Saturday, June 8, 2019

A mini-interview with Jody Holford, author of the Britton Bay Mystery Series

Deadly News (A Britton Bay Mystery, #1)
by: Jody Holford
Series: Britton Bay Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
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Former Army brat Molly Owens is ready to put down roots, and the picturesque seaside town of Britton Bay on the Oregon Coast seems like the perfect place for it. Especially when she lands a job as editor of the local paper. But she’s got one colleague who’s very bad news...

As an experienced journalist, Molly is eager to bring the struggling Britton Bay Bulletin up to speed. But when she pushes Vernon, one of her less welcoming reporters, to dig a little deeper into the story of a prominent local family, the man ends up dead. The fact that he wasn’t well-liked makes finding the killer extra complicated. The lists of suspects range from his ex-wife to his own son to Molly’s boss, who has a secret of his own. But when Molly’s attempts to sleuth out the truth result in her receiving frightening threats, the trouble is just beginning...

The one bright spot is Molly’s newfound flirtation with Sam Alderich. The sexy mechanic is used to taking things apart and piecing them back together, and between the two of them they just might be able to solve this deadly puzzle—if Molly can survive peaceful small-town life long enough...

Deadly Vows (A Britton Bay Mystery, #2)
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Former Army brat Molly Owens is happily settling into her new life in the seaside town of Britton Bay—and into new her job as editor-in-chief of the local paper. But as tourists discover the desirable spot, the tide along the Oregon Coast is turning...

Britton Bay is buzzing with preparations for a wedding at the bed and breakfast where Molly rents a small carriage home. Molly is even helping out and plans to interview the rising star caterer—until the woman is found dead. And then the bride-to-be goes missing. To make matters worse, the venue is owned by Molly’s new boyfriend’s mother—and Molly was among the last people to see the victim alive. All of which makes solving the crime her top priority...

With the nuptials indefinitely on hold, Molly will have to sift through a sticky mix of suspects, including a rival caterer with a short fuse, a groom with an illicit secret, and a wedding party riddled with personal drama. And if she doesn’t discover the truth soon, Molly might be her own front-page news...

Hi Jody. Welcome back to Read Your Writes Book Reviews. How are you?
I’m great, thanks. And thank you for having me here.

You are more than welcome. I’m excited to talk with you. People know you as a romance author, but you’ve also started writing cozy mysteries. What can you tell readers about your Britton Bay Mystery series?
I can tell you that if you love romance, you won’t be disappointed because you can take the girl out of romance writing… But I can also tell you that there’s plenty of mystery as well. Molly has been somewhat of a drifter—being an army brat will do that to a person. When she arrives in this seaside town not far from Oregon, something shifts inside of her. She finds a sense of belonging, not just at her job, but with the community.

What's your favorite part about writing the series?
I love writing the Molly and Sam scenes, especially when Tigger is with them. Tigger reminds me of my dogs and their need to just be on my husband at all times. You’ll see in the story that Tigger has a tendency to just flop on people’s feet. I also love writing the secondary characters.

Please tell readers, who haven’t read this series before about the main and secondary characters.
Molly answered an online ad for a editor in chief position at the Britton Bay Bulletin which is struggling to stay alive.

Alan, her boss, is a fair and kind man but has secrets of his own that put Molly on edge. With her history, she has a hard time trusting her own instincts and book one, Deadly News, has a lot of her trying to feel people out as she meets them.

After the death of her colleague, Vernon, she has to figure out how all of these new people fit into the puzzle.

She immediately meets Sam, the local auto mechanic and is charmed by his easy-going nature. Through him, she finds a place to live. His mother owns the local bed and breakfast and rents a little cottage on the property to Molly. She’s close to her parents and keeps in touch with them frequently but coming to Britton Bay shows Molly what it’s like to create her own version of family.

Charismatic characters like Calliope, who owns the Come N’ Get It Eatery, make it easy to warm up to the town.

You know how much I love this series, at least I hope you do. But I really love that you give an equal amount of time to the romance between Molly and Sam. Was that done intentionally on your part, or did it just sort of happen?
Thank you. It makes me so happy that you enjoy it and I truly appreciate all the tweets/RT and nods on social media. Thank you for that. I’d never written a cozy mystery but I loved them from the first one and part of what drew me in, as a romance reader, is the love connection and the way it’s there but isn’t riddled with conflict (not usually anyway because the conflict is for the mystery). When I set out to write my own, I modeled it after that style and was extremely pleased when my editor was fine with the amount of romance in there. I wanted it in there but didn’t know if it would fly. So far, people don’t seem to mind.

Jody, thank you so much for answering some of my burning questions about your Britton Bay Mystery series.
Absolutely my pleasure.

The Britton Bay Mystery Series:

Deadly News ~ Review
Deadly Vows ~ Review

Deadly Ride releases October 22, 2019

Jody Holford is a multi-published author who has a soft spot for happily ever after. So much so, she tattooed the words on her arm. She’s a mom and a wife, a friend, sister, daughter, teacher, and book-lover. Her stories have a little heat and a lot of heart. And maybe, some swoon-worthy moments that will make you smile.

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