Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Tuesday Special: Vanished

Nancy Hughes
by Nancy A. Hughes
It was supposed to be the kidnappers’ last job, snatching the infant of a poor single mother for an unsuspecting wealthy client. But the kidnappers grab the wrong baby—Billy, the son of high-profile bankers, Kingsley and Todd Henning—from their employer’s secure daycare. Realizing their mistake, the kidnappers plant evidence to implicate the parents and dismantle their operation. No ransom call comes. Detectives, convinced the parents are guilty, interrogate relentlessly as they uncover planted evidence.

The parents can’t face the mosaic of guilt, blame, and despair or help each other. On day ten, they are called to the morgue. The deceased is not Billy—this time. Shaken, they recommit to each other and vow to find him themselves. They scrutinize the bank’s security footage for incongruities only insiders might spot and follow the flimsiest clues into the murderous underworld of illegal adoptions. As novice detectives, they are exposed to extreme danger, skirting the law while keeping one step ahead of the villains and the police.

But is it too late? Will the kidnappers eliminate all trace of the baby? Or are they no match for two angry, determined parents?

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Nancy A. Hughes, a native of Key West who grew up in Pittsburgh, lives with her husband in south central Pennsylvania. Following graduation from Penn State where she studied journalism, she spent most of her career in business writing, specializing in media, community, and public relations for small to midsize businesses.

In recent years, Nancy turned her attention to murdering people—on paper, that is. Her debut mystery novel, The Dying Hour, was released on October 15, 2016, by Black Opal Books. A Matter of Trust, the first of the Trust trilogy, followed on May 6, 2017, Redeeming Trust on December 9, 2017, and Vanished on October 27, 2018. Her focus is character-driven crime-solving mysteries; her sub-genre amateur sleuths.

When she isn’t writing, Hughes is devoted to shade gardening, volunteering at the VA, and spending time with family and friends. Visit her on her website at hughescribe.com

Monday, April 29, 2019 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Monday Morsels: Just Jenny

...a taste of romance

by Sandra Owens

~ Jenny ~

“What was your car doing at Road Dogs this afternoon?”

I set the scotch neat in front of my boyfriend, although he wasn’t going to be for long if he kept up this jealous, where the hell were you thing he’d been dishing out lately. “I’m working here, Chad. Drink this and then go away.” Road Dogs was a biker bar. Not my kind of place, which he should know by now.

“Careful, Jenn.” He sucked half the drink down his throat, then swiped a hand across his mouth. “Ben said he saw your car there.”

“Then Ben’s wrong. Ever think of that?” I walked away before I decided to punch my soon-to-be ex in the nose. I poured two glasses of merlot for the couple at the end of the bar, making small talk with them while trying to ignore Chad. The jerk was going to get me fired if he didn’t leave. I’d known for a few weeks that our relationship was on its last legs, but I’d put off making a clean break.

Unless you wanted to make the forty-minute drive east to Asheville, North Carolina, Vincennes was the place to eat—and be seen—in my neck of the woods. You couldn’t beat Angelo’s Italian food, and if you wanted to hear the latest town gossip, you came to Vincennes. I loved working here, but Angelo hated drama. I’d told Chad that numerous times, but he didn’t seem to care.

Blue Ridge Valley was a small North Carolina town close to the Tennessee state line, and good paying jobs were scarce. Many of my classmates had moved to Asheville or other big cities in North or South Carolina offering better opportunities, but I’d landed a waitressing job at Vincennes, where the tips were good. As soon as I was of age, Angelo had put me behind the bar, a job I loved and didn’t want to lose. I was too close to reaching my goal to have it snatched away now.

“Another,” Chad said, pushing his glass to the end of the counter.

Not happening. “That was not me. Go home now. Or go find some other woman to annoy. I don’t really care which, but if you don’t leave, I’ll never speak to you again. And if you get me fired, I swear to God I’ll kill you.”

“Not something you should be saying in front of witnesses, Red.”

My gaze swung to the man who slid into the seat next to Chad, and I did a classic double take. He had to be a figment of my imagination. No man that drop-dead gorgeous would ever walk into a bar in my small mountain town without some kind of hot-guy alert lighting up the phones, announcing his arrival.

