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2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Winner


The winner of the September 2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is The Astonishing Thing by Sandi Ward from Kensington with 31% of the votes.


The Astonishing Thing
Kensington, October 31, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Winner
In her inventive, sometimes bittersweet, ultimately uplifting debut, Sandi Ward draws readers into one extraordinary cat’s quest to make sense of her world, illuminating the limits and mysterious depths of love . . .

Pet owners know that a cat’s loyalty is not easily earned. Boo, a resourceful young feline with a keen eye and inquiring mind, has nonetheless grown intensely devoted to her human companion, Carrie. Several days ago, Carrie—or Mother, as Boo calls her—suddenly went away, leaving her family, including Boo, in disarray. Carrie’s husband, Tommy, is distant and distracted even as he does his best to care for Boo’s human siblings, especially baby Finn.

Boo worries about who will fill her food dish, and provide a warm lap to nestle into. More pressing still, she’s trying to uncover the complicated truth about why Carrie left. Though frequently mystified by human behavior, Boo is sure that Carrie once cared passionately for Tommy and adores her children, even the non-feline ones. But she also sees it may not be enough to make things right. Perhaps only a cat—a wise, observant, very determined cat—can do that . . .

Wonderfully tender and insightful, The Astonishing Thing explores the intricacies of marriage and family through an unforgettable perspective at the center of it all.





The Results

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Winner





 The October 2017 Debuts

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Winner

Interview with Jennifer David Hesse, author of Midsummer Night's Mischief


Please welcome Jennifer David Hesse to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Midsummer Night's Mischief will be published on July 26th by Kensington.



Interview with Jennifer David Hesse, author of Midsummer Night's Mischief




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Jennifer:  Thank you for having me! I think I’ve been writing on and off my whole life, whether for school or fun or just to get my thoughts on paper. I’ve filled diaries, posted blogs, and written a few fiction pieces. But it wasn’t until I turned forty that I decided to get serious and write a book for publication. I guess the “why” is that I felt called to do it. No matter how many other priorities vied for my attention, I always came back to this desire to write for an audience other than myself.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Jennifer:  I’m a hybrid. I start out with a rough outline and a general sense as to where the story will end up. Then I start writing, and additional ideas pour out. It’s always fun to look back at something I just wrote and think: Wow, I had no idea that was going to happen.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Jennifer:  Making the time to sit down and do it. I know lack of time is a convenient excuse, but it’s a real challenge. I have a day job and a family, as well as normal day-to-day responsibilities like everyone has. Still, I’m a firm believer that where there’s a will, there’s a way.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Jennifer:  What hasn’t? :) Everything influences me, from the people around me and things happening in popular culture, to books I’ve read. I read a lot, both fiction and non-fiction. It would be hard to identify a single influence.



TQDescribe Midsummer Night's Mischief in 140 characters or less.

Jennifer:  A closet Wiccan, Keli casts a spell to find love. When a client’s rare book disappears, she needs more than magic to catch the thief.

(Incidentally, this is the tweet that caught the attention of my literary agent, Rachel Brooks, in a #PitMad Twitter contest.)



TQTell us something about Midsummer Night's Mischief that is not found in the book description.

Jennifer:  There’s a secondary mystery that runs throughout the series. Keli has an aunt who ran off to join a commune in the early 1970s, and later disappeared. Yet she still sends postcards every few years. This idea of a mystery within a mystery is also related to one of the themes of the series, which is the inherent mystery in life itself. There is mystery in nature, in the interconnectedness of all things, in the unexplainable coincidences that happen all the time. Since Keli is Wiccan, she embraces this mystery as part of the Divine.



TQWhat inspired you to write Midsummer Night's Mischief? What appeals to you about writing cozy mysteries?

Jennifer:  Basically, I set out to write the book I wanted to read. I’ve always enjoyed and sought out mystery novels with strong, smart female detectives, from Nancy Drew to Amanda Cross’s Kate Fansler and Nancy Pickard's Jenny Cain. I like cozies because of their lighter tone and more fun reading experience. There’s enough depressing real-life news around the world, so I didn’t want to include a lot of violence. I also wanted to write something that’s easy to read. Serious, literary works have their place, but my intent was to write something entertaining and engaging. To me, the best mysteries have an interesting puzzle to unravel, some suspense and intrigue, as well as some human interest (usually in the form of a touch of romance). The best cozies have all of those elements.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Midsummer Night's Mischief?

