Tuesday, 9 September 2014

José Picada, P.I.: Deception Al Dente by Heather Fraser Brainerd and David Fraser: Interview + Giveaway

José Picada, P.I.: Deception Al Dente (Book 1)
by Heather Fraser Brainerd and David Fraser
Having left the dull life of workers’ comp insurance behind to strike it out as a private detective, things aren’t going well for Josie P. Cates. Her new career isn't as exciting — or lucrative — as she thought it would be. As her bank account dwindles, her first major client finally walks in the door. Chef Marco, a successful local restaurateur, hires Josie to find out who's skimming money from his business. It doesn't take long for Josie to discover that things at Bistro Italiano aren’t what they seem. Secrets seem to cling to Chef Marco like splattered marinara sauce. With the help of friends both old and new, Josie unravels a case that takes her from the bistro to the world of deadly dark magic. At least it keeps things from being too boring. 
ebook, 111 pages
Published February 22nd 2013 by MuseItUp Publishing

About the Authors:
Heather Fraser Brainerd
is a renaissance woman. After earning a degree in Anthropology, she embarked on an incongruous career as a workers’ compensation insurance adjuster. She rapidly climbed the claims-handling ladder before surprising her colleagues by leaving the high-powered world of lumbar strains and carpal tunnel syndrome to run a child care center. Thousands of dirty diapers and gallons of strained peas later, she decided that maybe the insurance industry wasn’t quite as bad as she remembered. Unfortunately, it was. Fortunately, a few years later, she met the most wonderful man in the world. Now a stay-home mom to three amazing boys, she is able, at long last, to focus on her writing. Heather lives in New York with her family and their crazy pug/terrier.

David Fraser was born on March 25, 1973. March 25, incidentally, is International Waffle Day (Varfudagn in Sweden) and Tolkien Reading Day (The Ring was destroyed on March 25). Elton John shares his birthday. So next March 25, you should eat a waffle while reading Lord of the Rings and listening to Rocket Man. I know Dave will. Before deciding to become an internationally-famous author, Dave held a number of different jobs. He processed small business insurance policy changes, tested software on digital copier/printers, put out little orange flags in pick-your-own strawberry fields, installed internet cable in schools, shelved books in a library, taught college calculus, and handed out raffle tickets at a Barry Manilow concert. Granted, this last job was a one day temp job, but it was awesome. He currently does little fix-up jobs around his house and chauffeurs his kids while trying to find time to write.

Find us:
Blog: http://drivingblindproductions.wordpress.com
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainerdFraser
Twitter: Heather: https://twitter.com/HFBrainerd
David: https://twitter.com/DonaldFarster
Heather on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6953796.Heather_Fraser_Brainerd


Making Connections interview with brother/sister writing team David Fraser and Heather Fraser Brainerd
Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
Main character Josie P. Cates is a funny, irreverent, brand-new private investigator whose business isn’t exactly booming. Chef Marco is an annoying restaurateur who becomes Josie’s first big client. Bobby is Josie’s best friend and go-to computer geek.
What is the best advice you have been given?
Never wash your face with soap. Oh, did you mean writing advice? Probably "I before E except for after C, with the exceptions of height, albeit, protein, weird, counterfeit, glacier, atheist, reign, heir, Fahrenheit, beige, feint, neighbor, and a bunch of other ones that make the list too long to write out in its entirety."
How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
Our books are filled with wacky characters, dysfunctional relationships, and a lot of humor. Does that tell you a little something about our upbringing?
Describe your ideal writing spot.
On the PeopleMover in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. Not that we’ve ever written there, but we’d like to try it some time.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Scotland. We're juist a wee bittie Scottish, d’ye ken?
If you could have any superhuman ability, what would you choose and why?
Does teleportation count? ‘Cause we totally want that. Or maybe the ability to eat all the cheesecake we want without gaining weight. It might not be too useful in saving the world, but, hey, don't the Avengers already have that job?
Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
We prefer JRR Tolkien in hardcover and everything else on ebook. Just not The Silmarillion. That thing weighs something like 45 pounds.
What book are you reading now?
Heather is reading Different Kind of Knight by Mary Waibel - YA Fantasy awesomeness. Dave is reading Count & Color with the Little Monsters by Lynne Mitchell.

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  1. I absolutely loved Deception al Dente. Great title, and the characters are brilliant. Good luck with your tour!

  2. Great blog. Can 'i' before 'e' be a rule when there are so many exceptions? Crazy.
    Love Josie.
    Heather G - The Natasha Saga

    1. Yeah, the English language sure does have a lot of crazy rules, doesn't it? Glad you like Josie. We're kind of partial to her :)

  3. Very funny interview! We enjoyed Deception al Dente very much.