Gemma Weir is a half crazed stay at home mom to three kids, one man child and a hell hound. She has lived in the midlands, in the UK her whole life and has wanted to write a book since she was a child. Gemma has a ridiculously dirty mind and loves her book boyfriends to be big, tattooed alpha males. She’s a reader first and foremost and she loves her romance to come with a happy ending and lots of sexy sex.
There are worse things than to drown in Tuscany. You could be murdered there…
Fleeing Los Angeles like fugitives (if fugitives used Amex miles to fly business class) TV writer Kat Kelly and her husband Mike are trying to escape both personal and professional conflicts when they accept their friend Sunny’s invitation to stay in a posh Tuscan villa on the sea. Only the couple and their friend soon find themselves wrapped up in a murder, with a pool of colorful, International suspects reminiscent of Agatha Christie or Knives Out. Needing a distraction from her own troubles, Kat- along with Sunny- plays amateur detective, while doing a face plant in troughs of pasta and wine, and being dressed to kill while someone around them is actually killing.
“Tess Rafferty weaves a suspenseful, intriguing tale that’s also a great escape — wonderfully atmospheric, expertly paced and very, very funny. I’d follow her characters anywhere — especially to Tuscany!” — Alison Gaylin (Edgar Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author)
“I never thought solving murders could make me want to book a Tuscan vacation but Tess’ description of the people, places, wine and, in particular- the food- is enough for the Italian tourist board to add Under the Tuscan Gun to their recommended travel guides. The humor is weaved in effortlessly & I want to spend time breaking bread & gossiping with all the characters. This book was a fun ride and an even better promotion for your next European vacation . . . without the murders.” — Retta, actress & author (Good Girls, Parks & Recreation)
“I’ve always been a fan of Tess’s ability to write strong, outspoken female characters whose pursuit of justice is always done with humor and compassion. Under the Tuscan Gun’s “Kat” and “Sunny” continue in this spirit, showing us the strength of female friendship as they navigate the conflicts all women face while allowing us to virtually escape into some delicious Italian travel, too!” — Yvette Nicole Brown, Actress/Host (Crossing Swords, The Big Fib, Community)
Master Chef Michael Rogan owns a world-renowned restaurant, is married to his college sweetheart, and has a daughter beginning college. His life is as picturesque as their mountaintop retreat overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.
That is until Frederick Dalton, an old Army buddy turned Warden at San Quentin, drifts in from the past with an odd request. He will release Michael’s estranged father—serving time on Death Row for the murder of his wife 30 years ago—in exchange for one small favor. Michael declines.
Michael’s life is once again disrupted when his estranged brother Scott arrives unexpectedly looking for a job. Michael reluctantly agrees and things soon head sideways.
Scott is found dead in the restaurant’s freezer, with a knife in his chest. Police want to believe Michael’s alibi, but the facts say otherwise.
Charged with murder, and facing his father’s same nightmarish confinement, Michael must face his worst nightmare and choose how far he will go to regain his freedom.
About the Author
David Temple has worked as a Top 5 Morning Radio Host, an Actor in both Television & Film, and has had decades of experience as an International Voiceover Artist. He turned his very first self-published book into the award-winning independent film, Chasing Grace, where it currently lives on several on-demand services such as Netflix, AmazonPrime, and Pureflix, and plays daily in over 100 countries around the world.
His Carter Matheson Series features a retired special ops assassin who works to keep his family, friends and country out of harms way. The thriller series includes: Lucky Strikes, Behind The 8 Ball, and Knuckle Down.
David’s latest character is Detective Pat Norelli, a rookie detective with beauty, brains and a determination to solve any case. The Poser is available now, and the sequel, The Impostor, arrives in early 2021.
Stay tuned for his next page-turning release, the psychological thriller Devour, releasing 10.06.20.
When not writing, you can find David running along the Pacific Coast, or climbing any one of California’s majestic mountains with his wife Tammy. They live north of San Diego.
“Dear Diary, On September 3, 1982, two things happened that I’ll never forget: I acquired an older sister, and I fell in real love. But tell me, what does an eight-year-old know about love?”
