Character Guest Post and Blog Tour for Five Belles Too Many, A Sarah Blair Mystery by Debra H. Goldstein


Five Belles Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
by Debra H. Goldstein

About Five Belles Too Many

Five Belles Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in the Series
Setting – Alabama
Kensington Cozies (June 28, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496732235
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496732231
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09HRCV4TN

When Sarah Blair’s mother participates in a reality show competition for brides in Wheaton, Alabama, things get a little too real as a murderer crashes the wedding party . . .

Sometimes Sarah’s mother, Maybelle, can be higher maintenance than her Siamese cat RahRah. Maybelle and her friend, Mr. George Rogers, have been chosen to be one of five couples competing for a small-town “perfect” wedding and dream honeymoon on a Southern Belles reality show—and guess who has to be chaperone. Even more vexing, the producers have decided to put up the crew and participants at the restaurant/bed and breakfast owned by Sarah’s nemesis Jane Clark.

But when someone turns up dead with Jane kneeling by the body with blood on her hands, she goes from being Sarah’s chief rival to the police’s chief suspect. Neither Sarah nor her twin, Chef Emily Johnson, can stand Jane—still, they don’t think she’s a murderer. The producers vow the show must go on, but to protect their mother and the other contestants, Sarah vows to find the true killer before someone else gets eliminated . . .

Includes quick and easy recipes!

GUEST POST

RahRah Visits Sneaky

I’m so excited to be visiting Sneaky today! We cats have to stick together. In my world, there is a dog and a lot of humans, but no other cats. My name is RahRah and even though Kensington refers to the cozy mysteries that I’m in as the Sarah Blair mysteries, they’re really about me.

Like Sneaky, I can’t complain. I’m well love and cared for living with Sarah. You might say

I’m living the proverbially “life of Reilly.” Sarah doesn’t seem to know it, but I rule the house. I’ve got my favorite spots to stretch out and catch sun rays, I know exactly how to rub her leg and purr for extra treats, and if I do something that is a definite no-no, like walking across the bar using my tail to make the hanging glasses tinkle, I’m so cute that Sarah usually picks me up and hugs me.

Besides running Sarah’s life, I also rule her rescue dog, Fluffy. When Fluffy moved in, I made it clear from day one that I am this house’s alpha animal. When Sarah needs to use me as a sounding board, I make sure to be still and listen until she finishes pouring her heart out or working out a problem. Otherwise, I play with Fluffy and Sarah or let her snuggle me, but if I decide I’ve had enough, that’s it. I can assure you no one in my world challenges me about anything.

They can’t. I’m rich. I don’t mean only in the love I get from Sarah and the adoration in Fluffy’s eyes when she follows me around, but at the bank. You see, my original owner, who was Sarah’s ex-mother-in-law, willed me the carriage house that Sarah and I live in plus a trust fund. Consequently, even the people at the bank think I walk on water. I don’t plan to disabuse them of this notion.

As you can see, I’m usually the center of everyone’s universe. This week, though, Sarah is busy chaperoning her mother while her mother competes to win the perfect Southern wedding. A TV show from New York is filming the competition here in Wheaton, Alabama and is requiring the five finalists to be chaperoned. Sarah isn’t thrilled – after all, her mother isn’t a twenty-something-year old. Mother Maybelle is over sixty – but good daughter that she is, Sarah is doing it. That means she is running from her day job to take care of Fluffy and me and then she is having her twin, Chef Emily, spend the night once Emily closes her restaurant. I’m working hard to make Sarah feel guilty for neglecting me.

Tell me, Sneaky, what do you do when you want your owner to feel guilty? Readers, anything your cats do to let you know you need to pay them more attention (or things they do that makes you melt)?

Thank you for that pawsome guest post, RahRah. In answer to your question, when I want Alicia to feel guilty, I give her a certain look. You character cats and real cats out there know what I mean. Our stares are stronger than words. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and blog tour.

About Debra H. Goldstein

Many, Four Cuts Too Many, Three Treats Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, and One Taste Too Many). Her novels and short stories received an IPPY award and have been named Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, and Silver Falchion finalists. Debra served on the national boards of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and was president of the Guppy and SEMWA chapters. Find out more about Debra at https://www.DebraHGoldstein.com .

