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We’re happy to be hosting Georgeos C. Awgerinos on his EUGENIA: DESTINY AND CHOICE Virtual Book Tour today!


Title: Eugenia: Destiny and Choice
Author: Georgeos C. Awgerinos
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 280
Genre: Romantic Thriller
Debut novelist Georgeos Constantin Awgerinøs paints an epic love story and political
thriller in EUGENIA: DESTINY AND CHOICE. The title character,
Eugenia “Jenny” Corais, a
Columbia University graduate, is an
idealistic young feminist and intellectual who charts her destiny against such
volatile backdrops
as cabaret-era Berlin,
America during the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War protests, and the violent final days of colonial Africa.
With its potent combination of politics and romance, EUGENIA: DESTINY
resembles  Erich Segal’s LOVE STORY, coupled with a tale of
political intrigue that would fit comfortably in the novels of Graham Greene,
John Le Carre
or Stieg Larsson, and historical developments
reminiscent of James A. Michener.
Awgerinøs’s title character, Eugenia, is complicated. Her idealism
and social consciousness, the author notes, is tempered with “a compulsive
curiosity for the weird, unusual, or forbidden. She aims at the light but she
cannot resist the temptation of the darkness.”
Jenny’s co-protagonists include Dietrich Neuendorf, a charismatic and unyielding German human rights attorney haunted by his family’s past and his country’s history. He and Jenny quickly fall in love.
A third character, Desmond Henderson, attracts Jenny’s darker side. Despite his humble origins and abundant charm, Henderson has a deeply dark core. A former British colonial officer, he is the head of South Africa’s military industrial apparatus, linked to the high echelons of international corporate elite and secret intelligence. He is an immense figure who designs mass murder and forced relocations on spreadsheets and is involved in some of the most defining political acts of the 20th century.
But in this novel, even the most invincible have an Achilles heel. As Awgerinos puts it, “EUGENIA doesn’t romanticize power; rather, the book demystifies the
powerful by exposing the intimate, vulnerable and disowned aspects of human
Jenny, Dietrich, and Desmond cross paths and embark on a perilous journey together in an exotic African country, a wonder of nature that faces massive winds of historical tide and a catastrophic revolution.
“Through my characters and their interaction, I try to convey another view on love and
sexual conflict, society, human nature and beyond-natural, democracy and
collective mind control,” says Awgerinøs. “I also try to offer a historical
account about a very volatile era in a turbulent region,
Southern Africa.”
Awgerinøs hints that he is working on a sequel to EUGENIA: DESTINY AND CHOICE. Meanwhile, EUGENIA shows great potential to be adapted as an exciting and
thought-provoking feature motion picture or TV movie.

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Interview with the Author:

What initially got you interested in writing?


I discovered writing in elementary school. My writing pad was the window to distant worlds in time and space, my pen was the magic wand that could get me there. At the stroke of a pen I could travel to medieval Europe, to prehistoric Atlantis or to a futuristic galaxy a million light years away from Earth or even cross dimensions. I could create heroes, knights, queens, and villains; I could dispense justice or not at whim; kill the protagonist if I wanted without the fear of karma. I could be the creative force, the god of my own Realm… until I heard the voice of my mother reminding me that dinner was ready.


I also discovered that writing gave me a celebrity status in the classroom, as my assignments and essays were written in an unusual format, often with unexpected turns, dramatized scenes and climaxing conclusions. Perhaps my ability to attract attention was an additional incentive to consider a career as a novelist and dramatist.


What genres do you write in?


My writing could be considered a cross-genre or multi-genre form; or you could call it Awgerinos-writing. All of my novels, whether historical or socio-psychological, or even the crime stories, could be classified as “roman à clef,” based on real life and highlighting some metaphorical and symbolic theme. Underlying and driving the surface plot is a moral or social message, or philosophical concept.


What drew you to writing these specific genres?


My love for history and geography, and my passion for psychology and the complexities of human behavior provided an abundance of colorful themes and topics. The dark side of the psyche has been a main concern. Through my writing I could share with the reader my curiosity and perhaps my explanations for why society creates certain characters. Why do people cheat? Why does a woman who happily lives with her family and loving husband run away with a rough dude? I was walking in the red light section late one night and wondering what makes a woman choose to work in one of these places while she could have a better income and quality of life working at a socially acceptable job? What would lead a man to collaborate with a brutal oppressor occupying his country, and volunteer to be an executioner of his own people? What makes a devout priest become a molester? What instinct urges a group of young white men to stop an African-American passerby and hang him from a tree just to have some Saturday night fun? Why do so many people have such a concern about the gay stranger but they don’t care if their children play with toy guns? What does a worker in a prison’s death row do after executing a condemned inmate with a lethal injection? Does he go for a coffee and chat? Does he go back home to his family to watch the latest news? All of the above simple examples could become themes of social investigation under the façade of a novel’s narrative. I would add that my propensity for exploratory traveling has brought out the adventurer in me; my curiosity for unexplained political or military occurrences has brought up my predisposition to suspect intricate conspiracies; and my wishful thinking has created ideal characters, which often become the heroes of my stories like Dietrich Siegfried Neuendorf, the Homeric Epic-resembling, larger than life protagonist of my novel Eugenia.


How did you break into the field?


I haven’t broken into the field yet, I just try to push my way through.


What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?


Eugenia is an allegory, in which each of the central characters resembles energy fields, psychological and spiritual archetypes. The narrative provides a plausible proposal for a future open democracy for the human family, while illustrating the complexities of love and sexuality, and the abyss of the human psyche. Eugenia is also a vivid tapestry giving readers an intimate view of diverse and often conflicting cultures and societies, in variety ranging from Berlin’s cabaret era, to Columbia University in the sixties, to a war of independence in Southern Africa.


The excerpts below reflect some central principal concepts of the novel:

1) “Trying to understand people is like interpreting dreams.”

2) “When I witness injustice and I remain silent, I’m not only a coward, I’m guilty.”

3) “Lust may last for a night, but this night may last for a Lifetime.”

4)” I look big because the mirror I look into is small.”

5) “I can see in him the ‘deadly presence of being’; but I am the illusionist that rules this world. Consciousness is cold and boring, but in the daydream you can be anything you imagine yourself to be. Come with me, I have the means to make the daydream appear real.”

