It’s Coming! It’s Coming!

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Hey Gang,

I’m so excited to announce that DARK PARADISE: MYSTERIES FROM THE LAND OF ALOHA is coming soon! All the proceeds of this anthology go to benefit writers in the land of Aloha via Sisters in Crime, Honolulu branch.

Big cover real on April 3, but in the meantime let me tell you it’s a mystery-packed book of 17 short stories and they are awesome!

Some of my favorite authors are involved – including Laurie Hanan, Gail M. Baugniet, Bob Newell (Love his Jimmy Chan stories!), Alain Gunn, Lizbeth Hartz, Gay Coburn Gale, Rosemary and Larry Mild, Michael Little, Doris Chu, D.W. Scott, David W. Jones, Shauna Jones, D.V. Whytes, Hannah Cheng, Carol Catanzariti, and there’s a foreword by Toby Neal.

On April 3 you will be able to access the Facebook page for Dark Paradise where you will see the cover, and tons of tidbits about the authors and their stories.

Here is the link but it will not work until April 5!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/DarkParadiseHI50/

My Story, Wait For Me, features my new Hawaiian private eye, Danny Morales, who helps an old buddy with the brutal murder of his mother-in-law.

Danny gets unexpected help in his inquiries – from another killer. The idea came to me after studying a really bizarre case in my forensic analysis class at USC. I love these classes, even though they give me sleepless nights. Viewing crime scene and autopsy photos is nothing like watching them on TV. They are creepy!

I love Danny and have had so much fun creating this new character! 

Find out more about DARK PARADISE and its other stories from some of the other authors appearing in the anthology. They’ll also post about the cover reveal today and their stories:

Gail M Baugniet http://gail-baugniet.blogspot.com
Laurie Hanan http://www.lauriehanan.space/blog/
David W. Jones http://dancingtreefrog.com/
D.V. Whytes http://www.whyteontherock.info/
Toby Neal https://www.facebook.com/LeiCrimeSeries/
Lizbeth Hartz https://www.authorlizbethhartz.com/blog/
D.S. Scott https://www.facebook.com/Sulfur-Silk-D-S-Scott-Writer-616324408427998/

To quote the great David W. Jones, “Be there and be GLORIOUS!”

Aloha oe,

 

A.J.

IT’S TIKI TIME! AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: REBECCA CANTRELL – WIN A FREE EBOOK!

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Aloha gang!

Today we’re meeting New York Times best-selling author Rebecca Cantrell, who knows her way around a twisty mystery…but does she know her way around some seriously stupid questions?

Rebecca’s hot Hannah Vogel mystery, A TRACE OF SMOKE,  has won a bunch of awards, including the Macavity, and Bruce Alexander awards…she’s so cool! I am offering up a free ebook copy of this so don’t forget to post a comment to enter the draw to win!

Purchase Link just in case you can’t wait: https://www.amazon.com/Trace-Smoke-Hannah-Vogel-Novels-ebook/dp/B01MQUTPBF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489601940&sr=8-1&keywords=a+trace+of+smoke

Rebecca will be appearing this week at the Left Coast Crime Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. She’ll be on a panel discussing her work so if you are anywhere near sunny Waikiki, come on down and meet her.

Here is a link for all the details about Honolulu Havoc. http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/2017/

Busy as she is, Rebecca took time to conquer, I mean, answer, some really stupid questions!

