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Check out my guest post on #Kindness, enter to win a giveaway for a $50 Amazon giftcard, and signed copies of my books, and also check out the wonderful review of Major Crimes, Book #4 in the Jersey Shore Mystery Series on Jersey Girl Book Reviews…

http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2016/02/major-crimes-by-michele-lynn-seigfried.html

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5 Star Review for Major Crimes!

Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers’ FavoriteMajor Crimes ebook cover

Major Crimes is a whimsical, fun, light hearted mystery. Michele Lynn Seigfried has created characters with great personalities that are very true to their New Jersey roots. If you are looking for a good mystery with a touch of humor, romance, detective work and more, then Major Crimes (Jersey Shore Mystery Series Book 4) is a surefire winner. The story was new and fresh and there was never any question as to what information I could be missing. This is a quick and entertaining mystery sleuth book that I highly recommend.

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The first of the reviews is in for Major Crimes and I am so excited to share it with you!Major Crimes ebook cover

Here is what Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer for Midwest Book Reviews had to say:

Major Crimes is a revealing, compelling mystery story that’s hard to put down. Driven by interpersonal relationships, a sassy combination of fun and angst, murder and mayhem, and dangerous associations, it’s an emotion-driven and yet is a light, fun mystery that’s perfect for a cozy winter’s night.

Book Four in the Jersey Shore is a ‘cozy mystery’ perfect for newcomers to the mystery series as well as prior fans, and it opens with a heart-stopping scenario that portends danger from its first moment: the protagonist returns home to find her front door unlocked – and she’s always meticulous about locking it, even though she owns little of value.

She searches her house instead of fleeing or phoning the police – and finds a surprise. It’s an unannounced visit, and one that affects Chelsey’s good judgment (and ultimately lands her into big trouble) as she becomes personally involved in a convoluted crime whose twists and turns seem to have no end.

As the story line switches perspectives between characters, readers catch a good glimpse of motivations, unspoken feelings, and complications faced by the single mother. Chapter headings do a fine job of informing readers about these changing perspectives and help keep everything on track as the complex mystery unwinds.

Police interrogations, murder, relationships between exs still bound by children, uncertain connections that may (or may not) indicate romance: all these are wound into a story line that is spiced with children, husbands, parents, police departments and ex-cops.

At the center of this whirlwind is Chelsey, whose strongest connections with men have also proved to be her most unstable foundations. Three men in her life have failed her. One has done something crazy. One is falling in love. And the choices Chelsey is forced to make around all three will change her life.

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Giveaway & Guest Post: Character Development by Mark Reutlinger, Author of “A Pain in the Tuchis”

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GUEST POST

Character Development

by Mark Reutlinger

I am sometimes asked how I write my novels: whether I begin with a detailed outline or synopsis, or I simply take a general idea and run with it. The truth is that I do a little of each—I make a not-so-detailed outline of my ideas and then begin and let the story, and the characters, develop as I go.

The reason for this is my view of a novel, at least in its formative stages. To me a fiction manuscript is a living, organic entity, capable of growing in several directions, none of which is entirely predictable. Sometimes what begins as a short story unexpectedly grows into a full-length novel, because I discovered I had much more to say about the characters and/or their story than I had thought. (The opposite can be true as well, of course.)

This too is how my characters develop, as real human beings who sometimes reveal themselves to have good and bad characteristics that I did not expect when I created them. (I find the creation process itself a fascinating subject, but I must leave that for another time.) Let me give you a couple of examples:

When I began writing my first published novel, Made in China, a political thriller in which all of those goods that are “made in China” (meaning almost everything) are suddenly unavailable, embargoed by a hostile Chinese government, I originally planned to have two protagonists, one male and one female. (This, of course, makes for easy creation of love interests, sexual encounters, role reversals, and so forth.) The male protagonist, Jack Conway, a systems engineer, is living with his “significant other” Annie when he loses his job due to a takeover by a Chinese conglomerate. He ultimately catches on with another company following an interview with its personnel manager, Linda. Annie was to be a “partner” of Jack throughout the book, whereas Linda was just a minor character passing through. But when I came to writing the scenes involving Jack and Linda, I found that I liked Linda more than I liked Annie, and that Jack had more in common with Linda—that she would make him a stronger and more interesting partner—than Annie. Annie also seemed to offer a much more limited scope for development than did Linda. So I altered the plot, wrote Annie out after a brief appearance (she leaves to enter a post-grad program across the country), and offered Linda the position of female protagonist. She accepted and we never looked back.

