Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Visit with Canadian Author Joan Hall Hovey

In addition to Joan Hall Hovey's critically acclaimed novels, her articles and short stories have appeared in a number of diverse publications. She has also held workshops and given talks at various schools and libraries, and taught a course in creative writing at the University of New Brunswick as well as tutoring with Winghill, a distance education school in Ottawa for aspiring writers.

Joan is featured in the soon to be released book, The Mystery Writers, with Sue Grafton, Lawrence Block and other well-known and bestselling authors.

Joan, your work has been compared to Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King. How would you describe your suspense novels?

I'm always flattered to be compared with authors I admire, but I like to think my own writing is unique to me. Of course being a voracious reader all my life, I'm sure my writing has been influenced by many fine authors. We all stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us and paved the way. I'm a big Stephen King fan. Other authors I enjoy are Edgar Allan Poe, Peter Straub, Ruth Rendell and more than I can list here. It's not easy to describe one's own novels, but I will say that I always strive to give the reader a roller coaster ride and a satisfying conclusion. And characters that will resonate with my reader long after the books is closed.

I like to write about ordinary women who are at a difficult time in their lives, and are suddenly faced with an external evil force. I didn't think a whole lot about theme until I had written a couple of books, but I realized with the writing of Chill Waters that my books generally have to do with betrayal and abandonment, and learning to trust again. And more important, learning to trust oneself. Almost any good book will tell you something about the author herself. (or himself.) You can't avoid it.

All my books are generally rooted in childhood. I draw on my life for inspiration and an emotional connection. Then I'm off and running. The seeds for Night Corridor, for example, were planted in my childhood. On Sundays, I went with my grandmother to visit an aunt in the mental institution, once called The Lunatic Asylum. She'd spent much of her life within those walls. They said she was 'melancholy'. Though the sprawling, prison-like building has long since been torn down, the sights, sounds and smells of the place infiltrated the senses of the 12 year old girl I was, and never left. Night Corridor is not about my Aunt Alice, but it was indeed inspired by her.

My latest novel The Abduction of Mary Rose was inspired by a true story as well. After her adopted mother dies of cancer, Naomi Waters learns from a malicious aunt that she is a child of a brutal rape. Her birth mother, a teenager of MicMac ancestry, lay in a coma for eight months before giving birth to Naomi, and died five days later. Feeling angry and betrayed, but with new purpose in her life, Naomi vows to track down the man responsible and bring him to justice.

Are your novels set in your home territory of New Brunswick, Canada? And what inspired them?

My novels are set in fictional towns that could be anywhere in New Brunswick or Maine, since the flora and fauna are similar. Although I did set part of Nowhere To Hide (Eppie Award) in New York. I researched the city but I also spent time there. But New Brunswick, which lies on the Bay of Fundy, Canada, is part of my DNA. And the town where I live, whose streets and hills and shops are bred in my bones, is probably in essence where all my novels are set, whatever fictional name I give them.

What have you stressed in your creative writing classes at the University of New Brunswick?

I stress to students (and myself because we teach to learn) to relax and let the story come to them. Not that you don't have to think; you do of course. But sometimes we think too hard. Imagine, I tell them. Imagine.

Please explain the distance education school in Ottawa for aspiring writers.

I have been a tutor with Winghill School for writing for over 20 years. Most of the correspondence is conducted over the Internet, though a few students prefer to correspond by mail. It's a great school. I enjoy my work and get almost as excited when my students publish as when I do myself. I'm sure I learn as much from them as they do from me.

How has your writing evolved since your first books, Nowhere to Hide and Listen to the Shadows.

Language is important to me, and I hope my work is always improving in some way. Maybe the dialogue is crisper, the transitions smoother, the characterizations deeper, but always evolving. And that comes simply from being an avid reader of the best there is, both in my own and other genres. And writing and writing and writing. Since I both love to read and write, it's not a chore. Too, I like to think I've grown as a human being over the years. I've become more insightful, more compassionate. And that reflects in your writing.

What, in your opinion constitutes a good suspense novel? And what’s more important, character or plot?

With any novel, regardless of genre, characterization is the most important element. Without a character readers can care about and identify with at some level, the most ingenious plot won’t matter. That doesn’t mean your character is without flaws, quite the contrary. Consider the late Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley. He is a ruthless killer, but we are fascinated by his complexities and we're happy to follow him throughout the books.

