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New To You Book: Cozy Mystery, Deadly Ties

May 15, 2014

Welcome to  Susan Holmes, author of Deadly Ties, A Waterside Kennels Mystery, today’s New to You Book pick!

What is your book about?

Set in a boarding kennel, Deadly Ties is an amateur sleuth’s tale of family, friendship, and betrayal in an Ozark mountain community where ties run deep and grudges can linger for a lifetime.

What type of reader would your book appeal to most?

Deadly Ties Cozy dog mysteryAnyone who enjoys mystery or suspense fiction without graphic violence or explicit sex. The book will appeal to readers who like to solve puzzles, enjoy regional mysteries, and like to see dogs as part of the story.

Who is the main character? What does he or she want or what is his or her biggest struggle to over come?

Maggie Porter returns to her Eagle Cove and her childhood home in the Ozark Mountains determined to reopen the family dog business. She’s gambled everything she owns to make her boarding kennel and dog training business successful. She’s prepared for long hours, hard labor, and even record high temperatures as the region bakes in a summer-long drought. What she doesn’t expect, though, is the trouble that follows when a gossip-loving employee turns up dead, holding an heirloom locket belonging to Maggie’s mother.

What movies or other books would you compare your book to and why?

What an intriguing question! I think that’s one best answered by readers. You can read the first five chapters free on my website.

What plot line drives the story?

Deadly Ties has multiple plot lines woven through the story, and all of them come back to the land and its people. When Maggie starts investigating her employee’s death—ruled accidental by the authorities—she finds herself the target of anonymous threats and mysterious break-ins. And when a security crisis puts everything she loves at risk, she’s convinced the death was no accident.

The locket, the threats, and the break-ins all appear connected to Maggie’s mother, who left Eagle Cove twenty years ago. Determined to discover the truth, Maggie must track her reclusive mother through the world of fine art to unravel the mystery.

As the region sizzles in record heat and drought, a “Treasures of the Ozarks” advertising campaign disrupts her quest for answers even as it breathes new life old treasure legends and brings out tourists and treasure hunters alike. With her loyal dogs at her side—a champion Labrador Retriever, an aging Cocker Spaniel, and a Beagle retired from federal service—Maggie must dig for the truth. Along the way she learns that everyone has something to hide, and some secrets are worth killing for.

How is your book different than other books in the same genre?

I do push the traditional definition of a cozy, though, by introducing more suspense, more villainy than you might see in a typical light-hearted, whimsical romp. My characters—including the dogs!—are good, bad, and sometimes both. That might be why my work has been called “a cozy with an edge.” Whatever you call it, the book is the sort you finish with a sense of satisfaction. Mystery solved, justice served, and the villains get their comeuppance

Does your book have romance in it? If so how important is it to the story?

Maggie finds herself attracted to a neighbor, Zak, a military veteran and single dad with an adorable young daughter, Claire, who desperately wants a dog of her own. There’s definite interest on both sides, although Maggie has too much on her mind to let herself get involved. Fortunately, Zak is persistent and I think we’ll see romance bloom in the series—assuming miscellaneous villains leave everyone in peace for a little while!Is your book part of a series? If so what are the other books (in order) in the series and will there be more?

Is your book part of a series? If so what are the other books (in order) in the series and will there be more?

Deadly Ties is the first in the Waterside Kennel series. The second is due out later this year, with several more already in the works.

Here’s a peek at book #2: After the trouble she had over the summer, all Maggie wants is a quiet life. Alas, that’s not to be. First, an abrasive community member launches a campaign to enact a “dangerous dog” ordinance which could force Maggie out of business—or into jail.

When he’s found dead near the kennel, some have their own reasons for wanting to pin the murder on Maggie herself. Under a cloud of suspicion and with her home and business at risk, she sets out to clear her name and finds herself caught in a murderous land feud that could tear the mountain community apart.

If your book is part of a series, what makes it a series?

Stories of families, feuds, and Ozark legends run through the series. Readers come to know the region as Maggie creates a life for herself in a place where her family lived for generations. An eclectic cast of characters are on hand from one book to the next, lending a hand when Maggie gets into trouble—which happens far more often than she’d like!

This is a regional mystery series. While Hogan County, Eagle Cove, and Waterside Kennels exist only in my imagination and within the pages of each book, they’re set among the very real backdrop of the Ozarks and northwest Arkansas. Each book will feature the village of Eureka Springs and will include current events and issues impacting the region.

If your book is part of a series, should readers read the books in order?

While later books in the series don’t contain any obvious spoilers (I won’t, for example, identify book #1 villains by name in later books), readers might enjoy being part of Maggie’s adventures from the start. You could, however, pick up the series at any point.

Where can readers get your book and when?

Deadly Ties is available now from retailers everywhere. You can get a paperback copy from Independent Booksellers and Amazon & B&N. Ebook versions are available for your favorite device: Kindle, Nook, Kobo, & Sony.

Is there anything else you would like readers to know about your book?

The book was inspired by the joyful adventures of 18 years with my beloved spaniel Alix. While writing the series I’ve joined Search and Rescue exercises, ventured through caves, forests and fields, and into dog parks, vet clinics, and kennels. I work closely with dog trainers, kennel owners, and veterinarians to create an environment dog lovers are sure to recognize and appreciate. In fact, dog lovers have praised the accuracy of all dog-related details in the series.

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Find Susan at her web site , at goodreads or on Facebook! Get your own copy of Deadly Ties at Amazon now.

To be entered to win a trade paperback copy of Deadly Ties just leave a comment below by May 31, 2014 U.S. central time.

I’m on Blog Tour! Stop by for interviews, reviews and prizes!

April 29, 2014

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I’m on tour for the next two plus weeks! Stop by for interviews, reviews and a chance to win free books!
April 27 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
April 28 – Community Bookstop – Review
April 29 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Giveaway
April 30Kelly P’s Blog – Interview
May 1fuonlyknew ~ Laura’s ramblins and reviews – Review, Giveaway
May 3Darla King Series – Guest Post
May 5deal sharing aunt – Guest Post
May 6Back Porchervations – Review, Giveaway
May 7readalot blog – Review, Giveaway
May 8Traci Andrighetti’s blog – Interview
May 9Victoria’s Pages of Romance – Guest Post
May 12Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – Review
May 13Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – Review, Giveaway
May 14Chloe Gets a Clue – Interview

New To You Book: Cozy Mystery, Guidebook to Murder

April 17, 2014

Welcome to Lynn Cahoon, author of Guidebook to Murder, today’s New to You Book pick!

What is your book about?

In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store–Coffee, Books, and More–open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder?

What type of reader would your book appeal to most?

Guidebook to Murder a cozy mysteryCozy mystery lover. If you love a good who-dun-it, you’ll love Guidebook to Murder.

Who is the main character? What does he or she want or what is his or her biggest struggle to over come?

Jill Gardner is just looking for a little piece of heaven. She thought she had it until someone kills Miss Emily and Jill’s forced into a world she didn’t want.

What movies or other books would you compare your book to and why?

Sleepless in Seattle – if it had a mystery. Cozies – Knit One, Kill One. Both of these have a solid heroine tempts fate and takes a risk.

What plot line drives the story?

Solving Miss Emily’s murder.

How is your book different than other books in the same genre?

Set on the California coastline with a focus on the tourist side of a little town.

Does your book have romance in it? If so how important is it to the story?

A little, of course. It’s character development. 🙂

Is your book part of a series? If so what are the other books (in order) in the series and will there be more?

Since it’s just starting, YES! LOL

Where can readers get your book and when?

Fine digital stores April 17th. Available now for preorder at Amazon, Kobo and Nook.
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Find Lynn at her web site or on Facebook! Get your own copy of Guidebook to Murder at Amazon now.

To be entered to win a copy of any of Lynn’s backlist titles (Not including TT mysteries.) just leave a comment below by April 30, 2014 U.S. central time.

New to You Book: Cozy Mystery – Finders Keepers Losers Die with a Prize!

April 10, 2014

Welcome to  Carolyn Scott, author of Finders Keepers Losers Die, today’s New to You Book pick!

What is your book about?

Murder, mayhem, and more shady characters than she found in Hollywood are turning bit-part actress Cat Sinclair from a crappy secretary into a powerhouse in the P.I. business. If only someone would inform her boss. When Will Knight refuses to take the case of a jilted wife who’s only after what’s rightfully hers, Cat decides to help her on the side. But when the ex-husband turns out to be a mobster, and dead, Cat needs all her acting skills to keep her stressed-out but sexy boss from learning of her involvement. And to keep the killer from coming after her.

