Friday, May 30, 2014

Spotlight/Book Giveaway/Guest Post: Engaged in Murder by Nancy J. Parra (Guest Post/Giveaway)

About the Book

Genre: Cozy Mystery, #1 in A Perfect Proposals Mystery Series
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Release Date: June 2014

Synopsis from Goodreads...

There’s no planning for murder…

Event planner Pepper Pomeroy is making the most of her current unemployment by arranging a surprise for her sister, Felicity. Warren, Felicity’s boyfriend, plans to lure his lovely lady into a private jet, propose, and whisk her away on a romantic vacation. He just needs Pepper to handle all the fine details in order to make it the perfect proposal—and it is. Everything goes so well when Warren pops the question that he suggests Pepper do this sort of thing professionally.

But before she can get her new business off the ground, there are some disturbing questions. Like who’s the dead guy Pepper finds in the ladies’ room of the jet hangar? Is it possible Felicity’s high-flying fiancĂ© has been hiding more than the engagement ring? Pepper’s not married to the idea of having a criminal in the family, so in order to protect her sister, she takes off in pursuit of a killer…

Berkley Prime Crime Blog Post for Engaged in Murder
By Nancy J Parra

It used to be that a fellow in love would ask the girl’s father for her hand. Then he would buy a ring and over a candlelit dinner, he would get down on one knee and ask her to marry him. With advent of video these simple proposals became grander and grander. Suddenly there were proposals at half=time at basketball and football games. Proposals from Santa’s knee. Flash mobs singing and dancing their way into the heart of the woman. In fact I have a Pintrest board of cool proposals where you can see some of the fun and crazy ways that men plot and plan to ask a woman to marry them. I often thought how fun would it be to help men plan these proposals.

When I had the opportunity to write about an amateur sleuth who planned extravagant proposals I jumped all over it and Pepper Pomeroy was born. Pepper is a tall, thin red head who would like to consider herself perfect, but knows better. She was recently “down-sized” from her job as an event coordinator for a downtown Chicago Hotel/conference center and is facing a dwindling savings account and the idea that she may have to live with her parents again at age thirty.

Her younger sister Felicity on the other hand is practically perfect. She is shorter and blond and curvy in all the right places. And Felicity’s long time boyfriend, warren Evans has come to Pepper with a request. Could she plan an extravagant proposal for Felicity? Who but Pepper would know Felicity better and understand what she might think would be her dream proposal.

With not much else to do Pepper agrees and happily helps Warren plan a jet setting proposal for Felicity. The proposal goes off with just one hitch. Right before Felicity arrives Pepper discovers a man passed out in the woman’s bathroom at the tiny airport where Warren is popping the question. In a decision that would prove to haunt her, Pepper decides to let the authorities know about the drunk guy after Warren and Felicity jet off to an exotic weekend. The proposal goes so well that Warren tells Pepper she should start her own business event planning proposals and Perfect Proposals is born.

As she waves good bye, Pepper remembers the guy and calls the police only to discover that there has been a murder and Warren is suspect number one. Now Pepper feels she must prove Warren’s innocence to save her sister from a lifetime of grief. What Pepper learns is that it’s not easy catching a killer and she must trust her instincts if she wants to save the day.

To see some of the proposals I’ve pinned as well as possible bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses follow me on Pintrest at


How would you like to win a paperback copy of Engaged in Murder by Nancy J. Parra? Thanks to Berkley, I have one paperback to giveaway to one lucky winner.

Just a few simple rules...

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The giveaway begins on May 30th (midnight est) and ends on June 6th (midnight est).

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  1. This sounds like the beginning of a great series! I love the idea of a proposal planner, something very original and fun.

  2. I'm a real softie for new cozy books. I hope this project runs for many years. I hope I'm the winner so that I can stretch my very poor book budget into other things.

  3. This sounds like a great start to a new series. I just love that cover~!

  4. I can't to see the ingenuity men use when planning to propose!

  5. Looks great, thank you for the chance to win it :)

  6. Looking forward to this series....

  7. Sounds as if this will be an enjoyable series.

  8. A series which sounds intriguing. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. I think Pepper's vocation sounds interesting! Thanks!

  10. This sounds like a fun read, with lots of opportunities for all kinds of suprises. Thanks for the chance to win.
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  11. I've been looking forward to this one. Thank you for the chance to win!

  12. I love the title and the premise, definately going on my wish list !

  13. I always love a new series to try!!

  14. It sounds like a fun and interesting read. I love the pretty cover. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  15. This sounds like a fun series, I am always looking for new books to read

  16. Sounds like a really fun idea for a series and one I would greatly enjoy.

  17. I love starting with the first book in a series. This sounds like a series I'm going to enjoy!

  18. Reading the first book in a new series often gets me hooked on it and just waiting for the next book to be published.

  19. Sounds like a good cozy. I have added it to my read list.

  20. congrats to Nancy!!
    cannot wait to read this one!!!

  21. love cozy and this sounds like a great series! I TFS.

  22. This sounds like fun and I like the name Pepper Pomeroy!

  23. Looks like a fun series. Love the premise!

  24. Sounds like a great twist on theme cozy mysteries


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