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If asked, Gwendolyn Ballard would admit she co-parented her best friend Chloe's son, Cameron. Now Gwen is all he's got as they flee from the man who murdered his mother. There's only one place Cameron will be safe, and that's with his uncle, Elijah MacElvoy. Arriving on his doorstep at the Broken Arrow Ranch is a desperate decision, and Gwen knows he'd slam the door in her face if she didn't have his nephew with her. But she'll do anything for Cam, even if it means putting up with Elijah's distrust and judgment.
Chloe's dead. Cam's orphaned, and Elijah is confronted with the prospect of living with the one woman who's driven him crazy for the past ten years. He'll fight to keep her safe. That's encoded in his DNA. But can he trust her with a little boy who just lost his mother? As Eli watches how Gwen loves and cares for his nephew, he reevaluates his thinking and gives in to the smoldering attraction he felt the first time he saw her. With so much on the line, Eli comes clean about his past, making way for a future that's all about silver linings.
I enjoy them all. The reviews help me see what stands out to readers. The interviews often lead to insights about my characters and myself. I did a couple of guest posts for Murder at the Mushroom Festival. I enjoyed reflecting on what I learned while writing the book as well as remembering how much fun I had at the Mendocino County Mushroom, Beer, and Wine Fest.
Before we get into the new book I have a few fun questions. At least I hope they are fun!
The first because we have some similar hobbies I have to ask…
I see you know your horse colors! I ride Western. I love both paints and duns. Buckskins are also another favorite of mine. I’ve owned a gelding and a mare.
My series takes place in fictitious Redwood Cove, California, based on Mendocino, California, a popular tourist destination. It’s in the northern part of the state on the coast. There are magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and forests of towering redwood trees. The town has worked hard to preserve its past and many buildings are from the 1800s. Boardwalks take the place of sidewalks in many places. The view of Cabot Cove at the beginning of Murder She Wrote was really Mendocino. I chose it for its beauty and the many unique aspects of the area.
I love all of my crime-solving senior citizens, the Silver Sentinels, but I’d probably have dinner with Kelly. We have a lot in common. I’d have chicken or shrimp with a nice local sauvignon blanc. We’d talk about horses, dogs, and what is was like for her growing up on a ranch.
I’m asked for ideas. I don’t have any “final say.” For Murder at the Mushroom Festival I provided photos of a goldendoodle and mushroom baskets. My editor thanked me.
November 1936. Mayor La Guardia’s political future buckles under a missing person case in New York City. Simultaneously, Lane unravels devastating secrets in the outskirts of Detroit. As two crimes converge, judging friends from enemies can be a dangerous game . . .
Finally summoning the courage to face the past, Lane Sanders breaks away from her busy job at City Hall to confront childhood nightmares in Rochester, Michigan. An unknown assailant left Lane with scattered memories after viciously murdering her parents. However, one memory of a dazzling solid gold pawn piece remains—and with it lies a startling connection between the midwestern tragedy and a current mystery haunting the Big Apple . . .
Meanwhile, fears climb in Manhattan after the disappearance of a respected banker and family friend threatens the crippled financial industry and the pristine reputation of Lane’s virtuous boss, Mayor Fiorello “Fio” La Guardia. Fio’s fight to restore order leads him into more trouble as he meets a familiar foe intent on ending his mayoral term—and his life . . .
Guided by overseas telegrams from the man she loves and painful memories, only Lane can silence old ghosts and derail present-day schemes. But when the investigation awakens a darker side of her own nature, will she and New York City’s most prominent movers and shakers still forge ahead into a prosperous new age . . . or is history doomed to repeat itself?
L .A. Chandlar is the author of the Art Deco Mystery Series with Kensington Publishing featuring Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and a fresh take on the innovation and liveliness of 1930s New York City. Her debut novel, The Silver Gun released August 29, 2017, and the sequel, The Gold Pawn, will release September 25th, 2018. Laurie has been living and writing in New York City for 16 years and has been speaking for a wide variety of audiences for over 20 years including a women’s group with the United Nations. Her talks range from NYC history, the psychology of creativity, and the history of holiday traditions. Laurie has also worked in PR for General Motors, writes and fund-raises for a global nonprofit is the mother of two boys, and has toured the nation managing a rock band.Author Links Website Social Media YouTube for Behind the Scenes Tours GoodReads