Novel Spotlight: Magnolia Moonlight

Novel Spotlight: Magnolia Moonlight

Magnolia Moonlight is the third book in the Secrets of the South Mysteries by bestselling author Mary Ellis. Following the series opener Midnight on the Mississippi, and the sequel What Happened on Beale Street these complex crime dramas follow an investigator’s quest to make the world a better place…solving one case at a time.

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The following is an interview with Mary Ellis, the author of Magnolia Moonlight, with a bonus giveaway at the end of the interview.

 

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Be in to win a copy of
Magnolia Moonlight
by Mary Ellis

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TWO copies to be won

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Contest open to entrants WORLDWIDE.
Contest runs 13 August – 5 September 2016 EST

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What can you tell us about the setting of this novel?

2015-09-22 14.50.42.25This novel has two plots going on at the same time. The main story involves two new PI’s and takes place in Natchez, Mississippi a sweet, historic town high on the bluff above the Mississippi River. My subplot involves Nate and Isabelle who head to Bay St. Louis for their long-overdue honeymoon. Bay St. Louis is a beach town on the Gulf of Mexico.

Who are the main characters, and what is at stake for them in this story?

Nate Price owns a PI agency and has married the love of his life, at long last. During their 3 weeks of fun-in-the-sun Isabelle runs into her first husband, who appears to have succumbed to his gambling addiction. Nate resents the intrusion of her first husband in their new life, while Isabelle feels it’s her duty to help Craig straighten out the mess he’s in.

Which of the characters surprised you the most in this story, and how so?

Michael Preston, the brand new PI in Natchez, surprised me the most. Every time he was in the scene, the chapter never turned out like I had planned. He turned out to be a far more romantic character than I ever imagined!

How did the writing of this story impact you as a person or as an author?

2015-09-20 17.15.48.25I loved expanding my knowledge of pyramid marketing schemes during research, especially when you consider their impact on a church congregation. Christians often can be overtrusting and part with their money sometimes too easily. They want to believe that only good people populate the earth.

Why is this story important to you?

I loved including the angle that life isn’t always what it appears to be. The residents of this quiet Southern town were quick to believe their beloved pastor took his own life when money turns up missing from the churches coffers

What would you like your readers to take away from this story?

I would like readers to take away that no matter how grim a situation looks, with faith and hard work anything is possible. God never abandons His faithful.

 

Magnolia Moonlight

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by Mary Ellis

  • Harvest House Publishers
  • Contemporary
  • August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780736961738

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What Sinister Secrets Lurk in the Shadows of Yesterday?

Natchez, Mississippi—Private Investigator Nate Price and his new wife, Isabelle, need a vacation. Their coworkers generously team up to surprise them with a belated honeymoon…but the happy trip turns sour when Izzy spies her ex-husband, who appears to have taken up his gambling addiction once again.

While the boss is away, Price Investigations remains in the hands of Beth Kirby, a former police officer, and Michael Preston, a former forensic accountant. Hardly a dream team, as Beth resents working with a man who has no experience in his new job.

But Beth and Michael must move past their differences if they hope to uncover the truth behind a beloved Southern preacher’s demise. The preacher’s widow suspects foul play, despite the evidence indicating suicide.

With tension escalating between these investigators and local law enforcement—and new threats arising on all sides—how will Beth, Michael, and Nate hold on to faith and bring the truth to light?

 

Mary Ellis has written twelve award-winning novels set in the Amish community and several historical romances set during the Civil War. Her latest, What Happened on Beale Street, is second of a new mystery series, Secrets of the South, from Harvest House Publishers. Magnolia Moonlight will release this summer.

Before "retiring" to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate, a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits. Mary enjoys traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming, and lives in Ohio with her husband, dog and cat. She can be found on the web at: http://www.maryellis.net/ or https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Mary-Ellis/126995058236

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Be in to win a copy of
Magnolia Moonlight
by Mary Ellis

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TWO copies to be won

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Contest open to entrants WORLDWIDE.
Contest runs 13 August – 5 September 2016 EST

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Simply leave a blog comment about the book, fill out the contest form, and you’re done. Both steps need to be fully completed to be eligible. :-)

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19 Responses to Novel Spotlight: Magnolia Moonlight

  1. This sounds like a great suspenseful book. I love stories with PI’s and also some romance. I can hardly wait to read about Beth and Michael’s story! Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

  2. I haven’t yet read Mary’s mysteries but they are on my “want to read” list. I know she’s a good writer from reading a couple of her Amish books. I like the title of this book, Magnolia Moonlight. Thanks for telling us more about this book and for the giveaway.

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