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Twisted Love 
Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social
media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Twisted Love by JoAnne
Myers.
Twisted Love: 12 cases of love gone bad. It’s a chilling
reality that homicide investigators know all too well: the last face most
murder victims see is not that of a stranger, but of someone familiar.
The End of Autumn-To keep from paying child support
for his three children, Rodney Williams, plots with his parents to kidnap his
estranged wife, 25-year old Autumn, in broad daylight. This 2011 crime shocked
the small community of Logan, Ohio.
Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing-In 2011, 53 year old Russell
Strothers and his teenage accomplice find their victims through Craigslist and
strike with calculating and deadly force.
A Senseless Killing-This 2010 case uncovers how a 40
year old likable barmaid was lured to her death after she rejects her young
admirers sexual advances.
The Death of Innocence-This 2011 murder case involved
4 year old Marcie Willis, and her evil stepmother 25 year old Cheryl, from the
small bedroom community of The Plains, Ohio.
The Girl Not Forgotten-This cold case took 26 years
to solve, but brought justice for 13-year-old Holly Buford, and put serial
rapist, 40-year-old Stanley Snead, behind bars.
The Possession-When 29-year-old Valerie Harris severs
the penis of her sexually abusive father, it makes national news in 2007.
Home Town Hero-When deaf students are murdered in the
prestigious Rose Brick College of the Deaf in 2008, everyone is shocked when
discovering the killer is one of their own.
The Spell Caster Murders-When 42 year old Fortune
Teller Sally Vu and her 21-year-old daughter Veronica are discovered murdered
and physically desecrated, in 2001, evidence points to revenge and a spell gone
wrong.
All For the Family-In 2003, as a way to erase her
22-year-old husbands criminal past, 19 year old Molly Abbott devises a ghoulish
and desperate strategy.
Thicker Than Water?-When 52 year old Kim Michaels is
found dismembered inside her burned out home in 1996, officers find the crime
more confusing than a jig saw puzzle.
Mail Order Murder-The last thing the beautiful
Russian mail order bride Anna dreamed of in 2001, was being murdered by her
controlling and older American husband.
Where’s Christopher?-When four year old Christopher
Ellis goes missing in 1991, numerous excuses and an odd odor emanating from the
backyard raise eyebrows.

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Author Bio
I have been a long-time
resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of
my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint.
When not busy with
hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dogs
Jasmine and Scooter, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member
of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance,
Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association,
the Hocking Hill’s Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County
Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I
believe in family values and following your dreams. My books along with my
original canvas paintings, can be found at:
Author Social Media
Flagitious
Title Flagitious
Genre crime/mystery anthology
Author JoAnne Myers
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Hello, and thank you for having me back. I will be awarding two
people who comment a PDF or paperback of their choice. The choices are: Murder Most
Foul-a detective/mystery, Loves, Myths, and Monsters-a fantasy anthology, Wicked
Intentions-a paranormal anthology, Flagitious- a crime/mystery anthology, The Crime
of the Century-a biography true crime, Twisted Love:12 cases of love gone bad-a
biography true crime anthology, and Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between.
Blurbs for Flagitious, a four crime/mystery anthology
“To Solve His Mother’s
Murder”
After his Air Force career was interrupted by his mother’s untimely
murder, Steven Moore returned home. Met with a cold reception of lies, secrets,
and threats, he is determined too find Wanda’s killer, even at the cost of his own
life. Was Wanda a victim of the legendary Hatchet Man? Was this loving and devoted
mother killed because of her shady past, or for her inheritance? Between finding
the truth and falling in love, Steven stops at nothing, to solve his mother’s murder.
“The Other Couple’s
Child”
Charlotte had it all. A loving and devoted husband. Supportive
family and friends, and a house full of beautiful children. Everything was perfect
for this Super Mom, until a medical procedure turns her life upside down, and spirals
into a child abduction case. Time is running out. Will police arrive in time to
save Charlotte and the other couple’s child?
“3381 Market Street”
Katherine Sims, a young widow working for a brokerage firm in
a small southeastern town, is tired of the excuses concerning Charlie’s absence.
She knows something terrible must have happened to her favorite nephew with the
sad blue-eyes. After exposing the killer, Katherine’s life is turned upside down
and she finds herself fighting for her life. Filled with maniacal suspects, a Satanic
Cult, and danger around each corner, this story depicts one woman’s courage too
avenge a child’s murder, while finding unexpected love.
“The Tarot Card Murders”
New Detective, and ex-navel man, twenty-six-year-old Nick Difozzio,
returns to his small county determined too abolish crime. Not until death knocked
on his door, did he know the face of evil. Will the decorated veteran destroy the
Lycanthropes, or will he succumb to their murderess desires and become one of them?
He took an oath too protect, honor, and uphold the law, but can he defy the lust,
riches, and power offered, or are the ‘dark forces’ stronger than his will?

