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Larissa Reinhart~Southern Author

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If you’re looking for stories about strong, sassy heroines who tend to find trouble without even trying, then you want to read Larissa Reinhart’s books.

Welcome to Author’s Visits. Today Larissa Reinhart is visiting.

Larissa, A Wall Street Journal bestselling author and 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist. She writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery and Maizie Albright Star Detective series and the Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series, and various romantic comedies. She loves books, food, and traveling with her family. 

I’ve been waiting to find out about your new book that just released, View to a Chill.

Cherry Tucker suffers from flu-induced visions of murder, while Maizie Albright’s on the hunt for a missing granddaughter whose criminal stockings have long been filled with coal.view to a chill

Wow, Have Cherry and Maizie in the same book is going to be fantastic. I really can’t wait to get it.

I understand they are making movies in your part of the country.

I live in Peachtree City, Georgia (when I’m not in Japan) and the TV and movie industry has exploded here. Georgia is now the number one state to make movies, surpassing California and New York. About four years ago, the huge UK film company, Pinewood Studios, built their America studios a few miles from my house. Acres and acres of giant soundstages and the like. Now big blockbuster movies, like all the recent Marvel movies, are filmed here. About five miles away in the other direction, is the little town of Senoia and that’s where The Walking Dead films. AMC just bought the studio TWD uses, so I’m sure more AMC television shows will be here. Sony Pictures bought property nearby, too. We started with Fried Green Tomatoes in Senoia back in 1991, and the movie people have been coming here ever since.

I take that back. Actually, Smokey and the Bandit filmed around here back in 1977. We just celebrated the 40th anniversary this summer.

The film industry in a place like small-town Georgia is a such a great setting. Lots of interesting paradoxes. Plus big money means more interesting crime, which is good for mysteries.

Tell us about your book,16 MINUTES, the book in your Maizie Albright Star Detective series.

You know Susan, I have so much fun with these books.

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I had this character, Maizie Albright. She’s about 180 degrees different from my redneck artist character, Cherry Tucker. Maizie was raised in California in the movie industry. A child star with an extremely driven stage-mother. Maizie’s daddy remained in Georgia — she’s a child of divorce — and I get my redneck element with him and his family. But he’s the CEO of DeerNose Corp, clothing and accessories scented with deer pee. A corporate redneck. He’s famous in his own right, on the cover of every (fictional) hunting and gaming magazine you can think of. So two driven parents and this young woman who’s spent much of her youth living someone else’s dream. The happiest point in her childhood was starring in this TV show as a teen detective. So after crashing and burning in Hollywood, she returns to Georgia (on judge’s orders) to pursue her own dream: becoming a real-life detective.

In 16 MILLIMETERS,  she’s continuing her career-makeover quest as a for-real detective. Wyatt Nash has Maizie working in the office —where the clients are few and far between — while he’s doing the few-and-far-between security solutions. Maizie’s a little bored and a lot frustrated (both career-wise and romantically). When a major movie producer needs a babysitter for his hot mess starlet, Maizie eagerly takes the job. Nash is not happy with the decision. And when her starlet appears dead and then not dead, Maizie scrambles to watch an actress who seems determined to screw up her career plus find this missing corpse. And she keeps finding more bodies. Maizie’s hunting a killer who may be a celebrity stalker. And Maizie might be the next celebrity who gets snuffed.

Was your book research intensive? Did you find some fun facts?

Research is a delicate balance while writing for me because I’ll get sucked into the internet looking for a fact for one sentence. My family was on HGTV’s House Hunters International while we were in Japan (our episode’s called “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya, Japan”) and that’s helped me with some background in how reality shows can be filmed.

Did you find a not so fun fact while researching your book?

I was shocked (ha) at the number of actors who underwent shock treatment, particularly in the 1940s. There’s such a strong correlation between mental illness and artists. I deal with it lightly in the series, mainly in Maizie’s remarks about the stars she’s met in rehab, but I  try to deal with it respectfully. There’s a chicken and the egg syndrome between fame and depression. They feed each which I find poignant.

