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Good to meet you…author J.Q. Rose, plus birthday giveaway!

What an exciting week this is going to be, for me and my visitor :)  My novel The Silk Romance will be released on 24th May, and my vistor has a special birthday on 25th May!

So to celebrate we’re having great wodges of cake, and a couple of glasses of something even stronger than my tea :)  And as a special birthday present, one lucky commenter will win a copy of Coda to Murder, J.Q. Rose’s latest release.

Congratulations, J.Q. Rose, and good to meet you here!

Helena, thank you so much for the opportunity to be a guest on your blog. Oh my goodness, but you asked some questions that made me dig down deeper to come up with the answers.  I am thrilled to tell your readers about my new mystery/sweet romance, Coda to Murder, and to award a copy of the e-book to a commenter.

j.q. rose, coda to murder, author interview, romance, romantic, suspense, books, novelsThanks for the present!  Now, my first question is an easy one – Where do you live?  I’m a snowbird so I live in Michigan in the spring, summer, and fall then move to Florida for the sunshine. It’s kind of like going away to summer camp in the winter because we play with friends and have no responsibility.

Where is your favourite place in the world?  My favourite place in the world, magnificent Mackinac Island (pronounced Mack-INAW), is not that far from my Michigan home. Located in the waters of Lake Huron,  the only way visitors can reach the island during the summer is via ferry service.  No motor driven vehicles are allowed on the island, so it really is like stepping back into the Victorian era.  Christopher Reeves in the romantic movie, Somewhere in Time, travels back to this era. The movie was filmed on location in the Grand Hotel, a majestic, world-renowned hotel and the centrepiece of the island.

The downtown area mostly consists of ice cream shops, t-shirt outlets, and famous fudge shops. During the summer season the quaint town is teeming with tourists. We love to grab a bike to get away from the congestion and take our time riding the road that hugs the coast. We stop to breathe in the fresh air and to appreciate the marriage of sky and water. It’s so much fun to explore the rocks along the small beaches. It is truly a place to escape from reality.

The lilac festival this year begins June 7, but you may want to take your heavy winter coat that time of year so you can enjoy the visit and drink in the perfume of the lovely lilac bushes spotted throughout the island.

Wow, that sounds an amazing place.  Thanks for the link – at least I can enjoy the island in cyber-space :) 

Being a writer is a great job.  What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?  The summer between my junior and senior year at college, I took a job as a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman. I travelled with a group of college age students to cities in Illinois. My leader would drop each of us in a neighbourhood and leave. I walked from door to door telling the folks I was taking a survey for the schools so they would invite me in. Somehow I worked it around to giving a presentation on Grolier encyclopedia. Some residents would throw me out, others were polite and listened while I wasted my evening with them. Others actually bought the set and were grateful for me stopping in.  I learned it didn’t matter if the home was in a fancy subdivision or a blue collar neighborhood, every family had to figure out if they could afford the books.

You’re right, selling door to door is an awful job.  Here’s a nicer question: what book do you wish you’d written?  I enjoy the storytelling in all of Jan Karon’s Mitford series.

And what’s your happiest memory?  If I were to say happiest career memory, I would say the open house for our new floral shop, garden center, and greenhouses. Personal memory? Seeing my two young daughters race into the arms of my mother and her hugging them tightly as they giggled together.

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you say to them?  I grew up in Central Illinois known as the Land of Lincoln where Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president  worked as a lawyer before he was elected to the presidency. I would probably be speechless in his presence, but I would cherish the opportunity to meet with him and soak up his wisdom.

 What would your superpower be, if you could choose one?  Flying! I would fly to Florida and not spend 22 hours in a car.

If you won twenty million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?  Oh that’s easy. I would travel, buy my DH a new truck although he loves our 17 year old “Big Blue,” Dodge Ram, set aside funds for our grandchildren’s college education,  buy a special gift for everyone in our family, and donate to the United Methodist Committee on Relief toward building wells in Africa, supporting the African University, developing resources in third world countries to allow them to grow food for themselves and to make a living, helping Haiti recover, and supporting food banks in our country to feed children, and probably a dozen more causes that would help children.

