Thursday, November 8, 2012

What I Love to Write

I write suspense and mystery with a medical edge, and of course, always with a great romance. The medical aspect comes from my background as an obstetrician and gynecologist, and the romance from my love of Janet Evanovich novels and my growing as a writer through Romance Writers of America. I expanded into the genre of mystery and crime, specifically police procedurals through joining Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. That, and I’ve always felt that docs and cops are a lot alike with a regimented order, long hours, stress, and life and death decisions. So were born my two protagonists in my romantic suspense novel IF MEMORY SERVES, obstetrician Dr. Tara Ross, and homicide commander, Lieutenant Detective Jeffrey Corrigan.

I must say that I’m a believer in Stephen King’s mantra that every writer should read. A fan of King’s ON WRITING, I’m presently reading, 11/22/63: A NOVEL, his fabulous newest time travel novel. But my longstanding favorite writers are the physician writers Tess Gerritsen and Robin Cook. I also love following J.D. Robb’s (aka Nora Roberts) series protagonists, Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her paramour Roarke. Finally, I’m a fan of Patricia Cornwell and her series revolving around medical examiner, Kaye Scarpetta.

What do you like to read, and who are your favorite novelists?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Wicked weather in the Northeast

Well, the power is now up and running in my home in NY. So grateful! There remains devastation and heartbreak in New Jersey and New York. I arrived in Vermont two days before the power in my house, so I actually had heat, running water, and hot food before my family. How wonderful it was to finally shower, not to mention having light that didn't involve a flashlight or candles. I am truly lucky. We take for granted all that we have everyday until disaster strikes. Sure puts life into perspective! Meanwhile, I awoke to a dusting of snow in Vermont. I do pray that the impending storm this week stays away from New Jersey and New York.

I hope all is well wherever you are!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Post Halloween and Hurricane Sandy

Thank you, all , so much for visiting my Halloween Blog Hop. Due to Hurricane Sandy's ravages, I have been unable to access my internet. Sorry for the delay. The winner (chosen by a random draw) of the kindle versions of my two books, IF MEMORY SERVES, and AN EVERGREEN CHRISTMAS, is Kristina Leigh!

I wish to send my sympathies to everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Sandy. For those you have lost their homes, families, and friends, I can't begin to imagine your pain. God bless!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween Blog                        

Hi Readers,

Welcome to my blog. I'm participating in a Halloween blog. Starting tomorrow, the 26th, and through the 29th, stop by my post and let me know if you believe in ghosts, or would spend a night in a house that used to be a funeral home. Anyone who comments, and leaves an email address, I will randomly select a winner. The prize? A free Kindle edition of two of my books, IF MEMORY SERVES and AN EVERGREEN CHRISTMAS. Happy reading, and I can't wait to hear your Halloween stories.

Tanya Goodwin

It’s New Years Eve but obstetrician Dr. Tara Ross isn’t celebrating. After a catastrophic delivery, Tara, a workaholic, sleep deprived and already stressed to the max, lapses into a post -traumatic memory loss. Wandering the streets of Manhattan’s Upper West she is mistakenly swept up in a narcotics sting operation and lands in Jeffrey Corrigan’s precinct.
Divorced but married to the job as a dedicated homicide squad commander, Detective Lieutenant Jeffrey Corrigan has his hands full chasing Angelina Holtz, sadistic drug czarina and murder suspect with ties to his corrupt captain. The last thing he needs is another woman to complicate his life.  That is until he encounters Tara in the precinct’s holding cell.
Unable to drive her home during a blizzard, he has no choice but to bring her to his house. As a temporary guest in his home, Tara and Jeffrey build a relationship they’d both like to make permanent. While enlisting the help of the precinct psychiatrist to restore Tara’s memory he fears for her safety when threats mount against both their lives. The evil drug czarina and her cadre of corrupt cops will make him pay for nosing around in their business. They’ll start with Tara.

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  Dr. Holly Green hasn't celebrated Christmas since age thirteen when her parents were killed in a car accident on Christmas Eve. An intense surgeon but a social wallflower, Holly successfully dodges the hospital holiday party every year, except this year when she meets Dr. Noel Shepherd, sexy new surgeon on the block who's determined to end her absenteeism.

The polar opposite of Holly, Noel revels in the Christmas spirit, sporting a penguin print necktie and Santa sticker on his beeper.

