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Blossoms, Barbeque, & Blackmail

 

Readers ask me, “Tonya, how can I help? Review? Blog? What?”

I always respond the same. WORD OF MOUTH! Yes. There’s nothing that works better for authors than for y’all to spread the word about our books with your friends.

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I have been so excited about this book! It’s really a fresh start for Mae West and I think she needed it. I won’t give any spoilers if you’ve not read Wildlife, Warrants, & Weapons. BUT remember, each book can be read as a stand alone. I hope you’ve grabbed Blossoms, Barbeque, & Blackmail!

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The last thing Normal needs is Dottie Swagger or Mary Elizabeth Moberly as the Ms. Blossom Festival Queen.

I thought I had my hands full when Dottie Swaggert and Mary Elizabeth Moberly entered the Ms. Blossom Queen Beauty Pageant for seniors but when I witnessed a fight at the festival between Carrie Patillo and Jason Dresser, Carrie’s daughter’s accused killer, I knew Jason was wrongfully accused for the murder and set up.
How was I going to prove it before the trial started?

Easy. Gather the Laundry Club Ladies and use our unique sleuthing skills. Right?

Wrong!

After we uncovered some evidence of blackmail and head on over to tell Jason what we found out. . .we found out something alright. The true killer got to Jason first.

If that wasn’t enough to deal with, Bobby Ray Bond found his real mama. With her impending arrival, we Laundry Club Ladies have our hands full with Blossoms, BBQ, & Blackmail.

Welcome to Normal where NOTHING is normal!

Sneak Peek: Chapter One Outdoors, Oars, & Oaths

Chapter One

“Maybelline, Maybelline. You in there?” Y’all, I heard this whisper, but it was three in the morning, and I wasn’t sure if I was dreaming it. I definitely could’ve been dreaming it.

“Maybelline!” This time I knew I hadn’t dreamed it because the whisper was louder and there was a little knock on the camper bedroom window. Plus, Fifi, my toy Poodle, had jumped up to her feet and was yipping at the noise.

“Git up if you’re in there.”

Yep. That’s when I knew it was Dottie Swaggert, the manager of Happy Trails Campground.

I reached over and pulled back the curtain from the small window above my head to peek out and let her know to come around to the door.

Like most campgrounds, there was very little light due to the nature of why people came to campgrounds. To have the experience of camping and getting away from city life were the reasons in most cases. This particular night, there was a full moon, and it shined down on Dottie like a beacon.

Her hot-pink sponge curlers glistened like a tiara around and all over her hair. Her nose curled and her top lip turned up when she squinted to make out my gesture.

“Whut?” Her country accent made me smile as I threw back the bedsheet and slipped my feet into my slippers before I walked down the short hallway in my campervan. I unlocked the door, though Dottie was already grabbing the handle to get inside.

If y’all knew anything about a camper door, they don’t have the most sturdy handles and probably could be plucked open with a good tug even when they were locked.

“Maybelline, it ain’t you in there.” She shook one of them old metal fingernail files at me.

“What?” I wasn’t able to follow along. “What is wrong? It’s three in the morning.”

“There’s someone in the storage unit.” She heaved, out of breath. “And it ain’t no critter.” She answered my next thought before I could formulate it and get it out. “I heard the doors going up. I’m telling you, someone is breaking in again. Where’s Hank? Maybelline?”

“I’m thinking.” My mind was jumbled. I’d been shuffling my boyfriend and current sheriff around campers since he’d had to haul his out of the campground to get some work done on it.

Happy Trails Campground wasn’t just for people who owned campers for vacation. I also had permanent campers where people lived.

“He’s in the can-ham with the orange stripes.” I grabbed the old boots I kept by the door and hopped down the campervan step on one foot while managing to slip the other foot in the boot. “Go get Hank.” I looked back at Dottie and grabbed the oar lying up against the picnic table located underneath the pulled-out awning.

With my hands tight around the oar, I darted off into the darkness. It would have been awesome to say that I let the light of the moon and stars guide me to the front of the campground where the storage units were located, but that’d be what we called a little white lie.

The adrenaline pumping through my veins was what had my feet moving as fast as a June bug up the gravel road. My eyes were laser focused on the small metal building that had very few storage units, which were mainly taken up by the folks who rented a camper lot year-round.

