When is Towel Day?

What is Towel Day? I’m surprised that you have to ask. Although if you are a Douglas Adams fan – and in particular a devoteé of the amazing Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy – you are very familiar with Towel Day. The Guide is a fictional (um, obviously) handbook for those who are hitching their way through space and everything that entails. Should you ever find yourself hitchhiking in the galaxy (and you never...

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Plot vs. Character, by Author D. M. Annechino

Spotlight On:  “More Than A Soldier” We are so pleased to feature an article written by D. M. Annechino, author of his newly released novel, More Than A Soldier. Currently on a virtual book tour hosted by Italy Book Tours, you will find this fine author around the web at a number of sites, with articles, interviews and more. He writes on a variety of topics, which adds to the enjoyment when you pick up one of this books....

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What’s The Price of Love? by Pamela T. Starr

Pamela T. Starr, Author of Truths Not Spoken Truths Not Spoken is such an entertaining story, one that fans of romantic suspense will enjoy. The first in the Shifting Sands Series, we can look forward to more too.  You can read our review here on Jaquo. Now Ms. Starr is on tour with iRead Book Tours.   We are pleased to join the tour with our review, published a few days ago, and a delightful article from Ms. Starr below.  After...

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Comparing ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ & ‘The Shadow of the Wind’

Can we really compare Carlos Ruiz Zafon to Gabriel Garcia Marquez? I first read One Hundred Years of Solitude a long, long time ago and I’ve re-read it many times since then. In April 2014, I read The Shadow of the Wind. One of the things that attracted me to the book is that the blurb on the back cover compared these two books. I enjoyed Shadow and, on the evening I finished the book, was determined to read more of Carlos Ruiz...

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Who is Travis McGee?

Who is Travis McGee? Living down in the Venice of America, you can still feel the unmistakeable live-aboard vibe if you look hard enough. There’s a characterful crowd of folks who choose to live on docked boats and yachts; idling away the hours for the rest of us. If you’re really lucky, you can still find the Friday night Marguaritatimers sitting around on dock chairs putting the goddam world to rights. As wave upon wave...

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Life Outside The Box, By Marilyn R Wilson

An Article from Author, Marilyn R Wilson After over one thousand interviews, Marilyn R Wilson compiled the collection we find in Life Outside The Box.  It is a fascinating look at how differently–and creatively–men and women alike solve the problems they face and find success. Currently on a virtual book tour spotlighting the second edition of her popular book, we are pleased to join iRead Book Tours in sharing the...

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From An Idea To A Book, by Lisa de Nikolits

On Tour With “The Nearly Girl” Today we are delighted to share an article written by the author of The Nearly Girl.  The award winning author will be touring with Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours during the entire month of November.  There is a link below that will show you the various sites she will visit. Do stop by to learn more about Lisa and her novels.  You will find reviews, articles, interviews, and more. Her...

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Balancing Books and Briefs and Broadcasting, by Lis Wiehl

Presenting Lis Wiehl After reviewing The Candidate, the latest book written by Lis Wiehl and Sebastian Stuart, we asked Ms. Wiehl if she would tell us more about how one career has led to another.  As a prosecutor, Fox News Analyst, and a bestselling author (just to name a few), she balances several full time careers.  So, how did she get here from there? We are grateful to have her response below.  As a fan of hers for years,  it was...

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A Day in the Life of a Mystery Writer, by Lauren Carr

On Tour with “The Murders At Astaire Castle” Here at Jaquo and Mystery Suspense Reviews, we’ve been fans of Lauren Carr ever since reading the first book in her Mac Faraday series.  You can’t help but grow attached to Mac, Archie, and of course, German shepherd Gnarly. Reading the series in order was great fun.  That included The Murders at Astaire Castle, which I reviewed here on Jaquo as soon as I finished....

