Wednesday, July 17, 2013

ParaCozyMysMo - Interview with Pepper Martin from the Pepper Martin Mysteries by Casey Daniels - July 17, 2013

Please welcome Pepper Martin to The Qwillery. Pepper is the main character in the Pepper Martin Mysteries by Casey Daniels. Pepper works at a cemetery and solves mysteries for ghosts!

TQ:  Hi Pepper. Welcome to The Qwillery! So Pepper you have quite an interesting resume. Former rich girl turned cemetery tour guide and now Community Relations Manager. What is your typical day like?

Pepper:  You're not talking work day, are you? Because I'll tell you what, my work . . . well, my boss, Ella, sees my work as one thing. The ghosts that bug me to solve their mysteries have a whole other idea of how I should spend my time. Lucky for me, these days, I've got peeps, three bored ghosts who've volunteered to help me with my job at Garden View Cemetery. That leaves me free to take care of what really matters, those mysteries I mentioned earlier. And believe me, there is no typical day, unless you count things like getting kidnapped, shot at and stalked typical. Those are the kinds of things that happen in my world.

TQ:  Do you think it was your destiny to hit that tombstone giving you the ability to see and hear the dead?

Pepper:  Well, I thought it was. But in my latest adventure, "Supernatural Born Killers," my mom finally confessed that this "Gift" of mine is something that runs in the family. Who knew! It would have been nice if she'd told me when I was a kid that those "imaginary friends" I had weren't so imaginary after all. Looks like I was destined to talk to the dead all my life. Sighing here.

TQ:  You have had quite a few adventures. What has been your most challenging?

Oh my! They've all been pretty challenging in their own way. There was the time I had to deal with dead President, James A. Garfield in "Tomb with a View," and avert a war with Canada. That was pretty challenging. And the time in "Wild, Wild Death" that I got dropped in the middle of New Mexico and had to save a friend. And then there was that ghost that stole my body in "Night of the Loving Dead." I'm still mad at her! Especially since while she was in my body, she was having a pretty hot time with a research scientist I thought was cute and sexy. The dead are never predictable, and every time one of those pesky spooks shows up, things are bound to get interesting!

TQ:  Which ghost did you like the most/least?

Pepper:  I really thought I didn't like James A. Garfield (see above), but he turned out to be a pretty cool guy. I'd have to say that ghost who stole my body was my least favorite and my most favorite . . . I'll always have a special place in my heart for Gus Scarpetti, the first ghost I met in "Don of the Dead." Don't tell anybody, though. I'd hate for anyone to think I'm a softie!

TQ:  We know your ex-boyfriend Quinn doesn't believe you can see and hear the dead. Do you think that you will ever convince him?

Pepper:  Ever since Quinn died for a few minutes in "A Hard Day's Fright," I thought he'd come around and finally admit that there's something going on on the Other Side. After all, when he was a ghost, he showed up at my apartment and gave me a crucial piece of evidence I needed to solve a case. You'd think that would be enough to convince Mr. Gorgeous and Hard-Headed. But no . . . . Actually, he's starting to thaw a little. In "Supernatural Born Killers," he finally admits that he was dead for a bit. As for the rest of it, I'll convince him. Trust me. I have my ways!

TQ:  What is the best part about helping the dead solve the mysteries surrounding their deaths?
Pepper:  Once I solve their mysteries, they leave me alone! Believe me, that's the best part. Ghosts can be pesky. And demanding. And dangerous. Sending them to the Other Side makes them happy . . . and thrills me!

TQ:  Do you have any new adventures coming up.

Pepper:  I hear Casey Daniels is working on a novella about my adventures that she's going to post on Kindle, Nook, etc. Word is she'll let the world know when it's up. Check out her page on Facebook, and the page of her alter ego, Kylie Logan, for more information.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery!

Pepper Martin Mysteries

Supernatural Born Killers
A Pepper Martin Mystery 9
Berkley (Prime Crime), September 4, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

As Garden View Cemetery's new community relations manager, Pepper is feeling overwhelmed with planning the annual party to attract new sponsors, especially when a murdered ghost starts leaving puddles all over the place. The dead man is her skeptical ex-boyfriend Quinn's former partner Jack Haggarty and he isn't going away until Pepper figures out the real reason behind his murder. Now, Pepper has to convince Quinn he's the real deal and investigate Jack's death, before someone else meets a unfortunate end in a watery grave.

Wild Wild Death
A Pepper Martin Mystery 8
Berkley (Prime Crime), January 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Her job has been cut, she's low on cash, and her detective sometime- boyfriend refuses to even talk about her ability to see the dead and solve their murders. So Pepper is most certainly down for a vacation to get her spirits up. But when her cute scientist friend Dan is kidnapped, Pepper soon stumbles upon another deadly mystery that brings her to New Mexico. And she's after a clever murderer-one whose idea of Boot Hill has nothing to do with Jimmy Choo.

A Hard Day's Fright
A Pepper Martin Mystery 7
Berkley (Prime Crime), April 5, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

What happened to a teenager named Lucy one night in 1966 after a Beatles concert? She rushed the stage, kissed Paul, started home with her friends, and was never seen again-until cemetery guide and unintentional PI to the dead Pepper Martin sees her as a ghost. Lucy's spirit can't rest in peace until her body is found and buried. But how will Pepper track down a missing corpse after forty-five years?

Pepper Martin Mysteries 1 through 6

As Kylie Logan

Button Box Mysteries
Buttoned Up (Button Box Mystery 4) will be published on December 3, 2013.

