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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Divorce is Murder by Elka Ray 💕 Behind the Scenes, Book Tour & Gift Card Giveaway 💕 (Romantic Suspense)



As teens, they bullied her. Twenty years on, she's not scared of them. Except she should be...

After returning to her quiet hometown to care for her ailing mom, divorce lawyer Toby Wong is hired by Josh Barton, a guy who broke her heart as a teen at summer camp. Now a wealthy entrepreneur, Josh wants to divorce Tonya, the mean girl who tormented Toby all those years ago. When Tonya is found murdered, Josh is the prime suspect.

Together with her fortune-teller mom and her pregnant best friend, Toby sets out to clear Josh, whom she still has a guilty crush on. As she delves deeper into Tonya's murder, Toby keeps running into catty ex-campers she'd rather forget. Are her old insecurities making her paranoid? Only too late does she realize she's in danger.

The first entry in an addictive new series, Divorce is Murder introduces fans of mystery and romance to an irresistibly smart and sarcastic new heroine - Chinese Canadian divorce lawyer Toby Wong.



My latest novel, Divorce Is Murder, is set in the town where I grew up - Victoria B.C. on Canada's beautiful Vancouver Island. Like the main character, Toby Wong, I moved away after college. After years living in a bigger city, Toby was reluctant to move back. While I return to Victoria every summer for a holiday, I'm not sure I could live there.

I'm not knocking it. The island is gorgeous. It was a great, safe place to grow up. But Victoria is dubbed "home of the newly wed and nearly dead", since the bulk of its residents are students and pensioners. For Toby, who's single, this presents a challenge.

Luckily for her, as soon as she gets back, two hot, interesting men enter her orbit. Unluckily for her, one is a murder suspect and the other a detective. While Toby feared life in Victoria would be dull, it's anything but. Her old high school rival is found murdered. The prime suspect is the guy who broke Toby's heart as a teenager.

I loved being able to draw on my past to create Toby and her entourage. Lucky for me, I was never bullied in the ways Toby was. Yet who hasn't encountered meangirls? My high school had its share of cat fights. Toby's catty enemies were so much fun to write.

Vancouver Island draws tourists thanks to its gardens, marinas, and stunning coastal scenery. For me, it's the perfect setting for a series that blends mystery and romance. There's something about setting horrible crimes in idyllic venues that appeals to writers - and readers. When things look too good to be true they so often are. We all wonder about those places that look picture-perfect. What's lurking beneath the manicured surface? Sometimes, men are the same. Is Toby's old teenage crush, Josh, too flawless?

I hope you'll follow Toby back to the island as she struggles to find love - while evading a killer.



Colin peers into the empty parcel, then sticks two fingers inside. He pulls out an envelope-sized slip of paper and lays it onto the table. Although the words are facing the wrong way, I have no trouble reading it. Fashioned from letters cut out of newspaper, the note reads: LEAVE VICTORIA, BITCH.

Tonya had received a similar note with her red-paint-flecked Barbie doll.

A muscle in Colin’s jaw jumps. He looks angry. “Who could have sent this?” he asks. “Do you have any bitter ex-boyfriends? Guys you might have rejected? Anyone who came on too strong?”

I shake my head. I’d rather not tell Colin that it’s been nineteen months since my last date, with a guy I met in a Toronto doctor’s office who spent our entire date describing—in vivid detail—his recent hernia surgery.

“How about social media?” asks Colin. “Are you active on dating sites? Have you gotten any similar sorts of messages. Anyone seem obsessive? This kind of stuff can start online and then escalate.”

Again, I say no. My few attempts at internet dating were so lame I swore never again. The real world is weird enough. “There’s nothing like that.” I survey the bra, wishing the label weren’t sticking out, those double AAs on full display. “But it’s my bra,” I admit. I explain how, just last night, it vanished from my building’s communal laundry room.

Colin’s frown deepens. “Last night? That means whoever sent this was in your building.” He tugs at his collar, clearly agitated. “This isn’t good, Toby."

    

ELKA RAY

Stories that don't let go

Elka Ray writes fast-paced romantic mysteries and scary thrillers - a dichotomy that reveals her belief in Yin and Yang, or the balance of opposites. A great lover of scientific facts, she may be found clutching crystals for good luck; reads highbrow journals and tabloid trash; and refuses to watch romcoms yet moved in with her now-husband on their first date.

Elka is the author of three novels – the romantic mysteries DIVORCE IS MURDER and HANOI JANE – and the noir thriller SAIGON DARK. She also has a collection of short crime and ghost stories set in Southeast Asia – WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW. Elka lives with her family near Hoi An, Vietnam. She is represented by Folio Literary Management. - link to http://foliolit.com/agency#f.About


    


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22 comments :

  1. Thanks for having me on! Elka

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing your terrific book. I sure enjoyed reading about it and appreciate you taking the time to share it with us.

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  3. This sounds like a really great read.

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  4. This sounds fantastic, I can't wait to check it out! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I am intrigued and love the premise to this storyline. I really love that the heroine is a smart and sarcastic character. Looking forward to reading this one.

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

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  7. I like the cover. The colors are beautiful.

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  8. The story sounds really interesting.

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  9. What was the most challenging part of the book to write?

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  10. What has the writing experience been like for you?

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  11. sounds like a fun one

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