Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Kelly Brady Channick & Asbury High and the Arson Avenger

Posted November 6, 2021 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, Kelly Brady Channick, mystery/suspense, YA / 9 Comments

Please join me in welcoming Kelly Brady Channick to the blog as we take a look at her new young adult cozy mystery, Asbury High and the Arson Avenger

Asbury High #5
GENRE: Young Adult Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Purple Milk Publishing
RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2021
PAGES: 349

Suspicious fires erupt all over town.
With no pattern or motive—can they all really be coincidences?
Or are they linked? And why?
Is there an arsonist hiding in Asbury?

Carly, Maddie, Pilot and Cornelious begin their junior year, ready to take on the town as upperclassmen. With their most recent case solved, the gang joins the town in hopes of starting anew, with the focus on normalcy. However, in Asbury “normal” is a foreign word. As new relationships bloom and jealousy mounts, the heat begins to rise.

During the first week of school, the local music hangout explodes, leaving only ashes behind. Within weeks, a second location burns down, leaving the gang little doubt that an arsonist is loose in Asbury. Due to growing political pressure from town Mayor Jeremiah Gibbz, as well as lack of any evidence, the fire and police departments are hesitant to blame criminal activity. As usual, the gang finds itself thrust into the investigation, wondering where to begin—especially since the whole town seems adamant on denying foul play.

Unfortunately, proving the fires are the result of an arsonist seems to be just as difficult as solving the actual case. As more fires burn across Asbury, the teens wonder what the motive could possibly be. Finding themselves pulled into a world of revenge and discovering an ages-old grudge, the teens find themselves facing increasingly dangerous situations.

Adding to their fiery investigation are new relationships and typical high school drama. After seeing Maddie with another guy, Cornelious realizes too late that his feelings for Maddie are beyond simple friendship—but will that tear the gang apart when Asbury needs them the most? With the scheming Pitbulls seemingly lurking behind every door, political and departmental denial of arson, busy teen schedules, and new relationships pulling the gang apart, the foursome find it hard to get together.

With all these disruptions, can the quartet resolve their issues and find the arsonist before Asbury burns down?


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by Kelly Brady Channick, author of Asbury High and the Arson Avenger

For those who don’t know me, this answer might be surprising: chicken.

I honestly do not like chicken. Any way it is cooked or prepared, I am not a fan. This doesn’t mean I’m a vegan or vegetarian, nor is it a health-conscience decision. I honestly do not like the taste or texture of it.

Whatever it is, I feel sick when I eat even the tiniest piece of poultry—sometimes even the look of chicken is enough to make my stomach turn.

And, yes, I have been told multiple times that “everything tastes like chicken” or vice versa, but I have never found this to be true. Chicken tastes like chicken to me, and thank goodness—or else I don’t know how I’d survive

I guess I shouldn’t be too upset…at least this way I avoid fried chicken and fast food chicken—which everyone seems to love.

Growing up just over the bridge from Ocean City, NJ in Upper Township meant discovering plenty of fun places to both read, write, and run around outside like a maniac. In fact, for as long as she could remember, Kelly loved making up stories and leaving her listeners/readers on the edge of their seats. Perhaps that’s why she always managed to talk herself out of trouble…

So, if her past teachers and/or coaches are reading this, maybe its time to reconsider some of the tales she may have told back in the day.

After graduating from Ocean City High School, Kelly accepted a basketball scholarship to Holy Family University, in Philadelphia. Upon graduating college, Kelly continued to live in Philly, teaching for four years and meeting the love of her life during a snowstorm. In fact, it was her awesome husband who encouraged her to pursue her writing–Yay, Ryan!

Before writing page-turners, however, she taught first, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade — like a dessert menu, she simply had to test them all out. But her favorite job is the one she’s now doing full time: writing.

As her first published work, the Asbury High series has been brewing since she was 18, and has something for every type of reader–go ahead take look for yourself! If you love mysteries, you’ve found your new favorite author. Kelly loves to craft whodunit mysteries, leading readers through various twists and turns filled with red-herrings, hidden clues, and more peculiar characters than a reality show. As an athlete, she hopes that the importance of teamwork and overcoming adversity is also quite clear in her writing

Kelly lives in South Jersey with her handsome husband, energetic baby boys, two cookie-stealing dogs, and an awfully smart cat. If you want to know when Kelly’s next book will come out, please visit her website at, where you can sign up to receive emails providing updates for new releases, or contact her directly, as well as win fun giveaways, and receive up to date news.


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What about you? What makes you want to read Asbury High and the Arson Avenger by Kelly Brady Channick? What’s YOUR least favorite food? (Mine is broccoli – can’t eat it if my life depended on it)

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9 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Kelly Brady Channick & Asbury High and the Arson Avenger

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for being part of the book tour for “Asbury High and the Arson Avenge” by Kelly Brady Channick. This book is on my TBR list and I can’t wait for the opportunity to dive in reading.

    My just can’t stomach food is oysters. Hubby loves them from raw on the half shell to fried, but I just can’t wrap my head around them. The thought of eating them is nauseating to say the least. Love seafood, but this is one form that won’t ever be on my plate. As for rejection purely on taste and texture, that would have to be heart. Doesn’t matter from which animal, they all get my taste bud rejection.

  2. Robyn K

    Being from NJ myself, I am so glad that you are write about NJ from your experiences growing up in NJ. The book sounds great. Thank you for this chance.

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