Bloody Valentine By James Patterson Review!

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Bloody Valentine (2011) by James Patterson is a great short read.


It’s murder at Valentine’s. Jack Barnes is an affluent owner of a restaurant. When his chef Bruno Gambirrni and his wife Zee is murdered, Jack becomes a prime suspect for their murders. But is all as it seems?

The setting for this book is Jack’s block of flats. This makes for a very claustrophobic situation which always works well for a murder mystery. Agatha Christie was the queen of the claustrophobic setting in numerous novels such as Murder on the Orient Express and Murder on the Nile. Patterson proves he is the king of this murder mystery device here. There is a great array of characters with well-rounded backstories which add to the overall plot. Throughout the story we meet Michael and Ammi- Jack’s younger brother and his girlfriend who are artists and Leila- Jack’s older sister and Mamie- the youngest family member who has Down Syndrome. Leila is Mamie’s carer. We meet Bruno Gambirrni who is the Senior Chef at Jack’s restaurant and Bruno’s Sous Chef and boyfriend Adrian Wills as well meeting the night porter Damien Clark and Ted Levett.


The book is a Galaxy Quick read coming in at just over 120 pages so the action occurs at a very fast pace and you find yourself turning the pages very quickly. I actually sat down to read a few chapters and ended up finishing the book in one night. Full of intensity and interest, everything is very well-described and plotted excellently.


A very strong read.


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The Girl on the Train By Paula Hawkins Review!

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The Girl on the Train (2015) by Paula Hawkins is a splendidly intriguing mystery.

The novel follows three women Rachel, Anna and Megan and is told from each of their points of view. Rachel is watching a couple on her train journey each day called Megan and Scott but she is imagining their lives totally different from how their actual life is. They live near her ex Tom and his new love Anna and their little daughter Evie so Rachel has a reminder each day that she lost Tom to Anna as well. But then Megan goes missing and is feared dead and Rachel has witnessed from the train her kissing another man that isn’t Scott prior to her disappearance.

This is wonderfully psychological and mysterious. When you start reading the pages seem to fly by. I loved this book and my Mum did too. The two of us found it hard to put down. There is so many layers to this book and the different perspectives help to confuse the reader over and over about what happened to Megan. The writing in this is stunning and descriptive. Another aspect of this book which is interesting besides the mystery is the way many of the characters look at each other’s lives and completely get the wrong end of the stick about how happy or unhappy each other is in their life or the motives behind another character’s actions. Rachel especially is interesting in this aspect. She is very unhappy in her own life about not being able to give birth to a child and her break-up with Tom and how much her prospects in so many areas of her life look bleak to her and through that unhappiness she manages to convince herself that Megan and Scott (or Jess and Jason as she calls them in the fantasy dream-like life she has created for them) are so gloriously happy. In a way it feels like through them she is creating an image of the life she wishes she had with Tom.


It is a book that you find hard to put down so it’s not surprising that it was the fastest-selling adult hardcover novel in book history in 2015 or that it spent over four months on the New York Times Bestseller List after its release. This book has mystery, human emotions and the mundane of life covered perfectly and the whole idea that life is what you make of it. It also speaks about some very important issues like alcohol dependency, domestic abuse and drug dependency very authentically and with wonderful sensitivity. The ending is also rather surprising which is always good for a mystery.


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The Runaway Jury By John Grisham Review!

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The Runaway Jury (1996) by John Grisham is a great mystery with many intriguing layers to both the plot and the various characters involved. It was Grisham’s seventh novel.


The story follows the jury in a trail Wood v. Pynex about whether to hold tobacco companies accountable for the illness and death caused to people who use their products. Set in Biloxi, Mississippi the trail is a massive trail which draws much media attention and corruption is abounding both inside the jury and outside to influence the vital verdict. Money is a huge factor for the tobacco companies and Rankin Fitch is tasked with swaying the jury in the tobacco companies’ favour by any means. But he has two opponents ready and willing to take him on: juror Nicholas Easter, real name Jeff Kerr, and a secret woman who is his girlfriend and partner in business Marlee, real name Gabrielle Brant. Wendall Rohr has filed a suit on behalf of Celeste Wood who lost her husband to lung cancer against tobacco company Pynex. For the defense is Durwood Cable.


There is a great variety of characters in this story that all add to the plot in their own ways alongside the main characters. All the jurors have their own backstories which ensure their paths in the trail and we really get to know their manners. They are a great mixture and are very true to life including those who follow and those who don’t. A very compellingly told story that deals with many important issues like the power of the addiction cigarettes has and the lack of ethics in the tobacco industry, discrimination and the past coming back to haunt. This book shows many sides of life from compassion to ruthlessness. There actually isn’t too many characters in this book who aren’t deeply flawed in some way or other so that adds to the drama. You never know what is going to happen next.


A fantastic read.


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The Stranger By Harlan Coben Review!

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The Stranger (2015) by Harlan Coben is an engrossing read that holds your attention throughout.


The book’s protagonist is Adam Price. He is married to Corinne and together they have two sons. But then the stranger arrives and informs him that his wife lied about being pregnant a few years back. When he brings it up with Corinne, she goes missing and much of the book centres on his search to find her. As he searches, more and more layers begin to unfold. The background for the family is very well-written and really makes you as a reader root for them. A very suspenseful read with many twists and turns in pure Coben style and as always with Coben, the ending is not obvious.


The concept/plot of this book is incredibly intriguing. A stranger comes along revealing secrets that he has figured out through the internet. When people thought their secrets were safe through the net, they really weren’t. There is a great commentary on how our lives are never really anonymous even when we might think they are. So there was a great plot Coben thought out with many intriguing avenues the story might go down. This book covers a few different stories but each are connected to this mysterious stranger who pops up out of nowhere as the bearer of bad news.


Much of the plot asks the question of whether honesty is always the best policy. And whether it is anyone’s right to reveal the secrets of others. The story also deals with the consequences of secrets being opened up and the heartbreak they can cause to people. How maybe there is a good reason why some secrets should probably remain hidden. What Coben does with this starting point is brilliant as the story progresses. He shows how the opening up of the can of worms can often lead to further secrets from those with much to protect or spurred on by greed.


A really good book with much mystery and the mundane of life mixed together in a wonderful crime cocktail.


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The Rescuer By Eric Huffbind Review!

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The Rescuer (2017) by Eric Huffbind is a wonderfully romantic and very beautiful novel.


The novel, which is the debut novel by the author, follows the story of Christopter Parker and Jason Calhoun. Christopher books into Watermeadow Rehabilitation Center and at this time he is at his lowest ebb trying to recreate a future for himself after getting hooked on alcohol in a midst of figures in his life letting him down and depression setting in in his life. There he meets Jason who is his social worker and feelings begin to simmer beneath the surface while they both maintain the professional agreement between them both.


In a way they become each other’s rescuer throughout the book. Although Jason is Christopher’s official rescuer from his depths of his despair and he expresses how he has often being attracted to the role of rescuer, it seems to me as a reader that they rescued each other from loneliness and a lack of trust in men and finding their perfect prince. Oh, it’s so gorgeously romantic!


This book touches on so many important issues. Depression is so close to my heart as people I have loved dearly have been affected by it and I commend the author for tackling this issue in such an authentic and compassionate way. Although I have never experienced depression from a first person perspective, I felt Christopher’s story and how he felt resembled very closely the feelings of pain and hopelessness that people who experience depression feel. The writer didn’t go for either the ‘Christopher can handle this completely’ or the ‘Christopher couldn’t handle it at all’ approach and somewhere in that gray place from my outside place is the truth of someone suffering from depression. He could get through but he needed Jason to not judge and to believe in him and his progress. Another very important topic dealt with in this book is the area of people selling themselves and their bodies to get on and make their lives better. There is often so much judgement in this aspect. Look being straight with you all, I don’t agree with it. Maybe I’m a bit old school that way. But judging a person for selling their body and saying I wouldn’t do it is two different things. I do understand that we are all different and we respond to situations where someone else is in power in very different ways. Christopher sold his body in this book to Sam Barron who is quite a nasty piece of work. Possibly by the end, he has a heart but I don’t want to give too much away. But in the early stages he did use his power and it contributes, among other things, to the situation Christopher finds himself in when he arrives at Watermeadow. I found myself as a reader quite protective of Christopher. I know that countless people have found themselves in situations where they feel their bodies are the only currency to offer even though they have so much more to offer the world. And yes, it warmed my heart greatly that Jason could see he had so many qualities to offer and encouraged him to do that. Just as a last word on that topic, I think it is someone’s free will to sell their body if they want to. It’s their body to do what they wish with. And it’s also their free will to not like doing so and feel guilt about doing so which I equally respect. The part which affected me, in a thought-provoking way, was the way the power games were at play. The fact that Christopher felt pressurised into this by so many aspects of his life and especially by Sam. How many people, especially younger people, feel this in so many different situations?


Without giving too much away this book also deals with suicide. There is a situation in Christopher’s past which brings this topic up. Obviously it’s a topic which many people face and is often, like the situation in the book shows, brought on by the perception other  people have and pure fear one has about what people will think and what will happen from there. If you are out there and you read this, no matter what, you are valued and please, please keep strong.


The book also deals with prejudice and highlights many of the issues faced in and out of work people face for being a sexuality other than straight. Being pansexual, I could totally understand the strain put on people who don’t conform to the straight narrative. One thing that is highlighted is that assumptive nature of assuming someone is straight before you know. I think the author highlighted very well the heteronormativity and heterosexism at play in our society. Susan, while sweet in many aspects, I didn’t like because she seemed happy enough to display this kind of prejudice and felt nothing about it. Mr. Branson did display it but he apologised. Christopher was recovering from his own self-confidence issues so I think the scene where he admits to Mr. Branson that he has a boyfriend is written very realistically. He hasn’t quite got to the stage where he can accept the man is apologising for reacting in a prejudiced asshole way. We all have things we aren’t proud of and I hoped Christopher would let the man ease his mind of his guilt about his cruelness. My hope for Christopher is that further along his journey he could say ‘That’s cool. Thanks for your apology. Much appreciated.’ instead of pampering and saying it was understandable. But I understood he wasn’t quite there yet and he was still thinking of straight as superior. As him an and Jason are around my age I just can’t see him responding the way he did without feeling like that. Can happen as we’re all different but it’s rare. And if someone usually does, they don’t usually in our generation believe what they are saying. But he seemed to so I think it was because he still had a few issues he had to resolve. And I was like babe, be yourself. Don’t be scared to be honest. Go further on your journey. You have come so far.


Now, this book hits on so many important things but it also has so much romance, so much backstory for the main characters, so many fun. I loved George. I could relate a lot to Nurse Judy and in parts to both the main characters. I found myself very much rooting for Christopher and Jason which is always a great sign for a romance. They seemed so well suited and what each other needed. I loved that Jason wasn’t this totally together social worker and that he had his own issues in his life. I lost my father at 18 and Jason lost his father at 17 in the story. My Dad died of heart trouble so the circumstances are tremendously different but what I could relate to was the feeling of losing your Dad so young and the effect it has on your life and when I read it, I will say it made me almost quite emotional. Not too often do you read in fiction about someone losing their Dad around that age. It’s often as a child or older than your teens and I give kudos to the author for addressing the feelings of losing your Dad at a point in your life when you are transferring from teen years to adulthood. I give kudos also for not making Jason into a caricature that he is perfect with no hurt in his life as social worker or not, we all do.


I think this is a stunning book with so much heart. The two main characters drive on a gorgeous story of love and the fight to be with the person you love. The writer is extremely talented. There is a bit of everything in this book. And a message that love is the most important thing in the world. I loved it. A must read.


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Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie By Tyler Collins Blog Tour Organised By Jina Bazzar!

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I am so happy to be taking part in the blog tour for a new and very exciting book Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie by a very talented author Tyler Collins. This blog tour was wonderfully put together by Jina Bazzar who made sure everything was on track and none of the blog tour articles you see on this site or all the other participating sites could have happened without her hard work. Make sure if you get time to check out all the wonderful posts for the blog tour. Links to participating blogs can be found on the above schedule list. 🙂


So without further ado, I present to you all Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie by Tyler Collins …


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Book blurb:


The aspiring detectives of the Triple Threat Investigation Agency take on their first official paying assignment: discover the secret of an elderly millionaire’s young wife.


It seems straightforward enough—until the wife is found dead in the sapphire Hawaiian oceanside.  As Jill (JJ), Rey and Linda strive to uncover the killer amid a cast of curious, unconventional characters, they stumble across several secrets and fall over a few bodies.


Piecing together the puzzle detours the trio—to the domains of drug pushers, informants, and gangs.  Serious game players, they play for keeps.  Does the trio possess enough shrewdness and savvy to beat the odds and win the game?


Interview With The Author


What is your earliest writing memory?


As an only child, my powers of invention served to entertain a lot, be it through drawing or painting or writing.  An avid Nancy Drew reader, imagination prompted me – probably around the age of eight or nine – to pen a few short mysteries.


What was the inspiration for Can You Hula like Hilo Hattie?


My love of Hawaii and the dream is to one day live there.  In the meanwhile, I thought I’d reside there vicariously through the trio from the Triple Threat Investigation Agency.  Hilo Hattie’s is a popular tourist shopping venue . . . but Hilo Hattie was also a real person.  A Native Hawaiian, she was a talented singer, hula dancer, actress, and comedian.  It felt right to incorporate an icon into the title.


Is there any fellow mystery writers who influence your work or who you like to read in your spare time?


With a full-time job and Mom-care, it’s tough to find time to do a lot of reading (something I’ve always very much enjoyed).  I’m a fan of Kellerman and Evanovich—the former for the gritty realism and the latter for the hysterical buffoonery—and try to read them as time allows.  Feeling nostalgic, I recently bought some classic Nancy Drew books and enjoy a chapter or two a day.


This particular book is from the Triple Threat Mystery series. In what way, without giving too much away, can readers expect to see a progression from book to book in the lives of the characters and their crime solving skills?


A great question.  JJ, Rey and Linda will hone P.I. skills with each case solved.  Because they’ll slowly but surely build a solid reputation, they’ll expand the agency to one or two other islands.  The trio will have off-again on-again partners.  One will marry.  One will suffer a loss.  And another will face a difficult, faith-challenging ordeal.


Do you have a favourite character from the series?


There are two.  I love Rey.  She’s melodramatic and impetuous . . . a real diva.  Though headstrong and self-centered, she has a good, kind heart (which she’d prefer no one notice, much less acknowledge).  I love Cash, too.  I suppose he’s the male version of Rey.  Overconfident and arrogant, and often annoying, he’s the proverbial “bad boy” that many of us are drawn to.


Do you have any advice for how readers should go about reading the series? Is each book a standalone or better read in the order they were published?


The Connecticut Corpse Caper, the first, was to be a standalone, but the gals decided to take their amateur [inadvertently acquired] sleuthing skills and go professional.  While it lays the foundation for the stories that follow, there is enough history in each book re previous cases/events that someone wouldn’t necessarily have to read them in sequence.


Do you have any favourite lines from book 2?


Yes.  When JJ impulsively throws a Taser and catches Cash in the head.  It’s one of my favorites.


She supported his head and got him to drink a third of the glass. “Do you deal locally or on the Mainland, as well? Do you hobnob with guys who have the status of the once-super-rich-and-successful ‘Freeway’ Rick Ross and Amado ‘Lord of the Skies’ Fuentes?”

He eyed her as if she were as demented as Norman Bates’ mother.

“Oh, sorry. You probably don’t want to share your criminal life with us. That’s okay.” Linda smiled and he closed his eyes in a give-me-strength cast. “Let’s get you upright.” She assisted him into a more vertical position.

He noticed her dressing. “Did she bean you, too?”


Did you experience any writer’s block in writing the book or any of the three books?

Writer’s block not so much.  I do, however, have severely stressful times and those serve to “block” my writing.


Has your family and friends read the series? What did they think of it? 


The only family I have is my elderly mother, and she’s never read it.  While I will share my writing with my blogging and writing communities, I won’t talk about my writing with those who I work with or are close to me (call it a quirk).


What can we expect next from your writing career?


I’m working on the fifth in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series (“HA-HA-HA-HA”) and am tossing around an idea for a weekly installment book to place on Wattpad.  Given time constraints, I can’t do half as much as I’d love to, so for now, I’m taking each day as it comes.  I’d like to polish my blog and offer more than two weekly posts.  Editing and proofing are services I’d like to provide at some time, as well.


Where can readers find out more about your work? 


Please feel free to visit my WordPress blog A Writer’s Grab-Bag at  Readers can also check out Odd Woman Out on Wattpad (a weekly-installment fiction book that’s almost completed).  There’s Smashwords and a Facebook page dedicated to the Triple Threat Investigation Agency (which has daily posts about the gals’ adventures).


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Carmie was the main focus of the mission, so I dug around and discovered her name at birth had been Carpella.  She’d been born in Tenafly New Jersey to Joseph Leone Carpella, the owner of a popular local pizza shop on Washington Street, and Lina Spera, a former aesthetician.  Gino, Carmie’s fraternal twin brother, was currently a prominent businessman in New York.  At a young age, he’d recognized there was money to be made in food that drew townspeople for blocks.  A well-conceived business plan, leg power, and lots of charm resulted in his papa’s delicious pizzas becoming available beyond a twenty-block radius.  In record time, Papa Jo Leone’s product moved beyond the borders of the borough, across the state, and then the nation.

At twenty-five Gino made his first million.  Papa and Mama Carpella remained in Tenafly, but instead of living over the pizza parlor, resided in a lovely six-bedroom house with enough garden space to grow fifty bushels of Roma tomatoes.

While sister was slim, brother was heavy, not from fat, but muscle.  In an interview with Fortune Magazine, Gino had talked about an obsession with staying fit (evidently, it ran in the twins’ veins), but his went beyond the physical.  In addition to daily one-hour workouts at 5:00 a.m., he hit the books frequently to engage the gray matter.  He’d even made it an objective to take two university courses every year.

As I drove to Kalihi, I considered all the information gleaned so far.  It was edifying, but pretty rudimentary.  Would it prove worthwhile and time efficient to dig deeper?  We had to prove Carmie was having an affair at the very least, but discovering she was into something illicit or that she had something to hold over her husband would be best.  Did the past matter?  Probably not, other than maybe demonstrating she’d been a flirt or skank.  That would go to character and integrity and all that.  But if she’d been a flirt or skank, wouldn’t William have discovered that?  Surely he’d have learned all he could about Carmelita Sangita Carpella before he’d married her.

And why marry someone of such a common background?  Was it true love?  Or a need to prove virility and/or have a trophywife?  William’s first wife, Lucy, had been born to an aristocratic English family.  Fox hunts, high teas and Harrods had been part of the Howell’s routine—until she’d passed at the age of thirty, after five years of marriage.  A misadventure with a bunch of boisterous beagles during a fox hunt in Kent had cut her privileged life very short.  Like Carmie, she was slim and approximately 5’4” tall, blonde and blue-eyed.  Her nose, set between two incredibly high cheekbones, was quite pronounced.  Some might have called it Patrician if they’d been feeling kind, while others who were more candid might have called it for what it was: a Gonzo (as in Muppet) proboscis.  Snout, uh, nose aside, Lucy’s face held a noble and haughty air.

William remained single for four years and then met Lowella, the daughter of a Greek olive tycoon.  A whirlwind romance ensued.  They were married not quite eight months when daughter Sophia Bella was born.  Lowella passed after five years of marriage when a tractor-trailer totaled her and a Jaguar in oatmeal-thick fog along California’s SR 1.  Poor William.  He wasn’t particularly lucky in the sustainable marriage-love department.

I pulled into the Kalihi district and found a small parking lot in a tiny strip mall.  Before stepping from the car, I peered into the rearview mirror.  The peacock-blue cotton sun hat looked okay, but dark circles under the eyes didn’t.  I should have slapped on make-up, or at the very least concealer and lipstick, but really, why should I care that I looked tired and edgy?  The folks I’d be asking about Xavier wouldn’t.

I eyed a long, white clinic across the road.  Two young people, one scarecrow skinny and one sea-lion blubbery, shuffled from the entrance, whispered excitedly and anxiously shambled onward.  It was as good a place to start as any.  Maybe Xavier had dropped in.

My career as P.I. had officially begun.  Hopefully, in the process, I wouldn’t blow it—or get “blown”, as into bitty pieces.  What did I know about druggies and dealers other than what I’d heard at the stations I’d worked at or viewed on the idiot box, as Great-Uncle Warren called television?  My father’s uncle was the only relative I had ever known on that side of the family.  I’d never even met my dad.  When I’d been a baby, he’d taken a fatal roll down Mount Kilimanjaro during a botanical exploration (so the story went).

These folks had been babies once, too.  Innocent, trusting infants with lives to live and dreams to make happen.  . . . Or destroy.  Sometimes we made wrong choices; sometimes others made them for us.  And sometimes life simply wasn’t fair.



A Second Interview with author Tyler Collins:



Q1. What drew you to cozy mysteries?

I’ve been reading them for many years but I grew up on Nancy Drew mysteries (which I’ve recently started reading again). Cozies have always been appealing because of quaint locations and settings, intriguing characters with often fun careers (cooks, bakers, archeologists), and non-graphic murder scenes.  While I also enjoy “hard-boiled” mysteries, there’s something to be said for stories that truly allow you to escape everyday life/news.


Q2. Do you write in any other genres?

I dabble with women’s fiction—a chapter from Odd Woman Out can be found weekly on Wattpad. It’s nearing completion, though, and I’m thinking the next “installment” book might be short stories about lessons learned.


Q3. What does the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series entail?

The Triple Threat Investigation Agency series is about three (still somewhat novice) private eyes living on Oahu. JJ, her cousin Rey, and Rey’s BFF Linda become embroiled in challenging if not crazy cases but, ultimately, they always catch their culprit without too many


Q4. Do you have a favorite character? If so, who and why?

I’m very fond of melodramatic, part-time actress Reynalda Fonne-Werde. Rey is feisty and lippy, and believes anything is doable.  She’ll confront a villain with teeth and claws bared, and has no qualms about doing a little B&E if it will net answers.  Despite an army-tank approach and in-your-face attitude, she has a big heart.


Q5. Is there a specific inspiration for your series?

Nancy Drew, as mentioned. I read (devoured) her mysteries in my youth and wanted to be  I now have that opportunity—by writing the TTIA series and following the antics, er, pursuits of my three aspiring sleuths.


Q6. What made you decide to e-publish your work?

I’ve always wanted to be a published writer. Publishing the traditional way—or finding an agent—is very difficult, so I opted for e-publishing.  No regrets.  I’ve met an amazing group of like-minded writers/bloggers in my e-publishing travels.


Q7. If you could have a dinner party and invite three authors, living or dead, in any genre, who would you invite?

My favorite authors would be invited: Ray Bradbury, Ayn Rand, Shakespeare!

Q8. Is there anything of note you’re currently reading?

With a full-time job, taking care of Mom, and trying to maintain a blog (never mind writing books), it’s extremely difficult to pick up a book.  But I have managed to buy a few of the original Nancy Drew mysteries I used to read (was feeling nostalgic) and manage to read a chapter every day or so.


Q9. What about personal interests?

Writing, blogging, writing, blogging. <LOL>  I also have a fascination for / love of Hawaii, am interested in spirituality, and am trying to develop as a [better] individual.


Q10. If you weren’t a writer/ blogger, what would you be?

At this stage of my life, I can’t imagine doing anything else. If I were a few years younger, however, I believe I’d like to have done food styling or catering, or something in the culinary world.  It’s another creative realm; instead of words, you use food.


Q11. Do you have plans for future books either in your current series or might you start a new series?

I’ve just started working on “HA-HA-HA-HA”, the fifth in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series. There are plans for a sixth.  I’m quite fond of the Triple Threat trio, so I’m/we’re not ready to move on yet . . . but I’m tempted to write one of the books with Rey as the narrator.


Q12. What’s your favorite thing about being an author?

It’s fun (and challenging) making characters and situations come alive. I love being with the characters as they learn and grow; in essence, they influence how I learn and grow.


Q13. Do you have a set writing routine?
I write as often as a full-time job and Mom-care allow.  A dream come true would be to write and blog for several hours a day.  It’s all good, though; things still get done (it just takes a wee bit longer).

Q14. How do you pick the names and settings? 
A name will pop into my head courtesy of a television program, a newspaper or magazine article, or even a product.  If I have to “think” of a name, nothing comes to mind; if I do something trifling, like dishes or dusting, an array of them pop into my head.  As for settings, the Triple Threat Investigation Agency e-books (Caper aside) take place in Hawaii.  I know Oahu well enough that neighborhoods and venues are easy to select and describe.


Q15. What do you like about your main characters? 
The three gals from the Triple Threat Private Investigation Agency—JJ, Rey, and Linda—bicker and banter.  They can be funny and quirky, and bitchy, and are [wonderfully] far from perfect.


Q16. How did publishing your first e-book change your process of writing?

It didn’t really change my process, but it did offer me enough confidence to continue. Seeing an actual cover—a product—provided self-assurance.  But after the second and third e-books were published, I realized I had to get out there and start marketing and promoting myself.  That in itself, however, is a full-time job.  So I’m not even close to where I want to be re my blog and e-books, but everything in its own sweet time.  J


Q17. What’s your favorite novel and/or character of all time?
I still love To Kill a Mockingbird and Something Wicked This Way Comes.  They’re books I read in school, fell in love with, and pick up again every few years.  The characters and settings seemed so real back then, vibrant and tangible, as they still do today.  When you can create such realism, you know you’re a stellar writer.


Q18. How social-media savvy are you?
<ROTFL>  Oh, that was a real question?  . . . OMG.  There’s so much to learn and constantly stay on top of.  Given time constraints and comfort levels, I stick with Facebook and Twitter.  While I signed up for Instagram, I truly haven’t a clue as to what to do with it (I’m not a picture-taker, at least not right now, but photography is something I’d like to eventually pursue).

Q19. Are there any common traps for budding writers? 
Trying to be “perfect” the first time out.  Not doing due diligence when seeking services such as formatting or cover design, editing or promotion, or marketing.  Not doing any form of self-promotion or marketing.  Not using social media to its/your full advantage.   . . . Do as I say, not as I do.   <LOL>
Q20. Any advice for aspiring writers? 
Believe in yourself.  Always strive to better yourself and your product.  If you’re serious about becoming a published writer, be it traditional or e-book, learn all that you can about the various components involved.  Completing a book/e-book for publication is merely the first step.


Q21. The mystery genre, regardless of type, is your favorite.  What about music?
These days I’m into K-pop . . . totally.


Q22. What’s your favorite food?
Cheese.  Fromage.  Käse.  Queso. Formaggio.  Ser.  치즈.


Q23. What’s one thing you never leave the house without?
My glasses.  (Seeing the world as a blur has merit on occasion, but not being able to read is no fun.)

Q24. You live in Canada currently, but have been known to say (declare, promise, affirm) that one day you’ll reside in Hawaii.  Is this still true?

The first time I set foot on Hawaiian soil, I knew I had to live there.  Yes, there’s that teeny-weeny [annoying] issue about Canadians not being able to live there permanently without a green card, but I’m maintaining faith/hope.

Q25. Name one thing you’re good at and one thing you’re bad at.
The good: scheduling and coordinating (I’m great at organizing, if I do say so myself though, sometimes, I spend way too much time at it).

The bad: scheduling and coordinating (I’m great at organizing, if I do say so myself though, sometimes, I spend too way much time at it.)

Q26. What do you like to do when you have free time?

Free time?  What’s that?  <LOL>

Q27. What’s your pet peeve? 
Bad customer service / rude people / me-me-me folks.  (The three fall into the same bucket.)

Q28. If you could be anything you wanted to be, what would that be?
One thing I’ve always desired: a great voice.  While I love writing, it would be awesome to sing/perform (without sounding like I’m choking on a handful of jellybeans).

Q29. What projects are you currently working on? 
The fifth in the Triple Threat Private Investigation Agency series, titled “HA-HA-HA-HA”.  I’m finishing Odd Woman Out, which can be found in weekly installments on Wattpad.



About the author:


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Tyler Colins is a fiction writer and blogger, and a sometimes editor and proofreader (books, manuals, and film/television scripts).  She’s also been known to create business plans, synopses and outlines, and film promotion documents.


Fact-checking and researching, organizing and coordinating are both skills and joys (she likes playing detective and developing structure).


Her fiction audience: lovers of female-sleuth mysteries.  Her genres of preference: mysteries (needless to say), women’s fiction, informative and “affirmative” non-fiction.


She aims to provide readers with smiles and chuckles like the ever-talented Janet Evanovich and missed Lawrence Sanders, the “coziness” of Jessica Fletcher, and a few diversions and distractions as only long-time pros Jonathan Kellerman and Kathy Reichs can craft.


Book Trivia:


1- Hula is, according to Google: noun

a dance performed by Hawaiian women, characterized by six basic steps, undulating hips, and gestures symbolizing or imitating natural phenomena or historical or mythological subjects

2- Hilo Hattie, according to Wikipedia was: “Hilo Hattie (born Clarissa Haili, October 28, 1901 – December 12, 1979) was a Hawaiian singer, hula dancer, actress and comedian of Native Hawaiian ancestry.”


3- Sam, a homeless fellow in Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie?, was inspired by one of several the author met during her trip to Hawaii.

4- Xavier, the teenager with drug issues, was also inspired by that first trip.  Anti-drug posters at that time were quite graphic, if not horrific, and certainly thought-provoking.

5- The author set Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie in Hawaii because it’s a place she’s always wanted to live in; and because – in real life – the requirements to open a pi agency in Hawaii is less strict there than in the states.


Good luck with Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie Tyler. Hope it sells many deserved copies! 🙂

The previous blog tour post was on The BookWorm Drinketh blog by Nicole Campbell and the next post in the blog tour will be tomorrow and can be found on Plot Monster by MD Walker. Be sure to check them out when you get the chance. 🙂


Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries #1) By James J. Cudney Review!

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Academic Curveball (Released October 15th, 2018) is the first book in author James J. Cudney’s Braxton Campus Mysteries series and the third book I have read by the writer following on from his amazing novels Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure.


This book is told from the POV of the protagonist Kellan Ayrwick who is 32 and a single father. He returns home to Pennsylvania following his father’s retirement and finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery (Like you do! J) when he finds not one but two murder victims. What really drives this book along so well is Kellan as a character and telling the novel from his POV gives readers a chance to really get to know him and root for him. Alongside Kellan, I really quite liked his grandmother and their interactions together were great to read. In the book his father’s donations to the athletics program in the college is under fire as a blogger is reporting that these dealings are somewhat biased and shady. This, alongside his father’s weird behavior, causes Kellan to wonder if he indeed has anything to do with the murders. Add into this his entire family has connections that could cast suspicions and you’ve got a hot bed of wondering and guessing about each of them and their possible involvement in murder.


This book is filled with intrigue, witty dialogue and an array of characters that are easy to like while others are easy to not like which adds quite a lot of depth and reality to the plot. There was plenty of red herrings to throw readers off the scent and I didn’t see the outcome of who the killer/s was which is obviously one of the key elements of a mystery book. Very solid writing which sweeps readers as much into Kellan’s life as the mystery plot.


All I can say is roll on book 2!


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