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Lynn Cahoon Guest Post & Peek At Fatality By Firelight

Booth Talks Books would like to welcome Lynn Cahoon as she talks about her life as an author on the road and give us a sneak peek at her upcoming book, “Fatality by Firelight.”

Today was about building relationships and having experiences. Writers needed both.

Cat Latimer opens her next writers retreat with that statement and a trip to the Little Ski Hill that’s just outside of town.

13077010_272183106447485_7170828096244345958_nI totally agree with that statement. We do need both relationships with people who are not fictional (sorry Cat) and experiences that occur outside our writing office. So when Sheryl invited me to break bread with her and her daughter last April, I accepted, even though I knew I’d be worn out from a day of smoozing with readers at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest. I probably wasn’t the best company, but the food energized me for the drive home. And I loved learning more about Kentucky and Sheryl.

And that’s how relationships are built. One interaction at a time.

13051783_272182996447496_5836921062911643962_nIt’s the same with experiences. I never skied downhill. But after my divorce, I took up cross country skiing at Bogus Basin, Idaho’s version on the Little Ski Hill I invented for Aspen Hills and Cat. I loved the quiet that came over me both during the thirty minute drive to the ski hill and then once I’d rented my skis and got my day pass, on the trail. I could hear my breath as I worked my way up the hills and felt the fear of falling as I skied down the trail. I felt alive. A feeling I hadn’t felt for a long time.

My husband downhilled (yes, it’s a verb) as a teenager. He loved the daredevil experience of flying down the mountain with no inhibitions. I’m not sure I’d be able to make it farther than just off the ski lift and would have to be rescued by one of the ski patrol. Which might not be a bad scenario for one of Cat’s guests one of these days, especially if the rescuer was female and the writer rescued was a strong, scared man. I love getting my characters in trouble and seeing how they get themselves out of the situation.

So you know how Fatality by Firelight starts now. A trip to Little Ski Hill for the new group of writers attending Cat and Shauna’s writing retreat.   And a budding romance that shouldn’t be happening. Add in a dark-clad stranger who seems to know Cat already, and you have all the factors for a great mystery. Oh, and a dead body.

How it ends? Well, you’ll just have to read the book to find that out.

A girl can’t give away all her secrets.

Lynn

 

About “Fatality By Firelight”:
Cat Latimer’s Colorado bed-and-breakfast plays host to writers from all over. But murder14732356_362223670776761_6951742995138964623_n is distinctly unwelcome . . .

To kick off a winter writing retreat, Cat and her handyman boyfriend, Seth, escort the aspiring authors to a nearby ski resort, hoping some fresh cold air will wake up their creative muses. But instead of hitting the slopes, they hit the bar—and before long, a tipsy romance novelist named Christina is keeping herself warm with a local ski bum who might have neglected to tell her about his upcoming wedding.

Next thing Cat knows, her uncle, the town sheriff, informs her that the young man’s been found dead in a hot tub—and Christina shows up crying and covered in blood. Now, between a murder mystery, the theft of a rare Hemingway edition, and the arrival of a black-clad stranger in snowy Aspen Hills, Cat’s afraid everything’s going downhill . . .

 

Excerpt:
The world outside still clung to the previous night, the shadows not quite releasing their hold to the breaking light over the mountain ridge outside Aspen Hills, Colorado. With the first rays of morning, the fresh snow glistened and covered the lawn all around 700 Warm Springs.

Cat Latimer, owner of the Warm Springs Writer’s Retreat, housed in the old Victorian, sat at the kitchen table drinking a mix of hot chocolate and coffee. With a dab of freshly whipped cream, Cat thought Shauna’s winter concoction was just about the most perfect drink ever invented. Her friend, Shauna Mary Clodah, had taken over the role of cook, planner, and manager for the writing retreats. Shauna was a petite, pretty, Irish redhead that cooked like an angel. The small group sitting around the table was drinking the “virgin” version of her mixture. Later, the retreat guests would have the option of adding a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream or Kahlúa to their cups, an invitation to the muse.fatality-by-firelight-lynn-cahoon

Right now, her guests were tucked in their beds, sleeping. Which was where she wanted to be instead of sitting here in the kitchen. But then she took in the smell of coffee and chocolate mixed together and she sighed in delight.

“I can’t believe you’re taking the group up the mountain. I thought this was supposed to be about writing. They aren’t going to get many words written by spending the day skiing.” Uncle Pete had become a regular at the breakfast table, both when the retreat was in session and when it was just Cat and Shauna milling around the empty house. Her uncle was Aspen Hills’ police chief and Cat’s closest relative.

