Friday, November 9, 2012

Give Your Characters The Keys to Drive--by Linda Kozar

Book 2 in my series
I had the most fun writing THIS cozy mystery book. Why? I allowed the characters to dictate the storyline. And A Tisket, A Casket is definitely a character-driven book.

Character-Driven books are those in which the characters are more memorable than the plot. Some people claim the best stories are those in which a character/plot hybrid is attained, but if I had to choose between the two, I'd rather identify and emotionally connect with characters. It's unlikely one would be able to make that kind of connection with a plot.

A Tisket, A Casket is a cozy comedy book with plus-sized Lucy and Ethel type characters and scenarios throughout.

The premise? Lovita and her newly-engaged friend, Sue Jan attend a funeral for Sue Jan's Cousin Pouncey. Sue Jan loses her engagement ring and later figures out it must have fallen into the coffin. She doubts a judge will allow her cousin to be exhumed for the sake of retrieving her ring, so she decides to get it back her own way--the way any Texas woman worth her salt would, with a quick trip to Wal-Mart for shovels!

If you like:

  • mystery
  • love
  • car chases
  • a hot-tempered chef with missing fingers
  • a spooky cemetery 
  • zombies
  • eccentric artists
  • trompe l'oeil
  • Chinese, French and TexMex food
  • romantic weddings AND
  • happy endings
you'll like
A Tisket, A Casket

*There's a play on names throughout the book. 
If you read A Tisket, A Casket, please comment and tell me if you caught them all and I will enter your name into the hat to win a free digital copy of the book.

(This name play only occurs in Book Two, not in the other two books in the series). 

When Lovita Mae Horton wins a trip for two to attend a cooking school in Paris, she invites her best friend Sue Jan Pritchard along. Their joy is short-lived however, when they find out the trip is to Paris, Texas. Sue Jan has family there—Aunt Lila and Cousin Pouncey, but discovers her eccentric Cousin Pouncey has just passed away.

When Sue’s Jan’s unique antique platinum engagement ring goes missing, they suspect she lost it when saying her last goodbyes. With her wedding only a few months away, Lovita, Sue Jan and Aunt Lila decide to unearth the ring on their own, but instead dig up the dirt on an international ring of art thieves intent on brushing them off for good.

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Linda Kozar is the co-author of Babes With A Beatitude—Devotions For Smart, Savvy Women of Faith (Hardcover/Ebook, Howard/Simon & Schuster 2009) and author of Misfortune Cookies (Print, Barbour Publishing 2008), Misfortune Cookies, A Tisket, A Casket, and Dead As A Doornail, (“When The Fat Ladies Sing Series,” eBooks, Spyglass Lane Mysteries, 2012). Her latest novel Strands of Fate released October 2012 (Hardcover/Ebook, Creative Woman Mysteries). She received the ACFW Mentor of the Year Award in 2007, founded and served as president of Writers On The Storm, The Woodlands, Texas ACFW chapter for three years. In 2003, she co-founded, co-directed and later served as Southwest Texas Director of Words For The Journey Christian Writers Guild. She and her husband Michael, married 24 years, have two lovely daughters, Katie and Lauren and a Rat Terrier princess named Patches.

Represented by: Wendy Lawton, Books & Such Literary Agency

Member of: CAN (Christian Authors Network), RWA (Romance Writers of American), WHRWA (West Houston Romance Writers of America), ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), Writers On The Storm, The Woodlands, Texas Chapter of ACFW, Toastmasters (Area 56) The Woodlands, Texas. WoodsEdge Community Church, The Woodlands, TX.

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