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Release Blitz: ‘The Disappearance of Emily’ by Elizabeth Pantley

Title: The Disappearance of Emily

Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Book 2

Author: Elizabeth Pantley

Genre: Cozy Mystery / Magic

 

About the Book:

Hayden fell through a mirror and was thrust into an alternate, magical place. Destiny Falls is home to a family she never knew she had. The town is enchanted and charming, but something is amiss. Then someone turns up dead, and there are too many other suspicious episodes to call them coincidences. All signs point to the mysterious disappearance of her mother – way back when Hayden was just two days old. Can she identify and eliminate the threat before another person in her life is stolen away?

 

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Reviews from the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series

“A magical, delightful tale that held my attention.” ~ Dru Ann, Dru’s Book Musings

“A captivating read! I couldn’t put it down.” ~ Linda C., Goodreads

“I felt transported to Destiny Falls…now that I’ve finished, I miss it already.” ~ Julie, One Book More

“A mix of unique characters, romance, mystery and magic.” ~ Charlene Q. Goodreads

“I had a fun time reading this one.” ~ Lola, Lola’s Reviews

“Just when I thought I knew who the killer was, BAM, a twist.” ~ Leslie, Storeybook Reviews

“Really stretched my imagination!” ~ Betty, Reading is my Passion

“Funny, fluffy, far-fetched, and fabulous!” ~ Elza Reads

“Generously seasoned with sass, class, and a dose of spunk. Delish!” ~ Pages & Paws

 

Excerpt:

Chapter 1

The mountain trail was tricky. I was moving slowly through the deep snow. I knew the lake had to be nearby. It was important to find it, but I could barely see ten feet in front of me. It was steep and slippery, and I was making my way using trekking poles to assess where I should step next. My hands and feet were cold. I heard Latifa calling out to me. Where was she? What was she saying?  

“Good morning, Sunshine!” Her lilting voice woke me from my dream. “Happy one-month-a-versary!” It’s amazing how accustomed I’d grown to my cat’s telepathic voice in my head.

I squinted at my fluffy Himalayan sidekick. She was sitting beside me on the bed. I stretched out my arms and gave an extra-loud yawn in her direction, hoping she’d get the hint that she had woken me up. 

“Message received. Woke you up. So sorry. Got it.” She squinted at me and whispered, “Not sorry.”

I yawned at her again.

“Bet you forgot today is one month from the earth-shattering day we arrived in Destiny Falls.” Her big baby blues were focused on me, and her whiskers were twitching. “I have appointed myself Keeper of Your Calendar. You can be so forgetful about celebratory dates.” She shook her furry head as if it were impossible to believe. 

I gave another exaggerated stretch and reached over to the bedside table. With a flourish, I presented her with a small, gift-wrapped package. 

“Squeeee! You remembered!” She head-butted my face and spun a little circle on the bed, then turned to tear open the package. There was more squealing as she discovered her new, feathered cat toy. 

I patted my sidekick’s head and tossed my legs over the side of the bed. A glance at my phone confirmed that Latifa-the-alarm-clock was right on time. I needed to get changed and meet Axel downstairs for a morning jog into town. He was often too busy with work to join me in the morning, so it was a wonderful treat to have some extra time with my newfound brother.

My brother. How I loved the sound of that. After a lifetime as an only child in a tiny three-person family, finding out that I had siblings and a large hidden family was monumental. Add to that a mysterious, magical new world, and I was floating on cloud nine.

The only dark spot was missing my family and my best friend, Luna. I was still trying to figure out how to tell them about Destiny Falls. I’d have to sort this out soon, since my cover story of a working trip to Denmark was nearing its expiration. A month overseas was feasible, but as the timeline continued, I’d need to address my disappearance. 

My Nana and Granana would be happy that I was happy. They’ve been my biggest cheerleaders my entire life. They always said my happiness mattered most to them. Both my parents disappeared the week I was born, so my grandmother and great-grandmother jumped into raising me. They were dedicated to the job, with an enthusiasm that was a complete contrast to their tiny, delicate appearances. Luna and I referred to them as the Mighty Minis, which was an apt description.  

Figuring out how to explain that I wasn’t really in Denmark, but in a magical, hidden town in an unknown location was a whole new ball of wax. Especially since the town was finicky about who it revealed itself to. Any e-mails or texts I attempted to send, explaining my location, disappeared into the ether in a wisp of bounces— undeliverable, message not sent, connection lost. Even phone calls suddenly lost the signal. Maybe Axel, my brother (deep sigh of joy), could help me solve this problem.

