WHAT IF? PART II

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Enjoy another “What If?” from Jennifer Theriot. Her books are wonderful and I highly recommend them!WHAT

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What if? Ash Harper Weighs in….

WHAT IF?

I’m picking up the ball where Patti Fiala left off with her ‘What if’, from her book Dog Days of Summer and I’m going to give you a’ What if’ from the perspective of Ash Harper, the sexy, handsome widower from my Out of the Box series…..

What if I hadn’t gone to the airport that day?

Quite simply, the world stood still the moment I first laid eyes on Olivia Petersen. It was evident by the way she looked at me when I held up a sign with her name on it at the airport. She smiled, set her bag down and shook my hand as I introduced myself. A spark ignited feelings I haven’t felt in such a long time and it was like I was resuscitated back to life. Her hair is brown and her eyes are the most amazing shade of green. I’m in awe of her beauty.

I’m Ash Harper – a widower and I live in Highland Park, Il.  Before I met my soul mate Olivia, I was living my life status quo. I lost my wife Anne to cancer 5 years ago and since her death I’ve been in survival mode. I fully immersed myself into my work to mask my loneliness. I’ve tried dating but no woman has come remotely close to garnering my interest.

I have more money than I could possibly need – I’ve got an airplane, 2 homes, 2 cars and by all accounts I should be happy, but I wasn’t – until I met Olivia, that is.

What if Olivia’s husband didn’t get transferred and move to Highland Park? I’d never have met my beautiful Sunshine.

And if her husband didn’t cheat on her and leave their marriage, would she and I be together right now? Probably not.

When she was in the depths of despair the night Alan left her, I was there to rescue her.  Did I take all the hurt away? Absolutely not. But I was there for her and on that evening we built our relationship. Fate brought us together in the worst of circumstances. Would I wish that on anyone? Not on your life. Infidelity is a horrible thing and the pain it caused Olivia made me feel so helpless.

I believe in love at first sight. It happened to my parents and I truly believe in it. I love Olivia with every breath in my body and I want to love and take care of her for the rest of my life. I love spoiling her and spending money on her….finally I’ve a got reason to live!

So many what ifs race through my mind and it frightens me to think ‘what if I didn’t meet Olivia Petersen?’ I’ve found my soul mate, the love of my life and I’m going to take the ball and run with it.

Life gave me a second chance. I’m going to embrace it like there’s no tomorrow…..

OUT OF THE BOX SERIES:

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Out-The-Awakening-Jennifer-Theriot-ebook/dp/B00CNX3MU2

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Out-The-Regifted-Jennifer-Theriot-ebook/dp/B00JJBPSZS

AMAZON UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=out+of+the+box+awakening

AMAZON UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Out-Box-Regifted-Jennifer-Theriot-ebook/dp/B00JJBPSZS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402349971&sr=8-1&keywords=out+of+the+box+regifted

AMAZON CANADA: http://www.amazon.ca/Out-Box-Awakening-Jennifer-Theriot-ebook/dp/B00CNX3MU2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402350031&sr=8-1&keywords=out+of+the+box+awakening

AMAZON CANADA: http://www.amazon.ca/Out-Box-Regifted-Jennifer-Theriot-ebook/dp/B00JJBPSZS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402350056&sr=8-1&keywords=out+of+the+box+regifted

BARNES & NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/out-of-the-box-awakening?keyword=out+of+the+box+awakening&store=nookstore

BARNES & NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/out-of-the-box-regifted-jennifer-theriot/1119080752?ean=2940045805322

SMASHWORDS: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/346048

SMASHWORDS: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/424006

ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/out-of-the-box-awakening/id694909679?mt=11

ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/out-of-the-box-regifted/id853349862?mt=11

KOBO: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/out-of-the-box-awakening

KOBO: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/out-of-the-box-regifted

 

WHAT IF?

 

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What If?

 

I am very blessed to be connected to some very talented, amazing authors. We’ve decided to start a blog series named “What If”.  Our “What If” series will feature each of us, discussing, “what if” from the character’s point of view from one of our stories.  Today, my “What If” is from Jeremiah’s point of view from Dog Days of Summer by P.J. Fiala. Enjoy!

 

What If, from Jeremiah (Dog) Sheppard.

 

When I was asked to write my “What If” I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it.  First of all, I’m not a writer, I’m a bike builder. Second of all, when I think of what if, it turns my blood cold, because, my what if, is What if I had never met Joci?

