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Meet Mystery Author Jamie Cortland

Author Jamie Cortland

Author Jamie Cortland

My Genre:

Romantic Suspense.

I started writing because:

I love to tell stories.

The best thing about writing:

The journey from the beginning to the end.

My favorite read:

The “Sixth Grave on the Edge” by Darynda Jones.  What a journey that is!

Weslynn McCallister, pseudonym, Jamie Cortland was born in Evansville, Indiana and raised in Roswell, New Mexico. Today, she lives in the southwest. A published novelist and an award winning poet, she is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Mystery Writers of America, and is a founding member of the Florida Writers Association.

Website URL: Weslynn McCallister, Author

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Twitter: Weslynn McCallister@twitter


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Buy Dying to Dance

Char and Diana Mansville, two sisters in their early twenties, lose their parents in a tragic accident. Finding themselves on the brink of financial disaster, they re-locate to southwest Florida to live with their aunt, a beautiful and wealthy ballroom dancer.
Once there, they meet handsome and charismatic Roland Donovan, who is a sociopath and involved in a deadly insurance scheme. Stricken by Diana’s beauty and charm, he sets his focus upon her and relentlessly begins his pursuit of her.

Meet Mystery Author Cheryl Hollon


Author Cheryl Hollon

Author Cheryl Hollon








My genre: I write a cozy mystery series based on the family-owned Webb’s Glass Shop in St. Petersburg, Florida.

I started writing because: I found the contrast between the hard science of flight simulation versus the peaceful zen of writing inspired me to achieve more in both.

The best thing about being a writer: Readers – cozy mystery readers are loyal, enthusiastic and a joy to meet at conferences and signings.

My current favorite read: The Shepherd’s Crown (Tiffany Aching) by Terry Pratchett

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About Shards of Murder:

When a glass-making competition turns deadly, glass shop owner Savannah Webb must search for a window into a criminal’s mind…

As the new proprietor of Webb’s Glass Shop, Savannah has been appointed to fill her late father’s shoes as a judge for the Spinnaker Arts Festival, held in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. With her innovative glass works, the clear winner is Megan Loyola, a student of Savannah’s former mentor.

But when Megan doesn’t show up to accept her $25,000 award, rumors start flying. And when Savannah discovers the woman’s dead body on festival grounds, the police immediately suspect her of murder. To keep from appearing before a judge herself, Savannah sorts through the broken pieces of glass scattered around the victim for clues as to who took this killer competition too far. . .

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About Cheryl Hollon

Cheryl Hollon writes full time after she left an engineering career designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind the house, Cheryl and her husband George design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass and painted glass artworks.

You can visit Cheryl and her books at

Meet Author Georgia Rose

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Author Georgia Rose

My genre is: romantic suspense – I write mysterious and romantic adventure stories with plenty of action and strong characters.

I started writing because: I had a story that had finally come to me in a complete form and this time I was determined to get it down before it disappeared from my head, as my ability to be able to hold onto such thoughts in the past has been pretty ephemeral.

The best thing about being a writer is: when I get the chance to spend some time in the fictional world I am creating and write a bit more of the story I am trying to tell.

My current favorite read:
I have been fortunate since starting to write to have found some terrific writers in the online world I often inhabit, and I’ve enjoyed many wonderful books, but there is one that leaps to mind that I have not been able to forget since reading it. Once Upon A Time In The City of Criminals by Mark Barry. I recommend it everywhere I go.


Before the Dawn

‘…he moved closer and slowly ran the point of his blade along my jaw line as he spoke softly, intimately, to me.

“So, you are Trent’s woman. Now that is very…appealing.” I glared back at him silently.’

There are testing times ahead for Grayson and Trent as trouble threatens Melton Manor. When an attack is made against those on the estate, Grayson gets caught in the middle finding herself and those around her in terrible danger. Terrified when she thinks tragedy has struck again she fights to protect those she now views as family and, suffering bloodshed and pain, confronts  her fears – both those brought by the enemy and by the one she loves.

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Meet the Author: Christine Burke

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Poet Christine Burke

Hi Everyone, I’m Christine Burke, a poet interested in multi-media work such as filmpoems and audio poems, several of my poems are illustrated and I have a filmpoem Cover the Mirrors on Youtube.

My Genre: Poetry

I started writing: when my husband left me for a younger model and I wrote in the middle of  the night when I couldn’t sleep.

The best thing about being a writer is: the new world that’s open to me –learning about poetry; reading poetry; going to literary events and meeting people with similar interests; the whole online process and conversation – I love it all, it’s my indulgence.

My current favorite read: I love re-reading Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds– TS Eliot Prize 2012, Pulitzer Prize 2013. I love Sleekit Cowrin, the digressions, the images, the way I feel as she felt, when reading the whole book not just this one poem  “as if a deck were tilting under me”.

My latest collection LEGACY  has just come out on Kindle.  It’s about relationships, politics,  dreams and love, and various poems on odd subjects that are hard to classify, such as a garden shed!  Click the Amazon link to see inside –  LEGACY

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My website is




If anyone would like to contact me through the contact page on my website I’ll email you BREAK-UPS SUCK!  FREE!

I haven’t got automatic downloads set up yet so you might have to wait a couple of days …


This is the inaugural appearance of my newest feature Meet the Author, where writers get to tell a bit about themselves and their work in their own words.

