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Payne and Misery by Catherine Leggitt
January 1st, 2013Tour DetailsHeroines With Heart 0 Comments

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General Information To Include in a Blog Post

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Below is information that anyone who is participating in the blog tour can use on their websites and in their blog posts. It’s completely optional to include the information and available primarily for your convenience.

Heroines With Heart blurb (if you want to include something about the tour):

Heroines With Heart is a massive blog tour that runs throughout 2013, that features books with strong female protagonists. We have authors from several different genres, including young adult, mystery/thriller/suspense, romance, sci-fi/fantasy, and Christian fiction. We are also giving away fun digital prizes and sharing new and noteworthy books throughout the year. Want updates?

Catherine Leggitt’s blurb (if you want to include something in your post about her):

Catherine Leggitt is the author of the cozy mystery novels, “Payne & Misery,” The “Dunn Deal,”and “Parrish the Thought.” She is also an inspirational speaker presently residing in northern California. During her first career–after raising children and before caring for her aging parents–Catherine worked as an elementary school teacher, where she developed her flair for playacting and storytelling. Struggling with retirement, Catherine needed a distraction. She found it at her keyboard.

In addition to writing and speaking, Catherine is the mother of three brilliant children who have collectively produced six incredible grandchildren. An avid Bible student, she sings in the church choir. Catherine is passionate about reading.

“Payne & Misery,” a Christine Sterling Mystery, won second place at the Orange County Christian Writer’s Conference in 2010. “Parrish the Thought” made the quarter finals in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest before Ellechor published the the trilogy starting in 2011. The remaining books, “The Dunn Deal” and “Parrish the Thought,” were published in 2012. Also, visit her at http://www.catherineleggitt.com/.

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Author Image Download Link: http://www.catherineleggitt.com/content/catherine_leggitt.jpg

Payne and Misery Cover Image Download Link: http://www.catherineleggitt.com/content/payne_and_misery_cover.jpg

Payne and Misery Description:

All that glitters is not gold for Christine Sterling.

The luster of her shiny Golden Years dream fades when Christine’s newly retired husband, Jesse, becomes obsessed with a hobby requiring extra time away from her.

Christine develops a bad reputation for conjuring wild tales and being chief complainer. Then she meets someone who has true reason to complain, if anyone does.

Lila Payne’s life is the mirror opposite of ideal. The plight of this seemingly abused woman gnaws at Christine, but the authorities turn a deaf ear to Christine’s pleas for help on Lila’s behalf. Spurred into action when her beloved dog Molly and Lila both disappear on the same night, Christine dives into a scary pool swirling with muddy secrets and misery. Sensing God at work in the situation Christine continues to search and pray, but even with God’s help, can they save Lila and Molly before it’s too late?

Linky List Code:

This is how we keep track of links for the tour.

Step 1: Add the code to your blog post. (Note: Free blogs at WordPress.com do not allow javascript, period. This script will not work. You just need to put a link to http://heroineswithheart.com/attendees/ instead.)



You can also grab the code here: http://www.linkytools.com/get_bloghop_code.aspx?id=180021&type=basic

Step 2: When you post about Seeds of Discovery, come back to this page and add your link to the tour. Your link will show up across all the pages on the January tour. That’s it!

Contest Information:

The contest takes place from January 1st-31st in conjunction with the Heroines With Heart blog tour. All the contest information is contained in the widget, so just add it to the end of your blog post.

The code is here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can also find the code here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/NDU0NTI3OTUzNDRlNzNlMWE1MDc3YWMxNTc4NWQ4OjM=/ and find instructions to add it to your WordPress or Blogger blog here:http://www.rafflecopter.com/questions/#install

It’s recommended that you include the contest embed code in your blog post as that’s what gets people excited!

If you would prefer to link to the contest (or just can’t get the contest to work on your blog) you can post a big, beautiful link to the contest on the Facebook page: http://bit.ly/10fFNJy.

Links to Purchase the Book:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Misery-Christine-Sterling-Mystery-Trilogy/dp/0982624298/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y

Honest Review Option

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This option is a larger commitment, but if you are planning to read the books anyway, honest review posts are typically large traffic drivers. The other benefit to the review option is that reviews can be cross-posted to Amazon which gives you more entries into the Kindle Fire drawing pool. If you choose this option, you’ll receive an ecopy of the book for the Kindle and Nook platforms so you can read the ebook online or on a ereader, iPad, or smart phone.

Review Copies of the Book

You can also contact heroineswithheart@gmail.com to request a digital copy for the ereader of your choice.

Review Prompts:

Just in case you aren’t sure what to say in your review, you can just finish these sentences to get started:

  • One of the things I liked/didn’t like about the book was…
  • I liked /didn’t like ________ because he/she was…
  • No Such Thing is good for anyone who…

Short Email Interview Option

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This option will take about 15 minutes of your time. Easy peasy!

To create the interview post all Catherine Leggitt needs is 5-7 questions that you’d like her to answer. You can ask her anything you want about the book or not about the book, doesn’t matter! She is happy to answer all questions. If you are stuck for questions, here are some topics she loves to talk about:

  • Writing (her work, or writing tips in general)
  • Fun stuff (like who her favorite superhero is)
  • Music (she went to school on a scholarship to study voice!)

