Friday, January 10, 2020

The Game Changer Blog Tour: Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card

Today, we have the blog tour for The Game Changer by Jennifer Brown! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!
Title: The Game Changer
Author: Jennifer Brown
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Crown Media/Hallmark

About The Game Changer:

Hollis and Daisy love podcasting about murder cases…

But can they solve one?

Hollis Bisbee used to be a big-city crime reporter. Now, she’s a small-town journalist, and she’s bored. She and a young mom, talented baker Daisy Mueller, start the Knock ‘Em Dead podcast -- ”Where murder and muffins meet!” It’s all fun, games, and baking tips until murder comes to Parkwood.

After a brutal homecoming game loss, the coach of the rival football team is the victim of a hit-and-run in the high school parking lot. The entire town is on edge, and the star quarterback -- who happens to be the police chief’s son -- may just look the guiltiest of all.

With Hollis’s investigative skills and Daisy’s famous muffins ... and in spite of the charming rookie police officer tasked with keeping Hollis out of the way ... the podcasting duo sets out to solve their first real case.

This cozy mystery includes a killer free recipe for Daisy’s Cherry Chocolate Chunk Muffins.


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Read an Excerpt:

“With all due respect, Mary Jean.” I licked my lips nervously. “I am abiding by the rules. My podcast has nothing to do with my job here.”

“In Parkwood, everything you do has to do with your job here. Everyone knows you’re one of our reporters. They think I’ve sanctioned this hooey about that coach being murdered.”

“It’s not hooey,” I said. “And you said nothing about moonlighting when you hired me.”

“It is hooey, but I’m not going to convince you of that, am I?” She slid a pair of readers onto her face. “And I may not have said it then but I’m saying it now. If you insist on moonlighting in this way, I would just suggest to you that you tread very carefully.”

“Wait. Is that some sort of threat? Are you saying I could lose my job?”

She pursed her lips and thumbed through some papers on her desk. “Did you get the bank story finished?”

Case closed. I wasn’t sure what resolution we had come to, but I was pretty sure I was on the losing side of it.

But, darn it, I was right. I was not about to let it go now.

“Yes, ma’am. All that’s left is to write it up.”

“End of the day,” she said. “And I’ve got a new one for you. Human interest piece on Wickham Birkland. His birdseed store is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this week. I thought we could do a brief history of seed in Parkwood. Or maybe a brief history of birds. Or both.”

The most gripping part of writing that story would be surviving Wickham’s ire du jour.

“I’ll get right on it,” I said in my best can-do voice.

I went back to my desk, noting on the way that Ernie was sleeping again. I thumped his desk with my fist. “Rise and shine, Ernie! Got stories to do!” He snorted and jerked awake, his hand flying to his computer mouse.

“I’ve got it right here, Mary Jean…” He started clicking on random things. I held back a laugh and kept on.

I was four paragraphs into the bank story when Mary Jean slipped out, telling Joyce she was going to run to Leaf It to Me and get some tea to soothe her sore throat. The atmosphere in the news room lightened drastically when she left. I breathed a sigh of relief. Joyce—earbuds in place— began humming along with the song she was listening to. Ernie raided the vending machine for Donettes.

The door opened and in walked a young woman.

“Obituary? Fill out this form,” Joyce said, automatically plucking the form from the file folder that sat permanently on her desk. Purchasing obituaries was really the only reason people ever came in anymore—and even that was waning after Bale & Sons began offering free webpages for their deceased. She tried to hand over the form.

“What? No. I don’t think so,” the woman said. She sounded kind of bewildered. She also sounded very familiar. Where had I heard her voice before?

Joyce blinked. “You don’t think so?”

The woman shook her head and began to tear up. “Unless you know something I don’t. Did someone call you?”

Joyce’s mouth hung open in confusion, the paper still dangling between her fingernails. “I don’t know,” she said. “Why would someone call?”

The woman began to sob. “Because you’re the news and all. Oh, no. Bad luck follows me everywhere.”

