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Oh Holy Fright-An Excerpt- The Port-a-Potty King is there for Aunt Maggie

As we get closer to Christmas, I wanted to share some of my Christmas mystery, Oh Holy Fright. I love creating characters for my little town, and one of my favorites is Lester Jibbets, the port-a-potty king. I couldn’t think of a funnier thing to make into a business empire than portable toilets, so Lester was born.

In this scene, which is the opening of the book, Aunt Maggie is angry because Joe, the choir director, gave her solo in the Christmas Eve production to another woman who can’t sing. She suspects something fishy is going on and vows never to sing another note.

Excerpt- Oh Holy Fright

 “What would possess Joe Nelson to give the Christmas solo to a woman who sings like a washing machine full of rocks?” Aunt Maggie’s voice echoed in the community center gym, the location hosting many of the neighborhood churches for the Christmas Eve service. Her attitude was in direct contrast to Rudolph’s blinking nose on her fire engine red Christmas sweatshirt.

“Ooh. You better watch out,” Danny whispered in my ear. “When Mama says words like that, it’s best to look busy.” I had just picked up Danny from the Christmas party for people with disabilities held at his adult care center. Today he seemed especially happy for some reason. And from the way he kept giggling, I could tell Danny had a secret he was bursting to tell me.

“Joe!” Aunt Maggie called out.

The choir director, who was busily engaged in a conversation with Enid Sanford—solo-stealer and owner of the voice that sounded like a washing machine full of rocks—didn’t respond.

“Joe!” she bellowed.

When he failed to respond a second time, she stomped back, turned him around by the shoulders, and plopped her slender black music folder into his hands.

“Take it. I can’t sing in a choir where my voice isn’t heard.”

I had to admit, Maggie was one of the better singers in the holiday choir. Some of the other vocalists possessed lesser talent. One time when I was watching Joe’s friend Howard Gunther at the soundboard, I noticed he was turning down certain microphones. It was wonderful these people volunteered, but some of the singers could be described as cats screeching in the night. Enid Sanford was one of those people; when she hit the high C, it could make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

Leaving an astonished Joe, Maggie returned to us. “Well, that’s it. You’re hearing it right here and now. I am quitting the Pecan Bayou Singers. They can jingle their bells with somebody else.”

Lester Jibbets, a tall wiry man with protruding cheekbones and the owner of the most successful port-a-potty business in Central Texas, walked over waving a bony hand. “I totally agree, Maggie. What happened here is nothing short of criminal. It will ruin the Christmas Eve performance, uh huh.” He nodded his head to reinforce his point.

“Thanks, Lester,” Maggie said, about to continue her tirade, but Lester just kept talking.

“Yes, sir, I knew right away I needed to come over and help a beautiful lady in trouble, I did.” More nods.

“Thank you, Lester,” Maggie repeated, but this time she waited. Lester Jibbets was not an easy man to shut up once he got started. I guess the portable bathroom business is pretty lonely, even if you’re at the top of your game.

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Last Day Oh Holy Fright is Free on Kindle

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!

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There are some wonderful people on this list so be sure to stop by!

November 27 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

November 27 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

November 27 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 27 – Reading Is My SuperPower – SPOTLIGHT

November 27 – Books Direct – GUEST POST

Oh Holy Fright Free Download and Book Tour Giveaway

Happy Monday! Only two days left for a chance at the giveaway and to pick up my Christmas mystery for free! I am amazed and thankful for all of the readers who have already downloaded the book!

 

If you haven’t picked up your copy of Oh Holy Fright- Here is the link!

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Here are the tour stops today. Make sure you enter my giveaway for a chance at an Amazon gift card!

November 26 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

November 26 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

November 26 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 26 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Oh Holy Fright- Free on Kindle with a Book Tour Giveaway

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.

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We’ve got some good stuff today! Aunt Maggie finally gets to talk without Betsy standing in the room! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for an Amazon gift card 🙂

November 25 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

November 25 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

November 25 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – A VISIT WITH AUNT MAGGIE

November 25 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 25 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW

Wonderful Book Tour Stops and Giveaway for Oh Holy Fright

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!

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November 24 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 24 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 24 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

November 24 – Mysteries with Character – SPOTLIGHT

 

 

Oh Holy Fright is FREE on Kindle! It’s a Black Friday Miracle :)

Well, maybe it’s not a miracle but it is free! Oh Holy Fright will be free from today until midnight on Tuesday, November 27.

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But wait…there’s more…

My virtual book tour starts today and I will be at these four sites where you can enter for your chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

November 23 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

November 23 – Varietats – SPOTLIGHT

November 23 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

November 23 – Carla Loves to Read – REVIEW

My Pecan Bayou Christmas Mystery is Now Available!

I am happy to announce, Oh Holy Fright, the eighth book in the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series is now available.  Stay tuned for more information on my Black Friday Book Tour and Giveaway!

Join Betsy (aka The Happy Hinter) for a good old small-town Christmas complete with Christmas carols, over the top light displays, delicious food, loving friends and…a Christmas Creeper. One of the residents of Pecan Bayou has a secret and you’d better lock the door because that isn’t Santa out there or even a stray elf.   Enjoy spending Christmas with the town and family you’ve come to know in the Pecan Bayou Series. Recipes and helpful hints included!

You can find Oh Holy Fright on Amazon!