Saturday, February 13, 2016

Meet The New Kids On The Block

***GIVEAWAY OVER*** Congratulations to Mama Cat!! Come back March 13th for another fun giveaway!!

June Heal: Olivia Davis, you are up. Tonya said you go first since your novel was her first mystery published.

Olivia Davis: What? What is Tonya up to now?

June: Something about a new adventure in blogging where we do the blogging, not her.

Olivia: Really? (She rubs her hands together.)

June: Umm. . .yes.

Olivia: What do you want me to say?

June: I guess since this is our first time on the blog, we need to tell the readers who we are and what we do.

Olivia: I'm Olivia Davis in the Olivia Davis Mystery Series. Tonya created me after she saw a show where this guy uses the internet as breakup business. Since I'm extra special to Tonya. . .

June: You aren't extra special.

Olivia: Yes I am. I was first.

June: Um-kay. Whatever you say. But I have eight books in my series to your two.

Olivia glares at June.

June: (shrugs) Just sayin'.

Olivia: Anyways, having a breakup service wasn't enough and Tonya loves to watch shows like Mork and Mindy, Twilight Zone, Betwitched, Knight Rider, Murder She Wrote, Touched By An Angel, so she knew having me posses some sort of paranormal power would add a little more fun and humor to the story.

Holly Harper: She didn't give me any special powers.

June: Holly, it's not your turn yet.

Holly: Did Tonya die and make you a writer?

Tonya Kappes: Ladies! Okay. I didn't want to intervene, but this is exactly why I didn't write one book with all of y'all in it because each of you deserve your own stories and spotlight.

Olivia:  Yeah, but  I was your first USA Today Bestselling novel.

June: I was second!

Olivia: You know what Ricky Bobby says: if you ain't first, you last.

Tonya: Stop! Olivia finish telling our new blog readers who you are.

Olivia: I can't hold a regular go the the office type of job because I read auras and pass out when too  many are coloring my world. So I started an online breakup service where my clients write me, telling me personal things about their relationship so the person I'm breaking up with knows I'm not a fake. Things are going great until one of my clients ends up dead and the police traces his computer files back to me and my business. Of course I had to take matters into my own hands in fear the police is going to shut me down and I'd never be able to another job to pay my bills.

Tonya: Holly, can you tell our new readers your story?

Holly: Yep. I live in one of Tonya's made up small southern towns. I own The Beaded Dragonfly, a lapidary (bead store). I belong to a divorcee club where we use to meet in the basement of the local baptist church. Now me and the Divorced Divas, what we like to call ourselves, meet once a week at my store and make jewelry.  The Divorced Divas range in age from nineteen to a spry eighty-five. Me and the Divas love to bash our exes until one of them showed up dead. And all the fingers pointed to us Divas!

Tonya: Thank you, Holly. Laurel London.

Laurel: What?!

Tonya: Ladies and gents, Laurel is the snarkiest of my characters. I'm sure you'll get a kick out of her.

Laurel: Yeah, they say I'm full of piss and vinegar. Really I'm just full of snark and sass. I grew up in an orphanage in my small southern town that Tonya created. Needless to say, I got into a lot of trouble as a kid and some people in town just haven't forgotten it as I've grown up, making it hard for me to keep a job or having a nice car. So I drive an old police cruiser that looks like a taxi. When mob boss, Trigger Finger Tony, jumped into my car thinking I was a taxi, my life changed forever.

Tonya: Emma Lee Raines, are you here?

Emma: I am. If y'all haven't figured it out, Tonya writes southern, small town charm with humor. She's known to make you laugh out loud, dry your tear ducts, and keep you guessing until the end. It might sound silly that she can make my job as an undertaker all those things, but somehow she does. I love being the undertaker in my small southern town, but when I had a run in with a falling plastic Santa Claus and knocked flat out, I woke up in the hospital. I  was sure I was a goner. Joined the big guy in the sky because my family stood on one side of my hospital bed while clients of my funeral home, Eternal Slumber, stood on the other side of my bed. My clients as in six-feet under. Dead. That year Santa didn't give me a gift I wanted, he gave me the gift of communicating with dead people. Dead people who have been murdered. Now I have two jobs. I'm an undertaker and a Betweener.