Author Links

Website – www.DebraHGoldstein.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DebraHGoldsteinAuthor/

Twitter – @DebraHGoldstein

Instagram – debrahgoldstein

Bookbub – https://www.bookbub.com/profile/debra-h-goldstein

GoodReads Link – Debra H. Goldstein (Author of Two Bites Too Many) | Goodreads

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

June 17 – Baroness Book Trove – REVIEW

June 17 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW

June 18 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 18 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 19 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST

June 19 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 19 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

June 20 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

June 20 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT

June 20 – Diane Reviews Books – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 21 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 21 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 22 – I Read What You Write – GUEST POST

June 22 – Lady Hawkeye – SPOTLIGHT

June 23 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW

June 23 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

June 24 – StoreyBook Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 25 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

June 26 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

June 27 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

June 28 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 28 – The Mystery Section – SPOTLIGHT

June 29 – My Journey Back – SPOTLIGHT WITH RECIPE

June 29 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, GUEST POST

June 30 – Girl with Pen – SPOTLIGHT

June 30 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

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Sneaky Interviews Rah Rah from Three Treats Too Many, A Sarah Blair Cozy Mystery by Debra H. Goldstein

Hello, Kitty. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is RahRah and my author’s name is Debra H. Goldstein.

Mice to meet you.

What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

Three Treats Too Many is the third book I’ve starred in (don’t tell Sarah Blair, she thinks she’s the protagonist and that it is her cozy series, but I’m why people come to read the books. I guess she hasn’t figured out yet that I’m on the cover of all three books and she isn’t. The other two books are Two Bites Too Many, which was just named as a 2020 Silver Falchion finalist, and One Taste Too Many, which was a Woman’s World Book of the Week in January 2019, when it was published.

Pawsome. Concats!

Please tell us about your series.

The series is referred to as the Sarah Blair series, but I’m the one on all the covers. Sarah, who I dearly love, is a woman who finds being in the kitchen more frightening than murder. She specializes in take-out bags of food that her twin sister, a chef, makes for her, preparing dishes using pre-made ingredients, and solving murders.

So far, there are three books in the series: One Taste Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, and Three Treats Too Many, but my author’s contract has been extended by Kensington for at least two more books. Four Cuts Too Many is scheduled to debut in June 2021.

Sounds purr-fect.  Debbie is working on the 5th book of our Cobble Cove cozy series.

Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

My author didn’t know much about cats, so Debra interviewed a friend who had the most beautiful Siamese cat.  The cat’s name, Suri, is mentioned in homage in One Taste Too Many, and the likeness on the cover is almost identical to Suri. Sadly, just before One Taste Too Many was published, the real Suri crossed over the rainbow bridge, but when her owner received a copy of the book, she felt like her cat had been immortalized. Her friend’s happiness made my author happy and pretty much has guaranteed me a prominent spot on every cover in the Sarah Blair series.

Such a heartwarming story. I love the fact that we are both Siamese, the best breed in my humble cat opinion. I was based on my author’s cat, Oliver, who is now on Rainbow Bridge, too.

Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.

Back at the carriage house, even though Glenn had assured her RahRah should be okay, she needed to see for herself. In the kitchen, her cookbooks were untouched on the table and RahRah’s food bowl was empty, but RahRah wasn’t in his usual place stretched out on the linoleum. True, the sun wasn’t shining on RahRah’s claimed spot, but still, he rarely lay anywhere else. “RahRah!”

A soft meow from under the kitchen table caught Sarah’s ear. Relieved, Sarah braced herself with one hand on the edge of the table and bent to RahRah’s level. She reached out to stroke the stretching cat. He didn’t pull away. Instead, he shook his body and inched closer to her. When Sarah let herself drop completely to the floor, he leapt into her lap.

Using her as his new floor, RahRah proceeded to reach back and clean himself. Sarah didn’t care. She was only glad to see her precious cat in one piece. “I missed you. I’m sorry I left so suddenly, but Fluffy wasn’t feeling well.”

When RahRah stopped cleaning himself and raised his head as if peering around the room for Fluffy, Sarah couldn’t help wondering how much he really understood. She knew cats and dogs weren’t supposed to have the same intellect as humans, but there were times she really felt that assumption was flawed. This moment was just such an instance. Anyone, including Glenn Amos, would be hard pressed to sway Sarah’s belief that RahRah didn’t sense something was wrong with his beloved Fluffy.

Gingerly, Sarah put RahRah back on the floor. “I hate to leave you again, but I have to run to the store to get a few things–Okay, everything–to make tomorrow’s lunch.”

