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It’s All About the Setting by Kathi DalyI currently write five series. With four of the series the concept for the books began with a character that I wanted to write. The lone exception to this is the Tj Jensen Paradise Lake series where the concept began with a place. Lake Tahoe to be exact. I have lived in Lake Tahoe most of my life, and although I have visited every one of the fifty US states, I have never found another place where I’d rather live than my cozy small town nestled right on a lake. For me Tahoe provides the perfect lifestyle. There are hundreds of miles of forest right out my back door, an abundance of wildlife who visit my yard on a daily basis, outdoor sports such as hiking and biking in the summer, and of course skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.This mama and cub visited us a couple of summers ago. We get a lot of bears in our yard as our property is bordered on all sides by national forest but I can’t help but love this photo where both mom and baby posed so perfectly while my husband snapped the photo. When I sat down to write the Tj Jensen series I wanted to bring mountain living to my readers so I decided to have Tj live on a lakeside resort, where there were both abundant summer and winter activities. The scenery surrounding the small town of Serenity Nevada, as well as the resort perched on the shoreline of Paradise Lake, is as much an integral part of the series as the characters readers have grown to love.I have found that readers love sharing the ever changing seasons with Tj. The books set in the summer detail the beach, lake, and near perfect weather, while the books set in the winter tend to focus on the coziness of a crackling fire as the snow covers the landscape. While I love all of the seasons, fall is by far my favorite season. I love the colorful blanket of reds, yellows, and oranges that cover the mountains. I love the cool crisp days and even cooler nights spent snuggled up with my dog and husband as I read my favorite mystery novel. And while fall is my favorite season, like Tj, I love to spend as much time on the water as I can during the warmer months of July and August.
If you are the type of reader who loves to be transported to a place, I think you will love the Tj Jensen series. I love sharing the small town where I grew up with readers who share my love of woodsy interiors, warm and cozy fires, colorful seasons, abundant wildlife, and long and solitary walks through the forest where the only sound you hear is the sound of your own breath.
Pumpkins in Paradise
By Kathi Daly
A Tj Jensen Mystery, Book 1
Publisher: Henery Press, Second Edition
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Length: 268 Pages
About the book:
Between volunteering for the annual pumpkin festival and coaching her girls to the state soccer finals, high school teacher Tj Jensen finds her good friend Zachary Collins dead in his favorite chair. When the handsome new deputy closes the case without so much as a “why” or “how,” Tj turns her attention from chili cook-offs and pumpkin carving to complex puzzles, prophetic riddles, and a decades-old secret she seems destined to unravel.
Henery Press is releasing the first (1st) 6 books in this series on September 6, 2016
Henery Press is releasing the first (1st) 6 books in this series on September 6, 2016
Snowmen in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery, Book 2))
Winter Carnival comes to Serenity, and with it Tj finds her schedule busier than ever. Not only is her ski and snowboard team heavily involved in demonstrations and local competitions, but her ragtag choir is about to debut in their first live performance. To make matters even more complicated, someone has killed Travis Davidson, a town favorite son, world-class snowboarder, and Olympic hopeful. Tj is determined not to get involved in the subsequent investigation until she learns the prime suspect is Chelsea Hanson, high-school boyfriend Hunter Hanson’s sister.
Although there’s no shortage of Sereninites with a grudge against the hometown hero, even Tj has to admit there’s good cause to suspect Chelsea of the murder. Balancing bridesmaid duties, Winter Carnival obligations, show choir duty, and after-hours investigation, Tj sets out to prove Chelsea innocent.
Bikinis in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery, Book 3)
When the Tropical Tan Corporation descends on Maggie’s Hideaway, the lakeside resort where Tj Jensen lives, she must juggle a bikini contest, a BBQ cook-off, a missing model, and a dead chaperone while her father is out of town. Lead Deputy Dylan Caine is on vacation while his sister is visiting, leaving Assistant Deputy Roy Fisher in charge. When Roy asks Tj for her help they find there may be more going on than anyone realized. With Kyle and Jenna’s help, they dig into the lives of those involved, only to find a mystery more complex than anything they could ever have imagined.
Christmas in Serenity is a magical time of year Tj has always looked forward to with happy anticipation. This year her holiday spirit is marred by the impending arrival of two new men in her life. When one of them ends up dead, Tj must juggle community plays, Christmas tree cuttings, sleigh rides, and holiday shopping with a complex murder investigation. As the facts begin to unravel, she realizes she may have to risk everything to save someone she loves.
Puppies in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 5)
When a friend of Tj’s is injured in a car accident during a blizzard, Tj takes responsibility for the litter of puppies left behind. Meanwhile, she works with Kyle, Jenna, and the gang to catch the person responsible for the death of a close family friend. When it turns out that the main suspects are also close to the Jensens, Tj must deal with one of the most difficult decisions she’s ever had to make.
Halloween in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery, Book 6)
In the midst of the annual Halloween frenzy, Tj finds herself pulled into a series of events at the high school where she works. Not only must she help one of the girls on her team deal with a case of cyberbullying, but she must help a student who has recently suffered a personal tragedy. And as if Tj wasn’t busy enough, in walks Samantha Colton, a reporter for Second Look, a television series that takes a look back at unsolved murders.
This time the case is the death of a popular student after the homecoming dance ten years before. To make matters even worse—or maybe more convenient—the graduating class of the victim is in town for their ten-year reunion and all the suspects just happen to have converged on Serenity for the weekend. When Samantha turns up dead, Tj must track down someone who seems willing to kill again to keep their secret.
Treasure in Paradise ( A Tj Jensen Mystery, Book 7) Available April 2017 from Henery Press
About Kathi Daly
Author of the Zoe Donovan cozy Mystery Series, Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series, Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Series, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries, and Seacliff High Teen Cozy Mystery Series.
Come for the murder, stay for the romance.
Kathi lives in the beautiful alpine community of Lake Tahoe with her husband Ken and dog Echo. When she’s not writing she enjoys hanging out on the beach with her children and grandchildren. During the summer she enjoys hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, wakeboarding, and sunset cruises on the lake. During the winter she enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and curling up by a fire with a good book.
Kathi uses her mountain home as inspiration for her books, all which include appearances by the wildlife she shares her life with.
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