BLOG TOUR – Escape to Redemption

Escape to Redemption Tour

Escape To Redemption by Peter M. Parr

Publisher: Roundfire Books (June 24, 2016)
Category: Mystery/Thriller, Crime, Some Metaphysical
Tour Dates: August/September, 2016
ISBN: 978-1785352270
Available in: Print & ebook,  280Pages

Escape To Redemption

“She can hide from the police, but not from her guilt.”

Josie only had the gun to frighten Curtis Rook, but his son disturbed her. One startled reflex and now he’s dead. Josie flees to Poland leaving her boyfriend Snaz to take the rap. A reformed criminal offers her refuge from the police and the chance to begin a new life, but she cannot hide from her guilt. As the stakes rise, Josie begins to realize that only her own forgiveness can set her free.

Fast-paced and original, Peter M. Parr’s contemporary take on Crime and Punishment challenges traditional ideas about guilt and redemption, and the meaning of forgiveness.

Interview with the Author:

What initially got you interested in writing?

I’ve always enjoyed putting words down on paper. I remember that even as a seven-year-old I used to write stories for pleasure and dreamed of being an author one day.

How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?

I began writing a novel while I was still in my teens. Over two decades, the story changed and evolved, growing along with me. I took every opportunity to seek out constructive feedback. After editing and polishing, and getting to the point where I was finally happy with what I’d written – and with my 40th birthday looming – I took the plunge and began submitting it to publishers.

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

I hope that the story will resonate with readers and that it will encourage people to reflect. We can be quick to form opinions about people or situations and to judge them as good or bad, but often things are not so black and white. Escape to Redemption may begin with a murder, but it’s essentially a positive book. Like Josie and Snaz, we all make mistakes. But those low points in our life can provide us with a chance to grow. What matters is how we learn from them and how we choose to live from this day on.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

My most rewarding experiences have been when words have simply flowed. It doesn’t happen very often, but every now and then the perfect description or exchange of dialogue will come to me. It’s also very rewarding when I receive an unsolicited email or letter from someone I’ve never met, telling me how much they have enjoyed my book.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

I’d like to have more free time to devote to my writing. At the moment, I need to fit it in around my day-job – though I have switched to working a four-day-week, which helps. The other thing I find challenging is the marketing side of things. Promoting my work is not a task that I relish, but if I did no publicity then no one would discover my books.

What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?

First, write for the love of writing. Enjoy the journey without being attached to the outcome. (That’s something it’s taken me twenty years to learn!) When it comes to subject matter, choose a subject you’re passionate about. What’s the story you most want to tell? Ask yourself what motivates you to write. Don’t try to court popularity, but remain authentic to your own voice, your own muse. That way, originality will shine through in your work.

Conversely, when it comes to the details, be open to constructive criticism. Seek out feedback, and try not to be discouraged if it isn’t always glowing. I used to become disheartened when more experienced writers suggested ways in which I could improve my work. Over time, I learned to welcome this feedback and I actively sought it out. If someone does provide constructive comments, I’d recommend that you give yourself a break of a month or two to reflect on them rather than immediately accepting or rejecting everything the person says. My experience has been that, if I allow that space, I’ll then be in a better place to consider the comments in a less emotionally-attached way and to discern in what ways they might be valid and how to take them on board.


What ways can readers connect with you?

Readers can connect with me on Goodreads and Amazon.



About Peter M. ParrEscape To Redemption by Peter M. Parr

Peter M. Parr works part-time as a civil servant, which gives him time to indulge his passion for writing. He facilitates workshops to encourage people to reflect on what truly matters. He lives in Hastings, England, overlooking the sea. Escape to Redemption is his first novel.


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BLOG TOUR – Die Die Birdie

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Die, Die Birdie
Cozy Mystery
• New Series
• Publisher: Kensington – Lyrical Underground
• (August 16, 2016)
•Paperback: 200 pages
•ISBN-13: 978-1601838315
• 288 Pages
• ASIN: B018CGZ1J8


For Amy Simms, hatching a birding shop in her hometown of Ruby Lake, North Carolina, hasn’t exactly been a breeze. But could a deadly discovery clip her wings for good?

