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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
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Escape into a song

By: Joelle Charbonneau

joelleI love to sing.  Not just because I teach voice or used to perform on stage or currently write about an opera singer.  Those are just happy career accidents.  If I’d never taught a single student, performed in a show or written any of the Glee Club books, I would still love to sing.

But’s it’s more than loving it.  I need to sing.  It’s my escape from everything around me, which is funny when I consider that never do I feel sadness, joy, happiness or despair more deeply than when I sing.   Music gives me a place to put all my hopes and dreams and fears.  When I’m singing I feel every note resonate deep in my soul.

Funny enough, because I’m a teacher and a professional performer, I don’t find the same kind of escape in just listening to music.  When I am listening to others sing, I analyze every moment both mentally and emotionally.  I think about what would make the song better.  I pick apart the ideas behind the lyrics and melody.

a chorus line upHmmm….I guess it probably isn’t a surprise that I can’t write when I have music on.  Music is never in the background for me.  And it doesn’t just set a mood.  It’s alive and real and makes me want to jump up and take part in it.  Which means if I put music on in my house while writing there would be a lot of singing and not a lot of writing.  Great for personal entertainment.  Bad for deadlines.

For my heroine of the Glee Club series, Paige Marshall, music has the same power in her life that it has in mine.  It isn’t just what she does for a career.  Singing is part of what makes her—well—her.  It is part of her heart and I hope that passion for singing comes across to readers.   More—I hope that some people who shy away from singing because they don’t think they’re any good at it are inspired by her passion to belt out a tune in the shower or in their car.  (Although the shower is WAY better acoustically.  Trust me.  Tile makes everyone sound better.)  Regardless of where you sing, you don’t have to sound like a Broadway star to make music.  You just have to let yourself enjoy the experience and escape into the song.  If you let yourself, I promise you that you’ll feel your heart soar.

So, today I challenge you to find your escape into music…if you only listen – that’s okay.  But if you sing at the top of your lungs so much the better.

~Joelle

Guess What Joelle does when she is not writing mysteries…

Joelle Charbonneau has performed in opera and musical theatre productions across Chicagoland.  She now teaches private voice lessons and is the author of two mystery series:  The Rebecca Robbins mysteries (Minotaur Books) and the Glee Club mysteries (Berkley).  Joelle’s also the author of New York Times Best Selling THE TESTING, the first of a young adult trilogy.

Learn more at www.joellecharbonneau.com, www.facebook.com/AuthorJoelleCharbonneau, or find her on twitter at @jcharbonneau

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A Chorus Lineup
(A Glee Club Mystery)

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (January 7, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Paul Hess
Cover Design by Rita Frangie
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252499
E-Book File Size: 1631 KB
ASIN: B00D7Z4GIW
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The Prospect Glen Glee Club, Music in Motion, is in Nashville for a National Show Choir competition. They have the talent. They have the heart. Nothing can stop Prospect Glen’s choir from taking home the trophy. But below the soaring voices, there are murmurs of suspicion. So-called accidents keep befalling the other choirs. Yet Prospect Glen remains untouched.

With their competitors clamoring for them to be disqualified, the group may soon be singing a different tune. If there’s anyone who can restore harmony to the competition, it’s Paige. But this time she’ll needs to stick her neck out to discover who’s behind the sabotage, or she may end up singing her own swan song…

Dollycas’s Thoughts
This a fun cozy series. Fans of the television show Glee and movies like Pitch Perfect would love this entire series.

Again Joelle Charbonneau has hit all the right notes. Her characters just sing on these pages. As these stories continue the characters continue to grow and evolve, both the adults and the teenagers.

Paige is still trying to make it as an opera singer but she really enjoys working with these kids. As if a long bus ride and a week long stay in a hotel with a bunch of teenagers weren’t enough one of the local competition volunteers, LuAnn, ends up dead. This volunteer had a real beef with Paige and the Music in Motion group. She was doing everything she could to get them disqualified and no one seems to know why. Then of course Paige is the one to find her body after an apparent hit and run. This moves her the “person of interest” list when the case is ruled as a homicide and this time she is out of her favorite detective’s jurisdiction. But Millie, Aldo and Killer do make the trip so Millie can do the team’s makeup.  That Killer is quite the canine. Hopefully they can get Paige out of  this mess.