And that was when I realized where I knew her from. I stood at my desk. “Agnes Tellerman?”

The woman turned to me in surprise, her knees bending as if she were about to bolt. Or faint. “Y-yes?”

I came around my desk. “You’re Agnes Tellerman?”

“So someone did die? I just knew it.”

“What? No. I mean, yes. Gerald Farley died. And you witnessed it, right? I was there that night. I remember your voice.”

She wiped her eyes with the palms of her hands, the sleeves of her shirt pulled down over them, just like a child would do. And only then did it become obvious that Agnes Tellerman was not much older than a teenager herself. Maybe mid-twenties. She was pretty, in a droopy-eyed, downtrodden sort of way. She sniffed.

“You’re that podcast lady?”

Whoa. Four listeners in one morning. I was on a roll.

Thinking of the podcast and rolls made me think of Daisy and my heart dropped again. I missed her. I was going to have to make things right, as soon as I possibly could. Also, I needed to talk her into making cinnamon rolls soon.

“I am that podcast lady.” I stuck out my hand. “Hollis Bisbee.”

“I came to talk to you,” she said, shaking my hand with hers still covered by her shirt sleeve.

“About?”

“About what I saw that night. The night the coach died.”

About the Author:
Jennifer Brown is the author of acclaimed young adult novels, Hate List, Bitter End, Perfect Escape, Thousand Words, Torn Away, and the Shade Me series. Her debut novel, Hate List, received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA “Perfect Ten,” and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Bitter End received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

Jennifer also writes middle grade novels. Her debut novel, Life on Mars, was the winner of the 2017 William Allen White Children’s Book Award. She also writes women’s fiction under the name Jennifer Scott. Visit her at www.JenniferScottAuthor.com


Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.

Jennifer is available for school visits, workshops, classroom and book club Skypes, and speaking engagements. Contact JenniferBrownYA@gmail.com to book her for your next event!


Connect with Jennifer:
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36 comments:

  1. I like the cover. The blue really caught my eye.

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  2. I really appreciate getting to read about your book since I have so many in my family who are huge readers. Thanks for sharing  and for the giveaway.

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  3. Love a good cozy mystery...This looks like a winner....

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  4. It sounds like a very intriguing book. thank you for sharing.

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  5. This looks like an interesting book that I'd enjoy reading!

    Nancy
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  6. Looks like a good read but I'm super excited about the recipe for the Cherry Chocolate Chunk Muffins

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  7. Tell us what you think of today's post!



    cool bean baby

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  8. I liked the excerpt. Sounds like a good book.

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  9. I think this sounds like a great mystery.

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  10. I'm excited to bake those delicious looking muffins to enjoy while reading this fun mystery.

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  11. The mystery sounds like a fun read for a cold winter's day.

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  12. Those muffins were making me hungry. I like the idea of including a recipe.

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  13. I thought todays post was awesome. I enjoyed the cover.

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  14. This looks like a good book to read.

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  15. I'm excited to read this book.

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  16. This excerpt is making me want to read this book.

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  17. i love cozy mysteries. This one sounds great!

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  18. I love the muffin on the cover- such a great cover! I am very excited to read this book!

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  19. This cozy sounds like so much fun, and the recipe looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes to the author on the book.

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  20. looks like a fun one

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  21. I think this will be an amazing book

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  22. I love books that include recipes that are part of the story. So much fun.

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  23. Murder and muffins sounds like my kind of book. Love to read it.

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  24. the book will be able to be in the contest for one the best of books

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  25. There's nothing better than good muffins and good mysteries!

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  26. This sounds like a cute cozy mystery.
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  27. It sounds like a great book, I love the cover too!

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  28. You had me at Daisy’s Cherry Chocolate Chunk Muffins ... just sayin' (Kathie Meller)

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  29. Sounds like a fun read. And those muffins!

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  30. I love cozy mysteries, this sounds like a fun book.

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