Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Betting Off Dead Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway





Interview With Maggie Parks Lead Sleuth from Betting Off Dead


1)     Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up on Belgravia Court in Old Louisville, Kentucky. It’s a little quaint area just a little ways from the city so it really doesn’t feel like city living. I went to mortal school during the day and witch school at night. Vinnie is my 1965 AC Cobra sports car that is definitely not your average familiar. He’s a tab bit jealous and doesn’t like for hunky men like Mick Jasper sitting in the passenger seat.

And Mick…he’s a dream! He is a spy with SKUL and I just so happened to have put a spell on him, only the spell didn’t work and we ended up solving a crime together. SKUL believes that I blend in as the average citizen and hired me to do what I like to call snooping around, only I snoop using my witchy ways. Sure it’s gotten us in a couple of tangles, but nothing I can’t wiggle my nose at.


2)     What has been your favorite adventure? I love all of them, but the main one that sticks out has been how I have pretended to be married to Mick while we were undercover. So much fun.

3)     What is your favorite treat? Definitely my Auntie Meme’s apple pie! So delish. She owns a little diner, The Brew.

4)     Are you and Mick ever going to get married? Whoa! That’s a little early in the story, so I guess you are going to have to keep reading.

5)     What is your favorite thing to do as a witch? My sister, Lilith and I have so much fun playing Truth or Spell. That’s how I got to know Mick. I lost to my sister and she spelled me to put a cat spell on Mick, only the spell didn’t work. That’s how I knew my witchy hour had come to be and I knew I was destined to become Mick Jasper’s partner.

6)     What do you see in your next adventure? I know that Tonya is going to keep writing new and fun adventures for me and Mick. In the next novel, Get Witch or Die Trying, Mick has been falsely accused of something and I have to help him.  





Synopsis:

And they're off! 
Gambling on horse racing is Kentucky's number one sport but when Kentucky Derby Thoroughbred picked to win the Derby, Rails and Nails, ends up poisoned, SKUL special agent Mick Jasper and rookie witch Maggie Park, who keeps her witch powers a secret, are called in to investigate a world of illegal gambling where a run for the roses can prove to be deadly.
My Review:

LOVED Betting Off Dead book two of the Spies and Spells Cozy Mystery Series by Tonya Kappes. It has mystery,witches, ornery neighbors and family, as well as southern charm and pizzazz. I love the small town setting and the way Tonya Kappes describes it you could picture walking in the streets of Belgravia Court.

This book grabs you right from the start and keeps your interest as well as keeping you guessing till the very end. It is a fun, fast, at times laugh out loud book that you won't want to miss.

Maggie is once again called upon to help hunky Mick Jasper and SKUL to solve a crime against the very fabric of Kentucky history when they have to investigate and find out who is trying to sway the results of the Kentucky Derby by doping the horses. Things become dangerous and Maggie and Mick must find who is behind the scandal and murder before anyone else is hurt. Can they do it and can Maggie keep Mick from finding out that she has magical powers while working along side him in their pursuit for SKUL?

I love the dynamic between Mick and Maggie and throw in this time the jealousy of Abram which causes a whole other problem for Maggie and the family and it makes for interesting reading. I also got a kick out of  Mrs Hubbard the nosey cantankerous neighbor who reminds me so much of a neighbor we had when I was young and the way her and Aunt Meme are always arguing is so entertaining. I can just picture it all, I just love the quirky characters. They add a special element to the story.

This is a wonderfully quirky, fast moving, exciting cozy mystery with a good plot and interesting puzzle to be solved.  I can not wait for the next adventure for Maggie and Mick.

If you like a good mystery with a little bit of mischief and magic thrown in add in a touch of romance and extraordinary characters then be sure to read this book and series.


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Tonya has written over 20 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 and a teenage boy (her other three boys have spread their wings in college) and two very spoiled schnauzers in Kentucky.





