Wednesday, 11 November 2015

On Tour! Framed and Burning by Lisa Brunette



Framed and Burning, Book Two in the Dreamslippers Series
Published by Sky Harbor LLC
# of pages TBD since it's a pre-order
November 27, 2015 pub date
Genre: Mystery

Book Synopsis:


The Dreamslippers are a family of private investigators who have the ability to "slip" into your dreams. The first book in the series, Cat in the Flock, was published to critical acclaim and is trending at 4.5 stars on Amazon with 35 reviews. In Framed and Burning, someone sets fire to Mick Travers’s art studio, killing his assistant, and Mick won't give an alibi. His dreamslipping sister--the eccentric Amazing Grace--is convinced he's innocent, but her granddaughter and the police aren't so sure. Was it Mick, or is something darker behind the fire?

ADVANCED PRAISE

"Framed and Burning is the second book in the Dreamslippers series. It’s easy to follow and hard to put down, making readers who may not have read the first book race back to give it a try!"  - InD'tale Magazine

"Lisa Brunette continues to develop vibrant characters in a stunning story that will keep you reading well past your bedtime!" - On My Kindle

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About the Author: 

Lisa Brunette is the author of the Dreamslippers mystery series. Book One, Cat in the Flock, is an indieBRAG honoree title that has been praised by Kirkus Reviews, Midwest Book Review, Readers Lane, and others.

Brunette is a career writer/editor whose work has appeared in major daily newspapers and magazines, including the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Woman, and Poets & Writers. She's interviewed a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a sex expert, homeless women, and the designer of the Batmobile, among others.

She has story design and writing credits in hundreds of bestselling video games, including the Mystery Case Files, Mystery Trackers, and Dark Tales series for Big Fish and AAA games for Nintendo and Microsoft platforms.

She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of Miami, where she was a Michener Fellow. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in Bellingham Review, The Comstock Review, Icarus International, and elsewhere.

She's also received many honors for her writing, including a major grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission, the William Stafford Award, and the Associated Writing Programs Intro Journals Project Award.

She blogs at www.catintheflock.com and has been a guest-blogger for Author magazine and Dr. Chris Michaels's blog.

Brunette is a member of Mystery Writers of America and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.

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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Author Interview with Gerald Weaver

 Welcome Gerald Weaver to Legit Lit Books! We are happy to have you on the blog today.


LLB: Tell us a little bit about yourself and why/what inspired you to write? When did you start writing?

GW: I first learned about reading grown-up books from a burning adolescent curiosity to learn about the real world.  I would go into my father’s den when he was at work, not to learn about him but to learn more about life, love, women, and the many other topics in the novels he had by D.H. Lawrence, Ernest Hemingway, Oliver Goldsmith, Gustav Flaubert, Joseph Conrad, and others. Later in life that I realized these were mostly masculine books, collected by this reserved man who had fought in World War Two.

The idea of my writing really had a feminine genesis. The notion that a normal person could write came first from my older sister, Lynn, who concocted wildly imaginative tales from the material of our surroundings, who invented new religions, and who crafted fantasy worlds as easily as a genie.  And the idea that I could write my first novel, Gospel Prism, came from my lifelong friend, the award-winning foreign correspondent for The Sunday Times, the late Marie Colvin, who forcefully told me, in 2010, to “write the damn book,” because she was tired of reading just my well written letters and emails, and who told me there was more than enough material in my eventful life for a few novels.

LLB: What was your inspiration for ‘Gospel Prism’?

GW: Marie Colvin and I had met at Yale University and had been intimate before we became lifelong friends, so she spoke to me with the authority of a deep personal uderstanding of me and the confidence of a person who knew writing and books. 

Her confident urging was the final nudge that I needed to know that I could write a novel.  I was just going to eschew the mechanics and get all I could out on the page and then attack the re-writing with her help as an editor.  Our starting point for one theme of the novel was the love of literature that Marie and I had always shared.  I began with her notion that my novel would discreetly pay homage to some of the eat literary works that would then become templates for each of my chapters.

We decided that I should apply those stories not to my career on Capitol Hill, nor to my travels of the world, nor to my too interesting love life, but to the short stint I had done in a minimum-security prison as a result of the politically motivated US House of Representative Post Office investigation.  Gospel Prism would become a kind of “Shakespeare, Dante, Milton, Whitman and others go to prison” novel.  I would also say, Cervantes, whose great novel is the guide for my first chapter, but he had already been to prison on his own.  I felt that paying homage to Cervantes in particular was fitting, since there is a way in which every novelist is essentially writing a reference to Don Quixote.  So I began to apply my reading to my writing.

Marie Colvin had also given me the promise that she would take my book to the agent or two who had been petitioning her to represent her in the telling of her colorful life story.  I would email her every morning.  She often gave me very broad editing and writing.  By 25 January 2012, I had a completed manuscript, which I mailed to her,  For some ineffable reason, on 22 February 2012, instead of emailing Marie, I Googled her name only to find an eleven-minute-old story of how she had been killed in Syria.  At the funeral her sister, Cathleen Colvin, told me that among the very few things Marie had taken to Syria in her small backpack was my “big honking manuscript.”  Cat then sent that macabre document to one of those agencies Marie had contacted.

LLB: What three words would you use to best describe Gospel Prism?

GW: Literate.  Rollicking.  Multi-layered.

LLB: Can you tell us if you’re working on anything else at the moment?

GW: I am editing my second novel, which is already written.  It is very timely and it is called The First First Gentleman, which is the tale of an epic love story that eventually changes the nation and the world, a grand saga about the obstacles overcome by an attractive, physically and emotionally wounded war hero who loves and marries a wise but flawed political operative who successfully runs her for President of the United States.   He is sidelined during her campaign, and unleashed, she speaks out in a stunning way that punctures the cultural orthodoxy and also feeds the American public’s hunger for a different brand of political leader.  But the book is really an homage to all the works of Charles Dickens.  I have several other novels outlined. 

LLB: What was your very first book that you wrote?

GW: I wrote an untitled roman a clef many years ago involving my thirteen-year career on Capitol Hill and in American politics.  I never showed it to anyone.  But I believe it was a useful exercise for me, to have written that much, and to get certain things out
of my system.

LLB: Other than your own, what are your favourite books?

GW: Don Quixote, The Essays of Montaigne, Macbeth and most of Shakespeare’s plays, The Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost, Leaves of Grass, Wuthering Heights, In Search of Lost Time, The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov, Hadji Murad, The Metamorphosis, Hedda Gabler, The Misanthrope, The Short Stories of Jorge Borges, Anna Karenina, Far from the Madding Crowd, Portrait of a Lady, Orlando, Jane Eyre, Bleak House, Pickwick Papers, Persuasion, The Canterbury Tales, Mansfield Park, The Poems of Emily Dickinson, War and Peace, Peer Gynt, and many others.

LLB: When you are writing to you like to listen to music? What is on your playlist?

GW: Music enters me with an immediacy and power that is impossible to regulate, so I generally prefer silence.  But on occasion, I will have classical music in the background, never anything as commanding a Beethoven, Tchaikovsky or opera, but some Bach maybe, or Mozart.

LLB: Who is your favorite character in your books?

GW: Many people prefer Fabrizio, who is also named Little Philly Ray, because he is very funny, very droll, and he brings the protagonist down to earth in a loving but critical way.  So, perhaps we all should have a Fabrizio in our lives.  But my favorite character is the beautiful mixed race woman who is also really Jesus, but with a bit more sass.  She is enigmatic and wise, as befits a messiah.  And if she walked into my room, I would rethink my relation to Christianity.  Plus, she dresses very well and looks like Halle Berry.

LLB: Do you ever take characteristics or nuances from close friends or family when working on character development and if so has that friend or family member noticed and what was their response to it?

GW: Of course, my novels are entirely fictional.  As I tell my friends and family, any resemblance to any persons alive or dead is purely coincidental.  And that is particularly true where you are certain you see a resemblance.  Perhaps though, it is impossible that some of the more memorable moments and people of my life might leak into my imagination and emerge on the page as a part of a character.  If that is so, most of my characters are an amalgam of my imagination and various different people.  That is unless they are actual and historical figures that the protagonist finds in Hell in the fourth chapter.

The funniest and most noteworthy response was that of my mother.  When I told most people that a publisher had accepted my novel, almost all of them congratulated me.  When I told my mother, she said, “I am not in it, am I?”  I told her she was not.  I lied.

LLB: What’s your favourite treat?

GW: There is this ice cream store in Remnigton, Virginia, called Moo Thru, that makes the best ice cream in the world.  They use their own milk from their own cows that is not homogenized.  And they have this way of blending actual fruits from their farm and other places into the ice cream in a way I have never tasted anywhere.  There peach ice cream and banana ice cream are like nothing I have ever tasted. 

LLB: What’s your Favourite place to read/write?

GW: I am fortunate enough to have an office, with a few antiques and with a window that looks out on the trees.  That is where I write.  I read for the one to two hours I spend on the elliptical machine every day.  I read in the bathroom.  And I have a book in the car that I carry with me to places I know I will be forced to wait.  So I have three books going at the same time at any given moment.  The weird thing is that the bathroom book is normally a history or biography, the car book is a modern novel, and the workout book is a classic. 

LLB: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

GW: I would live in Montana for the summer, Sarasota for the winter, New Orleans for the spring, and New Haven for the fall.  If I had to limit it to one place, I would live in London, or Rome.  I can’t decide.

Thank you Gerald for taking the time to share your story with Legit Lit Books and our readers! 

Author Bio: 

Gerald Weaver received his bachelor's degree from Yale University and Juris Doctor degree from Catholic University. He has been a Capitol Hill chief of staff, a campaign manager, a lobbyist, a single father, a teacher of English and Latin, a collector and seller of Chinese antiquities and a contributor to the political magazine, George. He lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC, and travels regularly between the United Kingdom and the US. Gospel Prism is his first novel.

His experience of reading challenging literature in order to survive a dark place served as a provocation for this sensitive, atmospheric, dreamlike, compassionate, unpredictable and wise debut novel which brings into focus the relationship between literature, language, truth and religious faith.


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Monday, 2 November 2015

Author Interview with Gary F. Jones

Welcome Gary F. Jones to Legit Lit Books! We are happy you have taken the time out of your busy tour schedule to chat with us and share your current and upcoming work. 


LLB: Tell us a little bit about yourself and why/what inspired you to write?

GJ: For years I listened to my father tell stories about showing Holstein cows and Clydesdale horses. I learned that, at least in farming communities, in telling a story you were expected to add the details that should have been true. It’s often confused with Marketing.

Among these storytellers, the word “lie” has no meaning. Information either makes a story better or it doesn’t. You’d no more expect complete truth from those guys than you would from a talk show host or a used car salesman. If you wanted the truth, ya should ’a bought a newspaper. And you shouldn’t be masquerading as an adult if you’re fool enough to believe anything you hear while drinking beer with the boys in the horse barn. Life would be simpler and the professional spinners of tall tales, such as politicians and stock brokers, might be more appreciated if this were widely understood.

LLB: When did you start writing?

GJ: I enjoyed writing in high school, but at that age I had nothing worthwhile to say. As my children grew, I wrote Christmas letters describing the stupid things I and the kids had done over the previous year. The time I got the butter stuck in the vacuum cleaner is still one of the favorites.

Writing the letters taught me the importance of brevity and clarity. Graduate school reinforced the need to be concise. The more verbose the writing, the more likely someone is to misunderstand it.

LLB: What was your inspiration for ‘Doc’s Codicil’?

GJ: The codicil and plot came from a writing assignment in an extension course. I wrote a short story about an envelope that my father purchased in 1940 to store war bonds for my older brother’s education. When my brother drowned, the envelope was used to store certificates of deposit for my education. I used it to store stock certificates and bonds to fund the education of my children.

When I wrote the story, the envelope was empty, my career was coming to a close, and my children had lives of their own. It was in trying to imagine a purpose for myself and a positive ending for the short story that I hit upon the idea of a codicil used to teach your children from the grave.

LLB: What three words would you use to best describe ‘Doc’s Codicil?’

GJ: I’ll take words from the reviewers: quirky, entertaining, wise.

LLB: Can you tell us if you’re working on anything else at the moment?

GJ: ‘A Jerk, A Jihad, And A Virus,’ a humorous thriller, will be released in May, 2016. I’ve started on an anthology of short stories and essays and on a sequel to “Doc’s Codicil,” but these won’t be completed until 2018 or later.

LLB: What was your very first book that you wrote?

GJ: ‘Doc’s Codicil’

LLB: Other than your own, what are your favourite books?

GJ: Steven Pinker’s ‘The Blank Slate,’ Charles Pierce’s ‘Idiot America,’ Libba Bray’s ‘Going Bovine,’ Ron Rush’s ‘Serina, and ‘The Cove,’ and Clyde Edgerton’s “Walking Across Egypt.’ For light reading I prefer humorous mysteries. When I’m in a studious mood, I like Michael de Montaigne’s ‘Essays’ and Lord Chesterfield’s ‘Letters To His Son.’

LLB: When you are writing to you like to listen to music? What is on your playlist?

GJ: I want complete quiet when I’m writing. A strong beat is known to help people organize their thoughts, but I have adult attention deficit disorder and need to give full attention to what I’m doing or I’ll begin daydreaming. That isn’t bad if I’m having writer’s block. I listen to Broadway tunes, classical music written before 1920, Puccini and Verdi when I can concentrate on the music.

LLB: Who is your favorite character in your books?

GJ: I grew to love all my characters, but Doofus and Gladys the camel were my favorites.

LLB: Do you ever take characteristics or nuances from close friends or family when working on character development and if so has that friend or family member noticed and what was their response to it?

I let the characters develop themselves as I wrote. The book and the characters therein are a work of fiction. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it, although the heirs were drawn from my children. The two who are reading it have been laughing too hard to be critical.

LLB: What’s your favourite treat?
GJ: Dark chocolate with fruit and nuts

LLB: What’s your Favourite place to read/write?

GJ: An easy chair to read and the dining room table to write. We have an active puppy in the house. Once he learned how high he could jump, the only way we could keep him from getting into everything was to put up gates. It’s made moving around the house a chore, so I work at the dining room table.

LLB: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? 

GJ: In Wisconsin, close to a dairy farm in an area half-forested, half farmland, and nearby a lake large enough to sail on.

Author Bio: 

It seems my life has been a testament to questionable decisions and lost opportunities. However, my wife of 39 years says she knows of nothing in the record to justify such unfettered optimism.

I am a member of the last generation of rural veterinarians who remember working with cows that had names and personalities and dairymen who worked in the barn with their families. I’m also part of the first wave of the Baby Boomers, crusty codgers who are writing their wills and grousing about kids who don’t pay attention to what old men say, and can even be damned condescending at times.

I was raised on a dairy farm in West-central Wisconsin and exhibited Holstein cattle and Clydesdale horses from the time I was ten-years-old until I graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State in 1969. I practiced veterinary medicine on Wisconsin dairy farms until 1988, when my wife and I packed up our four children and I entered graduate school at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.


I developed the first ante-mortem diagnostic test for proliferative enteritis, a diarrheal disease of swine caused by Lawsonia intracellularis. The test is now the standard diagnostic test for the disease. With adoption of the test, it was also found that L. intracellularis is the most common cause of post-weaning diarrhea in horses.

After 19 years of work on the research and development of bovine and swine vaccines, I am retired. I’m using the scraps of what I can remember to spin stories of a family and veterinary practice, stories that could almost be true. Some of the true stories that didn’t make it into my books can be found on this website.

My first novel, Doc’s Codicil, will be published in October 2015. I have two published short stories: Valentine, published in Straightjacket, the 2012 spring issue, and The Attempted Armed Deposit, in the 2009 California Writers Club Chap Book. http://garyfjones.com/