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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Guest Post: Gen LaGreca - JUST THE TRUTH



Good day, book people. I don't know about you, but I'm always excited to learn about new authors and books. Yes, I know that my TBR list already has thousands of books on it, but what's one or two more?! Today, I'm pleased to introduce you to Gen LaGreca, an award-winning author, and the author of the newly released Just The Truth. Ms. LaGreca will be talking to us today about fiction and the impact it has on our lives. I hope you'll enjoy meeting her, read what she has to say, and add Just The Truth to your mounting TBR list! Thank you, Ms. LaGreca for joining us today. I turn the blog over to you.


Why We Love Fiction, and How it Touches our Lives
By Gen LaGreca

Are there great novels, short stories, plays, and feature films that thrilled you, shocked you, gave you moments of nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat suspense, or steamy, passionate love scenes? Are there works of fiction that got you thinking about important issues? Did you ever wonder about the power of fiction to inform and inspire us?

News stories, textbooks, essays, articles, white papers, and nonfiction books give us a straight-forward account of factual issues, whereas works of fiction tell us a story. Fiction comes from the imagination filled with adventure, excitement, romance, intrigue, suspense, and the full gamut of emotions.

Nonfiction or Fiction? Which do you remember more?

The difference between nonfiction and fiction is like the difference between reading a flight manual and actually being in the cockpit and going for a ride.

For example, let's take a historical event: Sherman's March and the burning of Atlanta during the Civil War. How do we remember it? Through a textbook account of military strategies, generals, battles, and timelines? Or do we remember Sherman's March far more vividly from a scene in the novel and film Gone With the Wind? We're in the middle of Sherman's siege. Atlanta is wildly ablaze and in utter chaos. Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler are in a teetering wagon with a half-dead horse driving it. A mother and her just-born child are in the back of the wagon, with the mother trying to shield the infant from falling debris from the fires all around them. The characters are desperately trying to escape Atlanta, but the Confederate army is in full retreat coming at them, slowing them down—and an ammunition depot is about to explode.

You can see how fiction makes that historical event come to life in a haunting, shocking way.

Fiction depicts great struggles for freedom and independence.

The ancient myth of Prometheus relates how he stole fire from the gods and gave it to mankind. This empowered humans so that they were no longer subservient to the deities who ruled them. The gods were so infuriated by losing their power over mankind that they chained Prometheus to a rock and cruelly punished him for eternity. The quest of humans to break free from a ruling class echoes through time and is a great theme for works of fiction.

Did you know that storytelling played a role in the American Revolution? The popular 18th-century play "Cato: A Tragedy" dramatized the struggle of a political leader of Ancient Rome, Cato, who fought for republicanism against Julius Caesar's tyranny. This play was so important to George Washington that he defied a Congressional order banning the performance of plays during wartime and had the work performed to inspire his troops after their harsh winter at Valley Forge. Washington didn't give his troops a lecture or a pep talk to boost their spirits. Instead, he used the sweeping drama of a play.

In the prelude to the American Civil War, the most influential abolitionist writing was a novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was this book—a work of fiction—that became an international bestseller and galvanized the North against the evils of slavery.

Fiction has also shown us the face of evil in grim detail. The term Big Brother, which originated from George Orwell's novel 1984, has become the enduring worldwide symbol of tyranny. We still use this term today, over 70 years since the novel's original publication in 1949.

Novels have contained moving messages about freedom. Ayn Rand's epic philosophical novel, Atlas Shrugged, shows us the role of the individual's free, creative mind and productive activities as the generator of human progress. This novel has inspired millions to embrace the glory of freedom.

Stories that dramatize important ideas have always inspired me in my writing.

With no pretensions to the above works intended, I strive in my novels to create riveting plots interwoven with thought-provoking themes. My new novel, Just the Truth, is a political thriller that portrays the threats to a free press in an era of growing government power and the fearless spirit of one journalist who risks her career, her reputation—and ultimately her life— to uncover a plot to subvert free elections in America. This courageous newswoman battles a powerful bureaucracy to keep journalism, a free press—and truth—alive. It's an entertaining novel that brings to life the importance of a responsible and independent press, an accountable government, and the rule of law. It's not only for those who care about modern threats to our country's founding principles but for anyone looking for an absorbing political thriller and murder mystery.

I love to write fiction that offers a full plate of plot action served with a generous pour of intoxicating ideas. Are you ready for a sizzling read? I'm inviting you to my table.

