Thursday, February 1, 2018

Book Tour & #Giveaway for Vangie Vale and the Strangled Strudel by R.L. Syme

Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour, presented by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, for Vangie Vale and the Strangled Strudel by R.L. Syme.  Please leave a comment or question for R.L. to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  Good Luck!

 Guest Post by R. L. Syme

On Facebook, I have a wonderful group of Vangie’s friends who all congregate with me to talk about the books and our lives. We occasionally talk about Vangie, and as I was preparing for this book tour, I asked them if they had any topics for me to talk about in my guest posts. I borrowed some of their questions to write about. Here are some of the ones they posted.

* Why does she have her particular brand of relationship struggles? I mean, there’s some reason why she fell for the slimy married guy back in NC, and why she’s dating the guy she’s dating now instead of the guy we’d all rather see her be with.

Okay, this question made me laugh. I expected someone to ask this question. J Vangie is a very complex character, and she hides a lot. Even from me. Let alone from her friends and family. I’m not sure she’s aware of what her relationship issues are, and I hesitate to speak for her. But I do think that this was an honest question, so I want to answer it. You’ll see a lot more about Edward in the next book, The Larcenous Lava Cake, but I can tell you that Vangie didn’t know he was married, and they never slept together. However, he was obviously unavailable, emotionally, and there’s a reason that she tends to be more comfortable with emotionally unavailable men. Derek (the guy she’s with right now) is the opposite of Edward in every way, and I think that’s a big part of the reason why she’s with him.

And, honestly, Derek asked her. J Malcolm did not.

But he has his own issues… J

* What are Vangie’s favorite sports teams, and why does she cheer for them?

Vangie is a big sports fan, and she did her Seminary training at Duke, which has long been her favorite college basketball team. It was nice to spend a few years being able to go to Cameron Indoor Stadium every weekend in the winter and see the team play. Other than that, she’s a North Carolina sports fan all the way down. Hornets, Hurricanes, Panthers… it’s all North Carolina, all the time. Except when it comes to basketball. She would never cheer for UNC. It’s the one line she would never cross. There’s a saying in North Carolina, among Duke and NC State fans. It’s “ABC, Baby. ABC.” It means, “Anybody But Carolina.”

Of course, her sister went to UNC. It’s what they call a divided household. Dad went to Duke, Mom went to UNC. Vangie went to Duke, Cilla went to UNC. It’s the biggest eight miles in college basketball, and she loves it.

In a related question, someone asked who Vangie would cheer for in the Olympics, and the answer is, everyone. She loves to cheer for different countries in different events, depending on what the good story is, for that event.

She will be religiously watching ALL the curling. J

Vangie Vale & the Strangled Strudel
By R.L. Syme
The Matchbaker Mysteries, Book 3
Setting – Montana

Publisher: Hummingbird Books
Release Date: January 4, 2018
Print Length: 330 pages
ISBN: 978-1983480997
E-Book ASIN: B077GK124B

Purchase Link Amazon

About the book:

You could call it the straw that broke the camel’s back but it was more like a Montana forest timber. Just when Vangie Vale’s life was getting back to normal after a murder that rocked her little Rocky Mountain tourist town, she found herself in the middle of another murder... as the chief suspect.

Vangie stood shocked on the side of the curb as the sheriff stretched yellow crime scene tape around the front of her new bakery. Wouldn’t this make a lovely headline in next week’s paper: Local Baker Kills Parishioner With Pudding. Vangie’s road back to good graces as a part-time pastor was bumpy enough already. This would be a roadblock. Can't have that.

R.L. Syme is a USA Today best-selling author of cozy mystery and small tow=n romance. She writes cozy culinary mysteries as R.L. Syme and small-town romance as Becca Boyd and. She is a writer of amateur sleuths worth loving and villains worth hating. Lover of fancy cheese, binge-watching, strawberries, and hope. A foodie and a baker herself, Becca grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries passed on by her grandmother. A Tweeter and Pinner of things. She loves to connect with readers via social media.

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