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Have blogs lost their luster?

I am considering dropping this blog due to lack of interest.


With the help of Blogger tools I am able to see how many folks visit the blog on a daily basis. While I am fairly pleased to have as many as 20+ visitors per day, readers don't leave comments for authors or for me. After 380+ blogs have been posted, I'm wondering if there's anyone out there who would care if the blog folded altogether.

If you read this blog and would like for it to continue to give you information on authors and books, please leave a comment. Authors, you need to weigh in also. Has this blog helped you in any way? I'm open to an entirely new format and content if that would bring traffic.

Thanks in advance for your honest feedback. I'm offering a gift set of all five Logan Hunter Mysteries to one lucky commenter.

Susan Noel Sands: Again, Alabama

FREE signed copy of Susan's book to some lucky commenter!
Susan Sands grew up in a tiny Southern town in Northwest Louisiana near the Texas border. Calling it a town is generous, really. She graduated with a degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana where the movie, Steel Magnolia’s was filmed during Susan’s time living there. There’s no more Southern, small town claim to fame than that.


Her characters and setting are pulled from those very Southern, small towns and open spaces, where the air is clean and the words are often spoken with more syllables than necessary, y’all.


Her lifelong love of reading and the realization that her children were growing up and would eventually move on spurred her to try her hand at writing. Susan lives with her dentist husband and three nearly grown children in Johns Creek, GA. She is a member of the Georgia Romance Writers and the Romance Writers of America.


Welcome to the blog, Susan.

Thanks so much for hosting me today, Susan! I grew up in a tiny town in North Louisiana, I now live in Georgia, but my novel, AGAIN, ALABAMA, is set in small town Alabama. My own small town upbringing feeds my stories with the kind of humor and situations that can only spring from first-hand immersion in this real-life setting. Small towns are crazy fun!


I am delighted to have you on the blog.


How has your environment affected your writing?


My current environment living in suburban Atlanta, not so much. My past environment was a fertile breeding ground for some whacky Southern stuff, let me tell you. I graduated high school with thirty people—in public school. We had a big class. Between the gassy well water at school and the toilets blowing up when kids sneaked a smoke in the bathroom, to my class hosting the first prom in the school’s history where there were more chaperones than students, let me tell you…


Give a short synopsis of Again, Alabama.


Dragged back to her small town to help her mother recover from surgery while rescuing the family event planning business should be a cinch. Even for a disgraced television chef, right?  Wrong.


Among the many secrets Cammie's family’s been hiding is the fact that their historic home is falling down.  Oh, and the man hired to restore the house, Grey Harrison, is the same high school and college love of her life who thrashed her heart and dreams ten years ago.  Yeah, that guy.


Grey, a widower with a young daughter, has never stopped loving Cammie, and when they are face to face once again, the chemistry is off the charts.  Cammie may be in full-blown denial, but letting go is no longer in Grey’s vocabulary, even when winning Cammie’s forgiveness and renovating their love may seem like an impossible build even for a master architect and carpenter.


As Cammie finds herself forgetting all the reasons she can’t trust Grey or love again, he finds himself remembering all the reasons he wants her to stay with him in Alabama… forever.


How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?


Um. I’m almost afraid to look at that too closely. I would say I’m more in the voice of the characters than in the actual story or behavior. I do have a good sense of humor—pretty snarky at times. So, if you know me, you can definitely hear me when reading my work.


What challenges did you face while writing this book?


This book has gone through many versions. It’s been edited half to death, then shortened and tightened. The title was changed from MISERY, ALABAMA by the publisher because it wasn’t “romantic” enough. True enough. It went from a true women’s fiction title to more of a Southern women’s fiction/contemporary romance. First I found an agent who believed in the book, and then I found a wonderful editor who believed in the story and was willing to put in the time.


What do you think is the greatest lesson you’ve learned about writing so far? 


There are so many lessons. I learned the importance of spending time learning how to write according to a set of rules, and ways to make words fit together so they tell a story and make reader’s feel.


What advice can you give new writers?


Spend time learning how to write. Buy craft books, attend conferences, and learn to take criticism with grace. Grow skin thicker than an elephants. Listen to what your trusted readers tell you. It hurts to get feedback that isn’t from your mom. And don’t give up.


We all know how important promoting our work has become. How do you get the word out both off and online?


