Tracy Weber is a certified yoga teacher and the founder of Whole Life Yoga, an award-winning yoga studio in Seattle, where she currently lives with her husband and German Shepherd. Weber is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Dog Writers Association of America, and Sisters in Crime. She loves sharing her passion for yoga and animals in any form possible. Murder Strikes a Pose is Weber’s debut. I am very pleased to have Tracy here as a guest blogger today as she makes a stop n her tour for MURDER TRIKES A POSE with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and you will find a giveaway down below the review.
What Kind of Yoga Teacher Writes about Murder?
I’ve made my living teaching yoga for over thirteen years now, but anyone who knows me can attest that I am not a typical yoga teacher. I came to yoga with an injured body, and I can’t do any of the cool poses pictured on the cover of Yoga Journal. I don’t know the Sanskrit names for most of the poses. I cringe pretty much any time I hear something woo-woo. But I love yoga. It has transformed my life and sharing it with others brings me great joy.
Still, like I said, I’m not a typical yoga teacher.
So most of my students weren’t all that surprised to learn that I spend my spare time plotting murder and hiding books on poisons in the kitchen where my husband can “accidentally” find them. It all makes sense if you know my warped sense of humor. People who don’t know me are sometimes taken aback—even a little affronted—however. What kind of demented yoga teacher combines yoga—a practice designed to promote inner peace—with murder?
For those of you who are curious but too polite to ask, here are my top four reasons for combining my loves (yoga, dogs, and cozy mysteries):
My light-hearted mysteries allow me to share my love of yoga with people I may never meet.
Good fiction immerses the reader in a world they might otherwise never experience. I hope to show my readers that yoga is for everyone—especially people like Kate and me who are far from perfect.
Kate Davidson, my novel’s protagonist, is a yoga teacher. Kate and I have different physical issues, but neither one of us will ever appear on the cover of Yoga Journal. Kate has laughably tight hamstrings, chubby, cellulite-ridden thighs, and she drinks a bit more wine than she probably should.
Likewise, neither of us is likely to be in the running for Buddha’s successor. I have a warped sense of humor and tease people way more than they probably like. Kate has fiery temper and often lashes out impulsively, only to regret it later. Yet both of us believe in yoga and have dedicated our lives to sharing it with others. If Kate and I can love yoga, anyone can love yoga—even mystery fans who have never considered trying it. Maybe even some of you reading this blog article! 😉
People are murdered in my work, but death isn’t the only theme.
Solving crime definitely takes center stage in my books, but Murder Strikes a Pose is ultimately a love story. In fiction, as in real life, love isn’t always easy. Murder Strikes a Pose illustrates how love can damage us, if we let it. Throughout its pages, normally good people do extreme—some might say evil—acts to protect those they love. But beyond that, the story shows how love transforms us, when we are ready. Overall, it promises that love saves us.
If my books were movies, they’d be rated PG—at most.
In some ways my book is a tiny bit outside the cozy realm. The story takes place in a city (Seattle) and the plot takes place over several weeks. In other ways, it’s 100% cozy. Cozies are typically light-hearted, often funny (I think mine are!) and written to appeal to the faint of heart. Gore is minimized; killing takes place off screen; sex happens behind closed doors. My mother read Murder Strikes a Pose, and she still thinks I’m a nice girl.
Last but not least, I love it!
But if I’m honest, the real reason I write yoga mysteries is simple. I’m a huge mystery fan, my life-work is yoga, and I’m absolutely, embarrassingly, head-over-heels crazy about my German shepherd, Tasha. I write about a yoga teacher who solves murders with a wacky German shepherd sidekick. Writing about yoga, dogs, and murder. What could be more fun?
It’s still too soon to know how the yoga community will receive my series, or if my students will still appreciate my sense of humor by the time they get to “the end.” But for me, what matters most is the intention: Murder Strikes a Pose is a tribute to all I hold dear. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I’ve loved writing it.
Please let me know what you think!
Yoga instructor Kate Davidson tries to live up to yoga’s Zen-like expectations, but it’s not easy while struggling to keep her small business afloat or dodging her best friend’s matchmaking efforts.
When George, a homeless alcoholic, and his loud, horse-sized German shepherd, Bella, start hawking newspapers outside her studio, Kate attempts to convince them to leave. Instead, the three strike up an unlikely friendship.
Then Kate finds George’s dead body. The police dismiss it as a drug-related street crime, but Kate knows he was no drug dealer. Now she must solve George’s murder and find someone willing to adopt his intimidating companion before Bella is sent to the big dog park in the sky. With the murderer on her trail, Kate has to work fast or her next Corpse Pose may be for real.
