FTC Disclosure: I received an advance e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
It is my pleasure to welcome one of my favorite authors to the the blog today.
By Joyce Lavene
People ask where our inspiration comes from. “You write so much, how do you stay inspired?”
I’m sitting at the beach today with my wonderful family and ideas are pouring through me. Being with people I love or admire always inspires me. It’s an energy thing. Maybe there’s an idea wandering around in your head and suddenly that idea takes form. Not that I discuss my ideas with my family or friends but their energy gets mine pumping and that brings characters to life.
Jim and I toss a lot of ideas around before they become real in our minds. We might go through hundreds of ideas before one takes hold and we think we can write it. Sometimes ideas are discarded but come back later with something added that changes them and makes them what we’re looking for.
We thought about writing our Sweet Pepper mysteries because we passed a small volunteer fire department with a sign out that they were looking for volunteers. We’d had Stella’s character in mind for a while but didn’t have a story for her. Ideas came flooding in while we sat and looked at that fire station. We also took plenty of pictures.
Our new Pumpkin Patch mystery series began when we saw an abandoned farm with an old pumpkin patch sign on a gate. It seemed like such a simple idea that we almost discarded it. But we had a friend who grew up on a farm with a famous pumpkin patch. When we thought about her, and her family’s decision to leave their farm, Give ‘Em Pumpkin to Talk About began to come together.
Inspiration comes from everywhere and everything. People offer us their stories to write but we will never have long enough to write the stories buzzing around in our own heads. It seems to me that many readers think that writer’s block means there are no stories. In reality, it’s more like you have a story but aren’t sure how to write it.
But that’s a blog for the future!
Thanks Joyce! I love hearing where authors get their ideas.
Give ‘Em Pumpkin To Talk About
by Joyce and Jim Lavene
These skilled writers have done it again. They’ve penned a book that had me completely transfixed. Their style of writing feels as though it was so effortless to them. (I bet they would say different). It just flows across the pages.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews
Well-tuned, with plenty of romance, mystery, suspense, history, legend–and some just plain ornery people. The book became a really fast read, because I couldn’t bear to stop before finishing!
~Mallory Heart Reviews
Give Em Pumpkin To Talk About
(Pumpkin Patch Mysteries Book 1)
Print Length: 199 pages
Publisher: J. Lavene (August 4, 2015)
Richmond attorney Sarah Tucker returns to sell her family’s abandoned farm in Misty River, Virginia despite unanswered questions about her grandparents’ disappearance sixteen years earlier. Sarah was only twelve when she went to visit and found her grandparents had vanished. No amount of searching has brought answers.
Now Sarah is faced with other issues when a man is killed who claimed to have information about what happened to her grandparents. She learns of a Confederate chest of gold that is said to be buried on the property, and treasure hunters who are willing to do anything to get their hands on it.
Were her grandparents murdered for the gold? Sarah can’t sell the land and go back to her life until she has answers. But the cost of the answers may be her life.
Includes farm-fresh recipes!
Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.
My thoughts: Ok, the simple truth is that I’ve never read a book by this wonderful writing team that I didn’t like. So, whenever there is an opportunity to participate in a blog tour for one of their books I jump on it. I love it when they have a new series. Pumpkin Patch Mysteries is no exception. Up until now, The Renaissance Faire Mystery Series was my favorite of their series, but this new series just might move up to the top spot.
Give Em Something Pumpkin to Talk About is one of those wonderful stories that has a mystery within a mystery. When this is done well (and in this book it certainly is) this adds to the story without distracting from the current mystery. Ok, that was probably not the best constructed sentence. In this new book we meet Sarah, learn about the mystery of the disappearance of her grandparents, the mysterious Jack and of course the current mystery of who would kill to stop the sale of the farm. All these mysteries blend together to keep the reader on the edge of their seat and coming back for more.
One of the things I love about Joyce and Jim’s books is that I always feel as though the characters are someone I could be friends with. Their communities are places I’d like to visit. No matter what is going on, they feel very real. I really like Sarah, though I have to admit that if she were indeed my friend, I would have grabbed her by the shoulders early on and shook her saying ” You know you want to stay on the farm! Stop fighting it!”
This is a great read, with wonderful characters and a great plot. You’ll want to read it all in one sitting. If you are looking for a great new mystery series then I highly recommend this one. I’m really looking forward to book two.
If you would like to win a print copy of Give Em Pumpkin to Talk About, plus a copy of Killer Weeds and a $20 Amazon Gift card visit the tour page here for a chance to enter.