Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tuesday Coffee With Tonya and Weekly Gift Card Giveaway!




Good morning!
I hope you had a great week. I've been busy getting the release for BEACHES, BUNGALOWS & BURGLARIES ready for release this Friday. 

Over the weekend, all four boys were home for supper. It was fun getting around the table and talking. Eddy and I are just floored how much they've grown up. I took a couple of the boys (well...men) clothes shopping. I have to say that I'm a little thankful I didn't have a girl. My boys were in and out. When I told a couple of my girlfriends who have daughters, they laughed saying how their daughters love to shop all day long. I'm not built for that. Hahhaa!!

So have you been getting a lot of emails about subscribing and unsubscribing? I'm sure you have. I have. This is because of the General Data Protection Agency in Europe. (GDPA) It's where your email gets put on their mailing address without your consent. The only way for you to be on my email is from YOU signing up. I've updated my privacy policy on my website under the About Me page if you want to read all the gobbly goop. I do want to remind you that you can unsubscribe at any time at the end of this email. You will need to click on the see full message if the entire newsletter isn't displayed and it will take you to the unsubscribe. Please don't email me to unsubscribe because I can't do it. I don't give your email to anyone and use it only for the purpose of sending my newsletter that you signed up for. 

Don't forget to stop by my author page every Wednesday for the mid-week Tonya Kappes Book Giveaway. The giveaway might be a print or ebook, so mark it on you calendar to check Tonya Kappes Books page.

Friend Friday Giveaway is also on the Tonya Kappes Books page where a author friend gives away a copy of her book.

Did you know the Cozy Krew is a private Facebook page? I hope you want to join me and other fun Krew members by clicking here!

Be sure you scroll down to enter to win the gift card and see all the book sales and upcoming releases! xoxoxo
T.





Welcome to Normal, Kentucky~ where nothing is normal. A Campers and Criminal Mystery Series is another brainchild of USA Today Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes. If you love her quirky southern characters and small town charm with a mystery to solve, you're going to love her new cozy mystery series! 

Mae West, a far cry from the Hollywood actress, has been thrown for a loop. Her plush lifestyle in the big city of New York comes to a screeching halt after the FBI raids her mansion and arrests her husband, Paul West, for a Ponzi scheme that rips people out of millions of dollars.

Mae finds herself homeless, friendless, and penniless. All hope isn't lost. . .the only thing Mae got to keep that the government didn't seize is a tourist camp ground, Happy Trails, in Normal, Kentucky and an RV to live in. One problem, Mae's idea of camping has room service. 

By the look of the brochure, Happy Trails has plush Kentucky Bluegrass, a crystal clear lake, a beach chair with her name on it and thoughts of how much money it could bring her after she sells it. Mae figures she'll take a couple weeks vacation with her toes dipped in the lake. Things aren't always as they appear. The Kentucky Bluegrass is nothing but dirt and the crystal clue lake is murky with green slime on top.

Mae quickly find out that Happy Trails and the citizens of Normal were also victims of Paul's schemes, making her lower than tha lake scum in the residents' eyes. Mae doesn't think things could get much worse, but as luck would have it, Paul West has escaped from prison and is found dead, murdered, floating in the Happy Trails mucky green lake. 

Mae is the number one suspect on Detective Hank Sharp's short list. After all, Mae has the perfect motive as a kept wife who has been scorned to ashes, embarrassed to death, and seeking revenge. 

Time is running out for Mae to prove that she's innocent and nothing like her husband. If only she could get someone to believe her and talk Detective Sharp into looking at other residents who've lost all their savings to Paul's Ponzie scheme before the curtain is closed on this Hollywood namesake.




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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Beaches, Bungalows, & Burglaries Chapter One

