Deadly Reception (Tawnee Mountain Mysteries) by Karen Randau, blog tour, guest post, giveaway & spotlight

Deadly Reception (Tawnee Mountain Mysteries)
by Karen Randau

About the Book

Deadly Reception (Tawnee Mountain Mysteries)

Suspense Thriller Mystery
Self Published (April 16, 2018)
Paperback: 138 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1984380807
Digital ASIN: B079DGBW37
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Deadly Reception is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the Tawnee Mountain Resort.

Deadly Reception features characters from Karen Randau’s Rim Country Mysteries series.

Each book in this multi-author series is a standalone novella, and the series can be read in any order.
The Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series includes:

Leona’s Last Resort by Karen M. Bryson
Dark Side of the Mountain by R.J. Rosatte
Deadly Reception by Karen Randau
Black Diamond Graves by Wendy Fallon
Deadly Misfire by Laurie Fagen
Cassidy’s Deadly Exit by Marla J. Hayes
The Quinnipiac Disappearance by Lee Tidball

A severed head. A philandering husband. A skeleton in the basement. This was not the perfect wedding Rita Avery planned for her daughter Zoe!

Rita Avery and her detective husband Cliff arrive at New Jersey’s Tawnee Mountain Resort prepared to greet Zoe’s wedding guests in just three hours. Who would have expected to find a man’s torso in their closet?

Things explode into high gear when the victim’s head shows up at the golf equipment shack. A good look at his social media makes Rita wonder if a wife murdered her husband as revenge for infidelity. Or did a secret admirer decide to liberate the wife from her scoundrel husband?
Worse, is Zoe in life-threatening danger . . . again?
And will Rita and Cliff escape the trap in which the murderer snares them?

Murder and a passel of twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Zoe’s wedding is the most exciting you’ll attend!


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Guest Post

Ideals Galore

By Karen Randau

The most often asked question I get when I speak to groups is where I get the ideas for my books. For the most part, they pop up when I’m doing something else. That said, everything that happens is a potential novel or a scene in a novel.

My first manuscript never got published, but the idea for it is entertaining and worth telling.

When my son came home from a Boy Scout trip gushing about a sighting that sounded to me like Bigfoot, I made up a story to explain why the kids get to see such things and not the moms. After five major edits and pitching it to New York publishers who wanted me to rewrite the story for elementary school kids, I set it aside and used the many lessons I had learned to manufacture the setting and protagonist for my Rim Country Mysteries, which now include Deadly Deceit, Deadly Inheritance, and Deadly Choices. Deadly Payload will be out this summer.

The ideas for these books have come from things like news headlines, a travel brochure, what-if daydreams, and off-handed things people say. A scene in Deadly Choices came from a morning walk in the small Arizona mountain town where I live.

As I stretched oxygen into my muscles in the cool and crisp morning air, I stepped around the corner from my cul-de-sac, suddenly facing 10 majestic elk. Now wide awake and eyes darting, I pondered whether I should run or stand my ground. My hesitant half step forward sparked thunderous motion. The elk bolted into a nearby yard, found no outlet and returned to the middle of the street to stand perfectly still … I guess so I couldn’t see them.  After several tries, they eventually escaped through an unfenced yard. 

My most recent book is Deadly Reception, one of seven novellas in the multi-author Tawnee Mountain Mysteries. The idea for it came from the assignment the publisher gave me. Each of the seven authors was to take the characters from our own series to the same posh New Jersey resort.

All of my books are narrated by the protagonist, Rita Avery, a middle-aged Arizona mother of two grown children. In my first book, Deadly Deceit, Rita’s daughter Zoe was attending Northern Arizona University. It seemed to be time for Zoe to get married. What’s one of the things people do at resorts? Get married, of course. 

The thing I had to explain in Deadly Reception was why an entire family from resort-heavy Arizona would travel all the way across the country to throw their wedding in New Jersey. To do that, I developed the groom’s grandfather. He has a colorful past as a mob enforcer, and that left him too feeble in his old age to travel to Arizona. The families agreed to bring the wedding to him. As Rita is putting together the puzzle pieces for why there was a torso in her and her husband’s closet when they arrived at the resort, she wonders if Grandpa’s old lifestyle has caught up to her family.

If you like fast-paced mysteries with intrigue, action, and twists with a dash of romance, I hope you’ll head on over to Amazon and check out all of my books! I’d love to connect with you through my website or on Facebook.

About the Author

Karen Randau recently retired from an international humanitarian aid organization where she worked in marketing communications for nearly three decades. 

Her Rim Country Mysteries series currently has three novels: DEADLY DECEIT, about a woman whose husband was one of fourteen people killed in a movie theater shooting; DEADLY INHERITANCE, about the same woman who has remarried and gets locked in a Viking burial cave with a lit stick of dynamite while honeymooning in Scotland; and DEADLY CHOICES, about the same woman finding the mother she hasn’t seen in twenty-five years, only to discover a devastating secret. Her fourth book, DEADLY RECEPTION, is part of the multi-author Tawnee Mountain Mystery series of novellas and features the same character unraveling the mystery of why there was a torso in her closet when she check into a posh New Jersey resort.

Karen enjoys spending time with her grown children, playing with her dog, and hiking with her husband.




About the Author


Karen Randau is the author of the Rim Country Mystery series. Her fast-paced novels include Deadly DeceitDeadly Inheritance, and Deadly Choices, each with intricate plots and lots of action and told from the point of view of protagonist Rita Avery.


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Tour Participants

April 1 –StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

April 1 –Valerie’s Musings – CHARACTER GUEST POST

April 1 – Blogger Nicole Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

April 2 – fundinmental – SPOTLIGHT

April 2 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

April 2 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

April 3 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

April 3 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

April 3 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

April 4 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

April 4 – The Cozy Pages – REVIEW

April 5 – Varietats – REVIEW

April 5 – Ruff Drafts – GUEST POST

April 6 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW

April 6 – Babs Book Bistro – GUEST POST

April 7 – MJB Reviewer – REVIEW

April 7 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW