Tuesday, January 17, 2012

GOODBYE NOEL - Nike Chillemi - Free eBook

BioNike Chillemi has been called a crime fictionista due to her passion for crime fiction. She is the founding board member of the Grace Awards and its Chairman, a reader's choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She writes book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. BURNING HEARTS is the first book in the crime wave that is sweeping the south shore of Long Island in The Sanctuary Point series, published by Desert Breeze. GOODBYE NOEL, the second book in the series was released in December, 2011. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers (Ning).

Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I suppose there's something of myself in all of my heroines. They're all fairly plucky and I've been told that I'm pretty feisty. I try to write strong female characters, not only the main characters but also secondary ones. When I wrote my debut novel BURNING HEARTS, I didn't realize until final edits that my heroine's mother was quite like my Czechoslovakian maternal grandmother, who had quite a backbone, by the way. This character cooked and baked the same dishes my grandmother did. And she had quite a boisterous sense of humor, just like my grandmother.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Wow! I've done so many quirky things. One thing I'm known for that's sure to make my 14-year-old daughter roll her eyes is singing as if I'm in a 1940s musical. And I'll rewrite the lyrics to fit whatever current domestic situation is going on in our house. I tap dance right into the living room and sing my heart out. I've also been known to snap my fingers in time to the musak in supermarkets and boogie-along right down the aisle. At that point, my daughter hurries away having said, "So long, mom. You're now on your own here."

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I penned my first book when I was just a girl about my love of horses. Actually, it was written in Crayola. In my pre-teen and teen years, I wrote poetry with the requisite angst. About six years ago I got really serious about writing for publication. I still keep my first manuscript around just for laughs. It was that bad.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I read mostly crime fiction. I'm a loyal fan of detective novel series and police procedurals. I read general market mysteries and Christian thrillers. I'll also occasionally read a good historical romance or a nonfiction history title.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I'm not sure I'd claim to be sane. But I keep stress levels down with what I've been told is a whopping good sense of humor. A good laugh can release emotional pressure that's building up. If I want to get away from it all for a little while, I'll pour through my cookbooks or recipes to find something delicious to cook. I might turn on the Food Network and watch a cooking show. I'm a foodie. I'm also a firm believer in the restorative powers of a short nap.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
In addition to being a zany character in my own right, I'm also a highly disciplined writer. I keep detailed character name files, both first names and last names. I file them according to ethnicity and even religion. I also regularly check the top names in the year my character was born.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I'm most proud of my nearly 27 year marriage. Joseph and I adopted our 14-year-old daughter when she was six and she had quite a few remedial issues. Right away, we took her out of public school and enrolled her in Christian school. When that school closed due to financial reasons, I homeschooled her for two years. She will be entering high school next year and has auditioned for three of NYC's top public art and design high schools. Going along with her other strong interest, she's also applied to one of the city's oceanographic high schools. We'll be happy with whichever school accepts her. She's come a long way baby!!!

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
Back in the day, I was an animal rescuer. I rescued and found homes for nearly 40 dogs and cats, not to mention the occasional baby squirrel that fell out of a tree, which was later released. I'm partial to North American mammals. I guess I'd have to pick one of my first loves, the cougar, also known as the puma. They are handsome, shy cats, who will slip away rather than attack, but corner them or threaten their young and watch out.

What is your favorite food?
A whole lobster. I'd like to have my lobster dinner complete with an ear of corn, clarified butter, cornbread, and coleslaw at a rustic seaside restaurant on a pier or the beach overlooking the ocean. If I had any room for dessert, which would be doubtful, I'd ask for Key Lime pie or lemon meringue pie.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
The research was the most time consuming. For my romantic historical thriller series I spent hours researching WWII, immigration, Ellis Island, the idiom of the time as well as the popular culture of the era. I have a great interest in that time period and as I stated, I'm a disciplined writer, so I just do it. At the moment, I'm working on a contemporary thriller and have put in
hours researching NYPD regulations and procedures.

Tell us about the featured book.
Goodbye Noel: Genre: Historical Romantic Thriller
The first body is found under a trimmed Christmas tree, the second as they ring in the New Year (1947), the third goes headlong out a window. Will a young pediatric nurse determined to make it on her own be able to care for an infant whose mother was murdered and escape the killer who has struck again? Can she trust the stalwart village detective with her life and her heart as he works to catch this killer before somebody else dies?
Pediatric nurse, Katrina Lenart, grew up strong willed and independent minded, while sharing her mother's flair for high fashion. When the police chief gives her an orphaned baby to care for, her maternal instincts take over and she's willing to fight anyone who might not have the infant's best interests at heart, even the man she's growing to love. After an attempt is made to kidnap the baby, she and the resolute village detective team up and do some sleuthing, undercover at a cult as well as at a fancy ball.

