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1034. Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of mystery. ~Max Planck


The wonder of it all! ~ Bette A. Stevens

Sacred Touches


Nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart. She withers the plant down to the root that she may grow it up again fairer and stronger. She calls her family together within her inmost home to prepare them for being scattered abroad upon the face of the earth. ~Hugh Macmillan

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When the ages of ice came
And sealed the Earth inside
An endless coma of cold,
The heart of the Earth held hope,
Storing fragments of memory,
Ready for the return of the sun.

Let us then salute the silence
And certainty of mountains:
Their sublime stillness,
Their dream-filled hearts.

The wonder of a garden
Trusting the first warmth of spring
Until its black infinity of cells
Becomes charged with dream;
Then the silent, slow nurture
Of the seed’s self, coaxing it
To trust the act of death.

The humility of the Earth
That transfigures…

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MEET #RRBC “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR Christa Nardi


Christa is our “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR for the week of October 11 – October 17

Welcome, author Christa Nardi. It’s a pleasure to host you on your Rave Reviews Book Club “Spotlight Tour.” I’m looking forward to finding out more about you and your mystery books, meeting some of your characters in today’s interview and introducing all of you to our readers at http://www.4writersandreaders.com.  On with the tour! ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator

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“SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR—Christa Nardi

The Characters of the Cold Creek Mysteries Series:

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Interview with Sheridan Hendley

Thank you for meeting with me today, Sheridan. We wanted to talk today about the recent murders here at Cold Creek College.

Not a problem. What can I tell you?

Can you tell me about your role in relation to the murders here at Cold Creek College? How did you get involved?

I’m the lead faculty member for the campus crisis response team. Last fall, when Dr. Millberg was murdered, the Department Head, Jim Grant, assigned me to help the State Police Detective gather information. He wasn’t familiar with the college or how faculty interacted.

I see. Was that your only motivation?

Honestly, that was how it started out. Then, my close friend Kim was the prime suspect. Add in a healthy dose of my own curiosity, and identifying all the connections and issues became a puzzle to be solved.

Didn’t that put you in danger?

I didn’t think about that at the time. I wasn’t following people or actively involved in the investigation. I asked questions of some and others, like the student involved, shared information with me. I connected dots but had no idea I would be in danger or the complexity of the problems and motive for the murder.

And the murder of Justin Blake?

Chief Pfeiffe was looking for a scapegoat and Mr. Johnson was convenient. It was evident to many of us that he was innocent. We needed to find ways to counter the mindset that because Mr. Johnson was there to discover the body, he was the murderer. Again, I kept asking questions and connecting dots. I was more aware of the danger but my curiosity got the better of me.

In both cases, you worked with Detective McMann? How did that work out?

(smiling) Very well. With both cases, Brett – Detective McMann – asked for my opinion and listened to what I came up with in both situations. We became “friends” after Dr. Millberg’s murder; however, he is always professional. Brett and Officer Hirsch offered self-defense classes after I got assaulted. Several of the faculty, staff, and students took the class. There will be refresher classes soon.

Do you think you will be involved in more murder investigations?

I never plan to be involved in investigations, but if someone I know is involved, like Kim or Zoe, or if someone asks me to help out … even if I’m not actively involved, I’ll be trying to figure it out.

Thank you for your time, Sheridan.

An excerpt from MURDER AT COLD CREEK COLLEGE:

From Chapter 1

I nodded and then checked the next open door. Unfortunately, it was Max’s office. I knocked. He swiveled around, his black hair somewhat uncontrolled and in need of a cut. I must have startled him. His brown eyes opened wide.

“Sheridan, you wouldn’t believe. I‘m ready to get this experiment going, and somehow the materials I ordered haven’t come in. Terra told me I didn’t have enough money in my account, and that’s not right! I don’t know what her problem is,” was his opening tirade. Max was the other experimental psychologist in the department. He was by far the one most interested in research .

“Yeah, well, Terra and Ali do the books. They would know. Maybe you didn’t figure right what you had in your lab account. I bet they can give you a full accounting,” I suggested. Max tended to have these tantrums a lot. He was relatively young and had come to Cold Creek straight from graduation the year after me. He had big dreams of doing enough research to get to a better university.

