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15-Stop Interactive Blog Tour, Giveaway, & Playlist: A Chocolate Is Announced (Bean to Bar Mystery, #7) by Amber Royer


A CHOCOLATE IS ANNOUNCED

Bean to Bar Mystery, #7

By Amber Royer

Cozy Mystery / Culinary Mystery / Women Sleuths

Publisher: Golden Tip Press

Pages: 277

Publication Date: June 25, 2024


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SYNOPSIS

Felicity Koerber is finally getting her life together.  She has a fiancĂ©, her bean to bar chocolate shop on Galveston’s historic Strand has become a gathering spot for the community, and she is ready to embrace whatever the future holds.  She’s ready for another launch party – despite the disaster at her grand opening, when she’d first gotten involved with solving a murder.  And this time she’s embracing her status as a sleuth.  She’s hosting a murder mystery weekend to celebrate the new Mystery Flavor line of craft chocolate bars.  She’s held a contest to choose the attendees, who will all stay at her aunt’s flip hotel and enjoy the island.  It’s all supposed to be perfectly random – only, Felicity starts to uncover connections between her guests.  When one of them winds up murdered, Felicity has to keep her aunt from becoming the main suspect.

The killer is very clearly calling Felicity out, leaving clues that mean little to anyone other than her.  But that doesn’t narrow down the suspect pool.  Her guests are there because they love the true crime podcast she’s been featured on.  And she can’t decide whether the killer wants her to catch them – or just wants to taunt her.

Meanwhile, Felicity is also playing host to her future in-laws and discovers that her fiancĂ©’s sister, who is also a cop, is very competitive.  Can Felicity hold her own and make a good impression, while keeping her business together and her aunt out of jail?  And can Felicity solve it in time to protect the people she cares about from becoming additional victims?   

Satchmo the retired police dog turned therapy dog returns to help her sniff out a few clues, and one of the guests brings along a ferret named Cheeseburger, who keeps showing up in the most unexpected places.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amber Royer writes the Chocoverse comic telenovela-style foodie-inspired space opera series, and the Bean to Bar Mysteries. 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, or wildlife photographs. 

If you are very nice to Amber, she might make you cupcakes.  Chocolate cupcakes, of course! Amber blogs about creative writing techniques and all things chocolate at www.amberroyer.com.


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PLAYLIST

A Hotel in the Process of Change Playlist

In A Chocolate is Announced, my protagonist Felicity is hosting a murder mystery weekend. Of course, something goes wrong, and there’s a very real murder. The event is being hosted at the hotel her aunt is in the process of flipping. This hotel has been a setting in several books in the series. I wanted to do a playlist that harkens back to this hotel in its heyday.

When I think hotels from when I was a kid, the first thing music-wise that pops into my head is the Muzak that used to play in the elevators. (For anyone not familiar with, we’re talking about instrumental versions of popular songs. Sometimes the tone feels off, when the original version was a love ballad or hard-rock jam, and the cover version is piano or acoustic guitar.). I collected together some interesting instrumental variations of songs from the 1960s to the early 2000 for an unobtrusive instrumental soundtrack.



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1 comment:

Amber Royer said...

Thank you for letting me share my playlist!