What type of reader would your book appeal to most?

Readers of humorous mysteries with romantic elements.Finders Keepers Losers Diers Cozy Mystery cover

Who is the main character? What does he or she want or what is his or her biggest struggle to over come?

Cat Sinclair used to be an actress. She’s taken a job as a secretary in a PI firm back home but hates it. She’s so bored. She wants to become a fully fledged PI, so she takes on a case that starts out simple but turns into a nightmare. She needs to prove to her boss, and herself, that she can do it, otherwise she’ll never get out of her dead-end job.

What movies or other books would you compare your book to and why?

Stephanie Plum novels. Although my book has humour, there are grittier elements, swearing, and characters with attitude. It’s not your Grandma’s cozy mystery.

What plot line drives the story?

Cat must solve a case that starts out as a husband vs wife domestic, but winds up being a murder case. She wants to help the down-trodden wife, but to do so, she gets embroiled in the murder investigation.

How is your book different than other books in the same genre?

Cat has a unique perspective. She uses her acting skills to wiggle out of tight situations, or to learn more information from witnesses and the police. She’s got an attitude problem which she’s trying to control, and a somewhat mischievous sense of humor.

Does your book have romance in it? If so how important is it to the story?

Yes! Cat’s boss, Will, is sexy and hot, but he’s stressed out and overworked, especially since his secretary doesn’t do her job well. He has an aversion to taking on domestic cases, but Cat wants to help a poor woman get back what was hers from her husband. Despite their frequent clashes, Cat and Will are inevitably attracted to one another. It makes for a fiery workplace and, er, bedroom.

Is your book part of a series? If so what are the other books (in order) in the series and will there be more?

Yes, it’s the 1st full length novel in the Cat Sinclair Mystery series. By the end of March, there will also be a short prequel (I’m hoping to make this free) and a 2nd full-length novel. I have another slated for later this year. The stories in order are (or will be): #0.5 LIVE AND LET LIE #1 FINDERS KEEPERS LOSERS DIE #2 EENY MEANY MINY DIE

If your book is part of a series, what makes it a series?

Cat’s ongoing quest to work as a PI is a constant, as are the secondary characters in her life – her best friend, her mother, a sexy one-eyed cop with an attitude as bad as Cat’s, and of course Will, her boss.

If your book is part of a series, should readers read the books in order?

Yes. Although the prequel isn’t necessary, it does give an insight into Cat’s life before she left LA and moved back home and got a “real” job. I recommend reading books 1 and 2 in order.

Where can readers get your book and when?

Finders Keepers Losers Die is already available from all major ebook retailers: Amazon, Nook, iTunes, Kobo, Google Play, Smashwords. The paperback is also available from Amazon and B&N.
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Find Carolyn at her web site or on Facebook! Get your own copy of Finders Keepers Losers Die at Amazon now.

To be entered to win either an ebook or paperback copy of Finders Keepers Losers Die – the ebook to an international winner, and either the ebook or paperback to a US reader (winner’s choice) just leave a comment below by April 30, 2014 U.S. central time.

More Contest Winners…

April 7, 2014

Winner of last month’s newsletter drawing is… Dale Kirk!
Dale won a $5 gift card to Amazon. Have you entered this month? Just fill out the newsletter form!

And the winner of Evil Genius by Patricia Rice is… Mary Preston!
Keep an eye out. There will be more New To You Books this month with giveaways!

Congrats to Dale and Mary. 🙂

USA Today Best-Selling Author! Lucy and Kiska make the list!

April 3, 2014

USALooseLethal Loose & Lethal: Books 1 – 3 of the Dusty Deals Mystery Series made the USA Today list of Best-selling books! Thanks, everyone!

Three contests ending soon! Enter now!

March 30, 2014

I have three chances to win going on at my blog this month and all three will be ending at midnight Monday, the 31st. So take a moment and enter!

The first is my monthly $5 Amazon gift card giveaway. To be entered in that, just sign up for my newsletter. (Even if you are already signed up, fill in the form once a month for a new entry.)

The others are New to You Book Interviews and a chance to win cozy mystery Beaded to Death or Evil Genius. Just leave a comment on both blog posts for your chance to win!

