By: Dana Marton
It’s sooo good to be back here! Thank you, Maureen!!!
Spring has sprung, and thank God for that! This is definitely my favorite season. Everything seems possible in spring. It’s as if optimism bloomed with the flowers. (Especially since I quit watching the news, which has turned from real news to The Gloom and Doom Report lately.) Our reality is what we choose to pay attention to, and I am choosing to pay attention to good things.
We recently received a birthday party invite from a young friend. Instead of gifts, she requested packages of hot dogs. I had to read that part twice. No, her family hasn’t fallen on hard times. She’s volunteering at a dog shelter and they use chunks of hot dogs to hide the dogs’ meds in. How fantastic is that for a 13 yr old? No iTunes gift cards, or clothes or shoes or teenager bling. She just wants to help the dogs. As long as there are kids like her, I feel like our future will be all right.
If you’re my friend on Facebook, you already know that I have a soft spot for dogs. I’m not one to hold back on puppy pictures of our Goldendoodle. Even my new book, DEATHTRAP, has a stray in it. And lots of positive thinking.
I write fast-paced romantic thrillers, so the theme tends to be: What do I need to do to survive? But with this small town murder story, I found myself going deeper into emotions. Star agent Donald Maass recommends that authors ask themselves the following question: Why does my story matter? I ended up thinking about this quite a bit while writing. DEATHTRAP is a story about finding one’s self. It’s about the monster within. It’s about fighting the shadows and triumphing. This is a story about overcoming extreme difficulties, even death. I wanted it to be about love and hope. I wanted it to make people feel stronger. And then, of course, I scared myself half to death, wondering if I could really write a story that does all that. All I can tell you is that I gave it my best. I hope I succeeded. I hope you’ll find that DEATHTRAP is a very positive book about murder.
To keep all that positive energy going, I’m raffling off a $25 amazon gift certificate! Just go to my FB page www.facebook.com/danamarton and leave a message, “I love dogs!” or tell me something about your favorite four-legged friend. 1 winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!!!
The only person who can save her is Broslin Chief of Police, Ethan Bing, but he’s too mired in guilt and the past, too preoccupied by his wife’s unsolved murder two years ago. A new case brings the killer within reach just as Sophie pops into his life. She gets through his defenses like no other, but soon it becomes clear that she's been selected as the next victim. DEATHTRAP by Dana Marton