All is not as it seems

I’m delighted to be a stop on Gilian Baker’s tour. Gilian now lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. A former Arizonan02 I’m a little envious. And, Gilian’s a cat lover as am I. So without further ado, here’s Gilian.

Murder Over Medium: Jade Blackwell Mystery Series
by Gilian Baker

Murder Over Medium: Jade Blackwell Mystery Series
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Misterio Press (December 31, 2017)
Print Length: 216 pages
ASIN: B077T9D6Q5
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Former English professor turned blogger, Jade Blackwell, is enjoying her predictable routine when trouble comes knocking in the form of an old friend and colleague. Unbeknownst to Jade, Gwendolyn Hexby is no longer the successful academic she once knew and trusted—she is now following a new calling as a psychic medium, a contentious career that flies in the face of the logic and deductive reasoning Jade values.

At first, Jade welcomes the visit, but things soon turn bizarre as Gwendolyn brings only disorder danger and disruption. When a murder is prophesied, and a beloved pillar of the Aspen Falls’ community winds up dead, Gwendolyn becomes Sheriff Ross Lawson’s prime suspect.

To get Gwendolyn out of hot water, and more importantly, out of her house, Jade attempts to prove her friend’s innocence. Jade believes she’s finally discovered the truth, but is soon brought back to reality when she learns all is not as it seems in the realm of the metaphysical. Not even murder.

Return to the Jade Blackwell Cozy Mystery Series in Murder Over Medium, as Jade jumps into the fray of a territory not governed by logic or reason—in either this world or the next.

Gilian Baker is a former English professor who has gone on to forge a life outside of academia by adding blogger, ghostwriter and cozy mystery author to her C.V. She currently uses her geeky superpowers only for good to entertain murder mystery readers the world over. When she’s not plotting murder for her Jade Blackwell cozy mystery series, you can find her puttering in her vegetable garden, knitting in front of the fire, snuggling with her husband watching British TV or discussing literary theory with her daughter.

Gilian lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with her family and their three pampered felines. In her next life, she fervently hopes to come back as a cat, though she understands that would be going down the karmic ladder.

Author Links

Webpage – http://gilianbaker.com/blogging-murder-first-chapter/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/GilianBakerAuthor/

Amazon – http://amazon.com/author/gilian-baker

GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16252646.Gilian_Baker

Purchase Links

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Be sure to check out these other stops on the tour for guests posts, review, and giveaways:

January 15 – Christa Reads and Writes – GUEST POST

January 16 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – REVIEW

January 16 – Queen of All She Reads – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

January 16 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW

January 17 – Dee-Scoveries – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY  You are here!

January 17 – Readsalot – SPOTLIGHT

January 18 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

January 18 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

January 19 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

January 20 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

January 20 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

January 21 – Readeropolis – INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY

January 21 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

January 22 – Pulp and Mystery Shelf – CHARACTER GUEST POST

January 23 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

January 24 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Is 2018 off to a great start for you? I no sooner turned the calendar page than I got a terrible cold/flu. I’m nearly over it now. Meanwhile, as I lay on the couch sniffling, drinking tea, and binge-watching TV, good news came in to cheer me. The Zen Detective by Devorah Fox

The Zen Detective was named #34 of The 50 Best Indie Books of 2017 Mystery/Thriller. A contemporary police procedural, it has a nor vibe. If you enjoy those 1940s black-and-white crime drama films, you’ll enjoy The Zen Detective.

The Zen Detective by Devorah Fox

And, another of my books made the Top Books of 2017 list. Murder by the Book is a cozy mystery set in a wintry Western Massachusetts resort. A Mystery Mini, it’s the perfect quick escape when you’re stuck waiting for a plane connection or for your car to be serviced. At 99¢ it’s less than the cost of a can of soda from the vending machine.

From January 15 to 17, you can find a host of great reads in various genres priced at 99¢ in the David Neth promos. 

For Fantasy Fans—Almost Here

Chosen, A Fantasy CollectionChosen, A Fantasy Collection, will launch on January 31, 2018, but you can put in your order now. That way you’ll have it the minute it’s published.This collection of four complete stories contains a variety of fantasy fiction stories, and not all of them are about zombies or wizards. My story, The Last Apple, is a post-apocalyptic tale and after 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, I know a little more about post-apocalypse than I really care to. 😉

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A mysterious portal

S. T. SanchezS. T. Sanchez has a new book out. It’s The Portal Keeper.

A mysterious portal, which opens at dawn and closes again at dusk, is located deep in the woods and kept secret from the vast majority of the people who inhabit the kingdom of Rastella. Only a few are aware of its existence and fewer understand the confusing prophecy that accompanies it.

