Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Book Tour + #Giveaway: Third Time’s the Harm by Loran Holt @RABTBookTours @PublishingAcorn


Deco Desk Mystery, Book 1

Paranormal Mystery

Date Published: August 24, 2021

Publisher: Acorn Publishing

Jamie Whitehall Olivian has received a mysterious letter from her Uncle James. She is named after him, but she has never seen, met, or heard him mentioned in any way. Until now. And he has died and left her his entire estate. But it seems Uncle James wants her to investigate a murder. His, that is. It also seems the estate is contingent upon her acceptance of this commission. Jamie wants no part of the investigation or of the estate. She gets along perfectly well, thank you very much, a fact she emphasizes to his lawyer, who just happens to be gorgeous, making it a little harder to say no. Things take a strange turn when the victim himself asks her to reconsider. For reasons unknown, Uncle James has been unable to depart for the afterlife and is stuck in his Art Deco desk. Jamie decides to take on the job of niece and sleuth, with no experience at either, and she and Uncle James set out to find the killer. They are aided by the lawyer and a not-as-gorgeous and slightly rumpled homicide detective whose interest seems to be more than just finding a murderer.

Interview with Loran Holt

    For those interested in exploring the subject or theme of your book, where should they start?

    Third Time’s the Harm is a paranormal murder mystery, mostly just for fun. However, if readers are seriously interested in exploring the concept of life/consciousness after death, I would suggest someone like Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, a Swiss psychiatrist, or Bruce Gregson, also a psychiatrist. Both have (or had) written widely on the subject.

    How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?

    I love to read this particular genre – they’re fun, quick reads, and quirky. So, I decided to write one to see how I could do.

    What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

    My intention was to entertain. I feel I met that goal, with a book that is funny, romantic, and a successful mystery.

    Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?.

    Read my books!

    What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

    Just the writing itself is enjoyment for me. However, the subject matter was fun to put on paper.

    Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

    I have sequels in the works, both for Third Time’s the Harm, where we’ll see my protagonist again in a paranormal/time-travel mode.

    Also, the second book of my fantasy trilogy,


    How long have you been writing?

    All my life.

    Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Third Time’s the Harm?

    Jamie Whitehall Olivian, the protagonist of Third Time’s the Harm, is a 4’11” fashionista – loves vintage clothes vintage movies, and Deco furniture. She’s also a librarian (a little defensive about that). Her deceased Uncle James is/was a specialist in old MSS, particularly Medieval/Renaissance. Her two competing beaus are a rumpled Homicide detective and a gorgeous lawyer. Her best friend, Margo, is a practicing Wiccan, and her adopted “Uncle” Zalman is also an old MS expert.

    If you could spend the day with one of the characters from Third Time’s the Harm who would it be? Please tell us why you chose this particular character, where you would go and what you would do.

    I’d spend the day with Jamie – she’s modeled to a small extent on me. I’m 4’ 11,” and love old movies, vintage clothes and Deco furniture. We’d scour the resale and vintage stores and eat a hearty lunch. We don’t weigh much.

About The Author

If you live in Southern California, you’re either a writer or an actor, right? As Professor Emerita from California State University, Long Beach, Loran Holt chose the writing path. Third Times the Harm is one of the results of her efforts, the first book of a series featuring reluctant sleuth, Jamie Whitehall Olivian. Holt is also the author of Nightmasters: Doubles Talk, a sword-and-sorcery epic, published by Acorn, as well. You will find her non-fiction, film-and- fashion books under the name Lora Ann Sigler.

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