Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wednesday Search For the White Jewel #MFRWHooks #MFRWauthor #BWLPublishing #Fantasy #Jewels

Search for the White Jewel: The Jewels of Erda (The Jewels' of Erda)

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Blurb:
When the Holder of the Yellow Jewel dies, her ward Liara believes she will become the new Yellow Holder. The dying word of the elderly woman astonishes the young woman. She will hold the White Jewel. This fabled gem has been lost for years since her mother and her sister fought and her aunt took hold of the Black Jewel. Liara, accompanied by her foster brother set forth to find the jewel, escaping the soldiers sent by the Queen and Black Jewel Holder. During their escape, Liara meets Valmir who saves her and her foster brother during a shipwreck. During their journey, they meet other holders of the Jewels, including Reena, daughter of the now dead Queen. Though she has the Black Jewel, Reena has no idea how to use the gem.



Excerpt:

Prologue

The black-robed wizard slipped through the doorway leading to the Queen’s chamber. He paused and studied the wan woman propped against the black silk pillows. As he approached the bed, his robes rustled.
The Queen grasped the Black Jewel, symbol of her reign. “Be gone, I say. I have no need of you.”
“Your time has passed. ‘Tis time to cede the Jewel to your successor.”
“Not yet.” She raised the Black Jewel. Dark rays pulsed in its heart. “Be gone and let me be.”
  He evaded the dark beams. “What of the White?”
  She laughed. “Do you think I fear that thing? My sister failed to find the gem. For generations, there has been no sign of its existence. There have been but myths and rumors.”
He smiled. “The White stirs. I sought and I found.”
“Where?” Her eyes narrowed.
‘Tis where it has always been, waiting for the one who can hold the jewel. But fear not. ‘Tis not your battle. Soon you will be gone, and I will have the training of the one who is to follow you. This time there will be no mistakes. As Holder and Chosen, she and I will rule.”
“Be gone, dark wizard.” The Queen raised the Black and poured her anger into the gem. Thunder roiled the silent night and a great display of colored lightning brightened the sky above the palace.


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - More Modifiers - Adverbs #MFRWauthor #BWLPublishing #Adverbs #Writing

Last week, we looked at adjectives and learned strings of them didn't do the trick. Adverbs have their uses but they can be used to death. I remember judging contests for beginning writers and remembering what I'd done when I began writing. That was using adverbs in dialogue tags.

She said angrily. He said happily. You know the trick instead of doing something like "Get lost,"she said angrily, I learned to her hands fisted. "Get lost." Gives the same meaning but the second version packs a punch and also gives a view of the character.

Adverbs generally end with ly. So that's something to look at while you're in revision mode.There are other adverbs we tend to use. Very is one. She was very sad. Not to mention passive voice, that sentence doesn't give a picture of the character. There are times when I do use this and sometimes repeat the word, especially in dialogue. "I am very, very mad." In a story this was a child speaking. An adult might have said I'm furious. Other adverbs that can creep into a story are ones like almsot, frequently. Just be on the look out for adverby while you're writing.


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Monday, September 17, 2018

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #MFRWauthor #BWL Publishing #Poetry #Shopping #Writing

Meander 1 - Poem _ Security Blanket --

You are security, peace and binding
The comforting nest after flights into the sky.
The arms that hold me when ecstacy is lost.
The fingers that gently sooth away
The anxiety born of facing chaos, madness, death.
And though you cannot soar with me
I need you always there waiting
For those fleece-lined moments
When I return to you.

Meander 2 - Shopping - Yesterday I went to look at possibilities for my kitchen. The refrigerator I have right now is working on its second icemaker and that only spews cubs when it wishes. I had no desire to try a third so I've decided to buy a new refrigerator and so I looked at them yesterday. My stove also needs a bit of an upgrade. The stove has been there since we made the kitchen larger about thirty years ago. Now it does work, all but one burner and I have never conquered the self cleaning function. I tried and tried but it never worked properly. There are other things I'd like to do there but they can wait until I have a few more dollars.

