Saturday, September 28, 2013

The "Guess Which Character I've Killed" Contest

By Ellery Adams

Sounds a little gruesome, right?

Well, it's October, which is National Mystery Month, and also the release month of my fifth Books By The Bay mystery, POISONED PROSE.

This novel is a little different than previous installments in that I decided to terminate a reoccurring character. It was nothing personal and actually, as I write the sixth book, I'm finding that I truly miss this person. Hopefully, you'll realize why he or she had to go. It was sad, but it had to happen. And Oyster Bay, North Carolina, will never quite be the same.

To me, an ongoing series cannot stay fresh unless the isolated small town worlds existing in most cozy mysteries are given a mighty shake every now and then. I like to think of my towns as places inside a snow globe and once in a blue moon, I must turn them upside-down so that the magical confetti can whirl about inside the dome.

So here's my oddball contest. Guess which character I'm going to kill by posting in the comments. I'll pool all the correct answers and, on October 5th, notify the winner via email or Facebook. If I can't find you, I'll post the winner's name on my next blog (October 12).

What will you get? A $25 e-gift card to the bookstore of your choice.  Good luck and don't forget to pre-order Poisoned Prose! Pre-orders really help your favorite authors stay alive in this competitive marketplace. Thanks so much!

ISBN - 0425262952
Price - $7.19
Available at your local bookstore or,Indiebound.comBarnes & Noble
When Olivia Limoges and other Oyster Bay patrons of the arts sponsor a retreat for famous storytellers, one of them is going to have a very unhappy ending…

Olivia thought gathering some of the most renowned storytellers in one place would be a nice, simple way for herself and the Bayside Book Writers to appreciate their talents. But things take a dark turn when the most famous storyteller in the nation—the captivating performer Violetta Devereaux—announces onstage that she will meet her end in Oyster Bay.

When Violetta is discovered murdered after the show, everyone involved with the retreat becomes a suspect. There are rumors that Violetta, who grew up in extreme poverty in the Appalachian Mountains, possessed an invaluable treasure. Now Chief Rawlings and the Bayside Book Writers must work at a frenzied pace to solve the crime before someone closes the book on them.