6) Evolution is boundless, patriotism and ideologies are about borders. Everyone who builds walls, sooner or later will be conquered.

7) “President Kennedy in his inaugural speech, back in 1961, conveniently uttered the famous challenge, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.’ To this I have a rebuttal: I should not only ask myself what I can do for my country, but what my country can do for me as well. Responsibility must be shared, and commitment goes both ways. Unconditional allegiance is for serfs only! Dear friends, learn how to be free citizens of the world, not subjects of the state!”



Brexit, Rhexit and Patriotic Delusion.


We all know the term BREXIT and the British referendum in June 2016, to leave the European Union. If we want to predict what the outcome will be from BREXIT (Britain leaving the EU), however, we can discover in my novel Eugenia a distant parallel case: RHEXIT. By this I mean the Rhodesian Exit from the British Commonwealth. By the way, I just coined the term Rhexit while I was working on this article: The actual term was UDI: Unilateral Declaration of Independence. In 1965 a prosperous Southern African white colony broke away from Britain, when the British government forced the colonists to accept African majority rule. Unwilling to relinquish their colonial-era privileges and minority governance, they “claimed their country back from Britain” and went their own way, ignoring warnings from the world community. In reality, declaring “white independence” was the pretext for maintaining racial segregation and colonial rule over millions of disenfranchised natives. The UK and UN swiftly resorted to the toughest embargo ever imposed on a country. But populist politicians and unscrupulous corporate interests exploited the crisis, deceitfully leading Rhodesia—through propaganda, national security scaremongering, political extremism and the imposition of a militarized state—to an unnecessary war. In the process one of the richest countries in the continent became one of the greatest disasters of the twentieth century. Rhodesia’s little-known history should be a lesson for those who are oblivious to the winds of change, fall prey to populist demagogues, buy the myth of their racial or national exceptionalism, and are consumed by patriotic fanfare. A kidney cannot declare independence from the body and go on its own. Likewise, no country can be an “island.”


What do you find most rewarding about writing?


The writing itself is a reward. The process of research and interviewing different people is also rewarding. When traveling is required—down the Zambezi River, or through a Mozambican land-mined field or a slum in Harare, it is a life-changing experience. Writing with some jazz in the background, checking the clock across the wall and seeing it is 3 a.m. and keeping on typing is the ultimate involvement, the romanticized scene of the novelist. But it comes at a heavy cost.


What do you find most challenging about writing?


The editing, often tedious and boring, and the promotion, with the uncertainty of how the book will be welcomed, are excruciating challenges—enough to make someone wonder sometimes if it is worth writing in the first place. Trying to deal with day-to-day life necessities, economic adversities, family responsibilities and often disapproval, writing sometimes becomes an unbearable struggle. If we add that the author has to write in a language that is not his mother tongue, the uncertainty of the project’s outcome is often paralyzing, not to mention the rejections from literary agents and publishing houses. My usual response to all of the above challenges has been to watch motivational videos on YouTube to keep myself going.


What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?


It is difficult to provide any suggestions, since writing is such a solitary path and individual creative process.


What type of books do you enjoy reading?


Histories, Politics & Global Affairs have always been a passion of mine; I’m reading, since my teens Science, New Age and Buddhist spirituality. Lately, for reasons I don’t understand, I have developed an interest in gender studies and women’s issues. Strangely for a novelist, I don’t read much literature these days, unless if I find the topic captivating.

A few days ago I purchased Karl Ove Knausgaard’s (Norwegian: Knausgård) first volume.


Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?


The book is the mirror of its creator.  So, at this moment, Eugenia is the representation of the Author and his world.


What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?


The website – – is the best way to connect with the author.

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Book Excerpt:

