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New release: ‘A Deadly Eclair’ by Daryl Wood Gerber

National best-selling author Daryl Wood Gerber delivers an irresistible tale in A Deadly Éclair. Brimming with the ingredients of a winning recipe—a to-die-for setting, a captivating cast of characters, fabulous French bistro fare, and sumptuous suspense—A Deadly Éclair marks the advent of a mouthwatering new mystery series.
About  A Deadly Éclair:  It’s always been Mimi Rousseau’s dream to open her own bistro, but it seems beyond her grasp since she’s been chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband’s tremendous debt. But when Mimi’s best friend Jorianne James introduces her to Bryan Baker, an entrepreneur who invests in promising prospects, Mimi’s dream becomes a reality and Bistro Rousseau is born. Now, working the bistro and inn until she’s able to pay it off and call it her own, Mimi is throwing the inn’s first wedding ever.

This wedding will be the talk of the town, as celebrity talk show host Angelica Edmonton, daughter of Bryan’s half-brother, Edison, has chosen the inn as the perfect venue for her extravagant nuptials. Anxious, Mimi is sure things are going to turn south—especially when Edison gets drunk and rowdy at the out-of-towners’ dinner—but by the evening, things begin to look up again. That is until morning rolls around, and Bryan is found dead at the bistro with an éclair stuffed in his mouth. And the fingers point at Mimi, whose entire loan is forgiven if Bryan dies.

Now it’s up to Mimi to clear her name and get to the bottom of things before the killer turns up the heat again. Murder, after all, is not a good addition to any menu….
A fresh, fun, and fantastic French Bistro tale, A Deadly Éclair is peppered with charm, wit, and swoon-worthy recipes.  This clever culinary cozy will delight with its tantalizing twists and turns, sizzling storyline, and masterful plotting.  A delicious, decadent and delectable new mystery, A Deadly Éclair is resplendent with flavor, spice, and zest. Written by a true master of the cozy mystery, A Deadly Éclair is a tale to be devoured.  
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 Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber is best known for her nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries as well as the Cheese Shop Mysteries, which she pens as Avery Aames. Daryl has also penned two stand-alone suspense novels, Day of Secrets and Girl on the Run. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line. Visit Daryl Wood Gerber online at: www.darylwoodgerber.com

 

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Interview with Kate Sorensen, public relations specialist in Mark S. Bacon’s new mystery, ‘Desert Kill Switch’ 

We’re thrilled to have here today Kate Sorensen from Mark S. Bacon’s new mystery, Desert Kill Switch. 

Kate Sorensen is a fortysomething public relations VP living in Nostalgia City,  Ariz.

It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

Front cover - Full Cover DKS v3 (1)Thank you so much for this interview, Kate.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

Let’s start with movie star qualities.  That’s what Mr. Bacon said I had.  I am a tall blonde in reasonably good shape.  I jog.  I work out.  You know, I really don’t want to talk any more about this right now.  Maybe later.

Now, about my job. In the Nostalgia City mystery series I’m the head of PR for a giant new theme park that’s a re-creation of an entire small town as it would have appeared in the mid-1970s.  Unique. Expensive.

But we’ve had a few glitches since the park opened.  Maybe more than just a few.  So, I have to fend off an army of news reporters who want to know who was killed, who was injured in the park. I’ve been in public relations for more than a dozen years now and I know how to do it.  It’s not all spin.  It’s being honest and treating reporters with respect.  In that regard, Mr. Bacon has accurately portrayed my work.  Now the investigative stuff on the side, that’s a different story.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

Okay.  First of all, I’m six feet two and a half inches tall.  Yes, I played basketball in college.  I averaged 19.5 points per game as a senior at USC.  I think Mr. Bacon might have put just a little too much emphasis on my height.  At times I’m a little self-conscious about it, but playing basketball influenced me in important ways.

My height was a concern when I was growing up. I think Mr. Bacon covered that aspect nicely.  My personality formed when I began to recognize who I was and become proud of it.  And actually, my height is a pivotal issue in this book when I try to do some undercover investigating.  (But I can’t say more or it would spoil the plot.)   Maybe the fact I’m over six feet wasn’t overemphasized after all.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

When I played division one college basketball, the pressure was on—all the time.  Of necessity I developed a way of looking at anxious situations.   In addition to nerve-wracking, my games were also exciting.  So I focused on the excitement.  “You’re not anxious, Kate,” I would tell myself, “you’re just excited.  You’re ready to go.  You can handle it.”  Fortunately I’ve been able to transfer that way of dealing with stress to my professional life.

