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Romance, No Matter How Silly, Can Be a Great Part of a Mystery

I’ll admit it, I’m a big fan of Castle, the television show. Nathan Fillion plays an adorable man who runs around his swanky New York apartment playing laser tag with his daughter, and romantically sometimes he reminds me of a high school crush. What’s not to love? There is a solid supporting ensemble who play in and out of the story and they just make the relationship between Castle and Kate even better. As much as I enjoy the show, Castle has been clawing and scraping for their last few years of wonderment. Holding out the sexual tension and then the should-we-make-a-life-long-commitment decision was a little painful to watch. Still, though they finally tied the knot with the traditional tv “write your own vows” thing.

“Rick, I pledge my love to my partner in crime…” Dang! I wish my husband and I had thought of saying that!

Maybe I’m being just a little too cynical because I really do love Castle. I’m still waiting for my family to give me my very own bulletproof vest with the word “Writer” printed on it.

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My Pecan Bayou series follows a similar path in that Betsy meets Leo in the first book and their romance plays out from book to book going from dating to the final book, Murder for a Rainy Day, when she gives birth to their child. When the two characters get married in Buzzkill they pledge their love just like Kate and Castle, but when Leo whispers in Betsy’s ear at the altar, it’s to tell her he’s solved the mystery.

I know, I’m a hopeless romantic.

In Murder for a Rainy Day I struggled with Betsy in that she is 8 1/2 months pregnant and expected to catch a killer. If you have ever been that pregnant, you already know that the thing you most want to catch at that time is a nap, not a killer. As Betsy naps, she dreams. When she dreams, she is visited by people who have passed on, namely the victims in the first five books. You would think these people would be grateful for her assistance in bringing their killers to justice, but they are the people they were in life. Some are arrogant, some are insulting, but they all give her clues to solving the murder at a time when she will need that information the most.

If you want to know more about Betsy’s dream visitors, here are the first five books in the series.

#1 A Dash of Murder – a Halloween ghost hunting mystery

#2 Overdue for Murder – a library mystery

#3 Doggone Dead – a Fourth of July mystery

#4 Buzzkill – a wedding mystery

#5 Burnout – a Thanksgiving mystery

#6 Murder for a Rainy Day -. an extreme weather mystery

This blog post previously appeared on Brooke Blogs

Murder for a Rainy Day is Now Available on Nook

To all of my Nook readers- you can now pick up a copy of the sixth book in the Pecan Bayou Series- Murder for a Rainy Day.

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Betsy Livingston Fitzpatrick, local helpful hints columnist for the Pecan Bayou Gazette, is trying keep her mind off of being nine months pregnant in the blistering Texas summer heat. Troubled by haunting dreams, she pursues the odd animal thefts in a case that soon turns into murder. As Betsy closes in on the killer, a hurricane is headed straight for the Gulf Coast sending spin-off storms and tornadoes to the little town of Pecan Bayou. “Hunker down” with Betsy and the lovable characters of Pecan Bayou in the latest Betsy Livingston mystery from cozy author Teresa Trent. Recipes and helpful hints included.

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Building a New World in a Cozy Mystery

World Building Happy 2015!  I’ve been on the quiet side for the last month, but that’s actually a good thing.  I’m hard at work on my next book, which will be the first in my Piney Woods Series.  When starting a series, not only am I creating new characters, but I’m building a world for them to live, love, grow and of course, murder each other in.  When I finished with Pecan Bayou, I had folders full of pictures of almost every location in the six books, along with characters and even objects.

When creating new characters I love to go to Internet Movie Database and “cast” my character.  (I figure whenever Lifetime or Hallmark calls me to tell me they want to make one of my books into a movie, I have my casting decisions made, right?).  I may look up someone I remember from a movie or tv show, or I may toss the dice and go through the people on the “Born Today” page.  I need to see the person to get into my character’s head, movements, and even fashion sense, whatever.  I also need to see the setting.  This can be a geographical location or something small like a diner.  I can’t drive to every place I write about, but with the internet and  Google Earth, I can go for a little virtual drive.  All of this may sound like I’m playing, and to tell the truth, I’m have fun doing it, but it does lead to the world building needed to write a mystery.

I also keep tabs on crime stories around the world.  Today, I found an article about a woman who got drunk on Vanilla and received a DUI, or would it be DUIV?  What a great idea for one of my homey characters.  That goes in the “Wacky People” file.

Animal rustling is alive and well in the sleepy little town of Pecan Bayou, Texas--but with a particularly peculiar spin. Only the fake livestock seem to be at risk. First, cowboy legend Charlie Loper's  larger-than-life fiberglass horse disappears from the town square, but before the police can get any solid leads, the cow in front of the local steak house gets pinched.   Betsy Livingston Fitzpatrick, local helpful hints columnist for the Pecan Bayou Gazette, is trying keep her mind off of being nine months pregnant in the blistering Texas summer heat. Troubled by haunting dreams, she pursues the odd animal thefts in a case that soon turns into murder. As Betsy closes in on the killer, a hurricane is headed straight for the Gulf Coast sending spin-off storms and tornadoes to the little town of Pecan Bayou. "Hunker down" with Betsy and the lovable characters of Pecan Bayou in the latest Betsy Livingston mystery from cozy author Teresa Trent. Recipes and helpful hints included.

