Yippee! Eight St. Louis, Missouri Authors

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Do You Know These Eight St. Louis Authors? + GIVEAWAY

Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else--Mark Twain

St. Louis boasts lots of authors in residence.
This is your chance to meet eight of them (including me!).

 

One thing all these books have in common is that their authors are
from or currently live in St. Louis.

 

Apart from that, they’re quite diverse.
How to decide?
Let me make it easy for you. Why not get one of each?


Each author picked two of the following questions to answer:

1. What is your book’s or your personal connection to St. Louis?

2. Which scene in your book might a fellow St. Louisan recognize?

3. If your book was made into a movie, who would play the part of your hero/heroine?

4. What Missouri activity would your main character enjoy most: a float trip, a Cardinals game, or a winery visit?

5. What’s Missouri’s best season?

6. If your book was on death row, what would it choose for its last meal?

Read the authors’ responses and check out their books!

And when you’re done, enter the raffle! You could win a free ebook (your choice of my titles) from me!
Winners announced 7/25/14


the-waiting-room-piper-punchesThe Waiting Room 

by Piper Punches

What is your book’s or your personal connection to St. Louis?

Although The Waiting Room takes place in the fictional farming community of Marion, Missouri, I wrote my debut novel with the intention of highlighting the various flavors of people that make up the rural communities that surround the St. Louis Metro area, which give it its one-of-a-kind hometown atmosphere. Readers that grew up outside of the city limits, even outside of the major suburbs of St. Louis County, will find that they can relate to the pull of the big city, while still finding equal amounts of comfort and aggravation living in a small town that refuses to accept anonymity.

If your book was on death row, what would it choose for its last meal?

Oh, that’s easy! My book would choose a home-cooked meal of mashed potatoes, smothered steak, and green beans drenched in bacon fat and butter. For dessert? Oh, yes! There would be dessert. My book is not a diet book. It would enjoy every last morsel of a cherry pie topped with whipped cream and a heaping side of vanilla ice cream.

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Buy now or read the book’s description:

Paperback: $11.95 | Kindle: $0.99 

Connect with Piper:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Google+


On The Buckle on-the-buckle-candace-carrabus

by Candace Carrabus

What is your book’s or your personal connection to St. Louis?

On the Buckle, Dreamhorse Mystery #1 is set on a horse farm in Missouri about an hour and half from St. Louis. The main character, Vi, and the hero, Malcolm, go the art museum in an early scene, and later, Vi meets a friend at the symphony. Guess what? We live on a farm outside St. Louis, and we enjoy our beautiful art museum and our fantastic symphony, too!

If your book was made into a movie, who would play the part of your hero/heroine?

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, who plays Penny on The Big Bang Theory, would be perfect as Vi Parker. She’s the right age, smart as a whip, funny as heck, and–the icing on the cake–she’s an accomplished equestrienne.

Genre: Humorous romantic mystery

Buy now or read the book’s description:

Paperback: $12.99 | Kindle: $3.99 | B&N $12.99/$3.99 | Kobo: $3.99 | Smashwords: $3.99 

Connect with Candace:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


looks-that-deceive-braxton-de-garmo

Looks That Deceive 

by Braxton DeGarmo

What Missouri activity would your main character enjoy most: a float trip, a Cardinals game, or a winery visit?

Lynch Cully would certainly be the typical St. Louis sports fanatic, supporting the Cardinals, Rams, and Blues. He’s likely to go to as many games as he could fit into the consuming, unbalanced schedule of a police detective working with the Major Case Squad. Amy Gibbs, on the other hand, is definitely the winery aficionado. With a variety of friends, she’s managed to visit every winery in Missouri — no small feat — and she has her favorites. Yet, like Lynch, her schedule as a flight nurse doesn’t allow much time for this pleasure anymore.

What is your book’s or your personal connection to St. Louis?

Looks that Deceive is a thriller based in the St. Louis area. From scenes in Ladue, at Mercy Hospital, in Creve Coeur Park, and involving the region from Troy, MO, in the north, to the Big River, west of Hillsboro, MO, in the south, how much more connected could it get? I frequently get comments from St. Louis area readers about how much they enjoy the local flavor. Yet, readers outside of St. Louis won’t find that flavor off-putting, as the pace keeps them moving and the characters pull them into the story.

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Buy now or read the book’s description:

Paperback: $16.95 | Kindle: $4.99 | Nook: $4.99 

Connect with Braxton:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


catskinners-book-misha-burnettCatskinner’s Book 

by Misha Burnett

What’s Missouri’s best season?

October. The continental United States has five distinct weather patterns, and four of them collide in the air above the central Mississippi flood plain. In practical terms, this means that we usually get the wor st weather that this country has to offer. We get Gulf Coast summers and Great Plains winters and springs that are downright schizophrenic – rain and scorching heat and snow, sometimes all in the same week.

However, for one brief shining moment, usually from about the middle of October to Halloween, St. Louis – like Mars – is Heaven. Clear, dry days, nights just cool enough that you can sleep with the windows open if you have a comforter or a lover of a dog to keep you warm. Don’t blink – you’ll miss it.

What is your book’s or your personal connection to St. Louis?

I am from a lot of different places, but I call St. Louis home. It’s where I decided to settle down and raise a family. My books are almost set here. I say “almost” because I never come out and say that St. Louis is where James & Catskinner and all the other characters live. If you know the town, though, you’ll recognize the neighborhoods, South City and West County and the Riverfront.

