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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Crazy Cozy Blogfest: "Ernie Rector, The Paranormal Inspector"

"Crazy Cozy BlogFest"

In celebration of the release of their new books (Hart's very first!), Hart Johnson (aka: Alyse Carlson) and Elizabeth Spann Craig, have invited us to participate in their Crazy Cozy BlogFest.  Congratulations on your new books, Hart and Elizabeth, I am very excited for you both!  I can't wait to read  "The Azalea Assault" and "Quilt or Innocence".

The idea is to think of the craziest, zaniest set-up for a cozy mystery you can.  Please feel free to join in and link up!

In your 250 word story, please Include:
1)  Sleuth (age, occupation, maybe a little family info)
2)  Sidekick (either friend or foil, but someone who always    seems to be around)
3)  Setting (town, city, or other sort of place)
4)  Theme (go nuts)
5)  Twist (be as creative as you like)

At first, I was rather nervous about participating, and then realized that by playing along with Lisa Richard Claro (Writing in the Buff) and my other Book Blurb Friday friends, I have plenty of experience about writing book blurbs and that this is not so much different.  

I have decided to use one of my BBF posts, about Ernie Rector the Paranormal Inspector in today's Cozy Mystery BlogFest.  I'm going to also add links to pictures of the setting, which is McMenamins' The Olympic Club in Centralia, Washington.

Ernie Rector,
Paranormal Inspector
Kathy Matthews

A sequel to Kathy Matthews first novel "Finding Jennifer",    Ernie Rector, Paranormal Inspector is a fast-paced murder mystery with a twist.  Follow Ernie Rector as he works to save his club from a haunting reputation and investigates further details of a young woman's death. 

The 5' 7", ornery, obese manager of the town's only gentleman's club, Ernie Rector is also regarded as the best paranormal investigator around.  Now Ernie has his own ghostly encounters  to deal with.  The club seems to have spirits everywhere, including one who hangs out on the hallway ceiling leading to his room. 

Young Jennifer's body was found in the quarters next to Ernie's last month, and he's had no peace from her restless soul.  Jen seems to be actively forcing him to bring the full story of her murder to light. 

Join Ernie as he solves this haunting and makes things right for Jen.  (150 words)

To read my two original posts and see some neat pictures of historic downtown Centralia, please check out "Finding Jennifer" and  "Ernie Rector, Paranormal Inspector".

Now I'm off to visit the other participants of the Crazy Cozy Blogfest, and you can too, by simply " "CLICKING HERE".      

Make sure to check out their new books:

Prizes: (yes, I said prizes! erm...not extravagant, but we wanted to give you something) Each Elizabeth and I will choose our favorite and BOTH winners will get BOTH books (signed).

We'd love help promoting the blogfest, as well. Feel free to take the button and banner.

Quilt or Innocence
Beatrice has a lot of gossip to catch up on—especially with the Patchwork Cottage quilt shop about to close. It seems that Judith, the landlord everyone loves to hate, wants to raise the rent, despite being a quilter herself… But when Judith is found dead, the harmless gossip becomes an intricate patchwork of mischievous motives. And it’s up to Beatrice’s expert eye to decipher the pattern and catch the killer, before her life gets sewn up for good.

Elizabeth Spann Craig: Elizabeth writes the Memphis Barbeque series for Penguin/Berkley (as Riley Adams), the Southern Quilting mysteries (2012) for Penguin/NAL, and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink. She blogs daily at Mystery Writing is Murder, which was named by Writer's Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers for 2010 and 2011.

As the mother of two, Elizabeth writes on the run as she juggles duties as Girl Scout leader, referees play dates, drives carpools, and is dragged along as a hostage/chaperone on field trips.

Barnes and Noble
Indie Bound
Mystery Writing is Murder

The Azalea Assault
Cam Harris loves her job as public relations manager for the Roanoke Garden Society. It allows her to combine her three loves, spinning the press, showing off her favorite town, and promoting her favorite activity. She's just achieved a huge coup by enlisting Garden Delights, the country's premiere gardening magazine, to feature the exquisite garden of RGS founder, Neil Patrick. She's even managed to enlist world-famous photographer Jean-Jacques Georges. Unfortunately, Jean-Jacques is a first-rate cad—insulting the RGS members and gardening, goosing every woman in the room, and drinking like a lush. It is hardly a surprise when he turns up dead. But when Cam's brother-in-law is accused and her sister begs her to solve the crime, that is when things really get prickly.

Alyse Carlson: Alyse Carlson is the pen name for Hart Johnson who writes books from her bathtub. By day she is an academic researcher at a large midwestern university. She lives with her husband, two teenage children and two fur balls. The dust bunnies don't count. This will be her first published book.

Barnes and Noble
Indie Bound
Confessions of a Watery Tart

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Hart Johnson said...

Oh, I love the paranormal element and Ernie sounds like an excellent character! Plus the setting is great--I love those old McMenamin's renovations--The Kennedy School is wonderful with it's 'detention hall'--what a crack up. I need to get to the Olympic Club! Thank you so much for being such a fabulous supporter, Kathy--it really means a lot!

Sylvia van Bruggen said...

ohhhhhh love that it's a ghost story!!! Excellent entry!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

That picture made goosebumps pop up on my arms! Love the paranormal aspect of this story. And ornery, obese Ernie sounds like a real character! Thanks for celebrating our releases with us!

Siv Maria said...

Ernie Rector--What a name and a character! Anything Paranormal and you got me hooked!

Maryellen said...

Awesome! love the paranormal aspect, I'd love to read this one!

Jan Morrison said...

I like the cross-fertilization of a cozy with a paranormal and a zany! Just my cup of arsenic. This is great.

Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, sounds like quite a mystery on his hands. Well done!

Tara Tyler said...

wow, thats great you already had him! he sounds like a jolly fellow!

Helena said...

Bringing in ghosts and a paranormal atmosphere really makes the story spark. Great story!

Gwen Gardner said...

I love paranormal - and a paranormal inspector to boot is just the ticket. Great job!

Arkansas Patti said...

That picture looks right out of the Arkansas haunted town of Eureka Springs. Love paranormal so you have hooked me.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Thank you, everybody!

Patti, if we get that way in our travels, we'll stop by to see you and make sure to visit Eureka Springs too.

nutschell said...

great entry! paranormal inspector reminds me of my favorite ghostbusters:)

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