Sunday, October 06, 2019

Book Signing Reminder, 10/19/19 12-3PM: Baldwinsville Public Library, Baldwinsville, NY!

Coming up fast - my favorite event of the year! Meet almost two dozen local authors at Baldwinsville Public Library for the 4th Annual Authors' Meet & Greet!

This event has grown every year, and is always a great time. The event kicks off with an author panel featuring some of our local authors in different genres, answering the question, "How has writing changed your life?"

After the Q&A, our authors will offer books for signing and sale, and freebies will be found at several of the tables throughout the afternoon. Get books from:


Doreen Alsen - Romantic Comedy
Jon Anderson - History
Patricia Antone - Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance
David Aro - Children's Books
Sandra Athans - Children's Books
Ronald Bagliere - Literary Fiction
Cynthia Cotten - Children's Books
Diane Culver - Mystery Romance, Contemporary Romance
Nicholas T. Davis - Science Fiction, Fantasy, Children's Books
Lindsay DeRollo - Children's Books
Susan Derych Rubin - Children's Books
Nicki Greenwood - New Adult, Romance, Women's Fiction
Erin Kelly - New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural Speculative Fiction
Mylisa Larsen - Children's Books
Cory Leonardo - Children's Books
Frank Martorana - Mystery
Paul Mitura - Military Non-Fiction
Carol Pouliot - Mystery
Kate Woodle - Children's Books


Click here for directions. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Guest Blogger: Mystery Author Carol Pouliot!

It's my pleasure today to introduce mystery author Carol Pouliot! Carol is the talented author of the Blackwell & Watson Time-Travel Mystery series. Her debut novel was DOORWAY TO MURDER. Today, she joins us to talk about its sequel, THRESHOLD OF DECEIT!

1) How did you get started writing?

I’ve always enjoyed the creativity of telling stories. After I retired from teaching, I decided to put to paper a memory that I wanted to save for my nieces and great-nephews. I sent it to Victoria magazine. The next day, I received a phone call from the editor. She bought the article and asked for more. Although I loved that experience, I was itching to write something longer and more involved. For some time, I’d had an idea for a time-travel mystery series and thought Why not? The next day I wrote the plot to Doorway to Murder (book #1 in The Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mysteries). I haven’t looked back!

2) What interests or excites you most about your genre(s)?

I love the challenge of creating the mystery, planting the clues and red herrings, and keeping the secret until the end when all is revealed. It’s exciting when I get to talk about all of it with book clubs. It thrills me when a reader says that they never saw a twist coming or they didn’t guess the killer.

3) Who or what is your favorite inspiration when writing?

Deborah Crombie is my favorite mystery writer. Not only does she craft extraordinary plots, she has managed to create a cast of inter-acting characters that make her world seem full and vibrant. The first time I was aware of an author doing this was when I was in grad school and took a course on Balzac. His series La Com├ędie Humaine consisted of some 80 works. Each novel or short story focused on someone in particular but the supporting characters were all people who were the focus in other books or stories. Balzac created a village atmosphere in his body of work. That’s what Crombie does. That’s what I am aiming for.

4) Tell me about your latest book or work in progress.

Threshold of Deceit is the second book in The Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mystery series.

In the first book, Doorway to Murder, Depression-era cop Steven Blackwell and 21st-century journalist Olivia Watson come face to face when time folds over in the house they share 80 years apart. They discover that it’s Einstein’s theory at work: there is no past, present, or future; all time happens simultaneously; time can fold over. With this knowledge, they experiment traveling back and forth to each other’s time and, along the way, become good friends. What they don’t do is leave the safety of the house in the other person’s time. In Threshold of Deceit, Steven and Olivia are ready to push the boundaries of time travel and discover more about their new-found ability to cross over into the other’s time.

