Showing posts from July, 2020

Chariss K Walker tells us about Purple Kitty and A Medium's Birthday Surprise

Welcome to author and teacher Chariss K Walker! Multi-award-winning author, Chariss K. Walker, M.Msc., Reiki Master/Teacher, writes both fiction and nonfiction books with a metaphysical and spiritual component. Those who search for meaning and the supernatural in themselves will enjoy her books whether readers of fiction or nonfiction. Her fiction expresses a visionary/metaphysical message that illustrates growth in a character's consciousness while utilizing a paranormal aspect. Her nonfiction books share insight, hope, and inspiration. Although Chariss writes some dark-fiction books about insanely dark topics that are not suitable for faint-hearted readers, there is always an essential question of the abstract nature that gives a reader increased awareness and perception. She also writes cozy mysteries and inspirational women's studies fiction. All of her books are sold worldwide in eBook, paperback, and due to her own eyesight problems, many are

Round Robin Blog Fest July 25

Hope you're all keeping cool this summer!  It's a hot summer here in Southern Ontario. I've been going for walks early in the morning and gardening in the evening if it cools off at all. I'm luck to get to hang out on the shores of Georgian Bay some weekends as well, which sure helps to beat the heat! Today's question for our Round Robin Blog Fest is:   How do you develop a character who is different  in personality from all the other characters you have developed, or from  yourself? Hoo boy! Do I have a character for this one! I'm not sure where Enid Walsh who appears in my novel All That Sparkles  came from, but I do know who inspired her.  Way back when, I worked in a bank. If you want to see a parade of characters, a bank can be a good place to be. Banks, coffee shops, and grocery stores... One day while I was at work this woman came in that I can still picture to this day! She was tall and heavy set wearing a bright yellow dress and the thicke

An Introduction to Diane Bator's Wild Blue Mystery series!

Welcome to Packham and the Wild Blue Mysteries The ladies of Packham are going to drive the sleuths of Wild Blue Detective Agency to drink -- if they don't get them killed first. The Bookstore Lady will always have a spot in my heart.  Mostly, because it was the first book I had published, aside from a novella called Murder on Manitou. The image at the top of this blog was created by one of my very good friends and fabulous editors Laura LaRocca who has stood by me from the start. I keep this on my wall as a reminder of how far I've come! How did this series come about?   Oddly enough, it all started with a dream about a cat. That scene appears in The Bookstore Lady where Danny Walker and Katie Mullins are getting to know each other. As I wrote the scene, those two characters came to life and the rest of the book evolved from prompts in writing group meetings. Why is the series called Wild Blue Mysteries? Wild Blue  is the name of the  Detective Agency Dan

Jack Byrne discusses The Liverpool Mystery series

Welcome to mystery author Jack Byrne! I am married with two kids and although I was born and raised in an Irish catholic family in Liverpool UK, I now live in Hungary. I had no career as such, most working people don’t, we move from job to job, if we are lucky we have a skill, but still move from job to job. I have done everything from factory work, to setting up and running my own businesses, some more successful than others.  I currently run a small English language school in a lovely town set around a lake. I gained a Bachelor's degree in English at the age of forty, when I left school at sixteen I had no qualifications. I am two and half books into the four novels that make up The Liverpool Mystery Series, each can be read independently, but reading all of them will help you get more out of each one. The first book I wrote was Under The Bridge set in Garston, Liverpool. I am currently querying that with agents and publishers so am holding off on self publis

David Albertyn tells us more about Undercard

Welcome to Escape with a Writer Sunday, David Albertyn! I had the pleasure of not only reviewing this book, but meeting the author who is a really great guy! I have to say I can easily see this book as a movie… The choices we make have a ripple effect on others whether we realize it or not. Tyron Shaw's return to Las Vegas after his stint in the military brings the consequences of the choices he and his circle of friends to the surface. Undercard is a riveting novel with well-rounded characters and a story that will keep you guessing until the end. I definitely look forward to reading future novels by this author! (as well as attending future events!)    David Albertyn (1983) was born in Durban, South Africa, and grew up in Toronto, Canada. He studied at Queen’s University and the Humber School for Writers, and coached tennis until the publication of his first novel, “Undercard” (2019), which was a finalist for the Forest of Reading Evergreen Award, and made 49