Thursday, 18 May 2017

Written into the Grave by Vivian Conroy @VivWrites #GuestPost #BlogTour

I am delighted to be involved in the blog tour for Written into the Grave by Vivian Conroy. Today I have a great guest post to share but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

About the book

Can fiction kill?

Vicky Simmons’s life was supposed to be relaxing after she moved back home to the coast of Maine, but instead of baking bread and gardening she’s been chasing down killers and it’s time to stop. Vicky is ready to slow down again and vows to start focusing more on her roses than solving crime.
That is until she reads the new serial in the paper over breakfast, describing a brutal murder that takes place on a cliff top road just above a beach. Only to find herself moments later, walking Coco and Mr. Pug, face to face with a dead body on the sand. The murder victim described exactly as he was in the story…
Once again death has come to Glen Cove and this time Vicky and her friends won’t stop until they find the killer before they get away with murder.
Don’t miss any title in the Country Gift Shop Cozy Mystery series:
Book 1 - Dead to Begin With
Book 2 - Grand Prize: Murder!
Book 3 - Written into the Grave

Buy Link

Amazon UK


Guest Post

What's in a title? - Guest post by cozy mystery author Vivian Conroy

    WRITTEN INTO THE GRAVE, released last week, is my 6th published
    book, and the third installment in the Country Gift Shop series. As
    I take care to wrap up the mystery in each book, you can read the
    books as standalones and - if you like - go back to earlier books
    later. I myself came to many series (for instance my alltime
    favorite Brother Cadfael by Ellis Peters!) through a later
    installment and then went back. Writing a series, you take many
    things into account: how relationships will develop, how the clues
    and red herrings can stay fresh, and how the titles differ enough to
    distinguish between the books, while they still have to fit a
    pattern: have to sound like cozy mystery.

    For me the title of book 1 offered itself quite readily: the book is
    about someone returning from the UK to Maine to start a British gift
    shop, and the mystery unfolding has to do with an earlier mystery,
    the disappearance of a college sophomore twenty-three years earlier.
    DEAD TO BEGIN WITH seemed like a perfect choice (and a fun play on
    Dickens' Christmas Carol which I adore, especially in the
    Muppet adaptation!). DEAD TO BEGIN WITH conveys that the book is a
    first in a series, that it's a new beginning for Vicky as gift shop
    owner, and that her return to town is both joyous and warm but also
    slightly overshadowed by renewed interest in the old disappearance
    case. Has the missing girl been 'dead to begin with' from the day
    she disappeared?

    For book 2 the title was a no brainer as well: it's about a bookish
    treasure hunt where the inhabitants of Glen Cove compete for two
    tickets to London. But a dead body changes the game... GRAND PRIZE:
    MURDER! was born. And like someone messaged me on Twitter: "it's a
    whole story in 3 words!"

    My working title for WRITTEN INTO THE GRAVE was MURDER IN
    INSTALLMENTS as it began with the idea of a serial written by a
    writing group, turning deadly when one installment describes a
    murder that really takes place right as the paper is delivered to
    the unsuspecting inhabitants of Glen Cove. Because of the word
    MURDER in it, and the fact it had also been used in the title for
    book 2, I was asked to come up with something else. Brainstorming
    titles is fun: just sit down with a notebook and write down anything
    that comes to mind. Then cross off all those that don't work (too
    long, not conveying concept properly etc) and you're left with the
    right one. Once I had it, I was completely fan of WRITTEN INTO THE
    GRAVE, and the supporting tagline: Can fiction kill?

    Can you actually write up a story in which somebody dies and voila,
    according to your wishes, the victim does die? Of course not. Still,
    in a way the victim in this book gets written into his grave...
    You'll have to read it to find out how! By the way, I love how the
    design team came up with an atmospheric cover to match the title!
    And contrary to the first two books where there is more of a buildup
    to the murder, I started off this one with Vicky reading the serial
    installment, finding it kind of chilling, and then on her walk with
    Mr. Pug and Coco, running into the murder scene. Action from the
    get-go and plenty of twists until the killer and the motive is

    As this blog tour of WRITTEN INTO THE GRAVE draws to an end, I'm
    super excited to lift a tip of the veil: I have a brand-new mystery series
    coming in the summer. Can I just say castle on a tidal island off
    the coast of Cornwall? How cool is that? And the title I came up
    with for the first book reveals something about the main character
    and the plot. All wrapped up in four little words. But that is a
    subject for another time...

Do drop by on Twitter via @VivWrites to
    share what book titles you think are really captivating, clever or


Thank you to Vivian for this fab guest post, I am always interested in how authors come up with the titles for their books so this was a great insight!

I don't know about you but I can't wait to find out more and read Vivian's next book!


   About the author

 Vivian Conroy writes the Country Gift Shop Mysteries and the Lady
    Alkmene 1920s' mysteries for HQDigitalUK, a division of
    HarperCollins. When she's not writing, Vivian enjoys hiking,
    crafting and trying new dessert recipes.

For all things books, with
    a dash of dogs and chocolate, give her a follow on Twitter via
    @VivWrites. You can also add and review all her books on Goodreads
    and LibraryThing.

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