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Murder in the Wine Country (A Kelly Jackson Mystery)
by Janet Finsilver

About Murder in the Wine Country

Murder in the Wine Country (A Kelly Jackson Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Publisher: Lyrical Underground (April 28, 2020)
Paperback: 178 pages
ISBN-10: 1516104277
ISBN-13: 978-1516104277
Kindle ASIN: B07Z5PKHVW

Weeding out killers wasn’t part of the job description . . .

Kelly Jackson, manager of the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast, is excited to participate in an event to raise awareness for the plight of struggling veterans in their Northern California coastal community. Local wineries are sponsoring tastings, and to prepare for a culinary competition, professional chefs will forage for wild edible greens. Kelly plans to come along, despite a warning to beware of poachers, who have been stealing the highly valued succulent Dudleya farinosa. The senior sleuths who call themselves the Silver Sentinels join forces with environmental activists known as the Succulent Saviors to thwart the poaching operation. When a consultant for the sale of a local winery is murdered, the poachers are suspected—but so is a wine merchant, Kelly’s friend Phil. As Kelly and the Silver Sentinels attempt to root out the real killer, what she digs up might just put her permanently underground . . .

 

Interview with the Author

What initially got you interested in writing?

I’ve loved to read since I was a child. I started with animal books and, as I got older, began to read mysteries. I wondered if I could write one. I attended conferences to learn more about the process. One day a friend of mine commented that I’d been talking about writing a mystery for a while, and she said, “Why don’t you just do it?” So I did.

 

What genres do you write in?

I write what are called cozies. I prefer to call them safe whodunits. There is no graphic violence so you don’t have to be concerned about turning the page and finding yourself in a gruesome scene you’d rather not have in your head. The main characters will return. They might get hurt a bit, but they won’t be killed.  It’s okay to get attached to them!

 

What drew you to writing these specific genres?

Cozies are what I like to read. I want a mystery to figure out, with interesting characters, and an attractive setting.

 

How did you break into the field?

I broke into the field the traditional way by learning how to query agents and finding ones who represent the type of books I write. I was fortunate to have been accepted by an agent who is very familiar with my genre. She liked my first book, Murder at Redwood Cove, and we’re at book six now, Murder in the Wine Country, which came out April 28, 2020.

 

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

There are several things I’d like people to take away. I’d like them to have a feeling of enjoyment as a result of reading what they felt was an engaging, well-written mystery that kept them guessing. My series has a crime-solving group of senior citizens, the Silver Sentinels, who help keep their community safe. Readers can take away a feeling of satisfaction from seeing how people help each other. I would also like folks to learn about how dogs contribute to the betterment of people’s lives. My books have dogs with special training. Most of them are service dogs in areas like seizure alert and hearing assistance. One type of dog is featured in each book.

 

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

I love getting into the story and watching it evolve and connecting with my characters.

 

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Carving out the time. There is always a “to do” list waiting for me!

 

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

Do it because you love to write.

 

What type of books do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy reading a good mystery with no graphic violence.

 

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

I love animals and am currently training my Rhodesian Ridgeback in agility. I went to Africa with my husband in 2017. I had such a great time I went back by myself in 2019. This was challenging because I had to get to Zambia by myself! I’ve had the wonderful experience of touching whales over the side of a small boat in the San Ignacio Lagoon.

 

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

I have an author Facebook page. People can make comments there as well as message me. I also have a website http://janetfinsilver.com/ with a contact link.

About the Author

Janet Finsilver is the USA TODAY best-selling author of the Kelly Jackson mystery series. She worked in education for many years as a teacher, a program administrator, and a workshop presenter. Janet majored in English and earned a Master’s Degree in Education. She loves animals and has two dogs—Kylie and Ellie. Janet has ridden western style since she was a child and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. One of the highlights of her life was touching whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon. MURDER AT REDWOOD COVE, her debut mystery, was released on October 13, 2015. Five books followed with her most recent release on April 28, 2020, of book six, MURDER IN THE WINE COUNTRY.

Janet Finsilver and her husband reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. She enjoys cooking, and a recent attempt to reduce the number of cookbooks in the cupboard wasn’t very successful. She’s an avid reader—of course!

