Happy Wednesday readers.
We're halfway done with this week.
To get us through the rest, I've got author Brenda Whiteside with us today and boy did she brings us an amazing glimpse of her new book,
Southwest of Love and Murder.
Southwest of Love and Murder.
Welcome Brenda, tell me three words that describe yourself starting with A, B, and C.
A- artist (I started out life as an artist of water color but now consider myself an artist of the written word. I approach most things from an arty point of view whether it’s organizing my kitchen or writing a story.)
B- busy (Always. My husband says I don’t know how to relax)
C- changeable (I thrive on change.)
What are your three favorite things?
Traveling, my family, Mexican Food
Are you self- published or with a publishing company (if so, which one?)?
My publisher is The Wild Rose Press.
Was there any particular inspiration for your characters or story?
Southwest of Love and Murder was inspired by book one, The Art of Love and Murder. My heroine is the best friend of the heroine in book one. She had a very small part, but I knew she’d have a story.
How much is your character like you?
Phoebe Anderson has many of my traits. She’s an author. I like the way she dresses and would have many of her clothes if I could. She’s rather blunt and willing to try new things. She’s artsy. She’s enjoys the physical in life and is a visual person.
Describe your perfect day?
I would rise at five and write for three hours. Then take a hike with my husband somewhere there are both mountains and water in Northern Arizona. We’d go for lunch and have Mexican food. After lunch, we’d pick up my granddaughter and spend a couple of hours with her. Next we’d have a conversation with my son and his wife on the back patio at the farm, relaxing with tea or lemonade. In the afternoon, I’d go shopping with my mom and sister in Phoenix. Dinner would be either German Food at my favorite restaurant in Stillwater, MN or a steak at a funky cowboy bar. After dinner, we’d sit around a fire and sip wine with friends. (I know this requires more hours than we get in a day and some airtime, but you did say perfect!)
Will there be more books in your series, or can you tell us about any previous books?
There are a total of five books planned for this series.
In book one, Lacy goes in search of information on her birth parents who have been dead for nearly forty years. She finds some surprises about her mother and also Love and Murder.
Book two, Southwest of Love and Murder, is Phoebe’s story. She goes to visit Lacy’s new husband’s brother on his ranch, and a stalker follows her. Phoebe finds Love and Murder.
Book three will be the story of Lacy’s search for more information on her birth father in Austria and is told through her daughter and the Austrian Inspector. Her daughter, August, finds Love and Murder.
The story in book four is about Penny, who we met in book one, and what she is running from – Love and Murder.
Book five will take us back to the ranch and will center on Phoebe and Lacy’s father-in-law. You can bet there will be Love and Murder.
Writing murder mysteries is all in a day's work until an obsessed fan brings Phoebe's stories to life.
Mystery writer, Phoebe Anderson, owes her success to killing her first husband on paper seventeen years earlier. Now, someone has actually done it. When she decides to take a few days away on the ranch of her best friend’s brother-in-law, she doesn’t expect romance to find her...or murder to follow her.
Mason Meadowlark is happy with his wild cowboy ways, avoiding love since the death of his baby and the end of his marriage twenty years ago. When Phoebe shows up, he fights to control his emotions, but soon wonders if she just might be worth the risk of opening his heart again.
With an obsessed fan close on her heels, Phoebe is thrown into her own murder mystery…and the next target on his list is Mason.
Phoebe shuddered and stilled.
Like the aftershocks of an earthquake, trembling overtook her body. Her knees wobbled, but Mason caught her before she collapsed.
“What’s wrong?” He hugged her briefly then brought his face even with hers. “Phoebe, tell me. Why are you shaking? What’s happened?”
“Oh my God, Mason.” She spread her hands on his chest and glanced back at the bathroom. “Tell someone to call an ambulance. Hurry!”
He took a step toward the ladies’ room, but she grabbed his shirtfront. “No!” She peered around him and shouted. “Someone call nine one one.”
Mason touched his pocket. “My cell’s in the truck.” He grabbed the shoulder of a male customer, the closest person to them. “You got a cell on you?”
The man nodded and pulled a phone from his pocket.
“Call nine one one right now. There’s been…” His face questioned her.
“Someone’s badly hurt in the bathroom. Oh hell, hurry!” She thumped her palms against his chest.
The man pulled out his cell as he raced into the ladies’ room.
Phoebe wrapped her arms around Mason, tipped her chin upward, and found the words. “It’s that
waitress, Mason. Carla.”
His expression went blank, from concern for her to no comprehension.
“There’s so much blood.” She stifled a gag, the sweet, copper penny reek still heavy in her nostrils. “Her throat.” A shudder rippled the length of her body. “I think she’s dead.”
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Brenda spends most of her time writing stories of discovery and love entangled with suspense. The rest of her time is spent tending vegetables on the small family farm she shares with her husband, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Together, they’ve embraced an age-old lifestyle that has been mostly lost in the United States - multiple generations living under one roof, who share the workload, follow their individual dreams and reap the benefits of combined talents.
Although she didn’t start out to write romance, she’s found all good stories involve complicated human relationships. She’s also found no matter a person’s age, a new discovery is right around every corner. Whether humorous or serious, straight contemporary or suspense, all her books revolve around those two facts.
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She blogs about writing and prairie life at http://brendawhiteside.blogspot.com/