Thursday, July 25, 2019



Mystery with a splash of romance . . .

Chicago Tribune reporters Emma and Grace have been best friends since college despite coming from different worlds. When Grace is assigned to cover an annual charity ball and auction being held at a lakeside mansion and her boyfriend bails on her, she brings Emma as her plus one. The night is going smoothly until Emma finds the host’s brother unconscious in the study. Though at first it is thought he was tipsy and stumbled, it soon becomes clear more is afoot, as the wall safe is empty and a three-million-dollar diamond necklace is missing. With visions of becoming ace investigative journalists, Emma and Grace set out to solve the mystery, much to the chagrin of the handsome local detective.

Book Details:

Title: The Great Jewel Robbery

Author: Elizabeth McKenna   

Genre: Cozy mystery

Series: A Front Page Mystery, book 1

Publisher: Elizabeth McKenna (May 28, 2019)

Print length: 204 pages

On tour with: Pump Up Your Book


Things you love about writing: getting lost in a different world.
Things you hate about writing: feeling like I’m not good enough.

Easiest thing about being a writer: writing dialog.

Hardest thing about being a writer: getting readers to notice your book.

Things you love about where you live: it is quiet, safe, and near a beautiful lake.

Things that make you want to move: there are no consistently good restaurants and no decent clothing shops.

Things you never want to run out of: coffee, chocolate, toilet paper.

Things you wish you’d never bought: every bottle and jar of useless wrinkle cream in my bathroom drawer (also every useless bottle of foundation).

Words that describe you: introvert, honest, sensitive.

Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: introvert, sensitive, moody.

Favorite foods: chocolate chip cookies, french fries, cheese, bacon.

Things that make you want to throw up: pickles, mustard, mushrooms, oysters, liverwurst.

Favorite music: anything from the 1980s.
Music that make your ears bleed: certain heavy metal/rap/hip-hop.

Favorite beverage: red wine.

Something that gives you a pickle face: whiskey.

Favorite smell: lilac.

Something that makes you hold your nose: poop.

Something you’re really good at: being a mother.

Something you’re really bad at: sports.

Last best thing you ate: gluten-free chocolate chip cookies made with very expensive GF flour.
Last thing you regret eating: a box of Milk Duds in less than ten minutes.

Things you’d walk a mile for: My family and friends.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: politics.

Things you always put in your books: moonlight.

Things you never put in your books: lengthy descriptions.

Things to say to an author: I’ll buy your book.

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: I’d buy your book, but I don’t like to read.

Favorite places you’ve been: Italy.

Places you never want to go to again: Orlando, Florida.

Favorite books: in no particular order: YA, mystery, romance, fantasy.

Books you would ban: none of them.

Favorite things to do: reading, writing, hiking, watching movies.

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: speaking in front of a large audience.

Things that make you happy: my family, nature, meditation, sleeping.

Things that drive you crazy: liars, mean people, politics, my dog.

Best thing you’ve ever done: had children.

Biggest mistake: marrying my first husband.


Elizabeth McKenna’s love of books reaches back to her childhood, where her tastes ranged from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Stephen King’s horror stories. She had never read a romance novel until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). She combined her love of history, romance, and a happy ending to write Cera’s Place and Venice in the Moonlight. Her contemporary romance novel, First Crush Last Love, is loosely based on her life during her teens and twenties. The Great Jewel Robbery is her debut cozy mystery, and she hopes readers will like it as much as they have enjoyed her romances.

Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn’t writing, working, or being a mom, she’s sleeping.


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