Friday, November 30, 2012

Beach Chat with Marilyn Meredith

I’m an author who has one book published and it eats up all my free time, so it’s with a bit of amazement that an author with 30 published books even has time to sit down for a beach chat.  But let’s get chatting so today’s guest can get back to writing! 

Beach chat with: Marilyn Meredith

Recommend a Beach Read:   No Bells by F. M. Meredith, me using a different name. This is the latest in my Rocky Bluff P.D. series, set in a beach town between Ventura and Santa Barbara in Southern California. Every book has something to do with the beat—and murder and other crimes. In No Bells, Officer Gordon Butler finds the love of his dreams, but a big problem arises when she turns out to be the prime suspect in a murder case.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Beach News: Guest Blog Gig at Dru's Book Musings

For those of you in need of an Ellery and Sam fix, hop on over to Dru’s Book Musings blog to read about a day in the life of Ellery Tinsdale.  The post is titled “Laissez le Bon Temps Roules,” because those of you who know me know I put a little bit of myself in everything I write, so this one has a bit to do with one of my favorite military spouse social outings, BUNCO. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Beach Tale: “The Next Big Thing” Blog Hop

Curious what writer’s are working on?  So am I.  Hence the beauty of “The Next Big Thing” Blog Hop.  How this works is, I answer 10 questions about my current WIP (that’s writerly talk for Work In Process) and then link to 5 more writer friends who are working on something new.  You can click on their links to learn about them.  It’s a great way to be introduced to some new authors. 
A big thanks to Shelia Lowe for inviting me to participate. Please visit her blog, featuring her Claudia Rose forensic handwriting series and her latest book, Last Writes:
Now, here are my Next Big Thing Blog Hop Q&As:
What is the working title of your book?
Blond Faith, the second in the BLONDS AT THE BEACH series (the first, of course, being The Blond Leading the Blond.) 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Beach Chat with Judy Alter

Today we’re chatting with award-winning novelist Judy Alter, a lifelong mystery lover turned mystery writer.  I was captivated by the pictures of craftsmen style homes on her website (linked at the end of this post) and what she says about herself: “When there are no kids or grandkids here, I am content in a lovely 1922 red brick bungalow with a great party porch, a garden of wildflowers, an eleven-year-old Australian Shepherd named Scooby and a nineteen-year-old cat, Wywy (my animals are aging faster than I am!) but I've solved that by adding a Bordoodle (Border Collie and poodle cross) puppy to the household.”  Let’s get to know a little bit more about her.    

Your name, for the record:  Judy Alter.

Recommend a beach read:  Naturally I want everyone to read my Kelly O’Connell Mysteries, so I’ll recommend the first in the series: Skeleton in a Dead Space.

Most cherished beach memory:  Evening on the beach at the Indiana State Dunes, watching the sun slip behind the tall buildings across Lake Michigan in Chicago; then a bonfire and marshmallows to roast.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Beach Tale: Things I Wish My Momma Taught Me, Thanksgiving Edition

Jayne's Thanksgiving, Circa 1970

           There comes a time when a woman must start hosting her own Thanksgiving celebrations.  For a woman who marries a military man and moves 3,000 miles away from family, these days come at a tender age of 22.  Had I had any inkling that I would have to prepare Thanksgiving feasts entirely on my own, my childhood holidays would have been better spent hanging out in the kitchen learning the tricks of preparing a flawless holiday mean instead of curling up in an over-sized arm chair with my nose buried in the latest Nancy Drew mystery.  As a result, I’ve had to learn a lot of Turkey Day lessons the hard way. 
          So in the spirit of the season, today I’m offering to a Top Five List of Things I Wish My Mother had Taught Me about Preparing (and Enjoying) a Thanksgiving Feast:

Monday, November 19, 2012

Beach Chat with Sally Carpenter

When it’s mai tai time with a favorite author, I will tag along with today’s guest! I bet a few of you faithful readers will too!   

Today’s beach chat is with:  Sally Carpenter

Recommend a beach read: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy—light, funny and mostly harmless. Decades ago one of my brothers gave this to me for a Christmas present. I eventually bought and read the next three books in the series.

Most cherished beach memory: I grew up in the Midwest, which doesn’t have beaches except along the shoreline of Chicago and Michigan. I finally saw beaches when I moved to the Los Angeles area. My best memory would be a day trip I took with a church group to see the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit in San Diego. After viewing the exhibit we had dinner at a restaurant right on the shore. The restaurant had large windows facing the ocean and we could see the boats sailing into the harbor and the seagulls flying.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Beach Chat with Sofie Couch

Sofie Couch writes humorous romance, (as Annette Couch-Jareb, a name which does not fit neatly on the front cover of a book), and paranormal YA mysteries as Sofie Couch. She has a new YA murder novella coming out soon, FLIPPIN’ THE BIRD.  I’m happy to welcome her for a Beach Chat today, but, in all due conscience,  I feel it necessary to issue a Spew Alert before you read on! So, let’s put our hands together for a warm Beach Welcome for Sofie Couch!  (For those of you whose eyes aren't quite ready to read this morning--and no worries, we won't ask WHY they aren't--a video format of this interview can be watched by clicking here)

Thanks for hosting me, Jayne! For your readers just tuning in, my name is Sofie Couch, (that’s SoFie with an “f”), and no, that’s not my “real” name, but since I’ve been saddled with it since middle school, (thanks alot, “Brat Pat” and “Joanie Macaroni”,) I figured, what the heck? It’s kinda catchy and it’s only ten letters long, so it can be printed in a larger font on the front cover of a book!

