Friday, October 19, 2018

GIVEAWAY! GLITTER BOMB!


By Carmela Bertrand from the Scrapbooking Mystery Series by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran

I am so excited to be visiting Killer Characters to tell you about my adventures in  GLITTER BOMB. My name is Carmela Bertrand and I own the Memory Mine Scrapbooking shop on Governor Nicholls Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, which is the most vibrant place to live and work. And NOTHING is more exciting than Mardi Gras. Of course, sometimes it can get a little too exciting. There I was with my BFF Ava Gruiex, we were dancing, and getting ready to catch beads being thrown by the krewe of the first float in the Pluvius Parade. And what a float it was! Pluvius krewe members were hanging off the decks and swinging from the sails of a galleon ship of olden days. They were yelling and tossing golden beads by the hundreds at the roaring crowd that filled Royal Street from curb to building line. On the top deck a resplendent King Neptune sat on a golden throne. Streams of gold glitter propelled out of the prongs of his trident and shot high in the air before scattering over the float and the crowd. Ava pointed out my ex-husband waving from the float. Oh well, I could just ignore him.

Suddenly there was an explosion. The float rocked and rolled. A rumbling noise grew louder. The float toppled and what looked like a thousand pounds of glitter flew everywhere, burying the krewe members who'd been tossed off the float. And when the explosion was over, one by one, the krewe stood up and shook themselves off. Much as I didn’t like being married to Shamus Meecham, I was glad to see him standing, albeit shakily. Then, I watched him walk over to a body that was lying on the ground perfectly still and covered with so much glitter that it was impossible to tell who it was. Ava and I ran over. We brushed away the glitter and the man never moved.

Then I heard the sirens…Well the last thing I needed was to have my long time beau Detective Edgar Babcock find me at the scene. But there I was when he pulled up and he quickly discovered that my ex-husband was there as well. Let’s just say, Babcock isn’t always as cool as he pretends to be when he thinks I am paying too much attention to Shamus. And I had my fingers crossed that this wasn’t a murder because Babcock practically accuses me of being at every murder scene he responds to and, you know, that is patently false. Maybe most scenes, but certainly not all.



I’m sure you are dying to know what happened next, so we are giving away a copy of GLITTER BOMB to one lucky commenter below. Just say a word about Mardi Gras. Anything at all. Don’t forget to include your email addy in this format: name (AT) server (DOT) com to avoid the spam bots. Giveaway closes at midnight Sunday, October 21st.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Arf. Er, Hi, Again.



by Biscuit, Carrie Kennersly's dog in the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries by Linda O. Johnston

Hi, it's Biscuit again.  I'm visiting Killer Characters more often now.  I'm a dog, and I supposedly belong to Carrie Kennersly, the human who's the subject of the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries.  What's the truth?  She belongs to me.  She takes care of me, doesn't she?  She lets me sample the good treats she sells in her store she calls Barkery & Biscuits, where she and her helpers bake all sorts of good dog treats.  And she's explained to me why she won't give me stuff from her other store next door, Icing on the Cake, since some of the treats she sells there for people could hurt me.  Stuff made from chocolate, whatever that is, for example.

Lots of her helpers and friends are nice to me, too.  Especially Dr. Reed Storme, who's not only just a nice human guy but also a veterinarian who works at the Knobcone Veterinary Clinic, where Carrie's also a part time veterinary technician.  Vets and veterinary technicians?  They take care of dogs, like me. 

The thing is, I'm supposed to at least pretend to obey Carrie's orders--which I often do, like when she tells me to sit or stay or beg.  And though she does listen to me a lot when it comes to giving treats and all, I still can't help worrying about her. 

Why?  Because Carrie's gotten into solving human murders.  When people get killed in our town of Knobcone Heights, Carrie's jumping in and figuring out who did it, darn her.  Sure, it's often her friends who are accused of doing it and she needs to find out the truth to help them.  Especially most recently, when Dr. Reed Storme was considered by the police to be the main suspect, or so Carrie told me.  I didn't believe he did it, and neither did his dog Hugo, who's my friend.

Anyway, Carrie told me that whole story was told about in a book called Pick and Chews, the most recent Barkery & Biscuits Mystery. She hasn't started reading the book to me, which is a disappointment since I can't read.  But you can read it...


