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Random Acts of Publicity - Nancy Curteman

It's Saturday, and Random Acts of Publicity Week is almost over, but we can't let it get away from us without a word from Solstice Author Nancy Curteman giving us a look at her current book, Murder Down Under. This book is currently available through Amazon, along with Nancy's other book: Murder in a Teacup. You can find both books here:
First of all, Nancy, I'm a huge fan of anything Australia. It's a very intriguing country, and I've always wanted to visit there. Please, tell us what Murder Down Under is all about.

When corporate trainer Lysi Weston attends a conference in Sydney, Australia, g’day turns into a very bad day after her Harlem-born colleague, Grace Wright, stumbles on the battered body of a childhood friend. Determined to sniff out the murderer, Lysi embarks on a labyrinth of trails that lead her to suspect a womanizing cop, a suave Black businessman and a voyeur who videos his vi…

Random Acts of Publicity - K.J. Dahlen

Today on Out of Control Characters, we're joined by K.J. Dahlen, another Solstice author. Her book Cards of Sin sounds fascinating.

Can you tell us a bit about your character, K.J.?

Cards of Sin focuses on Cheyenne Gentry. She’s a reporter in DC. When a serial killer makes contact with her through her own IM he doesn’t give her a choice, he wants her to write his story and he won’t allow her to refuse.

When he starts to kill people to prove he’s serious, he leaves behind a calling card. It’s a playing card with a crime written in blood nailed to his victim’s foreheads.When Cheyenne’s friend Vincent Bailey begins to look back he finds a trail of other victims.

Cheyenne goes from being scared to being angry and it’s her anger that helps the police find this killer. The killer taunts her every chance he gets and she begins putting the shattered pieces of his life together.Then she gets a phone call from his first victim, Wesley Price.

Wesley tells her the killer’s name and about his child…

Random Acts of Publicity Week - Carl Brush

Welcome to the Thursday issue of Random Acts of Publicity Week. Today, I'm featuring fellow Solstice Publishing author, Carl Brush. Carl's book, Second Vendetta, will soon be released, and he's here today to give us an idea what it's all about. Why don't you give us a quick overview of Second Vendetta?

Not again.

It’s taken Andy Maxwell two summers—1908-1910—to help his family recover from the effects of the murderous attack on them and their Sierra Nevada Ranch. That vendetta nearly killed his mother, severely damaged barn, house, and livestock, and exhumed some long-buried family secrets—including the fact that his father was black. He’s had to alter his whole notion of who he is and where he came from. But now that he’s Shanghaied the vendetta’s perpetrator, nursed his mother back to health, and got the ranch operating again, he thinks he can return to grad school and pursue his history doctorate in peace.

Not so.

First of all, it turns out they don’t want a mi…

Random Acts of Publicity Week - Blog Tag Party

Do you remember that old game of tag back when we were kids? Well this is a different kind of tag. Today, as part of Random Acts of Publicity Week, we're going to outline a work in progress, and then send you to other blogs, where other authors have done the same. 1.What is the working title of your book?

Take Chances 2.Where did the idea come from for the book?

One of my kids freaked after the Virginia Tech shooting and asked me why. I couldn't answer, but I sure wanted to. I needed answers so I turned to the one thing I've used in some way on all my work – research on the subject. Slowly, as I read through reams of information on school shootings, and compiled the information into spreadsheets to understand it, my characters started talking to me. Their lives popped out in spurts, and I took tons of notes. Then I had to sit down and figure out what I'd use. Take Chances began in 2005, but I didn't catch the flavor of the story until I entered NaNoWriMo last year, an…

Random Acts of Publicity - Donna Alice Patton

Today, for Random Acts of Publicity Week, I'm talking about a close friend and one of my beta readers, Donna Alice Patton. Donna and I connected on one of the critique groups I run, and I do mean connected. She was right there with suggestions on my work that made it better. Her humor when I made a dumb mistake brought laughter. A few years ago, we both attended SpringMingle, a writer's conference, in Atlanta together. There, our friendship blossomed to where we're in constant contact through a variety of methods but mostly texting through tough stuff.

We suffered through innumerable rejections of our work, sometimes bewailing the fact no one would ever give us a contract. Then it happened. Donna was the first to make the breakthrough. I must confess to the tiniest bit of jealously, but then happiness became my prime emotion. If only one of us would be blessed, Donna was the one to be at the front of the line. Why?

She is one of the busiest people I've ever met. Many p…

Random Acts of Publicity Week - Softly Say Goodbye

Today begins Random Acts of Publicity week. We're supposed to promote the work of other authors, but I thought I'd start the week by sharing the story behind Softly Say Goodbye. This novel will release sometime late this month, and I'm sure people are wondering just what it's all about.
First of all, Softly Say Goodbye is a love story, but it's also about teen drinking – or rather about one teenage girl's battle to stop teen drinking in her high school. Oh, you say, another book about teen drinking. Well, I say, give this one a chance. See, it's not about a teen drinking and then seeing the light, so to speak. Erin doesn't drink. She hates people who get drunk, especially other teens. Why?
I don't go into her reasons for hating drinking much in the book, but it all has to do with her guy, Bill, and his dad. Bill is totally cool, but he comes from the wrong side of town, and much of this has to do with his dad, Mark. Mark believes the world is his to d…