#CoverReveal and Interview: Tom Minder #mystery #blackrosewriting #TuesdayBookBlog

Welcome Tom Minder!  Tom has previously visited this blog, and today he’s here with his new book, which looks to contain an unusual cast of characters.  Release date is October 11, 2018.  Preorder it at Black Rose Writing or Amazon!

What’s your writing background?

I had the basic plot for my first novel, The Long Harbor Testament, rambling in my head for most of my adult life. I started to get serious in late 2011, and began the outline. Two years later, I had a completed and edited draft. Three years of querying agents and small presses, and the subsequent time gaps without hearing back, gave me a chance to write and publish short stories in various literary journals, and eventually compile an anthology, Chronicles of Sam.

The Long Harbor Testament was accepted by Black Rose Writing in August 2016, and published in January 2017. Chronicles of Sam followed in December 2017.

What gave you the idea for The House Always Wins?

I wanted to continue the Long Harbor story of gambling, drinking, and fast food, but needed to update to a more current locale for these pleasures. Casinos, with their easy money, non-stop activity, and look-the-other-way approach to entertainment, fit my desire to tell a story of crime and its consequences to the community. Mix in troll-carrying slot players, an amateur magician, a hairy giant who resembles the Jersey Devil, and a crossbow-toting florist, and no one is safe.

Which characters were the most and least difficult to write and why?

One of the main female characters, a casino manager, is an ambitious, double-dealing opportunist. I had to be careful to not stereotype her from a male perspective, but rather give her a chance to breathe and plot for herself. Ironically, a female security guard, who also figures prominently in the story, had to be energized into a character who was willing to plot her own future. I had to make sure that these characters were realistic, and just not male perceptions of how they would act.

The male lead, a seven foot hairy giant, was easiest to write. He has all of my bad habits, desires, and hungers, while displaying just enough charm and humanity to have people overlook his flaws.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

Having the patience to outline before plunging into the story. I actually ended up doing an iterative outline: sketch out enough detail to start writing, and then updating the outline and story as the characters let me in on what they were thinking.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

One character, the crossbow-toting florist, keeps appearing at odd times in the story, leading the reader to wonder if she’s as innocent as she seems. The presence of red dahlias throughout the story clues the reader to pending danger.

Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.

I’m left-handed, but bat, golf, and perform normal activities right-handed.

I’ve traveled internationally for my various jobs, and ended up in a police van at midnight in a Munich back alley. I played dumb and convinced my hosts that I was harmless.

I’ve managed to keep my wife for forty-four years. I think, like above, I played dumb and convinced her I was harmless.

I frequent the casinos, convinced I’ll win a fortune, but leave lighter in the wallet, but still hopeful and convinced of later fortune.

I have an adorable granddaughter who loves playing with me because I’m just a big kid at heart.

Where can fans find you?

Facebook: Tom Minder_Author

Twitter: @tom_minder

Web: https://tomminder.weebly.com/


#NewRelease: The Sentinel’s Reign (Silent Sea Chronicles #2) by Suzanne Rogerson #fantasy

The Sentinel’s Reign – Silent Sea Chronicles Book 2

Publication date 29th June 2018

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The new Sentinel’s reign is doomed to failure unless Tei can prevent the Kalayan people from plunging into war.

With the new Sentinel initiated and the magic restored on Kalaya, life is flourishing for Tei and the exiles. But Rathnor’s plans for war soon escalate and thwart any chance of peace.

Brogan’s position on the Assembly is uncertain as rumours circulate that he is an exile spy.

After an attempt on his life, Farrell is more determined than ever to build a home for his people on Stone Haven. But the council have their sights set on Kalaya and Farrell struggles to steer them from war.

As trouble brews within and outside forces gather against them, can the exiles keep their hold on the magic, or will this spell the end of Kalaya and its people?

The Sentinel’s Reign is a heroic fantasy. If you like character-driven adventures then you will love The Sentinel’s Reign.

This is the second book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy and follows on from The Lost Sentinel.

Author Bio

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

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Callisa dreamt of a man. His handsome features were familiar, but she couldn’t put a name to his face. She watched as he climbed up the wooden steps of a platform and a man in a mask tightened a rope around his neck. Even as she realised what was happening, the trap door beneath his feet opened and he fell through with a savage snap. The crowd cheered. ‘Traitor! The traitor’s dead!’

She turned away from the dead man and hovered above the crowd. Many were armed and dressed for battle. Some kind of war was coming and the fearful realisation chased her back to wakefulness.

Callisa rubbed her temple and tried to clear the fog of confusion the dream had left in her brain, only she had a terrible feeling it wasn’t a dream at all; it was a vision of the future.

She pictured the man’s face again and realised why he looked so familiar. She’d seen him before, rescuing Tei from the raging river. There was no doubt in her mind the man was Brogan, and he was going to die.

A 5 Star #BookReview for The Gemini Connection and a #Giveaway! #YAbooks #scifi #blackrosewriting

Suze at With Love for Books made my week with her review of The Gemini Connection.  Writers sometimes feel such a personal connection with their characters, and I certainly did with these twins.  Knowing someone loves them as much as I do just warms my heart.  Hop over and read the review and interview, then register for the giveaway!

I won’t be able to get to comments before Sunday or Monday, but I promise it’s for a good reason you’ll find out about in my post on Monday.

#NewRelease Cusp of Night by Mae Clair #supernatural #mystery

I’m thrilled to host Mae Clair today with her new release, Cusp of Night.  I became a fan of Mae’s after reading the first page of her Point Pleasant series, and can’t wait to dive into this new novel!

