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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 (

Christy can be found at, or

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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 fiancée, 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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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Guest Blog by Jo Anderton - Day Jobs - October 18, 2014

Please welcome Jo Anderton to The Qwillery. Guardian, the 3rd Veiled Worlds novel, was published in June!

Day Jobs

Day jobs are usually necessary, not necessarily evil, often interesting, but always time consuming. Balancing them and a writing life can be a challenge. But you know who I really feel sorry for? My characters. They're used to hanging out in my study, lobbing ideas at the back of my head and generally bitching about the terrible things I put them through. Can you imagine how frustrating it must be to mope around in an empty room for at least eight straight hours a day? No one to harass into telling your story. No one to guilt-trip when they strip you of your hopes and dreams. I mean, they probably follow the cats around and shout story ideas at them, but cats don't listen to anyone.

But never fear! I have the perfect solution. If I need a day job to earn my keep… then so can they.

Tanyana, of course, works at an artsy architectural firm during the day. Actually, I don't know why she bothers involving herself as the main character in my Veiled Worlds novels, because she makes a bucket-load of money at her day job. She designs the kind of projects that usually get labeled 'public art', and half the population think are a waste of taxpayer funding, but are actually very important and sometimes even practical. They win awards. She actually quite likes her day job, because if she ever has to go on site then there are rigorous OH&S codes to keep her safe. They're much stricter about that kind of thing in Sydney than in her home city of Movoc-under-Keeper. It's very unlikely that she will fall eight hundred feet and land on glass, and even if she did she'd be in for a hell of a lot of compensation instead of a lifetime of drudgery as a debris collector. She doesn't even have to hide the silver bands of her debris collecting suit, wrapped around her wrists and neck, because her clients just think they're the most unusual jewelry they've ever seen, and someone with that kind of taste must be worth the huge amount of money she's charging.

Seriously, given what poor Tanyana goes through in Debris, Suited and Guardian, if I was her I'd just stay at work!

Kichlan… you know, I'm not so sure I'd give him the same advice. Kichlan gave up on a promising medical career to spend more time with his brother Lad. Worth the sacrifice? It’s always hard to tell, isn't it? He could be racking in the bucks by now, and probably saving lives and being generally awesome at the same time. Instead, he works a couple of low-paying jobs with flexible hours so he can always be there when Lad needs him. He probably likes the mail-centre job the most. It's mind numbing, but peaceful. No real stress, not compared to running a debris-collecting team and trying to keep Lad away from the puppet men 24/7. He one he hates the most is the fast-food joint. It's the way the oil from the deep-fryer stinks up his clothes. Which might sound odd, because he's used to smelling like muck from crawling around Movoc-under-Keeper in search of debris, but there you go.

His brother, Lad, has what you might call a kind of developmental delay. In Movoc-under-Keeper this can be dangerous -- the puppet men keep an eye out for debris collectors like him. They're special. But trust me, we do not want the puppet men to catch him! This doesn't mean he can't contribute and help out the brother who works so hard to look after him. Turns out Lad has a very spiritual side -- after all, he's regularly in touch with another plane of existence. He makes a bit of cash doing tarot and palm readings at the local hippie shop. He's also a wonderful yoga teacher. He's remarkably flexible for a man of his hulking size, and once his new clients get over that surprise they discover his soothing voice and calm energy. No one meditates as deeply as Lad.

So there you go, it's good to know my characters are keeping busy when I'm at work and ignoring them…

…Oh, apparently I forgot someone. And they're not happy about it.

The puppet men would like to let you know that they carry their weight too. Which is not very reassuring, because I'm not really sure they technically weigh anything. What do these creatures in their human-masks do when they're not trying to destroy two worlds and generally ruin Tanyana's life?

Actually, I don't think I want to know.

The Veiled Worlds

The Veiled Worlds 1
Angry Robot Books, October 1, 2011 (US/Canada and eBook)
       October 6, 2011 (UK print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages
     Cover Art by Dominic Harman

In a far future where technology is all but indistinguishable from magic, Tanyana is one of the elite.

She can control pions, the building blocks of matter, shaping them into new forms using ritual gestures and techniques. The rewards are great, and she is one of most highly regarded people in the city. But that was before the “accident”.

