Friday, February 16, 2018

Geeks and Things

A very short story that sets the scene for what will follow in this series that will appeal to younger amateur sleuth mystery readers. 
Kalina Greystone is one of the coolest aunts ever. Part of it is because she owns a comic book store, but also because she lets her nephew, AJ, hang out there and takes him on fun adventures. 

Autumn in New England brings about thoughts of witches and magic. For AJ, there's an added benefit of meeting sorority girls. 

When you are first on the scene and find a body or injured person, it is natural curiosity to want to find out how it happened, right? Curiosity is fine until it puts you up front and too close with a potential murderer. Will AJ's mother think her sister is still cool?

Pains and Penalties
A Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #1
by Sarah Biglow
Genre: Cozy Mystery

A new amateur sleuth is on the case in the first book of this Cozy Mystery novella series.

When Kalina Greystone returns home to the small town of Ellesworth, MA in the wake of her father's passing to take over the family's comic book shop, she never expects to reconnect with her old flame, Detective Christian Harper. But when elderly Mrs. Davies winds up murdered at the annual Solstice Fair, Kalina can't help but get swept up in his investigation and solving the case. While Detective Harper runs his investigation, she cozies up to the dead woman’s best friend, Mrs. Grant, and learns that she and a third woman, Ms. Ellicott, might be targets. Someone has sent them notes with the cryptic warning ‘Lying is a mortal sin’. As Kalina digs deeper into the women’s shared past, she unearths the perjury that sentenced an innocent man to prison. After discovering Ms. Ellicott dead in her home, Kalina and Detective Harper must race to unmask the killer before vengeance can be sated.

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A clean cozy mystery suitable for younger readers and adults. Kalina and her nephew AJ both have curious minds. When presented with a mystery, or worse, unexplained death or murder, they need to stay involved until they have all the answers. Kalina is also in danger of angering her sister, AJ's mother. She reunites with an old boyfriend who has become a police detective and while they exchange information, she is careful not to get in his way
Forgive and Forget
A Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #2

Your favorite amateur sleuth is back on the case in the second installment of the Geeks and Things Cozy series.

Life is looking good for Kalina Greystone. Geeks and Things is thriving and she’s even rekindled her high-school romance with Detective Christian Harper. But her world spins off-kilter when she finds her high school best friend, Nadine Larrabee, huddled over her father’s dead body.

Nadine fears she’s responsible for her father’s death but doesn’t remember details. As Kalina keeps close to the investigation--certain her friend is no killer--a horrifying family history unfolds, providing motive for the girl Kalina once knew. Refusing to believe Nadine is capable of such an act, Kalina peels back the layers of family drama to find the truth.

A fun cozy series aimed at quick, easy reading. Clean and simple to follow, this series will appeal to middle school age and older readers. AJ enjoys spending time at his Aunt K's comic book store. He also likes helping her solve mysteries, which seem to find Kalina.
Her latest, while out for a run, is a body in a driveway and an old friend looking guilty nearby.
Can Kalina help a friend, satisfy her own curiosity and not get into trouble with her detectiv boyfriend?
With the help of her nephew, she has an idea.

Debts and Debtors
A Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #3
Another clean, cozy mystery suitable for younger readers. This time a friend of Kalina's sister brings the trouble directly to their doorstep. While people may suspect her of foul play due to the differences in her and her husband's ages, others feel the dastardly deed may be due to the mob.
Will all this trouble keep Klina's boyfriend from being able to ask her his big question?
Kalina Greystone is back for another small town, amateur mystery in the third installment of the Geeks and Things Mystery series.

It’s Thanksgiving in the small town of Ellesworth, MA and Kalina and her family have gathered to celebrate the holiday—their first since her father’s passing—but all is not well when Savannah Chase, Jillian’s college roommate appears on their doorstep. She’s distraught over her missing husband. She just knows something’s happened to him. Despite knowing Chris wouldn’t approve, Kalina keeps tabs on the investigation. After all, Savannah is like family.

