Get Your Ticket to Ride!—and a Cover Reveal!

Lauren Carr is the best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Killer in the Band is the third installment in the Lovers in Crime Mystery series.

In addition to her series set in the northern panhandle of West Virginia, Lauren Carr has also written the Mac Faraday Mysteries, set on Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland, and the Thorny Rose Mysteries, set in Washington DC. The second installment in the Thorny Rose Mysteries, which features Joshua Thornton’s son Murphy and Jessica Faraday, Mac’s daughter, A Fine Year for Murder, was released in January 2017.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV. Visit Lauren Carr’s website at http://www.mysterylady.net to learn more about Lauren and her upcoming mysteries.

After working more than thirty years to make it to best-selling status and having consistent sales and fabulous reviews from readers and book reviewers, I can understand the fear that some successful authors may have about changing anything in their books, especially if it is a series, for fear of losing devoted readers.

Most likely, this may explain why I have heard many readers say about some of their favorite, or rather one-time favorite authors, “All of her/his books are the same. Each one has the same general plot. All she/he does is change the names.”

These authors are afraid of messing with success. “Why fix what isn’t broken?”

That’s not me. When I was nineteen years old, I went up in an airplane for the first time and jumped out. Fortunately, I was wearing a parachute. Even more fortunately, it opened. I didn’t go up in a plane and land in it until I went to Washington, D.C. four years later.

If I wasn’t fearless I would never have struck out on my own to be an independent author and tried to make my way without the benefit of a literary agent or traditional publisher. Since I am not dependent on either, I am free to strike out to challenge writing skills with every new work-in-progress.

Authors are like athletes. We need to write every day or our writing muscles lose their strength. Also, like athletes, we need to push ourselves harder in order to reach bigger goals in our craft. This means writing outside our comfort zones—refusing to get stuck writing what our readers can come to view as formula.

When authors get content to write at the same level, without pushing themselves (and even their characters), then their writing becomes stale, not only for the writer penning it, but for their readers.

Despite the risk, in my heart, I’m still the same girl who jumped out of an airplane at nineteen.

I admit, I do keep my readers in mind when I pen my mysteries. With them in mind, I don’t expect my readers to have any more fun reading the same book over and over again than I would have writing it over and over again. So, it is not only for my own selfish reasons that I am currently writing—

Twofer Murder!

I can hear you saying, “Twofer murder? What’s a twofer murder?”

Twofer Murder will be a treat for mystery lovers because it is two mysteries in one novel. This book will contain all of the characters from the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose mysteries. The guys go fishing and get embroiled in a murder mystery. Meanwhile, the ladies go off to a murder mystery writers conference and end up wrapped up in their own mystery when an up and coming mystery writer ends up dead! Can’t beat that! Two mysteries for the price of one!

Is it a challenge writing two murder mysteries with two sets of characters in the same novel? Yes, very much so! That’s why I am having so much fun with this work in progress.

What if your readers don’t like it? What if it ends up being a flop? I look at it this way. Sometimes, when you jump out of an airplane, your chute doesn’t open. But when it does, you get to enjoy a wonderful ride that others can only wish they could experience.

So far, Twofer Murder is proving to be just such a ride!

Dear readers, look for your ticket for this ride later this summer! If you’re open to adventures, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the wild ride reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Cover Reveal: As You Lay Sleeping by Katlyn Duncan

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Title: As You Lay Sleeping
Author: Katlyn Duncan
Publisher: HQ Digital

Publication Date: February 22, 2017
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult

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Synopsis

I did it all for you

Cara’s boyfriend is dead.

When fingers start pointing at her, she knows she’s
in more trouble than she originally thought.
Because Cara can see that something isn’t right.

As her carefully constructed life begins to crumble,
Cara isn’t sure who she is anymore.

But maybe that’s exactly what someone wants her to think…

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About the Author

katlyn-duncanKatlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.

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Cover Reveal: The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack

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Title: The Fortune Teller
Author: Gwendolyn Womack
Publisher: Picador USA

Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Genres: Mystery, Romantic Suspense

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Synopsis

Semele Cohen appraises antiquities for an exclusive Manhattan
auction house, specializing in deciphering ancient texts. And
when she discovers a manuscript written in the time of
Cleopatra, she knows it will be the find of her career. Its author
tells the story of a priceless tarot deck, now lost to history, but as
Semele delves further she realizes the manuscript is more than it
seems. Both a memoir and a prophecy, it appears to be the work
of a powerful seer, describing devastating wars and natural
disasters in detail thousands of years before they occurred.

The more she reads, the more the manuscript begins to affect
Semele’s life. But what happened to the cards? As the mystery
of her connection to the manuscript deepens, Semele can’t
shake the feeling that she’s being followed. Only one person
can help her make sense of it all: her client, Theo Brossard.
Yet Theo is arrogant and elusive, concealing secrets of his
own, and there’s more to Semele’s desire to speak with him
than she would like to admit. Can Semele even trust him?

The auction date is swiftly approaching, and someone wants to
interfere—someone who knows the cards exist, and that the
Brossard manuscript is tied to her. Semele realizes it’s up to her
to stop them: the manuscript holds the key to a two-thousand-year-old
secret, a secret someone will do anything to possess.

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Originally from Houston, Texas, Gwendolyn Womack studied theater at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She holds an MFA in Directing Theatre, Video and Cinema from California Institute of the Arts. Her first novel, The Memory Painter, was an RWA PRISM award winner in the Time Travel/Steampunk category and a finalist for Best First Novel. She now resides in Los Angeles with her husband and her son.

