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April’s No Limits Blog Talk Radio show.

One of the many good things I’ve found with hosting my monthly Blog Talk Radio show, No Limits, is meeting new authors.  I love discovering someone new to read. I always ask for a copy of the book they want to talk about ahead of time, and the majority of them have been a joy. Like any individual, there have been those I’ve enjoyed more than others, but I’ve yet to come across one that I’ve hated. An even bigger thrill is when they have more than one book that I can delight myself with.

My April show is no different. My two guests are Kait Carson and Richard Paolinelli.  Both authors are new to me.  I’ll learn more about each of them on No Limits. That’s what my show is about, discovering how an author creates, what works for them, if there is anything they have to have before they can write, or what they did to celebrate when they signed that book contract.

For my blog today I am giving you quick reviews of their latest books.

Kait Carson’s latest book, Death by Sunken Treasure, is a Hayden Kent mystery.  I like Hayden Kent. When something doesn’t set well with her, she has to find out why. Hayden is a paralegal and an avid scuba diver. When Mike, the son of a woman she considers a second mother, is found dead in full scuba gear Hayden is devastated. When his death is judged a suicide, she is full of disbelief. The way the man died just isn’t logical for a diver.

Mike had been in her office only days before signing his will. He had left everything to his infant son. Nothing to raise an alarm, until another will surfaces, this one very different.

The more Hayden digs, the more questions surface. There is sunken treasure involved, gold doubloons among it that seem to bring out the worst in people.

Hayden’s suspicions rise even more when she receives notes and emails telling her to back off and accept the suicide verdict. Of course she doesn’t, or we wouldn’t have story. She sees it through to the end, a course of action that will alter her life in a very big way.

I’m not a scuba diver. I don’t even like to be in water above my head, but Kait Carson’s descriptive style, made me feel as if I was there. There is another book in the Hayden Kent series, Death by Blue Water. It has joined my list of books that I just have to read. Pick up a copy of Death by Sunken Treasure and lose yourself in deep sea mystery. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Richard Paolinelli’s  latest book, Reservations, couldn’t be more different. Richard takes us to the desert of New Mexico, into the world of Navajo, Hopi and Zuni.   Reservations starts off with a murder. The victim knows his killer, and is sad he will die before he can identify the person. Even more devastating to him is knowing more people will die and he can do nothing to prevent it.

I’m a big fan of the late Tony Hillerman, and a new fan of his daughter, Ann. I’m also an avid read of Craig Johnson’s Longmire series. Reservations has the same feel.

One of the main characters,  Ben Yazzie, who is the President of the Navajo Nation, knows more than he wants to share about the murders and calls for help from an old friend, Baker Collins, the Deputy Director of the FBI.

Baker sends his best agent, Jack Del Rio, to Gallup, New Mexico to catch the brazen murderer.  Jack is met with hostility, they don’t need a fed to catch their killer, they can do so themselves.

I loved the twist and turns of this mystery and the interaction between the characters, most with their own agendas that hinder Del Rio’s objective.

I am happy to know that Richard Paolinelli has another novel due out this year. I’m looking forward to reading it.

So, there’s some hints about two great mysteries.  If you’d like to learn more about the authors, the join me for No Limits.  Here is the link to the show:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rrradio/2016/04/19/red-river-radios-no-limits-with-barbara-m-hodges

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A Perfect Murder.

A perfect murder, is there such a thing? I’ve killed people in many different ways, after all I write books.  It’s not only my thrillers, I’ve killed many folks and out of this world creatures, in my fantasy and science fiction stories. I’ve used a knife, poison, guns, dark magic and even quantum physics.

Some years back there was a television show, I can’t remember the title now, but a man was found dead and police were investigating. Of course the wife was their number one suspect.  I remember the woman inviting the detectives for dinner and serving them lamb from a gorgeous roast.  I don’t remember how the audience finds out, but the leg of lamb was the murder weapon and she got away with murder.

I wonder if that would work in this modern day?

So all of you readers, what’s your favorite murder? For all of my crime fiction author friends, how have you killed people in your books?

Me?  I think an airplane crash would have to be my favorite, although that is a pretty knife.

 

We say, “hi,” to Heidi

After Ophelia went to the Rainbow Bridge, our home was too quite without some female bassitude.  Jeff and I knew our next basset girl would be a rescue.  We didn’t plan on rescuing a puppy.  All puppies are heart-stealers,  but we felt a two-year old would fit it better with our family.  We weren’t sure a pup would work out well with our Hamlet who had just turned eight.

