Sunday, June 24, 2018



High school teacher Emma Lovett is finally recovering from her first year of teaching when she discovers another dead body. As if that wasn’t bad enough, this time, someone has killed a student, Kisten Hollis.

Emma and her best friend, Leslie, are desperate to solve this murder. But suspects abound. The perpetrator could be a teacher, an administrator, a member of Kisten’s zealous church community, or even another student.

Emma must juggle her teaching responsibilities, her new romance with handsome Hunter Wells, and interest from a hunky second suitor, all while searching for evidence to bring a killer to justice before someone else dies.


Title: Poison by Punctuation

Author’s name: Kelley Kaye

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Red Adept Publishing (April 24, 2018)

Page count: 263

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours


A few of your favorite things:
Books, music, movies; any sort of live production of anything (plays concerts musicals).
Things you need to throw out: My worrywarting tendencies.

Things you need in order to write: TIME
Things that hamper your writing: LACK THEREOF


Things you love about writing:
Ideas and words and putting them together
Things you hate about writing: “Trying to get the word out” about my books. Argh!

Easiest thing about being a writer: Many, many ideas!

Hardest thing about being a writer: Too many ideas.

Things you love about where you live: Ocean, weather.

Things that make you want to move: Too many people, too many cars


Things you never want to run out of: chocolate
Things you wish you’d never bought: FIDGET SPINNERS


Words that describe you: Goofy, friendly, smiley, straighforward, happy
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: Bossy, abrupt, flaky, spacey

Favorite foods: Anything chocolate or in the chocolate family (caramel, vanilla, etc...)
Things that make you want to throw up: Scallops, oysters GAH!

Favorite music or song: Anything 80s
Music that make your ears bleed: Rap and any steel guitar.

Favorite beverage: Dr Pepper.

Something that gives you a pickle face: Apple cider vinegar (but I drink it anyway. It’s good for your gut flora—helps prevent colds. None of that is true for Dr Pepper)

Favorite smell: Gardenias, ocean breeze, pine trees.
Something that makes you hold your nose: Little boy farts (and man, they fart A LOT)

Something you’re really good at: Listening, when I am conscious and self-aware
Something you’re really bad at: Listening, when I’m distracted or worried


Something you wish you could do: Speak fluent Spanish.

Something you wish you’d never learned to do: Clean toilets. (I had to clean offices for YEARS and now I save money specifically to pay someone else to do it.)

People you consider as heroes:
Anyone who spends more time thinking about helping others than helping themselves. Non-judgy people.

People with a big L on their foreheads: Anyone who is overly self-absorbed. Especially the ones who think they are not, but really it’s all just ME ME ME ME ME. Gah!

Last best thing you ate: Krispy Kreme chocolate frosted white kreme donut (and can I just COMPLAIN for a teeny second about autocorrect, or Siri, or whatever program thinks they know what I am trying to spell better than I do. I had to type this THREE TIMES and the computer kept changing it to “Kristy Keene” donuts. Grrr)
Last thing you regret eating: I don’t believe in regrets.

Things you’d walk a mile for: My boys
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: That ‘Farmers’ commercial. Eeeeeuuuw earworm!

Things you always put in your books: Shakespeare quotes
Things you never put in your books: Sad endings.

Things to say to an author: I’m on my way to review your book RIGHT NOW!

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: I only read the first 10% of your book, but I hated it so much I went ahead and gave you a bad review anyway. (True story.)

Favorite places you’ve been: Capri and Sorrento, Italy, New York City
Places you never want to go to again: It’s really, really hard for me to spend much time in Phoenix-the heat makes me so ill, but I have to keep going back because that’s where my husband is from.

Favorite genre: Mystery, thriller, horror, YA.

Books you would ban: I would NEVER ban a book. I’ll just choose not to read it. I always advised my students (and their parents) to do the same.

People you’d like to invite to dinner: I really want to have dinner with Jon Stewart. He’s UBER smart and well-spoken and quick on the draw. I’d just like to know if I can hold my own in a conversation with him.

People you’d cancel dinner on: Emotional vampires and name droppers.

Favorite things to do: Reading, going to plays, concerts, ballroom dancing, karaoke
Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: Cleaning bathrooms.

Things that make you happy: Birds, flowers, books, my family, the ocean, music
Things that drive you crazy: Tailgaters, people who don’t use their turn signal or who slow the traffic light way down because they’re ON THEIR PHONE. Grrr.



Kelley Kaye is the pen name for the cozy mystery fiction of Kelley Bowles Gusich. Kelley taught high school English and Drama for twenty years in Colorado and California, but a 1994 MS diagnosis has (circuitously) brought her, finally, to the life of writer and mother, both occupations she adores, and both of which were dreamed of clear back at stories surrounding her Barbie and Ken. Her debut novel, cozy mystery Death by Diploma, was released by Red Adept Publishing February 2016, and is first in the Chalkboard Outlines® series. Book #2, Poison by Punctuation, was released April 24! She’s also writing YA under the pseudonym Kelley Kay Bowles. That novel, Down in the Belly of the Whale, arrived May 5. Yay, books! She has two wonderful and funny sons and an amazing husband who cooks for her. She lives in Southern California.

Connect with Kelley:
Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads 

Buy the book:
Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  BookBub


  1. Thank you so much, A Blue Million Books, for hosting a spot on my GreatEscapes Blog Tour! I love your if/then question format too, and I'm totally gonna use it in the future! Yay, books! Kelley :-)

  2. p.s. how about "once in a blue moon...?" :-)

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you Ellen! Did you enter the giveaway? Kelley


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