Stripped of her powers, bound inside a bizarre powersuit, she finds herself cast down to the very lowest level of society. Powerless, penniless and scarred, Tanyana must adjust to a new life collecting “debris”, the stuff left behind by pions. But as she tries to find who has done all of this to her, she also starts to realize that debris is more important than anyone could guess.

Debris is a stunning new piece of Science Fantasy, which draws in themes from Japanese manga, and classic Western SF and Fantasy to create this unique, engrossing debut from the very exciting young author Jo Anderton.

FILE UNDER: Science Fiction [ Sentient Matter | Cast Down | Cruel Betrayals | All Is Lies ]

The Veiled Worlds 2
Angry Robot Books, June 26, 2012 (US/Canada and eBook)
       July 5, 2012 (UK print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
    Cover Art by Dominic Harman

The Veiled Worlds, Vol II

Tanyana has chosen to help the Keeper, to stand against the Puppet Men, who continue to force the Debris into unnatural creations.

And when even her own suit becomes aggressive against her, Tanyana must weigh some very personal issues against her determination to serve the greater good.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Parasite | Make Monsters | Hidden Strings | Needs of the Many ]

The Veiled Worlds 3
FableCroft Publishing, June 6, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
    Cover Art by Dion Hamill
    Cover Design by Amanda Rainey

The grand city of Movoc-under-Keeper lies in ruins. The sinister puppet men have revealed their true nature, and their plan to tear down the veil between worlds. To have a chance of defeating them, Tanyana must do the impossible, and return to the world where they were created, on the other side of the veil. Her journey will force her into a terrible choice, and test just how much she is willing to sacrifice for the fate of two worlds.

About Jo

Joanne is a writer of speculative fiction, and this is what she's always been. In Joanne's case, that tends to range between fantasy, horror and the just plain weird. Her debut novel, Debris (Book One the Veiled Worlds Series) was published by Angry Robot Books in 2011. Book two Suited was published in 2012. Guardian, book three, was published in 2014.

Her collection The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories won the 2013 Aurealis Award for Best Collection! And she won the 2012 Ditmar for Best New Talent!

Visit her online at and on Twitter @joanneanderton

Friday, October 17, 2014

ParaMysMo 2014: E.J. Copperman, author of the Asperger's Mysteries and the Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries - October 17, 2014

Please welcome E.J. Copperman, author of the Asperger's Mysteries and the Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries.

The Question of the Missing Head: An Asperger’s Mystery
       By Samuel Hoenig, of The Question of the Missing Head: An Asperger’s Mystery by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen

       I do not celebrate Halloween.
       The entire concept is odd to me. Perhaps this is because I have a “condition” (I consider it a personality trait, but others see it as a mental disorder) called Asperger’s Syndrome, which is considered by the medical community to be a part of the autism spectrum. But all the traditions and practices of Halloween are confusing and a little disturbing to me.
       For example, why would someone try to deceive others with a costume? The very idea of “being” someone other than myself is uncomfortable and nonsensical in my view. A person who is not himself is no one at all. Those who are ashamed of who they are will not be able to sustain the disguise for more than one day at the most; in the majority of cases, it will be so transparent as to render itself useless almost immediately.
       The tradition of “trick or treat” is also a bizarre ritual, in my view. It seems counterproductive to teach children that if they threaten a homeowner with some potentially damaging mischief, they should rightfully be rewarded with candy. Indeed, the idea that a highly caloric, often dentally questionable food item being considered a reward is extremely ill conceived. The child could easily conclude that this sort of behavior should be applied to other areas of everyday life, and eventually demand a piece of candy if his or her parents don’t want something in their home to be destroyed. It establishes an unsettling precedent.
       My mother insists we keep some small candies (whose packages advertise them as “Fun Sized,” as if a particular size of candy is more entertaining than another) in the house and that I distribute them when children ring our doorbell on Halloween afternoon or evening. I have voiced my opinion on the subject, but she merely clicks her tongue and suggests that I am taking the “trick or treat” concept “too literally.” I do not see how it can be taken any other way. Mother says the children are “just having fun.” Perhaps the size of the candies we give them enhances that experience. It is a difficult concept for me.
       Particularly irritating is the disruption of routine. Those of us who share the Asperger’s Syndrome profile are often devoted to ritual and routine. We prefer structure and predictability in every aspect of our lives. The idea of a surprise party, for example, on my birthday is both absurd and slightly terrifying for me. First, the event would be held on the date of my birth, which I know perfectly well, making the “surprise” especially difficult to achieve. But if I were not expecting some celebration and was confronted with such a gathering, the sudden need to disregard my daily routine and deal with people I do not see regularly would be a daunting prospect indeed. How anyone could enjoy such emotions being thrust upon them is a mystery to me.
       Halloween, then, is a completely alien concept. The emphasis on death and supposedly enjoyable “frights” is illogical. People are—and should be—afraid of dying, so finding it a cause for celebration is ridiculous. Such figures as witches, ghouls, ghosts, killers from horror films and other monstrous characters are not to be embraced, but feared and avoided. Walking around our New Jersey neighborhood before Halloween is an unsettling, puzzling experience.
       It is part of having Asperger’s Syndrome that people see me as different and odd. But when I look around at the “neuroptypical” or “normal” world before Halloween, I have to seriously consider the possibility that people like me make perfect sense and the majority of the population is quite strange indeed.
       But I have been told that there are proper and expected salutations for the season, so I will offer you one that does not really make sense to me, in the sincere hope that it holds a pleasant message for you.
       Have a happy Halloween. If that makes sense to you.