I began my search on Petfinders and found LuLu.  LuLu was a three-year old basset girl, right here in town.  Hamlet and I went to meet her, but we weren’t to be LuLu’s forever home.  LuLu did find her home though.

Back to Petfinders.  Then I saw them, a litter of six basset puppies, all little girls.

Heidi’s first day with us.

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Here’s there story. A vet called and said they had a basset girl birthing puppies, that one was stuck. momma and remaining babies were in trouble. The owners couldn’t afford to save them.  The rescue said yes they would pay the bill,  but the owners had to agree to give the puppies up to rescue and to spay the momma right there. The owners agreed.  Six little basset girls came into the world.  When they were old enough, they came into the rescue.  Lots of folks applied for the babies, but I have to commend the rescue, they were very selective on choosing new homes.  All puppies are a challenge, but basset’s can be a double challenge until they reach two years of age.   The rescue wanted to make sure any families-to-be knew what they were signing up for.

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Young Heidi

So Heidi joined our family.  She is everything we wanted, full of bassitude.  She’s added years to Hamlet’s life, has him up and acting like a young one himself at times.  He’s taken off a few pounds and our vet is happy with his new shape.

Bella

This is Bella. She’s one of Heidi’s BFF’s from the park.   Bella is a two-year old Welsh Corgi. There is also Smoke who is a husky and pitbull puppy, and Lou who is a miniature dachshund, but we don’t have photos of them yet.

Heidi and Bella playing. They can get pretty rough with each other.  More to follow about Hamlet and Heidi’s adventures together.

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All About Hamlet

When Sydney left for the Rainbow Bridge, we knew we would get another companion for Ophelia.  Our bassets have always did better in twos.

This time it was Jeff’s turn to pick out our new family member.  A breeder had a new litter, again this is before I decided that rescue was the only way for us to go.  We’d decided to stick with the Shakespeare theme, if a girl pup was chosen she would be Juliet, if a boy, Hamlet.

Hamlet was chosen and joined our family. The first meeting between Ophelia and Hamlet went well, until Hamlet decided Ophelia must be his mommy. She settled things along that line quickly.

This is Hamlet as a puppy.

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The two of them had some great times together, but Ophelia was always the boss.  They loved going out in the motorhome. One of our best trips was to a NASCAR race in Phoenix.

Ophelia and Hamlet.

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When Ophelia was diagnosed with anal cancer Jeff and I were devastated. We worried how Hamlet would do without her, they’d been together his entire life.

He didn’t do well. So after Ophelia left us, we didn’t wait long to bring Heidi into our world.  Her story will be next.

Our handsome boy.  He’s eight now.

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Ophelia Joins Our Family

 

After Winston went to the Rainbow Bridge, Ophelia joined our family.  At this time Sydney was eleven. He hated Ophelia for the first three months.  There were times that I wondered if we’d made the right decision in bringing her into our lives,,,there were many times I had that thought.

It’s hard for me to write about Miss O.  She’s been at the Bridge now for eight months, but I still miss her everyday.

 

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Ophelia was our first girl basset hound.  She came to us with a bundle of attitude, which she had until the day she left us.   What a little princess she was, from her nose to the tip of her tail.  She ruled our hearts with a sometimes not so velvet paw.

Ophelia never asked for attention. She simply waited for the attention to come to her.   Ophelia and Sydney loved going camping.  At that time we had a motorhome.  We bought a long ramp so the two of them could go in and out as they pleased.  We also had a portable fence we set up around our site.

 

Ophelia with my niece Kate. Kate is now 14.

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Walking them always attracted attention.  Kids adored them, and they adored kids.

When Miss O was diagnosed with anal cancer it broke our hearts.  We had her with us another seven months.  Her body left as a ten, way too young. but her spirit remains.

 

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Central Coast Writers Conference

Just home from a exciting, but exhausting day and a half. As always I learned a lot, but this visit I also learned a couple of ways I do not want to go with my writing. One is I do not want to venture into audio books, and the second is I do not want to be a screenwriter.

With audio books the cost for me is a major stumbling block. From the workshop I took, to receive a good product, the cost is over $3000.00. And if I can’t have a good product, then I don’t want one.

With screen writing, it’s just not something that I want to delve into. If someone wanted to make one of my books into a script for a movie, I wouldn’t say no though.

I guess it’s always good to know what you don’t want to do too.

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