1. Hi Rebecca, what’s your favorite cocktail? I’ll have the cabana boys whip one up for you while I ask you some stupid, I mean important questions.
A chocolate martini. Shaken or stirred. The most important part is: CHOCOLATE!
2. Oh that sounds good! Who do you know that is most likely to have been abducted by aliens?
Douglas Adams. Sadly, I do not know him, but his descriptions of Vogon poetry in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy seem too apt to be a simple coincidence. Plus, Marvin must be based on a real alien robot.
3.  I agree! What would be your favorite beach read? (not your own of course…)
I just finished reading Hell’s Detective by Michael Logan at the beach today. It’s a hell of a noir/fantasy/horror–a perfect splash of shade in a sunny day.
4. You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?
I’d set up an elephant sanctuary in my condo. The condo has a pool, so it can swim. I could take it for long walks to find bananas and other fruit to eat. I’d have to get the pool umbrellas set up just right so it would have a shady place to stand. Then I think we’d just hang out and I’d have chocolate martinis and the elephant would either drink carbonated water from the hot tub or cold water from the pool. Elephant’s choice. And I would name her Esmeralda.
5. That is the best answer EVER! An elephant sanctuary! Awesome! Now,,,finally, the stupidest question of all…
You’re stuck on a deserted island after a three hour tour that goes awry. Name six people alive or dead that you’d like to be marooned with…and your fantasy castaway meal.
​I’d go straight up practical on this one. I’d like a botanist (maybe Mark Watney?) so we know what to eat and how to grow food, Bear Grylls to help us find water and stay alive (without drinking elephant urine like he did in that one episode, even though we will apparently have an elephant–see previous question), a builder for our huts, a plumber (but not my brother, even though he is a great plumber–but he likes to drive me nuts and I want to relax on this island), ​a brewer so we can drink with umbrellas in them (I’ll make the umbrellas), and my husband, because he’s cute and can also do a lot of useful survival-type things.
My ideal meal would contain German chocolate, Iowa beef, Idaho potatoes, and cream from Holland. It would have to be flown in, of course, so I’d catch one of those planes back to civilization with a pile of my handmade umbrellas and my team of six.
Rebecca Cantrell is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She has published nine novels in over ten different languages. Her novels have won the ITW Thriller, the Macavity, and the Bruce Alexander awards.
Author Links:
Website: http://www.rebeccacantrell.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaCantrellAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rebeccacantrell

IT’S TIKI TIME! AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: DAWN CASEY

 

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Aloha gang,

Today we’re meeting author Dawn Casey, who is in the midst of writing her first mystery,  Journey to Mecca. I’ve read the first two chapters and it’s already fantastic! The funny thing is Dawn wrote a book some years ago called The Hawaiian Christmas Tree and I happen to own a copy of it!

Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Hawaiian-Christmas-Tree-Dawn-Adrienne/dp/0966748417

Dawn will be appearing this week at the Left Coast Crime Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. She’ll be on a panel discussing her work so if you are anywhere near sunny Waikiki, come on down and meet her.

Here is a link for all the details about Honolulu Havoc. http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/2017/

Busy as she is, Dawn took time to answer some really stupid questions!

1. Hi Dawn, what’s your favorite cocktail? I’ll have the cabana boys whip one up for you while I ask you some stupid, I mean important questions.
I don’t drink cocktails.  I usually drink white wine like Spumante
2. You are writing a very interesting historical book called Journey to Mecca. I read the first couple of chapters and loved it. My question to you is if you could go back in time and be anybody famous in history, who would it be and why?
Queen Elizabeth the first. She had a very interesting life and had lots of power.
3.  You are Australian. What is the worst thing about being from the land downunder?
I really don’t think there is any bad thing about being Aussie except maybe the accent.
4. Being Australian myself, I adore our accents! Speaking of growing up in the land downunder, what was your favorite toy growing up?
I believe it was a doll Santa left. The doll had a beautiful face.  I think it was an  antique and they put a new body on her.
5. Oh, she was a Hollywood doll! Now, your last and final question. You’re stuck on a deserted island after a three hour tour that goes awry. Name six people alive or dead that you’d like to be marooned with…and your fantasy castaway meal.
  Richard Burton, the  actor.
   Richard Burton, the  explorer.
   Queen Elizabeth the first.
    Ann Boleyn,  wife of Henry VIII
    Captain Cook
    E.M.  Forster, writer (PASSAGE TO INDIA, ROOM WITH A VIEW}
 We’d have a picnic on the beach with fish we’d taken from the sea.  A bottle of wine  one of above had taken from the ship..  Fruit and nuts we found growing on trees.  Wild fowl we found roaming  around, which we cooked in open fire.

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