I am happy to announce that Nora, Tuck and all the folks in Piney Woods, Texas have a brand new adventure!
Nora Alexander has sunk her inheritance into the Tunie Hotel, in Piney Woods, Texas. Now there is a chance that her first major booking, a national cat lovers’ conference called Meow Meet-Up, will help her bottom line.
Pushy reporter Alan Shaw shows up the day before the event, making trouble for Nora and the conference.
When Shaw is later found dead in the bottom of the hotel’s faulty elevator shaft, Nora depends upon boyfriend and police officer, Tuck Watson, to investigate and save the Tunie Hotel’s reputation. Nora also has to deal with a surprise health inspection and a conference organizer bent on getting steep discounts for conference attendees.
Things spin further out of Nora’s control when she discovers she has a cat dander allergy setting off unpredictable sneezing episodes at inopportune times. The featured feline guest, grand champion show cat, Catpurnicas, escapes and disappears, leading to a town-wide search. Surrounded by members of the Meow Meet-Up convention, Nora must sort through a list of suspects that include a beloved cozy mystery writer. A Sneeze to Die for is the second book in the Piney Woods Cozy Mystery Series, which began with Murder of a Good Man.
This one is a special shout out to all the literary agents out there, (including mine) from J.C. Kenney. Be sure to check out my review of A Literal Mess and then enter the giveaway for a chance at a $25 Amazon gift card.
The first book in a new series featuring Allie Cobb brings the New York literary agent back to her Hoosier home town where a mysterious death keeps everyone on spoiler alert . . .
Allie Cobb left home for the literary circles of Manhattan to make her name out from under the shadow of her legendary father. Now his death brings her and her rescue cat Ursula back to the southern Indiana town of Rushing Creek, population: 3,216. But a tragic new chapter hits the presses when the body of her father’s hard-drinking, #1 bestselling client is found under the historic town bridge. The local police suspect foul play and their prime candidate for murder is the author’s daughter—Allie’s longtime friend.
Determined to clear her bestie, Allie goes into fact-checking amateur detective mode while trying to ignore the usual rumormongers. Those with means, motive, and opportunity include the vic’s ex-wife, his rejected girlfriend, the mayor, and a rival agent trying to mooch clients. With a rugged genealogist distracting her and the imminent Fall Festival about to send tourists descending on their once-peaceful hamlet, Allie needs to stay alive long enough to get a read on a killer ready to close the book on a new victim: Allie . . .
J.C. Kenney gives us a new cozy mystery series with little Allie Cobb, the kickboxing crusader, and literary agent. Allie was a relatable character and I was pleased with how the story came full circle. I read a lot of mysteries but I wasn’t sure “whodunnit” until the very end. Good work! I look forward to other works by J.C. Kenney.
How did you come with an idea for your book?
It’s kind of a funny story. My agent posted an article in our agency chat group about a person going missing near a river. I wasn’t writing mysteries at the time, but commented in an offhand way that the article sounded like a great story nugget for a cozy mystery. Well, my agent responded by challenging me to write the story. After thinking about it for a couple of days, I decided to go for it. That offhand comment led to A Literal Mess. It’s been nice having something good come out of spouting off without thinking!
What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?
I hope they really like Allie’s final showdown with the murderer. I think it’s a testament to her quick thinking and fearlessness. Allie doesn’t sit back and wait for things to come to her. She takes the initiative. I hope readers see that, and appreciate it.
What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?
A Literal Mess is the first book in the Allie Cobb Mysteries series. Book two, A Genuine Fix, will be out this July. The third book in the series, A Mysterious Mix Up, will be out in 2020.
If you could write any other genre what would that be?
I’ve been a fan of science fiction all my life, so writing in that genre could be fun. I actually have a space opera I work on when time permits. Someday, I’ll finish it. I hope!
Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?
I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner!
Where can readers leave reviews of your book?
Goodreads and Amazon. I truly appreciate the time readers spend with my stories and if they are inclined to leave a review, those are the two places that would help the most. Thanks in advance!
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J.C. Kenney grew up in a household filled with books by legends Agatha Christie and Lilian Jackson Braun, among many others, so it was no surprise when he found himself writing mystery stories. When he’s not writing, you can find him following IndyCar racing or listening to music. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, two sons, and a cat who is the inspiration for Ursula in the Allie Cobb Mysteries.