Tonya: Alright June.

June: Saving the best for last? (June picks up  her fairy-god cat, Mr. Prince Charming)
I'm June Heal. I'm going to tell a big secret. My story was the first one Tonya wrote back in 2009. Originally I was going to be a young adult. Tonya let me hang around because she isn't a witch or knows anything about witches and she didn't want her readers to think she was witch, so she wrote several of my stories and waited. I'm glad she did because she's developed my world into an amazing place. I'm a homeopathic curest just like my mamma, Darla was. It wasn't until later that I discovered I was born into a family of spiritualist, but didn't know until I moved to a small southern town with cozy shops. Little did  I realize all the shop owners have some sort of spiritual gift and their shop is a cover for their gift. Since I'm a homeopathic curest, my shop is sorta like an apothecary. When a client comes they might think they have heartburn, when in reality they have a broken heart. I hide behind my little partition where my cauldron is located and make a very personal potion for each customer. Mr. Prince Charming, my fairy-god cat, happens to be one of the most popular characters in the books as well as the Karima sisters. They own Two Sisters and A Funeral, both can communicate with spirits. Then there Raven and Faith Mortimer, who own Wicked Good Bakery. I could go on and on about all the cozy shop and their owners, but I suggest you come visit and take a gander around for yourself. Readers have claimed that I'm the adult version of Harry Potter! Fun!

Emma Lee: I think I can speak for all of Tonya's series and characters when I say that Books and Company Book Store had it right last year when they claimed that "Tonya Kappes has the freshest voice in cozy mystery." And Murder By The Book Store claims that my series, The Ghostly Southern Mystery Series, is the most anticipated series of the year! Plus. . .my story won Best Fiction Novel 2015 from Joseph Beth Booksellers.

Tonya: Okay, y'all. Stop bragging.

Laurel London: We have to because we know you won't.

Holly Harper: I think we need to do a giveaway! Do you like a little paranormal in your mystery? If so, Tonya writes those! If not, Tonya writes those too! One lucky comment will win a Tonya Kappes Loves Her Readers tote and Valentines pack.


There are so many ways to be involved and connect with Tonya!

Facebook at Tonya Kappes Author:
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Kappes Krew Group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/208579765929709/

Kappes Krew Recipe Group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Kappeskrewrecipes/

Recipe Submission Email: tonyak11.tk@gmail.com

Goodreads Tonya Kappes Author:
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Twitter Tonya Kappes Author: https://twitter.com/tonyakappes11

Amazon Tonya Kappes Author Page:
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Bookbub Tonya Kappes Author Page:
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/tonya-kappes

Pinterest Tonya Kappes Author:
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Email: Tonyak11@yahoo.com



102 comments:

  1. Welcome to Killer Characters! Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for having us! We are thrilled to be here! Remember to give me a ring-a-ding if you need me to help you get rid of your significant other. After all, Valentine's Day is a GREAT time to get a new one! xo ~Olivia Davis

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  2. I love paranormal and mystery combined. Makes for great reading. Welcome.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Debby! I'm thrilled you love a little paranormal. You should come see me in Sleepy Hollow. Do you have your preneed FUNeral arrangements yet? I have some great plans for Eternal Slumber clients. If you see me talking to myself, don't worry, I'm probably talking to one of my Betweener clients. Hugs! Emma Lee Raines

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  3. I do like paranormal and mystery. It makes for some interesting situations. Love your books Tonya

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  4. I do like paranormal and mystery. It makes for some interesting situations. Love your books Tonya

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    1. You know that Tonya really does stick us in some crazy places. Shhooooweeee! Really! She lets people think I'm crazy! ~ Emma Lee Raines

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  5. Good morning Tonya! I am a big fan of books with a bit of paranormal elements in them! I love how each of your characters is different but each character has your sassy charm! Thanks for the chance!

