Death Runs in the Family – Reviews Are Coming In!

My latest novel in the Alvarez Family Murder Mystery series, Death runs in the Family. Death Runs is my favorite so far, but this is probably because the latest is usually an author’s favorite! Lee, Lila, Richard and Tío – the whole Alvarez Family – are up to their eyeballs again in dead bodies here in the gorgeous Bay Area and beyond! Peril is everywhere. Even Tugger is catnapped! Take a gander at my book trailer if you don’t believe me: http://youtu.be/TJiessiOxAcThe wonderful author Pat Dale has read Death Runs in the Family and offers a totally unsolicited review! isn’t that great when other writers take the time to write down their opinion of our work? I am so jazzed. Here it is:“The third book in the Lee Alvarez Mystery series has recently been released by Muse It Up Publishing and I’ve just finished reading a delightful mystery romp. Author Heather Haven takes us through a series of infinitely detailed settings as this sometimes vulnerable but infinitely talented sleuth doggedly chases down a wisp of a girl/woman who had pulled one over on her. The plot thickens and the stakes grow higher; and deadlier. From a seemingly impish prank, the reader is drawn into high drama with deadly consequences, leading to a long distance chase that nets one of the most deceptive but ruthless villains I’ve read in a long while. Five star ratings are bandied about carelessly these days and that’s a shame. When you find an author who really knows how to write, and a story that keeps your eyes glued to the page, page after page, you know you’ve read five star material. Heather Haven is a gifted author and I can hardly wait to see what her protagonist, Lee Alvarez, gets into next. Kudos and a…

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Please Join Me In Welcoming J.D. Brown, Author of Dark Heirloom

At twenty-seven years old J.D. Brown is a youngster by my lights, but she already knows her stuff. She’s written a dynamic novel, Dark Heirloom, a story about a vampire who isn’t quite what she is supposed to be. It’s a compelling urban fantasy. We’ll go into Dark Heirloom later, but first let’s get to know J.D. a little better, as she answers some of my questions: 1. What is your favorite book? This changes often depending on what book I’m currently engrossed in. Right now I’m between books, but two of my favorites are First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones and The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. 2. Who is your favorite writer? It’s a tie between Anne Rice and Orson Scott Card. 3. If the answers to 1 & 2 are different, why? Rice and Card are the classic literary geniuses of their time. I love their books and admire and respect all they’ve done in the industry. While I enjoy Clare and Jones’ books, they’re not quite at the same level as Rice and Card yet. They might be some day and that would be awesome. 4. How old were you when you were first published? I was 26. It was almost a year ago. 5. What writing style do you most abhor? I wouldn’t say that I hate any specific style – after all, my reading tastes are pretty wide. But there are some pet peeves that will make me stop reading a book. #1 is too much head hoping. I prefer books written in first person point of view because I know there won’t be any head hoping in them. #2 is a predictable plot line an/or stereotypical characters. #3 is too much telling or author narration. I prefer deep character point…

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