I turned on the movie channel for Latifa, my furry little movie buff, tucked my ponytail through the back of my baseball cap, and headed out. I strolled slowly down the hallway, so I could absorb the beauty of this amazing home. 

Hmm. That was odd. Where was the window seat? It was usually somewhere in my hallway, but it was oddly absent. There was a glorious swatch of sunlight, which is where it normally would be lounging. I snickered. Imagine that. A window seat that can lounge in the sun. Magic touched the Caldwell Crest home in the most interesting ways.

Caldwell Crest is a masterpiece of design. It could be described as a cozy, mansion-sized mountain cabin. I felt embraced by the sweeping staircase made of polished wood. I loved the plank wood floors and ceilings and the gorgeous but understated chandeliers. I adored the stone fireplaces that soared all the way up to the tall ceilings. The earthy colors of the décor were soothing. Even after a month, I was still adjusting to the fact that it was now where I lived. 

The home was enchanting. I could almost believe the rumors that it was originally built as a castle back in the 1800s and magically remodeled many times. It’s difficult to understand Caldwell Crest and the mysterious place that was Destiny Falls, especially since the definition seemed to always be changing. 

It had been a wild ride of a month since I’d been thrown through a portal and landed here. 

Destiny Falls is different from any place I’ve ever known before. I had to let go of my preconceived notions of what defines a town. I still can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that the town isn’t on any map and isn’t accessible by normal means. 

You must be called here by either the home or the town. Then you whoosh through time and space, to the accompaniment of a flash of brilliant light, as you tumble through a mirror. It’s a one-way trip. Once you’re here, you are, well . . . “trapped” is a harsh word for such a lovely place. However, it’s accurate. I cannot choose to leave. Destiny Falls controls the comings and goings. 

I feel a bit like Alice falling through the mirror into wonderland. Albeit a much nicer wonderland than Alice had to deal with. 

I’ve figured out that’s it’s easier if I just go with the flow and don’t try to understand all the nuances of this place.

 

About the Author:

Elizabeth Pantley is the international bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents, published in over twenty languages. The Disappearance of Emily is the second book in her well-received fiction series. Elizabeth lives in the Pacific Northwest and is the mother of four and Nana to one. Visit her at http://www.nocrysolution.com

 

Social Media Links:

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Blog: www.elizabethpantley.com

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Author Interview: ‘Falling into Magic’ by Elizabeth Pantley

About the Book:

Welcome to Destiny Falls

When Hayden was a child, she lost her cat. Adults told her the cat has escaped the house and ran away, but she knew the truth. The mirror had taken her. Hayden knew this because the mirror had given her a glimpse of an alternate world, and it had nearly pulled her in, so she was certain the cat had suffered that fate.

. . . Twenty years later Hayden discovers the true secret of the mirror when she is thrust into it by a mysterious villain. She learns of a world she never knew existed, and a family she never knew she had. But danger brought her here, and it followed her. And now, Hayden is on a mission to see that the threat is removed so that she can begin her magical, meaningful new life in this enchanted world.


Falling into Magic is a magical cozy mystery novel with a touch of humor and a hint of romance. It is the first book in the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series.

 

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Excerpt:

I had spotted a library a few blocks away on the day that I’d last been in town, and we agreed I’d spend the time there while I was waiting. The girls felt bad for leaving me, but I told them that libraries were one of my favorite places and I rarely got to visit one. I assured them it would be more than okay; it would be wonderful.

I could have sworn the library was a few blocks away. But when we walked out of the restaurant it was exactly across the street. I pointed this out, but they just chuckled.

“I guess it’s not safe for you to walk a few blocks, so the library came closer.” Indigo said. Sapphire nodded as if this wasn’t the most ridiculous thing I’d ever heard. Well, since before coming to Destiny Falls, that is.

 

I love libraries. The smell of the books, the hushed tones of the people, the rows of books on every imaginable topic. I spent many happy days at the library as a young child, going to the weekly book readings and playing with the hand puppets.

I remember the first day I got my own library card. I was so proud when I took out my first stack of books. One had a picture of a husky dog on the cover, I can still see it in my mind’s eye. After that, either Nana or Gran would take me once a week. We had a blue plastic basket that held about forty books. They said the library was there to be used, and we took full advantage. To this day, just walking into a library fills me with so many happy feelings.

