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Please Welcome Author JACQUELINE SEEWALD!

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This week's featured author will be familiar to many of you because she is a regular at our board. Please give a big welcome to JACQUELINE SEEWALD!

 

Check out her website here: http://www.lldreamspell.com/JacquelineSeewald.htm

 

And you can find Jacqueline on Facebook here:

 https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1442926422&ref=ts

 

She blogs here: http://authorexpressions.blogspot.com/2010/10/building-brand-by-jacqueline-seewald.html

 



 



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Jacqueline Seewald is a life-long New Jersey resident. She has taught writing courses including Creative Writing at the High School, Middle School, and College levels. She has also worked as an academic librarian and educational media specialist.

 

Seven of her fiction books have been published including THE INFERNO COLLECTION, a romantic suspense/mystery thriller. 

 

Jacqueline's short stories, poems, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in numerous publications such as: SASEE, Affaire de Coeur, Lost Treasure, The Christian Science Monitor, Pedestal, Surreal, After Dark, The Dana Literary Society Journal, Palace of Reason, Library Journal, The Erikson Tribume, and Publishers Weekly.

 

Jacqueline was also featured here once before: 

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Mystery/Visiting-Tuesday-Author-Jacqueline-Seewald/m-p/391177...

 

Jacqueline Seewald is a life-long New Jersey resident. She has taught writing courses including Creative Writing at the High School, Middle School, and College levels. She has also worked as an academic librarian and educational media specialist.
Seven of her fiction books have been published including THE INFERNO COLLECTION, a romantic suspense/mystery thriller. The sequel has been contracted for publication in 2009.
Jacqueline's short stories, poems, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in numerous publications such as: SASEE, Affaire de Coeur, Lost Treasure, The Christian Science Monitor, Pedestal, Surreal, After Dark, The Dana Literary Society Journal, Palace of Reason, Library Journal, The Erikson Tribume, and Publishers Weekly.

Her L&L Dreamspell Books and Anthologies:

Stacys Song

The Inferno Collection

The Drowning Pool

PMS – Poison Murder Satisfaction – Mystery Anthology – Featuring "Swim in the Sunshine" by Jacqueline Seewald


Your Darkest Dreamspell – Thriller Anthology – Featuring “Wormwood” by Jacqueline Seewald


Mystery of the Green Mist - Mystery Anthology - Featuring "Death Hereafter" by Jacqueline Seewald

Cats in a Dreamspell - Mainstream Cat Story Anthology - Featuring "Just the Three of Us" by Jacqueline

Jacqueline Seewald is a life-long New Jersey resident. She has taught writing courses including Creative Writing at the High School, Middle School, and College levels. She has also worked as an academic librarian and educational media specialist.
Seven of her fiction books have been published including THE INFERNO COLLECTION, a romantic suspense/mystery thriller. The sequel has been contracted for publication in 2009.

Jacqueline Seewald is a life-long New Jersey resident. She has taught writing courses including Creative Writing at the High School, Middle School, and College levels. She has also worked as an academic librarian and educational media specialist.

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The Truth Sleuth  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this fast-paced‚ contemporary mystery novel‚ librarian Kim Reynolds is in for major shocks when her normally sedate life takes some surprisingly dangerous twists and turns. Kim finds the body of high school student Sammy Granger and becomes involved in a complex murder investigation that includes police detective Mike Gardner.

 

Published/Released: May 2011

 

 

 

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More on THE TRUTH SLEUTH from Author Snapshot: 

http://mystericale.com/current_issue/author_snapshot.htm

 

 

 

Author Jacqueline Seewald says she's been "writing a lifetime. I started writing short stories and essays for contests back in elementary school."

 

Seewald began teaching high school English and creative writing at the college level, then went on to do technical writing and work as an academic librarian. That she began writing novels, too, is no surprise. She says, "I always loved reading mystery novels so I guess it was natural that I'd want to write my own. I was always an avid reader with a big imagination. It was just natural to want to write my own stories."

 

Her imagination, and the perfect workplace setting, proved to be great inspiration for her first mystery. " I became intrigued with 'inferno collections' during the time of my library studies at Rutgers and while working at Alexander Library," she says. "A Princeton University librarian did a symposium lecture on the topic and I was so fascinated that I decided to do further research. An inferno collection is a collection of banned books considered inappropriate for general public display and reading. Often these were books deemed salacious and kept separate or hidden. They were common in the Victorian era. I thought the idea of a secret, hidden book collection would make an interesting frame for a mystery novel. That's how THE INFERNO COLLECTION, the first Kim Reynolds' mystery, got started."