“It’s part of the Colorado experience.” Cat explained, thinking about her own manuscript sitting on her computer waiting for her to make time to write. The phrase making time to write was a joke. She either wrote or didn’t, and today her word-count chart would show a big fat zero, unless she had the mental energy when they returned from skiing. During the first retreat, she’d managed to get a few pages written—before one of her guests wound up dead in his room. This retreat she’d promised herself that she’d focus on her own work, even when they had guests. Shauna was in charge of the day-to-day activities when the retreat was in session. Cat’s job was to be the resident writer and set a good example as a professional writer. A job that sometimes was harder than other days, especially if she got drawn into a Facebook rotating loop of cute kittens or the occasional photos of hot guys—or worse, one simple question that grew into a research project on the entire history of the Salem Witch trials.

Today was about building relationships and having experiences. Writers needed both.

 

About Lynn:
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Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. Guidebook to Murder, book 1 of the series won the Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She’s also pens the recently released, Cat Latimer series. A STORY TO KILL, book 1, came out in mass market paperback September 2016.She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com

 

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Guest Post, Review and GIVEAWAY-A Story To Kill by Lynn Cahoon

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By Lynn Cahoon:

So excited to be here today. So what shall we discuss? Books, crafts, photography? I love talking with creative people, no matter their medium.

In most of my books, I talk a lot about food. So it was no surprise when I wrote A Story to Kill, I have an amateur chef serving as Cat’s best friend and partner in the writer’s retreat business. Shauna has a bit of the Irish in her so she makes a mean Shepard’s pie. I went to my first Irish pub on last year’s trip to the Big Apple, and we hit two that trip. Loved the food, except for smooshed peas. I’m going to have to add that experience to a book, because that stuff is awful. Maybe Shauna loves the stuff? It’s little facts that bring the characters to life for me. And things I love to play with.

Food is my comfort. I learned that from my mother. She didn’t have a lot of money, but she always made dinner a meal. Especially on Sunday’s. We typically had chicken fried in lard in the iron skillet. She had to make it in batches since the pan wasn’t big enough to feed all of us. And she fried everything, including the gizzards and heart. I never understood why she loved those. Mashed potatoes, milk gravy, and corn we’d cut off the cob and frozen the summer before.

And she always had dessert. A cake, cookies, or homemade ice cream. Yum.

So I always add meals into my stories. Mostly because I believe people need to share the food experience. And it’s always the best place to catch up on the gossip of the day.

In A Story to Kill, the writer’s retreat serves breakfast to the participants, but Shauna’s always setting out cookies or treats in the dining room. Running sugar highs is one way to assure a high word count. At least in my opinion.

I’m also a big Top Chef fan. Well, that and the other chef competitions. I can watch those shows over and over, always learning something new I can use in my own kitchen. Unfortunately, my husband is less than adventuresome in his meal choices. I have to ease new food into the rotation. And the guy loves packaged foods. Like Kraft Shells and Cheese. It’s plastic food, but he loves it. Which is another characterization I may have to add to one of my future characters. Or maybe Seth has grown fond of the stuff since he’s been single for a while?

This is why I love writing. It’s an adventure.

So what is your favorite dinner? Homemade or pre-packaged?

Thanks for stopping by Lynn!  I personally love food of all kinds, both homemade and pre-packaged depending on what I have going on that evening.  With kids, you do what you can when you can.  If I have a choice though,  though, I love homemade better than anything.  I grew up eating good homemade food from just about every culture I can think of.  From southern food to food from the far east, I have a taste for it all. Can I borrow Shauna by the way?

Review of A Story To Kill :

Author, Cat Latimer, wants to open up a monthly writer’s retreat where writers of all walks of life and styles can get away for a week and focus on their writing. After acquiring back her beautiful home in Colorado in the will of her ex-husband, she turns the home into just that. But, not everything is going according to plan as one of the authors die during the retreat and secrets from the past start to come out of the woodwork itself. Between rekindling an old romance and discovering secrets the home holds, Cat is finding it hard to concentrate on making the retreat the relaxing refuge it was meant to be.

I never knew it took so much quiet to be a writer. I could feel Cat struggling with all the chaos around her. I am not sure if all writers are introverts, but Cat feels like one to me. Maybe she was not always though. I am still left with so many unanswered questions. I am intrigued by the personalities that Lynn throws together at this retreat for Cat and her best friend and co-owner, Shauna, to deal with. What a great team they make.

