Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Dadgummit by Maggie Toussaint | Blog Tour with Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway

The Blurb

Amateur sleuth Baxley Powell is on vacation at Stony Creek Lake in the north Georgia mountains. Her parents, best friend, and ten-year-old daughter are camping with her. Almost immediately, a young man’s body is found beside the lake. Strangely, there’s no apparent cause of death. The local police have heard about Baxley’s skill at closing unusual cases, and at their urging she agrees to help.

Her psychic sleuthing leads the police to a halfway house. There they encounter eight comatose victims and an odd man named Jonas, who also has supernatural abilities. Baxley senses Jonas cruelly drained their life force energy. Jonas escapes, taking the sheriff as a hostage. Deputy Sam Mayes, a Native American, leads the manhunt, and he keeps Baxley close, knowing she’s the key to capturing this powerful criminal.

Baxley’s paranormal talent of dreamwalking, which she uses to traverse the veil of life, draws the unwanted attention of beings believed to be Cherokee folklore. Jonas stole a treasured artifact from them, and they want it back. They hold Baxley’s best friend and two others because they know Baxley can help them. As the clock ticks, Jonas taunts this crime-fighting duo and proves to be a wily adversary.

With the body count rising, Baxley and Mayes realize they are up against an entity who appears to be invincible. Do they have the power to subdue an energy vampire, turn the tide of evil, and save the day?

Dadgummit by Maggie Toussaint
Series: A Dreamwalker Mystery, #4
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Camel Press
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-10: 1603815937
ISBN-13: 978-1603815932
eBook File Size: 1787 KB

The Review

I just read an amazing book recently, y'all — Dadgummit by Maggie Toussaint. Let me tell you a little about it.

Dadgummit is the fourth book in the Dreamwalker Mystery series, following #1 Gone and Done It (reviewed here), #2 Bubba Done It (reviewed here), and #3 Doggone It (reviewed here). [Note: In order to grasp what dreamwalking is, and everything that Baxley has experienced since beginning her dreamwalks, I strongly advise reading the series in order.]

Dadgummit,y'all, Dadgummit is such a wild, exhilarating, and thrilling ride! I was drawn into Baxley's world from the first chapter, and there I stayed until the very last page. I'm impressed by the complexity of the mystery in Dadgummit. In addition to consulting about the victim by the lake and the halfway house comatose patients, Baxley helps with murder cold cases — and all this during what was supposed to be her vacation. There's just so much going on!

Author Maggie Toussaint introduces some new characters in Dadgummit, and includes some returning characters. Deputy Sam Mayes is interesting, and a good counterbalance psychically to Baxley. Each one can learn a lot from the other. I hope to see more of Mayes in future books. Of the returning characters, Baxley's parents, daughter Larissa, and BFF Charlotte are her primary support system. Baxley soon finds herself depending on their aid and assistance during and after her paranormal activities. I was very glad that Oliver and Elvis were around, so they could also be helpful to Baxley.  

Dadgummit is un-put-down-able! Not that I'm complaining — I've been eager to read it ever since I finished Doggone It. I just love Baxley Powell and the Dreamwalker Mysteries! I can't wait for Book #5. Write faster, Maggie!

I absolutely love Dadgummit, and recommend it to all fans of paranormal cozy mysteries everywhere, especially those who like a touch of paranormal added in. I hereby bestow upon Dadgummit our highest rating of Five Kitties! 

Five out of five kitties
 Note:  I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of DadgummitAll opinions shared are 100% my own.

Click here to read an excerpt of Dadgummit on Author Maggie Toussaint's website.