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Andrea Kane on Research: Past vs. Present

 On Tour with Andrea Kane’s “Samantha” Andrea Kane is once again on a virtual book tour, this time for her historical romance series.  Re-releasing Samantha and My Heart’s Desire will certainly delight fans!  As part of the tour, Ms. Kane has written an article for Jaquo discussing how research varies across genres. You’ll enjoy her thoughtful and entertaining description.  We hope you will check out...

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I Had a Dream and I Followed It, by Author Barbara Warren

From The Author of  “Everlasting Lies” Author Barbara Warren is with us today, on tour with her debut novel, Everlasting Lies.  Ms. Warren is currently on a virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours, with stops at a number of sites. Take a look at the list below to find interviews, articles and reviews. As part of the tour, she has shared this  terrific article.  In case you missed it, you can find our review of Everlasting...

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An Interview with Barbara Casey, Author of “The Wish Rider”

Book Spotlight:  The Wish Rider Barbara Casey is back on tour with her newest book in the F.I.G. mystery series.  Once again, we are excited to share the book with you.  The captivating series continues with The Wish Rider. Touring throughout the month of August, you will find Ms. Casey at a variety of sites with articles, interviews and reviews included.  The tour is hosted by iRead Book Tours.  Her full schedule is listed below, but...

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What Could Be or Ought To Be, by Barbara Casey

An Article from Bestselling Author, Barbara Casey The House of Kane takes us into the competitive world of publishing with all of its power, intrigue and ambition.  The book, considered for a Pulitzer Prize, is a remarkable story you won’t want to miss.  Writers will be delighted to find secrets revealed about the publishing industry.  Readers will appreciate what goes on before the books they read reach their release date....

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An Interview with Author, Pamela Ford

Spotlight on: The Continental Breakfast Club And Author Pamela Ford Pamela Ford has an entertaining, popular new series on her hands with The Continental Breakfast Club.  The first book, Over Easy, was released in May of 2010, the second, Freshly Brewed, is scheduled for release late July or early August.  Which is why she is currently on a virtual book tour hosted by iRead Book Tours. Our Interview Thank you, Pamela, for the...

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Interview with Anjenique Hughes, Author of “Sovereignty”

Sovereignty:  An All Too Plausible Dystopia Author Anjenique Hughes is off to a terrific start with her debut novel, Sovereignty. A dystopian novel, it paints a frightening future for our nation and the world. Written for young adults, any age teen really, adults too will enjoy it. The premise of the story and the characteristics of the teens are uplifting at the same time they are scary. Since Ms. Hughes is currently on a virtual...

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Spotlight: Party With a Plan, by Randy Haveson

 “I Couldn’t NOT Write this Book” We are pleased to participate today in the virtual book tour for Randy Haveson’s new book, Party With a Plan.  Currently on tour with iRead Book Tours, you will find articles and interviews at numerous sites.  To see the full schedule, check out the Author’s Home Page at iRead. Mr Haveson has written an article for us here on Jaquo as well, as part of the tour.  Do enjoy the article,...

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Writing Multiple Mystery Series: Keeping Up with Your Children, by Lauren Carr

Lauren Carr returns today to share with readers how she manages her various series.  Each is different, yet the characters overlap in a way that makes you want to read all of them! This month, her latest in the Mac Faraday series, Candidate for Murder,  will be released.  Watch for our review coming soon! On a virtual tour in June and July, you can find more about Lauren, her series, and her books, here at her iRead Book Tours Home...

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Book Spotlight: Interlude to Sentimental Me

An Article from Author Michael B. Judkins Today we are spotlighting Michael B. Judkins’ new release, Interlude to Sentimental Me.  Released in May, 2016, it is the second book featuring the writing of this fine author.  You are certain to find a poem that relates to your life, even while your choice changes over time.  It’s a book you will want in your collection. Mr. Judkins is currently on a virtual book tour hosted by...

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Did Queen Victoria write Alice in Wonderland?

