Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Meet Roxi Carlucci

I have been gone from the mystery writing scene as a writer for some time now. I've been here as a reviewer, interviewer, and magazine publisher, but now it's really time to be back on track with being a mystery writer again too!

So for my first blog back in awhile, I'd like to introduce you to Roxi Carlucci! Roxi is not only the heroine of my new mystery book series, but a web series in the works as well--what will come first is yet to be seen! Roxi was first introduced in the last Alexandra Walters book Final Note, which you can still purchase on Amazon (hint, hint lol). Roxi is Stephen Carlucci's cousin. She's tough, tall, and a bit darker than Alex. Like Stephen, her family is part of the Mafia, and unlike him she has problems with that fact--though she herself is law abiding. 

Roxi has long dark hair, brown eyes, and is 5' 10" and slender. She has a degree in criminology and knows how to take care of herself. She has also worked for Stephen's PI business. But she also has a soft side and was involved in small animal rescue for several years, while at the same time writing a series of children's books featuring a hamster. 

In the first book life has thrown Roxi a curve--her best friend and roommate has gotten married and her publisher has dropped her series. It's time to leave the coast town of Ayr near Santa Cruz, CA and move to Fresno--yep Fresno. She rehomes all of her rescues, packs up her stuff and her pet rat Gable and moves in with Stephen in his new home in the Tower District of Fresno. Here she must find a new path and we will see what that will be!

Roxi doesn't know it yet, but she will be a pet and entertainment blogger, using her knowledge of writing and animals to make a living and a difference, while working on the side for Stephen now and then. 

Check back here again soon to get to know other characters in the new series as they develop--at this point things are still open to change! And in the meantime consider buying a copy of Final Note and start getting to know Roxi, and come find me as always at Kings River Life!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

2013, The Lost Year

This past year has been lost in wedding land. My daughter got married last weekend and that wedding pretty much took up any extra time I've had in 2013. Now it's time to play catch up and work toward new things, including finally getting to that new writing project. Most likely you won't find me over here for quite some time until that new project is done, but in the meantime while you are here check out past blog posts and check out my books, and if you want to find me head on over to Kings River Life for some great mystery fun--articles, short stories, reviews, giveaways & more! http://KingsRiverLife.com

Happy reading,

Sunday, January 6, 2013

2013--New Year, New Writing, New Goals!

Well it's 2013 and I feel like it is going to be a good year!

Kings River Life Magazine continues to grow and thrive and is now 2 1/2 years old! While it still takes up most of my time, I'm determined to reboot my singing and my fiction writing this year! Check back here for updates.

The big question is--will Alexandra Walter's series be rebooted and come back this year, or will God and life lead me into other writing? I honestly don't know--all I know is that I will be writing!

In the meantime--if you haven't checked out my series, the most recent novel "The Final Note" is available from Amazon, so consider checking it out :)

Have a great 2013 and I hope you will be hearing a lot more from me this year!

Happy reading,


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A New Alex Project!

I keep meaning to hop over here and post something and it just keeps not happening. So just taking a moment to post a quick little update. While Kings River Life takes up most of my time these days, I am looking at the possibility of reviving my series featuring Alexandra Walters and jumping it ahead ten years. I did start on it--but I do not know how long it will take. Likely this version will be a little more serious as there have been some major changes in her life, however I'm sure Alex's wit will continue to shine through. When the book finally happens-you all, and my Twitter followers, will be the first to know!
I'm also working on a couple of play ideas so things are very busy. While you wait for me to get more Alex for you to enjoy, please do hop on over to Kings River Life where you'll find great short stories by other mystery authors, reviews, giveaways & more!
Happy Reading!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Kings River Life Is Back!

Kings River Life Magazine is back up and running strong as of this weekend. Come check out some great mystery articles www.kingsriverlife.com.
Lorie Ham

Friday, April 27, 2012

Carolyn Hart Book Review & Giveaway

This is a repost of a current book review & book giveaway from Kings River Life so we can continue our contest! Learn below how to enter to win a copy of Death Comes Silently! And keep heart-KRL will return soon!
Death Comes Silently by Carolyn Hart

I have been a fan of Carolyn Hart’s Death On Demand mystery series ever since the first book and was excited when I received the latest one, Death Comes Silently.

Annie Lawrence Darling owns a mystery bookstore called Death On Demand and this setting is one of the things I love about this series. When I read one of these books I can imagine myself in this wonderful bookstore surrounded by great mystery books, the coffee nook where I can get a cup of coffee while I’m there, Agatha the big black bookstore cat, and I can take a moment and try to win the monthly contest where Annie puts up book covers on the wall and the patrons have to figure out what books they go with. I also enjoy recognizing author names as she mentions books in her store.

Through the years, I’ve gotten to know the characters in these books and reading one is like returning home. There’s the eccentric mystery author Emma Clyde, there’s Annie’s friend Henny who makes me think a lot of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, Annie’s flighty mother in law Laurel who can be hard for Annie to deal with, but at other times can be great help. The best characters though are Annie and her husband Max. Max has a consulting firm where he helps people with their problems, but insists that he is not a P.I. Annie and Max make me think a lot of Nick and Nora Charles in The Thin Man movies—they are charming, funny and very much in love.

In Death Comes Silently Annie asks a fellow volunteer, Gretchen Burkholt, to cover for her at a local charity because she needs to be at the store for Emma’s latest book signing. Annie gets a frantic call from Gretchen saying she’s afraid of the handyman, but also informing Annie of a scandal over the death of a local wealthy citizen. The volunteer is known for over reacting so Annie ignores it and goes on with the event, but is shocked to find the volunteer has been murdered. Feeling guilty and being her normal curious self, Annie sets out to find the real killer, as Henny is determined it was not the handyman.

Annie attempts to uncover the family scandal that she feels is at the real root of the murder, only to find there’s more skeletons in their closet than she ever bargained for and to end up being a target of the murderer herself.

If you have never read one of Carolyn Hart’s Death On Demand books head on out and find them now. You can start at any point in the series, but it’s fun to start at the beginning and watch Annie and Max’s relationship blossom and grow. These books are charming, fun, funny, clever and kind of like comfort food without the calories, but instead with a great mystery!

Enter for a chance to win a copy of Death Comes Silently by emailing us at kingsriverlife [at]gmail[dot]com with the subject line Silently. Contest ends Monday, April 30, 2012. 

Also check out some wonderful mystery author video interviews from Left Coast Crime on our youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/KingsRiverLife/videos

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Going to Left Coast Crime!

This Thursday morning bright and early I'm headed off to Left Coast Crime in Sacramento! If you're going please look me up! I'll mostly be promoting the magazine and doing mini author video interviews, but I'll also be on a panel for my books-The Musical Mystery Panel-on Friday! Check out reviews of the books of all of us on the panel in KRL & get all the panel info http://kingsriverlife.com/03/26/musical-mysteries-left-coast/
Hope to see some of you there!