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Red River Radio Presents Dellani’s Tea Time with Author God-Son, KA Lugo, and Karen Vaughan


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The year is almost over, and the holiday season has already begun! Of course, it started in October, as far as stores were concerned. Officially, is a different matter. In celebration of all things celebratory, we have three great authors to chat with.

Author Godson

First up is Author God-Son, owner of God-Son Publishing and author of The J Wilkenson Story: Thirteen Going on Thirty Five. We’re delighted to have him on the show. Welcome God-Son!

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Next is no stranger to the show. Karen Vaughan is the author of comic mysteries, predominantly her lively Laura and Gerry books, as well as Holmes in America and Dead Comic Standing. She also helps promotes other authors, not only with her Writer’s Roundtable show, but with Owl & Pussycat Productions. Welcome back, Karen!


We round out our trio with author KA Lugo, author of Slaughtered: A Jack Slaughter Thriller. Though this is her debut novel under this name, KA is a seasoned author in another genre. She’s also a seasoned guest on the show. We’re delighted to have her back. Welcome, KA!

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New Authors, Same Great Service!


Over the last year, I’ve had the good fortune to help promote some excellent authors. I have recently taken on a different group. In fact, this is my first week with them. I’m excited to introduce you to these talented authors and their work, presented in no particular order.

Crystal Gauthier

First up is Crystal Miles Gauthier. She is the author of such books as Troianne, Her Soul to Save and Great Lakes Original Recipes (pictured below). Crystal also owns and operates Southern Owl Publications. Welcome aboard, Crystal!

Crystal Great Lakes cover


TW Knight

Next is TW Knight. TW is the author of The Dark Knights of Heaven Series – His Soul to Keep, His Soul to Hold, and His Soul to Save (pictured below). Welcome, TW! I look forward to working with you.

His Soul to Save TW Knight


Carolyn Bowen

My third author is Carolyn Bowen. She is the author of The Long Road Home, Cross Stepping to Success and Cross Ties (pictured below). Welcome, Carolyn! I’m happy to be getting to know you better.

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Danielle Zwissler

The fun continues with Danielle Lee Zwissler. She is the author of Cowboy’s Bride, Mommy for Christmas, The Boy Next Door (pictured below), among many more. Welcome, Danielle. So pleased to get to know you.

Danielle Zwissler Boy Next Door


Amanda Mackey

But I’m not finished yet! Next on my list is Amanda Mackey, author of True Identity, Losing You, Saving Me (pictured below), and many more. Welcome aboard, Amanda!

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Nelda Gaydou author

Last, but not least, of the new faces, is Nelda B. Gaydou. She is the author of King of the Hill, From Sea to Sea and To the Ends of the Earth: High Plains of Patagonia. Welcome, Nelda! So happy to be working with you.

Nedla Gaydou To the Ends of the Earth cover


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I continue to promote Eliot Parker, author of Breakdown at Clear River, Code for Murder, Making Arrangements and Fragile Brilliance (pictured below). I’m so happy to be working with you, Eliot.

Fragile Brilliance by Eliot Parker

These, and other fine authors, are represented by Owl and Pussycat Promotions, owned by Viv Drewa and Karen Vaughan, with a little help from Dellani Oakes.


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Dead on Arrival – Karen Vaughan


You’ll Laugh All the Way to the Morgue!

Dead on Arrival – Karen Vaughan

Laura Hamilton didn’t know what she was expecting when she got up that Monday morning, but it sure wasn’t finding a dead body in her living room. Yes, a dead man, apparently delivered sometime over the weekend, currently adorning her living room carpet.

Jeff Gibbons, the inspector called to the scene, isn’t quite sure what to make of Laura, but he has a gut instinct. Even if she does know the victim, she’s not guilty. A fact which is brought to light when it becomes apparent that someone’s out to get her.

Gerry, the building super, is a long term friend of Laura’s. Insisting on protecting her, he takes Laura into his home to keep her safe. Soon, he’s sharing his space with Laura and her Siamese two cats—Sean and Seamus.

 No matter what she does, Laura keeps getting dragged deeper into this ridiculous set of circumstances. When more dead bodies show up, she decides enough is enough. She and Gerry do what they can to help Inspector Gibbons find the killer.

“Dead On Arrival” is a wonderfully lighthearted mystery that moves at a lively pace. Vaughan’s humor adds an interesting dimension to her story, keeping it from being too grim. Her dialog is sprightly, fleshing out the characters. Even minor players have very distinct personalities.

I enjoyed Laura and Gerry’s amateur sleuthing as they muddle through, trying to keep Laura safe while they figure out who’s trying to kill her and why.

 Five Golden Acorns for Vaughan’s debut book. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a lighthearted mystery with plenty of intrigue.

© 2012 Dellani Oakes