“Mr. Prime Minister, I urge you to reconsider your decision.”
The South African prime minister, a tall and imposing man with silver
hair and a wide smile, dismissed the warning of his national security advisor.
“Dr. Duplessis, our republic is under imminent threat from within. I
will never allow this country to be hijacked by a shadow government. In one
hour, I will reveal to the parliamentary caucus what has been going on behind
closed doors.”
“Never before has a public exposure of such marquee names come before
the legislative assembly. This unorthodox approach is unheard of in the history
of political affairs,” Dr. Duplessis commented, in his distinctive Wallonian
inflection. He was a long-skulled, pale-skinned man of average build, no taller
than five foot seven, with close-cropped gray hair, an icy stare, and robotic
mannerisms. He listened as the prime minister went on with his rant.
“South Africa didn’t gain its independence from the British crown in
order to subordinate itself to its military industrial complex. Apartheid was
meant to protect the racial order in this country, not to become a
self-destructive debt-spiral ploy.”
“Independence means the freedom to choose your own masters, Mr. Prime
Minister, and racial order is a costly agenda.”
“This is the South African Republic, not South Africa, Inc.”
“It is the South African Republic, Inc. All states are corporate
entities, monsieur, one way or another; this country is not an
exception. With all due respect, presidents, prime ministers, even absolute
rulers are the stage protagonists in the theater called politics; they are
neither the writers, nor the producers of the show. This is a friendly
The premier was aware that South Africa had become a “republic” because
of Dr. Duplessis’s gerrymandering and intricate offstage diplomacy. He owed his
prime ministerial chair to Dr. Duplessis’s byzantine machinations, but he would
not yield to his trusted policymaker’s insolent innuendo and skillful pressure.
When he spoke again, it was apparent that he had removed from his mind the last
shadows of hesitation. The tone of his voice was conclusive.
“Dr. Duplessis, alea jacta est-the die is cast. The security
operations units are on alert. The disarming of the Armée-Gendarmerie and the
arrests of the Concession’s board members will begin once I commence my
“As you wish, monsieur.
The PM relaxed his tone with his advisor; he became genial as usual.
“On Thursday, I will turn sixty-five years young. I have a family
gathering at home. You will be there, Fabien, you promise?”
“Of course Hendrik, I will,” Dr. Duplessis responded.
The prime minister watched his advisor retreat. As he sat alone he
stared at the antique clock across from his oak-paneled desk. He checked once
more the printed page of his speech, which he had placed on the desk. Today he
would make an announcement signaling a shake-up in modern history, and in the
process he would settle some old scores. For a few seconds he visualized the
reaction of the caucus: a standing ovation for his daring initiative. Pleased
with this thought, he approached the window and watched the midday bustle of
Cape Town, his beloved city.
Nestled in the southwest corner of the African continent, overlooking
the Atlantic Ocean, with glistening coastlines and breathtaking views of Table
Mountain, Cape Town, the parliamentary capital of South Africa, is a thriving
metropolis with Dutch architecture, wide boulevards, colorful parks, and a
flourishing business district. The city’s rich history contains an intriguing
mix of European sophistication and Cape Malay exoticism that dates back to the
seventeenth century, blended with subtropical African beauty.
Picturesque and prosperous though it might have been, Cape Town was not
a paradise for all. The eye of the conscientious traveler in 1966 would
observe, from stores to parks to the sandy beaches, two signs, in Afrikaans and
English: “Slegs blankes/whites only” and “Slegs nie-blankes/non-whites only.”
Seven miles into the sea across the panoramic Table Bay was Robben
Island. It appeared a tiny idyllic islet, which one might have guessed was a
fisherman’s retreat; but such was not the case. Once a leper colony, Robben
Island was one of the most infamous penitentiaries on earth. And yet, it hosted
no penal convicts but instead, civil rights activists, some of them with
world-renowned names: Govan Mbeki, Nelson Mandela, Jacob Zuma.
Just ten miles to the east of the majestic capital there was another world that most Capetowneans did not know existed: a district for natives only, which no whites except the police could enter. There, the neighborhoods of Langa, Nyanga, and Guguletu resembled more a massive dumpster than a
sprawling suburbia. Newly
built project buildings that reminded one of
barracks sat beside wooden shacks with tin roofs. African women washed their
clothes in rusty bins with boiled water outside their slum dwellings. Their
children, most barefoot, played soccer with tin cans in dirt alleys with
numbers for names, such as NY1 or NY4, which stood for native yards, as the
city called these dusty, unpaved lanes.
It was 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, September 6, 1966, when the prime minister of
the South African Republic made his entry to the House of Assembly to deliver
his speech.
While he took the podium, a man with Mediterranean features dressed in a messenger’s uniform entered the building. He crossed unchecked through the heavily guarded lobby and approached the podium. Within seconds, the messenger pulled a dagger out of his jacket and stabbed the prime minister four times in the chest. Parliamentary members rushed to pin the assassin to the ground, while the PM’s blood gushed from the gaping wounds in his chest. An ambulance rushed him to the Groote Schuur Hospital, but it was too late. He was pronounced dead on
Later that day, television and radio stations around the world announced
the staggering news. From nations opposed to the apartheid regime came lead stories declaring: “Demetris Tsafendas, the son of a Greek immigrant and an African woman from Mozambique, assassinated Dr. Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd, the prime architect of apartheid.” Conversely the local media stated: “A mentally
disturbed extremist assassinated the father of white South Africa, motivated by
hatred and rage.” The African underground press was jubilant: “Tsafendas
inyanga yezizwe
—Tsafendas, the healer of the nation!”
That evening witnessed an unusual commute in front of the ministerial
houses below the campus of the University of Cape Town. Cars carrying
government officials and parliamentary members came and went. It was after
midnight when the gates of a palatial mansion opened, and three stretch
limousines with black-tinted glass made their exit. The convoy moved slowly
down Belleview Road, encountering little traffic. Police patrols created a
strong presence that night. In the second car of the motorcade, two men sat in the back of the limousine. One was a
short, plump gentleman in his sixties. After looking nervously at the car
following them, he reached for the limo’s bar and took a bottle.
“Thirty-year-old Glenfiddich, Mr. Henderson? I know it’s your favorite,”
he said and poured some into a shot glass.
“I’ll have tobacco instead, Minister,” his companion replied with a
conspicuous English accent. He was a towering man
with broad shoulders, a wide face with a prominent jawline, and a thick
mustache. He resembled a nineteenth-century British colonial military officer.
Oddly, he wore a safari pith helmet, like a jungle explorer ready to hunt his
prey. He lit up and silently puffed on his cigar. He sat comfortably,
apparently enjoying his smoke. At one point, he too glanced back to face the
limo that was following.
The headlights illuminated his face, showing a
man in his late forties with harsh features and piercing dark eyes.
“What a night, Mr. Henderson.”
“It was a great night, Minister,” the big man with the pith replied,
puffing his fat Havana.
“Now that the obstacles have been removed, the door is open for the
government and the Southern African Development
Concession to sign the
agreement. The armaments production executive
board will be replaced, and within a week the shopping list will be on
your desk, Mr. Henderson.”
The Englishman stared outside the dark window, momentarily in thought.
“Minister, the signing of agreements is not enough. The Concession is
part of South Africa’s apparatus, and we need our territory secured. We cannot
intervene every time some careless bureaucrat in your administration oversteps
or defies our initial arrangements.”
“What do you have in mind, Mr. Henderson?”
“The Southern African Development Concession needs ironclad legislation
that secures our role in this country’s future. You did it with the Oppenheimer gold and diamond cartel; you will do it with us too.”
“That was the situation five decades ago, when this part of the world
was the Wild South. This is 1966.”
But the Englishman didn’t seem in the mood to brook refusals.
“Rhodesia and South Africa will always be the
Wild South.
Africa is made by monopolies
for monopolies; the Concession would have to refuse anything less. Without the
Southern African Development Concession, apartheid will fall swiftly like a shack in a gale. You know that as well as I, Minister.”
The driver continued moving on the barren road. His burly build and crew
cut made apparent his role as secret security rather than a mere chauffeur.
Henderson puffed his Havana contemplatively while he rolled past the closed
stores of Belleview Road. The South African minister of defence and national
security refilled his glass.
“Are you sure you don’t want some malt?”
“I never mix liquor and business; and this is business, Minister.”
“I’ll make the arrangements tomorrow morning. Be assured that from tonight
we enter a new period of friendly cooperation for both sides.”
Henderson seemed pleased with the minister’s conclusive reply. He looked
at his watch.
“It’s already one o’ clock. I need to be back in Rhodesia in two hours,
but I enjoy myself every time I am in the Cape, especially tonight.”
About the Author


Geórgeos Constantin Awgerinøs,
author of EUGENIA: DESTINY AND CHOICE was born and raised in
Athens Greece. He lives in New York City.