Welcome to our first book spotlight in 2019! Here it is January and time to slog back to school, but wait there is something strange afoot on campus. Academic Curveball is the first book in this cozy mystery series and is full of grade tampering and mysterious death. So grab your backpack and your overpriced coffee and let’s go to school!
Don’t forget to enter for your chance at a print copy of the book 🙂
When Kellan Ayrwick returns home for his father’s retirement, he finds a dead body in Diamond Hall’s stairwell.
Unfortunately, Kellan has a connection to the victim, and so do several members of his family. Soon after, the college’s athletic program receives mysterious donations, a nasty blog denounces his father and someone attempts to change students’ grades.
Someone is playing games on campus, but none of the facts add up.
With the help of his eccentric and trouble-making nana, Kellan tries to stay out of the sheriff’s way. But who is behind the murder?
About the Author
James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College with a degree in English literature. I spent fifteen years building a technology career in the retail, sports, media, and entertainment industries. I enjoyed my job, but a passion for books and stories had been missing for far too long. I’m a voracious reader in my favorite genres (thriller, suspense, contemporary, mystery, and historical fiction), as books transport me to a different world where I can immerse myself in so many fantastic cultures and places. I’m an avid genealogist who hopes to visit all the German, Scottish, Irish, and British villages my ancestors emigrated from in the 18th and 19th centuries. I frequently blog and publish book reviews on everything I read at ThisIsMyTruthNow via WordPress.
Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind, and my body. I decided to pursue my passion by dusting off the creativity inside my head and drafting outlines for several novels. I quickly realized I was back in my element growing happier and more excited with life each day. My goal in writing is to connect with readers who want to be part of great stories and who enjoy interacting with authors. To get a strong picture of who I am, check out my author website or my blog. It’s full of humor and eccentricity, sharing connections with everyone I follow—all in the hope of building a network of friends across the world.
When I completed the first book, Watching Glass Shatter, I knew I’d stumbled upon my passion again, suddenly dreaming up characters, plots, and settings all day long. I chose my second novel, Father Figure, through a poll on my blog where I let everyone vote for their favorite plot and character summaries. It is with my third book, Academic Curveball,, the first in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, where I immersed myself in a college campus full of so much activity, I could hardly stop thinking about new murder scenes or character relationships to finish writing the current story. Come join in the fun!
Jodi Rath introduces a new cozy mystery series with Pineapple Upside Down Murder. Yes, it’s the holiday season and even the book titles are fattening! Be sure to enter Jodi’s giveaway for a chance at a free digital copy of this book. There will be a winner chosen from this blog!
Introducing Jolie Tucker, an introverted yet passionate restaurant co-owner of Cast Iron Creations, who, at her best friend Ava’s request, steps out of her comfort zone which leads her into the shade of a killer in the small, cozy village of Leavensport, Ohio. The victim is the villages beloved Ellie Siler who runs the village sweet spot, Chocolate Capers. Jolie finds her grandma Opal is a prime suspect and goes on a search for answers only to find out that her families secret recipes may not belong to the Tucker family at all. Jolie’s job, family, and livelihood are all on the line. The answers are assuredly lethal.
About the Author
Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her seven cats.
At midnight this free book goes to $3.99 so if you haven’t downloaded it yet–now’s the time!
Wow! I’ve had some wonderful tour stops this time thanks to Lori Caswell and her tour company Great Escapes Tours. I’ve met several readers and future readers through the comment sections who made me feel as warm and welcome as a cup of hot cocoa. <3
BUT WAIT…IT ISN’T OVER YET! I STILL HAVE FIVE MORE BLOG STOPS, AND THE BOOK IS STILL FREE!
The blog tour continues and because it is Sunday, did you know that if it hadn’t been for church choir I would have never met my husband? I sang next to a girl who just happened to my neighbor and who worked for my husband. She introduced us and by the way–it was at Christmas. Now, who says sopranos are divas? Not me.
It is day three of the blog tour and I want to say thank you to all the readers who have downloaded Oh Holy Fright while it’s free. The book is in the top 15 free cozies and the top 10 women sleuth’s mysteries!
If you haven’t downloaded it yet, follow the link below.
The tour continues which means I have more book tour stops to give you a chance to enter my giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card! If you haven’t downloaded my book yet is only free until Tuesday at midnight.
I hope you take the time to visit the little town of Pecan Bayou this Christmas–but bring some cotton for your ears when Enid starts singing her solo!