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A Charming Voodoo Scavenger Hunt Tour

Welcome to BTB’s “A Charming Voodoo” Scavenger Hunt Tour Stop

 

About, “A Charming VooDoo”

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Whispering Falls is abuzz with the new housing development and new shopscharming-voodoo
popping up all over the magical village right before the annual All Hallow’s Eve celebration.

Cures and trouble. . .
June Heal’s intuition is on high alert and she just can’t shake that something bad is about to happen.

Magic stirs . . .
June finds Violet Draper standing over a dead body in the new pumpkin patch hours before it’s supposed to open for hayrides.

And trouble doubles . . .
Once again, June has to put her sleuthing skills to work and figure out who the real killer is before the new citizens pack up and move right back out of town.

 

Let’s go to the “A Charming VooDoo” Party.  After you……

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Remaining Tour Stops & Dates:

9/30~Community Book Stop
10/1~Yaritza Book Group Facebook
10/1~ Girl with Book Lungs
10/2~Bab’s Book Bistro
10/3~Melissa’s Mocha, Mysteries, and Meows
10/4~Tonya’s blog 
10/5~Mystery Reading Nook
10/6~Life with Arielle
10/6~ MJB Reviewers
10/6~ Granny Loves to Read
10/7~Polished Nails
10/7~ A Girl and her Ebooks
10/8~Cozy Up With Kathy
10/9~Brooke’s Blog
10/9~The Books The Thing
10/10~Books, Coffee, and My Dog
10/10~Bibliophile Reviews 
10/11~Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My!
10/12~Shelley’s Book Case
10/13~Killer Characters
10/14~Sharon Reads
10/15-White Pine Cozy Mystery
10/15~I wished I lived in a Library
10/16~Homeschool n’ stuff
10/17~Sleuth Cafe
10/18~Wilovebooks
10/18~Bookish Smart

About Tonya Kappes:
tonya-kappes-witchFor years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been publishing numerous mystery and romance titles with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plot lines and quirky characters, but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans.

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It’s Your Party, Die If You Want To by Vickie Fee

Review:
Nothing says woman’s business retreat like a ghost hunt, pagans dancing naked around its-your-partythe fire and the dead body of a community member whose had an affair with just about every man in town. Dang Vickie! What was in your tea when you were writing this? It’s Your Party, Die If You Want To is a non-stop trip of having your mouth hanging open and I loved it!

Small towns are amazing because there is always something going on and everyone knows about it. Dixie Tennessee is just like any other small southern town except a lot more scandalous. Liv McKay, a party planner and her friend, Di Souther, the local mail carrier are in the perfect professions to know everyone’s business in a more intimate way. And can I just say the names, Liv and Di for murder mystery characters are brilliant! I love that to the moon and back.

During the Professional Women’s Alliance of Dixie retreat (PWAD), one of their members who “gets around town”, if you catch my drift, ends up dead with a look on her face that would turn ones blood cold. All this happens during a ghost hunt and the homecoming of Dixie’s very own celebrity ghost hunter, Lucinda Grable. With this twist in the retreat, no one is allowed to leave and everyone starts pointing fingers at each other. Between Liv and Di, they come up with a plan to ensnare the killer at the Halloween fundraiser during a stage performance of “Clue” after Di notes several clues of her own along the way.

These characters were sassy and not afraid to show their crazy at all. When that happens, the reader can’t tell who is naturally crazy and who is mentally crazy and needs to be put in a mental ward. Between the bickering, joking, unusual alliances and backstabbing, I just couldn’t keep up. Have I met these people before? Nah…..okay, maybe.

The ending was just as climatic as my first Clue game. My mouth was hanging open; I was fidgeting and really nervous as the plot was revealed. It was exciting, the dialogue that occurred between them all as the guilty parties were outed.

The details that Vickie uses throughout the book to describe the scenes are what make the book really come to life. I felt like I was at the parties. I could envision everything around me, smell the food and felt like I was right in with Liv and Holly doing the decorating and mingling. I was anxious with them as they were preparing each location for the big night. I learned about a new poison I had never heard about and that fascinated me. How Agatha Christie is that? She didn’t just tell a story that was entertaining, she kept me informed, involved me as a reader and even educated me.

its-your-party2This story went above and beyond just a story. Yes, it was a cozy mystery, but it has so many layers. It was like watching a movie in my head more so than some of the books I read. I love detail and love it when writers use it to help me along. I am not in their head when they are writing so it helps me understand their vision. So, if you don’t like a lot of description and detail, this wouldn’t be the book for you. But if you do, Vickie Fee is your author. It’s Your Party, Die If You Want To needs to be on your bookshelf.

About Vickie Fee:
Vickie Fee grew up on a steady diet of Nancy Drew, daydreams and sweet iced tea. Like vickiefeemost people born and raised in Memphis, she didn’t tour Graceland until she was in her 30s – and then only as a host to out-of-town guests. She now lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her husband, John. If she cranes her neck slightly, she can see Lake Superior from her office/guestroom window.