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“A campground?” I gulped back a good hissy fit, because no one could ever underestimate the power of a good hissy fit, something I’ve tried really hard not to do in years. “As in tiny little metal houses and port-a-potties?”
“Well, I think they have a toilet in them” said Stanley Shelton, my lawyer.
He eased back in his big fancy, wingback leather chair with his elbows resting on the wooden arms and his fingers drumming against each other. The grey pinstriped suit was of the finest materials and the nice crystal cufflinks were the touch it needed that screamed successful lawyer.
“I think the toilet is small, but you’re small.” He rubbed his hand over his bald head and then proceeded to draw his hand over his mustache and beard.
I tried as hard as I could to keep it together, but my composure was under attack.
“What about my house in the Hamptons? I’ll just go there.” I let out a sigh of relief. It was a perfect plan. “I’m desperately going to miss the New York City apartment, but I need a break.”
Unfortunately, it wasn’t going to change the fact that my now ex-husband was in jail for a Ponzie scheme. He kept me busy by sending me to the spa, salon, and shopping for most of our two-year marriage. Not to mention, I’d cashed out my 401K to help him start a side business where he said we’d be partners. Little did I realize it was partners in a crime.
“And the house is gone.” Stanley’s jaw set. “I’m going to need the keys to your car and trade you for these.” He dangled a very small key from a flamingo key chain in the air.
“What’s that? A moped key?” I joked.
“It’s to your house and your new car.” He glanced out the window of his fancy office that was filled with plaques and certificates that boasted of his high education.
“You can’t even look at me? Because I clearly remember when we were donating to your son-in-law’s election fund and visiting our friends in the community who ended up being big donors, that you had no issue looking at me. And now that my bank account has taken a hit, you won’t even look at me?” I questioned with a slight bitter taste in my mouth.
“It didn’t take a hit. There’s no bank account. The FBI seized it all.” Stanley made no effort to make me feel the slightest bit better about my situation.
“Where is my new house? The upper-east side? Not that that’s a bad place to live, but not like where we live now.”
“Ummm,” He licked his lips. “Out there.” He pointed to the window.
I sat up a little straighter in my chair and leaned on the arm of the leather chair.
“There’s nothing out there but an RV; a small one at that.” I laughed and eased back into the chair. “Wait, you mean that. . .” my voice trailed off when I noticed he didn’t find amusement in my teasing about the camper.
“I’m afraid that there’s no money to give you. The only thing free and clear is the camper and the campground.” He stood up and walked around the desk. He eased down on the edge. “I’m sorry Mae. You don’t deserve this.”
“Are you sure?” I asked.
I mean, I was having a real bad day before I got here, but this just made it almost unbearable. I rested my elbow on the arm of the chair and covered my mouth with my hand. I twisted my head to the side so Stanley couldn’t see my tearing up. There was a glimpse of my silhouette in the door of the mini-refrigerator.
My hazel eyes were sunken with half-moon dark circles under them. I’d not taken time to straighten my long brown curly hair and the humidity in the air wasn’t making it any better.
“Mae?” Stanley said my name. I blinked a few times. I didn’t recognize the image staring back at me.
“Sorry,” I apologized and forced a demure smile.
I was having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I had nothing. No family. No marriage. No place to live. No car. Nothing. “I mean, Paul is a jerk and I’d like to kill him, but he left me with nothing?” I hugged my designer bag to my chest.
That scum, I couldn’t believe that I was so dumb that I put everything in his name.
“He owed a lot of people money and some still don’t have their retirement back. You’re lucky I could salvage this in the settlements since he did have it in your name alone.” He sounded as if I needed to thank Paul. Stanley picked the flamingo key chain up and once again stuck it in my face. “The campground is in Normal, Kentucky.”
“Kentucky?” My jaw dropped. “You mean I have to go there?”
My mind rolled back to the last time I was in Kentucky. It was 2:04 a.m. I knew the exact time because it was the time I was born and also my eighteenth birthday. It was the day I grew up and knew that no one was going to give me a free ride. Somehow, Paul made me feel safe and secure, until now.
“You have to go there and be the manager if you want to have some sort of income or we can look at selling the place.” He didn’t move those darn keys.
“I didn’t even know about this campground.” I shook my head refusing to take the keys. “I’ve certainly never been a manager of a campground.”
“When Paul was in college, he somehow ended up at this campground and winning some silly bet. After the two of you were married, he had me put the deed in your name and your name alone. The FBI couldn’t seize it.” Stanley thumbed through some papers on his desk.
“Lucky me,” I groaned.
“You have a camper to live in and a way to acquire some income.” He pushed himself up off the desk and put a hand on my shoulder. “I suggest you take a trip. Make it an adventure. Check the place out and save up a couple of months before you decide if you want to sell it or not.” He held out a brochure that had Happy Trails written in big letters across the top.
There was a beautiful, bright and vibrant photo on the front that looked more like a vacation spot than a campground.
“Adventure?” I cocked a brow and looked back out the window at the camper. “Yellow?” I questioned the color on my home on wheels. “I don’t even like yellow.”
“It’s a pop up. The top lifts to make more space. There’s a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and you can drive it. It’s perfect,” he said with an upbeat tone. “Be sure you read the manual in the glove box on how to work all the equipment. It can be tricky.”
“Are you really trying to sell me on this camping idea? I lived in a ten-thousand square foot home with a house cleaner. I drive a Maserati. Drove.” I gripped the keys of my little car in my hand. I looked down and opened my palm. “Did drive a Maserati.” I gulped back the tears and practically ripped the flamingo key chain out of his hand.
“I’m sorry to cut this short, but I’ve got to get to court.” He took his hand off my shoulder and put it in his pant pocket, pulling out a hundred-dollar bill. “Here. This is for gas and food. I can feel the bones in your shoulder. Eat.”
“No.” I shook my head and stood up, a bit wobbly. “I’m fine. I don’t need a hand out.”
He didn’t take no for an answer. He stuck the money in my palm and curled my fingers around it.
“Let me know when you get to Kentucky.” He smiled and patted my hand before he dropped it. His eyes softened. “Mae, I’m sorry. Out of all my client’s wives, you’ve always been so kind and nice. I know this whole process has made you bitter and hard-hearted. But I know you’re strong and will figure this all out.”
“Thanks, Stanley.” I sucked in a deep breath. “You’ve been great. I know I sound like some spoiled brat, but I think I’m still in shock having been in this nightmare for only three months.”
“I sent some of your things to the campground. There’s even a storage facility on the grounds. The current manager knows you’re coming. I put a file in the camper with her name on it and some information about the campsite.” He patted my back. “I suggest you not even look at it until you get there so you can focus on your new adventure the next couple of days.”
“Couple of days? That’s how long it’ll take to drive to Kentucky?” I questioned, clearly not remembering how long it took the Greyhound to drive here years ago.
“In a camper, yes.” He walked over to the door and opened it. “Let me know if there’s anything I can do for you.”
“You’ve done enough, keeping me out of jail,” I started to tear up, my voice cracked, “I can’t thank you enough.”
I walked out the door knowing that I’d never see Stanley again. The past few months, I’d seen him practically every day. When the FBI had shown up at our house that morning of the raid, I’d never forget. Stanley came right to the jail and bailed me out. We left Paul in there. He deserved it. It took a lot for Stanley to prove that I’d not signed any of the paperwork and Paul had forged my name, but Stanley did it. I’m forever grateful.
The long walk down the hall of his office was a blur. I was numb. I remember pushing open the door of his office building and stepping out into the bright sunshine. I pulled my sunglasses down on my nose and pushed them up. My eyes slid over to the cute little black convertible that was my birthday gift last year when I turned thirty. Little did I realize it was bought with other people’s money Paul had schemed them out of from our fake partnership.
I slid my eyes over to the bright yellow camper and then down at the flamingo key chain.
“I guess it could be much worse,” I grumbled and took my first steps towards my new reality as I tried to keep an upbeat attitude.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tuesday Coffee With Tonya, Weekly Giveaway and RELEASE DAY!!