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Author Bio

I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint. When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dogs Jasmine and Scooter, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women’s
Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill’s Arts and Craftsmen
Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My books along with my original canvas paintings, can be found at:

Other Available Books

Murder Most Foul-a detective/mystery
Wicked Intentions- a paranormal anthology
Loves, Myths, and Monsters- a fantasy anthology
The Crime of the Century- a biography true crime
Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between

Author Social Media

 

Twisted Love 
First you must pick an interesting crime. I specialize in homicides in my home state of Ohio. Routinely reading newspapers will help the writer find murder cases. Find a homicide that has numerous good elements that will hold one’s interest.
Next you must start the investigation of your chosen crime. To find my information, I read newspaper reports of the homicide. I searched court documents for witness reports, and courtroom testimony. I interviewed witnesses. Persons that either were present when the crime occurred, or had after the fact information. Try to locate the victim’s family members, and see if they want their side of the story told. If the case goes to trial, the Defense’s job is to discredit the victim. To portray the deceased as the “bad guy.” This type of mud slinging does not sit well with loved ones of the victim. Give them a chance to speak for the deceased. Anyone that was involved with the case, will have something of interest to report. Don’t forget to locate the reports of the arresting officers and the homicide detectives. Try to locate the coroners report, any eyewitness, or person’s who reported hearing an altercation or gunshots.
Keep abreast of updates, and read everything that was written about the case. Build a relationship with the law enforcement officials who are involved in the case. I personally live in a very small town, where most person’s know one another, and many have relatives or close friends that are involved with law enforcement. Attend the trial and speak to everyone you can about the criminal, the victim and prosecution and defense witness.
Last but not least, sit down and write. Now it is time to tell the story of the crime. Hopefully you will find most of the information you need in your copious notes–if not go back and get the answers you need. Never throw away any notes or information concerning the case. Not even after the trial is over with, and the story is written. Most convicted felons apply for numerous appeals, which take years to dissolve. Some cases never seem to end; The Crime of the Century was such a case. When the accused was found guilty and sent to prison, he and his attorneys, who always believed him innocent, continued fighting for his freedom. That blessed event came after the convicted spent five years on death row. He was cleared with DNA, but it still took nearly thirty years to find the true killers. If you want your true crime novel to be believable, you can’t fudge the facts.
Blurbs for “Twisted Love” 12 cases of love gone bad
It’s a chilling reality that homicide investigators know all too well: the last face most murder victims see is not that of a stranger, but of someone familiar.
The End of Autumn-To keep from paying child support for his three children, Rodney Williams, plots with his parents to kidnap his estranged wife, 25-year old Autumn, in broad daylight. This 2011 crime shocked the small community of Logan, Ohio.
Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing-In 2011, 53 year old Russell Strothers, and his teenage accomplice find their victims through Craigslist and strike with calculating and deadly force.
A Senseless Killing-This 2010 case uncovers how a 40 year old likable barmaid was lured to her death after she rejects her young admirers sexual advances.
The Death of Innocence-This 2011 murder case involved 4 year old Marcie Willis, and her evil stepmother 25 year old Cheryl, from the small bedroom community of The Plains, Ohio.
The Girl Not Forgotten-This cold case took 26 years to solve, but brought justice for 13-year-old Holly Buford, and put serial rapist, 40-year-old Stanley Snead, behind bars.
The Possession-When 29-year-old Valerie Harris severs the penis of her sexually abusive father, it makes national news in 2007.
Home Town Hero-When deaf students are murdered in the prestigious Rose Brick College of the Deaf in 2008, everyone is shocked when discovering the killer is one of their own.
The Spell Caster Murders-When 42 year old Fortune Teller Sally Vu and her 21-year-old daughter Veronica are discovered murdered and physically desecrated, in 2001, evidence points to revenge and a spell gone wrong.
All For the Family-In 2003, as a way to erase her 22-year-old husbands criminal past, 19 year old Molly Abbott devises a ghoulish and desperate strategy.
Thicker Than Water?-When 52 year old Kim Michaels is found dismembered inside her burned out home in 1996, officers find the crime more confusing than a jig saw puzzle.
Mail Order Murder-The last thing the beautiful Russian mail order bride Anna dreamed of in 2001, was being murdered by her controlling and older American husband.
Where’s Christopher?-When four year old Christopher Ellis goes missing, numerous excuses and an odd odor emanating from the backyard in 1991, raises eyebrows.

