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The Gentle Ghost of Santa Fe NM - Julia Staab - La Posada

Flash Briefing – New Mexico Ghost Stories: La Posada

Join host Kari Bovee, award-winning author of historical fiction as she shares stories of strong women of history combined with mysteries of the past.

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Welcome back to the continuation of Ghost Stories of New Mexico on Where History Meets Mystery. I hope you enjoyed last week’s ghost stories of La Llarona and the spirits who haunt the St. James Hotel in Cimarron.

 

Today we continue with the story of Julia Schuster Staab, the Gentle Ghost of Santa Fe, who also haunts one of the state’s iconic historic hotels, the La Posada, once called the Staab House.

 

In the 1920’s a fire burned through the Staab house, destroying the third floor. When the house was rebuilt as a stuccoed, Pueblo-style hotel, the builders simply built around the remains of the mansion and then added charming casitas across the 7-acre plot as additional guest rooms.

 

Although she died in 1896, Julia’s ghostly presence had not been reported until the 1970’s. A janitor at the hotel stated that he saw a translucent, dark-eyed woman in a white Victorian gown, with white, upswept hair standing near the fireplace. From that moment on, more sightings of the same woman were reported. Staff and guests alike saw her wandering the hallways, lounging in a chair in the downstairs sitting room or standing near the fireplace.

 

The excerpt below is from the book American Ghost by Hannah Nordhaus, great-great granddaughter to Julia Staab. The book is an enthralling read and I highly recommend it.

 

“Strange things began to happen in the hotel. Gas fireplaces turned off and on repeatedly, though nobody was flipping the switch. Chandeliers swayed and revolved. Vases of flowers moved to new locations. Glasses tumbled from shelves in the bar. A waitress, not known for her clumsiness, began dropping trays and explained that she felt as if someone were pushing them from underneath. Guests heard dancing footsteps on the third story, where the ballroom had once been—though the third floor had burned years earlier. A woman’s voice, distant and foreign sounding, called the switchboard over and over. ‘Hallo?’ ‘Hallo?’ ‘Hallo?’”

 

Come back tomorrow to hear more about Julia’s haunted room—and my experience while staying at the La Posada Hotel in Santa Fe.

 

Do you ever listen to audiobooks? I am happy to let you know that Girl with a Gun, the first book in my Annie Oakley Mystery Series is now available on audio! It is narrated by the incredibly talented Susanna Burney, and she’ll make you feel like you are listening to Annie herself! You can find the book on Audible. Or, if you’d like a free promo code in return for an honest review please let me know via my contact page at www.Karibovee.com.

The Annie Oakley Mystery Series BlogTour

Spotlight Tour of the Annie Oakley Mystery Series

I am please to announce that the Annie Oakley Mystery Series is GOING ON TOUR! 🎸🤘🏼🤘🏼

The Annie Oakley Mystery Series BlogTour

Ok, so it’s NOT a Rock ‘n Roll tour… it’s a Spotlight tour! It’s hosed by iReads and it’s going to be awesome!

The tour has 15 stops at really outstanding and unique blogs. The blogger will highlight the series and offer their impression as well as an EXCLUSIVE #bookish CONTEST!

Tour Schedule:

June 22Working Mommy Journal – series spotlight / giveaway

June 23History from a Woman’s Perspective – series spotlight / giveaway

June 23Two Gals and a Book – series spotlight / giveaway

June 24The Irresponsible Reader – series spotlight / giveaway

June 25Pen Possessed – series spotlight / giveaway

June 26T’s Stuff – series spotlight / giveaway

June 29Celticlady’s Reviews – series spotlight / giveaway

June 30Jazzy Book Reviews – series spotlight / giveaway

July 1 Pick a good bookseries spotlight / giveaway

July 2Locks, Hooks and Books – series spotlight / giveaway

July 6She Just Loves Books – series spotlight / giveaway

July 7Lizofwords – series spotlight / giveaway

July 8Library of Clean Reads – series spotlight / giveaway

July 9Laura’s Interests – series spotlight / giveaway

July 10100 Pages A Day – series spotlight / giveaway

When the tour starts, you’ll be able to enter the contest through the form below! Feel free to share on social media! See ya there! 🤘🏼

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Helena Modjeska - Empowered Women in History - Historical Fiction Author Kari Bovee

Flash Briefing: Helena Modjeska

Join host Kari Bovee, award-winning author of historical fiction as she shares stories of strong women of history combined with mysteries of the past.

