Thursday, September 5, 2019

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: 13 Steps to the Cellar by Teresa Mathews

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz tour for 13 Steps to the Cellar by Teresa Mathews. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you, and there's also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more excerpts. Enjoy!
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Title: 13 Steps to the Cellar
Author: Teresa Mathews
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Publication Date: September 4th 2019
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
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There were thirteen steps to the cellar. They were steep and they were narrow—but was a fall down them enough to have caused the twenty-seven deep lacerations to her aunt’s head?

Callie Harris travels from her home in Alabama to her aunt’s former mansion in Maine to unravel the haunting forty-year-old mystery of Dr. Laverne Harris Doss’ brutal death.

Why wasn’t a murder weapon found? Was her uncle justly convicted of the killing? Was his mistress involved? Or was the murderer the bearded stranger rumored to have arrived by train that night?

In the charming town of Richmond, located on the banks of Maine’s historic Kennebec River, Callie uncovers the community’s darkest secrets—a botched police investigation, a betrayed widow’s lie, a dead woman’s blackmail, and a wealthy philanthropist’s shame. The web of intrigue extends far beyond Callie's suspicions and its connection to her personal story pierces her to the core.

**The eBook is discounted to $0.99 during this tour!**

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EXCERPT:
In passing, she leaned and straightened the flowers in the urn on her aunt’s grave. Squatting, she ran her fingers across the dates on the headstone, calculating her aunt had only been thirty-six years old when she died. She inched closer and studied the inscription, Dr. Laverne Harris Doss. Beloved doctor, daughter, and sister. 
 
“My father’s beloved sister,” Callie whispered. “Oh, how he grieved for you, Aunt Laverne.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Teresa Mathews is a graduate of The University of South Alabama. She’s a member of the Mobile Writers Guild and serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association.

An avid gardener and artist, she has multiple book covers to her credit. Several years ago after visiting the site of her real-life aunt’s murder, Teresa discovered another passion–storytelling. Although inspired by an actual tragedy, Thirteen Steps to the Cellar is fiction.

Raised on the Gulf Coast, Teresa, her husband, and son now live on a farm with a second home on the sparkling white sands of Fort Morgan, Alabama.

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GIVEAWAY:
Teresa Mathews will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, be sure to follow the blurb blitz tour and leave a comment at a different stop each day. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

52 comments:

  1. Congratulation on your new release!

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    1. Thank you Kim. It still seems like a dream. A very exciting week indeed!

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    2. What was release day like for you? I mean what did you do?

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    3. It was a busy day. We had lots of social media post and interaction. There were interviews and congratulatory emails and text. My family offered to give me a party but there wasn't a spare minute. We did enjoy a nice dinner that night but my phone was always nearby!

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  2. Sounds like a great read and love the cover.

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    1. Hi Sandra, Thank you, I love the cover too. "13 Steps to the Cellar" is live now. I hope you will check it out.

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  3. Great post - sounds like a book I'll enjoy reading!

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    1. Hi Victoria, Thank you for following the tour. "13 Steps to the Cellar" can be ordered through Sunday for 99 cents. I hope you will add it to your list to read.

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    1. Hi Rita, The early reviews for "13 Steps to the Cellar" are exciting. Check them out on both Goodreads and now on Amazon!
      Thanks for following the tour.

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  5. This book sounds very interesting. I hope that it is a success.

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    1. HI Bernie, Thank you for your good wishes and thanks for following the tour.

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    1. Hi Wendy, Thank you for your comment. I hope you will order and read "13 Steps to the Cellar ".

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    1. Hi KIm, Check out the early reviews on Goodreads and also Amazon.
      Thank you for following the tour.

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    1. Thanks Dale. I appreciate your comment. "13 Steps to the Cellar" is available for 99 cents through this Sunday. I hope you will order and read.

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    1. Thanks for your question. I enjoy almost any mystery writer.

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  10. Soon...I will have this book..and you canbet, mlm cannot, will stay up all night reading! Thanks for the give away...and thanks for being an author and sharing your stories!

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    1. Yay Renee. I hope "13 Steps to the Cellar" is a murder mystery you can't put down! Let me know what you think after you read.

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    1. Thank you Deb. I hope it shows the mystery and intrigue that Callie discovers as she visits Richmond, Maine to research who killed her aunt, Dr. Laverne Harris Doss.
      "13 Steps to the Cellar" is live on Amazon. Order for 99 cents until this Sunday.

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  12. Thank you for hosting "13 Steps to the Cellar". Today is the day after my release! It has been a great day and so exciting to hear people's opinions as they began to read, Again, thank you for sharing my novel with your followers. I hope to hear from many more readers soon.

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  13. Congrats on the new release. It sounds awesome!

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    1. Thank you Judy! Early reviews are promising. Check them out on both Amazon and Goodreads.

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  14. I like the cover. It really sets the mood for the book.

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    1. Thank you Jeanna. I would love to hear that you read "13 Steps to the Cellar" and liked it too!

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  15. Sounds interesting, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Kate for commenting and for following the tour.

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  16. Congrats on your new release! Your book sounds great!

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    1. Thank you so much! It has been an exciting week.

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  17. Do you listen to music when you write?

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    1. I don't listen to music. Any kind of noise is distracting. I normally write in the same room with my husband watching tv. He is kind enough to wear earphones. Now if I could just get the two dogs to be quiet!

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    1. I hope you will check it out. It's live on Amazon now.
      Thanks!

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  19. I can't wait to read this! It seems like it will be such a good read.

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    1. Audrey, Check out the early reviews on Goodreads. I hope they will convince you to read "13 Steps to the Cellar".

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  20. how long were you working on this one? any other books going simultaneously or do you do one at a time?

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    1. From the first word to publishing took six years. I'm a first time writer so I had lots and lots of things to learn. I still do! The story came easy, but the writing took multiple rounds of editing.
      I'm working on a new book now and it's going much faster, I don't work on two projects at once. I'm a list person. Gotta check it off my list before moving on!

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  21. "13 Steps to the Cellar" sounds like a thrilling read! Love the cover!

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    1. Thank you! There's an Elizabeth in "13 Steps to the Cellar". She's one of my favorite characters. (Not one of the nicest, but still a favorite). I hope you will read and see what you think about my Elizabeth!

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  22. Congratulations on new release. Thank you for sharing

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    1. Thank you Tashia! I'm still pinching myself to believe "13 Steps to the Cellar" is really published!

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    1. Sandra, thank you so much! It's always great to hear when someone likes the cover.

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  24. This book sounds great, I truly can’t wait to read it!

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    1. Thank you. I hope you will place "13 Steps to the Cellar" on your fall reading list!

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  25. Sounds like a great read. I love the cover and title!

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    1. Thank you Antoinette. I have my publisher to thank for the cover and my husband came up with the 13 in the title.

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