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#Spotlight / #Giveaway – Spouse on Haunted Hill by E. J. Copperman

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Spouse on Haunted Hill (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery)
by E.J. Copperman
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Release Date – December 6, 2016
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425283387
E-Book ASIN: B01CZCW48Q
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Alison’s shady ex needs to use her haunted guesthouse as a hideout in the latest from the national bestselling author of Ghost in the Wind.

Where Alison Kerby’s ex-husband goes, trouble follows. This time, unfortunately, he’s brought that trouble right to her doorstep. On the run from a business deal gone bad, Steven, aka “the Swine,” owes some scary people a staggering sum of money. No need to panic, though. He has a plan: Sell Alison’s Jersey Shore guesthouse to pay them off.

Before Alison has a chance to read Steven the riot act, he disappears—after a mysterious man trailing him ends up full of bullet holes. Now the police are next to darken her doorway. For all his faults, Steven is still the father of Alison’s daughter, so with the help of ghosts Maxie and Paul, Alison sets out to find her ex and clear him of the murder. But if the bad guys get to him first, he may not have a ghost of a chance…

Find out more about E.J. Copperman and his books on his webpage here.

E.J. announced via Facebook on November 17 that Berkley Prime Crime has not extended the Haunted Guesthouse series beyond the eighth book, SPOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL. BUT. The series has been picked up by Crooked Lane Books, and there will be at least two more coming from them, one of which I’m actually writing as we speak. So if you’re a fan of E.J. Copperman’s ghosts and puzzles, don’t despair! There’s more coming!

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Cozy Wednesday with E.J. Copperman – Author of Ghost in the Wind – #Giveaway too!!

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am so happy to welcome E.J. Copperman back
to Escape With Dollycas!!

 

ghost in the windHi Everyone,

For reasons I’m not really clear about, I’ve been getting a rather disturbing question from readers lately, and I’m not sure how I should take it.

They keep asking if GHOST IN THE WIND, the seventh and latest in the Haunted Guesthouse series, is the last.

So here’s your answer, readers: No.

There will be an eighth Guesthouse book, whose draft I just submitted to the editor at Berkley Prime Crime, and hopefully there will be more after that (I can’t say one way or the other yet, except to note that it’s not up to me).

An author is left wondering, however, when readers ask the question, whether they know something the author doesn’t. Have you been talking to my publisher?

A series is a funny thing. Hopefully, my series are funnier than most because they’re intended to be. If a purported series book leaves you weeping from laughter, something has gone horribly wrong.

But a series is not like a standalone book. It’s intended to tell a longer story and to develop characters the reader gets to know pretty well. If Alison Kerby, the reluctant ghost talker (“whisperer” would be too quiet) were the same exact character in GHOST IN THE WIND that she was in the first Guesthouse book NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEED in 2010, I would have done my job poorly and maybe this book should have been the last installment.

She’s not, or at least I think she’s not. Each reader gets to decide individually.

Alison has gained some small confidence in her investigative skills. In the first book, she was not a private investigator at all and had to be dragged into the business—or more accurately, blackmailed into the business—at the beginning of the second Guesthouse book AN UNINVITED GHOST because she needed the ghosts in her house to help her build a business by being spooky on schedule for curious guests. It’s a long story. In fact, it’s a couple of long stories, and they’re available in paperback.

Now, Alison has done some investigations and even though she didn’t want to get into that business, she has found some level of success. That doesn’t mean she wants to give up being an innkeeper at all. It means that when Vance McTiernan, one of her favorite 60s musicians, shows up as a ghost in Alison’s house and asks for her help in proving his daughter was murdered, Alison will take the case even against the advice of her resident ghost detective Paul Harrison. She’s star struck but she also believes she can do the job on her own if she has to.

Character development is very important to me when writing a series. I’d get bored and frustrated with a character who never changes. I believe readers feel the same way, and by book #4 would tune the series out, so that it would be unlikely there would be a book #5.

People do evolve and progress as they live. Characters should do the same.

And so, no. GHOST IN THE WIND is not the last in the Haunted Guesthouse series, I’m happy to say. Alison has a lot more growing to do.

~E.J.

What a great post. I love the way characters evolve in cozy series. It is what keeps me coming back for more!!
Thank you E.J. for dropping by today!!

About The Author

E.J. Copperman is the author of the Haunted Guesthouse mystery series and the co-author with Jeff Cohen of the Asperger’s Mystery series. Next year E.J. will also unveil the Mysterious Detective Mystery series in which a crime fiction author is confronted by the flesh-and-blood incarnation of her fictional sleuth.

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Ghost in the Wind
(A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery)

7th in Series
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC
Release Date – December 1, 2015
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425269275
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Murder and mystery on the Jersey Shore from the national bestselling author of Inspector Specter

Never meet your heroes—especially when they’re dead…

Guesthouse owner, single mother, and reluctant ghost whisperer Alison Kerby is about to sit down to movie night with her family and friends when she’s struck speechless. Floating before her is the ghost of her musical idol, 1960s English rock star Vance McTiernan. He’s in desperate need of help from Alison and her resident ghostly gumshoe, Paul Harrison.

Reports claim that four months ago, Vance’s daughter died from a drug overdose. Vance, however, thinks she was murdered. While Alison agrees to help, Paul is suspicious of Vance’s motives. But after the body of the alleged killer is found in the movie room, Alison and Paul must act quickly before someone else finds a stairway to heaven…

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Spotlight/Giveaway – Inspector Specter by E.J. Copperman

INSPECTOR SPECTER
Inspector Specter
(A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery)

6th in Series
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425269268
E-Book ASIN: B00JJXV3H8
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Just when she thought she’d seen everything…

Detective Lieutenant Anita McElone is one of Harbor Haven’s finest. She’s also a hard-boiled ghost skeptic. So when she shows up on the doorstep of Alison Kerby’s Haunted Guesthouse to ask for supernatural help in solving the murder of her former partner, it’s hard to tell which woman is more flabbergasted. But McElone is dead serious, so Alison promises to help in any way she can—even asking her resident ghosts, Paul and Maxie, for help with the case.

As Paul’s spirit source reveals some troubling information about the deceased detective, Alison wrestles with what to tell McElone. First, though, she has to find her…because the lieutenant has suddenly disappeared.

Find out about E.J. and E.J.’s books here.


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Posted in Reviews 2014

Review – The Question of the Missing Head by E.J. Copperman and Jeff Cohen

missing headThe Question of the Missing Head
(An Asperger’s Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
First in Series
Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (October 8, 2014)
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738741512
E-Book File Size: 2245 KB
ASIN: B00NJ2U6HI
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Samuel Hoenig answers questions for a living. And as a man with Asperger’s Syndrome, his unique personality helps him ferret out almost any answer there is. But his latest question is a rather odd one–who stole a preserved head from the Garden State Cryonics Institute?

Arriving at the scene of the crime accompanied by his new colleague, Ms. Washburn, Samuel finds that what started out as a theft has escalated to murder. With suspects and motives emerging at a rapid rate, one final question remains–can Samuel’s powers of deduction uncover a killer in the face of overwhelming odds?

Before I review this book I want to give you a little information about Asperger’s Syndrome. A member of my extended family was diagnosed with this disorder very early in his life so I am not an expert but know a little bit.

Aspergers according to Wikipedia is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and atypical (peculiar, odd) use of language are frequently reported.

The author Jeff Cohen has written 2 books on the topic from a very personal standpoint, as a parent with a child that living with the disorder. In this new mystery series he showcases it in a fun way while at the same time bringing awareness to a disorder we are still learning about every day. The exact cause is still unknown and families with children need help understanding how to help their child.

Because of this the authors have started the MISSING HEAD CHALLENGE: Buy a copy of THE QUESTION OF THE MISSING HEAD on its publication day (October 8). Then take a picture of yourself with the book (or your e-reader with the title page showing) and post it on Facebook or Twitter. Be sure to tag E.J. Copperman and Jeff Cohen in your posts.

For each picture seen by me or Jeff Cohen, we’ll donate $3 to ASPEN, the Autism Spectrum Education Network, up to $300. And HSG Agency, which represents us, will match the donation! So you get to help families with at least one member who has a spectrum disorder, and you don’t have to spend an extra dime!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is an absolutely wonderful story that features a great whodunit too!

Samuel Hoenig has Asperger’s Syndrome and in fact is quite a genius. When you first start reading you may think he is like Adrian Monk of television fame and the books by Hy Conrad and Lee Goldberg, but Mr. Monk has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and that is very different from Asperger’s.

Samuel has opened up a business, Questions Answered, and his new client has a doozy of  question – Who took the head of a woman from my cryogenics lab? Another woman, Mrs. Washburn, had come in to ask Samuel a question herself but this newcomer’s question definitely takes precedence. In fact she tags also as Samuel’s assistant in his endeavor to find this “missing head”.

I love Samuel. I love the way he takes care of his mom and she takes care of him. I love how quickly he gets close to Mrs. Washburn and they way she understands his unique personality. These characters a flashed out and real and they jump off the pages.

Then we have the characters at Garden State Cryonics Institute. They are a very interesting group from the CEO that asked the “question” to the Security Commander who thinks everyone is pointing figures his way for the missing cranium.

We also meet Detective Lapides who is really in uncharted waters with a case of this magnitude. Nothing like this have ever taken place for him to investigate. Plus he needs to deal with Laverne and Arthur Masters, the mother and brother of the woman whose head was being preserved at the institute and is now missing.

Most of the story takes place at the cryogenics lab and it is quite a place. It seems to give Samuel more questions than answers at first. The reader gets to follow him through his process of interviewing suspects, identifying clues and following where they lead and basically getting to understand the way Samuel evaluates things to answer the question.

The authors have also shown us a bit of the funny side to Samuel’s life, things that those around him have grown to love about him. So  truthful as those who have loved ones with this disorder will recognize. It affects people differently and at different levels but I feel the authors are created a wonderful protagonist and written a great mystery around him while at the same time creating  awareness about Asperger’s.

