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Folly at the Fair by Kari Bovee - Book Tour + Giveaway

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 Join us for this tour from July 13 to August 11, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title: Folly at the Fair (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 322 pages

Genre:  Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   June 2020

Tour dates: July 13 to August 11, 2020

Content Rating:  PG-13 for some swearing, violence, and mature themes.

Book Description:

She never misses a target. But unless she can solve this murder, she’ll

become one… Chicago World’s Fair, 1893. “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley
is exhausted from her work with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. But when a
fellow performer scuffles with a man who threatens her harm, she has to
keep her eyes peeled. And when the heckler is found dead under the
Ferris Wheel, Annie won’t rest until she proves her defender is
innocent. Before she can rustle up any clues, an old friend asks Annie
to protect her young daughter. And as more bodies turn up around the
grounds, she’s going to need all her sharpshooting skills just to stay
alive. Can Annie live up to her reputation and put a bullseye on the
killer? Folly at the Fair is the third book in the Annie Oakley Mystery
historical fiction series. If you like strong heroines, Wild West
adventures, and suspenseful twists and turns, then you’ll love Kari
Bovee’s fast-paced whodunit.

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Author Interview

1.      Please tell us how you came to be a writer. 
I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember. When I was seven years old I got a toy typewriter for Christmas. Although it was a toy it still worked and I banged away on it for as long as it held up. Then in middle school and high school I started journaling and writing poetry. I majored in English Lit in college, so there was a lot of writing involved with my major. I finished as much of my required coursework early so I could focus on writing exclusively my senior year. I took three independent studies with three of my favorite professors. One was in short story writing, one in playwriting, and one in screenwriting. I was in heaven. I wrote my first novel right out of college, but it was sort of an experiment and that book will never see the light of day! After my first child was born I started my second and third novels – real attempts this time. The third novel got me my first agent. We worked together for a couple of years getting it just right, but then he left the agency. I was heart-broken. The agency assigned me to someone else, but she just didn’t have the passion for my work as the first agent. The book didn’t sell, and I became a very busy mommy. I put my novel writing on hold for about a decade and a half, and started back up when our youngest was a junior in high school. I’ve been working on novels ever since. I can’t imagine not writing now.

2.      Explain how you research for a book.

I usually am inspired by a person or a historical event. I start with researching on the internet as much as I can. Wikipedia is a good place to start, but sometimes it isn’t terribly reliable. I read blogs, watch movies, documentaries, or videos. Sometimes I read biographies, or non-fiction books on the subject matter or person. I also love coffee table books. I’ve found a lot of really good information for some of my novels through them—and I love the photographs. It really puts you in the time period.

3.      Many writers and artists are introverts and spend much of their time alone? Are you an extrovert or an introvert?

I think I’m a healthy mixture of both. I love connecting with people and learning from them. I enjoy parties and social events and meeting new people, but having time to myself is essential to my mental, emotional, and creative well-being. I love being alone, or with my horses where the communication is often silent. I feel it gives me room to breathe.

4.      Describe your dream office/ writing space.

My dream office is the one I have now! We live in a mission/hacienda style home along the Rio Grande. My office is huge with a high, beamed ceiling (the beams came from an old railroad trellis), a kiva-style fire place, and antique wooden floors that came from an old ice house in Santa Fe, NM. The windows are huge and I can look out of the French doors and see my horses grazing in the pasture. I spend a lot of time there, even if I don’t have to!

5.      Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special?

Well, the protagonists in each one of my series, Annie Oakley and Grace Michelle of course, but if I had to choose a secondary character it would have to be Annie’s side-kick, Emma Wilson. Emma is one of those surprises that just sprang up as I was writing the first book in the series, Girl with a Gun. She just seemed to walk onto the page. Emma is in direct contrast to Annie. She was raised with privilege, but when her mother tried to arrange a marriage for her, she refused. Her parents disowned her and while it was devasting for her, her freedom was worth it. To make a living she became a journalist. Her father came around and has allotted her with a generous allowance, which is a good thing, because Emma loves the finer things in life! She is whip-smart, determined, and as an investigative journalist has access to resources that Annie doesn’t have, and those resources often come in handy for solving crimes. In my humble opinion she is a sheer delight and I’d love to get to know her better. I’m thinking of doing a spin-off series with Emma as the protagonist. Someday.

6.      Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Yes, it can be draining and stressful, I can attest to that first-hand! I think the most important thing to remember as an aspiring author is that if you feel you are called to this, that writing is your life’s purpose, don’t lose sight of that when things get tough—because they will. Most things worth doing aren’t easy—and the writer’s life certainly isn’t a bed of roses all the time, but if you feel you are serving a higher purpose, then it will all be worth it.

7.      When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

With both the Annie Oakley Mystery Series and the Grace Michelle Mystery Series, I am following events in history, or people who existed during that particular time in history who interest me, and I find that I am not alone in those interests. People like to escape into the past and re-live or re-learn about historical figures or events. In both series, I have some returning characters, but I have also added new ones, to keep the stories fresh. Also, in writing murder mysteries it’s always fun to try to figure out new ways to concoct a crime and how to solve it.

Meet the Author:
When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful
cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white
sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping
into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real
and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her
action-packed novels. Empowered women in history, horses, unconventional
characters, and real-life historical events fill the pages of Kari
Bovée’s articles and historical mystery musings and manuscripts. An
award-winning author, Bovée was honored with the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards
Hillerman Award for Southwestern Fiction for her novel Girl with a Gun.
The novel also received First Place in the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards in the
Mystery/Crime category, and is a Finalist in the 2019 International
Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the International Chanticleer
Goethe Awards, as well as the Next Generation Indie Awards. Her novel
Grace in the Wings is a Finalist for the 2019 International Chanticleer
Chatelaine Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards. Her
novel Peccadillo at the Palace is a Finalist in the 2019 International
Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the 2019 International Goethe
Awards, as well as a Finalist in the 2019 Best Book Awards Historical
Fiction category. Bovée has worked as a technical writer for a Fortune
500 Company, has written non-fiction for magazines and newsletters, and
has worked in the education field as a teacher and educational
consultant. She and her husband, Kevin, spend their time between their
horse property in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, and
their condo on the sunny shores of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Connect with the author:  Website ~ Goodreads ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram

Tour Schedule:

July 13 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway

July 14 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

July 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

July 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

July 22 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

July 23 – She Just Loves Books Books – book review / giveaway

July 24 – My Reading Journeys – book spotlight / character interview / giveaway

July 25 - fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

July 28 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

July 29 – The World As I See It – book review

July 30 – Books and Zebras – book review

July 31 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway

Aug 3 – Pen Possessed – book review / giveaway

Aug 4 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Aug 4 - Jessica Belmont – book review / giveaway

Aug 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Aug 6 - 100 Pages A Day – book review / giveaway

Aug 7 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway

Aug 11 – Olio By Marilyn – book review / giveaway

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