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.

IT’S TIKI TIME! AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: JANE LASSWELL HOFF! WIN A FREE EBOOK!

 

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Aloha gang!

Today we’re meeting author Jane Lasswell Hoff, a brand new mystery novelist who is also a forensic anthropologist. Her novel, BONES OF PARADISE is a fantastic mystery and she 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, Jane took time to answer some really stupid questions!

Don’t forget to post a comment for a chance to win a copy of this amazing book!

 

1. Hi Jane, 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’m a big fan of expensive champagne or mescal (straight, with a wedge of lime and some salt on the side). But are those really cocktails? I think not. So, being a resident of Hawaii, I’d have to ask for a good Mai Tai, with a little paper umbrella or an orchid to decorate it.

2. Wow. The guys must like you. They brought you one of each! Your book Bones of Paradise involves a bit of your real work as a forensic anthropologist. I find this work so fascinating but it begs the question, do you have a favorite famous or not so famous set of bones?

I’ve worked on some very famous cases but one, from Alabama, involved two escapes (of the murderer), went on for seven years and wound up on the Oprah Winfrey Show. That one is hard to top.

3.If you could be any animal in the world, what you be and why? This could be an extinct animal or a species currently living…

I think I’ll stick with human, thank you very much. But it I have to convert, it might be nice to know what flying feels like – so maybe a wild canary. It would be fascinating to meet up with a real Australopithecus or Neanderthal or other ancient type of human (and they are different species) – would that count? I would like to meet them, but I’m not sure I’d like to be one.

4. What was your favorite toy growing up?

I suppose it would be a piano. It might not be a toy in everyone’s book but I played it with my grandfather and with my sister and our level of competence (I still can’t play very well) qualifies it as our toy, I think.

5. It works for me! Now, 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.

Another tricky question for me!

Will there be a translator available? If I couldn’t communicate with Leonardo da Vinci, for instance, what would really be the point of having him there? Although, he was so brilliant, he would probably pick up English pretty fast and also devise some clever way to get us off the island. Ditto for Noah – he could build an ark, no?

How long will we be there? I would love to meet and dine with some people (Cleopatra or Jesus, for instance) but I doubt I’d want to spend a LOT of time with them.

So, here is my list of English-speaking people with whom I’d like to spend a happy couple of years:

 1. Dorothy Parker

 2. Oscar Wilde

 3. Bill Nighy

 4. Billy Connelly

  5. Stephen Colbert

  6. my sister, Julie (so we could talk trash about the others,  in case they turn out to be disappointments)

 The menu:  

 Champagne

 Oysters on the half-shell

 A Turkish dish, Bayildi (Translation: The Imam Fainted)

 Potato galette

 Ripe, seasonal peaches and cherries

 Devil’s Food chocolate cake

  Hilo water, no ice, barely chilled

 

 AJ says: I am crashing this party. Wow, I love Bill Nighy! And Billy Connolly. And those are some snappy answers! Thanks Jane!

 

Bones of Paradise: Big Island Mysteries, #1  by Jane Lasswell Hoff

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Bones-Paradise-Island-Mystery-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B017EA7EDO

Synopsis:
Bones of Paradise is one terrific debut.” - Aaron Elkins, Edgar Award-winning author of the Gideon Oliver series

Even in paradise, people do die. And it’s the job of Mimi Charles, Forensic Anthropologist, to analyze the bodies that aren’t found right away – skeletons, mostly. Mimi and her colleagues at the Medical Examiner’s office are a tightly-knit team that relishes solving the puzzles presented by each case. But outside of the office, their lives in the sweet little town of Hilo, Hawaii, flow in a gentle island rhythm. None of them is prepared for the disappearance of one of their own, right from the building where they work (or the parking lot outside, anyway). Soon a series of notes begins to arrive, supposedly from the missing person. Even though the FBI shows up to join the local police in the search for clues, Mimi and her friends can’t resist doing a little “digging” of their own. Suddenly, there’s a very pesky TV reporter calling Mimi at home and peeking out at her from behind potted plants. And then John, the Death Investigator who works with Mimi, begins to act strangely. Despite the distractions, Mimi begins to piece together odd, seemingly unrelated bits of information in the race to find her missing friend, and she most sincerely hopes that she’s not too late…

Jane Lasswell Hoff  is a professional forensic anthropologist, a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a lecturer in anthropology. As a forensic anthropologist, she has worked for tribal groups, the U. S. government and in the states of Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Mississippi, Washington and Utah. She attended the University of Hawaii for her undergraduate degree and the University of Oregon for her graduate degree. She lives and works in Hilo, Hawaii.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.janehoff.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jane.hoff.7

IT’S TIKI TIME! AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: LIZBETH HARTZ – WIN A FREE EBOOK!