For nearly a decade, Hosea Felix and Gomer Williams were inseparable. She loved him from the moment she laid eyes on him.Their friendship was iron-clad until temptation rocked Gomer to her core. Somewhere along the way, she fell for another guy and traded young love for instant pleasure. Not only is Jeri Cole fine—he is a bonafide gangsta, unattainable, and off-limits. Jeri was all Gomer could think about, and the only thing she thought she wanted. Despite her big sister already laying claim to him, not much could stop Gomer from clawing at the possibility of love and diva status. Getting with Jeri felt right…but at what cost?
Gomer never backed down. She is the original bad girl—ratchet, bougie, and insatiable.Feel like you wanna dislike her? Well, get in line.
They Call me Gomer…JC Miller’s sophomore spin-off novel enthralls readers with a deeply woven, emotionally heart-tugging take on the Book of Hosea. By examining rape culture, drug addiction, family secrets, and the vulnerabilities of young Black girls in pursuit of fortune and fame, this contemporary tale gives those in search of a good dra-mance all the feelings!
She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say, “I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off than now. Hosea 2:7
There is no one like Hosea. Where I fall short, he fills in my spaces. Besides Daddy, he’s my first love and best friend. He genuinely wants to be with my crazy behind self, and I promise you―there was no bullying, bribery, or blackmail involved on my part. Hosea came along willingly and by his own contentment. I can’t keep a friend to save my life, but Hosea Felix has stuck like glue. He doesn’t care that I’m ratchet, common, and unworthy; being Christ-like, he covers me. We’ve loved each other from day one…but sometimes I wonder, what’s love got to do with it…you know? I put Hosea through hell, and as a dog returns to its own puke, he keeps coming back.
A tragic romance. I don’t deserve him…and I often wonder, how did I make a friend like Zee?
Lucky, I guess.
About The Author
JC Miller lives in the scenic Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania with her husband, children, and floppy-eared Bassador pup.
Raised by a single-mother in the Bronx, JC pulls from early experiences to showcase the soul of the ghetto through faith-based novels. She also dedicates much of her time uplifting women via her blog and creating content with partner MR Spain, through their publishing company, Jess, Mo’ Books LLC.
On her days off, you can findJC whipping up her famous Red Velvet Cake and listening to songs from her impressive vinyl record collection.
“Read this book before you sign your next contract.” Dr Kirsty Bunting, Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Manchester Writing School
“This enjoyable and informative book is essential reading. It will help you decide which publishing model works for you, and will explain how to get the most value out of the writing that you spent so much time and effort on.” Emma Byrne – Author of Swearing is Good for You and How to Build a Human
Are you an un-agented novelist at the start of your career?
Do you find contracts bewildering?
Have you written a book and don’t know what to do with it?
I have worked in the Intellectual Property (IP) and licensing sector for over a decade. I’m also a novelist and creative writing mentor. Over the years I’ve answered a lot of questions from traditionally published writers who are at the start of their careers.
A lot of writers find the business of licensing IP confusing and contracts impenetrable. Often, even when they seek legal advice, they aren’t given a context in which to interpret this advice.
This easy-to-read guide will give you the tools you need to take charge of your author career.
Getting Published is Just the Beginning is available on Amazon, Kobo, Apple, B&N, Google books and a bunch of other places. It is also available in print, so you can get it from your local book shop (but you’ll have to ask them to order it in).
You could also request a copy from your local library and read it for free.
It’d make an ideal Christmas present for a writer in your life… hint, hint.
These are the sorts of things you’ll find inside:
Becoming a professional Writer
Balancing craft and money
Think of your writing as a business
What does this actually mean for your author business?
What is NOT covered by copyright?
Other people’s copyright
Works in the public domain
Slicing up IP – Your work is more than the one thing you wrote
Reading contracts – notes for the bewildered
Common sections you’d expect to see in a publisher contract
How do authors get paid?
What does a publisher do for you?
Who is involved
Things to consider when you’re talking to a publisher
So, should you sign that publishing contract that you’ve been offered?