Spotlight Blog Tour

RRBC Spotlight Blog Tour Featuring Christa Nardi

 

“SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR

Christa Nardi Author Photo

Effects of Television in Childhood and our Adult Lives

Much of the media over the years has focused on violence on television and aggression in children. Social learning and modeling are well documented, but there are other ways in which television affects our lives, and my interest in mysteries.

For years, we gathered around the television and watched Perry Mason. I think it was Sunday evenings and it was one of the “family” activities my sisters, mother, and I enjoyed – one of my fonder memories in fact. Perry, Della, and Paul. I own some of the original hard cover books, as well as paperbacks, and CDs of the first 2 seasons.

Did you know they have the first four seasons on MeTV? Yup, recorded on TIVO. After the series, came the 2-hour movies and I recorded them (VCR) when they replayed years later. One of these days, I will convert them to CD. Somehow the attempt to replace Perry with someone other than Raymond Burr didn’t have the same appeal.

Some of my other favorites included Mike Hammer, Mannix, Jessica Fletcher, Magnum PI, Dan Tanna, Ironsides, Columbo, Rockford Files, Hart to Hart and the original Hawaii 5-0. Later of course all the Law and Orders, all the CSIs, Criminal Minds, Castle, Rizzoli & Isles… I think you get the point. With all the mystery series I watched and loved, it’s no wonder I liked to read mysteries and still do… but that’s another blog stop. Also not a surprise that I chose to write mysteries.

Book CoversAn excerpt from MURDER AT COLD CREEK COLLEGE: 

From Chapter 1

I nodded and then checked the next open door. Unfortunately, it was Max’s office. I knocked. He swiveled around, his black hair somewhat uncontrolled and in need of a cut. I must have startled him. His brown eyes opened wide.

“Sheridan, you wouldn’t believe. I‘m ready to get this experiment going, and somehow the materials I ordered haven’t come in. Terra told me I didn’t have enough money in my account, and that’s not right! I don’t know what her problem is,” was his opening tirade. Max was the other experimental psychologist in the department. He was by far the one most interested in research .

“Yeah, well, Terra and Ali do the books. They would know. Maybe you didn’t figure right what you had in your lab account. I bet they can give you a full accounting,” I suggested. Max tended to have these tantrums a lot. He was relatively young and had come to Cold Creek straight from graduation the year after me. He had big dreams of doing enough research to get to a better university.

“You doing okay otherwise – you know with the rec center and all,” I asked.

“Oh, I gave up on the rec center last year. Too crowded. I joined a private club where I don’t have to deal with the students. At the rec center, they always tried to talk to me. Are you looking for a place to work out?” he asked, oblivious to the excitement on campus. But that was not unusual for Max. Unless it was going to directly affect him, he didn’t seem to know about it. Now, if he had wanted to work out today, he might have been more interested.

“Uh, Max, someone died at the rec center this morning,” I offered as gently as I could.

Jumping out of his seat, he proclaimed, “I knew it, I knew there were safety problems. I knew those students would wreck something! See what I mean?”

“Max, someone was murdered. It wasn’t an accident,” I added. I wondered at the fact that he hadn’t asked the obvious question of who? It was certainly the question I wanted answered.

“Oh. Well, it better not get in the way of my lab work. I’d love to chat with you Sheridan, but I have work to do,” he responded. With that, he sat back down and turned back to his computer. Good thing or he would have seen me shake my head in disbelief. It was also probably a good thing that he did research with rats or mice, examining their use of cues, learning, and such. He sure didn’t seem interested in people and didn’t always pick up on social cues. I made my way back to my office with a wave at Kim. I also quickly let her know that it wasn’t Jim, Doug or Max who was murdered.

BIO

Christa Nardi is and always has been an avid reader. Her favorite authors have shifted from Carolyn Keene and Earl Stanley Gardner to more contemporary mystery/crime authors over time, but mystery/crime along with romance and scifi/fantasy are her preferred choices for leisure reading. Christa also has been a long time writer from poetry and short stories to the Cold Creek series, Christa has joined many other reader/writers in writing one genre she enjoys reading – the cozy mystery. The series started with Murder at Cold Creek College; Murder in the Arboretum is the second in the series. Murder at the Grill is expected to be published in November 2015. Christa Nardi is a pen name for a real life professor/psychologist from the Northeast who is well published in nonfiction and technical venues.

