Mar 132013
 

cozy wednesdayWelcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I love it when Kari drop by for a visit!!

I just learned Trouble in the Tarot has made the Bestseller Lists!
Congratulations Kari!!

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Immortalizing Characters

The characters in a series really do make the series. Choosing the perfect ones can be hard. We want them to be three-dimensional and seem like real people. I am always studying people and filing away bits of description, dialogue, habits and quirks. I truly love to people watch, so if you meet me, be careful…some aspect of you just might wind up in my book:) Sometimes we create our characters from people we see on TV or in the newspaper or on our favorite shows and movies. Sometimes they are a combination of character types. And sometimes they are based on real-life people we know.

9780425251973_TroubleInThe_CV.inddIn book two, Corpse in the Crystal Ball, I introduced a character named Granny Gert. Granny is actually based on my real-life grandmother Gertrude who passed away years ago. She had the same white hair from having scarlet fever at the age of sixteen. She wore the same aprons and baked cookies, storing them in her orange pumpkin cookie jar with the tin foil plate covered lid. And she was as sweet as can be. I admit her personality sometimes is more like my mother Marion: a bit over the top and totally hilarious. My mother is the one who will try any new fad like Granny does in book three, Trouble in the Tarot, in her quest to improve herself.

Yes…I take after my mother 🙂

I think it’s so amazing as an author to be able to immortalize the ones we love through our characters. It’s so much fun revisiting them and having a blast trying to figure out what my grandma would do in this or that situation. It brings back so many fond memories. In fact, my husband has a Grandma Tootsie who is 98 years young, still lives alone, is as sharp as a tack and has so many cute quirks that she would make a perfect new character in book 4, Peril in the Palm. I am going to have her show up at the Inn and become Granny Gert’s new friend 🙂

So tell me, what other types of characters would you like to see introduced in more of my Fortune Teller Books? Do you have any fun family or friend characters you’d love to see or just a certain “type” of person you love to see in your favorite cozies? Inquiring minds would love to know! Anyway, I hope you all enjoy this third installment. Be sure to let me know what you think, and if you have a chance, post a review on Amazon, Goodreads, B&N or wherever. It helps readers to know what other people think. Thanks so much for having me, and good luck on winning the giveaway.

~Kari

You are welcome anytime Kari, the blog is always open!!

About This Author

Kari Lee Townsend lives in central New York with her understanding husband, her three busy boys, and her oh-so-dramatic daughter 🙂 She is the National Bestselling Author, Agatha & RT Reviewer’s Choice Award nominee for her Fortune Teller Mystery series. Kari also writes romance under the name Kari Lee Harmon. Small towns, mystical elements, quirky characters and a few chuckles along the way are what her books are all about. To find out more about Kari and all of her books, check out her websites at: www.karileetownsend.com & www.karileeharmon.com

 

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Trouble in the Tarot
(A Fortune Teller Mystery)
3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Mystery (March 5, 2013)
The Berkley Publishing Company
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Lisa French
Cover Design by Leslie Worrell
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425251973
E-Book File Size: 482 KB
ASIN: B0099CWK0I

For psychic Sunshine Meadows, sometimes fortunes can be deceiving . . .

Sunny agrees to read tarot cards at the annual Summer Solstice Carnival and that’s where she meets Fiona Atwater. Fiona and Granny Gert are bitter enemies and whenever they get near each other a war of words breaks out. When a local baker get run over by a big white Cadillac that just happens to belong to Granny and both she and Fiona are at the crime scene they must cast their differences aside as they find themselves in very close quarters.

Sunny knows she should keep her nose of the investigation and let Mitch handle it but she can’t ignore her visions and leave Granny’s life in fate’s hands.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Each installment to this series is better than the last and the first two were excellent.

In this 3rd Fortune Teller Mystery, Sunny’s cat Morty just steals the show. He is a fantastic feline with very special capabilities that put him in the right place at the right time always looking very fine in his bow ties.

The ongoing feud between Granny and Fiona drives the story. They each try hard to outdo each other is everything from crafts to baking. They are both determined to win the Bake Off at the carnival but a dead body puts the kibosh on both their plans and brings Sunny’s parents for another visit. 

Plus Quincy Turner from the Parks and Recreation Department is not happy that the proceeds from this year’s carnival are not coming to him but instead going to Ozzie Zukerman’s Animal Angels to support his new animal rescue shelter. This creates a riff between this men that boils over to effect things way beyond the local park.

Townsend has created more than one clever mystery with a “murder” and someone sabotaging the carnival. She has also added some colorful new characters and the romance between “Tink” and “Grumpy Pants” hits a few bumps in the road. 

I started this story and could not put it down until I reached the last word. Kari Lee Townsend writes fun mysteries with a feisty psychic protagonist that are destined to be loved cozy readers everywhere! You don’t need to be clairvoyant to see a bright future for this author!

