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Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Girl on the Bridge by James Hayman




This is a McCabe and Savage mystery.   I think it is the first one I have read but it won’t be the last.   It is a story of revenge or retribution depending on your point of view.   A suicide and some murders get Detectives McCabe and Savage involved.  

The story is a good mystery but it also makes one pause and consider that some of the assumptions made in college may have been grossly incorrect and possibly caused long term damage.   The college mind is so often dead certain of it’s facts are mores and retrospect makes one realize how often the college mind was immersed in self-delusion.  

The story is horrific and yet anyone who went to college was aware of one like it.   The consequences of this story were dramatic and perhaps justified. 

Hayman sets up an intricate plot while leaving breadcrumbs for the sleuthy reader to pursue.   (sleuthy being self coined)

I enjoyed the story and recommend it.  

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

One Deadly Summer by Sebastien Japrisot

The author is described by the New York Times as a master of psychological suspense.   I really never found the book compelling.

The story takes place in a village and is self proclaimed as a classic of French suspense.  Sadly my tastes appear to be more plebian than many of the reviewers.  To me the book was tedious and difficult to read.  I do like character studies but the minutia in this left me cold.

Elle is certifiable and I suspect Florimond might also be committed.  Due to all the accolades the book has received, I suspect I may be a lonely voice that didn’t like it but loneliness can also be ascribed to a matter of personal taste.  This book was not to my taste.



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Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Box by Marc Levinson


The box is the ubiquitous metal container that is seen at loading docks, on the back of semi-trucks, at harbors and wherever goods are transported.  According to Levinson, the container changed the worlds economy.

Surprisingly this non-fiction book was more interesting than I expected.  The introduction of shipping goods by containers revolutionized international shipping.  It changed the geographic aspects of commerce due to the location of ports acceptable to container ships.   The transshipping of containers via train and truck impacted the placement of factories, towns and jobs.  

Levinson offers a quite convincing argument for the world changing aspects of the not so simple container.

Web: http://www.marclevinson.net/?page_id=16

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Spotlight on Deadly Reception by Karen Randau


Karen Randau, author of Rim Country mystery series, releases novella in conjunction with seven other authors.  A happy occasion turns deadly when scattered body parts turn up at a wedding
A severed head. A philandering husband. A skeleton in the basement. This was not the perfect wedding Rita Avery planned for her daughter Zoe!

Rita Avery and her detective husband Cliff arrive at New Jersey’s Tawnee Mountain Resort prepared to greet Zoe’s wedding guests in just three hours. Who would have expected to find a man’s torso in their closet?

Things explode into high gear when the victim’s head shows up at the
golf equipment shack. A good look at his social media makes Rita
wonder if a wife murdered her husband as revenge for infidelity. Or did
a secret admirer decide to liberate the wife from her scoundrel husband?
Worse, is Zoe in life-threatening danger . . . again? And will Rita and
Cliff escape the trap in which the murderer snares them?

Murder and a passel of twists that will keep you on the edge of your
seat. Zoe’s wedding is the most exciting you’ll attend!

Deadly Reception is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the Tawnee Mountain Resort.

Deadly Reception features characters from Karen Randau’s Rim Country Mysteries series.  It can be purchased at Amazon and fine book stores. 


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Monday, July 30, 2018

A Measure of Darkness by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman

 

Clay Edison is a deputy coroner.   He is reputed to be nosy and tenacious.   Those qualities show as he pursues possible perpetrators in a house party that end in violence.

This is a who done it with secondary who done its buried in the main who done it. Multiple story lines provide a complex plot that demands you pay attention.   A free range school provides the gist of one of the subplots.

This was an entertaining book with some philosophizing on the nature of education.

I enjoyed it.



This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Typist by Caroline Taylor




Persevere!  My initial reaction to this book was it was slowwwww!  However I persevered and I ended up really enjoying it.   A young woman from the mid-west goes to Washington D.C. to work in the sixties.   She is both naïve and experienced.   A criminal father used her as a foil as a child.  A bible-thumping mother engendered guilt as her daily entrée.   Judah ends up working at an insurance agency that appears to harbor a secret.

Judah will drive you crazy with her naïveté and yet she has a strength of character that is admirable.  It is important to remember the time in which the story is set.   Although the emotions Judah express often seem to be a decade earlier than the sixties. 

The story plods but comes together and ends satisfyingly.

I recommend the book.

Web: http://www.carolinestories.com/about.html

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay


Strange book.  Andrew, Eric and Wen are vacationing in a remote cabin when they are visited by a weird group of people.  The resulting interplay of mayhem and violence is the crux of the plot.

The weird people are called by some unknown entity, possibly God, possibly an alien or maybe an Internet Troll.   They arrive and try and convince Eric and Andrew to do something that they find inconceivable.   This is one of those book that is hard to describe without a spoiler.

The book was interesting but left me unfulfilled as to the source of the aberrant behavior.

I recommend.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Allinji, A Woman of Sumeria by Hugh Bowen


This is a historical novel.   The main character is a renaissance type woman living 2100 to 2000 BC in an area of Iraq called Sumeria.   Her home city and the capital of a loose affiliation of nation states was UR.   The author starts with an actual historic trip of his own mother to Iraq in the 1930s.   This leads to his mother meeting a woman named Allinji who purports to be the descendent of the Allinji of the book title.  

The author paints Allinji as a warrior scientist with political skills.   She implements women’s rights and champions education but is also ruthless and deadly.   The book was interesting and after doing some research seems accurate as to the innovations introduced in that time period.  

I was a bit disappointed that the author did not come full circle with Allinji’s tale and abruptly ended the story.   I think a wrap up would make it more palatable to the average reader. 

I did enjoy the book.


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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Dead Zero by Stephen Hunter


Bob Lee Swagger a Vietnam Vet, an alcoholic, a sniper and a hunter battling PTSD is back.   Bob is old now, and feels like he is out of the game.   He is not!   Being old myself,  I found reassurance that an old guy can still kick some butt.   An operation gone bad leads to sniper, Ray Cruz, questing for justice on his own.

A hallmark of Hunter is action.  This book has it in spades.   A team of mercenaries with a skewed code of valueless morals is tasked to kill Ray Cruz.   Bob Lee and the FBI’s Nick Memphis are on the line trying to determine if Ray Cruz is a hero or villain. 

Once again a highly violent and captivating novel with an interesting and surprising reveal

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I highly recommend.

Web: http://www.stephenhunter.net/
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Coffin Dancer by Jeffrey Deaver.



I’m considering titling my reviews Devious Deaver.  The man is a master at mis-direction.  Just when I think I have the plot figured out, he does a u-turn.   I love it!
Lincoln Rhyme is a shadow of his past self but his mind is still tack smart.   A contract killer is eliminating witnesses.  Lincoln and his side kick Amelia are trying to stop him.

Deaver does a very good job on constructing his characters.   They are often likeable and terrifying.  He doesn’t hesitate to throw one of them under the bus if it promotes the plot.

I really enjoyed the book and recommend it.  

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille


The irreverent John Corey, former NYPD detective, is back but this time is name is Mac and he isn’t a cop and isn’t the same guy.   However the characterization and sense of  humor are very similar.   Mac is a charter captain in the keys hired to help some Cubans recover items from Castro’s Cuba.   The story is set in the not too distant pass just prior to the thaw in relations.

I did not find this story as compelling as some of DeMille’s previous books.  That isn’t saying it wasn’t enjoyable but it didn’t grab me as firmly as others.   The sense of humor and sarcasm of the protagonist is much the same as John Corey.   There is a sultry female counterpart, a crusty Vietnam Vet and some died in the wool anti-Castro partisans.  

The story line does not turn out quite the way that Mac expected and there were some behind the scene manipulations that were surprising but understandable.

Good interpersonal interaction characterizes DeMille's writing and it continues in this book.

I recommend.

