Thursday, March 21, 2013
J. Q. Rose Presents -- Coda to Murder
Hey y’all! Welcome back to Flowers on the Fence Country! Today I’m hosting a dear friend of mine, one I actually got to meet last year as she and her husband headed home for northern climes from their winter stay in Florida. I’m hopin’ like heck I get to see them again this spring, but a visit in the cyber-space kitchen’s pretty good too! So please welcome – J. Q. Rose!
Howdy, ya’all. Oh, okay, you can probably tell I’m not from Georgia like Gail. I’m a Northerner, but I do spend the winter in the south in Florida. I’m delighted to be visiting Gail’s blog, Flowers on the Fence. She is such a talented storyteller and seems to have a new book out every day! I am honored she invited me to come over to Flowers on the Fence to share my mystery/romance with ya’all. (Did that sound more Southern?)
Please leave a comment when you visit. It will enter your name into the random drawing for prizes. Winners will be announced tomorrow, Friday, March 22 after 9 pm on the J.Q. Rose blog. I am collecting commenters’ names all the way back to the kick-off of the Coda to Murder book tour on February 25. The more you comment the better your chances to win. Check on my blog for the schedule. Thank you.
Pastor Christine Hobbs never imagined she would be caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer.
Conflict by J.Q. Rose
Conflicts in real life are no fun whether it is with a family member, neighbor, or the cable company. But oh how we love to read about conflicts in our stories. Since Bible times we have been listening and reading to find out the solution to the problem. Will the main character in the story overcome the conflict with a satisfying conclusion for us?
We all know the guy in the black hat is the bad guy and the fella in the white hat with the white teeth gleaming through his smile is the good guy. Sometimes it isn’t quite that apparent. Some clever novelists lead you to believe the white hat guy is the good guy then yank the rug out from under you when you find out it isn’t true.
In my new mystery/romance, Coda to Murder, the conflict is between my main character, Pastor Christine Hobbs, and Detective Cole Stephens. He’s trying to prove she’s the one who murdered the Director of Music at the church. Now that IS a major conflict. The other problem is she is drawn to this handsome, broad-shouldered detective with the gorgeous brown eyes.
EXCERPT from Coda to Murder:
Christine couldn’t make the decisions. The toppings for her sub sandwich all looked good. She knew it was the height of the rush hour, and people were waiting for her. Too many choices to enhance the turkey sandwich.
“Come on, Hobbs. Make up your mind. Mustard, mayo, pickles, white American cheese, lettuce, oil.” Cole stood next to her, waiting for her to make her choices.
She glared at the pushy detective and then turned to the sandwich maker and said, “Yeah, all that plus tomato and onions.”
“Good, finally. You can dress mine the same. No tomato and extra cheese.”
Cole caught up with her at the drink station where she was debating about what pop to choose. “I imagine you are a diet cola drinker. May I pour?”
“Oh, thank you.”
“Ah, you need some caffeine, eh, Preacher?” His eyes sparkled. She relaxed and returned his smile.
“I see you have your sandwich to go. Me, too. I’ll meet you at the lakefront park for lunch, under the big oak tree. Lots of shade and a beautiful view of the water.”
“Oh, but I have….” She stopped to check her watch. No, she didn’t have an appointment. She had the lunch hour free today. She had no excuse, and of course, a preacher couldn’t tell a lie.
“Okay, I’ll meet you there in a minute.” What was she thinking? He’s the man who’s trying to send her to prison. Well, what’s wrong with having lunch with a handsome policeman? After all there was that saying, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”
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BACK OF THE BOOK
Pastor Christine Hobbs has been in the pulpit business for over five years. She never imagined herself caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer.
Detective Cole Stephens doesn't want the pretty pastor to get away with murdering the church music director. His investigative methods infuriate Christine as much as his deep brown eyes attract her.
Can they find the real killer and build a loving relationship based on trust?
Now available at MuseItUp Publishing- http://tinyurl.com/anax9x7
bn.com and major online booksellers.
BIO- After writing feature articles in magazines, newspapers, and online magazines for over fifteen years, J.Q. Rose entered the world of fiction writing with her first published novella, Sunshine Boulevard, released by MuseItUp Publishing in 2011. Her latest mystery, Coda to Murder, was released in February. Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. Spending winters in Florida with her husband allows Janet the opportunity to enjoy the life of a snowbird. Summer finds her camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her four grandsons and granddaughter.
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J.Q. Rose blog http://www.jqrose.com/
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J. Q. Rose Amazon Author Page http://tinyurl.com/aeuv4m4