Monday, October 2, 2017

Blog Tour and Interview with TONYA KAPPES author of an AX TO GRIND: A Kenni Lowry Mystery

It's my pleasure to host and interview Tonya Kappes, author of AX TO GRIND today. Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

Hey girl! Well…..I’m five foot four inches, brown hair, brown eyes, and…Oh…you mean my writer self? Ha! 

I’ve got over 45 published novels. I write for three different traditional publishers as well as self publishing. This year marks my SEVEN year anniversary with a traditional publisher and ten years self publishing! WOW!!

My novels are all southern and set in Kentucky with some humor and quit a few murders. 

That is definitely a WOW! What sparked the idea to write this novel?
Ax To Grind is the third book in the Kenni Lowry Mystery Series. It’s about an author who died and left a manuscript that’s rumored to be a tell-all about all the people in the community. Of course her assistant is the only person who knows where the manuscript is and of course she’s murdered!

BUT the idea came to me after I’d done a mystery radio theater where there was a tell all book and people were getting murdered left and right over it. 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 
No! I want them to sit back, put their feet up and enjoy some good old fashion murder solving while they laugh at these crazy characters.

What are your favorite things to do besides writing?
I have four sons in college. My husband and I love to visit with them. Since we are empty nesters now, we like to ride bikes and spend time cooking together.

How long have you been writing? 
Over twelve years. 

What inspires you to write? 
My readers are my inspiration. I was a child therapist before the book gig and I loved that job. In some ways it was a lot easier than writing! My main why is for ONE reader to escape from their daily grind into one of my books just long enough to forget what’s been going on in their life.

Who designed the book cover? 
The publisher, but they do let me have input.

Can you give us a sneak peek on what you are working on now? 
Though this is the third novel in the series, it’s a ten book deal with the publisher and I’m currently working on the sixth book. 

So, I guess that means we can look forward to the fourth in the near future...  

What is the most fascinating/ craziest thing you have done in the name of research?

Nothing so crazy, but I did take a citizens arrest and citizens police academy class. I also took some baking lessons and cake decorating classes for a new Southern Bakers Mystery Series coming out in 2018.

Thank you Tonya, now let's share the information on AX TO GRIND:


Southerners keep their secrets swept under the rug, but what happens when that rug goes up for sale?

Bestselling author Berlye Stone, the most famous citizen to ever come out of Cottonwood, Kentucky, has died and put all her worldly possessions up for auction, but not without leaving one more manuscript behind. A hidden tell-all about Cottonwood that’s got more gossip than a ladies’ luncheon.

When Beryle’s assistant turns up with an ax in her back and the only witness is in a coma, Sheriff Kenni Lowry reckons someone in town will do anything to keep the manuscript from seeing the light of day. Her poppa’s ghost returns to help piece together the life of the Beryle he once knew, but his memory’s a little foggy, and any misstep could cause them a world of trouble. With the help of Deputy Finn Vincent, can Kenni sort through the secrets buried in Beryle’s books, or will this be her final chapter?

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About the Author
For years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been publishing numerous mystery and romance titles with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plot lines and quirky characters, but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans.

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