A computer geek by day and a writer by night, P.J. MacLayne grew up in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania and sets much of her writing in that landscape. She currently lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.
It's week three of the #MysteryExchange and this week I'm happy to introduce Linda Brendle and her book Tatia's Tattoo.
About the book:
As a successful D.C. lawyer, Tatia’s mission in life was to destroy the sex trafficking trade in small-town America. She knew where to find it. She’d been there. With only apathetic foster parents to protect her, she fell prey to the local pimp. Trapped in the sordid underbelly of a small Texas town, she survived by sheer will. Her friendship with he
What language have you always wanted to learn? Do you think you will try?
Learning a second language was a requirement for my high school. Back then, we only had two choices, French and Spanish. Not having a crystal ball to see into the future, I chose French.
Although we only needed two years for graduation, I stuck with French for all four years. I can't claim I was ever very good at it, although I got decent grades. My comprehension of the written language was far ab
Welcome to the second week of the Mystery Exchange. This week I'm featuring Stacy Juba and her book Sink or Swim.
How do you call for SOS when only the killer can hear you?Personal trainer Cassidy sails into the public eye while competing on a TV game show set aboard a Tall Ship. After she returns home and catches the attention of a stalker, her well-ordered life turns topsy-turvy. As Cassidy's competitors disappear one by one, she teams up with Zach, the charming photographer tasked
Have you written any books or stories that you haven't published? Tell us about them. Do you have plans to release them in the future?
I wrote my first book at the tender age of nineteen. It was a handwritten romantic fantasy and I filled several notebooks. After I finished it, I typed it out. At some point, I made a recording of me reading it. (Saved to cassettes. Several of them.) And you know what? It stunk. But I was rightfully proud of myself for doing it. I still have th
For the next month and a half, I'll be featuring other mystery writers here on Thursdays, and I'll be appearing on their blogs. This week's guest is Donna Fletcher Crow. Please welcome her and her book, A Lethal Spectre.
A Lethal Spectre, Lord Danvers Investigates, Book 5, a Victorian True-crime mysteryThe elegance of a London season and the atrocities of an Indian mutiny woven into an intricate tapestry
Antonia and Charles are swept up in the glittering swirl of a London season as t
What skills do you have that would make you useful in the medieval time period and/or would get you condemned as a witch?
To make this discussion easier, first thing I'm going to do is eliminate any skills that are tied to inventions that didn't exist in medieval times. No computers, no modern-day appliances, no modern medicine. Any one of those would get me condemned as a witch in a flash.
I do have a few skills that existed back then and would make me useful. Sewing,
June 25, 1018
What historical event would you have liked to witness?
I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him where are you going
And this he told me
I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm
I'm going to join in a rock 'n' roll band
I'm going to camp out on the land
I'm going to try an' get my soul free
credit: Joni Mitchell
What's your opinion on authors giving their books away for free?
If you are a heavy reader of e-books, you probably know that there are a lot of free books out there. Enough that you could fill whatever e-reader you use without spending a penny. And you know what? Some of those books are good. Really good.
But you won't find any of my books on that list. and that's on purpose. I don't give my books away for free on a mass basis. (I have been known to give away a copy or
What's the strangest medical or psychological condition you've ever given to one of your characters?
It would be easy to say that many of the characters in my Free Wolves series suffer from clinical lycanthropy. In simple terms, that's the condition of thinking you are a werewolf (or other animal.) In more technical terms, it's defined as a rare psychiatric syndrome that involves a delusion that the affected person can transform into, has transformed into, or is a non-human animal. I
If you could change one thing in your life and not have it affect you negatively later, what would you pick?
Let me start by saying I'd be afraid to change anything, despite the disclaimer about not affecting me negatively later. What's the saying- for every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction? Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's true. But for the sake of this blog, I'll set that feeling aside.
If you've read my bio, you know I'm a computer geek.
With the Memorial Day holiday marking the unofficial beginning of summer in the United States, the season of cookouts and camping has arrives. What are your "must haves" for these events?