I truly can not wait to read the next story in this series. These authors have hit it out of the park on this one! and I think Samuel has answered his baseball question as well!!

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

Dollycas
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For more information about E. J. Copperman and his books check out his website here.

For more information about Jeff Cohen and his books check out his webpage here.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Cozy Wednesday with Author E.J. Copperman (Giveaway too!)

cozy wednesdayWelcome to Cozy Wednesday!

Today I am thrilled to welcome E.J. Copperman, author of the Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries.

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Writing Mysteries
E.J. Copperman

There is a danger in writing about a woman who can see ghosts. (Actually, there are many dangers inherent in writing about a woman who can see ghosts, although none of them are physical dangers, which is a help.) In making up ghost stories, there is the implicit problem that it’s possible to trivialize death. Not something I want to do. In fact, I prefer death not have my home address or even be able to text me.

Writing mystery novels requires a number of elements that, if badly used, create a formula, and if well used, constitute a possible Agatha Award. There should be a puzzle to solve, or else this would be a “literary novel,” which might be the stupidest term ever coined. (What novel is not literary? One on a spoken word disc?) There also, in our fictional work of fiction, should be characters the reader will come to care about. There should be relationships among the characters that grow and evolve as the series—this is going to be a series, or did I not mention that?—continues. There should be plot and dialogue and action and all the things that make any novel fun to read. (Except for the ones that are downright depressing, which show up on Top 10 lists and win awards, but only succeed if the reader is a hair short of suicidal upon closing the cover.)

And there should be some serious jeopardy for the main character. That’s where the danger in writing about a woman who can see ghosts enters the picture.

In the Haunted Guesthouse series (whose latest entry, Chance of a Ghost, published February 5), I write about Alison Kerby, a divorced mom who has purchased a huge Victorian on the Jersey Shore—and it should be noted that the latest installment, as all those that preceded it, takes place pre-Sandy—to turn into a guesthouse. And waddaya know, she finds out the place is infested with two ghosts, assuming two constitutes an infestation.

It has also been established that Alison’s young daughter Melissa and her not-all-that-old mother Loretta are also both capable of seeing the spirits of people who have passed on but haven’t cleared out. And therein lies the rub. If there were one aspect of the Haunted Guesthouse series I would like to take back—and there isn’t—it would be Melissa’s ability to see ghosts.

Sometime in every book I’ve written, there will come a moment when Alison’s life will be in danger, or at least perceived as being in danger. That’s an author’s way of heightening the stakes of the story, of making the reader more uneasy about the outcome, and of helping the reader care more about the character, which is the most important element of the series. But the question begs itself: If Alison dies, won’t Melissa still be able to hang around with her? Won’t Loretta still be able to visit? Wouldn’t Alison have a chance to connect better with Paul Harrison, the ghost trapped in her house, with whom she’s had an uneasy flirtation since the first book?
What’s so bad about dying, anyway?
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Now you see the problem: By creating ghosts who aren’t all that scary (Paul hangs out with Maxie, who is volatile and unpredictable, but loyal and a little fragile, too), I have opened a door for Alison that isn’t open to most non-ghost-seeing protagonists. It doesn’t seem like losing her life would be all that big a change in her existence. And if she loses that sense of danger, that dread of dying, if being a ghost is an appealing way to spend eternity, Alison’s jeopardy might just as well be the risk of losing on a game show with Alex Trebec.

I’ve taken a decent number of steps to head off any sense of “ho-hum” about Alison being scared of dying. For one thing, Paul and Maxie have made it quite clear that being dead is no fun at all. They can’t communicate with most people they loved (Maxie’s mom drops by every now and again and they “converse” by computer); they can’t enjoy any physical sensation, including food or drink; they really can’t touch; they don’t know what next level of existence, if any, awaits them.

Also, in the universe the Haunted Guesthouse series inhabits, there are no rules. There is no consistency. Nobody seems to be in charge. Maxie can move outside the guesthouse at 123 Seafront Avenue, but Paul can’t. Paul can mentally contact other ghosts, but Maxie can’t. Some spirits move on to another plane of existence, but not all, and the requirements to do so are unknown.
More to the point, not everyone who dies becomes a ghost.

With that in mind, and the strong possibility that she might not be able to stay with Melissa or her mother, that she might lose everything in death as most living humans seem to do, Alison’s fear of dying is just as strong as it would be if she were unaware of any post-death existence.

Or, at least, that’s how I’m explaining it. If you have a better idea, get writing.

~E.J.

About This Author

E.J. Copperman is the author of the Haunted Guesthouse mystery series, whose recent eSpecial novella A Wild Ghost Chase was published December 31, and whose latest full-length novel Chance of a Ghost was published on February 5. E.J. lives in New Jersey and has heard all the jokes.

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Chance of a Ghost
(A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery)

4th In Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (February 5, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Dominick Finelle
Cover Design by Judith Lagerman
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425251683
E-Book File Size: 552 KB
ASIN: B0095ZMQEE

Chance of a Ghost (Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, #4)

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