Author Blog Hop ~ Have a Little Fun With It


My friend and sister in crime Marcy Dyer asked me to join this very fun author blog hop. So, I’m hopping.

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Marcy is a registered nurse and suspense author. She doesn’t hold back in her stories, and you’ll find yourself flipping through the pages. She currently has two novels from the Desert Winds Series available: Down & Out and Out for Blood Her newest novel, Blood and Lies will release in November.


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Marcy asked me to answer these four questions.



What am I working on?

I’m working on book two in the Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels/Dawson Hughes novels. DEADLY DESIGNS is part of my couples series. The first novel in this series is HARMFUL INTENT, which just released. That’s where I introduce Ronnie and Hughes and where they become attracted to each other. DEADLY DESIGNS is a story about murder and child abduction. Of course you have to have conflict between the two main characters or there’s no fun to it. So, as the story opens Ronnie is angry with Hughes because the search for the child was delayed by almost two days. Of course, her anger is misplaced, as Hughes had nothing to do with the delay.

How does my work differ from others?

My writing is quite different from others. First of all, I’ve got a unique voice. My writing brings to mind the sassy pulp fiction style. I also write both main characters in first person. So, I have to develop their character-persoalities with depth so the reader can navigate from one to the other and not get confused as to whose scene it is.

Why do I write what I write?

I love reading detective stories and police procedurals that are realistic and authentic. I like a little grit in my mystery novels. That keeps it real and keeps me reading. So, that’s also what I write. I have an off the wall sense of humor, so my whodunits have a zany humor thread.

How does my writing process work?

I come up with an idea. Any idea…of course related to murder. In HARMFUL INTENT the first idea I came up with was infidelity. The heroine’s father was serially unfaithful to her mother and her mother put on a brave front for public consumption. This helped propel Ronnie into the private investigator business where she is on a mission to catch cheaters red-handed and or bare bottomed, as she snaps the incriminating photos. But it doesn’t stop there. Ronnie wants to be different then her mother who put up with her cheating husband until he left for another woman. However, Ronnie finds her husband is much like her dad. Married only one year and he’s cheating on her.

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As I hop along, I’ll pass the baton to three wonderful writers. So, be sure to visit their blogs to continue the fun and to find out more about them and their writing.



Bette Thomason OwensBorn in the Pacific Northwest, Betty grew up in such exotic places as West Tennessee and San Diego, California. She lives in Kentucky with her husband. They have three sons and six grandchildren.

She has two fantasy-adventure novels in a second edition published by Sign of the Whale Books, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell Press. She is one of twelve authors featured in the romantic novella, A Dozen Apologies, released Valentine’s Day, 2014 by Write Integrity Press. She recently contracted with Write Integrity Press for her three-book Legacy Series. Watch for her first novel, Amelia’s Legacy, late 2014.The Lady of the Haven

She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), where she leads a critique group, and Bluegrass Christian Writers, a lively group of Kentucky writers, who meet quarterly in a Lexington, Kentucky bookstore.


Barbara Ellen Brink

Barbara Ellen Brink is a multi-published author of mystery, suspense, and young adult novels. Apart from writing, she is a wife, mother, and dog walker. She grew up on a small farm in Washington State, but now lives in the mean “burbs” of Minnesota with her husband and their dogs, Rugby & Willow. In her spare time – when she’s not reading – she likes to ride motorcycles, visit local wineries, and catch up on the latest movies.Amish Vampire Trilogy

She is the author of The Fredrickson Winery Novels, ENTANGLED, CRUSHED, and SAVOR; a humorous young adult series, The Amish Bloodsuckers Trilogy; and Inspirational suspense novels, RUNNING HOME and ALIAS RAVEN BLACK. Her speculative/thriller, SPLIT SENSE,  won the 2012 Grace Award.


April McGowan

April McGowan loves to write healing fiction. She and her husband, two children, and her mews, Spookers, live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. April is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not writing, reading down her book list, homeschooling her two children, or playing board games, you might find her at her drum kit, imagining she’s on a world tour. Hey, it could happen.

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So hop-hop-hop on over to these authors’ websites/blogs to see what they’re all about.




“Pantsters” Can Keep Notes — It’s Allowed ~~ John 3:16 Blog Hop

This blog article, “Pantsters” Can Keep Notes–It’s Allowed is part of the John 3:16 Marketing Network Blog Hop from May 7 to May 14. I am giving away a “pdf” copy of both of my novels BURNING HEARTS and GOODBYE to the two best comments left below this article. Don’t forget to leave your email address if you want to win a copy of my novels. I will have an independent party chose the winners..

