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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

a deadly adventure in paradise... Death of the Kona Man (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries #9) by Catherine Bruns

While mysterious circumstances may be the norm on our corner of the island, we're certain that our staff and Lagoon natives will make your stay in Aloha Lagoon one you will never forget! visit us at AlohalagoonMysteries


Release Date: October 10th, 2017

Suggested to Read Death of the Big Kahuna first!

From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes the next deadly delicious Carrie Jorgenson adventure in paradise...

Carrie Jorgenson is living the dream in Hawaii. She has a steady job as a waitress at the Loco Moco Café, a hot new love interest in her manager, and the curtain’s about to rise on her role in a local theater production. But when she's asked to deliver food to a guest at the Aloha Lagoon resort—who then drops dead!—her dreams quickly become the stuff of nightmares. 

World renowned food critic Randolph Cremshaw has no shortage of enemies. He's rude, patronizing, and famous for his one-star reviews. After the coffee Carrie delivers is discovered to have been poisoned, she and the café quickly rise to the top of the suspects list. A jealous co-worker, thefts at the restaurant, and a performance that threatens to blow up in Carrie's face only make things worse. With an already full plate, Carrie is also forced into making a decision that may change everything for her. But this all pales in comparison when she comes face to face with Randolph's killer and what might be the final curtain call…of her life. 

Recipes included!

About Aloha Lagoon:
Books can be read in any order and they're from multiple authors!
There's trouble in paradise...
Welcome to Aloha Lagoon, one of Hawaii's hidden treasures. A little bit of tropical paradise nestled along the coast of Kauai, this resort town boasts luxurious accommodation, friendly island atmosphere...and only a slightly higher than normal murder rate. While mysterious circumstances may be the norm on our corner of the island, we're certain that our staff and Lagoon natives will make your stay in Aloha Lagoon one you will never forget! visit us at AlohalagoonMysteries


What are your top 10 favorite books/authors? 
Agatha Christie, Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich, Louisa May Alcott, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Stephen King, Harper Lee, Mary Higgins Clark, KM Peyton. 

What inspired you to write this book? 
My publisher had the idea for a multi author series in Hawaii. I've been there twice and it's a favorite vacation destination so of course I was definitely in!

What can we expect from you in the future? 
My next book scheduled for release is Silenced by Sugar and it comes out January 16, 2018. It is the fifth book in my USA Today best selling Cookies & Chance series about a woman who runs a bakery in Western New York that serves up fortune cookies with a side of foreshadowing. There's yummy recipes in that series as well as the Carrie Jorgenson books too!

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters? 
Not about the characters per say but the concept for this particular series came from a play I wrote and directed for my senior project in college, over twenty something (mumble) years ago, lol. 

Where were you born/grew up at? 
I grew up in Upstate New York and have lived there my entire life. 

What makes a good story? 
A writer needs to be passionate about their work and connect with their characters. A good plot is necessary as well. 

How to find time to write as a parent? 
I'm fortunate that I didn't start writing aggressively until my children were grown. I admire writers who can do it with small children in the house - I'm not sure that I could! 

What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision? 
Since I was eight years old, I have always wanted to be a writer. I think it's just something that you're born with. 

Advice they would give new authors
Build your platform so more readers can find you. 

What are they currently reading? 
The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle.

How long have you been writing? 
Since I was eight years old. 

What is your writing process? 
For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first? I do a rough outline and revise it a few times. I pretty much write by the seat of my pants, so to speak. My mind tends to go in a different direction during the actual writing process so things don't always stay the same. 

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Death of the Kona Man? 
Death of the Kona Man is the second book in my Carrie Jorgenson Aloha Lagoon series. The first book is Death of the Big Kahuna but they can be read as stand alones. Carrie's from snowy Vermont and in the first book, she's just arrived on the island of Kauai. She's followed her boyfriend in an attempt to save their floundering relationship. She gets a job waitressing but has no previous experience. Her dream is to be an actress some day. Carrie's had a rough life so far but is determined to persevere. While waitressing at Loco Moco Café, she meets the hot assistant manager Keanu Church. Keanu has an enormous heart and sparks fly between them from the beginning. In Death of the Kona Man, their relationship grows closer. 

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write? 
Always at different times. Some are outlined before, and some come to me during the actual writing process.

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
 I hate research, lol! I'm fortunate that I have several contacts who help me out, a retired police Captain, my former real estate manager and a few people in the medical field. Even though these are cozy mysteries and you can suspend belief somewhat, I like my books to be accurate and realistic.

Describe yourself in 5 words or less! 
Impatient, passionate, stubborn, determined (sensing a pattern here, lol?)

What did you enjoy most about writing this book? 
The fact that the Aloha Lagoon series is set in Hawaii makes it so much more fun. I love my characters so every time I write a book in this series it feels like I'm coming home.

Who designed your book covers? 
The entire Aloha Lagoon set of covers was designed by Estrella Designs but I have another artist for my two separate series.

Do you see writing as a career? 

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I love to hear from readers. It's such a joy to know that my book has provided entertainment for a few hours so thank you so much for taking the time to read my work! 

On sale from Oct 10th - 17th!
About the author:
Catherine is the USA Today best selling author of the Cookies & Chance mysteries. She lives in New York with her very patient husband, three sons, and assorted cats and dogs. Catherine has a B.A. in English and is a former newspaper reporter and press release writer. She also writes the Cindy York and the Aloha Lagoon (Carrie Jorgenson) mysteries. Her next Cookies & Chance mystery, Silenced by Sugar, releases in January 2018.

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Stephanie LaPlante said...

Sounds like a great book.

Linda Romer said...

The Aloha Lagoon Mystery books sound great! Love the covers. Thank you

CindyWindy2003 said...

I was wondering what the author was working on next?

Debra Holloway said...

I was wondering if this author writes in any other genres?

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Ally Swanson said...

Excellent post! I really enjoyed reading the interview! I think this book sounds like such a fun, exciting, and intriguing read! Also, I really like the book cover! Can't wait to check out this book and this book series!