Stupid Chad took one look at the newcomer and apparently decided to lay his claim by grabbing my hand, bringing my fingers to his lips for a kiss. What a toad. I almost told him off, but the lounge was busy. If I said anything to make him mad, there’d be a scene, and that was the last thing I needed.

“I’ll be back when you get off, babe.”

“Don’t bother.” Deciding the best thing to do was make myself scarce until he left, I headed for the kitchen.

“Jenn,” Chad called after me, but I kept going.

After loading up bread and salads for the two couples eating at the bar, I peeked out the oval window of the swinging door. Chad was gone. I let out a relieved breath.

He was a good-looking guy, and he’d been nice when we’d first started dating. That was two months ago, and sometime during the last few weeks he’d started acting like he owned me. He knew my plans, ones I wouldn’t change for any man. On our first date I’d made it clear that I wasn’t looking for a serious relationship and why. We were only supposed to be having a little fun for a few months.

“I’m not looking for serious, either,” he’d said. “My focus right now is on my career, on building my client list.”

It had seemed the perfect setup. Someone fun to date until it was time to go. The fun had stopped, though, and since cavemen weren’t my thing, it was time to break things off with him. I didn’t doubt he’d be sitting outside my apartment when I got home, which would put him in a pissy mood. He’d been asking for a key to my place so he could wait for me in the comfort of my home, but I’d put him off each time he brought it up.

How did I get myself in these messes? It wasn’t the first time I’d made a poor choice when it came to men. Once I got rid of this one, I was going to swear off the creatures. For a while anyway. I mean, what girl who loves sex—which I did—could live without them forever?

I pushed the swinging door open with my butt while holding plates of salad and breadbaskets. Once my two couples had everything they needed, I turned to the stranger who hadn’t gotten any less hot in the few minutes I’d been away from the bar.

“What can I get you?”

Eyes the color of dark Tennessee whiskey met mine, rested there a few lingering seconds, then moved to the bottles lining the shelves. “I’ll have a Green Man.”

“Good choice.” Green Man was my favorite beer. Not that it meant anything. Liking the same beer was probably the only thing we had in common.

“No mug, Jenny,” he said when I pulled one from the small freezer under the bar.

I slid the opened bottle in front of him. “My friends call me Jenn.”

“He called you Jenn. I’ll call you Jenny.” One side of his mouth curved up. “Or Red.”


by Sandra Owens

Jenny Nance has a plan—save enough money to tour the world. The desire to traipse the globe is a dream she once shared with her twin sister. Jenny made a deathbed promise to her sister that she would go to all the places they had fantasized visiting together. Nothing will entice her to break her vow to Natalie, not even the sexy new Blue Ridge Valley police chief . . . No matter how attracted she is to him.

Dylan Conrad left the Chicago Police Department to accept the position as Chief of Police in Blue Ridge Valley. Burned out and haunted by a tragedy of his own, he needs to get away from the memories tormenting him. He’s hoping to find peace in the small mountain town, but the quirky residents, an infamous moonshiner, an errant prized bull, and a feisty redhead by the name of Jenny weren’t quite what he had in mind.


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Friday, April 26, 2019 | By: The Write Way Cafe
Life is an immense mural that requires each of us to pick up the brush and paint a bold stroke.
- Holly Near
Thursday, April 25, 2019 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Writing Teen Fiction Today by Jacqueline Seewald

The Write Way Café welcomes Jacqueline Seewald, who offers tips for writing successfully for teens.

Even before J. K. Rowling's tremendous success with her Harry Potter series, publishers were frantically searching for fantasy and horror fiction for children and teenagers that they hoped would top the bestseller list. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it does not insure success as a writer. Here are my suggestions:

Tip One: You don’t need to copy current market trends. (Honor bright!)

Teens have varied tastes in fiction. Not every teen or juvenile book needs to feature werewolves, vampires, witches, goblins, etc. Witness the huge success of such realistic teen novels as THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Note that ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr which won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction could easily be read and understood by teens as well as adults since the novel is suited to both. Here we have a book which is historical in nature. Teens are as curious about the past as they are about the present and the future.

