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Following on from yesterday’s interview, today I bring you four books by Ann Harrison-Barnes:

 
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A Journey of Faith

A Stepping Stones Mystery

Ann Harrison

A Journey of Faith ebookTwenty-eight year old Becca Martin witnessed a tragic accident at the age of twelve. Sixteen years later, she embarks upon a journey that she believes has somehow been chosen for her by God. During this journey, she hears a voice in the back of her mind crying, God help me!, as memories she didn’t understand as a child begin to resurface in her nightmares and during the journey itself. Was this tragedy a freak accident, or is there more to the incident that meets the eye? Can Becca conquer her fear of mountain climbing while she embarks upon this journey? The owner of Sweet Water State Park calls Zac Johnson and Jason Miller of the Tensiltown Police to investigate various incidents out on the bike and foot paths. During their investigation, Jason meets Becca along her journey and they both feel strongly drawn to each other. She longs to help the police of this small village investigate these incidents, but in order to do so, she must face her fear of climbing the rocks at Sweet Water Park, while caring for her ailing aunt and helping her uncle to run the diner. Jason vows to stay close beside her every step of the way, but can she fully trust him and the girl in the white robe that seems to pop up out of nowhere when trouble arises? Who is the real bad guy? How does God reveal what happened on that unforgettable day on the rocks with her family? Does the memory of the incident help the police solve this rock climbing mystery? Find out more as the author pulls you into the first novel in her spine-tingling, heart-warming Stepping Stones mystery series.

 

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Stories Outside the Box

Ann Harrison

box.jpgA charming little book filled with magic, ferries, music, an angel or two, and even a bit of mystery.

Fly away on the wings of a simple drop of rain with Anna as she follows the music that fills her heart.

Have you ever had a breakdown in the middle of the road and wondered how you’d get home? Read about the miraculous end to what could have been a perilous journey for Bill and his family.

Mystery buffs and techno geeks will love An Unusual Glitch, a story about a county wide technology glitch that threatens to ruin the county’s computer infrastructure, if the problem isn’t resolved before it’s too late. Enjoy a couple of new mysteries along the way.

You may be enchanted by a Christmas miracle that starts with a child’s prayer and a tinkling bell.

Ride in a sleigh carried on the wings of a snowflake, ride the wind on the wings of an autumn leaf or fly away on a swing!

There’s an adventure waiting for readers of all ages in each delightful little story.

 

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Inner Vision

An Electric Eclectic Book

Ann Barnes

InnerVisionEEcover“The past is but a whirlwind of memories,
there are those you want to capture,
and those you want to forget.
Hold on to the precious ones and let the rest spin away into the abyss.”

These are the words Kelly Dobson wrote after learning how to use her Inner Vision in order to do the creative work God has called her to do.

After awakening in an unusual hospital from an operation she never had, Kelly and her physician, DR. Markey Andrews, work together to find the reason why she ended up in a hospital resembling a hotel, rather than a medical facility.

During the process of solving the mystery at hand, Kelly has strange dreams of being carried away in a whirlwind to places which hold memories she’d rather not relive. In order for her to face her fear of her Charles Bonnet syndrome and the accident that caused her blindness six years before.

After being released from the hospital, Kelly gets a brilliant idea to draw the images she sees in her heart and mind. As she does so, her mother stands in awe as the talent her daughter once had as a child returns in full swing, regardless of her blindness.

Even though Kelly’s father doesn’t want to believe in her talent at first, through the power of prayer and her faith in God, she teaches him how to use his own inner vision.

 

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Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure

An Electric Eclectic Book

Ann Barnes

Maggie's gravy train adventureWhen a young girl takes a ride on a gravy train with her mother, she finds unexpected adventures and mysteries waiting for her as they glide down the cookie track.

What happens to the track, and why do the biscuit wheels crumble at one point, and turn to mush near the Ferry Land station?

Who is behind the mayhem in the land of Eat-a-Lot?