Check out Christa’s books:

Murder at Cold Creek College

mystery, women sleuths, cozy

Murder in the Arboretum

mystery, women sleuths, cozy

Buy Links:

http://smarturl.it/MColdCrk

http://smarturl.it/MArb

 Follow Christa:

Twitter handle: @ChristaN7777

Facebook address: https://www.facebook.com/christa.nardi.5

Website address: christanardi.blogspot.com 

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“SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour: Maureen K. Howard

Today I’m pleased to welcome this week’s featured Rave Reviews SPOTLIGHT Blog Tour author – Maureen K. Howard. This is one of the great perks RRBC offers to members who are regularly active in the club. Congratulations to Maureen for winning the current tour and kudos to the club to continue promoting great authors like this! Take it away, Tara!

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“Just Another Day In …”

~by Brigette Howard

SunnySideUpCoverGreetings and salutations, fellow book lovers. Please let me formally introduce myself and my writing partner. Maureen K. Howard is the pen name of mother/daughter writing team, Maureen Kovach and Brigette Howard. We both live in Findlay, Ohio.

Maureen recently retired from a long career as a high school English teacher and now focuses her time on spoiling her three granddaughters, spending long weekends at the lake with her husband and their golden doodle, and making friends with fellow mystery writers and readers across the globe via social media. Oh yeah, she also writes books.

Brigette works full time managing multiple national restaurant franchises. She enjoys taking her charcoal lab on running adventures and spends her free time reading, gardening with her husband, cooking, and planning the perfect murder.

Now let’s get real. Here’s a peak into a typical day, a day off from work, at that. I woke up yesterday morning to a call from my mom who was so excited about an email she had received from Rave Review Book Club (RRBC) asking us to participate in the prestigious Spotlight Week. I read through all of the requirements and thought it sounded like a great opportunity. We signed on the dotted line.

As usual, our time lines really didn’t mesh, but we had a very limited window of time to get everything prepared for this great event, so we had to make it work. The day was going to be Wednesday. We would spend the whole day together at my mom’s house getting everything done for our fabulous week in the Spotlight. We wouldn’t rest until everything was complete.

8:00 A.M. “Hey mom, do you want to come to my house instead? You haven’t been over in forever, plus I have lots of food, and wine if needed. And bring Joe if you want to.” (Why did I say that? Now I have to speed clean my house and think about preparing food. Not to mention the fact that we have the added pressure to look cute so we can take a new author picture today.)

12:00 P.M. My mom and her dog Joe get to my house and she says how nice everything looks. (As if I just wake up to a cute and tidy house and didn’t just spend three hours cleaning.) Now we get down to work.

2:00 P.M. We are about ¼ of the way through what we need to do when my Aunt Diane from California calls and says she is in the neighborhood and would like to see us. Okay. (When are we eating again? And shouldn’t it be soon, since we opened the wine at noon?)

4:30 P.M. Lunch has been eaten. The visit with my aunt is complete, my husband is home from work, and now my dad is wondering where my mom and his dog are because he wants to get on the road to the lake for the four-day boat trip they have planned to Cleveland. “We’ll be done soon,” Mom says. (Only four more blog posts to go, and still not a single useable photo. I think we need more wine.)

7:00 P.M. Our latest photo session was a success. (So to speak. My husband is seriously questioning our sanity after taking endless photos that we reject because of double chins or squinty eyes). But finally, all questionnaires are complete and we only have two more blog posts to finish.

7:15 P.M. Mom decides that she needs to get home so she can finish packing and get on the road, and I realize that I have been sitting in front of this computer for almost seven hours. (I think I’ll go check out the ribs that my husband has smoking and refresh my wine. One more post to finish before I have to work at noon tomorrow)!

Update: Mom got to the boat and finished one of her posts at 11:00 P.M. The last one was done Thursday morning before dawn. My final piece got finished just in time to rush out the door.

Turn on that spotlight and let it shine!

Author Bio:

Bio PicMaureen K. Howard is the pen name of mother/daughter writing partners, Maureen Kovach and Brigette Howard. They both live in Findlay, Ohio. Maureen recently retired from a long career as a high school English teacher and now focuses her time on spoiling her three granddaughters, spending long weekends at the lake with her husband and their golden doodle, and making friends with fellow mystery writers and readers across the globe via social media. Oh yeah, she also writes books. Brigette works full time managing multiple national restaurant franchises. She enjoys taking her charcoal lab on running adventures and spends her free time reading, gardening with her husband, cooking, and planning the perfect murder.

