2nd in Series-The Seaside Slayer

I have a fascination with the number one, and this was well before my sons told me that the time 11:11 was good luck.  I remember reading when I was much younger that “one” was my lucky number.  Maybe that stuck with me.  When my newest book The Seaside Slayer was completed on 1/11, I was thrilled.

How did I come up with the serial killer’s obsession with the numbers nine?  Well, I did one of those add up all the digits of your date of birth.  Then add together the two numbers you get as the sum, and that is your lucky number.   I believe you can guess what I came up with.

A lot of people die in my Killer Attraction Series sequel.  Only one of them stays in the story for a little while longer as a ghost.  I don’t personally believe in ghosts, even though I enjoy a good ghost story.  The ultimate romantic gesture would be to love someone so much that you can’t leave them.  I write fiction, so anything goes as long as I can make my story believable.

https://channillo.com/series/killer-attractions-series-2-the-seaside-slayer

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Mystery Thriller Week Event-Serial Killers

Mystery Thriller Week will begin in exactly two months, from February 12th through the 22nd.  I’m an author, a blogger, and a reviewer.  For the next few weeks, I’ll be discussing some of the authors participating in this exciting event.  If you’d like to be a part, you’re not too late.  To sign up, please go to: https://mysterythrillerweek.com

It’s no secret to anyone following my blog that I have a bit of a fascination with serial killers.  My upcoming book, The Seaside Slayer, is included in Mystery Thriller Week.  The person doing the murders in my writing uses a calling card, which happens to be a shark’s tooth.  Genny Moretti, my heroine and MC, writes about the same calling card in her recently completely murder mystery that she finishes for her late husband, Brad. How would anyone else know what is contained within the pages, except maybe her current husband, Hank.  I don’t reveal the character who is committing the horrific deeds until chapter ten.

When I’m not writing, my favorite hobby is reading.  Ronnie Allen volunteered for today’s blog to give readers some insight into the first two books of her The Sign Behind the Crime series.  I was afraid that perhaps Ronnie had given a little too much away when boldly stating the serial killer’s name in Gemini, but Barbara Montgomery’s intentions are made clear to readers in the first eight pages.  I was immediately draw into the story.  The main character is a stripper by night and a school psychologist by day.  Ronnie actually had her day job, so she’s writing from experience.  Barbara is revenge killing for the abuse in her life and caught by a forensic psychiatrist just two days from reaching her main target.

I’ve had the privilege of reading the first two chapters of the book and have already been introduced to Dr. John Trenton.  I’ll use Ronnie’s actual words to describe him.  “Before the doc got married, the camera jockeys labeled him as one of New York City’s most desirable and handsome bachelors.”  I’m reviewing this book for Mystery Thriller Week and wish I had more time to continue the tale this weekend.  I’m sure I’ll be kept awake many nights in the future with visions of death dancing in my head.

Ronnie described her 2nd book for me.  In Aries, AriellaRose Larcon has three beholden who kill for her.  She orchestrates five murders in seven days, the last four while being hooked up to an IV in a hospital.  She adds black magick rituals to ‘convince’ her beholden to kill and collect trophies.

https://www.amazon.com/Gemini-Sign-Behind-Crime-Book-ebook/dp/B00Y3LARWS

https://www.amazon.com/Aries-Sign-Behind-Crime-Book-ebook/dp/B01AH3NBY6

Stay tuned for more Mystery Thriller Week authors and their creative endeavors in the coming weeks.

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Twins

A friend of mine, who just so happens to have twin daughters, thought that including the birth of twins in both of my upcoming books was a little strange.  The Seaside Slayer has a set of boy and girl fraternal twins that will be born on New Year’s Day.   A couple of weeks ago on November 10, an identical pair of little girls arrived in Obsession of Mine.

My fascination with twins goes way back.  I was on the journalism staff in elementary school and junior high.  At around the age of eleven, I wrote an article about twins.  My small town had 4 sets of fraternal and identical.  I grew up with twins as my best friends that most people couldn’t tell apart.  I had no problem knowing which one I was around.

There were supposed to be 2 sets of twins in my family.  My uncle’s brother didn’t survive birth.  My niece’s sibling was miscarried early in the pregnancy. 

I’ve read that 50% of all fraternal twins are male-female, 25% female-female, and 25% male-male. Fraternal twins can be conceived at different times and by different fathers.  I didn’t use this interesting fact in either of my books.  There’s always an opportunity in my future writing.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, the kids are home this week for their school holiday break.  We’ve been decorating the tree a little in preparation for Christmas.  I know it may be a little early for some, but I like to get the boys picture taken for Christmas cards in front of the tree while they’re off this week.  Seems they never have enough time otherwise.  For 2016 they have Star Wars union suits to wear.  They come up with a crazy and different t-shirt or set of pajamas every year.

