A GOOD READ FOR ANYONE WHO LOVE
Noting that Cedar Vista has just rolled out as a new imprinteur for the more familiar Little Moose Press of Beverly Hills, California, Louise's books are great additions.
Looking more closely at the author, you may want to understand why such a wonderful lady would write mystery novels. I learned from first look that a line of work existed for the returning character of Allie Armington, who was penned by Gaylord. You’ll get to know her real name as you read.
Her three offerings for review where the newly published “Julia Fairchild”, “X’s” an Allie Armington Mystery” and “Anacacho”, similarly an Allie Armington story. Armington, a sharp and successful Texas attorney gets frequent flyer miles in Gaylord’s novels.
“Anacacho” attracted my eye first because of the cover art and where the story was based. Gaylord’s writing style is fast paced, not wordy, and the constant dialogue has you believing you are seeing a movie instead of reading a book. Characters are quickly introduced through dialogue and you get the details of their character as you read.
Anacacho, first released in hard cover, won the
National Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Mystery/ Suspense. This should
tell you something about any book written by Gaylord.
“Julia Fairchild” mixes that bustle of New York with the 180° opposite reality of a small New Mexico town. Again with Gaylord being from Texas, she masterfully mixes worlds and takes you as quickly and smoothly to each as if you flew first class from La Guardia to Albuquerque.
I don’t want to tell you any details of the stories because you need to discover them for yourself. I will say this author will gain a more national niche as book sellers buy and distribute these novels. The cover art alone on all three entices you pick up a copy and start reading. Very well produced and crafted, these books would make a special gift for anyone whom you know that loves novels, murder mysteries, or just a good read.
There is a picture of Louise that comes with the press kit. It depicts how I first saw and became acquainted with the author and it is how I feel everyone should see Louise Gaylord. Below is that picture and links to her book’s promotional websites. Happy and worthwhile reading awaits you with either of these there books.
Author Biography Louise Gaylord
LOUISE GAYLORD is a natural storyteller, whose
life, like her mystery stories, has been full of surprises. She discovered
her love of storytelling during her days at Saint Mary's Hall, an Episcopal
girls' boarding school in San Antonio, Texas. Classmates gathered round as
she read her stories and ended up in tears by, "...and they lived happily
(or not so happily) ever after." But it was painting, not writing, that her
teachers encouraged, so her writing was put on hold.
Though her grandfather was one of the founding members of the Houston Symphony, opera was Louise's real passion. After designing several covers for Opera Cues, the Houston Grand Opera Guild's magazine, she took over the editorship, eventually becoming President of the Guild and later President of Opera Guilds International.
Louise was invited to join the Writers Consortium
founded by Guida Jackson and Ida Luttrell. The group includes other
published authors: Jackie Pelham, Patsy Ward Burk, Julia Gomez-Rivas, and
Karen Stuyck, and has helped shape the writing career of Vanessa Leggett and
other new talents.
Louise has penned over 30 short stories, some of which have appeared in the Suddenly series. She has written several one act plays and one full-length play, "The Season," which was produced by the Backdoor Theatre in Wichita Falls and later performed in Houston. Anacacho, Louise's first Allie Armington Mystery, won the 2003 National Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Mystery/Suspense sponsored by Publisher's Marketing Association in Los Angeles.
Louise's three months of service on a Harris County,
Texas, grand jury panel sparked the idea for the Allie Armington mystery
series and, as they say, the rest is history.
Xs is the second in a series of Allie Armington Mysteries and is also being published in 2007 by Cedar Vista Books as a trade paperback.
Julia Fairchild was a finalist in
the Fiction & Literature category of the USA Book News awards and is being
published in hardcover by Little Moose Books in 2007.