NEW BOOK … NEW AUTHOR TO SAVOR. Check out The Haunted Lost Rose. The author graced my blog with a Q&A.

*What made you want to start writing?

In third grade we had these amazing little booklets that featured writing prompts with photos. I absolutely loved using my imagination to fill those pages. You could be anything, do everything, and be a part of worlds you’d never live in…all in those pages. It was escapism at its best.

  • Flowers play such an important part in your life—from your century old family flower business to most of your novel titles. Do you have a favorite flower? What makes it your favorite?

My absolute favorite flower is the lilac, white or lavender. The fragrance is amazing, yet its bloom is fragile. They have a very limited growing season so they can be difficult to obtain. Sadly, I’m very allergic to any strong smells. I have bushes in my yard. I cut a few blooms and keep them on the front porch.

  • What’s one secret that you have to keep your blooms alive once you’ve cut them from the plant?

I usually deal with cut flowers from growers, and even with them the secret is clean water, no direct heat or sunlight, and just leave them alone. Blooms don’t like to be bothered!

  • Charlotte talks to ghosts in your novel, The Haunted Lost Rose. Do you have any ghost stories of your own?

Yes, I do, and as my readers will discover, there’s actually a lot of hauntings in the Kansas City area. We have ghost tours in the fall of one of our oldest cemeteries, Union. One of our vineyards has been featured on a national ghost hunters series.

  • Do you have an idea of how long The Charlotte’s Voices of Mystery Series will be? And can we look forward to new novels in The Lily List Mystery Series?

First, Lily will be back in A Lily A Day hopefully out this year. There will also be a new “Gretchen” book out just in time for Christmas. It will reunite Lily and her diva event planner Gretchen Malloy. As long as Lily finds mysteries, there will be a series.

As for Charlotte’s series, I have at least eight books outlined with plenty more ghosts and mysteries to solve. After the first novel, we still have a murderer on the run, another murderer on the run, and maybe even another murderer on the run. Oh, and there’s a father out there, maybe another family…there’s a lot going on. And what about Charlotte and her mysterious stranger? There’s more to come!

Some secrets should stay hidden. If they come to light, darkness could weaken even the strongest of families.

Real estate agent Charlotte O’Donohue never looks forward to Mondays. Usually, a couple cups of coffee will fix her mood, but today an unexpected voice directs her to a dead body. She’s going to need a bigger cup, and it better be caffeinated!

When the dead body happens to be your client, the scandal could jeopardize her brother’s business, but Charlotte is more worried about a mysterious stranger who decides she’s the number one suspect. He seems familiar and dangerous. He knows she has a secret, and Charlotte will do anything to keep the truth from him. How could he possibly understand that she can hear the dead?

Ghostly whispers from a spirit who haunts the large Kansas City mansion warns of more danger to come for Charlotte, her family, and for the stranger. But as Charlotte discovers a key to one mystery, another one appears…one that could reveal more than a murderer but a long-forbidden love.

The haunted and the living seem to be conspiring against the spunky real estate agent, throwing her into a love of her own that shakes her to the core.

When long hidden secrets expose lost loves, two intertwined families are placed in jeopardy in Charlotte’s Voices of Mystery.

Kansas City, Missouri native C.L. Bauer is the author of three series in mystery genres. Originally a reporter, Bauer worked through jobs in marketing and advertising, to eventually take over the reins of her family’s century old business, Clara’s Flowers. Many of the stories used in her books are based on true events from years in the wedding and event flower world.
You can reach C.L. Bauer on all social mediums, Goodreads, and through her website, www.clbauer.com. You can check out her flower designs at www.clarasflowers.com

Publication Date: March 17, 2023

Language: English
Length: 252 pages
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery/Romance
Buy Link:  https://mybook.to/HauntedLostRose
​Other Stores: https://books2read.com/u/3Joj5E/

Want to delve into more of Ms. Bauer’s work? Check out her completed Lily List Mystery Series, or sign-up for her newsletter here.
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