Blog Tour and Giveaway - Bubba Done It by Maggie Toussaint

I'm thrilled to have Maggie Toussaint here today. Her new book Bubba Done It is out and it was a good one.  Leave a comment and email for a chance to win. One lucky reader will win 1 e-copy or 1 print copy from the authors backlist:
In For A Penny
On the Nickel
Dime If I Know (Silver Falchion winner)
Death, Island Style
Murder in the Buff

Thanks for being here today Maggie! 
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Bubba Done It
by Maggie Toussaint

bubbaBubba Done It (A Dreamwalker Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Five Star (May 20, 2015)
Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-1432830670
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Amateur sleuth and dreamwalker Baxley Powell is called in on a stabbing case. She arrives in time to hear the dying man whisper, “Bubba done it.”
Four men named Bubba in Sinclair County, Georgia, have close ties to the victim, including her goofball brother-in-law, Bubba Powell.
She dreamwalks for answers, but the victim can’t talk to her, leaving Baxley to sleuth among the living. The suspects include a down-on-his-luck fisherman, a crack-head evangelist, a politically- connected investor, and her brother-in-law, the former sweetheart of the victim’s ex-wife.
The more Baxley digs, the more the Bubbas start to unravel. Worse, her brother-in-law’s definitely more than friendly with the victim’s ex-wife.
Between pet-sitting, landscaping, and dreamwalking, Baxley’s got her hands full solving this case.

My review:

This book captured me from the beginning and left me wanting more in the end. Baxley is a strong character who really knows what she is doing and how to get what she needs. When she finds out there there are four suspects all named Bubba she will have her work cut out for her to find out which one is the killer before the killer gets another victim. A great story line with a cast of characters that keep you interested till the last page. Get this fast-paced action book and enjoy a night so compelling and gripping. I loved it and eagerly wait to see what Baxley will do next. 

Guest Post:
Feeling Different
By Maggie Toussaint

Raise your hand if you know what it’s like to be different. Uh-huh. That’s what I thought. We’ve all been too “this” or too “that” at one point or another.

For me, the biggest out-of-sync experience came at the start of 8th grade. My parents split just before Easter of 7th grade, and I had the summer to accept that new reality, the subsequent move to another county, and enrollment in another school zone.

I endured the terrible awkwardness of those first weekend custody exchanges, learned a new landscape, and thought I was okay with the whole thing. I didn’t know I’d have a new label attached to my name.

People whispered behind my back, “There’s the new girl. She comes from a Broken Home. Bless her heart.” (Maybe some of you are too young to remember there used to be a terrible stigma attached to divorce. I was just glad my parents were no longer fighting, you know?)

Anyway, being the new kid in school was hard for me because I’d grown up surrounded by a wealth of cousins in a much smaller town. For the first time, I was truly alone everywhere I went. That formative experience taught me to dig deep, to know who I was, and what I wanted.

In truth, it launched me into an adult mindset at 13, and in many ways it prepared me to be a mystery writer. I began to be more analytical and to say “what if” to myself as I addressed challenges.

I wrote romances to begin with, then my Cleopatra Jones mystery series, and several stand-alone mysteries. I recently began a new mystery series with a paranormal sleuth named Baxley (Nesbitt) Powell. She’s a dreamwalker, though for many years she denied her extra powers. Her awakening to her differences came at an early age when people would point to her and her family and whisper. She never wanted to be a Nesbitt. Never wanted to have extra gears of sensory perception.

During her school years, Baxley longed to fit in, but she was always excluded. The popular kids wouldn’t accept her because her clothes were different (tie-dyed and jeans during a very preppy fashion era), her family philosophies were too liberal, and her parents didn’t have real jobs. For years, she worried they might be secret pot growers. Bottom line, she became self-reliant and a straight-A student because she couldn’t wait to get out of her small town.

I couldn’t let Baxley grow up alone, so I gave her a BFF. You see, another young girl in her class also didn’t fit in. Charlotte Armstrong was ostracized because of her overweight issues as early as elementary school, and she and Baxley became inseparable. Their friendship endured the years when Baxley married a service man and lived at different military bases around the country for eight years. When her husband didn’t return from a mission, Baxley and her daughter moved back home to coastal Georgia.

