Saturday, February 25, 2012

No Kindle? Put Kindle on your PC for free

Yesterday, I posted about a free Kindle book on Amazon. If you don't have a Kindle, just remember, you can download Kindle for PC software onto your computer (for free). I think Amazon offers similar software for Mac users. Or download Kindle apps free onto your smartphone.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Free Kindle Book on Amazon

FYI--I was searching on Amazon today, 2/24/2012, and I noticed Richard Mabry's novel, Diagnosis Death (Kindle version), is free on Amazon (at least to U.S. residents--if you live outside the U.S., please check the Amazon site for more details)! :)

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Book Trailer for Illusion by Frank Peretti

Some of you might have already read my review of Illusion. I noticed there is a book trailer now available on YouTube. If you'd like to view it, click here.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Interview with Deborah Malone

Recently, I interviewed Deborah Malone.

Bio: Deborah has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, since 2001, for the historical magazine “Georgia Backroads.” She has had many articles and photographs published during this time. Her writing is featured in “Tales of the Rails” edited by Olin Jackson. She has also had a showing of her photographs at Floyd Medical Center Art Gallery as well as winning several awards. Her debut cozy mystery "Death in Dahlonega" is now available. She is a current member of the Georgia Writers Association, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She has an established blog, Butterfly Journey, where she reviews Christian Fiction.

photo of author Debbie Malone

I've always loved to read. I think I was a teen-ager when I first tried my hand at writing. I didn't finish, but I guess that could be considered my first attempt at writing.

My genre of choice to write is cozy mysteries so cozy writers have had the most influence. A few would be Anne George, Patricia Sprinkle, Kathy Trocheck, Alice K. Arnez, Dana Mentink, just to name a few!

The one writer who influenced me most on Christian writing would be Margaret Daley.

We always hear: go to conventions, read writing books, etc. and all of this is good. But the main thing that helped me was encouragement from other authors on "not to give up." It takes a while to get published and every author has a story about their journey. You have to hang in there for the long run! These are three books that helped me the most: Write in Style by Bobbie Christmas, Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon and after you're published Stress Free Marketing by Renea Winchester.

Thank you. I've had to take many photos for my research for my magazine articles so I've used them several times for scenes. That was a great question!

bumblebee sitting on fuschia colored zinnia

"Death in Dahlonega" is my debut cozy mystery. It is based on two friends who find themselves in a bit of a scrape. Trixie is a magazine writer and she is on assignment in Dahlonega, Georgia and her friend Dee Dee has tagged along. Dee Dee owns an antique shop and this will be the perfect place for her to shop for antiques and other goodies. The girls are watching a film at the gold museum when Dee Dee has to go to the bathroom - this is not unusual for Dee Dee. While she is nosing around in the rooms she happens up on a dead body. She automatically pulls out the pick axe and winds up being the main person of interest. The handsome sheriff is ready to retire and run for mayor, so Trixie doesn't think he's trying very hard to find the real killer. So she and Dee Dee take matters in their own hands. The question is will they find the real killer before Dee Dee ends up in the slammer?

I am working on my next two releases with Trixie and Dee Dee the first one is "Murder in Marietta" and the second one is "Terror in Tybee Island."

I like to visit the area and take lots of pictures as well as interview people that are familiar with the area. Then I continue to do research throughout the whole book to keep it fresh in my mind. I don't really know how much time, but it is a good bit. Research is imperative.

Well, I don't know about what I learned, but I do have a funny story. When I went to the gold museum and talked with the real ranger about taking pics/interviewing them etc. for the book she hurriedly called her boss and then preceded to tell me I couldn't write about their security system. Of course, I didn't know about their security system so it was funny to me. I really don't think she knew what a cozy mystery was.

Now that I've been published I don't have as much time to do other things, but I like to take photographs. I'm enjoying meeting people through my marketing of "Death in Dahlonega."

You can contact me by going to my website I would love to hear from my readers and if anyone wants a signed copy I'd be glad to do that and my email is  Thank you for having me on your blog!

a large plantation home is shown on the cover

Back Cover: Winner in American Christian Fiction Writers' Category Five writing contest!