Now, Ajax Maxwell, who is approaching his 14th birthday and has been in training for the past 2 years, is preparing to fulfill his family’s legacy by becoming the next keeper. <img class="alignleft" src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61VLJak68GL._UX250_.jpg" alt="S. T. Sanchez" width="250" height="209" />

But Ajax is afraid. He’s worried that he won’t live up to the expectations placed upon him and will let down his family, like his brother Axel did when he took over from their father and then promptly disappeared.

When the prince of Rastella comes to visit for the first time, accompanied by Ajax’s childhood friend Nivara, it doesn’t take long for things to go wrong. In an accident, the prince falls into the portal and Ajax knows that it’s up to him to go and get him back.

With the knowledge that nobody who has entered it has ever returned, Ajax and Nivara go through the portal to try to save the prince. But what Ajax finds inside, and what he discovers about the prophecy, will test him to his limits.

Be sure to check out Sunwalker, Sarah Sanchez’s current release.

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Cooking up something deadly

The Culinary Art of Murder (The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries)
by Heather Haven


The Culinary Art of Murder (The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
The Wives of Bath Press (November 27, 2017)
Print Length: 281 pages
E-Book ASIN: B076HDD3JY

Lee’s Uncle ‘Tío’ is smitten with a visiting chef at a Silicon Valley culinary arts institute. When the lady is arrested for two murders, a fellow chef and the dishwasher, Lee Alvarez, lead investigator for Discretionary Inquiries, Inc., the family owned detective agency, agrees to help find the real killer. But undercover work at the institute proves to be more difficult than whipping up a chocolate soufflé. The killer tries to get Lee out of the way and permanently. But just who is it? The lady chef? One of her two sons? Or one of the other inmates from a cooking school with secrets as plentiful as sauces? Can Lee find the real killer before her own goose is cooked? And if it turns out to be the ambitious southern belle chef, will Tío ever forgive Lee for sending his new lady love to jail?

About the Author

After studying drama at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida, Heather went to Manhattan to pursue a career. There she wrote short stories, novels, comedy acts, television treatments, ad copy, commercials, and two one-act plays, produced at several places, such as Playwrights Horizon. Once she even ghostwrote a book on how to run an employment agency. She was unemployed at the time.

One of her first paying jobs was writing a love story for a book published by Bantam called Moments of Love. She had a deadline of one week but promptly came down with the flu. Heather wrote “The Sands of Time” with a raging temperature, and delivered some pretty hot stuff because of it. Her stint at New York City’s No Soap Radio – where she wrote comedic ad copy – help develop her long-time love affair with comedy.

Her first novel of the humorous Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries, Murder is a Family Business, is winner of the Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award 2011. The second, A Wedding to Die For, received finalist nods from both Global and EPIC’s for Best eBook Mystery of the Year, 2012. It also won the Editors and Predators silver, 2012. The third of the series, Death Runs in the Family, won the Global Gold 2013. The fourth installment, Dead…If Only, won Global Silver 2015. The CEO Came DOA, Book Five, won the Global Gold Medal 2017 and Dan Poynter Legacy Award 2017. The Culinary Art of Murder, is the sixth book of the series.

Author Links

 

Website: http://heatherhavenstories.com/

Heather’s Blog: http://heatherhavenstories.com/blog/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HeatherHavenStories

Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/Twitter@HeatherHaven

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Purchase Link – Amazon

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Be sure to check out these other stops on the tour for interviews, reviews, and more:

December 1 – Cozy Up With Kathy – INTERVIEW

December 1 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT

December 2 – Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW

December 3 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

December 4 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW

December 5 – Sleuth Cafe – SPOTLIGHT

December 6 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

December 7 – A Holland Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST

December 8 – T’s Stuff – INTERVIEW

December 9 – My Reading Journeys – CHARACTER GUEST POST

December 10 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

December 11 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

December 12 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – INTERVIEW

December 13 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

December 14 – Dee-Scoveries – SPOTLIGHT (you are here!)

 

 

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Topping the list

                                You Called It!

The Zen Detective by Devorah Fox

Your votes got The Zen Detective named #34 of The 50 Best Indie Books of 2017 Mystery/Thriller. Over 500,000 books were self-published this past year – and The Zen Detective ranked in the top 0.01% of that number. I really appreciate your support.

I’m being urged to write another mystery with Will Mansion. Wouldn’t ya know, I do have an idea for one. So, maybe in 2018 … Meanwhile, if you need to get acquainted with the story, The Zen Detective along with my thriller Detour, is on sale Detour, A Big Rig Thriller by Devorah FoxThe Zen Detective by Devorah Foxas part of the 12 Days of Indie, with other books at sale prices, $2.99 or less. Plus you can enter a giveaway. Hosted by owsink.com, the promotion showcases indie authors. Hurry, the sale ends December 12.

