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There’ll be an interview and maybe an update on Mirklin Wood.

And, hey! Watch for a Booktrap event on December 3 and 4. Come celebrate the Magical World of Books.

Interview with Claire Stibbe   1 comment

Claire Stibbe Author PhotoLELA: The 9th Hour is the first in a seven-part mystery series set in Albuquerque. Published by Crooked Cat Publishers, UK. It released yesterday, November 17, 2015

Claire has published short stories and once ran a newspaper for two local businesses in Albuquerque. She is currently working on the second and third books in the Detective Temeke series in which she explores how even in the darkness of criminal depravity, the light of faith is never entirely extinguished.

So, Claire, I loved your historical fiction. What prompted the change in genre?


Claire Stibbe 9th HourCLAIRE:

After completing two historical fiction books I felt it was time for a change. I read an article about a child who was snatched from a tent on a camping trip. Needless to say, it left an indelible mark and I decided to write a story dedicating the book to her in my own way. Most of us will never understand the pain a parent goes through at the loss of a child — a child snatched by a stranger, whose last moments must have been terrifying, a life cruelly and violently cut short.


The best stories are based on reality, especially detective novels, I think. Tell us about it.

Detective David Temeke, half Ethiopian, half British, lives in New Mexico, a vast state with cornflower blue skies, rolling hills of gray-green sage and rose colored mesas. All these are only part of the charm; not forgetting the great aroma of roasted green Chile.

Temeke ‒ brash and pigheaded ‒ is ousted from Homicide on account of a falling-out with the Chief of Police. He is sent to Northwest Area Command to lead a case nobody else wants. There he meets his new partner, Malin Santiago, an East Coast transfer with a nose for the truth. Not only must he steer a course around the higher ranking officers, he must fight his way through the dense forests of Cimarron State Park to find the killer before it’s too late,

That sounds existing! I can’t wait to read it.

Book Blurb: When the ninth young girl falls into the clutches of a serial killer, maverick detective, David Temeke faces a race against time to save her life.

The Duke City Police Department in Albuquerque, New Mexico is no stranger to gruesome murders but the new serial killer on their block keeps the body parts of his eight young victims as trophies and has a worrying obsession with the number nine. The suspect is incarcerated in the state’s high security penitentiary but Police Chief Hackett is faced with a dilemma when another teenage girl vanishes.

Detective Temeke and his new partner, Malin Santiago, are sent to solve a baffling crime in the dense forests of New Mexico’s Cimarron State Park. Time is running out. Can they unravel the mysteries of Norse legends and thwart the 9th Hour killer before he dismembers his ninth victim?

Stay tuned to Claire’s Facebook page for more updates and book links.

To find out more about Claire Stibbe’s books, take a look on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

To learn more about Claire, visit

About the author: Originally from England, Claire is a world traveler and makes her home in New Mexico, USA.  She began writing as a child and received school awards for English literature. A former medical and executive assistant, she has helped lead workshops and has spoken at various literary events across the Southwest. Her interest in archaeology has inspired and informed all her writing from historical fiction to thrillers, and she is the author of two ancient Egyptian novels, Chasing Pharaohs and The Fowler’s Snare.


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Stay Tuned for Writing Wednesday   1 comment

My friend Claire Stibbe is popping in to talk about her just released detective novel The 9th Hour.

And, yes, I am feverishly working on the second book in the Daermad Cycle — Mirklin Wood.

Stay Tuned for Writing Wednesday   7 comments

I’m interviewing Simon Paul Wilson, who has just announced his launch of Ghost City Girl has been delayed into November. You know how it is — life is what happens when you’re making other plans. Mirklin Wood was supposed to be out in October and, well, sometime in early 2016, I think.

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baa10-bluetypewriter-whitepinkflowersThis week’s interview is with Jenna Nelson, author of The Snow Globe. I found Jenna on Twitter because her book cover is stunning.

Interview with Pamela Kinney   4 comments

I usually post interviews on Wednesdays because it is a slow day for me in my “real” life, but Pamela asked me to post on Friday and I want to apologize outright for being late. Fridays are busy days at work and we had our first winter storm, so nothing went right for me today. That’s not an excuse!!!! The delay is completely my fault. I have procedures I failed to follow. Lela

Pamela Kinney authorThis week’s interview is with Pamela Kinney, paranormal author. Welcome to the blog, Pamela. Tell us something about yourself.

I am from Virginia and right now, writing is my job. Of course, I am married and my husband is the big breadwinner, working for Chesterfield County Utilities. Bill and I have been married for 38 years. We have one son, Chris, who turned 37 this past May. And we are both owned by a black cat named Shade. She turned 2 years old this past September 7th, making her and I both Virgos (my birthday was September 11th).

At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When I was eight. I wrote my first stories at that age. Mainly animal ones and one science fiction one inspired by a dream.

Tell us about your writing process.

I get up in the morning, have breakfast, and watch CBS This Morning, then I do promo on social media, and around noon I write until the husband gets home from work. Though when a book is due, I have written to finish it (and edit) on weekends and at night, like I did for Paranormal Petersburg, Virginia, and the Tri-Cities Area.