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    1. I wish she would've given me a some fancy paranormal gift. But no.....she said that I was too sassy and she didn't trust me with some cool gift...ugh. ~ Laural London

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  6. I love all types of mysteries. Thank you for this awesome giveaway! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Me and the Divas have the best time trying to figure out some of these things. Gotta laugh at life. Come on by the Beaded Dragonfly and take a beading class with us!~ Holly Harper

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  7. So glad I discovered you, Tonya and your books. All of your "friends" are awesome too! Thankyou, Jill Broussard; minishoes@msn.com

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    1. WE are so she discovered us too! It was a bit like me discovering my true witchy self and moving from Locust Grove to Whispering Falls.~ June

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  8. I love your books!! You know I do! I most especially excited for Emma Lee's next story. ��

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    1. Thank you! Bless your heart. Granny will love hearing this. In fact, I'm headed over to the Sleeping Hollow Inn this morning to get me some biscuits and gravy. Granny put in a fresh batch a few minutes ago. ~ Emma Lee

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  9. Hi girls!!! I love some paranormal mixed in with mystery, but I like it without it too. You all did a great job with this first blog post, and I look forward to more. :)

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    1. Thanks, girl! Saturdays are usually spent cleaning my piece, but today I told Tonya I'd stick around in case some people showed up here. xo Laurel

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  10. Tonya this blog is such a cute idea! Everyone loves you and your characters and this just brings them more to life, nice work!! <3 ya girl!

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  11. Tonya this blog is such a cute idea! Everyone loves you and your characters and this just brings them more to life, nice work!! <3 ya girl!

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    1. We are so happy to be here. We have a soft spot for Tonya too. I guess we've got to be real nice to her since she's in control of our destinies. . .until she kicks up out! Hugs~ Olivia Davis

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  12. Good morning everyone! I really enjoy your books. I am reading Emma Lee's A Ghostly Undertaking right now and loving it. Thank you for a chance to win.

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    1. Thank you! I'm thrilled you enjoy your visit to Sleepy Hollow. Granny can sometimes be a bit too much but she's a fun old coot! Come by Higher Ground Cafe and I'll buy you a cup of coffee! xo ~ Emma Lee

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  13. Good morning everyone! I really enjoy your books. I am reading Emma Lee's A Ghostly Undertaking right now and loving it. Thank you for a chance to win.

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  14. Loved getting the chance to see your characters interact :) Thanks for everything!

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    1. Yay! We are so glad you stopped by. We all get along for the most part, but we do fight for space in Tonya's head. Let me know if you are feeling a little sick. . .I can make a wonderful homeopathic cure for you. Happy health! June Heal.

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  15. I love your books and always look forward to reading a new one!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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    1. That is so kind. Sometimes I wish I was in one of the other books, as a drive by. Ya know! Holly Harper

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  16. I am so happy to see you here! I have been hanging with the Killer Characters for a long time!!! Look forward to seeing you !!!
    the3beersus@yahoo.com

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    1. We love bringing our friends together! ~ Holly Harper

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  17. Congrats on joining Killer Characters. I enjoyed reading your blog and meeting each of you ladies. I am looking forward to reading more of your blogs. I am also from a small southern town but it is probably not as charming as the ones Tonya has created for you and my town is a lot more boring. I love mysteries with and without paranormal, but I find that mysteries with paranormal are usually just a little more entertaining. Thank you for the giveaway. musiqmom@yahoo.com

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    1. We are definitely an entertaining bunch in Whispering Falls. I hope you stop by my shop! It has a lot of paranormal. ~ June Heal

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  18. I enjoy reading mysteries with a touch of paranormal in them and love Tonya's books!! Thank you for adding her to Killer Characters!!

    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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    1. We are happy to be here! I'm happy to be here! Finally! I get my voice.~Laurel London

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  19. I DO like a little paranormal in my mysteries! That was so much fun to read!

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    1. Tonya does put a fun spin on my story. I just wanted to be an undertaker....that's all! ~Emma Lee Raines

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  20. I like paranormal mysteries. I've read the first two Ghostly books and enjoyed them.

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    1. Thank you Sandy! I was a little hesitant when Tonya wanted to write my life, but I had to get these Between clients to the other side and getting my story out was the only way! ~ Emma Lee

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  21. Yes, I do like a little paranormal along with a good mystery! Happy Valentine's weekend!

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    1. Oh! Happy hearts day! Did you know that a lot of people use my service Splitville.com to break up on Valentines? ~ Olivia Davis

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  22. Love your blog and how the ladies interacted. I also love mysteries with some paranormal mixed in. A cup of Coffee (hot or iced) and one of your books, perfect together.