A friendly adventure turns to murder and mayhem in the north Georgia mountains. Historical writer Trixie Montgomery is asked to cover Gold Rush Days in the picturesque Georgia mountain town, Dahlonega. Trixie seizes the chance to mix business with pleasure and asks her best friend, Dee Dee to tag along. Their well laid plans go awry when Dee Dee is discovered standing over the lifeless body of prominent citizen, John Tatum - the very man she'd had a run in with earlier that day - holding a bloody pickax in her hands. Can Trixie find a way to finish her assignment and keep Dee Dee out of the slammer?

Giveaway:  Deborah has graciously agreed to host a giveaway of her novel. The giveaway will be a paperback book, and the only requirement to be entered in the giveaway is to visit her blog and sign up as a follower. The address is More details to follow.

Update--please be sure to leave a comment here and sign up for Deborah's blog to enter the giveaway. The giveaway ends February 29th!

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Update - Giveaway ends today!

The giveaway to win a copy of Peg Phifer's book ends today, 2/20. Tomorrow, Jackie and I will announce a winner.

Please stop by again soon for details on our next giveaway.

Monday, February 13, 2012


Author Suzanne Hartman is giving away fantastic prizes to celebrate the start of the 2012 NASCAR season. For more information, please visit her Web site at

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Peg Phifer's new release To See the Sun

photo of author Peg Phifer

Today Peg Phifer joins us.

Peggy, tell us a little about yourself.
How much time have you got? LOL Seriously, I’m a septuagenarian who has just had my first book published. I’m a wife (twice), a mom, grandmom and great-grandmom. I was raised in a fundamental Christian home with two of the godliest parents a child could want. I think I assimilated a love of music and literature with my mother’s milk. Music always came first. I started piano lessons at age five. I’m not concert-worthy, but I have a lot of fun with it. I used to play for our church services. I love classical music, my first love.

How did you become an author?
Not an easy answer, Jackie. As a child, I LOVED reading. Anything. My sister and I would disobey lights-out and duck beneath the covers with a flashlight to read long into the night. I was the reader. Sometimes, when I read alone, I used to take the stories I read and rewrite them. I guess that’s how it started.

Pantser  or plotter?
Pantser all the way. No doubt about it. I couldn’t plot if you demanded it of me.

a man in a cowboy hat is shown in the foreground, while a woman's face is shown in the background

Can you tell us about your story?
Here’s the back cover blurb:
Pregnant and widowed hadn’t been part of her “happily ever after” dream. And now, someone was trying to kill her . . . 
Erin Macintyre never expected to be a widow and a new mother in the same year, anymore than she expected mysterious notes, threatening phone calls, and a strange homeless man who seems to know all about her. The thought of raising a child without a father is daunting enough—worse when you have no idea who might want to harm you. Put an old flame into the mix, and her life begins a tailspin into a world she never knew existed.
When P.I. Clay Buchanan, stumbles upon Erin at her husband's gravesite, he’s totally unprepared for her advanced pregnancy. Her venomous reaction at seeing him, however, was predictable. But Clay can’t let her distrust, or his guilt, get in the way—not when he has evidence that proves Erin’s life is in danger.
With few options left, Erin begrudgingly accepts Clay’s help . . . and it just might be her undoing.

Tell us something you admire about your heroine.
Erin Macintyre is a spunky, independent gal . . . the antithesis of me. I endowed her with everything I wish I was. Vulnerable, yet strong. Determined despite the odds.

What do you find attractive about your hero's character?
Ah, Clay Buchanan is my hero, yes. He’s modeled after my husband. A no-nonsense cowboy dealing with an old hurt . . . several of them, matter of fact . . . also vulnerable and sensitive.

Where can we find it for sale?
Amazon (paperback):
Amazon (Kindle):
B&N (Nook):

 We're looking for ten or more unique comments to win the paperback version. Otherwise, the winner will receive a gift card for the e-book download from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble. 

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