New Release & Character Interview – Confessions of a Punk Rocker by Nessie Strange









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ISBN: 978-1-944138-05-9

Character Interviews!

Favorite Food:

Jack: I’ve never had a bad pizza. Even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.

Jen: Pizza’s good, but I love homemade apple pie, warm with ice cream. My Gramma used to make it.

Jack: My gramma used to give me…Lifesavers. The minty ones. The gross kind that tastes like mouthwash.

Jen: (shaking head)


Jack: Eben and I used to watch Happy Gilmour over and over when we were in high school. It’s wicked stupid, but it still makes me laugh.

Jen: I don’t watch a ton of TV, but I got into Game of Thrones from watching with Ethan and PJ.

Jack: Seriously?


Jack: Uhhh…black?

Jen: Black’s not really a color.

Jack: (grinning) Then I guess I don’t have a favorite color.

Jen: For me it’s blue. Or purple.

Ideal Vacation spot:

Jack: I don’t know. I’d love to just cruise around various parts of Europe.

Jen: I’ve got family in both Scotland and Ireland. That would be my first visit.

Jack: (claps hands together) Let’s do it!

Jen: Sure, you tell my dad to give me some time off. He might actually listen to you.

Jen & Jack together: Thanks for having us, Valerie!

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Jack Norris just lost his best friend—who also happened to be his band’s drummer—to a drunk driving accident. As he navigates the uncertainty of the band’s future, as well as his own personal demons, his life spirals out of control. To make matters worse, his dead friend is back, and it’s wreaking havoc on Jack’s sanity. When a new acquaintance not only hooks him up with a drummer, but promises to help get rid of his ghostly stalker, Jack’s life does a one eighty

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Drew MacLellan, the new drummer, is helping to bring the band back from the dead. He’s also got an insanely hot older sister who is definitely not Jack’s biggest fan. Jen MacLellan is nothing like the women Jack’s dated in the past, but the more he gets to know her, the deeper he falls. The only problem is, she’s got a boyfriend. Caught between his growing attraction and the desire to do the right thing, Jack does everything he can to keep things as just friends. The longer it goes on, the more he realizes it isn’t possible. Can Jack win the heart of the woman he’s fallen for? And can he figure out how to help his dead friend rest in peace…permanently?


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Living Dead Girl


Jen MacLellan has hit a dead end… Jen knows tattooed, blue-haired Jack Norris is trouble the minute he opens his front door. And being a mortician in the avante garde East Side of Providence, Jen has seen a lot. Jack has recruited Jen’s teenage brother Drew to play drums for his less-than-respectable punk band, and Jen has no choice but to follow their gigs to keep her little brother out of trouble. But when Drew goes missing, she finds herself in the awkward position of asking for Jack’s help. Shocked that he agrees, Jen decides she may have misjudged him. Worse, she might even like him. But when Jen is brutally attacked, she awakens in the hospital where a Sid Vicious look-alike greets her with the news: she’s dead, and he’s the reaper assigned to take her away. Yeah, not so much. Refusing to leave, Jen’s spirit watches helplessly as her loved ones suffer, powerless to ease her family’s grief or prevent the police from accusing Jack of her murder. Desperate to help them, Jen convinces the reaper to bring her back. But reanimating corpses isn’t as easy as it looks, and neither is finding a killer before it’s too late…



This isn’t the afterlife she expected… Jen MacLellan can’t get the hang of being a reaper. She’s been separated from Jack, the man she loves, and is stuck with an annoying telepathic link to her ill-tempered mentor, Sam. Now Death is breathing down her neck, promising to remove that annoying link if she gives him what he wants. But when reapers begin to disappear back on earth, leaving behind walking, talking dead people, Jen and Sam are thrust into a dangerous mission to recapture the souls, and a passionate physical relationship that complicates everything. Jack Norris has no memory prior to waking up on the half-demon Nulcifer’s couch six months earlier. As he begins to investigate his past, he discovers a string of past lives tied together by a beautiful, mysterious brunette. Who is she? And why does finding her seem like a life or death proposition? When Sam falls victim to fate during a routine visit to earth, Jen’s devastated. Desperate to get him back, she runs smack into the man she never thought she’d see again—Jack. She tries to keep her distance, but there’s no time to be awkward if they want to save Sam. When sinister plots are revealed, and betrayals threaten everything, she’s forced to make some tough choices—and learns that life is just as difficult when you’re dead.

