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SPOTLIGHT+GIVEAWAY~~ JANE AUSTEN’S DRAGONS~ NETHERFIELD BY MARIA GRACE!!

Audiobook Series Tour: Jane Austen’s Dragons by Maria Grace

Author: Maria Grace

Narrator: Benjamin Fife

Length: 9 hours 40 minutes

Series: Jane Austen’s Dragons, Book 3

Publisher: Maria Grace

Released: Jan. 31, 2020

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Elizabeth Bennet thought she was prepared to do anything to make the Dragon Conclave accept her beloved young dragon Pemberley into the Blue Order, but she had not anticipated it would leave her banished from her ancestral home and betrothed to none other than Mr. Darcy. But before Elizabeth and Darcy wed, they must find a dangerous rogue dragon before it provokes a war amongst the dragons and brings the fragile peace between dragons and mankind to a catastrophic end.

Nothing written in the annals of dragon lore has prepared Elizabeth to manage a dragon not governed by the Blue Order. Dragons have always loved her, but this one finds her arrogant, selfish and insensitive to others. With only her instincts to guide her, she must convince the rogue of her good intentions before the Blue Order loses patience and decides on more drastic measures.

Called away to the other side of the kingdom, trying to settle the dragons’ unrest, Darcy learns the nature of the force poisoning the rogue dragon against Elizabeth. One nearer and dearer than they could have imagined.

Can Elizabeth and Darcy convince with rogue dragon to cooperate before darker forces turn it against them, without destroying the fragile bonds uniting the couple?

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Five time BRAG Medallion Honoree and #1 best selling Historical Fantasy author, Maria Grace has her PhD in Educational Psychology and is a 16-year veteran of the university classroom where she taught courses in human growth and development, learning, test development and counseling. None of which have anything to do with her undergraduate studies in economics/sociology/managerial studies/behavior sciences. She pretends to be a mild-mannered writer/cat-lady, but most of her vacations require helmets and waivers or historical costumes, usually not at the same time.

She writes gaslamp fantasy, historical romance and non-fiction to help justify her research addiction.

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Benjamin Fife has always had a passion for learning. With a mind that remembers all sorts of numbers and useless trivia, he regularly wins local radio shows and enjoys confusing people with sci-fi quotes.

Fife grew up in Southeast Idaho. He attended college at Idaho State University, where he met his future wife in their music theory class. They have been married nearly 20 years and now have six children and a whole menagerie of animals. When their oldest daughter was three or four years old they started reading aloud from novels every night at bedtime, and have continued the tradition ever since. The family loves exploring various worlds and topics through Fife’s wonderful reading skills, which get better every year. They all have his Christmas Carol voices memorized (and the older kids are known to quote along with portions), since he has read it to them every December.

Benjamin enjoys all kinds of sci-fi and fantasy – both books and shows, is an extreme eclectic music lover, and prefers his chocolate to be of the 90% cocoa variety. Above all, he loves to be with his family. He loves recording audio books, and is delighted to tell people, “I’ve finally found what I want to be when I grow up!”

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I certainly did not know what to expect with Netherfield. Yet again Maria Grace captures my heart with this installment.

Elizabeth and Darcy are seriously amazing! They make the perfect couple and are the best characters for this storyline. The dragons are also amazing. I absolutely love how much Maria draws me in to her stories and makes me feel like I am one with the characters. This series is more than I had ever expected.

Benjamin Fife truly rocks as a narrator. Seriously each character is distinctly different in this story. I am super happy with how well he does in this narration of Netherfield. The overall production is great as well. Honestly the flow from book to book was seem less. I honestly need more. This series is one of my favorite that I have read in a long time.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Benjamin Fife. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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SPOTLIGHT+GIVEAWAY~~ JANE AUSTEN’S DRAGONS ~ LONGBOURN BY MARIA GRACE

Audiobook Series Tour: Jane Austen’s Dragons by Maria Grace

Author: Maria Grace

Narrator: Benjamin Fife

Length: 9 hours 38 minutes

Series: Jane Austen’s Dragons, Book 2

Publisher: Maria Grace

Released: Dec. 4, 2019

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Darcy thought his problems were over when Pemberley hatched and successfully imprinted on humans. But baby dragons prove far more difficult than any dragon lore prepared him for. Only Elizabeth Bennet’s notes offer him any help. When his imperious Aunt Catherine takes matters into her own hands, things take a turn for the worse and Pemberley’s life hangs in the balance. He desperately needs more of Elizabeth’s help, but she ignores all of his requests.

