Friday, September 13, 2019

A Tangle in the Vines (A Calla Lily Mystery) by Anna Celeste Burke


 A Tangle In The Vines

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Independently Published (September 10, 2019) 
Number of Pages 250 pages with recipes 
ASIN: B07T62B16Q

The curtain may fall on the Calla Lily Players' first season unless Lily and Austin can find a killer on the loose in California's wine country. Torrential rains threaten to put a damper on The Calla Lily Players’ first outdoor theater production. When the ground suddenly shifts, buried secrets revealed amid the tangled vines put the spotlight on murder. As Lily and Austin dig deeper into the mystery, the drama unfolds onstage and off. The race is on to find a killer before opening night.
Grab your copy of the second book in the Calla Lily Mystery series by USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Anna Celeste Burke and join the race! Recipes Included. Free to read in Kindle Unlimited.

Interviews Lillian Callahan

Elle: Good morning LA! Today we have a special treat for you. Lilian Callahan is with us. You all know her best as the gorgeous actress who played Andra Weis for twelve seasons on Not Another Day. The character we all loved to hate finally went too far and her devious life as a television vixen ended in a hail of bullets when professional hitmen took her out. Let’s find out what Lily’s doing now that she’s left the show!
Thanks for joining us, Lily.
Lily: It’s my pleasure, Elle. It’s good to see you.
Elle: When Andra Weis was killed of on the show, were you surprised? She was a very popular character.
Lily: I wasn’t surprised, because I knew it was coming. I was puzzled because as you said, Andra was a favorite television she-devil.
Elle: Do you miss playing a she-devil?
Lily:  Actually, I don’t miss it because I’ve resurrected Andra Weis.
Elle: How can that be? Not Another Day is in its last season from what I’ve been told.
Lily: Yes, but Not Another Day Please! is in its first season and it’s been a big hit!
Elle: Okay, you’ve just got to tell me more. I’ve heard all sorts of rumors about what you’re doing now. So, it’s a real scoop to hear this from you!
Lily: Well, my life changed dramatically, Elle. Not so much because I left the show, but because my beloved aunt passed away and left her business to me.
Elle: Oh, I read something about that. By business you mean a Vineyard and Winery, don’t you?
Lily: Yes. I lived with my aunt and grew up there. I loved the place, but I felt I’d made my home in Hollywood. Then everything changed.
Elle: So, what does this have to do with resurrecting Andra Weis?
Lily: This is really exciting news I have to share. In addition to the Calla Lily Vineyard and Winery, much to my surprise my aunt built an outdoor theater—The Calla Lily Playhouse. With a few friends, we managed to pull together a fast, funny farce with Andra stirring up plenty of trouble. Julie Hemsley, one of the writers on the soap, wrote the script—about twenty times. Melody Skidmore reprised her role from Not Another Day and I’m sure you remember Zelda from the guest spot you did on the show.
Elle: Who could ever forget Zelda Gomez! She’s a hoot! I’ve never met a funnier person, although I’ve never seen her perform on stage or in front of the camera.
Lily: Well you may get to see her on film, soon.
Elle: Ooh, another question I had for you was what brings you to LA. I take it you’re here in LA playing Let’s Make a Deal Hollywood-style?
Lily: Yes, I am, and I’m happy to say, we’ve got a deal on one of the projects I came to town to discuss. A film crew is heading to wine country to film a live performance of Not Another Day Please! A press release ought to hit the airwaves any minute now.
Elle: You heard it on Speak Easy first, folks! Can you tell us anything about the other projects you’re here to pitch?
Lily: No deal yet, but we’re getting close, Elle. Not everything that’s gone on since I returned to Napa Valley has been fun and games—far from it, in fact.
Elle: You can’t be talking about that devastatingly handsome cowboy you’ve been photographed with several times. That smile says fun and games to me, darling.
Lily: He’s not just a pretty face. My cowboy is a Deputy U.S. Marshal and he’s saved my neck more than once. You’re right, though, that I’m not talking about him. Life in small-town California wine country has turned out to be a tangled vine of mystery, suspense, and intrigue.
Elle: Wow! That line has just got to be part your pitch.
Lily: It is! There’s so much more to go with it—including elements from real events in wine country. Anyway, the other project that’s in discussion is a television mystery series—The Calla Lily Mysteries—set in and around the Calla Lily Vineyards. Some of the pieces are in place, so I’m hopeful we’ll move this project along soon, too.
Elle: Is there a role in the series for an adorable little Miniature Pinscher like your dog, Marlowe?
Lily: You never know how a project will turn out once it goes into development, but Marlowe certainly had a role to play in the real-life mysteries that inspired this series.
Elle: With the vineyard, the winery, the playhouse, and two film projects in the works, you are one busy woman. I’m honored you found the time to join us.
Lily: I’m the one who’s honored, Elle. It’s always a treat to be here with you. And, as usual, your audience rocks!

I hope you enjoyed meeting Lillian Callahan, “star” of my newest cozy mystery series, The Calla Lily Mystery series. I’d love for you to get to know her better by grabbing the books that are out now in the series—Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire, Calla Lily Mystery #1 and A Tangle in the Vines, Calla Lily Mystery #2. Fall’s Killer Vintage, book 3 coming soon and book 4, The Vintner’s Other Daughter will follow!
Thanks for dropping by and reading Lily’s guest post. A big thank you as well to you, Laura, for featuring A Tangle in the Vines on your fabulous blog and for being part of the amazing Great Escapes Virtual Tour.

About Anna Celeste Burke

An award-winning, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, I hope you’ll join me snooping into life's mysteries with fun, fiction, and food—California style!
 Life is an extravaganza! Figuring out how to hang tough and make the most of the wild ride is the challenge.
On my way to Oahu, to join the rock musician and high school drop-out I had married in Tijuana, I was nabbed as a runaway. Eventually, the police let me go, but the rock band broke up.
 Retired now, I’m still married to the same sweet guy and live with him near Palm Springs, California.
I write the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set here in the Coachella Valley, the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery Series set along California’s Central Coast, The Georgie Shaw Mystery series set in the OC, The Seaview Cottages Cozy Mystery Series set on the so-called American Riviera, just north of Santa Barbara, and The Calla Lily Mystery series where the murder and mayhem take place in California’s Wine Country.
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  1. Laura, I can't thank you enough for putting Lily and the Calla Lily Mystery series in the spotlight. I'm so excited about the release of book 2-A Tangle in the Vines-and book 3, Fall's Killer Vintage, is up for preorder to be released November 13th. I feel blessed to have your support! xx

  2. What a great blog spot Laura, I enjoyed it so much.

  3. Thank you for being part of the book tour for "A Tangle in the Vines" by Anna Celeste Burke.

    Enjoyed getting to know more about Lillian Callahan through her interview with Elle Darcy. Just makes me want to read the book all the more.

    LOVE this cover!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


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