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Speed Dating for Readers #9

R. A. SloneI can’t believe it is almost August. Have you read any good books this summer? My joy of reading is going to get me into debt. Let me introduce you to some new authors and a couple of old friends with something new. From ghosts to a spunky kiddo and a new detective novel with Cuba as a timely topic. Then who doesn’t like a guy who walks like a predator and turns out making you sigh. And then we have a killer the FBI tracks across the country. Wow. That is a lot of reading. 

R.A. Slone
Meet young adult and middle grade
horror/paranormal under the pen name R. A. Slone. I live in
Indiana with my husband and two cats, and I enjoy reading, writing,
and watching movies. I’m an animal lover and rescued a cat last winter,
Little Honey. Music is also a love of mine along with coffee
and chocolate–preferably together–in a nice warm café
mocha.My YA Horror Ghost in the Blue Dress was just released from Black Opal Books. I must add that it’s not your typical ghost story! 
If you wish to connect, please check out my website at www.raslone.com

Blurb: Fifteen-year-old
Jenna Moores is struggling with her father’s recent death. Not long after his
passing, a ghost from her childhood returns. When she was young, Jenna’s father
convinced her that the ghost was just her imagination and that he would always
protect her. But now he’s gone, the ghost is back, and Jenna knows she’s not
imagining it. As the entity grows stronger, its threats move from alienating
Jenna from her friends and family to killing her. Alone and afraid, she must
find and destroy the link that holds the spirit to this world…before Jenna,
too, becomes a ghost.  
Meghan Fanning
This Oklahoma mom is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has
worked with children of all ages.  The
inspiration for her debut children’s book, Mrs. Kisses, came while working with
preschoolers through Head Start. 
Meghan’s book helps children and parents alike find creative ways to
handle some of the most common challenges of childhood. 

Product Details

Blurb: Abigail is an ordinary
little girl, who struggles with all the same things most children do, like
eating her vegetables and going to bed. 
But when Abigail puts on her mom’s high heels and bright red lipstick,
she becomes Mrs. Kisses.  Mrs. Kisses
knows just how to handle every challenge Abigail faces.  Join Mrs. Kisses as she learns to manage her
fears and frustrations with spunk and creativity.

Jerry Otis   

Jerry OtisProduct Details
Jerry Otis is a SAG Actor who turned
to writing about a half dozen years ago. The entire publishing process has
taught him one thing, “Never give up.” Even after getting over 40 rejection
letters from other literary agencies or editors, he continued to forge ahead.
He’s found out that if you have a good story, a literary agency, or editor out
there somewhere will recognize your manuscript for what it is and decide to
sign you.

Otis lives in northern California in
the rural town of Pollock Pines. Although he’s now going to be a newly published
author with Black Opal Books, it’s something that in his earlier years he would
have never dreamed of becoming, considering the crappy grades he received in English
classes, from elementary all the way up through high school. It wasn’t until he
got into college that he found out he liked to write, and it was at that point
in time he realized it’s not just the grammar that’s important, it’s the story
telling. Remember this, “Without a good story, you have nothing but a bunch of
rambling, mumbo jumbo, so not matter what kind of degree you have in
Literature/English etc., that degree will get you nowhere unless you’re a good
story teller. Grammar can be corrected, but story telling can’t be faked.” His
Novel The Gaf Killer-Son of Zodiac will be released summer of 2015.

A serial killer, calling himself The
Gaf, starts an interstate killing spree that quickly propels him to the top of
the FBI’s most wanted list. Special Agent David Drake and his hand-picked team
of agents drop everything and form a taskforce with one purpose—to track down
this psychopath and bring him to justice. Crisscrossing the country from one
crime scene to the next, Drake and his team can only hope the killer gets
careless and makes a mistake. But this killer is no novice. His father, serial
killer The Zodiac from the late 1960s and early ’70s, has taught him well and
the taskforce has its hands full. How many more innocent victims must die
before Drake and his team can track down this monster and stop the carnage?
  Excerpt, first few pages
of “THE GAF KILLER-SON OF ZODIAC” http://www.blackopalbooks.com/excerpts-of-our-books/excerpt-from-the-gaf-killer
John Hegenberger

