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Murder They Wrote #Anthology #Murder

I’m visiting with Gwen Plano today. The topic is the anthology I contributed to, and my character, Jason Fogg. Stop over and meet this amazing author.

Summer is slowly slipping away, but at least in the Midwest, family pools still offer a welcomed escape from the heat. If you’re searching for a good poolside book, I have one for you. It is a collection of short stories by seven writers, each using a different genre for their story. Murder They Wrote features award-winning authors and edge-of-the-seat dramas.

One of the writers, C.S. Boyack, is a friend from Idaho. His stories always bring a smile, because in his paranormal world, anything is possible. Even unlikely creatures such as a yak, speak. Really? Yes, really. And, to top it off, he writes great stories. Craig visits with us today to tell us about the anthology. Let’s see what he has to say.​


Thanks, Gwen. I believe this is my first appearance here, and I’m excited about it. My door is always open to you if you ever want to spread the word about one of your projects.

​Today, my topic is an anthology called Murder They Wrote. Seven fabulous authors contributed a short story, and I’m honored to stand among them. Keep reading here.

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The Broken Life

It’s my pleasure today to welcome Jaye Marie to Entertaining Stories. She and her sister have a blog tour going on, and it’s their first one. Please make them feel welcome, and share this post across your social media.

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Interview with David Snow/Broken Life

 

I have interviewed David Snow before, but usually in my office. This time I am visiting him in the hospital, where he is recovering from the horrendous injuries he sustained in The Broken Life, the third book in my mystery thriller series.

I’m not sure what condition I will find him in, but I believe he is almost ready to be discharged. As my job as editor I have to find out what his plans are for the future. Rumour has it that he will be retiring, but I might have other ideas about that. It would be a shame to lose him now, as he is one of my better characters.

I find him sitting in a chair by the window in his private hospital room, looking amazing and wearing casual clothes and not the pyjamas I was expecting. He looks up as I push open the door, the same boyish grin on his face as he recognises me. The attractive blonde sitting on the bed stands up as I approach.

“I’ll be back later on, David and we can finish making the arrangements…”

I watch as the door swings shut behind her and wonder what kind of arrangements Jane Bates, the duty solicitor for Guildford Police Station could be making with DI David Snow.

“Hello, David. You’re looking much better than I thought you would. They must be taking good care of you in here.”

“Hi Jaye, they have worked wonders, but it’s time I got out of here…”

“That sounds as though you have a plan of some sort. Care to let me in on it?” Was I mistaken, or did I see a flicker of uncertainty cross his face? He would have to talk to me, for I was going nowhere until I knew what he was up to.

“Well…” he paused, checking my face for clues as to the purpose of my visit. “I think I know why you’re here… but I don’t think I will be going back to work just yet… maybe never…”

My heart sank. This was the worst thing he could have said to me, but I had been expecting something of the sort. He must have been dreading telling me, and my face probably reflected my disappointment.

“I am sorry to have to say it… I hope you’re not too unhappy. I never thought I would leave the Force, it has been my life for so long, but I’m not getting any younger…”

“Is there a medical reason for this decision?” I was clutching at straws, and he probably knew it.

He laughed… and the nervousness on his face eased immediately. “No… I have been pronounced fit and good to go. I desperately need a break though, before I begin to think of what happens next. If you have come to put me back to work, I’m afraid you’ll have a bit of a wait.”

He stood up and walked to the window. I had forgotten how pleasant it was to watch him move. No lasting damage to his body that I could see either, he moved like he always did, like an athlete. The thought of never seeing him again was beginning to upset me, so I tried one more question. “You can’t fool me, David. You can’t just stop being a detective, and a good one at that.” Changing the subject, I asked, “Any news from Kate Devereau lately?”

He frowned, and I thought I had possibly touched a nerve.

“She sends postcards sometimes, seems her life really has changed for the better…”

I sensed a reluctance to talk about Kate, so stood up to leave. I knew I wouldn’t get the answers I hoped for today, but I had the feeling I wouldn’t be losing him after all. But before I left, I had one last question. “You will let me know what you decide, won’t you?”

He walked up to me and gently took my hands in his. This close to him I could smell the soap he used laced with his testosterone. My knees reacted instantly, a fluttery weakness that always occurred near my snowman. Kate thinks she invented that nickname for him, but it was me all along.