For more information, please visit Gwendolyn Womack’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Praise for Gwendolyn Womack and The Memory Painter

“A sweeping, mesmerizing feat of absolute magic.”
―M. J. Rose, author of the Reincarnationist Series
and The Witch of Painted Sorrows

“Gwendolyn Womack is a storytelling virtuosa, whose sexy,
action-packed mind-boggler of a book is destined to become a classic.”
―Anne Fortier, author of Juliet and The Lost Sisterhood

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Cover Reveal: The Life Group by Maura Jortner

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Title: The Life Group
Author: Maura Jortner
Publisher: Lakewater Press
Publication Date: January 9, 2017

Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

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Synopsis

ONE MISSING GIRL. NO SUSPECTS.

Every day since her sister vanished, Rachel has
visited the radical church where Leah was last
seen. There are still no suspects or leads, but
Rachel’s positive clues lie in that church somewhere.

Thirteen days on from Leah’s disappearance, the pastor
introduces Rachel to Tim, a devout worshiper of his Lord.
To avoid dealing with his own demons, he agrees to spend
the day helping Rachel search for her sister.

It’s Saturday, March 14. Maybe today will be the day.
Maybe today Rachel will be reunited with Leah.
Or maybe today will change Rachel’s life forever.

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About the Author

maura-jortnerMaura Jortner grew up in New Hampshire and now lives in Waco, Texas with her patient husband, two amazing daughters, and one unruly cat. She teaches literature and writing classes at Baylor University. A lifetime ago, she used to direct plays and put on puppet shows for kids, which led to a Ph.D. in Theatre History. Currently, when Maura’s not writing, she’s spending her time like every native-born Texan: worrying about how many chiggers might be hidden in the grass outside her house or if she put enough sunscreen on her kids.

 

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‘…a truly original storyline and taut pacing that pulls
the reader relentlessly toward the devastating conclusion.’
—USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Stormes Hawker

‘Teens and adults alike will devour this rollercoaster story…’
—Emily Bleeker, author of WRECKAGE and WHEN I’M GONE

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Cover Reveal: Fear Me, Fear Me Not by Elodie Nowodazkij

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Title: Fear Me, Fear Me Not
Author: Elodie Nowodazkij 
Publication Date: September 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Young Adult

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SCREAM meets FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS in this new
young adult romantic suspense novel by Elodie Nowodazkij.

Fear is power. They fear me. They don’t fear me enough.
Every year a girl disappears in Gavert County, Texas. Their
bodies are found days, sometimes months, later with an
angel wing carved on their face. They call me “the Angel Killer”
and I’m on the hunt again. But this time, it’s personal.

Seventeen-year-old cheerleader Erin Hortz has been
warned about the Angel Killer all her life. She never
walks alone in the dark. She doesn’t talk to strangers.
She doesn’t accept drinks at parties. All she wants is to
finish her senior year with a win at the Miss Junior
Queen of Hearts pageant, capture the perfect light over
the lake with her new camera, and finally catch the
attention of her best friend Nadia’s brother—former
football star Dimitri Kuklev. Since his injury, they’ve
been spending a lot of time together. And getting to
know the real Dimitri—not the one she put on a
pedestal in her diary is better than she could
ever have imagined. And she’s falling hard.

Nineteen-year-old Dimitri’s injury brought him from
football superstar with universities from all around
the country knocking at his door to not knowing what
he wants to do with his life. Taking classes at the
local community college is supposed to get him back on
track, but all he wants is to be on the field again. The
only person who seems to understand him is the one
he swore to keep in the friend zone: Erin. His sister
Nadia’s best friend and the reason why he can’t keep a
girlfriend. Between their early morning jogs, their time
spent at the lake laughing, and their late night conversations,
he’s having a hard time remembering why it’s such a bad idea.

But when Nadia doesn’t come home after a party,
Dimitri and Erin know they must find her before it’s
too late—even if that means risking their own
lives and everything Erin’s ever known.

Because the main suspect is Erin’s father.

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Elodie NowodazkijElodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. Now she lives in Maryland with her husband, their dog and their cat.

She’s also a serial smiley user.

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Cover Reveal: A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe

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Title: A Mortal Song
Author: Megan Crewe
Publication Date: September 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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Sora’s life was full of magic—until
she discovered it was all a lie.

Heir to Mt. Fuji’s spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to
finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just
as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a
ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping
with her life, Sora follows her mother’s last instructions
to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human
changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents’ true
daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo.
Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now,
with the world’s natural cycles falling into chaos and
the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls
on her to train the unprepared kami princess.

As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses
and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his
own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and
the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to
make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits,
she may have to give up the only home she’s ever known.

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Everyone who pre-orders A MORTAL SONG
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exclusive gift package including a digital booklet
following Sora’s journey through Japan with
behind-the-scenes travel photos and author
commentary, a 25-page story giving a look at a
key sequence in the book from another character’s
POV, and a high-res digital poster of the cover
signed by the author. They’ll also get access to a
bonus content area with deleted scenes and a
chance to earn bigger prizes. And for the entire
pre-order period, the ebook is only $0.99!

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Megan CreweLike many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives with her husband, son, and three cats in Toronto, Canada (and does on occasion say “eh”), she tutors children and teens with special needs, and she can’t look at the night sky without speculating about who else might be out there.

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