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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

PSB- Interview + Giveaway with Casey Daniels


Casey Daniels, author of the Pepper Martin Mysteries series, very nicely made some room in her busy schedule to be with us today! Make sure you keep your eyes open for a her next release, A Hard Day’s Fright, on April 5th and please welcome her warmly!

Your series is about a PI who can see ghosts, it is hard to keep a balance between the Paranormal and the Mystery elements?

Don of the Dead (Pepper Martin Mysteries, No. 1)You know, it actually isn't hard to keep a balance between the paranormal and the mystery because they're so intertwined.  Everything that happens to Pepper (well, not including her love life, but sometimes that line gets blurred, too!), happens to her because of her Gift.  She wouldn't be a detective if it wasn't for the ghosts. 

What can we expect in A Hard day's Fright?

In A Hard Day's Fright, Pepper is investigating thanks to a ghost who attended a Beatles concert in Cleveland in 1966--and was never seen again.  Not something Pepper is especially thrilled about doing, but then, she's never really too excited about an investigation. However, Pepper finds out that this ghost has a connection to someone close to her--someone who's still hurting from the girl's disappearance--and after that, soft-hearted The Chick and the Dead (Pepper Martin Mysteries, No. 2)Pepper is hooked.  One of the things I wanted to explore in this book is what happens to the survivors after something like a disappearance so Pepper's going to meet with the other kids (now adults, of course) who were with Lucy the night she disappeared.  And remember, Pepper also has some unfinished business with Quinn, her on-again, off-again boyfriend.  There are some big surprises where he's concerned!

I read your father is a detective, are you using what you've learned from him to write your books?

You know, my initial response was to say that no, I wasn't using anything I learned from Dad.  But the more I think about it . . . yeah, I guess I am.  He was logical and methodical.  Of course, Pepper isn't, but her investigations have to be, no matter what it takes to get her there.  He also had an eye for detail and Tombs of Endearment (Pepper Martin Mysteries, No. 3)that's certainly something Pepper's good at.  He was also great at talking to people.  I can't tell you how many times we went out and no matter where it was, a county fair or a movie or an amusement park, there he'd be, over in some corner talking to some shady looking character.  He knew everybody, and everyone respected him.  I guess that's something Pepper is learning, too.  That she has to depend on other people if she's going to get the information she needs.  Of course, she has a perfectly Pepper way of doing that.  Dad would definitely not approve!

Other than the love of cemetery, what else do you have in common with Pepper?

Well, I can't say Pepper has a love of cemeteries.  In fact, I have a feeling she'd rather be anywhere but!  In A Hard Day's Fright, she's going to get her chance.  As to what else we have in common . . . well, we're both curious.  And I'd like to think we're both smart.  I do not, however, have Pepper's fashion sense.

Is there a particular grave mark that ever stood out for you, from allNight of the Loving Dead (Pepper Martin Mysteries, No. 4) your cemetery roaming?

Oh yes, I have some favorites.  In fact, I have a picture of my very favorite hanging in my living room!  It's a tombstone from the early 1800s and carved onto it is a picture of the woman buried there, Elizabeth Jenkins.  It's a rough, very folksy carving, and all the more charming because of it.

If you could be any kind of supernatural being, what would you like to be?

Too funny, because someone else just asked me this question recently.  I said I guess I'd like to be a ghost...and I figure that one of these days, I'll get the chance!

What project are you currently working on?

Dead Man Talking (Pepper Martin Mysteries, No. 5)I just finished writing Pepper Martin mystery #8 in which Pepper takes a trip to New Mexico because an old friend has been kidnapped and she's got to deliver the ransom--the bones of a long-dead Native American.  That book was fun to write because I have a friend who lives in New Mexico and I've visited a couple times.  No title on it yet, going back and forth with the publisher on what we want that to be. It's the first time I've been stumped on a Pepper title.  In addition, I've got a new mystery series starting this fall.  It's called the Button Box Mysteries and my name on the cover is Kylie Logan.  The first book is "Button Holed."  It's a series about a woman named Josie Giancola who is an antique button dealer.  Don't think buttons are interesting?  Take a look at some old ones.  They are little bits of history and many of them are incredible works of art.  I've had great fun researching information about antique buttons.  My next project is to write the second book in that series.Tomb with a View (Pepper Martin Mysteries, No. 6)

Where do you picture yourself ten years from now?

10 years from now . . . well, I'd still like to be writing the Pepper books, that's for sure.  I have lots more ideas for adventures for her.  I have ideas for many other books, too, and I hope I have a chance to write every single one of them. 

What's your best Spring Break memory?

