Wednesday, February 26, 2020

BOOK TOUR


I'm happy to be a stop on the book tour for
BONBON VOYAGE
Book 1 in the Adventures of Gladys Mysteries
by Katherine H. Brown


Gladys gets more than she bargains for when she climbs aboard her first cruise and witnesses a murder. Armed with wigs and wits alone, she determines to get to the bottom of things.An entertaining short read, this cozy mystery is a spinoff from the Ooey Gooey Bakery Mystery series.

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1 lucky reader will win a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card 

BONBON VOYAGE

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A Chat with author Katherine H. Brown


LKBR:  Thank you for joining us today, Katherine.

KB: It’s a pleasure to be here!


LKBR: Please tell us a bit about Bonbon Voyage.

KB: Bonbon Voyage is book 1 in a spinoff series from my Ooey Gooey Bakery cozy mysteries. Gladys, the MC in Bonbon Voyage, held a big role in that original series and readers really enjoyed her. I had so many requests to know more about Gladys that I couldn’t resist making her the star of her own show, so to speak.


LKBR: What are you plans for this series?

KB: Honestly, I’m just having fun with it. The books in this series will be slightly shorter and lighter than those in my previous cozy series. I’m currently working on book 2, Half-Baked Homecoming, with plans to release it in a month or two if all goes well (which, how often is that the case lol?).


LKBR: Are you working on any new projects?

KB: Alongside book 2 in the Adventures of Gladys series, I’m working on a second book in my Princess Bethani children’s book line. It should be wrapping up soon. As a teaser, Princess Bethani makes a new friend in this book – a friend who lives in her courtyard fountain!

After that, there is a beautiful story about a librarian, Ireland, and a search for answers that has been my on-again, off-again labor of love for a few years now. It is my prayer that I give it the time and attention needed to publish it before the year’s end.


LKBR: When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

KB: Probably around the same time that I discovered someone was responsible for writing books. Seriously. As a kid, I wrote all of the time. Sometimes even “binding” my own books between pieces of cardboard, decorating the covers, and giving them little ribbon closures.

As a teen, I ordered every free guide to publishing and vanity press pamphlet that I could get in the mail. It was only later as an adult that I was actually able to knowledgably sort through publishing options and work out that self-publishing as an indie author would be best for me right now.


LKBR: Was getting your first book published everything you thought it would be? The feelings? The process?

KB: It was surreal. In the car, on a trip with my husband for our first anniversary, I finished rewriting and typing a children’s book that I had started as a teen and saved in a binder for years. By the time our eight hour drive to the beach was over, I had hit submit to publish the ebook and had begun the paperback process. To say I was giddy would be an understatement. Now, that book had some typos and I definitely wouldn’t say it was well-planned or executed. But when I received my paperback book in the mail a few weeks later, I was still as proud as I could be and happy to have FINALLY taken the first step toward a life’s longing of mine.


LKBR: How did you handle it when changes were made to your first manuscript? I don’t have a thick skin, so I know how I would have felt.

KB: As I said, my very first published book was a seat of my pants operation. Now, when I researched, did my homework, and got serious about a career as an author instead of a hobby that’s when the bruised feelings came about.

When I first began getting comments back from beta readers and those on my editing team, it was a roller coaster. I felt flattered that they liked the story and then subsequently deflated when they pointed out things like a character’s name that I accidentally changed mid-chapter or scenes that were shuffled around to be in a new order.

It was tough. Things like spelling, typos, etc I could take. When my beloved character’s pattern of speech or peculiar phrasing was called into question it did make me defensive. Learning to take a step back was a must. On top of that, I also came to the conclusion that some edits and advice I should accept but, with my non-traditional publishing route, the bottom line was that I make the last decision on the book, my name is going on it and I needed to be satisfied with the work I produced. Even if that meant I put too much “fluff” or descriptive details about the cookies and cupcakes for some people’s taste. Even if my character’s Southern slang got under some people’s skin. I took the edits I could to improve the book while leaving my writing style true to myself.


LKBR: What is your favorite part of being a writer?

KB: Working from home has to be one of the major joys of being a writer. I worked in an office job (completely unrelated field) for years before my husband and I agreed I would take the leap to quit and focus on writing.

I’d be lying if I said it was a full-time income or even more than occasional gas money yet, but the lack of stress that I now enjoy, coupled with the opportunity to be and do whatever my family needs from me while still embracing my creative side and getting words on page and then books in print – that, that is my favorite part.

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LKBR: Have you ever read a book that has stayed with you long after reading it?

