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Fantasy… Adventure… Mystery… and Romance!

Fantasy has become one of the most popular genre, simply because you are taken into a completely new world… a world of magic and mystery… where almost anything can happen. In this new series by Serena Clarke, we have an enchanting kingdom and mystical creatures that reside in the forests.

Treasure of Isian webBook: The Treasure of Isian

Synopsis: Prince Garin is a brave, proud, adventure-seeking prince. Elani is his most trusted servant and she would do anything for him. Their quest to find the mystical Treasure of Isian is immediately interrupted and they find themselves confronted by giants, elves, dragons, and a vengeful water-witch. Elani must face her greatest fears to save her prince and her kingdom. Will they be able to make a great sacrifice to save the kingdom?

Sample Chapter: http://serenaclarke.wordpress.com/sample-chapters

Review: “The Treasure of Isian is captivating and has many twists and turns. It gives a new dimension to fantasy characters. It was difficult to put down. Not only is it a fantasy, but a sweet love story that can be enjoyed by young adult and adult alike. The devotion of Elani to her Prince was enjoyable, making the reader wonder when the Prince will see her as something more than a servant.” –Linda Weaver Clarke, Author

 

alliance-of-isian webBook: The Alliance of Isain

Synopsis: Isian decides to make an alliance with their long time enemies in order to defeat a common enemy. So Isian sends a proposal, offering their daughter to the prince, in order to ensure an alliance. Princess Gabrielle and Prince Alec must learn to work together and trust each other in order to triumph in the approaching war. With a mysterious beast attacking the kingdom, their lives in danger, and overcoming their vast cultural differences, will love grow despite their trials?

Sample Chapter: http://serenaclarke.wordpress.com/sample-chapters

Review:I am quickly becoming a huge fan of Serena’s. I loved this book even more than the first one in the series. I am always intrigued by stories of arranged marriages and how they turn to marriages filled with love. These two characters had so much to overcome, coming from different cultures. Yet, they bravely took on the challenge because of the love they had for the people who they ruled over. There is plenty of action and intrigue in the storyline. I lost quite a bit of sleep reading way too late into the night. I love the characters. I want to know even more about their lives. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!” — Cheryl Larson

These books may be purchased at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. It is also available as an e-book on Amazon,  Barnes and Noble, or Smashwords. The Treasure of Isian and The Alliance of Isian are $2.99. Visit Serena’s website at http://serenaclarke.wordpress.com/about-author and learn more.

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Enjoy A Sweet Romantic Cozy Mystery

THE BALI MYSTERY

Amelia Moore Detective Series

Cozy mysteries are in a genre of their own. Most are about solving a crime, but this series involves missing persons. This is a cozy mystery with a touch of romance. What is a “cozy” mystery? It should be a G-rated story with no swearing or sex. It has many twists and turns and must have very likeable characters so that it can be turned into a series. A cozy mystery focuses on the plot and characters, and the main character is usually an intelligent woman.

 

“I have yet to be disappointed reading a book by Linda Weaver Clarke! Her books are always fun to read! Character development is a key part of writing her stories. The plot always has a twist I didn’t see coming and The Bali Mystery does not disappoint!  I know better than to start one of Linda’s books when I don’t have time to enjoy it! There is mystery, adventure, and romance all rolled into one.” –Review by Linda Badurek

 

Bali webIn this cozy mystery Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of Rick Bonito, her business is flourishing.

When Mrs. Brody hires Amelia and Rick to find her missing brother, they find themselves in Bali, Indonesia. They are mystified why her brother quit his job, put his home up for sale, and ran off to this mysterious and exotic island without telling a soul.

Cheryl Larson wrote: “Yes, there is intrigue and mysterious men in black tailing our heroine at every move. Her handsome partner Rick saves the day and teaches our heroine how to defend herself. I enjoyed this sweet mystery and want to go explore the tropical island of Bali on my own now.”

 

Read a Sample Chapter at http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/bali.html

Links to purchase:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

E-books available at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

 

Four Mystery/Adventure Novels

MYSTERY AND ADVENTURE WITH A TOUCH OF ROMANCE!

