Thursday, November 5, 2015

Angels Sing to Rest by Chrinda Jones Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway

Angels Sing to Rest

Chrinda Jones

on Tour November 2015


Angels Sing to Rest by Chrinda Jones cover
"Angels Sing to Rest" begins where "Darkness Knows Me" left off: after the investigation into the death of the Deep Ellum Killer, Levi Devereux.
Detective Sergeant Olivia Gates returns from a two-month suspension, to find her team has gained a new member, her ex-husband is being released from prison, and a 10-year-old street kid has been murdered on her patch of South Dallas.
Her ex she can deal with, even when he drags their young son into the mix or so she thinks. The murdered boy with the crushed chest, isn't so easily handled and weighs heavily on her as more street kids are killed with an unimaginable sadistic flare and no discernible motive.
If the continuing body count wasn't stressful enough, Olivia's falling out with long time friend and colleague, Doctor Will Green, threatens any hope Olivia had for more than a friendship with the good doctor.
Drugs, gaming, prostitution and sadistic murders lead Gates and her team on a trek through the seamy underbelly of living rough on the streets of downtown Dallas.

Nominated for Dan Poynter's Global eBook Awards!

Book Details:

Genre: Crime
Published by: Wing and a Prayer Publishing
Publication Date: Sept 4, 2015
Number of Pages: 206
ISBN: 978-0-9898442-1-5
Series: Olivia Gates and Will Green Crime Series, Book 2
Purchase Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

Chapter One
Vincent Rocha knew he hit her hard, but at the time he figured she deserved it. He paid her good money to do what he wanted and by God she was going to do what he wanted. He checked for a pulse at the side of her neck when she lay flaccid on the bed for too long. There was nothing. He didn’t think he hit her hard enough to kill her.
That he killed this woman with his own hands didn’t panic him. She wasn’t his first dead prostitute and she wasn’t likely to be his last. If he thought of prostitutes as human the whole scene might have played out differently. Her kind provide a service. They make themselves available to him and others like him to use up and throw away. His father told him it was the order of things. He believed him.

Author Bio:

Chrinda Jones is a crime writing and reading fiend, which she believes is genetic and began with her great-grandmother, who hoarded crime novels. "Darkness Knows Me" is her crime novel debut and "Angels Sing to Rest" is next in her series. When she's not putting her time in with the writing gods, you can find her playing music or enjoying a good meal with friends and family. Chrinda currently resides in Murphy, Texas, with her husband, children, grandchildren and her Jugg, Abby.


1.   When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

There was this one particular book, several years back. It was one of many in a long line of  “not so good” mysteries and thrillers I read over a period of a year. This particular book, the straw that broke the camel's back mystery, made me say aloud, “I could write something better than this.” I won't reveal the name of this particular book, because that would be bad form and no one wants to be a bad formy kind of person. Let's just suffice it to say that I still have the book around to remind me of what not to do when writing a mystery/thriller.

2.   How long does it take you to write a book

I don't know about other authors, but for me, (bar a fire, hurricane or earthquake) it takes about two years to write a crime novel. That time frame includes the research I do before sitting down to begin, the actual writing of the manuscript and the first set of rewrites. Often times a book will go through several rewrites before it moves on to being uploaded or printed.

A few years ago I heard an interviewer ask Judy Blume how may times, on average, did she revise/edit her manuscripts. Sixteen to seventeen times was her answer. She said she found the number obsessive, but she couldn't help herself.

3.   What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

When I sit down to write, I try my best to treat the act like it's a full time job. Sometimes that is not always possible, because life does get in the way, especially when you work from home. But I do try to get seven to eight hours of writing in a day. It might not always be the most productive time spent at the computer, but writing, even if it is drivel, is better than not writing at all

4.   Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

My crime series is based in South Dallas, Texas, mostly within the community of Deep Ellum. When I write a new story about Dallas, I try to use news  events or things that I've observed, as the basis for  the story line. My first novel, Darkness Knows Me, was based around cheese heroin, a drug sold to middle school students in 2006, for the cost of lunch money. My newest novel, Angels Sing to Rest,circles around the large number of street kids living rough in downtown Dallas.
5.   What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I am a musician at heart, so when I have downtime, I enjoy playing guitar and singing with friends and family. My whole family plays one instrument or another, so it doesn't take much to roll an evening into an impromptu jam session. I'm also not adverse to cooking a fancy meal now and again.

6.   What does your family think of your writing?

I came to writing late in life. I waited until my children flew the nest before I really hunkered down to produce something. Although they haven't lived with me since I started down the path to authorship, they are very supportive of my writing habit. Each has been very helpful in contributing their talents to help make my books successful.

7.   How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I have written two books so far and both are part of my Olivia Gates and Will Green crime series. I am currently writing book three of the series, tentatively called, Only the Dead Know. I believe that book three is my favorite so far. I know it's not a finished manuscript yet, but I really think the novel shows Gates and Green coming into their own as survivors of their pasts, which will make a lot of readers giddily happy.

8.   Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

I have two suggestion for becoming a better writer. First- grow a thick skin when it comes to other people's view of your work. Most people are complimentary, but others can be incredible hurtful. If you take everything that is said to heart; you'll stop writing. Second-  Don't ignore the hurtful reviews. If you see a chance to grow from a recurring theme within the bad reviews, don't ignore it, do something about it. A good writer is always looking for ways to improve his or her skills, even if it's through a Nasty Norman. Best of Luck!

 9.    What would you like my readers to know?

If there was one thing I could tell your readers, it would be to think twice about searching out the free and cheap book sites. All artists, including writers, should be paid what they're worth.

“Free” and “cheap” tears away at the dignity of artists who have spent years creating their novel, fresco or symphony. Every artist, if accomplished and capable, should be able to make a living through his or her craft. As it stands now, it's nearly impossible to do that.

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Don't Miss Out on the Giveaway:

This is a giveaway hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours for Chrinda Jones. There will be 6 winners for this tour. The 1st 2 winners will each receive one $15 US gift card. The 3rd & 4th Place winners will each receive 1 autographed copy of Darkness Knows Me by Chrinda Jones, this prize will be for US winners only. The 5th & 6th Place winners will each receive 1 eBook copy of Darkness Knows Me by Chrinda Jones. The giveaway begins on November 1st, 2015 and runs through December 2nd, 2015.
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  1. Terrific interview with this author! Thanks so much for introducing her to us.

  2. Thanks so very much for the feature and interview. I appreciate the opportunity to share my book with your readers.

  3. Thanks so very much for the feature and interview. I appreciate the opportunity to share my book with your readers.