 

The second my eyes landed on Joci, my world stood still. She walked into our meeting room at Rolling Thunder and I lost myself. I felt like time stood still as I stared into her beautiful stormy gray eyes and then, she smiled, and I was completely head over heels in love with her. My pulse was racing, my heart hammered so thunderously in my chest that I thought I was going to pass out. Never in my forty-five years on this earth did one person so captivate me as she did.

 

I asked her out, and she said she couldn’t. I went home so dejected and confused. How could I change her mind? I didn’t know what “I can’t” meant. How could I overcome that? The only saving grace was that I knew I would see her again because she was helping us organize the next Veteran’s Ride for the shop and she was designing a logo for Rolling Thunder.

 

I asked Joci out four times before she finally said yes. Actually, the last time I decided to throw my cards on the table and I told her we were going out, period, end of story.

 

So my, what if’s are many. What if Joci would not have walked into my shop? What if I wouldn’t have told Joci we were going to be together? What if she would have said No? It’s devastating for me to think about because our life together is so full and rich. I can’t imagine not having her in my life.

 

Patti Fiala

PJ Fiala

 

I was born in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri named Bridgeton. During my time in Missouri, I explored the Ozarks, swam in the Mississippi River, and played kickball and endless games of hide and seek with the neighborhood kids. Spending summers in Kentucky with my grandmother, Ruth, are the fondest childhood memories for me.

 

At the age of thirteen, my family moved to Wisconsin to learn to farm. Yes, learn to farm! That was interesting. Taking city kids and throwing them on a farm with twenty-eight cows purchased from the humane society because they had been abused was interesting. I learned to milk cows, the ins and outs of breeding and feeding schedules, the never ending haying in the summer, and trying to stay warm in the winter. Our first winter in Wisconsin we had thirty-six inches of snow in one storm and were snowed in our house for three days! Needless to say, I wasn’t loving Wisconsin.

 

I am now married with four children and three grandchildren. I have learned to love Wisconsin, though I still hate snow. Wisconsin and the United States are beautiful, and my husband and I travel around by motorcycle seeing new sites and meeting new people. It never ceases to amaze me how many people are interested in where we are going and what we have seen along the way. At every gas station, restaurant, and hotel, we have people come up to us and ask us about what we are doing as well as offer advice on which roads in the area are better than others.

I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two of my sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud. Proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.

Website: https://www.pjfiala.com

You Tube http://goo.gl/3F2keF

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pjfiala1

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/pfiala

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pattifiala/dog-days-of-summer/

Authorgraph: https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/pfiala

Authorsdb: http://authorsdb.com/authors-directory/8914-pj-fiala

AuthorsdB – Book: http://tinyurl.com/p8gmujz

AuthorsdB – Book Cover Contest:

http://authorsdb.com/books/2014-book-cover-contest/romance-2014/dog-days-of-summer

Thunderclap Campaign: Started September 12, 2014

http://thndr.it/1m0gvdM

Goodreads author:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7866768.P_J_Fiala

Goodreads Book:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21851827-dog-days-of-summer

Amazon Author Page: http://tinyurl.com/mmcrnlb

RebelMouse: https://www.rebelmouse.com/pjfiala/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+PJFiala/posts

Spotify: www.spotify.com

Follow the links for the playlists for each book:

Second Chances  – http://tinyurl.com/nuut3wn

Dog Days of Summer  – http://tinyurl.com/qhld35l

Rydin the Storm Out – http://tinyurl.com/l8x8p84

LinkedIn:

http://www.linkedin.com/profile/edit?trk=hb_tab_pro_top

Amazon Listmania List:

http://www.amazon.com/lm/R36XEL1VZUDWU3/ref=cm_lm_pthnk_view?ie=UTF8&lm_bb=

Bookarma:

https://bookarma.net/book/9781595983251-dog-days-of-summer

Riffle: https://read.rifflebooks.com/profiles/151221

 Riffle-Dog Days: https://read.rifflebooks.com/books/331300

Thanks, Patti! Who wouldn’t want to read this? Plus, the cover is very easy on the eyes!

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EVER WONDER HOW A COZY MYSTERY IS BIRTHED?

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Excitement! Just ordered the proof copy for my first book in a new cozy mystery series. The book is titled The Cedar Spa and is in the Dinner Diva series. I had to share the cover!

