Christi King is the winner of Drawn and Buttered. Watch for an email from Shari!
I am delighted to welcome back talented author and amazing woman Shari Randall! If you haven’t read her delightful Lobster Shack mysteries you need to right now. Shari is giving away a copy of Drawn and Buttered! Look for details below!
Thanks for having me back, Wickeds! I love visiting you here and love it even more when I can see you in person.
Sherry asked me to tell you about my new book, Drawn and Buttered. Of all the Lobster Shack Mysteries, this one was the most fun to write, because I took to heart some writing advice. Annie Dillard said, “Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.”
Many ingredients give a savory chowder or stew deep flavor. It’s the same with story elements. I wanted to give this book as much flavor – and twists and turns and fun – as possible. So I decided to add all the elements that I like to find in a mystery, starting with setting.
Since I started writing the series, I’ve been dying to set a book at Halloween. It made sense to set the earlier books in the summer – the Lazy Mermaid is a waterfront lobster shack that caters to tourists.
With a Halloween setting, I was able to bring in the beauty of New England’s autumn foliage, the chill in the air that makes it fun to wear a cozy sweater, the lengthening shadows falling from a church steeple onto Mystic Bay’s town green, and the spooky feel of darker days.
What are some of the other ingredients in Drawn and Buttered? Black swan ballerinas, old cemeteries, family secrets, urban legends, psychics, swordplay, glamorous Halloween parties, fraternities, hidden libraries, two rare Russian Blue cats named Raisa and Rudy, sexy professors, absent minded professors, broken taboos, a super-sized crustacean named Lobzilla, plus the secret recipe for Aunt Gully’s New England Clam Chowder….
Whew! These are just a few of the ingredients in Drawn and Buttered. I hope you enjoy!
Readers: Do you have a favorite time of year you like books to be set in?
GIVEAWAY #giveaway Tell us about your favorite Halloween treat and one lucky commenter will win a copy of Drawn and Buttered! US and CAN only please.