I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Erin Johnson and her new release Full Moons, Dunes & Macaroons. This is the fifth book in her Spells & Caramels Mystery series.
Full Moons, Dunes & Macaroons: A Cozy Witch Mystery (Spells & Caramels)
5th in Series
Print Length – 248 Pages
Purchase Link – Amazon
The story is lighthearted with just the right touch of humor. There is friendship, family, intrigue, love, fire, monsters, mystery and magic . . . Full Moons, Dunes, and Macaroons will have you riveted to see how the group’s latest adventure will play out.
~The Avid Reader
The plotline was wonderful. It was complex, well thought out, and there were plenty of red herrings as far as whodunit.
I really loved this story, it was time to see some closure in Imogen’s love life and discovering a little bit more about her brother, be prepared for a few twists!
Even the murder of a famous wedding guest can’t stop the impending nuptials. So when Imogen’s repressed feelings magically ruin her baking and she’s banned from the kitchen, she sets herself to finding the killer.
Her search leads her through the desert kingdom’s bustling marketplaces and the maze-like raid, to discover underground movements, shady characters, and more secrets about the people around her than she thought possible. Could the killer be the clever journalist or the rebellious palace maid? Perhaps it’s a member of the royal family.
With the Fire Kingdom’s people churning for change, a mysterious artifact missing from the museum, and a dastardly plot brewing, Imogen begins to feel the heat. When Horace contacts her and makes her a tempting offer, she struggles to choose between him and her new friends.
Imogen’s choice will have enormous consequences over a deadly plot that threatens the people she loves. Will she stop a killer and find a happy ending in the process? Or will an ancient legend come to life and destroy them all?
Erin Johnson is a native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh. In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more).
When did you know that you wanted to be an author? What things, if any, influenced that decision?
When I was four I had this Dr. Seuss book, “My Book About Me,” where you answered a ton of questions about yourself. And in it I wrote that I wanted to be an author (author was spelled incorrectly). So pretty much since I can remember it’s what I’ve wanted to do. So I’m very excited to finally be doing it!
With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?
Seashells, Spells & Caramels has a strong fantasy element, with a magical world I’ve spent a lot of time imagining, so I hope the reader’s really able to get lost in it, and just enjoy the adventure. Besides the murder mystery plot, there’s also an important overarching storyline that develops each book and holds a lot of surprises. And I think both the plots and the characters aren’t the ones you typically see. For example, Francis isn’t your typical vampire, and I think a lot of unexpected events happen.
Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?
I definitely do a detailed plot. I think this is one of the things that’s helped me finish books. I have several drafts of other stories I’d written previously, but without having outlined them first, they kind of petered out, or I would get stuck and give up. For me, plotting has been really helpful for seeing my books through to the end. But every single book, the characters do surprise me and things change.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you do anything special to get those reviews?
I read some of them, but honestly not all of them. I don’t respond because I don’t want anyone to feel like I’m hovering, but if anyone emails me or contacts me via social media, then I definitely thank them. I’m always happy to hear from readers. I’ve been really fortunate to get a lot of great feedback and support.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I’d tell my younger self that though I had some natural talent, the key to really succeeding at my dream was just persistence. Trying different things, working on skills, reading and just practicing by actually writing. I would also tell myself not to stress so much.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)? Who designs your book covers?
Definitely! It gives the reader an idea of the genre and what to expect. I actually design the covers for this series myself, and it’s been really fun. I’m not sure if I’ll continue to for my next series though.
Please give us an insight into your main characters. What do you think makes them special?
I think Imogen’s great because she’s funny and gets funnier when stressed or scared. She’s also generally really positive and adapts to her magical surroundings quickly.
What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?
I think the biggest thing is just the confidence I’ve gained. I think publishing my first book was a real hang-up for me for a long time. I’d put a lot of pressure and expectation on it, and after I got it done it was like this weight lifted. And I realized how much I enjoy the whole writing process, even the business side of things. I don’t think there’s anything else in the world I’d be willing to spend so much time and effort on, and still keep coming back for more.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I still have a part-time job teaching Pilates.
What do your plans for future projects include?
I’ll write another book (maybe 2) in this series and then start another. It’ll be another cozy witch mystery and I have a couple of ideas floating around. I definitely want to do one that’s a little spookier.
What do you think the hardest part of writing is? What is the easiest?
Honestly, I think motivating and being accountable to myself. I need to get better at staying on top of not only writing tasks, but those related to running a business. While I wouldn’t say any of it’s easy, I really enjoy putting the finishing touches on the book and hitting “publish”.
What type of books do you like to read? Who are some of your favorite authors?
I love anything fantasy. Sarah J. Maas is one of my favorites who’s writing right now.
What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?
Just that I’m so honored and grateful to anyone who reads my books and always love to hear from them!
Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
Just, thank you! This really has been a lifelong dream. To be writing books that people read and enjoy, still kind of blows my mind. ☺
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Erin-Johnson/e/B0767YTMQB
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