Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Once Upon A Spine by Kate Carlisle

Kate Carlisle is the bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries and the Fixer-Upper Mysteries (as seen on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries). Her latest Bibliophile Mystery—Once upon a Spine—is a must-read for mystery readers who love books about books. RT Book Reviews calls Once Upon a Spine "Truly laugh-out-loud hysterical… a great tale of who didn't do it!" Read Chapters 1 and 2 free at

Each Bibliophile Mystery centers on a murder connected to a rare book being restored by San Francisco bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright, and the themes of the rare book are echoed in the modern day mystery. This makes the books so much fun to plot! Readers love finding all the little connections between today's murder and the book from long ago.

I had an especially raucous time of it when plotting Once Upon a Spine because this time around, the book in Brooklyn's care is Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, perhaps the best known example of literary nonsense. In her own way, Brooklyn falls down the rabbit hole, too, and I hope readers will love going along for the ride.

Five Things You Never Knew about Alice in Wonderland

  1. Lewis Carroll's real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. If anyone reading this has the middle name Lutwidge, submit proof to me by email through my website,, and I'll send you a signed book.
  2. "Alice in Wonderland" isn't the title! It's actually Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. But even that wasn't the original title. Lewis Carroll's handwritten first draft was titled Alice's Adventures Under Ground. Other rejected titles include Alice Among the Fairies and Alice's Golden Hour.
  3. The story was conceived on a rowboat on the Isis, as Dodgson entertained three young girls. Yes, one of the girls was named Alice.
  4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has never been out of print, but when it was released, it wasn't well reviewed. (Take heart, writers!)
  5. There are two first editions. Three, if you count the US first printing, but no one does. Illustrator John Tenniel was unhappy with the quality of the printing, so Lewis Carroll told the publisher to recall the first print run of 2,000. (As an aside, I do not have that kind of power.) Carroll kept 50 author copies and gave them to friends and family. The second first edition is worth about twenty-five thousand dollars. Sounds like a lot—until you find out that the original first edition sold recently for almost two million!



Guest post provided by the publisher.

Series: Bibliophile Mystery (Book 11)
Publisher: Berkley (June 6, 2017)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0451477723
ISBN-13: 978-0451477729
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


In this Bibliophile Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Books of a Feather, San Francisco bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright stumbles through the looking glass in a tale of murder, rare books, and a quest for the perfect pie…

Brooklyn's oh-so-proper future in-laws are traveling from England to meet her, and if that's not enough to set her on edge, rumors abound that the charming Courtyard shops across the street may be replaced by high-rise apartments. Their trendy neighborhood will be ruined unless Brooklyn and her fiancé, Derek Stone, can persuade the shopkeepers not to sell. 

But with a rare edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland causing bad blood at the Brothers Bookshop and a string of petty vandalism making everyone nervous, Brooklyn and Derek feel like they're attempting six impossible things before breakfast. Then the owner of the Rabbit Hole juice bar is felled by his own heavy shelves, and the local cobbler lies dead beside him. An accident . . . or something more sinister? Things get curiouser and curiouser when a second priceless copy of Alice is discovered. Will it stir up more trouble within the close-knit community?  

As the Brits descend, Brooklyn learns they're not so stuffy after all. Derek's dad is won over with chocolate cream pie, and his psychic mum would kill to help Brooklyn solve this murder—before another victim takes a tumble.

Thanks to the publisher I have one (1) copy of Once Upon a Spine to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on June 22nd

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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. Ohhhh! I am going to have to add this one to my TBR! Thanks for sharing the post and for the chance to win. New blog subscriber, as well 🙂 

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