I love when Tonya Kappes visits and she is here today with a brand new book series. Fixin to Die (A Kenni Lowry Mystery) was released on June 14th. Want to win an e-copy of this book? Tell us what your favorite southern food is and leave your email to be entered and one lucky reader will be chosen.
Series: A Kenni Lowry Mystery
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Henery Press (June 14, 2016)
Sheriff Kenni Lowry likes to think the zero crime rate in her small town in Kentucky is due to her being sheriff, but quickly discovers her grandfather’s ghost, who happened to be the town’s retired sheriff, has been scaring off any would be crime. Poppa has come back from the great beyond to be Kenni’s deputy after the beloved town doctor is found murdered.
Ghost or no ghost, time is of the essence. After all, re-election isn’t far away and Kenni doesn’t want to look for a new job anytime soon.
Tonya Kappes has brought southern charm, mouth-watering food and a fresh new cast of characters that keep you ready through the night. Fixin to Die will whisk you away to Cottonwood Kentucky where you will get wrapped up in the story. With several plot twist that will have you guessing until the end. I look forward to the next visit to Cottonwood.
There is just something about going to a diner in a small town. . .
Kenni Lowry is the small town sheriff in Fixin’ To Die. There is a fair amount of time spent in the sheriff’s office, only the office isn’t in a building, it’s in the back of Cowboy’s Catfish diner. Some of y’all might scratch your head because that seems so strange. . .but not to me!
I grew up in a small rural Kentucky town. It’s one of those thing when someone asks me where I’m from, I’m going to say the county name instead of the city. That’s just the way a small town rolls. That is just ONE of the things that I loved about growing up in a small town in the south.
In most small towns there is that one diner, the one greasy spoon that no matter what time of day you go, there is a line and the counter stools are filled with the same local, little old men in their John Deere hats with a cup of coffee in their hand.
When you go to open the door, you have to give the bottom corner a little tap with the toe of your shoe because it gets a little stuck every once in a while and the above the door dings as soon as you fully open it, our hearts swell with joy. Then our stomach rumbles as the smell of homemade biscuits, sausage gravy, and bacon grease swirl and curl around our nose with strong coffee chasing shortly after. Our eyes scan the top of the full diner just so we can find a couple available seats. After we find that seat, our usual waitress, the only waitress, comes over and fills the foggy plastic glass with the chip in the rim with water and a pot of coffee dangling from her hand. You don’t need a menu. You know what they serve at your diner as if it were tattooed on your brain.
And just thinking about that fried egg has your mouth watering. . .
Awe. . .wasn’t that a great step back into a wonderful memory? What about your memories? Do at least half of them revolve around food?
Food is such a wonderful way to gather people. It is magical really. Food creates community, builds relationships, and fills our souls. Doesn’t this sound exactly how a novel should feed your mind?
I think so too! In every single novel, mostly all in series, I’ve written (twenty-six published), I make the diner and settings of my small, southern towns just as much a character as my heroine and hero. It’s a comfort to the reader to open a novel in a series and know what it feels like to flip the first page and step back into the diner they have grown to love because of all the warm and fuzzy they get from visiting.
About the Author
For years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been self-publishing her numerous mystery and romance titles with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plotlines and quirky characters, but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans. Be sure to check out Tonya’s website for upcoming events and news and to sign up for her newsletter! Tonyakappes.com