#BookTour “Miranda and the D-Day Caper” by Shelly Frome

on Tour May 1-31 2020

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Synopsis:

 

A modern day mystery with WWII tactics, old-time heroes and values, and the efforts of two amateur cousin sleuths from the Heartland.

On a sparkling spring morning in the Blue Ridge, small-town realtor Miranda Davis approached the tailgate market, intent on dealing with her whimsical cousin Skip’s unexpected arrival from New York. It turns out that Skip was on the run and, in his panic, grabbed his beloved tabby Duffy, recalling that Miranda had a recent part in solving a case down in Carolina. His predicament stemmed from intercepting code messages like “Countdown to D-Day,” playfully broadcasting the messages on his radio show over the nation-wide network, and subsequently forced to flee. At first, Miranda tried to limit her old childhood companion’s conundrum to the sudden abduction of Duffy the cat. But the forces that be were hell-bent on keeping Skip under wraps by any means after he now stumbled close to the site of their master plan. Miranda’s subsequent efforts to decipher the conspiracy and somehow intervene placed both herself and her old playmate on a collision course with a white-nationalist perpetrator and the continuing machinations of the right-wing enterprise, with the lives of all those gathered for a diversity celebration in nearby Asheville and a crucial senatorial vote on homeland security hanging in the balance.

Book Details:

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Published by: BQB Publishing

Publication Date: March 1st 2020

Number of Pages: 338

ISBN: 1945448571 (ISBN13: 9781945448577)

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

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Read an excerpt:

“Okay, I get it,” said Miranda, assuming it was playtime as always. “We’re double agents. You keep reading the paper and light a cigarette. A minute later, you toss the cigarette and leave the book of matches on the table with the coded inscription Moscow rules. That’s when I take it and slip away awaiting further instructions.” This was flippant Miranda. The one with the short bob, over thirty, just trying to set the tone on this glorious Saturday in the Blue Ridge and ease out of it. But at the moment, playful Skip seemed to have lost his way. His eyes were bloodshot, underscored by dark circles. And the signature mischievous smirk on that sliver of a face had been replaced by a worrisome twitch. Folding the newspaper, with his cornflower blue eyes still gazing into the distance, Skip said, “I don’t know, kiddo. I tell you, I just don’t know.” “Which makes two of us. So tell me why you couldn’t simply e-mail me?” “Why? Am I holding you up or something?” “No, you’re not holding me up. Look, what do you say we cut to the chase? Glancing around, taking his sweet time, making sure no one was within earshot, Skip said, “All right.” “From the top.” “Okay. Like I indicated, I was filling in, got a break on a prestige AM station.” Getting more anxious by the second, his lanky body beginning to twitch, Skip said, “So, when opportunity knocks, you seize the day. Right?” “Out with it. I am still waiting.” Scrunching forward this time, Skip said, “One night I started to wing it. No more of this ‘Yup, it’s midnight, folks. Some of these homespun Indiana tales should ease you right off to sleep.’ I was antsy. I’d had it with Russ Mathews who’d signed off that night right before me, sounding more and more like some fear monger back in the day.” “And what day was that?” “World War Two.” More glancing around on Skip’s part. More checking the flow of visitors coming and going. Getting antsy as well, Miranda said, “Will you get on with it? Is there an upshot in our future? ” “I’m coming to it,” Skip said, looking right at her this time. “Right after my kazoo rendition of I dream about the moonlight on the Wabash, I lean into the mic and say, ‘Guess what? Ole Russ Mathews must be on to something. I’m talking the plot against America. So I tell the insomniacs all over the Liberty Broadcasting system that, at first, I thought Duffy was pulling down on the blinds out of longing.” “Duffy?” “Just your average ginger house cat, left alone, separated from other felines on the prowl. But I come home to my sublet and notice he’s perched in the exact same spot, his green eyes staring across the street. So, over the airwaves, I said, ‘What if I told you night people something was up in a dilapidated rooming house in Hoboken? Right across the river from the Big Apple?’” “That does it,” Miranda said, getting to her feet. “How am I supposed to follow this? When you’re ready to get to the point, let me know.” “Wait a minute. Don’t you see?” said Skip, getting to his feet as well. “I stumbled onto something. Before you know it, my ratings are starting to climb. But since the weather’s getting warmer, those guys across the street aren’t scurrying in and out of the cold. They’re loitering by the stoop, glancing across the shadows. Next thing I know, I’m getting negative call-ins. Listeners telling me to knock it off or else. Undaunted, I tell everyone in radio-land what’s going on out there may have far reaching consequences. Unless I intercept.” “Oh, please,” said Miranda, walking away. “Listen to me.” Skip scurried over and held her arm. “I tell you, at the same time, those guys across the street were carting off concealed stuff.” “I’m not listening anymore.” “You’ve got to. You have obviously become a born tracker. Tracked down a poison pen perpetrator like the paper said.” “Enough. Stop hyping everything up. Look at you. You’re coming down with full blown hysteria.” “Exactly. Because it appears there’s no longer any line between entertainment and politics. While messing around, doing a take-off on Russ Mathews and boosting my ratings, I may have stumbled onto an actual plot utilizing WW II codes.” *** Excerpt from Miranda and the D-Day Caper by Shelly Frome. Copyright 2020 by Shelly Frome. Reproduced with permission from Shelly Frome. All rights reserved.
 

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Author Bio:

Shelly Frome Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He is also a features writer for Gannett Media’s Black Mountain News. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff, Murder Run, Moon Games and The Secluded Village Murders. Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. Miranda and the D-Day Caper is his latest foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

Catch Up With Shelly Frome: ShellyFrome.com, Goodreads, BookBub, Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook

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Giveaway:

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#ReleaseBlitz “Baby Shark Saves the Day” by Christian, Hannah, Anton Bergstrom and Linara Khis

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Children’s Book
Date Published: May 3, 2020
Publisher: Blissful Kids
From Amazon #1 best-selling mindfulness and psychology author: Baby Shark Saves the Day is a fun book for ages 3-8 that makes mindfulness both easy and fun while showing how we can handle difficult emotions in everyday situations.
To make mindful breathing kid-friendly we figured out many playful ways together with my 5-year old son. Baby Shark breathing was one of the funniest and most memorable and we wanted to share it with the world in the form of a fun engaging book that shows you exactly how and when it can be helpful.
The story is based on our own experiences with difficult everyday situations showing how mindful breathing has been able to help us handle difficult emotions.
Baby Shark Saves the Day makes mindfulness both easy and fun while showing how we can handle difficult emotions in everyday situations.
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About the Author

Chris Bergstrom is a bestselling mindfulness author, a leader in the field of mindfulness, the founder of BlissfulKids.com, a blog dedicated to children’s mindfulness, and a dad who is thrilled to practice mindfulness with his son. He is a certified mindfulness facilitator and trained to teach mindfulness to students in K-12. He’s also known as “the dad who tried 200+ mindfulness activities” and has taught meditation for more than 15 years.
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Song Lyric Sunday | “Macarena” – Los del Rio

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Burrito/Fajita/Mexican/Tequila.

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I chose a song this week in keeping with the spirit of the prompts and Cinco de Mayo!

Ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s All Time Latin Songs, No. 7 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100, and VH1’s “#1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of All Time,” Los del Rio’s Macarena is the song and dance craze that took the world by storm in the 1990s.

As a result of their lounge act, Los del Río were invited to tour South America in 1992 and, while visiting Venezuela, they were invited to a private party held by the Venezuelan empresario Gustavo Cisneros. During the celebration, a local flamenco teacher performed a dance for the guests, and Los del Río were pleasantly surprised by Cubillán’s dance skills. Spontaneously, Antonio Romero Monge, one half of the Los del Río duo, recited the song’s chorus-to-be on the spot. When the authors wrote the song, they changed the name to Macarena, in honor to Antonio’s daughter Esperanza Macarena.

The Bayside Boys released an English-language version in 1995 that became a worldwide sensation, reaching the top of the charts in more than a dozen countries and landing in the top ten in several others.

However, it was the Latin version that could be heard from elementary school dances to night clubs to wedding receptions. Most English-speakers had no idea about how risque the lyrics are.

In the song, the Macarena is a word used to describe a woman who is attempting to get men to come and dance with her.

If she likes their moves, the Macarena claims she’s happy to take them home after the night out.

The first verse begins: “When I dance they call me Macarena, and the boys they say ‘que estoy buena’

“They all want me, they can’t have me. Move with me, jam with me.

“And if you’re good I’ll take you home with me.”

While the first verse is a little cheeky, the song gets even raunchier as it goes on.

The main singer admits that even though she is enjoying the male attention on the dancefloor, she already has a boyfriend who is called Vittorino.

The lyrics assure: “Now, don’t you worry ‘bout my boyfriend, the boy whose name is Vittorino.

“Ha, I don’t want him, couldn’t stand him, he was no good so I.”

 

FUN FACTS:

  • The “Bayside Boys Mix” version’s meaning is later revealed to be about a woman who cheats on her boyfriend while he is being drafted into the army.
  • The Bayside Boys remix hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1996 and remained at the top of the chart for fourteen weeks.
  • The song stayed in the Hot 100 chart for 60 weeks, the longest reign among No. 1 songs, only surpassed fifteen years later by Adele’s Rolling in the Deep.

While the Bayside Boys’ version is the more popular in the music world, I prefer Los Del Rios, and the video is a live performance from a Spanish-language show.

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com.

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

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Macarena

[Chorus]
Give a little lovin’ to your body, Macarena
Cuz your body’s made for love and feeling good; it’s a no-brainer
Give a little lovin’ to your body, Macarena
Hey, Macarena!
(Repeat once)
Macarena has a boyfriend who they ca-ll,
Who they ca-ll by the name of Vitorino
And when he left to sign up for the army
She was giving it away to his two friends
(Repeat once)
[Chorus]
Macarena, Macarena, Macarena
Who likes to spend her summers in Marbella.
Macarena, Macarena, Macarena
Who likes to be the front lines of the party… Hey!
(Repeat once)
[Chorus]
Macarena dreams of going to the mall
And she buys all the latest fashion trends
If she could then she would live in New York
And hook up with a new boyfriend… Hey!
(Repeat once)
[Chorus]
Los del Rio’s Spanish Version
Dale a tu cuerpo alegria Macarena
Que tu cuerpo es pa’ darle alegria y cosa buena
Dale a tu cuerpo alegria, Macarena
Hey Macarena
Macarena tiene un novio que se llama
Que se llama de apellido Vitorino,
Que en la jura de bandera el muchacho
Se metio con dos amigos
{X2}
{Au Refrain, x2}
Macarena sueña con El Corte Ingles
Que se compra los modelos mas modernos
Le gustaria vivir en Nueva York
Y ligar un novio nuevo
{X2}
{Au Refrain, x2}
Macarena tiene un novio que se llama
Que se llama de apellido Vitorino,
Que en la jura de bandera el muchacho
Se metio con dos amigos
{X2}
{Au Refrain, x2}
Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, Lyric Find, and YouTube.
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