Blog Tour – Socrates’ Book Reviews

The spotlight is on Cast for Murder at Socrates’ Book Reviews today. Click on over and check it out plus the spotlights and reviews on other new releases. Yvonne will post her review for Cast for Murder next month. Thank you, Yvonne!

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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Blog Tour – Christa Reads and Writes

After a day off, the Cast for Murder blog tour picks up with a review at Christa Reads and Writes. Please stop by Christa Nardi’s blog today to read her post and her reviews of other new releases. Make sure also to check out Christa’s books: her new Stacie Maroni Mystery series, the Cold Creek series, and the Hannah and Tamar Mystery series for young adults (and the young at heart).

Thank you, Christa!

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Blog Tour- Jane Reads

Happy Monday, everyone. Today Jane at the blog Jane Reads posts her review of Cast for Murder. Please drop in today to read the review and stay to check out Jane’s thoughts on more new cozy releases. Thank you, Jane!

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Blog Tour – Cozy Up With Kathy

I finish the week with an interview at Cozy Up With Kathy. Kathy’s review of Cast for Murder is also posted, so please stop by to read both plus her reviews of other new releases. Thank you, Kathy!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Blog Tour- Dru’s Book Musings

Today I’m at dru’s book musings with a guest post in Dru’s A Day in the Life series.  This fun feature invites writers to introduce a new book from their amateur sleuth’s point of view. Drop in today and read what Veronica’s up to in Cast for Murder and then hang out for a while with characters starring in other recent book releases.

Thank you, Dru!

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Blog Tour – Escape With Dollycas

Please take a few minutes today to visit Escape With Dollycas to read my guest post and Lori’s review. I had a lot of fun writing my Cozy Wednesday post; I hope you enjoy reading it. Thank you, Lori!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Blog Tour – A Holland Reads Review

Angela has posted her review of Cast for Murder on her blog, A Holland Reads. Please visit her site today to read it and other book reviews she has recently written. Thank you, Angela!

Happy Fat Tuesday to you all!

 

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The Blog Tour Begins – StoreyBook Reviews

Leslie at StoreyBook Reviews has posted the first review for Cast for Murder. Please take a few minutes today to visit her blog and read the review plus her thoughts on other recent book releases. Thank you, Leslie!

 

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A Bit Of Promotion From Veronica Walsh

It’s release week for Cast for Murder! Today I thought I’d let my fictional amateur sleuth, Veronica Walsh, promote the book via an interview about the community theater production she is starring in, Blithe Spirit. I hope you enjoy her remarks to a reporter from her hometown newspaper.

Veronica, you haven’t performed since last spring, when your long-running soap opera, Days and Nights, was cancelled. How does it feel to be acting again?

 I’ve been enjoying my life as owner of the All Things boutique in Barton and love working with the staff. Each morning I call the shop’s opening “Show Time,” but it doesn’t compare to the adrenaline rush of acting. I’ve missed performing and slipped back into it as if the sabbatical never happened. It’s wonderful to be part of a cast again. There’s nothing like a group collaborating to bring an imaginary world to life for an audience.

How did you land the role of Madame Arcati?

Gigi Swanson, the founder of the Barton Community Theater, walked into my boutique one day last December and offered me the role. It was completely unexpected and I was flabbergasted. Still, it took only three seconds to accept the part of Madame.

You mentioned Gigi Swanson. She was the original director of your production. Ms. Swanson was murdered the first week of rehearsals. It was you who found her body behind the theater. How has Gigi’s death affected you, the cast, and the production?

Gigi’s loss has been devastating to everyone at the theater. She was our leader. It was suggested we postpone or cancel the production, but the cast took a vote and unanimously agreed the show must go on. Our performances will be in honor of Gigi and we’re working hard to make sure her vision for the show is fulfilled.

You have developed a reputation for solving local murders. Are you investigating Ms. Swanson’s murder?

 I’m too busy running All Things during the day and rehearsing for Blithe Spirit in the evenings to have time for anything else. I have full confidence the Barton Police will soon make an arrest and justice will be served for Gigi and her family.

Madame Arcati is a medium. Have you met with a medium in preparation for your role?

