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Friday, March 10, 2017

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes + EXCERPT!

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Today, we join the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours party already in progress for the latest release in the Ghostly Southern Mystery series by none other than Tonya Kappes.  If you've not joined the plethora of fans clamoring for this Cozy Mystery series, it's high time you do and to get you started on that journey, I'm featuring a SPOTLIGHT and EXCERPT to get you right where you need to be.  Ready or not, fair readers, here comes today's spotlight is shining on...
 
 
A Ghostly Mortality
A Ghostly Southern Mystery, Book
by
Tonya Kappes
978-0062466976
WITNESS


 
About the book...
That ghost sure looks . . . familiar...

Only a handful of people know that Emma Lee Raines, proprietor of a small-town Kentucky funeral home, is a “Betweener.” She helps ghosts stuck between here and the ever-after—murdered ghosts. Once Emma Lee gets them justice they can cross over to the great beyond.

But Emma Lee’s own sister refuses to believe in her special ability. In fact, the Raines sisters have barely gotten along since Charlotte Rae left the family business for the competition. After a doozy of an argument, Emma Lee is relieved to see Charlotte Rae back home to make nice. Until she realizes her usually snorting, sarcastic, family-ditching sister is a . . . ghost.

Charlotte Rae has no earthly idea who murdered her or why. With her heart in tatters, Emma Lee relies more than ever on her sexy beau, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross…because this time, catching a killer means the Raines sisters will have to make peace with each other first.
 
 
 
 
 
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~~~ EXCERPT ~~~
 
 
Chapter 1
“Lawdy bee.” Granny scooted to the edge of the chair and lifted her arms in the air like she was worshiping in the Sunday morning service at Sleepy Hollow Baptist and the spirit just got put in her.
I sucked in a deep breath, preparing myself for whatever was going to come out of Zula Fae Raines Payne’s mouth, my granny. She was a ball of southern spitfire in her five-foot-four-inch frame topped off with bright red hair that I wasn’t sure was real or out of a L’Oréal bottle she’d gotten down at the Buy and Fly.
Image result for plastic santa“Please, please, please,” she begged. “Let me die before anything happens to Emma Lee.” Her body slid down the fancy, high-back mahogany leather chair as she fell to her knees with her hands clasped together, bringing them back up in the air as she pleaded to the Big Guy in the sky. “I’m begging you.”
“Are you nuts?” My voice faded to a hushed stillness. I glanced back at the closed door of my sister’s new office, in fear she was going to walk in and see Granny acting up.
I sat in the other fancy, high-back mahogany leather chair next to Granny’s and grabbed her by the loose skin of her underarm. “Get back up on this chair before Charlotte Rae gets back in here and sees you acting like a fool.”
“What?” Granny quirked her eyebrows questioningly as if her behavior was normal.
My head dropped along with my jaw in the “are you kidding me” look.
“Well, I ain’t lying!” She spat, “I do hope and pray you are the granddaughter that will be doing my funeral, unless you get a flare up of the ‘Funeral Trauma.’” She sucked in a deep breath and got up off her knees. She ran her bony fingers down the front of her cream sweater to smooth out any wrinkles so she’d be presentable like a good southern woman, forgetting she was just on her knees begging for mercy.
“Flare up?” I sighed with exasperation. “It’s not like arthritis.”
The “Funeral Trauma.”
It was true. I was diagnosed with the “Funeral Trauma” after a decorative plastic Santa fell off the roof of Artie’s Meat and Deli, knocking me flat out cold and now I could see dead people.
I had told Doc Clyde I was having some sort of hallucinations and seeing dead people, but he insisted I had been in the funeral business a little too long and seeing corpses all of my life had brought on the trauma.
Truthfully, the Santa had given me a gift. Not a gift you’d expect Santa to give you, but it was the gift of seeing clients of Eternal Slumber, my family’s funeral home business where I was the undertaker. Some family business.
Anyway, a psychic told me I was now a Betweener. I helped people who were stuck between here and the ever after. The Great Beyond. The Big Guy in the sky. One catch . . . the dead people I saw were murdered and they needed me to help them solve their murder before they could cross over.
“I’m fine,” I huffed and took the pamphlet off of Charlotte Rae’s desk, keeping my gift to myself. The only people who knew were me, the psychic and Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, my hot, hunky and sexy boyfriend. He was as handy as a pocket on a shirt when it came time for me to find a killer when a ghost was following me around. “We are here to get her to sign my papers and talk about this sideboard issue once and for all.”
Granny stared at me. My head slid forward like a turtle and I popped my eyes open.
“I’m fine,” I said through closed teeth.
“You are not fine.” Granny rolled her eyes so big, I swear she probably hurt herself. “People are still going around talking about how you talk to yourself.” She shook her finger at me. “If you don’t watch it, you are going to be committed. Surrounded by padded walls. Then—” She jabbed her finger on my arm. I swatted her away with the pamphlet. “Charlotte Rae will have full control over my dead body and I don’t want someone celebrating a wedding while I lay corpse in the next room. Lawdy bee,” Granny griped.
 
 
 
 
 
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About the author...

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For years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been self-publishing her numerous mystery and romance titles with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plotlines and quirky characters, but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans. Be sure to check out Tonya’s website for upcoming events and news and to sign up for her newsletter!
 
 
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Special thanks to Lori at Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for the chance to bring this promotion to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, the author, the publisher, THIS TOUR, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now via WITNESS, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.
 
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!
 
 
 
 
 
 

16 comments:

Tonya Kappes said...

Thank you so much!!

Lisa Millett said...

Awesome article and excerpt. Love this series and all Tonya Kappes books.

Holly LaFrance said...

I love this series. Great book

Anita Cwiertniak said...

I have read this series and love it. I cannot wait for the next book to come out.

Diane Williams said...

I have loved reading the Ghostly Southern Mystery series and just received my copy of A Ghostly Morality. I cannot wait to read it. I love how Tonya's books are funny as well as intriguing. Always keeps you guessing as to who done it. I am a huge fan.

Judy Tucker said...

Another great Tonya read.

Sandra McMahon said...

Sounds like a great read! Love Tonya's book! Cannot wait to read it!☘

Joanie Hinton said...

love Tonya's books that I have read and can't wait to read this one

Valerie Rogers said...

Love Tonya's books! Can't wait to read this!

joy hejl said...

Love this series, such wonderful characters to become friends with.

Linda Herold said...

Thanks for sharing info. This is a new series to me.

Sharon Guagliardo said...

What a nice blog. Another great mystery. catwoman-1@comcast.net

Dianne Casey said...

I really love this series! I can't wait to read more about Emma Lee and find out who she's helping out in "A Ghostly Mortality".

oneponychick66 said...

Thanks for review and Giveaway
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Teri said...

So glad that you have introduced this fun read in Tonya's series. It's great to get an excerpt.
Teri Lenz

Sharon Guagliardo said...

This series by Tonya Kappes is so fun and so interesting. Thank you for the review. catwoman-1@comcast.net

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