Thursday, I will be at my parents’ house for the yearly dysfunction feast.  Oh, so everyone doesn’t have those, huh.  My mom wants to eat for lunch.  Never could figure that one out.  She tells me noon, and then calls at 11:15 to 11:30 to urge me to come down immediately.  The turkey is always ready early for some reason.  My parents live in front of me now.  They used to live a whole quarter of a mile from me.

Last year for Thanksgiving, one of my favorite characters had a nice, relaxing few days in Punta Canta in my book, How to Capture Kate.  Kate Hollingsworth-Collins had been avoiding Nathan Reed, and went away on a mini vacation with Leo Kensington.  When she returned, Nathan insisted on having a little chat with her.  Meanwhile, her grandfather informed her that Howard Kensington would like to meet with her to discuss her charity work.  Why do I have a feeling that man is up to no good?  Maybe it’s the way he stared at her at his son’s party.  A chill runs up my back just thinking about him.  The man was once involved with her mother for heaven’s sake.

The sequel, Obsession of Mine will be available shortly after the holidays are over and is available for pre-order.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M3XRHAU

Here’s a picture of last year’s tree.  Hope you love my candy, cookie, and gingerbread theme.  Several of my ornaments actually had a warning label, “Not for Consumption.”

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Into the Mind of a Serial Killer

I may have previously mentioned that a book report when I was around eleven or twelve years old just so happened to be about a serial killer.  The title was The Seattle Slayer.  The male hero, Brandon Kingsley, who was a police detective, saved Camille Fairbanks from a man who strangled his victims.  He stopped by his girlfriend’s apartment as she was being attacked.  I guess I had a flair for the dramatic at an early age.  I wonder what my teacher thought?

Flash forward many years ahead.  I’ve always wanted to delve into the mind of a serial killer and use my imagination as the driving force behind his or her idiosyncrasies.  I’ve fantasized about letting my readers in on every aspect of my character’s actions and behavior, from the classic calling card to micromanaging right along with them as they strive to bring justice against their offenders and restore order to the chaos in their life.

My newest book, The Seaside Slayer, is nearly finished.  The famous murder mystery writer, Bradley Kingston, has a name that sounds a little familiar if you refer back to my short story from elementary school.  There is a cocky detective to help infuse a little humor, so the seriousness of the subject matter isn’t overwhelming.

Now available for pre-order on Kindle at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M4QN8FJ

 

Howard and Julia’s Story

I’m working on a backstory for Howard Kensington and Julia Hollingsworth.  How to Capture Kate starts out with the story of Kate’s parents, Travis and Julia.  When they meet, Julia is engaged to Howard.  You’ll learn enough to figure out she was never happy with him as her fiancé.

Julia’s father, Edward, isn’t pleased to learn about her marriage to Travis and never speaks to her again.  She embarrassed his family by not following through with her commitment to his best friend’s son.  How dare his daughter go against his wishes?

My readers don’t really know much about Howard’s life until he notices Kate looks almost exactly like her mother at his son’s birthday party.  I would say he is instantly obsessed with her.  He plays a vital role toward the end of the book.  His presence is even stronger in the sequel, Obsession of Mine.

I hope my readers enjoy going back in the past with my characters.  The backstories are FREE from time to time on Kindle.  Watch for the special offer.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GG7RL52

 

 

Genny and Karaoke

In my book, Genevieve Grace, Genny goes to a local club on karaoke night with Brad.  She remembers from an earlier conversation with her next door neighbor, who just so happens to be a murder mystery writer, that it was his birthday.  She has the patrons sing “Happy Birthday” along with her.

Genny returns to the same club with Jarrod, the detective investigating the murders taking place at Carolina Bay in the sequel, The Seaside Slayer.  She shares a past with him in the first book, but he was undercover and using an alias.  She is surprised when he shows up at her door with a badge.

My family used to have a reunion every year.  My cousin, Stubby, is a DJ and would bring his equipment for us to karaoke.  Most of my family members have excellent voices.  My most memorable performance about five or six years ago was Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”  My son provided the moonwalking.  My cousin, Joe, supposedly captured the performance on his phone and put it on You Tube.  Other family members say the footage exists, but I’ve never personally seen it.  My cousin, Ron, begged me to sing “Thriller” again the next year, but I’d already practiced Heart’s “Alone.”

Genevieve Grace is on sale for one more day for 99 CENTS!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CEWI65W

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