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Ghosting in Charleston; The Five Amigos Halloween

sheryl halloween amigosI missed a fantastic couple of haunted history tours in town this week. Seriously, the photos they have been posting online have looked amazing! If you know me and have been following me, you know I love my paranormal research, stories and shows. The deceased dwelling amongst the living fascinates me.

Haunted homes have always been my favorite. When I speak of haunted homes, I don’t mean the kind that have people dressed up in it. I mean ones with spirits of those who have passed on inside. There are so many of these in the south where I live that it’s almost impossible to step into a historical home and it not be inhabited by someone that used to live there.

Weather you believe in spirits or not, the subject is fascinating to so many people and makes a fantastic subject for writers. I can think of no better person than Lori Robert’s book, Cries in the Night, to breathe life into a fiction book that seems so realistic. Carly and Austin Tabor experience the real deal in their newly purchased fixer upper home in Denver. From apparitions disrupting their daily living to objects moving on their own, the Taylors can’t seem to live a normal life.

To try and get down to the reasoning behind the hauntings, they delve into historical research and even hire a reliable medium, Delaney Warrick, to figure out the reasoning behind the disturbances from the spirits themselves. Often times, hauntings are caused lori-robertsby spirits attaching themselves to objects or even when their bodily remains are left on the premises. Could this be the issue with the Taylor’s home?

Cries in the Night is a book that is a must read for those who love the paranormal and history. As someone who has experienced many episodes with the paranormal, I can tell you that this piece of fiction hit the nail on the head for realism. It’s beautifully written, respectfully written and the characters are believable and relatable.

I really hope Mrs. Roberts plans to write a follow up to this because her writing in the Parastorical is next to none.

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Have you ever had a paranormal experience? Hve you seen spirits of those who have passed on?  Leave a comment below and let me know! 

Then, check out what the other Amigos have been reading!

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I Am Haunted by Seven Sisters

Yes, I am haunted by Seven Sisters. 

My mind floats off to thoughts of Carrie Jo, Muncie, Calpurnia, and shall I even say sheryl halloween amigosJeremiah?  What can I honestly say about M.L. Bullock’s Seven Sister’s series? One must read them from book one, all the way to book six to truly grasp the amazing richness that is the life of Carrie Jo Jardine. I listened to all six on Audible and her journey captivated me.

Some would want to label this a paracozy, but it goes beyond that. CJ describes herself as a “dream catcher.” She can go to sleep in a location, fall asleep after reading something or after holding an object and be taken back in time to see; no live the history of the location or object. This can really be neat if you’re looking at it from the outside, but Carrie Jo’s experiences can be and do become downright scary and disturbing.

CJ has been hired by Mobile Alabama’s most eligible bachelor, Ashland Stuart, for the assignment of restoring the antebellum, Seven Sisters, back to it’s former glory. From paint details, to furniture placement, down to the amazing gardens, CJ is there to make sure everything is perfect to the finest detail. Unbeknownst to them, she is able to get things exactly as they were because she can see Seven Sister from the past and all who lived in and visited it. She learns of the abuse, love scorned and family secrets that some still are willing to kill for from beyond the grave.

I was lost in this series. I loved meeting the homeowners, those who worked there and learning about the darker side to this beautiful plantation home. Each of them seem as old friends each time I hear and speak their names from book to book. I was drawn to keep reading and couldn’t stop, mourning when the story would end and having to wait for the next in the series. I am drawn to the fictitious Seven Sisters as much as Carrie Jo is.

Are the friends and family of Carrie Jo safe? Is CJ safe from them and the ghosts that haunt Seven Sisters in her mind? Each book takes darker twists and turns to reveal a murderous plot and the scandals are too numerous to keep up with.  You’ll want to read all the books to get a full picture of the depth of stories that Seven Sisters has hidden within.

I often feel like I rattle on when I talk about this series because I love it so much. I am invested in these characters and they are a part of me now. It has elements of mystery, history, the supernatural and a storyline that keeps me wanting more. As I said, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the books on Audible, but either format you get them in is sure to get you hooked. You’ll soon pine to return to Seven Sisters too.

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About the Author, M.L. Bullock

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As a kid, I never wanted to be a superhero but I would have traded all my Barbies to be Nancy Drew. That love for mysteries and a total obsession with ghost stories is what led me to become a writer. I just love a mystery!

I’m a true blue Southern girl who loves living on the Gulf Coast. When I’m not playing the trumpet or hanging out with the people I love, I’m probably daydreaming.

SQUEEEE ALERT! 

