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A day in the Debra Gallagher by Dawn Eastman

Hello! Debra Gallagher here. I’ve been asked to tell you all about a day in my life. I have to say, I’m thrilled. No one has ever wanted to know all about my day, even my husband. I work as a receptionist at the Baxter Family Medicine Clinic. My husband is a police officer and he thinks his job is much more exciting. Hah! Ever since Dr. LeClair started working here, things have become very exciting indeed.

She worked with us while she was a resident in Ann Arbor (just a fifteen minute drive away) and we all really liked her. The Drs. Hawkins made the excellent choice of hiring her. They are a father-son team and used to get along really well, but something has been causing tension lately. Don’t worry, I’ll figure it out eventually. Anyway, back to Dr. LeClair.

She tells me she doesn’t want to hear gossip, but lately that’s all she’s been interested in. Ever since her patient committed suicide, she’s been on a tear to learn everything she can about the town and all of its citizens. It’s true, I do know a lot about everyone here. I grew up in Baxter and anything I don’t know, my friend at the Clip ‘n Curl picks up just by listening to her clients. Between the two of us, I’ll bet we could write the whole history of the town.

A day in my life is never the same twice. I don’t just answer the phones. I have to schedule the appointments and each doc has their own preferences, so I have a different kind of schedule for each one. I have to be a bit of a therapist on the phone, especially when parents call. Sometimes they even ask me what they should do! I tell them, I just work for the docs, I don’t know how to treat the patients. (Although, honestly, some of it is pretty easy to figure out. If you were walking in the woods and now you have an itchy rash it doesn’t take four years of medical school to know you have poison ivy, but I’ll give you an appointment).

Some days I also have to wrangle kids and I feel more like a pre-school teacher than a business-like receptionist. Some parents have to bring their whole family in for just one kid’s appointment and it can get a little hectic in the waiting room. I also have to sneak to the back to grab charts for add-on patients and to deliver messages. And, recently, I’ve been fielding questions about Dr. LeClair. As the new doc in town everyone wants to know as much as they can about her. She’s not as free with her personal details as I would like, but I do know this much: she lives in town with her younger brother, she did her residency in Ann Arbor, and her patients seem to love her. That last one might be because she talks to them and doesn’t focus on the clock, which is a bad thing according to our nurse. Dr. LeClair does seem to run behind schedule quite a bit.

Recently, the questions have been more about Ellen Riley and how she died. I wish I had answers for them. In fact, I have a few questions of my own. . .


You can read more about Debra in Unnatural Causes, the first book in the NEW “Dr. Katie LeClair” mystery series.

Katie LeClair has finally settled down as the new doctor in Baxter, MI. After years of moving, schooling, and training, she wants nothing more than to find a place she can call home, and a small town outside of Ann Arbor seemed perfect.

Katie quickly gets to work in building a life for herself in Baxter, and beyond reviving her love life, she also finds a pair of business partners in a team of father and son family practitioners. But that idyllic dream is immediately shattered when one of her patients is found dead. That wouldn’t be the worst thing, except the death is ruled a suicide, and as evidence has it, the suicide was a result of the medication Katie had prescribed. But she doesn’t remember writing it.

When a closer investigation reveals it was murder, Katie is catapulted into an off-the-books investigation that leads her down a dark path of past secrets. But someone is willing to kill to keep part of the town’s history in the shadows, and Katie must race to find out who before it’s too late in nationally bestselling author Dawn Eastman’s riveting series debut Unnatural Causes.

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About the author
Dawn Eastman lived in Michigan for many years, in a house full of animals, unusual people, and laughter. After attending medical school in New York City, she returned to Michigan to complete her training in Family Medicine. Much of that time was spent in a small-town practice. She now lives in Iowa with her family and one extremely bossy small dog. She is the national bestselling author of The Family Fortune Mystery Series, which features psychics, quirky characters and murders. This is her first Dr. Katie LeClair mystery.

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A Day in the Life with Diana Moonward by Dawn Eastman

An Unhappy MediumHi, I’m Diana. You might have seen my website if you’ve been browsing for crystal balls, tarot cards, healing crystals, or books on Wicca and Magick.