From the moment Holly bumps into Noel in the operating room, she can't deny her attraction to him. Noel likewise lights up around Holly.

When their relationship heats up over the holiday season, Noel purchases an evergreen tree that he and Holly could decorate. But his surprise quickly sours when Holly refuses to have anything to do with the tree. Has Noel crossed the line, catapulting Holly into a Christmas she isn't ready to celebrate?

A Haunted House in an Unusual Place
As a travelling physician, I’ve been to a variety of small towns, many filled with older houses. I’ve marveled at many of these on my walks or runs around the neighborhoods. But I never thought that one day I’d actually practice obstetrics and gynecology during one of my locum tenens assignments in a “haunted home.” That’s exactly what happened when I went to Dansville, New York.
As I entered the obstetric/gynecologic practice located inside a beautiful, classic house, I was blown away to find out that this house, one hundred years ago, was a funeral home! Needless to say, my interest in this historic fact was piqued. Stained glass windows and a fireplace in every room greeted me. Although the house was converted to accommodate a medical practice, including exam rooms, I couldn’t help envision how people used to come here to pay their respects to the dead decades ago.
 Aged brown and beige framed photos of Grover’s Funeral Home lined the corridors. In between seeing patients, I could not stop staring at these. I had to learn more. The office nurses were more than happy to share the spooky details.
First we climbed a winding staircase to the second floor while sliding our hands up the polished mahogany banister. The nurse told me of a periodic apparition of a man in a suit who’d stand in between the two flights of stairs. I did not see him during my assignment, but I believe it! The nurses then pulled down the attic stairs and off we went to the dusty abode above us. Among office supplies, the old Grover’s Funeral Home signage sat so macabre upon velvet cushioned chair, as if it was taken down only recently. Wow! I couldn’t believe that sign was still housed in that attic for one hundred years. I, of course, whipped out my camera for a unique photo op.
So impressed by the whole historic feel of the house, now an obstetric and gynecologic practice, I couldn’t help but write about a house such as this in a novel I named, “The Embalmer”, the sequel to “If Memory Serves” by Mitchell Morris Publishing. I can’t wait for you to read it. Meanwhile, enjoy the following photos of the house now, and how it existed one hundred years ago.
Do you believe in ghosts? Would you sleep in a house that was a funeral home?
Let me know!

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Frankfurt Book Fair October 2012

I'm still jumping up and down! My novel, IF MEMORY SERVES, a romantic suspense with police procedural, is going to Germany this October! The Taryn Fagerness Agency will be representing it at the Frankfurt Book Fair. I'll be home in New York, but I will bid "Bon Voyage" to IF MEMORY SERVES.

Do books need a passport?! Ha! Ha!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Tales of a Travelling Doctor and Author

Today I have my author's hat on! This weekend, on Sunday, September 23rd, I participated in the Brooklyn Book Festival. What a great time. I took me two train rides but I arrived early Sunday morning at Borough Hall, towing my two full suitcases of books and a back pack strapped across my shoulders. Thank God!

I was at two booths. In the morning, I was at the NYC/Romance Writer's booth, and in the afternoon at the NYC/ Sisters in Crime one. The crowds peeked in the sunny but breezy afternoon, a picture perfect day in Brooklyn. So much energy in one place!

I sold several copies of my romantic suspense novel, IF MEMORY SERVES. But the best part was seeing the crowd's hunger for books. Who knows how many returned home to download books on their Kindles and Nooks?

My personal crew turned out to support me. Tamara, my darling daughter, I love you!  And same for her boyfriend Mario! Mary Ellen ("Marielle!"), Bill, and Ann, you brightened my day! Your words of encouragement are priceless. The gift was unnecessary but so much appreciated. I was stunned! And Stephanie, you came all the way from Oneonta to support me, bringing congratulations from the whole group! I can't thank you enough!

I love you all. I end with shades of the Brooklyn Book Festival.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Tales of a Travelling Doc - The Bronx

Ok, I'm nervous already. Today I'm driving to the Bronx, a borough of Manhattan, for a locum job interview. I am unfamiliar with the Bronx, and frankly it scares the "you know what" out of me. I have visions of my car stolen, or vandalized. I picture drug dealers lurking around. I live in the nice, quiet suburb of Carmel. I know Manhattan well, and I love to go into the city. I'll be there tomorrow for my NYC Sisters in Crime writer's meeting. But the Bronx? That's a different story. I'll let you know how this adventure turns out!