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…Gold Dust! an Author volunteers to Guest Post with me… the delightful Melodie Campbell… #TBSU…

…what a pleasure to welcome back my lovely Author friend, Melodie Campbell, with a neat post to enjoy…

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BOOKS AND THE ART OF THEFT

By Melodie Campbell

Puzzled by the title?  It’s simple.

In high school, I had to read Lord of the Flies, The Chrysalids, On the Beach, To Kill a Mocking Bird, and a whack of Shakespeare.

Yuck.  Way to kill the love of reading.  All sorts of preaching and moral crap in the first four.  (Which, as you will see by the end of this post, doesn’t suit me well.)

Torture, it was, having to read those dreary books, at a time when I was craving excitement.  Already, I had a slight rep for recklessness. (It was the admittedly questionable incident of burying the French class attendance sheet in the woods on Grouse Mountain, but I digress…)

And then we got to pick a ‘classic’ to read.  Groan.  Some savvy librarian took pity on me, and put a book in my hand.

Ivanhoe.

Magic

A writer was born that day.

This is what books could be like!  Swashbuckling adventure with swords and horses, and imminent danger to yourself and virtue, from which – sometimes – you could not escape (poor Rebecca.)

I was hooked, man.  And this book was written how long ago?  1820?

Occasionally, people will ask if a teacher had a special influence on me as a writer.  I say, sadly, no to that.

But a librarian did.  To this day, I won’t forget her, and that book, and what it caused me to do.

  1. Write the swashbuckling medieval time travel Land’s End series, starting with the Top 100 bestseller Rowena Through the Wall.
  2. Steal a book.  Yes, this humble reader, unable to part with that beloved Ivanhoe, claimed to lose the book, and paid the fine.  Damn the guilt.  The book was mine.
  3. Write The Goddaughter series, which has nothing to do with swashbuckling medieval adventure, and everything to do with theft.  Which, of course, I had personally experienced due to a book called Ivanhoe.

The lust for something you just have to have.  The willingness to take all sorts of risks way out of proportion, to possess that one thing.

A book like my own Rowena and the Dark Lord made me a thief at the age of sixteen.  And the experience of being a thief enticed me to write The Goddaughter’s Revenge, over thirty years later.

My entire writing career (200 publications, 8 awards) is because of Sir Walter Scott and one sympathetic librarian.  Thanks to you both, wherever you are.

Melodie Campbell writes funny books. You can buy them at  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.  She lurks at www.melodiecampbell.com.

The one that started it all: ROWENA THROUGH THE WALL  http://tinyurl.com/6p2vhgr

ROWENA AND THE DARK LORD  http://tinyurl.com/c9v82rm

THE GODDAUGHTER’S REVENGE  http://tinyurl.com/kmgjgsf

THE GODDAUGHTER http://ow.ly/dnObH

A PURSE TO DIE FOR  http://amzn.to/PysT2C

Follow Melodie’s comic blog at  www.melodiecampbell.com

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…intrepid, that’s what they are… intrepid… Guest Bloggers on here… up steps Author Melodie Campbell…#TBSU…

… old Agatha Christie’s got a lot to answer for… read Melodie :

Blame it on Agatha!

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 By Melodie Campbell

 Okay, I admit it.  Along with coffee, dark chocolate, and foreign men named Raoul, I have an addiction.

 I’m a sucker for the “You won’t guess the ending” Whodunit.

 I blame Agatha Christie for this addiction.  She is also to blame for a lot of eleven-year-old sleepless nights, as well as my father’s near heart attack in 1970 when I announced at the dinner table “I know thirteen ways to poison people and not get caught.”

 Christie was indeed the Queen of Plot.  After an appetizer of Nancy Drew, I whipped through Poirot, Marple, and Tommy and Tuppence in less than two years. Then I moved on to Sayers, Allingham, Marsh and any traditional mysteries I could get my hands on.

 Why?  It’s the chess game.  The sheer bliss of pitting my mind against the author’s to see if I can guess the killer before the story’s detective.

 To this day, I relish a book that plays fair, leaves me the clues, and stumps me at the end.

