Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Guest Post/Book Giveaway: Truffled To Death by Kathy Aarons


About the Book

Genre: Cozy Mystery, #2 in A Chocolate Covered Mystery Series
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Release Date: June 2015

Synopsis:

Two best friends sell books and bonbons—and solve crimes—in this mystery from the author of Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates

Hoping to sweeten sales for their shop, Chocolates and Chapters, Michelle and Erica host a reception highlighting a new museum display of ancient Mayan pottery curated by Erica’s former mentor, Professor Addison Moody. The evening has a few hiccups, but the ladies soon smooth things over with ample servings of wine and chocolate.

Yet with the sweet comes the bitter. The very next day, the antiquities from the reception are discovered missing. The professor accuses Erica of having sticky fingers, claiming she wants revenge on him. And she’s only in more trouble after he’s found stabbed to death with one of the artifacts. Now Michelle must help Erica track down the real killer before someone else finds themselves in less than mint condition…

Author Guest Blog


Revisiting the Fictional Town of West Riverdale, Maryland

I had a nice visit back to West Riverdale, Maryland, when I wrote Truffled to Death. Fictional, of course.

West Riverdale is filled with a cast of characters who are so much fun to write! It was like hanging out with old friends after a long absence while I added to the adventures of Michelle Serrano, the snarky chocolatier, and the brilliant and kind bookstore manager, Erica Russell. And of course I brought back their love interests – noted journalist and author, Bean Russell, and the handsome Lieutenant Bobby Simkin.

I introduced new townspeople – the single May Jensen, flower shop owner, and her man-hunting buddy, Nara Prashad. We learn more about the River family, which the town was named after centuries ago.

And then there were the out-of-towners: the snooty Professor Addison Moody and his grumpy assistant, Lavender Rawlings. The suave and possibly criminal Carlos Morales and Santiago Diaz. What were such worldly men doing in such a small town?

I live in southern California, and visited the area around Frederick, Maryland, where the town is set, to absorb setting details that I never could’ve gathered no matter how searched Google images at home. The gorgeous green of the oak trees, the rolling hills, and the centuries old stone buildings. The way small towns are centered around beautiful churches. The 25 mph speed limits down Main Street. The friendliness of shop owners and restaurant workers. The Welcome signs seem to be genuine.

I recently finished writing the third book in the series and once again had the sensation of coming back to a place I knew well and loved.

About the Author

Kathy Aarons is the author of Truffled to Death, the second book in the Chocolate Covered Mystery series by Berkley Prime Crime. Death is Like a Box of Chocolates, the first book in the series, was a national bestseller and was named a Top Book of 2014 by the San Diego Union Tribune.

Research for the series was such a hardship: sampling chocolate, making chocolate, sampling more chocolate, and hanging out in bookstores.

After growing up in rural Pennsylvania and attending Carnegie Mellon University, Kathy built a career in public relations in New York City. She now lives in San Diego with her husband and two daughters where she wakes up far too early, and is currently obsessed with the Broadway Idiot documentary, finding the perfect cup of coffee, and Dallmann’s Sea Salt Caramels.

You can follow Kathy on Facebook or Twitter or visit her at: www.kathyaarons.com.


BOOK GIVEAWAY!!!!

Thanks to the author, I can giveaway a copy of Truffled to Death by Kathy Aarons to one lucky winner.  The prize is either one print book (US only) or one ebook (US/International).  Winner's choice.

Just a few simple rules...

1) You must fill out the rafflecopter form below.

2) Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old

3) Print:  US Residents Only or E-Book:  US/International

4) For one extra entry: Tweet about this giveaway.

5) For one extra entry: Leave a comment for the author.

6) For one extra entry:  Follow this blog...old followers, too!  Just let us know how you follow and under what name.

7) For one extra entry: Follow me on Twitter.

8) For one extra entry: Follow or friend me on Goodreads

No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited.

The giveaway begins on May 26th (midnight est) and ends on June 2nd (midnight est).

The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. The winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen. I will announce the winner here on my blog.

Good luck!

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72 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading the first book in this series, Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates, and I am thrilled there is a second book soon to be released! I am looking forward to reading Truffled To Death. Thank you for the giveaway.
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    1. Thanks! It was fun to write! Good luck!

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  3. I will have to be sure to read the first book in the series as well as they are mysteries about chocolate - two of my favorite things.

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  4. I think that combining a bookstore with chocolate sounds brilliant! Thanks for highlighting this book and I'm off to find the first one. So fun!

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  5. This sounds like a fun series! Books and chocolate are two of my favorite things :)

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  6. I would love to read this book—many thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  7. This cozy sounds intriguing and unique. Thanks for this great giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Would love to win. Love the Maya art collection on the table on the cover.
    Carol Smith
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    1. Thanks Carole! I LOVE what the cover artist did! Good luck!

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  9. Book sounds great love anything with chocolate. Thanks for the chance to win. poohwine1217@gmail.com

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  10. Books and chocolate! Just add coffee and I am in heaven! This book sounds great! Thanks for the opportunity!

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    1. I love coffee even more than chocolate! Good luck!

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  11. Book sounds wonderful , would love to read it

    debbiec1313@yahoo.com

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  12. Books and food get me everytime!! Your book sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win it.
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  13. Books and food get me everytime!! Your book sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win it.
    jawdance@yahoo.com

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  14. A new read. Looks intriguing.
    Della deepotter@peoplepc.com

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  15. This sounds great! Thanks for the Contest!
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  16. This sounds like a very fun read.

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  17. I love that cover, and a bookstore with anything is wonderful. But chocolate - oh, yes! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. I like the synopsis, sounds like a good read.

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  19. Sounds like a great book! servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  20. That title made me snicker. LOL I love the fun titles and whimsical covers for cozies. And I'm hopelessly addicted to them!

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  21. Looking forward to starting this series.

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  22. This book sounds terrific. Love both books and chocolate. thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  23. I'm looking forward to this next in the series!

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  24. I have just started Death is like a Box of Chocolates and love it:) Can't wait to read this new one. Thanks for the chance.

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    1. So glad you're enjoying it! Good luck!

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  25. This sounds like a great book, and a great time to begin reading in the series while early enough to catch up. Thank you for chance to win! (Have requested goodreads friend today) jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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    1. I'm new to Goodreads and still figuring it out. I hope you like the series! Good luck!

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  26. This sounds like a fabulous series & book.

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  27. This looks like fun, and I like the guest post details about researching the setting. That does sound like a wonderful small town. Chocolate and bookstores- that is tough, isn't it? :)

    Hope the book does well.

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    1. Thanks! Researching is my life. :-) Good luck!

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  28. Looking forward to reading Truffled to Death. I just adore cozy mysteries. Thank you for a chance to win.

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  29. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a great read!

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  30. Yum! Congrats on the new release, I look forward to checking it out! Thank for the giveaway chance too!

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  31. Love any book about chocolate. Looking forward to your new release.

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  32. a series that's been on my Wish List!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!!

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  33. Bookstore and chocolate?! Perfect! :) Can't wait to read this.

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  34. I loved the first book and loved seeing you at LCC in Portland

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  35. I loved the first in this series and can't wait to can't wait to continue on with it.

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  36. Mmmmmm..... chocolate plus a mystery. Sounds like a perfect book to me!

    Nancy
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  37. I loved the first one!
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  38. Chocolate and a cozy mystery---perfect!

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