It is with great pleasure I welcome author, Joanne Guideccio, to speak about her Wild Rose Press release, ‘A Season for Killing Blondes’. Now really, isn’t that just a fantastic title? I am happy to be a part of Joanne’s tour.
JG: Ryan, thank you for participating in the Countdown to A Season for Killing Blondes. As self-proclaimed non-foodies, Gilda Greco (protagonist of the novel) and I are always on the lookout for quick and convenient meals. But we are not willing to sacrifice taste or nutritional value. Whatever we prepare must be flavorful and contain a blast of nutrients. A smoothie meets these criteria and provides the perfect breakfast on-the-go, a healthy snack, or a great pick-me-upper after a workout. All we really need is our trusted Cuisinart Hand Blender and a willingness to experiment with whatever is in the fridge or pantry.
Over the years, I’ve tried different recipes and finally settled on the following: I start with two scoops of Sun Warrior Vegan Protein Powder (vanilla flavor). Recommended by my nutritionist, this brand contains brown rice protein and works well for anyone who is sensitive to eggs, dairy, and soy. I add one cup of my favorite fruit, alternating between blueberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, and kiwi. To increase the fibre content, I add two tablespoons of ground flaxseed. I then add six to eight ounces of water and blend. Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe?
RJS: Yes I do, but it’s not as involved as your and Gilda’s. Mine starts as a packet of chocolate powder. I add ice cubes, milk and sliced bananas in the blender. It’s a quickie version of a chocolate-banana smoothie. It certainly does not have the nutritional value of yours.
Now, what can you tell us about this book with the cool title?
JG: Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the dead body of golden girl Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside her office. Gilda’s life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation.
When three more dead blondes turn up all brutally strangled and deposited near Gilda’s favorite haunts, she is pegged as a prime suspect for the murders. Frustrated by Carlo’s chilly detective persona and the mean girl antics of Carrie Ann’s meddling relatives, Gilda decides to launch her own investigation. She discovers a gaggle of suspects, among them a yoga instructor in need of anger management training, a lecherous photographer, and fourteen ex-boyfriends.
As the puzzle pieces fall into place, shocking revelations emerge, forcing Gilda to confront the envy and deceit she has long overlooked.
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RJS: Here is some back story on Joanne– In high school, she dabbled in poetry, but it would be over three decades before she entertained the idea of writing as a career. She listened to her practical Italian side and earned degrees in mathematics and education. She experienced many fulfilling moments as she watched her students develop an appreciation (and sometimes, love) of mathematics. Later, she obtained a post-graduate diploma as a career development practitioner and put that skill set to use in the co-operative education classroom. She welcomed this opportunity to help her students experience personal growth and acquire career direction through their placements. In 2008, she took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.
RJS: What an incredible history. I’m sure many former students look back fondly with the help Joanne showed them over the years. And today we are equally glad to have her as one of our own talented, and organized, authors. This is where to find Joanne…
RJS: Joanne, thank you for stopping by my blog on your tour. I wish you continued success on all your writing endeavors.