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Sunday, August 28, 2022

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours presents... CONCESSION STAND CRIMES by Nicole Asselin - GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY!

Today, we've got Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours stopping by as we get ready to PLAY BALL...and welcome a Cozy Mystery to the spotlight that fits the call to play perfectly.  

Nicole Asselin
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting - Abington, MA
Pandamoon Publishing
Release Date: June 22, 2022
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 190 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1950627519
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1950627516
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09VGHRQYP

About the book...

MADELINE BOUCHER is still reeling from her first few weeks of working for her family’s Independent League Baseball Team, the Abington Armadillos. She found a dead body and survived a kidnapping before finally clearing her brother of a murder. She didn’t think anything could be as dramatic as that, but she was wrong.

Her parents have given her more responsibility in running ballpark events in the hopes that they could retire and leave the team in her hands. Her brother is moving on to the big leagues, so this is her time to shine. Her first task? Deal with a concession stand kerfuffle. Redmond Brewery heiress, Alaska Redmond, storms her way into the ballpark making demands.

The next day, the son of the concession’s manager finds Redmond’s body in one of the beer stands along the ballpark concourse. Again, Madeline finds herself immersed in an investigation. While the suspects start piling up, including a promising young player on the team, Madeline knows she must get involved. With the help of Davis, her new love interest and head of the security department, she delves deeper into the death of the heiress.

Trying to run team events, solve a murder, and have a normal life take their toll as Madeline comes to depend on those in her baseball-loving community, including Bronia, her old family friend who runs a garden center and helps her make sense of things. She even chances a psychic for advice while at a Salem Warlock’s away game. Will anyone help her untangle the mess of suspects including the victim’s family?

Can she clear the name of the Abington Armadillos and start focusing on the season?


~~~   GUEST POST   ~~~

Day Jobs and Writing
with Author Nicole Asselin

For every Stephen King or James Patterson, there is a small indie author out there just trying to fit writing into
their daily life. That’s in between working a day job, family responsibilities, and errands. I’m one of those authors. I have to squeeze in my writing between my day job of also writing (I’m a technical writer for a healthcare company) and trying to get my daily errands done. Its tough. Pre-pandemic, a lot of my writing consisted of weekends spent at Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, or Barnes and Noble to have a distraction free writing experience.

During the pandemic, that was gone. I found it hard to transition between working and creativity. As soon as I shut my computer down at night, my brain also seemed to turn off. It took me infinitely longer to write my second book because of it. I had to learn how to work a schedule that would provide me the time to be creative, without the burnout that I was experiencing.

I don’t believe the old adage of needing to write every day to be a writer. I think it’s important for you to find a schedule that works for you and stick to it! During the pandemic, my writing schedule became weekends out on the deck, trying to write without all the in house distractions. My distractions include three rambunctious cats (no kids) and thousands of TV channels. Add in Twitter and Facebook I’m amazed I get any work done at all!

Finding what works for you is my best advice. If you find it better to write in a coffee shop? Do it! If you find it easy to sit in front of the TV and write, do that! Don’t let anyone tell you there is one particular way to write or enjoy books. Now, I should get back to working on book three in my series!


About the author...

Nicole Asselin spent her formative high school years in the middle of Pennsylvania but always identified with her New England roots. Nicole’s family is originally from Connecticut, and her Grandpa Asselin introduced her to the Red Sox nation where she has been a member for her whole life and her Grandma Asselin introduced her to the world of mystery novels. Now those two loves are combined into her new Ballpark Mystery series.

Nicole graduated from Curry College in Milton Mass with a degree in English/Creative Writing, minoring in Dance in 2004. She also attended George Mason University and received a Master’s in Arts Management. She worked in the Government sector for over ten years before transitioning to Healthcare. Now working just outside of Boston as a Technical Writer, she lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts with her three cats Julia, Jacques, and Madeline (no relation to the main character of her book).





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