Elizabeth, though, has problems of her own. After the Bennet family dragon sent Pemberley away, life at Longbourn was supposed to return to normal and Elizabeth get on with the all-important business of marrying the heir to her father’s estate. Except that he is the last man in the world whom she could ever be prevailed on to marry – a bumbling, addle-pated dragon-hater who demands she gives up the dragons she lives for.

Can she, with the help of her dragon friends, find her way back to Pemberley before they both suffer their fate from the Dragon Entail?

Jane Austen meets Anne McCaffrey’s Dragon Riders of Pern. A must-listen for Pern fans.

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Five time BRAG Medallion Honoree and #1 best selling Historical Fantasy author, Maria Grace has her PhD in Educational Psychology and is a 16-year veteran of the university classroom where she taught courses in human growth and development, learning, test development and counseling. None of which have anything to do with her undergraduate studies in economics/sociology/managerial studies/behavior sciences. She pretends to be a mild-mannered writer/cat-lady, but most of her vacations require helmets and waivers or historical costumes, usually not at the same time.

She writes gaslamp fantasy, historical romance and non-fiction to help justify her research addiction.

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Benjamin Fife has always had a passion for learning. With a mind that remembers all sorts of numbers and useless trivia, he regularly wins local radio shows and enjoys confusing people with sci-fi quotes.

Fife grew up in Southeast Idaho. He attended college at Idaho State University, where he met his future wife in their music theory class. They have been married nearly 20 years and now have six children and a whole menagerie of animals. When their oldest daughter was three or four years old they started reading aloud from novels every night at bedtime, and have continued the tradition ever since. The family loves exploring various worlds and topics through Fife’s wonderful reading skills, which get better every year. They all have his Christmas Carol voices memorized (and the older kids are known to quote along with portions), since he has read it to them every December.

Benjamin enjoys all kinds of sci-fi and fantasy – both books and shows, is an extreme eclectic music lover, and prefers his chocolate to be of the 90% cocoa variety. Above all, he loves to be with his family. He loves recording audio books, and is delighted to tell people, “I’ve finally found what I want to be when I grow up!”

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So now to Longbourn. I love this book. I won’t lie though I really wanted to slap Elizabeth around at the beginning, but then she grew some balls… you know what I mean! Once she got a backbone towards a few characters, I couldn’t help but root for her. Now Mr. Darcy also annoyed me a bit. He was always putting things off. When he finally came around, I just wanted to scream that it was about Damn time! Ugh! Honestly though the story wouldn’t have been as good as it was without their hesitant behaviors.

Now as far as the writing itself, Maria Grace is absolutely amazing! Seriously, not a bad thing to say. She does an amazing job at bringing the characters to life. The characters have so much palpable emotion which I know could not have been portrayed properly without the help of our amazing narrator, Benjamin Fife! This dynamic duo makes this book absolutely perfect!

The production is was perfect, no hiccups throughout that I can recall. I honestly just cannot wait to read the next installment. If you love the classics and have a love of all things paranormal then you won’t want to miss out on this enchanting series. It’s absolutely amazing! Oh, and can’t forget our dragon friends! This story wouldn’t be the same without them. I love the dragons… well most of them.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Benjamin Fife. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Prize: Custom Statue of the Dragon ‘Pemberly’


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SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY~~ JANE AUSTEN’S DRAGONS ~ PEMBERLEY BY MARIA GRACE!!

Audiobook Series Tour: Jane Austen’s Dragons by Maria Grace

Author: Maria Grace

Narrator: Benjamin Fife

Length: 8 hours 11 minutes

Series: Jane Austen’s Dragons, Book 1

Publisher: Maria Grace

Released: July 2, 2019

Genre: Epic Fantasy

England is overrun by dragons of all shapes and sizes. Most people are blissfully unaware of them and the Pendragon Treaty that keeps the peace between human and dragon kind. Only those born with preternatural hearing, like Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are able to hear and converse with dragonkind.

When the first firedrake egg laid in a century is stolen from Pemberley, the fragile dragon peace teeters on collapse. Darcy has no choice but to chase down the thief, a journey that leads him to quaint market town of Meryton and fellow Dragon Keeper, Elizabeth Bennet.

Elizabeth shares a unique bond with dragons, stronger than anything Darcy has ever experienced. More than that, her vast experience and knowledge of dragon lore may be the key to uncovering the lost egg. But Elizabeth can’t stand Darcy’s arrogance and doesn’t trust him to care properly for a precious baby firedrake. After all, he already lost the egg once. What’s to prevent it from happening again?