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It’s about a facialist at a spa who almost ruins the faces of four older women and yes, this is loosely based on my experience at a spa of a facial gone bad! Thankfully, it turned out okay. As I was on the plane coming home, skin flaking off, huge sunglasses on trying to hide my face from concerned glances, the seeds of the story were planted.

Why would a facialist not tell me that my skin would itch terribly and that my face would almost be purple? Spent the rest of the flight drawing broad strokes and began to fill them in when I got home. Thus The Cedar Spa was born, and loving to eat and cook, I needed an excuse to write about food. And what if one of the women who had been given a bad facial had recently been widowed and was ready for new beginnings? (That part was literary license, my husband will be happy to know.) And why not as a Dinner Diva – giving dinner parties by invitation, but each guest had to bring someone unknown to the Diva? Voila – a book was birthed. Hope you enjoy the read as much as I enjoyed the write!

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Looking to publish it in the very near future. Stay tuned.

ARE YOUR ADVERTISING DOLLARS WORKING?

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This is fascinating. I received it in my email this morning from Bookarma. We always wonder whether our advertising works and as authors, it’s very difficult to determine what advertising dollars are spent wisely and which advertising dollars are not. This is pretty nuts and bolts and I’ve just decided to add another book after seeing these stats!

The Trust Factor

Independent and self-published authors have weathered a lot as the industry has shifted from big publishers acting as the gatekeepers—deciding who’s in and who’s out—to a marketplace of free-flowing ideas. The publishing industry, like any other, is complex, and there’s a lot to learn. It’s not easy to navigate, especially if you’re trying to figure it out by yourself. 

It’s not uncommon to hear of authors who invested their trust and finances in a “helpful resource,” but ended up with a substandard product. In short, they got rooked. If you’ve heard the scam stories or have been a victim yourself, it may be hard to trust another provider who says they want to help you. But we do!

n fact, Bookarma envisions a world where people can discover books that provide solutions to their problems and/or fulfilling entertainment from independent authors—authors who are no longer constricted by the traditional publishing model and can now reach a global audience. What’s our goal? It’s connecting indie authors with every reader.

In order to build your trust, we’d like you to try before you buy. We want to help as many authors as we can to get global exposure that they could never achieve on their own. So we want you to have your first month free. The monthly subscription doesn’t cost much in the first place — only $15 — and the first month is on us. Go to Bookarma, sign up, start a Campaign, and use the coupon code getkarma at checkout. You won’t pay a cent for your first month!

Success Story

 

Dianne Harman’s Blue Coyote Motel – on Bookarma for seven months — has been shared and viewed by an entirely new audience! Check out Dianne’s results:

  Shared 181 times

  Got 1,666 Clickbacks to the book information and sales page

 That’s a 920% return! That’s 1,666 new people who viewed the book and had the opportunity to buy it!

 

READY FOR A NEW BEGINNING?

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Want to share my most recent Huffington Post article with you!

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Who Needs January 1? Fall’s the Time for New Beginnings

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 New clothes, new teachers, changes — that’s the fall season for me. Television golf becomes something of the past and now college and pro football teams vie for our attention. Summer’s over. The barbecues and the beach are history. This is the time for making resolutions. I’ve never quite understood the New Year thing for resolutions other than we start over at January, the first month of the new year.

But fall — it’s filled with endless possibilities. Losing the weight to fit into that great dress for Christmas, cleaning out computer files, planting fall flowers, not to mention vegetables — everything’s a possibility. I might even start my Christmas shopping early this year! Certainly some of the stores already have geared up for it and are propositioning me.

I don’t think I’m alone in feeling like this. A man was at our home recently, giving us an estimate on redoing our kitchen — yeah, that’s going to be a major new beginning and probably a hassle as well — and he mentioned that the type of product he was recommending wouldn’t show stains from water or ice. He went on to say that he was beginning “Sober September.” I asked what he meant and he told me that he and his wife had decided to forego alcohol, meat, bread, and pasta during September so they could lose the weight they’d gained over the summer. He went on to say that New Year’s or Lent was the time most people made resolutions like that, but to him September was the perfect time to do it. He told me his children had just gone back to college and since Labor Day had passed, he didn’t need to worry that he’d renege because of celebrations or holidays. He has a point. How many times have the best laid plans been sabotaged because of a holiday or a festive occasion? A lot!

