Friday, February 12, 2021

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: Grand Openings Can Be Murder (Bean to Bar Mysteries #1) by Amber Royer

GRAND OPENINGS
CAN BE MURDER
Bean to Bar Mysteries Book 1
by
AMBER ROYER

Genres: Cozy Mystery / Woman Sleuth / Romance
Publisher: Golden Tip Press
Date of Publication: February 2, 2021
Number of Pages: 266 pages

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Felicity Koerber has had a rough year. She's moving back to Galveston Island and opening a bean to bar chocolate factory, fulfilling a dream she and her late husband, Kevin, had shared. Craft chocolate means a chance to travel the world, meeting with farmers and bringing back beans she can turn into little blocks of happiness, right close to home and family. She thinks trouble has walked into her carefully re-built world when puddle-jump pilot Logan Hanlon shows up at her grand opening to order custom chocolates. Then one of her employees drops dead at the party, and Felicity's one-who-got-away ex-boyfriend - who's now a cop - thinks Felicity is a suspect.

As the murder victim's life becomes more and more of a mystery, Felicity realizes that if she's going to clear her name in time to save her business, she might need Logan's help. Though she's not sure if she's ready to let anyone into her life - even if it is to protect her from being the killer's next victim. For Felicity, Galveston is all about history, and a love-hate relationship with the ocean, which keeps threatening to deliver another hurricane - right into the middle of her investigation. Can she figure it out before all the clues get washed away? FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

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PRAISE:
"With as many unpredictable twists and turns as the hurricane approaching Galveston, Grand Openings Can Be Murder is an intriguing cozy mystery set in a new chocolate shop along the island’s historic Strand. Readers will love learning about the bean-to-bar chocolate-making process while the store’s owner, Felicity, pursues truth, justice, and the perfect chocolate bar."
-- Diane Kelly, Award-winning author of the Death & Taxes, Paw Enforcement, House Flipper, and Busted mystery series.
In Grand Openings Can Be Murder, my protagonist Felicity Koerber, is from Galveston, but has been living for some time in Seattle. She’s come home to start a bean to bar chocolate factory.

Felicity is into several kinds of music, in part from hanging out with her friends and traveling widely. Autumn’s mom introduced her to jazz, back when Felicity was a teenager. And she likes indie pop, especially singers like Vance Joy and Ed Sheeran. But if you go back to her roots, the Cajun side of Felicity’s family is big on music, especially for family events. So when I made a playlist for her, I wanted to highlight this with a mix of Zydeco, Cajun Waltz, Texas country, and Classic Rhythm and Blues. A lot of this music is meant to be danced to, and Felicity knows how. Though she hasn’t danced in a long time.

A lot of this is music from my own childhood. My grandmother, especially, was always fond of dancing, and I remember some of these songs from learning to dance in her living room. My dad had a band when was younger, so sometimes when we have gone back to Southeast Texas, we’ve gone to a venue that is half Cajun market, half restaurant with a dance floor – and sometimes my dad will sing in with the band.
I hope this either gives you all the memories and all the feels . . . or introduces you to something completely new.

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Amber Royer writes the CHOCOVERSE comic telenovela-style foodie-inspired space opera series, and the BEAN TO BAR MYSTERIES. She is also the author of STORY LIKE A JOURNALIST: A WORKBOOK FOR NOVELISTS, which boils down her writing knowledge into an actionable plan involving over 100 worksheets to build a comprehensive story plan for your novel. She blogs about creative writing technique and all things chocolate at www.amberroyer.com. She also teaches creative writing for both UT Arlington Continuing Education and Writing Workshops Dallas. If you are very nice to her, she might make you cupcakes.

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3 comments:

  1. Thank you for featuring my playlist! I had a lot of fun making it.

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  2. What a fun post & playlist! Thanks for sharing this book with your readers!

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  3. The zydeco! The Cajun waltz! That's the music of my people! I do love it so.

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