KB: A few though to be honest I love to read so many books that they also quickly replace each other. Scarlett, the sequel to Gone with the Wind, was the inspiration for my baby girl’s name. The Harry Potter series (I’m a Gryffindor) captures my imagination still with the masterful combination of world-building and relatable characters. Nancy Drew books were probably my biggest influence in a continued love of mysteries.


LKBR: Why are reviews, good or bad, so important to authors?

KB: To me, reviews are important for two specific reasons: first, honest feedback; second, to draw more readers.
As an author, I can glean as much from a review (good or bad) as I can from a beta reader or round of editing. If certain comments are repeated, it guides me on possible problems to change or plots to continue in my next book.

Potential readers live in a world where billions of books are at their fingertips. Something has to make them want to buy mine. Reviews can be a huge selling point, in fact, many people will not pick up a new book or new author to give them a chance without a certain star rating. Even seeing bad reviews isn’t a bad thing though. It means someone read the book and took the time to finish the book. The book was engaging enough for them to form an opinion over in some way.


LKBR: On what sites do you recommend readers leave their reviews?

KB: Amazon is the biggest player as far as places that help me as an author to receive reviews.  They are easier for me to find and learn from and they are also the platform where possible buyers might be looking closely at my books.

That being said, Goodreads, Bookbub, or even an individual’s own social media page posting reviews are hugely appreciated as well. Those places get new eyes on the book and may appeal to someone who wasn’t even book shopping. Reviews, in a nutshell, are an excellent way to show support for an author no matter the place and I appreciate the time it takes for people to write and share them.


LKBR: If you could spend one hour with a reader, what would you want to talk about?

KB: I’d love to know their favorite character of my book and why. I’d also enjoy finding out more about them and sharing other favorite books or authors. If they were a reader who really enjoyed my books, hearing what else they’d love to read about my characters (i.e. did so-and-so live happily ever after) would be a fun way to keep me writing in line with reader expectations and fostering a satisfied following, even if I couldn’t follow every idea offered.


LKBR: Thank you so much, Katherine, for letting us get to know you better!

KB: Thank you, Lisa, for this opportunity to share part of my journey with you and your lovely readers. I’ve enjoyed our chat together and appreciate your time and thoughtful questions.



About Katherine H. Brown


Katherine H. Brown is from the tiny community of New York, Texas. Booklover (some might say book addict) and weaver of words, Katherine desired to be a writer from childhood, embarked on her first publishing adventure in 2017, and in 2019 said audios to her cozy office job to leap into a career as an author full-time.
When not found between the pages of a book or tapping keys on her laptop, Katherine loves to watch baking shows with her stepdaughter or cuddle up with her husband Patrick. Katherine and family prepare to welcome a new baby girl into the family in March 2020. 

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

February 21 – Brooke Blogs – CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY
February 21 – Christy's Cozy Corners – REVIEW
February 22 – This Is My Truth Now – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
February 22 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – GUEST POST
February 23 – A Wytch's Book Review Blog - REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
February 24 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
February 24 – T's Stuff – SPOTLIGHT
February 25 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT
February 25 – The Book Decoder - REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
February 26 – Ascroft, eh? – GUEST POST
February 26 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
February 27 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
February 27 – Christa Reads and Writes – SPOTLIGHT
February 28 – eBook Addicts – REVIEW
February 28 – Here's How It Happened – REVIEW
February 29 - Laura`s Interests - REVIEW
February 29 - MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
March 1 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST


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Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Look at all of the cozy titles 
that released today!

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FEBRUARY 25


If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this cozy mystery series.

Tony has decided to donate a hundred percent of the proceeds from the video game he developed with his friend Shaggy to the White Eagle Animal Shelter. Tess and Brady plan to use the generous donation to expand the facility. Permanent housing for elderly, sick, and other hard to place animals, is their main focus, but then Brady decides to go all in on the new state of the art service dog and search and rescue training facility, and Tess makes a major decision that will affect the rest of her life.

Meanwhile, Tess has her feeling hurt when her dad contacts Tony directly to ask for help tracking down someone from his past, but as they dig deeper into the correspondence they begin to wonder if the email even really is from her dad. Could someone other than Tess’s dad be using Tony to find the women Grant Tucker helped decades ago?



A new murder victim with an old M.O. puts Mattie Winston on the trail of a killer who gives a grim new meaning to flower power . . .
 
Spring is beginning to brighten Sorenson, Wisconsin, for Mattie and Steve Hurley and their family. While their son Matthew may be in his terrible twos and Steve's daughter Emily a moody teenager, the kids bring light to their lives when their work is dark by its nature—Steve is a homicide detective and Mattie is a medicolegal death investigator, aka medical examiner. They deal in corpses.
 