Did Queen Victoria write Alice in Wonderland? Yes, you read that correctly. There are some people who firmly believe that Alice in Wonderland wasn’t the work of Lewis Carroll but that of the recently widowed Queen Victoria. Her beloved husband Albert had died in December of 1861 and proponents of the theory believe that writing the book was a comfort to her. But what about Lewis Carroll? It’s generally supposed that on...

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Nora Ephron: Everything is Copy

Everything is copy – true? Writer Nora Ephron was told this by her mother. Her parents were both writers and Nora took the words to heart – she wrote a great deal about her own experiences. I think most writers would agree that writing about personal experience is not only easier, it’s more fun and quite possibly more interesting to the reader simply because it comes from the heart. But I’m not talking here...

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Hawaii’s Poet Laureate Don Blanding

Hawaii’s Poet Laureate Don Blanding. Don Blanding ~ American Poet 1894-1957. My daughter gave me a copy of Donald Blanding’s poetry called “In An Old Hawaiian Garden”, and it piqued my curosity, so I began doing research on the author. Blanding, who was sometimes called the “Poet Laureate of Hawaii,” was born on November 7, 1894 in the territory of Oklahoma, in the small town of Kingfisher. He moved...

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Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury: Supreme Storyteller. Ray Bradbury, author of numerous works of science-fiction,  was born on August 22nd 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois. As a fascinating piece of his history, he was descended from Mary Bradbury, who was tried, convicted and sentenced to hang in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. His ancestor managed, through her own stories and with the help of her husband and friends, to evade the sentence long enough that...

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Giving History Life, by Rich DiSilvio

From the Author of “My Nazi Nemesis” After reading and reviewing Rich DiSilvio’s latest novel, My Nazi Nemesis, we were pleased when the author wrote an article for us as well.  My review of his book can be found here, on Mystery Suspense Reviews. It is always a pleasure to learn more about a writer and his process.  My Nazi Nemesis includes a wealth of history centered around the Auschwitz concentration camp,...

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An Interview with Author, Andrea Kane

Bestselling Author, Andrea Kane When Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine was invited to be a part of Andrea Kane’s virtual book tour for The Murder That Never Was, we couldn’t have been more pleased. I’ve been a fan of Ms. Kane for many years. Her novels are intense, well designed mysteries that literally do keep you on the edge of your seat in anticipation. Her newest maintains that standard. It is terrific.  You’ll find my review here on...

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What’s The Most Difficult Thing You’ve Had To Do? by Carey Nachenberg

On Tour with “The Florentine Deception” If you haven’t yet read The Florentine Deception, by Carey Nachenberg, do pick up a copy soon. It’s a fascinating story, one of those tales where parts are all too plausible.  We have enjoyed being part of the virtual book tour currently underway with iRead Book Tours. Today, as part of that tour, we are very pleased to feature an article written by Mr. Nachenberg.  If...

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Writing for Children vs Writing For Adults, by Amy Neftzger

On Tour with ‘The War of Words” Today we are pleased to share an article written by Amy Neftzger, author of The War of Words. Ms. Neftzger is currently on a virtual book tour for her new book from April 18th through May 13th. Do check out her tour page for a list of all her stops.  You will find it here at the tour host:  iRead Book Tours. Now for Amy’s article… 3 Ways That Writing for Children is Different...

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Interview:  Radine Nehring, Author of “A Portrait to Die For”

We were only recently introduced to Radine Nehring, author of A Portrait to Die For.   So when we had the opportunity to interview her we were very pleased. It is always a delight to learn more about an author while reading their books.  Not only how they came to write, but also the process.  Anyone who has written a book–or tried to write one–knows it requires an above average imagination and a ton of discipline.  We...

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An Interview with Author, Ryan Quinn

After reading and reviewing Ryan Quinn’s novel, The Good Traitor, we were delighted to chat with him on his virtual book tour.  He’s established himself as a solid thriller writer, one we will look forward to following.  The second in a potential series featuring Kera Mersal, it can surely be read as a stand alone.  If you want to start at the beginning you might choose to get End of Secrets first.  It’s in my cart...