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Just the Truth by Gen LeGreca
ISBN:  9780974457956 (paperback)
ASIN:  B084M65GZ3 (Kindle version)
Publisher: Winged Victory Press
Publication Date: June 1, 2020


A newswoman battles a powerful bureaucracy to keep journalism, a free press—and truth—alive.

Set in Washington, DC, in the near future, Just the Truth portrays the threats to a free press in the era of growing, unchecked government and the courageous spirit of one journalist who risks her career, her reputation—and even her life—to uncover a plot to subvert free elections in America.

Find the truth, wherever it hides was the slogan of firebrand newspaper mogul Julius Taninger (JT) in the mid-20th century. Then, politicians feared his scathing editorials. Now, 70 years later, with JT deceased and his son Clark and grandchildren Irene, Billie, and Laura Taninger running the company, have the tables turned? In modern-day America, does the press—and the broader business community—still have the freedom to criticize public officials, or do those officials have the power to silence their opponents? Laura Taninger is about to find out.

Fox... James Spenser whispers as he lay dying in Laura's arms.

She cannot let Spenser die in vain.

Having become the president of Taninger News and host of its prime time television show after the death of her intrepid grandfather, Laura becomes the sole journalist to hold President Kenneth Martin's administration accountable. The signature program of his administration, SafeVote, puts control of national elections in the hands of the federal government, rather than letting the states manage the voting in their own jurisdictions. SafeVote is scheduled to launch with the upcoming presidential election in which Martin hopes to win a second term. Laura suspects foul play when she discovers a $400 million line item in the SafeVote budget allocated to pay an elusive company for performing undisclosed services.

James Spenser, who was Laura's source within the administration, had vital information for her but was gunned down before he could reveal it. Facing the crushing retaliation of her political enemies against her family's businesses, a smear campaign to destroy her career and reputation, and the intense pressure of her family to give up her investigation, Laura persists in her quest to learn the meaning of Spenser's dying word and the secrecy surrounding SafeVote. As she gets closer to unraveling the mystery, she realizes that the facts point to shocking revelations about the man whose memory haunts her, the man who was her greatest business competitor and her most passionate lover—until he betrayed her and the ideals they shared. With Election Day looming and the country at a perilous crossroads, Laura is determined to pursue the truth wherever it leads.





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Meet the author:


Genevieve (Gen) LaGreca writes novels with innovative plots, strong romance, and themes that glorify individual freedom and independence. She has written novels of all different genres including historical, mystery, and romance fiction as well as short stories. She is one of the successful new indie authors whose novels have topped the charts in the popular ebook format. Her three previously published novels, Noble Vision, A Dream of Daring, and Fugitive From Asteron have been Amazon Kindle Best Sellers and won 11 book awards.



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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Bookish Spotlight: Thérèse Plummer - Audiobook Narrator




June is Audiobook Month and what better way to celebrate than to spotlight an audiobook narrator. I'm pleased to present to you the actress and award-winner audiobook narrator, Thérèse Plummer. Ms. Plummer will be providing us with some invaluable information regarding her audiobook narration style. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.



1. What's a day in the studio like for you?

I get to the studio to start my session at 10:00 am. I will yuck it up with the engineers and whoever else is around and then get into my studio for a full day of performing. I love the Pomodoro technique* lately as it is fantastic for productivity and keeps my energy levels at a sustainable level.  My typical recording day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2. Tell me a bit about transforming books into audiobooks. How do you prepare, and what do you most enjoy about the preparation? From one project to the next, how much do you change your approach to each audiobook?

I love this question! Each book is a new friend I have just met and in order to get to know her, I need to really listen. The book tells me everything I need to know because the author has taken the time to create this world and the characters whose journeys I am lucky to go on and bring to life. Every story has its own personality and vibe. If I have questions regarding pronunciations I will submit a word list to my producers and also will collaborate with the authors if I am able to ask specific questions about how they 'hear' certain characters. My prepping means I read the entire book and will highlight 'directions,' I see (e.g. he whispered, she muttered, he said in a flat voice, she roared). I will have made a new friend so when I go into the studio to give the book a voice it is now a dialogue with my new friend.

3. Does your work impact how you read outside of work?

When I am in the studio I record off of an iPad and will scroll to the next page. The other day I had a book on my lap and saw my finger go to the page to scroll it and I started laughing. Old habits!! My husband is very amused as I am always giving things a voice and a character. It's kind of a habit now. I am definitely a faster reader.