After earning a journalism degree from the University of Memphis, she spent many years as a reporter covering small Southern towns populated with colorful characters, much like those in her books’ fictional town of Dixie, Tennessee. She’s a past president of the Malice in Memphis chapter of Sisters in Crime and current member of the Wisconsin Sisters in Crime and the Guppies chapter. When not writing, Vickie enjoys reading mysteries and watching B movies from the 1930s and ‘40s.

She’s currently working on the next book in the Liv and Di in Dixie mystery series, published by Kensington.

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Buy a Friend a Book Day: August 31

August 31 is “Buy a Friend a Book Day” and I am celebrating by sending three of 11817169_10153538802612792_925414110557647945_n my friends surprises in the mail. Okay, one already knows because I could not keep quiet but the other two have no clue. So, that is this day that I speak of? Hallmark doesn’t have any cards out about it and you won’t see any advertisements on the TV about it. But, to us who read and love “our” authors, it’s kind of a big deal.

Lisa A. Kelley , the hostess of this year’s world-wide event describes it.

“It’s simple. Buy a friend(s) a book today. Any book you want. Introduce your friend to a new author or series, or buy your friend a book that she / he has been wanting! It’s that easy. Just buy a friend a book!”

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Me getting the books ready for the post.

So, yes. Simple. I have decided to pull three titles from the group of ladies who call themselves the Cozy Chicks. These ladies are amazing and have been super amazing to me on my newly launched adventure as a book reviewer and blogger. Why am I not sending one of each from the authors. Easy, I am reading them and didn’t buy double of every ones. You can’t expect me to give up MY collection, can you? Ha, nope. So, these are three I have in my collection that I got doubles of just for this event that I know my friends will like.

Well, time for you to go sign up, buy a book or five and share your love of reading with your best friend, significant other, child or even your fur-baby. Happy August everyone. Please post in the comments what YOU are doing for this momentous day.

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The three books I am sending along with bookmarks. The ladies will love these!

It’s Difficult Being an Author

Honestly, I had no idea being an author was such a difficult thing. You write your stories when you have a publishing company and you’re gold, right? Right? Apparently not. It seems that writing the book is the easy part and the struggle starts after that.

Let me first list my assumptions as a non-writer. You writers can IM amongst yourselves and snicker over my naivety. It’s okay, because I’m still going to buy your books. I like your characters too much…darn you. Then, I will let you know what the authors have told me we can do as readers to help them out. Ready? Get your IM windows ready authors.

Assumption One: All Authors Go on Book Tours

Nope. The publishing companies only spend the big touring bucks on their big names. A lot of the smaller names have to do what they can to spread their name. This involves a lot of “footwork” of their own in stores, online via blogs and holding contests and such to get the word out that they are about to have a release. Who knew!

Assumption Two: Authors Get Paid Often

Most authors only get paid twice a year. What? I thought getting paid once a month was hard to deal with but only getting paid twice a year could for sure be hard to deal with. Can you imagine making a budget and then not knowing what the income was going to be? Between paychecks, you’re working the book to get your name and the title out and hoping it works.

Assumption Three: You Can Get Any Book At the Library or Bookstore

I went looking for my favorite authors at the library and could only find two of the eight that I absolutely adore. They hadn’t ordered anything since 2011 from these ladies either. How frustrating it must be. I live in a pretty small town and I know that the people in my town would adore these books. I could tell by the amount of times the books were checked out. So, you cannot find everything at the library.

Also, not all the bookstores stock the latest from the authors. Luckily our bookstore did but many other states did not. The bad thing is, these authors have no clue who is stocking what where. They rely on word of mouth from their avid readers online to let them know. There should be a system to this to make it easier for them to know.

Assumption Four: Authors Own All Rights to Their Books

Authors own the copy right, but not the publishing rights. So if the publishers let the books go out of print they sometimes they won’t give over the printing rights of the books to the authors even if they (the printing company) never have plans to print the book again. Crazy, huh? Then, if they do decide to let the author buy the rights it becomes a long process and they make it complicated.


So, that’s the assumptions that I will go over for today on World Book Day. I have learned so much about authors and am astounded at what they have to go through to birth their creation. There truly are labor pains involved. The question now is, what can the readership do to help to aid the writing artists? On release week of a new book, buy it. This helps “vote” for the book and helps gauge the sales. Yes, money talks and if you want to help your favorite authors buying theirs books is the way to go. If you can’t afford their books then go to your library and request that the library order the book when it comes out. You know they are releasing the book because you follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Good Reads and such. Go visit and see if you can get that nice librarian to order a few copies or even the entire series.

The last piece of advice I will mention is to leave a review on the major sites like Barnes and Noble and Amazon. These are where people are ordering the books and a reader’s review is honey to the author if it’s a good one. And of course, you being a fan will leave a good review…right? Thought so.

Happy World Book Day. Now, go buy that book!