I started camping when I was a Girl Scout, eons ago, and learned the basic skills. As I got older, we moved on to more advanced knowledge. I even took a forest survival course one summer (not with the Girl Scouts.)
But camping as an adult, I like to keep it simple. I don't wa
Do you read the trashy tabloids while you wait in line at the grocery store? What headlines grab your attention and why?
It's been a long time since I've perused the headlines of one of those tabloids that used to grace every checkout stand in every grocery store. I remember the days when Elvis sightings seemed to be the main headline each and every week, followed closely by alien abductions. But now I gravitate towards self-checkout (I'm faster than most of the cashiers!
Wolves' Gambit is my new release. Although it's the third book in the Free Wolves series, it can be read as a stand-alone. In this scene, Lori Grenville, the main character, is confronted by Hyrum, the pack enforcer.
Hyrum studied her, his probing gaze another intimidation tactic. “I can’t read you and I don’t like it. I don’t trust you.” “You mean that whole ‘thinking at each other’ thing you guys do? You’re not the only one who can’t tell what’s on
Is there such a thing as a bookworm who doesn’t appreciate photos of cozy reading nooks or gorgeous bookshelves?
I've got three full size bookshelves in my writing area. They are pretty well packed, although not necessarily only with books. (There's also my collection of LP's. And computer parts.) But the house is in transition now, so no pictures.
To appease the blogging gods, I went looking for a few dream spots for reading. Everyone has a different idea of what that
Sometimes the flames of desire run hotter than a mere fire.
Ford Montgomery is working the case of his life. Trailing the arsonist who killed his parents, the former bounty hunter will soon make this guy pay for his crimes. After that, Ford plans to reclaim his house from his ex-wife and retire to his home in the mountains.
Megan Marshal thought she'd ditched her ex husband, until she finds out
I'm tickled to announce the official release of Wolves' Gambit. Lori Grenville, a minor character from Wolves' Pawn, bugged me to tell her story, and here it is!
Wolf-shifter Lori Grenville was rescued from near-slavery and a brutal pack leader by the Free Wolves. To pay back the favor, she's dedicated her life to helping others in the same situation, leading shifters to safety and a new start, risking her life in the process. She's faced down alphas and has no qualms in undermining
First the soup! Winter is over, but while the cold air and snow sticks around in some parts of the world, I thought I'd share this recipe. I won't be able to start gardening for a few more weeks.
1 1/2 lbs hamburger (or for added flavor, do half hamburger and half Italian sausage)
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cups shredded cabbage
1 sweet bell pepper, chopped (and if you want, add a yellow pepper for added col
April 9, 2018 – Recommend books to your readers in your genre(s).
Here's the thing. I try not to read books from my genres while I'm writing in that genre. And as I usually have a project going in both series at the same time, that means I rarely seek out new authors on those genres, and that most of my reading is in other genres.
There is one writer I'd like to recommend from the cozy mystery category. Jenna Bennett, the author of the Cutthroat Business series, is a hy
April 2, 2018 – Work time vs. family time. How do you manage it all?
Being a writer is at it's heart, a lonely task. Hours sitting in front of a computer or a notepad, trying to get the right words to spill from your brain into some resemblance of a story. But not all of us live solitary lives. There's work and families to consider in how we schedule our time.
I'm pleased to welcome Jennifer Lowery and her new release Worth The Risk. And now, here's Jennifer.
Hello peeps, Jennifer here to rock your military romance socks off! My new release, Worth the Risk, Book #3 in my Wolff Securities Series, is available now for pre-order—Woot! It will release March 20th so get your orders in now! If you haven’t read the first two books, no worries, these are standalone as well as part of a series—although I do hope you’ll read them all ;) The Wolff b
How much is too much? We know repetition is important to remember things. That’s why we see the same commercials over and over again. But, how much is too much? What’s your favorite ad and what’s your least favorite ad. (Can be television, radio, billboards.)
Those of you who have read my blog with any regularity know that I don't watch TV. The number of ads and the way they repeat them over and over and over is one of the reasons I stopped. Seeing the same bad commercial thre