Not only Arlene came for our Weekly at Vivi’s, but today is also the Release Day for her latest story (and oh, what a cover), and this is seriously exciting!
Let’s start with her post about Resolutions, and work out way to the book, shall we?
Those Wonderful New Year’s Resolutions
By J. Arlene Culiner
Okay, I know I’m not alone in this: I love making New Year’s resolutions… lots of them. It makes me feel so good knowing that, this year, I’ll finally:
1- improve my (sometimes complicated) life,
2- polish up my (not exactly perfect) looks,
3- exploit my (unexploited) talent,
4- learn to control my (hopeless) lack of organization.
– practice music with more dedication
– wake up earlier, forgo the pleasure of lying in a warm bed, and write more books
– finish and send out the manuscripts that have been hanging around and moldering for years,
– buy a hula hoop and exercise more,
– take the long-suffering dog for longer walks,
– brush aforesaid long-suffering dog more often,
– do some serious housework (before the dust bunnies rise up and consume me softly during the night),
– be nicer to everyone, even to those people who are absolutely awful to me,
– write to long-lost friends
Okay, that’s enough, now. Time to get to work.
Except… I know perfectly well I won’t do even one of those things. I’ll just carry on as I’ve been doing for years, taking my time, enjoying what I have, allowing myself to be slothful, to daydream, and to plot out thousands of new stories that might never see the light of day.
So what if nothing changes? I’ll do better next year, I promise.
Here’s the information about Arlene’s brand new release: The Turkish Affair
Priceless artifacts are disappearing from the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu in Turkey, and the site director has vanished. Called in to solve the mystery, archaeologist Renaud Townsend is hindered by both his inability to speak the language and the knowledge that the local police are corrupt. His attraction to translator Anne Pierson is immediate, although he is troubled by her refusal to talk about the past and her fear of public scandal. But when murder enters the picture, both Anne and Renaud realize that the risk of falling in love is not the only danger.
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A delicious breeze tickled the air, and the little boat rocked gently. A fine line appeared between Renaud’s brows, and his blue eyes were, once again, serious. “I need your help.”
Anne stared. “My help? With what? Translating?”
“No. With something else. I have to find out who is behind the thefts at Karakuyu.”
The feeling of dread returned, but she forced herself to sound casual. “How could I possibly help you with that?”
“I don’t know.” He sighed. “I just don’t want to feel that I’m alone in this.”
What could she say to that? Tell him she was the last person he should team up with? That long ago, she’d escaped arrest by the skin of her teeth? If she did so, this splendid moment would be over. The silver-foil glimmer of romance would be tarnished forever. He’d row back to shore, drive back to Gülkale, get rid of her as quickly as possible.
“Anne?” He reached out to caress her bare arm. “Come back from wherever you are.”
“You know nothing about me,” she said jaggedly.
“Nothing,” he agreed.
She swallowed. “I could be involved in the thefts for all you know. Why ask for my help? Why choose me?”
He smiled faintly. “A good question. I suppose, quite simply, I need—or want—to trust you.”
She felt utterly miserable. Why was life always like this? Wanting someone and not being able to have them? Wanting trust, but seeing it snatched away before it came close?
About The Author
Born in New York, raised in Toronto, Jill Culiner set out to have a life of adventure and discovery, not one of security and comfort. She has since crossed much of Europe on foot, travelled, by bus, train, car or truck throughout North and Central America, Europe and the Sahara, has lived in a Hungarian mud house, a Bavarian castle, a Turkish cave dwelling, on a Dutch canal, a lonely, and a very haunted stone house on the English moors. Such a lifestyle has meant staying flexible and taking up any sort of work that presents itself: belly dancer, fortune teller, b-girl, translator, fashion model, story teller, radio broadcaster, actress, social critical artist, photographer and writer. She now resides in a 400-year-old former inn in a French village of no interest and protects all creatures, especially spiders and snakes. She particularly loves incorporating into short stories, mysteries, narrative non-fiction, and romances, her experiences in out-of-the way communities with their strange characters, and very odd conversations.
Web site : http://www.j-arleneculiner.com
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/jarleneculiner-quirky-romances
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