Texas transplant best known for her cozy mystery series, the Black Cat Bookshop Mysteries, Ali Brandon (a.k.a., Diane Stuckart) is a New York Times best-selling author! There are four books currently in the series, with the fifth book, Plot Boiler, to debut November 3rd:
1) Double Booked for Death, 2011
2) A Novel Way To Die, 2012
3) Words with Fiends, 2013
4) Literally Murder, 2014
5) Plot Boiler, out November 3rd, 2015
Just like her creator, protagonist Darla Pettistone is also a Texas transplant; but, she has found herself the heir of an independent bookstore housed in a New York brownstone and complete with a clever black cat full of attitude named Hamlet. In each book, a character meets an untimely end, and Darla and her sleuthing cat are on the case! I was so privileged to receive an advanced signed copy of Plot Boiler from Ali herself; I’m three chapters in and completely hooked!!! It is full of thoughtfully-crafted and colorful characters and is an absolute page-turner!!
Under the name Diane A.S. Stuckart, Ali has penned the award-winning Leonardo da Vinci historical mystery series (currently available as e-books) and has written several historical romances under other pseudonyms. Along with explaining the name changes in the podcast, Ali talks about what it takes to really sit down and write a book, what it was like to first get published, and how she became a best-seller!
Also related to this podcast:
• Episode #43 – Gold Coast Paranormal Society
• Episode #21 – The Street Team (featuring Estelle DeShocka)
Here’s the info on a couple of cool opportunities to meet Ali:
1) Halloween party and book-signing: Friday evening, Oct. 30th, from 6PM—8PM at the Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore in Pineapple Grove
2) Book-signing: Wednesday evening, Nov. 4th, from 7PM – 9PM at Carlstedt’s Floral Distributors in West Palm Beach
Head to Ali’s website to get the details on ALL her upcoming events. Find her on Facebook and Twitter as well! Though the Black Cat Bookshop Mysteries is a series, you can comfortably start with any of the books. So, be sure to pre-order Plot Boiler and help get her onto the best-sellers list again!
This episode of Curve the Cube is sponsored by Sol Experiences—the Florida events company to enhance your SOLcial life! Curve the Cube’s producer, Jaime, has personally been on a Palm Beach Gardens pub crawl and party-limo driven day trip to Key West that were both SUPER fun!!! Stay posted on their events, and if you mention Flint Stone Media, you will receive a discount!
Music Beds courtesy of DJ John Hitta!!!