Get Lost in a Story readers, today we are fortunate to have a husband and wife mystery-writing team known as The Deadly Duo, join us. Judge Bill Hopkins and Sharon Hopkins write mystery/thrillers, my kind of reads, and I can’t wait to dig into these two.River Mourn by Bill Hopkins: Judge Rosswell Carew’s fiancée is still missing. Because her last call to him came from a payphone in Sainte Genevieve, Carew arranges to hold court there so he can pursue his search for her. When he witnesses someone who resembles Tina tossed from a riverboat ferry, he's plunged into a nightmare world he never knew existed. Rosswell is astounded when he discovers that what he saw and the fate of Tina are intertwined. Unable to convince the local authorities that something deadly is going on, Rosswell teams up with his faithful research assistant Ollie Groton to discover the truth. The excitement never lets up until the last page.
Killertrust by Sharon Hopkins: While driving home from work,
banker Rhetta McCarter’s quiet evening is shattered when she witnesses a fatal hit-and-run accident. Her world is soon turned upside-down when she learns the dead man, a total stranger has no identification, except her business card. Then Rhetta’s long estranged and presumed dead father leaves her a voice mail telling her that he can prove the victim was murdered. He also tells her he and the victim served together in Vietnam. But how can the caller be her father when she has his death certificate? The unknown victim is soon identified—as a soldier who died on the same day as her father in 1973! Rhetta is thrown full throttle into a deadly mystery surrounding her father and a secret trust that has already claimed three lives. Will she be the fourth?
Ready to find out what makes these two tick? So am I?
DONNELL: I feel like I’m Bob Eubanks on the Newly Wed Game asking you two questions, except you’re hardly newlyweds, right? I understand the two of you share an office. How’s that working out for you?
BILL: We have two home offices and two offices in a building we own. So it’s working out fine!
SHARON: I don’t actually share his office. I prefer my own. He’s, shall I say, a “stacker.” You ladies know what I mean.
DONNELL: We have a lot of romance followers on this blog, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask how did the two of you meet?
BILL: I knew her before we started dating. I’d heard she’d broken up with her boyfriend, so I called her on Christmas Day of 1989 to go eat with my family. She didn’t run off screaming when she met my family and we’ve been together ever since. (Married in 1991.)
SHARON: Yep. Our first date was a giant family dinner. I survived.
DONNELL: Do you read each other’s work? In other words are you critique partners?
BILL: Yes, absolutely. She’s my best critic. If she doesn’t understand something, I delete it from what I’m writing. She looks for speed bumps in the Interstate. If you use jargon or aren’t otherwise clear, your reader will be jerked out of the story. You don’t want that.
SHARON: He’s my first and best reader. He is really helpful. If he doesn’t like it, it’s gone.
DONNELL: What is the most interesting thing you’ve discovered while doing research?
BILL: How to escape from a premature burial. (Stay tuned, faithful readers.)
SHARON: What a ley line is. Like Bill, I’ll ask you to stay tuned, wonderful readers. Book 4 coming in 2014..
DONNELL: Finish this sentence. It’s the weekend. I think I’ll go . . .
SHARON: hop in my ’79 Camaro and go for a real muscle car ride. Love to hear that motor roar!
BILL AND SHARON: Thanks Donnell, for inviting us to share some time with your Get Lost in a Story Readers. This has been a lot of fun! We love our readers and truly, that’s the real reason we write: for the readers.
DONNELL: Thanks you two for visiting. Here’s your chance to ask readers a question.
BILL: Readers, tell us what irritates you the most in a book you’re trying to read?
SHARON: Do you prefer “real” books to read, or e-books?
Donnell, we want to send a signed copy each of River Mourn a Killertrust to 2 random commenters. Donnell to draw the names. JContact Links
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