Book Launch: Murder at the Bijou – Three Ingredients 1

20 Aug

Hello everyone! I have a very special guest today, author Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene. She’s been a guest here before and I love having her. Teagan is here to announce the launch of her new book. I’ll let her take it from here.

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Announcing the Launch of
Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I

Introducing the second “three things” serial, in novel form Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I.

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Yes, that’s the cover. (I love making covers!) I kept it similar to the one for the first serial, The Three Things Serial Story, but with different 1920s photos.

For those of you who are not familiar with my blog serials…

Ages ago I developed a writing exercise. I asked friends to give me three completely random things. Then I would write until I had mentioned all the things. I brought that exercise to my blog (Teagan’s Books), but I had the readers send me their things. I let the random things drive every detail of a serial story, setting, plot, and characters. That resulted in The Three Things Serial Story, which gave birth to this culinary mystery. However, this time the “things” are food related — or ingredients.

About the Book

As with the first serial, Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I is a spontaneously written, pantser story. I wrote by the seat of my pants and let the “ingredients” readers sent each week drive a new serial story. This is the “bookized” version of that serial.

This time the Jazz Age setting is Savannah, Georgia where our flapper, Pip, is “sentenced” to live with her grandmother and learn to cook. Pip gets caught up in a layered mystery that includes bootleggers, G-men, and the varied challenges of being a young woman in changing times. She meets new friends, including some animal characters.

If you have not read The Three Things Serial Story, be warned. This adventure contains a bit of a spoiler, but does not go into detail about it.

Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I is available through and Amazon and Create Space. If you don’t have a Kindle, Amazon also offers a free app that will let you read Kindle books on your computer or other device. The purchase links are below. But first, here’s a snippet.

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In my imagination, a young Lucille Ball would play Pip.

Excerpt

Rutabaga Limbo

Either I woke up feeling horribly nauseated, or the queasiness woke me. I’m not sure which. I opened my eyes to complete darkness. There was no light, no sound. The way my stomach tossed reminded me of a small boat on the ocean. It was as if I sailed in a lightless limbo.

Oh… that was a bad train of thought to have with an unsettled belly.

Think of something else! Anything else, I told myself.

I stood unsteadily. The sound of a cricket came to me. Good. The utter silence had been very disturbing. I became aware of the cool moist earth beneath my palms.

Where the Sam Hill was I?

I sat back on my heels, focusing all my senses. My eyes might as well have been closed — it was that dark. Bare ground was beneath me. The air had a musty odor. A sickly sweet scent clung to my bobbed hair.

The cricket’s chirping was the only sound. Still sitting, I turned. My eyes widened and strained, trying to see in that heavy darkness. When I looked up I was rewarded with the sight of a thin line of pink light.

The faint glow allowed me to see vague outlines a few feet away. I stumbled over something and stooped down to let my hands figure out what it was. I felt a burlap bag and round lumps. Rutabagas? I felt around and found another bag. That one felt like potatoes. I moved closer to the wall and a tall shape. Yes, a ladder, my questing hands confirmed for my still foggy brain.

Gazing up at the line of pinkish light I realized I was in a root cellar.

But how did I get there?

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Purchase Links

Amazon USA

Paperback 

Kindle 

Amazon UK

Amazon UK (Paperback)

Amazon Japan

 

Author Bio

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Image by Chris Graham

Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, a southerner by birth, was “enchanted” by the desert southwest of the USA when she moved there. Now a resident of a major east coast city, she longs to return to those enchanting lands.

Teagan had always devoured fantasy novels of every type. Then one day there was no new book readily at hand for reading — so she decided to write one. And she hasn’t stopped writing since.

Her work is colored by her experiences in both the southern states and the southwest. Teagan most often writes in the fantasy genre, but she also writes 1920s stories and Steampunk. Her blog “Teagan’s Books” contains serial stories written according to “things” from viewers.

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38 Responses to “Book Launch: Murder at the Bijou – Three Ingredients 1”

  1. balroop2013 August 20, 2017 at 10:35 pm #

    The excerpt is quite promising! Thanks for sharing and wishing all the best to Teagan.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. mihrank August 20, 2017 at 10:46 pm #

    Vashti – wow – I am deeply speechless – you bring positive energy, reality and mission.

    Teagan – there are no words could be found in any dictionary to explain her magic touch by writing. Her talent is irresistible.

    I congratulate both of you from the bottom of my heart:)

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q August 21, 2017 at 12:37 am #

      All credit goes to Teagan, Mino. Thanks for your kind words and support.😊xx

      Liked by 2 people

    • Teagan Geneviene August 21, 2017 at 7:45 am #

      Mihran, you are beyond kind! Thank you so much. Your music does that and much more. If I can bring a little light to anyone’s day, then I’ve achieved my goals. Hugs.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. robbiesinspiration August 21, 2017 at 1:16 am #

    Lovely extract, Teagan. Another lovely guest interview, Vashti and Teagan.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Teagan Geneviene August 21, 2017 at 7:47 am #

      Robbie, you are a wellspring of support and positive energy. And you’re the cat’s meow! Huge thanks.

      Liked by 2 people

      • robbiesinspiration August 21, 2017 at 10:46 am #

        Thank you, Teagan. The “cat’s meow”, awesome, I am going to start collecting these cute phrases.

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    • Vashti Q August 21, 2017 at 11:02 am #

      Thank you for stopping by, especially since you’re on holiday. I appreciate it. I hope you’re having a wonderful time. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Don Massenzio August 21, 2017 at 7:13 am #

    Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Check out the launch of the new book, Murder at the Bijou, from Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene,as featured on The Writer Next Door blog.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. olganm August 21, 2017 at 7:27 am #

    Great minds and all that, Vashti! I’m also sharing Teagan’s launch today!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Teagan Geneviene August 21, 2017 at 7:49 am #

      My heartfelt thanks to you both, Olga. I wish I had thought of using your review of the first book as part of the launch. Thanks again for adding it to your post. Wishing you a no stress week. Hugs.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q August 21, 2017 at 11:05 am #

      Well, I’ll be heading over there shortly! Ha, ha! Great minds do think alike. 😉 xx

      Liked by 2 people

  6. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC August 21, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

    Congrats to the amazingly clever and quick-witted Teagan on getting her latest book launched – and thanks to Vashti for hosting her and spreading the word.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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  7. dgkaye August 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

    Sounds like a great read! So nice to see Teagan featured here today Vashti. Wishing many book sales. ❤

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Adele Marie August 24, 2017 at 4:27 am #

    Reblogged this on firefly465.

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  9. Marje @ Kyrosmagica August 28, 2017 at 2:05 am #

    Lovely extract and good to learm more about Teagan. Anybody who is a fan of fantasy is bound to put a smile on my face!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Teagan R Geneviene August 28, 2017 at 10:14 am #

      Thanks Marje! Even though this one is a 1920s story, a whiff of fantasy creeps in — and it’s definitely fanciful. You’re the berries!

      Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q August 28, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

      There are definitely fantastical elements weaved into the story. It reads like fun, Marje! Thanks for stopping by! 😀 xx

      Liked by 2 people

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