Thursday, October 19, 2017

Crepe Factor Giveaway

By Carmela Bertrand from the Scrapbooking Mystery Series 

First I have to tell you that I am lucky enough  to live in the bustling French Quarter of New Orleans, and  I own the Memory Mine Scrapbooking shop on Governor Nicholls Street. Please stop by anytime you are in town.

New Orleans is a fabulous place to live and work. The atmosphere is always crackling with the vitality of a town filled with fun and exciting things to do. One of my favorite events is the Winter Market. I always consider it to be the official start of the holiday season. Restaurateurs and other venders set up along the banks of the mighty Mississippi and offer samples of food, liquor and other wares putting everyone in a festive mood.

You won’t believe what happened at the last Winter Market.  My BFF Ava Gruiex and I were strolling along, tasting wine and having a grand time when we wound up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Quigg Brevard, a restaurant owner I briefly dated years ago, was screaming and threatening a man I’d never seen before.  I later found out his name was Martin Lash. He was a restaurant reviewer who had written a terrible review about Quigg’s pride and joy, Mumbo Gumbo.

A few minutes later, while Ava and I were looking for treasure at a clothing booth featuring risqué lingerie, the very same Martin Lash came stumbling around the boutique tent with a huge kitchen fork stuck in his neck. He dropped right at our feet, dead as a stone.

Horrible as that was, the worst was yet to come—for me at least. 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. Worse still, within a few minutes, he discovered that Quigg Brevard was there and could easily be the main suspect in Martin Lash's murder. Let’s just say, Babcock isn’t always as cool as he pretends to be when it comes to my being anywhere near Quigg or anywhere near one of Babcock's murder cases for that matter. 




To celebrate this month’s mass market paperback release of Crepe Factor, we are giving away one book to a lucky commenter below. Why not comment about scrapbooking? You’ve tried it. You never tried it. Your Aunt Sally is an avid scrapbooker. Tell us anything but 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 22nd. 


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Early Halloween!


by Carrie Kennersly, veterinary technician and owner of an adjoining barkery and bakery, whose adventures are memorialized in the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries by Linda O. Johnston




Happy October, everyone.  Halloween is fast approaching.  And as you know, I've developed some pretty healthy dog treats that I sell in my Barkery--right next door to my bakery, Icing on the Cake. 


My suggestion?  Have dog treats available for those who stop at your house trick-or-treating on Halloween night.  They probably won't have their dogs along, but they'll head home with their kiddy treats soon, so why not have things available for their beloved pets at home?


Fortunately for me, there have been no more murders lately in Knobcone Heights, my wonderful town.  In case you're not aware of it, I've solved three murders recently, though not all at once.  The most recent was described in a book called Bad to the Bone, and the others also were recounted in books: Bite the Biscuit and To Catch a Treat.  And you know what?  I have a feeling there'll be more--not that I ever set out to become a detective.  But I always like to have justice served, especially when it's my friends, or myself, who are unjustly accused.


Enjoy your Halloween!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What's A Guy To Do?


by Roelke McKenna, Police Officer

of the Chloe Ellefson Mysteries

by Kathleen Ernst








Roelke McKenna here. I'm in a bind.

Nothing is more important to me than taking care of those I love. One of those people is my lady-friend, Chloe Ellefson. As she told you last time, she's spending a week in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, to help a fellow curator at Pendarvis Historic Site.


That gig starts tomorrow. I drove her to Mineral Point a day early to help our friend Adam, who's restoring an old stone cottage built in the 1830s by Cornish immigrants.

He asked us to help dig out his root cellar. He's been finding all sorts of cool stuff.


But Chloe got weirded out back there. Things got worse when Adam and I uncovered a skeleton. Then Adam's grandma asked Chloe to do some research to see if she could figure out who might have been buried in the cottage.

Chloe doesn't want me to "take care of" her, but she has a habit of getting into trouble. She's passionate about her history stuff, and helping people, and sometimes she plunges into dangerous situations. If I could, I'd call in to the Eagle Police Department and trade some shifts so I could stay here in Mineral Point, keeping an eye on things.

But the other members of my "people I love" list are my cousin Libby and her two kids.

Libby is an independent person who would never agree to "being taken care of" either. But her ex-husband has gone into stalker mode. She and the kids are in danger. I want to leave things to the police in her community. Her ex is a clever SOB, though, good as escaping notice. I'm afraid I might need to intervene.

I want to take care of Chloe, and I want to take care of Libby and the kids, and I can't be in two places at once.

That leaves me uneasy about everyone. I'm pretty sure trouble is right around the corner...and I may not be able to do a single thing to stop it.

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To learn more about the award-winning Chloe Ellefson series, see Kathleen's website or follow her on her Facebook Author Page.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Ghosts in the Attic??

Hi, Auntie KiKi from Duffy Brown’s Consignment Shop mysteries set in Savannah. 

We’re gearing up for one of the most fun holidays in Savannah...Halloween!

Savannah may not have a lock on Halloween but we do have something special to toss in that we are haunted! Third most haunted city in the US so that’s a lot of haunting in my book.

Usually I just chalk this up to hype to bring people to Savannah. It’s good for business. The Haunted Savannah tours love it, the haunted hotels like the Marshal House loves it ‘cause it’s good for business and the restaurants like The Pirate House and the Old Pink House love it. 

The waiters love telling tales of peach cobbler flying across the room and room 212 that’s always cold and the phones that never work. Seems the ghosts love electronics and messing with them.
Like I said it’s the hype for the city and tourism...or is it.


