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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rafe Vincennes Rides Again - Volume 4

Rafe is back, once again, living life by his own unique set of rules. One reviewer called Rafe, "the most compelling anti-hero ever". Another said he is "one of the most complex fictional minds yet encountered." But Rafe does not care what you think.

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From the Charlotte Observer -
 Sheriff Rod Forbes, released a statement today about a shocking series of events that took place at 12937 Acorn Pike in rural Santerral County on May 4th. According to the Sheriff, Rafe Vincennes, race car driver and actor, who makes his primary home in the Lake Norman area, happened to stop by the house on Acorn Pike, mistakenly believing it to be an address where he’d heard an Arabian mare was for sale. No one was home but as he stood by the back door after knocking, Vincennes heard screams coming from inside. Fearing that someone was hurt, he tried the door, which was unlocked. Once inside, it was obvious that the cries were emanating from the basement. He rushed down the stairs and discovered a terrorized male child, approximately five years old, strapped to a surgical table by means of metal bindings. Almost immediately, Vincennes heard a sound behind him and turned to find a man, later identified as Craig Glenn, tenant of the property, threatening him with a firearm. He instantly leaped toward Glenn and stabbed him with a hunting knife. The Medical Examiner’s office declared Glenn dead at the scene.
The child, whose identity has not yet been ascertained by authorities, was removed to the hospital for treatment of a multitude of medical problems including dehydration, malnutrition and serious infection, as well as burns, broken bones and other injuries. His primary care physician reported that he appeared to be the victim of systematic torture, carried out over a significant period of time. When asked to estimate how long the boy had been in the basement, he would only say, “at least a year”.
Detective-Captain Rivera, when speaking to the press, said that no charges would be filed against Vincennes in the death of Glenn. “It was clearly a case of self-defense. If he hadn’t happened along, God knows what would have become of the child. He was in poor shape when Rafe got to him.”
The investigation into the murky circumstances surrounding the identity of the child and how and when he came to be in the basement of Craig Glenn is on-going. Similarly, the Santerral Sheriff’s Department has found that there is no record of Craig Glenn prior to his moving to Santerral County three years ago, leading them to believe he was using a false identity.
In a further development, it was revealed that Rafael Alain and Rhiannon Vincennes filed for and received temporary guardianship of the victim until and unless his real family is located.
Efforts to interview Rafe Vincennes have so far been unsuccessful. Vincennes is no stranger to controversy having made headlines in the past for ……(here there were brief summaries of his son, Cam’s kidnapping and his illegitimate daughter, Allie’s adoption).
The Santerral County Sheriff’s Department urges anyone who may have information regarding  this case to call the Tipline at 1-800-437-9292.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Elaine Raco Chase - Romance Writer Extraordinaire

I want to let you know that I will be interviewed by Elaine Raco Chase on The Author's Corner this Thursday, August 23, at 9:00 p.m. Please call in and chat with with us by logging into - just click on blog talk radio. Elaine and I will discuss two of my books, Sociopath? and Magic Creek, as well as this blog.

I am very excited and honored to talk to Elaine, who could serve as a role model for all aspiring-to-be-successful writers. She is the author of 17 paperback books and has sold over 3 million copies in 27 countries. She has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for romantic suspense from the Romantic Times and the Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Award for excellence. She has also been nominated for an Agatha Christie Award.

I cut my teeth on the original old Harlequin Romances. I was too poor to buy books then and a friend who worked at the drugstore gave me all the copies (with their covers torn off) of the Harliquins that were being replaced. I have to say, I was ruined for Romance for many years after that. Back then, every Romance was a carbon copy of every other Romance. The plots were boringly the same. Change your hero from a black-haired pirate to a blond cowboy and you had your new book. Every heroine was beautiful with an i.q. of under three digits.

Thankfully, modern Romances have changed greatly and Elaine's books are illustrative of those positive changes. Her heroines are not only beautiful, they are strong and smart as well. Of course, her heroes are still hot! (That is one element of Romances that will never change.) They have engrossing story lines. Often they are romance intertwined with mystery. The characters have passionate sex, even verging into erotica.

I'd encourage readers to visit Elaine Raco Chase's website - whether you are currently a Romance aficionado or not. Enthusiasts will love them. Those who think Romance isn't their cup of tea might be surprised. Because Romance is only one designation for Elaine's novels - plain good reading is another.