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A new day in the life with Carol Childs by Nancy Cole Silverman

Hi, my name is Carol Childs, and I’ve just been given a tremendous opportunity. Something I’ve been working towards for the last several years. You see, I’m an on-air reporter at a talk radio station in Los Angeles and my boss, Tyler Hunter, who up until recently had referred to me as the World’s Oldest Cub Reporter, has assigned me to a show of my own on Sundays nights. This is a big deal, and I’m really excited about it. Particularly since the station is under new ownership and I want to make sure they like me.

The trouble is, a couple days ago, I got called out to report about a body on the Hollywood Sign. I think it was a murder, but the police have been quick to call it a suicide. Which means the station wouldn’t be following up on it. We don’t cover suicides. However, it appears I’m not alone in my suspicion. There’s this private detective, named Gerhardt Chasen, Chase for short, who’s a bit of a conspiracy theorist, and he’s been nosing around. He’s convinced the police are covering something up. Even worse, now that he knows I have a live radio show, he’s pestering me to put him on the air so he can talk about it. He’s convinced someone out in radio-land might know something about it.

No way was I going to put some crazy conspiracy theorist on the air, but my show was dying. I was forty-five minutes into a report on the LA River Project – a subject Tyler had assigned me to cover and drier than the riverbed itself – when the switchboard lit up. Thinking I might have a live caller on the line, I answered. It was Chase, the crazy PI, along with a queue of callers he’d lined up to talk about the body on the Hollywood Sign.

Believe me, there was plenty of Room For Doubt, for what I was about to hear. And it would forever change how I viewed my job as a reporter. Stay tuned.

You can read more about Carol in Room For Doubt, the fourth book in the “Carol Childs” mystery series.

When radio reporter Carol Childs is called to a crime scene in the Hollywood Hills at five thirty in the morning, she’s convinced it must be a publicity stunt to promote a new movie. That is, until she sees the body hanging from the center of the Hollywood sign. The police are quick to rule it a suicide, but something doesn’t add up for Carol. Particularly after a mysterious caller named Mustang Sally confesses to the murder on the air and threatens to kill again.

With the help of an incorrigible PI, her best friend, and a kooky psychic, Carol is drawn into the world of contract killers and women scorned. As she races to find the real killer, she finds herself faced with a decision that will challenge everything she thought she knew.

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About the author
Nancy Cole Silverman credits the fact both she and Edgar Allen Poe share the same birthday, along with her twenty-five years in talk radio, for helping her to develop an ear for storytelling. After writing everything from commercial copy to news Silverman retired from radio in 2001 to write fiction. Today, Silverman has written numerous short stories and novelettes some of which have been produced as audio books. Silverman’s new series, the Carol Childs Mysteries (Henery Press) takes place inside a busy Los Angles Radio station. Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her husband, four adult children, and thoroughly pampered standard poodle. Connect with Nancy at nancycolesilverman.com.

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What Bunny Morganstern Wants by Nancy Cole Silverman

Without A DoubtMy name is Carol Childs, I’m a single mom and a reporter for a local talk radio station in Los Angeles, and I’ve got a problem. A week ago I was broadcasting a chocolatier’s tour on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills when there was a jewelry store robbery down the street. Suddenly, I was in the middle of one of biggest stories I’ve ever covered when I realized I had just spotted my boyfriend, Eric Langdon, an FBI agent, coming out the jewelry store moments earlier with a Hollywood socialite on his arm. And if that was bad enough, this investigation has now turned into a homicide and the station’s owner’s wife is in town and wants my job.

Allow me to introduce Bunny Morganstern.

Hi, my name is Bunny Morganstern. I’m a fifty-five-year-old woman who doesn’t get the respect she deserves. Which is unfair considering my husband and I own the radio station where Carol Childs works. In my heyday, I worked too. All I ever needed to do was walk into a room and heads would turn. Men’s heads that is, and with it, doors would open and opportunity would be there for the asking. That’s how it is when you’re young and beautiful.

But I’m a little tired of always playing second fiddle to my husband these days. I want back in the game, and I see no reason why I shouldn’t. Carol thinks she can cover a murder investigation her FBI boyfriend is all over. Anyone in news knows she can’t do that. Talk about conflict of interest. Believe me, Carol has no idea about how to play hardball. Not with me. But she’s about to learn. I’ve no problem calling her on her own shortcomings.