The Character Guest Post

On Being Different

An essay by Baxley Powell, amateur sleuth

Once I knew a man who had a dog with different colored eyes. One was brown, the other blue. Most people shied away from that pie-eyed dog. They made snide remarks about it. All because it was different, but I knew better.
In first grade, a boy on my school bus, Joseph Green, had a birthmark on his face. It was a pretty good size, about two quarters’ worth and the deep dark color of red wine. The older boys on the bus called him Asia because his disfigurement was as big as a continent. Joseph ignored them for the most part, but he was nice to me, the other outcast. He listened as I jibber-jabbered about the seeds I was growing, the pie-eyed puppy I wanted.
Though Joseph’s dad got another job that year and he moved far away I never forgot his kindness to me or his tolerance of other people’s intolerance. It became a goal of mine to be as nice as Joseph.
Growing up in a family known for generations of dreamwalkers, I had instant notoriety. Other kids acted like I was highly contagious. If I happened to walk in their direction, they fled. Later in middle school, they turned their backs on me. It has never been easy to be a Nesbitt.
My father, his mother, and her ancestors were all dreamwalkers. The talent runs stronger in our female line, or so the family folklore goes. I’ve met a few people with extrasensory talent through my family, and psychics often have one specialized sense. Hearing, for example, or touch. Some see visions. Dreamwalkers have a little bit of everything, but most especially they are known from traversing the Veil of Life.
That’s right. Our spirit form can cross over to the Other Side. We often provide a message service from the living to the dead, and that’s normal for us.
When I was in high school, boys used to joke that if they dated me, they could get good fishing advice from their dead granddads. To prove that I could be normal, I studied hard, got good grades, even tutored the high school quarterback.
One boy in high school treated me like I was normal, and, oh, how I tried to fit into his world. I repressed my extra senses. I ignored those nudges I felt that weren’t of this world. Is it any wonder I fell in love with Roland Powell and married him? We had many years of love and best friendship, though he was often deployed. Powells, as I quickly learned, had long records of distinguished military service. I never knew if Roland was gung ho because he wanted to please his parents, or if he wanted to provide well for our small family, or if he flat out loved it.
He advanced through the ranks, but there came a time when he didn’t come home. The military offered no explanation and declared him dead. His body did not get shipped home.
Suddenly I was a widow and there was no place I’d rather be than home. Only home was different. The dreamwalker job had taken a toll on my father’s health, and I had no choice but to become the Dreamwalker. My long-suppressed powers flared to life, and I began helping people and consulting for the police. The work suited me, though I made plenty of mistakes.
As summer wound down, and my ten year old daughter was on the brink of fourth grade, we decided to take a vacation. And guess what? My parents and my best girlfriend are coming too. It’ll be so much fun, and I’m hopeful there’ll be no dead bodies in the mountains.

[If you want to find out more about Baxley’s summer vacation, check out Dadgummit, the latest entry in the Dreamwalker Mystery Series.]

The Author

About Maggie Toussaint

From her youthful days of tree climbing and dreams of flying to her career days of pocket-protector geekiness as a toxicologist, Southern author Maggie Toussaint remains riveted by a good story. As a book aficionado, she put into practice what she’d learned and began penning novels.

Maggie writes cozy mystery and romantic suspense under her own name, and science fiction under the pen name of Rigel Carson. She’s published seventeen novels as well as several short stories and novellas. The next book in her paranormal mystery series, Dadgummit, released August 1, 2017. 

She won the Silver Falchion Award for Best Cozy/Traditional Mystery in 2014. Additionally, she won a National Readers’ Choice Award and an EPIC Award for Best Romantic Suspense. She was twice nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award and finaled in the Beacon and the Readers’ Crown Contest. 

Maggie serves on the national board for Mystery Writers of America, is President of Southeast Mystery Writers of America, and is Co-VP of Low Country Sisters In Crime. She lives in coastal Georgia, where secrets, heritage, and ancient oaks cast long shadows.

The Giveaway

Maggie will award any book from her backlist (print or e-copy  print U.S. only)
to two randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

The Tour Participants

Follow the tour, to read other reviews and Guest Posts, plus Author Interviews!

August 1 - deal sharing aunt – INTERVIEW

August 2 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT

August 2 – Island Confidential -GUEST POST

August 3 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 3 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

August 4 – Teresa Trent Author Blog - CHARACTER INTERVIEW


August 5 – I Read What You Write - REVIEW, GUEST POST

August 5 – StoreyBook Reviews - CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 6 – Cozy Up With Kathy – INTERVIEW

August 7 – Pulp and Mystery Shelf - SPOTLIGHT


August 9 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

August 9 – Varietats2010 – REVIEW

August 10 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

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