Tammy Doherty Launches "Celtic Knot"

Tammy Doherty is about to launch her romance novel, Celtic Knot, a western tale in which heroine Abby, follows a path of twists and turns (much like a Celtic knot) through, pain, suspicion, peril, and faith.

This book can be purchased at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Celtic+Knot%2C+Tammy+Doherty

I Just Might Be An Author Groupie

I’ve been wondering if I’m an author groupie. How’s that? Well, when I go ga-ga over someone, I really go ga-ga.

Right now I’m totally enthralled by James Scott Bell’s Ty Buchanan who first appeared in Try Dying. Which leads me to believe my groupie status in this case is character driven. I found myself falling into the dark abyss with Ty, scouring L.A.’s under belly as he sought his fiance’s killer. After attorney Ty got pulverized a couple of times by thugs, I could vivildy see the shock and dismay written across his senior partner’s face when Ty came into the office with his face rearranged. Call me sadistic, but my lips twitched with a smirk reading those lines.

I also went totally berzeko over Robert Liparulo’s Comes A Horseman, loved Liparulo’s way with words, his imagery. Loved being terrified by the twists and turns in the story. There’s also something rivetting about a female FBI agent who breaks all the rules. It’s like, oh-oh what kind of trouble is she going to get her partner into this time? For about a month after reading the book, it seemed every literary word out of my mouth was “Robert Liparulo,” until my friends and associates cried, “Enough already, there must be somebody else who writes.”

I did that with Rene Gutteridge’s incredibly zany Boo series. Oh yeah, goes without saying I made, “boo,” the punch line of many a book discussion. I was definitey ga-ga. My compulsion was character driven in part. To be sure, I was taken with main character Wolfe Boone, a writer who finds Christ and gives up his lucrative career as a horror novelist. However, my groupie status in this case was more setting driven. I fell completely in love with the fictitious town of Skary, IL and it’s off-the-wall inhabitants.

I’m also loyal when I go ga-ga. One of the first author’s I went totally nutzomania over was Cheryl Wyatt. I love her humor and wit in the midst of heart pounding romance. I’m also taken by her dedication to an accurate portrayal of the group of special ops soldiers she’s created as characters for her Wings of Refuge series. I was bragging about Cheryl for months and months. Still do!!!

I’ve also gone bonkers over a couple of noir authors. Robert Crais is one of them. In this case my groupie status is character driven. I can’t get enough of his Elvis Cole/Joe Pike partnership. Elvis, a former Army Ranger and now a wise cracking L.A. private detective, is the main character in nearly all of the series’ books. He’s a Mickey Mouse watch wearing guy who never grew up, billing himself as the World’s Greatest Detective, and he just might be. Two books have been in enigmatic and stoic Joe Pike’s point of view. Pike, a former spec ops Marine, now a gun shop owner,  is a silent partner in their detective agency. Trust me, Pike’s a guy who could sneak up on a cat unawares. Gotta luv that in an operative.

Then there’s Michael Connelly, the consumate writer of police procedurals. Connelly was the L. A. Time’s crime beat reporter for twenty-five years, so he knows the turf. His homicide detective Harry Bosch has a dark past and a complicated present. Bosch thinks of homicide as he own personal mission. He tackles every case (the killing of the poorest, most insignificant person to the murder of the most powerful and wealthy) with a vengeance. His motto is, “everybody counts or nobody counts.” Every time I finish one of Connelly’s books, I wish he’d write faster.

Dick Francis, A Memorial

Dick Francis, master story teller and horseracing crime writer, died on February 14th at the age of 89.

I remember reading novels by Dick Francis in my late teens and early 20s. They were fast paced with snappy dialog. I was always impressed by the author’s obvious love of horses. In a Francis novel, to kill a person — well that was murder. To kill a horse — that was diabolical!!!

Born in Wales in 1920, he began his career as a professional jockey in 1953 becoming Champion National Hunt Jockey in 1953-54. He rode in Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother’s colours in the Grand National of 1956.

After retiring from racing he began writing mysteries centered around horse racing and published 42 thrillers, topping best seller lists for more than 40 years. His worldwide sales were well over 60 million.

My Autobiography In Book Titles

Thought I’d have a little fun with this one – and play around with crime fiction book titles (by both Christian and secular authors) to describe myself.

What Does My Husband Say About Me?  ~  Trial by Fire by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan)

What Do My Friends Say About Me?  ~  Death of the Party by Carolyn Hart (Mass Market Paperback)

How Would Associates Describe Me?  ~  Taking The Fifth by J.A. Jance (Mass Market Paperback)

What Would My Prayer Partners Say About Me?  ~  If You Don’t Die To Self, I May Have To Kill You by Karen Long (Waterbrook)

How Would I describe Myself?  ~  Renegade by Ted Dekker (Thomas Nelson)

How Would I Describe My Wedding?  ~  Deadlock by James Scott Bell (Zondervan)

How Would My Kids Describe My Cooking?  ~  Lethal Lasagna by Rhonda Gibson (White Rose)

My Present Mental State?  ~  Meltdown by Chuck Holton (Waterbrook)

What Is My Motto?  ~  Never Look Back by Kathy Herman (Waterbrook)

What Is My Newest Passion?  ~  A Diet To Die For by Joan Hess (Minotaur Books)