Samuel Hoenig, a borderline genius who answers questions for a living, is featured in THE QUESTION OF THE MISSING HEAD, the first Asperger’s mystery from Midnight Ink. It was published on October 8 and is available now. Find out more at or

Asperger's Mysteries

The Question of the Missing Head
An Asperger's Mystery
Midnight Ink, October 8. 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Samuel Hoenig answers questions for a living. And as a man with Asperger’s Syndrome, his unique personality helps him ferret out almost any answer there is. But his latest question is a rather odd one—who stole a preserved head from the Garden State Cryonics Institute?

Arriving at the scene of the crime accompanied by his new colleague, Ms. Washburn, Samuel finds that what started out as a theft has escalated to murder. With suspects and motives emerging at a rapid rate, one final question remains—can Samuel’s powers of deduction uncover a killer in the face of overwhelming odds?

Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries

Night of the Living Deed
A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery 1
Berkley, June 1, 2010
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,  336 pages

Welcome to the first Haunted Guest House mystery-the getaway every reader can afford.

Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable-guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

An Uninvited Ghost
A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery 2
Berkley, April 5, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Alison and her resident gumshoe ghost are on their next case when the deceased Scott MacFarlane floats in worried that he accidentally killed a prominent local woman. Turns out she's still alive...that is, of course, until she's murdered-in Alison's house. Now, between the demands of her guests and the arrival of a reality television crew, Alison must find the killer before she sees reality from the other side.

Old Haunts
A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery 3
Berkley, February 7, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,  304 pages

The ghosts haunting Alison Kerby's Jersey Shore guesthouse are sad. Maxie wants to know who murdered her ex-husband, and Paul pines for his still-living almost-fiancee. The only one who isn't missing her ex is Alison-because The Swine just arrived on her doorstep...

A Wild Ghost Chase
A Haunted Guesthouse Novella
Berkley, December 31, 2012
eBook, 86 pages

Phantom PI Paul Harrison from the national bestselling Haunted Guesthouse mysteries returns with a tale of his own in a house full of ghosts, secrets, and spectacular oceanside views…

Three years ago in a large Victorian house on the Jersey Shore in the town of Harbor Haven, fledgling private investigator Paul and his client, Maxie Malone, were murdered. Since then, recent divorcee and reluctant ghost whisperer Alison Kerby and her 10-year-old daughter Melissa have moved in and converted the place to a guesthouse, where Maxie and Paul are now checked in for an eternity and ready to solve any case that comes their way—or at least spook the guests (who love it).

Alison’s got a lot on her plate at the moment, however, so when Paul discovers the three-hundred-year-old ghost of a small boy in the house, he decides not to involve her in the case. The boy, named Eagle of the Sun, says he’s searching for his missing mother. Paul’s happy to help Eagle of the Sun find her, though something about the boy’s story doesn’t add up. But why would a lost little ghost lie?

Includes a preview of the next Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, Chance of a Ghost, available February 2013

Chance of a Ghost
A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery 4
Berkley, February 5, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Alison Kerby’s guesthouse is haunted all year round. Surviving the dead of winter, though? That’s a spooky proposition.

