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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

#Interview with @RobinMahle for Landslide



Robin Mahle lives with her husband and two children in Arizona. She found her passion for writing, which later became her second career, after spending 20 years in the construction industry.

Having always been a lover of books, Robin attributes her creativity to the wonderful overseas adventures she has shared with her husband of 15 years. Traveling throughout Europe and having lived in England, opened her mind and with that came a steady stream of story ideas inspired by her author-idols in the suspense/thriller genre.

Robin published her debut mystery/suspense novel, Redwood Violet in March of 2013. And in September 2013, the much-anticipated sequel, All the Shiny Things (Redwood Violet II), was released. Both have become Amazon Bestsellers! Now, Beyond the Clearing has also joined the list!  Her latest novel, Landslide, was released in July, 2014. This exciting corporate thriller reveals Robin’s unique voice yet again.

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  1. At any given time do you work on only one story at a time and maybe plot out the next one or are there many ideas racing around your head?
A:            I generally only have the story I’m working on running through my mind, working out plot issues or things of that nature. That being said, usually around the end of the first draft, I start to think of the next story. The idea is often fairly abstract, but starts to form to a greater extent as I wrap up editing the current book. When I first started writing, I had tons of ideas, but now I rely on mind’s ability to structure thoughts in a manner so that they come to me when I need them. Sounds odd, I know. I can’t really explain how it works, I’m just grateful the ideas keep coming!

2. Is there a genre you haven't written in but would like to? Or wish you could write in?

A:         Absolutely! I am a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Game of Thrones and well, Harry Potter of course. I love those stories. I really wish I had the mindset to create such amazing worlds and throngs of unique and interesting characters. My stories usually consist of a handful of characters that I explore in great detail, but developing monsters and dwarves and other villains really takes something that I just don’t possess. I admire those writers for their work, but that’s not to say that I don’t think other authors in my genre, including myself, don’t work hard to create meaningful and interesting worlds. Ours are just based on reality and not fantasy.

3. Do you add an element of romantic suspense in your stories?

A;         Yes. Most definitely. Although no one would consider the books I write to be in the romance genre, I believe an important element present in all of my stories is romantic suspense, at least to an extent. I suppose this latest book, Landslide, probably explores that idea more so than my others. The main character, Claire McKenna, is faced with desire that threatens to turn deadly. It’s an exciting element I enjoy writing about.

4. Say you have unlimited funds: What kind of writing office/cottage would you create for yourself?

A:         Oh my, what a wonderful question. I can picture it now. A seaside home, my office looking out onto the Pacific Ocean, sitting at my whitewashed antique writing desk. My windows opened and the cool sea breeze floating in along with the sound of the waves lapping against the shore.  Yeah.  Something like that!

5. If you could turn your novel into a TV show, which novel or series would you do? Where would it be set? Network TV (ABC, NBC, CBS), Cable (AMC, BBC, Lifetime) or Premium Cable (HBO, Showtime, Starz)?

A:         Definitely my Redwood Violet series. It’s a great crime drama that would lend itself well to a mini-series. It would have to be on a cable channel, due to the content and I would think HBO would do well. I’ve imagined this happening probably a little too often. Maybe someday.

6. Finally, tell us about your latest release!

A:         Ah yes. Landslide. Well, this is a story about a woman who has worked very hard, plugging away at her job, hoping for recognition. And when that recognition finally comes, it seems to come with a price. One that might just be too high. Her family is her top priority and when it appears that they might be in danger, watch out! Claire McKenna isn’t about to let anyone hurt them. Not only has she taken on the task of clearing her friend’s name, who, by the way, has just been accused of embezzlement at the firm where they both work, she uncovers a conspiracy that could threaten everyone she loves. It’s really very exciting and I hope the readers enjoy it!

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 Excerpt:
Claire booted up the desktop and logged into her work email. As she waited for the files to download, a flash of lightning appeared through the window, followed by a startling clap of thunder. Sleep would be elusive for her tonight if this storm continued. A light sleeper anyway, Claire would be hard pressed to block out the noise.

The desk drawer below contained her reading glasses that were a necessary evil, although she was only thirty-seven. Most likely the result of spending much of her time staring at computer screens. Sliding them onto her face, she clicked on the email attachments and began reviewing the reports Beth had sent over.

Claire began to see a pattern that had not presented itself prior to this month’s figures as she scrolled through the file. Comparing her hours with that of her junior colleague’s, it wasn’t adding up.

It was her responsibility to review the timesheets and expense reports for Sea-Tech each month before handing them over to Beth, which she had already done a few days ago as per usual. So why were these reports showing additional hours posted against her client? Was it possible she’d missed something in Lucas’ submittal? Anything was possible, but this error would have been a serious one had Beth not brought it to her attention. Sea-Tech wouldn’t have been happy about an additional several thousand dollars in consulting fees.

A final attempt to make sense out of the numbers came when she accessed the main server and retrieved the original account files, comparing her notes and timesheets against Beth’s report.

What the hell?
  


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

#Excerpt: A Voice in the Dark by @IslaGrey1



Isla Grey grew up in Central Virginia. From the time she won an elementary school writing competition, she has always seemed to have a pen and paper handy and a story sprouting in her head. She likes to write a variety of stories, especially those that bring out the darker side of things.

When she's not being called Mom, Mama, Mommy (you get the picture), by her daughter who constantly keeps her on her toes, she enjoys good music, walking, reading, go-carts and is addicted to "The Walking Dead" and Panera Bread. She's also a pet human to a plethora of cats that have taken up residence at her home.

Isla also loves movies and is the Movie Mistakes Editor for Bellaonline.com, one of the top women's sites on the web. You can also visit her site, www.islagrey.com.



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Blurb:

Abigail Farmer knows one thing, the funeral home business...

By day, she works at her family's funeral home. By night, she lives alone on its upper floor. With her stepfather, Sam, about to retire, Abigail is convinced there is only one person who can run the business effectively, her.

However, her life at the funeral home changes when Hasten Holmes arrives.

Ready for his first day on the job Hasten is met by a reluctant Abigail who hopes Sam sends him packing after they exchange unpleasantries.

Reluctant to get too close to anyone, especially someone who's associated with Stu--Sam's lowlife friend and wannabe business partner--Abigail deliberately keeps things strictly professional between them.

Then something unexpected happens...

Abigail's plans to take charge of the family business take a drastic turn when she finds the mutilated body of one of their clients, and it becomes apparent that there's more going on in the funeral home as a sinister plot begins to reveal itself.

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Excerpt:

Nothing seemed out of the ordinary when she crossed the tiles of the embalming room. No strange or putrid smells greeted her, nothing was strewn across the floor.   

Abigail reached for a pair of the latex gloves Marty had stored in the supply cabinet. The powder lining clung to her hands, making them sweatier than they already were. She grabbed the edge of the sheet draped over Mr. Watkins and flung it back with one tug. Abigail threw her hand over her mouth to stifle a cry of horror. 

Mr. Watkins’ mouth was still frozen in mid scream, but there were now splotches of dried blood around the empty sockets that once held his death glare. Her repulsed gaze wandered to the jagged incision that ran the length of his gaping chest. She stepped closer for a better look, her knees buckling when she looked down into an empty cavity. 

Abigail ripped the gloves off, threw them at the waste basket in the corner, and ran for the safety of her own room. She pressed against the back of the door and locked it for good measure. She couldn’t take any chances. Something awful was happening, and there was only one person who might have a clue – Hasten Holmes.  
 




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