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Love, Die, Neighbor: The Prequel to the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series
The story behind the book: I remember moving into the house that we had just built, and yeah, what a mess. My son was a toddler. He was always finding nails (eeek!). I also remember having less than welcoming neighbors. So…this book comes from my experience back then as a young mother. You know, what seems like the happiest moments in our lives (moving into a brand-new house), can also be the most stressful. You are thrilled with your good fortune, so you don’t want to whine, but rarely is life all-good. Every change, every step forward, causes a ripple effect in the Universe, setting the law of unintended consequences in motion. I guess that’s why I love hearing my Buddhist friends talk about acceptance.
A Prequel to the Mystery Series that has won the hearts of fans all over the world!
As the mother of an active toddler and the wife of an often absent husband, Kiki Lowenstein already has both hands full. But when the Lowensteins move into their new house on the same day the construction crew leaves, Kiki must learn to juggle boxes, baby, and big expectations. Her determination to be a good neighbor hits a serious roadblock when she angers the Nordstroms, the couple who live next door. Then Sven Nordstrom dies under mysterious circumstances, and Kiki is forced into the one role she never planned on playing: amateur sleuth.
Learn more about Joanna Campbell Slan at JoannaCampbellSlan.com.
Jingle and His Magnificent Seven
My latest is JINGLE AND HIS MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, which came out in October. While it features a Santa Elf, it is not a Christmas story. I call it a Fantasy-Thriller. If you can ignore the fantasy side of it, it’s ripped from South Florida headlines. However, you ask why, the story behind it. Here goes.
I’ve published 13 other books, 12 of them with serious characters and settings. Of course, I try to throw a chuckle in along the way, but the overall tone is serious. Every once in a while, I get the urge to let my mind float off and invent an unreal character. The first time I did this, the result was JINGLE’S CHRISTMAS, published about 10 years ago. Earlier this year, I got that urge again and decided to reincarnate Jingle and move him to South Florida. The result was JINGLE AND HIS MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. I’m guessing you can tell from the title I didn’t take myself too seriously with it—even though it takes on an extremely serious subject.
Picture Santa’s SEIC for the southeastern region of the SBI assigned to recover Santa’s Naughty List. Oh, SEIC is Santa-Elf-in-Charge and, of course, SBI is Santa Bureau of Investigation. Then, fantasy collides with reality. The Naughty List is being sold to a Middle Eastern terror cell. Yikes. What a treasure for a group seeking merciless recruits. From there, it was a fun and intriguing write for me, allowing me to use 7 of my PIs from past books. I’m satisfied with how it came out. I hope readers will be, too.
JINGLE AND HIS MAGNIFICENT SEVEN is a holiday classic. What would happen if Santa’s “naughty” list were stolen by a rogue elf and offered for sale to a Mid-East terrorist cell? What could be more effective for evil than to hold a list of millions of potential recruits? That’s the dilemma facing Jingle Bell, aka, Rocky, the SEIC (Santa Elf in Charge) for the southeastern region of the SBI (Santa Bureau of Investigation). While Rocky can handle Rime, the rogue elf, he is hamstrung by Santa’s hardcore rule that no human can be injured in an elf investigation. Thus, Rocky recruits Nep Thomas, a South Florida PI, as his human accomplice. Nep, a natural skeptic, rolls his eyes often, but Rocky convinces him the threat is real. Soon, in spite of raised eyebrows, Rocky and Nep recruit a team of seven PIs to assist . Each joins reluctantly (who’s ever heard of the SBI or a SEIC?). While the seven attempt to develop a plan, the terrorist cell’s plans morph into a larger threat than simply obtaining the “naughty” list. How can Jingle and His Magnificent Seven bring down the group without 1) involving the police–who would never believe them, and 2) leaving the terrorists uninjured, and 3) insuring the cell is destroyed. Only Rocky, Nep, and the other six can make it happen and save the world. A holiday novella that can be enjoyed by everyone from 6 to 106.
Learn more about Randy Rawls at randyrawls.com.
Death at the Day Lily Café
My most recent book, Death at the Day Lily Café, is the second in the Rosalie Hart Mystery Series. In this story, Rosalie has accomplished her lifelong dream of opening a café. I live vicariously through my character as I am a serious foodie. This obsession was ignited when I attended cooking school in the hills of Tuscany. I love all things Italian: food, art, wine, and most of all, the Italians’ passion for the every day joys of life. Ever since this experience, I have wanted to open a restaurant. Creating the fictional Day Lily Café is my dream realized.
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Rosalie Hart has finally opened the café of her dreams. Decked out with ochre-tinted walls and stuffed with delicious organic fare, the Day Lily Café is everything Rosalie could have hoped for. But not five minutes into the grand opening, Doris Bird, a dear and trusted friend, cashes in on a favor–to help clear her little sister Lori of a first degree murder charge.
With the help of her best friend and head waiter Glenn, Rosalie is on the case. But it’s not going to be easy. Unlikable and provocative, murder victim Carl James Fiddler seems to have insulted nearly everyone in town, and the suspect list grows daily. And when Rosalie’s daughter Annie gets caught in the crossfire, the search for the killer becomes personal in this charming cozy perfect for fans of Diane Mott Davidson and Joanne Fluke.
Learn more about Wendy Sand Eckel at WendySandEckelAuthor.com.
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