Twisted Tea Christmas by Laura Childs – Guest Post and Giveaway

Synopsis:

An attack on the host of a fancy tea party sends Theodosia Browning looking for answers in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series.

Tea maven Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier, Drayton Conneley, are catering a Victorian Christmas party at a swanky mansion in downtown Charleston. Drucilla Heyward, the hostess, is one of the wealthiest women in town.

As the champagne flows and the tea steeps, Drucilla is so pleased with the reception by her partygoers that she reveals her secret plan to Theodosia. The Grande Dame has brought the cream of Charleston society together to reveal that she is planning to give her wealth away to various charitable organizations. However, before she can make the announcement, Theodosia finds her crumpled unconscious in the hallway. It looks like the excitement has gotten to the elderly woman–except that there is a syringe sticking out of her neck.

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Deadly Summer Nights by Vicki Delany – Guest Post and Giveaway

Synopsis:

A summer of fun at a Catskills resort comes to an abrupt end when a guest is found murdered, in this new 1950s set mystery series.

It’s the summer of 1953, and Elizabeth Grady is settling into Haggerman’s Catskills Resort. As a vacation getaway, Haggerman’s is ideal, and although Elizabeth’s ostentatious but well-meaning mother is new to running the resort, Elizabeth is eager to help her organize the guests and the entertainment acts. But Elizabeth will have to resort to untested abilities if she wants to save her mother’s business.

When a reclusive guest is found dead in a lake on the grounds, and a copy of The Communist Manifesto is found in his cabin, the local police chief is convinced that the man was a Russian spy. But Elizabeth isn’t so sure, and with the fate of the resort hanging in the balance, she’ll need to dodge red herrings, withstand the Red Scare, and catch a killer red-handed.

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Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost by Lindsay Marcott – Excerpt, Guest Post, & Giveaway

Mrs. Rochester's Ghost

About the Book

Title: Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost

Author: Lindsay Marcott

Release Date: August 1, 2021

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Summary

Jane has lost everything: job, mother, relationship, even her home. A friend calls to offer an unusual deal—a cottage above the crashing surf of Big Sur on the estate of his employer, Evan Rochester. In return, Jane will tutor his teenage daughter. She accepts.

But nothing is quite as it seems at the Rochester estate. Though he’s been accused of murdering his glamorous and troubled wife, Evan Rochester insists she drowned herself. Jane is skeptical, but she still finds herself falling for the brilliant and secretive entrepreneur and growing close to his daughter.

And yet her deepening feelings for Evan can’t disguise dark suspicions aroused when a ghostly presence repeatedly appears in the night’s mist and fog. Jane embarks on an intense search for answers and uncovers evidence that soon puts Evan’s innocence into question. She’s determined to discover what really happened that fateful night, but what will the truth cost her?

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Guest Post from Samiksha Bhattacharjee – Author of Legal Crime

Legal Crime Goodreads Synopsis:

Written by a thirteen-year-old author, this exciting and captivating page-turner transports you into the fascinating story of sixteen-year-old aspiring singer Fiona Watson who runs away from her family, oblivious to the dangers outside her shielded comfort zone. As she journeys through her new world, leaving her past behind and determined to find a new identity, she uncovers surprising secrets buried deep within her long ago…


How do her new friends link to her past? What secrets are they hiding behind their misleading smiles? How much of herself has she really left behind? And how will she cope when she realises that she has made a huge mistake… one that could ruin her forever?
 

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The Secret of the 14th Room by Rebecca Hemlock

Hi everyone! I am very excited to hand control of the blog over to author Rebecca Hemlock today to talk about her latest release, The Secret of the 14th Room. Enjoy!

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Hello all,

I am thrilled for the opportunity to appear here and share with you my latest book, The Secret of the 14th Room. I thought it would be fun to give you an exclusive insight into my main character, Levi Corbin. So today, I will be during an interview with Levi. Enjoy!

Tell me about your parents.

From what I can remember about them, they were great. My mom loved to cook, and my dad and I used to play with a little race track on the floor. I’ll never forget how scared I was when I went to live with my grandma. I thought I’d never be happy again.

What do you like to do for fun?

I never really did much for fun before. I had no one to do anything with. I was in such a hurry to grow up and be on my own that I forgot to make friends. I worked as hard as I could and saved every penny I could so I could get my own place. Now I love spending time with my best friend Abigail and her family. I know I had my grandma, and nothing could ever replace her in my heart, but the Wilson’s are the closest thing I’ve ever had to a family.

