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Murder on Mars
A New Orleans Mystery book 1
Genre: Fantasy and Suspense
ISBN: 13: 978-1480250062
Number of pages: 365
Word Count: 59,734
Cover Artist: The Killion Group Inc.
A paranormal force has lured Ava to New Orleans, where shadows lurk behind every corner and an unknown power has yet to be unleashed.
There is darkness in New Orleans, one that has brought sixteen year old Ava Lopez to the city in search of her best friend, Dyson. A dark crime has been committed, and there are supernatural forces involved. Three sisters who whisper “fate” are awaiting the arrival of the Guardian.
Shadow People fiercely haunt the city, unchallenged, but Ava senses that Dyson may be involved with their crimes. She must discover the secret that the Shadows are so determined to keep hidden.
Ava will have to risk everything, because where the Fates are concerned there are no second chances.
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/4hOL-Xt1kR0
This is such an interesting concept of paranormal mixing. You have some old school mythology supernaturals with a more modern supernatural character thrown together to make things extremely intriguing. This is the story of a girl, who is normal, but rushes to the aid of her missing friend, and in her rescue mission, she finds out so much more is in the world than most know about. She has a sketchy past, or should I say her family did, which has bled into her future. The shadow people are more than willing to overlook that past, in fact their leader wants her so bad, they don’t even care who they hurt in the process to get to her.
Ava is a young woman, who’s father was connected to the cartel- or so people say- so she happens to have body guards. 🙂 Yet, she is always giving them the slip. She gets a phone call telling her that her best friend Dyson has gone missing in New Orleans, and she drops everything to find him. The police won’t tell her anything, his own family is being creepy and rude, and there’s this scary presence that seems to follow her. She is so dedicated in finding out where that she is literally thrown into a world of supernatural beings that only few can see. She is trying to figure out who to trust, and how on earth is she going to find Dyson. I liked Ava. I think she may have some more adventures coming up 🙂
There’s a bucket full of side characters, and they part I like the most is the mystery they add to the story. You don’t know who is a good guy, bad guy, shadow guy/girl, or just nutcase 🙂 I have my few favorites, but I don’t want to tell you who they are because then I’d have to tell you why I like them, which would be spoilery. 🙂
Also, I loved the mystery. There are clues, and when you figure it out, you will face palm yourself for not figuring it out sooner. Such an interesting play on the supernatural world. Plus, I did NOT see that ending coming. It ended nicely. It makes for a nice debut of this series. BUT, I have one complaint…. I’m A LOCAL… so, like, where’s the weather? Dude, it’s freaking oppressingly hot and humid here, plus, we have crazy winters, and it’s like a whole different country with the weather. I didn’t get a feel for that part NOR the ridiculously good food. Um, I’m chubby for a reason- we have the most amazing food! BUT I did feel that the landscape was good. The general direction and local outings felt ok. So, I look forward to more. 4 MYSTERIOUSLY SHADOWED PAWS!!
WELCOME!! First, tell me a little about your book ….
Murder on Mars is a mystery suspense, it begins with sixteen year old Ava Lopez arriving in New Orleans after learning that a good friend of hers has disappeared. She begins to track him down by piecing together what he had been doing the last few days before he disappeared; she discovers a hidden world within the city.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
Writing is something that I’ve always enjoyed. One of my aunts writes so my cousins and I grew up on her stories. It led to my love of reading and because of that I developed a few stories of my own that I wanted to share.
Who do you look up to as a writer?
I love Agatha Christie; the characters of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are among some of my favorites. She is a master at crafting fine mysteries and stumping the brightest of minds.
What book are you reading now? Or what genre?
I am currently reading Airion: Return to Zire by J.S. Council. This is an absolutely fantastic coming of age story.
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
The cover for Murder on Mars (A New Orleans Mystery) was designed by the talented ladies at The Killion Group. They are wonderful to work with and have designed several book covers (as well as trading cards) for me. Here is a link for their info:
Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
Every time I begin to work on a new story I first decide on the location, I read up on the local legends and myths because I want to build a connection between myself and the city that will be hosting the characters for my story. And though I may not incorporate what I’ve discovered in my research I am enlightened by the wonderful people and their history and I feel this has helped me grow as a writer.
Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
Yes I do! Rise of the Empire book two of the Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan. This is a great series which I recommend.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes, for this story I found my inspiration from the city of New Orleans. I visited New Orleans one summer in August and found it to be a charming place. During the short time I was there I heard some of the most amazing music. I knew that when I began working on Murder on Mars I had to feature this and I worked on capturing the mood and feel of what I was lucky enough to hear while I was in town.
I wrote three characters into my story with the purpose of using them to convey what I had learned. Each of them had different backgrounds and stories of their own who came together to form their band. While I was in New Orleans I learned music was something to be learned and to be shared, music was life.
About the Author:
M.M. Shelley is a storyteller, word smith and dreamer. She has traveled the world extensively in search of the magic which is often overlooked in every day life. M.M. Shelley is a native of southern California, and a student of mythology from which she gets much inspiration. Visit M.M. Shelley: http://www.mmshelley.com
I hope you guys enjoyed today! I’d like to thank the Author for stopping by for that lovely interview. Happy reading and later gators!!