Audio Spotlight & Excerpt: Halfway Dead + Author Guest Post

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Title: Halfway Dead

Author: Terry Maggert

Narrator: Erin Spencer

Length: 7 hours 12 minutes

Series: Halfway Witchy, Book 1

Publisher: Maggert and Spencer

Released: Feb. 13, 2018

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

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Come for the waffles. Stay for the magic.

Carlie McEwan loves many things.

She loves being a witch. She loves her town of Halfway, and her Gran, and her familiar, Gus, who is 25 pounds of judgmental cat. Carlie spends her days cooking at the only real diner in town when she isn’t perfecting her family magic, and life is good.

When a blond stranger sits at the diner counter and asks her to lead him into the deepest shadows of the forest, her life will change forever. She must find a mythical grove of ancient trees, but there are ghosts in the forest, and one of them cries out to Carlie across the years: Come find me.

With the help of a rugged cop who really does want to save the world, she’ll fight to bring a ghost home, and deliver justice to a murderer who hides in the cool, mysterious green of a forest gone mad with magic.

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Why Waffles? Why a diner?
By Author Terry Maggert

Both of these are excellent questions. The simplest answers are—I love waffles, and I owned a restaurant. But it’s more than that. Carlie is, in a sense, a collection of all the things I knew in life, and her quirky humor and good nature are me. I’m about 13 inches taller than Carlie, and I don’t practice magic, but I have cats, I lived in Upstate New York, and I like the secret life of a restaurant. It feels like home to me, so writing about it comes as second nature.

Carlie embodies a lot of my favorite qualities. She’s brave, and honest, and funny and a little bit weird. I think the people around her—Gran, especially—are a representation of my better angels, and when I read my own books (I listen to them quite often, just to get the feel for my own world again), I’m reminded of how much of my life is in these pages.

And then there’s Wulfric.

Okay. I am not 6’7” (but my kid will be that or more, he’s enormous), not a Viking (married one, though) and not a vampire (though my steaks are medium rare). What makes me laugh out loud about Wulfric every time is that he embodies the quiet suffering I endure with certain kinds of modern technology. Give me a 1967 Mustang, and I’ll tear it apart and rebuild it. Give me an app on my phone that sorts grocery lists, and I’ll accidentally shut down the power grid in my town. I’m like that, and so, Wulfric is like that.

As to Tammy Cincotti? I have a crush on her, and I write her as the kind of superhero that every town deserves, but with better hair and makeup.

I think, as you wander through the little town I’ve built, I hope you see where it came from, and I certainly hope you’ll stay a while.

Now. Syrup, butter, or both? Let’s eat.

Left-handed. I like dragons, coffee, waffles, running, and giraffes; order unimportant. I write the Halfway Witchy, Messenger, Starcaster and Shattered Skies series, as well as contributing to many anthologies.

If I’m not at home, then I’m on the road, and if I’m on the road, I’ll be at a book event. I’ve written thirty-three novels and counting. I don’t sleep, but you probably guessed that already. If you want me to visit your town for an event, let me know when and where. See you out there.

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Narrator Bio

Erin loves audiobooks! As an actress, they have allowed her to creatively stretch by playing all kinds of characters, all kinds of ages and all kinds of accents! She voiced roles in the Audie award winning title, Illuminae and was also nominated for a Voice Arts Award in the romance category. She has narrated over 100 titles and as an audiobook director has worked on at least 100 more. She has worked for most of the major publishers and also enjoys working with indie writers who are some of the most talented writers out there! Follow her on Twitter @ErinSpencerLA or find her on Facebook, Erin Spencer Actress.