Jennifer:  I did a lot of internet research about various topics featured in the book, including Shakespeare’s First Folio (which is the stolen book that launches the mystery) and about the religion of Wicca. I wanted to make sure I got my facts and details right—and I especially wanted to portray Wicca in a realistic and respectful way.



TQIn Midsummer Night's Mischief who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Jennifer:  Hmm. I suppose the main character, Keli, might fall into both of those categories. In some ways, she was the easiest to write, because she’s a sympathetic character and because she shares some of the same sensibilities as myself. (For example, we’re both vegetarians. However, with Keli, I took it a step further and made her vegan.) On the other hand, I wanted to make sure that she was NOT me, or some glamorized version of myself. It was my challenge to flesh her out and make sure she behaved and made decisions based on the unique experiences I wrote for her.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in Midsummer Night's Mischief?

Jennifer:  This book doesn't overtly address social issues, but the context naturally implicates a few. There’s religious freedom: Keli doesn’t come out as a Wiccan, because she’s afraid she’ll be judged and discriminated against. She’s also environmentally conscious and leads a healthy lifestyle. (I like to think of her as a heroine for the 21st century.) There are one or two other social issues that come up, but I can’t mention them without giving a spoiler alert. So, I won’t! …Oh, and I guess the reason for indirectly including social problems is that the book is meant to be a reflection of real life, even while keeping the tone and story consistent with what’s expected for genre fiction.



TQWhich question about Midsummer Night's Mischief do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Jennifer:  “What is a Wiccan Wheel?”

I’m not sure if this is self-evident, but the “Wiccan Wheel” in the series title (Wiccan Wheel Mysteries) refers to the Wheel of the Year. This is a seasonal calendar followed by many modern Pagan traditions, including Wicca. The Wheel of the Year is made up of eight sabbats, or holidays, that track the path of the sun and the corresponding mythological journey of the God and Goddess along the ever-repeating cycle of life. To me, honoring the sabbats seems like such an interesting and beautiful way to be present and attune yourself to the rhythms of nature. So, each book in this series takes place around one of the sabbats, the first being Midsummer (also known as Litha), which occurs at the summer solstice.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Midsummer Night's Mischief.

Jennifer:

“Shakespeare may have written about hags, but he wrote about fairies, too. It’s all magic, don’t you think?”

“Up ahead we could see firelight flickering behind a wall of trees and hear the rise and fall of spirited voices. All at once, I knew what it was.”



TQWhat's next?

Jennifer:  Next, I continue to work on creating and promoting the rest of the books in this series. The second title, Bell, Book and Candlemas, is slated to be released at the end of this year. And I’m currently drafting the third book, which takes place around Yule at the winter solstice.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Jennifer:  It’s been a pleasure!





Midsummer Night's Mischief
A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 1
Kensington, July 26, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Interview with Jennifer David Hesse, author of Midsummer Night's Mischief
As the Summer Solstice approaches in idyllic Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni isn't feeling the magic. She's about to land in a cauldron of hot water at work. Good thing she has her private practice to fall back on--as a Wiccan. She'll just have to summon her inner Goddess and set the world to rights. . .

Midsummer Eve is meant for gratitude and celebration, but Keli is not in her typically upbeat mood. The family of a recently deceased client is blaming her for the loss of a Shakespearean heirloom worth millions, and Keli's career may be on the line. With both a Renaissance Faire and a literary convention in town, Edindale is rife with suspicious characters, and the intrepid attorney decides to tap into her unique skills to crack the case. . .

But Keli weaves a tangled web when her investigation brings her up-close and personal with her suspects--including sexy Wes Callahan, her client's grandson. The tattooed bartender could be the man she's been looking for in more ways than one. As the sun sets on the mystical holiday, Keli will need just a touch of the divine to ferret out the real villain and return Edindale, and her heart, to a state of perfect harmony. . ..




