THE HOUSE IN THE PINES, is a gothic novella is set in the woods of East Texas. Hired to write the biography of elderly tycoon Henry Wolfe, Dianne Grayson happily comes to Wolfe House, a Victorian mansion set deep in the piney woods of East Texas… a house she has…
Hope you had a wonderful Halloween! I love Halloween – it’s really the only truly grown-up holiday in my opinion. For one night you get to be anyone or anything you want – the apogee of grown-up ‘play like’. I’m just sorry that grown-ups can’t go door to door demanding candy… my waistline, however, isn’t.
We haven’t had trick or treaters for years. One reason is that our front door is at the back of the house (yes, it’s a very unusual structure – doesn’t have any hallways, either!) and can be reached only by walking down a long and dark driveway. The fact that in the last window on the driveway I have on permanent display a 4 foot tall mummy doesn’t help. (Of course it’s a fake, darn it, but it’s a good one.) I used to put one of those battery operated tea lights in front of it because otherwise you can’t see it in the dark… it was a lovely spooky effect!
Well, here we are in beautiful Florida. Again. The Husband and I came down to St Pete Beach about two weeks ago to attend the Novelists Inc. conference – the best conference for working professional writers in the world – and enjoyed it thoroughly. More information about that in a…
This has been the most entertaining weekend ! The Husband is a mineral collector, and our house is full of mineral specimens, neatly mounted on plexiglass cubes in lighted cases. While I like and admire his collection, I prefer my mineral specimens faceted and mounted in precious metals for wearing,…
It’s hot here – blisteringly, uncomfortably hot. Of course, it usually is this time every year (it is summer, after all!) but as we had a lovely cool spring it just seems hotter. I vote that Willis Carrier, the man who invented air conditioning, be immediately voted a saint! Needless…
Janis is speaking at Dallas MWASW group Self-Publishing: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Self-publishing can be very freeing and lucrative for some, but it isn’t for everyone. Janis Patterson learned how to self-publish the hard way and is happy to share what she knows. Explore the ins and…
Seldom in my writing career has so much wonderful stuff happened at once!
By the time you read this, I will have finished my Janis Susan May East Texas-set gothic for the A World of Gothic novella serial anthology. The title is still in flux, but I promise to tell you as soon as it’s finalized.
Now for the jaw-dropping stuff –
I’m working feverishly to finish my as-yet-untitled gothic novella – set in East Texas, of all places – for the serial anthology called A World of Gothic. We’re a bunch of authors who love gothics, so we all got together and are releasing a novella a month. Have no idea…
Whew! The last two weeks have been dizzying! First, The Husband and I went to Las Vegas. We had won a trip there (three nights in a casino hotel, tickets to a show, a tour, some gambling money and a couple of free drinks) and it had reached the…
Omg… awesome, brilliant… i could go on… The way Ms Janis describes the police etc and ahhh ill ruin it if i dont shut up. Please tell her it is brilliant.. the descriptions are rigdy didge!! I was laughing.. but i dont want to say at what.. Mia – from…
I was recently asked to contribute Marilyn Meredith’s blog here is the article for my readers.
For far too many writers the word ‘research’ brings up unpleasant images of slaving away in dusty library stacks taking notes or endless hours at the computer tracing down esoteric and difficult to find sites. Some love both, but most don’t. Far too many novelists don’t like research at all, which is a pity, both for the reader and for the writer.
Research can bring new knowledge, new friends and some fantastic adventures. When I was doing THE EGYPTIAN FILE (written by my Janis Susan May persona) I needed some exact information about a graffito in a tomb at the necropolis of El Kab. I had been there some years earlier (which is how I found out about the graffito) but could not remember in which tomb it had been.
This Is It!
I’m proud to announce the official release day for A KILLING AT EL KAB is March 20th. I’ve just ordered the proofs for the print edition and will put the electronic version for pre-sale on Amazon just as soon as I can. And figure out how to do it… Anyway, the pre-sale price for the ebook will be a bargain at $2.99! On release day it will go up to $4.99, which is still a bargain.
A Killing at El Kab
A seemingly cursed Egyptian archaeological dig… An Acting Director with a clouded reputation… Rumors of treasure hidden in the dig house… Two vicious murders… Stage psychic Sandra Caulder feels as if she has gone out of the frying pan and into the fire. On the run from a vengeful ex-boyfriend, she heads for the least likely place she can think of – Egypt, where her niece is working on a dig. Once at the dig house Sandra is told Egyptian law will not allow her to stay, but when after her arrival a very unpleasant Egyptologist is murdered she obviously becomes the prime suspect, so the law will not allow her to leave. Forced to work in menial jobs at the dig house, she comes across evidence of treasure having been hidden in the house. As gold fever infects the crew, there is another murder for which Sandra is again the prime suspect. Which of the crew is the killer, and who else must die before he is caught?