Here is the upcoming release list for the rest of 2017. And yes, we get to RETURN to Seven Sisters. Who wants to go with me? The Roses of Mobile is out now for when you finish up with this Seven Sisters Series. Can you tell I am excited?

Upcoming Books for 2017

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All the Summer Roses (Return to Seven Sisters 2)
Halloween Screams: A Halloween Horror Short Story Collection
Beyond Seven Sisters (Seven Sisters 8)
The Belles of Desire, Mississippi (The Belles of Desire 1)
The Ghost Lights of Forrest Field (Gulf Coast Paranormal 6)
The Ghost of Jeopardy Belle (The Belles of Desire 2)
The Haunting of Joanna Storm
Christmas at Idlewood (Idlewood 5)
Christmas at Seven Sisters (Seven Sisters 7)
Loxley’s Cradle (The Belles of Desire 3)
The Disappearance of Joanna Storm (The Joanna Storm Series 2)

 

Do you have a favorite book to read leading up to Halloween?  Check out what the other Amigos suggest!Click below to see what the Karens, Lisa and Mary picked for week four.

What did the other AMIGOS pick? Find out now!

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It’s This Amiga’s Party, Gonna Fall If I Want To!

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Nothing says “It’s Fall Folks” like group retreats, cooler weather and a good gathering around a fire pit.   Okay, well, if you are reading Vicki Fee, it might be a bunch of naked witches dancing around a fire pit, but who’s keeping up, right? It’s FALL guys and dolls!It's Your Party Cover

The best part of fall is the beginning of ghost hunting season. Yes, there is a season. Have you tried to book a tour at Waverly Hills lately? Good luck on that. If you don’t go out looking for the spirits of the dead, you should know that fall is when people usually think about it. There are so many places to go here in the Southern United States; abandoned buildings, old sanatoriums, historical buildings and don’t get me started on the amazing cemeteries. No need to wait for Halloween. Let fall begin! It’s Your Party, Die If You Want To encompasses all things Fall in my book (wasn’t that ingenious?), throws it into a nice mystery and achieves it so well for this southern gal.

Clue2Liv and Di live in the heart of Dixie and are getting ready for an amazing time together. From the first visit to a haunted cemetery to the ending with an interesting Clue game that ends with hunting down the murderer, Vicki keeps the reader engaged with well-rounded characters throughout the book. I couldn’t keep up with who was truly crazy and who was just acting the part.

Three is my favorite number so it’s no wonder that Vickie’s book ended up as my third pick for fall. Book your ghost hunt, murder mystery luncheon and take this book with you. Liv and Di will be like having your close friends traveling with you. Don’t do fall without them.  Click HERE to buy your own copy!

 

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What did the other AMIGOS pick?  Find out now!

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July Explodes with Mystery!

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I love summer.  That usually means relaxing by the pool, going to the beach or at least vacationing somewhere for at least one weekend.  And with those weekends come a chance to read some amazing authors.  There are so many great cozies out this month. In cases like this, I wish I could clone myself so I could read them all. But alas, I am only one reader.

Do you have any particulars you are excited about? I know I do!  Take a look at this great list for the month of July.  If you know of others, feel free to post them in the comment section below.  I am always looking for new and interesting mysteries. 

Happy July, happy reading and….don’t forget to leave a review for the books you read.  A sentence or two mean the world to the guys and dolls who’s works we read. 

Allyson K. Abbott: A Toast to Murder
Lorraine Bartlett: A Basket Full of Bargains
Laura Bradford: 30 Second Death
Lynn Cahoon: Killer Party
Laurie Cass: Wrong Side of the Paw
Peg Cochran: Sowed to Death
Gary Corby: Death on Delos
Kathi Daley: Camp Carter
Kathi Daley: Second Look
Lindsey Davis: The Third Nero
Mary Feliz: Dead Storage
Jean Flowers: Addressed To Kill
Alexia Gordon:Death In D Minor
Victoria Hamilton: Muffin to Fear
Joan Hess  & Elizabeth Peters: The Painted Queen
Victoria Laurie: A Panicked Premonition
Mary Marks: Knot What You Think
Alyssa Maxwell: Murder at Chateau Sur Mer
Catriona McPherson: Dandy Gilver and a Spot of Toil and Trouble
Sandra Orchard: Over Maya Dead Body
J.R. Ripley :To Kill a Hummingbird
Denise Swanson: Lions and Tigers and Murder, Oh My

Talking a little Homicide with Lynn Cahoon

I don’t know about anyone else out there in blog-land, but I love visiting South Cove. It reminds me of a combination of two small towns in Kentucky that I love to visit, Smith’s Grove and Glendale.  There is every kind of small business you can think of and that small town feel in both.  Today, we get to talk to Lynn Cahoon on her virtual tour about South Cove, the characters she writes and about herself and her writing the books. 

