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!

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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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