Lost Legacy Author Annette Dashofy Interview, Review and Giveaway!

Annete Dashofy is visiting today  to talk about her new book Lost Legacy.  She was kind enough to answer some questions about her writing process and her book!  Don’t forget to find my prize guy for her Raffle Copter Giveaway!

Tell us a little about yourself.  

Annette Dashofy-small file

Thanks so much for having me here today, Teresa. I’ve been writing since I was a kid, but became serious about being published about ten years ago. My first publication credits were in nonfiction, writing for magazines, especially Pennsylvania Magazine. I also wrote a number of short stories along with my long fiction. While I have a few novel-length manuscripts hidden in my closet that should never see the light of day again, my first novel to be published was CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE (Henery Press, March 2014), featuring paramedic/deputy coroner Zoe Chambers. LOST LEGACY is the second in that series. As for other jobs, I’ve had quite a few, including a stint as an EMT on our local ambulance service, which serves as fodder for the stories. Right now though, besides writing, my only other real job is teaching yoga privately. I have two students (no, I’m not seeking new students) who have been with me for probably 15 years. And I take care of my 94-year-old mom, although thankfully, she’s in terrific shape.

What inspired the idea behind your book?

When I was a kid, my mom told a story about her two uncles who died under mysterious circumstances at nearly the same time in their barn. As she told it, foul play was definitely involved. (Cue the spooky music.) A few years back, I decided to do some investigating with thoughts of writing about it. What I discovered was there was NOTHING suspicious about the deaths. In fact, the brothers died 10 years apart. I was so disappointed. My one good bit of family folklore never really happened! However, being a mystery writer, I decided to take my mom’s completely fictional story and flesh it out. Hence, in LOST LEGACY, a modern day suicide (or is it?) has ties to a series of mysterious deaths tracing back over several decades, including the murder/suicide of a pair of brothers—Zoe’s great-uncles.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? When you were working as an EMT, did you start to see potential plotlines for your writing?

A little of both. Besides that story of my great-uncles, LOST LEGACY also tells the story of Pete Adams’ dad who comes to visit for a while. Harry Adams suffers from Alzheimer’s, as did my father. While I stress that Harry is NOT my dad, I did borrow a lot of Dad’s idiosyncrasies for the character. Back when I was working as an EMT, I honestly wasn’t thinking about someday writing about it. If I had, I’d have taken better notes!

Who is your favorite character to create scenes for in the book?

Harry Adams was absolutely my favorite character to write in LOST LEGACY. I was concerned about making him “real.” Alzheimer’s is a horrible, horrible disease and there isn’t anything entertaining about it. I didn’t want Harry to be depressing, even though so much about his illness is. However, he took over the page and stole every scene he was in.

Tell us about your short stories and where we can find them.

My short mysteries have been published in Spinetingler Magazine, Mysterical-e Magazine, Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology, and Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales (an anthology put together by my Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime). The two anthologies are available in print and e-book formats through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The others can probably still be found in the archives of Spinetingler and Mysterical-e. One of those short stories, “A Signature in Blood,” actually introduces the characters of Pete and Zoe and was nominated in 2007 for a Derringer Award. I’m noodling with the idea of re-releasing it in e-book format as a “gift” for my Pete and Zoe fans. Stay tuned. And my story “Sweet Deadly Lies” in Lucky Charms focuses on Detective Wayne Baronick from the Zoe Chambers books.

How can readers find your books and are there more coming in this series?

Both books are available at bookstores everywhere. If your bookstore doesn’t stock them, they should be able to order them. They’re also available in all e-book formats. You can order and request a signed copy through Mystery Lovers Bookshop (www.mysterylovers.com). Yes, there are more Zoe Chambers mysteries coming. The third in the series, BRIDGES BURNED, is scheduled to be released in April 2015.

Click on me to enter to win a signed copy of Lost Legacy!

Click on me to enter to win a signed copy of Lost Legacy!

