In Praise of Audiobooks

The numbers are mind-boggling!

• In 2017, the audiobook market captured over $2.5 billion in sales. HarperCollins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Random House have all verified that profits in their digital units were due primarily to audiobooks. (E-book sales declined by about 5%)
• Forty-eight percent of all listeners are under the age of 35. Members of that cohort listen to an average of 15 books per year.
• Seventy-seven percent of frequent listeners claim that audiobooks have helped them finish more books.

(Source: Audiobook Publishers Association)

At first skeptical, I hesitated when Senior Editor Rhonda Penders introduced the idea of audiobook publishing with ACX to The Wild Rose Press authors. But my well-honed left brain simply couldn’t ignore the numbers and the following benefits.

Continue reading on the Just Romantic Suspense blog.


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On Erin Radio 91.7 FM

Last month, I participated in an interview with Music Director and Producer Phil Taylor on Erin Radio 91.7 FM.

We chatted about my writing journey, cozy mysteries, and paranormal romances. I also shared excerpts from A Season for Killing Blondes, Too Many Women in the Room, and A Different Kind of Reunion.

The interview aired at 10 p.m. on Easter Sunday. You can listen here.

Note: There are two musical breaks during the 30-minute program.


Audiobook Release: A Season for Killing Blondes

I’m thrilled to announce the release of this audiobook!

Written by: Joanne Guidoccio

Narrated by: Eliza Huberth

Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins

Genre: Mystery

Release date: 2018-03-05

Language: English

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press


You can now listen to this book wherever you are and with any of your devices. If you take advantage of a 30-day free trial with Audible, your first audiobook is free. You can keep the audiobook if you decide to cancel at the end of the month. Find out more here.

Blurb

Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the dead body of golden girl Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside her office. Gilda’s life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation.

When three more dead blondes turn up all brutally strangled and deposited near Gilda’s favorite haunts, she is pegged as a prime suspect for the murders. Frustrated by Carlo’s chilly detective persona and the mean girl antics of Carrie Ann’s meddling relatives, Gilda decides to launch her own investigation. She discovers a gaggle of suspects, among them a yoga instructor in need of anger management training, a lecherous photographer, and fourteen ex-boyfriends.

As the puzzle pieces fall into place, shocking revelations emerge, forcing Gilda to confront the envy and deceit she has long overlooked.

Buy Links

Amazon (Canada) | Amazon (United States) | Audible


Idea → Sticky Idea → Premise

Writers can find inspiration almost anywhere, and they don’t have to go too far to find those ideas. Checking Twitter or Facebook feeds, reading a daily newspaper, watching a television program, visiting an art gallery, eavesdropping on conversations…

Which ideas work best?

Sticky ideas…those ideas that simply won’t go away.

Once that idea takes root, it’s like a song that you can’t get out of your head. You wake up thinking about it, dream about it, and fantasize about it. You can even imagine the A-list actors who will star in the screenplay based on your novel. You may seek validation from family and friends: “Don’t you think that would make a great novel?” Unfortunately, too many ideas remain fantasies and don’t make it to the next step: transforming an idea into a premise.

Continue reading on the Sisterhood of Suspense blog.


Available for Pre-Order: Murder & Mayhem



Brownies, Bodies, and Breaking the Code by J L Wilson

Jessie Patrokus doesn’t give up…and that might get her killed. To complicate matters, a colleague turns up dead from eating the brownies she brought to the company potluck.

Gus Colcannon, a new programmer at the company, starts to ask a lot of questions and Jessie gets suspicious. That’s when she finds she may have uncovered a terrorist plot and discovers Gus is an undercover FBI agent. All Jessie has to do is dodge an email stalker, help unravel the clues that her murdered co-worker left her, and avoid falling in love with Gus. Well, two out of three ain’t bad.

Poison Ivy by Misty Simon

Ivy Morris has a new life as homeowner and proprietress of a popular costume shop. Between overpowering biddies and stolen lingerie from the worst-kept-secret side of the business, things get even more complicated when a woman is murdered at the ball—a woman wearing the same costume as Ivy.

With the help of her new friends, including a cute guy trying to rev up his journalism career to private eye status with this mystery—and revving up her heart in the process—she must solve the murder before someone succeeds in the quest to poison Ivy.

Medium Rare: Dead Man Talking by Michelle Witvliet

When Jennifer Flagg is drawn to the scene of a murder, she quickly discovers the business of talking to the dead is a whole lot more complicated when there’s a body still attached.

Her detective boyfriend wants her to stay out of police business. The dead guy wants her to help find his killer. And all the murderer wants is to put Jennifer permanently out of business.

Can an amateur sleuth find a happy medium between her suddenly changing paranormal world and her unstable personal life? The spirits might have the answers, but they’re the only ones not telling her what to do.

Temporarily Employed by Vicki Batman

Hattie Cook takes a temporary job at an insurance company where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of a former employee—the very one she replaced. The last thing she wants is to clash with By-the-Book Detective Wellborn, no matter how much he makes her heart pound.

When the police determine there’s more to the death of the former employee, Allan Charles Wellborn steps in to lead the investigation. Overly dedicated, he puts his job first, even if doing so ultimately hurts the one he loves. Can the killer be found before Hattie’s time is up?

On the Hook by Cindy Davis

A Picasso painting goes missing while en route from Chicago to New Hampshire…while the truck is moving. Kendra Jean Valentine, underwriting agent for the policy, is on the hook. She scrapes together enough to hire two women to work the case.

With creditors phoning daily, Westen Hughes jumps at the chance to earn a bundle of easy money, even though the offer comes from her old nemesis.

KJ pairs her with Westen’s total opposite: Phoebe Smith, a snake-loving, underwear-hating, tuba player with more baggage than Logan Airport.
For ten percent of a hundred million, Smith and Westen join forces to find one of the world’s most valuable paintings.

A Season for Killing Blondes by Joanne Guidoccio

Gilda Greco discovers a body neatly arranged in the dumpster outside her office. Her life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation. When three more dead blondes turn up, all brutally strangled and deposited near Gilda’s favorite haunts, she is pegged as a prime suspect for the murders.

Gilda decides to launch her own investigation. She discovers a gaggle of suspects, among them a yoga instructor in need of anger management, a lecherous photographer, and fourteen ex-boyfriends. As the pieces fall into place, Gilda must confront the envy and deceit she has long overlooked.


Buy Links

Amazon (Canada) | Amazon (US) | The Wild Rose Press

Release Day: February 15, 2018


New Contract!

20014660_sYesterday, my contract for A Different Kind of Reunion was finalized by Editor Kinan Werdski and Publisher Rhonda Penders of The Wild Rose Press.

This is the third book in the Gilda Greco Mystery Series and includes characters from A Season for Killing Blondes and Too Many Women in the Room.

Several new characters are introduced, among them a silver fox constable and seven of Gilda Greco’s former students.

Logline

Determined to solve the murder of a former student and prevent another tragedy, a teacher agrees to participate in a psychic-led reunion.

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Coming Spring 2018!