“You doing okay otherwise – you know with the rec center and all,” I asked.

“Oh, I gave up on the rec center last year. Too crowded. I joined a private club where I don’t have to deal with the students. At the rec center, they always tried to talk to me. Are you looking for a place to work out?” he asked, oblivious to the excitement on campus. But that was not unusual for Max. Unless it was going to directly affect him, he didn’t seem to know about it. Now, if he had wanted to work out today, he might have been more interested.

“Uh, Max, someone died at the rec center this morning,” I offered as gently as I could.

Jumping out of his seat, he proclaimed, “I knew it, I knew there were safety problems. I knew those students would wreck something! See what I mean?”

“Max, someone was murdered. It wasn’t an accident,” I added. I wondered at the fact that he hadn’t asked the obvious question of who? It was certainly the question I wanted answered.

“Oh. Well, it better not get in the way of my lab work. I’d love to chat with you Sheridan, but I have work to do,” he responded. With that, he sat back down and turned back to his computer. Good thing or he would have seen me shake my head in disbelief. It was also probably a good thing that he did research with rats or mice, examining their use of cues, learning, and such. He sure didn’t seem interested in people and didn’t always pick up on social cues. I made my way back to my office with a wave at Kim. I also quickly let her know that it wasn’t Jim, Doug or Max who was murdered.

Check out Christa’s books:

  • Murder at Cold Creek College (mystery, women sleuths, cozy)
  • Murder in the Arboretum (mystery, women sleuths, cozy)

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About the Author

Christa Nardi is and always has been an avid reader. Her favorite authors have shifted from Carolyn Keene and Earl Stanley Gardner to more contemporary mystery/crime authors over time, but mystery/crime along with romance and scifi/fantasy are her preferred choices for leisure reading. Christa also has been a long time writer from poetry and short stories to the Cold Creek series, Christa has joined many other reader/writers in writing one genre she enjoys reading – the cozy mystery. The series started with Murder at Cold Creek College; Murder in the Arboretum is the second in the series. Murder at the Grill is expected to be published in November 2015. Christa Nardi is a pen name for a real life professor/psychologist from the Northeast who is well published in nonfiction and technical venues.

Murder at ColdCreekCollegeBook Blurb:

Murder at Cold Creek College

on sale 10/12-17/15

Sheridan Hendley is a professor and psychologist at a prestigious college. Although she is not a sleuth, when her colleague Adam is murdered, her department head assigns her to assist the detective and help gather information. Unfortunately, her close friend, Kim, quickly becomes the prime suspect. As Sheridan draws connections between the people in Adam’s life, she realizes many women have a strong motive for Adam’s murder. Slashed tires are the first indication that her involvement is making someone nervous. The next indication is not nearly as subtle.

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We invite you to follow Christa Nardi’s SPOTLIGHT Tour at https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/spotlight-authors/

Dear Readers, thanks so much for stopping by my blog for a visit today. Christa and I would love to hear from you (Comment Section below). Happy reading! ~ Bette A. Stevens

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Thought-provoking Historical Romance


MEET THE AUTHOR:
Irina Shapiro

Irina Shapiro, author of THE HANDS OF TIME

Irina Shapiro, author of THE HANDS OF TIME, historical romance with a hint of the supernatural and a dash of mystery.


I was born in Moscow, Russia during the height of Communism and “enjoyed” the life of an average Russian child until my family’s immigration to the United States in 1982. We settled in Brooklyn, NY where I finished school and then graduated from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York City with a degree in International Business. Despite my business degree, history and travel have always been my passions and I have tried to incorporate my knowledge and experiences into my stories. 

“I live in New Jersey with my husband and two children.”

Reviewers call Shapiro’s novel, THE HANDS OF TIME, exciting and thought-provoking —

“This was my third book by this author and I wasn’t disappointed. I could feel Valerie’s fear and despair as she found herself trapped in the past and tried to make a life for herself in the 17th Century…” –FRYEHI, Amazon review.

The Hands of Time is a fun and emotional read. Irina Shapiro puts a clever spin on romantic time travel and takes readers’ breaths away… [This book’s] story is not yet finished, the sequel will be just as exciting and thought provoking!” – Lovey, Dovey Books, Amazon review.