I live in Crystal Haven, Michigan and own Moonward Magick, a one-stop shop for all things witch or Wiccan. My best friend is Clyde Fortune and I have to say that ever since she moved back to town, business has been booming. Unfortunately, I’m not so sure it’s for the right reasons. Crystal Haven was one of the safest towns in western Michigan. Then Clyde moved home and within a month she had stumbled on a murder. Of course, she insisted on trying to find the killer. And she refused to use any of her psychic insight to do it. I offered to cast a protection spell, and she finally agreed to the weakest one I knew. A lot of good that did.

Then last fall someone very close to me was killed. I was grateful that she helped find the murderer, but it did make me wonder if she brought some sort of bad vibes along with her. Is it just a coincidence that as soon as she moves back home, people suddenly end up dead? I’m not saying she is harming anyone, but the woman can’t even go on vacation without finding a body.

I’m starting to think that instead of protection spells for Clyde, I should cast one for the whole town. For instance, this weekend we’re having a Zombie Fun Run and it’s the Founder’s Day Weekend. That’s a lot of people flocking to town, and there is a definite gawker vibe from some of the visitors. It’s like Crystal Haven is no longer just a great place to have a psychic reading, but it also has that stigma of murder which attracts a whole different type of tourist. Plus, the new palm reader who rents space in my store has started scaring off the customers with her predictions. But the thing I’m most worried about is that Clyde’s sister, Grace, just announced a surprise visit. That woman hasn’t been in Crystal Haven in years. I can tell Clyde is worried and I have a very bad feeling about the whole thing. I have to dress up like a zombie this evening and chase runners through the woods. If it wasn’t for a good cause – and I hadn’t promised – I’d stay home under the covers until the whole thing was over. I’m going to consult my spellbooks – I think I’ll need some strong magick to keep everyone safe.


An Unhappy Medium is the fourth book in the Family Fortune mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime, April 2016.

Former cop and novice psychic Clyde Fortune finds herself in a race for justice when a Zombie Fun Run turns deadly. . .

All of Crystal Haven, Michigan, is psyching up to participate in a Zombie Fun Run organized by Clyde’s nephew Seth, but Clyde is fretful about the undead festivities. For one thing, her sister, Grace, has unexpectedly returned to town after fifteen years. For another, Clyde has the nagging feeling that something is about to go wrong. . .

When one of the zombie runners is found murdered and then Grace disappears, Clyde realizes her grim premonition is dead-on. Now, she and her police detective boyfriend Mac must find a ghoulish murderer before someone points the finger at Grace. And when a tangled web of family secrets and old grudges combines with a mysterious case of stolen diamonds, even someone as quick-witted as Clyde might not be able to outrun a killer. . .

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About the author
Dawn Eastman lived in Michigan for many years, in a house full of animals, unusual people, and laughter. She now lives in Iowa with her family and one extremely bossy small dog. She is the national bestselling author of The Family Fortune Mystery Series, which features psychics, animal communication, quirky characters and murders. Reach out to Dawn at www.DawnEastman.com.

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My Musing ~ An Unhappy Medium by Dawn Eastman

An Unhappy Medium by Dawn Eastman is the fourth book in the “Family Fortune” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, April 2016

An Unhappy MediumFormer cop and novice psychic Clyde Fortune finds herself in a race for justice when a Zombie Fun Run turns deadly. . .

All of Crystal Haven, Michigan, is psyching up to participate in a Zombie Fun Run organized by Clyde’s nephew Seth, but Clyde is fretful about the undead festivities. For one thing, her sister, Grace, has unexpectedly returned to town after fifteen years. For another, Clyde has the nagging feeling that something is about to go wrong. . .

When one of the zombie runners is found murdered and then Grace disappears, Clyde realizes her grim premonition is dead-on. Now, she and her police detective boyfriend Mac must find a ghoulish murderer before someone points the finger at Grace. And when a tangled web of family secrets and old grudges combines with a mysterious case of stolen diamonds, even someone as quick-witted as Clyde might not be able to outrun a killer. . .

