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Seasoned court reporter/writer Kelly Nasuti publishes fourth adventure of Jamie Winters

MotionforMischiefJamie Winters, amateur sleuth, is at it again in Motion for Mischief, the recent installment of mystery novels authored by Kelly Nasuti, RMR, CRR, CRC. The latest installment, released Feb. 15, marks the fourth mystery by Nasuti, a full-time captioner who writes under the pen name Kelly Rey. The novel is published by Gemma Halliday Publishing.

In Motion for Mischief, Winters — a legal secretary at the personal-injury law firm of Parker, Dennis and sometimes-sleuth — thought she’d seen it all. Then, Oxnard Thorpe, the Adult Diaper King of New Jersey and one of her firm’s most important clients, is found dead in the swimming pool of his sprawling mansion on his wedding night. Thorpe’s bride gives Winters the green light to find the killer.

Suspects include a faded society maven, a bridesmaid for hire, a harried housekeeper, Oxnard’s embittered twin siblings, a surly wedding planner, the groom’s sketchy colleague, and even the not-so-blushing bride.

“It’s another installment in the misadventures of legal secretary and part-time highly unskilled detective Jamie and her unbridled teenaged sidekick, Maizy,” said Nasuti. “It’s my hope that these books are as fun to read as they are to write.”

Motion for Murder, Nasuti’s first mystery novel released in 2014, introduced readers to Winters in a story laced with humor, wit, a dose of romance, and a murder. In Nasuti’s second novel, Motion for Malice, released in 2015, Winters solved the murder of Dorcas Beeber, a psychic medium who was found dead from an apparent blow to the head by her own crystal ball. Motion for Madness, the third novel in the series has Winters tracking down clues to solve another murder mystery when Kay Culverson, a low-budget cable talk show host, is found dead in her office.

Nasuti, who recent became an official USA Today bestselling author, said she has no set number of books she plans to write in the series but plans to keep on writing as long as people are reading them.

“Along with the Jamie Winters series, I’ve also been incredibly fortunate to engage in co-authoring a new series, the Marty Hudson mysteries, with New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday. Presently I’m working on Motion for Menace, but I don’t have release date info or cover art yet,” she added

Nasuti, who has been a court reporter since 1989, operated as Regional Reporting Inc. until 2005 when she joined VITAC. Nasuti is also a member of Sisters in Crime, a group that promotes the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers.

All of Nasutis books are available in e-book format for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords. They are also available in paperback at Amazon.com, Createspace.com, and other online retailers.

Seasoned court reporter/writer co-writes new book with New York Times bestselling author

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde, coauthored by NCRA member Kelly Nasuti, RMR, CRR, CRC, and New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday, debuted on bookshelves both real and virtual Sept. 6. 

The story places best friends Martha “Marty” Hudson, a barista at a Stanford University coffee bar, and Irene Adler, a dot-com millionaire, in the middle of a murder investigation as a result of contents Hudson discovers in an old Victorian home an aunt leaves to her. Getting no help from a grumpy detective, the two friends invent fictitious private investigator Sherlock Holmes to help them find answers.

According to Nasuti, “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde is a fun, modern take on the legendary Sherlock Holmes franchise.”

Before teaming up with Halliday to co-write the Sherlock story, Nasuti, who writes under the pen name Kelly Rey, authored three mystery novels including Motion for Murder, Motion for Malice, and  Motion for Madness. Each of the books features main character Jamie Winters, a full-time law firm employee and part-time sleuth. After Motion for Madness was published, Nasuti became a USA Today bestselling author.

Nasuti, who has been a court reporter since 1989, operated as Regional Reporting Inc. until 2005 when she joined VITAC, a full service closed captioning and subtitling company. She currently works as a full-time captioner. Nasuti is a member of Sisters in Crime, a group that promotes the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers.

All four books are currently available in e-book format for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords. They are also available in paperback at Amazon.com and Createspace.com.

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Seasoned court reporter/writer Kelly Nasuti continues adventures of Jamie Winters

MotionforMadnessMotion for Madness, the third mystery novel in a series authored by NCRA member Kelly Nasuti, RMR, CRR, CRC, debuted on bookshelves both real and virtual on Feb. 15.

The new release is the third in a series by Nasuti, who writes under the pen name Kelly Rey. The novel is published by Gemma Halliday Publishing.

Main character Jamie Winters, first executive assistant at the personal injury law firm of Parker, Dennis, in southern New Jersey, finds herself tracking down clues to solve another murder mystery when Kay Culverson, a low-budget cable talk show host, is found dead in her office. Winters’ boss, Howard Dennis, is suspected of the foul play as a result of a falling out with Culverson, who was a client.

Motion for Madness also brings back to its pages Winters’ handsome landlord, Curt, and his feisty teenaged niece Maizy to help with the search for answers. Winters, however, soon finds herself dealing with a whole cast of suspects, including a shady agent, a group of anti-government geeks, a light-fingered ex-con, and a mysterious hit man for hire named Z.

Motion for Murder, Nasuti’s first mystery novel released in 2014, introduces readers to Winters in a story laced with humor, wit, a dose of romance, and a murder. Nasuti’s second novel, Motion for Malice, released in 2015, has Winters working to solve the murder of Dorcas Beeber, a psychic medium who was found dead from an apparent blow to the head by her own crystal ball.

“I love writing the books, and I’ll keep writing them as long as people want to read them, and I’m lucky enough to continue getting contracts from the publisher,” said Nasuti.

“There are definitely plans for more books in the Motion series, plus collaboration is on the way in 2016, with the potential for a stand-alone novel in 2017. I’m truly humbled and thrilled to be able to experience all of this.”

Nasuti, who has been a court reporter since 1989, operated as Regional Reporting Inc. until 2005 when she joined VITAC, a full service closed captioning and subtitling company. She currently works as a full-time captioner. Nasuti is a member of Sisters in Crime, a group that promotes the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers.

Murder for Madness is currently available in e-book format for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords. It is also available in paperback at Amazon.com and Createspace.com, and it will be available soon in other online retailers.

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Overcoming your fear

By Linda A. Kaiser

What is fear? Webster’s defines fear as an unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. In the verb tense, fear is defined as to be afraid or apprehensive. I’d like us to focus on two words in each of those meanings: anticipation and apprehensive.

When you anticipate something, the outcome of that event can either be good or bad. At the conclusion of that event, the anticipation dissipates. To anticipate is to be active. You can either anticipate something with excitement or anticipate something with trepidation. You are in charge whether you put a positive or a negative spin on your anticipation. I suggest you go forward with an expectancy versus an expectation, thereby alleviating a possible disappointment due to your expectations.

To be apprehensive puts you in a position of being afraid, reluctant, thus holding you back and ultimately aversive.

I would like to help turn your fear and apprehension into motivation. Fear can be highly effective. We are taught at a young age that fear is something to take heed of, as in the instance of don’t touch the stove top or you’ll get burned. You are motivated to not touch the stove top so you don’t get burned.

I propose to you that the fear of realtiming is a fear you can overcome. Here are some basic steps that I utilize, even to this day, in my fight to overcome fears of realtiming.

I first start the day out with some “self” talk. I focus on my strengths and my abilities instead of focusing on where I perceive my weaknesses are. I spend ten minutes, before even rising, to pronounce to myself that I can conquer whatever may come my way that day.

As I enter whatever arena I am writing in that day, I am reminded of my “self” talk that morning and that I can proceed with confidence to tackle whatever comes. This confidence also encourages me to continue to educate myself about the ins and outs of realtiming. If I encounter a problem while setting everyone up, I then put into play the education I have about troubleshooting. While I am writing, I focus on what is translating correctly, but also take note on areas that may need some improvement. It’s at that point that I incorporate some of the tricks I’ve learned and incorporate those in helping me achieve a better translation rate. My improved skill set has opened up a vast amount of opportunities to stay alive in our great profession.

There is a method to this madness. To sum it up, “self” talk has built my confidence. It has built my desire for knowledge, which has built up my abilities, which has moved me into new opportunities.

Your method of madness may be slightly different. The key is to keep striving to find what works for you and to stay motivated to overcome fear.

Lastly, fear isn’t an emotion that will ever go away. You have the power to either let it reside in you or use the powers in you and work to conquer it. See where your empowerment will lead you.

Linda A. Kaiser, RMR, CRR, is an official in Cedar Hill, Texas. She can be reached at Lmarptr@aol.com.