“One thing I admire about Linda Weaver Clarke’s writing is that she desires to put the reader right there with her characters by describing the setting so well that you are swept away. From page one Linda eloquently describes in interesting details the surroundings and the feelings of her characters. I love when I begin reading a book and am taken in! The relationships and the communication between the characters is top notch.” –Melanie Ski, Jubilee Reviews

AnasaziWebBook: Anasazi Intrigue: The Adventures of John and Julia Evans

Review: This is the first book I’ve read by Linda Weaver Clarke and I’m already hooked. The first pages grab you right in and grab at your heartstrings as you read about the destruction caused by the flood. When Julia and John fight for their lives, readers will be on the edge of their seats for this one. There’s also romance in the mix. John and Julia’s marriage is strong and they are quite supportive of each other. Even when they have their ups and downs, it’s not for long and they get right back into each other’s arms. It’s nice to see a relationship portrayed this way. Very realistic and believable. This series is a “must read” for me. And…my Socrates Great Book Alert Award! –Socrates Book Review

Sample Chapter: http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/anasazi.html
MayanWebBook: Mayan Intrigue: The Adventures of John and Julia Evans

Review: What starts out as a romantic trip quickly turns into a dangerous adventure among the Mayan ruins and jungles, and the vacationers are on the run from thieves–and wild animals! Excitement prevails! This book is full of mystery and suspense. Linda’s writing is lively and down-to-earth; she has the ability to make you feel as if you’re in these stories, along with John and Julia, trying to decipher the truth and escape from harm. –Suko’s Notebook
Sample Chapter: http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/mayan.html
MontezumaWebBook: Montezuma Intrigue: The Adventures of John and Julia Evans

Review: I am charmed by her new book, Montezuma Intrigue. The mysteries continue as this author entrances us with life-like characters and electrifying adventures. The search for Montezuma’s treasure is both exciting and memorable. There are also a few romances, and some surprises as well, which kept my reading pleasurable and lively. I enjoyed the adventure and suspense in her latest novel, which kept me reading well into the night. –Suko’s Notebook

Sample Chapter: http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/montezuma.html
DesertWebBook: Desert Intrigue: The Adventures of John and Julia Evans

Review: Romance, Mystery, and Regional History Collaborate to Create a Satisfying, Intriguing Story! It was difficult to put this one down. I cared about the characters, I cared about their ranch, and I was brainstorming right along with this delightful family, figuring out how to either remove the curse or solve the mystery that threatened to destroy their way of life. There are children flirting with romance, relational complexities, and a wedding in the works that just won’t seem to come together. The writing is clear and lively, never calling attention to itself or getting in the way of the story. The touches of humor and inclusion of regional history tie it all together to make a satisfying story all the more fascinating. Highly recommended! –Steve Miller, Author

Sample Chapter: http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/desert.html

The first three books may be purchased for only $12.00 from my website, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. Desert Intrigue is $14.95. Visit my website at Make Believe! They are also available as an e-book.

The Mystery Behind Superstition Mountain

Superstition Mountain and Spring WildflowersSuperstition Mountain is believed to have great treasure hidden within. Many people have tried to find it but have never succeeded. It is difficult to explore because of its dangerous cliffs and plateaus. It’s a treacherous mountain and many adventurers never come back.

Superstition Mountain, located east of Phoenix, is famous for the Lost Dutchman’s Mine where millions of dollars worth of gold is hidden. The history of this mountain would astound you. Those who discovered the mine were in grave danger, especially if they took any gold from this spot. This is sacred ground. People disappear and mysterious deaths occur. That’s why it’s called Superstition Mountain.

Those who have discovered its whereabouts usually met with an accident. The people, who were able to get away safely, never returned. Just as the men were about to form a party and return, something always happened to them. They would get sick and die or get in a fight and get killed, or something mysterious would happen to them. Now you know how this mountain got its name.

