Archive for February, 2013

Janie, thank you so much for hosting me for the kick-off of the virtual book tour for my new mystery/sweet romance story, Coda to Murder. MuseItUp Publishing just released the e-book on Friday, February 22.

Readers, please leave comments during the book tour through March 21 to win prizes. Needless to say I am thrilled to be here to tell your readers about this cozy mystery that takes place in a small town in Michigan. Today I’d like to share the up and down emotions I feel about releasing a new book.

Coda to Murder is the second mystery published by MuseItUp Publishing. I didn’t think launching my second book would be quite as exciting as releasing the first mystery, Sunshine Boulevard. I’ve talked with many authors who have many titles under their belts, and they all say each release is as exciting as the previous ones. I agree. It’s fun and scary at the same time.

While sharing my story with the world is what I want to do, I also am exposing my work to criticism or acclaim. I think this two-pronged prospect will hamper some writers from allowing anyone to read their work. It is a bit frightening to sign a contract and let editors and the publisher go through the manuscript with a fine tooth comb. But I look at that as an opportunity to make the story shine. They all have the goal to make the book the best one possible for readers.

When the final galley for Coda to Murder appeared in my email inbox, the word FINAL made me gulp. This is it! Now the world will be able to read the story that only a year or two ago was just a spark within my brain. No more cutting out awkward sentences or pushing around paragraphs to a different place or fixing typos.

Today I can finally get the story of Pastor Christine Hobbs into the hands and hearts of readers. It is my sincere hope the book will entertain, elicit smiles, as well as cause discussion among readers.

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Pastor Christine Hobbs never imagined she would be caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer.



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Today I’m proud to announce JQ Rose’s newest release, Coda to Murder, from MuseItUp Publishing.

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Pastor Christine Hobbs has been in the pulpit business for over five years. She never imagined herself caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer.

Detective Cole Stephens doesn’t want the pretty pastor to get away with murdering the church music director. His investigative methods infuriate Christine as much as his deep brown eyes attract her.

Can they find the real killer and build a loving relationship based on trust?

[Sounds like quite an intriguing mystery!]



On the way back to her home with Bitsy in the car, Christine spotted a police car and ambulance in the church parking lot. She yanked the vehicle’s steering wheel, making a sharp turn into the lot across the street from her home in the church parsonage. Her mind raced. What could be the emergency? She dashed from her car and sprinted up the steps of the old brown brick church two at a time.

“Oh, Christine, I was just trying to call you again,” her secretary, Ella, said.

“I’m glad to see you’re okay. What’s happened?”

Ella replaced the receiver on the hook. “Dutch found William in the basement. He must have fallen down the steps. We called 9-1-1.”

Christine breathed a quick prayer as she rushed down the hallway. Ella followed, but it was impossible for her secretary to keep up with her fast strides. As she approached the doorway leading to the church basement, a police officer held his palm out to prevent Christine from going downstairs.

“Stop there, ma’am.”

“I’m the pastor of this church. I need to see William, our music director. I understand he fell down these stairs.” Standing taller, she glared at the officer challenging him to let her pass.

“I’m sorry, Pastor. No one is allowed down there.”

She tried to discover a way past the officer when he blocked the doorway with his round body.

She heard Ella and a few church members who had gathered in the hallway loudly insist the officer allow the pastor to be with William.

“What’s going on up there, Mike?” A gruff voice from the basement yelled up the stairs.

“The pastor wants to come down there, Sir. She is adamant she needs to be with the fallen man.”

“Send her down.”

Christine bounded down the wooden stairs, made the turn on the platform, then gasped as she glimpsed the contorted body of the music director at the bottom of the steps. Her stomach lurched when she saw dried blood from a head wound caked on the floor. She grabbed the railing to steady herself noticing two EMTs standing by doing nothing. She felt her face flush with anger.

The medical examiner investigator motioned to her to stop on the flight of stairs. “Sorry, ma’am. Don’t come any farther. This is a crime scene. This man is dead.”


J.Q. Rose has been writing feature articles in magazines, newspapers, and online magazines for over fifteen years. She entered the world of fiction writing with her first published novella, Sunshine Boulevard, released by MuseItUp Publishing in 2011. Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. Spending winters in Florida with her husband allows JQ Rose the opportunity to enjoy the life of a snowbird. Summer finds her camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her grandchildren.

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