Find out as this charming children’s adventure unfolds before your very eyes.

Ann also has short stories in the Anthologies; Awethology Light, December Awethology – Light Volume, and Gems of Strength.

 

 

 

Author Bio:

About me:

my profileI am the proud single mother of a beautiful daughter, who is often the inspiration for many of my stories featuring children. I have three nieces and a nephew whom I love from the bottom of my heart.

I have found music to be a great source of healing throughout rough and painful times in my life. I also find it to be a great source of inspiration through traditional means and through the world around me. 

About my blindness:

Although I was not born prematurely, I was placed in an incubator and given 24 hours of oxygen, when I should have only received eight. This excessive amount of oxygen caused my optic nerves not to develop properly, resulting in my blindness. I have light perception in my left eye, and none in my right. The right eye was removed when I was eighteen months old and I have worn prostheses since then, until recently. I have used a cane since I was about five years old, accept during the period from April 2006 to March 2009, when I worked my one and only guide dog named Star. She was a black lab Golden retriever mix from Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Where I live and work:

I currently live in Rochelle, Georgia near my parents and one of my two brothers, when he’s not working on the road. I have worked from home for various freelance clients, while writing my novels. These clients include Mia Bysinger from Rushcube, a web development company and Earnest Dempsey’s Word Matters Blog.

Why I write:

First of all, I love creating stories that will entertain my readers. Through these entertaining stories, I also hope to either share the message of God’s love or bring back childhood memories, through my Children’s books. I journal for healing and brainstorming. I am writing non-fiction to help aspiring authors self-publish their own books through Amazon

Hobbies:

My hobbies include listening to music and podcasts, reading, crocheting and sitting out on the front porch on a warm day.

Music I enjoy: I love listening to classic country music, instrumental pieces such as classical, new age piano pieces and film scores. I also find that the environment is filled with natural music.

Podcasts I find educational and entertaining: I have a variety of podcasts I listen to on a daily basis. Some of my favorites include: The Author Stories Podcast with Hank Garner, The Creative Penn, I Should be Writing, Ditch Diggers, Eyes On success, how do you Write and Writing Excuses.

My favorite authors and genres:

I love to read books by Karen Kingsbury, Janette Oke, Hope Callahan, and I love finding new authors. My favorite genres include: Christian fiction, cozy mystery, sweet romance and Romantic suspense. I’ll also read the occasional memoire.

My Faith:

I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus died on the cross to save my soul. In God’s word, Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6, KJV)

~ In the words of Ann Harrison-Barnes, January 2019

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Interview with Ann Harrison-Barnes

Publication1I’m delighted to welcome my guest for today, Ann Harrison-Barnes.

Ann has published four books, so far, under the names, Ann Harrison and Ann Barnes; A Journey of Faith, Inner Vision, Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure and Stories Outside the Box. She also has short stories in the Anthologies; Awethology Light, December Awethology – Light Volume, and Gems of Strength.

Hi Ann, welcome to Rainne’s Ramblings.
Would you like to kick off by telling me a little about yourself and your background?

my profileI’m am a writer who is blind. I am also the single mom of a ten-year-old daughter who talks all the time about being taller than her mom. I have taken college courses in the field of communications, and I love to write Christian mysteries with a bit of a romantic twist.

 
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Although I’ve been writing since I was in about fifth or sixth grade, I came to the realization in 2003. The introduction to New Stories from the South 2001 was the inspiration I needed to kickstart my writing career.

 
What motivates you to write?

Sometimes the characters in my story can be motivation enough, while at other times I need music, a specific podcast or something else to get me going.

 
What are the hardest and easiest parts about being a writer?

The easiest part about being a writer is creating a story, but this can also be the hard part. I say this because there are times when my story eludes me. The hardest thing I’ve found about being a writer is the revision stage, although this is becoming easier and fun too.

 
Tell us about your writing routine; what’s a typical writing day for you?