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 The Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago was filled with attractions from around the Helena Modjeska - Empowered Women in History - Historical Fiction Author Kari Bovee world. Great Britain was represented with a model of its latest warship, the Victoria. Japan hosted an outdoor exhibit of its unique Buddhist temple, and Egypt’s “Streets of Cairo” featured beautiful belly dancers. Fairgoers could walk through a Moorish palace, a German Village, and pavilions from Canada, Norway and Russia to name just a fe

One of the most interesting aspects of the fair was the celebration of women, thanks largely to the efforts of Bertha Honoré Palmer and the Board of Lady Managers. These women were dedicated to making the woman’s voice, and the woman’s cause, heard. Female artists, dancers, actresses, and suffragettes, were invited to show their talents, or speak their truths to the hordes of visitors who attended the fair. One such honored guest was the Polish Shakespearean actress, Helena Modjeska.

Born in Kraków, Poland in 1840, many of the aspects of Helena’s parentage and early life are ambiguous. Also uncertain in Helena’s history were the details concerning her first marriage, to her former guardian, actor and director, Gustave Sinnmayer—even to Helena. Years later, she discovered the marriage was null and void as he was still married to his first wife.

In 1861 Helena made her stage debut and for twelve years she graced the stage of theaters in Krakow and Warsaw, establishing herself as a consummate Shakespearean star. During that time, she left Gustav and in 1868 she married a Polish nobleman, Karol Bozenta  Helena Modjeska - Empowered Women in History - Historical Fiction Author Kari BoveeChlapowski who was employed as the editor of a liberal nationalist newspaper. Helena later wrote that their home became the center of the artistic and literary world of Kraków. Poets, authors, artists, actors and politicians clamored to frequent the couple’s salon.

In 1876, Helena and her husband emigrated to America to, in her words, “settle down somewhere in the land of freedom, away from the daily vexations to which each Pole was exposed in Russian or Prussian Poland.” 

Despite the fact she could barely speak English, Helena was discovered by theatrical agent Harry J. Sargent who signed her for a tour on the east coast where she made her New York debut. She then spent three years abroad, mainly in London, attempting to improve her English, before returning to the stage in America where she achieved great success as a Shakespearean actress.

In 1893 Helena was invited by the Board of Lady Managers to speak to a women’s conference at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Her topic was the plight of women under Russian and Prussian ruled Poland. The talk resulted in a Tsarist ban on her traveling in Russian territory.

My novel, Folly at the Fair, the third installment in the Annie Oakley Mystery series, takes place at the Columbian Exposition of 1893, where Annie Oakley herself was one of the empowered women celebrated at the Fair. In celebration of the book’s recent release I am giving away three signed copies. To enter simply go to http://karibovee.com/raffle/

 

 

 

9 Historical Novels set in Old Hollywood

9 Novels Set in Old Hollywood

Novels set in Old Hollywood are some of my favorites. The Golden Age of Tinseltown evokes sparkling images of  glamour, intrigue and deception.

Old Hollywood saw the development of the movie industry with important movie milestones, the production of famous, popular movies and the studio system that created movie icons in the glamorous actors and actresses who starred in the films. ~ American-Historama.org

The Golden Age is the perfect setting for a glitzy historical fiction novel; giving birth to complex characters influenced by fame – or the search for it.

Here are a few of my all-time favorite novels set in Old Hollywood.

A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker comes a blockbuster novel setthat takes you behind the scenes of the filming of Gone with the Wind, while turning the spotlight on the passionate romance between its dashing leading man, Clark Gable, and the blithe, free-spirited actress Carole Lombard.

All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani

Adriana Trigiani, the New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker’s Wife, returns with her biggest and boldest novel yet, a hypnotic tale based on a true story and filled with her signature elements: family ties, artistry, romance, and adventure. Born in the golden age of Hollywood, All the Stars in the Heavens captures the luster, drama, power, and secrets that could only thrive in the studio system—viewed through the lives of an unforgettable cast of players creating magic on the screen and behind the scenes.

