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Leigh Perry | A Tradition of Skeletons
Author Guest / September 3, 2014

Though Georgia Thackery, an English professor and single mother, is the actual protagonist of my Family Skeleton mystery series, it’s the skeleton himself that people associate most with the books. You see, the Thackery family skeleton is an actual skeleton: Georgia’s best friend Sid, who lives in the Thackery family attic. Well, sort of. Technically he’s not living. Despite that, Sid walks, talks and makes bad jokes. And he’s the one readers usually mention first when talking about the books. My calling them the Family Skeleton Mysteries may also have something to do with that. I admit that having an osteo-American sidekick is a bit unusual. In fact, when I first came up with the idea of a skeletal sleuth, I thought I was being astoundingly original, even ground-breaking. But the fact is, there are a slew of skeletons in popular culture, and Sid is connected to all of them. Metaphorically, anyway, since he no longer has connective tissue. The most famous skeleton is probably the big guy himself: the Grim Reaper. He’s usually portrayed as a skeletal harbinger of death wearing a chic black robe, carrying a scythe. Sid doesn’t go in much for clothes, other than when attending…

Grace Burrowes | Highland Hospitality
Author Guest / September 3, 2014

Anybody who reads Scottish history will come across mention of the Massacre at Glencoe, an incident involving the English government of William of Orange and a small sept of Clan MacDonald who dwelled in the valley of Glencoe. Delayed by snowstorms, red tape, fractious English soldiers, and a recalcitrant royal magistrate, the Laird of the clan was a few days late signing his oath of allegiance to the Dutchman who’d taken over England’s throne. On Friday, February 13, 1692, at precisely 5 a.m., per orders, royalist soldiers of Clan Campbell who’d been billeted among the MacDonalds for more than two weeks, rose up and literally murdered their hosts in their beds. Anybody below the age of seventy was shot or put to the sword—women, children, and even men who’d surrendered and were bound hand and foot. In all, 38 of the sept’s 150 souls were killed, and more perished in the days that followed. Sir John Dalrymple, who’d engineered this show of force to quell loyalty to the deposed Catholic (Jacobite) line of the royal succession, was astonished at the outrage the incident provoked. Highland reaction railed against the murder of defenseless infants and elderly, but equal contumely was aimed…

Mary Kennedy | Seven Things You Really Need to Know About Dreams
Author Guest / September 3, 2014

I’ve been fascinated by dreams for as long as I can remember, and as a psychologist, I listen to dreams all day long!  My patients love to recount their dreams to me. Their dream material offers me a window into their innermost feelings, their hopes and dreams, their fears and anxieties.  In NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER, a group of Savannah women form a dream club and meet every week to discuss their dreams and solve a murder or two. Here are some of the most common questions people have asked me about dreams. “What does it mean if a dead relative appears to me in a dream?” When people dream of a loved one who has passed, they usually experience a sense of joy and peace. It reassures them to know that their friends, relatives and spouses really do exist on another plane. Invariably, the loved one appears to be in perfect health, happy and relaxed with no sorrow or cares. “Why do I keep dreaming about a beautiful house? “ The “House Dream” is very common and well documented. The house is supposed to represent all the untapped potential in your life. All the rooms are bright and airy,…

Samantha Grace | Bring on the Bromance
Author Guest / September 3, 2014

Hi, everyone! I’m Samantha Grace, historical romance author of the series Rival Rogues. It’s great to be back at Fresh Fiction on release day for IN BED WITH A ROGUE. Book two focuses on the romantic connection between Lady Helena Prestwick and Sebastian, Baron Thorne, and it was a relief to finally give Sebastian the happy-ending he deserved, especially since he was jilted in the first book. Poor guy. But introducing him to his true love would never have been enough to satisfy me. There was a broken friendship to fix, too. Give me the BROMANCE! I’m sure most of us are familiar with the term, but a bromance is a close non-romantic friendship between two or more men. In the past, maybe it was called a sidekick? Some of my favorite bromances include: Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid Sherlock Holmes & John Watson Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn The Three Musketeers Joey & Chandler (Friends) Spock & Captain Kirk (New Star Trek) Napoleon Dynamite & Pedro Forest Gump & Bubba Shrek & Donkey The list could go on, but I’ll stop here. I’ve always loved the dynamics of the male buddy relationship. Maybe it’s because I grew up…