Hello Readers! Today I bring you mystery author Shirley Wells. Shirley was born and raised in the Cotswolds (England) and after time spent living in Cyprus and on the idyllic island of Hoy in the Orkneys, she’s now lucky enough to live in the beautiful rolling hills of the east Lancashire Pennines. It’s no surprise then that her mystery novels are set in the area as it saves on research trips.
She’s a dog person and her husband is a cat person. They have two of each which means chaos rules in their house. It also means Shirley has plenty of company during the day. She says that the cats’ computer lessons are coming on well. They now know all there is to know about the fun to be had with the delete key…
Shirley is here today to talk about what types of books she does (and does not) like to read. In addition, Shirley is offering TWO prizes to some lucky commenters. There’s one digital copy of Carina Press Presents Editor’s Choice Volume 2 and one digital copy of her Dylan Scott mystery, Dead Calm, up for grabs. Details for GIVEAWAY are below.
Please help me welcome Shirley to That’s What I’m Talking About. Take it away Shirley…
I ‘met’ Jen through Twitter and she generously offered to review the first book in my Dylan Scott mystery series, Presumed Dead. Was I nervous? Hell, yes. You see, I knew she was a paranormal romance junkie. Not only did she love my book though, she asked (yes, asked!) to read more in the series.
Me? I read mysteries, mysteries and more mysteries. When I need a break from murder and mayhem, I read contemporary romance. But we readers are strange creatures. I’m often heard to say “Oh, I read anything. Well, except science fiction. I hate science fiction. And fantasy. I hate that too. Oh, and paranormal. Can’t bear that.” Then, when asked for a list of my all-time favourite books, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams is always in the Top 5. Yes, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul is a fantasy detective novel featuring holistic detective Dirk Gently.
I think it does us good to have a change of reading diet now and again but, more often than not, we have to be forced into taking a risk on reading something out of our comfort zone.
My latest novella, Dead Calm, a Dylan Scott mystery, has been published as a single title and as part of an anthology: Carina Press Presents Editor’s Choice Volume 2. There are four titles in the anthology. Dance of Flames by Janni Nell, No Money Down by Julie Moffett and Pyro Canyon by Robert Appleton are included along with my own Dead Calm.
Dance of Flames features paranormal investigator Allegra Fairweather and her gorgeous hunky friend, Casper the ghost. Right, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking I don’t like paranormal. Well, I’ve been a huge fan of Allegra and Casper since the first and I couldn’t wait to read Dance of Flames. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a fabulous story. (And trust me, Casper really is gorgeous!)
No Money Down is a Lexi Carmichael mystery and is pure action adventure mystery. Lexi is SWFG: Single, White, Female, Geek. I read the first Lexi Carmichael story and I’ve been a fan ever since so I was really excited to read this latest installment.
Finally, the anthology features Pyro Canyon by Robert Appleton which is science fiction/space opera. Now, I don’t like science fiction (sorry, Robert), but as it was part of ‘my’ anthology, I had to read it. Let me tell you, I was hooked from the first page. The writing is wonderful and Robert is hugely talented at building a whole new world. I loved Pyro Canyon so much that I had to buy a couple of Robert’s other books, Alien Velocity and Sparks in Cosmic Dust.
So if I ever tell you what I love (or hate) to read, take no notice of me. For me, a good story with strong characters will grab me every time – no matter the genre.
What about you? Are there genres you won’t touch or do you read pretty much anything? Do share – I’m curious.
Oh yes, and I have prizes. There’s one digital copy of Carina Press Presents Editor’s Choice Volume 2 and one digital copy of my Dylan Scott mystery, Dead Calm, up for grabs. All you have to do is leave a comment. Easy-peasy!
Thanks for having me on the blog, Jen!
GIVEAWAY: Thank you Shirley for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About. As Shirley mentioned, she’s got prizes! Thank you to Shirley for graciously giving away one (1) one digital copy of Carina Press Presents Editor’s Choice Volume 2 and one (1) digital copy of her Dylan Scott mystery, Dead Calm. To enter, leave a comment telling us what is your favorite genre to read. Please leave your comments for Shirley by Tuesday July 10, 2012, at 10:00 PM EDT to be eligible for the contest. There will be two winners. One entry per person, the winners will be selected from eligible entries using random.org. Contest is open internationally; please leave your email address so the author can send you the book. Thank you to Shirley for this awesome giveaway!
AND… Be sure to stop back later today to read my quickie review of Dead Calm!