Friday, August 14, 2020

Peachy Scream (+ Giveaway)

I’m delighted to be participating in author Anna Gerard’s Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for PEACHY SCREAM, the second installment in her Georgia B&B Mystery series.

As part of the tour, we have Nina Fleet (the protagonist/amateur sleuth from PEACHY SCREAM) visiting and Anna (AKA Ali Brandon/Diane A.S. Stuckart) is hosting a giveaway. First, a bit about the book.

By Anna Gerard
* Cozy Mystery
* 2nd in Series - A Georgia B&B Mystery
* Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (July 7, 2020)
* Hardcover: 320 Pages
* ISBN-10: 1643853066
* ISBN-13: 978-1643853062
* Digital ASIN: B07XXBK3CX

    To die, or not to die? Georgia B&B proprietor Nina Fleet turns amateur thespian to bring the curtain down on a Shakespearean actor’s killer.

    It’s nothing short of inevitable that Cymbeline, GA, hosts an annual Shakespeare festival. But stage-struck Nina Fleet is about to learn that putting on an amateur theatrical production can be murder. Nina’s anticipating showbiz glamour and glitz when a community Shakespearean troupe arrives for a two-week stay at her B&B. But the lights dim when she learns the company’s director is her nemesis, struggling actor Harry Westcott–who still claims to be the rightful heir to Nina’s elegant Queen Anne home.

    Meanwhile, the troupe members are not content to leave the drama upon the stage. Accusations of infidelity and financial malfeasance make a shambles of rehearsals. And then, two days into the troupe’s stay, the lead actor is found dead in Nina’s formal Shakespeare garden. Natural causes…or murder most foul? 

    Nina uncovers evidence that something is indeed rotten in the town of Cymbeline. Too bad Harry is the only one who believes that she’s not going completely off script. And exposing the truth isn’t easy when the remaining troupe members say the show must go on…particularly when all of them seemingly had a motive for wanting their fellow actor to permanently exit stage right. Determined to keep the killer from making a curtain call, Nina and her trusty Australian Shepherd, Matilda, join forces with Harry to sleuth out the murder plot. Will they succeed before someone else shuffles off this mortal coil? Find out in Anna Gerard’s delightful second Georgia B&B mystery.

Now please join me in giving a warm welcome to Nina Fleet. Welcome, Nina.

What are some of the highs and lows of operating a B&B?

The highs are meeting all the wonderful folks who stay in my B&B. Plus, it’s fun to be caretaker to a beautiful Queen Anne home in a tourist town like Cymbeline, Georgia. The lows might be the early mornings…you can’t sleep in when you have arranged a 7:30AM breakfast for your guests!

What led you to open a B&B?

It was something of an accident. I bought the house pretty much at first sight while I was antiquing in town (at the time, I still lived in Atlanta). While I had a nice settlement following my divorce from my professional golfer husband, I’m only forty (okay, forty-one). I sure wasn’t ready to retire and lounge around the house all day. So when Cymbeline’s mayor said she’d fast-track my permitting to operate a bed and breakfast inn if I’d host a group of displaced nuns, I couldn’t say no. (I really couldn’t…could you turn down a group of elderly sisters?). And that’s how Fleet House came to be.

What drew you to this Shakespearean event?

You probably know that Cymbeline is the name of one of Shakespeare’s plays, and the town was named for it. In fact, for a couple of decades the townspeople have played off the connection and named their businesses in honor of the Bard. And they hold an annual Shakespeare festival (Shakespeare on Cymbeline Square) that draws in people from all over Georgia and beyond. It turns out that this year’s Shakespeare troupe will be staying at my B&B for the duration. And this is because of my sometimes nemesis, Harry Westcott, who is the troupe’s director.

How do you feel working with your best frenemy?

As you might have heard, Harry thinks that he should have had my house after his great-aunt passed away. In fact, when I first met him he was plotting to steal it back from me. For the moment, we have called a truce, mostly because he’s been helpful in solving a couple of murders connected to my B&B. And I’m letting him stay in my third story tower room while he gets back on his feet. I’m not sure if I trust him 100% yet. It sure would help if he wasn’t so charming and movie-star good-looking.

What would the perfect day consist of for you?

A houseful of happy and quiet guests who spend the day roaming around Cymbeline so that I can kick back on my front porch with my Australian Shepherd, Mattie, and enjoy a nice breeze and good book.

Nina, thanks for joining us today and sharing this look at your B&B and how it came to be.

Meet the Author

Author Anna Gerard/Diane A.S. Stuckart
DIANE A.S. STUCKART is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series (writing as Ali Brandon). She’s also the author of the award-winning Leonardo da Vinci historical mysteries, as well as several historical romances and numerous mystery, fantasy, and romance short stories. The first book in her Tarot Cats Mystery series is FOOL’S MOON, available in trade, large print, and Kindle versions. Her Georgia B&B Mystery series from Crooked Lane Books launched July 2019 with PEACH CLOBBERED, written as Anna Gerard and available in hardcover, e-book, or audio CD.

Diane is a member of Mystery Writers of America and served as the 2018 and 2019 Chapter President of the MWA Florida chapter, receiving the “Flamingo” Chapter Service award in 2019. She’s also a member of Sister in Crime. In addition to her mystery writing affiliations, she’s a member of the Cat Writers’ Association and belongs to the Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association.

Diane is a native Texan with a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, but has been living in the West Palm Beach FL area since 2006. She shares her “almost in the Everglades” home with her husband, dogs, cats, and a few beehives.

For more on Diane and her writing, you can connect with her on the following sites:

PEACHY SCREAM is available for purchase at the following sites: AMAZON * BARNES & NOBLE

You can also follow along on Diane’s tour by visiting the sites below. Also be sure to enter the giveaway. Do you think you could work with an ex like Nina does?

August 10 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT
August 10 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
August 11 – Reading Reality – REVIEW
August 12 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW
August 12 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE
August 12 – Baroness' Book Trove – REVIEW
August 13 – Socrates Book Reviews – REVIEW
August 13 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
August 14 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT
August 15 – Angel's Guilty Pleasures – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
August 15 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
August 16 – Cozy Up With Kathy - REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
August 16 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
August 17 – Christy's Cozy Corners – REVIEW, GUEST POST
August 17 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW
August 18 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
August 18 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
August 18 – Dee-Scoveries – SPOTLIGHT
August 19 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – GUEST POST
August 19 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
August 20 – Sneaky the Library Cat's Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
August 21 – eBook Addicts – REVIEW
August 21 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
August 22 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW  
August 23 – Literary Gold -SPOTLIGHT
August 23 – Melina's Book Blog – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

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  1. It sounds like a heap of fun - and huge congratulation to its diligent and versatile author.

  2. This sounds like a fun story! And I do like that Shakespeare context. Thanks for sharing the interesting interview, too, both.

  3. Thanks to Thoughts in Progress for hosting me, and for all of you for stopping by. Please be sure you register for the book giveaway! And you can learn more about me on my website. :)


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