JERICHO'S CHILD

by Jolie Beaumont
Regency Romance

Sophie Moore has neither title nor fortune, but she hopes her talent for music will come to her aid now that she is an orphan and must make her way in the world. But when she finds temporary shelter at the Mayfair home, she finds her practical plans being waylaid by the family’s dashing eldest son, Arthur Wentworth. Arthur, however, is too in love with his cousin, Lady Harrington, to give Sophie more than a glance—until a series of mishaps and misfortunes open his eyes.

"Jericho's Child is filled with fun and gentle humor and just enough Regency details to lend the story authenticity."~Amazon reviewer

"I was looking for a Georgette Heyer-esque book and Jericho’s Child did not disappoint."~Amazon reviewer 

"Sophie was not the typical miss found in most regencies and her integrity and strength of character was inspiring."~Amazon reviewer


CIR: What gave you the idea for this book?
BEAUMONT: I was going through a difficult period in my life, and I decided I needed something fun to read. For some reason, every new book that I picked up was rather gloomy. Then the idea for Jericho’s Child came to me, and so I decided to write a fun book instead of read one.   

CIR: What was the writing process like for your book?
BEAUMONT: Because the idea for the story and the main characters all came to me in one happy burst of inspiration, the writing went very quickly. Afterward, of course, I did go back and double-check my facts. One of the hardest things for me to keep straight when writing historical fiction is the correct usage of British titles—is that character’s name Lady Jane or Lady Mortimer or Miss Mortimer? Sometimes, “hey, you” seems so much simpler! Fortunately, I have a good friend who is also a writer and interested in the Regency era, and so she caught several errors while the book was still in pre-order over at Amazon.    

CIR: What would you compare this book to? 
BEAUMONT: I like to think of it as Jane Austen meets the Hollywood romantic comedies of the 1930s. 

CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
BEAUMONT: I hope readers will be entertained by the story and enjoy the characters. It’s pure escapism.    

CIR: Is there more coming? 
BEAUMONT: The romance genre is new to me, so I’m curious to see how Jericho’s Child will be received. It’s gotten some great advance reviews, and if enough people like it, I’d love to write some more light-hearted historical romances.   

Learn more about Jolie Beaumont and her writing at her website.

ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED

by Victorine E. Lieske
Romantic Comedy

Madison Nichols, aspiring actress, is floundering. Her rent is due and she needs a job. Desperately. After getting a tip about an open position, she rushes to Jameson Technologies and meets CEO Jared Jameson. Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding, she is put in the awkward position of pretending to be his girlfriend. Not the job she was applying for. And when she finds out Jared lied to her to get what he wanted, she decides to get back at him. In front of his family. 

Jared is stunned when Madison announces they are getting married. She pushed her revenge too far. How can he tell them it’s all a lie? And when his sick aunt asks them to be married before she dies, Madison comes up with a hair-brained plan to hire an actor and stage a fake wedding. 

What they both don’t know is Jared’s father has found out about the fake wedding. And he’s got his own hair-brained plan.

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CIR: What gave you the idea for this book?
LIESKE: It's funny, the title actually inspired the whole book. I thought it would be a great title, and then I created a story line around it. How could two people accidentally end up married? It was fun to come up with ideas.

CIR: What was the writing process like for your book?
LIESKE: I have a writers' group that I meet with each week. It keeps me writing because I'm usually busy enough doing other things that I could easily let my word counts slide. But I would force myself to have at least once chapter to read at my group. Sometimes I would be finishing up my chapter thirty minutes before the meeting started. Yeah, I procrastinate. But I also work well under pressure, so that worked for me.

CIR: What would you compare this book to?
LIESKE: It's similar to a lot of other romances where people either have to get married, or they are pretending to marry for one reason or another. I'd say The Proposal, with Sandra Bullock is similar in some aspects.

CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this book?

LIESKE: My goal each week was to try to make my writers group laugh out loud as I read. I often have people say they did laugh out loud while reading, so I feel quite happy I met my goal. Plus, I want readers to say "Aw," at the sappy ending.

Learn more about Victorine E. Lieske and her writing at www.victorinelieske.com



MAC FARADAY MYSTERIES

by Lauren Carr
Mystery


It's Murder, My Son

What started out as the worst day of Mac Faraday's life would end up being a new beginning.  After a messy divorce hearing, the last person that Mac wanted to see was another lawyer.  Yet, this lawyer wore the expression of a child bursting to tell his secret.  The secret would reveal Mac as heir to undreamed of fortunes, and lead him to the birthplace of America's Queen of Mystery and an investigation that will unfold like one of her famous mystery novels.  

"Uncovering the motives was a gradual revelation, which is how I like my mysteries to unfold. With a whole canvas of possible suspects to examine, I kept busy trying to figure things out until the very end."--Amazon reviewer



Old Loves Die Hard

Mac is settling nicely into his new life at Spencer Manor when his ex-wife Christine shows up--and she wants him back! Before Mac can send her packing, Christine and her estranged lover are murdered in Mac's private penthouse suite at the Spencer Inn, the five-star resort built by his ancestors. 

