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Cozy Prizes Friday: The Scent of Waikiki

The Scent of Waikiki (Trouble in Paradise)
by Terry Ambrose

Pass me that Pina Colada because we’re back in paradise with Terry Ambrose and his Trouble in Paradise Series. We are also honored to be visited by his sleuth, Wilson McKenna who fills us in on life on the island. He tells us he resembles George Clooney-maybe-sort of. Close enough for me, McKenna!

Be sure to look for Prize Guy because today he gives you a chance at a print or digital copy of The Scent of Waikiki and a $10 Starbucks gift card.


About the Book

The Scent of Waikiki (Trouble in Paradise)
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Satori (July 19, 2018)
Print Length: 330 pages
ASIN: B07CZ3B389

Honolulu landlord Wilson McKenna can smell a scam from across the room. So when one of his tenants loses everything in a work-at-home scam involving a new perfume, he’s shocked. With his wedding just weeks away, McKenna has to make a tough decision. Does he evict a woman who’s down on her luck? Or take time out from wedding planning to help his tenant?

Turning the case over to his PI-in-training friend Chance Logan seems like the perfect solution—until Chance tells McKenna he needs a wingman for a visit to fragrance entrepreneur Skye Pilkington-Winchester. McKenna’s sure he can keep everyone happy by helping Chance this one time. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems, and soon McKenna’s up to his board shorts in hot water. His tenant’s simple fragrance scam might involve industrial espionage, Skye’s assistant is murdered, and McKenna’s bride-to-be accuses him of having cold feet.

As McKenna and Chance dig deeper, it seems so much of what they’re being told doesn’t pass the sniff test. And the only way to get his life back is to find the dead girl’s missing boyfriend, unmask a killer, and finish up in time for the wedding. Other than that, it’s just another day in paradise.

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And now we welcome Wilson McKenna, the star of Trouble in Paradise Series…

Please tell us about your latest adventure.

I assume you’re talking about the whole debacle with my tenant Grace Takahashi and how she lost money to a scammer, not about my upcoming nuptials. That’s certainly going to be an adventure, but the real action came about when Grace told me she’d been cleaned out in one of those work-from-home scams.

Things got ugly when my buddy Chance Logan and I started following up on a lead. One thing led to another and the next thing you know we were investigating some girl’s murder. That all happened because Grace got a little greedy and thought she could make some quick bucks.

Do you have any friends/sidekicks helping you out?

Chance Logan is my sidekick in this adventure, as he has been in the last few. We also got an able assist from our girlfriends. Benni Kapono is my bride-to-be and she’s good friends with Chance’s girlfriend Lexie. When they put their heads together, they’re a formidable team.

Do you have any special skills to fight crime?

I’m a former skip tracer, so I was used to finding people who didn’t want to be found. But my strongest skill is my unwillingness to let things go. Some people say I’m like a dog with a bone. The problem with that analogy is that I can’t bark.

Are you a full-time detective or do you do something else?

I’m only a part-time sleuth. Although you’d never know it from the number of murders my friends and I keep stumbling across. My real job is being the apartment manager for the Sunsetter Apartments in Honolulu. It’s a sweet little gig that doesn’t take a lot of time—please don’t tell the owners I said that!

What are you most frightened of in this story?

The thing that scares me most in this story is Skye Pilkington-Winchester. You see, Skye’s a bit of a barracuda when it comes to men and really likes my friend Chance. If she sinks her teeth into him and he does something stupid, his girlfriend Lexie will be crushed, Benni will go ballistic, and I might as well go sit on a volcano and wait for the fires to settle down.

Is there anything funny that happens to you or another character in this story?

There’s always something funny going on in these adventures. I don’t plan it that way—well, maybe my writer does. Anyway, at one point I get kidnapped by an old geezer named Steward Johnson. He takes me on a wild ride through the streets of Honolulu as we’re trying to track down a bad guy. Personally, I wasn’t happy about the whole thing. And that’s why I’m planning a little revenge trip on my writer. I’m looking for drivers. The crazier the better.

If I were to choose an actor or actress to play your part in a movie, who would that be? Do you see any other characters in your story as actors or actresses that our readers might know?

You’d probably want to choose George Clooney for my part. That’s not because of any physical resemblance—well, there is a vague one. He’s male, so am I. We’ve both got some gray hair. And he’s…nope, that’s about it. Anyway, I like his timing, the way he knows how to deliver a line and make the audience laugh.

Do you have other mysteries you would like to tell us about? Is this the first book in the series, or have you cracked a few other cases?

I’ve had a number of other cases. Things began with Photo Finish. That was a low point in my life and I was pretty grumpy. Things were turning around for me by the time Chance and I jumped on the Honolulu Hottie case. That was where we first met Skye and Chance nearly—well, you know.

Do you have any final words you would like to leave with our readers?

Final words? You mean like a parting shot? And here I thought I’d been on my best behavior. Let’s try this—my writer can be a real slave driver at times. He keeps me busy with solving all these murders when I should be sitting back and enjoying life. But since I have to solve so many crimes, why shouldn’t my fans enjoy them? Imagine that—me, with fans.

Let’s give your author a chance to speak. Anything you would like to add?

McKenna seems to have forgotten who created him. However, I can understand a guy who’s living in paradise getting a bit testy over having to fight crime so often. And while I’ve got a moment, I’d like to mention that I also write the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery series featuring B&B owner Rick Atwood and his precocious ten-year-old daughter Alex—who also likes sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong (murder cases!).

About the Author

Terry Ambrose is a former skip tracer who tracked down deadbeats for a living. He’s long since turned his talents to writing mysteries and thrillers. Several of his books have been award finalists and in 2014 his thriller, “Con Game,” won the San Diego Book Awards for Best Action-Thriller. He likes cool photography, funny mysteries, and finding the oddest things while walking on the beach.

Author Links:

Website: http://terryambrose.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/suspense.writer

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6447968.Terry_Ambrose

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Cozy Prizes Friday : Clues in the Sand

Hey Journal,

…they found a body on the beach this morning! Our handyman says everybody’s talking about it. I heard the lady died with a really old piece of pottery or something in her hand. 


Above is a journal entry of young Alex Atwood who helps her dad solve mysteries in Clues in the Sand. I love it that we can see the mystery through her eyes as well as her father’s. Terry Ambrose is visiting us today with book two in Seaside Cove Bed and Breakfast Series. I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Terry on the Happy Homicides Anthology Series and he was kind enough to answer a few questions about his writing process.


Be sure to look for the Prize Guy. He wants to buy you a cup of Starbucks coffee and a signed print copy of Clues in the Sand.


How did you come with an idea for your book? 

There are really three ways this book came about. In at least the first three of the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mysteries, the stories are focused on treasure hunts. The idea came about after a comment by my wife. “Everybody loves a treasure story,” she’d said. The idea intrigued me almost immediately, so the little town of Seaside Cove became the center of a search for the San Manuel, a Spanish galleon that sank in the 16th Century.

Clues in the Sand was a natural progression for the series. It takes us one step closer to finding and salvaging the treasure of the San Manuel, but it also further develops the relationship between the three main characters—Rick Atwood, the owner of the B&B; his daughter Alex; and their cook, Marquetta Weiss. Though Rick and Marquetta are drawn together by a mutual attraction—and Alex’s attempts at matchmaking—they are also pulled apart by events from the past. It’s a very sticky situation which the adults acknowledge, but ten-year-old Alex doesn’t understand. In her opinion, her dad and Marquetta are being lame, but that’s a different issue.

The third influence came about while I was researching treasure hunters and treasure salvage. I discovered the hunt for treasure and salvage operations are actually quite a cutthroat business. Salvage operations cost millions of dollars and the salvage itself can be worth billions. So, one of the issues I wanted to deal in this book regarding the San Manuel involves the greed that transforms an exciting discovery into something capable of bringing out the worst in people.


