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What are you doing tomorrow?

TWELVE-SECONDS-COVER-_-WEBBecause at 4:00 pm Eastern time, we’re doing something fun! All of the authors from the Footsteps in the Dark anthology – Josh Lanyon, S.C. Wynne, Carroll S. Poe, L.B. Gregg, Nicole Kimberling, Dal MacLean, Z.A. Maxfield, and me – are doing a thing! It’s called Footsteps in the Bar. We’re all doing a brief reading from our work in the anthology (in my case, Twelve Seconds) and answering questions. And there will be drinks. BYOB.

Hope you can make it! It’s a Zoom meeting; here are the details you’ll need.

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Time: Jun 27, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Footsteps in the Dark audio is #1!

The audio to the anthology Footsteps in the Dark was released yesterday. Check it out today: Capture

I will never, ever, ever be able to say again that anything I wrote was selling better than James Patterson.

I’ve listened to the first two chapters of Twelve Seconds, as narrated by Joel Leslie Froomkin, and I approve. I particularly adore the accents of Ryan Utley and Col. Ward Vernon. Greg Marcotte’s accent is a tad too Texas to be a North Carolina native, but that’s okay. I like Mindy Leonard’s voice, too.

See what you think!

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Character interview: Greg Marcotte

Yesterday, we got to know Justin Harris from Twelve Seconds a tad better. Now it’s Greg’s turn.

Greg Marcotte

Name: Gregory James Marcotte

Nickname? Greg

Age: Forty-one

Height: 6’2”

Birth Place: Asheville, North CarolinaTWELVE-SECONDS-COVER-_-WEB

Hair: Blond

Eyes: Blue

Astrology sign: Leo

Health: Perfect.

Current Occupation: Special Agent, Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Formerly a homicide detective and SWAT sniper with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) Police Department.

Marital status: Single but dating

Romantic Interest: Justin Harris

Dominant Character Trait: Forthrightness

Secondary Character Trait: Precision

Your two worst character flaws: Stubbornness with a perfectionist streak

Friends: Mostly the people that I work with.

Enemies: They’re all in jail.

Family: My parents and siblings are all college professors. My dad teaches psychology at Warren Wilson College; my mom teaches Appalachian Studies there. My sister teaches biology at UNC-Asheville and my brother teaches music at Appalachian State.

Tattoos: Nope

Rent or Own: Own

Relationship with God: Lapsed

Politics: I’m a law-and-order socialist.

Overall outlook on life: Shit happens.

Piercings: Nope

Voice: Deep. Justin says it’s melodious. I have a Southern accent.

Right-or left-handed: Right

Level of Attractiveness: TV cop

Clothing: Polos and khakis

Sense of humor: Yep.

Interests and favorites: Boating, fishing, hiking, target practice. Live baseball, majors or minors. Being outdoors in general.

Food, drink: The basics in each ethnic tradition. Nothing raw.

Music: Classic rock.

Books: True crime, current events

Movies: Anything but rom-coms

Dislikes: Being shot at.

Color: Blue

Vehicle: Ford F-150 pickup

Sexual Orientation: Gay

Kinks: Nothing worth mentioning

Most fears: That we’ll get into another stupid war

Most desires: To settle down with the right guy

What do you believe in? You know Kevin Costner’s speech in Bull Durham? That.

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Character interview: Justin Harris

TWELVE-SECONDS-COVER-_-WEBNow that you’ve read Twelve Seconds, here’s a chance to get to know our characters a little better. First up: Justin. (h/t for the questions to Josh Lanyon, who’s used this for some of her characters.)

Justin Harris


Name: Justin Andrew Harris

Nickname? I don’t have one

Age: Thirty-eight

Height: Six feet even

Birth Place: Cocoa Beach, Florida

Hair: Dark blond

Eyes: Hazel

Astrology sign: Aries

Health: I’m a few pounds overweight. Otherwise, fine.

Current Occupation: Space reporter, Hughes-Simmons News Syndicate

Marital status: Single but dating

Romantic Interest: Greg Marcotte

Dominant Character Trait: Curiosity

Secondary Character Trait: Tenacity

Your two worst character flaws: I’m told that I’m overly hard on myself. And I stress eat.

Friends: Mostly the guys that I work with.

Enemies: My stepfather.

Family: I’m an only child. My dad died five years ago. My mom remarried two years ago.

Tattoos: Nope

Rent or Own: Rent

Relationship with God: Dubious

Politics: Progressive

Overall outlook on life: Hopeful

Piercings: Nope

Voice: Low tenor? High baritone? You tell me.

Right-or left-handed: Right

Level of Attractiveness: So many freckles…crooked nose…

Clothing: Jeans and t-shirts

Sense of humor: Pretty good, I guess

Interests and favorites: Space. Rockets. Technology. The beach. My cats.

Food, drink: I’ll try anything once.

Music: Folk rock

Books: Space and science, both non-fiction and otherwise.

Movies: Sci-fi, but not superheroes

Dislikes: Politicians, Florida land developers, snakes

Color: Green

Vehicle: Ford Focus

Sexual Orientation: Gay

Kinks: Not particularly

Most fears: That humanity will give up trying to reach the stars

Most desires: To see humans get to Mars

What do you believe in? Science.

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It’s alive!!

Twelve Seconds, that is. Space Coast Mystery #1, featuring space reporter Justin Harris and Air Force Special Agent Greg Marcotte, is available here. It’s only on Kindle right now, as I’m testing out the efficacy of Kindle Unlimited, but eventually it’ll be available through Smashwords and the other outlets, too.

Enjoy! If you’ve already read the story in the anthology and are waiting for book 2, it’ll be out next spring. (I must tell you, though, this version has added content in the form of backstory for all of the characters.)


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