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Till Dirt Do Us Part Cover Reveal

Ladies and Gentlemen. Boys and Girls. I give you the cover for Till Dirt Do Us Part!

My latest book is now available on Amazon. I hope you figured out from my earlier post this crime-solving adventure centers around the world of gardening. Yes, that’s Betsy’s dog Butch on the cover and some freshly constructed planting boxes. Now, what could go wrong with a bunch of dirt and seeds?

Not everything stays buried. When Betsy, a notorious brown thumb gets roped into a gardening contest sponsored by the Pecan Bayou Gazette, she finds herself digging up more than weeds. She is ridiculed by the garden club ladies, and now her heart breaks for a newly single mom whose world has just collapsed. The Happy Hinter is back so take some time to revisit the cozy little town Pecan Bayou, Texas. Grab a glass of sweet tea before you turn the dirt in the garden and sit a spell with all your favorite characters who dole out heartfelt caring and compassion with a side of humor. Till Dirt Do Us Part includes bonus recipes and helpful hints from Betsy’s column!

 

A quick note to my readers: Although I would love to have you pick this up right away, it is going to be FREE on May 1-5! If you grab it on one of the free days, don’t be shy about leaving a review! 

Pecan Bayou Series On Sale for 99 Cents Each on Google Play

I’ve added the Pecan Bayou Series to Google Play. Books 2 through 6 are normally 3.99  but to celebrate the new distribution channel ,I am putting all of them on sale for .99 cents until the debut of my seventh novel in the series on April 24.  Here’s hoping you’ll indulge in some binge reading before Till Dirt Do Us Part, Pecan Bayou #7 comes out!

Pecan Bayou Series #1

A Dash of Murder 99 Cents on Google Play

Pecan Bayou Mystery Series #2

Overdue for Murder 99 Cents on Google Play

Pecan Bayou Series #3

Doggone Dead 99 Cents on Google Play

Pecan Bayou Series #4

Buzzkill 99 Cents on Google Play

Pecan Bayou Series #5

Burnout 99 Cents on Google Play

 

Murder for a Rainy Day 99 Cents on Google Play

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give the Devil His Due Review and Giveaway

GIVE THE DEVIL HIS DUESteve Hockensmith is here today to tell us about Give the Devil His Due, a book he co-wrote with Lisa Falco. He’s a funny guy,
and it is reflected in this new cozy mystery about tarot card reading, con men and the White Magic Five and Dime.  He was kind enough to answer a few questions about his newest cozy mystery. After the interview check out my review and then find the Prize Guy to enter the giveaway for a print copy of this book!
Have you ever had your tarot cards read? If you did were you surprised by the result?
I’ve had my cards read several times over the years. The biggest surprise came when I encountered a reader who wasn’t full of it. That reader: Lisa Falco, who co-created the “tarot mystery” series with me. Before Lisa, I’d done readings as an occasional lark, and the results had never been impressive. Sometimes the reader was a flat-out cold-eyed con artist. (“The woman in your life…she isn’t true to you. You need to come back for a special reading. I can help you.”) Sometimes the reader was simply full of baloney. (“I see you running through the jungle with a war club in your hand. You were a barbarian warrior in a past life…and you’re still a strong, rough, dominant man today.” Uhh, no. That’s why I let my girlfriend talk me into coming in here.) Lisa is an old friend, and I’d known her for years before I discovered she read tarot cards. I don’t remember what exactly she told me the first time she did a reading for me, but I remember my response: “Wow! This isn’t all horse@$%# after all!” Her readings have always been insightful, helpful and even, yes, prophetic. I’m not a believer in the supernatural, but yowza – sometimes the things Lisa sees makes me wonder. So when she said, “I’m thinking of doing a book about a tarot reader who helps her clients through the cards,” I had no hesitation about saying, “Make it a mystery, and we’ll do it together!”
 Is Give the Devil His Due a mystery that can stand alone or is it better for readers to read the other books in the series first?
It can definitely be read on its own, but I’ll be honest: It’s probably best to read the other two books first. (Hear that strange, haunting, distant sound? That’s the publisher’s publicist screaming.) In Give the Devil His Due, our hero, Alanis, has to face something from her past that we’ve only hinted at in the other novels. You can jump right in and not be confused at all, but to fully appreciate her reaction you might want to get to know her a bit more first.
Have you published short stories in magazines?
I started out writing stories for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. I saw it as an apprenticeship. Before I tried to write a novel, I wanted to make my bones working on things that wouldn’t be such a daunting commitment. Cuz short stories are, you know, short. It worked out really well. All the crap I had to write to learn what the heck I was doing only took a couple years. Then once I was actually writing good stuff, it started selling, and that gave me the confidence I needed to write a novel. Which wasn’t very good. So I went back to short stories, wrote one that seemed like a good set-up for a series, and was inspired to try another novel. That one got published – it’s called Holmes on the Range – and I’ve been doing books ever since. I still write the occasional short story for Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen, though. In fact, I’ll be in both in the next few months. And I’ve put out some collections of my short fiction, too. But don’t worry: I left out the crap.
What is your favorite character or scene in Give the Devil His Due?
I love breaking up the format of the traditional mystery story. Anytime I can throw in something that’s a little different, a little funny, a little surprising, it makes the writing more fun for me. In Give the Devil His Due, an eccentric German music mogul becomes important to the plot – he’s sort of a nutty, Teutonic Richard Branson – so our heroes look him up on Wikipedia. All they see is the Contents list for his page, but that’s enough to give you his biography and a sense of who he is. What the heck – here it is:
 
