Monday, November 8, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Scarlet at Crystal River (The Haunted Shores Mysteries #3) by Randy Overbeck

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Scarlet at Crystal River by Randy Overbeck. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a fantastic guest post from the author. There's also the 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!
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Title: Scarlet at Crystal River
Series: The Haunted Shores Mysteries #3
Author: Randy Overbeck
Publication Date: September 13th 2021
Print Length: 384 pages
Genre: Supernatural Mystery
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All Darrell Henshaw wanted was to enjoy his honeymoon with his beautiful wife, Erin, in the charming town of Crystal River on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida. Only a pair of ghosts decide to intrude on their celebration. And not just any ghosts, the spirits of two young Latino children. Unwilling at first to derail the honeymoon for yet another ghost hunt, Darrell finally concedes when a painting of the kids comes alive, weeping and pleading for his help.

When he and Erin track down the artist, they discover the children’s family were migrant workers the next county over. But when they travel there, their questions about the kids gets their car shot up and Erin hospitalized. Torn between fear and rage, Darrell must decide how far he will go to get justice for two young children he never even knew.

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BOOK TRAILER:
Watch the book trailer below or by clicking here.

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EXCERPT:
Darrell ran harder, finishing the loop and circling back to Erin. She was so engrossed in her paperback he managed to sneak up behind her. He leaned and in and grabbed another long kiss.

She kissed him back, smiling. “Now that’s better than a little fictional romance.” She got up and stretched her long legs.

“You ready for some waves?” he asked.

“If you’re up to it, let’s do a mile or so on the sand first.”

“You’re on.” Darrell gave a gentlemanly wave of his hand.

“I’ll race you.”

Erin took off like a shot, and Darrell hurried after her. Since the beach was small, they covered the same ground Darrell had a few minutes earlier, passing the family sandcastle builders, another jogger, and the same strolling couples. As usual, she was quick, and he had to hustle to keep up, using some fancy footwork to sidestep sunbathers as they ran. When they got to the north end of the beach where Darrell had turned to double back, Erin headed for a little spit of land that strutted out into the water. He looked beyond and saw what she was headed for. Accelerating, he passed her.

Ahead, at the far end of the beach, a pair of young kids, he’d guess about six, sat in the sand as the waves rolled over their legs. Their small hands busied with a primitive sandcastle. One had long, brown hair tied into pigtails, and the other had a full head of brown hair, unkempt and in need of a trim. He came up to them and stopped, Erin a few seconds behind.

The kids wore street clothes, not swimsuits, but he didn’t think much about it. Then he noticed something about the young boy. His right leg was stuck out at a grotesque angle, as if it had been broken and never set. Both kids giggled at the gurgling water that rolled up around their bare feet and pooled in the makeshift moat they’d dug around their sand creation. The castle was crude, a nearly round construction with seashells sticking up like turrets. The two kids glanced up, caramel eyes wide and pleading with half smiles of white teeth.

In unison, they said, “Ayudaños?”

“Huh?” Darrell said.

“Cute castle, huh?” Erin stared at the sand and looked up at Darrell. “I wonder who made it?” Her eyes roamed around the area. “Out here on this spit of land it isn’t going to last very long.”

“Those kids—” he started, pointing to the pair. When he looked down, the sandcastle sat alone, the gulf water flowing around the construction and into the crude moat.

His glance darted out to the waves, thinking they’d abandoned their work and ran into the water, even in their street clothes, though he wondered how the boy could have run.

No girl or boy.

Oh, God! The same two kids? “You will have two visitors.”

“What’d you say?” Erin asked, her gaze meeting his.

The ghosts. Erin hadn’t seen them!

He couldn’t tell her. Not now. Not here.

“Nothing,” he managed around the lump in his throat and glanced back down at the sand.

There at his feet, the crude sand construction they’d been working on, complete with the three blue seashells sticking out of the top, sat alone on the sand. He reached down and grabbed one of the small seashells as the prickle on his neck returned and sizzled. Then he sensed something else, something ominous. No, not ominous, malevolent. More of Natalia’s warning came back to him.

“I see a malevolence, a great danger lurking nearby.”

A big wave rushed in, rolling over their ankles and leveling the mound of sand, leaving the beach empty. As if nothing had ever been there.

“¡Ayúdaños!”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. Randy Overbeck is an award-winning educator, author and speaker. As an educator, he served children for more than three decades in a range of roles captured in his novels, from teacher and coach to principal and superintendent. His thriller, Leave No Child Behind (2012) and his recent mysteries, the Amazon No. 1 Best Sellers, Blood on the Chesapeake and Crimson at Cape May have earned five star reviews and garnered national awards including “Thriller of the Year--ReadersFavorite.com, “Gold Award”—Literary Titan, “Mystery of the Year”—ReadersView.com and “Crowned Heart of Excellence”—InD’Tale Magazine.

As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Dr. Overbeck is an active member of the literary community, contributing to a writers’ critique group, serving as a mentor to emerging writers and participating in writing conferences such as Sleuthfest, Killer Nashville and the Midwest Writers Workshop. When he’s not writing or researching his next exciting novel or sharing his presentation “Things Still Go Bump in the Night,” he’s spending time with his incredible family of wife, three children (and their spouses) and seven wonderful grandchildren.

