaiting her in her own city, with or without this stranger who has captured her heart but cannot share her future.

"Kamillia, the heroine of Kiki Howell’s A Modern Day Witch Hunt (eXcessica Publishing, 2009), is like a female version of Harry Potter, mixed with Sookie Stackhouse and Sarah Connor.

The sex? Scorching, yet still achingly romantic and mystical. The sadness? Just as overwhelming.”~Review By Erin O’Riordan  4/5 Stars!

Genres: Urban Fantasy (Witches & Watchers, Past Lives), Horror (Ghosts), Erotic Romance
Adult Content Warnings: M/F sex - Explicit Graphic Language, Violence


Blurb: After a Wiccan ritual opens her eyes to her old friend, Maddie’s first week together with Ryan, goes by in a blur of knots and ropes.  

Together, they find the freedom they seek in bondage.  But, when Maddie’s controlling ex-husband returns hell-bent on taking her back, will Ryan and Maddie be bound by the past or become tied to each other?

 I could tell the author has done her research concerning Wiccan rites.  As a result of the author’s attention to detail and excellent writing, I would definitely love to read more of this author’s work as well as read other books along the line of this genre.

Now…I love a steamy love story…and, boy did “Rituals” deliver!!!  It wasn’t steamy, it was scorching!!!  Did I say scorching?  I meant blistering!!! 

 “Rituals” has all the components I need in a love story to keep me glued to the pages:  love, lust, and suspense.  With the added benefit of a new genre that I see myself indulging in more in the future, you are looking at one happy reader!!!  “Rituals” is a must read!  ~Reviewer:  Nefertari - RBR Reviewer, Rating:  5/5 Blood Drops

Genres: Contemporary, Wiccan/Magic Realism, Erotic Romance
Adult Content Warnings: M/F Sex - Explicit Graphic Language, Mild BDSM and Violence

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Kiki: What is your favorite genre to read in, and what is it about that genre that attracts you to it? If you like a specific mix of genres, please state that particular combination.
S.R.Claridge: My favorite genre to read is mystery and romantic suspense. 

Kiki: What is your favorite author to read in that genre, and why? Also, please tell me a little about the best book by that author you have read. 
S.R.Claridge: I don’t have one favorite author.  I love the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.  I enjoy many of Mary Higgins Clark novels as well as Nora Roberts. 

Kiki: What is the best book you read last month, and would you recommend it to a friend?
S.R.Claridge: I read several books in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich and I would and have recommended them to my friends.

Kiki: What are your reading habits like? For example, how many books do you read on average in a week, what format do you prefer to read in, what time of day do you read, and what setting is ideal for you to get lost in that book?
S.R.Claridge: How much I read depends on my writing and promotional schedule, as well as my kids practice and game schedules.  Most of my reading time is in the car waiting for practice to end.

Kiki: If pressed, could you chose a favorite from the books you have written? Why is it your favorite?
S.R.Claridge: I think my favorite is always the one on which I am currently working.  TETTERBAUM’S TRUTH is a favorite because it’s book one in a new mystery series I am doing.  I’m writing book two now and loving where the story is headed.  That being said, my heart will always hold a tender spot for NO EASY WAY, because it is a mystery with an underlying message of hope, faith and forgiveness to which I personally relate.     

Kiki: How do you become inspired to write? 
S.R.Claridge: Most the time it just hits me.  An idea pops in… or a word I hear triggers a thought which spawns a rapid fire of more words and more ideas.  It just takes off and I do my best to keep up.  J

Kiki: What part of the story do you think is your strength to write?
S.R.Claridge: Conversational sections.  I used to write scripts so my brain sees and hears the even the unspoken details of a conversation between characters.

Kiki: Please share with ABA readers something I did not think to ask you about.
S.R.Claridge: I am blessed to be a wife of 18 years and a mom of two kids… a girl and a boy. We have a dog named Gigi and live in Colorado.  I believe in the power of forgiveness and prayer and I know for certain that anything good in me is from God.
Author of  Tetterbaum’s Truth
Facebook:  Author S.R.Claridge

Book Blurb
Angel Martin plans to marry Tony and live happily ever after… until Tony disappears.  Nursing a broken heart, she takes a job at Tetterbaum’s Pub, unaware it is the most prestigious Mafia hangout in Chicago
In a world filled with a pretense of innocence and a past filled with iniquity, Angel’s life hangs in a twisted balance of deception and revenge. Through an unlikely turn of events, Angel discovers her entire life has been a carefully orchestrated lie. No one is who they say they are and everyone has an agenda of their own. 
  Finding herself in the middle of a revengeful scheme from a past she’s never known and a Mafia blackmail scandal that’s already left several dead, Angel races to find answers.  The trouble is, the closer she gets to hidden evidence and tainted truths, the more the crime families want her out of the way.  With her true identity now exposed, learning who she can trust becomes a matter of life and death and unraveling the past is her only hope for staying alive.


Tetterbaum’s Truth Video Trailer

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