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Monday, August 8, 2022

Blog Tour, Guest Post, Review, & Giveaway for Shifting and Shenanigans by Elizabeth Pantley


How the Pandemic Changed My Career

At the beginning of the pandemic, I was in a state of flux and frustration. I live in Washington state, not far from the very first publicized case of Covid in the United States, at a senior nursing home just a mile from my grandson’s preschool. I thought the whole thing would last a week or two. When people predicted the closing of restaurants and the wearing of masks in public I scoffed. “That will never happen here.” Well, obviously, it did. And it lasted more than a week or two.

I had recently had my thirteenth parenting book published. I was spending time reviewing possible topics for the next book in my parenting series, but my jumbled-up brain wasn’t finding anything that I found inspiring. I needed an escape from the news and the chaos of our world.

My husband and I were taking a walk and he said, “You’ve always wanted to write fiction. Why not take a break from parenting books and write a novel?”

I was stunned. I’d never even thought of that! But now seemed like the perfect time to do it. But what would I write? The common advice is to write what you know and write what you love. My favorite books to read are paranormal cozy mysteries, so that was the perfect genre for me to dip my toe into the fiction writing world.

That day I began typing out the outline for my first cozy mystery. I was shocked at how easily the story came to my mind. I had no idea there was a fiction writer hiding inside me!

As a non-fiction writer it took about a year to research and write a book. Once I began writing my cozy mystery, my fingers could barely keep up with the story in my head. In just under two months, I had written my entire first book! I was jubilant!

I’d always worked with a large publisher, but they dictated my schedule, my topics, the title, and the entire process. Writing my mystery felt freeing, and it felt very personal. I didn’t want to hand over the reins to anyone else, so I dug into the self-publishing process and found it to be relatively easy – and as my own boss it gave me the freedom I needed.

So, here I am. Two years later and I’ve just sent out the manuscript to my newest book for editing. The second book in the Magical Mystery Book Club series is my 8th book! Eight books in two years! It’s giving me a bit of whiplash, but I’ve never had so much fun at work in my entire life. I discovered my calling and there’s no end in sight.

About Shifting and Shenanigans

Paranormal Cozy Mystery 1st in Series  
Setting - A magical off-shoot of Colorado
 Independently Published (July 15, 2022) 
Print length ‏ : ‎ 210 pages  
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B3WLF7CW

Paige and her adventurous Aunt Glo inherit a country inn from eccentric GeeGee. They pack up and hit the road, arriving at the charming place they both loved since childhood. Finally! They can get into the secret room in the basement that GeeGee kept locked! They discover it’s a wonderful library filled to the brim with mystery books. But more than the room was a secret – it’s a magical place that houses enchanted books. Paige and Glo find themselves smack-dab in the middle of a murder mystery, along with a motley group of book club friends. The club will need to work together to solve the case in order to get out of the book and back to their home.

*I received a free copy of this which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.
OMG I think I'm in love!! I have read other books by this author and highly enjoyed them so when I saw she was starting a new series I was all for giving it a chance. I am oh so grateful that I did. This book is fabulous!! We meet Paige and her Aunt Glo as they inherit a cute country inn from Grandma GeeGee who was quite the character. The inn definitely has its own quirks and eccentricity but then they find the secret library in the basement that starts them on the path to the magical adventure of their lives. This creates quite the fun read as it all plays out drawing the reader further and further in until you finally hit the last page sad that it ended. I cannot wait to see what happens in book two. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.

About Elizabeth Pantley

Elizabeth Pantley says that writing the Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic book series is the most fun she’s ever had at work. Fans of the series say her joy is evident through the stories she tells. Elizabeth is also the internationally bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the beautiful inspiration for the enchanted Destiny Falls world. 
Author Links  
Purchase Link – Amazon  
August 2 – The Mystery Section – SPOTLIGHT  
August 2 – Sapphyria's Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT  
August 3 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW  
August 3 – Maureen's Musings – SPOTLIGHT  
August 3 – Christy's Cozy Corners - REVIEW  
August 4 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – CHARACTER GUEST POST  
August 4 – eBook Addicts – SPOTLIGHT  
August 5 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW  
August 6 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, GUEST POST  
August 7 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST  
August 8 – Sneaky the Library Cat's Blog – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW  
August 8 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST  
August 9 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT  
August 9 – Baroness Book Trove – CHARACTER INTERVIEW  
August 10 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT  
August 11 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW  
August 11 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT  
August 12 – Angel's Guilty Pleasures – SPOTLIGHT  
August 13 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT  
August 13 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT  
August 14 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT  
August 15 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW 
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1 comment:

  1. Wow! Thank you so much for the awesome feature and the kind review. So glad you are enjoying this series! I expect a new book every 2-3 months as the characters are so eager to get rolling on another mystery! : - )