Welcome, Irina. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your writing life?

I graduated from Bernard M. Baruch College with a degree in International Business and worked in Advertising and Import/Export for years. After leaving the work force in 2007 to stay at home with my autistic son, I began to write, and have written seven novels since then. My latest is coming out in early January.

What about your family?

I live in New Jersey with my husband and two children. My daughter has just started High School, so the fun has begun.

How long have you been writing and what type of writing do you usually do?

I’ve been writing seriously for about five years. I like to write the type of books that I, myself, like to read. My novels are historical romance with a hint of supernatural and a dash of mystery.

Can you give us a brief synopsis of your book?

When a young woman vanishes without a trace from a quaint fishing village on the coast of England, only one person knows the truth, but he remains silent allowing the authorities to search for her in vain.

Meanwhile, Valerie Crane finds herself transported to the year 1605. Terrified and confused, she turns for help to the Whitfield brothers, who take her in and offer her a home. Both Alexander and Finlay Whitfield fall in love with the mysterious woman, who shows up on their doorstep, creating a love triangle that threatens to consume them all. Valerie must make her choice, deciding between the brother who will lead her down the path of destruction, and the one who will give her a love she couldn’t find in her own time.

What prompted you to become a writer?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but didn’t think I had the talent or the imagination. After being at home for a while, I needed something to occupy my mind and distract me from the daily stress of dealing with an autistic child. Writing was an escape from reality – time travel of the mind.  I never dreamed of publishing my work, but after getting some very positive reviews from the people who’ve read it, I decided to take a chance and see where it would take me. It’s been an amazing journey.

Do you have a favorite line from THE HANDS OF TIME?

I do, but I can’t share it because it would give away a crucial point in the plot.

Who is your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is Valerie because she is based on me. I couldn’t create her without trying to envision what I would do in her situation and how I would deal with the difficulties that arose.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

The hardest part is to come up with an original plot; something that hasn’t already been done by other authors.

Do you do anything besides write?

I enjoy anything that requires a degree of creativity. I love pottery, drawing, and photography, as well as experimental cooking, which I inflict upon family and friends. Haven’t poisoned anyone yet.

How can my readers get a copy of THE HANDS OF TIME?

HANDS OF TIME cover

My book is available for purchase at Amazon, as is the sequel: A Leap of Faith. http://www.amazon.com/The-Hands-of-Time-ebook/dp/B006JRO9WS/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-4

 What can we expect next from Irina Shapiro’s hand?

I’ve just finished the third book of The Hands of Time Trilogy. It’s currently with my editor and will be released very soon. I must admit that finishing the story left me desolate. These characters have been with me for so long, that I miss them as if they were real people. It’s difficult to move on to other projects.

 

It’s been great having you with us today, Irina. Historical fiction is my literary cup of tea. Add romance and mystery and your novels sound simply irresistible. I can hardly wait to delve into my copy of THE HANDS OF TIME.   –Bette A. Stevens (www.4writersandreaders.com)

Follow Irina Shapiro’s Book Tour

January 2013 Tour Schedule:
4th Lightning Book Promotion Blog

5th Phaedra @ Identity Discovery

6th Jackie @ Writing for Readers in a .com world

7th Bette @ 4writersandreaders.com

8th Andi @ Radiant Light

9th Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!

10th Drennan @ Speaking of Books

11th Susan @ My Cozie Corner

12th Cara @ Peace, Love, Books

13th Darryl @ Savage Lullabye 

Find out more about Irina Shapiro’s novels:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Hands-of-Time-ebook/dp/B006JRO9WS/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-4

http://www.amazon.com/Leap-Faith-Hands-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0095LNU3O/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1346860167&sr=8-12

http://www.amazon.com/The-Inheritance-ebook/dp/B005ITYGLW/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Precious-Bones-ebook/dp/B0067R48QW/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.com/Full-Circle-ebook/dp/B005WH3UL2/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-3

http://www.amazon.com/The-Folly-ebook/dp/B007WNTXGK/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1335178325&sr=8-6

http://irinashapiro.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Irina-Shapiro/307374895948375

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13381342-the-hands-of-time

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