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Aloha gang, today we’re meeting author Lizbeth Hartz, author of ANGEL HERO, one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long, time. She is an awesome author and

 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/

Lizbeth is also a good sport…she even took time to answer some of my really stupid questions!

Don’t forget to post a comment for a chance to win a copy of this amazing book!

  1. Hi Lizbeth, 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.

Well, I can’t drink booze – it hurts my tummy, but the closest thing I drink to a cocktail is I do inhale apple brandy through a breathing straw from an oak keg ala Edgar Cayce. Cayce claimed doing this could even cure TB. It did cure my bronchitis, so I’m a believer.

  1. I must try that! Now, your book Angel Hero deals with a very heroic fireman. There’s a lot of detail about fires in this book which makes me wonder…did you play with matches as a kid?

Well, pretty close to it. Once when Mom was away and I was in junior high, I plugged in her heat lamp and tried to get a tan with it. I wasn’t supposed to do that. When I heard her coming home, I quickly shoved it back in its cardboard box and shoved that in her night stand. Trouble was, it was still hot and caught fire, and pretty soon the entire night stand was on fire. Soon the firemen came stomping through the house in their dirty boots and extinguished the fire. Needless to say, I was in hot water for a long time after that!

  1. I bet you were! Lemme ask you, what do you think about when you’re alone in your car?

I think, why are you alone in your car when you could be out having fun with friends?

  1. If you could have an accent in the world, which one would you choose?

Brazilian, I think; the same accent the woman had when she sang the bossa nova jazz song The Girl from Ipanima.

  1. Oh man, now that song is stuck in my head…which brings me to my last 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.

Yikes! You don’t ask easy questions, do you? Well, I’d like to be with my mom, who recently passed away, and my dad, who’s long since been gone. And Vic Lazzarini, the Angel Hero in my book Angel Hero. And Ray Bradbury, my all-time favorite author as a kid. And my favorite living author, Carlos Ruiz Zafon. And the hunk I’d like to play Vic in the movie I hope gets made some day, Chris Hemsworth. As for my fantasy castaway meal, I think I’d like blackened ahi and shrimp chop suey and cheese with plum sauce and green salad with avocado and coconut sorbet.

Angel Hero, by Lizbeth Hartz is available now on Amazon:

Purchase Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Angel-Hero-Murder-Hawaii-Story-ebook/dp/B01IXB3PWW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1471577758&sr=1-1&keywords=angel+hero

Synopsis:

Dazzled by open-hearted Hawai’i firefighter Vic Lazzarini, dispatcher Lizbeth is puzzled by his friendship with Jaku Cardoza, a little man who thinks he’s something big. Liz shakes like a palm frond in the trade winds when Jaku corners her in the alarm room and pummels her with sadistic stories. Gentlemanly Vic couldn’t be more different, and she dreams of romance with this Prince Charming she’s found after too many frogs.

But a grisly crime in the gentle rain of a Hawaiian Valentine’s Day morning shocks her out of her fantasies and plunges her into the greatest struggle of her life. Liz knows one wrong move could snuff out her life quicker than she can say, “Fire Department. Are you reporting an emergency?”

This is a true story. Names and descriptions, dates, and places were changed to protect the innocent.

 

Author links: Lizbeth Hartz’ Twitter Page:  Lizbeth Hartz@lizbethhartz

Lizbeth’s Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004366997121

Lizbeth’s website/blog:  www.authorlizbethhartz.com

Lizbeth’s book trailer: http://www.kwillbooks.com/lizbeth-hartz/

Lizbeth’s Amazon Author Page:  https://www.amazon.com/Lizbeth-Hartz/e/B00MF82T2M

 

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