Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Giveaway/Guest Blog/Spotlight: Behind Chocolate Bars by Kathy Aarons

About the Book



Best friends and business partners Michelle and Erica have a monstrous to-do list as they prepare for the annual West Riverdale Halloween Festival. Their shop, Chocolates and Chapters, will have a booth at the event, where Michelle will serve spooky delights while Erica displays an assortment of spine-chilling books. Thank goodness the teenagers from Erica’s comic-book club are chipping in to help. But one of their volunteers winds up in trouble after a woman’s body is found in an abandoned house—with the teen’s superhero key ring close by.

The teen swears he didn’t do it, but he’s obviously hiding something—leaving Michelle and Erica with a witch’s cauldron of questions. Soon they discover that the dead woman was tricking a whole bunch of people out of more than just treats. Now these two friends must go door-to-door if they hope to unmask a killer…

Author Guest Blog

We Don’t Talk Anymore
By Kathy Aarons

I’m afraid to admit that my musical tastes got stuck in middle school – I like almost everything that is on pop radio. (Yes, even some boy band tunes…) So when I was looking for inspiration for my blog tour, I checked out the iTunes Top Singles.

My current favorite upbeat song is “Handclap” by Fitz and the Tantrums. If you haven’t heard it, check it out on Youtube. You’ll be humming it under your breath all day! But I couldn’t think of how I could turn it into a blog topic.

The song “We Don’t Talk Anymore” by Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez jumped out at me. When I’m deep into writing mode (for a couple of months running up to a deadline), I’m in what I call my “writing brain.” I’m constantly thinking of my book. I don’t talk as much as when I’m not in my writing brain, and I don’t listen as much either. Something in the conversation will ignite a thought about my current book, and off I’ll go, down that rabbit hole of what if’s.

My husband has the patience of a saint for being so understanding. We walk almost every morning and those walks become much quieter before a deadline. Luckily, he has a lot to think about himself.

Does writer brain happen to you or anyone you know? Or is it just me?

About the Author

Kathy Aarons is the author of the nationally bestselling CHOCOLATE COVERED MYSTERY series by Berkley Prime Crime. Research for the series was such a hardship: sampling chocolate, making chocolate, sampling more chocolate, and hanging out in bookstores.

She began writing when her youngest daughter attended school five days a week and pursued publishing more seriously when her oldest daughter went off to college. Now an empty-nester, she continues to advocate for arts education for youth, serving as president of the board of directors for Playwrights Project (http://playwrightsproject.org/), advising and teaching for the Middle School Writing Series, and volunteering for the CCA Writers’ Conference (http://ccawritersconference2016.weebly.com/), the only free writing conference for high school students in the country.

She’s also president of Partners in Crime – the San Diego chapter of Sisters in Crime, a national mystery writers’ organization (http://www.sistersincrimesd.org/ ).

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


Now is your chance to win your own copy of Behind Chocolate Bars by Kathy Aarons.   Thanks to the author, I have one paperback to giveaway to one lucky winner.

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  1. Looks great, thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Thanks for this intriguing giveaway which I would enjoy greatly.

  3. I would love to read this! It sounds really good! Thank you!

  4. Interesting cover. Thanks for the review
    Carol Smith

  5. I agree about music. Recently I discovered a new (to me) oldies station and I am in heaven. I am checking out the videos you mentioned. The first one brought to thought the recent Last Man Standing episode about clapping the Happy Song. Oh, I am getting old!

  6. I find that my music taste is going more retro the older I get now. I enjoy music of the 50's and 60's (I was born in the 50's). Thanks for the giveaway. kuzlin at aol.com

  7. Sounds like a good to add to my TBR list

  8. Looks cute and the cover now has me craving chocolate. Afternoon snack, don't mind if I do. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  9. Love the cover. As soon as I read Chocolate Bars, I was hooked!

  10. Love the cover. As soon as I read Chocolate Bars, I was hooked!

  11. Congrats to Kathy on the new release! And I love Fitz and the Tantrums too, many of their songs stick in your head, that's for sure!

  12. A book involving chocolate; how cool is that! The cover is such an attraction! What a cool book to read and giveaway.

  13. Can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win a copy of your very interesting book!

  15. I want to eat some of those chocolate treats on the book cover.

  16. Hello Kathy, I love the cover and description of your book ♡ I would enjoy reading it. Thank you


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