“Live and Let Chai” By Bree Baker: Review/Giveaway

by Sandra Murhpy

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review and links to purchase it.

Everly Swan moved back to her hometown by the sea and has opened an iced tea shop. For some reason, one of her customers has decided all-natural ingredients and proprietary recipes mean she’s hiding something. He drops by to complain loudly on a daily basis. In return, she doesn’t charge him for his tea, hoping for a change of heart. The customer was a former town councilman so he had some clout, or maybe people gave in, just to shut him up. Someone did—for good.

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When his body is found on the boardwalk, a Mason jar of her tea near him, she’s an automatic suspect. It doesn’t help her business when an off-hand remark by the police says poison is suspected and the Mason jar is evidence. People stay away from her shop in droves. In order to stay in business, she starts to ask questions to clear her name.

It doesn’t help matters that the loose-lipped cop is ever-so-handsome. No time to think about that, though, since her last relationship was with a rider on the rodeo circuit. That didn’t end well.
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This is the first in a new series. Everly is someone you’d like to meet. Although she’s still finding her way, she has a plan and is willing to change it as needed. There’s a definite spark between her and the hunky detective which will be interesting to see play out. A nice amount of information about tea and herbs is scattered throughout the book, but the reader learns about it as customers do, letting the facts blend with the storyline. Moving home and opening a business is a trend for characters lately but kudos for the iced tea shop idea, unique and a nice twist.

Find recipes for strawberry and peach iced tea, iced chai latte, and Carolina cucumber sandwiches at the back of the book. Book two, No Good Tea Goes Unpunished, will release on February 26, 2019 and is available for pre-order now, a good way to let publishers know the series should continue.

To enter to win a copy of Live and Let Chai, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "chai,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen September 22, 2018. U.S. residents only.If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. She writes articles for Animal Wellness and Natural Awakenings magazines and online, for Sniff and Barkens. For the last ten years, she's written/edited the SPAWNews, a monthly newsletter for small publishers, artists, writers network. She has written short stories for three anthologies (Flash and Bang, The Killer Wore Cranberry #4 and Dogs and Dragons). There's even a tale of the pitfalls of gardening when you're six years old, titled Death of a Red Leather Mary Jane.
At last, she's achieved her dream of a book of her own on Kindle--and all the other e-readers--with the publication of From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception, a collection of short stories published by Untreed Reads. Her Westie-ish dog, Ozzie, begs you to buy a copy. It's only 99c and he needs more toys.

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  1. Thanks for the review. kckendler at gmail dot com

  2. Sounds like a great book - thanks for the chance to win

  3. I was lucky enough to find this at my library. I loved it and would love to win one for my bookshelf!

  4. I love chai tea, so this sounds like an interesting read. Thank you for the chance to win.
    Sandy G

  5. This book sounds so good. I would love to read it. Thanks for the chance to win!

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  6. I'd love to read this! legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

  7. Sounds like a great book. Would really like to read.

  8. Lol, now I have Paul McCartney's Live and Let Die stuck in my head except now he's singing about chai :-D
    Donah42 at aol dot com


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