I enjoyed the book, it was a pleasant read. But I knew whodunit. Though I didn’t know why. The main character, Kate, is a bit whiny and self involved but she does seem to grow a bit through the book so I expect more of her in the future. And she does show great loyalty to the victim and his dog, Bella. I loved Bella. Kate’s best friend Rene seems like a fun character but we don’t see enough of her, hopefully we will see more of her in future. I’m undecided on Michael, pet shop owner and romantic interest, because once again we don’t see enough of him for him to become a better developed character. Towards the end he does seem like a good match for Kate, one who will help her get over herself. There was a very funny line (there were quite a few actually), when the fact so little was really known about the victim, Kate just assumes she knows his character, “Maybe he was a vicious dictator or a serial killer… Heck, maybe he was even a Republican.” So while I would have picked a less predictable killer, this was an enjoyable first in a series that shows great potential and I will look forward to subsequent additions where the killer, hopefully, will not be as easy to guess. ♥♥♥♥
- Website: http://tracyweberauthor.com/
- Blog: http://www.wholelifeyoga.com/blog/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tracywe
- Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7148442.Tracy_Weber
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/TracyWeberTypes
GIVEAWAY: Tracy will be giving away an autographed copy of MURDER STRIKES A POSE. Just leave a comment below to qualify.
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32 thoughts on “MURDER STRIKES A POSE on tour and a giveaway”
I’m delighted to be here today on Rantin’ Ravin’ and Reading. Please feel free to post a comment or question about yoga, dogs, writing, me, or anything else that’s on your mind. Thanks for having me!
Cute premise for a book. I’ll put it on my TBR list.
Thanks, Pamela! I hope you read the book and LOVE it!
Definitely want to read this one! Thanks for the review & giveaway chane.
Lindar–I do hope you read it. Good luck on the giveaway!
Even though I am not into yoga (couldn’t bend if I had to actually) I love to read books about topics that I don’t do to learn something. I don’t quilt, yet I love the quilting cozy mysteries as well, so having another new author and series to follow is a great idea to me. Tracy, your interview was so adorable; we think alike on a few things and it just gave me a smile about your sense of humor which I feel it similar to mine in one respect. Would love to be the recipient of your book and if not….. I will order it soon. Thank you for the great interview and for the giveaway. I won’t hold my breath as I can’t do that either. 🙂
Cynthia, I think you and I might be soul mates. Honestly, I’m not very bendable either. The good news is, you don’t have to be bendable to do yoga. Seriously! Like you, I love reading cozies where I learn about something I haven’t tried before. Good luck with the giveaway!
Love a good mystery and looking forward to reading your book. Would love a chance to win one.
Carline, good luck on the giveaway. Please let me know what you think of the book if you try it!
Love yoga and mysteries. Thanks for the chance to win!
Good luck, Carol. Hope you try the book and love it!
I love any good dog book and a good murder mystery. To mix the 2 is priceless. Agatha Christie is my favorite author. I’ve been reading her books since I could read. Albert Payson Terhune is another favorite. As for newer books, Virginia Lanier & Susan Conant become favorites. Then I was lucky enough to add Sheila Boneham to the list due to a friend. There are a lot in between, but way to many to mention,but all good authors. Now, altho yoga has probably never entered my mind, thanks to Sheila, I get to add you to my collections. I’ve only just started, but have already recommended it to my sister and a friend. I have a feeling once this gets out and gets going, you be hounded (no pun intended hehe) for a second book, just like Susan and Sheila are. Good luck!!
Thank you, Kim. Susan Conant was the reason I started writing in the first place, and Sheila Boneham is one of my favorite authors. I sure hope the series takes off, as writing it is a passion and dream come true for me. The second book is already at he publishers, and the third is in my head. So I hope you stick with me through the series. I SO APPRECIATE your support.
Love the cover. As usual, our pets have to help.
Thanks, Barbara. I’m very fond of the cover, too. My husband hired the artist to make the banner for my web site, and my publisher liked that so much that they hired her to do the book. I can’t wait to see what they come up with for book 2. I hope you read the book and LOVE it!
I would love to read this book! It sounds great!
Thanks, Dawn, and good luck on the giveaway! I do hope you read the book and love it!
Your book sounds delightful! I love cozy mysteries with dogs in them and the yoga instructor amateur sleuth is unique.
Thanks, Nancy! yoga and dogs are both my passion. Yoga, dogs and murder…What could be more fun!
Wonderful mystery. thanks for this giveaway.
Good luck, Sharon!
I’m a lover of dogs and mysteries too. Combine the two and I’m in heaven!
I can’t think of a better combination, either. Susan Conant is my hero. I hope you read and love the book!
I love the cover of this book! This book is the exact opposite of me. I am very disabled and cannot wear shoes let alone do yoga. Physical Therapy is in my future. I am a cat person and look forward to seeing if I will also become a dog person. I love mysteries. I love a convoluted story. Tracy is a fun person and I was lucky enough to meet her on Facebook. Even though I’ve already bought my book, I have many friends who would love an autographed book and some who not be able to afford it.
Thanks for all of your support, Betty. And good luck with the giveaway!
This mystery sounds lovely. I really enjoy the cover! Thanks so much for sharing this book and info. 🙂
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Thanks! I love the cover as well, though I can’t take any credit for it….
Looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the giveaway! Fingers crossed. 🙂
Good luck, Stacie!
Yoga, dogs, and Seattle. How cool.
My favorite combination. I hope you give the series a try, Kaye!
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