What is your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is letting people down. I strive every day to make sure I don’t let down the people I love most.

I hear you were raised by your grandmother. How well did you two get along?

We got along better than any grandparent and grandson could. She was more of a mom than a grandma. I bet that makes you wonder why I was in such a rush to get out on my own. It’s not as bad as it sounds. She told me stories about how my ancestors were strong and brave people. They went out in the world and became the best they could be. I wanted so badly to do the same and make her proud of me.

If you could go back in time for one day, where would you go?

I would want to go back and hug my grandma one more time and tell her what I’ve figured out about the Granton house.

What is your earliest memory?

I remember a time when I was about four or five. My mom picked me up and hugged me tightly. She used to say that I gave the best hugs. It made me feel really good and special. Then my dad came in and told her that the car broke down. He was really upset about it. My mom handed me over to my dad and told him that one of my hugs would make him feel better. I squeezed him as tight as I could. When I looked at his face, he was smiling too. Five year old me felt like hugging was my superpower.

I know this is a random question, but do you hold the door open for the person behind you, or do you let it go and slam in their face?

I would hold the door opened. I can’t say that’s what I’ve always done, but I like to think of myself as a good person. Although, there was that one time where I slammed the door in my cousin Silas’s face when I was mad at him. But I don’t think it counts. I went into my grandma’s bedroom to get away from him. It was right after her funeral. I wasn’t myself.

What do you feel is your greatest success?

I’m not really sure. I would have to say that it was my work with the Granton house. I have a lot in the works, but I guess I’ll say that I feel that this is going to be my greatest success.

Did you play any sports in high school?

A little basketball. Most of my time was spent fishing with my grandma.

What is your favorite thing to eat?

Lamar’s Burgers. They are the best.

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The Secret of the 14th Room

Do you ever get a feeling that something is following you?

Levi Corbin left home at a young age, running from the demons of his childhood. But when he receives word that his grandmother has died, his world is turned upside down. Levi decides he’d rather face his past than let down the only person who ever loved him.

It isn’t long before Levi discovers that he is not the only heir to his grandmother’s estate. While trying to figure out if he’s ready to let go of the past, Levi finds a deep dark secret that could change his life and the course of history forever. Levi has to find someone to talk to about what he found, and soon gets an eerie feeling that someone is watching him. Someone who is out to get him.

As things go from bad to worse, Levi finds himself intrigued by several people in town. But letting his guard down results in people getting hurt. Levi will have to put his one chance at happiness on the line if he is to discover who is behind all the freak accidents that have been taking place.

About the Author

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Rebecca Hemlock has written stories her entire life. She always knew she wanted to be a writer. That dream became a reality for her in 2016 when she landed her first job writing for her local newspaper. That same year, she was able to publish a children’s book under the pen name R.C. Burch.  With a little help from some wonderful people, Rebecca  was able to move forward in her writing career.

Rebecca published two more children’s books the following year, but children’s fiction was only the beginning. She self-published a novella in 2019, titled Bitter Betrayal, Arctic mysteries,  and completed her first novel in 2020. When she is not writing, Rebecca enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family.

Aside from being a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she is also a member of Sister in Crime. Rebecca has a degree in English and a certificate in Creative Writing and is also pursuing a degree in Creative Writing.

Visit Rebecca’s website for info on ordering and on her other books.

The Vines by Shelley Nolden – Guest Post and Blog Tour

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SYNOPSIS

In the shadows of New York City’s North Brother Island stand the remains of a shuttered hospital and the haunting memories of quarantines and human experiments. The ruins conceal the scarred and beautiful Cora, imprisoned there by contagions and the doctors who torment her. When Finn, a young urban explorer, arrives on the island and glimpses the enigmatic woman through the foliage, intrigue turns to obsession as he seeks to uncover her past–and his own family’s dark secrets.  Nolden skillfully intertwines North Brother Island’s horrific and elusive history with a captivating tale of love, betrayal, survival, and loss. 

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Guest Post and Giveaway from Avery Daniels – Author of Arrowed

Synopsis:

It all began when a dying man with an arrow in his chest grabs her ankle.

During a heatwave at a Santa Fe resort, Julienne has the resort owner pressuring her to solve the murder. The victim is a high profile businessman who made enemies rather than friends, leaving Julienne with a roster of suspects. She was supposed to be training the staff and spending quality time with Mason rather than investigating a murder. The heat turns up when an old girlfriend of Mason’s checks in and is determined to get back together.

