Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Murder in G Major ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Blog Tour Promo*, Author Interview, & Giveaway!

Murder in G Major
A Gethsemane Brown Mystery
Alexia Gordon
Genre: Cozy Mystery / Suspense / Paranormal
Publisher: Henery Press
Date of Publication: September 13, 2016
Number of Pages: 268

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Stranded in Ireland after losing both a gig and her luggage, African-American classical musician Gethsemane Brown hopes to win her way back to the States by accepting a challenge: turn rowdy school boys into a champion orchestra. She's offered lodging in a beautiful cliffside cottage once owned by her favorite composer. The catch? The composer's ghost. He can't rest in peace until he's cleared of false charges of murder-suicide. Desperate after a quarter-century, he begs Gethsemane for help. A growing friendship with the charming ghost spurs Gethsemane to investigate. Her snooping provokes a long-dormant killer and she soon finds herself on the wrong sort of top ten hit list. Will Gethsemane uncover the truth as she races to prevent a murderous encore or will she star in her own farewell performance?

 “Gordon strikes a harmonious chord in this enchanting spellbinder of a mystery.” —Susan M. Boyer, USA Today Bestselling Author of Lowcountry Book Club

"Just when you think you've seen everything, here comes Gethsemane Brown, baton in one hand, bourbon in the other. Stranded in an Irish village where she know no one (but they all know her), she's got just six weeks to turn a rabblesome orchestra into award-winners and solve a decades-old murder to boot. And only a grumpy ghost to help her. There's charm to spare in this highly original debut."  — Multi-award-winning author, Catriona McPherson

“Gordon has composed a masterful and magical debut. . .Murder in G Major captivated me from the first page to the last, transporting me to the windswept cliffs of Ireland.”  — Gigi Pandian, USA Today bestselling author of Michelangelo’s Ghost

“Alexia Gordon’s debut is delightful: an Irish village full of characters and secrets, whiskey and music – and a ghost! Gethsemene Brown is a fast-thinking, fast-talking dynamic sleuth (with a great wardrobe) who is more than a match for the unraveling murders and coverups, aided by her various –handsome – allies and her irascible ghost. Can’t wait to see what she uncovers next!” —J. Suzanne Frank, AKA Chloe Green, author of the Dallas O’Connor mysteries

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Author Interview with Alexia Gordon

What cultural value do you see in storytelling?

            Storytelling preserves culture and passes it through generations, especially for cultures that have been marginalized and told their history wasn't important enough to be written in the official record. Storytelling keeps lore and heritage and tradition from being erased and forgotten. Kind of like in the movie version of Fahrenheit 451 (spoiler alert): as long as someone tells a story, even if they only tell it to one other person, the story exists.

What is something you want to accomplish before you die?

            Travel. Lots of it. I want to cruise around the world on a Cunard Line cruise ship. I want to tour Cuba. I want to ride on the Orient Express. I want to go to Wigtown, Scotland and work in a bookstore (temporarily). I want to ride Amtrak across the US. I want to live on the Upper East Side in New York City long enough to see all of the museums on Museum Mile. I want to live downtown in Washington, DC long enough to visit all of the Smithsonian museums. I want to visit all of the lighthouses in the US and all of the National Parks and I want to drive on every passable stretch of Route 66. I want to go to Mackinac Island and Prince Edward Island and Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard during the off seasons. I want to go to Mount Vernon and taste George Washington's whiskey. I want to go to Colonial Williamsburg and stay in one of the historic lodgings when it's cold enough to wear my cape so I can wander the streets and pretend to be one of the costumed interpreters. I want to go back to New Orleans because it's New Orleans. I want to go to Barcelona and to San Miguel de Allende. I want to go—Let's just say, I want to travel.

If you had a superpower, what would it be? If you were a superhero, what would your name be? What costume would you wear?

            Excellent questions. I think about these things. When I go to comic cons I admire the cos players in their fabulous costumes, some of which look like they came straight from a Hollywood special effects factory, but I never dress up because I can't think of a persona. The name and the costume come from the power but all the cool superpowers are taken. The ability to control weather? Taken. Immortality? Taken. Telepathy? Invisibility? Taken. Blades that shoot out of your knuckles? Taken. X-ray vision, super strength, the ability to fly, change size change shape? Taken, taken, taken, and taken. I can think of a hundred creative ways to kill someone (in print) but not one original superhero idea. I'm open to suggestions.

Who were some of your favorite authors you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing? What authors have inspired you to write?

            I've drawn inspiration from classic mysteries, science fiction, and ghost stories—the books I read growing up. Rex Stout (I had the worst crush on Archie Goodwin), Lewis Carroll, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Edgar Allan Poe, Keith Laumer, Stephen King, M.R. James, Carolyn Keene—all of these authors made me pause and say, "Hey, I want to do that."

            The series authors taught me the value of memorable characters, people I as a reader wanted to meet again and again. They also taught me the value of a strong plot. I never tired of the protagonists because they were always off on a new adventure and I wanted to come along.


A writer since childhood, I won my first (okay, so far, only) writing prize, a copy of Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends, in the 6th grade. I continued writing through college but put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. My medical career established, I returned to writing fiction.

Raised in the southeast and schooled in the northeast, I migrated to the southwest after a three-year stint in Alaska reminded me how much I needed sunlight and warm weather. I completed Southern Methodist University’s Writer’s Path program in Dallas, Texas then moved to El Paso, Texas where I currently practice medicine. If pushed, I will admit Texas brisket is as good as Carolina pulled pork. I enjoy classical music, art, travel, embroidery, and a good ghost story.

I am a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Writers’ League of Texas. I am represented by Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary Services, LLC and published by Henery Press.

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