Mayhem at the Orient Express
A League of Literary Ladies Mystery 1
Berkley, June 4, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,  304 pages

At a local Chinese restaurant, it's the owner who gets taken out...

Most folks aren’t forced by court order to attend a library-book discussion group, but that’s just what happens to B and B proprietor and ex-Manhattanite Bea Cartwright, hippy cat lover Chandra Morrisey, and winery owner Kate Wilder after a small-town magistrate has had enough of their squabbling. South Bass, an island on Lake Erie, is home to an idyllic summer resort, but these three ladies keep disturbing the peace.

The initial book choice is Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, and that sets their mouths to watering. The Orient Express is the island’s newest Chinese restaurant. They might not agree about much, but the ladies all love the orange chicken on the menu. But their meal is spoiled when the restaurant’s owner, Peter Chan, has the bad fortune of getting murdered. Now, with Christie as their inspiration, the League of Literary Ladies has a real mystery to solve…if they can somehow catch a killer without killing each other first.

Chili  Con Carnage
A Chili Cook-Off Mystery 1
Berkley, October 1, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages


Bean there…done that…

Romance is supposed to be the spice of life. But Maxie Pierce is so done with bad relationships—well, almost. She just has to get rid of the latest loser, Roberto. Besides, she has more important things to worry about. Her daddy, Texas Jack Pierce, king of the chili cook-off circuit, has been missing for nearly six weeks now. In his place, she must team up with her irritating half sister, Sylvia, to promote the family business at the Taos Chili Showdown, to be judged by celebrity chef Carter Donnelly.

But when Maxie discovers Roberto’s body in the chef’s trailer—only hours after publicly breaking up with him while wearing a giant red chili pepper costume—she suddenly finds she’s the one in the spotlight as the police pepper her with questions. Now this Chili Chick needs to kick up the search to catch the real killer and get back to finding her father…


About Casey

Casey Daniels once applied for a job as a tour guide at a historic cemetery. She didn’t get the job, but she did get the idea for the Pepper Martin mysteries. Pepper works in a cemetery and solves mysteries for the ghosts there. Pepper’s latest adventure is book #9 in the series, “Supernatural Born Killers.” Casey’s alter ego, Kylie Logan, writes three different series. The newest Button Box mystery is “Panic Button” and she has a new series out featuring the League of Literary Ladies. The first book in that series is “Mayhem at the Orient Express.” In October, the Chili Cook-off series starts with “Chili Con Carnage.” Casey lives in the Cleveland area near where the Pepper books and the League of Literary Ladies series are set. She began her career as a romance writer and her book, “Devil’s Diamond” was nominated for a RITA award as best historical romance of the year by Romance Writers of America.

Website  ~  Casey's Facebook   ~    Casey's Twitter @CaseyDanielsBks
Kylie's Facebook  ~  Kylie's Twitter @KylieLoganBks

The Giveaway

What:  One commenter will win her/his choice of a Mass Market Paperback copy of Supernatural Born Killers (A Pepper Martin Mystery 9)  by Casey Daniels or Mayhem at the Orient Express (A League of Literary Ladies Mystery 1) by Kylie Logan from The Qwillery.

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Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on August 10, 2013. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

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  1. I don't know if I believe in *ghosts* as such. I do believe there are things in the supernatural world we do not understand. I've know people who were very staunch in their belief of ghosts, and maintained they saw them. I'm not there.

    P/S -- I do not twitter/ tweet. sorry

  2. I'm never sure about ghosts...but I wouldn't say I didn't believe either. Keep an open mind - just in case I say!

    My favourite ghost story is the one about Anne Boleyns ghost at Hampton Court when she goes crying to find King Henry when the guards come to arrest her! It's a very haunting place and easy to picture when you've been there!

  3. I don't believe in ghosts, but I'd be thrilled to be proven wrong.

  4. I don't believe in ghosts but I do enjoy reading about them :) I love the sound and look of these series! Thanks for sharing!

  5. No, I don't believe in ghosts but I find reading about gohsts to be fun! :)

  6. Just the idea of real ghosts existing outside our normal senses is a spooky for me. My cat sometimes stares intently at "nothing" and I think, "Hm-mm, maybe he sees..." and I fill in the blank with the name of a lost loved one. I think we all believe a little, which is what makes Casey's books so great. In the end Pepper puts all our fears to rest! :-)

  7. I believe in ghosts. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Yuppers, I believe in ghosts and have my own ghost story (giggle). As a child my family lived in a house that was once part of the underground railroad... I saw a lot of things in that house and have some great stories! Thanks for the giveaway, I am only on book 5 with Pepper but was excited to see your other books too!
    - lavendersbluegreen(at)yahoo(dot)com

  9. I believe in ghost, also have some experience with them. Not saw the ghost, but rather feel them hit my back! Really creepy. I think if I see ghost with my eyes, I will faint.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I have a favorite ghost story, it's a Lynn Kurland romance - Stardust of Yesterday. That the type of ghost story I like, not the spooky kind. :D
    I'd like to believe in ghosts, it seems very interesting, but unless I actually experienced such a thing for myself, it's hard for me to believe they exist.

  11. I don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Don't really believe in ghosts

  13. I do believe in ghosts. My Mother has seen one.

  14. I believe in ghosts--strange things happened after my first husband died that could only be explained by believing in ghosts.

  15. I believe in ghosts and I love the Pepper Martin series, these books are great :)

  16. I totally believe in ghosts...I've seen and experienced too much to say otherwise...

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  17. I'm not sure it's a ghost story per se, but I absolutely adore The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons. I ALSO adore the Pepper Martin series, so thanks for holding the giveaway!