In the end, I don’t think you can separate character and plot. They are interwoven. With suspense, I am always aware of the thread in my story and I hold it taut, letting it out a little at a time, but never letting the thread go slack. It should grow tighter and tighter until it fairly sings. This is what constitutes a page-turner. It’s a promise I make to my readers and one I take very seriously. Reviews tell me I’ve succeeded for the most part, and that makes me happy.

How has the ebook revolution affected your own work and are the electronic versions outselling your print editions?

Absolutely. It’s totally different now. My first two novels were published by Zebra/Kensington Books, New York, and sold thousands of books. They didn’t take the third one and I was suddenly without a publisher. I didn’t feel up to doing the rounds of agents and publishers again, so I went with a small Canadian publisher, BWLPP Publishing, mainly an ebook publisher who published authors with a track record, but also bring the books out in print.

With ebooks you promote in a totally different way, mainly on the Internet. Although I still do book signings in my local bookstores, I can see that my focus is different now. I’m quite sure I’ll not see those big numbers again, and I really don’t mind. That doesn’t mean I’m not always looking for new ways to promote the books, and without annoying people. Pretty much like most ebook authors. Once, my books could be found in bookstores across Canada and the U.S. That's no longer true.

Now they're available worldwide on the Internet. Sounds great, but that means that you're vying for readers with literally thousands more writers showing up every day, many of whom are self-publishing. Some of those books should never have seen the light of day. But I've also found some excellent new authors among them. We have stars like J.A. Konrath, James Scott Bell, Timothy Hallinan, L.J. Sellers and others who are making a very good living selling their ebooks. So in the midst of this gargantuan storefront window, you have to somehow find a way to make your books stand out. 'Ay, there's the rub'. But the possibilities are endless.

Describe your writing schedule.

I write in mornings when I’m freshest and the day has not yet had a chance to intrude on the muses. I work on other things in the afternoon – tutoring, promoting and whatever else needs doing.

Advice for aspiring suspense novelists.

Try to write true, whatever you write. Find that truth inside the fiction. Write out of yourself. That’s important.

Thank you, Joan.

You can visit Joan at her website: http://www.joanhallhovey.com/
She's on Facebook, Twitter, My Space and Booktown.

She's also featured in  The Mystery Writers.

 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Books are Great Christmas Gifts.

The Mystery We Write Virtual Book Tour is over but the articles written by the authors who took part in the tour are still available. If you haven't read them, please scroll down the page. You'll be glad you did.

Books are great Christmas gifts, not only for kids  but  their parents and grandparents as well, especially during the winter months for those of us who live in the northern states. There's nothing like a good book to escape inclement weather or problems that come knocking at our doors.Whether print or electronic versions, we hope you'll consider the novels featured here and that you will buy books for Christmas for those on your gift list.  

Studies have shown that reading to young children increases their desire to learn and to excel in school and graduate. What more can we ask of Christmas gifts that will last from one generation to the next?

Wishing everyone a warm and happy holiday season and productive New Year!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Rionna Morgan Loves Justice



Rionna Morgan grew up in the West and her love of horses led her to the rodeo arena, her love of language to the classroom and writing. She says she looked forward to sharing her stories her entire life and is a founding member of Montana Romance Writers. She reads as much as possible and loves "combining the chilling edge of a knife with the sweet surrender of romance." Rionna shares her home in Missoula with her husband, four children and the mountains outside her window.

"I write what I love to read. I love the books and movies that pull me in and send me on a thrilling journey of hair curling wonderment. As a writer, I am a researcher and plotter. I will spend weeks researching and mapping what I want to have happen. Many times, I know the ending before the beginning. Once I’ve done all I can to answer as many questions as I can, decipher as many motivations as I can, I write. That is when the method becomes a bit mad. Because my characters take over and begin telling their story their way. I see the story in my head like a movie, and I am just the videographer who takes really good notes…if that makes any sense. In writing Love’s Justice, I had a binder full of research notes beside me and a single sheet of paper plotting the book chapter by chapter, but still the characters told their story. And I’m so glad they did. They did a better job than I had."
 
