Tuesday, April 10, 2018

My New Life


By Spencer Drake
From Denise Swanson’s Chef-to-Go Mysteries

Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed book from one of my series.

Hi! Some of you might remember me from my brief time living in Scumble River. Back then, I was undercover as a motorcycle gang member name Tin Man or Tin for short. The chief of police wandered into my sting and I had to wrap up the operation a lot quicker than I had planned.

Meeting Chief Boyd and his cute wife, Skye changed me. After a lot of soul searching, I realized that if I wanted to have any kind of life, it was time to stop participating in covert operations for the agency that employed me (I’m not allowed to name it) and find some other way to contribute to society.

As it turned out, my change of career was too late to save my marriage—it was a goner from before the ink was dry on the license—but at least I did save my sanity. That is until my niece Ivy and her friend Dani Sloan entered the picture.

Because my new job was head of security at Normalton University, my brother and sister-in-law asked me to keep an eye on Ivy. Ivy may be a genius, but due to a double promotion in elementary school, she is much younger, consequently a lot more naïve than her college classmates. After she and her two best friends Tippi and Starr got kicked out of their apartment and went to live with her old neighbor Dani Sloan my new peaceful world went all to hell.

Dani inherited an old mansion that had been in the process of being turned into a bed and breakfast, but instead of running the place as a B&B, she decided to start a culinary company called Chef-to-Go.  She agreed that Ivy, Starr, and Tippi could rent rooms from her if they were willing to work for her business.

Originally, this all sounded like a good idea to me. The girls would have some adult supervision and working never hurt anyone. But then, one of Dani’s first catering clients was murdered and a crooked cop was determined to convict her, or one of her employees, for the crime.

Which is when, I had to step in and offer my help. I’m going to do everything in my power to help Dani figure out the identity of the real killer. And not just because the chemistry between us is off the charts. Both of us have too much baggage to act on the attraction, but that doesn’t mean that I’m willing to see her go to prison for a crime she didn’t commit.

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Tart of Darkness debuted April 3. Amazon

--New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson lives in rural Illinois with her classical composer husband and whatever wildlife wanders into her yard. She writes the Scumble River, Devereaux’s Dime Store, and the Chef-to-Go mystery series. Denise also writes the Change of Heart and Delicious Love romances.

www.DeniseSwanson.com

39 comments:

  1. Absolutely adored "Tart of Darkness" and have left very positive reviews every where and tell everyone about it in my personal life. So, anyone reading this that hasn't read the book - just DO IT. You will not be disappointed.

    Loved Spencer Drake in "Tart of Darkness"! I do so hope that in other books in this series that a relationship with Dani Sloan and develop. They are so right for one another. :)

    Thank you for the opportunity to win one of your books. I'd love to explore your other series and this would give the chance to do so even sooner than I might have.
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  2. I'm a big fan of Spencer's. He's such an interesting and multi-dimensional guy in that it's not always about ego. He has real conversations with himself about the pros and cons of life and its intricacies, making him more than just a hot stud that uses his brawn to assist Dani. Loved reading the chapters from his point of view, as well. "Tart of Darkness" was delectably entertaining and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a cozy mystery with relatable and charming characters.

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  3. It’s fun seeing a sort of behind the scenes on a fictional character.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  4. I love how you tell us about each character in detail, keep all these wonderful books coming. Thanks for your generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  5. This review is intriguing, I can't wait to read "Tart of Darkness"!

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  6. I am new to all of these series, but super excited to dive in. I am currently reading "Tart of Darkness".. and I already love it!! ����
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  7. I would enjoy reading Tat of Darkness since it is captivating and special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I enjoyed the wonderful review and look forward to Tart of Darkness which interests me. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. This new series looks great! I am looking foward to reading it. Thank you for the chance to win!
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  10. Can't wait to start this series.

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  11. Sounds like a great read!

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  12. I look forward to starting this new series.

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  13. Just downloaded this book! Can’t wait to start the new series!!

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  14. Tart of Darkness looks great. It's going on my wish list. I can't wait to read it. Dmskrug3 ay hotmail(.)com

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  15. I can’t wait to start this new series! I love Denise Swanson’s books!! cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  16. This sounds like a great start to a new series. I really enjoyed the synopsis of the book and I'm looking forward to reading the book.
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  17. I love your books and eagerly await reading this new series. The title is also wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway. ringo_94@hotmail.com

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  18. I love reading this from a character's point of view. I am looking forward to your new Chef to Go series! Only problem is that I finish your books in one day as I am glued to them!

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  19. Would love to get a signed copy of any of yours! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  20. I'm reading "Tart of Darkness". Love it!

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  21. I just received the book in the mail and anxious to start reading it. I would love to have one of your books signed.
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  22. That cover continues to make me drool!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  23. You make this book so real. Thanks you.

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  24. Yum! I'm in, gotta read this! Thanks for the chance to win an autographed copy of one of your books!

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  25. Never read a book of yours that I didn't have trouble putting down!!

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  26. I think I'll have to start this series--Spencer is an interesting character.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  27. Looking forward to Tart of Darkness. It has gotten such good reviews. Thanks for the opportunity.
    browninggloria@hotmail.com

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  28. Love the book so far. Can’t win I live in Canada. And I own all your books

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  29. Sounds really interesting can't wait to read it! It sounds so real life.donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  30. Tart of Darkness appeals to me & I hope the Tin Man saves the day!

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  31. I, myself, dont particularly care for foodie books. Sorry! Good luck with sales Denise.

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  32. Can’t wait to read this!! Love it that Spencer was n the Scumble River Book!!

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  33. Cannot wait to read it. Love all of your other books

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  34. Welcome, Denise! Thanks so much for being my guest on the Killer Characters blog today!

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  35. Thanks Denise for another great book. Love Spencer in Scrumble River love him even more now as we really get to know him in this books. I have high hopes for him & his love life wink wink I am looking forward to the next books to come.

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  36. I loved the Scrumble River series and am looking forward to reading this one at some point. Thanks for the chance. ematov(at)comcast(dot)net

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  37. Can't wait to read this! cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  38. I would love to win this book in your new series. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. And the winner is Betsy Pauzauskie! Betsy, I PMed you on FB to get your choice of book and address.

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