My characters in Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death developed somewhat differently, but still in many ways unexpectedly. I knew when I began the novel that Mrs. Kaplan’s best friend (and fellow retirement home resident) Ida would be narrating it and act as Dr. Watson to Mrs. K’s Sherlock Holmes. I knew the two ladies’ approximate ages and personalities, in part because they are an amalgam of many such women I have known, including both my and my wife’s grandmothers. But despite starting with this familiarity, I didn’t really know what kind of people they would prove to be when confronted with the kinds of unusual challenges I had in store for them, such as Mrs. Kaplan being suspected of murder. I only found out for sure when I reached those points in the story. And even after I had written the final (I thought) draft, my editor suggested that perhaps Mrs. Kaplan and Ida might themselves stage a burglary that I had written for two much younger women. I didn’t know how that would play out, but when I had let it percolate a while, considered what I now knew about them that I didn’t know when I began, and finally wrote the scene, I found they handled it quite well, adding an extra measure of humor to the story.

As Ida would no doubt say, “Who knew?”

A Pain in the Tuchis
by Mark Reutlinger

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pain in the tuchisA Pain in the Tuchis:
A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Alibi (November 17, 2015)
An Imprint of Random House LLC
Publication Date: November 17, 2015
ASIN: B00TWE4FHO
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Combining the classic charms of Agatha Christie with the delightful humor of M. C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin novels, Mark Reutlinger’s Mrs. Kaplan mystery series returns as a notorious crank meets an untimely fate.

Yom Kippur is a day of reflection and soul searching. But at the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors, Vera Gold misses this opportunity to atone for her many sins when she up and dies. Indeed, Vera was such a pain in the tuchis to all those around her that when her sister claims Vera was deliberately poisoned, the tough question isn’t who would want to kill her—but who wouldn’t?

Having already solved one murder with her dear friend Ida, Rose Kaplan has a sleuthing reputation that precedes her. It’s only natural that Vera’s sister turns to Mrs. K for help. So do the police, but when her conclusions conflict with theirs, they tell her to butt out! This case has more twists than a loaf of challah. And with a homicidal scoundrel on the loose, Mrs. K has to act fast—or she might be the guest of honor at the Home’s next memorial service.

Praise for Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death

“Is there kosher food in jail? These two heroines have gotten themselves in quite a pickle! Well, it’s a matzoh ball mess, really. Too deliciously funny!”—Rita Mae Brown, bestselling author of Nine Lives to Die

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About This Author

Mark Reutlinger is the author of the novels Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death and Made in China. A professor of law emeritus at Seattle University, Reutlinger was born in San Francisco, graduated from UC Berkeley, and now lives with his wife, Analee, in University Place, Washington.

 Author Links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/markreutlinger

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1192934.Mark_Reutlinger?from_search=true&search_version=service_impr

Website: http://www.markreutlinger.com/

 

Tour Participants

November 10 – Mallory Heart Reviews – Review

November 10 – View from the Birdhouse – Interview

November 11 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,  &, Sissy, Too ! – Spotlight

November 11 – Bubble Bath Books – Review

November 12 – Jane Reads – Review, Guest Post

November 13 – Cuppa Tea With G – Review

November 13 – Frankie Bow – Interview

November 14 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review

November 15 – deal sharing aunt – Interview

November 16 – A Fold in the Spine – Review

November 17 – Musings and Ramblings – Guest Post

November 18 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review

November 18 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Guest Post

November 19 – Tea and A Book – Review

November 20 – Community Bookstop – Review

November 21 – Laura’s Interests – Review

November 22 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview

November 23 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post

November 23 – THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK – Spotlight

Book Review & Giveaway: Murder in a Two-Seater

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Murder in a Two-Seater
by Billie Thomas

Murder in a Two-SeaterMurder in a Two-Seater:
A Chloe Carstairs Mystery (Chloe Carstairs Mysteries Book 2)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
• Print Length: 305 pages
• Publisher: Annie Acorn Publishing LLC (September 7, 2015)
• ASIN: B0152IQRAQ
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Synopsis:

A cheating wife in a classic car drives someone to murder.

Interior decorators turned amateur investigators, Chloe and Amanda Carstairs have spent the summer transforming their client’s creepy old castle into a luxury hotel. But before the first guest checks in, the owner’s wife checks out – with the help of a bullet to the head.

When Chloe’s dad is accused of the crime, there’s no time for the ladies to drown their sorrows in the hotel’s mini bar. Instead, they have to contend with a sneaky blackmailer, an unsolved murder from the past, and a cunning killer with nothing to lose.

The second Chloe Carstairs Mystery is filled with the same clever twists and hilarious mother-daughter relationship that made Murder on the First Day of Christmas such a fun, fast-paced read for an appreciative readership. The mystery will keep you guessing, but as any good decorator will tell you, even a beautiful setting can’t hide the ugly truth.