What do you like most about writing? What do you like least?

I love creating story ideas. They’re always popping in my head, which makes it hard to concentrate on the book I’m currently writing. I love the premise of an idea, new characters; when a book feels like it’s writing itself. I sometimes find myself surprised by what happens after I write it. That’s such an exciting tingly feeling.

The readers are the best part of writing, though. When I get an email from a reader who’s been going through a difficult time — an illness, a death, job loss, etc. — and they tell me my books have helped them escape that for a little while…it makes me cry every time. I get so much personal fulfillment in knowing I helped them in this very insignificant way. I’ve been there. Books are my escape, too.

Tell us something fun you like to do.

Now that we’re not traveling around Japan, we spend a lot of weekends seeking out BBQ in Georgia. My husband smokes pulled pork as a serious hobby. We’re huge BBQ fanatics, so we take a lot of pleasure in finding local spots for BBQ.

We are so delighted you visited with us today. Love reading your books, they always give me a much-needed break from my everyday world.  Keep up the writing!

Start looking for her next book, The Cupid Caper

Be sure and visit Larissa at https://www.larissareinhart.com/

https://www.facebook.com/larissareinhartwriter

 

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Richard L. Mabry-Medical Suspense With Heart.

richard mabry new  I want to welcome Dr. Richard Mabry today. We are very honored to have him visit. In addition to practicing medicine, you will find his past as interesting as his novels. He was in the US Air Force overseas, several periods as an interim music minister and as he says, “An all-too-brief experience as a semi-pro baseball player.” 

As a physician he has had lots of opportunities to write through his time as a doctor. 

“During the 36 years I spent in medicine, I wrote or edited eight textbooks, authored over a hundred professional papers, and an invited guest speaker all over the world.”

You also held the presidency or vice-presidency of three professional societies,  received a number of awards and honors.

“Yes, but if you asked my greatest reward in medicine, it would be in seeing patients get better under my care.”

Before I ask you about your newest book, I would like to talk a little bit about your first non-medical book you wrote. The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse.tender scar

I wrote that book after after the death of my first wife. The book offers hope and healing for the brokenhearted. It addresses the heart-wrenching pain of losing a spouse. Working from my journal entries written after the death of my wife, I use my journey as a stepping-stone to a practical discussion of the grief process. The second edition of this book includes a new chapter that highlights the process of building a second marriage and blended family after loss. I’m gratified that it continues to help those who have lost a loved one.

No wonder it is still selling today. 

Tell me about your newest release, Surgeons Choice.

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Dr. Ben Merrick and his fiancé, Rachel Gardner, can’t get her divorced parents to stay in the same room, much less attend their wedding together.  He is also looking over his shoulder expecting more trouble from a very senior surgeon who has shown he is still smarting from a previous dust-up. Ben doesn’t know if a series of mishaps and accidents are caused by a disgruntled patient’s relatives or represent more from the older surgeon.

Then his prospective father-in-law approaches him, needing money for reasons Ben can’t fathom. Rachel has an idea about the cause of the request, but she doesn’t want to accept it. Then, when the deaths begin, Ben and Rachel begin to wonder if they can escape unscathed…and alive.

Can’t wait to read this one Richard. Everything I’ve read backs up your words “I write what I call medical suspense with heart”.

Your novels have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Award, Romantic Times’ Best Inspirational Novel and their Reviewer’s Choice Award; won the Selah award, and been named by Christian Retailing as the best in the mystery/suspense/thriller category.
I have to bring up your book Silent Night, Deadly Night; it’s a page turner. Great job. I really like the cover! Please share a little of this book with our readers.
The colored lights on the snow give it a holiday appearance, but the dead woman’s body in the yard add’s a grisly touch. Everyone wants to know how  Ina Bell Patrick died?
Who killed her? And why?silent nitghtThe dead woman had no direct heirs, so two nephews and a niece stood to inherit. Dr. Laura Morris was left to make all the arrangements, attorney Roger Morris could certainly use the money, and Zack Morris had disappeared two years earlier. Then there was a neighbor and “best friend” Fay Autrey, who was certain the woman intended to leave her some money—a great deal of money.The police were still looking for the killer who left the frozen body in the snow when it became apparent someone was trying to pick off the heirs, one by one. You begin to wonder who is going to win win the race—the police or the killer?

