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In the Final Stretch!


My new release, Too Many Women in the Room, is one of three contenders for a third place finish in the Affaire de Coeur Contest. The first, second, and third-place winning covers will be featured in the October online and print magazines. I would appreciate your vote. Just click and vote here – no extra steps involved! BTW…You can vote once each day. The contest ends at midnight on Saturday, July 15. Molte grazie! Original link
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Review from InD’Tale Magazine

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I received a lovely four-star review of Too Many Women in the Room from Claudette Melanson at InD’Tale Magazine. Molte grazie! Original link
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Dreams and Promises Release Blitz


DREAMS AND PROMISES Genre: Women’s Fiction/ Romance  Release Date: July 1, 2017 Dreams and Promises includes six short stories and novellas written by authors who live in beautiful British Columbia. It’s our way of honoring Canada’s Sesquicentennial. Some of Canada’s major cities were founded in the seventeenth century, but July 1st 2017 marks 150 years since our country became a Confederation. Our stories range from the era of the fur trade, to a commercial enterprise that opened up the Canadian and American West, to present day James Bay, a thriving neighborhood in the garden city of Victoria, British Columbia. Among our heroes are a World War One soldier suffering from amnesia, an RCAF pi...
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Up for an Award


Too Many Women in the Room is up for an award in the Crème de la Cover contest at InD’Tale Magazine. The prize for the weekly contest winner is a 1/4 page ad in the next issue of InD’Tale magazine. The winner then competes in the finals held during the last week of the month. The monthly winner receives a full page ad in the magazine. I would appreciate your vote here. Original link
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What About the Men?


Since the release of Too Many Women in the Room, I have received many comments about the temperamental female characters that populate the novel. Potential readers have also asked… What about the men? Three male characters play significant roles : Chief Detective Carlo Fantin, Chef David Korba, and Photographer Michael Taylor. Continue reading on the Sisterhood of Suspense blog. Original link
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At Kitras Art Glass


I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Kitras Art Glass, Canada’s largest hot glass studio, was a short thirty-minute drive away in Fergus. Intrigued, I decided to take a break from my writing and treat myself to an artist date at their 2nd Annual Garden Party. While visiting, I browsed through the many Kitras collections, among them Tree of Enchantment, Blossom, Van Glow, Calico, Art Nouveau, and Canada 150. I was impressed by the variety of decorative and functional art: ornaments, oil lamps, diffusers, bird feeders, vases, medallions, and so much more. These unique, hand-crafted glass creations are perfect for all-occasion gifting. BTW…Kitras will ship purchases across Canada and the...
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The Back Story


Once I get the initial spark of an idea, I like to play around with a What-If scenario and after much deliberation come up with a title for the novel. Only then can I start writing the first draft. That MO worked well for Book 1 of the Gilda Greco Mystery Series: Spark: Dead blondes turn up in dumpsters throughout the city. What if… A woman wins a $19 million lottery and then returns to her hometown, only to find herself the primary suspect in the murders of four blondes. Can she prove her innocence and solve this case before it’s too late? Title: A Season for Killing Blondes Book 2 presented a challenge. I toyed with several storylines about a Greek restaurant, a charismatic chef, two murde...
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All About Cozies


Whenever I introduce the Gilda Greco Mystery Series, I often encounter frowns and puzzled looks. Not too many people have heard of cozy mysteries. To them, the word “cozy” conjures up images of steaming cups of herbal teas, overstuffed chairs, and purring cats. While those images can exist in cozy mysteries, the sub-genre contains many more intriguing elements. Written in the Agatha Christie tradition, these mysteries appeal to readers who wish to be engaged but not horrified. In short, a cozy is a mystery that includes a bloodless crime and contains little violence, sex, or coarse language. The crime takes place “off stage” and very few graphic details are provided. Sex, if there is any, is...
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To Prologue or Not to Prologue


Whenever I’ve asked a writing instructor or workshop facilitator about prologues, I’ve encountered a variety of negative facial expressions—everything from a wince to a frown to a quick shake of the head. And the following responses: Prologues = Information Dumps; Agents hate prologues; Readers will skip to the first chapter. One instructor offered a ray of hope: Use only if the prologue adds an interesting and integral layer to the narrative. Interesting and Integral…Definitely a challenge and one I decided to tackle in my new release, Too Many Women in the Room. Continue reading on Marni Graff’s blog. Original link
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Decluttering My Bookshelves


I delight in the acquisition of a new book. It doesn’t matter whether I purchased it myself or received it as a gift—each book is unique in its own special way. I like to keep all these treasures. At least, I did until I noticed overflowing bookshelves and unruly piles of books in corners. And I couldn’t remember which books I had relegated to my storage area…two floors down.   Continue reading on Lois Winston’s blog.   Original link
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Easy Avgolemono


After all her guests stormed out of the restaurant, Gilda Greco (protagonist of Too Many Women in the Room) took refuge in the steaming goodness of Chef David Korba’s Avgolemeno, a Greek lemon chicken soup that warms up body and soul while releasing endorphins.   Find out more about Too Many Women in the Room and get the tried-and-true recipe for Easy Avgolemono on the Romance Recipes blog.   Original link
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Chatting with My Sisters


