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SRP Heroine Interview: Jolie Tucker from Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Murder

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The Self-Rescue Princess took a bit of an unexpected hiatus. Nothing earth-shattering happened, fortunately, just trying to juggle too much at one time and getting lost in one project and (unfortunately) forgetting about others.

To get back into the swing things, today I’ll talking with Jolie Tucker from Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Murder . Here’s a little bit about what’s going on with her life:

JalapenoMurder_cover_hi_res_1563x2500 (3)Welcome to Leavensport, Ohio where DEATH takes a delicious turn!

Financial fraud of elderly villagers in Leavensport, an urban sprawl threat to the community, disastrous dates, cross-sell marketing gone wrong, and another murder? Jolie Tucker is ready to try dating again. Well, she has no choice—since her family auctioned her off to the highest bidder. Her best friend, Ava, has agreed to a double date, but both friends find out hidden secrets about their partners as well as deception by one of the village’s own, who will soon be found dead. This plot is sure to be spicy!

What made you decide to take on such a risky endeavor?

I had no choice. I am semi-involved in a relationship with Detective Meiser. My friend, Bradley, was a suspect and my friends, The Seevers, are suspects as well. I couldn’t say no to my elder, Mrs. Bea Seevers, when she asked me to help her and Earl out.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

I’m a great cook—I love creating recipes for cast iron skillet cooking. I’m introverted which I believe many see as a weakness, but it’s who I am and I’m okay with it. Investigating does get me out in the public more—but I still try to keep a low profile as best I can—sometimes that works for me and sometimes it works against me.

Describe what being a self-rescue princess (a strong, confident woman) means to you.

You know, I see what other people consider to be heroes. I don’t define hero in the same way as most. I think being a hero is being true to one’s self and not settling nor allowing yourself to feel selfish because you do what’s right for you and take care of yourself. A hero can just as easily put themselves in other peoples’ shoes too. I find myself feeling for not only the victims but the villains too. There is always a reason for why people do what they do.

What one advice/wisdom would you like to pass onto young women?

I’d give three quotes from one of my favorite writers, Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Self-trust is the first secret of success.”

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

“To be great is to be misunderstood.”

Don’t let other people decide who you are. That’s my quote.

Do you plan on dabbling in amateur sleuthing in the future, or have you hung up your detective hat?

Thanksgiving is coming up and I hear that there is some trouble brewing. Find out 11/18/19 when Turkey Basted To Death comes out.

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SRP Heroine Interview: Carissa Shae from Herbs and Homicide

HERBS AND HOMICIDES BANNER 640Today, we’re welcoming Carissa Shae to The Self-Rescue Princess.

herbs and homicidePlease tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life?

A regular customer, a faerie woman named Miss Morgan, passed away in my shop, the Seelie Tree Apothecary. Sal and I tried to save her, as a pharmacist and a half-elf I should have been able to do something, but I didn’t have the medicine or magic to figure out what was wrong and save her in time. Poor Sal was just there to get some herbs for Hela’s engagement dinner. There was nothing he could have done. I know Miss Morgan wasn’t the most popular faerie, but she helped me once and I think she had a good heart for all her flaws. It looks like it wasn’t natural causes, which means there’s a killer somewhere in Moss Hill. I’m trying to help catch him or her.

What made you decide to take on such a risky endeavor?

I trusted the sidhe guard – the faeries in charge of investigating fae crimes – to find out what happened to Miss Morgan, but I think they’ll just settle on an easy suspect: Me. It was my shop after all. Of course I’m not guilty, but I think that sort of makes it my responsibility to help Miss Morgan since I couldn’t save her. If the sidhe won’t find the real killer, I think the least I owe Miss Morgan is to catch the culprit myself.

Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?

Never! I’d rather not be involved either, but I’m worried the people of this island might be in danger, the mayor’s helpless because it’s faerie jurisdiction and the sidhe don’t like to listen to humans.

Who would you say is the least pleased about your additional career choice of amateur sleuthing?

Other than myself? That would have to be Cam. He’s a good friend whose boss pushed him into helping me. He can’t exactly say no, since his boss is the mayor. Truthfully, I doubt he’d have said no anyway. He makes a fuss, but he’s always there for me.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

I do whatever I can to protect my friends and family, but I tend to take the world on my shoulders when I should trust others to help.

Describe what being a self-rescue princess (a strong, confident woman) means to you.

It doesn’t take a brush with death to rescue yourself in life. Working a job, owning a shop, raising kids, helping friends, all of it takes strength. Being a self-rescue princess means finding your own inner power to face whatever challenge life presents with a strong will and the belief that you will overcome every obstacle.

If your story or life had a theme song, what would it be?

Fight Song by Rachel Platten would definitely be my choice.

There’s a lot I didn’t say or haven’t done perfectly. I would redo it now, but that’s not how life works. I’m not going to dwell on the past, but I have a lot of fight left for the future.

Do you plan on dabbling in amateur sleuthing in the future, or have you hung up your detective hat?

I wasn’t planning on being a sleuth in the first place. I received a note from a woman named Raven Corvus saying Moss Hill was in danger. I didn’t realize at the time that she might have been warning about Miss Morgan’s death. Or could she have meant that there is more crime to come?  I can’t know for certain, but I must protect my friends and family, and my hometown, from danger. Or else, what kind of self-rescue princess would I be?

Check out the rest of the series:

Book 2: Remedy and Ruins

Book 3: Elixirs and Elves

Book 4: Charms and Changelings

 

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SRP Heroine Interview: Cora Chevalier from Assault and Beadery

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Assault and Beadery coverPlease tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life?

All of my dreams are coming true. Since moving to Indigo Gap, North Carolina, I’ve been blessed with a great boyfriend, a lovely home, and a booming craft retreat business. But on the eve of my first Crafty Mom’s Escape Weekend, tragedy strikes again in Indigo Gap. This time, it’s curtains for Stan Herald, the disagreeable director of the local theater group, who’s murdered on the opening night of their new production. Worse, my friend Zee is accused of the crime.

I’m determined to prove my friend’s innocence, but Zee’s mysterious past is making that difficult. And with a list of suspects longer than a double spool of satin cording, getting a bead on the real culprit won’t be easy. With my friends Jane and Ruby at my side I must string together the clues and solve Stan’s murder before the killer gives an encore performance.

What made you decide to take on such a risky endeavor?

My friend Zee is innocent. I know it. I have to help. It doesn’t seem like the police are helping her.

Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?

No, I never did. Even though I used to work at a women’s shelter, I have never been involved in a murder investigation until I moved to Indigo Gap.

Who would you say is the least pleased about your additional career choice of amateur sleuthing? Or is detective work your only career?

I run a craft retreat and I’m a craft blogger. As to who’s least happy about my sleuthing, that would be a toss up between the local police and my boyfriend Adrian.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

I’m a people pleaser, which I think is a good and bad  trait. I want to help, but sometimes people  take advantage and I get myself into trouble. I’m creative and love to craft and write, but am not so good with details, like paying the bills and making things add up in the books!

Describe what being a self-rescue princess (a strong, confident woman) means to you.

Being able to rely on yourself, know that you can handle just about any situation. Also, part of being confident and strong is being vulnerable at times. Showing vulnerability is not a weakness.

What one advice/wisdom would you like to pass onto young women?

Listen to that little voice inside of you and act on it.

What was one lesson you learned during this challenging time in your life?

People can fool you—and themselves.

Do you plan on dabbling in amateur sleuthing in the future, or have you hung up your detective hat?

I’ve hung up my hat—for now!

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SRP Heroine Interview: Carrie Singleton from Read and Gone

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READ AND GONE coverPlease tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life? 

Recently, my life has been just about perfect. I love being the Clover Ridge Library’s head of programs and events. I have a great boyfriend and wonderful friends. And then my father, whom I haven’t seen in years and happens to be a thief, shows up at my cottage wanting me to help him get his half of a heist of gems from his crooked partner. As if I would ever do anything like that!

What made you decide to take on such a risky endeavor?

When my father’s partner-in-crime is found murdered, my father becomes suspect number one. Now crooked as his is, my father is no murderer and I feel obliged to clear his name. I must find those gems before my father or any of the several people searching for them finds them.

Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?

Yes, actually, since I helped solve a cold case and a recent murder in my community a few months ago.

Who would you say is the least pleased about your additional career choice of amateur sleuthing? Or is detective work your only career?

I’d say Lieutenant John Mathers, the police chief of Clover Ridge Police Department, would rather I didn’t get involved in his cases. John is a good friend of my Uncle Bosco and he worries about my safety.

Describe what being a self-rescue princess (a strong, confident woman) means to you.

Some of us have grown up in a dysfunctional family as I did, but that’s no reason to let it interfere with having a wonderful, worthwhile rest of your life. Try not to be bitter; allow yourself to have loving, caring relationships. Unless it would be toxic to let a family member back into your life, be willing to give this person another chance if he/she has changed.

What was one lesson you learned during this challenging time in your life?

I realized how much I love my father. Growing up, I was very hurt because he was never around, even when he wasn’t in jail. Spending time with him as an adult, I saw that he loves me and shows it as best he can. Much as I’d like it, I cannot expect him to behave like a typical father.