The latest corpse, a Jane Doe, was clearly an addict, but drugs didn't kill her, at least not directly. She's been stabbed multiple times in a pattern that is disturbingly familiar to Mattie. When she discovers flower petals from yellow carnations stuffed into the stab wounds, she recognizes a very specific M.O.—belonging to a convicted serial killer who's currently serving a life sentence.
 
The details of the flower petals were never made public in the last case, so it can't be a copycat crime. It looks like the wrong man is in prison, and the murderer is still at large. Now it's up to Mattie and Steve to get the case reopened—and catch the real carnation killer . . .



When a pirate festival blows into their small town, bakeshop owners Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her best friend Ellie White expect they’ll be busy baking up a storm, but instead they find themselves marooned in a new murder investigation after someone kills a well-known food writer and TV personality . . .
 
Everything is shipshape at Jake and Ellie’s new waterfront bakery, The Chocolate Moose, especially now that the annual Pirate Festival is dropping anchor in their quaint island village of Eastport, Maine. Jake and Ellie are ready for the bounty of tourists sure to flood their shop. But their plans quickly sink when the body of celebrity foodie, Henry Hadlyme, is discovered in the Moose’s basement.
 
Jake and Ellie are horrified, but their shock turns to dismay when Jake is pegged for the murder. Now, to clear Jake’s name and save the shop, Jake and Ellie must swashbuckle down and figure out who among Henry’s numerous enemies scuttled him in the cellar. Was it a long-ago jilted sweetheart’s vengeful relative? His long-suffering personal assistant? Or perhaps some bitter-as-dark-chocolate unknown enemy, now aboard the mysterious ship lurking in Eastport’s harbor?
 
Alas, dead men tell no tales, so Jake and Ellie will have to get to the bottom of the case on their own and find the real killer before anyone else is forced to walk the plank . . .
 
Includes a Recipe!



After her philandering husband’s boat went down, newly single Mia Carina went back to Astoria, the bustling Queens neighborhood of her youth. Living with her nonna and her oversized cat, Doorstop, she’s got a whole new life—including some amateur sleuthing . . .
 
Mia is starting work at Belle View, her father’s catering hall, a popular spot for weddings, office parties, and more—despite the planes that occasionally roar overhead on their way to LaGuardia and rattle the crystal chandelier. Soon she’s planning a bachelor party for a less-than-gentlemanly groom. But it goes awry when the gigantic cake is wheeled in and a deadly surprise is revealed . . .
 
Since some of her family’s associates are on the shady side, the NYPD wastes no time in casting suspicion on Mia’s father. Now, Mia’s going to have to use all her street smarts to keep him out of Rikers Island . . .
 
Italian recipes included!



Lucy Stone’s hometown of Tinker’s Cove, Maine, is where her heart is. But traveling to merry old England brings delightful adventure—along with a helping or two or murder—in these beloved mysteries . . .
 
ENGLISH TEA MURDER
A trip to England, sponsored by Winchester College, sounds practically perfect to Lucy Stone—until the tour leader suffers a fatal asthma attack mid-flight. Lucy suspects some very unnatural causes, but luckily, she packed her sleuthing skills. Between stops for afternoon tea, visits to historic sites, and catching up with an old flame, she’s ensnared in a daring scheme. But will it lead her to a criminal mastermind—or ensure that she’s the next victim?
 
BRITISH MANOR MURDER
Lucy can’t wait to join her friend Sue for a gala hat show at the English country house owned by the Earl of Wickham. But at Moreton Manor, there are secrets—and some unpleasant relatives—lurking among the elaborate chapeausWhen a bludgeoned body is found in a hidden room, Lucy must sift through friends and family foes to find the low-down killer stalking the upper crust, before more blue blood runs red . . .



Lucy Berberian is busy preparing her family’s Mediterranean restaurant for Easter on the Jersey Shore—but a batch of sweets is to die for . . .

Bikers are thundering into the seaside town of Ocean Crest for the annual Bikers on the Beach gathering that raises funds for injured veterans. It’s a big boost for the Kebab Kitchen, as well as for local businesses like Melanie Haven’s candy shop. But Melanie is about to find herself in a sticky situation.
 
When Melanie and Lucy attend a beach bonfire, a local landlord is found dead after apparently choking on a piece of salt water taffy. Melanie, who was known to have a contentious relationship with the victim, is quickly skewered as the prime suspect. But Lucy is determined to prove her friend’s innocence before the real killer coasts free . . .
 
Recipes included!



Stella Wright loves creating candles at her Nantucket store—and she also has a burning passion for justice. Now, after visiting a perfume conference, she must solve a vial crime . . .
 
