Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Blurb Blitz Tour + #Giveaway: The Madness of Mercury by Connie di Marco @askzodia @GoddessFish

The Madness of Mercury
by Connie di Marco
GENRE: Mystery


Astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought her chosen profession would bring danger into her life, but her outspoken advice in her newspaper column, AskZodia, makes her the target of San Francisco’s recently-arrived cult leader, Reverend Roy of the Prophet’s Tabernacle.  The followers of the power hungry preacher will stop at nothing to quell the voices of those who would stand in his way and Julia’s at the top of his list.  She’s willing to bet the charismatic Reverend is a Mercury-ruled individual, and she knows all too well that Mercury wasn’t just the messenger of the gods, he was a trickster and a liar as well.  


Wizard had curled into a fetal position on top of a fuzzy throw close to the fireplace.  The wind was buffeting the windows so hard the rain sounded like gravel being thrown against the glass.  The logs were blazing and I thanked my stars I could snuggle inside tonight with Wizard and work. 

Samantha had forwarded about fifty emails from the newspaper to my own AskZodia email address.  As a weekly column, there was space for only three or four questions and answers, but now, the editor was considering running it as a daily feature.  To keep the column interesting to as large a group of readers as possible, I like to pick a range of ages and problems. 

Dear Zodia

I’ve worked as a bookkeeper in the corporate world my entire life.  I’m 65 and my company forced me to retire.  I’m in decent shape financially.  I have a good  pension and savings, but I don’t know what to do with myself.  I’ve tried to find part-time work but no luck.  I’ve never felt so lost and useless.  Do you see any kind of work on the horizon for me?  My birth date is May 4, 1944 at 10:43 PM in Baltimore.
                   ~ Discarded

Poor guy.  Worked his whole life and now shoved aside.  The man’s birth chart showed Venus as the oriental planet, that is, the planet rising first before the Sun, a position that can sometimes offer a strong clue to the profession.  This man was a natural artist, perhaps a craftsman, with his Mars in Virgo.  He was someone with artistic yearnings and capable of patient, detailed work. 

Dear Discarded:

Your true artistic abilities have never been recognized, much less nourished.  A whole new world can open up for you if you would pursue some form of craftsmanship to produce beautiful things.  Jewelry design, working in precious metals, is just one possibility that comes to mind.  Please take some classes, perhaps at a local university extension and try your hand.  I think you’ll be amazed at your abilities and imagination.  Believe me, you won’t look back. 
                        ~ Zodia

I worked through several more questions and responses and then saved them all.  This was hardly a perfect way to practice astrology, but hopefully, my quick judgments and answers would be spot on and help someone head in the right direction.  I clicked back to the inbox and realized three more emails had arrived while I had been working. 

I didn’t recognize the various senders.  My AskZodia address had been set up only for Samantha, but these new emails weren’t from her.  My private clients use Julia.Bonatti and my friends use JuliaB.  None of them would even know of my AskZodia address.  I hesitated.  I’m a hopeless non-techie person and rely on my computer for business so I’m very fearful of viruses.  I clicked on the button to open the reading pane and scrolled down.  A jolt of fear shot through me.  The message read, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” 


Connie di Marco is the author of the upcoming Zodiac Mystery series from Midnight Ink featuring San Francisco astrologer, Julia Bonatti.  The Madness of Mercury, first in the series, will be released on June 8, 2016.  Writing as Connie Archer, she’s also the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime.  You can find her excerpts and recipes in both The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook.  She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime.  You can visit her at her website:, or (Author) and Twitter: @askzodia. 

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Mai T. said...

What were your 1-2 biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the publishing process?

penney said...

Love the sounds of this book and I love that cover, I'm looking forward to reading this one, great review.

Connie di Marco said...

Hi Mai ~ thanks for visiting! Well, don't laugh, but I didn't know that I was supposed to submit my own soup recipes for the Soup Lover's series. Not until my editor emailed me and asked when I was sending them! That was a surprise. When my very first book came out, my agent said I would have to blog a lot. I really had no idea about marketing, but I had to learn in a hurry!
Best of luck to you, Mai!

Connie di Marco said...

Hi Penney ~ thanks for following the tour! I hope you get to meet Julia and her pals soon! Happy reading!

Connie di Marco said...

Dear Avid Reader ~ Thanks so much for hosting my stop today!

Victoria Alexander said...

Really great excerpt, thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fun read.

Connie di Marco said...

Hi Victoria ~ Hi Becky ~ Great to see you both here. Thanks for following the tour! Best of luck to you both!

James Robert said...

Happy Wednesday and thanks so much for the opportunity to win

Connie di Marco said...

Hi James ~ thanks for stopping by. Best of luck to you!

Ally Swanson said...

I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read! Totally can't wait to read this book!

Mary Preston said...

I LOVE this cover.