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Sandra Owens | Exclusive Excerpt: KEEPING GUARD
Author Guest / May 17, 2021

There was only one other car parked on the dirt-packed lot at the entrance to the falls, a silver Mercedes with “Just Married” scrawled on the rear window. Shrugging off his curiosity, Noah locked the doors of his rental and headed for the trail, hoping Jack was right and a bit of peace awaited him at the bottom that would quiet the ants. Noah paused at the top of the trail going down, frowning at seeing the white heels, one upright and the other on its side. A pair of white stockings were draped over a nearby bush. He glanced back at the Mercedes. Was he going to stumble on a bride and groom, and what the devil were they doing here of all places? He almost turned around to leave, but curiosity got the better of him. If he discovered them getting it on—a distinct possibility considering the bride was shedding clothing—he’d discreetly disappear. Going down in stealth mode, he reached the bottom of the trail, stopping dead in his tracks when a feminine voice said, “Cheers to me.” He blinked and then blinked again. A woman wearing nothing but lacey white panties, a white corset, and a veil…

Elle Cosimano | Author-Reader Match: FINLAY DONOVAN IS KILLING IT
Author Guest / May 17, 2021

Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating app, we bring you the “Author-Reader Match” where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may fall in love with. It’s our great pleasure to present Elle Cosimano! Writes: I write fast-paced, genre-bending thrillers with a touch of romance and captivating whodunnits. Finlay Donovan Is Killing It is the first book in my new, compulsively readable mystery series for adults, about the eponymous struggling author and single mom who, when overheard discussing the plot of her latest novel over lunch with her agent, inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband for money, in order to make ends meet. “Cosimano cuts dexterously between Finn’s adventures as a hitwoman, her deeply iffy romance . . . , and the domestic crises that keep on piling up as if nothing had ever happened to disturb them. Suspenseful, funny, and even a tad mysterious. More, please.” —Kirkus Reviews About: I enjoy cooking, reading, and traveling. (I do not enjoy excessive exercise, housework, or doing my own taxes.) I’m a homeschooling mom and an award-winning author of mysteries and thrillers for both the young and young at heart. I live in…

Jacqueline Corcoran | Art History and A SURREALIST AFFAIR
Author Guest / May 17, 2021

A SURREALIST AFFAIR took me years, off and on, to write, partly because it involved so much research to pull off. Most of the research involved the Surrealist art movement, but I also had to learn about art history more broadly, training of art historians, methods of art fraud, art thefts and recovery, the FBI Art Crime Team, the geography of Paris, and French phrasing. I had three years of high school French but met my language requirement for college because from the middle of junior year, I attended Dow High in Midland, Michigan (yes, Dow Chemical), which was more interested in STEM than languages. With only a rudimentary grasp of French, I needed a lot of help from Google, a critique partner who knew French, and a friend who had spent time studying in Paris, so he was also familiar with the geography of the city. Because my protagonist Elle Dakin was going through a Ph.D. art history program, that required its own research.  I am a professor in an academic department, so I know about impossible advisors and narcissistic professors, as well as the challenges of writing a dissertation. But my field is social work, not art history….