What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

Oh gosh, that’s a really difficult question because I try to write each scene equally well. However, sometimes my characters get themselves into predicaments I hadn’t anticipated. That was the case with the scene in which Alex is exploring in the B&B’s attic. It’s a dark and scary place for a ten-year-old, even one who considers herself a daredevil. I hope the reader is as shocked as Alex when she gets more than she bargained for.


What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

I’m currently working on my ninth Trouble in Paradise McKenna Mystery. This is a series that is near and dear to my heart because it’s set in Hawai’i, one of my favorite places. After that, I’ll be writing the next Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery, which will have a Christmas theme. The third book I’ll start on late this year is in my License to Lie thriller series. Whew! That’s a lot of writing!


If you could write any other genre what would that be?

I failed miserably at sci-fi. Even I didn’t like what I wrote, so that’s definitely out. I’d probably get blown out of the water in women’s fiction due to the whole men are from Mars thing. I might be interested in historical fiction, but I’m not sure I would have the patience for the detailed research it would require. Uh oh, I’m running out of genres, aren’t I? I think I’ll stick to mysteries.


Is there a giveaway or promotion for this book?

For the blog tour, there is a giveaway. Also, the book is on sale at $0.99 for the duration of the blog tour. On April 1, the prices returns to normal at $2.99.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

Readers can leave reviews on Amazon or Goodreads.

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About the Book

Clues in the Sand (A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series

To Rick Atwood’s dismay, the police find a body on the beach near his Seaside Cove B&B. The dead woman held a pottery shard from an ancient rice bowl, which the cops believe is a clue to her murder.

The chief suspect is Flynn O’Connor, a female archaeologist known for her hatred of treasure thieves. Trouble is, Rick’s daughter Alex sees Flynn as a role model and will not believe her friend is a killer.

Alex pressures her dad as only a ten-year-old can to prove Flynn is innocent. The mayor is also making demands—for Rick to stay out of the investigation. With his daughter and the mayor at odds, Rick sees trouble brewing. He knows too well how much Alex loves sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong. Especially when there’s murder involved.

My Review

This is the second book in the Seaside Cove Bed and Breakfast Mystery Series. Rick Atwood is running his B&B with the help of Marquetta his cook and his daughter Alex. This is the first book I’ve read in this series and found it could be read as a stand-alone mystery. I enjoyed reading the little girl’s journal entries and watching her involvement in solving the crime along with her father’s. This cozy has plenty of intrigue and characters who aren’t exactly telling the truth!  

About the Author


Terry Ambrose is a former skip tracer who only stole cars when it was legal. He’s long since turned his talents to writing mysteries and thrillers. Several of his books have been award finalists and in 2014 his thriller, “Con Game,” won the San Diego Book Awards for Best Action-Thriller. He’s currently working on the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery series.

Author Links:

Website: http://terryambrose.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/suspense.writer

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6447968.Terry_Ambrose

Purchase Link


Website: http://terryambrose.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/suspense.writer

Twitter: https://twitter.com/suspense_writer

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6447968.Terry_Ambrose

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078ZMZQ48/

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Happy Homicides The Purr-fect Crime Tour Day 6

On the blog tour for Happy Homicides 5 Terry Ambrose is visiting the blog home of Danita Minnis.

Terry’s mysteries take place in Hawaii and he takes some beautiful pictures that he posts on his website. I’ve always said Texas is a little piece of heaven but Hawaii may just have that beat!  Here is a little about Terry’s story.

The Runaway Persian: A Seaside Cover Bed & Breakfast Mystery 

The Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mysteries are Terry’s new series set in a fictional town on the California coast. Richard Alcott and his daughter Alexandra recently inherited the hundred-year-old B&B where they’re learning how to run the business while they adjust to life in a small town—and solve the occasional murder.


Go to the blog Danita Minnis to read Terry’s words of wisdom and don’t forget to leave a comment to get yourself entered for a $50 Etsy card.