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Dandelion Dead
by Chrystle Fiedler



Dandelion Dead: A Natural Remedies Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Pocket Books (September 27, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1476748931


In a cozy mystery filled with natural cures and edible plants that you will love, an organic winery becomes the backdrop for murder! Fortunately, solving crimes comes naturally to charmingly unconventional amateur sleuth and holistic doctor, Willow McQuade, as she looks for clues that will reveal a killer’s true vintage.

Business is blooming at Nature’s Way Market & Café, and shop owner, holistic doctor, and amateur sleuth, Willow McQuade has never been happier. Her new medicinal herb garden is a hit, so is her new book, she’s in love with ex-cop and animal rescuer Jackson Spade, and enjoying teaching seminars about edible plants and natural remedies.

But everything changes when Willow’s old boyfriend and TV producer, Simon Lewis, winemaker David Farmer, and his wife Ivy, ask her to cater a party at Pure, their new organic vineyard, to kick off North Fork’s Uncorked! week and the competition for Wine Lovers magazine’s $200,000 prize. Pure’s entry, Falling Leaves, is the favorite to win, and the wine flows freely until after Simon’s toast when smiles give way to looks of horror. Ivy’s twin sister, Amy has been murdered! Turns out, the poison that killed her was actually meant for David. But who wants him dead? A rival vintner? Or someone closer to home? This time the truth may be a bitter vintage to swallow.



About the Author

CHRYSTLE FIEDLER is a freelance journalist specializing in natural remedies, alternative medicine and holistic health and healing, and is the author of the Natural Remedies Mysteries series. Her many consumer magazine articles have appeared in USA Today’s Green Living,Natural Health, Remedy, Mother Earth Living, Spirituality & Health, and Prevention. She is also the author/co-author of seven non-fiction health titles including the Country Almanac of Home Remedies with herbalist Brigitte Mars, and The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beautywith Vegan Beauty Review founder, Sunny Subramanian. Chrystle lives on the East End of Long Island, NY in a cozy cottage by the sea. Visit

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BLOG TOUR – Dying for Data

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Dying for Data (Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth)
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – August 21, 2016
2nd in Series
Paperback: 176 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1533676399





Bad karma, a rival suitor, and a deadly attack are enough to put a damper on any date.

Just when Adina’s social life is looking up, her night out is interrupted by the scream of police sirens. Afraid her bartender boyfriend might be accused of murder, Adina’s neighbor enlists her assistance, and in the process exposes her to the seamier side of illegal immigration and crime in the city. Hard as she tries to limit her involvement, the more Adina learns, the more she needs to know – until a case of mistaken identity lands her in hot water. Will she uncover the truth before it’s too late?


About the Author

Cassidy Salem has always been an avid reader. She is especially fond of mysteries (both cozy and traditional) and police procedurals.  Cassidy also enjoys reading historical fiction focused on American and world history, as well as the classics.  When she’s not reading, she enjoys music and spending time with family and friends, and travels with her husband and son whenever possible. Her travels have taken her to destinations throughout the United States, Europe, and Scandinavia.

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Just because Lyle Deming snaps a rubber band on his wrist for stress control, and talks to himself, doesn’t mean the ex-cop, now cab driver, isn’t up to the challenge.   Someone is sabotaging rides, killing and injuring tourists at Nostalgia City, a huge new retro theme park and resort in northern Arizona.  Covering several square miles, the park, created by billionaire “Max” Maxwell, is a re-creation of a town as it might have appeared in the 1960s or early 1970s—albeit a sanitized, Brady Bunch version.  Nostalgia City is complete with period hotels, stores, restaurants, cars, clothes, rides, music—the works.

Lyle is paired with Kate Sorensen, a 6’-2 ½”  former college basketball player—turned PR exec/spin doctor—hired by Maxwell to stem the horrific publicity the sabotage creates.  As Kate and Lyle investigate, they travel to Boston and back to uncover a conspiracy of corporate greed and murder.

Death in Nostalgia City

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Chapter 1


Whose idea was it to replace the chrome knobs and push buttons on car radios with touch screens? Lyle had no clue.

He eased off the accelerator of his 1973 Dodge Polara taxicab so his passengers wouldn’t miss anything. The se­dan lumbered past an appliance store where a dozen identical im­ages of the Fonz—leather jacket and all—were speaking unheard words from 24-inch, picture-tube TVs in the shop window. Lyle’s passengers gaped. A common reaction. Lyle had been at his new job for six months now, so the time warp didn’t faze him. He liked it. The new job brought him back to happy days.

“Oh, baby, I’m in love,” cried the DJ on the car radio. “That was a new one by Roberta Flack, ‘Will You Love Me Tomor­row?’ You’re listening to Big Earl Williams on KBOP. Next up, the latest from Three Dog Night, but first—”

Lyle turned the radio down so he could talk to his fares, a wholesome-looking sixtyish couple, probably from the Midwest. “This your first time?”

“Yes,” the husband said. “First time.”

“We’ve heard all about this place,” his wife said, “but we had to see for ourselves. It’s amazing.”

Lyle glanced at the couple in the mirror. “Just your average town.”

“You got good cell phone coverage here?” the husband asked. “I’m having problems with my iPhone.”

“What’s an iPhone?” Lyle said.

“What, are you nuts? A cell phone!”

“Don’t be a cynic, Warren,” his wife said. “It’s part of the experience here.”

“Okay. I get it.” He held up two fingers in an awkward peace sign. “Far out, man. Groovy.”

Lyle smiled. He didn’t mind. He tried not to let little things bother him anymore. If people didn’t want to get in the spirit to relive the good old days, that was their choice. It just puzzled him why anyone would spend the money to visit Nostalgia City, one of the most elaborate theme parks in the world, and not enjoy the masquerade.

Nostalgia City was the brainchild of billionaire developer Archibald “Max” Maxwell. The re-creation of a town from the early 1970s was as complete as billions of dollars and Max’s ceaseless energy could make it. Aimed at baby boomers, or any­one who wanted to go back in time, Nostalgia City was the size of a small town. Rides, shops, restaurants, hotels—everything—was constructed from scratch in northern Arizona near a reclaimed stretch of Route 66. To Lyle, a baby boomer himself, it was part resort, part theme park, and very much an escape. His new job gave him the chance to meet people not because they were robbed or assaulted but because they were on vacation.

Lyle steered the cab into the curb lane to give his passengers a closer look at the storefronts. He loved his big, old ’73 taxi. His parents had driven a Chrysler Cordoba with “soft Corinthian leather.” His Dodge wasn’t as fancy—after all, it was a cab—but it was fully restored. You could almost believe the 7,000 miles on the odometer. Like everything else in Nostalgia City, the cab didn’t look like an artifact. It looked new.

Rolling through the reproduction of a decades-past down­town, Lyle and his passengers came to a stop light. At the corner, Lyle’s guests stared at a Flying A service station with its white-uniformed attendants. Each gas pump was a sculptured red tower with one long hose and side-mounted nozzle, like a fashion model with one hand on her hip. As the tourists gawked, something moving drew Lyle’s gaze up a hill to the left. He saw a white 1970 Ford Torino moving toward the cab, picking up speed. In­stantly, Lyle saw something missing—a driver.

In seconds, the Torino would smash into the driver’s side of Lyle’s cab. He stomped on the gas pedal and yelled for his pas­sengers to hang on. The taxi’s rear tires chirped. Then the rubber took hold. The Dodge lunged forward as the Torino rushed to­ward it. Lyle escaped the runaway car—almost. The Ford scraped along a corner of the taxi’s rear bumper, catching the edge of a metal advertising sign on the back of the cab. It ripped off the sign with quick, metallic popping sounds.

Streaking forward, the driverless car headed for the gas sta­tion. It ran up the drive and caromed off a column supporting an awning over a row of pumps. The heavy metal awning trembled, tilted, then crashed to the ground. Slowed but still unchecked, the Torino reeled on. It plowed into a stack of motor oil cans, sending them flying. Finally, the Ford rammed into a gas pump, giving up the last of its momentum in a resounding crunch.

Gasoline gushed from the damaged pump while the motion­less Ford straddled the concrete island like a ship stuck on a shoal. The sharp gasoline smell pierced the air. Lyle stopped his cab away from traffic. He bailed out and barked at his passengers to get away from the station. Seeing a customer standing near the flowing gas, he motioned for him to back away from the growing, flammable lake.

Everyone waited for the explosion.

But it didn’t happen.

Lyle dashed up to an attendant who had jumped out of the way of the car and was lying on his back, stunned and trembling. “Shut-off.”

The attendant pointed to the side of the building. Lyle found the emergency shut-off and punched a fist-sized button.

“You all right?” he asked the attendant.

“Think so.” The young man stood and dusted himself off. “We gotta call for help.”

“Already being taken care of.” Lyle saw another uniformed attendant in the service station office with a phone in his hand waving toward them.

The gasoline contained itself in the station’s parking area. An asphalt berm became a dam creating a small gas lagoon a few inches deep. Avoiding the gasoline, Lyle trotted over to the Ford. Its front bumper, grill, and the right side of its body were shredded and crushed, but the driver’s side looked relatively untouched except for long scratch marks from Lyle’s cab. Lyle glanced at the Torino’s driver’s side front door for a second, then pulled it open. He knew the engine wasn’t running, but he wanted to make sure the ignition was off. He stuck his head in, careful not to touch anything he didn’t have to. His right hand rested on the smooth vinyl seat as he leaned in farther. Then he felt someone tapping him on the back.

“Don’t touch anything,” said a deep voice. “Step back, sir.”

That was a little difficult because a large man in a shirt and tie stood right behind Lyle. The man had a badge holder hanging from his pocket and a holstered semi-automatic clipped to his belt.

“Clyde Bates, chief of security,” the walking impediment said. “What happened here?”

“Looks like someone tried to top off his tank.”

Bates scowled. “Okay, comedian, were you driving?”

“Yes—but not this car. No one was driving the Ford. That was the problem.”

Lyle recognized Bates from a staff meeting a couple of months earlier. He noticed the prematurely gray hair trimmed in a crew cut and the expression that said smiling was off limits. The park security chief looked as if he was once in shape but that re­cently his center of gravity had been moving south.

Lyle stepped away from the Ford and pointed to his Nostal­gia City ID badge. “Deming. Lyle Deming. The car’s in neutral. I was just looking to see if—”

“Where’d it come from, that hill?”

“Yes, it—”

“See anyone around?”

“No. Just the car, no driver.”

“You didn’t see anyone on the sidewalk?”

“No. So I looked inside the car to—”

“Okay. We’ll take it from here.”

Since Bates was alone, Lyle wondered who the “we” re­ferred to. Then he heard a siren and knew reinforcements were on the way. A black-and-white early ’70s Plymouth with “Nostalgia City Security” painted on the door rolled up, followed by two fire engines of the same vintage.

Bates started giving orders, and Lyle walked a few steps away to pick up his yellow cabbie hat that had fallen off. He ran his fingers through his dark, wavy hair and set the cap on the back of his head.

“Think it was an accident?” Lyle asked. “Maybe something slipped.”

“An accident?” Bates said, looking away. “Dunno. Make a report. We’ll handle it.”

Lyle didn’t like his attitude. “What makes you think it wasn’t an accident?”


“Could this be related to the ride someone vandalized? Or the bridge—”

“That’s our business. Not your concern.”

Just walk away, Lyle told himself as he touched the rubber band on his wrist. Leave the make-believe policeman alone. He’s right, not my problem.

Lyle inspected his cab. The rear bumper was twisted and scratched. The mangled advertising sign lay on the pavement and the trunk lid now sported several jagged air holes. Lyle was about to round up his passengers when someone yelled at Bates. A fire­fighter knelt at the edge of the toppled awning. Lyle ran over to see if he could help. Right away, he knew no one could. A mid­dle-aged man had been standing under the awning when it col­lapsed.

“Dead,” the firefighter said.



Author Bio

Mark S. Bacon has always been a writer but only recently a mystery novelist.   He began his career as a newspaper reporter covering the police beat and general assignments in southern California.  After writing for two newspapers, he became a copywriter for Knott’s Berry Farm, the Orange County theme park.  His experience as a police reporter and working at a theme park formed the foundation for his first mystery novel, Death in Nostalgia City.

He is the author of several business books, one of which was selected as a best business book of the year by the Library Journal and printed in four languages.  He’s written for a variety of newspapers and magazines and most recently was a correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle.

He is also the author of two collections of mystery flash fiction including Cops, Crooks & Other Stories in 100 Words.

The second book in the Nostalgia City series, Desert Kill Switch, will be published next year and Bacon is at work on the third mystery in the series.  He lives with his wife, Anne, in Reno, Nev.