Product DetailsLike my previous book, CROSS
EXAMINATIONS, the setting is Columbus, Ohio in 1988. However, TRIPL3 CROSS is a
novel, rather than a series of short stories.  So the longer form
allows more character development, meaning that we get to spend time inside the
main character’s mind as he struggles with his anger, abandonment, and doubt.
Product DetailsAt the same time, the fact that
this middle-aged Middle American character becomes propelled into CIA intrigue,
discovering an impending threat to world peace, increases the tension and ups
the ante, telling the reader that adventure is everywhere.
I like telling this story now,
when there’s renewed interest in relations with Cuba, because that island was a
near, dark country for years in American history; so close, yet so distant.

When Eliot finds out the truth
about his father, he gains knowledge he always wanted—but at a jaw-dropping
cost.  There’s always a lot of hidden baggage and background to every
character.  I guess that’s true for us all, as well.


John Hegenberger

Cuba, 1988.  What fresh
hell happened there while our backs were turned?  Small-town P.I.
Eliot Cross is searching for his long-lost father.  Then, a CIA informant
says that Dad has been in deep cover for over twenty years.  Now, the
informant’s been murdered and Eliot is on the run.

Scrambling to clear his name,
Eliot journeys from Washington D.C. to Havana, Cuba, struggling against deadly
drug-runners, syndicate hit-men and his own violent nature.  But the worst
is yet to come, as Eliot discovers his father is at the center of an
international conspiracy, a nuclear threat and a double cross… or is that a
triple cross?
Veteran author John Hegenberger
spins a yarn that is both an exciting thriller and a compelling piece of nostalgia,
expertly recreating a sense of late-Eighties paranoia and double-dealing and
painting a vivid picture of Washington and Cuba during that era, as well as
saving a shocking twist for the very end.  TRIPL3CROSS is pure reading
entertainment. www.amazon.com/dp/BO11DOV12C
Rough Edges Press
ISBN  9781515028604

Monica Stoner
Inspiration for my
stories…my favorite subject. I could talk all night! But Tierney wants this
in hand so she can set up her blog. So I’ll just talk about A Question of
Honor, which opens at the Long Beach California airport. For all that it’s a
major airport in the middle of Los Angeles County, it’s not very big. Expansion
is limited by Long Beach itself, so the airport more closely resembles one for
a small college town. Where else do you walk out of the terminal, turn left,
and pick up your suitcases on an outside carousel?

The first line is:
“She knew that walk.” Sydney recognizes Devin from the way he carries himself,
as though ready at all times to defend himself and those around him. This
inspiration goes back much further, to when I was a Denny’s waitress in
Sacramento. One of my regular counter customers mentioned the man I was dating
moved like a fighter. I’d worked with horses for years and by this time dogs as
well, and had learned to evaluate movement.
I agreed with the
customer, though I never asked the boyfriend. He gave me so many stories, who
could tell for sure which ones were true. He bailed of course, leaving me with
some so-so memories. And a bit of book inspiration.
Displaying FD and Me.jpgA QUESTION OF HONOR
She knew that walk.
With a slight hesitation in one leg, he prowled like a wounded predator,
conditioned to succeed against the most dangerous game of all. Even limping,
his reactions would be instantaneous, his balance superior. By itself, his body
would be a weapon. He’d be the best man to have on your side in a battle. After
the battle, he’d unwind with a drink and a woman. The drink would be strong and
straight. The woman would be bosomy and not too bright. He’d very likely spend
more time with the drink than the woman.

Oh, what fun ahead
for Sydney and Devin. A Question of Honor is available at all major buys. If you
have a moment, drop by the website; the blog talks about all the many things
going on in my life these days, including some scrumptious low carb recipes. http://mona‑karel.com/


The Last Word – By Tierney James
I will be at the following venues & hope you’ll stop by to say hello.
August 7     Art Walk, Springfield, Missouri
August 15   Missouri Historical Society, Columbia, Missouri
September 19  Owasso, Oklahoma
September  29-30 Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri
October 1 Wildwood, Missouri
Fall 2015    Granite City, Illinois Library 
November 14  Boston, Mass. Mission K9 Rescue Gala

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