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Cozy Prizes Friday: Dadgummit

I am so excited to have Maggie Toussaint back again with her new book Dadgummit! That’s what I said–Dadgummit!

Maggie was kind enough to be interviewed for the book, so here is a little visit with Maggie, one of my favorite Georgia girls.

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Maggie Toussaint

How did you come with an idea for your book?

Thank you for having me here, Teresa. It’s always a pleasure to visit your place. Sometimes an idea appears fully formed in my head, other times a hint of the idea worries at me for days, and still other times, each small idea cascades into the next. For the book on tour now, Dadgummit, I knew I wanted my sleuth to go away on vacation because we’d already killed a pile of people in her fictional home town. And since she lived at the shore, what better vacation than going to the mountains? She’s on a fixed budget, so it had to be camping or borrowing an RV, and it couldn’t be too far because then the gas would be too much. So, the Georgia mountains. Just like that I had my setting, but what paranormal events would happen in the mountains? Then I remembered that many Native Americans remained in that area, and that the Cherokee had a wealth of folklore and legends that would work with my series. These connected ideas occurred to me much as I’ve recorded them here. One idea led to the next.

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

Choosing between scenes in a favorite book is very hard, but I particularly love the scene where the Nunnéhi kidnap my sleuth and her friends. It’s the first time Baxley has heard of realms being located between the living and the dead and she’s in for a big surprise.

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

My muse doesn’t need encouragement to stray! You’re talking to a writer who started in romance, then wrote romantic suspense, cozy mystery, paranormal mystery, short fiction, and futuristic mystery. I’m really enjoying mystery as a writing genre right now. In addition to the Dreamwalker Series that includes Dadgummit, I’m working on novella sequels to my Cleopatra Jones Cozy Mystery Series. No Quarter, a 26,000 word novella, will be out in the Sleuthing Women II anthology this fall. Also, the last installment of my Lindsey & Ike cozy novella series will be out this fall.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

I think I’m right in the pocket now. I do not need more writing genres.

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Yes. There is a giveaway that spans the entire Great Escapes blog tour.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

Everywhere they can think of! Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, for starters. Mentioning a review you wrote on Facebook or Twitter is always appreciated. Maybe you have a blog – those are great places to post reviews. I love to see reviews, and I look forward to hearing what readers say about my books.

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Thank you, Maggie!  Now here’s a little more about her new book!

 

Amateur sleuth Baxley Powell is on vacation at Stony Creek Lake in the north Georgia mountains. Her parents, best friend, and ten-year-old daughter are camping with her. Almost immediately, a young man’s body is found beside the lake. Strangely, there’s no apparent cause of death. The local police have heard about Baxley’s skill at closing unusual cases, and at their urging she agrees to help.

Her psychic sleuthing leads the police to a halfway house. There they encounter eight comatose victims and an odd man named Jonas, who also has supernatural abilities. Baxley senses Jonas cruelly drained their life force energy. Jonas escapes, taking the sheriff as a hostage. Deputy Sam Mayes, a Native American, leads the manhunt, and he keeps Baxley close, knowing she’s the key to capturing this powerful criminal.

Baxley’s paranormal talent of dreamwalking, which she uses to traverse the veil of life, draws the unwanted attention of beings believed to be Cherokee folklore. Jonas stole a treasured artifact from them, and they want it back. They hold Baxley’s best friend and two others because they know Baxley can help them. As the clock ticks, Jonas taunts this crime-fighting duo and proves to be a wily adversary.

With the body count rising, Baxley and Mayes realize they are up against an entity who appears to be invincible. Do they have the power to subdue an energy vampire, turn the tide of evil, and save the day?

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Book Review: Doggone It by Maggie Touissant

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Can you see the ghost dog? What a cutie!

I was excited to get to review Maggie Toussaint’s latest dreamwalker book because I too love to write about the world of psychics. Baxley Powell, landscaper by day, psychic by night (and any other time they need her) is a different psychic than say the Long Island Medium. She dreamwalks and when she does it’s a mighty scary. There aren’t just people floating around in white nightgowns but scary folks who pick on humans and put burning tattoos in people.

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Here is Maggie’s Synopsis of Doggone It:

Dreamwalker Baxley Powell can’t remember the last time she had such a crappy weekend. A twilight encounter with a ghost dog left her numb and disoriented, her dreamwalker abilities are wiped out, and the sheriff just summoned her to a double homicide.

With no access to the spirit world, Baxley bluffs her way through the crime scene where a movie star’s assistant and a charter boat captain were strung up and bled dry. In a haunted house, no less. Figuring out who killed these people will be a real challenge without her ability to speak to the dead.

Just when Baxley thinks her powers are returning, her dreamwalks malfunction. With the sheriff pushing her to solve the case quickly, Baxley teams up with a dognapping medium to boost her powers.

