Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sarit Yahalomi: The Missing Year By Belinda Frisch Book Tour

Sarit Yahalomi: The Missing Year By Belinda Frisch Book Tour: The Missing Year  By  Belinda Frisch Published: November 17th, 2014 Word Count: 72,000 Genre: Contemporary Romance

Sometimes when an author is writing, the book takes over. For me this is almost always the case. The Missing Year surprised me in so many ways. Those of you who have been following my journey might recall me wanting to pull my hair out around the soupy middle. But it all came together. Find out more about what happened by reading Sarit's blog and enter to win.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

REBLOG: Sheila Deeth Blog: Mystery in the Missing Year

Sheila Deeth Blog: Mystery in the Missing Year: Today I'm delighted to welcome Belinda Frisch, author of a new contemporary romantic mystery, The Missing Year, to my blog...

Many thanks to Sheila Deeth for an excellent, interactive interview. She has a wonderful book blog and has gone above and beyond to support my new release today. Drop her a line, like her page, and who knows, maybe even reach out to her for a review? Anyone whose scale includes coffee is a winner in my book.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Missing Year Blog Tour (November 17th)

The Missing Year Tour Banner

~ Schedule ~

The Missing Year by Belinda Frisch:

~ About the Book ~

The Missing Year
Author: Belinda Frisch
Published: November 17th, 2014
Word Count: 72,000
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Medical

~ Synopsis ~

Thirty-four-year-old Blake Wheeler was everything Lila had ever wanted. A rising-star surgeon with his whole life ahead of him, Blake gave Lila ten perfect years of marriage before plunging her into the hardest year of their lives.
When a late night shooting leaves Blake in a coma, Lila is faced with a difficult decision: continue life support or let him go.
One year later, Lila remains unwilling to speak, in a private mental health facility where she refuses to move on.
Dr. Ross Reeves knows firsthand about loss, having spent the better part of five years burying himself in his work. Tasked with the challenge of breaking Lila’s silence, Ross investigates Lila’s past and her husband’s death, finding more to Blake’s murder than meets the eye. A series of mysterious coincidences has Ross wondering if Lila is acting out of grief … or guilt.

~ About the Author ~

Belinda Frisch
*Runner-up Halloween Book Festival 2012 and optioned for film, Cure
*Honorable Mention New York Book Festival 2014, Better Left Buried
*Amazon Top 100 Medical Thriller, Fatal Reaction
After fifteen years of working in healthcare, Belinda Frisch’s stories can’t help being medicine influenced. A writer of dark tales in the horror, mystery, and thriller genres, Belinda tells the stories she’d like to read. Her fiction has appeared in Shroud Magazine, Dabblestone Horror, and Tales of the Zombie War. She is the author of Cure, Afterbirth, Fatal Reaction, Better Left Buried, and The Missing Year. She resides in upstate New York with her husband and a small menagerie of beloved animals.

There will be giveaways including e-books, audiobooks, and an Amazon gift card. Make sure you stop by and see what we're up to. These bloggers are not your usual interviewers.

Friday, November 7, 2014

NaNoWriMo Week #1 and a Book Launch

It's been an interesting week.

For the first time in six years I'm relatively on-track to meet the NaNoWriMo word count. I think the concept is a mixed bag, but I'm motivated by electronic word counter gizmos so I figured, why not? Over 10,000 words this weeks puts me closer to 20,000 done with Fatal Intention, a novel shaping up so nicely I can't help being a tad infatuated with the genius I know will seem like total and utter crap in another couple of months when I start banging away at the second draft.

Don't blame me. It's the process.

I'm sitting on some potentially big news that has me cautiously optimistic about the fate of dear Ana Ashmore, a girl who has suffered far more at my hands than she should have. Let me tell you, her life isn't about to get any easier.