My review:

Chloe and Amanda are on another adventure solving a murder after Chloe’s father becomes the accused. Things are not as they seem. Who is the real murderer? Was Chloe’s dad cheating with the deceased?  Is Chloe’s boyfriend yearning for his ex? There was plenty of mystery and just enough romance in this novel to hold your attention! I haven’t yet read the first book in this series, and it did not detract from this novel at all. I didn’t feel lost while I was reading.  I felt the descriptions of the setting were so realistic, that I could picture the castle/hotel and the grounds vividly. I liked the car references as well. The characters were a riot – who couldn’t laugh at the Bunny and Honey duo? This was a great cozy mystery and true to the genre–no graphic violence, no graphic sexual content, and no foul language. A light mystery with lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing! Check this one out! 4 stars!

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BILLIE

About The Author –

Billie Thomas is the pseudonym of a Birmingham-based author. After the real Billie passed away unexpectedly at the end of 2011, getting MURDER ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS,  the first of in the Chloe Carstairs mystery series, revised and published was her daughter’s top priority as a way to honor the mom who had given her a lifelong love of books. In her real life, Ms. Thomas works at an advertising agency, which might explain why she’s constantly thinking up ways to kill people without getting caught. She has a really cute boyfriend and an even cuter dog. Like MURDER ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, its follow up, MURDER IN A TWO-SEATER are both filled with mystery, romance, humor and decorating – because these are a few of her favorite things. Visit her blog at ChloeGetsAClue.com or connect

Author Links:

Twitter@chloegetsaclue

Blog: ChloeGetsAClue.com

Facebook: chloe.carstairs.73 

 

Tour Participants

November 1 – Mallory Heart Reviews – Review

November 2 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,  &, Sissy, Too ! – Spotlight

November 3 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview

November 4 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review

November 5 – Teatime and Books – Spotlight

November 6 – Frankie Bow – Interview

November 7 – Escape With Dollycas – Guest Post

November 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – Guest Post

November 9 – Back Porchervations – Review

November 10 – THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK – Review

November 11 – A Blue Million Books – Interview

November 12 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review

November 13 – Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post

November 14 – deal sharing aunt – Interview

Book Blast & Giveaway: A Stitch to Die For

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A Stitch to Die For
by Lois Winston

BOOK BLAST

A Stitch to Die For-ebookA Stitch to Die For (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery) (Volume 5)
5th in Series
Cozy Mystery
• Paperback: 240 pages
• Publisher: Lois Winston (July 7, 2015)
• ISBN-13: 978-1940795300
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Synopsis:

Ever since her husband died and left her in debt equal to the gross national product of Uzbekistan, magazine crafts editor and reluctant amateur sleuth Anastasia Pollack has stumbled across one dead body after another—but always in work-related settings. When a killer targets the elderly nasty neighbor who lives across the street from her, murder strikes too close to home. Couple that with a series of unsettling events days before Halloween, and Anastasia begins to wonder if someone is sending her a deadly message.

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About The Author –

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry. Visit Lois/Emma at www.loiswinston.com and Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog, www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com. Follow everyone on Tsu at www.tsu.co/loiswinston, on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/anasleuth, and onTwitter at https://twitter.com/Anasleuth. Sign up for her newsletter at https://www.MyAuthorBiz.com/ENewsletter.php?acct=LW2467152513

Author Links:

Website: http://www.loiswinston.com

Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog: http://www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Anasleuth

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/anasleuth

Tsu: www.tsu.co/loiswinston

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/722763.Lois_Winston

 

Cover Reveal! Major Crimes

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Synopsis

From the award-winning cozy mystery author, Michele Lynn Seigfried, comes book #4 in the Jersey Shore Mystery Series — Major Crimes.

Buckle up for hours of laughter, romance, and excitement with this Jersey Shore Mystery. When handsome detective, Bryce Kelly, is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he finds himself on the run and in hiding. Can amateur sleuth, Chelsey Alton, and a few quirky friends help him find the real killer and prove his innocence before it’s too late? If you love mysteries, don’t miss this humorous whodunit!

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Tentative release date:  January 26, 2015

Praise for the Series

The author’s style is fast and riveting and holds the reader’s interest throughout the book. ~Shweta Shankar, Readers Favorite

I like this series.  It is a fun cozy. With characters I like, Rhonda, Readalot Blog

Wow. These characters are fabulous… ~Marie’s Cozy Corner

Seigfried artfully combined humor and mystery. ~Christa Nardi, Christa Reads and Writes Blog

With humor and a murder what’s not to like.  ~Shelly’s Book Case

It’s detective writing at its best. ~D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

From the Author

Here it is!  The cover for Major Crimes! I’m so excited!

I’m doing another proofread myself before I send it off to the editor.

Thank you to everyone who has been asking me about and waiting patiently for this book!  It’s told from two points of view – Chelsey Alton and Bryce Kelly and the plot sizzles when these two get together!

I’m hoping to schedule a book tour in late January or early February. If you want to participate in the book tour or be a beta reader, just let me know and I’ll hook you up! Email me at micheleseigfried@gmail.com or comment below!

xo