Can he win her trust and recover the stolen egg before it hatches and sends England spiraling back into the Dark Ages of Dragon War?

Jane Austen meets Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern. A must-listen for Pern fans.

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Five time BRAG Medallion Honoree and #1 best selling Historical Fantasy author, Maria Grace has her PhD in Educational Psychology and is a 16-year veteran of the university classroom where she taught courses in human growth and development, learning, test development and counseling. None of which have anything to do with her undergraduate studies in economics/sociology/managerial studies/behavior sciences. She pretends to be a mild-mannered writer/cat-lady, but most of her vacations require helmets and waivers or historical costumes, usually not at the same time.

She writes gaslamp fantasy, historical romance and non-fiction to help justify her research addiction.

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Narrator Bio

Benjamin Fife has always had a passion for learning. With a mind that remembers all sorts of numbers and useless trivia, he regularly wins local radio shows and enjoys confusing people with sci-fi quotes.

Fife grew up in Southeast Idaho. He attended college at Idaho State University, where he met his future wife in their music theory class. They have been married nearly 20 years and now have six children and a whole menagerie of animals. When their oldest daughter was three or four years old they started reading aloud from novels every night at bedtime, and have continued the tradition ever since. The family loves exploring various worlds and topics through Fife’s wonderful reading skills, which get better every year. They all have his Christmas Carol voices memorized (and the older kids are known to quote along with portions), since he has read it to them every December.

Benjamin enjoys all kinds of sci-fi and fantasy – both books and shows, is an extreme eclectic music lover, and prefers his chocolate to be of the 90% cocoa variety. Above all, he loves to be with his family. He loves recording audio books, and is delighted to tell people, “I’ve finally found what I want to be when I grow up!”

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Pemberley was truly a delight to read. I won’t lie I was skeptical about a classic such as Jane Austen’s tale retold with Dragons involved. I am truly sold on the series now! It brings new meaning to the entire story. I honestly can’t get enough.

I thought the original version was magical, but honestly, I had no idea just how magical it could get. As a young girl I spent hours watching the classics: Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, and so many more. I am sad to say I wasn’t big into reading back then. Each classic stole a piece of my heart and left we with many fond memories. This story will now become part of these memories that I hold so dear.

Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon is extremely well written. Maria Grace has an amazing talent when it comes to creating this reimagined classic. There is so much emotion felt in each word, which I am sure is in part to our amazing narrator, Benjamin Fife. Each part of the story flowed beautifully. There is a ton of adventure to be had from this story. It was very easy to tell when the story was focused on each individual character. I felt as if I was right there experiencing all the heartache, joy and angst with the characters, among many other emotions. I honestly can’t imagine this story being told by a better pair than Maria and Benjamin.

The production overall was amazing as well. As mentioned earlier, everything just flowed perfectly. There were evens cracks of thunder in the recording. I love the added effects. This experience from the author and narrator all the way to the production was absolutely perfect. I am so glad I was able to enjoy and review such an amazing story. I absolutely cannot wait time read more about these Dragons and their Keepers. The story can only get better from here.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Benjamin Fife. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Prize: Custom Statue of the Dragon ‘Pemberly’

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SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY AUDIO REVIEW TOUR~ OUTRUSH BY ERRIN STEVENS!!

Author: Errin Stevens

Narrator: Sean Posvistak

Publisher: Errin Stevens

Released: Jul. 17, 2019

Series: The Mer Chronicles, Book 3

Length: 11 hours 16 minutes

Genre: Romantic Fantasy

“Falling, falling…. Maya was airborne again, suspended between a landless platform above and an inscrutable expanse of water below.” Maya’s headlong rush into marriage isn’t working out…and it isn’t the only collision course she’s on these days. Her saltwater distractions aside, her father-in-law wants her gunned down for reasons unknown, and her pesky bodyguard – when he’s around – seems intent on drowning her in want and regret.

Maya is desperate to hold onto any small part of herself she understands. When escape becomes her only option, she finds herself in a race against a past – and a man – she can’t outrun.

Errin Stevens writes paranormal romantic suspense stories from her home in Minnesota. When not wrestling with unruly narrative – or reading literary and commercial fiction like a fiend – you’ll find her poring over seed catalogues (winter) or gardening (the other three days of the year).