BTB: Welcome back to Booth Talks Books Lynn! It was so great to see you again in LynnBowling Green for the Southern Kentucky Book Fest.  Me and my daughter loved chatting you up.  Let’s do some more yapping as they say here in the south.  So, are you loving this virtual tour your on across all the book blogs?

LC: Thanks Sheryl! It’s great having a virtual tour for this book release because I can be everywhere across the country with no travel time.

BTB: First things, first.  How did you get started writing?

LC: I always wanted to be a writer, but I’m a black and white girl. So there was NO clear career path to be an author. I could go to college to be a journalist, but, I knew that would mean I’d need to talk to people. I really didn’t want to do that. So I got a political science/public administration degree and went to work for the state. I stayed there for 20 years, then decided I wanted to try something else. It was also the same time when my son went away to college and I got a divorce. Why not quit my job too? I started taking classes in the MFA of Creative Writing program.

Then I started dating my husband.  Darts takes a lot of time. We played league two or three nights a week, tournaments on weekends, and then at least once a month, we traveled for tournaments. No time for classes or writing.

Fast forward to 2007. We’d moved from Idaho to Illinois. I got a job with corporate America. And got my mammogram as soon as my insurance became effective. That decision changed my life. And probably saved my life. 2007 was the year of breast cancer. When you’re going through treatment, you realize what’s really important. And what you want your life to mean.

I wanted to be a writer. So I wrote. I submitted. And finally sold in 2012.

BTB: Hospitality and Homicide is the 8th book in the South Cove series and yet you keep introducing us to new places in the town. This time, we get to head to the local bed and breakfast. Why a bed and breakfast this time around? What is it about a murder and a bed and breakfast that is so unsettling?

LC: Actually Bill and Mary’s South Cove B&B have been there all along, but we’ve never stepped inside. I like visiting new businesses and focusing on different characters with each book. Of course, Jill, Greg, and Aunt Jackie will be major in all of the books, but I can feel when we haven’t brought a secondary character around much. So Esmeralda has a big role in H/H.

BTB: What do you think the fascination is with readers and the novice sleuth like Jill? She just seems to be in the worst places at the worst times. Why do you think us readers like her so much? Why do you like her so much?

LC: I like her because she mostly says what she’s thinking and does what she wants. I think sometimes women are so focused on what other people need from them, they forget about taking care of themselves. Jill may focus on food and running, but she makes sure she has Jill time. I think readers like the novice sleuth because they can imagine doing the same things, but safely in their arm chair.

BTB: Most of the time, the main character solves the crime. Do you think it’s important in an ongoing series that the mystery be solved each and every time? What do you think about an ongoing mystery through a series?

LC: You need a mystery solved in every book. But I believe you can have an ongoing mystery that continues in several books. Like my Cat Latimer series. Cat has an overarching mystery with who killed her ex-husband, but each book focuses on one current murder. Castle did this with who killed Beckett’s mother.

BTB: Why is Jill still running Coffee, Books and More? With all the adventures of crime solving, has she given serious thought to changing careers?

LC: Running the coffee shop is her life. I don’t see her giving it up anytime soon. She’s had the corporate lawyer gig, and she likes being a small business owner. Besides the shifts she schedules herself for give her a lot of time for her favorite pastime, reading.

BTB: I understanding needing some reading time and time to one’s self.  Speaking of one’s self let’s put you in Jill’s shoes.  Okay, you are in the same situation as Jill, would react any differently than her?

LC: Jill’s stronger than I am. She’s takes big risks (leaving her job and opening a coffee shop).

BTB:  What have you learned from Jill and her risk taking and adventures in South Cove that has stuck with you the most?

LC: She takes care of herself better. I am learning those skills as I go through life.

BTB: In Hospitality and Homicide, we have an author whose crime in their book comes true in real life in South Cove. First of all, that must be freaking for Nathan Pike, the author. Has this ever happened to you or someone you know?

LC: Actually, I’ve never heard of that happening to anyone. Sometimes, fiction can be stranger than truth.

BTB: So why do you choose a specific place to set your world?


LC: Mostly the place calls to me.

BTB:  Call you?  Really? That’s interesting.

LC: Seriously.

Guidebook to Murder started because I was vacationing in central California visiting my sister. I stopped by a small tourist town and found a house that was up for sale. The house was run down, the yard more like a

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pasture, and I wanted that house more than anything. Of course, I was going through a divorce and had a kid ready to go to college. Not a time to uproot my life and move to a coastal community. But I took a picture of the house and kept that picture on my computer for a long time.

