Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Listen to my Radio Show from December 1st, 2014

If you missed my radio interview last night, here's the link. Host, Doug Dahlgren, managed a very professional interview during which I was able to talk in-depth about A RED, RED ROSE and EAGLEBAIT, as well as the sequel to ROSE, publication date TBA: BENEATH THE STONES. I'd love some comments!

Super holiday wishes for all!

Monday, November 10, 2014


Check out Elaine Black's log today where I am guest author. A quick fun read that tells you how I look at writing romance.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Christmas is closer than you think!

I am pleased to announce my guest blog about Christmas in Hawaii. Please check this out! Love your comments!

Monday, September 8, 2014

My Guest Blog with Wild Women x2

Please join me and my protagonist Ashby Overton from A RED, RED ROSE as we blog on WildWomenAuthorsX2 today. I'd love your comments!

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one of our own is visiting my dual author blog this week with Ashby Overton, female protagonist of her recent release out of The Wild Rose Press, A Red Red Rose.
We hope you'll stop by and say hey at: 
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

EAGLEBAIT revised to include e-book and updated with cyber-bullying

Please take a look at the new, revised EAGLEBAIT, now available in both print and e-book:


Check out my guest blog on bullying

Alan Eisenberg posted my blog on using fiction for anti-bullying programs. Please read and I would love to hear some responses!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

FRAMED by Nikki Andrews

Worldwide Release for FRAMED by Nikki Andrews

 Framed is a quick, fun read.
When a lost painting by local artist Jerry Berger surfaces at the Brush & Bevel, a New Hampshire art gallery, the owner, Ginny Brent, sets out to gather facts about the ten-year old mysterious death of Berger and his model Abby. As Elsie Kimball and Sue Bradley, employees at the Brush & Bevel, aid Ginny in her efforts to track the provenance of the Berger painting, they unearth some surprising and damning evidence about the deaths of the artist and his appealingly-nude model. The mystery lies not only in the cause of the deaths, but in the life of the painting itself.
Andrews’ intimate knowledge of the framing and art industry provides fascinating background information for the mystery.  She fleshes out the novel with quirky New Englanders—from a fishmonger to a local policeman, a jeweler who is deathly afraid of frogs, a customer with terrible taste in art and several bar (that’s bah) owners.
Framed propels the reader to the last page with just enough light-touch humor to soften the edges of a grisly double death. The novel is surely artfully framed.

Writers Enjoy Collegiality

– Writers Enjoy Collegiality

In a recent blog interview I was asked, “What are the highs and lows when it comes to writing?” Ironically, for me, the two are inextricably entwined. I dread the high-tech requirements for marketing and promoting. On the other hand, meeting other writers through blogs, web-loops, Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, and other electronic media has widened my writing world tremendously. I feel I know quite a few writers I will never actually meet in person—those who have shared interviews and reviews, blogged about and commiserated with me via chat groups.
NIKKI ANDREWS comes to mind as her Worldwide Release of Framed, a cozy mystery published by The Wild Rose Press (my publisher) occurs this week. Nikki graciously interviewed me re my cozy A Red, Red Rose on her blog this January. I reviewed Framed and gave it a 5-star rating on Amazon. It’s a fun, quick read—full of humor and feminine smarts as colleagues in a framing shop help solve a decades-old murder.
PETER GREEN is another author friend who gave me a dynamite review on Amazon when A Red, Red Rose first came out, published by L&L Dreamspell.  I love the fact he compared me (favorably!) to an all-time favorite Southern Gothic writer, Carson McCullers. I had the opportunity to read and review his memoir about his father’s World War II experience in Ben’s War With the U.S. Marines,  which chronicles Ben Green’s  patriotic resolve to find ways to serve his country while enjoying life and practicing his own particular talents involving radio. It’s a book for everybody—not just war buffs.
NANCY MEANS WRIGHT’S Broken Strings was another fun read/review I did for a fellow Dreamspell author who reciprocated with a review for A Red, Red Rose. And there’s CINDY SAMPLE who has become as close to real-life friend as is possible through Facebook, e-mails, and the Dreamloop. I read and reviewed Cindy’s Dying for a Daiquiri, set in Hawaii, while I was in Hawaii—making it all the more memorable.
So many other authors have interacted with me through technology. My very first guest blog via  “Romance Bandits” put me in contact with readers all over the world—the UK and Australia responding to my blog hours before Eastern Standard wake-up time. Also SUSAN WHITFIELD afforded me a guest spot on her blog the first day of my free Kindle promo for A Red, Red Rose. And what a treat to be able to respond to a blog at Wild Women Authors about the creator of the cover of my book—Tina Lynn Stout.
So, Techno-dunce or not, I’ve certainly “met” a lot of talented and dedicated folks in the literary world through electronics. Just call me ambivalent.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Please read my guest spot on Nikki Andrews Blog

Happy Spring (almost) Everyone!
 My cozy mystery/Southern Gothic A RED, RED ROSE gets a worldwide release by new publisher The Wild Rose Press on
March 14th.
Honoring this event, Nikki Andrews has graciously invited me to write about my novel on her blogspot.
Join us there today!