My Dreamwalker Mystery Series began with Gone and Done It, in which Baxley is determined to
prove she can be a police consultant. In this story, she learns to accept the entirety of who she is, including her extrasensory powers and talking to the dead. In my new book, Bubba Done It, she has attained police consultant status, but she learns every case is different and discovers regular rules don’t apply to the paranormal world.

In short, even though Baxley has come full circle, from outsider to insider in her home community, she’s still coping with differences, still learning new things about herself, still eager to face each challenge. Because she’s learned what many others haven’t. There is no “Easy” button in life; it’s all a mystery.



MaggieToussaint2_fun_largerAbout This Author
 From her youthful days of tree climbing and dreams of flying to her career days of pocket-protector geekiness as a toxicologist, Southern author Maggie Toussaint remains riveted by a good story. As a book aficionado, she put into practice what she’d learned and began penning novels.
Maggie is published in mystery and romantic suspense, with six titles in each genre. The third book in her Cleopatra Jones mystery series recently won the Silver Falchion Award, while her romances have won the National Readers’ Choice Award and the EPIC eBook Award for Romantic Suspense. She also writes science fiction under the pen name of Rigel Carson. More at www.maggietoussaint.com.

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Comments

  1. I love and appreciate the comments about feeling different. I believe even though everyone's experiences may be varied being different in any way from the accepted norm at that time or in a specific situation is life changing. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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    1. Good morning! I agree that the accepted norm is not a straight line in the sand. We all exist along a continuum. Let's respect each other's differences!

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  2. I empathize with being the odd one out.
    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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    1. You're a nice person, Kaye. It is hard running face first into prejudice, or worse, feeling so different that you don't fit in. These are the challenges I set before my fictional character and I hope she's showing her readers that she is taking charge of her life!

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  3. Bubba Done sounds like a great book. Baxley seems to be a determine and complex character. Thank you fro the giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. HI Jen. Thanks for your kind words about Baxley. I enjoy writing troubled characters (write what we know, right?) but I also enjoy seeing them triumph as they face adversity and win. Though this is fiction, I like knowing that at least in one small corner of the universe, things work out for the good.

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  4. The series sounds great, thanks for the chance tow in :)

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      So nice to see you. I'm honored by your words. Best to you!

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  5. I have always felt like the odd one out. This looks like a great read! Thanks for the opportunity!
    sharonbabyme@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Julie, I must admit your name caught me by surprise. I have a good friend named Julie Dixon, but it's another Julie! So let me say that I love your name! You will surely enjoy the Dreamwalker series and seeing how Baxley pulls her act together.

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  6. That's a very interesting angle for a series! I like it!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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    1. Hey there, Elaine! I'd love to say I'm brilliant, but the truth is this storyline and this sleuth just kept worrying away at the back of my mind until I did something about it. Anyway, I'm delighted that it is garnering so much interest and acclaim. Good luck to you in the drawing.

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  7. This is an intriguing idea. Haven't read any of this series before but would like to try it. thanks
    txmlhl@yahoo.com

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    1. Nice to meet you, Mary, and I'm delighted that Great Escapes Book Blog Tour allowed our paths to intersect. I hope you'll take the opportunity to follow some of my links and friend/like me elsewhere as well so that we can stay in touch! Good luck in the drawing.

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  8. What a captivating and special post, feature and giveaway. Your thoughts are profound and resonate with me. Best wishes. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Petite, You nearly made me tear up. How wonderful that my words touched you in that way. I may not have ever been called profound, but I am passionate about respecting differences. Maybe that depth of emotion made me eloquent. Whatever, the reason, I'm humbled. Thanks for entering the giveaway.

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  9. I was always the different one and still am but now that I am old it doesn't matter at all. I am also invisible to most. Your series is a treasure. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Dear Traveler, I hear you on invisibility. Though we can sometimes use it to our advantage, it also reminds us of our isolation. Maturity does help. I have more confidence about who and what I am, so the group norm no longer seems to be what I aspire to. Funny thing, accepting my differences instead of trying to change myself went a long way toward ensuring my happiness. I hope you've also found contentment in your struggles. Blessings, Maggie

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  10. What a time to have the name of Bubba. I am sure this will be another hit for her. Thanks for the review and for the opportunity to win a copy of a book. robeader53@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Robin,
      I love my Bubbas. At one stop on this tour, I explain the origin of the name of this book, so I hope you will keep up with the various guest posts. If I can ever get my HTML snafu figured out, I will be able to launch my tardy newsletter. Good to meet up with you here, Maggie

