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I don’t do this often, but every once in a while, I like to host one of my fellow authors.

Today it’s JoAnne Myers, author of new release The Crime of the Century.

“NEVER GIVE UP”

myphotoapr2011For as long as I can remember, I have had an artistic flare-whether that be for writing, painting, sewing or drawing. I recall as a child how much I enjoyed drawing. The writing came later. My seventh grade English teacher was Mrs. Henderson-a young mother and wife. She gave us a writing assignment and after gifting me with an A+ told me I should consider writing as a career. She meant as a journalist. I did not take her advise and become a journalist (one of my many misgivings). My mind went toward other things as many young girls dream of-a husband, home, and family of my own. I put my love for writing and painting on hold for years. I unfortunately married a man who like my mother never encouraged me to be artistic. It was not until my children were grown and I no longer had a husband, that I went back to my first love-art. I got a late start, but always encouraged my children and others to partake of artistic endeavors. I now have six books under contract with two publishing houses. So my words to you all, is that no matter what road you choose, never forget your passion, and always keep it close to heart. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from enjoying your natural talents. You might need to put art on a temporary hold, but never give up.

Author Bio:

I hail from the famous Hocking Hills region of southeastern Ohio. I have worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I also canvass paint.

When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dogs Jasmine and Scooter, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the Hocking Hill’s Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams.

Summary of “THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY” available January 30

??????????????????????????????The residents of Rolling Hills, an economically ruined bedroom community of the Appalachian region of southeastern Ohio, were horrified when the dismembered bodies of missing teenage sweethearts, Shane Shoemaker and Babette Lloyd, were pulled from the murky and meandering local river. Multiply suspects surfaced, including relatives, ex-lovers, Satanists, and the Devil’s Disciple’s motorcycle gang, but only one was railroaded, Babette’s stepfather, Richard Allan Lloyd, a known nudist and hothead. The rumors of his and Babette’s incestuous relationship only electrified the townsfolk and local authorities’ hatred against him.

What really happened on that cool autumn evening of 1982? What began as an evening stroll turned into what found only in horror films, and dubbed ‘the crime of the century’. 18 year old Babette, a voluptuous beauty contestant, horsewoman, and aspiring computer programmer, and her 19 year old boyfriend Shane Shoemaker, a jealous and possessive unemployed printer, were last seen walking toward the C&O Railroad tracks, crossing a trestle bridge that overlooked the river, near an infamous 52-acrea cornfield. Twelve days later, a search party found their mutilated torsos. After another two days their heads and limbs were unearthed, suggesting satanic cult activity.

Richard Lloyd was the main suspect from the beginning. It took nearly a year, but in an investigation smeared with contradicting statements, and a botched crime scene, investigators built a flimsy case against him. A financially motivated local mistakenly fingered Richard, accusing him of forcing the teens into a car at gun point. The police alleged Richard then killed the victims at his mobile home seven miles from Rolling Hills, with his wife and other step-daughter as witnesses. They accused him of dismembering the victims before transporting them to the Rolling Hills cornfield for burial. The state insisted a ancestral relationship between Richard and Babette existed, and the reason for the jealousy killings, and Richard’s immense hatred for Shane Shoemaker. Richard’s multiply lies, his lust and jealousy for Babette, weapons availability, the hypnotized “eyewitness” and a disputed footprint expert bolstered the states misguided case against the now dubbed “evil stepfather.” Most of what was presented at the three-week trial was based on police corruption and ineptitude, melodramatic fiction, and forensic mishandling.

As a resident of Rolling Hills, Ohio, I, JoAnne Myers contrived “The Crime of the Century,” through case documents, newspaper clippings, signed affidavits, witness testimony, interviews, police reports, theories and rumors.

This heinous crime not only shattered the sense of security for Rolling Hills, but destroyed two families, marriages, careers, friendships, and forever scarred the town. This story is a detailed account of finding justice for Babette and Shane, of human injustice at the highest level, of one man’s perseverance to prove his innocence, and gain his freedom from death row, and righting a wrong.

