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The Scent of Waikiki (Trouble in Paradise)
by Terry Ambrose


About the Book

The Scent of Waikiki (Trouble in Paradise)
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Satori (July 19, 2018)
Print Length: 330 pages
ASIN: B07CZ3B389

Honolulu landlord Wilson McKenna can smell a scam from across the room. So when one of his tenants loses everything in a work-at-home scam involving a new perfume, he’s shocked. With his wedding just weeks away, McKenna has to make a tough decision. Does he evict a woman who’s down on her luck? Or take time out from wedding planning to help his tenant?

Turning the case over to his PI-in-training friend Chance Logan seems like the perfect solution—until Chance tells McKenna he needs a wingman for a visit to fragrance entrepreneur Skye Pilkington-Winchester. McKenna’s sure he can keep everyone happy by helping Chance this one time. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems, and soon McKenna’s up to his board shorts in hot water. His tenant’s simple fragrance scam might involve industrial espionage, Skye’s assistant is murdered, and McKenna’s bride-to-be accuses him of having cold feet.

As McKenna and Chance dig deeper, it seems so much of what they’re being told doesn’t pass the sniff test. And the only way to get his life back is to find the dead girl’s missing boyfriend, unmask a killer, and finish up in time for the wedding. Other than that, it’s just another day in paradise.

Interview With the Author

What initially got you interested in writing?

Thank you for having me as your guest today. I started writing while going through a high-stress period at work thirty years ago. I realized I needed some sort of outlet for my growing frustration at the time, and so I turned to writing. I’d written when I was young, but had lost touch with it over the years. I’m so glad I rediscovered how much I enjoyed it.

What genres do you write in?

I write mysteries and have also written two thrillers. For years I slowly adapted my style and eventually realized I enjoyed writing cozies the most.

What drew you to writing these specific genres?

I’d been writing mainstream mysteries when I became involved in an anthology in which I was required to write a cozy mystery. What I discovered was how much I enjoyed the restrictions of the genre. I find having the restrictions of the cozy mystery frees me to “do more with less.”

How did you break into the field?

I’d been writing for nearly twenty years when I chose to self publish my first McKenna Mystery. So I guess you’d say it was less about breaking in than it was taking advantage of the opportunity Amazon created.

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

I want them to feel transported away from their daily routine or the stresses they’re feeling. My goal is to make my readers sit on the edge of their seats during those moments of high tension, cry with the characters, and laugh their butts off when something funny happens. If I accomplish all that, I feel I’ve given them what they deserve—an escape.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

The most rewarding thing about writing is when someone loves the book. I do read my reviews and I take them to heart. Caring about how others feel about my writing is why I’ve continually worked at getting better for all these years.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Keeping everything straight in the story can be a daunting challenge when you’re writing a series. I used to only do a cursory outline for each book and learned that I must have a very detailed timeline to avoid making mistakes.

What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

Write, write, write. Every single day. It’s the only way you’ll get better and the only way you’ll complete that book. If you find yourself saying you don’t have time or are too tired or busy, it could be you simply aren’t really that dedicated. Everyone has times in life when they are overwhelmed and have to put writing on the back burner. But if it becomes a regular thing, that’s when there’s a problem.

What type of books do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy cozy mysteries, historical mysteries, and…geek alert…writing books that are focused on the craft. I’m always on the lookout for better ways to do things. That includes improving my writing style as well as my workflow.

Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

In addition to writing, I’m also a bit of a photographer. I did a lot of photography when I was young, but dropped it for many years. Recently, I started up again and realized that photography and writing are, at least for me, linked. Photography helps me to become more observant, and that translates into a benefit for my writing.

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

Check out my website at terryambrose.com. There you can find out about my books, my photography, and what new recipes I’ve found. I also write a monthly scam tip, which is always posted to my website. You can also find me on Facebook at http://facebook.com/suspense.writer and can see some of my photos on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/troubleinparadiseinc/.

About the Author

Terry Ambrose is a former skip tracer who tracked down deadbeats for a living. He’s long since turned his talents to writing mysteries and thrillers. Several of his books have been award finalists and in 2014 his thriller, “Con Game,” won the San Diego Book Awards for Best Action-Thriller. He likes cool photography, funny mysteries, and finding the oddest things while walking on the beach.

Author Links:

Website: http://terryambrose.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/suspense.writer

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6447968.Terry_Ambrose

Purchase Link

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2 thoughts on “SUMMER OF MYSTERY – Scent of Waikiki

  1. Terry Ambrose

    Thanks for hosting me today! It was a pleasure being here!

  2. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for the interview with Terry Ambrose. Always love learning more about authors whose books I want to read. Love his statement about his books and ow he hopes it gets them to feeling and being an escape. I, too, love photography and it does make you stop and notice more and see the world through new eyes.

    I’d very much love the opportunity to read “The Scent of Waikiki” which is on my TBR list.

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