The Garden on Sunset: A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?

Right before talking pictures slug Tinsel Town in the jaw, a luminous silent screen star converts her private estate into the Garden of Allah Hotel. The lush grounds soon become a haven for Hollywood hopefuls to meet, drink, and revel through the night. George Cukor is in the pool, Tallulah Bankhead is at the bar, and Scott Fitzgerald is sneaking off to a bungalow with Sheilah Graham while Madame Alla Nazimova keeps watch behind her lace curtains.

Starstruck by Rachel Shukert

“Wit, pluck, darkness, pitch perfect period details, juicy twists, and big heart. This book is one to savor.”–Anna Godbersen, New York Times bestselling author of the Luxe and Bright Young Things series

Set in Old Hollywood, Starstruck follows the lives of three teen girls as they live, love, and claw their way to the top in a world where being a star is all that matters.

Marlene by C.W. Gortner

A lush, dramatic biographical novel of one of the most glamorous and alluring legends of Hollywood’s golden age, Marlene Dietrich—from the gender-bending cabarets of Weimar Berlin to the lush film studios of Hollywood, a sweeping story of passion, glamour, ambition, art, and war from the author of Mademoiselle Chanel.

Grace in the Wings by Kari Bovee

“This roaringly good novel is a loving homage to an era, a captivating story of painful growth, and a twisted mystery that will leave you wanting an encore.” – Self-Publishing Review

Grace Michelle has everything she wants: a home, a family, and a future career as a costume designer for famed showman. Pretty good for a girl who once lived on the streets. But when her sister, Sophia, the star of the show, is murdered, Grace’s safe and protected life is shattered.

Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner

In this novel from the acclaimed author of A Bridge Across the Ocean and The Last Year of the War, two women working in Hollywood during its Golden Age discover the joy and heartbreak of true friendship.

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator’s Wife, a “rich exploration of two Hollywood friends who shaped the movies” (USA Today)—screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford

“Full of Old Hollywood glamour and true details about the pair’s historic careers . . . a captivating ode to a legendary bond.”—Real Simple

American Blond by Jennifer Niven

A fearless and spirited pilot conquers Hollywood. Now can she survive movie stardom?

In 1945 Velva Jean Hart is a bona fide war heroine. After a newsreel film of her triumphant return to America, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer promises to make her a star. They give her a new life story and a brand-new name. As “Kit Rogers”, she navigates the movie sets, recording sessions, parties, staged romances, and occasional backstabbing that accompany her newfound fame. She also navigates real-life romance, finding herself caught between a charismatic young writer and a sexy and enigmatic musician from her past. But when one of her best friends dies mysteriously and the most powerful studio in the world launches a cover-up, Velva Jean goes in search of the truth – risking her own life, as well as her heart, in the process.

Set during Hollywood’s Golden Age and peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters, American Blonde will mesmerize fans of The Chaperone as well as fans of the Velva Jean series.

 

Which are your favorite novels set in Old Hollywood?

9 Historical Novels Set in Old HOllywood

Historical Fiction Books - Kari Bovée Historical Mystery books featuring amateur female sleuths

7 Historical Mysteries Featuring
Amateur Female Sleuths

I love an amateur female sleuth. Both reading and writing them!

As a historical mystery author, I like to travel back into time and imagine what it must have been like to live in different time periods in history. What were the obstacles? Was life really simpler? What went on in the minds of the many empowered women who so inspire me today? I like to take those characters and put them in a situation they probably never had to deal with—like a murder or crime—and try to figure out how they would have written the story by their words and actions. This process has led to the birth of Grace Michelle, amateur female sleuth of the 1920’s (see Grace in the Wings below).

As a reader, the process works in reverse — and is equally enjoyable. Here are a few of my favorite historical mystery books featuring amateur female sleuths!

Grace in the Wings

In this new historical mystery series, award-winning author Kari Bovee introduces readers to a charming new amateur female sleuth–Grace Michelle.

New York City, 1920. Grace Michelle has everything she wants: a home, a family, and a future career as a costume designer for famed showman Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.’s Ziegfeld Follies. Pretty good for a girl who once lived on the streets of New York City. But when her sister, Sophia, the star of the show, is murdered, Grace’s safe and protected life is shattered.