And here are some questions to spark your creativity (feel free to use these questions in your interview post if you find them interesting):

  • What is one book everyone should read?
  • Who is your favorite character in Payne and Misery?
  • If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
  • Who are your favorite authors of all time?
  • Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
  • What motivated you to start writing?
  • If you could go anywhere in the universe where would that be?
  • What is your secret desire?
  • Which place in the world are you dying to visit?

After you have the chance to read the book (if you choose to), you can also send Catherine Leggitt follow-up questions. Please give Catherine Leggitt at least three days to answer your email before following up.

Excerpt Option

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This option is for bloggers who want to participate but don’t have time to create content for the blog tour. Copy and paste the information on the page and load it into your blog. All you have to to do is hit publish! This is truly a two-minute-or-less option.

You can excerpt anything you want from the free ebook available for download at Amazon.com! Keep in mind that many readers do not appreciate spoilers, so try to leave those out for best results.

Excerpt #1: Chapter 1

Dark—the word fit him like a bad guy’s black hat—complexion, glasses, expression, knit cap pulled low over his ears, tufts of curls poking out underneath. I concentrated on memorizing his suspicious features as I observed him through the plate glass window of the Humpty-Dumpty Restaurant where my husband Jesse and I often ate brunch after Sunday morning church. The man’s lurking worried me.

“Maybe he’s an Arab.” Not that I’d know an Arab if I bumped into one on the streets. Except for Hispanics, Grass Valley, California, maintained a mostly snow-white population, much like most small towns in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Around us, flatware scraped stoneware, glasses clinked, voices swelled and ebbed interspersed with occasional laughter swirling through the appetizing breakfast smells, but I couldn’t pry my eyes oð the shady man in the parking lot. Nevertheless, I would guess Jesse didn’t so much as look up from his breakfast when he answered. “Who?”

“Out there.” I jabbed a finger toward the culprit.

“Where?”

I let out the anxious breath I’d been holding in and pointed again. “See the man hiding behind that forest green car?”

Jesse frowned as he chewed a few more bites of chili bean omelet. “Honestly, Christine. If he’s behind a car, how can I see him?”

“He keeps popping up. There he is! Look, look. Now.”

Jesse dutifully followed my pointer and then sustained a long stare before turning his attention back to his food. “Okay, I see him. So?”

“He staked out that car. He’s been waiting the whole time we’ve been here. He paces behind it, trying to stay out of sight. When the driver comes back, he’ll jump out and mug her—take her cash and jewelry and who knows what else. Bet he has a gun or a knife in that pocket where his hand is. Watch him.”

Jesse rolled his eyes. “Give it up, will you? You’re jumping to conclusions again. How do you know a woman drives that car? Even if there is a man driver, maybe he’s in a hurry to get home and his wife is taking too long in the restroom.”

“Then why doesn’t he unlock the car and get in?”

Jesse stopped chewing and blinked. Ha! I got him there. I went back to studying the perpetrator, in case I got called on to identify him in a line-up.

Jesse’s delayed answer mumbled out between chews. “Maybe his wife has the car keys.”

After being married to this man for thirty-five years, I should expect Jesse’s reaction to my gift of observation. He never took it seriously. “You’re going to be sorry when you read in tomorrow’s paper that some poor woman got murdered in the Humpty- Dumpty parking lot while you gobbled down a chili omelet.”

Jesse didn’t look up, just harrumphed and kept on eating.

I returned to surveillance, thankful for last year’s laser surgery, which had given my vision razor-edge clarity. The man stood in the shadow of an overhanging oak, but from the direction of his head, I could tell his eyes remained fixed on the front door of the restaurant. My stomach knotted into a pretzel. Danger! I narrowed my eyes. Would Jesse run out to save the woman when the man attacked her? Jesse, my hero, the love of my life. I’d be right behind him, swinging my heavy purse.

Just then, a woman in a leopard-print Spandex dress exited the restaurant and minced across the parking lot toward the man. I held my breath and then whispered, “Jesse!”

Neither of us moved while the woman’s rectangular bag flopped from side to side on its thin strap in rhythm with her swaying hips. Like a lamb to the slaughter, she sauntered closer to her fate without a trace of fear in her walk.
A gasp escaped my lips when the dark-complexioned man popped from the shadows directly in front of his victim. After a short verbal exchange, the woman opened the door of the green sedan and slid in. The mysterious villain hurried to the other side and settled in the passenger seat. Back-up lights flickered. The automobile reversed out of the parking space and sped away.

Without so much as a punch or a yell. He didn’t even grab her bag.

I leveled my gaze at Jesse and blinked.

He opened his mouth.

I held up one hand. “Don’t say it.”

Instead, he shook his head and grunted again before returning to his omelet.

I gulped coffee and fidgeted with my napkin. “He did look suspicious. You can’t deny that.”

Jesse buttered his biscuit, took a big bite, and chewed. I felt the lecture building in his brain like a sudden summer thunderstorm. He stared at me with a curious expression—as if I’d grown a second head—swiped his mouth with his napkin and sighed. “You never give up, do you? There’s something sinister happening everywhere we go. Face it, Chris. This is an ordinary small town in northern California. Good people live here. Bad things don’t happen. That’s why we retired here. Remember? Extremely low crime rate. But you insist on seeing evil everywhere we go. You won’t stop snooping into other people’s affairs. Looking for …” His shoulders sagged and he waggled his head once more. “If it wasn’t so sad, it would be funny.”

“Funny? What would?” Do I dare ask?

“Your imagination.” He leaned forward and pointed his fork in my face. “Someday, that wild imagination of yours is going to get you into real trouble.”

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