Worse trait? 

Handling jokes about my height.  “How’s the weather up there?”  “Wow, have you always been this tall?”  “How’s the view?”  I’ve heard these and many others.  But I’m trying to learn to just smile and move the conversation forward.

Dealing with relationships is sometimes a challenge.  If a man is intimidated by my height, things won’t be going well.  I don’t always make allowances for someone else’s insecurities.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

I’d pick Adrianne Palicki, who plays Tyra Collette in the TV show “Friday Night Lights” and is a veteran of several other series.  She’s about six feet tall and very athletic—as she showed in the Wonder Woman TV movie. As an added coincidence, she played basketball in high school.  And above all, she’s a versatile actress I’d be proud to see playing me, Kate Sorensen.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Bruce is my boyfriend.  He used to play Arena football.  We’ve been living together for more than two years.  When I got the job offer to move from Las Vegas to Nostalgia City in Arizona, Bruce was a little reluctant to go.  I couldn’t quite figure it out.  But in this book, Bruce and I—sorry, I can’t explain any more.  “Love interest” as you call it is a complication for me in Desert Kill Switch.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

About the time the Chechen mobsters threatened to sexually assault me and a young woman I was protecting.  Then they were going to kill us and leave our bodies in the desert.  I would have to turn this disgusting, scary situation into just “excitement.”

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

Maybe this answer is too easy, but it seems like the most obvious one.  I would not want to be the young man who is found dead, alone, on a deserted desert road near Nostalgia City in the first chapter.

Of course there are some sleazy characters in the book too, who I would not want to be, but dead?  No.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

I work hard to try to solve the mysteries in this book while dodging several people who have it in for me. My co-star is Lyle Deming, an ex-cop who also works at the Nostalgia City theme park.  In the end of this book, I’m in serious trouble.  I need help.  Does Lyle show up in time.  Not really.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if he decided to write another book with you in it?

Mr. Bacon has already finished another Nostalgia City mystery.  As he makes revisions, I’d suggest, he consider making me just a little less accepting of pot smoking.   Sure I smoked it in college—didn’t everyone?  But now we’re adults.

Thank you for this interview, Kate.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

Absolutely.  The third mystery, where I again share the challenges with Lyle should be out in a little more than a year, depending on how swift Mr. Bacon’s publisher is.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Mark S. Bacon 5052 - smlrMark S. Bacon began his career as a southern California newspaper police reporter, one of his crime stories becoming key evidence in a murder case that spanned decades.

After working for two newspapers, he moved to advertising and marketing when he became a copywriter for Knott’s Berry Farm, the large theme park down the freeway from Disneyland, and later for a Los Angeles advertising agency.

Before turning to fiction, Bacon wrote business books including Do-It-yourself Direct Marketing, printed in four languages and three editions, named best business book of the year by Library Journal, and selected by the Book of the Month Club and two other book clubs.  His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, San Antonio Express News, Denver Post, and many other publications.  Most recently he was a correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Desert Kill Switch is the second book in the Nostalgia City mystery series that began with Death in Nostalgia City, an award winner at the 2015 San Francisco Book Festival.

Bacon is the author of flash fiction mystery books including, Cops, Crooks and Other Stories in 100 Words.  He  taught journalism as a member of the adjunct faculty at Cal Poly University – Pomona, University of Redlands, and the University of Nevada – Reno.  He earned an MA in mass media from UNLV and a BA in journalism from Fresno State.

The Story behind ‘The Guardian’ by Anna del Mar

The Story Behind the Book

The Guardian-SMSo I went to Africa on a non-writing, no-laptop vacation, to check off a bucket list item that entailed world-class wildlife viewing. I also wanted to pursue a life-long yearning to connect with my Caribbean-forged African heritage. Silly me. Little did I know that Africa was about to grab me by the throat, shake awake my soul, and capture my heart for good.