Hi, Teri and Teri’s readers! It’s great to be here today to talk about my new mystery / suspense novel Cusp of Night. I have a fondness for things that are unusual and otherworldly, so this book has a more than a touch of the supernatural among its pages. With dual timelines, it tells the story of Maya Sinclair in the present—a woman who was clinically dead for two minutes and twenty-two seconds—and Lucinda Glass, a renowned medium of the late 1800s. Both timelines converge at the end, tying past and present together in one neat bow. The past was especially interesting to write, as I was able to delve into the culture of the day.

As an example, “home circles” were very popular. Think of board game night today when you gather with a group of friends for a few hours of fun. In the 1800s charades and other parlor games like grandmother’s trunk and musical chairs were popular. Eventually, however, home circles overshadowed common games with small groups of family and friends gathering to try their hands at table tilting, producing rapping sounds, and communicating with the dead. By 1891, the Ouja Board was a strong seller and popular in home circles.

This is a Ouija board with lit candle on the antique setting.

Spiritualism was exploding as a practice, religion, and a blending of magic and science. Even those who had no experience with the supernatural, found it intriguing to sit with a group of friends and experiment to see if any of them had mediumistic powers. Séances became a form of entertainment, as much as a way of breaching the Aether that separated the living from the dead.

Cusp of Night is populated with characters who are caught up in the surge of Spiritualism—both good and bad—and who use it to their advantage. For Lucinda Glass, my main character in the past, being a medium is about more than producing messages from the hereafter. It’s about a way of life and understanding an odd, enigmatic man who upsets and reshapes her world.

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Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.

Compelled to discover who is behind the attack and why, Maya uncovers a shortlist of enemies of the Hode clan. The mystery deepens when she finds the journal of a late nineteenth-century spiritualist who once lived in Maya’s house–a woman whose ghost may still linger.

Known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill due to a genetic condition, Lucinda Glass vanished without a trace and was believed to be one of the Fiend’s tragic victims. The disappearance of a young couple, combined with more sightings of the monster, trigger Maya to join forces with Leland’s son Collin. But the closer she gets to unearthing the truth, the closer she comes to a hidden world of twisted secrets, insanity, and evil that refuses to die . . .


You can find Mae Clair at the following haunts:
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The Contract: between heaven and earth by John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano #newrelease #thriller #suspense

I’ve got a treat for you today – John Howell and Gwen Plano are here with their new release!  The Contract offers an intriguing blend of genres – a suspenseful thriller, as well as a spiritual sort of love story.  Read the excerpt below, then head on over to Amazon!

The CONTRACT between heaven and earth

By John W. Howell & Gwen M. Plano

Thank you, Teri, for inviting us to join you today. We are so grateful to be featured on your beautiful blog to share with your readers a bit about our new book. Your YA novels are super reads. All the best to you.

The Contract

Available on Kindle and Paperback

Kindle priced at $0.99 for the introduction.

The CONTRACT is a different story for writers John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano. For either of them, it is their first attempt at co-authorship. After a year of Hurricane Harvey and other challenges, they have created, what they have termed, an inspirational thriller that bridges heaven and earth.

Here is the blurb:

The earth is threatened with a catastrophic political event which could result in international warfare and destroy all life on the planet. In heaven, a divine council decides that extraordinary measures are essential. They call for an intervention that involves two souls returning to earth. The chosen two sign a contract that they will work to avert the disaster.

Brad Channing, a Navy SEAL, and Sarah O’Brien, a teacher, become heaven’s representatives on earth. The story follows them as they individually and then together face overwhelming obstacles and eventually end up on a strategic Air Force base in California. It is there that they discover a conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States. The terrorists have a plan for global dominance, and they are determined to complete their mission. Although military leadership appears to have the President’s best interests at heart, it is not clear who can be trusted and who should be feared. The action is rough and tumble as Brad and Sarah try to figure out the culprits for the plot that will turn into a worldwide conflagration unless stopped.

If you enjoy thrillers, this is one with enough twists and adventure to keep you riveted and guessing. If you like your thriller along with a good romance, Brad and Sarah’s initial attraction and eventual love will sustain you as they live out their heavenly and earthly desires.


Here is an excerpt.

Brad and Sarah left the complex and strolled back to their residence. Brad leaned close to Sarah and whispered, “Why do I get the feeling we’re being watched?”

“I’ve had that feeling since we arrived on base. I just assumed it came down to everyone here knowing you.”

“Naw. This feels different. I had this same instinct back in Afghanistan—nothing you can put your finger on but just a knowing feeling.”

“What should we do?”

“Keep our eyes open.”

“I would love to have a pair in the back of my head.”

Sarah’s comment broke the tension, and they both laughed.

Brad said, “We just have to keep aware of who’s around us.”


“I need to tell you some things about this whole situation. It will make you nervous, though. Let’s take a moment and sit here.” Brad pointed at a lone bench that stood beside the pedestrian path.

Bewildered, Sarah sat and looked at Brad, “So something is going on that you haven’t shared with me? I’ve had that strange feeling you described, only it has to do with you and me.”

Authors Bio.

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John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. The last, Circumstances of Childhood is a family life thriller story and launched October 2017. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

John lives in Port Aransas, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

John’s other books.

Available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/author/johnwhowell

Gwen had a lengthy career in higher education, and it was there that she published her first book, Beyond Boundaries, for students interested in volunteer work in developing countries. After she retired, she wrote her award-winning memoir, Letting Go into Perfect Love.

Gwen lives in Branson, Missouri with her husband.

Gwen’s books.

Available on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2wdXsrn