I’m so glad to host the author of Waves of Murder, C S McDonald here today.
I spent most of my adult life as a professional dancer and choreographer. For twenty-six years I was known as “Miss Cindy” the owner and director of Cindy McDonald’s School of Dance. The school was small, and that’s the way I wanted it. I was very busy, but still able to attend my daughter’s activities and I never worked weekends. Throughout those years I made every attempt to touch lives in a positive manner through dance. Hey, not every girl is destined to be a Rockette, and that was not the point. The point was to teach grace in movement and in manner and life. When I retired in 2011 to pursue a career in writing, I hoped I had been successful in my goal—teaching dance with purpose. Since my retirement, I’ve received many posts on my Facebook page telling me how much I’m missed, how much I changed someone’s life or outlook on life, and how much I’m loved. Okay, I guess I was successful, and for that I am truly grateful.
Nowadays, I feel I am writing with purpose.
In 2014 I decided to write children’s books to entertain my grandchildren, so I created the George the Pony series. I decided to use the pen name, C.S. McDonald for the kid’s books. It was great fun until my oldest granddaughter, Kiersten, grew too old for those books—presently, she is eleven.
“When can I read your other books?” she would ask, referring to the romantic suspense and murder suspense books that I write under my real name, Cindy McDonald.
Well, you guessed it, I started writing the cozy mystery series, Fiona Quinn. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing my romantic suspense stories—they are gritty and dangerous, and yes, sexy. I still write those books, but I’ve found great purpose in writing the Fiona Quinn Mysteries. The books have strengthened the already tight bond with Kiersten. She reads the manuscripts as I write them. It is a learning experience for her. She adores Fiona, and as I talk with people who have read the books or have bought the books for their teens or tweens (such as my Kiersten) I find that people enjoy the humor in the stories and the innocence of my unlikely sleuth, Fiona Quinn. People love the covers, and I agree, they are fun. Many adults ask, are these books for kids?
The answer is yes and a resounding no. Fiona Quinn Mysteries are written for everyone. Adults will love the stories, but when they are done reading, they can feel totally comfortable handing the book to a teen or a tween to read.
Dancing with purpose/writing with purpose—I’ve been so blessed with the best of both!
Book Title: Waves of Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery
Author: C.S. McDonald
Category: YA Fiction, 190 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: McWriter Books
Release date: April 11, 2017
Tour dates: May 15 to 26, 2017
Content Rating: G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)
School’s out for the summer!
Kindergarten teacher, Fiona Quinn is looking forward to spending some quality time in her yard and with her boyfriend, Detective Nathan Landry. However, Fiona’s plans get squelched when her mother volunteers her to edit a manuscript for famous romance author, Wyla Parkes.
What’s so bad about that? The author insists Fiona must work on the manuscript at her beach cottage on Presque Isle–three hours away from her yard and Nathan. Spending six weeks in an adorable cottage on a private beach doesn’t really seem all that bad until people start turning up dead—beginning with the author! Fiona’s summer of sun and sand is instantly transformed into a murder investigation. Can Fiona and Nathan crack the case or will the murderer get away on a wave of deceit?
Join Fiona and the gang for a hot whodunit on the sandy beaches of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania!
For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. Now she adds the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series for her young granddaughters, and has found that so many adults love them too.Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook