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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Murderous Envy by C.J. Carson - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host C.J. Carson and her new book, “Murderous Envy”!  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 $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with C.J. and to increase your chances of winning!

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

Murderous Envy

by C.J. Carson


GENRE: Paranormal Mystery



Allie Callahan had her whole life mapped out - run her family's marketing firm, make her first million, and get that next big contract. Destiny had another plan. After a catastrophic event forces her to rethink her life's path, Allie discovers that the heritage she's tried so hard to deny is about to lead her in an entirely new direction.

Unable to ignore her grandfather's Native American heritage, Allie embarks on a journey that will test her fortitude, strength, and courage, but it will also bring her the one thing she never dreamed possible - Love.



HOURS WENT BY, THOUGH I COULDN’T be clear how many. I awoke from a dream where I was reliving my attack. Panic swelled in every cell of my body. Disoriented and completely confused; where was I? What had happened to me? Soft lambskin wraps restrained my wrists, with an IV in the back of my hand. My body hurt all over and my left eye was swollen shut.

A gentle hand touched mine. I opened my eyes to a small girl, wearing a hospital gown, gazing at me through the bed rails. The warmth of her smile gave me a sense of calmness. That’s when I realized I was in the hospital.

A matronly nurse with a heavy Southern accent stole my attention from the little girl.

“It’s okay, child, you’re in the hospital. There has been an accident. Please try to stay calm. Let me take off these wrist restraints. I’m so sorry we had to put them on, but you were thrashing so much during the night we thought you might hurt yourself or pull out your IV.”

The feeling of desperation overwhelmed me. “Where am I? What’s happening?”

She caressed my face, bringing my gaze to her. “My name is Laura and you’re safe. You’re going to be okay. You had an accident, so to speak, and you’re in the hospital.

“The hospital? What kind of accident?”

“Look, honey, try to stay calm. You had a rough night. Doctor Kennedy will be in shortly to see you.”

My throat felt raw and I could hardly speak. “Where is the little girl?”

“What little girl?”

I pointed to the side of my bed where the child had been standing less than a minute before. “She was right there!”

“Honey, I didn’t see any child. The children’s ward is on another floor.”



Writing this book has taught me “The Rule of Three”

In my endeavor to publish my first book, I was fortunate to connect with a seasoned writer who was instrumental in my learning a valuable lesson about feedback. She called it "The Rule of Three."

As a new writer, being published for the first time, I wanted to put my best foot forward. As many do, I found family and friends to beta read my book. As luck would have it, I met an author online, who I admire greatly, to design the book covers for my trilogy.  During one of our conversations, she gave me some invaluable advice about considering feedback from readers. She called it The Rule of Three.

This advice came from her when I asked her how to handle feedback. The question was simple, "How do I know what is important to change in my story based on feedback I get from my readers." If I feel strongly about leaving something in the story, when do I consider suggestions?

Her answer was even simpler than the question. She told me that she uses "The Rule of Three," and she gave me a concrete but simple example. Suppose you have a character who drinks coffee all the time. For you, it is part of who he is. This person has a coffee in their hand throughout your whole story. One of your readers suggests that it bothers them, and it is just too much. Maybe they find it distracting or unnecessary. Her advice is that she would listen, take it under advisement and keep the feedback tucked away and think on it. Soon you get a second comment from someone with the same concern. That is, two people that have found your character drinking coffee all the time bothers them. Now you have to really consider the feedback because two people have pointed out that this is an issue. You still feel strongly that this helps design your character's personality. You don't want to take it out, and you wonder why people find this so annoying. After all, there are a lot of people in this world that drink coffee all day. Then it happens, you get a comment from a third reader. Now you really have to consider the feedback. The point is, no matter how strongly you feel about leaving the coffee in the story, it really is about the readers. If you have gotten the same feedback three times, it is probably a signal that you should at least downplay the coffee a little, if not take it out entirely.



From a very early age CJ Carson has been inspired by a great story, but what has brought her to this juncture in her life and inspired her to put pen to paper are the many rich experiences and opportunities her life has put in her path.

Her love of learning and new adventures has afforded her opportunities to reinvent herself many times over.

While working in the medical field she became a licensed massage therapist, attending a number of classes to learn energy work. She then went on to become a Polarity Therapist and Reiki Therapist.

As an artist, she has explored many modalities that have taken her on many a journey.

Her acting has brought her into the world of theatre both on the stage and behind the scenes.

Painting introduced her to a group of artists that shared her passion of bringing a scene to canvas.

Her love of singing afforded her the opportunity to travel twice to Europe as a soloist with conductor Sonja Dahlgren Prior and a chorus out of Boston. Sonja, affectionately known as Sunny, inspired her to do something, she never dreamed possible.

But something CJ Carson has always wanted to do is write. As a young student in high school, she had a teacher who implored her to pursue a writing career, but life had other plans for her first.

Now she is finally introducing to the world her first published work, "Murderous Envy" from her trilogy, Veils of Parallel Times.

















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  1. C.J. ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your intriguing new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

    1. Good morning Ally, Thank you so much for having me on my very first virtual tour. This is such a wonderful and fun opportunity! CJ

  2. Thank you Goddess Fish for this great opportunity.

  3. Thank you Kim. I am so glad you stopped by! CJ Carson

  4. I want to than Ally for hosting me today! What a wonderful opportunity!
    CJ Carson

  5. Once again, thank you Goddess Fish for providing this great opportunity to do a virtual tour this week!

  6. Happy Earth Day! I love this book cover, a gorgeous dream- catcher and a lovely lady, the synopsis and excerpt have intrigued me as well. Thank you for sharing your guest post and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and am looking forward to reading your story

  7. Great advice about the "rule of three." The excerpt gave me shivers (0; Good luck on the release and thank you for the giveaway!