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Other Available Books

Murder Most Foul-a detective/mystery
Wicked Intentions- a paranormal anthology
Loves, Myths, and Monsters- a fantasy anthology
The Crime of the Century- a biography true crime
Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between

Upcoming Books

Flagitious-a crime/mystery anthology
Author Bio
I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint.
When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dogs Jasmine and Scooter, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill’s Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My books along with my original canvas paintings, can be found at:
Author Social Media
Wicked Intentions 
When it comes to fiction writing,
almost anything goes. That is why I love writing paranormal and fantasy
stories. The author can go completely over the edge and make something unbelievable
seem believable. When it comes to ghost stories, I get a lot of my inspiration
from real life experiences. Not necessarily my own either. I watch television
programs that partake of the supernatural and paranormal flare. Programs from
ordinary people who claim they experienced either an afterlife experience, or a
haunting.
Some of the stories from my
anthology, Wicked Intentions, are based on actual hauntings. In The Legend of
Lake Manor, I placed my young psychic, Cassandra Lopez, in a haunted mansion I
fashioned on my knowledge of a three-story mansion in my hometown and
information from television about a restaurant/bar in Ohio, supposedly ruled by demons so violent
that the local police are constantly closing it down.
A television documentary about a
young mother plagued by ghost sightings since childhood, inspired The Haunting
of Barb Marie and her gift/curse.
And The Apartment, in which my
newlyweds, B

ill and Gayle, are plagued by sightings of evil ghosts that
threaten their marriage and theirs lives, originated from a real apartment
haunted by the ghosts of two homosexual lovers who died violently. The legend
says no tenant is able to stay there until the spirits are chased off by a
paranormal investigation team.

On the Discovery Channel, is
where I got the idea for Summer Wind. I learned of the colonial explorer
Jonathon Carver who lived during the 1700s and whose ghost is believed to be
haunting the Summerwind estate, built in the early 20th century. Carver’s ghost
is, supposedly, searching the house’s foundations for deeds to a vast tract of
land (10,000 square miles) given to him by Sioux Indian chiefs as a reward for
the peace treaty he created between two warring tribes. In my Summer Wind, 29
year-old Ginger is mysteriously drawn to the old mansion, and like the many
owners of the real mansion, the haunting had a negative and profound effect on
Ginger and her family.
Another investigative program
concerned one sister’s psychic premonitions about her twin’s murder. This led
to my story, Blood Ties, and my heroine, Audra Roper’s dark, disturbing visions
of her sister’s disappearance and the roller coaster of risks, heartbreak, and
intrigue that followed.
Dark Visions came from reading a
newspaper story while sitting in a diner. A young woman began having visions of
her father’s disappearance that was actually his murder from years earlier. So,
my Carrie Reynolds starts having nightmares on her twenty-sixth birthday and
believes these ‘dark visions’ can solve the twenty year disappearance of her
father.
I set my murder mystery, The
Truth Behind the Lies, on Norfolk Island after
following a three year long murder investigation on that island from 2003. In
my story, Federal Police Inspector Ian Christian faces attacks, more murders
and ghostly occurrences, and the killer is closer than anyone realizes.
So, the next time you get
Writer’s Block, or need a new idea, try switching on the television, open a
newspaper, delve into history or simply look and listen. You will find
something to stimulate your muse.

Other books by JoAnne Myers

Murder Most Foul-a detective/mystery
Loves, Myths, and Monsters-a fantasy anthology
The Crime of the Century-a biography true crime
Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between
Upcoming Releases:
Twisted Love-a biography true crime anthology available May
10
Flagitious-a detective/mystery novella anthology available
Summer 2014

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Buy links for “Wicked Intentions” 7
paranormal/mystery tales
Paperback:
Amazon:

Author Bio

JoAnne Myers 
I have been a long-time
resident of southeastern Ohio,
and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several
novels under my belt, I canvas paint.
When not busy with
hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dogs
Jasmine and Scooter, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member
of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance,
Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association,
the Hocking Hill’s Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County
Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills
Regional Welcome
Center. I believe in
family values and following your dreams. 