Blurb: Sarah Johnson is a profiler in Portland, Oregon, and thinks she has successfully moved beyond the pain of her mother’s death 15 years ago. Her mother, a Pulitzer Prize winning writer, died in an Alabama women’s prison while on an undercover assignment. However, when Justin Breslow shows up at her office claiming to be an investigative reporter from Dallas wanting to do a feature on her mother, Sarah realizes the pain has just been dormant. She agrees to work with Justin; she’s always wanted to retrace her mother’s final days, but she has no intention of sharing family secrets with a perfect stranger. Sarah and Justin unravel a plot more complex and sinister than they expected. They pursue a trail of deceit and corruption to a women’s prison in Alabama, a centuries old hotel in Georgia and a family ranch in Texas. Nothing is simple or as it seems. Along the way, Sarah tries not to fall for Justin’s Southern charm, and Justin fights to resist Sarah’s beauty and sharp intellect. This unlikely duo will find more than they ever hoped to—in the prison, in their own backyards, and in each other’s arms. Whether they survive to enjoy their discoveries is the final mystery.

An Excerpt from Love's Justice

“What if I didn’t go as a snoopy reporter?” Justin closed the small space, successfully trapping Sarah between the refrigerator and the counter. "And just went as a man?” With a smooth shift of his body, he slid into an amazing fit against her. Sarah drew in a quick breath. The air-cooled kitchen suddenly became a furnace. His hands gripped the counter on either side of her. His face was so close she could see her reflection in his eyes.

“That is exactly what I don’t need.”

“Don’t need, but maybe want?” Justin moved closer. Their lips were just a breath apart.

“Don’t,” Sarah breathed. Her heart rapped hard in her chest.

Justin smiled, enjoying watching her eyes cloud to darkness. This was going to be easy. “Don’t what.” His lips brushed hers. “Tell me. Don’t what?”

Sarah fisted her hands in his shirt. To pull him closer or push him away, she wasn’t exactly sure. Panic and need and she didn’t know what all, tumbled around in her stomach. Instead of taking the time to decipher what to do, she just acted and tugged him to her. He caught her bottom lip, soft and warm, between his teeth. He felt her body give against his. He savored the taste of her, the warmth.

“I’m going with you,” he whispered against her lips. She nodded her head, but his words never registered. My plan is working perfectly, he thought as he pulled her deeper into the kiss.
 
Thank you Rionna. 
 
You can learn more about Rionna Morgan at her blog. Enter to win a piece of Montana! Also visit Rionna's Rafflecopter page at: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/YjdjZTg4YzBkYzUyNjU2N2M5MjJjZjExY2ZkNzU5OjI%3D/ where she will give away a prize at the conclusion of the tour to a visitor who leaves a comment at any or all her blog appearances at the end of  the tour.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Using Flawed Characters as Detectives by Larissa Reinhart

Larissa Reinhart began her writing career in second grade when she sold her first publication to a neighbor for a nickel. After moving around the Midwest, Japan, and the South, she now lives in Georgia with her husband, daughters, and Biscuit, a Cairn Terrier. She loves small town characters with big attitudes, particularly sassy women with a penchant for trouble. Portrait of a Dead Guy is a 2012 "Daphne du Maurier" finalist, a 2012 "The Emily" finalist, and a 2011 "Dixie Kane Memorial winner". Still Life in Brunswick Stew, A Cherry Tucker Mystery #2, releases in May 2013.

Welcome to Mysterious Writers, Larissa, on this 12th day of the Mystery We Write Tour. Please tell us about using flawed characters as detectives.

I have to admit, I don’t read mysteries for the mystery. Don’t get me wrong. I love trying to solve the puzzle and figure out whodunit before the end of the book. But it’s the characters that stay with me. Many times I forget the puzzle after I solve it. And the characters that stick with me the most are the ones I worry about after the book is closed. The flawed detective who does not do everything perfectly. Yes, they may be brilliant, but their personality or real life tends to be a mess.

Agatha Christie didn’t like Hercule Poirot. She found him “insufferable,” and called him a “detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep." Yet, he’s arguably her most popular character and the star of thirty-three novels, one play, and around fifty short stories (thank you, Wikipedia). I find him amusing, and I’m guessing most other readers do, too. Christie uses wonderful characterization for Poirot from his meticulous nature and his dandified wardrobe. We know very little about him other than he’s Belgian and had been a famous police detective before World War I. Yet, Christie cleverly had Poirot insinuate himself into people’s lives delivering strong opinions that were not popular but always correct. Miss Marple is similar. She always comes off a bit annoying to the “young” people in the book until she astounds them with her sleuthing skills, based on her understanding of personalities.

