Thursday, May 26, 2016

Win a $20 GC: The Madness of Mercury by Connie di Marco


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Connie di Marco will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought her chosen profession would bring danger into her life, but her outspoken advice in her newspaper column, AskZodia, makes her the target of San Francisco’s recently-arrived cult leader, Reverend Roy of the Prophet’s Tabernacle. The followers of the power hungry preacher will stop at nothing to quell the voices of those who would stand in his way and Julia’s at the top of his list. She’s willing to bet the charismatic Reverend is a Mercury-ruled individual, and she knows all too well that Mercury wasn’t just the messenger of the gods, he was a trickster and a liar as well.

Enjoy an excerpt:

I glanced down at the map with one eye on the road. I had covered a lot of ground. The turnoff to Ardillas was ten miles away. My cell phone rang and I glanced at the number. It was Don. I hit the button to answer.

“Julia. Where are you?”

“On the 101 about ten miles from Ardillas.”

“Listen. I’ve dug up some newspaper articles from the New Orleans area about a couple who got involved with the Prophet. Then I discovered they had written a book, an expos√© really, about six years ago.”

“That’s great. I’d love to get my hands on that.”

“Julia . . .”

“Maybe I could locate them and talk to them.”

“That might be difficult.”

“Why?”

I was greeted by silence. “Don? You there?”

“I’m here, Julia.” Don was silent but I could tell the line was still open. “They were murdered about a year after the book came out.”

A cold knot formed in my stomach. “Murdered? How?”

“Home invasion, at least that was the official verdict. No one was ever charged. A lot of people still harbor the suspicion it was an execution for betraying the Reverend Roy.” Don was quiet for so long I wondered if I had lost reception. “I think you should turn back.”

I wasn’t used to being worried about, much less someone asking me not to do something. Don had a point, but I know what a stubborn cuss I can be. Just his asking nicely felt like an order and it put my back up. It’s not a trait I’m proud of, but I have an irresistible tendency to do the exact opposite of what I’ve been told to do. Sheer contrariness, I guess. Don’s pleas were falling on deaf ears.

“I can’t. I can’t see the point of turning around now that I’m almost there. Don’t worry. I plan to talk to the Sheriff and scope things out. Maybe I can get help from that quarter. Mostly, I just want to locate Eunice. And if I can get in and talk to her, then I can at least tell Dorothy where things are at.

I heard his exasperated sigh. “Stay in touch, okay?”

“I will.” I clicked off just as the sign indicating the town’s one exit sped closer. I flicked on my turn signal even though no other cars were near – force of habit -- and moved over to the far right lane. The exit appeared and I turned off, heading east onto a lonely two lane road.

About the Author:
Connie di Marco is the author of the upcoming Zodiac Mystery series from Midnight Ink featuring San Francisco astrologer, Julia Bonatti. The Madness of Mercury, first in the series, will be released on June 8, 2016. Writing as Connie Archer, she’s also the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. You can find her excerpts and recipes in both The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. You can visit her at her website or Facebook.com/ConniediMarco (Author) and Twitter: @askzodia.

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14 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Connie di Marco said...

Hi Judy - Thanks so much for hosting my stop today!

James Robert said...

Thanks for hosting this giveaway, have a great Thursday!

Victoria Alexander said...

I loved the excerpt - thanks for sharing!

Marcy Meyer said...

Enjoyed the excerpt. Sounds great.

Connie di Marco said...

Hi James ~ thanks for visiting today! Good luck!

Connie di Marco said...

Hi Victoria ~ best of luck, glad you enjoyed the excerpt!

Connie di Marco said...

Hi Marcy ~ glad you could stop by, lots of luck to you!

Becky Richardson said...

Sounds like a great read.

Connie di Marco said...

Hi Becky ~ I certainly hope so, and hope readers will love Julia and her adventures! Best of luck!

Rita said...

I liked the excerpt.

Connie di Marco said...

Hi Rita ~ thanks for visiting today! I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Best of luck on this tour!

Ally Swanson said...

I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. Looking forward to checking out this book.

Connie di Marco said...

Hi Ally - thanks for stopping by! I hope you get to enjoy Julia's adventures soon! Good luck!