Meander 3 - Writing - I am kicking myself. I did something I'm always warning other writers not to do. That is called rushing the end of the book. While typing the final chapter warning bells rang. I did not play the scenes to the end. All the other chapters are great but this one has to be re-done and so I will. Then the next thing iis to do the CAF for a book thats coming in February or March.


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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday's Book - Murder and Herbal Tea #MFRWAuthor #BWLPublishing #Murder, #Tea #Mystery


Murder and Herbal Tea (Mrs. Miller Mysteries Book 5)


Katherine’s wedding day has arrived and she and Lars make their vows. When she notices one of her best friends hasn’t arrived, she begins to worry. Her friend owns a shop where tea and accompaniments are sold. Her friend’s partner is a micromanager. Katherine’s friend has wanted to dissolve the partnership. A call to the New England town brings the dreadful news of a murder. Kate’s protectiveness factor takes hold and she leaves a note for Lars and heads to rescue her friend. Though she has promised to leave murders alone, she feels she has no choice. Lars follows to help her solve another murder.

Editorial Review
Long-time beau Lars has finally convinced Katherine Miller to become Katherine Claybourne. But fans won't be surprised that even on her honeymoon, Kate can't stop herself. She's a magnet for murder. ~ Writer Gail Roughton


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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Saturday's Blurbs featuring Books by Roberta Grieve #MFRWAuthor #BWLPublishing #Russia #India #England


On Wings of Song

ON WINGS OF SONG

Rebellious society girl Arabella Raynsford, terrified that her double life is about to be revealed, and to escape from her arranged marriage to rich Irish landowner Oswald Delaney, flees to the Crimea to join Florence Nightingale. 

With the connivance of her maid, Maisie, she has been leading a double life as popular music hall singer Bella Forde. She has also fallen in love with penniless engineer Nat Sloane, a match her ambitious mother will never agree to. 

She finds fulfillment in working with Florence Nightingale in the hospital but cannot forget Nat or her stage career. 

Will she ever sing again and will she and Nat find happiness?
Available from Kindle

FULL CIRCLE
Ladies’ maid Daisy March is eagerly awaiting the return on leave of her employer’s son, Naval Lieutenant Jack Davenport. Surely this time he will defy his family and declare his love for her. But it is not to be and she is accused of stealing and summarily dismissed. 

When she takes up nursing on the outbreak of World War One she is dismayed to discover that Jack’s sister, Georgina is also among the new recruits. 

They are posted to Malta where Daisy hopes to be reunited with Jack. When scandal threatens both girls they are united in friendship
. But tragedy strikes and it seems there will be no happy ending for either of them.

Available from Kindle, Nook, Kobo, SCRIBD, Thalia

THREADS OF SILK
Ellie Tyler’s dreams of going to art college and getting away from life in postwar London’s East End are shattered when she is forced to give up her education and go to work for her father’s boss in a disreputable night club. She has fallen in love with Harry, her foster brother, who is away in the army.

She consoles herself that when he returns he will rescue her from her unbearable situation. But then she suffers horrific abuse at the hands of her father and runs away, ending up in a small Essex village. She manages to find work in one of the remaining silk mills in the area and, with the encouragement of the mill owner, slowly begins to rebuild her life, re-discovering her creativity and gaining confidence from her success as a designer. But, although she still dreams of Harry, her first love, she feels she can’t face him after what her father did to her, and she cuts herself off from her family. Will she ever find happiness, or will those ‘threads of silk’ bind her forever to her traumatic past? 


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Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday's Guest Roberta Grieve #MFRWauthor #BWL Publishing #What She Was #Historicals


Day 1

I was a reporter on a local paper for several years then changed direction to work in a library. Both of these careers influenced me in a way. The newspaper writing exposed me to all sorts of human interest stories which fired my imagination and, in the library, I was able to discover writers who also influenced me.

