Monday, March 10, 2014

4**** Star Review - THE MURDER PROSPECT - by Lee Mossel

When Cort Scott gave up his job as a petroleum geologist to become a private investigator in oil field investigations, his first job lands him right in the middle of a murder. The suspects quickly start to mount up - is it Jeff, the family's estranged brother? or someone much more sinister? As Scott continues to investigate, it becomes clear that the investment he was hired to investigate is only the tip of the iceberg, and Scott is left reeling as the investigation hits very close to home.

Mossel tells the story primarily through conversations between his characters. The dialogue is well-written and flows very well. His characters are well-developed with strong voices. I particularly like the character of Gerri, Cort Scott's on-again, off-again girl friend. She is out-spoken and knows what she wants. Also, she and I share the same filing system - file everything under "F" for "file".

Once the story gets going, it moves quickly, with a second murder added to the mix. As Scott continues to investigate, he has to determine if the killings are connected and decide how he's going to approach bringing the killer (or killers) to justice. The Murder Prospect is action packed with one gun-brandishing scene after another as the story reaches it's climax.

I give it a strong 4 stars and recommend it to anyone who enjoys thrillers with both strong male and female characters.

*I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. The book is rated "adult" for strong language and violence.

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About the author:

Lee Mossel was born in Eugene, Oregon, and raised in the small logging and lumber mill town of Noti about twenty miles west. He attended a 1920s vintage; eight grades…eight rooms…elementary school starting first grade at age five. After being “skipped” through the second grade, he entered high school at age 12 and, subsequently the University of Oregon at age 16.
Graduating with bachelors and masters degrees in geology, he spent a thirty-five year career as a petroleum geologist all in Denver. During that period, he worked for several oil companies as well as starting two independent companies. Since retiring, he has served on various boards of director, written numerous op-ed pieces and newspaper columns, given talks on the oil and gas business and generally enjoyed life.
Beginning with The Murder Prospect in 2012; The Talus Slope in 2013, he has begun a career as an author of crime thrillers and mysteries. More Than a 100% Dead is his third Cort Scott novel.
He enjoys world travel, sports, fine wines, good food, and golf…not necessarily in that order. He lives in Parker, Colorado, a place featured in the Cort Scott series.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

I'll Love You Forever

I've always loved the poem I'll Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. I made up a tune to sing it to my daughter when she was a baby. My favorite line is "I'll love you for ever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be."

I always knew there had to be more to the story. Check out this article on PopSugar.

Monday, March 3, 2014

My Writing Process

The author, Tammie Clarke Gibbs, invited me to participate in this blog hop tour and answer these questions about my writing process:

About My Writing Procedure

1. What am I working on? 
I don't have the cover for it, yet, but I'm currently working on the third - and what I hope will be final - book in the Finding My Escape book series. Finding My Escape follows the story of Hannah Jordan who walks in to find her parents brutally murdered. As Hannah's story progresses, she quickly learns that not everything is what it seems. In the third story, she'll come up against one of the biggest challenges she's faced in her life when she has to make a major decision that goes against her deepest desire. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll stop there.

You can read excerpts of the Finding My Escape and Finding My Way Back here.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre? That's really a loaded question because there's a lot of YA Paranormal out there. I guess my book is a little different in that instead of the characters themselves having supernatural powers, they are drawn into an alternate universe that has supernatural powers. Of course, some of that changes in book 3, when the supernatural powers leak into the real world. But nope. That's all I'm saying about that! 

3. Why do I write what I do? Interestingly, I started writing YA because, at the time, I had an eleven-year-old so in my mind, I've always written for her. Of course, my daughter isn't a huge reader, and to her, I'm just mom so she's usually reading something from one of those other YA authors! (We're often reading the same books.) Now I write YA because it's my absolutely favorite genre. I love writing about young people who are on the cusp of discovering who they are.

4. How does your writing process work? How much time do you have? Seriously, I tend to spend a lot of time in the plotting phase of my writing, but it only takes about two or three months to get the story written. Loose ends make me nervous. I like to have a clear idea of where the story is going and how it's going to end. I find I meander too much if I don't.

I am tagging Lee Mossel to tell you about his writing process. I'm VERY jealous of Lee at the moment because he just finished his third book, sequel to The Murder Prospect and The Talus Scope. I'm knee deep in The Murder Prospect at the moment, and you can watch for a review in the next few days. I'm expecting a twist.