4. What do audiobooks offer that a book can't? And considering how much audiobooks are booming, why do you think we're being drawn to this medium more and more?

So when I was twelve years old I remember reading a book called Tully by Paullina Simons** and being absolutely mesmerized. I couldn't focus in school as I kept thinking about Tully and the next chapter I would get to after school. I was fully invested in this story and these characters. It was so real for me. That's what a good story does. If I were to guess, I think when a listener finds a voice that works for them telling them the story and bringing it to life, it is the ultimate escape and experience. I have had listeners tell me they won't leave their car until the chapter ends. Storytelling is the oldest form of entertainment and connection and to have a voice perform a story to you is such an intimate and beautiful experience. It is a human connection and it is highly entertaining. It is a healthy way to detach from the noise of your commute and escape into a wonderful story. I have had other listeners tell me listening to an audiobook is equivalent to watching a movie in their head. 

5. What do you believe are your greatest strengths as a narrator of books? What is the most rewarding or coolest thing you get to bring to this experience through your reading?

I believe my greatest strength as a storyteller is the ability to immerse my whole self into all of the characters and trust myself to then translate that vocally. I lose myself in the story and the characters and I think you have to do that to bring the authors world alive vocally. It is so fun to play crazy characters (lycans, vampires, gargoyles, etc) or little kids talking to their parents and to hear my voice just become what is in my head. I am one of eight kids in my family and I have 15 nephews and nieces to date so I have lots of inspiration. 😊

6.  What's one thing people might not expect about your role as a narrator?

It is exhausting! The Pomodoro technique helps me with energy but at the end of a six or eight hour day, I usually come home and crash. I am used to playing one character on stage and film but in the studio, it is a one-woman show and sometimes up to 40 characters a book. I have so much respect for my community of storytellers!

7.  How do you take care of your voice?

Sleep is my number one voice-care. The others are vocal/diaphragm warm-ups before my session. Stretching my tongue, jaw, throat, and face. Also lots of water, espresso (not sure that's a good one but is my vice) and tea. I love soups. And Airborne in the beginning and end of a session.

8. Tell us a bit about being a woman in the audiobook industry. Do you face any particular challenges? How have things changed over time?

The biggest change has been our Union (Sag-Aftra) negotiating contracts with the publishers on our behalf to solidify our rates in the last 10 years or so. I think the biggest challenge as a woman is speaking up for a higher rate as time goes on. I know if I were a man it would be less intimidating but the good news is that my community of storytellers are filled with like-minded strong beautiful talented and fierce queens who band together in support and encouragement of each other. We know our worth and ask for what we want and need. The worst thing that can happen is they say no but it is worth the discomfort. As freelance artists, it is really scary because if we ask and they say no we don't want to lose work or be seen as greedy or annoying to work with so a lot of us stay quiet. The few times I advocated for myself and asked it was greeted with approval but my god, it was terrifying. I try to channel my inner vampire or werewolf strength at times. LOL. 
  
9.  Who in your life has had the biggest impact on your work as a narrator? 

My father. He was a professional actor in his younger days and growing up in my house he was always singing and bringing characters in his head to life. We never knew who would be serving us our French Toast. Was it a French man or an Italian man? Accents and characters galore. It was a one-man show and incredibly entertaining. He performed a one-man show of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and every year I sat in the audience and was mesmerized by how he brought every character in that story to life! I was in awe. When he retired my brother and I took over the tradition and perform A Christmas Carol at Grey Towers in Milford Pa. the first weekend in December every year. What a gift.


10.  I'd love to know more about reading Robyn Carr's work! How do you approach romance in particular as a narrator? (Especially kissing/love scenes!)

I was asked to audition to narrate Virgin River in 2009 at Recorded Books in NYC. They chose my voice and none of us knew the journey we would all go on! The romance books are the same as any other story as it is a friend I have yet to meet. The thing I love about these stories though is that each book has so many mini stories going on that it felt like a soap opera or television show while I narrated. The love scenes are intimate, personal, passionate, and sometimes funny so as the voice of the man and the woman and the narrator I have my work cut out for me. There is a way to soften my voice but get closer to the microphone so I am not too soft and bring the scene to life. I have cracked myself up when the groan I emit as the man comes out more like a croak and my engineer and I will have a good chuckle before going back and getting it right. Again I am bringing a story alive to your ears so the more natural and realistic I can get it the better for you. That is my goal.

I am blessed to call Robyn a friend and she is one of the funniest, most real, bad-ass queens I know. I was able to narrate all of her Virgin River, Thunder Point and Sullivan's Crossing series as well as her stand-alone novels. I adore these stories and characters. I was able to audition and landed a role on season one of Virgin River for Netflix. To walk on set and be in Jack's bar after bringing it to life for so many years through audio was surreal and amazing. I think they did an amazing job with the series! The best part of Robyn's books is that she writes about people all of us know.  Everyone can relate and escape into a really good story for a while. Healthy escapism.


*The Pomodoro Technique is a time management system that encourages people to work with the time they have—rather than against it. Using this method, you break your workday into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks. These intervals are referred to as pomodoros. After about four pomodoros, you take a longer break of about 15 to 20 minutes.

**Tully Makker is a tough young woman from the wrong side of the tracks and she is not always easy to like. But if Tully gives friendship and loyalty, she gives them for good, and she forms an enduring bond with Jennifer and Julie, school friends from very different backgrounds. As they grow into the world of the seventies and eighties, the lives of the three best friends are changed forever by two young men, Robin and Jack, and a tragedy which engulfs them all. Against the odds, Tully emerges into young womanhood, marriage, and a career. At last Tully Makker has life under control. And then life strikes back in the most unexpected way of all…(GoodReads)




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Meet the Narrator


Photo by Jody Christopherson
Thérèse Plummer is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator working in New York City. She has recorded over 350 audiobooks for various publishers. She won the 2019 Audie Award for her work on the multicast, Sadie by Courtney Summers for Macmillan Audio, was nominated for the Multicast Any Man by Amber Tamblyn for Harper Audio and her solo narration for The Rogue Planets Shaken by Lee W. Brainard for Podium Publishing. The American Library Association (ALA) awarded her work on Sourdough by Robin Sloan as part of the 2018 Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration for Adult Listeners.  

Thérèse is the voice of Maya Hansen in the Marvel Graphic Motion Comic Ironman Extremis, Dr. Fennel in Pokemon, and for various Yu-Gi-Oh characters. Television Guest Star Roles on The Good Wife, Law and Order SVU, and the upcoming series Virgin River for Netflix. 

Connect with the Thérèse via her website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.




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Monday, June 1, 2020

Book Showcase: ENEMIES OF DOVES by Shanessa Gluhm

Enemies of Doves

by Shanessa Gluhm

on Tour June 1-14, 2020



Synopsis:


Enemies of Doves by Shanessa Gluhm

On a summer night in 1932, twelve-year-old Joel Fitchett wanders into an East Texas diner badly beaten and carrying his unconscious brother, Clancy. Though both boys claim they have no memory of what happened, the horrific details are etched into their minds as deep as the scar left across Joel's face.

Thirteen years later, both men still struggle with the aftershocks of that long-ago night and the pact they made to hide the truth. When they find themselves at the center of a murder investigation, they make a decision that will change everything. A second lie, a second pact and for a time, a second chance.

In 1991 college student, Garrison Stark, travels to Texas chasing a rumor that Clancy Fitchett is his biological grandfather. Clancy has been missing since 1946 and Garrison hopes to find him, and in doing so, find a family. What he doesn't expect to discover is a tangle of secrets spanning sixty years involving Clancy, Joel and the woman they both loved, Lorraine.

Told in alternating timelines from World War II to 1992, Enemies of Doves is a tale of family secrets, jealousy and deception perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Allen Eskens.



Book Details:


Genre: Historical Mystery
Published by: Touchpoint Press
Publication Date: March 20, 2020
Number of Pages: 328
ISBN: 1946920916 (ISBN13: 9781946920911)
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Joel woke up to a white world: white walls, white sheets, a white pitcher of water, and a stranger wearing white. White like Mama's favorite flowers, white like the coat Daddy wore to work, white like the doves that…

No, don't think about doves. Don't think about doves ever again.

The white was better than his last memory: black. Ravenous black. It had swallowed everything.

Harsh light speared into the room, painting sharp rectangles on the linoleum floor. Joel blinked involuntarily. The lady in the white uniform noticed. "He's awake!" she called. "Mrs. Fitchett, he's awake!"

Mama and Daddy charged in, talking at the same time, asking the same questions.

"I'm okay," Joel said.

Mama's hands hovered a few seconds before settling on his arm. "I'm sorry we weren't here. I told your daddy we shouldn't both leave but—"

"Are you in pain, son?" Daddy rarely let Mama finish a sentence.