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Time is running out

Time is Running Out

You have only until December 4 but why wait? Your nomination put The Zen Detective on the shortlist for The 50 Best Indie Books of 2017 Mystery/Thriller, and it’s up to you to make it a winner. Just click the badge below which will take you right to the ballot.

The Countdown Has Begun

Several authors are counting down to Christmas by putting their books on sale. It’s a great time to grab the newest titles from authors you love, take a chance on a new one, or even pick up some gifts at bargain prices.

Fantasy Reads

The Lost King by Devorah FoxBook One of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam, The Lost King, is part of the holiday ebook sale held each year by author Alesha Escobar. You’ll want to check out this promotion for a chance to not only get books at bargain prices, but also to enter the giveaway. Three lucky readers will receive a “Holiday Reader Box” filled with paperbacks, gourmet tea bags, a journal/notebook, and cards with links to download free ebooks.

Lady Blackwing by Devorah FoxLady Blackwing is just one of several books that you can enjoy for mere pennies. All the books in the Super SciFi and Fantasy Sale. All the books in this sale are All the books in the Super SciFi and Fantasy Sale. All the books in this sale are 99¢ or free on Kindle Unlimited.

 

 

 

 

Mysteries and Thrillers

Detour, A Big Rig Thriller by Devorah FoxThe Zen Detective by Devorah FoxYou’ll be able to get my thriller, Detour, and my mystery, The Zen Detective,  as part of the 12 Days of Indie promotion, December 1 through December 12, along with other books at sale prices, $2.99 or less, and a giveway. Hosted by owsink.com, the promotion will showcase indie authors.

 

Almost Here

Chosen, A Fantasy CollectionChosen, A Fantasy Collection, will launch on January 31, 2108 but you can put in your order now. That way you’ll have it the minute it’s published.This collection of five complete stories contains a vareity of fantasy fiction stories, and not all of them are about zombies or wizards.

 

 

I Did It Again 

At the very last minute, I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo challenges us to write 50,000 words in the month of November.  This year, I was a NaNo Rebel. I didn’t write a novel, I worked on two short stories. An Ill Wind is a Fantasy story inspired by Hurricane Harvey. Yes, I am now well qualified to write post-apocalyptic fiction! An Ill Wind is slated for publication next year in the Fantastical Shoppe anthology coming in 2018, so I had better finish it. My other project is Gilda, Wrangler of the Wild West. A Fractured Fairy Tale, it has cowboys, a little romance, a little mystery, and includes some paranormal characters, so it embraces just about every fiction genre, and comes with a side order of animal rights.

 

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More to enjoy

You’re in luck!

I have a series, The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam, literary fantasy for you to enjoy. And you can get Book One, The Lost King, at a special price during this Holiday Ebook sale. So get started knowing that the story continues.

And while you’re checking out the sale, enter the giveaway for a chance to win a delightful Holiday Reader Gift Box.

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Your vote counts

Thank you so much for nominating The Zen Detective for The 50 Best Indie Books of 2017. Your nomination helped to put the Mystery/Thriller novel on the shortlist.
Now it’s time to vote for the win. Just click the badge below which will take you right to the ballot.

Last year, your votes named The Redoubt, Book Four of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam literary fantasy series as #35 out of 50 books in the entire international contest. You can do it again for The Zen Detective.The Zen Detective, a novel by Devorah Fox

I so appreciate your support. These last few months of recovering from the disaster wrought by Hurricane Harvey have been stressful but your support and encouragement have kept me propped up. Let’s end the year on a high note and get The Zen Detective named as The Best Indie Book of 2017! Vote now! And thank you so much.

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Halloween treat (no tricks)

Just in time for Halloween, here’s, Dream Hardware, a short story that I wrote about an emergency run to the hardware store. Or is it?

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Cold as ice

Author Julie MulhernI’m Dee-lighted to give you a chance to know Julie Mulhern, author of Cold as Ice.  Welcome, Julie.

What’s the story behind your book title?

Have you ever heard a song on the radio and been transported back to a moment in your past? First kiss? All I need do is hear “Black Coffee in Bed” by Squeeze and I’m there. “The Year of the Cat” makes me think of Susan Cooper’s wonderful children’s books—the song was on the radio A LOT the year I read them.

Writing a mystery series set in the 70s, it seemed only natural to incorporate 70s music. “Cold as Ice” was released in 1977 and seemed like the perfect title for a book in which someone is murdered by being locked in a freezer.

I totally get that! For me, “Black Coffee in Bed” happens to be evocative of a specific moment in my life, and I often feel that I could get an entire novel out of “On Every Street.”
What’s the basic plot of your book or series?