“I’ll be darned if I let you rummage through my things again!” If anyone knew me, I was not real good at containing my anger when it came to being, well, screwed over. I generally didn’t like to use such language, but I could feel it. I could feel the anger. I could feel the devil bubbling up in me and about to explode, and a giant-sized hissy fit was about to be unleased on whoever it was in my storage unit again.

As I got closer, the light of the moon started to dim. Rain was coming, and it was in the forecast. The clouds were moving in and fast, which meant I had to really high-tail it up to the storage unit.

My speed picked up, and so did the sound of someone moving around in one of the units. My unit.

“I’ve been waiting to get my hands on you!” I yelled and jumped around the side of my unit and swung as hard as I could, making contact with someone.

“Omph,” the shadowy figure groaned.

“And here’s one to grown on!” I whacked them again for good measure until Hank got there.

The person lay in a lump among some of my old clothes, which were really the only things in the unit. Things I honestly had no need for, but they were mine. Whoever this was trying to get my things had no right to them unless they asked. Last time I checked, no one asked me if they could break the lock of my storage unit, again, and rummage through my things.

“Mae, get back!” Hank’s footsteps were heavy as he approached. His arms were locked straight out, and he gripped his gun in his hands, aimed and ready to fire. “Get back!”

I took a step back with my oar up in the air.

“I got whoever that is good with my oar.” I shook it in the air victoriously.

“This is the sheriff. I have a gun pointed on you. Don’t move.” Hank dropped one hand from the gun as he continued to point it toward the subject.

He pointed to me.

“Flip on the light.” His finger gestured over to the dangling ball chain in the middle of the storage unit. “Don’t move or I’ll shoot you.”

Hank was giving the lump on the floor the orders, but the person didn’t move.

“I think you knocked ’em out cold.” Dottie Swaggert had joined us.

“Dottie, I told you to stay put.” Hank was so good at giving orders.

“I didn’t listen.” She was onery at best and didn’t listen to no one, not even me, her boss.

With one eye on the dark lump, my feet crossed one over the other sideways until I reached the light and flipped it on.

“Where’s my diamond?” The person rolled over on his back, his arms wrapped around himself. He winced in pain. “I need my diamond.”

“Stanley?” You could’ve knocked all my teeth out, and I wouldn’t’ve been as shocked as I was this very moment

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Oh my goodness! Mae is kicking some youknowhat!!! What do you think about the sneak peek? Let me know!

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Handwritten Notes: Post Mortem

While I was writing Post Mortem, I was walking the golf course every morning. If you’ll remember how I took y’all on a walk a while back and it was really dark in the morning? That was when I was writing this novel in the Mail Carrier Cozy Mystery.

It was the surroundings that made me think to use a golf course. On my morning walks, I have met all the people who work at the golf course. It’s so funny because they are out there using their equipment to dry the dew off the greens and I’m formulating a killing!

When I’m writing, my kids know that if they want to see me they have to come to the house. Jack had come over during writing Post Mortem and I had the above piece of paper on the table.

My kids have really never taken a good look at what I do. As we all know, most kids, well my kids, are pretty deep into their life. I understand! But they really don’t know my process or really how I work. All they know is that I type on a computer a few hours a day.

Jack picked up this piece of paper and he said, “do you make notes on scrap paper?”

Yep! If you turned this over, it’s a receipt from the grocery store where I had come up with the final moment we find out who the killer is. . . only it didn’t turn out this way in the final copy. I guess this could’ve been an alternate ending, but I’ll just leave it here for now.

Have you read Post Mortem? Do you see any of the plot written on the piece of paper?

This is Helen! She looks like she’s enjoying her copy!

 

Check your mailbox! It’s release day for POST MORTEM!

Happy release day for Bernadette Butler and the Front Porch Ladies! Bernadette finds herself right back in a murder mystery after her mail carrier truck breaks down and she uses her bicycle to finish her routes. She’s not alone on the route!

Rowena wanted to go for a little ride and is usually a good girl in the bike’s basket. Not today! Something caught Rowena’s eye and she jumped out of the basket, bringing Bernadette to a halt. When Bernadette grabs up Rowena and tries to see what caught Ro’s eye, it was a dead body! Not just any dead body! It’s the dead body of a beloved husband and father of the community!

Bernadette understands how the fatherless child and the widow feel. Remember…Bernadette our seasoned sleuth had a similar past, which makes Bernadette on a mission to find out who did something so terrible and to bring killer to justice! I am having so much fun writing Bernadette! I hope you enjoy your trip to Sugar Creek Gap and super excited to read your reviews!

xoxo

Tonya

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