Friday, November 10, 2017

Cover Reveal: Temple of Indra's JEWEL

Check out the brand new cover design for the Time Traveling Bibliophile Series! I'm hoping it has more of time travel/sci-fi feel to it now. What do you think?

While vacationing in the South of France, ​a librarian is pushed from a cliff and ​into​ ​the body of ​​a 19th-century princess ​destined to be murdered. Can this ​resourceful ​librarian ​​hunt down someone who isn't killing by the book​ ​or will she ​be ​checked out for good?

Sophia Marcil loves her grandmother's twisted tales almost as much as the sapphire ring passed down to her. Wearing it, however, could be her downfall. After slipping the jewel onto her finger she is pushed from a cliff--landing splat in the middle of 19th Century Monaco, where a killer plot to seize the throne could consume her entire future--past and present. Sophia believes she's being forced into an eccentric millionaire's dinner theatre but a hidden diary, a secret passage and a whispered conversation reveal to her that the role of a princess is not all fun and games. With the help of a man from outside the palace walls, Sophia undertakes a spellbinding journey straight out of a Grimm tale. Learning the gem's secrets and the powerful curse behind it are only the beginning. With time and the constant threat of death hanging over her, she must take a page out of her own history to hunt down someone who isn't killing by the book.

Now, if only Amazon would update. Refresh, refresh, refresh.

Cover update done by the talented Mariah Sinclair

Drumroll please, I give you….

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Welcome ghouls and boys! The witching hour is upon us! Cue the Cult Classic Horror Films, the Monster Mash, and the need for Haunted Houses decorations! If you’re hosting a Halloween party or a Deadly Haunted Ball like Juniper and Pike in Cookies, Corpses & the Deadly Haunt, you’ll need to get your house ready. Here are some of the tips on how I get my spooky old Victorian ready!

Before you do anything, turn on the music, and get in the Halloween Spirit! I like Saint-Saëns "Danse Macabre." This dance of the dead features the Devil playing the violin, and a xylophone imitating the sounds of rattling bones. You might recognize it from certain Halloween films.


Fake skulls, cobwebs, candy dishes & creepy pictures
Skulls are an inexpensive and yet classy way to add a little spooky-ness to your house! I also keep these in my library to a little ambiance to my writing room. I bought my skulls (the eyes light up) at the dollar store. You know what else is cheap at the dollar store? Creepy pictures, candy dishes and fake cobwebs. Holographic Halloween Photos are cheesy, but I love them, and there’s no easier way to age a room than with fake spiderwebs! During Halloween you absolutely must have something to hold the candy. I like to use a witch’s pot that I got from a party store.

Table Cloths!
This is one of my favorite ways to decorate for Halloween, because they are so versatile! Just take an old sheer curtain and cut tears into it. Instant spooky chic table cloth or hang them in a doorway. I like to lay mine over a black cloth.

Fake Tombstones
We do a combo here. We have a couple that we bought from the dollar store or party centre but we also made some from cardboard and spray-painted. We just stand them up in the garden, along the walkway and against the house. My daughter likes to hide amongst them like she’s a statue and then jump out and scare people as they arrive. Little girls can be so spooky.

Old Trunks & Suitcases
 We found some in our attic and bought others at an antique shop. They are all over my house, so I just leave a fake hand or leg hanging half-out; add some fake cobwebs and boom! Now we have a hidden dead body. Similarly, we stick those old bones in our garden.
How to make a creepy standing figure.
Get a tall lamp stand, and take the light bulb and shade off of it.
-Get a long dress or nightgown
-Leave the dress on the hanger, and hang it over the lamp stand.
-Get a skull or mask and place it over the top of the lamp stand, so that it covers the hanger. And there is your super cool and super creepy standing figure!

In my book, Juniper and Pike make creepy ghost ladies using mannequins, sheets and/orold sheer dresses and led lights. Here are some links to other cool new ideas out there.

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These cookies have become a tradition in our house.OREO Mummy Cookies look like cute little mummy faces! These will make the perfect treat for your Halloween party.
Make these Mummy Cookies a part of your Halloween tradition! Super easy, really fun to make (buy 2 packages of OREOs) and kids can have a lot of fun helping out. We use smarties for eyes but you can also use candy eyeballs. Pro-tip - Put the smarties on first and ice over them so it looks like a wrapped mummy. Your welcome. Wink Wink.




