Author Interview featuring Dana Ford and Case File Phantom (C. McCauley Case Files series) w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

Case File Phantom

by Dana Ford

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GENRE: Mystery Fiction

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In this mystery fiction novel, Georgia Richards lost hope of ever seeing her husband again since he disappeared over a year ago.  On a Saturday afternoon, she thought she saw him at a play; on stage at the Oaksdale Playhouse.  But, Georgia didn’t have the courage to find out if it was really him.  Constance McCauley was empathetic to Georgia’s faint of heart and decided to offer her investigation services to find the true identity of this mysterious man.  Would Constance be able to track down Georgia’s estranged husband?  If he was found, why had he been missing for over a year?  As Constance pursued this case with a combination of faith and persistence, she witnessed the power of forgiveness unfold before her eyes.

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Excerpt Two:

It was beautiful inside.  The space quaint, low lighting, enough ambience to make a lucrative business deal or extend a marriage proposal.   Thanks to Troy making reservations, we were seated right away in a cozy booth for two.  Sean placed a marketing folder on the table next to his place setting.  “I’m looking forward to talking about what we can do for your company.”  He said.  His eyes were naturally a darker brown in this low lighting.  I smiled, thankful for the distraction of the waiter.

“Would you care for some wine?” The waiter asked pleasantly.

“None for me, thank you.”  I replied.  

“I’ll take a glass of your best red wine.” Sean responded.  

“Very good sir.”  

Sean jumped right in.  “Did Alex talk to you about all of our services or did he just focus on one aspect of what we do, like print advertising?”

“Well, I actually did not tell you the whole truth about Alex and I.”  

Sean perked up to listen.

“I do own a private investigation firm, but I never met Alex through your company.”  The waiter returned with Sean’s glass of wine and sparkling water for me.  We both ordered their chef’s special pasta with a salad.  

“Oh.”  Sean thought for a moment.

“But, tell me.  What services do you have?”  I asked.  I actually did want to know.

Until dinner arrived, Sean presented all of the details that were included in the marketing folder that he had brought.  He pitched ways to expose my business from print advertising, to social media strategies.  “Are you interested in pursuing any of these marketing approaches?”  He asked, knowing that he was one of the best salesmen on the Brown & Edwards sales team.  

Taking a look over all of the amazing food that was just placed on our table, I also considered the marketing services that Sean had presented.  “Let me think about it.”  I responded.

“You had the same hesitation when we met the other day.  What exactly are you thinking about?”  He returned like a true salesman.

Welcome Dana Ford!  Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

Is Case File Phantom a single title, or part of a series?

Case File Phantom is part of the book series C. McCauley Case Files.

What were your inspirations for the story?

A dream.  I dreamed about this plot and wrote the novel.

Please share your setting for Case File Phantom.  Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?

The setting is fiction based on a typical mid-sized U.S. town.

When did the writing bug first bite?

I have been writing stories since I was in elementary school. My best friend and I would have sleepovers and write short stories through the night.  Her reaction to my writing encouraged me to become a writer.  

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

Nicholas Sparks is my favorite author.

If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

Mayo Angelo, Nicholas Sparks, and the Apostle Paul

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

Writing is my special thing that I do (smile).

What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?

Don’t stop writing!

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Dana Ford has enjoyed writing stories since she can remember.  She has penned several books and has found a new love in writing mystery fiction.  Her favorite hobbies besides writing is watching old movies, volunteering in her community, and spending precious moments with her family.

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https://www.amazon.com/Case-File-Phantom-Dana-Ford/dp/1524573736

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Author Interview featuring The Secret Billionaire by Teymour Shahabi w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

The Secret Billionaire
by Teymour Shahabi

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GENRE: Young Adult Mystery

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March 24. Billionaire Lyndon Surway takes off in his private plane and never returns.

His will leaves the entirety of his wealth—one of the largest fortunes in history—to his “dear friend Lucian Baker.” Only there is no trace of anyone by that name. And the fortune itself is nowhere to be found.