What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?  Don’t spin your wheels worrying about things you cannot control.

coda to murder, j.q. rose, romance, romantic, suspense, novels, booksGreat advice.  And finally, please tell us about your latest book, where we can find it, and where we can find your blog/website

Coda to Murder is a cozy mystery and sweet romance. From the back of the book:

Pastor Christine Hobbs has been in the pulpit business for over five years. She never imagined herself caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer.  Detective Cole Stephens doesn’t want the pretty pastor to get away with murdering the church music director. His investigative methods infuriate Christine as much as his deep brown eyes attract her. Can they find the real killer and build a loving relationship based on trust?

Now available at MuseItUp Publishing and major online booksellers

Connect with J.Q. Rose online at

J.Q. Rose blog

Girls Succeed blog

Author website

J. Q.  Rose Amazon Author Page



You Tube Book Trailer

Thanks so much for visiting me today, and telling us all about your wonderful home state.  I hope I can return the visit some day!

And thanks for the great birthday present!  Don’t forget, one lucky commenter will win a copy of J.Q. Rose’s Coda to Murder.  So if you have any questions for us, or any comments at all, or just want to wish J.Q. Rose a happy birthday, please just drop in and comment.  You could be the winner!

55 thoughts on “Good to meet you…author J.Q. Rose, plus birthday giveaway!

  1. Gosh, am I first up? Lots of interesting stuff here, Helena and JQ. I once visited Bainbridge Island in the Puget sound where a uni friend of my DH was working as a vicar. Your island sounds similar and, without the cars, maybe better. There is something so special about them. I visit the Scottish islands a lot, too. Coats inJune is very familiar. Anne


    1. Thanks for your comment, Anne. The Scottish islands are also beautiful, aren’t they? I was once lucky enough to spend a week camping on the Isle of Skye. It was magical to see the sun set over the Hebrides every night. And even more amazing – it didn’t rain all week!


  2. Great interview, ladies! I love a good cozy mystery. And, living in upstate New York after spending a few childhood years in Florida, I get back down there as often as I can!


    1. Hi Heather, thanks for your comment! I would so love to visit Florida. I once flew over, and saw the Miami Keys. They were absolutely beautiful. That’s the nearest I’ve been. The sea looked amazingly blue!


  3. Good morning to everyone. I see the party has already started!! Helena, congrats on the release of your new novel. My birthday, your launch day. It sure is time for celebration!! Please pass the cake…oh yes, the big piece with the birthday candle and pink rose. YUM! Thanks, Helena.


  4. Happy Birthday JQ and Happy Launch Day Helena. Great questions and answers. Lovely stories in themselves. Coda for Murder sounds unique. The pastor and the policeman, an interesting duo. Thanks for the slice of cake, I raise my glass to you both.


  5. Nice interview ladies! I WANT TO GO TO MAKINAC (?) ISLAND! Coda to Murder sounds incredible! Happy Birthday on the 25th JQ and Helena, congrats on your new release also!


    1. Thanks for coming, Wendy and Penny. Good to see you both! You’re right, J.Q. Rose has a lovely way of telling a story, Wendy – and Penny, let’s ALL go to Makinac Island! That would be brilliant :)


  6. Happy Birthday, JQ! May I have a corner piece of cake? (More frosting)

    I’m still living in the Land of Lincoln and Abe would sure have some interesting tales to tell. I used to think going south for the winter would be nice until I realized the cold weather made my Asthma better and my joints less painful.

    Very nice interview, ladies. Congrats on your launch day, Helena.


    1. Suzanne and Leona, thanks for coming! It does look a fab hotel, Suzanne. It was nice to have a virtual tour! And Leona, you have a good way of looking on the bright side:) You’re welcome to a corner slice!


