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Monday, January 16, 2017

Guest Post: Tonya Kappes, author of GHOSTLY REUNION

The Book Diva's Reads is pleased to host a visit today from the USA Today best-selling author Tonya Kappes. Ms. Kappes is the author of 40+ books, including the Magical Cure Mystery series, the Laurel London Mystery series, The Divorced Divas Mystery series, the Grandberry Falls series, the Kenni Lowry series, the Olivia Davis Paranormal Mystery series, the Bluegrass Romance series, and the ever-popular Ghostly Southern Mysteries series. Today Ms. Kappes will be discussing cozy mysteries (who better to discuss this topic?). Without further adieu, I give you Ms. Kappes.

Why not a cozy?

When people find out I'm a writer and ask me what genre. I respond with cozy mystery. You can probably guess the next question. Cozy? What is a cozy?

Trust me, I've been around long enough (26 novels) to know that cozy mystery genre doesn't get the same hats off, Baptist nod, and thumbs up that thriller mystery or even just mystery writers get.

And if it's not bad enough, I have to tell them that I write paranormal cozy mystery.That really gets the quizzical looks that make me feels as if I have two heads. THEN when I say it's a witch mystery, I get the OMG, you believe in witches?

My explanation generally goes like this: Cozy mystery is kinda just that. Cozy. More along the lines of Murder She Wrote where the sleuth of my novels has a job that is in a craft or a special talent. She stumbles on a murder that is somehow tied to her life and she has to solve the murder/crime on her own.

There is no blood, guts, or gore and cozies are centered on the sleuth's craft or gift. In my case with A Ghostly Reunion, the sleuth is an undertaker who lives in the small southern town in Kentucky.

Emma Lee Raines, my cozy sleuth, owns Eternal Slumber, the only funeral home in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky. She has an unfortunate mishap with a plastic snowman falling on her head and now she sees dead people…dead murdered people who need to find their killer to make it to the other side or Emma risks to be haunted forever.

Cozies have relatable characters set in small towns with a cozy setting. Even though romance takes a back seat in the mystery, there is still a love interest to sweet the pot.

By the time I've given my spiel, the person who asked me about what a cozy was, is spouting off movies or television shows that fit the cozy mystery genre.

Author Bio:

Tonya Kappes

Tonya has written over 40 novels and 4 novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor, and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband, two very spoiled schnauzers and grew up in the small southern Kentucky town of Nicholasville. Now that her four boys are grown boys, Tonya writes full time.

Catch Up with Tonya Kappes on her Website , Twitter , &  Facebook 

A Ghostly Reunion

by Tonya Kappes

on Tour January 16 - February 17, 2017


A Ghostly Reunion by Tonya Kappes

A Ghostly Reunion

Proprietor of the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, Emma Lee can see, hear, and talk to ghosts of murdered folks. And when her high school nemesis is found dead, Jade Lee Peel is the same old mean girl—trying to come between Emma Lee and her hot boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, all over again.
There's only one way for Emma Lee to be free of the trash-talking ghost—solve the murder so the former prom queen can cross over.
But the last thing Jade Lee wants is to leave the town where she had her glory days. And the more Emma Lee investigates on her own, the more complicated Miss Popularity turns out to be. Now Emma Lee will have to work extra closely with her hunky lawman to get to the twisty truth.

Book Details:

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Published by: HarperCollins / Witness
Publication Date: December 27th 2016
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 006246695X (ISBN13: 9780062466952)
Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries #5
Purchase Links: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble  | Goodreads 

Tour Participants:


This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours for Tonya Kappes and Witness Impulse. There will be 1 US winner of one PRINTED set of The Ghostly Southern Mysteries #1-5 by Tonya Kappes. The giveaway begins on January 15th and runs through February 18th, 2017.

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  1. Great post. I really enjoyed the author's description of what a cozy is!

  2. Thanks for the chance to win. I love the cozy paranormal cozies!

  3. I love this series. I can't wait for the next one. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love these blog tours! I'm a huge fan of Tonya Kappes - especially the Ghostly series. Cozy Mysteries are great for any time of the year!

  5. Tonya Kappes is an amazing writer and I'm excited and can't wait to read this.

  6. Thank you for the chance! I love cozy mysteries.

  7. Marvelous opportunity! Thanks for joining in...

  8. Great interview love this series and book. Thanks for being part of the tour

  9. I love this series by Tonya Kappes. I really liked how cozy mysteries genre was explained too.

  10. Thanks for the chance. Love your books

  11. Thank you. I do love my cozys.

  12. I love this series, the characters are so fun. I know what you mean about mentioning cozies, when I tell people that's what I read I get that same perplexed look, LOL.

  13. Cozy Mysteries are my absolute favorite! At first, though, I was one of those people who had no clue what they were. Thank goodness I found out because I love them, especially Tonya's!! :-)

  14. Great explanation of cozy mysteries!

  15. Thank you for the chance to win. I love Tonya's books ❤

  16. I enjoy cozies! I really enjoy tonyas

  17. Can't wait to read it! I'm in for sure!! Love your books!

  18. Loved the book. She is a great writer

  19. I love this series. When I say that cozy mysteries are my favorite, I get weird looks also. Lol

  20. This is a favorite series. Love Tonya's characters

  21. I love Tonya's books and this one is another great read!

  22. Great series, can't wait to read "A Ghostly Reunion".

  23. Thanks for the great interview!!

  24. Thanks for sharing about this great author & series.