Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Special excerpt for mystery Ladle to the Grave by Connie Archer

Today is a special excerpt from the mystery novel, Ladle to the Grave, by Connie Archer.

During her virtual book tour, Connie will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too!

A little bit about the author:
Connie Archer is the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Penguin Random House (Berkley Prime Crime). A Spoonful of Murder, A Broth of Betrayal, A Roux of Revenge and Ladle to the Grave are set in the imaginary village of Snowflake, Vermont. A Clue in the Stew will be released in April 2016. Connie was born and raised in New England and now lives on the other coast. 

A little bit about the book:
By the Spoonful is Snowflake, Vermont’s most popular soup shop, but owner Lucky Jamieson doesn’t have any time to enjoy her success—she’s too busy trying to keep a lid on false accusations against her loved ones…

It’s almost May, and some of the local ladies have organized a pagan celebration in the woods to welcome spring. But the evening goes terribly wrong when one of the attendees winds up dead, apparently poisoned by an herbal concoction prepared by Lucky’s grandfather, Jack.

Lucky’s sure her grandfather could not have made such a tragic mistake. But before she can clear him of suspicion, her best friend, Sophie, is diverted from planning her wedding to By the Spoonful chef Sage DuBois when she finds a dead man floating in the creek on her property. Now it’s up to Lucky to get both Sophie and Jack out of hot water before a killer stirs up more trouble…

Recipes included!


Excerpt from Ladle to the Grave:
When Lucky reached Jack’s front porch, she was dismayed to see the windows dark. She heard thumps and banging and Jack’s voice crying out. He was inside, somewhere in the dark.

Jack knew it was happening again. He couldn’t block out the screams. The boat was rising and falling in the sea. The water was purple with blood. A hand reached up from the dark waters. Jack grasped it and held on with all his strength. Then a quick glimpse of a shark’s fin, and the man was gone. He was holding a disembodied arm. All around him were the cries of men being torn to pieces. Jack sobbed. He couldn’t help them, no matter how quick he was, no matter how strong. He wasn’t fast enough to save them.

Lucky pushed the door open and called Jack’s name. His moans were louder now. He had barricaded himself in the bathroom in an effort to control the memories. The sound of shattering glass came from within. She hurried to the kitchen and grabbed a small knife from the wooden block next to the stove. Just as she slid the edge of the blade into the doorframe, a heavy thud hit the door and Lucky fell back in shock, the knife falling from her hands. Her heart was racing. She pushed the knife into the doorjamb again and finally the lock released.

Jack was slumped on the floor in a small pool of blood. Broken glass was everywhere. He was lost in his nightmare.

“It’s okay now, Jack. You’re home. You’re safe.”

He looked into her eyes, confused. “Lucky?”

“You had a spell, but you’re okay now.”

Tears spilled down Jack’s face. “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”

“Nothing to be sorry about. Everything’s going to be all right now.” She prayed her words would make it true.



You can learn more about Connie at her Website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.



29 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Lisa Brown said...

Thank you for the chance to win, love the book :)

Mai T. said...

What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?

judy schechter said...

Thank you for the great excerpt and giveaway!

MomJane said...

This was really a wonderful and exciting excerpt.

Becky Richardson said...

Really enjoyed the excerpt.

Betty Woodrum said...

I loved the excerpt, thank you. Sounds like a great book!

Victoria Alexander said...

Really great post - thanks for sharing!

Rita said...

I liked the excerpt.

Thomas Murphy said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Connie Archer said...

Thanks so much for hosting me, Lisa! I hope everyone gets to visit the village of Snowflake soon. Good luck to everyone!

Ree Dee said...

I really enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you.

Helen Moulden said...

What was your favourite book growing up?

Connie Archer said...

Hi everyone! I'll try to respond to all in this comment.
Mai asked what's the most unusual thing you've every eaten? Mai, I guess I'd have to say octopus. I'm not very experimental when it comes to food, like people who try tarantulas in Thailand, that sort of thing. But I didn't really like octopus. It was chewy, rubbery and I couldn't look at those suckers on the tentacles.
And to answer Helen's question, it would have to be Nancy Drew and The Secret of the Old Clock, I think that was the title. Always loved mysteries!
Thank you too to Lisa, Judy, MomJane, Becky, Betty, Victoria, Rita Thomas and Ree for visiting!

patrick siu said...

I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

Helen Moulden said...

Thank you for replying! Another question. Was it difficult becoming a published author?

Connie Archer said...

Hi Patrick ~ thanks for stopping by! Very best of luck!

Connie Archer said...

Hi Helen ~ in response to your question: It is definitely not an easy thing to accomplish, and probably everyone who's traditionally published would say that. But on the plus side, it can happen in any number of ways. I think every writer has a unique story. In my case, it sort of came sideways. I was very fortunate. With the first book I wrote (in another series) I was able to find a wonderful agent. Unfortunately this book did not sell, so I had to put it aside for a while. In the meantime, the opportunity to write this series came through my agent. If you're interested in being published yourself, I would suggest studying the Writers Market reference book and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published (a wonderful book that lays out the process, nuts and bolts). I hope this answers your question. Best of luck, Helen!

Helen Moulden said...

Thanks so much Connie,

I've always been interested in writing, and have tried my hand at it. I think I found the 'after' process fairly daunting though. Thank you for the ideas for books to read that might help me :).

Connie Archer said...

I'm glad I was able to help, Helen. It can seem daunting, I agree. When I started, I knew nothing at all about the publishing business, but like any other endeavor, there is a path. You'll learn to write a query letter, check the agent's website for what they're looking for, etc. and don't be put off by rejection. Keep plugging until you hit the right person. Good luck!

Helen Moulden said...

Thank you!

Helen Moulden said...

A different question this time :) - If you could be any character in a book, who would it be?

Connie Archer said...

Oh, did I not answer this, Helen. Maybe Nancy Drew, or better yet, Kinsey Millhone from the Alphabet series!

Helen Moulden said...

Oh sorry, yes you did. I missed that! I loved Nancy Drew, but don't know Kinsey Millhone. Will look her up!

Helen Moulden said...

When was your first big break as an author? And how did you celebrate? :)

Connie Archer said...

I guess my first big break was a letter from my agent saying she was "intrigued by my proposal" and to please send the complete manuscript. I sent the manuscript immediately, and fully expected a rejection letter. Instead, I received a contract to sign! Did I celebrate? Well, I jumped up and down and was very excited, but I spent the next months waiting to hear if it sold to a publisher. It didn't. Not that one. But I still haven't given up on it. It may yet sell. Persistence, Helen!!!

Helen Moulden said...

Yes persistence is key! I have to say, being an author sounds very much like being on a roller coaster with the ups and downs!

Connie Archer said...

LOL! Yes, that about sums it up. Good luck, Helen!

Helen Moulden said...

Thank you :)