Wednesday, 25 March 2015

It's... Precious by Zanna Mackenzie!

Hello everyone and a happy Wednesday to you!

I'm out visiting again today. 
  • You'll find me doing a book spotlight at my Crooked Cat friend Nik Morton's blog 
  • and I've also been answering some fantastic interview questions at Shani Struthers 
Please pop over and find me there.

Meanwhile on here it's also.....

book spotlight day! 
My friend Zanna Mackenzie has come to share news about PRECIOUS - Book 2 in her Amber Reed CCIA Mystery series. I really enjoy Zanna's writing and look forward to reading more about Amber's sleuthing. Her new book is sitting on my kindle pile right now!

When you see an intriguing tagline that states - “Romantic comedy meets celebrity murder mystery”- I just want to find out exactly what that's about.

...and when you see her wonderful cover, that also makes me want to read as well.

so...what is Precious about? 
When celebrities need a crime solving quickly and discreetly they call in the specialists, the Celebrity Crimes Investigation Agency, otherwise known as the CCIA…
Who would want to murder former pop star Flynn Garrison?
That’s exactly what Amber Reed, the Celebrity Crimes Investigation Agency’s newest recruit, needs to find out.
She’s desperate to get to grips with her first assignment and prove she’s up to the job but there’s a lot at stake… and it’s not only her new career that’s on the line.
Is mixing business and pleasure ever a good idea? Will her relationship with fellow CCIA agent Charlie survive the challenge of the two of them working together?
And then there’s agent extraordinaire Martha, a man-eating six foot blonde goddess, also assigned to this murder investigation, who clearly has designs on Charlie.
Trying to uncover who killed Flynn and why whisks Amber from glamorous red carpet film premiere, to learning Scottish dancing at a Highland party in a grand country house - and the distinct possibility of becoming the murderer’s next victim.
Can Amber solve the case and still keep her relationship with Charlie on track?

Find the book on Amazon

Here's a little teaser to get you interested...

“Ah, good, you’re back.” Bethan, the woman who owns the B&B, says as we dash into the entrance hall, dripping rain all over the carpet. She’s standing behind the little reception desk and next to her is a stunningly attractive woman in jeans and a close-fitting jumper, a suitcase at her feet.  “I was just talking to Martha here about how you were both down at the beach with the murder victim.”

Strange – does she usually welcome guests by telling them about bodies washing up on the local beach?

“It hasn’t been confirmed as murder,” Charlie says, following me inside, head down as he pulls off his wet coat. “Not officially.”

The beautiful woman steps forward, ignores me and envelopes Charlie in a hug, catching him off guard. “Charlie!” she squeals excitedly.  “It’s ages since we’ve worked together. So good to see you again!”

Did she just say “work together”?

I watch as Charlie hugs her back, meeting my questioning gaze over her shoulder. 

“Martha, what are you doing here?” he asks once she’s eventually disentangled herself from him.

“The agency sent me to help you out with this case.” Martha casts a dismissive look in my direction. “They wanted their best agents working up here. So,” she shrugs her shoulders in a here-I-am way, “they sent me to work with you. I understand this is Amber’s first case and we don’t want her getting all overwhelmed on an important job like this do we?” She giggles and pushes a hand through her long honey-coloured hair.

They’ve sent Miss Beautiful CCIA Agent to work with Charlie. I’ll probably be relegated to fetching her cups of coffee and typing up her paperwork.

“Anyway,” Miss Beautiful continues, “the boss wants a thorough investigation and expects us to be on this godforsaken island for a while so I’m told the guys back at base have arranged a rental cottage for us all to share. If you want to get packed and meet me back down here then I’ll lead the way to our new home. Ten minutes OK?”


Not only do my new employers not trust me to do my job, they send another agent, a very beautiful one with a superior attitude, to work with Charlie and me on this case. 

Oh, and we all get to share a rental cottage together as well.

I was so wrong when I thought this day couldn’t get any worse…


Zanna Mackenzie lives on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border with her husband, 4 dogs, a vegetable patch that’s home to far too many weeds and an ever expanding library of books waiting to be read.
Being a freelance writer and editor of business publications is her ‘day job’ but, at every opportunity, she can be found scribbling down notes on scenes for whatever novel she’s working on. She loves it when the characters in her novels take on minds of their own and start deviating from the original plot!

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Thank you for sharing your 'Precious' news with us today, Zanna. Wishing you mega sales for all of your books!  


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