Thursday, January 23, 2014

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for Trapped by Revenge by Colleen Helme

Join author Colleen Helme on her Virtual Book Tour for Trapped by Revenge, presented by Great Escapes Book Tours, from January 20 – Feb 1, 2014.  Please leave a comment or question below to let Colleen to let her know you stopped by.    You can enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You can also follow the rest of her tour here.  My review will post later today.

Guest Post - How Shelby Nichols Got Her Grove by Colleen Helme

I was at the grocery store one day, and heard about a robbery at the bank inside the store. It had just happened a few days earlier and I wondered what I would have done if I’d been there. People talked about how scary it was and I could just picture the scene as the bank robber threatened people and pointed his gun. I’m sure everyone ran for cover, or at least ducked down for safety. The idea took hold of my imagination and soon a story began to form. But it wasn’t until I decided to give my main character, Shelby Nichols, the power to read minds that it really took off.


I began my writing career in the fantasy genre, and had two fantasy novels published before I started CARROTS, the first Shelby Nichols Adventure. I’ve always been fascinated by magic and super-powers, so it was only natural that I picked that genre in which to write. Giving Shelby a super-power made sense to me, and having her acquire it during the bank robbery was the perfect start. The more I wrote, the more I began to love this crazy housewife and all her quirks. She can be fearless, and just a little bit stubborn. Add that to a propensity to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and there’s a whole lot of trouble just waiting to happen.


I finished the novel and realized I had written a mystery with a paranormal twist. What a surprise. I never pictured myself as a mystery writer, but with all the twists and turns the series has taken, it’s definitely true. Shelby is not even close to being a normal P.I., but she’s really trying to embrace her new ability and make something of it. Kind of like me as a mystery writer. I’m just grateful I have Shelby to write about, she’s always getting into trouble, which gives me plenty of ideas for future novels!


Thanks for hosting me!

Trapped by Revenge
By Colleen Helme
A Shelby Nichols Adventure, Volume 5

Publisher:  Colleen Helme
Release Date: November 11, 2013
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Length:  193 Pages
ISBN:  978-1-492936-41-1

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About this book:

With summer over Shelby is looking forward to having some time to herself while the kids are back in school. A phone call from Uncle Joey ruins her plans, but she manages to take it in stride. After lunch with her friend, she promises to meet with the private investigator who was spying on Uncle Joey, but this simple task turns into a disaster. Not only does she find the P.I. dead, but a slip of paper with her name on it under his lifeless hand implicates her for his murder.

Desperate to prove her innocence and find the person who killed him, Shelby begins a frantic search. She enlists the aid of the local mob boss, Uncle Joey, his hit-man, Ramos, and her police detective friend, Dimples, but soon finds that nothing can save her from becoming entangled in a sinister plot.

With her life on the line and no way out, she finds herself trapped by revenge, and realizes it will take all her skills to escape. Now she must choose where her loyalties lie, and hope she doesn’t trade something bad, for something even worse.

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About This Author 
A long career as a wife and mother while juggling several part-time jobs gave Colleen the ambition to dream of being a published author, where she could put her imagination to good use. Now instead of making up stories to tell her children, she writes books they love to read. Hopefully you will too. She is the author of three romantic fantasy novels, Songbird, Flame of Destiny and The Relic. Her Shelby Nichols Adventures include Carrots, Fast Money, Lie or Die, Secrets That Kill, and Trapped by Revenge with more to come.


  1. Thank you for the info about a series I didn't know. I'll check it in Amazon.

  2. Thanks for hosting me! Just FYI - CARROTS, the first book in the series is free today 1/23! Happy Reading!

  3. What a fascinating series! Shelby sounds like a very interesting heroine. Love the combination of paranormal and mystery. Thanks for sharing your inspiration for the book.