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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Death on the Prairie by Kathleen Ernst Book Tour and Giveaway

Death on the Prairie by Kathleen Ernst

 
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Death on the Prairie
by Kathleen Ernst

Chloe and her sister Kari reminded me of my relationship with my sister, the two of us actually being a Laura and Mary pair…I was fascinated by the extra information about the Ingalls’ family and being able to say “I knew that!”
~Laura’s Interests
The characters are well-developed and the pace is steady… lovers of Little House on the Prairie will enjoy this book.
~Christa Reads and Writes
DeathOnThePrairieCoverWebDeath on the Prairie
(A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)

6th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Midnight Ink (October 8, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0738744704
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Synopsis:
Chloe Ellefson and her sister, Kari, have long dreamed of visiting each historic site dedicated to Laura Ingalls Wilder. When Chloe takes custody of a quilt once owned by the beloved author, the sisters set out on the trip of a lifetime, hoping to prove that Wilder stitched it herself.
But death strikes as the journey begins, and trouble stalks their fellow travelers. Among the “Little House” devotees are academic critics, greedy collectors, and obsessive fans. Kari is distracted by family problems, and unexpected news from Chloe’s boyfriend jeopardizes her own future. As the sisters travel deeper into Wilder territory, Chloe races to discover the truth about a precious artifact—and her own heart—before a killer can strike again.
Kathleen Ernst
About The Author –
Kathleen Ernst is a former museum curator who remains passionate about history!  In addition to the Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites series, she has written many books for American Girl, including nine about the historical character she created, Caroline Abbott. Over 1.5 million copies of Kathleen’s 33 titles have been sold. The Chloe series has earned a LOVEY Award for Best Traditional Mystery, and several of her mysteries for young readers have been finalists for Edgar or Agatha awards.
Author Links:
www.kathleenernst.com
www.sitesandstories.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/kathleenernst.author
Tea and a Book Interview
Kathleen Ernst
What inspired you to write your first book?
I was lucky enough to have parents who valued reading, and I grew up loving stories. My mom was a librarian, and she helped me find library books that particularly appealed to me. Reading great books inspired me to try writing my own, and I still learn a lot about writing by reading!
When did you first start writing?
I was about ten when I started writing stories. We didn’t write a lot of fiction in school, so writing became a hobby.
When did you finish your first book?
I finished my first novel when I was fifteen. It was never published—for which I’m truly grateful—but I’m proud of it. The experience proved that I could write a novel. After that I focused on learning my craft and learning about the publishing industry.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I have always loved history. My family often visited museums and historic sites when I was a child, and I started reading historical fiction and biographies at a young age. I’ve had 33 books published, and all are about history and heritage in one way or another. I enjoy mysteries in part because the genre supports series. As a reader, I love finding a wonderful series and knowing that I can go on a long multi-book ride with the characters.
My Chloe Ellefson mysteries feature a curator at a large historic site (I job I used to hold!) and each volume features a special historic place or museum. Chloe gets involved in crime-solving because something that happened in the past influences current events.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Well, Laura Ingalls Wilder tops the list! I devoured her books as a child. I re-read them several times while writing Death on the Prairie: A Chloe Ellefson Mystery (which features Wilder homesites), and marvel at how well they hold up for adults.
My favorites list is constantly changing, but in general I look for fiction with complex characters, an engaging plot, and a strong sense of place.
What book are you reading now?
I just began The Daring Ladies of Lowell, by Kate Alcott.
My blog is called Tea and a book. I love to just sit, and read a good book, drink tea, have a muffin or maybe a scone.
What is your favorite type of tea?
Orange spice.
If you don’t drink tea, what’s your favorite beverage to drink while reading a good book?
Although I do enjoy tea on wintry days, my vice is mocha lattes. I’m addicted.
Do you have a favorite food/recipe to go with your tea?
Kuchen! Here’s a link to a post on my blog that contains the recipe (and a photograph of me in the way-back days, working as an interpreter in a restored farmhouse):
https://sitesandstories.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/kuchen/


Purchase Links:
Amazon
http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780738744704
http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Death-Prairie/Kathleen-Ernst/9780738744704
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/death-on-the-prairie-kathleen-ernst/1121090583

TOUR PARTICIPANTS
October 9 – Laura’s Interests – Review, Giveaway
October 10 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
October 11 – StoreyBook Reviews – Guest Post, Giveaway
October 12 – readalot – Review
October 13 – Tea and A Book – Review, Interview
October 14 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Spotlight, Giveaway
October 15 – Omnimystery News – Guest Post  
October 16 – View from the Birdhouse – Review, Giveaway
October 17 – Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post
October 18 – Frankie Bow’s Blog – Spotlight
October 19 – Back Porchervations – Review
October 20 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Interview, Giveaway
October 21 – Book Splurge – Review
October 22 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review, Giveaway


 
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