Even with a blizzard bearing down on New Jersey, Alison can count on at least two guests—Paul and Maxie, the stubborn ghosts who share her shore town inn. Then there’s her widowed mother, who hasn’t just been seeing ghosts, she’s been secretly dating one: Alison’s father. But when he stands her up three times in a row, something’s wrong. Is he a lost soul…or a missing apparition?

Their only lead is an overdramatic spirit—stage name Lawrence Laurentz—who doesn’t take direction well and won’t talk until they find his killer. Alison will reluctantly play the part of PI, but when the clues take a sinister turn, the writing is on the wall: If Alison can’t keep a level head, this will be her father’s final act—and maybe her own.

An Open Spook
A Haunted Guesthouse Novella
Berkle, October 1, 2013
eBook, 87 pages

In an all-new novella in E.J. Copperman’s “funny, charming, and thoroughly enjoyable” (Spinetingler Magazine) series, the storm of the century bears down on the haunted guesthouse, and stirs up a gale of memories for a troubled ghost.

Haunted guesthouse owner Alison Kerby may have only recently discovered her ability to communicate with ghosts, but for her mother Loretta, it’s been a lifelong gift. As Alison prepares her Jersey Shore guesthouse for what promises to be a huge storm, Loretta helps out by tackling a different issue when the winds blow in an unexpected visitor: the ghost of Sgt. Robert Elliot. His request? Help him find the POW bracelet from the Vietnam War that bears his name. But no sooner does Elliot make his appeal than he suddenly disappears, cutting off contact, and leaving Loretta to wonder…why here? Why now? And why the vanishing act?

The answers begin to materialize when Alison’s lone remaining guest shows up unwittingly holding a clue to the case—on his wrist. A coincidence? Hardly. And Loretta has good reason to believe that the sergeant’s spirit has a secret he’s yet to share. Something he’s been holding on to for more than forty years. Something he’s dying to put to rest.

Includes a preview of the next Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, The Thrill of the Haunt

The Thrill of the Haunt
A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery 5
Berkley, November 5, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Alison Kerby’s guesthouse is already crowded with spirits. The last thing she needs is a whole new batch of haunts settling in.

As Alison’s reputation as “the ghost lady” grows, so does her business—and not always in a way she’d like. Tourists may be flocking to her guesthouse for a chance to glimpse her resident spirits, but her special abilities are also bringing unwanted private investigation cases to her door. And she has no choice but to take a case when the local homeless man is found murdered under mysterious circumstances, just hours after asking for help in exorcising a specter.

If that weren’t enough to deal with, Alison’s other PI case soon turns fatal, as the mistress she was spying on for a jealous wife turns up dead as well. The cases seem like they couldn’t possibly be linked, but with a mountain of clues, motives and suspects—both living and dead—Alison will have to think fast before someone else checks out for good…


Inspector Specter
A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery 6
Berkely, December 2, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,

Just when she thought she’d seen everything…

Detective Lieutenant Anita McElone is one of Harbor Haven’s finest. She’s also a hard-boiled ghost skeptic. So when she shows up on the doorstep of Alison Kerby’s Haunted Guesthouse to ask for supernatural help in solving the murder of her former partner, it’s hard to tell which woman is more flabbergasted. But McElone is dead serious, so Alison promises to help in any way she can—even asking her resident ghosts, Paul and Maxie, for help with the case.

As Paul’s spirit source reveals some troubling information about the deceased detective, Alison wrestles with what to tell McElone. First, though, she has to find her…because the lieutenant has suddenly disappeared.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

ParaMysMo 2014: Dawn Eastman, author of the Family Fortune Mysteries - October 16, 2014

Please welcome Dawn Eastman, author of the Family Fortune Mysteries. Clyde Fortune tells us about Halloween in Crystal Haven, Michigan.

Halloween in Crystal Haven by Clyde Fortune
(From the Family Fortune Mysteries by Dawn Eastman)

I grew up in Crystal Haven, Michigan and there is no better time to be here than at Halloween. It’s a wonderful tourist town on the west coast of Michigan. There are many lovely vacation spots in the area boasting beaches, forests, boating, and shopping. But my town carved out a niche no other town wanted. The citizens of Crystal Haven have cornered the market on goods and activities of a more otherworldly nature. The psychics, tarot readers, palm readers, and crystal and herbal remedy practitioners guarantee that there is something for everyone who comes to visit.

