Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Daily Vintage - Shabby Chic Print of Woman and Spinning Wheel

I found this little framed print last year at a vintage sale.  I picked it up, brought it home ... and never found exactly the right place for it.  It's so cute, shabby chic in style, and I think it would look great in the right setting.  The print shows a woman in silhouette at an old fashioned spinning wheel.  You can find it at Birdhouse Books: spinning wheel print.

Author Interview and Giveaway - Too Quiet In Brooklyn by Susan Russo Anderson

Too Quiet In Brooklyn (A Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery Book 1)  
MYSTERY Self Published Print Length: 304 pages  

A Murder, A Child Missing, & A Young Woman Determined To Find The Truth …
Something weird’s happening. It’s too quiet, at least for Brooklyn, so twenty-two-year-old Fina Fitzgibbons is not surprised when she stumbles upon a throttled woman in the heart of Brooklyn Heights and discovers that the dead woman’s four-year-old grandson is also missing. She begins a wild hunt for the strangler-kidnapper, Ralph. During the chase, she resists falling in love with her boyfriend, Denny, an NYPD patrol officer, steps on the toes of Detective First Grade Jane Templeton, and uncovers secrets about her own past. In the end, Ralph has a deadly surprise for Fina.

View From The Birdhouse Interviews Susan Russo Anderson:
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? I’ve always thought word stringing was a great place to be, but after my husband died nine years ago, I got bitten by storyline and started to write mysteries. 

What was your favorite book as a child? Great question. Favorite book of all time: Fell in love with Paris through the hobo in A Family Under the Bridge. But there were lots of writers and books I loved: whoever wrote the Nancy Drew books, as well as Georges Simenon, Ross MacDonald, Agatha Christie, James Joyce (not that I understood him when I was ten, but I loved the sound of language), T.S. Eliot, lots of early twentieth-century American writers, even Hemingway. Love love love A Moveable Feast.
What is your writing day like?  I get up in the morning and write which I do until noon. I work on two books at one time, writing a first draft in the morning, editing in the afternoon. After editing, I market (work on a marketing plan). When I take a break, I walk, which is how I plot or listen to a book or music. I read in the late afternoon until dinner. While watching TV, I tweet and Facebook.
Do you have any interesting writing quirks? No, I’m pretty boring. Just consistent.
What was the most surprising thing you learned while creating this book? The book takes place in Brooklyn where I lived for fifteen years in the late 1980s until 2002. When I started the book, I hadn’t been back, but as I wrote, it was like I’d never left. I could feel the rumble of the subway around Clark Street, smell the ocean (aka, fish), feel the wind, the planks beneath my feet while walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. Toward the end, I made a visit, a physical visit, and it was the same: Brooklyn was me and I was Brooklyn. So I learned you can be anyplace you want to be in your head: i.e., free.
Who are your favorite authors? Love P.D. James, Flannery O’Connor, Hilary Mantel, Margaret Atwood, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Agatha Christie, Virginia Wolfe, Reginald Hill, Val McDermid, Anne Tyler, Anne Perry, Ann Cleeves, Ann Beattie (if you want your daughter to be a writer, name her Ann), I know I’m leaving someone out.
What is your next writing project? I just finished the first draft of the fourth Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mystery and I’m starting a new mystery, also set in Brooklyn but it might be a new series, I don’t know the protagonist yet. She might be Maddie, a ten-year-old I created (or who created me) in Whiskey’s Gone.

About This Author
Susan Russo Anderson is a writer, a mother, a member of Sisters in Crime, a graduate of Marquette University. She’s taught language arts and creative writing, worked for a publisher, an airline, an opera company. Like Faulkner’s Dilsey, she’s seen the best and the worst, the first and the last. Through it all, and to understand it somewhat, she writes. Too Quiet in Brooklyn, the first book in the Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mystery series, published December 2013. The second book in the series, Missing Brandy, about a missing teen, published September 2014, and Whiskey’s Gone, about the abduction of a single mom, completes a trilogy. The working title of the fourth is Dead in Brooklyn.
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Twitter @SusanRussoAnder

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Book Spotlight and Giveaway - Sedona Sunset by Tanya Stowe

Sedona Sunset
by Tanya Stowe


After an auto accident leaves her crippled and takes her mother’s life, Lara Fallon completes her mother’s dream of opening a school and offering scholarships to promising young artists. Although Lara is struggling with survivor’s guilt, she is thrilled that Alexander Summers, world-renown Flamenco player and professor of art, will perform at the grand opening of The Fallon School of Art. But Alex has a secret. He investigates art theft for UNESCO, and when pieces of Chaco pottery suddenly appear on the black market, Alex is certain The Fallon School of Art is a cover for this illegal operation. He’s determined to uncover the link...even if it means romantically pursuing the lovely Lara Fallon. Alex’s investigation leads him on collision course with Lara’s inner struggle to cope with her mother’s death and her own wavering faith in God. Now, Lara’s school and her heart are in danger. But is her life as well?


“La Guitarra is magic,” Alex said, his voice soft. “It reaches out to some people. Not everyone feels compelled to touch it as you just did.”

“I know the value of rare antiques. It doesn’t mean I’m hopelessly romantic.”

He smiled. “Romantic? Perhaps not. Passionate? Definitely.”

Lara laughed. “Now, there you are most definitely wrong.”

“Am I?”His serious tone made the laughter die inside her. With his chin, he nodded toward the center of the house where most of the guests were gathered. “This house is full of charming people. Inside are incredible jewels, gowns women would kill for, and if your interests are as true as you say, antiquities to rival any collection. And yet, here you are, alone, on a balcony, watching one of nature’s most spectacular creations. A sunset.” He shook his head. “Trust me. I know true passion when I see it.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tanya Stowe is an author of Christian Fiction with an unexpected edge. She fills her stories with the unusual…gifts of the spirit and miracles, mysteries and exotic travel, even an angel or two. No matter where Tanya takes you…on a journey to the Old West or to contemporary adventures in foreign lands…be prepared for the extraordinary.

Twitter: @TanyaStowe1

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