Upcoming

Bell, Book & Candlemas
A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 2
Kensington, December 27, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Interview with Jennifer David Hesse, author of Midsummer Night's Mischief
A new year has barely begun and Edindale, Illinois, family law attorney Keli Milanni already has her hands full at work. But her private practice—as a Wiccan—may cause her worlds to collide…

The Wiccan holiday of Candlemas is right around the corner, but when vandals target New Age gift shop Moonstone Treasures, the mood is far from festive. Frightening threats and accusations of witchcraft aimed at the owner have some Wiccan patrons calling it a hate crime. And when things escalate to murder, the community turns to Keli…

As a friend and customer, Keli wants to help. But there’s one problem: she’s fiercely private about her religion. How can she stop the harassment, not to mention catch a killer, while keeping her faith hidden from her colleagues, clients, and her promising—and long awaited—new boyfriend? At a time meant to banish darkness, will Keli have to choose between risking the spotlight and keeping her beliefs locked in the proverbial broom closet? Or will she call on her deepest convictions to conjure the perfect path?...





About Jennifer

Interview with Jennifer David Hesse, author of Midsummer Night's Mischief
Jennifer David Hesse is an environmental attorney by day and author by night.  Midsummer Night's Mischief is her debut book in the new Wiccan Wheel series.  Born and raised in Central Illinois, Jennifer now makes her home in Chicago with her husband, guitarist Scott Hesse, and their daughter, Sage. When she's not writing, Jennifer enjoys yoga, hiking, and movie night with her family. Please visit her at JenniferDavidHesse.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferDavidHesse






Twitter @JenniferHesse3


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Midsummer Night's Mischief by Jennifer David Hesse


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Midsummer Night's Mischief by Jennifer David Hesse


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge.


Jennifer David Hesse

Midsummer Night's Mischief
A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 1
Kensington, July 26, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Midsummer Night's Mischief by Jennifer David Hesse
As the Summer Solstice approaches in idyllic Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni isn't feeling the magic. She's about to land in a cauldron of hot water at work. Good thing she has her private practice to fall back on--as a Wiccan. She'll just have to summon her inner Goddess and set the world to rights. . .

Midsummer Eve is meant for gratitude and celebration, but Keli is not in her typically upbeat mood. The family of a recently deceased client is blaming her for the loss of a Shakespearean heirloom worth millions, and Keli's career may be on the line. With both a Renaissance Faire and a literary convention in town, Edindale is rife with suspicious characters, and the intrepid attorney decides to tap into her unique skills to crack the case. . .

But Keli weaves a tangled web when her investigation brings her up-close and personal with her suspects--including sexy Wes Callahan, her client's grandson. The tattooed bartender could be the man she's been looking for in more ways than one. As the sun sets on the mystical holiday, Keli will need just a touch of the divine to ferret out the real villain and return Edindale, and her heart, to a state of perfect harmony. . ..

Review: Tails, You Lose by Carol J. Perry


Tails, You Lose
Author:  Carol J. Perry
Series:  A Witch City Mystery 2
Publisher:  Kensington, March 31, 2015
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781617733710 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Author

Review: Tails, You Lose by Carol J. Perry
Her instincts may be killer--but can she catch one this wicked?

After losing her job as a TV psychic, Lee Barrett has decided to volunteer her talents as an instructor at the Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts--known as "The Tabby"--in her hometown of Salem, Massachusetts. But when the school's handyman turns up dead under seemingly inexplicable circumstances on Christmas night, Lee's clairvoyant capabilities begin bubbling to the surface once again.

The Tabby is housed in the long-vacant Trumbull's Department Store. As Lee and her intrepid students begin work on a documentary charting the store's history, they unravel a century of family secrets, deathbed whispers--and a mysterious labyrinth of tunnels hidden right below the streets of Salem. Even the witches in town are spooked, and when Lee begins seeing visions in the large black patent leather pump in her classroom, she's certain something evil is afoot. But ghosts in the store's attic are the least of her worries with a killer on the loose. . .


Qwill's Thoughts

Tails, You Lose is the second novel in the Witch City Mystery series by Carol J. Perry.  After her stint as a TV psychic, Lee Barrett has volunteered to teach at The Tabby, a new arts academy, that is in a converted department store. The store has a history of hauntings and mysterious goings-on.

Lee is teaching 6 students. Each of them seems to have something to hide. Despite that Lee does teach them and they do start working on a documentary about Salem and The Tabby. Lee works hard while trying to avoid her own supernatural talent, clairvoyance, and solve an intertwined set of mysteries. I like Lee a lot. She's level-headed, usually does not take ridiculous risks, and cares about the people around her.