Detective Ian Daltry is a widower with a child and is not interested in a new love. Hunting a killer who stops at nothing has placed him in the position where he must protect a beautiful young woman he's drawn to. Is there's something he's overlooked in analyzing the case? Will he find out what that is before this ruthless murderer kills someone he loves?

Please give us the first page of the book.

Chapter One

Long Island, NY
December 1946

Katrina Lenart nodded toward a break in the leafless maples and snow-covered pines lining Hill Street then pointed with her black cable knit glove. A fat blue jay sat on the tip of a pine branch and quirked his head at her, almost mocking. The sun, more the color of wheat than yellow, floated in the pale, cloudless, winter sky, surrendering little heat.

"It might seem like we're almost there to you, but we still have to climb that hill." It wasn't high, but steep, as if a pitiless hand had gouged earth from its side. She turned her head back and squinted against the glare off the snow, adjusting her black velvet earmuffs, stitched into a floret on one side, all the rage since the war.

"Said just like a female." Willie Brogna grinned, pulling the toboggan behind him, his rubber boots stomping deep impressions in the fresh fallen snow. Pivoting, he gave her a wide smile. "I know you're just being nice, helping me try out my favorite Christmas present. With my sister on her honeymoon and all, I don't have anyone to be my guinea pig." He resumed his climb, out-pacing her, and chuckled under his breath.

Determined to put her best friend's teenage brother in his place, Katrina lengthened her strides and arrived at the top of the incline breathing hard. "People often comment on how nice I am... and courteous. Willing to help those in need." She tossed off a teasing smile.

The tall, lanky teen snorted then tugged on his hand-knit gloves, securing them, and flexed his fingers.

Shading her eyes with a glove, she gazed south, unable to see the village of Sanctuary Point or the Great South Bay through the trees. Though she knew icy wind whipped them both. The weather forecast said a storm was headed their way. Directly below, the ground dropped away into an empty lot. Beyond that, Hill Street and the tiny Bauer cottage.

"Are you ready? I'll steer and you take the rumble seat." Willie knelt and positioned the toboggan for the first run down the steep hill. "Don't forget to hang on tight, I'm gonna let 'er rip, if that won't bruise the dignity of Memorial's most promising nurse."

Katrina gave him a playful smack on the arm. "How you do go on. Just watch out for that huge bump down there."

"Aw, that's not even a blip on the radar."

She hunkered down behind him and clasped her arms around his waist. The toboggan sped down the hill, her hair airborne behind her. Icy snow crystals flew into her face. They hit the bump and went aloft. "Willieee," she shrieked.

They landed so hard her teeth clattered.

When they came to a stop, Willie jumped off. "While we were in the air, I saw something near Mrs. Bauer's cottage. Does she have a pet? A cat, maybe? It looked like a hurt animal... something bloody."

He trotted across the street. "It's not in the yard. It's away from the house. Closer and to the side of the road." He hastened down Hill Street, slipping and sliding, to the edge of the Bauer property.

Katrina hurried down the sloping street after him, her arms stretched out for balance. If this were his idea of a practical joke, she'd let him have it.

Willie bent over the object on the ground. Rising, he twisted toward her. "Well, it's not an animal. It's a piece of soiled cloth."

Rushing to his side, she tried to catch her breath. "That's blood on a kitchen towel. Not a lot, but sufficient to warrant concern." Please, Lord, let everything be all right in the Bauer house.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Nike Chillemi ~ Crime Fictionista blog. http://nikechillemi.wordpress.com/
Nike Chillemi Author Page/Desert Breeze Publishing.
Nike Chillemi is also on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

Thank you, Nike, for spending this time with us.

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Sanctuary Point Book Two: Goodbye Noel - Kindle

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Robyn said...

Oh my, you have me in stitches. Fictionista--LOL!!! And, by the way, I tell my 14yo that it is my job as a parent to embarrass him. I'll often ask if I'm doing a good job--that's about the time he will flee from me, too.
Can't wait to read your book. Sounds like a page-turner.
coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Marianne said...

Well, as long as your daughter just leaves instead of telling people she doesn't know you and is not connected to you. i admire you so much for accepting her. i realize that the blessings go both ways.
Thanks for the opportunity to win, Lena and Nike

Marianne from Arizona


Rebecca said...

Oh this looks like an absolutely amazing book. I would love to win this. Thanks for the chance.

I am from Oklahoma.

scottsgal said...

I live in a household filled with sarcasm and men so laughter is a common way of life for me. And I agree nothing like a yummy lobster!
cheryl in IL
msboatgal at aol.com

apple blossom said...

love to be added to this book giveaway thanks for chance to win.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

B. J. Robinson said...

Love the cover, prettiest one I've seen all year. Will be reading this novel soon. It's on my to read list :) Really enjoyed Burning Hearts, the first novel. Blessings, BJ

jude said...

