A Conversation with Kari Bovee Author of Grace in Hollywood

Can Grace turn the camera on the real culprit before another victim ends up on the cutting room floor? — Grace in Hollywood – A Grace Michelle Mystery by Kari Bovee

What inspired the idea for your book? 

This is the second book in the series. At the end of the first book, Grace in the Wings, Grace makes a move to Los Angeles. Since she was a costume designer on Broadway in NYC in the first book, it only made sense she would continue her costume design career in the silent films of Hollywood. In my research of film in the early 1920s, I stumbled across a story about the murder of producer/director Thomas Ince. Although the murder in my book is quite a departure from this story, I thought the idea behind the murder of a director intriguing. 

Tell us about your favorite character from the book. 

In this book, Grace encounters a spiritualist and medium, Lenora Lange. With all the losses of the Great War (1914 – 1918) and even more losses with the Spanish Flu Pandemic (1919) people turned to mediums to try to reconnect with lost loved ones. I thought it would work perfectly in my book as Grace endured plenty of loss as a young girl, and then later in life when her sister was murdered (Grace in the Wings). It was a fun idea to explore, and Lenora sort of appeared on the page one day as this ethereal being who has become ensconced with the Hollywood set. She was tremendously fun to write.

What does it mean to you to be called an author?

This is a great question. For me, doing something I love while providing entertainment, inspiration, and education for others is a definite measure of success. I’ve pondered the question of ‘why am I doing this?’ for several years and the answer always comes back to connection. I love making a connection with the people who enjoy my books. It’s like meeting someone for the first time and finding out you have so many things in common. I love knowing that I’ve touched someone in a positive way and have given them some enjoyment. 

How do you interact with your readers?

Usually through email and social media. I love getting emails from readers. I also have a Facebook group and enjoy some interaction there. I’ve thought of having some Zoom meetings as well, but haven’t started that yet. I think it would be fun to have some face time with readers to talk about all sorts of things. 

Aside from writing or reading, what are your hobbies or interests?

I’ve had horses since I was a young girl. I competed for years in many disciplines but now I just enjoy spending time riding, either by myself or with friends. I’ve been practicing natural horsemanship for the last ten years and have really enjoyed learning about horse psychology and behavior. Studying this has made me a much more competent partner for my horses and a better human being in general. I also love doing lots of artsy/craftsy things. I find if I’m stuck on a story problem, or how a character would react to something in the plot of one of my books, I find that this kind of activity opens up my creativity. In the past year I’ve also taken up golf and I’ve learned to play Mah Jongg. 

What are you working on now or in the near future?

Right now I am working on the third book in the Grace Michelle mystery series titled Grace Among Thieves. I hope to release it early next year. Then, I have plans to start a new series; this one a historical cozy paranormal series that takes place in a small Colorado mining town in the 1890s. I have the protagonist and some of the secondary characters outlined and the basic story theme for each book in the series—so, in reference to the question above, this series has started with the theme, then story premise for each book in conjunction with the characters. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to start working on it in 2022. 

Is there a better setting for a classic whodunnit than 1920’s Hollywood? Grace Michelle is a costume designer for a new movie. When a director ends up dead at a party at her house one of her foster kids is implicated Grace goes into sleuth mode. 

While this story immerses the reader into that time period, the true center of the story are the myriad of well written and vibrant characters that Grace interacts with.  She is smart and motivated and pulls those around her to higher levels.

There are plenty of layers to the story, with lots of twists and plot turns and much going on to keep the reader enthralled. It is an excellent addition to the series and a wonderful taste of what is to come.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received an advance review copy through IRead Book Tours for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Join us for this tour from June 22 to July 19, 2021!

​​Book Details:   

Book Title:  Grace in Hollywood – A Grace Michelle Mystery by Kari Bovee
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 336 pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
Publisher:  Bosque Publishing
Release date:   May 25, 2021
Content Rating:  PG + M. Book has mature themes; adultery, murder, bigamy, but there is no bad language.​ 

Book Description:

All that glitters… is sometimes blood. With her golden ticket buried in the ground, can she save a wrongly accused teen from the gallows?
Hollywood, 1924. Promoted to lead costume designer of a star-studded film, Grace Michelle should be on top of the world. But between her husband’s debt, her sister’s recent death, and the troubled teenaged girl she’s fostering, she’s struggling to please everyone and still keep a smile on her face. And when a Tinseltown shindig turns deadly, Grace is horrified to discover her young charge unconscious alongside the director’s grisly corpse.