Yes, I loved the wildlife. Yes, I loved the land. The Serengeti is one of the most beautiful, last wild places on earth and we MUST support the effort to protect it. But it was the people I met in Africa that left the greater mark on my soul, the extraordinary folks who challenge the odds every day to build a better future for themselves and for humanity.

These diverse, dynamic communities face complex, difficult, sometimes heart-breaking realities on the ground with skill, resilience, and wisdom. Their…

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Excerpt reveal: LIVIN’:  From the Amsterdam Red Light to the African Bush, by Frankie Hogan

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Front ADN3395 Digest-Soft-Cover (1)Title: LIVIN’:  From the Amsterdam Red Light to the African Bush

Genre: non fiction

Author:  Frankie Hogan

Website: www.livintravelbook.com

Publisher: Wharton Reed

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About the Book: In spite of a lifelong passion for travel, author Frankie Hogan admits that he often fell victim to “life getting in the way” until he decided, once and for all, to stop giving in to easy excuses, stop yielding to the reasons not to—and stop the cycle of procrastinating, putting off and waiting for the right time, the right circumstances, and the right companions.  It was time, Frankie decided, to get out there and see the world, to take in the history, nature and nightlife of places far away from home.  It was time to get out of his own way and travel—really travel—to off-the-beaten-path, exotic, far-flung destinations.  And Hogan, a South Philly native and…

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Character Interview: Sally Solari from Leslie Karst’s culinary mystery, A Measure of Murder

character interviews logoWe’re thrilled to have here today Sally Solari from Leslie Karst’s new culinary mystery, A Measure or Murder.  Sally Solari is a 39-year-old restaurateur/ex-lawyer living in Santa Cruz, California.

It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Sally.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

Measure CoverI’m aware that years ago Leslie Karst waited tables for a couple of years and then worked at the student-run restaurant during her stint as a culinary arts student, but I have to say her portrayal of me as a restaurateur is not one hundred percent accurate. The real-life grind of running a restaurant is far less glamorous than she makes it out to be in the book. Yes, we do occasionally have fun testing out new recipes and yes, working the hot line can be an amazing rush when all the cooks are in sync and the kitchen is sending out perfectly plated entrées at a whirlwind rate. But the work I do at Solari’s (my dad’s restaurant, where I run the front of the house) and Gauguin (the restaurant I inherited from my aunt) is more often a drudgery than it is a thrill. 

In Leslie’s defense, however, an honest, true-to-life book about the inner workings of a restaurant would be pretty darn boring and tedious. After all, who wants to read about someone standing all night long over a hot stove flipping salmon fillets and stirring sauce pots? Or chopping up cases of onions and chicken parts? So I guess it’s for the best that she spiced up my life a tad and cherry-picked the more interesting events that have happened of late at Solari’s and Gauguin (and there have indeed been quite a few!).

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

Part of me would like to pretend that I’m not nearly as sarcastic as portrayed in the book, but the realist in me is well aware of my affinity for snark.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

Perseverance.

Worst trait?

Stubbornness (which is really just another way of saying perseverance).

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Funny you should ask this, because I had this exact conversation with my ex-boyfriend and current bestie, Eric, just the other day. I couldn’t come up with anyone, but he suggested Jennifer Garner. Who would be a terrific choice, by the way—she’s an awesome actress and gorgeous, to boot. But the fact that Eric has had an enormous time crush on Jennifer Garner ever since she starred in Alias makes me a tad worried that maybe this is his way of hinting that he still kind of carries the torch for me.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Not unless you consider Eric’s possible desire to rekindle our past relationship to be a love interest (see answer to previous question). 

Oh, wait… Come to think of it, maybe there is an eensie-weensie attraction on my part that occurs in the book. But you’ll just have to read it to see what you think.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

That happened right away—on page three, during my audition for Eric’s damn chorus. I’m still mad at him for suckering me into that traumatic experience. And then later, after that tenor fell to his death on the church courtyard, I had a pretty strong hunch that the whole thing might have been a very bad idea.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

Perhaps this is too obvious, but I would definitely not want to trade places with the tenor who falls to his death. Not only is he barely even in the book (since he’s dead by chapter two), but from what I’ve since learned, although the guy had the voice of an angel, he had the personality of an arrogant jerk. I may have my snarky moments, but I would never want to be that gal who, if murdered, everyone would say of them, “Oh, well there were so many people who would have had a reason to do her in.”

