Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Betting Off Dead by Tonya Kappes Giveaway!!


What’s up with the Derby hat?
Since I’m a lifelong Kentuckian of course I had to write a fun mystery about horses and a little bit about the Derby since it’s an official holiday in the Bluegrass State.
As much as the horse is important to the Derby, the hat is just as much as a staple.
The Derby hat can cost as much or as little as the wearer wants to spend.
I imagine Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., the founder of the Kentucky Derby, had no idea how much the hat would become a staple for women and men. Back in the late 1800’s gambling and horse racing went hand-in-hand in Kentucky. It was not a fittinplace for a lady.
The Colonel wanted to turn the image around about horse racing, so with  the help of his wife and many trips to London, England, he started to transform Churchill Downs Race Track from a place of ill-repute to more high-society gathering.
He and his wife drove their wagon around to the houses of their high-society friends and told them they were going to a fancy picnic at the track. They put on their fanciest dudes including their hats. Over 10,000 women and men attended the first Derby. The women had coordinated their entire outfits to their hats, including their parasols. It wouldn’t be until a couple of years later when the very first celebrity, Polish actress Helena Modjeska, came to the Derby and made it the place to see and be seen.
The rest is history!

Would you wear a big hat or small hat to the Derby?

And they're off! 
Gambling on horse racing is Kentucky's number one sport but when Kentucky Derby Thoroughbred picked to win the Derby, Rails and Nails, ends up poisoned, SKUL special agent Mick Jasper and rookiewitch Maggie Park, who keeps her witch powers a secret, are called in to investigate a world of illegal gambling where a run for the roses can prove to be deadly.

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Tonya has written over 20 novels and 4 novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor, and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband and a teenage boy (her other three boys have spread their wings in college) and two very spoiled schnauzers in Kentucky.

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