It’s just days before Amy plans to open Birds & Bees on the first floor of her creaky Victorian house, but delayed seed shipments have prevented the fledging owner from stocking her shelves. And it doesn’t help that Amy’s best friend and business partner is out of town indefinitely. With locals skeptical about the niche shop taking flight, the last thing Amy needs now is a dead man in her storeroom-or for a crotchety tenant to catch her holding a bloody birdfeeder hook over his body . . .

Pigeonholed as a leading murder suspect by police and lacking a solid alibi, Amy’s delving into the victim’s ugly past and buzzing around Ruby Lake for clues on his killer . . . beforeshe ends up like so many of her beloved feathery friends-trapped behind bars!

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J.R. Ripley is the pen name of Glenn Meganck, the critically acclaimed author of the Tony Kozol mystery series. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, he has chaired the Edgar committee for Best Original Paperback novel and served on the Best Short Story Committee. As a member of the International Association of Crime Writers, he has served on the Hammett Award committee for Best Novel. When not writing books, Glenn is writing songs, often singing them to the consternation of his audience and neighbors, or involved in one of his many passions, none of which have involved any of the dead bodies that seem to keep cropping up in his mysteries. For more information about him, visit

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BLOG TOUR – The Black Thumb

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The Black Thumb (Professor Molly Mysteries) (Volume 3)
Paperback: 342 pages
Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press (April 18, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1943476183


When a violent death disrupts the monthly meeting of the Pua Kala Garden society, Professor Molly Barda has no intention of playing amateur detective. But Molly’s not just a witness-the victim is Molly’s house guest and grad-school frenemy. And Molly quickly finds to her dismay that her interest in the murder of the stylish and self-centered Melanie Polewski is more than just…academic.


What initially got you interested in writing?

One day back in 2011, I was exercising on the elliptical machine and reading a popular cozy mystery. As I pedaled, I found myself mentally editing the book: “Don’t show everyone laughing and laughing; either the line was funny or it wasn’t.” “You’re spending way too much time on the cat.” Finally I realized I should just go write my own book. That’s how The Musubi Murder came to be.


What genres do you write in? Right now I write cozy mysteries. I have the Professor Molly books and I write novellas in Jana DeLeon’s Miss Fortune world. And this summer, I started putting together coloring books of vintage art. Some of the images, like the Aubrey Beardsley drawings, are gorgeous. Others are delightfully bizarre.


What drew you to writing these specific genres?

I write what I like to read; amusing mysteries where the sex and violence takes place offstage.


How did you break into the field? 

My big break was a contract from Five Star for The Musubi Murder. I was familiar with their parent company, Cengage, because I’d used their textbooks in my classes. They were wonderful to work with. They got me high-profile reviews (all of which were positive, fortunately!) and a lot of library sales. They discontinued their mystery line shortly after publishing my book (it wasn’t my fault, I swear!), but having that first book with them was a great way to launch.


What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

Part of the pleasure of reading is learning about places, hobbies, and jobs you might otherwise never experience. Like any profession, academia has its heroes and martyrs, its knaves and fools, and its own perverse incentives. These can make for some uniquely funny situations. Readers also get a glimpse of everyday life in Hawaii outside the touristy spots.


What do you find most challenging about writing? 

How little control I have over my creativity. Sometimes writing is a joy, but other times trying to get ideas from my brain onto the page feels like trying to wring water out of a dry sponge.


What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

1) Read well-written books. Lots of them. Both in and outside your genre.

2) Connect with other authors in your genre for moral support, advice, and, when you’re ready, cooperative opportunities like book bundles.


Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

When I set out to write my protagonist, Molly Barda, I made her comically neurotic and obsessive, because I thought a “realistic” character would be boring. Now everyone thinks she’s me.


What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?


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Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.

In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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BLOG TOUR – The Crepes of Wrath


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When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it—and the surly chef is a wizard with crêpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff.

After she stumbles across evidence of stolen goods in Jimmy’s workshop, Marley is determined to find out what’s really going on in the not-so-quiet town of Wildwood Cove. With help from her childhood crush and her adopted cat, Flapjack, Marley sinks her teeth into the investigation. But if she’s not careful, she’s going to get burned by a killer who’s only interested in serving up trouble.


