Author Interview and Book Giveaway: Nancy Lynn Jarvis

Hi all. Today author Nancy Lynn Jarvis is stopping by for an interview and giveaway. Please read on for details about her latest book in her PIP Inc Mystery Series called Dearly Beloved Departed and also for info on how to win an e-copy.

About the book:
Ms. Jarvis presents a fun and engagingly written mystery in Dearly Beloved Departed, the fourth book in the PIP Inc. Mysteries. This intriguing story lures the reader forward with plot twists and the intriguingly convergent thinking of Pat Pirard, not to mention her ensemble of endearing friends. ~ Dannye Williamsen, author of Brita Madison Paranormal Mysteries

Q: Welcome to my blog Nancy, please tell us a bit about yourself.
A: I’m a registered Gezzerette who didn’t start writing until I was fifty-eight. I don’t want any of you out there reading this who think you’re too old to start a writing career to give up. Once I started writing, I had so much fun doing it that it became an addiction. So far I‘ve written a seven-book series, Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries, a stand-alone novel, Mags and the AARP Gang, and a little insider’s book called The Truth About Hosting Airbnb. I also gave editing a try, publishing two wildly different books, Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes and an anthology titled Santa Cruz Weird.

The cookbook and anthology were great fun to do and introduced me to many delightful fellow writers, but editing isn’t one of my strengths so right now I’m working on a new series, PIP Inc. Mysteries. Book four in the series, Dearly Beloved Departed has come out recently and I’d like to give one of you a free e-copy of it.

Do I write from life? Sort of. I was a realtor for many years so the real estate stories in my mysteries are fact-based even if the murders aren’t. I was an Airbnb host for a little more than three years and received over fifty emails from all over the world asking if I was okay after the CZU Fire which ended that adventure. For the PIP Inc. Mysteries, which stands for Private Investigator Pat, I borrowed a friend’s identity. The only really different book was Mags. She is an imaginary character who more or less dedicated her story as I typed it. (Characters talking to their writers is a common occurrence and does not mean we’re crazy.)

Q: What would you say is your strength as a writer?
A: I still feel odd referring to myself as a writer. I’m a storyteller, a skill I learned from my Irish grandmother and perfected making up bedtime stories for my children when they were young. Telling stories and seeing how they piece together is my greatest strength.

Q: How long does it take you to write a book?
A: Except for The Corpse’s Secret Life which I wrote during the time I was displaced and then living in a house undergoing reconstruction post-fire, books usually take about five months to get ready for beta readers. After that it takes another couple of months to work with editors and make changes and corrections.

Q: Who are your favorite authors and what strikes you the most about their work?
A: I read broadly so I’m going to narrow your questions down to just mysteries, if I may. I like classic British authors like Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers and my new favorite, Richard Osman. They rely more on intrigue, subtle clues, and complex relationships rather than graphic violence and action which, as a cozy mystery writer, appeals to me.

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Hands down rocky road.

Amazon Author Page

About the author:
Nancy is a happily former Realtor. Without a license to hold her back, she is free to share her opinions about all things real estate especially in Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries. She’s had a checkered career past: she’s worked for the San Jose Mercury News, been a librarian, photo archivist, and been the business manager of Shakespeare/Santa Cruz.
Her work history reflects her philosophy: people should try something radically different every few years.

Thank you for stopping by Nancy! I enjoyed this interview. That’s great advice about not thinking it’s too late to begin writing. Best of luck with your books!

Giveaway Details
To enter to win an e-copy of Dearly Beloved Departed leave a comment on this post and please include your email address. A winner will be announced here on April 4th. Good luck!

Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 3/26/2023: Random Updates

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists…

Happy Sunday, I hope this post finds you well. It was a pretty busy week and I sucked on blog hopping this past week so I’m sorry for that. I also wasn’t feeling so great Thursday and Friday. It’s not the dreaded “C” but rather hormonal since I’m going through peri these past couple of years. Fun times! I’ll be doing my usual blog visits this afternoon. The temps have been all over the place lately, it was freezing last weekend then we had sleet yesterday morning and today the temps are in the 60’s.

