Susan Holmes

Susan Holmes at Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs 4-4-14 Susan Holmes

What is your latest release and what genre is it? Deadly Ties (A Waterside Kennels Mystery) Genre: mystery/suspense

Quick description: A cozy mystery with an edge, Deadly Ties is a tale of family, friendship, and betrayal in a mountain community where ties run deep and grudges can linger for a lifetime.

Come to a place haunted by legends … where the search for treasure just might lead to murder.

Come to the hills of the Ozarks and meet Maggie Porter and her dogs—a champion Labrador Retriever, an aging Cocker Spaniel, and a Beagle retired from federal service. Maggie’s returned home to reopen the family dog kennel business, where she’s plagued by problems from the start. Serious trouble arises when a gossip-loving employee turns up dead holding an heirloom locket belonging to Maggie’s mother.

When Maggie starts asking questions she finds herself the target of anonymous threats and mysterious break-ins. When a security crisis puts everything she loves at risk, she realizes somebody doesn’t want Waterside Kennels back in business.

As the region sizzles in record heat and drought, a “Treasures of the Ozarks” advertising campaign disrupts her quest for answers even as it breathes new life into old tales and brings out tourists and treasure hunters alike. With her loyal dogs at her side, Maggie must dig for the truth. Along the way she learns everyone has something to hide.

And some secrets are worth killing for.


Brief biography:
Susan Holmes fell under the spell of books during her first visit to the public library, and she’s been enthralled ever since. By the fifth grade she’d progressed to reading Shakespeare, an experience that came in handy when stationed in England early in her military career. Years of writing military publications proved great training when she moved into academic publishing and then fiction. Today, she lives in northwest Arkansas where she works as a writer, editor, and college professor. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Dog Writers Association of America.

Her third book, Deadly Ties, is the first in the Waterside Kennels mystery series. Ozark folklore and traditions are recurring themes in the series, which is set against the backdrop of the Eureka Springs area. In pursuit of authentic material, she joined Search and Rescue exercises, ventured deep into caves, and followed the trail of Ozark legends. She works closely with dog trainers, kennel owners, and veterinarians to create an environment that dog lovers are sure to recognize and appreciate.

Links to buy Susan’s book:
Amazon US – eBook, paperback, audio (currently featured in the Kindle Unlimited program)
Amazon UK – eBook, paperback, audio
Amazon CA – eBook, paperback
Audio edition on Audible/Amazon

Susan’s promo links:
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Amazon Author Page
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What are you working on now?
Here’s a peek at book #2 in the series, which picks up shortly after Deadly Ties ends: After the trouble she had over the summer, all Maggie wants is a quiet life. Alas, that’s not to be. First, an abrasive community member launches a campaign to enact a “dangerous dog” ordinance which could force Maggie out of business—or into jail. When he’s found dead near the kennel, some have their own reasons for wanting to pin the murder on Maggie herself. Under a cloud of suspicion and with her home and business at risk, she sets out to clear her name and finds herself caught in a murderous land feud that could tear the mountain community apart.

Susan’s reading recommendation:
Anything by Alyssa Maxwell, Ritter Ames, Marja McGraw, or Deborah Garner—enjoyable cozy mystery writers!

Francis Ray

Francis_RayFrancis Ray

What is your latest release and what genre is it? After the Dawn – A Family Affair/Hidden Legacy Novel, Book 3, Literary Fiction.

Quick description: Samantha Collins is stunned when her grandfather turns Collins Industry over to her, causing more than a bit of ill will among the other family members, especially her uncle, Evan. But nothing stuns her more than when she finds out that he has asked Dillon Montgomery to help her run the company. Her grandfather had fired Dillon and ordered him off the company property years ago.

Twelve years ago Samantha made her feelings known to Dillon and the whole thing ended in disaster and they haven’t spoken since. Working together now, even all these years later, is sure to be a disaster. Still, she needs his help if she is going to keep Collins Industry afloat. But will the prodigal son return to the empire – and the woman – who desperately need him? Will he be able to admit how much he desperately needs them?


Brief biography:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Francis Ray, was a native Texan and lived in Dallas. Incognito, her sixth title, was the first made-for-TV movie for BET. Her literary fiction series – Taggart and Falcon, the Invincible Women, Grayson Family of New Mexico, and Grayson Friends have consistently made bestseller’s lists, and are enjoyed by readers world-wide. She has written fifty-four books and nineteen short stories.

During the release event for The Turning Point in May 2001, she established The Turning Point Legal Fund to assist women of domestic violence to help restructure their lives. The fund is overseen by The Family Place in Dallas, Texas.

Francis Ray passed away on July 3, 2013. After the Dawn was Ray’s final published book.

Links to buy Francis’s book:
Amazon – paperback and hardcover
Barnes & Noble – eBook and paperback
iTunes – eBook
Books-A-Million – paperback
Powell’s Books – paperback
Kobo (US only) – eBook

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Kelli Sue Landon

Gary Walters Cropped photo color railroad on handKelli Sue Landon

What is your latest release and what genre is it? Stranded In Time (Time travel/mystery)

Quick description: College student and art major Samantha Harper has been tracing her family tree for quite some time. Her mother, Rebecca, died when Sam was sixteen and she never talked much about her past. Samantha is thrilled to hear that she will be allowed to research her mother’s past for a school assignment. Upon arriving in Rebecca’s old neighborhood, Sam arranges to have a tour of her mother’s grade school. She finds an area inside the school that had been damaged and at first, thinking a ghost has been inhabiting the gymnasium, she accidentally crosses over into the year 1975; the year when her mother is in kindergarten. Fascinated and scared at the same time, Sam gets to witness her mother’s childhood up front as she inadvertently gets involved in an old case of a young girl’s accidental death. Little Josie Baker, a classmate of Sam’s mother, died that year inside the school gymnasium. But, was it an accident? After uncovering the dark secret surrounding Josie’s death, Samantha wonders if she’ll ever find her way back home where her father and best friend, Josh, have been waiting for her return. Will she return to the present or will she have to live the rest of her life in the past?

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Brief biography:
Kelli Sue Landon is a mystery novelist and short story author. Her published novels include Sudden Moves, Nightmare At Camp Forrestwood, and Summer Shack (A Killer Vacation). She is from Peoria, Illinois and works for the U.S. Postal Service.

Links to buy Kelli’s book:
Amazon – eBook, audio, paperback, hardcover

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What are you working on now?
A prequel to Summer Shack entitled, The Lighthouse Killer which tells about the killer’s senior year in high school, leading him up to the murders.

Kelli’s reading recommendation:
Linwood Barclay is an author that keeps me on the edge of my seat. No Time For Goodbye and Too Close To Home are novels that really kept me guessing.

ED Martin

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? My novel, The Lone Wolf, is women’s fiction.

Quick description: Kasey Sanford is devastated when she finds out her husband cheated, but is willing to work things out. Her family moves to a new town, where she has the chance to reinvent herself. She befriends police officer and soldier, Andrew Adams, a man with a troubled past of his own. As things continue to deteriorate with her husband, she must decide if she will repair her marriage and remain with the man she’s always loved, or if she will give up everything she holds dear to save the soul of a man she barely knows, a man who fights her at every step, a man desperate to regain his faith in God, in humanity, and in himself.

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Brief biography:
I’m a writer with a knack for finding new jobs in new places. Born and raised in Illinois, my past incarnations have included bookstore barista in Indiana, college student in southern France, statistician in North Carolina, economic development analyst in North Dakota, and high school teacher in Iowa. I draw on my experiences to tell the stories of those around me, with a generous heaping of “what if” thrown in.

I currently live in Illinois where I job hop while working on my novels and short stories. I’m a member of the Evolved Publishing team.

Links to buy ED’s book:
Amazon – eBook, paperback, audio
Barnes and Noble – Paperback
Smashwords – eBook

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What are you working on now?
Right now, I’m working on my next novel, A Handful of Wishes, about a kid with a wish-granting genie. I’m also finishing up a collection of related short stories about servicemen and women, The Futility of Loving a Soldier. And I always have several dozen short stories in various stages of completion.

ED’s reading recommendation:
Yesterday: A Story of Reincarnation by Samyann.

Terri Reid

author photo oct 2013 bw Terri Reid

What is your latest release and what genre is it? Treasured Legacies – A Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mystery (Book 12)

Quick description: Fifteen years ago, farmer Dale Johnson is locked into his grain bin, just before the corn harvest starts to pour through the opening the roof. His family discovers his body after it’s too late. Now, the family is trying to sell their home, but a ghostly presence deters buyers and Mary is called in to help.

A farm accident or murder? Could the murderer be one of his own children?

treasured legacies

Brief biography:
Best-selling author, Terri Reid is the creator of the Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mysteries. An indie author, Reid published her first book Loose Ends – A Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mystery in August 2010. By the end of 2012, Loose Ends had sold over 150,000 copies. She has ten other books in the Mary O’Reilly Series and has enjoyed Best-Seller, Top Rated and Hot New Release status for all of them in the Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Horror, Cozy, or Women Sleuths categories. Her books have been translated into Spanish and Portuguese and are also now also available in audio versions.

Links to buy Terri’s book:
Amazon Worldwide – eBook and print

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What are you working on now?
The Order of Brigid’s Cross – Sean’s Story (working title)

Terri’s reading recommendation:
Ann Charles – she is amazing and funny!