I love to see the return of the school buses, the children with new backpacks, and wearing outfits for the first time. My granddaughter transferred from a day care school to a, in her words, “real school.” She’s now in a pre-kindergarten class at an elementary school. And the most exciting thing in the world happened to her the first day of school. She was asked to name the room’s pet goldfish. That’s pretty heady stuff. So what did she name it? “Sparkle.”

Her mother was reminded of the time, but was smart enough not to say anything, when she and her brother had purchased goldfish at a school carnival. She remembered the two of them coming into my bedroom early the next morning to tell me something was wrong with the goldfish — they were floating. My husband was on a fishing trip so early, very early, in the morning we held a burial for “Sparkle” and “Darkle.” After the goldfish incident, we decided we were better off with dogs!

My grandson, a third grader, was excited because his teacher said if they finished their lessons on time and correctly, they could play games such as Monopoly. That’s a game I still love and of course I’m going to have to buy one so we can play it. It will probably be a new beginning for me when I realize how many different games of Monopoly there are now. I certainly found that out with a recent purchase of the Trivial Pursuit game my son and daughter-in-law love to play.

As we get older, we forget how exciting things can be when they’re experienced for the first time. Let’s face it, at this stage there are relatively few first time experiences, at least ones that I want to have. Monopoly for the first time, a goldfish, a new backpack, these are the first time things for youngsters, but we can still enjoy new things. Try planting something and watching it grow. Now that’s exciting and a whole new beginning for that seed!

EXCITING COVER REVEAL – BEFORE TIME

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This is an author I highly recommend, having read a number of her works – and who wouldn’t love the cover! This is a must read!!!

Title: Before Time

Series: The Time Series # 1

Author: Xunaira J.

Audience: NA

Genre: Tragic Romance

Formats: E-book and Paperback

Publisher: Xunaira J.

Editor: Michelle Browne

Expected Date of Publishing: 20th November 2014

Blurb-

His eyes told her what his tongue could not.

Nineteen-year-old Onaiza Shahid is a loner and a dreamer, bookish and socially isolated. A chance ramble into chatting software changes everything. The words of a stranger compel her. Addicted and falling fast, their secret love changes her life. But will the idealistic teenager get her happily ever after?

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Amazon Pre Order / Goodreads

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/296620920525545/

Goodreads Event: https://www.goodreads.com/event/show/940482-cover-reveal-before-time?utm_medium=email&utm_source=copypasteevent

About The Author -

Born on October 17, 1990 in Islamabad, Pakistan, to a government officer and a homemaker, Xunaira J, as a child dreamed of being a writer.She always loved writing short stories and has been active on Helium (www.helium.com) as a creative writer. She has been a blogger and been writing articles on relationship and family for a long time.When she was young, she used to write for US Magazine. Currently, Xunaira is doing her Bachelors in Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing and writing at the same time. The name of her first book on Amazon Kindle is “The Cursed City” while her second book is a book of collective short stories which will be published in October, 2013. Meanwhile, She is working on another Mystery/Romance novel which is almost reaching completion. She is anticipating to publish it sometime next year.

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THE HOUSE OF BAD JUJU?

 

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You’ve probably heard the term, “So many books, so little time!” That’s pretty much aimed at the reader. I find I’m faced with a different problem, “So many books to write, so little time!”

People always ask me “where do your ideas come from?” I usually answer “everywhere!” Literally, everywhere you look, there’s something happening that could probably go in a book. From the determined little seed that became a cyclamen and is pushing its way up through a break in the patio concrete to the offhand comment someone recently made about a new neighbor who shared the same birthday as the old neighbor, in a house that’s resulted in tragedy for all of the families who have lived in it. Now that’s a story I’ll probably have to write. – The House of Bad Juju! Maybe there could be a cyclamen seed growing in it’s patio.

Seriously, the problem is not finding material – the problem is finding or making the time to expand the material into a story. And don’t even mention the Muse – you know, the one I’ve written about who wakes me in the middle of the night with ideas. I don’t know if it’s because it’s the end of summer or what. I’ve always been invigorated more by fall, rather than the New Year, so her appearance isn’t surprising. But at 3:00 a.m. every night? I’ve got a notebook full of ideas for books and some are demanding that I pay attention to them immediately.

Don’t we have enough people we’re trying please without having to please our Muse? I’m thinking of family members, friends, employers, and employees, but a Muse??!!! She’s taken over my head and I can sense ideas are falling out. I have to be quick to capture them because we all know if we don’t write something down in the middle of the night, it will drift into the nethers, never to be retrieved.

