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Author Q&A ft V.M. Burn | THE NOVEL ART OF MURDER | Book Tour | GREAT ESCAPES TOURS Presents Cozy Mystery

The Novel Art of Murder (Mystery Bookshop) by V.M. Burns is on book tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and stops at Readeropoli...

The Novel Art of Murder (Mystery Bookshop) by V.M. Burns is on book tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and stops at Readeropolis with an author interview and giveaway. Enjoy!

Author Interview

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
My intended audience includes anyone who reads cozy mysteries. Since the books in the Mystery Bookshop Mystery series consists of both a contemporary and a British historic mystery in every book, I think all cozy readers will find something to enjoy in this book.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
All of the titles for the books in this series are associated with books or bookshops, however I’m really bad at coming up with titles. My editor hated the original title I came up, Trollops and Tropes, (he said it reminded him of trolls). So, I spent a few months wracking my brain to come up with an acceptable title. Eventually, I presented my editor with the Novel Art of Murder, and thankfully, he liked it.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?
My covers for the Mystery Bookshop Mystery Series have been designed by a wonderful illustrator, Mary Ann Lasher. In addition to being bad at titles, I’m also bad will cover art. Whenever I submit a book to my editor, he asks for my ideas for the cover. I rarely have any ideas worth mentioning. I usually list a couple of the themes from the books and hope for the best. I’ve been so fortunate that the Art Department at Kensington is great at coming up with appealing artwork. The only contribution I’ve made to the cover is to provide pictures of my dogs, Coco and Cash, who are the models for the two poodles in the book, Snickers and Oreo. Mary Ann Lasher has done a great job of capturing their personalities and it makes me smile to see them on the covers.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
I’d have to say Nana Jo (Josephine Thomas), my protagonist’s grandmother, is my favorite character. I love that Nana Jo is free to say and do exactly what she wants. She doesn’t care what people think and is strong, active and gutsy. I enjoy writing her because she’s fun and enjoys life. I think she’s my favorite character because I admire her attitude. I admire that she does what she wants and has a zest for life. I hope to be like her when I grow up.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
You can reach me on social media at:
Twitter: @vmburns

What can we expect from you in the future?
There are at least two more books coming in this series. These books will be published in 2019. I’ve got fingers, toes and eyes crossed that my publisher (and readers) will want more. In addition to the Mystery bookshop Mystery Series, I write two other series. I have a Dog club Mystery Series through Lyrical Underground, and the RJ Franklin Mystery Series through Camel Press.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
There are a couple of things readers who enjoy my book can do which I feel will help to make it successful. First, leave a review. Many people rely on reviews to help in their book purchase/reading decisions. The more reviews a book has, the better. Reviews don’t have to be long. A simple, “Nice book,” or “I enjoyed it,” will be fine. You can even leave the same review on multiple sites (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BookBub or Goodreads). When it comes to reviews, originality isn’t required. The second thing readers can do, is tell a friend. Nothing sells a book more than a recommendation from a satisfied reader.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Over the years, I have received so many rejections I could wallpaper a room with them. Thankfully, I didn’t give up. My advice for writers who are trying to get published is to keep writing and don’t give up.

About the Book
The Novel Art of Murder (Mystery Bookshop)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Kensington (November 27, 2018)
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1496711858
ISBN-13: 978-1496711854
Digital ASIN: B07B7B4C8Q

Mystery bookstore owner Samantha Washington is trying to keep her grandmother from spending her golden years in an orange jumpsuit . . .

The small town of North Harbor, Michigan, is just not big enough for the two of them: flamboyant phony Maria Romanov and feisty Nana Jo. The insufferable Maria claims she's descended from Russian royalty and even had a fling with King Edward VIII back in the day. She’s not just a lousy liar, she's a bad actress, so when she nabs the lead in the Shady Acres Senior Follies—a part Nana Jo plays every year in their retirement village production—Nana Jo blows a gasket and reads her the riot act in front of everyone.

Of course, when Maria is silenced with a bullet to the head, Nana Jo lands the leading role on the suspects list. Sam’s been writing her newest mystery, set in England between the wars, with her intrepid heroine Lady Daphne drawn into murder and scandal in the household of Winston Churchill. But now she has to prove that Nana Jo’s been framed. With help from her grandmother's posse of rambunctious retirees, Sam shines a spotlight on Maria’s secrets, hoping to draw the real killer out of the shadow.

About the Author
V.M. Burns was born in Northwestern Indiana and spent many years in Southwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She is a lover of dogs, British historic cozies, and scones with clotted cream. After many years in the Midwest, she went in search of milder winters and currently lives in Eastern Tennessee with her poodles. Her debut novel, The Plot is Murder was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime. Readers can learn more by visiting her website at

Author Links:
Twitter:  @vmburns
Purchase Links - Amazon -  Barnes & Noble - IndieBound:  - Books-A-Million -  Hudson Booksellers 

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