If your story or life had a theme song, what would it be?

You Can’t Choose the Members of Your Family

Do you plan on dabbling in amateur sleuthing in the future, or have you hung up your detective hat?

I intend to continue sleuthing when the need arises. To be perfectly honest, I LOVE sleuthing. It’s challenging and exciting!

 

 

 

 

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SRP Heroine Interview: Gia Morelli from Murder Made to Order

MURDER MADE TO ORDER BANNER 640Murder Made to OrderToday, Gia Morelli is joining us at the Self-Rescue Princess. Please tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life.

I finally started to settle into my life in Florida, though I have still been a little homesick for New York, when I got word that the town government wants to shut down my All-Day Breakfast Café. Apparently, a forgotten zoning regulation means the café was opened illegally, and hardboiled council president Marcia Steers refuses to budge. I’ve been considering hanging up my apron and going back to New York, but before I could give up hope on my dream, I stumbled over something shocking in the local swamp; Marcia Steers, dead in the water. Now, I’m determined to make sure justice is brought to the killer and to save my café.

What made you decide to take on such a risky endeavor?

Even though I was undecided whether or not to stay in Florida, the choice should be mine. I refuse to be pushed out and forced to give up something I’ve worked so hard for. Besides, someone has to make sure Marcia gets justice.

Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?

Never! When my husband deceived me and scammed tons of people out of their fortunes, I was a wreck. I could barely make it through the day sometimes. But like they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Who would you say is the least pleased about your additional career choice of amateur sleuthing? Or is detective work your only career?

That would definitely be Detective Hunter Quinn, my best friend’s cousin and my sort of boyfriend. He is determined to keep me safe and wants me as far from this investigation as possible. Unfortunately, I overheard a conversation that won’t allow me to walk away until I know what’s going on and what Hunt’s involvement is.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

I am extremely loyal and would do anything to help a friend, which I consider a strength, but I find it hard to trust. I think that’s one of my biggest weaknesses. Having everyone you know turn their backs on you makes it difficult to trust again, but I’m working on it with the help of Savannah and my new friends. Oh, and I am severely arachnophobic, which I’d like to think I’m working on, but…well…yeah.

Describe what being a self-rescue princess (a strong, confident woman) means to you.

When Bradley—my ex—deceived me and hurt so many people, I fell apart. If not for my best friend, Savannah, I’m not sure I would have made it through that time. I was an emotional wreck. Everyone I knew turned their backs on me—some because they didn’t believe I wasn’t involved and others because they feared the repercussions of standing by me. I finally fled to Florida to open my dream café and move on with my life, only to find things there were vastly different from New York. I’m still having a hard time adjusting to critters, tornadoes, and even having friends who stand by your side no matter what. For me, being a self-rescue princess means standing up and moving on no matter how difficult it is, but it also means starting to learn how to trust again, to let other people into your life instead of moving on alone because one man betrayed you.

What one advice/wisdom would you like to pass onto young women?

Never give up on your dreams!

Do you plan on dabbling in amateur sleuthing in the future, or have you hung up your detective hat?

As much as I’d like to think I’m hanging up my detective hat to run my café full time once this is over, I have a feeling there’s another problem lurking just around the corner. I know for sure I’d never turn my back on a friend who needed me, so if that’s the case, there will certainly be more sleuthing for me in the future.

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SRP Heroine Review: Alex “Red” Vlodnachek from Confessions of a Red Herring

CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING BANNER 640CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRINGWelcome, Red. Thank you so much for visiting us at The Self-Rescue Princess. Please tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life? 

I’m Alex Vlodnachek. My best friend, Trip, calls me “Red.” I was a reporter for a D.C. metro daily for a dozen years. Then I followed a higher paycheck to a boutique P.R. firm. Big mistake.

Short version: Boss is a sociopathic slime ball. Big public row with boss. Framed for boss’s murder.

Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?

Honestly, at this point, I feel like crime is fighting me.

Who would you say is the least pleased about your additional career choice of amateur sleuthing?

That’s a toss up between my grandmother (Baba) and the killer. Neither one is very happy I’m trying to out a murderer.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Probably that I don’t stop to evaluate my strengths and weaknesses. Face it, if I had that kind of mindset, I’d have never gotten into this mess.

Describe what being a self-rescue princess (a strong, confident woman) means to you.

Discovering who really killed my boss. Not for any altruistic motive, like “truth” or “justice,” either. I’m doing this for my own survival. Try finding a new job when you practically have “murder suspect” stamped on your forehead.

What one piece of advice/wisdom would you like to pass onto young women?

Eat more chocolate.