The author takes us behind the scenes of the competition from the rehearsals to the final performance and everything in between. She definitely writes what she knows.

She has choreographed a very clever mystery too. Plenty of real suspects and unexpected turns. One that made this reader quite happy.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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Cozy Wednesday – End Me A Tenor by Joelle Charbonneau

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May 012013
 

cozy wednesdayWelcome to Cozy Wednesday!

We are still unpacking from our move so there is no special guest today. Sorry. But I do want to tell you about the next Glee Club Mystery by Joelle Charbonneau. I will be giving my review copy away in an upcoming giveaway because right now I can’t put my hands on it and I want to make sure it is still in giveaway condition 🙂

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End Me a Tenor (A Glee Club Mystery)
2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery

A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (April 2, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252161
E-Book File Size: 917 KB ASIN: B0099CUMNU

End Me a Tenor (Glee Club, #2)


High School Show Choir Coach Paige Marshall has her hands full. She has just learned that two other high schools are performing the same number as her choir in the upcoming competition season. She needs to quickly replace that song, complete with choreography, with another before they debut at the holiday concert in just a few days.

Paige has also been selected as one of the soloists in a production of the Messiah and is rehearsing daily to prepare. She is so excited, but the man singing the tenor part is world-renowned tenor David Richard and his overblown ego is hitting all the wrong notes. When the tempestuous tenor drops dead during rehearsal Paige finds herself investigating another murder and finds out the tenor was certainly no choirboy.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

What a wonderful encore to Murder for Choir. Charbonneau hits all the right notes!

The author combines mystery with a romantic triangle that reads like a marvelous melody. Should Paige be with Devlyn or Mike? The hunky detective or the talented teacher? Paige is extraordinary as she deals with keeping her current job while trying to further her singing career plus she is  dealing with her love life, her students, and her boss Larry, and trying to catch a killer.

The story has layers and is full of humor.  The characters just draw you right into their lives.  It is easy to see the author is a performer but she is also a terrific storyteller. Her insight into the musical arena shines through this entire literary score.

As I said in my review of Murder for Choir…

Like Glee, you will love this book!

Like cozy mysteries, you won’t be able to put this one down!

 I can’t wait for the next performance. It must almost be time for the Show Choir Competitions to begin. a perfect escape 5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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Jul 052012
 

Welcome to this Special Thursday Edition of Cozy Wednesday!


I hope those of you in the U.S.A. had a wonderful holiday and those of you hailing from other great places forgive me for pushing the festivities off for one day.

We had a wonderful holiday but I really can’t wait to share this book with you. Joelle has given us a mystery every “GLEEK” can love! I was in Chorus in Junior High and High School but was far from a shining star. I was one of those in the back row that sang just enough to pass the class and did my best to not ruin the songs we were singing. Today I sing-a-long with the radio and my kids and grandkids cover their ears. So I promise not to burst into song today. I will just sit here quietly with my glass of lemonade and let Joelle tell you all about her new series and Murder for Choir (A Glee Club Mystery).  Of course my full review can be found at the bottom of this post along with a giveaway.

Mr . Dollycas in on vacation this week and he made some yummy cookies for me to share. So help yourself to a glass of lemonade and enjoy the cookies, then relax and help me welcome Joelle.

Hi Joelle!

Hi Everyone!

I’ve had lots of opening nights.  Standing on stage behind the closed curtain you can hear the buzz of the audience.  The orchestra tunes up.  The energy is electric.  No matter how many rehearsals you’ve had or how well you know the show, there is a rush of nerves.  A burst of adrenaline.  Under the excitement there is always the worry that the show might not be ready for the audience – the press – the world.