RahRah stared at her for a few seconds before he resumed cleaning himself.

With her knees creaking more than they did even a year earlier, Sarah stood by the side of the table. She sorted through the recipes she planned to serve tomorrow. On a pad, she wrote the ingredients she needed for each. If the recipe had a picture she couldn’t carry to the store with her, she took a photo of it with her phone. This way, she knew she’d buy the right squash or whatever the recipe called for. Not being a cook, the variety of items, like the different types of squash, overwhelmed her when she went shopping. Over time, she’d found that for the few times she cooked, the picture method kept her from having to make multiple trips to the store to correct her mistakes.

Astounded at how anyone could get so confused in a neighborhood supermarket, Emily thought Sarah’s system was a hoot. For Emily, recognition and understanding of food, even the most exotic, came naturally. Not for Sarah.

She glanced over to where RahRah lay on the floor. “Don’t look at me like that. Either come help me find pictures to take to the grocery store or keep cleaning yourself, but don’t you dare laugh. I’m doing the best I can.”

That excerpt is as great as catnip. Thanks for sharing it, RahRah.

What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?

I like that I’m treated as a real cat. My attitudes, behaviors, likes, and dislikes are all made apparent, but they are done in the context of reality. Plus, I’m treated with respect. Too often in cozy novels, the cat is a throwaway, but I’m a real character.

I feel the same way. That’s why I purr-suaded Debbie to start showing my thoughts and feelings to readers.

Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?

I am a silent cat, but I make my feelings known by the way I carry myself, rub against or ignore people, and my general demeanor. As for my voice, I purr and meow as I would in real life (but then again, who is to say that my life isn’t real?).

Very good point. I ask myself that all the time.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Hope that your authors let you be yourself. You don’t want to be a cartoon.

You put your paw right on it.

Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

My newest book, which you have a picture of here, is Three Treats Too Many. It debuts in print, e-book, and audio on August 25, 2020.

That’s today. Meow!

Anything else you want our readers to know, Rah Rah?

You can get to know me better by getting a copy of Three Treats to Many at your local indie bookstore or shopping online at sites including:

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Three-Treats-Sarah-Blair-Mystery/dp/1496719492

Barnes & Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/three-treats-too-many-debra-h-goldstein/1135275342?ean=9781496719492

Nice cat chatting with you RahRah. I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release.

Three Treats Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
by Debra H. Goldstein

About Three Treats Too Many

Three Treats Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (August 25, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496719492
ISBN-13: 978-1496719492
Digital ASIN: B082WRV78G

When a romantic rival opens a competing restaurant in small-town Wheaton, Alabama, Sarah Blair discovers murder is the specialty of the house . . .

For someone whose greatest culinary skill is ordering takeout, Sarah never expected to be co-owner of a restaurant. Even her Siamese cat, RahRah, seems to be looking at her differently. But while Sarah and her twin sister, Chef Emily, are tangled up in red tape waiting for the building inspector to get around to them, an attention-stealing new establishment—run by none other than Sarah’s late ex-husband’s mistress, Jane—is having its grand opening across the street.

Jane’s new sous chef, Riley Miller, is the talk of Wheaton with her delicious vegan specialties. When Riley is found dead outside the restaurant with Sarah’s friend, Jacob, kneeling over her, the former line cook—whose infatuation with Riley was no secret—becomes the prime suspect. Now Sarah must turn up the heat on the real culprit, who has no reservations about committing cold-blooded murder . . .

Includes quick and easy recipes!

About Debra H. Goldstein

Judge Debra H. Goldstein writes Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series (One Taste Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, Three Treats Too Many). She also wrote Should Have Played Poker and IPPY winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories, including Anthony and Agatha nominated The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place and Derringer Finalist Pig Lickin’ Good, have appeared in numerous publications. Debra serves on the national boards of SinC and MWA and is president of SEMWA.

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

August 18 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

August 18 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST

August 19 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

August 19 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 20 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE

August 20 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

August 21 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT

August 22 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 22 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST

August 23 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 23 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW

August 24 – Gimme The Scoop Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE

August 25 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 25 – Sneaky The Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

August 26 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

August 26 – My Journey Back – CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 27 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW

August 27 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

August 28 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT

August 29 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST

August 29 – Diane Reviews Books – REVIEW

August 30 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW

August 31 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

August 31 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

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