Blog Tour: Apple Cider Slaying – Character Guest Post (w/ GIVEAWAY Contest)

Today we are participating on a blog tour for Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey. This book is the first in her Cider Shop Mystery series and is being promoted on the Great Escapes Virtual Book & Blog Tour. I recently read the book and will review it on my blog next week… stay tuned for a second post. I’ve also previously read a few books by this author and have dedicated a page on my blog, which you can see here, as well as peruse all my book reviews of her other series and read a special interview she and I shared on my blog. I do enjoy everything she’s written and highly recommend them for a wide range of readers. At the end of this post — a thrilling guest from a character who has something important to tell us! For now, let’s hear directly from her about what she’s got planned…

Apple Cider Slaying (A Cider Shop Mystery)

A Cozy Mystery by Julie Anne Lindsey
1st in Series
Kensington (October 29, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1496723473
ISBN-13: 978-1496723475

Overview of the Book

Apples are at the core of the family business run by Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe. But this year’s crop is unseasonably ripe with murder…


Blossom Valley, West Virginia, is home to Smythe Orchards, Winnie and her Granny’s beloved twenty-five-acre farm and family business. But any way you slice it, it’s struggling. That’s why they’re trying to drum up business with the “First Annual Christmas at the Orchard,” a good old-fashioned holiday festival with enough delicious draw to satisfy apple-picking locals and cider-loving tourists alike—until the whole endeavor takes a sour turn when the body of Nadine Cooper, Granny’s long-time, grudge-holding nemesis, is found lodged in the apple press. Now, with Granny the number one suspect, Winnie is hard-pressed to prove her innocence before the real killer delivers another murder . .

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About Julie Anne Lindsey

Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. When she’s not creating new worlds and organizing the epic adventures of fictional characters, Julie can be found carpooling her three kids around Northeastern Ohio and plotting with her shamelessly enabling friends. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

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Character Guest Post – Winona Mae Montgomery

Well, howdy, y’all! My name is Winona Mae Montgomery, but y’all can call me Winnie. I live right here in Blossom Valley, West Virginia on my Granny Smythe’s apple orchard. Blossom Valley and my family’s orchard are tucked right down into some of the prettiest country you’ll ever see. We’re right here among the Blue Ridge Mountains. We’ve got us a national park, a river running round and a whole host of folks who know exactly what it means to be neighbors.

Granny and Grampy bought these twenty-five acres with money from their wedding, and together, they nurtured the fledgling orchard into a great success. We lost Grampy about four years ago, and that was hard, but Granny and I are tight, and we got through. Problem is, everyone knows Grampy was the business mind behind the orchard, and Granny is the heart. Nothing wrong with a lot of heart, but it turns out that after a few years without Grampy, the orchard is in real financial trouble, and Granny came to me for help. A smart choice since I’ve been taking business classes over at the community college for about ten years now. (I take classes one at a time so I can afford to pay for them with the money I make working down at the Sip N Sup.)

Luckily, I know exactly what to do. I can’t let Granny lose her orchard. It’d be like losing Grampy all over again, and neither one of us would survive that. So, it looks like my plans of opening a cider shop in Granny’s old Mail Pouch barn after graduation just got a big shove into the present. Until then, I’m throwing a party and keeping our doors open until the weather shuts us down. My party’s called The First Annual Christmas at the Orchard, and all those extra sales are needed now more than ever. Once I get my cider shop open, we can keep selling Granny’s produce and products all year-round. It’s going to be great soon.

Problem is we hit a little hiccup when the local banker came to take a look at the place, we found Granny’s nemesis lodged in the apple press. He went on home, and the sheriff came out.

Now the new sheriff’s looking at Granny like she might be a killer and at me like I’m her most likely accomplice. So, I’m digging in deep on my time management skills. I’ve got the orchard to save and Granny’s name to clear, not to mention a winter festival and a cider shop to launch.

The sheriff thinks I ought to let him handle it, but he’s clearly in need of some help. Otherwise he’d know that Granny wouldn’t hurt a fly, and in Blossom Valley we care about our neighbors, we don’t kill them! Neighbors are family, and we protect family. Even the ones who are a big fat pain in the neck sometimes.

Take the new sheriff for example….

Note: This character guest post was written by Julie Anne Lindsey, an award-winning and national bestselling author of mystery and romantic suspense. She’s published more than twenty-five novels since her debut in 2013 and currently writes series as herself, as well as under multiple pen names, for Harlequin, Kensington, Sourcebooks and Crooked Lane Books. When she’s not writing the stories that keep her up at night, Julie stays busy in Ohio with her extremely patient husband and three amazing kids. Today she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Learn more about Julie and her books at


About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations but with a twist. There are five books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, Flower Power Trip, Mistaken Identity Crisis, and Haunted House Ghost. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where you can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


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