Maureen Online:

Twitter: @mhowardbooks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maureenhowardauthor
Website: http://mhowardbooks.wix.com/lake-erie-mysteries

Book Links:

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Sunny-Side-Lake-Erie-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00Q79DB90/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1434554136&sr=1-2&keywords=sunny+side+up

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sunny-side-up-maureen-k-howard/1121262131?ean=9781634432887

CHAPTER ONE

The evening sky made me think of rainbow sherbet as I watched the sun set over picturesque Kelleys Island. The sound of waves lapping against the side of my small skiff as I steered toward the lakeshore had a cathartic effect—my breathing and heart rate were finally returning to normal. From a hundred yards off shore, it was a postcard perfect scene. Idling past the breakwall, past the pier and the beach, I envisioned the fingers of charcoal smoke curling their way through the pastel clouds, clutching and twisting, distorting the idyllic scene. I could almost smell it, faint at first, but increasing in intensity, a foul odor like hot summer asphalt mixed with the sweetly noxious smell of burnt cupcakes. It would make your eyes water and your nostrils burn.

Increasing my speed, I glanced over my shoulder then focused once more on the shoreline, imagining the result of my handiwork and the thrill that would course through me when my mission was complete and my trophy, the charred remains of my victim, was discovered.

Best wishes for good sales to Maureen. Please take a few moments to view Maureen’s work via her links. If you’re interested in membership with Rave Reviews Book Club just click the link to find out more and if you join tell them P. H. Solomon sent you.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. I’ve updated the site with a new landing page starting today but you can still view the News page for announcements. As part of the changes, new email subscribers (you won’t be spammed nor sold) will receive my free new guide, 15 Must Have Apps for Self-Publishing Authors. Sign-up today! I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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SPOTLIGHT Author Blog Tour Featuring: Tara Fairfield

Today I’m pleased to welcome this week’s featured Rave Reviews SPOTLIGHT Blog Tour author – Tara Fairfield. This is one of the great perks RRBC offers to members who are regularly active in the club. Congratulations to Tara for winning the current tour and kudos to the club to continue promoting great authors like this! Take it away, Tara!

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Author Bio: Hi everyone! I am a licensed psychologist, author and speaker living in the Pacific Northwest. I grew up in Southern California and love being near the ocean. Some of my fondest memories of childhood are of swimming and snorkeling around Catalina Island. I have three grown children, three grandchildren and four dogs. Life is good! I’m Makai King coververy excited to introduce Makai King, which combines my love for the ocean with a wonderful fantasy carrying a positive message to young adults.

http://www.makaiqueen.com

Blurb: Off the coast of Lanai, far beyond the sailboats, there is a hidden world beneath the beryl-blue sea, the marvelous kingdom of Moku-ola, a place where man and beast live in harmony.  Unknown and forbidden to those living above the surface, it has never been discovered….until now.

THOUGHTS ON FORGIVENESS:

Forgiveness is a theme woven into the Makai series and a topic near and dear to my heart. Forgiveness is about so much more than what is going on between you and the person who hurt you; it’s about the state of your heart. When you harbor anger or bitterness for someone, your thoughts and emotions are captured by that situation, keeping you trapped, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.

Forgiving moves you forward, frees you and allows healing to occur. When you forgive you escape resentments’ trap and stop the grip of bitterness on your heart. When you hold on to hurts, you are the one who suffers, not the person who offended or harmed you. Forgiving doesn’t mean you have to remain in a bad relationship, condone the behavior, expose yourself to abuse or forget what happened. You can forgive and still hold someone accountable for his or her actions, or even break off the relationship altogether.

More and more research is finding that people who forgive experience lower levels of physical pain, anger, depression, blood pressure and heart rate.

Take a moment and examine your heart, it may be time to let go of the negative emotions holding you hostage. Be free to fully step into the person you were created to be.

MAKAI QUEEN

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Makai-Queen-Tara-Fairfield-ebook/dp/B00B7PM3HA/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1432955068

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/makai-queen-tara-fairfield/1110606035?ean=9781937756703

MAKAI KING

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Makai-King-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00N7407W2/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1432943117

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/makai-king-tara-fairfield/1120256263?ean=9781939989123

WHEN MY LION CALLS

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/When-Lion-Calls-River-Truth-ebook/dp/B00T7SJN4A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432954950&sr=8-1&keywords=When+My+Lion+calls 

IMG_0491Find Tara online: Twitter: @makaiqueen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Fairfield/293728984155377

Website: http://tarafairfield.com/index.html

Best wishes for good sales to Tara. Please take a few moments to view Tara’s work via her links. If you’re interested in membership with Rave Reviews Book Club just click the link to find out more and if you join tell them P. H. Solomon sent you.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. I’ve updated the site with a new landing page starting today but you can still view the News page for announcements. As part of the changes, new email subscribers will receive my free new guide, 15 Must Have Apps for Self-Publishing Authors. Sign-up today! I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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