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The truth is I never intended to write a cozy mystery. Honest! I had three contemporary romances published and figured I would stick with that genre. I loved writing romances. Loved reading them, too. But one day in a flurry of free-writing, trying to fill my creativity well when I’d hit a brick wall with a current romance project, a character developed along with a story that wasn’t a romance.  Where in the world did that come from? And what should I do with it? The story flowed easily from my imagination as I played with it. No pressure, no deadline – just writing for fun. I had no plans for the project because it didn’t fit the market I was targeting. But the characters stuck in my mind, so one day I showed it to my critique group. They agreed it wasn’t a romance but told me it sounded like a fit for the cozy mystery genre. That’s all it took to jump start the Joyful Noise Mysteries.

Next thing I knew, Frankie Lou Birmingham McMasters became a preacher’s daughter with a tarnished reputation. One mistake led her to the altar with Ruby Springs’ bad boy while her daddy kept one hand on the shotgun leaning against the pulpit and the other on his Bible as the bride and groom repeated their wedding vows. Protesting was never an option for the couple. Now, Ruby Springs, Texas, had a whole new topic of gossip. The story took off from there and well, it ended with a published cozy mystery, BRINGING IN THE THIEVES, and possible future books, thanks to Bell Bridge Books.

Now, here I am traveling the cyber-highway on a month-long blog tour with Buy the Book Tours. If you’d like to learn more about the characters in the Joyful Noise Mysteries — and believe me, there are some quirky ones in Ruby Springs — come along and follow the blog tour. Oh, and there’s a nifty giveaway you’ll have the opportunity to win – a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of BRINGING IN THE THIEVES. Don’t miss out on the fun! A little joyful reading will get you through the long winter days.

Meet some new People – Join the Fun and Follow Along!

Monday, February 16, 2015
Passionate Encounters {Spotlight & Review}
Creative Hodgepodge {Guest Post & Review}

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
M.J. Schiller, Romance Author {Guest Post}

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
A Blue Million Books {Author Interview}
Mama Knows Books {Guest Post}

Friday, February 20, 2015
Mythical Books {Guest Post}

Monday, February 23, 2015
Authors’ Cafe {Spotlight & Review}

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Romance Me {Spotlight}

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
What Readers Want {Spotlight}

Monday, March 2, 2015
Jane Reads {Guest Post & Review}

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Margo Hoornstra – Writing Inside & Out {Spotlight}

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Jolana Malkston – Serious Whimsy {Spotlight}

Monday, March 9, 2015
Finding Fantastical Books {Spotlight}

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass {Guest Post}
Christine’s Words {Guest Post}
Nancy Gideon – Romance by Any Other Name {Author Interview & Review}

Friday, March 13, 2015
Mochas, Mysteries and Meows {Guest Post}
Socrates Book Reviews {Spotlight & Review}

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Deal Sharing Aunt {Spotlight}

  • We’re looking forward to touring BRINGING IN THE THIEVES!!!

  • Diane Burton

    Have fun on your tour, Lora Lee. I loved, loved, loved your book. Frankie Lou is hilarious. Scratch that. You are hilarious. 🙂 I’m so glad you discovered this new direction for your writing.

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