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What initially got you interested in writing?


I dabbled in writing my whole life, writing short stories from a young age, but it wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I knew for certain that I wanted to pursue writing seriously. I had a couple of ideas for television shows, so I wrote them in script format. Then one day I decided to turn one of my scripts into a novel, and after that I wanted to keep writing books.


What genres do you write in?


Cozy mysteries are my main focus but I’m also working on a young adult thriller.



What drew you to writing these specific genres?


I’ve loved mysteries for as long as I can remember and I became hooked on reading cozies about a decade ago, so it was only natural that I gravitated to that genre once I started writing novels.



How did you break into the field?


My first novels were sci-fi and fantasy stories, but then I decided to try writing a mystery and pretty much right away that just felt right. Once I’d written and polished my first cozy mystery (Dead Ringer), I queried literary agents who represented my favorite cozy authors. After I signed with my agent, she submitted the manuscript to publishers and a few months later I got my first book deal.



What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?


I want my readers to be entertained, to enjoy the fictional world, and to want to spend more time with my characters in future books in the series. Writing mysteries makes me happy, so I hope that my books will make readers happy too.


What do you find most rewarding about writing?


My favorite thing about writing is having the chance to bring my characters to life on the page and sharing my stories with others.



What do you find most challenging about writing?


I often struggle with reaching my target word count. Most of my first drafts end up short of my target, and it can be a challenge for me to add new scenes during revisions without sending the plot dominoes toppling over. I’m getting better with practice, but it’s still the aspect of writing that I find most challenging.


What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?


Keep working hard and persevering. Your path to publication might have more twists and obstacles than you’d hoped, but that doesn’t mean it’s not taking you somewhere great.


What type of books do you enjoy reading?


I enjoy reading a wide range of genres, from historical fiction to young adult. I love mysteries of all types, but the cozy mystery genre is my favorite and I can never go very long without reading a good cozy.



Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?


I graduated from law school and work as a legal writer for my day job. I enjoy photography, cross-stitching, swimming, and snowshoeing. My dog, Fergus, and my cat, Nazzy, sometimes keep me company while I write, and other times they try to get me to stop writing so I’ll feed them or take them outside!



What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?


My author page ( is a good place to find out more about my work, and people can connect with me on Twitter (@thewritefox), Facebook (, and Instagram (

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Sarah Fox was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she developed a love for mysteries at a young age. When not writing novels or working as a legal writer, she is often reading her way through a stack of books or spending time outdoors with her English Springer Spaniel.

EXCERPT – Revenge of the Masked Ghost, 5th Anniversary Edition

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A vigilante stalks the streets of the 1930’s Manhattan, and Margaret Randolph is terrified that he will break into her home. Even though her husband Donald tries to reassure her that it won’t happen, the mystery man known as the Masked Ghost steps in from a stormy night and dies at her feet. What is the secret of the Masked Ghost? Why did he come to the penthouse home of the Randolphs? Do they go to the police, or must they solve his murder on their own? Must this young couple be forced to bring about the… REVENGE OF THE MASKED GHOST? Written in the style of the pulp novels of the 1930s, REVENGE OF THE MASKED GHOST is the tale of a man obsessed and what that obsession does to his family. Originally released in serialized blog form, this compiled edition includes interior black and white illustrations along with a never before published SCARLET SPIRIT backup tale. The completely reformatted 5th Anniversary edition – commemorating its original release as a serialized blog adventure – also includes an additional introduction and three new interior illustrations.

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After screaming for nearly thirty seconds, Margaret Randolph realized how foolish she sounded and stopped. However, she was still terrified and pulled herself into her husband’s arms all the more.

Only moments ago they had been getting ready to have dinner with her brother and then the storm that was swallowing Manhattan blew open the balcony doors of the Randolph’s penthouse. With the pouring rain, in stepped the mysterious vigilante the newspapers were calling ‘The Masked Ghost’ and then collapsed to their floor.

“You said he’d never break into our home!” she cried, pounding his chest.

“I didn’t think…”

“Obviously,” she pulled away from him and headed for the front hallway. “I’m calling the police.” She kept marching, knowing that if she stopped the scream would return. Margaret had always been a strong-headed girl, her parents didn’t always know what to do with her, but now had to keep focused or she would be lost to her fears.

