New Bed and Breakfast Mystery and #giveaway: Cherry Cake and a Cadaver by Susan Boles

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Lily Gayle and the gang set out to find a killer after local baker Luxen Natolovich is found dead hours before the grand opening weekend at the new Bed and Breakfast in town, Midnight Dragonfly.
As Lily Gayle deciphers the clues around Luxen’s death she uncovers a conspiracy of lies and half truths that could very well be tied to a refugee camp in Mississippi during World War II. The deeper Lily Gayle digs, the deeper the conspiracy runs, and the closer she comes to being the killer’s next victim.


Lily, welcome to Island Confidential. Tell our readers a little bit about yourself–maybe something they might not guess?

Lily Gayle: I’m 48 years old. I left Mercy after high school to attend Ole Miss. I can tell you I had some really good time on that campus (wink wink) and I met my husband while I was there. We had some real good years together. No kids though. It was a sadness for both of us. He’s gone now. Killed in a car wreck coming home from a meeting in Nashville, TN. Once that happened, the only thing I wanted to do was just bury myself under a rock. My old friend, Dixie, showed up at my door one day and started packing up my stuff. Never even asked me. Next thing I knew I was back home in Mercy living in the old house my grandparents left to me a while back. Once Dixie got me to start living again, I got into the business of making gowns for ladies who do re-enactments and attend conferences. I’ve been sewing since I was a little thing. And I had been doing genealogy for years. But not professionally. So I started that up too. Next thing I knew, I was back to living.

Then I stared getting mixed up in some mysteries in town. Mostly minor stuff. Kids getting up to mischief. And found out I like that a lot. My cousin, Ben, is the county Sheriff and I help him solve cases. But he’d tell you I get in his way and stick my nose into things that aren’t my business. But I don’t pay him any mind – even when he calls me a Nancy Drew wanna be. Nope. I just have a knack for this kind of work and I’m gonna help him all I can. My best friend, Dixie, is right there by my side. Why there’s nothing we can’t figure out. And, then Miss Edna, the town busybody, decided to get in on the action. So now there’s three of us.

Something readers might not know about me. Hm. Well….I’m an only child and I always wished I had brothers and sisters. But, I guess that’s why my cousin, Ben, and I get along like we do. He’s an only child too. We fight and make up just like regular siblings. And we were born on the same day. And our Mama’s were twins. So, I reckon that makes the two of us almost twins.

Who’s the character you get along with the best?

LG: That would be Dixie. We’ve been best friends ever since we met back when we were in diapers. Think and thin. Best of friends. That’s always been us. She’s always been there for me. Even when I was up to something we both knew we shouldn’t be doing. She’d do it with me and suffer the consequences right by my side. Come to think on it, she still does! LOL.

Which other character do you have a conflict with?

LG: I get along with most everybody. But I sometimes have little spats with my cousin, Ben. He’s really the only one who just finds my last nerve and stands on it with all his weight. Been that way since we were kids. Always thinking he can run th show. Guess that’ why he ended up being sheriff. He can run other people’s shows now. But still can’t run mine.

Just between you and me: What do you really think of your author?

LG: She’s a smart cookie! Got a good head on her shoulders. And the ability to think things through and to spot things that don’t quite makes sense. She makes me look really good. So what else can I say? She loves a great mystery, just like me. And she’s into all the crafts. Sewing, knitting, crocheting. And, now that it’s Spring, she’s loving all the flowers from bulbs she planted last fall and planning an expansion of her gardens.

What’s next for you?

More beautiful gowns for the ladies. A girl’s gotta pay the bills, you know. And maybe getting into business with Miss Edna’s niece. I’d like to help her out after everything she’s been through. And, of course, I’m thinking there will more mysteries to solve!


Susan

About the Author

Susan calls McNairy County, TN her home ground even though she has moved away. It was here, at Bethel Springs Junior High School that she began her writing career with two friends. They formed their own little writers group that was so secret they were the only ones who knew it existed. She still has some of the stories they wrote carefully preserved in a loose leaf binder and tucked away for safety.
She has worked in retail management, briefly for the Census Bureau and for many years in the investment/insurance industry in the regulatory compliance arena. All of which are left brain activities. So she exercises her right brain activity with reading and writing…just to keep both sides even.

Reading has been a passion since she was very young. As a toddler, her mother read to her from her ‘baby books’ and her Mother tells a story about her holding one of them upside-down and ‘reading’ by repeating the story verbatim from memory.

