24 February, 2017

A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes on Tour February 28 - March 30, 2017

A Ghostly Mortality Book Details:

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Published by: Witness
Publication Date: February 28th 2017
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN: 0062466976 (ISBN13: 9780062466976)
Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries #6
Purchase Links: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble  | Goodreads 


That ghost sure looks . . . familiar

Only a handful of people know that Emma Lee Raines, proprietor of a small-town Kentucky funeral home, is a “Betweener.” She helps ghosts stuck between here and the ever-after—murdered ghosts. Once Emma Lee gets them justice they can cross over to the great beyond.
But Emma Lee’s own sister refuses to believe in her special ability. In fact, the Raines sisters have barely gotten along since Charlotte Rae left the family business for the competition. After a doozy of an argument, Emma Lee is relieved to see Charlotte Rae back home to make nice. Until she realizes her usually snorting, sarcastic, family-ditching sister is a... ghost.
Charlotte Rae has no earthly idea who murdered her or why. With her heart in tatters, Emma Lee relies more than ever on her sexy beau, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross…because this time, catching a killer means the Raines sisters will have to make peace with each other first.

Lawdy bee.” Granny scooted to the edge of the chair and lifted her arms in the air like she was worshiping in the Sunday morning service at Sleepy Hollow Baptist and the spirit just got put in her.
I sucked in a deep breath, preparing myself for whatever was going to come out of Zula Fae Raines Payne’s mouth, my granny. She was a ball of southern spitfire in her five-foot-four-inch frame topped off with bright red hair that I wasn’t sure was real or out of a L’Oréal bottle she’d gotten down at the Buy-N-Fly.
“Please, please, please,” she begged. “Let me die before anything happens to Emma Lee.” Her body slid down the fancy, high-back mahogany leather chair as she fell to her knees with her hands clasped together, bringing them back up in the air as she pleaded to the Big Guy in the sky. “I’m begging you.”
“Are you nuts?” My voice faded to a hushed stillness. I glanced back at the closed door of my sister’s new office, in fear she was going to walk in and see Granny acting up. I sat in the other fancy, high-back mahogany leather chair next to Granny’s and grabbed her by the loose skin of her underarm. “Get back up on this chair before Charlotte Rae gets back in here and sees you acting like a fool.”
“What?” Granny quirked her eyebrows questioningly as if her behavior was normal. My head dropped along with my jaw in the “are you kidding me” look.
“Well, I ain’t lying!” She spat, “I do hope and pray you are the granddaughter that will be doing my funeral, unless you get a flare up of the ‘Funeral Trauma.’ ” She sucked in a deep breath and got up off her knees. She ran her bony fingers down the front of her cream sweater to smooth out any wrinkles so she’d be presentable like a good southern woman, forgetting she was just on her knees begging for mercy.
“Flare up?” I sighed with exasperation. “It’s not like arthritis.”
The “Funeral Trauma.” It was true. I was diagnosed with the “Funeral Trauma” after a decorative plastic Santa fell off the roof of Artie’s Meat and Deli, knocking me flat out cold and now I could see dead people. I had told Doc Clyde I was having some sort of hallucinations and seeing dead people, but he insisted I had been in the funeral business a little too long and seeing corpses all of my life had brought on the trauma. Truthfully, the Santa had given me a gift. Not a gift you’d expect Santa to give you, but it was the gift of seeing clients of Eternal Slumber, my family’s funeral home business where I was the undertaker. Some family business. Anyway, a psychic told me I was now a Betweener. I helped people who were stuck between here and the ever after. The Great Beyond. The Big Guy in the sky. One catch . . . the dead people I saw were murdered and they needed me to help them solve their murder before they could cross over.
“I’m fine,” I huffed and took the pamphlet off of Charlotte Rae’s desk, keeping my gift to myself. The only people who knew were me, the psychic and Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, my hot, hunky and sexy boyfriend. He was as handy as a pocket on a shirt when it came time for me to find a killer when a ghost was following me around. “We are here to get her to sign my papers and talk about this sideboard issue once and for all.” Granny stared at me.
My head slid forward like a turtle and I popped my eyes open.
“I’m fine,” I said through closed teeth.
“You are not fine.” Granny rolled her eyes so big, I swear she probably hurt herself. “People are still going around talking about how you talk to yourself.” She shook her finger at me. “If you don’t watch it, you are going to be committed. Surrounded by padded walls. Then—She jabbed her finger on my arm. I swatted her away with the pamphlet.
“Charlotte Rae will have full control over my dead body and I don’t want someone celebrating a wedding while I lay corpse in the next room. Lawdy bee,” Granny griped. I opened the pamphlet and tried to ignore Granny as best I could.
“Do you hear me, Emma Lee?” Granny asked. I could feel her beady eyes boring into me.
“Don’t you be disrespecting your elders. I asked you a question,” she warned when I didn’t immediately answer her question.
“Granny.” I placed the brochure in my lap and reminded myself to remain calm. Something I did often when it came to my granny. “I hear you. Don’t you worry about a thing. By the time you get ready to die, they will have you in the nut-house alongside me,” I joked, knowing it would get her goat. The door flung open and the click of Charlotte Rae’s high-dollar heels tapped the hardwood floor as she sashayed her way back into her office. The soft linen green suit complemented Charlotte’s sparkly green eyes and the chocolate scarf that was neatly tied around her neck. It was the perfect shade of brown to go with her long red hair and pale skin.
“I’m so sorry about that.” She stopped next to our chairs and looked between me and Granny. She shook the long, loose curls over her shoulders. “What? What is wrong, now?”
“Granny is all worried I’m going to get sent away to the nuthouse and you are going to lay her out here.” The words tumbled out of my mouth before I could stop them. Or did my subconscious take over my mouth? It was always a competition between me and Charlotte, only it was one-sided. Mine. Charlotte never viewed me as competition because she railroaded me all my life. Like now. She’d left Eternal Slumber with zero guilt, leaving me in charge so she could make more money at Hardgrove’s Legacy Center, formerly known as Hardgrove’s Funeral Homes until they got too big for their britches and decided to host every life event possible just to make more money.
Excerpt from A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes. Copyright © 2017 by Tonya Kappes. Reproduced with permission from Witness. All rights reserved.
Tonya KappesTonya Kappes has written more than fifteen novels and four novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband, two very spoiled schnauzers, and one ex-stray cat in northern Kentucky. Now that her boys are teenagers, Tonya writes full-time but can be found at all of her guys’ high school games with a pencil and paper in hand.

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This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours for Tonya Kappes and Witness Impulse. There will be 1 US winner of one PRINTED set of The Ghostly Southern Mysteries #1-6 by Tonya Kappes. The giveaway begins on February 27th and runs through April 2nd, 2017.
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CMash said...

I have seen great reviews for this series and can't wait to read them.

Tonya Kappes said...

Thank you so much!!!

Holly LaFrance said...

I love this series.

Nova said...

Love Tonya and her books
A little bit of mystery, a little bit of romance and a whole bunch of small-town fun.

Gaelicark said...

Cool review- Love Tonya!
Kelly Braun

Becky Winters said...

i SO cannot wait for this book to come out! thanks for the spotlight. i'm so ready to read the book! :)

Judy Tucker said...

Another great read from Tanya. Can't wait.

joy hejl said...

Look forward to this book to see Emma Lee work with her sister. Thanks for the preview.

SandyG265 said...

I'm looking foward to reading this.

Sharon Guagliardo said...

I love Tonya's books. They are so much fun. I've preordered this one too. Celtic Lady, this is such a nice blog.

Historical Reminiscing with Marilyn said...

Can't wait for this...it sounds fantastic and I would really enjoy it.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

Deb Forbes said...

I love this series and I can't wait to read it

Michelle Willms said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful post on Tonya Kappes. She's one of my favorite authors. Her books are such fun! Additionally, she's a genuinely nice person.

Joanne Vincenti said...

Love that cover and so want to have it to read now

Linda Paterson said...

Can't wait for this book! Can't believe Emma Lee's sister Charlotte Rae has been murdered! Didn't expect that ending in the last book! SHOCKER! Love this series, the characters and of course the ghosts 😊

Sandy Lipinski said...

Celtics is awesome. Including music. But I'm over the hill ,no help will work.

Sally said...

Yay! Thanks for the early blog!

Kathleen Kelly said...

Thanks for stopping by Holly!!

Joann Lord said...

I love this series can't wait for the giveaway to begin!

Kathleen Kelly said...

Joann, thanks for stopping by, please come back for the giveaway!

Kathleen Kelly said...

You are very welcome Tonya!

casmith79 said...

Can't wait to read this newest book in the series! Just love Tonya's books.

jnalpath said...

Love Tonya's series!

jnalpath said...

I love to read Tonya series.

Sharon Guagliardo said...

I could swear I posted a comment here yesterday. I said I loved your books and had already preordered this book. I also said that I loved the Celtic Lady's blog.

Kathleen Kelly said...

Sharon, I went back and looked at all the comments and I did not find one from you! Thanks for coming back though and come back for the giveaway!

Joanie Hinton said...

Can't wait to read....

Kathleen Kelly said...

Thanks for stopping by Joanie! Please come back for the giveaway!

Ellen Kutchak said...

Tonya Kappes has become one of my favorite authors! This is her next series I can't wait to start reading. Keep hearing wonderful things.

Kathleen Kelly said...

Thanks for stopping by Ellen!

Teri said...

Enjoyed your blog. Looking forward to this blog.
Teri Lenz

Kathleen Kelly said...

Thanks for stopping by Teri! Good luck in the giveaway!

Linda Moffitt said...

This looks like such a great book, all of her books look really good. Thanks for sharing on your blog.

Deb Forbes said...

This is one of my favorite series. Nice post and thanks for a chance to win

Kathleen Kelly said...

Thanks for stopping by Deb! Good luck in the Giveaway!

Donna Harms said...

Love Tonya and her books and this is one of my favorites in the series thus far! Thanks for the chance and good luck to everyone!

Kathleen Kelly said...

Thanks Donna! Thanks for stopping by!

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