In this fast-paced and action-packed drama, we find Clyde on a mission to solve the puzzling murder of an old acquaintance who’s visit happened to coincide with her sister’s visit. Are the two connected? In reading this delightfully charming tale, there are secrets and then more secrets and it’s the narrative by the author that created this engagingly and entertaining story where anything could happen and it did. The mystery was well done, keeping me intrigued throughout the telling of this tome. There were plenty of people who could have been involved, but it was those surprising twists that enhanced all that was going on. A new family dynamic is placed in Clyde and Mac’s trust and new understanding with her family and with a satisfying conclusion, I can’t wait to see what happens next and if the ensuing situation changes. The was one of the best and a great read in this terrific series.

My Musing ~ A Fright to the Death by Dawn Eastman

A Fright to the DeathA Fright to the Death by Dawn Eastman is the third book in the “Family Fortune” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, April 2015

After their flight to Mexico is cancelled, Clyde and her detective boyfriend, Mac, end up snowed in with their families at a supposedly haunted hotel. Clyde’s tarot card reading mother, Rose, is making dire predictions for the weekend, and self-proclaimed pet psychic Aunt Vi is enchanted by the legend of the hotel’s ghost—until the power goes out and a body turns up.

With a hotel full of stranded suspects, Clyde will have to draw on all her skills—both the police ones she’d rather forget and the psychic ones she’d rather ignore—to solve the bone-chilling mystery before someone else gets iced.

I love this series and the main protagonist. Clyde still puzzles about what to do with her life when the answer drops into her lap. As she soul-searches her future, her friend and family are there to assist when both she and Mac find themselves secluded in a castle with a murderer on the loose.

What a fun and well-written and fast-paced drama that kept me entertained and engaged from beginning to end. I love all of the secondary characters who are eccentrically unique in their own right and help to propel this wonderful story. The author did a great job in presenting this mystery in such a way that teased me with a bevy of suspects and clues to help in narrowing down the list of suspects with some intriguing twists that made the story buzz with anticipation as to the identity of the killer. This was a great read, the best, and my favorite in the series thus far. I look forward to the new adventures that await Clyde, Vi and Mac in their next book in this terrific series.

A Day in the Life of Wallace Prescott by Dawn Eastman

A Fright to the DeathHello. I’m Wallace Prescott, the manager of Carlisle Castle, where every guest is treated like royalty. At least that’s what it says on our new brochures. We used to be a small country inn nestled in the woods located just outside of Kalamazoo, MI. Jessica and her mother Linda converted their family home to an inn ten years ago and they’ve built a loyal following. But since Clarissa Carlisle (niece and cousin) moved in, things have changed. She wants Carlisle Castle to become a destination spa experience. I don’t know if it’s working.

Even with Ms. Carlisle’s modifications, the knitters are back again this year. They booked the entire castle for their weekend workshop. I thought it would make my job fairly easy. I thought they’d entertain themselves with the workshops. I thought, “how much trouble can a bunch of knitters be?” Plus, winter conferences help to keep the lights on and the bills paid.

However, it’s been one difficulty after another since the knitters arrived. The first problem is the yarn-bombing contest. Every time I think I’m caught up on my work, another knitter is here at the desk wanting me to climb a ladder to install more knitting in precarious places. I’ve begun sending them to the maintenance guy – he ought to be good for something. Fixing things is apparently not one of his talents. Another worry is that there is a huge snowstorm on the way. We sent most of the staff home to avoid the snow and now we’re down to a skeleton crew. I hope we have enough food to last through the weekend. If we lose power, things are going to get tense. I don’t think people can knit in the dark and then what will they do?

Violet Greer, one of the knitters, has been badgering me about the Carlisle ghost. We do have a ghost, but I’m not supposed to talk about it. I don’t know how she did it, but she dragged the story out of me and now I seriously regret it. If Ms. Carlisle finds out I told the story, she’ll be furious. She seems to think she can stamp out all knowledge of the ghost just by ignoring it.

And then, two new guests showed up with no reservations. Clyde Fortune and Mac McKenzie didn’t seem happy to discover that Ms. Greer was staying here. At least she offered to share her room overnight or I don’t know where we would have put them. I think we’ll just about survive the storm, as long as nothing else goes wrong. . .