Suspects include the captain’s good-for-nothing brother, the assistant’s replacement, and, of course, his stalker. All of Sinclair County is on edge, and the media circus isn’t helping. At stake are the movie’s funding, the sheriff’s job, and Baxley’s senses.

Maggie Toussaint

Maggie Toussaint

Can Baxley safeguard her abilities and solve the case before the killer strikes again?

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Haunted houses, lost pirate treasure, conniving in-laws, supernatural baddies, and a determined ghost dog test amateur sleuth Baxley Powell’s mettle in Book Three of Toussaint’s Dreamwalker Series.

My Review: 5 Stars

What happens when a California film crew mixes with locals in a small town famous for pirate lore?  Actors make their livings fooling people so when a double murder occurs Baxley Powell is called on to dreamwalk into the spirit world and find the truth. The only problem is Baxley is tapped right now from previous dreamwalking encounters and is struggling to do her job.  Maggie Toussaint does a beautiful job taking us on a walk in a place of nightmares. You can’t always trust the occupants in this world so you’d better put some crystals in your pocket and whistle for your trusty ghost dog. I loved the paranormal side of this cozy mystery which made it a little different and exciting to read. I also love the character of  Baxley who is struggling with parenting issues and yet hanging out with the police to help solve a grisly double murder.  Great story!

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Interview of Jonnie Jacobs: Part of the Sleuthing Women Anthology

There is a big anthology on tour right now that includes some our favorite cozy mystery authors with their first in series. Sleuthing Women contains ten complete novels which makes it an incredible value and the chance to read some authors you may not know yet. Jonnie Jacobs, the author of Murder Among Neighbors, stopped by today to talk about her novel and shared a little about her life as a stay-at-home mom and as an attorney.  Be sure to look for the prize guy below to enter to win a FREE copy of this amazing anthology!

So, here’s Jonnie.

jonnie_newI came to writing as a third career, but in my head and heart, I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember. However, I never thought about actually being an author until I took a leave of absence from my job as an attorney when my second child was three. I started a book just as a creative diversion from full time “stay-at-home-mom.” That book didn’t sell (it was pretty awful actually), but I was hooked. Murder Among Neighbors, the first book of the Kate Austen series, came next, and then Shadow of Doubt, the first book in the Kali O’Brien series of legal mysteries. I continued with both series and then branched out to a stand-alone title several years later. My three most recent books have all been single-title books.

I enjoy writing (except on days when things are not going well) because it lets me create my own fictional world and characters to “play” with. I get to put words in people’s mouths and tell them what to do (something I never get to do in real life.) Things work out the way I want them to (again, not always true in real life.) And I get to explore relationships, personal secrets, and individual psychologies. I’m curious by nature (my family calls it being nosey), and by writing, I can dig into a multitude of “whys” and “what ifs.”

What inspired the idea behind your story?

When most of us picture the quiet, tree-lined streets of suburbia, the last thing that comes to mind is murder. Yet there are often secrets and conflicts and real drama going on behind those closed doors. And it’s the drama leading up to the crime—the fractured relationships, emotional tensions and private fears of everyday people that interest me. I chose an amateur sleuth because I’m fascinated by the things we know about friends and neighbors that it would take the police a bit of digging to uncover. I also wanted a sleuth who was personally connected to the crime, who felt pain and loss in the way a professional investigator wouldn’t. And I wanted to use that sensitivity to explore the ripple effect of crime.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

The book is completely fictional but I think all writers draw on personal experience to some degree. My characters are generally an amalgam of people I’ve met, read about, heard about from friends, and observed (like most authors, I’m a great people watcher). There’s always a bit of myself thrown in, too. I’m interested in people’s stories. I want to know what happened and why, and how the person felt about it.

In my case, I also drew on two particular incidents involving murder. In the first, a workman who was at my house killed another woman he was working for the next week. It was a heart-thudding, oh-my-gosh kind of realization. And secondly, I had an oblique acquaintance who was convicted of murder. These experiences didn’t work their way into the book directly, but did feed my interest in knowing the story behind the headline news. We often learn that so-and-so was arrested for a crime but we never learn the backstory and motivation. I wanted to write a book where I could dig into that.

What was harder, being a lawyer or a mother?

Both are hard in different ways, but being both at once was more than I wanted to take on. Writing provided a nice balance and a much more flexible schedule. And my children have, over the years, unsuspectingly provided me with some great “kid lines.”

 I noticed you are an amateur photographer. Did you provide photos for any of your book covers?

I’m a very amateur photographer, but yes, I did provide photos for the ebook version of two of my books. Not because they are such great photographs, but because I couldn’t find a stock photo that was what I wanted. Intent to Harm, the sixth book in my Kali O’Brien series, takes place in the California Sierra near Lake Tahoe. In the opening scene, Kali meets with a mystery client who is shot before Kali has a chance to figure out who she is or what she wanted. The meeting took place in a mountain park, and all the photos I could find were either urban or eastern. During one of my favorite Sierra hikes, I saw exactly the setting I was looking for. I took a photo with my cell phone (while my husband grumbled about my lollygagging.) And a photo I took years ago of our then puppy is the cover of my short story, Doggone.