Lee is also dealing with the beginning of a romance with a local police detective that started in the first novel, Caught Dead Handed. Lee has lost her husband and is going slowly into this relationship. Detective Pete Mondello is a wonderful and warm character... when he is not in policeman mode. I really like how Perry is handling this relationship. It's absolutely lovely. It's a joy to read their interactions. In many ways they have already become a team.

Lee's Aunt Ibby is another standout character. She's portrayed beautifully. She's smart and often helps Lee with her research skills that she honed as a librarian. She's a great sounding board for Lee and a wonderful Aunt. There is so much warmth in the relationship between Lee and Aunt Ibby. They share a home (Aunt Ibby's home where Lee grew up) with a terrific cat, O'Ryan.

Perry mines the rich history of Salem for Tail's, You Lose. There really are tunnels under Salem and Perry uses them to great affect. I love when a novel teaches me something new! There are witches, ghosts and more.

Unlike the first novel in the series, I did not guess who did it or why. Even though I had figured it out I did read the entire first novel because I enjoy Perry's writing so much. In Tails, You Lose Perry's clues are much subtler. Additionally there are so many people with secrets and interesting back stories that I had no idea who the culprit was or what everyone really was up to. It makes for an exciting and engaging read.

Tails, You Lose is a fabulous cozy mystery, with wonderful writing, superb characters and intriguing mysteries. I am really, really looking forward to the next novel in the series, Look Both Ways.





Previously

Caught Dead Handed
A Witch City Mystery 1
Kensington, September 2, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Review: Tails, You Lose by Carol J. Perry
She's not a psychic--she just plays one on TV.

Most folks associate the city of Salem, Massachusetts with witches, but for Lee Barrett, it's home. This October she's returned to her hometown--where her beloved Aunt Ibby still lives--to interview for a job as a reporter at WICH-TV. But the only opening is for a call-in psychic to host the late night horror movies. It seems the previous host, Ariel Constellation, never saw her own murder coming.

Lee reluctantly takes the job, but when she starts seeing real events in the obsidian ball she's using as a prop, she wonders if she might really have psychic abilities. To make things even spookier, it's starting to look like Ariel may have been an actual practicing witch--especially when O'Ryan, the cat Lee and Aunt Ibby inherited from her, exhibits some strange powers of his own. With Halloween fast approaching, Lee must focus on unmasking a killer--or her career as a psychic may be very short lived. . .




Upcoming

Look Both Ways
A Witch City Mystery 3
Kensington, October 27, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Review: Tails, You Lose by Carol J. Perry
In Salem, Massachusetts, there are secrets everywhere—even in the furniture…

When Lee Barrett spots the same style oak bureau she once had as a child on the WICH-TV show Shopping Salem, she rushes to the antiques shop and buys the piece. Just like the beloved bureau she lost in a fire, this one has secret compartments. It also comes with an intriguing history--it was purchased in an estate sale from a home where a famous local murder took place.

The day after the bureau is delivered, Lee returns to the antiques shop and finds the owner dead. The police suspect the shop owner’s unscrupulous business partner, but Lee wonders if the murder is connected to her new furniture. At least part of the answer may be revealed through a mirror in the bureau, tarnished and blackened, allowing Lee to tap into her psychic visions. Using this bureau of investigation, Lee may be able to furnish her policeman beau with the evidence needed to catch the killer—before the next one to be shut up is her…




Interview with Carol J. Perry - September 5, 2014


Please welcome Carol J. Perry to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Caught Dead Handed, the first Witch City Mystery, was published on September 2, 2014 by Kensington. This is Carol's adult debut.



Interview with Carol J. Perry - September 5, 2014




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing fiction?

Carol:  I probably started writing fiction when I was in the first grade! But my first published effort was my middle grade novel “Sandcastle Summer” in 1988. I’d been a non-fiction writer for a long time, writing articles for magazines and newspapers, when I met a writer who’d written a book for youngsters and I thought-- “I could do that!” At the time I was researching an article for Southern Travel magazine about the world’s tallest sandcastle which was being built near my home in Florida. That became the background for the book. It was followed by several other novels for young people, as well as a couple of biographies.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Carol:  I always begin as a plotter—that is, I know what the beginning, middle and end should be. . .but a pantser as far as filling in the details.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Carol:  The most challenging thing for me is time management. My books for this series are all about 90,000 to 100,000 words. I have six months to produce a finished book, so I try to set a reasonable word count for every day, allowing time at the end for the editing process.