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The Future of Tomorrow, by Joseph Gulesserian

Joseph Gulesserian’s New Release: Newspaper Boys Always Deliver: A Personal Journey into Pop and Technological Change in the last Fifty Years. We are pleased to present an article written by Joseph Gulesserian.  He is currently on a virtual book tour with his new book, released in January 2016.  You can see his full schedule of stops here at his author page on iRead Book Tours. If you missed our review from a couple of days ago,...

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Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett and Alzheimer’s Author Terry Pratchett, who died on March 12th, 2015, wrote over forty books and it’s estimated that he sold 85 million worldwide. He was sixty six when he died. Eight years previously, he had been diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer’s Disease and had campaigned to increase funding to go towards finding a cure and preventative measures. This rare ailment did not affect his memory...

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On Daily Writing, by K. N. Smith

Today we are pleased to present an article by K. N. Smith, the author of Urban Boys:  Discovery of the Five Senses.  Currently on a virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours,  Ms. Smith and her book can be found at a variety of blogs.  Do take a look at the tour schedule, found here at her iRead Book Tour page. You’ll find reviews, interviews, articles and more. If you haven’t already read our review, you can find it here....

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A Visit With Lauren Carr, Author of Cancelled Vows

Our Interview with Lauren Carr Bestselling author, Lauren Carr,  has a new mystery in the Mac Faraday series.  We’ve been following his story for a few years now, catching up, one by one.  Cancelled Vows is the eleventh in the series. With each book, it is easy to grow more and more attached to the characters, especially since several now appear in their own series. Ms. Carr is currently on a virtual book tour for Cancelled...

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To Inspire A Love of Reading, by Len Richman

  Today we are pleased to share an article from author Len Richman.  His latest book, Shivers and Signposts, is currently on a virtual book tour sponsored by iReadBook Tours. We hope you will check out the full schedule of stops on his tour here. It runs from February 15th to the 26th.  You will  find a variety of reviews, interviews and more articles from Mr. Richman.  It is a fabulous way to learn more about a book and its...

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Why I Never Describe What My Protagonist Looks Like

Author, L Davis Munro, on Her Book, Emmy Nation, Undercover Suffragette Today we are pleased to present an article written by L Davis Munro, who is currently on a virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours.  Do check out the author’s page there to see the full schedule of stops along the way.  You will read reviews, interviews, and more articles from the author. The story takes place in the early 1900’s.  Emmy takes a job...

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PG Wodehouse: A Life

Was PG Wodehouse a Nazi collaborator? Now that would have seemed like a very odd thing to ask had it not been for the book you see here.  Robert McCrum, the author of this book tells a story I had never heard before. I’ve read Wodehouse – the creator of the Jeeves and Wooster series- for many years but didn’t realise that during the Second World War he was accused of being aNazi collaborator. This was definitely a...

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An Interview with Author Cy Wyss

Author of Dimorphic… It was our pleasure this week to interview Cy Wyss, author of Dimorphic.  Her latest book, released in November of 2015, is a suspenseful thriller with something of a twist. Ms. Wyss is currently on tour with her book, making stops across the internet. You can find the schedule here at Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours. Our Interview Does your computer background inspire plots for you? Do you include high...

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Alberta Vickridge – forgotten poet and printer

The Forgotten Bard. Alberta Vickridge? You’ve probably never heard of her. Which is a pity – because in her lifetime she was a poet of considerable talent, including poetry that won her a Bardic Crown and Bardic Chair at an Eisteddfod in 1924. She also ran her own printing press from her home in Yorkshire at a time when women in printing were uncommon. Her poetry was admired and praised by writers, such as Agatha Christie,...