“Pantsters” Can Keep Notes — It’s Allowed

I’m a pantster…well mostly I’m a pantster. I do keep a running time-line. In my computer files I call it a “plotline.” This is not an outline. As a punster, I’d rather jump off the roof than write an outline. However, after I write a scene or a chapter, I add it to my time-line.

My time-line is quite detailed. It not only tells me what happened in that particular scene or chapter, I’ll also add small details I might want to refer to later. This keeps me from having to read the entire chapter if I want to recall a certain point. For example, my heroine might confide to a subordinate character that she flunked out of college. I’d add that detail to my time-line as a point of reference for when I write a later scene with those two characters.

I write romantic thrillers and I like to keep my reader from figuring out who the killer is until the very end when I reveal the identity. That means leaving plausible clues for a wide variety of red herrings. Each of these clues has to be added to my time-line so that I don’t write something in a later chapter that contracts my “planted clues.” I wish I could give you an example from the second book in my Sanctuary Point series, GOODBYE NOEL, but that would give away too much, and then I’d have to kill you.

As a pantster, I’m always asking the main characters and/or myself, what comes next? What would they logically do next? In this situation what would happen? As a pantster, an outline is certainly verboten! But I’ve found a clever way to get around that. I write a series of bulletins of possible, plausible next scenarios.

  • Have to have a funeral for the murder victim, killer attends services
  • Heroine thinks hero has lied, drives away even though a storm is approaching
  • Hero has to apply for a job if he intends to keep his apartment

I also like to ask, what would my character never in a million years ever be caught doing? I often brainstorm, sky’s-the-limit and, make a list of five things my heroine/hero would not do. Some of the items on the list get pretty wild. Then I pick the most plausible one for my story and put him/her in that situation. Of course, I might have to tweak  it to make it fit my storyline.

Can a sheltered young seamstress, disillusioned by the horrors of WWII, escape an arsonist/murderer who has killed her employer and mentor, while trying to decide if she can trust the dashing war hero who’s ridden into town on his Harley—who some say is the murderer?

The year is 1947. The bodies keep piling up. Will a young pediatric nurse determined to make it on her own be able to care for an infant whose mother was murdered and escape the killer who has struck again? Can she trust the stalwart village detective with her life and her heart as he works to catch this killer before somebody else dies. Amazon (Including Kindle).

Here’s a complete list of blog hop participants with links to their blogs. Happy blog hopping…

Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Lorilyn Roberts (John 3:16 Blog) –
  2. Lynn Dove – Word Salt (Host blog) –
  3. Laura J. Davis –
  4. Paulette Harper –
  5. Carol A. Brown –
  6. April Gardner –
  7. Sue Russell –
  8. Thomas Blubaugh –
  9. Susan F. Craft –
  10. Heather Bixler –
  11. Joy Hannabass –
  12. Deborah Bateman –
  13. Kimberley Payne –
  14. Rose McCauley –
  15. Lisa Lickel –
  16. Alice J. Wisler –
  17. Amanda Stephan –
  18. Saundra Dalton –
  19. Tracy Krauss –
  20. Ashley Wintters –
  21. Deborah McCarragher –
  22. Lorilyn Roberts –
  23. Anita Estes –
  24. Martin Roth –
  25. Kenneth Winters –
  26. Eddie Snipes –
  27. Diane Tatum –
  28. Janalyn Voigt –
  29. Alberta Sequeira –
  30. Tammy Hill –
  31. Marcia Laycock –
  32. Nike Chillemi –
  33. Elaine Marie Cooper –
  34. Sidney W. Frost –
  35. Jairus B. King –
  36. Bill Burt –
  37. Kathy Eberly –
  38. Bob Saffrin –
  39. Julie Saffrin –
  40. Theresa Franklin –
  41. Ray Lincoln –
  42. Lilly Maytree –
  43. Yvonne Pat Wright –
  44. Pauline Creeden –
  45. Katherine Harms –
  46. Brenda Wood –
  47. Deborah Malone –
  48. Melissa Main –
  49. Kevin Main –
  50. Sandy Humphrey –
  51. Felice Gerwitz –
  52. Hallee Bridgeman –
  53. Lisa Mills –