Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One Potion in the Grave by Heather Blake: Guest Author, Review & Giveaway

One Potion in the Grave: A Magic Potion Mystery

A conversation with Roly and Poly, the cats from the Magic Potion mysteries

By Heather Blake

Heather: I hear you two called this meeting because you want more page time. True?

Poly: I’m just here for the snacks.

Roly: It’s true. You have to admit, Ms. AuthorPants, that we didn’t get much face time in the first book, A Potion to Die For. What’s up with that? And did you correct this abomination in One Potion in the Grave?

Poly (looking around): I hear Melissa’s cat Truffles gets snacks sent to her by various companies to sample. How do I sign up for this? Truffles, call me.

Heather: Hush, or I’ll put you on a diet.

Poly (fur raising): You wouldn’t. I’m named Poly after all.

Heather: Dare me.

Poly (staring):

Heather: I can live with the silent treatment.

Roly: Ahem. You didn’t answer me.

Heather: I’m not sure what your issue is. You’re in the books. Lots. Plenty of pages. Most of which you’re sleeping, Roly, as you might recall.

Roly (grooming): I need my beauty sleep.

Poly (still trying to maintain a glare but growing drowsy):

Heather: And, also as you may recall, Roly, in ONE POTION IN THE GRAVE, you spent more time with Aunt Marjie when she moved into Carly’s house than Carly. How am I supposed to explain that kind of defection to readers?

Roly: Marjie makes bacon. Every day.

Poly (giving up on the glare): Mmm. Bacon.

Heather: Okay, okay. It’s hard to argue with that.

Roly: Besides, Carly knows we love her. We wake her up every morning with love taps and kneading. We don’t do that for just anyone.

Heather: Carly puts in a request that you hold off on those morning greetings until the sun comes up.

Roly (blinks innocently): We’ll see. Depends on what you have planned for us for the next book…and if there will be more scenes with me and Dylan.

Heather: Oh, you’ll be seeing a lot more of Sergeant Dylan Jackson.

Roly (purrs): My job here is done.

Heather: Poly, anything else from you?

Poly: Do I smell peanut butter?


Heather is running a month-long ONE POTION IN THE GRAVE Witchtastic giveaway via Rafflecopter (9/23 – 10/23). Win a set of “Cast a Spell” measuring spoons, a set of three Yankee Candle potion bottle tea light holders, a Lego minifigure witch, and a $20.00 gift card to Barnes & Noble -or- Amazon (winner’s choice). To enter: http://www.heatherblakebooks.com/p/giveaway.html or http://tinyurl.com/k9rzmby 

About Heather: Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber) is the author of more than twenty novels and has been twice nominated for an Agatha Award. She's a total homebody who loves to be close to her family, read, watch reality TV (especially cooking competition shows), drink too much coffee, crochet, and bake cookies. Heather grew up in a suburb of Boston, but currently she lives in the Cincinnati area with her family and is hard at work on her next book.

FB: facebook.com/heatherblakebooks

Twitter: @booksbyheather


Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Friday, October 24th for your chance to win a copy of One Potion in the Grave. (US entries only, please.)

Blurb: When Katie Sue Perrywinkle walks into the Little Shop of Potions, Carly is surprised and delighted to see her old childhood friend. Katie Sue fled her hometown and a troubled family over a decade ago. But she’s not back for a social visit. She’s come to settle a score with Senator Warren Calhoun, who is in town for his son’s high-profile wedding.

But before Katie Sue has a chance to voice any objections, she’s forced to forever hold her peace. After finding her friend dead, Carly vows to find her murderer. Were the corrupt Calhouns willing to go to any lengths to avoid a scandal? Did Katie Sue’s family take the term “bad blood” to a whole new level? And why did the bride-to-be come to Carly for a love potion? As Carly gets closer to the truth, a killer is planning a very chilly reception.…

Tortie Shorties
Book reviews that are short and sweet...just like Truffles!

If you're looking for the most delicious blend of magic, mystery, and romance you will ever read, run, don't walk to your nearest bookstore or e-reader. One Potion in the Grave, the second book in the amazing Heather Blake's Magic Potion Mystery series, stands in a class all it's own among the ever-growing crop of paranormal cozies.

Hitching Post, Alabama, the wedding capital of the South, is in an uproar over the upcoming nuptials of Senator Warren Calhoun's son Landry and Gabi Greenleigh. Then Carly's old friend Katie Sue arrives back in town after distancing herself from her troubled family many years ago with threats to put a stop to the wedding. Somebody puts a (permanent) end to Katie Sue instead, and Carly is determined to sift through the long list of people who had reason to want her friend dead (including Katie Sue's own family) to catch a killer.

One of my favorite characters in this book is Carly's gun-toting Aunt Marjie, who moves in with Carly after getting injured. Of the new characters introduced, I really enjoyed meeting Katie Sue's younger sister Jamie Lynn whose mysterious illness compels Carly to do all she can to help her. Carly's cousin Delia, who specializes in hexes, also figures prominently in this book, and I'm so glad they are repairing their relationship and becoming friends. And it looks like things between Carly and Dylan are really going to be heating up moving forward!

The identity of the killer is a mystery until the very end, and even then there is a twist that I never saw coming. Heather Blake's books are always among my favorites, and this is one of the best.

Check out the back cover too :)


Unknown said...

Love the cover; sounds like a fun read, thank you for the chance to win :)

Heather Blake Webber said...

Thanks so much for having me (and Roly and Poly) here today, Melissa! And also for the wonderful review, too. ♥

Anonymous said...

Okay, with an endorsement, like yours, who would not want to read "One Potion in the Grave"? The fact it had cats had already won me over... :)

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petite said...

One potion in the Grave interests me greatly. Striking cover. Many thanks for this giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

traveler said...

What a wonderful giveaway. Such a great post. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

noodlecat said...

Great give away! The book sounds creepy good...

Noodle and crew

oneponychick66 said...

Would love to read this series! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a chance to win!

Nicole said...

Happy Tuesday! :-)

Debbie S said...

I loved the first book, thanks for the chance to win.
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holdenj said...

What a fun post! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Katreader said...

Congrats on the cover blurb! I loved the first in the series and can't wait to read this installment in the series!

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Meg C. said...

Congratulations on being quoted on the cover! That's awesome!

In regards to One Potion in the Grave, gotta say it looks like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win.


abookaddict said...

Love the cover art on this book!!! I always enjoy discovering an author who is new to me!

cyn209 said...

this cover is one of the BEST ones EVER!!!!!
thank you for the giveaway!!

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Kaye Killgore said...

Sounds like a great series.


Anonymous said...

Gweat posty hope yous hav a pawsum day.

Luv ya'

Dezi and Lexi

LD Masterson said...

Count me in. I love all of Heather's books. lin@ldmasterson.com

Deanna Stevens said...

would love to meet, Carly's gun-toting Aunt Marjie . .this book would be FUN :)
dkstevensne *at* outlook dotcom

Sue said...

I think cats and cozies just go together perfectly.

Anita Yancey said...

It sounds like a great mystery. I love the beautiful cover. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Marty the Manx said...

Yeah! You are on the book cover!!!! Sounds like a fun book too!
Marty's Mom

♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

That is such an awesome cover, with the cats and all!
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debilyn317 said...

Thank You for the chance to win! <3