My novels are loosely described as historical romances and |I have set stories in various periods from Victorian times up to the Second World War. I love doing the research and putting my heroines into different situations.

Since a very young age I have always been an avid reader of all genres (except westerns) but I was drawn to romance with a historical background because of my admiration for Catherine Cookson who was my favourite writer as a teenager.  I always dreamed of writing like her – not sure if I have achieved that though.

My latest release is Song of Memories, a story of lost love and eventual reconciliation.

My next book will be ‘Madeleine’s Enterprise’. Left destitute after the death of her father, Madeleine has to find a way to recoup the family’s fortunes. Her mother thinks marriage to a rich man is the answer but Madeleine refuses to marry for money and determines to start her own business.

My website is www.robertagrieve.co.uk. I am on several Facebook groups including WriteWordsWrite and Goodreads.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thursday's Fourth Scene Murder and Bitter Tea #MFRWAuthor #BWLPublishing #Mysteries #Nursing home #Hudson river


I waited until after lunch to visit Martha at the hospital. As I walked down the corridor of the Surgical Unit, the familiar scents and sounds made me wish I was back in uniform. A very bad idea. I remembered what had happened when I resurfaced as a church organist. Maybe the desire to return was akin to an old racehorse wanting to take another lap around the track.
     I paused outside Martha’s private room and listened for voices. Hearing none I wanted to avoid, I tapped on the partially open door. The nurse who appeared had been a colleague until she opted for private duty.
     “Kate, how nice to see you. Heard you retired. Are you visiting someone?”
     “Martha. We’re old friends.”
     She shook her head. “Her son doesn’t want anyone other than family visiting. She needs to rest.”
     “Think of this as a pastoral call. We attend the same church.” On occasion, I made hospital calls for our pastor.
     “Katherine, is that you?” Martha asked.
     “Yes.”
     “Let her in. It’s vital for me to speak to her.”
     Fran shrugged. “Go ahead. You can sit with her while I grab lunch. Her daughter-in-law was due to relieve me a half hour ago. Her son doesn’t want her left alone.”
     To keep out visitors who didn’t meet his approval was my take on the order. “Thanks.” I entered and went to the bedside. “How are you feeling?”
     “Sore. Dumb. Awkward. I’m glad you came.”
     “Jenna says she loves you and she’ll find a way to visit.”
     “Tell her to wait until I go to Hudson House. Marcus is so over-protective. When I’m there, he’ll know I’m recovering and he won’t worry so.” She clasped my hand. “Give me my handbag.”
     I looked in the bedside stand and the closet. “Not here.”
     Her forehead wrinkled. “That’s right. I had it put in the safe.”
     Why hadn’t she sent her valuables home with her son? “I guess whatever you wanted to give me will have to wait.”
     She nodded. “There are some things at the house I want you to remove.”
     "What’s going on?” I turned. Sophie Garner stood in the doorway. She flipped her long blonde hair over her shoulder.
     “I’m visiting,” I said.
     “Marcus doesn’t want Mother Garner disturbed. Did that stupid nurse let you in? I’ll see she’s fired at once.”
     “You’ll do nothing of the sort.” Martha’s voice held an iron edge. “I pay her and if I think she deserves to be fired, I will. You’re almost an hour late to relieve her. Kate kindly volunteered to stay while the nurse had lunch.”
     Sophie waved her red-tipped fingers. “Did you expect me to walk out on Linda Eliot? She’s a very influential person around the county.”
     Martha snorted. “A newcomer with new money. The Garners have been forces to reckon with for over a hundred years, but you always did like flash.” She dropped her hand on the bed. “Don’t let her vulgar money sway you, but there’s no sense trying to make silk from trash.”
     “How can you say that? I’ve given you two lovely granddaughters.” Sophie turned to me. “You can leave. When I tell Marcus you were here, he’ll be livid.”
     “You’ll tell him nothing.” Martha glared. “Sophie, step outside. I want to speak to Katherine alone.”
     “I will not.”
     I clasped Martha’s hand. “It’s all right. I’ll talk to you later.”
     Martha nodded. “Let my nurse know Sophie’s here and she has no reason to worry or hurry her break.”
     “Will do.” I slipped past Sophie and strode down the hall. At the nurses’ lounge, I opened the door and passed Martha’s message to Fran.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wednesday The Aries Libra Connection #MFRWHooks #MFRWAuthor #BWLPublishing #Romance #Medical

The Aries Libra Connection (Opposites In Love Book 1)

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BLURB:

Jenessa is Aries, a nurse, union advocate and likes a good fight.