On April 22, 1934, local ladies’ man Frankie Russo is murdered in broad daylight. Although the whole town is at the Little League Parade, it seems no one saw anything. But nothing is as it seems in the small New York town of Knightsbridge. Tackling the investigation, Steven discovers Frankie’s little black book, a coded list of dozens of flings, affairs, and one-night stands−and a solid motive for the widow. Soon, what appeared to be a straight-forward case gets complicated. A witness goes missing, a second body turns up, the victim’s cousin disappears, and an old flame surfaces. Faced with conflicting pieces of evidence, lies, and false alibis, Steven creates a psychological portrait of the killer. He realizes he’s looking for someone wearing a mask.

Olivia travels back to 1934 and is embraced by the community, who have no idea who she really is. She accidentally falls in with Steven’s main suspect, an act with repercussions that threaten her life.

Can Olivia outsmart a killer before becoming the next victim? Can Steven and Olivia solve the case of the poisoned philanderer in time to protect her true identity and their time-travel secret?

5) Please share with us the first few paragraphs of your latest work.

Sunday − April 22, 1934
Chapter 1

She sat across from him on the red-and-blue plaid blanket, legs stretched out and ankles crossed. It was a glorious day and the sun felt delicious on her skin. The wide-brimmed hat shaded her face, but already her arms were growing pink. She smiled, watching cardinals swoop back and forth in the lush meadow around them. She closed her eyes and listened−the air hummed with birdsong.

Today was their first picnic of the season. He had carried the wicker basket packed with all his favorites—ham sandwiches and garlicky pickles, potato salad, and apple muffins with chopped walnuts.

He’d finished eating first and was lounging on his back, elbows bent, hands locked together behind his head. He squinted in the bright light as he gazed sleepily at a flock of Canada geese flying high above in a V-formation.

She sat quietly, watching, waiting for the poison to take effect.

Buy THRESHOLD OF DECEIT at:

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About Carol Pouliot

Email: carolpouliotwriter@gmail.com
Website: http://www.carolpouliot.com/
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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Book Signing: Baldwinsville, NY 10/19/19 12-3PM EST


If you're a reader living in the Central NY area, you're not going to want to miss this! For the fourth year in a row, Baldwinsville Public Library in Baldwinsville, NY is proud to present its Annual Author Meet & Greet. This group signing of local authors has grown each year. We now have almost two dozen authors signing in a variety of genres, so you're sure to find something for yourself or the book lover in your life.

OUR AUTHORS:

Doreen Alsen - Romantic Comedy
Jon Anderson - History
Patricia Antone - Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance
David Aro - Children's Books
Sandra Athans - Children's Books
Ronald Bagliere - Literary Fiction
Cynthia Cotten - Children's Books
Diane Culver - Mystery Romance, Contemporary Romance
Nicholas T. Davis - Science Fiction, Fantasy, Children's Books
Lindsay DeRollo - Children's Books
Susan Derych Rubin - Children's Books
Regina Edwards-Drumm - Romantic Suspense
Nicki Greenwood - New Adult, Romance, Women's Fiction
Erin Kelly - New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural Speculative Fiction
Mylisa Larsen - Children's Books
Cory Leonardo - Children's Books
Frank Martorana - Mystery
Paul Mitura - Military Non-Fiction
Carol Pouliot - Mystery
Kate Woodle - Children's Books

Purchase a book with a personalized autograph from the author, or visit us for prizes and freebies throughout the afternoon. Listen as our author panel gives its unique perspective on the writing life, and ask those questions you always wanted to ask a writer!

Click here for more information!

Friday, September 06, 2019

AIR coming to audio / New Adult update / New romance


Coming Soon to Audiobook: AIR, The Elemental Series, Book Three

I'm very excited to announce that AIR will be coming soon to audiobook! Narrator Haven Powers does an exceptional job bringing storm chaser Elsa Pemberley and blues singer Harrison Litchfield to life. I know you'll love it as much as I do.

About AIR

Air Elemental Elsa Pemberley is a born idealist. Instead of resenting her power over the wind, she uses it to help others. The best way to do that is to chase storms in the heart of Tornado Alley. She meets her match in Harrison Litchfield, a man who is fleeing from a past both treacherous and tragic. Masquerading as a traveling blues singer, he has managed to keep moving, but beautiful Elsa stops him in his tracks.

