Series: Pumpkin Patch Mysteries
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 21, 2015)
First in a New Series Richmond attorney Sarah Tucker returns to sell her family’s abandoned farm in Misty River, Virginia despite unanswered questions about her grandparents’ disappearance sixteen years earlier. Sarah was only twelve when she went to visit and found her grandparents had vanished. No amount of searching has brought answers. Now Sarah is faced with other issues when a man is killed who claimed to have information about what happened to her grandparents. She learns of a Confederate chest of gold that is said to be buried on the property, and treasure hunters who are willing to do anything to get their hands on it. Were her grandparents murdered for the gold? Sarah can’t sell the land and go back to her life until she has answers. But the cost of the answers may be her life. Includes farm-fresh recipes!
I love pumpkins and everything Fall, So when I heard that Joyce and Jim Lavene had a brand new series come out and Pumpkins were involved I knew I had to read it. It is Amazing! You will meet Sarah Tucker and Jack Collins as you take a trip to Misty River Virginia. Someone doesn't want Sarah to stay on the land of her missing grandparents and will do everything they can to make it happen. So when potential buyers end up dead, Sarah and Jack have to find out who the killer is,and get this property sold so she can get back to her Attorney job and move on. Find out if she will stay or leave the farm.
Each character brings something unique and has a charm about them that really bring this story to life. The story line is so well written you will be so involved in it , like I was, and finished it in one day. I could not put it down.
It's fast- paced and plot twisting that will keep you reading and an ending so good you will be eagerly waiting for the next one. This book is a great read to get you ready for Fall and all things pumpkin!
Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows By Joyce Lavene Many writers think if they can just get published, their lives will be like the song title above. I remember this song from when I was a kid. It’s a general feel-good ditty about how love should be. Many writers have preconceived notions about how being published should be too.
Trust me – it’s not all sunshine, rainbows, lollipops, and rainbows. Like love, it has its ups and downs. We’re always asked for advice on what beginning writers should do. I think my best first advice is BE PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK! Like love, feeling passionate about your sweetheart helps you through the bad times. If you aren’t passionate about your writing right now – long before you get published – don’t bother. I saw a Facebook post the other day that said self-publishing was ‘hard work’. Jim and I have written books for many traditional publishing companies and self-published some of it too. It’s all hard work.
There is nothing easy about coming up with an idea, developing it into a book-length manuscript, sending it to agents and publishers to see if anyone likes it. Your heart will be in pain many times. There’s nothing easy about coming up with an idea, developing it into a book-length manuscript and deciding to self-publish either. Your heart will be in pain many times.
Don’t let anyone fool you, whichever path you choose to take – short of throwing your manuscript away and not caring if it gets published at all – it is HARD work. Definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows! But if you’re passionate enough about what you’re doing and you can stand the pain of your heart breaking at bad reviews and careless words from friends and family, it’s a wonderful life being a writer. Maybe not the champagne, limousines, and millions of dollars in the bank kind of wonderful – but the kind where you meet great people known as readers and you live your life the way you want to with characters you know and love filling it. That’s my life, and I am VERY PASSIONATE about it!
About the Authors:
Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.
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