Eric is Libra, Director of Nursing, and believes in compromise.

Can these two find a way to uncover the underhanded events at the hospital? They’re on opposite sides but the attraction between them is strong. She’s a widow who fought to save her husband’s life during a code. She feels guilty because the love she and her husband shared had died before his death. He assisted at the code but he feels guilty since he was the one who was responsible for the short staffing the night her husband died.

Now they face falling in love and trying to solve the problems between the nurse’s union and the president of the hospital’s Board who wants a take over of the hospital by his hospital group. Is their connection strong enough to survive?



EXCERPT:

Jenessa frowned. Megan and she had been friends since they were five, but there were things she couldn’t tell her… Things about Chuck and the marriage.
     “I’m union. He’s management. Can you see me falling for someone from the opposition?”
     “And what will you be when you finish your Master’s?”
     “Not here. I’ll work for a doctor. Head to the city. Become a consultant.” She followed the trail of clothes and gathered them as she walked. “With my reputation here, they won’t promote me.”
     “Your reputation is undeserved. Just because you organized the union, sent a petition to recall Sandra, started the protest forms, negotiated the contract…” The click of the bathroom door cut off Megan’s words.
     Jenessa dropped the clothes beside the door. She entered the bedroom and stared at the red brick building across the street where she worked in ICU. She liked Eastlake Community. For nearly three years, the hospital had been her refuge. She didn’t want to leave.
     She returned to the hall just as Megan emerged, wrapped in a blue bath sheet that nearly reached her toes.
     “...use someone who plunges to the center of a problem and won’t give up until the next one appears. You are kind of blunt though. He’ll weigh his decisions. Libras do. What’s on the agenda now?” She stumbled over the heap of clothes. “I know. In the hamper.”
     “The contract. Monday, I’ll demand a meeting.”
     “Why not give Eric Bradshaw a chance to settle in?”
      “Why? They said they’d talk once they hired a new director and they have.” Jenessa headed to the kitchen.
     “Let him size things first.”
     “Do you really think a new D.O.N. will help us?” Jenessa paused at the end of the hall. “Do you know how many extras I’ve worked this summer?”
     “That’s your punishment for demanding thirteen hour shifts. They can’t ask me to work seven days a week.”
     “How many doubles have you pulled since Sandra took over staffing? Sometimes I think she wants to drive nurses away.”
     “Why would she do that?” Megan followed Jenessa into the kitchen. Her knee length yellow tee shirt was the same bright color as the walls.
     “Who knows?”
     “Jen, give the guy a chance. How would you like to be in his shoes?”
       She laughed. “I would love it. You know, if I could transfer my credits, I would be out of here.”
      “It’s the same everywhere. Don’t you pay attention to the letters from the gang?”
     “There are hospitals where the problems are addressed.” Jenessa picked up a fork. “Around here no one admits there are any.”
     “I’m not sure there are answers. The health care system is in flux.”
     “If the Board would sit down with us, we could try.”
     Megan grinned. “Do I see you, sword in hand, leading the charge?”
     “Don’t make fun. This is serious.”
     “I’m sorry. I know how important adequate staffing is to you.”
     “I’ll do whatever it takes to get a decent contract.” Jenessa bit her lower lip and fought a storm of memories and guilt.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Tuesday's Writer's Tip Modifying Your Sentences and Paragraphs #MFRWauthor #Writing #Modifiers

Just what is a modifier and how are they used? We've all read stories where the words , sentences and paragraphs are modified beyond belief. Modifiers are words added to make an image more clear. According to Webster's Dictionary, modifiers are used to change something slightly in character or form. There's nothing wrong with using modifiers.

I've overused them, especially in a rough draft when I'm trying to convey something. Sometimes I've used two or more modifiers of the same noun or expression. As I revise, I know I must choose the right one. Sentences like the tiny, little, petite, gray-haired old woman may give a picture of the character but there are other and better ways to show this character. As a writer, I need to choose the right ones and the right ways to do this. Mabel reached my chest and I'm not a tall person. Her gray  hair looked as though she's combed it with a rake. This shows she's tiny, gray-haired and gives the reader a real picture of the character rather than the string of modifiers.

So when you find yourself writing a string of modifiers to describe someone or something, or some place. Select, select just one and find another way to get the information in. Strong verbs and nouns are one key to this.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #MFRWAuthor #BWLPublishing #Poem #Doctor's appointment #Writing

Meander 1 Poem -- The Shadow --

A constant shadow invades the light
Touching laughter and for a moment
I pause - reflect - and continue on.
The shadow touches my love
And pain comes to my eyes.
Days pass. I never see
This shadow, yet I know
It follows me a few paces behind
And as a child, I thought
The shadow was a part of me
That wanted to eat me up.
It chases me through all my days
And impinges on my life.
Dead men cast no shadows.
No lurker lags behind.
They are engulfed and swallowed.
Their shadows become their them.

Meander 2 - Doctor's Office Visit - My husband had a lot of bleeding from his dialysis site. I called the venous specialist. The secretary told me to bring him in at one thirty and they would fit him in. We were there. So were some other patients. They kept telling me they would see to him next, Surely they would find a break. They did at five thirty in the evening. We were done and left the office at quarter after six. So much for being fit in. He was their last patient of the day.

Meander 3 - Writing - Still working on the Pisces Virgo Connection and struggling to finish before this months ends. Matters would be different if I didn't have things like almost five hours at the doctor's office and two days before six hours at the hospital waiting for blood tests to be done. I will persevere and finish this book.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday's Book Murder and Bitter Tea #MFRWauthor #BWLPublishing #Cozy mystery #Hudson Valley

Murder and Bitter Tea (Mrs. Miller Mysteries Book 4)

Katherine’s newest tenant is estranged from her family and is the granddaughter of one of Katherine’s friends. When her friend falls and fractures her hip, the elderly woman is taken to Hudson House nursing home, an exclusive house. 

Katherine’s friend becomes concerned about several recent and unexpected deaths. When she dies Katherine’s curiosity and suspicions send her undercover as a nurse. Soon she’s deeply involved. 

Can she learn who is behind the scheme to end the lives of wealthy patients without becoming a victim?

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Saturday's Blurbs featuring Books by Mia Francis #MFRWAuthor #Wyoming #New York

Little Girl Lost by [Frances, Mia]

Little Girl Lost 

Wyoming sheriff Zac McHenry is fit to be tied. A new "working girl" just showed up at the local truck stop, ruining his stakeout. There's been an influx of transients passing through the county lately. Bringing an epidemic of drugs, crime, and vice with them. The last thing he wants is another hooker setting up shop in town. He's determined to send her packing. He's 6' 4" and she's a little bit of a thing. How hard could it be? But getting rid of her isn't as easy as he thought. When he barges into her motel room, she thinks he's an attacker and wallops him with her purse. He arrests her for assaulting an officer and hauls her off to jail.
Zac soon realizes things aren't what they seem. Ali is no hooker…she's actually a youth librarian from upstate New York. Much to Zac's dismay, she's also well connected. She's friends with several state and federal judges who intercede on her behalf. He's forced to let her go. Thinking she'll leave town as soon as she's released, he checks her out of her cheap motel room. But she has no intention of leaving. Ali's staking out the truck stop too. Looking for the man who picked up a 13-year-old runaway named Peeky there a week ago. The girl attended a teen drop-in program at Ali's library and she's not leaving until she finds her. There's a rodeo in town and her room's already been rented out. In fact, there are no rooms to be found anywhere in the area for the next several days. Ali's temporarily homeless and its all Zac's fault! There's only one thing to do…she'll just have to move in with the sheriff until she can find another place to stay. Zac thinks his houseguest is a foul-mouthed, ill-tempered hellion. She thinks he's an interfering, arrogant bully. But when they work together to investigate a case of kidnapping, human trafficking, and murder...sparks begin to fly. Is this any way to start a romance?

