Saturday, April 9, 2016

Word Search Blog Tour

SQUEEEE!!! It's been a GREAT week for the Spies and Spells release! Thank y'all so much!

Today is the last day of the WORD SEARCH BLOG TOUR!

Did you collect the CAPITALIZED, ITALICIZED word on each stop to form a sentence?

Do you know the answer to the sentence?

Did you find all the blogger's names in the word search document?

Did you find the extra four words to be eligible for more prizes?

Last thing you have to do is go fill out the form on under the CONTEST tab in the MEMBER SECTION and you are done!!!

Go here to fill out the form!


Monday, March 21, 2016

Fixin' To Die Cover Reveal

I'm so excited to FINALLY reveal the cover for Fixin' To Die! It's the first book in a three book deal with Henery Press! I hope you love the cover as much as I do! Be sure jump over to the GOODREADS page and mark Fixin' To Die as a TO BE READ. And scroll down to the bottom of the page to enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card and a Tonya Kappes Loves Her Reader's Mystery Box.

Print ISBN-13: 9781635110371

ePub ISBN-13: 9781635110388

Kindle ISBN-13: 9781635110395

Hardback ISBN-13: 9781635110401


Series: Kenni Lowry Mystery Series

Series Number: 1

Edition: First


Author: Kappes, Tonya

Publisher: Henery Press

Price: $15.95 trade paperback
             $31.95 hardcover
             $2.99 digital ebook

Publication Date: June 14, 2016

BISAC Audience: TRA (General/Trade)

BISAC Subject:
FIC022040 (mystery: women sleuths)
FIC022070 (mystery: cozy)
FIC016000 (fiction: humorous)


Kenni Lowry likes to think the zero crime rate in Cottonwood, Kentucky is due to her being sheriff, but she quickly discovers the ghost of her grandfather, the town’s previous sheriff, has been scaring off any would-be criminals since she was elected. When the town’s most beloved doctor is found murdered on the very same day as a jewelry store robbery, and a mysterious symbol ties the crime scenes together, Kenni must satisfy her hankerin’ for justice by nabbing the culprits.

With the help of her Poppa, a lone deputy, and an annoyingly cute, too-big-for-his-britches State Reserve officer, Kenni must solve both cases and prove to the whole town, and herself, that she’s worth her salt before time runs out.

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books, Southern humor, small town, paranormal mysteries.

Books in the Kenni Lowry Mystery Series:

·       FIXIN’ TO DIE (#1)

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all…

Author Bio:

Tonya has written over 20 novels and 4 novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor, and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband, three teenage boys, two very spoiled schnauzers, and one ex-stray cat in Kentucky.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Reader Reviews . . .Do you?

As an author, reviews are very important to my career. I'm not talking about having reviews just so we can break the algorithms of Amazon (it's rumored that if an author has at least 50 reviews on a book, Amazon algorithms promotes the book). I'm talking about real and honest reviews.

I write fun and light hearted mysteries along with southern romance novels. Each one of those are based around real women with real lives. I know that some of the mysteries are paranormal, but none the less, the  women in those mysteries can be related to. The  heroines in my  romance novels are definitely someone each of us can relate to.

Some of you might like  my mysteries so much more than you like my romances, but each and every review is so important to me as the author, not me as a USA TODAY Bestselling author. I want each one of my novels to touch a reader in such a way that they want to shout to the world how much my novel helped them escape out of their daily lives.

There is no right or wrong way to review a novel. There isn't a limit on words. But I want to know if you do review? Where do you review? Do you read reviews?

Leave a comment to win a $10 Amazon gift card and some Kappes goodies!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

And so it goes...

I honestly can not believe my twins are heading off to college in a few months. Truth be told, I've been preparing myself for this  moment for some months now. For Christmas I made sure I bought them things they will need like a new laptop, new bedding, etc., that they will need to take with them because it was decided by them that they would go away from home.

That said. . . they turned 18 years old back in September. They are good boys and I've never had to police them or their activities. The only real control I had was over their checking and savings accounts. All I heard was "I can't wait until I'm 18", "When I'm 18...". When they turned 18, I started to treat them like grownups. I didn't transfer money into their accounts, I didn't wake them for school, I didn't take them to their dr appointments, I didn't do their laundry, I didn't pay for special nights out with friends and I didn't make their lunches for school. It was a big eye opener for them.

Now it's taken them FIVE months to say to me "yeah, I don't like being 18." Hahhaa!! They want to be treated as a grownup without the responsibilities. Not only that but guess who's name is back on their savings and checking account?! MINE!

I'm glad I gave them a good dose of what reality as an adult is really like because now they know they have to work extra hard for the education that they are paying for.

And so it goes. . .One has decided to stay home and go to college and live here. The other is still going away. It looks like I'm not going to be an empty-nester anytime soon.

Tell me about an experience you had with life lessons in the comments and I'll pick a winner for a Tonya Kappes Krew mini tote!

If you haven't had to opportunity to read USA Today Bestselling novel, A CHARMING CRIME, now is your time! It's currently  FREE for a limited time!