Last night I snuck into her computer to steal her notes on the case. And earlier this morning, I started my own investigation, sneaking onto the ranch. I know I can find the murder weapon, that is if I don’t die trying. Horses frighten me and I nearly did myself in, sliding down the muddy embankment, my boots marks are still there along with– . Well, I’ll let you find that out. After all, this is a mystery, and Carol shouldn’t be the only one surprised when she comes into the station this morning.

Without A Doubt is the third book in the Carol Childs mystery series, published by Henery Press, May 2016.

As radio reporter Carol Childs investigates a series of Beverly Hills jewelry heists, she realizes her FBI boyfriend, Eric, is working the same case. Even worse, she may have inadvertently helped the suspect escape. The situation intensifies when the suspect calls the radio station during a live broadcast, baiting Carol deeper into the investigation.

In order for her to uncover the truth, Carol must choose between her job and her personal relationships. What started out as coincidence between Carol and Eric becomes a race for the facts—pitting them against one another—before the thieves can pull off a daring escape, leaving a trail of dead bodies behind, and taking the jewels with them.

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About the author
NancyCSilvermanNancy Cole Silverman credits her twenty-five years in news and talk radio for helping her to develop an ear for storytelling. But it wasn’t until after she retired that she was able to write fiction full-time. Much of what Silverman writes about is pulled from events that were reported on from inside some of Los Angeles’ busiest newsrooms where she spent the bulk of her career. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Bruce, and two standard poodles. Visit Nancy at nancycolesilverman.com and on Facebook.

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Blog Tour with Carol Childs by Nancy Cole Silverman

Beyond A DoubtI grew up in LA. It’s my town, a town of second chances where people reinvent themselves and start over. Like me. I recently changed careers. Last year I was given the chance to go from my job as a sales executive to that of a reporter at the radio station where I work. It’s my dream job, but like all jobs, it comes with challenges. My challenge is my boss Tyler Hunt, a five-foot-four boy wonder who refers to me the World’s Oldest Cub Reporter and has his doubts about my abilities.

This morning, Tyler called me at five a.m. Police helicopters were reporting a body dump up on Mulholland, and he needed me up there ASAP. Recently there’s been a string of missing girls. Most of them drawn to the glitz and glamor of the city. I know because I’ve been reporting on them, Hollywood wannabes who come to find their future on the big screen and disappear. But today’s missing girl report was different. This one was coming with a body.

My job was to make sense of a brutal murder. I needed to report on the findings of fact. Was this morning’s discovery related to that of the other missing girls? She was young and attractive and dressed like she had been out clubbing. Could she have been like the others? Drawn to the excitement of LA’s night life and met up with the wrong person? Would the other missing girls also show up as body dumps? Was there a serial murderer, targeting young woman, working the club scene?

The police didn’t think so. In a city of thirteen million people young actress-types come and go. Not many end up in body bags. But I wasn’t so sure. Then Tyler assigned me to another story. Another missing blonde, he said. This one on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Someone has stolen Marilyn Monroe’s star.

My day has gone from a grisly murder to that of misdemeanor and I haven’t even had my first cup of coffee. This is my world. I’m Carol Childs, thirty-nine, a single working mom, and today things are about to turn ugly, fast.

You can read more about Carol in Beyond A Doubt, the second book in the “Carol Childs” mystery series, published by Henery Press. The first book in the series is Shadow of Doubt.

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About the author
Silverman believes her twenty-five years in radio help her to develop an ear for storytelling. In 2001 NancySshe retired from news and copywriting to write fiction fulltime. Much of what she writes she admits is pulled from behind the headlines of actual events that were reported on from some Los Angeles busiest radio newsrooms where she spent the bulk of her career. In the last ten years she has written numerous short stories and novelettes some of which have won awards &/or been picked up for publication. Currently she has three audio books with MindWings Audio. Her first novel, The Centaur’s Promise, was published by Eloquent Press in 2010. Visit Nancy at www.nancycolesilverman.com

My Musing ~ Shadow of Doubt by Nancy Cole Silverman

Shadow of DoubtShadow of Doubt by Nancy Cole Silverman is the first book in the “Carol Childs” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, December 2014

When a top Hollywood Agent is found poisoned in the bathtub of her home, suspicion quickly turns to one of her two nieces. But Carol Childs, a reporter for a local talk radio station, doesn’t believe it. The suspect is her neighbor and friend, and also her primary source for insider industry news. After a media frenzy pits one niece against the other—and the body count starts to rise—Carol knows she must save her friend from being tried in the court of public opinion.