Available at:

The cover is attached.

IN HIS KEEPING: TAKEN


Out of work and on the verge of being homeless, Sylvie Jenkins is desperate. Her desperation leads her to take a job with a reclusive writer living in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. She’s never heard of Connor Hudson, but the man is offering her room, board, and an extremely generous salary. How bad could he be? Sylvie is shocked to learn that she might not know who Connor Hudson is, but millions of readers do, scarfing up the books he writes under various pseudonyms. And Connor’s not just a bestselling author. He’s a billionaire entrepreneur whose publishing and media empires span the globe.
Her new employer is a drop-dead gorgeous hunk, but he’s also surly, dominating, and demanding. He issues orders and expects her to obey them, but Sylvie has a rebellious streak and gives him a hard time. She doesn't like playing power games, especially not with him. She bristles at his condescending attitude toward women in general and her in particular. As far as she's concerned Connor Hudson, though male model handsome, is a jackass! Connor can't believe the cheek of this sassy little imp! He's used to women fawning all over him, begging to do his bidding. But his wealth and position don’t impress or intimidate her. He finds her indifference toward him intriguing. He's never known a woman who didn't welcome his advances…until Sylvie. She ignores him, when she isn’t arguing, or cursing him under her breath. This alpha male decides his feisty assistant needs taming. And he’s just the man to do it. He's determined to make her obedient, respectful, and submissive. Naive and nerdy, Sylvie mistakes sex for love. But Connor can’t love her. Not now! Not ever! He’s keeping secrets: dark and dangerous secrets. The cops think he's a serial killer. His ex girlfriends keep turning up dead! Is this strict, sexy alpha male a cold-blooded killer?

Available at:

View the trailer for the series at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFVsxBUSRkg

The cover is attached.

IN HIS KEEPING: BANISHED

Exiled to a luxurious penthouse fortress on Park Ave. and trailed by security teams wherever she goes, Sylvie Jenkins feels like a virtual prisoner.
She made the mistake of falling in love with her boss, reclusive bestselling author and billionaire entrepreneur, Connor Hudson. He’s a strict, demanding dom, who imposes rules and metes out punishment. He wants her total submission, but she’s not inclined to give it. They’d been living together in his rustic mountain mansion until the day police arrived and informed Connor he was the prime suspect in a series of grisly murders. People who loved him had a habit of turning up dead!
Without a word of explanation, Connor sends Sylvie away, refusing to take her calls or answer texts or emails. He tries to stay away from Sylvie, but he can’t. They continue to see each other in secret. Their meetings are filled with painful discipline, followed by the most exquisite pleasure.
Sylvie becomes jealous when Connor squires other women to society events. He tells her it’s to throw the "real" killer off the track. But Sylvie has her doubts.
Realizing she knows almost nothing about Connor’s background, she decides to search the apartment for clues to his past. She discovers the door to a secret room. What she finds there frightens her. Sylvie had always known Connor had a dark, almost sinister side, but she hadn’t thought him dangerous or cruel. Now she wondered. She kept telling herself Connor wasn’t a murderer. But the question remained, if he wasn’t…who was?

Available at:

The cover is attached.

