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Monday, September 19, 2016

Kelly Klepfer and Free Books!

 photo 61tvSrINcpL_zps0lmue1fa.jpgWhen the retirement center’s chef is found dead, two retired sisters-in-law decide to solve the case, but their zany attempts to track down the killer leads them on a downward spiral into drugs, extortion, and worst of all . . . broken hearts.

Before we meet today's featured authors, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of Down Squash Blossom Road, by Janet Bly, is:


Congratulations! We'll get your e-book right out to you.

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And now let's visit with novelists Michelle Griep and Kelly Klepfer, co-authors of the Romantic Cozy Mystery, Out of the Frying Pan (Bling! Romance - Lighthouse of the Carolinas, September 2016).

 photo Michelle Head Shot 2015_zpsnkc4f6rn.jpgMichelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. Historical romance is her usual haunt. The Captive Heart is her latest release. Follow her escapades at www.michellegriep.com or www.writerofftheleash.blogspot.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

 photo unnamed_zpsqq3vzdyh.jpgKelly Klepfer had ambitions to graduate from the school of life quite awhile ago, but alas . . . she still attends and is tested regularly. Her co-authored cozy/quirky mystery, Out of the Frying Pan, is the culmination of several of the failed/passed tests. Kelly, though she lives with her husband, two Beagles and two hedgehogs in Iowa, can be found at Novel Rocket, Novel Reviews, Scrambled Dregs, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter with flashes of brilliance (usually quotes), randomocities, and learned life lessons.

Kelly answers most of the questions, below.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

-- I have two hedgehogs. Yes. They are as cute as you’d think. And pokey. And a wee bit high-maintenance.

-- I always wanted to sing on worship team but have no training as a singer and once my voice was called “twangy” so I have never felt like I could. One day a few years ago I felt like God was calling me to join our worship team. Though I’m still insecure about my voice I sing almost every Sunday and it feels so good.

-- I love being in my fifties. Freedom from people pleasing and grandkids is the best season of my life.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Out of the Frying Pan.

 photo 61tvSrINcpL_zps0lmue1fa.jpgRetired sisters-in-law, Fern and Zula, stumble over the retirement community’s dead cook—and clearly this is not the usual cholesterol related death. Their amateur sleuthing almost upends the crime scene.

Detective Jared Flynn finds himself facing past ghosts and clutching, concoction-wielding grandmas as the complicated investigation unfolds. Fern and Zula’s niece KC enters the picture, and Jared’s world turns on its axis—especially when the people he’s grown to care about are endangered. He doesn’t hesitate to dive into danger to save them. Turns out that Paradise is not the quiet little piece of peace the entrance sign promises.

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

Goodness. We have four equally lovable characters. A zany, full-of-life and color self-made chef diva, Zula, with a heart the size of a unicorn’s. A reserved, mystery-loving pilates teaching artist named Fern, who prefers God’s palette of colors and creation over her sister-in-law’s. Detective Jared Flynn solves crime in smaller town Florida after nearly losing his life in the big city cesspool. His heart is as bruised as his body, and he’s longing for someone to be his first good morning and last hug of the night. Kansas City resident and niece of the Hopkins’ ladies, KC, just wants to curl up and be left alone so she can heal from her crushed heart. But instead she goes to protect her aunts. Fifi the wonderdog only requires regular walks, treats, and maybe some cute new outfits.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

 photo leapyear-matthew-goode_zpsngti7ivr.jpgJared Flynn = Matthew Goode from Leap Year

 photo images_zpsvob9srzv.jpegKC Hopkins = Emma Stone

 photo Unknown_zpskpznhj29.jpegFern Hopkins = Blythe Danner

 photo Unknown-1_zpsjntmr7cb.jpegZula Hopkins = Cybill Shepherd

 photo Unknown-2_zps7xkygwkc.jpegFifi = Tuna the Instagram sensation

Tell us about a scene in your novel and name a piece of music that would make good background music. 

 Cue "Book of Love" for this scene . . .

Jared and KC enter Zula’s garden, which is exploding in color and scents, and now tension.

KC needs to unload some baggage, and Jared’s thoughts are swirling.

In a sudden explosion of emotion, KC loses control. Jared helplessly watches, amazed at the melting makeup and the canvas of her face turning into a modern art piece. Even more amazing to him are the feelings that well up inside his heart as she spills all of her pain at his feet.

Now cue "Viva la Vida."

While KC and Jared are outside, Fern and Zula are forced to put aside an argument and focus on an impromptu dinner party. Because Zula cannot serve anything but a feast, Fern puts on her apron and conjures her inner Julia Childs for Chef Diva Zula. When Zula enters the zone, performing her culinary magic in a graceful and beautiful dance, Fern observes Zula produce extra arms while she cooks, flips, whips and ladles all at the same time. But as soon as the aprons come off, the verbal jousting resumes with a mighty clash.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

If I Run by Terri Blackstock. I just finished it and it was full of tension, intrigue and characters I rooted for. Terri knocked this one out of the park. Murder, broken yet growing and kind characters, tight prose, private investigator procedural, and a plot that could have fallen out of a current newspaper. A page turner that leaves me hoping for book two to hurry up.

What are you working on now?

Book number two for the Hopkins sisters. Zula is planning a big event. Fern is working on damage control.

Where else can readers find you online?

Our bios (above) have all the links to the places the fun kids hang out. We get invited sometimes.

The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

Why do you read?

Thanks, Kelly, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Kelly and Michelle have offered to give an e-copy of their book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 3. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kelly's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

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Melanie Backus said...

I read for knowledge on a subject. I read to bring pleasure to myself. I read to see other places from the comfort of my home. I read for relaxation and enjoyment.

mauback55 at gmail dot com

Kelly Klepfer said...

Great reasons to read, Melanie! Thanks for commenting.

Trish, thanks so much for inviting us to your blog. I had fun adding music to our scenes!

Author and Editor Sandra D. Bricker said...

I am so proud of you two! This book was my acquisition, and I love seeing how the cover eventually evolved. This is a highly recommended read, and I love the interview.

Brenda Arrington said...

The majority of the books I read is Christian fiction. I do enjoy non fiction books, also. I would love to read this one. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
Brenda in VA

Library Lady said...

I read for pleasure, read to get away from it all and what better place is there to read, than on the beach.
I've always loved to read and cannot imagine my life without books.
Janet E.

Kelly Klepfer said...

Thanks, Sandra! You were an awesome editor and so encouraging! Thank you!!!

Kelly Klepfer said...

Brenda and Janet! Amen to your reasons. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Trish Perry said...

I especially love to read right before going to bed, especially if my day job has been particularly taxing. The last thing I want to dream about is my day job! Sometimes the input from the novel I'm reading will kick start far more interesting dreams.

Kelly Klepfer said...

I love that response, Trish. Yes. Dreaming about interesting fiction definitely makes for better dreams than our current social climate!!!! Yikes!



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