PICK AND CHEWS, the fourth Barkery & Biscuits Mystery by Linda O. Johnston, was a May 2018 release from Midnight Ink. 




Wednesday, October 17, 2018

MARDI GRAS MADNESS!

 
By: Maggie Crozat
From: Mardi Gras Murder
Series: Cajun Country Mysteries, #4
Author: Ellen Byron
website: http://www.ellenbyron.com/

Hi! I’m Magnolia Marie Crozat - FYI, everyone calls me Maggie – and I’m super excited to be here. For those of you who don’t know me – and that’s probably a lot of you, LOL – I’m an artist. I moved from New York back to my hometown of Pelican, Louisiana – town motto, “Yes, We Peli-CAN!” – to help out at the family business, Crozat B and B. Crozat is a plantation that’s been in my dad’s family since it was built in the 1800s. I also work as a tour guide at Doucet Plantation, which belonged to my mother’s family but is now open to the public. (I’m about to get a promotion – so excited!)
I have lots to tell you but unfortunately, I’m short on time right now. I have to run to a meeting of the judges for the Miss Pelican Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen contest. Ugh. Pageants are so not my thing, but my darling grandmere, who usually represents the family as a judge, is sick and I have to take her place. Three out of the four judges are pretty nice, but that fourth judge, the guy in charge of the whole thing, is a giant pain. He runs the Pelican Historical Society and is one of those people who’s obsessed with status and heritage to the point where he’s a total suck-up to anyone who’s family’s been around for a couple of hundred years. He kind of looks like Mr. Magoo to me. Remember him?

I really hate the thought of judging teenage girls, so I’m going to do whatever it takes to make them all feel like winners. I have to say, the queen’s crown is pretty dang cool. It looks a lot like this one…

Isn’t it gorgeous? This isn’t our crown, it’s the one the Festival of the Bonfires queen get to wear. (You can read all about the bonfires on the levee in A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING which coincidentally is an Amazon Kindle Monthly Deal right now for $1.99!) But the Miss Pelican Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen crown is pretty killer, too.

Speaking of killer, I can tell that the pageant judges are in for some ugly arguments about who should “wear the crown.” I just hope that ugly doesn’t turn deadly…
 
Readers, what do you think about pageants? I sometimes get totally caught up in Miss America. What about you?

And you can read all about Pelican's pageant, Mardi Gras celebrations, and the Louisiana Orphan Train in MARDI GRAS MURDER, the 4th book in the award-winning Cajun Country Mystery series. 





Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tandem Demise...

Evie Bloomfied here on Mackinac Island. Fall is in full swing with the leaves changing colors, horses taken off island on the big ferries to rest up for next year and the budgies are waiting till next summer to visit us again. All in all things are quite but...
there is trouble brewing. 

     After solving two murders, I thought life on Mackinac Island would settle into boredom until I found out Nate Sutter, island police chief and once-upon-a-time under cover cop is on the run. Some badass guys from Nate’s Detroit days think he stole money from them in a champagne smuggling operation and now they’re headed to the island to get their loot. 

     ​I’m determined to help Nate because he’s a good cop and I kind of got a thing for him,  Nate’s determined to keep me and the island locals out of harms way, and the crooks are determined to get their money.

     To add to the island’s problems there’s a dead guy on the dock and the new wedding planner around here is more interested in playing bedroom bingo than ordering bridal bouquets. 

      With the help of Fiona, my BFF and local newspaper editor, I’m going to prove Nate innocent if it’s the last thing I do, figure out how  champagne smuggling, bodies on the dock and a bad wedding planner are tied together and hopefully not wind up taking a long walk off a short pier myself.  

Wish me luck!

Smugglers on the hunt, a police chief on the run, lost loot and a dead wedding planner have the Mackinac Island regulars riding in circles 



Tandem Demise available November 5 on Amazon

Monday, October 15, 2018

Big doings at the Mystic Eye!