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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

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Jun 272012
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am so excited Kari Lee is not only here to visit but she has brought the characters from The Fortune Teller Mysteries with her. She is responsible for every aspect of their lives and today they are turning the tables and questioning her. Please help yourself to some tea, with Sunny here today maybe we can get her to read our tea leaves!

Welcome Everyone! We are thrilled you are here!

 

Kari Lee Townsend’s Characters Interview Her

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Mitch: Okay, so you’ve been going around putting us in the hot seat, interviewing (more like interrogating) us. I say turnabout’s fair play. I want to know if you have any other crazy notions swirling around in that scary brain of yours?

Kari: If it wasn’t for me, you’d still be moping around and obsessed with your work with no life at all. At least having someone drive you crazy is better than having someone or something make you sad.

Sunny: Hey, I do not drive Detective Stone crazy. And if I do, it’s all your fault. You made me this way. Why on earth would you try to fix me up with someone my complete opposite anyway?

Kari: You know the saying…opposites attract. Besides, you need some grounding, and Grumpy Pants gives that to you. And he needs to loosen up and have fun, and let’s face it, you’re just so cute and quirky, Tink. You both need to just embrace what I’ve done and let yourselves enjoy each other.

Granny Gert: That’s what I’ve been trying to them, dear, but they are both too stubborn to listen. They’ll never have what my Frank and I had if they don’t shape up. I miss Frank, so thank you for letting me play dress up with Morty. He’s been such a good sport, and he looks so dapper in his spiffy bow ties, I must say.

Kari: You and your bow ties have been a big hit, Granny. I’m so glad at least one of you appreciates my story telling.

Mitch: I’m not saying you’re not talented, I’m just thinking you’re not all “there” at times. Jeesh, you women are so sensitive.

Sunny: Do you see what I mean? Forget opposites, you’ve made us polar opposites. How am I supposed to work with that? He’s impossible.

Mitch: Well, you’re a quack.

Granny Gert: Now now, children, let’s play nice in the sandbox. Right Morty?

Kari: Oh, boy. I see I have a lot more work to do on all of you. In the meantime, interrogation session officially over. Get back between the pages and let me do what I do best. Ugh. And they think I’m the crazy one.  They’re all quite the characters, and even though they don’t know it, I plan to keep them that way 🙂

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Oops, picking on your author is not a good idea for characters but us readers can’t wait to see what kind of trouble she writes for you next!

Thank you all for stopping by. No tea leaves being read today 🙂 But I will tell you about Kari Lee’s new book!


Corpse in the Crystal Ball
(A Fortune Teller Mystery)

2nd Book in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Lisa French
Cover Design by Lesley Worrell

Corpse in the Crystal Ball

 

 

If you live in a place called Divinity you expect just a little bit of serenity, but since Sunny Meadows has come to town life has been anything but serene.

She finally cleared her name for one murder and now a woman has disappeared. The police are actually asking her to help them. Maybe this will lead to a second chance with hunky Detective Stone. Not likely, the missing woman happens to be Grumpy Pants’ ex-girlfriend.

After her visions lead them to a terrible discovery in the woods that implicates the great detective he needs her help and romance is set aside. After she saves the man she is falling in love with and catches the real culprit they can reexamine their relationship.  But this time her clairvoyant abilities may let her down and what she doesn’t see could hurt her.

Dollycas’s Thoughts Wow! This story is full of surprises and  so many gyrations. You will not be able to put it down. Kari Lee Townsend has written an really smart mystery with very interesting characters. The story is sprinkled with a “purrfect” portion of humor. Morty and Granny Gert are absolutely priceless. I wish we had a picture of Morty in one of his bow ties. There is also quite a bit of romantic tension between “Tink” and “Grumpy Pants”. I LOVED IT!!

Pass me one of of Granny’s special cookies and sign me up for an appointment with Sunny today. I think I am a crystal ball person myself but Sunny will know for sure. I going to just hang around Divinity and wait for the next adventure to start.

This is fabulous cozy mystery with light and fun paranormal aspects. I foresee that everyone will enjoy this story!

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

About This Author Kari Lee Townsend lives in central NY with her understanding husband, her 3 busy boys, and her oh-so-dramatic daughter who make everything she does worthwhile and provide loads of material for her books 🙂  She writes teen superheros and cozy mysteries set in small towns with mystical elements and quirky characters, as well as romantic comedies under the name Kari Lee Harmon. She spends her days and nights trying to figure out whodunit…funny how no one at home will confess any more than the characters in her books.

To find out more about Kari go to her website karileetownsend.com and check out her group blog, Mysteries & Margaritas. Like her author page at on Facebook and follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/karileetownsend

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

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You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Leave a comment for Kari Lee for 5 Bonus Entries !

If you publicize the giveaway anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End July 11, 2012 at 11:59 PM CST
Winners Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winners Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here.

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