Monday, October 31, 2022

Book Blast and Giveaway: Black Magic Murder (Melting Pot Café #6) by Polly Holmes

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Black Magic Murder by Polly Holmes. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book. There's also the blast wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the book blast for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Black Magic Murder
Series: Melting Pot Café #6
Author: Polly Holmes
Publisher: Gumnut Press
Publication Date: October 31st 2022
Print Length: 285 pages
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
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Careful what you wish for!

Graduating to a fully-fledged witch on my upcoming birthday should be a momentous occasion, but when a local hairdresser turns up dead, I know it’s going to be one hell of a week.

Saltwater Cove’s resident infuriating fae looks like a good suspect for the murder, but insists she’s innocent and reveals a huge secret too amazing to be a lie. But if she didn’t do it… then who did?

The murder triggers the return of a dark force… dark enough to send even the most experienced witches into panic mode. Harriet, Jordi and Tyler join me as I try to find the culprit, putting my magical abilities to the ultimate test.

When the killer strikes even closer to home, I need to up my game if I’m going to keep evil at bay.…or have I finally met my supernatural match?

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EXCERPT:
“I cannot believe you’re not going to have a birthday party!” Harriet said, dropping on the edge of my bed, disgruntled. “It’s not every day you turn twenty-five and become a full-fledged witch. Why would you not want to have a party? It’s a milestone to celebrate.”

“Parties are over-rated,” I blurted, holding a pink and black blouse against my chest and checking out the vintage look in the full-length mirror in the corner.

Not bad, if I say so myself. Lookout, Tyler, here I come.

“Harriet’s right.” Jordi joined her on the bed. Both my best friends stared blankly at me. These two women meant the world to me, and that was precisely why I was not having a party.

“I’m sure lover boy has a great night planned this evening, but what about the rest of us?” Harriet giggled. “How are we going to celebrate your birthday?”

I bit the inside of my cheek, choosing my words carefully. “Do you remember what happened when we hosted our last party at The Melting Pot?”

They glanced sideways at each other, and then Harriet piped up, “Please don’t tell me it was New Year’s Eve?”

My forehead tightened. “It certainly was.”

A grimace turned Jordi’s expression upside down. “I remember. Prudence McAvoy turned up dead in your pond. But when you think about it, that’s no great loss.”

“Jordi!” I said, three octaves higher. “That is a terrible thing to say.”

She shrugged. “Sorry, but we all know she was not at the top of my Christmas Card list. She made my life hell at school and after. She made my life hell…period.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Polly Holmes is the cheeky, sassy alter ego of Amazon best-selling author, P.L. Harris. When she's not writing her next romantic suspense novel as P.L. Harris, she is planning the next murder in one of Polly’s cozy mysteries. She pens food-themed and paranormal cozy mysteries and publishes her books solely with Gumnut Press.

As Polly Holmes, Cupcakes and Corpses was a finalist in the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America’s 2019 IDA International Digital Awards, short suspense category. Cupcakes and Curses claimed second place and Cupcakes and Cyanide gained third place making it a clean sweep in the category.

She won silver in the 2020 ROAR! National Business Awards in the Writer/Blogger/Author category and for the second year in a row, she was a finalist in the 2021 ROAR! National Business Awards winning bronze in the Writer/Blogger/Author category with Gumnut Press taking out the gold in the Hustle and Heart category.

2022 saw Polly Holmes’ books Muffins & Magic and Mistletoe, Murder & Mayhem long-listed in the Davitt Awards, a prestigious award run by the Sisters of Crime, Australia. Muffins & Magic also placed in the finals of the cozy mystery category in the Nashville Silver Falchion Awards. She lives in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia, with her Bichon Frise, Bella.

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GIVEAWAY:
Polly Holmes will be awarding a $15 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 over this giveaway.)

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59 comments:

  1. Happy Halloween!
    Thanks for the contest.

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  2. Thank you for hosting. I can't wait to chat to everyone.

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  3. Happy Book Birthday, Polly! I enjoyed the excerpt and Black Magic Murders sounds like an excellent mystery for me to enjoy and I love the cover! Good luck with your book and the blast!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a Happy Halloween!

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    1. Thanks Stormy. It's very exciting. I'm thrilled with the way readers are accepting Evelyn's new adventures in Black Magic Murder. I do love the cover too.

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  4. This Cozy Mystery has such a cute cover.

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    1. Thank you. I have a great cover artist and knows how to design exactly what is in my head.

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  5. Wishing you the best! Congrats on your tour.

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  6. Love this cover! Cant wait to read!

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  7. well that one girl is blunt lol. this sounds really entertaining

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  8. cute cover congrats on the release

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  9. I can't believe the series already has six books! Happy release day.

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    1. It will have 9 or 10 in the end with book 7 coming out in March next year.

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  10. Happy Halloween! The book cover is really sweet.

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  11. This sounds like a great Paranormal Cozy Mystery. I like the cover.

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

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  13. This is a great read for me!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  14. I have not read any of your books before-but after reading the excerpt I want to read this book-thanks

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  15. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  16. The book sounds very intriguing. Love the cover!

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  17. This sounds like a fun read!

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  18. looks like a good one

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  19. do you have a favorite winter sport

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  20. Love the cover. Sounds like a great cozy!

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  21. What kinds of snacks do you like to keep on hand while writing?

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  22. It's snowing at my house. Do you like snow?

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  23. Author what is the hardest part of writing a book?

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  24. I love contemporary witch stories Charmed, Bewitch, Practical Magic, this would be the perfect book for me

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  25. This book sounds exactly what I like! Thank you for sharing

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  26. Happy Halloween This book sounds like something I could cuddle under a blanket near the fire and read cover to cover

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  27. I like the cover and think I would be awesome to read

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  28. Hope you have a nice weekend.

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