Can you recommend a Beach Read?  Does it have to be beach themed? If not, then pick up a copy of Pamela Morsi’s SIMPLE JESS. I picked up an older copy somewhere along the way to a writer’s conference and ended up skipping two whole workshops, because it totally sucked me in! (And I had paid good money for those workshops.) It’s an example of a well-written southern romance that will not disappoint.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Beach Tale: Writing the Cozy Mystery

When I tell people “I write cozy mysteries”, about half of the people say, “Wow.  That’s cool.”  Pause while they think about that.  “What the hell is a cozy mystery?”  The other half say, “Wow. That’s cool.”  Then they pull out their i-phones and Google the term.  Well, some Google it.  Most just continue on through life never really knowing. 
So let’s take a moment to talk about everything you’ve always wanted to know about cozy mysteries, but were afraid to ask.  First stop, Merriam Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary.    
Mystery: a piece of fiction dealing usu. with the solution of a mysterious crime. 

Cozy:  Enjoying or affording warmth and ease.  Snug.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Beach Chat with Sharon Hopkins

If the “Hopkins” name in the blog title has a hint of deja-vu to it, it’s because we just chatted with her husband Bill last Friday.  Sharon is the second half of The Deadly Duo, a husband/wife mystery-writing household.  I can’t imagine their dinner conversations, can you?  But Bill's at home while we chat with Sharon today. 

Full name: Sharon Woods Hopkins

Recommend a Beach Read: The Devil’s Madonna, a suspense/ thriller by my friend Sharon Potts.

Most cherished beach memory: Going to the beach with my Uncle John when I was about seven. He taught me to swim, but not before he nearly drowned me.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Beach Chat with Bill Hopkins

A husband and wife who both write mysteries?  Yup. They call themselves “The Deadly Duo.”  Is that a scream or what?  Today we “chat” with the husband-half, Bill Hopkins, Be sure and check back Monday when his wife Sharon stops by for a chat. 

Today we’re chatting with:  Bill Hopkins

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Recommend a Beach Read: To Kill a Mockingbird

Most cherished beach memory: When I was a child, I was fascinated by how the waves came rushing to meet me and dug holes under my feet.  

One author, living or dead, with whom you’d like to sip Mai Tais with on Waikiki Beach: Tennessee Williams

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Beach Tale: Coming Down the Home Stretch!

          O.M.G.  I am so excited.  This project is almost done.  Then I get to put on my decorating hat and “cozy” it up.  Just a few more subcontractors in and voilá, we’re ready for guests. Or tenets.  Or a neighborhood cocktail party, at the very minimum. 
          So first thing we need is a Trim Guy.  I’m going to admit my naiveté because I didn’t even realize I’d need a Trim Guy but when the plumber showed up (he was the very first contractor at the very beginning of this project) he asked me if I needed a Trim Guy.  I said “Yes,” because obviously I did.  He gave me a name, and I’m really glad I made that call, because there was no way we were capable of doing trim work ourselves.  Where is that General Contracting for Dummies book, anyway?   

Monday, November 5, 2012

Beach Chat with Patti Brooks

Do you like mysteries?  Do you like horses?  Do you like the mountains?  Well then, you’re in for a real treat today as Patti Brooks stops by for a Beach Chat…

Recommend a Beach Read: Anything by Nicholas Sparks
Most cherished beach memory: Since I'm a mountain girl (Adirondacks) my memories are from lake adventures. My most memorable day on the lake was, at age 9, swimming across Mirror Lake in Lake Placid and getting my picture in the paper for the accomplishment. This was a Lake Placid "tradition" for natives.  

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Beach Tale: "Fall Back"

          As I was walking Jamaica (my dog) this morning and the first rays of sunrise glistened off the bay, it occurred to me that if I wanted to see a sunrise tomorrow I would have to take my canine companion for a walk at 5 a.m. instead.  So I enjoyed my last sunrise experience, for the time being anyway, and my thoughts turned to the idea of Daylight Savings.  I had researched the concept (hoping to gain some understanding of the whacky time adjustment) a few years ago and thought this would be a great time to share what I’d learned with my loyal blog readers.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Beach Chat with Eliza Fleetwood

I am so so so happy to welcome to Eliza Fleetwood to the blog today.  She has been a trusted critique partner for almost a dozen years and has recently released her debut novel.  But I’ll let her tell you about that.  So let’s get chatting:   

Beach chat with: ELIZA FLEETWOOD

Recommend a Beach Read: Depends. If I'm in a historical mood, Julia Quinn’s An Offer From A Gentleman is an old favorite, a Cinderella story that combines humor and romance. The Blond Leading The Blond by Jayne Ormerod (and no, she didn’t pay me) or Abraca Uh-Oh by Sandra Brown Rarey if I am looking for something hysterically funny and fun.