Hi everyone ~ I'm Gale, Gale Hymson.  The owner of the Mystic Eye occult bookstore in North Beach.  I'm very excited this year because I'm trying something new for the shop this season.  We, my manager Cheryl and I, are hosting an open house on Halloween.  Everyone's invited. 
I've advertised our event all over the place -- in the Chronicle, the local North Beach news, on radio spots and social media too.  We're planning food and treats and drinks (non-alcoholic of course), great decorations, spooky music and dry ice, and special psychic and Tarot readings for our guests.  It's free and open to everyone and I hope everyone comes in in costume.  Should be wonderful fun!  We're starting at four p.m. so it's the perfect time to start your celebration early, especially if you plan on another party later in the evening.
And best of all -- Nikolai will be our special guest.  He will definitely draw a big crowd, he's so famous in the Bay Area now with his TV show exorcising demons and doing past-life regression hypnosis.  The thing is . . . he wants to do a special presentation, but he won't tell me what it is.  Makes me a little nervous because Nikolai can be a little outré as you probably already know.  But . . . I'm sure he'll be fine. 

Come on down to Columbus and Broadway and join us on this very special night when the veil between the worlds is lifted.  
Let's just hope Nikolai doesn't want to raise any demons!  See you there! 

If you'd like to know more about how our party turns out, catch up with the Zodiac Mysteries, and especially Tail of the Dragon!

Or visit our author, Connie di Marco at her website, at Facebook or Twitter @AskZodia. 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

PUMPKIN SEASON


From: Sabrina Tate
Of:  The Bad Luck Cat Mysteries
By:  Kay Finch

I had never seen so many pumpkins in one place before I moved to Lavender, Texas, and experienced October in the Texas Hill County for myself. I moved here from the big city. Sure, I saw pumpkins in Houston - for sale in the grocery store and decorating the front porches of homes during Halloween and Thanksgiving seasons. 

From time to time, I'd drive by a church with a big lawn full of pumpkins. Nothing to match the huge quantity of pumpkins grown in the fields around here and put on display at the nearby pumpkin patch where thousands of families come to celebrate the season, take pictures of their children amidst mountains of pumpkins, play games, and eat candy apples.



Turns out the annual Lavender Pumpkin Festival is quite the big event. I would have enjoyed the event a lot more if my cat, Hitchcock (who, by the way, is not bad luck) hadn't taken me over to the pickup with the dead man inside. He looks like such a sweet and innocent cat, but he knows how to pull a fast one.

See, Hitchcock often finds a way to catch a ride into town. I guess he wanted to see the festival for himself. Next thing I knew, there we were, looking into the truck window and finding the body. Not a good place to be as my nemesis, Deputy Patricia Rosales, headed in my direction. Just my luck. 

One of these days I'll learn my lesson and stay at home in the Monte Carlo Cottage to work on my novel in progress.  After all, if I kept the work schedule that I should keep, I wouldn't have time to discover murders in our midst.



Kay Finch is the National Best-Selling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries by Berkley Prime Crime.  Though her character, Sabrina Tate, has left the paralegal profession behind to move to the Texas Hill Country, Kay still works as a paralegal at a Houston, Texas law firm. She resides in a Houston suburb with her husband and pets where she is working on Bad Luck Cat Mystery #4 – The Black Cat Steps On a Crack. Visit her at www.kayfinch.com.






Saturday, October 13, 2018

Honey Springs Virtual Vacation & Giveaway


Welcome to Honey Springs, Kentucky!

I'm Roxanne Bloom. . .er. . .Roxanne Bloom Cane. I just recently got hitched!

I'm excited that you've decided to come to our little part of Kentucky and my little coffeehouse, The Bean Hive.

I'll tell you more about that later.

Just a smidgen about me:
I'm a divorced lawyer and twenty-nine years old.
I'm not from Honey Springs but my dad's great Aunt Maxine Bloom has lived here all her life. My daddy brought me to Honey Springs every summer break. I'd stay the summer with my Aunt Maxi and loved it here. Especially this very boardwalk your standing on. Don't get me wrong. Downtown is awesome and we'll head on over there this week, but the cozy shops here on the boardwalk are amazing!!

But before we get into all that. Why don't we get to know each other a little bit better and I'll get you a hot drink. Tell me where you're from and what kinda of coffee or tea you'd like me to make for you.

By the way. . .my friends call me Roxy. You can call me Roxy.






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