Andrew Day knows nothing of wealth and privilege, but he won a scholarship to study at the most exclusive school in the country, in the town where the mystery, decades later, remains unsolved. There he discovers friendship and danger with the aristocratic Cameron and the beautiful Olivia. But watchful eyes follow him everywhere… Until, one night, he comes across a secret that will change his life. As he begins to unravel what really happened to the Surway fortune, the question remains: who is Lucian Baker?

Winner: Northern California Book Festival, Best Young Adult Book, 2016
Winner: Great Midwest Book Festival, Best Young Adult Book, 2016
Winner: Florida Book Festival, Best Young Adult Book, 2016

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Excerpt One:

THE METROPOLITAN TIMES

June 24, 196…

At nine o’clock yesterday morning, following ninety days of fruitless searching, billionaire industrialist and businessman Lyndon Surway was officially pro-nounced dead. Mr. Surway was last seen by mem-bers of his staff departing from the main airplane hangar of his estate a few minutes past eight in the morning, flying alone aboard one of his aircraft. His last recorded words to the command center crew of his hangar were: “Clear skies and mild winds. Per-fect visibility, or as perfect as I could hope, for as long as I can tell. Gentlemen, I wish you a thorough enjoyment of this fine day.” Nothing unusual was noted in his language or behavior.

The late Mr. Surway often took his plane out with no stated destination. But this time, he failed to return at the customary hour of six in the evening. As no word had been received from him, the kitch-ens were advised that he would likely dine outside.
At ten o’clock on the following morning, when there was still no news of Mr. Surway or his air-craft, the Steward of the House alerted the munici-pal, state, and federal authorities, and a search began for the missing magnate. But no airport, ho-tel, hospital or inn within fuel’s range of the estate could provide any information. Dozens of interviews bore no result. Countless journalists and detectives rushed in from every corner of the country, but none of them could unearth a single clue regarding Mr. Surway’s whereabouts. Not even the Steward could guess where Mr. Surway had gone. On the morning of his disappearance, Mr. Surway had only told him: “My day is free and so am I.”

Fifteen infantry troops were dispatched, with over a hundred hound dogs, across more than two hun-dred miles of hills and valleys surrounding the town of Spring Forge, where Mr. Surway lived. The infan-try and the dogs found nothing. The Air Force then loaned eighteen jet-powered aircraft to continue the search. The Navy joined the effort with five ships, sixteen helicopters, and four submarines to scour the coastal regions, islands, and ocean floor within flying range of the Eastern Seaboard. Again nothing was found. Finally then, a large-scale search was conducted through the grounds and the buildings of Surway House itself, led by seven hundred volun-teers from Spring Forge and other towns throughout the valley. Still they found nothing. Yesterday marked three months since Mr. Surway’s disappear-ance. The aircraft was legally declared lost, and its owner deceased. Mr. Surway, estimated for each of the past twelve years to be the wealthiest man in the Western Hemisphere, leaves behind no known relatives.

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Welcome! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.
>> Hello Harlie, I’m the author of “The Secret Billionaire,” a young adult mystery novel and my first published book.  I was born in Paris of Persian parents, and I moved to the US—Boston to be precise—to go to college, where I studied Comparative Literature and Mathematics. These days I live in New York City, where I’ve spent the last few years among serious professionals, many of whom probably prefer to read nonfiction.


Is a single title, or part of a series?
>> I planned it as a series from the start… and incredibly generous readers are now encouraging me to write the sequel!


What were your inspirations for the story?

>> This book is inspired by the great stories of my childhood, stories of adventure and lost treasure, like Ali Baba or The Count of Monte-Cristo, and stories about heroes and supervillains.

Please share your setting. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?

>> The story is set in a fictionalized version of the beautiful Hudson Valley, near New York City where I live. In particular, the lovely town of Cold Spring, which I first discovered when looking for a day hike near the City, is the inspiration for Spring Forge in the book. It’s the kind of small town that feels cozy and magical at the same time, where life seems frozen in time and yet anything could happen. There’s even a real-life person whom I met in Cold Spring who made her way into the book…  But I’m almost certain she doesn’t know yet ☺

When did the writing bug first bite?

>> I was a very sickly kid, and because I spent much of my childhood in bed with a book in my hands, fiction soon became my world. Once I started becoming healthier, I discovered that the real world is filled with stories, even richer stories than I’d found in books. And so, I started writing them down in the dark, using a flashlight in my bed at night.


Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?
>> I’m a huge movie fan. I also love classical music. And I’m obsessed with food. One of the three, at least, is highly obvious from the book.


What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?
>> Once, when I was in my early twenties, I vividly heard something that sounded like a real-life Star Wars space battle outside my window. The sounds lasted a good twenty minutes, and they were as loud and clear as anything I’ve ever heard. But everything outside looked perfectly normal. And I’ve never come across anything like that again.


What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?
>> Set a writing schedule, even a modest one, and stick to it, with no concern for quality. Your writing will take on a life of its own. Wherever it may take you, that in and of itself is a miracle and a joy.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Teymour Shahabi was born in Paris of Persian parents in 1985. He moved to the United States to study Comparative Literature and Mathematics at Harvard University. He lives in New York City where he’s spent the last few years among serious professionals, many of whom probably prefer to read nonfiction. The Secret Billionaire is his first published book.

You can watch him try to figure out writing and life at www.facebook.com/Teymour.Shahabi.

Amazon book link: http://a.co/8L4lido
Website: www.teymourshahabi.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/teymour.shahabi
Instagram: @teymour.shahabi
Twitter: @teymourshahabi
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Hairdresser Lola Flannigan has a little electrical problem. After getting struck by lightning seven times, her hands now shock everyone she touches, except for one person; the very sexy, very wealthy Morgan Slade. But is Morgan really looking out for her, or is he just planning to use her to get what he wants?

 

Hearts must be broken by Bridie Hall (new adult, suspense)

When a ghost from her past wants to take revenge on twenty-year-old Anais, the only one she can turn to for help is Damon. But things quickly become complicated because he has feelings for her and she doesn’t want a relationship. Can she learn to trust him and can he forgive her past?

 

Lost & Found by Shilpa Mudiganti (sweet romance)

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Aisha, who is still grieving for her ex-boyfriend John is in for a surprise. Liam, John’s best friend, who has had feelings for her but had to keep his feelings in check is ready to prove his love for her. But is she ready to risk her heart again?

 

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Lexi returns to her first love, Wolf Creek Ski Resort, with ambitions of becoming a ski instructor. She soon finds herself in the middle of a longtime feud between Gabe, a snow groomer who gives off the broken vibe Lexi finds irresistible, and Harrison the fourth, playboy son of Wolf Creek’s owner who always wants what Gabe has. Tensions boil at Wolf Creek, and Lexi’s heart might not be the only thing at stake.

 

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When a ghost from her past wants to take revenge on twenty-year-old Anais, the only one she can turn to for help is Damon. But things quickly become complicated because he has feelings for her and she doesn’t want a relationship. Can she learn to trust him and can he forgive her past?

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When Ms. Hall asked me to review her new short for the anthology, I was thrilled.  I loved her books from Evernight Teen.  Well thought out and engrossing.  With a side of snark.  She did warn me, though, that this story was a bit different and she wasn’t lying.

I loved it.  It’s a suspense/mystery with romantic elements.  I will admit that I didn’t quite know what to think.  It’s not your standard story structure.  Keep that in mind when you read it.  The suspense/mystery element is spot on.  Kinda creepy and you will try to figure it out way before Ms. Hall reveals it to you.  He He!  I didn’t see it coming and what Anais does afterward is almost inspiring.  Anais is a mystery at first but once the story starts to pick up, I really liked her.  She’s smart but is also hurting because of some family issues.

Damon, poor Damon.  I wish I had gotten to know him a bit better.  He’s fleshed out but I would have liked a better perspective on what Anais was going through.  I know that he had his life to live but it seemed like he just left her hanging until she figured out what to do.  Overall, though, I really liked him.  The ending was great with him.

Overall, I really liked the story.  It’s different but it’s a good different.  Anais and Damon are people that I would like to see again.  I want to see how it all played out in the end.  🙂  Just a thought.