Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ParaMysMo 2014: Christy Fifield, author of the Haunted Souvenir Shop Mysteries - October 21, 2014

Please welcome Christy Fifield to The Qwillery! Christy writes the Haunted Souvenir Shop Mysteries. Today Glory Martine (owner of the haunted souvenir shop) shares how she celebrates Halloween.

     For most people, Halloween is a big deal. They dress up, throw parties, take their kids trick-or-treating, and have an excuse to eat any candy that's left over after they turn out the lights and extinguish the jack-o-lanterns.

     For most people, Halloween is one night a year of spooks and goblins, witches and monsters. Of ghosts, and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night. (OK, some people I know might drag it out for a week or more - I'm looking at you, Ernie. And you too, Felipe.)

     But for me? I live with a ghost every day of the year. And let me tell you, it isn't all fun and games, all candy and apple-bobbing. In fact, it's often a pain in the ... well, you get the picture. But as bad as living with a ghost every day is, it's even worse on Halloween.

     You see, this particular ghost-I can't speak for all ghosts, but I do suspect Uncle Louis may be typical-does not appreciate the appropriation of "his" holiday by the rest of the world.

     Uncle Louis is pretty cantankerous to begin with, even without using a parrot for a spokesbird which adds another layer of testiness. And when you add in the irritation of Halloween? Let's just say this is not my favorite day of the year.

     So how do I celebrate Halloween? I put Bluebeard in his cage, give him some special treats, turn out the lights (except the security lights), close the shop early, and go out for the evening.

     This year that means spending the evening with Jake, handing out treats to the neighborhood kids that will come knocking at his door, and assisting with the disposal of the leftover candy. I'm helpful that way!

     But I have a plan that might change everything. Uncle Louis has a real soft spot for Rose Ann. Ever since Julie started bringing her infant daughter to work with her the cranky old ghost has been crazy about her, and she can do no wrong.

     So instead of just locking up early, I'm going to have Rose Ann visit in her pirate costume. She has a stuffed parrot to sit on her shoulder, but I think Bluebeard is going to insist on that place of honor when we take her picture. In fact, I'm counting on it.

     It's a small step, but it's a step. Parrots live a long time, so we can afford to go slow.

     And Uncle Louis isn't going anywhere.

Haunted Souvenir Shop Mysteries

Murder Buys a T-Shirt
A Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery 1
Berkley, March 6, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

Glory Martine has inherited her uncle's Florida souvenir shop, one stuffed with collectibles, mementos of times gone by--and ghosts--who, like her customers, refuse to let go of the past. But things take an even more unexpected turn when a local football hero dies far too suddenly and suspiciously. Now, Glory has to uncover the truth before someone makes her history...

Murder Hooks a Mermaid
A Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery 2
Berkley, December 31, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Nestled in Keyhole Bay, Florida, Glory Martine’s souvenir shop, Southern Treasures, is supposed to trap tourists—not ghosts. But a possessed parrot may be just what Glory needs to solve a murder...

Inheriting her great-uncle Louis’s bayside souvenir shop should have been a breeze for Glory. Instead it’s been one headache after another—with a lot of them generated by Bluebeard, a parrot with a mouth like a sailor and a personality a lot like her late great-uncle. But Glory’s troubles pale in comparison to those of her best friend Karen, whose ex may still have the personalized key chain to her heart, but whose brother-in-law is about to get locked up.

A diver has been found with a gaff hook in his chest, and Karen turns to Glory to help get her brother-in-law off the hook for his murder. But casting the net for the real killer won’t be easy. Glory and Bluebeard are about to find out that the secrets in Keyhole Bay run deeper than anyone ever imagined…

Murder Sends a Postcard
A Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery 3
Berkley, January 7, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

It’s the height of summer tourist season and Glory Martine is busier than ever running her souvenir shop, Southern Treasures. The shop’s parrot, Bluebeard, is becoming quite the celebrity among tourists—little do they realize he’s the bird-host to a ghost…

Residents of Keyhole Bay, Florida, are dismayed when Bridget McKenna, an auditor in chic attire, arrives to assess the local bank’s shady dealings. Curious about the new arrival, Glory brings dinner to Bridget at her temporary residence—the notorious Bayvue Estates, a halted development complex with no view and no estates – just a couple of hastily-completed model homes .

Bridget’s assignment is to figure out where all the money went. But someone wants to keep her in the dark permanently. When Glory finds out her new friend won’t be leaving town alive, she knows she and Bluebeard will have to catch a killer and unravel a financial scandal before it leads to more murderous mayhem…


Murder Ties the Knot
A Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery 4
Berkley, March 2, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

A Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery from the author of Murder Sends a Postcard–featuring Down-Home Dinner Menus.