Not surprisingly, Halloween is big business here. It’s the last big tourist influx before the brutal winter sets in so it’s always busy. As a kid I loved this time of year, watching the town pull together to plan the Fall Festival and spending hours with my friends designing our costumes. My Aunt Vi (my mother’s sister) always decorated our old Victorian with cobwebs, skeletons, spiders, and cauldrons. There were more pumpkins on our porch than in the local pumpkin patch. And she delighted in dressing up as something terrifying – the gorier the better. My friends thought she was great – I spent the week carefully peering around every corner to keep her from jumping out at me. That cold nip in the air and the scent of wood smoke always brings me back to those happy days of childhood.

Like so many other things in my family, Halloween has occasionally been the catalyst for a pitched battle between Aunt Vi and my dad. Aunt Vi embraces all things spooky, haunted, mysterious, and sugar laden. As a dentist, Dad doesn’t approve of the candy. And as a self-proclaimed realist, he doesn’t much care for the talk of ghosts, séances, or things that go bump on Halloween night. One year they had a contest to see who could give away the most treats. It was a losing proposition from the beginning for Dad. He gave out the healthy treats, Vi had the candy. I’m sure I don’t need to say who won that one. Dad is still trying to live it down.

This year, my friend Diana is in charge of the Fall Festival. As a practicing Wiccan, she put her own spin on things. Wicca classes and workshops will join the pie-eating contest, costume parade, and apple bobbing. The usual bonfire with marshmallow toasting will be followed by a Samhain ceremony in the woods. It’s not really my idea of fun – I fall more in Dad’s camp on the spooky meter – but I promised Vi I would go with her. Her opinion is the spookier the better and she didn’t want to miss it. Diana made me promise to stay and keep Vi in line. Her…curiosity…can be difficult to control. But, I’m sure it will be fine. What could go wrong? At midnight. In the woods. On Halloween.


Pall in the Family
A Family Fortune Mystery 1
Berkley, August 6, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

The aptly named Crystal Haven is the destination for tourists seeking psychics, séances, and the promise of contacting the spirit world. In this small western Michigan town, everyone knows the Fortune family. Rose is gifted with tarot card readings. Her sister, Vi, is a self-proclaimed pet psychic. And Rose’s daughter Clyde is…

A cop. A cop on leave from Ann Arbor, more specifically, who’s come home to kooky Crystal Haven to reevaluate her life. Mom and Aunt Vi can’t wait for Clyde to finally embrace her own psychic gifts and join the family business. Clyde would prefer the low-stress lifestyle of a dog walker and the low-key company of her nephew, Seth.

But when a local psychic is killed, leaving behind a traumatized Shih Tzu, it seems to be in the cards for Clyde to get involved. With her old flame Mac leading the investigation, that may prove awkward. Whether she uses her skills as a cop or her long-denied psychic abilities, it’s up to Clyde to divine a killer’s identity before someone else suffers more misfortune.

Be Careful What You Witch For
A Family Fortune Mystery 2
Berkley, July 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Leaving a traumatic police career behind, Clyde Fortune has returned to her seemingly quiet hometown of Crystal Haven, Michigan. In spite of the psychic powers of its residents, there’s no telling what trouble is brewing in this burg…

The highlight of this year's fall festival in Crystal Haven is a bonfire with a witch’s cauldron resting over it. Clyde’s best friend, Diana, leads a ritual to divine the future, but it seems no one foresees that one of their own will drop dead—or that Diana will be a prime suspect.

Clyde already has her hands full with her eccentric family, runaway nephew, and burgeoning secret romance with a hunky homicide detective. But after another coven member is attacked, Clyde suspects there’s a witch hunt afoot and focuses her psychic and sleuthing skills to clear her friend’s name and catch a killer.


A Fright to the Death
A Family Fortune Mystery 3
Berkley, April 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

From the author of Be Careful What You Witch For, here is the newest Family Fortune Mystery, starring former cop Clyde Fortune, who—snowbound with her kooky family in a creepy castle—is climbing the walls and combing the halls, looking for a cold-blooded killer…

After their flight to Mexico is cancelled, Clyde and her detective boyfriend, Mac, end up snowed in with their families at a supposedly haunted hotel. Clyde’s tarot card reading mother, Rose, is making dire predictions for the weekend, and self-proclaimed pet psychic Aunt Vi is enchanted by the legend of the hotel’s ghost—until the power goes out and a body turns up.

