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Happy Tuesday, Readers,

Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing cozy mystery author, Kylie Logan.

Casey for LibraryIf you had to describe yourself in one sentence, what would you say?
KL: I’m a writer with a career that allows me to kill people legally.
What do you do when you’re not writing? Any interesting hobbies?
I don’t know how interesting they are to anyone but me, but I enjoy weaving and knitting.  I’m also a sucker for cemeteries—the older the better–and am always anxious to explore them.  I love the combination of history, art, architecture.  And of course as a writer, I look at names and dates on tombstones and on family gravestones clustered together and I always think of stories!  I’m also interested in family history and am the keeper of genealogy for both my family and my husband’s.  I volunteer at our local county archives which gives me plenty of chances to immerse myself in old pictures, records and documents. It’s great fun!
What was your favorite book as a teen or child?
KL: Hmmm…favorite is tough because I have so many favorites!  As a child I remember reading “Island of the Blue Dolphin” and loving it.  As a teen, I started reading Dorothy Dunnett’s fabulous Lyman books as well as Mary Stewart and of course, Arthur Conan Doyle.
Tell us three things about yourself that might surprise your readers.

KL: Gosh, I wish there was something surprising about me!  Maybe the surprise is that there isn’t one!  I think I’m pretty normal except for my tendency to plot murder and mayhem at the oddest times like at cocktail parties and business meetings.  But then, maybe that’s not a surprise to anyone who’s attended those sorts of things.

What genre did you start out writing? Have you changed course? Why or why not? 
KL: I started my career writing historical romance.  At the time, I didn’t know a thing about markets, but I had a story in my head, and the more I learned about how to get it published, the more I realized it was what the industry called historical romance.  I love history and I really enjoy research, so this was a natural to me.  I ended up writing more than a dozen historicals as well as some contemporary romance.  I’ve also written YA and a children’s book, but my first love has always been mystery.  For many years, I talked myself out of writing mystery because I thought I wasn’t clever enough to pull off the clues and the plots twists and the red herrings.  Finally I realized that like anything else in life, you don’t know if you can do it until you try.  Thirty mysteries later, I’m still writing what I love!
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?  
KL I don’t know if it’s the toughest criticism, but the one I heard the most back when I was writing historical romance was that my books were too plot heavy.  At the time, it stung, but eventually, that criticism helped nudge me toward writing mysteries.  Mysteries are all about plot and knowing I was a plot lover made me realize I was writing in the wrong genre.  As for compliments . . . I never get tired of hearing from readers who enjoy my work.  I remember once getting an email from a reader who confessed she’d taken my book to work, and had read it at red lights during her commute!  This is not something I recommend, but it was nice to hear that I’d hooked this reader and that she couldn’t put the book down.
Any other genres you’d like to try? If yes, what and why?
KL: I’ve always been fascinated with short stories and I’ve never written one.  I like the way short stories pack so much into so little room and how they often surprise and amaze right there at the end.  Maybe someday . . .
If you could go back in time and do something differently at the start of your career, what would it be?
KL: A million things!  Really.  But then, that’s what growing and learning is all about, isn’t it?  None of us is the person we were five or ten or twenty years ago.  We change because life teaches us lessons.  Every day, we understand our world in a different way.  I can’t even begin to list the things I’d do differently, because there are so many.  I do know that if I’d done one or two or three things in a different way, I wouldn’t be where I am now, I’d be in some other place.  Is that a good thing or a bad thing?  I’ll never know.
What is the most important piece of advice you’d like to give to unpublished authors? 

KL: Think about what you’re trying to accomplish.  Why do you want to write?  If you want to leave your memories for your family, that’s great, and that’s one kind of writing.  Do you want to self-publish?  That’s a whole other thing, and something I don’t know very much about.  I do know that if you’re looking to publish commercially with a traditional publisher, never forget that this is a business.  We’re not talking art here or vision or dreams though all of that certainly goes into the mix.  We’re talking business.  Publishers are businesses, they need to make money to keep their doors open.  Know your markets.  Target your writing. Do your homework.

Here’s a little bit about the authorKylie Logan is the bestselling author of the League of Literary Ladies mysteries, the Chili Cook-Off mysteries and now, the Ethnic Eats mysteries.  She is a lifelong resident of Ohio and both the League series and Ethnic Eats are set in her home state.  The newest League book (#4), “And Then There Were Nuns,” was published in March.  In addition to writing cozy mysteries as Kylie, she writes the Pepper Martin paranormal mysteries as Casey Daniels.  Book #10 in that series, “Graveyard Shift” will be published this fall.  Kylie is a founding member of the Northeast Ohio chapter of Sisters in Crime, a lover of cemeteries, and can’t think of a better way to make a living than killing people off–and not getting arrested for it!

