I discovered Joyce and Jim when I became hooked on their Renaissance Mysteries. Then being a huge NASCAR fan, a few months ago I devoured Swapping Paint and Hooked Up. I hope they come back to that series again soon. Their Missing Piece Mysteries are screaming from my To-Be-Read bookshelf and I have started to collect the Peggy Lee Garden Mysteries too. (Don’t worry I will have links to all their books below.)
I love the way they write. I will never understand how two wonderful authors work together to create such terrific stories. Joyce and Jim Lavene sure do make it work. I am so thrilled to have them as guests today. They share a little bit about their lives behind the scenes.
Hi Joyce & Jim!
Living With Writers
Living with one writer is probably bad enough. We’ve heard terrible stories about forgotten dry cleaning, crackers for dinner, and holes in porches that don’t get repaired for months. Living with TWO writers in a house is even worse.
Imagine if you will that two writers are both deeply involved with writing a new novel. It’s going well. The characters and plot are flowing. Everything seems fine.
Then the power company comes to turn off the electricity because someone forgot to pay the bill. “It was right in the middle of that part where we couldn’t decide if the killer was actually the killer,” my husband says. That’s his excuse.
I’m not much better. There was a crisis in one of our character’s lives that was completely turning the plot away from where it was supposed to be.
A call came in on my cell phone that I had missed my dental appointment. “You know we charge you for the appointment unless we have a cancellation at least 24 hours in advance,” the receptionist tells me with ‘60’s music playing in the background.
“We had a family emergency,” I tell her. “A family member was almost killed when a fire broke out in her home and she was locked inside.”
“MY LORD!” the receptionist says. “Is she okay now? Why wasn’t that on the news?”
I assure her that our ‘family member’ is fine. I know that person I’m creating in my laptop isn’t real, but she seems real to me.
There’s a scene at the beginning to Romancing the Stone when author Joan Wilder is finishing a book. She’s crying and she can’t find any paper products in her house to blow her nose. That’s because she forgot to buy them. The house is a wreck but the book is finished. That’s all that matters.
And so it goes in our house. Sometimes we might forget to cut the lawn until our neighbor comes and does it for us or our poor dog might have his legs crossed because he has to pee so badly.
But the book is finished. That’s all that matters.
~Joyce & Jim
About The Authors
Joyce and Jim Lavene write bestselling mystery together. They have written and published more than 60 novels for Harlequin,Berkleyand Charter Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolinawith their family, their cat,Quincy, and their rescue dog, Rudi. They enjoy photography, watercolor, gardening and long drives.
Look for our new Peggy Lee Garden Mystery, Buried by Buttercups, coming October 2012!
Find Them At Their Website here. They have so many great things happening!!
(Renaissance Faire Mystery)
5th Book in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (September 4, 2012)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Cover Illustration by Ben Perini
Cover Design by Lesley Worrell
This series features Jessie Morton, an assistant history professor at the University of South Carolina at Columbia that may be out of a job after the holidays. She returns to Renaissance Faire Village to work as an apprentice for her dissertation - “The Proliferation of Medieval Crafts in Modern Times”.
It is Christmastime at Renaissance Faire Village. Jessie’s wishes are coming true as she apprentices for a new toy maker. Unfortunately Chris Christmas’s time at the Faire is abruptly cut short when he is found dead shortly after Jessie’s arrival. Jessie befriends Chris’s wife and helps her with their children in hopes of learning who would have wanted to put Father Christmas on ice. She is doing her best to unwrap the clues to track down who was very, very naughty and protect those who are very, very nice.
What a wonderful time at the Renaissance Faire Village. Snow is falling, a skating rink in the village green, wreaths on the doors and candles in the windows. Christmas coming to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and it’s a balmy 80 degrees. Father Christmas and his elves are hearing the children’s wishes and there are many special events at the Faire.
Sounds like a lot of fun until the head elf, Father Christmas himself, is found dead in his workshop. Then Jessie and Mrs. Christmas are almost run down by a horse and other injuries and close calls start happening. Oh and don’t forget Queen Olivia is entering the last month of her pregnancy and has the whole village hopping as she practices her plan for getting to the hospital.
This installment is extraordinary. I really enjoyed Christmas at the Faire. The characters jump right off the pages.
Jessie’s relationship with Chase is getting more serious. She is plotting revenge after she gets pranked. Then she finds herself in a precarious predicament. There is never a dull moment when Jessie is at the Faire. I wanted to find out whodunit but I didn’t want the story to end.
These stories are just plain fun to read and enjoy. This holly jolly installment is the best one yet. I am already booking my next trip to the Renaissance Faire Village. I can’t wait to see what kind of murder and mayhem hits the village next but with authors like Joyce and Jim Lavene I know it is going to be fantastic!!
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