But even the most seasoned reporter can be surprised, and when a Hollywood psychic shows up in Carol’s studio one night and warns her there will be more deaths, things take an unexpected turn. Suddenly nobody is above suspicion. Carol must challenge both her friendship and the facts, and the only thing she knows for certain is that the killer is still out there. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more danger she’s in.

This was an enjoyably great read. I loved the tone, the pace and the drama which pulled me in immediately. The interplay between the heroine and those around her, including Sam, Tyler and especially Misty was quite engaging. All the while I suspected something was amiss and when it came to fruition, I knew the author was going to pull a fast one and yes she did and bravo because now I must read the next book to see how it all plays out in this daringly enterprising new series.

Blog Tour With Carol Childs by Nancy Cole Silverman

Shadow of DoubtMy name is Carol Childs and my life is a balancing act. I’m a single, middle-aged mom, I work at a talk radio station in Los Angeles and I’ve recently started dating Eric Langdon, an FBI Agent, who professionally I know I shouldn’t be involved with, ‘cause sometimes things can get sticky, particularly if we’re working different sides of a story. So, I do the best I can to keep work and play separate.

But, this morning, when I got to the station, I found this yellow post-it note on my computer. My boss Tyler Hunt, KCHC’s boy-wonder, needed to see me, ASAP. He wants to talk about this murder I’m covering that concerns the sudden death of a well-known Hollywood talent agent, who just happens to be my next door neighbor’s aunt, Pepper Millhouse. Not a problem, except I was on the phone with said neighbor, Samantha Millhouse, at that very moment. She was concerned the investigation surrounding her aunt’s death may be heating up and that I might be beginning to think – just a little bit anyway – that she’s somehow involved.

“Only it can’t be,” she says, “‘cause my twin sister’s setting me up.”

I didn’t want to put the phone down, not on that note, but Eric has just texted me. The FBI’s been called in to investigate Pepper’s murder. The coroner has ruled the official cause of death to be a poisoning, possibly the result of product tampering. Hence the FBI been called to assist LAPD with the investigation. Then written in all caps: TWO MORE BODIES FOUND IN NORTH HOLLYWOOD.

A chill runs down my back. Since Pepper’s death, a former client of hers, a Hollywood psychic, has been reaching out to me – don’t even ask – to tell me she’s been communicating with Pepper Millhouse, and that she, Pepper, has told her, they’re going to be more murders, unless I do something.

Do something? Me?

Tyler tells me I’m the world’s oldest living cub reporter in need of a good story. He’s given me three months to prove I can handle this job. I’m six weeks into my probationary status and looking at a future of doing nothing but traffic reports and recording mindless station promos unless I can come up with story of my own. I’m torn. Samantha’s a loyal friend and like her aunt, a talent agent. She’s been my source for a lot of industry news, and she even looks in on my son Charlie when I work nights. But the more investigating I do into Pepper’s murder, and the more I’m required to report, the more I fear she’ll be judged in the court of public opinion as a cold hearted gold digger, or worse.

Like I said, my life’s a balancing act.

You can read more about Carol in Shadow of Doubt, the first book in the new “Carol Childs” mystery series, published by Henery Press.

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Meet the author
Silverman believes her twenty-five years in radio helped her to develop an ear for storytelling. Much of what she NancySwrites she admits is pulled from behind the headlines of actual events that were reported on from some Los Angeles busiest radio newsrooms. In the last ten years she has written numerous short stories and novelettes and books. Currently she has three audio books with MindWings Audio. Her first novel, The Centaur’s Promise, was published by Eloquent Press in 2010. In December, Henery Press will roll out the first of Silverman’s new Carol Childs Mysteries, Shadow of Doubt.

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