Please feel free to visit and/or contact me on my author Facebook page and my website. https://www.facebook.com/janetfinsilverauthor/ http://janetfinsilver.com/

Author Links

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/janetfinsilverauthor/?fref=ts

Twitter – https://twitter.com/JanetFinsilver

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/janetfinsilver/

Web – http://janetfinsilver.com/

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BLOG TOUR – Nearly Departed

Nearly Departed (An Eve Appel Mystery)
by Lesley A. Diehl

About Nearly Departed


Nearly Departed (An Eve Appel Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Publisher: Epicenter Press (January 14, 2020)
Print Length: 180 pages
Digital ASIN: B083G9GDJY

Tired of sitting surveillance on insurance fraud, apprentice PI Eve Apple Egret gets her first big case, one where the outcome is important and personal. Eve’s best friend Madeleine has few relatives, so her Uncle Shamus is special, but someone is determined to kill him and has tried several times. Eve is certain she can identify who is after him, but this time she may have taken on more than even our self-confident Eve can handle. Coping with a growing toddler and a teenager, devoting time to the consignment shop and finding someone who can go undercover in a sexual harassment case all vie for Eve’s attention. Eve knows she cannot fail Madeleine. This is more than her favorite uncle’s life. His death would mean devastating loss for Madeleine and call into question Eve’s commitment as a friend and her ability as a PI.

 

Interview with the Author

What initially got you interested in writing?

I was an only child, raised on a farm in Illinois, so I had few opportunities until I entered school to socialize with other kids my age. I think this made me a shy child, but one with a curious mind. I liked to create fantasies as I played alone in the hayloft or in the fields. I began to write down some of these “tales” when I went into junior high. I even created operas which I sang to myself in a made-up language. In high school my English teacher encouraged creative writing and liked my stories. I was also lucky in college to have a short story published in the college magazine. Unfortunately, creative writing got lost in graduate school and in my career as I moved into nonfiction work. So, retirement led me back to writing stories and in my first year of retirement I began a novel length mystery. That first draft was really awful, but I liked the characters and the story, so I revised it, and finally got it published.

 

What genres do you write in?

I write humorous cozy mysteries with sassy protagonists. I’ve also published several short stories (cozies also). As I wrote more and more, I found I couldn’t hold back on the humor, so I like to give my readers lots of laughs as well as a tight plot and relatable characters. My protagonists like me are country gals.

 

What drew you to writing these specific genres?

Mysteries are always what I loved to read from Nancy Drew to Cherry Ames to Agatha Christie. I like the small-town setting in cozies where everyone knows everyone, but where keeping secrets can result in murder.

 

How did you break into the field?

I first won the MWA Florida Chapter short story contest one year. I felt that acknowledged me as a writer. Around the same time, I sent manuscripts to several small publishers. I was accepted by two of them so that within a year I had two novels in print. Unlike many authors, I don’t have enough rejections to paper my walls., so I was either very lucky or perhaps I chose the right publishers to contact.

 

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

My stories are always about family—the family you come from or the one you create. Like all families, there is both truth and lies in the relationships in the family circle. Lies and secrets even those kept for decades always come back when we least expect them to be revealed as falsehoods. The struggle of family members to maintain the lie always results in pain, sometimes in murder, but always results in some profound change in my characters’ lives.

 

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

What else can one do with an active fantasy life other than roll it into a story? As an introvert who spent much of my younger years entertaining myself, I still find concocting a story almost as exciting as reading one some else has created.

 

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Most of my books are series. Keeping the ideas fresh and entertaining and making certain my protagonist remains herself throughout the series but develops and grows is always in the back of my mind.

 

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

The writing part of being an author is the easy part. Getting published and then getting your books in the hands of readers is difficult. Learning about the profession by joining organizations such as Sisters in Crime, the Guppies Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and local writing and critique groups is the most important step you can take. Attending writers’ conferences also helps to hone your craft. Don’t write in a vacuum; make contact with other writers.

 

What type of books do you enjoy reading?

If it’s a mystery, I’ll read it. I like to binge read mystery series. I’m reading Sue Henry’s Alaska series now. Not only are her characters well drawn and interesting, the plots are enticing and her descriptions wonderful. I feel like I’ve been traveling Alaska while in isolation in my house.

 

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

I’m still a country gal at heart. I love taking drives in the country to look at the farms. I especially love the cows, and I never miss our county fair so I can walk through the animal barns. There is nothing like the smell of hay, straw and that warm, funky odor of a horse.

 

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

Go to my website, www.lesleyadiehl.com. All the information on my books and buy links are there as well as background on why I write and why I love it.

 

About the Author

Cows, Lesley learned as a child growing up on a farm, have a twisted sense of humor. They chased her when she went to the field to herd them in for milking, and one ate the lovely red mitten her grandmother knitted for her. Determining that agriculture wasn’t her career path, she took a job as a stripper, book cover stripper for a publishing company, that is. Now after many years as a college professor and university administrator, she has returned to the world of books and uses her country roots and her training to concoct stories designed to make people laugh in the face of murder. “A good chuckle,” says Lesley,” keeps us emotionally well-oiled long into our old age.”

Author Links

Website – www.lesleyadiehl.com

Blog – www.lesleyadiehl.com/blog

Facebook – www.facebook.com/lesley.diehl.1

facebook Author Page – www.facebook.com/Lesley-A-Diehl522270901254754

GoodReads – www.goodreads.com/3414925.Lesley_A_Diehl

 

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