Author Social Media

Crime of the Century 
About the Book
Title The Crime of the
Century
Genre Biography true
crime
Author JoAnne Myers
Book heat level (based
on movie ratings): PG13
The residents of Rolling
Hills, a hamlet in southeastern Ohio,
were horrified when the dismembered bodies of two missing teens were pulled
from the local river. Multiply suspects surfaced, but only one was railroaded,
Richard Allan Lloyd, a known nudist and hothead.
What began as an evening
stroll turned into what found only in horror films, and dubbed ‘the crime of
the century’. 18 year old Babette, a voluptuous beauty contestant and
horsewoman, and her 19 year old boyfriend Shane Shoemaker, a jealous and
possessive unemployed printer, were last seen crossing a trestle bridge. Within
fourteen days, their mutilated torsos and severed heads and limbs were
unearthed, suggesting satanic cult activity.
With an investigation
smeared with contradicting statements, and a botched crime scene, investigators
built a flimsy case against Richard Lloyd. The three-week trial was based on
police corruption and ineptitude, fairytale theories, and forensic mishandling.
This heinous crime
shattered the sense of security for Rolling Hills, destroyed two families, and
forever scarred the town. This story is a detailed account of finding justice
for Babette and Shane, and of one man’s perseverance to gain his freedom from
death row.

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Interview with JoAnne Myers

Why did you write this book?
For many reasons. It is
a true case that took nearly 30 years to solve. It put an innocent man on death
row for five years, and forever scarred a small Ohio town. It was truly the worse case in
the county’s history.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Probably fantasy, because
almost anything goes in that genre. A writer can make the impossible sound
possible.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not
including your own characters)?
James Bond. He is the
ultimate male alpha.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your
favorites?
watch court cases such
as Judge Mathis, the Investigation Discovery channel which has true cases
broadcasted. Also, I became hooked on this new fantasy show called Bitten. It
is about a werewolf family living amongst humans.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are
we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am not working on any
new books right now. I am mostly concentrating on promoting the books I do have
and will have. I have two books being released soon. Loves, Myths, and
Monsters, is a fantasy anthology starring the Mothman, the Chupracabra,
Mermaids, an Egyptian curse, reincarnation, werewolves, a demonic cellmate, a
serial killer family from the 1800’s, and a Quaker love story.
Please tell us about your latest book.
The Crime of the Century
is a true double homicide case from 1982, that terrified residents and
destroyed families. There were many bizarre suspects, but only one was
railroaded by police.
Excerpt
At 5:45 pm., Chief White used his
walkie-talkie, to radio Lt. Phillipes, who stayed at the command post with Richard
and Nancy. Only a few short words were needed.
“We found something, but we don’t
know what it is,” said the chief.
What searchers found . . . was unthinkable.
Just 150 yards north of the railroad
trestle spanning the Bottle
Neck River,
Sheriff Reynolds and one of his deputies reported “something entangled in debris,”
near their small boat.
The officers initially said they believed
the object was an animal carcass. Once it was dislodged and floated down stream,
they realized it was human.
The officers then followed the remains
and discovered 30 yards south of the first torso, the second torso was located.
Both torsos were reportedly snagged against brush along the riverbank just west
of The Regency Supply Company.
Both torsos were reportedly nude and
so badly decomposed, officers said they were unable to determine their sex.
Upon the discovery, Jack Jones broke
down and was seen “running and screaming” from the area. The remains were
pulled to shore and coroner Rausch was summoned to the riverbank.
Law enforcement personnel cleared
the immediate area of non-official personnel. Afterward, they stationed themselves
around the perimeter of the area while the bodies were examined.
Many searchers, upon leaving the crime
scene, were overheard by reporters asking one another “Are the authorities
looking for one killer or two?”
After his initial examination of the
bodies, the coroner said he was unable to rule on the cause of death or what sex
the torsos were. What he did say, was that if one man committed both murders, it
was “during a great rage” and by someone with something “very personal”
against one, or both, of the victims.
Sheriff Reynolds reported an empty
purse found, but did not know if it belonged to Babette. He told reporters, he did
not believe the bodies were the missing Rolling Hills teens.
Richard Lloyd told reporters that,
when he and Nancy heard the bodies might not be that of Babette and Shane, they
were relieved, and said, “That comment gave me and Nancy a speck of hope.”
JoAnne Myers
Author Bio
I have been a long-time
resident of southeastern Ohio,
and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several
novels under my belt, I canvas paint.
When not busy with
hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dogs
Jasmine and Scooter, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member
of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance,
Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association,
the Hocking Hill’s Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County
Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills
Regional Welcome
Center. I believe in
family values and following your dreams. My books along with my original canvas
paintings, can be found at:
Author Social Media

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