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Dada : Buffoonery and a Requiem Mass

Andy Royston takes us back one hundred years to the very birthplace of meaninglessness. The Cabaret Voltaire, opened on 5th February 1916 in a back room of run down old cafe in the city of Zurich, Switzerland. Freedom: Dada Dada Dada a roaring of tense colours and interlacing of opposites and of all contradictions, grotesques, inconsistencies; LIFE. Tristan Tzara : Dada Manifesto 1918 “What we are celebrating is both buffoonery...

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An Interview with Author, N. R. Bates

N. R. Bates, Author of At The Sharp End of Lightning As part of the virtual book tour for Mr. Bates’ latest book, At The Sharp End of Lightning, we were pleased to have a chat with the author.  As an Oceanographer, his love of the ocean shines through in all that he writes. With this book, his love and knowledge of the oceans combine into a fantasy novel that young adults and adults will enjoy.  Grounding the fantasy within...

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The Reason Behind “The Question”

The Question, by R. Breuer Stearns If you could ask one question, what would it be?  Would you have one ready, even as you read this or would you have to carefully consider before answering? That is one of the paths R. Breuer Stearns takes in his debut novel released October 13th, 2015.  A weighty beginning, don’t you think? When I first read about this book I assumed it was non-fiction. The subject matter seemed like it would...

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Books for Book Lovers, by Sally Allen, Author of Unlocking Worlds

We are pleased today to present an article from popular author, Sally Allen. Ms. Allen’s book offers wonderful selections of books from many different genres. That is what makes this article all the more interesting. You may want to add a couple  to your wish list too. Ms. Allen is currently on a virtual book tour from November 16th to December 18th, 2015, hosted by iRead Book Tours.  Do stop in at her tour site to see a list of...

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An Interview with Sima Goel, Author of “Fleeing the Hijab”

Fleeing the Hijab, A Jewish Woman’s Escape from Iran We are pleased to be a part of the virtual book tour this week for Sima Goel’s wonderful new book, Fleeing the Hijab.  Her account of her escape out of Iran at the age of thirteen is a remarkable, inspiring story.  We hope you will drop by and visit other stops along her tour to learn more about the book and the author. You can find her schedule here, at iRead Book...

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An Interview with Author Steven Hancoff

Our Interview With Steven Hancoff, Author of Bach, Casals and the Six Suites for ’Cello Solo Today we are pleased to present an interview with Steven Hancoff, author of the wonderful compilation on J S Bach. Mr. Hancoff is currently on a virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours.  Drop in and learn more about the author and the books. The Interview What type of challenges did you face during the creation of this project? I was at the...

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An Interview With Author, Anne Perry

After reading Anne Perry’s short story, Shutter Speed, in Killer Nashville Noir: Cold Blooded, I was delighted to interview her.  It was remarkable to me how much the story managed to fit in, and how well. Many of you will know Ms. Perry from her bestselling series featuring William Monk in one, and  Thomas Pitt in the other.  Her historical mysteries will engage you and leave you thoughtful as well. While this was the first...

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An Interview with Theresa Anzaldua, Author of “We Had A Job To Do”

  We are pleased to share our interview with Theresa Anzaldua, author of We Had A Job To Do.  She is just completing a virtual tour for the wonderful book.  Check out each of her stops here, at the tour host, iRead Book Tours. We Had A Job To Do is a highly recommended.  As the years pass there are less and less of the veterans to tell us of the events of World War 2. Ms. Anzaldua’s recounting reminds us not only how...

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An Interview with George Chronis, Author of “Dead Letter File”

Meet George Chronis We were delighted to have an opportunity to interview George Chronis after reading his most recent book, Dead Letter File.  It was a terrific book that I recommend to any mystery suspense fan.  You can read my review of the book here. Mr. Chronis is currently on a virtual book tour with Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours.  You can see the full schedule of the tour here.  Drop by on any day to learn more about the...

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An Interview With Author, Austin Williams

Austin Williams on Tour Author Austin Williams is currently touring for his latest novel, Blind Shuffle.  When we were invited to be part of his tour, we were delighted.  You can find a full list of his stops at the tour sponsor, Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.  His tour runs from October 26th through November 8th. The book was a wonderful find.  Featuring a magician is a brilliant idea, offering a very unique angle for crime...