Finally, the story came to me and the Tourist Trap series was born.

BTB: How do you choose between using a real town and a fictional town like South Cove?

LC: I’ve only used a real town when I wrote a short romantic novella (Playing Doctor.) It’s set in St. Louis, but mostly in the hospital.

Fictional towns are so much easier to work with. You have to know the area you’re using for the book but you can make the town look anyway you’d like. Until you’re several books into the series that is.

For my Farm to Fork Mystery series (releasing 2018), I’m turning my old home town into River Vista, Idaho. That way I can make it look anyway I want and still keep the feel of small town Idaho.

BTB: Do you run any book clubs or meetings for your fan following?  I would love to be apart of one as I am sure many of your readers would be.

LC: Hmmm, good question. I don’t. I know several authors do and have built a strong following talking about books, their own, and comparable. Currently I have a day job as well as the writer gig. This might be something I could start up when I only write.

I’m an officer in my work Toastmaster club and run meetings there. But I don’t think that’s what you want to know about.

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Southern Kentucky Book Fest author panel 2017

BTB: I guess you could start a book-club at the Toastmaster’s club.  No, but seriously, you should start one.  Readers seem to really latch on to your characters and I’m sure getting to discuss them with you would really be amazing.  I know I would love it.  So, how do you develop these three dimensional  characters?

LC: Some people do character interviews, but I kind of know who I’m working with and, like any good relationship, you learn more by spending time with your imaginary friends. The good news is your editor can rein you in when you go off script. That’s also the bad news in case they don’t see it. I’ve really enjoyed doing character blog posts and interviews for the different bloggers. Sometimes my characters surprise me.

Esmeralda, the fortune teller/police dispatcher in the Tourist Trap series has a little vignette I wrote for a release bonus. I so enjoyed taking a peek into her world.

BTB: Esmeralda is such a great and original character.  Do you ever gather and plot with other friends or authors and just talk about murder and mystery to inspire the your books?

LC: Laura Bradford and I talk a lot both in person and on line. Every time I’m with her, I get a new bright and shiny (idea.) I’ve only ever plotted out one book with her, and it was Cat’s young adult novel that I am so going to write one of these days. What I’ll do with it, I don’t know, but it’s getting written.

BTB: I had wondered if we’d ever get to dive into Cat’s book!  That is something I would for sure read since I get snippets of it in the Cat Latimer series.  As a reader, I get to escape with a well-written book. What do you as the author get from writing?

LC: I do write for the money. If you went to a job and didn’t get paid, it would be called volunteering, not a career. Writing is a career for me. I get annoyed with people who say they write for the love of writing. It’s a job. It’s a great job, but you have to treat it like a job or it can overwhelm you. I love getting the bright and shiny new idea and seeing it develop into a real story. I’ve always told myself stories. Now I get to tell my stories to others and get paid. It’s a win-win.

Thanks a ton Lynn for hanging out here at the Booth Talks Books blog and answering all these questions. 

Hey readers, if you have questions, please leave them in the comments below for Lynn.  Also, feel free to just say hi or how you liked the interview.  You know I like to chat you all up.

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Fatality By Firelight; Review

Fatality By Firelight by Lynn Cahoon

fatality-by-firelight-lynn-cahoonWhen I think of a retreat, I think of relaxation, good food and learning about whatever it is I have gone there to learn. Dealing with a murder investigation is not something that is usually on the agenda. For Cat Latimer, it’s becoming a normal thing on the agenda at her Warm Springs Writing retreat.

While trying to solve the mystery of her ex husband’s death, starting a new relationship with her high school sweetheart and trying to keep herself sane, Cat finds out that the town she lives in isn’t quite what she thought it was. With a missing signed Hemingway book, someone stalking one of her guests and a dead local man connected to one of her guests, writing retreat number two is going the wrong direction fast.

I feel for Cat. All she wanted to do was set up this amazing retreat for writers like herself in a beautiful historical house in this amazing small town. Much like people, the town shows it’s dark side. I kept screaming a the book to give her a break. I mean, she lost her husband in a divorce when she thought he didn’t care for her and now that may not be the case? For someone to grow up around a town that had a dark a side as Warm Springs and not know, they would have to for sure be naïve. Cat is finally waking up in Fatality By Firelight and seeing the people and town for what it is. And no, I don’t believe she will be getting a break anytime soon. That is bad for her, but so good for the series. She really needs to secure her home better though. I don’t know how she sleeps.

