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Sybil Johnson

Favorite Color –  Blue

Favorite Candy –  Frango mint chocolates

Favorite Snack –  Popcorn

Favorite Soft Drink –  diet Coke with Lime

Favorite Hard Drink –  Toss up between Pinot Grigio and Maker’s Mark Bourbon


Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – Mint chocolate chip

Favorite Movie –  Gone With The Wind

Favorite TV Show – Good Witch

Favorite Book – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Favorite Fictional Character – Miss Marple

Favorite Super Hero –  Batman

Favorite Singer/Group/Band – I don’t really have a favorite group or singer. I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, old and new. Currently, I’ve been listening to The Carpenters. Karen Carpenter had a wonderful voice.

Favorite Carnival Ride – Ferris Wheel

Favorite Spring Activity –  I have a spring birthday so I enjoy making myself a birthday cheesecake. I love to experiment with new recipes. Peppermint Bark and Oreo cookie are my current favorites.

Favorite Summer Activity – Sitting out on our deck and reading or working on a story.

Favorite Fall Activity –  Disneyland! I love the Halloween decorations and how they change the Haunted Mansion every year.

Favorite Winter Activity –  Walking down to the beach. There are fewer people around and it’s cooler though not cold. Very soothing.

Favorite Place to Read – Any place in my house that is quiet and sunny.

Favorite Place to Write –  Same as above. Any place in my house that is quiet and sunny.

Dream Vacation Destination –  Australia/New Zealand (taking a cruise ship to get there and get back)

Thanks Sybil for playing 20 Quick Questions!

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About The Author –

Sybil Johnson’s love affair with reading began in kindergarten with “The Three Little Pigs.” Visits to the library introduced her to Encyclopedia Brown, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and a host of other characters. Fast forward to college where she continued reading while studying Computer Science. After a rewarding career in the computer industry, Sybil decided to try her hand at writing mysteries. Her short fiction has appeared in Mysterical-E and Spinetingler Magazine, among others. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in Southern California where she enjoys tole painting, studying ancient languages and spending time with friends and family.

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A Palette for Murder (An Aurora Anderson Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – California
Henery Press (January 31, 2017)
Paperback: 268 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635111415
E-Book ASIN: B01M74ZIL3
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A killer heat wave settles over Seagull Lane…

Summer’s sizzling in Vista Beach, the home of computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson. The abnormally high temperatures are hard on everyone in the quiet Los Angeles county beach community, especially the city’s homeless population. Residents are doing everything they can to stay cool, including leaving windows open to catch the faintest breeze. Not the best idea when a string of burglaries is plaguing nearby towns.

Still, Rory doesn’t expect to find her neighbor’s body just a few doors down. When suspicion falls on a friend and fellow painter, Rory must discover the truth before the police paint the wrong picture and send her friend away permanently.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Book 3 in this series takes us  to California is heat of summer and some thieves are taking advantage of residents leaving their windows open to catch an ocean breeze. Sadly one robbery leaves behind a body. Rory finds her neighbor dead of an apparent attack. Police quickly focus in Rory’s friend Dawn so Rory does a little investigating on her own but she may be painting herself into a corner.

What a perfect read while it is winter in Wisconsin. The heat seeped right out of  the book and made me feel the warmth and enjoy the breeze. I could almost smell the ocean and hear the waves as Rory chased down clues both in the murder and trying to find out who hurt a homeless man. A man who Rory has sort of taken under her wing.

The author really shined with this mystery. Willow, the woman who died, had secrets and quite a past. We keep learning more and more as the story continues and there are some surprising twists that paint quite a picture of who Willow really was. Ms. Johnson set a nice quick pace to this mystery. One that made the book very hard to put down, I did read it all in one sitting. One part even made me shed a tear or two.

I really enjoy the characters she has created. Close friends Rory and Liz, not quite Thelma and Louise, but they have a special bond. Rory’s romantic life is still in flux but I do enjoy the way the author is not rushing it, leaving it to evolve naturally and in a very believable way. Of course, there are always those bumps in the road that twist things up a bit. I think I know where she is headed and it is fun to watch it all play out.