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The Making of A Character, by John Enright

John Enright, author of New Jerusalem News, is currently on his virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours.  We are happy to feature an article here today from Mr. Enright. You can find the full schedule of his stops at iRead Book Tours.  Drop in on the tour to learn still more about the book and the author. The Characters in New Jerusalem News I had been absent from the U.S. mainland for more than a quarter of a century, living among,...

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The Times They Are a’Changin’ by Lisa Tillinger Johansen

Today, we would like to introduce Lisa Tillinger Johansen, Registered Dietician and author of .Stop the Diet, I Want to Get Off.   Jaquo is pleased to be a part of her virtual book tour hosted by iRead Book Tours.   You can check out her full tour schedule there.  Don’t miss our review today of this informative, important book. The Times They Are a’Changin’ by Lisa Tillinger Johansen Change can be hard. Many of us, including...

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The Influence of The Past, by Ronald L. Ruiz, Author of Jesusita

Today we are featuring an article written by  Ronald L. Ruiz, the author of Jesusita. Currently Mr Ruiz is on a virtual book tour sponsored by iRead Book Tours. The tour runs from November 2nd through November 20th.  You can check out the full schedule here.  We hope you will stop by to learn more about this book and the author. The Influence of The Past There were two things from my childhood that influenced me most in writing...

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The Real Mbuno from “Murder on Safari,” by Peter Riva

Author Peter Riva has another hit with his latest novel of Africa, entitled Murder on Safari. We were delighted to join his virtual book tour to share news of his book. You can see his entire tour schedule here on iRead Book Tours. In Murder on Safari, his character, Mbuno, enriched the story greatly, with his love and knowledge of the land.  When we learned he was an actual guide, we asked Mr. Riva to share more about the man. The...

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The Roots of “Not Your Mother’s Goose”

By Topher Goggin, Author of Not Your Mother’s Goose When I began chatting with Merry Citarella about doing a guest post to go along with the coverage of my book, Not Your Mother’s Goose, I wasn’t sure what to use for a topic. It’s not like I actually have any special expertise in the fairy tale field. (Let’s just say that the NBC Nightly News hasn’t been calling to bring me on as their Senior Reporter of Fantasy Stories—though...

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Saving our Reefs, by Robert Wintner, Author of Reef Libre

The Effects of Mass Capture for Aquariums We are delighted to share an article today from the photographer and author of Reef Libre, Robert Wintner.  You may know him as Snorkel Bob.  His wonderful underwater photography is at its best as he takes us to the reefs off Cuba. Mr. Wintner is currently on a virtual book tour that runs from October 19th to November 20th.  You can see the full tour schedule and learn more about the book and...

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An Author’s View of The Future, by Peter Riva

Our guest post today is from author of The Path, Peter Riva. We are happy to be participating in Peter’s book tour, sponsored by iRead Book Tours. The tour runs from October 12th to November 6th.  We hope you will click the link to see his full schedule of events.  You can also read our review of The Path here. As a wonderful science fiction author (as well as other genres), we asked Mr. Riva how he pictures the future.  It...

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In The Footsteps of a Gigantic Talent, by Bonnie MacBird

  Today we are happy to feature an article from Bonnie MacBird. We so enjoyed her book, Art in the Blood. It is such a well written book. She takes the much loved characters of Holmes and Watson and gives them a human-ness that the originals lacked. Very Clever. Excellent story. In The Footsteps of a Gigantic Talent By Bonnie MacBird, author of ART IN THE BLOOD The editor of this publication suggested that it must have been a...

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An Interview with Author Michele May

Michele May is the successful author of the Circle City mysteries.  She took time out from writing her fifth novel in the series to chat with me today.  The first book in her series, Perfidy, was the first I had read by Ms. May, but I am looking forward to more. Thank you, Michele, for allowing us to get into your mind as a writer.  It’s always fascinating… The Interview Readers are always curious/interested in how an author...