It all started in 1540 when a conquistador by the name of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado went to southern Arizona, searching for the Seven Golden Cities of Cibola. When he asked the Apaches for help, they admitted that the mountain held an abundance of gold, but they refused to help because they feared the great Thunder God. This land was sacred ground.

As the Spaniards explored the mountain, looking for the gold, men began to vanish. No one knew where they had gone, but the Apaches told them the great Thunder God had destroyed them. At first they didn’t believe it until they found the bodies of a few men. They had mysteriously died. This frightened Coronado’s men and they refused to continue searching. When Coronado realized his men were right, he finally gave in and named it Superstition Mountain. It didn’t take long before word was passed from one generation to the next that it was an evil place. And the name stuck.

In 1845, Don Miguel Peralta went searching for the gold and discovered a large amount hidden in the mountain. He couldn’t believe his luck and named it Sombrero Mine. The area looked just like a sombrero. It had a point like a hat with a wide brim. But others thought the peak of the mountain looked more like an index finger pointing toward the sky, so they named it the Finger of God. But that’s not the name it goes by today. When an explorer named Paul Weaver scratched his name in the rock below the tall spire, its new name became Weaver’s Needle.

Don Miguel Peralta had discovered the richest gold mine in all Western history and began shipping it back home to Mexico. When the Apache noticed what was happening, they became angry because they had trespassed onto sacred ground and were stealing what was theirs. In 1848, they decided to drive the foreigners off their land. When Don Miguel found out they were preparing for a battle, he quickly concealed the mine and headed home with his mules and wagons packed to the brim with gold. But it was too late. The Apache warriors were ready for them. They massacred all the Spaniards.

What happened to the gold they were carrying in the wagons? It spilled all over the mountain. As time passed, different prospectors have found the remains of broken wheels and the bones of burros. In fact, in 1914 a man named Silverlocke discovered $18,000 worth of gold that was found in a rotted leather pack that had been on one of the burros.

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Why is it called the Lost Dutchman Mine today? Jacob Waltz was born in Germany. In 1845 he came to America, searching for his fortune. Why did they call him the Dutchman if he wasn’t Dutch? His nickname was probably taken from the German word: Deutsch. Germany is called Deutschland. So people could have gotten confused and thought he was Dutch.

Many years passed when he finally settled in Arizona and worked for some miners. The Indians labeled him Snow Beard, because he grew a long white scraggly beard. Soon he began hearing stories about Superstition Mountain from the Indians. They told him about the great Thunder God who was protecting all the gold inside the mountain. This made him quite curious. When he asked about it, he found out that Don Miguel Peralta had discovered this gold mine years ago but covered it up so no one could find it. This intrigued him greatly.

In 1870 he became good friends with a real Dutchman named Jacob Weiser and they went in search of this lost gold mine together. One day they showed up in Phoenix, buying whiskey for everyone, celebrating their great fortune with golden nuggets. These men had struck it rich. No one knew where they’d gotten it. They wouldn’t reveal its whereabouts but many suspected they had found the Sombrero Mine. Some say that they stumbled upon it and others say a descendent of Don Miguel Peralta had a map and sold it to them. No one knows for sure. For the next ten years, they continued bringing in gold nuggets. When Jacob Weiser disappeared, Waltz became paranoid and took extra care to not allow anyone to follow him to the mine.

What happened to Jacob Weiser? No one knows for sure. It was either Apaches or gold seekers trying to get information out of him. In 1891, Waltz was finally going to show his girlfriend where the mine was but never had a chance. He died during the night and took the secret with him. That’s why it’s called the Lost Dutchman Mine.

The Apache Indians say a Thunder God protects the mountain. Each summer the great Thunder God roars his loudest, creating thunderstorms like no other, announcing his control over the mountain.

DesertWebThe mystery behind Superstition Mountain was the inspiration for a mystery novel: Desert Intrigue. This novel is the fourth book in a series of mysteries called The Adventures of John and Julia Evans.