 

Bellfield Hall, Or, The Observations of Miss Dido Kent

1805. An engagement party is taking place for Mr Richard Montague, son of wealthy landowner Sir Edgar Montague, and his fiancee Catherine. During a dance with his beloved, a strange thing happens: a man appears at Richard’s shoulder and appears to communicate something to him without saying a word. Instantly breaking off the engagement, he rushes off to speak to his father, never to be seen again. Distraught with worry, Catherine sends for her spinster aunt, Miss Dido Kent, who has a penchant for solving mysteries. Catherine pleads with her to find her fiance and to discover the truth behind his disappearance. It’s going to take a lot of logical thinking to untangle the complex threads of this multi-layered mystery, and Miss Dido Kent is just the woman to do it.

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Crocodile on the Sandbank

Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her debut Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. On her way to Cairo, Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been abandoned by her scoundrel lover. Together the two women sail up the Nile to an archeological site run by the Emerson brothers-the irascible but dashing Radcliffe and the amiable Walter. Soon their little party is increased by one-one mummy that is, and a singularly lively example of the species.

Strange visitations, suspicious accidents, and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn. Now Amelia finds herself up against an unknown enemy-and perilous forces that threaten to make her first Egyptian trip also her last . . .

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The Mangle Street Murders

March Middleton has moved to Gower Street to live with her curmudgeonly guardian, Sidney Grice, London’s most famous personal detective. She is intelligent, witty, and talkative. He thinks young women should be seen and not heard. But he grudgingly allows her to join his latest murder case: A young woman is dead and her loving husband is the only suspect.
Their investigations lead the pair to the darkest alleys of the East End: Every twist leads Sidney Grice to think the husband guilty, but March is convinced that he is innocent. And as the case threatens to foment civil unrest, Sidney Grice finds his reputation is not the only thing in mortal danger . . .

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And Only to Deceive

For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the Viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily’s dashing husband died on safari soon after their wedding, she felt little grief. After all, she barely knew him. Now, nearly two years later, she discovers that Philip was a far different man from the one she had married so cavalierly. His journals reveal him to have been a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who, to her surprise, was deeply in love with his wife. Emily becomes fascinated with this new image of her dead husband and she immerses herself in all things ancient and begins to study Greek.

Emily’s intellectual pursuits and her desire to learn more about Philip take her to the quiet corridors of the British Museum, one of her husband’s favorite places. There, amid priceless ancient statues, she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret involving stolen artifacts from the Greco-Roman galleries. And to complicate matters, she’s juggling two very prominent and wealthy suitors, one of whose intentions may go beyond the marrying kind. As she sets out to solve the crime, her search leads to more surprises about Philip and causes her to question the role in Victorian society to which she, as a woman, is relegated.

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Absolution by Murder

The King of Northumbria has requested the services of a wise counsel to decide the people’s religious future. Among the select priests, elders, and scholars from Ireland and Rome is Sister Fidelma of Kildare. Trained as an advocate of the courts, she was expecting to rule on issues of law. Instead she was plunged into unholy murder.

Dead was the Abbess Étain, a leading Celtic speaker, her throat slashed. With the counsel in an uproar and civil war threatening, the desperate king has turned to the sharp-witted Sister Fidelma for help. With the aide of her dear friend Brother Eadulf and her faith in the truth, she must act in haste before the killer strikes again.

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Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog

In a remote Russian province in the late nineteenth century, Bishop Mitrofanii must deal with a family crisis. After learning that one of his great aunt’s beloved and rare white bulldogs has been poisoned, the Orthodox bishop knows there is only one detective clever enough to investigate the murder: Sister Pelagia.

The bespectacled, freckled Pelagia is lively, curious, extraordinarily clumsy, and persistent. At the estate in question, she finds a whole host of suspects, any one of whom might have benefited if the old lady (who changes her will at whim) had expired of grief at the pooch’s demise. There’s Pyotr, the matron’s grandson, a nihilist with a grudge who has fallen for the maid; Stepan, the penniless caretaker, who has sacrificed his youth to the care of the estate; Miss Wrigley, a mysterious Englishwoman who has recently been named sole heiress to the fortune; Poggio, an opportunistic and freeloading “artistic” photographer; and, most intriguingly, Naina, the old lady’s granddaughter, a girl so beautiful she could drive any man to do almost anything.

As Pelagia bumbles and intuits her way to the heart of a mystery among people with faith only in greed and desire, she must bear in mind the words of Saint Paul: “Beware of dogs–and beware of evil-doers.”

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I’d like to keep this list current with new suggestions. Who are your favorite amateur female sleuths? Comment below. I’ll ad ’em to the list!

Girl with a Gun – An Annie Oakley Mystery

Fifteen-year-old Annie Oakley is the sole supporter of her widowed mother and two siblings. An expert markswoman and independent spirit, she hunts game to sell to the local mercantile to make ends meet instead of accepting a marriage proposal that could solve all her problems.

After a stunning performance in a shooting contest against the handsome and famous sharpshooter Frank Butler, Annie is offered a position in the renowned Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Finally, she has a chance to save the nearly foreclosed family farm and make her dreams come true. But then her Indian assistant is found dead in her tent, and Annie is dubious when the local coroner claims the death was due to natural causes. When another innocent is murdered, Annie begins to fear the deaths are related to her. And to make matters worse, her prized horse, Buck, a major part of her act, is stolen.

Annie soon discovers that the solution to her problems lies buried in a padlocked Civil War trunk belonging to the show’s manager, Derence LeFleur. And so, with the help of a sassy, blue-blooded reporter, Annie sets out to find her horse, solve the murders, and clear her name.

FOR FANS OF:
Jane and the Waterloo Map, Stephanie Barron, SoHo Crime, February 2016
Girl Waits with Gun, Amy Stewart, Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt, May 2016

Review of the Week: 1/16/20

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Rebecca says:

“This is a great prequel to Girl with a Gun about Annie Oakley, the first and-ads woman with a Gun in the west! And this is the first book I’ve read of Author Kari Bovee. I truly thought the emotions she brought about were realistic and gut-wrenching. I can understand how these horrific events could have made a victim Out of Annie, but instead, she weathered them, and went on to support herself and her family. I look forward to reading the next novel by Kari Bovee!”

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Historical Fiction Books Kari Bovee Indie Book Awards

Review of the Week: 1/8/2020

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Ian Says:

 

Grace in the Wings a historical mystery series - Historical Fiction Book by Kari Bovee

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Kristin Says:

Grace in the Wings a historical mystery series by Kari Bovee“I thoroughly enjoyed reading Grace in the Wings. The intriguing mystery behind Sofia’s death kept me turning the pages as well as the fantastic romance between Grace and Chet. I liked how the author used real-life characters such as Flo Ziegfeld and Fannie Brice. I didn’t know a lot about the roaring twenties before reading this book, but I’m looking forward to learning more. I’m also looking forward to reading more books by Kari Bovee. I hope she continues the series.”

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Review of the Week – 12/4/2019

Tiffany Says:

HIstorical Fiction Books sleuth award winning kari bovee

I was introduced to Kari Boveé and Girl With a Gun, with interest to produce the 3 book series for streaming networks. This wonderful world of historical murder mystery fiction has been transposed into a well written pilot screenplay to be developed as a mini-series.

There are no shortages of stories and the ways in which they can be told. When working through the lens of fiction the imagination has no limits. Sprinkle in historical persons of interest such as Annie Oakley and you have yourself an intriguing and informative read.

Kari Boveé has created a twist to the past by invoking the nostalgia that followed the Nancy Drew mystery books I grew up reading. Annie was the first American female superstar and I think it is time to revisit her rise to fame in a new and entertaining way. Bringing Annie to life in a fictional format has the power to engage a new audience that adds intrigue to dive further into the facts of her story.

As a reader, do not dive into this journey with the intent of striping away absolute documentary fact. Instead, cozy up on the couch with your hot cocoa and prepare to step back into the old west with some familiar characters as you work to discover “who done it?”

For those who adore the read and entertainment value of Girl With a Gun, you will be further entertained on screen once this creative work is put to motion picture.”

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Girl with a Gun (An Annie Oakley Mystery #1)