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Joan Curtis

Joan Curtis authored four business books published by Praeger Press. She is also published numerous stories, including:

  • Butterflies in a Strawberry Jar, Sea Oats Review, Winter, 2004
  • A Memoir Of A Friend, Chicken Soup for the Working Womans Soul, 2003 and Flint River Review, 1996
  • Jacques Story in From Eulogy to Joy, 2002
  • The Roommate, Whispering Willow Mystery Magazine, April 1997
  • A Special Sort of Stubbornness, Readers Digest, March 1997,
  • My Fathers Final Gift, Reader Digest, November 1994

Her first place writing awards include : Best mystery manuscript in the Malice Domestic Grants competition, best proposal for a nonfiction piece in the Harriette Austin competition, and best story, Butterflies in a Strawberry Jar in the Cassell Network of Freelance Writers Association.

Other Books:

Hire Smart and Keep Em: How to Interview Strategically Using POINT, Praeger Press, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA 2012.

The New Handshake: Sales Meets Social Media, Praeger Press, 2010, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA

Managing Sticky Situations at Work: Communication Secrets for Success in the Workplace, 2009, Praeger Press, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA.

Strategic Interviewing: Skills for Savvy Executives, 2000 published by Quorum Books, Greenwood Press.

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With just three months to live, Janie Knox returns to her childhood home to face her dark past and destroy her mother’s killer.

The Clock Strikes Midnight

Genre  Mainstream Mystery

Release  November 25, 2014

Pages  328

ISBN  978-1-77127-599-6

Price  $5.95

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Janie Knox wants nothing more than to live her life quietly in Savannah, Georgia and never return to her hometown of Atlanta. At age 17, a week after a jury convicted her stepfatherof killing her mother,she packed all her worldly possessions in a single duffle bag, hopped on a bus, and vowed never to return. But, when she learns that she’s got three months to live, she journeys back home to finish what she couldn’t do when she left--kill her stepfather.

As the clock ticks away, Janie’s uses the last days of her life to right the wrongs that have haunted her for 20 years. She faces more than she bargained for when she discovers her sister’s life in shambles. Meanwhile her stepfather, recently released from prison, blackmails the sisters and plots to extract millions from the state in retribution.

The Clock Strikes Midnight is a race against time in a quest for revenge and atonement. This is a story about unleashing the hidden truths that haunt a quiet Southern family.

When deadly, anonymous emails flood Jenna Scali’s inbox, she begins her chase for the e-Murderer

Genre Psychological Suspense Thriller
Tags Female sleuth, psychological suspense thriller, southern fiction, mystery, mystery series, murder mystery, anonymous e-mail, serial killer
Series A Jenna Scali Novel
Release September 1, 2015
Pages 299
ISBN 978-1-77127-744-0
Price $5.99

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THE E-MURDERER is a race to find a psychotic killer before he kills again.

On this anything but typical Monday morning Jenna Scali, who works part-time for a shrink, opens an email that depicts the brutal death of a young girl. On that same day the police uncover a dead coed two blocks from Jenna’s house. The e-murderer’s description creepily echos the death described in the newspapers.

When Jenna receives other emails, she takes what she knows to the police and thus begins her journey in the path of the e-murderer. Her curious nature impels her from e-messages to dead coeds to a ring of prostitutes. With the help of her quirky friends, Jenna learns that she’s more than a conduit for the killer. She’s his target. New secrets unfold, and finally her love life takes a tumble when the true killer emerges.

Series Jenna Scali series: Book 2
Genre Amateur Sleuth Mystery
Release August 23, 2016
Designer Eerilyfair Design
Length 280 pages
ISBN 978-1-77127-817-1
Price $5.99
Tags mystery, female sleuth, cozy

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When Jenna decides to go to a friend’s wedding, she expects to dredge up old secrets and old hurts, and she expects to see people from her past, but she doesn’t expect to stumble on a dead body.

Jenna’s friend is arrested. The wedding is cancelled. And Jenna’s tendency to stick her nose where it shouldn’t be leads her into the path of the killer.

Set in the serene mountains of North Carolina Murder on Moonshine Hill is filled with suspense, humor, and a quirky cast of supporting characters.

Series A Jenna Scali Mystery Book #3
Genre Cozy Mystery
Release December 12, 2017
Length e-Book 291pages ~ Paperback 256 pages
ISBN e-Book 978-1-77127-956-7 ~ Paperback 978-1-77127-967-3
Price e-Book $5.99 ~
Designer Eerilyfair Design
Tags Art, World War II, Mafia, Crime, Murder, College Town, Cozy, University, Art Theft, Caravaggio, Alfred Sisley, Flood at Port-Marly, Italy, cats, Caserta, Dekalb County Georgia, Athens Georgia, Art history,
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Jenna’s quiet weekend turns upside down when she returns home to find her house totally ransacked, and the police uncover a dead body with her name in its possession. Meanwhile her long-lost cousins show up on her doorstep with stories about stolen paintings, hidden masterpieces—worth millions, Mafia friends, and much more.

While Jenna questions the motives of her dead father in connection to the stolen art, the police find a second body with Jenna’s name in its possession, and she becomes the primary suspect in two murder inquiries. Sidestepping the police and dodging the mob, she and her best friend, Quentin, embark on their own investigation to save themselves and Jenna’s lying, double-crossing cousins from untimely deaths.

A Painting to Die For forms a web of deceit that leaves Jenna doubting everything she believes about her father and his Italian family.













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