Release Day: Edge of Danger

I am thrilled to announce the release of Edge of Danger: A Mystery Thriller Sampler featuring a collection of sample chapters from the novels of the following Wild Rose Press authors: Vincent Morrone, Oliver F. Chase, Lance Hawvermale, Karen C. Whalen, Sylvia Nickels, CJ Zahner, Randy Overbeck, Cynthia Harrison, June Summers, and Joanne Guidoccio.

Torn Away by Vincent Morrone

Drew Duncan swore he’d never go back to Ember Falls again. After he was wrongfully charged with his high school girlfriend’s murder, he waited for a trial that never came. When he was released from jail a year later, he left everything behind. But when his sister is murdered, Drew is forced to return to the hometown where he and his sisters were brutalized by their alcoholic father.

Camelot Games by Oliver F. Chase

When a secret political machine maneuvers California war hero, Scott McHale and his beautiful activist wife, Angie into running for political office, an entirely new and frightening evil is unleashed upon the American public. As the wildly popular Latino couple’s success and independence grow, hidden kingmakers quietly put into play a plan designed to plunge the nation into chaos.

The Echo Holders by Lance Hawvermale

Rookie anthropologist Emily Radsco has come to the Colorado mountains to investigate old and mysterious carvings on aspen trees. She soon finds herself at odds with the local logging industry. If she doesn’t work quickly, she’ll lose the very trees which hold the clues to the riddle she’s trying to solve. Complicating matters is her increasing attraction to soft-spoken Hopi, Mason Hitapwa, one of the loggers endangering her research.

Just What I Kneaded by Karen C. Whalen

While shopping for bread to serve at her gourmet dinner party, Jane Marsh overhears the pastry chef’s murder in the bakery’s kitchen. The killer also destroys an elaborate and expensive wedding cake made for a celebrity couple.

To recoup the loss, the bakery owner files a lawsuit against his insurance company, a client of the law firm where Jane works.

With a murderer on the loose, and Jane as the only potential witness, she must solve the crime in order to defend her client…and take a killer off the streets.

Disguise for Death by Sylvia Nickels

Royce Thorne had a good marriage, at least she thought she did. when her husband, a police officer, is killed in the line of duty, Royce’s life is turned upside down.

Royce soon finds out her life has been a lie- her marriage was not as good as she thought and her husband was not the man she thought he was. Lies and betrayal is what if left behind after her husband’s death, as well as a bank account with specific instructions for Royce.

The Suicide Gene by CJ Zahner

Doctor Emma Kerr had no right counseling them. Adopted and her birth records lost, she believed she was born a McKinney. Her face, intelligence, and depression resembled theirs. For years people mistook her for their sister. So she devised a plan. What begins as a scheme to counsel the McKinney family and determine if they are blood relatives, quickly causes Emma to wonder if she had truly done the manipulating. Is someone following her?

Blood on the Chesapeake by Randy Overbeck

Wilshire, Maryland, a quaint shore town on the Chesapeake, promises Darrell Henshaw a new start in life and a second chance at love. That is, until he learns the town hides an ugly secret. A thirty-year-old murder in the high school. And a frightening ghost stalking his new office. Burned by an earlier encounter with the spirit world, Darrell doesn’t want to get involved, but when the desperate ghost hounds him, he concedes. Assisted by his new love, he follows a trail that leads to the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and even the Klu Klux Klan. Then, when two locals who try to help are murdered, Darrell is forced to decide if he’s willing to risk his life—and the life of the woman he loves—to expose the killers of a young man he never knew.

Lily White in Detroit by Cynthia Harrison

Private investigator Lily White has a client with a faulty moral compass. When the client is arrested for murdering his wife and her alleged lover, Lily follows her intuition and her own leads. If she’s wrong, she’ll at least know she did her job.

Detroit police detective Derrick Paxton remembers Lily from another case. He understands she suffers from PTSD and thinks her judgment is impaired. He goes after her client and the evidence he needs to close the case. When Lily is kidnapped, the case takes an unexpected turn.

Before We Fade Away by June Summers

Horrific, recurring nightmares are making Danielle Reynolds’ life miserable. Losing sleep and falling grades lead her to seek help from her college counselor, a psychologist, and against her better judgment, a psychic medium. To her amazement, she discovers her dead grandfather is trying to contact her to prove his innocence in the murders of the Cunningham family on Halloween night back in 1971. Turning to the police, she convinces a handsome young officer to reopen the murder investigation.

A Season for Killing Blondes by Joanne Guidoccio

Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the body of golden girl, Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside Gilda’s 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.

Buy Links

Amazon (Canada) | Amazon (US)


A Perfect Fit for Baci Perugina!

When a book blogger asked me to compare the Gilda Greco Mystery Series to chocolate, I had no problems coming up with the perfect answer: Baci Perguina, the most famous chocolate brand in Italy and popular with Italians worldwide.

Perugina’s signature recipe includes whipped milk chocolate, gianduia filling, and chopped hazelnuts all in bittersweet chocolate. Each bacio (kiss) comes individually wrapped in silver and blue packaging and hugged by a poetic love note.

The three books in the series—A Season for Killing Blondes, Too Many Women in the Room, A Different Kind of Reunion—contain romantic elements, humor, and bittersweet moments. A perfect fit for Baci Perugina!

Continue reading on the Sisterhood of Suspense blog.


At Indigo Guelph

Yesterday, I participated in a book signing at Indigo Guelph. I enjoyed meeting with the many readers and wannabe writers who stopped to chat and express an interest in my cozy mysteries and paranormal romances. As always, creative conversations are lively and full of surprises.

A special thanks to Events Manager Earl Townsend for organizing this event.










Attention: Canadian Readers

Print copies of A Different Kind of Reunion are now available at Indigo.



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.


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.