So glad I decided to do this today and not wait. When I went to add the series book trailer link, I discovered that for some inexplicable reason Youtube/Google had deleted my youtube accounts which used my AOL email address and instead reset the account through my google plus account which wiped out the video. I could spit nickles! All the views are gone and I am starting again from scratch. I have to go back to all the sites where I posted the video and post the new link which took me a couple of hours to set up since it refused to let me add the thumbnail for the video. Ain't technology great? Bah humbug!!!

If there is anything else you need from me, please let me know.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Friday's Guest Mia Francis Talking about Who She Was Before #MFRWauthor #New York #Wyoming

What were you in your life before you became a writer? Did this influence your writing? 

I was working for what was then called the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene first in personnel administration and then in the institutional services department which oversaw medical records, housekeeping, laundry, food service, etc. at our various facilities for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled clients throughout the state. It could be very emotionally draining, so I used my evenings and weekends to write a two book, post-apocalyptic series to get my mind off work. Though I was based in Albany I traveled throughout the state with both jobs. When the state was sued for providing inadequate care for residents at the Willowbrook Developmental Center on Staten Island, I was assigned to accompany the many experts who were hired to inspect the facility as part of the court-ordered consent decree to determine what needed to be done to correct the conditions there. One day when we were observing clients in the outdoor yard of a non-ambulatory building which was supposed to be housing profoundly retarded residents who were wheelchair-bound, non-verbal, incontinent, etc., a woman came to the fence and started speaking to us. We assumed she was a therapy aid who worked there and were shocked to find she was a resident. Her parents had institutionalized her some 30 years before in one of our children's psychiatric centers because she was "boy crazy." She had been able to read and write when admitted, but had fallen through the cracks being transferred from the psychiatric institution to others that housed developmentally disabled residents without anyone seeming to notice she didn't belong there. She'd been assigned to that particular building at Willowbrook because she'd developed phlibitis and couldn't walk stairs but could walk the wheelchair ramps. Meeting her inspired me to write my novel Silent Song about a woman who was wrongly institutionalized. 


2. Are you genre specific or general? Why? I don't mean genres like romance, mystery, fantasy etc. There are many subgenres of the above.

      I am all over the place. My novels incorporate several genres in each book. I write traditional science fiction; but I prefer to write post apocalyptic stories that have romantic elements, and dark fantasies, leaning toward horror and the occult with demon lovers and murders and others about Satan and his minions. I write erotic romance murder mysteries and steamy romantic suspense with feisty take charge heroines and millionaire/billionaire alpha males. I enjoy writing children's picture books with problem solving themes, early chapter books that are funny/scary or focus on a little girl detective. I  also write mainstream fiction. The one constant about everything I write is my heroines. Even the pint-sized ones are take-charge characters who are smart, clever, brave, and strong.

 3. Did your reading choices have anything to do with your choice of a genre or genres? 

      I love reading mysteries: Sara Paretsky, Ellis Peters, Ngio Marsh, Agatha Christie, Barry Maitland; and I enjoy steamy billionaire and western romances so I guess it figures that the last few years my adult novels are a mixture of both.

4. What's your latest release? 

      My newest book Little Girl Lost came out June 15th.  It's steamy romantic suspense and written under my Mia Frances pen name which I use for all my steamy romances. It's about a conservative Wyoming county sheriff named Zac who butts heads with a liberal librarian from upstate New York named Ali. She's hanging around truckstops, masquerading as a hooker, trying to track down a 13-year-old runaway who attended one of her library's youth programs. They can't abide each other at first, but when they work together to investigate a case of kidnapping, human trafficking, and murder...sparks begin to fly. 

5. What are you working on now?
      
      I am always working on several projects at once. I've just finished the final edits on two early chapter books and have started a third which is the Halloween mystery in my Millie Muldoon children's mystery series. All written under the Mary Vigliante Szydlowski pen name. As soon as that's done I'm starting another romance which is all plotted out in my head. The only thing I haven't decided yet is whether it will wind up being a series like my IN HIS KEEPING books or a long, stand-alone book like Little Girl Lost.

6. Where can we find you? 
     I live in upstate NY. But if you want to learn more about me you can find me on the web at: