(A Tuper Mystery – Book 1)
by Teresa Burrell
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Print Length: 249 Pages
Tuper is helping find five-year-old Mason, who was presumably taken by his father. But when Mason’s father is found unconscious, Mason has disappeared again.
In an impossible search during a bitterly cold Montana blizzard, old cowboy Tuper and his hacker friend Lana’s quest blurs into one of insanity and murder. As wounded Tuper fights to stay alive in the bitter cold, Lana searches cyberspace and finds someone is working hard to ensure certain secrets remain secret — especially Mason’s true identity.
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About Teresa Burrell
Teresa Burrell is the author of the award-winning Advocate Series as well as two children’s books. Her readers rave about The Advocate Series with the majority especially fond of her PI, JP Torn. Her main character, Sabre Orin Brown (her initials are S.O.B. – but she is not) is a dedicated child advocate, who can’t seem to stay out of trouble herself.
Teresa was born in Minnesota where she lived the first five years of her life on a farm with her eight siblings. For the next five years she and her family traveled to California to get away from the harsh winters, but each spring they returned to the small midwestern town. Eventually, they stayed in southern California where she graduated from high school and college. After obtaining her teaching credential Teresa enjoyed a satisfying career in the classroom. She has taught children of all ages with diverse backgrounds and special needs. After creating an after-school program that kept kids off the street, she received a community service award.
Teresa has dedicated her life to helping children and their families in both the courtroom and the classroom. After twelve years of teaching, she entered the University of San Diego where she earned her Juris Doctorate degree. As an attorney in San Diego, Burrell maintained a private law practice for twelve years, which specialized in domestic, criminal, and civil cases. Her work in juvenile court focused on representing abused minors and juvenile delinquents. Burrell has received several awards and special recognition from the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers for her countless hours of pro bono work with children and their families.
Now in semi-retirement in California, Teresa continues to educate groups about social issues impacting children and write novels, many of which are inspired by actual legal cases. She is the author of The Advocate Series which now contains eight novels, The Advocate, The Advocate’s Betrayal, The Advocate’s Conviction, The Advocate’s Dilemma, The Advocate’s Ex Parte, The Advocate’s Felony, The Advocate’s Geocache, and The Advocate’s Homicides. The Advocate’s Felony received the San Diego Best Mystery Award, and five of the books have received the International Readers’ Favorite Award.
Teresa has recently written two children’s books, along with illustrator, Zack Settle, called Gaspar, the Flatulating Ghost and Gaspar, the Flatulating Ghost Meets a Bully. This series is designed to entertain as well as help children deal with problems they confront on a daily basis.
Her newest novel is MASON’S MISSING, the first in the Tuper Mystery Series. This book stars Tuper, a character from book 6 of The Advocate Series. Tuper was a fan-favorite when he first appeared in THE ADVOCATE’S FELONY.
I’m visiting my very good friend Dana Corbit Nussio today for some AUTHOR SPEED DATING! Stop on by, check out my answers to some pretty unique interview questions, read an excerpt from my book BRINGING IN THE THIEVES and join the conversation!!!
Please join me April 4th at 6:00 pm with other Michigan authors at the Cascade Township Branch of the Kent District Library for a fun author reading event! I’ll be reading from my latest release, BRINGING IN THE THIEVES, and discussing my writing process. I look forward to seeing you there!
Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of mystery authors Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. They’ve chosen to use Sparkle Abbey as their pen name on this series because they liked the idea of combining the names of their two rescue pets – Sparkle (ML’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog). The authors co-write the bestselling Pampered Pets Mystery Series which focuses on the wacky world of precious pedigrees, pampered pooches, and secrets in posh Laguna Beach, California.
I’m pleased to introduce Sparkle Abbey!
Tell us about your current release/next WIP?
Our newest release, Raiders of the Lost Bark, is the 8th book in our Pampered Pets mystery Series. It features amateur sleuth and Bow Wow Boutique owner, Mel Langston.
In Raiders of the Lost Bark Mel finds herself “Glamping Under the Stars” with a blackmailer, Orange County’s hottest new gourmet pet chef, Addison Rae. But before Mel can put an end to Addison’s strong-arming, the chef is found dead. Mel is just one of many suspects who had motive to snuff out the demanding chef. Was it Redmond, the angry sous chef who detested working for Addison? What about rival chef, Pepper Maddox? The glamping chef gig was hers until Addison blackmailed her way into the job. And then there’s Asher, a charming fellow camper whose past relationship with Addison isn’t the only secret he’s guarding. Mel’s not one to tuck tail and run, even when it looks like she may be the next victim.
Raiders of the Lost Bark comes out March 25th.
Your titles are original and funny, and really capture the stories and characters. What was the inspiration for your latest/current release?