Genre: New Wave Science Fiction

Buy now or read the book’s description:

Paperback: $8.99 | Kindle: $2.99 

Connect with Misha:

Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


chronicle-of-the-mound-builders-elle-marieChronicle of the Mound Builders 

by Elle Marie

Which scene in your book might a fellow Missourian recognize?

Most people from Missouri or eastern Illinois will recognize the mysterious Cahokia Mounds. A lot of action and excitement in Chronicle of the Mound Builders takes place there, in both the ancient and the modern timelines.

What Missouri activity would your main character enjoy most: a float trip, a Cardinals game, or a winery visit?

Definitely a float trip! Angela Hunter is a very outdoorsy girl, which is one reason she chose a career in archaeology. She loves hiking and exploring when she’s not solving mysteries.

Genre: Mystery/Action-Adventure

Buy now or read the book’s description:

Paperback: $14.99 | Kindle: $4.99 

Connect with Elle:

Blog | Twitter | Goodreads


confessions-of-a-paris-party-girl-vicki-lesageConfessions of a Paris Party Girl 

by Vicki Lesage

What Missouri activity would your main character enjoy most: a float trip, a Cardinals game, or a winery visit?

Well, I’m Confessions of a Paris Party Girl‘s main character, so on a trip back to St. Louis from Paris, I would most enjoy an afternoon at a winery. Not just because of the wine (but that’s a definite plus for this party girl!) but because of the beautiful Missouri scenery. A Cardinals game is a close second, though!

If your book was on death row, what would it choose for its last meal?

A huge pot of fondue. The melted cheese deliciousness is a running theme in my book and several scenes take place in my favorite fondue restaurant in Paris. And of course a glass of red wine!

Genre: Memoir

Buy now or read the book’s description:

Paperback: $14.99 | Kindle: $4.99 

Connect with Vicki:

Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


excelsior-george-siroisExcelsior 

by George Sirois

If your book was made into a movie, who would play the part of your hero/heroine? Matthew Peters is an ideal spot for either a young television star making the transition to the big screen or someone brand new to the industry. The characters around Matthew, however, are perfect for bigger stars. My editor and I have ideas for his mentor, Katherine Sierra. I think Mariska Hargitay would be a great fit, and my editor wants Marg Helgenberger. (Either one would be terrific if they ever want to do it, of course.) My wife’s “second husband,” Jeffrey Dean Morgan, would be the older Denarian known as Radifen. And I’d love to see Adam “Edge” Copeland play the ambitious Danaak.

What is your book’s or your personal connection to St. Louis?

I always envisioned Excelsior as a coming-of-age story, but it never really kicked into gear until my wife and I made the decision to leave New York City (where I was born, and where I went to college and spent more than 15 years) to move to St. Louis (where my wife was born and raised). Matthew is the next in line to become a god on another planet, but that means he has to leave everything he has ever known, and leave his dreams to become a famous writer & artist behind. And even though I didn’t reach the heights that Matthew does, the move to St. Louis – away from my friends and family – got me a great job, a great house, and opportunities I could never get in New York City.

Genre: YA, Sci-Fi

Buy now or read the book’s description:

Paperback: $12.95 | Kindle: $2.99 

Connect with George:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


reduced-robin-tidwellReduced 

by Robin Tidwell

Which scene in your book might a fellow Missourian recognize?

Reduced takes place mainly in Jefferson County, but also in St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis. The Arch, of course, makes an appearance, as do Grant’s Farm and St. Mary’s Hospital. Several roads and highways are mentioned, and the characters are surviving at “an old, abandoned” Girl Scout camp – which is, at present, still in use.

What is your book’s or your personal connection to St. Louis?

My family has been in the St. Louis area since 1847, when Friederich Kuhlmann arrived from Germany and bought a lot in what would become the city of Clayton – the Sevens Building is there now. A few years later, he purchased farm land in St. Louis County – several scenes take place there. I was born and raised here (Parkway Central), moved away for a while after college (the first attempt), and returned seven years ago. St. Louisans almost always come home…

Abby did the same – moved out West for a few years, then returned; she and her group go way back, decades even, and stick together through the collapse of their civilization. So many dystopian stories are set in LA or NYC, but STL is right in the heart of the country, and that makes all the difference.

Genre: Dystopic

Buy now or read the book’s description:

Paperback: $13.95 | Kindle: $3.99

Connect with Robin:

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter 


Which of these books sounds interesting to you?

Have you ever visited St. Louis? If so, what was your favorite thing about it?

Enter the raffle below to win a free ebook (your choice of my titles) from me!
Winners announced 7/25/14

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6 Responses to Do You Know These Eight St. Louis Authors? + GIVEAWAY

  1. I love reading about our area. The St. Louis authors I already know personally are great people. Love spending time with them.

  2. I love reading books where I recognize the settings. Makes me feel right at home! I also enjoy reading about places I’ve never been to. Thanks for the chance to win one of your books!

  3. Candace,
    I hope that I can win book 2 of The Man, The Dog, etc series. :) I love reading books set in places where I’ve been–not just where I live–like New Orleans, Chicago ;), St. Louis, etc.

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    • Thanks for commenting! Actually, I have only read Robin Tidwell’s books so far. The others are on my TBR list. I loved Robin’s books! The 3-book series takes place in Missouri and Illinois as far north as Chicago. It was fun reading about placed I know so well. Of course, I’m hoping none of those things ever come true, but who knows? 🙂

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