Speaking of difficult. What a friggin' bummer to get pirated on launch day. Authors, this little sidebar is for you. Do you have Google Alerts set up? If not, do it. Now. Do not pass go and such.This handy tool keeps the vanity searches to a minimum. Plunk your name in quotes and the good people at Google (or their machines) send you an email when your name pops up. Mostly I get this when my books are being file shared. Have a DMCA takedown notice handy at all times and be ready to use them. I did. The sites (there were not one, but TWO) have  thus far been agreeable. One down. One to go.

Speaking of one to go ... I have a few things to do (like hit the treadmill to walk off this nervous energy and vacuum my Sheltie's scattered fur) before it's back to pantslining (that's what pantsers do when they attempt to bring outlining into their writing lives, at least a couple of chapters at a time). I left Ana and Jared in the lurch. On the hook, possibly, for a murder they may (or may not have) committed. Poor Mike. Everyone around him is always in question. Let's see if I can't give him a little love interest comfort from our sweet-as-pie Medical Examiner. I can't torture them all, can I?

Maybe I can.

But, I won't.

Until next time, keep reading!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Writer's Digest Judges Weigh-in on Fatal Reaction

The judge's critique of "Fatal Reaction" is in, and while I am a fan of short chapters and frenetic pacing, clearly this person is not so much. Overall, I think this is a glowing review. I don't believe in altering things to look solely positive. This is what was sent to me verbatim. Every well thought out review should showcase both the work's highs and lows. Every author should accept it when they do. I'm so incredibly proud of "Fatal Reaction" and there's a sequel forthcoming. There's also some tentative news, but I'll leave it at that until I have something solid. In the meantime, grab yourself a copy only $2.99 on Amazon.

"At the heart of Fatal Reaction is the main character of Ana who is fully realized, who is every bit as confused and passionate and stubborn and intelligent as any one of us. Her descent into the folds of the plot is completely believable as each twist or discovery seems perfectly plausible, and Ana's reaction equally so. The narrative is tightly woven and compelling, moving at a fast pace while still allowing the reader to experience a true depth of characterization as they develop a full appreciation of the events as they take place. The design of the book is very professional. Though the cover is simple, it conveys the major themes of the book and puts the reader in the appropriate frame of mind for the taut prose ahead. The chapters are generally too short to really allow the reader to develop a seamless sense of the narrative. In fiction, so much of the pacing comes from the deployment of the chapters, how they build the suspense or momentum of the narrative arc, and in this case the length of these chapters really prevents the reader from fully giving over to the flow. I find that it emphasizes the frenetic nature of the narrative but I do find I wish we could settle and delve a little more deeply in some instances."

- Judge, 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Sunday, November 2, 2014

BRAND NEW RELEASE: "The Missing Year" (Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Second Chance, Medical)

"The Missing Year" is finalizing and will be available on Amazon later this week. $2.99 introductory price for fans of #contemporaryromance #mystery and #medicine.

If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, hit that "Pre-order with 1-click" button and know the book will show up on your Kindle on Thursday November 6th.

Life. Death. A Choice.

Two lives converge when a psychiatrist who has lost the love of his life to terminal cancer meets the most difficult patient he'll ever treat: Lila Wheeler. Lila, an inpatient in an upstate New York psychiatric facility, has spent over a year pining for the loss of her husband, Blake, who was left on life support following a botched convenience store robbery. To tell you much more would give away the crux of the conflict, but The Missing Year deals with the choices we make for ourselves and our loved ones and how in the face of terminal suffering, those choices sometimes lead to rash decisions.


Thirty-four-year-old Blake Wheeler was everything Lila had ever wanted. A rising-star surgeon with his whole life ahead of him, Blake gave Lila ten perfect years of marriage before plunging her into the hardest year of their lives. 

When a late night shooting leaves Blake in a coma, Lila is faced with a difficult decision: continue life support or let him go. 

One year later, Lila remains unwilling to speak, in a private mental health facility where she refuses to move on. 