What advice would you give beginning writers?

Above all, write. I’ve met too many people who talk about writing but never actually write. You learn by doing, tweaking, editing, and re-writing. You can’t learn by simply thinking about it. Secondly, read. Read both broadly and in your chosen genre. Read critically as well as for enjoyment. See what works and doesn’t work, analyze how a writer you admire handles the things that give you trouble. And lastly, live life and keep your eyes open.

There are lots of books that cover techniques, and they are good to read, but read them with a healthy dose of skepticism. Classes and critique groups can also be a great help.

How can readers find your books?

My books are all available in print and digital formats, and, in increasing numbers, as audio books. They can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, as well as through independent bookstores where they can be ordered if they aren’t in stock. All of the books were initially in libraries, although over time I’m sure copies have been lost.

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Murder Among Neighbors is one of the books featured in Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries, a collection of full-length mysteries featuring murder and assorted mayhem by ten critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors. Each novel in the set is the first book in an established multi-book series—a total of over 3,000 pages of reading pleasure for lovers of amateur sleuth, caper, and cozy mysteries, with a combined total of over 1700 reviews on Amazon, averaging 4 stars.

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Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, an Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery by Lois Winston—Working mom Anastasia is clueless about her husband’s gambling addiction until he permanently cashes in his chips and her comfortable middle-class life craps out. He leaves her with staggering debt, his communist mother, and a loan shark demanding $50,000. Then she’s accused of murder…

Murder Among Neighbors, a Kate Austen Suburban Mystery by Jonnie Jacobs — When Kate Austen’s socialite neighbor, Pepper Livingston, is murdered, Kate becomes involved in a sea of steamy secrets that bring her face to face with shocking truths—and handsome detective Michael Stone.

Skeleton in a Dead Space, a Kelly O’Connell Mystery by Judy Alter—Real estate isn’t a dangerous profession until Kelly O’Connell stumbles over a skeleton and runs into serial killers and cold-blooded murderers in a home being renovated in Fort Worth. Kelly barges through life trying to keep from angering her policeman boyfriend Mike and protect her two young daughters.

In for a Penny, a Cleopatra Jones Mystery by Maggie Toussaint—Accountant Cleo faces an unwanted hazard when her golf ball lands on a dead banker. The cops think her BFF shot him, so Cleo sets out to prove them wrong. She ventures into the dating world, wrangles her teens, adopts the victim’s dog, and tries to rein in her mom…until the killer puts a target on Cleo’s back.

The Hydrogen Murder, a Periodic Table Mystery by Camille Minichino—A retired physicist returns to her hometown of Revere, Massachusetts and moves into an apartment above her friends’ funeral home. When she signs on to help the Police Department with a science-related homicide, she doesn’t realize she may have hundreds of cases ahead of her.

Retirement Can Be Murder, A Baby Boomer Mystery by Susan Santangelo—Carol Andrews dreads her husband Jim’s upcoming retirement more than a root canal without Novocain. She can’t imagine anything worse than having an at-home husband with time on his hands and nothing to fill it—until Jim is suspected of murdering his retirement coach.

Dead Air, A Talk Radio Mystery by Mary Kennedy—Psychologist Maggie Walsh moves from NY to Florida to become the host of WYME’s On the Couch with Maggie Walsh. When her guest, New Age prophet Guru Sanjay Gingii, turns up dead, her new roommate Lark becomes the prime suspect. Maggie must prove Lark innocent while dealing with a killer who needs more than just therapy.

A Dead Red Cadillac, A Dead Red Mystery by RP Dahlke—When her vintage Cadillac is found tail-fins up in a nearby lake, the police ask aero-ag pilot Lalla Bains why an elderly widowed piano teacher is found strapped in the driver’s seat. Lalla confronts suspects, informants, cross-dressers, drug-running crop dusters, and a crazy Chihuahua on her quest to find the killer.

Murder is a Family Business, an Alvarez Family Murder Mystery by Heather Haven—Just because a man cheats on his wife and makes Danny DeVito look tall, dark and handsome, is that any reason to kill him? The reluctant and quirky PI, Lee Alvarez, has her work cut out for her when the man is murdered on her watch. Of all the nerve.

Murder, Honey, a Carol Sabala Mystery by Vinnie Hansen—When the head chef collapses into baker Carol Sabala’s cookie dough, she is thrust into her first murder investigation. Suspects abound at Archibald’s, the swanky Santa Cruz restaurant where Carol works. The head chef cut a swath of people who wanted him dead from ex-lovers to bitter rivals to greedy relatives.

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Jonnie Jacobs is the author of fifteen novels. A former practicing attorney, she lives near San Francisco with her husband. Find her at http://www.jonniejacobs.com.