Then the curtain goes up.  The orchestra plays and there is no time for doubts.  No time to worry about whether you’ll remember your lines, lyrics or dance steps.  The show starts and there is nothing to do but enjoy the ride.

July 3rd was opening night (or day as the case would be) for Murder for Choir, the first in the Paige Marshall Glee Club mystery series.  The story involves a classically trained singer who is struggling to make it in the performing world.  She takes a job as a local show choir coach to make ends meet and finds a rival show choir director strangled with a microphone dead.

Don’t you hate when that happens?  I know I do.

This is only my third opening curtain in the publishing world and I think I’m more nervous this time that I was for the other two.

Why?

Because when writing this book I used my own life for inspiration.  Oh, my heroine Paige doesn’t look a thing like me.  My students are a joy to teach and I don’t have a large standard poodle threatening to starve me.  But the core of Paige – the performer searching for a way to deal with rejection and still remain hopeful that someday she’ll get her big break – that’s me.  I can’t tell you how often I sat near the phone after an audition.  Sometimes it rang. More often it didn’t.  Rejection is part of the business.  I knew that going it.  So did Paige.  But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt when the part goes to someone else and when your dreams don’t look like they will ever come true.

So, on this opening of this Murder for Choir show, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that readers fall in love with Paige, her determination and the ability she has to pick herself up when she gets knocked down.  I also hope they enjoy laughing with the colorful cast of characters that make up Prospect Glen and the Music in Motion show choir.  If so, I am hopeful that the curtain will be allowed to come up again.  Paige and I would love to perform an encore.

~Joelle

Joelle, I am so happy you could be here with us today! I am positive readers are going to absolutely love Paige. I hope you will come back when she puts on her next performance!

About This Author
Joelle Charbonneau has performed in a variety of opera and musical theatre productions across Chicagoland. She now teaches private voice lessons and uses her stage experience to create compelling characters in her books. She is the author of two mystery series: The Rebecca Robbins mysteries (Minotaur Books) and the Glee Club mystery series, Murder for Choir (Berkley). Joelle is also the author of the Graduation Day young adult trilogy that will debut with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s in Spring 2013. Learn more at www.joellecharbonneau.com


Murder for Choir
(A Glee Club Mystery)

Brand New Series

A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Paul Hess
Cover Design by Rita Frangie
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Paige Marshall has taken a job as a Glee Club Coach at Prospect Glen High School as she waits for the next big break to come along in her opera career. She thought professional auditions were rough but she quickly learns how cutthroat competition is for high school show choirs. These students expect to win a championship and don’t believe Paige is the right coach for the job.

Finding a rival coach dead does not help matters. Then one of her students becomes the prime suspect in the investigation. Paige decides she must do everything she can to help clear his name even if it means never hitting a high note again.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
What a musical debut! This story has the perfect tempo and deserves a standing ovation.

Like Glee, you will love this book!
Like cozy mysteries, you won’t be able to put this one down!
Hate your choir director, this is the book for you!

You can tell the author is very familiar with this subject matter, it just sings with that personal touch.

Joelle Charbonneau has created a great cast of characters in a high school setting which as anyone knows is always full of drama. Paige has her hands full not only with the show choir kids, but her boss Larry, the Costume Designer Felicia, Detective Mike Kaiser, and her Aunt Millie too. Aunt Millie’s antics will have you laughing until you are crying. Who knew one little cosmetics party could get so out of hand? Paige is also trying to make friends with her aunt’s standard poodle that she calls “Killer”. She has to get him to like her if she ever expects to eat again. Good thing she is a very determined woman. It will take more than a dead body and a dog poised to attack to knock her out of the spotlight.

I am hoping Murder for Choir (A Glee Club Mystery) is the prelude to many more performances for Paige Marshall and her show choir.  I have fallen hard for this cast and definitely demand an ENCORE!! 


Dollycas

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Murder for Choir

Thanks to the people at Penguin
I have 2 copies to giveaway!!

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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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