Please join me in welcoming author Jeanette-Marie Mirich back to the blog! We’re also almost neighbors – at least our small towns are 🙂 Today we’re chatting about her new novel in the D.B. Burns Mystery series – The Last Roses!
“Have bags will travel” should be Jeanette-Marie’s life’s theme. She moved twenty-two times before settling in her first home. An Oregonian by birth who graduated with a B.S. degree in education from Portland State University, Jeanette has swum in the Ligurian Sea, collected shells and sea glass along the Indian Ocean, Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean Oceans, Straits of Malacca, Gulf of Mexico, and the Andaman Sea. Her peripatetic lifestyle is courtesy of the U.S. Air Force and her husband’s medical training. Passionate about needs in the third world after living in Thailand during her husband’s deployment, she has accompanied her husband on dozens of medical mission trips. Mother of three, Grammy to thirteen exceptional grandchildren, she travels from her Kentucky home to an Oregon cabin, scribbling poems and short stories as well as writing novels. Her second book in the D. B. Burns Mysteries, The Last Roses, releases May 1, 2020 from Mountain Brook Ink.
THE LAST ROSES
SERIES: D.B. Burns Mysteries #2
GENRE: Inspirational Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Mountain Brook Ink
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2020
On a trip home from North Carolina, Delilah Burns Morgan…
…is stopped in her tracks by a deer she whacks into oblivion. Lyle Henderson, the man she loves but put off marrying, comes to her rescue. Life would be a bed of roses if, during a week of recovery at the Henderson family estate, a lascivious conversation hadn’t been overheard, the mystery of a dead girl is revealed, and someone using Lyle’s cabin in the woods as a rendezvous hadn’t altered their plans.
Then Delilah’s beloved god-daughter and best friend’s only child is kidnapped. With Josephine in tow, Delilah sets out to bring Savannah back home.
Roping in friends for help, Delilah’s neighborhood burgeons with former clandestine government officers setting up an op center and Lyle and her minister disappearing to follow leads.
An attempt to fricassee Delilah and a pompous businessman make Delilah and Lyle determined to unearth the villains and find Savannah before it’s too late.
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Hi Jeanette-Marie! Welcome back to the blog!
Jeanette-Marie: Apples. Growing up there was a Gravenstein apple tree in our back yard.
Jeanette-Marie: Over. Thank you very much!!
Carrie: haha duly noted!
Jeanette-Marie: Diet Coke
Carrie: a woman after my own heart 🙂
Jeanette-Marie: Oceans. I collect beach glass.
Carrie: Beach glass is so pretty!
Jeanette-Marie: Card games if the game is not intense and we can talk and laugh.
Carrie: that’s the best part of game night – the talking & laughing… and maybe snacks haha
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Jeanette-Marie: Last time I said remembering names. This time around I’d like to fly long distance without jet lag. Wasn’t that Superman’s secret weapon?
Carrie: that would be marvelous!
Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently.
Jeanette-Marie: Words Unspoken, by Elizabeth Musser, The Pages of Her Life, by James L. Rubart and Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens.
Carrie: it’s killing me that i haven’t read any of those yet – all of them are on my teetering TBR tower!
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Jeanette-Marie: I’ve never kept a file of weirdness. An intriguing search for me was where the Italians sent poison gas during their war with Abyssinia in 1935. One place was the Red Cross Hospital in the south.
Carrie: wow! (also, a file of weirdness sounds like fun haha)
Q: Which character in The Last Roses was the most difficult to write?
Jeanette-Marie: Josephine. It is her timing, choice of words and the musicality of her speech that challenges me.
Carrie: that does sound like it would be tough to capture.
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in The Last Roses?
Jeanette-Marie: In The Courtship of Harry’s Wife I sprinkled chicken references throughout. This novel has a nuanced message about how we treat those who have repented of their sins and want to build a relationship with those they hurt.
Carrie: I can’t wait to read it!
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote this book?
Jeanette-Marie: To treasure the time I have with those I love. Writing the Burns series makes me grab my husband’s hand and cherish our moments together.
Carrie: so sweet ♥
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Jeanette-Marie: In my writing life I’ve two conferences coming up and a writing intensive with James L. Rubart. On my travel schedule we are taking a granddaughter with us to our family cottage. We will travel from Kentucky to Oregon visiting art museums and exploring parts of the Lewis and Clark trail. It is a family adventure we have done with five of our grandchildren. Part of the fun is digging for sapphires in Montana. A family memory beginning with my homesteading grandparents.
Carrie: I’m praying all of those delightful plans carry on as hoped with all the craziness going on right now!
Book 1 in this series, The Courtship of Harry’s Wife, is FREE on Kindle until May 5th!
What about you? What interests you most about The Last Roses and/or my Q&A with Jeanette-Marie Mirich?