Thursday, August 22, 2019

13 Steps to the Cellar Blurb Blitz

There were thirteen steps to the cellar. They were steep and they were narrow—but was a fall down them enough to have caused the twenty-seven deep lacerations to her aunt’s head?

Callie Harris travels from her home in Alabama to her aunt’s former mansion in Maine to unravel the haunting forty-year-old mystery of Dr. Laverne Harris Doss’ brutal death.

Why wasn’t a murder weapon found? Was her uncle justly convicted of the killing? Was his mistress involved? Or was the murderer the bearded stranger rumored to have arrived by train that night?

In the charming town of Richmond, located on the banks of Maine’s historic Kennebec River, Callie uncovers the community’s darkest secrets—a botched police investigation, a betrayed widow’s lie, a dead woman’s blackmail, and a wealthy philanthropist’s shame. The web of intrigue extends far beyond Callie's suspicions and its connection to her personal story pierces her to the core.

In passing, she leaned and straightened the flowers in the urn on her aunt’s grave. Squatting, she ran her fingers across the dates on the headstone, calculating her aunt had only been thirty-six years old when she died. She inched closer and studied the inscription, Dr. Laverne Harris Doss. Beloved doctor, daughter, and sister.

“My father’s beloved sister,” Callie whispered. “Oh, how he grieved for you, Aunt Laverne.”

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About the Author:
Teresa Mathews is a graduate of The University of South Alabama. She’s a member of the Mobile Writers Guild and serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association.

An avid gardener and artist, she has multiple book covers to her credit. Several years ago after visiting the site of her real-life aunt’s murder, Teresa discovered another passion–storytelling. Although inspired by an actual tragedy, Thirteen Steps to the Cellar is fiction.

Raised on the Gulf Coast, Teresa, her husband, and son now live on a farm with a second home on the sparkling white sands of Fort Morgan, Alabama.

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  1. Thank you for taking the time to share your terrific book with us. I enjoyed reading about it.

    1. Hello James! Glad to see you following along today. Thanks for your comment!

  2. Are any of the characters in your book based on real people?

    1. Hi Bernie, "13 Steps to the Cellar" was inspired by a real murder. The characters are all fiction but the murdered Dr. Laverne has some similarities to my aunt who was killed in Richmond, Maine many years ago.

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    1. Thank you Victoria, I hope you will share with your friends!

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    1. Good afternoon Rita,
      Thanks for your comment! Only a few more days and you can read "13 Steps to the Cellar." You can pre-order now for only 99 cents.

  5. Thank you for hosting "13 Steps to the Cellar!"

  6. Which character gave you the hardest time, while writing?

  7. Thank you for sharing this! The blurb and cover gives me the goosebumps so this is gonna be good.