Paranormal Petersburg Book CoverDo you have a special place where you write?

I tried bookstore cafés and hotel rooms during a convention, but the best for me is home.  Though I once wrote at my library, which I consider second best as it is quiet and there were no distractions.

When you are not writing, what do you do?

I read. I exercise. I’ve done acting in films and TV shows. Latest, I was an extra for a trailer for Coney Island TV show based off Phantom of the Opera. I spend time with my husband and we do things or travel to places. And I am a costumer, meaning I makes and wear costumes. I’ve done that since 1972, though not as much since I write a lot these days. I even like to take time to play with my cat, Shade.

What is your favorite genre … to read … to write?

Horror and dark fantasy. Though I enjoy writing the nonfiction ghost books, as I learn from them a much as the readers do, whether ghosts, legend, or even bits of history. I also enjoy reading and writing paranormal romance (I write under the pseudonym, Sapphire Phelan for PNR.). I’ve written some science fiction, but not as much, though I do read it, too.

What are you passionate about?

Life. Isn’t that what everyone should be passionate about?

Pamela Ghost Dog at Edgewood Plantation Bed and Breakfast New  Years Eve 2011What inspired you to turn to writing nonfiction from fiction?

My published author friend of science fiction and fantasy, Dinah Roseberry, had gotten a job as editor of the ghost books division at Schiffer Publishing/ . She posted on the forum of Mid-Atlantic Horror Professionals if any horror writers wanted to write ‘real’ ghost books, and not fictional ones. So I looked up how to do a book proposal, wrote one for Haunted Richmond, Virginia, edited it, and sent it off. It was accepted, I wrote the book,  and here I am.

Tell the readers the names of the first four nonfiction ghost books and where they can get them.

Haunted Richmond, Virginia, Haunted Virginia: Legends, Myths and True Tales, Virginia’s Haunted Historic Triangle: Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, & Other Haunted Locations, and Haunted Richmond II. Like the new one, they can be found at Schiffer Publishing/’s webstore, Amazon, and in their brick and mortar stores (they can be ordered from the bookstores too), Books A Million, and any indie bookstore and online dealers.

Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes, I do. I’ve had experiences that left me in no doubt.

Tell us about paranormal investigating and why you use that in your ghost books.

I did not use any investigating equipment for the first book, except maybe my camera. Ag=fter the first book released I joined a local paranormal group and bought a digital recorder and jumped feet first into paranormal investigating. From there, I bought other equipment and used them when I did the other books. This last one, I used a lot of my ghost box. A ghost box is used to contact spirits through the use of radio frequency devices or so called boxes as a medium for direct communication.  Since I film Paranormal World Seekers, you can see me using it along with other equipment at Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center, at a ghost tour I did with congoers from first year Marscon.

Besides those captured in photos in Paranormal Petersburg, Virginia, and the Tri-Cities Area, where else have you gotten pictures of ghosts?

One time, on New Year’s Eve, I got a ghost dog in one of the photos I taken outside behind Edgewood Plantation Bed and  Breakfast in Charles City, Virginia we were doing an investigation at.

Paranormal Petersburg, Virginia, and the Tri-Cities Area blurb:

Travel to Petersburg, Virginia, and the surrounding areas of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Prince George, Dinwiddie, and nearby Ettrick-Matoaca, Enon, and Chester to discover what spirits, monsters, UFOs, and legends await the unwary. Why are the Union and Confederate spirits still fighting the Civil War in the battlefields? Who is the lady in blue who haunts Weston Plantation House? Learn what the phantoms at Peter Jones Trading Post will do to keep from being photographed. Drink tea with runaway slaves still hiding on the top floor above the Blue Willow Tea Room. Are Edgar Allan Poe and his bride still on their honeymoon at Hiram Haines Coffee and Ale House? Why does the Goatman stalk young lovers? Meet the ghosts of Violet Bank Museum that greet guests at the house. Hauntingly active as they share space with the living, the dead refuse to give up their undead residency.

Pamela K. Kinney’s Bio:

Besides her nonfiction ghost books, Pamela K. Kinney has written fiction that enables her readers to journey to worlds of fantasy, go beyond the stars, and dive into the vortex of terror. One of her horror short fiction, “Bottled Spirits,” proved to be heart-stopping enough to be runner up for 2013 WSFA Small Press Award.

Writing under the pseudonym Sapphire Phelan, she also writes bestselling paranormal romance with dark heroes and heroines with bite!

She admits she can always be found at her desk and on her computer, writing. And yes, the house, husband, and even the cat, sometimes suffer for it!

Find out more about Pamela K. Kinney at and about Sapphire Phelan at

Buy Links:

Schiffer Publishing


Plus available at and Books a Million..

Leave a comment on Lela Markham’s blog, with your name and email, to be entered in the whole blog tour’s giveaway; which would be a signed copy of Pamela K. Kinney’s new release, ParanormalPetersburg, Virginia, and the Tri-Cities Area that will be sent to the winner.  The winner will be drawn after the last blog stop on October 5th. The email will enable me to contact the winner, so do leave your name and email.

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This week’s interview is with Lucinda E. Clarke, who has so many adventures she makes living in Alaska seem boring.

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