Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass by Heather Day Gilbert – Fast Five + Giveaway

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Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass by Heather Day Gilbert
An Exotic Pet-Sitter Mystery Book 1

When exotic pet-sitter Belinda Blake moves into a carriage house in tony Greenwich, Connecticut, she’s hoping to find some new clients. Instead she discovers a corpse in the garden—and a knack for solving murders . . .

Pet-sitter Belinda Blake doesn’t rattle easily, but move-in day has been eventful, to say the least. The python in her care tried to slither to freedom—just as she met Stone Carrington V, her landlords’ disarmingly handsome son. With the constrictor back in its cage, she heads out to the garden, only to discover a designer shoe poking out of the boxwood hedge—attached to a woman’s dead body.

The victim, Margo Fenton, was a Carrington family friend, and no one in their circle seems above suspicion. Between client trips to Manhattan and visits to her family in upstate New York, Belinda begins to put the pieces together. But though she’s falling for Stone’s numerous charms, Belinda wonders if she’s cozying up to a killer. And soon, daily contact with a deadly reptile might be the least dangerous part of her life . . .

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Fast Five with Heather Day Gilbert

Hi, Heather! Thank you so much for stopping by Brooke Blogs today! I am excited to chat with you and hear your answers to my Fast Five Interview Questions. Congratulations on your newest release, Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass!

1) What does a typical day look like for you? Do you write every day?

I do TRY to write every day, when my youngest is in K4, but it doesn’t always work out (especially since I also have a senior graduating this year!). When I’m on a book deadline, I might write for five or six hours straight, from early morning through the afternoon. Let’s just say my brain is totally fried by the time I have to come up with supper (a creative endeavor, really), and quite often you’ll find us eating tacos a couple of times a week…

2) If you could spend time with one of your characters, who would you choose and what would you do together?

In my Belinda Blake series, I’d have to say I’d want to spend time with farmer Jonas Hawthorne. He’s a Renaissance man—into classics and reading while he also runs a dairy farm in Upstate New York. I won’t elaborate more, because there is another guy in this series who’s also pretty sweet…

3) What kind of exotic pet would you like to own?

Oh, wow. So far, I’ve researched ball pythons, wolves, and homing pigeons for the first three books in this series. Out of those choices, I’d definitely want a wolf, or maybe a wolf-dog, but since I discovered they really aren’t don’t make the best pets, I’d settle for owning a wolf preserve…

4) What type of research did you do for Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass?

I did a lot of online research about ball pythons, including watching YouTube videos of ball python owners. I started writing the book as a snake-hater, and by the time I finished writing it, I understood more why some people would want ball pythons as pets. I also researched several methods of death, as I do with all my mysteries. Let’s just say, I’m PRETTY sure Homeland Security watches the Google searches of mystery authors quite closely.

Finally, I researched the locations/houses of the areas I wrote about. I’ve lived in all three places in the book (Manhattan, NYC; Greenwich, Connecticut; and Upstate New York), but I wanted to make sure I was up to date as to shops in Greenwich and NYC, etc.

5) What are you currently reading?

Great question, especially since Belinda Blake and Jonas Hawthorne are involved in a book club in the Exotic Pet-Sitter series. I’m reading several advanced copies of books by my author friends (All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner, Flight of the Raven by Morgan Busse, and Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes), as well as a cozy mystery I’m going to be giving away in my Facebook launch party here on July first. It’s Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower, who was an endorser for Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it!

Thank you again for stopping by to visit Brooke Blogs! Best of luck with your upcoming releases!

Thank you!

About the Author

Heather Day Gilbert, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, writes contemporary mysteries and Viking historicals. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren’t afraid to protect those they love. Like Belinda Blake, Heather plays video games, although so far she hasn’t done any exotic pet-sitting or hunted any murderers. Find out more on

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