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Author & Book Spotlight: Bree Baker — No Good Tea Goes Unpunished

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Today’s author spotlight is an accomplished writer with over two dozen books and a couple of pen names to keep track of… you might already know her! Let’s meet Bree Baker who agreed to an interview earlier this month with none other than yours truly. I first met Bree through one of her alter egos, Jacqueline Frost, author of the ‘Tree Farm Mysteries.’ If you missed my reviews of Twelve Slays of Christmas and ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas, be sure to check them out so you can see for yourself how fantastic of a writer she is. The next book in her Seaside Café Mysteries releases on February 26th, 2019, which is why we’re going all out today to get to know her better so we can spread the word!
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About the Author

Bree Baker is a Midwestern writer obsessed with small town high jinks, sweet tea and the sea. She’s been telling stories to her family, friends and strangers for as long as she can remember, and more often than not, those stories feature a warm ocean breeze and recipe she’s sure to ruin. Now, she’s working on those fancy cooking skills and dreaming up adventures for the Seaside Cafe mysteries. But there is more… Bree is a pen name for Julie Anne Lindsey… a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in Ohio with her husband and three spunky children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW), Romance Writers of America (RWA), and Sisters in Crime (SinC). She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
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  • Websites
  • List of Books & Series
    • Seaside Café Mysteries (Bree Baker)
    • Kitty Couture Mysteries (Julie Chase)
    • Tree Farm Mysteries (Jacqueline Frost)
    • Cider Shop Mysteries [fall 2019] (Julie Anne Lindsey)
    • Harlequin Intrigue (Julie Anne Lindsey)
    • Geek Girl Mysteries (Julie Anne Lindsey)
    • Patience Price Mysteries (Julie Anne Lindsey)
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  • What are your real, author, and/or pen names?
    • My real name is Julie Anne Lindsey. I write as myself for Harlequin Intrigue and also at Kensington, where my new Cider Shop Mysteries series begins this fall. I write as Julie Chase AND as Jacqueline Frost for Crooked Lane Books, and for Sourcebooks I am Bree Baker.
  • What is your location?
    • I live in Northeastern Ohio.
  • How long have you been published? What titles and/or series have you published and with which publisher? Have you self-published any titles?
    • I published my first short story in 2012. Since then I’ve published more than 25 novels, 2 short stories and 3 novellas. My new Cider Shop Mysteries series begins in November with Kensington. I’m currently publishing the Seaside Café Mysteries with Sourcebooks, the Kitty Couture Mysteries and the Tree Farm mysteries with Crooked Lane Books, plus I write romantic suspense for Harlequin Intrigue.
  • Do you belong to any writing groups? Which ones?
    • Yes! I’m a national and local member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America. I’m also the current PAN Coordinator for the mystery and suspense chapter of RWA called Kiss of Death, and I belong to the International Thriller Writers.
  • What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?
    • Coffee, cats and Wine, plus reading!
  • What’s your goal in writing? Any social issues you want to cover?
    • I write to provide readers with an escape. It’s the reason I read, and I write to return the favor, or at least to pass it on.
  • What gave you the idea for your book?
    • I have a busy mind. The ideas never stop. It’s exhausting.
  • When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?
    • I read Twilight in2010 and it gave me a much needed escape from the chaos of my life. When I put it down, I realized that I wanted to do that for someone else.
  • Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?
    • I’m a dedicated outliner. Writing for four publishers as five people while raising three kids and trying to stay sane requires serious time management and outlines keep me on track to deliver 6-7 novels a year.
  • Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?
    • I rarely read reviews. The positive ones feel amazing, but the mean ones really sting, and when people are cruel, it can take a long time for me to emotionally recover.
  • What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?
    • I’ve learned that I’m tougher than I thought, more determined and resilient too!
  • Do you write full-time or part-time?
    • I am a full time author.
  • What do your plans for future projects include?
    • I’ve got a tight writing schedule through March 2020 which will provide manuscripts for releases through the end of that year. In addition, I have several new ideas brewing, I just need a little time to write up their proposals.
  • What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?
    • For me, the writing is easy, finding the time to do it is a nightmare!
  • What type of books do you like to read?  Who are some of your favorite authors?
    • I try to read broadly. I belong to a local book club that reads bestsellers across genres, plus I read cozy mystery and romantic suspense to keep myself on top of the genres I write. I also listen to audio books on my 4 hour daily commute in anything from psychological suspense to YA, to sci-fi romance! And I’m currently reading the Harry Potter series. I read it all!
  • Name 3 influential authors on you and tell us why.
    • Janet Evanovich because she always makes me smile
    • Susan Mallery because she melts my heart.
    • Stephen King because….STEPHEN KING.
  • If you could co-write a book with a famous author who would it be? If it was another writer you admire but isn’t well known, who would it be?
    • In my dreams I would write with Janet Evanovich, my favorite author ever.

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NEXT BOOK – No Good Tea Goes Unpunished – February 26th, 2019

Don’t marry into murder…

Catering her childhood friend’s beachfront wedding was a dream come true for Everly Swan—and, with hundreds of guests in attendance, great exposure for her new iced tea shop and café. But when the well-to-do groom is found floating facedown in the surf, the locals of Charm, North Carolina turn their suspicions on his new bride. Could she have been so desperate to lay hands on his fortune that she arranged for his murder even before they set off on their honeymoon?