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Sean is an aspiring game developer who’s used his years of work on Youtube to excel at audiobook narration.

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Outrush is a very well written addition to this book. From the beginning curve balls were thrown at each of these characters. This strategy allowed for plenty of adventure and angst.

This installment focuses on Maya and her tangled web she began in the previous installment of the series. Aiden and Stuart both play pivotal parts in this story, as well as Stuart’s father. This installment brings more of a human spin on this book than I felt the other books did. Personally, I craved the sections that took me into fantasy siren land.

This installment also takes a detour into Peter’s life and clearly states that there is more information to come than what we have ever received on him in the past. That’s certainly something you don’t want to miss.

Errin Stevens did a good job with the writing of this installment. Stevens was able to portray such a variety of emotions through each character. Each scene draws the reader further in and keeps them intrigued. Sean Posvistak is an amazing narrator. Truly, when it comes to a book with tons of characters to differentiate and emotions at every turn you need a strong narrator and Posvistak is definitely that narrator.

Overall the production went quite well. I did get lost a few times, but I’m not sure if that was my audio after I paused and started back up or what. Overall, I liked this book. I wish I had seen a little more growth from Maya as a character, but the book and series make up a wonderful group of tales.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Errin Stevens. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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REVIEW TOUR + GIVEAWAY~ BREAKWATER BY ERRIN STEVENS!!

Author: Errin Stevens

Narrator: Sean Posvistak

Publisher: Errin Stevens

Released: Jul. 17, 2017

Series: The Mer Chronicles, Book 2

Length: 8 hours 39 minutes

Genre: Romantic Fantasy

The sirens of Griffins Bay are in trouble, and the recent slew of royal suicides looks to be the least of their worries.

For one, unless a blood relative of the queen shows up, no one’s around to staff the monarchy. Well, except for a whack-job bureaucrat and he seriously won’t do. Worse is the community unrest threatening siren society, a problem caused by too many humans in the pool, which means Simon and his off-limit girlfriend will have to run and hide if they want to make more of their flirtation…

The solution doesn’t inspire confidence at first, but the Blakes have everything at hand to set their world to rights – namely, a hidden queen, a dead prince, and a facility for human manipulation. Once they find their sea legs, they’ll restore order, distribute smart phones, and drive that conniving bureaucrat to a grisly, satisfying end.

Errin Stevens writes paranormal romantic suspense stories from her home in Minnesota. When not wrestling with unruly narrative – or reading literary and commercial fiction like a fiend – you’ll find her poring over seed catalogues (winter) or gardening (the other three days of the year).

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Sean is an aspiring game developer who’s used his years of work on Youtube to excel at audiobook narration.

 

Breakwater is AMAZING! I thought the first book was awesome, but the second one out did it by a mile.

This Mer Chronicle has truly surprised me time and time again. The characters growth is substantial, and you will fall deeper in love with each of them. Where a large part of the focus in the first book was on Kate and Gabe, this book expands way beyond them. Don’t fret though you are sure to get your fix of them too.

Errin Stevens really did an amazing job with this book. I feel like I experience shock after shock with this story. Errin truly outdid herself in this installment. Sean Posvistak did an amazing job with the narration as well. The emotion certainly was not lost in this story. I felt like I was right there with each character experiencing every adventure with them. The production overall went off without a hitch. Super amazing book for sure!

Seriously if you have not read the first book read it! If you have read the first installment, what are you waiting for? Seriously, had I waited to read this book I would have been disappointed that I hadn’t read it right away! Take a step into the adventures experiences by the Blake family and their friends. You won’t regret it!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Errin Stevens. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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SPOTLIGHT AUDIO REVIEW TOUR~~ THE WATER LEGACY BY MEGAN LINKSI & ALICIA RADES!!

Audiobook Tour: The Water Legacy by Megan Linski & Alicia Rades

Authors: Megan Linski & Alicia Rades

Narrators: Jennifer Jill Araya & Graham Halstead

Length: 16 hours and 1 minutes

Series: Academy of Magical Creatures, Book 2

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Released: Sep. 10, 2019

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

 

 

Fire and water are forbidden.

Sophia:

Liam and I survived the Elemental Cup, but the tournament was only the beginning. The Koigni Elders were impressed by my performance and believe I can help them take over the entire tribe.

But they’re asking me to fight for a cause I don’t believe in, and forcing me to use my magic in ways that feel wrong. I must learn how to use my powers to contact the ancestors – or I’ll lose everyone I love.

Liam:

Sophia Henley’s now my girlfriend. And, oh yeah, I’m supposed to kill her.

The water council has promised they’ll bring my familiar back from the dead – my literal soul – if I take Sophia’s life. But I love her more than I love myself. How can I make such an impossible decision? Even worse, how could I possibly live without her?

But this isn’t about us anymore. If don’t fulfill my mission, thousands will die…and Sophia and I are both keeping secrets that will change everything.

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Megan Linski and Alicia Rades are two best friends and the authors of the Academy of Magical Creatures series. Both are USA TODAY Bestselling Authors and award-winning novelists for teens and young adults. Megan Linski is a disabled author who loves laughter, adventure, and fantasy worlds. She is a proud member of Koigni House. Alicia Rades is a mother who enjoys exploring paranormal realms and trying new recipes. She is a champion from Toaqua House. Both girls love nature, animals, sexy romances, and eating cheese.

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Jennifer Jill Araya has been listening to audiobooks since she was a young child, and the fact that she now gets to narrate audiobooks for a living is a dream come true. Jennifer’s training as an opera singer and orchestral cellist lend a musicality and depth of understanding to her narration that help bring her authors’ stories to life. She loves nothing more than giving life and breath to the printed word. When she’s not narrating, Jennifer can be found hiking, biking, running, or generally exploring her home city of Cincinnati with her husband Arturo (aka “Partner in Crime”) and their two children.

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Two-time Audie Award winner and recipient of five AudioFile Earphones Awards, Graham Halstead has narrated 180+ titles for Audible, Recorded Books, Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Hachette, Harper Collins and many more.

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This series has not only stolen my heart, but it has become a part of my soul. Sophia, Liam and the reject crew have given us one heck of an adventure yet again. The Water Legacy has completely left me speechless.

Megan Linski and Alicia Rades have outdone themselves yet again. This story is so well written, and the production and narration was perfect. Jennifer Jill Araya and Graham Halstead have done an amazing job portraying these characters in the perfect light. I seriously couldn’t ask for a more perfect combination than these four to bring this book to life.

There is honestly so much that I want to say about this book, heck the whole series so far, but sadly I am not going to spill the deets. This is one of those series that you absolutely must read. I promise you will love it as much as I do. The characters have grown so much in this book. Honestly this book has so many secrets and adventure that it will truly pull at your heart. I am completely in love with this book. As if you haven’t already figured that point out by now.

Now enough about how amazing I find this book. Go read it! Seriously, it’s amazing! Believe me you won’t be disappointed. Now I’m going to go look into getting the next installment because I am hooked!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Megan Linski. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY~ LAST SEEN BY JO A. HIESTAND!!

Author: Jo A. Hiestand

Narrator: Tristan Kopta

Length: 7 hours 33 minutes

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Released: Oct. 23, 2019

Genre: Mystery

 

One dark night, popular singer Kent Harrison goes missing after his performance at Tutbury Castle. When his body’s found in a forest, the police investigation focuses on Kent’s ex-wife, a local herbalist, a covetous colleague, and even the curator of another castle who tried to lure Kent into performing there.

But his occasional singing partner, Dave Morley, seems to have the biggest motive. He’s dying to make his name, money, and the big time, especially at the medieval Minstrels Court reenactment, where Kent’s appearance guarantees standing room only. Did Dave murder Kent to eliminate the competition…or had their partnership struck a wrong chord?

To entice him into investigating, ex-cop McLaren’s girlfriend plays detective. But Dena ends up in great danger. Now, McLaren must not only solve Kent’s murder but also rescue her. A hard task when a web of jealousy, anger, and lies covers the trails.

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Jo A. Hiestand can usually be found at her computer, which is good, since she writes three mystery series. It seems a natural progression from her job as a graphic artist – crafting word images on a sheet of paper instead of creating graphics on the computer screen. Between the two computer stints, she lived in Britain for her semi-pro folk singing career and became friends with several English police detectives. The latter relationship was not a consequence of the former calling, however, but all these UK aspects find their way into her books. When not tapping on the keyboard, Jo enjoys reading, baking, and photography. She lives in the St Louis area with her cat, Tennyson, and way too many kilts.

