Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Crowned And Moldering by Kate Carlisle


Kate Carlisle is the New York Times bestselling author of two ongoing mystery series—the Bibliophile Mysteries, and the Fixer-Upper Mysteries, the latter of which centers on Victorian home expert Shannon Hammer who renovates homes and investigates murder in quaint Lighthouse Cove, California.

Hello, my name is Kate Carlisle, and I'm addicted to HGTV, the home of home transformations. I love watching a house go from drab to fab, from ick to slick, from pitiful to beautiful. (You get the idea.)

Brother vs. Brother

What's better than a man who knows his way around a set of tools? Two men, two toolsets. It's fun to watch the good-hearted sibling rivalry between Drew and Jonathan Scott. Unlike their other show, Property Brothers, Brother vs. Brother doesn't feature a different home every week. Instead, across the course of the season, we get to see each brother renovate a single home, one room at a time.

Flip or Flop

The quality of the home makeovers is fine, but what I really love about this show is the dynamic between its husband-and-wife hosts. If Tarek and Christina ever disagree, Tarek almost always folds. And so he should—his wife has a great eye, and vision to see what can be done with the home they're working on.

The Fixer-Upper Mysteries

I believe that part of the reason readers enjoy my Bibliophile Mysteries is that the series centers around one of my passions—rare books. So when I decided to create a second ongoing mystery series, I centered it around another of my passions—Victorian homes. Shannon Hammer grew up working at her father's side, renovating Victorians in Lighthouse Cove, California. Now Dad has retired, and Shannon leads her crew with intelligence and an eye for detail, qualities that serve her well as an amateur investigator when murderers cross her path.

If you're a home makeover nut, too, and you enjoy reading mysteries, I think you'll love Crowned and Moldering, a Fixer-Upper Mystery. Learn more about it and read a free excerpt here:

If you could renovate one room in your house, which room would it be, and what changes would you make?

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crownedSeries: A Fixer-Upper Mystery (Book 3)
Publisher: NAL (November 3, 2015)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0451469216
ISBN-13: 978-0451469212
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


In the New York Times bestselling Fixer-Upper mysteries, contractor Shannon Hammer can repair even the most distressed building. But clearing out the cobwebs from her current project may distress her… to death.

When Mac Sullivan—famous thriller writer and Shannon’s new beau—first moved to Lighthouse Cove, California, he bought the historic lighthouse mansion that the town is named after. Mac needs help cleaning up the place, and Shannon is more than happy to get her handywoman hands on the run-down Victorian.

But during demolition, a grisly discovery is made among the debris—the bones of a teenage girl who went missing fifteen years ago. Locals had always assumed Lily Brogan ran away from her difficult life, but it seems her troubles followed her to the grave. If Shannon has any chance of getting her renovation back on track, she’ll need to tackle the cold case. But with new suspects coming out of the woodwork every day, she’ll have to be careful to pry the right secrets and clues from the poor girl’s problematic past…

post-divider leftThanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of Crowned and Moldering to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on November 20th

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Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

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kate2Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier Award wining author Kate Carlisle spent over twenty years working in television production as an Associate Director for game and variety shows, including The Midnight Special, Solid Gold & The Gong Show. She traveled the world as a Dating Game chaperone and performed strange acts of silliness on The Gong Show. She also studied acting and singing, toiled in vineyards, collected books, joined a commune, sold fried chicken, modeled spring fashions and worked for a cruise ship line, but it was the year she spend in law school that finally drover her to begin writing fiction. It seemed the safety way to kill off her professors. Those professors are breathing easier now that Kate spends most of her time writing near the beach in Southern California where she lives with her perfect husband.

A lifelong love of old books and an appreciation of the art of bookbinding led Kate to create the bibliophile mysteries, featuring rare book expert Brooklyn Wainright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery and murder. Kate is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thrill Writers and Romance Writers of America. She loves to drink good wine and watch other people cook.

Despite the appearance of overnight success, Kate's dream of publication too many, many years to fulfill. If you're wondering why, here's the real scoop.

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  1. Elaine Ellen says:

    My husband is the fixer upper here. We moved back to my mom's home after my husband retired. We actually moved back into my old bedroom, which is in the basement. My husband has remodeled two bathrooms and put new flooring in the laundry room. He put in a patio door and built a beautiful new deck. He has replaced that galvanized pipes. There have been a lot of other things he has worked on. The house is about 45 years old and never really had much work done on it since it was built. If I were to redo any room here, it would be our bedroom. It needs to have the old paneling removed and new carpet. Maybe next year. But it will be a big chore to move all of our stuff out and work on it. We will see… I really like the Fixer Upper series.

  2. Robin Christofaro says:

    I love HGTV too! Fixer Upper is my favorite. The designs are more my style. We have an older home and are slowly improving on some of the rooms. I really want to turn our 1 1/2 baths into 2 full baths…hopefully soon!! 

  3. Carol Doscher says:

    My daughter and I love HGTV.  She actually tapes several of the

    HGTV shows.  Last November she bought her first house, a fixer upper.

    My husband and daughter have basically torn the inside out and have

    installed a new kitchen and currently are working on the master bath.

  4. Pamela Johnson says:

    review on Good Reads — Great book — I enjoyed reading this and cannot wait for the next with Brooklyn.


  5. Cynthia E. Blain says:

    So happy to know that there is another book to inspire me to do more things with our home (or to try to inspire my husband).  I read book 1 and suggested that my office was in dire need of shelves and cabinets, etc. etc. but my husband made me a closet system instead.  When book two cane out,  I asked again for those shelves and cabinets in my office and what did he make?….., a whole new deck hand rail and all new top rails and posts.   Maybe next book, Kate.  I hope book 3 will find results for MY office project that I want this time. 🙂  Love this series.   Much luck with everything.  


  6. Sandy Todd says:

    Oh Kate, it would be my kitchen that needs renovating!  I need more cabinet & counter space.  Thank you Lori for a chance to win!

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