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Author Q&A with @quirkymysteries | CAMPAIGNING CAN BE DEADLY Book Tour & $25 Amazon/BN GC #Giveaway| #Mystery

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for CAMPAIGNING CAN BE DEADLY by Charlotte Stuart. The tour stops at Readeropo...


Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for CAMPAIGNING CAN BE DEADLY by Charlotte Stuart. The tour stops at Readeropolis with an author interview. The mystery, female PI book will be available on September 29 from Walrus Publishing.

Stuart will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below.



Campaigning Can Be Deadly
by Charlotte Stuart

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GENRE: Mystery, Female PI

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BLURB:

What begins as a prank ends in murder.

The campaign for the U.S. Congressional seat was referred to in the press as “Mr. Smith goes to Washington versus the carpetbagger.” The popular local candidate gets the majority of endorsements, but his opponent’s wealthy, out-of-state family is willing to do whatever it takes for him to win.

Penny-wise Investigations, a discount detective agency located in a mall, is hired to find out who is stealing the local candidate’s political signs. Two of their investigators, Cameron Chandler and Yuri Webster, not only catch the thieves in the act, they find a body next to a pile of stolen signs, proving that Campaigning Can Be Deadly.


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EXCERPT:


STAKEOUT - There were no buildings on the smallish piece of land, just tall grass dotted with litter. Signs were scattered everywhere, like bulky cardboard weeds growing out of control, including a dozen or so for Knight. They stood out from the rest because of their color and careful placement on the lot. According to the file, Knight’s signs had been stolen from the lot in the past, and hopefully they would be a tempting target for the opposition this evening. Although I liked having an assignment, I didn’t necessarily look forward to spending too many nights in a car eating junk food and praying that I could last the night without needing a toilet break.

“Want to start with chips or Cheez-its?” Yuri asked.

“I brought a couple of sandwiches,” I said. “Egg salad or vegetarian?”

“What’s in the vegetarian?”

“Eggs,” I said, handing him a sandwich. “I didn’t have time for dinner,” I explained. “I also have a thermos of coffee and some candy bars.”

“I brought Coke and candy bars.”

“Think we’ll have enough?”

“Only if it doesn’t take all night.” Yuri laughed. I like his laugh. And I like him. We work well together. Initially my kids had hoped we would end up romantically involved, but when they realized that wasn’t going to happen, they seemed content to settle for his friendship in our lives.


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AUTHOR Interview:


1. Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

My protagonist is a female investigator who works closely with a male colleague. And since neither politics nor laughter is gender specific, I would hope that anyone who wants a lighthearted, character-driven mystery would enjoy my book.


2. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?

Kristina Blank Makansi did the cover design for both of my Discount Detective books. The cover for Survival Can Be Deadly is bright yellow with a Swiss Army Knife in the center. The cover for Campaigning Can Be Deadly is also eye-catching in its use of color and simplicity: red, white and blue with six white stars. I like the boldness of these two covers and the idea that they suggest themes without detailed imagery that could be different than what the reader imagines.


3. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Since I have to live with the characters I create while writing, I prefer them to be people I enjoy spending time with, people who make me smile. That said, my books are narrated in first person, so I’m closest to my main character, Cameron Chandler. I empathize with her family issues, appreciate her willingness to try new things, and understand how she struggles with work-life balance. I live the story through her eyes and feelings. But her partner, Yuri Webster, is a close favorite. I adore his awkwardness, his spontaneity, and, most of all, his flaws.


4. What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

It depends on what you consider strange. How blood changes color over time? International variations on “do you want to come up and see my etchings”? Vintage ashtrays made by Faberge? Imported Russian cigarettes? Women’s fashions, including hats? One of the best things about writing is that you are constantly learning new things.


5. How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

My website www.charlottestuart.com - has a lot of information about my books and about things I find humorous. There’s even a couple of chapters to an unpublished book, The Sham Shamus. There are also pictures of Vashon Island where I live as well as one of my favorite pictures of our former fishing/sailing boat next to a spectacular Alaskan hillside. If you prefer, you can find me on twitter and facebook: https://twitter.com/quirkymysteries and  https://www.facebook.com/charlotte.stuart.mysterywriter.


6. Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Thank you to anyone who has taken the time to read this interview and has read other books I’ve written or intends to read this one. Writers may enjoy the writing process, as I do, but we all want readers. And especially during these times of turmoil it pleases me to think that I can offer someone distraction for a few hours. Thank you!


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


In a world filled with uncertainty and too little chocolate, Charlotte Stuart has a passion for writing lighthearted mysteries with a pinch of adventure and a dollop of humor. Her first discount detective mystery, Survival Can Be Deadly, was a Foreward INDIES finalist. Why me? Chimeras, Conundrums and Dead Goldfish was a semi-finalist for the Chanticleer Murder and Mayhem contest before it was published. She began her career in academia with a PhD in communications. Then, she and her husband decided to build a commercial boat and go fishing for salmon in Alaska. Currently she is the VP for Puget Sound Sisters in Crime and lives and writes on Vashon Island in Washington State’s Puget Sound. She spends time each day entertained by herons, seals, eagles and other wildlife.

Charlotte Stuart – Social Media:

Website: http://www.charlottestuart.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/quirkymysteries
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charlotte.stuart.mysterywriter
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19305587.Charlotte_Stuart
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/clzstuart
Book Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51074737-campaigning-can-be-deadly


Campaigning Can Be Deadly - Online Purchase Links:

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/campaigning-can-be-deadly-charlotte-stuart/1136403993

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Campaigning-Deadly-Discount-Detective-Mystery/dp/194044232X

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Campaigning-Can-Be-Deadly-Charlotte-Stuart/9781940442327

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781940442327


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GIVEAWAY:


Charlotte Stuart will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


11 comments

  1. Great post and I appreciate getting to find out about another great book. Thanks for all you do and for the hard work you put into this. Greatly appreciated!

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  2. Thank you, Readeropolis, for hosting this spotlight of my work. And thank you potential readers for checking it out. If you read Campaigning Can Be Deadly, I hope you enjoy it!
    Charlotte

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  3. Enjoyed the interview and the excerpt! Sounds like a fascinating read! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I enjoyed the interview, this sounds really good

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  5. I love this author's books. The first one in this series was hilarious! I am excited to read this one!

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  6. Sounds like a very interesting book and nice cover.

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