When Julia’s brother announces that his dude ranch is haunted, she believes that someone is trying to sabotage his place and force him to sell. The mysterious happenings have to do with Superstition Mountain, the lost Dutchman’s goldmine, and the great Thunder God. Is it possible that the legend of the Thunder God is actually true? After a terrible thunderstorm, everyone begins to wonder. John and Julia quickly head to Mesa, Arizona and discover a few mysterious events. Will they find out who is behind these disasters before Uncle Kelly’s dude ranch is ruined? 

The Mystery Behind Superstition Mountain is Inspiration for New Mystery/Adventure Novel, Desert Intrigue

The lost Dutchman’s goldmine, the great Thunder God, and mysterious events begin to unfold in this new mystery adventure novel.

DesertWeb With a blend of mystery, adventure, humor, and sweet romance, Linda Weaver Clarke creates a story based upon the adventures of a married couple and their three daughters in Desert Intrigue. “This book can be read safely by anyone, and the romance scenes are absolutely delectable!” said Ruth Hill, My Devotional Thoughts. “The mystery in the book is probably the best I have seen from Linda Weaver Clarke. She gave subtle details, but even I did not have it all figured out by the end.”

When Julia’s brother announces that his dude ranch is haunted, she believes that someone is trying to sabotage his place and force him to sell. The mysterious happenings have to do with Superstition Mountain, the lost Dutchman’s goldmine, and the great Thunder God. Is it possible that the legend of the Thunder God is actually true? After a terrible thunderstorm, everyone begins to wonder. John and Julia quickly head to Mesa, Arizona and discover a few mysterious events. Will they find out who is behind these disasters before Uncle Kelly’s dude ranch is ruined?

 “Desert Intrigue is an entertaining and joyful book, my favorite in this mystery series by Linda Weaver Clarke, which I think would make an excellent TV mini series.  I love the sparks of romance in this adventure–they spice things up and add much interest to the story.  The book has a handful of surprises that I did not anticipate, and the mystery fuels much of the action.” – Suko’s Notebook

Steve Miller, Best Selling Author, called it “a satisfying, intriguing story!” He wrote: “It was difficult to put this one down. I cared about the characters, I cared about their ranch, and I was brainstorming right along with this delightful family, figuring out how to either remove the curse or solve the mystery that threatened to destroy their way of life. But as with life as I’ve experienced it, it’s never just saving the ranch. There are children flirting with romance, relational complexities, and a wedding in the works that just won’t seem to come together. The writing is clear and lively. The touches of humor and inclusion of regional history tie it all together to make a satisfying story all the more fascinating. Highly recommended!”

Desert Intrigue (ISBN: 978-1-47008-421-9, Red Mountain Shadows Publishing, 2012) can be found at local libraries or online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com.

 

Montezuma’s Treasure is Focus of New Mystery/Adventure Novel

Mysterious events, the search for Montezuma’s treasure, a good-looking rogue, and family secrets! How important is it to learn about our parentage? Will it make a difference in one’s life and the choices we make? To April, it makes a big difference.

MontezumaWeb With a blend of mystery, adventure, humor, and sweet romance, Linda Weaver Clarke creates a story based upon the adventures of a married couple and their three daughters in “Montezuma Intrigue.”

When a leather parchment of Montezuma’s map is found in great-grandfather Evans’ old chest, April and the twins know this summer is going to be a memorable one. The girls want to search for it but their father is against it for some mysterious reason. With Julia’s help, she and the girls convince John to go on a treasure hunt. Is Montezuma’s treasure a legend or reality? Whatever the case, John insists on keeping their little treasure hunt a secret. If certain people find out about it, the family could be in danger.

 “In the latest book by Linda Weaver Clarke, Montezuma Intrigue, the mysteries continue as this author entrances us with life-like characters and electrifying adventures. The search for Montezuma’s treasure is both exciting and memorable. I enjoyed the adventure and suspense in her latest novel, which kept me reading well into the night.” -Suko’s Notebook

While searching for Montezuma’s treasure, Matthew is trying to get the courage to tell April how he feels about her. How does he tell his kindred friend that she means more to him than just a friend? Oblivious of Matthew’s feelings for her, April is gradually learning the importance of her heritage. Who were her ancestors and why has the family kept a certain “secret” all these years? Will learning about her parentage change her perspective about life? This mystery series includes Anasazi Intrigue, Mayan Intrigue, and Montezuma Intrigue.