Stella and her globe-trotting mom, Millie, have come home from a perfume industry conference in Paris, where their trip was marred by witnessing the stabbing death of a young man. It’s a relief for Stella to be back on her picturesque island, with the comforting company of her cat, Tinker. But lingering danger may have followed them back across the ocean.
 
After someone breaks into her candle store, the Wick & Flame, Stella starts feeling spooked. And just as things threaten to ignite, Millie suffers a blow to the head. Stella receives an anonymous note claiming that her mother smuggled a secret formula out of France—and threatening her life if it isn’t returned. Now Stella’s picked up the scent of a cold-hearted criminal and an intriguing puzzle, and things are about to get wicked . . .



Paramedic and deputy coroner Zoe Chambers responds to a shooting and discovers her longtime friend, Horace Pavelka, has gunned down a man who’d bullied him mercilessly for decades. Ruled self-defense, no charges are filed. When another of his tormentors turns up dead in Horace’s kitchen, Police Chief Pete Adams questions the man’s innocence in both cases…especially after Horace and his girlfriend go into hiding.

While fighting to clear her friend, Zoe is handed the opportunity to finally learn what really happened to her long-lost sibling. What starts out as a quick road trip on a quest for answers leads her to an unfamiliar city in the middle of a November blizzard, where she finds way more trouble than she bargained for.

Pete’s own search for his missing fiancรฉe and a missing murderer ultimately traps him in a web of deception. Face-to-face with one of the most cunning and deadly killers of his law enforcement career, Pete realizes too late that this confrontation may well be his last.



Writer's apprentice Lena London is enjoying life in Blue Lake and being newly engaged, but is soon drawn into the terrifying disappearance of one of her closest friends....

Lena is starting to feel like having it all may actually be possible! She and suspense novelist Camilla Graham are busily plotting their next novel and she's got a brand-new diamond ring on her finger thanks to her fiancรฉ, Sam West. The only blot on her Blue Lake life is a strange new corporation that has come to town called Plastisource. They seem to be intent on gobbling up prime real estate and changing the landscape of Lena's lovely adopted home.

When she and Sam get a call from their good friend (and Blue Lake detective) Doug saying that his girlfriend--and Lena's pal Belinda--isn't answering her phone and missed a date with him, they all head out to her home. The trio is shocked to discover that Belinda's purse and phone are at her house, along with a single red rose on her countertop--but Belinda herself is missing. Has she been abucted? Could the strange new corporation play a role in her disappearance? Lena is determined to find out and rescue her friend because she knows that the truth can be stranger and much more deadly than fiction....



In the fifth in Vivien Chien's Noodle Shop delectable mystery series, Egg Drop Dead, the Ho-Lee Noodle House takes its business to the next level—only to end up in hot water.
It was supposed to be a fancy, intimate dinner party by the pool. Instead, Lana Lee’s first-ever catering event turns into full-course madness when a domestic worker is found dead. Is the party’s host Donna Feng, the sweet-and-sour owner of the Asia Village shopping plaza where Ho-Lee is situated, somehow to blame? That’s what Lana—whose plate is already plenty full with running the restaurant, pleasing her often-disapproving mother, and fretting over her occasionally-serious boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau—must find out.
Before the police arrived at the crime scene, Donna had entrusted an odd piece of evidence to Lana: a thumb drive shaped like a terra-cotta soldier. Now it’s up to Lana to lead her own investigation, digitally and in real life, into a world of secrets involving Donna’s earlier life in China, whether the victim had a dark agenda, and if the killer is still out there. . .and plans to strike again.


Val’s crime-solving club digs into a piping hot new case!
 
A poetry slam at a bakery? Why not! Even though Pie Town proprietor Val Harris would rather be spending time with her newfound half-brother, she knows her employee Abril is beyond excited to be hosting the event. Especially since it stars the apple pie of Abril’s eye, poet and professor Michael Starke. But the evening ends on a sour note when Professor Starke is found murdered mere moments after being accused of plagiarism.
 
Just like that, Pie Town is at the center of another criminal inquiry. At Abril’s request—and much to Detective Carmichael’s consternation—Val and Charlene decide to investigate Starke’s death. But the case is as tough as an overworked crust and the Baker Street Bakers are only coming up with scraps. If they don’t pinch the cultured killer soon, Pie Town’s reputation could crumble.



Last one standing is the winner  . . .
 