If readers haven’t read it, they need to get it now. They want want to put it down either.
Thank you Richard for joining us today. Look forward to reading your newest book, Surgeons Choice.
You can follow Richard L. Mabry, M.D. on his blog (rmabry.blogspot.com) and his web page (rmabry.com), as well as Facebook (rmabrybooks) and Twitter (RichardMabry).

 

Tom Conner ––Promoting Movie Classics

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Thomas Conner, also known as Tom or Tommy; but if you are family and friends you can call him TC.

Born in Florida two miles from the Alabama state line. He spent most of his early years living on the Alabama side.  Conner wrote his first novel when he was 12 (which burned in a house fire) and has been writing ever since.  He’s published a family history book, several articles. and his newest book,  Goodbye, Saturday Night.tom connwe vook

TC (I consider myself a friend) resides in Central California’s Big Valley, where he has worked in higher education at a prestigious private university in Student Life. When not writing or working his daytime job, he is involved with classic movies. He serves on a classic cinema committee and promotes summer classic movie series.

Tell us about this book.

It’s early May in 1956 in the small South Alabama town of Farmington, and eleven year old Bobby Crosby’s life is about to change forever. He’s still anguishing over the death of his father even though it’s been five years, and he’s come to despise the life centered around his mother’s cafe, a place that turns into the revelrous hot spot of the community when the sun goes down. Bobby escapes his real world by sitting every night in the local movie theater, third row left down front. There, alone in the dark, he leaves Farmington far behind and melts into the world of the silver screen. Bobby’s best friend is Hucker Nolan, a twenty-two year old drop-out from the swamps across the tracks who drives a taxicab in the daytime and works concession at the movie theater at night. Now, Bobby’s world seems to be collapsing and there’s nothing he can do to stop it; his mother has a boyfriend Bobby desperately resents and his feelings for Hucker are confusing and ever-changing, often filled with anger and jealousy Bobby doesn’t understand. Then, the worst thing possible happens to Bobby— he’s betrayed by the person he trusts the most.

I think a lot of people can relate to the feelings Bobby has about his situation, his friend, his mother, the loss of a father. I like how you included the movie theater. Most kids my age remember the movies. Of course we didn’t go every night, but we were always there on Saturdays for the matinée. Wouldn’t miss it. Sitting there, you just lost track of you and were drawn into another world. 

Thank you for bringing back the memories of the movie theater!

 

Becky Villareal – Books for Children

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Today we welcome Becky Villarel,

 Born in Dallas, Texas to missionary parents. 

“As the fourth of five children I was often left to my own devices to entertain myself.  So inventing new stories became my passion at a very early age where I would create small books out of any scraps of paper I could find around the house.

“For twenty years I taught in the Dallas Independent School District.  For the past ten years I have been completing family research on my mother’s and father’s families. The grandmother of two I enjoy writing and spending time with my family.

“As an elementary teacher and ten-year veteran of genealogy, I have been able to enjoy not only working with children but finding out about my family history.

One of the books you wrote, Gianna the Great, is an interesting book. Tells us about it.

“Gianna just wants to know about her ancestors, but she has to join an after school history club to do it. Now, she’s about to embark on a journey that will change everything she thinks she knows about her family. becky first boookAknaXBL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_

The mother is both unwilling and unable to give her information on her father.  Finding out information is a big part of the story.  In the beginning of the series, she doesn’t want her daughter digging up old bones because of how her own mother reacted when she was expecting Gianna.

