Day 8 (Dec 8): www.carlalovestoread.wordpress.com

Yesterday, Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? (the second Triple Threat Investigation Agency series featuring private eyes JJ, Rey and Linda) was highlighted on Carla Johnson’s blog, www.carlalovestoread.wordpress.com.

 Carla’s been a reader all her life and began reading and reviewing books on Goodreads.  After being introduced to Netgalley, she started reviewing regularly . . . and covers a wide range of genres, including children’s literature.

Please visit her blog to catch up on reviews and see what she’s up to.

And congratulations, Carla, on your third grandchild!  You do indeed have a number of blessings to count.  All the best!

Day 7 (Dec 7): www.starryeyedenigma.com

Yesterday, Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? (the second Triple Threat Investigation Agency series featuring private eyes JJ, Rey and Linda) was featured on Prachi’s blog, www.starryeyedenigma.com.

She loves “exploring and dreaming and learning about things”, which is awesome, but what’s impressive and commendable is that, to Prachi, life “is all about seeing the comedy in everything and enjoying every moment”.  I’m envious—I yearn to embrace such optimism!

Her blog is filled with a fascinating sundry of posts—from books to travel, thoughts and projects—so please make sure to pay a visit.

Thank you Prachi!

 

 

Yesterday (again, thanks to wonderful blog-tour organizer Jina), Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? (the second Triple Threat Investigation Agency series featuring private eyes JJ, Rey and Linda) appeared on Nina D. Silva’s blog, www.thecozypages.wordpress.com

Nina loves reading, daydreaming, writing, and coffee in the morning . . . and mysteries.  Sounds like a gal after my own heart.

And who could ignore this heartfelt invite?  “Come share your thoughts on your favourite cozy mysteries.  I’ll keep you updated on a few of my favourites and on new releases from some indie authors as well.”  Love it.

Do visit her site to catch up on reviews . . . and if you happen to be a writer looking for a reviewer, search no more.

Thanks ever so much Nina!

Day 5 (Dec 5): www.jessbookishlife.wordpress.com

Yesterday, Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? (the second Triple Threat Investigation Agency series featuring private eyes JJ, Rey and Linda) was highlighted on Jess’ blog, www.jessbookishlife.wordpress.com

Jess is a Social Educator, reader and writer/blogger living in Portugal. Although not a professional writer or reviewer, she enjoys writing and is currently working on a book.  Kudos to you, Jess!

You have to appreciate this young woman’s enthusiasm and encouragement: “I love books!  I love reading!  I decided it was time to start reviewing more, because I think the authors deserve it and sharing my thoughts on the books is important and fun.”

You can find her on a host of sites—such as Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Wattpad—so, please, do check her out.

Day 4 (Dec 4): www.jessicarachow.wordpress.com

Yesterday, Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? (the second Triple Threat Investigation Agency series featuring private eyes JJ, Rey and Linda) was featured on Jessica Rachow’s blog, www.jessicarachow.wordpress.com.

Jessica, who’s had a passion for writing for 10+ years, is working on her debut novel.  (Congratulations on taking the plunge and doing something you’ve always yearned to do!  Lots of luck—not that you’ll need it, because you’ll do just fine, of this I have no doubt.)

Her blog shares her “reflections on writing, books, movies, and life” . . . topics of interest to me and many.  She’s also involved with beta reading, book reviews, and author interviews, among other things.

I wholeheartedly recommend you visit her outstanding blog.

Tour Day 3 (Dec 3): www.plotmonster.wordpress.com

Yesterday, Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? (the second Triple Threat Investigation Agency series featuring private eyes JJ, Rey and Linda) was featured on MD Walker’s blog, www.plotmonster.wordpress.com.

MD’s blog is “dedicated to the open discussion of all things literary”.  It features book reviews (with a very adorable rating system, LOL), discussions, writing tips and reading challenges, among other things.

In addition to being a blogger and author, MD is a wife and mother, sister and aunt—a woman who wears many [impressive] hats.  Please check out her outstanding blog; there’s a wealth of literary-related posts to be found.

Thank you kindly, MD, for allowing my P.I.s and I to visit.

Tour Day 2 (Dec 2): culturevultureexpress.wordpress.com

Yesterday Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? (the second Triple Threat Investigation Agency series featuring private eyes JJ, Rey and Linda) was showcased on Lisa Reynold’s blog, www.culturevultureexpress.wordpress.com.

