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Gayle Leeson | Hide and Watch Me!
Author Guest / June 6, 2016

By Aunt Bess from THE CALAMITY CAFÉ by Gayle Leeson That’s what I tell people who say I’m too old to do this or that. I say, “Hide and watch me!” I’m eighty-two. So what? That’s nothing but a number. I can go and do just about as good as I could thirty years ago. For my eightieth birthday, I decided I wanted to get in on all this Internet stuff the kids are doing. So I asked for a computer. My niece Jenna—she lives with me, you know—said, “Now, Aunt Bess, you don’t need a computer. You can use mine.” “Well, I don’t want to use yours,” I said. “I want my own.” So she and her daughter Amy and my granddaughter Jackie all went in together and bought me this little laptop. That’s what they call it. It’s a computer you can put on your lap. But if you put it on your lap and don’t have a tray or something underneath it, it’s gonna get your legs hot, I’ll tell you that. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing in the winter, but I’d rather not burn up in the summer. That’s why I had Jackie go…

Laura Bradford | I Heart Winnie
Author Guest / June 6, 2016

While ÉCLAIR AND PRESENT DANGER is the debut book in my new Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, it’s also my 24th traditionally published book to date. I bring that up to illustrate just how many characters (mains and sides) I’ve written over the last ten years or so. All have touched me in one way or the other, and quite a few of them have claimed a lasting place in my heart. But Winnie Johnson, the main character in this new series, is, perhaps my favorite of all. She’s fun, she’s resourceful, she’s loyal, she’s creative, and she has incredible passion. There’s a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson that always comes to mind when I sit down to write Winnie. “Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” When we meet Winnie in the opening chapter of ÉCLAIR AND PRESENT DANGER, we find her struggling with the end to her lifelong dream of owning a bakery. She doesn’t want it to end, but her landlord has raised her rent to a level she can’t possibly pay. Sure, she could move and open a bakery somewhere else, but the passion she has for her elderly neighbors is not something…

Kate Carlisle | Hardcover vs. Paperback: Which Is Better?
Author Guest / June 6, 2016

The first book in my Bibliophile Mystery series was HARDCOVER IN HOMICIDE, which, ironically, debuted in mass market paperback (and ebook, of course). In 2009, I was a new writer, so it made perfect sense to bring me out first in paperback, but the title caused a little confusion. Fast forward four years and seven books later. Enough readers had fallen in love with the Bibliophile Mysteries that A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY was first released in hardcover, a real milestone in my career. BOOKS OF A FEATHER, in stores now, is the fourth of my books to debut in hardcover. They come out in paperback about a year later. RIPPED FROM THE PAGES came out in paperback last month. Here are the hardcover and paperback versions of RIPPED FROM THE PAGES. Does it give you the same thrill to see my name at the top as it does me? (Perhaps not!) My heroine, Brooklyn Wainwright, is a world-renowned bookbinder, and—in addition to a classic murder mystery—my readers love learning about the fascinating details about rare books. We are all, my readers and I, bibliophiles, who love not just the stories, but books themselves. Perhaps my audience is skewed toward appreciating the…

Spotlight on LOVEGAME
Author Spotlight / June 6, 2016

About LOVEGAME Hailed by J. Kenner as an author who “knows how to steam up the pages,” Tracy Wolff delivers a darkly addictive novel of seduction and psychological obsession. The stakes are high in Lovegame, when a movie star with a shattered past meets a man who can either break her or make her whole. True Crime novelist Ian Sharpe has spent his career writing about serial killers for very personal reasons. For his latest exposé, he is taking on the sadistic madman known as the Red Ribbon Strangler, and when his research leads him to Hollywood’s most private and provocative actress, he will break every rule to uncover her truth. The daughter of one of Hollywood’s golden couples, chased by paparazzi and treated as a commodity her entire life, Veronica Romero wields her sex appeal like a weapon. She expects Ian to be as easy to control as every other man she’s ever known. But from the beginning, he refuses to fall into line. Mysterious and cool, challenging and just a little bit dangerous, Ian somehow makes her feel safe—even as he digs into the deepest secrets of her life and pushes her to the breaking point. As raw ecstasy…