A busy day today here in SW Louisiana with Bayou Writers Group meetings and Angel Girl's dance competition but as they say...the show (or in our case, spotlight) must go on!
I introduced M. E. Bakos back in Feb when she shared treasures with us and again in last month when she shared some thoughts so please welcome her back with a peek into her book, Deadly Flip.
Katelyn takes on a home renovation in Hiptown, Minnesota, that “has history . . . a murder” at BFF Myra’s urging. What was she thinking? Besides the young woman being killed by the home’s prior owner, she learns the girl didn’t get the justice she deserved. Because of a double jeopardy ruling, the killer got away with murder!
Katelyn finds a hidden diary, foils an intruder, and discovers more secrets while delays and expenses escalate as she renovates the house. Could the victim’s restless spirit be haunting the house, making it the rehab from hell? Can she find peace and justice for the dead woman? To get the renovation back on track, Katelyn, Myra, ex-hubby Eddy (it’s complicated), and handyman Wayne hold a séance and bring in paranormal investigators. Will this finally rid the house of bad karma?
To top it off, Eddy is acting just plain weird, and hunky Sheriff Don Williams is a puzzle. Nosy neighbor, Mrs. Gilman, and Boots, the rescue cat, add to the fun in the second Home Renovator Mystery.
Enjoy a short excerpt from DEADLY FLIP:
What the heck!” I tugged at the edge of a board in the bottom of the window seat in the
second-floor bedroom of my home renovation project. This was my third project in my new
profession as a Home Rehab Specialist. I had bought the house at auction a couple of weeks
earlier and was in the midst of the remodel.
“What?” Myra Alexandria Payten asked, and poked her head out of the closet she’d been dusting. She wore a blue denim shirt with sleeves rolled at the cuffs and matching jeans and sported the kind of casual work shoes that cost a fortune. Her highlighted hair was freshly styled. She was humoring me with cleaning.
The house was a couple of blocks from where Myra lived. She was a staunch supporter of my new occupation. It was with her encouragement, I’d decided to become a home flipper after I was canned. Myra had a passion for home improvement projects and renewing houses. She had her projects done. Me, not so much. She lived in one of the stately mansions facing the “couples” lake in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was one of three lakes in the Hiptown area. One lake was known as the “singles” lake, another known as the “family” lake.
She had been over-the-top thrilled when I told her about the house.
“It’s a wonderful house, Katelyn! A great opportunity,” she’d gushed.
“But, I do renovations in Crocus Heights.”
“This is a perfect opportunity to expand your horizon. Besides, it’s a great deal.”
“How do you know?”
“My brother told me the house was up for sale.”
“Really? The chief of police follows foreclosures at auction?”
“This one is special. It has a history.”
“There was an incident, a murder....” As her voice trailed off, she coughed and avoided my stare.
“Myra, I don’t need bad karma.”
“The actual murder took place in the garage. The body is gone. No body. No bad karma.” She sounded evasive and a little flip. My guard was up.
“I wouldn’t be too sure about that,” I said, my eyes narrowed, considering Myra.
“I’d like you to renovate the house, Katelyn.” She studied me, her gaze steady, serious.
“Why don’t you renovate the house?” I countered. It wasn’t like Myra to push a project. It was weird, especially after my experience with a dead body in my first renovation.
“I’m not the expert that you are in home renovation,” she said firmly.
What could I say?
My name is Katelyn Baxter. Most people call me Kate or Katie. I am a Home Rehabilitation Specialist, or a house flipper. It is my passion.
Wow, M. E., sounds like the makings of Hallmark Movies and Mysteries series! Good luck and God's blessings with your books.
Deadly Flip and Fatal Flip can be purchased at Amazon and you can find out more about M. E by visiting her website and friending her on Facebook, M. E. Bakos, Author or Email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Until next time, take care and God bless.