by Amity Allen
Date of Publication: February 15th 2017
Cover Artist: Rachel Olson at No Sweat Graphics
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
As soon as Poppy Parker turns 21, the star of a popular TV show about witch detectives discovers she has supernatural powers off the set as well as on. When the show is canceled, she returns home to figure out how to harness the magic brewing inside her.
Freaked out by these recent paranormal gifts, Poppy just wants to fit in, so when she’s asked to serve as a judge for the annual Bloomin’ Belles youth beauty competition she readily agrees.
But when the pageant’s snooty director drops dead and Poppy’s friend is arrested,
the former TV sleuth sets out to uncover the real killer, only to find…
the business of beauty can be deadly.
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Skylar’s twin sister Mads called while I was driving to the convention center. “Are you really going over there? I can’t believe they’re going to continue this pageant.”
“So you heard about the murder?”
“Yeah. Skylar told me last night when she got home. It’s awful.”
“Yes, but you know how it is. The show must go on! Surely you can’t be that surprised.” I was only beginning to understand the importance of these competitions to their participants, and I could picture pageant moms dragging their glitzed-up toddlers over the dead bodies of fallen competitors. The way zombies climbed over each other to get to the top of the pile in movies—only prettier.
“Are they sure it was a murder? She didn’t just have a heart attack or something?” I could hear the anxiety creeping into Mads’ voice, and I didn’t blame her. Our little town was supposed to be safe. Murders didn’t happen here. That was the sort of thing that happened in the city across the bridge, not in our sleepy little bedroom community.
“That’s what they said, Mads, but I don’t think you need to worry. If it was a murder, you can bet it was personal. Certainly not the doin’s of a mad man or a serial killer. If Heather Morgan was murdered, it was by somebody who knew her and had something to gain from her death. This was no a random act of violence.”
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MY INTERVIEW WITH AMITY ALLEN
How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work? Insightful stories with quirky characters and mild humor.
What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year? My goal is to publish the first three mysteries in this series. The second, Gunshots My Girl, is scheduled to be released May 15 and the third one should be out before the end of the year.
Do you have a character that you have been working on for a long time that still isn't quite ready, but fills you with excitement to work on the story? Yes! Two characters actually that I’m writing under the pen name N.D. Hill. One is a cop, the other is the serial killer he’s chasing.
If you could spend one-week with a fictional character, who would they be? I’d love to spend a week with Archie McNally from Lawrence Sanders’ McNally mystery series. He’s one of my favorite characters and a lot of fun. He eats the best meals plus he’s got a great house in Palm Beach and I could use a vacation.
Where would you spend one full year, if you could go ANYWhere? What would you do with this time? Hawaii. I’d write, write, write and hopefully relax some too.
Can you share you next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details? The next book in this series, Gunshots My Girl is coming May 15th.
Amity grew up reading every mystery she could get her hands on, burning through everything by Agatha Christie in record time and wanting to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. After writing books in other genres for the past few years, she's finally come home to her true love - cozy mysteries.
Amity and her husband live in L.A. (lower Alabama) with a houseful of teenagers and a half dozen pets. Besides books, Amity's favorite things are football, needlepoint, fried shrimp, and sweet tea.