Tuesday, October 3, 2017



One desperate phone call is all it takes to turn Amber’s previously dull day into one speeding scarily out of control!

Amber Reed’s at work making up the horoscopes for the local newspaper and wishing for some excitement in her life, when she gets a phone call offering her just that.

Plunged into the middle of a celebrity murder investigation she’s desperately trying to convince the scarily handsome special agent assigned to solve the case that she can help him catch the killer.

Amber’s soon battling something far more dangerous than she could ever have imagined – and it has nothing to do with the equally scary chemistry fizzing between her and special agent Charlie.

Is it Amber’s wish for more excitement in her life which has landed her in big trouble – or is her fate written in the stars?

In The Stars is part of the fun, romantic Amber Reed Mystery series:
* In The Stars (book 1)
* On Trial ( book 1.5)
* Precious (book 2)
* Forever Mine (book 3)
* Past Perfect (book 4)
* Stop The Beat (book 5)
* Paradise Lost (book 6)

Go to the Zanna’s website and download a free book.


Amber Reed is a twenty-something from a small town in Derbyshire. She works part-time at the local newspaper as an admin assistant and she makes up the horoscopes for the weekly astrology column under the fake name of Madam Zamber. One day her life changes completely when she finds herself caught up in a celebrity murder investigation...


Amber, why do you think that your life has ended up being in a book?
I was just your average female, trying to hold down two jobs to pay the rent, looking for The One and generally wishing for some more excitement in my life. I think all of that makes me pretty relatable which is maybe why people like to read about how my life turned around and I became involved in helping a gorgeous special agent called Charlie crack the case in a murder investigation.

What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?
Head to my home town of Palstone in gorgeous Derbyshire and catch up with friends and family. These days I travel all over the world working for the Celebrity Crimes Investigation Agency, so I really miss the folks back home.

If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
Well, if I tell you, then it might spoil things for potential new readers just dipping into the series, but all I will say is that it’s a scene involving myself and Charlie, my rather handsome special agent co-worker.

Tell the truth. What do you think of your fellow characters?
Ooh, can I? Really? Right. Here goes . . . I absolutely hate Martha. She’s another agency co-worker and basically a horrible person. I like Charlie. A lot. An awful lot! Dan is another special agent co-worker, and he’s big trouble but very cute with it.

Do have any secret aspirations that your author doesn’t know about?
Absolutely! But they will remain a secret – for now!

What impression do you make on people when they first meet you?
I try my best to make a good impression on people, especially in my line of work. It’s important when I’m sleuthing to get people chatting and feeling like they can trust me and tell me things. That always helps me get to the bottom of a case.

Tell us about your best friend.
Well, I’d love to! Her name is Debs. We’ve know each other since forever. She works in a tearoom in Palstone (our home town) and we love to sit and chat over coffee and cakes whenever we get chance.

What’s the best trait your author has given you?
Hmm . . . now, let me think. Best traits are probably that I’m determined and resourceful.

What’s the worst?
Worst traits are that I’m stubborn and also can be a little on the insecure side at times, especially when it comes to relationships.

What do you like best (and least) about Charlie, your special agent co-worker?
There are so many things about Charlie which is, I guess, part of what makes him so tempting and at the same time such a challenge.  First, the good things – he’s clever, funny, great company, and fun. Next, the least favorite things - he’s stubborn (like me, which causes us all sorts of issues!), and can be work-obsessed when he’s trying to crack an investigation. Also, I doubt there’s a romantic bone in the whole of his body, which unfortunately brings out my relationship insecurities from time to time. I mean, occasionally a girl just wants a bit of relationship reassurance, right?

Absolutely. What’s your author’s worst habit?
Making life difficult for me!

What aspect of your author’s writing style do you like best?
The sleuthing adventures zip along, which I love. Also, there’s lots of chat and dialogue along the way as well as plenty to think about. The books are fun, which I really enjoy.

If your story were a movie, who would play you?
Well, Zanna tells me that in terms of appearance, I was inspired by the actress Emily Rose so I’d have to choose Emily to play me!

Describe the town where you live.
It’s called Palstone and it’s a pretty little town nestled in the hills of Derbyshire in the UK. There’s all the usual amenities such as pubs, the tearoom, the local newspaper where I used to be the admin assistant and make up the weekly horoscope column under the fake name of Madam Zamber! Many of the buildings are made from the local stone and the moorland and hills.

Will you encourage Zanna to write a sequel?

There are already six books in the Amber Reed Mystery series (plus a novella you can get free via Zanna’s website). There are more sleuthing adventures planned for me in 2018 too. I’ll be hitting the dance floor with lots of celebrities to solve the crime in my next book which should be quite a sleuthing adventure!



Zanna Mackenzie lives in the UK (Derbyshire/ Leicestershire border) with her husband, five dogs, a vegetable patch that's home to far too many weeds, and an ever expanding library of books waiting to be read.

Being a freelance writer and editor of business publications is her 'day job' but, at every opportunity, she can be found scribbling down notes on scenes for whatever novel she's working on. Zanna loves it when the characters in her novels take on minds of their own and start deviating from the original plot. She enjoys walking the dogs, gardening and reading.

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