I try so hard not to be repetitive but I do write murder mysteries. In each book, someone is murdered. In each book, my unlucky heroine, Ellison Russell, finds a body (or two) (or three). In each book, Ellison’s mother, Frances Walford, bemoans her daughter’s propensity for finding bodies. And, in each book, Ellison unmasks a killer.

Along the way, Ellison has juggled two suitors (she’s down to one), a teenage daughter (with all the angst and fun that goes with that age), and a coffee addiction (and who says writers don’t put parts of themselves into their characters?).

Which is your favorite character and why?

Mr. Coffee, because I’m a sucker for the strong, silent type. And coffee. I’m a sucker for coffee.

Oh, me too. If Mother Nature hadn’t invented coffee, I would have had to.
Have you used any real events or places as inspiration for your writing?

 I write the Country Club Murders and in Kansas City, Missouri, where my series is set, there is a Country Club District. Ellison makes frequent trips to the Country Club Plaza. She runs her dog in Loose Park (which used to be a country club golf course). And, she visits real hotels, restaurants, and theaters.

In Clouds in my Coffee there is a scene with a mouse. It might be the funniest scene I’ve ever written and it happened. Sure, I changed a few things but the basic story came from a manager who saw the mouse leap at a patron. It was too good a story not to use.

In Cold as Ice, Ellison’s daughter, Grace, has a party that gets out of control. That too was inspired by actual events (giving you the stink-eye, youngest daughter).

What are you working on now?

Right now I am working on book seven of the Country Club Murders—almost done. The book is at the stage where I’m not sure if it’s the best thing I’ve ever written or absolute drivel.

After that, I’ll be finishing up a short story told from Ellison’s housekeeper Aggie’s point of view.

When the short story is complete, I have an idea for a new series I’d like to play with for a few months before I start work on the eighth Country Club Murder.

Ah, the First Draft Terrors. I know them well. 
What do you do when you have writers’ block?

 If I am stuck (and sometimes if I’m not stuck), I write long hand. The act of putting pen to paper usually gets the creative juices flowing.

These days I do almost all my first-draft writing in longhand. Sometime ago I read about a study showing that writing longhand forms different connections in the brain than keyboarding does. Works for me.
Quick quiz:

Favorite food: Toast (I mean it) and coffee.

Silliest saying: I don’t think I have one.

Best holiday spot: Anywhere as long as my family is there.

Favorite song at the moment: I listen to a lot of seventies music. A lot. And jazz. Recently I had the station set on Sirius jazz and heard “Forest Flower Sunrise/Sunset” by Charles Lloyd. I arrived at my destination, sat in my car, and listened to every note. Together, “Sunrise” and “Sunset” are eighteen minutes long—so I sat for while. Right now, they’re my favorites.

With writing, are you a plotter or (seat-of-your) pantser? Is both a viable answer? I like to know where I’m going but I don’t require a road map to get there.

Number one thing to do on your bucket list: I don’t have a bucket list but it is so tempting to say I’d like to spend a summer writing in an Irish cottage, or spend a year in Paris, or climb some mountain. Maybe something more exotic (my children say I’m boring) like sail across the Pacific or follow the Nile to its source (neither of which is remotely appealing to me). I think I’ll go with the Irish cottage.

Cold As Ice by Julie Mulhern

Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Henery Press (October 17, 2017)
ISBN-13: 978-1635112672
E-Book ASIN: B07481MPV2

Author Links

Webpage – www.juliemulhernauthor.com

FB – https://www.facebook.com/juliekmulhern/?ref=hl

Twitter – https://twitter.com/JulieKMulhern

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8573907.Julie_Mulhern

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Be sure to visit these other stops on the tour for spotlights, guests posts, reviews and more.

October 16 –  Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT

October 16 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST

October 17 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

October 17 – Blogger Nicole Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 18 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW

October 18 – Books Direct – GUEST POST

October 18 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW

October 19 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 19 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 19 – Maureen’s Musings – GUEST POST

October 20 – Girl with Book Lungs – REVIEW

October 20 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – SPOTLIGHT

October 21 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

October 22 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW

October 23 – Dee-Scoveries – INTERVIEW (you are here!)

October 23 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW

October 24 – A Cozy Experience – REVIEW

October 25 – Bibliophile Reviews –  REVIEW, INTERVIEW

October 25 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 26 – Laura’s Interests  – REVIEW

October 26 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

October 27 – Varietats – REVIEW

October 28 – My Funny View of Life – REVIEW

October 29 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

Thanks, author Kasper Beaumont. I so enjoyed when you interviewed me that I borrowed the questions for this interview with Julie.

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