Friday, April 1, 2011

Birds in Paradise - Dorothy St. James

Young prostitutes are disappearing from the streets of Honolulu. When street-savvy P.I., Kyra Grainger, is hired to find the latest missing girl, she straps on a pair of high heels, pulls on a skirt no wider than a headband, and delves into the back streets and shadowy world hidden behind the glitz of Hawaii. What she finds is a web of lies and deceptions that threatens to destroy the paradise she's grown to love.

Mystery author Dorothy St. James was born in New York but raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on an artsy island community in SouthCarolina with her husband, tiny little dog and fluffy cat. Though writinghas always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree inWildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization. Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn't as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time. * Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego of award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy McFalls. She enjoys writing in s veral different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards in luding: Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader's Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work:"amazing", "perfect", "filled with emotion", and "lined with danger."

Q: What will readers like about your book?
What will readers like about your book? Birds in Paradise is a fun, romantic mystery that should appeal to readers who are looking for a story with minimal graphic sex or violence, but heavy on action. It's fast-paced and filled with tension.

Q: Why did you self publish?
Birds in Paradise is novella length, which means it's too long for the short storymagazine market and too short for the book market. And yet the story is as long as it needs to be. To try and lengthen it, would weaken the story. The eBook market provides the perfect place for stories this length.
Birds in Paradise was inspired by a trip to Hawaii. I fell in love with the beauty of the land and the culture. Yet, take a wrong turn, which I'm apt todo, you'll stumble across deep pockets of poverty along with signs of humantrafficking and prostitution. I wrote this story to shine a light on thishidden culture, not in a way to shock but to inform.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
When I'm looking for a mystery to read, I reach for Julie Hyzy, Kate Collins, Rosemary Harris, or Lorna Bartlett (L.L. Bartlett). Their stories are filled with wonderfully quirky characters and so many twists and turns that I can't stop myself from reading the next page, and then the next...

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Birds in Paradise is being offered for free on Smashwords ($0.00) and Nook  ($0.00)until the
end of April.

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