Just so happens my first victim…um…author, Las Vegas entertainer Andy Martello, appeared on this blog before. At least his book has. I reviewed The King of Casinos a while back (five stars!) and you can read that review HERE.

Author photo Andy Martello

Author and Entertainer Andy Martello


My genre:

I don’t really have one. The majority of the things I have written over the years have been humor, opinion, and observational commentary—all of which was primarily autobiographical. Yet, my first book was a biography/Nevada history book and my second was, of all things, a work of poetry. I suppose my genre is “The Printed Word.”

I started writing because:

I have been writing since I was a kid. Sometimes it was due to writing assignments in class, such as book reports (for books I rarely read) or essay papers on subjects I may or may not have cared about. Either way, I would use a lot of creativity in the work. You could say, my first works of fiction were trying to convince teachers I had done my homework.

One year, there was a creative writing contest with a cash prize being offered. I wrote a ridiculous but funny story about Snoopy’s dog dish (from the perspective of the dish) and I won $50. It was the first, and I assumed, last time I would ever get paid for my writing.

Best thing about being a writer:

I love telling stories well. I hope this means I am a great storyteller, but, that is not something for me to decide. When I am writing, and things are moving along to my satisfaction, there is no better feeling than the fulfillment that comes from coining a perfect phrase or conveying a thought in a manner which I like. As blasphemous as it sounds, I have never, nor do I to this day, enjoy reading. I have always been a visual person and if I cannot see something in my head as a good film or television show, it immediately gets shelved.

I have always been an imaginative person. While I know I am CLEARLY in the majority on this, even the best or most prolific writers, particularly those who write fiction, have rarely kept my attention. Reading was never anything more than a school assignment for me. I hardly ever read fiction. When I do, it is an even more rare occurrence when I finish it. When I am reading nonfiction, I need the story and facts to be presented in a manner designed to maintain interest and not to simply impart facts.

I think because I so dislike reading for recreation or other purposes (I really cannot have a discussion about ANY book you or your readers have ever raved about), I am not influenced by anyone’s style and I have my own, distinct voice. So, for me, knowing I have written something which entertains me, the most finicky of readers, I feel confident it will entertain the masses. Not that “the masses” will ever read my work. I also don’t believe anyone reads anymore, but, that is a different subject altogether.

My current favorite read:

Since I read so infrequently, I cannot offer a “current” favorite read. I can offer the best book I have read in recent memory, one I read in 2015 AND is a work of fiction, if you can believe that. The Robusta Incident by Jennifer Fales is a supremely entertaining book. I initially read it in the hopes of doing an author review exchange with her and because I have a monstrous nerd-crush on the author. Damn her for actually writing something I loved and have recommended to many others!

It is wildly funny, clever beyond it’s genre (sci-fi/horror), and Jennifer has a very male-centric writing style that made the book very appealing to me. Just as women seem to endlessly complain men cannot write female characters well, it is equally apparent women have difficulty writing believable male characters. Fales does not have this problem in The Robusta Incident. All characters, male or female are fleshed out, believable, and with their own distinct voices. Add that the book is a refreshing and original take on a zombie story (I like to think of the book as “The Walking Dead” meets “The Office”) and you have something very special in the book world. I would love to see this on screen.

Also in the “played out genre with clever new ideas category” is To Touch the Sun, by Laura Enright, another book I read hoping to simply exchange reviews which ended up making me so glad I was reading it. Her take on the vampire story is new and well-presented. The fact it is primarily set in the Chicago area, my original home, didn’t hurt my feelings any.

Other than those, my favorite reads are my next projects, my past works, and the crap I jotted down and abandoned. As I have said many times, much to the anger and dismay of readers and authors everywhere, if i didn’t write it, there is little chance I will ever read it.


Andy Martello's biography of casino owner Willie Martello.

The King of Casinos


The unreal but TRUE story of the unknown casino that changed Las Vegas forever!

After a horrific blaze destroyed Willie Martello’s El Rey Club in 1962, fifty years would pass before anyone knew of how that casino and one-time brothel influenced LAS VEGAS casinos, upset the mob, and inadvertently launched the career of Francis Ford Coppola.

Were it not for the chance discovery of a single photo in a Las Vegas museum, the El Rey Club would only be known as the seedy brothel where Senator Harry Reid learned to swim. Martello’s accomplishments should place him among magnates like Howard Hughes or Steve Wynn, yet very few know his name.

Featuring over 140 rare or unseen photos!

WINNER, 2014 International Book Awards & USA Best Book Awards (Best Biography)

Buy The King of Casinos at Amazon or CreateSpace


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Pretty Words. Nothing More: An Unlikely Book of Poetry

From the award-winning author of The King of Casinos comes a very personal work about falling in love with the wrong person.

It started out as images and thoughts shared on Facebook to deal with the pleasure and pain of falling in love, being in love, and losing love.

Before long, they were gathering likes and comments from many well-read people, and those readers were asking for more. Ultimately, the uphill battle fought while trying, and failing, to gain the attention of one specific woman, turned into a reflection and exploration of feelings about six very different, and oddly similar women.

Passionate and succinct, these short-form poems carry a lot of meaning and offer a unique perspective on a universal subject.

By design, this book is very basic and does not feature any images or frills. The sales from this book will aid in funding the publishing of “Pretty Words. So Much More.” which will feature high-quality original images and artwork from nearly 20 extremely talented, and largely unknown artists from around the United States.

An Amazon TOP 100 Book! (Love Poems)

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