Great detectives make for great mysteries, but you need to care about the detective to want to continue reading a long running series. I love how P.D. James’s made her Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh a brilliant poet and wounded man. My heart breaks for him because he exudes loneliness. Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse can be crabby and a bit of a drunk and a lecher, but loves crossword puzzles and Wagner. I love his crabbiness and hatred of spelling errors. Martha Grimes has many wonderful characters in her Richard Jury series, particularly Detective Jury and his aristocratic sleuthing pal, Melrose Plant. They can’t seem to get it together in the women department, although we see them trying. All these mysteries fall under the classic English Gentleman Detective, but they are not mere characterizations of their quirks and personalities. We come to understand through their detecting that they are flawed men seeking justice as a way of purging themselves from whatever demons ride them.

I have a flawed character of my own, Cherry Tucker. She’s not a detective, but does seeks justice for crimes, riding the line of vigilante. She makes bad decisions. Her judgement is flawed. She’s outspoken and stubborn. She’s fearless, which is not always a good thing. And she has a terrible weakness for good looking men, which she blames on her mother’s genetics. But for all her faults, she’s likable (I think) because she owns up to her flaws and wants to redress wrongs. Readers have told me “she’s crazy” and they like that craziness. She’s also Southern, which fits in the history of “crazy” women in Southern literature.

Flaws are something to which readers can relate. Memorable flaws mean memorable characters. Memorable characters are ones you want to return to again and again.

Contest:

I’d like to encourage readers to enter my giveaway contest. Up for grabs is an e-copy of PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY, book one of the Cherry Tucker Mystery Series. Leave a comment and you're automatically entered. Include your email addy so I can get in touch with you should your name be selected at random. The winner will be announced on my blog (http://theexpatreturneth.blogspot.com/) on December 12, 2012. Good luck!
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You can find Larissa chatting on Facebook; Twitter; and Goodreads. She loves pinning on Pinterest. Her character, Cherry Tucker has her own Pinterest site now, too, for her love of DIY clothing, art, and Southern food. You can also find more information on her website at larissareinhart.com.

Blurb:

In Halo, Georgia, folks know Cherry Tucker as big in mouth, small in stature, and able to sketch a portrait faster than buckshot rips from a ten gauge -- but commissions are scarce. So when the well-heeled Branson family wants to memorialize their murdered son in a coffin portrait, Cherry scrambles to win their patronage from her small town rival.

As the clock ticks toward the deadline, Cherry faces more trouble than just a controversial subject. Her rival wants to ruin her reputation, her ex-flame wants to rekindle the fire, and someone’s setting her up to take the fall. Mix in her flaky family, an illegal gambling ring, and outwitting a killer on a spree, Cherry finds herself painted into a corner she’ll be lucky to survive.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Writing by the Seat of Your Pants by Susan Claridge

Susan Claridge writes as S.R.Claridge. The mom, wife, daughter, sister, niece, in-law and friend says she's "always the same simply complicated woman beneath. I love autumn, moonlight and Grey Goose Vodka martinis with bleu cheese olives. I believe Friday nights were made for Mexican food and margaritas and Sunday mornings warrant an extra-spicy Bloody Mary. I love Jesus and know that any good in me comes from God. I believe in the power of prayer, in the freedom of forgiveness and that people can change. I have a terrible temper and a tender heart, and somehow they balance. At times I may appear teetering on the edge, but I'd rather walk dangerously where there's a view than let life pass me by. Relationships intrigue me and so does the loyalty of Mafia families, which is why I chose these topics for my novels."'

It's good to have you visit here today, Susan. Please tell us how you write your novels.  
 
I know many writers who are meticulous about adhering to a specific writing method. Much like a baseball player has a superstitious routine before or during a game, (i.e. having to wear a certain pair of socks, adjust their batting gloves after each pitch, chew a particular type of gum, etc.); some writers are the same. Before ever typing a word, they have spent countless hours plotting and outlining. They know exactly who the characters are, where each scene takes place, what will happen and how it will all go down in the end. In many ways, I envy these writers for their plotting expertise and organizational capacity; but I am not one of them.

I sit down at my computer with nothing more than an idea, a fleeting notion. Even though I am the one writing it, I am often times completely surprised where the story leads. I create characters on the fly, build settings around them, and add the details of the plot through dialogue. I tried once to outline first, but in the end the story read nothing like the outline I had created. This drives my husband crazy.
He asks me, “What’s going to happen?”

“I don’t know,” I shrug. “I haven’t written it yet.”

He shakes his head, completely stumped. “How can you write something when you don’t know what you’re going to write?”