I’m visiting two authors from the Sisterhood of Suspense: Marian Lanouette and Claire Gem. We are a group of 15 suspense authors who like to share our love of this genre with readers and writers. Today, I’m chatting about my writing journey and Too Many Women in the Room. Drop by their blogs and enter the giveaway. You could win a $10 Amazon gift card. Marian’s blog Claire’s blog   Original link
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10 Characteristics of a Scottish Romance


I’m happy to welcome Soul Mate author Madelyn Hill to the Power of 10 series. Today, Madelyn shares ten characteristics of a Scottish romance and her latest release, Highland Faith. Here’s Madelyn! Ahhh, Scotland! Just thinking of Scotland conjures up images of Highlanders, heather, and men in kilts. There seems to be a romanticism affiliated with Scotland that I’m sure if the people of Scotland laugh at our perception. Here are the TOP 10 Characteristics of Scottish Romances: 1. A man in a kilt! Let’s face it, a kilt is a skirt and you have to have enough self-confidence to pull that off. A true Highlander has a certain swagger—cocksure stride when wearing a kilt. It lends to the romantic v...
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Too Many Women in the Room Release Day!


   TOO MANY WOMEN IN THE ROOM Gilda Greco Mystery Series, Book 2by Joanne Guidoccio     Genre: Cozy Mystery When Gilda Greco invites her closest friends to a VIP dinner, she plans to share David Korba’s signature dishes and launch their joint venture— Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ontario. Unknown to Gilda, David has also invited Michael Taylor, a lecherous photographer who has throughout the past three decades managed to annoy all the women in the room. One woman follows Michael to a deserted field for his midnight run and stabs him in the jugular. Gilda’s life is awash with complications as she wrestles with a certain detective’s commitment issues and growing doubts a...
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One Last Peek


This Friday marks the official release of Too Many Women in the Room, Book 2 of the Gilda Greco Mystery Series. Here’s one last peek… I turned and came face-to-face with Carlo’s daughter and her two sons. Tania’s facial features tightened as she gave me the once-over. “It’s his day off, you know.” She stepped closer. “He didn’t need this aggravation.” So much of Carlo could be found in her crystal clear blue eyes and strong jaw. And the twins were miniature Carlos. Regardless of my feelings toward her, I couldn’t ignore the DNA I loved and admired. I didn’t want to lose my temper in front of the children, so I chose my words carefully. “What happened last night wasn’t my fault.” “But you wer...
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Finding Inspiration


When I decided to pursue my writing dream, I imagined one of the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne visiting each morning, taking my hand, and guiding me to the computer. There, she would remain, offering words of encouragement until I produced my daily quota of words. That was the fantasy. The reality was very different. I was unprepared for the tyranny of the blank page. While everything was in place—business cards, new computer, dreams of a runaway best-seller—my writing muscles refused to budge. Continue reading on Brenda Whiteside’s blog. Original link
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All the World’s a Stage


Welcome to my Second Acts Series!     Today, we have author Judy Knight sharing her multi-act life and her latest release, A Raging Madness. Here’s Jude! Joanne’s Second Act series appealed to me; but which Second Act? In nearly 67 years of life, I’ve reinvented myself repeatedly, though always around the two themes that surfaced in my earliest childhood. And as I thought about that, the structure of this post surfaced in my mind. Shakespeare’s seven ages? Why not. I reckon I’m up to age five. Welcome to the story of my life so far. In the nurse’s arms: the story begins I was a quiet baby, happy to be left alone to amuse myself. My mother claimed, with the benefit of hindsight, that I’d been...
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Top 10 Places to Travel


I’m happy to welcome author Vicki Batman. Today, Vicki will share her favorite cruise stops and a romantic short story from the anthology, Just You & Me. Here’s Vicki! I love to visit new places, especially on a cruise! No packing and repacking, someone cleans, someone cooks, someone takes you to nice places to visit. I’d always wanted to go on a cruise and then my sister told me her hubby was taking her for a BIG birthday. I said I wished I could go. She called him up and he made the trip happen. Since, I’ve been addicted to this special way to travel.   1. Alaska – for the majesty of the mountains meeting the sea 2. Italy – duh, the food, and yes, there are great spots to see 3. Greece...
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Top 10 “Behind-the-Scenes” Facts About Betting On Love in Vegas

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I’m happy to welcome Soul Mate author Stacy Hoff. Today, Stacy shares ten behind-the-scene facts about her new release, Betting on Love in Vegas. Here’s Stacy! Here are my top ten “behind the scenes” facts for my latest release, BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS. 1. My husband and I traveled to Las Vegas twice during our marriage (in the “before kids” era). We strolled up and down the Strip in awe of the many hotels. Since we grew up in New York City, we’re used to gawking tourists. It was odd for us to have the tables turned; we were probably the biggest gawkers in Vegas. 2. My husband and I ate at lots of hotels’ buffets. The feasts were heaven for our taste buds, but hell on our waistlines. We con...
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And Another Sneak Peek…


For the past two Fridays, I have shared parts of the prologue of Too Many Women in the Room. You can read Part I here and Part 2 here.   Here is Part 3 of the Prologue: He cleared his throat. “That was some dinner conversation.” In the end, he hadn’t even sat at the table. The collective venom had driven him away. They continued running, saying nothing. His heart beat faster and his mouth went dry. His senses were on full alert. There was danger here. And he needed to get away. He could turn around and race toward his car. But what if she followed? This was ridiculous. He was allowing himself to be rattled by a middle-aged woman who meant absolutely nothing to him. A woman he would steer cle...
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