I beg, borrow and steal. No, I don’t steal, but it’s challenging as a new author to get your name and work out there. I’ve done blog tours, been lucky enough to have published author friends host me on their blogs, share my good news on their author pages and websites, and had news articles published announcing my book release. I’ve yelled at the top of my lungs on social media every time any of those things have happened. My publisher put my book on Net Galley before it was released, which garnered many reviews by reviewers and bloggers who posted them on their websites and blogs as well as on Amazon and Goodreads. I set up an author page on Amazon, Facebook, and Goodreads, then linked my blogs and website to all of those sites. I tweet about my books and am on loops with other writers and actively tweet and re-tweet their good news and releases. It’s the hard part of this job.


Can you tell us your future writing goals/projects?


I am currently working on a connected story to AGAIN, ALABAMA.


Where can folks learn more about your books and events?


I can be found in all the fun places!

Twitter: @SusanNoelSands

Blog:  Sweet Home Alpharetta at: http://susansands.com


 

 
Are your books available in print and ebook formats? 

My books have been released online in both print and e-book formats. 

http://www.amazon.com/Again-Alabama-Susan-Sands-ebook/dp/B00Z318GNY/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1442974325&sr=8-1


http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/again-alabama-susan-sands/1122111605?ean=9781942240921&st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Core+Shopping+Books_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP345&k_clickid=3x345&kpid=9781942240921



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I am a lineal descendant of a Knight of the Bath, Sir Geoffrey V Plantagenet. I read nearly forty books before I wrote Sprig of Broom, wanting to know as much about the man as possible. He married King Henry's daughter, Matilda, and fathered the long line of Plantagenet kings of England.

While history was not as kind to him as I was, I wanted readers to see Geoffrey's human-ness and understand the duress he must have had when constantly belittled and befuddled by his lady wife. I wanted readers to understand that even though he was a great warrior, he could also be remorseful and weak.

I hope I pulled it off. The novel has been released in all formats. If you are inclined to read it, please leave a review. Reviews are appreciated even if short. Please "like" it on my Facebook page  www.facebook.com/susan.whitfield and also on my author page there:

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Please leave a comment for a chance to win a free signed copy of Sprig of Broom!

Here's a short excerpt to whet your appetite:


An ominous sound unexpectedly penetrated my thoughts and a cold fog washed over me like damp wool. My view disappeared as mist eddied and locked me in its cocoon of eerie dankness, alone. I reached for my blade to cut through it, hoping to open it up like a boar hog’s hide and step out into the light. No opening presented itself. I stopped in my tracks on the rocky road. I knew steep ravines were poised on each side, waiting to beat me to a pulp as I plummeted to the bottom. I could see nothing, but an unworldly and putrid smell invaded my nostrils.

“Blou? Hardouin? Paieri?”

I heard no response from my men, but a low moan grew louder. Did I hear sinister laughter? Could that be possible out here far between two kingdoms? Surely no other fools ventured out at dawn’s first light without due cause.

“Jacquelin? Is that your laughter I hear?”

Jacquelin did not respond.

There! Again I heard it. Menacing laughter. I grabbed the hilt of my dagger with determination as an ominous humming sound came closer to me. Could someone . . . or something see me through the fog? I began to shake from dampness or fear of what brought the laughter.

The cackling turned into a low groan and a hag chewing a brown plant appeared just out of my reach, wearing tattered clothes and displaying ragged and rotten teeth, ghastly wild hair, a prunish face, and foul stench.

“Listen and heed,” it warned.

More shrill laughter and another voice came from a different direction. I turned in a circle and tried to determine from which way the voice came.

“Mesh becomes chain,” a squeaky voice proclaimed behind me.

I blinked, understanding nought. I spun until my lightheadedness dropped me to my knees at the sound of yet another voice.

“Dark of moon brings realm of gloom,” a deeper raspier voice disclosed.

“Heat of broom becomes his doom,” yet another voice declared. I was surrounded.

“Gloom and doom for man of broom!” This deafening pronouncement came in unison from all the ghastly voices encircling me, making my bones creak.

“Who are you? Show yourselves, old crones,” I bellowed, trying not to display fear. But I heard no answer and the fog and the one apparition I could see dissipated. I again had a clear view of the next village, no being of any kind in sight. Where were the barons who had accompanied me from my home land and walked with me only seconds ago?

I turned when I heard a commotion behind me and saw the men running to catch me, Blou in the lead, sword drawn.

“Where did you go, my lord?”

“I have the same question for you, Blou.”

“We walked along the road with you until you disappeared into a fog. We nought could find you or hear you. We called out but no answer came.”

“You did not hear me call to you?”

“No, my lord.”

“Witches surrounded me and separated me from you,” I explained.

“For what purpose, my lord?”