Tell us about your new mystery, Irish Stewed, about to released on May 3rd:
22481-irish2bstewed2b-2bkylie2bloganKL: Murder on the menu….after flopping as a personal chef to a Hollywood movie star, jobless Laurel Inwood finds herself humbled in Hubbard, Ohio, helping her aunt Sophie run her restaurant. Much to Laurel’s dismay, Sophie’s Terminal on the Tracks is not the cozy bistro her aunt would have had her believe—it’s a run-down greasy spoon in an old railroad station. To save the dingy diner, Laurel cooks up a plan to feature alternating ethnic cuisine as specials. But first there’s the problem of the body in the booth. Slumped over a table with a receipt spike in his back is Jack Lancer—”the Lance of Justice”—an investigative reporter for local TV news. Assisted by the drop-dead gorgeous owner of the neighboring Irish store—who may or may not be a suspect—Laurel sets out to track down a killer who had no reservations about impaling a newshound. But as she turns up the heat, will she end up in the soup herself?


 
Irish Stewed can be pre-booked at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Irish-Stewed-Ethnic-Eats-Mystery/dp/0425274888/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1460329395&sr=1-1&keywords=irish+stewed

Please leave a comment for Kylie, along with your email address, to be entered in a drawing for a print copy. US readers only, please.

Happy Tuesday, readers! It will be another great week on the Suspense Sisters.
From Marji: 

This week we’re reviewing TAILSPIN by Elizabeth Goddard. Marji says: “Don’t forget to breathe as you read Tailspin by Elizabeth Goddard! You might even need to take your blood pressure half-way through to make sure it isn’t going too high!” Read the rest of the review HERE!

On Tuesday, Dana Mentink will share What’s Hot in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery!

On Wednesday we’ll hear from Dana again! Don’t miss our special posts on Wednesdays and Thursdays. You’ll not only learn something special, you could win a great prize!
Friday, we’re interviewing cozy mystery author Kylie Logan. She’s giving away a copy of her upcoming novel, IRISH STEWED!  
That’s what’s happening this week on the Suspense Sisters! Don’t miss a single day. Sign up through email so you’ll get updates in the exciting world of inspirational suspense and mystery!  http://www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com/

It’s another great week on the Suspense Sisters! Click here for the blog address: http://suspensesisters.blogspot.com/

From Marji:  This week we’re reviewing THIN ICE by Irene Hannon.

Reviewer Iola Gouton says, “Another Winner from Irene Hannon. THIN ICE started with a bang and didn’t let up all the way right to the last page.” Read the rest of the review HERE

On Tuesday, Dana Mentink will share What’s Hot in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery!
On Wednesday we’ll hear from Suspense Sister Nancy Mehl. She’ll be sharing “How Writers Find Ideas for Their Novels.” She’ll also give away a copy of one of her newest books, RISING DARKNESS, book 3 in her Finding Sanctuary series, or SIMPLY VANISHED, from the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries series! Winner’s choice!
Friday, we’re interviewing author Mary Alford!
That’s what’s happening this week on the Suspense Sisters! Don’t miss a single day. Sign up through email so you’ll get updates in the exciting world of inspirational suspense and mystery.
Happy Reading….Mary Ellis

Happy Tuesday, readers. It’s another great week on the Suspense Sisters!

From Marji: This week we’re reviewing SUDDEN RECALL by Lisa Phillips.
  Reviewer Sybil Bates McCormack says, “I give this fast-paced read high marks all around.” Read the rest of the review HERE!
  On Tuesday, Dana Mentink will share What’s Hot in InspirationalSuspense and Mystery! 
 On Wednesday we’ll hear from Suspense Sister Mary Ellis. She’ll be sharing “Five Characteristics of Memorable Heroines.” She’ll also give away a copy of her great new book, WHAT HAPPENED ON BEALE STREET! 
  Friday, we’re interviewing Suspense Sister Elizabeth Goddard! She’s giving away a copy of her book, TAILSPIN, book five in her Mountain Cove series! 
That’s what’s happening this week on the Suspense Sisters! Don’t miss a single day. Sign up through email so you’ll get updates in the exciting world of inspirational suspense and mystery!
Happy Tuesday Readers,
What Happened on Beale StreetI just found out my latest book, What Happened on Beale Street, is releasing early at CBD. AND it’s at a super-sale price. (50% off)  You won’t find a print copy for less than this!! here’s the link:

A cryptic plea from a childhood friend sends Price Investigations to Memphis, land of the Delta blues. When they arrive they find Danny dead and a lifestyle not in keeping with the choirboy they remember. Nate and Nicki follow clues into smoky clubs, trail potential stalkers, and confront drug traffickers to find a killer, in a world where your friends are all you have left.

