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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Another great review for DYE, DYEING, DEAD!

This time, in the August 2014 issue of Over my Dead Body online mystery 'zine, reviewed by Cherie Jung:

"DYE, DYEING, DEAD introduces readers who haven’t met her previously in the author’s short stories, to Kendra Louise Harper, in the first novella of the Nameless, Texas mystery series. Kendra is an avid gardener, folklorist, and amateur sleuth. Her plan for the day was to help her Aunt Jewel with a Natural Dyeing with Plants workshop for the garden club. Before the workshop concluded, a dead body turned up and a witness claimed that Aunt Jewel bashed the victim over the head. No one really believed Aunt Jewel was the killer except the sheriff. Hence it was up to Kendra to change his mind.

The author has a folksy, fun style of writing with a clever turn of phrase. She has assembled quite a group of characters that readers are sure to find amusing. The dialogue is witty and sparkles.  Nameless, Texas is a town I want to visit again! 

DYE, DYEING, DEAD is a 35,000 word novella. I love novellas! Since I read a lot of short stories and a lot of full length books, when I get a chance to read a novella, it seems like the perfect length to me."

Thank you, Cherie!

bobbi c.









Saturday, August 23, 2014

Short Stories--How I'm Inspired, Where I Get My Ideas and What-not

Dear friends,

I was lucky this morning to be interviewed by Linda Hall (fellow Short Mystery Fiction Society member)  on her Short Story Summer Spectactular!  She asked some hard questions, and we talk about inspiration for my short stories, how I write them, where I get my ideas, etc.

http://lrhallbooks.blogspot.com/2014/08/summer-short-story-spectacular-season-1_23.html

Please read, leave a comment, etc. In the comments, there are several links to free stories to read online. Not all mysteries, but hope they're all fun!

Happy trails!

bobbi c.

One of my "Nameless, Texas" short stories, available on Amazon for the Kindle

Friday, August 22, 2014

Everything you Need to Know about Me - LOL

Dear friends,

This morning, I was interviewed over on Lois Winston's Book Club Friday blog where I talk about my writing history, where I get my inspiration, how small towns and quirky individuals have influenced my work---you might even learn some stuff my mama doesn't  know! LOL

http://anastasiapollack.blogspot.com/2014/08/book-club-friday-author-bobbi-chukran.html





Happy trails!

bobbi c.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

First (great!) Review for DYE, DYEING, DEAD

 Dear friends,

The first review of my new mystery novella, DYE, DYEING, DEAD, was published this morning in the Kings River Life magazine. I love reviews like this, because it confirms that readers "get" my characters and what I'm trying to do with the story.

And the fact that the reviewer, Cynthia Chow, is a librarian is icing on the cake. :-)
Stop by before August 23rd and leave a comment for a chance to win an autographed copy of the paperback! 


"After the end of her marriage and equipped with a college degree that usually requires additional doctorates to insure employment, the chance to live with her aunt was a godsend for folklorist Kendra Harper. The contrast between Austin and tiny Nameless, Texas was a bit of a shock, but it gives Kendra the chance to research and write about ghost stories and local legends. When Kendra isn’t at a cemetery photographing tombstones, she helps Aunt Jewel with gardening classes. The most recent is the prophetically titled Dyeing with Plants workshop.

The class for the Nameless Garden Club has a rocky start as the ladies arrive fully dressed for a formal Southern Tea and bring along their own heckler. Eula-Mae Bunch spends the entire workshop denouncing the need for natural dyes while praising cheaper manufactured versions. Aunt Jewel finally kicks Eula-Mae out. The next time the abrasive woman is seen, she’s a corpse.

Jewel’s neighbor declares he witnessed Jewel kill Eula-Mae which means the sheriff isn’t going to look too hard in any other direction. Knowing how gossip can damage a reputation, Kendra and her best friend Jeremy Clifford conduct their own investigation to discover who among Eula-Mae’s many enemies was finally pushed over the edge. The fact that Eula-Mae was on a righteous march to censor the library certainly doesn’t make her any more sympathetic.

As a novella, the pace moves quickly while still fleshing out the characters of Kendra and her closest friends. Readers may spot the clues and the identity of the murderer far ahead of Kendra, but she has the task of weeding through numerous suspects, none of whom are shedding a tear for Eula-Mae. The tone remains light with Jeremy encapsulating most of the humor with his eccentricities and Spock ears. Kendra has a low-key romantic relationship with a deputy and even Aunt Jewel may have a potential beau on the horizon which makes this a very funny and romantic blend of Southern charm and mystery."

Thank you, Cynthia, and thank you Lorie!

bobbi c.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

THREE Amazon Bestsellers!

Dear friends!
 
--> My new mystery novella, DYE, DYEING, DEAD is #64 in the Amazon Top Selling 100 books in the GARDENING & HORTICULTURE HERBS category! 

Missy says, "Say what?"

AND....my Cooking with Herbs and Spices booklet is #52 in the same category! Woohooo!

One of my short stories is also considered an Amazon bestseller.

Happy trails,

bobbi c.

Friday, August 1, 2014

It's a Cattywampus Christmas! Another Play turned Novel

Coming for Christmas, 2014. . .

Another play-turned-novel. Another story featuring the quirky folks who live in Nameless, Texas. Another story where toys come to life and . . . wait? WHAT?


If you like sassy cats, comic fantasy adventure tales, Monty Python, The Wizard of Oz, Lost in Space and vintage holidays, you'll love this story.

Inspired by my prize-winning play, DOT & THE (AMAZING TECHNICOLOR) QUEST FOR THE REAL SANTA CLAUSE.

Coming soon to e-book retailers here and there, everywhere, on- and off-planet.

Monday, July 28, 2014

How my Photography Inspires my Stories

Dear friends and readers,

Today over on Lois Winston's Anastasia Pollack's blog, I'm doing a guest post about how my original photography spawns story ideas, and how I use the photos to illustrate my self-published stories.

http://www.amazon.com/Bobbi-A.-Chukran/e/B005UK1P7M

http://www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com/2014/07/crafts-with-anastasia-guest-author-and_28.html

Take a look, and leave a comment!  Thanks.

bobbi c.
DYE, DYEING, DEAD—A Texas Garden Craft Novella now available
at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1nU5y7q
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/459882
Apple bookstore http://bit.ly/1jZwZ4v