Today I would like to introduce you to Kari Lee Townsend, author of Tempest in the Tea Leaves. I will be reviewing Tempest soon, and I’m very excited about it – I’ve heard it’s quite good. Ms. Townsend has written a guest post for you all to enjoy. But first, here’s the synopsis of the book:
In the fortune telling business there are a lot of pretenders, but Sunshine Meadows is the real deal—and her predictions can be lethally accurate…
Sunny is a big city psychic who moves to the quaint town of Divinity, NY to open her fortune-telling business in an ancient Victorian house, inheriting the strange cat residing within. Sunny gives her first reading to the frazzled librarian and discovers the woman is going to die. When the woman flees in terror, Sunny calls the police, only she’s too late. The ruggedly handsome, hard-nosed detective is a ”non-believer.” He finds the librarian dead, and Sunny becomes his number one suspect, forcing her to prove her innocence before the real killer can put an end to the psychic’s future.
I really enjoy a good mystery, and can’t wait to get into it. And now for the guest post.
Who is Morty?
If Morty could talk, what would he say? Morty is a big, beautiful cat with jet black eyes and pristine white fur that looks like it’s glowing at times. He was in the ancient Victorian house that had been locked up tight for months when Sunny moved in, but no one in town knows anything about him. Sunny tries to take care of him, but he never eats or sleeps (that she knows of). And he’s so fast. One minute he’s in one place, and then he’s suddenly someplace else, almost as if he magically vanishes and reappears at will. Or he travels at supersonic speed. She’s not really sure. But she is sure that he’s very smart and full of attitude and has a haughty, regal quality about him. He has a way of looking down his nose at people like he’s entitled, and making it clear he is the ruler of the house. Let’s just say he doesn’t warm up to many people. If he really could talk, there’s no telling what he’d say.
Who says I can’t talk? I’m not saying that I can. I’m just saying people don’t know much about me, and I like it that way. I’ve been called mysterious, among other things I won’t dignify with a response. They don’t know who…or what…I really am. I have no intention of telling anyone, but I’m confident Sunny will figure it out someday. I like her. She has sass and spunk and she’s got gumption. That’s why I decided to let her stay. She makes a fine pet when she behaves, though she doesn’t always listen. She has a knack for landing herself in trouble. I’m constantly having to save her, most times from herself.
Then there’s Detective Mitch Stone. She calls him Grumpy Pants. I can think of a few other choice words I’d rather call him, but I’m too dignified for that. I don’t much care for the detective. I can tell he’s hiding something. I’m extremely loyal and very protective of what’s mine. I won’t allow him to hurt Sunny. She might act like she’s indifferent toward the detective, but I can tell she’s falling hard. If I’m being honest, I can tell the stubborn oaf is falling just as hard for her as well, but he’d never admit it. Part of my problem is I’m jealous. Like I said…Sunny is mine.
Maybe someday I’ll reveal who and what I really am, but right now I’m having way too much fun “playing” with people. They actually think Vicky, the ancient Victorian house that is our home, is haunted. These towns people are a simple lot. I have to chuckle. If they only knew what I am capable of, they wouldn’t fear the house…they’d fear me. Sunny’s smart. She suspects what’s really going on and I can tell she gets upset with me when I won’t stop “playing.” What can I say? It’s her fault for inviting strangers into my home to give them a reading. I don’t share easily, and I’ve never played nice in the sandbox. But I suppose I could be a bit better about trying to behave. I might not like Sunny’s business, but I don’t want to see her fail. I know it would crush her, and thrill her parents to pieces. Speaking of which, they are nothing like her, and I won’t give them the satisfaction of telling her, “I told you so!”
Anyway, as I was saying, maybe someday I’ll shed some light on who and what I am. In the meantime, you’ll just have to keep reading Kari Lee Townsend’s Fortune Teller Mystery Series to find out.
Kari Lee Townsend lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, her three busy boys, and her oh-so-dramatic daughter, who keep her grounded and make everything she does worthwhile…not to mention provide her with loads of material for her books. Kari is a longtime lover of reading and writing, with a masters in English education, who spends her days trying to figure out whodunit. Funny how no one at home will confess any more than the characters in her mysteries!
Kari writes fun and exciting stories for any age, set in small towns, with mystical elements and quirky characters. You can find out more about her on her website www.karileetownsend.com and also on the group mystery blog she cohosts, called Mysteries and Margaritas, at www.mysteriesandmargaritasblogspot.com. You can also follow her on twitter at http://twitter.com/karileetownsend and like her Facebook Author Page at www.facebook.com/karileetownsendAUTHOR.
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