Friday, November 9, 2012

Meet Nike Chilemi!


Nike Chillemi ~ Crime Fictionista http://nikechillemi.wordpress.com/



Perilous Shadows (Desert Breeze) ~ college coed murdered in radio station, set 1947

Goodbye Noel (Desert Breeze) ~ mother of an infant murdered, set winter 1946/47

---Won 2011 Grace Awards in Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller Category

Burning Hearts (Desert Breeze) ~ arson, murder, and romance, set 1946
---Finaled in 2011 Grace Awards Romance/Historical Romance Category


Nike Chillemi has been called a crime fictionista due to her passion for crime fiction. She was an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category and a judge in the 2011 and 2012 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories. She is the founding board member of the Grace Awards and its Chairman, a reader's choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She writes book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. BURNING HEARTS is the first book in the crime wave that is sweeping the south shore of Long Island in The Sanctuary Point series, published by Desert Breeze. GOODBYE NOEL, the second book in the series released in December, 2011 won the Grace Award 2011 in the Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller category. PERILOUS SHADOWS, the third in the series released in July, 2012. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers (Ning).

 


 

Perilous Shadows Blurb: ASIN: B008JLF1Q0  (Historical Romantic Thriller, late-1940s --- Sweet romance, warm intimacy, sophisticated themes presented tastefully)

Pioneer newspaperwoman Kiera Devane is on a mission to prove a woman can do a man's job, as she hunts a young coed's killer? Ace radio broadcaster Argus Nye lost one love to a murderous fiend and his pulse races as he tries to protect Kiera from herself as much as from this killer.

Kiera was doted upon by loving parent, but they were killed when she was a girl and she was shipped off to live with a socialite aunt who had little time for her. In her aunt's house, she learned life could be cold and cruel. As a result, she grew up to be an independent and demanding professional woman.

Argus Nye, still bereft from the loss of his first love, can't understand why this female reporter is mesmerizing him. As she takes chances with her life trying to catch a killer, he's determined to protect her.


Barnes and Noble. http://is.gd/RJF2zy
 

GOODBYE NOEL Blurb: ASIN: B006LTHI1I (Historical Romantic Thriller, mid-1940s --- Sweet romance, warm intimacy, sophisticated themes presented tastefully --- Won the 2011 Grace Awards Mystery/Thriller/Romantic Suspense category)

The first body is found under a trimmed Christmas tree, the second as they ring in the New Year (1947), the third goes head long out a window. Will a young pediatric nurse determined to make it on her own be able to care for an infant whose mother was murdered and escape the killer who has struck again? Can she trust the stalwart village detective with her life and her heart as he works to catch this killer before somebody else dies?

Pediatric nurse, Katrina Lenart, grew up strong willed and independent minded, while sharing her mother's flair for high fashion. When the police chief gives her an orphaned baby to care for, her maternal instincts take over and she's willing to fight anyone who might not have the infant's best interests at heart, even the man she's growing to love. After an attempt is made to kidnap the baby, she and the resolute village detective team up and do some sleuthing, undercover at a cult as well as at a fancy ball.

Detective Ian Daltry is a widower with a child and is not interested in a new love. Hunting a killer who stops at nothing has placed him in the position where he must protect a beautiful young woman he's drawn to. Is there's something he's overlooked in analyzing the case? Will he find out what that is before this ruthless murderer kills someone he loves?


Barnes and Nobel. http://is.gd/lrsTbU

BURNING HEARTS Blurb: ASIN: B0050PJSTY  (Historical Romance Thriller, mid-1940s --- Sweet romance, sophisticated themes presented tastefully --- Finaled in 2011 Grace Awards Romance/Historical Romance category

Can a sheltered young seamstress, disillusioned by the horrors of WWII, escape an arsonist/murderer who has killed her employer and mentor, while trying to decide if she can trust the dashing war hero who’s ridden into town on his Harley—who some say is the murderer?

Erica Brogna’s parents doted on her and taught her to think for herself. Many boys she grew up with had fallen in the WWII, shaking her childhood faith. In rides a handsome stranger, at the hour of her most desperate need. A woman who is her close friend and mentor is trapped in a burning house. After making an unsuccessful rescue attempt, Erica stands by as this man rushes into the inferno and carries her friend’s lifeless body out.

Lorne Kincade can’t out run his past on his Harley Davidson WLA, the civilian model of the motorcycle he rode in the war. He’s tried. He’s been a vagabond biker in the year since the war ended. His Uncle Ivar bequeathed him a ramshackle cottage in Sanctuary Point, on the Great South Bay of Long Island, NY and now he’d like to hope for a future again, repair the miniscule place, and settle down. The only problem is, a young woman with hair the color of mink is starting to get under his skin and that’s the last thing he needs.


Barnes and Noble. http://is.gd/fvEQfH

My unique talent: I have the ability to write authentic dialog that's snappy and sounds right to the 1940s era in my historical. I also describe the atmosphere of the decade so that readers feel as if they are there.

Share something not many people know about you. I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and worked in marketing in the bridal industry.

Answering to our fun little survey, Nike says -

Are you a “pet person” or prefer no pets?  Pets, pets, pets. Was was a pet rescuer and as a result have a house full of pets.

Would you rather travel or stay at home?  Travel to any warm climate with a beach.

Do you read more or write more?  I used to read more, but now the balance has changed. I write more.

Prefer cake or pie? Neither.  Not a big dessert person. Unless it's authentic key lime pie.

Would, or do, ride a motorcycle or prefer to ride/drive a car?  Drive a car. My fav is a Jeep.

How about taking the bus or walking?  Yuk. I do walk, but only with my dog. I'm an avid dog walker.

Are you part of a big church congregation or a small church?  Tiny urban church, laid back, Scripturally on target.

Would you describe yourself as happy or joyful?  Joyful as a lifestyle, but happy when the situation calls for it. Enjoy both.

Do you like to telephone people or prefer to use e-mail?  Email. Don't have time for the phone. Hate the phone.

Do you eat at home or eat out?  Home. I like to cook and like to eat healthy meals. However, I also enjoy going out as a family once a week, or on a "date night" with my husband.

Listen to music or prefer quiet?  Quiet: I'm not that musical. Can't carry a tune, sing off key. I'm a joy during worship in church, not.

Prefer sunrises or sunsets:  Both, as long as it's on the beach. I like sitting in a lounge chair with a cool drink watching either. Or a slow walk on the beach with my husband or my dog at sunrise or sunset…probably sunset.

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