What was your primary reason for writing the books?
“To encourage children to explore their ancestry.  This would mean actually talking to their grandparents to get information.  In today’s society, so few families take the time to talk to one another anymore and I was hoping to begin these important conversations.  When the older members of our families pass away, that link to the family history is often lost.
“The use of Multicultural books in and out of the classroom in this day and time is imperative  when so many children are coming from multi-racial and multi-cultural backgrounds. The need for them to see their reflection in books is one of the ways to encourage them to become life-long readers and learners as well.”
Tell us about the Genealogical Research.
“Genealogical research is taking what you know about your family and searching for what you don’t know.  It begins with discussions with  parents, grandparents, and any family members who might have information; this includes pictures and stories.  After this information is put together, you can begin an actual family tree (see attached) this is where it becomes like a puzzle. What piece is missing, a name, date of birth, or place of birth?  These records can be found online many times through Family Search.org that has one of the largest databases available free of cost.   There is also the National Archives and Genealogy Departments available in the larger libraries.  As the tree grows, so does the bank of information that can be put together in book form and given to relatives.
“By learning about my family history, I found out why my hair is the color and texture it is, why I have an overbite and why I have a very strong, determined nature that can take me through the many trials of life.  It is because of my ancestors and the resilience they
have shown that I am who I am.”
Then you wrote, Halito Gianna.: The Journey Continues. Tell us about it.
“On her  journey, she was able to access online information and find out things she never envisioned. However, many of the questions she has remain unanswered until in the new book, Halito Gianna: The Journey Continues Gianna Saldaña finds out about connections she never knew existed.” becky second book41R488IPoBL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_
Why did you get into writing and researching this information.
“I have been a family genealogist for over ten years now and have researched ways of finding out obscure information online.  When my own children began to ask questions, I knew I needed to have the truth in hand.  This gave me the idea of Gianna who is modeled after one of the students I worked with who is bright, articulate and curious.
There is a third book currently in the hands of my wonderful agent Jessica Schmedlier who works with Golden Wheat Literary Agency that promises an even better journey!
Becky, thank you so much for visiting today and telling us about these wonderful books.
These are great books for parents to get for their children.
Be sure and visit Becky at:

Bob Srother––A Page Turning Author

We welcome Bbob strother photoob Strother with us today.

We’ve known Bob Strother for since the beginning of Southern Writers Magazine. He is a master at writing short stories and his short stories have been published in numerous magazines.

Bob, you wrote a book called Burning Time. David Burnsworth, author of the Brack Pelton Mystery Series said,Burning Time is a page-turner of historical fiction! Strother is a class act whose prose does not disappoint. He has mastered the art of rooting the reader in the time-period and then supported that with a great coming of age tale.”

Tell us about the book.

Set in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the early 1900s, Burning Time  portrays the life of Louise Schmidt, from early childhood to adulthood, as Louise, her mother, and younger brother fight to survive the abuse of Louise’s father, Will.bob strother book_

 The largess of Will’s parents initially provides refuge from her father’s drunken exploits, but Louise learns too young that nothing lasts forever. Though previously ostracized from the family, the prodigal son returns at the behest of his ailing father, and brings along a new wife, Maude, who fans the flames of Will’s inherent avarice and disregard for his former wife and children.

At fifteen, Louise is forced from the only home she’s ever known and into marriage with a man ten years her senior.  Even as Louise comes to terms with her life and assumes the role of family matriarch, she still must face the consequences of her actions—including a death sentence for murder.

Susan M. Boyer, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Liz Talbot Mystery Series said, “One-part Southern Gothic, one part crime novel, one part coming-of-age story, Burning Time is a compelling read I couldn’t put down. It’s beautifully delivered in Strother’s clear, concise prose and authentic Southern voice.

Now, you have a new historical novel out, A Fire To Be Kindled, the sequel to Burning Time.

Tell us about it.

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This sequel begins with the Roaring Twenties. Cleared of murder charges and finally free of her father’s tyranny, Louise, it would seem, has it all. With money in the bank, she branches out into other business ventures. Meanwhile, the family delights in young Bobby’s escapades while See-Boy builds a lucrative, albeit shady, side business. But, as Louise knows all too well, hard times are always just around the corner. As the Great Depression besieges the country, Louise and her family suffer personal trials — an unwanted pregnancy, clandestine love affairs, and unseen forces scheming behind the scenes to tear apart everything Louise has, including her family.