TQ:  How different is it writing adult fiction versus YA fiction?

Carol:  There’s not too much difference in writing adult vs. YA for me. I like both genres.



TQ:  Describe Caught Dead Handed (A Witch City Mystery 1) in 140 characters or less.

Carol:  Lee Barrett faces a deep disappointment – a dilemma – a drowning – a decision – a drama – a delightful date – a devilish development – a dreadful death – a disaster – a deception – and finally – a dynamite discovery!



TQ:  Tell us something about Caught Dead Handed that is not in the book description.

Carol:  I named the character River North after the North River which flows through Salem. That’s something probably nobody except people from Salem, and readers of The Qwillery will know!



TQ:  What inspired you to write Caught Dead Handed? Why did you set the novel in Salem, Massachusetts?

Carol:  Salem Massachusetts, known world wide as “the witch city,” is my birthplace and a city I know well. It’s a never-ending source of story ideas. . . witches, ghosts, old buildings, a famous seaport, twisty narrow streets, hiding places, historical events. . .Salem has it all!



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Caught Dead Handed?

Carol:  I researched Tarot cards, crystals, scryers, the Salem witch trials, TV studios, camera operation, psychic terms and vocabulary. I also used maps and Google Earth a lot to be sure I had streets correctly plotted. I went to Salem and photographed landmarks and restaurants and a hotel to be sure my descriptions were accurate.



TQ:  In Caught Dead Handed, who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Carol:  The easiest character to write was probably Lee, since the story is told from her point of view, so I had to be in her head all the time. The hardest one to write was George because he is so complex. Of course it was wonderful fun to write about O’Ryan the cat, who’ll be an important character in all of the books in this series. Aunt Ibby is fun too because she’s a combination of my favorite aunt and my dear ex-mother-in-law.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite lines from Caught Dead Handed.

Carol:  Here’s one I like. Page 158:

“We’d made the turn onto Winter Street, and even that familiar stretch of road, with its mellow brick sidewalks, fine old homes and sturdy trees, had somehow been turned into a scary, alien place. Leafless branches clawed at a starless sky and long, wavering shadows stretched from between darkened buildings.”



TQ:  What's next?

Carol:  Next in the Witch City Mystery series is “Tails, You Lose” It’s due out in April of 2015. Lee, O’Ryan and Aunt Ibby, along with Lee’s hunky boy friend Pete Mondello, face some more adventures as Lee takes a job in haunted school.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





Caught Dead Handed
A Witch City Mystery 1
Kensington, September 2, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
(Adult Debut)

Interview with Carol J. Perry - September 5, 2014
She's not a psychic--she just plays one on TV.

Most folks associate the city of Salem, Massachusetts with witches, but for Lee Barrett, it's home. This October she's returned to her hometown--where her beloved Aunt Ibby still lives--to interview for a job as a reporter at WICH-TV. But the only opening is for a call-in psychic to host the late night horror movies. It seems the previous host, Ariel Constellation, never saw her own murder coming.

Lee reluctantly takes the job, but when she starts seeing real events in the obsidian ball she's using as a prop, she wonders if she might really have psychic abilities. To make things even spookier, it's starting to look like Ariel may have been an actual practicing witch--especially when O'Ryan, the cat Lee and Aunt Ibby inherited from her, exhibits some strange powers of his own. With Halloween fast approaching, Lee must focus on unmasking a killer--or her career as a psychic may be very short lived. . .



A peak at Tails, You Lose (Witch City Mystery 2) coming 2015:

Tails, You Lose
A Witch City Mystery 2
Kensington, March 31, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages


Interview with Carol J. Perry - September 5, 2014
Her instincts may be killer--but can she catch one this wicked?

After losing her job as a TV psychic, Lee Barrett has decided to volunteer her talents as an instructor at the Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts--known as "The Tabby"--in her hometown of Salem, Massachusetts. But when the school's handyman turns up dead under seemingly inexplicable circumstances on Christmas night, Lee's clairvoyant capabilities begin bubbling to the surface once again.

