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New Release & Giveaway – Crazed Reckoning, a Nick Spinelli Mystery

Title: Crazed Reckoning, a Nick Spinelli Mystery (Novella #3 in the Nick Spinelli Romance Mystery Series – Saint Patrick’s Day setting)

Author:  Valerie J. Clarizio

Publisher: Melange Books, LLC

Release Date: March 12, 2015


Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UKJSAUS

Banes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121413659?ean=2940046628708

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/526784


Teaser:  “Let me get this right. You’re telling me your dead father’s finger showed up in a cache box in Door County, over forty years after your father died.”

Giveaway: In celebration of the release of Crazed Reckoning, a Nick Spinelli Mystery I’m giving away copies of Covert Exposure, a Nick Spinelli Mystery!  You can nab your copy here at Smashwords for a limited time (MOBI, PDF, or EPUB):  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/415230

Or you can nab your copy here at Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/covert-exposure-valerie-j-clarizio/1117031916?ean=2940045744263

Sale: To further celebrate, Craving Vengeance, a Nick Spinelli Mystery is on sale for a limited time at Amazon for only $.99:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Craving-Vengeance-Nick-Spinelli-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00HFNVXGK/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1426116994&sr=8-4&keywords=valerie+Clarizio

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May the luck of the Irish be with you on Saint Patrick’s Day!  Cheers!



Deskercise Your Way to Writing Productivity

As writers, when the mood strikes, we may find ourselves sitting at our computers all day long frantically pecking away on the keyboard to get our thoughts on paper before the thought-well runs dry.  The problem – When we finally come up for air, and return to reality, our hands, arms, backs, necks, and eyes are sore, Ugh!

A pain-free writer is a more productive writer so the question becomes…how can we make ourselves more comfortable and more productive?  Following are some helpful tidbits I’ve either read about, or have been told about in the recent past:

Eyes:  Look away from your computer screen periodically, and roll your eyes up and down and from side to side.  Also, close your eyes periodically for a minute or so just to give them a rest.

Hands and arms:  Stop pecking at your keyboard periodically and stretch your hands open, then ball them into a fist, and repeat the process.  Extend your arm, palm up, and apply downward and backward pressure against your fingers.  Flip your arm over and repeat the stretching process.  Don’t forget to apply the same type of pressure to your thumbs as well.

Back and neck:  Take a moment to lean back in your office chair and stretch your arms up and legs out.  Close your eyes, flex and extend your feet, open and close your hands.  Place your hands on your lower back and turn your head and shoulders slowly to each side.  Stand up and stretch, arching your lower back.  Bend your head gently from side to side, and then up and down, hold for a moment in each position, and repeat the process.  Slowly turn your head from side to side and hold for a few seconds, and then repeat the process a couple of times.

Try these exercises and see if it helps your writing productivity.  Do you have any other suggestions?  If so, please feel free to post them in the comments.

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And maybe in no time you’ll be able to do this off the back of your office chair:images[1]

Chew your way to creativity!

AUTHORS – Do you want to be more creative?  If you answered “yes” then pull out the Bubblicious, BubbleYum,  Hubba Bubba, etc.  Whatever kind of bubblegum tickles your fancy.Bubble%20Yum%20Puffy%20Decal[1]

On more than one occasion I’ve read that if you want to retain more information or be more creative you should chew gum.  Supposedly, chewing increases the blood and oxygen flow to the brain, activating its memory centers, and just plain provides for a healthier brain.  A healthy brain is a happy brain, and thrives on activity.

I have to ask…Why is it that all the articles I find in regard to chewing being good for the brain only include chewing gum?  If chewing is what is good for the brain, then why don’t the articles say “chew on a chocolate bar to increase your brain health?”   Chewing is chewing, right?

Would you rather this:




…..or this? chocolate

Really, it’s a no-brainer, plus if you stick to a dark chocolate bar you reap the benefits of its flavonoids which are anti-oxidant compounds.  I’ve read articles that say flavonoids have a positive influence in lowering blood pressure, reducing blood clotting and improving blood flow to the heart and brain.  That said, I say eat a dark chocolate bar while writing your next novel, it should increase your creativity.


As a newbie author I’ve spent a great deal of time trying to figure out how to promote by book.  I’ve participated in a couple of blog hops, did some book signings, and used some social media avenues such as … Continue reading


Well, I made it through my first series of book signings and I have to admit it was touch and go at times.  When it all started, I didn’t think that I’d be nervous.  After all, why would I be?  … Continue reading

Book Signing!

I will be signing my book, Cookies for Santa, at Book World in Sturgeon Bay on December 22nd.  I will be there from 11:00 to 1:00.  Hope to see you there!

Merry Christmas!

Book Signing!

I will be signing my book, Cookies for Santa, at Door County Coffee & Tea in Carlsville during their open house on Thursday, December 13th.  I will be there from 11:30 to 4:30.

Six Sentence Sunday, December 2, 2012, #sixsunday

Here’s the fourth snippet from my current WIP, the sequel to Cookies for Santa.  In this scene, Spinelli and the other Detectives are waiting for the pathologist report on their victim.


“Spinelli, why don’t you go over there and sweet talk Bethany into putting a rush on this case?” Marsh urged as a cocky smile covered his face.

Spinelli scowled at Marsh. He was probably the last person Bethany, the pathologist, wanted to see. He’d only gone out with her a couple of times but evidently she thought much more of the short relationship than he had. Now every time he had to deal with her she was colder to him than the mortuary cold chambers.


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Six Sentence Sunday, November 25, 2012, #sixsunday

Here is the third snippet from my current WIP, the sequel to Cookies for Santa.  In this scene, Spinelli has been called to investigate a murder.


“You gotta be shitting me. Is that cupid?”

Walker nodded. “What gave it away? The nude man with wings, the bow or the quiver full of arrows?” Walker asked, sarcasm dripping from his voice.


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Six Sentence Sunday, November 18, 2012, #sixsunday

Here’s another snippet from my current WIP, the sequel to Cookies for Santa. In this scene, Spinelli, the tough homicide detective, is called out of bed to investigate a murder.

He leaned forward and brushed his lips lightly across hers. He knew he had to keep it light or he wouldn’t be able to leave. She didn’t play fair. She reached up, wrapped her arms around his neck, and pulled him to her. He let her, he was weak. His mind was mush.


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