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  1. Mr. McLaren, I know you were a police detective with the Staffordshire Constabulary. What made you leave that job?
    A year ago a burglar broke into a pub that was owned by a 70-year old friend of mine. My friend hit the burglar with a fireplace poker in the process of defending his wife, himself and his job. The senior investigating police officer arrested my friend for assault, a charge that was obviously revenge and aimed at me for our personal differences. I was outraged at the arrest and threw the officer into a handy rose bush. When I was given the choice of taking a reduction in rank or resigning from the job, I left.
  2. Goodness! That was a life-changing decision. What do you do now?
    I repair and build dry stone walls in Derbyshire. I like the work because it’s solitary — that way, I don’t have to deal with people or their betrayals. Also gives me time to think.
  3. I understand you’ve solved some cold cases on your own, mostly murders. When did you get your private investigator’s license?
    I’m not a PI. I look into cold cases strictly as a private citizen. People I question have no obligation to answer my questions, but I find most of them are happy to assist me. When I need something official done, like arresting a suspect, I phone the Derbyshire Constabulary and they handle it.
  4. When you’re not busy with our stone wall job or investigating cold cases, what fills your time?
    I have a girlfriend, Dena, and I try to spend as much time with her as I can. We’re both busy, though–she volunteers at a tiger sanctuary and I of course have my two jobs. But I also play guitar and sing with my folk group. That’s strictly amateur stuff, however. We sing in a pub for drinks. I also like to cook and bake. My mum taught me while I was a kid–basic, simple British dishes. When I was on my own, I ventured into international cooking somewhat, but I still prefer making simple things like cider-baked potatoes, leek soup, and honeyed turkey. I think I like baking better than cooking, and I usually make something at least once a week. Things like scones or shortbread or a cottage loaf. Kneading bread is very relaxing.
  5. Cooking and baking are great ways to unwind, yes. Does Dena like to join you in the kitchen?
    Not really. I have her over for dinner about once a month, and she’s very content to let me do the whole meal! She says her culinary skill extends to opening a tin of soup and microwaving that, but I know she’s jesting. Dena’s involved in a lot of charity work and hasn’t the time or energy for cooking, although she can whip together a brilliant Lancashire Hot Pot when she really wants to.
  6. Had you always wanted to be in law enforcement?
    I think I became interested in my late teen years. My family lived in Scotland, in Auchtubh, north of Edinburgh, until I was two years old. My grandfather assumed my dad (his older son) would follow in the family tradition of overseeing the family business one day. My grandfather owns Strathearn Brewery. It’s been in existence for three hundred years. When my dad moved our family to Derbyshire, England to help out another branch of the family, we put down roots there. I grew up in the English environment and, since we weren’t involved in the running of the brewery, I became enamoured with law enforcement. I really don’t know how or why that evolved, but I loved the job and made some smashing friends.
  7. You mentioned your folk group. Tell me a bit about that.
    It’s a quartet: three lads and a lass. We do mainly British and American folk, mainly traditional things but we’ll sneak in a contemporary song or two at times. I play guitar. We took our group name, Woodstock Town, from one of the first songs we worked up, “Near Woodstock Town.” That was a smash hit when we performed it, probably because we had fewer wrong notes in that than in the others we sang.
  8. If you sing in a folk group, you must like music. Do you have any other type of music or group in particular as a favorite?
    Obviously, I like folk. But I like classic jazz and many Romantic and Baroque era pieces quite a lot. Things by Handel, Bach, Telemann are favorites, as are Grieg and Mendelssohn. I like Marian McPartland a lot too. I lean toward traditional folk, but if you want names of contemporary artists, I’d include the American a cappella group The Wee Heavies and the Scottish lads The McCalmans.
  9. Getting back to your cold case investigations… Have any cases been particularly difficult to solve, or have any of the victims touched your heart?
    I’d say the case I just finished was difficult emotionally for me. Dena, my girlfriend, had tried to get me interested in the case. She did a bit of amateur sleuthing so she could present me with some facts to entice me to investigate–her sleuthing was highly dangerous, by the way, and got her into grave danger. I had to rescue her and also solve the case.

 

Top 10 List

Jo A. Hiestand’s Top 10 Books Read Last Year

  1. The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone
  2. The Woman Who Spied for Britain by Robyn Walker
  3. The Last Battle by Stephen Harding
  4. Sudden Sea by R.A. Scotti
  5. Hounds and Jackals by Barbara Wood
  6. Wildfire at Midnight by Mary Stewart
  7. Priceless by Robert A Willman
  8. Sotheby’s: The Inside Story by Peter Watson
  9. Sweet Swan of Avon by Robin P. Williams
  10. The Greatest Knight by Thomas Asbridge

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