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Category Archives: Mystery

A story about a crime (usually murder). May or may not have romantic elements as a subplot.

Bucket list of Tristian Shandie from A Warlock's Secrets by Tena Stetler @TenaStetler #RLFblog #ParanormalRomance #MysteryLet’s meet Tristian Shandie from A Warlock’s Secrets, a Paranormal Romance/Mystery by Tena Stetler. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about A Warlock’s Secrets.

A Warlock’s Secrets by Tena Stetler

Genre Paranormal Romance/Mystery

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Years ago, a sacred ceremony at the Dragon’s Moon Coven turned deadly. Son of the high priestess, Tristian Shandie’s life changed forever. With a price on his head and revenge in his heart, he has no choice but to follow in his father’s footsteps to a profession shrouded in secrets. Now his skills as an enforcer for the Demon Overlord are second to none. But dangerous secrets he harbors are a liability he can no longer afford.

A chance meeting with a woman he finds irresistible flips Tristian’s world upside down. Hannah is a cyber security specialist with secrets of her own. Bad boys never appealed to her until Tristian, who changes everything. In his darkest hours, she is dragged into his magical world.

If they survive, is she strong enough to heal his heart and tame the warlock? Or will their secrets destroy them?

When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”

Age: Late 30’s
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Ireland
Profession: Enforcer/Assassin
Ethnicity: Irish

Please provide a physical description of yourself.

Approximately Six feet three inches, muscular, long legs, broad chest.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I was, I guess I still am to some extent the Enforcer/ Assassin for the Demon Overlord of the Western Hemisphere. In the last year, I have transitioned from the hands on position to managing my teams of enforcers who keep the peace between the paranormal creatures residing in the mortal world.

Who is the significant other in your life?

Hannah Shaughnessy – She’s one tough lady. Never met anyone like her. I was impressed with her at our first meeting. Hannah is a cyber security specialist with secrets of her own

If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.

What is your birth order?

I’m the firstborn son of the high priestess of our coven. I have a younger sister, Angie, I raised after our parents were murdered.

Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.

Toy, I don’t remember. Favorite thing to play with or hone would be my magical powers.

Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.

I love a thin crust pizza with beef, lots of cheese and sauce.

Tell us about your best friend.

This may sound strange, but it’s my boss. Bruce. We’ve worked together for years and have had each other’s backs for most of that time. Well there was an incident or maybe a time we didn’t see eye to eye. In fact I tried to kill him. He dated and eventually married my little sister. That was a difficult situation, but in the grand scheme of things it worked out.

What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?

Australia – The country intrigues me. Did you know there are species of creatures (normal not talking about paranormal) found nowhere else in the mortal world? The landscape is awe inspiring. And no one knows me there.

In my line of work, I see the worst of just about all the countries in the mortal world. So not many places left for me to visit before my time is up. I own a beach house in Hawaii. I realize you mean places l’ve never been, but as I said, not many of those, only one in fact and I listed it already. So back to my beach house, it’s the only place I can relax, enjoy friends and be myself. Let my guard down, well mostly, never completely, which would be a fatal mistake.

Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?

Seventh level of Hell. Been there to deliver a prisoner, never want to go back.

Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?

Not many of these either. Garth Brooks or Jon BonJovi. I enjoy their music.

Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?

Several of the other Demon Overlords. They, unlike Bruce, are always stirring up trouble. They let things get out of hand before addressing it. Then myself, or one of my teams are called up to terminate the situation. Know what I mean?

If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?

The day my parents were murdered. I’d attempt to defuse the situation before it got so out of hand or if not possible annihilate the Demon’s responsible. We were caught of guard and by surprise. I vowed never to let that happen again. My sister deserved to have a childhood. I did the best I could, but was very strict with her in light of the death of our parents.

About Tena Stetler

Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance/mysteries. She has an over-active imagination, which led to writing her first vampire romance as a tween to the chagrin of her mother and delight of her friends. After many years as a paralegal, then an IT Manager, she decided to live out her dream of pursuing a publishing career. She now has eleven books published and several in the pipeline.

With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, she sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of witches, shapeshifters, demons, faeries, and gryphons, with a Navy SEAL or two mixed in telling their tales. Her books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.

Colorado is home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a fifty-year-old box turtle. When she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking, camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors.

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?

Tristian was not an easy character to write. I hadn’t planned on writing his story, but after readers and reviews clamored for his story. I delved into it. He challenged me at every turn.

Why did you choose this character for the interview today?

Because after spending so much time learning about him, he has become one of my favor characters. There are multi-facets to his personality.

When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?

