Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway - Haunted Water (McLaren Mystery #14) by Jo A. Hiestand

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for Haunted Water: A McLaren Mystery by Jo A. Hiestand. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book. There's also the blitz wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the blitz for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Haunted Water
Series: McLaren Mystery #14
Author: Jo A. Hiestand
Publisher: Cousins House
Publication Date: October 19th 2021
Print Length: 294 page
Genre: Mystery
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Cameron Rutter drowned two months ago in a lake on a Cheshire moor. Some say a morgen—a spirit who drags men to a watery grave—was responsible. Others say it was the phantom Grey Lady. The police say Gareth Gynne was the guilty one. Whoever—or whatever—killed Cameron needs to be sorted out. And ex-police detective Michael McLaren is asked to do just that.

McLaren’s not keen on delving into the mystery. The accused is the nephew of McLaren’s nemesis, Charlie Harvester. And if there’s one thing McLaren doesn’t want to do is to associate with another Harvester, no matter what generation he is.

Suspects and motives are as tangled as the mere grass. Did a villager kill Cameron, opposed to his crusade to keep the moor in its pristine state? Or did someone previously arrested by Cameron kill him in revenge? Or was the morgen really responsible?

Can McLaren discover the killer, or will he too become a victim of the haunted water?

**The eBook is on sale for $0.99!**

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EXCERPT:
“I believe you, but the police might not. They don’t know what you’re capable of, how angry you were. They can imagine you’re livid because he couldn’t come up with the loan money, so now you have to pay it. You’re at the mere earlier than agreed upon. It’s afterhours. It’s dark. No lights on. You could have easily killed Cameron. He trusted you.”

Gareth opened his mouth, but McLaren waved off his comment.

“Your feelings are boiling over. You go up to him, maybe just to talk, but you’re livid and you clobber him with a stone. He falls. Maybe he’s not dead, but if he’s not, you’re scared that when he wakes he’ll remember you attacked him. So you do the only thing that makes sense at that moment. You roll him into the mere to drown.”

Gareth stared at McLaren, unable to speak. His fingers sought the edge of the counter to steady himself. A car crawled up the High Street and disappeared before he found his voice. “That’s absurd. It never happened. I arrived with Lisa and Paul and Rhys. I never got there early—”

“Cameron was killed, Gareth. Someone had to have done it. And did it that night. I don’t think you’re culpable, but this could be exactly what the police think. More so, considering your history with him.”

“Sure.”

A car turned off the High Street and stopped at the front of the shop.

Gareth stood up and walked over to the display window. “Who’s that? It’s nearly closing time.” He held up a hand, shielding his eyes from the intense headlight beams that lit up the room and threw shadows across the floor.

The lights cut off, leaving an ominous feeling that something unpleasant was about to happen.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jo A. Hiestand grew up on regular doses of music, books, and Girl Scout camping. She gravitated toward writing in her post-high school years and finally did something sensible about it, graduating from Webster University with a BA degree in English and departmental honors. 

She writes two British mystery series—of which two books have garnered the prestigious N.N. Light’s Book Heaven ‘Best Mystery Novel’ two years straight. She also writes two Missouri-based mystery series that are grounded in places associated with her camping haunts. The camping is a thing of the past, for the most part, but the music stayed with her in the form of playing guitar and harpsichord, and singing in a folk group.

Jo carves jack o’ lanterns badly; sings loudly; and loves barbecue sauce and ice cream (separately, not together), kilts (especially if men wear them), clouds and stormy skies, and the music of G.F. Handel. You can usually find her pulling mystery plots out of scenery—whether from photographs or the real thing.
 
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GIVEAWAY:
Jo A. Hiestand will be awarding a $25 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 and the author assume all responsibility for this giveaway.)

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49 comments:

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

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    1. You're welcome. Good luck with the drawing!

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  2. Sounds like an interesting story.

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  3. Thanks for hosting my book today. I appreciate it!

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  4. This sounds really intriguing.

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    1. Hi, Kim. Thanks a lot. Hope you like it if you read it!

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  5. Sounds very interesting and the cover is great.

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    1. Sherry, thanks for your comment. I love the cover -- I think that greenish light by the boulder is wonderful. Kind of spooky, like it could be the morgen's dwelling there!

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  6. I love a great mystery. Good work.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Paige. Hope you like the book if you read it.

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  7. The book sounds interesting. Best of luck with it.

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    1. Christy, thank you for your comment, and good luck with the raffle drawing.

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    1. Goodness, Zelda, thank you for your comment! Hope you liked the excerpt.

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  9. Sounds like one that will keep me interested.
    heather
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    1. Hi, Heather. Well, I hope the book will keep anyone interested! It got a superb review from NN Light's Book Heaven and was award "best mystery of 2021" if that is a clue!

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  10. David HollingsworthDecember 29, 2021 at 7:15 PM

    This book sounds really interesting.

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    1. David, I hope it is! Thanks for your comment and good luck with the raffle.

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  11. I enjoyed the excerpt and Haunted Water sounds like a great mystery and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a happy & successful New Year!

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    1. Hi, Stormy Vixen. Glad you liked the excerpt and cover. Happy and successful 2022 to you too!

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  12. Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book.

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    1. Thank you. Hope you like the book if you read it.

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  13. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Glad you stopped by, Diana. I appreciate it. Good luck with the raffle.

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  14. Do you listen to music when you write?

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    1. It depends on my mood. If I do listen, it's baroque or classical: Handel, Bach, Telemann, Mendelssohn... Nothing with lyrics -- that would distract me!

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  15. Do you have any special traditions for celebrating New Year's Eve?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Drink a cup of cocoa if the weather's cold enough, and go to sleep around 10:00! It's just another evening to me!

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  16. I hope you are having a good day

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  17. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. looks like a fun one

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

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  20. I enjoy reading mysteries. I like the cover and excerpt.

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  21. David HollingsworthDecember 30, 2021 at 8:32 PM

    Sounds like a solid mystery!

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  22. I hope that you and your family and all the readers here have a happy, healthy and safe 2022!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  23. Book cover match the book title, nice.

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  24. Are you working on another book?

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  25. David HollingsworthDecember 31, 2021 at 5:39 PM

    Hope you New Years will be filled with joy and promise.

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