Do you plan on dabbling in amateur sleuthing in the future, or have you hung up your detective hat?

Trouble has a way of following me. Just recently, I took an evening to attend a glamorous cocktail party at the B&B across the street. I was thinking it would be fun. You know, put on a nice dress and enjoy a glass of champagne, a little small talk, a few canapés. Instead, I got pulled into a missing person’s case. And that was before I found a body.

 

Dana Dratch is the author of CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING. A former newspaper reporter and current personal finance writer, she’s currently writing the sequel, SEEING RED — which has Alex, Trip, rescue-pup Lucy, and the whole crazy Vlodnachek family going up against spies, art thieves, and a very determined murderer.  

Connect with her at:

Website (and blog): ConfessionsofaRedHerring.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17143743.Dana_Dratch

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/dana-dratch

Amazon Author Page: https://amazon.com/author/danadratch

 

CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING

As a reporter, she’s used to covering the news.

Now she’s the headline.

 

Alex Vlodnachek has been a reporter for 12 years, a P.R. rep for three months, and a murder suspect for all of 24 hours. When her agency’s double-dealing CEO is stabbed, scheming co-workers cast the new redhead as a compelling red herring. The story is media catnip—especially her salacious nickname: Vlod the Impaler.

Even Alex has to admit she looks guilty.

Out of a job and under suspicion, Alex is running low on cash, when she’s visited by a second disaster: her family. Soon her tiny bungalow is bursting with her nearest and not-so-dearest. To keep herself out of jail—and save what’s left of her sanity—Alex returns to her reporting roots. She goes undercover to reclaim her life, break the story

And unmask a murderer. Pretty much in that order.

What she doesn’t know: The killer also has a to-do list. And Alex is on it.

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SRP Heroine Interview: Chloe Sullivan from Separate Ways

separate waysToday, we have Chloe Sullivan stopping by, please tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life?

My husband David vanished ten years ago, and since then I’ve worked hard to rebuild my life. I moved to New York City, got a great job managing an art gallery, and I was just offered the chance to debut my own paintings—if I can finish the gallery expansion on time. But then I found out that David suddenly reappeared, and it’s a huge distraction, you know? Not only is it bringing up a lot of old feelings, but from what little he remembers about last decade, it sounds like I was the one who disappeared. Somehow, I need to deal with that situation without missing my big opportunity.

What made you want your story to be told?

I wanted to show that you can both follow your heart and open it up to another person, too. Love can complicate things, but the right person can bring out strength you never knew you had.

What lead you to make the changes you did in your life?

After David disappeared, I spent just about every minute and dollar I had trying to find him. When I was finally broke, I sold the house and moved back in with my parents. At that point, I knew I had to move on. I’ve dreamed of being an artist in New York City since I was a little girl, and as much as I wanted David to share that dream with me, I couldn’t let the fact that he vanished stop me from trying to get there.

In your life, what has empowered you?

My parents have always been very supportive of my art. I almost gave up painting when my plans to go to art school fell through, but they encouraged me to stick with it. David felt guilty that we couldn’t move to New York after college, but he never doubted we would get there someday. His confidence in me, naïve as it was sometimes, stuck with me even after he vanished.

What are strengths and weaknesses?

I’m generally optimistic and I’m not afraid of hard work, but sometimes I rely too much on feeling my way through a problem rather than planning my approach. Hey, it works most of the time!

Describe what being a self-rescue princess (a strong, confident woman) means to you.

I think it’s about staying true to who you are and what you want, no matter how much your life changes. You have to believe in yourself enough to take chances, and have faith that the people who care most about you will back you up even in the craziest circumstances.

What one advice/wisdom would you like to pass onto young women?

Even if it takes longer than you think it should, even if your life gets turned completely upside down along the way, and even if your dreams change a little over time, keep chasing them. As hard as that can be sometimes, it’s always worth it.

Favorite quote or Bible verse.

“If something’s going wrong, you’re doing the job right.” My dad says that all the time, but I’m not sure whether he made it up or heard it somewhere. He’s in construction, and he hates it when subcontractors take shortcuts. Any job worth doing is going to have its challenges, and to do it right you have to work through them, you know?

Will you be continuing your journey in written form?

Kind of. I’m going to share some of my experiences from the ten years David was missing using an online interactive platform. It’s more of a prologue than a continuation, but I’m excited to tell more about how I got from that awful morning David disappeared to living my dream in New York City.

Is there anyone in your life (friend, family member) who will be sharing their life? 

I don’t know for sure, but I have a feeling my friend Emma may have an adventure or two in her future. Since she and David are like siblings—not to mention how much she helped me after he vanished—I’ll probably end up involved somehow!