Tuesday, October 27, 2015

There But For the Hand of Fate

Have you ever had one of those moments when, whether you knew it or not, your future was determined by a seemingly small decision or act of fate? 

I've had several.

For instance, I went from pursuing a History Major with a Classics Minor to achieving a double major in History and Philosophy because I transposed the number of one of my required courses. I took Philosophy 110 - Ethics when I was supposed to take Philosophy 101 - Ancient Philosophy.

In 2008, at Word on the Street: Toronto, another small decision changed the course of my life. At the time I was mostly writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, although I did have a Western and a Mystery on the go. I visited the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers table and found out that they didn't accept unpublished authors. Then I visited the Crime Writers of Canada table. They did have an Associate Membership for unpublished authors (also editors, publishers, librarians and bookseller). Not only that, they had a contest sponsored by a publisher for novel manuscripts.

Science Fiction/Fantasy got set aside for the time being and I became a Mystery/Suspense author with a side of Historical Western Romance.

Now I'm wondering "What if?"

What might my current books be like if I stuck to SF/F?



UNDER AN ALIEN STAR

Disguised as a Terran boy, Shapeshifter Marly joins a handsome cyborg Space Ranger in the hunt for a con man and they must bring the fugitive to justice before giving up the masquerade and revealing Marly's chameleon colours.





A MAN IN BLACK TO REMEMBER

Prudence Hartley has the usual single mom problems that become a tad more complicated and a lot more dangerous when she finds a alien in her house. Suddenly, M, one of the Men in Black, shows up and whisks her and her kids into protective custody. Pru has so many questions spinning through her brain she doesn’t know where to begin. How is she going to keep her kids safe? Why are extraterrestials after her? Oh, and there’s one more question . . . Why does M keep flashing that stupid light in her eyes?

Then I had an idea for a Science Fiction Cozy...



HAZARDOUS ONIONS

Twin sisters separated by war, bound by recipes…

After the death of their father, twin sisters Maggie and Matty Becker are forced to take positions with officers’ families at a nearby fort. Fortunately their recipes for hearty economical soups makes them very popular, especially their French Onion Soup.


When the southern states secede, the twins are separated, and they find themselves on opposite sides of America’s bloodiest war. Unbeknownst to them, Earth has been visited by the Alliumites, small aliens that resemble onions. Aliens that North and South wish to control.

Will the Becker sisters start World War O? Or will they make peace and change their specialty to Potato-Leek Chowder?

(Recipes included.)


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Deadly Dozen


Coming this November...
Last month Kate Garrett was a Police Detective. 
Now she’s a Pet P.I.?

Kate recently inherited half her father’s private investigation company and a partner who is as irritating as he is attractive. Kate has been avoiding Jake Carmedy for years, but now her life might depend on him.


Kate and Jake are on the hunt for a serial cat killer who has mysterious connections to her father’s last police case. Kate’s father had been forced to retire when he was shot investigating a domestic disturbance. Is the shooter back for revenge? And is Kate or Jake next?



Deadly Season picks up where Deadly Legacy left off. If you haven't read Deadly Legacy, there is no better time than now to pick it up as part of ...

Deadly Dozen: 12 Mystery/Thriller Novels by Bestselling Imajin Books Authors

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Deadly Duo

Coming this November...


Last month Kate Garrett was a Police Detective. Now she’s a Pet P.I.?



Kate recently inherited half her father’s private investigation company and a partner who is as irritating as he is attractive. Kate has been avoiding Jake Carmedy for years, but now her life might depend on him.

If you read Deadly Legacy, you'll know this is not a situation that makes Kate very happy. If you haven't...

You don't have to read Deadly Legacy to read Deadly Season, but here are a few good reasons to pick up the first book.

"You know how you have that list of fictional characters whom you would pick for friends? Kate Garrett is near the top of that list for me! She's heroic, yet human - not one of those women who's afraid to show her feminine emotions. I loved the futuristic setting, the other characters, the intriguing plot, and the fast-paced, witty writing. Five stars means I loved it and think you will too."
Catherine Astolfo, author of Up Chit Creek

"This is a complex and intelligent murder mystery with intriguing personal conflicts and a sparkle of wit. Guelph writer Alison Bruce has obviously done substantial research into policing and private investigations. Her style? Mix some Richard Castle with some Dashiell Hammett, add a dash of Max Headroom and garnish with murder. Serve iced with a Agatha Christie-worthy finale."
K-W Record Review

"I love a good old-fashioned mystery and this one struck a chord with me. Kate Garret is a savvy heroine trying to live up to the legend of her famous father, while Jake Carmedy is not quite the partner she had in mind for her inherited half of the private investigating business. What was her dad thinking?"
Amazon Review