Friday, July 17, 2020

Folly at the Fair ~ Book Blog Tour Author Interview & Giveaway!

Book Details

Book Title: Folly at the Fair (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

Genre:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs)

Pages: 322 pages

Category:  Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   June 2020

Content Rating:  PG-13 for some swearing, violence, and mature themes.

Book Description

She never misses a target. But unless she can solve this murder, she’ll become one...

Chicago World’s Fair, 1893. “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley is exhausted from her work with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. But when a fellow performer scuffles with a man who threatens her harm, she has to keep her eyes peeled. And when the heckler is found dead under the Ferris Wheel, Annie won’t rest until she proves her defender is innocent. 

Before she can rustle up any clues, an old friend asks Annie  to protect her young daughter. And as more bodies turn up around the  grounds, she’s going to need all her sharpshooting skills just to stay alive. Can Annie live up to her reputation and put a bullseye on the killer? 

Folly at the Fair is the third book in the Annie Oakley Mystery historical fiction series. If you like strong heroines, Wild West  adventures, and suspenseful twists and turns, then you’ll love Kari Bovee’s fast-paced whodunit.

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Interview with Author Kari Bovee

Please tell us how you came to be a writer.
I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember. When I was seven years old, I got a toy typewriter for Christmas. Although it was just a toy, it worked really well and I banged away on it for as long as it held up. Then in middle school and high school, I started journaling and writing poetry. I majored in English literature in college, so there was a lot of writing involved with my major. I finished as much of my required coursework early so I could devote myself to writing exclusively in my senior year. I took three independent studies with three of my favorite professors. One was in short story writing, one in playwriting, and one in screenwriting. I had such a blast! I wrote my first novel right out of college, but it was sort of an experiment and that book will never see the light of day!

Explain how you research for a book.
I usually am inspired by a person or a historical event. I start with researching on the internet as much as I can. Wikipedia is a good place to start, but sometimes it isn’t terribly reliable. I read blogs, watch movies, documentaries, or videos. Sometimes I read biographies or non-fiction books on the subject matter or person. I also love coffee table books. I’ve found a lot of really good information for some of my novels through them—and I love the photographs. It really puts you in the time period.  

Many writers and artists are introverts and spend much of their time alone? Are you an extrovert or an introvert?
I think I’m a healthy mixture of both. I love connecting with people and learning from them. I enjoy parties and social events and meeting new people, but having time to myself is essential to my mental, emotional, and creative well-being. I love being alone, or with my horses where the communication is often silent. I feel it gives me room to breathe. 

Hilary Mantel (Wolf Hall) says that a Catholic upbringing is the only qualification a writer requires. Can you relate to that idea? Do you have any writing qualifications?
I chuckled when I read Hilary Mantel’s idea of qualifications to be a writer. I was raised Catholic and can relate to that statement on many levels, both positive and negative. I think an insatiable curiosity about people and what motivates them – past, present, and future, and a deep empathy for others qualifies someone to be a writer. Sometimes I wish I had double-majored in English literature and psychology instead of just English literature because I find that in creating characters—and the stories I put them into, a better understanding of the human psyche would be so helpful. The ability to “put yourself in someone else’s shoes” no matter how wonderful or horrific, is essential to creating believable, sympathetic, and relatable characters and stories.

Are you looking to entertain or illuminate?
Both, of course! Entertainment is the main goal for me, but I also want people, especially young girls and women, to be inspired by the women I write. I’m passionate about empowered women in history and what we can learn from them. Women have come so far—although we still have a way to go—but some of the women of the past, who had much fewer rights, privileges, and opportunities, didn’t let society dictate who they wanted to be or what they wanted to do. They fought the good fight, and lived their dream, whether it was saving others, being true to themselves, or thriving in a man’s profession, like Annie Oakley did.

Talk about how you juggle being a writer with other responsibilities e.g. being a parent, other job, etc.
The good news for me is that writing is my full-time gig. It’s also the bad news because if I’m not careful, I find myself working all the time and that just isn’t healthy. My husband is really good about reminding me of this when I become obsessive! The struggle for me is taking time for myself to do things other than work. I have horses and I try to spend four mornings a week with them, either training or trail riding with friends. Being with horses is great because you have to be present with them. It’s dangerous to have your head in the clouds thinking of other things! I love my time with my horses because it refreshes me. I am also doing a little art work, meditation, and trying to spend time with friends and my grown children and their significant others (safely, of course, in this time of Covid-19.) The reward for making time for these things is that it frees my creativity and refills the well. 

Share 3 things you do before you start writing.
1) I make some nice herbal tea to sip on throughout the day.
2) I put one of my favorite essential oil blends into the diffuser. Right now, I am using a Young Living oil called “envision.” It really helps me to focus.
3) I clear my desk. Clutter makes me anxious!

Meet the Author
When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her action-packed novels. Empowered women in history, horses, unconventional characters, and real-life historical events fill the pages of Kari Bovée’s articles and historical mystery musings and manuscripts. 
An award-winning author, Bovée was honored with the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards  Hillerman Award for Southwestern Fiction for her novel Girl with a Gun. The novel also received First Place in the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards in the Mystery/Crime category, and is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards, as well as the Next Generation Indie Awards. Her novel Grace in the Wings is a Finalist for the 2019 International Chanticleer Chatelaine Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards. Her novel Peccadillo at the Palace is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the 2019 International Goethe Awards, as well as a Finalist in the 2019 Best Book Awards Historical Fiction category. 
Bovée has worked as a technical writer for a Fortune 500 Company, has written non-fiction for magazines and newsletters, and has worked in the education field as a teacher and educational consultant. She and her husband, Kevin, spend their time between their horse property in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, and their condo on the sunny shores of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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Enter the Giveaway:
Signed copy of FOLLY AT THE FAIR 
+SWAG (mousepad, pen, tote, bookmark)
(Ends August 18, 2020; USA only)

Tour Schedule:
July 13 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
July 14 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
July 22 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 23 – She Just Loves Books Books – book review / giveaway
July 24 – My Reading Journeys – book spotlight / character interview / giveaway
July 25 - fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
July 28 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
July 29 – The World As I See It – book review
July 30 – Books and Zebras – book review
July 31 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Aug 3 – Pen Possessed – book review / giveaway
Aug 4 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 4 - Jessica Belmont – book review / giveaway
Aug 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 5 - JBronder Book Reviews - book review / giveaway
Aug 6 - History from a Woman’s Perspective – book review
Aug 6 - 100 Pages A Day – book review / giveaway
Aug 7 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
Aug 11 – Olio By Marilyn – book review / giveaway

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