Everly knows her lovestruck friend couldn’t be behind the murder, but with clues pointing in several directions, she can’t decide which wedding guest is the most likely culprit. Meanwhile, the frustratingly handsome Detective Hays has made it clear that Everly should stay out of the investigation altogether. But with a killer on the loose and a feeling that someone is watching her café very closely, Everly knows that if she can’t solve this murder soon, her cake might be iced for good.

 

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Don’t miss your opportunity to pre-order Bree’s book via Amazon right now!

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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. There are three books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, and Flower Power Trip (March 2019). 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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FREE Kindle Download: FATHER FIGURE (2/16 – 2/20)

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Father Figure is a FREE download for the next 5 days from 2/16 thru 2/20. Help yourselves! Thank you so much for your support in sharing, downloading, reading, and reviewing. I appreciate it!

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Description

Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly. Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown and fall in love. Contemplating her loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia faces life-altering tragedies. Brianna Porter, a sassy, angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to find her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. Desperate to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, Brianna accidentally finds out a shocking truth about her missing parent. Set in alternating chapters two decades apart, the parallels between their lives and the unavoidable collision that is bound to happen is revealed. FATHER FIGURE is an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense.

 

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Author & Book Spotlight: Unveiled by J. M. Northup

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Today I’m highlighting a different genre than I usually share on the This Is My Truth Now blog. Take a wild guess based on the main cover of this post… not sure yet? It’s a supernatural romance with a multitude of themes bound to entice a wide readership.

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I have the privilege of chatting with the author, J.M. Northup, this week to find out a little more about this book. Not only is she an author, but she operates a fantastic publications company (see below for more information). I learned several interesting facts about this series to share with everyone:

 

  • It is considered a mature YA novel based on the age of protagonist, not the target readers.

 

  • The stories focus on important themes for our culture, including anti-bullying, coming-of-age, and anti-prejudice.

 

  • The books take a medical look at what could be the real cause of someone being a sasquatch and how ancient alien ideals might fit into the picture. Ultimately, the stories are actually based on the Coastal Salish traditions of Bigfoot.

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If you’re curious to learn more about these books or the author, take a look at her Facebook page. You can follow her and other authors in her publishing fold to see fantastic stories, content, and opportunities to find your new favorite writers!

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Below find links to the first book in the series, Revived, as well the second, Unveiled. You can even read a few pages to see what you think. The topics are quite fascinating…

http://nornstriad.com/authors/j-m-northup/books-by-j-m-northup/snowqualmie-valley-sasquatch-series/

 

http://mybook.to/REVIVED_jmn 

 

 

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About the Author

J.M. Northup is an American author and partner of NORNS TRIAD PUBLICATIONS. Julie writes in various genres, though she specializes in young adult fiction. Many of her stories blur the lines between multiple genres, including but not limited to Middle Grade, Dystopian, Suspense, thrillers, and romance.

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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. There are three books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, and Flower Power Trip (March 2019). 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.

COVER REVEAL: Flower Power Trip (Braxton Campus Mystery #3)

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I’m super excited to share today’s cover reveal of Flower Power Trip, the third book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries. It is currently available for pre-sale and will be available for full download on March 30th, 2019. Physical copies will be available in April 2019. A blog tour is planned for the end of March and beginning of April with Great Escapes Virtual Book Blog Tours.

The first big step was revealing the cover… and I’m lucky enough to have the support of Shalini @ Digital Reads Blog Tours and over 25 bloggers doing today’s big reveal of Flower Power Trip. See the full list below and please visit their sites. Tell us what you think of the series, characters, description, and cover design. We’re all excited to hear your opinions and share the posts with our followers and friends. Many thanks for your support and feedback!

 

Overview of ‘Flower Power Trip’

Braxton College is throwing the Heroes & Villains Costume Extravaganza to raise money for renovations to the antiquated Memorial Library. While attending, Kellan stumbles upon a close family friend standing over a dead body that’s dressed as Dr. Evil. Did one of Maggie’s sisters kill an annoying guest at the Roarke and Daughters Inn or does the victim have a more intimate connection to someone else on campus?

As Kellan helps the school’s president, Ursula, bury a scandalous secret from her past and unearth the identity of her stalker, he unexpectedly encounters a missing member of his own family who’s reappeared after a lengthy absence. When all of the peculiar events around town trace back to the Stoddards, a new family who recently moved to Wharton County, the explosive discovery only offers more confusion.

Between the special flower exhibit that’s made an unplanned stop on campus and strange postcards arriving each week from all around the world, Kellan can’t decide which mystery in his life should take priority. Unfortunately, the biggest one of all has yet to arrive at his doorstep. When it does, Kellan won’t know what hit him.

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List Of Participants To Check Out!

