Monday, July 31, 2017

Dadgummit by Maggie Toussaint Interview & Giveaway

by Maggie Toussaint

Series: Dreamwalker Mystery (Book 4)
Publisher: Camel Press (August 1, 2017)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603815932
Amateur sleuth Baxley Powell is on vacation at Stony Creek Lake in the north Georgia mountains. Her parents, best friend, and ten-year-old daughter are camping with her. Almost immediately, a young man’s body is found beside the lake. Strangely, there’s no apparent cause of death. The local police have heard about Baxley’s skill at closing unusual cases, and at their urging she agrees to help.
Her psychic sleuthing leads the police to a halfway house. There they encounter eight comatose victims and an odd man named Jonas, who also has supernatural abilities. Baxley senses Jonas cruelly drained their life force energy. Jonas escapes, taking the sheriff as a hostage. Deputy Sam Mayes, a Native American, leads the manhunt, and he keeps Baxley close, knowing she’s the key to capturing this powerful criminal.
Baxley’s paranormal talent of dreamwalking, which she uses to traverse the veil of life, draws the unwanted attention of beings believed to be Cherokee folklore. Jonas stole a treasured artifact from them, and they want it back. They hold Baxley’s best friend and two others because they know Baxley can help them. As the clock ticks, Jonas taunts this crime-fighting duo and proves to be a wily adversary.
With the body count rising, Baxley and Mayes realize they are up against an entity who appears to be invincible. Do they have the power to subdue an energy vampire, turn the tide of evil, and save the day?
About The Author
Southern author Maggie Toussaint writes mystery, suspense, and dystopian fiction. Her work won the Silver Falchion Award for best mystery, the Readers’ Choice Award, and the EPIC Award. She’s published seventeen novels as well as several short stories and novellas. The next book in her paranormal mystery series, Dadgummit, releases August 2017. Maggie serves on the national board for Mystery Writers of America, is President of Southeast Mystery Writers of America, and is Co-VP of Low Country Sisters In Crime. Visit her at

Where are you from?
I grew up in a small fishing village on the Georgia coastline. My father was a shrimpfisherman, and many of his sisters and their families lived within walking distance. I grew up wild under southern skies, tamed by tides and times and education. As an adult, there’s still a longing to have that kind of freedom again.

Tell us your latest news?
My latest book, Dadgummit, is out TODAY! This is the newest entry in my Dreamwalker Mystery Series featuring amateur sleuth and psychic Baxley Powell. In this book, Baxley and her family go on vacation to the Georgia Mountains. She’s drawn into a case when a young man dies of no apparent reason. The reason becomes clear, thanks to Baxley. An energy vampire is draining young adults of their energy, and not just a little. These encounters are fatal. Baxley can block the energy thief’s attack, but everyone else is at risk. That’s not all. There are others in the mountains, creatures relegated to myth and legend, only they turn out to be real as real can be. They’re especially interested in the powerful dreamwalker and kidnap her to demand a favor.

When and why did you begin writing?
The effort to write books began a little over 25 years ago, but there was a steep learning curve and not much time to write. I kept at it, little by little and about seven years later I had not one but two book contracts in hand. One was for a romantic suspense and the other was for a cozy mystery. I was thrilled and concerned. I always figured I’d know what kind of writer I was by what sold. Contracting in two genres made my life very interesting.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
It wasn’t when I wrote my first book, or even my fifth book because the truth is anyone can sit down and crank out a book. That kind of writing is for your own pleasure. But to write something that someone else thinks is decent, that someone else wants to publish, is darn near awesome. I considered myself a writer when I got my first “No, but…” rejection letter. An editor took the time to tell me why the story was rejected and encouraged me to submit again with a little more story tweaking. Once I started getting those positive rejections I felt like I was a professional writer.

What inspired you to write your first book?
Both my first book (long buried, thank goodness) and my first published book were written because of a personal interest that fit with what the market was publishing. The first book, a loosely based historical based on my grandparents’ love story, allowed me to write about my fishing village, but I didn’t know much about good writing at that point, and as it turned out, I had a contemporary voice. I got it right with House of Lies, a story about a young urban professional who loved to birdwatch who becomes enmeshed in a CIA cover-up when she claims her estranged and recently deceased father’s house. I had another favorite setting, mid-Maryland, that I enjoyed writing about, a bird expert at my fingertips, and a lifelong fascination with spies. It worked for me, and I’m still thrilled that I broke out of the slush pile.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I write in my own way. I adapted to this writing style over time. In the beginning, my science training in the Scientific Method had me heavily outlining stories. That made for a straightforward write, but truthfully it was more fun to write the outline. I learned from that. Now, I write to certain story events and the writing experience is a knee-knocking, knuckle-biting wonder. Apparently that kind of writing lure is something my muse finds vastly entertaining, so for the most part, she cooperates. My muse also styles herself after those old commercials where an earthly woman with a garland in her hair stands up and says “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.” Anyway, I let her think she’s driving the novel and then I put my southern twist on it.

How did you come up with the title?
In a series, you’re somewhat bound by the limitations you set in the first title. I started the Dreamwalker Mystery series with Gone and Done It. The next book pretty much named itself, Bubba Done It. So then I thought I might be limited to titles that ended with done it, but along came Doggone It. Hmm. So any combination of gone, done, and it seemed to work. Dadgummit came about because my sleuth was supposed to be taking time off from sleuthing, but she ended up in the middle of a case anyway. The next two books are written and those titles all end with “it,” so that’s the prevailing title convention for this series.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My message in every book is that scary things exist in the world. Through facing our fears, we rise above them and battle the darkness with light and hope.

What would you like my readers to know?
I’m so glad to be hear at Deal Sharing Aunt today showcasing my new release on my Great Escapes Blog Tour for Dadgummit. If you’re new to my series, I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about the series or my sleuth, Baxley Powell.

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August 1 – deal sharing aunt – INTERVIEW
August 2 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT
August 2 – Island Confidential -GUEST POST
August 3 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
August 3 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
August 4 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
August 4 – T’s Stuff – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
August 5 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, GUEST POST
August 5 – StoreyBook Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST
August 6 – Cozy Up With Kathy – INTERVIEW
August 7 – Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT
August 9 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
August 9 – Varietats2010 – REVIEW
August 10 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
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  1. Thank you for featuring Dadgummit here on its release day. I enjoyed answering your interview questions and stand ready to answer addition questions your reader may have. Maggie Toussaint

  2. Make that additional questions. If anyone asks me math questions my eyes may glaze over, LOL!

  3. Dreamwalking seems like an interesting talent to have. I'm curious to see how Baxley uses it to solve mysteries.

    1. Hi Jana, Baxley has an array of extrasensory talents. They often lead her to flashes of something that happened in the past, which then helps her and the police know where to look for real world clues. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. I hope you'll give the series a try.

  4. I can't wait to read more about Baxley and her Dreamwalking talent. Sounds like an intriguing series.

  5. Hi Dianne! I hope you truly love the series!