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Stephen King: On Writing

Stephen King: On Writing. Author Stephen King built his writing career around science-fiction, horror and suspense stories. But in my opinion, one of his best books is Stephen King “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft,” a non-fiction guideline for aspiring writers. The craft of writing is one that has to be learned. You can yearn to be a writer, and you may have the talent, but even then, there are things you don’t...

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The Line between Research and Literary License, by Lauren Carr

Today we are pleased to present an article from bestselling author, Lauren Carr.  We are currently participating in her virtual book tour for her new book, Kill and Run. The first in her new Thorny Rose Mystery series was released September 4, 2015. The tour, courtesy of iRead Book Tours, will run from August 31 to October 9th, 2015.  If you would like to see the full schedule of events, you can find it here at iRead Book Tours. The...

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Lauren Carr’s New Virtual Book Tour Begins Monday

Get ready to take an online tour with  bestselling author, Lauren Carr! August 31, 2015 will begin a six week virtual book tour featuring her new release, Kill and Run.  We are pleased to be a part of this tour, both here at Jaquo and at Mystery Suspense Reviews. The first in the The Thorny Rose Mysteries will take a big step into the suspense thriller genre.  I’m about halfway through the advanced reader copy I received for the tour...

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Hans Christian Andersen

Children’s Stories That Transcend Time and Age. One of my favorite authors, Hans Christian Andersen, was born on April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark. He was noted particularly for his stories for children and that’s how I first came to know of his work. As a child I loved to read his stories such as: “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Snow Queen,” “Thumbelina,”...

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An Interview with Author, David Michael Slater

Author of The Forbidden Books Series Are you or your children a fan of Harry Potter and friends?  If so, you will enjoy The Book of Nonsense, the start of a seven part series for middle school aged readers.   It looked like an entertaining book to review and it was. The series will revolve around just-turned-teen twins, and their fight to save the world from an ancient man with vicarious purposes.  Written by David Michael Slater, a...

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Kyle Mills, The Man Chosen to Carry on for Author Vince Flynn.

Kyle Mills, The Man Chosen to Carry on for Author Vince Flynn. Last June, in 2014,  it was announced that an author had been selected to complete Vince Flynn’s works in progress AND to continue the Mitch Rapp series.  The decision was made my the Vince Flynn Estate and his published, Emily Bestler Books.  That author is Mr. Kyle Mills. It’s very uplifting as a fan of the late Vince Flynn, to think that Mitch Rapp will continue to keep...

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Florida Mystery Authors, A Challenge

When asked to write an article about Florida crime writers I was instantly enthused.  First it sounded interesting to choose a specific area, such as a single state.  Secondly, Florida has has a reputation for an unusual collection of people and locales, each very distinctive, each with their own troubles and benefits. You will find the influence of nearby islands, such as Cuba and Puerto Rico.  You will find crime and crime lords in...

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Who’s new in Romantic Suspense

Since Mysteries and Suspense Thrillers are among my favorite genres–and the reason behind my website mysterysuspensereviews.com, I’ve been trying a delightful group of new authors to see who is out there. I’ve run across some wonderful ‘newish’ writers (or at least new to me) in the thriller category.  Excellent additions to names like Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, Lee Childs, and David Thor.  You can read about some of my new...

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An Interview with Author, Eric J. Gates

Author Eric J Gates was a new name to me when I was asked to review the book, Outsourced. As a fan of suspense thrillers, I was very pleased to do so.  What I found was a fast paced and well crafted novel, filled with suspense, that included something more.  One small piece of fantasy.  Perhaps a better word would be ‘paranormal.’ This historically based detail added so much intrigue—and fun—to the plot, that I’m already looking...

