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.  
     One author, living or dead, with whom you’d like to sip Mai Tais with on Waikiki Beach: Margaret Mitchell or Walter Farley

Worst non-writing job you ever had: taking phone orders for a mail order catalog
Favorite quote or saying: "If you want to be remembered long after you are gone, do something worth writing about or write something worth reading." ~Ben Franklin;   and "It's not about surviving the storm, it's about dancing in the rain."
Song that you dance to (when no one is watching):  something country-western
(okay, editors pick…get ready to get down and turn around…)

Three of your favorite things:
       1) riding off in the forest on my horse 
       2) with a cup of good coffee, watching the sun rise (or the moon set) over my garden when I'm the only one awake in my home
       3) being the first to "make tracks" on my snowshoes after a fresh snowfall
Two secret vices: 1) chocolate 2) eavesdropping....although I'm told authors have a license to do that!
One pet peeve: watching daytime TV -- keeping the TV on constantly 

About Patti:  Born & Raised in the high peaks of Lake Placid, author Patti Brooks offers stories set in the Adirondacks and based upon real-life happenings.  To learn more about Patti and read a free chapter of one of her books, visit her website  Here’s a little bit about her books: 

Adirondack Mysteries & Other Mountain Tales, Vol. 2 – Brooks’ story, "Early One Halloween Night" is part of this anthology, which is the sequel to the best selling and Tommy Award honorable mention compilation "Adirondack Mysteries & Other Mountain Tales." Prepare yourself for another round of great mysteries that take place within the Adirondack Blue Line. Sit on your bearskin rug, put a log on the fire, and bend the pages of another tantalizing tome for your favorite mountain writers. Published in August, 2012. Recently returned from a book signing in Lake Placid where 10 of the 14 authors involved were on hand to sign and chat.

Mountain Shadows is a heartwarming tale of love and courage. Joe and Alice's love is true, surviving under the most challenging conditions. "Brooks has written a simply wonderful story. The characters live in the reader's mind well after finishing the book and her descriptions of the mores of the time, the beauty of the area as well as the horrific time one had and probably still would have if caught in a snowstorm in the mountains. Mountain Shadows is a book to take to your heart and keep there." (written by literary reviewer: Jaye Dee Tyrack, Reviewer for

Fame & Deceit,  a murder mystery set in the New England horse world, has created loyal fans: "Brooks weaves a complex tale that has it all: money, corruption mystery, sex and suspense. She keeps you guessing until the end with her intricate plots and multifaceted characters. Then throw horses into the mix, and you have a must-read for fans of mysteries." Jami Davenport - Author of "Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed"
"A tale that sets off at a gallop by an author who clearly knows her way around horses. It has intrigue and sizzle, and the descriptions of the horse world ring with authenticity." Eileen Goudge, Best Selling New York Author of mystery and romance.
"Given the lively twists and turns of the plot, the reader might not be expecting the kind of characterization Brooks delivers. Ike Cherney and the rest of the cast are not simply vivid; they possess real depth. In talking with friends about the novel, reader will have to remind themselves that the characters are fictional creations." Mark Spencer, Dean School of Arts & Humanities - University of Arkansas

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