How do you feel about the ending of the book, without giving too much away?

I’m elated to have finally sung the glorious Mozart Requiem, relieved that the Gauguin kitchen was not burnt to a crisp by a crazed murderer, and happy that the Gauguin bar stayed open late enough on that last night for us to celebrate both of these things.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?

Leslie’s been writing this series in the first person, even though we are, of course, completely different people. So it’s always a little strange for me to read the books, especially the parts where she purports to understand my innermost thoughts. But I have to admit she does tend to get me right. It’s almost as if she has some kind of secret key to my soul. Weird, that. 

So I guess my primary words of wisdom would be these: Keep doing what you’re doing, and don’t stress too much about what I may think of the book, trying to ensure that every tiny piece of the story is absolutely accurate. I get that you have to take a certain amount if artistic liberty in depicting me and my stories. As long as the essence rings true, that’s truly all that matters.

Thank you for this interview, Sally.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

I happen to be privy to the fact that Leslie has now completed book three in her Sally Solari mystery series—based on events that occurred in my life only last year. It recounts how, inspired by the eye-popping canvases of Paul Gauguin, for whom my restaurant is named, I convince Eric to enroll in a plein air painting class. But the beauty of the Monterey Bay coastline is shattered during one of our outings when my dog, Buster, sniffs out a body entangled in a pile of kelp on the beach. 

This next book focuses on the Italian fishing community in Santa Cruz, including the food and cooking favored by the “original sixty families” who emigrated there from Liguria in the late 1800s. It’s entitled Death al Fresco, and will be published in early 2018.

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The daughter of a law professor and a potter, Leslie Karst learned at a young age, during family dinner conversations, the value of both careful analysis and the arts—ideal ingredients for a mystery story. Putting this early education to good use, she now now writes the Sally Solari Mysteries (Dying for a TasteA Measure of Murder), a culinary series set in Santa Cruz, California.

Originally from Southern California, Leslie moved north to attend UC Santa Cruz (home of the Fighting Banana Slugs) and after graduation, parlayed her degree in English literature into employment waiting tables and singing in a new wave rock and roll band. Exciting though this life was, she eventually decided she was ready for a “real” job, and ended up at Stanford Law School.

For the next twenty years Leslie worked as the research and appellate attorney for Santa Cruz’s largest civil law firm. During this time, she rediscovered a passion for food and cooking, and so once more returned to school to earn a degree in culinary arts.

Now retired from the law, she spends her time cooking, gardening, cycling, singing alto in her local community chorus, reading, and of course writing. Leslie and her wife and their Jack Russell mix split their time between Santa Cruz and Hilo, Hawai‘i.

Title: A Measure of Murder

Genre: Mystery

Author: Leslie Karst

Websitehttp://www.lesliekarstauthor.com/

Publisher: Crooked Lane

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Character Interview: Del Corwyn from John Herrick’s romantic comedy, Beautiful Mess

character interviews logoWe’re thrilled to have here today Del Corwyn from John Herrick’s new romantic comedy, Beautiful Mess.  Del is a 78-year-old Academy Award-nominated actor living in Hollywood.

It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so much for this interview, Del.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

Beautiful-Mess-Low-Resolution-Color-Book-CoverOverall, I’d say the author did a fair job portraying me. That’s all I want: a fair shot. That said, he didn’t need to tell the whole world I sleep in the buff. TMI, as I think people still say these days. But to set the record straight, I’m not as shallow as I first come across. Yes, I’m a connoisseur of women. Yes, I prefer them half my age. But even a guy like me, who’s become so settled in his ways, can change where he least expects it.

And no matter what people might tell you, Marilyn Monroe and I were never intimately involved.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

Colorize, my ass! I live in full color and I’m about to return to that beautiful, glowing spotlight! Destiny is yours to build. And if all goes as planned, that elusive Mr. Oscar might come trotting my way.

Don’t tell anyone, but as an actor, I haven’t been in demand since the 1970s, and I refuse to make that second-rate crap that would make the public label me a has-been. So I do wish the author would have put me on the set of a major film and given me the chance to prove I’ve still got it.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I’m young at heart. I believe you’re only as old as you allow yourself to behave. And I don’t give up. If the industry is gonna kill my career, I’m gonna go down fighting, maybe crack a few bigwigs in the balls along the way.

