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Tag: a camper and criminals cozy mystery

Celebrating Paddlers, Promises, & Poison today!


Hey Y’all! Some fun news today! We got to go camping last weekend! YAY! All the campgrounds in Kentucky opened up and it felt so good to get the SHAMPER (my she writing camper) all packed up and on the road.

But even better news…

it’s release day for PADDLERS, PROMISES, & POISON, book 16 in A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Series.

I swear, I’m a little jealous of Mae when I’m camping. I love that she has the Laundry Club Ladies to hang out with over the campfire and get in trouble with her. Teehee.

But not jealous when she and the ladies find a dead body in a model home where Dottie just had to be nosey and sneak in to see all the fancy marble counters and hardwood floors.

There are more problems in Normal, Kentucky than just a dead body. Hank’s job is on the line and solving the murder as fast as he can only proves how valuable his job is, or at least that’s what Mae thinks.

Mae and the Laundry Club Ladies stick their sleuthing caps back on and start to uncover town issues that could destroy a lot of jobs, not just Hank’s.

What does this mean for Normal? What does this mean for Hank? What does this mean for Hank and Mae’s relationship?

Oh, y’all! You’re going to LOVE this one and I’m so excited!

Also don’t forget I’ve got a HUGE sale on books 1-5 for only ,99 each. . .that’s cheaper than ONE of the books at its original price, so be sure to grab those during this week’s limited time.


If you have a friend who hasn’t discovered just how much fun camping with Mae is plus a fun mystery, please send the link to this Chit Chat.

I’m thrilled to say that Mae and the Laundry Club Ladies are thrilled to be back in their snooping mood!

Here’s a snippet of one of my favorite scenes:

The door slowly cracked open.

Ava smiled, eyes grew and she shrugged before she pushed it fully open.

“Chelsea? It’s Ava Cox from across the street.” She stepped inside the two story foyer and we followed her nearly running her over as we all looked around without noticing where we were going. “My friends and I wanted to pop over and take a quick tour in case we have some friends who might be looking.”

There was silence.

“Chelsea?” Ava called again. The five of us standing there quietly.

“Maybe she’s out back smoking.” Dottie snickered.

“Funny,” Abby said, flatly. “Let’s go see.”

“Did she leave with the couple in the camper?” Ava turned to Dottie

“How on earth should I know. I was minding my own business, enjoying my cigarette.” Dottie just told us a bold face lie. “Fine. No. She stood right here at this door and waved them off.”

“It wasn’t no more than a few minutes ago, she has to be in here somewhere.” Ava lead us down the foyer. “What on earth?”

I looked at what Ava was looking at and noticed the stream of blood.

“Is that?” Ava’s voice lingered while the rest of us walked past her to follow the red trail.

“Blood,” Betts gasped.

“Blood?” Ava questioned and hurried over near the window in the kitchen next to the table when we noticed Chelsea on the ground.

“Stop.” I put my hand out when I noticed the trail of blood had come from her head.

I bent down and careful not to disturb anything to feel for a pulse.


I glanced up and noticed there was some of her hair on the corner of the table like she’d fallen, hit her head and now . . .

“Dead,” I whispered. “Ava,” I sucked in a deep breath because I had to muster up all the strength in my body, “call 9-1-1. She’s dead.”




I’ve got a treat for you! The first FIVE books in A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery is on sale TOGETHER for the first time! I’m so excited for everyone to jump into the series and get geared up for this week’s release of PADDLERS, PROMISES, & POISON. If you have a friend that you know would love this series, please forward this to them. Grab them here!


Function of Various Platforms And How I Use Them

I have so many different platforms that I use to connect with readers. I love them all and I think it’s because I can talk to readers on each one. Hopefully, readers feel happy and comfortable with the places where they choose to connect with me. I try to offer a variety of content. I do get questions all the time on exactly what is different about each platform, so I thought it would be fun to do a blog post here and give examples.



This is a photo of when I first started the concept of my very popular A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Series. I knew I wanted a few women (the Laundry Club Ladies) that met in a laundromat because I think it’s funny. I centered the series around them and as you can see I wanted each one to have a job independently of each other. You can also see at the bottom of the page where I had working book titles. Book one was going to Taken to the Cleaners, but ended up being BEACHES, BUNGALOWS, & BURGLARIES.

This is an example of extra content that my avid FANS love. They also love extra bonus scenes, for instance, they are getting ready to get a scene in Hank’s point of view from a scene in the Paddlers, Promises, & Poison books that’ll be released this month.

So…if you love the extra content such as these things that includes bonus scenes, cover reveals for books that are for books in the next year which haven’t been seen and won’t be for a few months or even up for preorder for the next year, you can join our Patreon Group.


Look at that sweet Rowena!!!! This is more of a personal writing post that I post in my Facebook Cozy Krew private group that is also open to readers who are on Facebook. This Cozy Krew group will only get updates on what I’m doing daily with my books or a simple photo of Rowena. This group is also driven by Tonya Kappes Book’s fans. They are the ones who post in there and keep the conversation going between them. It’s a community where they feel free to post and talk about the books. The administrator in there is someone I do pay to keep the community going by posting questions to the group, leading the Tonya Kappes Book Club etc.

