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Author Q&A ft Kathleen Ernst + Print Copy #Giveaway | MINING FOR JUSTICE | GREAT ESCAPES BOOK TOURS #CozyMystery

Mining for Justice (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery) is on virtual book tour and stops here today. Be sure to check out my interview with Kathleen Ernst below.

Mining for Justice (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery) 

by Kathleen Ernst

Cozy Mystery 8th in Series 
Midnight Ink (October 8, 2017) 
Paperback: 384 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-0738753348 

Chloe Ellefson is excited to be learning about Wisconsin's Cornish immigrants and mining history while on temporary assignment at Pendarvis, a historic site in charming Mineral Point. But when her boyfriend, police officer Roelke McKenna, discovers long-buried human remains in the root cellar of an old Cornish cottage, Chloe reluctantly agrees to mine the historical record for answers.

She soon finds herself in the center of a heated and deadly controversy that threatens to close Pendarvis. While struggling to help the historic site, Chloe must unearth dark secrets, past and present . . . before a killer comes to bury her.


Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

The Chloe Ellefson Mysteries are aimed at readers who like traditional mysteries with complex characters and a strong sense of place.  Chloe is a curator at a living history museum, and all of the books take place at historic sites or museums, so readers who enjoy history will especially like the series.  No explicit gore or sex.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

Actually, my editor suggested Mining For Justice, and I liked it better than anything I’d come up with!  The book is set in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, which was settled in the 1830s by Cornish miners and their families.  A plotline featuring a young Cornish woman who confronts evil is woven with the contemporary plotline, in which Chloe and her boyfriend Roelke each struggle to solve crimes.  In each case, past and present, justice is hard to find.  I loved the analogy!

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
I’m of course quite fond of my two recurring characters, Chloe Ellefson and cop/boyfriend Roelke McKenna.  But in Mining for Justice, my favorite character is Mary Pascoe.  We meet her as a child in Cornwall, where she is already laboring at a mine site.  She immigrates to Wisconsin with two brothers, hoping for better opportunities.  Despite many hardships she takes great risks to help others in need. I created Mary in honor of all the forgotten women who did what needed to be done, and helped create a sense of community in what had once been a hardscrabble mining region.

How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?
I have two.  My least favorite character in the historical plotline is a hard, cruel man.  I think he’s reflective of the time and place.  Some of the men who are remembered as great leaders owned slaves or employed child workers or tried to exterminate all Native Americans.

In Chloe’s timeline, my least favorite character is a woman who believes there is only one correct way to interpret the past—her way.  As someone who’s worked in the history field for decades, I’ve met a few people like that!

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series.

Chloe Ellefson is a curator at a real outdoor museum, Old World Wisconsin, where I once worked as curator of interpretation and collections.  Each book is set in a real place.  Nothing makes me happier than hearing from readers who were inspired to visit the site!

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I often feature food traditions and folk arts in the Chloe mysteries, and I love to try my hand at all of them.  I had a lot of experience with historical foodways while working at the historic site, and I still enjoy experimenting in the kitchen.  Many of the Chloe mysteries feature a particular ethnic group, which makes baking even more fun.  I’ve also learned Norwegian rosemaling (decorative painting), Danish hedebo (a type of needle lace), Polish papercutting, and other handicrafts as part of writing the series.  It’s great fun!

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
My website,, is loaded with features:  background information about the stories and themes, photographs of key artifacts and buildings featured in the books, maps for those who want to visit, recipes, discussion questions, and more.  I’m also active on Facebook,; and my blog,

What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m working on the 9th Chloe Ellefson mystery, featuring a new ethnic group and historic site, due out in 2018.  And I’m already planning the 10th!

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
I’m always enormously grateful when readers take the time to write an online review, or recommend my books to their library or a friend.  I’m not sure if everyone realizes what a difference those things can make to a writer’s career!

About The Author

Kathleen Ernst is a social historian, educator, and author. Her Chloe Ellefson mysteries reflect the decade she spent as a curator at a large outdoor museum, and feature historic sites in the Upper Midwest. Library Journal says, “Ernst keeps getting better with each entry in this fascinating series.” Kathleen has also written many mysteries for young readers. Honors for her work include a LOVEY Award and Agatha and Edgar nominations. Kathleen lives and writes in Wisconsin.

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Author Q&A ft @PaoneBrian + $10 GC #Giveaway | A Haunting of Words Anthology | @GoddessFish Presents #Drama #Horror

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for A Haunting of Words Anthology by multiple authors, a Drama/Horror available now from Scout Media.

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A Haunting of Words Anthology

by multiple authors

GENRE: Drama/Horror



From Scout Media comes A Haunting of Words—the third volume in an ongoing short story anthology series featuring authors from all over the world.

In this installation, the reader will experience a multi-genre journey beyond traditional haunts; from comedy, to drama, fantasy, romance, and horror, these stories put eclectic spins on the every-day ghost tale. Whether you are running from the ghost of a vengeful mother, falling in love with an apparition, touring with a deceased famous musician, saving a newborn from a possessed crib, or having a specter cat as a sidekick, these stories of hauntings and apparitions will warm your heart, send shivers down your spine, and tickle your funny bone.

Whether to be enlightened, entertained, or momentarily caught up in another world, these selections convey the true spirit of the short story.



Brian Paone – short story: “Anesthetize (or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys)”

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

- My story is the lead-off story in the anthology, A Haunting of Words, which contains short stories from 30 international authors. Each story in the book had to involve a haunting or a ghost, but did not have to be genre specific. So, the book has romance, comedy, horror, sci-fi, drama, action etc. The intended audience of the book as a whole are people who like ghost stories but don’t necessary like just horror.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

- The female lead, Samantha. She has taken out a restraining order on her disenchanted and borderline dangerous ex-boyfriend. They are high school students and she’s just trying to move on from the failed relationship. She has her head on her shoulders and, even though had no choice for her own safety to take out the restraining order, she still cares about her ex and his wellbeing. Which creates a tough and complex emotional approach when dealing with him.

How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?

- Bonnie the cat. I’m allergic to cats. I hated writing her scenes; I could only write them in small doses before the sneezing and watery eyes would start.

Where did your love of reading/storytelling/writing/etc. come from?

- In 7th grade, I wrote my first original story called, "The Night is Young," and brought it into school for everyone to read. My classmates liked it so much they encouraged me to write more. Every weekend throughout 7th and 8th grade I wrote a new story, just for my classmates to read on Monday mornings. My teacher encouraged it so much, she would even go to the front office and photocopy the stories so each student could have their own to take home. I even had a friend start drawing front covers of all my stories, which would be stapled to the front of the printouts. So I think the “in-school popularity and quasi-celebrity” status I received in junior high because of my short stories was what fueled the fiction machine for me.  I still have every story I wrote during those 2 years, EXCEPT that very first one. Someone spilled water on the only copy and the paper disintegrated.  I only wrote short stories from 1988 to 2005. It was then that I began work on my first novel.

What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

- For my new novel that’s being released on Nov. 6, Moonlight City Drive (a supernatural, crime-noir thriller), I had to research how much a prostitute charged for different sexual acts in 1947.

What can we expect from you in the future? What are you working on now?
- A comedic-military novel about the eight months my wife was deployed to Djibouti, Africa, in 2010 and left me home alone with two toddlers, and the learning curve and craziness that ensued during those months. Every night, for the 221 days she was gone, I emailed her, reviewing that day's shenanigans. The main composition of the book will be centered around the content of those emails. Release schedule is late summer 2018.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
- Work with a professional editor. Don’t think you can edit your own work effectively. Forest for the tress and all that. Also, as “artistic” as you think you are being with your unconventional writing style, remember: you need to know the rules before you can break them.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?
- Today is my 10-year anniversary of being a published author! My first novel, Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts, was released on Oct 16, 2007. So today is a special milestone for me. In 10 years, I have published 4 novels and 3 short stories. If I could travel back in time to 2007 Brian and tell him about these past 10 years, I would probably want to know how much I’d been drinking.



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DEADSPEAK 2 by Ruth Bainbridge + $10 GC #Giveaway | @Ruth_Mysteries & @GoddessFish Present #Mystery #Thriller

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Blast Tour for DEADSPEAK 2 by Ruth Bainbridge, a mystery/thriller available now.

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by Ruth Bainbridge


GENRE:  Mystery/thriller



DEADSPEAK2. The chilling new entry in the Deadspeak Mystery Series

Things look different when you're dead.

It’s Halloween and a group of teens throw a party at Harbinger Falls’ most celebrated haunted estate. It’s all fun and games until a session with a Ouija board guides the partygoers to the body of a young girl hidden in the attic. 

Detective Kimberly Trent is assigned the case and quickly discovers that all is not as it seems. First, there’s the connection between the death and a string of petnappings terrorizing the neighborhood. Then there’s the suicide note that only leaves more questions than answers. A visit from Kimberly’s ghostly friend Griff Lindon sheds an unwelcome light. It seems she’s had a run in with the newly deceased who tells her she’s been murdered. 

This is the second in The Deadspeak Mysteries. The entries are meant to be read in sequential order and do not standalone. In each book, you’ll find a new murder for Kimberly Trent to solve. You’ll also find the continuing search for who murdered Kim’s sister Elizabeth. Each book will take you closer and closer to finding out the identity of The Hex Killer, the serial killer who ended Elizabeth’s short life. It will also bring you to the heart of the evil that’s come back to life to wreak revenge. 


“This reminds me of when I was in summer camp and stayed up all night trying to contact the dead,” Julie Welch commented.

Mia or no Mia, the time had arrived and the Ouija board was placed in the center of one of the folding tables.

“You did that, Mrs. Welch?” Angie asked.

“Of course,” Julie confessed with a giggle. “I lived for those summers, and the camp counselors had no idea what we were up to. They only wondered why we were all so tired in the mornings.”

The atmosphere of the Halloween Party had changed. Ever since the announcement, things went from Party Central, to an eerie, expectant quiet. The music was turned off and the food lined up on the rented tables was bereft of pawing hands.

The six rested their fingers lightly on the planchette. “Remember: no cheating! Understood?” Mrs. Welch warned.

The participants nodded in agreement as the woman with the highlighted blonde hair inhaled deeply.

“Hello? Is there anyone with us?” Julie asked, starting off the questioning.

A soft scrape… and … movement! Infinitesimal at first, the planchette picked up speed.


“What the—” Gen started. A loud moan interrupted the moment.

“Yes, I’m here,” a deep voice bellowed.

Fear spread quickly as attendees sprang up from their chairs and readied to run. Another unearthly groan penetrated the air. Angie latched on to Glenn’s hand.


Someone was climbing the basement stairs.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born in the idyllic, sleepy town of Ithaca, NY, Ruth Bainbridge has been a lover of mysteries for her entire life.

Ever since a child, she has consumed detective stories at regular intervals, becoming enamored with all the superstars of crime. She loved nothing more than to match wits with the likes of Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Thomas Pitt, Lord Peter Wimsey, Richard Jury, and Edward X Delaney, becoming inspired by their brilliance. Hoping to emulate her writing idol’s achievements in dreaming up such characters, she started composing her own short stories.

However, life interfered with her plans of becoming the next hopeful to try a life of crime—on paper at least. Devoting herself to her marriage and the raising of four children, the empty nest syndrome gave her the impetus to return to her first love—murder.

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Defending Hannah by Jennifer Becker | Book Tour & #Giveaway | @jenkev25 & @SDSXXTours Present #ContemporaryRomance

Defending Hannah by Jennifer Becker (contemporary romance) is on virtual book tour and stops here today! 

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Defending Hannah
Delta Force Defenders Book 1
by Jennifer Becker
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Ben “Midas” Gates is the leader of his Delta Force team and is leading a mission to shut down a known terrorist working out of Panama and rescue hostages. When he arrives he discovers the mission is anything but easy and becomes even more complicated because he knows one of the hostages. It was a woman he had been in love with growing up and ran away from thirteen years ago. 

The mission isn’t a complete failure but the team discovers someone set them up to fail and they don’t take failure as an option. With the aid of Hannah who has inside information on their terrorist and who may know who set them up, Ben does all in his power not to fall for the only woman he has ever loved.

I grew up with a love of reading and writing. I wrote my first story at the age of 12 and my first book at 16. I love reading anything romance and I have a deep love for history. All my stories are about people who come from all different walks of life but all want to love and be loved.

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Bear's Shadow by @dlscottauthor | Book Tour & #Giveaway | @SDSXXTours Presents #ParanormalRomance

Check out Bear's Shadow by Desiree L. Scott (paranormal romance). It is on virtual book tour and stops here today!

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Bear's Shadow
Vendetta Series Book 2
by Desiree L. Scott
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Nikki Calhoun is on the run, fueled by terror of the shadowy world she had married into. Desperate to survive and nowhere to hide, Nikki turns to the wolf shifter pack of her childhood but it’s hard for her to trust anyone, even the people closest to her.

Enforcer and bear-shifter Bret Axel receives a call from his cousin who manages his Portland nightclub about suspicious activity. After obtaining the approval of his Alpha, he travels to Portland. Two nights later, screams of a woman shatter the silence of the dock and with the help of his cousin, they save her from being killed.

A twisted tale of hunter and prey, two worlds collide as Bret falls for the human and then struggles to convince her that they are meant to be together. It’s up to him and the Crescent Ice Pack to get to the bottom of the brutal acts of one man. Will Nikki survive the wrath of her estranged husband or will the murky world of Edward Calhoun destroy her and any who try to help?

I have been writing since I was sixteen years old and love to write both horror and romantic suspense. I think there have been many influences within my life that has set me on the path that I can not help but walk. A few of those names consist of Karen Rose, Lisa Gardener, Nora Roberts, Cynthia Eden, Catherine Anderson, Laura Griffin, Andrea Kane, and Lisa Jackson, just to name a few. This list by no means defines by own writing but they have indeed influenced my desire to live outside of my own world and to create the thrill of my dreams. I live on 40 + acres in the SHOW ME state with my six year old daughter, with the wonderful addition of four dogs and a handful of chickens. The weather is unpredictable, but the surrounding beauty of the country helps my creativity as I sit on my top deck with my laptop and coffee close by.

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