I walked up to the building and enjoyed the sweet, typical small-town library appeal. A yellow painted building with white pillars on either side of the entry. The word Library hanging above the front door. A neatly trimmed lawn edged in flowers along the walkway. A flag flying in the breeze.

I opened the door, stepped inside, and my jaw dropped. I stepped back outside and looked at the building’s façade. Still a quaint small-town library. It even had lace curtains in the windows. I went back inside. In and out twice more, just to help my brain wrap around what I was seeing.

 

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’ve been writing for twenty years – but it’s been all parenting books! I’ve had a novel rolling around in my head for years, and it was finally the perfect time to make that happen. It feels so fresh, new and exciting!

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I can write anywhere! On a typical day I’m either at my desk, or sitting in my living room. But I’ve written on a boat, at a beach, in a park, on a plane, in a coffee shop. You name it – as long as I have my laptop with me, I’m good to go!

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I would guess from being an avid reader since I was in the Principle’s Reading Group in kindergarten! So many wonderful stories live in my memories that blur and blend into interesting new tales.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I start with a main plot line that I write out in detail – but with lots of blank spaces. Once I begin to write things move and change, add and subtract along the way. It’s a very fluid process.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I chose to write a Cozy Mystery because I enjoy reading them. I love a good tale, but I don’t like to read the details of murder or explicit scenes. I also enjoy getting to know the people and places so that I feel like I’m part of the story. Cozies do that!

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Oh! What a fun question! I’d put Lacy Chabert as my main character, as she has the same wholesome, down-to-earth persona, with a smart and capable attitude. My two leading romantic possibilities would be Harry Styles and Henry Golding. Queen Latifa would definitely have to do the voice acting for the lead cat in my story!

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

It’s funny that even if I write for ten hours in a day my favorite way to relax is to read! I’m always reading four or more different books at a time. I hop around depending on my mood. I love cozy mysteries, of course! I also read romantic comedies, paranormal romance, chick lit, health and fitness books, and an occasional biography. I’d probably have to list fifty authors as my favorites!

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m re-reading Melanie Summers royal romantic comedy series in anticipation of her new book in the series. She creates happy stories that really work well for me in today’s stressful times. I’m enjoying cozies by Cindy Stark and Elle Adams, plus the Shadowvale books by Kristen Painter, and the Spellbound Paranormal Cozy series by Annabel Chase. I’ve also been making my way through Stephen King’s book On Writing – even though his genre is very far from mine, he’s an amazing talent and has great thoughts on writing. Of course, I always have a few parenting books on my shelf, as well.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I honestly couldn’t name one favorite book as I have many!

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write what you know and write what you read. If you venture away from that you won’t sound authentic. Read some books about writing and publishing. Be realistic in your expectations. Every step along the way takes longer than you think!

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

You can find me here:

Website: www.nocrysolution.com

Blog: www.elizabethpantley.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElizabethPantleyNoCryAuthor

Instagram: www.instagram.com/elizabethpantley

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/nocrysolution

 

About the Author:

Elizabeth Pantley is the international bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family; and is the mother of four and nana to one. This is her first work of fiction.

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Blog Tour: ‘The Great Jewel Robbery’ by Elizabeth McKenna

THE GREAT JEWEL ROBBERY
by Elizabeth McKenna
* Cozy Mystery *

Title: THE GREAT JEWEL ROBBERY
Author: Elizabeth McKenna
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 210
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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Blurb

Mystery with a splash of romance…
Chicago Tribune reporters Emma and Grace have been best friends since college despite coming from different worlds. When Grace is assigned to cover an annual charity ball and auction being held at a lakeside mansion and her boyfriend bails on her, she brings Emma as her plus one. The night is going smoothly until Emma finds the host’s brother unconscious in the study. Though at first it is thought he was tipsy and stumbled, it soon becomes clear more is afoot, as the wall safe is empty and a three-million-dollar diamond necklace is missing. With visions of becoming ace investigative journalists, Emma and Grace set out to solve the mystery, much to the chagrin of the handsome local detective.
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Excerpt

The handsome stranger held the mini-mart door open for me, and I gazed up into twinkling, meadow-green eyes. I kid you not. I had read about twinkling eyes in more than one romance book, but this was the first time I’d seen them live and in action. He was dressed for an early-September day on the lake with plaid swim shorts to his knees and a white T-shirt hanging around his neck. My eyes shifted to the “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service” sign that was displayed prominently in the gas station’s window. I checked his feet. At least he was wearing sandals.