With a hotel full of stranded suspects, Clyde will have to draw on all her skills—both the police ones she’d rather forget and the psychic ones she’d rather ignore—to solve the bone-chilling mystery before someone else gets iced…

About Dawn

When I was ten years old, my two favorite things were climbing trees and reading. As a bonus, I discovered if I combined the two, I could hide from my mother when she wanted me to clean my room. Nancy Drew and I spent many afternoons solving crimes and avoiding chores. Eventually, I moved on to Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes, and Stephanie Plum. I improved my housework-dodging ploys.

After many years in Michigan, I now live in Iowa with my husband, son and daughter. When I...m not writing or chauffeuring kids, I keep busy catering to the whims of a bossy bichon-shih tzu mix who wants to rule the world.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ParaMysMo 2014 - Sue Ann Jaffarian, author of the Ghost of Granny Apples Mysteries and more! - October 15, 2014

Please welcome Sue Ann Jaffarian, author of the A Ghost of Granny Apples Mysteries, the Odelia Grey series, and the Madison Rose Vampire Mysteries.  Ish Reynolds tells us what she thinks about  Halloween. Who is Ish Reynolds? She's also known as Granny Apples!

by Sue Ann Jaffarian

My name is Ish Reynolds but folks call me Granny Apples on account of the tasty pies I made when I was alive. Yes, I’m dead. In fact I’m a ghost who hangs around the living a fair piece. Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it. My family did.

When I was living and breath as you do now, I lived in Julian, California, in the late 1800’s. Julian was a gold mining town in my day, but now it’s a place where people go to have fun, relax and eat pie. It’s famous for its apples.

Since Sue Ann is working on the next book in the Ghost of Granny Apples mystery series, she asked if I’d fill in for her on this blog and tell you folks what I think about Halloween.

I love Halloween, especially seeing all the little tykes dressed up as pirates and princesses and even ghosts and goblins, although I don’t particularly like the really gory costumes. It’s not that I’m squeamish about blood, they just give me the creeps.

We didn’t really celebrate Halloween when I was alive. Usually there was a barn dance near the end of October to celebrate the end of apple season. Several of the men played instruments, including the fiddle and banjo, and people danced and the kids played. I love me a lively fiddle.

My great-great-great-granddaughter, Emma Whitecastle, is a medium. She can see, hear and speak to me as if I were alive. Her mother can hear and talk to me, but not see me. Emma’s parents, Elizabeth and Paul Miller, live in a big white house in Pasadena, which they decorate every Halloween. Emma lives there too most of the time. Mostly they decorate their front yard with scarecrows and pumpkins because, like me, Elizabeth doesn’t care for the really scary stuff. Which is funny considering she has a ghost practically living with her, so to speak.

Every Halloween the Millers dress up in coordinating costumes and if Emma’s home she joins in on the fun. Last year Paul was a pirate captain and Elizabeth was his wench. Emma and her boyfriend Phil dressed as the pirate crew. The year before they were all cartoon characters. A lot of children come to their door every year and they and their parents love seeing what the Millers are wearing as much as we enjoy seeing the kiddies’ costumes.

I wish I could dress up. I’m stuck for eternity wearing a long homespun skirt and long sleeve blouse and heavy boots. It’s what I wore when I was alive and what I was wearing when I was wrongfully hanged for killing my man Jacob. Just for one night I’d love to dress up in something fun.

This year the Millers are dressing up like they did in the old west. Paul is going to be a sheriff and Phil a gun slinger. Elizabeth and Emma are dressing as pioneer women. Emma said that this year I’ll fit right in. Big deal. I dress like that every day.

If I could, this year I’d dress like a floozy barmaid, complete with one of those skimpy red silk bustiers, black fishnet stocking, and feathers in my hair. In my day, a woman didn’t show much skin unless she was a woman of ill repute. After over a hundred years of being dignified, I’d love to give ill repute a try.

Maybe I can talk Emma into being a floozy in my place. If I start now, maybe I can wear her down.

Ghost of a Gamble
A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery 4
Berkley, April 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Spiritual medium Emma Whitecastle knows a good ghost when she feels one—like her own sweet Granny Apples, long gone but still as famous for her apple pies as she is for helping her great-great-great-granddaughter get to the core of the most baffling mysteries...