It depends on the time of year. In the winter I’ll get up, go have a cup of coffee and breakfast, take care of my normal morning routine, turn on some music and sit down to write. However, in summer, I love to take some time out on the front porch to muse first thing in the morning, as it gets quite hot in the afternoon. Then I get started on my writing day.

 
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

Yes, because if you don’t have a cover that highlights your story, readers will overlook your book and move onto the next big thing. Although I’ve been told “don’t judge a book by its cover”, all my life, many people do the very thing I’ve been advised against.

 
Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?

A Journey of Faith ebookThat depends on what novel you’re talking about. In A Journey of Faith, I want people to know that no matter what happens in their lives, God will get them through these situations. I also want them to take away the message not to give up on accomplishing their goals and don’t let fear hold them back from the things they love to do. Each novel has a special message.

 
For those of us who are thinking of reading A Journey of Faith, could you tell us what to expect?

In A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery, the protagonist takes her own heros journey to discover why she has had so many nightmares the past sixteen years of her life. You’ll find intrigue, mystery, and more. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, so you’ll have to read to find out what tragedy she witnessed.

 
Tell us about your favorite memory related to reading or writing?

When I was about five-years-old, I remember getting my first three talking books from the library for the blind. My favorite book was King Emmitt’s Pig. I don’t remember how he got his live pig, but I do remember that Emmitt had glass pits, paper pigs and pigs of all shapes and sizes. I am surprised I still remember that book nearly 40 years later. LOL

 
When you consider your future, what would you like to make happen for you?

I have to be honest, I’m working on making my future happen now, because I’m doing what I always dreamed of doing or at least the second dream I had. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being a professional singer when I grew up. Although I love music, it turns out that I like writing even better.

 
Which, if any, of your personality traits, did you write into your characters?

InnerVisionEEcoverIn my novelette entitled Inner Vision, An Electric Eclectic Book, my character Kelly has my attention to detail and she learns how to use her inner vision as I have done.

 
How do you spend your free time?

Reading, listening to music or podcasts, spending time with my family, singing in my church choir and crocheting.

 
What is your biggest fear?

Getting lost in an unfamiliar place.

 
Which fictional character, book or film, would you like to meet and why?

This is not one character, but I’d like to meet the Bjorklund family from Lauraine Snelling’s Red River series and other books that she wrote featuring this family and their relatives and neighbors. They seam like such a wonderful family. As I read their stories, I fell in love with them.

 
A genie grants you three writing-related wishes: what are they and why?

I would ask for a stand-up desk, a front porch alcove with windchimes hanging nearby and someone to drive me to a café or gathering place where I can hang out with other writers.

 
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

I’m currently working on two projects. One is a nonfiction book written to help writers self-publish their books on Amazon and the other is a sequel to my full-length novel. Thanks for having me on your blog and I look forward to chatting with you soon.

 
Thank you for your time, Ann. It’s been lovely talking to you.

Pop back tomorrow to find out more about Anne and her books on my Five on Friday post, which for tomorrow will be Four on Friday! 😉

Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Five reads for February

These five books are next on my to-read list. I had hoped to read them by the end of February, but life has thrown me another curveball, so we’ll see!

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Uncle Billy’s Chicken Hut and Salvation Emporium by Jeffrey G. Roberts 

West of the bustling metropolis of Phoenix, along Interstate Highway 10, is the magnificent and mystical desolation of the mountains of Southwestern Arizona. It is as alien as the planet Mars, and just as foreboding. Yet hidden away between the peaks & valleys and desert vistas, is a most incongruous edifice – part diner, part carnival atmosphere, with equal measure of whimsy, and just a smidge of nightmare. And it lay smack dab between the Eastern boundaries of imagination, and the Western shores of spooky. You can’t get to it by car or plane; and you won’t reach it by helicopter or even horseback. Nor is it on any map in existence. In fact – you won’t find it at all.

Unless you’re dead. For this is Uncle Billy’s Chicken Hut & Salvation Emporium. Welcome. You say your spirit can’t move on until you find that 1995 issue of Jugs Galore with Miss February – before your wife does? Come on in! Never got a chance to see the dream realized of eating oysters on the half-shell? You’ve come to the right place! Not quite sure you’re actually in the dead mode? Uncle Billy will steer you on the right path! You know you’re dead, but you’re not quite sure how it happened, or where to go? Uncle Billy will set you straight!

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D: Darkest Beginnings by Chris Turnbull
(Prequel to Whitby’s Darkest Secret)

What makes a young boy turn to the darkness? What turns an honest man into a monster? In this prequel to Whitby’s Darkest Secret, journey back and learn about the life of the boy, who grew up to become known simply as ‘D’

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27405116D: Whitby’s Darkest Secret by Chris Turnbull

LESS than 3 years after the release of Bram Stokers novel Dracula, Whitby is tormented by a diehard fan who sees Dracula as his role model; and it isn’t long before women are being murdered, and the residents of Whitby are scared to leave their homes.

WHEN a young lady from London, who has travelled to Whitby with her new husband, is targeted, it is a race against time to catch this cloaked monster before he kills again.

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D: Revenge Hits London by Chris Turnbull

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The events in Whitby have left all those involved shaken. With a murderer still at large, and his target believing him to have been arrested, there is only a matter of time before their paths cross again. Humiliated by the woman he loves, D seeks revenge, and will stop at nothing until he sees Victoria pay for the torment she has brought upon him. With Detective Matthews out of the way, his plan surely can’t fail.

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42848228Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn

A lottery jackpot changes Claire Bennett’s life.

After she buys an ancient stone ruin on Fuerteventura – the island of her dreams – her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger.

Claire pays no heed, but soon after she moves to the idyllic island, she is confronted by a mystery. As the sinister story of her home slowly uncovers, Claire enters a world of inexplicable events and ordeals.

Someone or something doesn’t want her there. But what is really behind the events?

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Five on Friday

Five on Friday

For today’s Five on Friday I’m bringing you five books recommended to me by Goodreads, based on my bookshelves.
These five, from all of those suggested to me, have something in common – Dragons on the cover!

 

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The Dragon Hour
by Connie Flynn

A Scottish paradise lost in time is invaded by 21st century thugs. It was a robbery gone terribly wrong ending in Luke Slade carrying his wounded cousin through a window of light, sweeping them back in time. The killers chase behind them just as the window is closing, trapping them all in 1672.

Caryn McLaughlin rules Lochlorraine and deals daily with a terrible threat. When Luke appears she knows her worries will soon be over. She’d seen his face all her life, on a tapestry now hanging in her bed chambers. He is none other than Luke, the legendary Dragon Slayer, and his duty is clear. What a pity he doesn’t see it that way.

 

 

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Cora and the Nurse Dragon
by H.L. Burke

Cora’s a young girl with two dreams: to be a dragon jockey when she grows up and to own a pet dragon now. She constantly buys “egg packs” at the dragon emporium in hopes that one will hatch into a rare pet-sized dragon, but only gets short-lived mayflies. However, when an unexpected egg does develop into something new, Cora may be over her head.

 

 

 

 

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The Dragon in the Sock Drawer
(Dragon Keepers #1)
by Kate Klimo

Ten-year-old cousins Jesse and Daisy have always wanted something magical to happen to them. So its a dream come true when Jesses newly found thunder egg hatches and a helpless, tiny dragon pops out. Jesse names the bright green dragon Emmy, short for Emerald. Soon the two kids are at Emmys beck and call, trying to figure out what to feed her. An Internet search leads them to the library and then back to the Internet, where they find a strange Website called foundadragon.org. Here Jesse and Daisy discover that the little dragons hatching means that they are now Dragon Keepers, and not only do they have to feed Emmy but they also have to keep her safe from the villainous Saint George, who has kept himself alive over centuries by drinking dragons blood. In The Dragon in the Sock Drawer, author Kate Klimo has cleverly imagined what it would be like if a couple of modern-day kids had to raise a dragon.