Site:   http://www.nelsondemille.net/books/radiant_angel.asp?id=desc



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Monday, June 25, 2018

Q & A With Caroline Taylor Author of The Typist






















1.     Has this story been floating around in your head for a while, or was it a more recent development? Actually, this is a complete rewrite of something I started years ago, featuring the same lead character, only she lived in a small Midwest town and the only crime was some stolen items and . . . yawn. So I kept the characters’ names, changed the venue to Washington, and made it about murder and spying during the Cold War.
2.     In what ways do your characters manifest the urban-cultural divide? Here’s just one example: Judah Lundquist is an upright, uptight Midwesterner with a strict religious upbringing; whereas, her friend Nancy Pinkerton is a younger, more cosmopolitan woman from a less sheltered background. Judah has a strong sense of right and wrong, and yet things in Washington are much more fluid.    
3.     Why did you decide on a 1960’s setting? It had to be during the Cold War, and the mid-1960s seemed just about right for something that was fought mostly in the shadows and yet loomed large in people’s lives.
4.     Having lived in Washington D.C., what past experiences of yours play a role in this novel? Other than my familiarity with the area, in one of my very first jobs, I was required to type insurance policies that could not have any errors or erasures. 
5.     Are there any similarities between Judah and the characters in any of your previous books? No. Judah has a strong religious background, even though she was a child thief. None of the other characters in my previous books hail from the Midwest
6.     What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Understand that rejection does not mean you’re no good. Rejection simply means that the person doesn’t want your story and that it could be because of personal prejudices, the current market, competing stories, or even personal or work issues that make rejecting a piece easier than taking it up. Learn from rejection on those rare occasions when someone gives feedback. But, also, look at that feedback with a critical eye
7.     Do you have a method for tackling writer’s block? If I can’t think of what to write, I go for a walk, take up some household task that involves physical rather than mental labor, or, when available, work on a freelance editing assignment—anything that gives the creative side of my brain a rest.
8.     What’s next for you? I am working on two novels, a mystery with a theme of human trafficking and a mainstream novel with a theme of dealing with loss of loved ones.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Spotlight on Caroline Taylor’s Newest Thriller


SPOTLIGHT 
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Caroline Taylor’s newest thriller features classic noir elements, mysterious characters who aren’t what they seem

WASHINGTON D.C.1966. Washington, D.C. To survive in this town, sometimes a good girl has to be bad. Really bad.

Longing to transcend her Midwest roots and strict religious upbringing, Judah Lundquist spends her days obediently typing insurance policies for Tom Lawrence of Standard Life Insurance.

But Washington is not Peoria, and she finds herself caught up in a nightmare that threatens to subvert all the values she’s tried to uphold while exposing secrets from her past. A shameful one-night stand with neighbor Ralph Hicks lands Judah in a trap of her own making.

To protect what is left of her tattered reputation, Judah must become a seductress and a thief, betraying the only man who can possibly save her—a man with secrets that have nothing to do with crime and everything to do with the Cold War.

Fans of Taylor will recognize her signature edge-of-seat style and mysterious characters who all have something to hide.  Steeped in atmospheric noir, “The Typist” will have readers telling themselves “just one more page” until they’re at the end of the book.

Caroline Taylor is the author of mysteries, “What Are Friends For,” “Jewelry from a Grave” and “Loose Ends”; the award-winning nonfiction book, “Publishing the Nonprofit Annual Report: Tips, Traps, and Tricks of the Trade,” and a short-story collection, “Enough!: Thirty Stories of Fielding Life’s Little Curve Balls.” A lifelong writer and editor, Caroline has received numerous awards for editorial and design excellence for publications she. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, Sisters in Crime, and Mystery Writers of America.




