Friday, August 19, 2016

~ You'll be Happy You Stumbled Upon STUMBLE STONES! ~







Please welcome Marilyn Baron, author of STUMBLE STONES, a novel released today by The Wild Rose Press! Let's find out a little more about her...


What is the best thing you’ve learned about writing and/or the publishing business? 

Of all the authors I’ve interviewed, the best and most universal advice I’ve ever received is “Finish the book.” You can always revise and improve a manuscript but you can’t fix a blank page. I also recommend joining a writer’s group. I’m in Georgia Romance Writers and the friendships and support you receive are invaluable.

Yes! Or as an English friend of mine would say, "Finish the damn book!" What is something you struggle with when you write? 

I’m great at beginnings and endings. The “sagging middle” often poses a problem. I love to write dialogue, I love setting and description but “show, don’t tell,” is a skill I need to improve. I also like to change POV within a scene, which is a no-no, although Nora Roberts does it successfully.

Oh, yes. Nora Roberts Syndrome. I suffer from that, too. Give us a brief glimpse at your road to publication. 

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I started out writing humorous paranormal short stories for a small press specializing in science fiction, supernatural, horror & urban fantasy, thriller and mainstream. My stories are about angels and devils, love and death, weddings and funerals—happy endings guaranteed. Then I self-published a women’s fiction novel, a shopping-related suspense tale and a musical about Alzheimer’s called Memory Lane with my sister, a Florida artist. I submitted a manuscript to The Wild Rose Press, and my novel, Under the Moon Gate, was published in 2013. My new novel, Stumble Stones, which will be released August 19, will be my 11th book with that publisher. AmazonEncore re-released Sixth Sense, Book 1 of my psychic suspense series, last September. I write in a variety of genres, from humorous coming-of-middle-age women’s fiction to historical romantic thrillers and suspense to paranormal. You can find out more about what I write on my Web site at www.marilynbaron.com.

Do you have a job outside of writing? What is it and how does it mesh with your writing? 

I majored in Journalism (Public Relations sequence) and minored in English (Creative Writing) in college and I have been a corporate writer and editor my entire career, first with AT&T and then as head of my own PR agency, so fiction is just a different kind of writing.

Share with us a little about your family. Married? Kids? Pets? 

I live in Roswell, Georgia, a suburb north of Atlanta, with my husband and we have two daughters and a son-in-law who also live in Atlanta. We had a Bichon Frise named Doogie, and she lived for about 19 years. I feature her a lot in my books because I miss her. I love to travel, and often feature destinations I’ve visited in my books. I lived in Florence, Italy, for six months so I use Florence as a setting in a number of my books. Under the Moon Gate was set in contemporary and WW II Bermuda because I love Bermuda and have been there about 10 times. I wrote Sixth Sense, which is partially set in Sydney, Australia, after I traveled to Australia and New Zealand. Stumble Stones is set in Rome, Berlin and on a Scandinavian cruise, all places I’ve visited or experiences I’ve had. The Widows’ Gallery and Killer Cruise are set on a Mediterranean cruise, which I recently took. I set some of my books in Florida since I’m from Miami, went to college at University of Florida and have a beach condo in Florida.

Okay. Now, just for fun-

If you owned a CB radio what would your "handle" be? 

My handle was “The Baronness,” when I used to broadcast the audio news to AT&T employees and my promotional poster featured me with a CB radio and a hard hat.

Awesome handle! What CD is in your CD player right now? 

The CD I listen to in the car is the soundtrack to our musical Memory Lane. The songs are catchy so I can’t get the music out of my head. My sister and I hope that one day it will be produced on stage. I love music from the ’40s because I’m fascinated by World War II and it’s a theme I often use in my books.

Name your favorite children's story. 

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder was what inspired me to become a writer.

It's amazing how many writers say that! What was your nickname growing up or now? 

Perry. My father called me Perry after Perry Como because he liked that singer and he sang like Perry Como.

What one thing (modern convenience) you could not live without? 

A hair dryer.

I hear you! I don't know how pioneer women lived without them! What are your three favorite smells? 

That’s a funny question, because I was born without a sense of smell, although I do have a sense of taste. I discovered this when my sisters and brother and I came home from school one day and they said, “Oh, we’re having XXXX for dinner,” and I asked how they could tell. They could smell the food, but I couldn’t. I can’t smell anything. I’ve never smelled perfume or flowers. It came in handy when I was changing diapers while my kids were babies. Once my kitchen caught on fire and I was standing there in the smoke-filled room looking the other way and I couldn’t smell the smoke so luckily someone was home and told me to get out of the kitchen. When I went to a factory outside of Denver where they make tea, I walked into a room where they stored the peppermint. Everyone else had to leave immediately because the smell was so overpowering. For the first and only time I could smell it and I wanted to stay in there. Peppermint is one of my favorite flavors. 

Very interesting! I've never had that answer before! Now that we've found out a little bit about you, let's find out more about Stumble Stones... 