Mornin' Y'all!!

Can you believe it's another release day???? It's a busy month with THREE book releases! I had no idea how busy I was going to be when I signed a contract with two different publishers. But I have to say that I'm so incredibly grateful to be working and so humbled to be traditionally published. 

Last week I was so blessed to share CAKE AND PUNISHMENT with my group of friends last Tuesday! We had Gigi's cupcakes and coffee. I gave each one of them a copy of the book and we had so much fun talking about baking. 

Over the weekend, I was blessed to spend time with my boys for Mother's Day. The best part of the day~I can truly see each of them growing up into the best young men. Eddy and I talked after they left about how much we can see a difference in them and how different our conversations are. They are adults and I just can't believe it. 



Don't forget to stop by my author page every Wednesday for the mid-week Tonya Kappes Book Giveaway. The giveaway might be a print or ebook, so mark it on you calendar to check Tonya Kappes Books page.

Friend Friday Giveaway is also on the Tonya Kappes Books page where a author friend gives away a copy of her book.

Did you know the Cozy Krew is a private Facebook page? I hope you want to join me and other fun Krew members by clicking here!

Be sure you scroll down to enter to win the gift card and see all the book sales and upcoming releases! xoxoxo
T.

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!!
Beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone. And doesn’t our Sheriff Kenni Lowry know that? Well, she knows a lot of things.

Lucy Lowell takes great pride in writing negative reviews in the local newspaper for anything that does not go her way. When Lucy is found dead, it appears to be from natural causes. 

But Sheriff Kenni Lowry knows there is more to it because the ghost of her grandfather, the ex-sheriff, is standing over the body. 

His presence can only mean one thing: Murder!

Since Kenni’s relationship with Deputy Finn Vincent has heated up, Kenni is having trouble conducting the investigation without Finn questioning her every move. 

Can Kenni unravel the mystery on her own or will she have to tell Finn the real reason she knows it was murder—the ghost of her poppa?

It’s blowin’ up a storm and only Kenni knows how it’ll end.

Buy Dead As A Doornail by clicking here!

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Chris N Melissa Street
 "I love reading your books because I get my southern sass fix. Light and entertaining reading. Perfect for any time of the year."

