Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Burying Daisy Doe by Ramona Richards, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to welcome Ramona to the blog to chat about her & Star Cavanaugh’s journey to publication!
Title: Burying Daisy Doe
Series: Star Cavanaugh Cold Case #1
Author: Ramona Richards
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Release Date: November 17, 2020
Genre: Christian Suspense
No cold case is more important than the one that destroyed her own family
Every small town has one unsolved case that haunts its memory, festering for generations below the surface with the truth of humanity’s darkness. Star Cavanaugh is obsessed with the one that tore her family apart.
Over sixty years ago, Daisy Doe was murdered and discarded outside Pineville, Alabama, buried without a name or anyone to mourn her loss. When Star’s father tried to solve the case, he was also killed. Now a cold-case detective with resources of her own, Star is determined to get to the bottom of both crimes. But she’ll have to face an entire town locked in corruption, silence, and fear–and the same danger that took two other lives. The only people in the town she can trust are her grandmother and the charming Mike Luinetti, and both of them trust a God Star isn’t sure she believes in. Can Christians so focused on the good really help her track down this evil?
With an irresistible combination of sharp suspense, faith, humor, and authentic regional flavor, Burying Daisy Doe will draw fans of Terri Blackstock, Margaret Maron, Jaime Jo Wright, and J.T. Ellison.
A Time Slip for Burying Daisy Doe
by Ramona Richards, author of Burying Daisy Doe
Burying Daisy Doe is about a cold case detective, Star Cavanaugh, on her journey to solve the two cold cases that destroyed her family and her faith. It has been my writing dream to create an ongoing series detective, in the same vein as Margaret Maron’s Judge Deborah Knott books. I knew I wanted it to be Southern, snarky, action-filled, and with a touch of romance.
I also wanted them to be “time-slip novels,” although at the time, I didn’t know they had a name. But I wanted the original crimes to be “on stage” for the readers, so that they would be just as engaged with what happens to the original players as the present day detective. In 2006, Star Cavanaugh was born.
But her journey has been rough. Here, in time-slip format, are some of the highlights.
Madison, Tennessee, 2006
As an author, it’s a thrill to have readers compare my work to some of my favorite authors. The first chapters of a book I call Reclaiming Daisy Doe has scored well in a contest, resulting in comments from judges that told me I sounded like Janet Evanovich. I just know I have a winner. I am on my way. My dream of creating a series detective such as the ones I grew up with (Nancy Drew, Robin Kane) or the ones I loved later (Travis McGee, Stephanie Plum) feels within reach.
Moody, Alabama, Present Day
I’m staring at a launch date (November 17th) following one of the major elections of the century and right before Thanksgiving. My book will drown. Now called Burying Daisy Doe, I just know it’ll be a flop. No one will read it. I resign myself to never writing another book.
Nashville, Tennessee 2014
After eight years of trying to sell it, my then-agent suggests that we table Reclaiming Daisy Doe and focus on other things. In the years since I created Star and Daisy, I’ve had success writing for Love Inspired Suspense, and my agent suggests staying on that track. Daisy gets moved into my “Abandoned Novels” folder, shelved until further notice.
Moody, Alabama, Present Day
My publisher, Kregel, notifies me they’ve hired one of the best publicists in the business to help me launch Daisy—they believe in it that much. Jeane is a long-time friend, and I celebrate, hope glimmering on the horizon.
Birmingham, Alabama, 2017
I’ve moved to Birmingham after 50 years in Nashville to take a new job. It has great hours, leaving me plenty of time to write. I have acquired a new agent, and she wants to see everything—EVERYTHING—I have in the works, including the abandoned novels. I pack up EVERYTHING and send it off to her, fingers crossed. With a few days, she calls me. She wants to shop Daisy again, even to people who saw it before. She loves the book and thinks the time is right for it to sell. Earlier . . . no one was buying time-slip novels. Now they are growing in popularity.
Black Mountain, North Carolina, Present Day
Due to the pandemic, the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, originally scheduled for May, has been moved to November. As an instructor and editor taking appointments, my busiest day at the conference will be . . . November 17th. Launch day. The day I should spend crowing and sharing about my book, encouraging my launch team and spreading memes all over social media. I spend most of it encouraging other writers and trying not to glow. Or gloat. Instead, I worry. My book is going to drown.
Moody, Alabama, 2019
Exactly one year after buying a house in Moody, I sign a contract with Kregel Publishers for Reclaiming Daisy Doe. After 13 years, she has a home. Let the edits begin.
Moody, Alabama, Present Day
After six rounds of edits, one name change, a beautiful cover, and a dozen new and delightful relationships growing out of the work with the Kregel team, Burying Daisy Doe is on the market. The launch was rough—I couldn’t be as involved as I wanted. But I will do a lot of marketing over the next few weeks, in hopes of raising sales to the point where book 2 of the series becomes a possibility.
Here’s hoping Star Cavanaugh, cold case detective, has a long and prosperous career.
Ramona Richards is the award-winning author of 12 books, including 9 novels. She has also worked as an editor in Christian publishing for forty years, and is now the associate publisher for Iron Stream Media. She lives in the Birmingham, Alabama, area.
(1) winner will receive a $20 Visa card and a signed copy of Burying Daisy Doe and Murder in the Family!
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