“I have no answer, Blou, only riddles that made no sense.” 

Early review:

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mary Deal on September 21, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Sprig of Broom, by Susan Whitfield, gives us a unique peek into the fertile mind of this award-winning author. While researching her genealogy she recognizes the life of the man from whom she descends, one gallant Sir Geoffrey V. Plantagenet, could be turned into a slightly fictionalized but also true accounting of his long and beleaguered life, its heartaches and satisfactions. Sir Geoffrey was the original Plantagenet who started the Sprig of Broom usage.

Whitfield’s ability to establish unique character personalities is well honed. The settings as described made me feel a part of the story, the action. I fought beside Sir Geoffrey in long and bloody battles, cringed at his wife's cruel taunting and treatment. I despised yet understood the Dowager Empress Matilda. So many diverse lives fill this story and make it an exciting and satisfying read. I am still amazed at how much history is packed in here.

Sprig of Broom is an historical novel that I didn’t wish to see end. But it had to because all of Sir Geoffrey’s life, from teen years and on is included in this exciting portrayal of life circa. 1127 in Great Britain. I don’t want to say much more about this book that wouldn’t end up being a spoiler. So, suffice it to say, I wholeheartedly recommend Whitfield’s Sprig of Broom to historical aficionados, for both the fiction and nonfiction of it. It’s difficult to tell what’s fiction and what’s not. Sir Geoffrey’s life makes it a most exciting read for any reader. Whitfield has paid a magnificent tribute to her ancestor.

Why, thank you so much, Mary Deal!

Emmy Jane

I waited on the porch, munching a crispy apple watching Emmy-Jane to ride up on her horse near Saratoga Springs, NY.


Emmy Jane was born and raised in upstate NY, where riding horses was part of her everyday life. Though time took her elsewhere, she never forgot her love of horses or the lessons they taught her. Along the way, after acquiring two masters degrees in her Field, she left her doctoral candidacy in Clinical Psychology to start a family. Over the past several years, watching her children grow has often reminded her of life lessons she learned through her pony. Those reminders and her professional background inspired Emmy Jane's first children's book series. It begins with the story of Twinkleberry Pie for My Birthday, an uplifting family tale about a girl who learns her assumptions are far from true on a day spent with a new pony.

 

I"m enjoying this big apple very much, Emmy-Jane. 

So glad, Susan. Thanks for coming.

My pleasure. Tell me, how many books have you written?


Twinkleberry Pie for My Birthday represents my foray into the book publishing world. Scientific and clinical writing had major roles in my previous Field, but I haven’t written any related books. This is my first published work of imaginative writing that introduces my children’s series. At present, I have submitted the second story, Twinkleberry Pie in Wizzie’s Orchard, and am working on the third.


Give a short synopsis.


The story is about a girl who believes she can ride a horse independently because she has been learning to ride since age two. She thinks her parents do not believe the same, as they have never allowed her to ride without her mother holding a safety rope attached to the family horse. On the day of her sixth birthday, an occasion she thinks her parents have forgotten, she learns her assumptions are far from true when she receives a pony of her own.



How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?


The book was loosely about my own childhood. I really did have a pony named Twinkleberry Pie and I did receive her around the time of my sixth birthday, but that’s where the true facts end. I used my background in Psychology to form a story that imparts valuable lessons via its main theme of learning from misconceptions, and its secondary theme of wanting unconditional parental support but not always feeling that support.


Do you travel to do research or for inspiration? Can you share some special places with us?


I’ve traveled for the sake of research. With the knowledge that people tend to remember more of the big picture from their distant past rather than the minute details, I decided to voyage to my hometown address and the nearby area to take pictures of things I haven’t seen daily for decades. Just as I suspected, the environmental visual cues helped me to remember some specifics from events I haven’t contemplated in over 25 years. I was then able to create colorfully descriptive fiction based on more comprehensive recall of days lived long ago.


What advice can you give new writers?


I think all authors would agree that a manuscript for any audience is only as good as its ability to keep the reader engaged in the story. Regarding the children’s book genre, there’s a notion in the general public that absolutely everyone can write a children’s story. Perhaps that’s true, but writing one that resonates with its entire audience is another matter.


If I may state the obvious conservatively, adults are very often the readers of children’s books. Therefore, those that stand out in the genre, aside from those published by celebrities, are those that appeal to people of all ages. Speaking as a parent, I can attest to the fact that many stories fall short of appealing to adults. So I ask the following of children’s story writers. What’s the point of writing something that a significant percentage of your audience gets nothing out of reading, or worse, feels like that act of re-reading it to a child who fancies it is an exercise in patience? I might add a reminder that adults are also the majority buyers of children’s books. In today’s economy, they should feel like they’re spending their money wisely.

