Author Spotlight on Valerie J. Clarizio

On this thrilling Thursday, please help me welcome fellow author and friend Valerie Clarizio. Today is release day for her third Nick Spinelli Mystery novella. What’s even more exciting is that after you read all about her and check out a few excerpts from Crazed Reckoning, you can pick up the first Spinelli book Covert Exposure, for free starting March 6th through March 20th, and the 2nd Spinelli book Craving Vengeance @ $.99 from March 6 through the 15th. It’s going up to $2.99 from the 16th through the 20th so take advantage and grab your copies today.


After experiencing a murderous Christmas and Valentine’s Day with love interest Shannon O’Hara, Detective Nick Spinelli assumed Saint Patrick’s Day couldn’t be any worse.

He was wrong.

While out on a geocaching adventure in Door County, Shannon and her friend Anna find more than a clue in the cache box. When Shannon disappears, Spinelli is sent racing to find her. Amidst the chaos of an unruly Irish celebration, and a decades-old Irish family feud, he must rescue her from the hands of a madman.

Teaser 1

“Let me get this right. You’re telling me your dead father’s finger showed up in a cache box in Door County, over forty years after your father died.”

Teaser 2

Shannon opened her eyes to a pitch-black room. Her dry throat itched. She swallowed and ran her tongue over her teeth. What is that awful metallic taste? Her tongue gravitated to her teeth again; the taste grew stronger. When she inhaled, her eyes instantly watered like she’d just inhaled flames. Her right hand moved toward her nose but jerked to a halt inches from her face. What the heck? She tried to move her hand closer to her face but it wouldn’t budge. With her other hand, she came across a thin rope wrapped around her wrist. The opposite end was fastened to the bedpost.

A low groan echoed in the blackness. Shannon sprang off the bed nearly jerking her shoulder out of its socket. The small length of rope didn’t let her go too far. Another breathy moan penetrated the incredibly thick air. Shannon fumbled around the nightstand next to the bed for a lamp. She nearly knocked it over before she located the toggle switch at the base. The now dimly lit room allowed her to focus on the body in the bed. It was Anna. Her left wrist was bound to the bedpost on the opposite side of the bed.

Sheer panic ripped through her. Where were they? How did they end up here? And who tied them to the bed?

Buy it here.

Get book 1 here and book 2 here.

Clarizio Photo (1) About Valerie

Valerie is a writer of romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction novels.  She lives in beautiful Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two very spoiled cats.  She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual.  Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into a successful hunter and fisherwoman.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. Additionally, she was a finalist in the 2011 Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, Novellas Need Love, Too! Contest.

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2014 In Review

The year is almost over and it’s been both full and exciting. During the first part of 2014 I received my first publishing contract with Soul Mate Publishing and another for a short story with Mélange Books. Watching my dreams begin to come true was amazing enough, but getting two offers was mind blowing.

The spring also brought with it a move for my family. We were whisked away from our friends in Alabama and carried across the southeast to Texas. We’ve lived here once before in a different city where we made lifelong friends, and fortunately, we love our new place just as much. The people are friendly and I’ve been able to join ARWA where I’ve met all sorts of talented writers. Hopefully, I’ll continue to get to know them and some of their wisdom will rub off on me.

The fall was busy as it always seems to be. Our oldest started Kindergarten and lost his first teeth. As you can imagine new traditions began and chaos ensued. In October, my Christmas short story was published as part of an anthology. To help promote the release I took part in my first FB launch party. Lots of learning still to do, but it was fun and I was able to meet several other writers. If you’re ever given the chance, take part in an anthology. It offers a wide variety and allows you to work closely with other authors. And you can always learn from your fellow writers.

Toward the end of November, my family lost one of its members to cancer. It was a difficult time for us all, but thanks to the support of good friends and a wonderful close-knit family, we were able to deal with our loss and be together during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The holidays are wrapping up, but as I bid farewell to 2014, I will remember it fondly and take what I have learned into the New Year. May you all embrace 2015 and seek out your dreams.