“I will be in touch, Jaye. Don’t you ever worry about that…”

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My name is Jaye Marie, the ‘oily rag’ of the partnership http://jenanita01.com and usually, I prefer to stay in the background.

Since we decided to publish our books ourselves, most of my other interests have had to take a back seat, and as I am not half as clever as I want to be, they may well have to leave the country for a while. Well, some of them can but not all. I am an avid Bonsai fan and have a collection that demands my attention in the growing season, or they will die. (It is a bit like having children)

I love books and have read my way through stacks of them, so when my sister needed someone to edit and type up her manuscripts, I was happy to help. Somewhere along the way, I discovered my vocation and my love-hate relationship with the world of computers. But I did learn how to edit and proofread, taking over the job of getting Anita’s books ready for publication. I even had some wonderful compliments from one of the best literary agents in London for my editing of Anita’s first book, Bad Moon, and for the last twenty years since my retirement, that‘s what my life has been like.

Then everyone started talking about ‘Indie’ or self-publishing. I already knew how hard it was to be published in the traditional way, so became very excited at the prospect of being able to do it ourselves. I started our own website and found that I enjoyed talking to people from all over the world and posting our thoughts online. Then I concentrated on publishing Anita’s books. It wasn’t quite as easy as they made it sound, but with my usual stubbornness, I kept at it, learning more and more as I went along.

Somewhere along the way, I started thinking about a story that had been nibbling away in the corner of my mind for months, and before too long, it demanded to be written and then there were two writers in the family!

Links

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/anitajaydawes

Amazon Author Page: Author.to/JayeLink

Website: http://jenanita01.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaydawes2/media
Facebook: http://facebook.com/anita.dawes.37
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8638857.Jaye_Marie
UK Amazon Link : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Broken-Life-Jaye-Marie/dp/1326866753
US Amazon Link https://www.amazon.com/Broken-Life-Jaye-Marie/dp/1326866753

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The Frank Rozzani Detective Agency, on Lisa Burton Radio

Don’t touch that dial. You’ve found Lisa Burton Radio, the only show that brings you the characters from the books you love to read. This episode is for you amateur detectives, the mystery solving maniacs among you, and those who crave a big puzzle as part of your reading regimen.

I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl, and with me in the studio today is Frank Rozzani and Clifford Jones the third. “Welcome to the show, fellas.”

“Please call me Jonesy. Clifford is the horrible name my parents gave me. My mom was so embarrassed, she called me Trey for the third.”

“Alright, Jonesy. You two boys team up in a kind of private detective agency. That’s kind of an unusual profession, or is it more of a hobby?”

“Well, for Jonesy, it’s a hobby. For me, it’s turning into a profession although I get paid like it’s a hobby sometimes.”

“Frank’s right. Although, when people come to us to find lost cats and lost wallets, I think we might even need to get a new hobby.”

“I want to get into your background, Frank, if that’s okay. It makes some sense that a police officer could become a PI. Why don’t you just work inside the system? You could be a cop in Jacksonville as easily as New York.”

“I was a policeman. Being forced to take on a case I didn’t want got my wife killed. Being a PI lets me pick my own cases. There are a lot of people in this community that need help that can’t afford a P.I. I’m able to help them out. Someone has to help the underdog.”

“Hmm, underdog, is that what led you to Jonesy?”

“I consider myself more like Shaggy from Scooby Doo instead of being the actual dog.”

“Jonesy is selling himself short. You’re looking at a guy who passed the bar without studying, is a computer genius, surfs and he also does a decent job of playing the drums in my jazz trio.”

“Someone has to drown out your piano playing.”

“Now, Frank, let’s talk about that personal project. People aren’t going to warm up to a character who abandons his children like you did. You probably have to help a lot of underdogs to balance that book.”

“Ouch, Lisa. Way to hit a guy below the belt.”

“It’s okay, Jonesy. Since you brought it up, my kids had to go into witness protection. The witness I protected brought down a significant chunk of the mob with his testimony. I was threatened and I figured if I was going to get out of town, I needed to protect my kids. They offered all three of us witness protection, but I have some unfinished business with the people who murdered my wife.

“I’ll be glad if they come and look for me. I’ll be waiting, but they better hope I don’t find them first. So you see, I help underdogs because no one else will. It’s not related to guilt. It’s just something that needs to be done.”

“When you explain it that way, it’s really more of a sacrifice than abandonment. I’m glad you took the time to explain it. There’s going to come a time when you have to let go of the past to take advantage of the future. I mean, you’re a nice looking man. You’ve got almost a Bradley Cooper thing going on, and a nicer jacket, maybe a decent haircut, and lots of women would be interested in you.”

“Well, he does share his bed with a lovely female. She is a beauty, despite the bad breath. Tell her about Lucy, Frank.”

“Jonesy, you’re in full wise-ass mode today. Lucy is a dog. I’d say she’s my dog, but she just kind of showed up at my trailer the day I moved in. The trailer is my office. I rent it from Sam Monreaux. He’s the proprietor of a local restaurant where Jonesy and I play with our Jazz trio on weekends. He is also the benefactor to a lot of local underdogs and subsidizes a lot of the cases we take on.”

“You still didn’t answer her question about women. What are you, a politician? Answer the question you were asked.”

“I…just. I just need some time. My wife’s death is not something I’ll get over easily. Maybe when I find the bastards responsible I’ll be ready to move on. It’s just not something I want right now.”

“Oh, honey, you’re so broken. Maybe a nice girl can help you out of this dark place. Plenty of women like to fix things for their man. What about that lady detective, what was her name?”

“Yeah, Frank what about Anita?”

“Um, Thanks Jonesy. Anita is like my sister. Besides, let’s just say, we have the same taste in potential partners.”

“Okay, moving on then. Tell us about your latest project.”

“In our latest case, Jonesy and I had to go undercover to investigate the disappearance of twin 10-year-old girls. They were on a cruise with their parents and they just disappeared. Their dad was an ex-Navy Seal and we enlisted his help on this one.”

“Yeah, it’s a good thing he helped us or Frank could have ended up visiting Davy Jones’ locker.”

“No thanks to you, Jonesy. You were off enjoying the fun and sun in Panama when that happened.”

“Fun and sun? Is that what you call it. I felt like I was at a Rambo wannabe convention.”

“Anyway, the case was a tough one, especially going under cover.”

“It wasn’t that bad. We had to blend in with the musicians on the cruise ship. It was kind of fun.”

“Maybe for you. At any rate, this was the fifth in a line of high-profile cases, but this one was special because of the age of the victims and the ruthlessness of the bad guys.”

“Gents, it’s been fun, but we’re about out of time. I sincerely hope you can find those little girls. Any last words for our listeners?”

“Cases like the one we are currently on are becoming a specialty. If despicable people want to victimize defenseless members of my community, they’re going to pay a price. Jonesy and I won’t let it stand. We will come after you and we will catch you. You might want to do yourself a favor and turn yourself it. It will be the easier way out, trust me.”

“Lisa, thanks for having us. All kidding aside, Frank is right. Mess with our people and we will mess with you. Thanks for letting us put the word out.”

“Check out the entire Frank Rozzani Detective Series. I’ll include all the contact data on the website. I’m always looking for guests, so if you’d like to have a character on Lisa Burton Radio, drop me a line.

“Help me keep the lights on around here by using the sharing links on Craig’s blog. I’ll appreciate it, and I’m sure Frank and Jonesy would too. For Lisa Burton Radio, I’m Lisa Burton.”

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Frankly Speaking (Book 1)

http://getbook.at/FranklySpeaking

 

Let Me Be Frank (Book 2)

http://getbook.at/LetMeBeFrank

 

Frank Incensed (Book 3)

http://getbook.at/FrankIncensed

 

Frankly My Dear (Book 4)

http://getbook.at/FranklyMyDear

 

Frank Immersed (Book 5)

http://mybook.to/FrankImmersed

Follow Don at the following locations:

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www.donmassenzio.com

 

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Empress, on Lisa Burton Radio

Welcome to another edition of Lisa Burton Radio. I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl, and things are about to get freaky around here. Our sponsor today is the comic book, Empress written by Brian Barr and Chuck Amadori.

My guest today is a private detective named Niles. “Welcome to the show Niles.”

“Thank you, Lisa. It’s a pleasure to speak to you from my office, not too far from Hollywood.”

“My bio says you were hired by a motion picture company to find a missing silent movie actress. What can you tell me about the circumstances leading up to her disappearance?”

“Well, I’ll try to speak about this without divulging too much confidential info, out of respect to the movie company that’s hired me. Apparently, there were a couple of issues with Zia and her company, in relations to the changes in the movie business. As we’ve noticed in the past few years, more and more movies are being produced with sound. Zia came to prominence in the silent movie era, and that time is gone. It’s all about the talkies now. Zia felt a lot of limitations with that… she was hitting the bottle pretty hard because of it. Also experimented in some marijuana, coke, other drugs.

“They say she was getting a little… unraveled. Seeing things. Talked a lot about little green men. Yeah, I know, typical, sounds weird, but… she talked about that with the producer and staff more and more. I think she was just feelin’ a lot of pressure, and it was breaking her down. Didn’t feel comfortable with all the new changes in Hollywood, and I’m trying to find out if any thing else in her private life was leaking into her work as well, giving her a psychotic breakdown.

“The movie company that’s hired me has been pretty helpful so far with all the information they gave me. They insisted I take this actress of theirs along with me. Rose. She’s the company spy. Don’t know how I feel about that. She’s pretty, almost like Zia was. Just don’t want to get into anything… inappropriate on this trip. Trying to stay focused.”

“See, that’s the part that intrigues me. You found her diary, and it seems like some kind of dementia runs in the family. What can you tell us about that?”

“Not much. The furthest evidence of dementia I can find in her family is with her mother. I found a diary Zia had, and she goes into detail about her mother committing suicide at a mental institution. Aghori Asylum was it’s name. Yeah, that’s it. The mother apparently had a frontal lobotomy before she died as well. Heavy stuff. Besides that, I know little about Zia’s background. Can’t find anything about her grandmother or grandfather on her mother’s side… and her father’s side seemed pretty normal. No signs of dementia there.

“Seems the mother’s suicide shook Zia up pretty bad. But yeah… with all of the stress Zia went through, her movie studio was pretty insistent that she get some psychiatric assistance. She was stubborn but they did the best they could. She ended up in the same asylum as her mom, and from what I researched, it wasn’t the best place for her. Pretty bad, the way they treat their clients, if you ask me, just drugging them and throwing them in rooms with no real human interaction.”

“That’s horrible. No wonder the studio wanted to get her some help. It was mean of them to lock Zia away in the same place, but it might have helped. Zia escaped though didn’t she?”

“Yeah. It’s still a mystery how she escaped though. The asylum’s pretty sturdy when it comes to security, and it isn’t easy to break out.. without divulging too many important details to the case, we gathered enough information about a potential location Zia may be at from her diary. We’re pretty confident that she’s on an island in the pacific. Pretty small, not well known. We’re already preparing to get a boat to visit there, me and Rose. I had to… talk to a captain about getting a decent ship. Okay, coerced may be the right word.

“Don’t know how this will all go. Traveling with Rose, I mean… that’ll be interesting. It would be better if I could just travel alone, without the distraction… but she’s smart, and resourceful. She knows more about Zia and this whole movie business than me. Just don’t know if it’s safe sending an actress along with a P.I.”

“So you bribed the captain to drop you off at an Island. You hired a guide and headed into the forest. Do you have any hope you’ll find Zia there?”

“Wow. Bribe is a harsh word. Anyway, once I get to the island, I have a few ideas of how I may be able to find Zia. I’ll definitely have to hire a local as a guide. Someone that knows the island frontwards and back. Someone that may have seen Zia and had a clue as to where she is. I’m sure it’s easy to spot an American woman in a small island community. Either way… I hope we find Zia. I don’t know, it could be a complete waste going out there. But this is all that we’ve got.”

“Thanks for being with us today, Niles. Pick up Empress today to see if Niles can find poor Zia before she harms herself.”

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You can check out Empress at the following locations:

ComiXology (owned by Amazon) – https://www.comixology.com/Empress/comics-series/28377?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC9zZXJpZXNTbGlkZXI

IndyPlanet- http://www.indyplanet.us/brands/islesquaredcomics/

Empress is put together by these talented people: Chuck Amadori, Marcelo Salaza, Brian Barr, Matheus Bronca, and Geraldo Filho.

You can catch up with Brian Barr at the following locations:

www.brianbarrbooks.com

facebook.com/brianbarrbooks

http://amandamlyons.weebly.com/blog/interview-with-brian-barr

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