Archive for July 11th, 2018

#MondayBlog Humor in Suspense

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Do you know someone who’s serious all the time?

You know the type you tell a joke or a funny story then they feel compelled to break it down, analyze it and explain the rationale?

Yeah, those people.

Author E. B. White once said, “Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.”

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Camp NaNo Update Day #10

Camp NaNo – a third of the way through the journey! 😊👍

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I come across a good post about writing schedules almost daily. Many authors and bloggers have unique and precise methods of ensuring time is allotted daily for writing.

My writing schedule looks like a casual suggestion.

Don’t get me wrong, I write somethingevery day… at some point. The schedule part? That’s tricky.

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“Can You Keep a Secret? (Lonely Heart, Deadly Heart)” by Mary Monroe

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Can You Keep a Secret ((Lonely Heart, Deadly Heart)

by Mary Monroe

Genre: Literature & Fiction/Contemporary Fiction/Short Stories

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In this page-turning prequel to her thrilling Lonely Heart, Deadly Heart series, New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe introduces Lola Poole and Joan Proctor, fast friends getting a crash course in love, family, betrayal—and other little disasters…

They couldn’t be less alike—except for their restless spirits. Lola came from a loving home, even though it included her father’s live-in mistress. And Joan is a secret wild child chafing under her mother’s watchful eye. So when Lola’s quiet world shatters and her hopes seem out of reach for good, Joan has the perfect consolation in mind.

But the besties will soon discover that boyfriends, money, and good times are no real escape from their families’ ever-scandalous drama. Soon, with demanding stepparents, conniving relatives, and simmering secrets closing in, they’ll have to watch each other’s backs and use their quick wits to save their lifelong dreams…

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“The Murder at Sissingham Hall (An Angela Marchmont Mystery Book 1)” by Clara Benson

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The Murder at Sissingham Hall (An Angela Marchmont Mystery Book 1)

by Clara Benson

Genre: Mystery & Suspense/Traditional Detectives/Women Sleuths

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On his return from South Africa, Charles Knox is invited to spend the weekend at the country home of Sir Neville Strickland, whose beautiful wife Rosamund was once Knox’s fiancée. But in the dead of night Sir Neville is murdered. Who did it? As suspicion falls on each of the house guests in turn, Knox finds himself faced with deception and betrayal on all sides, and only the enigmatic Angela Marchmont seems to offer a solution to the mystery. This 1920s whodunit will delight all fans of traditional country house murder stories.

 

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“Third Daughter (The Royals of Dharia Book 1)” by Susan Kaye Quinn

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Third Daughter (The Royals of Dharia Book 1)

by Susan Kaye Quinn

Genre: Historical Romance/Fantasy/Victorian/Clean

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Sneaking out of the palace wasn’t one of Aniri’s best ideas. But she’s the Third Daughter of the Queen of Dharia—zero responsibilities and zero royal duties. She’s just the backup daughter, in case her older sisters’ arranged marriages—to take the crown or broker an alliance—don’t quite work out. But once Aniri reaches her 18th birthday, she’ll be truly free… and then she can marry the charming fencing instructor she meets for fevered kisses in the forest.

But then the impossible happens—a marriage proposal. From a barbarian prince in the north, no less. And if Aniri refuses, the threat of their new flying weapon might bring war.

So she agrees to the young prince’s proposal, but only as a subterfuge to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and an arranged marriage to a man she doesn’t love. But once she arrives in the sweeping mountains of the north, she discovers the prince has his own secrets… and saving her country may end up breaking her heart.

This Bollywood-style royal romance takes you to an alternate East Indian world filled with skyships, saber duels, and lots of royal intrigue.

THIRD DAUGHTER is the first book in the Royals of Dharia trilogy.

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#Review “Riding Shotgun: And Other American Cruelties” by Andy Rausch

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5/5 Stars!

Riding Shotgun and Other American Cruelties is the trifecta of a good time if you’re like me and like your crime fiction wild, reckless and hard-boiled.

