Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The McKinley Mysteries by Carolyn Arnold Tour & Giveaway

McKinley Mysteries
Carolyn Arnold

Published by: Hibbert and Stiles Publishing Inc.

Number of books in series as of May 2016: 10

Sleuth around with murder-solving duo Sean and Sara McKinley as they do whatever it takes to unravel a mystery while romancing it up along the way.

Romance. Humor. Murder. Are you looking for a murder mystery without all the graphic violence and foul language? Something that you can enjoy in an afternoon and walk away feeling good about afterward? How about a dash of humor and romance? If so, meet former detectives Sean and Sara McKinley. When a billionaire leaves them all his money, they no longer have to work, but they find themselves sticking to what they’re good at—solving murders. Undercover, off the books, and around the world, they’ll get to the bottom of things…and romance it up along the way.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Hart to Hart, Castle, Colombo, Monk, Rockford Files, Psych, and Magnum PI.

Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning: The Day Job is Murder, Vacation is Murder, Money is Murder, Politics is Murder, Family is Murder, Shopping is Murder, Christmas is Murder, Valentine’s Day is Murder, Coffee is Murder, Skiing is Murder.

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CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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My Inspiration: The Things that Inspire Me

1. something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create : a force or influence that inspires someone

There are so many things that have provided inspiration to me over the years. I’ve had dreams that became novels. I’ve seen strange places, and I’ve thought “what if.” I’ve received an idea from a news story. I’ve had characters talk to me and insist I get writing. I’m met interesting people. But there’s also the not-so-obvious sources of inspiration. The people and things that allow me the freedom of being who I am so that I can relax and the creativity can flow. I’ve listed a few sources for my inspiration below.

My husband. He has to go first because he’s there for me from the start and since then, every step of the way. He reads every book I write. He supports me when I’m having the writer’s moment of self-doubt and he lifts me up. He’s even brainstormed plot ideas with me on many occasions.

My readers. Their support, emails, and reviews propel me forward and keep me writing even when I’m feeling tired and I really need to push to get the words out.

My sister. She’s proud of my accomplishments and insisted on having some of my business cards so she can hand them people she knows or runs into. She also has signed copies of all my books.

My friends. They’re there to talk to, to have fun with, to share and to celebrate my successes with, which leads me to the next item on my list.

Celebrating past successes. By focusing on my accomplishments and growth, it only spurns me on. Even better is when I celebrate these successes by doing something I enjoy or buying something that I’ve wanted.

Like-minded people. I see what other successful authors are doing and am inspired to emulate them.

Relaxation. When my mind is free to “play” without figuring out the next logical plot point or how this character will react to a certain situation, this actually frees up the creative process so that when I go back to writing, the words flow. One of my favorite means of relaxing is going to the beach and listening to the waves crash against the shore. And even better is when I can get in the water and just “be” there, floating, looking up to the sky. Tranquil.

My love for law enforcement. The respect I have for these amazing men and women holds my writing to a high standard. I am inspired and motivated to ensure that my police procedurals are as true to real life as possible.

My characters. Let’s face it: without them “yapping” in my ear, my stories would fall short of being inspired. Please, let the voices continue.

Tour Giveaway

Signed paperback Skiing is Murder.

$25 USD via PayPal