Book Review & Guest Post: A Good Day to Buy by Sherry Harris ~ Great Escapes Book Tour + Giveaway!


HER BROTHER IS NO BARGAIN
When Sarah Winston’s estranged brother Luke shows up on her doorstep, asking her not to tell anyone he’s in town—especially her ex, the chief of police—the timing is strange, to say the least. Hours earlier, Sarah’s latest garage sale was taped off as a crime scene following the discovery of a murdered Vietnam vet and his gravely injured wife—her clients, the Spencers.

BUT IS HE A KILLER?
All Luke will tell Sarah is that he’s undercover, investigating a story. Before she can learn more, he vanishes as suddenly as he appeared. Rummaging through his things for a clue to his whereabouts, Sarah comes upon a list of veterans and realizes that to find her brother, she’ll have to figure out who killed Mr. Spencer. And all without telling her ex . . .

A Good Day to Buy by Sherry Harris

Series: Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery, #4

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Kensington

Release Date: 04/25/17

Page Count: 288

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I was excited to receive an ARC of this book to review because I have been waiting for this book since last May! Being a Classy Cheapskate, I myself LOVE garage sales, so this book series speaks to my core and I love the characters! I was hooked on the story immediately because I feel so vested in the lives of Sarah and all of the other wonderfully-written characters. I read the book quickly and didn’t put it down, although I wanted to because I didn’t want the story to end! The plot itself is again well written, as has the entire series been written. I love Sarah, her character is so personable. I have wanted to go garage sale shopping with her ever since I started this series! Is it garage sale time yet? I can’t believe the cliff hanger that we are left with on the last page…how long am I going to have to wait? If I haven’t said it enough, this is another great add to an already splendid series!

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I am also excited to showcase a special guest post from Sherry Harris. Enjoy, I know I did!

Why I Write by Sherry Harris

According to my mom the first word I wrote was “corn”. This was particularly appropriate since I grew up in Iowa. However, I wrote corn not because we lived on a farm surrounded by corn fields, but because every week on the way to church we passed the Tall Corn Motel which had a large neon ear of corn as part of its sign.

My earliest memories of storytelling were through family friends who we called the Broman Bunnies. They would occasionally visit for a weekend. At bedtime Mrs. Broman would let my sister and I each pick three things and then weave magical tales that included whatever things we picked that particular evenings.

My favorite childhood books (besides the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew) were the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace. A Good Day To Buy came out on Maud’s 125 birthday and that made me smile. The main character is a girl named Betsy Ray. Betsy wants to be a writer and I wanted to be Betsy so from a young age I wanted to write too. The books are so warm and follow Betsy from age five until she gets married. Like Betsy, I had weak ankles (skating parties were a nightmare), I blushed easily, and hated math. Writing was an escape and reading the series an adventure.

As I grew I ended up being the editor-in-chief of our high school year book, I took tons of literature classes in college even though I ended up with a degree in Business Management. When I took a job as an administrative assistant at a small financial planning company I asked if I could help with marketing. Eventually, I became the director of marketing and enjoyed writing ads for TV, print and radio. But it wasn’t as much fun as writing fiction.

I married a man in the Air Force which makes it difficult to have a career because of all of the moves. One day I spotted an ad in the Dayton, Ohio newspaper for a short story contest and decided to write a story. I wrote, and wrote, and wrote. I soon realized I was writing my first novel. It’s never been published but one of these days I might blow the dust off it and see how it holds up.

I went to my first writers conference in Monterey, California. Each of us were allowed to read ten pages to the attendees. I got up and started reading. As I read I started thinking, this is the most boring bit of drivel I’ve ever heard but I powered through it. Thankfully, the participants were kind and pointed out the good bits – otherwise I might have thrown in the proverbial towel.

That set me on a path of studying the craft of writing by attending conferences, taking classes, and getting out there and meeting other writers. When the chance to write the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series landed in my lap (through a series of fortunate events) I was ready. It’s been quite a journey from “corn” to my fourth book in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series, A Good Day To Buy!

 

Agatha award nominated author, Sherry Harris, started bargain hunting in second grade at her best friend’s yard sale. She honed her bartering skills as she moved around the country while her husband served in the Air Force. Sherry uses her love of garage sales, her life as a military spouse, and her time living in Massachusetts as inspiration for the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series. Catch up with her further at her website or on Facebook or Twitter.

Tour Participants

May 1 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – REVIEW

May 1 – Author Annette Drake’s blog – INTERVIEW

May 2 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW

May 2 – View from the Birdhouse– SPOTLIGHT

May 3 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW

May 3 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW

May 4 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – REVIEW

May 4 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW  

May 5 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW

May 6 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT

May 7 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW

May 8 – Michelle’s Romantic Tangle – REVIEW

May 8 – Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST

May 9 – A Cozy Experience – REVIEW

May 9 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

May 10 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW

May 10 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

May 11 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – REVIEW

May 11 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

May 12 – Rainy Day Reviews – REVIEW

May 12 – Classy Cheapskate – REVIEW, GUEST POST

May 13 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

May 13 – Girl with Book Lungs – INTERVIEW

May 14 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

 

NOTE: I was provided with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.