In getting ready for the heatwave starting today and going all weekend long, I realized it's going to be hot!
So I decided to come up with a "hot" contest :-)
TEMPEST IN THE TEA LEAVES comes out in 13 days!!!
I am unbelievably excited for people to read this series. We, as authors, put so much blood, sweat, and tears into the work we do. That's why we go a little crazy when our books finally hit the shelves. Like Liz said, it's scary as hell. We know not everyone is going to like our books, but we hope at least some do. After all that work, the last thing we want is for a book to fail. So I raise my glass to you and make a toast: Here's hoping mine doesn't!
Okay, now onto the contest time. I just handed CORPSE IN THE CRYSTAL BALL in to my editor. I loved writing that book just as much, if not more, than book one. So now it's time to move on to book three, TROUBLE IN THE TAROT. The "trouble" is, I have no idea where to begin with this one. So I thought I'd reach out to all of you and see if any of you could spark an idea for me. What do you think book three should be about?
I will give away one signed copy of TEMPEST to the commenter who comes up with the best book idea for me :-) Even if I don't use the idea, but it sparks my creative juices the most, you will win!
Here are the blurbs for books one and two:
TEMPEST IN THE TEA LEAVES
Sunshine Meadows is a big city psychic who moves to the quaint town of Divinity, NY to open her fortune telling business in an ancient victorian house, inheriting the strange cat residing within. Sunny gives her first reading to the frazzled town librarian and discovers the woman is going to die. When the woman flees in terror, Sunny calls the police, only she's too late. The ruggedly handsome, hard-nosed detective is a "non-believer." He finds the librarian dead, and Sunny becomes his number one suspect, forcing her to prove her innocence before the real killer can put an end to the psychic's future.
CORPSE IN THE CRYSTAL BALL
When fortune teller Sunshine Meadows helps the police find a missing person, her vison is crystal clear. Only, she never could have predicted the corpse in the crystall ball would be hunky, hard-nosed Detective Mitch Stone's ex-girlfriend or that he would be the number one suspect. Can he put his pride aside while she clears his name this time? Only the future knows for sure...
TROUBLE IN THE TAROT
What should this plot be about? Think TV blurb. I don't want to know who the killer will be. I just want to know who dies, etc. It doesn't have to be a perfect blurb, etc. Just what do you think in general this one should be about?
In book one, Sunny is the main suspect. In book two, Detective Mitch Stone is the main suspect. In book three, I want Sunny's Granny Gert to be the main suspect. I just don't know who dies and why they would think it's Granny.
Granny is a hoot. A bit naive, but a sweet, lovable, spunky old lady (she's 79) who shouldn't be allowed behind the wheel of a car. She visits Sunny in book two and will now be a regular character. She has pristine white hair from having Scarlet Fever at 16, and has had the white hair ever since. She has snappy brown eyes full of mischief. She wears old aprons she hand made because she recylces and reuses everything. She even makes hideous bow-ties and keeps dressing up the cat, Morty. She carries around her wooden spoon and has the perfect "cookie" for everything. And she uses an old orange pumpkin cookie jar with a missing lid, so she covers a plate in foil and uses that as the top. She finally has money from her deceased husband, but she's old school from the depression age and hates banks. She keeps a lot of her money in shoeboxes under the bed still. She has a strict schedule she sticks to. Monday cleaning, Tuesday laundry, Wednesday ironing, Thursday baking, Friday goes to salon to have hair washed and set. She plays bridge, is in a sewing circle, and has more of a social life than Sunny does. And finally she thinks Captain Walker (who's in his sixties and near retirement)is the bees knees.
So tell me, what kind of trouble did Granny get into? Any ideas at all? I just need a spark, people. I know you haven't read the book yet, but think regular small town characters (I already used the librarian, but there's still cookie cutter characters like the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker...and bankers, restaurant owners, etc.) or even new characters I can add.
The possibilities are endless so bring them on, people. My mind is wide open, but empty as hell, so help me fill her up and get her done ;-) The contest will runn all week and I will announce the winner on next week's Kari's Kave blog on Wednesday.