We passed by an old chapel last weekend on our walk and I took a few pics of it with the black and white setting on my phone. It was very cold so we kept the walk short but as soon as I spotted the chapel I wanted a pic. It reminds me of Norman Bates’ house on the hill. Otis was trying to run up the hill.

onto my updates….

coming soon:
I’ve been reading alot because I have a few tour stops coming up in April and May so I’ve been busy with that. There’s nothing in my mailbox this week but that’s a good thing because I need to catch up.
Also, tomorrow Nancy Lynn Jarvis is stopping in for an interview and book giveaway so I invite you to stop in.

I re-watched The Haunting of Hill House recently because it’s amazing. I love this show. The bent neck lady episode gave me a nightmare but that’s ok.

We booked our Florida vacation last week so I immediately wanted to make a few pieces to bring with me. I started a tank top in lime green. I also want to make a swimsuit cover up so wish me luck lol. It’s a few months away so I have plenty of time.

That wraps it up for now, what are you up to? Reading? Watching? Crafting? Enjoy your week! I’ll be blog hopping this afternoon to see what everyone has been up to.

Disclaimer: Nothing in this post is available for download. The photos here are my own and not be to be removed from this post.

Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 3/12/23: Updates and Crochet

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists…

Happy weekend, I hope this post finds you well. This past week really dragged on. At least we had some sunny albeit very cold and windy days and we had pretty flurries yesterday. Also of note, I tried Wendy’s breakfast for the first time yesterday and their coffee and French toast sticks were very delish so now I’ve found a new favorite thing.

Here’s Otis at his favorite spot by the window while I was typing up this post on my laptop this morning. He likes to sit here on his blanket for napping as well as people watching. It’s nice being Otis lol.

Onto my updates….

recently on the blog:

I shared the Bookish People I’d Like to Meet.

I shared my thoughts on Our Wolves by Luanne Castle.

in my mailbox:

Raw Flesh Flash: The Incomplete, Unfinished Documenting Of by Donovan Hufnagle arrived for a May review.

The Last of Us continues to be really good and the season finale is coming up.
I watched the documentary The Plane That disappeared about the Boeing 777 that seemed to disappear out of thin air in 2014. This was a sad and scary documentary, and I had no idea so many conspiracy theories were involved with this. It is definitely nuts that they don’t really know what happened.
I also watched Fall which although you need to suspend disbelief for was pretty good. However, they left one major thing unexplained at the end which left me feeling cheated.

My hexagon cardigan is coming along nicely and I’m nearly done. I finished one sleeve and am working on the second sleeve now. I added ribbing on the cuff to make it fitted to my wrist while also giving it some stretch.

That wraps up my updates for now I do have a review coming this week finally. What are you up to? Reading? Watching? Enjoy your week ahead!

Disclaimer: Nothing in this post is available for download. The photos here are my own and not be to be removed from this post.

Our Wolves by Luanne Castle

source: review copy courtesy of Poetic Book Tours
title: Our Wolves
author: Luanne Castle (Twitter)
genre: poetry/nonfiction
published: 2023
pages: 37
first line: Inside the cabin it’s woodsy and warm near the woodstove.

In Our Wolves, poet Luanne Castle navigates the timeless story of “Little Red Riding Hood” in a compelling collection of sharp, memorable poetry. Familiar tales are ageless for a reason. Their magic is that they can easily be transformed to explore subjects of abuse, danger, sexuality, self-sufficiency, and interpersonal relationships in a way that makes these challenging topics palatable to readers. Trying to find the reasoning behind Red’s traumatic adventure, as well as using it to comment on contemporary events, Castle creates taut narratives and sympathetic monologues to show how the story shapeshifts with the teller. Here, we hear from the wolf, the huntsman/woodcutter, Grandmother, townspeople, and Red herself. Not just a victimized or innocent child, Castle’s Red also appears in wiser (and sometimes older) incarnations that are knowing, rebellious, resilient, and clever. This technique subverts stereotypical conventions and shows that Red’s story “is not so very different from yours / and yours and yours and yours and yours.” Filled with atmospheric power, dynamic portrayals, and bright imagery, Our Wolves will haunt you long after you’ve returned from its woods. -Christine Butterworth-McDermott, author of The Spellbook of Fruit & Flowers

my thoughts:

I love reading poetry and when I heard about Our Wolves by Luanne Castle it sounded like an interesting collection to enjoy. These poems tell the story of Little Red Riding hood and the characters from the children’s fairy tale. The story told through this set is a coming-of-age story for Red and the lessons she learns in life.