Books set in the "real" world do have appeal for teenagers. Teens are not necessarily trying to read books that provide a total escape from reality. Even fantasy books need to be believable, providing an element of reality through character development to which readers can relate. In the crossover novel THE THIRD EYE: A PINE BARRENS MYSTERY, the real world is seen through the eyes of a teenage boy while his mother experiences it through an alternate reality. The paranormal elements in the novel are believable because the “real” world interacts with them.

Dystopian novels are still popular at the current time. But trends change rapidly. My advice, don't write for the market; write the story you need and want to write. We are all writers. We all have within us an important, wonderful story to share. Get in touch with your inner teen self. Strive for authenticity.

Tip Two: Develop a unique voice.

by Jacqueline SeewaldThis is one of the most important things in writing a successful young adult novel. This does not mean that you must write only from a first person point of view. However, teenage readers often respond well to a first person narrative. But ”voice” has to do with choice of vocabulary and style as well. In my YA novel, STACY’S SONG, the story is written in the first person from the main character’s point of view. Stacy has a sense of humor and a unique perspective.

Tip Three: Character identification is significant.

It is important to create a central character that young readers can both sympathize and identify with. Whether writing realistic or fantasy fiction, if the reader can't care about or relate to the main character, then he or she won't believe or accept what follows. A main character needs to be well-rounded, think and feel the way adolescents do.

Tip Four: Know teenagers.

If you are going to write about teens, you need to know them. Do some research. Besides raising two teenagers, I taught English and later Library Science. I taught at all levels: the university, high school, middle school and elementary. But most of my years were in the high school. I am accustomed to the way teenagers think, talk and behave. If you are not a teen yourself, talk to teenagers, read their magazines, watch their favorite TV programs, observe how they behave at malls, amusement parks, movie theaters etc. Listen to them.

Tip Five: Recall your own teenage memories.

by Jacqueline SeewaldDig deep into your psyche. How did you feel as a teenager? Were you confused about certain things? What made you happy? What troubled you? What are your most vivid memories of those times? Did you keep a diary or journal? If so, reread some of what you wrote.

My YA novel, THE DEVIL AND DANNA WEBSTER, published by Clean Reads in all e-book formats and print, is the story of a girl who has identity issues. She is also faced with peer pressure and conflicting values. Most of us have gone through similar problems as adolescents.

Tip Six: Get input from your own children.

Ask your teenagers to read your writing and critique it. Consider collaborating with your children on the writing of your fiction. I wrote WHERE IS ROBERT?, a YA mystery novel, with help from both of my sons who were teenagers at the time. Both boys contributed to the scenes of high school wrestling, since they both engaged in the sport. I couldn't have written the book without them. My son, Andrew, co-authored THE THIRD EYE: A PINE BARRENS MYSTERY published by Five Star/Gale/Cengage. He gave the teenage boy narrator an authentic “voice”.

Tip Seven: Make it dramatic.

Think like a cinematographer. Create vivid scenes. Dramatize your story. Don't just tell your story, show it. I'm certain you've heard that advice before! How to do this? Create meaningful, realistic dialogue for your characters. Each character should be an individual, talking in a certain distinct way to reflect a personal point of view, a unique way of thinking. Good dialogue leads to action and conflict between people with different viewpoints and goals.

Also, settings need to be described so that they seem real. In fact, there's nothing wrong with using real places for background setting. My five published YA’s are all set in Central New Jersey, an area very much like the one in which I lived and worked.

Tip Eight: Begin with an outline.

Outlines can be rough. They don’t need to be detailed. But you should have some idea about arranging the events of the plot line. This will be something to consult when writing your first draft with your key characters and scenes.

Tip Nine: When you develop your book, look for depth.

Although books for teens are usually shorter than those for adults, that doesn't mean they require less creative thought. Respect your readers; give them quality.

Tip Ten: Provide an element of mystery.

