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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Murder At Morningside by Sandra Bretting (Book Cover Reveal Event / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Goddess Fish Promotions, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book cover reveal event for Murder At Morningside by author Sandra Bretting!

About The Book

Murder At Morningside by Sandra Bretting
Book 1: Missy DuBois Mystery Series
Publisher: Kensington / Lyrical Underground / Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
Format: eBook - 320 pages
ISBN: 978-1601837134
Genre: Cozy Mystery

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Book Description:

Hat designer Missy DuBois opened her shop, Crowning Glory, along Louisiana's Great River Road to cater to the sophisticated Southern bride. But bless her heart, who knew creating stylish wedding veils would lead to murder?

Hired to craft a veil for a socialite getting married at Morningside Plantation means Missy can bask in the height of antebellum atmosphere. But when the bride is found dead in a women's bathroom, Missy the milliner finds herself entangled in one unfashionable murder. With the list of suspects thicker than the sweltering Louisiana heat, including a gaggle of bridesmaids shedding nary a tear and a family with no shortage of enemies, it seems anyone at the mansion may have done away with the bride-to-be. While Missy has Southern charm to spare, she's going to need more than manners and a manicure to put a hat pin on this murderous affair . . .

Book Excerpt:

Time rewound with each footfall as I began to climb the grand outer staircase at Morningside Plantation. The limestone steps, burdened with the history of five generations, heaved their way toward heaven.

At the top lay a wide-plank verandah supported by columns painted pure white, like the clouds. By the time I took a third step, the digital camera in my right hand began to dissolve into the sterling silver handle of a ladies parasol. The visitors’ guide in my left hand magically transformed into a ballroom dance card bound by a satin cord.

Another step and the Mississippi River came into view as it flowed to the Gulf, languid as a waltz and the color of sweet tea. Could that be a whistle from a steamboat ferrying passengers past the plantation? If so, a turn and a wave wouldn’t be out of the question once I reached the top of the stairs, and good manners would dictate it.

I was about to do that when I realized the whistle was only my friend’s cell and not a Mississippi riverboat. “Ambrose! Turn that thing off. Honestly.”

“Sorry.” He shrugged. “I always forget you were Scarlett O’Hara in a past life.”

The mood was broken, though, and the sterling silver in my hand returned to plastic while the linen dance card hardened to a glossy brochure.

About The Author

Sandra Bretting works as a freelance feature writer under contract to the Houston Chronicle. She received a journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and wrote for other publications (including the Los Angeles Times and Orange Coast Magazine) before moving to Texas.

Her Missy DuBois Mysteries series debuts from Kensington/Lyrical Underground in May 2016. Bretting’s previous mysteries include Unholy Lies (2012) and Bless the Dying (2014). Readers can reach her online at and through Facebook at

Author Website

Contest Giveaway

Win A $20 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

Author Sandra Bretting will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the event, and a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

Follow the event and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

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Book Cover Reveal Event

Event Participants:

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3: Christine Young
4: Romorror Fan Girl
5: 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy Too!
6: Full Moon Dreaming
7: Welcome to My World of Dreams
8: It's Raining Books
9: Straight from the Library
10: Wendi Zwaduk ~ Romance to Make Your Heart Race
11: Our Families Adventure
12: Lynn Crandall
13: StarAngels Reviews
14: Jersey Girl Book Reviews
15: The Certificable Wenches
16: Lilac Reviews
17: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
18: Independent Authors
19: LibriAmoriMiei
20: Around the World in Books
21: Ashleyz Wonderland
22: SolaFide Book Club
23: A to Z Reviews
24: Sapphyria's Book Reviews
25: The Book Connection
26: Harps Romance Book Review
27: books are love
28: The Reading Addict
29: Bookgirl Knitting
30: Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
31: Natural Bri
32: Books Can Be Deadly


  1. Thanks for hosting! I love to hear what other people are reading. Just finished the second book by Harper Lee. (Well, really her first.) Can't decide if I liked it...anyone else?

    1. Hi Sandra! Thank you for the opportunity to host your book cover reveal event. I have Harper Lee's second book on my TBR list. :)

    2. Hi Kathleen,
      I've gotta warn you...the second Harper Lee book wasn't a favorite of mine. It reminded me of a mash-up between "The Help" and "To Kill A Mockingbird." The best bits were Scout's flashbacks, IMHO.

  2. Still wondering if anyone read the second from Harper Lee....

  3. Loving the sound of this. Thanks for introducing it to us. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

  4. Thanks, Diane. I love spending with the main character--Missy--because she's so sassy!

  5. Thanks for the excerpt. I love the fun cover art