VICTORIA JAMES MYSTERIES

by C. Z. Brackett
Cozy Mystery, Novella

Book 1: Murder at Twin Oaks 

Journalist Victoria James usually only writes about crime for her small town daily newspaper. When two of the town's most influential people are killed and clues start showing up on Victoria's doorstep, she's forced into the investigation and must come face-to-face with part of her past she'd rather forget. 

"Her easygoing style draws me in and makes me ask for more, please!!"~Amazon reviewer

"She simply takes you along on this ride....you will devour the book up!"~Amazon reviewer

"Excellent read with great suspense!"~Amazon reviewer



Book 2: Murder at the Masquerade

Victoria James thought she could hang up her detective cap after helping solve a double murder. The next murder in Bennettsville hits closer to home as her boss is killed and a close friend wrongly accused of his murder. 

"CZ Brackett has written another gem! Her stories pull me in and keep me turning pages, I cannot wait for book three to come out. Brava!"~Amazon reviewer


CIR: What was your inspiration? 
BRACKETT: I've always loved mysteries. Nancy Drew was the first series I ever read, and I devoured each of the novels. As I grew up, I read as many different types of mysteries as I could find. Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot were also favorite characters. When developing my central character, I drew on some of the things I knew from my real life. I've spent 26 years writing for newspapers and magazines, so it seemed only natural for Victoria James to be a journalist. My mythical town isn't completely based on where I live, but my hometown has certainly had its share of corruption and scandals as seen in this novella series. 

Learn more about C. Z. Brackett and her writing at charmainzbrackett.com

A CHRONETIC MEMORY

by Kim K. O'Hara
Young Adult, Science Fiction

In 2215, the science of chronography allows researchers glimpses of the sights, sounds, and smells of the past, as recorded in chronetic energies. But these once-promising explorations have become mired in politics and greed. When seven-year-old Jored Wallace goes missing, only one person, chronography intern Danarin Adams, realizes he's gone. Soon she finds out that Jored's disappearance is only the first of many timestream disturbances. Who can she trust to help her set things right?

 "I love alternate universes and books set in the Pacific Northwest (esp Seattle) so this was a treat to read. The author uses a good mix of science and character development."~Amazon reviewer

"Original, engaging, and thoroughly enjoyable."~Amazon reviewer

"The science concept of Chronography is intriguing and reminds me of the latest physics ideas about quantum entanglements acting forward and backward in time."~Amazon reviewer


CIR: Given the complexity of this plot, what was the writing process like for your book?
O'HARA: Lots of hours at coffee shops during the summer months. Late nights at home during the months when I teach school. 

CIR: What would you compare this book to? 
O'HARA: It has some of the flavor of Minority Report (without the precogs), the alternate timelines of Back to the Future (without the actual time travel), the alternate world of Jasper Fforde books, and the possible/impossible love of Somewhere in Time.

CIR: What are the main characters like?
O'HARA: Dani is sweet, smart, and unappreciated at first (but that changes). Lexil is a talented young scientist laboring in relative obscurity.

CIR: What themes do you address in this book?
O'HARA: What would you sacrifice if it meant saving someone you loved? Is our world progressing along some sort of designed path? If so, does anybody care if we get off track? 

CIR: Is there more coming?
O'HARA: I'm hoping to have the next book in this series done in August 2015. I've planned for at least four books. Maybe more.

ARMS WIDE OPEN

by Juli Caldwell
Romantic Comedy

Lauren Brooks is in a rut, and her roomie is determined to yank her out of it by convincing her to participate in a local coffee shop's 5-in-5 speed dating event. Once she agrees, it takes her about 30 seconds to realize if there's an oddball out there looking for love, he'll find her. And creep her out. She confronts one weirdo after another until someone she used to know winds up in the same place, and she has to decide what she wants more: to make a break for it, or embrace the possibilities of another chance.

"It makes one want to believe in happy endings."~Amazon reviewer

"This novella really took me somewhere unexpected. I loved the fact that the heroine wasn't the usual fluffy bit of perfection but someone real who had suffered - and I also loved the humor. Different and so entertaining, what a good read."~Amazon reviewer

"A tale with humor, depth, and a healthy dose of psychology took me by surprise."~Amazon reviewer


CIR: What gave you the idea for this novella? 
CALDWELL: I was working on the sequel to my YA paranormal novel, Psyched, and I was completely stuck. I decided to try some free writing in a totally different genre just to get my brain working again, and this was the result. I wrote it in two weeks and loved it so much, I just threw it out there on Amazon. It seems like it has really resonated with people, which makes me happy. 

CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this book? 
CALDWELL: I hope they understand that it’s okay to move forward regardless of the awful hands life deals us, and it’s even better to do it with a sense of humor and a snarky comeback. Lauren is a unique character, one we don’t see often in romance. She’s smart and witty, an emotional wreck, strong and flawed. I hope looking at the world through her unique perspective will make my readers smile and feel hopeful. 

CIR: What is the main character like? 
CALDWELL: Lauren is sort of a hot mess. She just graduated from grad school and is making no progress in her life now that she’s done. Her roommate Harlow guilts her into trying a speed dating event, and through the course of the evening, through one bizarre date after another, we find out why she’s such a train wreck and see her build her resolve to move forward. No more schlepping on the couch watching reality TV—all the whack jobs and weirdos she meets, along with a couple of guys from her past, convince her it’s time to move forward. (Maybe just not the way you might see in your everyday romance novel!) 

CIR: What makes your book unique? 
CALDWELL: I have a minor in psychology, and I drew on that to touch on Lauren’s issues with anxiety and how she’s dealt with the tragedies in her life. It sounds so boring to write about someone who’s suffered from mental illness, but I focused a lot on her sarcastic observations at the speed dating event. It’s a light-hearted look at someone who lives daily recovering from something she can’t control, about that person choosing happiness—and sometimes fighting for it—but always making that choice to move forward, with hilarious observations along the way.

CIR: Is there more coming? 
CALDWELL: I never considered writing romance, but I've had so much fun and such a positive response to Arms Wide Open from readers and reviews on Amazon that I’m working on a full length romance in the same vein. Tentatively titled Guilt Trip, it’s about a girl (okay, so she’s a 30 year old woman) living in her dad’s basement and trying to break free from that co-dependent relationship while she reconnects with a man from her past when she takes a singles cruise...and I threw in the younger sister who doesn’t really want the guy, but doesn’t want her sister to be happy and move on either. I’m using a little psychology and a lot of humor to put the FUN in the term dysfunctional family. 

Learn more about Juli Caldwell and her writing at her website.