Trapped by Revenge by Colleen Helme – Guest Post + Giveaway


Trapped by Revenge by Colleen Helme
A Shelby Nichols Adventure
Volume 5
Cozy Mystery
Paperback: 192 pages

With summer over Shelby is looking forward to having some time to herself while the kids are back in school. A phone call from Uncle Joey ruins her plans, but she manages to take it in stride. After lunch with her friend, she promises to meet with the private investigator who was spying on Uncle Joey, but this simple task turns into a disaster. Not only does she find the P.I. dead, but a slip of paper with her name on it under his lifeless hand implicates her for his murder. Desperate to prove her innocence and find the person who killed him, Shelby begins a frantic search. She enlists the aid of the local mob boss, Uncle Joey, his hit-man, Ramos, and her police detective friend, Dimples, but soon finds that nothing can save her from becoming entangled in a sinister plot. With her life on the line and no way out, she finds herself trapped by revenge, and realizes it will take all her skills to escape. Now she must choose where her loyalties lie, and hope she doesn’t trade something bad, for something even worse.

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How Shelby Nichols Consulting Got Started
by Colleen Helme

Shelby Nichols is the main character in my Shelby Nichols Adventures and TRAPPED BY REVENGE is the fifth book in the series. In the first book, CARROTS, Shelby acquires mind-reading skills which lead her into a whole lot of trouble. By the end of the second book, Shelby decides to open her own agency. She decides to call it a consulting agency rather than a detective agency because it sounds less dangerous, and since she can read minds, she can do lots more than solve crimes. She can help people with other issues like relationship problems between spouses and children. She would know right off the bat if someone was lying and how they really felt. So between helping the police and the local crime boss, she begins the process of buying the domain name and setting up a website.

At this point, I thought it would be a hoot if there really was a website where Shelby could post about her life and her agency, so I bought the domain name and got it set up. It’s a fun way to have Shelby be part of the ‘real’ world. At first, I was thinking it could be more interactive where people could actually ask her questions that she could help them with, but I love how it’s turned into a blog that she writes.

It reminds me a little of the TV show Castle, and how the author, Richard Castle, actually has books out that he’s ‘written.’ I’ve read them all, and I have to admit, I’m a real fan of the show and so is Shelby! She’s always comparing herself to Kate Beckett, even though she’s a fictional character!

Most of the situations Shelby blogs about have actually come from my experiences, although I try to invent as many as possible. One of my favorite posts is about the time Shelby has foot surgery. That actually happened to me, and when the doctor told me the anesthesia they gave me was like a truth serum, I knew I had to post about it as Shelby. Shelby Nichols Consulting has been a fun part of the writing process, and I look forward to many more posts and comments this year!

Thanks for hosting me!

It’s my pleasure to host you today, Colleen! Thank you for stopping by. 🙂 Read on for more info about Colleen, and make sure to enter the giveaway below!

About the Author

colleen_helme_smallA long career as a wife and mother while juggling several part-time jobs gave Colleen the ambition to dream of being a published author, where she could put her imagination to good use. Now instead of making up stories to tell her children, she writes books they love to read. Hopefully you will too. She is the author of three romantic fantasy novels, Songbird, Flame of Destiny and The Relic. Her Shelby Nichols Adventures include Carrots, Fast Money, Lie or Die, Secrets That Kill, and Trapped by Revenge with more to come.

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  1. What a great idea! I love the Shelby Nichols website. The posts really do make Shelby sound like a real person.

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