Sunday, May 24, 2020

Book Tour - Murder In The Wine Country by Janet Finsilver

Murder in the Wine Country (A Kelly Jackson Mystery)
by Janet Finsilver

About Murder in the Wine Country

Murder in the Wine Country (A Kelly Jackson Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Publisher: Lyrical Underground (April 28, 2020)
Paperback: 178 pages
ISBN-10: 1516104277
ISBN-13: 978-1516104277

Weeding out killers wasn’t part of the job description . . .
Kelly Jackson, manager of the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast, is excited to participate in an event to raise awareness for the plight of struggling veterans in their Northern California coastal community. Local wineries are sponsoring tastings, and to prepare for a culinary competition, professional chefs will forage for wild edible greens. Kelly plans to come along, despite a warning to beware of poachers, who have been stealing the highly valued succulent Dudleya farinosa. The senior sleuths who call themselves the Silver Sentinels join forces with environmental activists known as the Succulent Saviors to thwart the poaching operation. When a consultant for the sale of a local winery is murdered, the poachers are suspected—but so is a wine merchant, Kelly's friend Phil. As Kelly and the Silver Sentinels attempt to root out the real killer, what she digs up might just put her permanently underground . . .

Character Guest Post 

Kelly Jackson’s New Life
by Janet Finsilver

Hello! My name is Kelly Jackson, and I currently live in the small town of Redwood Cove located on the northern coast of California. I am the new manager of Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast. It’s beautiful Victorian-style inn with the lovely Pacific Ocean within sight from many of its rooms. I grew up on a Wyoming horse and cattle ranch, so being here is a very different experience for me, and one I love.
I recently met Diane Wilcox, the owner of Redwood Cove Stable and discovered that she knows my parents. It certainly is a small world sometimes! Since I love to ride horses, she offered to let me ride Nezi, a leopard appaloosa.
In case you’re unfamiliar with what a horse like that looks like, let me explain. Nezi’s coat is white covered with black dots and circles of various sizes, hence the use of the word leopard because of his spots. I took Diane up on her offer, and I really enjoyed the ride. The horse had a gentle gait and responded well to commands. She said I could ride him any time he was available.
I’m looking forward to bringing my quarter horse, Lucy, here from the ranch once I get more settled in. She’s a buckskin with a gold-colored coat and a black mane and tail. I trained her for barrel racing. This is a timed event where you go around three barrels set in a clover leaf pattern as fast as you can and is popular at rodeos. It takes all my strength to stay on!
I also love dogs. Fred, a Bassett Hound, lives with his owners, Helen Rogers and her son Tommy, in a small cottage on the grounds of the property. His big smile, short-legged chunky body, and his wagging tail always bring a smile to my face. Helen is an assistant at the inn as well as the baker for all of our scrumptious breakfast treats.
We currently have a guest staying with us who has a service dog. His name is Rex. He’s a cattle dog and is trained as both a seizure alert dog and a seizure response dog. The difference is a seizure alert dog can sense when their owner is about to have a seizure and can warn them so they can prepare for the attack. This is an innate sense and dogs can’t be trained to do it. A response dog is taught how to help their owner when an attack starts. Their tasks are specific to each person's individual needs. For example, the dog might position itself on the ground next to its owner or bark to alert family members.
My boss, Michael Corrigan, built a community center to help the townspeople of Redwood Cove. There are many classes offered aimed at the betterment of their lives. Cabins were built to house some of the homeless veterans living in the area.
That is where I met another service dog recently. One of the vets at the center owns a dog named Toby that is trained to help with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). His owner’s name is Garl Hancock. I asked him about his unusual name and he said, “Named after my grandpappy. Family figured there was probably a mistake on his birth certificate. Hey, if it was good enough for him his entire life, it’s good enough for me.”
Toby is the largest Great Dane I have ever seen. I think he’s bigger than the pony I grew up riding. He looks striking with his unique Harlequin colors, his white coat contrasting sharply with black patches. Garl commented a big man needs a big dog, so Toby came into his life.
I live in a beautiful area, have great people to work with, wonderful new friends, AND I have dogs and horses. How lucky could I get?

About The Author

Janet Finsilver is the USA TODAY best-selling author of the Kelly Jackson mystery series. She worked in education for many years as a teacher, a program administrator, and a workshop presenter. Janet majored in English and earned a Master’s Degree in Education. She loves animals and has two dogs—Kylie and Ellie. Janet has ridden western style since she was a child and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. One of the highlights of her life was touching whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon. MURDER AT REDWOOD COVE, her debut mystery, was released on October 13, 2015. Five books followed with her most recent release on April 28, 2020, of book six, MURDER IN THE WINE COUNTRY.

Janet Finsilver and her husband reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. She enjoys cooking, and a recent attempt to reduce the number of cookbooks in the cupboard wasn’t very successful. She’s an avid reader—of course! Please feel free to visit and/or contact me on my author Facebook page and my website.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the opportunity to do a character guest post. I really appreciate it!