If someone told me they had a persistent Muse and asked what they should do about it, I’d probably tell them to see how many of the ideas would fit into one book and to write the noisiest ones down first. So what in the devil are you doing writing this blog, my Muse asks? Okay, I hear you. Off to write…

Enjoy the new beginnings always present in Fall. I intend to!

If you’d like a free e-book from the Coyote Series: Blue Coyote Motel, Coyote in Provence, or Cornered Coyote, please email me at dianne@dianneharman.com. Please specify whether you’d like it in EPUB or MOBI format. Thanks and enjoy!

EVER EXPERIENCED THE HALO EFFECT?

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Whooppppeeee! I ran a promotion yesterday with Michael Gallagher’s Kindle Books & Tips. I’ve had good luck advertising with him in the past and wanted to promote Cornered Coyote, http://smarturl.it/CorCoy. Yesterday morning’s numbers on Amazon for Cornered Coyote were about 46,000. The numbers began going down yesterday afternoon Here’s this morning’s number.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,572 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100
Paid in Kindle Store)
#4 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense >
Crime Fiction > Organized Crime
#5 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense >
Crime > Organized Crime
#10 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Private Investigators

That’s incredible and I would have been thrilled with that alone, but here’s the interesting thing – I have four books in the Coyote Series, Blue Coyote Motel, Coyote in Provence, Cornered Coyote, and the recently published boxed set of all three, Coyote Series. - the other three books rose hugely in Amazon’s rankings as well.

Blue Coyote Motel: 9,896 and a best seller in three categories – had been about 170,000

Coyote in Provence: 47,899 and a best seller in three categories and #1 in one category – had been 212,000

Cornered Series: 49,596 and a best seller in one category- had been 303,000.

Of course these numbers fluctuate several times a day and all four books had been selling well, but not this well!

What I find so interesting is that the halo effect must be alive and well. Since Cornered Coyote was the only book I promoted, why did the others do so well? That meant people had to actually go to these books on Amazon and buy them. And the Coyote Series is a boxed set for $2.99. People can buy all three of the books for that price, but instead many bought Coyote in Provence for $2.99.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled but am at a loss as to how this happened. I had scheduled a promotion today for Cornered Coyote with Choosy Bookworm. I’m curious if the momentum will hold or if this was a fluke. BUT NUMBERS LIKE THAT I’LL TAKE ANY DAY!!!

 

GIVING BIRTH ONCE AGAIN!

I feel like I’ve just had another child! COYOTE SERIES (BOXED SET) http://ow.ly/APiSg just went up on Amazon. This combines the three Coyote books, Blue Coyote Motel, Coyote in Provence, and Cornered Coyote. A number of people said they’d like to read all three in order, thus the boxed set.  They all are “stand-alone” books, but I thought it was a good idea. Here it is!3D (1)

If you haven’t read one or all of them, here’s a brief summation:

“Discover why this trilogy of fast –paced, suspense novels has received over ’175′ five star reviews on Amazon, has been a Chanticleer CLUE award finalist, a Quarter finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest, been featured in the Top Ten Books at Authorsdb, been the Book of the Month at several Book Clubs and is at the top of a few good lists on Goodreads.

The story revolves around the rags to riches rise of Maria Brooks who marries a deranged genius working in the pharmaceutical industry. Drug addiction, anti-aging, art theft, murder and the reader’s favorite – Slade Kelly, a flawed, noirish undercover detective makes this an engaging and entertaining read. The action spans the globe – from the barren deserts of California to the snow-capped Himalayas, with stopovers in breathtaking Provence, ritzy New York and windy Chicago.

Sweet, orphaned Afghan girls, dreaded gangsters in the mafia, dirty politicians and unscrupulous businesses make their presence felt as the series weaves along at a sprightly pace. “Will Maria go to prison ‘forever’? Will Slade die in a gun battle with the FBI? Will the motel guests be able to break the inadvertent drug habit they picked up at the Blue Coyote? Who are those little Afghan girls in the barn in Provence? Will Jordan and Maria ever find happiness?”

Enjoy! 

DOES HUMOR BELONG IN YOUR BOOK?

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Michael Murphy is one of my favorite authors. I discovered him when his novel, Goodbye Emily, was recommended to me. If word of mouth helps to sell a book, I should get a prize for the number of people I’ve told about it. If you’ve heard of Woodstock or can remember it, you’ve got to read the book. When I learned that he had a new book out, I asked if he’d write a column for my blog and here it is. Trust me, this is someone who knows humor well and we can all learn from him!