The Tabby is housed in the long-vacant Trumbull's Department Store. As Lee and her intrepid students begin work on a documentary charting the store's history, they unravel a century of family secrets, deathbed whispers--and a mysterious labyrinth of tunnels hidden right below the streets of Salem. Even the witches in town are spooked, and when Lee begins seeing visions in the large black patent leather pump in her classroom, she's certain something evil is afoot. But ghosts in the store's attic are the least of her worries with a killer on the loose. . .





About Carol

Interview with Carol J. Perry - September 5, 2014
Carol J. Perry knew as a child that she wanted to be a writer. A voracious reader, whose list for Santa consisted mostly of book titles, she never lost sight of that goal. While living in Florida, Carol was on assignment for Southern Travel Magazine, preparing an article on the world’s largest sand castle which was being built near her home. That combination of events inspired her first young adult novel, Sand Castle Summer. That book was soon followed by half a dozen more.

Carol has always been an avid reader of mysteries. Her debut mystery novel is set in Salem and involves O’Ryan, a most mysterious cat, several witches and some strange Halloween happenings. Appropriately enough, this Salem-born author celebrates her birthday on Halloween Eve! Carol and her husband Dan live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with two cats and a Black Lab.

Website


2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry


2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge.


Carol J. Perry

Caught Dead Handed
A Witch City Mystery 1
Kensington, September 2, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
(Adult Debut)

2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry
She's not a psychic--she just plays one on TV.

Most folks associate the city of Salem, Massachusetts with witches, but for Lee Barrett, it's home. This October she's returned to her hometown--where her beloved Aunt Ibby still lives--to interview for a job as a reporter at WICH-TV. But the only opening is for a call-in psychic to host the late night horror movies. It seems the previous host, Ariel Constellation, never saw her own murder coming.

Lee reluctantly takes the job, but when she starts seeing real events in the obsidian ball she's using as a prop, she wonders if she might really have psychic abilities. To make things even spookier, it's starting to look like Ariel may have been an actual practicing witch--especially when O'Ryan, the cat Lee and Aunt Ibby inherited from her, exhibits some strange powers of his own. With Halloween fast approaching, Lee must focus on unmasking a killer--or her career as a psychic may be very short lived. . .



And coming in 2015

Tails, You Lose
A Witch City Mystery 2
Kensington, March 31, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry
Her instincts may be killer--but can she catch one this wicked?

After losing her job as a TV psychic, Lee Barrett has decided to volunteer her talents as an instructor at the Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts--known as "The Tabby"--in her hometown of Salem, Massachusetts. But when the school's handyman turns up dead under seemingly inexplicable circumstances on Christmas night, Lee's clairvoyant capabilities begin bubbling to the surface once again.

The Tabby is housed in the long-vacant Trumbull's Department Store. As Lee and her intrepid students begin work on a documentary charting the store's history, they unravel a century of family secrets, deathbed whispers--and a mysterious labyrinth of tunnels hidden right below the streets of Salem. Even the witches in town are spooked, and when Lee begins seeing visions in the large black patent leather pump in her classroom, she's certain something evil is afoot. But ghosts in the store's attic are the least of her worries with a killer on the loose. . .


Cover Revealed: Enslaved by the Others by Jess Haines


Jess Haines has revealed the cover for Enslaved by the Others, the 6th book in the terrific H&W Investigations series.

Thoughts?



Enslaved by the Others
H&W Investigations 6
Zebra, July 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Cover Revealed: Enslaved by the Others by Jess Haines
Vampires, werewolves, magi and worse--the Others have joined the mortal world, and there's no turning back now...

As a New York P.I. and Other specialist, Shiarra Waynest has been in plenty of trouble before. But waking up in a windowless room the prisoner of a vampire slave trader is a shock for anyone. Shia has her wits, her bravado, and a couple of used staples, so maybe she can take on a mansion full of serious evil.

But although she's desperate to escape, Shia needs some answers too. Her friends are in danger. There are betrayers and spies among them. And even if she can figure out what's going on and somehow get a message out, she's still a captive of the worst kind... 




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October WinnerInterview with Jennifer David Hesse, author of Midsummer Night's Mischief2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Midsummer Night's Mischief by Jennifer David HesseReview: Tails, You Lose by Carol J. PerryInterview with Carol J. Perry - September 5, 20142014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. PerryCover Revealed: Enslaved by the Others by Jess Haines

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