Worst trait?

I have a tough time being honest with myself. If reality doesn’t suit me, I’m content to build my own fictional world until reality has a chance to catch up. Some consider that a weakness, but you only live this life once. I refuse to spend it bird watching, sitting on a park bench with my mouth hanging open. Forget it.

And the ladies—well, that’s another weakness for me. So many possibilities, and I’m afraid to tie myself down. But Felicia, my latest love interest in the book, seems to have made some inroads.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

And give away my big comeback? Are you kidding? Forget the rules, I’d play the part myself. And Clint Eastwood could direct—badass! (Oops, that last remark won’t make sense unless you read the book.)

What’s that? You insist on picking another actor to play me? Well, then, I don’t know—Craig T. Nelson, does that work?

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Yes, but I didn’t see this one coming. And she’s only ten years younger than I am. Talk about a surprise. She’s also the unofficial psychologist I never asked for, but for some reason, she intrigues me and I think I’m in love. What she sees in me, I have no idea. But she understands me. We understand each other. And you know what? I don’t think she wants anything from me but love. But I push her buttons to just to make sure.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

When I started to allow my conscience to guide me. That irritated me. You see, Marilyn Monroe was a close friend of mine. When the book opens, I’m on the verge of bankruptcy, waiting for my second shot at the spotlight. One night, sifting through some personal memorabilia, I found a screenplay Marilyn had put it my care—a screenplay she had written herself. She instructed me to use it as I saw fit if anything should happen to her. She passed away later that year. In the book, this script blew the minds of everyone in Hollywood who read it. It was the biggest entertainment news in a generation—and I was the kingmaker, a role I’d never played in my life. So there I was, Hollywood’s hot property once again, and my damn conscience shows up. I realized people didn’t want to bring Marilyn’s vision to pass; they just wanted a piece of her all over again. Suddenly, Hollywood’s hot property once again, and my damn conscience shows up. I realized people didn’t want to bring Marilyn’s creative vision to pass; they just wanted a piece of her all over again. Suddenly, I had a choice: Do I honor my friend’s memory or do I seize my return to fame? Or can I accomplish both? You’ll need to read Beautiful Mess to find out. And as you do, I’ll show you a side to Marilyn Monroe that you might not know existed.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

I wouldn’t want to trade places with Marilyn Monroe. No, her spotlight never faded. And yes, she remains a legend. But she endured a lot of tragedy along the way. I watched her life unfold behind the scenes, and it wasn’t as glamorous as it looked.

So I’d trade places with Nora Jumelle. She’s a hot new actress. Her star has just begun to rise. People are breaking down her door to get a piece of her. She has the talent to do anything she want she wants and the vibrancy to match.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

Let’s just say the ending stays with me every day of my life. It was a bit drastic, but the right decision—I don’t trust myself. But I don’t think you’ll see the ending coming. The other characters literally look directly at it and they don’t even see it. Ha! Some secrets you’ve gotta take to the grave.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if he decided to write another book with you in it?

Never count me out. And please, Herrick, don’t send me to my grave before I’m 105 years old. Seriously. I plan to outlive George Burns and rack up 30 million Twitter followers.

Oh, and this is just a personal favor: next time around, could you please show a few fans snapping pictures of my star on Hollywood Boulevard? I can use all the good publicity I can get. No more punks rolling all over my star like you did in this book, okay?

Thank you for this interview, Del.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

I’d tell you “no” and claim that I’m retired, but you never know. I’ve still got one more film in me … one day.

In the meantime, you can find out more about me at www.johnherrick.net, Facebook, or @JohnHerrick on Twitter. I’m also at Goodreads.

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Character Interview: Detective Al Warner from George A Bernstein’s suspense/thriller ‘The Prom Dress Killer’

character interviewWe’re thrilled to have here today Detective Al Warner, from George A Bernstein’s new suspense/thriller, The Prom Dress Killer.  Al Warner is a forty-one-year-old police detective, living in Miami, Florida.

It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Detective Warner.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

I think Mr. Bernstein did an very good job of that, although I’m a little uncomfortable at people learning that someone like me, a tough guy with a lot of hard bark on him, can be a compassionate softy for those in need. I just seem to take very personally the trauma heaped on people by heartless killers – both the victims and their families.

