Saturday, April 25, 2020

Book Tour and Giveaway: A Deadly Inside Scoop (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery #1) by Abby Collette

Title: A Deadly Inside Scoop 
Series: An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery #1 
Author: Abby Collette 
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: May 12th 2020
Print Length: 384 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery 
This book kicks off a charming cozy mystery series set in an ice cream shop—with a fabulous cast of quirky characters.

Recent MBA grad Bronwyn Crewse has just taken over her family’s ice cream shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and she’s going back to basics. Win is renovating Crewse Creamery to restore its former glory, and filling the menu with delicious, homemade ice cream flavors—many from her grandmother’s original recipes. But unexpected construction delays mean she misses the summer season, and the shop has a literal cold opening: the day she opens her doors an early first snow descends on the village and keeps the customers away.

To make matters worse, that evening, Win finds a body in the snow, and it turns out the dead man was a grifter with an old feud with the Crewse family. Soon, Win’s father is implicated in his death. It’s not easy to juggle a new-to-her business while solving a crime, but Win is determined to do it. With the help of her quirky best friends and her tight-knit family, she’ll catch the ice cold killer before she has a meltdown…

I write as Abby L. Vandiver and Abby Collette but you can just call me Abby . . .

I love mysteries! Whatever I write, I put a little mystery into it.

Now I've got a new cozy mystery coming out May 12, 2020. A Deadly Inside Scoop, is part of my new series, An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery from Penguin Berkley. I'm so excited for its release.

Stay tuned as I gear up for Release Day with giveaways, interviews and of course. ice cream. (Okay, I won't actually have ice cream on my page, but I'll talk about it. A lot.)

Whose Personality Is It, Anyway?
by Abby Collette

Want to write a page turner? Create strong characters.

Don’t worry, it might be easier than you think.

Writing a book is a hard thing to do. Finding your hook, deciding where your story takes place, even getting the right pacing, all of it key to writing a good story, but hard to put down on paper. And many may agree that for your story to be a page turner, the plot is the most important element. That may be true, but I think that creating strong, relatable characters is just as vital for a book. Your character’s portrayals and interactions within the pages of your story will make or break it. Characters move the action forward and draw in the reader.

So how do you do that?

To write good characters you need to establish their motivation and goals, but how do you do that if you don’t know your character’s personality?

I’ll tell you what I—I plagiarize. Okay, okay. It’s not what you thinking. I don’t copy other people’s work, no. I copy their personality.

Cloning. It’s real in my books.

To build a character with an unforgettable personality, a good place to start for inspiration is to look at real people. People you know. You already know how they’ll react in certain situations, what they like and what they don’t. Why not apply that to the character you’re creating?

I don’t really “clone” the people I know. What I do, and you can too, is draw on the emotions or even conversations and observations of a person I know. I use it to create a character who enhances the story I want to tell, one that will help me create a believable world for my story and one that my readers are willing to invest in.

More than likely as a writer of fiction you’ve probably already incorporated another’s personality into your work—yours. Of course you have, after all who else do we know better? You may not have even known you did it. It’s just sometimes by writing in your unique voice, Most times emerging as your protagonist in some form or fashion.

So why not do that with your other characters?

In my Logan Dickerson Cozy Mystery series, as well as my Romaine Wilder Mystery series, I have an elderly woman who I’ve fashioned after my mother. Both are completely different women in my story even though the basis of their character traits came from the same place.

But there are rules to borrowing someone else’s personality.

First, decide how someone you know fit into the story. Will they really bring something to your story or do you have an ulterior motive in including them? Don’t put them in because you have an issue with them or just to kill them off—a bully from your past, a mean co-worker, an ex (I write murder mysteries, of course I think about that). The way you feel about the people you write about will surely make it into their depiction in the story. That won’t make a strong character or a good story.

Second, you shouldn’t write them exactly as they are. Just use some of their traits as a framework. If you are too literal in depicting them —describing them just as they are, you may have the opposite effect and your story may just fall flat.

Use people you know as a model for your characters when their personality will play a role in your story, then add your own details to make them unique. It is an easy trick to make your characters believable, relatable and make your readers really care enough about them to keep turning the page to see how they fare.
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  1. My favorite ice cream flavor is cherry vanilla because that's what I used to get at this ice cream shop as a kid with my dad.

  2. My favorite flavor is Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup. I love the cover!

  3. My favorite ice cream is chocolate. This book sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  4. My favorite ice cream is vanilla. I love cozy mysteries and thus book sounds good.

  5. My favorite ice cream is cookies and cream. I like the cat on the cover. Congrats on the release.

  6. Hi all! It's Abby here. Thank you everyone for taking part in my blog tour. And thank you for hosting All the Ups and Downs.

    Great ice cream flavors! Keep an eye out, some might make it into the next book!

    Stop by and say hi!


  7. Anything that has peanut butter and chocolate in it!

  8. Chocolate ice cream is so yummy!

  9. My favorite flavor is butter pecan. I like the book cover.

  10. My favorite ice cream flavor is Moose Tracks. I think the book cover is colorful and clever.

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  11. This post has given me a huge urge for ice cream! I love love love most every ice cream but strawberry is my absolute favorite!

  12. I love all flavors of Chocolate. Thanks for your great generosity.

  13. I am so looking forward to reading this! Like others,mi love ice cream..especially homemade Peach or Strawberry! Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Vanilla is my favourite flavour, and i think the book cover is cute

  15. Several ice cream flavors.....Salted caramel anything, chocolate anything, Peanut butter anything, Cherry Garcia, Moose Tracks. Love the cover. Congratulations on the new series.

  16. Chocolate with peanut butter swirls the more peanut butter the better.

  17. Anything with dark chocolate and mint.


  19. My favorite ice cream is chocolate. I liked the synopsis. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  20. Have to say as boring as it is vanilla ice cream is my favorite.. Love the cover of your book!!

  21. My favorite is vanilla ice cream, and I would just love to read your book.

  22. this cover is intriguing my favorite flavor is vanilla

  23. My favorite ice cream is vanilla. The cover is a bit simple but complements the book description and title well.

  24. My favorite icecream is jamoca almond fudge. Thanks for the chance.

  25. My favorite ice cream is Rocky Road and I love the book cover too

  26. My favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip. I love the bright cover. It really stands out when looking at a bunch of books together. My question for the author is: Since you advise writers to use personalities of people they know, who was the inspiration for a character in this book?

  27. I like Butter Pecan. With a little chocolate syrup.

  28. My favorite Ice cream flavor is Mint Chocolate Chip. I love this cover it looks great

  29. My favorite flavor is Chocolate. I like the cover a lot, especially the ice cream skull.

  30. my favorite is mint chocolate chip. no questions from me but i would like to say i love the premise of the book!

  31. I Love the cover art ! so cool looking.