You can read more about Wallace and Carlisle Castle in A Fright to the Death, the third book in the “Family Fortune” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first two books in the series are Pall in the Family and Be Careful What You Witch For.

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About the author
Dawn Eastman lived in Michigan for many years, in a house full of animals, unusual people, and laughter. She now lives in Iowa with her family and one extremely bossy small dog. She is the national bestselling author of The Family Fortune Mystery Series, which features psychics, animal communication, quirky characters and murders. For more information, visit www.DawnEastman.com

Be Careful What You Witch For by Dawn Eastman

be careful what you witch forBe Careful What You Witch For by Dawn Eastman is the second book in the “Family Fortune” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2014

The highlight of this year’s fall festival in Crystal Haven is a bonfire with a witch’s cauldron resting over it. Clyde’s best friend, Diana, leads a ritual to divine the future, but it seems no one foresees that one of their own will drop dead—or that Diana will be a prime suspect.

Clyde already has her hands full with her eccentric family, runaway nephew, and burgeoning secret romance with a hunky homicide detective. But after another coven member is attacked, Clyde suspects there’s a witch hunt afoot and focuses her psychic and sleuthing skills to clear her friend’s name and catch a killer.

I love this series and the eccentrically quirky cast of characters that reside in Crystal Haven. Clyde is pulled into another investigation with the assistance from her family that will give you a chuckle or two. The author did a good job with the pace and flow of the mystery that made it both enjoyable and entertaining. A great read and I can’t wait for the next book in this delightfully charming series.

Another Day in the Life of Clyde Fortune by Dawn Eastman

be careful what you witch forSometime in October…

Once.

Just one time I let Baxter, my bullmastiff, up on the bed and now he thinks he owns it. He allows me about 4 inches of space on the edge and figures I should be grateful. After everything we’ve been through together, I’ve gotten attached to the big lug. But I never should have let him on the bed. At least he doesn’t steal the covers.

So, once again, I woke up clinging to the side of my mattress and having nightmares about cliffs.

But, even while I carefully sit up and try not to roll onto the floor, I’m focused on the positive. For one thing, the Fall Festival is in high gear and I am done with all my planning duties. I only have to show up to help my friend, Diana, run her vendor’s booth and shop for pumpkin pie. After last summer’s murder investigation, adopting the above-mentioned large dog, and quitting my job in Ann Arbor, I could use some pie.

I could also use some time with Mac. I know he likes pie. I thought that both of us moving back to Crystal Haven would mean we would see each other all the time, but it hasn’t worked out that way so far. I’ve been busy helping Diana plan the festival, he’s been busy tying up loose ends at his old job and investigating crimes here in Western Michigan (but, fortunately, not in our relatively quiet village). I have one final commitment and then we’ll have time for a proper date.

Tonight, Diana is performing a Halloween ceremony in the woods and I said I would bring my Aunt Violet along. Vi loves this kind of thing – the spookier the better. Diana made me promise to stay and keep Vi in line. Her…curiosity…can be difficult to control. But, I’m sure it will be fine. What could go wrong? At midnight. In the woods. On Halloween.

Right?


You can read more about Clyde in Be Careful What You Witch For, the second book in the “Family Fortune” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Pall in the Family. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 6 p.m. eastern on August 4 for the chance to win a copy of Be Careful What You Witch For. (US entries only, please.)

Meet the author
Dawn Eastman lived in Michigan for many years, in a house full of animals, unusual people, and laughter. She now lives in Iowa with her family and one extremely bossy small dog. She is the national bestselling author of Pall in the Family, the first in the Family Fortune Mystery series, which features psychics, animal communication, quirky characters and murders. Be Careful What You Witch For, was released July 1, 2014.

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Pall in the Family by Dawn Eastman

Pall in the familyPall in the Family by Dawn Eastman is the first book in the new “Family Fortune” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, August 2013

The aptly named Crystal Haven is the destination for tourists seeking psychics, séances, and the promise of contacting the spirit world. In this small western Michigan town, everyone knows the Fortune family. Rose is gifted with tarot card readings. Her sister, Vi, is a self-proclaimed pet psychic. And Rose’s daughter Clyde is.