She makes a life out of chasing. He’s made a living by running. When Harry’s past catches up to them both during a devastating storm, there’s only one thing to do—hold on tight with both hands...

To read a sample of AIR, click the link to its page at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UF279PM

New Adult Fiction Update

If you've been paying attention to my Works In Progress meters, you'll notice I'm over 100% on Book Two of the New Adult series! Yes, indeed. This week, I hit my target word count. From this point, it's wrap-up and revisions on the book. Keep watching for tidbits and teasers. This series has been a long-haul project, as I'm writing all three back-to-back, but I think you're really going to love them if New Adult is your thing. It's been a challenge to switch gears to this genre and series, and even more exciting because I'm having such fun writing it.



New Romance on the Horizon

I have a romance novel simmering away on the back burner, and the characters have been chattering to me of late. I've gotten my self-publishing feet wet writing my freebie, FINDING HOME, so I'm gearing up to offer this stand-alone contemporary romance to you via my indie publishing imprint. I'll post news here as it becomes available, so stay tuned!

Happy Autumn

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we're settling in for autumn, my favorite season. The air gets cooler, the leaves turn fiery red and golden yellow, and even the air smells like spice. However you celebrate the season of plenty, I hope you have time to settle down with a good book. Happy Reading!


Sunday, August 11, 2019

New in Audiobook: THE SERPENT IN THE STONE!


Just in time to heat up your cool fall nights, THE SERPENT IN THE STONE is now available in audiobook! You can snag your very own copy at your favorite audiobook retailer.

THE SERPENT IN THE STONE has been called "hot" and "hard to put down." See for yourself what everyone's talking about.

Click here to listen to a sample!

Happy Listening!



The Serpent in the Stone
(The Gifted Series: Book One)
On sale now from The Wild Rose Press
ISBN # 9781612178165


Some secrets are deadly.

Sara Markham is used to secrets. She has two of her own: her paranormal powers, and her father's unsolved murder twenty years ago. The first is a secret she can't divulge, and the other she yearns to unravel.

When her archaeology firm is tapped to excavate a ruin in Shetland, Sara accepts eagerly, hoping it will help solve the mystery of her father's death. But she doesn't anticipate Ian Waverly, a wildlife biologist whose questions worry her even as his rugged magnetism fascinates her. Ian's more connected to her gifts than she knows, and far more than he wants to admit.

Enemies on sight, Ian and Sara struggle to fight the attraction that blazes between them. But when they are confronted with a decades-old web of lies and corruption, they discover the truth: only together can they heal the heartaches brought by the very darkest of secrets.


Excerpt from THE SERPENT IN THE STONE

"What - exactly - are you?" Ian demanded.

Alarm bells clanged at the hostility in his voice. Sara had to force her voice past them. "You've seen me shapeshift. I can read minds sometimes."

"I've got time for the long version." He put the necklace back into his pocket. The shuttered look on his face raised panicky flutters in her belly.

She drew a long breath. "Telekinesis. I caught you with telekinesis."

"How did you get telekinesis?"

"It's not like they hand it out in stores! It just happened one day. I didn't know what it was, and I was too scared to tell my parents. I was afraid of it for a long time."

"When did your father die? How did he die?"

Her thoughts flew to the amulet in Ian's pocket. "What has any of this got to do with my father?"

"Maybe nothing. Could be more. This stuff might be genetic."

Icy dread crawled across her skin. "I'm done talking to you."

Quick as lightning, he reached forward and snatched the boat keys from the ignition. "This necklace has to be important if you're willing to risk being shot to fix it, Sara. That's not even going there about you risking me being shot at. You're not getting it back until you talk."

She felt naked. Worse than she had at the inlet. Then, she'd seen desire in his eyes.

Now, she saw only hatred. "This isn't about me," she said, startled. "It's about you."

"Never mind me," he snapped.

"What is it?" she asked. "What happened to you?"

"How did your father die?"

Pain and betrayal surged anew through every cell in her body, and that little girl from twenty years ago gave a silent wail of outrage. "He. Was. Murdered."