Given the competition in the fast-growing children’s book market, I think that writers like me who are virtually unknown can’t afford to fail to consider their whole audience as much as how they’ll use their unique writing strengths to engage readers and build their brand. I’m taking my own advice by utilizing pieces of anecdotes from my life with my background in Psychology to share some of what I’ve learned personally and professionally in stories that, I hope, entertain and resonate with readers of all ages.  


Where do you store ideas for later use: in your head, in a notebook, or on a spreadsheet?


I keep sticky note pads in multiple places in my house to facilitate scribbling ideas that are unrelated to my current writing project. Over time, I add to each in no specific order except as new developments in each come to mind until I have enough collected thoughts to piece together rough outlines.


Can you tell us your future writing goals/projects?


My ultimate goal is to diversify my writing across genres through different types of book ideas that have been taking shape. For now, I’m sketching outlines for the remainder of the Twinkleberry Pie series and developing storylines for more children’s books.


Where can folks learn more about your book and up-coming events?


People can see more about my books and events on my author page within my publisher’s website, http://www.publishwithcfa.com/emmy-jane.html. They can also find information on my Facebook and Goodreads author pages, or my Twitter page: http://www.facebook.com/EmmyJaneMSMA


Is your book available in print and ebook format?

My book was just released at the end of April. So far, it is available in both print and kindle formats on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/author/emmyjane.com. Also, anyone who shops at Chicago area Target stores can buy book copies there rather than waiting for delivery from Amazon. I’ll post announcements on my website author pages, Twitter and Google+ as the book becomes available elsewhere.


Now, how about that horse ride?




Linda Weaver Clarke's Lost Love



Linda Weaver Clarke is from Color Country, which is located in southern Utah. It’s a beautiful area full of red mountains, which sits likes an oasis in the middle of the desert.

She travels throughout the United States, teaching and encouraging people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the mother of six daughters and has several grandchildren. Clarke is the author of several historical romances, a mystery/adventure series, a children’s book, and a cozy mystery series. All her books are family-friendly.


Welcome, Linda.
How many books have you written?


I have written 18 books and am working on book number 19. I have written cozy mysteries, mystery suspense, historical romance, children’s, and non-fiction. Each genre was fun to write but my favorite is cozy mystery.

Give a short synopsis of your most recently published book.


Her Lost Love: Amelia Moore Detective Series is the fifth book in this cozy mystery series. Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Julie Anderson feels a need to find the man she fell deeply in love with during her youth. When Julie went off to college to become a lawyer, she lost contact with her high school sweetheart. She now wants to know what became of Joey and why he stopped writing to her? This is an assignment that intrigues Amelia. The thought of finding a long-lost love seems quite romantic.


What challenges did you face while writing this book?


One of the challenges an author faces when writing mysteries is to not divulge too much information and make it too easy for the reader to figure out. I have to give just enough to the reader to make him want to read more, but not enough to have him figure it out too soon. So far, I have been able to fool most of my readers. One reader said an author has never fooled her before, and she was able to figure out the mystery every time. Then she went on to say that I was the first author who surprised her. This book is my fifth cozy mystery and I was able to fool her every time.


Do you travel to do research or for inspiration? Can you share some special places with us?


I travel on the Internet if I can’t go there in person. Because of the intense research I do, I have had people tell me that my descriptions were so well done that they thought I had visited that country. People who actually went to Ireland said I had portrayed it perfectly in The Shamrock Case. I not only research the landscape but the history in that area so I can bring a bit of Ireland to my reader, or a bit of Bali Island in The Bali Mystery, and so on.


Can you tell us your future writing goals/projects?


Absolutely! This cozy mystery series is going to be on audio and I’m so excited about it. The narrator is fantastic and she portrays my characters so well. The accent she uses for someone from another country is impressive. I’m so pleased. She just finished the first book in this series and is about to begin with the second one. As I listened to the audio, I could see everything unfolding before my eyes… or inside my head. Haha.


Where can folks learn more about your books and events?


You can visit my website called Make Believe at www.lindaweaverclarke.com to read sample chapters and that will lead the reader to a purchase page. I also have a blog where I write articles about my books at https://lindaweaverclarke.wordpress.com and another blog where I interview authors and have book giveaways at http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com.


Are your books available in print and ebook formats?


My books are available in print form and e-book at Barnes and Noble and at Amazon. If you go to http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/purchasebook.html, then that site will lead you to the correct bookstore with one click.



