Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mystic Mayhem Book Tour & Giveaway**Closed**

Mystic Mayhem
A Mystic Isle Mystery

Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens

Humorous Cozy Mystery – Gemma Halliday Publishing

Melanie Hamilton is not your average artist. She brings home the bacon by inking tattoos at New Orleans's Mansion at Mystic Isle, a resort in the middle of the bayou that caters to fans of the peculiar and paranormal, but her true passion comes alive when she volunteers restoring Katrina-ravaged landmarks. Between her day job, her restoration work, and selling her paintings in Jackson Square, Mel's life is more hectic than Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday. But when a guest of the resort, a millionaire's widow, is poisoned, and Melanie's close friend is arrested for the murder, things go from hectic to downright dangerous.  

Mel joins forces with the resort's delish manager, Jack Stockton, to prove her friend's innocence. Soon they find themselves dealing with séances, secret passages, the ghost of the millionaire himself, gators, swamp rats, and a sinister killer who proves that not everything is what it seems in the Louisiana bayou.

Come on along, and get your creep on. 
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The Inspiration for our Mystic Isle Series

The Magic Castle in the hills above Hollywood Boulevard is the headquarters and private clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts, Inc., a worldwide organization devoted to the art of magic. Its membership consists of magicians as well as those who just love magic. If you ever have the chance to go there, DO. It’s mysterious, haunting, spellbinding, and a little creepy.

The Magic Castle was the inspiration for Mystic Isle Mysteries, our new series debuting September 15th from Gemma Halliday Publishing. Our series takes place in the bayou near New Orleans, Louisiana on Mystic Isle where The Mansion at Mystic Isle is now open and taking guests. It’s a place similar to the Magic Castle only Mystic Isle is dedicated to all that’s magical and paranormal. Its guests experience the skills of magicians, mediums, fortunetellers, astrologers, and much more. Of course, none of it is real—or is it?

The Mansion at Mystic Isle was where Cat and I worked. Located in Jefferson Parish across the Mississippi from New Orleans at the edge of a bayou, the main building was an old plantation house set among cypress trees and expansive green lawns. It had been handed down through the Villars family for centuries. Not all that long ago, Harry Villars, the down-on-his-luck, but no less genteel and stylish owner, had the brilliant idea to turn his liability into an asset by repurposing the place into a resort where folks dedicated to the supernatural and all kinds of magic could come and get their creep on.
The Mansion was decorated like the haunted house we've all seen at that theme park—you know the one. Ours was similar—creepy organ music when you crossed the threshold, drafty hallways, creaky doors, secret passages, even fake cobwebs. The whole shebang, chere. Harry Villars sank every cent he had into it and crossed his fingers that the place would raise him to the ranks of the solvent—then he hired all of us, a complete cast of soothsayers and charlatans, to convince hotel guests the supernatural stuff that went on at The Mansion was the real deal. But just between you, me, and the gators, it's not.
About the Authors:
Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens, are partners in crime—crime writing, that is. They live in the Valley of the Sun in Arizona, awesome for eight months out of the year, an inferno the other four. They write bloody murder, flirty romance, and wicked humor all in one package.

You can email them: smithandsteffens@cox.net


Two great giveaways going on right now !!
#1 Giveaway:  http://www.smithandsteffens.com/signup.html
To celebrate the release of MYSTIC MAYHEM on September 15, Jean and Sally are giving away an random.org. awesome New Orleans Café du Monde basket full of goodies from the Big Easy—13 ounces of French Roast coffee, 13 ounces of Chicory Coffee, a box of their world famous Beignet Mix, and two gorgeous Café du Monde mugs to put you in the mood while you’re visiting Mystic Isle.

Entering’s a breeze. Just go to the ABOVE LINK between now and September 30, & sign up!
#2 Giveaway:  $25 Amazon Gift Card
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Kathleen Costa said...

I like your blog. Thanks for the information about Mystic Mayhem. I have included your blog in my email and bloglovin' posts.

Smith&Steffens said...

Thanks for posting the info for Mystic Mayhem. Your page looks great. Gonna subscribe. :-)

Sally & Jean
Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens, Authors
Mystic Mayhem, A Mystic Isle Mystery

fee roberts said...

I'm curious as to where they got their inspiration for this story.

Natalie B. said...

My question would be that, as a duo, do they write separately, together, or a mix of both? This books sounds really good! I love crime, mystery, humor, and romance. So cool that it's all rolled into one intriguing read. Thank-you. :)

Lee Mckoen said...

No question, just looks like a great read!

Smith&Steffens said...

Hi, everybody! Thanks for your interest!

Fee, if you read our latest blog, you'll find out exactly where we got the idea. :-) http://blog.smithandsteffens.com

Natalie, we write sitting together side-by-side. We each have specific things we're good at. Jean is very organized. Sally is a devil of a typist. We laugh at the same things, and like the same kind of stories. We're a great team! A lot of people ask how team writers collaborate. It's not so hard once you get the hang of it.

Lee, hope you love our book. Hope you laugh a lot when you're reading it.

As far as we know, our publisher is only pricing MYSTIC MAYHEM at the introductory price of 99 cents for a few more days (ebook). You should get it before the price goes up.
Sally & Jean
Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens, Authors

Natalie said...

How often do you get writers block?

TarheelFIT1 said...

I love when a book is written by team writers! Off to read more! :)

TarheelFIT1 said...

I love when a book is written by team writers! Off to read more! :)

Smith&Steffens said...

Hi Natalie,

Since we write as a team...as they say. "Two heads are better than one."
We really never get writers block. Sally and I sit down, come up with the idea, hatch out the outline, write it into a 3-5 page synopsis, then I (Jean) turn it into chapters.

We get it approved by the publisher, then we are off and create the book. Sounds easy...right...wrong - still takes a lot of thought and time.

I'm in charge of the main character bible so Sally can keep things straight as we write a series - when you write 3 or more books - you can forget things.

Anyway...writers block isn't the problem. Keeping things straight in a series is. :-)

Jean Steffens - Author - Mystic Mayhem

Smith&Steffens said...

Hi Lee,

I hope you buy the book and enjoy it.

Jean Steffens

Amanda Sakovitz said...

Thanks for the chance!