 

The best part of writing a series, says Seewald, is that each book allows her to explore a bit more of her character's life. "Each of the three mysteries in this series is unique, but each develops the character of Kim Reynolds and gives her life further depth and meaning," she says. "I suppose the underlying message is that women need to create their own identities. If they're not satisfied with who and what they are and how their lives are going, they should see what they can do to reinvent themselves the way Kim has done and continues to do."

 

Another enjoyable element of writing a series is adding a bit of romance in her characters' lives, Seewald says: "My mysteries all contain an element of romance. For me, this is the most enjoyable part to write. Also the novels are serious in tone but I always like to include some humor. I'm a romantic at heart. And I also enjoy humor; I believe it's good for the soul."

 

Excerpt from THE TRUTH SLEUTH, A Kim Reynolds Mystery:

 

But what had started out as a pleasant afternoon began shifting to something quite different. Kim was developing an uncomfortable feeling of wrongness; a kind of prickling sensation slithered down her spine. She recognized the feeling for what it was but shook her head, trying to dispel the spasm of dread that suddenly gripped her. God, not this again! Would she ever be free of it?

Then Kim gasped, seized by a stab of pain. In her mind, she heard a silent scream, an astonished cry for help. She felt another's panic and terror. She began to shiver and tremble.

“What's the matter?” Bert asked, her dark brows rising then knitting together in concern.

“Someone's been hurt.” Those were the only words she managed to choke out.

“Who? Where?” April asked, glancing around in confusion.

“Maybe we better have a look,” Bert said. Her height of six feet gave her an advantage over both Kim, who was five foot six inches, and April who was barely five foot two inches tall.

The crowd was starting to thin out, many bikers revving up their engines in anticipation of leaving now that today's entertainment was over. Kim led, Bert and April following behind her. Although she was not really certain where she was going, Kim plowed blindly through the garbage-strewn grounds. And then she saw him: a very young man sitting in an aluminum beach chair, head slumped forward as if he were in a deep sleep.

“He's dead,” Kim heard herself say with certainty. Her voice sounded hollow, expressionless and faraway, as if it belonged to someone else.

“Oh, God, are you sure?” April asked, tossing her gold-tinted curls as if to deny Kim's statement.

“Kim's got this gift of knowing stuff like that,” Bert said.

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Please welcome JACQUELINE SEEWALD!

 



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Yes, welcome, Jacqueline.

I was just checking on The Truth Sleuth, and see that it is not due to be released until May 18. I therefore looked at :

 
 

Tea Leaves and Tarot Cards

 

It was described by several reviewers as a "paranormal regency romance," which sounds like an interesting combination of genres to me. Any other regency romance buffs out there???

 



" A murder mystery is the normal recreation of the noble mind."--Sister Carol Anne O' Marie
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Fricka wrote:

Yes, welcome, Jacqueline.

I was just checking on The Truth Sleuth, and see that it is not due to be released until May 18. I therefore looked at :

 
 

Tea Leaves and Tarot Cards

 

It was described by several reviewers as a "paranormal regency romance," which sounds like an interesting combination of genres to me. Any other regency romance buffs out there???

 




*raises hand* Count me in, Fricka! Jacqueline was nice enough to send me an advance copy of THE TRUTH SLEUTH and I don't think I'll be giving anything spoilers away if I mention there are some paranormal features to this story, too.

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Becke,

 

Thank you for the warm welcome! As a writer, I spend a majority of my days at the computer.

So being in contact with readers, particularly mystery readers means a great deal to me.

 

I'd like to answer Fricka's question. Not all of my novels have a paranormal edge to them.

However, TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS obviously does. Besides being a mystery

lover, I am very fond of historical romance. I particularly enjoy Regency romance. TEA LEAVES

was meant to be my tribute to the genre. But I admit my writing is often out of the box and not typical formula romance.

Maeve, the heroine of the novel is a psychic, part-gypsy, she has a mysterious past that

Adam, the Marquess of Huntingdon, decides to investigate. He is fascinated by this unusual woman and wants to make her his mistress. Since there are several attempts on her life, he

also becomes involves in a complex mystery. The novel is highly sensual, actually much more so than my Kim Reynolds' mystery novels.

 

I should point out that Kim first appears in THE INFERNO COLLECTION which is a romantic mystery thriller set at a university. It's been compared to Dan Brown's THE DA VINCI CODE, but I  wrote the novel before his book came out and was certainly not influenced by it.

