Friday, March 17, 2017

Aloha to St. Patrick's Day, Maggie Mae Gallagher, and CASKET GIRL

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!  We are counting down the days to the RT Booklovers' Convention and the Beach Blanket Bingo (link). It seems only fitting that I introduce you today to a participating author with an Irish name ... Maggie Mae Gallagher! I don't know if Maggie is Irish ... let's learn more about her. From her bio (link),

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maggie grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Maggie never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Maggie is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes erotic romance under the name Anya Summers. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.
Maggie also attended my alma mater, the University of Tampa!
Maggie Mae recently celebrated the release of CASKET GIRL, Book 2 in her Mystic Series ...
All he wants is to find a killer…

FBI Special Agent Josh Blake has seen some bizarre cases in his day. His latest case is one for the record books. He has multiple homicides, corpses drained of every ounce of blood, and no suspects. When rumors surface that the French Quarter may be hiding an insidious monster bent on drenching the streets in dead bodies, he must suspend logic and place his trust in the mystical.

She wants a fresh start…

Isabelle Toussánt left her family home in the bayou five year ago, cutting all ties with her abusive whiskey swilling stepfather, to forge a new life in the French Quarter. Now a successful business owner of Madam Toussánt’s Mystical Gifts in Jackson Square, and a Seer with voodoo roots. The foundation of her new life shatters when one of her employee’s winds up dead and she is dragged into a deadly game where she becomes the target of a serial killer.

A passion neither expected…

Determined to stop the brutal slayings, Josh must rely on the beautiful Isabelle who makes him question everything he has ever known about life and death all while surrendering to a desire hotter than a Bayou night. When Isabelle disappears without a trace, with tourists flocking to the party capital for Halloween, and the body count continues to mount, Josh will be forced to push beyond the boundaries of what he thinks is possible and rescue the woman he loves before it’s too late.


I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1. Have you visited New Orleans?  If so, what is a favorite sight, sound, or food!  If not, what would you like to see in the Big Easy?

2. Comments are open through Sunday, March 19, 10 pm in Baltimore. 

3. I'll post the winner on Monday, March 20.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Check out my pictures from RT/14 in New Orleans at this link, link, and link.


  1. I do think that New Orleans would be fun during Madi Gras.

  2. Haven't been to New Orleans, but would love to. I want to stuff myself with beignets, gumbo and muffulettas.

  3. I haven't been to any state except New York New Jersey and Connecticut would love to visit New Orleans tho alas I am not familiar with anything there

  4. I have never been but would love to. I want to see all the usual places and maybe some not so usual.

  5. I have driven through New Orleans but never able to stop and visit for a while. :) I hear many stories, though!!

  6. I was able to visit twice when we lived at nearby Gulfport, MS. One of our friends who was from LA took us to a local place that served craw fish on large cafeteria trays - another time we visited and ate at the famous Antoines. I preferred the first, local place. We weren't treated very well at Antoines. Loved the French Quarter though and those Hurricanes...

  7. I haven't been but would loved to go and do a tour. Listen to the music, try the local food and get up the nerve to visit a graveyard at night. Yeah, that won't happen since I don't like being scared. lol
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  8. Never been to New Orleans. Would love to try their specialty food, especially their beignets. And would love to meet Harry Connick, Jr if he were in town.

  9. As a fan of NCIS New Orleans, I feel like I've been there. I would love to walk along Bourbon Street!!

  10. I've never been to New Orleans - tho have read some books set there and also seen movies & tv shows set there - I'd love to visit someday (tho not in the heat & humidity of summer).

  11. It's been over 30 years since I've visited New Orleans. I'd love to go back - if only for the food! We ate a several well known restaurants but were limited by time and money

  12. No but on bucket list for sure

  13. Never been. Am sure it would be a great place to visit.
    Karen T.

  14. Never been but I would love to go for Mardi Gras!