"My stomach hurts." Joel didn't recognize the sound of his own voice, so small and croaky.

"Nurse! Bring this boy something for the pain," Daddy yelled.

"A magnesia tablet." Mama put her freezing hand on his forehead. "He might have a fever too."

The nurse let out a noisy breath. She didn't bother with his temperature, but the two bone-white pills she handed Joel appeased his parents, got them quiet at least. Joel raised his head, sweat-soaked hair sticking to his forehead. Or was it blood? He touched the bandage covering his face and winced. The details of the night before seeped into his mind. He could think of nothing that wasn't contaminated by this memory.

The pills tasted like chalk and made his throat burn. "Can I have some water?" Before anyone responded, two taps at the door drew their attention away from him, away from that perfect pitcher of water.

Mama rubbed her forehead. "Can't we go ten minutes without a knock on the damn door?" Joel knew Mama must be upset to use a word like that. Nancy Fitchett taught Sunday School and had taken soap to Joel's mouth for less.

"Oh, for god's sake!" Daddy threw up his hands. "He just woke up. Give us a minute with our boy."

Two figures stepped through the door. A cigarette hung immobile in the mouth of the stubby police officer in front. "I understand, Mr. Fitchett, but the more time that goes by, the more victims forget. It's vital we speak now."

Forget? Joel knew better. He couldn't forget, not till heaven anyway, and at twelve, heaven was a long wait.

The other officer stepped from the shadows. Like Dick Tracy, he wore a black suit and fedora instead of a uniform. He looked at Joel like he already knew the truth or could figure it out in the same effortless way Detective Tracy did in the comics. "Truth is," —he reached into the hallway and pulled Clancy into the room — "we can't get any information from this one. We hope your other boy will be more cooperative."

Joel's head sank into the pillow. So, Clancy hadn't told. Even now, he only wanted to protect his little brother. Poor kid looked scared out of his skin.

"You all right, Joel?" Clancy's voice shook.

"Don't you worry about me, Clancy. I'm as right as rain, good as gold."

"Nice as nectarines," Clancy said. They often played this game, but Joel couldn't think of another simile, so he offered a smile instead. It hurt like hell, but he wanted to assure Clancy he was okay. Joel was only a year and a half older, but the gap felt wider. Joel had always been mature for his age; everybody said so.

"I have nothing to say, sir," Joel told Dick Tracy. His voice was still high pitched, but he tried to make it boom like Daddy's. Tom Fitchett had a way of making people listen when he talked.

"And why's that?" The tiny officer lit his cigarette.

"I don't remember what happened." The bed gave a muffled creek as he adjusted his position.

The detective looked at his partner. "Get Clancy out of here, will you? And the folks too."

"We won't leave." Daddy pushed his shoulders back.

"Have it your way. Look here, Joel; we know who did this to you."

The words made Joel forget his stinging face and terrible thirst. He watched a cockroach scuttle into a floor crack. Did they know? No one was around for miles. He was bluffing.

"Then go arrest the bastard," his father said. "Don't waste time traumatizing injured and frightened boys."

Had Joel heard Daddy right? Had he demanded these important men, lawmen, stop traumatizing his boys? Something he did for sport? How strange to have Daddy in his corner for once.

"You may reconsider your statement when you learn who hurt the boy."

"Impossible!" Daddy slammed his hand on Joel's tray and knocked over the pitcher of water. Mama grabbed a towel and sopped it up. Even in crisis, her instinct to clean up Daddy's messes took over. "Who did this?!" Daddy yelled.

Joel cringed, but at least this time Daddy's fury flew at somebody else. Joel took a few deep breaths. Maybe if he stayed calm, everyone else would calm down too.

"It was him." The officer stuck his finger in Clancy's face.

Mama clutched him tighter, her arms a shield against the accusation.

The detective knelt in front of Clancy. "You did this. The only question I have is why?"

The room spun again. Joel looked for an anchor, but the patterns on the linoleum played leapfrog, and the walls closed in. His parent's gasps faded into the white surrounding him, and once again, the world went black.

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Excerpt from Enemies of Doves by Shanessa Gluhm.  Copyright © 2020 by Shanessa Gluhm. Reproduced with permission from Shanessa Gluhm. All rights reserved.


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Shanessa Gluhm


Shanessa Gluhm works as a librarian at an elementary school in New Mexico where she lives with her husband and children. It was during her own elementary days when a teacher encouraged Shanessa to write and share stories with the class. She hasn't stopped writing since. Enemies of Doves is her debut novel.