“Montezuma Intrigue” (ISBN: 978-1481266925, 2nd edition, Red Mountain Shadows Publishing). For more information, visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com.

 

The Challenge of Writing A Mystery

Each genre has different rules and challenges. We have mystery, suspense, adventure, and romance. Each plot has to be carefully thought out before writing a story. The writing process between romance and mystery was quite a change for me, with a completely different mind set. With romance, you plan out the plot around the meeting of a couple. As you write, you develop some sort of charisma between the characters, making the reader feel excited that one day they’re going to hit it off and fall in love. You, as the reader, know the outcome.

But with a mystery, the reader is in the dark. The author has to come up with a plot that no one knows about until towards the end of the story and hope they haven’t figured it out. In a mystery, you may or may not allow your reader to know who the bad guys are, according to whether it’s just a mystery or mystery suspense. In a mystery, the reader doesn’t know who the bad guys are until the end of the book. With mystery suspense, the reader knows who they are and it makes for a more suspenseful outcome.

old lady knocking on door For example: In a mystery, the heroine hears someone knocking at the door. The person behind the door is a mystery to both the reader and the heroine. In a suspense, the reader knows who is behind the door and is yelling to the heroine, “No! Don’t answer it!

I would like to discuss the secrets of writing a mystery or mystery/suspense. First: your hero and heroine must stand out from the others, but how? Choose a name, personality, and build, which will distinguish them from anyone else. Develop their personalities. Put yourself in their shoes. During this journey, the main characters will change for the better and there is always a happy ending where the reader throws his hands in the air and cheers for the good guys. I have ten rules for writing this genre.

1. You must have villains that make us shiver from their unscrupulous actions.

2. Sometime in the story, the hero is thrown into chaos. His life may be threatened. At first, he doesn’t know why but eventually finds out. Whatever the hero or heroine is doing, it is causing a problem and stirring things up.

3. Strange things happen. The heroine or hero gets a mysterious letter in the mail, people are following them, and they are startled from strange sounds in the night, etc.

4. Secrets are gradually being answered as the story develops. Little bits of information are found here and there. Perhaps the heroine is keeping a secret from the hero that could help the case and he eventually finds out about it. As they search for answers, they begin to find clues that bring them closer to their unanswered questions.

5. Emotions are up front. This makes the reader become part of the story and sit on the edge of his seat. The secret is: “Show! Don’t Tell!” When a person is afraid, her face turns pale, her heart beats rapidly, and she begins to tremble, etc.

6. The hero is pursued, captured, and is in terrible danger. Now you have to figure out how he or she will get away.

7. The reader will be ahead of the hero and can almost see the outcome as he begs, “No! Don’t go in there!” Remember: The reader knows who is behind the door in a suspense novel. The reader doesn’t know who is behind the door in a mystery.

8. The hero or heroine is supposed to succeed. But how? How will he or she get out of the situation? He must have a certain skill so he can beat the bad guys. Or an idea comes to her mind, and she tries it out and it works.

9. The Roller Coaster Ride: Our heart pounds with fear and we worry about the character’s life one minute and laugh the next. We sigh when the hero is being romantic and the next moment yell at him for not thinking. This is called a “roller coaster ride” of emotions.

10. Black moment: when all is lost, when it appears they will never reach their goals.

11. The Climax: The bad guy gets what’s coming to him. The hero rides to the rescue. The victims need to see the villain get his just end.

12. Resolution: All loose ends are tied up here. You answer any questions the reader might have missed during the story.

These are my rules for a successful mystery/suspense. At the end of the book, the reader applauds as he watches the bad guy get his just rewards. He cheers when the good guy wins. He or she sighs when the hero takes the heroine in his arms and kisses her. Then the reader closes the book and hopes to read another one that is just as entertaining as this one.