Teens as well as younger children enjoy a mystery. Every good work of fiction should have a plot that keeps the reader turning the pages, wanting to discover what is going to happen next. It's important to set up some sort of a question that can't be easily or immediately answered, a secret of the human heart that must be delved into.

Tip Eleven: Develop key themes in your YA fiction.

Teen novels are generally about coming-of-age, of finding personal identity, making sense of the
adult world, relating to it and fitting into it—or not.

by Jacqueline Seewald My latest YA novel is WITCH WISH. Val Williams believes she will never be as pretty or popular as her older sister Ailene. When Ailene dumps her on an unfamiliar road after an argument, Val decides to ask directions of the only person she sees, an old woman engaged in a garage sale. Val purchases a music box which the old woman claims has magical qualities and will grant Val one wish. Val wishes that that her sister would stop being so perfect but soon comes to regret her wish.



The success of J.K. Rowling’s books gave new hope and inspiration to those of us who write juvenile fiction. No longer could we gripe that children and young adults do not read. If nothing else, the reception the Potter books received proves that there is an audience for fiction among young people. Also, such books if well-written have a strong appeal for adult readers as well—think of THE HUNGER GAMES, DIVERGENT or the TWILIGHT series.

Your comments, suggestions and input welcome here!

About Jacqueline Seewald:   

Multiple award-winning author, Jacqueline Seewald, has taught creative, expository and technical writing at Rutgers University as well as high school English. She also worked as both an academic librarian and an educational media specialist. Nineteen of her books of fiction have been published to critical praise including books for adults, teens and children. Her most recent novels are DEATH PROMISE and WITCH WISH. Her short stories, poems, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in hundreds of diverse publications and numerous anthologies such as: THE WRITER, L.A. TIMES, READER’S DIGEST, PEDESTAL, SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY MAGAZINE, OVER MY DEAD BODY!, GUMSHOE REVIEW, LIBRARY JOURNAL, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY and THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR. She enjoys painting landscapes and singing along to all kinds of music. Her writer’s blog can be found at: http://jacquelineseewald.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Tuesday Special: The Reluctant Heir


by Jean Jacobsen
Opportunity. Betrayal. Love. 

New York, 1830

     After tragedy strikes his family, Liam Granger, once simply considered the spare heir, is given a choice—marry a proper society chit, or travel to America and oversee the family’s holdings. Seeking adventure and opportunity, he chooses to return to the land of his birth. Shortly after arriving, he discovers a devious scheme and is forced to flee Boston for New York. Injured and seeking asylum, Liam meets Erin, the only woman who has ever stirred both his intellect and his passions.
     A bloodied, bruised, and hunted man was the last thing hardworking inn keeper Erin Baldwin expected to find in her courtyard. Although circumstances urged her to send Liam packing, the way her beloved dog Jack took to him convinced her to give his sanctuary. She discovers a kindred soul and is soon fighting a powerful attraction to this impossibly handsome man. As she grows closer she wonders, what are his true intentions?
     The discovery of a secret document brings Liam and Erin closer and enables them to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Will they be partners until they reap their rewards, or is their partnership meant to last a lifetime?

The Reluctant Heir is an American historical romance set in New York’s Hudson River Valley in the 1830’s. If you like strong female characters, roguish heroes, and 19th Century adventure tales, you’ll love Jean Jacobsen’s latest novel.


Jean writes Sweet American historical romance featuring strong heroines, roguish heroes and 19th century adventure tales. She is a lover of exquisite chocolate, bold coffee, fragrant flowers and amazing food. When she is not writing or cooking, you’ll find her enjoying movies, popcorn and her grandchildren.

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Monday, April 22, 2019 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Monday Morsels: The Montana Cowboy's Triplets

...a taste of romance

Cowboys to Grooms Series, Book 3
by Allison B. Collins

Hunter Sullivan inhaled air so crisp and cold he could swear icicles were forming inside his nose. He raised the collar of his jacket, wished now he’d worn a heavier coat. Might have been late March, but around here, folks still considered it winter. Clouds hung low over the snow-covered Montana mountains, and a layer of frost covered the valley floor like an ice-skating rink.

