Saturday, March 28, 2020

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: Execution in E (A Gethsemane Brown Mystery, Volume 5) by Alexia Gordon

A Gethsemane Brown Mystery, Volume 5 
Alexia Gordon

Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press
Date of Publication: March 24, 2020
Number of Pages: 252

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Romance is in the air. Or on the 'gram, anyway.

When an influencer-turned-bridezilla shows up at the lighthouse to capture Insta-perfect wedding photos designed to entice sponsors to fund her lavish wedding, Gethsemane has her hands full trying to keep Eamon from blasting the entire wedding party over the edge of the cliff.

Wedding bells become funeral bells when members of the bride’s entourage start turning up dead. Frankie’s girlfriend, Verna, is pegged as maid-of-honor on the suspect list when the Garda discover the not-so-dearly departed groom was her ex and Gethsemane catches her standing over a body.

Gethsemane uncovers devilish dealings as she fights to clear Verna, for Frankie’s sake. Will she find the killer in time to save Frankie from another heartbreak? Or will the photos in her social media feed be post-mortem?

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 A writer since childhood, Alexia Gordon won her first writing prize in the 6th grade. She continued writing through college but put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. She established her medical career then returned to writing fiction. Raised in the southeast, schooled in the northeast, she relocated to the west where she completed Southern Methodist University’s Writer’s Path program. She admits Texas brisket is as good as Carolina pulled pork. She practices medicine in North Chicago, IL. She enjoys the symphony, art collecting, embroidery, and ghost stories.
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In Execution in E, Gethsemane and Eamon take on a social media influencer-turned-bridezilla and her entourage of bridesmaids, groomsmen, and a particularly problematic groom. He’s the ex-fiancé of Frankie’s new girlfriend. Describing their breakup as bad is like describing the Mona Lisa as “kind of well-known.”

While the bride-to-be in my novel is fictional, bridezillas are a thing in real life. I took a dive into the Reddit deep end to bring you this list of top ten bridezillas.
10. A bride asks her nineteen-year-old niece, a talented baker as well as a college student and waitress, to bake her wedding cake. The niece agrees and travels to the wedding locale at her own expense. She also pays for all of the cake ingredients. The cake is a big hit—beautiful and flavorful. Later, the bride calls her niece—not to thank her, but to yell at the young woman for not buying her a wedding present.

9. A woman elopes. Her courthouse wedding is a secret. Years later, still married and with small children, she asks her friends to pay for her to have a bachelorette party at a destination resort.

8. A bride demands strangers give up their rented beach house because she wants it. They refuse. She responds by forcing her wedding guests—neither related to nor acquainted with the renters—to stand out on a sunny, Mexican beach at midday with no shade or water. And she made the bridesmaids wear gold lamé.

7. A bride asks the internet for advice on how to convince two of her friends, whom she “loves like family,” to decline her invitation to be her bridesmaids. Her reason? She chose a crop-top style for her bridesmaids’ dresses and doesn’t think these two nearest and dearest will look good in her selection. Why not change the dress style? Because a different style wouldn’t fit her “vision.”

6. A bride asks her best friend/maid of honor to dye her hair because her current color would clash with the wedding’s color scheme and cover up her tattoos (which the best friend has for years) because they might trigger the bride’s “OCD.”

5. A bride becomes enraged at two of her bridesmaids for losing weight because she wanted them to be fatter than her at the wedding.

4. A bride wants her one-year-old and three-year-old nephews to be in her wedding. The problem? Rehearsal is at 9 a.m., they need to be dressed for the wedding by 1 p.m., the wedding will be at 3 p.m., and dinner will be at 7 p.m. No naps and no food allowed between getting dressed and dinner. And they’re not allowed to change out of their wedding suits before dinner. Planned children’s activities were canceled due to cost. An aunt, not the mother, was assigned to carry the one-year-old down the aisle. Things went as expected—with the one-year-old having a meltdown during the ceremony and the three-year-old rolling in the dirt before dinner.

3. A sister asks her brother to play the organ, which she rented for $2,500, at her wedding. She won’t pay him, but she will “allow” him to eat at the buffet in exchange. (Meaning he wasn’t invited to the wedding as a guest?) He agrees (!) if she’ll promise to provide vegan options. She promises. On the wedding day, months later, the sister announces she wasn’t able to get any vegan buffet options, so she hands her brother an Impossible Burger from Burger King as “payment.” But the burger has mayonnaise on it—not vegan—so the brother can’t eat it. Brother says he won’t play the organ unless she pays him $250. She refuses, an argument ensues, he walks, she demands he pay her $2,500 (the cost of the organ rental) for “ruining” her wedding.

2. A woman insists on marrying her fiancé, a widower with young children, on the first anniversary of his late wife’s death. She then disinvites his three daughters from the wedding because they weren’t excited about it. She later resents them for not calling her “Mom.”

1. A bi-racial woman who identifies as African American offers her brother and his fiancée, both Caucasian, $10,000 to pay for his wedding. Then the bride-and-groom-zillas inform his sister that the wedding is to be held at a Southern plantation where African Americans were formerly enslaved. They can’t understand why she no longer wants to pay for the wedding.
At least there were no dead bodies…
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