A cop. A cop on leave from Ann Arbor, more specifically, who’s come home to kooky Crystal Haven to reevaluate her life. Mom and Aunt Vi can’t wait for Clyde to finally embrace her own psychic gifts and join the family business. Clyde would prefer the low-stress lifestyle of a dog walker and the low-key company of her nephew, Seth.

But when a local psychic is killed, leaving behind a traumatized Shih Tzu, it seems to be in the cards for Clyde to get involved. With her old flame Mac leading the investigation, that may prove awkward. Whether she uses her skills as a cop or her long-denied psychic abilities, it’s up to Clyde to divine a killer’s identity before someone else suffers more misfortune.

This is a great read that I devoured from the moment I turned the first page. I love the writing style the author takes to tell us about the happenings in Crystal Haven that includes the return of Clyde and a gift with indecisions and her lovable but quirky family from her parents, especially her mother Rose, to her aunt Vi and to her nephew Seth. Also leading out the cast is her two best friends and the police detective who doesn’t want her involved in his investigation, but when it hits thisclose to home, her mission becomes bringing a killer to justice.

Boasting a good plot with a mystery that quickly became a page-turner and entertaining dialogue that had me giggling at times this was an excellent read and I can’t wait to see what happens next in this exciting debut series. I love discovering new-to-me authors and new series and this one has the makings of being around for a long, long time.

FTC Full Disclosure – I bought this book.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

A Chat With Violet Greer by Dawn Eastman

Pall in the familyHello, I’m Violet Greer. I live in Crystal Haven, Michigan and I’m a pet psychic. My niece, Clytemnestra (Clyde), asked me to write a little something for Dru’s blog – and I thank Dru for hosting us. Clyde claims that not many people have heard of our little town, but I find that hard to believe based on how they flock to our streets every summer. We are on the west coast of Michigan and have a beautiful Lake Michigan beach, lots of forest trails, and more psychics than there are Starbucks at an airport.

Clyde recently moved back home after living in Ann Arbor and working as a police officer, which really didn’t suit her. I warned her that would be the case, but she doesn’t tend to listen to me and I don’t like to interfere. Anyway, she’s back home and Rose (her mother) and I are thrilled. Clyde is one of the most gifted psychics I’ve ever known. She takes after my own mother. Not that she does much with her talent – another thing I try to keep quiet about. Her father, Frank, seems pretty thrilled as well, although he really liked the idea of having a cop in the family.

Seth (my great-nephew) is visiting so it was shaping up to be a fantastic summer. I set Seth and Clyde up with some dog clients – they walked and played with them daily – and then the most horrible thing happened. They found a dead body while on their dog rounds. I can’t believe I didn’t see it coming. Usually I’m very good at predicting disasters, but this one just slipped past the radar. The situation went downhill fast and we all had to chip in to figure out what had happened. Add sneaky spycraft to my many talents!

In my opinion, we could have resolved this sooner if Clyde had used her abilities, but again, I really am reluctant to meddle. Also, she was thrown by the reappearance of Mac McKenzie and we lost some time while they made googly eyes at each other. They really should get back together, but nobody asked me. Far be it from me to offer unsolicited advice. Even if I should. Because I know I am right. When I’m right, I’m right.

Apparently, Clyde has written out the whole sordid tale. I haven’t read it yet because she’s been very secretive, but I’m sure it will be good for business when people hear about all the great things to do in Crystal Haven – as long as they don’t get hung up on the murder thing.


Thanks to Penguin, I have one (1) copy of PALL IN THE FAMILY to give away. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. The book will be shipped directly from the publisher. Contest ends August 7; US entries only per publisher’s request.


You can read more about Violet and Clyde in Pall in the Family, the first book in the new “Family Fortune” mystery series.

Meet the author
Dawn Eastman lived in Michigan for many years, in a house full of animals, unusual people, and laughter. She now lives in Iowa with her husband, son, daughter, and one extremely bossy small dog. Pall in the Family is her first novel.

Visit Dawn at her website, www.DawnEastman.com

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.