      1. Leona, I didn’t realize you lived where the corn is “knee high by the fourth of July.” I miss those huge cornfields and flat plains. I grew up on I-55 between Springfield and Lincoln. You near that area? Thanks so much for stopping in. I like the corner piece too!!


        1. JQ, I was born and raised in Pana, IL and moved to Peoria when I got married. I live in Bartonville now, and I’ve traveled that stretch of 55 between Lincoln and Springfield too often to count. Most of my relatives are still in Pana.


  7. Take me! Take me too! JQ’s interviews are always such fun, she’s one of the writers I would like most to meet. :) Thanks for the lovely, lovely interview, JQ and Helena, and good luck with your releases.

    And Happy *hic!* Birthday!

    Jane x


    1. Oh, Jane, thank you so much. I would like to meet you too. Aren’t we all blessed to be able have cyber friends from places we could never imagine visiting? So glad you stopped in.


  8. An interesting interview, Helena and JQ. Congrats to both of you. I’m eagerly waiting for the launch of The Silk Romance, and I already have Coda To Murder on my book list. I enjoyed a visit to Mackinac Island some years ago when I was doing research on shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. Many ships have gone down on Lake Huron, but I love the water and the scenery–a beautiful place.


    1. Thanks Mary. It really was an interesting interview. I’ve learned so much since starting this blog! You’ve added to J.Q’s beautiful picture of Mackinac Island. Shipwrecks, islands and the lake – what a great place to visit!


  9. Hi Mary. I’m looking forward to reading Silk Romance too. Glad to hear you have Coda on your list! If I may so nosey, did you write an article or book about shipwrecks or is it part of a fictional story? That would be very interesting research. Well, come on back to join the get-together at Mackinac Island…someday. I’m sure it is a bit more “touristy” now than it was a few years ago. Still gorgeous.though.


    1. Hey Joselyn. Thanks for stopping in today and glad you enjoyed the interview. Congrats to you on your new release, today in fact! Sweet romance, Climbing Heartbreak Hill. I think we need to eat another piece of cake to celebrate that too!!


  10. Hi, JQ: Sorry to say the story idea about a ghost shipwreck has been on the back-burner for a long time. I have loads of research, even did an underwater dive to check a shipwreck. Thank heaven the wreck was in fairly shallow water or I would have sunk and never arisen. Traveling some of the shores of Lake Huron and Lake Superior, I was in awe of the beautiful scenery. Not so much facing off with a moose. Maybe one day the story idea will arise again, but I have so many projects on the go there never seems enough time. One thing I learned in my research, a hazard for ships on the great lakes was that the waves tend to be close together and a ship could break it’s back when lifted front and aft with it’s belly unsupported, Sorry, I’m full of useless information.


  11. Well, I’ve already read your book, JQ and loved it. Y’all dash out and buy the thing! LOL We have a couple we like to travel with and Macinack Island is on our list for sure. Happy birthday, Helena. Your author questions are really good. I’ll be checking out your book, too. Love the title. Thanks for the chocolate cake with the pecans on the top. Yumm. So delicious. :)


  12. Hi JQ, happy birthday. Hi to you, too, Helena. I’ll have a second peice of cake, please. I hate being greedy, but it’s really good. As good a JQ’s premise for her book. I can’t wait to read it. The characters sound like fun, and I do love cozy mysteries.


  13. Hey Lorrie, go ahead and have a second piece. I’ve lost count of how many I’ve had! With your sense of humor, I think Coda will tickle your funny bone. Thanks for the birthday wishes. Did you bring a present too???


  14. UPDATE: I really enjoyed–re-reading everyone’s comments from 5 years ago. 5 years? Wow…Today, February 10, 2018, Helena is hosting me during my blog tour for my paranormal novel, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard. Since this interview, I re-released (with a few extras) Coda to Murder and it is now titled Dangerous Sanctuary, published by BWL Publishing. Thanks, Helena!

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