Gigi put me in touch with a local woman who is a medium. We’ve met and she shared interesting information about her work, but Noël Coward’s wonderful script is my main guide and inspiration for playing Madame.

Are you nervous about opening night? Do you have stage fright, even after your long career?

I don’t have stage fright, but I will have nervous anticipation before the curtain opens. It won’t be over my performance, but over the unexpected moment that always happens. It can be anything: a castmate forgetting a line, a misplaced prop, a piece of the set not properly functioning. An actor never knows when she’ll have to improvise. A distraction can also come from the audience, so a reminder to everyone coming to our shows to turn off your cell phones when you enter the theater, no talking during the performance, and if you must chew gum, do it quietly!

 

Hmm. It seems Veronica skirted around one or two questions. You’ll have to read Cast for Murder to get the full story.

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Remember my blog tour begins this week. I’ll be posting links to the reviews and guest posts, so keep checking in for the latest on Cast for Murder. It’s finally here!

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Meet the Cast

This is a big week for Cast for Murder. I’ll give my approval to the manuscript’s proof, allowing CreateSpace and Draft2Digital to release the book through their sales channels. I’ve learned in my research that it will take a few days for the book to appear on sites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble (perhaps a little longer for other sites like Ingram). The book should be available for purchase by next Tuesday, February 13, the official release date.

I’ve written before that the plot of Cast for Murder centers around an amateur production of Blithe Spirit. Today I thought I would introduce you to the cast of the play-within-the-cozy-mystery, giving their biographies as they would appear in the show’s program. The name in the parentheses is the character each actor is playing in Noel Coward’s comedy.

Kelsey Devlin (Edith) – Kelsey Devlin makes her Barton Community Theater debut as Edith, the Condomine household’s maid. Devlin starred in Bear Lake High School productions of The Sound of Music (Liesel) and Grease (Marty). She teaches yoga classes at Mind and Body Yoga in Bear Lake and is studying to be a nutritionist.

Jerome Figueroa (Charles Condomine) – Jerome Figueroa has performed in fifteen Barton Community Theater productions, including the roles of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Felix Unger in The Odd Couple. He and his wife, Leslie, have been married for twenty-five years and have three sons and a daughter. Figueroa is an electrical engineer at Ventum Electronics in Glens Falls.

Peter Jacobs (Dr. Bradman) – Blithe Spirit marks Peter Jacobs’ tenth production with the Barton Community Theater. His past roles include Gary Lejeune in Noises Off, Geoffrey Duncan in The Sisters Rosensweig, and Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple. Jacobs and Vicki, his wife of fourteen years, have two daughters. Jacobs teaches math at Barton High School.

Lucy Kobayashi (Elvira) – Lucy Kobayashi makes her stage debut in Blithe Spirit, though she was an active behind-the-scenes member of the drama club during her four years at Barton High School. A graduate of Ithaca College, Kobayashi is a speech therapist in the Lake George Central School District.

Iris Silver (Mrs. Bradman) – Iris Silver enters her sixth year with the Barton Community Theater with her role in Blithe Spirit. She has starred as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, and Sara Goode in The Sisters Rosensweig. Like fellow actor Peter Jacobs, Silver is a math teacher at Barton High School. She and Jeff, her husband of eighteen years, have a son and daughter.

Erica St. Martin (Ruth Condomine) – Erica St. Martin emigrated from Haiti at the age of eleven and has called Barton her home for the last ten years. A longtime theater fan, she makes her acting debut in Blithe Spirit. St. Martin works in Accounts Receivable for the Village of Barton.

Veronica Walsh (Madame Arcati) – Veronica Walsh has two Daytime Emmy Awards, three Soap Opera Digest Awards, and a Gracie Allen Award for her role of Rachel Wesley on the daytime program Days and Nights. A longtime supporter of the Barton Community Theater, Blithe Spirit marks her first performance with the acting troupe. Walsh is the owner of All Things, a boutique located on Orchard Street in Barton.

I hope this sparks your interest in Veronica’s new friends and her theatrical adventure in Cast for Murder. The latest installment is almost here!

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I’m rooting for the B-eagles over the Pup-triots in the Puppy Bowl. Infer from that what you will about whom I’m rooting for in the other big game today. Speaking of which, do you have all your Super Bowl snacks ready? And for whom are you cheering?

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