Richard Lloyd was released on appeal after sitting on death row for five years. Prosecutors opted not to re-try him, but Lloyd and his family remained under a cloud of presumed guilt for 28-years. In 2008, two career criminals were indicted and convicted for the homicides.

NOTE: All names and places have been changed to protect the innocent and guilty.

Order your copy of “The Crime of the Century” by JoAnne Myers here
http://www.blackrosewriting.com/non-fiction/the-crime-of-the-century-a-shocking-true-story

Other books available by JoAnne Myers:

“Murder Most Foul,” a crime/detective book

Upcoming novels from Melange Books are:

“LOVES’, MYTHS’ AND MONSTERS’,” a fantasy anthology due out January 2014
“FLAGITIOUS,” a crime and paranormal novella collection

Other books soon available by Black Rose Writing are:

“TWISTED LOVE,” a true-crime anthology due 2014

My original canvass paintings, can be found at Books and Paintings by JoAnne or http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com

Email: joannetucker98@yahoo.com

Thanks for stopping by today, JoAnne and best of luck with your new release!

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An excerpt from time travel romance, Thoroughly Modern Amanda.
Excerpt:
ThoroughlyModernAmanda_w7277_750Her footsteps sounded hollow on the unfinished wood floor as she paced. He lifted his gaze to study her. Her skirts nearly touched the freshly sanded floor as she braced her hands on either side of her hips. Her brow furrowed, lips twisted into an expression of anxiety.

“I’m sorry,” he said.

She turned and faced him. “Sorry?”

“For putting you to all this trouble.” He realized he didn’t even know his rescuer’s name. “I’m Jack Lawton, by the way and you are…?”

She pursed her full lips. “Miss Montgomery.”

“You don’t have a first name?” he asked.

“Sir, we are strangers to one another.” Her face reddened.

“But I gave you my first name.” He spread his hands.

She propped her hands on her hips. “My father would have a conniption fit if I gave my Christian name to a strange man. On the other hand, my step-mother…” Her lips curved into the hint of a smile. “…always introduces herself by her first name to the consternation of my father.” She lifted her chin as if appraising Jack. “I’m Amanda.”

Jack smiled but winced as a shot of pain sliced through his skull. “Amanda Montgomery. I’ll be sure to remember that name.” He lifted his hand. “Now, if you could assist me to the front door.”

She stretched her arm down toward him, and he used the wall to hoist himself so he wouldn’t put all his weight on her.

A brief wave of dizziness halted his progress, but he steadied himself. “Lead on.”

By the time they reached the door, he realized how eerily familiar this house looked. Almost as if the house he’d been in had traveled back in time. Could the new owner have changed his mind and decided to rebuild the place?

Amanda threw open the door.

Jack’s mouth gaped. Not only was his car gone, but the entire block was transformed. What had been a paved walk and blacktop street was now packed dirt.

Heat rose to his cheeks. “Where’s my car? Did they tow it away to tear up the street?” He couldn’t have been unconscious long enough.

“I don’t know what you mean.” Amanda’s gaze scanned the road.

Jack froze in the doorway, not sure what to do. This was insane. He had no car, no cell phone or ID. If he made it to his house, would it even be there? For one chilling moment, he wasn’t sure.

Amanda glanced at him, then back at the road, not saying anything for a long moment. “Mr. Lawton, if you’re able to walk a short distance, I’ll take you to my home. My step-mother may know how to help you.”

“I love a good time travel story, and this one did not disappoint.”
~ Bitten by Books for AReCafe

Blurb:
Believing anything is possible, magazine reporter Amanda Montgomery dreams about being a modern woman in a nineteenth century world, much like her exceptional step-mother. But society expects well-off young ladies to focus on finding a suitable husband and raising a family. And then Jack appears–with no past and unconventional ideas. Does he hold the key to another century as well as her heart, or is she destined to stay in her own time?

Construction worker Jack Lawton wants to preserve an old home that’s scheduled for demolition. But when he sneaks inside for a final look, a loose beam falls on the head, and upon waking, he finds himself in the arms of a beautiful woman. His only
problem–he’s no longer in the twenty-first century. Can he find his way back home?

Does he really want to?

Thoroughly Modern Amanda is available from The Wild Rose Press http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=176_135&products_id=5074

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Thoroughly-Modern-Amanda-ebook/dp/B00AQAIHHW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355948640&sr=1-1&keywords=Thoroughy+Modern+Amanda

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thoroughly-modern-amanda-susan-macatee/1114008539?ean=2940016112596

All Romance Ebooks https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thoroughlymodernamanda-1026307-141.html

And now in print http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=191&products_id=5346

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ThoroughlyModernAmanda_w7277_750In my time travel romance, Thoroughly Modern Amanda, now available in print, the hero, Jack Lawton, is a construction worker who longs to refurbish a Victorian home for an elderly client. In fact, he loves the house so much, he wishes he could purchase it and fix it up for himself. But before he can start on the project, the woman dies and her heir wants to sell the land to a buyer who plans to demolish the old home.

Victorian architecture dominated during the years 1825-1900. Victorians used history, nature, geometry, theory and personal inspiration to create designs.

In the early Victorian period, homes and other structures were styled simply, but those built after the Civil War years grew complicated. Styles were combined as the designers and builders saw fit, creating a stunning visual effect. Post-Civil War styles in America were often elaborate and flamboyant, fueled by the emerging industrial society. “Victorian” architecture contained several styles, including Italianate, Second Empire, Stick-Eastlake, and Queen Anne.

The Victorians are accused by contemporary critics of employing needless clutter and complexity in their designs. And even as early as 1870 Europeans considered the architecture to be a failure.

However, not all critics were put off by the Victorian influence. A writer for the San Francisco Morning Call shared this critique on April 21, 1887:

“The architecture of San Francisco in our residence streets has no counterpart in the world, and we have no reason to be ashamed of it. It is light, airy and pleasing in style, and is to the architecture of Europe and the Eastern States as Spanish music is to the grand and heavier compositions of Wagner.”

By the end of the nineteenth century color became an essential ingredient. Prior to that time, structures were painted in neutral colors of white, beige or gray. Homes grew colorful by 1887 with lighter, brighter colors. These vibrant colors distinguish the features we associate with Victorian architecture today.

Many of these grand homes still stand to this day and have been transformed into bed and breakfast inns or hotels, with some open to the public as historic sites.

For photos and more info on Victorian architecture, visit this site:

http://www.erasofelegance.com/arts/victarchitecture.html

Thoroughly Modern Amanda is available from from The Wild Rose Press http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=176_135&products_id=5074

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Thoroughly-Modern-Amanda-ebook/dp/B00AQAIHHW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355948640&sr=1-1&keywords=Thoroughy+Modern+Amanda

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thoroughly-modern-amanda-susan-macatee/1114008539?ean=2940016112596

And All Romance Ebooks https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thoroughlymodernamanda-1026307-141.html

And now available in print.

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ThoroughlyModernAmanda_w7277_750His brow furrowed. Apparently Miss Carson had warned him of Amanda’s presence.

“I’m terribly sorry, Amanda.” He hastened around the desk to her side, reaching for her hand. “I was held up.”

Amanda didn’t rise but slid the chair back, shifting beyond his reach. She tapped her fingertips on the desk top. “So I surmised.”

“If you would please?” His lips thinned to a straight line beneath his thin mustache, as he motioned to his chair.

“Oh, of course.” Amanda held her lips firm in an effort not to break out in a broad smile.

He adjusted his tie and motioned to the chair opposite his desk as he settled into his seat.