The setting was inspired by an Orange County camping trip that Anita and her family took a number of years ago at the desolate Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park campground. It was mid-August, and at the beginning of the five year drought for California. When she came back from their vacation, Anita knew some day the sandstone canyons, parched wilderness, and mountain lions would be a great contrast for our over the top, pampered characters.
The wonderful thing about the cozy genre is that it’s an escape. We are both fans of classic Hollywood movies such as To Catch a Thief, His Girl Friday, Bringing Up Baby, and It Happened One Night. They entertain with a level of sophistication. They make you think and try to figure things out, but they’re not dark and depressing. Cozies are like that, no on-the-page graphic violence, not heavy and dark but by no means simple. The perfect escape after a stressful day!
How do you find balance?
We’re still learning. Balance is sometimes difficult when you work full time and write full time as we do. :-/ We’re incredibly lucky we both have wonderful families and beautiful, brilliant grandchildren who keep us grounded. To keep things balanced, sometimes you have to take a deep breath and remind yourself of what’s really important.
Okay, for something fun and different, if you were ordering your last meal, what would it be and why?
That’s so hard, we like all types of food, Italian, Mediterranean inspired. We do better with the drink. For us that would be a margarita! Thank you, Lora Lee for inviting us to visit with your readers. We hope ya’ll enjoy our latest Pampered Pets Mystery adventure, Raiders of the Lost Bark, out March 25th!
Sparkle Abbey reside in central Iowa, but if they could write anywhere, you would find them on the beach with their laptops and, depending on the time of day, with either an iced tea or a margarita. If you’re missing any of their backlist this is a great time to grab them. Details here. And if you want to make sure you’re up on all the Sparkle Abbey news, stop by their website and sign up for updates at sparkleabbey.com.
Book 1 of The Joyful Noise Mysteries
Just $1.99 until January 15, 2016
Frankie Lou’s back and Poppy’s madder than a wet hen.
Create a church choir filled with teenage misfits?
Over Poppy’s dead body.
Minister’s daughter Frankie Lou McMasters has come back to Ruby Springs, Texas with her daughter, Betsy, eleven years after running off to marry the town bad boy. Her mild notoriety as a bad girl is prime gossip for her childhood enemy, Poppy Fremont, now choir director of Faith Community Church – where Frankie Lou’s daddy, now retired to Florida, was the preacher.
When Frankie Lou comes to the deacons with a request to add a youth choir of at-risk teens she’s been coaching, Poppy throws a fit. A few hours later, Frankie Lou finds her dead in the baptistery pool. And Poppy’s not playing possum.
Frankie Lou sets out to clear her name as the main suspect, and tries to locate the real killer. Could he be sexy Joe Camps, the father of one of her teen singers? In the meantime, her momma shows up from Florida to take charge of Frankie Lou’s life. Bless her heart.
This week, I’m participating in author Nancy Gideon’s Haunted Open House Blog Hop!
Midnight Kiss (Touched by Midnight – Book 1)
by Nancy Gideon
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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published by: Imajinn Books
Release Date: July 12, 2015
Length: 262 Pages
“Dark and compelling, Gideon’s novel will appeal to those who enjoy the vampire novels of Anne Rice.” —Library Journal
“A colorful and hauntingly beautiful tale of otherworldly love . . . destined to become a classic!”–Affaire de Coeur
“Incredible, spellbinding reading!” —Rendezvous
Hunt or be hunted . . . A centuries old obsession stalks a noble family fighting to hide their dark secret from an ever-changing world. Sink your teeth into Nancy Gideon’s Touched by Midnight series.
A DARK CURSE
Miss Arabella Howland is content to forgo the London marriage mill to assist her father in his research, especially when it comes to his intriguing patient, Louis Radman. But it’s not long before Bella’s curiosity alerts her to the danger of her father’s work . . . and to the fact that Louis is not who or whathe seems.
The Great Lakes Book Bash is an event designed around the one thing we all love: books! Meet your favorite authors at an enormous book signing! Meet models, designers, bloggers and connect with readers! Did I mention the “Readers Are Our Rock Stars” after-party?
The 1st Annual Great Lakes Book Bash!
A book conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Registration will open at 4:00 pm on Friday, October 9, 2015. Opening ceremonies will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 10, 2015. The keynote speaker is NYT and USA Today Best Selling Author, Emily Snow! Following the ceremonies will be a book signing and conference lasting from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. Saturday night there will be a “Readers are our Rock Stars” party. Closing ceremonies for the conference will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 9:00 am.
I’m visiting downtown Saranac, Michigan today from 4:00 to 8:00 pm to participate in Girls’ Night Out and the Michigan Author Event, hosted by the Saranac Public Library. Stop by and say “Howdy” to the 24 Michigan authors participating in the event. I’ll be signing copies of my book BRINGING IN THE THIEVES – I hope to see you there!