"This is a book that keeps you turning pages when you should be turning out the lights.  Characters and plot  are exactly what makes a mystery entertaining."--Amazon reviewer 

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Shades of Murder

Question: What do you get the man with everything? Answer: When that man is the heir of the late mystery writer Robin Spencer, retired homicide detective Mac Faraday, you get him cold case to solve.

"This was an excellent story with many storylines pulled together in a masterful way. What seems to be separate incidents becomes one with many participants. Ms. Carr does a wonderful job in keeping the reader hooked from page to page and creating such interesting characters that are deep and work well together."--Amazon reviewer

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Blast from the Past

Mac Faraday finds himself up to his eyeballs with mobsters and federal agents. After an attempted hit ends badly with two of his men dead, mobster Tommy Cruze arrives in Spencer, Maryland, to personally supervise the execution of the witness responsible for putting him behind bars—Archie Monday! Mac Faraday believes he has his work cut out for him in protecting his lady love from one of the most dangerous leaders in organized crime; but when bodies start dropping in his lakeshore resort town, things may be hotter than even he can handle.

"I feel that of all of the Mac Farraday novels, this provides the greatest character development and story line. Although balancing three murders and the combined suspects got overwhelming at times, Carr never let's the reader get confused."--Amazon reviewer



The Murders at Astaire Castle


Mac Faraday discovers that he owns Astaire Castle. Topping the list of the ten top haunted places in America, Astaire Castle is associated with two suicides, three mysterious disappearances, and four murders since it was built almost a century ago! What starts out as a tour of a dusty old abandoned castle turns into an adventure when murder once again comes to Deep Creek Lake.

"Loved it all, story, characters, setting, tons of detail and a bit of ghost story. It doesn't get much better than this. Gotta go and look for the next book by this author, I'm addicted!"~Amazon reviewer

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The Lady Who Cried Murder


Fame comes at a price. Some pay with their privacy. Others pay with their pride. Khloe Everest paid with her life.

Determined to get her pretty face in front of the cameras, Khloe Everest fakes an abduction only to make a grand entrance in the midst of a press conference held by Spencer's Police Chief David O'Callaghan.

Three years later, after failing to catapult her notoriety into a long-lasting celebrity, Khloe Everest returns to Spencer upon her mother's sudden death and seemingly finds another weapon to propel herself into the spotlight. Unfortunately, someone kills her before she can make this entrance. 



"If you hate reality TV, as I do, you will love this book. One has to wonder if a certain family would see the similarities in this book which are absolutely classic! This is Lauren Carr's best book yet."~Amazon reviewer



Twelve to Murder

Last call at midnight could prove fatal for Mac and folks at a local bar when former child star Lenny Frost takes everyone hostage and demands that Mac prove him innocent of a double homicide.

"Never a dull moment."~Amazon reviewer




Real Murder 

When Homicide Detective Cameron Gates befriends Dolly, the little old lady who lives across the street, she is warned not to get lured into investigating the murder of one of her girls. “She’s senile,” Cameron is warned. “It’s not a real murder.” After Dolly is brutally murdered, Cameron discovers that the sweet blue-haired lady’s “girl” was a call girl, who had been killed in a mysterious double homicide.

"When I thought I had it all figured out, here came a new twist."~Amazon reviewer



A Wedding and a Killing

When Mac Faraday and his lady love, Archie Monday, decide to elope to the little church where his ancestors had all married, things go horribly wrong. Before they can say, “I do,” the sanctuary erupts into chaos after Gnarly finds a body in the church office.

"Carr’s characters are lively, her plots complex, there is always just enough humor to set a lighter tone."~Amazon reviewer





CIR:  Tell us about Mac Faraday, the hero in this series.
CARR:  Mac Faraday could be your next-door neighbor, who happens to be an exceptional detective.  Raised in a middle-class family, Mac Faraday was a hard-working, and sometimes unappreciated, homicide detective.  He had devoted his life to his job and family only to have it all taken away through no fault of his own.  A twist of fate gives him the last laugh--talk about poetic justice!  Suddenly, he's thrust into high society and unbelievable wealth.  However, Mac is strong enough to hold onto his values and not be swayed by all the extravagance surrounding him.  If anything, he is confused and amused by the decadence of his neighbors' lives.

CIR:  Several of the reviewers mention another...enjoyable character.
CARR:  Gnarly!  Gnarly is part of Mac Faraday's inheritance.  A German Shepherd, Gnarly has the distinction of being the only K-9 dishonorably discharged from the United States Army.  The Army refuses to talk about it and gets nasty when asked.  Extremely intelligent, Gnarly has a mind of his own.  In It's Murder, My Son, we learn that Robin Spencer, Mac's late mother, had rescued Gnarly from being euthanized after almost getting killed protecting his mistress next door, who was murdered.  Gnarly has a hand in helping Mac to catch the killer.  I was really surprised by how readers have fallen in love with Gnarly, whose  personality I have based on my Australian shepherd Ziggy.  When creating Gnarly, I purposely made him the anti-Lassie.  While Gnarly is a bad dog, when the chips are down, Mac can always count on him to come through.