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    1. Thank you Joann! We are so excited to be able to have our own blog. Tonya was a little hesitant but we begged and wouldn't let her sleep. Did you know that a sleep deprived writer can be bribed easily? ~ Olivia Davis

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  23. I'm usually not into paranormal but after reading the interview I think I would like
    to try Tonya's books. They sound like they are more fun than spooky.
    Love the tote - great to feel loved.
    thanks
    Happy Valentine's Day

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    1. In reality Tonya doesn't like spooky. She's all about a good time. I try to tell her that dead people are that great. . .but she just laughs this crazy kinda sound and keep typing! ~June Heal

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  24. I loved Laurel's snark! What fun! Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you!! Bless your heart. ~ Laurel London

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  25. Having fun with this new-to-me author and different series involving all these fun characters. I would have said oh no, paranormal is not my thing - except Tonya watches all my TV shows: Mork and Mindy, Twilight Zone, Betwitched, Knight Rider, Murder She Wrote, Touched By An Angel! Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. You can always come visit me! I don't have none of that creepy stuff. I own a bead shop and have a pet pig. . . but one of the Diva's ex was found dead on the floor of my bead shop with a strand of beads wrapped around his neck....~Holly Harper

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  26. What a wonderful blog! I love how Tonya has created to each one of you with such exciting personalities. I love reading mysteries with or without paranormal. I started reading Tonya's books while I was doing chemotherapy for breast cancer. The stories were a wonderful distraction while doing 4 hours of chemotherapy at the cancer center. I am now 16 months cancer free. I still look forward to reading Tonya's books. Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day. ��

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    1. Tonya interjected here!
      DINAH!! Thank you so much. Not only am I honored, but you are CANCER FREE!!! That is a wonderful Valentine's gift!! xoxoxo Tonya

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  27. Fun blog, great characters AND a giveaway! Happy Valentine's Dsy#

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    1. Hugs and happy hearts day! ~ Laurel London

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  28. Fun blog, great characters AND a giveaway! Happy Valentine's Dsy#

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  29. Fun blog, great characters AND a giveaway! Happy Valentine's Dsy#

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  30. Fun blog, great characters AND a giveaway! Happy Valentine's Dsy#

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  31. Fun blog! :) I really hope someday we'll get to see more of Holly and Laurel. :)

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    1. I refuse to move out of Tonya's head. She tells me that I'm coming up. I'm patiently waiting while making some new beading designs. ~Holly Harper

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  32. Love all your crazy characters Tonya!! Great giveaway!!

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  33. I like all kinds of mysteries. Thanks for the fun giveaway. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Do you need me to put a hex on someone? ~ June Heal

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  34. I love this blog! Thank you to your characters for doing such a fine job. They made me want to go right out and re-read all these books!

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    1. Thank you, Sandy! We love living in your head! xo June Heal

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  35. Emma has it spot on! You laugh until you are out of tears and you are guessing until the end! I was not always a big fan of mystery until you Tonya!!!! <3 Monica VanBeekum

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    1. YAY!! I never hear I'm right much. Charlotte Rae is good at telling me to hide my crazy. Hello, Charlotte Rae, pick up the phone! Our whole family is nuts! ~ Emma Lee

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  36. This was so much fun reading this, my cat looked at me like I was crazy when I laughed out loud at the bickering. Yes, I love paranormal in cozies, I've always found it interesting, in mysteries it opens up doors to all kinds of interesting things.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  37. Love the blog and your books Tonya. I'm currently reading color me a crime. Love it. Happy Valentines Day!

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  38. What a delightful post. Your books are captivating and very special. Paranormal is a wonderful idea in a cozy. Best wishes. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. What a talented author with such great books. This was such an amusing and entertaining feature. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  40. I recently read the first book in the Divorced Divas series and loved it. I will definitely try your other books also...the characters sound very interesting. cking78503@aol.com

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  41. I love all of Tonya's characters. They're so fun and unique. I know every story I read from Tonya is going to put a smile on my face. :)

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  42. I always enjoy Tonya's books. They are just as great as she is!