Something’s in my attic! I’ve lived in my 140 year old Victorian house, Rosegate, for forty hears now and not so much as a peep. But lately there are noises, big noises. Things going pump in the night noises.

Why would my attic suddenly be haunted? What’s going on? Or is there something going on in my attic more sinister? My lovely husband Putter...named thus because he carries a putter with him everywhere...is out of town at a doctors convention. Wouldn’t you know!

Why do these things always happen when he’s away?


So my question is...do you think I have a ghost in my attic? Is it someone looking for something after all these years? Or is it just my imagination and I should go get myself another martini and try and calm down?

Let me know what you think and I’ll give away  a copy of Iced Chiffon from the answers!

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hello everyone ~

I’m Geneva Leary.  If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know about the terrible dilemma my family is in – and me too, of course.  It’s all too much to take in.  And it all happened on my wedding day! 
I would give anything to be able to turn back the clock.  I don’t regret our wedding, not at all, it was perfect.  It was everything that happened after. 

Wait -- I don’t want to give you the wrong impression.  I’m so happy that David and I are finally married, even though our honeymoon will never happen, but I can’t help but wonder if our wedding in some way brought about the terrible events of that night. 

And it just keeps getting worse.  My mother is on the verge of a complete breakdown, I’m so worried about her.  My sister is accused of being involved in a conspiracy to commit murder and she’s been arrested.  How much worse can it get?  No, forget I said that.  I don’t even want to think about it. 

Julia, my dear friend, knows I don’t believe in astrology.  But she’s promised to help us, she’s sure she can find clues in the charts.  I appreciate her concern, but it’s not going to change what’s already happened.  Nothing can undo that.  We’ll all have to live with it and get through as best we can.  I know Julia thought we should have consulted with her about our wedding date, but to be honest, it never even crossed my mind.  She hasn’t said as much, but I know her and I’m sure she’s thinking it. 


If Julia’s expertise can shed some light on all of these horrible events, maybe provide some closure, I’d be so grateful.  I might even become a believer myself!

You can read all about me and my family in All Signs Point to Murder.  And you can visit our author, Connie di Marco at her website, on Facebook and Twitter @askzodia. 

 







Saturday, October 14, 2017

TRICK OR TREAT DOUBLE GIVEAWAY - AND A RECIPE!



BY: SABRINA TATE
OF: The Bad Luck Cat Mysteries by Kay Finch

It's nearly Halloween, a day that kids far and wide look forward to with much anticipation for months in advance. Whether they are more attracted by the costumes or the candy, I'm not sure. Or maybe they love to be scared by ghosts and goblins.  To celebrate the season, Hitchcock, my black cat, and I are giving away a copy of the latest Bad Luck Cat Mystery - THE BLACK CAT SEES HIS SHADOW - as well as this lovely black cat coffee mug.

To go perfectly with that coffee, you ought to make one of my favorites - PUMPKIN CRUNCH. Consider this recipe another giveaway from Hitchcock and me to y'all.

PUMPKIN CRUNCH

1 Package Yellow Cake Mix

1 (16-oz) Can Pumpkin
 
1 (12-oz) Can Evaporated Milk

3 Eggs

1-1/2 Cup Sugar

4 Teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1 Cup Chopped Pecans

1 Cup Melted Butter

Whipped Topping
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt in large bowl. Pour into pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture. Top with pecans. Drizzle with melted butter. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden. Cool completely. Serve with whipped topping.
 
 
CHECK OUT THE BRAND NEW AUDIO RELEASE OF BLACK CAT CROSSING, Book 1 in the Bad Luck Cat series.
 
TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:
For your chance to win the prize book and mug pictured above, leave a comment to tell me either 1) the best Halloween costume you ever wore; 2) what's your favorite Halloween candy (or other treat); OR 3) what you'll be doing this Halloween to celebrate (or not).  Leave me your email address in the comment and I'll choose a random winner on October 17 at 10:00 p.m. 

Kay Finch is the National Best-Selling Author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries, Black Cat Crossing, The Black Cat Knocks on Wood, and The Black Cat Sees His Shadow. She's a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division. Kay lives with her husband and their rescue pets in a Houston suburb. Visit the author at kayfinch.com.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Happy Friday the 13th! Celebrate with FREE book and giveaway!


****GIVEAWAY OVER****



A Troubled Witch



I truly was just playing a game of Truth or Spell with my sister. I didn’t intend for anyone to get hurt. Anyone to lose an important package. Or anyone to discover I had put a spell him, a hunky him, that was supposed to break in a few hours. . .only the spell never took and it threw me right into an investigation with Mick Jasper, undercover agent for SKUL, a little-known division of Interpol – the Secret Keepers of the Universal Laws.


Trust me, I’m adjusting to the fact that I might never have my Witchy Hour, which is the hour that everything in my life up until then becomes clear and I know exactly what I’m to use my powers for.
Everyone in my family has had their Witchy Hour. I’m nearing the thirty year old mark and I’m still serving patrons at our family diner, The Brew.


So WHAT am I to do when this Mick Jasper claims I messed up his investigation, so I have to help him fix it? Seriously, I have no clue about guns, undercover work, or even the law.


My stress level is high because I can’t tell my family about him and him about my family. What is a witch to do?














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Tonya Kappes is a USA Today Bestselling author who's married (to Eddy) and has four grown children, grown is an overstatement. According to the law they are grown, but they are all in different colleges in the United States. She's known for her super charged characters that not only spill humor all over the pages, but end up tripping over a lot of dead bodies. Be sure to check out her Front Porch Sittin' tab on her website at Tonyakappes.com for freebies and contests.






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