In truth, as I said above, I’d never considered writing his story. He was the Demon Overlords enforcer/assassin, for heaven’s sake (A Demon’s Witch). After delving into who he really is and what he wants, come to find out, he has a strong moral compass and when love comes his way he is fiercely protective and everything Hannah is looking for in a forever relationship.

Are any sequels planned for this book?

A Warlock’s Secrets is book two in the five, soon to be six book in the award winning Demon’s Witch Series.

What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?

Cozy mystery. In fact I have one on the back burner as we speak.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?

Where to buy A Warlock’s Secrets

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071RJ7VNY/
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Amazon AU https://www.amazon.com.au/d/Warlocks-Secrets-Demons-Witch-ebook/B071RJ7VNY
Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Warlocks-Secrets-Demons-Witch-ebook/dp/B071RJ7VNY/
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iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-warlocks-secrets/id1231855018?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-warlock-s-secrets

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Karen Cino, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your cozy mystery series.

Women’s Club Chaos in the Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series

Genre Cozy Mystery

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Connie Acosta and Sara Mazza are continuing to run their illegal baking business out of the garage. As the two amateur sleuths are delivering baked good to an event, a body is found in the parking lot. Again, they find themselves in the middle of the investigation, including illegal breaking and entering. Will they figure out who was behind the murder before they find themselves in an uncompromising position?

Please answer the following questions.

Which book is this in the series?

This is the fourth book in the Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series.

How many books do you plan for the series?

I’m planning on doing a ten book series.

How many books are completed?

There are four books completed. Book 5 (Men’s Club Chaos) is completed and in the process of being edited.

What characters are the main stars in your series?

Connie Acosta and Sara Mazza are best friends and the two main characters in the books. Not only do they get involved with solving cases, but they are in the mist of starting over, since their divorces.

What is the overall theme in this series?

Best friends and amateur sleuths who are living their golden years solving crimes and finding love again. Plenty of mouth watering cookies being made by Connie in her illegal kitchen in her friend Sara’s garage.

Please list the series titles below, in any order you prefer.

New Beginnings (#1), Chaos at the Compound (#2), Drama Club Chaos (#3), Women’s Club Chaos (#4)

What did you like best about writing this series?

I love watching the women find love again while starting a business they had always dreamed of starting. I enjoy watching their romances move forward with the two police officers the are dating.

What other books (not in this series, have you written?)

Roses, The Boardwalk, Love Challenges and Desires

Mystical Wonders Series: Circle of Friends (#1), Second Chances (#2), The Right Call (#3) and Survival (#4)

Seaside Boulevard Series: The Perfect Pitch (#1), A Different Kind of Perfect (#2) and Another Side of Perfect (#3)

Novellas: Winter Encounter, An Unexpected Encounter

Where can we find links for all your books?

https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Cino/e/B008LCG31Y/

Where to buy Women’s Club Chaos

Publisher Mandolay Press

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085GFQPTZ

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
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Karen Cino, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

New Beginnings by Karen Cino

Genre Contemporary Cozy Mystery Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Book 1: After a traumatic event in her life, Connie Acosta heads down to the Jersey Shore to stay with her friend, Sara Mazza, who lives in a fifty-five and over community. For Connie, this is a temporary stop until she figures out what she wants to do.

Connie and Sara have a brief discussion and decide to start the baking business they had spoken about decades before. But things take a dramatic turn when Sara gets Connie involved in a mysterious adventure at the clubhouse.

Book 2: Connie Acosta is officially a resident in the fifty-five and older community her best friend Sara Mazza lives in. Her baker’s kitchen is almost complete and she has met Vic, another resident who is crazy about her. Meanwhile, Sara finds herself in the mist of a love triangle with Vic’s friend Jack and Warren, a police officer at the local station.

When Sara received a call from her friend at the clubhouse saying there is a dead body floating in the outdoor pool, the women rush there to check things out, getting themselves involved in another investigation, especially when Sara finds a few blue pills scattered in the grass that she didn’t turn into the police.

Book 3: All is quiet at the fifty-five and older community where Connie Acosta is running her illegal bakery out of best friend Sara Mazza’s garage. Both women swore off getting involved in any police business at the compound. Just as the two amateur sleuths are enjoying a night out in the clubhouse ballroom, a scream from the lounge draws them into the middle of a police investigation with Warren and Brett, their current partners. Who said seniors can’t get into trouble and fall in love again?

QUICK

Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…

Yes, I do. I write Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance and Cozy Mysteries with a twist or romance.

How do you come up with ideas?…

Sometimes I wake up and remember a fragment of a dream and go with it. (Like in my novel Roses.) Other times I can be walking down the street and something catches my eye that leads to a scene. I have so many ideas written down for books. I always take a notebook along with me so that I can write down idea. Pulling over on the side of a highway is always an option when an idea strikes.

