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Thursday, 14 January 2016

BLURB BLITZ & #GIVEAWAY - Ladle to the Grave by Connie Archer



GENRE

Mystery

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BLURB:

By the Spoonful is Snowflake, Vermont’s most popular soup shop, but owner Lucky Jamieson doesn’t have any time to enjoy her success—she’s too busy trying to keep a lid on false accusations against her loved ones…

It’s almost May, and some of the local ladies have organized a pagan celebration in the woods to welcome spring. But the evening goes terribly wrong when one of the attendees winds up dead, apparently poisoned by an herbal concoction prepared by Lucky’s grandfather, Jack.

Lucky’s sure her grandfather could not have made such a tragic mistake. But before she can clear him of suspicion, her best friend, Sophie, is diverted from planning her wedding to By the Spoonful chef Sage DuBois when she finds a dead man floating in the creek on her property. Now it’s up to Lucky to get both Sophie and Jack out of hot water before a killer stirs up more trouble…


Recipes included!



Excerpt:

When Lucky reached Jack’s front porch, she was dismayed to see the windows dark.  She heard thumps and banging and Jack’s voice crying out. He was inside, somewhere in the dark.

Jack knew it was happening again. He couldn’t block out the screams. The boat was rising and falling in the sea. The water was purple with blood.  A hand reached up from the dark waters. Jack grasped it and held on with all his strength. Then a quick glimpse of a shark’s fin, and the man was gone. He was holding a disembodied arm. All around him were the cries of men being torn to pieces. Jack sobbed. He couldn’t help them, no matter how quick he was, no matter how strong. He wasn’t fast enough to save them.

Lucky pushed the door open and called Jack’s name.  His moans were louder now.  He had barricaded himself in the bathroom in an effort to control the memories. The sound of shattering glass came from within.  She hurried to the kitchen and grabbed a small knife from the wooden block next to the stove.  Just as she slid the edge of the blade into the doorframe, a heavy thud hit the door and Lucky fell back in shock, the knife falling from her hands. Her heart was racing. She pushed the knife into the doorjamb again and finally the lock released.

Jack was slumped on the floor in a small pool of blood.  Broken glass was everywhere.  He was lost in his nightmare. 

“It’s okay now, Jack.  You’re home.  You’re safe.”

He looked into her eyes, confused. “Lucky?”

“You had a spell, but you’re okay now.”

Tears spilled down Jack’s face. “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”



“Nothing to be sorry about. Everything’s going to be all right now.” She prayed her words would make it true.

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Connie will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here




Connie Archer is the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Penguin Random House (Berkley Prime Crime).  A Spoonful of Murder, A Broth of Betrayal, A Roux of Revenge and Ladle to the Grave are set in the imaginary village of Snowflake, Vermont.  A Clue in the Stew will be released in April 2016.  Connie was born and raised in New England and now lives on the other coast.  You can visit her at www.ConnieArcherMysteries.com, Facebook.com/ConnieArcherMysteries and Twitter @ SnowflakeVT.


Tour Organised By: Goddess Fish Promotions


21 comments:

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    1. Hi Lisa - Thanks for visiting today. Lots of luck in the giveaway!

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  2. Where is your favorite place to read?

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    1. Hi Becky - I can read pretty much anywhere, but I love to snuggle up in bed at night and read, or at the kitchen table over a bowl of soup. What could be better, right?

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  3. Thank you Archaeolibrarian for hosting me today! And thank you, Goddess Fish!

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  4. I enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Eva, glad you could follow the tour! Best of luck in the giveaway!

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  5. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

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    1. Hi Rita ~ thanks for visiting here today! Best of luck to you!

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  6. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

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    1. Hi Mai ~ Definitely on a computer, although I like to plot things out with post-it notes and write an outline longhand. But I work on the computer the whole time, that way I can write little questions or notes to myself in the manuscript as I go along. When I'm sure I've covered all the bases and it's in really good shape, I work from a print out and then more revising and re-writing. It always looks differently to me in black and white than on the screen. Glad you could stop by today. Good luck, Mai!

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    1. Oh, thank you, Gabrielle. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for visiting today!

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  8. I really enjoyed the excerpt! At some point in the process, I think I would have to work from a print out, too. For me, it would seem closer to being finished if I actually held it in my hands even though a few more revisions were necessary. This has been a terrific book tour!

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    1. Thank you, Betty! I agree, this has been an amazing book tour. You're right about working from a print out too. Maybe it engages another part of our brain, I don't know, but I always spot more typos and plot point problems when I see it in black and white.

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  9. sounds like another delicious addition to this series!

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    1. Hi Malka ~ it's been such a fun series to write! I hope you enjoy A Clue in the Stew too!

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  10. I'm looking forward to reading this series, thanks for sharing!

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    1. That's wonderful, thanks, Victoria! I hope you get to meet everyone in the village soon!

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  11. Hi Connie - I so enjoy these book tours. Waiting for A Clue in the Stew. Now that the holidays are over we can get some serious reading done ;-).

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