Advance praise for The Typist
“The Typist has everything you could want: a small town girl making her way in the big city, enough plot twists and turns to keep you guessing late into the night, an off-balance romance that keeps you coming back for more, and some very clever bad guys — or wait, are they the good guys? Secret codes, secret romances, secret frame-ups, and a secret past keep likable protagonist Judah Lundquist on her toes — and us along with her.” 
Kelly Oliver,
author of the Jessica James mystery series

“Caroline Taylor’s book catapults readers back to 1966 Washington D.C., where newcomer Judah Lundquist becomes entangled in a web filled with danger, murder, romance, and blackmail. An intricate tale of intrigue, deceit, hidden pasts, and dark secrets.”
Michael H. Rubin,
author of The Cottoncrest Curse and Cashed Out

“No one, not even Judah Lundquist herself, is what he or she appears to be in this very readable thriller. Judah’s job should be boring—she’s a typist in an insurance company—but her coworkers drag her into their tricky business. Seasoned with a bit of romance, The Typist is a real page-turner. Bonus points for the authentic feel of the 1960s setting.”
Karen Pullen, author of Cold Feet and Cold Heart

About the Book
“The Typist”
Caroline Taylor | June 21, 2018 | Black Rose Writing
Paperback | 978-1-68433-069-0 | $14.95
thriller

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Alone Against Gravity by Thomas Dew Padova



This is a book about Albert Einstein from the years 1914-1918.   It is dry.  I enjoyed the history but the physics didn’t do a lot for me.   The changes in Europe were fascinating.   Historically speaking Serbia was a big deal in the early 1900s where today it is regarded, fairly or not, as a third world country.

Einstein may have been a genius but he was not someone whose personal life you would want to emulate.   His mores left a lot to be desired as well as his overall disposition.   Assuming the author did his research,  Albert Einstein lost the super hero glow that I had previously ascribed to him.

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Clinging to the Iceberg by Ron Hutchinson


This is a tongue in cheek how to book on script writing.

The author is apparently someone!  I found some humor and did pick up a writing tip or to that has nothing to do with scripts.   It was not a page turner.   I would not recommend it for the beach.   It probably has some bearing for aspiring script writers.

I got a copy of the book free in exchange for an honest review. 

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Written in Blood by Layton Green


I’m sitting here sipping Eagle Rare neat an musing over how I just reviewed a fantasy by Layton Green, a five part series which is currently on volume 3.   I am really enjoying that and now I find that Green writes a darn good detective story as well.   A detective finds himself returning to his hometown with his metaphoric tail between his legs.   A big deal homicide detective, he found himself doubting his abilities and returned to a perceived bucolic refuge.   Then the murders started!

Preach, the detective, is weathering a crisis of confidence and is twisting in the wind and in careers.   Thrust into the limelight with a series of unnerving murders, he is struggling to maintain his equilibrium.   He has a partner, Kirby, who is riding his own horse of misfortune.   Together they struggle to find the killer in an increasingly hostile community and search to find clues written in blood.

I highly recommend it.

Web Site:   http://laytongreen.com/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

More Q&A From Carrie Morgridge Author of The Spirit of the Trail


More Q&A From Carrie Morgridge Author

1.      What was your greatest challenge in writing this book?
· I first wrote our bike across the country as a blog.  The hardest challenge was reading my scratch from my phone – which we turned into a book.  Both John and I had to go back and just look at the photos and re-write the entire trip.  The crazy thing is that our memory is sparked by each day of photos and we both could remember crazy details each and every day (46 total) of that summer.
2.      On a Friday night, what are you most likely to be doing?
· I love a good glass of red wine. I love to be outside for sunset with John, Nina our dog and many times friends. I work seven days a week, so sometimes I am not sure Friday night from Sunday night. 
3.      What do you like to do when you are not writing?
· I love to work out.  I play tennis, go to the gym, snow ski, SUP, swim, snorkel, and at the very end of the day – get a massage.
4.      Who are some of your favorite authors?
· Adam Grant, Thomas Friedman, Walter Isaacson, Jim Collins, Malcom Gladwell, Sheryl Sandburg, E.L. James, J.K. Rowling, Peter Reynolds, Bill Peet
5.      Do you have a bucket list? What are some of the things on it?
· Be a great grandma – I have 4 grand puppies and 2 grand kittens
· Inspire women to be whatever they want to be.
· To be a great wife
· To visit Mully and President Kugama in Africa
· To laugh each day
· To love more each day than the past day
6.      Have you won any awards or honors (not just for writing)?
· Several -
· Arthur B Lorber Award for Distinguished Service from National Jewish Health – where they never say never and our foundation supports a school for medically frail children, and residences for up and coming doctors for all of America.
· Frances Wisebart Jacobs award – United Way Denver (back in the day Frances was not allowed to serve on boards, yet built the bus system so that medically frail people could get to National Jewish Health.  Frances started United Way – in Denver Colorado with a rabbi and a priest. 
· Urban Legend Award – for our work with homeless teens and young adults
· Hope Award – from Tony LaRussa for our work in rescue animals
· Josef Korbel Humanitarian Award – from the University of Denver for our work in our community and around the US. 

