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Oct 26 2017 9:00am

Auralee Wallace Excerpt: Ring In the Year with Murder

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Ring In the Year with Murder by Auralee Wallace is the fourth book in the Otter Lake Mystery series (available October 31, 2017).

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It’s been a tough year for Erica Bloom. And with hours left on the clock and a killer crashing the party, it’s not over yet…

This New Year’s Eve, Erica’s resolution is to have a great night—even if it kills her. She is, after all, at the party to end all parties: a Great Gatsby—themed gala sure to be the talk of Otter Lake, New Hampshire. With her perfectly finger-waved hair, borrowed pearls, and scarlet flapper dress, Erica is determined to be unflappable, despite the presence of her ex, Sheriff Grady Forrester, and his hot date, a bubbly blonde who has a hard time holding her drink. Literally...

In a plot twist as bizarre as a game of Clue, Grady’s girlfriend almost drops dead after her drink is poisoned. Who put the killer ingredient in her appletini? Suddenly the tables have turned and the sheriff has become the prime suspect. Now Erica has until midnight to clear the man she still loves—and in so doing just maybe win him back. That’s if the killer doesn't pop the cork again … and turn a New Year’s smooch into a kiss of death…

[Read an excerpt from Ring In the Year with Murder...]

Feb 1 2017 11:00am

Embracing Hygge: 5 Snowed-in Mysteries to Keep You Cozy Around the Fire

Auralee Wallace is getting hygge with it! The author of the Otter Lake Mystery series gets warm and cozy with 5 snow-filled mysteries and offers YOU a chance to win a copy of her latest book, Snowed In with Murder. Make sure to sign in a comment below for a chance to win!

I’m a bad Canadian. I admit it. I’m ambivalent about hockey. Most days, I’d choose Starbucks over Tim Horton’s. And I hate winter. That’s right. You heard me. I hate winter.

It’s approaching the time of year in Ottawa when the deep cold sets in. You can’t let your pets outside because they’d be dead in minutes. You can’t send your children walking across the schoolyard without a strict no sibling left behind policy. And, believe it or not, I have caught myself pondering on more than one occasion whether eyeballs turn to ice before a person freezes to death. I know. Not nice thoughts.

And that’s why, this year, I’ve decided to get hygge with it.

[Nah-nah nah nah na-nah nah...]

Jan 30 2017 10:00am

Snowed In with Murder: New Excerpt

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Snowed In with Murder by Auralee WallaceSnowed In with Murder by Auralee Wallace is the 3rd book in the Otter Lake Mystery series (available February 7, 2017).

There’s no retreat and no surrender when Erica Bloom finds herself stuck in a snow storm with a stone-cold killer...

Erica has returned to Otter Lake, New Hampshire, to rekindle her romance with Sheriff Grady Forrester at her mom’s island retreat, currently closed for the off season. Just ahead of a rapidly advancing storm front, Erica arrives to discover Mom has rented the lodge to a reality TV show. They’re filming the wealthy but awful Boatright brood, who’ve been summoned here by their patriarch because—so he says—one of them wants to kill him.

Chapter One

“You have arrived.”

I wiped a drop of icy rain from my cheek with my gloved fingers. “I’m sorry?”

“My GPS always says that,” the voice on the other end of my phone explained happily. “And now I can’t stop saying it. It’s like finally even technology sees that I’m destined for great things. You have arrived. It feels good. Try it.”

[Read an excerpt from Snowed In with Murder...]

Aug 25 2016 9:00am

Pumpkin Picking with Murder: New Excerpt

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Pumpkin Picking with Murder by Auralee WallacePumpkin Picking with Murder is the 2nd book in Auralee Wallace's Otter Lake Mystery series (Available August 30, 2016).

When murder strikes in the Tunnel of Love, Erica Bloom has to rock the boat to catch a killer…

For a small town like Otter Lake, New Hampshire, the annual Fall Festival is a big deal: a Ferris wheel, corn maze, caramel apples, and pumpkin pies—even a Tunnel of Love. Back in her hometown, Erica Bloom is trying to enjoy herself, which includes getting better acquainted with Sheriff Grady Forrester. But when a swan boat sails out of the heart-shaped exit of the tunnel with a dead man slumped over a wing, her own romance will have to take a backseat.

Speaking of love affairs, the other passenger in the boat—and only witness to the elderly Mr. Masterson’s swan song—is not his wife. It’s Erica’s beloved and feisty “aunt,” Tweety, who quickly becomes the prime suspect. Vowing to clear Tweety, Erica teams up with her sassy BFF and self-appointed security expert Freddie Ng to solve the murder—despite the objections of Grady, who’s convinced the amateurs are going overboard in their investigation. And he just may be right. But as Erica and Freddie start to dredge up long-kept small-town secrets, will they heading straight into troubled waters?

Chapter One

“Okay,” I said, stepping off the dock onto the cracked asphalt of the parking lot. “I’m here. Can you please tell me what’s going on now?”

“Nope,” the voice on the other end of my phone said. “It’s a surprise. You have to see it.”

I sighed and turned my face up to the warm autumn sun. “You know I don’t have really great experiences with surprises. In fact, I pretty much hate them. Especially when I’m … here.”

[Read the full excerpt from Pumpkin Picking with Murder...]

Feb 28 2016 12:00pm

Skinny Dipping with Murder: New Excerpt

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Skinny Dipping with Murder by Auralee Wallace is the first in the new Otter Lake Mystery series introducing Erica Bloom who returns to her mother's spiritual retreat for women, Otter Lake, just as some childhood bullies start turning up dead (Available March 1, 2016).

Erica Bloom is in no rush to return to Otter Lake, the site of her mother's spiritual retreat for women. Erica met her inner goddess years ago and she's happy to have forged a new identity on her own, thank you very much. But her new-age-y, well-meaning mother is losing her grip on the business, and needs Erica's help. So she heads back to her New Hampshire hometown, where nothing much has changed-except for maybe the body in the well...

When Erica was a teenager, she fell prey to a practical joke that left her near-naked in Otter Lake's annual Raspberry Social. The incident was humiliating, but it wasn't like anyone got killed-until now. Those who were behind that long-ago prank are starting to turn up dead, and Erica's appearance in town makes her a prime suspect. To make matters worse, the town sheriff just happens to be Erica's old nemesis, Grady Forrester...who also happens to be hotter than ever. Can Erica find a way to dig up the truth-before someone digs her grave?

[Read an excerpt from Skinny Dipping with Murder here...]