“Fools need classes. So do the so-called smart
girls who answer long equations on the board.
How do they know not to trust their hearts
if they aren’t warned by books and teachers?”- from School for Girls Who Shouldn’t Trust

I enjoyed reading Our Wolves very much. As usual when reading poetry, I read the poems twice and out loud to get a feel for them. I recommend this collection, I especially like the imagery Luanne Castle creates and I could easily envision Red, the wolf and her grandmother as I read. I also like that Red Riding Hood is portrayed as a strong female lead here, the quote below was my favorite.

“What is a wolf if not
the hungry wildness in the heart?
That feeling inborn to the girl, visceral and unexplored.”- Human Origin

Special thanks to Poetic Book Tours and Luanne Castle for making this possible! Click here for the rest of the tour stops.

Blog Tour Schedule:

March 7: The Book Lover’s Boudoir (review)

March 9: the bookworm (review)

March 13: Books Parlour (review)

March 16: Anthony Avina’s blog (review)

March 20: True Book Addict (review)

March 23: A Bookish Way of Life (review)

April 14: Impressions in Ink (review)

About the Author:
Luanne Castle lives in Arizona, next to a wash that wildlife use as a thoroughfare. She has published two full-length poetry collections, Rooted and Winged (Finishing Line Press 2022) and Doll God (Aldrich/Kelsay 2015), which won the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Poetry. Kin Types (Finishing Line Press 2017), a chapbook of poetry and flash nonfiction, was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. Our Wolves (Alien Buddha Press 2023) is her second chapbook. Luanne’s Pushcart and Best of the Net-nominated poetry and prose have appeared in Copper Nickel, American Journal of Poetry, Pleiades, River Teeth, TAB, Verse Daily, Saranac Review, and other journals.

Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. My copy of Our Wolves by Luanne Castle came via Poetic Book tours.

Top Ten Tuesday 3/7/23: Bookish People I’d Like to Meet

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Happy Tuesday. This week’s topic is another really fun one: Bookish People I’d Like To Meet (These can be authors, book characters, book bloggers/influencers, cover designers, cover models, etc.)

I’d need to time travel for some of these but a girl can dream. Here’s my list….

1. Jane Austen
She’s one of my favorites and how interesting would it be to meet her to know what her daily life was like. I’ve watched Becoming Jane so many times.

2. Ulysses S. Grant
My favorite president and he was a reader and wrote a memoir before passing away. It’s amazing we don’t know what so many of these older historical figures sounded like since tape recorders weren’t invented during their time.

3. Stephen King
I’m a huge King fan and I tried to get tickets to one of his speaking events in Massachusetts pre-pandemic. I went onto the venue website once the purchase link went live but with the amount of people trying to buy tickets at once, the site crashed. I was willing to drive the nearly 5 hours there just to hear him speak about his latest book.

4. My fellow book bloggers
And I’ve known some of you online for several years, we’ve been chatting books and visiting each other’s blog for so long. Much of my reading selection is due to my fellow blog blogging friends.

5. J.K. Rowling
I’d love to meet her, I read the HP series 2x.

6. Kahlil Gibran
The Prophet is one of my favorite books. I think a conversation with him would be really interesting.

7. Dean Koontz
I’d like to meet Dean Koontz. He seems so nice and like he has a great sense of humor.

8. Pablo Neruda
I love his poetry. My copy of Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair is well read.

9. Vincent van Gogh
How amazing would it be to speak with Van Gogh? I have a book of his insightful thoughts and quotes.

10. Emily Brontë
Wuthering Heights is a favorite classic, I want to talk about Heathcliff with her.

That wraps up my list of bookish people I’d love to meet. Who would be on your list?