7.      What person(s) has/have helped you the most in your career?
· My husband, John is my rock.  He put me through college, believed in me as my parents did, and 150% supports me every day
· My in-laws – John and Tashia Morgridge – they are the BEST in-laws ever. 
· My parents – they still think I am amazing and I love them dearly.
· John Farnam – my consultant, best friend, and colleague of 6 plus years
· Kellie Lauth – The CEO of a non profit that we spun off from Morgridge Family Foundation – but she is the inventor, the creator and just uber smart.  Someone I look up to.
· Dr. Bridget Coughlin – CEO Shedd Aquarium – Has taught me so much about business, science, evolution.  Smartest woman I know, and one of the kindest.
· George Sparks – CEO of Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Taught me how to connect with people better, to work crazy hard, and to never give up.
· Dr. Michael Salem – CEO of National Jewish Health.  So smart, so driven and willing to talk with me as an intellectual about all subjects.
· Arthur Brooks – CEO of American Enterprise Institute.  Arthur can share his intellectual thoughts to the point where you can understand what he his saying, yet his words seem to be my words.  He pushes me to be better.
· Jo Kwong – Director of Economic Development at The Philanthropy Roundtable.  Jo never stops.  Her passion to make America self-reliant is contagious. Our best projects in our foundation is because of Jo’s introductions and I am a better philanthropist because of her. 
· Robert Wolgemuth – He was my agent for my first book, Every Gift Matters – How Your Passion can Change the World. He and his late wife Bobbie, brought me closer to God, and each day since magical things have happened in my life that I would have never dreamt possible.
8.      What’s the best writing advice you have ever received?
· Edits are great!  Go with it.
9.      What was your favorite book as a child?
· Dr. Seuss – Green Eggs and Ham
10.  What is the one book no writer should be without?
· Their first book that makes them fall in love with reading. This is very individual and each of us can remember our first book, that we just couldn’t put down and pulled an all nighter to finish. This is the book to hold on to forever. 
11.  How do your spouse/significant other/friends/family feel about your writing career?
Carrie and John
· If you knew my background deeper you would understand that my family is pleasantly surprised.  However, I am a hard worker, so my husband was not surprised when I asked him if I could write my third book, even though I am just finishing book 2.  I am getting better, and it is coming much easier, and as Malcom Gladwell says, when you have 10,000 hours you too, will become an expert.  No writer is ever an expert, but we do get into our groove.
12.  If your book was turned into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
· Reese Witherspoon
· Patrick Dempsey

