Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Eaves Of Destruction by Kate Carlisle

By today's standards, people in Victorian times were quite rigid in their morals and their dress, but there was one area where they let go of all their inhibitions—when painting their homes. People today who own Victorian homes need to be just as brave in order to do justice to these architectural beauties.

Look at those colors! Imagine standing in the paint aisle of the home improvement store. Would you be brave enough to choose these colors? Would you be brave enough to choose Pepto Bismol pink, as in the photo below? It's completely charming, but I just don't think I'd have the guts. I'd need professional design help to make this leap.

Shannon Hammer, Victorian home contractor extraordinaire and heroine of my Fixer-Upper Mystery series, has lots of experience being brave. She encourages clients to step out of their comfort zones, making Lighthouse Cove one of the most charming small towns along the northern California coast.


In Eaves of Destruction, the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery, Shannon has been hired to renovate two gorgeous Victorians on prestigious Cranberry Circle. The homeowners are next-door neighbors and bitter rivals, both determined to win Best in Show on the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour. . . at any cost. Shannon plans to remain completely neutral and do her best work for both clients—until a crooked building inspector turns up dead at one of her job sites. She'll be brave, then, too. She'll hitch up her tool belt, search for clues, and nab the killer!


Visit the Secret Room at for my free offer, a glossy trifold map of Lighthouse Cove, or a downloadable PDF. That way, you can follow along with the action in my books – and in the Fixer-Upper Mystery movies on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, starring Jewel and Colin Ferguson!



Do you like the Victorian style of home, or is it too ornate for you? Do you think you'd be brave enough to choose colors that would make it stand out from the crowd?


Photo of Victorian rowhouses in San Francisco by Sergejf, used with permission with the Creative Commons license:

Photo of pink Victorian by Bruce Fingerwood, used with permission with the Creative Commons license:

Guest post provided by the publisher.

Series: A Fixer-Upper Mystery (Book 5)
Publisher: Berkley (November 7, 2017)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0399586466
ISBN-13: 978-0399586460
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


Murder is on the to-do list when construction contractor Shannon Hammer looks for a killer in the fifth Fixer-Upper Mystery….

At the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour, Lighthouse Cove, California’s premier contractor, Shannon Hammer, realizes that the competition is about to turn deadly….
Shannon is in high demand among rival homeowners, who will do anything to win Best in Show. One-upmanship and even espionage break out among neighbors, construction crews, decorators, and landscapers. Thanks to several new hires, Shannon is sure she can handle the extra load—until murder throws a wrench in the works.
The small town’s corrupt building inspector is found dead on one of Shannon’s jobsites, and soon plenty of suspects are coming out of the woodwork. When another body is discovered, Shannon calls on her team of close friends and devilishly astute thriller writer Mac to help her nail down the details and build a case against the killer before the door shuts on someone else—for good.

Don't miss Framed For Murder, a Hallmark Movies & Mystery Original starring Jewel, based on the Fixer-Upper Mystery series!

Thanks to the publisher I have one (1) copy of Eaves of Destruction to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on November 15th

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

kateGolden 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. Thank you for hosting me here today, Lori, and especially for showcasing EAVES OF DESTRUCTION. I'm really proud of this book! I think it will really keep mystery readers guessing. Lots of juicy clues to dissect. 🙂

  2. I've clicked on the highlighted text for "map," "downloadable," and "PDF," none of which led me to the map. Is there a downloadable version of the map available? I'd love to have one. 

  3. Lauralee Hensley says:

    I like Victorian style homes, though I just live in a rancher.

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