Take a lifelong East Coast girl, drop her deep in the heart of Texas, and you get a gal with a yen to spin a yarn about the two places she knows best. Jo-Ann Power, who used to live and work in the nation’s capital, began to write Missing Member after she moved to San Antonio and became a Texan!
Creating a spunky congresswoman in a heap of trouble, Power tells a Washington tale with a tall, dark, handsome hunk. Missing Member is her first novel in the Me & Mr. Jones series. The second is Baring Arms. And the third? What else could it be but Hanging Chad?
All appear in digital formats on Kindle, and at your favorite on-line bookstore, such as Sony, Barnes & Noble, OmniLit and more, beginning November 2011. Plus, a new short story, Murder Board, appears two weeks later.
The author of mainstream, mystery and romance novels, Jo-Ann has won awards and praise from reviewers and readers. Her ability to “cleverly weave politics, murder and romance, creating intense, breath-catching suspense” is a hallmark of her works, says Publisher’s Weekly. Missing Member was a Featured Alternate of The Mystery Guild, and her historical romances were selections of Rhapsody Book Club and Doubleday Book Club.
Long a fan of reading mysteries and thrillers, Jo-Ann loves to put that edge into every genre she writes. Her award-winning, “power-ful” style has been ranked with Daphne DuMaurier’s and Phyllis Whitney’s. Her characters "make readers believe in the power of love" (Old Book Barn Gazette) and her suspenseful plots "keep readers up till the wee hours of dawn." (Gothic Journal)
Power began her career writing fact. As a freelancer, she learned that readers want to understand an issue quickly, easily and with a bit of entertainment to boot! That meant she could write about anything that intrigued her—and much did. She has learned—and so have her readers—about everything from female body builders to financial services products and trends, medical advancements, historical events and biographies, sculptors, painters and…yes, even…cigar manufacturers!
As a result, her non-fiction credits include many mass market national magazines, as well as major metropolitan newspapers including:
The Washington Post
Journal Newspapers in Maryland
For interest groups, the federal government plus corporate and individual clients, she has ghost-written numerous pieces that have appeared in industry trade journals as well as these mass market publications:
Wall Street Journal
The New York Times
Los Angeles Times
In 2012, Jo-Ann also debuts her first non-fiction book, Opening Doors, Women of the Holy Land Tell Their Life Stories. This book is a collection of face-to-face interviews with Israeli, Christian and Palestinian women of all ages. Revealing the daily joys and struggles of women who live in this beloved land, the research for this book was sponsored by the Pangea Network, a non-profit group working with women in Palestine and Kenya. The book will be released in print and e-book format. Please visit the section of this website, OPENING DOORS to learn about how the interviews were done, to read an excerpt and to purchase the book.
Jo-Ann’s fiction credits include two mainstream novels, two first-person 19th century gothic romances, three Victorian historical mysteries, 10 historical romances—and her latest contemporary mysteries.
Any of the following with an asterisk will be available soon in digital format on your favorite bookseller website:
*The Mark of the Chadwicks (historical gothic)
*The Last Duchess of Wolff’s Lair (historical gothic)
*Remembrance (historical romance, Civil War period)
Available as print on demand books on Amazon and other on-line booksellers:
You and No Other
Angel of Midnight
The Nightingale’s Song
Never Say Never
Your Life Part I Write
for Your Life Part III
for Your Life Part II Write
for Your Life Part IV