Monday, May 23, 2016

Catch a Clue - Find New Authors

Every Monday catch a clue about a new to you mystery, thriller, or suspense book or author. 

Authors: In comments give readers a five sentence passage from one of your books. 

Include:
Title
Author
genre (mystery, thriller, suspense)
buy link
Website or Amazon Author page link. 

(I'm slow but I've figured out how YOU make your links live: < a  href = " http://the website address" > Your website or retailer here < / a >

EXAMPLE: < a href = "http://paty jager . net " > Paty Jager < / a >

Close up the spaces I put in so you could see how to do this. 


Readers enjoy finding new authors. 

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Introvert Book Salesman By Paty Jager

My husband gets frustrated with me because I don't tell everyone I meet I'm an author and hand them by business card. You would think with him not being a reader he would understand that I don't like to push my books on people who would never read them or could care less that I spend a good part of my time in a fantasy world.

I also don't like pushy salespeople or people telling me to vote for this or that. Which makes it hard for me when my books are nominated for contests that require I ask everyone to vote for my book if I want to make it to the final voting round.

Fans are terrific, but I don't like hounding them to vote for my books. If they like a book I would love a nice review on Amazon, Goodreads, or the place where you purchased the book. Reviews on Amazon up my discover-ability there, which is where most book readers shop any more. 

So, sucking it up, and being pushed by my hubby, if you have read my book Double Duplicity and enjoyed it, I would appreciate either a nice review or your vote at the RONE Awards. This book was nominated due to the high review it received at In'Dtale Magazine. The voting is only open for the week of the 16th- 22nd.

If you choose to vote, they will ask you to register but that is only so they know people are only voting once. You will not receive emails or newsletters from them. If I do well in this voting the book moves on to industry professionals to be judged.

Also, if you haven't read this book, it is available for FREE as an ebook.



Double Duplicity: A Shandra Higheagle Mystery
Book one of the Shandra Higheagle Native American Mystery Series
Dreams…Visions…Murder
On the eve of the biggest art event at Huckleberry Mountain Resort, potter Shandra Higheagle finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. She’s ruled out as a suspect, but now it’s up to her to prove the friend she witnessed fleeing the scene was just as innocent. With help from her recently deceased Nez Perce grandmother, Shandra becomes more confused than ever but just as determined to discover the truth.

Detective Ryan Greer prides himself on solving crimes and refuses to ignore a single clue, including Shandra Higheagle’s visions. While Shandra is hesitant to trust her dreams, Ryan believes in them and believes in her. 

Can the pair uncover enough clues for Ryan to make an arrest before one of them becomes the next victim?


 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Catch a Clue - Find New Authors #MondayBlogs #Mystery #Thriller #Suspense


Every Monday catch a clue about a new to you mystery, thriller, or suspense book or author. 

Authors: In comments give readers a five sentence passage from one of your books. 

Include:
Title
Author
genre (mystery, thriller, suspense)
buy link
Website or Amazon Author page link. 

(I'm slow but I've figured out how YOU make your links live: < a  href = " http://the website address" > Your website or retailer here
EXAMPLE: < a href = "http://paty jager . net " > Paty Jager

Close up the spaces I put in so you could see how to do this. 



Readers enjoy finding new authors. 

Share your participation on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook with this ready-to-go tweet. Or make your own! Sharing expands our reach.

Discover great NEW favorite mystery authors on Writing into the Sunset! http://bit.ly/1SnJUh5 #MondayBlogs #Mystery #MustReads

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Writing a Character from Another Culture by Paty Jager



While coming up with the characters for my action adventure romance I wanted a hero who was a complete opposite of my heroine. I’d been visiting with a woman who had married a Venezuelan and had lived there for several years. Hearing about her life as an outsider and the way the men of Venezuela treated a woman, I thought that nationality would make my hero an interesting contrast to my genius, privately schooled heroine.

What I didn’t realize that while building Tino’s background I would throw in government turmoil (in Venezuela) his family fleeing that country and his teen and adult years being spent in the United States. With this as his background, I could give him the macho attitudes of the Latin men but also have him more tolerant of the heroine’s independence because he had lived in the states. His Latin machismo comes out when he is fighting his attraction to the skinny, brainy woman he wouldn't usually look at twice. He soon realizes it is her heart, genius, and innocence that embeds her in his heart.

Some of the culture things I found interesting about Venezuela dealt with how the men treated the women. From my friend’s account the women were treated like children. Given money for groceries and shopping and told when they could do things. The men refrained from vulgar language while around the women.

I used the language bit with Tino. He uses stronger curse words in his head and when Isabella isn’t around and a milder one when she is with him. While she grew up secluded and pampered, he faced many harsh realities in life and knows the seedy side as well as the affluent side. This both in his home land of Venezuela and in the states. 

Talking with someone who knows a culture well whether they are from that culture or has lived with them
is what helps me make my characters believable.
 
Blurb for Secrets of a Mayan Moon:
Child prodigy and now Doctor of Anthropology, Isabella Mumphrey, is about to lose her job at the university. In the world of publish or perish, her mentor’s request for her assistance on a dig is just the opportunity she’s been seeking. If she can decipher an ancient stone table—and she can—she’ll keep her department. She heads to Guatemala, but drug trafficking bad guys, artifact thieves, and her infatuation for her handsome guide wreak havoc on her scholarly intentions.

DEA agent Tino Kosta, is out to avenge the deaths of his family. He’s deep undercover as a jaguar tracker and sometimes jungle guide, but the appearance of a beautiful, brainy anthropologist heats his Latin blood taking him on a dangerous detour that could leave them both casualties of the jungle.

Excerpt:
Tino pulled the truck over and stepped out. He’d have to be more careful around the doctor. For all her gullibility, she had a mind that deducted and researched. Keeping his true identity a secret from her would be a challenge. He retrieved a can of Gallo and a canteen. He slid under the steering wheel, handed her the canteen, and popped the top on the beer.
She frowned. “You aren’t going to drink and drive? It isn’t even noon.”
Her attitude reminded him of his initial perspective of her, when he only knew her name. Sour and bossy. “Yes, this is my beverage of choice since the water around here is unsuitable to drink.” It wasn’t his drink of choice. He only used it as a prop to reinforce his cover of a bum who could only get a job as a guide.
“But beer? You could purchase juice or soda.” She narrowed her eyes. “What happens if you get drunk and can’t find your way to the dig? We’ll end up stranded in the jungle.”
“I have never become drunk. I drink only when I am thirsty.” The gall of her to imply he didn’t know his way around the jungle. He sneaked a peek at the Government Issue watch with GPS strapped to his left wrist.
“I still think you could make a better choice. Alcohol has a drying effect on the body.”
Tino stabbed her with a you’ve-got-to-be-kidding stare. “What is sticking your clothes to you?” A sheen of perspiration glistened her skin, adding more definition to her collarbone and high cheek bones. His blood heated at the sight. He tamped the sensation down. Doctor Mumphrey wasn’t his type, she was out of his league, and he didn’t make attachments. In his line of work all he could enjoy were one nighters, and she wasn’t the one night type.
Isabella didn’t blush, but the indignant set to her jaw slackened. Her slender fingers unscrewed the lid on the canteen. Closing her eyes, she tipped her head back, and raised the vessel to her lips. Contentment transformed her features to the childlike innocence he’d noticed the night before. She slowly drank, savoring each mouthful and swallowing in slow motion. The effect more erotic than anything he’d seen before.
¡Coño! Tino stared out the window. The sooner he got her to the dig the better. His protective instincts had kicked in. Not good. Once he dropped her off it was adios intriguing señorita.


Secrets of a Mayan Moon is available at Windtree Press / Kindle / Nook / KoboApple.