Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Virtual Book Tour & #Giveaway for The Devil's Flood by Pearl R. Meaker

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Book Tour, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for The Devil’s Flood by Pearl R. Meaker.  Please leave a comment or question for Pearl to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her 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!


Thank you, Maria, for hosting The Devi’s Flood and me today!

There’s all sorts of lists floating around these days, but lists of “10” seem to be popular. This is a list of lines I like from ten books. They all come from the 10th page of the ten books. All ten books are ones I like and recommend.

vI usually give more than one line because I want to.v

1)      “As for Bilbo Baggins, even while he was making his speech, he had been fingering the golden ring in his pocket: his magic ring that he had kept secret for so many years. As he stepped down he slipped it on his finger, and he was never seem by any hobbit in Hobbiton again.
The Fellowship of the Ring  by J.R.R.Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings is my favorite book.

2)      “The lovely, safe, yet exciting world of childhood. Perhaps the most absorbing thing in mine is the garden. The garden was to mean more and more to me, year after year.”
Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

Agatha Christie was my first favorite author. Her autobiography is back in print and is also available as an ebook.

3)      “Just after he disappeared around the corner into the foyer, I heard a loud familiar voice greeting Dr. Law by first name. Timothy’s reply was unintelligible, but his tone did not match the other’s enthusiasm. Moments later a man and woman came around the corner. I had the voice right. Dr. Archibald Finlay Dawson …”
The Devil’s Music  by Pearl R. Meaker

You didn’t think I’d leave my books out of this list, did you?
I was amazed when my novel writing instructor first compared my Emory Crawford to Miss Jane Marple.

4)      “How now!” said Scrooge, caustic and cold as ever. “What do you want with me?”

“Much!” – Marley’s voice, no doubt about it.

“Who are you?”

“Ask me who I was.”
A Christmas Carol  by Charles Dickens

My hubby and I used to read this aloud to each other every year in December. We got out of the habit when our kids were little. I think I’ll resurrect the habit this year.

5)      “Regent Trabonus is desperate for us to acquire some of your crystal.”

“Isn’t everyone?”
The Earth’s Secret Trilogy: Book 2 – War and Lies  by Yuan Jur

An awesome time travel/fantasy/paranormal/scifi series that I highly recommend.

6)      “It really is a most unique place, dedicated to the idea that music is a mathematical science of sound and that science itself is the art of all art.”
The Devil’s Hook by Pearl R. Meaker

The J.M. Ramm Musical Garden is a place on Twombly College’s campus.

7)      “They called him Crazy Joe because he was so in love with Henrietta, he’d do anything to get her attention. She was the prettiest girl in Lacks Town, with her beautiful smile and walnut eyes.”
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  by  Rebecca Skloot

The true story of a woman whose cancer cells still live today in labs around the world and have been instrumental in hundreds of medical discoveries.

8)      “Today, aside from a few fine marble headstones in country graveyards and the occasional roadside historical marker, not a trace of the blizzard of 1888 remains on the prairie. Yet in the imagination and identity of the region, the storm is as sharply etched as ever: This is a place where blizzards kill children on their way home from school.”
The Children’s Blizzard  by David Laskin

Another great non-fiction book. I cheated a bit here: the lines aren’t from page ten. Nothing from page ten would have made sense.

9)      “I imagined a lot of things about a lot of people. No more than an eighth of it was probably true.”
An Act of Murder  by Mary Angela

            Mary is a new cozy mystery author from Sioux Falls, SD that I met at Magna cum Murder. I once lived in Sioux Falls, and felt I just had to include her wonderful book.

10)       “… I let my mind mull over what Melva had said and Ceek’s reason for the dig being done. What could make a house vanish overnight?”
            The Devil’s Flood  by Pearl R. Meaker

            Get your copy today and find the answer.

The Devil’s Flood
By Pearl R. Meaker
Emory Crawford Mysteries, Book 3

Publisher:  Promontory Press
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Length: 320 Pages
ISBN: 978-1987857573

Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | Indigo | Kobo | IndieBound | OmniLit

About the book:

Can a house vanish without a trace? What is the "super booze" that's available at clandestine drinking parties in Golden County? When mummified bodies show up at an archeological dig and a young man gets shot in a duel at a party, can Emory and Madison find the answers in the midst of a flood year?


“Okay.” Kate said, pulling her phone out of a pocket as Jairus and the crew gathered around me where I stood watching the rescue team go in after my husband. “Here’s a shot of Dr. Crawford.” She held the phone in front of me. “He’s still conscious and managed a little wave, but I’m glad the rescue team is heading in.”

I glanced at the photo. Jebbin lay in a pool of light on what looked like a pile of bedding heaped on a rough wooden floor. His glasses had fallen off. He never looks quite right without them, and
I could tell he was hurting. Probably feeling a bit nauseous as well. In spite of it all he wore a wan grin and had lifted a hand in greeting.

Kate swiped the screen.

In the sharp glare of her phone’s flash a mummified man sat on the floor, his back against a wall. There was a dark stain spilling down his chest from a hole near where his heart would be.

“There’s one part of the company Dr. Crawford mentioned he had.”

She swiped again. “Here’s the other.”

This mummy lay on its back. The flash showed a stain that flowed from his chest and down his side to form a hardened puddle on the floor.

“Which one’s my Grandpa?” Melva gasped.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Slightly quirky, always creative, Pearl R. Meaker has been an artist, singer and craftsperson her whole life. Although she's always had stories in her head, they didn't come out to play with others until the advent of home computers with their ease of making corrections and moving bits around.

After several years of writing fanfiction in the world of Tolkien's Middle-Earth, she took a couple of writing courses and dove into writing original works of fiction, and The Emory Crawford Mysteries were born.

When not playing with story ideas you can find Pearl playing with yarn either knitting or crocheting, doing other arts and crafts, bird watching and photographing nature, playing bluegrass fiddle (her husband plays banjo) or relaxing with her hubby on the sofa watching mystery shows on Netflix.

Oh - and reading all sorts of books, but especially cozy and other types of mysteries!

The books in The Emory Crawford Mysteries Series are reminiscent of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple mysteries, which is why Pearl has chosen to characterize her stories as "murder genteel."


Website:        http://www.pearlrmeaker.com

Blog:               https://pearlrmeaker.wordpress.com/

Twitter:          https://twitter.com/PearlRMeaker

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    1. Hi Annalisa, 😊
      I thought I should let you know that you are not answering the comments that are for you and your book. These are for The Devil's Music. Your comments thingy is right below the Rafflecopter stuff for your book.

      Hope your tour is going well. 😊

    2. Thanks, Pearl. My first time with this!

  2. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  4. Thank you, Your Majesty, for hosting The Devil's Flood and me today. 😊

  5. Hi Pearl! Now I have to go find The Children's Blizzard!

    1. Hi Diane! Good to see you! 😊

      It's a fascinating book. Not only do you learn about the actual event but about how weather forecasting has changed over the years and about what happens when someone is caught, and dies, in a blizzard.

  6. What a great idea for a list! Now I have a few more books I need to check out (along with "The Devil's Flood," of course....)

  7. Really great post, thanks for sharing the excerpt!