Book Tour: Stolen Obsession by Marlene M. Bell

Romantic Mystery
Date Published: 3-20-2018
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing
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People die, but legends live on.
New York antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury recently lost her best friend to murder. The killer’s identity may be linked to her friend’s expensive missing bracelet—a 500-year-old artifact that carries an ancient curse, one that unleashes evil upon any who dare wear the jewelry created for the Persian royal family.
Weeks later, Annalisse sees a matching necklace at a Manhattan gallery opening. She begs the owner to destroy the cursed piece, but her pleas fall on deaf ears—despite the unnatural death that occurs during the opening. With two victims linked to the jewelry, Annalisse is certain she must act.
Desperate, Annalisse enlists the gallery owner’s son to help—even though she’s afraid he’ll break her heart. Wealthy and devastatingly handsome, with a string of bereft women in his wake, Greek playboy Alec Zavos dismisses Annalisse’s concerns—until his parents are ripped from the Zavos family yacht during their ocean voyage near Crete.
Annalisse and Alec race across two oceans to save his mother feared dead or kidnapped. When the killer changes tactics and goes after Alec, can Annalisse’s plan to save Alec’s mother save them all?

Interview with the Author

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

When Ibegan Stolen Obsession, I expected the book to be a one-off. Now that I’ve spent years learning the process of how to write a compelling novel, I love it. I have at least 3 books in this series and possibly a prequel book. I’d like to write a time travel series. I have a full-time job with my mail order catalog and website and sheep operation but writing will be added to the list as well. Writing is the most challenging job I have.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

Keeping myself from constantly editing. I have a bad habit of going through previous chapters and tweaking sentences.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

My good friend Patti has been by my side as my first editor since the day I started writing Stolen Obsession in 2010. She would read chapters and we would edit them over the phone or with her sitting next to my desk with her laptop. It got a little harder when we moved from CA to TX, but by then, the book was in need of a professional editor, or two.

#4 – What is next for your writing?

I’m halfway into writing the second book in my Annalisse series, Spent Identity. I expect to have this book in print by spring of 2019.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

I keep about 3 books waiting at all times. I have to read in order to write worth a darn. I love the old Outlander Series and periodically pick up a book when I can spare the time. They are very windy so I prefer to read shorter novels for the most part. Taylor Adams, No Exit is a great read I just finished. I’m currently reading Karin Slaughter’s The Good Daughter.


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Thrown into a world of curses, art theft and murder, Annalisse and Alec travel to exotic lands to save his mother from evildoers who want their artifact.

This or That?

#1 – iPd or Mp3? Neither! I’d rather bury my nose in a book

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? French Fries

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Drama

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Nicholas Sparks

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Fantasy

#7 – Call or Text? Text

#8 – Public School or Home School? Home School

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Coffee

#10 – eBook or Paperback? Paperback

About the Author

Marlene M. Bell is an acclaimed artist and photographer as well as a writer. Her previous book, a memoir entitled Among the Sheep, offers a look into her life history, along with a selection of written works on the subject of care and breeding of sheep. She and her husband, Gregg, have raised breeding stock of nationally renowned, purebred Horned Dorset sheep for over thirty-five years. Marlene is considered one of the foremost experts in this field of livestock and writes on the subject often. Marlene’s art photographs of sheep landscapes grace the covers of publications such as, Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living and Sheep Industry News. Ewephoric, her mail order venture, began in 1985 out of a desire for realistic sheep stationery.
Marlene and her husband reside on a wooded ranch in East Texas with their Dorsets, a lovable Maremma guard dog named Tia, and 3 spoiled cats who rule the household.
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