Best of luck with all endeavors, Linda!

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SUSAN WHITFIELD Mystery Writer

Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With
Mystery and Historical Fiction Author Susan Whitfield

Award-winning multi-genre author Susan Whitfield is a native of North Carolina, where she sets all of her novels. She is the author of The Logan Hunter Mystery series: Genesis Beach, Just North of Luck, Hell Swamp, Sin Creek, and Sticking Point. She also authored Killer Recipes, a unique cookbook that includes recipes from mystery writers around the country.  Slightly Cracked is her first women’s fiction, set in Wayne County where she lives with her husband. Their two sons live nearby with their families.

Susan’s a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Carolina Conspiracy, Coastal Carolina Mystery Writers, North Carolina Writers Network, and National Association of Baby Boomer Women.  Her books are available in print and eBook formats. Susan is currently researching a medieval ancestor for an historical mystery. Learn more at www.susanwhitfieldonline.com

About The Cover Design: Jason Penland is an avid self-taught photographer, with a focus on nature and landscapes. The product of generations of mountain folks, Jason's love of his western North Carolina home is evident in his beautiful work. He expresses a love of his heritage through playing banjo, dobro and guitar, and passes that love on to his two young sons. He also specializes in portraits, wedding photography, bridals, and family-oriented settings.

Susan’s an avid blogger and promotes authors at http://www.susanwhitfield.blogspot.com

Her website: http://www.susanwhitfieldonline.com

You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Booktown.ning.com and http://www.trianglesinc.com

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Interview:

Tell us what makes you proud to be a writer from Dudley, NC? I have lived in North Carolina my entire life, visiting it from stem to stern, loving both the mountains and the sea. I’m proud to be the only mystery writer in my county. I enjoy being involved with Carolina Conspiracy and the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and other organizations around the country.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I guess it just came naturally when I was a child. Once I was a freshman in college and my English professor told me what a good writer I was, I began to believe that someday I could write and publish.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Only after I retired from my high school principal ship.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and why? It certainly contributed as far as setting my novels somewhere in the state. We have so many wonderful dialects, such beautiful scenery, and I have so many fond memories of going to the mountains once a year and to the beach much more often. We lived near a river, so that became a focus for a book as well.

Do you come up with your title (s) before or after you write the manuscript (s)? So far I have decided on the setting before I begin. Two of my titles, ‘Just North of Luck’ and ‘Hell Swamp’, have settings straight off a state map! I already had a story in mind for ‘Hell Swamp’, and when I found that name, I knew I’d found my title. The publisher loved it.

Tell us why you write the genre (s) that you write? I began as a mystery write, but now I’m considered multi-genre. I write mystery, women’s fiction, and also authored a cookbook. They say write what you loved to read and I love a good mystery and a good women’s fiction.

Tell us your most rewarding experience while in the writing process? That surreal feeling as words flow down my arms through my fingers and onto the screen. When I’m in that state of mind, nothing else matters but getting it down. Also, holding each “baby” in my arms for the first time is quite rewarding.

Tell us your most negative experience while in the writing process? Interruptions of any kind!

Tell us your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? I queried L&L Dreamspell with Hell Swamp and fifteen days later they offered me a contract. They picked up ‘Just North of Luck’ and ‘Genesis Beach’ and went on to publish ‘Sin Creek’. Unfortunately the publisher died and the company closed before ‘Sticking Point’ was released.

Tell us your most negative experience in your publishing journey? Rejections especially with the first book.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Persevere! And make certain that you hire a professional editor to get top quality work out there. Don’t settle for less than your best!

Who Is Your Favorite Author? James Patterson rocks with the Cross Series. I also love Gerrittsen, Scottoline, Sandford, Connally, and North Carolina’s Hart.

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New Release
Sprig of Broom by Susan Whitfield

Sprig of Broom is a coming-of-age novel about Geoffrey Plantagenet, a count, who at the age of 15 marries King Henry’s daughter, Empress Matilda, and fathers the dynasty of Plantagenet kings. The story begins with the count on his journey to Rouen in Normandy to become a Knight of the Bath. From Rouen, he and the king’s entourage travel to LeMans where Geoffrey is wed to Matilda. And the loathing begins . . . Sir Geoffrey Plantagenet has much to learn, and over the course of his life’s journey he develops a better understanding of himself, fathers a long line of kings, endures adversaries—especially his own wife—and boldly faces the world of chaos around him. Written by a lineal descendant of Sir Geoffrey V Plantagenet, Knighted, invested 1127 during the reign of Henry I, Knighthood of the Bath.