Monday, January 20, 2014

I am a guest on Susan Whitfield's awesome blog

Well, folks, my cozy mystery/Southern Gothic A RED, RED ROSE goes absolutely FREE via Kindle from Jan 21 - 25. Don't miss out on this opportunity to enjoy this fun mystery, history, romance with a ghost! Today Susan Whitfield interviews me on her blog. Here it is:

Coryell's Red, Red Rose

A RED, RED ROSE by Susan Coryell – The Wild Rose Press
Sometimes even the most fiercely guarded secrets are destined to be revealed.
A native Virginian, Susan Coryell is a career educator and a lifelong writer. She has taught students from 7th grade through college-level and is listed in several volumes of Who’s Who in Education and Who’s Who in Teaching. A favorite activity is to talk with budding writers at schools, writers’ conferences, and workshops.
Susan has always been interested in Southern culture and society, as hard-felt, long-held feelings battle with modern ideas. She was able to explore these concepts in her cozy mystery/Southern gothic A Red, Red Rose, whose fictional setting is based on Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. The ghosts slipped in, to her surprise.
When not writing, Susan enjoys boating, kayaking, golf and yoga. She and her husband love to travel, especially when grandchildren are involved.
Welcome to the blog, Susan. How many books have you written?
My first published novel, Eaglebait, a young adult work involving school bullies was published over twenty years ago. It won The International Reading Association’s “Young Adult Choice,” and the NY Public Library’s “Books for the Teen Age” awards. I have recently updated Eaglebait to include cyber-bullying and it is available in print and e-book via Amazon and Barnes and Noble. A Red, Red Rose is my second published book.
Give a short synopsis of your most recent book.
When twenty-year old Ashby Overton travels to Overhome Estate for a summer in Virginia, she hopes to unearth her ancestral roots and the cause of a mysterious family rift surrounding the death of her Grandmother Lenore years ago. From the moment she enters her room in the oldest wing, Ashby feels an invisible enfolding presence. She learns the room once belonged to a woman named Rosabelle, but no one is willing to talk about Rosabele—no one except Luke, the stable boy who captures Ashby’s heart. As Ashby and Luke become closer, she realizes he can be the confidant she needs to share the terrifying secrets unfolding. Ever present is a force Ashby never sees, only feels. Candles light themselves, notes from an old lullaby fall from the ceiling, the radio tunes itself each day. And roses appear in the unlikeliest places. Are the roses a symbol of love, or do they represent something dark, something deeply evil?
Q: What challenges did you face while writing this book?
I started writing A Red, Red Rose while living in Northern Virginia, the scene of an actual ancestral home reputed to be haunted. After retiring to Southern Virginia, I decided to switch the setting there. The problem was I had not lived there long enough to fully understand the cultural nuances. So, I fictionalized the setting as Moore Mountain Lake and made up whatever details I wanted. That’s the great thing about writing fiction!
Q: Do you travel to do research or for inspiration. Share some special places.
Research was key for the history background of A Red, Red Rose. Fortunately, Virginia is very big on history. I believe seven US presidents were born in the state and George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are sacred! I spent hours in the Bedford Museum, which specializes in local history. There I found my prototype for Overhome Estate, as well as information on the formation of Smith Mountain Lake. I talked to the historians at Booker T. Washington’s birthplace in regard to slave cemeteries and consulted professors about Civil War activity in Southern Virginia. Lots of work, but lots of fun and I met some fascinating folks.
Q: What is your greatest lesson learned about writing so far. What advice do you have for new writers.
Like most writers, I have to edit, edit, edit. I find putting my work aside for a day or so and re-reading it from a fresh point of view helpful. For new writers, I suggest joining a critique group. For writers of all ages, I say read constantly.
Q: Promotion—how do you get the word out both off and online?
Ah, promotion—my most dreaded aspect of being a published author. I work hard at what I call hands-on promotion. I’m good at holding signings, workshops, author talks and panel discussions. I enjoy speaking to any group who invites me—be it schools, book clubs, community organizations or church. It’s the online promotion I find most challenging. I have a good website, a pretty decent blog (which I need to write on more frequently), and I belong to Face Book, Linked In, She Writes, Goodreads, and my Authors Helping Authors publisher’s group. An English major through and through, I find technology baffling and frustrating, but I battle on. Just opened a Twitter account—so we’ll see how that works. 
Q: What are your future writing goals/projects??
I am so glad you asked! I have just finished the sequel to A Red, Red Rose and am editing, editing, editing until I muster the nerve to submit it to my publisher. Called Beneath the Stones, the cozy mystery/Southern gothic finds Ashby Overton five years later, mistress of the manor and planning her wedding when a big problem emerges. Of course, there are spirits involved and these ghosts originated during the Civil War. Talk about research! I have become quite the expert on Confederate history—visiting battlefields, museums and ancient houses—attending lectures, perusing books and scouring the Internet. It was a learning experience, for sure.
Where can folks learn more about your books and events?
Eaglebait is available at Amazon in print and as e-book for Kindle. It is also available for Nook.
A Red, Red Rose is available on Kindle:
It will be offered FREE from Jan 21 – Jan 21 – Jan 25.
A Red,Red Rose is available in print from Amazon or The Wildrose Press.http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=191&products_id=5468
Thanks for the opportunity to blog on this awesome blogspot and I hope to hear from lots of readers!

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Susan has joined a book group at Good Reads

Hello, Friends:
I've just joined a book group at Good Reads. It's for book addicts, so I am a qualified member. I'll be posting some books I've read and hope to read and a review or two as well as my own writings.  Join me anyone?