The holiday season has arrived and bookkeeper/amateur sleuth, Sophie “Phee” Kimball, would love nothing more than to enjoy the comforts of her new home with her detective boyfriend near Arizona’s Sun City West. Instead, her mother Harriet wants to showcase her chiweenie-chihuahua-dachshund Streetman in the Precious Pooches Holiday Extravaganza costume events. The festivities begin in October and end on St. Patrick’s Day—with the winner starring in the St. Pat’s Day parade. But things quickly turn an awful shade of green when Streetman uncovers a dead body under a tarp-covered grill in the neighbor’s yard.
 
The victim is Cameron Tully, a seafood distributor working out of Phoenix, who died from ingesting a toxic sago palm leaf. Before the police can even find a motive and suspect, another Precious Pooch owner nearly dies from the same poison. With Harriet believing someone’s targeting her and Streetman because of the costume contests, Phee will need a potful of Irish luck to sniff out a killer . . .



Things get pretty hare-y when rabbit rescue and rehab expert Jules Bridge and her brilliant bunny go undercover to catch a murderer hiding in plain sight . . .
 
When Juliette “Jules” Bridge began caring for rabbits on her beloved Fur Bridge Farm in rural New Hampshire, she never imagined she'd be solving murders with one of them. Not only can her
black-and-white rabbit, Bun, communicate with her telepathically, he happens to be a pretty sharp sleuth. Bun comes along as part of a petting pen for a birthday celebration—but for one of the guests, the fun is soon over. Evelyn Montgomery is found lying in the bushes with a knife in her chest, and the distraught hostess begs Jules to help . . .
 
To her surprise, so does Sheriff Jack Carver—who usually discourages Jules from getting involved in criminal investigations. But now she's drafted at the last minute to fill in for Evelyn as a judge at a rabbit show, and Jack wants her to go undercover. Yet as she and Bun expose the dark—albeit fluffy—underbelly of the world of rabbit competition, a killer is ready to act as judge, jury, and executioner . . .
 



An American chef will have to serve up more than good eats if she wants to establish a successful farm-to-table cooking school in Tuscany, in this charming first installment in a new cozy mystery series set in Italy. 
 
When Nell Valenti is offered a chance to move to Tuscany to help transform an aging villa into a farm-to-table cooking school, she eagerly accepts. After all, both her job and her love life in America have been feeling stale. Plus, she'll get the chance to work under the acclaimed Italian Chef Claudio Orlandini.
 
But Nell gets more than she bargained for when she arrives. With only a day to go until the launch dinner for the cooking school, the villa is in shambles, and Chef O is blissfully oblivious of the work that needs to be done before a group of local dignitaries arrive, along with a filmmaker sent to showcase and advertise the new school. The situation only worsens when Nell discovers that the filmmaker is an ex-boyfriend, and he’s found murdered later that night. Even worse, Chef O has disappeared, and accusations of murder could shut the school down for good.
 
As tensions reach a boiling point at the villa, Nell must throw her chef's hat into the ring, and investigate the murder herself. Because if she fails to solve the case, her career, or even her life, could be next on the chopping block.



Bakery owner Hannah Swensen is leaving Lake Eden to help a friend in sunny California. But an unexpected phone call swiftly brings her back to a cold Minnesota winter . . . and murder . . .
 
When Hannah learns that her sister Michelle’s boyfriend, Detective Lonnie Murphy, is the prime suspect in a murder case, she goes straight from a movie studio sound stage to the Los Angeles airport.
 
Back in frigid Minnesota, she discovers that proving Lonnie’s innocence will be harder than figuring out what went wrong with a recipe. Lonnie remembers only parts of the night he went out to a local bar and ended up driving a very impaired woman home. He knows he helped her to her bedroom, but he doesn’t recall anything else until he woke up on her couch the following morning. When he went to the bedroom to check on her, he was shocked to discover she was dead.
 
Hannah doesn’t know what to believe—only that exonerating a suspect who can’t remember is almost impossible, especially since Lonnie’s brother, Detective Rick Murphy, and Lonnie’s partner, Chief Detective Mike Kingston, have been taken off the case. Before everything comes crashing down on Lonnie like a heaping slice of coconut layer cake, it’ll be up to Hannah to rack up enough clues to toast a flaky killer . . .



Springtime. Love is in the air. So is murder.

When Ellison Russell, reluctant finder of bodies, chairs a gala in conjunction with the museum’s Chinese funerary exhibit, she expects disaster. So, she’s not remotely surprised when a body turns up.

Ellison is willing to leave the investigation to the police till an attempt is made on her life.

Now she’s juggling evading a killer, her aunt’s overly-amorous beau, her dog’s new love interest, and Mother’s displeasure.

With bodies piling up, if Ellison’s not careful, staying alive might be impossible.










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