Friday, May 27, 2016

The Madness of Mercury Tour {+ Giveaway}

It’s a pleasure today to be participating in author Connie di Marco’s Great Escapes Book Tour for her upcoming release, THE MADNESS OF MERCURY.

THE MADNESS OF MERCURY is the first installment in the author’s new Zodiac Mystery series and is scheduled to be released June 8. As part of the celebration, Connie is hosting a tour-wide giveaway for five copies of this tantalizing new cozy murder mystery. Please see the end of the post for more details.

The Madness of Mercury
(A Zodiac Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
New Series
Midnight Ink (June 8, 2016)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738749129

Here’s a brief synopsis of the book:

Astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought her chosen profession would bring danger into her life, but her outspoken advice in her newspaper column, AskZodia, makes her the target of San Francisco’s recently-arrived cult leader, Reverend Roy of the Prophet’s Tabernacle.  The followers of the power hungry preacher will stop at nothing to quell the voices of those who would stand in his way and Julia’s at the top of his list.  She’s willing to bet the charismatic Reverend is a Mercury-ruled individual, and she knows all too well that Mercury wasn’t just the messenger of the gods, he was a trickster and a liar as well. 

THE MADNESS OF MERCURY is available for pre-order at the following sites: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Author Connie di Marco
Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries from Midnight Ink. She was fascinated by astrology at an early age and this was the inspiration that gave birth to Julia Bonatti, San Francisco astrologer and her newspaper column Ask Zodia. Writing as Connie Archer, she is also the author of the Soup Lover's Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. 

Connie lives in Los Angeles with her family and a constantly talking cat.

For more on Connie and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Here’s what others are already saying about this fascinating new release:

The story is very well-written, and the characters are realistic and likable. ~ Book Babble
Full of suspense and surprises… ~ Laura’s Interests
It’s a truly engrossing mystery, captured me from the first page and I couldn’t put it down. ~ LibriAmoriMiei
This was a fun read with an entertaining and unique main character. ~ I Wish I Lived In a Library
You know from reading the blurb that there’s more than one mystery going on. The threads don’t tie together until the conclusion and it definitely keeps you guessing. ~ FUONLYKNEW
Such a charming start to a new series!!! ~ Moonlight Rendezvous

You can find out even more about Connie and THE MADNESS OF MERCURY by visiting the following blogs participating in the tour.

May 20 – deal sharing aunt – Spotlight
May 20 – Book Babble – Review
May 21 – Laura’s Interests – Review
May 21 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
May 22 – Mystery Playground – Interview
May 23 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – Review
May 23 – fuonlyknew – Review
May 24 – Moonlight Rendezvous – Review
May 24 – Musings and Ramblings – Guest Post
May 25 – Back Porchervations – Review
May 25 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – Review, Guest Post
May 26 – Bea’s Book Nook – Review
May 26 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – Review, Interview
May 27 – The Book’s the Thing – Review
May 28 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post
May 29 – A Blue Million Books – Interview
May 30 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review
May 31 – I Read What You Write – Review, Interview
June 1 – A Holland Reads – Spotlight
June 1 – Ashleyz Wonderland – Review
June 2 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Guest Post
June 2 – Brooke Blogs – Spotlight

This tour-wide giveaway is for five (5) print copies of THE MADNESS OF MERCURY by Connie di Marco.

To be one of the five winners, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions for your chance to win. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient.

Thanks so much for stopping by today during Connie’s visit. What zodiac sign are you? (Me, I’m Aquarius -the water sign.) Do you like astrology?


  1. It does sound like fun. I am a Capricorn, and like many of us, have to be careful that I don't take root and turn into a tree.

    1. LOL! I love your comment! But just remember, Capricorns are ambitious, they're always climbing mountains too. Thanks for visiting today and best of luck!

  2. Pretty Cool; congrats Connie. I'm a Libra, which probably explains why I can never totally make up my mind about things; balance is my curse and quirk :) I love reading Zodiac writings and figuring out how they can be interpreted.

    1. Me too! We definitely share that interest. The more I've learned, the more fascinated I've become. It's been great fun for me to have Julia solve her mysteries using astrology too. Good luck to you!

  3. Replies
    1. Hi Dezmond - Mercury can be trouble. You can think what you want, but be careful of what you say. A rule I should remember more often! Best of luck!

  4. Shame I wasn't counting cats again this year...
    Zodiac sign? No idea.

    1. Hi Alex- I was always disappointed I never knew my (rescued) cats' sun signs. Always had to guess from their personalities. Good luck to you!

  5. I'm also an Aquarius. And just missed being a Valentine baby.

    1. Aquarius is a wonderful sign! Do you ever celebrate your birthday on the holiday? That must be fun! Best of luck, Diane!

  6. This is an interesting context for a mystery, Mason. And a lot of people are interested in their zodiac sign, even if they don't really subscribe to astrology. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Margot - Thanks for visiting. I hope everyone will enjoy Julia's adventures whether or not they like astrology. But at least her profession allows her to meet all sorts of people and get into all kinds of trouble. Best of luck!

  7. Cute cover, thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book.

    wfnren at aol dot com

    1. Hi Wendy - Thanks for stopping by. I hope you get to visit Julia in San Francisco soon. Good luck to you!

  8. Cool premise! This is a new one for cozies, I think--always good to introduce some new themes!

    1. Hi Elizabeth, yes, publishers love protagonists with a "hook." I have to give another author a plug here. I thought I was the first with an astrologer, but Sunny Frazier (Black Opal Books) writes about an astrologer too. And her books are terrific, I plan to read one of hers soon. I do hope you get to enjoy Julia's adventures as well. Best of luck!

  9. Yes I love it, I am a Aries,
    Great blog today thanks

    1. Hi Penney - Hmmm Aries huh? I guess you love to be first, right? Thanks for visiting today and best of luck!

  10. Dear Mason - I'm catching up from the west coast! Thanks so much for hosting my stop today!

  11. A really fun premise, and the cover is adorable. Congratulations, Connie!

    I’m a Capricorn, born on the cusp of Aquarius. While I don’t hold to astrology, I have to admit I fit the Capricorn profile perfectly. Add to that my passion for water (influence of Aquarius), and I start to wonder...

  12. Thank you! And thanks for visiting today! It really is uncanny when a description is so apt. Of course, with prediction, a lot depends on the art of the astrologer. I hoped to make Julia a very skilled one. I hope you enjoy her adventures in crime-solving! Best of luck!

  13. I'm looking forward to reading "The Madness of Mercury". Astrology fascinates me and I would like reading more about it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. I'm looking forward to reading "The Madness of Mercury". Astrology fascinates me and I would like reading more about it. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Hi Dianne ~I hope you enjoy Julia and her clients. I wanted to be as accurate as possible, although some people have found the astro information a little confusing. But I do hope you get to meet Julia soon! Best of luck!

  15. Looking forward to reading this. I know I will enjoy it!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    1. Hi Carol ~ I hope you get to meet Julia and enjoy her adventures in San Francisco! Good luck to you!


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