February 23, 2015

Marilyn Baron Author of The Widows' Gallery @MarilynBaron #RLFblog #mystery

The Widows' Gallery 
Today's authbor interview is with Marilyn Baron.

Why did you write this book?
I love using art and art theft as themes in my books. I studied art history in Florence, Italy, in college where I fell in love with my favorite painting—The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli—which hangs in the Uffizi Gallery. So I decided to make that painting the centerpiece of my story. The cover art is also reminiscent of that painting. Last year, my husband and I took an anniversary cruise to the Mediterranean. All these things gelled and I decided to set part of my book in Florence, Italy, and on a cruise ship, before the main characters arrived in Lobster Cove, Maine, where the Lobster Cove series for The Wild Rose Press is set.
What are your favorite genres to read?
Literary fiction, women's fiction and thrillers
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Jamie Fraser in the Outlander series.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
On March 20, Killer Cruise, the third book in my Psychic Crystal Mystery Series, will be released from The Wild Rose Press. It also takes place on a cruise ship and one of the themes is art theft. It's murder, mystery, and mayhem combined with high jinks on the high seas. The novel even features a vampire.
TWB Press just released my fifth dark and humorous supernatural short story, The Files Death Forgot http://www.twbpress.com/thefilesdeathforgot.html The Grim Reaper with a failing memory, a craving for chocolate chip cookies and a penchant for old movies: Could this agent of death inadvertently save the world from mass annihilation??M
My current work in progress is called Landlocked, where an inexperienced South Florida realtor with weather issues, tries to sell her widowed grandmother's rural property on an isolated Western North Carolina mountaintop only to discover the tract is landlocked, and therefore, unsalable. The book features a missing artist, two romances and a serial killer.

About the Book

Title The Widows' Gallery
Genre Women's Fiction/Romance
Author Marilyn Baron
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Childless heiress Abigail Adams Longley and three other widows on a Mediterranean cruise bond over a Renaissance masterpiece in Florence, Italy, and find love, friendship and joy in their joint venture to open an art gallery at the Longley mansion in Lobster Cove, Maine.
Since the death of her husband, Abigail has been lonely and drifting in a house that's too big and a town that's too small. When she literally runs into sexy widower and whale-watching excursion captain Tack Garrity on the dock, she's entranced by his adorable five-year-old daughter.
But will Tack, who has harbored a secret crush on Abigail for almost two decades, be able to capture her heart? A secret pact her husband made with Tack could either tear them apart or bring them closer together and change their lives forever.

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About the Author

Marilyn Baron
Marilyn Baron is a corporate public relations consultant in Atlanta. She's a member of Marketing For Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers (GRW), recipient of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award and winner or finalist in writing awards in single title, suspense romance, novel with strong romantic elements and paranormal romance.
Marilyn writes in a variety of genres, including: Humorous coming-of-middle-age women's fiction (The Widows' Gallery, Stones, and Significant Others); a psychic suspense series (Sixth Sense, Homecoming Homicides and the soon to be released Killer Cruise); and historical romantic thrillers (Under the Moon Gate and the prequel, Destiny: A Bermuda Love Story) for The Wild Rose Press; and dark and humorous supernatural short stories for TWB Press (A Choir of Angels, Follow an Angel, The Stand-In Bridegroom, Dead Mix and The Files Death Forgot).
Marilyn is a member of the Roswell Reads Steering Committee and belongs to two book clubs. A native of Miami, Florida, Marilyn now lives in Roswell, Georgia, with her husband and they have two daughters. She graduated from The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism [Public Relations sequence] and a minor in Creative Writing.
When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, going to movies, eating Italian food and traveling. She often sets her stories in places she's visited, including Bermuda, Australia and Italy, where she spent six months studying in Florence during her senior year in college.

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  1. Welcome back! This sounds like a terrific story.

    1. Kayelle, Thanks. I'm glad to be back. Thanks for hosting me.

  2. Sounds intriguing. I love the way the cover matches the Birth of Venus.

    1. Debra,
      Thanks for commenting. I love what the artist did with the cover. It was exactly what I what I wanted, for it to remind people of the painting, The Birth of Venus.

  3. Love your work! Your multi-genre writing is an inspiration to all of us. Best of luck with The Widows' Gallery. Also,Killer Cruise is an awesome title!

    1. Susan,
      Thank you for visiting the blog and for saying such nice things. Actually, my original title for Killer Cruise was "Murder on the Repositioning Cruise," but my editor suggested I change it and I'm glad I did. It matches the first two books in the series, Sixth Sense and Homecoming Homicides, two words with alliteration. Actually, I was surprised to find out that Killer Cruise is available for pre-sale on the Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/Killer-Cruise-Psychic-Crystal-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00TTBKLD2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424747573&sr=8-1&keywords=killer+cruise+baron



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