LOST LEGACY front sm fileLOST LEGACY SYNOPSIS

On a sultry summer afternoon, Paramedic Zoe Chambers responds to a call and finds a farmer’s body hanging from the rafters of his hay barn. What first appears to be a suicide quickly becomes something sinister when Zoe links the victim to a pair of deaths forty-five years earlier. Her attempts to wheedle information from her mother and stepfather hit a brick wall of deception, one that brings into question everything Zoe knows about her late father, who died in a car crash when she was eight. Or did he?

Police Chief Pete Adams fears Zoe’s inquiries are setting her up for deeper heartbreak and putting her in danger. As Zoe and Pete inch closer to the truth, they discover that a missing gun links the crimes which span more than four decades. But the killer isn’t done. Two more Vance Township residents fall victim to the same gun, and when tragedy strikes too close to home, Zoe realizes her family is in the crosshairs.

MY REVIEW

Zoe Chambers is an EMT in a small town in Pennsylvania. In the very first scene Dashofy gets your attention with a suicide by hanging, and then just keeps the story rolling with strong characters and excellent plot complete with some beautifully written wrong paths for the reader to stumble down. I loved Zoe and Pete’s relationship, but I also loved the sheer selfishness of Zoe’s mother and the stubbornness of the local farmers. Murder? Who cares? We have hay to bring in from the fields! As the story unfolds, the reader finds this isn’t the first hanging in this barn in Vance Township, and Zoe just happens to be connected to it. Great storytelling! Now I have to go back and read the first book in the series.  5 STARS

You Are Never Too Old To Write

Never to old to write!

Never to old to write!

I love this article that came out today about an 86 year old woman who has self-published a steamy romance novel.  It just goes to prove you’re never too old to write!  Not only that, but it’s a great exercise for your brain.  Personally, I have to make myself lists not only in my writing but in my day to day activities.  Writing causes a person to constantly reorganize and re-evaluate work.

I write several drafts and as I go through each draft I make little notes that will have to be addressed in the next draft.  For instance in the book I’m working on now my notes look something like this:

*Where is the dog?  Write him in!  For goodness sake, you have a whole book dedicated to him and he can’t score a single scene in this one?

*Give Leo’s mother more lines.  She’s melting into the background.

*Make sure you haven’t mentioned this fact before scene 2.12

And on and on and on.  I really do take on the “character” of an editor in my notes.  If I feel snarky about something, I just go on ahead and write that too.  If I don’t constantly” laundry list” what I need to do, then I end up wasting precious writing time rethinking what is wrong with my manuscript.  Sorry to have to tell you, I ALWAYS find something wrong.  Maybe it’s perfectionism, but all you have to do is look at how I load a dishwasher to know I’m no perfectionist!  I just don’t always get it right the first time.

I hope to be writing at 86.  I know I’ll still be making mistakes, but that’s just part of the journey.

Just a reminder-my book Burnout will be free on Kindle from August 26 to 30!  If you don’t have a copy, save the date!

August 26-30!

August 26-30!

 

 

Giveaway! Bewitching Boots Authors Talk About Writing As A Team

Once again, Jim and Joyce Lavene have a hit on their hands. Bewitching Boots is #7 in the Renaissance Faire series. I know that Jim and Joyce are big fans of Renaissance Faires and I imagine that they do a lot of their research there. The characters in the series have grown so much since the 1st book came out. It's almost hard to believe that Lady Jessie has finally married. With the addition of new characters, this is a series that I will never tire of. HUZZAH~ Amazon Reviewer Gram Tess

Once again, Jim and Joyce Lavene have a hit on their hands. Bewitching Boots is #7 in the Renaissance Faire series. I know that Jim and Joyce are big fans of Renaissance Faires and I imagine that they do a lot of their research there. The characters in the series have grown so much since the 1st book came out. It’s almost hard to believe that Lady Jessie has finally married. With the addition of new characters, this is a series that I will never tire of.
HUZZAH~ Amazon Reviewer Gram Tess

I’m so excited to be visited by a writing team today!  This is a husband and wife team and although my husband has known to come up with some good ideas now and again, the idea of writing a book with him?    They write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.
First of all my mother was from North Carolina so I already know they’re good people!  They also write about Renaissance Fairs of which I be-ith a big fan.

prizesguy

 

 

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway:A Bewitching Boots Tote with a paperback copy of Jim and Joyce’s latest mystery, Bewitching Boots , along with a $20 Amazon Gift Card.