Per Lisa Reynolds, her blog includes “items of interest from the past, present and things that will be happening in the future from various areas of the creative world: TV, film, music, art, plays, musicals, books, fashion, beauty and hair. I will also talk about the gorgeous men that make these worlds all the more fab.”  (Rey, in particular, will love it.)

As an FYI, Lisa’s won some prestigious blogger awards—check them out when you’re visiting her site!

A big heartfelt thank you, Lisa, from me (and the gals at the Triple Threat Investigation Agency).

Tour Day 1 (Dec 1): thebookwormdrinketh.com

Not only do I adore the name of Nicole Campbell’s blog—thebookwormdrinketh—I love her opening statement: “I am Nicole, and I am an avid reader and an alcohol connoisseur . . . which is totally different from an alcoholic.”  Too funny!

Yesterday, Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? (the second Triple Threat Investigation Agency series featuring private eyes JJ, Rey and Linda) is featured on:

www.thebookwormdrinketh.com

Firstly, I must say thank you (!!!) to Nicole for having me—and the TTIA gals—visit.  Secondly, a huge thank you for the review . . . and the constructive criticism (you’ve opened my eyes about a few things and I’ll have a talk with Jill, or JJ as she prefers, about her beau woes).  Lastly, I love the Mai-Tai recipe (which I’ll definitely give a go)!

Please check out visit Nicole’s fun blog and see what she’s up to.

Jina S Bazzar—Not Bizarre, But an Inspiration

Jina is a fellow blogger and writer (among other exciting roles) who also organizes book-blog tours.  In fact, she’s launching one for me, beginning December 1st, for the second mystery in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series, Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie?

There is no boundary I can’t cross, no limit I can’t push; my mind is my passport, my thoughts my mode of transportation.”

Having had an opportunity to get to know Jina, I have to say that this dynamic statement fits her to a T . . . so much so, I felt compelled to do a tribute post, an interview as it were.

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How long have you been organizing book blog tours?  How did you get into them?  And what inspires you to do them?

Well, it all started at the beginning of the year when I was considering doing a tour for my own debut novel. I read, researched and re-read how to go about organizing a book tour.  At the time I was scrambling to meet deadlines, so the amount of work and the time necessary to do it properly lost me.  A few months later I wanted to help a friend promote her newly released book, so I helped her organize a tour – I already had a notion of how to go about it, and I already knew some bloggers who hosted tours.

To be honest, I’ve only done it twice, and I’m only trying to help others promote.  It’s not really a hobby, there’s really no motive besides being helpful.

Please enlighten us about your current Roxanne Fosch books—where did you get the idea?  Where are you at now?

The idea for Roxanne’s story developed slowly.  There was no wake-up call moment or a dream-induced plot for me.  I’m a pantser, so I can’t say I plan ahead, though when I started, I knew who my heroine was, I had a vague notion of what would happen, and I knew how I wanted the ending to go.

Heir of Ashes, the first installment, was just re-published by Creativia Publishers, and Heir of Doom, the second installment, is in the copy-editing stage (thank you, Tyler, for taking up with my illiteracy), and Heir of Fury, the final installment, is currently being drafted.  There’s a novella on how Roxanne came to be in the mess she is in, called The Curse (available for free on Smashwords here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/797038

What are you planning, going forward?

Going forward . . . well, my first attempt at writing a few years ago resulted in a shudder worthy, hand-to-mouth mortifying experience.  That trilogy is buried somewhere in a USB memory drive, and I plan to pick it up and use it as an outline for the next trilogy.  I also have a complete draft for a romantic suspense that I want to tackle – probably before the embarrassing trilogy, since it’s a stand alone.  But it’ll all depend on my mood and if I want to work on fantasy or straight fiction.

But yes, going forward, I plan to keep writing, blogging, baking and continue on the crazy-lane with my kids.

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Kudos to Jina.  She has lots on her [vast] plate—and I have no doubt she’ll accomplish all she sets out to.

Make sure to check out her book Heir of Ashes (and Heir of Doom, when it’s available).  You can visit Jina’s blog and learn more about her at: https://authorsinspirations.wordpress.com.

Thanks Jina!

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The Boss’ Blog Tour

Hey, it’s Rey.  (I am so lovin’ writing these posts.  What happened?!  LMAO)

The Boss is doing a blog tour re our second adventure—Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie?—which has been organized by Jina S. Bazzar.  A huge thank you to Jina!  (There’ll be more about Jina, her blog, and writing in a future post.)

