Self-publishing cozy mystery author Jenna Pearson writes the Josie Rizzo Cozy Mystery Series under the pseudonym J R Pearson. She is twenty years old and live with her parents and younger sister in southern Maryland.
Pearson absolutely looooovvees to read cozy mysteries, crime thrillers, and paranormal romantic comedy books. She has over 600 books camping out her room, which will probably double by the end of the year 😉
Pearson is a Marvel Comics nerd! #TeamCaptainAmerica
She very much enjoys watching old 1930s Sherlock Holmes and cheesy monster movies with her family, who are my inspiration for writing—good times, delicious food, and crazy family.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned about writing?
Since I self -publish, I’ve learned to just take my time when writing. I’m on no one’s schedule or deadline. It’s just me, my little world I’ve created, and all the time in the universe.
How has this helped you as a writer?
Being that taking my time is key, I’ve seen more consistency in my storyline and just an overall better outcome of the whole project.
Mac or PC?
Neither! I do all my writing on a tablet with an attachable keyboard.
Word or Scrivener?
‘Word’ all the way.
Do you write or take notes with an iPad or tablet?
I write out my notes on a notepad but then type out my story on my tablet.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Yes I do! As I’m typing, I have re-runs of the TV show: The Big Bang Theory—in the background and have my body pillow wrapped around me. 🙂
Do you start by writing or researching first?
Research first! My books contain a lot of food, so I take the time to plan/research new recipes to include.
Favorite spot to write in the winter?
In my bed with a gazillion blankets and chocolate coffee on my nightstand.
Favorite spot to write in the summer?
On my driveway…Lol! I know that sounds weird, but I’m like a cat in a warm spot on the floor. I love to lay out a blanket and get to work. The ground is toasty and I’m also getting a tan at the same time! 🙂
Review first appeared in Long Island Book Reviews Examiner.
Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco
Invitation to Murder by Beth Prentice
When Alexandra Anderson is invited to work place reunion at the televisions station where she formerly worked, she’s excited to catch up with old friends. And the theme of the reunion is a Murder Mystery Party, so that should be fun, right? Wrong! Alexandra’s first horror is coming face-to-face with her ex-boyfriend and his brand new, gorgeous wife. Second, the party happens to coincide with one of the worst storms of the season, knocking out utility lines and cell service. And when her less-than-beloved ex-boss becomes the Murder Party’s fake victim, Alexandra and her “team” are tasked with solving the fake murder before anyone else. The only bright spot? The sexy cameraman on Alex’s team with the sparkling blue eyes and soft, full lips.
But what starts out as a game becomes all too real when Alexandra stumbles upon the actual dead body of her ex’s new wife. Did someone take the game too seriously? Is there a real murder among the party-goers? Can following the clues to a fake murder help Alex solve a real one? Trapped by the storm, with “players” disappearing and time running out, Alex finds herself in the middle of a deadly game of cat and mouse… where not everyone will make it out alive!
Coming May 3rd!
Synopsis: When Lizzie Jones, pet sitter extraordinaire, is asked to watch over her best friend’s two spoiled dogs at the posh gated community of Craggy Hill Estates, the last thing she expects is to wind up in the middle of a homicide. But that’s exactly what happens when she finds her best friend’s cheating husband and Danger Cove’s celebrity bodybuilder champ, Mr. Jupiter, floating face down in his hot tub. To make matters worse, the police aren’t looking any further than the wife for a suspect—isn’t it always the wife? Well, not in this case—at least Lizzie refuses to believe it.
Between dealing with Craggy Hill’s hot security guard, Tino Morales—who also just happens to be the man who broke Lizzie’s heart in high school, caring for her grieving friend, and watching three rambunctious dogs, Lizzie has her hands full. So she recruits her famous granddad, retired network field correspondent, Jimmy John Jones, to help her put two and two together to find the real killer. Was Mr. Jupiter murdered by one of his women on the side? A jealous, disgruntled employee? Or someone with a bitter and deep-seated hatred of the superstar? It’s up to Lizzie, Jimmy John, and Lizzie’s own pug, Vader, to crack the case before the killer claims another victim…this one much closer to Lizzie’s own heart!
My thoughts: If Jessica Fletcher were to ever pull up stakes and leave Cabot Cove due to a decline in body count, I know she would end up in Danger Cove where the bodies are plentiful!
Move over Batman and Robin, Smith and Steffens are the coolest, sharpest and wittiest crime fighting duo to come along since you donned your tights! Ba-Bam!
This series installment written by the extremely gifted Smith and Steffens team reveals just the precise meld of animal adoration, juicy storytelling goodness and a well-plotted mystery to hook readers to the Danger Cove series and the pair’s well-stocked backlist.
Passion, Poison & Puppy Dogs introduces an intriguing new sleuth with the energizing Lizzie Jones and endearing sidekicks guaranteed to charm readers of all genres and leave them famished for more.
The duo’s captivating Pet Sitter installment does an outstanding job at further layering the foundation in the Danger Cove community.
Passion, Poison & Puppy Dogs is littered with rollicking laughter, a dazzlingly romance with delectable banter, a cache of whimsical characters to showcase interminable and untapped opportunities while superbly illustrating just what makes a cozy a cozy.
Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco