Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine’s Day Is Murder {+ Excerpt}

Valentine Final FrontI’m delighted to be participating in the book blitz for author Carolyn Arnold's new cozy mystery book, VALENTINE’S DAY IS MURDER.

Carolyn is sharing an excerpt from her book and here’s a brief synopsis of this tantalizing mystery:

        Jimmy finally takes a vacation--and a chance on love--only to be abducted. His female companion originally thinks he had cold feet about their relationship, but Sean and Sara know there’s more to it. Jimmy isn’t the type to just up and disappear, let alone leave a lady stranded.
        Setting out on their private jet, Sean and Sara reach the tropical paradise of Ocho Rios, Jamaica with sightseeing as the last thing on their minds.
        With a gold coin being their initial tie to Jimmy’s kidnapper, Sean and Sara even speculate about the involvement of pirates. Yet as the hours pass, and there’s no word from Jimmy’s captors, Sean and Sara will need to figure out the real motive before it’s too late.
        With help from their friend, Adam, back in Albany, the pieces come together and not a moment too soon.
        Strap in for an adventure that will take you to the beautiful island of Jamaica and have you wanting a piña colada.


Carolyn Arnold is the bestselling author of the Madison Knight series, the Brandon Fisher series, and the McKinley Mysteries. Her love for writing dates back to her teen years, but her passion was reignited in 2006 when a fellow employee said "tell me a story." Since then Carolyn has never looked back.

Her writing has since been compared to New York Times Bestsellers such as JD Robb, Mary Higgins Clark, Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, and more.

Carolyn was born in 1976 in a rural town of Ontario, Canada, and she currently lives with her husband and two beagles in a city near Toronto.
For more on Carolyn and her writing, visit her website.

VALENTINE’S DAY IS MURDER is available at the following locations: Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.


Chapter 4

Pineapples & Alibis

        “There was no answer in her room. She may be out by the pool.” The front desk clerk lowered the phone’s receiver and gestured toward a wall of windows that faced a pool, and, beyond that, the sea.
        “Thank you,” Sean said.
        “No worries.” The clerk smiled and flipped some papers over that she had been working on when they had approached her to call up to Meredith’s room.
        Tourists, clad in bathing suits in a spectrum of colors, dotted both the poolside and the beach. It had Sara wishing all she and Sean had to do was enjoy the scenery.
        The sun was beating down, the warmth all-encompassing, but thankfully, the humidity wasn’t extreme. Sara still wished to slip out of her dress to reveal the bikini she wore underneath. The thought of the rays kissing her skin was almost too much to dismiss from her mind.
        She scanned the horde of vacationers and spotted Meredith lying out on a lounge chair. She sat up as if she sensed Sara watching.
        “There she is, Sean.” Sara nudged her head toward Meredith.
        “She doesn’t look too upset, does she?”
        Sara put a hand on Sean’s shoulder. “We’re not going to assume she’s behind this.”
        He stayed put. “She’s not behind this and yet she’s new to his life and he’s never gone missing before.”
        “We promised on the flight we would give her the benefit of the doubt, unless something came up to convince us of her involvement.”
        “I’m starting to rethink that decision.”
        “If Jimmy trusted her—”
        “Yes, then we should too.”
        “That’s right.” Sara pressed her lips, hoping she conveyed more conviction than she felt at times—this being one of those times.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope I’ve enticed you to check out Carolyn’s VALENTINE’S DAY IS MURDER. 

Remember Saturday is Valentine’s Day. Do you have special plans made? Or is someone is making special plans for you to have a romantic day?


  1. Poor Jimmy.
    And yes, I do want to know more. Much more...
    Thank you.

  2. She's been very successful with her books, especially if she gets compared to those authors.

  3. Mason - Thanks for sharing this. You don't usually think of Valentine's Day as a murderous sort of holiday, but it can certainly happen! Interesting premise!

  4. Parts of Jamaica are beautiful. Good setting.


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