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My wonderful webmistress (and conscience) Jane Akshar has been telling me I need to update my letter to you all – and I do. It’s been too long. My bad. However, I do have reasons – first of all, I have two books coming out in March. That’s always a…
“CURSE OF THE EXILE is a traditional Gothic mystery reminiscent of the best of Victoria Holt and Virginia Coffman that no lover of Gothics should miss. A courageous heroine, 1860s Scotland, two handsome brothers, a moldering castle, an unknown villain bent on a horrid vengeance… delicious! A perfect book for curling up with for a long enjoyable trip to the past.” Carla Renard, The Literary Lady
After an unhappy childhood and a cruelly broken romance, Angelina Barstow has found a kind of respectable life working as a librarian with her charming but womanizing father. In 1860 they come to the Scottish castle called Merlon Motte, where the owner and his much younger brother are sharply divided on the necessity of selling the place. An ancient sword is stuck into the ceiling of the Great Hall and family legend says it was put there by a long-ago exiled son, who promised to curse anyone who endangers the castle. Angelina regards this as just a charming family story until the prospective buyer is murdered, the Sword of the Exile driven through his heart.
In spite of herself, Angelina has fallen in love, but though she loves one and sincerely likes the other she doesn’t know which of the brothers is the murderer. She thinks things can get no worse, but then there is another, more shocking death when her father is found drowned and the prospective buyer’s friend, the same man who so tried to dishonor her years before, says he intends to make her his mistress by force if necessary. Two more long held secrets threaten Angelina and her beloved before the Curse of the Exile is finally lifted.
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Orphaned and widowed within weeks, Linnet MacLellan journeys to Scotland to seek the protection of her late husband Duncan’s kin. Instead of the happy home and loving family she hopes to find, she meets hostility and disbelief. From the moment that the telegram to Jura House announcing her arrival goes astray and she is almost run down by an unknown rider Linnet is drawn deeper and deeper into problems.
To compound her emotional distress Linnet finds that her late husband’s brother Dougal is his exact twin, while the two aged aunts who raised both boys detest her and want her gone. Simon Fordyce, their closest neighbor, inhabits the Castle, the palatial house the MacLellans regard as their rightful home. The MacLellans regard Fordyce as an interloper and intend to reclaim the Castle, no matter what the law says. To make things even more hostile, Fordyce is intent on putting a mill into the valley in direct contravention to the traditional farming industry Dougal wishes to revive.
Tension reaches a fever pitch as both men determinedly court Linnet, then matters take a much darker turn when someone starts making attempts against Linnet’s life.
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Melissa Warrender is trying to solve the strange death of her father, an art-gallery owner. A specialist in 17th and 18th century European paintings, Melissa knows little of the Egyptian artifacts her father loved and even less about the business of acquiring them. Melissa receives an unexplainable phone call which may or may not have come from her late father directing her to retrieve a mysterious file hidden in Cairo. What Melissa does not realize is that she is not only a prime suspect of a special task force set up to stop antiquities smuggling, but a target of her father’s chief rival.
David El-Baradi is a professor of Egyptology in London, in Cairo on sabbatical to help the task force. Unexpectedly, he must masquerade as a taxi driver who befriends Melissa and is surprised to find himself attracted to her. David cannot reveal his true identity, though, especially when they learn that the mysterious file might lead to an unimaginable treasure. As the pair lurch across Egypt, unaided by the compromised task force and ruthlessly sought by the murderous son of Warrender’s chief rival, they try to decipher the cryptic clues of THE EGYPTIAN FILE.
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When she accompanied her aunt on a tour to Egypt, Elissa McLaughlin expected only a week of sun, sand and ancient monuments. She certainly did not expect to find herself back in the dangerously tumultuous time of the woman Pharaoh Hatshepsut, nor to be regarded as a pleasure woman by a handsome general, and most certainly not to be flung into the center of political intrigue simply because she has an astonishing resemblance to the pharaoh’s daughter.
At first Elissa’s only thought is to get back to her own time, but as her attachments to the general and the pharaoh and the land of Egypt itself grow she is torn between the life she knew so far in the future and the life and love she is finding there. As the country erupts into chaos with the invasion of Thutmosis III in his attempt to take over the throne he regards as rightfully his, Elissa and her love are caught between the warring factions. To save their lives she is forced to make Passion’s Choice.
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Georgina Montcalm’s life is in ruins. Her father and brother dead, she has slaved to save her family estate while waiting for her longtime love Sir Trevor Longchamps to return from the Peninsular War. When he does return, though, it is to tell a haggard and exhausted Georgina that he has fallen in love with another. While riding away her megrims in a strange red fog, Georgina accidentally rescues two young sprigs of the Ton from a highwayman. One of them immediately falls in love with what he calls his Fair Amazon.
Hearing of young Longchamps’ outrageous behavior, Georgina’s godmother determines to find her a good match and brings her to London. Georgina becomes a Toast of the Ton, known to all as the Fair Amazon. Trevor realizes his heart still lies with Georgina, but by that time the Fair Amazon is besieged by everyone who matters. A continuing maelstrom of misunderstandings and cross-purposes almost results in scandal and broken hearts, but justice is served and true love eventually triumphs.
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Hello from the vaccuum – I haven’t disappeared, it’s just that we are entering the beginning of our second month of having no internet at home, which means that any internet usage (except for some rudimentary email on my phone) means I must go out to an internet cafe. Sigh.…