Character Interview: Meet Penny Nicols (Burned by Sarah Hualde) ~ #BookTour #Excerpt

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Hello and Welcome All!

Today we have Penny Nicols from Burned here today to talk with us.

Please introduce yourself to our audience.

Hello, I’m Penny Nicols. Some people say I’m their lucky penny… honestly that title gives the creeps. Especially, since I’m the furthest thing from a good luck charm.

What is your family like?

My family? I wish I knew. From what I remember, Dad was great. He read to my sister and I every night, doing all the voices. Christie, my sister, that’s another story. We were separated in the foster care after Dad’s accident. Now, while I dodge death omens and the pesky evil Raven, I spend what free time I have searching for Christie. If only to know that she’s alright. Happy and healthy… and not haunted by death- like her big sis.

What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?

I hate secrets. But if I dig deep down… My greatest secret is my greatest fear. I’m afraid the Raven and his omen cronies will mark every one I love or like. And that it will all be my fault.

Would you share with us the challenges you are going through?

Right now, I’m trying to figure out “real” life around people – instead of hiding them from me and my “gift”. That and doing my best not to fall too hard for Titus Church.

Last, how do you feel about your author and the events that she has happening to you in your book Burned?

Sarah isn’t my favorite person. I don’t understand why she enjoys making up crimes and mysteries. If I had that power, I wouldn’t do that. Why in the world would she get me into situations like what happens in Burned? I know she provides an out for me, most of the time, but that doesn’t mean my friends are as lucky. Sure, she helps me solve the mysteries around me but at what cost?

Penny thank you for visiting Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and speaking with me today.




Burned: Death Plays with Matches

Series: Paranormal Penny Mysteries #6
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Indie Christian Writers (June 14, 2022)
Digital: Number of Pages 185

Stalking an old nemesis…

…she discovers a hidden plot.

As a deceptive advisor is snuffed out.

Penny Nicols brings her “gift” to Billington. Searching for her sister, she’s determined to stand her ground. One woman holds the keys to Penny’s link between her past and the present.

When is history better left buried?

When the Raven is the one telling the story.

Dinah, Penny’s old advocate, is struck down before her eyes.

Penny’s long-distance friend T.C. continues to help her trail the whereabouts of her long-lost sibling and solve the mystery. Musical clues and manic relationships crowd the distracted Penny as T.C. supports her from afar.

Spades, the cat, charms the suspects as Penny untangles her omens.

Dinah may be victim number one, but Penny fears the Raven is just warming up.

You’ll love the sixth book in this binge-worthy paranormal mystery series because Penny and her sleuthing sidekicks dig deep to uncover the Raven’s evil plans.

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Only days before, my VW Bus and I sputtered to the edge of Billington. One of my discoveries about backroads travel was the lack of gas stations along the way. The bus delivered me to safety, puffing like an asthmatic cheerleader into the Big Bill’s Truck Stop. My cheeky black and white cat, Spades, lounged on my lap as I steered us into pump station twenty-one with a prayer of thanksgiving on my lips.

Truck stops were my favorite place to fill up. I could eat, shower, and pump gas all in one place. Plus, if the town wasn’t hospitable to overnight parking, I could trek back to the stop to sleep.

Godzilla, which I called my beast of a home slash car, was gassed up and cleaned just in time for a call from Titus, or T.C., as his paranormal podcast listeners knew him.

“Hey there,” I said, feeling chipper after my deliverance from near-strandedness.

“Well, well,” Titus chimed, echoing my good mood. “You sound cheerful today.”

“I feel it,” I responded.

I set my phone on the pull-down dining table and switched the call from voice to video. Titus’s bespectacled face beamed from his side of the screen.

“You look it, too,” Titus complimented me with a blush as our eyes met.

“Thanks,” I responded before explaining the skin of my teeth arrival in Billington. We chatted about nothing in particular as I drank a massive cup of ginger ale, and Titus sipped from his mug. His nose crinkled as the string from his teabag attacked him. The date-like call made me giddy, even if the feeling was one-sided.

“Didn’t you have pink hair the last time we met face to face?” Titus referred to my fading hair color.

“Yes,” I answered. “It’s changed quite a bit since then.” My dark roots with pinkish tips teased my clumsy self-awareness. “It’s a mess, now.”

“Not from my side of the screen.” His glasses steamed as he took another drink.



Sarah lives in California, in a home that brings her happiness and hay fever. She loves God, loves her family, and loves freshly brewed coffee. She has a husband who cooks, a son who stop animates, a daughter who loves animals, a dog that follows her everywhere, and a turtle who scowls at her condescendingly.

Her mother raised her on Mary Higgins Clark, Diane Mott Davidson, and Remington Steele. Her grandmother shared True Crime stories with her as they plotted how to get away with the perfect murder. It’s no surprise that Sarah became an award-winning spinner of suspenseful tales brimming with quirky characters. Mysteries are in her blood. Not that she could survive one of her own stories. She confesses, “I’d be snuffed out by chapter two.”

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

7 comments on “Character Interview: Meet Penny Nicols (Burned by Sarah Hualde) ~ #BookTour #Excerpt

  1. Thanks for sharing! I love cozy mysteries and this sounds like a good one.

  2. Sounds like an interesting story, and the cover is cute!

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  6. This sounds really cute. I love the idea of a character interview.
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    • Glad you enjoyed and I agree it does sound cute.