Friday, August 26, 2011

Welcome Kari Lee Townsend with Tempest in The Tea Leaves And A Giveaway!

What Kari Is Saying...
Kari Lee Townsend lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, her three busy boys, and her oh-so-dramatic daughter, who keep her grounded and make everything she does worthwhile…not to mention provide her with loads of material for her books. Kari is a longtime lover of reading and writing, with a masters in English education, who spends her days trying to figure out whodunit. Funny how no one at home will confess any more than the characters in her mysteries!
Kari writes fun and exciting stories for any age, set in small towns, with mystical elements and quirky characters. You can find out more about her on her website  here and also on the group mystery blog she cohosts.

What Others Are Saying...
"Fun and fortune telling await readers in this first-rate debut mystery featuring a young and feisty psychic. Mitch is the perfect adversary for Sunny, and their constant bantering provies plenty of madcap situations to entertain readers. Great pacing, characters and a surprisingly good conclusion make this new series absolute fun!"--Sandra Martin, RT Book Reviews

"My tea leaves and my tarot cards agree--Kari Lee Townsend is riding a bullet-train straight to the top. I predict this vivacious, talented author will soon join the ranks of the superstars. Tempest in the Tea Leaves is a stellar launch for the Fortune Teller Mysteries, and every one of them is destined to become a classic. The author herself--well, she already is. And soon the whole world will know it!"--NY Times Bestselling Author of Twilight Prophecy, Maggie Shayne

"You don't need a crystal ball to predict a bright future for Townsend's Fortune Teller mystery series!"--Author of Clutches and Curses, Dorothy Howell

Back Cover Copy
Sunny is a big city psychic who moves to the quaint town of Divinity, NY to open her fortune-telling business in an ancient Victorian house, inheriting the strange cat residing within. Sunny gives her first reading to the frazzled librarian and discovers the woman is going to die. When the woman flees in terror, Sunny calls the police, only she’s too late. The ruggedly handsome, hard-nosed detective is a ”non-believer.” He finds the librarian dead, and Sunny becomes his number one suspect, forcing her to prove her innocence before the real killer can put an end to the psychic’s future.

Excerpt: Tempest In The Tea Leaves: A Fortune Telling Mystery

Detective "Grumpy Pants" Stone rubbed his whiskered jaw, looking like he didn't have a clue what to do with me. Well, he wouldn't be the first, that was for sure. "I'd heard you were some fortune-teller from the Big Apple, but come on," he finally said. "You don't really believe in all that hocus-pocus, do you?"

I jerked my shoulder back. "As a matter of fact, I do. I'm psychic, Detective. Tools like tea leaves simply help me interpret my visions more clearly."

"Then why don't you clear a few things up for me. When is this murder supposed to take place, and who is supposed to commit the heinous act?"
"I don't know," I said sheepishly.

"Well, that's crystal clear, now isn't it?" The detective stood, closing the book on this case...on me.

I rushed forward and blocked his path to the door. "Look, I might not know when it's going to happen, but I do know if you don't do something quickly, that poor little librarian is going to die."
"I saw Ms. Robbins this morning, and she was fine."

"Um, hello, hence the words 'it hasn't happened, yet.'" I looked at my watch. "Clock is ticking, Detective."

He sighed, grumbling, "Fine. I'll check on the librarian, but that's as far as I'm prepared to go. I don't like playing games, Miss Meadows."

"I'm not playing games. I'm telling you the truth." I opened the door for him. "Thank you, Detective. You won't be sorry."

He turned and strode out the door into the frosty night mumbling, "I'm already sorry, Tink," and then he was gone.

Twenty minutes later, I heard sirens wailing and screeching in the distance. My heart started pounding, and all I could do was pray it wasn't the librarian. Or if it was, then maybe they'd gotten to her in time and caught the bad guy before he could hurt her. Either way, justice must be done.

The siren was so loud now, it sounded like it was right outside. I went to peer out the window, and jumped back when someone pounded on my door.

"Who is it?"

"Detective Stone, Miss Meadows. Open up."

I scruncehed up my face. What on earth was the detective doing back at my house? Exhausted and weary, I wanted this day to be over. I opened the door wide to a pair of handcuffs dangling from his fingertips.

"W-What exactly do you plan to do with those?" My voice hitched.

"Nothing if you come along peacefully." His eyes studied me as he finished with, "I'm taking you in."

I pushed my fear aside and allowed my outrage to consume me. "Taking me in for what? I haven't done anything wrong."

He simply stared me in the eye with that stern unreadable expression of his. "Just doing my job," he answered, his deep voice devoid of any emotion. "Sunshine Meadows, you're wanted for questioning about the murder of Amanda Robbins."
Kari is excited to offer a free copy to one lucky person who comments. Sorry, but this giveaway is offered only to US readers.

Kari's book may be purchased at Walmart, Amazon, Barnes&Noble and many other book stores.



Kari Lee Townsend said...

Yay another giveaway! So excited. I just love this series and hope you all will too. Good luck :-)

Marlena Cassidy said...

I love the excerpt! Very tense and humorous at times, and the bantering between Sunny and Detective Stone is great. Definitely on my to-read list.

Lauri said...

This sounds like fun! Putting on my to-be-read list..... Kari, did you do some fun research for Sunny's character???

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Thanks Marlena!

And may not look like me, but we act a lot the same :-)

I really love writing this series.

Cindy said...

I am so excited for this series! I love the premise and the excerpt has me begging for more!

Anonymous said...

What a great concept! I loved the witty dialogue and the quirky characters. I hope I'm the winner!

Ruby Johnson said...

Hi Kari:
I couldn't wait for a copy, so I had to go and buy one. It was worth every penny. I was transported to a funny town full of interesting characters and it was so much better than listening to the horrible news on TV. Good luck with your future books. And thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us here in Texas. Hope you are safe from the hurricaine.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Thanks so much, guys! And thanks glad you liked Tempest :-)

Stay safe everyone! We're far enough inland we should be fine. Just rain and wind. Still, I'll be glued to my TV hoping others are okay.

Terry P. said...

The first time I read an excerpt I wanted this book and now it makes me want it even more. If I can't win it, I am going to hunt for it like crazy. Uhm- maybe hunting for it will be as fun as winning it! ---Then, maybe not.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

LOL thanks Terry. Happy hunting :-)

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