Rachael Stapleton

Monday, October 16, 2017

On Tour: Cookies, Corpses & the Deadly Haunt (Haunted House Flippers Inc.)

Cookies, Corpses & the Deadly Haunt (Haunted House Flippers Inc.)
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series

House flippers Jack & Juniper agree to lend and help prep their latest purchase—The Doctors House—an old Victorian mansion to act as the eerie setting for the town’s Halloween bash, they’re expecting to find missing floor boards, and pesky bats, not the ghostly specter of the murdered Doctors Wife.
But when the head of the council is found stuffed in a trunk in the attic, it appears history is repeating.As June and the team, carry on with party preparations, they unravel a century of family secrets, whispers of lunacy—and the number one suspect goes on the run. But the victim’s family insists that the ball must go on, even with a killer on the loose. With Halloween fast approaching, June sees the woman in white and wonders if keeping the killer out was ever really a possibility. Now she’s desperate to unmask the killer before the Annual Halloween Bash turns into even more of a deadly haunt…


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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Review & #Giveaway – A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron @ellenbyronla #5jinglebells #cozy

Rachael's Review:

Another dead body. Just another day in the Bayou for budding sleuth Magnolia Crozat. In the 3rd Cajun Country mystery, Ellen Byron once again cooks up a laugh out loud page turner that's as yummy as Ninette Crozat's Holiday Brandy Pain Perdu. Maggie Crozat is home for the holidays playing mistress of the Doucet Plantation to the tune of her new manager’s fiddle and helping out at her own family's B&B. Not a moment too soon, given that her family is sick with stress—the trouble is that the Crozat Plantation B & B is being targeted. It isn't long before Maggie and hunky boyfriend Bo Durand dig in, seeking out a mysterious Internet troll who is writing damaging reviews about all of her uncle's properties. What they find at the heart of the matter is a ruthless financier intent on acquiring the Crozat estate. Sadly, (but not really) that financier ends up dead, which lands Maggie and Bo on the suspect list. From irrational reviews to bursting bonfires and crusty guests, the sleigh bells are jingling, and the clock is ticking for Maggie and Rufus, who must catch the killer. Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country mysteries are delightful and addictive. I can't wait for the next book.
I give this five glorious bonfires a burning. ~ Author Rachael Stapleton

Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series Crooked Lane Books (October 10, 2017) Hardcover: 304 pages ISBN-13: 978-1683313052 E-Book ASIN: B06XW23LPG
Maggie Crozat is back home in bayou country during the most magical time of the year. In Pelican, Louisiana, Christmastime is a season of giant bonfires on the levee, zydeco carols, and pots of gumbo. Except, this year, the Grinch has come to stay at the family-run Crozat Plantation B&B. When he floods travel websites with vicious reviews, Maggie thinks she’s identified him as rival businessman Donald Baxter. That is, until he’s found stabbed to death at Maggie’s workplace. And Maggie and her loved ones become top suspects. The Crozats quickly establish alibis, but Maggie’s boyfriend, Detective Bo Durand, remains under suspicion. With Bo sidelined during the investigation, Maggie finds herself forced to work with an unlikely ally: longtime family enemy Rufus Durand. Her sleuthing uncovers more suspects than drummers drumming, and lands her in the crosshairs of the murderer. The sleigh bells are jingling, and the clock is ticking for Maggie and Rufus, who must catch the killer or it will be the opposite of a Joyeux Noël in A Cajun Christmas Killing, the recipe-stuffed third installment of USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country mysteries.
About The Author
Body on the Bayou, the second in Ellen's Cajun Country Mystery series, won the Left Coast Crime Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery, and was nominated for a Best Contemporary Novel Agatha Award. Her debut book in the series, Plantation Shudders, made the USA Today Bestsellers list, and was nominated for Agatha, Lefty, and Daphne awards. Ellen is also a recipient of a William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant from the Malice Domestic Convention. Her TV credits include Wings, Still Standing, and Just Shoot Me, as well as network and cable pilots. As a journalist, she's written over 200 magazine articles for national publications. Her plays, published by Dramatists Play Service, include the popular Graceland and Asleep on the Wind. A native New Yorker and graduate of Tulane University, Ellen lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, daughter, and the family’s spoiled rescue dogs.

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