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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Book Spotlight: THE SHERIDAN HENDLEY MYSTERIES by Christa Nardi




A New Place, Another Murder
A Sheridan Hendley Mystery Book 1
by Christa Nardi
Genre: Cozy Mystery



Sometimes you need to be careful what you wish for.

Pretty much settled into her new home in Appomattox with Brett and his daughter, Sheridan longs for something to keep her busy. That is, until Maddie and her new friend are framed for theft and murder. Not quite the distraction she had hoped for, but she'll turn over every rock to prove their innocence. In the process, she learns about the powerful Buchanan family and the history of the local community. Will the truth come out before the person calling the shots takes Sheridan and Maddie out of the picture?





Dogs and More Dogs, Another Murder
A Sheridan Hendley Mystery Book 2



An abandoned house, an abundance of dogs. And a dead body or two.

Sheridan Hendley's volunteer position at Pets and Paws takes a new turn when more than twenty malnourished dogs are found at a rundown house on the outskirts of town. When the body of an elderly woman is found amidst mountains of clutter in the house, a search of the property leads to startling revelations. And another body. While Herman Stoneham's death is deemed natural causes, his wife's is not. Where did all the dogs come from and who's responsible for Justine's untimely death? Are the two connected? With dogs and murder at stake, Sheridan can't help but get involved in the investigation.






Old Friends and New, Another Murder
A Sheridan Hendley Mystery Book 3



A touch of nostalgia, a murder, and good friends.

When a former colleague is implicated in his neighbor's demise, Sheridan Hendley returns to Cold Creek to prove his innocence. Annoying as Max can be, she can't imagine the quirky professor is capable of murder. Unfortunately, not everyone shares her opinion. Of course, it doesn't help that Max threatened his neighbor in a public place soon before the man was murdered. Or that the victim's drug shipments had a habit of turning up on Max's doorstep.









Christa Nardi is an accomplished author of cozy mysteries. Christa's background is in higher education and psychology, much as her protagonist, Sheridan Hendley in the Cold Creek mystery series. She has always loved mysteries - reading them, writing them, and solving them. Christa is a member of Sisters in Crime.






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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Book Spotlight: THE OCCULT PERSUASION AND THE ANARCHIST'S SOLUTION by Lisa De Nikolits





The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist's Solution
by Lisa de Nikolits
Genre: Humorous Thriller




The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist's Solution is about a couple experiencing a crisis. The husband, Lyndon, loses his job as editor of a financial magazine. Neither are happy with aging. Lyndon has gotten by with charm and frozen emotions. The wife, Margaux, has no idea how angry she is with him for his detachment. It is her idea to sell the house and just travel. But he is not coping well with retirement, so he simply walks off a ferry in Australia and leaves her. He steals a cat (well, he steals an expensive SUV that happens to have a cat on board) and he flees Sydney, ending up in Apollo Bay, a few hours south-west of Melbourne, where he falls in with a group of anarchists and punk rockers in a tattoo parlour, planning revolution.

Meanwhile, Margaux sits tight in Sydney with no idea of where her husband might be or what happened. She moves into the red-light Kings Cross area, befriending the owner of the hostel, a seventy-year-old ex-cop drag queen from Saint John, New Brunswick, and waits to hear from her husband.

When she learns that her husband is fine, she is consumed by wrath and she invokes the angry spirit of an evil nurse, a key player in the terrible Chelmsworth sleep therapy in which many patients died (historical fact). While Lyndon gets in touch with his original career ambition to become an artist and wrestles with anarchism versus capitalism, Margaux learns to deal with her rage.

A serio-comedic thriller about a couple who embark on an unintentionally life-changing around-the-world adventure, The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist's Solution is about the meaning of life, healing from old wounds, romantic love at all ages, and how love and passion can make a difference, at any age.

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Lisa de Nikolits is the internationally award-winning author of nine novels (all Inanna Publications). No Fury Like That was published in Italian in 2019 by Edizione Le Assassine as Una furia dell’altro mondo. Her short fiction and poetry have also been published in various anthologies and journals internationally. She is a member of the Mesdames of Mayhem, the Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, The Australian Crime Writers, The Short Fiction Mystery Association, and the International Thriller Writers. Originally from South Africa, Lisa de Nikolits came to Canada in 2000. She lives and writes in Toronto.





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