Fast-paced and slickly written, this trio of novellas hit hard and fast… and leave a high body count in their wake.

Easy Peezy

Emmett Dalton robbed banks, got shot twenty-three times, did his time in prison, and became a businessman capitalizing on his past.

But his past is calling to him. The young guys of the 1930s have no style or panache. He needs to show them how it’s done.

Forty years after their heyday, an unlikely trio of senior citizens go on a bank robbing spree. However, breaking the law at any age is never a good thing to do.

Sort of a one-item bucket list for over-the-hill gangsters, this read has moments to make crime fiction and history fans smile. Emmett Dalton, Baby Face Nelson, and John Dillinger… all in the same room; G-Man Melvin Purvis is a regular guy, and Hoover is still a jerk.

Riding Shotgun

An author is chosen at random by baddies to commit a murder. His wife is killed and daughter taken to motivate him. Joe Gibson has to become a killer to save his daughter.

Riding Shotgun shows what a regular joe is capable of when pushed too far. Crooks don’t know what they’re up against when they turn a good guy bad.

This one played like a movie in my head with the late Charles Bronson as Joe Gibson. Good stuff.

$crilla

Wannabe rappers try to take revenge on the arrogant record company mogul who fired them by kidnapping him to extort money from him.

There are two problems.

One—they’re dummies.

Two—he’s more hard-core than they are.

I can’t even call the crime a comedy of errors. It’s more likes scenes of stupidity. Loop and Bugs… OMG! They should have sold the house, banked their cash and gotten jobs at Best Buy.

Disgraced Chicago cop, Charlie Grimes, ends up in L. A…. and investigating the crime. He’s got a bad ticker and a smart mouth and his one-liners are priceless.

Riding Shotgun and Other American Cruelties is not for the faint-of-heart, squeamish, or HEA-fanatics. But any reader looking for great crime fiction with killer writing (see what I did there?) needs to download this today!

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coverRIDING SHOTGUN AND OTHER AMERICAN CRUELTIES is a unique collection of quirky, Tarantinoesque crime novellas, representing three very different sub-genres. In the first story, “Easy-Peezy,” a band of elderly Old West bank robbers return to their wicked ways robbing banks in the 1930s John Dillinger era. The second story, “Riding Shotgun,” is a bitter tale about a man pushed to the limits of human endurance and forced to take up arms to protect those he loves. The third tale, “$crilla,” is an urban crime fantasy in which a fledgling hip-hop group kidnaps a record mogul in the hopes of finally making the kind of loot they’ve always dreamed of.

 

 

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#BlogTour “Riding Shotgun: And Other American Cruelties” by Andy Rausch

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coverRIDING SHOTGUN AND OTHER AMERICAN CRUELTIES is a unique collection of quirky, Tarantinoesque crime novellas, representing three very different sub-genres. In the first story, “Easy-Peezy,” a band of elderly Old West bank robbers return to their wicked ways robbing banks in the 1930s John Dillinger era. The second story, “Riding Shotgun,” is a bitter tale about a man pushed to the limits of human endurance and forced to take up arms to protect those he loves. The third tale, “$crilla,” is an urban crime fantasy in which a fledgling hip-hop group kidnaps a record mogul in the hopes of finally making the kind of loot they’ve always dreamed of.

 

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Author Bio 

Andy Rausch is a freelance film journalist, author, and celebrity interviewer. He has Andy Rauschpublished more than twenty books on the subject of popular culture, including The Films of Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, Making Movies with Orson Welles (with Gary Graver), and The Cinematic Misadventures of Ed Wood (with Charles E. Pratt, Jr.). His work has appeared in Shock Cinema, both Screem and Scream magazines, Senses of Cinema, Diabolique, Creative Screenwriting, Film Threat, Bright Lights Film Journal, and Images: A Journal of Film and Popular Culture. He has written several works of fiction including Mad World, Elvis Presley: CIA Assassin, Riding Shotgun and Other American Cruelties, and the short story collection Death Rattles. He has also worked as a screenwriter, producer, and actor on numerous straight-to-video horror films.

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