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Friday, April 11, 2014

Company at Vastine's...Welcome Cassie Exline!

Getting out the fine china and crystal because I've got a special guest today! A gal I feel like I've known all my life, although we're only pals technically on the net. Just one of those kindred connections, you know?

And that lady is Author Cassie Exline. She's come packed with her own goodies, so I'm turning the floor over to her!

Welcome, Cassie! Grab a chair, sit down, and meet the folks!

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Special thanks to Vastine for having me at her new blog. She’s a doll. Love your new digs, chickie.

Hello, I’m Cassie Exline. I was born in the South and raised in the North. My passion for writing began back in grade school when I wrote mystery stories featuring a group of teenagers. I had read every book written featuring Trixie Belden and her friends. Oh, the school tablets I filled with my scribblings.

Several years ago, after my children were grown, that need to write returned full force. Working at a small weekly newspaper fueled my desire to see my name as a byline. That was when I discovered sticking to the facts was boring. So, I attended numerous writers’ workshops, seminars, and lectures, met several wonderful authors, publishers, and a literary agent. Then I was off and submitting.

I’ve been with different publishers, sold numerous short stories and e-books over the years. My love remains for writing mysteries, blending in romance and humor.

The Sheryl Locke Holmes Mystery Series, written under C.L. Exline, currently consists of four books: Amber's Mysterious Death, Ruby's Deadly Secret, Opal's Disappearance, and Dragon's Pearl. All four are available at Wild Child Publishing or on Amazon. 

In the Holmes Series, the use of gemstones is the ongoing theme and the name of a character. Whether the character lives or dies, well, you have to read the book to solve that mystery. ;)

Amber’s Mysterious Death, the first book in the Holmes Series: The game’s afoot when Sheryl Locke Holmes spots Amber’s husband, Roger, at an antique auction. Roger had disappeared without a trace after Amber’s tragic death. With the help of her sidekick and best friend, Dot Watson, Sheryl follows Roger and a trail of amber jewelry which leads to duplicity, mayhem and murder. As different as day and night, Sheryl, Dot and Amber bonded like sisters during college. Their friend’s death was suspicious and left unanswered questions as well as an unidentifiable body. This time Sheryl won't stop until she gets answers—and avenges her friend. 

Ruby’s Deadly Secret, book two. What do you get when you add a ruby, diary, secrets, and a mansion? A motive for murder. Sheryl Locke Holmes and her best friend, Dot Watson, have been offered an exciting opportunity to explore Bridgeside, a Victorian mansion, to search for items for their antique shop. Their adventure is short-lived when they discover a diary containing dark secrets and a newspaper clipping with a warning written in what appears to be blood. They get trapped in the attic and discover the owner died inside the house. As if that isn't enough, Sheryl’s love interest, Jake, is spotted with another woman. After Dot disappears, clues are pointing to Sheryl as the next target, no matter who gets in the way. Ruby’s Deadly Secret was awarded eighth place for the best 2010 Mystery Novel at the P&E Polls.

In Opal's Disappearance, book three, an old college friend begs Sheryl to help find her missing cousin, Opal, who may have been kidnapped by a mysterious mountain man. When all leads are exhausted, Sheryl concocts a dangerous plan—she becomes bait for the kidnapper and alleged murderer. Contact is made, leaving Sheryl with amnesia and Dot scrambling to solve the case.

In Dragon's Pearl, book four, blood on the moon signifies death for some unlucky victim. Sheryl has inherited Bridgeside and is planning on opening a B&B. A haunted music box and a ghost keep Sheryl Holmes and her cohorts on their toes. Logic tells Sheryl there is no such thing as a ghost, except she witnesses the apparition with her own eyes. Can that be possible?

Book five, Curse of Jade’s Cliff, is in the plotting/writing stage. The B&B is ready to launch. Lots to do. Nerves are taut as it is and then Sheryl discovers she has a stalker. Notes appear out of thin air. No tracks. No sightings. No clues. The game’s afoot.

For a limited time, Amber’s Mysterious Death, is available free on Wild Child Publishing at:  

Wild Child also offers all of the books in different formats for your Kindle, your Nook or to read on your computer. Your choice.

Updates on my writing projects can be found at http://cassieexline.blogspot.com

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Thank you, doll face! (okay, that's our pet name for each other...lol). Because Ms. Exline is also a lover, as I am, of all things noir. And she writes a pretty mean noir story! 

Cassie, really excited to hear there's another project on the stove! And congratulations on the awards for Ruby's Deadly Secret! 

Again, thanks, Cassie! It's been a pleasure visiting with you! 


Cassie Exline said...

Thanks for having me, dollface. Your site is the perfect spot for the Holmes series. Love it!!

Cassandra said...

I enjoyed your post and will check out your first book.

Vastine Bondurant said...

Cassie, doll-face, thank you so much for visiting! I love your work, adore you!

Vastine Bondurant said...

Cassandra, thank you for visiting! You will love Cassie's work.

I LOVE her Cheryl Locke Holmes series!

Cassie Exline said...

Cassandra, thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the series. As Sheryl always says, "The game's afoot!"

Cassie Exline said...

Thanks for having me, doll face. You've been a lovely hostess.

William and Anna Patterson said...

This is a great interview. I enjoyed it.

Vastine Bondurant said...

William and Anna....Thank you for visiting!