I must have been staring too long because Grace pushed me from behind. The bare skin of my shoulder inadvertently brushed across his well-defined, caramel-colored chest and something akin to a spark sent heat rippling down my arm. When a curve of his lips revealed straight, white teeth perfect for biting things, I mumbled an apology and hurried to the snack aisle.

“Hi, Tom,” he called out to the cashier, confirming that he was a local. “I’m on pump six, but I need to grab a few things.”

Tom nodded. “No problem, dude. Take your time.”

“What type of chips should we get?” Grace asked, bringing my attention to more pressing matters than my tingling skin.

We had stopped for snacks on our way to the Twelve Gables Bed & Breakfast to avoid paying minibar prices. Grace was covering a charity ball being held at the Brauns’ lakeside mansion in Fontana, Wisconsin, for the Chicago Tribune, and I was her plus one. Besides the black-tie affair tonight, guests could spend Saturday through Monday relaxing by the pool or boating on the lake. It had sounded like a cushy assignment to me, but to Grace, it was another perfect example of how people used her connections to get what they wanted.

Having grown up with the fashionable people her editor wanted to feature, she was stuck on the Life & Style desk, though she yearned to write a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative article on some injustice in the world. Since Edward and Ivy Braun were family friends of Grace’s, this weekend’s assignment immediately went to her. She hated using friendships in this way, but she couldn’t refuse her editor if she wanted to keep her job.

“Maybe Chex Mix and Doritos? You choose.” I already had spied a lone glazed donut in the bakery case next to the register, and I was an enthusiast when it came to sugary confections.

I wandered through the other aisles while I waited for her to decide on a snack. Grace didn’t eat junk food often, so what to get was a serious decision worth slow and thoughtful deliberation. Based on her furrowed brow, we would be here for a while.

Mr. Green Eyes plopped three bottles of water and a Gatorade on the counter. “Gimme that donut too, please.”

I stopped so abruptly that my left ankle gave out, and I had to grab the metal handle of a nearby drink cooler to steady myself. I limped over to Grace. “That guy is buying my donut!”

She blinked her eyes slowly at me. “Your donut? Don’t they have more than one?”

“Probably not.” Yes, I was being petty. It was only a donut, but once I committed to sugar, I liked to follow through.

“Just pick out something else.” She pointed to a pack of chocolate chip cookies with an expiration date two years in the future. “Get those.”

My nose scrunched in revulsion. “I’d rather eat sawdust. The taste would be the same but with fewer calories.”

“Emma,” she said in her best schoolmarm voice. “You realize that Chef Porter will be laying out a whole table of luscious desserts for us to gorge ourselves on tonight?”

I did, but I didn’t know how to tell Grace that sometimes the frou-frou desserts of her people turned me off. Sometimes a girl just wanted a glazed donut. It was safe and comforting, and right now, I needed all the comfort I could get.

We had met freshmen year at Northwestern University in Journalism 101 and became instant friends despite being from different worlds. I was on a financial-need scholarship. Her father had a building on campus named after him. I was so nervous that I had forgotten a pencil. She had ten and gave me two “in case one broke.” We’ve been inseparable ever since, always living together and now working as reporters at the Tribune. She was like the sister I never had but without all the petty fighting.

She finally chose some corn chips and sashayed to the checkout.

“Excuse me,” I said to the cashier. “Do you have more donuts? Preferably glazed.”

The cashier’s bored eyes shifted to the bakery case and then to me. “Nope.”

“Are you sure? Maybe you have more in the back somewhere?”

“Ryan got the last one. Maybe if you hurry, you can buy it from him.”

Grace snickered beside me.

I pulled the bag of chips out of her hands and slid it across the counter. “We’ll just take this.”

By the time we got outside, Ryan, a.k.a. The Green-Eyed Donut Thief, was gone.

 

About the Author

Elizabeth McKenna’s love of books reaches back to her childhood, where her tastes ranged from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Stephen King’s horror stories. She had never read a romance novel until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). She combined her love of history, romance, and a happy ending to write Cera’s Place and Venice in the Moonlight. Her contemporary romance novel, First Crush Last Love, is loosely based on her life during her teens and twenties. The Great Jewel Robbery is her debut cozy mystery, and she hopes readers will like it as much as they have enjoyed her romances.Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn’t writing, working, or being a mom, she’s sleeping.

Elizabeth loves to connect with readers!

Website: http://elizabethmckenna.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMcKennaAuthor

Twitter: @ElizaMcKenna

Instagram: @elizabeth_mckenna_author

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/Elizabeth_McKenna

 

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