Monday, May 21

Welcome Joanne Guidoccio

The Wranglers are happy to welcome author Joanne Guidoccio today. Joanne is roaming the Web in celebration of her new book, A Different Kind of Reunion.

There will be lots of good stuff about the book further down in the post, but for now, we want to know all about Joanne.

And, no, we're not nosy--why do we have to keep telling you that? 😉

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

While writing occupies the lion’s share of my time, I also enjoy reading, yoga, scrapbooking, blogging, movies, artist dates, and meeting friends for leisurely brunches and lunches.

Where are you from and what do you love best about your hometown?

I was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, also known as the Nickel Capital of the World and Slagtown. Growing up, I could easily climb the rocks and sneak in to see the big coin, and while walking in the evenings, I had a spectacular view of the slag dumping. Not exactly what most people would enjoy, but I was fascinated by the contrast between the darkening sky and the fiery colors.

Do you have a favorite quote or saying?

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." Neale Donald Walsch

What was your best day?

January 31, 2013 – I can still recall the weather and what I was doing when I received an email from Senior Editor Debby Gilbert offering me a contract for Between Land and Sea, Book 1 of the Mediterranean Series. Nothing, not even the sub-zero temperatures, could faze me on that perfect day.

If you could spend the afternoon with one writer, living or dead, who would it be and what would you talk about?

I admire late blooming authors who have launched successful second acts. Two favorites come to mind: Maeve Binchy and Louise Penny. Their novels and writing journeys have inspired me to launch my own second act as a writer. From Maeve, I’ve learned that success is not a pie where only a select few have access to the slices. I’ve taken several pages out of Louise’s disciplined approach to structure my own writing practice.

At lunch, I would ask them to share anecdotes from their writing journeys and more of their wonderful advice.


Suspecting foul play, Constable Leo Mulligan plays on Gilda’s guilt and persuades her to participate in a séance facilitated by one of Canada’s best-known psychics. Six former students also agree to participate. At first cooperative and willing, their camaraderie is short-lived as old grudges and rivalries emerge. The séance is a bust.

Determined to solve Sarah’s murder, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers shocking revelations that could put several lives—including her own—in danger. Can Gilda and the psychic solve this case before the killer strikes again?


Flings in Parry Sound? I shuddered at the thought of Sarah hopping from one man’s bed to another in a small town where every deviation from the norm was analyzed to death. I also felt for her parents. What must they be thinking now? Could they have intervened and insisted that Sarah receive counseling?

I needed more details. “So you found the body and the cell phone around the third of October. Why did you—”

“Uh…not quite. One of the waitresses at the restaurant where Sarah worked found her phone a while back and stored it for safekeeping. The waitress forgot all about it until she decided to clean out her locker earlier this week.”

More carelessness! And most of it due to Sarah’s carelessness with her own life. Why was she drinking and behaving promiscuously? What was she doing on that hill in the middle of the night? So many questions I longed to ask, but I doubted the Constable would even know where to begin.

“Gilda…Gilda are you still there?” Annoyance crept into Constable Mulligan’s voice.

“Sorry. I’m still trying to wrap my head around this tragedy.” At age thirty-five, Sarah had so many unexplored and unrealized dreams. I recalled one dream concocted during her Grade Eight year: Sarah Ann McHenry moves to New York City and launches the SAM label, an upscale line of clothing for fashion conscious women worldwide.

“You and everyone else in Parry Sound.” He paused. “You have no idea what kind of help she would need?”

“I’m sorry. I haven’t seen Sarah in years.” Over twenty years had passed since Grade Eight Graduation night. And that was the last time I saw Sarah, or any of the other students, for that matter. I decided not to share that statistic and further enrage Constable Mulligan.

“That’s how it goes when outsiders breeze into our town,” he said, raising his voice. “You’re here for a good time, not a long time.”


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In 2008, Joanne Guidoccio 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 Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario

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  1. Thanks for hosting me, Liz :)

  2. Looks like a fabulous read.I enjoyed learning more about you, Joanne.

  3. I got the book today---can't wait to read!
    Rebecca Anne

  4. Enjoyed the interview Joanne. I love to learn about authors I love and respect. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Your book sounds intriguing, Joanne. And as a fellow Canuck, I'm excited it's set in Canada! Thanks for joining us on Word Wranglers.

    1. Hi Jana, Always a pleasure to meet another Cancuk author. :)

  6. Thanks so much for visiting, Joanne!

  7. Love the excerpt. Good luck with the book.