JoAnne Myers – June 2014

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WELCOME TO ANNA

Little does 17 year old Zoe, realize, but the Chupracabra followed her to Ohio from South America. What happens next is a series of chilling mysteries, and unsuspecting friendships and love.

THE HUNTER’S BRIDE

When all game warden Daren Abram, had to worry about was which lucky lady to woo, he comes to the realization that his town is being stalked by the reincarnation of the town’s legend.

MOON PEOPLE

For teenage mermaid Constance, coming to the quaint seaside town of Willowick, is heavenly, until she falls for mortal boy Drake. For the town to survive, Constance is forced to choose between her kind and the boy and town she loves.

THE BIDDING

Apiologist 34-year-old Duncan McPherson goes to Circleville, Ohio, to investigate a series of mysterious bee attacks. What is uncovered proves to be more dark and sinister then anyone imaged.

THE AGREEMENT

Incarcerated in the abandoned Roseville jail, is the last thing rich college student and speeder Brice Conrad, needs. With an “agreement” between the town and a permanent demonic “guest”, only the unfortunate ones know the truth, but do not live to tell.

LOVE’S CURSE

When an Egypt love curse scroll is stolen from a Dean’s office, persons begin dying in bizarre and grisly ways, with the college’s mascot a Viking King statue jokingly blamed for it.

THE PACK

When young Lycan Sonny Red Blanket, a Shawnee Indian falls for mortal girl Drenda Way, he must save her from his fellow Lycan’s and stop a werewolf uprising.

IS IT ONLY A MYTH?

When 32-year-old Vinton County Sheriff, James “Jim“ Connors, discovers he has a Mothman hunting in his county, he stops at nothing to save his citizens.

FOR THE LOVE OF GINNIE

Handsome bachelor and Scientist Alex Anderson from the thirtieth century, returns to the Civil War with time serum to save his beloved Ginnie Wade from a snipers bullet, while finding a roller coaster ride of joy and perils.

THE HOUSE ON SHADY LANE

A seemingly loving family turns out to be serial killers in 1873.

THE PROPOSITION

The rough and ready cowboy John Queenie gets the shock of his life, when the ad to break a “wild filly” turns out to be a fiery Quaker girl named Tess. This is a story proving love conquers all.

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Excerpt

For the Love of Ginnie

I don’t know why I wanted to save the life of a person I never met. Maybe it was because I was tired of bachelorhood. Maybe it was because I was a chemist and the unusual, and unexplained, fascinated me. Or, maybe, it was because I was obsessed with this twenty-year-old, dark-haired beauty named Mary Virginia “Ginnie” Wade I had read about.

These questions filtered through my mind as I drove to the bar to meet my best friend Will.

Will’s favorite hangout was “The Bling,” originally an old truck stop on State Route 93, in Nelsonville, Ohio. The place became a restaurant/lounge/dance hall and brothel when semis no longer became a necessity for long distance hauling. The invention of the transporter also replaced many other primitive jobs such as mail delivery and travel. “The Bling” was best known for the large flashing lights suggesting scantily clad women in seductive positions above the front entrance, and its “bulldogs,” monster-sized bouncers in Armani suits who patrolled its two-block perimeter, inside and out.

“The Bling,” just another joint with a sleazy atmosphere, like all alcohol-serving establishments, differed only in that it catered exclusively to class “A” clientele. Politely—or maybe not so politely—everyone called it the “Whorehouse for the rich and bored.” Its reputation grew. Its income grew even faster.

I pulled up in front and exited my vintage DeLorian, tossing the keys to the baby-faced valet, by-passed the doorman with no questions asked. Just an exchange of large smiles between us. Will was also part-owner.

As I entered the twenty-four carat gold, electronic doors, Will immediately spotted me and motioned me toward the bar with his diamond embellished hand.

I loved sitting at the bar. It was the perfect place to see the shows. “Two double scotches and water,” Will said, as we shook hands, and I slid into my seat beside him, just as the tall, leggy waitress produced the drinks in an instant.

I immediately recognized the “girl” as one of the latest “do-everything-like-a-wife” robotics. Robot manufacturing had become a booming business since the last war destroyed the immune and reproductive systems in most humans, especially females.

“I don’t know why you waste your time flirting with non-humans,” I said, cautiously sipping my drink. The immense emptiness of not being able to acquire a wife and soul mate, I felt at this age in my life, almost drove me to alcoholism, but my boss and mentor, Doctor Obar Gabry, intervened, saving my life and promising career.

“Because, dear friend,” Will began, “beggars can’t be choosey, and ladies are in scarce supply. Beside, these ‘girls’ are all pink inside.”

Ugh!” I said, gulping down a large swallow of alcohol as if it could wash away my friend’s vile mental picture from my mind.

“Come on, Alex, loosen up. Live a little.” Will motioned to the waitress for another round of drinks. “You’re alive, so act like it. Don’t let your beautiful mind go to waste. This world needs people like you. People started treating me like a god once I became an entrepreneur, and I love it.”

I had to laugh. Maybe my self-pity stage had outlived its use. Only I can find a wife for myself. I certainly won’t ask Will to hook me up. His sense of values are as artificial as the women he beds.

The pain and loneliness I felt at times from yearning for a life-long partner and family wasn’t easy to accomplish. Scientific and Medical technology still could not reverse the sterilization effects on the female species.

Sure there were some human women to date. But most were either sterile, too old, too young, or there was just no chemistry between the two of us. I wanted that spark that unites between two people madly in love…like my parents. I never met any couple happier with one another then my beloved parents. That’s the kind of love I want…never ending.

The emptiness and frustration of not finding companionship at times made me want to die. But that was the loneliness talking. I know that now. I love life. I want to live, and I know who I want for a wife. It’s just that meeting her would be a little tricky.

