Shannon here: Leeann Betts shares insight into her characters’ romance from her latest Cozy Mystery, The Game is Afoot, plus a chance to win a copy, print (U.S. only) or e-book. Deadline: Jan 9th, 2021, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Leeann:
Interview with Margie Hanson, mystery bookstore owner:
- What’s the number one quality you’d require in a mate?
First and foremost, that he be a believer in Christ, since my faith is very important to me.
- What’s the number two quality you’d require in a mate?
A good sense of humor. Grandma Carly taught me early on to laugh at myself, so I’d want a man who can also laugh at himself.
- Where is the best place you can think of to find a mate?
I’d think church would be, although that’s not exactly what happened in my case.
- Where is the worst place you can think of to find a mate?
- What type of character traits are you attracted to?
Strong in his faith; not too silent; and a few good looks never go astray.
- If you could order a carbon copy of an actor or actress with the perfect character traits and beliefs for your mate, who would it be?
Harrison Ford when he was younger. Not Star Wars young, though.
Interview with author, Leeann Betts:
- What’s the most romantic thing your hero ever did for your heroine?
He helps her solve a mystery.
- What’s the most romantic thing your heroine ever did for your hero?
She takes care of his dog.
- What simple gesture does your hero do that melts your heroine every time?
When he smiles, his eyes crinkle.
- What simple gesture does your heroine do that melts your hero every time?
When she makes him a home-cooked meal.
Excerpt from The Game is Afoot by Leeann Betts:
Margie grabbed her ringing cell phone and checked the caller ID. Her Great-Aunt Rosella. “Hello?”
“Their voices assault my hearing.”
“What are you talking about, Auntie?”
A long sigh. “I already told you.” The older woman’s voice lowered a notch in both volume and timbre. “Their voices assault my—”
“I heard that. Who are you talking about?”
Margie, newly graduated from Rutgers University with her Masters in Information and Library Sciences, sank back in the lumpy sofa of her off-campus studio apartment. She eyed the cloisonné clock perched beside her recently framed diploma—the clock a graduation gift from her aunt, the diploma the result of six years of diligent study. “Are you hearing voices?”
Three abrupt thumps, and Margie pulled the phone from her ear. What the—? Oh, right. Aunt Rosella often emphasized her displeasure by whacking the nearest tool at hand against the closest hard surface. In this case, her phone likely contacted a table. Or the wall.
“Don’t speak to me like I’m a batty old woman. I’m not hearing voices. At least, not in the way your tone implies.”
“Sorry. Tell me what’s going on.”
“What is going on, as you so eloquently put it, is criminal. And that’s all I’m going to say about the matter until I speak with you face to face.”
Margie unfolded her legs and sat forward. “Are you coming to Maine?” She hadn’t seen the older woman in years, although they chatted several times a year by telephone, and her aunt always remembered her on her birthday and at Christmas. And on the occasion of her graduation, of course. “That’s great. When?”
“I am not coming to you. You will visit me here in Denver. Immediately, if not sooner.”
About Leeann: Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. Together she and Donna have published more than 30 novellas and full-length novels. They ghostwrite, judge writing contests, edit, facilitate a critique group, and are members of ACFW, Writers on the Rock, CAN, and SinC. Learn more and connect:
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About the book – The Game is Afoot:
When Great-Aunt Rosella calls, everybody comes running. And in this case, Margie Hanson, recently graduated with a degree in library sciences, and her mystery-writing and formerly forensic accountant grandmother, Carly Turnquist, head for Colorado.
But when they arrive, Rosella is dead under mysterious circumstances. Can Margie and Carly sift through the multitude of suspects to find the killer?
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