Thursday, December 5, 2019

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Divorce is Murder (Toby Wong: Vancouver Island Mystery #1) by Elka Ray

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for Divorce is Murder by Elka Ray. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a guest post about celebrity crushes. There's also a tour wide giveaway to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card! Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, and more! Enjoy!
Title: Divorce is Murder: A Toby Wong Novel
Series: Toby Wong: Vancouver Island Mystery #1
Author: Elka Ray
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
Publication Date: August 20th 2019
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Adult
As teens, they bullied her. Twenty years on, she's not scared of them. Except she should be...

After returning to her quiet hometown to care for her ailing mom, divorce lawyer Toby Wong is hired by Josh Barton, a guy who broke her heart as a teen at summer camp. Now a wealthy entrepreneur, Josh wants to divorce Tonya, the mean girl who tormented Toby all those years ago. When Tonya is found murdered, Josh is the prime suspect.

Together with her fortune-teller mom and her pregnant best friend, Toby sets out to clear Josh, whom she still has a guilty crush on. As she delves deeper into Tonya's murder, Toby keeps running into catty ex-campers she'd rather forget. Are her old insecurities making her paranoid? Only too late does she realize she's in danger.

The first entry in an addictive new series, Divorce is Murder introduces fans of mystery and romance to an irresistibly smart and sarcastic new heroine - Chinese Canadian divorce lawyer Toby Wong.

Colin peers into the empty parcel, then sticks two fingers inside. He pulls out an envelope-sized slip of paper and lays it onto the table. Although the words are facing the wrong way, I have no trouble reading it. Fashioned from letters cut out of newspaper, the note reads: LEAVE VICTORIA, B*TCH.

Tonya had received a similar note with her red-paint-flecked Barbie doll.

A muscle in Colin’s jaw jumps. He looks angry. “Who could have sent this?” he asks. “Do you have any bitter ex-boyfriends? Guys you might have rejected? Anyone who came on too strong?”

I shake my head. I’d rather not tell Colin that it’s been nineteen months since my last date, with a guy I met in a Toronto doctor’s office who spent our entire date describing—in vivid detail—his recent hernia surgery.

“How about social media?” asks Colin. “Are you active on dating sites? Have you gotten any similar sorts of messages. Anyone seem obsessive? This kind of stuff can start online and then escalate.”

Again, I say no. My few attempts at internet dating were so lame I swore never again. The real world is weird enough. “There’s nothing like that.” I survey the bra, wishing the label weren’t sticking out, those double AAs on full display. “But it’s my bra,” I admit. I explain how, just last night, it vanished from my building’s communal laundry room.

Colin’s frown deepens. “Last night? That means whoever sent this was in your building.” He tugs at his collar, clearly agitated. “This isn’t good, Toby."
Elka Ray writes fast-paced romantic mysteries and scary thrillers - a dichotomy that reveals her belief in Yin and Yang, or the balance of opposites. A great lover of scientific facts, she may be found clutching crystals for good luck; reads highbrow journals and tabloid trash; and refuses to watch romcoms yet moved in with her now-husband on their first date.

Elka is the author of three novels – the romantic mysteries DIVORCE IS MURDER and HANOI JANE – and the noir thriller SAIGON DARK. She also has a collection of short crime and ghost stories set in Southeast Asia – WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW. Elka lives with her family near Hoi An, Vietnam. She is represented by Folio Literary Management.

Who is your celebrity guilty crush?
I'm being asked about guilty crushes because the main character of my latest novel, Divorce Is Murder, has one. She's a divorce lawyer - and secretly crushing on a client. Even worse, he's suspected of killing the woman he was divorcing. There's nothing like wanting a potential murderer to make you question your taste in men.

As for me, I have no guilty crushes. Not one. I don't feel the least bit of guilt for my celebrity crushes - they're all fully justified. If your idea of a "celebrity" is an actor or singer, I'm drawing a big fat blank. I've met some famous actors. It was uncomfortable. Thanks to the gossip pages, I knew more about them than they did about me. This felt unfair. I also assumed they were bombarded with attention, which made me reluctant to ask them all the usual, friendly questions I'd normally ask.

My celebrity crushes are authors. It would be easy to talk to them. We'd talk about books, of course! Steven King, who's truly a celebrity and a brilliant writer, whether or not you like horror, blurbed Tana French, who's another of my crushes. Mr. King is also a fan of a writer named Scott Smith. You might not have heard of him but to me, he's a huge celeb. He wrote a thriller called A Simple Plan that's utterly brilliant. Apparently, Scott Smith is something of a recluse. That would make meeting him extra lucky. I'd beg him to write more novels.

Other author crushes include Belinda Bauer, Liane Moriarty ,and my fellow Canadian mystery author, Louise Penny. There are so many women writing brilliant crime fiction today. Who would you choose to meet?
Elka Ray will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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  1. How long after you finish a book do you start writing your next one?

  2. When you sat down to write, did you know how the story would play out?

  3. How many books do you write in a year?

  4. My family loves reading so hearing about another great book I appreciate. Thanks for sharing and also for the giveaway.

  5. Who was your favorite character to write in your book?

  6. New to me as an looking forward Tom reading!

  7. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

  8. Sounds like a page turner, thanks for the chance!

  9. Has your approach to writing changed since writing and releasing your first book?

  10. Did you have any say as to what the book cover would look like?

  11. looks like a fun one