Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"Bad to the Bone" by Linda O. Johnston

Bad to the Bone
(A Barkery and Biscuits Mystery Book 3)
by Linda O. Johnston

Bad to the Bone is the third book in the Barkery and Biscuits Mystery series by Linda O. Johnston. Also available: Bite the Biscuit and To Catch a Treat.

Bad to the Bone is currently on tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. The tour stops here today for a guest post by the author, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Veterinary technician Carrie Kennersly, owner of the Barkery & Biscuits bakery for dogs, is reluctant to sell her recipes to pet food manufacturer VimPets. Jack Loroco, a VimPets representative, assures Carrie that it would be a great opportunity to grow her business. His promising new relationship with Carrie’s friend, Billi Matlock, doesn’t hurt his cause. But the budding romance takes a bad turn when Wanda Addler, another VimPets employee, sets her sights on Jack.
After threatening to ruin Jack’s career if he doesn’t give her what she wants, Wanda is found dead. Jack and Billi are put at the top of the suspect list, and Carrie is doggone determined to rescue them from a life behind bars.

Click below to read an excerpt.

Praise for the Book
"The premise of this storyline is cute. I loved all the pets and their owners who frequent Barkery & Biscuits and Carrie has endeared herself to the townspeople." ~ Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder
"I enjoyed the book. I enjoyed getting to know the characters." ~ The Journey Back
"This book is a great example as to why I have a newfound love for cozy mysteries … This was a really fun yet mysterious and a little romantic read …" ~ Rainy Day Reviews
"The story was good and I’m glad we got to know more about Carrie and Reed’s relationship. I wonder if there will be wedding bells soon for these two?" ~ Texas Book-aholic
"Definitely kept me engaged until the mystery was solved which was great totally wasn’t expecting who the murderer turned out to be or why. Definitely a paw above the rest." ~ Community Bookstop

Guest Post by the Author
Me and My Writing
I'm delighted to be here at Books Direct to talk about Bad to the Bone, my new Barkery & Biscuits Mystery. It's the third in the series.
I write a lot. Bad to the Bone is my 45th published novel. I write both mysteries and romances, and I currently write two subgenres of romance: romantic suspense, for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and paranormal, in my Alpha Force miniseries about a covert military unit of shapeshifters for Harlequin's paranormal Nocturne line. And, yes, another Alpha Force book will be published next month: Protector Wolf.
And right now, all my books feature dogs!
I've been doing this for quite a while, and, fortunately, I'm now a full-time writer. For many years, I was an attorney specializing in real estate law. When the economy took its last downturn I became unable to find the kinds of law projects I'd been doing for a while. Eventually, it became clear to me that I'd ramped up my writing enough that continuing to look for law jobs was impractical, and I became officially inactive as a lawyer ... and even more active as a writer!
Right now, I'm delighted to be on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for Bad to the Bone. In addition to writing novels, I enjoy blogging and letting people know about my published work and just getting out there and meeting readers and other writers in person ... and virtually!
So, in case you're wondering, what's Bad to the Bone about?
Well, in the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries, protagonist Carrie Kennersly is a veterinary technician who also gets to realize her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. She bought a friend's bakery, Icing on the Cake, and converted half of it into Barkery and Biscuits, a store that sells handmade dog treats made from healthy recipes Carrie developed for patients as a vet tech. And then she begins solving murders after being a murder suspect herself in the first in the series, Bite the Biscuit.
It's fun. It's a cozy mystery. And I'm currently writing the fourth Barkery & Biscuits Mystery
Hope you enjoy Bad to the Bone

About the Author
Linda O. Johnston’s first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year. Since then, Linda, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, has published more short stories, novellas, and 45 romance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery series a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime, and Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne. She additionally writes the Superstition Mystery series for Midnight Ink. Her latest cozy mystery series, the Barkery and Biscuits Mysteries are also from Midnight Ink.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win one of two print copies of Bad to the Bone by Linda O. Johnston (US only).