101 comments:

  1. Absolutely wonderful read! Love the interview 💓

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  2. YAY! I'm so thrilled you got to talk to Vinnie. He is a character!!

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    1. I think each book is better than the last one Tonya. Loved it

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  3. I liked the interview. I can't wait to read this!

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  5. Great review and great interview with Maggie! She's a hoot, that gal. I think the south has grown on her. Can't wait to see Maggie and Mick's continuing odd partnership at SKUL.

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  6. I have this in my to do list to read. The characters sound like they will make this a very interesting series. I can't wait to get started!!

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  7. I have this in my to do list to read. The characters sound like they will make this a very interesting series. I can't wait to get started!!

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  8. ^^ great interview; thank you

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  9. I love Tonya Kappes books! The interview was great! I can't wait to read this book!

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    1. I love her books too. This is such a fun book with a great cast of characters

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  10. I so need this book lol Tonya writes such wonderful characters.

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  11. Tonya is one author you can always Bet On!

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  13. I'm looking forward to reading this one. Tonya is an awesome author and I love how she uses KY areas and history when she comes up with her stories. Also, if you ever get a chance to meet Tonya, do it!!! She is genuinely an amazing woman and so very sweet.

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  15. Love love love this series of Tonya's!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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  16. Loving this book and your interview/ review! Jill Broussard-minishoes@msn.com

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  17. Fun interview and great review! I can't wait for the next book- already! :)

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    1. Thank you and I know it is hard to have to wait on the next book

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    2. Thank you and I know it is hard to have to wait on the next book

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  18. Love the interview!!! I love Tonya's books! She makes me LOL, keeps me guessing and I feel like I am present in the story!!!
    Monica VanBeekum

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  19. Tonya has another winner. I've read the book and loved it. The characters are great and since I was born and raised in Kentucky Rails and Nails fast became a favorite character for me in this book.
    Patricia Blandford Liu

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    1. I agree. This book and series is a winner. I love the small town feel as well as being set in KY. Thanks

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    2. I agree. This book and series is a winner. I love the small town feel as well as being set in KY. Thanks

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  20. Thank you so much for reviewing this book. I too loved it. The characters are so much fun from the Belgravia Court neighbors, the Brew Crew and the main family of witches. I really like Maggie and her sister. Thank you Tonya!

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  21. I loved reading Betting Off Dead. Thanks Tonya Kappes for yet another great book. I can't wait for the next one.

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  23. This series is so much fun, I'm hoping to read the second book this weekend.

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  24. fun interview! loved it. many successes to Tonya; just love her writing!

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  25. I'm glad you got Maggie to chat a little. I'm not sure she trusts mortals all that much. At least her family has no problem putting spells on them all the time.
    Are you part witch, is that why she'd talk to you? Hmmm.

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    1. Lol well you know a girl has to have secrets.this is such a fun series and I just love Aunt Meme

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  26. Awesome interview!!! We girls have to have secrets we don't tell!!!love aunt meme!!!

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  27. Awesome interview!!! We girls have to have secrets we don't tell!!!love aunt meme!!!

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  28. This is the next book on my list, loved the interview!

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  29. Love this book!

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  30. going to read it over the long weekend! can't wait!

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  31. Loved the interview! It was nice to see an interview from the characters perspective.

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  32. This was an awesome read! I love Tonya's books!

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  33. I love Tonya Kappes books!

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  34. Really looking forward to reading "Betting Off Dead".

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  35. MARVELOUS FAV AUTHOR! I can't wait to get my copy...Thanks for a great interview.

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  36. Great interview, can't wait to read it.

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  37. Great interview (and great book(.

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  38. Great Interview Book Looks Great Thanks for hosting on the tour

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    3. I do too and this is a good Cozy series.

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    4. I do too and this is a good Cozy series.

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  39. Great interview/review for a fun book. Love this series. Tonya never disappoints. Can't wait for the next one to come out.

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