Spring Break?  As in college?  Hmmm...there was that cemetery in New Orleans . . . the moonlit night . . . the voodoo ceremony . . .  But that's a story for another time!


Thank you very much for your time Casey! It’s been a pleasure to have you on the blog =)

Casey very generously offered one book of their choice, to three different winners!

How cool is that? The perfect occasion to either start the series or pick up the next book!

Open to US Only

Giveaway Ends April 6th, 2011.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me if you believe in ghosts and which book you’d like to win!

Make sure to leave a way to contact you.
You can also earn 1 extra entry for spreading the word (please provide link in a second comment)

Tweet: Win! Your book of Choice by Casey Daniels http://bit.ly/fiKGCM hosted by @Tynga & @parajunkee #giveaway PLZ RT




What happened to a teenager named Lucy one night in 1966 after a Beatles concert? She rushed the stage, kissed Paul, started home with her friends, and was never seen again-until cemetery guide and unintentional PI to the dead Pepper Martin sees her as a ghost. Lucy's spirit can't rest in peace until her body is found and buried. But how will Pepper track down a missing corpse after forty-five years?


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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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54 People left their mark' :

  1. The books sound great! I'd like to win the first one, so I can start the series! As for ghosts, I'm not so sure I believe. I'm a seeing-is-believing kind of girl. I love to read about them though :)


  2. A Hard Days Fight I would like to win but I would love win all of them. They sound very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  3. I enjoyed the first book in this series. I've always had a soft spot for ghost stories.

    And yes, I believe in ghosts.

    Thank you for the interview and giveaway.

    The Chick and the Dead would be my choice if I'm selected.

    cheleooc at yahoo dot com

  4. I Believe in ghosts- I would like to have a copy of A HARD DAY'S FRIGHT Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Yes, I believe in ghosts (I have even seen one!).
    I would love Don of the Dead.

  6. http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/sharon.stogner

    I am a big Pepper Martin fan. These books have great quirky characters and fun mysteries. And let's not forget the smexy cop ;)

    I don't believe in ghosts.

  7. I don't think I believe in ghosts.
    I would like to be entered to win the first book in the series.


  8. I don't really believe in ghosts sadly...But I love reading about them :D

    I would absolutely love to get my hands on Don of the Dead :D

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  9. I tweeted :)

    hense1kk @ cmich DOT edu


  10. I don't believe in what most people consider ghosts, but I do think that events and people can leave an aura or impression of emotion behind them.

    This sounds like a series that just keeps getting more interesting as it goes. I would love a chance to start it by winning Don of the Dead.

  11. THanks for the giveaway. Yes I believe in something like ghosts. Kind of more like a spirit. I would love to win the first book, Don of the Dead.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  12. I think that there are lots of hoaxes out there, but some legitimate experiences- so if I have to say yay or nay on whether ghosts are real, I have to say yay. Although I don't want to be haunted. Maybe not even by a 'friendly' ghost- too terrifying. I wouldn't be overly optimistic that there are too many of those anyway. I figure ghosts stay here because of something unresolved, and so most are probably pretty pissed off.
    If I won, I haven't started this series yet, so I would pick the first book (which I believe is Don of the Dead?)


  13. I don't believe in ghosts but I like reading about them. I'd like to win A Hard Days Fright since I have the rest of teh series.

    sgiden at verizon.net

  14. I am not sure if I believe in ghosts or not but - one time a friend and I were playing with a Ouija board and had a freaky moment so not sure what I believe.

    I would like to win Don of the Dead the first book


  15. I tweeted



  16. So nice to hear from so many readers! And isn't it interesting...about half the readers who've posted believe and the other half don't. I'd say that's pretty typical. As for the poster who mentioned the Ouiji board...count me out when it comes to that. Too, too creepy!

  17. I love this series, I have my sister and her boyfriend hooked on it too.

    I don't believe in ghosts, but would be absoulately thrilled if I ever really encountered one.

    If I can have A Hard Day's Fright, I'd love it, if it's a back list, Don of the Dead.


  18. Would love book one as I have not read these yet :)

    I do believe in ghost but have yet to meet any *winks*.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  19. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/IntenseWhisper/statuses/50653678792744960

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  20. I definitely believe in ghosts although I haven't come across one yet. And if I win, I'd like a copy of Don of the Dead. This sounds like a great series and I don't know why I haven't started it yet.

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  21. Love this series - would like to win a Hard Day's Fright since I've read all the others!