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BLOG TOUR – Death Among the Doilies

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Book title: Death among the Doilies (A Cora Crafts Mystery)

Genre: Mystery

Publish date: Aug. 30, 2016

Publisher: Kensington

For thirty-something blogger Cora Chevalier, small-town Indigo Gap, North Carolina, seems like the perfect place to reinvent her life. Shedding a stressful past as a counselor for a women’s shelter, Cora is pouring all her talents—and most of her savings—into a craft retreat business, with help from close pal and resident potter Jane Starr. Between transforming her Victorian estate into a crafter’s paradise and babysitting Jane’s daughter, the new entrepreneur has no time for distractions. Especially rumors about the murder of a local school librarian . . .


But when Jane’s fingerprints match those found at the grisly crime scene, Cora not only worries about her friend, but her own reputation. With angry townsfolk eager for justice and both Jane’s innocence and the retreat at risk, she must rely on her creative chops to unlace the truth behind the beloved librarian’s disturbing demise. Because if the killer’s patterns aren’t pinned, Cora’s handiwork could end up in stitches . . .

What initially got you interested in writing?

I wish I could say I knew. I’ve just always done it—ever since I was a child.

What genres do you write in?

I write mystery, but recently wrote a historical fiction  (Memory of Light: An Aftermath of Gettysburg. And I’m going to be dipping my toes in a small town romance book soon. I think it’s important to stretch into other genres and so on. It can only make you a better writer.

What drew you to writing these specific genres?

I’ve always been a huge mystery reader. And writing mysteries satisfies both side of my brain, you know? It’s so satisfying when justice is done. When you write mysteries, you get to explore the best and worst in characters.

With the historical, well, I’ve always love history. I was approached by someone to write the story, so I thought why not?

My romances always have a bit of suspense in them, but I find that romances really allow writers to explore relationships with a depth than maybe other genres don’t quite offer. Maybe I’m wrong—I’ve just started.

How did you break into the field?

I started out as a journals, then my career moved in the writing cookbooks. My agent, at the time, encouraged me to try fiction, and I always wanted to try. I love it.

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

I want them be satisfied and entertained.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

I love finding just the right word, or turn of phrase. But, meeting my readers, and listening to what they like, that exchange between reader and writer—there’s nothing like it. With so many things vying for our attention these days, when someone picks up one of my books and reads its…well, I am truly honored. It’s what keep me going some days.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Writing itself is full of challenges—plotting, endings, dialogue. All of it. But the most challenging part has been dealing with the changes in publishing. You have a lot of advice coming at you from all over the place. Sometimes it’s hard to keep your head down and keep writing!

What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

I always give the same very unsexy advice. Learn the craft and know that it take years. Don’t worry about the agent and the publisher until you know you are absolutely ready. You don’t want to be published before then.

What type of books do you enjoy reading?

All types. These days, I’m gravitating more and more toward biography and nonfiction. I go through reading jags where all I’m reading are mysteries or suspense. Or I find a writer, say Susanna Kearsley (adore her!) and I read everything she’s written. Some of the other writers I’ve done that with Louise Penny, MC Beaton, and Elizabeth Peters. Oh and Deanna Raybourne!

Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

I doubt it. I live a very simple life, mostly I sit in front of my computer day in and day out, writing. The other days, I have a part time fact-checking and research gig, so I am once again sitting in front of my computer!  I help with homework, take my girls where they need to be an so on. One of the only things I can think of that’s interesting about me is that my great aunt was Jean Harlow.

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

I love to hear from my readers at

I have a website and blog here:, where you can sign up for my newsletter.

I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Thanks so much for having me!



MOLLIE COX BRYAN, author of the Cora Crafts Mysteries and the Agatha Award-nominated Cumberland Creek mystery series, is also an award-winning journalist and poet.  She currently writes and crafts in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and two daughters. Please visit her at, where you can sign up for her exclusive newsletter. For scrapbooking, recipes, and other crafty-freebies, join her on Pinterest at


BLOG TOUR – Marilyn Meredith

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Seldom Traveled Blurb:

The tranquility of the mountain community of Bear Creek is disrupted by a runaway fugitive, a vicious murderer, and a raging forest fire. Deputy Tempe Crabtree is threatened by all three.



The Power of Words for Story Telling


Of course words are what tell any story, but what we’re going to discuss here is how a powerful word can add so much.


One of the most successful and easy ways to strengthen any writing, is to use the most descriptive verb usage possible. Think of all the different words for walk: amble, dart, dash, flounce, jog, trudge, wander, prance, prowl, and on and on.


The same goes for the word look, why use it when you can use one of these: glance, stare, study, view, observe, and so on.


Color is another great addition of any writing—there are so many words for many different colors, and their use gives the reader more to imagine and “see.”


Smells are important too—and not just how something cooking smells. The scent emanating from a person can be evocative such as a certain perfume—or distasteful: an unwashed body, decaying food or corpse, etc.


An example from Seldom Traveled:


Besides the strong pine scent, Tempe could also smell wood smoke from the fireplace.


An example to describe a threat:


A wall of flames crossed the road. The treetops on either side blazed. Sparks flew high into the sky.


One of my favorite first lines from one of book is from Murder in the Worst Degree:


If it weren’t for the dead body on the sand, conditions would’ve been perfect for the surfers.


Though the sample doesn’t have any of what I talked about earlier, it is a strong opening and makes the reader want to know what is going to happen next.


When we’re writing, each of us authors wants to make each sentence strong enough that the story engages the reader enough to keep them turning pages.


Though I only touched briefly on ways to make your words powerful, I hope it will be helpful to any of you who are new writers.






Marilyn Meredith’s Bio:

Marilyn has had so many books published, she’s lost track of the count, but it’s getting near 40. She lives in a community similar to the fictional mountain town of Bear Creek, the big difference being that Bear Creek is a thousand feet higher in the mountains. She is a member of Mystery Writers of American, three chapters of Sisters in Crime, and is a board member of Public Safety Writers of America.


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New Contest:

Winners will be randomly picked from those leaving the most comments on the blog posts. Each winner can choose one of the earlier books in the series as either a print book or e-book.