Here’s a rundown on what the three of us from the Triple Threat Investigation Agency—JJ, Linda, and yours truly—experienced during the Hula adventure, as detailed by The Boss.

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Can you Hula Like Hilo Hattie, the sequel to The Connecticut Corpse Caper, finds the three amateur sleuths—Jill (JJ), Rey, and Linda—serving as bona-fide detectives.  The owners of the newfound Triple Threat Investigation Agency even have a paying assignment, courtesy of their first client, WP Howell: discover the secret of his young, pretty wife, Carmie.  Millions, and a much-desired divorce, rest on it.

What seems straightforward enough quickly evolves into complicated when Carmie’s battered body is found in the sapphire waters of the Hawaiian Pacific.  It soon becomes evident that Carmie was not the only one with a secret, nor the only one to die an untimely death.  Who among a cast of curious, unconventional characters is tenacious (or crazy) enough to eliminate all living liabilities?  JJ, Rey and Linda determine to find out. 

In their quest for answers, the women encounter a plethora of suspects.  It appears there is no lack of people who have a dislike for, or hold a grudge against, Carmelita Sangita Howell.

Their P.I. travels lead them along a few side roads and detours, where drug dealers and informants, treachery and blackmail, abound.  Benny Pohaku, working both sides of the drug-pushing fence, is young and brash, and his arrogance ticks off the wrong people.  Bullets soon silence those boastful lips.  Dealer Cash Layton Jones is as galling as he is attractive, and his habit of entering Jill’s condo uninvited results in a few heated encounters.  He also has JJ wondering if there’s more to the enigmatic man than a penchant for loud Aloha shirts and a proclivity for being “conveniently” close by.

Carmie’s intriguing if not odd, ‘tini friends serve as pieces to an expanding puzzle.  A few have reasons to want her dead.  Jon Jonson, a currently down-and-out musician, has been blackballed by Carmie from playing the local music circuit.  He is definitely no fan of hers.  Stacy Kapu, Carmie’s trainer and former lover, may not have cared to be unceremoniously dumped.  Restaurant co-manager, Benoit Paillisson, has always had a hate-hate relationship with the rich young woman; he has had no qualms about telling people how happy he would be if she fell off the panoramic Pali Lookout.

And there is no love lost when it comes to hubby WP Howell.  What had Carmie “known” that could have proven detrimental?  Was it damaging enough to prompt the man to kill?  Salv Smith, a young Trango gang member, and his affiliation with Carmie is not immediately evident.  Because she sports the same black widow tattoo as her stepson, it appears Lee Smith has a connection to the gang as well . . . and it could be more ominous than anything Salv may be caught up in.

Gino Carpella, Carmie’s twin brother, has been rumored to associate with “questionable sorts”.  It has even been suggested that he had had his sister’s fiancé executed.  Is the rift in the twins’ once caring, close-knit relationship to blame for Carmie’s death?  If so, how?  Or has one of Gino’s enemies retaliated by striking out at his closest family member?

As the women detect, they find relations between people and happenings as clear as the contaminated waters of the Ala Wai Canal.  Fortunately, in addition to perseverance, they receive assistance now and again.  Composed, thorough, and discerning Detective Gerald Ives works closely enough with JJ, Rey and Linda to provide guidance, but not so much as to have them tramp on his toes . . . too much.  A seasoned private investigator residing on Big Island, Petey May, serves invaluable to the women.  His P.I. experience helps in bringing new facts—and evidence—to light.  He also provides JJ with unpleasant news regarding a personal matter.  Their bond will transcend many cases to come.

As the body count increases and the suspect list decreases, the women confirm the murderer’s identity, but proving it will not be easy.  Resolve and help from pretty pink Tasers bring the evasive murderer, and cohort, to their knees.  Literally. 

While major incidents are explained, a few loose ends (and cannons) remain.  These will be addressed, but not necessarily [yet] tied up, in the third novel, Coco’s Nuts.  JJ, Rey and Linda are budding detectives, after all, but they do still have lessons to learn and skills to hone.

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So there you have it, the Boss’ take on the case.  Not bad.  A bit wordy for my liking (too bad she wouldn’t let me tackle it, LOL).

Again, a big thank-you to Jina.  Please check out her site and work at: https://authorsinspirations.wordpress.com.

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