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Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

Well, as I said, he exposed both my compassionate side, and also that I can be a romantic, very much in love. I’d prefer the public to think of me as a hard-nosed case-closer, with no empathy for villains. They already know, from past cases, that I’m ready and able to put monsters out of their misery – permanently. They don’t need to know that I’m a softy for an old lady neighbor, a rescued golden retriever, and that I’m trying to build strong role models for young gang-bangers to get them off the streets and into productive lives.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

My gut. My ability to “smell” something is “off,” and my unrelenting drive to take killers off the streets.

Worse trait?

That sometimes I let my strong sense of principal dictate actions that are not in my best personal interest.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Matt Damon.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Yes. Doctor Eva Guttenberg. I still have trouble accepting that such a smart, gorgeous, and sophisticated woman might love me, a street-tough guy from a poor Illinois background.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

Near the end, when I was faced with an impossible choice, while in pursuit of the killer.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

The killer, of course. He was a deluded psychopath, with no real empathy for all but his last victim. I did admire, however, his care and attention to detail, to avoid capture for so many years.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

Conflicted. The crimes are solved, but I’m left with a difficult personal problem for which there is no easy solution. I should be used to that, however, as I’ve “been there before,” during previous cases and with different people.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?

Keep the cases tough and unique. I love a challenge, but in the end, I intend to get the guy, whoever he is. Any of my detectives can solve the run-of-the-mill drug or passion-related murders.

Thank you for this interview, Detective Warner.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

Yes. Mr. Bernstein is already well into my next case, and from what I’ve seen, it won’t be any easier than my first three with him.

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Title:  THE PROM DRESS KILLER
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Author: George A Bernstein
Publisher: GnD Publishing
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Beneath the blazing sun and sizzling streets of Miami, a cold-blooded killer is at work.  His victims?  Young, auburn-haired women—four, so far—kidnapped and murdered.  These victims show no signs of trauma, but all bear the distinct hallmarks of a serial killer.  And this serial killer leaves behind a sickening calling card:  each victim is found clad in a prom dress.
Homicide detective Al Warner is on the case but this killer has left shockingly few clues, leaving Warner with more questions than answers.  Why were these girls taken…and then killed?  Is this psychopath intent on killing redheads, and why?  What, if anything, connects the victims?  Why were the bodies arranged in peaceful repose, wearing prom dresses?  How does that square with his leaving these carefully-arranged bodies in dark alleyways, discarding them as if they’re trash? And how long until this killer strikes again?
Sadly, one question is answered quickly when promising young attorney Elke Sorenstan captures the killer’s deadly attention and becomes the fifth victim. All signs say the killer is escalating—and that can mean only one thing:  the killer is bound to strike again, and soon.  With the stakes mounting and every tick of the clock marking that fine line between life and death, Al Warner doggedly pursues the ruthless killer before another victim falls prey. Warner’s worst fears are realized when newly-minted Realtor Shelly Weitz finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Al Warner will have to act fast: the clock is ticking in this deadly game…and Shelly Weitz is dangerously close to dancing with the devil himself—a dance that will surely be her last.  But as Detective Warner gets closer to stopping the madman behind these murders, he’ll risk losing everything—including his life.
A mesmerizing Miami mystery that ratchets up the suspense from page one, The Prom Dress Killer will leave readers breathless. Resplendent with pulse-pounding action, nail-biting suspense and unexpected twists, turns and surprises, The Prom Dress Killer is an outstanding new mystery that takes readers on a high-octane quest to catch a killer.  George A Bernstein has crafted an eerily real, masterfully- plotted mystery that delivers thrills and chills from beginning to end.
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About the Author: A native of Chicago, George A Bernstein is a retired president of a Chicago manufacturing company. After leaving Chicago for South Florida, George started a world-wide fishing and hunting tour service, Outdoor Safaris. He is a world class fly-fisherman who has held 13 IGFA World Records and authored the definitive book on fly-fishing for pike and musky, Toothy Critters Love Flies.  He and his wife of 57 years, Dolores, live in South Florida. George is also the author of two previous Detective Al Warner suspense novels, Death’s Angel and Born to Die. He is currently at work on the next Detective Al Warner novel, as yet unnamed.
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