Get Your Copy of Bewitching Boots At Amazon!

Tell us a little about yourselves.
A little about ourselves. Hmm.
Well, Jim is a computer crazy person – which was what he did before he quit his day jobs two years ago.
Joyce worked as a newspaper reporter for a small metropolitan newspaper before she quit her day job.
We have both loved to read and write since we were kids. Joyce more than Jim on the writing. Her mother said she came out of the womb with a pen, asking for a piece of paper. Jim kept his nose in a book until he walked into Joyce one day in Washington, DC.
They started writing together because they have tried to do as much together as they could since that day in DC. They have three kids and five grandkids, two cats and a dog.
Now that they are both home, full-time, writing, they spend a lot of time on it five days a week, when they aren’t going to book events on the weekends. They tend to write rough draft in the morning before noon and do promotion and edits in the afternoon.
They write by telling the story to each other across their computer monitors and typing it in until they are done. After that, they revise and edit until it goes to someone else to edit. They only divide work on promotion and web work, etc. all the writing they do together.

What inspired the idea behind your book?
Years ago, a friend gave us free tickets to a local Ren Faire. We were hooked. This was a world we had only read about until then. Bewitching Boots is the seventh book in the Ren Faire Mysteries. Writing them is almost as satisfying as going to the real thing.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Purely imagination. And in the case of the castle and pirate ship – wishful thinking!
Who is your favorite character to create scenes for in the book?
This is a split answer because Joyce loves writing Jessie best. She is every woman. She loves the crazy life at the Ren Faire but is unsure if it’s good to always live in a make believe world.
Jim loves Chase Manhattan – now Jessie’s husband – and a giant named Bart in the book. He likes Chase because he is kind and friendly. He likes Bart because he is HUGE!
How can readers find your books and are there more coming in this series?
Our books are available online as ebooks and print in bricks and mortar stores across the US and in some places around the world. There are more Renaissance Faire Mysteries coming as long as people keep reading them. Huzzah!
Thanks!

www.joyceandjimlavene.com 

www.facebook.com/joyceandjimlavene 

http://amazon.com/author/jlavene 

https://twitter.com/AuthorJLavene

 

Get Your Copy of Bewitching Boots At Amazon!
bewitching boots large banner229

 

BURNOUT Will Be Free on Kindle August 26-30 – Mark Your Calendar!

Here in Texas it’s hot enough to start a fire,  so I think I’ll put my book BURNOUT on for free for five days!  Tell your friends!  Tell your relatives!  BURNOUT will be free on Kindle August 26-30!    If you think you need a reminder, follow me on Twitter, Facebook or join my mailing list!

August 26-30!

August 26-30!

Thank you to all of my Nook readers!  I promise BURNOUT is coming to Nook in September.   I have been touched by your overwhelming rush to get my books this summer.

One more thing.  The last book in the Pecan Bayou Mystery series is in final revisions.  I even have a title now, but can’t share it yet.  It’s a good one.  Plenty of ghosts, plenty of small town goofy people, and plenty of murder!

 

Join My Mailing List for Dates BURNOUT will be free on Kindle this month!

BurnoutFreeAugust14

I will be having five free days in a row this month for my latest mystery Burnout.  You can check back here to see if it’s free, join my mailing list or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

In September the book will be available through Barnes and Noble as well as Smashwords so all you Nook owners-hold on!  Burnout is coming to you :)