Friday, May 20, 2016

Blurb Blitz: The Madness of Mercury by Connie di Marco


The Madness of Mercury
by Connie di Marco

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GENRE: Mystery

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BLURB:

Astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought her chosen profession would bring danger into her life, but her outspoken advice in her newspaper column, AskZodia, makes her the target of San Francisco’s recently-arrived cult leader, Reverend Roy of the Prophet’s Tabernacle.  The followers of the power hungry preacher will stop at nothing to quell the voices of those who would stand in his way and Julia’s at the top of his list.  She’s willing to bet the charismatic Reverend is a Mercury-ruled individual, and she knows all too well that Mercury wasn’t just the messenger of the gods, he was a trickster and a liar as well.  

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Excerpt Three:

I glanced down at the map with one eye on the road.  I had covered a lot of ground.  The turnoff to Ardillas was ten miles away.  My cell phone rang and I glanced at the number.  It was Don.  I hit the button to answer.  
“Julia.  Where are you?”  

“On the 101 about ten miles from Ardillas.”  

“Listen.  I’ve dug up some newspaper articles from the New Orleans area about a couple who got involved with the Prophet.  Then I discovered they had written a book, an exposé really, about six years ago.”  

“That’s great.  I’d love to get my hands on that.”  

“Julia . . .”  

“Maybe I could locate them and talk to them.”  

“That might be difficult.”  

“Why?”  

I was greeted by silence.  “Don?  You there?”  

“I’m here, Julia.”  Don was silent but I could tell the line was still open.  “They were murdered about a year after the book came out.”  

A cold knot formed in my stomach.  “Murdered?  How?”  

“Home invasion, at least that was the official verdict.  No one was ever charged.  A lot of people still harbor the suspicion it was an execution for betraying the Reverend Roy.”  Don was quiet for so long I wondered if I had lost reception.  “I think you should turn back.”  

I wasn’t used to being worried about, much less someone asking me not to do something.  Don had a point, but I know what a stubborn cuss I can be.  Just his asking nicely felt like an order and it put my back up.  It’s not a trait I’m proud of, but I have an irresistible tendency to do the exact opposite of what I’ve been told to do.  Sheer contrariness, I guess.  Don’s pleas were falling on deaf ears.  

“I can’t.  I can’t see the point of turning around now that I’m almost there.  Don’t worry.  I plan to talk to the Sheriff and scope things out.  Maybe I can get help from that quarter.  Mostly, I just want to locate Eunice.  And if I can get in and talk to her, then I can at least tell Dorothy where things are at.  

I heard his exasperated sigh.  “Stay in touch, okay?”  

“I will.”  I clicked off just as the sign indicating the town’s one exit sped closer.  I flicked on my turn signal even though no other cars were near – force of habit -- and moved over to the far right lane.  The exit appeared and I turned off, heading east onto a lonely two lane road.  

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Connie di Marco is the author of the upcoming Zodiac Mystery series from Midnight Ink featuring San Francisco astrologer, Julia Bonatti.  The Madness of Mercury, first in the series, will be released on June 8, 2016.  Writing as Connie Archer, she’s also the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime.  You can find her excerpts and recipes in both The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook.  She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime.  You can visit her at her website:  www.conniedimarco.com, or Facebook.com/ConniediMarco (Author) and Twitter: @askzodia.  

Buy links for The Madness of Mercury:


Barnes & Noble: bit.ly/1UapU0B

Indie Bound: bit.ly/1SBPKeq

Goodreads: bit.ly/1ou4EXV  

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Mercury by Connie di Marco will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




25 comments:

  1. Could you describe the mundane details of writing: How many hours a day to you devote to writing? Do you write a draft on paper or at a keyboard (typewriter or computer)?

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    1. Hi Mai - You always have great questions! I usually write 2 to 3 hours a day, and I work on a computer, but I usually begin with some sort of written outline. Thanks for visiting and best of luck!

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  2. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. Looking forward to checking out this book.

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    1. Hi Ally, nice to see you here! I really hope you enjoy Julia's adventures. Good luck!

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    1. Hi Rita - Thanks for visiting and best of luck to you!

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  4. I love this book theme...astrology! Yes! I had my chart done, and the insights were fun! It announced my boyfriend at the time would be better as an "ex." How right it was!
    kat8762@aol.com

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    1. Aw, sorry about the ex, Kathleen, but at least your astrologer was honest! I think astrology's fascinating and fun and mysterious. I hope you enjoy Julia's insights and clients too! Best of luck to you!

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  5. Teresa, thanks so much for hosting my stop today, it's great to be visiting you again!

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  6. Really great excerpt, sounds like a really interesting book. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hi Victoria ~ so glad you enjoyed it! Good luck today!

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    1. Hi Becky ~ thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy Julia, her cat and her adventures! Good luck!

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  8. When you started writing the book, did you already know who the murderer was and why they did it?

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    1. Hi Kim - I did, i hadn't decided if the murderer would be successful, but I knew where I wanted to go with it. Have you finished Madness yet?

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    2. I have. I might have said what a couple of times. Totally blindsided me.

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    3. Oh, wonderful! Just what every mystery writer wants to hear! Thank you!!! Don't tell anyone though, okay? Thanks for reading Madness, Kim, I know you love romance, but I hope you weren't disappointed!

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    4. There was so much going on with the book, a romance wouldn't have been possible. Plus, I understand why for Julia there wasn't one.

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    5. Yes, it's just too painful for her to even think about, in spite of what her friends think!

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  9. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

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    1. Hi Ally - Thank you! And best of luck to you too!

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  10. Sunday blessings and thanks again for the chance to win

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  11. Happy Memorial Day! Hope you have a fabulous holiday! Can't wait to read this book!

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