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BEYOND THE SHELF – Update on #mondaysformystery and more

It’s been about six weeks since the #mondaysformystery campaign kicked off at THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF, which also saw the postings at the blog expand to twice weekly. So I thought I’d revisit and do an update on how it’s all been going.

From a content perspective, I’m almost overwhelmed that I don’t have the room to accommodate all the requests I receive. At times I contemplate going three days a week, but I’m not getting enough to quite ensure I can do that every week. In addition, I have a four-year old blog that covers all books that don’t fall into these genres called SHANNON MUIR’S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS that can feature material up to five days a week (Monday through Friday). Two blogs is a lot to manage, so I think this is the most that will happen for the time being. However, your continued support is appreciated! I’m trying to book excerpts and guest posts primarily on Mondays to naturally tie in to the #mondaysformystery campaign, but that doesn’t always work out.

Speaking of #mondaysformystery, #mondaysformystery was a hashtag campaign I started about the same time to encourage mystery writers of all types to share samples of their work to have it be easier to find in the sea of more general campaigns like #mondayblogs. It isn’t catching on at the rate I’d hoped, as my husband and I have been the only users so far on weeks I don’t have something to push directly on the blog. Just a reminder this is intended for everyone, to give another avenue besides booking on others’ blogs! I’d love for other people to take advantage as well. If I see more people doing so, I’ll work even harder to push #mondaysformystery as an outlet. I’m trying to figure out as many ways to help support other authors as I can.

Keep on looking for the clues and seeking out whodunit!

Also, THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF has just launched new web fiction serials by administrator Shannon Muir, updating every other week. Find out more about them on the WEB FICTION SERIALS page, and check back every Monday in the blog feed to see what has updated over the weekend!

BLOG TOUR – After the Funeral and Closed Casket


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Listen to After the Funeral by Agatha Christie

A Free Serialization of the Complete Audiobook in Eight Parts

Presented by Sophie Hannah

Throughout the serialization, Sophie informs listeners on the crucial distinction between the truly impossible and the deeply unlikely, points out the magic of a very personal motive, and explains her belief that “the best stories are the ones that would only ever happen once.”

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Hercule Poirot is called on to investigate the murder of a brother and sister, in this classic Agatha Christie mystery now available in an updated edition with a foreword Sophie Hannah.

“He was murdered, wasn’t he?”

When Cora Lansquenet is savagely murdered, the extraordinary remark she had made the previous day at her brother Richard’s funeral suddenly takes on a chilling significance. At the reading of Richard’s will, Cora was clearly heard to say, “It’s been hushed up very nicely, hasn’t it. But he was murdered, wasn’t he?”

Did Cora’s accusation a dark truth that sealed her own fate? Or are the siblings’ deaths just tragic coincidences?

Desperate to know the truth, the Lansquenet’s solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery. For even after the funeral, death isn’t finished yet .


monogram murdersIn 2014 Sophie Hannah received wide-spread acclaim for penning an all-new mystery featuring Agatha Christie’s legendary hero Hercule Poirot, The Monogram Murders, an instant bestseller. Reviews were outstanding, praising Hannah for her command of the character and voice. So when the time came to write a new story, Sophie knew there was only one way she would write another book—even though she enjoyed writing the first so much—she knew she would need to have an idea that was clever and compelling enough to think, ‘This feels very Agatha-ish. Poirot MUST solve this case.’

And then it came to her, “…as if by magic (that really is how it felt!) an idea landed in my head. A motive for murder. It was incredibly simple—so simple, it almost seemed too obvious—and yet I didn’t think it had been done before.”

The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

Series: Hercule Poirot Mystery

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 9, 2015)

ISBN-13: 978-0062297228


“I’m a dead woman, or I shall be soon . . .”

Hercule Poirot’s quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. Though terrified, she begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done. Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a London Hotel have been murdered, and a monogrammed cufflink has been placed in each one’s mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim.

CLOSED CASKETSo now Sophie Hannah returns with an all new Poirot story, CLOSED CASKET on sale September 6, 2016!

Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

Series: Hercule Poirot Mysteries

Hardcover: 320 pages

Publisher: William Morrow (September 6, 2016)

ISBN-13: 978-0062458827




Lady Athelinda Playford has planned a house party at her mansion Clonakilty, County Cork, but it is no ordinary gathering. As guests arrive, Lady Playford summons her lawyer to make an urgent change to her will – one she intends to announce at dinner that night. She has decided to cut off her two children without a penny and leave her fortune to someone who has only weeks to live…

Among Lady Playford’s guests are two men she has never met—the famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard. Neither knows why he has been invited…until Poirot starts to wonder if Lady Playford expects a murderer to strike. But why does she seem so determined to provoke, in the presence of a possible killer? When the crime is committed in spite of Poirot’s best efforts to stop it, will he be able to unveil the true reason behind Lady Playford’s drastic change of heart, and ultimately, identify the killer?

Sophie Hannah

About the Author:

Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of 10 psychological thrillers, which have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Her novel The Carrier won the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards Crime Thriller of the Year. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

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September 1 – The Cozy Mystery Journal

September 2 – Shelley’s Book Case

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September 3 – The Broke Book Bank

September 4 – Brooke Blogs

September 4 – 3 Partners in Shopping Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too!

September 5 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard

September 5 – Readsalot

September 6 – Queen of All She Reads

September 6 – Carole’s Book Corner

September 7 – Pulp and Mystery Shelf

September 7 – Socrates’ Book Reviews

September 8 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

September 8 – Island Confidential

September 9 – StoreyBook Reviews

September 9 – Bea’s Book Nook

September 10 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews

September 10 – The Power of Words

September 11 – Cozy Up With Kathy

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September 12 – The Girl with Book Lungs

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BLOG TOUR – Nine LiFelines


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Nine Lifelines (Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Self Published
Paperback: 316 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1533367105

The elevator won’t go to the tenth floor, someone is breaking into condos, and the well-heeled Ukrainian renter isn’t paying the rent. Beth and Arnie have retired to the building where Beth’s last rental unit is located, and Beth, the klutzy landlady, has declared herself through solving mysteries. Then, her renter is arrested for the murder of the neighbor who fell (was pushed?) from the tenth-story balcony and the dead neighbor’s grandchildren are left with only their wheelchair-ridden grandmother to care for them. Beth feels compelled to help out.

