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.

63 comments:

  1. I have never been to Mardi Gras, but it sounds like fun from everything I've heard. And what a great event to base a book around! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  2. I have never been to Mardi Gras but it is on my bucket list.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. Mardi Gras sounds like it would be so much fun, except when floats explode and there is a possible murder!
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  4. I've never been to Mardi Gras or to a Mardi Gras party, BUT I've eaten king cake. :) Sounds like tons of fun and I think some of the costumes are gorgeous. Love the colors!

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read " GLITTER BOMB". I'd love to get to know more about Carmela Bertrand and the murder at Mardi Gras. It will be interesting to find out how her ex fits into the picture.

    Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to win a copy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  5. Attended Mardi Gras when I was 18, and it was fabulous! Party, party, party! It was a one time thing for me, as it's loud and so crowded. But I'm glad I went. 😊

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  6. I have never been to Mardi Gras but would love this experience. Would be unforgettable. Thanks for this wonderful feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. I never attended Mardi Gras nor a Mardi Gras party which I would enjoy. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. I have never been to Mardi Gras - would definitely like to go!

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  9. Going to NOLA & Mardi Grad has always been a dream! Have a Fantabulous week 😊
    Cheers~
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. I love the cover of this book. Would love to read it. Thanks for a chance to win it.

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    1. Rose Hutton above is putting in to win the book. I'm hoping.

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  11. I love the cover. Would love to read it.

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  12. I have never been to Mardi Gras, but I am hopeful my husband and I can go at some point. I would love that. thank you for the chance to win: frauenb(at)aol(dot)com

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  13. Mardi Gras is fun! lkleback at hotmail.com

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  14. I have never been to a Mardi Gras event. Not to sure I want to. Not after seeing how crowded they are. But reading & watching is fine. Prefer something like Oktoberfest, fairs, etc where you have some maneuverability. deepotter at peoplepc dot com

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  15. I've been to NOLA, but never during Mardi Gras, but my favorite things about Mardi Gras are the beads and coins they trow out from the floats and the King Cakes. Thanks for your giveaway! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  16. I have never been to a Mardi Gras event.
    rmmoss2 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  17. On our bucket list to go to Madrid Gras. Thanks for the giveaway. Love the books.
    lhallson(AT)shaw(DOT)com

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  18. I have never been to Mardi Gras. marthabrooks837(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. I have been to NOLA,but not during Mardi Gras. I'm sure it's a really fun time and would like to go someday.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I've never been to NOLA but have friends that live there. I would love to be on one of the krewes and see Mardi Gras from that perspective. karenlalsip(at)gmail(dot) com

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  21. I’ve never celebrated Mardi Gras, but it sounds like a fun time.
    cecilialyoung at gmail dot com

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  22. I have never been to Mardi Gras but a dear friend sent me beads from one of the parades. I still treasure them and wear them every year.

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  23. I haven't been to Mardi Gras but I will put on beads and a mask to read this if I win. Haha.

    cristinaalaska(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I've never been to Mardi Gras, but I love books based around it (and New Orleans in general). Loved the first 2 books in the series. Have book 3 to read, so will be starting that soon.

    cherylscozycorner(at)outlook(dot)com

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  25. That sounds like one heck of a float! Only to have it blow up. What a shame.
    Oh, yes, and the body. ;O)

    libbydodd (at) comcast (dot) net

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  26. I've been to New Orleans but not when Mardi Gras was going on. acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  27. Never been other than in your books....Thanks for a chance to win...nettiem(at)toledotel(dot)com

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  28. I have never been to a Marti Gras in New Orleans or environs. I have been to Marti Gras themed parties (Chamber of Commerce Banquet more than once; Office party; community festival, and a birthday). I have beads in my jewelry drawer, but my mask has seen better days and I tossed it.

    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  29. Laissez les bons temps roulez! ;) barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com Mardi Gras looks fun on TV but I'd get squished if I really went lol

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  30. Never been to Mardi Gras!!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  31. Mardi Gras sounds like a hoot!! I would love to go to NOLA someday!!
    Njcar22(at)aol(dot)com

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  32. I'd love to attend Mardis Gras some day.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. I’ve been to New Orleans but never for Madrid Gras.
    theresa_c(at)msn(dot)com



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  34. Maureen Rasmas had trouble entering so I am posting this for her.

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  35. I have always wanted to see Mardi Gras in person....maybe someday...vickiela3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  36. I love the Mardi Gras colors - purple, gold, and green. Those are my colors! Thanks for the chance. mackisa at gmail dot com.

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  37. I have only read about Mardi Gras, mostly in cozies. I LOVE all the color on the cover of Glitter Bomb!! nschwenkner (at) gmail (dot) com

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  38. I've never been to Mardi Gras, but have always wanted to go. I know what happens with the beads, and the parties. I want to try an authentic po'boy. Thank you for this chance. areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. I've never been to Mardi Gras.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  40. I've never been to Mardis Gras. This story sounds wonderful.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  41. I was so fascinated by Mardi Gras I did a term paper on the history of it when I was in college.
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  42. I have never attended Mardi Gras but I am a fan of this author! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. I visited NOLA once, but never have been to Mardi Gras. I have friends who've gone several times. It would be such fun to go!
    mdlaugh1 (AT) gmail (dot)com

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  44. I've been to New Orleans, but not Mardi Gras. I loved New Orleans and would love someday to go to Mardi Gras!
    digicats {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

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  45. I'd love to attend a Mardi Gras one day. It would be fun.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  46. I've got Mardi Gras on my bucket list. All the excitement is wonderful for those who enjoy partying. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  47. I've been to New Orleans but not Mardi Gras. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. I always wanted to go to Mardi Gras, but never have.
    Theresa N
    weceno at yahoo dot com

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  49. I’ve never been to Mardi Gras but it sounds like fun.
    Thanks for the chance to win your book.

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  50. Taylor R. WilliamsOctober 20, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    I've never been to Mardi Gras - but I don't like big crowds, so probably not the place for me - the people in photos I've seen always seem to be having a blast, and I love the series

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  51. I always thought it would be interesting to see Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The book sounds interesting. I look forward to reading it.🐱❤️🦋

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  52. Yes I have been to Mardi Gras and what a blast it always is!! I am so excited for this book!!!!
    nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  53. I've been to New Orleans, but never to Mardi Gras. legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  54. Mardi Gras was so fun when I went. I was 7. We collected so many coins and necklaces. Loved it. Melody Jarrells
    raven7932 at gmail dot com

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  55. My roommate and I were supposed to go to Mardis Gras when I was in college. The week before we were going to go, I had a horseback riding accident and ended up on crutches. Rather than being concerned about me, she was hopping mad about our cancelled plans. I've visited New Orleans since, but I never made it there for Mardis Gras. I did get the baby in a Cajun friend's King Cake once, though. And I'm partial to Fat Tuesday. ;)

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  56. Oops. MY email is beatifton@yahoo.com.

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  57. My email address : vboudreau57@gmail.com. I hope I win !Thank you!

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  58. I have never been to Mardi Gras but it sounds like it would be fun to see. I would be the one with no beads...I am not that boisterous.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  59. Giveaway is closed. Winner has been notified. Thanks so much to everyone for your comments. As you can tell, Laura and I love New Orleans!

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  60. And the winner is Molly Laughlin. GLITTER BOMB is on its way! Congratulations Molly.

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