Reining Becket to a stop on top of the small plateau, he looked out over the valley he loved. He and his older brothers had grown up here, running roughshod and free, and he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Forget cities, big or small. This was where he belonged, living and working on the family guest ranch. The buildings and cabins spread throughout the valley, surrounded by mountains and towering trees. Some days the lake was so still it mirrored the surrounding landscape and sky.

Heaven on earth.

Well, heaven until a few days ago, when a caravan of trucks and trailers and Tinseltown trespassers invaded their ranch.

Becket snorted and stamped his hooves, ready to gallop across frozen fields. “Okay, bud, I know you want to run.” Hunter patted Becket’s neck.

His horse whinnied, and Hunter glanced over his shoulder just as two of his brothers joined him on the rise.

Hunter shot a look at Wyatt. “Why aren’t you at home with your bride?”

“Frankie’s on a video call with her dad’s office. You shoulda seen her—face made up, wearing a silk blouse on top, Scooby Doo pajama bottoms and SpongeBob slippers.”

“Dude, SpongeBob? Were they a wedding gift from you?” Luke teased.

“Johnny picked them out for her. When you take a four-year-old shopping, you get the cool clothes.” Wyatt gave a sheepish grin, but parental pride colored the words.

“You’re technically still honeymooners, right? You should go home and coax her out of the pjs.” Hunter jerked his thumb back toward the family cabins.

“I would, but I gotta head out to the south fence and fix the gate.”

“Dad was right to make you foreman.” Luke rested his hands on the pommel and rocked back.

Wyatt did a double take. “Where’d that come from?”

“Just sayin’. You slid right in when Shorty retired, and you’ve kept things running great.” Luke stretched his arm out and gave Wyatt a fist bump.

“Thanks,” Wyatt said, a note of surprise in his voice. He’d had a lot of rough years, and rarely heard praise from anyone.

“Where you headed to?” Hunter glanced at Luke.

“I wanted a few minutes of quiet before I start making rounds. Wellness checks for the animals the movie crew brought in.”

“They got you doing double duty with their livestock? Hope we’re charging `em for your vet services,” Wyatt said.

“Part of the contract, and yeah, we’re charging—” Movement to the left caught Hunter’s eye, and he saw a black horse racing at a full gallop across the frosty valley.

But the horse wasn’t on its own.

There was a woman in the saddle.

He squinted. The woman’s body was tilting to the side. It looked like she was hanging on tight. At that speed, if she fell off or got thrown, she’d be seriously hurt. Maybe even killed.

"Hey. You see that?” Luke leaned forward.

“I got this.” Hunter squeezed his knees against Becket’s sides. “Hiyah.” Becket leaped forward and stretched his neck, galloping toward the woman.

Hunter gripped the reins so tight his fingers went numb. Memories of the last runaway horse flashed through his head like a rapid-fire slideshow. His vision wavered, then tunneled, and his pulse kept time with the pounding of Becket’s hooves.

He drew closer, and Hunter saw long red curls streaming behind the woman like dragon fire. Carley? A celebrity, Carley Williams was the lead actress filming the modern-day Western on the ranch, and in the short time he’d spent flirting with her, he’d gotten the feeling she wasn’t much of a horsewoman.

“Hang on! I’m coming.”

“Back off. I don’t need anyone.” Carley pulled herself back up into the saddle.

Becket eased up next to them and kept pace with the other horse, and Hunter reached for the reins.

She knocked his hand away.

He reached out and latched on to the reins again, and it became a tug of war. What was with her? “Whoa, there, whoa. Easy.” Both horses slowed to a canter, then a complete stop, and he could finally breathe again. “You okay? What spooked your horse?”

The woman punched his arm. “You blooming idiot! Why’d ye stop me? You could have died, and taken me to hell with ye!”

This wasn’t the woman he’d been flirting with since the movie people arrived. She had the same hair as Carley and kinda looked like her. But the accent…and that punch… He rubbed his arm. She definitely had some muscles. “Your horse was out of control. Are you okay?”

“We weren’t out of control, you bampot.”