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A Killer Coffee Mystery
Freshly Ground Murder (coming October 2017)

Olivia Bloom Paranormal Mystery Series

Magical Cures Mystery Series

Spies and Spells Mystery Series
GET WITCH OR DIE TRYING

Grandberry Falls Series

A Laurel London Mystery Series

A Divorced Diva Beading Mystery Series

Bluegrass Romance Series

A Ghostly Southern Mystery Series
A GHOSTLY SECRET

Kenni Lowry Mystery Series
SOUTHERN FRIED
SIX FEET UNDER  (4/2018)

Women’s Fiction

Young Adult

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tuesday Coffee With Tonya and Weekly Giveaway! CAKE AND PUNISHMENT RELEASE DAY!!!





It was a state holiday in Kentucky over the weekend! I'm not talking Cinco De Mayo, it was DERBY WEEKEND!!!

We went to a Derby party and I had to bet on My Boy Jack....duh....for the name only! I'm glad I didn't bet much, since I lost. But we still had fun, even had a Mint Julip along with good friends. I even bake my Kentucky Derby Pie to take as a dessert. Be sure to scroll down to grab that recipe! YUMMMMIEEEE!

We also went to my nephew's high school baseball game. It was his first time pitching and his school was playing my children's alma mater high school. My nephew did great and he was so happy we were there. Of course, I yelled and cheered him on the entire time.

I also want to thank everyone for responding to the Facebook post about what I should binge watch on Hulu. The Handmaid's Tale won and OMG....we watched the entire first season and started the second season. I'm still getting used to Hulu, so the second season is the current season and the shows are distributed weekly. Anyways....I have to say that Margaret Atwood's novel, The Handmaid's Tale, and the Hulu version are pretty darn close to each other! Well done Margaret!

I want to wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day! There are so many different types of moms and it's not the the birth mothers that deserve the day too.

Don't forget to stop by my author page every Wednesday for the mid-week Tonya Kappes Book Giveaway. The giveaway might be a print or ebook, so mark it on you calendar to check Tonya Kappes Books page.

Friend Friday Giveaway is also on the Tonya Kappes Books page where a author friend gives away a copy of her book.


Did you know the Cozy Krew is a private Facebook page? I hope you want to join me and other fun Krew members by clicking here!


Be sure you scroll down to enter to win the gift card and see all the book sales and upcoming releases! xoxoxo

T.
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HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!!
In the first of a delectable new Southern-set baking cozy series, Sophia Cummings, pastry chef extraordinaire, must craft the perfect cake for an old friend’s wedding while sifting through the suspects in a murder. 

Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky has glowing fields of bluegrass, a fine selection of bourbons, and now a professional pastry chef. Broken-hearted Sophia Cummings has come home from New York City. She’s not there a minute before she’s charmed into making her high school friend Charlotte’s wedding cake. The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile’s body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by. 

With one look at the shiny, new frying pan, Sophia knows it’s not Emile’s. She offers her knowledge to Sheriff Carter and her talents to Evelyn, the manager, who needs an interim chef. The mood in the country club is grim: Emile’s peppery personality had burned members and staff alike. Sophia wonders which one of them burned him? 

BUY IT HERE!!

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"Honestly, the relatability of the main characters. Some may have a paranormal twist, but the characters, I feel like I know them or I am them."

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Click here to enter to win the $10 weekly Amazon gift card!
Winner will be announced on my Facebook author page on Thursday!!

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Have you checked out all of my books?

Have you checked out all my books? Here is a list and links! 

A Killer Coffee Mystery
Freshly Ground Murder (coming October 2017)

Olivia Bloom Paranormal Mystery Series

Magical Cures Mystery Series

Spies and Spells Mystery Series
GET WITCH OR DIE TRYING

Grandberry Falls Series

A Laurel London Mystery Series

A Divorced Diva Beading Mystery Series

Bluegrass Romance Series

A Ghostly Southern Mystery Series
A GHOSTLY SECRET

Kenni Lowry Mystery Series
SOUTHERN FRIED
SIX FEET UNDER  (4/2018)

Women’s Fiction

Young Adult

Be sure to join me everywhere!!

I want to invite everyone to join the Cozy Krew group page. If you are not already a group member you can join at  facebook.com/groups/208579765929709

Join the Mailbox Love where I send snail mail and birthday cards! Click here or tonyakappes.com/kappes-krew-birthday-club

Be sure to check out my web page for up to date information on all my books as well as a complete list of books in order at tonyakappes.com

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Virtual Tour Normal, Kentucky ~ A Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery Series

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky~ where NOTHING is normal! Hi, there. Let me be the first to welcome you to Normal, Kentucky. I’m Mayor Co...