It must seem odd to some people, but to writers who are considered “pantsers,” it is a completely natural process. (A pantser is a writer who flies by the seat of their pants.) Trying to force the course of a story through outlining disrupts my natural flow of creativity. It feels like a kink in the hose, wherein the water drips instead of flows.

Ironically, I am a very organized person in every other area of my life. My calendar, for example, is color coded. Pink, for my daughter’s activities. Blue, for my son’s activities. Purple, for my personal activities, like lunches, book club meetings, Bible study, etc. Green, for anything school related. Orange, for doctor and dentist appointments. Yellow, for my husband’s travel schedule. My pantry is organized and so is my linen closet. But, when it comes to my writing all of this meticulous planning goes out the window. I literally spread my creative wings and let the story soar wherever it wants.
For me, part of the fun of writing is that I don’t know what’s going to happen. I sit down at the computer with a sense of excitement, not knowing what to anticipate, but simply committed to enjoy the ride.  

Thanks, Susan. You can learn more about S. G. Claridge at her
website:  www.AuthorSRClaridge.com

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Writing Life by Evelyn Cullet

Evelyn Cullet has been an aspiring author since high school when she wrote short stories, but she didn't begin her first novel until she was in college. Afterward, she continued to take writing classes and work on her novels while employed by a major soft drink company. Now, after early retirement, she finally has the chance to write full-time. Evelyn enjoys playing the piano, organic gardenering, and is an amateur Lapidary. She and her husband live in a Chicago suburb.
 
Welcome to Mysterious Writers, Evelyn. Tell us about your writing life. 

I write mystery romance and romantic suspense and I love to write on dark and stormy mornings. Something about overcast skies and the sound of raindrops pouring down and bouncing back up from the ground, makes me feel like firing up the old word processing program and getting all my feelings down on the page. I sometimes get great ideas in the wee hours of the morning when my mind is in Alpha state, the time just before I'm fully awake. Early morning is when I write some of my best material. I'm probably coining a new word here, but I'm what you might call a "pantsoutliner." I do most of my pantsing at the beginning of each manuscript. But once I have the first couple of chapters written, outlining or fleshing out the rest of the story has its advantages by giving me some direction.

Ideas for story lines and dialog come to mind at the most unexpected times; usually when I'm getting dressed to go out, I'm running late for an appointment, or when I'm working in my garden, or even when I'm driving my car.  If I don't stop what I'm doing and write down my ideas, I'll lose them. Knowing what's going to happen and where it's happening in the story by having a prepared outline, gives me a place to put those ideas, or that dialog, so that it's not just a random sentence or paragraph on a piece of paper when I go back to read it later. I did a lot of random writing when I first began, but I soon learned that when I came back to what I had written, I couldn't remember where I wanted to put those words or why I even wrote them down in the first place. Of course, I never throw out anything, so I managed to use those phrases, or that dialog, somewhere in the story, but probably not in the original place that I meant it to be, where it could have had a much greater impact on the story.

I guess you might say I learn by doing things the hard way first. (sigh!)
 
Masterpiece of Murder is my fast-paced romantic suspense novel that takes you on a madcap adventure to the beautiful resort city of Barioche, Argentina, where a broken-hearted art student, Charlotte Ross, is intent on locating her errant fiancĂ©. But her fiancĂ© has his own reasons for being in Bariloche--he's after a stolen art masterpiece--that complicate Charlotte’s life and threaten her very existence as she stumbles into a downward spiral of deception, art forgery, and murder. When Charlotte accidently finds the murder victim, circumstantial evidence begins to mount up against her and the local police suspect she is the killer. Now she must use the skills she learned from her mystery writer friend, along with the help of two fellow art students, to discover who is really behind the murder. Not an easy task with a military police officer dogging her every step.
 
Masterpiece of Murder is available in print and ebook from the publisher at: http://www.wings-press.com/ and from Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/9jjl5xc Also available as an ebook for the Nook from Barnes & Noble:  http://tinyurl.com/9uyqj5r.
 
