Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Anne Charles

She's got three weeks to sell a house or lose her job.  He's a handsome hunk who wants to sell a house and use her as the agent.  And Doc, well, he's just Doc who works next door.  And another handsome hunk...

I am participating in the Best Seller of the Day blog promotion and was given a copy of this ebook for review.  I'm very glad I read it.  The characters are bigger than life and it's a real hoot!  I hope to read more about this character and the people who surround her.

Violet is determined to sell a house.  She's so desperate she'll even take a potential client out to dinner after he met her at the door with a shotgun.  He meant business, too.  So how did he suddenly end up being her bodyguard?

The two luscious men in the story are different types and  a bit odd, but how was she to know one of them was worse than "odd"?

Violet has more troubles than men troubles.  Young girls have been kidnapped and never found again and her daughter looks just like them.  So she's fretting about her job, her non-existent love life, and danger to her children.  That makes good reading.  

My favorite character is Harvey.  He's opinionated, stubborn, horny, and out-spoken.  He keeps spouting conversations with sexual content that the children keep asking about while Mom tries to shut him up.  It made me laugh outloud.  The worst part is that I've known old men like him...

Why not snag a copy of this humorous romance with murder and mystery intertwined and settle in a comfortable chair with a drink of your choice and maybe some cookies and have a read?  It'd be worth it!

Happy reading. 

Here's a bit more info on the book and on the author to entice you:

“The first time I came to Deadwood, I got shot in the ass.”—Violet Parker

Awards for Nearly Departed in Deadwood:

WINNER of the 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense

WINNER of the 2011 Romance Writers of America ® Golden Heart Award for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements!


Irony is having a big ol' fiesta and Violet Parker is the piñata.  Little girls are vanishing from Deadwood, South Dakota, and Violet's daughter could be next.  Short on time and long on worry, she's desperate to find the monster behind the abductions.

But with her jerkoff co-worker trying to get her fired, a secret admirer sending creepy love poems, and a sexy-as-hell stranger hiding skeletons in his closet, Violet just might end up as one of Deadwood's dearly departed.

Praise for Nearly Departed in Deadwood:

"Violet Parker follows a path blazed by Stephanie Plum (the heroine in Janet Evanovich's best-selling series), but she is no copycat. Violet is sexy and smart. Charles' mystery Nearly Departed in Deadwood is out of this world." -Sarah M. Anderson, Reviewer for Romance Novel News

"Nearly Departed In Deadwood was a contemporary mystery romance with a touch of paranormal that kept me enthralled with goosebump-creepiness and belly aching laughter." ***** FIVE STARS! -Escape Between the Pages Book Reviews

"It's no wonder Ann won an award for this story. Her storytelling capabilities are tremendous."  ***** FIVE STARS! -ParaYourNormal Book Reviews

"Ann Charles weaves a fun romp of humor, romance, mystery, and the occult. The pages are brimming with eccentric small town characters." -Angela Spencer, Reviewer for Rise Reviews

"I loved the sexual tension that Charles portrayed and built along with a phenomenal plot." -Immortality and Beyond Book Reviews

"With colorful characters and witty dialogue, this is a book sure to please all fans of mystery, romance and the paranormal." -The Pen & Muse Book Review

"Mystery, humor, and romance--Nearly Departed in Deadwood is a fabulous book from a talented author! -Jacquie Rogers, award-winning author of Much Ado About Marshals

Full of thrills and chills, a fun rollercoaster ride of a book!" -Susan Andersen, New York Times Bestselling author of Burning Up

"An exciting, fast-moving story with fantastic characters and a riveting plot." -John Foxjohn, bestselling author of Tattered Justice

"Ann Charles has written an intriguing mystery laced with a wicked sense of humor.  Watch out Stephanie Plum, because Violet Parker is coming your way." -Deborah Schneider, RWA Librarian of the Year 2009 & author of Promise Me

Author Bio:

Ann Charles is an award-winning author who writes romantic mysteries that are splashed with humor. Her book Nearly Departed in Deadwood won the 2010 Daphne du Maurier for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense Award and the 2011 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award for Best Novel With Strong Romantic Elements. She has also been a Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest finalist.

A member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America for many moons, she has a B.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington. She is currently toiling away on her next book, wishing she was on a Mexican beach with an ice-cold Corona in one hand and her Kindle in the other. When she is not dabbling in fiction, she is arm wrestling with her two kids, attempting to seduce her husband, and arguing with her sassy cat. Most nights, you can find her hanging out over at, on Facebook, or as DeadwoodViolet on Twitter--especially around midnight when her quirky fictional world comes to life.

Currently, she has two fiction books available: Nearly Departed in Deadwood and Optical Delusions in Deadwood, which are both part of her ongoing Deadwood Mystery Series. She also has one non-fiction book available: Nail it! The Secret to Building an Effective Fiction Writer’s Platform.

1 comment:

Ann Charles said...

Jo Ann,

Thank you for supporting my book and the IBC Bestseller for a Day program! I appreciate your time and help.

Ann C.