 

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Blast of the Dragon’s Fury
(Andy Smithson #1)
by L.R.W. Lee

Andy Smithson just found out how much the zap of a wizard’s curse can sting. But after an epically bad day, he finds wizards are the least of his problems.

An otherworldly force draws him to a medieval world where fire-breathing dragons, deranged pixies, and vengeful spirits are the way of things. Trading his controller for a sword of legend, Andy embarks upon an epic quest to break a centuries-old curse oppressing the land. It isn’t chance that plunges him into the adventure though, for he soon discovers ancestors his parents have kept hidden from him are behind the curse.

 

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Smolder
(Dragon Souls #1)
by Penelope Fletcher

Wounded, a dragon drops from the sky to crash in front of Marina in an explosion of fire. She does the only reasonable thing a woman can do – she saves his life. Marina knows any moment may be her last, yet she cannot deny the connection between her and the alluring creature.

When fierce dragon lords appear, leading a dangerous assassin to their hiding place, the truth about her dragon is unveiled. The consequences of falling for a beast gifts Marina wonders never before seen … in this world.

 

January Round-up

 

Books I Read In January 2019

 

On my Five on Friday (Jan 11th) I listed five books that I wanted to read this month – Happy to say I read them all.

At the time of that posting, I had just started reading The Magic of Grandfather Time by Rose English, and I had already read Day Of Execution by Lily Luchesi and When I Grow Up by Jon Hales.

Adding in the five books from Five on Friday, and that’s eight books read in January.

 

My Reviews:

Day Of Execution by Lily Luchesi

When I Grow Up by Jon Hales

The Magic of Grandfather Time by Rose English

Ghostly Writes Anthology 2018

The Hairy Hand by Robin Bennett

Knowing His Madness by Valarie Savage Kinney

Reviews for the final two books, Seal Mother by Rose English and As Dreams Are Made On by Maria Gibbs will be published on my Saturday Spotlight (Feb 2nd). Or they can be read on Goodreads.

 

 

Five on Friday

Five on Friday

 
Five reviews that made my to-read list longer…

 

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Legion by Brandon Sanderson

Reviewed on Fantasy Book Review

legion-brandon-sandersonStephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

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The Blood Race by K.A. Emmons

Reviewed on The Reading Cafe

the-blood-raceThe Blood Race by K.A. Emmons is the 1st book in her new The Blood Race series.

Ion was an outcast, he didn’t fit in, he always felt different, going from school to school, he’s always felt a freak, and after the latest incident at the new school, Ion was at his wits end !!!

Hawk isn’t interested in much, she keeps herself to herself. And when her “Sensei” wants her to take on Ion to “teach” him about what and who he is, she isn’t interested, but after persuasion from Sensei, Hawk takes up her task.

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Shores Of Death by Peter Ritchie

Reviewed on everywhere and nowhere

51lesyytosl._sy346_Shores Of Death definitely builds on the brilliance of the other books in this series, I knew I was in for a good story but this one exceeded my already high expectations.

I was especially looking forward to this book because of the big announcement made at the end of the last book (I’m not telling you you’ll just have to read it). I knew that this instalment would see Grace struggle with her priorities and I was keen to see how this would be handled.

Grace has always been a smart and strong character but it was nice to see some vulnerability.

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The Current by Tim Johnston

Reviewed on Stacy Alesi’s Bookbitch.com

current-by-tim-johnstonA captivating novel about two murders 10 years apart and how they are intertwined, tearing up the people living in a small Minnesota town.

