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Thursday, September 17, 2015

e-Murderer: A Jenna Scali Mystery by Joan C. Curtis

On this anything but typical Monday morning Jenna Scali, who works part-time for a shrink, opens an email that depicts the brutal death of a young girl. 


On this anything but typical Monday morning Jenna Scali, who works part-time for a shrink, opens an email that depicts the brutal death of a young girl. 

On that same day the police uncover a dead coed two blocks from Jenna’s house. 

The e-murderer’s description creepily echos the death described in the newspapers. When Jenna receives other emails, she takes what she knows to the police and thus begins her journey in the path of the e-murderer. 

Her curious nature impels her from e-messages to dead coeds to a ring of prostitutes. 

With the help of her quirky friends, Jenna learns that she’s more than a conduit for the killer. She’s his target. 

New secrets unfold, and finally her love life takes a tumble when the true killer emerges. 

THE E-MURDERER is a race to find a psychotic killer before he kills again. This new mystery series with a young female sleuth promises to keep you glued to your seat until the last page.

Let’s Meet the star of e-Murderer, Jenna Scali. 

It's time to meet the heroine of the e-Murderer. She is a half-Italian, half-Irish young woman who finds herself in the middle of a bad crime spree. Let's take a few moments and learn more about her. She's agreed to join us today to answer some questions about herself.

JC: Hi Jenna and welcome to this blog. We know you're going to have lots of fans now that the e-Murderer has been released. Let’s take a few minutes so people can meet you. 
Jenna: Thank you. I'm glad to be here and very excited about the release of the e-Murderer. It was quite an adventure that taught me a lot.

JC: We don't want to give too much away about the book, but what would you say it is about.
Jenna: In my mind, it was about how a young, curious woman gets caught up in some terrible crimes because she receives mysterious e-mails. Most of us know not to open e-mails that are creepy. I usually don’t do that and my BFF, Quentin (you'll hear more about him later) yells at me all the time about not opening suspicious e-mails. But, you see, I work in a psychiatrist's office. We have to open all the e-mails. I couldn't just trash them.

JC: So you opened these emails and then you started investigating, right?
Jenna: Naturally I told my boss, Dr. Niles Bingham, about them because we thought the sender might be a patient. Then when the e-mails kept coming and seemed to be coming to me specifically, that's when I got scared.

JC: Okay, so as not to give too much away, let's talk a bit about you. Tell us what you love to do when you're not working?
Jenna: I don't have much spare time, working and trying to get my doctorate. But, I love to spend time at home with a good book and one of my cats on my lap. Actually Churchill, my big white Persian mix, loves to sit on my lap whenever I sit down. He's very affectionate. Stalin, my other cat, prefers to eat and for me to wait on him. I also love to travel. I've not been too far yet, but I have dreams of going to Italy where my father was born and to Ireland where my mom was born. Both countries have great appeal for me.

JC: You say you're working on a doctorate. What are you studying?
Jenna: This probably won't surprise you. But, I'm studying criminal psychology. I became interested in what prompts people to criminal activity. And even more what makes people do bad things to one another. I'm not sure my studies have taught me much about those questions, but I'm still looking. My ex-husband really hurt me, drinking and having affairs. He seemed like such a normal person and yet he hurt me without a second thought. That led me to the question about why people hurt one another. Is there some quirk in us? Again, I haven't gotten that far in finding answers, but that's my goal. Someday I hope to be a consultant with the police to help them profile and better understand the criminal mind.

JC: So, your own experiences led you to majoring in criminal psychology. Tell us more about yourself. What do you dislike doing?
Jenna: (Laughing) I really don't like exercising. Quentin is after me all the time to "Get my butt out the door." I do it for him, but left on my own, I'd be home by the fire with some hot chocolate or a latte. I run with Quentin and I take belly dancing from him.

JC: Oh, yes, belly dancing. That plays a big part in the e-Murderer. Before we go, tell us a little something about what we can expect from you in the future.
Jenna: First, thank you for this time on this blog. I’ve enjoyed sharing a little about myself and the book. Second, readers who like the e-Murderer can look forward to more adventures with me and Quentin. We have another book coming out next year and a third in the works.

About the author:
The author is giving away two prizes: One, a $15 Amazon or BN Gift card (their choice) and Two, a signed copy of the award-winning book, The Clock Strikes Midnight. About the author:
Joan is an award-winning writer who has published 6 books and numerous stories. Readers compare her to the great Southern writer, Fanny Flagg. “She writes characters and a story that will stay with you.” Her debut mystery/suspense novel, The Clock Strikes Midnight, won the silver medal for fiction/suspense in the Global eBook Awards for 2015 and is a finalist for the Royal Palm Literary Award. The e-Murderer won first place in the Malice Domestic Grants competition for new writers.  

Joan has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember. She reads all kinds of books, including women’s fiction, mysteries, biography, and nonfiction. Mystery/suspense with a psychological twist is exactly the kind of book Joan loves to read. "I write about characters who remind me of myself at times and my sister at times, but never fully so. My stories are told from a woman's point of view with a destiny. Characters drive my writing and my reading." Having grown up in the South with a mother from Westchester County New York, Joan has a unique take on blending the Southern traditions with the eye of a Northerner. She spent most of her childhood in North Carolina and now resides in Athens, Georgia. 

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JoanCurtis said...

Thanks for hosting me today and for introducing Jenna to your readers. I hope they enjoy the interview!

Enrique Herrera said...

I've thought about being an amateur sleuth once. That's long gone now, but we've got television shows and good novels to compensate that now! ;D

Melissa Morr said...

I feel I am with 4 adult children dang was I a sleuth when they were teenagers especially with figuring out passwords, & every social they were on behind my back & dang can we talk about all that slang & abbreviations for teenagers I figured that out I considered myself a heck sleuth.

Stephanie LaPlante said...

I can't say I have but I admire those who do.

JoanCurtis said...

With so many books being written with amateur sleuth stars, you'd think more of us might get tangled up in such things. But, it's fun to watch the fictional sleuths at work.

Jo-Anne Boyko said...

I have never been or wanted to be a sleuth but like one of the other commentators, as a mother I sure knew when my children were up to no good. I could tell when they were lieing especially if they said they went someplace but I knew they actually went somewhere else.

I didn't think about it at the time but I was a pretty good private investigator then.

Angie D said...

Yes!! Grew up watching Charlie's Angels and I always wanted to be one of them:)

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Ally Swanson said...

Of course! I love a good mystery!

Ana Georgievska said...

Never have , maybe I should try

Crystal Easterwood said...

I love trying to figure mysteries out! Sadly, I never really get to try my sleuthing skills out much!