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Artistic License to Kill (A Fine Art Mystery) by Paula Darnell #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @PaulaJDarnell


Artistic License to Kill (A Fine Art Mystery)
by Paula Darnell

About Artistic License to Kill


Artistic License to Kill (A Fine Art Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Campbell and Rogers Press (January 15, 2021)
Hardcover: 384 pages
ISBN-10: 1887402136
ISBN-13: 978-1887402132
Paperback: 258 pages
ISBN-10: 1887402128
ISBN-13: 978-1887402125
Publisher: Campbell and Rogers Press (January 5, 2021)
Digital Print length: 211 pages
ASIN: B08MWVYDLD

Artist Amanda Trent, accompanied by her beloved golden retriever Laddie and her persnickety calico cat Mona Lisa, is determined to start a new life after her husband divorces her to marry a younger woman, but it isn’t easy.

 

After a disastrous interview at the prestigious Roadrunner Gallery in Lonesome Valley, Arizona, far away from her previous home in Kansas City, Amanda’s afraid that she’ll fail at her new career. But her prospects begin to improve when she’s accepted as the newest member of the cooperative gallery.

 

Then, on her very first day, she discovers Janice, the stern director, has been murdered right in the art gallery, and the Roadrunner’s members, including Amanda herself, become suspects. Which gallery member murdered the unpopular director? Or was the killer an outsider with an ax to grind?

 

About Paula Darnell

Award-winning author Paula Darnell is a former college instructor who has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in English and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in English with a Writing Emphasis. Artistic License to Kill is the first book in her Fine Art Mystery series. She’s also the author of the DIY Diva Mystery series and The Six-Week Solution, a historical mystery set in Nevada. She resides in Las Vegas with her husband Gary and their Pyrador Rocky.

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Great Escapes Praise for Artistic License to Kill (A Fine Art Mystery)
by Paula Darnell

Artistic License to Kill is a creative new cozy mystery with a cunning killer, a daunting detective, cavorting canines, an intimidated mentor, and a probing painter.
~The Avid Reader

What I liked best about this book are the characters and the look behind the scenes of the art world. From the studios to galleries and even in-person sales at a fair, you’ll find yourself connected to and afraid for Amanda.
~Laura’s Interests

The story moves quickly, partially because of the writing style and partially because it’s short. At just over 200 pages, Artistic License to Kill is a fast read with little to slow it down.
~Mysteries With Character, Terry Ambrose, Author

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#SpecialGuest – Paula Darnell – Author of Death by Design: A DIY Diva Mystery – Great Escapes Book Tour @PaulaJDarnell

Death by Design: A DIY Diva Mystery
by Paula Darnell

I am so happy to welcome Paula to Escape With Dollycas today! 

Hi Paula, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a former college instructor, and I also worked for seven years as a contract fashion writer for About.com. Now that I’m retired, I’m still busy writing, but I’m concentrating on fiction, rather than non-fiction.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

  1. I was a manager for several years at a large newspaper chain, but I wasn’t a writer there; I worked in the advertising department.
  2. I like to binge watch old TV series.
  3. I would love to live in St. Mary Mead, next door to Miss Marple.

What is the first book you remember reading?

Little Golden books were the first books read to me. My parents always read to me when I was a young child. I still have a box of these old children’s books in my garage. I read the same books to my daughters when they were pre-schoolers.

What are you reading now?

I just finished reading Died in the Wool, A Knit and Nibble Mystery, by Peggy Erhart, and I’m currently reading a couple of non-fiction books about millinery.

What books have most inspired you?

All the cozy mystery books I’ve read have helped me in one way or another. I think Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple stories have probably inspired me the most.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

I’m a cozy mystery reader, and I also watch a lot of TV shows and movies in the mystery genre. I like cozies, rather than the hard-boiled detective novels or those with a lot of forensic details because I like the puzzle-solving aspect and dislike graphic violence and gore.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I write at my PC. It seems like the most convenient way, especially since it’s easy to quickly fact check or do a bit of research online. My printer’s right next to my computer, which is handy when I want to review what I’ve written.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Some of my ideas come from places I’ve lived and experiences I’ve had. For example, in Death by Association: A DIY Diva Mystery, I drew on my own experiences as a homeowner in a guard-gated community governed by an HOA, my own crafting hobbies, and my experience as a pet parent to my two Labrador retrievers.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Just getting it done is the most challenging thing for me.

What do you think makes a good story?

A good story makes the reader want to keep reading to find out what happens.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Probably the main character, Laurel McMillan, is most like me because she likes craft projects, she teaches, and she’s a pet parent to a Labrador retriever.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

In the DIY Diva Mysteries, I have craft project instructions in the back of the book for projects that the DIY Diva has made during the story. In Death by Association, I also include four dog treat recipes in the back because Laurel is writing her new book DIY for Dog Lovers and including dog treats in it. In Death by Design, she’s working on projects for her next book DIY Perfect Pillows, so I include project instructions for pillows.