And it’ll be another great week on the Suspense Sisters!
This week Marji reviews A FOOL AND HIS MONET by Sandra Orchard! Marji says: “With moments of riveting action and a mystery that swept me right up, I highly recommend A Fool and His Monet! This is Christian fiction at its finest!”
Read the rest of Marji’s review on our REVIEW PAGE!
On Tuesday, Dana Mentink will share What’s Hot in InspirationalSuspense and Mystery! 
On Wednesday and Thursday we’ll hear from Suspense Mister Richard Mabry. He’ll be talking about writers and procrastination. Read his article and leave a comment. Someone will win a signed copy of MIRACLE DRUG!   And on Friday, we’ll present another awesome interview with another exciting mystery/suspense author! Stay tuned for details!
That’s what’s happening this week on the Suspense Sisters! Don’t miss a single day.
The Suspense Sisters! We love books!
Have a great week, readers! ~ Mary

Happy March, Readers!

It’s another great week on the Suspense Sisters!
From Marji: This week reviewer Iola Goulton looks at Candace Calvert’s book, STEP BY STEP. She says, “…great plot. And great

characters. Especially the animals. And excellent writing, with enough humour to break up the tension when needed—I especially liked lines like “Cross my heart, hope to pass a cholesterol test.” Recommended for medical suspense fans.) Read the rest of Iola’s reviews on our REVIEW PAGE!

On Tuesday, Dana Mentink will share What’s Hot in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery! 
On Wednesday we’ll hear from Suspense Sister Cynthia Hickey!  
This week’s question is: “Do any of your characters share your faults, your fears, your foibles?” Read our answers on Thursday!
If you have a question for us, leave it below. You could win a book by one of today’s top suspense/mystery writers – or a gift certificate to Amazon! (Questions submitted without contact information won’t be considered.)
friday, Nancy Mehl interviews Julianna Deering! If you love mystery, you’ll love these great stories! Julianna will be giving away a copy of her newest book!  
That’s what’s happening this week on the Suspense Sisters! Don’t miss a single day. Sign up through email so you’ll get updates in the exciting world of inspirational suspense and mystery!
The Suspense Sisters! We love books!

Happy Monday, readers,

Today I’m happy to announce a change at Home Thoughts. After almost 10 years, it’s tough coming up with enough original content to keep my beloved readers interested. I recently joined a wonderful group of romantic suspense authors known as the Suspense Sisters. Each one a fabulous author whose books you’ll love. Every Monday, I’ll tickle your fancy with what you’ll find on the SS website. Drop by to read interviews, book reviews, win free books, and much more. To win books, remember to post your comments there, not here. Click on this link to take a look and sign up for the newsletter. Occasionally I’ll still post an author interview here, but you’ll find most of my new posts on Suspense Sisters. Hope you’ll “tune in.” Blessings, on you all!!

THIS WEEK ON THE SUSPENSE SISTERS!

It’s another great week on the Suspense Sisters! First of all, we want to welcome a new Suspense Sister! We’re pleased to announce that best-selling author, Mary Ellis, is joining us. Glad to have you, Mary!

From Marji: This week Sandra Ardoin reviews CODE 13 by Don Brown.

The heart of this story involves JAG Lt. Commander Caroline McCormick who is sent to Washington, D. C. to work in the coveted Pentagon location known as Code 13. While she’s there she hopes to reconnect with P. J. MacDonald who is another JAG lawyer at Code 13 and a former love.

What she doesn’t expect is to become embroiled in plots by two opposing sides to the passage or killing of a proposed joint project between the U. S. Navy and the Department of Homeland Security. As well, she doesn’t know that the bill isn’t the only thing being set up to be killed.

On Tuesday, Dana Mentink will share What’s Hot in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery!

On Wednesday we’ll hear from Suspense Sister E.E. Kennedy!  

 This week, Marilyn asks: “Do you have a favorite place to go to create the characters for a new book?”

Marilyn’s won signed copies of RX Murder and Silent Night, Deadly Night, by Dr. Richard Mabry.

If you have a question for us, leave it on Suspense Sisters. You might be our next winner! You could win a book by one of today’s top suspense/mystery writers – or a gift certificate to Amazon! (Questions submitted without contact information won’t be considered.)

Friday, E.E. Kennedy interviews Mary J. Alford. Don’t miss this interview! 

 That’s what’s happening this week on the Suspense Sisters! Don’t miss a single day. Sign up through email so you’ll get updates in the exciting world of inspirational suspense and mystery! The Suspense Sisters! We love books!

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