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Crazed Reckoning by Valerie Clarizio #3 Nick Spinelli series

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A Nick Spinelli Mystery Novella #3
by Valerie J. Clarizio
Release Date: March 12, 2015
Publisher: Melange Books, LLC
Genre: Mystery/Crime

Blurb:
After experiencing a murderous Christmas and Valentine’s Day with love interest Shannon O’Hara, Detective Nick Spinelli assumed Saint Patrick’s Day couldn’t be any worse.
He was wrong.
While out on a geocaching adventure in Door County, Shannon and her friend Anna find more than a clue in the cache box. When Shannon disappears, Spinelli is sent racing to find her. Amidst the chaos of an unruly Irish celebration, and a decades-old Irish family feud, he must rescue her from the hands of a madman.

I asked Ms. Clarizio to give me a list of Nick Spinelli’s favorite cop movies. I love this guy and knew he would have a great list. Here it is:

Spinelli’s top 10 detective/mystery movie list

1.   Dirty Harry (Every detective’s idol)

2.   Cobra

3.   Tango & Cash

4.   Lethal Weapon

5.    Striking Distance

6.   Die Hard

7.   Hard to Kill

8.   End of Watch

9.   Along Came a Spider

10. The Pink Panther (Just checking to see if you’re paying attentionJ)

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Valerie is a writer of romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction novels. She lives in beautiful Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two very spoiled cats. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into a successful hunter and fisherwoman.
She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. Additionally, she was a finalist in the 2011 Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, Novellas Need Love, Too! Contest.
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Reviews/Accolades for Valerie J. Clarizio:
Covert Exposure, a Nick Spinelli Mystery

~The Reading Reviewer/Mary Gramlich~ Valerie Clarizio has written a wonderful story with amazing characters and an interesting turn of events you just never see coming. Christmas is all about surprise and this book shows what happens when you unwrap a great one.
~Maddie Cochere / Author of the Susan Hunter Mystery Series~ Whether it be the friction between Shannon and Spinelli when they first meet or when they first kiss, there are plenty of sparks in this entertaining romance suspense novella. The characters are easy to care about and root for, the writing is solid, and the mystery/suspense is well done. A very entertaining first book from Valerie Clarizio, and I’m looking forward to the next one!
Craving Vengeance, a Nick Spinelli Mystery
~Shelley R. Pickens – Author of The Haunting of Secrets~ Clarizio does an excellent job of pulling the reader in immediately and making you want to read until you figure out who the culprit is! Throw in a spice of humor and a heaping spoonful of love and you have yourself a wonderful story. You will enjoy reading this latest Spinelli mystery!! I can’t wait for the next one. Nick is such a hot character!!
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The Castle Blues Quake by Linda Covella

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Title: The Castle Blues Quake
Series: The Ghost Whisperer #1
Author: Linda Covella
Publication Date: July 20, 2014
Genre: Middle Grade Paranormal

12-year-old Pepper Connelly leaves her best friend, Chrissie, behind when her family moves from New York City to Santa Cruz, CA. Pepper discovers a boy, Corey, hiding in her backyard shed. Unknown to Pepper, Corey is a ghost trying to contact his grandfather, Boppie, before he crosses over. He tells Pepper he must locate Boppie before Social Services finds him. Pepper agrees to help.

While Pepper’s communication with Chrissie dwindles, her friendship with Corey grows. She tells Corey about her passion for writing songs, and throughout the story, she composes a song about Corey. Corey teaches Pepper to play the harmonica. Soon, she’s torn between finding Boppie and knowing when she does, Corey will certainly go back on the road with his traveling-musician grandfather.

Other characters help her on her quest: new classmate Ally Cressman, who dresses in an odd-ball, non-mall style; Sawtooth Sam, the mysterious saw-playing street musician; and Madame Mchumba, who performs her psychic readings at the Boardwalk amusement park. Earthquakes, haunted house rides, poltergeists, and crystal ball readings propel Pepper toward the shocking conclusion of her search.

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I am so pleased to host Linda Covella on my blog. I have been following her journey as she goes through the publishing process. It has been quite a ride. As a teacher, it is refreshing to see good novels come out for children. 

Today, I asked Linda to sharing her Top Ten favorite ghost-themed books and movies. As a young girl, I remember watching the old black and white film, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. It was a delightful spooky romance with Rex Harrison playing a dead sea captain. I fantasized about  ghostly heroes for months afterward. See if you agree with Linda’s choices:

  1. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, an old movie and TV show
  2. Caspar, a cartoon and movie
  3. The Ghosts of Past, Present, Future from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  4. Nearly Headless Nick from Harry Potter
  5. The Headless Horseman from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  6. Patrick Swayze in the movie Ghost
  7. Mr. and Mrs. Owens from The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  8. Sissy from Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn (all her books are deliciously creepy!)
  9. Clint and other ghosts from The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein
  10. Inez from The Ghost Belonged to Me by Richard Peck (this book is laced with humor)

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Linda Covella’s varied job experience and education (associate degrees in art, business and mechanical drafting & design, a BS degree in Manufacturing Management) have led her down many paths and enriched her life experiences. But one thing she never strayed from is her love of writing.

A writer for over 30 years, her first publication was a restaurant review column, and as a freelance writer, she continued to publish numerous articles in a variety of publications. But when she published articles for children’s magazines (“Games and Toys in Ancient Rome” and “Traveling the Tokaido in 17th Century Japan,” in Learning Through History magazine, and “Barry’s Very Grown Up Day” in Zootles magazine), she realized she’d found her niche: writing for children. She wants to share with kids and teens her love of books: the worlds they open, the things they teach, the feelings they express.

The Castle Blues Quake, a middle grade paranormal, and Yakimali’s Gift, a historical novel for young adults, are her first novels.

She’s a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

No matter what new paths she may travel down, she sees her writing as a lifelong joy and commitment.

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