Thank you, Paula, for visiting today!

About the Book


Death by Design: A DIY Diva Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Cozy Cat Press (June 20, 2019)
Print Length: 184 pages
ASIN: B07T9PFYX3

DIY Diva Laurel McMillan rejoices when her student Jennifer’s peacock pillow wins a design contest; that is, until Jennifer’s husband Matt is smothered with the very same pillow. When the police confiscate her prize-winning pillow, Jennifer freaks out, and Laurel fears that Jennifer may be more upset about losing the pillow than about Matt’s death. But the police arrest disgraced nurse Edna Elkins, not Jennifer. Begging Laurel to find the real killer, Edna insists she’s innocent, but Laurel’s not so sure, and when Laurel encounters Jennifer while walking her lovable Labrador retriever, Bear, she’s left with more questions than answers. Should the crafty DIY Diva play DIY Detective or does Edna really belong in jail?

Includes recipes and pillow project instructions.

More about Paula Darnell

 

An instructor at five colleges over the years, Paula Darnell most often taught the dreaded first-year English composition classes, but she’s also been happy to teach some fun classes, such as fashion design, sewing, and jewelry making. Paula has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and a Master’s degree in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Like Laurel, the main character in Death by Association, Paula enjoys all kinds of arts and crafts. Some of her memorable projects include making a hat and a cape to wear to Royal Ascot, sewing wedding gowns for both her daughters, exhibiting her textile and mixed-media artwork in juried art shows, and having one of her jewelry projects accepted for inclusion in Leather Jewelry, published by Lark Books. She sells some of her jewelry and hair accessories in her Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/PaulaDJewelry.

Paula’s interest in DIY craft projects and fashion led to her writing hundreds of articles for print and online national publications.

Living in a guard-gated community governed by a homeowners’ association gave Paula the idea for the setting of Death by Association. She finds that residing in an HOA community can be both a blessing and a curse. A Happy-New-Year greeting from her community association called on residents to “start the new year by reviewing your Rules and Regulations booklet,” something unlikely to top anyone’s list of New Year’s resolutions.

Paula lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband Gary and their 110-pound dog Rocky, whose favorite pastime is lurking in the kitchen, hoping for a handout.

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#Spotlight / #Giveaway – Death by Association: A DIY Diva Mystery by Paula Darnell – Great Escapes Book Tour @PaulaJDarnell


I am delighted to shine the spotlight on Paula Darnell’s 1st DIY Diva Mystery today!

Death by Association:
A DIY Diva Mystery
by Paula Darnell

About the Book


Death by Association: A DIY Diva Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Cozy Cat Press (January 1, 2019)
Paperback: 271 pages
ISBN-10: 1946063681
ISBN-13: 978-1946063687
Digital ASIN: B07MQ73LJQ (215 Pages)

DIY Diva Laurel McMillan learns that the high walls and guarded gates of Hawkeye Haven can’t protect her community. When Laurel takes her pampered, chocolate Labrador retriever, Bear, for an early morning walk, she finds her friend, security guard Bessie, bleeding and unconscious at her guardhouse post. If the attack on Bessie isn’t enough to set the residents’ nerves on edge, the murder of Victor Eberhart, the unpopular president of the powerful homeowners’ association, certainly does the trick. Despite teaching DIY classes and writing project instructions for her latest book, DIY for Dog Lovers, Laurel manages to squeeze in time for some DIY detective work. But as she gets closer to the truth, Victor’s killer would like nothing better than for the DIY Diva to take a dive.

About the Author

An instructor at five colleges over the years, Paula Darnell most often taught the dreaded first-year English composition classes, but she’s also been happy to teach some fun classes, such as fashion design, sewing, and jewelry making. Paula has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and a Master’s degree in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Like Laurel, the main character in Death by Association, Paula enjoys all kinds of arts and crafts. Some of her memorable projects include making a hat and a cape to wear to Royal Ascot, sewing wedding gowns for both her daughters, exhibiting her textile and mixed-media artwork in juried art shows, and having one of her jewelry projects accepted for inclusion in Leather Jewelry, published by Lark Books. She sells some of her jewelry and hair accessories in her Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/PaulaDJewelry.

Paula’s interest in DIY craft projects and fashion led to her writing hundreds of articles for print and online national publications.

Living in a guard-gated community governed by a homeowners’ association gave Paula the idea for the setting of Death by Association. She finds that residing in an HOA community can be both a blessing and a curse. A Happy-New-Year greeting from her community association called on residents to “start the new year by reviewing your Rules and Regulations booklet,” something unlikely to top anyone’s list of New Year’s resolutions.

Paula lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband Gary and their 110-pound dog Rocky, whose favorite pastime is lurking in the kitchen, hoping for a handout.

Praise for Death by Association: A DIY Diva Mystery
by Paula Darnell

Fun and interesting characters, an original setting in a gated community (Oh, the trials of an HOA), Bear the dog, and great writing all make DEATH BY ASSOCIATION a story worth reading, and a great debut for Darnell.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

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