Thank you, Jean, for having me on your blog today. And I'd like to thank all of you for stopping by. I love to read comments, so please feel free to leave one and you'll automatically be entered in my free book giveaway. You could win a signed print copy of Masterpiece of Murder. One winner will be chosen at random and announced on my blog, http://evelyncullet.com/blog/ on December 11th. Don't forget to leave your email address so I'll know how to contact you. And if you'd like to learn more about Bariloche, the stolen art masterpiece, or to see photos of the locations mentioned in the novel, I invite you to visit the photo page on my website: http://evelyncullet.com/

Thank you, Evelyn, for an interesting article!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Writing Dialogue by Patricia Gligor



 

Patricia Gligor is a Cincinnati native. She enjoys reading mystery/suspense novels, touring and photographing old houses and traveling, especially to the ocean. Mixed Messages, the first novel in her Malone Mystery Series, was published in April 2012 by Post Mortem Press. Unfinished Business is the second novel in the series.
 
 Welcome, Pat. Thanks for stopping by during the Mystery We Write Blog Tour to tell us about the fine art of writing dialogue.



As writers, we can convey so much about our characters and their relationships through dialogue. We can also use dialogue to move our story forward and/or to create suspense. And, it’s not just what our characters say but how they say it, including their facial expressions and body language. Consider the following examples, which are excerpts from Unfinished Business, the second novel in my Malone mystery series. Notice how the relationships of the characters are revealed.

In the first example, the main character, Ann, is conversing with her employer.

“Good morning, John,” Ann said. She suppressed a giggle. John’s glasses had slid almost to the end of his nose and looked in danger of falling off his face.

He looked up at her and his glasses fell back in place. “Morning.”

Ann hung up her coat, scarf and purse on one of the hooks that lined a wall of the office. “I finished the angel doll,” she said. “I need to add the finishing touches to the last two costumes today and then we should have everything ready for the pageant.”

“If there is a pageant,” he muttered. “Have you heard the weather report? They’re predicting a blizzard.”

“I hope they’re wrong. My sister and her boyfriend are coming up for Christmas.”

“Well, we can’t control the weather, now can we?” he snapped.

Notice the change in tone in this dialogue excerpt and what it reveals about the relationship.

“Have you heard the weather report?” he asked her. “It sounds like we’re in for a big one.”

“I know. I was just thinking that we probably should stock up on a few groceries. Would you mind running out to Kroger?”

Lawrence smiled at his mother. “That’s exactly why I came down. If you want to make a list, I’ll go right away.”

Olivia rolled over to her desk and got a pad of paper and a pen from the top drawer. She and her son went into the kitchen and, as he checked the cabinets and refrigerator to see what they already had, she scribbled the items they needed on the pad. When they were finished, she tore the sheet off and handed it up to him. “If you think of anything else I forgot . . . .”

“I know,” he said. “I will.” He laughed. “I see you didn’t forget to write down your chocolate yogurt ice cream.”

Olivia laughed too. “Well, that is a staple, you know.”

“You know, it’s funny, you’re so careful about what you eat, always buying organic fruits and vegetables whenever they’re available, not eating much red meat and never over-eating. That’s why I laugh when you say that your chocolate yogurt ice cream is a staple.”

“Lawrence,” she said, pointing a finger at him and grinning. “Only God is perfect. We mortals are allowed to indulge ourselves every once in a while. As vices go, I don’t think that’s too bad.”

“So how many gallons should I get?” he asked, smirking.

“Funny! Just one. No, better make that two. Bernie might want some too.”
 
 
Here's a blurb from the book:
 
The Westwood Strangler is dead. Or so everyone believes.

 Ann Kern is busy preparing for her favorite holiday. She’s especially looking forward to her sister’s annual Christmas visit. But, several things threaten to ruin her festive mood.

The National Weather Service issues a severe winter storm warning for the Cincinnati area, predicting blizzard conditions, and Ann worries that her sister and her new boyfriend won’t be able to make the drive from South Carolina.
 
Then, a woman is found strangled in Ann’s neighborhood and everyone, including the police, assumes it’s the work of a copycat killer. However, when two more women are murdered in their homes, the police announce their conviction that the Westwood Strangler is responsible.

When Ann hears the news, the sense of safety and security she’s worked so hard to recapture since her attack on Halloween night, shatters. If the intruder who died in her apartment wasn’t the Westwood Strangler, who is? And, who will be the next victim?

 
Thanks, Pat. To learn more about Patricia Gligor and her books, visit her blogsite:

Giveaway:

At the end of the blog tour, I will be giving away one copy of Unfinished Business, the second novel in my Malone mystery series. Leave a comment and you’re automatically entered to win. Please include your email address with your comment so that, if your name is selected, I may contact you to get your mailing address. The winner will be announced on my blog: http://pat-writersforum.blogspot.com/ on December 11. Best of luck!