What is the single most important part of writing for you?…

It is important that I write about a subject that readers can relate to. A HEA ending is always nice, but the relationships prior to meeting that special someone will help to make in your decision making.

When did you write your first book?…

I wrote my first book when I was in high school. I still have those handwritten notebooks that should have had history notes in it. My next book I wrote while I was in college. (I still have the original typewritten manuscript. But my first real book I wrote when my son was an infant and had his nights and days mixed up. I would handwrite in the middle of the night and type the next day when he napped.

FUN

Leather or lace? Leather

Black or red? Red

Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Smooth cotton

Ocean or mountains? Definitely the Ocean. I love the beach!

City life or country life? City life.

Party life or evening at home? A quiet evening at home.

Dogs or cats? I am an animal lover so I have to say both.

Where to buy New Beginnings

Publisher Mandolay Press

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079VSFWQW

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
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Introducing Sara Woods from Love Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me, by Lyndi Alexander #RLFblog #PNR #MysteryLet’s meet Sara Woods from Love Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me, a supernatural romnance/mystery, by Lyndi Alexander. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about the story your author wrote.

Love Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me by Lyndi Alexander

Genre paranormal romance/mystery

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Running away isn’t necessarily the answer.
In her mad rush to escape a failed marriage, Sara Woods takes the first job available and lands in the middle of a mystery. Her first assignment as a news reporter for the Ralston Courier is the investigation of a string of deaths, all young women, all her age.
She becomes a patient at the Goldstone Clinic, a local mecca of healing, to deal with chronic pain from her past. But all is not as it seems at the Goldstone, its doctors and nurses are all the picture of perfect beauty and health. Patients at the clinic first seem to get better, then they deteriorate. Sara enlists the help of Dr. Rick Paulsen, who teaches her how to access her internal power, skills she never knew she had, revealing secrets from her past. The closer they work together, the more she falls in love with him. Police officer Brendon Zale also takes an interest in Sara, but he acts like a stalker, watching her every move, and he won’t leave her alone.
As she digs deeper into the story, and more young women die without explanation, she tries to choose allies wisely, but not till the last confrontation does she discover the identity of her true enemy.
By then, it’s too late.

Introducing Sara Woods

Please tell me about yourself.

Age: 24

Gender: female

Birthplace: a small town in Pennsylvania

Profession: newspaper journalist

Ethnicity: Caucasian

What do you look like?

Petite, short dark brown hair, wide brown eyes. Not model-pretty, but I catch people’s attention

Who is the significant other in your life?

It used to be my husband Jesse. But that’s over. So now I’ve met Rick Paulsen, a tall young blond doctor with Brad-Pitt blue sapphire eyes—my downfall.

How do you dress?

Definitely casual and comfortable. The life of a reporter is pretty hectic. You never know where you’re going to end up in the course of a day, especially with an editor like mine. One minute you could be in City Hall and the next, in a cow barn!

On what special skills do you rely?

Mostly I work by my intuition—what I feel in my gut. When you’re working for a newspaper, sometimes you’re doing a story people want you to do, and sometimes you’re uncovering something awful. You have to know when people are telling you the truth. If you don’t think they are, then you have to cross-check and do your research to be able to bring your readers the truth.

What kinds of things do you always carry (in pockets or purse)?

I always have a pen and a notebook. You never know when you’re going to get a quote from someone—it’s important to have the reputation of getting things right.

Are you close to family?

No, my parents have passed on, and there really isn’t anyone else. That’s why I packed up and left Pittsburgh after the divorce. I had nowhere to “go home” to, so I just grabbed the first newspaper job I could find.

How well do you know your neighbors?

My landlady, Thelma McCracken, lives downstairs, and I have the apartment in the upstairs of her house. She used to be a reporter for the Courier back in the day, and she has a finger in just about every pot in town. She’s a great source for material, and she also worries about me like an old maiden aunt.

What would you like people who hear your story to know?

That you never know everything about someone, even if you love them with all your heart. Protect yourself and stay safe.

Where to buy Love Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

Publisher http://www.hydrapublications.com/

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GJBD1U0

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-me-kiss-me-kill-me-lyndi-alexander/1112464898

Lyndi Alexander Social Media

Lyndi Alexander always dreamed of faraway worlds and interesting alien contacts. She lives as a post-modern hippie in Asheville, North Carolina, a single mother of her last child of seven, a daughter on the autism spectrum, finding that every day feels a lot like first contact with a new species.