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  43. Great to see you on Killer Characters. Really enjoyed the interview with your characters.

    diannekc8@gmail.com

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  44. thanks for a chance to win. Love your books.

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  45. I do love paranormal in my mysteries! Tonya, this was awesome, cute and fun...I love the comments from the characters and I can totally see them playing/bantering off each other like this! Fun! Fun! Fun!

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  46. So nice to have the chance to meet everybody!! Even nicer to have the chance to win. Welcome to Killer Characters. Thanks for introducing me to it, and to your ladies. egoehner@roadrunner.com

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  47. Tonya, You wit and wisdom shines brightly in this post! I do like paranormal and mystery when it is well integrated in the plot. It makes for some curious and interesting situations. Love your books and realized you have a series that I haven't read! servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  48. Love all the ladies! Can't wait to get to know them better!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  49. I love cozies.paranormals,mysteries,stories about witches,ghosts...and have some of your books Tonya,I just have not read them yet..I do like to get all of them before I read them since I have no patience in waiting..lol but I do ..if I have to..lol also like your Fb page and I also think I follow you on goodreads..hope your Valentines day is awesome..

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  50. I love cozies.paranormals,mysteries,stories about witches,ghosts...and have some of your books Tonya,I just have not read them yet..I do like to get all of them before I read them since I have no patience in waiting..lol but I do ..if I have to..lol also like your Fb page and I also think I follow you on goodreads..hope your Valentines day is awesome..

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  51. I LOVE paranormal mysteries!! What great fun! And what a cute and jind and generous giveaway!! I love it and crossing my fingers that I win!! I don't have any of your books yet but am heading to Amazon after I finish posting here! Can't wait! Happy Valentine's day!! πŸ˜€ Susan. Pucsbride13@gmail.com

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  52. I LOVE paranormal mysteries!! What great fun! And what a cute and jind and generous giveaway!! I love it and crossing my fingers that I win!! I don't have any of your books yet but am heading to Amazon after I finish posting here! Can't wait! Happy Valentine's day!! πŸ˜€ Susan. Pucsbride13@gmail.com

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  53. Marvelous chatting with so many favorite characters. I love the people, and places, and precarious situations Tonya has given me. I have spent many hours in her world, and thankful I will be spending many more.
    kat8762@aol.com

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  54. Hey, Tonya! That was a blast! Now I've got to go get caught up with ALL of them!

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  55. Hi Tonya! Great blog and love your books. Still need to catch up on some. Love Whispering Falls!!
    a.connolley@gmail.com

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  56. Hi, I have yet to read one of your books, as I didn't know that you had series that were not paranormal. While I do like a little bit sometimes, I typically don't read very many books with paranormal elements. But am willing to try something new! Thanks so much for the chance to win your Valentine's Day tote and giveaway! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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    1. Congratulations Mama Cat!! You won!! I'll email you for your mailing address!

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  57. While I love paranormal cozies the best, I have enjoyed reading every one of Tonya's books that I've been able to (so far). (Does that make sense?) And I look forward to reading all those I haven't read yet. jan_healthandhealing@yahoo.com

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  58. I love all mysteries and I have never read any of yours. I can't wait to add you to my must read list. utaker555@gmail.com

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  59. I love paranormal in mystery books. It adds a whole new level of excitement as you read.

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  60. I prefer no paranormal and that usually will turn me away from books, but there have been some that I have really liked.(The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.)

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  61. Paranormal does add a delicious something extra.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  62. Paranormal mysteries sound like good reads.
    Happy Valentine's Day to allπŸ’žπŸ’žπŸ’žπŸ’ž
    Carol Smith
    penelope223(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  63. Welcome! I just like a good mystery. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  64. I have been enjoying your characters and mysteries. Welcome

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  65. Ohmigosh, how funny! Now I'm all wondering what would happen if various characters from the books I've read would get together and talk amongst themselves. :O)

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  66. A little paranormal in a mystery makes the story a fun read. Thank you for the giveaway!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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  67. I do love a little paranormal in the mystery books I read.

    meowcat_21@hotmail.com

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  68. Sharon Baker. slpetera@yahoo.comFebruary 15, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Congratulations on being a part of Killer Characters. Love your paranormal booked.

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