Dr. Ross Reeves knows firsthand about loss, having spent the better part of five years burying himself in his work. Tasked with the challenge of breaking Lila's silence, Ross investigates Lila's past and her husband's death, finding more to Blake's murder than meets the eye. A series of mysterious coincidences has Ross wondering if Lila is acting out of grief ... or guilt.

The Judge: A Film Review

Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family. -IMDB

High profile attorney Hank Palmer has had a bad day. His client is guilty, his mother has passed away, and now he has to go back to small town Indiana, a place he would rather forget. His wife has been cheating and the impending divorce has him going up against his wife on the topic of where there daughter will live. There's an immediate sense that Hank is more about money than conscience, and more about work than family. Especially since he's estranged from most of his.

The money-driven career man is the jumping off point for a character arc that has Hank rethinking himself when his bad day turns worse. His newly widowed father, former Judge Joseph Palmer, is charged with murder. The victim is a man who Judge Palmer had let off in his youth, the rare instance he levied the minimum charge. The young man had shot up the home of his then sweetheart. Upon release, he drowned her. Judge Palmer never forgave himself for not being harsher. Now the newly released convict's blood is on the Judge's banged up car.

Only Judge Palmer doesn't remember hitting him.

The heart of the movie is why.

The Judge is a slow starter, opening with a scene that is anything but well-researched. I don't know about every state, but in New York, child support isn't paid by making the father of a yet unborn child sign over his brand new truck to the mother. I get what the writer was going for, but ... yeah. It left me with credibility fears. Fortunately that's about all we see of Judge Palmer on the bench. When the story gets rolling it is touching and incredibly well-acted. Robert Duvall's performance was bar none. I cried. More than once.

The plot had a lot of recycled elements: the small town sweetheart (the one who got away), the brother who stayed vs. the one who left, the "daughter" (or mysteriously fathered child born of the one who got away), and the handicapped brother (which seems popular in dysfunctional family movies, but was more moving in This is Where I Leave You). None of that added anything to the movie with the exception of the brother's films. Sorry, Vera Farmiga. The heart of this story is redemption between a father and a son, expertly done and with strong emotional impact. 

Did I enjoy it? Hmmm. I was moved by it. I didn't walk out of the film feeling good about anything. It is a downer. Drama is not my thing. I really loved This is Where I Leave You and prefer it over The Judge for family dysfunction. I see why the film is getting accolades, but I have better things to do with my afternoon than cry in public. 7/10 stars for top-notch acting and too much recycling. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014

Impetus- the force that makes something happen or happen more quickly. 

I'm digging into NaNoWriMo 2014 with the hopes of finishing (or near-finishing) the rough draft of Fatal Intention, follow-up to my murder mystery, Fatal Reaction.

Sequels are easier for me than writing books from scratch so I'm hopeful that I might win NaNo for the first time ever. This is my sixth or so year participating. 2400 words per day will get me there. 

Who knows? Maybe I'll even hit a write-in day or two and meet some of the locals.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

COFFIN HOP DAY #6: Funeral With a View (Book Review and Giveaway)

Title: Funeral with a View

Author: Matt Schiariti

Published: September 28th, 2014

Word Count: 101,000

Genre: Romance

Content Warning: Mild sexual content, minor profanity and adult themes

Age Recommendation: 18+


Thirty-two-year-old Richard Franchitti didn’t believe in love at first sight until he met free-spirited Catherine and started a brand new life. A devoted father and husband, Richard fought to keep his family together when it would have been easier to walk away.

Tragedy left him with unfinished business.

Now a disembodied spirit, Richard relives his most important days. From the beginnings of unconditional love, to the joy of his daughter’s birth, and all of the difficult times in between, each treasured moment brings him closer to answering the question:

“Why am I still here?”

He was born Richard Franchitti, but his friends call him Ricky. 

Welcome to his funeral.

About the Author:

Matt Schiariti is an Engineer by profession, guitar legend in his own mind, and would-be author, time permitting. When he’s not writing, he’s reading. When he’s not reading, he’s enjoying a beer sporting a fancy name on the label. When he’s not enjoying a fancy-named beer, he’s most likely reading some more. Sometimes he does all three at once, to disastrous effect.

