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New season of AZ Creates! launches
The second season of AZ Creates!, a YouTube web series to highlight creatives in Arizona, is underway.
Guests on the “Creative Connection” segment include music producer and visual content creator Devon J. Hancock of Tempe, and artist Casey Cheuvront of Scottsdale. In “What Are You Reading,” where authors also read from their books, Lynne Hartke of Chandler tells her personal cancer story in “Under a Desert Sky: Redefining Hope, Beauty, and Faith in the Hardest Places.” John J. Rust, who writes in a variety of genres, will talk about “Operation Beast Slayer.” Other guests this season include metal sculptor Kevin Caron, ceramicist Sandy Ashbaugh, singer Jan Sandwich, polymer clay artist Asi Panoutsopoulou, photographer Dale Kesel and actors Maedell and Harold Dixon. Authors include Margaret Ann Spence, Timothy Moore, Howard Gershkowitz, Barby Ingle, Betty Webb and Connie Cockrell.
It’s been such fun to talk to creative people, and a much more positive project for me as writer, director and host. Each episode features upcoming arts events in “Something to Look Forward To,” hosted by Cathy Beard, who also created all the graphics for the AZ Creates! show. We spotlight a nonprofit organization doing great things, and close with a creative “quote” for each show.
Check out the show by searching for AZ Creates on YouTube 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.
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About my books
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