If this sounds like something you want to be part of, hop on over the join the Cozy Krew Group.


Seriously, this looks a little strange and not so professional but this is what you get when you get a recipe from me. It’s a tried and true recipe that I come up with and when I love something that tastes so good, I love to share them with readers. This is a recipe I tweaked to fit our family’s gluten free lifestyle, though each recipe has a non-gluten twist for readers not gluten free, Chicken Tamale made with cornbread. Yep…we southern’s love our cornbread.

This along with other types of more “evergreen” articles are found right here in our chit chat. Chit Chat is a feature I have here on my website. You can sign up to get an email when I post a Chit Chat which is where I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE if you would. I really would love readers to meet here because I can control what goes on here and not fear that Facebook will block me. Which if you didn’t see that Chit Chat post, you can read that here. 


Look closely! Do you see the owl? I have a story about him that you’ll ONLY get on my newsletter. Every week I have a newsletter, Tuesday Coffee Chat with Tonya, Every week you’ll get something I pour my heart and soul into to connect with readers and THIS is where I really like you to join if there is one thing on here about the various platforms, it would be to join Tuesday Coffee Chat with Tonya.

This owl is on my new land where we are building our house and let me tell you it’s a sassy owl. But those stories I give to my newsletter subscribers. Why? Because when you sign up for my newsletter, you are telling me that you want to hear from me. I am so honored by it, that I make sure I pour everything I have into this weekly chat. I say coffee chat because I get up on Tuesday, pour myself a coffee and write the newsletter that you’re going to get as soon as I’m done. I tell you a funny story or a story about my life that happened during the week leading up to the Tuesday along with a lot of photos from the event. We are having a lot of fun watching my new house being built to my children moving out on their own. So it really is a snapshot of my week outside of writing.

You also get a weekly giveaway as well as the first notices of books on sale that week and any sort of first publishing news, along with new preorders. It’s the news breaking of all things in my life and books. I do love my newsletter and when readers email me back about what I had talked about, I get really great emails back from readers. I get a lot of them and I do take time to answer each one.

This graphic is one from my Tonya Kappes Books Facebook page. It’s my business page on Facebook

I see this page as a billboard to my publishing. I have over 34k followers on there but not all 34k followers are readers or fans of my books. They might like the daily coffee posts and share them, or just there to see what’s going on, but not all of them are buying my books. I use this page as a way to help spread the word about what is on sale, upcoming, or released. I will do some funny memes on them sometimes, and used to do a lot more personal things on there before I started to organize and reuse the other platforms I’ve mentioned above. As I stated in another chit chat post, I’m trying to move away from Facebook as much as possible. BUT if this platform is best for you, I’m still there and happy to share upcoming books!


I love love love my planner and daily life in photos which is what Instagram platform I use for that. I have an entire family of planners that don’t read my books, so I love to connect with them on Instagram. I show a lot of daily life photos as well as my writing process and how I use my planner. I also have a lot of book related photos on there and really use the platform for more of a scrapbook of various things. If you love to look through photo albums- join me on Instagram.

Tell me in the comments where we connect! I’d love to know and excited to see you there! Let’s chat! Tell me 🙂



** LESS than TWO WEEKS **

The countdown to murder, mayhem, and southern shenanigans CONTINUES! Just two weeks to go. Are you ready?! I am READY!

There’s been a murder afoot and Hank Sharp’s job is on the line… and I don’t mean fishing line!  I can’t wait for you all to read more shenanigans from Mae West and the Laundry Club Ladies because you know they aren’t going to let anything happen to their beloved and most favorite detective!

PROMISES, & PROMISES, & POISON , book #16 in A CAMPER & CRIMINALS COZY MYSTERY series is coming MARCH 25th, 2021! Grab your camping gear people…

** Pre-order your copy today **

Don’t forget to add PADDLERS PROMISES, & POISON TO YOUR Goodreads.

** BLURB **

Welcome to Normal where NOTHING is normal.

REALTOR Chelsea O’Connell is found dead in a model home of the new development in Normal. She was not popular in the small tourist town located in the Daniel Boone National Park because the last thing this town wants is for more development to come in to take away anymore of the forest.

Detective Hank Sharp has his own hands full instead of worrying about his girlfriend Mae West and her nosey set of friend, The Laundry Club Ladies, now that he found out cuts are coming the Normal Sheriff’s department.

Rumors are swirling around about the Sheriff’s department doing some outsourcing and Hank’s job is one of them. Mae finds herself at a crossroads, does she put on her sleuthing cap to help out a friend who is the number one suspect on Hank’s list, or does she let Hank solve the murder by himself so he can prove how valuable his position is to the department?

‘PADDLERS, PROMISES, & POISON’ is the sixteenth book in the A CAMPER & CRIMINALS cozy mystery series with our beloved sleuth, Mae West and hsidekickick of friends we call The Laundry Club Ladies. All books in the series is FREE in Kindle Unlimited or can be purchased at Amazon. All books can be read as a standalones.