Friday, November 19, 2010

My Friend Alice K. Arenz - Interview & Giveaway

Today I'm happy to welcome Alice K. Arenz to my blog to talk about her latest release, Mirrored Image.

Alice has graciously offered a copy to one reader (U.S. only), so as usual please leave your comments below with an email address. And be sure you're a follower!

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About Mirrored Image

 Eccentric newspaper columnist Cassandra Chase and by-the-book Detective Jeff McMichaels clash over the murder investigation of Lynette Sandler - a woman who looks eerily like the popular columnist.

The uncanny similarities of the two women's lives and a rash of attacks on Cassie, lead her to the conclusion that she, not Lynette Sandler, was the murderer's original mark.

For McMichaels, the Sandler case becomes more than just a test of his mental acumen. Despite departmental regulations and his own common sense, he finds himself drawn to a woman he was determined to dislike. But can he keep her alive long enough for their relationship to grow?

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About Alice

Alice K. Arenz not only writes classic romantic suspense, she also writes cozy mysteries under A.K. Arenz. The Case of the Bouncing Grandma, was a finalist in ACFW’s 2009 Book of the Year contest. The second in The Bouncing Grandma Mystery Series, The Case of the Mystified M.D., was a 2010 ACFW Carol Award winner (formerly Book of the Year). Arenz is the mother of two and grandmother to four. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two Himalayan cats.

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Hi Alice, thanks for visiting! What's your latest book?

MIRRORED IMAGE, Sheaf House, Oct. 1, 2010


It sounds intriguing. What's your favorite part of the story?

When the action starts getting a bit hairy for the heroine.  J

LOL. One of those who love to tortures her characters, are you? =) What was the hardest part to write?
Can’t tell you or it would ruin the story.  But if you read MIRRORED IMAGE, I know you’ll recognize the part immediately!


And she's coy too. LOL. What do you hope your readers will get out of the story?

Enjoyment. I want them to be glad they spent the time and money reading this book – not to regret it!

That's why I read! I can totally get  behind that purpose. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

My favorite reading material are mysteries, suspense, thrillers, so I guess it’s only natural that they would be my choice to write.  I like surprises, too – like the comedy that comes out in the Bouncing Grandma Mystery Series.  My husband is urging me to write a straight comedy – um . . . I guess “straight” and “comedy” don’t really go together.

A little humor just makes a book fun and memorable, doesn't it? What's one of the oddest or most interesting things someone has ever said about you?
I think she’s nuts because she not only hears voices, she actually believes they’re trying to get her to write their story!


LOL. What would your dream office look like—and what does your REAL writing environment look like?
Dream would be neat and clean with a place for everything and everything in its place. Reality . . . can we stick with the dream?  I was really getting into it!


Sure! I have a dream like that too. Somehow my reality . . . may look much like yours, LOL. Is there any one thing or reference you keep handy when writing? Anything you kept around for this particular book?
Book?  Try books.  Always on my desk in easy reach are two dictionaries and one thesaurus.  In a nearby nook, are more reference books, including The Chicago Manual of Style, a couple of notebooks I put together eons ago with discriptions of color, character and characteristics – just about everything you could think of or might need when writing – and, most importantly, my Bible.  Those other things might correct my spelling and answer questions on style, but what’s in my Bible gives me life.


=) Mine's usually right near me too, unless I cart it elsewhere through the day. Are there any people (family, writing group, editors) who you rely on when writing?
This is an easy question. =)  I rely heavily on my daughter Kelly, who has been helping me with my comma disability since she was in high school.  She’s all grown up now with a daughter of her own, who she’s homeschooling.

Kelly and my husband Chris are my first readers & proofers, but all my family – daughter Randi, grandkids, and sons-in-law – are invaluable support.


I think Kelly and I would get along well. Three cheers for commas! ;-) What are you writing right now?

Right now I’m working on what used to be called a contemporary gothic/romantic suspense, but would now likely be called romantic suspense.  The title is AN AMERICAN GOTHIC, which is a bit tongue-in-cheek – the “gothic” is actually the manuscript the heroine is writing. A paragraph or two of this second story begins each chapter, foreshadowing what’s coming in the main story.


Oh, that sounds cool! Any upcoming releases we should keep our eye out for?

AN AMERICAN GOTHIC is scheduled for release on Oct. 1, 2011


Thanks for having me today!

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Thanks for visiting, Alice! Readers, you can check out her website at www.akawriter.com. Look for her book at Amazon, or ChristianBook. And next week she'll be participating in the big Christmas Book Signing Bash, so check her out then too!

Void where prohibited. Entry into the contest is considered verification of eligibility based on your local laws. Chance of winning depends on number of entries. Contest ends 11/26/10. Winner will have two weeks to claim prize.

9 comments:

  1. It sounds like one to read!

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  2. Sounds terrific. Count me in, please.

    Carman sent me.

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  3. hi roseanna...thanks for the opportunity to read this novel...sounds good :)

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  4. Sounds like a great book. I would love to be entered into your giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win.

    Smiles,
    Cindy W.

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  5. Carman sent me over here for this book giveaway!
    Please enter me:)
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  6. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance. I am a follower!

    **Carman sent me!

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  7. When I was living in Southern, Indiana, I was told that there was someone who looked just like me several times. Spooky! I never met her but I would love to read this book and see how it is resolved.

    Thank you for this interesting giveaway.
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  8. Carmen sent me. Thanks for entering me in your give away.

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  9. I love the concept of this book. Please include me!
    Carman sent me!

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