It’s winter in Keyhole Bay, Florida, and while the tourist trade is slow, souvenir shop owner Glory Martine is busy with her best friend’s wedding. But between managing preparations, the bride’s in-laws, and a haunted parrot named Bluebeard, Glory makes plans to catch a killer.

As her friends Karen and Riley approach their wedding day, Glory could use a break from the nuptial madness. She takes a peaceful drive to Alabama’s piney woods to pick up the wedding quilt she ordered from a supplier. But the supplier, Beth, has disappeared along with the quilt and her husband, Everett.

Glory learns that two men were found murdered near Beth and Everett’s home and that the couple is wanted for questioning. Believing they are innocent, Glory convinces them to cooperate with authorities. But when they’re thrown in jail, Glory vows to catch the real killer before one happy couple walks down the aisle and another gets sent up the river.

About Christy

Christy Fifield and Christy Evans are the best-selling mystery-writing alter egos of romance and SF/F novelist Christina F. York. She and her husband, national best-selling novelist J. Steven York, live on the scenic Central Oregon Coast.

Evans wrote the popular Lady Plumber Mystery series, and Fifield writes the Haunted Gift Shop series, including MURDER TIES THE KNOT (March 2015, Berkley Prime Crime). She is launching a new Spy Girls series in spring 2015 with Tsunami Ridge Publishing (www.TsunamiRidge.com).

Christy can be found at www.ChristyMystery.com, or www.YorkWriters.com.

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Review: Extremities by David Lubar

Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge
Author:  David Lubar
Publisher:  Tor Teen, July 22, 2014
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages
List Price:  $9.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765334619 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher
Previous Print Editions:  Hardcover, July 23, 2014

Master of the macabre David Lubar turns his attention to dark and twisted tales for teens with Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge.

A group of high school girls takes revenge on their sadistic gym teacher in the most fitting way possible. Two stowaways find themselves on a ship for the dead. An ancient predator stalks the wrong victim. Here are thirteen tales of death, murder, and revenge from the fertile and febrile imagination of master storyteller David Lubar—his first story collection for the teen audience.

Brannigan's Review

I thought it might be fun to read a few horror books to get me in the mood for Halloween. David Lubar's Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge was a perfectly macabre collection of short stories. It is a collection of thirteen short stories that would be a lot of fun to read to your teens around a campfire or, better yet, in a cemetery. I say that because the parents will enjoy some of his references to long-lost technology and forgotten ideas such as cassettes and video stores.

Lubar does the short story collection right by having a wide assortment of story lengths. He gives you a couple quick fun reads and then a longer story, helping to break up the pace and give you the perfect places to stop. All of the stories are centered around teenagers and their daily struggles that take dark turns for the worst in most cases. Lubar's characters are quickly developed for both sexes and it is easy for the reader to get into their heads.

The book is definitely a horror book that doesn't shy away from being descriptive, but in most cases turns away from the most graphic scenes. Lubar allows the reader's imagination to take care of the most horrific parts for itself. I would also like to mention Jim Kay does an outstanding job of illustrating the inside of the book.

Extremities is a fun quick read to get teens in the mood for Halloween. There is plenty of violence and terror so I would recommend the book to teens that aren't squeamish. There are no issues with language or sexuality that need mentioning. I would also recommend the collection for adults who want to walk down a scarier memory lane.

Monday, October 20, 2014

ParaMysMo 2014 - Laura Morrigan, author of the Call of the Wilde Mysteries - October 20, 2014

Please welcome Laura Morrigan, author of the Call of the Wilde Mysteries!

A Halloween snapshot from my childhood…

I’m eight years old, wearing a huge hoop earring clipped onto one earlobe, a ruby-colored scarf tied over my hair, a puffed-sleeve peasant blouse and a smile a mile wide. My long, pied skirt is belted with a sash festooned with dozens of gold coins.
       Today, I am a gypsy!
       Jingling with each excited step, I look over my shoulder at my mother.
       She's decked out in all black. Her dress has an asymmetrical, jagged him and sleeves that fan out like a bat’s wings. Her dark wig is long, straight and has two white sections of hair that fall on either side of her face.
       She looks so spooky and cool.
       "This way," I tell her turning down a deserted hall leading to the music and art classrooms. We are early for the school's Halloween carnival because my mom volunteered to participate in the haunted house. (Well, I volunteered for her, but, whatever…)
       Dracula steps out of the classroom in front of us and flashes a smile. He has real fangs!
       By now I'm so excited I'm not sure I'll be able to hold still long enough to say hello to Dracula. (Who's my dentist and custom made the fangs) I want to go into the dark rooms of the haunted house. I want to squeal as I put my hands in the bowls of "eye balls" (peeled grapes) and "brains" (cooked spaghetti noodles). I want the mummy to come alive and grab my shoulder while emitting spooky, mummy-moans. I want to be chased by a scary clown wielding a squeeze-horn.
       Let's get the show on the road, people! It's time for Halloween!