 

Kim is a university librarian who just wants to lead a "normal" life. She is a reluctant sleuth and a very reluctant psychic. She's a complex character, much like any real person you might meet.

It's not difficult to do a mystery series in which she is central because like a real person, her life is constantly changing.

 

I'm pleased to tell you that Harlequin Worldwide Mystery has chosen to publish the second mystery in this series in paperback. So there will be an inexpensive version of THE DROWNING POOL available in the future.

 

As to THE TRUTH SLEUTH, it will be published later this week in hardcover, a quality library edition that anyone would be proud to own. Five Star/Gale has published each of the Kim Reynolds mysteries in hardcover. THE INFERNO COLLECTION was also published in large print--as was TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS.

 

Comments and questions are very welcome!

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Welcome Jacqueline:

 

I finished reading, THE DROWNING POOL, over the weekend. I enjoyed it so much that I just ordered a copy of THE INFERNO COLLECTION, in order to catch up on the background of Kim Reynolds and Mike Gardner. I'm looking forward to getting a copy of THE TRUTH SLEUTH too!

 

I hope you enjoy your visit with us and keep on writing!

Eadie - A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music -- that would be rest. - Eleanor Roosevelt
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Eadie,

 

Thank you so much for your response! Believe it or not, as a writer, I seldom get feedback

from readers. And your thoughts and comments are most important to me.

 

Jacqueline

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Jacqueline, I so enjoyed your interview and the opportunity to read about your upcoming release. I look forward to reading it.

 

Thanks again for sharing your background with us.

 

Betty Gordon

www.bettygordon.com

 

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Betty,

 

Thanks so much for your kind words. And the best of luck with your new novel as well!

 

Jacqueline

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Jacqueline, I so enjoyed your interview and the opportunity to read about your upcoming release. I look forward to reading it.

 

Thanks again for sharing your background with us.

 

Betty Gordon

www.bettygordon.com

 


Hi Betty - Welcome to B&N's Mystery Forum - thanks for joining us!

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Jacqueline - (Or do you prefer Jacquie?) Did you always want to be a writer?

 

Also, I love "call stories" - would you tell us how you got the call saying you'd sold your first book?

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Hi Jacqueline, (waving from St. Louis) to one of my favorite mystery authors. I love your series staring Kim and Mike and can't wait to read the newest. How did I miss that? Well I will rectify it very soon.

I just friended you on FB and have followed your blog but sometimes you know life gets in the way of my passion and I miss things.

 

My question is about the series, me I'm a series lover so how long do you see this series going, does it have a definite time period or book number or do you just let the characters drag you back into it when they so choose.

 

 

Becke thanks for bringing her here for us.

 

Thanks for being here and talking to us.

 

 

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Hi, Jacqueline,

 

Good luck with The Truth Sleuth. Hope it flies off the shelves -- real and virtual. Such an evocative cover.

 

Best wishes,

Joan Reeves

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JoanReeves wrote:

Hi, Jacqueline,

 

Good luck with The Truth Sleuth. Hope it flies off the shelves -- real and virtual. Such an evocative cover.

 

Best wishes,

Joan Reeves


Hi Joan - Welcome to B&N's Mystery Forum! I found some books by Joan Reeves - is that you?

 

Isn't it a great cover on TRUTH SLEUTH? I really like the INFERNO cover, too.

 

Summer's Fortune 

Just One Look 

Still the One    

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Welcome, Jacqueline!

 

The excerpt from The Truth Sleuth is definitely intriguing. Talk about creating a hook!

 

The title and cover of Stacy's Song make me wonder if it's a book for young adults. Is it? Are any of your mysteries intended for younger readers?

 

Regards,

  B.K.

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Why, yes, thank you for asking! I'm surprised you found those. They are older hardback editions of my books. Since I'm from Texas, I've always loved that bluebonnet cover on Summer's Fortune.

 

I'm in the process of making my backlist available on Nook. So far, have Just One Look (much better cover, with apologies to Five Star/Gale! *g*) and The Trouble With Love, original fiction that I sold serialization rights to and now have on Nook.

 

More coming. Love Nook! *g*

 

Yes, great covers. Jacqueline has been really lucky with her cover art.Every time I read mystery, it makes me really, really want to finish one I started last year. Jacqueline's success is inspiring!

 

 

 

Best regards,
Joan Reeves