Monday, July 6, 2015


OMG! I still can't believe that it's almost the release of A CHARMING FATALITY!
Sometimes I have to pinch myself because it's the seventh novel, not including the two short stories, in the Magical Cures Mystery Series. Who knew that my little witch and her familiar would take the mystery world by storm?!

the series has their own cookies made from them!
Check out Cooper's Cocoa and Cookies and order your June's Gems and Magical Cures Mystery Sugar Cookies today so you can enjoy them while reading A CHARMING FATALITY on Friday!!

Friday, July 3, 2015


Friyay and giveaway winners!!

YAY!! It's FriYAY!!! Congratulations winners!! YOU have one week to claim your prize by emailing me through my contact page on my website.

Monday's winner of the garden fun pack: Mary Richardson
Tasty Tuesday Winner: Peggy and roman holiday cocktail!

Happy Forth of July!! Be sure to jump over to the Whodunit page on Facebook tomorrow. They are throwing one heck of a party!!!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wednesday Guest Day!

Please give a big ole southern howdo to welcome Nancy Jill Thames as our guest today! She's was gracious enough to sit down in one of my white rockers with a glass of ice cold sweet tea and answer a few questions. After all, she is known as the QUEEN OF AFTERNOON TEA ;)

What’s the story behind the title of your book?
After reading so many murder mysteries and watching endless episodes of “Murder She Wrote,” I decided to write a mystery of my own as a personal challenge. I had no idea of what writing a book was about, much less how to publish. All I knew was how to tell a story.

My husband and I were at a business retreat at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay at the end September of 2001. This was immediately after 911.
With pen in hand, I wandered about the hotel taking notes, and imagining what it would be like for an amateur sleuth to be staying here. I created characters based on hotel staff, myself as the heroine, and my garden club friends. After I got home, I added more characters based on people I’d encounter running errands. The story got as far as 12 chapters before my 12 year old daughter told me how unbelievable it was. She said to abandon the project. What she was really saying was, “Pay more attention to me.” I complied.

But after eight years, at the insistence of my “techie” son, I started a blog, posting one chapter at a time as a way to get computer literate and back to writing. The Half Moon Bay Review noticed the location and showed an interest in the story. When they asked for an interview. I went into super writing mode, checked out a book from the library on how to write a murder mystery, and finished “Murder in Half Moon Bay” a few months later.

Tell us about your series. Is this book a standalone, or do readers need to read the series in order?
The heroine, Jillian Bradley, is a feisty garden columnist with a nose for solving homicides, especially when they involve friends and family. Her clue-sniffing sidekick is a Yorkie weighing four and a half pounds named Teddy, who goes wherever Jillian does.  Since she’s widowed and childless, her garden club friends play an important part in her life.  The three women help Jillian solve mysteries in several of the books. Settings take place in the Bay Area; Scottsdale, Arizona; Half Moon Bay, California; London; Lake Placid, NY; and the most recent story is in Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The hallmarks of my books are afternoon tea, fine art, and visits to lovely hotels. “Murder in Half Moon Bay” can be a standalone until you read the last line which says, “Not the End.” The rest of the books are stand alone with the exception of Books 6 and 7. Book 7, “The Ruby of Siam,” is a continuation of “Waiting for Santa.”

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned?
It’s not what happens to you – it’s how you react to what happens to you.

Have you been in any natural disasters? The earthquake of 1989 shook our home in Sacramento, sloshed the water out of the pool at my brother’s house a couple of blocks away, and collapsed the Nimitz freeway close to our home two weeks later in Fremont. It was a miracle that only 63 people lost their lives.

What makes you excited?
First of all, five star reviews for my books, and then book sales!

Do you have another job outside of writing?
Thankfully, no!

Who are you?
My friends call me “Queen of Afternoon Tea.” I call myself “Author.”

How did you meet your spouse? Was it love at first sight?
He was sitting on the boy’s side of the college and career department of the First Baptist Church of Tyler, Texas. I was on the girl’s side sitting next to my dorm friend who’d taken me in over semester break, since I lived in California and going to Baylor University in Texas.
I thought he was skinny but nicely dressed. He thought I was a voluptuous blonde. After getting to know each other over the phone, we dated for a week, then I went back to school and forgot all about him. A month later, we had another date for one of my school functions. I never dated anyone else after that. It was love on the second date. When we kissed, I heard bells. True story!

What are your most cherished mementoes?
A pair of porcelain Geishas that my grandmother had on her mantle; a handmade black dress belonging to my other grandmother; and my tea cup collection.

If you could only save one thing from your house, what would it be?
My wedding photo album.

What brings you sheer delight?
Using my beautiful dishes and linens to entertain.

What are you working on now?
“Murder at the Empress Hotel,” which takes place in Victoria, B.C. on Vancouver Island. I wanted to write a book capturing the memory of a lovely family vacation years ago. It was also destined that I write about the hotel’s famous afternoon tea. What I didn’t realize was the existence of the aboriginal First Nations element on the island, upon which I then centered the story.  A First Nations bitter fishing rights dispute turns deadly with the murder of a young attorney, which in turn, draws Jillian and Teddy into yet another intriguing adventure.

Be sure to check out Jill's website!!