Death of a Wolfman is the first in the Lily Gayle Lambert mystery series. Her previously published romantic suspense novel, Fated Love, is a contemporary paranormal romantic suspense (with a twist of paranormal) set in Memphis, TN. Her first novel, Kate’s Pride, is a historical women’s fiction set in West Tennessee in the aftermath of the Civil War. The novel is loosely based on her own Great Grandmother and published under the pen name Renee Russell.

Life got in the way of writing for many years but now she’s come back to her early love.

Stay in touch for upcoming releases!

Author Links:

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New Bed and Breakfast Mystery with author interview: Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table by Janet Finsilver

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Poisons, prophecies—and a peculiar past . . .When a local woman begins searching for a couple she hasn’t seen since the 1960s, Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast manager Kelly Jackson and the crime-solving group, the “Silver Sentinels,” are quick to help out. They’re also quick to guess that they’re in over their heads after the woman is found dead beside the body of a Greek fortune teller—and a fellow Sentinel gets attacked. As Kelly juggles work and her responsibilities at a food and wine festival in town, she and her sleuthing posse must confront a killer obsessed with old secrets . . . and solve a murder mystery more than fifty years in the making.


Janet, welcome back to Island Confidential! Can you tell us a little about your protagonist, Kelly?

Janet Finsilver: Kelly Jackson was raised on a Wyoming cattle ranch that operates as a dude ranch in the summer. She tried several different careers, but none of them felt like a fit. Kelly’s thrilled when the company she works for, Resorts International, assigns her to manage Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast. The town and people feel like the community she was hoping to find. Kelly experienced a bitter divorce with her best friend stealing her husband and is unwilling to get involved again.

How much of you is in Kelly? How would you feel about her if you met her in real life?

JF: I’d really like her. We share a love of animals, riding horses, and the outdoors. I used to work in education and Kelly taught school for a while. Another common interest is helping people. If I was a Redwood Cove regular, I’d introduce her to as many people as possible. We both have red hair. I’ve stood out all my life because of the color of my hair. I endured a lot of teasing as a child. I found it hard to write a character without that as part of her background.

Do your characters change and evolve throughout consecutive books in the series?

JF: Yes. Kelly finds herself getting interested in Scott Thompson, an executive administrator for Resorts International. She reins her emotions in, so the relationship grows very slowly.

Helen Rogers and her ten-year-old son, Tommy, moved to Redwood Cove to work at the bed and breakfast when her husband died. She thought the small town and beautiful outdoors would be good for her son. That didn’t prove to be the case. Tommy has a slight touch of Asperger’s which makes him socially awkward. The tight group of children at the school grew up together and weren’t interested in having a newcomer join them. Through the books Helen and Tommy begin to find their place in community.

I just started book four, and I don’t know what’s ahead for the others!

Have you ever thought of killing someone that you know in real life–on the pages of a murder mystery, I mean?

JF: A travel agent who turned an international flight into a nightmare. Because of the type of ticketing she did, there were several places it looked like my luggage might get left behind. It was something I couldn’t fix in advance. Pleading and changes made at the airport got me through, but it was stressful.

How realistic is your setting? Do you take liberties, or are you true to life?

JF: The setting is Mendocino, California, with the beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline and the towering redwood trees…with a name change to Redwood Cove. I chose to have a fictitious name after attending a conference where panels talked about some of the problems that could possibly arise using a real place. I take minor liberties. I changed the name of the Mendocino Whale Festival to Whale Frolic. I kept the chowder sampling that takes place, but I made it into an evening event instead of one in the morning. I gave the airport a runway that ends at a seaside cliff which it doesn’t in real life.

When the movie or TV series is made, who plays the major parts?

JF: I like the “when” in your question! Thanks! I’m familiar with very few actors. I do tend to think of a young Pierce Brosnon when I picture Scott.

What’s the worst and best advice you’ve heard or received as an author?

JF: The best advice is to write because you love the process. Enjoy what you’re doing. I don’t know that I’ve had any worst advice. I would caution people to beware of feedback from someone that says “you have to” do a certain a certain thing. They might be right. But sometimes the change is one that reflects how they write, not what you’re trying to accomplish.


About The Author  

Janet Finsilver is the USA TODAY best-selling author of the Kelly Jackson mystery series. She worked in education for many years as a teacher, a program administrator, and a workshop presenter. Janet majored in English and earned a Master’s Degree in Education. She loves animals and has two dogs–Kylie and Ellie. Janet has ridden western style since she was a child and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. One of the highlights of her life was touching whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon. MURDER AT REDWOOD COVE, her debut mystery, was released on October 13, 2015. Her second book, MURDER AT THE MANSION, was released on June 7, 2016.

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