Friday, May 21, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Tying the Knot (Marie Jenner Mystery #7) by E.C. Bell

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Tying the Knot by E. C. Bell. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a spooky guest post from the author. There's also a tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: Tying the Knot
Series: Marie Jenner Mystery #7
Author: E.C. Bell
Publisher: Tyche Books
Publication Date: April 27th 2021
Print Length: 305 pages
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Marie Jenner just wants a Vegas holiday.

When psychic Crystal Demoines tells James Lavall that his uncle’s spirit is trapped in Las Vegas, Marie is thrilled. All she’ll have to do is help Jimmy “anything for a buck” Lavall move on to the next plane of existence, and then she and James can have the holiday of her dreams.

But she never dreamed that a lieutenant of the drug kingpin from Edmonton would be staying at the same hotel as her and James, and that James would become his new best friend. Or that she’d have to find Jimmy’s girlfriend Rita—who disappeared the same night Jimmy died—before he would finally move on. Or that the most powerful man in the hotel would be looking for Rita too. To find the money she stole.

And Marie never dreamed that she’d be planning a Vegas wedding in the middle of it all. But she is.

Looks like her dream vacation is about to become a nightmare.

WHEN I RESEARCHED Crystal Desmoines and found out she was running a booming little psychic business in Vegas, I expected to find her living in a house in the suburbs or something. But that was not where the GPS took us.

James pulled the vehicle into the parking lot of what looked like a rent-by-the-hour motel. We parked beside a swimming pool covered in algae blooms, with a couple of people asleep on deck chairs by it. It looked like they’d slept there all night.

“Are you sure this is the right place?” I asked.

“What were you expecting?” he asked.

“Something better than this.”

We walked up the cheap carpet-covered stairs to the second storey and searched for Crystal’s apartment.

“Why would she live here?” I asked.

“Maybe it’s all she can afford,” James replied.

“I thought she’d be doing better than me,” I said. “After all, this is Vegas.”

“Not everybody hits it big here, Marie,” he said.

We walked through a door to an open hallway that looked down on the back alley. Through the apartment doors I could hear TVs and music blaring, and from somewhere, a child cried.

“This is depressing as hell,” I said.

He didn’t answer me, just walked the hallway, looking for 204. Found it, and stood, staring at the scarred wooden door for a long moment. Then he rapped on the door twice. Hard.

We could hear noises behind the door, but no one answered. “It’s James Lavall,” he said, and knocked again. “We have an appointment.”

More noise, and I realized we were hearing cats meowing. Sounded like lots of them, and then a woman’s voice.

“Move your little fuzzy asses,” the voice said. “I gotta get the door."

“She’s a cat lady,” I whispered.
E.C. Bell is the author of the award winning paranormal Marie Jenner Mystery series. She lives in Alberta, Canada, and when she’s not writing, she’s scouting out new locations for her upcoming novels or renovating her round house where she lives with her husband and their two rescue dogs.

That’s right. Her house is round.

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- Have You ever experienced anything paranormal?


I never saw anything close to a ghost when I was growing up, but while I was researching ghost tours for the Marie Jenner Mystery series, I went on one in Edmonton, where I live.

We were taken through the University of Alberta area, and stopped at a high school near the university that had had paranormal activity through the years. Then the person running the tour pointed across the street, to a rather nondescript house with a big front yard, and told us a macabre story of a young man who had rented a room in the house while he was attending the university.

He was a medical student, and apparently, he felt that practicing his surgery skills were very important, so much so that he trapped and killed neighbourhood cats, which he practiced on. When he was finished with them, he buried them in the yard.

I glanced over at the house, and thought I saw a cat sitting in the front yard. It was night time, and the yard was filled with shadows, so it was hard to be sure. And then another cat joined the first. And another one, and another one. Soon, it looked like there were at least ten cats in that front yard, sitting there, staring at us.

I have to admit, it was pretty creepy, and I looked around at the other people on the ghost tour. Did they see all the cats? But no-one was looking at the house. They were all focussed on the tour guide. And when I looked back—the front yard of the house was empty.

So… did I actually see the ghosts of cats in that front yard, or did I imagine them? I honestly can’t say. All I know is, I saw something.

And you can be sure I’ll use that image in my writing.
E.C. Bell will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!
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  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

  2. Haven't read a good paranormal book in a while.. looks like this is the one...

  3. I liked the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. thanks and congrats on the book, it sounds amazing

  5. sounds like a fun one

  6. I think that the cover of your book is attractive.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  7. Sorry I'm so late to the party! (I had my first online launch last night, and it was exhausting!) Thanks so much for hosting!

  8. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover and excerpt.

  9. This sounds like a very good book.

  10. The book sounds so good and would love to read this!

  11. sounds like a good book, I like the cover.

  12. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.