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Cold Coffee Press Book Review for Sprig of Broom by Susan Whitfield

Author Susan Whitfield’s exquisite storytelling will escort you back to medieval European history to the grand LeMans Cathedrale on June 10, 1127 where Henry Beauclerc, King of England and Duke of Normandy, gives his daughter Empress Matilda Maud Alice in betrothal to Sir Geoffrey V Plantagenet, Knight of the Order of the Bath and Count of Anjou, son of Fulk V, King of Jerusalem.

Fourteen year old Count Geoffrey finds himself in the bedchamber of his lady wife Matilda who had been married before and encounters a rigid, irritable woman who preys on his youthful innocence.

The count throws himself into his royal duties for the sake of the kingdom while the King insists on offspring and sends a young maid servant named Annique to teach him the fine art of love.

As reviewer it is my pleasure to whet your appetite with this quote from Count Geoffrey.

“The first day of winter roared in with a strong cold wind whipping trees and bushes and tents and merchant stands in town. Pastured horses ran briskly with tails high, some tagging others as they romped. I was thankful to have fine shelter and plenty of firewood, although more would be needed to keep fires burning throughout the castle before winter ended. Castle stores were filled with harvested crops, among them corn meal and flour, dried apples and other fruits, lard and herbs. Meats from hunts hung in smoke. We would fare better than most of the country’s people until planting season returned in spring.

Darkness crept in early and lingered long. The moon often hid itself from us. Loneliness accompanied me to my bed chamber at night. I found myself staying up late to play chess or throw darts alone or with anyone willing to pass time with me.

Daily jousting and warlike games of hunting amused me and kept me occupied away from Matilda and tempered thought of Annique. Some nights were spent besting fellow knights at chess or checkers. I welcomed distance and time spent with other knights outside dark cold castle walls when time allowed. I lost myself in preparing strategies to outwit the older and more experienced knights. My horse, Warrior,—the color of a cloud whitened by sun—was powerful and easily held me even in full armor.”

Let me tell you a funny story. Late last night, my husband and I were lying in bed talking before going to sleep and I started telling him the story, Sprig of Broom. I started at the beginning and was telling him all about it. Half way through my re-telling the story, he stopped me and said, "WAIT" don't tell me the end, let’s watch it together. I laughed and told him he would have to wait to see Sprig of Broom in movie format because for now it is Susan Whitfield’s historical fiction book. This is a testament to Susan’s great writing skills.

I invite you to relive the story of Count Geoffrey (later known as Geoffrey the Handsome) and step into his shoes as fate will determine if his lady wife Matilda will assume the throne upon her father’s death. Walk the royal Castle halls, smell the stench of common places, cross the English Channel, and observe a proud father as he swaddles his offspring with no knowledge of how history will write about the Plantagenet Kings of England.

Cold Coffee Press Endorses Sprig Of Broom by Susan Whitfield as a historical fiction woven with threads of history and story telling that draw the reader back to a harsh and mystical time in medieval European history where Kings, Queens, Emperors and Empresses rule, where Dukes, Duchess, Knights, Counts, Princes and Princesses are born and history is written. Sprig of Broom needs to be shared in movie format someday. We reviewed this book from a Kindle/PDF format and the review was completed on September 23, 2015. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press. http://www.coldcofeepress.com

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Sticking-Point-by-Susan-WhitfieldFeatured Selection:
Sticking Point: A Logan Hunter Mystery
(The Logan Hunter Mysteries)
(Volume 5) by Susan Whitfield

Volume 5 In The Logan Hunter Mysteries Logan Hunter and Gabriel Farris “Crack” McCracken are both messed up, complicated SBI agents who can kick butt, but can Logan conquer grief and work alongside the gorgeous brooding agent she intends to despise forever?

Cold Coffee Press Book Review for Sticking Point by Susan Whitfield

Sticking Point by North Carolina Native Mystery Writer Susan Whitfield is her fifth and final book in her Logan Hunter Mysteries. Each book in stands alone, but starting at the beginning of the series will bring more clarity.

The author draws the reader into the mystery and into the lives of her well-developed characters. Reading Sticking Point will whet your appetite for more, however the author and I suggest that you read her entire series from start to finish.

North Carolina SBI Agent Logan Hunter is struggling to move forward after the death of her husband Chase and his child whom she was carrying. Work is the furthest thing on her mind when her supervisor Ken Poletti not only calls with a new assignment, but he teams her up with Agent Farris McCracken, “better known as Ass Crack”.

