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Nearly Departed In Deadwood by Anne Charles

Ann Charles, along with Terri Giuliano Long and Rachel Thompson have teamed up to bring you one HECK of a great summer deal to beat the DOG DAYS OF SUMMER!!  

TODAY I am featuring ANN CHARLES in my DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Series here at Cabin Goddess!

Purple cowboy boots, a chicken named Elvis and pyrotechnic ghosts at a price of 99¢ to make your weekend better!

Nearly Departed In Deadwood by Anne Charles

Nearly Departed In Deadwood by Anne Charles*picking chicken feathers from my hair* OK I just got back from vacation and it seems that summer is ending here in Alaska already. A couple days ago it was 29F when I woke up. The Fireweed has blown their tops and currently I smell that comforting scent of a wood stove being used …Yep Fall has arrived and WINTER IS COMING!! (Sorry had to go there). But y’all still have days left to lounge on your deck, or on the beach and what better way to do it then with THREE books by THREE fabulous ladies all for under THREE BUCKS! YEP that is 99¢ EACH!

I am featuring one a day all weekend on the blog, and today we start the Dog Days of Summer Sale off with a bang on The Indie Exchanges Blog Talk Radio SHOW SPECIAL  at 2 PM EDT! THIS IS ONE HECK  of a selection of books and the ladies? hese kick ass authors??? Well… it is like CHARLIES ANGELS on Literary CRACK!!

Nearly Departed In Deadwood by Anne CharlesOh dear another tangent.. typical right? *pushing my sunglasses back up my nose and taking a sip of “soda” from my Big Gulp cup* Lets focus on today’s author, Ann Charles. Some of you know I am one of her biggest fangirls! But I will TRY to reign it in and focus on this ONE particular book from her crazy ass brain! *swallowing a HUGE spoonful of Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream to get in the mood*  I Love Ann, I adore her, I love that she will drink wine out of a Big Gulp cup… occasionally … in the bath tub! Or that she… Or I heard rumors.. ANYWAY… DID YOU HEAR? She was a JEOPARDY QUESTION!

Nearly Departed In Deadwood by Anne Charles

I know many of you have heard me go “THIS IS THE BEST.. blah blah blah, I SWEAR.. OMG.. BLAH BLAH BLAH” right? I know I tend to OVER dramatize things, but I really mean it AND I really want you guys to pay attention to me this time! I choose Ann today not just because I am a fangirl, but the book starts off with a BANG, literally…

“The first time I came to Deadwood, I got shot in the ass.”–Violet Parker

And Ann has a talent to not only start off running loud and proud, but she ends just the same. Check out what some of her reviewers are saying about Nearly Departed in Deadwood

“Full of thrills and chills, a fun rollercoaster ride of a book!” ~Susan Andersen, New York Times Bestselling author of Burning Up

“Ann Charles has written an intriguing mystery laced with a wicked sense of humor.  Watch out Stephanie Plum, because Violet Parker is coming your way.” ~Deborah Schneider, RWA Librarian of the Year 2009 & author of Beneath a Silver Moon

“Nearly Departed In Deadwood was a contemporary mystery romance with a touch of paranormal that kept me enthralled with goosebump-creepiness and belly aching laughter.” ~Escape Between the Pages Book Reviews

“It’s no wonder Ann won an award for this story. Her storytelling capabilities are tremendous.” ~ParaYourNormal Book Reviews

“Ann Charles weaves a fun romp of humor, romance, mystery, and the occult. The pages are brimming with eccentric small town characters.” ~Angela Spencer, Reviewer for Rise Reviews


Ann Charles has the “touch” when it comes to delivering the perfect blend of snarky realistic humor and fun. I fell in love with Violet and her twin 10 year-olds Layne and Addie with this first book in the series (well Addy and Layne if Addie has anything to say since she is 10 minutes older than Layne). I had picked it up on a lark when it was first released and ended up reading it instead of working on my classwork. But believe me, it was well worth getting up at early to finish my schoolwork just to have those incredible moments where I laughed out loud again and again.  How can you resist a story with a little girl who liberates chickens and names them Elvis!