Monday, July 29, 2019

THE SERPENT IN THE STONE coming to audiobook!



I am thrilled to announce that, at long last, THE SERPENT IN THE STONE will be coming out in audiobook. Narrator Alex Riley has not only broken the "Curse of the Gifted Series," but she has delivered a lively, wonderful reading I'm sure you'll enjoy. I'll post here once the audiobook is released. In the meantime, read below to learn more about the story!

About THE SERPENT IN THE STONE:

Some secrets are deadly.

Sara Markham is used to secrets. She has two of her own: her paranormal powers, and her father's unsolved murder twenty years ago. The first is a secret she can't divulge, and the other she yearns to unravel.

When her archaeology firm is tapped to excavate a ruin in Shetland, Sara accepts eagerly, hoping it will help solve the mystery of her father's death. But she doesn't anticipate Ian Waverly, a wildlife biologist whose questions worry her even as his rugged magnetism fascinates her. Ian's more connected to her gifts than she knows, and far more than he wants to admit.

Enemies on sight, Ian and Sara struggle to fight the attraction that blazes between them. But when they are confronted with a decades-old web of lies and corruption, they discover the truth: only together can they heal the heartaches brought by the very darkest of secrets.

Excerpt from THE SERPENT IN THE STONE:

"What - exactly - are you?" Ian demanded.

Alarm bells clanged at the hostility in his voice. Sara had to force her voice past them. "You've seen me shapeshift. I can read minds sometimes."

"I've got time for the long version." He put the necklace back into his pocket. The shuttered look on his face raised panicky flutters in her belly.

She drew a long breath. "Telekinesis. I caught you with telekinesis."

"How did you get telekinesis?"

"It's not like they hand it out in stores! It just happened one day. I didn't know what it was, and I was too scared to tell my parents. I was afraid of it for a long time."

"When did your father die? How did he die?"

Her thoughts flew to the amulet in Ian's pocket. "What has any of this got to do with my father?"

"Maybe nothing. Could be more. This stuff might be genetic."

Icy dread crawled across her skin. "I'm done talking to you."

Quick as lightning, he reached forward and snatched the boat keys from the ignition. "This necklace has to be important if you're willing to risk being shot to fix it, Sara. That's not even going there about you risking me being shot at. You're not getting it back until you talk."

She felt naked. Worse than she had at the inlet. Then, she'd seen desire in his eyes.

Now, she saw only hatred. "This isn't about me," she said, startled. "It's about you."

"Never mind me," he snapped.

"What is it?" she asked. "What happened to you?"

"How did your father die?"

Pain and betrayal surged anew through every cell in her body, and that little girl from twenty years ago gave a silent wail of outrage. "He. Was. Murdered."

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Thistle Dew, A Writer's Dream

 

Anyone who has ever met me knows how much I love a house with an old soul. They also know writing feeds something within me. I found both this past weekend at Thistle Dew, a bed and breakfast owned by Andrea and Walter Kaczor. Andrea and Walt are two of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. Andrea, a fellow writer, opened the B&B up to fellow authors several years ago for weekend writing retreats. She and her husband purchased the property and have spent the past several years turning it into the charming getaway it is.


The original stone house was built in 1809 by land agent James Sheldon. Today, the property at Thistle Dew encompasses nearly 300 acres of rolling hills, ponds, a tennis court, barn, cabin, and countless little hideaways fit for walking, exploring, or sitting in peaceful silence. It's full of antiques brimming with history and patina. It is a perfect place to soak in the quiet and let your imagination flow.


I had the distinct pleasure of sharing this wonderful weekend with a handful of other author friends. We each made a meal for part of the weekend, and shared great conversations as well as peaceful nights under the stars. Andrea and Walt explained some of Thistle Dew's rich history, from its beginnings as a tavern and carriage house to hosting officers during the War of 1812. They invited me to explore the property at my leisure, and when indoors, I wandered the house checking out all the interesting collectibles and antiques.