Ulf Pichler
1 Early life
2 Career
2.1 Ice cream truck
2.2 Sonntagnachmittagunwholsein Records
2.3 “Einhundertein Schokoladenhasen (101 Chocolate Bunnies)”
2.4 http://www.glucklichsittiche.de launch and Amazon buyout
2.5 Multimedia empire
2.6 Other business ventures
2.7 Dagegengeld implosion and lawsuit
3 World record attempts
3.1 Mountaineering
3.2 Ballooning
3.3 Deep-sea diving
3.4 Firewalking
3.5 Hot dog eating
4 Politics
5 Controversies and criticism
5.1 Mother Teresa feud
5.2 Vatican streaking incident
5.3 Art and relics collection
5.4 Dalai Lama headbutt
6 Honours and awards
7 Personal life
7.1 Marriages
7.2 Palimony suits
7.3 Paternity suits
7.4 Vow of celibacy
10 Bibliography
11 References
What are you writing now?
Steve-HockensmithI wrote five novels in my Holmes on the Range historical mystery series a while back, and for a long time I’ve wanted to revisit those characters. So that’s what I’m doing right now. I put out a collection of Holmes on the Range short stories that’s sold really well over the years, so I’m going to see how it goes with a novel. After that I’ll probably write some more short stories and then see what kind of mood I’m in. I have a lot of ideas – enough to keep me writing for the next 50 years. We’ll see if I get to them all….
My Review- 5 Stars
Come to the White Magic Five and Dime and find out what is in your future. Not a believer? So many of these people are simply scam artists so how can this one be any different? Alanis McLachlan’s mother was one of those scammers who operated with a con artist named Biddle. When she dies, Alanis inherits the store and when Biddle shows up after being out of the picture for decades she knows there is a con afoot. He is looking for an old painting of Elvis her mother used to own. It turns out several people are looking for the king. This is a funny mystery filled with con men,  an investigative reporter, mafia types, old ladies with uzis, a pony-tailed German man, and a touch of the occult. The story has good pacing and leans toward the suspense/caper side. I enjoyed Give the Devil His Due and look forward to more adventures in the world of tarot card reading. Oh, a handy tip I picked up from the book–Never use Google maps if you’re planning on rescuing someone!
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The Seventh Book in the Pecan Bayou Series is ON ITS WAY!

I have written six books in the Pecan Bayou Series where Betsy, The Happy Hinter has tripped over bodies in a haunted hospital, in a library, in a swarm of bees, by a cowboy fountain, in a burned out building and even fought off a hurricane while being chased by a murderer while in labor. Okay, that last one is a little much for any woman, but now my Betsy is off another adventure. I’m not ready to reveal all yet, other than Pecan Bayou #7 will be available in the last week of April 2017.  The book will also be FREE for the first five days in May so as much as I want you to buy the book, I’d love for you to pick it up for free and leave a review on Amazon.

Here is a little corner of the book cover. And now, all of you cozy detectives out there–what do you see? What will this book be about?

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The Reviews are in for Color Me Dead

colormedeadcoverColor Me Dead continues to collect reviews! Here are a few from the 18 site blowout blog tour in January!

From the beginning, I was absolutely riveted by this book…
~Valerie’s Musings

5 PAW REVIEW – I thought this was a great start to a new series!
~Storeybook Reviews

I think just about anyone would love this new series whether you are artistic or not it draws you in and has you wanting to learn more about the people of Henry Park and see where the residents go from here!
~Community Bookstop

A fast-paced read, I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it.
~Cassidy’s Bookshelves

This is a well crafted cozy mystery that will keep you rethinking your choice of murderer until the final page is turned. Most readers change their mind at least three times.
~Laura’s Interests

If you like paranormal with your cozy mystery, you’ll like this book.
~Christa Reads and Writes

In COLOR ME DEAD Teresa Trent takes a picturesque town adds interesting characters and a unique mystery to create a successful start to a new series.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

Color Me Dead is an entertaining cozy murder mystery that will engage you to join Gabby in solving an intriguing murder mystery.
~Jersey Girl Book Reviews

 

And to answer a quick question–we are working on the paperback version of Color Me Dead at this time. I’ll keep you posted when it is available. Thanks for asking.

It Was a Wonderful Tour

This has been a whirlwind week and an incredible tour. Sadly, Color Me Dead‘s free days are over on Kindle, but thanks to your downloads the book hit #3 on the Free Cozies with Animals list.

I’d like to say thank you to Lori at Escape with Dollycas for being such a kind and caring professional. Also, thank you to all of the bloggers who read the book and wrote such detailed and beautiful reviews and then tweeted the heck out of it!

Luigi, the beagle, needs a nap, so once again, thanks for a great week!

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This beagle is up for adoption in the Dallas area and his real name is Cooper.

Last Day of Color Me Dead Will Be Free on Kindle

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Goliath, the wonder beagle. Still, miss you!

Wow! What a week. This has been a fantastic tour, and I can’t believe we’re on the last day already. Thank you to my tour hosts on Thursday and all of the kind people who visited and downloaded the book. I’ve appreciated your comments and support this week. This is the last day Color Me Dead will be free on Kindle. If you’ve already downloaded it, I’d love it if you would share this information with someone else.  So, here are my last three stops.  All aboard! Stop by and comment so I know you were there.

January 27 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

January 27 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – REVIEW

January 27 – Turning the Pages – REVIEW

 

For my last beagle picture this week, I am posting the only picture I can find of my own beagle, Goliath.  This photo was taken in Colorado back when I was a teenager. I had to wake him up to take the picture. If I remember right, this was actually a polaroid that was scanned. (That sure dates it!)