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“Lost Soul, Lost Love” by Nessie Strange  The Living Dead World Series  It’s Jen MacLellan’s first trip back to earth as a new reaper, and Mardi Gras is in full swing. When she happens upon Chip, a partier stuck in a perpetual 1983, Jen decides to help him.

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Nessie is a Massachusetts native and mother of two who has dabbled in everything from abstract painting to freelance sports reporting. She also loves a good story, whether it’s reading or writing one. The first two novels in her Living Dead World series–Living Dead Girl and Reaper Madness–were published in 2014.


An Afternoon of Wine and Romance!

Do you like wine?  Do you like romance books?  If so, come join me and 5 other romance authors at the Lautenbach Country Orchard Winery in Door County on October 2nd from 4-6 for an afternoon of wine and romance.  Taste some of Lautenbach’s award winning wines while authors entertain you with excerpts from their books.  After the readings, there will be time for some one-on-one conversation with the authors, a book signing and door prize drawing.


Just when I needed it most – A lovely 5 Star Review of Taken by Surprise


Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite

Taken by Surprise by Valerie J Clarizio is full of suspense, mystery and romance. Clare Ulster is engaged to high-flyer Sean, but when she finds him in bed with two other women, it’s the last straw. Leaving her fiancé and her job as a probation officer behind, she moves to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, into her grandparents’ old house in a bid to start again. Iron City is peaceful and quiet, just what she needs to get herself together and get her life back on track. Unfortunately, she isn’t going to get her wish. Sean has followed her and insists on making trouble for her, more than he ever did before. Her relationship with Matt, fire chief and town player, lands her in hot water with all of his admirers and leads to a whirlwind of trouble, including murder and kidnapping. Will Clare survive to tell the tale? Can Police Chief Jack save her from the trouble that has followed her?

Taken by Surprise by Valerie J Clarizio was a great read. It was all action, right from the word go, with no let up throughout the whole book. You have to feel sorry for Clare – she seems to find herself in trouble, no matter where she turns, and it seems that the snakes she tosses out of her garage are tame compared to the human snakes that enter her life. I thought the plot was very well written, it ran naturally and there were plenty of twists and turns to keep me interested. The characters were exceptionally well suited to the plot and written in such a way that the reader will get to know them intimately. The lives of the characters were brought into the story gradually, keeping them alive, and giving more meaning to the story. Excellent book, and I hope to read more from Ms. Clarizio.

Thank you so much Anne-Marie!
I’ve recently received the rights back to this book and am working diligently to get it ready for re-publication!  Look out Amazon, B&N, and other outlets, it’s coming your way soon!

Evanovich vs. Patterson

I found an article on the Forbes website naming the world’s richest wordsmiths and how much they earn per page. The article was written by Natalie Robehmed, a Forbes staff person who covers media and entertainment.

I was happy to see two of my favorite authors on the list. My favorite author is Janet Evanovich and she appeared as number six. The article reported her 2015 earnings at $21 million, or $33,000 per page. James Patterson’s past 12 month’s earnings are reported to be $89 million, or $13,000 per page. It was also reported that Patterson put out 18 books in that period with the help of 12-plus coauthors. How do I get on that list? Maybe I could get him up to 20 books in a 12 month period.

It’s funny, I’ve always thought that Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books, and Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club books were similar, and I’ve always referred to Patterson as the male Evanovich when it came to writing. Now, that I’m looking at the income difference between the two, perhaps I should be giving Patterson more credit, and Evanovich should be referred to as the female Patterson. In any case, kudos to these two authors for their accomplishments.

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Who’s your pick?

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Door County – Salmon Fishing

It’s that time of year again – the Door/Kewaunee Salmon Tournament.  All non-fishing life stops in the Clarizio house during this 10 day tournament; fishing is on the brain morning, noon, and night.  Though we’re not catching any tournament winners we are capturing some beautiful views including sunrises, sunsets, and even a double rainbow.  Yes, it rained on our parade at one point but as they say, “A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work, anytime.”

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