Wow, well we will be reading this sequel. You did an excellent job weaving your story and characters together in Burning Time, I definitely want to see what happens in this new book.

Bob, thank you for visiting with us today. I know readers are going to love this sequel. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for being such a wonderful supporter of Southern Writers Magazine.

To order Bob’s book Burning Tree go to:

https://moonshinereview.wordpress.com/moonshine-press-releases/burning-time-new-publication-by-moonshine-press/

To Order his new book A Fire to be Kindled:

https://moonshinereview.wordpress.com/moonshine-press-releases/new-a-fire-to-be-kindled-bob-strother

Be sure and visit Bob at: https://www.facebook.com/bob.strother

Maritza Martinez Mejia–Vanilla and Chocolate

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Maritza Martinez Mejia, a bilingual educator, author, and translator born in Colombia, lives in Florida with her husband and their two teenagers. For her active participation to the community, she obtained the Crystal Apple Award 2006. For her literary work, she received The VCB Award 2015, and Latino Book Awards 2016. 

Maritza published her memoir Hazel Eyes (2010), Vanilla and Chocolate (2012), Grandma’s Treasure (2014), Poems, Thoughts and More (2015), and Ojos Avellana (2016). 

Tell us about your latest book. How did it come about?maritza-martinez-mejia-vanilla-and-chocolate-2017-sw

Vanilla and Chocolate was published in October 2012 by WRB Publishing. This book was written to help children understand the virtue of tolerance and appreciate each other’s differences. In 2017, my illustrator and I, created new characters and fresh drawing to celebrate its five years of publication.

What is the story behind the creation?

Vanilla and Chocolate is an honor to all teachers who dedicate their lives to education. The story behind the creation is to reflect the hard work teachers endured and the responsibility behind teaching. This is the first book of Lessons for Living Collection. In summary, the tale is about a concerned teacher who helps two friends be together after their parents refused to let them play because of their skin color.

Was your book research intensive? Did you find some fun facts?

The research was not intensive, but the editing process was. The topic required a careful approach and delicate words to make the message clear to children ages 5 – 10 years old or Kindergarten to 4th graders.

Did you find not so fun facts while researching your book?

I didn’t find not so fun facts, but did find not enough children’s books about the topic to research. For this reason, I felt an important topic to address even though, racism, it is not an easy topic to discuss with young children.

Does coincidence play a role in your book? If so, what was strangest coincidence you experienced and did you use it in your book?

I didn’t experience coincidences in writing Vanilla and Chocolate first edition. I had a clear picture of my goal since the moment I wrote the first draft. The second edition was written as student’s request. The more I visited school classrooms to read the story, the more I noticed the need to include more characters in the story that represents them. I listened to my young audience and worked together with my illustrator to please their demand.

What do you like most about writing?

As a mother, educator and author, my motivating passion is to help children and teenagers through inspiring and creative stories. I write monthly reflections and quotes on my blog and social media “LuzDelMes” to inspire people to be good and do well.

What do you like least?

My writing style may be rejected since English is my second language after Spanish, but I love to write in both languages. What I like least is to translate from one language to another. Each tongue has its particular music and rhythm difficult to reflect in both languages.

Are you working on the next book?

Yes, I am working on my next book, it is a rhyming picture book. This is new to me, but I love writing challenges. I wrote Grandma’s Treasure, the second book of Lessons for Living Collection in 2014. Now, it is the time for the third tale: “Grandpa’s Box.”  I expected the book to be ready in the summer 2018.

Tell us how long it took you to write your book.

Vanilla and Chocolate took me a year from the first draft to the final, but the story was in my drawer for several years. I wrote the tale to my children who are now in College.

Tell us something fun you like to do.

This is not an easy question to answer. What I used to like the most, and have fun with it, was traveling. Now days, it is getting too complicated and the fun experience is turning into a scary situation. So, I think for me writing and presenting my books in different locations are my fun experience for the moment.

What’s next for you in writing?

