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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Blog Tour, Character Interview, Review, & Giveaway for Vangie Vale and the Larcenous Lava Cake by R.L. Syme

Character Name: Vangie Vale (Evangeline, but… it’s Vangie)

1)      Tell us a little bit about yourself--both something we learn from [the story] and something that readers might not guess?
Well, I am a bakery owner and a part-time pastor, living in a small mountain town in Montana. When I lost my last job in North Carolina, I got “exiled” up here because my last bishop owed my current bishop a favor. Now, I happily bake during the week and preach on the weekends. Something readers might not know about me is that I am quite tall. 5’10”. I tend to tower over most of my female friends, and honestly, have a hard time finding a guy who’s tall enough for me. Such is life!
2)      How did you first meet your writer?
In my first book… Becca’s an ok sort. She’s from around here, so she gets the Montana “feel” of my life right now. But also, she’s lived other places, and she loves the area of North Carolina I grew up in. I appreciate that about her.
3)      Want to dish about him/her?
About Becca? Interesting…. Well, what could I tell you… she and I are pretty tight, but she knows more about me than I know about her. I do know that she has this weird little wine-drinking cat named Mikhail and she loves him so much that, in this book, she finally gave me a cat just like him. Thanks for that, Beck. J
4)      Why do you think that your life has ended up being in a book?
Clearly, a lot of dramatic stuff happens to me. I mean, I know I’m nosy and all, but I really have had a lot of “weird” things happen to me. So much so, that I now feel normal with weird. Find a dead body? It’s probably Vangie’s…
5)      Who's your favorite character? Why? 
In this book? Probably Larry Luckinbill. I mean, he’s an enigma. But he’s a magician, and I think that’s pretty cool. Of course, he’s my ex’s dad, so I should be predisposed to like him. But I’d never met him before…
6)      Who's your least favorite character? Why? 
This is a loaded question. I mean, my first instinct is to say Edward, my ex. Because that would probably be true. But now that the book’s over, I don’t know how I feel about Edward. I’m mad that he lied… I’m mad that he stole… but I also have more compassion for him than I’ve ever had before.
7)      What's next for you?
I’m headed home to North Carolina (home) for a big for some R&R. This whole ordeal has taken a toll on me, and I just need to relax. Of course, if you know me, I probably won’t relax at all… 

About Vangie Vale and the Larcenous Lava Cake

Cozy Mystery 4th in Series  
Publisher: Hummingbird Books (June 16, 2020) 
 Number of Pages: 240  
Digital ASIN: B0878RT482 
I never thought Edward would come back...
When the court case against my ex was finished, I thought we were finished, too. But it turns out, it was only the beginning.
The Larcenous Lava Cake is book four in The Matchbaker Mysteries, a new cozy culinary mystery series from USA Today Bestselling Author, R.L. Syme.
RECIPE INCLUDED: The Larcenous Lava Cake
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Vangie has all kinds of stuff to deal with in this new installment to the Matchbaker series. Having been in Montana for awhile now she has gotten comfortable. Maybe too comfortable since she almost panics when she learns the bakery building is being sold. This could possibly force her to leave since the church cannot pay her enough as a part time pastor. As if this is not stressful enough the !an who caused all her problems is out of jail showing up claiming to want to make amends. Reeling she has a hard time dealing with all this but then he turns up dead with her boyfriend a possible suspect. This is one doozy of an investigation as everything seems to snowball for Vangie. The story takes all kinds of unexpected twists after that leading to a surprising ending. A must read for fans of cozies with a culinary flair to them. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.

About R. L. Syme

She is a writer of sleuths worth loving and villains worth hating. Lover of fancy cheese, binge-watching, strawberries, and hope. A foodie and baker of yummy delights, Becca grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries passed on by her grandmother. A Tweeter and Pinner of things.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this great review. I have not seen this series before but I have to check it out now. And thank you for this chance to win.