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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Divorce is Murder by Elka Ray - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Elka Ray and her new book, “Divorce is Murder”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Elka and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Divorce is Murder
by Elka Ray


GENRE: Romantic Suspense, Mystery



As teens, they bullied her. Twenty years on, she's not scared of them. Except she should be...

After returning to her quiet hometown to care for her ailing mom, divorce lawyer Toby Wong is hired by Josh Barton, a guy who broke her heart as a teen at summer camp. Now a wealthy entrepreneur, Josh wants to divorce Tonya, the mean girl who tormented Toby all those years ago. When Tonya is found murdered, Josh is the prime suspect.

Together with her fortune-teller mom and her pregnant best friend, Toby sets out to clear Josh, whom she still has a guilty crush on. As she delves deeper into Tonya's murder, Toby keeps running into catty ex-campers she'd rather forget. Are her old insecurities making her paranoid? Only too late does she realize she's in danger.

The first entry in an addictive new series, Divorce is Murder introduces fans of mystery and romance to an irresistibly smart and sarcastic new heroine - Chinese Canadian divorce lawyer Toby Wong.



That noise? Had I imagined the soft tremor of the door, the handle just starting to turn? I must have because the door stayed tight shut, no light around the edges, no eager whisper of my name. I tried to slow my breathing, to be even quieter than I was already, to force my ears to be even sharper.

The floor was cold and hard. My butt hurt, and my knees felt welded in place. It was painful to stretch out my legs. I held onto a table and stood, as stiff and rickety as my Grannie Mei Li, in the hospital, a few days before she’d died. I forced myself to straighten up, forced myself to face the cold hard truth: I’d been waiting a long time. Too long. It was very late. My eyes felt gritty.

He wasn’t coming.

A slow tentative shuffle to the door, my heart as heavy as my footsteps. Why did he write that note but not come? Had he been caught? Surely, if he could have, he’d have come to me.

A slick of silver lead my hand to the doorknob, which felt even colder than my creaky fingers. Cold and smooth. It started to turn but stopped. I tried again. And again. It was no use. The door was locked. It couldn’t be!



Villains: We love to Hate Them

In my latest book, Divorce Is Murder, the main character, Toby Wong, moves back to her hometown in her early thirties and is forced to confront all the kids who bullied her as a teen. Her chief tormentor, Tonya Cabrillato, soon ends up murdered.

Luckily, I never endured the kind of bullying faced by Toby. Yet we've all met meangirls. I went to a good school in a nice neighborhood. Still, catfights weren't uncommon. In the same quiet, picturesque town where my book is set, a 14-year-old girl was set upon and murdered by her school mates. This happened in 1997, after I'd moved away. But it was big news, back home. Teenage bullying can be fatal.

In the course of the story we learn what Tonya did to Toby. We learn what deep scars she left. And we meet Tonya's nasty, grown-up friends - one of whom is a vicious killer. We also meet Tonya's ex husband, whom Toby has a guilty crush on.

Meangirls are favorites in fiction. Teenage girls can be famously nasty - mostly to each other. I think girls are taught to be "nice". They're taught to suppress their anger. Their rage doesn't go away. It just comes out in sneaky ways. Boys' aggression seems more straightforward. I'd say girls are scarier - and often smarter.

In this book I loved exploring the relationship between bullied and bullier. Tonya and her cronies helped to shape Toby. They were her foils, helping her to grow into the brave, loyal and kind woman she would become. If you have a strong hero, you need a strong villain for them to overcome.



Elka Ray

Stories that don't let go.

Elka Ray writes fast-paced romantic mysteries and scary thrillers - a dichotomy that reveals her belief in Yin and Yang, or the balance of opposites. A great lover of scientific facts, she may be found clutching crystals for good luck; reads highbrow journals and tabloid trash; and refuses to watch romcoms yet moved in with her now-husband on their first date.

Elka is the author of three novels – the romantic mysteries DIVORCE IS MURDER and HANOI JANE – and the noir thriller SAIGON DARK. She also has a collection of short crime and ghost stories set in Southeast Asia – WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW. Elka lives with her family near Hoi An, Vietnam. She is represented by Folio Literary Management.



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Elka will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. So happy to have gotten to know about your book. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Hi James! Happy Halloween! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway :)

  2. Elka ~ Happy Halloween! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

    P.S. ~ Your furbabies are soooooo cute!!! :)

    1. Thank you Ally & so sorry it took me SOOO long to reply! You're right about my pets - they're all crazy characters...

  3. Hi Victoria! Happy Halloween :) Yes, it certainly sounds like my kind of book too! I can't wait to read it! I will be sharing my review on here at the end of next month... Looking forward to letting you know how it is :)

  4. Hi Rita! Happy Halloween :) Absolutely! I will be reading and reviewing it at the end of next month on here... So please keep coming by so I can share all the exciting details with you!!! :)

  5. Are any of the characters based on real people? Congrats on the release.

  6. Do you have any ideas for your next book? Congrats on the release.

    1. Thanks Bernie. No real people in the story, although my childhood best friend's mom was a divorce lawyer. She worked in the first all-women law firm in Western Canada and went on to be the first female judge in our district, which was very inspiring! (Sold book 2 in the series last month - Yay! - and am doing edits now... ) Elka

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    1. Thanks so much, Kim. Glad you enjoyed it! Elka

  8. I know I'm SOOOO late to this party but thank you so much! Glad you liked my pet photos - they were all rescued from grim situations & add so much joy (& trouble) to my family... Elka