Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Grace in Hollywood by Kari Bovee - Book Tour + Giveaway




Join us for this tour from June 22 to July 19, 2021!

Book Details:   

Book Title:  Grace in Hollywood - A Grace Michelle Mystery by Kari Bovee
CategoryAdult Fiction (18 +), 336 pages
GenreHistorical Mystery
Publisher:  Bosque Publishing
Release date:   May 25, 2021
Content Rating PG + MBook has mature themes; adultery, murder, bigamy, but there is no bad language. 

Book Description:

All that glitters… is sometimes blood. With her golden ticket buried in the ground, can she save a wrongly accused teen from the gallows?
Hollywood, 1924. Promoted to lead costume designer of a star-studded film, Grace Michelle should be on top of the world. But between her husband’s debt, her sister’s recent death, and the troubled teenaged girl she’s fostering, she’s struggling to please everyone and still keep a smile on her face. And when a Tinseltown shindig turns deadly, Grace is horrified to discover her young charge unconscious alongside the director’s grisly corpse.

Determined to prove the girl’s innocence, Grace’s own haunted past fills her sleep with prophetic nightmares. And no sooner has she sought clarity from a medium than a second body lands the scared teenager in the slammer.

Can Grace turn the camera on the real culprit before another victim ends up on the cutting room floor?

Grace in Hollywood is the second book in the riveting A Grace Michelle Mystery historical series. If you like fiercely loyal heroines, thrilling whodunits, and the magic of old cinema, then you’ll love Kari Bovee’s enthralling tale.

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Book Details:

Book Title: Grace in the Wings - A Grace Michelle Mystery by Kari Bovee
CategoryAdult Fiction (18 +), 340
GenreHistorical Mystery
Publisher:  Bosque Publishing
Release date:   September 19, 2019
Format available for review e-book (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, )
Will send print books out:  USA
Content Rating PG + MBook has mature themes; adultery, murder, bigamy, but there is no bad language. 


Book Description:
 

A ghost from her past. Her sister murdered. Can Grace slay her demons and find the killer before she ends up dead?
 

New York City, 1920. Grace Michelle has everything she wants: a home, a family, and a future career as a costume designer for famed showman Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.’s Ziegfeld Follies. Pretty good for a girl who once lived on the streets of New York City. But when her sister, Sophia, the star of the show, is murdered, Grace’s safe and protected life is shattered.

Battle-scarred by the war and emotionally scarred by his past, Chet Riker has made it a practice to keep his distance from others; love, after all, leads only to pain. But Chet has a problem—a big one: he’s become indebted to mob-boss Joe Marciano in an attempt to save his estranged mother’s life, and Marciano wants him to pay up or else. Desperate to get the money, he contacts former client Florenz Ziegfeld for work.

Soon, Chet finds himself playing bodyguard for introverted Grace, who has reluctantly agreed to be Ziegfeld’s new leading lady—on the condition that Ziegfeld promises to find Sophia’s killer. Upon meeting Grace, Chet quickly finds his hardened theory that love equals pain tested. Grace, meanwhile, is swept up in a life she never wanted as the Follies’ star, and as the pawn in a series of publicity stunts during a transcontinental train trip to California that puts her life at risk. Who would want her and Sophia dead? Together, she and Chet must confront publicity-hungry Florenz Ziegfeld, power-driven Joe Marciano, and their own pasts to find Sophia’s killer—and let themselves love once again.

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Author Interview

1.     How did you research for your book?

For this book, I watched a lot of silent films on YouTube. I wanted to experience them first hand. I didn’t think I’d be able to sit through even one of them because the viewing experience is so different, but I found I really enjoyed them. I particularly liked Mary Pickford’s movies. She makes a cameo appearance in both of the Grace Michelle books, and it was fun to watch her in action. I also did some research on famous costume designers of the era like Edith Head. I bought a beautiful book that featured her designs and told the story of her career. It was fascinating. I also did quite a bit of research on Hollywood and Los Angeles in the 1920s via the internet and also through purchasing some books. I was able to buy a Los Angeles city map from 1924 which was incredibly helpful. I’ve been to L.A. a million times, but not in 1924! I also spoke with someone from the Burbank Historical Society.

