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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Saturday Sampler - BRINGING IN THE THIEVES by Lora Lee

I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays. I'm so happy to share BRINGING IN THE THIEVES with you. I've know the author for many years and knew she was a talented writer. I just didn't realize how talented until I read this book. If you received a gift card to an online book retailer (or even if you didn't), you have to get it. **Warning** Do not read it in bed. You'll laugh so hard the bed will shake.


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Series: Joyful Noise Mysteries, Book 1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books


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Blurb:

Frankie Lou’s back and Poppy’s madder than a wet hen.
Create a church choir filled with teenage misfits?
Over Poppy’s dead body.

Minister’s daughter Frankie Lou McMasters has come back to Ruby Springs, Texas with her daughter, Betsy, eleven years after running off to marry the town bad boy. Her mild notoriety as a bad girl is prime gossip for her childhood enemy, Poppy Fremont, now choir director of Faith Community Church–where Frankie Lou’s daddy, now retired to Florida, was the preacher.
When Frankie Lou comes to the deacons with a request to add a youth choir of at-risk teens she’s been coaching, Poppy throws a fit. A few hours later, Frankie Lou finds her dead in the baptistery pool. And Poppy’s not playing possum.

Frankie Lou sets out to clear her name as the main suspect, and tries to locate the real killer. Could he be sexy Joe Camps, the father of one of her teen singers? In the meantime, her momma shows up from Florida to take charge of Frankie Lou’s life. Bless her heart.

Excerpt:



I knew the minute I read the church bulletin that I was fixin’ to be Southern-fried and plated-up in front of God, the Faith Community Church deacons, and eventually the entire community of Ruby Springs , Texas, sure as my name’s Frankie Lou Birmingham McMasters. My well -meaning landlady, Nettie Bloom, had decided to announce my proposed church project without asking me if I wanted her to. I had just scheduled a meeting with the deacons about it, not given them any details about the idea. I hadn’t spoken it aloud to anyone but Miss Nettie. But now there it was in print, along with Miss Nettie’s usual assortment of misplaced phrases and Mrs. Malaprop word choices. Miss Nettie had been editing the church’s newsletter, News From The Pews, for a good many years, but I’d noticed her memory getting a little tangled lately.

NEWS FROM THE PEWS FAITH COMMUNITY CHURCH 100 Blessings St. Ruby Springs, Texas As we wait for the selection of a full-time pastor, we welcome back interim minister, Reverend Matthew Whitlaw to the pulpit next Sunday at Faith Community . His morning sermon will be “Jesus Walks on Water” followed by “Searching for Jesus” in the evening.

For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs. Members of the Weight Watchers group will meet Monday at 5: 30 P.M. for weekly weigh-in. Please use large double door at the side entrance to the annex. The Low Self-Esteem Support Group will be using the back door.

Prior to prayer meeting Wednesday evening, a bean supper will be held in the church hall. Special music will follow. Until further notice, please give massages to the church secretary, Lovey Muchmore. She will then give massages to the newsletter editor who will share the details in our newsletter.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: A NEW CHOIR FOR TEEN SINNERS IS BEING FORMED AND WILL COMPETE IN THE SLUMBER FUN AT THE CITY PARK NEXT MONTH. For more information on sinning contact Frankie Lou McMasters at Doc Adderly’s Animal Clinic. 

About the Author:



Though author Lora Lee insists the series isn’t about her in any way, shape or form, she does admit to being a real-life P.K. (that’s preacher’s kid, in case you didn’t know.) She was born in Texas and her Southern blood runs deep. Her daddy told her any place below the Mason-Dixon line was part of the South, including the Lone Star State.

Since living in West Michigan most of her married life, she’s lost some of her Texas twang, but once in awhile, a might could and a y’all or two slips into her conversation with her critique partners. They love her, anyway. So does her husband of fifty-plus years and their children. With a current family count of twenty-three, get-togethers often resemble an old time revival when they all gather for fun and food.

Lora Lee is a member of Romance Writer’s of America, Mid-Michigan RWA, Sisters-in-Crime, RWA’s specialty chapter Kiss of Death and is currently published in contemporary romance. She is also a proud graduate of the Grand Rapids Citizens Police Academy. When not writing or trying to keep up with her ever-growing family, she enjoys reading, music and travel.


Lora Lee's Social Media Links:
Website: http://lora-lee.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Author_Lora_Lee
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoraLeeAuthor
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7688038.Lora_Lee


14 comments:

  1. What fun to be here today, Diane! Thanks for having me. I love sharing Frankie Lou's escapades and am happy her story gave you some laughs. After all, life's journey would be as boring as watching paint dry if we didn't have a laugh or two along the way. And a mystery just adds to the fun.( Well, maybe not so much fun for the victim.) Just remember, y'all, it's FICTION!

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  2. LOL! The excerpt is just ONE of the reasons to buy (and LOVE!) this book.

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    1. Wow, Nancy. Such nice words have Frankie Lou and I shoutin' Hallelujah!

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  3. Okay, you've got me. I'm off to order my copy.

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    1. That's wonderful, Maris! Thanks so much.

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  4. Diane, here's another book your review has talked me into reading.

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    1. Frankie Lou and I appreciate Diane's review, too, Rohn. Hope you enjoy the book.

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  5. It's on my Kindle! Look forward to reading it soon.

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    1. Hope you enjoy the fun down in Ruby Springs, Lucy. Frankie Lou will be happy to meet you and show you around.

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  6. It's on my Kindle app too. Reading in bed, heck. I was sitting on the couch reading the excerpt and shook that. Also woke hubby up from a nap to share the fun with him. Hilarious!

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    1. Margo, I hope waking up your hubby from a nap to introduce him to Frankie Lou didn't make him unhappy. She's having a tough enough time keeping her halo from slipping clear off her head. sigh.

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  7. What a fun read! Certain to be a big seller!!

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    1. Thanks Melissa. It's a fun series to write.

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