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GUEST POST:
In 2019, the Wild Rose Press launched the
Haunted Shores Mysteries with my story about Darrell, the teacher and coach who sees ghosts and the ghost of a huge black student haunting a high school. BLOOD ON THE CHESAPEAKE was so well received by readers and reviewers that it became a #1 Amazon best seller!

Then, last year, the publisher released CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY in the middle of the pandemic, a story featuring the specter of a bride murdered on her wedding night, who stalks Darrell, still bleeding in her white wedding dress. This second entry has won three national awards and, by now, the series has amassed more than a dozen 5-Star reviews from national and international reviewers. Then, this fall CRIMSON joined BLOOD in the best seller category, hitting #2 on Amazon.

As I pondered the third installment, I realized I wanted to keep all the critical elements of the series—cold case murder, ghost, romance and resort—but I also wanted to give my readers something different. On a break from my brainstorming, I was thumbing through family pictures and came upon a photo of my grandkids playing on a playground. Staring at the images of the smiling faces, it hit me. What if the mystery was about the death of two kids? Two kids whose ghosts haunt Darrell to find justice for them?

The rest, as they say, is history. Our last trip—pre-pandemic—was to the Florida Gulf coast to find a suitable location for my narrative and I found a great one. Thus, SCARLET AT CRYSTAL RIVER was born. Well, that and hundreds of hours of writing, revising, re-writing, editing, re-writing…well, you get the picture. I’m pretty happy with the end product and I hope readers are too.

A ghost story with a twist, Scarlet at Crystal River is a bestseller in the making. Brilliant descriptive narration sucks the reader in and doesn’t let go until the end of the story. Paranormal and mystery readers will love Scarlet at Crystal River. If you’re looking for a spine-tingling mystery, pick up Scarlet at Crystal River. Highly recommend!” 5+ Stars—N N Light Bookheaven
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GIVEAWAY:
Randy Overbeck will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility with this giveaway.)

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64 comments:

  1. What I have read has peaked my interest!

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    1. If you like a good ghost story/mystery you can't go wrong with SCARLET.

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  2. Thanks for hosting me. I'm on the road most of the day but will check back when I can.

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  3. Sounds like an exciting story.

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  4. This sounds great. Nothing like helping ghosts on your honeymoon. Looking forward to reading.

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    1. Please let me know what you think when you read SCARLET.

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  5. very nice cover, congrats on the release

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    1. Thanks The cover just won Cover of the month for InD'tale magazine.

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  6. I love the beautiful cover and the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  8. This book sounds very intriguing. I'm really looking forward to reading this!

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    1. I'll look forward to hearing what you think of my story.

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  9. Sounds like an interesting book. I like the cover and excerpt.

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    1. One of my favorite descriptions from a review was "a cold case murder mystery wrapped in a ghost story served with a side of romance all set in a beautiful resort location.

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  11. very neat book! thank you for a chance to win!

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    1. Good luck. Someone got to win. Just be sure to use the winnings to buy a copy. LOL

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  12. Thank you so much for hosting! Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. I usually tell new writers to attend writing conferences and soak up everything. Also, I recommend joining a strong writers group. Both can really make a difference in your writing.

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  13. A great time for Ghost stories. The book sounds interesting.

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    1. I tried to keep it in the tradition of Christmas ghost stories.

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  14. Scarlet at Crystal River in The Haunted Shores Mysteries by author Randy Overbeck sounds like it would be a unique and interesting book to read.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. I tried to write a story which was not like any other I'd read.

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  15. I love everything about this book - genre title and cover!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Please let me know what you think after you read it.

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  16. Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. OH sounds like a great mystery...and on their honeymoon too!

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  18. Cover looks great! Excerpt sounds interesting.

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  19. I think that the cover of Scarlet at Crystal Rivere in the series The Haunted Shores Mysteries by Randy Overbeck has a mysterious and interesting design.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  20. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  21. I will be starting this series from the beginning!

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  22. David HollingsworthNovember 9, 2021 at 8:11 PM

    Congrats on this book!

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  23. This is really cool! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  25. The cover of this book has an interesting design.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  26. David HollingsworthNovember 10, 2021 at 9:29 PM

    How are you doing these days?

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  27. I would so enjoy reading this book and I like the cover too. How long did it take to write it?

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  28. Where's your favourite place to be?

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  29. What was the inspiration for the cover?

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  30. sounds like a fun one

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  31. I like to read the About the Author section in book reviews.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  32. I love ghost mystery books to read. I find anything related to "ghost" mysteries so interesting and the cover just draws you. You have a winner! Congrats!

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  33. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  34. David HollingsworthNovember 12, 2021 at 2:15 AM

    Do you like Thankgiving?

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  35. Your thriller, Leave No Child Behind, published in 2012, sounds like a fascinating book to read.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  36. Love the phrase better than a fictional romance

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  37. Sounds like an interesting book. The cover is eye catching!

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