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  11. I love the idea of needing to sort out just which Bubba did it. Clever idea.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  12. Hi Libby, So nice to meet you! This is the first story I ever wrote where everyone knows the name of the killer but not his identity. I hope if you read it that you will be playing the guessing game of which Bubba did it! Maggie

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  13. I think everybody feels different at one time or another in their life. I feel different by virtue of being a writer. Every experience, every person I meet, might end up in a book. We view the world as material for our stories. We also struggle with a full-time job that includes not only writing books but running a small business. It's only other writers who understand these demands.

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    1. Amen to that, Nancy. When I get the chance to hang out with other writers, even though we've just met, we share similar frustrations and challenges and joys. It's like meeting up with an old friend!

      I was hoping someone would say what you said, Nancy: "Everybody feels different at one time or another". My aim in establishing Baxley as a sympathetic character was to tap into that universal longing to belong that each of us has felt.

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  14. Hello Maggie,

    Just wanted to stop by and say, "Hello!"

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    1. Hi Mary Anne,

      Thanks for the visit! Appreciate your company!

      Maggie

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  15. Congratulations Maggie on this new release! I have #1 on my tbr list. Will hopefully be reading it soon.

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  16. Maggie, I just want to reach out and give you a hug. {{Maggie}}.

    karen94066 at aol dot com

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    1. Thank you, Anonymous Karen. I can always use a hug from a friend! I hope I didn't paint myself as someone who sat around and bemoaned her fate. Truly, I just bopped along in my own world, only noticing that I was alone when I was in a crowd. Then it was slightly weird, but I learned to glom onto the edge of a group, to talk to one person at a time. The challenges we face - we can chose to meet them or let them defeat us. I chose the former route, and it made me a better person. But thanks for the hug. You can never have too many of them! Maggie

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  17. Time to select the giveaway winner. Drum roll if you please! ... I'm back. According to the auspices of Random.org, our winner is the 21st comment/reply which is LIBBY DODD. Congratulations, Libby! I'll email you right away. Please look over the selection and let me know which title you'd prefer, also whether you want print or ebook.

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  18. YOUR BOOK SOUNDS GREAT! SORRY I WAS A LITTLE LATE FOR THE GIVEAWAY. BY THE WAY WHERE CAN YOU GET A KINDLE VERSION OF THE FIRST BOOK? GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK! SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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    1. Dear Calico Lady,

      The Kindle version of Gone and Done It is available at Amazon. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Gone-Dreamwalker-Mysteries-Maggie-Toussaint-ebook/dp/B00JJ2XVZ6/

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  19. Will be anxious to read your latest book, Maggie. As to being different, I can relate well about being overweight all my life as with Baxley's BFF Charlotte. Kids were cruel and to this day, with the same problem that I deal with now, even adults can be unkind as well. Kids say things out loud, but adults make comments which hurt or that make you feel uneasy and not like others, in a different way. But I have come to terms with that the best that I can and I accept myself knowing that it is what is on the inside of a person, and how they treat others, and that being overweight does not make you inferior or unequal to others who have a much higher opinion of themselves. Everything in life is made more difficult when people put stigmas on you but it is pretty much up to you to handle it in some way that makes you realize you are just as good and just as important in this world as those who criticize. From what you wrote about, Maggie, you know exactly what I mean, not for the same circumstance, but for feeling different. Wishing your latest release much success.

    Sincerely,
    Cynthia
    ceblain(AT)tmlponline(DOT)net

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    1. Thanks for sharing that, Cynthia. I totally get where you're coming from and it makes me sad that people can be so superficial. Good, caring people come in all shapes, sizes, genders, races, and so on.

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    2. I love this cast of characters!

      lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  20. I've always felt like the odd one out, too---but I wish some special talents like Baxley's came with it.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  21. I was speaking with a young college kid a few years ago and she said that when she hears that a friends parents are still together, she is usually shocked. She said that most of her friends growing up had divorced parents.

    jenne.turner (at) unt.edu - remove spaces and substitute the @ sign.

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  22. Sounds like a fun read! :) Thanks. :)
    ovations@bellsouth.net

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