Each story in this series is better than the last. I hate to think I have to wait a year for my next visit. Thank you Sybil for another perfect escape.

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More Praise for A Palette for Murder
by Sybil Johnson

This is an enjoyable read with interesting characters and plot turns… Readers of cozy mysteries will enjoy this one.
~ Christa Reads and Writes

With the help of friends and friends of friends, this neighborhood mystery reveals itself at a comfortable, steady pace.
~Laura’s Interests

The author does a great job creating a world that grabs the reader and pulls them in, keeping them engaged from start to finish.
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

I really liked this book, the story is interesting, the mystery keeps you guessing all the book and the characters are lovely and friendly.
~Varietats

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Between A Rock and a Hard Place by Debbie De Louise

Publisher: Solstice Publishing (October 12, 2016)
Paperback: 316 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1625264534
E-Book ASIN: B01M59PPBY
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Librarian Alicia McKinney has put the past behind her…

Two years ago, Alicia discovered both a terrible truth and lasting love with John McKinney in the small town of Cobble Cove, New York. Now a busy mother of twin babies and co-author of a mystery series, Alicia couldn’t be happier.

Alicia’s contentment and safety are challenged…

Walking home alone from the library, Alicia senses someone following her, and on more than one occasion, she believes she is being watched. Does she have a stalker? When the local gift shop is burglarized, the troubling event causes unrest among Alicia and the residents of the quiet town.
John and Alicia receive an offer they can’t refuse…

When John’s sister offers to babysit while she and John take a much-needed vacation in New York City, Alicia is reluctant to leave her children because of the disturbances in Cobble Cove. John assures her the town is safe in the hands of Sheriff-elect Ramsay. Although Alicia’s experience with and dislike of the former Long Island detective don’t alleviate her concern, she and John take their trip.

Alicia faces her worst nightmare…

The McKinneys’ vacation is cut short when they learn their babies have been kidnapped and John’s sister shot. Alicia and John’s situation puts them between a rock and a hard place when the main suspect is found dead before the ransom is paid. In order to save their children, the McKinneys race against the clock to solve a mystery more puzzling than those found in their own books. Can they do it before time runs out?

Sneaky the Library Cat from the Cobble Cove Mysteries

Describe yourself.
I am a handsome feline, coat of cream with sable-colored paws, face, and tail. I have the most exquisite blue eyes and long, willowy whiskers. I can be as loud as a lion or quieter than a dead mouse.
What makes you laugh?
The stupid things some of the human characters in my books do and how naïve they can be about the mysteries and one another.

Are you afraid of anything?
Veterinarians and bad people who hate cats, but what I fear most are editorial changes that cut me from scenes or depict me in a less than pawsome light.

Do you have a special talent or gift?
My curiosity, cuddliness, and experience as a library cat character.

Do you have a secret?
Of claws. All cats have secrets. It’s known as the feline mystique.

Tell us about your family.
I don’t recall them. I was abandoned as a young kitten; and fate, and Debbie’s writing, led me to the Cobble Cove Library.

Who is the most important person in your life?
Whoever feeds me. Mostly, it’s Laura, the new children’s librarian, but I’m still very fond of my MC (main character) Alicia.

What kind of books do you like to read?
Cat books, of claws. I even write a blog where I scoop the shelves of cat litter-ature. You can read my interviews with famous cat characters here: https://sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com

What kind of music do you listen to?
Cool jazz and soft rock. I also like calm classical pieces. My ears are quite sensitive, so I purr-fer soothing sounds in low decibel ranges.

What is your most embarrassing moment?
When Mac caught me peeing on his jacket in the library storage room. Even though it served him right for not cleaning my litter box, it was not one of my shining moments.

What do you do for fun?
I enjoy appearing at library story times, finding clues, and keeping the library rodent free.

If you could change anything about your life what would it be?
I’d like to have more active roles in the Cobble Cove mysteries. I’ve petitioned my author In this matter, and I believe she’s working on an idea for her next book that will place me in the limelight instead of Fido, the other animal character in the series, who has already been featured in his share of exciting scenes from finding a missing character to being silenced with drugs during a kidnapping. I have nothing against the dog, but I’m the superior actor and my talents have not yet been used to full advantage.

Tell me about your author.
Debbie is a librarian, so she has a lot of inside knowledge that helps her write our series. She’s also a member of a pawsome organization known as the Cat Writer’s Association that I’m sure she’d appreciate my shamelessly plugging here with their website: https://catwriters.com.  She even won the coveted Glamour Puss Award recently for her Catster.com article about grooming cats in which her real life Siamese cat, Oliver, on whom I am loosely based, appeared. You can get your paws on the article here: http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/brush-your-cat-for-bonding-beauty-and-better-health

You can connect with Debbie in the following places:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbiedelouise

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise

Amazon Author Page http://www.booklinker.net/author-links.php

Website/Blog/Newsletter Sign-Up: https://debbiedelouise.com

You can purchase her latest book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, in ebook or paperback at these links:

Do you like the way they write you?
As I said before, I want more active and exciting parts. Debbie is doing a good job, but she is not fully exploring my talents. I also want to be on a cover. Besides my pawsome acting ability, I’m also a purr-fect model.

Thank you Sneaky for visiting with us today! 

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20 quick questionsTwenty Quick Questions With Frankie Bow

Favorite Color – Black for shoes, white for walls.
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Favorite Candy – Snickers
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Favorite Snack – Quesadillas
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Favorite Soft Drink – Coke Zero. Manly, yes, but I like it too.

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Favorite Hard Drink – Jameson

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Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – All of them. It’s ice cream, isn’t it?

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Favorite Movie – I’d watch Paris is Burning again.

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Favorite TV Show – Perry Mason

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Favorite Book –Queen Lucia
Favorite Fictional Character – Emmeline Lucas (“Lucia”)

Favorite Super Hero – The Tick
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Favorite Singer/Group/Band – Peggy Lee
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Favorite Carnival Ride – It’s a Small World at Disneyland, before they remodeled and toned down the New Guinea section.
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Favorite Spring Activity – Reading murder mysteries.
Favorite Summer Activity – Reading murder mysteries.
Favorite Fall Activity – Reading murder mysteries.
Winter Activity – Reading murder mysteries.
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Favorite Place to Read – On the elliptical machine. Multitasking!
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Favorite Place to Write – I do everything at my computer now. My handwriting is atrocious.
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Dream Vacation Destination – Cooking lessons in Italy, which I’ll be doing very soon!
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Now let me tell you about Frankie’s New Book!

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The Invasive Species: (Professor Molly Mysteries Book 4)
File Size: 855 KB
Print Length: 242 pages
Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press (April 30, 2016)
ASIN: B01E6WR8RK
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Synopsis

Professor Molly Barda is thrilled to be included in a grant to investigate attitudes toward biotechnology. But she immediately finds herself embroiled in the deadly fight between big biotech and anti-GMO activists. When Molly and her best friend Emma Nakamura stumble onto the scene of a brutal murder, they realize that everyone has something to hide–and there are some questions you don’t ask.

The Professor Molly mysteries are the first campus murder mysteries set in Hawaii.

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Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.

In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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November 20 – Jane Reads – REVIEW, GUEST POST
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Send In The Clowns
by Julie Mulhern

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I am so happy to have Julie here for an interview today!
Send in the Clowns was released last week and already has 21 – 5 star reviews on Amazon!

Hi Julie,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My bio makes light of the fact that I’m great at calling for take-out and the dust bunnies are growing fangs. Unfortunately, both these things are true. My teenager recently suggested I take up cooking—as a hobby.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

I’ve published two steamy historical romances. Ellison Russell and I share an interior monologue. I’m way too good at Cards against Humanity.

What is the first book you remember reading?

A Nancy Drew.

What are you reading now?

I’m reading The Black Echo by Michael Connelly.

What made you decide you want to write?

Writing is a life-long dream.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

The kitchen table!

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Everywhere, the news, other books, the formations of clouds…

What books have most inspired you?

I adore Wodehouse and Sayers. Mixing fun with a good mystery is my favorite!

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Deadlines! Eek!!!!

What do you think makes a good story?

Fast pace, killer characters and an engaging plot.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Ellison. I think for most writers, their protagonist is the person they’d love to be.

Why did you pick your particular genre?

I’ve always loved mysteries!

What makes your books different form others out there in this genre?

My books are set amidst the country club set of the swinging 1970s.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

My next Country Club Murder will release on May 23, 2017.

I can’t wait for the next book as you will see from my review below! 

SEND IN THE CLOWNSCozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Missouri
Publisher: Henery Press (October 25, 2016)
Paperback: 246 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635110814
E-Book ASIN: B01J499OUE
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Synopsis

Haunted houses are scary enough without knife-wielding clowns. Especially murderous knife-wielding clowns. So thinks Ellison Russell, single mother, artist, and reluctant sleuth.

Now death wears a red nose and Ellison is up to the blood-stained collar of her new trench coat in costumes, caffeine, and possible killers. Who stabbed Brooks Harney? And why? Money? Jealousy? Drugs?

With Mother meddling, her father furious, and her date dragged downtown for questioning, turns out Ellison’s only confidante is Mr. Coffee.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Set in the 1970’s single mom Ellison Russell heads to a haunted house to find her curfew missing daughter. She never expected to find a clown with a real knife, let alone have another clown die at her feet. We are quickly off on another adventure with Ellison and a dead body and her parents wringing their hands over how socially unacceptable that is.

I absolutely love Ellison and her love affair with her Mr. Coffee. I completely understand her need for caffeine to help her get through what is thrown at her each and every day and even more when there is a murder to solve.

I get the biggest kick out Ellison’s mom and this time even her dad trying to get a man in Ellison’s life to “manage” her. While she does have two men in her life, Hunter Tafft and Detective Anarchy Jones, both try not to push Ellison too far and not to ever bring up the subject of marriage. They are patient men which is just what she needs, but they still voice their opinions about her staying out of these investigations, she just chooses not to listen to those opinions.

When the author penned this mystery I don’t think she could have imagined the creepy clown phenomena and attack the country would be experiencing today and that while the set in the past the theme is very current. Then again I have always thought clowns were pretty creepy and adding them to a mystery or a haunted house makes perfect sense.

The author has given us a dynamic mystery heavily dosed with humor. The characters are very realistic, in fact, Ellison’s mother reminds me a bit of my own mother. No, we were not part of the country club set, but her views on marriage mirrors that of my mother very closely. Like Ellison, I learned to adapt and knew how to handle my mother. Some of these situations had me laughing out loud and churning up memories.

If you need a break from today’s reality escape to the past with this book. You will love all the references to the old television shows and a time before everyone had their noses buried in their cell phones. This book is fun, exciting and rapidly paced with a nice romantic triangle. Once you started reading it will be hard to put it down.

perfect 2016

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 More Praise for Send in the Clowns

I love Ellison and her life issues she is facing in this issue. She seems like someone who has been through quite a lot recently, but is strong and just keeps pushing her way through.
~A Date With A Book

Send in the Clowns is well written. The pace is perfect and the mystery is intriguing.
~MysteriesEtc

Stop, what you are doing and add this book to your TBR list right now! I just finished this lovely, fascinating and spectacular mystery!
~Bibliophile Reviews

This was a fun read, and Ellison’s romance and conversations with Mr. Coffee add to the humor…
~Christa Reads and Writes

Send in the Clowns by Julie Mulhern was such a great read that I had it completed in 24 hours.
~Marie McNary – Grace, Gratitude, Life

About The Author

Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders. She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean–and she’s got an active imagination. Truth is–she’s an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.

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October 26 – Bibliophile Reviews –  REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
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November 3 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
November 4 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW, EXCERPT
November 4 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW
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