Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Relative Danger (A Cealie Gunther Mystery, #1) by June Shaw (Review, Guest Post, Giveaway!)

Cozy Mystery


Untreed Publishing

Release Date:
July 2013

Cealie Gunther is very excited to arrive in town for the high school graduation of her beloved granddaughter, Kat. Imagine her shock when Kat tells her she has no intention of graduating. In fact, she has no intention of going back to school ever again. This especially hits Cealie hard since she made a deathbed promise to the girl’s mother to insure Kat would graduate. Cealie can’t let her son, Roger, know about this as he’s still grief stricken after the loss of his wife.

Kat confides in her grandmother. She’s devastated that a custodian was murdered at her school and the teacher she loves so much is being accused of killing him. Cealie has a hard time believing that’s the whole story, but if it gets in the way of her granddaughter’s future, she is determined to get to the bottom of this. Against the advice of her on again/ off again boyfriend, Gil, Cealie gets a job at the high school as a substitute teacher. It’s not long before Cealie rubs people the wrong way with her questions and begins receiving death threats. It becomes even more personal when Kat is threatened as well.

After seeing Gil with another woman, Cealie decides not to turn to him for advice. She doesn’t want to upset her son, so she takes matters into her own hands and takes on more than she ever bargained for.

June Shaw gives us a wonderful blend of mystery, adventure, romance and humor in her stories and this is no exception. Cealie Gunther is an older, spunky and courageous heroine who will do anything necessary to save her family. I already have the second book in this series downloaded to my Kindle and I can’t wait to read it. June Shaw’s books are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. A great start to the series!

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for the blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

Author Guest Blog

Choosing a Book’s Location -- by June Shaw

“Why don’t you set your books down here?” is a question a few readers in my area ask, and when I explain, they agree with my choices.

Of course I do understand why they’re asking. I had to consider where I’d place books in my series of humorous mysteries. My first choice was my area. After all, I live in Cajun country, down in south Louisiana, sultry home to lazy bayous and huge moss-draped oaks. I’m plunged in a rich culture as unique as its people and food.

“But I was a widow with five children teaching English in junior and senior high public schools,” I explain. I graded tons of papers, dashed around to my children’s activities, and seldom got to go anywhere besides my small area—home, classroom, my community. I had neither the time nor the means to travel much.

And then—much later when I was deciding where my mystery series would take place, I recalled a trip to Chicago that was lots of fun and chose to put Relative Danger there. I love to visit the Gatlinburg, Tennessee, area, so I wrote off another trip there to do more research for Killer Cousins, second book in the series. And the third, Deadly Reunion, takes place during a cruise in Alaska. Having to do that research was really tough.

I absolutely don’t put aside my Cajun heritage, which many people enjoy. My main character for this series is spunky widow Cealie Gunther, who “thinks” she wants to avoid her hunky lover Gil Thurman. But he opens Cajun restaurants wherever she travels—and she is so bad at avoiding tempting dishes and men.

So—I get to follow Cealie around to see where she’ll lead me and what trouble she’ll get into. And with Gil always adding temptation and more strife, there’s always the Cajun connection with mouth-watering food and much more.

Of course I may need to get Cealie down here once, if only for a visit. Then no telling, she might decide to hop on a plane, and I’ll have to dash after her to discover her next trouble.

== I hope you’ll check out and enjoy Cealie’s adventures. You can find me at online sellers and www.juneshaw.com. Untreed Reads will generously provide a free e-book of Relative Danger to one person who comments within the next two days. Thanks for joining me!

E-Book Giveaway!

Now you can win an e-book of Relative Danger by June Shaw for your very own. Thanks to the author and Untreed Publishing, I can an e-book to one lucky winner. 

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  1. I like a variety of settings but not very keen on 'future ' settings

  2. I like many places, but I prefer small towns. To me, you have the opportunity to know the characters better in the book.
    Barbara Thompson

  3. Not a big fan of those so the cover looks kind of icky to me

  4. Hmm... I am not sure that I have a favorite setting, because I love cities, as well as smaller towns. The book sounds wonderful!

    Yvonne, thank you so much for hosting yet another terrific giveaway!

  5. I don't have an absolute favorite. I kind of like to travel the world with my reading.


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