The book was interlaced with suspense, humor and inside information about being a writer that the reader will be able to chew on. I believe Lynn was trying to give us a sneak peak at her and other writer’s lives and what they go through, minus the dead body of course. I loved how one of the characters, even though in peril, uses the opportunity to research for her next book while being locked away in jail. How cheeky this character is. She might have been my favorite because when she first comes onto the scene at the first of the book, I did indeed blush a bit and might have lost my coffee. Oh Lynn!

I don’t see how anyone could not enjoy this journey with these writers, professors and the mystery they are all involved in together. And, this book is just the beginning as we are left with unanswered questions at the end. Come now book two. Out with you!

“To the Warm Springs Writers Retreat. May it survive, thrive and prosper.”

–A Story To Kill

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About the Author:

Lynn Cahoon is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Tourist Trap Cahoonmystery series, including Guidebook to Murder, Mission to Murder, A Shoe to Kill, Dressed to Kill, Killer Run, Murder on Wheels, and Tea Cups and Carnage (releasing June 2016) She’s also the author of the Cat Latimer mystery series with the first book, A Story to Kill releasing August 2016. Guidebook to Murder won the 2015 Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction.

She’s an active member of MORWA (local RWA chapter), MWA, and International Thriller Writers.

Lynn’s contemporary romance series, The Bull Rider Series, includes The Bull Rider’s Brother, The Bull Rider’s Manager, and The Bull Rider’s Keeper (a 2015 RONE finalist.) She is also the author of The Council Series — A Member of the Council, Return of the Fae (a 2014 RONE finalist), and The Salem Gathering. The Castle View series, includes Wild Hearts and Roadside Attraction. The third book in the series, Project Detour, will be released Summer 2016.

Mermaid Tales by Debbie Dadey and guest review by Hannah Booth!

Readers, I am delighted to have a review of Book 11 of Mermaid Tails by my daughter, a lover of all things of the sea and all things princess and things that glitter.

 

 

The Polar Bear Express, Book Eleven in Mermaid Tales Series

Well, a polar bear gets lost. A mermaid named Kiki helps the polar bear find his home. My favorite part of the book was when the polar bear find Kiki. The book was exciting, inspiring and entertaining. I give it five stars.

 

DebbieDadey-photo-200pxDebbie Dadey has a fantastic website with wonderful ways to connect, start a kids book club and even help out with book reports!  Check out her site and connect with her.  She is an amazing writer and person.  And, being from Kentucky, also makes her pretty special we think!

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Around the world in Books; Guest Post by Jill Gardner and Lynn Cahoon

Hi gang,

I’m Jill Gardner, owner –operator of Coffee, Books, and More, and the amateur sleuth in Lynn Cahoon’s popular Tourist Trap series. I’m here to talk today about why I love books. Being a bookseller, you’d think I’d be mad about books and I am, but my love didn’t happen the day I looked at the old brick building on Main Street when I was visiting South Cove for a long overdue vacation.

No, my love of books started way before that.

When I was in second grade, we had a blue and white reader (book) in our classroom. In that reader, was a poem about Jack. Jack was out in the dark, in a park. I know a lot of scary things happened to poor Jack that rhymed with dark and park, but I can’t remember what they were. I blame the text book for my love of scary stories. Since then I’ve gone on to devour most of the Stephen King books, along with Peter Straub and others. I do have one requirement for my scary reads, they have to have a happy ever after, which means at least one of the characters has to get out of the haunted house alive.

My love of time travel and alternate universes can be blamed on A Wrinkle in Time and The Phantom Tollbooth. I’ve re-read Phantom recently and it stands up still as a lovely story with a message. I so find myself in the doledrums but now I know how to get myself out. (Just stay on the path…) Of course, later in high school, my group of band geeks read The Lord of the Rings. When I found A Discovery of Witches a few years ago, I was transported back again into that world where only a good book can take you.

And we can’t forget my first dip into the world of romance. Now, Gone with the Wind is about a lot of things, and doesn’t end up being a romance, but the scene with Rhett and Scarlett on the stairway? Now that’s enough to make a young girl wish she’d been born in Civil War times. Now, I like my romance with a bit of magic (witchcraft) or set in a small town (Robyn Carr’s Thunder Point series.)

As a book seller, I read a lot of the new and upcoming authors. And I get a ton of ARC’s (advance reader copies) so that I can recommend books to my customers. I’ve got Joe Hill’s The Fireman on my night stand right now. I loved his Heart Shaped Box – He’s a true King heir.

Well, I’ve rambled on about the list of books I love for long enough. What do you like to read? I know you’ll have to add Tea Cups and Carnage to that list so you can follow along on my most recent caper.

Wow, I just sounded like Nancy Drew.