Blurb ~


Hallelujah Weiss, writer for the steamy sudser As the Planet Spins, gets a second chance at love when she flees to Italy to get over her recent divorce, courtesy of her cheating ex-husband’s credit card. A woman scorned, Hallelujah has sworn off men and is determined to reinvent herself. The new Hallelujah is eager to live life on the edge, more like Polly, a character she writes and idolizes.

Lonely Berlin hedge fund manager Alexander Stone, a number cruncher who puts his faith in numerical data, still believes in destiny, despite the fact his fiancée just dumped him. Always a man with a plan, Alexander did not plan on Hallelujah.

After a chance encounter on a flight to Rome, the unlikely pair faces danger when they team up to return to their rightful owner a stash of WW II vintage jewels. The hidden diamonds hold the key to an unsolved mystery and a promise of love. 


Excerpt ~

Life was better in Business Class, especially when your cheating ex-husband was paying for it. Hallelujah couldn’t wait until Lloyd got the bill—for the airline ticket, the set of top-of-the-line TUMI luggage, the fashionable, Italian-worthy wardrobe, a two-week stay at a first-class hotel in Florence, an expensive day of pampering at the hotel spa, dinner in the city’s finest restaurant, and front row seats to the Il Volo concert. It’s not like Lloyd Evans couldn’t afford it. It would hardly make a dent in the bastard’s bank account.



Her short-term plan was to spend as much of Lloyd’s money as she could before his skanky secretary/fiancĂ©e Olivia Brewster got her greedy little hands on it. Polly would be proud of me.



But she wasn’t Polly. Polly lived life on the wild side, and she had a vindictive streak. Hallie Evans was practical. She believed in playing it safe and paying her own way. But she deserved this final fling. She had scraped together the last of her savings, and she would use those funds when Lloyd’s credit card was tapped out. Then she would go back to the single life and the single paycheck and try not to dwell on how much her ex had hurt and humiliated her. But right now, Polly was in the pilot’s seat. And, from now on, Hallie was determined to live life on the edge, just like Polly.



Settling into her roomy Magnifica seat, she signaled the Alitalia flight attendant for another amaretto sour before the plane took off. Getting properly sloshed mid-air was a strategic and recent addendum to the plan. Oh, and part of her plan was to swear off men.



What are Stumble Stones?

Stumble Stones is a real project. German artist Gunter Demnig has placed five thousand of these brass plaques—known as Stolpersteine or “stumble stones,” cobblestone-sized Holocaust memorial stones—in Berlin and some fifty thousand of them in eighteen countries in Europe. 


Author Bio ~

Marilyn Baron writes in a variety of genres, from humorous coming-of-middle age women’s fiction to historical romantic thrillers and romantic suspense to paranormal/fantasy. Stumble Stones will be her 11th novel published with The Wild Rose Press. She’s also published five short stories with TWB Press and self-published three books, including a musical about Alzheimer’s called Memory Lane. AmazonEncore republished her book Sixth Sense on September 15, 2015. She’s received writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance, Novel With Strong Romantic Elements and Paranormal//Fantasy Romance. She is a Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) Maggie Award winner, a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and GRW and winner of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award. A public relations consultant in Atlanta, Marilyn graduated with a BS in Journalism and a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. She worked in Public Relations for AT&T in Atlanta for 13 years before starting her own PR firm. She serves on the 2015 and 2016 Roswell Reads Steering Committee. She was selected as a featured author in the 2015 Atlanta Authors Series. She presented on two panels at the AJC-Decatur Book Festival (the largest independent book festival in the country) on September 6, 2015. She was a 2016 Nominee for the 52nd Georgia Author of the Year Awards (books published in 2015) in two categories—Detective/Mystery for Landlocked and Romance for The Widows’ Gallery. She’s a member of two book clubs. Read more about Marilyn at www.marilynbaron.com

Links ~

Amazon Pre-Order E Book

https://www.amazon.com/Stumble-Stones-Novel-Marilyn-Baron-ebook/dp/B01HLSSXSY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1467292613&sr=1-1&keywords=stumble+stones+baron+kindle#navbar

Stumble Stones E Book The Wild Rose Press

http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/4473-stumble-stones-a-novel.html



Stumble Stones Paperback The Wild Rose Press

http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/paperback-books/4433-stumble-stones-a-novel-paperback.html?search_query=Stumble+Stones+Paperback&results=1

Barnes & Noble Nook

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stumble-stones-marilyn-baron/1124055735?ean=2940158118838

Author Media Links

Website www.marilynbaron.com

Twitter https://twitter.com/MarilynBaron

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marilyn-Baron/286807714666748

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4722647.Marilyn_Baron

Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1?ie=UTF8&text=Marilyn+Baron&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=Marilyn+Baron&sort=relevancerank


Book Trailer for Stumble Stones:

https://youtu.be/-3Jjo1ASiDY





Stumble Stones: A Novel by Marilyn Baron is a multilayered, dark and humorous Romancing the Stone-style suspense about a cache of priceless diamonds hidden in World War II that sparks a hasty wedding on the high seas and a dangerous chase through Europe that holds the key to an unsolved mystery and a promise of lost love.



