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Friday, July 10, 2015

Book Fun Friday Welcomes Joanne Guidoccio

Book Fun Friday Welcomes Joanne Guidoccio

In 2008, Joanne took advantage of early retirement and launched a second career as a writer. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories.

Book Title:

A Season for Killing Blondes

Log Line:

4 Dead Blondes + 1 Brunette Lottery Winner

Book Tag Line:

A brunette lottery winner never has an alibi when dead blondes turn up in dumpsters near her favorite haunts.

Book Blurb:
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.

Book Excerpt:
Three thousand euros worth of pastries. Can you believe it?
When I agreed to import the pastries, I had no idea I would be subsidizing the failing Italian economy and helping Silvio Berlusconi stay in power for a few weeks longer. Left to my own devices, I would have gone down the street to Regency Bakery, picked up some pastries and just walked them over. But my mother and Aunt Amelia were adamant. The open house for my new career counseling office needed a proper launch, one that could only be achieved with pastries from a Sicilian bakery.
To be fair, both of them were horrified when they saw that final four-figure amount on the invoice and swore me to secrecy. While conspicuous consumption is valued in the Italian community, being taken for a ride is not, and we would never hear the end of it from Uncle Paolo who is still complaining about the ten cents he has to pay for a shopping bag at No Frills.
I watched my mother rearrange the amaretto cookies, stuffed figs, biscotti, and other delicacies that had arrived yesterday. She and Aunt Amelia had brought in their best silver trays and carts and spent hours—according to Uncle Paolo—creating a colorful Italian corner.
“Everything is perfect. Maybe too perfect.” My mother made the sign of the cross and mumbled a Hail Mary.
“Relax, Ma. I’ve got everything under control. Nothing bad will happen.”
“Things have been going too well, Gilda. The lottery win. Your new career. This beautiful office. I’ve had one of my dreams, and you know what that means.”

Readers Answer Joanne This: (put the answer in the comments below)

Complete the following sentence – If you won a $19 million lottery…

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Contest Giveaway:

One lucky commenter will receive a free ebook of A Season for Killing Blondes.


  1. Why I'd use 20% to invest in my businesses and donate the rest to my favorite charities!

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  3. I would first buy my husband and daughter safe cars. Then I would be able to pay for a functional medicine doctor (do not take insurance) to see what is said of my health issues. After that I would up-grade our house to the 21st century. And while Maryalice Sullivan is in Tanzania helping people there, with her husband, I would send her money and supplies needed.

    1. Wow! I'm in awe of your altruism. Thanks for dropping by, Lisa :)

  4. Haha...I'd quit the day job and write full time! I've still got a few years before I can do it officially, unless I win the lottery!

    1. Hi Susabelle, I imagine quitting the day job is at the top of the list for many people. Hang in there...the end is in sight. Joanne :)