The Sisters in Memory Makers
By Debbie De Louise
My new mystery release, Memory Makers, revolves around two sisters – Lauren and Patty Phelps. The two girls were very young when they were kidnapped from their backyards. Lauren, the younger sister, was only 3; Patty was 5 that summer day a man abducted them from the sandbox in which they were playing. Lauren escaped her captors, but Patty was later found dead. For years, Lauren had nightmares of the “shadow man.” At 28, and a kidnap investigator, she learns of a clinical trial of a new memory drugs and volunteers for it in the hope or recalling the face of the man who murdered her sister.
As Lauren begins to recall pieces of her past, she faces facts about her relationship with Patty and her parents that she hadn’t consciously acknowledged. Patty was both her mother and father’s favorites. Her father referred to his eldest daughter as “Baby Doll,” while he called Lauren “Little Squeaker.” When they spent time with their parents, Patty was always the one who got to choose the game to play, the book to read, or the place to go. Twenty-five years after Patty’s death, Lauren, suffering from survivor’s guilt at her sister’s death, also still feels the jealousy from her childhood that she needs to come to terms with. This guilt motivates her further to avenge Patty’s murder.
Like Lauren, I also have an older sister. However, we are 15 years apart, not two. That makes a big difference. I was the baby of the family with two older brothers, as well. Do any of you have siblings with whom you have a love/hate relationship or a child of your own who you might favor over another? I only have a daughter, but I know that it must be difficult for parents of multiple children to show equal affection to each one. That doesn’t mean you love either child any less, but it may appear that way to the child who seeks more attention and affection from a parent.
public library on Long Island. She is a member of International
Thriller Writers, Sisters-in-Crime, and the Cat Writer’s
Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science
from Long Island University. Her seven published novels include the 4
books of her Cobble Cove cozy mystery series: A Stone’s Throw,
Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Written in Stone, and Love on the
Rocks, her paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow, her mystery thriller
Reason to Die, and her latest psychological mystery, Sea Scope. She
also published a romantic comedy novella featuring a jewel heist
caper, When Jack Trumps Ac. Debbie has also written articles and
short stories for several anthologies of various genres. She is
currently querying agents to represent the first book of a new cozy
mystery series. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter,
and three cats.
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Still Knife Painting (A Paint & Shine Mystery)
by Cheryl Hollon
About Still Life Painting
Still Knife Painting (A Paint & Shine Mystery)
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (June 30, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Digital ASIN: B07W8VL149
Miranda Trent has set up a sweet life in a scenic corner of Appalachia—until she stumbles across the trail of a killer . . .
After inheriting her uncle’s Red River Gorge homestead in Eastern Kentucky—smack dab in the middle of the Daniel Boone National Forest—Miranda comes up with a perfect business plan for summer tourists: pairing outdoor painting classes with sips of local moonshine, followed by a mouthwatering sampler of the best in southern cooking.
To Miranda’s delight, Paint & Shine is a total success—until someone kills the cook. As the town’s outsider, suspicion naturally falls on Miranda. Murdering the best biscuit baker of Red River Gorge is a high crime in these parts. Miranda will have to prove her innocence before she’s moved from farmhouse to jail cell faster than she can say “white lightning” . . .
Guest Post by the Author
Alternative Events in a Pandemic
By Cheryl Hollon
I’m delighted to appear today at The Pulp and Mystery Shelf blog. Thank you, Shannon Muir, for hosting me on your site with the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour.
These days, virtual appearances are all I’ll attend for the release of this first book in the Paint & Shine series. Today is the book birthday for STILL KNIFE PAINTING. It is launched into a world where most bookstores are still closed. The open ones are finding creative ways to keep their staff safe and customers supplied with books.
My biggest concern during these strange times is to stay focused and productive. Both are a major struggle. Although the typical writer loves solitude and most are socially introverted, I have a very social streak. I love meeting readers and other writers. That side is starving and lonely. It’s painful. For the first time in over forty years, I don’t have an upcoming business trip. No conferences, no retreats, no festivals, and sadly, no book signings this year.
My writing organizations, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers, have all held online events and even entire multi-day conferences through the magic of Zoom and CrowdCast. The experience isn’t anywhere near a face-to-face event, but they are fabulous tools for those of us that must shelter-in-place.
Luckily, I have found a venue for bringing readers together to celebrate the launch of this series. We’re going to have a virtual group painting just like the main character, Miranda Trent, teaches on her mountain trails in eastern Kentucky. The first event, hosted by my local Painting with a Twist store, will occur on the evening of July 8. We’re still fleshing out the details, but their talented artists have created a unique painting just for STILL KNIFE PAINTING.
Because these events are broadcast with ZOOM, I can participate with any local Painting with a Twist location. I’m including a chance for a signed book along with a bookmark, some paper coasters, and a sticky notepad as a giveaway. If you search on the national Painting with a Twist website for the St. Petersburg, FL location, it will be scheduled under their events tab. Fingers crossed that I can use this as a new way to keep the social side of my writing personality happy.
About Cheryl Hollon
Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. Visit her online at http://cherylhollon.com, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.
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