Call of the Wilde Mysteries

Woof at the Door
A Call of the Wilde Mystery 1
Berkley, July 2, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Animal behaviorist Grace Wilde keeps her ability to psychically communicate with furry and feathered critters under wraps. But when a Doberman turns out to be the only witness to a crime, Grace will have to let the cat out of the bag in order to catch a killer.

Grace Wilde’s job is anything but normal. When she’s not helping out at the zoo by comforting agitated lemurs, she’s listening to the woes of annoyed house pets. Grace’s life gets even more complicated, though, when the cops summon her to a crime scene to help deal with the murder victim’s terrified Doberman.

The pooch turns out to be the only one who saw what happened the night of the shooting—and only Grace can get the information out of him. The problem is, how will Grace tell the distractingly gorgeous Sergeant Kai Duncan that it’s the dog who’s giving her the intel without spilling her big secret or sounding crazy? Left on her own, Grace will have to follow the pup’s lead to track down the killer. But she’ll have to be careful—or curiosity may end up killing the cat whisperer.

A Tiger's Tale
A Call of the Wilde Mystery 2
Berkley, May 6, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

When a normally mellow tiger at a rescue facility trees a terrified vet, animal behaviorist Grace Wilde needs to use her psychic ability to get to the root of the problem…

A tiger can’t change his stripes—but if his behavior changes suddenly, there’s a reason. So when even-tempered Boris the Siberian tiger goes into attack mode, Grace knows there’s more to the story. Something is agitating the big cat. As she uses her telepathic ability to calm the tiger, she realizes he has witnessed a theft—not of something but of someone. A teenaged volunteer at the animal rescue facility has been taken…kidnapped.

The problem is Brooke Ligner’s parents believe their troubled daughter ran away and Grace can’t exactly reveal her source. Even though sexy cop Kai Duncan is aware of Grace’s secret ability, he can’t initiate an investigation based on the word of a tiger. Now, as Grace searches for solid clues to rescue the missing teen, it’s the human predators she’ll need to watch out for…


Horse of a Different Killer
A Call of the Wilde Mystery 3
Berkley, March 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Animal behaviorist Grace Wilde’s psychic ability gives her insight into the minds of all kinds of creatures. If only humans were as easy to read…

Dead men may tell no tales, but they can screw up your life with a few phone calls. Grace’s abusive ex-brother-in-law, Anthony Ortega, needs her help—at least that’s what he said on the messages he left before his sudden death. Grace is inclined to let the matter rest in peace, but when her sister is named a suspect, Grace decides to get to the bottom of the cryptic calls.

Her only lead is Ortega’s fiancĂ©e, who believes that he had arranged to surprise her with the purchase of a Frisian gelding named Heart. The horse was being stabled at the R-n-R Ranch—but was taken in the middle of the night. Now, with her sister in trouble and a missing horse on her hands, Grace hopes the information harnessed from her psychic skills will be enough to rein in the killer…

About Laura

Laura Morrigan is a Florida Native whose work at a local zoo, helping out with everything from “waste management” to teaching an elephant how to paint, served as inspiration for her Call of the Wilde Mysteries. She still lives in Florida and is working on the third book in the series.

Website  ~  Twitter @LauraMorrigan  ~  Facebook

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The Gardella Vampire Hunters Series by Colleen Gleason

I am thrilled to share with you the new covers and some exciting information about The Gardella Vampire Hunter series by Colleen Gleason. This is a favorite series of mine.

Colleen Gleason is celebrating the re-release of and gorgeous new covers for her Gardella Vampire Hunters series. The digital edition of the first book in the series, The Rest Falls Away, is on sale this week at Amazon for only 99¢! Only this week!

The Rest Falls Away
Gardella Vampire Hunters 1
Avid Press, September 15, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 298 pages

Beneath the glitter of dazzling nineteenth century London Society lurks a bloodthirsty evil…
Vampires have always lived among them, quietly attacking unsuspecting debutantes and dandified lords as well as hackney drivers and Bond Street milliners. If not for the vampire slayers of the Gardella family, these immortal creatures would have long ago taken control of the world.

In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake. But as she moves between the crush of ballrooms and dangerous moonlit streets, Victoria’s heart is torn between London’s most eligible bachelor, the Marquess of Rockley, and her dark, dangerous duty.

And when she comes face-to-face with the most powerful vampire in history, Victoria must ultimately make a choice between duty and love.

The Gardella Vampire Hunters, Books 2 - 5

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About Colleen

Colleen Gleason is an award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes in a variety of genres, including paranormal romance, steampunk, and historical romance. She has written more than two dozen novels, and her books have been translated into more than seven languages. She lives in the Midwest US, and loves to hear from readers via her website (colleengleason.com) or her Facebook page.

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