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The final book in the Apocalypse Babes series is now available for Kindle and at Smashwords. B&N, Kobo, iBooks to follow.
When the unthinkable happens, Seffy faces the worst apocalypse she could ever imagine. Will her friends force her into an off-brand solution that brings only the illusion of peace from heartbreak? Or will she follow in the footsteps of her namesake and get her second chance after all?
It's been a blast to write this series over the last three years and to get to know many of my readers who eventually became friends. I'm very grateful for the support and encouragement of you guys!
The best part of Erin's (Wrathsqueen) video reviews is her lovely accent. I could listen to it all day! She also has a companion blog that I love as well.
Erin reads A LOT of books and I love her reviews because I've discovered many great books that way. I'm gratified she seems to be enjoying my books as well. But even if she didn't, I'd know she'd express it in that delicious accent and I wouldn't even be sad! :)
One day, Clare Havens, Australia-based author of The Bella Street Mysteries, did an online search of Bella Street and found Yours Truly! She reached out to me and we've struck up a three-way, trans-continental friendship--three-way, because my 12 yo daughter just might be her biggest fan!
Clare describes her middle-grade novels as 'tween-noir', which just might be the coolest genre invention EVER. Her books are clever, funny, fast-paced, twisty-turny, noir goodness. The first book in the series, The Secret Formula, was runner up in the Sydney Woollahra Lit Fest!
Now that Book 2 of the Bella Street Mysteries is out, I asked Clare to pop over for an interview.
I coined the term ‘tween noir’ to try and encapsulate the feeling of a gritty, dark, suspenseful thriller for young people where there is a sense of very real danger but where the villains are 1930s style gangsters and so much larger than life that they are not something real tweens would have to worry about. It isn’t ‘noir’ in the true sense of the genre but more of a noirish romp! I am a huge fan of the ‘Thin Man’ series of movies based on the books of Dashiell Hammett and starring William Powell and Myrna Loy – these movies were noirish yet had great humor in them too.
I agree.The books are laugh-out-loud funny!
What kind of girl is Bella Street?
Bella is the 12 year old daughter of a very rich and glamorous woman who has made some dangerous enemies in her position as Editor of Gorgeous Me! Fashion magazine. Bella is a very down to earth, sporty girl who thinks her Mom’s obsession with fashion is ridiculous but who, at the same time, secretly makes her own clothes out of her mom’s vintage home furnishings! Bella is a bit of a loner and only has one true friend, Felix Samson, who is a film noir loving, jazz piano playing, tech genius who wants to be a PI in the manner of Sam Spade or Phillip Marlowe. This odd pair has been best friends since Kindergarten and they have a very tight bond. Bella is extremely brave and daring and Felix is clever and loyal.
Felix has helped Bella out of some very tight spots!
How many stories do you have planned in the series? I notice each of the skylines on the book covers represent Bella's latest adventures. I hope you keep 'em coming!
I have three books planned but then only yesterday I started thinking about possibly writing the ’prequel’ to ‘The Secret Formula’ so who knows!
Outside of Bella, who's your favorite character and why? I have to admit mine is Emerald. I wish I WAS her! LOL
That is so hard as I love all of them! I suppose my favorites are Felix and Emerald. Felix is such a lovely guy, so loyal and completely lost in his noir world! Emerald, Bella’s mom is just so over the top selfish and huge fun to write! There is more to Emerald than meets the eye, however, and I really enjoyed drawing that out of her in ‘Doc Gutson’s Revenge’! I also really love writing about the two henchman, Johnny Sequins, failed fashion designer turned gangster and Pauly Three Toes, former male model turned sadistic killer. I see them so clearly when I am writing and I have a big soft spot for them even though they are dangerous, bad men.
You write under Bacon and Eggs Media. What's the Aussie writing/publishing experience?
Hmmm.. I think it is probably as difficult if not more difficult getting published in Australia than in the USA! The market here is so tiny and books so expensive compared to other countries. I think that the advent of ebooks will really benefit the reading public in Australia in particular.
So that means we Americans need to be buying these book up in bulk! Seriously, if you know of any middle grade readers, get them these books. They're sure to be a hit. Even this mom loved 'em. Hmmm...a new genre 'mom-noir', perchance?
Clare's latest title is Doc Gutson's Revenge, and it's available at
I love this book! My daughter loves this book! If you're looking for quirky, scary-but-charming, middle grade mystery read, grab this book and share with all the kids you know. We need to keep Bella on the streets, solving mysteries and fighting crime!
Thanks, Clare, for stopping by! I'm glad my namesake is such a rockin' chick!
For the month of December, I'm proud to announce I'll be donating 20% from the sales of my books to Strings For Hope--a Nashville-based nonprofit organization dedicated to curing hunger one note at a time.