He didn’t know what bampot meant, but he figured it wasn’t studly hero. “Your horse was galloping at breakneck speed, and you were damn near close to breaking your own neck.”

“I’m rehearsing. I know what I’m doing.” Red spots of color made her cheeks glow, and her eyes flashed emerald fire.


She huffed, and whipped her cowboy hat off to shove her hair out of her eyes. “I’m a stunt double.”

He tipped his head as her words sank in. “You’re what?”

“A stuntwoman.”

“So your horse wasn’t out of control?”

“Are ye daft? I already said no. Rory and I have made several movies together—we know what we’re doing. We’re a team.” She scrubbed a hand over the horse’s neck, and it seemed to preen with her attention.

“Sorry.” He took his hat off, then reset it on his head. How was he to have known who she was? “But racing your horse like that is dangerous. You don’t know this terrain, which puts you both at risk. I’ve seen what happens when a horse is out of control—you can’t blame me for worrying you were in trouble.”


by Allison B. CollinsTriple threat

Stuntwoman Mackenzie Campbell is at the Sullivan Guest Ranch to film a movie, not swoon over smooth-talking rancher Hunter Sullivan. The rugged cowboy is everything her mother warned her about in a man. But when a mix-up leaves Mackenzie without a room, she finds herself bunking with Hunter and his rambunctious six-year-old triplet sons.

Devoted single father is not a side of Hunter that Mackenzie expected—it’s completely at odds with his flirty, charming personality. Mackenzie has fallen for Hunter and his boys, but that doesn’t change the fact that once filming is over, she’s moving on to wherever her next job takes her. Although her heart may not be coming with her...


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Friday, April 19, 2019 | By: The Write Way Cafe
Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. 
– Jamie Paolinetti
Thursday, April 18, 2019 | By: The Write Way Cafe

The Fencers: A True Cold War Escape Story

The Write Way Café welcomes Geza Tatrallyay, who lived the story of The Fencers and escaped danger many times over.

Tell us a little about The Fencers.
     The Fencers is a memoir, the true story of a Romanian-Hungarian fencer friend, Paul Szabó, whom I got to know on the international circuit when I fenced for Canada, and whom I helped defect at the Montreal 1976 Olympics where we represented our respective countries. Paul is now a respected psychologist in Toronto. His is a wonderful tale of courage, friendship, intrigue, love, happiness, success and tragedy.

If The Fencers was made into a movie, who would play your main characters, and why?
     Maybe Nicholas Hoult as Paul – he looks a bit like him and has had a series of interesting roles, including in the historical and biographical film, The Current War, as Nikola Tesla.
     And perhaps Jack O’ Connell as me – he has played an Olympic runner and is a very versatile actor.

How is this book related to your Cold War Escape stories?
     It is the third in a trilogy of memoirs, all about escapes or defections in which I was involved during the Cold War. The first one, For the Children, was my own family’s escape from Communist Hungary during the 1956 Revolution when I was seven. We were caught twice, and the third time we got lucky, fleeing across the border to Austria, from where we eventually ended up in Canada. It is harrowing tale in which my parents, especially my mother, were the heroes. They were willing to risk everything to give us their three children at the time a better life in a free country – hence the title.
     The second book in the trilogy, The Expo Affair, is the story of three Czechoslovak girls who approached me to help them defect to Canada when I was working in the Ontario Pavilion at EXPO’70 in 1970 in Osaka, Japan. The book takes place in then very exotic Japan at the height of the Cold War and I try to capture all of that in my writing. This also is a wonderful tale of courage, intrigue, friendship and romance in an era of drugs, free love, youth rebellion, yet very tense East-West relations.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
     Really anybody. YA and older. Particularly people interested in real life, human stories. The changing but still on-going East-West conflict. Japan. Fencing. The Olympics. Sports. Immigrant success stories. The story is relevant and I hope of interest for everybody

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of The Fencers?
     I lived the story. It is my story and that of my friend Paul, whom I got to know fencing on the international circuit and then better at the Olympics, during the defection and then afterward in Canada. The subject of East-West conflict infuses much of my writing especially these memoirs and the ‘Twisted’ trilogy of international crime thrillers.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
     Paul. He is an amazing person, I admire very much. At twenty-one, to decide not to go back to a country where your people are oppressed, as an only child, to possibly never see your parents again, to face all the uncertainty of starting a new life with nothing other than just a friend, and to risk failure and the prospect of being court-martialed for desertion and the consequences – which could have been execution – required amazing courage. I try to capture this – and the difficulty of making this decision – in the book.