Lili www.lilisblissfulpages.wordpress.com

Amy www.zanybibliophile.wordpress.com

Amanda  www.writewhereiread.wordpress.com

Yesha www.booksteacupnreviews.wordpress.com

Zuz  www.shufflebookbox.com

Rekha https://thebookdecoder.com/

RoseMarie https://booksandstuff.blog

Sophie www.bewareofthereader.com

Nina www.thecozypages.wordpress.com

Jessica  www.jessicarachow.wordpress.com

Nicole  www.thebookwormdrinketh.com 

Deepa   https://deepakadavakat.com/

Kurian  www.obsessed2015.com

Sarah www.babbageandsweetcorn.wordpress.com

Toya www.thereadingchemist.com

Susan  www.susanlovesbooks.wordpress.com

Jen www.bookwormjenblog.wordpress.com

Colline www.collinesblog.com

Lelia www.cncbooksblog.wordpress.com

Cris www.thebiblioblonde.com

Misty www.mistysbookspace.wordpress.com

Chris Mac www.macsbookreview.wordpress.com

Shannon  www.readsandreels.com

Carla www.carlalovestoread.wordpress.com

Didi www.didioviatt.wordpress.com

Rae www.blogging807.wordpress.com

Shalini www.bookreviewsbyshalini.com

Mary www.sophrilreads.com

Erica https://livingahundredlives.wordpress.com/

Author & Book Spotlight: “The Shifts” by Mike Nees

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Friends,

I’d like to share a short story in publication for you to consider reading. It’s by the son of a blogger I really enjoy chatting with. You can click the full review below, but here’s a snippet to give you a preview of what it’s about… perhaps we can buddy read it in the future! Take a look and follow the blogger, too… always great content.

‘The Shifts is an entertaining short that carries a moral message.  The title’s name is referring to factory work.  The jobs are “a miracle” for the poor.  Everyone fit will have work (…) twelve hours of pay, twelve minutes of work.  The tale reads like a black-and-white (think “The Twilight Zone,”) mix of sci-fi, supernatural fantasy, and horror.  There is also a strong dose of family drama, asking the question: what would you do for your child?’

via “The Shifts” by Mike Nees

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Cover Reveal – February 8th (Bloggers Needed!)

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I am extremely excited to share with everyone that the third book in my Braxton Campus Mysteries will be released in March, 2019. It is titled Flower Power Trip and will be available for pre-sale in the next week. I will have a blog tour in the coming weeks as well as ARC opportunities. The first big step is revealing the cover… and I’m lucky enough to have the support of Shalini @ Digital Reads Blog Tours doing the big reveal of Flower Power Trip on Friday February 8th. We’re looking for more bloggers to help… check out her post via Cover Reveal – Bloggers needed for 8th February 2019. Come join the fun and tell us what you think of the series, characters, description and cover design!

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Overview of ‘Flower Power Trip’

Braxton College is throwing the Heroes & Villains Costume Extravaganza to raise money for renovations to the antiquated Memorial Library. While attending, Kellan stumbles upon a close family friend standing over a dead body that’s dressed as Dr. Evil. Did one of Maggie’s sisters kill an annoying guest at the Roarke and Daughters Inn or does the victim have a more intimate connection to someone else on campus?

As Kellan helps the school’s president, Ursula, bury a scandalous secret from her past and unearth the identity of her stalker, he unexpectedly encounters a missing member of his own family who’s reappeared after a lengthy absence. When all of the peculiar events around town trace back to the Stoddards, a new family who recently moved to Wharton County, the explosive discovery only offers more confusion.

Between the special flower exhibit that’s made an unplanned stop on campus and strange postcards arriving each week from all around the world, Kellan can’t decide which mystery in his life should take priority. Unfortunately, the biggest one of all has yet to arrive at his doorstep. When it does, Kellan won’t know what hit him.

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Watching Glass Shatter: FREE 2/4 thru 2/8

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February is a big month! All of my books will be free for a few days at some point. This week, it’s Watching Glass Shatter, my debut 2017 novel about a family drama imploding from a bounty of secrets. Download here for FREE from 2/4 thru 2/8.

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Book Overview

After 40 years of marriage, Olivia Glass thought she could handle the unexpected death of her husband. But when Ben’s will reveals a life-altering secret, she suffers a blow no widow should ever experience.

Olivia learns that she gave birth to a baby who later died in the nursery. Instead of telling his wife what happened, Ben switched the child with another. And as if that’s not enough, Ben’s will doesn’t reveal which of their five sons is truly not hers.

While an attorney searches for answers, Olivia visits each of her sons to share a final connection before facing the truth that will change their family, and discovers that each of them has been harboring a painful secret, just like their father.

Olivia challenges herself to re-assemble and save their relationships. But will the secrets destroy their family beyond repair?

Blog Tour

  • The book went on a 17-day blog tour at the end of 2017. You can read all posts via this one location by clicking here.

Radio Interview

  • The author was a guest on the Artist First radio segment on Tuesday, November 14th from 6 to 7pm. To listen to the recorded 1-hour broadcast for news on the book and author, click here.

Book Reviews & Interviews

  • In addition to Goodreads and Amazon, you can find a central link to some very fun and in-depth book reviews and author interviews here.

Get to Know all 5 Sons and Their Parents

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