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An Interview with Author Adam Mitzner

With the release of Adam Mitzner’s latest courtroom thriller, Losing Faith, the bestselling author took some time for an interview with us.  We were anxious to learn more about him.  His suspenseful novels contain murder, mystery, courtroom drama and enough surprising twists that you will find yourself unwilling to set the book aside until you have finished reading.   It is always fascinating to learn more about how a writer...

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Author Lauren Carr Shares Her Series Secrets

Author Lauren Carr Shares Her Series Secrets Once again, author Lauren Carr was willing to let us get a little further into her mind as a writer. This week she will be wrapping up her virtual book tour for her latest release, Three Days to Forever. You can still catch her at various stops. To check her schedule, click here. Lauren, thank you for taking the time to answer more questions for us! In this interview, I’d like to ask...

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Armed Drones in the News

In a Reuter’s article dated March 10th, it announced that Poland has developed “mini army drones” that can work right from infantry units.  Designed so several can fit on an armored personnel carrier, they can be controlled from technology the size of a tablet. The individual drone can be equipped with cameras AND explosive devices.  It can act as a guided missile. Some have been designed to get near a target and then explode. In...

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Have You Attended a Virtual Book Tour?

Come along with Author Lauren Carr as her tour begins Tomorrow on March 2nd, Lauren Carr starts new virtual tour to promote her latest release Three Days to Forever.  You can see her schedule through the link below and follow her as she ‘tours’ through guest blogs, book reviews, interviews, and question and answer sessions. When I first heard the term ‘virtual book tour,’ I had no idea what it was.  My imagination went into...

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An Interview with Bestselling Author, Lauren Carr

Meet Lauren Carr Lauren Carr is the bestselling author of an exciting, yet charming mystery series featuring Mac Faraday.  That is how I first came to know her as an author.  Since reading It’s Murder, My Son, I’m on a mission to read each of her many novels. As the author of the Mac Faraday series, the Joshua Thorton and Lovers in Crime series, there is a terrific variety ahead.  Plus, a new spinoff begins soon.  The Thorny Rose...

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Where to buy Petrol in My Blood

Where to buy Petrol in My Blood by Eric Jackson Eric Jackson’s biography, Petrol in My Blood, is available worldwide. Below, you’ll find the links for most of the sites from which you can buy this true adventure story. Worldwide shipping direct from the publisher You can buy both hardcover or paperback versions of the book directly from the publisher. The company has distribution plants in the USA, Europe, the UK and...

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What Makes a Cozy Mystery?

What’s So Cozy About Murder? Recently reading a mystery I found in the reviews it was considered a “Cozy” mystery. I’ve read quite a few cozies. Often they are easy to spot. You’ll find a quilter’s club, bookstore owners, library cozies. They cover all types of topics that way. But the one I was reading didn’t seem to necessarily belong in that category. It roused my curiosity, so I decided to look into what constitutes a cozy....

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Boo Fiction: How Writers Get A Scare On

Boo Fiction: How Writers Get A Scare On You’re in a darkened room, and all eyes are on the TV. There’s no sound other than the background music coming from the movie flickering on the screen, then suddenly, there’s a scream. The popcorn bowl goes flying and the tension is broken. That’s in the movies. What about writing a ghost story? There are many successful authors who write in the ghost-story genre. What they think makes a spooky...

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Agatha Christie: Grande Dame of Mystery Fiction

Agatha Christie: Grande Dame of Mystery Fiction Nobody does whodunits with the style and flair of Agatha Christie – no one. Known for creating sleuths more clever than the world’s greatest fiction detectives, Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie’s novels and stories have held mystery readers in thrall for almost ninety-five years. Her novels and stories are timeless. With over two billion books sold, The Guinness Book of World...

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Which book would you take to a desert island?

Which book would you take to a desert island? Imagine you are a castaway. Who knows how long you’ll be on the desert island? If you could take just one book with you, what would it be? Would you be practical and choose a survival guide that will help you make a comfortable life? Or would you prefer  favourite novel? Maybe a reference work would be more suitable for you – imagine how much you can learn during your solitary...

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