Thursday, June 23, 2016

Blog tour and Giveaway - Come Bitter Poison by Monica Knightley

I am excited to be part of this blog tour. Come Bitter Poison (The Stratford Upon Avondale Mysteries) by Monica Knightley. One lucky reader will receive an e-copy of this book. Leave a comment and email below for the chance to win.

File Size: 1920 KB
Print Length: 177 pages
Publisher: Monica Knightley (April 8, 2016)
Publication Date: April 8, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Sexy film star. Long-held secrets. Murder by poison.
When international stage and film star Miles Elliot comes to Stratford Upon Avondale to play Macbeth, Maggie O’Flynn is thrilled. He’s been her actor crush for years. But when Miles ends up at the center of a murder investigation Maggie finds herself slipping back into the role of amateur sleuth. Before long many of her friends become suspects in not just one murder, but two. Maggie must discover who’s poisoning people associated with the Shakespeare Festival before one of her friends gets slapped with a murder charge. And she must do so while dodging paparazzi that are stalking her due to a supposed love affair she’s having with Miles Elliot.

With a bit of Shakespeare, copious amounts of tea, and a faux-English setting to rival anything the real England has to offer, COME, BITTER POISON is the second book in THE STRATFORD UPON AVONDALE mystery series. Though part of a series, COME, BITTER POISON can be read and enjoyed as a standalone. Lovers of cozy mysteries will find a cozy home in Stratford Upon Avondale.

Book two starts off strong and keeps moving to the end. The characters are delight fun and well developed. With a great story line this whodunit will not disappoint, You will be captivated until the end.

Guest Post:
Hi! I’m Maggie O’Flynn, ex-nun-in-training, current tea room owner and steamy romance writer. I recently moved to this charming little village, Stratford Upon Avondale, which is renowned for its Shakespeare Festival. The place looks like it was lifted lock, stock, and barrel straight out of Tudor or maybe Victorian England, despite the 5,000 miles and several hundred years that separate the two places. I’ll admit I was running away from my past when I landed here but as it turns out it was a good choice.

A good choice for a lot of reasons. Warm and welcoming inhabitants, new dear friends, a kind, considerate, intelligent almost-boyfriend, and a couple of murders. No, I’m not sick or into weird stuff, but I’ve discovered over the past few months that I have an aptitude for solving murders. Who would have thought? Certainly not the local homicide detective. No love lost there.

When I moved here I assumed I’d be seeing my share of murder and treachery, but I figured it would be on the stages of the festival. Sadly, there are people, even here in this little piece of heaven, that find themselves feeling such overwhelming emotions they end up committing the worst of all crimes to quell those emotions. Okay, that was the former Sister Margaret Rose O’Flynn speaking, but it is a truth. Perhaps there is something about my nun-in-training past that lends itself to my ability to uncover murderers. Or perhaps it’s my inability to keep my nose out of other people’s business. That’s what Sister Mary Josephine would say, and did say on many occasions.

But if Sister Mary Josephine thought I was nosey, she would have had apoplexy if she’d met Gina Mattucci. Gina is my best friend and the Watson to my Sherlock. She is a five-foot-two-inch spitfire whose loud, gravelly voice usually announces her presence long before she enters a room. From New Jersey and proud of it, she’s brash and carries a grudge that the West Coast has never heard of some monstrosity called ‘Disco Fries.’ Google it. They’re hideous.

One little added bonus of moving here has been the inspiration this romance writer has found here. There is no dearth of gorgeous men in Stratford. It is a theater town, after all. And word is that my long-time actor crush is about to arrive in town to play Macbeth. Tall, handsome, British—Miles Elliot is many a woman’s dream. Something tells me he may inspire some steamy scenes in my next book.

So Stratford Upon Avondale is home now. I no longer feel like I was running away from my life when I decided to come here, but instead I was running to the life I was supposed to live. Now if I can just convince Nate Larimer, the aforementioned ‘almost-boyfriend’ that I’m not a nun and that he doesn’t need to be intimidated by my steamy romance writing, life here would be perfect.

Time to serve some tea! Cheers!

About The Author –
Monica Knightley began creating compelling characters and stories at the age of three, when she had a plethora of imaginary friends, all with complete backstories. Today any characters that come knocking on the door of her imagination find themselves in one of her mysteries, young adult novels, or paranormal romances.

When not fueling her reading addiction or writing her next book, Monica loves to travel with her husband—especially to England. A bit of England seems to make its way into most of her books. Must haves include a perfectly steeped cup of tea, and a good, bold red wine. She lives in Portland, Oregon where the frequent rainy weather is perfect for curling up with a good book and a cup of tea.

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  1. My, Maggie is a very busy ex-nun! Thanks for the great post, I look forward to reading this!

    1. Yes, she is pretty busy! And she is great fun to write! Thank you for visiting today. :)

  2. Thank you so much for hosting me today, Shelley! I'm happy you liked COME, BITTER POISON!! :)

  3. Nothing like reading a cozy mystery and poison is involved, can't wait to read this one! raeganlady(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. HaHa! I agree! Poison always makes for an intriguing murder mystery. ;) It was fun writing this one!

  4. I love the idea of Stratford Upon Avondale in the U.S. Maggie and Gina sound like a great team, and I look forward to reading your books!

    1. Hi Celia,
      Thank you for visiting! I hope you enjoy the Stratford Upon Avondale mysteries. :)


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