Monday, May 28, 2018

Q&A with Carrie Morgridge Author of The Spirit of the Trail




1.      Where did you grow up /live now?
· Born in Santa Barbara, California.  Moved to Aspen CO from CA, and then split time between CO and FL.  Warm cold thing.  Now live in Stuart FL on Hutchinson Island and Steamboat Springs CO.
2.      As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
· My mom said I could be anything I wanted to be – every night as a child.  I met prince charming in San Francisco and lived happily ever after.
3.      What is your education/career background?
· I graduated HS by one point.  I was totally disengaged, but my parents always told me I was smart.  Went to college at 36 and graduated Suma Cum Laude.  Timing was everything.  I have an Associates in Arts from a VoTech School in Tampa – International Academy of Technology and Design.  I graduated as an Interior Designer. 
4.      Do you have kids and/or pets?
· Yes -  A son John – age 26 and a daughter Michelle – married age 25.  One loveable dog Nina – Toy Australian Sheppard – who travels with us, on planes and in our RV sprinter. 
5.      When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Or what first inspired you to write?
· I don’t consider myself a writer, as I always need help with editing, and grammar.  However,  I am a story teller, and I have been exposed to so many amazing things being a Morgridge for 27 years.  Two men in my life, both from the non profit world believed that I had a story to tell.  Every Gift Matters, my first book became an amazon best selling book. Then I won best non fiction from Indie Book Awards and the rest is history.  I have toured India twice from the book, and have a third book in me – Courage Money. The stories come easy, and I acknowledge that there are great writers out there who can help me make my books sing. 
6.      Where/When do you best like to write?
· I am a very early riser, and I like to write first thing when I wake up.  Writing is not a push for me, but a pleasure. When I am into a book, I write first thing, then do a really hard work out – shower – and come back to the story. My brain processes through work out and overnight, so I take advantage to both. When I experience something new or worthwhile, I will write about it and bank it in google docs. I already have many stories ripe for book three.
7.      Do you have any interesting writing habits or superstitions?
· Yes. see answer 6..
8.      When you are struggling to write/have writer’s block, what are some ways that help you find your creative muse again?
· Yes. Since I write about the now, I do two things. I go on site visits and meet people from my favorite charities and interview them. Their energy feeds my soul, and inspires me to write about them, share their stories and share the goodness in the world. We need to know more about what is out there and focus on the good.  Secondly, I go for a hard workout, which is probably harder than the normal person.  Training for Ironman is hard, and there are many things that one must sacrifice to do finish.  As a mom of small children at the time, I had to balance, family, college, and training all at the same time.  I made a daily goal, and worked one day at a time to a weekly goal, which lead to a monthly goal. So when I mean a hard workout it is 3-5 hours nonstop. I will go unplugged and let me mind take me where I need to go.  From there – I can write about anything.  I honestly can feel all my senses and the writing just flows.
9.      What do you think makes a good story?
· A good story to me is worth repeating. So when I read, hear or learn of a great story, I immediately try to share in my network.  A good story to me is a simple person, doing a heroic thing, yet they don’t even know it, because it is second nature.  A good story is someone who was willing to take a change to try something different and succeeded/failed.  The point is that they were willing to take a risk – and I like risk taking. 
10.  What inspired your story?
· My story is about a couple – who celebrated their 25th anniversary by going on an epic adventure.  We needed each other more and more each day, and helped each other in ways we hadn’t done in 25 years – with kids, careers, etc.  Our trip brought us closer together as if we just met and fell in love.  It was incredibly hard.  There were hard days, tough nights and scary points – all worth sharing.  I hope to inspire others to fall in love again, to adventure cycle, or if anything – unplug for the weekend – take a bike ride and enjoy nature. 
11.  How does a new story idea come to you? Is it an event that sparks the plot or a character speaking to you?
· My next book came to me right away.  When you publish a book, it is like having a baby – “when is the then one coming?” is the general question.  So that got me thinking, but I biked across the country first, and it was a fun, inspiring, from the heart book that I had to get out there. It is the 20th anniversary for the Adventure Cycling Association, Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, so my timing is perfect, and I can afford to give 100% of the proceeds to them from the book sales.  This will allow them to continue the great work in open space trails and adventure cycling for all.  
12.  Is there a message/theme in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
· I hope my message inspires others to hit their bucket list and bike across – you fill in the blank – the country, the state, the city, the place.  But to go out there and do it. If a small town girl like me can bike across the country – so can you.
13.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
· Writing is the easy part. Editing requires professionals. I spend more time with edits and making it perfect for the reader.. Again, I rely on the professionals, and I welcome edits, I don’t disagree, as I know they are making the book better.  I want the book to be 100% perfect for the reader.

Tomorrow: More Q&A From Carrie Morgridge