The Viola Valentine Mysteries by Cherie Claire Book Tour and Giveaway :)

A Ghost of a Chance
A Viola Valentine Mystery Book 1
by Cherie Claire
Genre: Paranormal Mystery

From award-winning novelist Cherie Claire comes a new paranormal mystery series.

They say there are blessings from Hurricane Katrina. For Viola Valentine of New Orleans, it was losing her dead-end job and leaving behind a loveless marriage and an overbearing family.

But the storm also blew open a psychic door. Now she sees ghosts who have died by water.

As she enters her new career as a travel writer, solving mysteries that appear with apparitions everywhere she goes, the one person she hopes to speak to — her daughter who died of leukemia years before — continues to elude her.

Or does she?

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Ghost Town
A Viola Valentine Mystery Book 2

Every day at dusk, in a small Louisiana town, the dead emerge from Lorelei Lake. And travel writer Viola Valentine must use her “gift” of seeing ghosts to rid this town of its apparitions. Viola struggles not only with the task at-hand, but hopes that this evolving ability she obtained after Hurricane Katrina will help her reach her beloved Lillye.

Yet, the more Viola struggles to talk to her departed daughter, the more frustrated she gets. Plus, it’s 2008, the height of the Great Recession, travel jobs are hard to come by, and her suffocating family and ex-husband keep making demands. She takes solace in a new love interest, one who teaches her how to harness her anger.

In the end, Viola realizes that only love can solve her problems, from ridding ghosts of lakeside towns to healing a broken heart.

Ghost Town, book two in the Viola Valentine Mystery Series by award-winning author Cherie Claire.

Trace of a Ghost
A Viola Valentine Mystery Book 3

Award-winning novelist Cherie Claire continues her paranormal mystery series as travel writer Viola Valentine takes a trek down the historic Natchez Trace of Mississippi. Traveling with her is an adventurous heiress who’s been dead since 1860 and a living fellow travel writer who’s not what he seems. In the end, it’s a showdown between good and evil, and a bargain made with the devil at the crossroads may be Viola’s final undoing.

Book Three in the Viola Valentine Paranormal Mystery Series.

Ghost Trippin'
A Viola Valentine Mystery Book 4
John Valentine left home for a birding conference and never returned, his family chalking it up to the divorced father’s mid-life crisis. But when a body is found on the old family homestead, his daughter Viola must piece together the clues her father left behind. Along for the ride are her witchy Aunt Mimi, her uptight lawyer sister Portia and her sometimes ex-husband Thibault Boudreaux, otherwise known as TB. What they discover on this crazy ghost trip through Texas will be much more than they anticipated.

Ghost Trippin’ continues the story of Viola Valentine, who changes her life after Hurricane Katrina and follows her dream of being a travel writer. But the storm also blew open a psychic door and now she sees ghosts who have died by water. As she travels the South in her new career she must also solve mysteries that appear with apparitions. But the one person she hopes to speak to — her daughter who died of leukemia years before — continues to elude her. Or does she?

Give Up the Ghost
A Viola Valentine Mystery Book 5
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina uprooted Viola Valentine from her dead-end job and what she deemed a loveless marriage. Four years later, she and her husband Thibault “TB” Boudreaux are starting over on a Tennessee houseboat, she following her dream as a travel writer and TB finishing school at Smoky Mountain University.

But the ghosts of the past continue to hound the couple, infiltrating negative energy into their peaceful cove. With her family at stake, Vi must learn to harness her supernatural powers, face her fears and fight the evil that threatens to unravel them all.

Book Five in the Viola Valentine Paranormal Mystery Series.

Cherie Claire grew up in south Louisiana, with mud between her toes and a rabid love of Mardi Gras parades. Born in New Orleans and now living in Cajun Country, she couldn't help but write about her unique, colorful state.
 Cherie is the award-winning author of several Cajun historical romances and The Cajun Embassy series of contemporary romances. She's a Holt Award finalist, a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award finalist and received the Louisiana Press Women Book of the Year. Her latest is a paranormal mystery series featuring ghost sleuth Viola Valentine of New Orleans.

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A few words on writing
By Cherie Claire

From the outside, writing appears glamorous. In reality, it’s hard work much like every other profession. And maybe it’s harder, since we work in isolation, success isn’t guaranteed and half of creating a workable novel is rewriting and editing, which most writers don’t enjoy.
But then there’s seeing that book on a bookstore self for the first time, or displayed on an online site. There’s nothing like it.
If you’re contemplating writing a novel or other significant piece of literary work, here’s some advice I gleaned from two decades of publishing and two dozen novels.
  • It’s a long road from page one to the Le Finis and it starts with the first word. Write it. Don’t think too much while staring at a blank page. Just get to it and make that blank page disappear.
  • Like all things in life, writing a novel or other literary work appears daunting but every word adds to the final count and one day you will open that folder and see every chapter there. Take comfort in every word you write. They eventually add up to something large.
  • Coffee helps. So does wine.
  • Tell it like it is. Don’t be afraid to write the truth, whether in your own words or within those of your characters.
  • Writing can sometimes be cathartic. If you need to let something painful go, write your heart out. I sometimes write my feelings on paper and then burn the words and release them into the universe. Use your creativity to express and heal.
  • For every idea, there is someone who will listen. If you get rejected, send it out again…and again. Never give up the fight.
  • For every writer, there is someone who will listen. Join like-minded groups and take comfort in that you are not alone. Surround yourself with comfort, such as supportive friends and family, pets and items that bring you joy.
  • Keep self-doubt at bay. “Harry Potter” was rejected by 12 publishing houses before it found a home; author J.K. Rowling is now richer than the Queen of England. "Lord of the Flies" was rejected 20 times, "Gone With the Wind" 38 times, "The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank 15 times and the beloved "Anne of Green Gables" four times. Stephen King’s "Carrie" was rejected 30 times before being bought, then immediately sold into a movie.
 My strongest advice to writers to is to never give up. Don’t stop learning. Don’t stop writing and rewriting. And keep the faith! It’ll happen.

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