Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The story behind a new historical mystery and a GIVEAWAY


Happy Wednesday, suspense readers. Mary Ellis here. Today Suspense Sisters welcomes back Donna Schlachter who has a brand new historical mystery, Double Jeopardy. I asked Donna to tell us about the history behind her story:


When most people think about opening up the Wild West, they picture cowboys, wagon trains, and, of course, the gold rush. And all of those would be true and very important to the reasons why folks left the relative comforts of the East—that being everything east of the Mississippi—to head into the Great Unknown. Some were adventurers, like Becky’s father, who simply couldn’t let a horizon stay in front of him but wanted to see beyond every mountain and every body of water separating him from “over there.”

The Colorado Gold Rush started in 1858 and lasted until around 1861, bringing thousands of miners, and just as many ancillary workers such as drovers, liverymen, blacksmiths, prostitutes, saloon keepers, and swindlers. However, apart from a few areas such as Cripple Creek, which saw its biggest mining deep into the 1890s, most of the gold petered out as quick as it was found. An interesting tidbit is that silver was discovered because so many were looking for gold. Exactly twenty years after gold was first discovered, silver was found in the area of Leadville and covering a three-hundred-mile swath from the San Juan Mountains to the Foothills west of Denver.

Here's a little about Double Jeopardy: Mining, murder—and a mock marriage? New York City socialite Becky Campbell inherited more than a speck of her father’s wanderlust. Now his murder bequeaths her a mystery, a ramshackle homestead, and a silver mine. Zeke Graumann signs on as Becky’s foreman to keep his portion of his family’s ranch. He shares the workers’ reservations about a woman boss, especially one who burns water and prances around in dungarees. Even though she did look awful good in the dungarees. Then a series of accidents add threat to tension. Can Becky trust Zeke, find her father’s killer, and turn her mine into a profitable venture? Will Zeke be forced to give up his ranching dream to win Becky’s heart?

Double Jeopardy is available at https://shoplpc.com/double-jeopardy/ Amazon.com, and fine booksellers in your area.
 
Donna Schlachter lives in Denver with husband Patrick. As a hybrid author, she writes historical mystery under her own name, and cozy mystery under her alter ego of Leeann Betts, and has been
published more than 30 times in novellas and full-length novels. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, Sisters In Crime, and Christian Authors Network; facilitates a critique group; and teaches writing classes online and in person. Donna also ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management. 


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Leave Donna a comment for a chance to win a signed print copy of Double Jeopardy. US readers only. Drawing in one week. 


36 comments:

  1. interesting info
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  2. I like discovering new to me authors. This sounds like a good read.
    lhanberry1 at gmail dot com

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  3. Love to try and solve historical mysteries while
    learning about the times when they take place.
    The book sounds intriguing.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    Carol Smith
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  4. "Double Jeopardy" sounds awesome and the cover is a definite attention grabber. Enjoy reading books during this time period that give a glimpse of what life was back way back when. Can't wait for the opportunity to read.

    Shared but hoping to be the very fortunate one selected.
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  5. Oh, Donna! This sounds like a great page turner! Thanks for sharing! rw620 AT aol DOT com

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  6. I've been seeing this book and am looking forward to reading it.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  7. I think you’ve got a must read here. Thank you for sharing.
    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  8. Sounds like a fun read. Thank you for sharing about it. Here’s hoping!

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  9. Looks like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway! chendryx(at)nctv(dot)com

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  10. I love to read historical novels and finding new authors Enjoyed the interview with Donna and learning about her. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Double Jeopardy PBond(dot)Pattti(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Sounds like a good book.
    Theresa Norris
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  12. Love reading about the Old West. I always learn something new when reading historical fiction. Sounds like a great book.
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  13. You had me and "murder and a mock marriage"!
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  14. Sounds great
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  15. This sounds like a really good book.

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  16. I loved reading about this historical mystery. I love these type of books. Really liked learning some of the background. Looks interesting and intriguing and like good read. Cover and blurb hooked me.
    Hope I win so I read and review this paperback signed book.
    Crystal

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  17. OOPS for my email. My email for the above comment is don(dot)stewart(at)zoominternet(dot)net .
    Hope I win... Once again this email is for the above comment.
    Crystal

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  18. This book sounds very intriguing and like a very good page turner! I have been reading a lot of very good reviews about it, so I have been eyeing it! Thank you for sharing about it. I also love the cover! Thank you for the chance. aliciabhaney@sbcglobal.net

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  19. Sounds fascinating! I love mysteries!

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  20. Terrific cover. Thanks for the chance.

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  21. Sounds like a good book.

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  22. The cover makes me want to delve inside. Thank you for sharing. Blessings

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  23. This sounds great and I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. It sounds like a really interesting book.

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  25. I like the blog post. It was very interesting.
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  26. Sounds very interesting and a new author to me.,

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  27. I love historical westerns. Mystery to boot. This sounds right up my alley

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  28. How interesting! Today is the 13th and it;s just now showing up on my page. Sounds like a fun book to read!
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  29. Wow, what an interesting story! I live in Colorado and have visited some of the old mining towns. Creede is just one that is very interesting. Vivian Furbay jtandviv (9at) q (dot) com
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    1. Congrats, Vivian! You are our lucky winner of Double Jeopardy by Donna Schlachter. I will contact you privately for you mailing address. Thanks for being a Suspense Sisters reader!

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    2. This address doesn't work. please give me a new email address.

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  30. Sounds like a book I'd like! I love Colorado! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  31. Looks like a very good book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. My e-mail address is boxtopscrazy at gmail dot com.

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  32. Thanks to everyone who took the time to leave Donna Schlachter a comment. Vivian Fubray, you are our lucky winner of Double Jeopardy. I will contact you privately for your mailing address. Thanks to everyone for reading Suspense Sisters. Mary Ellis

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