Violet is at the top of my list as favorite female protagonists. Most lead female characters in today’s genre fiction tend to be beautiful blonds with the prefect bodies and Kenjutsu form that look mighty fine with their rippled muscular bodies from the hours of Tai Chi with some ancient monk up in their secret mountain hideout. It is nice, occasionally and though I do read those books I tend not to admit to doing so.

With Violet, you get a real woman struggling to support her children despite dealing with ghosts, misogynistic co-workers, crazy sex-addicted senior citizens, pet chickens and children who like to dig up bones in the back yard. Her boobs are sagging a bit, she still carries around her baby fat and her hair maybe blond, but it certainly doesn’t lay perfect and is constantly looking like Elvis (the chicken) helped style it!

“After all the time I’d put in fantasizing about Doc’s body, just the sight of his naked bits and pieces would glaze my pastry.” (pastry, naked bits.. ya I so love Violet!)

“This couldn’t be the end for Violet Lynn Parker. Not so soon. Not before I got to ride roller coasters with my kids, swim naked in the Caribbean, have sex on the top of Mount Rushmore, run with scissors.” (I just added “run with scissors in purple cowboy boots with chicken feathers in my hair” on my bucket list)

“I’d sooner get a bikini wax with a candle and tweezers.” ( I am pretty sure my friend Erica Luke Dean would be able to relate to this!)

The pace is fast, the dialogue is witty (as you can see from above), smooth and natural. I can totally buy it all! Ask my friends, heck read my blog, HECK if you are reading this post you will KNOW I have conversations like Violet has (both internally and out loud) ALL the time!

For the true mystery aficionados this will keep you guessing and trust me, at the end will have you going “WHAT! OH no SHE DI’N”T!??” and your cat will be under your bed for the next two hours due to your primal yell of frustration. Heck, even the most despicable characters in the novel are so compelling you love to hate them! (Though in the end she gives us a special kind of justice for the BAD GUYS and if you keep reading the series one asshat will be getting his comeuppance to the ‘nth degree..*wagging finger* nuh uh uh!  Spoilers, Sweetie!)

The first in a series of three so far (yes she best be working on the fourth (giving the hairy eyeball in Ann’s general direction). Nearly  Departed has already won several awards, reaching #1 many times over on Amazon lists, and truly one book every mystery lover MUST own! GO TEAM VIOLET! Ann Charles rocks!!  And in honor of her today, I think I’ll pull on my own purple cowboy boots, grab my ice cream and take on life with a smile and a spoonful of fun!

Nearly Departed In Deadwood by Anne Charles

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Nearly Departed In Deadwood by Anne CharlesNearly Departed in Deadwood (Deadwood Mystery #1)

by Ann Charles (Goodreads Author), C.S. Kunkle (Illustrator)
Little girls are vanishing from Deadwood, South Dakota. Fearing her daughter might be next, single mom, Violet Parker, is desperate to find the monster behind the abductions. With her savings dwindling and just three weeks left to sell her first house or lose her Realtor job, Violet is ecstatic when a handsome jeweler hires her to sell his century-old, Victorian masterpiece; until she sees the dilapidated dwelling. Now, if she could just convince her only buyer to stop rejecting vintage homes as if they’re haunted. Short on time and long on worry, she refuses to give up her dream of a fresh start in Deadwood. But with a malicious coworker trying to get her fired, a secret admirer sending her creepy messages, and a sexy stranger hiding skeletons in his closet, will Violet end up as one of Deadwood’s dearly departed?

NEARLY DEPARTED IN DEADWOOD, the Top-Rated #1 Kindle Bestseller in BOTH Women Sleuth and Ghost genres!WINNER of the 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense

WINNER of the 2011 Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart Award for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

Nearly Departed In Deadwood by Anne Charles
Nearly Departed In Deadwood by Anne Charles


  1. Kriss, thank you so much!! I must lavish you with Team Violet love and swag. 😉

    • WOOHOOO I would love any and all swag from you.. oh Keeper of the Violet ribbon in the Rainbow of Words!

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