Praise for STUMBLE STONES



“Modern characters find themselves thrown into a mystery that spans generations, and to discover the answers, they have to look to the past. Marilyn Baron perfectly blends that laugh-out-loud humor of a new romance with the heartbreaking story of a family torn apart by the Holocaust. Touching and beautifully written with marvelous attention to setting and history.”

~Jennifer Moore, Author of Change of Heart


28 comments:

  1. Wonderful interview! Love getting to know you a bit better! My father sang like Perry Como, as well! Had all of his albums and was such a crooner. Is that the word? Ha!

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    1. My little sister actually likes that kind of music, too. Sinatra, Bennett, Deano... I don't know where she picked it up, but she loves listening to that kind of music. Thanks for joining us, Darcy and for taking the time to comment! :)

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    2. Marilyn is having trouble posting here, so she sent me her responses to post.

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      Mary, thank you so much for having me on the blog today. I love the interview.

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      Darcy, yes, crooner is the word. I'm stuck in the past. I love '40s music and singers like Perry Como and Frank Sinatra.

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  2. Congrats on your release! I, too, love(d) the Little House books and the series! I can't imagine not having a sense of smell. Mine is extra sensitive- with that being said- there are times it would be convenient not to have it, lol. Best wishes!

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    1. I loved the books and the show! I think it's cool that one woman seemed to have inspired so many writers! Nancy Drew is another series that many mention as having put them on the path to becoming a writer. Thanks for stopping in, Maureen, and enjoy your weekend! Yea!

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      Maureen, I don’t miss it because I never had it. But I have a good sense of hearing and a sixth sense so maybe that makes up for it. Thanks for commenting and for your good wishes.

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  3. I'm a fan of 40s music also! Though Cole Porter of the 1930s still makes me want to dance. Happy Book Release Day! Best wishes for success with Stumble Stones.

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    1. The closest I can come to this is Panic! at the Disco's tribute to Frank Sinatra, "Death of a Bachelor." Love it! There is something sexy about someone who has that smooth style. Brendon Urie of Panic! is incredible. His range is phenomenal. He can get higher and lower than me! Thanks for adding to our conversation today, Ashantay!

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      Ashantay, I love ‘40s, 30s and ‘20s music. Thanks for your good wishes on the new novel and thanks for coming to my Facebook event today.

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  4. Wow what a great interview!
    Book sounds fabulous.
    Good luck and God's blessings
    PamT

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    1. Yes, Marilyn did a great job with the questions! Thanks for joining us, Pam! Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Pamela, thanks for commenting and for congratulations on the new release.

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  5. Fascinating interview! Your book sounds awesome. Best of luck with the new release.

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    1. Yes. I like that Marilyn doesn't use the same ol' same ol' for her plots. And she always throws some humor in, which I appreciate. Thanks for being here, Diane! :)

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      Diane, I think Mary did an amazing job with the interview, graphics, questions and all. Thanks for commenting.

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  6. Like the sound of your new book. Many congratulations. I lived in Miami and Atlanta. Too bad we didn't meet, both being writers. I have a dear writer friend who still lives near Atlanta.

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    1. My brother lived in Atlanta for a couple of years and I've heard the traffic is AWFUL! You've lived in some mega cities then, Linda. I grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis, but have lived in a medium sized college town now. I've gotten used to things here and don't enjoy the big cities any more. Thanks for adding to our conversation! Have a great day!

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      What a coincidence that we lived in the same places. And yes, the traffic in Atlanta is horrendous (as it is in Miami), but Atlanta is a great place to live.Thanks for commenting.

      Marilyn

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  7. Great interview, Marilyn! This book sounds fabntastic. Love the names!

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  8. Congrats on the new release, Marilyn. I love the description "dark and humorous." Perfect. Best wishes.

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    1. But is it darkly humorous, or humorously dark? That's the real question! Glad to have you stop by, Diane!

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      Reply to Leah and Diane.

      Thanks for your supportive comments.

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  9. I'm so sorry to be late popping by. What an interesting interview. Wow, no sense of smell. That's fascinating to me. Who would even think about not being able to smell smoke from a fire, or a dirty baby diaper. Interesting! Your new book sounds great. LOVE the excerpt, and the image quote is awesome. I assume MJ did that? Cute tag line. Best wishes!!

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    1. Yup! That's one of mine! :)
      And I live in late time, as you can see by how long it's taken me to get back here.
      When deadlines loom, everything gets back-burnered.
      I'm just happy you stopped by!

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  10. Sounds like a fun and at the same time suspenseful romance in the making. I loved STONES by Marilyn and look forward to reading this novel, as well. Best wishs!

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    1. Yes, and perhaps even a tear-jerking moment, or two. I'm a big fan of Marilyn's writing! So glad you could make it over this way, Susan!

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