Monday, April 20, 2020

A Case for the Yarn Maker Book Tour: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card

A Case For the Yarn Maker 
Ainsley McGregor Book 2 
by Candace Havens 
Genre: Cozy Mystery 

Spin a yarn…at your own risk.

Everyone at Bless Your Art in Sweet River, Texas, is excited about the Yarn Goddess (yes, that’s her real name) coming to town. Ainsley McGregor has set up a special event at the local community center, but when old Mrs. Whedon doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the Goddess about using quality yarn, a fight breaks out. Who knew the octogenarian had ninja moves like that?

It’s all fun and games until George Clooney, Ainsley’s Great Dane, finds Ms. Yarn’s dead body in a booth at Bless Your Art. Now the prime suspect is Mrs. Whedon, and while she’s not the easiest woman to get along with, there’s no way she’s the killer. At least, Ainsley doesn’t think so. As this yarn unravels, Ainsley and her quirky friends learn some interesting things about the case and the Goddess’s checkered past. But there’s a killer on the loose, and George may be the only thing protecting Ainsley from certain death. 

Read an Excerpt:

Thirty minutes later, loud voices from the back of the store had George sitting up from his nap.

Mike’s face was priceless. His eyes wide, and his eyebrows nearly disappearing into his hairline.

“Let me guess,” I whispered as he neared the counter. “She’s here.”

“Um. Yep. And she’s not happy,” he said. “Something about the peonies not being large enough and it’s messing up her fengshoo shoo something for the signing.”

The woman was impossible. Who needed fêngshui for a book signing? She couldn’t cancel the signing this late. All of those poor people were standing in line to see the woman. Surely, she wouldn’t disappoint them.

I guessed this is what Hilary meant about her having a bad day.

I grabbed a sip of water to push down the knot of terror in my throat. We’d bought several hundred copies of her books, and they were nonreturnable. I’d be out all of that money.

“I guess, I should say hello,” I croaked.

George followed me to the middle of the store where several of the booth owners worked to move things around.

Yarn Goddess, who was at least sixty but thanks to a great plastic surgeon, could pass for forty, wore a Chanel suit with pearls. Her dark hair had been styled into a chignon, giving the appearance of an elegant woman one might see shopping on Fifth Avenue in New York.

I’d watched her videos and she seemed so friendly on camera. But nothing could be further from the truth.

“I don’t want my fans to see any other yarn than my own,” she shrieked. “Do you have morons running this place? Why would you try to take away from my business when I’m doing you a favor?”

Maybe, I’d just go back to the checkout counter.

Sensing the tension, George barked.

“Ahhhhhhhh!” Yarn Goddess screamed. “What is that beast doing in here? It’s contaminating my yarn.”

“Hello,” I said, forcing my voice to stay calm. No one called George a beast, except me. “I’m Ainsley, the owner of Bless Your Art. I wanted to thank you for being here,” I said. “We’re very honored to have you.”

Her eyebrow lifted, not too high, as I’m sure there was a bunch of Botox keeping her from having many facial expressions.

I reached out a hand to shake, but she just stared at it.

“Why is your nose red? Do you have a cold?” She grabbed one of her wipes. “Did you touch anything in here? What is it with this place? Animals and sick people. Hilary,” she shrieked as she waved toward me and George, “take care of this. Now. Or I’m leaving.”

Nerves boiled deep in my belly.

“I’ll take George for a walk,” Mike said.

I took a deep breath. “Can you see if maybe Jake can watch him for me? Just until the signing and classes are over?”

Jake was the fire chief and a great friend. His place out in the country was next to mine, and he loved George.

“Got it,” he said.

Hilary guided me back to the front of the store. “I’m so sorry. I know I keep saying that,” she said. “I’d like to say she’s just nervous. This is her first time in public since her -- um, procedures. She’s worried people will think she had work done, even though she did.”

I bit my lip to keep from laughing.

A Case for the Winemaker 
Ainsley McGregor Book 1 

The closer she gets to the truth, the more she finds herself drowning in trouble.

It’s an exciting time in Sweet River, Texas, and the whole town's talking. Maybe, a little too much. Former English professor Ainsley McGregor has gambled everything on her new business: Bless Your Art, an artisan market where local artists sell their wares and teach classes.

The bright, white space is filled to the brim with colorful art, yarn, jewelry, pet treats, antiques and even a few medieval weapons. Oh, and there are wine tastings. Everything's better with wine. Ainsley is surprised by how well things are going–right up until the moment her Great Dane finds a dead body. With her friend accused of the murder, it’s up to Ainsley to find the real killer.

As the suspect list grows longer, Ainsley has her work cut out for her. The task is made more difficult by the fact her brother, the sheriff, doesn’t seem to want her help. If she doesn’t wrap up the case soon, she might be the next wine, um, one to die. 

Read an Excerpt:

He told me not to say anything to anyone until he came back for me. The cup rattled as my hands shook again. A bone-chilling cold that no amount of heat would warm had settled in me. But I was alert and focused on everything going on around me. No way was I going to be the victim of another crime and leave justice and investigation to those not involved.

Plus, I’d worked too hard on the grand opening of Bless Your Art and I refused to let everyone down. I needed to figure out exactly what was going on.

The man Michael had been arguing with earlier in the day was dead in the park, part of his head bashed in, and his eyes staring straight ahead.

That image would be burned into my brain for the rest of my life.

No one deserved to go like that. Not even this guy with his jerky attitude and bullying tactics.

“Can I get you anything else?” Maria asked. She’d been down the street at the grocery with her daughter Samantha when they’d seen all the flashing lights. “Tell me what I can do.”

I shook my head. There was a dead body. I wouldn’t get in the way of my brother’s investigation by gossiping about what I’d seen. Besides, talking wasn’t something I could even do at the moment.

My mind whirled with questions. Who else did that guy make so mad they wanted to kill him? Was it random? Was there some crazy in town who could possibly endanger all the people I’d come to love over the last year? I couldn’t stand the thought of all my friends in mortal danger.

“Girl, I can’t believe this happened. The last murder was nearly forty years ago,” Maria said.

“Mom,” Samantha murmured, “I’m worried about Ms. McGregor. She’s just staring straight ahead, and she hasn’t blinked in a really long time.” Samantha was a freshman at the high school, a book nerd and as kindhearted as her mother.

“She’s in shock,” Maria said from beside me. “Maybe we should call a doctor or take her to the hospital.”

Ugh. Hospitals were awful places, at least for me. The last time I’d been in one was Chicago. I’d woken up there alone and scared after the mugger had hit me so hard with his gun, I had a concussion.

I shook my head. I needed to at least appear normal. I forced myself to blink.

George, who had been leaning into me while I sat in the chair, put his head in my lap and sighed -- a deep, comforting sound out of his big barrel chest.

“Good dog,” I said with a shaky voice. I cleared my throat. “I’m fine. I -- my brother asked me not to say anything until he has a chance to talk to me.”

Bestselling author Candace Havens has published more than 25 books. Her novels have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion, Write Touch Reader Awards and National Readers Choice Awards. She is a Barbara Wilson Award winner. She is the author of the biography, Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy, and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities from George Clooney to Chris Pratt. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers and teaches comprehensive writing classes. She does film reviews with Hawkeye in the Morning on 96.3 KSCS and is a former President of the Television Critics Association. 

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  1. I liked both the excerpts, and the book covers.

  2. A question for the author: Of all the celebrity interviews you have conducted, did you have a favorite one?

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    1. Any time I talk to Tom Hanks or George Clooney is a good one. :)

  3. I love the covers & it sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. I love the cover, looks great.
    Theresa Norris
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  5. I really like the cover. I like the drawn kind.

  6. This has a cute cover. I love cozy mysteries.

  7. I love the covers. They are awesome!

  8. Creative cover - love the art (and the little dog). What I don't understand, though, is why the art on so many book covers shows the character(s) from the back. I'd much rather see their faces.

  9. I like the design of the book covers. Ainsley and George sound like good characters. These books sound like fun mysteries.

  10. I like the cover, the design is intriguing

  11. The excerpts were awesome! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  12. this looks like a great cover

  13. The book sounds like a great read! Love the cover!

  14. I love mystery books and this one sure sounds like an interesting one.

  15. that puppy is adorable

  16. Enjoyed the post today, sounds good!

  17. I like the covers. Thare have very cute graphics and colors.

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  18. The cover is super cute and appropriate!!

  19. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

  20. Nice cover. Sounds like great cozy!

  21. The excerpt sounds really good. Love the names of the place and dog.

  22. I love your cozy mysteries.. Also the covers you have really make me smile....

  23. The book sounds like it would be a good read.

  24. Lovin' the covers for these... Great artwork. Thanks for sharing the excerpt with us!

  25. My daughter would enjoy these books

  26. Love the covers, especially the dog! I look forward to starting this series.

  27. I love the title of the book. How long did it take you to write it?

  28. I love when authors incorporate pets into their characters lives. Dean Koontz also has dogs in a lot of his books.

  29. I find that cozy mysteries can relieve stress when I read them. These sound perfect for quarantine reading.

  30. Sounds like a good story. Being the owner of a small business, I can relate to the shopkeeper and very well can imagine why some of my customers may have been murdered!

  31. I like the covers; they are eye catching. Love them.

  32. I like the dog on the cover and the excerpts.

  33. The covers make me wonder about the age group. They look cartoonish, or more for a young adult audience. Yet, reading the description it sounds like it is for adults. The covers make the story seem quirky.

  34. I like the book cover. Looks like a book I would want to read.

  35. I really enjoyed the cover with a dog and art shop. So lifelike.

  36. The book and cover look great

  37. The book looks great! Def something I would love to read

  38. I love the cover very eye catching

  39. Ainsley sounds like a great character. I would love to read both of these books!

  40. I like the cover. It makes the book look like a light and enjoyable read.

  41. I love the cover for the yarn maker book! The wine one is nice too but the yarn one is my favorite. Very cute.

  42. I love a great mystery book and this ones sounds so good love the cover with the dog too.

  43. The book sounds like something I will enjoy. Avid reader always looking for new authors to read.

  44. The covers are fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. The covers have a sweet and fun look to them that I really like.

  46. This looks like something I could definitely curl up with


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