Nike, I enjoyed getting to know more about you and your writing. You drink life in with gusto! Goodbye Noel sounds like a book I'd enjoy. Thanks, Lena, to you too.

Jo said...

This sounds like a fantastic book. I really want to read it and sounds like another one to be put on my TBR list. Please enter me.


Lorna Faith said...

You're funny...love it! Your book sounds fascinating...I love it that it's a Historical Romance Thriller:) Would love to be entered for a chance to win!

Lorna from Alberta
lornafaith at gmail dot com

Rita Garcia said...

So enjoyed your interview! I loved Burning Hearts and I can't wait to read Goodbye Noel! Hugs!

Elaine Marie Cooper said...

FUN interview! And Nike, I can just picture you tap-dancing to a 40's musical and making up new words. And the thought of you singing in the supermarket and embarrassing your daughter is a hilarious image. It must never be boring at your house! LOL

Don't include me in the giveaway as I have already had the wonderful treat of reading "Goodbye Noel." It was one of my first purchases on my new kindle. :-)

Nike Chillemi said...

Robyn -- Glad you like the moniker "Fictionista". About teenagers...my DD asked me yesterday sorta snarky/sorta sweet, "Why did God invent parents anyway?" I answered, "To annoy teenagers." LOL

Marianne -- DD is a funny kid. And to be honest, having a mother who's into doing on the spot comedy routines can be embarrassing to a teen. But that's half the funof it. LOL

Rebecca - Thx for the kind words.

Scotsgal -- A house full of laughter and joking is never dull and a great place to be. Yep, I'm with you, nothing beats a lobster dinner.

Apple Blossom -- Best wishes.

BJ -- Thx for the kind words on BURNING HEARTS. I really enjoyed your novel too, LAST RESORT, a wonderful romantic suspense novel.

Hey Jude -- sounds like a Beatles song. You, me, and BJ are fellow authors at Desert Breeze.

Jo -- Glad you're putting GOODBYE NOEL on your TRL. You know I was an author quite some time before I knew that "TRL" meant to read list. I asked a few non-author friends online and they didn't have a clue. Then someone, I think on Goodreads told me. LOL

Lorna Faith -- Yep, that's what I write, historical romantic thrillers. I find the 1940s era lends itself to this type of genre. The detectives of that time had panache.

Rita -- Rita, you're a true supporter of my work. And a friend too.

Elaine Marie -- I love humor. Right after prayer, it's my best defense against all the little and big disappointments in life.

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this ebook...

kmkuka at yahoo dot com
...from PA

Sibella Giorello said...

Nike, you are such an example of what one person can do by living full-throttle heart and soul. Goodbye Noel looks great!

Angie Adair said...

Great article and looks like a great book! Angie in Illinois.. angadair@nwcable.net

Abigail Richmond said...

looks interesting. to bad its a e-book.

Kristie said...

Wow! Nike sure sounds organized! I'm impressed. I'm a librarian and love research but my organizational skills leave a lot to be desired. I love a good romance. I used to read true crime (even at age 12, much to the dismay of the local librarian) but now I'm hooked on mostly inspirational and women's fiction. So this seems like a good blend. I'm from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me I would love to win a copy of this book it sounds like a great story! Thanks and God bless.
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

Mama Cat said...

Would love to read this - Christian thrillers with romance, especially historical, is a great combination. You must have had a great time researching it! I live in Phoenix.

Jean Kinsey said...

Oh this sounds like a good book to curl up with in front of the fireplace and watch it snow.

Merry said...

I love mystery and suspense, Goodbye Noel sounds fascinating with the 40's era as a setting. Please include me in the drawing, thanks.
Merry in TX

rubynreba said...

Please enter me - thanks!
from Iowa

Nike Chillemi said...

Karen K -- Best wishes. :)

Sibella -- Thx for the kind words. Coming from you, one of my all time fav authors, it means a lot.

Angie -- Doesn't Lena ask the best questions?

Kristie -- LOL, you sound like you were a library troller from an early age. So was I. I loved to spend time in the library. Still do. We have such a lovely local branch in the NYC public library system in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn. You can actually sit in a cushioned window seat w/a book and look out over a small canal. You can also see tall reeds, a bit of the waterway and the Atlantic from it's front window tables. Of course, that beach is exactly where they find the body in the contemporary I'll be releasing soon.

Sharon -- Best wishes.

Mamma Cat -- I did enjoy researching this novel and the others in the series. I love the 1940s time period.

Jean -- It's snowing in Gotham (NYC) today. A good time to curl up with a novel...a historical romantic thriller, of course. And maybe hot chocolate. :)

Merry -- The 1940s is a wonderful time period to set a romantic thriller. Detectives were in trench coats and fedora. Quite the picture.

Ruby'n Reba - Best wishes.

Aizess said...

Seems really interesting! Please enter me!

I live in New York

Nike Chillemi said...

Aizess - Thank you for your kind words.