Books, Beaches, and Brine – Literary Guest Daria Ludas and Nancy Quatrano

Books, Beaches, and Brine – Literary Guest Daria Ludas and Nancy Quatrano

Real Moments - By Linda

It’s Superbowl Sunday 2019! Many people are passionate about the day for a variety of reasons. Some about the game, some about the food and others want to tune the whole day out and read! I could be passionate about all dependent on the teams, menu and book.

January was an exciting month. We had our first Sisters in Crime – SinC Central Jersey Meeting for 2019. Wendy Corsi Staub, her agent and editor all came to speak to us about writing. We’re dedicated to new ideas, energy and collaboration for mystery readers and writers! If you write or read mystery, please join us. Our next meeting is Feb. 23rd in Jamesburg, NJ. You can find more information about our Chapter at

Misty Treasure has been well received and I’m currently working on the fifth book in the Misty Point Mystery Series, scheduled to be released Summer of 2019. This will be a busy year as I have four conferences set up as well as book signings and book festivals. I love hearing from readers and maybe will see you there. If you want to follow along, please sign up for my email at

In the meantime, I continue to introduce you to some great writers. Daria Ludas and Nancy Quatrano have written a lovely, clean, spiritual book about sisters, Hope, Faith and Grace Blessing who return to their hometown to bury their beloved father, sort out his troubled trucking business, and save their family’s Merciful, Florida homestead from foreclosure. Separated by distance as well as memories and emotions, the estranged Blessing sisters are forced to find a way to live and work together before time runs out on their last chance to save it all…. especially when their number one enemy ends up dead and the sisters have to battle an unknown adversary bent on destroying everything their father left behind.

I was able to spend some time with them discussing Merciful Blessings and I’d like to share.

Linda: “What inspired you to write Merciful Blessings?”

Daria and Nancy: “The inspiration for Merciful Blessings came from Nancy’s Dad owning a TruckingCompany in N.J. several years ago.  Nancy has always wanted to write a story about “lady truckers.”  Daria had a character named Marcia the Meddlesome Minister, who was a hair dresser, minister amateur sleuth in the south. Nancy had twin sisters she wanted to incorporate in a story.  Nancy and Daria had co-authored several short stories, and were critique partners for several years.  Nancy had called Daria and asked if she would consider giving Marcia twin sisters, and changing her name to Hope, and that is how Merciful Blessings was born.

Linda: “Will there be another book in the series?”

Daria and Nancy: “Merciful Blessings is the first installment of the series “The Amazing Grace Trucking Company Series.” The first three books focus on the sisters, Hope, Faith and Grace; the rest….who knows where the series will take us.  We are currently finishing up the first draft of Old Faithful release date will be late summer/early fall 2019.  Faith is welcomed home by her twin sons, her sister Hope, and friends from the town of Merciful.  Her recent brush with death at the hands of a madman has taught her that bygones are best left in the past and love and joy are best appreciated on a daily basis.  But when her frantic ex-husband and her sons disappear, will Faith and her sister have what it takes to get her boys back safe and sound?  And will her new confidence in God provide what she needs to teach her ex that he needs to set her free?

Linda: “Will you tell us a little about yourselves?”

Daria and Nancy: “Nancy N.L. Quatrano, born and raised in New Jersey, began writing poems and song lyrics when she learned to play guitar at age thirteen.   Her passion for mystery started with Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys books which blossomed with Agatha Christie and Edgar Allen Poe.  She’s been published since 1999 in short fiction and has a mystery series in publication as well.  She currently resides in Florida and is a neighborhood columnist for the St. Augustine Record. She is active with Rotary groups, the town empowerment group, and is a vocalist at her church.  She does content editing, copy writing, and press released at her business On-Target-Words.

Daria D.K. Ludas has always enjoyed reading and writing.  At the age of ten she received a small typewriter for Christmas.  She quickly typed several copies of a neighborhood newspaper called “The Linford Ledger” named for her development.  She graduated from the Nancy Drew Mysteries to A Summer Place in sixth grade without her parent’sknowledge.  She then read Agatha Christie mysteries (Miss Marple a favorite).  She currently reads Lisa Scottoline and Robert Parker.  She resides in New Jersey, however lived in Colorado and Montana for a few years.

Nancy and Daria tried writing genres other than mysteries.  They met at a Romance Writers Meeting in 1997, and discovered they lived in the same town.  They eventually met at a church service in their town, decided to go to the local diner for coffee, and two hours later realized they shared similar writing styles, and values.  The rest is history.

Linda: “Thanks so much for spending some time with me. I’ve posted the cover, a small blurb about your book and the link below.”