Strings For Hope was started by Nashville Restrung, a company that handcrafts bracelets, rings, and necklaces from recycled guitar, bass, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin strings. Strings For Hope is run by volunteers with minimal overhead costs, so a majority of the income from sales goes to feed people locally and globally through partnering with existing feeding ministries.
You can directly purchase the jewelry here. Along with recycled instrument strings, the jewelry is enhanced by vintage beads, stone accents, and even groovy skulls--so there's something for every taste and style. I love these bracelets and own several!
So purchase a bracelet this holiday season--can you think of anything more unique and cool??--and add to the blessing by buying any of my titles. This includes all my print titles, and ebooks at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. I'll report back in December with the amount donated. Based on my past sales, it should be in the hundreds of dollars. That's a lot of meals!
Romance and filling a tummy--now that's beautiful music!
Hi y’all! Yes, I’m definitely Southern as in I live in Mississippi and my folks all come from Tennessee and Alabama. So, I’m deeply entrenched in all things Southern except for football and politics. As a writer, I’m in great company in the South. It seems the South just naturally produces people who love telling stories.
Almost An Outlaw is set in Missouri and features the James-Younger Gang. In the 1860’s, Missouri had a lot of ties to the South. Frank James and Cole Younger were teenager guerilla fighters, not recognized as regular Confederate soldiers. They rode under a black flag as did my character, Austin. This novella is the first story I’ve written that is set outside of the deep South. All my work has Southern roots, especially my short stories, which are Southern comedies.
What is your favorite thing about the South?
Food! Food! Food! Especially sweet iced tea, Have you ever tried ordering sweet tea outside of the South? You sit down in a restaurant around here and say you want sweet tea and they know exactly what you mean. Try that someplace else. Even in Houston, much to my surprise. I also love our cornbread, which doesn’t contain any sugar. Add fried okra to my list. Fried chicken. Fried apples. Fried catfish and hushpuppies. Actually, I think we fry everything...
How does the South affect your writing?
Basically, it is what I know. From the landscape to the people. Whereas, I don’t know nothing about Yankees.
What is your next writing project?
I have just finished up a short historical,Lady Silver, set in New Orleans in 1814. I have a short story, The Yard Sale, afinalistintheFaulknerShortFictionContest,whichI’mgoingtopublishonAmazon.It’ssetinMississippi.IntheworksIhaveasequeltoAlmostanOutlaw.EmmahooksupwithaPinkertonagent.
Almost An Outlaw blurb:
Rancher Austin Cade rides into Liberty looking for his old comrades, the James-Younger gang. He needs their help tracking down the horse thief who's stolen his prized mare. In town, the former gunfighter is reunited with Darcy, the first girl he ever kissed—and never forgot.
Young widow Darcy Branson owns a shop full of fashionable ladies' attire, but continues to wear mourning black so she won't forget her role in her husband's death. Austin stirs a passion inside her that has long been dormant, but can Darcy learn to believe in Austin—and love—enough to let go of her tragic past?
Time is rapidly running out... As a cousin to Jesse James, Darcy has attracted unwanted attention, thanks to her rumored association with the gang. Soon Austin and Darcy are faced with confronting not only their growing desire, but danger in the form of a deadly bounty hunter...
"ALMOST AN OUTLAW by Patricia Preston is a worthwhile read for an easy afternoon. A little spicy, a little sweet and overall delightful, this is a short story you won't be sorry you picked up."~Lisa Jo, Romance Reviews
Thanks a bunch for having me at Southern Fried Gothic! I am working at my day job so I won’t have a chance to respond to comments until the evening but I do so appreciate them. I’d love to have new Twitter followers and Facebook fans. You can follow me on Twitter at pat_preston. My Facebook page: Patricia Preston, Author Page and my website is www.patricia-preston.com.
Thanks for stopping by, Patricia, and letting know it wasn't just
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing hasn't just jump-started authors here in America, but internationally as well.
German author Eileen Janket has found the opportunity to pursue her writing dreams, and is excited to announce her first book now available at Amazon.de:Thrill My Soul. Eileen, tell me a little about your publishing journey.
Thankyou,Bella,forhavingmeonyourwonderfulblog.Ifeelhonoredandpleasedsinceyou’reoneofmyfavouriteIndie-Authors. (*Bella here--I may or may not have paid her to say this)
So here we go:
Why I started writing?
Before I could write I used to make up stories and tell them to anybody who would listen. ThenIlearnedmyABCsandIcouldputdownallthosestoriesinmyheadonapieceofpaper.ActuallymymomgavemeabeautifulthicknotebookwhenIstartedschool.
Next morning Finn is cold as ice…and Valerie has no idea why.
Before she loses all hope, Finn opens up for her and from that point on Valerie is not only in love but addicted to him. She finds herself in a relationship that seems to move from heaven to hell and vice versa…