Four Reasons Authors Should Incorporate Humor in their Writing

Many authors are hesitant to utilize humor in the stories, even though readers love humor in most any genre. Nelson DeMille interjects humor in fast-paced frightening thrillers. Stephen King’s stories are chilling and often absurdly humorous which he uses to enhance scenes and characters.

Writing humor is not as difficult as some writer imagine. Humor results from conflict, the same as drama. The perspective is different.

Think of two great slapstick comedians, Charlie Chaplin and Dick Van Dyke. They could fall down stairs or struggle to lift a heavy object and it’s funny. In other situations, other stories, a fall down stairs would be a tragic.

There are many reasons for authors to utilize humor in their writing:

  • Humor can complement suspense by temporarily lessening tension
  • Enable an author to address serious issues
  • Allow an author’s work to stand out from others in their genre
  • Enhance characterization

Humor has always been an important part of my writing, even in my recently released historical mystery set in 1933, The Yankee Club. The story unfolds during the Prohibition-era in New York City.  This is my 9th published novel, but I’ve never attempted to write a true historical fiction and wondered whether I’d be able to capture the life and times of 1933, particularly whether my humor would translate to life in the thirties.

The use of humor in my previous novel, Goodbye Emily, allowed me to address serious issues faced by aging baby boomers. Of the three principle characters in that novel, one struggled with broken heart syndrome over the loss of his wife, his career and the possible separation with his only daughter. Another, a Vietnam vet, struggled with drugs and PTSD. The third had been placed in a nursing home with Alzheimers.

Without humor, the novel would present these conditions in a more serious manner and would no doubt depress readers rather than offer an optimistic look at the future of our aging baby boomers, the novel’s theme. Equally as important, the main character, Sparky, would be presented with a more sullen makeup.

In 1933, our country’s economy was on the brink of collapse, and Prohibition had led to the rise of organized crime. 12 million people were out of work. Many were homeless, and some turned to extremist politicians, Nazis on the right and communists on the left. Nothing funny about that at all.

The humor in The Yankee Club addresses these issues within the framework of a mystery based on historical events. The two main characters grew up in modest homes in Queens, but at the start of the novel, Jake Donovan is a successful mystery writer and Laura Wilson is a popular Broadway actress. Both deal with guilt over their successes which have isolated them from the poverty suffered by most.

Jake and Laura find themselves in danger often in The Yankee Club. Humor diffuses the suspense, enhancing the tension at the same time. Like I did in Goodbye Emily, I created humorous scenes and characters so the story would unfold while addressing the difficult issues of the times. My goal was to weave mystery and romance much like the movie series that inspired the story, The Thin Man movies with William Powell and Myrna Loy.

I encourage authors to look for ways to utilize humor within their genre the same way they create drama; utilize conflict in a scene. Humor will enhance the drama and the work will stand out from the crowd.

******************************************************************************The Yankee Club   http://www.amazon.com/Yankee-Club-Jake-Laura-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00IHMFANK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1409068819&sr=1-1&keywords=the+yankee+club

A mystery writer returns to the bright lights and dark alleys of New York City—uncovering a criminal conspiracy of terrifying proportions.

In 1933, America is at a crossroads: Prohibition will soon be history, organized crime is rampant, and President Roosevelt promises to combat the Great Depression with a New Deal. In these uncertain times, former-Pinkerton-detective-turned-bestselling-author Jake Donovan is beckoned home to Manhattan. He has made good money as the creator of dashing gumshoe Blackie Doyle, but the price of success was Laura Wilson, the woman he left behind. Now a Broadway star, Laura is engaged to a millionaire banker—and waltzing into a dangerous trap.

Before Jake can win Laura back, he’s nearly killed—and his former partner is shot dead—after a visit to the Yankee Club, a speakeasy dive in their old Queens neighborhood. Suddenly Jake and Laura are plunged into a conspiracy that runs afoul of gangsters, sweeping from New York’s private clubs to the halls of corporate power and to the White House itself. Brushing shoulders with the likes of Dashiell Hammett, Cole Porter, and Babe Ruth, Jake struggles to expose an inconspicuous organization hidden in plain sight, one determined to undermine the president and change the country forever.

Award Winning Author in the Mystery & Suspense genre