The investigation sends these two polar opposite agents to the small town of Beaufort, NC. It’s not just any case, it is the death of a high school teen named Bobby Purdew. Carteret County Coroner, Dr. Milton has ruled this a natural death and release his body for burial. Even though there is no evidence of foul play and the toxicology screen comes up clean, the agents not only wonder how this well-known school bully ends up dead.

It turns out that there are a lot of students, teachers, parents and members of the community who were uncomfortable and even afraid of Bobby. Then there is the whole issue of the punch dagger that Bobby wore around his neck and the Belladonna plant, sometimes called Nightshade.

I share with you a quote from the book to show the author’s writing style.

“I looked around the interior rooms on the first floor, taking my time to absorb porcelain antique dolls, many hats with gorgeous pins in them, doilies on the arms of every chair and sofa, and plenty of lace. No wonder McCracken was uncomfortable here. The only lace he’d ever been around was women’s panties, probably plenty of them. Women and panties. I took several deep breaths to calm my demeanor while noticing a young girl with a backpack overflowing with books, standing in the doorframe behind the woman. I followed Geraldine Moffatt-Gage to the stairs.

“Chelsea, why aren’t you studying?”

“I need some of Papa’s old medical journals for research, Gram.”

“Very well. Get them and don’t tarry.”

“Yes, ma’am.”

The proprietor focused her attention back on me. “Do you know Charity Grace Davis? She once owned The Carriage House a few blocks over.”

“Yes, she lives near me,” I answered.

“She and I were once rivals for tourists.” I detected a hint of terseness in her voice.

“She seems like a nice enough lady. I think she misses the bed-and-breakfast though.”

“I would imagine so. She had to tend to an elderly aunt, I believe, but she sold so quickly. Had she been more patient, she’d still own it. However, she was quite unsuited to direct a bed-and-breakfast, if you want my honest opinion.”

I didn’t. I had no intention of getting into Charity Grace’s business although she probably wouldn’t do the same for me.

“Agent McCracken is at the far end of the hallway, Agent Hunter. And again, I’m sorry for my bluntness.”

“Thank you.” I started up.

“Enjoy your meal,” she uttered with a slight wave of her hand.

I tapped on the door which was ajar, and eased it open enough to study the man at the bay window, his mind somewhere else, an empty glass tinkling in his hand. My breath clinched at his shirtless physique. The man was toned, tanned and….”

I invite you to join Agent Logan as she seeks answers in Bobby Purdew’s death and how to put her life back together. Will she find peace and perhaps love again?

Author Susan Whitfield is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Carolina Conspiracy, Coastal Carolina Mystery Writers, North Carolina Writers Network, and National Association of Baby Boomer Women. Susan’s historical fiction Sprig of Broom is due to be released in the Fall.

Cold Coffee Press Endorses Sticking Point by NC Native Mystery Writer Susan Whitfield. The Logan Hunter Mystery series: Genesis Beach, Just North of Luck, Hell Swamp, Sin Creek, and Sticking Point are all set in the beautiful state of North Carolina from the Ashville/Blue Ridge Mountains to the pristine beaches. She also authored Killer Recipes, a unique cookbook that includes recipes from mystery writers around the country. Slightly Cracked is her first women’s fiction, set in Wayne County where she lives with her husband.

This book was given to us to review in a PDF format. This review was completed on August 16, 2015. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

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300_Genesis_Beach_by_Susan_WhitfieldGenesis Beach (A Logan Hunter Mystery Book 1)
by Susan Whitfield

SBI Agent Logan Hunter tracks a murderer at Genesis Beach, North Carolina. When the lifeless body of Rick Teater is discovered, Logan is thrust into a high-profile crime scene. The inexperienced intern needs to prove herself and embarks on a quest for justice. The search for Teater's killer is complicated by a hurricane and Logan's battle with personal demons. Her investigation comes to a frustrating standstill until her intense search leads to a shocking discovery.

