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AZ Creates! launches to support creatives
We’ve been very pleased with the launch of AZ Creates! on YouTube, and hope you have found the page and watched our show.
During the pandemic, I’ve not been able to write about murder, death and domestic violence in book three in my “Behind the Mic” crime fiction series.
But, writing is writing, right?
I’ve loved diving into something more positive and much more inspiring by bringing artists and art lovers together through AZ Creates!
It’s to help artists connect with patrons when galleries are closed; to shine a spotlight on musicians, dancers and actors when theatres are shuttered and events are cancelled; and it’s to highlight book authors about their latest works.
It’s a twice-monthly, half-hour web series, with new episodes every two weeks on the AZ Creates YouTube channel. As writer, director and host, our “Creative Connection” introduces viewers to creatives like artists, writers, dancers, musicians, film, theatre or TV people, and other artistic people in Arizona. Because I’m a published author, each show will have a segment called “What Are You Reading?” to promote a book author in all genres, and the author will read a couple of minutes from their book as well. Each episode will feature upcoming events in “Something to Look Forward To” hosted by Cathy Beard, who also created all the graphics for the AZ Creates! show. We will spotlight a nonprofit organization doing great things, and we’ll close with a creative “quote” for each show.
Our first show featured choreographer Pam Cannedy of Phoenix and Prescott and inspirational author Lee Travathan of Queen Creek.
Episode #2 highlights oil painter Nancy Breiman of Scottsdale and children’s book author Albert Monreal Quihuis of Chandler. Upcoming shows will introduce viewers to filmmakers, mystery and paranormal writers, and much more.
Please go to YouTube, search for AZ Creates or click on https://is.gd/AZCreates and “subscribe” to the page. Click the bell if you want to be notified of when new shows are posted, which should be about every two weeks. You can also see us on Facebook and Instagram at Art Online AZ. Please “like” those pages so you will hear about news and arts information.
And thanks for supporting the arts in Arizona!
Bleeder, the third book in the “Behind the Mic Mysteries,” is the continuing saga of intrepid radio reporter, Lisa Powers, who covers the trial of the cop shooter from the Dead Air book. The story will be a fictionalized version of an actual case I covered during my television crime reporting days and will be “moved on a change of venue” to Prescott. I will include details about the lovely mountain town that was my second home for five years. Lisa will also cover a domestic violence case, and the podcast is tentatively entitled “Art of the Steal,” about a crime in an art gallery.
I have have two audio books for “Fade Out” and “Dead Air,” both available on Audible and Amazon. My son, audio production engineer Devon J. Hancock, handled all the editing and mastering duties, as well as adding sound effects and original music (www.DevonJHancock.com)
If you like crime fiction mysteries, check out the novella “Deadly Misfire,” by Short on Time Books (www.ShortOnTimeBooks.com), which is available on Amazon. It’s the story of a mysterious man who stalks reporter Lisa Powers at a radio convention, and every day ramps up threats against her. She and her co-worker/boyfriend Dean Jeffries fear for her life as tensions build on the final night with an awards presentation for which Lisa is in the running with another reporter from New York, who coincidentally looks similar to Lisa. Info: https://tinyurl.com/BuyDeadlyMisfire.
“Dead Air,“ book #2 in the “Behind the Mic Mysteries,” is now available in both e-book and print on Amazon at https://tinyurl.com/BuyDeadAir. In addition, the audio book for Fade Out is is also online at Amazon and Audible.
The cold case Lisa works on is a 15-year-old sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl, who is now 19. The young victim has not had any closure all this time, and Lisa is determined to help her find the rapist.
Lisa’s “podcast,” which she writes for fun at night after covering gritty crime stories during the day, is a “film noir” style story of a 1940s private eye and a dame. Only L. N. Pane, P.I. is the dame and the gentleman seeks help finding out why someone is out to kill him.
There are other stories Lisa covers in “Dead Air,” and as well as a new potential love interest for our heroine.
You can hear an interview with me on Golden State Media Concepts, about my books, my background and many other subjects, including my latest novella called “Deadly Misfire,” one of seven stories in a multi-author series called “Tawnee Mountain Mysteries.” Check out the podcast and blog cast at https://t.co/9WfsjTFBYw
For more details about my other novels, check out the “Novels” page above.
There’s additional information about my writing on my Amazon Author Page at amazon.com/author/lauriefagen. I would greatly appreciate a short review there, as my publisher says “it’s all about the algorithms” on Amazon.
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“Fade Out” and “Dead Air” are available at Chandler public libraries; Sibley’s West Gifts, Chandler; Dog-Eared Pages, Phoenix; Peregrine Book Company, Prescott Center for the Arts Gallery and Prescott Library, Prescott