MAGIC, MAYHEM, and MURDER by January Bain ***Excerpt -- Giveaway***

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Book one in Manitoba Tea & Tarot Mysteries series

Charm McCall, armed with a library full of Agatha Christie stories and her unique witchy gifts, knows how to solve a small-town murder…

Charm McCall, the oldest of the McCall triplets by a whole day—or one minute before midnight if one’s being picky—is the designated driver for her whole town. Why, if it wasn’t for her, Snowy Lake would incinerate or fall into Hudson’s Bay. With her unique abilities, she’s all set to keep her family and town safe and on its proper course.

That is, until a hot Mountie moves into town, a busload of strippers breaks down on Main Street and Mrs. Hurst goes and gets herself murdered with poisoned jam. Jam crafted by Charm’s family at the Tea & Tarot café. Now it’s up to her to solve the murders—yes, plural, when another local business owner ends up dead.

Charm knows just what to do. What’s breaking a few laws if she can sleuth out the culprit? She knows the people of Snowy Lake better than any new lawman possibly could. So why can’t he just leave her be to get on with things?

And why does he have to be so darn hot?

Read an Excerpt

“You know, the saskatoon bushes are ripe. Anybody want to go picking later?” I asked, pretty much knowing the answer.

Star groaned the loudest. “I hate mosquitoes. This year they’re as big as dragonflies, I swear.”

“Two words. Bug spray.”

“Yuck. I hate that stuff. I’ll smell like a chemical factory.”

“Better than smelling like a homeless person with no access to soap, which is what we’ll be if we don’t step up our game and bring in more income.”

“We do all right.” Star got that mulish look. “We’ve paid our own way. And I was hoping that maybe I could take a little loan and head to—”

“Absolutely not! Every red cent goes into this café to keep it on a sound footing. Maybe one day we’ll even be able to franchise it, have a string of cafés all across Canada.”

“That’s your dream, Charm, not mine.”

Tulips looked up from working on her blog. “I have one word for you both for making a lot more money—edibles. We could learn how to add marijuana to our muffins, brownies, slices and cookies. And sell them for three times as much. We should perfect the process now, before the October seventeenth deadline and the law makes it legal. We could beat everyone else to the game. Advertise online. If I mention them on my blog, it’ll bring in tons more traffic. In a year we’d all be filthy rich. I’ve been researching how to make cannabutter, proper dosages—everything. Even ganja-bread houses for Christmas. Just say the word and I’ll start the experiments rolling. They’d fly off the shelves like hotcakes.”

“Don’t you mean fly off the shelves like potcakes!” Star quipped.

“No! Absolutely not!” I was equal parts horrified and stunned.

About the Author:

January Bain has wished on every falling star, every blown-out birthday candle, and every coin thrown in a fountain to be a storyteller. To share the tales of high adventure, mysteries, and full blown thrillers she has dreamed of all her life. The story you now have in your hands is the compilation of a lot of things manifesting itself for this special series. Hundreds of hours spent researching the unusual and the mundane have come together to create books that features strong women who live life to the fullest, wild adventures full of twists and unforeseen turns, and hot complicated men who aren’t afraid to take risks. She can only hope her stories will capture your imagination.

If you are looking for January Bain, you can find her hard at work every morning without fail in her office with her furry baby, Ling Ling. And, of course, she’s married to the most romantic man! Who once famously remarked to her inquiry about buying fresh flowers for their home every week, “Give me one good reason why not?” Leaving her speechless and knocking her head against the proverbial wall for being so darn foolish. She loves flowers.

If you wish to connect in the virtual world she is easily found on Facebook. Oh, and she loves to talk books…

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting my book tour! Wishing you and your readers a great day!

  2. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  3. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

  4. How do you come up for the names of the characters in your book?

    1. That's a good question, Bernie. Sometimes they come organically, right off the hop, other times a main character name will change after I start writing. Thank goodness for word search and replace option! Thanks for asking and wishing you a great day!

  5. Would you consider co-authoring a book with someone else and if so are there any authors that you'd like to work with?

    1. Thanks for the question, Bea. A recent development with an editor/friend has me seriously considering this option for the first time. So this just might happen! Depends on schedules, etc., but yes, I am open to it. I LOVE to write and share my stories. I've got enough ideas for five lifetimes! Hugs, January

    2. That's awesome! Thank you for your response!

  6. Looking forward to reading this! Sounds very promising!


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