GRAND OPENINGS 
CAN BE MURDER
Bean to Bar Mysteries Book 1
by
AMBER ROYER
Categories: Cozy Mystery / Woman Sleuth / Romance
Publisher: Golden Tip Press
Date of Publication: February 2, 2021
Number of Pages: 266 pages

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Felicity Koerber has had a rough year. She's moving back to Galveston Island and opening a bean to bar chocolate factory, fulfilling a dream she and her late husband, Kevin, had shared. Craft chocolate means a chance to travel the world, meeting with farmers and bringing back beans she can turn into little blocks of happiness, right close to home and family. She thinks trouble has walked into her carefully re-built world when puddle-jump pilot Logan Hanlon shows up at her grand opening to order custom chocolates. Then one of her employees drops dead at the party, and Felicity's one-who-got-away ex-boyfriend - who's now a cop - thinks Felicity is a suspect. 

As the murder victim's life becomes more and more of a mystery, Felicity realizes that if she's going to clear her name in time to save her business, she might need Logan's help. Though she's not sure if she's ready to let anyone into her life - even if it is to protect her from being the killer's next victim. For Felicity, Galveston is all about history, and a love-hate relationship with the ocean, which keeps threatening to deliver another hurricane - right into the middle of her investigation. Can she figure it out before all the clues get washed away? FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

PRAISE FOR GRAND OPENINGS CAN BE MURDER:

"With as many unpredictable twists and turns as the hurricane approaching Galveston, Grand Openings Can Be Murder is an intriguing cozy mystery set in a new chocolate shop along the island’s historic Strand. Readers will love learning about the bean-to-bar chocolate-making process while the store’s owner, Felicity, pursues truth, justice, and the perfect chocolate bar."
-- Diane Kelly, Award-winning author of the Death & Taxes, Paw Enforcement, House Flipper, and Busted mystery series.

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Grand Openings Can Be Murder is set on Galveston Island.  There’s a bit of wish fulfillment in this, as I currently live in land-locked Dallas.  I grew up in Southeast Texas, and Galveston was just a ferry ride away.  I can remember going across to the island more than once just to do lunch at one of the many seafood restaurants.  But this proximity instilled in me a life-long love of the ocean and all things in it.  Here are some other places I’ve experienced the water.

1—When we visited Tokyo, we took the Himiko water bus (the boat was designed by a guy who also draws anime) which dead ended at the beach at Odaiba.  Amused locals told us about landmarks we passed along the way – including the bridges and the fish market.

2—Here’s me snorkeling off the Pacific Coast of Mexico.  So much ocean life on that trip.  When we were riding in the boat back past this spot a couple of hours later, we saw the fin of a large shark.  Glad I got to see it – from the boat.

3—I love East Coast beaches and Botany Bay in South Carolina is one of the coolest ones I’ve been to.  It is illegal to take shells from the beach (and they monitor this) so there are huge shells everywhere – and people have arranged some of them into photo ops.

4—This little hermit crab was one of many we saw on a cruise ship stop in Labadee, Haiti.  That was one cruise where we were extra happy for a land excursion – we had basically been following a hurricane for most of the trip, and it was windy and rocky the whole way.  Which gave me a whole new level of respect for the power of the ocean.

5—The ocean and the mountains are so close together on Maui that I got both of them in one shot.  The first snorkeling my husband and I ever did together was at Black Rock, one of the premier dive spots in the world.   

6—We once took a road trip from Texas to California, stopping in at the Grand Canyon along the way.  Much of this takes you Route 66 – which dead-ends into the Santa Monica Pier.  To get to the end of the route, you have to go out onto the pier.



Amber Royer writes the CHOCOVERSE comic telenovela-style foodie-inspired space opera series, and the BEAN TO BAR MYSTERIES. She is also the author of STORY LIKE A JOURNALIST: A WORKBOOK FOR NOVELISTS, which boils down her writing knowledge into an actionable plan involving over 100 worksheets to build a comprehensive story plan for your novel. She blogs about creative writing technique and all things chocolate at www.amberroyer.com. She also teaches creative writing for both UT Arlington Continuing Education and Writing Workshops Dallas. If you are very nice to her, she might make you cupcakes.
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