Friday, June 15, 2018

Poison by Punctuation by Kelley Kaye | Blog Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway

Poison by Punctuation by Kelley Kaye
Series: A Chalkboard Outlines Mystery, #2
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 1717390080
ISBN-13: 978-1717390080
e-Book File Size: 3541 KB
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The Blurb

High school teacher Emma Lovett is finally recovering from her first year of teaching when she discovers another dead body. As if that wasn’t bad enough, this time, someone has killed a student, Kisten Hollis. 

Emma and her best friend, Leslie, are desperate to solve this murder. But suspects abound. The perpetrator could be a teacher, an administrator, a member of Kisten’s zealous church community, or even another student. 

Emma must juggle her teaching responsibilities, her new romance with handsome Hunter Wells, and interest from a hunky second suitor, all while searching for evidence to bring a killer to justice before someone else dies.

The Character Guest Post


In early drafts of Poison by Punctuation, I wanted to create these diary entries written from the killer’s POV. They didn’t make it into final drafts, because the series ended up being told entirely from a third person attached Point of View. Attached to Emma, the crime solver, of course, not to the killer — that’d be a whole different story, different genre, you name it! But I thought it’d be fun to pick from these entries to have at least a little insight into the killers mind. Hope you enjoy!

1) I was walking down the hallway at the school today when I heard it.  It was those kids, all of those kids who hate me.  They were talking loud.  About me.  They said I was mean and nasty and ugly and they didn’t know what my problem was.

Well maybe I am mean.  Don’t they see that I only act that way around them because I know what they’re thinking?  They’re glad, glad they don’t have to be me.  I wish I didn’t have to be me, either.  I’d love to be one of them, with their perfect looks and their perfect clothes and their perfect parents and smooshy girlfriends and boyfriends.

Sometimes I look in the mirror and I see what they see.  I know it’s only me, but in the mirror I look like a monster.  Sometimes I want to smash the mirror into little tiny shards.  Seven years bad luck, what do I care?  My luck is terminal, anyway.  Maybe I could smash mirrors in honor of those people, and then THEY would have the bad luck.  Maybe for the next seven years.  Maybe forever.

I hate them all.  I hope they die.

2) I don’t know if it worked.  What if she sees the hole?  It was a very small needle, really it was.  I’m so glad my pretties bleed clear — it looked just like more of her medicine.  Oh, I saw them this morning.  They didn’t see me; I’d be able to tell.  Disgust would have been written on their faces, like it always is.  Well, I don’t know what else to do.  My pretties must teach them they’re not so great and perfect and problem-free.

Not any more.

3) It worked, it worked!  I guess I knew it would, I mean, going straight into her skin like that.  But her parents must be sad?  Well, they have enough advantages to make up for it.  I just think the world is so unfair.  Everyone has everything.  I have nothing.  I think some other people should have less.  My mom always said to make lemonade out of those lemons life handed you, but she didn’t really believe it.  You could tell the way she yelled at other drivers and complained about work and about dad and about everything around her.  Her lemons were too sour to make lemonade.  Mine too.

I wonder if it would work if they drank it?  My lemonade, I mean.  Obviously, lemonade under your skin can kill you.  I wonder. . . . . 

What do you think? Do you think you know who the killer is now? 
I’d love to hear your views!

Until next time — Stay Mystified!

The Author

About Kelley Kaye

“Kelley Kaye” taught High School English and Drama since 1992 in California, then Colorado and now Cali again, but her love for storytelling dates back to creating captions in her high school yearbook. Maybe back to the tales she created for her Barbie and Ken — whatever the case, the love’s been around a long time. She’s married to an amazing man who cooks for her, and they have two funny and wonderful sons.

The Giveaway

Follow the tour, to read other Guest Posts, plus Interviews and Reviews.


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June 13 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

June 14 – Babs Book Bistro – GUEST POST

June 15 – Ruff Drafts – GUEST POST

June 15 – Jane Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 16 – Laura's Interests - SPOTLIGHT

June 17 - Varietats – GUEST POST

June 18 – A Wytch's Book Review Blog - REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 19 – Cozy Up With Kathy - AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 20 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW

June 20 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT

June 21 – StoreyBook Reviews - CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 22 – Readeropolis - AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 23 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

June 23 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

June 24 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 25 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW

June 26 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – SPOTLIGHT

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