Caroline Price and Audrey Sutter are two young women going to the same University. They have become good friends and take to sharing their experiences and confiding confidential matters to each other. When Christmas and New Year’s break comes up, circumstances place them together in Caroline’s car driving to their respective homes which are fairly close together.

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The Guardian by Jacquie Biggar

Reviewed on Roberta Writes

51ntfyg0i+lI listened to the audio book of The Guardian: Mended Souls One. The reader, Daniel F. Purcell, has a pleasant voice and I enjoyed his reading of this story.

Tracy York, a medical examiner, is assigned to investigate the circumstances surrounding a horrific car accident in which three people have been killed.

The driver of one of the vehicles is a well-know celebrity, Lucas Carmichael, who has been enjoying a night out on the town with his best friend and fellow celebrity, Scott Anderson, and Scott’s younger sister, Natalya, when the accident occurs and he is killed.

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Interview with Trish Hubschman

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I’m delighted to welcome my guest for today, Trish Hubschman.

Trish is the author of the Tracy Gayle Mysteries.

Hi Trish, welcome to Rainne’s Ramblings.
Would you like to start by telling me a little about yourself and your background?

51pzajzhmylMy name is Trish. I’m 55 and live on Long Island, NY with my husband and two rescue dogs. I recently published a romantic suspense novel called Stiff Competition/Miss America (A Tracy Gayle Mystery).

 
When and why did you decide to become a writer?

I wrote poetry in 6th grade and my first short story in 7th. I was a shy and lonely kid. Creating characters gave me friends.

 
What gets your creative juices flowing?

I tend to daydream when I listen to music. Sometimes a new story emerges.

 
What does writing mean to you?

It’s my way to express myself, get my feelings out and deal with them if need be. It’s the best way for me to communicate. I also love to create, imagine and daydream.

 
Do you have an office/allotted space for writing?

I have my own computer room in my home where my desktop is set up.

 
Do you use your personal experiences in your writing…?

I’m multiply disabled and rarely do I have a disabled character, but I might do a spin-off of some incident that may happen in my life.

 
..and do you develop characters from your personal experiences or draw from that of others?

I would say Danny and Tracy are combinations of other characters in fiction with my own special touch added.

 
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

They say don’t judge a book by its cover but people do, in every way. The book’s cover is supposed to catch the reader’s eye, draw them to it, make them pick it up.

 
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

Adult women. Stiff Competition is a romantic suspense. It’s an excellent mystery with 2 assaults and 2 murders on the Atlantic City boardwalk. There’s also a juicy romance. It’s different than the usual theme. It’s not a private eye with a cop, though the cop’s right there. My PI’s sidekick is a rock and roll musician.

 
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

My favorite author is Lisa Gardner, but the private eye in my book is most like Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone.

 
What are your writing goals for 2019?

I want to publish the next book in the Tracy Gayle mystery series, Ratings Game.

 
It’s time to relax! What do you do?

Read, do yard work, sleep, exercise, listen to music.

 
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Having to put our last dog Cookie down.

 
I’m so sorry, Trish.
I have a cat called Cookie.

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What three music cds would you take to a deserted island to watch over and over again for a year?

Styx is my favorite band, so I’d take 3 concert CDs with me.

 
If you had to choose a fictional character from one of your books to have lunch with, who would it be and why?

Danny Tide. He’s a gorgeous rock star and a great guy.

 
If you were given a one-way ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Personally, I’d like to hole up and hide somewhere. I like the peace of the mountains, the fresh air, etc. Maybe the Poconos.

 
I’m with you on the hideaway hole, Trish

Before you leave us, is there anything else you’d like to share?

I’m deaf/blind. I have a cochlear implant. I do okay hearing computer speech but I don’t do as well with human voices, especially in crowds, or on the phone.

 
Thank you for joining me today, and sharing a little about yourself and your writing. Best wishes for all your future projects.

The Tracy Gayle Mystery series:

Book One – The Fire
Book Two – Unlucky Break
Book Three – Stiff Competition: (Miss America)

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