Determined to prove the girl’s innocence, Grace’s own haunted past fills her sleep with prophetic nightmares. And no sooner has she sought clarity from a medium than a second body lands the scared teenager in the slammer.

Can Grace turn the camera on the real culprit before another victim ends up on the cutting room floor?

Grace in Hollywood is the second book in the riveting A Grace Michelle Mystery historical series. If you like fiercely loyal heroines, thrilling whodunits, and the magic of old cinema, then you’ll love Kari Bovee’s enthralling tale.​

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Book Details:

Book Title: Grace in the Wings – A Grace Michelle Mystery by Kari Bovee
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 340
Genre: Historical Mystery
Publisher:  Bosque Publishing
Release date:   September 19, 2019
Format available for review:  e-book (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, )
Will send print books out:  USA
Content Rating:  PG + M. Book has mature themes; adultery, murder, bigamy, but there is no bad language.​ 

Book Description:

A ghost from her past. Her sister murdered. Can Grace slay her demons and find the killer before she ends up dead?

New York City, 1920. Grace Michelle has everything she wants: a home, a family, and a future career as a costume designer for famed showman Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.’s Ziegfeld Follies. Pretty good for a girl who once lived on the streets of New York City. But when her sister, Sophia, the star of the show, is murdered, Grace’s safe and protected life is shattered.

Battle-scarred by the war and emotionally scarred by his past, Chet Riker has made it a practice to keep his distance from others; love, after all, leads only to pain. But Chet has a problem—a big one: he’s become indebted to mob-boss Joe Marciano in an attempt to save his estranged mother’s life, and Marciano wants him to pay up or else. Desperate to get the money, he contacts former client Florenz Ziegfeld for work.

Soon, Chet finds himself playing bodyguard for introverted Grace, who has reluctantly agreed to be Ziegfeld’s new leading lady—on the condition that Ziegfeld promises to find Sophia’s killer. Upon meeting Grace, Chet quickly finds his hardened theory that love equals pain tested. Grace, meanwhile, is swept up in a life she never wanted as the Follies’ star, and as the pawn in a series of publicity stunts during a transcontinental train trip to California that puts her life at risk. Who would want her and Sophia dead? Together, she and Chet must confront publicity-hungry Florenz Ziegfeld, power-driven Joe Marciano, and their own pasts to find Sophia’s killer—and let themselves love once again.

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Meet the Author:

​When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her action-packed novels.

An award-winning author, Bovée was honored with the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards Hillerman Award for Southwestern Fiction for her novel Girl with a Gun. The novel also received First Place in the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards in the Mystery/Crime category, and won First in Category in the International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards. It was also a finalist in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Awards. Her novel Grace in the Wings won First in Category for the 2019 International Chanticleer Chatelaine Awards. Peccadillo at the Palace won Grand Prize in the 2019 Goethe Awards, and was a finalist in the 2019 Best Book Awards Historical Fiction category.

Bovée has worked as a technical writer for a Fortune 500 Company, has written non-fiction for magazines and newsletters, and has worked in the education field as a teacher and educational consultant.
Connect with the author:  Website ~ Goodreads ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram

Tour Schedule:

June 22 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
June 22 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
June 23 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review
June 24 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / giveaway
June 25 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
June 28 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review
June 29 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – book spotlight / giveaway
June 30 – Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / author interview
June 30 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of GRACE IN THE WINGS / giveaway
July 1 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview
July 2 – She Just Loves Books – book review
July 2 – PuzzlePaws Blog – book review of GRACE IN THE WINGS / giveaway
July 6 – @twilight_reader – book review
July 7 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 7 – I Read What You Write – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 9 –Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
July 9 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
July 12 –Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
July 12 – PuzzlePaws Blog – book review / giveaway
July 13 – Wickedly Romance – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
July 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
July 16 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 16 – JBronder Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
July 19 – Books for Books – book review
July 19 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway

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