Get entering and good luck!

Nationally Best-Selling Author, that’s me. :)

March 28, 2014

Thanks to all the wonderful mystery readers out there who bought Loose & Lethal, books 1 -3 of the Dusty Deals Mystery series, I have been told I can officially use the title “Nationally Best-Selling Author.” Earlier this week, the bundle made it into the top 25 books storewide at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

How does this change things? Hmm, so far it hasn’t changed a lot. Last I checked the husky and pugsie were both still passed out on my couch, wondering when their next cookie would be delivered, but still it’s a nice achievement and I have all of you to thank for it.

🙂

Five for Friday: Free & Bargain Mysteries!

March 28, 2014

First if you missed it… or missed telling a friend about it…. my three book bundle is still on sale for 99 cents. The price will go up next week, so get it now.

And as always, check before you hit buy! The price on these books could go up at any time.

THREE Dusty Deals Mystery Novels for 99 Cents!

This is a one week deal so if you haven’t read any of the first three, this is the time to buy them! (And to tell your friends.)

Loose & Lethal: Dusty Deals Mystery Series Box Set books 1 - 3

The first three Dusty Deals Mystery series novels in one box set. Read along as Lucy Mathews, her Alaskan malamute, Kiska and a cast of quirky characters find love and mystery in Montana.

99 Cents for the next week only at –  Amazon  ~ Barnes & Noble  ~ Kobo


Target of Death Mystery Novel

Target of Death, A Cajun Cooking Mystery by Madison Johns

99 cents at: Amazon


The Cat that Chased the Storm mystery novel

The Cat That Chased the Storm by Karen Anne Golden

$1.99 at Amazon


Stilettos & Scoundrels fashion mystery

Stilettos & Scoundrels (The Presley Thurman Mysteries)

FREE at Amazon


The Whole Enchilada Diane Mott Davidson

The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense (Goldy Schulz)

$1.99 at Amazon

That’s this week’s picks. Go forth and load up your eReader!

Five for Friday: Free & Bargain Mysteries!

March 21, 2014

I’m going to try and take time each Friday to share some Free and Bargain mysteries with you. I may or may not have read them, but I will pick ones that look good either because of the story line or reviews.

For today… first… Uh… something by ME.

THREE Dusty Deals Mystery Novels for 99 Cents!

This is a one week deal so if you haven’t read any of the first three, this is the time to buy them! (And to tell your friends.)

Loose & Lethal: Dusty Deals Mystery Series Box Set books 1 - 3

The first three Dusty Deals Mystery series novels in one box set. Read along as Lucy Mathews, her Alaskan malamute, Kiska and a cast of quirky characters find love and mystery in Montana.

99 Cents for the next week only at –  Amazon  ~ Barnes & Noble  ~ Kobo


Whiskey Rebellion romantic mysteryWhiskey Rebellion (Romantic Mystery/Comedy) Book 1 (Addison Holmes Mysteries)

FREE at: Amazon


Housewife Assassins Handbook

EVERY DESPERATE HOUSEWIFE WANTS AN ALIAS: Donna Stone has one…and it happens
to be government-sanctioned.
– BUT DONNA EARNED IT THE HARD WAY:
Her husband was killed the day she delivered their third
child.
– TO AVENGE HER HUSBAND’S MURDER: Donna leads a secret
life: as an assassin.
– BUT ESPIONAGE MAKES FOR STRANGE
BEDFELLOWS: And brings new meaning to that old adage, “Honey, I’m
home…”

FREE at Amazon


Dance of the Winnebagos, funny mystery novel

Dance of the Winnebagos

When Claire’s grandfather and his army buddies converge in the Arizona desert to find new wives, it’s her thankless job to keep them out of trouble with the
opposite sex. But when she finds a human leg bone and partners with a reluctant geotechnician to dig up secrets from the past, trouble finds her. If she doesn’t stop digging, she could end up dead.

99 Cents at Amazon


Green Eyes in Las Vegas funny mystery

Green Eyes in Las Vegas

(I love this cover!)

When cupcake-loving croupier and private investigator Tiffany Black witnesses a handsome, green-eyed man making a getaway after an art heist, she finds her normally chaotic life becoming even more complicated.

99 Cents at Amazon

That’s this week’s picks. Go forth and load up your eReader!