When Emma gets word of a sticky spirit problem in Las Vegas, she and the ghost of Granny Apples hit the road for Sin City. The spooked one is Dolly, a former showgirl. Dolly is haunted by Lenny, a dead Vegas hood worried about an aging mobster named Nemo coming after the leggy old bombshell. Dolly’s playing dumb, but Emma’s making a blind bet that she knows more about Nemo than she admits.

When Nemo is found dead, Dolly goes missing—and lands herself on a short list of suspects. Emma, Granny, and their pals comb Las Vegas to find her, only to discover the truth behind a casino heist gone bad, a hidden stash of stolen loot, and a missing wise guy who’s not letting death come between him and setting things straight. And Emma and Granny Apples aren’t about to fold until they save Dolly’s neck and put her past to rest.

Dummy of a Ghost
A Ghost of Granny Apples Novella
Berkley, March 4, 2014
eNovella, 106 pages

“A pleasant mix of cozy and paranormal” (The Mystery Reader) this “appealing as apple pie” (Harley Jane Kozak) series “proves the vivacious Jaffarian is the literary heir apparent to Lucille Ball!” (The Book Resort) as a spiritual medium counts on family (those dead and alive) to help her get to the core of the most baffling crimes…

A party is giving Kelly Whitecastle a chance to play catch-up with old friends, and she’s especially keen on seeing Chris May again, an up-and-coming ventriloquist. But when Kelly sees his show, and Chris’s dummies, a couple named Shirley and Doug, appear to be staring straight at her, it only rattles Kelly’s nerves.

It seems that the ghosts of Chris’s grandparents inhabit those grinning heads full of sawdust and they have a warning for Kelly: Chris is in mortal danger. Now Kelly’s working the nightclub circuit to find out who—or what—wants Chris dead. And she’d better do it fast before the final curtain falls on Chris’s act.

Includes excerpts from the first three books in the series, plus a preview of the new Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery, Ghost of a Gamble
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The Silent Ghost
A Ghost of Granny Apples Novella
Berkley, March 5, 2013
eNovella,114 pages

A brand-new novella in the Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery series, featuring Emma Whitecastle’s daughter, Kelly—only available digitally…

Like mother, like daughter? Emma Whitecastle’s daughter Kelly just wants to live a normal life and pursue her studies at Harvard. But that’s not so easy when your mother is a famous medium who hosts a TV show on paranormal activity and when your frequent companion is a ghost named Granny Apples.

When reporter Tanisha Costello approaches her, Kelly is understandably skittish. But Tanisha isn’t after a story—she needs help. She’s being haunted. Though Kelly doesn’t want to acknowledge she has the same gift as her mother, Granny Apples steps in to get her to take the case and get the scoop on the spirit.

Includes an excerpt from the “delectable” (Publishers Weekly) first book in the Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery series—Ghost á la Mode.
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Ghost of Granny Apples Mysteries 1 - 3 

Available from Midnight Ink and at all the usual bookstores!


Ghost in the Guacamole
A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery 5
Berkley, January 6, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

When two sisters feud over the family business, medium Emma Whitecastle doesn’t need a Ouija board to know it spells trouble. But with a little help from the spirited ghost of Granny Apples, she may be able to solve one murder and prevent another . . .

Sisters Lucinda and Ricarda Ricardo—better known as Lucy and Rikki—are at each other’s throats over the family business, Roble Foods. Lucy wants to sell and Rikki is against it. Rikki asks Emma to contact their deceased father, Felix, to help her convince Lucy not to sell.

But the ghost of Felix Ricardo has his own bombshell to drop—his death was not an accident, and Rikki’s life may be in danger if the girls don’t sell. Now it’s up to Emma and Granny Apples to chip away at the mystery and stop a killer from double dipping in death . . .

About Sue Ann

Sue Ann Jaffarian is the author of three critically acclaimed mystery series: The Odelia Grey series, the Ghost of Granny Apples series, and the Madison Rose Vampire Mysteries. In addition to mysteries, Sue Ann writes non-mystery short stories. She is also a sought-after motivational speaker and a full-time paralegal living and working in Los Angeles.

Kirkus has said of Sue Ann: Like Stuart Kaminsky, Jaffarian juggles her franchises deftly, giving each a unique voice and appeal.

You can visit Sue Ann on the web at, Twitter and Facebook, or at her blog at

Website  ~  Blog   ~   Facebook   ~  Twitter @SueAnnJaffarian

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