Peace,

Jill

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Tea Cups and Carnage

The quaint coastal town of South Cove, California, is all abuzz about the opening of a new specialty shop, Tea Hee. But as Coffee, Books, and More owner Jill Gardner is about to find out, there’s nothing cozy about murder . . .

Shop owner Kathi Corbin says she came to South Cove to get away from her estranged family. But is she telling the truth? And did a sinister someone from her past follow her to South Cove? When a woman claiming to be Kathi’s sister starts making waves and a dead body is found in a local motel, Jill must step in to clear Kathi’s name–without getting herself in hot water.

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Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today bestselling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. Guidebook to Murder, book 1 of the series won the Reader’s Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She’s also the author of the soon to be released, Cat Latimer series, with the first book, A STORY TO KILL, releasing in mass market paperback September 2016.She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com

Cover Reveal: Prepped for the Kill by A. E. H. Veenman

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✨✨Prepped for the Kill (Marjorie Gardens Mystery #2)✨✨

Are you ready? Are you prepared?

Defense Attorney Isis Ferrelli wouldn’t have believed it if she weren’t holding the purchase agreement. Point Shirley residents Raymond Lockhart and Jedemiah Briggs are buying a survivalist condo designed for the digital age after doomsday.

The Reebok Refuge Silo is either a prepper’s paradise or a real estate scam. But when the decommissioned compound locks down after a power failure—a resident is poisoned, and another is found dead—it’s time to sound the SHTF alarm! Isis has a murder investigation…underground.

She must determine who has betrayed the colony. If she doesn’t, either she, Ray, or Jed could end up bugging-out in the afterlife.

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Saturday, a side dish of The Hardy Boys whetted my appetite for hunting down clues and solving crime. Thus began a three-course menu for becoming a writer.

For hors d’oeuvres, I sampled women’s fiction for a bit with novels, All Waters Gathering (2008) and Carruther’s Place (2011). It wasn’t until I realized murder should really be on the menu when the main course became my thriller, Barbecue (2011).

And then the time came for dessert! Rich and sweet is the first Digital Age Cozy™ in the Marjorie Gardens Mystery seriesDial QR for Murder—and now it’s my pleasure to dole out a helping of Prepped for the Kill.

A delectable novella featuring Isis Ferrelli and Jason Shahaman follows in the first Marjorie Gardens Romance Mystery—Ten Days in Tahiti.

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Guest Post by Julie Mulhern

Julie Mulhern.photo credit Larry LevensonIn June, 2015, I went to Dallas. My publisher brought together some of its authors and we went to book clubs and a luncheon and a signing. The Deep End had been out four months and I was as green as new author can be—that is to say somewhere between chartreuse and apple.

Without exception, the authors I met were lovely people and spending time with the editorial staff from Henery Press was a delight.

On Friday evening, Gretchen Archer won a bottle of Kinky Liqueur. The contents were the color of strawberry sherbet. We went back to the hotel and drank wine. The bottle of blood orange infused vodka watched us.

Clouds coverSaturday was a full day. So full that it seemed only natural to unwind that evening with more wine. Someone picked up the bottle of Kinky. We passed it around. We speculated on what it might taste like. We did not open it. Someone—Phoebe Fox? me?—suggested we all put a character named Kinky Liqueur in our next books.

This suggestion was met with Kendall Jackson-fueled enthusiasm.

But a problem was quickly identified. My series was set in the 1970s, the others are contemporary. This road bump was swept aside. We’d all create our own Kinkys.

Which is how, Kenneth Keye LeCoeur, a character in Clouds came to be.

Cassie LeCoeur waved at me from across the lobby. Sometimes that happens. You don’t see someone for weeks on end and then you run into them in the oddest places. Poor Cassie. Being married to a man named Kinky LeCoeur must be a heavy cross to bear. Not that her husband’s real name is Kinky. He introduces himself as Kenneth. Probably when they met in college he introduced himself as Ken. But to those of us who have known him his whole life, he’ll always be Kinky. Mother says when one’s last name sounds as if it might belong to a professional dancer, one must be extra careful when selecting first names. The LeCoeurs obviously never heard her wax lyrical on this point…or maybe she waxes because of what Bob and Mary LeCoeur named their children—Kenneth Keye (show me a bunch of high school boys who won’t shorten that to Kinky) and his sister Candace, called Candy.

If you’d like to go searching for the other Kinkys, pick up Lowcountry Book Club by Susan Boyer or Heart Conditions by Phoebe Fox. And keep your eye out for a Kinky in Gretchen Archer’s sixth book (she makes no promises).

 

Happy hunting!

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