Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Blurb Blitz & #Giveaway for Mystic Mistletoe Murder by Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens

Welcome to my stop on the Blurb Blitz, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for Mystic Mistletoe Murder by Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens.  Please leave a comment or question for Sally or Jean to let them know you stopped by.  You may enter their tour wide giveaway, where one (1) randomly chosen commenter will be awarded a $25 Amazon/BN GC, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below. You may follow all of the stops on the tour by clicking on the banner above. The more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.  Good Luck! 

Mystic Mistletoe Murder
By Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens
Mystic Isle Mysteries, Book 2

Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing
Release Date: November 22, 2016
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Length: 189 Pages
ISBN:  978-1539392224

Buy Links:  Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes

About the book:

'Tis the season at The Mansion on Mystic Isle, and Melanie Hamilton, resident tattoo artist at the resort renown for its supernatural atmosphere, can feel the holiday spirit everywhere in the Louisiana bayou. The festive mood runs deeper than just the tinsel, mistletoe, and twinkling lights, as the milk of human kindness is flowing with gift giving, good cheer, and donations. But when Papa Noël turns up as dead as the Ghost of Christmas Past, and all the bounty from a recent charity drive is stolen, Melanie turns to Jack Stockton, the handsome resort's general manager, to help her find the killer and get it all back.

Who wanted Papa Noël dead and why? Was it the bag of loot they were after, and Papa just got in the way? Or was it a more personal attack on the jolly man in the red suit? Not only does Mel find herself in a fight to prove one of her co-workers innocent, but she's also in a race against a ticking clock to save the life of a sick child. Before long, she closes in on the killer—or maybe it's the killer closing in on Mel!


Jack offered me the crook of his arm, and we entered the Ghostly Christmas Gala.  …The room was alive with charm. Old Marley, the Ghost of Christmas Past, née Lurch, dragged this chains around the salon, dust, née Johnson's Baby Powder from the scent of it, floating off his shredded garb as he moved. His deep and miserable moan was pretty scary and would have frightened children if there had been any in attendance.

Odeo, the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come, lumbered the room as the grim reaper, sickle and all. His face and dark skin sunken back into the cowl made the place where his features should have been look eerily like a black hole.

…And Melvin, the little person who'd performed Lurch's Christmas elf counterpart made a fine Tiny Tim, crutch under one arm, knickers, and knee socks.

He hobbled over when we walked in and glared up at Jack. "I go out to the levee with you and knock a few heads together on your behalf, and this is the thanks I get? What the heck? Tiny Tim? I mean, could we be any more cliché here?"

Jack looked truly repentant. "Hey, Melvin, believe me." He ran one hand from his own head downward. "None of this was my idea. Tonight, we play the roles we're assigned."

Melvin snorted. "Still. I mean, really?" and hobbled away.

"Not a happy Tiny Tim, is he?" I said."

"Hm-mm." Jack said. "Man, I hope he doesn't hit anybody with that crutch."

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

The USA Today Best-selling writing team of Sally J. Smith (right brain) and Jean Steffens (left brain) make up equal halves of one totally functional writer’s mind. Creative and intuitive and organized and systematic? What could be better than that?
The two desert dwellers work together side-by-side, literally finishing each other’s sentences, putting together their novels faster and more efficiently than they ever could individually. 

When their heads aren’t together over a manuscript, you’ll find them with their families, at a movie, the yoga studio, the mall, or out-to-lunch—in the food sense, not the spaced-out sense, well…most of the time. Their current series include Jordan Welsh & Eddie Marino Novels, Mystic Isle Mysteries, Danger Cove Pet Sitter Mysteries, Aloha Lagoon Gabby LeClair Mysteries, and Digby Sloan Mysteries. Visit our website, look around, and sign up for our newsletter. We love hearing from our readers and always answer our e-mails:


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  1. congrats on the tour, enjoyed the excerpt, and thanks for the chance to win :)

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Thank you for joining us this morning. We're glad you liked the excerpt. Pick up a copy of the e-book for .99 while the promo lasts. Meet the fun and quirky characters of Mystic Isle. :-)

  2. Thank you for hosting us. Love your page!

  3. Good morning Everyone,

    You might wonder what sparked the idea for the Mystic Isle Mysteries?

    In the Hollywood hills, there’s an awesome private club called the Magic Castle. It’s housed in a spooky Victorian mansion and is one of the most interesting places in the country, maybe even in the world. Magicians are mentored and perform there. It’s creepy and charming and a little hokey all at the same time. Mystic Isle Mysteries is the offspring of our wish to write the equivalent of Scooby-Doo cartoons for grown-ups and our fascination with the Magic Castle. One of those “what ifs” writers come up with all the time—what if there were a hotel that catered to fans of the supernatural as a setting for a cozy series?

    Jean & Sally

  4. Do you have any writing rituals? COFFEE and lots of it. Regular for Jean and Decal for Sally.

    Our writing process-
    We start by by plotting the storyline first, moving on to writing the lengthy synopsis, and then finally outlining several chapters.


  5. Here is how we handle our editing process.

    There really isn’t a “way” to handle it. You get the notes back from the publisher and dig in.

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  7. Our writing space.

    Sally and I (Jean) work at two desk side-by-side with 2 large monitors set up attached to our two laptops. Papers, coffee cups, dog treats, and the occasional snacks fill up any clean spots that aren’t already taken up with notes and research. Right now we have holiday music in the background.

    I feel I can speak for Sally when I say ~ We make a great writing team.

  8. What is your greatest accomplishment?

    1. Writing 3 series at once is one of the most challenging.

  9. Our Influences are ~ When we first started writing together, we were both big fans of Robert B. Parker and Janet Evanovich. We are faithful fans of Gemma Halliday's stable of writers'. Sally edits these days and seldom gets to read for pleasure, but when she does, she generally goes outside the genre to Stephen King or Rick Riordan, or any one of a hundred other authors.

  10. Sounds like a great book just in time for the holidays, thanks for sharing :)

  11. What is the best book taht you have read recently? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  12. And I want to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and thanks for joining us today. Signing off for the evening to start chopping and preparing Turkey dinner.

  13. Just want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!!

  14. Congratulations on your book's release and thank you for the awesome giveaway! And Happy Holidays!

  15. Congrats on the new release and I loved the excerpt. Do you do research for your books and if so what's the weirdest thing you've done in the name of research

  16. This sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. Thanks for the giveaway.