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Two Dames on a Mystery Train – Guest Post and Giveaway from Author Duffy Brown

Hello all! I am delighted to have author Duffy Brown taking over the blog for today. Read on and be sure to leave a comment below for your chance to win a Wedding and Foul Play tote!

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Two Dames on a Mystery Train

Hi, Everyone.

Duffy Brown here. I am a cozy mystery author of the Consignment Shop Mysteries set in Savannah and the Cycle Path Mysteries set on Mackinac Island.

One of the best parts of writing is chatting with readers. Tonya Kappes—and amazing cozy mystery author–and I have taken this to a whole new level. For the last six years Tony and I plus seventy-five of our readers have taken part in a mystery weekend that includes a mystery train.

You’ve seen them advertised as dinner mystery train rides or wine-tasting and murder, or who-dun-it and dinner. Each year we choose a different location. We’ve been to Pennsylvania, New York, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois. This gives Tonya and me a chance to meet with readers from different parts of the country.

Once we did Two Dames on a Mystery Cruise. We boarded an honest-to-goodness paddle-wheeler for a day-long mystery trip. We all took part in discovering the killer. I brought along Sherlock Bear. No weekend is complete without Sherlock.

Some mystery trains have included stops at old cemeteries and night hayrides under a full moon. We did a roaring twenties mystery party of our very own. We took over the hotel lobby, dressed in costume, assumed characters and followed clues to the killer.

We’ve gone on haunted tours. Mixing mystery with a little ghost hunting is always a good idea. A welcome pizza party gives everyone a chance to meet up with old friends and find new ones. A nightcap of wine and dessert is the perfect way to end the day. 

This year’s Two Dames event was headed for Bardstown, Kentucky. Not only did we have the Old Kentucky Mystery Dinner train booked, but there were tours through some of Kentucky’s finest distilleries and My Old Kentucky Home. This included lessons on making fine Southern biscuits. With a little luck, Tonya and I hope to reschedule in 2021.

Tonya and I are best of friends and love nothing more than meeting up with our reader friends. If you get a chance, come play with us at a Two Dames on a Mystery Train weekend. Stay tuned, there is bound to be a Two Dames event in your neck of the woods.

Hugs, Duffy

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Visit Duffy Brown at http://www.duffybrown.com to learn about Wedding Day and Foul Play – the latest book in the Consignment Shop Mystery series.

 

 

Smothered (A Whipped and Sipped Mystery) by G.P. Gottlieb – Guest Post

Hello all! I’m so happy to feature the newest release from author G.P. Gottlieb today. Smothered (A Whipped and Sipped Mystery) is the second book in the Whipped and Sipped Mystery series.

Smothered Book eBook Cover.jpg Synopsis:

When the owner of the business next door is found dead in his Chicago office, Alene Baron is relieved. She’s been suspicious of the food supplements he’s been selling, not to mention the smoothies he’s been hawking, which are much inferior to the ones Alene sells at the Whipped and Sipped Café. Plus, Stanley Huff never cleaned up his garbage in their shared alley. As a shady businessman, Stanley had enemies, but now one of Alene’s favorite employees is a suspect in his murder. And that employee is missing.

Smothered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery includes 22 of the author’s best, healthy and delicious recipes!

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The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies by Adriana Licio – Guest Post and Giveaway

Synopsis:

A holiday is a time to relax, unwind and see the sights. But for two adventurous sexagenarians, the sights have a tendency to include dead bodies.

Etta and Dora, both newly retired teachers, travel from their home in Southern Italy to a fairy-tale German town for their first home swap holiday, delighted by their neighbours’ warm welcome. But the welcome turns sour when the Night Watchman of Rothenburg is brutally murdered while his tour group takes photographs nearby, a halberd buried in his chest and a peculiar iron mask by his side.

When the murderer claims a second victim and the son of their hospitable neighbours becomes the number-one suspect, Etta’s analytical mind goes to work. Why was a shame mask left at the scene of each murder? Is there a clandestine trade going on behind the scenes of apparently upstanding local businesses? And why does every lead take her back to the sinister Devil’s Ale pub and the terrifying gang who lurk within?

Meanwhile, Dora has a puzzle of her own – how can she persuade Etta that a loveably disobedient Basset Hound called Napoleon is now a permanent part of their lives?

◆◆◆ Pack your bags, jump into the backseat of Etta and Dora’s old Fiat 500, and join them on their travels around Europe. There’ll be mystery, murder and mayhem aplenty wherever they go. ◆◆◆

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