Outside, it is just as much a feast for the senses. Wildlife is everywhere, from deer roaming the fields to birds and pollinators of every variety. Andrea and Walt's dog, Lowca (pronounced "WOLF-ka" and meaning "hunter" in Polish), is the unofficial greeter and host to everyone who stays at Thistle Dew.


Our final evening at Thistle Dew ended with a beautiful rainbow, then sunset. Andrea and Walt saw us off the next morning with goodbyes and invitations to visit again, and I don't doubt I will. It's rare to go away and feel immediately at home where you land, but Thistle Dew is definitely that sort of place. I'm so glad I finally made it there!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Notes from the Garden: Diversity, Not Just for Humans

A Tale of Two Properties

Once upon a time, I had a neighbor who was very, very particular about his lawn. He was often to be found clipping errant long blades of grass with scissors to keep it looking tidy. His lawn was lushly green and beautiful ... but there was no wildlife. Birds passed over it to yards beyond. Without trees, squirrels found no reason to stay. Rabbits went to the next lot in search of clover. If the wildlife you can spot at an easy glance is passing your yard by, you can almost bet the creatures you don't see are doing the same.


Matchy-Matchy

Mother Nature hates monocultures - those manmade, one-species wonders that allow no room for the wonderful variety of wildlife available even in suburban or urban areas. A grass lawn is exactly that; while it may be lovely to the human eye, there is no space for a real, natural ecosystem. Lawns need frequent care in the form of water, fertilizer, mowing, weed control, and pest control.

Nature doesn't need such helicopter parenting. Left to grow, a wild space will invite a variety of plant and animal species that will sustain itself. Planting native species reduces the amount of necessary yard work and encourages our greatest ally in food production: pollinators.

Also, a natural habitat isn't boring.

Save Them, Save Us

The two greatest threats to pollinators are pesticides and habitat destruction. Products such as glyphosate (the chemical in Roundup®) and neonicotinoids (pesticides used in big-box garden center plants and flowers) are persistent and harmful to pollinators of all species. These products can stay in plant tissues and soils for years. They poison insects. In short, they're killing bees.

Guess what happens if we kill the bees? No one is left to pollinate our food supply.  Farmers are finding it necessary to truck bees in from far afield in order to pollinate their crops. Pesticides are thought to be responsible for widespread bee colony collapse. Bees are dying at an unprecedented rate. When they go, so will we, unless we do something about it.



Flowers, Flowers Everywhere

Planting native flowers not only beautifies your property and increases its value, but it helps the pollinators. Host plants are important for butterfly caterpillars such as that of the monarch butterfly, which is in desperate need of pesticide-free sanctuaries. Dedicating even a small area of your yard (or a large container if you're in an urban area) can help save these pollinators and enrich the ecosystem where you live.


Bees, in particular, have been in the news many times of late because their rate of decline is alarming. Fortunately, bees are easy to please. Plant as large an area as you can with a few varieties of brightly-colored, native flowers (and if you're lazy like me, plant perennials which will come back every year with no work on your part). Use this tool developed by the National Wildlife Federation to help you decide what will work in your area. Try to stagger bloom times of each variety. Vow to remove all pesticide use from your property in favor of natural weed controls such as hand-pulling ... or my favorite, native plants which will crowd out the unwanted weeds!


The Little Hedge that Could

My neighbor would do annual battle with the privet hedge on our shared border. He cut it to the ground each year, a sad little six-inch-tall row of shrubs struggling to survive. Privet is non-native in my area. I wondered if he thought he was doing the right thing by cutting it down, but it always left me scratching my head. When new neighbors moved in, they didn't cut the hedge. We didn't, either. It grew. And grew. And then flowered.

And then came the wildlife.

Birds took up residence, nesting and singing. I now have a catbird who serenades me beautifully outside my office window while I write. The hedge, now half again as tall as me, shelters and shades squirrels and rabbits. Bumblebees and honeybees flock to it like I've drawn them there with a magnet. My allergies go haywire every spring and summer, and this hedge is not a native to New York State, but the payoff is well worth the cost of leaving it there.

After all, I love food. Don't you?