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#ASmallTownCanBe #Murder

Mark your calendars. Today is the day. My new cozy mystery is releasing if all the technical guru’s at the book sites are alive and awake after the Christmas rush that is happening.

#ASmallTownCanBe #Murder is set in fictional rural Whistle Stop, MN. Angel Delaight decides to relocate from Chicago and see what small town life is all about.

I have lived in a small town all my life. It has it perks, quirks and irritations and most of all a quaintness of family you don’t find in a big city. Small town rural Minnesota helped raise my children.

Though this is a mystery and it is fictional there are some places I pay homage too in my book. The White House Eatery is fashioned after the White House Cafe that used to sit on Main Street. My parents would take me to this nondescript old white building. There was not anything special about the outside but the food on the inside was marvelous as was the the friendliness of the owners and staff.

I used a local photographer for the pictures which I used to design my cover. He will be featured on the blog next week as I acquaint you with the nuances of my book.

One of his photographs is the Depot which is now a museum. It is the front cover. I grew up right down the tracks and across the pasture from the Depot. Lol I don’t know if people considered it the right side or the wrong side of the tracks. My grandfather who I did not meet as he died in 1924, shoveled coal at the depot. I remember hoboes stopping at our home by the tracks to ask for a handout and to visit with my uncle as he was working with the horses in the pasture. It was a common everyday occurrence in my life.

My mom and dad would take on the passenger train that we boarded at the Depot and go to the next town and then we rode back on another train. It was a highlight in my young life.

My community was built because and around the railroad. Today we still have trains traveling through town. I can hear the whistle early in the morning echoing from blocks away. That is why the community in the new book is Whistle Stop.

There is a rhythm to a small town that is different from the city. We know our neighbors. We watch out for those next door. A recent example of that is when someone came to my home. Our neighbors thought we were gone. They were concerned because someone was walking around our home and knocking on our door. I got a text from my neighbor asking me if someone was supposed to be there.

Though we do have our spats from time to time when someone is in trouble the community rallies behind them and supports them. This is small town life.

#ASmallTownCanBe #Murder has all of those elements and more, plus mystery. I hope you enjoy it and if you do please leave a review on Goodreads, Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com or elsewhere. I introduce you to #ASmallTownCanBe #Murder.

You have all heard the story—big-city girl moves to small town and lives happily ever after. That’s not the forever after Angel Delaight found when she moved to Whistle Stop, Minnesota.

First, her realtor is found dead in her new house, which also is rumored to be haunted. Then homeless animals show up at her door, along with a bevy of townspeople who seem to know what she is doing at all times. To top it off, a secret journal turns up during a renovation, indicating more secrets hidden in this small community.

Will those secrets from the past put Angel’s life and those of her friends and family in danger? She finds when the big-city girl meets a small town, it can be murder.

https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1489526531

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-small-town-can-be-murder-julie-seedorf/1135182636?ean=294016357753

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B082YLDW43

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-small-town-can-be-murder

Tell all your friends Angel and Whistle Stop should be their next destination!

What is a Blog Tour?

I am a lucky writer. There are many people who help me promote my writing and Lori Caswell who hosts the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours is one of them. This past week my blog tour for Granny Bricks A Bandit kicked off.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Blog Tours when it comes to books, I will give a short version of what happens.

Many travelers, when they go on a vacation book their vacation with a travel agency. The travel agency books their stops and sets up their itinerary. All the travelers have to do is hop on the bus or plane and enjoy their vacation. Blog Tours are like that.

Lori Caswell and her Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours arrange our stop on book blogs. Mine is a14 stop tour. As an author, we get instructions from each blog on what they need from us. It may be an interview or they may review our book or we may do an actual guest blog. It is all arranged by Lori. We send everything to her and she gets it where it needs to go. We authors are forever in her debt. She does an outstanding job of promoting us. Thank you, Lori.

Here is the list of my stops. Feel free to visit the ones you have missed. There is something different on each stop. You might even hear from Granny. Make sure you visit Lori’s site too to find out about other cozy authors and their new releases and books. Also along the way, there may be prizes It is lots of fun for all of us.

Enjoy.

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

June 12 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

June 13 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 13 – Brianne’s Book Reviews  – REVIEW

June 14 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

June 14 – Teresa Watson’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW  

June 15 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 16 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

June 17 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

June 17 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 18 – The Cozy Pages – CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 19 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

June 19 – I’m All About Books – GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

June 20 – Maureen’s Musings – REVIEW

June 21 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW

June 22 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 22 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

June 23 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – GUEST POST

June 24 – Readeropolis – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 25 – Eskimo Princess Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

Tour Page Here: https://www.escapewithdollycas.com/great-escapes-virtual-book-tours/upcoming-great-escapes-book-tours/granny-bricks-a-bandit-fuchsia-minnesota-series-by-julie-seedorf/

If you like the series here is the link for all the books.

Granny Is Back!

Did you hear her yell the words “I’m Back?” Yes, Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt is back.

From a water-skiing mishap where she finds a dead body to a trip to the Mall of America — have you seen Granny’s freeway driving — the Ecstatic Emporium is being reopened as an escape room venue and Granny’s granddaughter, Angel, thinks she needs to be like Granny. What more could you ask for in the sixth book in the Fuchsia, Minnesota Cozy Mystery Series?

Not only is it now available on Amazon on Kindle and also in print, but it is available on KOBO, Nook, at BarnesandNoble.com, on Overdrive for Libraries and other venues.

Granny, Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt, is dear to my heart. When I began the Fuchsia Series I wasn’t sure where it would go. I had intended to end it at the fourth book but my readers wanted more, and so hopefully I can keep up the momentum.

In this book Granny is a tiny bit more serious. She is getting older, aging is a fact of life in our real lives but should we address it in he cozy mystery series? Do you all feel that’s a no-no? I haven’t decided. What I do know is that Angel is getting more like her step-grandmother every day and maybe she will have to step in and learn from Granny and her friends.

Granny’s life has not always been easy. She was forced as a teenager to quell her wild ways, get married to a wonderful man but one who felt women should do what they are told, and she tried to comply, raising her children the way society felt she should. As she got older she realized she has to be who she is which is witty, silly and unconventional. It is a lesson for all of us on living our life.

Fuchsia is a fictional Minnesota community. I never mention where it is, just like I never mention Granny’s age. I like to leave that to the readers imagination. I made Fuchsia non-conforming too. Our communities have become clones and we are restricted on what we can do with our yards and even the color of our homes.

I grew up in a time where the restrictions were less and we could be creative on our properties. I did grow up in a pink home, two of them in fact. Neighbors maybe didn’t always agree with what we did, or what we had in our yards, but people were respectful of each other and they weren’t so much into the perfect yard. I happen to love dandelions and so did my mom.

That’s it in a nutshell. I hope you enjoy the journey of Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt and her family and friends, and the community of Fuchsia where wacky rules. Laugh, enjoy and get away from reality for a smidgeon of time. While you’re at it, don’t forget about the Brilliant Series. It is brilliant.

You can find Granny Bricks A Bandit at these two links:

Kindle

Kobo, Nook and others

Digital is the Name, More Markets is My Game!

granny_hooks_a_crook_4Just in case you are interested Granny Hooks A Crook is now available in e-book in more digital stores. Here’s the link. https://books2read.com/u/4Eya0e It is also available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Granny-Hooks-Crook-Fuchsia-Minnesota-ebook/dp/B00DVL2CVU 

 

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