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How many of you have taken a Hawaiian vacation, only to discover paradise can be perilous?
Sure, those beautiful islands offer balmy breezes, turquoise water, waving palm fronds, and sandy beaches.
But what about deadly sharks? Poisonous sea urchins? And the most lethal of them all?
Those fruity drinks tucked into a coconut shell, adorned with an orchid, a slice of pineapple, and a tiny pastel umbrella look so innocent. How could they possibly be dangerous?
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Trust me. At 750 calories apiece, they are almost as deadly as Paula Deen’s cooking.
When an author sets a book in an exotic setting, a visit to said locale is required.
With a title such as Dying for a Daiquiri, I had no choice but to embark on a journey that included extensive research.
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Fortunately, in Hawaii, there are numerous ways to work off those excess calories: Surfing, kayaking, hiking up and down cliffs and under waterfalls, and hula dancing.
The big island proved to be a mystery writer’s nirvana. Seven of the world’s nine climate zones are located there.
I had the option of boiling my victims in lava or freezing them on top of Mauna Kea. In her hunt for a killer, Laurel could fall off a cliff, out of a boat, into the volcano, or…
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I guess you’ll just have to wait until the book is released in September to find out.
In the meantime, Laurel has requested that I finally make a decision about the cover art. My designer has come up with four fabulous covers.
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Leave a comment by May 1st, noting your favorite cover (or covers) and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a pound of REAL Kona coffee, or a box of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts. Your choice.
Better yet, if you make a suggestion that improves the appearance of the final cover, you’ll be included in the acknowledgements of Dying for a Daiquiri.
Daiquiris, like killers, come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so we’ve used several versions just to make it even more confusing for you.
So get creative and go for it! Laurel can’t wait to hear from you.