My next projects are to complete the six tales of Lessons for Living Collection, and write the continuation of “Poems, Thoughts and More” a second bilingual poetry book (English & Spanish).

Thank you for visiting us today. Let us know when the new book is released.

 Be sure and drop by Maritza’s website and say hello and follow her on social medias. You can reach Maritza in all social media as LuzDelMes.
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Molly Jebber Amish Historical Romance

molly      Welcome Molly Jebber, Amish Historical Romance author. We are delighted to have you today.

You have a new book releasing, January 30, 2018 titled liza second chance

 Tell us about your latest book.

Liza’s Second Chance” is the first Amish Historical Romance book in my Amish Charm Bakery Series. The sweet welcome of straight-from-the-oven sugar cookies and hot cocoa. The warm invitation of apple pie and fresh cold milk. In 1912 Ohio, the Amish Charm Bakery is the heart of a close-knit, faith-nourished community, where people can find a refuge, a place to start again—and love that can make their lives new . . .

For Liza Schrock, the bakery her late husband bought was an unexpected haven from their unhappy arranged marriage. Now she’s perfectly content to cook up mouth-watering delights for her hometown, give to those alone or in trouble—and remain happily unwed. And though she’s willing to give handsome, newly arrived widower Jacob Graber all the help he desperately needs, she is sure they can stay just friends . . .

But as Liza also tries to aid Jacob’s troubled teenage daughter, she starts caring far too much for his gentle ways and steadfast hopes. And when a wrenching secret she must keep comes between them, can Liza find the faith to risk opening her heart again—and reach for one more chance at real love?
How did it come about?

I visited the Amish community of Charm, Ohio, several times, and fell in love with the quaint, small town. The shops were filled with beautiful quilted items and unique ideas, and the Amish food was delicious at the restaurant.  I wanted to write a bakery themed Amish story and the community of Charm seemed to fit. miller's dry goods                               helping_hands_quilts__47726.1396578279.285.250

What is the story behind the creation?

I love making up my characters and stories. Although Liza, Ellie, Jacob, Hannah, and the rest of my characters are real now that I’ve formed their personalities, quirks, and brought trouble and happy times in their lives to keep readers entertained. I also loved adding an additional character insisting on causing my hero and heroine so much trouble!

Was your book research intensive?

The visit to Charm, talking to the Amish, and learning more about them was fun. I enjoy all the research.

Did you find some fun facts?

Writing Amish Historical Romance, I research the time period, and learn so many facts about what happened in that particular year.  “Liza’s Second Chance” takes place in 1912, the same year the Titanic met its demise. I learned interesting tidbits of information about it, and put them into the book.

Did you find not so fun facts while researching your book?

I did feel sad for the people who suffered the loss of their loved ones during the Titanic tragedy.

What do you like most about writing?

I love interacting with readers during Facebook parties, signings, speaking engagements, etc.

I can see God’s hand in all the exciting things that have happened since I first sat down to write my first book. He continues to amaze me, and I’m so grateful.

What do you like least?

That last edit!

Are you working on the next book?

Yes. Book 2 in the Amish Charm Bakery Series.

Tell us how long it took you to write your book.

Eight months, because I love walking on the beach, swimming, and the things I mentioned below. Sometimes I have to get on myself and say, “Time to write!” But I always make sure I’m ahead of my agent and publisher’s deadlines.

Tell us something fun you like to do.

I love to write, read, golf (but I’m not that good), travel on cruises and take weekend trips, spend time with my husband, Ed, and Misty, my daughter, and friends. I hardly ever turn down going to lunch or shopping! Now, skydiving is a different story. No way! LOL

What’s next for you in writing?

To finish out my contract for the Amish Charm Bakery Series with Book 2 and Book 3, and I already have an idea for a new Amish Historical Romance series to submit to my agent for my publisher.

Thank you Molly for visiting with us and sharing this information about your new book. Can’t wait to read it.

Be sure and check Molly’s website for more upcoming information on her new book.

http://www.mollyjebber.com

https://www.facebook.com/molly.morrisjebber