Abruptly, I asked, “What do you think about time travel?”

“Are you serious?” Will asked. “Scientists have tried to conquer time travel for hundreds of years, and failed.”

“Maybe they failed because they weren’t Doctor Gabry and me.”

Will looked at me in awe. “Oh, my god, you’re serious!”

“We discovered something today in the lab,” I said, giving him an arrogant smile. “We believe this is the answer.”

“So who is to be the Guinea pig?”

“Me.”

Silence came from Will, then a gasp. “That could be suicide.”

“Or the biggest discovery of the thirtieth century.”

About the author

I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. I am a mother of three and grandmother of eight. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint.When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dog Jasmine, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill’s Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams.

 

Also by JoAnne Myers

“Murder Most Foul,” a detective/mystery book
“The Crime of the Century” a biography true crime novel
“Wicked Intentions” a paranormal/mystery anthology
Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between

Interview with Holly Hewson

HH: JoAnne, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your feature book is “Loves, Myths, and Monsters.” What can you tell us about this fascinating collection of stories?

JM: It is a fantasy collection of eleven tales starring the Mothman, the Chupracabra, Mermaids, reincarnation, time travel, a demonic cellmate, Werewolves, a Quaker love story, a serial killer family from 1873, and etc.

HH: Which story is your favorite and why?

JM: It would be the time travel story, “For the Love of Ginnie”.  It describes how Scientist and history buff, Alex Anderson, from the 30th Century, becomes obsessed with the dark-haired beauty Ginnie Wade, who according to Civil War history dies from a sniper’s bullet. This love-sick man’s quest to save his beloved takes him to hell and back. Using his newly discovered time serum, Alex transports back through time to the Civil War, where he encounters more obstacles than a soldier finds in Boot Camp. Between the ongoing war, Indians, train robbers, being shanghaied, forcibly drafted into the war, and being locked-up, Alex endures the adventure of his life. But does he succeed in saving Ginnie? Readers will have to buy the book to find out. This story is a roller-coaster ride of suspense, danger, and heartache with a twist ending.

HH: Which story was most challenging to write and why?

JM: That would be my Quaker love story, “The Proposition”. I had to research Quaker language and customs from the 1700’s. I hope I did it well.

HH: What makes this work different than your other works?

JM: This book only took five months to complete. Each story came to me so easy, like I was meant to write this collection.

HH: How do you come up with the title of your stories? 

JM: I decide what the story will be about, and what the star of the story, whether that is a human or not, and center the title around that.

HH: What else do you have coming up for lucky readers?

JM: My biography true crime anthology “Twisted Love,” will be released this July by Black Rose Writing. It is based on true homicide cases from Ohio, my home state, and some of the surrounding states.  My detective/mystery anthology, “Flagitious,” will be available in August through Melange Books. It is a fictional collection of “who-done-its” with twist endings. In addition, I have plans for a science fiction comedy, loosely entitled, “Invaded by 26 Planets-a comedy or at least it should be.”  Kinda along the lines of a Mel Brookes movie. Right now, the plot opens with 17-year-old American twins, Sabrina and Kyle, along with their intelligent, but eccentric Uncle Fred, an amateur inventor, realizing that numerous Terrestrial scouting parties has invaded Earth. No one else realizes this Earth domination plot, not even world officials. These three are determined to save Earth, whether anyone believes them or not, which might not be hard to do. These 26 planets only observed Earth from afar, which proves to be their first major mistake. This invasion is the first actual landing on Earth, for the space soldiers. Unfortunately, for the invaders, their long distance study of Earth did not include studying the Earths atmosphere, which inadvertently causes various ill-fated, but humorous effects on the invaders.

Example 1: When Venus, which is a planet solely inhabited by tall beautiful women, crosses through the Earth’s atmosphere, it acts as an aphrodisiac and transforms the spaceship inhabitants into nymphomaniacs. Once the female scouting party lands on Earth, world domination takes a backseat to more important matters, such as getting laid, or trying to get laid 24/7. As sex does for many of us Earthlings, these Venus scouts, find themselves in hot water from then on.

Example 2. The scouting party for Pluto, which in this book is inhabited by beings similar to humans, but have dog ears, noses, and paws for hands and feet. Earth’s atmosphere transforms these invaders into various breeds of dogs. They can communicate with each other in dog language, but now their new language is inaudible to their Mother planet, preventing them from returning home. Their biggest problem now becomes staying one step ahead of Earth’s dog catchers.  Not to mention their uncontrollable urge to chase cats, and socialize with Earth’s canine population.

HH: What is your writing schedule like?

JM: I don’t even know what that means. I write when I have actual time to write. On my days off from work, which is usually two days a week.  During television commercials, which is one of my favorite past times, where I can grab a few minutes here and there. Or when an idea hits me, and I want to add it to the book before I forget. Time flies when I am on the computer.

HH: Where do you mostly draw inspiration for your writing?

JM: From my personal enjoyments, such as monster movies. True life escapades, and not just mine always come in handy. From newspaper articles, or the nightly news. The unknown, such as night, or outer space, and my fears all play a part in my writings.

HH: What do you enjoy reading personally?

JM: I love Gregg Olsen, Aphrodite Jones, Anne Rule.  I love true stories because they are true.  Someone actually experienced this incident. Whether that incident is joyous, dangerous, or heartbreaking. That is so mind blowing to me. We humans have so much drama in our lives, that everyone can be a writer.

HH: Where can readers find you?

JM: Email: joannetucker98(at)yahoo.com

http://www.facebook.com/joanne.myers.927

http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/forumdisplay.php?f=1990

http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com

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