Monday, June 15, 2020

Grave Consequences (+ Giveaway)

I’m delighted today to be participating in the Great Escape Virtual Book Tour for GRAVE CONSEQUENCES by Lena Gregory, the latest installment in her Bay Island Psychic Mystery Series.

Grave Consequences (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery)
By Lena Gregory
* Cozy Mystery
* 5th in Series
* Publisher: Beyond the Page (May 21, 2020)
* Print Length: 194 pages
* Digital ASIN: B0881XMPB2

Cass Donovan is reminded that you can’t believe everything you hear, especially when it comes from the dead . . .

When stories begin circulating of a centuries-old ghost haunting the Bay Island lighthouse, Cass is caught up in mystical happenings of her own, with countless voices from the beyond all clamoring for her attention with dire warnings. But before she has a chance to learn whether there’s a connection between the rumored ghost and her restless visitors, the lighthouse keeper mysteriously falls to his death, and Cass’s reputation for communing with the dead lands her right in the middle of the police investigation.

Cass knows the victim was no saint, as he made little effort to hide his philandering ways from his wife or anyone else, and often acted out with no thought for the feelings of others. But had he finally gone too far, or were there more menacing motives behind his murder? As Cass begins building a list of suspects, including the man’s supposedly grieving wife and a mysterious new woman in town, she also turns her ear to those otherworldly voices, hoping for a clue. And as she begins to close in on the culprit, she realizes too late that if she’s not careful, she’ll soon be communicating with the dead in person . . .

As a special treat, I have a guest post from Cass Donovan herself. Please join me as we find out what she has to say.

“A Reading With Cass Donovan”

I’m Cass Donovan, owner of Mystical Musings, a small psychic shop on Bay Island. Thank you for dropping by today. You’re just in time, too. I’m about to start a group reading at Mystical Musings, and I figured it would be fun to give you a peek at a group reading from my point of view. So, come on in, have a seat at one of the many tables scattered throughout the shop, and we’ll get started.
Usually, Stephanie, one of my best friends, introduces me. She’ll talk a little about what’s about to happen. She’ll tell my clients I will walk through the room and seek out those whose dearly departed loved ones are trying to contact them.
I only have a vague idea of what she says, because we worked it out ahead of time. While she’s speaking, I study my guests. Everyone has small tells that alert you to their thoughts and feelings. If you are good at reading those tells, which I am, thanks to years of psychiatric training and great gut instincts, you can infer a lot about a person.
But I don’t do readings to con people, I do it to help them. Unfortunately, I had to leave my psychiatric practice, and I will never go back to New York City. I enjoy the peace of living on Bay Island too much to ever go back to the hustle and bustle of city life, or the bad memories that plague me there. So I use my training to help people in another way.
To start, I can assume most of the people attending a reading expect me to contact the dead. Of course, there are skeptics, but that’s to be expected, and they’re easy enough to pick out that I can avoid them with no problem.
Right now, I am looking at a woman I can tell needs my help. She is twisting her wedding ring around and around her finger, her lower lip caught between her teeth. Just a nervous habit, or something more? I’ll have to figure it out. She has a sad look about her. Not the raw pain of fresh grief, but the kind of sadness that comes with having lost someone who was important to her and whose loss still affects her, just not recently.
The woman sitting next to her, much younger, her daughter, maybe, pats her hands.
I approach slowly, giving her time to notice I’ve focused on her. If she seems unwilling to participate, I’ll back off right away. She seems okay, though. She sits up straighter, so I figure she’s ready to chat.
The man sitting at the next table is a regular, and he knows my routine, so he stands and offers me his chair.
I accept, thank him, and pull it closer to the woman, creating a more intimate setting for our talk. I start off kind of general, since I’m not sure yet what’s wrong. “You seem worried about something.”
She nods and a tear tips over her lashes. “I am.” A strong sense of loss surrounds her.
“You’ve lost something important.”
Her eyes widen, and she nods again. “Yes, I have.”
That one wasn’t so hard to figure out, but now I have to figure out what she lost and where she lost it. “When was the last time you saw it?”
She frowns and shakes her head. “I can’t remember. My husband left it in his drawer. It was so important to him.”
“Well, why don’t we see if he can help us guide you to it?”
She pulls herself together. “Oh, that would be great.”
Now I have a lot more information than I did at the start. I know her husband is the one who’s gone, which I suspected from the way she was twisting her ring. I know she lost something, which is usually an easy problem to solve. Most people, given the right prodding, can remember where they last saw something and be led back to it. This is actually a common request.
Now I will focus on finding what she lost, but I won’t go into how just yet. After all, I don’t want to divulge all my secrets, but be sure to pick up a copy of Death at First Sight, Occult and Battery, Clairvoyant and Present Danger, or Spirited Away if you want an even more detailed glimpse into what I do.

Cass, thanks for that insight into your story.

Now for those of you who aren’t familiar with the author, here’s a bit of background on her.

Author Lena Gregory
Lena Gregory is the author of the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries, which take place on a small island between the north and south forks of Long Island, New York, and the All-Day Breakfast Café Mysteries, which are set on the outskirts of Florida’s Ocala National Forest.

Lena grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island. She recently relocated to Clermont, Florida with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and four dogs. Her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and walking.

Her love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night. She works full time as a writer and a freelance editor and is a member of Sisters in Crime.

For more on Lena and her writing, connect with her on the following sites:
Purchase Links - Amazon - B&N - Kobo 

To learn even more about Lena and her writing, follow along on her tour by visiting the following sites:

June 8 – Gimme The Scoop Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 9 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
June 9 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
June 10 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – GUEST POST
June 11 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT
June 12 – eBook Addicts - SPOTLIGHT
June 12 – Cassidy's Bookshelves – SPOTLIGHT
June 13 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
June 13 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 14 – Laura's Interests - REVIEW
June 14 – Baroness' Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT
June 15 – Thoughts in Progress – CHARACTER GUEST POST
June 15 – Diane Reviews Books - REVIEW, INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY
June 16 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
June 16 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT
June 17 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 17 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST
June 18 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 18 – Christy's Cozy Corners – SPOTLIGHT, INDIVIDUAL GIVEAWAY
June 19 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW
June 19 – Cozy Up WIth Kathy - REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
June 20 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST
June 21 – Sapphyria's Books – REVIEW
June 21 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Did you enjoy meeting Cass?


  1. Thank you.
    I did enjoy meeting Cass, and loved her ethical approach to a profession which can get mired on the shady side of the street.
    I always love being introduced to new to me authors and hope that Lena's book takes off.

  2. A lighthouse keeper and a psychic sound like great ingredients for a cozy! Congratulations to Lena!

  3. Great setting and really dig the title.

  4. The setting for this one really draws me in, Mason. And I like the sound of the mystery, too. I'm not much of a one for the supernatural and communicating with the dead, but it can be done well. Glad you enjoyed this one.

  5. Being able to speak with the dead is always a great twist for a mystery story.

  6. I did enjoy meeting Cass! I think she'd make a good teacher - being able to read & respond to body language is a huge asset there!

  7. I did enjoy meeting Cass! I'm interesting in learning more about her and reading Grave Consequences!

    1. Thank you so much, Glenda! I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Thank you so much, Alicia! I hope you enjoy it!

  9. Thank you so much for having me and for sharing the release of Grave Consequences! I've enjoyed visiting!

  10. Yes I did. Cass is so interesting and her profession is intriguing. I really enjoy this series. I can't wait to read this book.


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