A Deadly Truth by Joyce Proell - touring with Reading Addiction Blog Tours from July 1 - July 12.
A man obsessed, a woman willing to risk it all…
Tainted in the eyes of Victorian society by his wife’s suicide, successful entrepreneur Doyle
Flanagan turns a deaf ear to the baseless gossip and harsh rebukes. Ignoring his shattered reputation, he goes about his business making money, doing some good for others and making a few enemies along the way. Arrested for a murder he didn’t commit, he is forced to rely on a feisty school administrator to solve the puzzle. As he struggles to prove his innocence, he realizes gaining the trust and loyalty of Cady Delafield may be more important than his freedom.
On a quest to locate a missing student, school matron Cady Delafield enters a stranger’s house
and discovers the woman murdered. Driven to see the murderer brought to justice, she is determined to prevent any further tragedy even if it means joining forces with the very man accused of the atrocity. Against the wishes of her powerful family, she risks her job and reputation to learn the truth. But will the truth, once revealed, drive her away from the man she has come to love?
Passion and murder collide in 1880’s Chicago as they race to keep one step ahead of the police
who want Doyle to pay for his crime. As the attraction between Cady and Doyle sizzles, they battle suspicions, lies and lethal actions to uncover the murderer before he destroys them both.
About the author: Joyce Proell grew up in Minnesota and attended college and grad school in Chicago. After working in mental health, she retired at a young age to write full-time. Her first book, Eliza, was published in 2012. When she isn't writing mysteries or historical romances, she loves to travel, walk, read and do crossword puzzles. She and her husband make their home in rural Minnesota in her very own little house on the prairie.
Visit her website: www.joyceproell.com
Joyce was gracious enough to answer some questions for me today.
Thank you, Kristi, for hosting me at Books and Needlepoint.
How do you typically write?
Plotting is a must for me. I prefer a basic writer’s roadmap which leads me chapter to chapter. Once, I let the lead character take charge. The story went in an entirely opposite direction than I’d envisioned. The process was exciting but the outcome was not what I wanted. Now I sit in the driver’s seat.
Do you have a favorite author/book that you always recommend?
Diana Gabaldon, the author of the Outlander series, get’s my recommendation. In her lyrical, poignant style, she writes a well-crafted, fast-paced, romantic time travel story with such engaging characters. I can’t wait to read her next book.
Was there anyone while growing up which helped you decide you wanted to be a writer?
My dear, gracious mother read to me until I learned to read. Through her I loved to wonder and dream and travel to worlds only found in books. I never imagined I’d become a writer. It wasn’t until many years later that my husband suggested I write a book. “Me,” I asked. “Well, you love to read,” he answered. “You should be able to write a book.”
And so I did.
What would you tell a beginning writer?
Write what you love. Choose a few favorite authors. Analyze their writing style and plot structure, chapter by chapter. Develop a fellowship with other authors. Apply what you’ve learned.
In one sentence, why should we read your book?
A Deadly Truth is a fast-paced, action oriented, character driven romantic suspense that will leave you breathless and wanting to read more.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be invisible. There wouldn’t be a place on earth I couldn’t go with no one the wiser—nothing I couldn’t see, taste, smell or hear. And the best part is everything is free. I could slip right onto a plane or follow a maid into the fanciest of hotel suites or I could lay out on any beach naked. There’d be no fear of criticism or arrest!
Night owl or early bird?
I’m a night owl only when I’m lost in a great read. Otherwise, it’s early to bed, early to rise for me.
Oh, I love spring. After months of winter’s unending snow, ice and bitter winds (I live in the upper Midwest), the first signs of new growth fill me with anticipation of warmer days to come. The vast array of colorful blossoms excites me. I can’t help but photograph flowers. How about you? What’s your favorite season and why?
I also live in the Midwest and I like fall the best. Right when the air starts to turn crisp and you have to start wearing sweatshirts at night. Bonfires, apple cider, pumpkins, hayrides - that's the time for me. What about you readers? Where do you live and what is your favorite season?
I’ve so enjoyed my time at Books and Needlepoint.
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