    On the fence about ghosts - know many people who believe but haven't had a personal experience and am a "seeing is believing" kind of person. cjsofka@yahoo.com

  22. Thanks for this great giveaway. I am a huge Casey Daniels fan! I'd love to win a copy of Dead Man Talking. Thanks!

    rosie0512 @ hotmail . com

  23. Do I believe? Yes, I do.
    And I would love to win the first book in the series!


  24. I've been slowly collecting the books so I could start reading the series. I'd love to win a copy of The Chick and the Dead, since that's one I don't have yet.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  25. Heck yea I believe in ghosts..had way to many strange experiences as for which book..I would like the first to the series.


  26. http://twitter.com/#!/bookflamereview/status/50741754114211840


  27. I met Casey at the 2010 Ohioana Book Festival where I picked up "Don of the Dead". It's a fun series and Casey is super nice. Good interview, Tynga!

  28. thank you, Casey, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview!!!

    i still haven't decided if i believe in ghosts or not; tho i think my hesitation is more DO i want to believe in ghosts!! does that make sense?!?!?!?

    A Hard Day's Fright would be my choice & thank you for the giveaway!!!!!

    congrats & good luck to you!!!


  29. Yes I do believe... with reason. ;D

    I think I'd like Don of the Dead... I think that is the first in the series, correct? I'd like to get into this series.

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  30. I do believe in ghosts although I've never seen one and don't really expect to do so. This sounds like a quirky and fun series, but I've never read any of the books and since I'm OCD about reading order, I'd want to start with the first one.

    jen at delux dot com

  31. I do believe in ghosts.I've never seen one of course but people I know have had encounters, and one of my aunts can see them just fine and even talk to them.

    I'd like a hard day's fright:)



  32. I would love the first book of the series so i can start it. I do believe in ghosts! thanks for the giveaway!!!

  33. I believe in ghosts - having had a few "eerie" experiences myself that can't be explained by anything else. I would like to win the #8 Pepper book (having read all the others). Thanks.

  34. First time I've had a chance to check in today. I've been cleaning my office. Ugly experience. 'nough said! So interesting to hear everyone's comments about believing/not believing, especially the ones that hint at believing because "seeing is believing." Hey, tell us your stories! Would love to hear them.

  35. Yes, I believe in ghosts.

  36. Yes, I believe in ghosts and I would like the first one in the series if I win.


  37. These books look very good. I have not read anything by Casey Daniels. I will have to change that. I also love the covers.


  38. Yeah, Judy, the covers are awesome! They've done a great job. Can't wait to see the cover for #8. In the book, Pepper visits New Mexico and buys herself a pair of kick-ass cowboy boots. She'll be wearing those boots on the cover!

  39. Nope, I don not believe in ghost but I love reading about them in books. :) I would love win her first book in this series.


  40. Ghost...I think anything is possible. My mom swears she saw one when I was a little girl in the same old school house we lived in that she says the furniture was moved around in in the middle of the night. She things the ghost did it! Who knows she may have been high!

    I would like to win the first book to start the series with!

    Thank you! mmafsmith@gmail.com

  41. Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/Maria_Smith_76/status/51455905711132673


  42. I don't believe in ghosts and that is because to me seeing is believing and i've not seen one yet.
    scrtsbpal atyahoo dot com
    I would love to win the first book in the series.

  43. http://twitter.com/Pamk258/status/52049561237204992
    I tweeted

  44. I don't believe in ghosts and I'd love to win Don of the Dead.


  45. I definitely believe in ghosts. There is just too much out there that is unexplained.

    I'd love to win The Chick & the Dead.


  46. tweeted - http://twitter.com/Heatwave316/status/52505025381015552


  47. I don't believe there are ghosts since I haven't had any experiences like some of my friends. Unfortunately, I have never read any of Casey's books but would like to win #1 in a series to start fresh. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway. carrieab77@hotmail.com

  48. I would need Tombs of Endearment, book #3 if lucky enough to win, since I can't find my copy and my husband now wants to read the series.

    I think there may be something, whether they are called ghosts, spirits, angles, I'm not sure. I wish I could post a photo of one of our cats, taken shortly after the tough loss of 2 immediate family members within 10 weeks of each other. This cat was outside my grandmother's room, it was like he was searching for her (he certainly missed her), I took two photos of him and lets just say they do make one wonder.


  49. I believe in ghosts/spirits. There are a lot of unexplained phenomons and such.

    pams00 @ aol.com

  50. would love to start the series -


    pams00 @ aol.com

  51. I believe in them.

    A Hard Days Fright


  52. Yes, I do believe in them. My mom had a very odd encounter when she was young and we grew up hearing about it and have always been very aware of things around us. I have yet to read this series and if I won I would love the first book in the series. Thanks so much for the chance


  53. I tweeted



  54. Not sure I believe, but it is fun to speculate. Do not have any books so the first book.

    linze_e at hotmail.com