Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Currently Reading...

I'm still reading A Knit Before Dying by Sadie Hartwell. This book is the second in the Tangled Web Mystery series and will be released August 29th.

Before he was murdered, Lyndon gave Josie a box of old doilies. Now, in addition to the murdered antiques dealer, Josie is compelled to look into the mystery of a woman who disappeared years ago; the woman who made those doilies. Could the mayor and his old football cronies been involved with her disappearance all those years ago? Has Eb finally gone too far with his pranks on Roy? Will Josie ever get together with Mitch? And will the horrible duo of Kai and Taylor get out of town, or perhaps, be arrested for murder?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Deadly Choices Interview and Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome Karen Randau to the blog today. Karen writes the Rim Country Mystery series. DEADLY CHOICES is the third book in the series and was released last month.

Kathy: Rita and Cliff Avery team up to solve a spate of murders in their picturesque Arizona mountain town of Rim Vista. What made you choose this location for your series?

KR: I live in a similar town in the same area. Sometimes those of us who live in rural places think the bad things that happen in big cities couldn’t happen to us. They can, and this series provides examples of what it could be like.

Kathy: In DEADLY CHOICES Rita and Cliff must also deal with a decades-old cover-up. Have you ever had to deal with something from your past you once thought buried, or at least forgotten?

KR: No, but we all have secrets and things we wish we never did and would never tell anyone about.

Kathy: What first drew you to thrillers?

KR: I like the fast pace and high stakes in thrillers.

Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?

KR: No.

Kathy: Tell us about your series.

KR: My Rim Country Mystery Series now has three novels published by Short On Time Books. DEADLY DECEIT (June 2016) is about a woman who overcomes the death of her husband in a movie-theater shooting; DEADLY INHERITANCE (January 2017) is about a couple who check into the honeymoon suite of a luxury Scottish hotel and the desk clerk dies in front of them from a poison that was meant for the groom; and DEADLY CHOICES (July 2017) is about a family who comes to terms with their decades-old secrets.

Kathy: Do you have a favorite character? If so, who and why?

KR: In DEADLY CHOICES, my favorite character is Rita’s mother Willow. She is a free spirit who learned a new way of life while spending time in a Texas prison. She transforms from a 1960s San Diego hippy to a twenty-first century ex-convict who sounds like a Texan and seems to be experiencing much of life for the first time. She’s fiercely protective of both her daughter and her new love, but not at the expense of accepting reality. She is fun, likeable, and enjoying her new freedom.

Kathy: Did you have a specific inspiration for your series?

KR: The series started when a real-life shooting in a movie theater resulted in news stories about the victims and shooter, but nothing about the struggle of the people left behind. I wanted to tell a fictional story about someone who survived such an incident. As I wrote, Rita and Cliff emerged as the series protagonists. I often envisioned two of the characters in the TV series Bones as I developed those characters.

Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?

KR: Having a publisher put my work into print gave me confirmation. I’ve always been telling myself stories, and it gave me an outlet for that creativity when I finally understood five years ago that I could put my stories into novels. I enjoy writing, and I enjoy learning new techniques that can help me improve. Having a publisher ready to publish my books gives me a deadline to work toward.

Kathy: If you could have a dinner party and invite 4 authors, living or dead, in any genre, who would you invite?

KR: Hank Phillipi-Ryan, Jenny Milchman, Lee Child, and Steve Barry

Kathy: What are you currently reading?

KR: I just finished THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by Shari Lapena (Penguin Books, 2017).

Kathy: Will you share any of your hobbies or interests with us?

KR: I enjoy hiking, action movies, and, on occasion, cooking. My favorite activity right now is spending time with my three-year-old grandson.

Kathy: Name 4 items you always have in your fridge or pantry.

KR: Peanut butter, strawberry jam, apples, and broccoli – and eggs.

Kathy: Do you have plans for future books either in your current series or a new series?

KR: I’m currently working on a new novel that could stand alone or become a new series. REMEMBER is about a woman who overcomes tough odds to recover from a 20-year coma, then she must find and eliminate the invention that put her there before two opposing groups can get their hands on it.

Kathy: What's your favorite thing about being an author?

KR: I enjoy the creativity and the time I get to spend writing.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

The McKinley Mystery Series - Spotlight & Giveaway

Today I'm shining a spotlight on the McKinley Mystery series by Carolyn Arnold. THE DAY JOB IS MURDER is the first book in the series. HALLOWEEN IS MURDER is the eleventh book in the series and will be released October 3rd.

What to expect from the McKinley Mysteries:

Romance. Humor. Murder. Are you looking for a murder mystery without all the graphic violence and foul language? Something that you can enjoy in an afternoon and walk away feeling good about afterward? How about a dash of humor and romance? If so, meet former detectives Sean and Sara McKinley. When a billionaire leaves them all his money, they no longer have to work, but they find themselves sticking to what they’re good at—solving murders. Undercover, off the books, and around the world, they’ll get to the bottom of things…and romance it up along the way.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Hart to Hart, Castle, Colombo, Monk, Rockford Files, Psych, and Magnum PI.

Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning.

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

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Beware of all that goes bump in the night…

Sean and Sara McKinley are excited about the haunted house they’ve set up as a Halloween charity fund-raiser, but things take a ghoulish turn when the reporter covering their story is found dead. With the media keeping mum about how she died, Sara’s curiosity is piqued, and she convinces Sean to take on the investigation through their PI firm.

But this case is not without its challenges. The police are actively investigating it, as well, and it’s not even clear that the woman was murdered. It will take a little cloak-and-dagger, dress-up, and finesse for the McKinleys to get to the bottom of it, but they aren’t the kind to give up.

As they troll for leads and work through the skeletons in the reporter’s closet, they unearth a few suspects, but they’ll need to carve out the whole truth if they’re going to find her killer. If they do so fast enough, there might even be time for a little trick-or-treating.


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Excerpt from chapter 2 of Halloween is Murder (McKinley Mysteries)

Chapter 2


IT WAS NEARING SIX O’CLOCK in the evening, and Sean and Sara were home in their media room on a large sectional couch, getting ready to watch their spotlight on the evening news with some friends and colleagues. They’d left the haunted house in the hands of some capable employees, who would be posted there until closing at eight.
Jimmy Voigt, their former sergeant when they worked for the Albany PD, also worked for them at the PI firm. He was on the couch next to his girlfriend, Meredith, for the viewing. Sara had told Sean more than once that it was a match made in heaven. He was pretty sure he’d rolled his eyes every time. Not because he didn’t believe in love—he was married to his soul mate—but he just found it hard to picture his former boss whispering sweet nothings to a lady love.
Helen was seated at the other end of the sectional, and Mia was on the floor at her feet, still dressed up as a princess. She really was a good kid—as far as kids went anyway. And it’s not that Sean had anything against children, but for now, he and Sara had decided they weren’t going to have any. And honestly, it was probably for the best, as they traveled a lot and solving crimes didn’t leave much free time.
“I’m going to be on TV.” Mia’s face lit up as she grinned. “I can’t wait!” She seemed more excited about this than she had been at the announcement that pizza was for dinner. Mia stared at the muted television. “That lady was so pretty.”
By “that lady,” Sean assumed she meant Chloe Parsons. Sean had to agree that based on appearances and initial impressions, she was good-looking. But he didn’t understand why she took such issue with Susannah when she didn’t want to talk.
Mia turned to Sara and flashed another smile. “You looked great, too.”
“Thank you.” Sara returned the smile and swept her long brown hair over her left shoulder. “Did you have fun today?”
“Oh yeah. My favorite part was the mummy.”
“That didn’t scare you?” Sara laced her voice with concern but couldn’t hide the underlying amusement.
Mia’s expression faded, and her eyes enlarged. She nodded. “I was, but I like to be scared. And I love mummies!” She bounded to her feet and jumped onto her mother’s lap. Helen let out a whoosh of air but quickly recovered.
“It’s the other kind of mummy, though, sweetheart.” Helen ran a hand over her daughter’s silky hair.
“Oh, it’s almost time,” Meredith said, obviously getting swept up in Mia’s enthusiasm.
Sean looked at the digital clock on the cable box: 5:59.
“It’s on!” Jimmy said, sitting up straighter.
Sean turned up the sound and sank back into the couch, putting an arm around his wife.
Mia wriggled on her mother’s lap.
“Come on, honey, back on the floor.” Helen’s voice strained with the desperation of her plea.
Sean smiled, not because of the woman’s discomfort but because he loved seeing how excited Mia was.
“My costume was the best. They have to show me!” The little girl’s eyes were wide and fixed on the screen.
“You are a beautiful little princess,” Sean said.
Mia glared at him. “I’m not little.” She held up both hands, fingers splaying as she counted them off. “I’m six.”
“My apologies,” he said with a slight bow of his head.
Sara laced her fingers with his, and he met her gaze, which said, You’re aren’t the best with kids…
Message received.
“Shh.” This came from Jimmy, and when Sean turned to look at him, he shrugged. “You want to hear it, don’t you?”
Sean increased the volume a bit more.
“We have some somber news this evening,” a chic reporter announced from the news desk. Based on the set of her mouth and the sad look in her eyes, she wasn’t reading from a script. “Your Source has just received word that one of our own has died.”
Sara tapped her fingers on the back of his, leaned in, and whispered, “I have a bad feeling about this.”
He didn’t look over at her, but his wife had this way of sensing things. He wouldn’t label her clairvoyant, but she certainly had strong intuition.
“Tonight, we say good-bye to”—the reporter, while she kept her tone modulated, was clearly battling with her emotions—“Chloe Parsons.”
The news was a sledgehammer to his chest, knocking the wind out of him.

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