 2.     What advice would you give budding writers?

Write from the heart. Write what interests you—what you like to read. Writing can be so much fun and so fulfilling, but the writer’s life isn’t easy. If you aren’t passionate about what you are doing it’s going to be that much harder. Make room for your writing. Make it a priority. There are a lot of distractions out there and if writing is something you really want to do, give yourself permission to do it.


3.     Do you write every day?

When I’m working on a project, once I’ve got the plot and characters figured out, I write 5-6 days a week. I think it’s really important to take a break and refresh. Sometimes I want to just plow through, but it’s better if I pull back a little. The writing is usually better if I allow myself to recharge.

4.     Give behind the scenes insight into what your typical day is like.

 I usually wake up at 6:00 am—I’d like to wake up earlier, but . . . you know! I often do a meditation before I get out of bed. Then I get up at around 6:30 and get the coffee started, then I usually do some reading. I have breakfast with my husband and then get ready for the day, usually by 8:30 am. In the warmer months I usually exercise (ride my horses, walk, or Pilates) first, so I don’t have to do it when it’s so darn hot. I live in New Mexico and June through September can be pretty warm. I flip my day in the winter. After lunch I try to buckle down and get some marketing, plotting, editing, or writing done, depending what I am working on at the time. Mind you, this is when the demands of life are ideal. Sometimes it all goes to h*!#, but I really try to remain consistent. I find it’s the only way I can achieve my goals. I usually quit working at 4:30 or 5:00. I’ll then visit with my husband and sometimes kids (when they are around.) Then dinner and a little TV and off to bed to read. I try to keep weekends open for a little art work, reading, or whatever tickles my artist’s fancy. I’ve grown to realize how important it is to fill the well!

     5.  Many writers and artists are introvert 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 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.

 

6.     What are you working on now?
Right now, I am working on the next (third) Grace Michelle mystery. I am currently in the plotting phase, but hope to start writing no later than July 1. For those interested, you can sign up for my newsletter to get updates on my books, new releases, giveaways and other information on https://Karibovee.com Thanks so much for this interview!

 

 

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.

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 won First in Category in the International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards. It was also a finalist in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Awards. Her novel Grace in the Wings won First in Category for the 2019 International Chanticleer Chatelaine Awards. Peccadillo at the Palace won Grand Prize in the 2019 Goethe Awards, and was 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.

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

Tour Schedule:

June 22 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
June 22 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
June 23 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review
June 24 – JB's Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / giveaway
June 25 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
June 28 – Rajiv's Reviews – book review
June 29 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – book spotlight / giveaway
June 30 – Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / author interview
June 30 - Olio by Marilyn – book review of GRACE IN THE WINGS / giveaway
July 1 – Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview
July 2 – She Just Loves Books – book review
July 2 - PuzzlePaws Blog - book review of GRACE IN THE WINGS / giveaway
July 6 – @twilight_reader – book review
July 7 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 7 - I Read What You Write – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 9 –Literary Flits - book spotlight / giveaway
July 9 - Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
July 12 –Bigreadersite - book review / giveaway
July 12 - PuzzlePaws Blog - book review / giveaway
July 13 – Wickedly Romance – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 14 – Celticlady's Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
July 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
July 16 - Mystery Suspense Reviews - book review / author interview / giveaway
July 16 - JBronder Book Reviews - book review / giveaway
July 19 – Books for Books – book review
July 19 - Adventurous Jessy - book review / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

GRACE IN HOLLYWOOD (Grace Michelle Mystery) Book Tour Giveaway

 


4 comments:

  1. I love a good mystery! Beautiful cover.
    Jennifer Rote
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  2. This book really intrigues me! I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  3. I hope I love the story as much as the cover! Thanks for sharing!

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