 So it’s no surprise that my second published book, co-written with good friend Cynthia St-Pierre, is a traditional whodunit.

Happy Birthday, A PURSE TO DIE FOR! 

Yes, it’s been one year since our publisher launched this fun whodunit, and that little book has travelled through the Amazon best-seller lists faster and higher than we dared anticipate. 

 It appears we are not alone in loving that killer surprise ending.

 My favorite line from the 61 reviews posted thus far?

 “You’ll be certain you know the killer. Twice. But you’ll be wrong.”

 THAT is what we set out to do.  THAT is the kind of book that makes me smile and gives me chills.

Like a classic “You won’t guess the ending” whodunit?  See if you can guess the killer in A PURSE TO DIE FOR.

Melodie Campbell

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 In the UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Purse-Die-For-ebook/dp/B008IKA022/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357247150&sr=8-1

In Germany

http://www.amazon.de/A-Purse-Die-For-ebook/dp/B008IKA022/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357246964&sr=8-1 …

In the US

http://amzn.to/PysT2C

Melodie Campbell is an award-winning author of 40 short stories and 5 novels, including A Purse to Die For, co-written with Cynthia St-Pierre.  Melodie has won 6 awards for fiction, and is the Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada.

You can follow Melodie at www.melodiecampbell.com and www.funnygirlmelodie.blogspot.com

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…my Open Season for guest bloggers sees my great friend Cynthia St.Pierre pitch a question to ponder…#TBSU…

…conventional wisdom says  not to judge a book by its cover…how about not judging a reader by the cover of the book he/she is reading from? …Intrigued?..read on, this excellent offering from Cynthia…

Masculist Revolution…from Cynthia St.Pierre and Melodie Campbell

 Nowadays parents accept sons playing in miniature kitchens. Maks Chmerkovskiy of Dancing with the Stars makes it hot and cool at the same time to be a male ballroom dancer. What about male freedom of choice in the book domain? Surely there’s no need for a man to purchase a faux-leather cover to disguise a Maeve Binchy novel? Um, maybe. Here’s the game changer. Not if he’s reading an e-book. E-books are the soul of discretion.

Of course there are brave souls out there who openly read whatever they want. A handsome male friend of mine who originally hales from Peru read the paperback version of A Purse to Die For, the mystery I co-wrote with Melodie Campbell. He did not hesitate to tell me he loved it and that it reminded him of the Hércule Poirot novels he devoured as a kid.

David Coles, co-author of action-packed thriller The Diamond Seekers, wrote a positive Amazon customer review of A Purse to Die For saying of Purse that it “introduced me to the somewhat different perspective that women have on life—and fashion—and the opposite sex.”

What I’m getting at is despite the mention of an essential item of women’s apparel in the title and the sweet—ignoring the body outline and the blood splatter of course—chic lit cover, some members of the opposite sex are reading and enjoying our traditional amateur sleuth mystery.

Would you hesitate to read A Purse to Die For in its paperback glory? What about in e-book format?

I could always encourage you by sending you to the website www.realmenreadwomen.com.

With open arms, Melodie and I welcome 100% of the population to read our first novel, not just 49.8% of the female persuasion. Yes, as of 2012, men slightly outnumber women around the globe.

And if you like what you read, men, Melodie and I have more murders, more suspects and more women’s accessories to die for coming!

 Vive la révolution!

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In marketing Cynthia wrote promotional, packaging and communications materials; penned articles for business periodicals; and a chapter of How to Successfully Do Business in Canada. Currently a member of Crime Writers of Canada, she has one award for fiction and has been a writing contest judge. Best of all for a mystery writer, Cynthia has received a York Regional Police Citizens Awareness Program certificate, presented and signed by Julian Fantino, former Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police. Cynthia grows vegetables in her backyard, makes recipes with tofu, and speaks English-accented French with husband Yves.

A PURSE TO DIE FOR is available online from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Drop by chock-full-of-veggie-recipes vegetariandetective.blogspot.com, written in the voice of character Becki Green. Follow Cynthia on twitter.com/stpierrecynthia, and/or find out more about Melodie and Cynthia and their joint writing projects on fashionationwithmystery.com.

 

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