One could generate an argument that Philadelphia proved to be the catalyst for the Cat Sitter thriller series.
Philadelphia is where Blaize Clement spent a semester studying with David Bradley, author of The Chaneysville Incident, who was teaching a seminar at Temple University. Bradley just happens to be the author Blaize says “taught me everything I know about the actual craft of writing…I use something David taught every day, and I’m very grateful.
Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries, had a fascination with books from an early age. As young as six, she created books from paper, cardboard, and string, and has since taken numerous book binding classes. Prior to writing the Bibliophile Mysteries—Homicide in Hardcover, If Books Could Kill, and The Lies That Bind—Carlisle worked for many years on a variety of game and other television shows. It was her life-long love of books that inspired the Bibliophile Mysteries and the creation of her protagonist, bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright. In addition to the Bibliophile Mysteries, Carlisle also writes romance novels for Harlequin.
by Sandra Balzo
“A mime is a terrible thing to waste. But damned if we shouldn’t take a machine gun to this one.” –Sarah Kingston in A Cup of Jo
Okay, I admit it. It’s a line I’ve been dying to use for years and my newest book, A CUP OF JO, finally gave me the chance. And as the opening, no less.
Not that I have anything against mimes. In fact . . . oh, hell –f course I hate mimes. Who doesn’t? And clowns …
by Lori Andrews
Armed with a JD and PhD in political science, Wendy Watson might have chosen to give Scott Turow and John Grisham a run for their money. Instead, Wendy chose to follow a different one of her passions: ice cream. September 7 marks the release of the second in her series of mysteries involving Tally Jones, proprietor of Dalliance, Texas’s ice cream parlor, Remember the A-la-mode. In the first Tally book, I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM (Signet, 2009), Tally swallows her pride and agrees to provide ice cream for her ex-husband’s company luau. Her ex’s arm-candy girlfriend is murdered and Tally becomes the prime suspect.
By Paula Tutman
A-litter-ation best defines the latest book by Carole Nelson Douglas,Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme.
Midnight Louie makes a triumphant return in the 22nd book in the series about a Private Investigator of the feline-domesticus variety who shows us that cats are far more clever than people, especially when it comes to ratting out crime and wrong-doing.
If you’re new to the series and you’re wondering how on earth a cat can nip crime as a super sleuth, Carole has always been ahead of her time.
In Annelise Ryan’s second book in the Mattie Winston series, Scared Stiff, Mattie and her boss/best friend, Izzy, are called out on Halloween night to the home of waitress and part-time model Shannon Tolliver, They find the ghoulish decorations just a bit too authentic. For among the fake blood and skeletons is the corpse of Shannon herself – and the evidence screams murder.
In Linda O. Johnston’s Feline Fatale, Kendra Ballantyne’s dearest friend Darryl Nestler, owner of the Doggy Indulgence Day Resort, has fallen hard for Kendra’s fellow pet-sitter Wanda Villareal. Wanda lives in a large condominium development that allows pets, and she has become the main sitter for them all.
When a nasty member of the condo’s board of directors attempts to rid the development of pets and turns up dead, Wanda’s accused of the killing… and Kendra must once more find the real murderer.
By Mary Kennedy
Recently, I sat down with Melanie Jackson, author of The Ghost and Miss Demure to talk about her new release, where she finds her inspiration and her lifelong love of history.
On your website, you invite readers to take a walk on the Wildside, visit the past and explore new worlds. Are you drawn to any particular genre as your “first love” or do all genres attract you?
I’m a voracious reader of most genres and also non-fiction, but the first adult books I read were Gone With The Wind and Conan The Barbarian.They kind of wedged themselves in the subconscious and an awful lot of the stuff I’ve written is some weird hybrid of the two.
Suspense-thriller writer Avery Aames has not sold one of her novels yet she has a book coming out in early July. How did that happen?
According to Avery, an agent who liked her work knew about this work-for-hire series. “A Cheese Shop Mystery,” she said. “Think you can write it?”
Seems like Avery could.
She auditioned and got the job. “I’m truly lucky. I couldn’t be more passionate about a topic. Life is great; cheese makes it better!”