about the author
Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there’s nothing else she’d rather write about.
Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been optioned for film, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon best-sellers. She also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she teaches as an expert online at WRITE THAT BOOK.
What is your favorite activity or hobby not related to books?
A: My husband and I are learning to country swing dance. I used to line dance in high school, which I loved, so this feels a little bit like coming home.
B: That is so sweet!
Do you have a favorite bookish habit?
A: Mugs! I’m writing about a coffee shop/tea house, so I’ve been trying out all kinds of drink recipes and buying milk frothers and teapots and a French press. I actually just ordered some mugs with a quote from one of my books that says, “Coffee is like Sherlock Holmes. It solves everything.” You can win one in this giveaway too!
B: What fun! I could rock this one, “Literary Rebel: I read past my bedtime”
Describe A Cuppa Trouble in five words.
A: I asked my readers to help me out with this. Here’s what some of them said about A Cuppa Trouble:
Witty, fun, page-turning mystery.
Mystery populated with quirky characters.
Charming, cute caffeine-fueled mayhem.
Laugh out loud caffeine mystery.
Perfectly percolated endless fun.
B: I love these and yay for enthusiastic readers!
Share an entertaining research moment for A Cuppa Trouble.
I love heist stories, so I researched car theft for this book, and pretty much all the insanity that I put into the story comes from real life. Fun fact: Celebrity chef and host of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Guy Fieri, had his Lamborghini stolen by a teenager who kept it in a storage unit and drove it around to impress girls. There’s online footage of the theft where the kid must have been new to stick-shift and had trouble driving the sports car out of the lot.
I don’t want to give away any story surprises, so I’ll just tell you this, Ohio really does have a law where it’s illegal to warm up your car with the keys in the ignition if your doors aren’t locked.
B: ALMOST as entertaining as your car trunk research project!
What are some of the challenges you faced while writing A Cuppa Trouble?
I was banging my head against the wall to make the ending for this one work. It took a lot of research to fit the pieces together, but I’m really proud of how unique the ending came out. Another fun fact: In my debut novel a reviewer gave me a bad review for having a river run the wrong direction, so as there’s a river involved in this story, I was pouring over maps to make sure I picked the perfect river in Ohio. Finally, someone said, “If your town is made up, why can’t you make up a river too?” That freed me to move forward with the story. Funny how I’d never thought of that.
B: The power! You can make up whatever you want!
What did you learn while writing A Cuppa Trouble?
I included a little bit of a race issue in the book. It had been something I was pondering since I somehow ended up in an online group where I’m the only white person. Anyway, the characters are able to work through their issues by learning three keys to communication: understanding, vulnerability, and equality. It made me think how so many other issues in our world could also be worked through if we could just be real and respect each other’s position when conflict arises. (And yes, I did have an African-American writer friend read through the story for sensitivity purposes. Thank you, Toni!)
B: It’s so important for us to learn about other people’s perspectives and experiences. Thank you for going the extra mile to get it right!
What book are you reading right now?
I just finished Vigilant by Sara Davison. She’s a writer who hasn’t gotten the acclaim she deserves. Her book is dangerous and thought-provoking. I loved the unexpectedness of it.
B: I’ve seen some great reviews for Vigilant!
What is your next release and/or what are you working on now?
A Latte Difficulty is due in July. It’s book #3 in my CafFUNated Mysteries. Lots more quirky characters coming your way, and only this week did I figure out the ending. Squee!!!
B: Yes! Go, Angela!!!
about the book
Title: A Cuppa Trouble
Series: The CafFUNated Mysteries #2
Author: Angela Ruth Strong
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Release Date: July 1, 2019
Genre: Inspirational Cozy Mystery
Can a couple of baristas chase down a car thief without spilling a drop of their favorite drinks?
Plans for a Valentine’s Day grand opening of a small town coffee shop go awry when the first customer is killed. Evidence points toward the victim being mixed up in a car theft ring, but shop owners Tandy and Marissa have reason to believe he was framed.
An assortment of suspects–from a pink-haired heir to Tandy’s charming ex–all seem to know a little too much about grand theft auto.
Without approval from either their boyfriends or the gum-chewing FBI agent in charge, the shop owners go on stakeouts, plan stings, and pursue justice in a high-speed car chase. If they don’t find the killer soon, it might be more than their love lives in trouble.
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(1) winner will receive a “Coffee is like Sherlock Holmes” mug, “Drink Coffee & Do Good” sign (painted with coffee by author’s cover designer), $25 Starbucks Gift Card & “Drink Coffee, and Read Books & Be Happy” tote.
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 24, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm July 1, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.
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