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A Ghostly Mortality By Tonya Kappes: Review/Giveaway

IN THE February 4 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
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by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of A Ghostly Mortality, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

After being hit on the head by a falling Santa decoration, “Emma Lee Raines sees dead people,” not the most acceptable of talents, but she finds herself being hounded by recent murder victims desperate for answers that will allow them to cross over. She has had to keep quiet about this “Funeral Trauma,” as it is referred to by her doctor and others, since no one seems to be sympathetic. But that’s very hard when you have a very distraught ghost vying, often annoyingly, for your attention. She has shared her ability with her hunky boyfriend and county sheriff and a psychic who says she has the gift of a “Betweener.” And with every new betweener client, Emma Lee is off on a new murder investigation.

bookEmma Lee was able to help Jade Lee Peel cross over, so now all that remains is sending her off in style dressed in her pageant gown and tiara in a Cinderella carriage. Extremely busy finalizing details, Emma Lee is also on edge as she continues to try to get her sister, Charlotte, to sign the agreement selling her stake in the business they ran together, Eternal Slumber Funeral Home. Charlotte Rae has always been a ‘thorn’ in Emma Lee’s side, opposites as sisters, teasing her about the “Funeral Trauma” and predicaments she has often found herself, but when she went off to work in Lexington at Hardgrove Legacy Center, Emma knew it was time to part ways and run the business on her own. But, Charlotte has been less than cooperative, so, when she popped in at the funeral home, Emma is not happy…until she discovers no one else can see her there. Charlotte has been murdered, and has come to Emma Lee for help. “So you really can see dead people?”

Distraught, but determined, Emma Lee begins her investigation against the wishes of Jack Henry, her boyfriend sheriff, to leave it to the police, but “she is my sister!” So, Emma, often with Charlotte and a ghost cat in tow, heads off to follow up on every possibility from Lexington to Sleepy Hollow. Charlotte doesn’t remember much, most of the Betweener ‘clients’ don’t, but the flashes of memory, business files, questionable behaviors, and arguments all need to be pursued. Even Granny, herself torn up over losing her granddaughter, needs Emma Lee to help her through this. But Emma Lee does uncover several suspects including the Hardgrove siblings, a Bridezilla’s mom, competitive businesses, and did someone say a wife with a prenup?

Once again, I was totally entertained by Emma Lee and her “Betweener” gift in the sixth book of the Ghostly Southern Mystery series. Emma is clever, strong-willed, yet still working on her confidence. She loves her family and wants to help people during their most difficult time, even though now it’s her and Granny. The bit of romance is a nice respite from the investigation, and we continue to be delightfully engaged in all the small town squabbles and gossip. We were treated to engrossing suspense and an “Oh, my!” conclusion. The conflict between the sisters is one with which many of us can identify, and her unique opportunity to set things right and to share moments of real understanding between siblings is endearing and satisfying…I literally cried.

“A Ghostly Mortality” earns 5/5 glasses of Granny’s sweet tea & a slice of her apple pie!

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To enter to win A Ghostly Mortality, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “mortality,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen February 11, 2017. U.S. residents only for the print copy. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

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1 Lynn February 4, 2017 at 11:10am

sounds good, thanks for offering!


2 Cheryl Harding Smith February 4, 2017 at 12:32pm

would love to read this..thx. for opportunity


3 Jess D February 4, 2017 at 3:52pm

Love Tonya’s books! Definitely worth reading! Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com


4 Kathleen Kendler
Twitter: @Kathleen
February 4, 2017 at 3:53pm

I have a few of Tonya’s books in my TBR. read a short story of hers last night.
kckendler at gmail dot com


5 Mary irvine
Twitter: @maryirv
February 4, 2017 at 4:02pm

Wow!!! Would love to win this awesome book!!!!


6 Brooke Bumgardner
Twitter: @xbrookeb28x
February 4, 2017 at 4:17pm

Tonya’s books are always so much fun! I loved the earlier books in this series and can’t wait to read this one.
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7 Cynthia Blain February 4, 2017 at 6:59pm

What a nice write up and review. Would be interested in reading Tonya’s book although i would need to catch up in this series first. Thank you.



8 Jill Broussard February 4, 2017 at 8:23pm

Looking forward to reading Tonya’s newest upcoming release. Thankyou for the opportunity! minishoes@msn.com


9 Caryn St.Clair February 5, 2017 at 4:45am

I love this series! Thanks for the chance to win. stclairck@gmail.com


10 LuAnn February 5, 2017 at 8:56am

Thank you for this opportunity. Love Tonya’s books.


11 peggy clayton February 5, 2017 at 10:47am

Love Tonya’s books and so surprised that the giveaway is for a print copy and that rarely happens I know as I can only read print due to severely disabled and always have to pass up her contests as it is always an ebook. So would love the chance to read a print copy and post a few reviews. ptclayton2@aol.com


12 Margaret Rushton
Twitter: @cupcake5858
February 5, 2017 at 12:58pm

I love this series. Thanks for the chance to win.


13 Linda Moffitt
Twitter: @LindaMoffitt02
February 5, 2017 at 1:50pm

Looks Like A Great Book. Thanks for the chance to win. I would love to read it. 🙂


14 Linda Moffitt
Twitter: @LindaMoffitt02
February 5, 2017 at 1:55pm

Thanks for sharing with us iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com


15 Sabrina Norris February 5, 2017 at 1:51pm

Highly recommend this book


16 Kristi Lewis
Twitter: @Kristilynn001
February 5, 2017 at 1:52pm

Thanks for a chance to win. This looks like a very interesting read. I can only imagine what I would think if I saw dead people!


17 Stormi February 5, 2017 at 1:53pm

Love Tonya’s books, can’t wait to get to this series.
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18 Donna Harms February 5, 2017 at 2:03pm

I love Tonya’s books! This is a great series!


19 Pam February 5, 2017 at 2:03pm

I love Tonya’s books. Thanks for this chance.


20 Joanie Hinton February 5, 2017 at 2:05pm

love Tonya’s books….can’t wait to read more of her books


21 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
February 5, 2017 at 2:08pm

I love this cover. Thank you for the chance to win.


22 Sarah February 5, 2017 at 2:20pm

Great series. Can’t wait to read this one. Nice blog.


23 Melissa February 5, 2017 at 2:31pm

Great review! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!


24 Karen B February 5, 2017 at 2:32pm

Great series – great review – thanks!


25 sally February 5, 2017 at 3:31pm

Thanks for the chance to win! Love reading her books!


26 Judy Tucker February 5, 2017 at 3:41pm

I’m intrigued and want to read.


27 Barbara Hawk
Twitter: @angelhwk68
February 5, 2017 at 3:48pm

Love this series! Can’t wait to read the newest release!


28 girlfromwva February 5, 2017 at 3:53pm

cannot wait to read this book! Tonya’s books are awesome!


29 Linda May February 5, 2017 at 3:59pm

Love Tonya’s books, this would be a great Birthday present for me to win, my Birthday is Feb. 8th. Thanks for this generous giveaway. lindamay4852@yahoo.com


30 Cynthia S. February 5, 2017 at 4:07pm

I love this series and am looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!


31 Doward Wilson February 5, 2017 at 5:04pm

A very favorite series & author. Thanks for the chance to win.


32 Debi Paglia February 5, 2017 at 6:19pm

Love this series and love Tonya Kappes!!!


33 miki February 6, 2017 at 12:02am

i absolutely LOVE this series!!

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34 Sandy McCarthy February 6, 2017 at 4:03am

Would love to read. Always looking for a new series to read


35 Tami Schafer February 6, 2017 at 6:03am

Love Tonya’s books and her such a wonderful person


36 Becky Wilhoite February 6, 2017 at 2:27pm

This is a great series. Everyone needs to read Tonya Kappes!


37 Jeanine Carlson February 6, 2017 at 10:53pm

I’d love a copy- thanks for the chance!


38 Marlene Ezell February 7, 2017 at 4:18am

This book sounds awesome. Thanks ever so much for the giveaway.


39 Dianne Casey February 7, 2017 at 7:47pm

I love this series. Can’t wait to read “A Ghostly Mortality”.


40 Sandy McCarthy February 10, 2017 at 11:43am

Would love a chance to read. Always looking for a new author


41 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
February 21, 2017 at 12:14pm

We have a winner!


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