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Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction

bannerToday, with pure delight, I welcome author Amy Metz to my website. Amy and I connected in January when she hosted me on her website to promote my first mystery. Today, she shares the fourth book in her cozy mystery series, Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction. Welcome, Amy!Amy Metz

Why do you write cozy mysteries?
I love mysteries, but I don’t like gory, scary ones. I also love to laugh, so humor is important in my books. Cozy mysteries don’t have sex, violence, or bad language, but that doesn’t have to mean boring. I write cozy mysteries because that’s my style. I didn’t realize I’d written one until I sent my first book to a publisher who told me it was a cozy mystery.

Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
Caledonia goes through a divorce in Rogues & Rascals — something I recently went through. My ex-husband’s attorney inspired a lot of this book. Some people may think the attorney in the book is a caricature. Sadly, she is not.

Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
I write what my characters tell me to write. I don’t really have a specific reader in mind. I just want to tell a fun story with a little mystery and intrigue.

Please describe your writing routine.
I don’t have one. I write when my characters are speaking to me. When they’re not, I edit, rewrite, or work on marketing the series. It’s not a very disciplined approach, but it’s the one that works for me.

What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Get beta readers — preferably not family members — and listen to their feedback. Find readers who will be brutally honest like reviewers will be after the book is published. Writers become too close to their work and can’t be objective about it. Beta readers can help you work out the kinks and make your book better.

More about Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction:
Like any good Southern belle, Caledonia Culpepper was raised by her mama to be gracious, charming, witty, and above all, a devoted mother and loving wife, so she’s baffled when her marriage falls apart.
Wynona Baxter is a master of disguise but is often a ditzy airhead. A hit woman wannabe, when she’s hired for her first job in Goose Pimple Junction and things don’t go as planned, she’s forced to resort to Plan B. She’ll also need Plan C and D.
Crooked lawyers, restless husbands, a teenaged hoodlum – it seems there are rogues and rascals everywhere you look in Goose Pimple Junction.
When Caledonia and Wynona’s paths cross, they prove there isn’t a rogue or a rascal who can keep a good woman down. Mama always said there would be days like this…

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How to connect with Amy:
Website: authoramymetz.com
Email address: authoramymetz@yahoo.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorAmyMetz
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authoramymetz
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AmyMetz

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With A Vengeance

bannerToday, I welcome Annette Dashofy to share her latest release, With A Vengeance. Welcome, Annette.Author profile

Why do you write cozy mysteries?
I’ve always loved reading mysteries and solving the puzzles. I didn’t set out to write cozies, and mine are actually considered gritty cozies, or as Hank Phillippi Ryan dubbed them, Not Quite Cozy. There’s quite a bit of humor in them, which I think sways them back under the cozy umbrella.

Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
With A Vengeance is the fourth book in the series and deals with someone opening fire on first responders as they arrive at emergency calls. The inspiration came from a news article that I vaguely remember reading, although I can’t recall the details. But that’s fine since I made up my own! Having been an EMT and having walked sometimes blindly into situations to rescue people, the thought of someone shooting at me in those circumstances was terrifying.

Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
I’ve tried to picture my “ideal reader” and can’t quite do it. I write the kind of stories I like to read. I’ve come to realize I have a great many readers who are school teachers, so if there’s a group I keep in mind as I write, it would be them. I guess in a way I’m still penning essays for my high school English class!

Please describe your writing routine.
As a rule, I get up early (5AM), get my husband off to work, grab some coffee and some breakfast—I check emails and Facebook while I’m eating—and then sit down to write around 7. I work until 9 or 9:30. The rest of my day varies quite a bit. But those morning hours of writing stay pretty consistent.

What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
I get asked this a lot. My advice is to join a good writing group (I belong to Pennwriters and Sisters in Crime among others, and would never have gotten published without them), learn your craft, write and rewrite until you have the best story you possibly can, and never, ever give up.

More about With A Vengeance:
Paramedic Zoe Chambers and the rest of rural Monongahela County’s EMS and fire personnel are used to wading into the middle of trouble to rescue the sick and the injured.
cover artBut when someone with an ax to grind seeks retribution by staging accident scenes and gunning down the first responders, Zoe finds herself forced to not only treat her own brethren of the front lines, but also, in her role as deputy coroner, seek out whoever is killing her friends.
At the same time, Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams races to track down a gun, a mysterious all-terrain vehicle, and the sniper before Zoe goes back on duty, placing herself — and Pete — firmly in the gunman’s crosshairs.

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How to connect with Annette:
Website: http://www.annettedashofy.com
Email: annette@annettedashofy.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annette.dashofy/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Annette_Dashofy

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