Matt lives in southern New Jersey with his wife, two children, and insane dog. Funeral with a View is his second published novel, but not his last.

You have been warned.

Giveaway Details:

There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
●     $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway
●     5 kindle copies of Funeral with a View

Giveaway is international.


When Ricky Franchitti, father and husband, finds himself on the receiving end of a beer truck, life takes a turn for the … afterlife.

Tethered to his body, Ricky is forced to relive the years up to his death, from first love with his wife, Cat, to the birth of their daughter. Told in retrospect, this modern take on It’s a Wonderful Life is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining. Many pop culture references will have fans of 80’s and 90’s comedies smiling. The banter between the main characters immediately endears them. Funeral with a View is a poignant look at Ricky’s journey to discover what “unfinished business” is keeping him from moving on.

To say more about the story would give away too much.

In the tradition of Matt Schiariti’s debut novel Ghosts of Demons Past, Funeral with a View has the wit and charm his readers have come to expect with newfound heart. Unconventionally romantic with its fair share of twists, this funeral will inspire more than tears. It’ll restore your faith in true love.

FOUR enthusiastic stars!

#CoffinHop to SIXTY horror-themed blogs by clicking the link for the list of participants. Tons of giveaways happening so don't miss out.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

COFFIN HOP DAY #5: Ouija (Film Review)

A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.-IMDB

The opening scene of Ouija has best friends Debbie and Laine talking about Debbie's recent withdrawal from her social life. Laine wants her to go out. Debbie wants to stay home and is doing all she can to keep her friends out of her house. We see that she's recently attempted to destroy a Ouija board, but that thing is the proverbial bad penny. It keeps coming back. When Debbie is found hung from a string of Christmas lights, that same board sets off a horrific chain of events that has Laine and her friends fighting for their lives.

While it is agreed that Debbie hadn't exactly been herself in her final days, suicide seems unlikely. Grief stricken Laine recalls her and Debbie's childhood experiments with a Ouija board. Laine wants to understand what happened to her best friend. She needs to say goodbye. The board, she thinks, will bring her much-needed closure. When a video on a left behind flash drive reveals that Debbie had found the board in her attic, the mystery of its origin dovetails into a story about a decade's old disappearance and the people who formerly inhabited Debbie's home. Can the group solve the mystery in time to save their lives? Well, *spoiler*, a few of them can.

The last horror movie I watched in theaters was Annabelle and before that As Above So Below. Ouija is on par with the latter, and far better than the disappointing former. Annabelle let me down big time. I went into Ouija with low expectations because while I'm a huge Bates Motel fan, Olivia Cooke doesn't have a solid track record. The Quiet Ones was a cliche-filled disaster. I'm happy to report Ouija redeemed her for me. The movie takes some predictable turns midway, but is overall really fun. I loved it and jumped out of my seat more than once. The film rates about four stars on IMDB and I blame that partly on the genre. I'd give this one a solid 7/10. A fun night out for horror fans! Not the most original premise, but well executed. Hubs and I both enjoyed it.

Ouija fans might also enjoy a similar story:


A spirit board, a murder, and a cold case that refuses to stay hidden.

Harmony Wolcott’s childhood nightmares become reality when a session with a spirit board leaves her with more questions than answers. What starts as a message from beyond the grave, turns into something dangerous that won’t be ignored. Together with her best friend, Brea Miller, Harmony investigates the mysterious address that something or someone has given her: 6 Maple Avenue.

It’s not just the house that’s haunted.

The dilapidated scene seems like something from another lifetime, a place of mixed memories where Harmony and Brea’s friendship had started, and where their families’ lives had intersected years earlier. What happened there might well be the town of Reston’s best kept secret.

A tragic discovery threatens to unravel Harmony's patched together life and bring Brea down with her, proving, with devastating consequences, that sometimes the past is better left buried.