My Latest Book: #6 in the Pecan Bayou Series/Murder for a Rainy Day available on Amazon. Good News- Murder for a Rainy Day will be available on Nook, Sony, Apple and Smashwords in February.  Reviews are always welcomed and appreciated!

Betsy Livingston Fitzpatrick, local helpful hints columnist for the Pecan Bayou Gazette, is trying keep her mind off of being nine months pregnant in the blistering Texas summer heat. Troubled by haunting dreams, she pursues the odd animal thefts in a case that soon turns into murder. As Betsy closes in on the killer, a hurricane is headed straight for the Gulf Coast sending spin-off storms and tornadoes to the little town of Pecan Bayou. 

5 Days Left on Murder for a Rainy Day Goodreads Giveaway

I have one more giveaway up my sleeve for Christmas.  If you haven’t entered my Goodreads giveaway for a signed paperback copy of Murder for a Rainy Day-Here’s your chance!  There are only five days left before the drawing, so get your name in now.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Murder for a Rainy Day by Teresa Trent

Murder for a Rainy Day

by Teresa Trent

Giveaway ends December 15, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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We also have a winner of my $25 gift card from Amazon!  Congratulations Shihori.  Check your email for a little extra Amazon Santa Cash.

Last Day of Murder For a Rainy Day Free on Kindle and a Visit to Shelley’s Book Case

Time to Go Home!

Time to Go Home!

This is it!  The last day of my Great Escapes Tour and the last day Murder for a Rainy Day is free on Kindle!  If you haven’t downloaded a copy yet, it is free until midnight.  I have the great pleasure of visiting and being reviewed by Shelley’s Book Case today!

Here is some of Shelley’s review:

I liked that you can get right into the story and that Teresa keeps you captive with humor and fun and murder. Once you start reading this one you will not want it to end. It’s that good.

Read the rest of the review and don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Get Murder for a Rainy Day FREE on December 5 (the day this is being posted)

Thank you to Lori and all the bloggers who have helped make my Great Escapes Book Tour a success.  These bloggers take the time to read and feature books from independent writers like myself and that’s a pretty wonderful thing.

New Review for Murder for a Rainy Day at Melina’s Book Blog

My book was reviewed over at Melina’s Book Blog today!  Here is some of her review:

If you are looking for a fast entertaining read, that will keep you guessing, then this is the book for you. ~Melina’s Book Blog

Read more of the review and Enter my Giveaway of a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
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MURDER FOR A RAINY DAY IS FREE ON KINDLE TODAY! Get your copy or gift a copy!!

Mysteries Etc Reviews Murder for a Rainy Day

MFRD_New ReviewMurder for a Rainy Day was reviewed by Mysteries Etc!  Here is a little of the review:

This is the sixth book in Teresa Trent’s Pecan Bayou series featuring amateur detective Betsy who also writes a column on handy hints for the local paper. She is also ready to pop…as in very very pregnant. And there is a hurricane coming. And her weather man husband wants to storm chase. Then there are the missing oversize animal replicas. Ghosts. And a murder. Lots happening in this fun fast read.

Read the rest of the review at Mysteries Etc

GIVEAWAYS!

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Enter My Giveaway for a $25 Gift card

Enter My Giveaway at Goodreads for a signed paperback copy of Murder for a Rainy Day

Dreams and Mysteries Guest Post at 3 Partners in Shopping

1055760-Royalty-Free-Vector-Clip-Art-Illustration-Of-A-Stick-Man-Family-Holding-Hands-In-A-Home-1So where else would I be on Cyber Monday but 3 Partners in Shopping?  I am guest posting there today discussing the elements of dreams in Murder for a Rainy Day.

I included these ghostly visits because like many women, I had some vivid dreams in my own pregnancies. I wanted that to be a part of Betsy’s pregnancy, but of course, she would dream about mysteries to solve!

Read Guest Post: Dreams and Mysteries at 3 Partners in Shopping

As long as you’re there check out all of the giveaways this site has listed but don’t forget to enter mine- a $25 Amazon card!

Guest Post at Brooke Blogs! How Much Do You Love Castle?

Mystery_RomanceI am guest posting at Brooke Blogs today where I discuss the elements of romance and mystery.  Who better to illustrate this point than Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic from Castle?  Here is a little of my guest post:

I’ll admit it, I’m a big fan of Castle, the television show. Nathan Fillion plays an adorable man who runs around his swanky New York apartment playing laser tag with his daughter, and romantically sometimes he reminds me of a high school crush. What’s not to love?

Go to Brooke Blogs to read more and don’t forget to enter my giveaway- a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Also enter to win a free signed copy of Murder for a Rainy Day at Goodreads.