The investigation takes a turn for the curious when Mr. Chase’s body is found in a foreclosed house in a area ripe for commercial development. Kalina and Chris soon discover that Thomas had recently changed jobs, giving up real estate for debt collection. But who would want him dead? The more Kalina digs, the more she finds herself in the cross-hairs of a dangerous man. She and Chris must solve the case before she becomes the next victim.

Have and Hold
A Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #4

Your favorite amateur sleuth is on the case in a new Geeks and Things Cozy Mystery.

The small town of Ellesworth, MA is abuzz with the upcoming wedding of Kalina Greystone and newly promoted Police Captain Christian Harper. But not everyone is thrilled for the happy couple. On the morning of Chris’s promotional ceremony, they receive a shocking package—a severed finger wearing an engagement ring! Under the guise of last-minute wedding preparations, Kalina questions a local jeweler who may have sold the ring adorning the finger. In fact, he’d sold three such rings recently. When a second finger is sent to a local reporter and the bodies of the victims are discovered near the beach, Kalina knows there is little time left to find the third victim. But why target these brides-to-be? After digging deeper, she uncovers a startling connection between the players and must race to save the woman who is the true target of the killer’s rage.

Saints and Sinners
A Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #5

Your favorite amateur sleuth is back for one last case in the final installment of the Geeks and Things Cozy Mystery series.

Kalina Greystone’s life has finally fallen into place. Now happily married and eight months pregnant, she is ready to step away from sleuthing and give all of her time to her family and Geeks and Things. Unfortunately, sleuthing isn’t quite done with her. On a trip to the cemetery to visit her father’s grave, she happens upon a dead woman’s body. Video footage reveals the killer but the case takes one bizarre turn after the next. The woman, Verona Maxwell, shares fingerprints with Paige Fischer, a little girl who died over fifteen years ago in a boating accident with her twin brother, Patrick. Or did they? The killer looks an awful lot like Patrick. Having briefly known the twins in her youth, Kalina searches their past in the hopes of making sense of the present. But the more she digs, the darker the reality becomes. Systemic abuse by Paige and parental neglect rise to the surface, making her wonder if the past isn’t as buried as everyone was led to believe.

What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
As I said before, I love Harry Potter so JK Rowling is the top of the list (I didn’t like The Casual Vacancy but I did like the Cormoran Stirke novels too). I enjoy the Greek/Norse/Roman centric series by Rick Riordan and I’ll read pretty much anything by Seanan McGuire. I like Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series and Jim C. Hines’ Magic Ex Libris series (which was far too short). I also love Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone international thrillers.
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
Well, I’ve always loved Severus Snape. His story was tragic but I loved it. My husband wholeheartedly disagrees with me but I find the sacrifices he made based on his love for Lily to be beautiful.
Advice they would give new authors?
Know that your first draft is probably going to suck. Don’t be afraid to accept criticism and know that editing is just as important to the writing process as the actual story creation. But know what your story should be enough to know when to take advice and when to stick to your guns.
What are they currently reading?
I’m in the middle of reading THE END OF MAGIC by Amber Benson. I think next up will be SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing fairly consistently since high school, so about 2001. Hard to believe its been seventeen years! I’ve definitely improved both my skill as a writer and my ability to take criticism and edit. There was a time I loathed editing my own work. It’s still not my favorite thing to do but I’m getting much better at it!

Sarah lives in Massachusetts with her fiancé. She is a licensed attorney and spends her days combating employment discrimination as an Investigator with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

She is a self-professed TV junkie and in her spare time (what’s that?), she runs a TV recap blog with her best friend (and sorority sister), Jen. Sarah currently enjoys an array of TV shows including (but definitely not limited to) Once Upon a Time, Blindspot, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Grimm, The Flash and Arrow. She is always on the hunt for new shows to binge!

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