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VBT – TYING THE KNOT

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Tying the Knot
by E.C. Bell

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GENRE: Paranormal mystery

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BLURB:

Marie Jenner just wants a Vegas holiday.

When psychic Crystal Demoines tells James Lavall that his uncle’s spirit is trapped in Las Vegas, Marie is thrilled. All she’ll have to do is help Jimmy “anything for a buck” Lavall move on to the next plane of existence, and then she and James can have the holiday of her dreams.

But she never dreamed that a lieutenant of the drug kingpin from Edmonton would be staying at the same hotel as her and James, and that James would become his new best friend. Or that she’d have to find Jimmy’s girlfriend Rita—who disappeared the same night Jimmy died—before he would finally move on. Or that the most powerful man in the hotel would be looking for Rita too. To find the money she stole.

And Marie never dreamed that she’d be planning a Vegas wedding in the middle of it all. But she is.

Looks like her dream vacation is about to become a nightmare.

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EXCERPT

WE DROPPED THE rental car off with the valet and got the keys for our room on the sixth floor.

“Can you remember what room your uncle died in?” I asked as we waited in a small crowd at the bank of elevators. A couple of people glanced at us, looking fairly aghast, and I wished I hadn’t said anything.

“Room 214,” James replied. “According to Crystal.”

The crowd around us backed away, and I guessed that people didn’t want to hear about someone dying here. Even though it was the truth.

The elevator opened and two men walked out. They pushed past us like we weren’t even there, and I glared, trying to think of a truly cutting remark to make. But I stopped, because there was something familiar about one of the guys. At least I thought there was.

Seeing people out of context sometimes made it very hard to connect the dots, memory-wise, but I was certain I’d seen him somewhere before. Not recently, but when I opened my mouth to ask James if he recognized him, he gently placed his hand on my arm like he could read my mind.

“Not now,” he said.

So I shut my mouth and watched the men walk past. They were dressed in suits, and I blinked when I realized I could see the outline of a gun under the armpit of one of them.

Who the heck were they?

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

E.C. Bell is the author of the award winning paranormal Marie Jenner Mystery series. She lives in Alberta, Canada, and when she’s not writing, she’s scouting out new locations for her upcoming novels or renovating her round house where she lives with her husband and their two rescue dogs.
That’s right. Her house is round.

Join her mailing list on her website at http://www.eileenbell.com/ for news about new books, upcoming appearances and, occasionally, recipes.
Follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ecbellmystery/
and Twitter at https://twitter.com/ApocalypseWoman

Marie Jenner Mystery series books, in order:
Seeing the Light
Drowning in Amber
Stalking the Dead
Dying on Second
Hearing Voices
Haunting the Haunted
Tying the Knot

Buy links for Tying the Knot

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tying-Knot-Marie-Jenner-Mystery-ebook/dp/B08ZSX5T13/

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Q&A With ….

Tell us about you as a person.

Oh wow! You want me to be real, right off the jump! All right, here I am in all my unvarnished glory!

I dread the thought of going back out into to the world, once this pandemic is finally over. The idea of going to writing conferences and conventions and all the other public events exhausts me, and if I never had to do them again, I wouldn’t.

I live in Edmonton, Alberta, and I love my home town. (Not my province, so much, because it is painfully conservative here.) But my city is a wonderful place to live, and if you ever visit, don’t just go to the stupid mall. (Used to be the biggest one in North America, but I don’t think it is any longer.) Check out the festivals. They are so much fun!

Even though I don’t generally like being out in public, I LOVE doing launches for my books. It’s so much fun to find the perfect place, and get everyone together to celebrate. The best launch I ever put together was for Dying on Second, in which my main character, Marie Jenner, takes up softball.

I rented the ball diamond where all the action in my book took place, and after we did all the launch things, we played ball. It was so much fun! (And the cool thing is, everybody still talks about it. I love it!)

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?