Thoroughly Modern Amanda is available from The Wild Rose Press http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=176_135&products_id=5074

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Thoroughly-Modern-Amanda-ebook/dp/B00AQAIHHW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355948640&sr=1-1&keywords=Thoroughy+Modern+Amanda

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thoroughly-modern-amanda-susan-macatee/1114008539?ean=2940016112596

All Romance Ebooks https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thoroughlymodernamanda-1026307-141.html

And now in print http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=191&products_id=5346

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I’d like to announce the contest winners from my book launch mini-blog tour for The Physician’s Irish Lady.

On Cynthia Woolf’s blog the winner is Connie Gillam.

At Collette Cameron’s Blue Rose Romance blog it’s A. Y. Stratton.

And at Juli D. Revezzo’s blog the winner is Mindy Gerhart.

Congrats to all the winners and a big thanks to my blog hosts and all those who left comments!

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The Physician’s Irish Lady releases world-wide today. And I’m participating in a mini-blog tour where you can have a chance to win a copy of the ebook, just by leaving a comment at each site.

Blue Rose Romance
http://www.blueroseromance.com/

Cynthia Woolf
http://cynthiawoolf.com/?page_id=2919

Juli D. Revezzo
http://julidrevezzo.com/blog/

I’ll leave you with the blurb and excerpt and if you’ve already won or purchased The Physician’s Irish Lady from Amazon, I’ll give you the option to choose any of my backlist in ebook form as your prize if you’re chosen as the winner. Three posts, three chances to win.

Excerpt:
Elliot cantered his mare to the house. Twilight made it difficult to make out the fence post, but a soft glow shimmered through the first floor windows. He slid from the horse and tied her to the post. He’d take her around to the backyard stable once he’d checked on the women.

He stepped in the door expecting his aunt and Miss Fagan to be warming dinner in the kitchen. His footsteps echoed over the floor. “Aunt Millie?” he called. “Miss Fagan?”

The kitchen door burst open. Millie’s eyes were wide, her hands knotted in her apron.

Elliot’s heart lurched. “Miss Fagan!” he gasped. “Where is she?”

“Oh, Elliot! She’s gone.”

“Gone! Gone where?” Elliot’s pulse raced.

“She went with Jim. His poor boy is very sick. You must go right away.” She worked her hands in the folds of her gown.

Elliot blew out a sigh. He’d feared either Morrissey had taken Miss Fagan, or she’d run again. “I’ll get right over there.” He patted his aunt’s gnarled hand. “Don’t worry.”

He hopped back on his mare and hurried to the sheriff’s home. Light shone through the windows. He tied up the horse and let himself in. “Jim!” he called, “Miss Fagan?”

Jim appeared, a smile lighting his face. “Your guest is a miracle worker. You should take her on as a partner.”

Elliot followed Jim up the stairs to the boy’s bedroom. His wife, Maggie, hovered at the foot of the bed, while Miss Fagan sat beside the boy crooning a lullaby. The boy actually let out a weak laugh.

She turned and started when she caught sight of Elliot. “Did Aunt Millie send you?”

He nodded and stepped toward the bed. “You gave me a scare, Danny.” He placed his hand on the boy’s forehead. He seemed a bit flushed but wasn’t burning up.

“What did you do?” he asked Miss Fagan.

She shrugged. “Used compresses and some home remedies I learned back in Ireland from me grandmother. It took the fever out of him.” She nodded at the boy.

Jim’s wife clasped her hands. She seemed on the verge of tears. “Miss Fagan is a miracle worker, Doc.”

“So your husband’s told me.” Elliot glanced at Jim who hovered in the doorway.
Miss Fagan stood and motioned for Elliot to take her place by the bed. He sat and gave the boy a quick examination. “He’ll need plenty of fluids and lots of sleep, but I think he’s on the mend.” He nodded at the anxious parents.

He stood so Mrs. Buckley could sit by her son, then motioned Miss Fagan and Jim into the hall.

“I’d like to thank you, Miss Fagan, for coming with me.” Jim glanced at Elliot. “I came to get you, but you were out on a call.”

Elliot studied Miss Fagan. She glanced away, appearing embarrassed at Jim’s praise. “Glad I was to help, Sheriff. He seems like a fine lad.”

Elliot’s gaze slid over her. If he’d been around when Jim had come to call, he wasn’t sure he’d have done any better.

Blurb:
Keara Fagan is falsely accused of insurrection against the British and sentenced to indentured servitude in Australia. The Irish native escapes on a ship bound for America with no money and the clothes on her back. Now, she must stay on the run while trying to survive in a strange land.

As Dr. Elliot James travels by train from Philadelphia to York, a young woman faints at his feet. He’s sworn, as a physician, to aid the sick and injured, but fears this woman needs more than medical help. Enchanted by her beauty and touched by her dignity, he buys her a meal and offers her a place to stay in his small Pennsylvania town.

But a mysterious Irishman pursues her to the idyllic town surrounded by scenic farmland. Is he the abusive husband come to claim his runaway wife, or someone more sinister?

The Physician’s Irish Lady available at Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/The-Physicians-Irish-Ladyebook/dp/B00FDXQ684/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380111260&sr=1-1&keywords=the+physician%27s+irish+lady

And now, The Wild Rose Press http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=176_135&products_id=5497

Also available at Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-physicians-irish-lady-susan-macatee/1118163850?ean=2940148243137

and All Romance Ebooks https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thephysician039sirishlady-1401248-158.html

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My latest romance novella, The Physician’s Irish Lady, is sceduled for world-wide release on Wednesday, January 22nd. The hero in the story, Elliot James, is a late nineteenth century physician. This character originally appeared as a minor character, a friend of the hero in my 2009 Civil War romance, Confederate Rose. In that novel, he served as a physician in the Union army, but now practices at home in a small Pennsylvania town in a rural setting.

He travels to his patients’ homes to treat illnesses and wounds caused by accidents.

The late eighteen-hundreds saw many advances in both medical knowledge and technology. As a result, the medical profession itself went through drastic changes. The acceptance of germs causing diseases, unheard of before the nineteenth century, along with research of the human body and development of specialized tools, caused a revolution in treatments of illness. The practice of hygiene, put into use during the American Civil War, aided patients and improved outcomes for recovery.

Late nineteenth century physicians visited patients’ homes or occasionally worked out of an office in their own home. Doctors in rural areas needed to be able to travel in a wide area. Doctors would travel by foot or horseback and needed to carry tools and drugs they could pack into a small case or saddlebag.

During the Industrial Revolution, hospitals in big cities were looked on as being dirty, breeding grounds for disease and infection. Because doctors didn’t practice methods for keeping germs from spreading from patient to patient, a hospital stay would likely cause a person to contract a new disease, so people avoided them.

Because most doctors worked in large geographic areas, they were expected to treat such ailments as toothaches, stomach aches, fevers and even sick livestock. It wasn’t until later in the century that doctors developed specialties in medicine.

Even surgical procedures would be carried out in a patient’s home. Anesthesia was not widely in use until the end of the century, so complex surgeries weren’t usually performed. And the types of anesthesia available, ether or chloroform, could asphyxiate a patient. Antiseptic practices also weren’t common until the turn of the century, so a surgical risk of infection after the fact ran high.

To learn more about nineteenth century physicians and advances in medicine, visit these sites:

http://rosemelnickmuseum.wordpress.com/2009/03/11/19th-century-doctors-in-the-us/

http://suite101.com/article/19th-century-advances-in-medicine-a172276

http://www.ajronline.org/content/192/3/837.full

Be sure to stop back on Wednesday for links to purchase my new book and my mini-blog tour where you can have the chance to win a copy of the ebook, The Physician’s Irish Lady.

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