Donald was proud of his wife as he watched her walk off. He knew she was scared, so was he, but she fought it. They would get through this together, whatever this was. He realized that if everything had gone as originally planned, they would have been off to dinner with Margaret’s brother Adrian and this masked man would have broken into their home to do who knows what.

So why had he collapsed once inside?

Internally Donald was yelling at himself to get away from the invader, but he carefully knelt next to the figure. As he touched the stranger he realized that the dark stains on the man’s coat were not from the rain. His hand came away covered in blood.

Donald stared at the blood for a moment and back down at the motionless form. He had no medical training, but tried to feel for a pulse and found none. Turning the body over, more blood was visible as it pooled on the floor beneath.

The stranger’s hat had fallen away when he hit the floor. The scarlet covered mask that hid half his face matched the color that was seeping out onto the marble floor. The ginger colored locks of hair looked far too familiar.

Donald reached down and removed the mask.


Kevin Paul Shaw Broden first fell in with the masks as a child while listening to old time radio and the adventures of Green Hornet, The Shadow, The Lone Ranger and many others. They were soon followed by the four-color heroes of comic books, not the heroes of the modern age, but those of the Golden Age. Roy Thomas’ run on All-Star Squadron introduced Kevin to heroes long past. It would be those heroes he would dream of and want to write about; all that led to his pursuit of a career in comic books. He took art courses throughout his education – and his first professional job was as a background artist in the early issues of SUPREME for Image Comics – only to discover that no matter the media, he was a storyteller at heart.


He would never be far from his first love, the masked heroes. For over fifteen years Kevin has been illustrating and co-writing (with Shannon Muir) the online comic book FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY which can be found at about the granddaughter of a golden age heroine known as Flying Glory. He has also written for television animation, including the Japanese series MIDNIGHT HORROR SCHOOL. He is a member of the Animation Writers Caucus of the Writers Guild of America. Kevin also digitally paints book covers, not only for his own books, but for other authors, including the cover art for Pro Se Productions’ NEWSHOUNDS. In 2015, he also contributed artwork for LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION for Airship 27.


Kevin’s first novel, CLOCKWORK GENIE, was released in 2011, followed in 2012 by REVENGE OF THE MASKED GHOST, his homage to the golden age pulp heroes that got him started. “In the Clutches of Convicts” continues the adventures of the Masked Ghost and his friends.


In 2013, his work appeared in two anthologies from Pro Se Productions. In BLACK FEDORA, he wrote about the villainous Maestro Mechanic in “The Man Who Stole Manhattan”, and in NEWSHOUNDS printer’s ink mixes with blood in the tale “Stop The Presses!”











BLOG TOUR – Death and Disappearance

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Death and Disappearance (A Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery)
5th in Series
Self Published (May 30, 2016)
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Print Length: 272 pages


While Denny battles demons of his own and Cookie and Clancy disappear, a pregnant Fina Fitzgibbons investigates the death of her friend’s husband and in doing so lands in the middle of a group of art and drug traffickers.


What initially got you interested in writing?

Thanks for having me, Shannon. I’m a compulsive reader and have been writing all my life—a little of this, some of that, journals, school newspapers, articles in local papers, like that. And when my bosses needed letters written, a few called on me and sometimes got more than they bargained for—I’m not always into grammatical correctness. I have a BA in English lit, so I’ve written papers galore. But when my husband died ten years ago, I began writing in earnest because it was the only thing that made me feel halfway decent. I wrote for myself. I began creating characters, and they took me places like you wouldn’t believe, mostly to places involving murders. Not unusual—death was big on my mind. I began writing mysteries and pretty soon storyline swept me away.


What genres do you write in?

I write two mystery series. The first stars Serafina Florio, a widow and midwife. She lives in nineteenth-century Sicily where life is rough and tumble, and nineteenth-century Paris, where life is much better except when Serafina gets involved in solving mysteries and stubs French toes or the pull of home becomes too great. My second series stars Fina Fitzgibbons and is set in Brooklyn in the here and now—as much as Brooklyn can be described as being in the here and now. Death and Disappearance, Fina’s latest and the featured book in this tour is the fifth book in Fina’s series. She has grown from being a twenty-something ingénue living with her boyfriend in the first book, to the late twenty-something mother of twins in her sixth book—the one I’m currently writing. She retains her core and looks the same, with the same kinky red hair, but she’s grown a lot emotionally and filled out and now swears she’s going on a diet one of these days.


What drew you to writing these specific genres?

I wish I knew. Best guess, my characters.


How did you break into the field?

I self-publish on Amazon. I use Scrivener to write my books, compile them to MS Word for my editor, compile the corrected copy to a .mobi file for Amazon, and hire a designer do the cover, then upload it to Amazon. Once you do the first, it’s easy. The royalties and money for Kindle Unlimited pages read has been good for me (so far). After the ebook’s been out for six or so months, I create the paperback and upload it to CreateSpace for distribution.


What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

My readers like to be entertained, to be swept away in the twists and turns of a fast-moving plot. They tell me they love Fina and Cookie, Denny and Clancy, and of course Lorraine. But I also hope they cringe and love and fear along with my characters; I hope they watch them grow; I hope my stories give them greater insights into what life, and death, loving and hurting are all about. I know that writing has done just that for me.


What do you find most rewarding about writing?

Being immersed in storyline, which is pretty much most of the time whether I’m actually sitting at the keyboard and writing or walking and trying to figure out plot, or laughing with my family, or photographing my surroundings.


What do you find most challenging about writing?

When the words don’t come and the plot won’t move.


What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

Be true to your voice. Love it, then cut, cut, cut.


What type of books do you enjoy reading?

I love mysteries, contemporary and historical. I also love poetry and literary and historical fiction. My favorite authors these days, and I know I’m leaving some out: James Joyce, William Faulkner, Anne Perry, Charles Todd, Jacqueline Winspear, Henry James, T.S. Eliot, Anne Tyler, Ann Cleeves, Hilary Mantel, P.D. James, Jane Austen, Reginald Hill, Val McDermid, Barbara Cleverly, James Wood.


Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

I come from a large Italian family where eating good food and laughing a lot are way up near the top and family and friends are everything. I spent many years painting in oil and am a life member of the Art Students League in New York. Now, when I’m not writing, I draw or photograph my world.


What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

My website and twitter. And once again, thank you, Shannon. And thank you, readers, for taking the time to slog through this.



Susan Russo Anderson is a writer, a mother, a member of Sisters in Crime, a graduate of Marquette University, and a life member of The Art Students League of New York. She has taught language arts and creative writing, worked for a publisher, an airline, an opera company. Like Faulkner’s Dilsey, she’s seen the best and the worst, the first and the last. Through it all, and to understand it somewhat, she writes.

TOO QUIET IN BROOKLYN, the first in the Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mystery series published December 2013. The second book in the series,MISSING BRANDY, published September 2014, and WHISKEY’S GONE published in January 2015 and completes a trilogy. The fourth book in Fina’s series, THE BROOKLYN DROP, published August 2015.

DEATH OF A SERPENT, the first in the Serafina Florio series, published January 2012. It began as a painting of the Lower East Side, the landmark immigrant neighborhood in Manhattan, and wound up as a mystery story set in nineteenth-century Sicily. NO MORE BROTHERS, a novella, published May 2012, the second in the series. The third book, DEATH IN BAGHERIA, published in December, followed by MURDER ON THE RUE CASSETTE in January 2014.

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT – The Cat, the Collector, and the Killer

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(Cats in Trouble Series #8)
Signet, August 2, 2016
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ISBN-13: 978-0451477408

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In the latest mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret, a cat collector is suspected of murder.

Jillian Hart and police chief Tom Stewart are enjoying peaceful, newly wedded bliss in Mercy, South Carolina, until a woman is found wandering the streets one night. She’s in her night clothes, disoriented, and carrying a kitten in a tote bag. A search of the woman’s house reveals many more cats, a maze of cardboard boxes—and a dead man.