Honestly, right now it would be the Prime Minister of Canada. I wouldn’t really have much to say to him, but I’d give him a chance to talk about this past year and a half, and what our country has been through. And I’d never tell anyone what we talked about.

What’s the story behind your latest book?

The idea for Tying the Knot was actually built into Seeing the Light, the first book in the Marie Jenner Mystery series. In it, James Lavall’s uncle dies of a heart attack, in Vegas, and I always knew that Uncle Jimmy “anything for a buck” Lavall’s spirit would be trapped there, and that Marie and James would end up going to Vegas to help him move on to the next plane of existence.

I was also pretty sure that Marie would need a holiday, because I was planning on putting that girl through hell in the series, and she would deserve it. (It wasn’t the holiday she’d always dreamed about, but hey, they rarely are!)

What is your writing process?

Before the pandemic, I used to get up at 5 AM every morning and write. That little habit fell by the wayside, but I hope I’ll be able to get it back, because I write best early in the morning.

And, I listen to TV shows when I write. (I can’t listen to music, because I focus too much on the lyrics. But old TV shows? For some reason, I have no problem!) I listened to “Supernatural,” “Star Trek,” and “Pushing Daisies,” among others, while I wrote Tying the Knot.

Tell us about your main character:

When the series started, my main character, Marie Jenner, could see and interact with ghosts, but seriously hated it. She wanted a normal life, which was why she’d moved away from her dysfunctional family and stalkery ex-boyfriend, and into the city of Edmonton. But ghosts found her no matter where she went, and so, she ended up helping them move on to the next plane of existence. Reluctantly, but she did help them.

Now, she’s a little more comfortable with her powers, but she still has lessons to learn about dealing with the dead, and also about dealing with the living. Which makes her ever so much fun to write!

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.

This is a bit difficult, because I always saw Elliot Page, from the movie “Whip It,” though the character in that movie is a little young.(Marie is 25, in my head.) I’d envisioned a young woman who is tough, but who feels, deeply. Is good looking, but doesn’t realize it. And doesn’t realize the power she has.

What are you working on next?

I’m working on the last book in the series. I can barely believe that I made it to the end, but I have. It’s a hard book to write, because when it’s over, Marie’s life will be changed forever, and I feel badly about that. She was fun to work with, and I’m going to miss the girl.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?

The best bit of advice I can give writers is, don’t forget to celebrate every aspect of the writing experience. And really celebrate when the book is finally out in the world. It is an amazing accomplishment, and we , as writers, have to remember that.

What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?

Books, actually. Eden Robinson’s Trickster series. They are amazing books, and, after I finished the first one, I secretly wished that her main character could have a play date with Marie. It would be so interesting to bring those two characters together!

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?

Honestly, I don’t. Except, perhaps, for my ability to ignore how incredibly messy my house gets when I have a deadline coming up. I don’t even see how the dog has turned the living room into his own personal dog bed until the book’s in my editor’s hands. Then I look around and am amazed that someone could live this way. The dog loves it, but me? Not so much!

You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?

Being able to see through walls, when I want. When I walk my dog, I often wonder what’s going on inside the houses I pass. (Snoopy, what can I say?) It might be kind of cool to find out.

List 5 things on your bucket list:

  • Go to the Yukon. I’d love to hang around up there for a year or so. The Aurora borealis (Northern lights) look so amazing in pictures, I’d love to see them in real life.
  • Go to Newfoundland. (I mean, who wouldn’t want to go to the Rock?)
  • I’d like to visit every Neanderthal site in existence. Man, Neanderthals intrigue me.
  • I’d like to do the same thing for the Vikings.
  • And, I‘d like to write the great Canadian novel. Hey, why not?

Any final thoughts?

Writers, don’t forget to celebrate.

Readers, don’t forget to review. Reviews are the lifeblood of a writer’s career, so please review the books you read.

Oh, and writers? Do yourself a favour and don’t read the reviews.

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