Are Sylvester’s psycho-cat behaviors providing clues? Is the renter actually the killer? Do the break-ins and elevator problem have anything to do with the murder? Even Arnie, who has always told Beth to keep her nose out of police business, gets involved—for the sake of the children.

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In Nine LiFelines, the third book of the Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery series, Hélène Lutsenko is a Paris transplant married to a Ukrainian immigrant and renting a condo in Kansas City. Hélène writes about the events in Nine LiFelines from her point of view:

“Some people have called my landlady, Beth Stockwell, a busybody. I call her caring, helpful, and involved. She walks her cat and pushes him in his little cat stroller with me while I push my toddler, Fabienne, in her stroller. She babysits. She asks us to dinner. In fact, she’s been like a mother to me while my own maman is so far away in France. She’s been even more than a mother—she’s a friend.

Beth has been perplexed by some mysteries in our condo building that she’s discovered since she and her husband moved to the tenth floor. The elevator won’t go directly to her floor, and someone has been picking locks on condo doors and breaking in just to take some small items such as paper clips or bananas. Those things bother me, a little, but I don’t think about trying to solve them. Beth does.

I hope my husband, Viktor, has not pushed that man, Beth’s neighbor in the tenth-story penthouse, off of his balcony. He has been arrested, but I deem him innocent. I have faith that he is. Beth also believes he’s not the murderer. I’m glad Beth is also interested in solving this mystery. My lawyer has helped, and the police have followed any tips we’ve given them. But they seem to believe the evidence proves Viktor’s guilt.

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Beth suggests that Viktor’s Ukrainian brother, Alexei, had something to do with that horrible death—a murder, they’ve called it. Alexei has been so good to my little Fabienne and me. I don’t think he could be guilty. I feel bad for the dead man’s family. They are immigrants, too, from Peru. What will happen to them?

No matter what, I’ll find a job again as a chef, work to take care of my child, and try to find a way to get Viktor back with us where he belongs. I worked my way to the top as a chef, and I can work my way through this terrible situation. But it’s nice to have a landlady and friend like Beth on my side.”

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Joyce Ann Brown, the author of the Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery series, set in Kansas City, was a librarian, a landlady, and a Realtor before becoming a short story and novel writer. She also has two mischievous cats.

Her actual tenants have never disappeared, murdered, or been murdered. Nor have any of them found a skeleton in the attic. Joyce has never solved a crime. Moose and Chloe, her cats, haven’t sniffed out a mystery, at least not yet.

Joyce spends her days writing (with a few breaks for tennis, walking, and book clubs) so that Beth, the landlady in the series, and Sylvester, the Psycho Cat, can make up for her real-life lack of excitement in a big way.

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BLOG TOUR – Fall into Crime

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by Joanna Campbell Slan, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Carole W. Price,
Lesley A. Diehl, Nancy Jill Thames, Teresa Trent, Maggie Toussaint, Anna Celeste Burke, Randy Rawls, Nancy J. Cohen,
Terry Ambrose, and Deborah Sharp

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Happy Homicides 4: Fall Into Crime


Joanna Campbell Slan / Vendetta: A Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery – The House of Refuge on Gilbert’s Bar is known for its 150-year history as a way station for shipwrecked sailors. But when Cara Mia visits, the museum becomes the scene of a crime.

Linda Gordon Hengerer / Dying for School Tea: A Beach Tea Shop Novella – Chelsea Powell and her sisters are providing treats for Citrus Beach High School’s freshman orientation. Can they solve the murder of the beloved softball coach before someone else dies?

Carole W. Price / The Glass Birdhouse – Glass artist Bella hopes to find clues about her student’s death in the woman’s unfinished glass birdhouse.

Lesley A. Diehl / Bobbing for Murder – A visit from Darcie’s family is always chaotic, and this time the relatives bamboozle Darcie into having a Halloween party. It’s a decision that definitely comes back to haunt her.

Nancy Jill Thames / Raven House – When a reporter is murdered after a fundraiser at the historic Raven House, the police call on Jillian and her Yorkie Teddy to help them investigate.

Teresa Trent / Falling for Murder – Helpful hints columnist Betsy Livingston is an expert at household organization but her skills are put to the test when she’s called upon to conduct an efficiency review for a haunted house.

Maggie Toussaint / Dead Men Tell Tales – In this third installment of the Lindsey & Ike romantic mystery novella series, things don’t add up after a suspicious hunting accident. The more Sheriff Ike Harper and newspaper editor Lindsey McKay dig, the more questions they find.

Anna Celeste Burke / All Hallow’s Eve Heist – Date night for Georgie Shaw and handsome detective Jack Wheeler goes terribly wrong. A botched heist at Marvelous Marley World has everyone scrambling as trigger-happy bad guys head for the Halloween celebration in Arcadia Park.

Randy Rawls / Accident, Suicide, or Murder – Retired policeman Jonathan Boykin’s primary interest is improving his golf, but a grieving father’s request to investigate his son’s suspicious death is an entirely different ballgame.

Nancy J. Cohen / Haunted Hair Nights – As a new stepmother, hairstylist Marla Vail hopes to win brownie points by helping her daughter with a school haunted house project. Marla has her work cut out for her when she stumbles over a corpse on the spooky estate grounds.

Terry Ambrose / Spirit in the Rock – An invitation to a museum’s grand opening turns into a showdown with the spirit world for amateur sleuth Wilson McKenna.

Deborah Sharp / Haunting in Himmarshee – When a ghost comes to call, Mace must sort out the haunted from the homicidal in Himmarshee, Florida.

Bonus Story—
Joanna Campbell Slan/Kiki Lowenstein and the Doodoo – A fun family outings turns into a fearful fright, but Kiki Lowenstein is good at sniffing out bad guys.


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Maggie Toussaint

Anna Celeste Burke

Randy Rawls

Nancy J. Cohen

Terry Ambrose

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August 29 – Reading Is My SuperPower – SPOTLIGHT

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September 2 – My Funny View of Life – REVIEW

September 3 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

September 3 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW

September 4 – Book Babble – REVIEW

September 4 – Sleuth Cafe – GUEST POST

September 5 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

September 6 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

September 6 – Victoria’s Pages of Romance – SPOTLIGHT

September 7 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW

September 8 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW

September 8 – Queen of All She Reads – GUEST POST

September 9 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW, GUEST POST

September 10 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW

September 11 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW, GUEST POST

September 11 – Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – REVIEW


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