Listen to the Authors You Love to Read

With the new year, I’ve ushered in something new for my book-loving fans. I’ve started a podcast called Authors Love Readers, a weekly conversation between authors about how and why they create stories. I will interview fellow writers about books and life and quirky, fun things. I’ve gathered questions from readers, adding them to the many, many, many I always have. I’d love to have more interview ideas from readers, so if you have some to contribute, just send them to podcast@authorslovereaders.com.

The podcasts started in January, and the first three episodes featured Judith Arnold (romance), Patricia Lewin (suspense) and Barbara McMahon (romance). It’s no coincidence that these women also have participated in group book projects with me such as The Inheritance and Rodeo Knights. Next up is Laura Resnick, who writes urban fantasy that combines comedy, mystery and romance. On future podcast authors will include Linda Cardillo and Emilie Richards (women’s fiction), Victoria Thompson (historical mysteries) and Lisa Hughey (romantic suspense/paranormal).

As you can see, we cover lots of genres and all kinds of books. Since you like books and reading, I think you’ll love Authors Love Readers.

Behind the Curtain in The Big Thrill

Happy New Year, everyone!

Britain-based Charlie.Cochrane, a contributing editor for the International Thriller Writers magazine, The Big Thrill, and an author herself (Cambridge Fellows and Lindenshaw mysteries), interviewed me for The Big Thrill’s new January issue. We talk about BACK STORY (Book 6 of my cozy mystery series, Caught Dead in Wyoming), characters from Caught Dead and my other books, consumer scams and a murder plot inspired by my recent cruise. Thanks, Charlie, that was fun. Here’s a sample exchange:

Q: If you were in a tight corner and had to rely on one of your characters to save you, which would it be and why?

A: Either Grif (Col. John Griffin, Army, ret.) or Elizabeth “E.M.” Margaret Danniher. Grif is the protagonist of my romance novel At the Heart’s Command. He is smart, tough, honorable, and perhaps a shade too reliable for his own good (at least at the start of the book). Elizabeth is the main sleuth in my Caught Dead in Wyoming series. She might not rescue me as a kickass ninja, but she’d find exactly the rescuers I needed. She knows how to find out things or people and she would never, ever give up.

Winter Winds Bring Back The Games

olympics olympic games, winter games, sports fiction, olympics romance,As of Thanksgiving weekend, the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, were just 75 days away. The Winter Games have always been must-see TV for me. I’ll be binge-watching from Feb. 9 through the closing ceremony on Feb. 25. NBC promises an unprecedented 2,400-plus hours of coverage on its channels (also including NBCSN, CNBC and USA), NBCOlympics.com, the NBC Sports app and other platforms. And since I’m a burner of midnight oil, I’m happy for the live late-night broadcasts across the U.S. for the first time.

PyeongChang ski area at night in this 2010 photo. South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympics in February. (Korea.net photo/Korean Culture and Information Service)

Prime time will present high-profile events like figure skating, alpine skiing, snowboarding and short-track speedskating. Sports such as these figure prominently in my sports romance, THE GAMES, which follows the hopes and dreams of a downhill skier, a figure skating coach and a biathlete. THE GAMES is a rare stand-alone novel in my catalog, and I’ve devoted extra pages here to 2018 Winter Olympics information, from TV listings to sports explainers to Olympic lore and fun facts — and links, lots of links.

For me, and NBC, it’s all about the stories. “The Olympics command America’s attention for 18 days unlike anything else because of the athletes and their stories,” NBC official Jim Bell stated in a recent release. “There will be familiar names – like Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and Shaun White. There will be new faces – like Chloe Kim and Nathan Chen. And there will be unforgettable stories, like the Nigerian bobsled team and, we anticipate, the North Korean figure skating pairs team.”

Let The Games begin!

Back Story Moves to the Front

“Colorful characters, intriguing, intelligent mystery,
plus the state of Wyoming leaping off every page.”

-‐ Emilie Richards, USA Today Bestselling Author

It’s here! BACK STORY, Book 6 of my Caught Dead in Wyoming mystery series with humor and a hint of romance, has just released, and I quickly followed it with a second edition to address a glitch in the first uploaded book. If you pre-ordered Back Story and downloaded the book on or soon after release day, make sure you opt in for updates on your stored book. I appreciate your patience with this!

caught dead in wyoming, cozy mystery, Patricia McLinn, dog mystery, amateur sleuth, women sleuths, small-town mystery, western mystery, romantic suspenseNow a little Back Story preview: The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a notoriously slow news week. Not this year, not for Elizabeth “E.M.” Danniher of KWMT-TV. After 25 years in prison, Dean Isaacs has returned to Sherman, Wyoming, and nobody knows why.

The release of the convicted murderer ensures it won’t be happy holidays for a number of people in Back Story. A debatable accident, a scam and two long-ago deaths swirl together with professional jealousies, family secrets and hot debate over the “lost” Battle of Cottonwood County. Elizabeth, her KWMT colleagues and her investigative cohorts race to solve old and new mysteries before the New Year scatters their suspects for good.

Wait, there’s more! Book 7, COLD OPEN, can now be pre-ordered on iBooks, Kobo, and GooglePlay. (Amazon rules mean Kindle won’t happen until later in 2018. I’ll let you know as soon as I can put it up there, too.)

If you haven’t tried the Caught Dead in Wyoming series, I highly recommend starting with the first book, SIGN OFF, which is free right now on all major retailers. All books also are available in paperback. Do you prefer to listen rather than read? You can buy SIGN OFF and LEFT HANGING audiobooks through Amazon, Audible and iTunes, both narrated by the wonderful Jane McLaughlin. And if you’re a regular Caught Dead listener, you’ll be happy to hear that Book 3, SHOOT FIRST, is now available at Nook and eStories, and will be coming soon to Amazon, Audible and iTunes.

mystery series, podcast, caught dead in wyoming, cozy mystery, author interview, writing processAuthor Alexandra Amor recently interviewed me for her It’s a Mystery Podcast, Episode 49, titled “A TV Journalist Who’s Trying to Avoid Being Caught Dead in Wyoming.” You can listen, read a transcript or download the podcast at her website, or see the interview on YouTube. In it, I talk about Elizabeth Danniher and other Caught Dead in Wyoming characters, and share a bit about my first novel and my unconventional writing process.

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