Website https://lyndialexander.wordpress.com/love-me-kiss-me-kill-me/

Blog https://lyndialexander.wordpress.com/

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Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4185290.Lyndi_Alexander

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Lyndi-Alexander/e/B005GDYPU2/

 

Read The Boardwalk by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #romance #mysteryKaren Cino, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

The Boardwalk by Karen Cino

Genre Contemporary romantic mystery

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG17

After an accident at work, Brooklyn DeMelli walks every day down at the boardwalk as a way to keep active and have a semi normal social life. She meets up with the regular morning walkers, while enjoying the beauty of the beach and the scent of the ocean. To keep busy she started her own company, making beaded jewelry for parties and flea markets. Mario Morales is the hippy that plays acoustic guitar every morning at different ends of the boardwalk. The music captivates Brooklyn. Following the muse, she meets Mario who turns out to be a narcotics detective working undercover on a huge investigation. When Mario finds out Brooklyn is inadvertently involved in a drug trafficking ring, it leads to a series of events, which puts Brooklyn’s life in jeopardy, while forming a romantic bond between them.

What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?

My favorite meal is anything with eggplant, turkey meatloaf and chicken cutlets.

Describe the perfect vacation.

My perfect vacation is going to Sicily and sitting on the beach with my feet in the water of the Mediterranean. Throwing a backpack on and walking the narrow cobblestone streets, visiting street fairs and markets.

What are your hobbies?

I’m pretty boring. I enjoy walking, reading and watching the Hallmark channel and HGTV. In the summer, I do gardening and especially enjoy my herb garden.

When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?

I read Women’s Fiction and Cozy Mysteries. In between I’ll read Stephen King for a change of pace.

What kinds of things do you read when you’re researching a new book?

I do a lot of research on the internet. I also go out and scope the area I’m writing about. I like to write about places where people can relate to. Since I moved down to the New Jersey Shore, I have moved my characters from the Staten Island Boardwalk down to the white sands of the shore.

Where to buy The Boardwalk

Publisher Mandolay Press

Amazon https://amzn.to/2kdKsgn

Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/2kuH54T

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/611680

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
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Karen Cino, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Before we talk about your office, please tell us about your latest book.

New Beginnings Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery by Karen Cino

Genre Cozy Mystery

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 17

After a traumatic event in her life, Connie Acosta heads down to the Jersey Shore to stay with her friend, Sara Mazza, who lives in a fifty-five and over community. For Connie, this is a temporary stop until she figures out what she wants to do.

Connie and Sara have a brief discussion and decide to start the baking business they had spoken about decades before. But things take a dramatic turn when Sara gets Connie involved in a mysterious adventure at the clubhouse.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I’m fourteen years old. I wrote my first short story when I was a freshman in high school. Since then, writing has been my whole life.

What was your first published book?

My first book published was Roses. Roses is a Women’s Fiction Contemporary Romance with Romantic Elements.

Tell us about your writing space or home office.

I recently finished my office adding lights. I bought two new book cases to make that eight bookcases in total. My parents bought me my desk and I put my apple desk top on it. I use it to edit because the screen is big but I write on my laptop.

Anything special about your space?

I can see out the side window and it’s the first office space that I’m completely happy with.

What do you love most about that area?

I love the fact that it has a french door, which I can close and block out the television coming from the other room.

What would like to change about your home office?

I’d like to have all my bookcases in the room with me. I also would love to have one chalk wall so I can make my notes all in one place.

If money was no object, what would your home office look like?

It would like like something out of HGTV. I’d probably hire the Property Brothers to make me a big space with my own wet bar and coffee station!

What office equipment do you use most, other than your computer?

I use my printer. I print out whatever a wrote for the day. When I do my edits I have to have a hard copy. I have two prints.

What do you think is a must have for an efficient office?

Most important feature of an efficient office is privacy. Once I get going, there can be a high school band playing behind me and it wouldn’t interrupt me. But I need quiet to start so I can focus.

Are you a writing mom/dad?

My kids are now on their own. But I was a writing mom when I wrote my first seven books.

How do you juggle writing and family?

I always made it a point to find an hour a day to write. I always put myself on a 1000 word a day schedule, which I still keep today. Some days I’ll write 1000 words and other days I can right up to 3000 words. But it essential to have a schedule.

What book or books about writing do you recommend for new authors?

I’d recommend any of the books the Writers Digest Books. Every one has been a fountain of information to me. I still refer to many of them when I’m stuck. Joining writers groups is another way to learn. I belong to Romance Writers of America, Women Fiction Writers Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. There are so many groups. If your a mystery writer there’s Sisters in Crime. You can find multiple online genres through Romance Writers of America.

What do you like to read for relaxation?

I read women’s fiction, lots of cozy mysteries and you can never go wrong with a Stephen Kind novel.

Do you have an author newsletter?

Yes. If you would like to receive my quarterly newsletter you can sign up here: http://http://bit.ly/2V4OEQL

Where to buy New Beginnings

Publisher Mandolay Press

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Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
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