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Audio Spotlight: A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna, and a Bestseller + Guest Post

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Title: A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna, and a Bestseller

Author: Cheryl Denise Bannerman

Narrator: Sandra Murphy

Length: 3 hours 8 minutes

Series: Anna Romano Mystery Series, Book 2

Publisher: Cheryl Denise Bannerman

Released: September 26, 2020

Genre: Cozy Mystery

 

This story doesn’t have just one murder; it has TWO murders…Once again, Anna charms readers with her witty and candid commentary. This was definitely a juicier case than the last one. – Sandra’s Book Reviews

In this second installment of The Anna Romano Mystery Series, Anna gets herself into a mess that lands her in hot water with the prime suspect and her new Bo, Detective John Solace.

Their new romance was going great, when all of a sudden, a simple trip to the grocery store turned into a wrestling match between two scorned women. Piquing her interest for a juicy story, Anna’s snooping to find out more about the seemingly ‘innocent’ love triangle, catapulted her into the middle of a murder investigation.

The murder weapon of choice? A red stiletto…conspicuously pointing the police in the direction of a female assailant.No one knows whether the adulterating husband killed his wife to avoid a costly divorce, or if his mistress killed her in a fit of jealousy and rage. While the detectives are convinced the husband is the ‘killer’, it seems Anna’s faith in his innocence may be in vain, as additional bodies, and mistresses, keep piling up.

Meanwhile, Anna’s publicist, Shirlene, tries to convince Anna to leave the detective work to the police, but, as usual, falls on deaf ears. In the end, not even a pan of lasagna and a neighborly smile could save Anna!

Find out in A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna, and a Bestseller if Detective Solace will be able to handle Anna’s crazy antics, or if he will make her vow to stay OUT of the realm of ‘Murder and Mayhem’ once and for all.

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Cheryl Denise Bannerman’s Reasons to listen to this book

Before releasing this series, I had noticed a trend with my social media followers. A trend that was quite disturbing. Those who normally shared motivational and inspirational stories of love, hope, and life were suddenly posting sadder stories of depression, sadness, and hopelessness. It was a world full of hatred, fighting, and death and a media that displayed it over and over on every outlet, 24 hours a day, that was hurting their spirit.

So, I decided to write a series that would incite laughter and smiling, encourage people to share stories and videos about their pets, and venture into the kitchen to try their hand at a delicious recipe.

Anna Romano and their entire cozy mystery series has helped me achieve that purpose and I am overwhelmed at the number of readers who tell me how much they love Anna and her cats or how much they laughed throughout the book. To me, that’s what matters most…bringing a smile to someone’s face.

Cheryl Denise Bannerman is an award-winning, multi-genre author of six self-published books. She is the winner of the 2018 Book Excellence Award for her book of poetry, Words Never Spoken, and winner of the Best Books Awards in the category of African American fiction in 2020 for Black Child to Black Woman. She is also a Semi-Finalist in the MLC Audiobook Awards with a 2020 IMDb Nomination for Book 1 of the Anna Romano Mystery Series, Cats, Cannolis, and a Curious Kidnapping.

Within the author’s first three works of fiction, Black Child to Black Woman, Words Never Spoken, and A Killer’s Reflection, the author addresses critical topics of social concern, such as alcohol and drug addictions, racism and bigotry, domestic abuse and violence, suicide, and child molestation.

In her latest releases, a cozy mystery series entitled the Anna Romano Mystery Series, she hopes to provide relief from a somewhat somber world and spread laughter and smiles with the main character’s witty humor and ‘unintentional stumbling’ over dead bodies and into murder investigations.

Her goal in life is to keep writing and continue helping victims of Domestic Abuse/Violence, Grief and ANON family groups, and Corporate Health and Wellness groups, to heal through words — encouraging them to ‘write the pain’ via journaling, and expressing themselves through short stories, songs, and poetry.

She currently resides in Orlando, Florida, where she runs her 25-year-old Virtual Training and Development company, specializing in Instructional Design and eLearning.

In her spare time, she loves to read murder mysteries, attend museums, watch movies, try new cuisines, shop with her daughter, and take in the sun on the beach. And, although this author’s works are fiction, she has incorporated many of her personal life experiences into their stories.

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