Tuesday, September 18, 2018

In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James

In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery
by Dorothy St. James

About the Book

In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (September 11, 2018)
Hardcover: 350 Pages
ISBN-10: 1683317432
ISBN-13: 978-1683317432
Digital ASIN: B078M3N9TC

In Dorothy St. James’s third delectable Southern Chocolate Shop mystery, a new batch of chocolate and troubles of the heart cause a string of disasters for the Chocolate Box’s new owner, Charity Penn.
The vintage seaside town of Camellia Beach, South Carolina seems like the perfect place for romance with its quiet beach and its decadent chocolate shop that serves the world’s richest dark chocolates. The Chocolate Box’s owner, Charity Penn, falls even further under the island’s moonlit spell as she joins Althea Bays and the rest of the turtle watch team to witness a new generation of baby sea turtles hatch and make their way into the wide ocean.
Before the babies arrive, gunshots ring out in the night. Cassidy Jones, the local Casanova, is found dead in the sand with his lover Jody Dalton—the same woman who has vowed to destroy the Chocolate Box—holding the gun. It’s an obvious crime of passion, or so everyone believes. But when Jody’s young son pleads with Penn to bring his mother back to him, she can’t say no. She dives headfirst into a chocolate swirl of truth and lies, and must pick through an assortment of likely (and sometimes unsavory) suspects before it’s too late for Penn and for those she loves in Dorothy St. James’s third rich installment of the Southern Chocolate Shop mysteries, In Cold Chocolate.

About the Author

Mystery author Dorothy St. James was raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on the outskirts of Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, a neurotic dog, and a fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.
Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn't as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.
* Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego of award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy McFalls. She enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader's Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: "amazing", "perfect", "filled with emotion", and "lined with danger."
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T’S Stuff Interview

Interview with Dorothy St. James:
1. What is your favorite part of this book and why?

Besides getting to eat chocolate, right? Well, that’s easy. It’s the sea turtles. They really captured my heart in this book. I’d lived on the beach for twenty years and enjoyed watching the sea turtle nest and the babies hatch and return to the ocean. What a gift to witness! Not only that, writing about the sea turtles gave me the opportunity to use my knowledge of wildlife biology in one of my mystery novels. It was fun to meld my past professional life with my current writing life.

2. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

I’d love to take cooking lessons from Bertie Bays, who helps Penn out at the chocolate shop. Bertie is such a patient woman. I think she could teach even me how to make something taste good from the kitchen.

I love Bertie. I think we’d have fun singing show tunes together while chowing down on dark chocolate treats.

3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

Well, wouldn’t it be nice to have written the Harry Potter books? I’d love to have so many people in love with my characters. That series changed lives. Plus, I wouldn’t mind getting those royalty checks. But I’m happy writing the books I’m writing. I love thinking about what my friends on Camellia Beach are doing and what trouble is brewing on my small Southern seaside town.

4. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

Every now and again, a person in my life will find themselves on the pages of a book I’ve written. But that’s not common. Of course traits and mannerisms I’ve seen in real life might show up in a character. But for the most part, the characters in my books develop themselves.

What really freaks me out is when I meet a person in real life who is exactly like a character in one of my books. And I mean exactly the same, with the same job, same childhood experiences, the same look and mannerisms. It’s happened to me twice now. And it’s crazy! I’ve learned not to tell the person I’ve met that I’d written a character in a book that is them. And I mean, that’s you. Really. It is! That kind of information never seems to go over well.

5. What made you want to become a writer?

I think I was born with this dream to write books. It’s one of my earliest memories. It took a while to build up the courage to chase my dream though. I earned college degrees in wildlife biology and public administration and worked as an environmental urban planner for several years before quitting my job and writing novels fulltime.

I love exploring stories and how various characters will react in difficult situations. When the writing is going well, my heart races and a smile tugs at my lips as I realize I’m doing exactly what I was born to do.

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  1. Congratulations on the new book and thanks so much for the interview and delicious giveaway! This sounds like a great read.