Although the evidence suggests the frail woman is the killer, Jillian doesn’t believe she’s capable of such a crime. The dead man had many enemies in town, which means finding the real murderer may prove to be its own cat and mouse game…

BLOG TOUR – Silk Stalkings

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Fabric shop owner Polyester Monroe can get tangled up in textiles, but it’s murder that really throws her for a loop in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Crushed Velvet.

The time has come for San Ladrón, California’s annual Miss Tangorli beauty pageant, and Poly has agreed to use Material Girl’s inventory of shimmery silks to create embellished gowns fit for a crown. But when millionaire Harvey Halliwell—the man who revived the city’s citrus trade with his imported tangorli tree—is found dead days before the pageant contestants are announced, something sour takes over the town.

To make matters worse, her friend, mechanic Charlie Brooks, is soon caught up in the crime, having been seen in the company of the case’s prime suspect. Now Poly’s on a mission to squeeze out the truth. But as she searches for a pattern, the killer seems intent on cutting up the evidence…



I’m a former fashion buyer turned mystery writer, trading fashion accessories for accessories to murder. I was bit by the mystery bug as a kid reading Trixie Belden, Connie Blair, and The Three Investigators. Now I’m writing three series: the Style & Error Mysteries, the Mad for Mod Mysteries, and the Material Witness Mysteries. Coming in Feb 2016: The new Costume Shop Cozy Mysteries!

The Material Witness mysteries feature Polyester Monroe, who inherits the fabric shop where she was born. Books include SUEDE TO REST and CRUSHED VELVET . The third, SILK STALKINGS, will be out in August 2016.

The Style & Error Series features former fashion buyer turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd. Books in that series include DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRY ; BUYER, BEWARE ; THE BRIM REAPER ; and SOME LIKE IT HAUTE . (A short story, “Just Kidding ,” tells the story of how Samantha first met shoe designer Nick Taylor). Book 5, GRAND THEFT RETRO, will be out in 2016.

The Madison Night Mysteries feature a modern day interior decorator who specializes in midcentury design (studying Doris Day movies to get the look right). Books are PILLOW STALK ,THAT TOUCH OF INK , and WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL . A prequel novella, “Midnight Ice,” can be found in OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE .

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BLOG TOUR – Cracked to Death

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When a treasure hunt leads to deadly plunder, it’s up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb and her trusty investigative posse to map out the true motives of a killer . . .

It’s the dog days of summer in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Webb’s Glass Shop proprietor Savannah Webb has an eco-friendly plan to help locals escape the heat–a recyclable bottle-crafting workshop taught by reticent store manager Amanda Blake. Turns out, the class is a bigger smash than expected, thanks in part to a pair of staggeringly old bottles brought in by snorkeler Martin Lane . . .

Linked to a storied pirate shipwreck, the relics definitely pique Savannah’s interest. But intrigue turns to shock when Martin’s lifeless body washes ashore the next morning, another glass artifact tucked in his dive bag. With cell phone records connecting Amanda to the drowning, Savannah must voyage through unchartered territory to exonerate her colleague and capture the twisted criminal behind Martin’s death . . .




Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. Visit her online at, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.

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What initially got you interested in writing?
I was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England, but my parents moved us to the U.S. when I was very small. I spent my childhood in Concord, NH and then moved out west as a teenager. As a child, I can’t remember a time when I did not read books, from Dr. Seuss to The Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew. In the fourth grade I ironically won a school essay contest on the topic of “Why I am glad to be an American.” Ironically, that was the year I became a naturalized citizen.
I began reading “grown up” fiction at an early age. I remember sitting in the back yard tree house at about the age of thirteen with a volume of E.A. Poe’s work and falling in love with the idea of writing novels. In high school I decided I wanted to be a journalist, but my life did not go in that direction, exactly. For more than twenty years, I wrote extensively on decidedly non-fiction topics as a GAO analyst preparing reports for the U.S. Congress. This was a lot like investigative reporting, but even then I did not become an author. I never gave up the dream of writing a novel someday, and I guess I am now living that dream.
How did you decide to make the move into becoming a published author?

I write because I love fiction and I am fascinated with the process, particularly with how the imagination works almost automatically to bring out the stories. I love fiction so much that I want to be a part of the literary world. Many authors say they write because they have to, but I can’t say that for myself. It is a challenge and something I know I could spend the rest of my life working at and improving, and it is great fun.

In 2008 my husband and were taking cruises. We fell in love with this vacation mode after retiring. One day on board the ship, I told my husband I had decided to give the writing a try—finally. I thought I could use the cruise ship backdrop and my government and other life experiences to begin. That is what I did with the first two books in the series, Currents Deep and Deadly and Currents of Vengeance. In these stories, the characters are immersed in cruise ship crime and murder/mystery with a GAO/FBI effort to solve the crimes and enhance passenger safety, all amid stories of family issues and personal growth. The fifth novel is also set on a ship this time in Australia. The sixth and final book, Currents of Sin takes place in Las Vegas. Other books in the series also are set on land: Current Assets in Florida and Alternate Currents in Seattle.

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What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
Foremost, I want readers to be entertained. Fiction should be an escape from reality. However, I also try to present some science, geography, and history tidbits that might be educational for some. I also hope the stories will challenge readers to think about the world in slightly different ways. That is what I like to get out of reading novels myself.
Readers have said they enjoy the fast-paced writing style and become swept up in the story. They tell me there is an “intelligence” about the stories mixed in with the fiction that they like. I couldn’t ask for more than that. Some have liked the travel parts with descriptions of the seaports along the way, others not so much. Right or wrong, I know I was influenced by readers’ comments in developing subsequent books.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Frankly, the most rewarding thing for me is the existence of the books themselves. It feels as if they are a legacy of sorts. I’ve also found that creating the characters and plots, then reworking them over many months is very challenging so completing that process is also rewarding. I guess I also would like to think that a reader can gain some insight about themselves and the world from the reading. After all, isn’t that the point of reading?

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Because I am writing a series I want each story to be unique. I don’t want to tell the same basic story over and over. I understand how difficult it is to formulate unique experiences for the same characters. This takes a lot of imagination and creativity, and it is a struggle as well as being fun. Of course, the publishing and marketing aspects of writing are enormously difficult and not nearly as fun as the creative process.

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What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Writing books is a highly competitive endeavor. Self-publishing has opened the field to virtually anyone who wants to write. Each author must decide their goal. Some are content to write one book that is mostly marketed to friends and family, while others want to create a commercial success. The latter, is extremely difficult to achieve because of the sheer number of very good books published each year. I would caution new authors against entering the field thinking they will make a lot of money. If they are lucky and that happens, it is marvelous, but realistically it is unlikely. They should write because they are driven to do so and/or achieve personal satisfaction from the effort. To have any chance at commercial success an author must develop a comprehensive marketing plan then take the time and spend the money to implement it.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
I guess my diversity of interests generates the most comments from people I meet. I seem to be a 50-50 right-left brain thinker. I think this causes me to be a generalist. There are many of us, of course. I’m a scientist at heart and I’m extremely pragmatic; a humanist similar to my protagonist Darcy Farthing. However, I’ve also spent forty years studying the origin and evolution of religion and the Bible.
My career with the U.S. Government Accountability Office provided me with the opportunity to learn about a wide array of subjects ranging from elder care and endangered species to military satellite systems and postal service operations. On the other hand, I taught at a finishing school and then worked as a fashion model. I took acting and singing classes, and composed and copyrighted a number of songs. I spent seven years sculpting and marketing silver jewelry, and owned a small home décor shop. Writing novels is another endeavor, and I’m not sure what will come next.

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
My web site has a contact button anyone can use to communicate with me. I welcome readers to ask questions or give me comments. Of course, the best thing a reader can do for an author is to put a few sentences of review on one of the booksellers web sites.
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Also, readers “talk” to me through
Twitter @aallemanwrites
And On Facebook Arleen Alleman timeline and my book page, Currents Deep and Deadly


Arleen Alleman is a former analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office where she wrote extensively on many topics ranging from satellite systems to endangered species. She has a science education and worked as a fashion model, insurance adjuster, jewelry designer, and proprietor of a home décor shop. Her interests include reading, health and fitness, world religions, and travel. Her world travels supply authentic backdrops for her stories. Born in England and raised in New Hampshire and Nevada, she now lives in Florida with her husband, Tim. She is the author of the Darcy Farthing adventure series.