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Just-North-Of-Luck-by-Susan-WhitfieldJust North of Luck (Logan Hunter Book 2)
by Susan Whitfield

SBI Agent Logan Hunter ends up just north of Luck, on the trail of a sociopath. Can she stop the bloody killing spree? In the mountains of North Carolina a high school custodian is found suffocated in plastic. A music teacher is beaten to death a few weeks later. Agent Hunter is already in the area working on another case when she’s assigned to help Madison County detective Chase Railey track down the killer. Logan rents a room in the home of art teacher Taryn Kosterman, in the community of Trust. Over the next few months she deals with quirky characters and frustrating dead ends. As she spends time getting to know Chase she also has a chance to experience some unusual local festivals, and her first taste of love. Murders of school system personnel continue and get increasingly gruesome. Evidence is hard to come by but soon Logan has enough to search the main suspect’s home. After a wild chase a mudslide dumps Logan and the killer into the French Broad River—only one of them will walk away…

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Hell-Swamp-by-Susan-WhitfieldHell Swamp (Logan Hunter Book 3)
by Susan Whitfield

Agent Logan Hunter’s cast iron stomach and steeled nerves are put to the test in Hell Swamp, a place where snakes, skulls, and sinister secrets abound. Called back into action from her personal leave to track down a sadistic murderer, Logan travels to a location in the backwoods of North Carolina, not far from where she grew up. At Beatty’s Bridge, the familiar Greek revival mansion named, The Black River Plantation, now holds a crime scene beyond anyone’s worst nightmare: a gruesome mess with blood tracked everywhere and key evidence already obliterated. With the SBI seriously shorthanded, Agent Hunter has the daunting task of finding the killer on her own. She questions a strange assortment of suspects, including deer hunters, and soon discovers the seemingly harmless victim had numerous enemies. Which one committed the heinous crime?

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Sin-Creek-by-Susan-WhitfieldSin Creek (Logan Hunter Book 4)
by Susan Whitfield

A Gruesome murder leads Agent Hunter into wicked waters... The Cape Fear River snakes through eastern North Carolina, past the stunning port city of Wilmington. But there's a sliver of water called "Sin Creek" by some, where wickedness and decadence take precedence over decency. Logan Hunter battles evil on her quest to find a co-ed's killer and keep her marriage to another agent from falling apart. Even though she succeeds in finding the killer, the investigation changes her life in ways she never could have imagined.

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Slightly Cracked - by Susan WhitfieldSlightly Cracked by Susan Whitfield

Sugar Babe Beanblossom and Daisy Marie Hazelhurst are lifelong friends, sharing happy and sad times, enjoying outrageous antics, and enduring hot flashes. When Daisy gets sick, Sugar Babe encourages and protects her friend, and DRIVING MISS DAISY takes on a whole new meaning.

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Killer Recipes - by Susan Whitfield (2nd Edition)Killer Recipes by Susan Whitfield

Susan Whitfield joins with a variety of authors to offer Killer Recipes, a book of scrumptious recipes to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. From simple to elaborate, recipes range from Devilish Desserts, Insane Soups, Salads and Sauces, to Breads and Breakfasts to Die For, Criminal Bites, Dips and Beverages, Shameless Sides, Suck-ulent Main Dishes, and much more. Whip up Murderous Sour Cream Muffins, Meat Cleaver's Taco Dip, Evil Chocoholic's Pie, Illegally Easy Salad, Freaky Fried Apples, Perverted Pineapple Casserole, Guilty Greek Shrimp, Shotgun Chili, Murder by Potato, and more. A great gift for the cook who also loves mysteries. Recipes are delicious but not deadly.

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Susan Whitfield’s Published Books

Logan Hunter Mystery Series
Genesis Beach (A Logan Hunter Mystery Book 1)
Just North of Luck (Logan Hunter Mystery Book 2)
Hell Swamp (Logan Hunter Mystery Book 3)
Sin Creek (Logan Hunter Mystery Book 4)
Sticking Point (Logan Hunter Mystery Book 5)

Historical Fiction Novel
Sprig of Broom by Susan Whitfield

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Women’s Fiction
Slightly Cracked

Cookbooks, Food & Wine
Killer Recipes

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I was reading a post on another network about blogging when nobody ever reads it. I guess my thought on that is at least I get some things off my chest. Yes, it takes time away from promoting and writing the next book, but maybe, just maybe, someone will read my thoughts and respond...in a kind way. Occasionally I learn something from my own blogs. LOL. Go figure!

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At 12:10pm on December 7, 2011, Fernando Sobenes said…

Hello Susan. My name is Fernando Sobenes and I want to invite you to read the prologue and the first two chapters of my novel: "The Evil Visitor" in my blog The Evil Visitor

Also you can watch the book trailer.

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Fernando

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I have written five mystery novels in the Logan Hunter Mystery series: Genesis Beach, Just North of Luck, Hell Swamp, Sin Creek and Sticking Point. I also authored Killer Recipes, a unique cookbook by over 60 mystery writers across the country. IMy first women's fiction is Slightly Cracked. Look for my first historical fiction, Sprig of Broom in Fall of 2015. I live in eastern North Carolina.
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