Saturday, February 26, 2022

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: Out of Temper (Bean to Bar Mystery #3) by Amber Royer

Welcome to my stop on the book blog tour for Out of Temper by Amber Royer. This blog tour was organized by Lone Star Book Blog Tours. On my stop, I have information on the book as well as a scrapbook page about coffee from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway to win a signed copy of the book and a yummy bar of chocolate. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: Out of Temper
Series: Bean to Bar Mysteries #3
Author: Amber Royer
Publisher: Golden Tip Press
Publication Date: February 1st 2022
Print Length: 264 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Felicity Koerber's bean to bar chocolate shop on Galveston's historic Strand has been the scene of two murders - both of which she has been instrumental in helping solve. So when she gets invited to demo her chocolate skills aboard a cruise ship sailing out of the local port, she's excited at the chance to get away from the shop long enough to regain her equilibrium. She even brings her best friend along and makes plans for time at the spa. But when she gets on board, she finds out that she's been booked for a mystery-themed cruise, and said best friend, Autumn, has to finally deal with the real reasons she quit writing mysteries. Only - if that wasn't stressful enough - it doesn't take long before there's a real murder on the cruise, and someone Felicity knows becomes the prime suspect. When said suspect asks her for help, she can't exactly say no, can she?

Felicity finds herself surrounded by cruise goers who all had connections to the victim - and finds that both Logan (her business partner, whom she recently kissed) and Arlo (the cop who was once Felicity's first boyfriend, before she moved away from Galveston) are dealing with the case until more official help can arrive. How will Felicity survive the ensuing awkwardness?

One thing that helps: the retired police dog turned therapy dog she meets on board. Satchmo helps Felicity deal with being back on the water after tragedy in her past - and also helps her uncover a vital clue to the case. Can Felicity unmask the killer and keep a friend from being framed before all the suspects leave the ship?

Watch the book trailer below or by clicking here.

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 also teaches creative writing and is an author coach. Amber and her husband live in the DFW Area, where you can often find them hiking or taking landscape/architecture/wildlife photographs. If you are very nice to Amber, she might make you cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes, of course! Amber blogs about creative writing technique and all things chocolate.

Cool Places I’ve Had Coffee
by Amber Royer

I love to travel (which means that the last couple of years have been hard, without the ability to go so many places.) This wanderlust is something I and my protagonist for the Bean to Bar Mysteries share. Felicity, in part, quit her previous job as a physical therapist to become a chocolate maker in part because she wanted a reason to travel with purpose. In Out of Temper, she gets asked to demo her chocolate making process aboard a cruise ship, and she jumps at the chance.

When I travel somewhere new, I like to check out the local coffee scene. You can learn a lot about a community and meet people who are passionate about what they do. You can also learn about the world – finding out where the coffee was imported from, how it was processed, etc. I also like visiting local cafes, especially places recommended by friends. Here are a few of the coolest places I’ve had coffee.
1—Here’s my coffee from Building 6 Coffee Roasters in El Paso, Texas. We were with a friend who had family in El Paso, so we used it as a home base to day trip into New Mexico to visit White Sands and the Carlsbad Caverns. We visited several coffee shops in the area, but the cool thing about this one was getting to watch them roasting coffee on site.

2—Here’s me having coffee at the Lost Dog Café in Folly Beach, South Carolina. We had been out at the beach to photograph the sunrise and had asked some local surfers for a good place to have breakfast—preferably without moving our car, as you had to pay for parking, and we wanted to go back out to the beach afterwards. The photos behind Jake are all pics of customer’s dogs. My favorite one was a picture of someone’s cat, which had been captioned, “I swear I’m a dog.”

3—Here’s my coffee from our hotel in Tokyo. We were able to sit at that window every morning and watch people go by, before heading out for whatever activity we had planned. The inset pic is me and Jake at Fifth Station on Mount Fuji. It was fall, and the leaves were changing. So beautiful! As a bonus, here’s my fancy coffee from Dotour, which is the Japanese equivalent of a Starbucks.

4—Here’s my coffee at Kickback Jack’s in Rancho Cucamonga, California. I’d gone to visit friends, and my friends took me to King’s Canyon National Park to go up and see the trees. (It was a long drive to get out to the park, and I appreciated that I wasn’t the one driving on all the switchbacks.) Here’s all of us with the General Sherman Tree, the largest known living single-stem tree on Earth, estimated to be around 2,200 to 2,700 years old.

5—Here’s my coffee from the Calypso Café in Corpus Christi, Texas. They’ve been roasting their own coffee since 1995. They do some cool stuff with recycled coffee bean bags as wall art and upholstery. We were in town for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle hatchling release at the Padre Island National Seashore. I had written about turtles in the second Bean to Bar Mystery, and brought a copy of the book for the expert I had consulted with (pictured in background, placing turtles on the sand – all turtles were handled gently by official park staff).

6—Here’s my coffee from Spyhouse Coffee Roasters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My agent, who is from the area, had set up a reading at a local bookstore. While we were in town, we got to visit a number of bakeries and restaurants. We also got to see some nature (including the waterfall at Minnehaha Park) and catch a little culture, with the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
Win a signed copy of Out of Temper by Amber Royer and a chocolate bar from French Broad Chocolates! (US only)

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prizes. Amber Royer (the author) assumes all responsibility for this giveaway.)

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  1. Now THIS is my kinda guest post! LOVE the coffee, and love the premise of this book & series. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you for letting me share my scrap book page and my love of coffee!

  3. French Broad Chocolates is known for their excellent confections.

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  4. Wow! What a generous giveaway! As a single mom and teacher I love to read with my family and to my family and Out of Temper seems like a book we all might enjoy!! (nicole bowers, nicole 2 inspect at yahoo dot com)