News! I Am Now a Member of the SLEUTHING WOMEN Collective

Have you been looking for a place where you can get to know your favorite mystery authors, meet a few new to you authors, and have a behind the crime scene tape view of their worlds?

Then come join me in the Sleuthing Women…Read, sleuth, solve, repeat community on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Sleuthingwomanauthorcollective/

I’m thrilled to announce my involvement in this collection of amazing women authors focused on female sleuth mysteries. The collective includes authors from various genres including cozy, private detective, police procedural and paranormal, so, you’re sure to find something you’ll love.

In the Collective you’ll have access to not only me, but twenty-plus other authors, many with highly acclaimed best-selling books!

Join Ava Mallory, Caroline Fardig, Carolyn Haines, Carolyn L. Dean, Carolyn Q. Hunter, Carolyn Ridder Aspenson, CeeCee James, Clare Kauter, Gretchen Allen, Jenna St. James, Julie Moffett, Julie Mulhern, K. E. O’Conner, Laina Turner, Larissa Reinhart, Loraine Hudson, Lynn Cahoon, Mona Marple, Morgana Best, Nichole Christoff, Pamela Kelley, Patti Larsen, ReGina Welling, Ritter Ames, Sam Cheever, S.E. Babin, Stephanie Damore, Summer Prescott, Tara Ellis, Tonya Kappes, Tricia L. Sanders, Wendy Meadows, and go behind the crime scene tape with each and every one of us.

New authors are being added!

Sleuthing Women…Read, sleuth, solve, repeat.

Make sure to like our book club on Facebook, too!

https://www.facebook.com/sleuthingwomenbookclub

BREWING BOOKS BLOG HOP — Once Upon a Retelling

I’m excited to be a part of the Brewing Books Retellings Tour this year with nine other fabulous authors. If you’d like to participate, you can visit all ten blogs, collect the numbers, and then enter the final total on the Brewing Books Rules Post (www.bit.ly/BrewingBooksRules) for your chance to win one of our amazing Brewing Books Prize Packs!

TOUR RUNS FROM MONDAY, DEC. 3rd through WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5th.

Today I’m featuring CROWN OF ICE, the first book in my Mirror of Immortality series. It is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “Snow Queen,” from the point of view of the Snow Queen!

One of the fun aspects of this rather dark tale is Luki, the wolf pup the main character adopts to further her scheme for survival. However, despite her calculated decision to raise the pup, Luki ends up stealing her heart. Readers say that he steals their hearts as well!

In keeping with Andersen’s story, there’s also a talking – and flying – reindeer named Bae, a magical mirror, and a sorceress who lives in a cottage with an enchanted garden.

Here’s the cover and a blurb:

Snow Queen Thyra Winther is immortal, but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.

Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. She kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time melting away she needs all the help she can steal.

A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles.

Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts — to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s love, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could prove her ultimate undoing.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” CROWN OF ICE is set in a nineteenth-century Scandinavia where magic is as real, as dangerous, and as powerful, as war and love.

You can find out more, including buy links, here: http://victoriagilbertmysteries.com/other-books-and-poetry/crown-of-ice/

The second book in the series, SCEPTER OF FIRE, is a mash-up retelling of Andersen’s “Steadfast Tin Soldier” and “The Ugly Duckling.” Find out more about it here: http://victoriagilbertmysteries.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=971&action=edit

PRIZE!!

There will be THREE lucky winners of prize packs — GRAND, GOLD, and SILVER. All include delicious beverages and snacks along with the books!

GRAND: 5 books! LOST by Connie Roberts; MERCURY RISES by Scarlet Kol; CHARM by J.A. Armitage; ALICE by J.M. Sullivan; and THE REVOLUTION OF JACK FROST by K.M. Robinson

GOLD: 3 books! OF LEGEND AND LORE (anthology); DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST by Juliet Marillier; and THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden

SILVER: 3 books! CROWN OF ICE by Vicki L. Weavil; SCEPTER OF FIRE by Vicki L. Weavil; and WIDE AWAKE by K.B. Anne

I will be contributing signed copies of CROWN OF ICE and SCEPTER OF FIRE, along with a mug filled with cocoa, coffee, and a cookie treat! It will allow you sit by the fire and “dream” while read the adventures of a Snow Queen, her pet wolf, and the friends she never knew she needed.

Thanks so much for joining my stop of the Brewing Books Retellings Tour. Your next stop is Heather Hayden. Go visit Heather’s blog at www.hhaydenwriter.com

 

#CoverReveal for KISS OF THE ROYAL by Lindsey Duga

Lindsey is my critique partner so I’ve read this fabulous book in manuscript form and can tell you: PREORDER IT NOW!

 

Let us know what you think of the cover for Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga, which releases July 3, 2018!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled Teen.

About Kiss of the Royal:

In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.

Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that.

With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga today!

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About Lindsey Duga:

Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.

Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.

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COVER REVEAL for A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS!

I’ve gotten the “go-ahead” to reveal my fabulous cover for the first book in The Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS. So, without further ado, here it is!!

Thanks to Crooked Lane Books for the wonderful cover!

 

PUBLICATION NEWS — 3-BOOK DEAL ON MY COZY MYSTERY SERIES!

I am thrilled to announce that I have signed a three book contract with Crooked Lane Books for my Blue Ridge Library Mystery Series.

Book One — A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS — will be published in December 2017, with the next two books releasing later in 2018 and in early 2019.

My editor is Faith Black Ross, who acquired the books for Crooked Lane. My agent, Frances Black of Literary Counsel, brokered the deal.

I’ve discovered a great love for writing mysteries (it makes sense, as I have always loved to read them) so I am very excited to embark on this new writing adventure.

Welcome to My Blog

Hello, welcome to my blog! I will be primarily posting book-related news and posts, but also plan to talk about my experience growing up in a rural area very similar to the fictional town from my debut cozy mystery, CATALOG OF DEATH.

The town of Taylorsford in CATALOG OF DEATH is nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Virginia. How small is it? Well, although its history stretches back to before the American Revolution, the town has yet to acquire a flashing red warning light, much less a stoplight.

But it does have a library, and a historic Carnegie library at that. In CATALOG you’ll meet the library’s new director, Amy Webber. Amy is almost a Taylorsford native, as it’s her mother’s hometown, but she’s still labeled an “outsider” because she was born and raised elsewhere. Amy lives with her aunt, Lydia Talbot, a descendent of one of Taylorsford’s most prominent families. Sadly, historical wealth can’t maintain Lydia’s beautiful Queen Anne Revival home, so she and Amy must keep up the house with limited funds and a lot of elbow grease.

Of course, neighbors are essential to any small town story, and Amy and Lydia’s new neighbor—dancer turned choreographer and teacher, Richard Muir—proves to be just the change that “sworn-off-of-love” Amy needs, although she doesn’t quite realize it at first.

Despite its charms, Taylorsford is not immune to tragedy. An inexplicable murder sets off chain of events that embroils Amy, Lydia, and their friends in an investigation that also unearths long-buried facts about two historical events—a scandalous nineteen-twenties murder trial, and tragic deaths at a nineteen-fifties orphanage.

As a librarian and long-time resident of small towns, I invite you to enter the world of Taylorsford—a world I know quite well, and love dearly.  Whether you enjoy the coziness of a small town setting, the thrill of suspense, the humor of everyday life, the charm of history, or the warmth of romance, I hope you’ll find a reason to stop by and visit for a while. Taylorsford and I welcome you!