How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
     Several that make a cameo appearance. Like the Russian pentathlete, Onischenko, because he is a cheater, or the Romanian fencer, Iorgu, who may have been working for the Securitate, the Romanian equivalent of the KGB.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
     It was Ian Shaw, my publisher at Deux Voiliers Publishing, also an excellent author, who came up with the idea. Actually, when he designed my author website, he found online the photo of me fencing and it was his idea to use the same picture on the cover. I think it works incredibly well.

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series.
     The Canadian Olympic Committee is helping to promote the book in Canada and because the memoir includes much about my fencing career at Harvard where I honed my skills, the Harvard Varsity Club and the Friends of Harvard Fencing are helping promote it too. So I am very pleased. I really had a lot of fun fencing in college and some of my best friends are still from those days. Some of the funniest bits in the book are in these Harvard episodes.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
     Graham Greene. He inspired me a lot, especially in my thrillers. The first book in my ‘Twisted’ trilogy of international crime thrillers, Twisted Reasons, is a bit of a takeoff on his terrific novel, The Third Man, which was made into my very favorite movie. I love the way in which he weaves the atmosphere of post-War Vienna into the story – the darkness, the devastation, yet the hope, and all the local color. And the characters he creates are memorable. Harry Lime and Holly Martins. Those are the things is I try to do in my writing as well.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
     I don’t know if I have a talent, but I love to write. To create or capture worlds with words. And I love to experiment with different genres – thrillers, poetry, memoirs, children’s pictures story books and now I am working on a collection of short stories. Other passions are hiking, exercise, reading, listening to music, food, wine and of course family.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
     Reading is a very personal thing. For example, the books I like my wife does not necessarily take to and vice versa. As a writer, I work in different genres, so I hope I offer something to a wide range of readers – I hope your audience will try at lest one of them!
     For writers trying to get published, just keep at it, don’t give up. And more specifically, polish your work, maybe have it externally edited. I just read an amazing story, The Philosopher’s Last Rhapsody, but it was full of grammatical errors a good editor would have picked up. It’s too bad, because the author obviously had done a lot of research, knew his material and put it all together exceedingly well, yet his writing was sloppy. So a five star book became a three and some people will not bother to finish it.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
     I would love it if my readers wrote a review and posted it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, etc. Authors live by reviews, especially these days when it is so hard to get discovered. Also, please talk it up – tell your friends, introduce the book to your book clubs, have your library order it so others can read it. I would be extremely grateful for any of these actions by my readers.

What can we expect from you in the future?
     During the last twelve months, I had six books published, so one every two months. It just happened that it all came together and manuscripts I had put out to different publishers were accepted and released.
     Now I have several projects on the go. As I mentioned, I am working on an anthology of short stories and this is fairly advanced. But already up for publication is a reworked, updated second edition of Arctic Meltdown, my very first thriller that I self-published in 2011, which will now be brought out by Black Opal Books, probably toward the end off this year or early next. I have already started to conceptualize a sequel to this compelling international / environmental thriller. A little more advanced is a book I feel must be written – although I am not sure I am the right person to do it – which is a non-fiction, more scholarly work on the Hungarian émigré conductors who came to this country and built these fabulous world-class orchestras in the USA. I am also writing poetry that will eventually go into a fourth collection – probably a sequel of sorts to Extinction, the poetry collection released in April, so Extinction II.
     Lots on the go. But it is all fun for me. And I hope my readers, too, explore the different genres I write in. Happy reading!

The Fencers: A Cold War Escape Memoir

by Geza Tetrallyay
The Fencers is the third volume in a trilogy of autobiographical Cold War Escape stories. It is both an immigrant's narrative of seeking a better life and a brighter future and a sports memoir focusing on two Olympic fencers, one representing Canada, the other Romania. Most of all, it is the account of the author’s friendship with Paul Szabó, a Romanian-Hungarian epée fencer, Szabó’s love for a young woman he married and her tragic death. In Romania, the country Paul represented in the 1976 Olympics, Nicolae Ceaușescu was then President. Mismanagement, rampant corruption, mass surveillance, brutality and human rights abuses were rampant. Ceaușescu’s Stalinist secret police, the Securitate, was particularly notorious for purges, oppression and restrictions of freedom of the almost two million Hungarians, like Szabó, who had lived in Romania for centuries. And it was in this context that Paul, only twenty-one at the time takes the difficult decision to stay in Canada, with the prospect of never seeing his parents and homeland again. He approaches his friend, Tatrallyay, who against all odds helps him defect to Canada and start a new life in his chosen country. The Fencers is an exciting true story of courage, friendship, love, happiness, success and tragedy.

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About Geza Tetrallyay:
     Born in Budapest, Hungary, Geza escaped with his family in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, immigrating to Canada the same year. He grew up in Toronto, attending the University of Toronto Schools, where he was School Captain. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Human Ecology in 1972 (after taking a break in his studies to work as a host in the Ontario Pavilion at Expo70 in Osaka, Japan). Geza was selected as a Rhodes Scholar from Ontario, attending Oxford University and graduating with a BA/MA in Human Sciences in 1974; he completed his studies with a MSc in Economics from London School of Economics and Politics in 1975. Geza represented Canada as an epée fencer in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
     Geza’s professional experience has included stints in government, international organizations, finance and environmental entrepreneurship. Since 2004, he has been semi-retired, managing a few investments mainly in the clean energy sector and devoting himself to his family and his writing. Geza is a citizen of Canada and Hungary, a green card holder with an American wife, a daughter living in San Francisco and a son in Nairobi, and currently divides his time between Barnard, Vermont and San Francisco.
     Geza’s poetry and articles have been published in many journals in Canada and the US, and he has had nine books published (eight in the last five years), including four thrillers, two memoirs, two collections of poetry and a children’s picture storybook. He has several books as well in the pipeline or as work in progress.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Tuesday Special: Murder in the One Percent

Saralyn Richard

Someone comes to the party with murder in his heart and poison in his pocket.

by Saralyn Richard
When old friends gather for a weekend retreat at a country mansion, no one anticipates how their lives will be changed—or that one of them will turn up dead. Remote and serene, the Campbells’ horse farm is the perfect setting for a lavish party. The guests, members of the country’s elite wealthiest one percent, indulge in gourmet food, fine wines, Cuban cigars—but greed, lust, and jealousy insinuate themselves into the party.

Playboy and ex-Secretary of the Treasury, Preston Phillips, brings his new trophy wife to the party, unaware that his first love, the woman he jilted at the altar years ago, will be there, enchanting him once more with her timeless beauty. A snowstorm, an accident, and an illicit rendezvous later, the dynamics crackle with tension.

When Detective Oliver Parrott is charged with solving the untimely killing of one of America’s leading financial wizards, he realizes this will be the case to make—or break—his career.

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About Saralyn: 
Award-winning mystery and children’s book author, Saralyn Richard, is a writer, who teaches on the side. Her children’s picture book, Naughty Nana, has reached thousands of children worldwide. Murder in the One Percent, semi-finalist in the Chanticleer CLUE awards for best suspense/thriller, pulls back the curtain on the privileged and powerful rich. Set on a gentleman’s farm in Pennsylvania and in the tony areas of New York, the book shows what happens when someone comes to a party with murder in his heart and poison in his pocket. Look for the sequel, A Palette for Love and Murder, at the end of this year. Saralyn has published stories, articles, and poems in a variety of collections and magazines, and she edited the anthology, Burn Survivors’ Journey. A member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America, Saralyn teaches creative writing and a literature class. Her website is www.saralynrichard.com.