Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Designed For Haunting


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Sybil Johnson and her new release Designed for Haunting.   This is the four book in her Aurora Anderson Mysteries Series.

Designed for Haunting (Aurora Anderson Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Henery Press (October 9, 2018)
Hardcover: 276 pages
ISBN-10: 1635114055
ISBN-13: 978-1635114058
Paperback: 276 pages
ISBN-10: 1635114020
ISBN-13: 978-1635114027
Digital ASIN: B07FSYFM8Q



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October brings a message from Beyond The Grave…

Halloween is fast approaching in the quiet Los Angeles County city of Vista Beach, home of computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Rory Anderson. While her painting chapter prepares to open its annual boutique house, Rory receives an unexpected email from Beyond The Grave, a company that automatically sends out messages when someone dies.

“I think I have a stalker,” the message reads. “If you’re reading this I’m either missing or dead. My life may depend on what you do. Please find out what happened to me.”

Haunted by her friend’s disappearance and possible death, Rory begins her search with the help of best friend and fellow painter, Liz Dexter. Can they discover who has designs on the missing woman and uncover the truth before one of them becomes the stalker’s next victim?






I really liked the premise of the book.  Within the first couple of paragraphs, the words “I think I have a stalker” pulled me right into the story and pulled me right along throughout the entire book.  That was a great opening.

The characters are well rounded and well developed. Rory is like a dog with a bone, she cannot let the disappearance or death of her friend go.  She was the right person to send the message to. I like the relationship between her and Liz, you can tell that they are best friends. And Martin is very understanding and seems like a great guy.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  I thought the mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were enough twists and turns to make it interesting and just when you think it is over, think again.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery.  I have not read any of the other books in this series, but I plan on changing that.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Henery Publishing, and  Edelweiss +, which I greatly appreciate.




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Sybil Johnson’s love affair with reading began in kindergarten with “The Three Little Pigs.” Visits to the library introduced her to Encyclopedia Brown, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and a host of other characters. Fast forward to college where she continued reading while studying Computer Science. After a rewarding career in the computer industry, Sybil decided to try her hand at writing mysteries. Her short fiction has appeared in Mysterical-E and Spinetingler Magazine, among others. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in Southern California where she enjoys tole painting, studying ancient languages and spending time with friends and family.

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–A Very Merry Murder


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Mary Angela and her new book A Very Merry Murder.  This is the third book in her A Professor Prather Mystery Cozy series.


A Very Merry Murder (A Professor Prather Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Camel Press (October 1, 2018)
Paperback: 258 pages
ISBN-10: 1603816550
ISBN-13: 978-1603816557
Digital ASIN: B07G2VLLCV



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It’s December in Copper Bluff, and from hillside to hallowed hall, everyone is merry—or will be as soon as semester break arrives. Students are studying, professors are grading, and Emmeline Prather is anticipating the university-sponsored holiday concert. Friend and colleague Lenny Jenkins will be accompanying the visiting quartet, Jazz Underground, and Em can’t think of a better way to kick-start the holiday season.

But before she can say “Jingle Bell Rock,” trouble arrives at Candlelight Inn, the bed and breakfast where the quartet is staying. One of the band members dies unexpectedly, and suspicion falls on Em, whose altercation with the man ends with him on the floor. He never recovers, and now she’s worried her reputation might not either. When Emmeline starts to see parallels between an Agatha Christie novel she’s teaching and the victim, Lenny claims she’s read one too many mysteries.

As the clues unravel, so does the murderer’s patience. Em is close to finding the truth, but will the truth—or the murderer—push her over the edge? It will take a Christmas miracle to solve this case, but if there’s one thing in surplus this time of year, it’s faith.




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Mary Angela is the author of the Professor Prather academic mystery series, which has been called “enjoyable” and “clever” by Publishers Weekly. She is also an educator and has taught English and humanities at South Dakota’s public and private universities for over ten years. When Mary isn’t writing or teaching, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?

Honestly, I didn’t realize I wanted to be an author until Camel Press published my first book. Until then, I didn’t understand how addicting writing could be or how much I wanted to belong to a community of writers and readers. I’d always written, yes, but not with the idea of publication. I realized when someone reads your writing, your world expands to include them. I love that.


With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

I think my books stand out because they’re not overly sweet or cute. I focus heavily on the puzzle of the plot and also the setting. Not many mysteries take place in South Dakota, so they’re unique for that reason, too.


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Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?

I work from a timeline, but mostly, I let the characters decide their next moves.


Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

My publisher sends out Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) to garner reviews before publication. I read my reviews but don’t respond to them. Each reader brings a unique experience to a book, and I appreciate it. Sometimes, I ask my readers for reviews in a post or in a newsletter. But I realize some readers don’t review, and that’s okay too. Reviews do help writers in many ways, however, like being discovered by new readers.


What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would tell my younger self to travel more. I love to travel, and I’ve only discovered it in the past few years.

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Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?

I think covers play crucial roles in purchasing decisions. Some covers are just plain irresistible! But a book is more than its cover. I’ve read really good books with mediocre covers. My publisher creates my covers, and I appreciate their academic themes.


Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special?

Emmeline and Lenny, the main characters, have unique personalities. Em likes French literature, Lenny American literature. Em takes teaching quite seriously, Lenny not so much. They balance each other that way.  Their dialogue is a blast to write!


What have you learned about yourself since becoming an author?

I’ve learned there is a lot more to the writing business than writing. Promotion and networking are aspects of the business I’m just getting comfortable with.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I write part-time and teach English part-time at the University of Sioux Falls.


What do your plans for future projects include?

I’m writing book four of the Professor Prather series, Coming Up Murder, right now. It takes place during the Shakespeare Festival on campus.


What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?

The hardest part of writing is making time to write every day. With family and work, I find writing early in the morning is best for me. The easiest part of writing is getting new ideas. People wonder where they come from. I have no idea. They just do!


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What type of books do you like to read?  Who are some of your favorite authors?

I like to read cozy mysteries, physiological thrillers, and historical romances. I also love biographies. Some of my favorite authors are F. Scott Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Peters, and Amanda Quick.


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What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

I live in South Dakota. I hope they enjoy reading about my state!  


Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you! Thank you for taking a chance on a small press author. I feel honored that out of all the choices they could have made, they selected my book. It means a lot.

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?



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October 8 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

October 9 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

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October 11 – The Cozy Pages – REVIEW

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October 12 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

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