Lynn doesn’t keep us in one place for very long in this book. She has us bouncing from scene to scene which, for me, is a good thing. I don’t like to stay in one place for too long. I want to get up and “look around” if you know what I mean. Lynn does this for the reader. We’re going around the house, into the town, the bar, library and other places. I never get bored reading with the change of scenes.

Some questions I had in book one were answered in this one, but I still have more.   Not only does the book have a mystery, there is an ongoing mystery throughout this series, which keeps me reading the series. This makes me as a reader need to read the next book to know what is going on and figure out what happened to Michael. I won’t say if that is answered in this book, but I will say that I need to read the next one and soon. A mystery is afoot and I need more coffee and that third book. Cat Latimer has become one of my favorite characters. Now, if she can only get some time to write and stop having people die around her…..

About Lynn:

CahoonLynn 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 Cat Latimer series, with the first book, A STORY TO KILL, out in mass market paperback now. Two more Cat Latimer books will be released in 2017. Lynn started her career writing sweet contemporary romances with heroes ranging from cowboys to warlocks. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies. 

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Other Cozy Mysteries by Lynn:

tea cups and carnage-The Tourist Trap Mystery Series-

Guidebook to Murder

Mission to Murder

If the Shoe Kills

Dressed to Kill

Killer Run

Murder on Wheels

Tea Cups and Carnage 

Hospitality and Homicide (May 2017)

Killer Party (July 2017)

 

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A Story to Kill 

Fatality by Firelight

Of Murder and Men (December 2017)

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What do you think?  Do you enjoy Lynn Cahoon’s books?  Which series have you enjoyed the most?  If you’ve met Cat, what do you think of her?  If you have questions for Lynn, leave a message and she’ll stop by and answer them. 

I know I have enjoyed getting to know her over the past year as well as her fantastic menagerie of characters. 

Spotlight on LEA WAIT

Tightening The Threads

Maru with Tightening the Thread by Lea Wait

 

In the coastal town of Haven Harbor, blood runs thicker than water-and just as freely . . .

Antique dealer Sarah Byrne has never unspooled the truth about her past to anyone—not even friend and fellow Mainely Needlepointer Angie Curtis. But the Tightening The Thread Lea Waitenigmatic Aussie finally has the one thing she’s searched for all her life—family. And now she and long-lost half-brother, Ted Lawrence, a wealthy old artist and gallery owner in town, are ready to reveal their secret connection . . .

Ted’s adult children are suspicious of their newfound aunt Sarah—especially after Ted, in declining health, announces plans to leave her his museum-worthy heirloom paintings. So when Ted is poisoned to death during a lobster bake, everyone assumes she’s guilty. If Sarah and Angie can’t track down the real murderer in time, Sarah’s bound to learn how delicate—and deadly—family dynamics can truly be…

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Coming October 31, 2017

Christmas in Haven Harbor, Maine, means family, trouble, and murder . . .

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This Yuletide season, there’s no time for Angie Curtis and Patrick West to linger under the mistletoe. Patrick’s being needled by his mother—movie star Skye West—to set the stage for a perfect white Christmas as she brings her costar, screenwriters, and director home for the holidays. With his mother’s long list of wishes, Patrick’s becoming unraveled. To help, the Mainely Needlepointers offer to decorate Skye’s Victorian mansion and create needlepoint pillows as gifts for the guests.
 
But not long after the celebrity celebrants invade Haven Harbor, an unscripted tragedy occurs. Then some questionable Christmas cookies make Patrick sick. Before Santa arrives at the town pier on a lobster boat, Angie and the Needlepointers need to trim down the naughty list, catch a cold-hearted killer, and wrap up the case . . .

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Lea Wait PortraitAbout Lea: Maine author Lea Wait writes two mystery series: the USA Today best-selling Mainely Needlepoint series, the most recent of which is Dangling By a Thread, and the Agatha-finalist Shadows Antique Print series, the most recent of which is Shadows on a Morning in Maine. Wait also writes historical novels set in nineteenth century Maine for readers eight and up. She invites readers to friend her on Facebook and Goodreads, to visit her website, www.leawait.com, and to read the blog she writes with other Maine mystery writers, www.mainecrimewriters.com.
Lea Wait grew up in Maine and New Jersey, majored in drama and English at Chatham College (now University) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned her MA and DWD in American Civilization at New York University. While raising the four daughters she adopted as a single parent Wait worked in public relations and strategic planning for AT&T. She now writes full-time and often speaks at schools, libraries and conferences. She is married to artist Bob Thomas, and has written about their life together in her Living and Writing on the Coast of Maine.

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